When's the last time you saw "Vaio" and "affordable" in the same sentence?
Sony's Vaio line doesn't have a reputation for being friendly to budgets, but that's about to change with the introduction of new Vaio Fit laptops and Ultrabooks. Pricing starts at $549, which isn't exactly netbook territory but is a far cry from being expensive for a notebook. For that kind of dough, Sony will sell you a Fit E 14E model, which is a 14-inch laptop that's thin, light, and made of aluminum.
Never Heard of Inhon? Don’t be embarrassed, neither had we.
Inhon might not be a household name when it comes to Notebooks, but they sure have pulled off something impressive. This small Taiwanese based computer maker is officially announcing the Blade 13 Carbon laptop, and its form factor propels Apple Macbook Air well into the chubby category. The even better news? It does it all at a similar price point, and with more impressive internal components.
Desktop machines typically come with two or more display outputs right out of the box, but as the world becomes increasingly mobile, finding a way to plug in your extra display’s when using a notebook has always been a challenge. Sometime even if you’re fortunate enough to have a laptop with more than one output, they don’t all work at once. Thankfully Diamond has been hard at work on the problem, and late last week they let us know that their new lineup of USB powered display adapters are ready to ship.
Unlike many an Ultrabook, there’s no mistaking this one for a MacBook Air, or even an Air wannabe. Staying true to the venerable ThinkPad brand, the X1 Carbon is matte-black through and through, and clad in that distinct rubberized coating that feels nice to the touch, won’t easily slip from your grip, and remains blessedly free of fingerprints. It looks every bit the business companion it’s intended to be. In fact, the X1 Carbon looks a lot like the ThinkPad X1 we reviewed last year (bit.ly/lEdkj4). But it’s grown from 13 inches to 14 inches, and its body has been flattened to Ultrabook standards, measuring just .71 inches at its thickest. Its lap weight, by the way, comes in just under three pounds.
Can a ThinkPad be sexy? When you’re talking about the slender and sleek X1 Carbon, it sure can.
We visit MSI's booth at CES to spy new products for 2013.
Over the next few days, we'll be posting lots of video coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which you can stay on top of by visiting our website daily and/or subscribing to our YouTube channel (MaximumPCMag). One of our first stops was MSI's suite, where ace reporter and Online Editor Jimmy Thang got the skinny on the company's new gaming laptops and Windows 8 S20 convertible tablet. Hit the jump for the virtual tour.
It’s been a slow build over the last several years, but for the first time ever, NPD is reporting that tablet displays are shipping in greater quantities than those destined for notebooks. This doesn’t mean notebook computers are dead by any stretch of the imagination, but it does bring to light an interesting trend that is only likely to accelerate.
Samsung has readied itself for Microsoft's Windows 8 launch at the end of next week by revealing over half a dozen new systems built to take advantage of the touch oriented operating system. Leaving no stone unturned, Samsung unveiled a pair of convertible tablets, two Ultrabooks, a pair of all-in-one (AIO) systems, and a traditional notebook, most of which sport touchscreen displays.
Someone should go ahead and que up a continuous loop of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me" hit from the 1970s (which again became popular in the 1980s courtesy of Joan Jett) because almost every time we see a new product announcement these days, it's the first song that comes to mind. Manufacturers are launching touch-friendly Windows 8 devices at a breakneck pace, including Acer, which just unveiled a line of Aspire M5 Ultrabooks and V5 notebooks, both with touch support.
As with most technological devices, notebooks have a natural tendency to get smaller, lighter, and faster over time. It's the natural progression of things. Partly in an attempt to speed up the progression towards increasingly capable ultraportable systems, Intel created the Ultrabook specification with a set of guidelines manufacturers must abide by in order to market their systems as such. We've seen some promising Ultrabooks come to market, but will they become the de facto standard Intel envisions? Conflicting reports make that a tough question to answer.