The newly available Asus Zenbook UX305 might be the sexiest 13.3-inch Ultrabook you can buy for $699. According to Asus, it's certainly the slimmest -- measuring just 0.48 inches thin weighing a mere 2.6 pounds, we won't argue that claim. But getting back to the price tag, Asus manages to cram a surprising amount of amenities into this svelte laptop without breaking the bank, including an In-Plane Switching (IPS) Full HD 1080p display.
Where Chromebooks currently thrive is in the education field, so it makes sense to focus on durability when designing new models. That's what Dell did with its Chromebook 11, the company's second generation Chromebook that will be available to order later this week. According to Dell, the Chromebook 11 is "schoolyard tough" and can handle bumps, drops, spills, and other hazards that students encounter on a daily basis.
As far as we're concerned, every all-in-one PC should have a built-in battery backup, especially now that they're becoming thin and light enough to move from room to room with relative ease. Battery backup is one of the features found on Asus' ET2040 AIO (stays running on battery for up to an hour), though that's not the only thing unique about this system. It also ventures off the beaten path by recognizing gestures without having to touch the screen.
Acer today added to its Chromebook family with the launch of two new models, the 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook C910 and 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook C740. Though they differ in size, both new Chromebooks feature durable design qualities that make them better suited for school environments. It starts with using reinforced covers that can withstand up to 60kg of force, Acer says.
Intel's been talking a big game about its 5th Generation Core processors based on 14nm Broadwell, which offers better performance and battery life compared to Haswell. Hardware partner Dell wasted no time putting the new chips to use. At the Consumer Electronics Show, we had Online Managing Editor and video ninja Jimmy Thang check out the new fancy pants Dell XPS 13.
Several years ago, it was vogue to gobble up boutique builders -- Dell acquired Alienware, HP grabbed Voodoo PC, and OCZ (now owned by Toshiba) snagged HyperSonic. Out of those, only Dell has consistently kept its enthusiast brand active with new product releases, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dell brought along a couple of new Alienware 17-inch and 15-inch laptops to display. Let's have a look.
A killer system that's pre-wired for liquid cooling
Liquid cooling isn't new by any means -- enthusiasts have been cooling their PCs with water since around the discovery of fire (give or take a few years). But what makes Digital Storm's new Aventum 3 system a different kind of beast is how the liquid cooling setup is implemented. It's pre-wired and configured to allow for easy user upgrades without mucking up the intricate installation. Let's have a closer look.
Over the course of the last couple of years, MSI has been taking the gaming laptop category by storm, and we've seen a lot of interesting offerings from the company. However, it's MSI's new GT80 Titan SLI-009 that has us intrigued. The company brought its latest system (along with several other goodies) to the Consumer Electronics Show, so we sent Online Managing Editor and resident gaming whiz Jimmy Thang to check things out.
After learning about HP's Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini desktop PCs yesterday, we gave Online Managing Editor and Video Guru Jimmy Thang a special mission -- seek out HP's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and film the company's products. It didn't take him long to sniff out HP's whereabouts to give us a closer look at the NUC-like PCs, along with a curvaceous ultrawide display that we're now anxious to try out for ourselves.