Give Dell credit for wading into open source waters with "Project Sputnik," a pilot program to build a developer solution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS. After six months of exploration and feedback from testers, Project Sputnik has now landed and is renamed Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition. It's a thin and light 13.3-inch Ultrabook powered by Intel's Core i7 3517U processor and driven by Ubuntu, though you could potentially end up paying more versus a similarly spec'd Windows 7 model (with slower processor) or Windows 8 model (with half the storage space). Let's look at the hardware.
You don't necessarily need to cross off the Asus Taichi dual-screen Ultrabook from your holiday wishlist, but if making such a list, you may want to add a few backup items. The reason? Asus has decided to delay U.S. shipments after previously being made available to pre-order on popular e-commerce sites like Amazon and Newegg. Now it's anyone's guess when the hybrid laptop will arrive.
Have you ever thought of your friends and family as sharing traits with an Ultrabook? Neither have we, but Acer hopes you'll be willing to entertain the idea for a chance to win a thin and light Aspire S7 Ultrabook with Windows 8. It's part of a Facebook contest (one that we're in no way affiliated with, but figured we'd give you a heads up) in which you can enter to win a new laptop daily through December 31, 2012.
Lenovo has quietly posted a new webpage teasing visitors with a product shot of its upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook. Optimized for Windows 8, the touch-friendly Ultrabook will be available to purchase next month, though Lenovo didn't offer up an exact release date or any pricing information. There isn't much of a spec sheet to go on either, though we suspect it will sport the same or similar guts as the non-touch version.
Lenovo claims its newly unveiled IdeaCentre Q190 is the world's smallest full-function desktop PC. Before anyone asks, the answer is no, it can't run Crysis (not in all its glory, anyway), but it does measure a scant 0.86 inches (22mm) wide, which is still big enough to accommodate an Intel Ivy Bridge foundation, Blu-ray drive, up to 8GB of system memory, and up to 1TB of storage flanked by up to 24GB of SSD cache.
Maingear, a boutique system builder based out of New Jersey, has taken aim at gaming on the go with its new Nomad 15 gaming laptop. Available in a variety of color options, the customizable Nomad 15 is, as its name implies, a 15-inch notebook equipped that features 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor options (Ivy Bridge), discrete graphics (GeForce GTX 670MX and up), and up to 32GB of system memory.
It wasn't forever ago that a $599 PC from a boutique system builder was simply unheard of. In many respects, it still is, however Velocity Micro managed to hit that price point with its new Vector Holiday Edition desktop, a rather tame PC intended as an alternative for mainstream buyers who might otherwise be considering a bloat-filled OEM system. It's also configurable, in case you need more oomph than what the stock setup provides.
Introduced in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season, MSI today unveiled a pair of new Windows 8-based all-in-one (AIO) machines, the Wind Top AE2712 and AE2712G. Both models sport a 27-inch touchscreen with 10 multi-touch points and a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, along with "Military Class II" features. The AE2712G, however, ups the ante with a discete Nvidia GeForce GT630M GPU for added pixel pushing power.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm today unveiled Bolt, a small form factor (SFF) PC billed as the slimmest custom designed gaming computer ever built. Bolt is the latest attempt to port PC gaming to the living room with smaller size systems that have a comparable footprint to that of an Xbox 360 console, which pair nicely with Steam's new Big Picture Mode. The Bolt measures just 3.6 inches wide, 13.3 inches high, and 13.4 inches deep. That's just slightly more portly than the Xbox 360 Slim, which measures 3 inches (W) by 10.6 inches (H) by 10.4 inches (D).
Christina Aguilera had it all wrong, because apparently what a girl really wants are PCs designed specifically for their gender. And what a girl needs are pre-loaded scrapbooking, diary, and horoscope apps. We're not kidding, and neither is Fujitsu, which unveiled a new line of "Floral Kiss" computers designed by a team of female engineers "aiming to bring elegance to PCs."