There was a time not that long ago when you couldn't touch a high-end laptop without spending a fortune, let alone a gaming grade notebook by a boutique builder. Now you can, as evidenced by Digital Storm's X17E, a 17-inch laptop built for gamers on an artist's budget. Pricing starts at $1,753, though you can go all out and pony up for an Intel Core i7 3920XM processor overclocked to 4.5GHz, among other upgrade options.
For whatever reason, Ultrabook makers have been infatuated with 1,366x768 and 1,600x900 screen resolutions, rarely experimenting with anything higher, regardless of display size. That isn't true of Toshiba, which earlier this month launched its Satellite U845W, purportedly the world's first laptop to play with an ultra-wide 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio (1,792x768). Come October 26, the U845W will get a Windows 8 makeover, Toshiba announced today.
Boutique system builder CyberPower PC is looking to put the pressure on Ultrabook vendors with a sleek and sexy looking model of its own. Unlike many Ultrabooks, however, CyberPower says its new Zeus-M and Zeus-M2 thin and light machines are a little more customizable in that you can configure additional RAM and solid state drive (SSD) storage without selecting a whole new baseline system.
MSI describes its flagship G Series GT70 0NE as "the most awesome gaming notebook ever," a description we're sure its competitors would disagree with, though you can't argue with the laundry list of high end parts crammed underneath the hood. The newest piece of hardware to crawl inside MSI's GT70 laptop is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680M GPU, only the fastest mobile graphics chip currently available.
Samsung has uploaded a video to YouTube showing brief glimpses of a new notebook model the company describes as its "newest Windows-8 ready innovation." The title is "Something Smart is Coming," and other than that, there aren't a whole lot of clues to decipher. Considering that Samsung is hyping this machine as a Windows 8 device, it's probably a safe bet it will ship with a touchscreen to take advantage of Microsoft's next generation operating system.
Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman isn't ready to hit the panic button, even if stockholders are after the company announced financial results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2012. There were some sharp declines in the report, including an $8.9 billion net loss, down a whopping 568 percent from the same quarter one year ago. Net revenue fell 5 percent year-over-year to $29.7 billion, but despite it all, Whitman sees progress being made in HP's comeback tour.
CyberPower PC today introduced the Gamer Pro FTW, a new series of desktop PCs intended to seamlessly mesh gaming performance with live HD streaming capabilities, without breaking the bank. The Gamer Pro FTW starts at $1,085 and is available in half a dozen base configurations built around the user's choice of Intel's X79 Sandy Bridge-E platform, Z77 Ivy Bridge, or with an AMD FX Bulldozer foundation.
Before anyone asks, the answer is yes, Origin's new EON17-SLX laptop with support for up to two discrete GPUs has enough horsepower to carry Crysis on its back while lugging around a sack of eye candy. Even without dual graphics cards, the EON17-SLX is, on paper, a pretty potent system with the requisite hardware to properly drive a 17.3-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution.
Lenovo's investors have to be loving life right about now. The OEM is on top of its game and kept the sales momentum going by announcing yet another strong quarter in which net income (profit) for the three month period ended June topped $141.1 million, up 30 percent year-over-year. Lenovo's PC consumer business in mature markets has more than quadrupled in mature markets since 2008, and the company nearly doubled its PC revenue in emerging markets outside of China, the OEM said.
Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, boutique system builder AVADirect out of Ohio announced today a new all-in-one (AIO) system with a 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) LED touchscreen display, the Intel CAP08. AVADirect's latest AIO is built around Intel's Q77 mini-ITX platform and sports a metric ton of upgrade options, just in case the default $777.64 configuration doesn't float your back-to-school boat.