There's no mistaking Origin PC's new EON17-X laptop for an Ultrabook. The EON17-X is a full-fledged desktop replacement and the latest to incorporate Intel's X79 chipset in a mobile form factor. It's a "shock and awesome" notebook, as Origin PC describes it, that comes standard with an Intel Core i7 3930K processor, or you can upgrade to a 3960X Extreme CPU for bonus bragging rights.
Notebooks built around Intel's X79 Express chipset are starting to trickle out in pre-order form, including Maingear's refreshed Titan 17. Actually, it wouldn't be right to call this a notebook. The Titan 17 is a full-fledged desktop replacement that can be configured with an Intel Core i7 3960X six-core processor and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI.
Boutique system builder AVADirect is breaking new ground today by being the first to offer Clevo's P270WM gaming notebook, the long anticipated successor to the popular Clevo X7200. What makes the Clevo P270WM so special is that it's rocking an Intel X79 foundation with Sandy Bridge-E processor options, a potent combination for the next generation of desktop replacements.
You don't have to be a spendthrift to shop a system from a boutique builder. That's not to say you can't still configure a professionally built system that costs as much as a Kia, it's just no longer required. Even liquid cooling setups are fair game for frugal enthusiasts. Enter Origin PC's new Frostbyte 360 liquid cooling system (LCS). Origin PC claims it's reaching speeds up to 5.2GHz using the Frostbyte 360, and starting at $1,599 you can grab a Genesis system configured with the new cooler.
A quick glance at Eurocom's website gives the impression the outfit is running a zoo, but the Cheetah, Cougar, Panther, Puma, and Leopard are all high-performance notebook PCs, and the newly refined Leopard 2.0 is a mobile workstation to be reckoned with. It starts with an 18.4-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display and continues with loads of configuration options.
Who knew netbooks would prove so resilient? By all means, the growing popularity and falling prices of tablet PCs along with the rollout of Intel's Ultrabook bandwagon could have spelled doom for the netbook form factor. But along comes Cedar Trail and suddenly there's renewed interest in these pint-sized notebooks, at least for one more generation anyway. MSI, one of the driving forces in the netbook category, just unveiled its new Wind U180 for 2012.
Debt problems in Europe have prompted Acer to increase its focus in other territories in 2012, which will include Brazil, India, Indonesia, and other emerging markets. Acer appears particularly interested in increasing its brand in Brazil, where the OEM aims to ship 1 million PCs by the end of the year, or twice the volume it shipped in 2011.
There are two trains of thought in the field of competition. One is 'The best offense is a good defense,' and the other is simply the reverse. Acer plans to implement the latter in 2012 as it goes into attack mode with a barrage of Ultrabooks, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones, Acer chairman JT Wang reportedly indicated at the company's ceremony for the Lunar New Year.
Boutique system builder CyberPowerPC claims it's the first U.S. computer manufacturer to offer Intel's Performance Tuning Protection plan, which gives reckless or unlucky overclockers the opportunity to take a one-time mulligan on an overclock-gone-bad and receive a replacement processor. Intel charges a nominal fee (compared to the cost of a replacement processor) for the added protection, but CyberPowerPC's offering it for free on select setups.
Hewlett-Packard isn't quite ready to turn its back on the netbook sector the way some OEMs have done, but apparently it's content to relegate these once uber popular PCs to education and business markets. HP's new Mini 1104 is a 10.1-inch netbook that looks like any other, only it's rocking a an Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor (1.6GHz) inside.