Go ahead Joan Jett fans, touch Lenovo's new ThinkPad S431. Lenovo's latest business friendly laptop sports a 14-inch touchscreen display wedged into a 13-inch frame and encourages finger tapping and swiping with Windows 8. According to Lenovo, it's also dressed to impress customers with an "elegant floating design," offering users a combination of style and substance.
If Windows 8 is here to stay -- and Microsoft hasn't given us any reason to believe it plans on backpeddaling at this point -- then you might be best served by investing in a touchscreen laptop the next time you're in the market for a notebook. Touchscreens aren't always cheap, but it looks like Acer is planning to aggressively pursue the entry-level market with an 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop that costs just $399.
If there's such thing as an anti-Ultrabook, this is it.
Pardon the crude visual, but we have a hunch Getac's X500 Rugged Server carries around a spare Ultrabook in its bag just in case the restroom runs out of toilet paper. Technically it's a mobile system in that it resembles a laptop form factor, but it's a also a beastly looking rig. Of course it's not intended for mere mortals who spend the day looking over expense reports, but we'd still love to whip one of these out at a board meeting and let it crash down on the table with a thud.
New Vanquish line of gaming PCs make a strong argument in favor of pre built versus DIY.
One of the beneifts of rolling your own rig is that you can potentially save money versus buying a pre built machine. That isn't always true of bulk OEMs that shovel piles of trialware and other third-party bloat as a way of reducing costs, but more often than not, boutique system builders attach hefty premiums to off-the-shelf parts you can purchase and assemble on your own. Digital Storm is looking to change the game.
Boutique builder Puget Systems put its penchant for building whisper quiet PCs to the test by attempting to silence its Genesis II workstation featuring a pair of Intel Xeon E5 processors. No small task considering the system's waving around some high-end hardware, though Puget claims it was successful in piecing together what it considers the "most powerful quiet PC" it's ever built.
A discrete GPU gives MSI's AG2712 some gaming cred.
The all-in-one (AIO) form factor has its strengths, gaming just isn't usually one of them, right?. Ah, but that's starting to change. We were relatively impressed with Maingear's Alpha 24 Super Stock, a powerfully equipped AIO system, and now MSI is joining the fun by announcing what it claims is the world's first 27-inch AIO for gamers, the AG2712. The heart and soul of MSI's newest machine is its GeForce GTX 670MX graphics card.
Toshiba's Kirabook will test the limit of how much Ultrabook shoppers are willing to spend.
Intel and its hardware partners have made a concerted effort to bring Ultrabook pricing down, but just because we're seeing lower sticker prices across the board, does that mean the market for premium Ultrabooks is dead? Toshiba's committed to finding out, as evidenced by its new 13-inch Kirabook with PixelPure display. The Kirabook boasts a Retina-like resolution of 2560x1440, though the cost of ownership begins at $1,600.
Ultrabooks are sleek and sexy, but good luck finding one that meets MIL-STD-810G certification for shock and drop resistance. If you work in a tough and tumble environment, you'll be better served with a rugged laptop, and GammaTech hopes you'll give its new Durabook SA14 a long and hard look. The SA14 is a 14-inch laptop that lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge and can take a beating when needed.
The latest workstation from AVADirect is packing some serious horsepower.
AVADirect, a boutique system builder based in Ohio, sent word to us today that it's now offering a new workstation build configurable with up to two Xeon E5 eight-core processors and a whopping 512GB of RAM installed into 16 DIMM slots. At the heart of this monster system is the Asus Z9PE-D16/2L motherboard with optional SAS interfaces (using Asus PIKE RAID cards) and fan speed control.
After an initial delay pushed the release of the Asus Taichi 31 Ultrabook back several months in the U.S., we were beginning to wonder if the 13.3-inch SKU would ever see the light of the day. We can all stop twiddling our thumbs as Asus said it has finally begun shipping the dual-display Ultrabook stateside. That's great news if you've been jonesing for a Windows 8 Ultrabook with two 13.3-inch panels.