Even the shade of black on the new ThinkPad is different from before.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ThinkPad T431s, a new business-class Ultrabook from Lenovo that's the thinnest T series ever built. That in and of itself isn't surprising -- PC manufacturers are making a concerted effort towards building thinner and lighter Ultrabooks and noteboks -- but some of the design changes are certainly interesting. Lenovo bid adieu to a handful of signature features, including the right and left buttons below the trackpad.
Boutique system builder CyberPowerPC opened up its armory and grabbed a handful of new weapons to hand out to its LAN Gaming Series. Gamers can now build a small form factor (SFF) LAN III system based on Intel's flagship X79 platform with 3rd generation Core i5/i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor options, or opt for an AMD 990FX foundation topped with up to an 8-core Vishera CPU, both of which are flanked by the latest AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
A rift may be forming between Piston Console maker Xi3 and Valve.
A partially transparent veil of secrecy hangs over Xi3's pint-sized Piston Console. When first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, some surmised it was the official Steam Box, though Xi3 never came out and said it. And now that Xi3 is taking pre-orders, there's still no mention of it being a Steam Box, though it's clearly intended for living room gaming using Steam's Big Picture mode. Xi3 released a statement today that adds a little insight into its relationship with Valve, and also hints that things aren't as rosy between the two as previously thought.
Dell's XPS 18 falls into the 'portable all-in-one' category.
It used to be that touch support was a unique characteristic of all-in-one systems, but with Windows 8 encouraging PC makers to embrace touchscreen panels on all their systems, it no longer stands out. Not by itself, anyway. Dell found a new way to stand out from the crowd with its XPS 18, a portable all-in-one system that doubles as a gigantic tablet. It has an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) capacitive touchscreen display that, when folded down, is a slate that's twice as large as Apple's iPad.
The Transformer AiO features a detachable 18.4-inch display.
Is the Transformer AiO a moderately sized all-in-one (AIO) system or a ginormous tablet PC? The answer is both! Asus today introduced what it claims is the world's first AIO PC with a detachable display, and to the best of our knowledge, it truly is. The detachable IPS panel measures 18.4 inches and features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, LED backlighting, and 10 points of capacitive multi-touch.
The Raptor MultiPlex is a home theater and gaming hybrid system.
Boutique builder Velocity Micro is joining a growing number of companies looking to carve out a place for themselves in your living room. Velocity Micro's new Raptor MultiPlex is a fully customizable home theater and gaming hybrid system that's capable of streaming and gaming at a Full HD 1080 resolution. It also sports Cable Card functionality with DVR, Blu-ray playback, and other living room amenities.
The FangBook X7 won't leave a lethal bite in your wallet (unless you want it to).
Gaming notebooks are infinitely more affordable than they were even just five years ago, and if you don't believe it, just have a look at CyberPowerPC's new FangBook X7 Series. These 17.3-inch (1920x1080) gaming laptops start at $1,299 and pack at least an Intel Core i7 3630QM quad-core CPU (you can configure a FangBook X7 with up to an Intel Core i7 3940XM Extreme Edition processor) and 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM.
Hey, look who decided to join the Ultrabook party!
Gigabyte this week announced the release of its U2442, an "extreme Ultrabook" for gamers with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or 730M graphics. On paper, there's quite a bit of power packed into a machine that measures 339mm (W) by 233mm (D) by 18.5-21mm (H) and weighs 1.69kg (3.7 pounds) or less, depending on whether it's configured with a solid state drive (SSD) or mSATA SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) combo.
In China, it's not usual for factories to pluck students from nearby schools to help with increased orders.
Heweltt-Packard, the world's largest supplier of PCs (just ahead of Lenovo), is demanding that its Chinese suppliers follow a new set of guidelines as it pertains to student labor. Factories in China have come under heavy scrutiny during the past couple of years due to complaints of labor violations, underage workers, and employee suicides, all of which are at least partially related to the rabid demand for electronic products from the likes of Apple, HP, and others.
Surface Pro is off to a rocky start, at least as far as early reviews are concerned, many of which complain about short battery life. Will Microsoft's hardware partners do a better job with their own versions of Surface? Microsoft is counting on it, noting that the best devices have yet to come out. One Windows 8 device on the horizon is Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, another notebook-slash-tablet PC, but with a twist.