ultrabook http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/17692/ en Acer's WQHD (2560x1440) S7 Ultrabook Family is Headed to the U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_wqhd_2560x1440_s7_ultrabook_family_headed_us <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_s7.jpg" alt="Acer S7 Ultrabook" title="Acer S7 Ultrabook" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />High performance Ultrabooks from Acer boast WQHD IPS displays</h3> <p>It took some time for Ultrabooks to come down in price after they were first introduced, and now that affordable models are fairly commonplace, let's not forget that there are still high-end features waiting for anyone willing to spend a premium. Acer's new S7 line with Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) displays are prime examples. Priced at $1,500 (S7-392-6425) and $1,800 (S7-392-9430), <strong>Acer's S7 Ultrabooks boasts some top shelf components, including a 2560x1440 display</strong>.</p> <p>Both are 13.3-inch laptops measuring just 12.72 inches (L) by 8.78 inches (W) by 0.51 inches (H) and weighing 2.9 pounds. The real selling point is obviously the display, which features an In-Plane Switching panel with excellent viewing angles, 10-point multi-touch support, and a 2560x1440 resolution that allows you to make the most out of the available real estate.</p> <p>Beyond the display, the lower priced model comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 4200U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB solid state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, memory card reader, Windows 8.1, and a 4-cell battery that's good for up to 7 hours of run time.</p> <p>The higher priced model features all the same specs except for the CPU, which is upgraded to an Intel Core i7 4500U processor. According to an email Acer sent <em>Maximum PC</em>, you should be able to find both models this week at a variety of online and retail outlets.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_wqhd_2560x1440_s7_ultrabook_family_headed_us#comments Acer Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs s7 s7-392-6425 s7-392-9439 ultrabook wqhd News Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:35:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27184 at http://www.maximumpc.com Check Out Eurocom's Armadillo, a 14-inch Multi-Touch Ultrabook http://www.maximumpc.com/check_out_eurocoms_armadillo_14-inch_multi-touch_ultrabook2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_armadillo_keyboard.jpg" alt="Eurocom Armadillo Keyboard" title="Eurocom Armadillo Keyboard" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />An Armadillo without the leathery armor shell</h3> <p>You may have let cats, dogs, fish, lizards, and even snakes into your home, but have you ever adopted an Armadillo? Now you can, though it's not the kind that waddles around Texas weighing up to 130 pounds. This particular <strong>Armadillo comes from the Eurocom family</strong> measuring 13.6 inches (W) by 9.6 inches (D) by 0.91 inches (H) and weighing in at 4.4 pounds. That's Ultrabook territory.</p> <p>Indeed, Eurocom advertises the Armadillo as a 14-inch light and multi-touch enabled Ultrabook. It features a 14-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with 10-point multi-touch support and has a sleek brushed metal exterior that Eurocom fashioned after the real-life mammal.</p> <p>"The Eurocom Armadillo is a perfect complement to our line of thin and light notebooks from 11.6-inch to 15.6-inch as it focuses on the pleasure of computing combined with a beautiful 14-inch design. The Eurocom Armadillo has the power, speed and slim build that can’t help but turn heads, who knew an Armadillo could be so beautiful!," <a href="http://web.eurocom.com/ec/ec_GetReleaseB(222)" target="_blank">said Mark Bialic</a>, Eurocom President.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_armadillo.jpg" alt="Eurocom Armadillo" title="Eurocom Armadillo" width="620" height="314" /></p> <p>It comes configured with an Intel Core i7 4500U processor, up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory (two memory sockets), two drives (mSATA + HDD/SSD/SHDD), 6-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, headphone and microphone jacks, GbE LAN port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1MP webcam, and a 4-cell battery.</p> <p>The Eurocom Armadillo is <a href="http://www.eurocom.com/" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $917 sans OS.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/check_out_eurocoms_armadillo_14-inch_multi-touch_ultrabook2014#comments armadillo Eurocom Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM ultrabook News Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:48:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27084 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo's CES Blitz Part 2: Y and Z Series Laptops, MIIX 2, and Refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_ces_blitz_part_2_y_and_z_series_laptops_miix_2_and_refreshed_thinkpad_x1_carbon <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_x1_carbon.jpg" alt="Lenovo X1 Carbon" title="Lenovo X1 Carbon" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Don't expect Lenovo to lay dormant in 2014</h3> <p>This is the second of two posts outlining PC-related products Lenovo intends to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week (if you haven't already, check out <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_ces_blitz_part_1_android_desktop_cloud_storage_device_and_thinkvision_28_smart_display" target="_blank">Part 1</a>). Lenovo is headed to the convention with guns-a-blazing, and in addition to everything that's been unveiled so far, the OEM will demo a new <strong>X1 Carbon ultrabook, a ThinkPad 8 tablet for professionals, some new laptops</strong>, and more.</p> <h3>Yoga 2, MIIX 2, and Flex 14D/15D</h3> <h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga 2" title="Lenovo Yoga 2" width="620" height="466" /></h3> <p>Starting with the laptops, Lenovo is bringing the Yoga back for a second act. The Yoga 2 gets smaller at 11 inches and 0.67 inches thin, wields more apps, and features up to a quad-core Intel Pentium processor. A 500GB hard drive comes standard. If you want something a little bigger, it will also be offered in a 13-inch model with Haswell processor options and a Full HD 1080p display. The 11-inch model will be available in January starting at $529 and the 13-inch in February starting at $999.</p> <p>Lenovo will launch a pair of convertible laptops, including the Flex 14D and 15D. Both will have up to an AMD A6 quad-core processor with Radeon graphics, and both can flip 180 degrees. These will be available in December starting at $499.</p> <p>Rounding out the convertible line are two MIIX 2 laptops, an 11-inch model and a 10-inch SKU. These have detachable designs and a flexible base that supports three different viewing modes. Both sizes come with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) display, the larger model featuring an IPS panel. The 10-inch model will be available in March starting at $499 and the 11-inch model in April starting at $699.</p> <h3>ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad 8</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_thinkpad_8.jpg" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad 8" title="Lenovo ThinkPad 8" width="620" height="505" /></p> <p>Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon emerged as a fan favorite in the ultrabook category, and the refreshed model is being billed as the lightest 14-inch notebook in the world at just 2.8 pounds. It has better viewing angles than the original, an Adaptive Keyboard, Rapid Charge technology, and up to 9 hours of battery life. It's available now starting at $1,299.</p> <p>On the tablet side, Lenovo's ThinkPad 8 is a professionally-ready tablet with three modes: Use it as a tablet, connect to an optional keyboard base for Desktop Mode, or flip its optional Quickshot Cover to convert it into Tent Mode, Lenovo says. As for specs, it has an 8.3-inch Full HD 1080p display (1920x1200), Intel Bay Trial quad-core processor, up to 128GB of storage, micro USB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity, 8MP camera, and Windows 8 Pro. It will ship in late January for $449.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_ces_blitz_part_2_y_and_z_series_laptops_miix_2_and_refreshed_thinkpad_x1_carbon#comments Hardware laptop lenovo miix 2 notebook OEM rigs thinkpad x1 carbon ultrabook y40 y50 z40 z50 News Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:01:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27004 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tale of Two Ultrabooks: Acer Announces TravelMate P645 Laptop and X313 Convertible http://www.maximumpc.com/tale_two_ultrabooks_acer_announces_travelmate_p645_laptop_and_x313_convertible <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_p645_angled.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate P645 Angled" title="Acer TravelMate P645 Angled" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />Acer's commercial subscribers have two new Ultrabooks to choose from</h3> <p>If you're looking for a new Ultrabook for your business travels, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/acer"><strong>Acer</strong></a> has a couple of new options worth checking out. Both fall under the company's TravelMate umbrella and both rock an Intel foundation, though these are very different systems. One is a more powerful laptop built around Intel's 4th Generation Core i5 and i7 architecture (Haswell) and the other is a convertible style notebook based on Intel's 3rd Generation chips.</p> <p>Starting with the former, the TravelMate P645 features a 14-inch IPS display with either a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with AMD Radeon HD 8750M graphics or a 1366x768 resolution with Intel HD Graphics. Either way, Acer promises generous viewing angles of up to 170 degrees.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_p645_open.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate P645 Open" title="Acer TravelMate P645 Open" width="620" height="468" /></p> <p>There's a full-size chiclet-style keyboard with 1.44mm travel distance and spill-resistant design, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC support, 720p webcam with dual microphones, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, up to a 256GB solid state drive, and an optional "ProDock" with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, and VGA connectivity.</p> <p>The other Ultrabook Acer unveiled is the TravelMate X313. It's a convertible system with an 11.6-inch touchscreen display. It's not as powerful as the P645, but it is better suited for content consumption and is aimed at business users who want to work and play on the same device.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_x313.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate X313" title="Acer TravelMate X313" width="620" height="409" /></p> <p>Driving the convertible is an Intel Core i5 3339Y processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of memory, and 120GB SSD. It also sports an HDMI port, 720p HD webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, full-size USB 3.0 port, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>The TravelMate P645 and X313 will both be available this month starting at $950.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tale_two_ultrabooks_acer_announces_travelmate_p645_laptop_and_x313_convertible#comments Acer convertible Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM p645 rigs TravelMate ultrabook x313 News Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 26684 at http://www.maximumpc.com Toshiba Kirabook Review http://www.maximumpc.com/toshiba_kirabook_review_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Kirabook review: The luxury lover’s laptop</h3> <p>While much of the PC industry is hustling to bring lower-cost <a title="ultrabook" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Ultrabook" target="_blank">Ultrabooks</a> to market, <a title="toshiba" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Toshiba" target="_blank">Toshiba</a> is unabashedly raising the high end, complete with an all-new brand meant to ooze excellence. The first product to wear this proud badge is the 13.3-inch <strong>Kirabook</strong>. With its upmarket looks, über-high-res screen, and serious-for-its-size parts, this high-priced newcomer is gunning for no less than Apple’s Retina display–boasting MacBook Pro.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/toshiba_kirabook_small_1.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/toshiba_kirabook_small_0.jpg" alt="The Kirabook’s Harmon Kardon speakers pack a nice punch for such a portable device." title="Toshiba Kirabook" width="620" height="758" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Kirabook’s Harmon Kardon speakers pack a nice punch for such a portable device.</strong></p> <p>Aesthetics are obviously central to the equation, and the Kirabook’s got them, exuding elegance in everything from the subtly wedged profile that measures just 0.7 inches at its thickest, to the rounded rear corners of the chassis, to the brushed-metal finish, to the matte-black keyboard with backlighting. It’s all packaged in a magnesium-alloy body that’s both thinner and lighter than its MacBook Pro equivalent, but still feels sufficiently sturdy while being sure to draw approving looks.</p> <p>One of the Kirabook’s most visually distinct features, however, isn’t evident until you power on and its 2560x1440 screen comes to life. That’s the highest-res panel of any Windows-based ultraportable and just 160 pixels shy of the vaunted Retina display in the 13-inch MBP. At 221 pixels per inch (the MBP has 227ppi), the Kirabook’s panel, which sits behind protective Corning Concore glass, looks lovely, with nice color and impressive detail. Besides being a boon to HD videos and pictures, the increased resolution gives multitaskers a welcome boost in real estate. Just be warned that when using the notebook’s 10-point touchscreen (something the MBP doesn’t have, incidentally), it can be tricky to accurately tap a given box, word, or menu item when working in the less touch-friendly desktop environment—a frustration we’ve encountered on even 1920x1080-res notebook touchscreens. Fortunately, the Kirabook’s touchpad is capable. It’s not quite as smooth as the MBP’s touchpad (sadly, few Utlrabook touchpads are), and we did have to tweak the sensitivity some to keep the cursor from jumping randomly, but we were able to do real work on the Kirabook without resorting to a mouse.</p> <p>The Kirabook sports a full-size HDMI-out port, and thankfully it’s version 1.3, so it supports 2560x1600 resolution.* The Kirabook lacks an Ethernet port, but has three USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot. It does not support 802.11ac.</p> <p>Component-side, the Kirabook packs some decent horsepower for its size, most notably a 2GHz Core i7-3537U, 8GB of DDR3/1600 RAM, and a 256GB SSD that hit near-500Gb/s sequential-read and -write speeds in CrystalDiskMark. The only benchmark where the Kirabook stumbled was in our Adobe CS3 tests, but that has less to do with the notebook’s hardware than it does with the age of the benchmark, and likely incompatibilities with the full versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements that come bundled with the Kirabook.</p> <p>Those programs plus two years of Norton Anti-Theft Security and a two-year warranty that includes 24/7 technical support contribute to the Kirabook’s high asking price of two grand.</p> <p>If you’re into those extras and having the highest-res screen on an Ultrabook, the Kirabook’s your ticket to living large.</p> <p><strong>$2,000,</strong> <a href="http://www.toshiba.com/tai/">www.toshiba.com</a></p> <p><em>* Editor's note: The HDMI port is actually version 1.0 and is thus limited to 1920x1080 output.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/toshiba_kirabook_review_2013#comments 2013 August 2013 august 2013 Business Notebooks Hardware Hardware kirabook laptop notebook Review toshiba ultrabook Consumer Notebooks Reviews Notebooks Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:57:29 +0000 Katherine Stevenson 26591 at http://www.maximumpc.com Toshiba's Q Series Pro Solid State Drives are Slim Enough for Ultrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/toshibas_q_series_pro_solid_state_drives_are_slim_enough_ultrabooks2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_q-series.jpg" alt="Toshiba Q Series" title="Toshiba Q Series" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />High performance and slim design, at a price</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/toshiba"><strong>Toshiba</strong></a> on Thursday announced its new Q Series Pro line of high-performance solid state drives. These 2.5-inch drives adhere to the 7mm form factor, which means they're slim enough to fit into an Ultrabook, a point of emphasis for Toshiba. Judging by the graphs on Toshiba's website, the Q Series Pro drives feature sequential read performance of around 550MB/s and sequential write performance in the neighborhood of 500MB/s.</p> <p>It's tough to pinpoint exact performance metrics from the graphics and unfortunately Toshiba isn't real forthcoming with this information, though the company did provide a <a href="http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/ebtext.to?page=ssd-drives" target="_blank">PCMark 7 performance graph</a> that shows the Q Series Pro in a favorable light compared to similarly sized SSDs from Intel (525 Series), Crucial (M500 Series), and Samsung (840 and 840 Pro Series).</p> <p>In fact, most details are missing, such as what controller Toshiba is using and what kind of chips, though we suspect MLC NAND flash memory parts, which are much more common in the consumer sector than SLC chips.</p> <p>Pricing is likely to scare folks off. At a time when speedy SSDs can be had for less than a buck per gigabyte, Toshiba went the other direction with its MSRPs, which are set at $160 for 128GB, $310 for 256GB, and $740 for 512GB. Street pricing could end up being lower, however. In any event, all three capacities will be available later this month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/toshibas_q_series_pro_solid_state_drives_are_slim_enough_ultrabooks2013#comments Hardware q series pro solid state drive ssd storage toshiba ultrabook News Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:13:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 26474 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP is First to Announce a Fanless Haswell Ultrabook and Leap Motion Notebook http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_first_announce_fanless_haswell_ultrabook_and_leap_motion_notebook2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_spectre_13_x2.jpg" alt="HP Spectre 13 X2" title="HP Spectre 13 X2" width="228" height="115" style="float: right;" />Expect some unique systems from HP this holiday shopping season</h3> <p>As we move away from the back-to-school frenzy and head into the holiday shopping season, <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/hp">HP</a></strong> revealed a number of new systems that could end up on wishlists. One of them is a fanless two-in-one detachable Ultrabook built around Intel's 4th Generation Core processor technology (in a word, Haswell). This is the first of its kind, though it's not the only system HP is blazing a trail with.</p> <p>More on that in a moment, but first a quick rundown of the HP Spectre 13 x2. In addition to Haswell, the two-in-one system features Beats Audio and a Full HD 1080p display. HP didn't divulge many details, though the main selling point is that the display pops off so you can use it as a tablet. The Spectre 13 x2 will be available in October starting at $1,100.</p> <p>Moving on, the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the world's first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology. Leap Motion, if you're not familiar, is a technology that allows you to navigate the desktop and control what you see on the display using in-air movements. You needn't actually touch the display, just wave your hand around for "fast and accurate navigation and control."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/hp_leap_motion.jpg" alt="HP Leap Motion" title="HP Leap Motion" width="555" height="271" /></p> <p>Once again, HP is only providing minimal details about the hardware. We know the Envy 17 will have a 17.3-inch Full HD 1080p display, latest Intel processors (we take that to mean Haswell), and Nvidia graphics. This will also ship in October, with prices starting at $1,050.</p> <p>HP also recently announced its Chromebook 14, the first of its kind to have Haswell inside. It will be available soon starting at $300.</p> <p>Finally, HP talked up its Control Zone trackpad, which will be available for the first time in the aforementioned Spectre 13 Ultrabook. The Control Zone trackpad has extended areas on the left and right side of the touchpad that make it easier to navigate Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>Not enough? There's even more to digest in HP's lengthy <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1488726#.Ujr0Z8asi-0" target="_blank">press release</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_first_announce_fanless_haswell_ultrabook_and_leap_motion_notebook2013#comments haswell hp hp envy 17 laptop leap motion mobile notebook OEM rigs spectra 13 x2 ultrabook News Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:24:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 26339 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's 13.3-inch Ativ Book 9 Plus Notebook Dons a 3200x1800 Touchscreen Display http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_133-inch_ativ_book_9_plus_notebook_dons_3200x1800_touchscreen_display <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ativ_book_9_plus.jpg" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Shipping later this month</h3> <p>Apple likes to throw around the term "Retina Display" when talking about products that have a high resolution panel, but nothing in Apple's lineup wields as many pixels as<strong> <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/samsung">Samsung's</a></strong> Ativ Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. This thing trots onto the scene with a 13.3-inch panel boasting a QHD+ (3200x1800) native resolution, all while offering up 10-point touch support for good measure.</p> <p>Beyond the display, the Ativ Book 9 Plus features an Intel Core i5 4200U processor (Haswell) clocked at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 128GB solid state drive (SSD), integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, 3-in-1 media card reader, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, microphone, integrated speakers, and Windows 8 64-bit.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ativ_book_9_plus_keyboard.jpg" alt="Samsung Ativ Book Plus 9 Keyboard" title="Samsung Ativ Book Plus 9 Keyboard" width="500" height="314" /></p> <p>The system measures 12.5 inches by 0.5 inches by 8.7 inches and weighs just 2.56 pounds. It's every bit an Ultrabook, just with a much higher resolution. We're still waiting on an official word from Samsung regarding price and availability, though it's been spotted on <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/986184-REG/samsung_ativ_book_9_plus.html" target="_blank">B&amp;H for $1,400</a> with an expected availability date of August 20, 2013.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_133-inch_ativ_book_9_plus_notebook_dons_3200x1800_touchscreen_display#comments 3200x1800 ativ book 9 plus Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM qhd rigs samsung ultrabook News Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:24:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 26080 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Roundup: Core i7 4771 Processor, Cheaper 2-in-1 Ultrabooks in the Works http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_roundup_core_i7_4771_processor_cheaper_2--1_ultrabooks_works2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/core_i7_inside_0.jpg" alt="Intel Core i7 Inside" title="Intel Core i7 Inside" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />A new flagship Haswell chip is in the works</h3> <p>We're still waiting on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/intel"><strong>Intel</strong></a> to deliver enthusiast-grade processors such as Ivy Bridge-E, but in the meantime, the Santa Clara chip maker is busy fleshing out its Haswell processor family, including a new flagship part. In the coming weeks, Intel will reportedly launch a Core i7 4771 processor, a quad-core part clocked at 3.5GHz and Turbo clockspeed of 3.9Ghz. In other words, it won't be much faster than the current flagship CPU, the Core i7 4770.</p> <p>Compared to the 4770, the 4771 is 100MHz faster, though both share the same Turbo frequency. Both also run the same integrated HD 4600 graphics and 84W max TDP. The only other difference between the two is that the 4771 ups the multiplier to 35 (up from 34), <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/32086-intel-plans-core-i7-4771" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>In other news, Intel is said to be working with its supply chain partners to help <a href="http://focustaiwan.tw/news/ast/201307290033.aspx" target="_blank">reduce the costs</a> of its 2-in-1 Ultrabook devices. Intel is holding a one-day event to discuss designs for 2-in-1 devices that can switch between a laptop and a tablet, along with how to reduce the power consumption of processors and trim the weight.</p> <p>As it stands, most companies can deliver 2-in-1 devices starting at $399, though Intel would like to see that price drop to $299.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_roundup_core_i7_4771_processor_cheaper_2--1_ultrabooks_works2013#comments core i7 4771 cpu Hardware haswell intel laptop mobile notebook processor ultrabook News Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:55:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 26034 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech Launches Z600 Bluetooth Speakers for Ultrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_launches_z600_bluetooth_speakers_ultrabooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_z600.jpg" alt="Logitech Z600" title="Logitech Z600" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />For when built-in speakers don't cut it</h3> <p>Disappointed with the audio in your Ultrabook or ultrathin laptop? It's a common complaint, and the only real solution is to invest in a pair of external speakers. If that's the road you're going down, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/logitech"><strong>Logitech</strong></a> hopes you'll gear up with its new <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/bluetooth-speakers-z600?wt.mc_id=global_news_z600" target="_blank">Z600</a> set of Bluetooth speakers, an "elegantly designed" pair of cans intended to "complement the sleek good looks of Mac and Ultrabook computers."</p> <p>One of the neat features of the Z600 is that you can sync up to three devices at once. You could, for example, stream audio from your Ultrabook, smartphone, and tablet simultaneously, and switch between feeds by pressing pause on one and play on another.</p> <p>"The Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 were designed to resemble an object of art using shapes, materials, and colors that meld with the modern living space and complement the look of ultrathin laptops," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/new-logitech-bluetooth-speakers-z600-deliver-premium-design-and-high" target="_blank">said Charlotte Johs</a>, Logitech global vice president of brand development and portfolio for PC accessories. "And with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, a first for Logitech multimedia speakers, these speakers are ideal for today’s wireless, multi-device lifestyle."</p> <p>Each speaker is equipped with three drivers. There's also a 3.5mm port hidden in the back if you'd rather go wired instead of use Bluetooth. Even the cables were designed with aesthetics in mind, as they lay flat between the speakers and power adapter.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/logitech_z600_volume.jpg" alt="Logitech Z600 Volume" title="Logitech Z600 Volume" width="510" height="338" /></p> <p>The power button also sits in the back, and if you want to adjust the volume, you just glide your finger around the edge of the top panel of the right speaker.</p> <p>Logitech says the Z600 will be available in August for $150 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_launches_z600_bluetooth_speakers_ultrabooks#comments audio Bluetooth Hardware logitech speakers ultrabook z600 News Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:11:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 25942 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Injects Discrete Graphics Into New U-Series Ultrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_injects_discrete_graphics_new_u-series_ultrabooks2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_u24t.jpg" alt="Gigabyte U24T" title="Gigabyte U24T" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Gigabyte and Nvidia tag team the Ultrabook scene.</h3> <p>In terms of portability, an Ultrabook is a great solution for taking work with you, but what about when you want to unwind with a bit of gaming? Integrated graphics hardly cut it, so <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/thunderbolt"><strong>Gigabyte</strong></a> went and tapped Nvidia to power its U-Series of Ultrabooks. These new notebooks pack a potent one-two combo consisting of 4th Generation Intel Core processor options (Haswell) and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics with 4GB of dedicated video memory.</p> <p>The largest and most expensive of the three new Ultrabooks is the U35. It's a 15.6-inch notebook with a Full HD 1080p display, Core i5 4200U / i7 4500U processor options, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, support for two 512GB mSATA SSDs and two 1TB HDDs, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, and various other tidbits. Pricing ranges from $1,099 to $1,699.</p> <p>Below that is the U24F, a 14.1-inch Ultrabook with a 1600x900 resolution.&nbsp; It boasts most of the same features but only comes with a Core i5 4200U processor option and can hold a single 256GB SSD or 1TB HDD. Depending on the exact configuration, it will run anywhere from $1,099 to $1,599.</p> <p>Finally, there's the U24T. It too is a 14.1-inch Ultrabook but with a touchscreen display and 1366x768 resolution. Pricing will range from $999 to $1,499.</p> <p>All three models have the same GPU, and all three will be available in late July or early August.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_injects_discrete_graphics_new_u-series_ultrabooks2013#comments gigabyte laptop notebook u-series u24f u24t u35f ultrabook News Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 25677 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer to Auction Off Rare Star Trek Themed Aspire R7 Ultrabook http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_auction_rare_star_trek_themed_aspire_r7_ultrabook2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aspire_r7_star_trek_box.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire R7 Star Trek Box" title="Acer Aspire R7 Star Trek Box" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />The ultimate Ultrabook for Star Trek fans.</h3> <p>One lucky (and presumably wealthy) Star Trek fan is going to win an eBay auction for a limited edition <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/acer"><strong>Acer</strong></a> Aspire R7 Ultrabook. Acer and Paramount Pictures partnered to create the Star Trek-themed Aspire R7, of which there are only 25 models in the wild. One of those, and only one, will be up for bidding on eBay, with the proceeds going to two charitable organizations: The Mission Continues and Save the Children.</p> <p>The Ultrabook celebrates the theatrical release of Star Trek Into Darkness. It's a touch-enabled notebook dressed with a stainless steel Star Trek logo with sand-blast finish and polished surface. In addition to the notebook, whoever wins the auction will also receive a flim poster signed by the movie's cast, special Star Trek Into Darkness content (wallpapers and videos), movie soundtrack, video game download, and a certificate of authenticity.</p> <p>"Acer is giving one lucky person in the world the opportunity to become the sole owner of the Acer Aspire R7 ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Limited Edition Package," said Hugues Gontier, senior director of marketing, Acer America. "We know this extremely rare Limited Edition will be a treasured prize for the winner, and it will also help two worthy charities further their missions of empowering military veterans and helping children in need."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/aspire_r7_star_trek.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire R7 Star Trek" title="Acer Aspire R7 Star Trek" width="620" height="162" /></p> <p>The notebook itself rocks a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen display, Core i5 processor (Ivy Bridge), 500GB hard drive + 24GB SSD, and Windows 8.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3AW6YGpX8qQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&amp;userid=acer_auction" target="_blank">bidding begins</a> June 14 and runs through June 24.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_auction_rare_star_trek_themed_aspire_r7_ultrabook2013#comments Acer aspire r7 EBay Hardware laptop mobile notebook Star Trek ultrabook News Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:25:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 25675 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo, Best Buy Now Accepting Pre-orders for IdeaPad Yoga 11s Convertible http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/lenovo_best_buy_now_accepting_pre-orders_ideapad_yoga_11s_convertible2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/yoga_11s.jpg" alt="Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S" title="Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Is Yoga in your summer plans?</h3> <p>Lenovo first began showing off its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/lenovo_ideapad_yoga_ultrabook_tablet_twist_or_bend_or_something"><strong>IdeaPad Yoga 11S</strong></a> at the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ces_2013">Consumer Electronics Show</a> (CES) in Las Vegas this past January, and now four months later, you can place your pre-order on Lenovo's website or through Best Buy, the latter of which will carry the hybrid laptop in stores starting June 23. Why is it called Yoga? Simply put, Lenovo's convertible bends in ways that makes our back ache just looking at it.</p> <p>The Yoga 11S is an 11.6-inch Ultrabook convertible that flips and folds all the way around to function as a tablet when desired. It has a touchscreen IPS display and is of course wielding Windows 8.</p> <p>"Consumers around the world loved our first Yoga for its unique flip and fold and multi-mode design," <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1682" target="_blank">said Jay Parker</a>, president, Lenovo, North America. "We’re continuing to develop the Yoga franchise with the new Yoga 11S, and due to Yoga’s popularity already, we’ve created a pre-sale program so customers can get their hands on one before it even hits the shelves."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/yoga_11s_backwards.jpg" alt="Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Backwards" title="Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Backwards" width="620" height="419" /></p> <p>It's available in "Clementine Orange" and "Silver Gray," both of which start out at $800. For that, you get an Intel Core i3 3229Y processor (1.4GHz), 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 128GB solid state drive, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8. Upgrades are available, including faster processor options, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of solid state storage.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/lenovo_best_buy_now_accepting_pre-orders_ideapad_yoga_11s_convertible2013#comments best buy convertible Hardware Hybrid ideapad yoga 11s laptop lenovo notebook OEM rigs tablet ultrabook News Thu, 16 May 2013 14:56:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 25552 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Claims Aspire P3 is the Cat's Meow of Ultrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_claims_aspire_p3_cats_meow_ultrabooks2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aspire_p3.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire P3" title="Acer Aspire P3" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Go ahead and use the Aspire P3 as your primary PC, Acer says.</h3> <p>Windows 8 has PC makers gung ho about hybrid form factors that are able to transform from an Ultrabook to a tablet and vice versa, but one of the problems is that some of these systems end up offering half-baked experiences. <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/acer"><strong>Acer</strong></a> says that isn't the case with its new Aspire P3, a "new form Ultrabook" the company claims is powerful enough to be your primary PC, yet also able to function as a tablet.</p> <p>"Customers are moving to a touch-centric way of computing for most of their everyday tasks, such as web browsing, checking email, and entertainment," <a href="http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/acer-redefines-the-computer-with-the-aspire-p3-1786370.htm" target="_blank">said Sumit Agnihotry</a>, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "The new Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook makes touch computing even more powerful by providing customers with the responsive performance, fast boot times, and long battery life they want in a mobile PC. Plus, the form factor of the Acer P3 adds the productivity to ensure all-day usefulness beyond the fun in tablet mode."</p> <p>The Aspire P3 comes with 3rd Generation Core i3 and i5 processor options, a 60GB or 120GB solid state drive, webcam, 5MP rear facing camera, USB 3.0 ports, 11.6-inch HD IPS display, HDMI output, and more. A full-size chiclet style keyboard is built into the detachable cover.</p> <p>You can purchase an Aspire P3 today starting at $800.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/acer_claims_aspire_p3_cats_meow_ultrabooks2013#comments Acer aspire p3 aspire r7 aspire v5 aspire v7 iconia a1 ultrabook News Fri, 03 May 2013 18:18:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 25476 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Review http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_envy_touchsmart_4_review_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3>The most enviable part is the price</h3> <p>This we know: <a title="maximum pc windows 8" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Windows_8" target="_blank">Windows 8</a> is more usable with a touchscreen, plain and simple. Whether that’s a practical scenario for tower-and-monitor setups is arguable, but it turns out that using touch on a laptop comes pretty naturally—even more so than we expected. So it’s good news for consumers that touchscreen laptops are now legion, and that they run the gamut in features and price.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/envy_small_2.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/envy_small.jpg" alt="Optional keyboard backlighting spruces up the Envy 4’s black and brushed-metal interior." title="HP Envy TouchSmart 4" width="620" height="612" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Optional keyboard backlighting spruces up the Envy 4’s black and brushed-metal interior.</strong></p> <p>Representing the midrange is the <strong><a title="HP Envy TouchSmart 4" href="http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/C4X09AV?HP-ENVY-TouchSmart-4t-1200-Ultrabook&amp;aoid=44661&amp;ci_sku=C4X09AV&amp;ci_gpa={adtype}&amp;ci_kw={keyword}&amp;srccode=cii_17588969&amp;cpncode=30-162596790-2&amp;003=6572471&amp;010=C4X09AV" target="_blank">HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Ultrabook</a></strong>. What you see is what you get with this 14-inch clamshell—it doesn’t assume the persona of a tablet with the twist of a hinge, like some of its higher-profile touch brethren. That keeps the price in check—the Envy TS 4 starts at $800—but there’s more to a laptop than a modest price.</p> <p>Since the touchscreen is such a key feature of the Envy 4, let’s start there. It’s 14 inches on the diagonal, has a native resolution of 1366x768, and consists of a TN panel with a glossy finish. If that sounds thoroughly ho-hum, you’ve got the picture. It looks pretty down-market—not very crisp, not very bright, with an annoyingly narrow vertical viewing angle. It’s redeemed to some extent by the highly responsive capacitive-touch overlay, which registered our every tap, swipe, and poke at the screen accurately. Be warned, however: All that touching on the glossy surface makes for some spectacular fingerprintage.</p> <p>Thank goodness for the touchscreen, though, because the touchpad had some issues—the usual sort of inconsistent performance found in many clickpads. Sometimes Win8 gestures registered, sometimes they didn’t; other times programs seemed to launch just because the pointer drew near—that kind of thing. You can do some tweaking of the pad in the control panel, but we found ourselves just using the touchscreen for many chores.</p> <p>The chiclet keyboard is nicely sized and spaced, and the keys have a slightly rubberized surface. All-in-all, typing on the Envy 4 was fairly comfortable and error-free. Our model featured the optional keyboard backlighting, which can be switched on and off with a top-row key, but not otherwise adjusted.</p> <p>Our model also featured another upgrade option: the 1.7GHz Core i5-377U (versus a Core-i3). This makes its configuration very similar to the <a title="Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/windows_8_hardware_reviews_2013?page=0,1" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook</a>. As with that device, the Envy 4 fell behind our 1.8GHz zero-point in every benchmark test—not surprising, given the ZP’s slightly higher base and Turbo clocks. More interestingly, the Envy 4 performed about 10-15 percent faster than the Yoga in our computing tests. That’s the result of thermal management. While the Yoga’s CPU had a tendency to throttle down at regular intervals of testing, the Envy 4 held its high clock speed consistently. Of course, the Yoga is also a bit smaller at 13 inches, and a bit thinner (not to mention more than a pound lighter), so it makes sense the thermals would be adjusted accordingly.</p> <p>Despite the Envy 4’s slight speed advantage and its lower price, we’d be inclined to plunk down the additional $100 for the Yoga. That laptop has a far superior screen, a better keyboard and touchpad, a sturdier build quality, and the ability to fold into a tablet for times when that makes sense. And did we mention that it weighs more than a pound less? But, if you really need to count your sheckles, the Envy 4 is a serviceable touchscreen option at an affordable price.</p> <p><strong>$905, </strong><a href="http://www.hp.com/">www.hp.com</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_envy_touchsmart_4_review_2013#comments February 2013 2013 Business Notebooks Hardware Hardware HP Envy TouchSmart 4 laptop maximum pc notebook portable Review ultrabook Consumer Notebooks Reviews Notebooks Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:40:39 +0000 Katherine Stevenson 25374 at http://www.maximumpc.com