notebook en Xotic PC's Aggressive Looking Phantom X1 Laptop Takes Flight with Haswell <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/phantom_x1.jpg" alt="Xotic PC Phantom X1" title="Xotix PC Phantom X1" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Not a laptop for boardroom meetings</h3> <p>If you're looking for a business laptop to bring into the boardroom and take notes with, there's nothing for you to see here (unless you want to make a splash in front of your colleagues and bosses). However, if it's an aggressive design and affordable price tag you're after, Xotic PC may have something of interest. <strong>Meet the Phantom X1, Xotic PC's latest 15.6-inch gaming laptop</strong> starting at $1,159.</p> <p>From the available press images we've seen, the overall aesthetic reminds us of a few Asus ROG laptops -- it's sort of a stealth fighter jet theme.</p> <p>On the inside, things are a bit more standard fare. The Phantom X1 comes stock with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080 IPS display powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (Haswell), 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, memory card reader, webcam, backlit keyboard and a few other tidbits. Not included is an operating system, which you can add starting at $105.</p> <p>The Phantom X1 is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> to configure and order.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware haswell laptop notebook OEM phantom x1 rigs xotic pc News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28553 at Toshiba Unveils Dirt-Cheap Windows Notebook at IFA <!--paging_filter--><h3><strong><img src="" alt="Toshiba Satellite CL10-B" title="Toshiba Satellite CL10-B" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></strong></h3> <h3><strong>One of many cheap, no-frills Windows notebooks ready to take on Chromebooks</strong></h3> <p>The influx of dirt-cheap Windows laptops that we had been <a href="" target="_blank">warned about a couple of months back</a> has begun. Among the first wave of such devices is the <strong>Satellite Cloudbook CL10-B</strong>, an 11.6-inch laptop that runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and is powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor.</p> <p>Currently being showcased alongside the dirt-cheap likes of the <a href="" target="_blank">Chromebook 2 and the Encore Mini 7-inch Android tablet</a> at the ongoing IFA 2014 event in Berlin, the <a href="" target="_blank">CL10-B</a> is, as you would expect, very minimal in terms of specs. </p> <p>Inside this device, you will find a low-end Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out and an SD card reader. The 11.6-inch display on this thing is a non-touch TN (twisted nematic) display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.</p> <p>The CL10-B, which can last around 6 hours on a single charge, will be available globally before the year is out. Although we know it will cost £200 (roughly $330) in the UK, Toshiba has yet to spill the beans on pricing for other countries.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> ifa 2014 laptop notebook Satellite Cloudbook CL10-B toshiba windows 8.1 with bing windows notebook News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:13:11 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28490 at Toshiba Unveils 7-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet for $120 and Second Generation Chromebook for $250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/encore_mini.jpg" alt="Toshiba Encore Mini" title="Toshiba Encore Mini" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Two different products, two different platforms</h3> <p>Whether it's a low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet or a newly minted Chromebook model you're after, today's your lucky today. That's because <strong>Toshiba announced the retail availability of its Encore Mini</strong>, an affordable 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet priced at a scant $120 MSRP, <strong>along with its second generation Chromebook model simply dubbed Chromebook 2</strong> (pricing ranges from $250 to $330 MSRP).</p> <p>The Encore Mini sports a slim 0.43-inch profile and weighs just 12.5 ounces, making it small, light, and slender enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase, or purse.</p> <p>With regards to the specs, the 7-inch slate features a 1024x600 resolution driven by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor (2MB cache, up to 1.83GHz). It also has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera, micro USB 2.0 port (cable included), microSD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1 with Bing. Toshiba also tosses in a year of Office 365 Personal (must activate within a limited time).</p> <p>These aren't killer specs by any means, but for the price, it's a capable piece of hardware, provided you're interested in a Windows 8.1 tablet to begin with. If so, you can order the Encore Mini today <a href="" target="_blank">direct from Toshiba</a>.</p> <p>Moving along to the <a href="" target="_blank">Chromebook 2</a>, Toshiba's second generation Chrome OS laptop comes in two different sizes -- 12 inches and 13 inches. The 12-inch version is considered an entry-level model with a standard HD display, while the 13-inch version brings a Full HD 1080p panel with IPS technology to the Chromebook scene.</p> <p>Both models come with an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, HD webcam, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, SD card slot, HDMI output, and a security lock. Look for these to be available starting October 5.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> chromebook 2 encore mini laptop notebook slate tablet toshiba windows 8.1 News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:31:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28471 at Acer’s Holiday Portfolio: Aspire R Convertibles, Switch 2-in-1 PCs, Iconia Tablet, and Liquid Phone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_r_13.jpg" alt="Acer R 13" title="Acer R 13" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />Better hang a big stocking</h3> <p>The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is <strong>Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. </strong>Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.</p> <p>Working our way down the list, Acer's Aspire R convertibles come in 13-inch and 14-inch models. The R 13 Series features Acer's Ezel Aero hinge that allows the display to rotate into half a dozen different positions, while the R 14 Series sports a 360-degree dual-torque hinge design that allows it to be used in four usage modes.</p> <p>Acer's Aspire R 13 models feature premium touchscreen displays available in WQHD (2560x1440) or Full HD (1920x1080). Other goodies include Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options, up to 1TB of solid state drive storage with RAID 0, and up to 8GB of RAM. These will be available in October starting at $900.</p> <p>As for the Aspire R 14, it sports an HD (1366x768) display with Zero Air Gap technology to help eliminate reflections in sunlight. Processor options include Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7, along with up to 12GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics (some models), and up to 1TB of HDD storage. The Aspire R 14 will also be available in October, but starting at $600.</p> <h3>Aspire Switch 11 and 10</h3> <p>For fans of 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, The Aspire Switch 11 and 10 Series tap into both laptop and tablet worlds with 11.6-inch and 10.1-inch display options. The Aspire Switch 11 features a Full HD 1080p display, HD webcam, up to a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to a 128GB SSD, full-size USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and more. There's also a second model built around Intel's Atom Z3745 quad-core processor -- it comes with 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of eMMC storage.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_switch.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" title="Acer Aspire Switch 11" width="620" height="476" /></p> <p>Acer's Aspire Switch 10 boasts a Full HD (1920x1200) or HD (1280x800) 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also has 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, 2MP HD webcam, and a thin frame measuring less than 8.9mm thin (0.35 inches) in tablet mode an 20.2mm (0.44 inches) with the keyboard</p> <p>The Aspire Switch 10 will be available this month starting at $330 and the Switch 11 in October starting at $400.</p> <h3>Iconia Tabs</h3> <p>Moving onto tablets, Acer unveiled the Iconia Tab 8 W, Iconia Tab 10, and Iconia One 8. The Tab 8 W is an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with Bing and powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor. It also has a 1280x800 resolution with IPS panel, 7mm bezel, microSD card slot, and dual stereo speakers.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_iconia_tab_0.jpg" alt="Acer Iconia Tab" title="Acer Iconia Tab" width="620" height="328" /></p> <p>The Iconia Tab 10 is a bit bigger at 10.1 inches and with a Full HD 1080p display, while the Iconia One 8 is an 8-inch tablet with an Atom Z3735G processor, 1280x800 resolution, and Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p>Acer says the Iconia Tab 10 will be available this month starting at $200, followed by the Iconia Tab 8 W in October starting at $150. No word yet on price or availability of the Iconia One 8.</p> <h3>Liquid Z500</h3> <p>The last item on the list is Acer's new Liquid Z500 smartphone. Details are fairly light, though Acer says it will ship with a 5-inch HD IPS display with 900:1 contrast ratio, HD front speakers, DTS Studio Sound, and 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus.</p> <p>The Liquid Z500 will be available later this month starting at 149€ (around $195 in U.S. currency).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 2-in-1 Acer aspire r aspire switch Hardware Iconia ifa 2014 laptop liquid notebook slate smartphone tablet News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:01:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28470 at Lenovo Brings Tab S8 Tablet, Y70 Touch Laptop, and Erazer X315 to IFA in Berlin <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_y70_touch.jpg" alt="Lenovo Y70 Touch" title="Lenovo Y70 Touch" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A multi-platform product blitz</h3> <p>Don't accuse Lenovo of putting all of its eggs in a single basket. That wasn't the company's strategy up to this point, nor is it the road to success going forward -- instead, <strong>Lenovo is kicking off the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin by showcasing three new tablet and gaming systems</strong>. They include the Tab S8, Y70 Touch laptop, and Erazer X315 desktop</p> <p>Armed with an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, the Tab S8 is Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android slate. It also sports an 8-inch display with a 1920x1200 resolution and ultra-slim bezel for a sleek and clean look, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual front-firing speakers, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>Another first for Lenovo is the Y70 Touch, which is the company's introductory 17-inch touch-enabled laptop. It's powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX graphics, and 16GB of DDR3L RAM. Storage chores are handled by a 1TB SSHD or 256GB SSD.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/erazer_x315.jpg" alt="Lenovo Erazer X315" title="Lenovo Erazer X315" width="620" height="513" /></p> <p>Last up to bat is the Erazer X315, the latest addition to Lenovo's line of affordable gaming desktops. It has a quad-core processor, AMD Radeon R9 series graphics, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSHD storage, four USB 3.0 ports, and a newly designed chassis intended to look like a knight's armor.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tab_s8.jpg" alt="Lenovo Tab S8" title="Lenovo Tab S8" width="620" height="237" /></p> <p>The Lenovo Tab S8 will be available this model starting at $199, followed by the Y70 Touch in October starting at $1,299 and the Erazer X315 in November starting at $599.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Desktop erazer x315 Hardware ifa 2014 laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs slate tab s8 tablet y70 touch News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:05:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28468 at Intel Notes Rise in Proportion of Pentium and Celeron Notebook CPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_celeron.jpg" alt="Intel Celeron Logo" title="Intel Celeron Logo" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptops are on the rise</h3> <p>One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, <strong>Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs</strong>, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.</p> <p>Citing information obtained from supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that Intel's shipment proportion of entry-level CPUs has increased from around 50-60 percent in the first half of 2014 to as high as 70 percent currently. In other words, as many as 7 out of every 10 notebook CPUs Intel ships these days is a low-cost Pentium or Celeron part.</p> <p>In particular, Intel is seeing strong sales of its Celeron 2970M, N2930, and N2940 chips, along with Pentium 3558U, N3530, and N3540 parts. It's not just about the push for $200 to $250 laptops -- another reason is that demand for Ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, and touchscreen laptops has fallen below expectations.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> celeron cpu Hardware intel laptop notebook pentium processor News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28427 at HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/raven_laptop.jpg" alt="Raven X6" title="Raven X6" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />A sleek and stylish laptop</h3> <p><strong>CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers</strong>. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,199. In addition to the components listed above, the Raven X6 also features 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), two USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam with dual digital microphones, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>There are a few upgrade options, such as bigger and faster storage choices, more RAM, and a bunch of accessories (mice, keyboards, headsets), though you can't hog wild pimping this thing out with more powerful components -- the options just aren't there.</p> <p>You can order a <a href="" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_stream_14.jpg" alt="HP Stream 14" title="HP Stream 14" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?</h3> <p>Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the <strong>HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag</strong>.</p> <p>German-language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Mobile Geeks</em> </a>got its hands on press photos and official HP documents outlining the Stream 14. Based on the spec sheet, this low cost laptop sports AMD hardware inside -- specifically, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core processor with integrated Radeon R3 graphics powering the 14-inch display's 1366x768 resolution. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, webcam, full-size keyboard, and a 45W battery.</p> <p>Documents also reveal that Microsoft will include 100GB of cloud-based OneDrive storage for two years with the 3.9-pound laptop, just as Google offers 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook. That certainly levels the playing field and steals significant thunder away from Google's Chromebook push.</p> <p>No word yet on when the HP Stream 14 will launch, though given all the data available, we suspect it will be soon, especially if Microsoft and HP want to take advantage of the back-to-school shopping season.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs stream 14 windows 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28374 at MSI Goes Gold with Limited Edition GS60 Ghost Gaming Laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gs60_ghost_lid.jpg" alt="MSI GS60 Ghost Lid" title="MSI GS60 Ghost Lid" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Gaming laptop brings the bling</h3> <p>Gold seems to be the 'in' thing among mobile devices these days, so why not extend the color option over to laptops? That must have been what <strong>MSI was thinking when it conceived limited edition versions of its GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks</strong>. Each one packs high end hardware inside a "luxurious golden chassis" measuring 15.35 inches by 10.47 inches by 0.78 inches and weighing 4.36 pounds.</p> <p>"Our Golden GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks are designed for mobile gamers wishing to obliterate the opponent in class," says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "The gold exterior will turn heads, the svelte design will amaze, and the combination of smoking speeds, deadly graphics and amazing customization power will render anybody speechless."</p> <p>The less expensive of the two models -- GS60 Ghost -- runs $1,900 and sports a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display, Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.4GHZ to 3.4GHz) processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 128GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD, 12GB (8GB + 4GB) DDR3L 1600 RAM, Killer E200 Game Networking, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SD card ready, four Dynaudio Tech Speakers + subwoofer, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Full HD 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/g660_ghost_front.jpg" alt="MSI G60 Ghost Front" title="MSI G60 Ghost Front" width="620" height="530" /></p> <p>For $2,200 you can upgrade to the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K. It bumps the display up to 3K (2880x1620), upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), increases the RAM to 16GB, and adds a second 128GB SSD in RAID 0.</p> <p>MSI's limited edition GS60 Ghost laptops are available exclusively at Newegg.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> gs60 Hardware laptop mobile msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:31:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28345 at Gartner Predicts 5.2 Million Chromebook Sales in 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_3.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="181" style="float: right;" />Chromebooks are big in the education sector</h3> <p>We've pointed out before how Chromebooks are some of the best selling laptops on Amazon, and though these cloud-based systems aren't as capable as their Windows-based counterparts, they've having no trouble finding an audience, particularly in education circles. In fact, market research firm <strong>Gartner forecasts 5.2 million Chromebook sales by the end of the year</strong>, which would translate into a 79 percent jump compared to 2013.</p> <p>That's just the tip of the cloud -- by 2017, Gartner sees Chromebook sales tripling to 14.4 million units. Not too shabby for what some power users a glorified web browsing machine, though to be fair, Chromebooks are capable of much more than just surfing the Internet.</p> <p>"Competition in the Chromebook market is intensifying as more vendors launch Chromebooks, with eight models in the market in 2014," <a href="" target="_blank">said Isabelle Durand</a>, principal analyst at Gartner. "Now that the PC market is no longer growing strongly, vendors are searching for new business opportunities. They launched Chromebooks to revive interest in sub-$300 portable PCs once the netbook bubble had burst."</p> <p>Unlike netbooks, however, Chromebooks are most predominate in the education sector, which accounted for nearly 85 percent of Chromebook sales last year. And of the 2.9 million Chromebooks sold during 2013, 82 percent were sold in North America, Gartner says.</p> <p>Despite just 15 percent of Chromebooks sold in 2013 landing outside the education sector, Gartner insists they will carve out a place in businesses for specific workers, such as staff in banking, hotel receptions, and so forth.</p> <p>"So far, businesses have looked at Chromebooks, but not bought many," Durand added. "By adopting Chromebooks and cloud computing, businesses can benefit; they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important — their data."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="" target="_blank">Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12) | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> chrome os chromebook gartner Google Hardware laptop notebook News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28333 at Origin PC Wants You to Trade In Your Alienware Laptop Towards an EVO15-S <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_evo15-s.jpg" alt="Origin PC EVO15-S" title="Origin PC EVO15-S" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Boutique builder promises "fair market value" for your Alienware laptop</h3> <p><strong>Origin PC may have just started a war with Dell</strong> by offering to give you store credit for your "thick, slow, and heavy Alienware branded laptop," which you can then apply towards a thin and light EVO15-S gaming laptop or any Origin system. Why is Origin PC targeting Alienware owners? We're not sure, though we surmise it's because Alienware is the only actively promoted boutique brand owned by a major OEM.</p> <p>Hewlett-Packard still owns the rights to Voodoo PC, but it's not really doing anything with the brand. That leaves Dell and its Alienware brand as the main targets, and it appears Origin PC is ready for a fight.</p> <p>"Origin PC receives requests frequently from customers that want to trade in their older and heavier laptops for a state of the art, thin and light EVO15-S model which is half as thick as the Alienware branded 14-inch laptop from Dell. Our Trade-Up program is the perfect solution," said Kevin Wasielewski Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "Once you compare the specs of an Alienware branded 14-inch laptop from Dell to our EVO15-S, the numbers speak for themselves and with our standard FREE Lifetime 24/7 US based support, there is no denying the overall value and superior performance of our EVO15-S thin and light laptop."</p> <p>Unfortunately Origin PC doesn't give examples of trade-in value, saying only that it will offer users fair market value for their Alienware laptops, which is dependent on the specs and overall quality of the machine. Once you receive a trade-in offer, it's valid for 14 days.</p> <p>While you can use the credit towards any Origin PC, the company is pitching hard for its15.6-inch EVO15-S laptop. It starts at $2,200 and comes standard with a 1920x1080 resolution (3K upgrade optional) Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 16GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, dual 128GB M.2 SATA SSDs in RAID 0, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD, Intel PRO Wireless AC7260 + BT Wireless LAN combo, USB 3.0 connectivity, media card reader, 720p webcam, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.</p> <p>You can learn more about Origin PC's trade-up program <a href=";utm_campaign=f44b4cea77-Trade_Up_Program8_11_2014&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_ee6cca6240-f44b4cea77-105008865&amp;goal=0_ee6cca6240-f44b4cea77-105008865" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienware evo15-s Hardware laptop notebook OEM origin pc rigs News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:42:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28327 at Canalys Report Shows Notebook Shipments Skipping Ahead of Tablets in Second Quarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_laptop_1.jpg" alt="HP Laptop" title="HP Laptop" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Tablet demand is waning</h3> <p>Consumers are no longer buying tablets in record numbers. Instead, <strong>tablet shipments slipped 5 percent sequentially to 48.4 million units during the second quarter</strong>, according to data released by Canalys. Apple still leads the tablet market, but had its weakest quarter since Q1 2012 with just under 13.3 million iPad shipments. Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 8.9 million tablets during the quarter, which also represents a sequential decline.</p> <p>Part of the reason why demand for tablets is slowing down is because consumers who already own a slate aren't seeing any reasons to upgrade to something faster.</p> <p>"A slowdown in the pace of innovation is creating an issue for tablet vendors. The tablet market has quickly found itself in the same position the notebook market was in some years ago, with minimal increases in hardware performance forming the basis for an argument to upgrade," <a href="" target="_blank">said Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling</a>. "But when considering the most common tasks that tablets are asked to perform, the need for more horsepower is often not evident."</p> <p>Somewhat surprisingly, notebook shipments leapfrogged ahead of tablets with 49.1 million units in the second quarter of 2014. That hasn't happened since the third quarter of last year, according to Canalys. Shipments were especially strong in North America, which saw a 13 percent jump compared to the same quarter a year ago.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> canalys Hardware laptop mobile notebook slate tablet News Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28295 at MSI Touts WS60 as World's Thinnest and Lightest Mobile Workstation <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_ws60.jpg" alt="MSI WS60" title="MSI WS60" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />A workstation for road warriors</h3> <p>What happens when you combine the DNA of a workstation with the form factor of an Ultrabook? You end up with <strong>MSI's WS60, supposedly the thinnest and lightest mobile workstation</strong> the world has ever seen. The WS60 sports a 15.6-inch display with either an Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) or WQHD+ 3K (2880x1620) resolution in a chassis that measures 15.35 inches (W) x 10.47 inches (D) x 0.78 inches (H) and weighs 4.36 pounds.</p> <p>There are two versions available. The one with the Full HD 1080p display costs $2,300 and includes an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, Nvidia Quadro K2100M graphics card, 128GB mSATA SSD, 1TB hard drive, 16GB DDR3L-1600 memory, Killer Gaming Network, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, memory card reader, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 output, 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, Dynaudio speakers (4.1), and Windows 7 Professional.</p> <p>For $2,600, MSI bumps up the resolution to 3K and adds a second 128GB SSD to run in RAID 0 mode. All other features are the same.</p> <p>"The WS60 is the perfect workstation for mobile designers and CAD CAM Engineers," says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "It combines the versatility of an ultrabook with the performance of a workstation and takes it to another level with Thunderbolt connectivity, MSI’s Shortcut Manager, and an array of gaming components."</p> <p>MSI's WS60 are currently touring Siggraph 2014 and should be available soon.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware laptop mobile msi notebook OEM rigs workstation ws60 News Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:31:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28291 at HP's 14-inch Slatebook Running Android is Now Available for $430 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/slatebook.jpg" alt="HP Slatebook" title="HP Slatebook" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Android-based laptop could be held back by high price tag</h3> <p>For those interested in a laptop running Android, the <strong>HP Slatebook is now available on Amazon for $430</strong>. It's a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4.0 processor running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16GB solid state drive. The configuration is along the lines of a Chromebook, though the pricing is in the low-end spectrum of Windows laptops.</p> <p>That may ultimately be a deal killer, especially since there's more you can do with a Windows laptop that costs about the same. Nevertheless, HP is banking on there being customers who find appeal in running all of their Android apps on a notebook as opposed to a smartphone or tablet PC.</p> <p>The 14-inch display boasts a 1920x1080 resolution and 10 points of capacitive touch. Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, HD webcam, Bluetooth, and a 3-cell battery good for up to 9 hours run time. It measures 13.54 inches (W) x 9.45 inches (D) x 0.63 inches (H) and weighs 3.71 pounds.</p> <p>Intrigued? Find out more on <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KB3K6G4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=hothard-20" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="" target="_blank">Included RAM and Processing Speed of Cheap Laptops | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> android Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook slatebook News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:20:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28284 at