notebook en Eurocom's Thin and Light Electra 2 Laptop Boasts Maxwell Graphics, TPM 1.2 Security <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_electra_2.jpg" alt="Eurocom Electra 2" title="Eurocom Electra 2" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Eurocom's latest laptop is an ultraportable that starts at $825</h3> <p>Most of the time when we receive word of a new system offering from Eurocom, it's a desktop replacement-class laptop with all the bells and whistles, and price tag to match. This time around, <strong>Eurocom dropped us a line to let us know about its new Electra 2, a thin and light ultraportable</strong> that starts out at $825. It comes standard with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display and Intel Core i5 4200M (Haswell) processor clocked at 2.5GHz (3.10GHz Turbo).</p> <p>Other baseline parts and features include 8GB of DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM memory (single stick), Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics based on Maxwell, 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), 8X DVD burner, 1080p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 9-in-1 card reader, GbE LAN, Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports plus an eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA output, and 6-cell battery. Windows 7 and 8 options are available at an additional cost.</p> <p>The Electra 2 also features Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware data encryption, which indicates that Eurocom is targeting IT environments and business users. However, the Electra 2 is configurable and upgradeable, so you can configure a system that's custom tailored to your needs.</p> <p>Eurocom's Electra 2 is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</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> electra 2 Eurocom Hardware laptop maxwell notebook nvidia OEM rigs tpm 1.2 ultraportable News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:32:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27653 at Toshiba Satellite P55t Wields a 4K Ultra HD Display, Technicolor Certification <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_satellite_p55t.jpg" alt="Toshiba Satellite P55t" title="Toshiba Satellite P55t" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />The world's first laptop with Technicolor Color Certification</h3> <p>Toshiba was quick to embrace Intel's Ultrabook form factor during its infancy, and now that 4K displays are gaining traction, here comes Toshiba once again. The <strong>Toshiba Satellite P55t is a 15.6-inch laptop with a 4K Ultra HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel</strong>, which offers up four times more pixels than a Full HD 1080p display. It's also supposedly the first notebook in the world to earn Technicolor Color Certification.</p> <p>According to Toshiba, each Ultra HD display is individually calibrated by Chroma Tune and is Technicolor Certified during production for a more natural color expression and accurate color gamut. The end game here is to eliminate mismatches when viewing photos or other imagery.</p> <p>"Our color certification team worked closely with the engineering team at Toshiba to ensure the highest levels of color calibration on this laptop's display," said Manuele Wahl, senior vice president, Licensing at Technicolor. "We applied the same rigor of testing and calibration used on major motion pictures to ensure not only that photographers and videographers now see what they shot in perfect color, but consumers can also experience 4K film and videos as Hollywood directors intended."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_satellite_p55t_keyboard.jpg" alt="Toshiba Satellite P55t Keyboard" title="Toshiba Satellite P55t Keyboard" width="620" height="420" /></p> <p>In addition to a 4K Ultra HD display, the Satellite P55t also boasts a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3L-1600 RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics, 1TB hard drive, four USB 3.0 ports, UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HDMI output, Harman Kardon speakers, and an optical drive (Blu-ray burner optional).</p> <p>The Toshiba Satellite P55t will be available on April 22 for $1,500 MSRP.</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> 4k Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs satellite p55t toshiba uhd ultra hd News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 27640 at Sony Recalls Vaio Fit 11A Laptop Due to Potential Burn Hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_vaio_fit_11a.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" title="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops</h3> <p>Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. <strong>In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat</strong>, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.</p> <p>A <a href="" target="_blank">news alert</a> on Sony's U.K. portal identifies a dozen serial numbers of affected models in Europe, however this doesn't appear to limited to just one region. On a separate website, Sony today said it's stil identifying affected PCs by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace potentially defective units.</p> <p>"We expect to post a program announcement with details within two weeks," <a href=";template_id=1&amp;region_id=1" target="_blank">Sony said</a>. "In the meantime, as safety is our primary concern, we ask again that you please refrain from using the below-listed model until you further hear from us in the program announcement."</p> <p>The model number Sony references in its statement is SVF11N13CXS.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href=";" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony said it received three reports of batteries overheating and causing partial burns to Vaio PCs. The first happened in Japan on March 19, followed by another incident in Hong Kong on March 30 and in China on April 8.</p> <p>The recall comes just two months after <a href="">Sony agreed to sell its Vaio PC business</a> to Japan Industrial Partners. Sony decided to sell its Vaio division so that it could focus on mobile devices.</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> battery Hardware laptop notebook OEM recall rigs sony vaio fit 11a News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27612 at Microsoft Teams with Geek and Sundry to Offer Surface Pro 2 Gaming Bundle <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_2_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Score two free games and a wireless Xbox controller with purchase of a Surface 2 Pro</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft is hoping to convince gamers to purchase a Surface Pro 2 tablet by giving away some free games and accessories</strong>. In partnership with Geek and Sundry, PC gamers who purchase any variant of the Surface Pro 2 will also receive two free downloadable games -- War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013 -- plus an Xbox Wireless Controller for Windows.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, the bundle saves gamers over $104 if they were to purchase each item separately.</p> <p>"The Surface Pro 2 Geek and Sundry bundle celebrates the awesome gaming experience on Surface Pro 2 – and the new G&amp;S Unplugged web series featuring Surface," Microsoft explains. "Get a Surface Pro 2, Xbox Wireless Controller for Windows, and free downloadable content for two games: Farming Simulator 2013 and the Mustang Advanced Pack for War Thunder. This limited-availability bundle is only at and saves you over $104."</p> <p>Microsoft's bundle is only available at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.The promotion runs until May 1, 2014, or while supplies last.</p> <p>At the time of ths writing, Microsoft is out of stock of the Surface Pro 2 with 512GB and 8GB of RAM, which sells for $1,799. However, all three other models are shown as being in stock, including the Surface Pro 2 with 64GB/4GB ($899), 128GB/4GB ($999), and 256GB/8GB ($1,299). All Surface Pro 2 models feature a 10.6-inch Full HD 1080p multi-touch display, Core i5 processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, mini DisplayPort, 720p HD front and rear-facing cameras, and a few other odds and ends.</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> games geek and sundry Hardware Hybrid laptop microsoft notebook surface pro 2 tablet News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:35:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27569 at Chromebooks Notched 2.1 Million Shipments Last Year, Majority Landed in North America <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebooks_0.jpg" alt="Chromebooks" title="Chromebooks" width="228" height="98" style="float: right;" />Nearly 9 out of 10 Chromebooks sold in 2013 ended up in North America</h3> <p>Laptop shoppers in North America are willing to sacrifice features, performance, and overall functionality in exchange for lower priced systems, or so it seems based on data provided by market intelligence firm ABI Research. According to ABI Research, <strong>of the estimated 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013, nearly 89 percent reached North America</strong>. Looking ahead, the intelligence firm predicts Chromebook shipments will grow to 11 million units in 2019.</p> <p>"ABI Research tracked Chromebooks across six regions and found the average selling price (ASP) to be $338," <a href="" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This truly budget-driven device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market."</p> <p>The average selling price is actually a little higher than we expected, and while ABI Research remains optimistic about the growth of Chromebooks, we can't help but think pricing might have to come down in order to compete with increasingly affordable and more fully featured Windows laptops.</p> <p>According to ABI, customers are still undecided but certainly "intrigued" by Chromebooks. It's hard not to be when you can pick up a Chromebook for $199 (Acer C720 with Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB SSD, and 11.6-inch display). However, once you approach $338 (the average selling priced, based on ABI's research), it becomes a much tougher sell over a similarly priced Windows laptop.</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> abi research chrome os chromebook Google Hardware laptop notebook News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:18:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 27568 at Eurocom's 13.3-inch M4 Laptop Packs a 3200x1800 Display, Maxwell Graphics <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_m4.jpg" alt="Eurocom M4" title="Eurocom M4" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />Eurocom claims the M4 is the most powerful ultraportable on the planet</h3> <p>Put the kids to bed because Eurocom's M4 just might scare the children. Based on the specs, it certainly should scare any Ultrabooks that happen to wander by. <strong>According to Eurocom, the M4 is the world's most powerful ultraportable</strong>, a claim it makes based on its combination of up to an Intel Core i7 4940XM Extreme processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell) graphics.</p> <p>The real highlight of the show might be the display. This thing touts a 13.3-inch panel with a 3200x1800 (QHD+) resolution. In doing so, users should have a plenty of on-screen real-estate to play around while maintaining an ultraportable form factor that measures 13.2 inches (W) by 9.98 inches (D) by 1.28 inches (H) and weighs 4.4 pounds.</p> <p>Pricing actually starts at around a grand for a more subdued configuration, though the M4 is configurable well beyond the budget of most pedestrians, including multiple 1TB solid state drive options (there are two mSATA slots and a regular SATA slot).</p> <p>You can configure and pick up your own (or window shop) on <a href="" target="_blank">Eurocom's website</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> Eurocom Hardware laptop m4 notebook OEM rigs ultraportable News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:40:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27560 at Digital Storm Launches Four Gaming Laptops Running GeForce GTX 800M Series Graphics <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/digital_storm_laptops.jpg" alt="Digital Storm Laptops" title="Digital Storm Laptops" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />One lucky gamer will receive a free Krypton laptop valued at $1,478</h3> <p><strong>If it's a laptop for gaming that you're after, boutique system builder Digital Storm has four new pixel-pushing models to choose from</strong>, including the 15.6-inch Javelin and Lance, and 17.3-inch Krypton and Behemoth. All four models sport Nvidia's recently introduced GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics, and to kick off the launch of these new machines, Digital Storm is giving away a Krypton.</p> <p>We'll start with the contest. To enter, Digital Storm requires that you Tweet or Instagram a photo of your "ramshackeled laptop" using the hastag #DSThrowbackContest. Out of the photos it receives, Digital Storm will choose the most broken down and decrepit laptop and give the owner a Krypton.</p> <p>As for the four laptop models now available, pricing starts at $1,196 for the Javelin, $1,430 for the Lance, $1,478 for the Krypton, and $2,289 for the Behemoth, the last of which comes standard with an Intel Core i7 4810MQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 128GB solid state drive, 750GB hard drive, Nvidia GTX 880M graphics, DVD burner, Wireless-N, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Depending on your budget, you can add various upgrades, including SLI graphics and multiple drives in a RAID array. You can check out all the models and options on <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Storm's website</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> behemoth Digital Storm geforce gtx 800m Hardware javelin Krypton lance laptop notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:12:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 27559 at Dropping Support for Windows XP Could Drive Users to Chromebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Don't be surprised if there's a surge in Chromebook sales</h3> <p>Windows XP is a dead OS walking and it's highly unlikely to get a last second reprieve. Instead, Microsoft is anxious to bury the legacy OS in the backyard in hopes that those still clinging to XP will opt for a newer, more secure version of Windows. Some inevitably will, but one thing that will be interesting to keep an eye on is <strong>how many users replace their aging XP machines with a Chromebook</strong>.</p> <p>This isn't just a theoretical thought -- the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is set to replace aging XP machines with Chromebooks, <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em> reports</a>. By doing so, the council figures to save more than £200,000 (around $333,000 in U.S. currency) in hardware, plus an additional £200,000 in power savings over its desktop PCs.</p> <p>The council had 3,500 desktops and 800 laptops for its 3,500 employees. As part of the upgrade plan, they'll replace those machines with 2,000 Chromebooks and 500 Chromeboxes for reception desks and shared work areas. To maintain support for apps that can't be delivered through its Citrix network, the council will invest in 600 Windows 7 desktops and 1,000 Windows 7 laptops.</p> <p>Businesses that rely on Windows software aren't likely to switch to Chromebooks, which are limited in software support and raw computing power. However, it's conceivable that smaller firms and home users could replace their XP machines with Chromebooks. Despite Chrome OS's shortcomings, the <a href="" target="_blank">top two selling laptops on Amazon</a> are both Chromebooks, as are five of the top 10.</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 Google Hardware laptop microsoft notebook Software windows xp News Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:29:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 27550 at HP May Leapfrog Lenovo in Notebook Shipments This Year <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_laptop_0.jpg" alt="HP Laptop" title="HP Laptop" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1</h3> <p><strong>If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo</strong>, the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.</p> <p>These figures from <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes'</em> sources</a> within the upstream supply chain. They were expecting HP to ship 6 million laptops in Q1, which would have put HP behind Lenovo's 6.6 million units. That means it's going to be a closer race than anticipated, as Lenovo is expected to ship 28.3 million laptops by the end the year. We could be looking at a photo finish.</p> <p>However it unfolds, it's bad news for Acer and Asus, both of which are being impacted by better-than-expected sales by its top-tier rivals. Acer may have been hit the hardest, as sources believe the company suffered a 15 percent sequential drop in laptop shipments in Q1.</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 notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:41:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 27547 at Lenovo Recalls About 37K ThinkPad Batteries Over Fire Hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Thinkpad Laptop Battery Recall" title="Thinkpad Laptop Battery Recall" width="228" height="67" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>First laptop battery recall in seven years for the company</h3> <p>Lenovo has <strong>recalled about 34,500 laptop battery packs in the States and 2,900 in Canada because of a fire hazard</strong>, the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday</a>. The <a href=";rd=1#faq" target="_blank">affected laptop models</a>, all part of the company’s ThinkPad series, were sold between October 2010 and April 2011.</p> <p>“This recall involves Lenovo battery packs sold with the following ThinkPad notebook computers: the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series. The battery packs were also sold separately,” reads the recall announcement on the CPSC website. “Recalled battery packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.”</p> <p>If you are currently using one of the affected batteries, which “measure between 8 to 11 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide and about 1 inch high,” CPSC&nbsp; suggests that you remove it from your notebook PC immediately and contact the vendor for a replacement.</p> <p>While there hasn’t been any official word from Lenovo on the size of the recall outside North America, <a href="" target="_blank">over 115,000 batteries have reportedly been recalled in China alone</a>. For what it's worth, this is the first such battery recall for the world’s largest PC vendor in over seven years; in 2007, the company had <a href="" target="_blank">recalled about 100,000 Sanyo-built batteries. </a></p> <p><em>Image Credit: CPSC</em></p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="">Google+</a></em></p> battery recall fire hazard laptop lenovo notebook ThinkPad News Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:04:02 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27531 at Razer's Student Discount Shaves 20 Percent Off 2013 Blade Gaming Laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_blade_school.jpg" alt="Razer Blade" title="Razer Blade" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />A sweet deal for students</h3> <p>Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in <a href="">our review</a> of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? <strong>Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount</strong>.</p> <p>For a limited time, K-12 and higher education students can receive a discount code good for 20 percent off the purchase of one <a href="" target="_blank">Razer Blade 2013</a> laptop. The code doesn't apply to the Pro model, nor does it work with the 2014 model Razer Blades.</p> <p>Last year's Razer Blade laptops start at $1,800 and include a 14-inch display with a 1600x900 resolution, Intel Core i7 4702HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics, 128GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, built-in stereo speakers, backlit anti-ghosting keyboard, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Killer Wireless-N 1202 (802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0), 70Wh battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>There's also a $2,000 model with a 256GB SSD and a $2,300 SKU with a 512GB SSD. The 20 percent discount should work with any of the three configurations.</p> <p>If you're interested, you can register for your discount code on <a href="" target="_blank">Razer's website</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> blade Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM razer rigs students News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:29:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 27516 at MSI's GS Series Laptops Shed the Bulk, Deliver the Gaming Goods <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gs70_stealth.jpg" alt="MSI GS70 Stealth" title="MSI GS70 Stealth" width="228" height="102" style="float: right;" />Portable gaming muscle without the bulk</h3> <p>MSI just took a steamroller to its gaming laptop division and the result is a new series of notebooks that pack a punch in a small frame. In fact, <strong>we'd forgive MSI if it decided to call its new laptops the Bruce Lee line, though instead it with "GS Series,"</strong> which consists of a pair of 15.6-inch GS60 Ghost laptops and a 17.3-inch GS70 Stealth notebook, all equipped with gaming hardware and each one less than an inch thick.</p> <p>"The GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks," said Andy Tung, CEO for MSI Pan America." Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."</p> <p>Marketing hyberbole aside, these are some impressive looking laptops. There are three models available, starting with the GS60 Ghost-007. It rings in at $1,700 MSRP and includes a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p display, Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor, 12GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 128GB mSATA SSD, 750GB hard drive (7200 RPM), SD card reader, Killer Gaming Network LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dynaudio Tech speakers (2.1 sound), three USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, 720 HD webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. It measures 15.35 inches (W) by 10.47 inches (D) by 0.78 inches (H) and weighs 4.32 pounds.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/msi_gs70_closed.jpg" alt="MSI GS70 Stealth Closed" title="MSI GS70 Stealth Closed" width="513" height="84" /></p> <p>For $100 more, the GS60 Ghost-003 upgrades the RAM to 16GB and bumps up the hard drive to 1TB. Those are the same upgrades included in the GS70 Stealth Pro-024 at the $1,900 price point, plus a 17.3-inch Full HD non-reflective display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics. This one measures 16.47 inches (W) by 11.29 inches (D) by 0.85 inches (H) an weighs 5.37 pounds.</p> <p>All three configurations utilize a dual-fan thermal cooling solution to keep things cool and quiet. They also come with gold-flashed audio ports, 4K display support, and an aggressive design.</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> Gaming gs60 ghost gs70 stealth Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:30:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27498 at Gigabyte Releases Several Gaming Laptops with Nvidia GTX 800M Series Graphics <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_p27.jpg" alt="Gigabyte P27 v2" title="Gigabye P27 v2" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />A gaggle of gaming laptops by Gigabyte</h3> <p>Nvidia paved the way for new gaming laptop releases earlier this week when it introduced its new <a href="">GeForce GTX 800M Series</a> of mobile GPUs, and sure enough, we've been bombarded with announcements coming in every which direction. One of the companies getting in on the action is <strong>Gigabyte, which today announced an array of gaming laptops built with Nvidia's latest 800M GPUs</strong>.</p> <p>For the crowd that prefers a slim and light laptop, Gigabyte now offers its 14-inch P34G and 15-inch P35W. The smaller of the two wields a GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. At just 21mm and 1.67kg, Gigabyte claims the P34G is 27 percent thinner and 15 percent ligther than the class average. Look for it to ship in late March.</p> <p>As for the slightly bigger P35W, it features a GeForce GTX 870M CPU with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. It also features quad-storage and a hot-swappable HDD/ODD slot. You can fill the slots with up to two 512GB mSATA SSDs and two 1TB HDDs. This one will also be available in late March.</p> <p>Another 15-inch model is the P15F. It has a GTX 850M GPU and 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor options. Other features include dual-storage slots with rapid SSD support and Sound Blaster Cinema technology. This one will ship in mid-April.</p> <p>Moving along, the P27G v2 is a 17-inch laptop with a Core i7 quad-core processor, GTX 860M GPU, up to 24GB of RAM, tri-storage slots with RAID 0 support, and a 1080p resolution. The P27G v2 will ship in mid-April as well.</p> <p>Finally, Gigabyte announced the P25X v2, a premium laptop equipped with Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. It has three storage slots with RAID 0 support, a Full HD IPS display, backlit gaming keyboard, a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray writer. It will ship in mid-April.</p> <p>No word yet on prices. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery of the upcoming laptops below.</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> Gaming gigabyte gtx 800m Hardware laptop notebook nvidia News Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:08:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27445 at Dell Precision M2800 is an Entry Level Mobile Workstation Starting at $1,199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_precision_m2800.jpg" alt="Dell Precision M2800" title="Dell Precision M2800" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />An affordable workstation for road warriors</h3> <p>In an attempt to offer mobile users a portable workstation solution that won't drain their budgets, <strong>Dell came up with the Precision M2800</strong>, a 15-inch mobile workstation that's ISV-certified and relatively affordable with a starting price of $1,199. Dell sees the Precision M2800 as bridging the gap between business-class laptops and traditional mobile workstations, giving professional users (engineers, designers, and video editors in particular) an ISV-certified system to work with.</p> <p>The Precision M2800 can be configured with fourth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (Haswell), AMD FirePro W4170M graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory, up to 16GB of system memory, and up to 1TB of storage. As for the 15.6-inch display, it's available in HD for Full HD 1080p. The Precision M2800 also supports external multi-monitor configurations and docking compatibility.</p> <p>"Many designers and engineers are not realizing the full potential of their professional software because they are using a business or consumer-class PC instead of a workstation," <a href="" target="_blank">said Andy Rhodes</a>, executive director of Dell Precision workstations. "We are filling that gap by introducing a new mobile workstation at a price that lets more professionals and students maximize their software while on the go. This is the right tool to help more people design and deliver innovations faster – no matter where they are."</p> <p>Dell says you'll be able to order a <a href=";l=en&amp;s=bsd" target="_blank">Precision M2800</a> beginning in spring.</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> dell Hardware isv laptop mobile notebook OEM precision m2800 rigs workstation News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:31:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 27411 at Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Series Laptops with Leather-Like Jackets <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_2.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook 2" title="Samsung Chromebook 2" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />A Chromebook line for Ron Burgandy types who own many leather bound books</h3> <p>The <a href="">rumor mill was buzzing</a> this week with word of a new Chromebook line from Samsung, and though some of the details were a bit off -- there's no Intel processor inside -- <strong>Samsung did release a couple of Chromebook 2 models today</strong>, including an 11.6-inch SKU and a 13.3-inch build. Both laptops sport a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, though they run at different clockspeeds.</p> <p>The 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 runs at 1.9GHz and features an HD LED display with a 1366x768 resolution. It also has 4GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, 16GB of onboard storage, 720p webcam, HDMI output, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports (one each), microSD card slot, multi-memory card reader, headphone out/mic-in combo port, and up to 8 hours of run time.</p> <p>Samsung's spec sheet for the 13.3-inch Chromebook is mostly similar, except that it runs at 2.1GHz, has a Full HD 1080p LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution, and can last up to 8.5 hours on a single charge.</p> <p>"Chromebooks are particularly important in the education space – according to Futuresource, one in four devices now sold into K-12 schools in the U.S. are Chromebooks – so we’ve designed our latest models with students and teachers in mind, including features like rapid start times, longer battery life and easy-to-grip design," <a href="" target="_blank">said Tod Pike</a>, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/samsung_fake_leather.jpg" alt="Samsung Fake Leather" title="Samsung Fake Leather" width="569" height="424" /></p> <p>The "easy-to-grip" design Pike refers to is the fake leather jacket that's stitched around the lid. It's the same material Samsung uses on its Galaxy Note 3.</p> <p>Both the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 models will be available in April for $320 and $400, respectively.</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 Google Hardware laptop mobile notebook oem rigs samsung News Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:01:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27381 at