notebook http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/261/ en Intel Notes Rise in Proportion of Pentium and Celeron Notebook CPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014 <!--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="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140827PD205.html" 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="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/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014#comments celeron cpu Hardware intel laptop notebook pentium processor News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28427 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014 <!--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="https://h30652.www3.hp.com/" 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="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/" 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="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/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199 <!--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="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/RAVEN/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</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/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_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="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/hp-stream-199-dollar-notebook-kommt-mit-14-inch-display-amd-plattform-100-gb-onedrive-alle-details/" 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="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/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Goes Gold with Limited Edition GS60 Ghost Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_goes_gold_limited_edition_gs60_ghost_gaming_laptop_2014 <!--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="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/msi_goes_gold_limited_edition_gs60_ghost_gaming_laptop_2014#comments gs60 Hardware laptop mobile msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:31:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28345 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gartner Predicts 5.2 Million Chromebook Sales in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_predicts_52_million_chromebook_sales_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="http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2819917" 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="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> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//laptops-and-notebooks.findthebest.com/w/i15N6o51umh" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="http://laptops-and-notebooks.findthebest.com/l/955/Chromebook-Series-3-XE303C12" target="_blank">Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12) | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_predicts_52_million_chromebook_sales_2014#comments chrome os chromebook gartner Google Hardware laptop notebook News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28333 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Wants You to Trade In Your Alienware Laptop Towards an EVO15-S http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_now_taking_trade-ins_alienware_laptops_2014 <!--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="http://www.originpc.com/landing/tradeup/?utm_source=ORIGIN+PC&amp;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="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/origin_pc_now_taking_trade-ins_alienware_laptops_2014#comments alienware evo15-s Hardware laptop notebook OEM origin pc rigs News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:42:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28327 at http://www.maximumpc.com Canalys Report Shows Notebook Shipments Skipping Ahead of Tablets in Second Quarter http://www.maximumpc.com/canalys_report_shows_notebook_shipments_skipping_ahead_tablets_second_quarter_2014 <!--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="http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/notebook-decline-eases-tablet-shipments-level-out" 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="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/canalys_report_shows_notebook_shipments_skipping_ahead_tablets_second_quarter_2014#comments canalys Hardware laptop mobile notebook slate tablet News Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28295 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Touts WS60 as World's Thinnest and Lightest Mobile Workstation http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_touts_ws60_worlds_thinnest_and_lightest_mobile_workstation_2014 <!--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="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/msi_touts_ws60_worlds_thinnest_and_lightest_mobile_workstation_2014#comments Hardware laptop mobile msi notebook OEM rigs workstation ws60 News Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:31:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28291 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP's 14-inch Slatebook Running Android is Now Available for $430 http://www.maximumpc.com/hps_14-inch_slatebook_running_android_now_available_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="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KB3K6G4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;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="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> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//laptops-and-notebooks.findthebest.com/w/fHZNQDB4O2h" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="http://laptops-and-notebooks.findthebest.com" target="_blank">Included RAM and Processing Speed of Cheap Laptops | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/hps_14-inch_slatebook_running_android_now_available_430#comments android Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook slatebook News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:20:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28284 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Earns Major Kudos From DisplayMate http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_earns_major_kudos_displaymate_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_2.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Surface Pro 3 impresses DisplayMate with excellent color accuracy</h3> <p>The <strong>Surface Pro 3</strong> is arguably the first tablet capable of replacing a notebook, which is something Microsoft is quite fond of saying, but did you know that it <strong>has one of best display screens of any mobile device</strong>? That's not Microsoft making that claim, it's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation. Dr. Soneira put the Surface Pro 3 through its paces and came away quite impressed with the tablet's panel.</p> <p>"Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements on the display for the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has produced an excellent professional grade high performance display for Windows. In fact, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS," <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Surface_Pro_ShootOut_1.htm" target="_blank">Dr. Soneira said</a>. "It joins near the top of a small set of tablets that have excellent top tier displays – ideal for professionals that need a very accurate high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display."</p> <p>That's high praise from one of the most respected display gurus in the business. The Surface Pro 3 earned it by reproducing some of the most accurate on-screen colors of any tablet or smartphone ever measured by DisplayMate.</p> <p>It's also only the second display to earn "Very Good to Excellent" ratings in all categories, save for Brightness Decrease. Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was the other, the Surface Pro 3 is more accurately calibrated with the best "Absolute Color Accuracy" DisplayMate has ever measured, Dr. Soneira says.</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//tablets.findthebest.com/w/4gUVlwYrXU1" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="http://tablets.findthebest.com" target="_blank">Price vs. Pixel Density | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_earns_major_kudos_displaymate_2014#comments display displaymate laptop microsoft notebook surface pro 3 tablet News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:25:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28267 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_laptop.jpg" alt="Acer Laptop" title="Acer Laptop" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops</h3> <p>A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because <strong>Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that these cheap Windows laptops will enter the market in the second half of this year. These will probably range in size from 10.1 inches to 15.6 inches with non-touchscreen displays powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M platform. Braswell-based processors could also sneak in.</p> <p>There are some parameters that Intel and Microsoft are insisting upon, such as keeping the clamshell laptops less than 25mm. The entry-level laptops must also have battery lives of 5 hours or more, 1-4GB of DDR memory, and either a 500GB hard drive or 16-32GB SSD. And of course they'll run Windows 8.1.</p> <p><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></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014#comments chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear Packs a 3K Display into 15-inch Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maingear_pulse_15.jpg" alt="Maingear Pulse 15" title="Maingear Pulse 15" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Maingear's thinnest 15-inch laptop to date</h3> <p>A new gaming laptop from Maingear might have you grunting like Tim Allen during his Home Improvement days. <strong>Slipping in between Maingear's Pulse 14 and Pulse 17 is its new Pulse 15 laptop</strong>, the thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop the company has ever assembled, though that's not the only thing that makes the Pulse 15 stand out. It's also notable for its 3K In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-view display.</p> <p>That translates into a 2880x1620 resolution. You can also output to two additional external displays at the same time using HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with support for viewing up to 4K (3840x2160).</p> <p>The Pulse 15 measures 15.25 inches (W) by 10.5 inches (D) by 0.75 inches (H) and weighs just 3.75 pounds. Despite it's thin and light stature, it packs some powerful parts, including an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, and up to 1TB HDD and two 256GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0.</p> <p>It also features a 7-in-1 media card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI output, two mini DisplayPorts, Killer E2200 LAN, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Sound Blaster Cinema with 2.1 speaker setup, and Windows 8.</p> <p>The Maingear Pulse 15 is <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse15/index.php" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</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/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop#comments 3k Gaming Hardware laptop maingear notebook OEM pulse 15 rigs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28221 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Skips Ahead of Samsung to Take the Chromebook Crown http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer</h3> <p>It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, <strong>Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player</strong>.</p> <p>According to recent data by TrendForce, Chromebook shipments tallied 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. When the dust settled. Acer emerged on top with a 30 percent share of the Chromebook market, leapfrogging over Samsung for the first time, which itself settled into second place with a 24 percent share. Hewlett-Packard, a relative newcomer to the category, is in a close third place with a 21 percent share.</p> <p>"Samsung used to be the top competitor in the Chromebook segment since 2013 but saw its spot drop in the second quarter due to high pricing for two new units that were released," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140721-1494.html" target="_blank">TrendForce explains</a>. "Meanwhile, other vendors had competitive pricing and released new units as well, which in turn provided consumers with a wider range of choices. Most notably that the release of Microsoft’s US$249 unit has also decreased the attractiveness of the overall Chromebook market."</p> <p>With Windows-based laptops coming down in price, the future of Chromebooks remains uncertain. Price has always been the primary appeal of Chromebooks, followed by data security for enterprises. However, Microsoft is lowering the price for certain Windows laptops from $249 to $199.</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/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014#comments Acer chromebook Hardware laptop notebook samsung News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:16:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28203 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #228: MSI Talks about the Current State and Future of Gaming Notebooks http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_228_msi_talks_about_current_state_and_future_gaming_notebooks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/msi_gt72_dominator_pro.jpg" alt="MSI gaming notebook" title="MSI gaming notebook" width="150" height="123" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>MSI Product Manager Clifford Chun and Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen join the podcast</h3> <p>We’ve heard your cries to bring on more industry experts and so we got some special guests from MSI’s notebook division to talk about the current state and future of gaming laptops. In <a title="no bs podcast 228" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_228_20140717.mp3" target="_blank">episode #228 of the No BS Podcast</a>, the crew is joined by MSI Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen and Product Manager Clifford Chun. In the podcast, the two show off some new fancy notebooks for us and discuss numerous topics that include 3K/4K panels on notebooks, why we aren't seeing touch on gaming laptops, laptop modularity, and much more. 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