notebook en Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Inside is Now Available to Pre-Order <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_2_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook 2" title="Samsung Chromebook 2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250</h3> <p>If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. <strong>Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2</strong>. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.</p> <p>Not just for looks, <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung says</a> there's a function to the material -- it makes the Chromebook 2 easier to grip and hold, which the company points out is especially important for students and children. That's a good point, considering that Chromebooks are becoming popular in education circles.</p> <p>The Chromebook 2 sports an Intel Celeron N2840 processor (2.58GHz, 1MB L2 cache) inside, along with 2GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM. It also features a 1366x768 resolution, 16GB of internal storage, Intel HD Graphics, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, 720p HD webcam, and up to 9 hours of battery life.</p> <p>As for dimensions, the Chromebook 2 measures 11.40 x 8.6 x 0.66 inches and weighs just 2.65 pounds.</p> <p>You can pre-order the Chromebook 2 for $250 on <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung's website</a>, or at least you will be able to sometime today (we're not seeing the listing at the time of this writing). It will be widely available next week.</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> chrome os chromebook 2 Google intel laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs samsung News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28741 at Asus and AMD Get Cozy, Look to Expand Partnership in Desktop Arena <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_store.jpg" alt="Asus Store" title="Asus Store" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Did we just become best friends? Yup! - <a href="" target="_blank">Step Brothers</a></h3> <p>We're always hearing about Intel and Microsoft working with system vendors to promote cheaper systems, but what about AMD? Well, if the chatty heads entrenched in the upstream supply chain know what they're talking about, then <strong>AMD and Asus are fast becoming BFFs in the desktop space</strong>. AMD is even said to be using the name "Zen" for its next-generation desktop APU platform.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources, the decision to roll with "Zen" is not a coincidence -- it's a branding that Asus has used on past products and a sign that the two companies are expanding their relationship. The sources also say that AMD has been offering Asus special discounts for its CPUs.</p> <p>Those same sources believe that AMD is trying to expand its desktop APU sales by cooperating with Asus and wants to bump its overall market share to above 30 percent, which is about where it's at now. However, AMD has to walk a fine line so as not to drive companies like Gigabyte and MSI towards the competition.</p> <p>Take all this with a grain of salt. One thing to keep in mind is that <a href="" target="_blank">AMD has a new CEO</a> in Dr. Lisa Su, who just last week replaced Rory Read as head of the company. Given how recently this happened, it's a bit too early to know what kind of strategy Dr. Su will put into place.</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> amd apu asus Hardware laptop mobile notebook News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:03:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28712 at Lenovo Refreshes Yoga Line, Unveils Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga 3 Pro Laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_3_pro.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" title="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Hey look, it's Ashton Kutcher</h3> <p>Why's Ashton Kutcher hanging around Lenovo, you ask? The short answer, quite simply, is marketing. But the longer answer is that he joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago and purportedly helped develop the <strong>Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, one of three new products Lenovo just rolled out. The other two are the non-pro version of the Yoga Tablet and the Yoga 3 Pro</strong>, an ultraslim convertible.</p> <p>Both the <a href="" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2 Pro</a> can run either Windows or Android. The Pro model sports a 13.3-inch QHD display with a 2560x1440 resolution powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom Z3745 processor (Bay Trail) and 2GB of RAM. It has a built-in pico projector, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, optional 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8W sound system with a subwoofer, and up to 15 hours of battery life.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Lenovo plans to make the Tablet 2 Pro available this month starting at $499.</p> <p>As for the non-Pro models, they're available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch form factors with choice of Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat. Both feature a 1920x1200 IPS display powered by the same Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. Other specs are similar to the Pro except that onboard storage is cut in half to 16GB.</p> <p>The smaller version will start at $250 and the larger model at $300 later this month.</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="" target="_blank">Yoga 3 Pro</a> is a thin and light convertible with a new watchband hinge design. It boasts a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a 3200x1800 resolution powered by an Intel Core M-70 processor (Broadwell), 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI, microSD card slot, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The Yoga 3 Pro will ship at the end of October starting at $1,350.</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> android ashton kutcher Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs Windows yoga 3 pro yoga tablet 2 News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:32:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28696 at Microsoft Refutes Surface Pro 3 Rumor, Says Tablet is Here to Stay <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_4.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />News of the Surface Pro 3's demise have been greatly exaggerated</h3> <p>It's not too often that Microsoft addresses rumors and speculation floating through cyberspace, so the fact that it stood up in defense of its Surface Pro 3 tablet amid talk that it's planning to cancel the product line is telling. Straight and to the point, <strong>Microsoft took to its Surface blog to reiterate to businesses (and anyone else) that it's not planning to discontinue the Surface Pro 3</strong>. Period.</p> <p>"Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft stated</a>. "At Microsoft, we believe in the future of mobile computing, and with Surface, we have brought a unique perspective to market that meets the needs of many mobile professionals, businesses, educational institutions, and government organizations."</p> <p>It was <em>Digitimes</em> that <a href="" target="_blank">threw the rumor out there</a> suggesting that weak sales prompted Microsoft to rethink things and ultimately decide to scrap its Surface product line. The site also cited financial losses of around $1.7 billion attributed to Microsoft's first- and second-generation Surface tablets.</p> <p>Microsoft responded in a long-winded blog post saying that Surface Pro 3 is "off to a strong start with both individuals and businesses."</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 Hardware Hybrid laptop microsoft notebook slate surface pro 3 tablet News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:24:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28694 at Maxwell Goes Mobile as Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 970M and 980M GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980m.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" />Update: Now with more screens and information on Nvidia battery boost</h3> <p>When Nvidia unveiled its first Maxwell-based graphics cards during its <a href="">GAME24 event</a>, the company trumpeted <a href="">increased performance</a> alongside power efficiency, allowing for high-end video cards that run cooler and quieter. That's the kind of combination that's ideal for mobile gamers, and if you've been waiting for Maxwell to arrive on laptops, your wait is over -- <strong>Nvidia this morning launched its GeForce GTX 970M and 980M notebook GPUs</strong>.</p> <p>"Let’s start with some history. Nvidia’s 8th-generation GPU architecture, Fermi, delivered about 40 percent of the desktop equivalent in 2010. Kepler, our 9th generation GPU, launched in 2010, closed the gap to 60 percent, giving gamers 1080p resolution and 'ultra' settings for the first time in a notebook," Nvidia explained in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>"With Maxwell, that gap shrinks to 80 percent of the desktop equivalent and pushes the resolution well beyond 1080p. It’s an astonishing achievement when you compare the thermal and power differences in a desktop tower and a notebook chassis," Nvidia continued.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154082/geforce_gtx_980_block_diagram_final.png" alt="980M block diagram" title="980M block diagram" width="620" height="578" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>980M block diagram</strong></p> <p>The GeForce GTX 980M wields 1536 CUDA cores with a base clockspeed of 1038MHz and unspecified boost clockspeed. It uses GDDR5 memory clocked at 2500MHz on a 256-bit bus, which translates into 160GB/s of memory bandwidth. All the latest APIs and technologies are supported, such as Optimus, GameStream, ShadowPlay, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.1, PCI Express 3.0, and so forth.</p> <p>Nvidia's GTX 970M is slightly toned down with 1280 CUDA cores with a base clockspeed of 924MHz, also with an unspecified boost clock. The biggest difference between the two is that the memory travels through a 192-bit bus and tops out at 120GB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154082/battery_boost_980m.png" alt="980m battery boost" title="980m battery boost" width="620" height="374" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia promises better battery boost with its 900-series mobile cards</strong></p> <p>One returning feature that Nvidia is touting is Nvidia Battery Boost, which is a feature that throttles GPU performance down to as low as 30FPS to optimize for battery life. If you’ve been following our coverage of Battery Boost, however, you might remember how disappointed we’ve been in it. From our testing, battery boost seems to have little-to-no impact on battery life. When we met with Nvidia, the company acknowledged that it hasn’t done the best job of working with OEMs to implement the feature, which it says it is now working hard to rectify. Nvidia claims that according to its internal tests, Battery Boost can increase battery life anywhere from 29-55% in games such League of Legends and Tomb Raider.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980M with battery boost demo</strong></p> <p>According to Nvidia, both GPUs are capable of rendering games at up to 4K resolution. Since most laptops don't support resolutions above 1920x1080, the Maxwell parts use something called <a href="" target="_blank">Dynamic Super Resolution</a> (DSR) to render games at the higher res and then scale them down. Nvidia says this results in superior image quality than rendering directly to 1080p and considers it Maxwell's most exciting new technology.</p> <p><img src="/files/u154082/maxwell_laptops.png" alt="upcoming gaming laptops with 900 series mobile GPUs" title="upcoming gaming laptops with 900 series mobile GPUs" width="620" height="372" /></p> <p>Look for notebooks equipped with the new <a href="" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 980M</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">970M</a> GPUs to start shipping today.</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 geforce gtx 970m geforce gtx 980m gpu Hardware laptop maxwell mobile notebook nvidia News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:26:31 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 28673 at Are Touchscreen Laptops Long for this World? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/touchscreen_laptop_0.jpg" alt="Touchscreen Laptop" title="Touchscreen Laptop" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Consumers aren't getting touchy-feely with their notebooks</h3> <p>The emergency of tablet PCs and smartphones taught everyone the value of touch computing, and with Windows 8, Microsoft tried to carry that momentum over to traditional PCs. It didn't take, or least it hasn't so far, because if it had, we'd all be owners of touchscreen monitors and touch-enabled laptops. However, it looks like that ship may have sailed for certain segments -- <strong>because demand for touchscreen laptops has been weaker than expected, vendors have reportedly stopped developing them</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources within the upstream supply chain, consumers are showing a strong preference for mouse (or trackpad) and keyboard operation on laptops versus tapping at the screen (no big surprise there). In addition, smartphone and tablet demand have combined to weaken overall notebook sales, touch or otherwise.</p> <p>Since adding a touch panel adds to the production cost and carries over to the retail price, vendors feel it just doesn't make sense to continue making touch-capable laptops.</p> <p>That decision applies to traditional laptops, including Ultrabooks, gaming notebooks, and standard laptops. Vendors will still add touchscreens to 2-in-1 hybrid devices that pull double duty as tablet PCs.</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 notebook touchscreen News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28628 at AsusPro BU201 is a Rugged Ultrabook Aimed at Business Users <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="AsusPro Advanced BU201 Ultrabook for Business Users" title="AsusPro Advanced BU201 Ultrabook " width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Built to meet U.S. military-standard 810G requirements</h3> <p>Asus is all <strong>set to welcome a new Windows 8.1 ultrabook to its AsusPro B Advanced line of business notebooks</strong>, a range made up mostly of 14- and 15.6-inch models. The incoming <a href="" target="_blank">AsusPro Advanced BU201</a> will be a tad different, though. With a screen size of 12.5-inch, it will be the joint smallest model in the lineup when it goes up for sale.</p> <p>Asus is promising “military-grade reliability” with the BU201, which it says has been tested to exceed the U.S. military’s MIL-STD-810G standard for toughness. This is what the official product page has to say about its sturdiness: “Through the use of UD carbon fiber materials, the ASUSPRO BU201 Ultrabook easily withstands the rigors of business travel. The LCD cover gives 20% higher panel pressure resistance compared to standard notebooks, offering better damage protection while remaining light. US military-standard quality testing includes enhanced drop testing at more than double the height and extra-strict hinge testing.”</p> <p>The BU201 packs a full HD LCD display, 4th generation Core i7/i5 processor, 4GB RAM (expandable up to 12GB), up to 1TB storage, integrated Intel graphics, HD webcam, 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11ac (WiDi), 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0. Other specs include three USB 3.0 ports, Smart Card reader, RJ45 LAN, VGA port, mini DisplayPort and a docking connector to hook in the AsusPro Ultra Docking Station. For good measure, its spill-resistant, backlit keyboard has a “SensePoint” pointing stick to go along with the standard touchpad just below it.</p> <p>There’s no word on price and availability yet.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> asus asuspro advanced bu201 business class Hardware intel mil-std-810g notebook pointing stick ultrabook windows 8.1 News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:37:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28622 at Asus ROG Introduces G551 and G771 Gaming Laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_laptops.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Laptops" title="Asus ROG Laptops" width="228" height="154" style="float: right;" />Gaming on the go</h3> <p>Asus has been winning over gamers with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of laptops, some of which sport aggressive designs. Others, like the <strong>new Asus G551 and G771 gaming laptops</strong>, feature a more traditional aesthetic with an emphasis on quiet cooling -- Asus describes the scheme as an "almost-silent cooling system" that efficiently removes heat with minimal fan noise.</p> <p>Both laptops feature a matte-black brushed aluminum finish with red diamond-cut edges and an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. The G551 boasts a 15.6-inch with up to an IPS panel and 1920x1080, while the G771 is a 17.3-inch laptop, also offered with up to an IPS panel and 1920x1080 resolution.</p> <p>Other <a href="" target="_blank">options</a> include up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, storage options of 750GB/1TB/1.5TB HDDs or 256GB/512GB SSDs, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI output, WiDi support, three USB 3.0 ports on the G551 and four USB 3.0 ports on the G771, memory card reader, and various other amenities.</p> <p>No word yet on when the laptops will be available or for how much.</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> asus g551 g771 Gaming laptop mobile notebook OEM Republic of Gamers rigs ROG News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:49:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28608 at 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