laptop en Microsoft Sticks a Fork in Surface 2 and Windows RT <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_2_4.jpg" alt="Surface 2" title="Surface 2" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Windows RT becomes a footnote</h3> <p>Looking back through the years, it's pretty easy to pick out certain forgettable versions of Windows. You know the ones -- Windows ME, Windows Vista (before the first Service Pack), and now Windows RT, the most recent of the bunch. <strong>Microsoft has reportedly stopped producing Surface 2 tablets</strong>, which also means that the future of Windows RT is nonexistent at this point. You'll have to excuse us for not weeping.</p> <p>Microsoft has moved on, with the Surface Pro 3 contributing heavily to $1.1 billion in Surface revenue during Microsoft's most recent quarter, up 24 percent year-over-year. Surface Pro 3 tablets outsold Surface 2 during the quarter by a ratio of three to one, making it an easy decision for Microsoft to focus on its newest hardware and leave the old behind.</p> <p>"We are no longer manufacturing Surface 2; however, those still eager to buy Surface should visit Microsoft Retail Stores,, third-party retailers, and resellers for the latest availability," <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft told <em>The Verge</em></a>.</p> <p>Windows RT has been a dead OS walking almost from the moment it arrived. Microsoft already had the challenge of convincing users to adopt a brand new interface in Windows 8, but to also pile on a gimped version that couldn't run x86 programs was too much to ask. As a result, Microsoft ended up taking a <a href="">$900 million charge</a> on unsold Surface RT inventory a year and a half ago.</p> <p>Manufactures could still build devices running Windows RT if they really want to, but with even Microsoft giving up on the OS, there wouldn't be much point.</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 microsoft notebook operating system OS Software surface 2 tablet windows rt News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:27:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 29329 at Panasonic Toughbook 31 Now More Rugged, Faster, and Longer Lasting <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/panasonic_toughbook.jpg" alt="Panasonic Toughbook 31" title="Panasonic Toughbook 31" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Two batteries are better than one</h3> <p>We love that laptops are getting slimmer, lighter, and overall more portable than ever before (<a href=";set=vb.503833014&amp;type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank">have a look</a> at Michael Dell introducing a new notebook 25 years ago), but if your work (or pleasure) takes you off the beaten path into some extreme environments, a thin and light machine probably isn't your best bet. That's where systems like <strong>Panasonic's upgraded Toughbook 31</strong> comes in.</p> <p>Key upgrades include an 18-hour battery life (or up to 27 hours with an optional second battery), a new 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5300u vPro processor (3MB cache, 2.3GHz-2.9GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5500, and a revised design that can now withstand a 6-foot drop and is certified to pass 19 different MIL-STD-810G tests.</p> <p>Other rugged and fancy bits of interest include a magnesium alloy case, sunlight-viewable touchscreen, reinforced locking port covers, and a quick-release hard drive with its own heater for cold weather operation. It all adds up to a system that Panasonic sees being ideal for emergency service professionals, utility workers, and anyone else who needs to be connected in extreme environments.</p> <p>As for the other hardware specs, they include 4GB to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD with heater, SSD options (128GB to 512GB), 13.1-inch display with a 1024x768 resolution, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, optional backlit keyboard, USB 3.0 (x1) and USB 2.0 (x3) ports, GbE LAN, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Toughbook 31</a> won't come cheap -- Panasonic says it will be available in February starting at around $3,700.</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> laptop notebook panasonic rugged toughbook 31 News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 29312 at Acer's Tough and Tumble Chromebook C910 and C740 Laptops Can Take a Schoolyard Beating <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_c910.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook C910" title="Acer Chromebook C910" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Durable design for students</h3> <p><strong>Acer today added to its Chromebook family with the launch of two new models, the 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook C910 and 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook C740</strong>. Though they differ in size, both new Chromebooks feature durable design qualities that make them better suited for school environments. It starts with using reinforced covers that can withstand up to 60kg of force, <a href="" target="_blank">Acer says</a>.</p> <p>The C910 and C740 also have corners that can tolerate drops from up to 45cm (17.7 inches) without sustaining damage, along with hinges that have been reinforced to endure more twisting and stress.</p> <p>Acer went a bit further on the C740 model under the assumption that it "will be frequently moved thanks to its compact size" and designed it with extended metal hinges that keep it more rigid. The thought process there is that students might be apt to pick up the C740 by its display and cram it into their backpacks.</p> <p>As for specs, the C910 brings a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display to the Chromebook party, while the C740 rocks an HD (1366x768) panel, an option that's also available on the C910 to "meet the budgets of schools." Both will be available with a 5th Generation Intel Core i3 5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processor,&nbsp; 4GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB SSD, 802.11nac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, microSD card reader, HDMI output, and of course Chrome OS.</p> <p>The C910 and C740 will be available next month starting at $300 and $260, 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> Acer C740 C910 chromebook education Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:41:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29285 at HP Elitebook Revolve Convertible Laptop Gets Broadwell Treatment <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/revolve-810-g3.png" alt="HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3" title="HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Dear HP, where is the New Year’s resolution?</h3> <p>The <strong>launch of the third iteration of Hewlett-Packard’s Elitebook Revolve 810 tablet-laptop hybrid appears imminent</strong>, with the convertible’s official product page recently going live on the company’s website. There are two things that stand out in the upcoming <a href="!tab=features" target="_blank">Elitebook Revolve 810 G3’s spec sheet</a>: the switch to Intel’s 5th generation Broadwell processors and HP’s refusal to move beyond the 1366 x 768 display resolution that the original debuted with in 2013.</p> <p>Available with a choice of Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Broadwell chips, the Revolve 810 G3 isn’t an awful lot different from its predecessor, the <a href="" target="_blank">G2 (and for that matter even the G1)</a>, when it comes to design. This magnesium-clad convertible has a spill-resistant keyboard and has been designed to meet MIL-STD 810G standards, according to its official page.</p> <p>Weighing 3.1 pounds and measuring 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.87 inches, the G3 will come with 4GB or 8GB of onboard RAM (expandable up to 12GB), up to 512GB of solid-state storage, integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics, two USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, microSD and a 720p HD camera. The choice of operating systems includes Windows 7 Professional, 8.1 or 8.1 Pro. In a bit of a letdown, the G3’s 11.6-inch multitouch LED display has the same 1366 x 768 resolution as the previous two Revolve 810 iterations.</p> <p>No word on pricing or availability yet.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> 2-in-1 business elitebook enterprise hp Hybrid laptop revolve 810 g3 ultraportable News Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:28:51 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29268 at Intel Pushes for Bigger Size 2-in-1 Hybrid PCs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aspire_switch_11.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" title="Acer Aspire Switch 11" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Get ready to see 12.5-inch 2-in-1 PCs in the near future</h3> <p>If you own a low-cost 2-in-1 hybrid device (or convertible laptop, if you prefer to call it that), chances are you're rocking a 10-inch display, or thereabouts. Going forward, don't be surprised to see vendors start churning out bigger size models. That's because <strong>Intel has reportedly expanded its 2-in-1 reference blueprint to now include 12.5-inch display products</strong>, paving the way for larger 2-in-1 models.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources within the notebook industry, you'll see these 12.5-inch machines sporting both Intel's 14nm Core M processors and its newer 5th Generation Core processor series (newer Broadwell parts). Intel's Core M chips are primarily intended for low-power fanless systems, while the 5th Generation Core parts will add a performance punch to mobile devices.</p> <p>The timing couldn't be better -- apparently vendors like Asus and Acer are starting to see a decline in demand for 10-inch 2-in-1 products after an initial flurry of sales. To compensate for that, vendors are working on larger models with faster processors, with pricing expected to range from $350 to $400 for Atom, Celeron, and Pentium models, and under $700 for Core M variants.</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 pc intel laptop notebook tablet News Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:17:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 29255 at CES 2015: Spying Gigabyte's Wild Water Force Cooling System [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_water_force.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Water Force" title="Gigabyte Water Force" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />Not your typical liquid cooling solution</h3> <p>Have you ever seen a water cooling setup that resembles Cthulhu? If not, then you've never seen <strong>Gigabyte's Water Force cooler, a unique and crazy looking apparatus</strong> that we had to see for ourselves. And now you can too, thanks to our Online Managing Editor and proficient deep water diver Jimmy Thang, who waded his way through the busy crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show to catch on camera Gigabyte's cool creation.</p> <p>Despite how it looks, Gigabyte maintains that its Water Force setup isn't difficult to install -- it's just a matter of pulling the large size box through your case and plopping it on top. From there, a series of cables dangle down and back into the case, where they're attached to cooling solutions on three included graphics cards -- Gigabyte describes its Water Force as an "all-in-one external liquid cooling system with three graphics cards" on its retail box.</p> <p>Inside the box that sits atop your case are three radiators. And on the front are digital controls, which allow you to configure how cool you want the graphics card to run.</p> <p>Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Next up, Gigabyte showed off some new high end X99-based motherboards and a Brix PC. On some of the boards, like the X99 SOC Champion, there are additional pins in the socket you can enable with a DIP switch -- these are intended to allow for better overclocking by unlocking options for adjusting certain voltages. This is a feature that will mainly be of interest to record breaking overclockers who use liquid nitrogen.</p> <p>As for the Brix, it's been refreshed with Intel's 5th Generation Core processor (Broadwell) and has a slightly modified case. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Moving on, we also got a chance to see some of Gigabyte's gaming laptops, including a 14-inch model (P34W) and a 17.3-inch model (P37X), both of which are extremely thin and light in the gaming category. More here:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>And finally, Gigabyte showed off some gaming laptops under its Aorus brand. We got a look at the X5, a 15.6-inch laptop with dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M GPUs powering an optional 3840x2160 display. Gigabyte claims it's the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch SLI gaming laptop around.</p> <p>Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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> BRIX ces2015 gigabyte Hardware laptop liquid cooling notebook Water Force News Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:13:15 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29228 at CES 2015: Up Close Look at Dell's Affordable XPS 13 Laptop [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_xps_13.jpg" alt="Dell XPS 13" title="Dell XPS 13" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Spunky laptop lasts up to 15 hours per charge</h3> <p>Intel's been talking a big game about its 5th Generation Core processors based on 14nm Broadwell, which offers better performance and battery life compared to Haswell. Hardware partner Dell wasted no time putting the new chips to use. At the Consumer Electronics Show, we had Online Managing Editor and video ninja <strong>Jimmy Thang check out the new fancy pants Dell XPS 13</strong>.</p> <p>The XPS 13 features a virtually borderless display (just 5.2mm on the sides and top), allowing for a 13.3-inch laptop to fit in a frame that's around the size of an 11.6-inch notebook. Dell says it's the result of an exclusive collaboration between it and Sharp. Outside of the display, Dell says it improved every form, function, and feature of the laptop compared to the last generation.</p> <p>There's a lot to like about the XPS 13, even just from a construction standpoint. Dell went for machined aluminum for the chassis and a carbon fiber palm wrest.</p> <p>Dell offers two panel options -- a non-touch Full HD 1080p display, and a touch-enabled QHD+ (3200x1800). These are powered by Broadwell 15W Core i3, i5, and i7 processor options and either 4GB or 8GB of memory.</p> <p>According to Dell, a laptop like this would normally see an entry-level price point of $1,200, though in this case, pricing starts at $800.</p> <p>Find out more in the video below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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> ces2015 dell Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs xps 13 News Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:42:40 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29222 at CES 2015: Alienware Showcases New 17-Inch and 15-Inch Gaming Laptops [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_laptops.jpg" alt="Alienware 15-inch and 17-inch laptops" title="Alienware 15-inch and 17-inch laptops" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Thinner and lighter Alienware laptops</h3> <p>Several years ago, it was vogue to gobble up boutique builders -- Dell acquired Alienware, HP grabbed Voodoo PC, and OCZ (now owned by Toshiba) snagged HyperSonic. Out of those, only Dell has consistently kept its enthusiast brand active with new product releases, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, <strong>Dell brought along a couple of new Alienware 17-inch and 15-inch laptops to display</strong>. Let's have a look.</p> <p>These won't compete with Ultrabooks or any other ultra thin laptops for thinness and weight (these are desktop replacements, after all), though they are slightly slimmer from the previous generation models, which Dell achieved primarily by removing the optical drive. Combined with some internal tweaks, Dell says it was able to shave away 20 percent of the thickness.</p> <p>Inside you'll find some high-end hardware, including optional Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of HDD or 512GB SSD. As for the display, Dell went with a Full HD 1080p resolution, though there will be a 4K option on the 15-inch model.</p> <p>Why no 4K option on the 17-inch version? That's a question Online Managing Editor and alien abduction survivalist Jimmy Thang made sure to ask, and according to Dell, there aren't as many 4K panel options in the 17-inch space as there are in smaller categories, and that's especially true in the IPS space, which is a feature Alienware wants to stick with.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,499 for the 17-inch and $1,199 for the 15-inch model, both of which are available now.</p> <p>More info in the video below!</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienware ces2015 dell Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:22:59 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29219 at CES 2015: Origin PC Discusses Laptops with Desktops CPUs and Omega Console [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_omega.jpg" alt="Origin PC Omega" title="Origin PC Omega" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Laptops and desktop CPUs and PC consoles, oh my!</h3> <p>We've already seen some interesting developments coming from boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, though there's still plenty more to talk about. Like what? Well, <strong>Origin PC arrived at CES with laptops configured with desktop processors and a few living room game systems</strong> (call them PC consoles, if you will, but not Steam Box) that should play nice with your 4K TV.</p> <p>Continuing our video coverage, Online Managing Editor and level 73 CES Wizard Jimmy Thang transported himself to Origin PC's hideout to get a glance at its new systems. Origin PC started off by showcasing three new laptop PCs -- EON15-S, EON15-X, and EON17-X.</p> <p>The latter two support desktop processors up to an Intel Core i7 4790K. Why shove a desktop CPU into a notebook? "Why not" and "it's totally awesome," is what we were told. Origin PC elaborated on its reasoning, saying that it comes to down to power -- desktop chips are typically faster than their mobile counterparts, and for customers who need or would otherwise appreciate the added horsepower, or "grunt on the go," these laptops are for them.</p> <p>What about cooling and throttling? Origin PC admits that these laptops can get a little loud, but they run cool and run at 100 percent without throttling, as it's performed extensive thermal testing.</p> <p>Origin PC also showed off its new <a href="" target="_blank">Omega living room PC</a>. It will come in multiple different cases, including one that supports up to three graphics cards. These are perhaps more expensive than what some of it competitors are offering, but also more powerful, allowing for game play at 4K and beyond (in some instances), rather than just 4K output.</p> <p>See more:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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> ces2015 Gaming Hardware laptop notebook omega origin pc rigs News Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:51:40 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29210 at CES 2015: Velocity Micro Unveils Custom Laptops, Promises Three-Day Lead Times <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_raptor_mx70.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro Raptor MX70" title="Velocity Micro Raptor MX70" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Custom configured laptops for impatient customers</h3> <p>One of the advantages of rolling your own rig is that once the parts arrive, you can get busy assembling the system and be finished on the same day. But when you order from a bulk OEM or boutique builder, you're at the mercy of their lead times. You don't have much choice when it comes to laptops -- there aren't a ton of whitebox options -- though <strong>Velocity Micro today announced three custom-configured laptop lines, each of which requires just a three-day lead time</strong>.</p> <p>"Our goal with these new laptops was to create a product with the same level of customization and attention to detail that we’ve become known for with our desktops, but to do it with a lead time of three days and back it up with our 100 percent US-based tech support," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We’re extremely excited by this opportunity to bring the Velocity Micro Experience to a whole new level of customer via this thrilling line of products."</p> <p>Velocity Micro didn't reveal a whole lot about the specific hardware, so don't shoot the messenger. Here's what we know. As mentioned, there are three new systems, starting with the NoteMagix M17. It starts at $1,199 and includes a 17.3-inch Full HD display, Nvidia GTX 850M options, Haswell-based Core i7 processor options, and integrated camera, fingerprint scanner, and optical drive accessories.</p> <p>Next up is the Raptor MX50 starting at $1,899. It has a 15.6-inch Full HD display, also with Haswell-based Core i7 processor options. Graphics chores are handled by Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M and 980M options, and it will also have an integrated camera and fingerprint scanner, along with a backlit keyboard.</p> <p>Finally there's the Raptor MX17 starting at $1,999. It's spec'd the same as the MX50 but with a bigger 17.3-inch display.</p> <p>Look for these new systems to be available later this month.</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> ces2015 laptop notebook notemagix m17 raptor mx50 raptor mx70 rigs velocity micro News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:00:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 29203 at CES 2015: MSI Marries a Mechanical Keyboard to a Gaming Laptop [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gaming_laptop_1.jpg" alt="MSI GT80" title="MSI GT80" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Proof that laptop keyboards don't need to suck</h3> <p>Over the course of the last couple of years, MSI has been taking the gaming laptop category by storm, and we've seen a lot of interesting offerings from the company. However, it's <strong>MSI's new GT80 Titan SLI-009 that has us intrigued</strong>. The company brought its latest system (along with several other goodies) to the Consumer Electronics Show, so we sent Online Managing Editor and resident gaming whiz Jimmy Thang to check things out.</p> <p>There's a lot going on with the GT80 -- obviously the inclusion of dual GPUs is notable, though hardly a first in the gaming laptop category. However, what is a first is the inclusion of a built-in mechanical keyboard rather than all those membrane planks that are so commonplace.</p> <p>SteelSeries is behind the design of the mechanical plank, which uses Cherry MX Brown switches that offer a light tactile response and are non-clicky (though not silent). You'll also notice that the trackpad is positioned to the right of the keyboard, not below it, so that it more closely resembles a desktop setup. In addition, if you tap the top left corner of the trackpad, it turns into a digital number pad with haptic feedback -- pretty snazzy!</p> <p>The space above the keyboard pops off to offer easy access to things like RAM and storage. That's a huge convenience compared to some systems that require almost a complete teardown to access internal parts.</p> <p>Also in the video below are some other gaming laptops and an interesting laptop dock that gives compatible laptops (in this case, the GS30) desktop graphics power at full speed PCI-E x16.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Ah, but we're not finished touring MSI's booth! MSI has its hands in a lot of different product categories, and of course that includes motherboards. MSI showed off a new model featuring a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. Compared to USB 3.0, MSI demonstrated significantly faster transfer times via USB 3.0. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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> ces2015 Gaming GT80 Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:25:50 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29198 at HP Goes After Business Users with Zbook 14 and 15u Workstation UItrabooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_zbooks.jpg" alt="HP Zbooks" title="HP Zbooks" width="228" height="74" style="float: right;" />Thin and light workstations for the mobile road warrior</h3> <p>HP is awfully proud of its reputation for delivering thin and light business-class laptops, and to ensure its name keeps coming up when the discussion turns to such systems, <strong>HP today introduced what it claims are the industry's thinnest and lightest workstation Ultrabooks to date, the Zbook 14 and Zbook 15u</strong>. If these model names look familiar, it's because they're second generation products.</p> <p>Both models are similar in features and options, albeit the Zbook 14 G2 sports a 14-inch display with and the Zbook 15u features a 15.6-inch panel, each of which come with optional 10-point touch support. Resolutions range in size from 1366x768 to Full HD 1080p (1920x1080).</p> <p>A 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U dual-core processor (<a href="">14nm Broadwell</a>) comes standard on each model, though users can upgrade to faster Core i7 CPUs. Other specs include 4GB of RAM upgradeable to 16GB, optional AMD FirePro M4150 graphics (the larger model can be configured with AMD FirePro M4170 graphics), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 4.0 ports, SSD and HDD options up to 1.25TB, optional 4G connectivity, and of course Windows 8.1.</p> <p>HP will beginning <a href="" target="_blank">shipping the Zbook 14 G2</a> this month starting at $1,249 and the Zbook 15u G2 at $1,199.</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> ces2015 hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM rigs ultrabook workstation zbook 14 zbook 15u News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:45:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 29192 at Lenovo Unveils 3rd GenThinkPad X1 Carbon, Touts 100 Million ThinkPad Sales Milestone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_thinkpad_x1_carbon_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon" title="Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon" width="228" height="98" style="float: right;" />Lenovo kicks off 2015 by crossing a big time milestone</h3> <p>If you thought Lenovo would slow its roll in 2015, think again. The world's top PC supplier is currently celebrating over 100 million ThinkPad unit sales to date, which is enough to equip every man, woman, and child in Canada almost three times over (in case a bit of perspective is needed). And to keep the good times going, <strong>Lenovo is showcasing a number of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including its third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lenovo describes</a> its latest ThinkPad Carbon X1 as the lightest 14-inch performance Ultrabook around. It features a new super bright display with a spacious 2560x1440 resolution and 10-point multitouch support. Other specs include 5th Generation Intel Core i7 processor options, Intel HD GT2 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 512GB PCIe solid state drive, 720p webcam, Dolby Advanced Audio V4, HDMI and mini DisplayPort output, USB connectivity, and few other odds and ends.</p> <p>Look for the ThinkPad Carbon X1 to ship this month starting at $1,249.</p> <p>Also on tap from Lenovo is the ThinkVision X24, an ultra-slim monitor with a narrow bezel. Lenovo says it's the first monitor to use pre-coated metal (PCM) surface technology for a non-traditional rear cover to enhance workspace appearances, for those who care about such a thing.</p> <p>The ThinkVision X24 uses a Neo-Blade IPS pane with a 1920x1080 display, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 7ms response time, 250 nits brightness, and 178-degrees (horizontal and vertical) viewing angles. It will be available in April for $249 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> Hardware laptop lenovo notebook OEM rigs thinkpad x1 carbon ultrabook News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:14:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 29186 at Acer First to Offer a 15.6-Inch Chromebook Model <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebook_15.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook 15" title="Acer Chromebook 15" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Meet the world's first 15.6-inch Chromebook</h3> <p>The primary appeal of Chromebooks is the price of entry -- without a low price tag, these modern day cloud-based netbooks probably wouldn't find much of an audience. This begs the question, is there a market for slightly more expensive Chromebook models with bigger size displays? <strong>Acer intends to find out by launching its Chromebook 15, the industry's first Chromebook device with a 15.6-inch display</strong>.</p> <p>The Acer Chromebook 15 measures 15.4 (W) x 10.08 (D) 0.95 (H) inches and weighs 4.85 pounds. On the outside is what Acer describes as a white fabric-like surface intended to add a touch of sophistication to the laptop. It was also constructed with every day hazards in mind -- the case can withstand up to 60kg of force, while the corners can absorb drops up to 45cm without damange.</p> <p>Powering the Full HD 1080p 15.6-inch display are 5th Generation Intel Core i3 and and next-generation Intel Celeron processors based on Intel's 5th Generation Core micro-architecture. Other features include 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of SSD storage, 802.11ac (MIMO 2x2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (one each), HDMI output, SD card reader, and an HD webcam.</p> <p>"The Acer Chromebook 15 is a true powerhouse – it provides fast mobile performance and a large display to help customers accomplish more every day," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jerry Kao</a>, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. "Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook market, from providing the latest in technology and trailblazing battery life to designing new form factors. We’re driving the category forward again with the world’s first 15.6-inch display Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15."</p> <p>Look for the Acer Chromebook 15 line to start shipping soon with prices beginning at $250 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> Acer ces2015 chromebook Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:48:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 29185 at Samsung Unveils ATIV Book 9 Laptop and ATIV One 7 Curved All-in-One PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ativ_one_7_curved.jpg" alt="Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved" title="Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Samsung takes a break from mobile handsets to announce a pair of PC products</h3> <p>Between all the Galaxy smartphone and tablet releases, we're a little surprised Samsung has time to take a breath, let alone announce a pair of sleek looking PC products. Yet that's exactly that the company has done today. Specifically, <strong>Samsung today unveiled its ATIV Book 9</strong>, an all-aluminum laptop with an Intel Broadwell Core M processor inside, <strong>and ATIV One 7 Curved</strong>, the company's first curvaceous all-in-one PC.</p> <p>Starting with the latter, the ATIV One 7 Curved sports a 27-inch curved display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. According to Samsung, the curved design ovvers a "unique entertainment perspective" that makes the screen feel even larger than it already is. The company also says it features wide viewing angles (178 degrees), so you don't need to worry about always being front and center.</p> <p>Other specs include an unspecified Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 1TB storage, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (two each), 3-in-1 memory card reader, two 10W stereo speakers, Full HD webcam, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Look for it to be available beginning Q1 2015 for $1,300 MSRP.</p> <p>Moving on, the ATIV Book 9 measures a scant 0.46 inches thick and weighs just 2.06 pounds, qualifying it as the lightest Book 9 ever.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ativ_book_9.jpg" alt="Samsung ATIV Book 9" title="Samsung ATIV Book 9" width="620" height="527" /></p> <p>Inside those tight confines is an Intel Core M 5Y10c processor with Intel HD Graphics 5300, 8GB of RAM (4GB option will also be available), 128GB or 256GB SSD, 720p HD webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI output, Ethernet (supplied via an adapter dongle), headphone/mic combo port, two 1.5W speakers, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Pricing will be $1,200 MSRP for the model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, and $1,400 for 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Each will be available in the first quarter of next year.</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> aio all-in-one ativ book 9 ativ one 7 curved Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs samsung News Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:00:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29166 at