13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display reportedly seen with 2,560 x 1,600 LCD, dual Thunderbolt ports
We hope you didn’t want Apple’s little event next week to be a complete surprise. After promises of extra details for a prior leak, a WeiPhone forum goer has returned with photos of what’s supposed to be the active screen and ports of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that might be on stage come October 23rd. If this is what we get alongside the similarly unofficial miniature iPad, we’ll take it. The possible leak shows a 2,560 x 1,600 LCD (four times higher in resolution than the existing MacBook Pro) and, importantly, no sacrifices in expansion versus the 15-inch Retina model — there’s still the dual Thunderbolt ports and HDMI video that shipped with this system’s bigger brother. Vital details like the performance and price are left out, so there’s a few cards left off Apple’s table, but the images hint at what could be a tempting balance between the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s grunt and the MacBook Air’s grace.
Aw, wouldn’t you look at the cute little… wait. Right, there’s a Chrome OS update. At its heart, the upgrade to Google’s cloud-based platform introduces a streamlined app list that both occupies less space and carries an internet-wide search box. It’s also possible to save files directly to Google Drive, and audio can now play through either HDMI or USB. Don’t lie to yourself, however: the real reason you’ll rush to update your Chromebook today is newly added support for custom wallpapers, which guarantees all-day, everyday viewing of your most favorite dog in the whole wide world. Or at least, a nice change of pace from Google’s run-of-the-mill backdrops. Isn’t it so sweet?
Information has leaked that reveals Lenovo is to release an update to its ultraportable ThinkPad X130e, that will arrive soon in the form of the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e, that will be more rugged in construction when compared to the previous model. Equipped with a dustless fan, stronger brackets/hinges, and stronger ports for more durability.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X131e is an ultraportable notebook equipped with a a choice of Intel Sandy Bridge Intel Celeron 867 or Core i3-2367U processors, or AMD E1-1200 or AMD E2-1800 processors and will be a driving in stores during September.
Other features on the new edition will include Dolby Advance Audio v2 *GB of RAM and 128GB SSD drive as an option, according to the leaked document. Other features include 2 x USB 3.0 ports (in addition to 1 USB 2.0 port, VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet jacks).
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
No, we didn’t get the Retina Macbook Air many of us may have been hoping for, but the Apple ultra-portable did get a significant Ivy Bridge boost, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There’s also an option to double the flash storage capacity with a 512GB SSD, along with adding up to 8 gigs of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and Apple’s new MagSafe 2 connector on the 13-inch Air. Base model pricing remains the same for the 11-incher, at $999 for the bare-bones configuration, while the larger Air will be available starting at $1199 — a $100 drop over its predecessor. All of the new Airs will ship beginning today, but that doesn’t mean it’s upgrade time for you. Click on past the break for our side-by-side comparison and a closer look at what’s new.
HP has been very eager to take the Envy line in an Ultrabook direction, leaving performance hounds a bit wanting. Much to their (and our) relief, the full-fat Envy 15, Envy 17, and Envy 17 3D have all made the leap to Intel’s latest round of Ivy Bridge processors. Along with the 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz quad Core i7 chips we all know and love, the Envy 15 and regular 17 can get a dual 2.5GHz Core i5 to keep the price slightly closer to Earth. All of them ship with an equally upgraded AMD Radeon HD 7850M to give games that extra jolt of energy, and you won’t find one with less than 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. Should you like the Envy’s current formula and just wish it had that much more oomph, you can pay a post-discount $1,100, $1,250 or $1,530 to bring one to your door.
The FCC gave us a clue that Vizio’s first-ever PCs would be shipping soon, and the company is now spilling a few beans more directly. Although the official statement is still short on many of the details we’ve been hoping to know, Vizio is promising that the line will launch before June is up. As a refresher, the normally home theater-focused company is planning to go all-out despite being the new kid on the block, going with a trio of mid-size laptops as well as two sizes of all-in-one desktops that rely on Magic Trackpad-like input to draw attention. Mum’s the word on whether or not the 10-inch tablet will be part of the June arrivals, although there’s unconfirmed talk that Walmart will carry at least some of the lineup and trigger some jealousy in the 2012 Vizio TVs across the aisle.
Sony has added some new notebooks to its E Series range with the launch of the Sony Vaio E Series 15 and E Series 17 notebooks, and both models will be available a range of Intel processors.
The two models share similar hardware specifications except for the screen size, the E Series 15 features a 15.5 inch display with a resolution of 1366 x768 pixels, whilst the E Series 17 features a 17.3 inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels.
Both models will be available with a choice of Intel processors and also a range of storage options with up to a 750GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7650 M graphics with 1GB of RAM on the 15 inch model and 2GB of RAM on the 17 inch model.
Other specifications include integrated web cameras, Bluetooth, WiFi and a couple of USB ports, there are no details on pricing or a release date as yet.
You may have noticed that HP unleashed a torrent of laptops today, but at the heart of it all, even more crucial than those Ultrabooks and business laptops, are the notebooks Hewlett-Packard plans to sell to college kids during the all-important back-to-school season. This go-round, the company’s redesigned both its mainstream Pavilion dv series, as well as its entry-level “g” laptops, though the range of sizes (14 to 17 inches) is pretty predictable. In addition, the outfit also introduced the Pavilion m6, a slim 15-incher that isn’t technically an Ultrabook, but nonetheless joins a growing group of thin-and-lights with unexpectedly large screens. Throughout, as you’d expect, HP’s refreshed its laptops on the inside too — namely, with newer Intel and AMD chips, along with fresher GPUs. We’ve got a full break-down of specs, prices, design notes and availability details after the break, though we’ve also got photos and the full press release below if you’ve got some important study session to hurry to.
- Pavilion dv series. Starting with HP’s redesigned line of mainstream Pavilion dv laptops, these models have a more pared-down look, with recessed keyboards, soft-touch accents and some subtle chrome trim ringing the touchpad. (The Beats Audio branding, of course, hasn’t gone anywhere.) In addition to those Ivy Bridge CPUs, these will be offered with optional discrete graphics from NVIDIA. We’re also told the two larger models will make use of HP’s CoolSense technology, but for whatever reason the dv4 won’t. All three are hitting shelves June 20th, with the dv7 starting at $800 and and the dv4 and dv6 priced at $550 and up.
- Pavilion m6. Though HP isn’t using the word “Ultrabook” to classify the m6, it’s clear this guy is meant to compete with other affordable, 15-inch thin-and-lights, such as Acer’s Timeline Ultra series. For this particular number, HP went with an aluminum-clad design, featuring Beats, along with a subwoofer and optional backlit keyboard. On the inside, you’ll have your choice of Intel and AMD chips, and because this is a full-fledged laptop and all, it will be offered with discrete graphics, too. Pricing for the m6 hasn’t been announced yet; all we know is that it will go on sale sometime this summer.
- G series. And the parade of reserved-looking laptops continue. Though the g series has long been HP’s entry-level line, it’s fine-tuned this latest batch by erring on the side of simplicity. This time around, look for a recesessed “bowl” keyboard, beveled edges and a glossy finish whose fine pattern seems promising for masking fingerprints. The g6 and g7 will both be available on July 25th, starting at $450 and $500, respectively.
HP fans will be happy to know that HP’s Pavilion G6 and G7 series notebooks will be available with the 3rd generation quad-core Intel “Ivy Bridge” processors.
The 15.6″ g6 and 17.3″ g7 are budget systems that pack in a lot. They come with up to the dual-core 2nd-gen Core i7 CPUs. The Core i7-3612QM will be in upcoming configurations like the g6-2031TX and dv7-7003tx. Another option is full HD resolution on the Ivy-based g7. The upcoming g6 and g7 update will include the new Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 2GB GDDR5 and AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB DDR3 dedicated video cards as options, but in some configurations, the systems are also expected to have only the Intel HD 4000 IGP.
The g6 and g7 series also feature chiclet-style keyboards, Altec-Lansing speakers, and Dolby Advanced audio technology, as well as USB 3.0. Nothing on pricing yet.
While they may not be the Sony ultrabooks we’re still all itching to see, the company’s E Series 14P laptops have reappeared with some Ivy Bridge bones. According to Sony Australia, the previously Intel Core i3 processor has been bulked up to a third-generation 2.1GHz Core i7-3612QM, capable of 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost. That’s not the only difference, with the 14-inch display boosted to 1600 x 900 and a new choice between AMD’S Radeon HD 7670M or Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 to provide the graphical horse power in the updated hardware. The aluminum-splashed laptops, priced at $1,500 AUD (around $1,608 USD), will still house Sony’s Gesture Control functions. This should allow you to navigate around websites and media playback with some arm flailing — provided you’re using Microsoft perennials like Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Media Player. These updated specs are tinged with some (minor) bad news; it looks like the pink iteration won’t be getting the same improvements seen on the black and white models. Regardless, monochrome fans can hit up the source for all the new details.
Alienware has today released details about its new range of gaming laptops, and their updated components. The refreshed 2012 range of Alienware laptops will include the M14x, M17x, and M18x which Alienware has now made even more flexible providing 4x graphics choices, 2 x single core, 2 x dual-core, 23 x storage options, 7 x memory choices, 2 x optical drives, and 3 x wireless card to choose from. Enabling you to create your perfect system.
The Alienware M14x R2 is fitted with a 14 inch screen, a 28nm GeForce GT 650M GPU with up to 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, up to 16GB of RAM, and all will include an mSATA slot for solid state drives configurations together with support for Bluetooth 4.0.
Even though Sony has this week announced its $6.4 Billion loss and its cutting 10,000 jobs. Its still trying to bring a little innovation to its notebook range with the unveiling of its latest Sony VAIO E Series 14P notebook.
Which comes supplied with motion based gesture control, similar to that provided by Microsoft’s Kinect Xbox 360 gaming controller. Using the VAIO E Series 14P notebooks built-in 1.3-megapixel Exmor HD webcam.
The Sony VAIO E Series 14P is powered by a Core i3-2350M processor supported by 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM.
According to the guys over at The Verge, the next range of ultrabooks from Asus will come with full HD 1080p displays, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
As well as the full HD IPS displays, there will also be versions available with 1600 x 900 pixels and 1366 x 768 pixels, and all models will come with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors.
There will be versions available with Intel’s Core, i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and Asus will offer the full HD displays on their 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch ultrabooks.
Other options will include up to 4GB of RAM and up to 512GB of solid state disk storage (SSD), there are no details as yet on when Asus will launch these new ultrabooks.
Origin has this week unveiled a monster of a gaming laptop in the form of their new Origin EON17-X3D. Which is the first ever 3D laptop equipped with dual graphics cards in SLI.
The beast of a laptop is powered by an Intel X79 Chipset with 2nd Generation Intel Hexcore processors supported by up to 32GB 1333MHz Corsair Quad Channel Memory. The graphics power is provided by a pair of overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI, with up to 3TB of storage.
If you’ve been waiting for the Lenovo IdeaPad U300e Ultrabook, the company has just put it up for sale on its website.
The U300e is a cheaper version of the U300s Ultrabook at $959. Their higher priced counterparts will set you back at $1,499. Lenovo actually announced in January that the U300e will be priced around $799 but for some reason, the official price on its website is higher than that. Still, it’s way cheaper than the U300s variant.
The U300e is expected to give a faster overall user experience with its HD + SSD combination, wherein the operating system is placed on the 32GB mSATA SSD and the media files located on the hard drive.
The U300e also comes with 4GB of RAM, 500GB HD, Windows 7 Home Premium and 1.3MP web camera.
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The very first Razer Blade gaming laptops were launched late last week and sold out in just 30 minutes. Razer announced that their new high powered Razer Blade laptop would be going on sale on January 27th at 9PM. But just 30 minutes later all available stock had been purchased. But don’t worry if you missed out on the first Razer Blade laptops priced at $2,800 each a new batch will be arriving in 2 weeks time.
Min-Liang Tan Razer’s CEO explained via Facebook:
“OMFG. Less than 30 minutes and we sold out of EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. of our first batch of Razer Blades,” Tan posted on his Facebook Wall. “Our next batch will be in about 2 weeks and we’re making as many as we can. Hang in there. This is *CENSORED* amazing.”
To recap the Razer Blade is equipped with a 17-inch Full HD LED backlit display, Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, 256GB SATA 6Gbps solid state drive, Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics chip, and of course its highly touted ‘Switchblade User Interface’ with 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys and a dual-mode LCD pad. Watch the video below for an introducetion
Source: Hot Hardware
Anyone hoping to get their hands on a new Razer Blade gaming laptop before the end of the year. Is going to be disappointed to learn, that Razer has now had to postpone the scheduled launch date for their new Blade laptop after hardware changes.
Towards the end of the development of the laptop Razer decided to upgrade the 320GB hard drive included in the Blade laptop to a lovely sparkling 256Gb solid state drive. But unfortunately the company has now run into a few problems trying to source the new SSDs for inclusion and launch before the holiday period.
Razer CEO explained on their Facebook page:
“And now, the bad news. Because we managed to upgrade the HDD to an SSD at the eleventh hour, we were only able to secure quantities of the new SSDs to arrive at our manufacturing facilities at the last minute and as a result, we will not be able to fulfil our initial launch orders of the Razer Blade before the holidays.”
Razer now hopes to ship initial quantities of their Razer Blade gaming laptop, in mid to late January for our customers in North America. But will try to bring that date forward if possible.
As far as product launches go, Dell didn’t exactly rip the Band-Aid off the XPS 14z. After teasing it back in September, the company let all the specs out of the bag, but stopped short of naming a price and ship date for the United States. Well, now we know: this 14-incher will be available in the US and Canada November 1, and will start at $1,000 — a price that puts it in direct competition with the likes of the HP Envy 14 and Sony VAIO SA series.
Like these other laptops, the 14z commands a premium over cheaper models, with beefier specs and a (supposedly) more luxurious design. With Core i5 and i7 processor options, discrete graphics, USB 3.0 and an optional solid-state drive, it offers a lot of the same specs as its peers, though it manages to stand out in a couple key ways. One, it sports an LG Shuriken display, which crams a 14-inch screen into a chassis normally reserved for 13-inch systems (translation: its bezels are super narrow). And with a starting weight of 4.36 pounds, it’s lighter than a lot of the other laptops you’re probably considering. But are these bullet points enough to make it a smart buy? Read on to find out.
LG is taking its Cinema 3D Gaming Festival on the road and delivering demos of it three-dimensional prowess to 20 different countries. To celebrate, the Korean company is unleashing a brand new laptop for those with itchy virtual trigger fingers. The LG A530 sports a 15-inch 3D, HD display with up to a 1920 x 1080 resolution, your choice of Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555 GPU, up to 8GB of RAM and either an HD webcam or dual cameras for capturing 3D video. There’s also one of those fancy hybrid hard drives with 4GB of solid state storage packed in to help bolster the performance of its 750GB worth of platters. The company was strangely mum on price, but the new notebook is expected to land in Europe, the Middle East and Africa this month — American consumers will just have to wait.
When Acer unveiled its first Timeline laptops in 2009, these slim numbers felt like a revelation. Imagine: thin notebooks rated to last hours and hours on a charge and priced well under a grand! Fast-forward two years and that proposition seems a bit quaint, doesn’t it? Pretty much every PC maker has been working on slimming down their wares and extending battery life with — shall we say? – mixed results. Still, Acer has kept on keeping, and its latest TimelineX laptops carry the torch as thin, long-lasting and inexpensive. As always, the company released Timelines in assorted screen sizes, ranging from 13.3 to 15.6 inches. We took a look at the 15-incher, the $800 AS5830, which promises to last up to nine hours unplugged and also packs a discrete graphics card – a feature many of its competitors have been skipping. But are impressive battery life and a relatively trim physique enough to make this notebook stand out in a crowded field of inexpensive, good-enough laptops? Let’s see.