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Lenovo is considering a retro revival of the ThinkPad, with a notebook using a similar design to the original ThinkPads created by Richard Sapper for IBM. Design vice president David Hull has proposed on the Lenovo blog the creation of a "very unique ThinkPad model" that takes its design cues from a notebook created in 1992, but bringing it up to date with modern internal components and slight tweaks to the external design to accommodate today's customers.
Toshiba has announced it will be bringing out a large number of new notebooks in its Satellite ranges it will be releasing this summer. The new notebook ranges include entry-level additions to the Satellite C range for basic computer use, the higher-specification and 4K-capable Satellite S series, new additions to the Satellite Radius range including some with Ultra HD-resolution displays, the Satellite Fusion systems, and Satellite L series.
HP is lining up another set of notebooks in its Pavilion and Envy lines, a few months after the previous launches in the same product ranges. The HP Pavilion x2 is a detachable PC with a tablet display combined with a tablet dock, while the HP Envy updates to the 14, 15.6, and 17.3-inch models include a modern design with an elevated hinge, battery life improvements, and an upgraded selection of components to customize each system.
Dell has used Computex to outline some new additions and alterations to its extensive notebook line. The new Inspiron 5000 series is a mid-range collection that covers a wide array of display sizes, the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 is a convertible notebook that can work as a tablet, and the currently-available 3000 series will get a minor upgrade, using Intel's Braswell-based processors.
Lenovo has unveiled a trio of notebooks aimed at the budget end of the computer market, ahead of the manufacturer's Lenovo Tech World global technology conference in Beijing. The Ideapad 100 is a basic 1366x768-resolution notebook that takes after Chromebooks, while the Lenovo Z41 and Z51 are slightly more expensive notebooks with 14-inch and 15-inch, 1080p-resolution displays that offer a bit more power than the Ideapad.
Acer has added another model to its 15-inch Chromebook range, this time one focused on users with tight budgets. The Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps the same 15.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display as its stablemates, but Acer has managed to refine the specifications list enough to make the Chrome OS notebook cost a relatively low $200.
HP has unveiled an upgraded professional model of last year's Omen gaming notebook. The Omen Pro is billed as a high-powered mobile workstation that borrows the styling of the original, but manages to pack in higher-performance components inside its 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick, 4.68-pound anodized aluminum unibody frame, including an Nvidia Quadro K1100M GPU with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
Acer is improving its Aspire V Nitro notebooks, by upgrading the Black Edition with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU, announced earlier today. The gaming notebooks now offer the option of combining a Haswell-based quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with the GTX 960M, with the variety of models including options for a 4K-resolution display and a 3D camera.
HP has introduced a slim notebook range which aims to take on the svelte MacBook Air. The EliteBook Folio 1020 and the Special Edition version measure 15.7mm (0.6 inches) thick and are housed in a casing made from a magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber, with the Special Edition weighing slightly less than the standard, at 2.2 pounds to 2.6 pounds.
HP is taking on the Razer Blade and other gaming notebooks, with its own compact effort. The HP Omen packs a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a Maxwell-based Nvidia GTX860M GPU, and a 15.6-inch touch-enabled 1080p panel into an anodized aluminum unibody design, with the high-specification notebook measuring just 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick.
On top of the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC, Alienware is taking care of mobile gamers with its new Alienware 13 notebook. While the Alienware 13 isn't as powerful as its desktop counterpart, the company hopes to solve that with an add-on device called the Alienware Graphics Amplifier that brings the power of a discrete GPU to the notebook.
The second attempt at a Vaio-branded notebook following the sale of Sony's PC business could give the Microsoft Surface some competition. A prototype consisting of a stylus-enabled tablet combined with a wireless keyboard has been shown off at Adobe Max 2014, with the company aiming to appease customers involved in design and illustration fields.
The LTE-equipped version of the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet has gone on sale in the United States. The tablet, which is able to stream gameplay from a gaming PC over a network as well as being able to locally play Android titles, is available at $399 as an unlocked device, though it can also be acquired via AT&T on-contract for $299.
A new line of gaming laptops have been added to CyberPower PC's VenomX customization service today, according to the company. Three of laptop and component manufacturer's machines have been brought over to the custom computer builder, giving consumers the option to bring the P25X2, P25W2 and Zeusbook Edge X4 up to their gaming standards.
MSI has announced the launch of another machine in its gaming notebook series, the GS30 Shadow. The 13.3-inch notebook with a 2560x1440 resolution features a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel's Iris Pro graphics. While the new device in news on its own, MSI also announced that it was developing the GamingDock, a large laptop dock produced specifically for the GS30 to access a discrete graphics card.
HP has revealed its rumored attempt to create a Windows-based version of its Chromebooks, though at a higher price than first thought. The HP Stream is a compact notebook with a 14-inch, 1366x768 display and a low-power quad-core AMD A4 processor, with the Windows 8.1-based computer measuring 0.7 inches thick, weighing 3.8 pounds, and using a fanless design.
Toshiba has introduced two devices running Windows 8.1 at IFA, adding to its existing Radius and Encore ranges. The Satellite Radius 11 is a convertible notebook able to switch between tablet and notebook modes, while the Encore Mini is a 7-inch tablet offering full Windows 8.1 with Bing and Microsoft Office 365 Personal preinstalled.
CyberPower PC recently announced a new entry in its series of notebook gaming machines. The Raven X6 notebook features a 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS LED-backlit screen coupled with an Intel processor and Nvidia graphics that the company claims uses "very little power from the socket until you need it."
Microsoft's fight against Chromebooks will start with a low-cost offering from HP, according to a report. A leaked data list claims the HP Stream 14 will allegedly have a similar specification list to other Chromebooks, along with a competitive price tag of $200, though the notebook will be running Windows 8.1 instead of Google's Chrome OS.
Computer producer Origin PC has issued a few announcements about its gaming computer lines, including the launch of a trade-in program. The company is offering systems it's billing as capable of playing games at a 4K resolution from under $4,000, as well as the commencement of its Trade Up program, where customers can receive credit towards an Origin PC notebook or computer after trading in an Alienware-branded Dell notebook.
Dell has unveiled another gaming notebook under the Alienware brand, with a smaller display compared to others in the range. The Alienware 13 has a selection of 13-inch displays to fit it out with, including a touch-enabled 2560x1440 IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness, a 1080p 350-nit version, and at the low-end, a 720p-resolution screen with 200 nits of brightness.
Computer hardware manufacturer MSI has unveiled a new work-focused notebook running Windows 7 Professional, which it touts as being thin and light for a portable workstation. Spiritual successor to the GS60 gaming notebook and weighing in 4.36 pounds and measuring under 0.8 inches thick, the WS60 boasts an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, with a choice of 15.6-inch 16:9 displays including a 2880x1620 resolution option and a 1080p version with eDP Wide View Angle technology.
Apple released a new update for MacBook Air EFI firmware today, updating to version 2.9.1 for "Mid-2011" models of the notebook. The company states that the update fixes a few issues for owners facing problems with waking from sleep and fans running at full speed in a specific instance. The update replaces a previous version that caused a number of additional problems for owners.
LG has revealed a version of its Tab Book, a combined tablet and notebook, running on Android instead of Windows 8.1. The new Tab Book 11TA740 uses an 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display which can slide up and uncover a physical keyboard, with the Android device weighing 1.05 kilos (2.3 pounds) and measuring just 16.7 millimeters (0.65) thick when used as a tablet.
Maingear announced a new notebook in its Pulse last week series called the Pulse 15. Following on the design of the Pulse 17, the new 15-inch model crams many of the same components into a smaller shell. The Pulse 15 packs power into a chassis that is only 0.75 inches tall when folded, with a weight of less than four pounds. Maingear states it's the thinnest 15-inch notebook they have ever produced.
Panasonic has unveiled another semi-rugged notebook in its Toughbook computer range. The Toughbook 53 is a hard-wearing notebook capable of surviving a three-foot drop and survive in challenging environments, while still offering a 14-inch 720p touchscreen and stylus-enabled display and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3GHz.
Computer hardware manufacturer MSI released a beefy new notebook today that's positioned to be a "desktop replacement" for gamers. The new 17.3-inch GT72 Dominator Pro notebook packs its power in a one-body aluminum case to give gamers the hardware they need to step into a game in any location.
Computer builder CyberPowerPC announced the availability of a new gaming notebook this week, called the Zeusbook Edge X6-100. The new computer is said to be the lightest and thinnest notebook to date from the company, at 4.75 pounds and 0.82 inches thick. The Zeusbook comes with enough power to run most modern games, but also gives consumers the chance to do a little customization if they want more punch.
Computer producer Origin PC has revealed its first ever "thin and light" notebook aimed at gamers and artists. The EVO15-S is a high-performance PC with an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor and the choice of a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-resolution 16:9 display or a 2880x1620 3K version, packed into a case weighing in at 4.36 pounds and measuring just 0.79 inches thick.
Asus has continued its run of product launches at Computex, with a second event showcasing its Republic of Gamers line of products. Gaming-focused components and accessories are accompanied on stage by a 4K gaming notebook and two gaming PCs, one of which is set to be released as a Steam Machine variant running Valve Software's Steam OS.
Featuring an updated interface, Circus Ponies has released a new version of its Notebook software for use on OS X machines. Notebook 4 brings a number of improvements over the previous version of the software, notably adding full support for 64-bit processors and Retina displays. By adding support for modern staples in Mac hardware, the application can now tap into the full potential of machines.
Lenovo has put the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on sale in the United States. Unveiled in February and joining the current Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display can be set into three different positions, and is backed by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.3 with 4.4 due soon, Lenovo is selling the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ for $369, with shipping set to begin within three weeks.
Lenovo has extended its Flex notebook family, by introducing two new updated versions. The Flex 2 are dual-mode notebooks that can flip the 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch-enabled displays around 300 degrees, allowing it to work similar to a tablet being used in a stand with the keyboard-equipped section face down on the surface behind the screen.
Toshiba will be shipping its notebook with a 4K-resolution display in the United States starting from next week, the company has revealed. Going under the Satellite P55t name instead of the P50t it was initially unveiled as at CES, it will be available from April 22nd, and will offer a native resolution of 3,840x2,160 on its 15.6-inch TruBrite touchscreen display.
MSI has used the CeBIT trade show in Germany to tease a new gaming notebook in its GS range, one which can be supplied with a high-resolution display. The GS60 Ghost Pro measures three quarters of an inch thick and weighs 4.4 pounds, yet manages to squeeze in a 15.6-inch screen with resolution options ranging from Full HD to 3K, namely a resolution of 2,880x1,620.
Samsung has updated its line of Chromebook devices with a pair of two differently-sized models. The 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch versions of the Chromebook 2 series both offer a similar, textured fake leather lid and stitching motif to that of some Samsung smartphones, with both Chrome OS notebooks said to offer a one-second wake-up and cold booting in under ten seconds.
Sony has confirmed it will be selling off its PC business, affecting approximately 5,000 employees in the process, in order to concentrate on its mobile business. At the same time, it has revealed it will attempt to spin off its television arm into a separate unit, as part of an aggressive reform strategy the company initially announced in April 2012.
Gigabyte has launched a new gaming notebook that employs two GPUs instead of one. The Aorus X7, sporting a 17.3-inch 1080p display inside a 0.9-inch thick, 6.4-pound case, uses a pair of Nvidia Geforce GTX 765M GPUs in SLI to provide graphical power in games, along with a quad-core Haswell Intel Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 2.4GHz.
Fresh off the back of its first Chromebook unveiling, Toshiba has launched two new notebooks with 4K-resolution displays. The upgraded Tecra W50 and the Satellite P50t, complete with Ultra HD screens, are accompanied by an updated Kirabook, with the Ultrabook now packing a Haswell-based Intel Core i7 processor, though not UHD high-resolution screen.
Excitement around the new Mac Pro is building as MacNN forum-goers who have ordered one wait anxiously for them to arrive, and discuss reviews and tear-downs of this latest addition to the Mac lineup. A discussion about appropriate RAM usage was sparked by one Junior Member who was wondering why his machine was using a lot of RAM, in a thread posted earlier this week.
Dell has unveiled its first Chrome OS notebook, the Chromebook 11. Aimed at the education market, the Chromebook 11 offers up an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge glass screen with a resolution of 1366x768, entry-level specifications, and a low price tag, in a device measuring less than an inch in thickness and weighing in at 2.9 pounds.
Gateway has launched a pair of inexpensive notebooks with ten-point multitouch displays, aimed at students and small business users. The smaller LT41P range sports a 10.1-inch 1366x768 display and ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed, while the NV570P opts for a 15.6-inch HD widescreen version and is available with higher-specification models
Panasonic has updated part of its range of ruggedized notebook computers with a number of improvements. The Toughbook CF-C2, a convertible notebook with a twisting display, has been upgraded to include a Haswell-based Intel Core i5-4300U vPro processor clocked at 2.9GHz, as well as Intel HD 4400 graphics, better battery life, and a number of other changes.
Acer's Aspire R7 convertible 15-inch notebook has been overhauled just in time for holiday shoppers. The refresh brings a Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor, more RAM, improved battery life and an optional active stylus, among other upgrades. The company has given us a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new build before it arrives on the market next month.
Acer has upgraded its distinctive notebook, the Aspire R7. The new Aspire R7-572 notebook, which sports a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-resolution touchscreen display on a floating "Ezel-Hinge", now includes a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, as well as increases to its memory and storage capacity, and an extension to its battery life that allows for up to 6.5 hours of usage.
Origin PC has launched its new high-performance notebook aimed at enthusiasts and mobile gamers, one with support for dual Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards. The EON17-SLX desktop replacement is able to use the two cards in SLI for optimum mobile graphics performance, and works in tandem with a fourth-gen Intel Haswell mobile processor.
Google has revealed the latest Chromebook to join its ranks, built in partnership with Hewlett-Packard. The Chromebook 11, joining the existing Pavilion 14 and the upcoming Chromebook 14 from HP, opts for a smaller 11.6-inch,1366x768 IPS display with a wide 176-degree viewing angle, a 60-percent color gamut, and a brightness of 300 nits.
Asus has used IFA to relaunch a number of devices it revealed earlier this year under new names, as well as introducing upgraded versions of existing devices. The Zenbook Infinity, now named the Zenbook UX301, was shown at the same time as a Transformer Book with Haswell, a new Transformer Pad, and other Android devices.
Acer is adding a large touchscreen monitor and upgraded versions of notebook lines to the manufacturer's IFA showcase, alongside a selection of Android devices. The Aspire R7 with its floating "Ezel mode" gains an Acer Active Pen as alternative input, the Aspire E1 range gains new processor options, and a 27-inch WQHD multi-touch display will be introduced at the event later this week.
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