High-priced Vaio prototype could go on sale in Japan from May
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.
Nvidia Shield LTE gaming tablet ships in United States
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.
Custom upgrade service with delivery, warranty perks comes to three Gigabyte models
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.
Notebook powered by Intel Iris graphics, 'GamingDock' allows full-sized video cards
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 Stream priced far higher than Microsoft initially claimed
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 Encore Mini includes Office 365 Personal, entry-level specifications
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.
Notebook features Intel processor, Nvidia graphics with 15.6-inch IPS screen
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."
First value notebook running Windows 8.1 may have Chromebook specifications
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.
Gaming system offer from Origin PC includes two Titan Z graphics cards for price of one
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.
Slim Alienware gaming notebook due for release before end of year
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.
MSI WS60 portable workstation includes Core i7 processor, Windows 7
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.
Previous update caused system crashes, unstable or unbootable machines
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.
South Korean release for combined Android notebook, tablet from LG
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.
Full HD, thin notebook powered by Intel Core i7, Nvidia GeForce graphics
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.
Haswell-based Toughbook 53 survives 3-foot drops, splashes
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.
Notebook focused on gaming power with Intel Core i7 processor, SSD raid setup
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.
Notebook ships in August with Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, Nvidia GTX 870M
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.
Gaming notebook measures under 1-inch thick, includes 3K display option
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 ROG GR8 gaming PC will ship a variant running Steam OS at a later date
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.
Retina display and 64-bit processor support added, functionality improvements
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 starts sales of Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in United States
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.
Flex 2 can be posed using notebook keyboard as stand
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.
High-resolution Toshiba notebook has Adobe Lightroom 5 pre-installed
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.
GS60 Ghost Pro offers 15.6-inch display with 2880x1620 resolution
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.
Upgraded Chromebooks offer Exynos 5 Octa processor, 4GB RAM
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 estimated to cull 5,000 jobs by end of financial year
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.
Haswell processor, twin GPUs employed in Aorus X7
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.
Ultra HD screens added to Toshiba performance notebooks
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.
new Mac Pro discussion and more
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.
Educational-oriented Dell Chromebook 11 shipping in January
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.
Budget-minded Gateway notebooks have ten-point multitouch
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
Battery life in Toughbook CF-C2 hits 14 hours, improves on predecessor
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.
Hinge enables four different modes
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.
Notebook with floating Ezel-Hinge has improved processor, RAM, storage
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.
Notebook offers dual GPUs, Haswell processors, five storage drive options
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.
Chromebook 11 weighs 2.3 pounds, uses magnesium-strengthened plastic body
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.
Transformer Pad, Transformer Book sees upgrades, name changes
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.
Aspire R7 upgraded with Haswell, Acer Active Pen support
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.
New LX touted as world's lightest 14-inch notebook
Panasonic has launched three updated devices from its Let's Note range of notebooks in Japan. The 12.1-inch SX, 12.1-inch NX, and 14-inch LX models have all had upgrades to their specifications, with the 14-inch LX model being touted by the company as being the world's lightest 14-inch notebook, weighing in at 2.5 pounds.
Budget-friendly Windows 8 notebook boasts touchscreen, small size
Asus will be expanding its VivoBook range with a 10.1-inch Windows 8 notebook, according to new leaked information. The VivoBook X102BA, shown in a promotional image, is said to have a touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366x768, with its compact size and potential student-friendly low cost being its biggest selling points.
Haswell, Nvidia graphics, 1080p screen in MSI gaming notebook
MSI has revealed a gaming notebook with a 1080p 17.3-inch display that it calls the world's thinnest and lightest. The GS70 weighs 5.7 pounds and measures 0.85 inches thick, and houses a Haswell-based Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory inside its brush aluminum casing.
Claimed eight to ten times scratch resistance of soda lime glass
Corning has introduced a new version of its tough Gorilla Glass designed for notebooks with touchscreen displays. Following on from its extensive use in smartphones and tablets, Gorilla Glass NBT is claimed by the company to provide enhanced scratch resistance, a better retained strength after a scratch occurs, and reduced scratch visibility compared to soda lime glass normally used in notebook screens.
Ultrabook, All-In-One offer full HD 1080p displays, 4th generation Intel Core i7
Lenovo has revealed a new notebook and all-in-one computers running on Haswell processors. The ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook offers a full HD 1080p IPS display and a 21mm-thick (0.8-inches) body, while the ThinkCentre M93z AIO uses a 23-inch full HD 1080p LED display with anti-glare and an option for 10-point multitouch.
Razer Blade equipped with 14-inch display, Haswell, Nvidia GTX 765M GPU
Razer has unveiled a pair of gaming notebooks that are both less than an inch thick. The updated Blade and the larger Blade Pro refine the design of the gaming peripheral producer's previous notebook, while also updating the internal components to include a fourth-generation Haswell processor from Intel, and moving from an Nvidia GTX 660M to a GTX 765M GPU.
Windows XP support expiry to marginally help PC sales next year
Shipments of personal computers are set to drop even lower before the end of the year, continuing the ongoing trend for the PC industry as a whole. New figures released by IDC predict that overall PC shipments will decline by as much as 7.8 percent in 2013, with it set to go down by a further 1.2 percent in 2014.
Appears to be 13-inch version of Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook
A video clip on YouTube claimed to be leaked from training videos for the Dixons Store Group in the UK appears to show an unannounced larger version of the Sony Vaio Duo 11. Using the same "Surf Slider" hinge found on the 11-inch version, the mystery Ultrabook is shown in the clip to have a 13-inch Full HD Triluminos touchscreen that lines up with the top of the keyboard when propped up.
Aspire P3 includes keyboard cover, 5-megapixel camera
Aside from unveiling the Aspire R7 with the "Ezel" hinge, Acer also revealed a number of other mobile computing options at its media event. The Aspire P3 is billed as a slate computer that can convert to a notebook with its keyboard case, while the Aspire V5 and V7 notebooks are said to bring thinner and lighter designs to the company's notebook ranges.
Notebook screen can face away from user, be used as tablet
Acer has revealed a new notebook with a floating touchscreen, one that it previously teased alongside Star Trek footage. The Aspire R7 holds its 15.6-inch 1080p multitouch display on an "Ezel" hinge, allowing it to be viewed in the normal notebook way, lying flat on a table, flipped to face away from the user, and also closed with the display facing out and making it resemble a tablet.
Second hinge allows for display to hover above keyboard
Acer is using its tie-in with the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness to tease a notebook with a sliding-hinge screen. The clip, which intersperses clips from the film with that of the notebook sliding down a textured wall, calls it "A Unique Notebook" that will be revealed on May 3rd, ahead of the movie's own release on May 17th.
Double screened ultrabook allows for sharing, tablet use
Asus is shipping a larger version of its dual-screen ultrabook. Following on from the 11.6-inch Taichi 21, the Taichi 31 has two 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreens with optional stylus input, with one on either side of the lid, allowing its to be used as a tablet when closed or as a standard notebook with an extra external display for presentations or for multiple users.