05/30/2013, Just ahead of Computex, E3 and Intel’s launch of its 4th generation of processors, NVIDIA has announced its GTX 700M family of graphics processors (GPUs) for laptops. This is a performance-oriented refresh that hits on nearly all important elements: core frequency, number of sub-processors memory and sometime, memory bandwidth. Individually, each element has been improved by 10%-20% but combined, they could represent an aggregate performance boost of 25% to %30 […]
05/29/2013, Toshiba has released its Portege Z10T, an 11.6″ Ultrabook/tablet hybrid that is designed for a professional environment where things like being a full-size computer, a real tablet and “dongle-free” (for Ethernet, VGA…) do really matter. The overall goal of the Z10T is to bring the best of both worlds in terms of tablet usage model, without sacrificing the computer feel. The typical user for a system like this would be […]
05/20/2013, Chromebooks do not have any built-in capability to access local content (LAN) in its native mode because there is no access to the chromeOS filesystem to mount a network shared resource. I wish there was a “browse network” feature in the ChromeOS file management tool to access shared folders on the LAN. The two current available options to manage content are: 1- Cloud storage, Google Drive (and other providers) but […]
03/28/2013, It was last summer when we were introduced to the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, resulting in us completely falling in love with its gorgeous 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display that was able to produce some nice colors and its view angles were exceptional. The Spectre XT TouchSmart also wowed us with its high-quality aluminum chassis, although we left the experience concerned about its weight and battery life. Now that we […]
03/22/2013, HP Envy X2 Review | This complete review of the Envy X2 tablet/laptop transformable covers the most important aspects, including ergonomics, performance, and battery life.
02/21/2013, Google just announced its new high-end computer called Chromebook Pixel, which is aimed at “everyone” (including the “enthusiast” market), and we got a chance to check it out this morning. If you are unfamiliar with Google’s Chromebook products, they are computers built for “cloud” users who rely mainly on web-based applications and services. It has had some real retail success (Amazon) and has gained some traction in the education space […]
01/02/2013, [CES 2013] While the Samsung Series 7 Ultra, Samsung wants to provide a “new Ultrabook Experience” as the company puts it. What’s for sure is that the specifications are very nice for a 13.3″ laptop, let’s take a look: 1080p display with 178 degrees viewing angle, the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV), up to 256GB of SSD storage and an AMD discrete GPU (Radeon HD […]
01/02/2013, [CES 2013] Here is the Samsung Series 7 Chronos, a line of laptops that Samsung intends to present next week at CES 2013. The Samsung Series 7 is aimed at the professional market, an area where Samsung says it has expended in 2012 (according to David Song, Senior Vice President of IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics) and that it wants to accelerate in 2013. The first Samsung Series […]
12/17/2012, Earlier today AMD’s Jay Marsden presented early news of the company’s latest mobile GPU series called Radeon HD 800M. At the moment, there is only partial information and AMD is going to show more at CES 2013, but the company was willing to share some information today: First of all, this new series of mobile GPUs will support the latest APIs, namely DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.3 and OpenCL 1.2 — […]
11/07/2012, Over the past couple of months, it’s become clear that the way computer makers–those companies that specify and brand the actual physical device–need to make less models. It’s because when you’re optimizing for portability and battery life, what you don’t include is almost as important what you do include. Newcomers to the laptop game Vizio and Razer have adopted this one-model few-options approach, and computers like Microsoft’s Surface show that […]
10/15/2012, A Chinese source which claims to have had first-hand contact with the upcoming Retina Macbook Pro 13 (link, in Chinese) has noticed that the thermal design has not been build for two “hot” chips, which indicates that there is no discrete graphics processor (GPU) in the 13″ version of the Retina Macbook Pro.
09/18/2012, Budget laptops, in general, used to be clunky hunks of plastic, more three-dimensional than thin, a collection of loosely grouped computer parts. Because of the recent Ultrabook (Intel’s thin-and-fast laptop) craze, even mid-to-low range computers sport a durable, solid build. In order to bill a computer as an ultrabook, manufacturers have to place a strong emphasis on maximizing the space and efficiency of laptop internals. The Envy 4 isn’t Macbook […]
08/29/2012, Samsung’s Series 5 Ultra is the first generation of Samsung laptop to get an integrated 13.3″ touch screen optimized for Windows 8. The design language and overall build quality of this Series 5 Ultra reminds us of the 15″ Series 9. The body is made of aluminum, and the design is slick and very rigid. It’s not as thin as the Series 9, but it is in a different price […]
08/08/2012, Last year, Lenovo came out with the Lenovo Thinkpad X1, a laptop that was unprecedented in the company’s history. Lenovo is coming back with a follow-up in the the Lenovo X1 Carbon. The new laptop builds upon the strengths of the original X1, but improves upon just about everything, and that includes the screen size (14”), weight (3lbs) and design. The Lenovo X1 Carbon has been designed to go beyond […]