Microsoft has long been known for promoting its Surface line of tablets. Yesterday, the tech giant launched their new Surface laptop, making it the first ever Microsoft notebook based device. While the previous gen Surface devices were marketed as tablets despite having keyboards that came as accessories. The new Surface Book is a 13.5” laptop that weighs less than 3.5 pounds and it targeted at the market of ultra-portable laptops or ultrabooks. The laptops will retail for $1,499 for the base model and there are various price points based on the specifications.
Like previous gen Surface devices the highlight of this device is the touchscreen and there are various gesture based interactions that can be used to make the device easy to use. It’s one of the best Windows based devices launched till date and it also comes with a stylus for better productivity and use of handwriting or drawing based apps. Other than the Surface Book Microsoft also launched wide range of Lumia devices for this year which will be replacing the 2014 edition Lumias. Another key highlight of their launch event was the Microsoft Band aimed at individuals who want to track their daily activities and maintain their calorie count.
Two weeks back an ad of Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro had come out and in this ad besides being compared to the Apple Macbook the latter one was, actually, admonished for being inflexible and minus the touch screen. Further reviews of the Yoga 3 Pro have also found it to be spectacular.
It happens to be stylish, weighs light and has a better appearance than not just the former Yoga laptops but the Macbook Air as well. The gadget comes with a watchband-like crux joining the monitor with the base. You are able to slant it to an entire 360 degrees similar to the preceding gadgets or put it down horizontally on the floor at 180 degrees. Most prominently, the cruxes can lock themselves at all degrees of tilt.
The display happens to be quad HD+ 3200×1900 IPS touch screen of 13.3-inch offering wonderful clarity. The monitor comes with a Gorilla Glass for defending it against scratches. As far as size is concerned, the Yoga 3 Pro is transferable as well, measuring a mere 12.99-inch by 8.98-inch x 0.50-inch. One is able to slip it inside a standard backpack easily. Compared to Macbook Air’s 256GB flash storage and RAM of 4GB, Yoga 3 Pro has storage of 512GB and 8GB RAM.
Majority of people consider the name of Lenovo when it comes to buying a notebook. The company has recently announced its ThinkPad 11E series specifically designed for the purpose of education.
For classroom performance these laptops have even been ruggedized and happen to be extremely light and thin to save on the additional loads to be carried by the kids.
The series of laptops from the company will arrive in 2 form factors that will include the traditional laptop and the other one in the form of innovative Yoga multimode from the company with different unique positions like stand, tent, tablet and laptop.
The ThinkPad Yoga 11e is capable of automatically adjusting to the needs of the students based on content or application being worked with.
The laptops will provide administrators, educators and students with an easily manageable, rugged intuitive device. They will be available with some special features so as to be protected from accidental drops.
The features include reinforced ports, rubber bumpers as well as stronger hinges so as to deal with everyday rough use.
Apart from all these features, HD LED antiglare 11.6 inch will also accompany the devices along with touch-screen display. Intel processors will power the device and long battery life will ensure work can be carried out without any hassle.
Hisense Sero 7LT was released earlier in 2013 and available at Wal-Mart can definitely be considered an equivalent of $ 100 laptop aimed towards American mass market.
Over the years, the personal computing market has witnessed many changes and it is definitely not an easy task to find a computer that has a price range of around $ 100.
The device is more of a tablet than a laptop and supposedly more lighter, smaller and thinner than majority of other notebooks. The tablet does not feature Intel inside it and instead, runs on a contemporary Android version which supports Google Play and even grants access to millions of apps.
When the device was introduced to the market it was priced around $ 99 but, soon the price was dropped to $ 79 after HP introduced a seven inch slate.
A good part about this device is that it can be connected to a TV using the HDMI port. TVs can also be connected wirelessly through Chromecast. Although, the device is of no competition to the iPad Mini or Nexus but, it has received positive feedbacks from the customers.
The device has 4GB flash memory without any Bluetooth functionality. Apart from this device, Wal-Mart also features an Android Nextbook seven inch tablet priced at $ 60 and the eight inch model is priced at $ 99.
An attempt has been made by MSI to narrow down the lines between gaming and mobile productivity with its new range of GP notebooks. These series of notebooks come with Intel Core i5 Processor, SteelSeries gaming keyboard and NVIDIA graphics chipset.
The notebooks are mainly at those who are looking for on-the-go entertainment, gaming performance and productivity.
The series comprises of two 16-inch and one 17-inch models. These will be coming either equipped with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, 8GB DDR3 RAM and NVIDIA GT740M graphics chipset.
Apart from this, the series will also merge Matrix Display, Audio Boost and Sound Blaster Cinema technology. Not only that, the series will also be featuring Giga LAN network, 1TB HDD, headset amp, 720p webcam, 6-cell battery, HDMI output and multiple USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity.
The fastest of the lot is the GP60 20D-072US which includes a 7200 RPM HDD, quad-core processor and 1080p display.
The series start from $899.99 onwards and is definitely the biggest draw when compared with other series of notebooks from MSI. But the series might disappoint to some extent if one are really looking for some hardcore gaming performance.
It gets a bit difficult for people with a tight budget to find some highly affordable notebook which handles every basic operation perfectly and even assists with tasks like checking mail, booking movie tickets, etc. The good news is that HP has come up with HP Chromebook 14 for the masses available with powerful performance and new connectivity option.
This is no doubt a special Chromebook as it is powered by Intel Haswell processor and even offers fast access to internet so that people can handle their tasks while on the go. Apart from that, optional 4G is also available for enhanced connectivity. The new gadget from HP will arrive in varieties of new eye-catching colours.
Users of the Chromebook will be able to connect to their favourite websites within no time at all and it also includes Google Chrome apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google+ Hangouts and Google Drive. Automatic software updates will make sure that browsing experience remains fluid, fast and current. The Chromebook will include a fourteen inch HD display as well as 16GB SSD along with other features like USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI which will be accompanied by combination of microphone and headphone jack.
Select models of Chromebook without commitments or contracts will come with 200MB free data every month for 2 years of 4G mobile broadband service offered by T-Mobile Network. It is expected to arrive before the holiday season at select retailers where the starting price will be $ 299.99.
There is good news for people who had been anticipating the release of the high resolution Ativ Book 9 Ultrabook. Samsung has finally unveiled one of its much anticipated products in the recent times. The Ativ Book9 plus would be on sale from 20th August and would be available at $1,400.
The speciality about this laptop is its high resolution display which offers 3200 x 1800 pixels. Speaking about the specifications, it is powered by the 1.6 Haswell Core i5-4200 U dual core processor.
The Ultrabook has a 13.3 inch screen and has been designed to make it lighter than the previous releases. Other powerful inclusions are the 4 GB DDR3 RAM and the Intel HD 4400 graphics. The Ultrabook provides an internal storage of 128GB SSD (solid state disk) and is compatible with all the recent Windows 8 Operating Systems.
Ativ Book 9 plus comes with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Intel WiDi wireless display, SDXC card reader, and the Gigabit Ethernet. The Ultrabook weighs around 3.5 pounds and is 0.7 inch in thickness. The company expects the Ultrabook to give a backup of around 12 hours which seems quite impressive.
Ubuntu has come up with a new laptop that is solar powered and dubbed as Sol Solar Powered Laptop.
The best part about the device is that it is available with solar panels capable of charging the battery within the laptop under two hours and offers the users with eight to ten hours of usage.
A Canadian company known by the name WeWi Telecommunications is the creator of this unique device. The device will include a 13.3’’ LCD screen and 1.86GHz, Intel Atom D2500 Dual Core processor.
The price of the device will be around US$ 350 for standard version. Apart from all these features some of the other features of the device include 3MP webcam, USB 2.0, SD card & Ethernet ports, HDMI and Audio.
The solar powered laptop from Ubuntu is expected to arrive in two configurations: one that will be submersible under water and one that is not. The detachable solar panel allows users to use the laptop by connecting with extension chord while the SOL can be charged outside.
Origin PC announced recently the launch of its new series of gaming laptops named EON 13-S. These laptops will be coming-in fitted with a high-definition display of 1920×1080. Intel 4th generation processors will be powering these laptops supported by 2GB DDR5 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics. It also packs-in a total of 3 storage drives.
This range may be starting at $1474 but will be providing a top-of-the-line customization and upgradability options. This allows the user to customize a number of varied components including CPU, HDD and RAM.
Kevin Wasielewski, Co-Founder and CEO, Origin PC explained that the company is always aiming in raising the bar for portable gaming, offering the most groundbreaking products the best of gaming experiences. They have tried to maintain the same in their new line-up that offers the right balance of portability and power without making any compromises. He added further that with the high-performance components and a lifetime 24×7 support, this range of laptops can easily outclass any gaming laptops in this particular category.
The company also declared that customers will also be receiving a Corsair M95 mouse and free overclocking if they book a laptop within August 5th.
Dell has confirmed that they are now working on Dell Precision M3800 laptop. The device will be officially unveiled later this year.
Some of the details and specs of this device have been put up on Dell’s official page. The company has also put up videos of the device to give a detailed look to the visitors. This is described as the lightest and thinnest work station. It weighs 4.5lbs, and is around 3/4th of inch at 18mm.
The creative professionals can expect to get certified performance from the product and it certainly gives value for money. It has an excellent resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 QHD+ resolution that is more than the 2,880 x 1,800 resolution of MacBook Pro.
M3800 comes with Intel Core i7 fourth generation processor with NVIDIA Quadro graphics. It is also provided with 2GB dedicated memory and offers K1100 GPU to its users.
These were the official details provided by Dell but there are rumours that it will also have HDMI port, four USB3.0 slots and an SD card reader. There are battery options pegged between 61Wh to 91Wh. This product from Dell will be priced around $1699 and $1999.