Word has finally appeared related to Apple’s MacBooks. With all the hype surrounding the iPhone 6 and the iPads, we were left wondering at what Cupertino was up to with its popular notebook range. Well, wonder no more. Taiwan’s economic daily news has several updates for us in this regard. These cover the 11 and 13 inch variants of the MacBook Air as well as a much anticipated 12 inch Retina MacBook Pro.
With summer finally being with us, we can start to anticipate quite a few new gadgets to be with us soon. Among these is Apple’s latest lineup of gadgets as well, which according to those working at the company is potentially their most exciting lineup yet. Apple is due to launch a lot of things this September. These include an all new iPhone 6 and two new iPads. As result, prices have started to drop on the company’s current lineup of products. Previously we informed you about new deals on Apple’s iPhone 5, 5S and 5C. According to these deals, you can now buy an iPhone 5S for as cheap as $ 99. Now isnt that something. Well, new deals are now in place, and this time they relate to MacBooks. And all types of MacBooks, ranging from the Retina MacBook to the MacBook air. Apple is also rumored to launch new versions of the Retina MacBook and the MacBook Air later this year, to officially bring the OS X Yosemite to the shelves.
Latest industry rumors indicate that Apple is gearing up to send the 12-inch MacBook Air model in mass production later this year. While these rumors have been coming up from quite a few weeks, latest claims come from sources involved on the supply chain side of the Cupertino-based tech giant.
12-inch MacBook Air mass production:
These claims are sourced to Quanta Computer with the claim that the new device will enter mass production in the third quarter. The need of a 12-inch MacBook Air comes from the diminishing sales of the 11-inch MacBook Air model which sports similar screen size to Apple’s crazily popular iPad series.
Broadwell is coming, and it will enter from the mobile market before trickling down to desktop variants. The Core M 2-in-1 codenamed ‘Llama Mountain’ is based on the Broad well 14nm node and will give you the best of PC and Tablets in one packaging. In the correct Ultrabook model this will be thinner than the iPad Air. The featherlight and fanless design will start from $599 with the Ultrabook model starting at $799; which you might notice is more than the iPad Air. But then again, a 2-in-1 is not just a tablet.
Intel’s 2-in-1 Codenamed ‘Llama Mountain’ will feature Broadwell Core M and target the $799 Price point
If one thing is clear, it is Intel’s leadership in the Microprcoessor Architecture sector. Their performance-per-watt is second to none. But the thing is, the PC Market is shifting to Tablets, and people are perfectly happy with the power an ARM powered tablet provides. And since the last few years or so, Intel has started to realize just how big a folly it was, to not enter the Tablet market sooner. Well here is exhibit one of their latest attempt, which I must say looks quite promising. Now as I mentioned before, the price tag is higher ($799) but you are getting a 2-in-1 and not just a tablet. There is a much more affordable model at $599, which is the Broadwell Detachable Notebook but will be thicker than the Ultrabook variant though still fanless.
At the joint event we told you would happen this Tuesday, Intel and Google were expected to make major announcements related to Intel’s support for Google’s Chrome OS based Chromebooks. Well, they haven’t disappointed either, with the Chromebook range being significantly increased. At the press event on San Fransisco on Tuesday, Chromebook designs were increased to 20. Several OEM including Dell, Acer, Asus, LG and most importantly, Lenovo also announced new models of the low cost notebooks running on Chrome OS.
All Major OEM Partners Announce Chromebook Variants and Upgrades. Rumors Of Chrome OS Tablet Proven Wrong – Again.
The announcement on Tuesday is the strongest renewal of commitment between the two giants, who have a long history of co-operation. The first half of the presentation focused primarily on devices built around a Celeron Haswell. They also featured minor upgrades which include a Wi-Fi upgrade to 802.11 ac. The low resolution 11.6 and 13 inch displays are to sstay the same. All of these upgrades to Chromebooks will come at the same price as today – around and above $ 300. Intel also mentioned that it will be the only processor vendor to support the 64-bit Chrome OS variant. What lies ahead for Google’s partnership with ARM is now officially open for speculation. There was also no mention of any ARM powered Chrome OS devices.
Google and Intel are all set to make another Chromebook announcement this Tuesday. Previously the two had collaborated in September last year at the when four Haswell powered Chromebooks were announced. HP,Acer, ASUS and Toshiba announced their respective Chromebooks at the IDF last year. With the announcement of another joint appearance on 6th May, speculations are rife as to what is to be expected this time round, as Chromebooks are laptops running Google’s Chrome OS. They are built primarily for educational use and represent a small yet growing sector of the market.
New Chipset to power the fabled Chrome OS Tablet? New Generation of Chromebooks Based On Broadwell?
Speculation is rife about the possible revelations to be made this Tuesday. Chromebooks captured 21% of notebook sales in the United States and 8 % of the entire PC and Tablet market in 2013 according to a report by the NPD (formerly National Purchase Diary) group, which is known for its trusted market surveys. Google’s Vice President product management for Chrome OS Caesar Sengupta and Intel’s Vice President and General Manager for mobile computing Navin Shenoy will be present at the session. As for speculations, there are a lot of possibilities which might come as an end result. First of these is a upgrade to the existing Chromebook models in the market. They will feature an upgrade to Braswell, from those currently running Haswell. Another possible announcement might be an update to Google’s crown jewel, the Chromebook Pixel.
MSI just announced upgrades to its GS70 Stealth gaming laptop. The upgraded version now contains the Nvidia GeForce 870M, which is an upgrade from the previous GeForce GTX 765M. The GS70 Stealth claims to be the world’s thinnest 17 inch portable gaming machine.
Eric Kuo, VP Global Sales and Marketing MSI points out a myriad of innovative features in the GS70 Stealth.
The GS70 Stealth comes equipped with the 4th Gen. Inter Core i7-4700HQ. The processor packs a base frequency of 2.4 GHz with turbo boost speeds going up to 3.4 GHz. In the graphics department it now features the GTX 870M with 3 GB DDR5 VRAM. The GTX 870M is 35% faster than the GTX 770M on the 3D Mark 11 performance benchmark.
Other features on the GS70 Stealth include the Super Raid 2, the SteelSeries engine, SteelSeries gaming keyboard and the Matrix display. The Super Raid 2 contains 3 Solid state drives and gives writing speeds up to 1500 Mb/s. According to MSI it is 3 times faster than other laptops employing single SSDs and 15 times faster than conventional drives.
The SteelSeries engine allows full customization of keys and other specific commands of an individual gamer. It allows users to create individual styles using personal key use and functions, plus integration of peripheral devices. The SteelSeries keyboard is a specially designed keyboard for MSI. The keyboard comes with five different backlight scenarios and seven different types of light changes.
ASUS ROG just boosted its G-Series gaming laptops with announcement of new models for the series. Equipped with the 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and the new GTX 800M series, the G750 models look fully set to raise the standard of portable gaming even higher.
ASUS RoG G750 Gaming Notebooks with Maxwell GPUs Launched
With options available from NVIDIA GTX-770M to GTX880M, the latest additions to the G-Series G750 can easily decode HD movies. That coupled with the 1920 x 1080 glare reducing display promises a genuine viewing experience. Plus, Maxwell Variants are included which give approximate 4 times the performance per watt as their older counterparts. All this ensures that the G-Series will be able to cope to the performance needs of almost all the major games available today in the market. But the GPUs are not the only things it has in store for us, an option called TurboMaster now allows users to safely overclock their GPU, ensuring that performance requirements are met even in the most resource intensive circumstances.
Article Written By Naveed Siraj, Country Manager for Intel Pakistan.
Like any new device, a computer will always start shiny and smooth. However, as it ages, the daily wear and tear will impair performance. We’re here to help you reduce the issues you experience and ensure you get the most out of your mobile device.
Begin with the basics. A laptop bag or cover will protect your laptop from most drops and knocks when you’re on the move. You can also add on a hard plastic cover to protect it during use but these tend to make your device considerably thicker.
We are only a few hours away from the CES Conferences of Nvidia and AMD and a new gaming company has just sent out invitations stating its debut. You might remember the mysterious invitations that were sent out a few weeks back? Well Alienware and Razer Beware, there’s a new omni-gaming player in town.
AORUS: Super Slim Gaming Notebooks and Gaming Peripheral ”Giant” will Debut at CES 2014
We made predictions (mostly divided into Laptop Vs Peripheral) on what AORUS would be during its hush hush stage and it turns out we were more or less right. AORUS will focus on just about gaming related. From the information we have so far, AORUS will be a Gaming Notebook and Gaming Peripheral company.
Rather like Razer, Infact probably in direct competition. Their slogan ” Witness Dawn of A New Era” suggests great ambition on their part and if even a fraction of the hype is true then we might just get a worthy competitor. Which is good news for everyone. Featuring Egyptian Hieroglyphs and a claws outstretched eagle, this new arrival appears to be a major one.
The Gaming scene is dominated by very well known brands such as Razer, Steel Series, Alienware and of course our beloved Red and Green. However there’s an new brand in town, and its all very hush hush at the moment. The mysterious entry is of course a PR Stunt but it leaves us wondering what they will be about – we have absolutely no clue.
Invitations for CES 2014 Sent Out of a New and Mysterious Brand Called AORUS
Ofcourse we have our suspicions at what this new brand will be but rest assured they are just that. Here is our list of what we think the brand will be:
50% Probability : Gaming Laptop Company – focused on producing true slim gaming laptops, not luggables.
40% Probability: Gaming Peripheral Company – focused on creating aesthetic looking and slim (?) gaming peripherals.
10%(9.99%) Probability: Gaming Casing Series (Doesn’t make much sense though)
0.01% Probability: New Console Vendor. (Android?)
0.001% Probability: New Graphics Card Vendor to create small form factor cards.
Last few days till Christmas and everyone is so delightfully exuberant in this festive season. While many of us have already bought the gifts for the loved ones and goodies for self to keep busy in the holidays, still many are looking out for last minute Christmas shopping.
Here are some “MacBook Christmas” offers that would give you some discount on your holiday shopping of MacBook Air, Pro, and iMacs.
Apple “MacBook Christmas deals”:
The gaming world has been caught into the race to the 4K standard and now MSI has taken the first step to a Mobile 4k Standard; introducing the world’s first 3K gaming laptop.The best part is: MSI realizes that the 3k Resolution would be heaven-sent for professionals on the go and has thus also given the option for a Quadro Variant.
MSI GT60 20D-261US 3K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop and Optional Workstation Variant.
The MSI GT60 20D-261US (wow that’s a mouthful) is an absolute beast in terms of mobile gaming power. It will feature the GTX 780M and the Intel i7-4700MQ Processor, coupled with 16 GB of 1600Mhz DDR3L Ram. The exact resolution is 2880×1620 and the screen size 15.6 inch, though we have no information of the color gamut of the screen.However keep one thing in mind, such a high gaming resolution and only one Gtx 780m would mean you would have to compromise on the 60fps standard in some games (Crysis 3 at 3k with one 780m? Dream On). In our opinion 1080p/1440p/60fps is just fine for a 15.1 Laptop screen. Now onto the optional workstation variant.
So it’s just a few hours left in Samsung’s Cyber Monday deals! Deja vu? Actually no. We had shared Samsung’s “Only hours left! Don’t miss out on great deals” a few days back. Apparently Samsung Cyber Friday deals are mostly Black Friday extended. How sad of these store who first made many consumers make rush decisions and now are extending their offers? Can’t be too bad though as we still get a few good hours to make any last minute purchases.
Samsung Cyber Monday 2013 deals:
Tesco UK Cyber Monday deals are going to end midnight Monday. Make sure you make the most of this last day of Tesco’s Cyberdeals 2013. Tesco Cyberdeals include a tons of gadgets, accessories and electronic appliances.
Tesco Cyber Monday deals offer some good savings on Apple’s iPod, selected smartphones and phone accessories.