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Notebooks

  • HP Spectre swings at the Macbook with three USB Type-C ports, swanky exterior

    HP's calling its latest Macbook challenger the "world's thinnest laptop," and its hard to argue against that. The company's new HP Spectre 13 is just 10.4mm at its thickest point and weighs a mere 1.11kg. It's quite the ultraportable then, and as a result, it's aimed squarely at Apple's range of in-flight friendly machines. The HP Spectre might be an older name in the laptop fraternity, but the new version is quite a step forward in terms of design. Aesthetically, it's about as flash as a hip hop video, with the company also offering designer finishes courtesy of Tord Boontje (above)...

  • HP announces Star Wars-inspired laptop, Stream notebooks

    HP has today in Barcelona announced a number of new devices, including the George Lucas-honouring Star Wars inspired Special Edition Notebook. While we aren't exactly short of Star Wars products popping up prior to the big movie release, HP does win our "coolest new laptop of the year award" hands down. And only Star Trek fans will probably disagree. Featuring a "battle worn" finish which is supposed to remind you of how crummy the Death Star is, the Special Edition is also embellished with Aurebesh typeface. Even the touch pad "mirrors the X-Wing Star Fighter Guidance System" while the keyboard features...

  • Toshiba shoves a 4K screen in a 12.5-inch laptop for funsies

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Toshiba has announced that it's cramming all of the pixels into its latest ultrabook, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12. How many pixels, you ask? Try a resolution of 3840x2160 in a 12.5-inch form factor. Toshiba claims that the touchscreen boasts Technicolor colour reproduction accuracy, which is fairly important to those budding Christopher Nolans out there. More importantly PR wise, it's clear that Toshiba has just won the pixels-per-inch (ppi) war, with a ridiculous 352ppi. It might not sound like much, but consider that the average...

  • Razer Blade gaming laptop packs GTX 970M grunt in 14-inch aluminium shell

    Razer has announced its new gaming laptop that will look to make a major dent in Alienware and MSI's credentials. The next in the "Blade" series boasts some massively impressive specifications in a relatively thin 17.8mm chassis. Squared by a 14-inch 3200x1800 LED-backlit touchscreen (boasting IGZO "Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide" technology), Razer somehow managed to fit an Intel Core i7 4720HQ (clocked at 2.6GHz but turbocharged to 3.6GHz in times of need), 16GB DDR3 1600 and a SATA M.2-grade 512, 256 or 128 GB SSD into the Blade. Oh, and the company hasn't forgotten about graphics either. Nvidia's GTX 970M with...

  • Acer C720P Chromebook review: a hero of practicality

    Besides my trusty toaster, the Acer C720P Chromebook has been one of the most practical things I’ve used to date. To be fair, it's also the very first Chromebook I've come across. Either way, it's managed to convince me that internet-based devices are the way of the future. What a lasting impression it's made. While the design doesn’t really resemble anything of a Macbook Air or a Lenovo Thinkpad, that stops being much of a problem when you start to enjoy its practicality and ease of use. Then again, the low-cost Chrome OS notebook isn't meant to be a graphic-intensive,...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible "netbooks" are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren't they? It's reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines' specifications, they're not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum -- and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company's latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It's rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen's...

  • Toshiba Satellite P55t world’s first 4K Ultra HD laptop

    The dawn of the true 4K laptop has arrived, courtesy of Toshiba's pixel-mad scientists. The company's latest aluminium model, the Satellite P55t, will feature the world's first Ultra HD (UHD) screen shoved into a 15.6" form factor, alongside a truckload of other sparkly electronic goodies. For a touted US$1499, users will get a screen "four times clearer than Full HD," says Toshiba. Users may be wondering why this is special at all, as other manufacturers including Apple and Lenovo have bettered HD laptop screens before. But Toshiba plans to go one better by actually shipping its model featuring the current 4k...

  • Gigabyte U21MD Ultrabook is laptop, tablet and PC [CES2014]

    Gigabyte's onto something here with its U21MD Ultrabook, an actual 3-in-1 gadget that converts from desktop, to laptop and then tablet reports Liliputing. It's a robust looking 11.6" laptop, and when docked (and hooked up to an external display), it transforms into a slim desktop PC with an insanely small space footprint. It's not going to be the world's fastest PC: with an HD display of 1366x768, a max of 256GB(SSD) and 1TB(HD) for storage, and an Intel Core or Pentium CPU, this is a device that's meant for convenience, not professional gaming. But what Gigabyte is setting out to...

  • Super slim, crazy specced Aorus X7 gaming laptop announced [CES2014]

    Aorus has announced its first product at CES this year, and it's going all out. The high-end X7 gaming laptop not only hosts damn impressive insides, it's merely 0.9" (about 22mm) thin and weighs 2.8kg. The acclaimed ultimate gamer-oriented flagship of Aorus has a Full HD 17.3" display and an aggressive aluminium chassis which has been inspired by "futuristic concepts of vehicles." In all seriousness the Aorus X7 looks insanely mean but the designers actually describe it best: "The flowing sculpted lines scents the quality matte black with understated luxury without losing its original aggression. The metallic silver eagle badge and...

  • Samsung ATIV Book 8 review: a costly, underwhelming laptop

    I think Samsung is playing a joke on me. Its US$1269 notebook, the Samsung ATIV Book 8 feels like a half-baked idea: one part Ultrabook and one part netbook. This recipe creates a bitterly disappointingly weak laptop that barely lives up to the exceptionally generous specifications which seem to have no effect on the performance of the Book 8. Samsung made a rather expensive turkey that looks tender and crisp on the surface, but when sliced into, deflates like an old balloon. The Setup The Book 8 is a Windows 8 (I updated it to Windows 8.1) laptop running a...