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Notebooks

  • 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...

  • Acer announces updated three-in-one ‘Star Trek’ R7 laptop with boosted specs

    Acer has recently unveiled its new, revamped and incredibly sci-fi 15.6" Aspire R7 laptop hybrid. The notebook slash tablet slash table top pad features a more powerful processor, active stylus support and overall beefier specs. The hinge allows the display to flip, reverse, lie flat or float above the keyboard to maximize usability. For extended battery life and overall performance, the R7 carries Intel's 4th-generation Core i5-4200U chip, popularly known as Haswell, together with a full HD touchscreen display. It also has beefed up memory with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Furthermore, you'll find three USB ports, a...

  • The Dell ‘Sputnik 3’ is a 13.3″ touchscreen Ubuntu laptop

    Dell has recently announced the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop code-named "Sputnik 3". In a blog post, the company describes this 13.3" light-weight touchscreen to have Intel's 4th generation, Haswell processor, a heavy-weight 256GB solid-state drive. Running the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the XPS 13 has a 1080 (Full HD) touch display covered by Gorilla Glass with an Intel HD graphics 4440 and 8GB RAM. Dell launched the first Sputnik laptop about a year ago as an experiment with ultrabook-style laptops. Project Sputnik has sought to prove the viability of offering to developers a highly-portable, factory-installed-Linux laptop that is fully supported...

  • Intel launches Haswell-powered laptop and hybrid range in South Africa

    Loads of stuff happened at rAge this weekend. So it's fitting for Intel to finally launch its new range of Haswell-stuffed laptops and tablets in South Africa. Intel has launched its 4th generation Intel Core processor family, enabling a new generation of Ultrabooks and tablet-laptop hybrids to hit homes and offices in style. Vince Resente, territory manager for South and Sub-Saharan African at Intel, said the new processor would allow laptops and tablets to run all day on a single battery charge while delivering "leading edge graphics and performance": “The new processors deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life, which...

  • ASUS announces the ultra-portable, affordable 10.1″ X102BA laptop

    With IFA drawing to a close, ASUS has announced the X102BA which is an affordable 10.1-inch compact laptop that's said to be ultra-responsive as well as ultra-portable with its multitouch display. ASUS markets the X102BA as being geared for work and play and it is definitely aimed at students. Although how "affordable" it will be, we do not know. ASUS hasn't made any details clear on the X102BA's price or availability. But it will come out with the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. The X102BA will be available with 2GB/4GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB/500GB hard drive. Furthermore its powered...

  • Acer launches high-end 13-inch Aspire laptop with Haswell and Full HD display

    Acer's S7-392 has been made available as a competitive high-end 13-inch notebook with a strong touch display and great inside specs. This expensive Haswell-powered Ultrabook has first been made public at Computex this year and can go for as much as US$1700. The Acer Aspire S7-392 runs Windows 8 64-bit laid out on a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display at 1920x1080. It also hosts a no-too-shabby HD webcam. The design looks sleek and stylish and carries Intel's fourth generation core processor. According to Engadget, the European version is a bit more expensive and has a 2560x1440. There are two models available,...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook rocks 4th-gen Intel CPU

    Lenovo’s let a ThinkPad slip out. A Notebookreview forum posting reveals the new Lenovo T440s, the company’s first laptop to run Intel’s 4th-gen Core CPUs. It also has a full HD IPS display which delivers "vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles.” Judging by the screenshots and specs, Lenovo seems to be inching ever closer to MacPro territory in both look and feel. There’s some incredible stats to discuss, so lets dig in. ThinkPad keyboards are known for the distinctive red rubber pointing device, called TrackPoint here. The keyboard is now Windows 8 optimized and has a larger, smoother trackpad with...

  • Gigabyte unleashes 4th-gen P25W and P27K gaming laptops

    At Computex this week, Gigabyte unveiled two 4th-gen gaming laptops. While both laptops, the P25W and P27K, host Intel's new generation "Haswell" quad-core CPU and will go for the same price, the smaller model P25 is more powerful in specs and design. First off, we have the P25. This more feisty model carries a 15.6-inch 1080p LCD and features a Nvidia's new GTX 770M graphics card. Given these state-of-the-art specs, it leaves room for yet more improvements. It carries space for up to a mind-boggling 24GB of RAM. It also has space for up to two 256GB SSDs or one...

  • Razer cuts deeper with new 14″ Blade

    Razer just launched the Razer Blade and it's "impossibly thin and insanely powerful." This gaming laptop successfully pushes the boundaries of portability and performance. The gaming accessory and hardware company claims the Razer Blade to be the world's thinnest gaming laptop. This 14-inch laptop could easily match this bold claim as it's a staggering 0.66-inches (or 16.8mm) thin. The thin design is complimented by the famous Razer-green over an all-black base. The adjustable backlit Anti-Ghosting keyboard is custom-built for gaming and is Synapse 2.0 enabled. Synapse 2.0 enables you to configure and personalize Razer controls. The design isn't too overpowering and...

  • Enter the Dragon: MSI Dragon Edition 2 laptop is the ultimate gaming machine

    MSI is set to launch a new series of gaming laptops. The flagship is called the GT70 Dragon Edition 2 and, as the rumor mill has it, will support Intel's fourth-gen Haswell processor. As these notebooks are expected to launch right after Computex this June, Intel's new Haswell processor is reckoned to be their key selling point. Engadget has gone as far as saying the new GT70 is "the first Haswell gaming laptop." Of this, we can only speculate. The other specs are officially available though, giving the 17.3-inch GT70 Dragon the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX780M. The moola, will already make gamers think twice...