Notebooks

LAS VEGAS, NV – Late last year, at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Event in Hawaii, we had the formal introduction of the first devices that were using the new Windows on Snapdragon platform and Qualcomm’s dream of bringing mobile technology to laptops to provide ‘Always Connected PCs’, connected through an LTE data connection. Qualcomm sells the upsides of this technology of providing laptops with 20hrs+ of battery life through using a smartphone processor, and through working with Microsoft, have a full version of proper Windows based on the system. The devices use native apps for best performance through the Windows Store, however 32-bit apps are machine translated into instructions that the Snapdragon SoC can process. It’s a lot of technology in a tiny device, and...

Sony Goes Whole Hog With a New Ultrabook, Updates Vaio Notebook Line

It's not surprising with Computex on and hardware refreshes from the three major players (AMD, Intel, NVIDIA) that vendors have been updating their offerings. What is surprising is just...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/4/2012

HP Updates Workstations with Ivy Bridge

In a move sure to come as a surprise to approximately no one, HP is updating several members of their workstation lineup with new Ivy Bridge-based processors, including Ivy...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/4/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Teardown

ASUS' Zenbook Prime is due for its official launch later this month. As we found in our early review of the UX21A, ASUS addressed nearly every problem we had...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Review: The First of the 2nd Gen Ultrabooks

The first round of Ultrabooks were mostly underwhelming. It shouldn't be a surprise, but many of the efforts were just half hearted at best. Of the companies who shipped...

192 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/22/2012

Mobile Ivy Bridge and ASUS N56VM Preview

Intel is firing a massive artillery barrage at its competition today with the release of desktop and mobile Ivy Bridge processors. Last year’s Sandy Bridge gave Intel a huge...

49 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2012

Capsule Review: GeChic's On-Lap 1302 Laptop Monitor

Just three months ago we took GeChic's 13" USB 2.0-powered monitor, the On-Lap 1301, for a test run. What we found was a compelling concept for a product that...

24 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/15/2012

Toshiba Satellite P755D: Nearing the End of the Road for Llano

While the launch of Trinity isn't too far away, it's important to remember there are still plenty of Llano notebooks available today with a lot to offer on their...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/11/2012

Toshiba Portege R835: Less Ultra, More Notebook

With the deluge of ultrabooks stemming from Intel's initiative over the past few months, it's easy to forget ultraportables have been a part of the Windows PC landscape for...

81 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/30/2012

NVIDIA's GeForce 600M Series: Mobile Kepler and Fermi Die Shrinks

While the desktop-bound GeForce GTX 680 is undoubtedly the most exciting release from NVIDIA today and the true flagbearer for their new Kepler microarchitecture, NVIDIA actually has a whole...

25 by Dustin Sklavos & Jarred Walton on 3/22/2012

Dell XPS 13: A Different Kind of Ultrabook

Late last year, before CES, we had the opportunity to check out Dell's then-upcoming entrant to Intel's nascent ultrabook market, the XPS 13. Dell has been refocusing their XPS...

85 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/13/2012

Clevo Refreshes X7200 With X79-Based P270WM, AVADirect First in Line

Clevo's venerable X7200 notebook has gotten more than a little long in the tooth. The desktop hardware-based behemoth has been sporting the X58 chipset and support for LGA1366 processors...

9 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/6/2012

ASUS Zenbook UX Series, Now in Pink

Out of all of the launched Ultrabooks, we like ASUS' Zenbook UX21 and UX31 the best. While ASUS doesn't have any major Ultrabook announcements at CES, it is updating...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Intel's Functional Nikiski Concept PC: Transparent Touchpad Doubles as a Screen Window

Intel talked about the Nikiski concept PC at Computex last year. The concept is simple: replace the palm rest and touchpad on a notebook with a transparent strip with...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ Scores an Ultrabook Design Win for Everest: LG Super Ultrabook Z300

OCZ is on a roll at CES this year. It just announced LG's Super Ultrabook Z300 will ship with a 256GB mSATA Indilinx Everest based SSD. I'm still trying...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Introducing the 2012 Mobile Benchmark Matrix

Testing computer hardware can be a difficult process. On the one hand there’s a desire for more information and benchmarks, and on the other hand there’s a desire for...

48 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2012

ASUS Zenbook (UX21) Review

Tablets have introduced a number of great features that are currently without equal in the notebook space. They are ultra light, extremely responsive, have tremendous battery life and are...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/22/2011

ASUS Zenbook UX21 Teardown

Since it is a new product line for ASUS we were eager to get a look inside the 11-inch Zenbook as we progressed through our review process. Similar to...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2011

ASUS Zenbook UX21 First Results: MBA-Like Battery Life Under Windows 7

FedEx dropped off our first Ultrabook this morning: the beautiful 11.6-inch ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH71. We just got the first battery life results out of the machine and, as expected...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2011

ASUS' Zenbook Lineup: The First Ultrabooks Arrive October 12, Starting at $999

ASUS just announced its first line of Ultrabook PCs under the new Zenbook brand at a press event in NYC. There are a total of five models in the...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/11/2011

Ultrabooks on Video: Rapid Start & Smart Connect

Ultrabooks are a three year play for the industry and it's clear that software & features are going to be a major part of the evolution. Intel showed off...

1 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

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