Producing the perfect convertible computer has been attempted by many tech companies since the smartphone and tablet revolution began but while many have attempted it none have been able to come up with a compromise that people are willing to live with. The ability to quickly convert your portable device into a fully fledged notebook with the benefits of a full-sized keyboard and big screen still evades the smartest minds and gadget developers in the techie world.
Razer are the latest tech company to throw their hat into the convertible ring and their interpretation called Project Linda is one of the most interesting concepts yet. Project Linda has been designed to work with their Razor Phone, converting the phone into a full-sized Chromebook by simply slide the phone into the slot where the track-pad would normally be.
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Recently after being tasked with finding a value laptop as a Mothers Day present I proceeded on a journey, a hunt for the perfect computing device for mom. Being a light user; web, photos and a little Skype raw computing power wouldn’t be as important as user experience and value.
Like walking a tightrope if you lean too far in either direction (value or performance) your balance will be lost and tumble down you go. But how low down the performance scale can you go before slow is too slow even for a light user? This was the question rattling around in the back of my brain as the journey began.
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Sony VAIO laptops are once again making a fashion statement, and we like it. Reminiscent of seeing that new supermodel strut her stuff down the catwalk, yes the catwalk, the new E Series laptop is out there with a strut and plenty of attitude.
Being a 14 inch laptop the Sony has sturdy but slender proportions, measuring in at 245 x 22.4 x 341mm and staying just above the yellow line weighing in at 2.3kg (5.07 pounds) with the standard battery.
With luminous pinstripes and highlights the little details give the E Series it’s science fiction flare. The illumined keyboard reminds us what the E Series is here for, a keeper of our keystrokes, as a laptop Sony haven’t skimped on the fundamentals. The combination of fast Intel CPU with dual hybrid graphics provide enough speed for everyone from the casual gamer to video editors on the go.
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As the Christmas shopping season quickly approaches manufactures are busily getting there wares out there to tempt us. Toshiba recently announced its latest temptation, the Portege Z830 Ultrabook. Having also updated their line-up of tablets and laptops Toshiba seems to be making a serious push in the portable computing market. Like all great comic book super hero’s an Ultrabook must have at least one super power. In the Z830′s case it can lighten both your wallet and your backup, simultaneously.
The Z830′s specifications on paper certainly indicate no compromise computing, a laptop that won’t keep you waiting. CPU choice is plentiful with the full range of second generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPU’s available, i3, i5 or i7 are up for inclusion. System memory can be expanded up to 6GB along with 128GB of storage with the included SSD. The display is a flat Matt 13.3″LED display with 1368×768 resolution, low on reflection and even viewable outdoors. The bezel around the LCD display is on the larger size but still blends in with the overall industrial look of the Ultrabook.
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HP the largest laptop maker in the world – for the moment – has reset the value equation for laptops yet again. HP has endowed the humble value laptop with a split personality, The Hooker and the Housewife. Once the standard full sized laptop wasn’t a great performance proposition, eventually we all ended up trading power for value. Compromise no longer, the everyday, everyman PC has a new meaner streak. HP’s introduction of the latest Quad Core CPU technology into the value 15.6″ dv6t Quad Edition and 17″ dv7t Quad Edition laptops changes the equation. HP has returned to what it does best, reliability and value, they threw in the good looks and performance for free. Not as sexy as the high end gaming rigs these are the laptops we spend time with, our window on the virtual world for the next few years. HP new laptops are just at home during late nights on gaming’s mean streets as it is doing the little day to day tasks.
The HP’s Quad Edition – QE – laptops are a classy almost classic looking design with slim straight lines giving it a modern accessory feel, especially the Umber – brown – brushed metal finish. Along with the classy looks is the split personality a clever combination of new CPU technology, a low power second GPU and software. When in undemanding situations the CPU is able to shut down idle parts, a second low power GPU is used instead of the faster but power hungry discreet GPU – AMD 6490 or 6770 -.Making this a good road warrior and comfortable every day laptop. The 8Gb of Ram should keep even the heaviest multi-taskers happy. In situation that require some processing power, gaming or video processing HP’s software turns up the juice. All of this adds up to 5 hour battery life with the standard battery and 9.5 hours with the 9 cell extended battery without having to compromise.
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Paper, the pulp of fiction, the holder of histories has a new challenger. 2000 years after it’s invention, paper has possibly it’s greatest challenger yet. The world of electronic gadgetry has finally caught up with one of mans greatest ever inventions. Improv Electronics burst on the scene with their Boogie Board LCD eWriters earlier this year. Cheap, hardy and an incredibly useable writing tablet the Boogie Boards quickly became known for , now the Boogie just got better. Improv this week announced the Boogie Board RIP – Record Image Preserve – LCD Writing Tablet, this new more advanced Boogie at the press of a button will record the contents of the display to a pdf, storing it in the Boogies on board memory. While the Boogie may look similar to other tablets and e-book readers it is actually designed from a different perspective, the writer instead of the reader. At its most basic the Boogie is an electronic notepad for sketches, quick lists and short notes. With sizes ranging from 7.5 to 10.5 and prices low enough to worry 3M the Boogies boards are a gadget on the move.
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Über gaming laptop devotee’s, a new contender has entered the arena and it has an innovative weapon at your fingetips. Makers of the ultimate hard-core gaming hardware Razer have announced the Razer Blade gaming laptop with its Switchblade UI. The Blade was developed in partnership with Intel, Switchblade is pure Razer. Alienware may have made a name with extravagant and outrageous case designs but one thing that gamers love even more is tactical advantage. Which is exactly what the Blades Switchblade UI promises. By combining an LCD touchscreen with 10 hot keys that actually have in-built screens all mapped to offer the greatest in-game advantage. Razer have made one hell of a first impression with their first attempt at the gamers laptop,the Blade.
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Über gaming laptops, these Über laptops are more than just a status symbol for the manufacturer and user, this is the modern work-horse computer. Republic of Gamers, the face of gaming at ASUS have released a new contender for the King of Über Gaming Laptops, the ROG G74Sx. ASUS has bestowed the G74Sx with the weapons to take the game to the current king, the Dell Alienware M17x. Boasting the latest generation Intel Core-i7 quad core processor and NVidia’s latest mobile GPU the NV 560 the ASUS has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. ASUS has managed to deliver an Über Gaming laptop that doesn’t scream look at me, it just does what you require without compromise. Just as happy editing your photo’s and shooting the hell out of your buddies in Battlefield this is a proper Desktop Replacement jack of all trades.
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Launched at Computex 2011 the UX31 is part of a new UX Series of laptops from ASUS, also released along side the UX31 was it’s smaller brother the UX21 -11.6 inch screen-. Intels new generation chipset and CPU have allowed power usage and temperatures to drop, essential for this new generation of laptop.
The UX31 and Ultrabook reference design certainly do pack a lot of technology into a sleek and compact design, Intel has tried to make an industry standard model better than the MacBook Air and have generally managed to do just that. The UX31 presented at Computex included a Core i7-2637M –Sandy Bridge CPU– running at 1.7GHz, half the speed of the desktop equivalent. According to ASUS online options will include the cheaper Core i5 as well as the Core i7 CPU as seen in the demonstration models. 4GB of DDR3 Ram is standard along with the SanDisk U100 SATA III SSD, starting at 64GB, options for sizes up to 256GB will also be available. The UX31’s impressive 13.3 inch LED backlight screen boasts 1600×900 resolution, solving the most annoying characteristics of Netbooks, slow speed and low resolution screens. Intel’s anaemic integrated graphics is built into the CPU -keeping power usage down-, which it does very well but at the cost of graphics performance which is still a tad slow, in the same ballpark as most Netbooks. Still there is enough power here to run a second monitor or TV, watch movies and generally plod around as we do.
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Every now and then something comes along that just catches your eye, something so strange and unusual that it has to warrant your attention. The SteamPunk Laptop and other Richard Nagy – aka Datamancer – projects are just that cool. Datamancer has manged to produce a laptop that looks like its steam driven or as if this is a clock work laptop from the Jule Vern’s Time Machine. Styled to look like a Victorian age music box the SteamPunk Laptop is that fascinating balance of old and new, elegance and function living in harmony. After receiving literally thousands of inquiries Datamancer has announced the SteamPunk laptop is going into production.
First built in November 2007 as a one-of-a kind design by Richard ‘Datamancer’ Nagy the SteamPunk Laptop blew everyone away, computer mod’ers and SteamPunk fans were fascinated from the get go. There was even much mainstream press at the time. Appearances included Wired, Wall Street Journals and the Boston Globe. The updated new old style laptop will be a more compact design and use revamped internals. While the internal hardware on a stylized laptop such as this may be secondary the new design will include the latest computing technology allowing the “running any of today’s games,” according Nagy.
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