• New Intel Ultrabook Reference Models Could Undercut MacBook Air Significantly

    New Intel Ultrabook Reference Models Could Undercut MacBook Air Significantly

    When Intel launched its Ultrabook initiative, we were excited: a full-on PC notebook the size of a MacBook Air? Promises of Adamos and Series 9s danced before our eyes, sexy but overpriced. Could this new spec be the one that makes our Air-toting friends jealous? Unfortunately, few ultrabooks have surfaced, and those that have aren’t really competing pricewise. And just today we hear… Read More

  • With Aluminum Supplies Low, Will Lightweight Laptops Opt For Fiberglass?

    With Aluminum Supplies Low, Will Lightweight Laptops Opt For Fiberglass?

    The rush towards lightweight, thin laptops — the “ultrabook” spec being promoted by Intel — has resulted in a major uptick in demand for thin metal chassis. Unfortunately, much of the aluminum milling capacity is being taken up by Apple, which is relying more than ever on the material for its laptop lines. Big players like Acer and HP can’t make do with the… Read More

  • Verizon LTE Push Hits Laptops, Tablets, And Networks

    Verizon LTE Push Hits Laptops, Tablets, And Networks

    You could be forgiven (and are) for skipping over the LTE news of the last six months: the roll-out of the new 4G standard has been spotty and few consumers actually have any idea what it means, or whether they have it. But Verizon’s next big investment is starting to show up in more than small-run hot spots and high-end smartphones. Today was a big day for LTE — the vanguard of… Read More

  • The Odd, Dual-Screen gScreen Laptop Is Actually Shipping

    The Odd, Dual-Screen gScreen Laptop Is Actually Shipping

    A few years ago I met a stockbroker who was telling me that someone should make a laptop with two screens so he could trade while on vacation. While I was slightly disturbed by his dedication to capitalism, I’m proud to say that his dream has been fulfilled. We first talked about the gScreen Spacebook a few years ago and now the Alaskan company is actually going to start shipping… Read More

  • Samsung Offers Trimmed-Down Series 9 To Better Combat MacBook Air

    If the $1649 Samsung Series 9 is too rich for your blood, but you still want a Windows-based ultraportable (or ultrabook, whatever they’re calling them these days), consider… the Samsung Series 9. The 11-inch X1A version of Samsung’s Air-killer is now out, and it’s lighter by half a pound and a few hundred bucks. Read More

  • Datamancer Steampunk Laptop Us Available For Pre-Order

    Richard Nagy, creator of the Datamancer steampunk laptop, is offering his creations for pre-order for $5,500 and they will include cutting edge components and actually working accouterment including spinning gears and a real brass key that will lock the case against blaggards and thieves. Read More

  • Intel Pitches New Category Of Thin And Light Laptops: "Ultrabooks"

    Intel is using the yearly Computex Taipei exhibition in Taiwan as a platform to pitch a new category of laptops. Dubbed Ultrabooks, these devices are supposed to have three distinct features: they are thinner (less than 20mm/0.8 inches) and lighter than most existing laptops, and they should be priced below $1,000 in order to become mainstream. Read More

  • Acer: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Make Your Laptops Look Like Candy

    I present to you Acer’s latest salvo against the coming of the post-PC era – the Acer Aspire One Happy 2. These things have a 10.1-inch display and run an Atom N570 processor with an Intel 3150 GPU and come in delicious candy colors (Banana Cream, Blueberry Shake, Papaya Milk, and Strawberry Yogurt) with mice to match. The will cost 299 euro in Europe and probably $300 when they… Read More

  • The Wild Tale Of A Stolen Laptop In Soho

    Analytics ninja Sean Power lost his laptop in Soho – it was stolen, although it may not have been stolen by the man who had it – and using Prey he was able to track it to a particular bar near City Hall in downtown Manhattan. Sean got some snaps of the guy and his browsing habits and asked that some of his Twitter followers visit the bar to wait for the police. When the police… Read More

  • LG's New Blade Laptops Continue The Thin-Bezel Trend

    Ever since late last year, LG has been struggling against the worldwide menace of LCD bezels. I think it’s great, personally — thin-bezel displays means nice multi-monitor setups, more efficient use of space, etc. Their new Blade notebooks mostly use it to look cool, but there ain’t nothing wrong with that, either. Read More

  • The LIFEBOOK E741/C Is The World's First Notebook With Built-In Contactless Palm Vein Sensor

    That was quick: on Tuesday, Fujitsu unveiled the world’s smallest and thinnest palm vein sensor used for authentication purposes (which is sized at just 29mm on a side and 11.2mm high). And now the company announced [JP] the LIFEBOOK E741/C, a notebook that will come with said sensor on board (as an option). Read More