Razer has announced that it is taking pre-orders for its new 14-inch Blade gaming laptop.
Powered by a 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad core processor with Hyper-Threading (2.2 GHz/3.2 GHz Turbo) and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU, the Blade is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch gaming laptop in history. Measuring in at just 0.66-inches thin, the Razer Blade packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world. The Razer Blade utilizes solid-state storage technology with boot speeds of up to four-times faster than a traditional 5400-RPM notebook hard drive. The Razer Blade has a rigid all-aluminum chassis, with a stunning 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display and features a custom-designed track pad and backlit gaming grade keyboard.
The ultra-portable laptop features 8 GB of fast 1600 MHz DDR3L memory and comes standard with 128 GB of total solid-state storage with options for a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. The Razer Blade also comes with Dolby Home Theatre v4, featuring immersive audio-quality output that is custom-tuned to deliver a cinematic sound experience.
The Razer Blade is designed for gaming with essential gaming grade peripherals built-in. The laptop features Razer Synapse 2.0 pre-installed, a fully programmable anti-ghosting backlit keyboard, adjustable ultra-sensitive track pad, and plenty of green USB 3.0 ports that are ready to plug and play.
Lenovo has announced that customers can place orders for the IdeaPad Yoga 11S beginning today on www.lenovo.com or pre-order on www.bestbuy.com. The 360° flip and fold Yoga 11S follows its predecessor, the IdeaPad Yoga 13.
Sized well for mobility in a thin, 11.6-inch design, the Yoga 11S Ultrabook convertible comes with choices of a third generation Core i3, i5, or i7 Intel processor giving consumers the ability to create high-performance content and presentations and seamless graphics that make it a great entertainment device.
Yoga converts into four special modes to fit the changing ways people are using technology. It offers a new way to experience mobile computing, letting people define which mode works best for them in their environments, from the park and the coffee shop to in transit, at home, or at the office.
For example, users can watch movies like never before by putting Yoga in tent mode while enjoying the convertible’s rich Dolby Home Theatre audio. They can convert Yoga into stand mode for a different environment; good for things like swiping through family photos using the high definition IPS screen’s 10-finger multitouch support. Yoga even supports hand gestures so consumers can just wave their hand in front of the webcam to instantly advance photos, videos, and other content.
In tablet mode, Yoga makes exploring Windows 8 apps fun and up close with its 11-inch touchscreen. And in laptop mode, Yoga offers a great typing experience with its comfortable and responsive keyboard. Additionally, the Yoga 11S has a soft-touch exterior and comes in attractive Silver Grey and Clementine Orange colors.
Beginning today, customers can place orders on www.lenovo.com and www.bestbuy.com. Models will be available in Best Buy stores starting on June 23. Multiple configurations will be available with suggested list price starting at US$ 799.99.
Today, Dell launched the Latitude 3330, a notebook designed for schools and small businesses. It’s a product built to handle interactive learning needs for students or to tackle business productivity for small business users, while providing business-class control. It's sleek, lightweight, and sturdy design stands up to the demands of even the youngest of students, fits easily on classroom desks and in backpacks and moves easily from classroom to classroom or home and back. The new laptop offers no compromise performance with full laptop productivity and all day battery life with a 6-cell battery.
The new laptop supports Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux Ubuntu, giving students the ability to produce, consume and share information, as well as leverage common learning applications and software to personalize their learning experience during the school day and at home.
The Latitude 3330 has a 13.3-inch anti-glare screen that minimizes the scrolling required of smaller screens, an HD 720 webcam, and WiDi support for virtual classroom collaboration. The Latitude 3330 is available with a broad choice of storage technology ranging from standard hard drives to high-performance SSD for maximum durability and quick system response time. Equipped with VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 and optional USB docking, the new laptop can connect easily to the majority of desk environments and room infrastructures for smooth presentation, teaching, and maximized learning time.
Also launching this month are the Dell Mobile Computing Carts, available in managed and unmanaged options, and enables secure storage, charging, and transport for easy mobility. It is designed to accommodate a variety of form factors and screen sizes, including Dell tablets, Ultrabooks, laptops, and up to 30 Latitude 3330s. The managed cart option allows for remote management and IT updates, ideal for managing a fleet of systems between multiple campus locations.
The Latitude 3330 is available in late April 2013 and starts at USD 419. The Dell Mobile Computing cart is also available in late April and starts at USD 1,899.99 for the unmanaged configuration and USD 2,799.99 for the managed configuration.
Razer has announced that the Razer Edge Gaming Tablet will soon come preinstalled with Steam software.
The Razer Edge tablet will come with Valve’s industry-leading software, enabling gamers around the world to launch their games more quickly. The Edge is optimized for demanding gameplay and, through its mobile console and home console modes, it works seamlessly with Steam Big Picture.
“Razer has one mission in mind: to innovate for PC gamers worldwide,” says Min-Liang Tan , co-founder, Razer CEO and creative director. “Providing users with access to Steam will enable Razer Edge users to play their favorite games with greater ease than ever before.”
Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games and digital entertainment, with more than 40 million accounts around the world and more than 2,000 titles offered.
“The Razer Edge has more than enough power to play the latest and greatest Steam titles and it is completely built with PC gamers in mind,” says Greg Coomer, product designer at Valve. “The tablet is a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer, including Big Picture mode.”
ASUS has announced the immediate availability of the VivoBook S500 in North America. ASUS VivoBook S500 showcases an attractive, durable, and portable 15.6” design that includes a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, touch enabled high-definition display, ASUS SonicMaster audio, and hybrid SSD/HD drive options.
ASUS VivoBook S500 is designed with stylish aesthetics, true-to-life sound, and instinctive touch capabilities via the highly responsive multi-point HD touch panel or the oversized touchpad incorporating ASUS Smart Gesture technology. It is ideal for the increasingly cloud-based nature of computing with seamless connectivity options and a slim form factor for easy mobility. True 2-second instant on resume from sleep mode provides near-instantaneous access to Windows 8 and its energy-conserving design allows standby for up to two weeks.
ASUS VivoBook S500 has a suggested retail price starting at USD 699 or higher depending on model configuration. Availability is immediate at leading resellers in North America.
Razer has announced that its Razer Edge gaming tablet will be available for pre-order on March 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. PST at this page. Purchased units will be shipped to consumers later that month.
The Razer Edge and its Intel Core i5 processor and 64 GB SSD, and the Razer Edge Pro with an Intel i7 processor and the option of a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, will begin shipping this March. The gamepad controller, home console dock and extended battery accessories will be made available for pre-order and shipping concurrent with the Edge on March 1. An optional keyboard dock is slated for launch later this year in Q3.
The all-in-one Razer Edge PC gaming solution starts at USD 999.
Today, Sony announced that Xperia Tablet Z will be available for sale in Q2 of 2013. Additionally, Sony’s flagship smartphone, Xperia Z, is now available in stores worldwide.
Xperia Tablet Z is a 10.1” Android tablet. It is slim and lightweight at 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) and 1.09 lbs (495 g). Available in black or white and in LTE and WiFi versions, it is the first tablet to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad-core processor. It has the highest levels of water resistance, making it immune to accidental spills and splashes.
Xperia Tablet Z includes several of Sony’s technologies. With a 10.1” HD WUXGA Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, it delivers enhanced color reproduction for a brilliant TV-like viewing experience. It also draws upon Sony’s camera expertise with an 8 megapixels rear camera featuring “Exmor R for mobile” as well as a 2 megapixels HD front-facing camera for capturing the best images in any condition. Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D guarantees soul-shaking audio performance alongside Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode and the innovative use of two built-in speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners, delivering amazing sound no matter how it is held. Xperia Tablet Z also includes Battery STAMINA mode, Sony’s unique battery management technology that can significantly improve standby time. The WiFi variant also offers up to 64 GB of storage with an optional microSD card.
It also includes Sony’s One-Touch functions that allow users to transfer content seamlessly from HD tablet to TV, tablet to speaker, or phone to tablet, just by touching them together. The tablet’s Universal IR Remote allows users to control the TV and other Sony devices – as well as products from other manufacturers – directly from the tablet by placing the device at the heart of the home. TV SideView is a new application that gives users an entirely new way to interact with their TV.
Xperia Tablet Z will launch with a number of accessories including a charging cradle, an LCD Screen Protector, and a Leather Carrying Cover that comes in black, white or red. These will be available from Sony stores or registered retailers.
Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch for the latest Android user experience.
Apple is making the MacBook Pro with Retina display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at USD 1,499 for 128 GB of flash, and USD 1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256 GB of flash RAM. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16 GB of memory. Apple today also announced that the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256 GB of flash has a new lower price of USD 1,399.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the world’s highest resolution notebook display. Whether you’re reading emails, writing text, editing home movies in HD or retouching professional photography, everything appears vibrant, detailed and sharp, delivering an unrivaled viewing experience. The MacBook Pro with Retina display features flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, and delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time.
When you buy a cell phone from a carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, the equipment only works on that carrier’s cellular network, unless you “unlock” it. Unlocking a cell phone allows it to function on more than one carrier.
But the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress are no longer allowing phone unlocking in America unless you have the carrier’s permission to do so.
Anyone who violates the law may be punished with a civil suit or, if the violation was done for commercial gain, it may be prosecuted as a criminal act, with fines that could be as high as USD 500,000 and time in prison.
Microsoft has just announced that its Surface family of PCs is growing. Its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada.
Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, Surface Windows 8 Pro provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package. It runs Windows 8 applications, as well as current Windows 7 desktop applications. Starting at an estimated retail price of USD 899, Surface Windows 8 Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB models. A Surface pen with Palm Block technology, designed specifically to work with Surface to let customers edit, collaborate and get things done, is included with Surface Windows 8 Pro.
In addition to being able to buy Surface Windows 8 Pro in the coming weeks, customers will soon be able to purchase Surface Windows RT in 14 additional markets worldwide, two more than double the number of markets in which Surface is currently available.
Lenovo has just announced the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience.
The Horizon can lie flat on any surface, allows two or more people to use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories, and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way that players have never seen before. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27-inch desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
With Horizon’s smart hinge system, users can easily lay it flat and in so doing, the Lenovo Aura multi-user, multi-touch interface (UI) will automatically activate. This simple UI lets families play, learn or enjoy multimedia content together on one screen. Aura also serves as a great way to launch pre-loaded gaming and educational apps or download new ones from the online app store.
Lenovo said that the Horizon will come with Core i5 or Core i7 ULV CPUs, along with SSD drive options and NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 graphics chip.
The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available beginning in early summer through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Prices start at approximately USD 1,699.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook is now optimized for Windows 8 touch experience thanks to its new 14-inch touchscreen display. The X1 Carbon and X1 Carbon Touch are developed from carbon fiber that provides strength and durability beyond traditional notebook materials.
Weighing 3.4 pounds and only 20.8 mm thin, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is powered by an Intel processor (Core i5 or Core i7) and comes with some features related to security and manageability, including Intel vPro, integrated fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform Module and BIOS encryption. Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology provides fast charge times, while the eight hours of battery life and optional 3G connectivity ensures maximum productivity virtually anywhere.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is available now at www.lenovo.com or through Lenovo business partners. Prices start at USD 1,499.
The Artigo A1250 is an ultra-slim system for those seeking a compact solution without sacrificing computing power. It is supposedly the world’s smallest quad-core system, measuring 6.96 x 4.92 x 1.18 inches (17.7 x 12.5 x 3 cm). The Artigo A1250 is equipped with a VIA quad-core CPU running at 1 GHz, supports up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, and comes with one HDMI and one VGA video port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
It is suitable for a myriad of applications in the home or office, including home server, home automation, hotel automation, media streaming, digital signage and surveillance, as well as for medical and healthcare applications.