You know how people like to talk about how tablets are slowly killing the desktop and laptop, and have definitely almost killed off the netbook? Fact is, tablets are cool and convenient, but when you need the speed and spark of a tablet with the broader functionality and workstation-ness of a laptop, I’ve really fallen in love with netbooks, especially Chromebooks. Right now, while I still have a Mac laptop as my main piece, most of the content on IHC for the past few weeks has been done on a Chromebook. It’s got a little more oomph than a tablet, less bullshit than a full laptop.
So, what I’m trying to say is that I’m kind of excited about Google announcing a new line of Chromebooks, some pretty black or white plastic HP built Chromebooks. So, what I’m trying to say, is if you think you need a tablet for its quickness and lightweight interface, but you want something that operates more by the rules of a desktop or laptop, consider a Chromebook. Not a paid endorsement or anything, just something to discuss.
As far as gaming laptops, it’s hard to beat the Razer Blade. But if you want a slightly cheaper and slightly smaller version than the 17” beast that’s already out, Razer recently released a 14” version that packs just as much power into an insanely thin and wonderfully gorgeous laptop. It’s pretty, it’s sturdy and it’s got an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad core processor running at 2.2GHz (3.2 when Turbo Boosted) and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
Once upon a time, a guy named Dom had his Macbook laptop and his iPad stolen in London. He never found the iPad, but his laptop had tracking software installed that would alert him of its whereabouts when it connected to the internet.
There are good reasons for buying a Chromebook, mainly because they’re super cheap. For someone who needs just the basics like web surfing, watching internet videos and using office document programs and wants an attached physical keyboard, the $200 Chromebook is nice. So why does Google think anyone’s going to buy a pimped out HD touchscreen Chromebook for $1300 when for that price you could get a real computer that runs more than web apps?
Samsung has just released a brand new shiny Chromebook, and the good news is that the computer is available for purchase for just $249 through the Google Play store.
With Windows 8, Microsoft will be unifying desktops/laptops, tablets and phones. And when it launches next month, expect to see a flood of laptop/tablet hybrids. Sure there are already keyboards for Android tablets and iPads, but with Windows 8, get ready to be overwhelmed with tablet-laptops every time you go into a Best Buy.
If you want to get one of these miracle machines, DVICE has a big list of such lap-tabs that are coming out in the next six months alone.
Last week, Apple unveiled the new Macbook Pro, which is by far their most powerful and fastest laptop yet. But with that power comes a price— when you get that brand new Macbook Pro, you’d better decide up front whether you want 8 or 16 GB of memory, because once it’s in there, it’s in there for good, soldered to the motherboard.
It looks like Apple’s reading a brand new 15” MacBook Pro for later this year, and according to the Apple rumor mill, the new MBP will have a high res Retina Display screen, USB 3.0 ports an an ultra thin design, minus an optical port. I know I gave shit to Windows 8 for not initially supporting CD or DVD playback out of the box, and it just looks like this is the future. Anything that’s not downloaded will probably come on a USB stick, like recent releases of Mac OS X.
Liquid cools far more efficiently than air, but liquid cooling systems are far more expensive than a couple plastic fans, and take up quite a bit more room inside a computer. But Asetek recently showed off a compact liquid cooling system for laptops, which could be the perfect investment if you push your laptop to its limits.
With Kinect for Windows, Microsoft has made it clear that their motion control technology isn’t just a kiddie gimmick. And now it appears that computer manufacturers are starting to test how Kinect sensors will work in laptops. Hopefully, your laptop of the future will be able to detect your “Meh” face and direct you towards porn that’s more your speed.
Mac OS X already has a couple cool anti-theft and location features for laptops and iPhones that let you locate your stolen tech and even wipe or lock it remotely if need be. As an additional measure, it looks like Apple is looking to patent a laptop power cord that can store your password to act as a key, so that if the laptop is stolen and the cord isn’t, the thief won’t be able to log in.