The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the newest update to the Apple notebook lineup. Weighing over a pound less than the previous model, the .71-inch thin notebook showcases Apple’s industrial design. The most significant highlight is the Retina display that gives the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro a remarkable 2880 x 1800 resolution, higher than any notebook currently available. However, the updated specs do not stop there. Apple refreshed most of the essentials that make the MacBook Pro a must have device. Updated Intel Quad Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor (up to 2.7GHz), up to 16GB RAM and 768GB of SSD storage, rounded out with two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, an SD card slot and HDMI. The new MagSafe 2 connector looks to ensure your sanity in case of an accidentally tripped cord and the 7 hours of battery life aims to allow you enough time to finish your work and still have plenty of time to play.
Aiming for two markets at once, Sony has announced their first VAIO Ultrabook, the Sony VAIO T13. Slated for US release the Sony T13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch display, the latest Ultra Low Voltage Intel processor, hybrid storage ability and unlike the ultra-thin laptops from their competitors, the Sony Ultrabook comes with ports galore. HDMI, VGA, Ethernet an SD slot, plus two USB ports, including one that can charge your phone. While all those ports are aiming for business users, Sony is also targeting the campus crowd by taking design cues from the Macbook Air and encasing the new Sony VAIO T13 Ultrabook in a .71 inch thin magnesium and aluminum chassis. The new Sony laptop has battery life up to 9 hours and comes in at $799.
Serving as a warm up to the imminent next generation iPad announcement, refreshes abound for the Apple MacBook Pro laptop family. The new Apple MacBook Pro Thunderbolt laptops ($1,200 to $2,500 U.S.) feature dual core or if you prefer quad core processors (Intel i5 or i7), fresh FaceTime HD cameras with three times the resolution of the previous generation, Radeon HD graphics and Intel’s new lightning fast Thunderbolt I/O technology technology that boasts transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
Weighing in at 7.3 pounds, the Santa Rosa based Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 is heading to the US. Featuring a Core 2 Duo CPU, 3G support and a shock mounted hard drive, the new laptop should be available sometime in July. Expect the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 to be priced around $1650 for the entry level and $2500 for the upgraded version.
The BenQ S73VG and the BenQ S31V Joybooks are the latest laptops to jump on the Microsoft Windows Vista train. Pictured is the Joybook S73VG, that runs a Core 2 Duo processor, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics on a 14.1-inch LCD display.
LG has been busy as of late. First, the company assaults the mobile phone world with the LG Chocolate and from the looks of it, plans to follow suit with the LG Shine. Outside of the phone world the company still is staking claim in new territory, this time mobile computing. With all the hoopla surrounding UMPC’s quieting down, companies like LG return to sinking their teeth into proven markets.
That’s soccer for the Uninitiated
Given the fact that the NFL has been buzzing recently, thought I’d keep a few of you from being confused. Late for the World Cup but perfect for the start of a new season. Toshiba found success with the FIFA Dynabook laptop and now Fujitsu is offering the “award winning” AMILO Pi 1536 series with lacquered finishes for Everton, the Celtic, Aston Villa and the Tottenham Hotspur.
This baby has been in the gym hitting the iron. Currently available in Japan, the Tsukomo N170J-802E practically tips the scales sizing up near 8.4 pounds in weight. Who is going to complain though, when you have a 17-inch widescreen WUXGA display? That’s not the selling point though. The Tsukomo N170J-802E has a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2700 processor under its skin, along with 1GB of DDR2 RAM (expandable to 2GB), an 80GB hard drive, nVidia graphics (Quadro Fx 2500M to be exact) and a DVD super multi-drive. At 249.800 Yen, that’s only a hundred and some change over 2G’s. However, if you are the type of person who is not easily satisfied you can always upgrade. Tsukomo
Sony sends the message in vibrant colors to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the VAIO series. 500 limited edition FJ Graphic Splash Edition notebooks. $1,129.99 is the starting price for the special edition FJ290 notebooks, which gets you a 14.1′ LCD, Wireless LAN, 512MB, 40GB hard drive, a DVD+R double layer optical drive and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. However I’m sure you’ll want an upgrade to match the flossy, candy coated exterior. Options include a 2GHz Intel Pentium M chip, 1GB of DDR-SDRAM, a more respectable 100GB hard drive (preloaded with 5 Sony Picture movies), personal engraving and more.
Jaren is at it again. The designer behind the much desired Sony Ericsson Black Diamond mobile concept has created a laptop design one could only hope Toshiba would pick up. The design gives the term “little black book” a whole new meaning. A design like this coupled with the right specifications could give Granny Smith a run for the money. What I really thought was great was the idea of having a small TFT screen displaying the logo as opposed to having one stamped on the case. As noted this could do well for customization and corporate branding.
The keyboard flows smoothly from the casing and the button styling with gloss finish only adds to the attraction. I also love the fact the logo is only in one place. The chrome trim provides a touch of sophistication and stlye.The Toshiba BlackBook just looks sexy, too sexy to be a laptop.