The Laptops of Computex 2013

The Laptops of Computex 2013

Summary: With the launch of Intel's new Haswell processors, manufacturers rolled out a bevy of new notebooks that made use of the new chips at the annual trade show.

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  • Sony Vaio Pro 13/11 Ultrabooks

    Sony may have delivered the best Windows-based competitor to the MacBook Air yet with the new Vaio Pro Ultrabook line. Built with carbon fiber, the Vaio Pro 11 weighs a mere 1.9 pounds and the Pro 13 just 2.3 pounds; both are 0.68 inches thick. Our sister site CNET has already secured units and provided some hands-on testing of the Pro 13 and a full review of the Pro 11. While the base MacBook Air models currently cost less than the $1,150 base Pro 11 and $1,250 Pro 13, they offer lower-res screens and less solid-state storage capacity. Of course, with rumors circulating that MacBook refreshes with Haswell processors could be due as early as next week's Apple WWDC, the Vaio Pro Ultrabooks could lose some of their competitive advantage.

  • Asus Transformer Book Trio

    Leave it to Asus to do things really differently with the Transformer Book Trio, which takes the original Transformer Book and adds a third form factor. The Transformer Book combined a laptop with a detachable tablet, but now the Trio not only offers those two modes, but also allows you to connect it to an external monitor station to use as an all-in-one PC. You can even toggle between Android and Windows 8 when you're using the Trio on the go. While the notebook/tablet runs using an Intel Atom chip and offers up to 64GB of flash-memory storage, the PC station packs a Haswell processor and up to a 1TB hard drive. More on the Trio, which does not yet have a release date or any official pricing yet, from ZDNet's James Kendrick.

  • Asus Zenbook Infinity Ultrabook

    If you think the Sony Vaio Pro laptops are thin, the forthcoming Zenbook Infinity has them beat by a few millimeters. The new Ultrabook will be just 0.61 inches in thickness. While Asus had the notebook on display at Computex, precious little else is known about it, though it is built with the third (and latest) version of Corning's Gorilla Glass. Despite its beautiful exterior and new Haswell-based interior, the Zenbook Infinity might face difficulties related to Microsoft Windows 8 and the overall PC landscape, according to ZDNet's Larry Dignan.

Topics: Laptops, Mobility

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  • Meet The New PCs, Same As The Old PCs

    All the buzz at this year's Computex was very much around Android, not Windows.

    Particularly remarkable since there was no Google or any other large company there to officially promote Android, it was just all the OEMs with devices to show.
    ldo17
    • "The Laptops of Computex 2013"

      You read that?

      Laptops.

      Not tablets, not smartphones.

      Laptops.
      ForeverCookie
    • Did you hold your own Computex? I ask because

      All the buzz at this year's Computex was very much around Windows, not Android, so you must have held your own, because your statement doesn't align with reality.

      Too bad for you.
      William Farrel
  • Why all the script errors?

    I have complained before but I get 17 script errors on each and every slide. Most are from the advertiser. How can we accept that the material has any substance when the preentation is so flawed.
    dcbohn
  • A laptop with the Metro-Interface ? No way !

    A laptop with the Metro-Interface ? No way !
    Zedier
  • Yes, the problem is the Metro interface.

    I want laptops with Windows 7. I never buy a desktop product with a full screen interface. Also Metro is ugly. Very ugly.
    SuperCocoLoco
  • Really nice new powerfull hardware and that same old crappy Windows 8

    Sure hope it comes with a FREE up grade to Windows 8.1 & 8.2 & 8.3 & 8.4 or better yet a free copy of Linux Mint 15......They sure would be happier, than they could stick W-8 in a VB or a dual boot setup and life would be great again.

    Enf Of Story......Period
    Over and Out
    • i need help buying a computer...any takers?

      I'm looking for a laptop and this is my use needs- budget of $375-400 ish at most, will use for online school, surfing, social networking maybe some online games for the kiddo (not gamer games like black ops stuff) pics, burning cd's. I know I want at least 4gb,500gb, dual processor?, 15-16" screen, number keypad, more than 2-in-1 card reader, bluetooth and webcam (if poss), wifi capability, multi-dvd drive, decent sound kind of important as i like to listen to music one way or the other. My hangup is not knowing whether to go with Windows 7 or 8? Not necessarily sold on brand but guts. HELP.
      not at all techy
  • You can even toggle between Android and Windows 8 when you're using theTRIO

    WTF??? WTF??? WTF??? WTF??? WTF??? WTF DID I JUST READ NOW!!! TAKE ALL MY MONEY
    ((YES ALL OF IT)) NOW!!!
    REVENGEX
  • i need help buying a laptop...any takers?

    I'm looking for a laptop and this is my use needs- budget of $375-400 ish at most, will use for online school, surfing, social networking maybe some online games for the kiddo (not gamer games like black ops stuff) pics, burning cd's. I know I want at least 4gb,500gb, dual processor?, 15-16" screen, number keypad, more than 2-in-1 card reader, bluetooth and webcam (if poss), wifi capability, multi-dvd drive, decent sound kind of important as i like to listen to music one way or the other. My hangup is not knowing whether to go with Windows 7 or 8? Not necessarily sold on brand but guts. HELP.
    not at all techy