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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  • Gigabyte Ultrablade Gaming Laptops

    Gaming laptops don't always have to be monstrosities. Witness Gigabyte's new "Ultrablade" notebooks, which combine fragging prowess with slim form factors. The 15.6-inch P35K weighs a mere 4.2 pounds, while the 14-inch P34G tips the scales at just 3.7 pounds. They still retain plenty of pixel-pushing power, thanks to Haswell quad-core Core i7 processors options (TBD) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M (P35k) or 760M (P34G) discrete graphics. Incredibly, the P35K can hold up to four drives to maximize storage: two 512GB mSATA SSD drives plus a pair of 1TB traditional hard drives. The P34G can "only" handle a 256GB mSATA SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Unfortunately, no word from Gigabyte yet on how much these svelte but brawny systems will set you back, or when you can get your hands on one.

  • Gigabyte U21M

    Like the Dell XPS 11, the U21M is a Windows 8 convertible device that can flip between laptop and tablet modes. Roughly 0.8 inches thick and weighing in at 3.3 pounds, the 11.6-inch U21M lacks the high-res screen of the XPS 11, settling for 1,366x768 resolution instead. But it still packs a slate of Haswell processor options, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and dual-storage choices ranging from 128GB SSD to 1TB hard drives (with many options in between). The touchscreen can swivel up to 180 degrees and, of course, lay flat to use as a tablet. As with its Ultrablade laptops, Gigabyte has not yet provided pricing or availability info for the U21M.

  • Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook

    Acer has updated the Aspire S7 beyond the expected Haswell processor options, making some minor tweaks to the design and keyboard, but the new chips promise to improve performance and battery life significantly. There's also an option to upgrade to a ultra-high-res 2,560x1,440 screen. For $1,399, you get a full 1080p 13.3-inch IPS display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and Core i5-4200U Haswell processor. The company has also updated the step-down S3, which keeps the same screen but loses the Gorilla Glass lid, though it does add Nvidia GeForce GT 735M graphics. It weighs more than the S7, but costs a few hundred dollars less for the trouble.

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