Apple's new MacBook Pro
line-up might be grabbing all the headlines with its new Thunderbolt port, but the claimed battery life pales into insignificance when compared to that offered by HP. When running on the company's new Ultra-Capacity Notebook battery, the HP EliteBook 8460p is said to be capable of running for up to 32 hours between charges. It's one of a number of business notebook releases announced by HP, so let's take a closer look...
I've had plenty to say about Apple's bizarre, pro user-hostile MacBook Pro I/O roadmap over the years - like the shock removal of FireWire 400
in late 2008 and the removal of ExpressCard from the 15"
in 2009 - so it's incredibly refreshing to write about the inclusion of Thunderbolt, a decidedly "Pro" I/O interface with seemingly no downside, in the latest refresh.
, Apple has today revealed the details of its five new MacBook Pro updates - although the actual details are a little different to the rumors preceding the official announcement. The new line is said to be up to twice as fast as the previous generation thanks to the inclusion of next generation quad and dual core processors and high performance graphics. A new FaceTime HD camera with three times the resolution previously offered and the high performance Thunderbolt (read Light Peak) I/O technology are also included.
Europe has announced the forthcoming release of its new VAIO S series notebook. Benefiting from a full flat design made with magnesium housing and an aluminum palmrest, the new 24mm thin notebook will feature a dual battery option to double the run time, hybrid graphics that swaps between integrated and installed graphics for optimum performance, a fast boot into Windows and the ability to get users online from cold in seconds.
Apple's MacBook Pro
line is due for a refresh with all the signs on the magic eight ball that is the Internet pointing to Thursday February 24 as launch day for updated MacBook Pros with Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors. As usual, Apple has been playing its cards close to its corporate chest and hasn't confirmed (or denied) that new MacBook Pros are on the immediate horizon, but a couple of listings of unexplained MacBook Pro part numbers by retailers online may just have let the cat out of the bag before Apple has had a chance to announce the new models.
In addition to the company's Slider PC7
's high-end Series 9 laptop was one of the CES 2011
standouts that we wanted to go back and take a look at. Many have billed it as a Macbook Air
killer, and though we wouldn't go quite that far, the comparison is certainly a valid one. The Series 9 sports a sleek design that will likely turn just as many heads as the afore-mentioned Cupertino competitor.
Laptop users who work on the move usually find themselves having to use the trackpad more than they'd like. It's useful in tight spaces but it's not half as comfortable or useful as a real mouse. The Swiftmouse is said to provide all of the functionality and ease of use associated with a standard mouse, combined with the comfort of a stylus or pen, in a format that lends itself to being used in situations where space is limited. The wireless micro-mouse also benefits from magnetic docking and charging and some rapid scroll wizardry.
ASUS is about to let loose a stylish new powerhouse laptop which boasts a 10 hour battery life, ditches the ultra-low-power processors in favor of 35 W varieties and features Nvidia graphics with Optimus technology. The new addition to the company's U series
manages to keep its impressive internals cool with dual heatpipe technology that also keeps the palm rest area nice and chilled too.
Research has shown that over 80 percent of netbook owners believe that good sound is important, yet I think it's fair to say that most netbook speakers are not really very good – offering about the same audio output quality as a smartphone. Toshiba has revealed that its new mini NB520 netbook sports a pair of Harman/Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio technology, to give users the kind of rich audio experience usually reserved for much bigger devices.
Logitech has followed up on its N700 Lapdesk
with a unit designed for 14-inch or smaller notebooks and netbooks – the Lapdesk N550. The new addition features integrated stereo speakers, an ergonomic design and four layered heat-shielding.