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Laptops

Razer's new 14-inch Blade laptop

Razer has been rather busy of late. While the company is best known for its various gaming peripherals, it is putting some serious resources into dedicated gaming hardware like the Edge tablet, which we went hands on with at CES. Now, it has just announced a new version of its Blade laptop, which it is calling the "world's thinnest" gaming Ultrabook.  Read More

The 3200 x 1800 resolution 13.3-inch notebook display from Samsung

Samsung Display has chosen Vancouver's Display Week Exhibition hosted by the Society for Information Display to unveil two new Retina-beating display panels. The WQXGA 10.1-inch LCD screen will be used for tablets, while the QHD+ 13.3-inch is destined for notebooks. Details are scant, but we have managed to persuade Samsung to part with a few key specs.  Read More

The IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Lenovo has revealed that a more powerful version of its Yoga 11 convertible is earmarked for release next month. Essentially four devices in one, the Yoga 11S will run Win8 Pro and be powered by a choice of Intel's 3rd generation Core i processors.  Read More

Uncover designs a new lid logo to your specifications

The clean minimalist looks which define Apple’s aluminum notebooks may contribute to their mass appeal, but some people prefer to personalize their computers with stickers and aftermarket add-ons like the MacBook Wood Keyboard. Such tinkerers now have yet another option for self-expression, courtesy of Amsterdam-based firm Uncover's MacBook lid laser-etching service.  Read More

The Casetop from Livi Design

Packing powerful processors supported by a healthy amount of system memory and storage, modern smartphones are just like mini computers that can be carried around in your pocket. As a mobile office, however, such devices do have some practical limitations. Even with the relatively large display offered by Samsung's new Galaxy S4, for example, having to use a finger to input text can be a real productivity killer. What's needed is a comfortable physical keyboard and more spacious display real estate. That's precisely what's on offer with the Casetop from Livi Design, a netbook-like LCD panel, keyboard and battery pack combination that uses a smartphone for its computing power.  Read More

The Acer Aspire R7's screen is able to move close to the keyboard for easy touchscreen acc...

Acer has announced a new laptop at a press event in New York which features a new hinge system called "Ezel" that brings the display closer to the user for easier Windows 8 touch control. The new Aspire R7 also features a keyboard/trackpad layout redesign, and a speaker setup that automatically swaps left and right output when the screen is flipped over for displaying content to the person opposite.  Read More

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi)

Einstein famously maintained that a cluttered desk is a sign of a brilliant mind. However, for many modern designers the desk is not just messy but is also jammed with a mandatory array of PCs, laptops, screens, tablets, and more. French designer Amir Labidi has developed a laptop concept dubbed the “LapTouch” for the creative community, with the specific aim of consolidating design functions and reducing desktop congestion.  Read More

GOrb II blows air up toward the bottom of a notebook to create a cooling gap

Where the first generation of Thermaltake's GOrb portable cooler merely lifted the back of a laptop to give the underside some room to breathe, the new GOrb II sports 70 mm (2.75 in) fans running at 2200 RPM to stop things heating up.  Read More

The KIRAbook is Toshiba's high-end rival to the Retina MacBook Pro

Toshiba has unveiled a new high-end laptop that boasts a host of premium features including an impressive 13-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution touchscreen display. The system, which runs on Windows 8 and features a pressed magnesium alloy body, is both thinner and lighter than Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.  Read More

The Thinkpad X131e Chromebook from Lenovo

Lenovo has announced a rugged laptop designed specifically for the education sector. The system runs on Google's Chrome OS and depending on its reception, could spell bigger things for the future of Google's browser-based operating system.  Read More

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