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Lilbits (5-31-2013): White Nexus 4, Cheap Ivy Bridge PCs

Google’s flagship smartphone features a 4.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, Gorilla Glass on both the front and the back, and a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The Nexus 4 may not be quite as fast or have quite the same screen resolution as the latest handsets from Samsung, Sony, LG, or HTC. […]

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Zotac beefs up ZBOX mini-desktops with Core i3, Core i5 options

Zotac has been selling small form-factor desktop computers under its ZBOX line for the past few years. While early models featured low-power Intel Atom processors, the company has gradually added faster and faster chips. Earlier this year Zotac introduced the first model with an Intel Core i3 chip. Now Zotac has two more ZBOX mini-desktops, […]

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Intel says HD 4000 graphics driver update will boost performance by 10 percent

Intel is set to release a new graphics driver for computers with Ivy Bridge processors, which the company says will improve graphics performance while lowering power consumption. The Intel HD 4000 graphics driver version 15.3.1 should be available in early April. Intel’s 3rd-generation Core family processors feature integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. While these chips […]

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Asus Zenbook UX21A 11.6 inch Ivy Bridge ultrabook now available for $800

It’s been a while since Asus introduced its first ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge processors, but now you can finally buy one with an 11.6 inch display in the US. The Asus Zenbook UX21A is now available from Amazon for $800. For that price you get an ultrabook with an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of […]

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Intel’s new low power Ivy Bridge chips are more like 13W processors than 7W

Intel unveiled details about a whole raft of upcoming chips this week… but not very many details. In a 45 minute press conference on Monday, Intel breezed through slide after slide in a presentation meant to pack a few tidbits about a lot of products. Or maybe the goal was to gloss over some of […]

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Intel unveils low-power 7W Ivy Bridge processors

When Intel introduced its Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Core) chips in 2012, the lowest power chip sin the family featured a TDP of about 17 watts. The company has promised that 4th-gen “Haswell” chips would use even less power, with TDPs of 10W. But today the company confirmed what we’ve been hearing for a while […]

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Intel planning to build Ivy Bridge chips with lower power consumption

Intel plans to launch its 4th-generation Core Family chips in 2013. These processors, code-named “Haswell” are expected to consume as little as 10W of power, while offering the kind of performance users expect from a decent laptop chip. But Intel may not be waiting until Haswell is ready to offer new low-power chips. CNET reports that upcoming […]

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Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook gets the Ivy Bridge treatment

The Acer Aspire S3 was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the market last year, and it’s one of the least expensive, with prices regularly hitting the $700 mark. Now Acer is getting ready to upgrade the Aspire S3 — while lowering the starting price to $648. Acer has announced that starting next week […]