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NEC returns to the US PC market with new thin, light, and expensive laptops

It’s been a few years since Japanese electronics company has offered personal computers in the US market. But that changes this year, with two new laptops and a new all-in-one desktop set to go on sale in the United States in March. The NEC LaVie Pro Mobile is a 1.85 pound notebook with a 13.3 inch display […]

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Acer Swift 7 ultrathin notebook gets a 2018 update (with 4G LTE)

Acer is updating its thin and light Swift 7 notebook. The 2018 edition is still a ridiculously slim notebook with an Intel Kaby Lake-Y processor. But the new model has an all-black aluminum unibody chassis, integrated 4G LTE, and a 14 inch touchscreen display. The Acer Swift 7 SF714-51 should be available in April for […]

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Microsoft Store brings back Black Friday PC savings (up to $500 off)

The Microsoft Store is running its annual 12 days of deals sale, and today’s sale is a doozy. The company is offering up to $500 off the prices of select Intel-powered PCs. If the sale looks familiar, that’s because the prices pretty much match the Microsoft’s Black Friday deals on many of these laptops, tablets, […]

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Skylake CPU updates for Dell XPS 13 and Asus Zenbook UX303

Asus and Dell are apparently planning to launch updated versions of their thin-and-light laptops, with the new models sporting Intel 6th-gen “Skylake” processors. As Notebook Italia has noticed, Asus Zenbook UX303UB and Dell XPS 13 have started to show up at European retail websites including LaSystems and GSX Digital. Both of these laptops appear to be […]

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About 12 percent of notebooks in 2013 were ultraportable (ABI research)

Remember how Intel was hoping that ultrabooks would account for 40 percent of notebooks by the end of 2012? That didn’t happen. But some people certainly seem to be spending their money on ultraportable PCs. ABI Research estimates that about 22.5 million notebooks shipped in 2013 were ultraportables. That’s about 12.3 percent of all notebooks sold, […]

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Acer blames its ultrabooks for financial losses, promises new strategy in 2014

For the past three years, Acer has been losing money. Sales are declining, and even at a time when overall PC sales are declining, Acer’s been having a particularly rough few years. Acer CEO Jason Chen tells Bloomberg the company will unveil a new “Build Your Own Cloud service” on April 1st to focus on […]

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HP 810 EliteBook Revolve updated with Haswell chips, slimmer and lighter chassis

The HP 810 EliteBook Revolve made its retail debut back in March, and now it’s time for a refresh. New models will be shipping soon, and HP’s showing them off at an event in Barcelona this week. Don’t judge this book by its cover. Like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, there haven’t been any major […]

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HP Spectre 13 hands-on: Ultrabook with an ultra wide touchpad

HP’s newest Spectre 13 ultrabook is just as thin and gorgeous as previous models in this line but should have better battery life and graphics performance, as well as a higher-resolution display and a remarkably wide touchpad. The HP Spectre 13 with an Intel Haswell processor will be available for pre-order on October 16th and […]

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Hands-on: HP’s Spectre 13 x2 is the first fanless detachable Haswell notebook

The HP Spectre 13 x2 hybrid ultrabook/tablet gets the distinction of being the first fanless, ventless Haswell convertible, which is an achievement considering how thin it is. It will be available for pre-order October 16th, releasing soon after that, and will start at $1,099. The hybrid version looks a lot like the regular ultrabook Spectre […]

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Deals of the Day (4-25-2013)

When the first ultrabooks hit the streets in late 2011, these thin and light laptops carried big price tags. It was tough to find one for under $1000. These days there are plenty of models that still cost that much or more, but you can also regularly find ultrabooks with price tags of $600 or […]

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Ultrabooks with Haswell chips could use as little as 100mW while idle

Intel’s upcoming 4th generation Core processors are designed to offer better performance than today’s Ivy Bridge chips, but the new processors, code-named “Haswell,” will also use less power than today’s chips. That means we could see notebooks with tablet-like battery life, and maybe even fanless computers with Haswell chips. But not only are Haswell chips […]