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Apple just introduced their newest release of MacBook Air and updated MacPro workstation.
Newest release of MacBook Air
Newest release of MacBook Airhas the same form factor and design as previous 11-inch and 13-inch models. The main feature of new MacBook Air models is the processor. Newest MackBook Air models are powered by the latest Intel Haswell processors. Haswell processors provide up to 40% better performance working with graphics and at the same time consuming much less power. New models could run significantly longer than their predecessors. 13-inch new model of MacBook Air may run on battery up to 12 hours while 11-inch up to 9 hours. Previous values were 7 and 6 hours for 13 and 11-inch models respectively. The newest version of MacBook Air is currently available for $999 and $1099.
Newest release of MacPro Workstation
In addition, Apple introduced a new Mac Pro – most productive and powerful model designed for professionals. Graphics on MacPro is handled by dual AMD video card. MacPro workstation features 4 USB-ports and six Thunderbolt-ports. Apple is going to manufacture Mac Pro workstations in the United States.
Tablet or laptop ?
Nowadays tablet pc become very popular. The majority of analysts predict that at some point in future tablet pc will completely replace laptops. Meanwhile some manufacturers were trying to combine the power of laptop computers with the mobility of tablet pcs. There are a few new models of such hybrid devices just appeared in the market. One them is ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T by Samsung
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T by Samsung
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T transformer
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T mobile computer looks like an ultrabook but equipped by detachable keyboard that could acts just as a docking station. From other side it looks like and could act as a powerful tablet pc when the keyboard is detached. Such devices were named “transformers” because of their ability easily transform from one form to other. ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T runs under Windows 8 operating system that could be used on laptops as well as on tablet pcs.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T technical details
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is powered by Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7 GHz processor. The transformer comes with 2 GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 video card and 128 GB Solid State Drive. Such powerful configuration is typical for the most modern laptops but could be rarely found in tablet pcs. ATIV Smart PC Pro comes with high quality FullHD 11.6-inch display that is quite small for laptops but is reasonably big for tablets.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T communications capability
Another advantage of the transformer is a broad communications capability including wireless modules Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G, as well as micro HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. USB 3.0 could be used for high speed connections to external SSD and/or HDD drives. Docking station with keyboard unit is also equipped by two USB-ports. However they are version 2.0 and therefor significantly slower. Proprietary stylus S-Pen is also included.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Cameras
As the majority of modern high class tablets ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is equipped by two good quality cameras: the rear 5 megapixels camera and the front 2 megapixels camera.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Body
The body of ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is made from a dark plastic. Such plastic is very sensible to scratches and definitely could not compete with aluminium on this matter.. Aluminium body undoubtedly would increase the strength of the device.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Battery
Full battery charge of ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T lasts for 4 to 6 hours of intensive work. Such capability is not bad for the laptop but for sure is not enough for tablets. Modern high end tablets could run on battery for much longer time.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Competitors
Transformer Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is not the only one of its kind. For example, Acer Iconia W700 and the Asus Eee Slate B121are also using Intel Core processors and are comparable in functionality. If you are looking for a transformer it is worth to take a look on them.
MacBook Pro: the Best Windows 8 laptop
According to Soluto 13-inch Apple MacBook Prois the best laptop that could run on Windows 8 operating system. Saluto is the company known by cloud service helping to test computers focusing on testing of the operating systems.
Mac Book Pro competitors
Acer Aspire E1-571 got rank 2 and Dell XPS 13was third. Dell was also named as the most reliable manufacturer. Half of Dell notebooks were in the top ten of the ranking.
Soluto research is based on statistics of the 150 million notebooks in the period from January to March 2013. The evaluation criteria included the number of crashes, hangs, and “blue screen” for a week and the average boot time.
MacBook Pro typically comes with completely different operating system. Windows 8 was installed on MacBook Pro without any other third-party software.
Soluto analysts recognize that the comparison of indicators notebook with a clean Windows and Windows with a pile of pre-installed applications is not quite correct. However, their goal was to compare the real situation were a normal user buy a new laptop.
Notebook manufacturers should think about the fact that if they stopped clutter additional utilities Windows, the operating system would work much faster and more stable, and the user would be easier and more enjoyable to use the laptop, the report said.
MacBook Pro price
On the other hand, MacBook Pro would be the most expensive Windows-laptop. The price of MacBook Pro starts from $1199. This price does not include Windows OS license cost.For comparison, starting price of Acer Aspire laptop is $429.
Windows installation on MacBook Pro
Analysts also note that the installation of Windows on a Mac would be quite lengthy and complex process. Furthermore, the user may encounter lack of the Del key on the Mac keyboard and possible problems with hardware driver installation and so on. Among the same advantages can be added unrivaled build quality and impressive trackpad.
Toshiba has introduced a new premium brand of Retina laptops – Kirabook.
This is one of the first notebooks powered by Windows 8 and with Retina-like high resolution display. Kirabook is equipped by 13.3-inch 221 dpi display with resolution of 2560х1440 px.
13-inch MacBook Pro has resolution of 1560×1600.
Apple MacBook Pro
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display has resolution of 1560×1600.
Google Cromebook Pixel
Earlier this year Google released Chromebook Pixel 12.85-inch laptop with Retina like display of 2560×1700 px. However Chromebook is powered by Chrome OS that is not yet gain a solid portion of OS market dominated by Windows and Mac.
Samsung Series 9 laptop
Samsung also promised to release the Series 9 laptop with 2560×1440 px Retina like display.
Toshiba Kirabook powered by Core i5/i7 processor and equipped by optional touch screen, Harmon Kardon audio, 256 GB SSD-drive and 8 GB of RAM.
From a technical point of view the screen resolution of KIRAbook slightly higher than the resolution of Apple and Google laptops. However, an ordinary user is unlikely to notice any difference. The ost important feature of KIRAbook distinguishing it from other similar devices is support of the 10-point multi-touch display technology. Toshiba screen covered with thermal and impact resistant glass Corning Gorilla Glass.
Sales of Kirabook will start on May 12. Price range of Kirabook is from 1,600 to 2,000 dollars depending on configuration.
According to various internet sources Hewlett-Packard is preparing its first Chromebook laptop – HP Pavilion Chromebook running on Chrome operating system. HP Pavilion Chromebook laptop may have the same design as HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-c010us but the hardware expected to be different.
HP Chromebook will be powered by 1.1 GHz dual core Intel Celeron 847 processor. 14-inch pavilion Chromebook laptop comes with 2GB of RAM is 2GB as well as with 16GB of built-in flash memory and card reader. Display of the chromebook has resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. HP Chromebook equipped by Wi-Fi 802.11n wireless adapter, supports Bluetooth as well as 3 USB ports and HDMI output for external monitor and/or TV. HP Pavilion Chromebook should be capable to run on battery up to four hours.