The new Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air – Popular laptops 2012
New Apple MacBook Pro and Mac Book Air
Apple presented a new MacBook Pro laptop with Retina high resolution screen on Monday, June 11 at the WWDC conference in San Francisco. The new Apple MacBook Pro has 15.4 inch display with resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixels at a density of 220 pixels per inch. Apple MacBook Pro models powered by quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processors Core i5 and Core i7 with frequencies of up to 2.7 GHz (up to 3.7 GHz in Turbo Boost mode), up to 16 gigabytes of RAM and up to 768 gigabytes of flash memory. Graphics of the new Apple MacBook Pro is managed by GeForce GT 650 M video card.
The new Apple MacBook Pro equipped by SD memory slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and MagSafe interfaces. There are also the multi-touch trackpad and backlight keyboard.
The new Apple MacBook Pro could run on the battery power for seven hours. The expected price of 15 inches Apple MacBook Pro is $2199 U.S.
Apple also updated MacBook Air laptops. Apple Mac Book Air laptops are also powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processor, could have up to 8GB of RAM and equipped by better performing graphics card. Prices on Apple MacBook Air are not expected to change and will remain in range of $999 to $1099
Next generation of Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air likely come with Retina display.
Apple plans to use Retina high resolution displays in the next generation of MacBook 15.4-inch screen for the MacBook Pro and 13.3-inch display of the MacBook Air expected to get resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and 2560×1600 pixels respectively. Displays of current generation of 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air have resolution of 1440×900 pixels. Will high resolution displays raise the final price of Apple MacBooks? Good question. Apple already using high-resolution Retina screens in iPhone 4S and the new iPad 3. So far Retina display did not impact the price of Apple devices.
Apple may introduce the new generation of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air at the WWDC conference that starts on June 11. Following trends new generation of Apple MacBooks should be extremely thin and lightweight, powered by Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia graphics. At the same event Apple most likely will introduce iOS 6 and share ideas about the new version of Mac OS X operating system.
Apple MacBook Air
There are two Apple MacBook Air model types available with screen size of 11.6 and 13.3 inches. First version of 11.6 inch screen Apple MacBook Air model comes with Core i5 2467M processor and 64GB solid state drive. The second version of Apple MacBook Air equipped with more powerful Core i7 2667M processor and 128 GB SSD. Capacity of batteries installed in the Apple MacBook Air is enough for about 5 hours of normal activity staying connected to the Wi-Fi network.13 inch Apple MacBook Air model also comes in two versions – Core i5 2557M 128GB SSD and Core i7 2667M, 256 GB SSD. The battery of this version of Apple MacBook Air is capable for working for 7 hours. 13.3-inch screen of Apple MacBook Air has pretty high resolution of 1600 × 900.
Combination of elegant aluminum case, bright display and silent operation makes the MacBook Air laptop famous and popular. However a lot of people get used to Microsoft Windows and not ready for switch to the MacOS starting learning the basics of new operating system again. The availability of applications and the price should also be taken into account while comparing ultrabooks and Apple MacBook Air.
Top 4 Laptops under 400$
The Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop is one of the best sellers on the market.
Powered by Intel Pentium B940 2GHz processor, equipped by 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop could easily handle day by day computing tasks running on Windows 7 operating system. Impressive laptop graphics managed by Intel HD Graphics controller on the gorgeous 15.6″ widescreen LED-backlit LCD Display with resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop has built-in 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam and microphone for video calls, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter as well as USB 2.0 and HDMI ports. Multi-Gesture Touchpad and dedicated numeric keypad make Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop features control more comfortable. Li-ion battery is capable of running the Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop for up to 4 hours without recharging. At the moment the Acer Aspire AS5750Z laptop is available for $379.
The Lenovo G570 laptop is one of the main competitors of Acer Aspire AS5750Z. It is powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 processor and delivers good performance for everyday tasks. And this is the only notable difference between Lenovo G570 and Aspire AS5750Z laptops. All other technical details are almost the same including the amount of RAM and storage as well as HD widescreens and integrated graphics. The Lenovo G570 laptop is also running on Windows 7 operating system. At the moment the Lenovo G570 laptop is available for $399.99
Compact and light ASUS A53U-EH11 laptop has scratch-resistant body retaining the A53U-EH11 looks and quality even during extensive, prolonged use. Powered by an AMD Brazos C-60 Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6290 Graphics for HD entertainment and running on Windows 7 operating system, the ASUS A53U-EH11 laptop handles daily tasks with ease. ASUS A53U-EH11 laptop comes with 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixels display,320GB of disk space and 3GB of RAM expandable to up to 8GB. It features a Wave keyboard with numeric keypad and multi-touch trackpad for effortless text management and navigation. ASUS A53U-EH11 equipped by built-in 0.3 Megapixel web camera and microphone, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet adapter, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n adapter and 5 in 1 card reader. There are also 3 USB 2.0 and HDMI slots. The current price of the laptop starts from $349.99
Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5540 15.6 -Inch Laptop has a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It’s powered by a dual-core AMD E-450 accelerated processor, which combines a CPU and a graphics processing unit on a single chip, helping to accelerate daily applications while also delivering ower power consumption. Similar to the ASUS model the laptop comes with 3GB of RAM expandable to 8GB and 320GB of disk space and also has built-in webcam and microphone. ASUS and Toshiba models are pretty similar. The only noticeable difference is more powerful CPU on Toshiba model. The Satellite C655D-S5540 comes pre-installed with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. The current price of the laptop starts from $369.99
Samsung recently introduced mini PC powered by Chrome OS operationg system developed by Google. Dimensions of Samsung mini are 19 to 19 inches with a thickness of 3.3 cm. The weight of the device is 1.1 pounds. Chromebox could be connected to a monitor with a resolution up to 1920 by 1200 pixels. Samsung mini equipped by USB, DVI and DisplayPort as well as Bluetooth and Ethernet adaptors. Samsung Chromebox is going to be the first desktop PC running on Chrome OS.
Chrome OS previously was used with laptops only. Google Chrome browser is the “heart” of the operating system. Chrome OS was introduced in 2009. Since then Google is constantly updating Chrome OS. The latest updates were released in April 2012.
Samsung also announced a new 12.1-inch laptop Series 5550c running on Chrome OS. The weight of the device is about 3 pounds. Samsung Series 5550c could run on battery about six hours. Both Chromebox and the laptop have four gigabytes of RAM and use Intel Core CPU.
Hewlett-Packard developed a new model dv6-7010us of the Pavilion line of portable computers powered by the new generation of AMD processors. AMD processor chip A8-4500M Trinity has four 1.9 HGz cores. Graphics of HP Pavilion dv6-7010us is managed by Radeon HD 7640G controller which support for DirectX 11 API. Widescreen 15.6-inch display BrightView display has resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. HP Pavilion dv6-7010us comes with 6GB of RAM and 750GB hard drive storage
The laptop is also equipped by DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) adapters and TrueVision HD web camera.
The laptop has HDMI and D-Sub for external monitor, three USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports. Operating System of the laptop is Windows 7 Home Premium.
Pavilion dv6-7010us laptop price tag starts around $ 700.
Samsung laptop 700Z5A
Samsung laptop 700Z5A is quite unusual. It is very thin laptop that comes with recently released Intel CPU Core i7-2675QM 2.2 GHz processor 8GB of RAM and pretty powerfull, better than average AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card with additional 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Storage presented by 750GB 7200 rpm hard drive with 8GB of cache. Such storage characteristics are quite unique on the market and could significantly boost the performance and minimize the load time of the operating system and heavy applications. Samsung laptop equipped with a standard communication set of Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. The resolution of 15.6″ screen is 1600×900 but image quality could be better.”Solid-metal” frame of the keyboard not only looks very nice but also protects Samsung laptop against the moisture and dust Original design of the backlight keyboard is impressive. Samsung laptop 700Z5A equipped with the optical drive, Kensington Lock, power connector, HDMI, RJ-45, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, Card reader, Micro D-SUB and audio output, combined with an input for a microphone. Three speakers provide good and clear sound better than the most laptops.
Samsung laptop 700Z5A is a slim extremely thin but powerful notebook. It comes with Intel quad-core CPU and a fast graphics card that makes Samsung laptop suitable candidate for office and home usage. Light weight, good ergonomics and backlight keyboard as well as its mobile capabilities combining with the long running battery and highly efficient cooling system attracts consumers. However the quality of the display could be better than average for such class of devices.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga laptop
Lenovo is trying to catch consumer’s attention by the well known and popular transformers idea with the brand new laptop IdeaPad Yoga. IdeaPad Yoga notebook could be easily “transformed” to the tablet by rotating the screen up to 360 degrees. Such design comes with touch screen display and Metro interface of Windows 8 operating system installed on 256GB SSD. Lenovo laptop powered by new generation of Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU and up to 8GB of RAM. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga has 13.1-inch screen with pretty good resolution of 1600×900 pixels capable of detecting a touch of up to 10 fingers at once. The laptop should become available soon in 2012.
Samsung laptop X520
This lightweight a bit over 2 pounds laptop with the solid battery life of up to 4 hours is attractive for travelers and mobile people. Cool looking black glossy case with chrome edges, bright LED backlight 1366×768 px display, built-in camera and microphone add more charm to device. Powerful but quiet enough cooling system does the perfect job keeping the notebook operational.
Samsung laptop X520 comes with 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 1.3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics card does not consume much power. HDMI and VGA video output, SD/MMC card reader and 3 USB 2.0 ports are present. There is no optical drive thought.
Gigabyte X11 laptop is the lightest in the world
Taiwan’s Gigabyte Technology introduced the new generation X11 laptop with 11.6-inch display.The record weight of the laptop is 975 g . It is the world’s lightest laptop at the moment.Based on the many parameters Gigabyte X11 laptop could fall into ultrabook category although the company position the device as a laptop.
Gigabyte X11 laptop case is made of carbon fiber. Screen resolution of the X11 laptop is 1366 x 768 dpi. Gigabyte X11 laptop powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processor, has 4 gigabytes of RAM and comes with 128 GB SSD drive. The laptop equipped by USB ports, supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and has microSD card slot. Gigabyte X11 laptop run on Windows 7 operating system.
Price on Gigabyte X11 laptop range from $999 to $1299 depending on configuration. Sales of the laptop start in July 2012.
Gigabyte X11 laptop is a direct competitor of Asus Zenbook UX21E 11.6-inch ultrabook . Asus Zenbook weight is 1.1 pound. One of the lightest 13-inch ultrabook Toshiba Portege Z830 has a weight of 1.11 kg and also could compete with Gigabyte X11 laptop.
Vizio Thin + Light laptops powered Ivy Bridge
Vizio announced their first Thin + Light laptop computers powered by third generation of Intel Core processors.
The series presented by 14 and 15.6 inch models with screen resolution of 1600×900 and 1920×1080 pixels respectively. Graphics processing is managed by integrated graphics core Intel HD 4000 which supports Microsoft DirectX 11 games.
Vizio laptops equipped by 4GB of RAM expandable to 8GB and solid state drive of capacity 128 GB or 256 GB. They are Video Chat-Ready. The integrated 1.3 MP HD camera, high-quality microphone and solid Wi-Fi support makes video chat simple and fun. There are also two super speed USB 3.0 and HDMI ports.Vizio laptops are capable to run on battery for up to seven hours.The price for new models starts from $899.
- Top 10 gadgets of 2012
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- Lenovo ThinkPad X131e – newest laptop for students
- Vizio laptops powered by Ivy Bridge
- Next generation of Apple MacBooks likely come with Retina displays
- Samsung X520 laptop
- Samsung 700Z5A laptop
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga