• Latest Laptops and Trends

    Latest Laptops and Trends

    The latest laptops have made great leaps and bounds. There’s featherweight “ultraportables” on one end of the spectrum and gaming centered units loaded with high tech equipment on the other end. Prospective buyers will also find the conventional clam shell style laptops as expected. This variety is still the most popular on the market yet the ultraportables are making nice gains. The recent trend has been towards more mobile laptops as well as hybrids that can flip and fold into tablets. Some of today’s laptops really stretch the terminology and qualify as a new sort of hybrid laptop/tablet combo. The lines are quickly being blurred and one day the term “laptop” might be dropped altogether.

    The word “ultra” has made its way into the mobile computing lexicon within the past year. There’s ultrabooks as well as ultraportables with the latest components from AMD and Intel that allow for incredibly thin units, extended battery life and very few, if any, overheating issues.

    Even some of today’s laptops designed specifically for gamers are going the slim route. Plenty of them have ultraportable designs that somehow incorporate all of the high tech components needed for demanding games. Gamers who are in the market for the most powerful laptops will still be able to pick out a heftier unit with the typical 17 or 18 inch screen. Yet many of the laptops designed strictly for gaming in the past are now performing double duty by offering traditional laptop functions as well. Let’s take a look at some of the latest laptop models.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    This ultrabook has the customary Haswell processor but now comes with an impressive 2,560 x 1,440 screen option along with an adaptive style keyboard with controls that light up along the top of the unit. They actually change based on what type of application the operator uses. This laptop/tablet hybrid weighs merely 3 pounds. Tech aficionados state that it is the lightest 14 inch laptop on today’s market.

    Lenovo Miix 2

    The Miix 2 laptop is based off of the ThinkPad Helix, a laptop and tablet in one unit that allows users to compute with the screen turned away from the keyboard. The Miix 2 doesn’t have a pen input but is much more stylish and compact than the Helix. Laptop shoppers can choose from 10 and 11 inch models with a 1080p screen on each. The 11 inch version is quite the steal as it comes with an extremely powerful Core i5 chip. The 10 inch variety has merely an Intel Bay Trail chip. Each provides JBL speakers, 3G support, a regular sized USB port on the dock and an 8 hour battery.

    Asus Transformer Book Duet

    This laptop/tablet hybrid measures 13.3 inches and runs Android 4.2 as well as Windows 8.1. While many competing laptops must be plugged into a keyboard dock to operate either operating system, the Duet can run whichever you choose even if it isn’t connected to the dock. Switching between operating systems is very simple and can be done in a moment’s notice. The Duet has a wealth of storage with 128 GB and an additional 1TB in the dock. The dock has its own ports, Ethernet, HCMI, USB and hard drive.

    Vizio Thin + Light

    This 15.6 inch laptop comes with a quad core Core i7 processor, a 1080p touchscreen and a Intel Iris Pro graphics. It’s a nice upgrade on the laptops released by Vizio in the prior year, though it still has the metal chassis and keys that are positioned very close to one another.

    Toshiba Satellite P50t

    Toshiba’s new Satellite has a a 3,840 x 2,160 15 inch high resolution display with a fantastic pixel density of 282 ppi. There will be some awkward presentation with certain apps on this screen as some aren’t created for a screen with such an amazing pixel density. Toshiba is really on the cutting edge of technology with the new Satellite.

    Toshiba Chromebook

    This is the debut for Toshiba’s Chromebook line. It is merely $279 and comes with a 13 inch screen, a Haswell series Celeron 2955U processor and an enormous keyboard. There is significantly more computing power in Toshiba’s Chromebook than many other competitors in the niche including the HP Chromebook 11.

    Sony VAIO Flip 11A

    Sony’s new Flip line provides both laptop and tablet functionality. It has an 11 inch screen, a somewhat diminutive keyboard and pen support thanks to its super cool N-trig digitizer technology. The Flips also come standard with Photoshop Elements and Artrage software to satisfy those with an artistic flare. It has quite the small footprint so it’s much easier to transport and use in a crowded work space.