An optical drive. A 15.6-inch screen. A discrete graphics processor instead of integrated graphics. This is an?
Actually, this is a landmark: The AcerTimeline Ultra M3-581TG meets Intel’s 21mm (0.83-inch) thickness limit for 14-inch and larger , but packs features found in few thin and light —most notably, an GeForce GT 640M graphics chip that marks the debut of Nvidia’s new Kepler architecture.
Nvidia volunteered the info that the GT 640M has 384 processing or CUDA cores running at 625MHz, and Acer says details on ship date and pricing for the M3-581TG are still a few weeks away, so our official review and rating must wait until then. But after spending a day with the 4.4-pound slimline, we’re impressed. Read more »
Asus is working on a majorrefresh to coincide with availability of Intel’s new CPU and we’ve managed to get our hands on the full spec sheets. The UX31A and UX21A are direct replacements for the UX31 and UX21, respectively, though don’t be fooled by their similar product names, these are serious upgrades we’re talking about.
Matte screen options will be available on both new models, with the highest spec offering 1920 x 1080 resolution on an IPS display — that’s for both the 13.3-inch UX31A and 11.6-inch UX21A. You’ll get 350 nits of brightness if you opt for the upgraded IPS display or 300 if you go with a more conventional LCD, in which case resolutions drop to 1600 x 900 on the UX31A and 1366 x 768 on the UX21A. Read more »
The freshest crop of“ ” includes the and the latest version of the . Ultrabooks are slim, light, quick-to-start-up-and-resume, and not especially cheap, machines. Ultrabooks — whose designs mimic designs — target people more concerned with size than older forms of media.
The buying public demands more from computer makers at the same time that they demand less. Think Read more ». Folks typically want machines outfitted with the largest screens imaginable. Yet heaven help the designers if that results in computers that are too big, heavy and bulky. (Last I checked, designers were still constrained by the laws of physics.)