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CES 2018: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 Laptop Brings 14 Inch Ultrabright Screen

By James A.

Rounding up today’s Lenovo launches at CES 2018 is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018, which is a 14 inch laptop, that offers an ultrabright screen. This is actually the sixth generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon, if you can believe it.

So, the screen we mentioned… yes, it’s bright at 500 nits, much brighter than most products on the market, that offer around 200 or 300 nits. This is a 14 inch screen we’re talking about, an IPS LCD, but a non touch one. It’s got a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and Dolby Vision HDR certification. Coupled with that there’s Dolby Premium Audio, by the way.

We also see there’s a physical lens blocker, in order to prevent privacy breaches via webcam. There’s also a fingerprint scanner for authentication and the X1 Carbon runs on Windows 10 Pro and uses something called “ThinkPad Crystal Image”, a software profile which reduces the number of preloaded apps, plus it prepares the system for Microsoft AutoPilot, which is a more streamlined way of automatically deploying software to laptops.

 

There’s Amazon Alexa compatibility here and the actual hardware specs include an Intel Core i7 8th generation processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and a SSD with up to 1 TB of storage. The industrial design of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings forth minor changes from the previous models in the series. It weighs 2.49 lbs and measures up to 15.95 mm.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018  MIL-STD 810G rugged certification and offers 4 USB ports, of which 2 are USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 and two are USB 3.0. A multi card reader and full size HDMI are here too. WiFi ac and LTE are also in the mix. The price is $1709 and this bundle of joy ships this month.

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CES 2018: Acer Showcases Affordable Spin 3 Convertible, With 14 Inch Screen

By Radu Iorga

Acer brought to CES 2018 a bunch of gaming PCs and laptops, plus more goodies, like a very affordable convertible pictured below. It’s called Acer Spin 3 and it looks quite hot, especially since it’s a bit reminiscent of a Swift model, but it’s priced at a much lower rate.

This machine has an 8th gen Intel processor, full sized USB ports and even a full sized HDMI port. There’s a 14 inch Full HD screen in the mix, with stylus support and the battery on board offers 12 hours of usage. The debut takes placed in February 2018 with a $599 price tag, which is much less than a Switch or a Swift model from the same company.

Interestingly, the last Spin model was a bit bigger, at 15.6 inches, so this newcomer is a bit of a compromise in size. As the name shows, it’s able to spin around and be turned into a tablet. I’m sure that a tent mode is also in the mix. Windows 10 is the OS of choice and we seem to be getting a beefy cooling system for that powerful CPU inside.

Expect 8 or 16 GB of RAM, maybe more, plus at least 64 GB of storage. A HD webcam is also here.

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ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 Convertible Laptop Debuts, With Core m3 CPU, $549 Price Tag

By James A.

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is now selling, as a brand new entry level convertible laptop, priced at $549. The Flip 14 TP401 model is pictured below and I have to say it’s quite the looker. More premium than a Chromebook and more versatile than your average laptop, this may well be an item for the education segment.

Based on the seventh gen Intel Core m3 chipset, of the Kaby Lake-Y variety, this convertible has a rotating hinge, that lets it be turned into a tablet. At its core it’s a 14 inch laptop with a HD resolution and the screen is able to fit within a 13 inch laptop frame, courtesy of very narrow bezels (73% screen to body ratio). Its’ got a 360 degree rotating metal hinge, that lets it operate in tablet and laptop mode and it’s made of aluminum.

The thickness is 15.4 mm and the weigh is 3.3 pounds. Inside there’s the 7th gen Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, a dual core CPU with 4 threads, clocked at 1 GHz. The boost clock rate is 2.6 though and the good thing about is that it has a TDP of just 4.5 watts. There’s also 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi ac, microUSB and USB Type-C. An SD card reader and micro HDMI also made the cut and folks looking to chat up relatives have a VGA camera to use.

 

ASUS SonicMaster takes care of acoustics, with virtual surround support. This device even works with an ASUS Pen, that supports 1024 levels of pressure. The battery on board is a 39 Wh unit and it’s supposed to last one full day. The product is on sale right now at $549 from ASUS itself and Amazon.

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HP ZBook x2 Detachable Tablet Debuts Officially, with 4K Display and Hardcore Graphics

By Radu Iorga

HP ZBook x2 expands the list of HP detachables, with a device that has very hardcore specs. This is basically a workstation condensed down to a regular laptop. It’s got a 4K display and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The ZBOOK line usually includes workstation computers and as such the HP ZBook x2 comes with a 14 inch 3840 x 2160 pixel screen. It offers up to an Intel Core i7-8560U processor (Kaby Lake-R), as well as NVIDIA Quadro graphics, 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. It also integrates a kickstand, a pretty fancy one at the back and a detachable backlit keyboard.

The latter connects via Bluetooth, so it can be used even from a small distance. The whole machine weighs around 3.65 pounds and ZBook x2 can be used in both laptop and tablet mode. Of course there’s a pen in the mix, a pro one that uses Wacom EMR technology and provides 4096 levels of pressure, as well as tilt detection. There are 4 modes of use for this device: a docked mode, with the x2 connected to two external 4K displays, a detached mode with the Bluetooth keyboard on, a laptop mode and probably a tablet mode.

 

The machine measures 14.6 mm in thickness and it gets to 20.3 mm with the keyboard. HP ZBook x2 goes on sale this December, with a starting price of $1749. The screen here offers a special anti glare, matte finish and supports 100$ adobe RGB color gamut. Other special features include a fingerprint scanner, smart card reader, fast charging and even MIL-STD 810G ruggedness.

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IFA 2017: ASUS VivoBook S14 Laptop and New Flip S14 Convertibles Go Live, With Graphical Cards Included

By Radu Iorga

ASUS is also a big name that likes to make a splash at IFA 2017 and so it did, with some new convertibles and laptops. We’re talking about the ASUS Flip 14 and Flip 15 convertibles and VivoBook S14 laptop. They also add graphical solutions, capable ones and latest gen CPUs compared to the predecessors.

The devices stand out through their light package, even for laptops. The ZenBook Flip 14 is the “world’s thinnest 2 in 1 laptop with discreet graphics”. It measures 13.9 mm in thickness and weighs just 1.4 kg. On the graphical part we’ve got an entry level NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, basically the mobile version of the GeForce GT 1030.

Some light gaming and content creation will be doable. Specs include an 8th generation Intel Core i7 chipset, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD. Plus, the screen is a 14 inch NanoEdge 1080p unit, with ultraslim bezels, that make the device feel like a 13 incher. 13 hours of battery life are promised here, plus there’s a fingerprint scanner here and Windows 10 as the OS.

 

Since it’s a convertible unit, it can easily become a tablet. Next up we’ve got the ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 with a 15.6 inch diagonal and pretty much the same specs. Aside from the 8th gen Core i7 CPU, there’s GTX1050 graphics, an optional 4K display and 2 TB HDD/512 GB SSD. Harman Kardon speakers, precision stylus support and Thunderbolt 3 are all here.

Moving on to strictly laptops, there’s the VivoBook S14, with an 8th gen Intel Core i7 chipset again, up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and GeForce MX150 graphics. This one weighs 1.3 kilograms and measures 18.8 mm in thickness. The build is solid, all metal and we’ve got 7.8 mm bezels, plus Full HD resolution.









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