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By April 24, 2016 Read More →

Acer Chromebook 14 in 1 minute

One of the most exciting products Acer announced this year in New York was of their Chromebook line. The Acer Chromebook 14 is a beautiful example of how luxuriant a Chromebook can be for not a lot of money. Featuring an attractive Full HD IPS display at 1920 x 1080 with some interesting modifications from Acer concerning the LED backlight.

A Chromebook 14 for Work has been added to the line and features a less attractive build, loosing the aluminium exterior and introducing Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the top cover material. Something of a first for a maintream product however a bit of a fingerprint magnet. Acer have also subjected the “Work” to stringent U.S. Military standard testing to ensure durability and reliability.

Both feature options of Intel i5 and I3U or the smaller Celeron RAM options max out at 8gb, an incredible amount for Chrome, some may even say overkill. The battery is said to last for 12 hours and there are 16gb and 32gb storage options.

 

Acer today debuts its new Chromebook 14 for Work, the industry’s first Chromebook with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, available with a durable design to meet the demanding needs of enterprise, government, small business and institutional users.
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core processor to provide exceptional performance and long battery life of up to 12 hours2.

It is also the world’s first notebook to feature Vibrant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, providing corporate customers with the flexibility to design the top cover with photorealistic images that are highly durable and scratch-resistant.
The new Chromebook is compliant with Google’s Chrome for Work initiative, providing businessclass security, manageability and durability to enterprise, government, institutional and small businesses customers. The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is easy to deploy and manage over a wide range of employees and offices. Also, IT administrators will find it easy to make updates, configure apps, utilize extensions and more. Plus, Chromebooks protect company employee and company data with the latest security protocols and auto-updates.
“Our commercial customers have an abundance of reasons to choose the new Acer Chromebook 14 for Work,” said Jerry Hou, general manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer. “Its first-rate performance and robust design provides businesses with a powerful and flexible product that delivers topnotch reliability and reduced total cost of ownership. In addition, the Chromebook 14 for Work can be efficiently deployed and managed, while maintaining excellent security for its employees.”
According to data from Gartner3, Acer Group is the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 33 percent market share in 2015.

High Performance; Long Battery Life
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is the first Chromebook featuring 6th Generation Intel Core processors, providing customers with a considerable performance improvement over previous generations. As a result, the Chromebook 14 for Work allows customers to multi-task with ease through multiple apps and documents to boost productivity. It also provides up to 12 hours of battery life on models with the HD display; Full HD models provide up to 10 hours of battery life2. Two keyboard options are available: standard and backlit models for improved efficiency in low-light areas.

Durable, Robust Design Meets Military Standard
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work has enhanced durability features. The spill-resistant keyboard provides protection against spills of up to 11 fluid ounces (330ml). Its unique gutter system under the keyboard and touchpad drains liquid through two drain holes to route water away from internal components and out the bottom of the chassis. The Chromebook 14 for Work has been tested to withstand up to 132 pounds (60kg) of downward force as well as drops of up to 48 inches (122cm).
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work endured rigorous testing to meet the demanding U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard1. This military specification testing validates the ruggedness, durability and quality of the Chromebook 14 for Work, as it tested 8 parameters: drop from the height of 48 inches (122 cm), high temperature, low temperature, humidity, vibration, rain, sand and dust.
With incredibly tough and damage-resistant Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass, corporate customers can design the top covers of their Chromebook 14 for Work across the organization with vibrant and photorealistic images, at a resolution equivalent to high quality prints on paper, for a unique and consistent look across the organization.
“Corning is excited to collaborate with Acer to launch the world’s first notebook with Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass,” said Scott Forester, director, Gorilla Innovations, Corning Gorilla Glass. “With Corning’s proprietary technology, Acer’s corporate customers now have the opportunity to move beyond the limited chromatic options available today with multi-color, photo quality images on the Chromebook 14 for Work. What’s more, because the image is printed on Corning’s industry leading cover glass, the images will remain as durable, vivid and beautiful as the glass it is printed on.”

Large Display in a Compact Design, Features to Boost Collaboration, Productivity
The large 14-inch display was designed to fit into a chassis typically used for 13-inch displays. The extremely narrow bezel gives customers an immersive experience when enjoying the display while reducing the overall size of the device. The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work makes the most of its compact design, it weighs only 3.2 pounds (1.45kg) and measuring just 13.03W x 8.94D x 0.88H inches (330.9 x 227 x 22.4 mm) thin.

The display will be available with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) or HD (1366 x 768) resolution display. Both ensure clarity in text and graphics as well as wide viewing angles of up to 170 degrees. The Chromebook 14 for Work is easy on the eyes thanks to the display’s ComfyView low-reflection and anti-glare properties.
Group video conferences are effective with the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work’s 720p webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution as well as HD audio and video recording. The webcam provides High Dynamic Range imaging as well as a wide field of view, top-notch audio, dual stereo speakers and an integrated digital microphone.
Administrators Can Keep Acer Chromebooks Secure, Managed
Chrome OS software is automatically updated and guards against ever-changing online threats, such as viruses and malware. This is especially useful for IT administrators who are responsible for protecting invaluable company data and network security. Administrators will find setting up and managing Acer Chromebooks to be intuitive and efficient. The web-based Chrome Device Management allows remote management of apps and over 200 policies across all Chrome devices on the network4.
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work has a Trusted Platform Module solution integrated to protect files, documents, and photos securely in the cloud with 100GB of free storage5 on Google Drive. This ensures that the most current file version is always available even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen. The device can even be shared by multiple employees within a business or organization, allowing each to have a unique account login. Customers can also access files offline, and even open and edit Microsoft® Office documents as well as Google Documents.

Keeps Employees Connected, Available in Several Configurations
The Chromebook 14 for Work has a USB 3.0 Type-C port that allows the fast transfer of data, audio and video up to 5Gbps. In addition, the port provides extra convenience for customers since it can charge the Chromebook 14 for Work or use the power from the Chromebook to charge other external devices. The Chromebook can be used to share HD video and audio onto an external display with its HDMI port.
Employees will stay connected and in touch using the device’s fast dual-band 802.11ac6 Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MIMO technology. The Chromebook also connects to peripherals via Bluetooth 4.2.
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work will be available in several configurations, either with 32GB or 16GB eMMC storage and either 8GB, 4GB or 2GB of dual channel LPDDR3 SDRAM7.

Optional USB Type-C Dock Extends Capabilities
To extend the capabilities of the Chromebook 14 for Work, customers can connect it with a single cable to the Acer USB-Type-C Dock, easily transforming it into a powerful workstation. This convenient and compact dock enables high-speed video, audio and data transfer and keeps the work area clutter-free with immediate connectivity to multiple displays and other devices simultaneously. It also has all the connections business users need, including DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, as well as audio input for microphone and audio output for speakers.

Pricing and Availability
Several models in the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work line (CP5-471) will be available in May through Acer authorized resellers starting at $349 in the United States and €249 in EMEA.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.
6 Based on IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. An 802.11ac wireless equipped computer requires an 802.11ac router to work properly. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors. Up to three times faster comparing 802.11ac with 802.11n. 7 Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)

The new Chromebook 14 for Work was unveiled today at the next@acer press event at 4 World Trade Center in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for high-performance and style-conscious users, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit acer.com/nextatacer.

By April 24, 2016 Read More →

Acer Aspire S 13 in 1 minute

Acer Aspire s 13Acer has recently announced their latest addition to its ultra-slim S series notebooks, the Aspire S 13. This Ultrabook style device is a high end yet still respectively priced notebook with a premium finish, sleek chassis with  a promise to be able to handle the demands of  work and play. 

“Demonstrating the equilibrium between form and function, the Aspire S 13’s powerful components come together to strike a perfect balance in size, weight and performance,” said James Lin, general manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Currently there is no other branded device on the market that can offer such design excellence at this desirable price.” 

Running Windows 10 with the option of a 10-point touch display, the Aspire S 13 is powered by 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and up to 8 GB of LPDDR3 system memory, not only enabling fast performance and enhanced graphics, but also low power consumption. The optional 54 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery lasts up to 13 hours, enabling users to get the most out of their machine every day.

Wired connectivity comes in the form of a USB 3.1 Type-C reversible port which supports ultrafast transfer of data (up to 5Gbps) and also a USB 3.0 port which supports power-off charging for mobile devices, even when the Aspire S 13 is switched off. Wirelessly, the laptop enables users to utilize 802.11ac to its maximum effect with 2×2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) for up to three times faster performance over single-user MIMO 802.11ac.
Meanwhile, the Precision Touchpad enables an accurate, smooth and responsive navigation experience, and supports Windows 10 Precision Touchpad gestures.

The Aspire S 13 offers the best of both worlds when it comes to work and entertainment capabilities. The Full HD touchscreen display with wide-viewing angle IPS technology brings immersive experiences for both movies and presentations, while Acer “BluelightShield” can be enabled to reduce the blue-light emission from the LED backlit module. In low light, the two stage adjustable backlit keyboard provides more options to suit the circumstances: first stage turns on the backlit keyboard, the second stage turns on the lighting to full luminance.

Yhe Aspire S 13 is ultra-thin and lightweight, measuring 327W x 228D x 14.58H mm (0.57 inches) and weighing 1.30 kg (2.86 pounds). Available in Obsidian Black or Pearl White. Availability in North America in May with prices starting at $699; in EMEA this month with prices starting at €699; and in China in May with prices starting at ¥5,499. 

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.

By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Acer Switch Alpha 12 in 1 minute

New ImageAcer today announced the new Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 notebook with Windows 10, which delivers a heightened level of mobility with Acer LiquidLoop cooling, excellent performance, and an ultra-slim, flexible notebook-to-tablet design.
The new Switch Alpha 12 is the industry’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook to use a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7, Core i5 or Core i3 processor. It is powered by Windows 10.

Fanless design featuring Acer LiquidLoop™ cooling technology for silent and reliable operation 
Industry’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook to use 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors; delivers exceptional performance and 8-hour battery life1 
Versatile design with multi-position kickstand for flexibility 
12-inch display boasts 2160×1440 resolution, optional Acer Active Pen takes advantage of the best Windows Ink has to offer 
Several optional docks extend the capabilities of the Switch Alpha 12

 

By April 8, 2016 Read More →

Extend Battery Life, Charge, & Level Accuracy with New NewerTech Laptop Battery Management

NewerTech Battery Calibration Guide PhotonewNewerTech, a leading performance upgrades and accessories company for Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods since 1984, announced today the NewerTech Laptop Power Management System Calibration Video and Guide, now available online at:

Video: https://vimeo.com/160771484 and Guide: http://www.newertech.com/batteries/power-calibration-guide/. NewerTech’s new Power Management Calibration Guide and Video provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate the laptop’s battery as well as its entire power management system, enabling the battery to reach its longest possible lifespan and highest charging capacity for increased productivity and savings during daily use or after replacement.
 
Essential Steps for Battery Replacement
 
The helpful NewerTech step-by-step guide can be used with any Mac laptop to extend battery life, and is an essential step after any battery replacement. Mac laptop users will be able to get more done without being tethered to a wall outlet and their batteries will last longer before needing replacement. “We’re excited to provide this helpful guide to the Mac community. Whether they use a NewerTech battery or a stock Apple battery, this Power Management System Calibration Guide enables Mac laptop users to extend their battery’s useful life and charge capacity,” said Larry O’Connor, President, NewerTech.

 

NewerTech Provides Battery Replacements for Last 15 Years: from 2001 Titanium PowerBook to 2014 MacBook Air
 
NewerTech is one of the only companies (besides Apple) producing high-quality battery replacements and upgrades for Mac laptops. In addition, NewerTech is also one of the only manufacturers with in-stock Mac battery replacements that span the last 15 years, ranging from 2001’s Titanium PowerBook to 2014’s MacBook Air models. Serving the Apple community with accessories, upgrades, and enhancements for Macs, iPhones, and iPads since 1984, NewerTech is well-known for their helpful free online videos and guides that teach Mac users how to fully use, upgrade, and extend the life of Apple products — making them more efficient and easier to use.
 
Availability
The NewerTech Laptop Power Management System Calibration Video and Guide are available now at:
For more information, see the website:  www.newertech.com.

Posted in: Laptops, News, Press Releases
By April 3, 2016 Read More →

Huawei MateBook priced and specced

mid2If there is one company this year that has turned things upside down its Huawei. Launching a slew of recommendable Android devices in the last six months Huawei has become one of the top rated names in the Mobile world. It doesn’t stop there. Mobile World Congress 2016 saw Huawei unveil the MateBook, a high end 2-in-1 device much like Surface that combines the new eye for style, quality hardware designs with the power of Windows. 

Using high-quality, lightweight aluminium unibody weighing just 640g the Matebook supports a keyboard case and stylus, much like Microsoft’s offering. With a 1.5mm keystroke and a chiclet style design the keyboard is a real head-turner. The MatePen stylus offers 2,048 levels of sensitivity and features a laser pointer on the back. It also comes with fingerprint recognition feature that supports 360-degree sensitive identification.

The MateBook will be available  in two colours: grey and golden and should roll out in Asia, Europe and North America in the coming months.

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Posted in: Laptops, News, Tablets
By March 7, 2016 Read More →

Asus Zenbook UX305C Unboxing

 

vlcsnap-error363Asus have sent over their latest Zenbook model, the UX305C. This super slim laptop is designed to work with the demands of a desktop whilst being ultra portable and uber stylish.

The Zenbook boasts an amazing array of specs including:

13.3-Inch QHD Display.
900MHz dual-core Intel Core m3-6Y30 (Turbo up to 2.2GHz) Processor
256 GB Solid State Drive.
8 GB RAM.
Equipped with dual-band WiFi 802.11N.
Bluetooth 4.0.
Windows 10.

All harboured inside a an ultra-slim, all-aluminium body.

 

By February 24, 2016 Read More →

ALCATEL PLUS 10 2-in-1 LTE Windows 10 device

asIncreasing its offering of Windows devices, ALCATEL announced the launch of its PLUS 10 2-in-1 device, running on the latest Windows 10 operating system.

“PLUS 10 is ALCATEL’s first 2-in-1 device with Windows 10, and we’re very proud of all the functionality we’ve built into it,” said Vittorio Di Mauro, General Manager of Smart Connectivity at ALCATEL. “PLUS 10 goes everywhere I go – the house, the office, even the park! It’s a fun product that sparks a lot of conversation (and jealousy).”

“We are excited to welcome ALCATEL to the Windows ecosystem and add their innovative LTE 2-in-1 tablet to our Windows device portfolio. The PLUS 10’s unique features, combined with Windows 10, provide the optimal balance between productivity and entertainment from wherever you go,” said Peter Han, Vice President, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp.

3 Modes, 1 Irresistible Price
Mobile office: With its compatible 4G/Wi-Fi-connected keyboard, PLUS 10 offers a complete mobile desktop experience. It can be used in laptop mode to type documents or create spreadsheets, and in dock mode to display presentations or slides. With its multiple ports — rare to see in this device category — PLUS 10 further shows its hard-working sensibility, by enabling connections to a hard drive, mouse, USB key, secondary screen and more.

In addition, PLUS 10 has a default memory of 32 GB that can be ramped up with an external SD card for extra space for holding pictures, videos etc.

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Entertainment center: PLUS 10 can be used in dock mode to view videos or movies. To top it off, the dual front speakers, with immersive 3D sound, coupled with the high-resolution (1280 x 800) IPS screen technology, make film watching and gaming an extra pleasure.

Travel companion: Exceptionally convenient to carry, PLUS 10 is compact and 40 percent lighter than an average laptop. When used in tablet mode, without the keyboard, it is even more portable and is an ideal companion for travel or commutes, to browse the Web, play games or serve as an e-book reader.

Powerful Battery, Wi-Fi Hotspot and Cameras Add Functionality
PLUS 10 is equipped with a double battery. The tablet and 4G LTE keyboard offer a total of 8,410 mAh, which lasts a full 8-hour working or playing day. The unique, connected 4G LTE cat 4 (150Mbps) keyboard works double-time to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 15 users.

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To complete PLUS 10’s long list of functionalities, it has both a front and rear-facing camera, with front flash which is ideal for video calls.

Availability
PLUS 10 will be offered in several different finishes and in an elegant, subdued palette of colors: metallic silver, matte white, matte volcano black and a unique warm gray leather finish, which is silky to the touch.

PLUS 10 will be available for sale in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa in June 2016.

By February 3, 2016 Read More →

Presenting the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20

CF-20-productimage3_3_1_0_0_0The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 delivers a new level of unrivalled versatility for mobile business computing as the first fully rugged detachable notebook. Offering the best of all worlds for mobile workers, the Toughbook can be used in 6 different modes to meet every business need. With its glove enabled touchscreen, up to 14 hour hot swappable battery life and purpose-built Vehicle Mount and Desktop Port Replicator, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is an unrivalled rugged mobile business tool. 

Kitted out with a powerful Intel® Core™  m5-6Y57 vPro™ and running Windows 10 Pro this Toughbook manages to include the Intel® HD Graphics 515 chip and a 10.1” high brightness WUXGA (1920×1200) display featuring a capacitive 10 finger, glove enabled multi-touchscreen. Panasonic’s test show the computer can survive a 120cm drop and comes with Water and dust resistance factor or IP65.

 

 

 

By September 29, 2015 Read More →

Google working on a Pixel C?

google-chromebook-pixel-2-540x334Rumours are afoot that Google is to launch a new Pixel device in the coming months, not running Chrome OS. It will be a 10.2-inch Android tablet with detachable keyboard and marketed as the ‘Pixel C’. A new Pixel tablet is said to be designed by Google, made from high-grade parts and might be arriving in the next couple of months.

The Pixel C, code named Ryu, will have a 10.2-inch display with 308ppi and a super-bright back light capable of 500 nits. Inside there’s an NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor and Maxwell GPU. This is supplemented by 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The build quality will continue to feel like a Pixel, which have all offered metal designs and gorgeous screens. The tablet will look like the existing laptops, just minus the keyboard.

A little bit of brand confusion to shake things up. Google has a line of Android tablets called Nexus, the Pixel name has always been synonymous with Chrome, why meddle with that… unless is dual boots ChromeOS and Android 6.0?

Posted in: Laptops, News, Rumours, Tablets
By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo – Making the heart go boom

P1020076For many a year Lenovo has had been a go to brand for a robust business solution with this Thinkpad line of laptops and desktops. A serious name that lead to serious solutions. This year we are getting a whole new Lenovo, whilst possessing the straight and serious edge that gained a prestigious reputation over the year we have been shown a lighter, fresher and altogether more cuddle side.

Entering from stage let is the new Lenovo, a Lenovo with a quickly design concept, a grasp on the modern tropes and an aim to please. Wearing a new badge that many will find hard to recognise Lenovo are engaging the public with an attitude to propel themselves into the heart of their customers to pull them back for more.

They are listening to what people want and making massive efforts to provide almost every desire coupled with an alternative, without pushing the customer to pay over the odds. This change is happening across the board, not just a simple flip over to pushing out a few more phones.

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Take the Y Series brand. Taking care to pay attention to the hardcore gamers in the world Lenovo have developed a line of gaming rigs called the Ideacentre that will appeal to both the customer and the system builder. Kitted out with the latest hardware Lenovo have taken the extra step to keep the machine accessible for the inevitable upgrade and or replacement with with their desktop case. There will be two tiers a Y900 and Y700, the main difference being the Y900’s ability to take dual graphics cards.

Lenovo have recognised that gaming on the PC has a massive consumer base and are trying to make the most flexible gaming system, out of the box, that a hardware manufacturer can provide.

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Pushing the focus to portable gaming the same attitude has been worked into the Y-Series gaming laptops. The IdealPad Y700 is designed to appeal to a gamer and added extras to make things a little more suited like backlit keys, QHD display and a Realsense 3D camera and a range of gaming accessories to not only keep things colour coordinated but push the best quality for the money.

Whilst still retaining the Thinkpad business approach Lenovo have made some solid updates to their gaming end and there is a lot to like in these machines. Expect to see the IdeaCentre Y900 in November should cost around £1,039 and Y700 £649. The IdeaPad Y700 will land in October at £617.

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