Best of Computex and Intel's Haswell CPU launch (pictures)
Earlier this week at Computex, Intel launched its Haswell CPU. Here are the best announced products so far that use the new processor.
Dell XPS 11
Dell's new XPS 11 is a convertible notebook one of the most buzzed-about during the week that brought us Intel's next-gen CPU launch and the Computex technology trade show. It has a flip-around screen design and a flat one-piece keyboard, and the 11.6-inch 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution display has a high pixel density, comparable to a Retina Macbook. Read more here.
This Haswell laptop's 15.5-inch display includes a 3K screen with high 213 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density. The MSI GT60 3K Edition laptop's 2,880x1,620-pixel screen is one of the sharpest displays in its class, on par with the Google Chromebook Pixel and Retina Macbook. Read more here.
The Toshiba Qosmio X75 is a 17.3-inch gaming beast with a Haswell-generation quad-core Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1.25TB of HDD and SSD combined storage, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 770M GPU. The laptop includes Harman Kardon speakers, Adobe's Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 for multimedia production, as well as 4K video output via HDMI. Read more here.
The first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet comes in the form of the Acer Iconia W3. The tablet will sell for $379 and houses a 1,280x800-pixel screen, 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage, 2-megapixel front and rear cameras, Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports, and a microSD card slot. Read more here.
The Sony Vaio Pro 11 is an excellent little laptop for frequent travelers or daily commuters. You're paying for a reduction in size and weight here, so if you don't need to travel with a laptop regularly, there are certainly less-expensive options. But for those who spend more time working in coffee shops and airports than in an office, it's a smart choice.
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For a more traditional PC experience, Sony's other new systems (the Vaio Pro 11 and Pro 13) are fantastic no-compromise machines. The hybrid laptop/tablet Duo 13 is ambitious, if less universally useful, but a definite improvement over the 11-inch original model from last year.
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