Dell today announced the Precision M2800, the world’s first budget-friendly mobile workstation. Starting at a low price of $1,199 for mobile workstation standards, the 15.6-inch M2800 is ISV (independent software vendor) certified, meaning it’ll work well with engineering, design, and media creation applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, Dassault Systèmes Solidworks, PTC Creo, among others. Hardware-wise, the laptop is powered by the AMD FirePro W4170M professional-class graphics card with 2GB video memory, Intel Core i5 and i7 “Haswell” processors, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of data storage space. The display resolution is either 1366×768 or 1920×1080, depending on customers choice. It’s not clear whether the screen features IPS technology for good viewing angles and color accuracy, which is a must on workstation computers. It will be known, as well as other details, when the laptop hit the market this spring.
For those who have the means for a more advanced mobile workstation, Dell has already on offer the Precision M3800 with a slim chassis and optional QHD+ (3200×1800) display. It’s $1800 and up.
Hewlett-Packard announced today the ElitePad 1000 and ProPad 600 business-centric tablets with Windows 8.1. Both are 10.1-inch devices powered by the Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processors with basic computing potential and great power efficiency. A novelty regarding performance is addition of 64-bit software support, thanks to new Bay Trail CPU parts used. In comparison with the previous Bay Trail tablets with 32-bit CPUs, the new ones should run faster, but not revolutionary. A big advantage of 64-bit tech is support for more than 3GB of RAM and HP’s new devices are the first of Atom-based tablets to have 4GB of RAM instead of the usual 2GB.
Lenovo has put on sale the 2014 edition of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the company’s flagship business notebook. It’s the world’s lightest 14″ laptop and brings to the table several improvements such as faster computing, longer battery life, and better screen resolution over the previous version, as well as some new and innovative features such an adaptive row of function keys to complement the keyboard.
Starting mid-2014, Toshiba will begin offering 4K Ultra HD resolution on select laptop models, the Satellite P50 / P55 and Tecra W50 / W55 in particular.
Pixel count on these world’s first 15.6-inch 4K notebooks will be 3840 x 2160 pixels, which translates to industry leading pixel density of 282 pixels-per-inch (PPI). This should result in incredibly sharp picture. Currently the highest resolution and highest PPI laptop displays are on a Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus model and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro with QHD+ 3200 x 1800 resolution on their 13.3″ 276 PPI screens. Also, the HP Envy TouchSmart 14 optionally has the same resolution and 275 PPI on its 14″ display.
The most improtant highlights are a full HD 1920×1200-pixel display with actually 8.3″ diagonal, instead of common 1280×800 8.0″, and a slightly faster Intel Atom “Bay Trail” CPU. The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 comes with a 2.4GHz quad-core Atom, whereas other similar tablets ship with a 1.8GHz variant. Although Lenovo hasn’t listed the exact CPU model, we assume it’s an Atom Z3770 series chip. Compared to the 1.8GHz Z3740, the Z3770 brings a speed bump from 1,100 PassMark CPU points to about 1,230, but in both cases these provide enough oomph for normal daily web and office tasks, but without video / photo editing and gaming potential of the Intel Core series.
Microsoft has updated the recently released Surface Pro 2 tablet. This time it isn’t a software update, but an important hardware bump. The 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor is replaced by the i5-4300U with a higher clock speed and some added business-class features.
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite NP905S3G-K02US 13.3-inch laptop doesn’t offer blistering performance nor extensive feature set, but it has certain advantages over some similar laptops in other areas, mostly design-wise.
HP has put on sale the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 notebook PC, offering enterprise features, the latest generation of Intel processors, optional full HD display resolution on its 14-inch screen, and the latest trackpad technology in an ultra-thin aluminum chassis with 0.63″ profile and a light weight of 3.3 pounds.
Update of Lenovo’s ThinkPad T-series business laptop lineup is now live. Customers in the US can purcase three new Intel Haswell processor based models, namely the 14-inch T440, T440s, and T440p, as well as the 15.6-inch T540p.