Everything is in its best order for a gush in laptop sales in the year 2012, starting from lustrous Ultrabook designs to premeditated launch of Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft to extra-ordinary Intel chips.
You would know that Smartphones and Tablet PC are in huge demand, however do not forget laptops. There are some impressive ranges planned out for release in the year 2012 by the best laptop brands which are guaranteed to be lighter, thinner and faster along with longer-lasting battery life.
You might be out there in the market looking for a new laptop, or to upgrade your old one, however we’d advice you to stick with what you got for now and wait till some of the most awaited models are launched with the latest technology.
Here is something that you can expect in the year 2012 – Appealing Ultrabooks:
“Ultrabooks” is the newest ultraportable laptop brand trademarked by Intel for lightweight devices, sleek and slender in shape, are definitely worth the wait and sure to put the market on fire once introduced.
There are some 40 odd Ultrabook models to be announced this year with different technologies and functions. Some of the finest features would include certain security features specifically introduced by Intel, minimum battery life of 5 hours, less than 0.83 inches in thickness and restoring session back in less than 7 seconds out of hibernated mode.
Some of the popular Ultrabook models; the Acer Aspire S3, Asus Zenbook UX31E, Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, and Toshiba Portege Z835 that are already available out there in the market that you should consider. The HP Folio 13 is another Ultrabook model is expected to be released soon. There are some of the most favorable brand names like Sony, Dell and Samsung missing from the Ultrabook laptops which are already out in the market; however you can expect them to launch their version of Ultrabook in the early 2012 sometime soon.
You can expect more from this category of laptops once the IVY BRIDGE, next generation CPU from Intel is released. You will see that the Ultrabook laptops become much more alluring and reasonably priced with the help of Ivy Bridge’s performance and power deployment.
You won’t believe us but you may also see the introduction of rotatable screens along with flip down (like a tablet pc) transformation of Ultrabooks by the current year end. The introduction of touch screen interfaces in an Ultrabook laptop along with Windows 8 operating system could make it much more desirable than previous models.
You will find second generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs in a laptop today which will be replaced by Ivy Bridge next year. The name of the platform today is Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge will replace Sandy Bridge with minor changes along with faster and better graphics architecture, and manufacturing process lowered to 22nm tri-gate.
You will notice that Ivy Bridge from Intel will consume less power with similar or much improved level of performance resulting in improved battery life. We arnt too sure about the performance of integrated graphics for game playing and video watching, however you can expect improved performance.
The Ivy Bridge chips are expected to be showcased at some of the best industry trade shows with its enhanced features and date of release. You can expect the actual product to be available sometime in and around April 2012, integrated in the best laptop models.
You can also expect a launch of most awaited Windows platform ever, since the launch of Windows 95, which is putting a lot of emphasis on offering great touch interface user experience without losing the charm of using a keyboard and mouse.
Let’s just sit back and wait for the most awaited launches and releases of the year 2012 for best laptops.
Synopsis: Market share and rankings of Lenovo and Apple surges. PC market data seems interesting as HP evaluates and calculates whether to rotate its personal systems business.
HP has been consistently stayed on the top in PC market share, whereas Lenovo sprung to #2 spot as it prolongs to gain more in a slow demand market, according to data made available by Gartner & IDC firms.
According to Gartner, PC sales were up by 3.2% from last year, in the third quarter of 2011. Gains are about 3.6% as per IDC analysis. The Q3 PC shipments were little bit on the up side from the Q2 of 2011.
As per Gartner report, HP had 17.7% global market share in the third quarter of 2011, whereas IDC places HP’s share at 18.1%. HP was dominating the U.S. PC market with 28.6% share followed by Dell at 21.9% and Apple at 11.3% as per IDC report.
To be precise and to the point, HP, Lenovo & Apple were at the top of the PC market showing the most growth. Lenovo got a jump in the market by collaborating with NEC. Gartner reports that Smartphones and Tablet PCs might have stolen some share from PC sales, however it’s still growing at decent pace. Let us know your thoughts below in the comment section.
The following list of top 10 laptops during the month of July, 2011 are the products which have received the most interest from visitors on the PC & Tech Authority site and the best laptops are ranked according to their site traffic. Please note that these ranks are not based on any laptop reviews published across the internet.
- Motorola Xoom: The Motorola Xoom tablet has a super-powerful dual-core processor and Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) - the android platform designed specifically for tablets. With its 10.1-inch HD widescreen display, you'll enjoy HD video in a thin, light, and powerful tablet.
- Apple MacBook Pro: The new MacBook Pro laptop with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon graphics, ultrafast Thunderbolt input/output, and FaceTime HD camera. Those are like 3 very big leaps forward.
- Apple iPad 2: It's not a tablet, it's Apple iPad 2. With starting price at $499. ... Shop online. With dual-core A5 chip & new design, it's thinner, faster, lighter and comes with smart covers. iPad 2 has 10-hour battery life and easy FaceTime access.
- Dell XPS 15: The Dell XPS 15 laptop brings movies, games, music and web chat to life with amazing visuals and incredible sound — all powered by the latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Starting as low as $799.99 onwards..
- AMD A8-3500M APU: After years of development, AMD has finally launched its new APU processors for laptops. You can forget anything and everything you know about AMD & laptops, this is one amazing hardware part.
- Sony VAIO YB: Who says you can't have it all? The all-new 11.6" Sony VAIO YB laptop weighs just 3.23 pounds, yet makes no compromises when it comes to mobile performance. Its extra long battery life keeps you going on long flights, and its slim profile makes it easy to tote.
- Toshiba NB550D: The stylish Toshiba mini NB550D offers astonishing performance. Cutting-edge AMD processing provides HD graphics and multitasking, while Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio technology deliver perfect sound. A 25.7cm (10.1”) Toshiba TruBrite display with LED backlighting provides crystal clear detail, and HDMI connectivity provides compatibility with HDTVs for big-screen playback, while 250GB of storage offers plenty of space for movies and music.
- Acer ICONIA A500: The 10.1” high-resolution multi-touch screen and ultra-sensitive gyro meter makes the Acer ICONIA A500 a formidable gaming platform with premium HD screen.
- Toshiba Portege R700: Toshiba's Portege R700 is one of the affordable laptops, lightest, strongest and most powerful ultraportable laptops on the market.
- Samsung Q330: At just 26.4mm thick, Samsung Q330 laptop may be thinner than the standard smart phone, but it packs a full, powerful performance with the leading-edge Intel Core i3 Processor, long battery life, Optical Disk Drive, and more.
If you’ve ever spent any time at all shopping for a laptop, you know that the marketplace throughout America is literally “flooded” with many different brand names … scores of models … and a long, long list of manufacturers, many of whom are familiar to you while others may appear to be obscure. Dell laptops are one of them.
This “overload” of choices can and, if you’ve actually spent time searching and researching for a laptop, often does create problems. Obviously, it gets more difficult to “pick just one” when the choices available to you seem to be endless.
Many people interested in purchasing a laptop use price as the key factor in their decision. And that often leads to a purchase of a laptop from a lesser-known, or even unknown, manufacturer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many manufacturers of laptops – from the United States, Europe and Asia – produce quality products -- in smaller quantities.
If your interest is in saving money and “buying budget,” don’t fear the unknown (as in a manufacturer whose name means nothing to you). Instead, go online and conduct a bit of research. You should be able to find reviews from ordinary consumers who have bought the product that interests you. Good reviews should give you the confidence to make the purchase.
However, if you’re like the majority of American consumers, you want to buy a laptop from a company you know. And, while there are many such companies selling laptops in the United States, one of the biggest and best-known is Dell.
Dell, of course, has no stores. They are, in effect, a mail order retailer from whom you can buy a wide variety of laptops – generally at discounted prices. Yes, you’ll save money when you buy from Dell because they sell direct-to-you and eliminate all middlemen – no stores … no store sales personnel … no rent – you get the idea.
And, because Dell is a manufacturing powerhouse, they offer many different laptops for sale, any of which can be shipped to you … almost overnight.
Their extensive list of models includes: Inspriron … Lattitude … Precision … Studio … Studio XPS … Alienware … and many more.
Clearly, they have many different models from which you can choose a laptop. And, because there are so many choices available, the laptops run the gamut of low-cost and budget-friendly to upscale and somewhat higher-priced.
You need to determine your budget and purchase a Dell laptop based on what you can afford to pay. But, don’t worry. Dell’s budget-friendly laptops or desktop computers are every bit as good as their more expensive models … without all of the “fancy bells and whistles.”
Importantly, beyond the good looks of their laptops … and the superior and reliable performance that they all provide –Dell customer service and “tech support” is excellent.
So … if you’re in the market for a new laptop, consider purchasing one from Dell. They’ll ship it to you by mail or courier service. And once it arrives, you’ll have to put it together. But … you’ll save money, perhaps lots of it.
Consider buying a Dell laptops today.
And it should come as no surprise that, because most people have a desktop computer or a laptop, the list of brands available for purchase is seemingly without end. Yes … there are dozens and dozens of manufacturers, some much better known than others but, nevertheless all of whom have a chance to impact the marketplace.
That’s just the way it is with electronic products for consumers. Technology advances so rapidly, sales explode – the revenue possibilities are enormous – that every company wants to participate in the financial windfall.
But, because there are so many manufacturers, every company doesn’t enjoy the “same share of market.” That may be obvious, but it still needs to be said.
The biggest manufacturers, American and Japanese, enjoy the greatest name recognition and, as a result, the largest market shares. You’ll know some, perhaps all, of the following names. Consider these companies … they’re the industry giants: Acer … Hewlett-Packard… Dell … Compaq … Panasonic … Gateway… Sony – the list goes on and on and on.
The computers these companies produce sell in great numbers because the companies have earned consumer trust. So, it’s no surprise that the HP Pavilion … the Dell Inspiron … the Compaq Presario … the Acer TravelNote … among many others, absorb the lion’s share of the American consumer marketplace. These computers outsell all others, generally as a result of the manufacturer’s reputation, but also as a result of “word of mouth.” People that buy them like them.
Now, you may be asking yourself how lesser-known companies survive in this ferocious and highly-competitive environment? How do they earn enough of a market share? Actually, it’s not easy, but the truth is that the market for computers is so large and extensive that there is enough revenue available … even for the smallest manufacturers.
That’s why companies such as Packard Bell … Fujitsu … Samsung … Toshiba … Phillips … Olivetti … and many, many others – companies known for “other types” of electronic products – are able to carve out a niche for themselves … build a consistent revenue stream … and actually prosper as computer manufacturers.
If you’re n the market and actively considering the purchase of a laptop, for example, you need to ask yourself this question: do I want to pay a premium for a laptop manufactured by a top-of-the-line and highly-reputable company … or should I take a chance on buying a laptop for much less money form a company about which I know little if anything?
It’s a tough question. And if it’s a real concern, you can go online and Google information about any lesser-known laptop/notebook manufacturer. You’re sure to find out some interesting information about the company whose product you’ve targeted for purchase, including reviews from previous customers.
Armed with that information, you can make the correct decision. And you are certain to buy a laptop that serves you well.
The good: Subtle improvements to Alienware's dorm-room-chic design; amazingly fast and powerful; highly configurable.
The bad: Good configs can get very expensive; no 16:9 display; garish lights don't scream "high end."
The bottom line: Alienware's new version of the M17x makes some welcome design tweaks and offers the best laptop gaming hardware you can get. Just be warned: it ain't cheap.
With a brand-new look and some of the highest-end tech available in a laptop, we're semi-surprised that Alienware has kept the M17x name for its newest 17-inch laptop (even if it loses the X-Files-esque "Area-51" moniker). While the system starts at a reasonable $1,799, you'll need to configure something closer to our $4,849 review unit to really get the benefit of Alienware's years of experience making high-end gaming PCs.
We appreciate the evolved design of the new M17x, which does away with some of the dorm-like qualities of past Alienware systems, making for a (slightly) more sophisticated-looking package. The somewhat goofy custom lighting system remains, but the automotive-inspired front-end grille and edge-to-edge glass on the display offset that.
With an Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, and 1TB of hard-drive space, this is about as powerful as laptops get without resorting to stuffing actual desktop parts in a chassis (as with the AVAdirect Clevo D900F). We often point to less expensive gaming laptops, such as the Asus W90 or the Gateway FX P-series as offering a better bang for your buck, but if you want the very best, and are willing to pay for it, dropping several Gs on the new Alienware M17x will make you the coolest nerd on your block.
|Price as reviewed / Starting price||$4,849 / $1,799|
|Processor||2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300|
|Memory||8GB, 1033MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||(2) 500GB 7,200rpm|
|Graphics||(2x) SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Premium (64-bit)|
|Dimensions (WD)||16.0 x 12.7 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||17.0 inches|
|System weight / Weight with AC adapter||12.6 / 14.8 pounds|
We've always gotten down on Alienware for its dorm-room-chic design sensibilities, which seemed more like adolescent sci-fi fantasies than anything someone who could actually drop five grand on a laptop would be interested in. The previous M17x made a few steps in the right direction, de-emphasizing the brand's iconic glowing alien head design and offering a smart matte black finish.
This new version continues the march toward modern minimalist design, with fewer distracting flourishes on the keyboard tray, and a slick edge-to-edge glass overlay on the display. The front edge has also gotten an overhaul, with an angled automotive-inspired grille that helps the overall look from being too slablike. The anodized aluminum case feels heavy and substantial--but also means you won't be taking it on too many trips outside the house (unless you like lugging around almost 15 pounds of computer equipment).
Alienware's Fusion FX lighting and settings control system returns--even more over-the-top than ever. You can now set the color for the backlit keyboard in four separate zones, meaning you can create a rainbowlike design across the keys. The same software package also provides a fairly comprehensive power control suite, which offers more detailed options than the basic Windows Vista power settings, as well as security controls, including facial recognition log-in software.
The previous version's flush touch pad--previously demarcated only by a backlit outline--has been improved, with a very subtle texture, so your finger can more easily tell when it's actually on the touch pad (even if most gamers will plug in an external mouse).
The keyboard has a more traditional tapered key design, rather than the wider, flat keys many laptop makers are partial to these days. Alienware explains that for its core gamer audience, the traditional keys provide more space between the individual letters, which is better for first-person shooters, which make heavy use of the WASD keys. There's also a strip of touch-sensitive controls above the keyboard (also with an adjustable backlit color), but their response was a little slow for us, and there was a confusing lack of onscreen confirmation for some of the commands.
The 17.1-inch wide-screen LCD display offers a 1,920x1,200 native resolution, which is what we'd expect from a high-end 17-inch laptop (less expensive desktop replacements can have 1,440x900 displays). The screen looks crisp and bright, and the edge-to-edge glass overlay adds a seamless feel, but it is subject to glare from light sources. We also wouldn't mind seeing Alienware embrace the trend toward 16:9 displays.
|Alienware M17x||Average for category [desktop replacement]|
|Video||VGA-out, HDMI, DisplayPort||VGA and HDMI or DisplayPort|
|Audio||5.1 speakers, headphone/microphone jacks, surround sound audio outs.||Stereo speakers with subwoofer, headphone/microphone jacks.|
|Data||5 USB 2.0 (1 USB/eSATA), FireWire, SD card reader||4 USB 2.0, SD card reader|
|Networking||Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Optical drive||DVD burner/Blu-ray player||DVD burner [high-end: Blu-Ray]|
No shortage of ports and connections here, including a rarely seen mini-Firewire port and three separate video output options, including DisplayPort. Multiple audio-outs mean you can easily hook up a set of big PC speakers, which is a plus for high-intensity gaming.
While our review unit was configured with nearly every high-end option available and cost almost $5,000, the M17x actually starts at a much more reasonable $1,799. The specs for that system are somewhat less impressive, with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M GPU, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB 7,200rpm hard drive, a DVD burner, and a lower-resolution 1,440x900 screen.
In contrast, we had a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300, along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX280M graphics card, which moves the M17x to the top of our laptop performance list. One laptop we recently reviewed used a desktop PC 3.33GHz Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Quad Core processor, and was technically faster--but putting desktop parts in a laptop chassis is an entirely different animal. The quad-core Extreme-edition CPU helped in our multitasking tests, but the real-world difference between this and the non-Extreme Core 2 Quad Q9000 found in other high-end desktop replacements isn't enough to call it a must-have upgrade (especially for $750 more than the Q9000).
The real star here is the SLI configuration of Nvidia's GeForce GTX280M. With two of these powerful GPUs working together, we got 168 frames per second at 1,920x1,200 in Unreal Tournament 3, making this our gaming laptop performance leader by a wide margin. Anecdotally, we fired up F.E.A.R. 2 at 19x12 and set most of the graphics options to medium or high for a smooth, impressive experience. Of course, with very few high-profile PC games currently in development, there may not be that many titles that deserve this kind of high-end treatment (one exception may be Bioware's Dragon Age: Origins, one of the few buzz-worthy upcoming games that's being developed for the PC and ported to consoles, rather than the other way around).
Nvidia's GeForce GPUs also include the company's CUDA technology, which lets the GPUs provide extra processing power to certain nongaming tasks, such as video rendering. Keep in mind that you'll have to use CUDA-compatible software, such as CyberLink PowerDirector 7.
Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman (Cnet)