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.
With the much improved look and information available on Best Laptop site, we have tried to publish some of the most wanted laptops at lowest prices possible under $500.
Here is a list of 5 best laptops available in the market under the price tag of $500.
1. Asus EeePC 1018P - Laptops from $417.09
2. Asus X52F - Laptops from $399.95
3. Acer Aspire 5552 - Laptops from $389.99
4. Samsung RV510 - Laptops from $468.88
5. Acer Aspire 5742G - Laptops from $498.88
Summary: Google’s record would have been terrible with hardware makers, if they didn’t had Android. Sales of Chromebook laptops that run Chrome OS have been quite poor and Google TV has been no good either.
As per current reports, Samsung has been struggling in selling Google Chromebook, whereas Acer was able to sell atleast 5000 Chromebook laptops since the launch last summer. To be honest, these sales numbers make Blackberry Playbook look like a stirring success and one of the best laptops available in the market comparatively 🙂
Even though the sales figures have been meager, Google and its executives haven’t stopped commending Chrome OS for the qualities. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman also spoke about it in the official speech earlier in the week.
Assumingly, Chrome OS has quite a few advantages, like quick boot-up times than Windows machines, although the verity that it makes users depend on the cloud for their entire apps requirement is a major drawback when you’re not linked to the Internet.
Do you think Google needs to improve quite a bit on its Chromebook laptops and Chrome OS? Should they give up? Whatever the case maybe, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Summary: Samsung has an official starting price for its Android tablet the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and tablet PC consumers will probably detest it.
The current price-range for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi will give you an excellent idea as to why Android tablets have had tough time making a mark in the tablet PC market.
Samsung has announced that the 16GB version tablet PC with WiFi options will be priced at $469, whereas the 32 GB device will be sold for $569. If you were thinking of getting one, think again because the screen-size of 8.9” is much smaller than the Apple iPad 2, and the sky-high asking price is ridiculous.
With all the absurd WiFi version price tags, we wonder what the official Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G pricings are going to be? Let us know if you have any idea by leaving comments below!
Quote from Samsung:
It's Time for Better Multitasking.... Use multiple Android Apps at once, resize widgets and customize your experience - it's all possible with Android 3.1 Honeycomb and Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Priced @ $469
Summary: Toshiba is looking to hop in the mad-rat-race with another tablet PC, the AT200 which will take iPad 2 & Galaxy Tab head on.
You must be aware of the fact that Toshiba has already jumped on the bandwagon with its initial attempt of crafting a rather bulky looking Thrive tablet which had a limited market appeal.
Looks like Toshiba has learned quite a lot from earlier mistakes with the Thrive model, and are looking to bring AT200 to the market which is only 7.7mm thick and weighs at 558 grams. Interestingly, it is bit thinner than both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad 2 tablets. However, you will notice a lot of features similar to Thrive in Toshiba AT200. To increase the functionality of the tablet, you will find variety of ports, for example: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, MicroSD, etc etc…
Toshiba also claims that once charged, the battery has a capability of an eight-hour media playing. Other major specifications in this 10.1” device are of 1280*800 screen resolution, 1GB RAM, 1.2 GHZ TI OMAP4 Dual-Core processor and up to 64 GB storage.
We have no specific date for the release of Toshiba AT200 in North America; however, it is expected to be launched in Europe at the end of the year 2011. Will you consider buying this tablet PC?
Samsung’s legal battle with Apple heats up over the potential patent violations by its upcoming tablet pc “the Galaxy Tab”, with Barrister David Catterns revealing a countersue plan to take Apple down in Australia.
In front of Justice Annabelle Bennett, Barrister Catterns stated “Our counter claim will include a cross claim of infringement for a number of Samsung patents that have been infringed by Apple's iPad & iPhone.
Samsung was earlier sued by Apple, after later felt that the device maker was infringing on quite a few patents in Galaxy Tab 10.1, the latest tablet pc being released by Samsung in Australia. Both of the gadget makers had approved to an activity where Samsung will delay its shipment and Apple will study Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 before the proposed release date for possible patent infringements. As per Samsung, Apple’s assertions are baseless, since the claims are being based on the US model of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Council of Apple Australia pointed out that study units of Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung were received late last week and during their investigation, Apple has found Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 allegedly infringing 2-3 patents and were reported accordingly to the respectable court.
You can also read more about Samsung Vs Apple heat up on ZDNet Australia.
Earlier, computing was basically limited to a common computer, that’s before the introduction of personal computers or PCs and there were no tablet market in existence. You had to wait in a queue, sign up and reserve a spot for yourself for the system etc. These equipment's were mainly an institutional occurrence and shared for the reason of high production costs.
The history is quite well known in the case of personal computing with IBM PC's taking on the world by blizzard, was successfully overturned by experts, and the x86 based personal computer came into way of life as the de facto PC.
Sit back, relax and ask yourself, “If Apple iPad 2 is part of the personal computers family?” “Is it first in the market to wholly implement a tablet PC approach? Please let us know your comments and do consider new Android tablets (the Samsung Galaxy Tab & Motorola Xoom) while sharing your review…
Our take on Apple iPad as tablet PC
The personal computers existence was a bond of a new cost-effective computing structural design with custom-made computing software values intended to be placed in the hands of general public. The personalized character of this uprising cannot be stressed more.
I view tablet PC as a face of technical progress sculpted after the Microcomputer. In perception after the fact, I would say that the iMac and TRS-80 MC-10 are personal computers. However, most would disagree with the notion that the iMac is an Apple microcomputer and TRS-80 is a microcomputer in itself. I would respond to those notions by saying that a tablet PC is all about utilizing essential computing power with the help of different software applications in a public setting.
Since PC stands for Personal Computer, I strongly believe that an Apple iPad can be called a personal computing gadget or a tablet PC.
In my point of view, I see Apple iPad as a noteworthy spot in development of personal “mobile” computing, where the tablet PC is packaged as a combination of technologies. I would also like to stress that, I do consider tablet in the same layer as laptop computers, in terms of anticipated utilization. And of course in next 10-15 years, we are going to be looking at today’s laptop computers as traditional items with tablet based technology taking over the world tablet PC market.
In my opinion, Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab are all personal computers. The inner technical composition and outer structure of tablet PC appears much similar to a personal computer with a similar software gamut, better known as tablet apps or applications.
With tablet PC getting popular, a lot of other things have gained market attention such as wireless mouse and keyboards, instant-on, gesture etc to point a few. The tablet PCs are all laced with these accessories; however all of these originated in the past in personal computing devices.
Some of the common arguments from people who feel that tablet PCs are not same as personal computers are known to be that they have anticipatory multitasking and require real keyboards to operate. Some also say that PCs require an open working atmosphere and structural design. However, let me make it clear that initial PCs couldn’t multitask at all. And who said that a real keyboard is somehow different from a wireless or virtual keyboard...
At the end, I will conclude by saying that I see siblings of different age when I place my Macbook Pro next to my Apple iPad 2. They both originated from the so called father “Personal Computer” also known as “PC”, and both echo hereditary genes. In due course, one of the products will stand out as winner, and other will depart this life. Or to be blatantly straight-forward, the tablet PC will be the champ!
There seems to be a brand new tablet pc announced every month, as manufacturers run to take advantage of publicity showered on the Apple iPad 2. Since we couldn’t keep track of every tablet laptop launched, we've gathered a list and overview of the tablet market.
Apple iPad: By selling million plus iPad’s within first few weeks of the launch, Apple iPad has proved its supremacy in the world of tablet pc. Of course, the initial tablet version had drawbacks; however we can't really deny the fact that millions were bought at the staggering rate.
iPad is easy to use and, has a wide range of exciting games with web apps which are considered as some of the powerful aspects. iPad 2 comes with two cameras, one in the front & other at the back, quality media playing and notable ebook reading ability. Apple is also using a common operating system called iOS in all the popular products; iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Android tablet pc: Available in different sizes from over dozens of manufacturers, these tablets run on Google's operating system, known as Android. Android tablets offer a lot of options, if you don’t really like Apple’s iPad for any given reason. Popular example is of Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
Windows tablet pc: These tablet pcs have continued to develop and perk up since 90s, and have been running on Microsoft Windows operating system. If you are looking for something between a laptop and a smartphone, however with a laptops experience, these windows based pc-tablets are the best you can get in the market today. You can also use physical keyboards hidden behind the touch screen of these elegant convertible tablet pcs.
Various other tablet pcs: Most of the tablet manufacturers are using Microsoft Windows or Google Android as the operating system on their products; however some companies are trying to imitate Apple iPad by starting from zero to build a new tablet pc that may turn out to be important brands in the near future.
Apparently, if you're a huge fan of Palm WebOS (bought by HP) or the BlackBerry, you would know that the two highest-flying examples of these are HP's WebOS-based tablet pc and Blackberry Playbook from RIM. Even then, these tablet computers will take quite some time to gear up to the level of competition from Apple iPad and various other notable tablets being offered in the market.
E-book readers: They were once simple tablet computers with screen sizes ranging between 5-10 inches, and can be used to read e-books, e-newspapers and e-magazines. Common examples are Amazon Kindle from Amazon; Barnes & Noble came out with Nook Color, and Sony’s very own Sony Reader.
In addition to new technological advances and features, they embrace all or most of the qualities of conventional e-book readers (e-ink screen, black & white contrast, ebook stores etc) for long reading sessions and are quite in-expensive.
This extraordinarily defined series of best laptops has been set aside for “13 inch laptops” that are accurate fusion for always on the run businessmen, office types and not to forget, students. Light-weight and slim laptops strike the right chords of performance and portability, with some of the best features. You should know that you might have to pay a premium for performance; however, if you trust our judgment and review, 13 inch laptops are the new status symbol today.
Below you will find some of the best slim and light-weight laptops available in the market today:
Toshiba Portege R835-P56X: With the price range from $799 - $919; Toshiba's brand new R800 series of Portege are tough to beat, even though the 13-inch laptops category is highly competitive. Good news about this model is of enhanced battery life which boosts of an extra three hours over last year's Toshiba Portege laptops.
Apple MacBook Air: The Apple's MacBook Air is a second generation 13.3 inch laptop that has fixed a lot of issues with the pushy original version. With Core 2 Duo, 1.86GHz powerful processor and 128GB SSD (an extra SD card slot), Apple has added more USB ports to make it one of the best laptops priced at around $1,129.95 - $1,199.
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A: With price tag of about $1,600 Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A definitely isn’t for every person as the price is quite high, however this well-featured, light-weight and remarkable 13 inch laptop is the best next the Windows world will ever get to a MacBook Air.
Lenovo ThinkPad X220: An exceptional concession with this 12.5 inch laptop from Lenovo for always-on-the-run professionals. Priced in the range of $1,256.18 - $1,449, Lenovo ThinkPad X220 comes with a latest Intel Core i5 processor and depending on how we use, can run throughout the day.
Asus U36JC A1: The slim, authoritative 13.3 inch (13.3" TFT) Asus U36JC-A1 laptop comes with a Core i5 460M 2.53GHz processor, however, you may want to hang in there and wait for next generation Intel processors rather than spending in the price range of $749.99 - $999.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s: The 12-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s comes with a world class user-experience, best design and, a laptop in the price range of $789.99 - $870.99. You may want to check laptop reviews for the below standard battery life.
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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.