For $1,889 the Apple MacBook Pro 15in is a powerful allrounder that has a uniquely pleasant aluminium finish. Apple products don't get discounted too often, and the 10% discount here is consequently sizable. This sale is only until Sunday though. Also, the other Apple notebooks also have a 10% discount, so if this MacBook Pro isn't quite right for your needs take a look at the more portable 13in MacBook Pro or the colossal 17in MacBook Pro.
A Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2630QM (2GHz) gives the free MacBook Pro a lot of processing power, and along with 4GB of RAM it's possible to multi-task very well with intensive programs. Graphics rendering is looked after by an AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card, which while somewhat low-end is still going to pull its weight due to how heavily optimised Apple's programs are.
The 500GB of storage is on the small side though, so some discipline with storing files and installing programs would be desired. Another enjoyable feature here that functions well is the 15.4in (1,440x900 resolution) screen that has a 16:10 aspect ratio. At 2.54kg the MacBook Pro's weight is actually average given the screen size, although at just 24.1mm thick there aren't many notebooks that are as slender.
Intel has unveiled design guidelines for a new category of thin-and-light laptops, dubbed “Ultrabooks,” that take cues from Apple's iPad and MacBook Air.
Intel executives detailed the new designs at the Computex trade show, Engadget reports. Ultrabooks will marry the performance and capabilities of a laptop with “tablet-like features” in a “thin, light and elegant design,” Executive Vice President Sean Maloney said in a statement.
According to Maloney, Intel aims to reach a 40 percent share of the consumer laptop market with the “no-compromise” Ultrabook by the end of 2012. The new class of mobile PCs will sport form factors less than 20mm thick and cost less than $1,000.
The first Ultrabooks will utilize the current-generation Sandy Bridge architecture, but, beginning in the first half of 2012, Intel plans to transition Ultrabooks to the next-generation “Ivy Bridge” processors.
In 2013, the chipmaker hopes to introduce products codenamed “Haswell” as the “third step toward achieving the Ultrabook and reinventing the capabilities of the laptop in ultra thin and light, responsive and more secure designs.” Intel claims the Haswell processors will reduce microprocessor power to “half of today's design point.”
The first Ultrabook laptops will arrive in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season, Intel said. ASUS will be one of the initial launch partners of the Ultrabook specification with the UX21 Ultrabook.
“At ASUS, we are very much aligned with Intel's vision of Ultrabook,” said chairman Johnny Shih. “Our customers are demanding an uncompromised computing experience in a lightweight, highly portable design that responds to their needs quickly. Transforming the PC into an ultra thin, ultra responsive device will change the way people interact with their PC.”
Pundits expressed skepticism at the new Ultrabook design, calling it a “makeover” of the struggling netbook category. They also noted that, several years ago, Intel attempted to introduce a thin-and-light specification called Ultra-Low Voltage, but the category failed to catch on. However, Intel says it has learned from its mistakes. “We really didn't get behind marketing (ULV),” said Thomas Kilroy, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's sales and marketing group. Ultrabooks will receive a “massive campaign by Intel in 2012,” he said.
The new category closely resembles Apple's own vision for “the future of the free MacBook :” the MacBook Air. CEO Steve Jobs said last year that the design team for the newly redesigned ultra-thin portable had drawn from popular features on the iPad, such as instant-on capability and battery standby time.
Intel also highlighted its accelerated roadmap for upcoming versions of the Atom processor, which is designed for tablets, netbooks and smartphones. According to the company's statement, the “Atom processor will outpace Moore's Law, accelerating from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm within 3 successive years.”
In April, Intel launched a new Atom chip, codenamed Oak Trail, for tablet computers. At the Computex show, Intel showed off the next-generation of 32nm Atom processors for tablets, codenamed “Medfield,” with a prototype running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Ok, I' got this Sony led tv a few days ago and let me tell you its awesome, 3d movies and video games look great, there is no clouding what so ever. dont bother using the internet its slow, but thats what you have a computer for right? lol. Netflix looks good and streaming videos and music from your computer works well too. NOTICE there is no wifi in the tv itself you have to plug in an internet cord or plug in a wireless router, the one thing I havent tried is a wireless usb and see if that would work
Good games in 3d that I've played is...
1. Call of duty Black Ops
2. Killzone 3
3. Grand Turismo ( didnt look great there are bugs in the 3d mode from the game)
I got the 3d starter pack with Alice in Wounderland, awesome just perfect! the 3d in that movie just is amazing. There is hardly any glare on the screen with lighting in the background which is good and in the dark as well.
The best setting I found for this tv in my opinion is
Motionflow - smooth
Cinemotion - Auto 1
Thats all you really have to do, pretty simple
When watching some movies, depending on the quality you do notice very very little image tracking, other wise its nearly perfect. Even to upscale dvds on the ps3 look great I don"t even notice picture lost at all, thumbs up ( NOTICE: may differ from DVD players with no upscale to 1080p or 720p)
Ok most people have talked about 2d to 3d conversion, this is a hard topic to talk about because some people see it better than others depending on how much they look for the 3d in the picture. my thoughts are that you can see it its just not gonna pop out like movies made in 3d, dur. If you try converting video games from 2d to 3d you don't notice anything so i wouldn't bother with that. If you try converting Blu-Ray movies you notice it, pretty much the better quality the image the most likely you will notice it more.
Two movies that i noticed it pretty well were from the dvd versions of Despicable me and Saw 6, but i really havent tried it on the other movies in dvd that i have.
The glasses that i know work with this tv are the TDG-BR100/B, they are not rechargeable batteries, They are coming out with a new one that does have a rechargeable battery soon.
Sony makes really good tv and I advise you to get one if you are thinking about buying a tv, look for deals on them too like this one you can save a few hundred bucks compared to bestbuy and other local stores.