Ultrabooks

May 132015
 

HUB+ Smart Pocket USB HUB And Charging Station
While made for the new MacBook 12″, the Nonda Hub+ For MacBook is a versatile universal must-have addon designed to help you be more productive by giving you instant access to an USB port expander, an SDXC card reader, a mini display port and even a portable battery pack for times when you’re running out of energy!

ALSO CHECK the BookBook Hardcover Leather Case For MacBook Pro and the LandingZone 2.0 PRO Sleek Macbook Docking Station.

The Hub+ comes with 3 USB-A charging ports and 2 USB-C port for extended versatility, a mDP 1.2 mini display port that supports 4k @ 60hz and digital audio output to external screens, a 400mAh built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery which can give a phone up to 2 hours of battery life (2.5 hours of talking time on iPhone 6) and an SDXC card reader to help you transferring data from external devices such as digital cameras, video recorders or simply increase your Macbook’s internal storage.

The Nonda Hub+ for MacBook is in project mode at Kickstarter, already reached it’s funding cap and went over 200k in raised funds and will be available for delivery in July 2015.

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Jan 262015
 

Mod Laptop Case With Inside Gear Pockets
The Mod Laptop Leather Case from This Is Ground is a cool Apple laptop carrier designed to protect your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and allow you to easily carry your essential work gear with you in style!

ALSO CHECK the La Fonction Mobile Workstation Laptop Bag and the Hard Graft Old Fashioned Italian Leather Laptop Bag.

While the Mod Laptop Case is designed to fit the 11-in and the 13-in MacBook Air as well as the 13-in and the 15-in MacBook Pro, it can also be used with most ultrabooks and slim laptops from other brands. The MacBook cases feature plenty of inside pockets for most common gear such as pens, earphones, USB cables, notebooks, keys, sunglasses and even light tablet or laptop chargers, are made to order and come in three color choices: Toffee Tan, Tobacco Brown or Black.

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Nov 122013
 

3 Steps To Help You Choose The Best Laptop For The Lowest Budget

I know you want the best possible laptop with the most powerful processor, huge amounts of RAM, a dedicated video card and almost unlimited storage space. Heck, an ultrabook would be amazing, but how about a big, powerful gaming mean-machine you can hardly describe as a laptop? Should it be an 11-in, a 13.3-in a 15-in or a 17-in? And the screen … should it be touch or not, should it be high resolution or lower res is just fine?

There are many laptop buying guides out there – some are too technical, some don’t have enough info and some have too much. Don’t worry, I’ll help you find the best laptop for the lowest budget possible and I’ll even tell you where to buy it.
I will do this in a simple way, in plain English so even a 5 years old will be able to follow through. But before that, let me tell you a little story … There was a time (about 4-5 years ago) when buying a laptop meant either having a huge budget to buy a good computer or having a low budget and ending up with a crappy one! Everything was in the budget. Most times we sacrificed features (read video output, Kensington lock, backlit keyboard, decent sound) to squeeze in a bit of extra power. At that time technology was expensive.

How about now? Now technology is cheap. So, with a bit of preparation, you can get the perfect laptop for your needs an the cheap. Grab a pen and a piece of paper or open your favorite note taking app and let’s get you a new laptop: ……………

Aug 272013
 

Razer Blade - The Ultimate Gaming Ultrabook

The Razer Blade is the younger brother of the Razer Blade Pro we featured earlier.

Razer’s new ultrabook model features an impressive set of specs packed in what they call “The World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop“. Let’s dive into it and have a closer look at this gaming mean machine:

  • 4th generation (Haswell) Intel® Core™ i7-4702HQ Quad Core running at 2.2GHz (3.2GHz in Turbo mode)
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics
  • 14″ 16:9 ratio screen with 1600x900px resolution
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM running @ 1,600 Mhz
  • Three storage versions: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB SSD
  • 70Wh rechargeable Li-Io battery with compact power adapter
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Backlit anti-ghosting keyboard
  • Three USB3 ports
  • HDMI 1.4a

Regarding the overall performance, Forbes.com notes the following FPS results based on testing four resource-hog games:

  • Sleeping Dogs:
    • 1600×900 (laptop screen output) = 42FPS (High Quality, Normal Anti-Aliasing)
    • 1920×1080 (on an external monitor via HDMI) = 31FPS
  • GRID 2:
    • 1600×900 (laptop screen output) = 32FPS (Ultra Quality, 8xMSAA)
    • 1920×1080 (on an external monitor via HDMI) = 26FPS
  • BioShock Infinite:
    • 1600×900 (laptop screen output) = 52FPS (Very High Quality)
    • 1920×1080 (on an external monitor via HDMI) = 39FPS
  • Metro Last Light:
    • 1600×900 (laptop screen output) = 30FPS (Very High Quality, 4xAF, Normal Tessellation)
    • 1920×1080 (on an external monitor via HDMI) = 24FPS
  • Crysis 3:
    • 1600×900 (laptop screen output) = 39FPS (High Quality Settings)

Let’s hear you in the comments… Would you shred $2,000 on a gaming laptop or would you go for a dedicated desktop? What’s your take on the Razer Blade 14″ Unltrabook?

$1,999 | BUY NOW

 

Apr 252013
 

Inhon Blade 13 Carbon - Side View, Open Lid

I am not much into laptop related reviews and news. While laptops are cool and help us get things done every day, the domain is way to complex to approach in a general gadget/lifestyle blog as CoolPile.com. So, I leave these to the experts …

On the other hand, when I see a cool new laptop (like the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 or the Obento Note), I just can’t stop my self from not writing a couple of lines about it.

So, let’s get to business … Today I’ll show you a real laptop and not a concept like the Lifebook and the Obento Note.
The Inhon Blade 13 Carbon has some average specs – Core i5 or i7, 128GB to 256GB SSD, 6GB RAM and a 1920×1080 or 1600×900 screen in a 13″ format. While a high resolution screen in an 13″ format is something cool to see, where the Inhon Blade 13 Carbon excels is not the actual performance, but it’s portability.
Inhon, a Taiwanese laptop manufacturer, made the Blade 13 Carbon to be the lightest and thinnest laptop around – only 870 grams (that’s about 1.9 pounds) and 10.7 mm thin (that’s amazing considering Intel’s definition of ultrabook requires manufacturers to keep their laptops below 18 mm thin and many producers struggle to achieve it).

We have good news and bad news on the availability side tough. First, the Inhon ultrabook will cost around $1,350 for the 1080p version and around $1,000 for the 1600×900 version. The good news is that the Blade 13 Carbon is already in production with a market release set for June, this year. The bad news is that Inhon did not give any sign that they’ll release it on the international markets. We can only home that the Inhon Blade 13 Carbon will be a success in Taiwan, so Inhon will decide to push it abroad.

$1,000 |
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Dec 122012
 

CF-AX2 Toughbook From Panasonic - The Rugged Ultrabook Tablet With Windows 8 Closing

During the years Panasonic was one of the major players on the rugged laptops market. Continuing the trend, they’re releasing their newest model, the CF-AX2, in the popular form of a ultrabook/tablet unit.

Basically, we’re speaking about a Windows 8 tablet, which transforms into an Ultrabook by flipping it’s back-unit and transforming it into a keyboard. Pretty interesting idea.

Panasonic equipped the Toughbook CF-AX2 tablet/ultrabook hybrid with the following specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i5 3427U vPro™ Processor
  • Windows 8 PRO (Panasonic can also ship the unit with Windows 7 upon customer request)
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • 11.6″ HD Screen with 1366×768 resolution
  • 10 finger capacitive multi touch screen
  • Connectivity: 2x USB 3.0, LAN, SD-XC, VGA and HDMI
  • 8 hours rechargeable, swappable battery
  • Total weight
  • Weight: 2.53lbs (1.15 kg) with the battery included
  • Shock and pressure resistance (Passed a 76cm free-fall test* and 100-kgf pressurized vibration test)
  • Available for delivery in January 2013

What’s your take? How will a rugged tablet/ultrabook help the traveling professional on his errands? Let me know your thoughts in the comments …

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