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HP adds real wood to its latest Envy laptops • Android Authority
John Callaham:
<p>Today, HP announced new versions of the Envy laptop and x360 convertible PCs, and all of them have real wood as part of their materials. HP says that the convertible Envy notebooks are the first ones ever release with authentic wood in their designs.

The wood on the new Envy laptops are either natural walnut or pale birch and are used for the area below the keyboard, including the top of the Microsoft Precision Touchpad that are used in all of the Envy notebooks. HP says the wood material retains its natural texture and feel, while at the same time is also highly durable. HP added that the wood used in the Envy is environmentally friendly as it comes from a sustainable forest.</p>


They photograph well; I guess that the inevitable darkening from your palms' sweat will make them look more real, rather than less. It's quite a nice idea: a more natural design. Watch out for the recall when they discover woodworm.
hp  wood  design  laptop 
11 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Google tells dozens of employees on its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company • Business Insider
Nick Bastone:
<p>Google has moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group as it re-assesses product plans in the fiercely competitive computer market.

Dozens of Google employees working on the company's "Create" team - an internal hardware division responsible for developing and manufacturing Google's laptop and tablet products - have been told to find new projects within Google or its parent company Alphabet, amid what sources describe as "roadmap cutbacks."

Among the affected employees who were given notice of the cutbacks in the last two weeks are hardware engineers, technical program managers, and those who support program managers. Sources say projects have been canceled within the laptop and tablet division, prompting the changes, but that team members have been instructed to find new roles temporarily within the Google or Alphabet organization.

By asking employees to seek temporary, rather than permanent, new roles, Google may be leaving itself flexibility to boost staffing on the Create hardware team in the future. Already, these "floating" employees have been seeking roles within the company's smartphone division, Pixel, and other Alphabet companies, sources say.</p>

Thin margins, high-priced hardware that probably doesn't sell; it's not surprising.
Google  laptop  hardware 
march 2019 by charlesarthur
The quest to build the impossible laptop • Gizmodo
Alex Cranz:
<p>In a recent barrage of new products, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Lenovo, and HP have all shown off computers that are trying to tackle one of the industry’s most vexing problems: How do you make a keyboarded computer that’s also a great tablet? How do you attach a keyboard to a tablet without ruining the whole thing? Every manufacturer is trying to create a device that can do it all.

Over the last few months, we’ve talked to top computer designers to get to the bottom of just why it’s so hard to design the tablet-laptop hybrid device we’ve taken to calling “the impossible laptop.” In the video above, we explore the history of these 2-1 devices and take a close look at some of the new products we’re really excited about going into the future.

Creating the perfect “2-in-1" device seems to defy engineering. The processor has to be fast enough to handle demanding multitasking while low-power enough to fit in a thin chassis. The device has to work perfectly both with your fingers on the display and your fingers on a touchpad and keyboard. And the hinge, the critical mechanism that allows the device to transition from laptop to tablet and back, needs to be just right.</p>


I felt Cranz sets up the right questions but doesn't quite get to the bottom of the problem. To me, it's all about the hinge.
ipad  2in1  laptop 
november 2018 by charlesarthur
Apple’s secret repair kill switch hasn’t been activated—yet • iFixit
Adam O'Camb:
<p>Apple’s [Mac repair] bulletin states that repairs to a laptop’s display assembly, logic board, upper case, and Touch ID board will require Apple’s secret software toolkit. In case you weren’t counting, that’s pretty much everything but the battery. On desktops, the logic board and flash storage are affected. But how?

Here’s how Apple describes the new process: After replacing a part, a technician must run the configuration suite, which connects to Apple’s Global Service Exchange (GSX) server to perform performance and compatibility checks for the new parts. Without this software, an internet connection, and approval from Apple’s servers, the repair is considered incomplete and the computer is rendered inoperative.

AST 2 is only provided to Apple stores and a very few select ‘Authorized Apple Service Providers’ (AASPs) that are under strict confidentiality and business contracts mandating what parts they can use and what they charge. This shift will leave third-party repair shops out to dry, not to mention the rest of us that are accustomed to fixing our own hardware. It is unclear whether this software is available to certified self-servicing accounts—if not, schools and businesses are out of luck too.

This service document certainly paints a grim picture, but ever the optimists, we headed down to our friendly local Apple Store and bought a brand new 2018 13” MacBook Pro Touch Bar unit. Then we disassembled it and traded displays with our teardown unit from this summer. To our surprise, the displays and MacBooks functioned normally in every combination we tried. We also updated to Mojave and swapped logic boards with the same results.

That’s a promising sign, and it means the sky isn’t quite falling—yet. But as we’ve learned, nothing is certain.</p>

There's a lot of noise about supply chain infiltration recently. I wonder if anyone at iFixit has considered that this might be Apple looking to offer customers protection against (1) counterfeit items (2) surveillance items and (3) people trying to hook covertly into the Secure Enclave? That was what Error 53 was about too. Apple is nothing if not consistent.
Apple  laptop  repair  killswitch 
october 2018 by charlesarthur
HP attempts to refresh the two-in-one with the leather-and-metal Spectre Folio • Ars Technica
Valentina Palladino:
<p>The Spectre Folio may look like a convertible that's covered in leather, but it's not that simple. The leather is actually built into the PC—you can't remove it, and HP doesn't want you to. The leather soft chassis adheres to the magnesium and aluminum hard chassis in a construction that you won't be able to see with your own eyes—it's all under the surface.

While it's classified as a convertible, it can flex into positions that were previously limited to tablets with keyboard covers. It can act as a laptop but instantly slide down into tablet mode as well. Instead of the traditional tent mode that other convertibles can achieve, the screen portion of the Spectre Folio can sit in a slot in front of the keyboard, turning it into a device ideal for photo and video viewing.

The Spectre Folio will have either an FHD or 4K touchscreen, both of which support inking, and the device will come with a stylus as well. It runs on 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 Y-series processors and can support up to 8GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. HP claims the device will last at least 18 hours on a single charge. While super thin, the Spectre Folio contains two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB Type-C port, all of which support charging.</p>


A picture (below) from The Verge shows how the keyboard is covered by the screen when you want "tablet time"; the screen can then lay flat outward, or flat inward. At least they're trying.
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hp  spectre  laptop  design 
october 2018 by charlesarthur
Apple Is planning a new low-cost MacBook, pro-focused Mac mini • Bloomberg
Mark Gurman and Debby Wu:
<p>Apple will release a new low-cost laptop and a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year, ending a drought of Mac computers that has limited sales of the company’s longest-running line of devices, according to people familiar with the plans.

The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13in, will be a higher-resolution "Retina" version that Apple uses on other products, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing products still in development. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.

The current MacBook Air, which costs $1,000, remains Apple’s only laptop without a high-resolution screen. The MacBook Air was last updated with a faster processor option last year, but hasn’t seen a major overhaul in several years. The 12in MacBook launched in 2015 was seen as a replacement to the MacBook Air, but its $1,300 starting price put it out of reach for some consumers. The new MacBook Air will be geared toward consumers looking for a cheaper Apple computer, but also schools that often buy laptops in bulk…

…"HP and Lenovo have released products priced similarly to the MacBook Air, gaining share, and in order to remain competitive in that price point, we think a form-factor change is necessary," Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research, said. "It should help them rebound some of their Mac sales as things have been getting a bit long on the tooth in terms of their Mac line as they’ve clearly been very focused on the iPhone and services businesses."</p>


Well, it would be about time for "Retina" to reach the Air, which is an iconic name and design. (Is it Apple's longest-surviving laptop design?) But what does "pro-focused" mean for the Mac mini? More powerful? More expensive? More ports? "New storage and processor options", according to Gurman + Wu. Hmm. And will they both have USB-C? That's the big question for me.

Likely release: October.
apple  macbook  laptop  macmini 
august 2018 by charlesarthur
Apple’s next laptops could be more iPhone than Mac • WSJ
Christopher Mims:
<p>mobile processors are gaining capabilities that are less common in larger computers. Today, the depth sensor on the iPhone X enables face recognition, but it could someday play a key role in Apple’s augmented-reality software. (Qualcomm has its own Snapdragon XR1 platform for augmented reality.)

Apple is also pushing capabilities such as on-device artificial intelligence, which could enable better voice recognition and other capabilities, and the company aims to support only its own graphics software in the future. Because Apple’s in-house chip designers only have one customer—Apple—they’re able to tune its silicon to run all these things as fast as possible.

“You see Intel delaying new technologies anywhere from six to eight months, and that hurts Apple’s roadmap,” says Ben Bajarin, an analyst at market-research firm Creative Strategies. “Apple in particular doesn’t want to have to be hamstrung.” By using its own silicon, Apple could potentially offer machines that do things other notebook manufacturers might not match for some time, he says.

The result would be an ARM-powered variation on the MacBook or MacBook Air, or something new that meets similar needs and runs MacOS.

There is a limit to what ARM chips can pull off. Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops are powered by Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors and—like Apple’s desktop computers—will probably continue to be for a long time.

Workhorse computers need processors that are good at general computing tasks, more than the specialized, task-specific silicon that powers mobile devices.</p>


Everyone is expecting this to happen sooner rather than later. Apple, meanwhile, seems to be moving really quite slowly when it comes to updating its laptops. Not to mention desktops. Not to mention iPads, actually.
apple  laptop  arm  intel 
june 2018 by charlesarthur
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong • The Verge
Adi Robertson:
<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, dubbed “the green machine” or simply “the $100 laptop.” And it was like nothing that Negroponte’s audience — at either his panel at a UN-sponsored tech summit in Tunis, or around the globe — had ever seen.

After UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a glowing introduction, Negroponte explained exactly why. The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it with a hand crank. It would be rugged enough for children to use anywhere, instead of being limited to schools. Mesh networking would let one laptop extend a single internet connection to many others. A Linux-based operating system would give kids total access to the computer — OLPC had reportedly turned down an offer of free Mac OS X licenses from Steve Jobs. And as its name suggested, the laptop would cost only $100, at a time when its competitors cost $1,000 or more.

“We really believe we can make literally hundreds of millions of these machines available to children around the world,” Negroponte promised. “And it’s not just $100. It’s going to go lower.” He hinted that big manufacturing and purchasing partners were on the horizon, and demonstrated the laptop’s versatile hardware, which could be folded into a chunky e-reader, a simple gaming console, or a tiny television.

Then, Negroponte and Annan rose for a photo-op with two OLPC laptops, and reporters urged them to demonstrate the machines’ distinctive cranks. Annan’s crank handle fell off almost immediately. As he quietly reattached it, Negroponte managed half a turn before hitting the flat surface of the table.</p>


So much went wrong: the design, the software (people didn't want a desktop Linux their kids would never see again), the price. And the concept: technological determinism would triumph, surely.
education  olpc  laptop 
april 2018 by charlesarthur
MacBook Air: Why won’t it die? • Macworld
Jason Snell:
<p>While I love Retina displays, I know a lot of people who either don’t see a difference or don’t care about the difference. The processors might be a few years old, but for a lot of use cases, the MacBook Air [which lacks a Retina display] is fast enough. (I’ve edited dozens of complex Logic Pro X projects on an old 11-inch Air.)

USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports might be exciting and new and offer a lot of potential for improved throughput, but for most regular users they’re a liability, a confusing and incompatible port that requires an additional investment in adapters and dongles to further raise the price of moving to a new laptop. (The Air also has that old-style keyboard. A lot of people like the new keyboard on modern Mac laptops, but for others it does take some getting used to. The keyboard on the Air requires no adaptation.)

And can we deny that the MagSafe adapter on the MacBook Air is a better way to charge your laptop than using either half (in the case of the MacBook Pro without Touch Bar) or 100 percent (in the case of the MacBook) of your available USB-C ports?

Maybe this is what happens when Apple introduces innovative new features—and some portion of the buying public simply shrugs and fails to see the value in it, given the price. (This may also explain why several people I know have sold their modern 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and gone back to the previous-generation model.)</p>


I just don't see the MacBook Air going away, nor getting a price cut, while it keeps selling. If you have a rock-solid winner which pulls in the profit quarter after quarter, and has done so for years - while your other models are having to work to justify their existence (*cough*keyboard*cough*USB-C*) then it's utterly a no-brainer.
macbookair  apple  laptop 
march 2018 by charlesarthur
The best laptop ever made • Marco.org
Marco Arment:
<p>Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.

Introduced in 2012, less than a year after Steve Jobs died, I see it as the peak of Jobs’ vision for the Mac.

It was the debut of high-DPI Macs, starting down the long road (which we still haven’t finished) to an all-Retina lineup. And with all-SSD storage, quad-core i7 processors, and a healthy amount of RAM all standard, every configuration was fast, capable, and pleasant to use…

…I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away.

Apple still sells this model, brand new, just limited to the integrated-only GPU option (which I prefer as a non-gamer for its battery, heat, and longevity advantages), but I got mine lightly used for over $1000 less.

I thought it would feel like a downgrade, or like going back in time. I feared that it would feel thick, heavy, and cumbersome. I expected it to just look impossibly old. It didn’t.

It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.

It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game. It’s designed for us, rather than asking us to adapt ourselves to it. It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.</p>


I'm typing this on a 2012 model. Recently got the battery replaced; Apple cleaned the whole thing. Like having a brand new machine.
apple  laptop  hardware  macbookpro 
november 2017 by charlesarthur
Only 26% of internet users in Morocco own a PC/laptop • Global Web Index
<p>Today we begin a short series of charts examining digital consumers within four countries that have been added to our Core research program – Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. We begin by delving into one of the most striking differences in device usage between these markets and the global picture – the minor role played by PCs and laptops.

<img src="http://blog.globalwebindex.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/COTD_24_July_2017_BLOG.png" width="100%" /></p>


You might say "not surprising", but it's useful to keep in mind - especially when you look at the smartphone penetration.
africa  laptop  smartphone 
july 2017 by charlesarthur
Huawei, Xiaomi perform weaker than expected in notebook market; will continue to push new models • Digitimes
Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai:
<p>Despite worldwide PC demand having declined for five consecutive years, Samsung Electronics, Huawei and Xiaomi have returned to the notebook market because of milder competition compared to the smartphone market.

However, sources from the upstream supply chain pointed out that Xiaomi and Huawei, which were originally expected to achieve good shipments, did not perform as well as expected because demand remains weak for consumer notebooks. For its first year, Xiaomi shipped less than 500,000 units and Huawei 700,000 units.

At the same time, Asustek Computer has also not performed well and has begun a business reorganization, looking to regain its momentum. Asustek is expected to start seeing shipment growth in the second half of 2017.

Sources from the upstream supply chain noted that Xiaomi and Huawei originally hoped to quickly expand into the notebook market with their strong brand recognition, advantages in shipments, and familiarity to the China market, but have not achieved the results they wanted so far.</p>


Xiaomi had apparently been targeting 2m units; it got a quarter of that. May be running out of ideas.
laptop  xiaomi  huawei 
june 2017 by charlesarthur
Apple plans laptop upgrades to take on Microsoft • Bloomberg
Mark Gurman and Alex Webb:
<p>Apple plans to announce an update to its laptop lineup at an annual conference for app developers in early June, a move that could help offset new competition from Microsoft as well as declining iPad sales.

Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.</p>


So. Let me do some editorial explanation of that way-wrong first paragraph.
1) There's no chance Apple is in the least bit worried about Microsoft's products - they<a href="https://twitter.com/charlesarthur/status/858073787237109761"> just don't sell well enough to worry it</a>.
2) Declining iPad sales - well, they're level if you leave out the iPad mini. And they sell wayy more, by unit, than Macs.

What I think happened - from my experience as an editor - is this. Mark Gurman (and Alex Webb) come to their editor with a story about Apple updating its laptops. Editor: "BOOOOORING. Look, can't we gin this up a bit? What about that Microsoft thing the other day?" Reporters roll eyes, and one says "But--"

Editor: "Look, let someone with experience sort this. We just add this to your lead sentence: 'a move that could offset new competition from Microsoft..' Hmm, what about iPad sales?" Reporters roll eyes. "DOWN, AMIRITE? There you go."
apple  laptop 
may 2017 by charlesarthur
Initial thoughts on the design of the Surface Laptop • Tech Specs
Daniel Matte:
<p>The company is comparing its new laptop directly to the 13" MacBook Pro, particularly emphasizing how the Laptop weighs 0.26 pounds less than the Pro. Part of the weight difference is due to the Laptop's Alcantara surface, which I find to be the most interesting engineering decision. This material choice trades off structural rigidity and thermal dissipation efficiency for lower weight and greater comfort.

It is critical to note, though, that the Laptop only offers 15W U-series Core CPUs from Intel, while the 13" MacBook Pro also offers 28W CPUs for its more expensive configurations. In other words, the Surface Laptop has been aimed at a lower TDP, and thus lower performance, target than the 13" Pro. An eventual 15” Surface Laptop with H-series CPUs now seems likely, and many would be excited by such a product. Microsoft’s concession to its OEM partners is that it is once again only competing at the very high end of the market.

First, the bad news. The Laptop features one “full-size” USB Type-A port and one Mini DisplayPort, but no Type-C ports. At this point, Microsoft’s affinity for legacy ports and eschewing of any and all progress in connector standards is comical. Enterprise usage isn’t even a real concern, so there’s really no excuse.

I also strongly recommend not buying the base configuration with only 4GB of RAM. That makes the real starting price $1,299, in my opinion…

…The combination of lower frequency targets, the Alcantara, and the size of its singular fan make me somewhat skeptical about the energy and thermal efficiency of the case design. I would expect conservative DVFS tuning. Public testing will have to wait on a review by AnandTech. Panay did weirdly seem to suggest that the keyboard feels warm during normal use.

Even though much of this article has been criticism and concerns, overall I have a very positive impression of the product.</p>
surface  microsoft  laptop 
may 2017 by charlesarthur
You think it’s a Muslim laptop ban? This picture suggests it’s really a terrorist ban • The Overspill
By me:
<p>when the governments of not one but two countries impose sudden bans on the transport of potentially explosive things, you might think that people would take it seriously. There was one occasion when a would-be mass murderer ignited a bomb on the passenger deck of a plane out of Somalia – after apparently being handed the explosives by a ground worker. In a fabulous demonstration of karma, he was sucked out of the hole he’d made in the fuselage, and the plane landed safely. Subsequently, 20 ground staff in Somalia were arrested.

There are suggestions that this latest ban has been under discussion for a couple of weeks, in fact. That’s how intelligence works: gather data, consider risks, act.

The number of people complaining that “it’s just another version of the [Trump] Muslim ban” can’t be thinking clearly. The original “Muslim ban”, as a reminder, included Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

It didn’t include the ones in the US ban: UAE (which includes Dubai), Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, or Morocco. The UK ban includes Tunisia too.

It should be pretty obvious, even if you think Trump is a fool, that this isn’t his idea. It has come from intelligence agencies who are worried about the possibility of a mid-air explosion.</p>
laptop  fire 
march 2017 by charlesarthur
Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop • TechCrunch
Frederic Lardinois:
<p>In a small meeting with journalists at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google’s senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh dropped a little bit of news: It looks like the Pixel laptop — Google’s premium Chromebook and the original product bearing the Pixel name — has hit the end of the line after just two iterations.

The Pixel brand these days is now being used for Google’s new line of smartphones, which have done pretty well in the market, although the company has had some issues with supply and keeping up with demand, Osterloh said.

There may be future products that use the Pixel name and concept of building Google products from the ground up, integrating Google’s software into Google’s own hardware, but he hinted that laptops are not likely to be one of those categories.</p>


Astonishing. So Google is giving up on its own products. Given that it is bringing Google Assistant to all Android phones, not just the Pixel phone - taking away its differentiation - how long does the latter have? This looks suspiciously like a change in strategy that has been decided quite recently.

Who's going to trust a new Google product now?
google  pixel  laptop 
february 2017 by charlesarthur
[Exclusive] First Intel Core i7-7700HQ laptop benchmarks!
"The team":
<p>We can’t name the brand and the model of the Kaby Lake notebook we have but for the purpose of fair comparison with 6700HQ we took the results of HP Pavilion 15 Gaming which has similar form factor.

 Cinebench 11  Cinebench 15  NovaBench 3
 Intel Core i7-6700HQ (HP Pavilion 15 Gaming)  7.39  664  826
 Intel Core i7-7700HQ  7.53 (+2%)  684 (+3%)  877 (+6%)

A difference from 2% to 6% can’t be a very good reason for postponing the purchase of a new notebook until January when Intel will announce the new processors. However, such improvement was somehow expected given the performance gaps between the last Intel Core generations.</p>


Knowing that you'd only get a 2-6% performance improvement will certainly stop people complaining that the MacBook Pro doesn't have Kaby Lake, right?
intel  laptop 
december 2016 by charlesarthur
Xiaomi takes on the MacBook with the $750 “Mi Notebook Air” • Ars Technica
Ron Amadeo on the two Xiaomi laptops:
<p>Both devices have one USB Type-C port for charging, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack. The aluminum body comes in gold and silver, and there's a backlit keyboard. Manufacturing duties for the Mi Notebook Air are handled by Inventec and Wistron. The outside is absolutely devoid of logos, while the inside follows the MacBook layout pretty closely other than the body-colored keyboard.

The move into the struggling laptop market is an interesting one for Xiaomi. Xiaomi's usual strategy is to make money with apps and services on its MIUI Android ROM. There isn't much in the way of Xiaomi services for Windows 10, though. The devices do have "Mi Sync" software, which presumably will pull down some phone data. The laptop can also be paired to a Mi Band fitness band, so it will automatically unlock when the wearer is near, Apple Watch style.

Xiaomi isn't the first smartphone maker to make the jump to notebooks. Xiaomi's Chinese rival Huawei introduced the MateBook earlier this year. The 2-in-1 Surface clone marked the Huawei's first foray into larger mobile devices, but it featured little that made it stand out from the crowd. We'll have to see if Xiaomi can do better.</p>


Those are high prices for laptops in China that aren't made by Apple. Either Xiaomi knows something the rest of us don't about the laptop market in China (and the laptop market generally), or it's going to fail hard on this one.
xiaomi  laptop 
july 2016 by charlesarthur
Laptop is a state of mind | Karma
Paul Miller:
<p>There's no such thing as "best of both worlds" in computers. Choices matter. Hybrids like the Surface Book are great for people who perfectly straddle the tablet and laptop use cases — who constantly switch between keyboard and pen, desk and walk-and-talks, angry memos and Angry Birds. Everyone else's perfect "laptop" will probably be a lot more boring, and a good deal cheaper.

But.

You know what would be cool? A world where we actually needed Surface Books. What if our lives were like Microsoft Surface commercials? We'd flit effortlessly between different roles. An architect for one moment, consulting with a professional on your home remodel. Then you're drawing up a clever football play for Russell Wilson. Then you're playing Madden, streamed from your Xbox. Then you're answering work emails and flicking away distractions with your finger. And then you're in some big song-and-dance number, and you can't even remember where you put your Surface Book because your life is amazing and who even cares anymore you're going to die happy, loved by your family and respected by your peers.

The Surface Book is not an inferior product because its hardware is too ambitious. It's an inferior product because its hardware is more ambitious than the digital lives we've thus far concocted.</p>
tablet  2in1  laptop 
november 2015 by charlesarthur
When will Apple build a weightless laptop? Let 26 years’ data tell us » The Overspill
I looked at trends in the weights, volumes and densities of Apple laptops:
when you start adding in the data about various laptop launches, trying to focus on the ones which are 12in or 13in (so that the screen size, and hence weight, is comparable), you find a definite trend.

It’s this: if we were relying on straight-line trends, we’d have weightless MacBooks by 2017. Yes. Perhaps they’d be airtight and filled with helium? Why not?


(Does this make me a link farm? Hope not.)
apple  laptop 
march 2015 by charlesarthur
Here's proof the Xiaomi MacBook Air clone story is fake
Steven Millward:
A reverse Google image search on the fake Xiaomi laptop reveals that the closest image source seems to be an undated clone, with the splendid name Kaka i5 (pictured below), that already has an orange power button. So the Xiaomi laptop hoaxers simply had to Photoshop on an orange Xiaomi logo.

The dubious story first appeared in English on GizmoChina, a site we’ve never heard of before, and then was picked up without further investigation by well-known sites such as 9to5Mac and BusinessInsider (update: story screenshots <a href="https://www-techinasia.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/9to5Mac-story.png">here</a> and <a href="https://www-techinasia.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BusinessInsider-story.png">here</a>, respectively). Not so much Pulitzer prize for journalism as Wurlitzer prize for churnalism.


Round of applause for that last phrase, sir. Chapeau.
xiaomi  hoax  laptop 
december 2014 by charlesarthur
Digitimes Research: global top-6 notebook vendors to share 81.7% global shipments in 2015 >> Digitimes
<blockquote class="quoted">The world's top-six notebook vendors, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Acer and Asustek Computer, will together occupy 81.7% of global notebook shipments in 2015, increasing 1.7pp on year, according to Digitimes Research.

With the exception of Lenovo and Asustek, other vendors will barely sustain significant shipment gains in 2015 during which Lenovo is expected to continue adopting an aggressive strategy to maintain its leading market position, while Asustek will try to generate more revenues by ramping up shipments of low-priced models.

HP, Dell and Apple will see their combined shipments decline slightly in 2015 as the buying activities triggered by the expiration of Windows XP and Sony's phasing out from the notebook market will dwindle. However, the three vendors will take a combined 40% share.

Unclear why it thinks Apple is going to see a fall (did it benefit from XP's end?) but there's clearly now a shrinking pool for everyone else.
laptop  apple  dell  lenovo  hp  acer  asus 
november 2014 by charlesarthur

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