Razer’s New Laptop Works With Graphics Card Enclosure To Become A Powerful Gaming PC

According to the video right after the break, Razer is coming out a light laptop in which it could turn into a full gaming PC when hooking up to a graphics card enclosure.  In the video, it shows that this new Razer’s laptop acts as a PC tower, because it also hooks up to a desktop monitor.  I like the idea, because the enclosure can work with any graphics card.  This setup would allow you to use the laptop for normal laptop works, and then you can hook the laptop to the enclosure for full gaming experience.  In the video, it shows the enclosure houses only one graphics card.  I’m hoping that the enclosure could house two or more graphics card.  This would be cool, because this would be perfect for gaming with DirectX 12 support.  To my limited knowledge on DirectX 12, you could combine different types of DirectX 12 supported graphics cards together for gaming.  Here is the list of NVIDIA’s graphics cards that are supporting DirectX 12.

ASUS Transformer Book V

I’ve never ever owned a laptop that wasn’t a pure laptop, and so I’m so excited to see that Asus is planning to come out with ASUS Transformer Book V (pronouncing as five).  This ASUS laptop comes with a smartphone.  This is the coolest thing I have ever seen for a laptop.  Luckily, the smartphone doesn’t look too bad on the back of the tablet too.  Oh yeah, I think the whole laptop monitor is a tablet, and the keyboard is a keyboard with storage capability.  Nonetheless, when everything combines together, the whole package is a laptop.  The smartphone runs Android, and yet the tablet runs Windows 8.1.  ASUS somehow got an app on Windows 8.1 to behave as if it’s Android app, allowing the users to be able to interact with the Android smartphone through the tablet whenever the smartphone is dock into the tablet’s back.

The question is, will ASUS be able to sustain the support for the essential software of a smartphone and the tablet – that meant to work together –  altogether as these devices get older.  Obviously, operating systems for these devices are not the problems since these devices can totally be updated to newer Windows and Android versions.  Usually, I hate to see as time progresses, older devices become non-functional, because the developers are moving on to better and bigger things.  Perhaps, I just overthink thing.  Anyhow, check out how cool the ASUS Transformer Book V will be when it officially comes out for the market in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Afterthought:  Perhaps, this is a modular behavior kind of thing, and so theoretically ASUS might be able to release newer tablets and newer smartphones that can combine together as a laptop.  This will make the original transformer laptop package up-to-date in term of hardware.  Hopefully though, software will also be able to update themselves for the original transformer laptop package.  Anyhow, this is wishful thinking on my part, because I have no idea how this sort of modular laptop ecosystem would behave.  I just hope that users who are buying into this modular laptop thinking will not be left out to dry when their devices get older.  I don’t like the idea of buying newer hardware all the time, because that will be too expensive.  Furthermore, the idea of getting newer hardware all the time is bad for the environment as more electronic wastes get dump into the environment as the older hardware get abandoned.  Come to think of it all, it’s an oxymoron for thinking on saving environment when there is a modular hardware ecosystem, right?  This sort of hardware ecosystem might encourage users to buy newer hardware and abandon the older ones.  After all it’s modular!

Let’s Get Our Groove On With External Graphic Power


video_card (Photo credit: marklinkphoto)

In the video right after the break, a guy demonstrated that he could use external graphic card to run games on MacBook Air with frame rate per second hovered around 90 frames per second.  The trick is that he used Thunderbolt and his external graphic card rig.  My imagination is now feeling tickled!  Does this mean if we try and things are right we might be able to hook up a humongous box with — only — few dozens of external graphic cards within so we can do just about anything graphic intensive?  Such a graphic card box will run hot of course, but with proper cooling everything will be alright.  Furthermore, when you can externally partition graphic power from CPU power, it means you can have the graphic power be stationary everywhere, and all you need is your mobile devices to be on the go.  I wonder, if the Internet connection can be just as fast as Thunderbolt, will graphic power go streaming in real time across the Internet tubes?  Anyhow, the YouTube video is right after the break.  Enjoy it!!!

Afterthought:  Wouldn’t it be awesome if virtual computers (virtualization of computing power) could tap into the full potential of the external graphic power?  In this sort of case, the virtualization of computing does not need to mimic the video graphic card hardware, but just tap into the graphic power directly.  This will unleash cheap computing furthermore.  You can basically run a bunch of different operating systems on one machine through the virtualization of computing with true graphic power.  I think this will be super super cool!!!

Chromebook Pixel Unboxing Video (YouTube)

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel (Photo credit: Stratageme.com)

Google’s premium laptop Chromebook Pixel is a nice expensive toy, but how nice?  Well, if you ask me, I would say probably not much.  Nonetheless, if you ask other people, I bet some of them would bet that I’m wrong.  I’m not going to be mad though, because everyone has their own opinion.  This is why I don’t mind to embed the YouTube video right after the break which shows you the unboxing of Chromebook Pixel.  Oh, if you insist on asking why I do not think much of Chromebook Pixel, you can just check out my other article which is “Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!”  By the way, check out the awesome unboxing of Chromebook Pixel right after the break.

Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!

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chromebook pixel (Photo credit: Frances Berriman)

Is Chromebook Pixel real or just a concept?  It seems that arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel is indeed a real product.  According to arstechnica’s “Google’s new touchscreen Chromebook Pixel: a $1,299 laptop for cloud dwellers” article, Google had just announced the existence of Chromebook Pixel.  If Chromebook Pixel is real, so?  The buzz about Chromebook Pixel is that it’s an exotic animal.  By this I mean it’s basically a machine which mainly focuses on staying connect to the Internet only, but it’s a very gorgeous only online machine (if we discount that it does have some offline features).  I’m sure it got some offline features, but it is designed to be working with the cloud.  It’s no surprised really since Chromebook Pixel is a more expensive version of other Google’s Chromebook products.  So, Chromebook Pixel is more of a beast among Chromebook products, but its core functionality is still all about cloud functionalities.  Simply really, Chromebook Pixel is just a lot more gorgeous in terms of screen resolution and other whistles and bells.

arstechnica reported that Chromebook Pixel has screen resolution of 2560×1700 with 239 pixel per inch, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB flash storage for Wi-Fi model and 64GB flash storage for LTE model.  By purchasing Chromebook Pixel, a customer will get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for free for 3 years.  Cloud storage?  If you never heard of cloud but know of Dropbox, then Google Drive is somewhat similar to Dropbox.  1TB of Dropbox would be nice eh?  So, if you like Dropbox that much, then I guess 1TB of Google Drive is definitely one of those temptations that is hard to refuse.

It seems that the screen resolution for Chromebook Pixel is the main focus, because 2560×1700 is a lot.  It’s a beast!  I’m not a fan of i5 processor, therefore in term of processor Chromebook Pixel is a let down for me.  4 GB of RAM only?  In my opinion, 4GB of RAM for any machine from today onward isn’t enough (but you might think otherwise and I don’t mind).  Since Chromebook Pixel is an always online machine, 32 or 64 GB of flash storage does make sense until it doesn’t.  How come?  In my opinion, the 2560×1700 screen is a waste on Chromebook Pixel.  I’m reasoning that whoever wants to work with such beautiful/exotic screen resolution might need to store humongous sizes of visual data (e.g., videos, photos, etc…), but what Chromebook Pixel doesn’t carry — Chromebook doesn’t support USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi speed — will hamper the productivity of whoever wants to use Chromebook Pixel in a more hardcore manner.

Now, if Chromebook Pixel supports USB 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, even though Chromebook Pixel doesn’t have huge local drive storage space, I will definitely want a Chromebook Pixel for myself, even with the current might be Chromebook Pixel’s price range $1200 – $1400.  How come?  Let pretend that I’m a real photographer (because I’m only an aspiring one), I definitely have tons of photos and videos to store, to make backups of, and the likes.  With USB 3.0 support, I can use USB 3.0 capability to speedily transfer my videos and photos back and forth between the external hard drives and Chromebook Pixel, because making data backups is so important to people like the photographers.  Let say I’m a paranoid data integrity and data redundancy freak, and so if Chromebook Pixel supports 802.11ac standard, I can definitely speed up my backup of data to the cloud.

You see, I think Chromebook Pixel lacks some really important features even though it is obviously designed to be an online only machine.  I think Chromebook Pixel should not emphasize an online only machine to the point that alienates the good features that it supposes to carry for offline needs.  Instead of carrying USB 3.0, Chromebook Pixel carries USB 2.0.  We know USB 3.0 is the way forward, but people are also comparing USB 3.0 against Thunderbolt too.  This is why it’s so weird for me to see Chromebook Pixel carries only USB 2.0.  Perhaps, not carrying any USB support at all might make more sense than not carrying USB 3.0?  Also, faster Wi-Fi is always a must have feature.  We know that we have the faster Wi-Fi capability through 802.11ac standard/capability, but Chromebook Pixel decides to not support 802.11ac?

Besides the lack of various important features I mentioned, Chromebook Pixel does look like a very nice toy.  From what I’ve seen of it, it looks nice!  The screen, the body, and the shape of Chromebook Pixel speaks to me in a very positive manner.  Simply put, I love the overall look of Chromebook Pixel.  Unfortunately, it reminds me of Macbook products.  Fortunately, I think it might look even better than Macbook Pro, but I’m not sure unless I can see and touch it (only see a video of it).  Oh yeah, if you think I’m a Mac fanatic, then you don’t know me at all.  Obviously, that should be the case since you don’t know me at all in real life.  Nonetheless, let me reveal to you something about me, I’m also a Windows 8 and Linux fanatical sort of person.  If I know another good sort of OS-brand-hardware type out there, I might as well be a fanatic for such too…

Before I end this post, let me say that you can also reach out and touch that beautiful Chromebook Pixel’s screen.  How come?  It’s a touchscreen yo!  Check out the Chromebook Pixel in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!


What About Ultrabooks?

Since the announcement of new MacBook Air product line from Apple in late July of this year, Intel is increasingly pushing for its PC partners to roll out Ultrabooks.  Appropriately surmising, many people think Intel wants Ultrabook product lines to take on Apple’s MacBook Air product line.  If it’s true, Ultrabooks do have the specifications to tackle head on against MacBook Airs.

There will be a plethora of Ultrabooks to flood the market.  Ultrabooks can be made by any PC maker.  Intel designs the essential specifications of Ultrabooks such as the processors, and all PC makers will apply such specifications to their own unique designs so a specific Ultrabook from a specific PC maker can stand out somewhat.  This also means the differences of Ultrabooks’ specifications among different brands (i.e., PC makers) might not be that different.

To compete against Apple’s MacBook Airs, Ultrabooks carry competitive specifications.  In general, each Ultrabook should carry low-voltage Intel Core processor (e.g., i5, i7), no thicker than 21mm frame (0.83 inches), at least 5 hours of battery life, and flash storage to allow really fast boot time.  Arming with this information, people now know that there won’t be a specific Ultrabook product line that will be substantially superior over all other Ultrabooks’ product lines.  With so many types and brands of Ultrabooks to choose from, which will be your perfect Ultrabook?  It might have to come down to which PC brand you trust most and knowing ahead why you want an Ultrabook in the first place.

Before you want to buy an Ultrabook, make sure to check out the Ultrabooks from the PC brands that have been good to you in the past first.  Knowing why you need an Ultrabook in the first place will help you pick the right Ultrabook specification.  For an example, let say you have an interest in thinnest, lightest, and average performance laptops with price tags under $1,000.  With this in mind, the current logical choice of laptops has to be the Ultrabooks with the specification that carries 2011 ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i5, hybrid hard drive, glossy screen, and other general electronic components that most Ultrabooks should carry.

So, why 2011 ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i5s?  First of all, Sandy Bridge processors are the latest generation processors, and so Sandy Bridge processors should provide the latest capabilities.  Second of all, I suggest Core i5 in the example for two reasons.  The first reason is to match a processor with the need of an average performance laptop, and Core i5 provides average performance for a laptop.  Second reason is that Core i5 is cheaper than Core i7, and so this helps cut down the price of a laptop — hint: the example requires price tags of laptops under $1,000.

So, why hybrid hard drives?  Hybrid hard drives are slower than all-SSDs, but the price tags for hybrid hard drives are cheaper than all-SSDs — hint: the example requires price tags of laptops under $1,000.  At least though, hybrid hard drives are faster than the traditional hard drives and carrying flash storage that allows Ultrabooks to boot faster.

So, why glossy screens?  Glossy screens look sharper indoor.  It’s also possible to add matt layers onto glossy screens to reduce outdoor reflections.

Like the idea of buying one of the top of the line Ultrabooks for best performance and features?  In this scenario, price tags will be expensive for obvious reasons.  It’s easier to choose a specification when you have the money to spend, right?  I guess, because you can always choose the brand you like first, then pick the best specification such as the one that carries 2011 ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i7, all-SSD, glossy screen, and all other best internal electronic components there are.

One thing you must aware about buying an Ultrabook is that Ultrabooks cannot be upgraded!  According to Ultrabooknews article “Ultrabook Buying Tips,” Intel might have intended to not allow Ultrabooks to be upgradable for Anti-Theft measure.  According to Ultrabooknews article “Ultrabook Buying Tips,” everything is packed tightly and soldered within extremely thin Ultrabooks, this makes one more good reason for Ultrabooks not to be upgradable.  This is why you must know ahead what you really want from an Ultrabook in regarding to the specification.  Without knowing ahead what you really want from an Ultrabook before you plunge into buying one for real, it might be too late to be regretted after the purchase of an Ultrabook since you can’t really upgrade or downgrade it.

According to Ultrabooknews article “Ultrabook Buying Tips,” there are other key features that most Ultrabooks carry, and these are:

  • Wireless display
  • Smart Connect — updating while sleeping
  • Sleep ‘n ‘Charge — charging devices over USB while Ultrabook is sleeping
  • Quick Charge — fast charging of battery of Ultrabook
  • IPS display — wide angle viewing
  • Silent Mode — fan off
  • Enhanced Stereo Speakers
  • ‘HS’ capability with the Bluetooth standard
  • Lockable trackpad
  • USB 3.0
  • 3G/4G data
  • Back-lit keyboard
  • Microphone array
  • Separate headphone out / Mic in

You can check out the list of Ultrabooks that are either in the process of launching or already available at Ultrabooknews’ Product List.

Windows 8 might be released in fall of 2012, but the exact date is still anyone’s guess.  Is it wiser to wait for Windows 8 to be released first before buying an Ultrabook?  It’s up to you really!  Do you really need another laptop right away?  If it’s not so urgent for you to buy a laptop right away, then I suppose it’s wiser for you to wait till Windows 8 comes out.  Nonetheless, it will be months for Windows 8 to come out, and so the waiting is going to be long!  On the plus side, waiting might give you a chance of getting an Ultrabook at a bargain, because by then some Ultrabooks might be cheaper.  Let cross our fingers, OK?

Sources:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390824,00.asp,