Acer's Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W700, will hit shelves on October 26 the company has confirmed, one of the first slates to run Microsoft's new platform. Announced back at Computex, the Iconia W700 has an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS LCD touchscreen, with a choice of Ivy Bridge based Intel Core i3 or i5 processors lurking inside.
Dell has launched its latest XPS all-in-one desktop, refreshing the XPS One 27 and including a touchscreen for navigating Windows 8. Targeted both at domestic and business users, the One 27 runs at Quad HD 2560 x 1440 resolution with 3.7m pixels, and - with Dell disagreeing strongly with Apple's hands-on approach for AIOs - allows you to page through Windows without using a keyboard or mouse.
Dell has outed a range of new Precision mobile workstations, billed as the world's most powerful and yet delivering all-day battery life and slotting into the 17-inch segment which Apple recently abandoned. The new Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 pack 15- and 17-inch displays respectively and use Intel Core i5, i7 and Extreme Edition processors paired with a choice of NVIDIA Quadro K-series and AMD FirePro graphics. Down the line there'll be optional multitouch, too.
A manufacturer has finally decided to build a mini PC featuring silicon other than Intel’s Atom or AMD’s various APUs. In this case it's Giada, today announcing its new i53 “book sized” mini PC. The company has managed to cram in Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors into a 26mm thick chassis, saying that the whole package only consumes 35W. The other specs aren’t bad either.
Samsung has announced that it’s releasing an update to its existing Series 7 All-In-One PC that will bump the Intel processors up to Ivy Bridge and also add discrete graphics from AMD. The new version of the Series 7 will add one of Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPUs, and graphics will be handled by an AMD Radeon 6470M GPU. A 1TB hard drive is also onboard for all your storage needs.
Panasonic's Toughbook CF-19 convertible touchscreen notebook has seen an Ivy Bridge upgrade, bringing the ruggedized swiveling slab up to 3rd-Gen Core i5 speed and stretching battery life to 10hrs. Targeted at the sort of users who would crush a puny iPad between their huge, bear-like hands (or perhaps just want to take it outdoors), the CF-19 has a Core i5-3320 processor, HD 4000 graphics and a fanless chassis, relying solely on passive cooling.
Intel seems to be dabbling in a few different areas right now. The company has the desktop and laptop market locked down pretty tight, and is now attempting to breach the mobile space with Medfield, and may be looking to target miniature computers and HTPCs next. Back in April the company unveiled its “Next Unit of Computing” box, which packed a Sandy Bridge chip, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB all into a 10cm by 10cm box, and now rough pricing has been revealed.
The current crop of Ultrabooks certainly aren’t bad value for money, but they haven’t quite made the splash that Intel and partners were hoping for. Maybe that will change with the upcoming release of the mobile Ivy Bridge chipsets. Samsung has updated the listing for its Series 9 Ultrabook to show that an Ivy Bridge version is coming. They did leave out the crucial detail of when, though.
As the 3rd Generation Intel Core lineup of processors ramps up for the public, so too are manufacturers from all corners of the earth offering their own integration: AVADirect coming on today with custom-made setups. AVADirect is a company known for their custom-build computers made to suit any and all ultra-precise-machine lovers and they today are bringing their lineup up to speed with Ivy Bridge. These machines of all types will also include Intel HD 4000 graphics at your will - bring on the big beasts!