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New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

Until this week, the portable Mac question had a pretty straightforward answer: the MacBook Air was the go-to machine for most. Now, the new MacBook throws a slinky aluminum spanner into the mix. Revealed on Monday, the fanless 12-inch notebook takes what we loved about the Air - its waifish build, premium design, and lengthy battery life - and distills something even more portable from it, throwing in a Retina display and a controversial port decision along the way. Since then, plenty of people have been asking whether MacBook Air or MacBook is the way to go for those on the move.

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12-inch MacBook Air Retina now tipped for Q2

12-inch MacBook Air Retina now tipped for Q2

The well-whispered 12-inch MacBook Air, thinner and Retina resolution in comparison to the existing ultraportable, will begin shipping in Q2 2015 a new report suggests. Rumors of the new notebook have circulated for some time, the 12-inch form-factor a compromise in size between the current 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air. Several release dates have been attached to the project by earlier tipsters, but it's possible that the new Air could be announced at Apple's event next Monday, alongside the Apple Watch.

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HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

The HP Spectre x360 is, if you're brave enough to play Devil’s Advocate, the Windows notebook you create when you channel Apple levels of obsessive-compulsion. Latest in HP’s high-end ultraportable family, the new Spectre isn’t just a capable aluminum laptop but a turning point in involvement between an OEM and Microsoft: a never-before-seen investment in time, energy, and Very Clever People. In fact, you could well argue that the Spectre x360 is the Surface Laptop that Microsoft refuses to make. I caught up with both companies to get my hands on their collaborative aluminum slab, and find out what makes it really special.

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ASUS’ ultra slim ZenBook UX305 now available for purchase

ASUS’ ultra slim ZenBook UX305 now available for purchase

ASUS sometimes really takes its time before putting an already announced product to market. Sometimes, it's almost a miracle if it does, like some of its more interesting devices. But for those who were taken by the ZenBook UX305 last IFA 2014, you're in luck because ASUS has finally launched the ultrabook in the US market. And this time, the 13-inch laptop with a QHD screen has a lot more details to share and a price tag to go along with it.

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Surface Pro 3 has MacBook Air in sights with attack ad trio

Surface Pro 3 has MacBook Air in sights with attack ad trio

Microsoft hasn't been shy in calling out Apple in recent months, pitting Cortana against Siri in a recent advert, while calling out the MacBook Air from the get-go with its Surface Pro 3 launch. Now the OS X ultraportable is under attack again, with a trio of new Microsoft commercials attempting to demonstrate how a pen, touchscreen, and detachable keyboard are together more flexible than a regular notebook can be.

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12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

Apple is reportedly planning a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even slimmer and more portable than the existing model, doing away with the fan among other things. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad familiar from existing MacBooks, instead using touch-to-tap.

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Lenovo IdeaPad A10 Android hybrid is real company sheepishly admits

Lenovo IdeaPad A10 Android hybrid is real company sheepishly admits

Lenovo has sheepishly confirmed the IdeaPad A10 Android-based touchscreen convertible notebook, after the rotating hybrid was prematurely listed on Amazon in Europe. The company's intention had been to officially announce the IdeaPad A10 - which has a 10.1-inch display and runs Android on a 1.6GHz quadcore ARM chipset - this week, spokesperson Chris Millward told PCWorld, but admitted that the company had helped spoil its surprise by leaking the user manual.

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Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

It's obviously a week for Chromebooks, with Acer's new C720 Chromebook joining HP's Chromebook11 offering cloud-centric mobile computing, this time at the even lower price of $249.99. Sticking with Intel's x86 chips rather than the ARM-based processor in the HP machine revealed on Tuesday, the Acer C720 steps up to a Haswell-generation Celeron 2955U for better performance and battery life, with the promise of up to 8.5hrs of runtime despite being 30-percent thinner in your bag.

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