The annual exhibition of computer equipment and technologies Computex is one of the most important events in the modern IT industry. World-famous companies try to hold back the announcement of their high-profile products, and public from all over the world flock to the capital of Taiwan to be among the first to touch the novelties with their own hands. We collected the 5 most interesting, in our opinion, announcements of notebooks presented in the framework of the event, and we hasten to tell about them in more detail.
Not a single laptop remember Computex 2017 computer equipment exhibition. The announcement of the expected X-series of Intel processors (quad-core models of the Kaby Lake-X line (Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X) and the three representatives of the Skylake-X family: Core i7-7800X with six cores, Core I7-7820X with eight cores and a ten-core Core i9-7900X). The top chip in the new series will be the 18-core Core i9-7980 Extreme Edition – the first-born in the consumer segment, which provides computational power of about 1 Tflops.
Against the background of the fact that the dimensions and weight of existing gaming laptops leave much to be desired, Nvidia company presented its vision of reducing their sizes. During the exhibition, she told about the creation of the Max-Q concept, thanks to which new gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 1080 video adapters will have a body thickness of only 18 mm with a weight of just over 2 kg. The first such solutions have already been presented to the general public, in particular, one of them will be discussed in the framework of consideration of the five most interesting Premier leptopers of the Computex 2017 exhibition.
Hybrid laptop and tablet from a young start-up Eve-Tech is designed to compete with Microsoft Surface Pro 4 1TB. Much in its design and equipment is much more convenient. And this is not an ulterior motive.
The device was created taking into account the numerous wishes of users – their feedback was collected at the stage of the idea of creating a transformer for almost every item and were implemented in practice. As a result, the model got a practical, removable Alcantara-coated keyboard and supports both mechanical contacts and a Bluetooth connection, enough ports for connecting external devices (2 USB 3.1 connectors, 2 USB Type-C ports, built-in card reader and output For headphones), and also got a good hardware “stuffing”.
The manufacturer offers several device configurations: from modification with an Intel Core M3 processor with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD drive to a version with a more powerful Kaby Lake-Y series chip in the face of Intel Core i7-7Y75, which works in conjunction with 16 GB of RAM (the amount of SSD-drive in this case will be 512 GB). This family of processors is characterized by low power consumption, therefore one battery charge is often enough for 12 hours of continuous operation of the device.
12.3 inch screen Eve-Tech Eve 5 has a resolution of 2734 × 1824 pixels. With it, you can work both through classical data input using the keyboard and touch pad, or by touch input (tapping on the screen with your finger or a stylus pen with recognition of 1024 degrees of pressing). The equipment of the hybrid also includes two cameras with a resolution of 5 MP and 2 MP for video conferencing and Skype communication. Given the fact that Intel has invested in the stratap, the future of Eve-Tech Eve V promises to be very bright.
Acer Nitro 5 – a good solution for those who like to spend a couple of hours in a virtual gaming world, but not willing to spend money on serious gaming technology. It is these users who target a notebook with a screen diagonal of 15.6 “and a lot of available configurations for every taste and color.
The Intel and AMD fans will be able to choose the required configuration. In the first case, the user can choose between the Core i5 and Core i7 processors of the latest generation, as well as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the usual GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards. And in the second one, it will be necessary to determine between the FX, A10 and A12 chips. The video card for all of them is used the same – AMD Radeon RX 550. In addition, the laptop can be equipped with up to 32 GB of RAM, a SSD-drive up to 512 GB and a hard drive with a capacity of up to 2 TB.
The gamer orientation of Acer Nitro 5 gives the beveled faces on the lid and the red illumination of the keyboard (the group of WASD keys is highlighted a little more intensively than usual). The producer himself calls his offspring a good option for online games (Dota 2, Counter Strike, etc.), which do not require a huge amount of resources. Although in more difficult games, “iron” shows decent performance results.
Concerning the family of gaming laptops, the model with the Nitro 5 index is much lighter and more compact. Not a very pleasant impression is created about it only by the wide frames around the display. But for the low price that the manufacturer requests for his offspring, you can safely close your eyes to this nuance – it is unlikely that he will radically affect the integrity of the perception of the picture.
The prefix Flip in the name of a laptop-transformer with a non-switchable keyboard from the Taiwanese company Asus indicates nothing else than the possibility of tilting the display of the laptop within 360 °. A symbol S at the end of the model name makes it clear on its ultra-thickness – just 10.9 mm.
At the time of the announcement of such a small thickness of the case is a record for the representatives of a class of Transformers. In addition, the laptop is lightweight – 1.1 kg. And this despite the fact that the model body is made of aluminum alloy. Despite its extremely compact thickness, the Asus ZenBook Flip S has two USB Type-C ports, a fingerprint scanner, a volume rocker and a power button on the ends of the Asus ZenBook Flip S.
With a diagonal of 13.3 “, the display resolution of the model is 3840×260 pixels (4K format), the screen covers 100% of the sRGB color space, which, along with support for touch input and the presence of a pen device Asus Pen, opens up wide possibilities for working with photo editors. Also allows you to render video – Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16 GB of RAM and SSD-disk up to 1 TB, used in the most “pumped” configuration, are a vivid confirmation of a good reserve of power for the most times Oring tasks.
The laptop gives decent sound quality, which is due to the shoulders of the built-in speakers from the famous Harman / Kardon audio brand. Separate line it is necessary to note the long-term autonomy of the model – on one battery charge with a capacity of 39 Wh the laptop is able to hold on the order of 11.5 hours. Support for fast charging technology allows you to fill up the battery’s energy reserves up to 60% in just 39 minutes. – and this is enough to watch 2-3 full-length films. Due to its versatility, the Asus ZenBook Flip S is the optimal solution for both home and office.
Gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch display is almost no different in size from Gigabyte Aero 14. It’s all in the subtle frame around the screen. Because of them on the top face there was no room for a webcam, which, however, did not prevent her from taking a position under the display.
The model is both a productive and autonomous device. It operates on the basis of a powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ chip. The amount of RAM can vary between 8 and 16 GB, and as graphics on board the device uses Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of video memory. The choice of users is provided with two versions of screens – with FullHD-resolution and 4K format. All this wealth can work without recharging for up to 10 hours (not in gaming, but in the usual mode of use).
The laptop keyboard is equipped with a system of customizable RGB-backlight. And you can configure it for a number of separate zones. From the connectors, the model has three USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3, full-size HDMI 2.0 and Mini DisplayPort. This set is enough to provide the possibility of connecting to a laptop a number of third-party devices.
For the cost of Gigabyte Aero 15 it’s easy to build a desktop version of the gaming PC. But then all the advantages of the laptop are lost – compact size and the ability to be in the game, wherever you are. And so a powerful device with a stylish and memorable appearance will always be at hand, allowing you to perform as ordinary tasks, and with a head to plunge into the virtual game world.
Zephirus GX501 from the Asus ROG game line is one of the first devices on board which is realized the concept of production of thin and light gaming laptops Nvidia Max-Q. The base for building such leptopovs is a powerful video card GeForce GTX 1080.
To cool such a powerful graphics, a special Active Aerodynamic System was created – the lower part of the device’s body seems to be upward centimeters when the lid is fully opened, providing airflow for more efficient blowing of components. In many respects because of this the keyboard of the laptop has moved closer to the bottom face, and the touchpad has taken the place of the additional digital block of keys. Nevertheless, the touchpad can easily be turned into a classic digital block in one push of a special button, but only data input will then take place not by the usual mechanical method, but by a more innovative touchscreen.
The screen is equipped with a typical 15.6″ FullHD display typical for most similar devices.The strengths of the screen are support for 120 Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync technology, as well as coverage of 100% of the sRGB color space.The latter feature allows the model to be used as a tool for Professional processing of photos and video editing.Why the powerful hardware “stuffing” shows itself well not only in games.
In order not to be distracted by the search for the desired button on the keyboard in the game battles, the highlighting of its keys can be customized according to one’s own preferences, by highlighting the WASD and QWER blocks in a separate color. As a result, if there is no constraint in the budget, Asus ROG Zephyrus will be the best choice for gamers who often take a laptop with them – with a body thickness of only 17.9 mm and weighing just over 2 kg, it was several times more compact than its counterparts in class, not to the detriment of Performance.