So, to break up the monotony of the week, we’ve decided to play a little game we call Trivia Tuesdays. From here on out, every Tuesday morning-ish, we’ll be posting a trivia question on our Facebook page (new window). First person to get the right answer wins a $5 Starbucks Gift card! Best of all, at the end of the year, we’re going to take all of the winners and have them go head-to-head for a chance to win a prize so amazing that we can’t tell you what it is yet. So head on over to https://www.facebook.com/LaptopMD and answer today’s question. Because nothing will make getting over Humpday tomorrow easier than some free coffee.
Some Legal Stuff: If you work for us, or you’re married to one of us, or you live with one of us, or you’re my best friend, or you once knew someone who’s cousin went to the same elementary school as we did, you are ineligible to win. I can’t stop anyone from cheating and looking things up, so I won’t even try, but in the spirit of having fun, try not to be too obnoxious with it. If you’ve won in the last month (30 days), you are not eligible to win. Stop being so greedy and let someone else take a crack at it. If it looks like a question is too difficult, I’ll periodically stop by and offer hints. Void where prohibited, etc.
We got a first look at some of the new tablets and ultrabooks at Toshiba’s International CES press reception last night at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. As you may remember from our previous buying guide for ultrabooks, ultrabook is another way of referring to an ultraportable but still high-powered notebook. Well, Toshiba didn’t disappoint as we got some hands on time with their latest series of Portege super-thin, super-light laptops.
The things are pretty impressive. The 13 inch models on display were significantly lighter than the much smaller 11 inch MacBook Air, with much brighter and higher-resolution displays. The cases were made with Toshiba’s proprietary Magnesium alloy, and seemed both sturdy and incredibly light (did I mention how light these things are?). They were snappy, and responded quickly to commands and input. Best of all, most of them are priced at $700-$1000, or much less than either the 11 inch or 13 inch MacBook Air.
My biggest problems were the hinges. They seemed loose and flapped a little more than I would have liked to see on a laptop. Especially on an ultra-portable. I’m going to go on record now and say that we will be seeing a LOT of these show up with broken hinges within a year, or right as soon as the warranty runs out.
They also feel a little…plastic-y. I know that the Magnesium shell is one of the most advanced in the wold, and is strong, durable, and light, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near as solid or luxurious as the brushed Aluminium of the MacBook Airs.
(Apologies for upside down pictures, they will be fixed shortly.)
That’s right ladies and gents. We’re here, and we’re bringing it all to you. From on the floor coverage and video-casts, to scoops on all the latest and greatest tech being shown at this years international CES, to scandalous shots from the hottest parties. We’re here, and we’re going to rock Vegas on your behalf. Stay tuned!