20 October 2015 | 0
Lenovo Yoga 900
Lenovo’s new Yoga 900 should be one of the strongest competitors against the surprise Surface Book flagship from Microsoft. If nothing else, it has the best answer to the Surface Book’s dual-fulcrum hinge: a strong, elegant watchband hinge, a carryover from the Yoga 900’s year-old predecessor, the Yoga 3 Pro.
Crafted from more than 800 individual pieces and capable of 360-degree rotation, there’s still nothing else like this mechanism on any other device, and it remains a standout feature for the now-renamed product line. Lenovo also says it improved the hinge, making it smoother to operate.
Not that this laptop is starving for highlights. The Yoga 900 is a superslim 0.59″ laptop weighing a mere 1.3kg. Inside, the Yoga 900 will show off all the latest hardware upgrades. Start with the CPUs: sixth-generation Intel Skylake chips, either the Core i5-6200U or the Core i7-6500U. The various SKUs will offer 8Gb or 16Gb of DDR3L memory, and 256Gb or 512Gb of Samsung SSD storage.
The 13.3″ IPS display offers a crisp, 3200×1800 pixel resolution (QHD+) and 10-point touch.
Lenovo claims the battery on the Yoga 900 will last up to 9 hours.
HP Chromebook 14
HP’s new Chromebooks dump the 2014 model’s Tegra K1 processor for Intel’s 2.16Ghz dual core Celeron N2840. The rest of the specs remain relatively unchanged from last year. You get a 14″ 1366×768 IPS display, 2Gb RAM, 16Gb of onboard storage, a microSD slot, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI connection, and a headphone jack. Battery life promises remain the same as last year, at 9.25 hours.
The new Chromebook 14 line tones down the accent color spectrum to just a silver and light blue model-last year, HP offered four different colours and the year before that, three.
And for those who need a little more resolution in their lives, HP will also roll out a 1080p version of the Chromebook 14.
Sunbrite 4K TV
SunBrite is showing off a gargantuan 84″, weatherized, 4K TV at CEDIA this year. The set is designed for outdoor installations, so you can enjoy movies, live sporting events, and other video content on the patio, balcony, or backyard. Now you can take your man cave out of the dark, dank basement and build it in the bright sunlight and fresh air.
Also available with a 55″ screen, both models are designed for outdoor installations and boast an ingress protection rating of IP54 to guard against dust, insects, rain, snow, and humidity. The bezels are powder-coated to protect against ultraviolet radiation, salt-air corrosion, and rust.
Both models come equipped with built-in heating and cooling mechanisms to withstand ambient temperatures ranging from -24 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
SunBrite says the TVs are bright enough to be viewed in direct sunlight, producing 800 nits brightness. The 84″ model (SB-8418UHD) is outfitted with a glass shield over the LED panel to deliver additional protection from physical objects that might hit the display. You can stash a streaming box, such as a Roku or Amazon Fire TV, in a powered compartment in the back panel. Rubber gaskets on the back of the panel seal off power and other cables entering the compartment. And in place of the anemic speakers found on most indoor flat-screen TVs, both of these models come bundled a with 20Watt soundbar.