MacBook Pro Retina, Acer Aspire S7 Among Top Notebooks of 2012

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-12-21 Print this article Print
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13-inch ($1,199)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13-inch ($1,199)

The Retina display reduces glare up to 75 percent while maintaining incredible color and quality, and the pixel density is so high your eyes can’t discern individual pixels. It’s impressive on the performance side, too.


While some analysts have noted how tablets, large-screen smartphones (phablets) and convertible devices that marry tablet-like portability with tactile keyboards are slowly making notebook computers obsolete, there’s still plenty of kick left in today’s systems makers, as high-resolution displays, ultra-thin casings and improved battery life make the devices more portable, efficient and powerful than ever before. This year saw the debut of some truly impressive models—most notably Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display—hitting the market. An impressive number of Ultrabooks—ultrathin notebooks sporting Intel silicon—hit the market this year, many of them featuring touch-screen displays and Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. Toshiba offers a cinematic display model that is designed to offer a 30 percent greater view of tiles on the Windows 8 start screen, while Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga provides a versatile, more tablet-like experience. Add in premium sound, USB 3.0 technology, improved battery life and touch-screen capabilities, the notebook market in 2012 showed signs of new life, no matter how popular tablets are becoming. Take a look at some of the best designs in this year’s roster. Oh yeah, and Apple’s MacBook Air, still king of the ultrathin notebooks, is better than ever.


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