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