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- Since Windows 11 is already live, hardware manufacturers are scrambling to provide compatible devices for millions of users.
- Even though Dell and Lenovo were among the first companies to announce they're working on it, Asus seems to be gaining ground.
- Models such as ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED, Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED, and Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED look awesome and have great specs.
- Know that Lenovo also has a lot of new models coming this fall, among which is their first AMD Ryzen-based IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon.
Just last week we were discussing what choices we could have in the future, in terms of Windows 11 compatible hardware we can purchase this fall.
Dell and Lenovo were among the first companies to announce that they were working on such devices, to make sure customer demand is met when the new OS goes live.
However now, Asus has released a batch of Windows 11-ready laptops, that have OLED displays, for users who value the color vibrancy that these panels bring to the table.
Asus already released new OS-ready laptops
Even though most of the newer models were designed primarily with professional creatives in mind, Asus offers a wide variety of options that cater to lifestyle and business users as well.
All of the professional-grade models in this range also feature the company’s unique Dial control, which is a quick, intuitive, and a precise input device that works with Adobe apps like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and After Effects.
However, the model that Asus prides itself on the most, out of the above-mentioned models, is clearly the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED ( W7600, W5600).
If you want to, you can spec this ISV-certified, top-of-the-line workstation up to an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series (W5600) or a 3rd Gen Intel Xeon workstation processor (W7600).
It is also paired with an NVIDIA RTX A2000 (W5600) or A5000 (W7600) GPU if you were wondering how it was going to perform gaming-wise.
All the other devices that were created by Asus with Windows 11 in mind include the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H7600, H5600) and the Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED (M7400, M7600, N7400, N7600).
The Vivobook Pro series is the world’s first lineup of OLED laptops with VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification, as well as the Pro 14X/16X feature NanoEdge 4K displays.
These gadgets are available with AMD Ryzen 5000 H Series Mobile Processors or Intel Core i7 and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics.
Other models worth mentioning are the Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED (M3401, M3500, K3400, K3500), Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED, and ExpertBook B5 OLED and ExpertBook B5 Flip OLED.
Availability for these awesome laptops, as well as the pricing details, will be announced at a later date. So, if you plan on buying one, better start saving up, because the cost might be a bit on the steep side.
Lenovo’s also plans to launch Ryzen Windows 11 Laptops this fall
Lenovo has a ton of new devices coming this fall, and we are going to focus on the company’s new Windows laptops and Chromebooks.
Creators just took the wraps off its first AMD Ryzen-based IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon, along with an update to the Chromebook Duet, which was one of the more popular Chrome OS devices during the pandemic.
This particular laptop is available with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile processor and up to 16GB of RAM.
Also, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Pro is the other Ryzen-based Windows laptop announced alongside the Carbon.
This one will be a bit more expensive, as it’s tuned for content creators and pros, and as a result, offers a larger 16-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Upon a closer look, we find out that it’s available with up to the same AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile processor as the Carbon, as well as up to 16GB of RAM.
It has a larger 75Wh battery to accommodate the higher refresh rate and will ship with Windows 11 out of the box.
This unbelievable gadget will cost you about $1,450 and will also be available in October 2021, as the Carbon version.
Other Lenovo Windows 11-ready laptop models coming this fall also include the already popular Chromebook Duet 5, and Tab P12 Pro.
The company decided to refresh the Chromebook Duet with upgraded specs and a more refined look.
It now runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor with up to 8GB of RAM. This Chromebook is best suited for school-from-home, or perhaps even WFH (Work From Home), depending on how much power you need.
And, of course, for those of you asking about who still makes Android tablets, the answer is still Lenovo.
Coming this fall also, is the Tab P12 Pro, a successor to the P11 Pro, though it’s not necessarily a replacement.
Spec-wise, it has a 12.6-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 600 nits of brightness. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and is available with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
HP won’t be left behind and is preparing awesome gadgets
Since we’ve talked about Asus and Lenovo, lets not forget to mention another one of the companies with an outstanding pedigree, that also threw its hat into the ring.
Hewlett-Packard will release three new Windows 11 devices to kick off the launch of Microsoft’s next-gen operating system.
This includes a fresh Spectre with a juicy OLED display and a webcam designed to blow your socks off, the first laptop with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip, and an 11-inch tablet with a nifty swiveling camera that lets you show off your homework.
The 11-inch Tablet, yes, that’s its name, is among several new laptops, all-in-ones, and monitors that HP dropped on the world today, but it’s really the 11-inch Tablet that catches your eye thanks to that unique camera.
You can focus the built-in 13 MP camera on what you’re drawing, or whatever you are working on. Inside the Tablet 11, you’ll find a 4-core Intel Pentium Silver N6000.
The 10nm-based CPU will be paired with 4GB of LPDDR4x/2133 memory, 128GB of storage, and 2×2 WiFi 6. Also, the touch screen measures 11 inches diagonal with a pixel-packed 2160×1440 resolution.
So, if you’re planning to purchase such a device, which by the way will be available in December, you might be looking at a starting price of $599.
If you are in the market for something with a little more grunt than a Pentium or a Snapdragon, HP’s last new reveal might be of more interest.
We are, of course, talking about the Spectre x360 16 2-in-1. As its name implies, the device is built around a 16-inch, 16:10 screen.
Hold on, because screen options will include everything from an IPS low-blue light 3072×1920 display, which isn’t a typo, all the way up to a 4K+ OLED screen. As a convertible, all versions should include touch support.
Processor-wise, the Spectre x360 16 is powered by a quad-core 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11390H. And no, that’s not one of the 6- or 8-core Tiger Lake H chips that were released this summer.
It’s actually more of the tuned-up 4-core version that can reach 5GHz boost clocks and previously would have been called Tiger Lake H35. Think of it as a chip made to push high clock speeds in thin and light laptops.
Don’t be fooled by its slick looks, because this laptop isn’t quite as light as you might expect though with a curb weight of 4.4 pounds.
Some of the weight, no doubt, comes from the Gorilla Glass layer over the touch screen. Most 2-in-1 hinges can also add a little more weight as they are beefed up.
Graphics include Intel’s Iris Xe, with an optional GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU. HP says you can get up to 17 hours of battery life from the 83-watt hour battery.
The giant manufacturer said the camera will be the first use of 5 megapixels in a laptop. That works out to a resolution of 2592 x 1944, which is a huge step up from most laptop’s 1280 x 720 resolution webcams.
And besides supporting Microsoft’s Windows Hello biometric login, the camera’s high resolution allows the laptop to zoom in on your face using AI and follow you as you stand in front of the laptop.
Acer gains up on competition with eco-friendly Aspire Vero
Acer has also launched new laptops, three of which are available starting today, that cover a range of portable computing needs, both for end-users and for the planet.
Through the Aspire Vero, the company is making sustainability a major selling point with an EPEAT-certified Silver system that possesses a chassis that’s made from 30-percent recycled plastic and uses no paint in its design.
Its packaging is 100-percent recyclable, with the materials from the box able to be reassembled into a computer stand for the Vero.
And while the industry’s environmental commitment has been questioned a lot over the years, Acer’s new laptop joins efforts from HP and Microsoft, in trying to present more eco-friendly options for those interested in computing with sustainability in mind.
This impressive gadget is currently available in two configurations. The first is a $699.99 base unit that comes with the latest Intel Core i5-1155G7 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid-state storage.
Your second option is an $899.99 version that features a Core i7-1195G7 quad-core CPU and doubles the memory and storage capacity of the base model.
Both rely on Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics to help power a 15.6-inch full HD display and include a USB 3.2 Type-C Port, Wi-Fi 6, Trusted Platform Module security, and a keyboard where the R and E keys are reversed to emphasize terms like recycling and reuse.
Acer has also added a new Windows 11 configuration to its ultraportable, germophobic Swift 5 lineup with the SF514-55TA-77WW. Easy name to remember, right?
Although it weighs over a pound less than the Vero, at just 2.3 pounds, the new Swift 5 is more powerful with the Core i7-1165G7 processor to go with 16 gigs of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.
And considering it costs $1,099, it’s also pricier, though Acer claims double the battery life (15 hours) and includes an antimicrobial coating over the Swift 5’s chassis and 14-inch full HD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.
Closing up Acer’s Windows 11 laptops announcement is a pair of new configurations of its Nitro 5 gaming notebook, both expected in the middle of October.
The N515-57-536Q is a bit more on the budget-friendly side, at $769.99, and smaller with a 15.6-inch full HD screen coupled with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, and 256GB SSD.
Gamers looking more for a desktop replacement could consider the AN515-54-79L1, which bumps things up to a 17.3-inch screen, doubles the RAM, boosts storage to 1TB, and upgrades to a GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU for a heftier $1,199.99 price.
Samsung refuses be left out of the race
Samsung’s Galaxy Book series, designed to work seamlessly with other Galaxy devices including your tablet, smartphone, and wearables, is about to skyrocket to a whole new level.
In regards to Windows, you can connect your Galaxy smartphone to your Galaxy Book series device to maximize productivity.
You can take advantage of the greater screen real estate, and make use of your favorite mobile apps with the convenience of the PC environment.
With the update, you can check your phone connectivity status, manage sound controls, and even enable Do Not Disturb mode on your laptop, all with the help of the familiar UI just as you see on your Galaxy smartphones and tablets for more seamless control using your PC.
Along with the launch of Windows 11, Live Wallpaper on the Galaxy Book series 2 has also received an upgrade.
Live Wallpaper now supports the same UI as seen on your Galaxy smartphones and tablets, as well as the same Dynamic Wallpaper images found on Galaxy Dynamic Lockscreen.
Users can enjoy a range of high-quality background images from 10 different categories of Dynamic Wallpaper that are exclusive to this feature.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G will be the first Samsung laptop to ship with Windows 11. Existing Galaxy Book series devices4 are also compatible with Windows 11, and users are eligible for a free upgrade to this new operating system.
There you go! In case you were wondering what device to buy, if you are planning to make the change to Microsoft’s new operating system, these are some great choices.
Are you purchasing a new Windows 11 compatible machine? Share your choices with us in the comments section below.