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Following in the footsteps of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro brings a retina display to a smaller form factor, while retaining the same design language as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Description

The Sony VAIO Z (mid 2012) shares the same design as its predecessor and still has a proprietary Light Peak port that connects it to that unique external GPU / optical drive combo from last year. The difference now is that you won't have to purchase the Power Media Dock to get the VAIO Z, which means that the starting price is now much lower. Of course, the big change to the VAIO Z is that it now has Ivy Bridge processors

The Acer Aspire S7 series are touch-enabled Windows 8 ultraportable notebooks with a slim, unibody construction comprised of aluminum with a glass-covered lid. It features a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, USB 3.0, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.

The Dell XPS 12 is a convertible Windows 8 tablet with edge-to-edge glass covering a 1080p 12.5-inch IPS display. It features an Intel i5 or i7 processor, a built in 128 or 256 SSD and USB 3.0.

The Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart is an updated Envy Spectre XT with a touchscreen display designed for use with Windows 8. It features a 15.6-inch LED backlit display, an Intel i5 or i7 processor, Thunderbolt USB 3.0 and HDMI.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 23, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,699.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,599.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: December 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: S7-391-6810, S7-391-9886
  • Alias: XPS Duo 12, XPS 12 Ultrabook
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.35 inches
  • Depth: 8.62 inches
  • Thickness: .75 inches
  • Weight: 3.57 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 13 inches
  • Depth: 8.27 inches
  • Thickness: 0.66 inches
  • Weight: 2.57 pounds
  • Color: Black, Gold
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.73 inches
  • Depth: 8.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 2.86 pounds
  • Color: White, Black
  • Laptop type: Convertible tablet
  • Width: 12.48 inches
  • Depth: 8.46 inches
  • Thickness: 0.59 inches
  • Weight: 3.35 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Weight: 4.77 pounds
  • Color: Black/SIlver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 227

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.1 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.6 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Cores: 2
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3612QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.1 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Brdige
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: Intel HD 4000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: Intel HD 4000
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 768 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, Memory Stick Duo
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)

Optical Drive

  • Optical drive type: External
  • Compatible media: DVD Super Multi, BD Combo, Blu-ray burner
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Speakers: 1
  • Audio brand: Waves MaxxAudio
  • Speakers: 2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Biometric scanner: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • Docking connector: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Optional
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Carrier options: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T
  • 3G: Optional
  • LTE: Optional
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Security

  • Trusted platform module: Yes
  • Size: 74 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 4000 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 4680 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 47 Wh, 6 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr

Bundled Accessories

Noise-cancelling earbuds
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 18 minutes

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