Thinner, lighter, better. The new Apple 12-inch MacBook redefines what the company expects from a laptop. It weighs just two pounds, boasts a 12-inch Retina display, and measures only 13.1mm at its thickest point, yet still offers up to 10 hours of battery life. Making this possible are a slew of new technologies, including an all-new, reengineered keyboard, an all-new Force Touch trackpad that allows for personalized sensitivity, provides haptic feedback, and enables new force click gestures, a USB-C port for USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, power, and VGA tethered connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac for wireless, and a speedy Intel Core M processor that allows the all-metal notebook to be completely fanless and completely silent. Available in silver, space gray, and gold.
Power users who spend their days editing video and creating intense graphics have been waiting for the followup to Apple's pro-level desktop machine. That long wait is over with the new Mac Pro ($3,000+). The guys in Cupertino have completely re-imagined it — from form-factor to hardware — and, for the first time ever, it will be completely assembled in the USA. The all-black, cylindrical design is 1/8th the size of the previous generation, and the technological leaps don't end there. It features two-times faster flash storage, double the CPU performance, and Thunderbolt 2 for external expansion. It's also the first Mac to ship with dual GPUs, allowing it to support up to three 4K displays. Expect it later this year, alongside the new (and horribly-named) OS X Mavericks update.
Innovative form factor, six processing cores, up to 32 gigs of RAM, dual graphics processors, a terabyte of flash storage — the Mac Pro is the most impressive computing beast we've ever seen — and now it comes in red. The Apple Mac Pro Red Edition ($TBA) is yet another result of the design and curatorial collaboration between Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the upcoming Project RED auction, and it might be the most striking yet. Instead of the usual black finish, this one-of-a-kind machine comes in the characteristic red color, sure to impress anyone who enters your studio or office. Now we're just waiting for them to make a gold version.
Looking for a notebook that's as functional and powerful as it is portable and affordable? Look no further than the HP Chromebook 11 ($279). This small-but-mighty laptop weighs in at just over two pounds, has an 11.6-inch screen, and features 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16GB Solid State Drive. Powered by Google's Chrome OS, it comes standard with a host of Google Apps to help get things done (with a number of other apps available in their store), as well as 100GB of cloud-based storage free for two years. It comes in a rugged plastic shell with a range of available color schemes sporting plenty of I/O ports to keep you connected to your devices, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and Verizon LTE so you can always access your network.