PCR rounds up a selection of new notebooks and other peripherals

PCR’s guide to the latest laptops and accessories

Analyst Context revealed that laptop sales were up by 20.3 per cent year-on-year in Q3 2014, thanks to increased consumer demand. Here PCR rounds up a selection of new notebooks and other peripherals.

HP Stream 11/13 LAPTOP

Distributor: Westcoast

Both the 11 and 13 from HP feature an Intel Celeron Processor N2840 with either an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch screen size. The laptop comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and runs on Windows 8.1. The 13 weighs 1.55kg, while the 11 weighs slightly lighter at 1.28kg


-Built-in microphone

– 2 GB RAM

– Windows 8.1. 

SRP: From £179.99

Acer Chromebook CB5-311


Welcome to the Acer Chromebook 13. The Acer CB5 is perfectly suited to a fast paced life, possessing up to 14 hours of battery life to last from day to night. Designed to be lightweight and quick to boot for the on-the-go user, the Acer Chromebook 13 is the perfect addition to your computing experience.


– Nvidia Tegra K1

– 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD

– Chrome OS

SRP: £266.66

Wenger MacBook BackPack

Distributor: CMS Distribution

The Wenger backpack designed for 15” Macbook Pro has an anti-scratch lining and a CaseBase stabalising platform that keeps the bag upright. The bag boasts a dedicated padded iPad pocket and a reinforced ergonomic grab handle and mesh side pockets.


– 3.3ibs/1.5kgs

– Shock absorbing shoulder straps

– Quik Pocket for easy access

SRP: £34.73

Dell XPS 13

Contact: Dell

The XPS from Dell features the world’s first infinity 13-inch display into the size of an 11-inch laptop. The thin bezel helps to free up screen space while the virtually borderless design measures a 5.2mm border. Users can stay powered with up to 15 hours battery life and make use of the faster download speeds thanks to the Intel Core processors.


– Intel Rapid Start technology,

– 1.18kg, UltraSharp QHD+ 3200×1800 resolution

– 15-hours battery life

SRP: £1,049

Apple Macbook Air Accessory Kit

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This MacBook Air® connectivity kit is an add-on accessory bundle that extends the capability of your port-limited MacBook. The kit contains three StarTech.com adapter products to connect your MacBook Air to an external HDMI® or VGA display, and a wired Gigabit Ethernet network as needed.


– Supports PC resolutions up to 1920×1200

– USB 3.0 Gigabit NIC

– 2 year warranty

SRP: £63.99

Fujitsu Lifebook U574 Ultrabook

Distributors: Tech Data, Exertis, Ingram Micro

This ultrabook weighs 1.6kg and offers a 13.3-inch anti-glare touchscreen display. Optional embedded 3G/UMTS, WLAN and Bluetooth come with this device, as well as up to 11 hours battery life. It is powered by an Intel Core i5-i5-4200U processor, 8GB of memory and Intel HD graphics. 


– Build-in HD webcam

– LED backlight

– 1366×768 pixel display

SRP: From £572

MSI GS60 2QD-298UK Ghost 15.6” Gold Notebook

Distributor:VIP Computers

Powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, run on Microsoft Windows 8.1 with an 8 GB memory and a 1 TB hard drive. 1920×1080 resolution on a 15.6” screen size, rapid storage speed, USB 3.0 and an Intel Core i7 processor.


– Intel Core i7 processor

– 7200 RPM

– 1 TB hard drive

SRP: £1199.99

Toughbook CF-53


This semi-rugged Toughbook is aimed at all mobile users working with mission-critical applications who value total cost of ownership. The CF-53 combines premium mobile business quality with state-of-the-art PC performance and communication features.


– Intel Core i5 processor

– Windows 8.1 Pro

– Robust magnesium alloy display case

SRP: £1369.97

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon


The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is power-packed with innovation and inspiration to do business. This ultrabook weighs less than 1.55kg. and is less than 21mm thin. The elegant notebook delivers no compromise performance with the power of the latest 3rd generation Intel Core processor.


– Intel Core i5

– Windows 7 Professional

– 4 GB RAM

SRP: £899.97

Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station

Distributor: Ingram Micro

The StarTech.com Thunderbolt™ 2 Docking Station lets you connect up to 11 devices to your MacBook so you can create a convenient 4K Ultra HD workstation. Laptops often lack the connection ports you’ll need to maximize productivity while many docking stations only offer basic port interfaces.


– 4k video output to single HDMI or DP display

– SPDIF 5.1 digital optical audio output

– Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 Port

Acer TravelMate Notebook

Distributor: Northamber 

The TravelMate B Series stands out in a crowd because of its unique and cool FlowCurve design. The large precision touchpad is optimized for accuracy and sensitivity, giving you a touch-gesture experience that’s as smooth as on a touchscreen. An aluminum top cover with a hairline brush finish rounds out this laptops premium look.


– Intel Pentium N3530

– Windows 8.1

– 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD

SRP: £266.66 +vat

Wireless HDMI Screenshare Adaptor

Distributor: Hama

Transfer content from a small screen to a large screen using a wireless transmitter and an additional antenna that increases range and stabilises the signal. The device supports all common transmission formats including Miracast, Allshare, Media LinkHD, AirSharing and SmartShare.


– 1080p HD resolution

– Works with Android 4.2.1

– Supports all formats

SRP: £49.99

Apple Macbook Air

Distributor: Westcoast

The 11-inch MacBook Air lasts up to 9 hours between charges and the 13-inch model lasts up to an incredible 12 hours. The fourth-generation Intel Core processors with Intel HD Graphics 5000 are up to it. From editing photos to browsing the web, everything happens ultra-fast — while using less energy. And all that power is encased in an incredibly thin 1.7-cm unibody design that weighs only 1.08kg.


– Intel Core processor

– Intel HD Graphics 5000

– 9x faster than a 5400-rpm notebook hard drive

SRP: £849.00

Aorus X7 V2-CF2 17.3" Notebook

Distributor:VIP Computers

The thinnest lightest GTX SLI gaming laptop comes with a pair of GTX 860m graphics chips and has been fine-tuned to run all titles at high resolution and settings. The signature theme of the stunning chassis emphasises a style that blends minimalism and fluidic sculpture.


– Windows 8.1 Pro

– 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor

– 8 GB memory, up to 1 TB HDD

SRP: £1799.99

Messenger Bag

Distributor: Northamber

This lap top bag offers full protection for 7” – 10” tablet PCs, and has additional pockets for smartphones, pens and business cards and has adjustable straps for comfortable carrying.


– Waterproof Nylon

– Stylish compact design

– 540 x 320 x 520 mm

SRP: £19.99

Transcend 8X portable DVD writer

Distributor: Entatech 

The portable USB 3.0 StoreJet 2.5 inch uses a stylishly designed aluminum case to house a 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive.With incredible SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer speeds, the StoreJet 2.5 is the perfect data management system for uploading, downloading, storing, transferring, and backing up your vital data and information including media-rich content like movies, photos, music, and games.


– 13.9mm thick

– USB powered

– Includes CyberLink Media Suite 10 software

SRP: £27.99

Lenovo Thinkpad 11E laptop

Distributor: Ingram Micro

4GB of DDR3L memory is available with this laptop, whilst users can view content on the 11.6-inch screen. It has also been designed to withstand bumps with its rubber bumper and has a battery life of up to six and a half hours. Intel Graphics comes embedded with the Thinkpad along with 4GB RAM. 


– 1.49kg Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

– 11.6-inch screen

– Intel Celeron N2920 processor. 

SRP: From £385

Transcend StoreJet 2553 Hard Drive

Distributor: Entatech

The portable USB 3.0 StoreJet 2.5 inch uses a stylishly designed aluminum case to house a 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive.With incredible SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer speeds, the StoreJet 2.5 is the perfect data management system for uploading, downloading, storing, transferring, and backing up your vital data and information including media-rich content like movies, photos, music, and games.


– Transcend Elite data management software

– 10 mins power saving mode

– One touch backup

SRP: £19.99

Asus X555LA Notebook

Distributor: VIP Computers

This Asus notebook runs on Windows 8.1 and is powered by either Intel Core i7 or AMD processors for smooth, responsive performance, coupled with powerful graphics and an advanced onboard memory controller. Ideal for daily computing tasks or for watching movies and videos.


– 8 GB memory

– 15.6” 16:9 HD display

– 1 TB HDD 5400 storage

SRP: £349.99

Lenovo Flex 2 Laptop 

Contact Lenovo

An Intel Core i3-4030U Processor comes with the Flex 2, along with 4GB of memory. It boasts a 14-inch screen with a 1366×768 resolution, which can be rotated for adjusted viewing angles. Files storage is provided by a 500 GB solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) and has up to six hours of battery life. 


– 1MP camera

– USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports

– wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. 

SRP: £399

Transcend JetFlash 380 Flash Drive

Distributor: Entatech

Developed exclusively for use on the latest smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system (version 4.0 and higher), the Transcend Elite App, which is available for download from Google Play for free, helps you manage your data and increase productivity anytime, anywhere.


– 8 GB capacity

– Plug and Play installation

– Stores 7628 photos, 88 hours videos

SRP: £14.99

Acer Travelmate P256-M

Distributor: Exertis

An Intel Core i5 4210Uprocessor helps to provide faster performance speeds with this TravelMate from Acer. It comes with tailor-made management and security software for better control and can be equipped with either Windows 7 professional or Windows 8 Pro. It also features a 15.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD. 



– 500GB SSD

– Security software. 

SRP: £355

Apple Macbook Pro

Distributor: Westcoast

With 4th generation dual-core and quad-core Intel processors, Thunderbolt 2, and a PCIe-based flash storage, the Pro helps to deliver faster speeds. The 15-inch model packs over five million pixels and the 13-inch model comes with over four million pixels. 


– OS X Yosemite

– Thunderbolt 2

– Retina display 

SRP: £899 

Asus Nereus Notebook Bag

Distribution: VIP Computers 

This notebook bag from Asus fits any device up to 16-inch in screen size. The strap can also be adjusted and removed, while the rear strap also allows the case to be secured to trolley handles. 


– 16-inch tablet size

– Adjustable and removable strap

– Rear strap. 

SRP: £49.99 


Caseking…………………..01782 444488 

DirekTek ………………….. 01494 471100 

Dynamode………………. 0845 375 2023 

Entatech ………………… 0333 101 1000

Exertis (Basingstoke)…01256 707070 

Exertis (Harlow) ………. 01279 822 822 

Ingram Micro…………… 0871 973 3000 

Northamber ……………. 020 8296 7000

Spire Technology………01202 828 444 

VIP Computers…………..0871 622 7500 

Westcoast…………………0118 912 6000

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