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It's hard to believe this year is nearly over. It feels as if our holiday gift guides are being assembled at an ever more rapid pace. Perhaps that has to do with the non-stop innovation in the tech sector, and our insatiable desire for ever-advancing product development. Each year, the leaps in processing power and graphics performance, in addition to the miniaturization and integration of advanced technologies, seems to constantly push the envelope, which means that there are almost always plenty of suitable replacements for our favorite gadgets and gizmos. And if you're on the hunt for gifts... Read more...
Update: 10/23/15 11:20AM - A definite perk of writing about technology is getting to attend events and spending hands on time with bleeding-edge products. We've been fortunate to do that on several occasions, including today at Dell World 2015 where the company is making several major announcements as well as showing off some rather impressive looking forthcoming products. One of those products is the XPS 15, Dell's hot new Ultrabook with a gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K resolution Infinity Edge display. It sports the same near-borderless design as the XPS 13 that impressed us earlier this year, but in... Read more...
There are laptops, and then there are laptops like the ASUS ROG GX700. No ordinary notebook, the ROG GX700 is every bit a desktop replacement that's focused on performance first and portability a distant second. It's also the world's first liquid cooled laptop, a feature that comes courtesy of a liquid cooling dock. Why would you even want liquid cooling in a laptop? Most people wouldn't, not like this anyway. But the ROG GX700 isn't for most people, it's for enthusiasts who want true desktop-class performance in a notebook form factor. Yes, the ROG GX700 is bulky, and while it's miles away from... Read more...
Mobile gaming GPUs have never been on par with their latest desktop brethren, though that's about to change with the introduction of a GeForce GTX 980 built for laptops. NVIDIA answered the call for true desktop class graphics in a laptop form factor, and MSI will be the first to market with a gaming notebook built around the high end GPU.That system is the GT72 Dominator Pro G, a limited edition laptop in celebration of MSI's 29th anniversary. What makes it so special is the combination of a true GeForce GTX 980 GPU (with 8GB of GDDR5 memory) paired up with an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor based... Read more...
When you think about what constitutes a "mobile workstation," several things come to mind. Things like ISV certification, long battery life, professional graphics (NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro), and sometimes a rugged design. But what about the processor? Intel's Xeon chips have been powering workstations for a long time, and for the first time, Intel will offer Xeon processor options for laptops. These CPUs will be part of the Xeon E3-1500M v5 family based on Intel's recently launched 14nm Skylake architecture. They'll deliver high precision computing horsepower in notebook form factors and sport... Read more...
Nvidia surprised members of the overclocking community this week when it pulled OC support from drivers for its 900M series mobile graphics cards. Although Nvidia hasn’t gone out of its way the GTX 900M cards as being overclocking-friendly, many users (particularly those who bought laptops with higher-end cards like the 980m) were overclocking – until the latest driver update. Now, Nvidia is telling customers not to expect OC capabilities to return.Nvidia at CES 2015The Nvidia driver in question is GeForce R347 (347.29). The driver doesn’t have overclocking tools and third-party tools are not supported.... Read more...
All vendors take note -- the secret to success is price. It wasn't until Android tablets undercut the iPad on cost of ownership that they found an audience, and the reason Chromebooks are selling so well is because they're cheap, not because they're preferred over Windows laptops. Hewlett-Packard is one of the first OEMs to figure this out, as evidenced by its new like of affordable Stream laptops and tablets. Just don't expect HP to come right out and say it so bluntly -- rather than tout price, the OEM is pitching style and the allure of Windows. "Today’s consumers demand mobile products... Read more...
It's hard to remember now, but there was a time when people were genuinely excited for Microsoft's ARM-based Surface RT and Surface Pro. When the company announced these products, they were seen as a much-needed opportunity for Redmond to spread its wings and tackle fresh markets and new challenges. When the actual devices arrived, the consumer response was, well, "mixed" would be putting it kindly. The Surface RT nailed the form factor for many people, but the high price, low storage, and slow Tegra 3 processor, combined with Windows 8's many launch issues, killed the product. The Intel-powered... Read more...
Dirty rotten laptop thieves may want to consider another way to make a quick buck, as there are forces in play that will hopefully render this business model obsolete. Intel has teamed up with Impinj, Technology Solutions UK Ltd. (TSL), and Burnside Digital to create an RFID solution called Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE) to track lost and stolen laptops. Intel's System-on-Chip (SoC) is a crucial component of the RFID system. The key is that it can read and write data to the Monza RFID chip that will be embedded into Intel SoC-powered devices. The chip can also be read and written to using an... Read more...
Unless you applied for an extension, the deadline to settle up with Uncle Sam and file your taxes was yesterday. Assuming you did that, you now know how much of a refund you're owed, and Lenovo would like nothing more than for you to spend it on a new PC. If you owe taxes instead but are still in need of a new system, Lenovo rolled out some low cost laptops you should know about. We'll start with the FLEX 2. Available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch form factors, these dual-mode systems give users 300 degrees of flexibility so that they can be used as a standard laptop or oriented in Stand mode for viewing... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show hasn’t officially started just yet, but that hasn’t prevented a number of companies from showing of their wares a bit early at venues other than the Las Vegas Convention Center. We’ve already had a number of private briefings that we’ll be able to talk about soon; in the meantime we’ve got some goodies from MSI’s suites at the MGM Grand Hotel to show you. MSI had a number of components on display in one suite and a host of notebooks, peripherals, mobile workstations, and All-In-One systems in another.   MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning... Read more...
Lenovo has already announced its new lineup of smartphones ahead of CES, and now the company is pulling back the curtain on the rest of its computing devices. The list is rather long and consists of new laptops, multimode devices, displays, and some intriguing products that include an Android desktop and a home cloud solution. Lenovo Miix There are two Miix tablets, one a 10-incher ($499) and the other an 11-inch model ($699). The former boasts a quad-core Intel Atom processor and a 1920x1200 multitouch display, as well as 128GB of eMMC storage and JBL surround sound speakers. The device offers... Read more...
Portable devices are becoming ever more powerful, and users are increasingly utilizing them to keep up with news and friends, get work done, and for entertainment. Smartphones and tablets have never been so powerful, and if you're in market for either, it's going to be a fun holiday season packed with some great options to choose from. Whether it's for yourself or someone else, consider this your go-to guide for picking out the perfect tablet or smartphone. We're all about spreading the holiday cheer around here, and if it means sifting through dozens or even hundreds of devices to find the best... Read more...
Remember netbooks? ASUS hopped on that bandwagon early and rode it out till the end, establishing itself as one of the premier netbook participants with its Eee PC line. The baton has been passed, however, and in place of netbooks, Chromebooks are filling a niche for low-cost notebooks that are serviceable for basic computing tasks like surfing the web, farting around Facebook, and even some productivity chores (think: Google Docs). The transition from netbook to Chromebook isn't one that's gotten past ASUS, as the Taiwanese PC maker fully intends to enter the fray, perhaps by the end of the year.... Read more...
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