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Dell's Alienware gaming PC division recently announced a refresh of their 13, 15 and 17 notebook product lines, starting with the introduction of their 15 and 17 inch models and more recently unchaining their smaller but just as scrappy 13-inch beast. While the new machines don't usher in Intel's latest Kaby Lake 7th Gen Core series processors (of which only dual-core variants are currently available), they are now packing NVIDIA Pascal firepower, with a GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1060 powering the Alienware 17, 15 and 13 models respectively. It was a clean sweep for NVIDIA... Read more...
Update: 11/11/2016 -Our full deep-dive review of the Alienware 13 R3 is now live. Please head here for all the details, benchmarks and analysis.Dell's Alienware division stepped up today with a new, compact and powerful weapon in its laptop arsenal with the announcement of the redesigned Alienware 13 notebook. Now, before you get all misty about the headline, we understand Apple's latest MacBook isn't optimized for gaming, but the comparison of what can be done in a 13-inch notebook frame can still be made. We're just having a little fun with it. Unlike Apple's MacBook Pro and the revamped... Read more...
Apple's newest MacBook Pros are ambitious for a handful of reasons, but not all of those are going to be universally agreed-upon as being "good". We covered the new MBP's graphics solutions last week, equating them to Pintos when others are stocking Porsches. Some launches have hits and misses, but this latest one from Apple seems to have an unusual number of misses. Let's not get into the lack of Type-A USB ports or the removal of popular hardware keys (eg: F1 - F12, Esc). Regardless of what you think of Apple's design decisions, there's one man who will defend them against all odds. That'd be... Read more...
Fall is just about here, so we thought a great way to say good-bye to the warm weather and usher in the fall season was to give away a slick, 2-in-1 convertible notebook from HP! This time around you've all got a chance to win a Core i5 Skylake-based HP Pavilion X360 13t, with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB M.2 SSD, Bang & Olufsen audio, and a host of other goodies! The complete specifications for this sleek, little rig includes... HP Pavilion x360 13t Specifications & Features Processor Intel Core i5-6200U Dual-Core 2.3GHz (Max 2.8GHz) OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit Display 13.3-inch HD UWVA IPS... Read more...
After teasing the world with hints that something big was coming, Razer today took the veil off its latest Blade Pro notebook. What's so special about it? Well, Razer promises that it will feel like a "desktop in your laptop", something that goes beyond simple performance metrics. The new Razer Blade Pro is in fact a powerhouse, sporting NVIDIA's top-end GPU under its hood: GeForce GTX 1080. That will allow this laptop to handle today's hottest games at up to 1440p with great detail and framerates, and 4K with good detail and framerates. That's some serious performance for a mere notebook, especially... Read more...
Although they were initially announced all the way back at Computex, ASUS held a casual event in NYC this past Wednesday (Oct. 5) to officially launch an array of new products, including the ZenBook 3, ZenWatch 3, ZenPhone 3, and Transformer Pro 3 and Mini. We’ve got some initial coverage of all of those products here at HotHardware if you’d like some additional background on the full line-up, including hands-on video of the latest ZenBook and smartwatch. However, we couldn’t wait to dive in a little deeper with the ZenBook 3 for a couple of reasons. First off, the ZenBook 3 is the first Ultrabook... Read more...
A good rule of thumb when purchasing a gaming laptop is to buy one with the fastest GPU you can afford. Unlike desktop PCs, you usually can't rip out the graphics adapter and upgrade to something faster (not in most cases, anyway), so when that once shiny and fast laptop starts feeling a little sluggish, you're looking at dialing down in-game settings until you've saved enough scratch to buy a new laptop. That's an expensive proposition (it's called throwing the baby out with the bath water), but if gaming on the go is what you're after, you don't have much choice in the matter.That's still the... Read more...
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga marks a marriage between two of Lenovo's premium notebook lines: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad Yoga. The X1 Carbon line was introduced in 2012, bringing a largely carbon-fiber filled construction to decrease weight and increase durability compared to their previous X1 ultrabooks, while still maintaining the classic ThinkPad design established way back by IBM. The ThinkPad Yoga line, introduced a year later in 2013, consists of smaller 11 and 13 inch 2-in-1 form factors with a reinforced hinge capable of folding beyond 180 degrees into tent, stand or even tablet modes.... Read more...
Mainstream notebooks, laptops, and convertible devices have been significantly refined over the last few generations. The $500-$900 price range generally features laptops that are thin and light, built well, have decent battery life, and deliver solid multimedia experiences. Intel has a stranglehold on the CPUs and graphics in many of these mid-level systems, so PC makers seem to be emphasizing design differences lately. As important as performance is, you may well choose your next laptop because it converts into a mode or use case that fits your needs, rather than because of its technical specifications.... Read more...
One thing is for sure: if you're in the market for a new gaming notebook - especially one featuring NVIDIA's brand-new GeForce cards - you're not going to suffer from a lack of choice. We've written about a handful of different vendor notebooks so far, and not to be forgotten, Acer has finally tossed its hat into the ring. Acer hasn't produced brand-new models to support NVIDIA's latest GPUs, but instead updated its popular Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebooks. However, there is something a bit odd: Acer hasn't yet said exactly which GPUs will be featured in these models. That said, the outgoing... Read more...
Today is a massive day for gaming notebooks thanks to the launch of NVIDIA's latest mobile-bound GeForce graphics cards. As covered in our launch article, these GPUs don't feature the "M" that we've seen in years' past - these are full-blown desktop chips. That means one thing: they're powerful. Seriously powerful. As expected with any new GPU launch, a slew of vendors have today announced their latest wares, and that includes EVGA. The company announced its SC17 17-inch notebook back at CES, but at the time it shipped with the 900-series GeForce chips. Now, it's been upgraded to support the GTX... Read more...
CybertronPC is hoping to hit a sweet spot for gamers with its new 14-inch laptop, the CLX Osiris 14. The system is light and slim for a gaming laptop, but it packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and Intel Skylake quad-core CPU under its hood, so this machine is clearly not messing around.  The Osiris 14 is a member of CybertronPC’s CLX family, which is so decidedly different than CybertronPC’s other product offerings, that the line has its own website. If you visit CybertronPC.com, you’ll need to choose the CLX site to find the Osiris 14. It’s not unusual for PC makers to create or buy distinct... Read more...
The race to build the world's thinnest laptop hasn't always resulted in quality design innovation or utility over more full-figured machines. For example, comparatively, Apple's MacBook Air line looks a little plain-Jane versus some of the nicer thin and light laptops on the market these days, and certainly HP's Spectre line as well. HP recently saw fit to fully revamp its Spectre series across multiple sizes and formats, the latest of which is simply branded Spectre. The HP Spectre is actually a 13-inch machine, so you might refer to it as such (Spectre 13), if it helps you make the distinction.... Read more...
If you're in the market for a gaming laptop, you might be holding out for the first batch of notebooks to include a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's potent new Pascal architecture. The good news is you don't have long to wait—an ASUS ROG laptop has been spotted wielding a GeForce GTX 1070, along with several other high-end goodies. It's the ASUS ROG G752VS, a 17.3-inch beast that will be available in a few different configurations, all of them sporting the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Notice there's no "M" to designate that it's a mobile GPU, an interesting omission that has us wondering how close to the... Read more...
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