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The holiday season may be winding down, but we want to keep you all in the holiday spirit just a little longer, so we hooked up with our friends at Lenovo for another HOT Holiday Giveaway! This time around we have not one, but three awesome prizes -- a gorgeous, yet powerful ultrabook, a small form factor gaming PC, and a super-fun Augmented Reality gaming kit. Up for grabs in this latest HOT Holiday giveaway are a Lenovo Yoga 920, powered by an 8th Generation Intel processor, a Lenovo Legion Y720 Cube gaming PC, and a Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR kit. Take a look... 1st Prize: Yoga 920 14" - Platinum Silver Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U Processor (1.80GHz 8MB) Display: 13.9" FHD IPS... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, we talk about the first benchmarks with the Intel/AMD hybrid Core i7-8705G in Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1, we cover some more highlights from CES 2018 including some killer gaming rigs from Maingear, Xidax, and Origin PC, what to make of all the crypto-currency madness and the roller-coaster ride of Bitcoin, and finally chat about the final days of our Lenovo GIVEAWAY and more! Show Notes: 01:08 - Here Are The Best Products Of CES 2018 04:04 - MAINGEAR F131 Gaming PC With Killer APEX Cooling System Hands-On At CES 2018 07:31 - Origin PC At CES 2018 Showcases MILLENIUM, GENESIS, And L-CLASS Killer Gaming PCs 08:33 - Xidax X-8... Read more...
CES 2018 has come to a close, and so begins the arduous wait, for some of the exciting devices we saw, to come to market. The Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada is where companies come to tout new wares and announce upcoming products and technologies. While some of the cool tech that was shown leaves us with that "shut-up and take my money" feeling, it’s often not retail-ready, with months of lead-time separating consumers from getting their hands on the geek goodness we spied last week. For those who couldn’t attend the show, it can be difficult navigating the CES myriad of strategic product blitzes, press releases, and unveiling videos. So we whipped up a quick cheat-sheet... Read more...
One of the coolest things that gamers saw during CES 2018 was the original Xbox controller, known as "Duke", in the Hyperkin booth. The giant controller is making a comeback and you will be able to buy one at the end of March to scratch that retro gaming itch in your geek hands. Hyperkin says that the controller will sell for $69.99, which is more expensive than most Xbox controllers. The giant Duke controller was replaced early in the Xbox lifecycle with the Xbox S controller during the first generation of the original Xbox. Word is that while the Hyperkin controller looks like the original Duke controller, it does have modern touches that will make it more useful for gamers. Button placement... Read more...
There's no end to the marching at CES 2018, but sore legs and stiff backs are a small price to pay to see innovation like the guys at Origin PC have on tap. We kicked off our tour of their suite with their newly redesigned MILLENIUM PC. The MILLENIUM's chassis features beautiful tempered glass panels on both sides, that swing open with ease thanks to a magnetic release - that's right, no fumbling with thumb screws here. The front panel is constructed from the same milled aluminum that comprises the rest of the chassis which is to say it feels great and durable. Origin Millenium Desktop PC Origin uses a now-patented system to allow mounting the motherboard in one of four different orientations... Read more...
One of our favorite boutique system builders, MAINGEAR, used CES 2018 as the launching pad for its brand-new F131 Gaming Desktop with exclusive APEX Cooling. The stunning MAINGEAR F131 features an in-house designed chassis, built with premium materials, including a steel core and Japanese brushed aluminum exterior with tinted, tempered glass side panels and customizable RGB interior and logo lighting. Take a look... The MAINGEAR F131 chassis leverages the mATX form factor, which helps slim things down a bit, and results in a measurably smaller footprint than a typical, custom-built gaming rig. MAINGEAR does not skimp on the internal hardware options, however – the F131 is available with... Read more...
EVGA typically uses CES to showcase a handful of new or upcoming products, and this year’s show was no exception. EVGA’s suite was packed with an array of graphics cards, motherboards, cases, peripherals, and new cooling products that squarely target enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers, and gamers. Among the products on display were a monstrous 2,200W power supply and hydro-copper K|NGP|N GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Above is a quick look at a few of the stand-outs featured in EVGA’s suite. The EVGA 2,200W SuperNova P2 power supply will supplant the company’s previous 1,600W model at the top of its PSU line-up. This 2,200W, platinum-rated behemoth is capable of using more power than... Read more...
Zotac is arguably the king of the hill when it comes to mini PCs and small form factor (SFF) computing, especially when you throw gaming into the mix. The company offers an extensive line of potent, pint-sized setups, some of which were on full display at the Consumer Electronics Show. But Zotac also dazzled passersby with some full-fledged custom gaming PCs and a really neat Destiny 2 case mod. It was an interesting way to show off its gear, and we make sure to take plenty of photos. We are kicking things off with the Destiny 2 case mod because, quite frankly, who doesn't appreciate a modded enclosure? Granted, case modding is out of Zotac's wheel house (and so are cases in general, at least... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas officially comes to a close today, though by this time, most of the exhibits have been torn down. That's okay, because we were in attendance earlier this week, gathering up information and snapping photos on some of the more interesting stuff on display. One of the vendors we visited was ASUS, and the company did not disappoint. From next-generation wireless routers to a Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), ASUS brought the goods. Let's have a look. We will start things off with the company's BFGD. It is a 65-inch gaming display based on NVIDIA's BFGD blueprint, and is intended specifically for gamers. ASUS is one of several companies to unwrap... Read more...
While hopping through various suites at CES 2018, we stopped in to check on our friends at HyperX – Kingston’s high-performance products division – to see what they were showing off at the show. It turns out the company had an array of newly-announced peripherals, memory, and storage products, each with their own signature HyperX flare... Here’s a quick video-tour of a few of the stand-out products that were on display. The HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB memory kit wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill set of brightly-lit memory modules. HyperX actually incorporated infra-red sensors into the DIMMs that keep the lighting in-sync. Most other RGB memory kits feature DIMMs... Read more...
Razer has debuted a rather interesting notebook concept at CES 2018 -- one that harks back to similar efforts that we've seen from companies like Hewlett-Packard. Called Protect Linda, the system consists of what is essentially an ultraportable laptop "dock" that by itself is pretty useless. However, once you plug in a Razer Phone, it springs to life as a fully functioning mobile productivity machine. The laptop includes a 13.3-inch Quad HD display that operates at 120Hz, and features a built-in backlit keyboard that is powered by Razer Chroma technology. Given that the notebook is running Android (thanks to its Razer Phone "brains"), there are Android-specific keys for app selection, voice search,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, we're rounding-up some of the early news out of CES 2018 and talking AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen processors and Vega GPUs, Intel 8th Gen CPUs married to AMD Vega GPUs on-chip, Dell's fabulous XPS 15 2-in-1 and XPS 13 in white spun glass, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Mixx 630 goodness, BIG Format Gaming Displays from NVIDIA's partners, details of a SWEET GIVEAWAY and a boatload more... Show Notes: 03:30 - AMD Announces 2nd Gen Ryzen And Threadripper Processors, 7nm Vega Mobile GPUs At CES 2018 19:40 - Intel Family Of 8th Gen Core Processors With AMD Radeon RX Vega M Graphics Unveiled 28:32 - Intel Crams Core i7 With AMD Radeon RX... Read more...
Lenovo had a lot of new products on display at CES 2018, and we were on hand to get a hands-on look at what the company has in store for the first half of the year. Of course, the stars of the show were no doubt the newest members of the ThinkPad X1 family. These include the X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga and X1 Tablet. All of the systems have been upgraded with 8th generation Intel Core processors (up to a Core i7) and feature both USB Type-C (3.1) and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga can be had with 14-inch displays with up to 4K resolution, while the X1 Tablet's display measures 13 inches across (3000x2000). We should note that all three machines have PCIe NVMe storage, USB-C charging,... Read more...
Sing it with us now—'Vivoooo Las Vegas!' Wait, that doesn't sound right. However, Vivo is a name to pay attention to, assuming you are not already familiar with the Chinese brand. That's because Vivo just unveiled the world's first smartphone to sport a fingerprint sensor embedded into the display. No small feat, that is something that both Apple and Samsung having been working to achieve. In fact, it was largely assumed that Apple or Samsung would be the first to embed a fingerprint scanner into the display, rather than having it be part of a home button or on a dedicated spot on the back of the device. However, getting to that point has perhaps proven more difficult that either company... Read more...
Razer has been rolling out some very nice gaming peripherals for years now, and at CES 2018 the company has unveiled a wireless mouse that needs no cord and no battery to operate. The mouse is called the Mamba HyperFlux and it works in conjunction with the Razer Firefly HyperFlux mouse mat. These two products are the first to use the Razer HyperFlux technology that allows the mouse mat to create a magnetic field that transfers power directly to the mouse. This means as long as the mouse mat is plugged in, the wireless and battery-free mouse gets all the juice it needs to operate. Razer says that this allows the Mamba HyperFlux mouse to be as light as a corded mouse, but eliminates gamers having... Read more...
Dell has refreshed its Alienware Command Center software, which will come preinstalled on future Alienware notebooks and desktops. The goal with this visually overhauled software package is to bring all of your computer games and gaming rig tweaks into a single, unified interface. The UI has received a significant overhaul, and is dominated by a customizable, animated background (which can be either in white or black). Information is presented efficiently using a tiled-based system, and users will find four primary navigation tabs in the top left-hand corner: Home, Library, FX and Fusion. Home gives you an at-a-glance look at your system include the current theme, a quick glance at the games... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel unloaded its full arsenal of 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors that are backed with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. The unlikely pair has delivered a mobile powerhouse chip package that combines excellent processing performance with GeForce GTX 1050-class graphics for thin-and-light systems. Dell is the latest to embrace this new "combo" chip, and has placed it inside the XPS 15 2-in-1 convertible. In fact, Dell is proclaiming that the new XPS 15 2-in-1 is "the world's most powerful 2-in-1 ever" -- a claim that Hewlett-Packard has also used for its new Spectre x360 15, which was announced yesterday morning. We'll just have to wait until we get both on our test... Read more...
We have come a long way from the days of using bulky CRT monitors that were power hungry, heavy, and dominated our desktop real estate with their large footprints. As if to underscore the progress that has been made in the monitor market since then, among the many items Dell is showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are a pair of new gorgeous looking ultrathin displays. Dell is pitching these new monitors as the world's brightness ultrathin displays in their class. There are two models—the 23.8-inch S2419HM with a 1920x1080 resolution and the 27-inch S2719DM with a 2560x1440 resolution, each at 60Hz. Both have a curved backside that is similar looking to Apple's all-in-one... Read more...
Do you find yourself splitting your time between your PC and smartphone? Now that smartphones are basically ubiquitous, such a scenario is not uncommon, though it can be inconvenient. To help you utilize both rather than bounce back and forth between the two, Dell is introducing a complete wireless integration solution that it calls Dell Mobile Connect, and it works with both Android and iOS devices. "By providing Dell Mobile Connect on its PCs Dell would become the first PC manufacturer to provide complete PC-smartphone wireless integration which allows PC users to stay constantly connected from their PCs without missing any phone notification or communication they care about, enjoy the convenience... Read more...
Western Digital might be best known for its mechanical hard drives, but the company has not ignored the solid state drive movement. Proving that to be the case, WD unveiled a couple of SSD products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the My Passport Wireless SSD under its own branding, and the Extreme Portable SSD under its SanDisk label, which it purchased in 2015 for $19 billion. Interestingly, WD is pitching both products at "avid photographers and drone enthusiasts" who are in need of durable and high-performance media capture solutions. Starting with the My Passport Wireless SSD, it is available in 250GB ($229.99), 500GB ($299.99), 1TB ($499.99), and 2TB ($799.99) capacities.... Read more...
In the wake of aggressive price slashing from the competition in recent months, HTC just showed the world that it is committed to VR, now and into the future. At CES, the company announced the Vive Pro, a upgraded version of the original Vive VR headset with a higher resolution and other tweaks, and a new wireless adapter that is compatible with both the original Vive and the new Vive Pro. Let's start with the new headset. The Vive Pro's biggest upgrade is the resolution—it has been bumped up to 2880x1660, or 1440x1600 per eye, which translates to 615 pixels per inch. Some were expecting an upgrade to 4K, but what HTC unveiled instead is a 78 percent increase over the Vive's 2160x1200 (1080x1200... Read more...
AMD and its hardware partners are not letting any grass grow underneath their collective feet. That much was made evident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where AMD announced its 2nd generation Ryzen and Threadripper processors. That means new motherboards are on the horizon as well. We had a chance to look at one in person, Gigabyte's upcoming Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. Gigabyte said it listened to a lot customer feedback when designing this motherboard. Apparently Gigabyte really does frequent the comments sections in articles, as well as look at what people are saying in web forums and on YouTube. "We really do pay attention to what you guys want to see on a motherboard," Gigabyte... Read more...
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