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As the holiday season approached and 2019 drew to a close, we wanted to do our part to get you all worked up and into the holiday spirit. So, hot on the heals of a couple of amazing giveaways, we thought what better way to keep the party going than to give away some more HOT new tech gear brought you by Lenovo! Up for grabs in this year's CES 2020 HOT Holiday Giveaway were a Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant, a Lenovo Smart Clock, and a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 4) 2-in-1 Convertible Ultrabook! 1st Prize: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Specs: Core i7-8565U, 8GB RAM, 256GB Intel SSD, 13.9" FHD 1080p Display 2nd Prize: Lenovo Smart Display 3rd Prize: Lenovo Smart Clock We have finally... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Brittany, Chris and Dave discuss the Best of CES 2020, AMD's hot new Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, Intel's encouraging DG1 graphics demo, Alienware's sweet new Concept UFO gaming handheld PC, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable tablet PC, and what to do about that Windows 7 migration that you need to make the jump for to Windows 10 -- and of course, details of our latest giveaway with Lenovo! Show Notes:  1:47 - HotHardware's 12 Best Of CES 2020 2:33 - Alienware Concept UFO Invades Nintendo Switch-Style Gaming With PC Master Race Assimilation 7:50 - AMD Unveils Ryzen 4000 Mobile With Bold Performance Claims, Insane 64-Core... Read more...
We had boots on the ground again at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and we of course ran across a number of stellar products that will hopefully be making their way to consumers this year. Even though we saw literally hundreds of exciting new tech products and gear at CES 2020 this year, a few stood out that were near and dear to our hearts, and we think will be for you as well.  This year's CES was punctuated with lots of burgeoning new technologies from AI bots, to 8K TVs and all new mobile PC platforms. In fact, we were encouraged and impressed at the pace of innovation this year, especially in the PC and gaming arenas. To be honest, sometimes CES shows can be real... Read more...
Reports indicate that a secret meeting was held at CES 2020 with Samsung and various industry insiders. At that meeting, the subject is said to have been the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 and the actual name for the smartphone when it launches. The smartphone will allegedly be called the Galaxy Bloom. Interestingly, Bloom was the codename for the development of the device according to some rumors. A slide that leaked out of the meeting shows what appears to be a rendering of the smartphone along with the Bloom name. The interesting thing about that rendering is that the smartphone doesn't appear to fold in half; it appears that a smaller portion of the lower section folds. However, this could just be... Read more...
Earlier today, we brought you news of Samsung's new Pro 980 PCIe 4.0 SSD, which will deliver sequential read/write performance of 6.5GB/sec and 5GB/sec respectively. While no doubt impressive and superior to currently available PCIe 4.0 SSD solutions on the market, ADATA is looking to crash the party with its new XPG Sage. Rather than the Phison E16 controller that is being used on current PCIe 4.0 SSDs, or even the Phison E18 that is expected with their 2020 successors, the XPG Sage is using the Innogrit Rainier (IG5236) controller. This particular controller can support up to 16TB of storage and uses an 8-channel interface. While Innogrit may be an unfamiliar name to us, we can't... Read more...
Chromebooks are becoming a popular option for consumers (and especially educational institutions) thanks to their portability and often lower prices than comparable Windows machines. CES 2020 has seen several Chromebooks unveiled, and more will certainly be coming in the future. A report talks up the possibility of a new Chromebook developed under the codename Drallion and has a cool new feature: an electronic privacy screen. One of the biggest worries for people who work on sensitive projects and need to keep data away from prying eyes by preventing people from looking over their shoulder. To help protect privacy, multiple companies make aftermarket privacy filters that can be attached to the... Read more...
I remember a time not all that long ago when the PC monitor market had grown rather stagnant. In more recent years, monitor makers have hit their stride by focusing on gaming features, like G-Sync and FreeSync, high refresh rates, and other enthusiast-oriented bells and whistles. As such, Gigabyte is expanding its growing monitor lineup with three new models sporting some tantalizing features. Gigabyte is best known for its motherboards and graphics cards, though it entered the gaming monitor market last year through its Aorus division. Now it's introducing a Gigabyte gaming series (read: non-Aorus). "The monitors received much positive feedback and have been selected as 2019’s best gaming... Read more...
If you're currently in possession of an AMD X570- or TRX40-based motherboard, we've got some excellent news for you. The folks at Samsung have long offered some of the fastest PCIe 3.0 based SSDs on the market, and the company is now ready to start shifting its attention to the [consumer] PCIe 4.0 market. The folks at AnandTech were able to lay eyes on Samsung's upcoming 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, and it will take full advantage of the additional bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0. According to the report, the 980 Pro will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. However, what everyone wants to know is how these new SSDs will perform. While previously announced PCIe 4.0 SSDs typically... Read more...
What a difference a month can make. Around four weeks ago, Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn bragged about "selling [a] million" Galaxy Fold devices, which would be quite the achievement, given the phone's rocky start and $2,000 price tag. This was followed up by a Samsung representative saying sales had not in fact reached 1 million units, and now it is being reported that actual sales of the Galaxy Fold are likely less than half of that figure. It is an interesting situation because the folding form factor is, for the most part, new and uncharted territory. You can bet other phone makers are keeping an eye on the situation, because how well (or not so well) the Galaxy Fold fares can... Read more...
Samsung has announced a new portable storage drive that it is aiming at professionals and casual gamers. The portable SSD is called the T7 Touch, and the big feature is that it has an integrated fingerprint scanner for data security. Samsung also notes that the drive has the fastest transfer speeds currently available. Connectivity is via a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port offering read speeds of 1,050MB/s, and write speeds of 1,000MB/s. Samsung says the T7 is roughly twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and 9.5 times faster than external HDDs.  The aforementioned fingerprint scanner is used on top of password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It also has a Motion LED that allows the... Read more...
Typing is essential for many people for both their jobs and in their personal life. However, it is not always easy or convenient to type on a full keyboard. Samsung recently announced their “SelfieType” or virtual keyboard at CES 2020. The concept is one of five products from Samsung’s C-Lab Inside program. The SelfieType relies on a front-facing “selfie camera” and artificial intelligence to analyze a user’s finger movements. Users will angle their front-facing camera on their smartphone, tablet, or other device to toward their hands and will begin “typing” as if they were using a traditional QWERTY keyboard. The AI will then convert the movements... Read more...
We had a chance to chat with the folks at CyberPowerPC at CES 2020, and the gaming company was touting its Nox Mini PC, which is rocking a Cooler Master NUC chassis. In addition to its tie-in with Cooler Master, CyberPowerPC also worked closely with chip giant Intel to bring this pint-sized gaming monster to market. The first thing you'll notice about the Nox Mini is its small dimensions: it measures 14.75 x 8.1 x 5 inches and weighs just 13 pounds. Despite its shrunken stature, the Nox Mini is packing a highly capable Intel Core i9-9980HK 8-core/16-thread processor with a 5GHz boost clock. The processor of course has integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630, but anyone purchasing this rig is going... Read more...
Right on cue, ASUS has announced a couple of miniaturized graphics cards for Intel's recently unveiled NUC 9 Extreme (or Ghost Canyon NUC). They include the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini, and Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini OC Edition, the latter of which is essentially the same card but with a more aggressive factory overclock. "We are proud that Intel came to us for a GPU solution for their innovative new design and are very satisfied with the performance we are able to squeeze into such a small footprint," said Kent Chien, corporate vice president and general manager of the multimedia business unit at ASUS. In case you missed it, Intel previewed its Ghost Canyon NUC earlier this week at CES. it is... Read more...
This week, AMD announced the new Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card, which it has proclaimed is the “Ultimate 1080p Gaming Card”. At its heart is a Navi-based GPU delivering 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors and 7.19 TFLOPs compute performance. More importantly, AMD is touting that the Radeon RX 5600 XT delivers superior performance compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti at the same $279 price point. Needless to say, NVIDIA isn't about to take this development sitting down, and word on the street is that it is countering with price cuts for the entry-level RTX GPU: the GeForce RTX 2060. This revelation comes to us via WCCFTech, which laid hands on EVGA's GeForce... Read more...
It is fair to say 2019 was a very good year for AMD. It came out with Zen 2, which marked a wholesale shift to 7-nanometer manufacturing, and has positioned itself for long term growth in the CPU and GPU sectors. Now that 2020 is upon us, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su shared a bit about what we can expect from the company going forward, during a question and answer session with a small gathering of press. The round table Q&A session covered a variety of topics, including why AMD's newest round of APUs are still using Vega for the graphics side of the equation, rather than Navi. It is an especially interesting question, since AMD plans its products out several years in advance. "It's always how we integrate... Read more...
Earlier this week at CES, Intel announced its OEM partners would soon be shipping laptop systems powered by 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors, including Core i7 models with speeds hitting (and surpassing) 5GHz. We do not know precisely when they will arrive, though Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's client computing group, offered up a general time frame on Twitter "Hearing lots of interest and questions about the launch timing of our 10th gen Intel Core H-series here at CES 2020. I'm happy to announce we will ship later this quarter," Bryant stated on Twitter. In other words, these laptops will arrive sometime within the next 11 weeks. Incidentally,... Read more...
It has been a big week at CES 2020, and AMD's keynote on Monday sent the internet ablaze. The keynote bragged that AMD was providing both the CPU and GPU for the Xbox Series X, and the presentation showed some renders of the console. One of the renders, however, showed the ports of the Xbox Series X, and since AMD is providing hardware, the assumption by most was that it knew what the console would look like. However, Thurrott is reporting that the render with the ports that AMD used (seen above) is not correct. Instead, someone at AMD purchased a render from TurboSquid that wasn't an accurate representation of the shipping console, meaning that the internet is now filled with misinformation.... Read more...
By now, enthusiasts know the benefits of the PCIe 4.0 interface, especially when it comes to solid state drives (SSDs). For the past six months, we've seen a number of manufacturers release PCIe 4.0 SSDs that can reach up to 5GB/sec sequential reads and 4.4GB/s sequential writes. One of the first manufacturers to jump onboard was Gigabyte with its AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD using a Phison controller. Today, however, we got to see first-hand how Gigabyte has tuned its Aorus Gen4 AIC Adaptor to achieve even higher performance in 4-way RAID. Back in late May, Gigabyte was hitting speeds of 15GB/s with four of its PCIe SSD in a RAID-0 array using the AIC Adaptor. Now, however, the company... Read more...
Many people make New Year resolutions and companies like Google are no exception. The company recently announced at CES several changes that Google Assistant users can expect in 2020. Google plans to make Google Assistant available on more devices and provide greater control to users, offer more features for families, supply greater privacy controls, and incorporate better speech technology. Google reported that a greater variety of devices this year will be compatible with Google Assistant. These include August Smart Locks, Telus Wi-Fi Hub routers, GE Appliances Ultrafresh Front Load Washer, and many more. It will overall be easier to connect these devices with your Assistant. Users will also... Read more...
Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers Many companies are currently investing in cloud gaming and new kinds of video game consoles and controllers. Companies are particularly taking a leaf out of the Nintendo Switch book, and Razer is no exception. Razer recently announced their new mobile gaming controllers, Sila 5G home router, Tomahawk gaming desktop, and Eracing Simulator at CES 2020. The Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers are very reminiscent of the design to the Nintendo Switch. The controllers are able to support low latency gameplay on Android and iOS devices. They are cloud-compatible, feature a hidden USB-C or Apple Lightning connector, and include pass-through... Read more...
Qualcomm isn't the company looking to take over the mid-range to premium segment of the smartphone market with a new 5G mobile platform. MediaTek is also stepping into the ring with the Dimensity 800 Series, which is a lower-cost version of the Dimensity 1000 Series that was announced late last year. When it comes to performance, MediaTek has outfitted the Dimensity 800’s CPU with a big.LITTLE arrangement featuring four high-performance Cortex-A76 cores paired with four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. Both sets of cores can operate at up to 2GHz. MediaTek has also added a Dimensity 1000-class, 4-core GPU along with its in-house APU 3.0 AI processing engine (up to 2.4 TOPs compute... Read more...
MSI has pulled the wraps off a new gaming notebook at CES 2020 called the GE66 Raider. The machine is due out later this year and will use the incoming Intel 10th generation H series CPUs, up to the Intel Core i9 H-series. MSI is aimed to offer the best with regards to mobile graphics performance, so it will pair the machine with up NVIDIA GeForce RTX discrete GPUs. Two of the key details regarding the machine's specs are a massive 99.9 WHr battery and an optional 300Hz 15.6-inch display, which will be a boon to 1080p eSports gamers. The battery is the largest capacity allowed on flights, as the FAA caps capacity at 100 WHr. The keyboard used in the machine has per-key RGB lighting,... Read more...
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