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Acer has a few goodies to share as we inch closer to CES, including a pair of tablets bearing the “Iconia” moniker and a touchscreen chromebook. The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a 7.9-inch Android (4.2.1 Jelly Bean) tablet with a resolution of 1024x768 and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 (Clover Trail) processor. There’s 1GB of RAM on board as well as 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot), a rear-facing camera that shoots in 2560x1920, a front-facing 720p HD camera, and dual speakers. Acer A1-830 Acer’s other new tablet, the B1-720, offers a 7-inch display, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD). The B1-720 is optimized... Read more...
Intel's 4th generation Core processors, based on the company's Haswell microarchitecture, have done good things for ultrabooks this year. Thanks to Haswell, Ultrabooks have moved much closer to Intel’s original vision of thin, light, low-power (but still powerful) systems that eschew outdated components and usher in new features like ultra high resolutions and touchscreen displays. Acer’s recently-updated Aspire S7 is a good example of just how far ultrabooks have come, and where they are headed... Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Review... Read more...
Intel's 4th generation Core processors, based on the company's Haswell microarchitecture, have done good things for ultrabooks this year. Thanks to Haswell, Ultrabooks have moved much closer to Intel’s original vision of thin, light, low-power (but still powerful) systems that eschew outdated components and usher in new features like ultra high resolutions and touchscreen displays. Acer’s recently-updated Aspire S7 is a good example of how far ultrabooks have come and where they are headed. Acer sent us an Aspire S7-392-6411 for review and evaluation. The model rings in at $1,399.99 at Acer’s online store and seems to be consistently-priced among the usual online... Read more...
It was nearly a year ago that Leap Motion first snagged a deal with ASUS that saw the Leap Motion controller shipping with some of the company’s laptops and desktops, but things have really picked up for Leap Motion in the last few months. In September, HP opted to bake the motion-controller maker’s technology into the Intel Haswell-based HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE (after previously adding it to select PCs), and now HP is rolling out a whole fleet of machines packing Leap Motion’s tech. There are 11 total computer models shipping with the option for adding a special HP USB Leap Motion keyboard that employs the technology. Users will be able to control software with touchless... Read more...
If your discerning gamer eyeballs aren’t satisfied with current hi-res display options, MSI has a little something for you in the form of a 3K screen on its latest gaming notebook. The MSI GT60 2OD-261US boasts an anti-reflective 15.6-inch panel with a 2880x1620 resolution. The notebook also features an Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) chip, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M GPU, Killer DoubleShot wireless tech, and Dynaudio Premium speakers with a subwoofer. For storage, there’s a 128GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, and MSI dropped in 16GB of DDR3L-1600MHz memory, a Blu-ray reader, and a hearty stash of USB ports. Along with the GT60 2OD-261US, MSI is launching the GT60 2OKWS-278US workstation... Read more...
We’ve already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it’s time to give MSI’s lineup a spin. MSI’s offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the “POWER” series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces. The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer, and the Z87 MPOWER Max overclocker--with an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) CPU to see how the trio... Read more...
We’ve already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it’s time to give MSI’s lineup a spin. MSI’s offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the “POWER” series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces. The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer, and the Z87 MPOWER Max overclocker--with an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) CPU to see how the trio... Read more...
Compact motherboard, meet compact graphics card. MSI announced a sweet-looking mobo/GPU one-two punch that offers a mini-ITX motherboard and a commensurately-sized graphics card to better enable users to put together a compact yet powerful gaming system. The MSI Z87I Gaming AC supports Intel’s 4th-gen (Haswell) processors and features a Killer E2205 gigabit NIC that includes built-in 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel WiDi. There are five SATA 6Gbps ports, one eSATA 6Gbps port, and a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. It also has six USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, as well as 8-channel audio and DisplayPort, HDMI, and DL-DVI-I. The companion to the Z87I Gaming AC is the GTX 760 Gaming ITX... Read more...
Acer’s $249 C720 Chromebook offered some solid specs (for a chromebook), and the company is already pushing the envelope further with a lower-priced C720 offering: the C720-2848 model will cost just $199. The new model will run an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, and it will sport 16GB of SSD storage (with 100GB of Google Drive storage) and 2GB of DDR3L RAM with a battery that purports to last 8.5 hours under normal use. The 11.6-inch matte display offers a 1366x768 resolution, and there’s an integrated webcam, dual speakers, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. The machine is just 0.75 inches thick and weighs 2.76 pounds, and it comes with a month-long free... Read more...
Today we're taking a look at Gigabyte’s take on Intel’s latest chipset that supports 4th generation Core Series Haswell processors, the Z87 Express. Gigabyte sent us a sampling of three motherboards that offer a broad overview of the options in the company’s current line up: the solid and affordable Z87X-UD4H, their G1.Sniper5 gaming beast, and the Z87X-OC Force flagship overclocking board... Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up... Read more...
We’ve already seen what ASUS has to offer in the way of its Republic of Gamers Z87-based motherboards, and now we’re having a look at Gigabyte’s take on Intel’s latest chipset that supports 4th generation Core Series Haswell processors. Gigabyte sent us a sampling of three motherboards that offers a broad overview of the options in the company’s line: the solid and affordable Z87X-UD4H, their G1.Sniper5 gaming beast, and the Z87X-OC Force flagship overclocking board. Gigabyte's Z87X-UD4H, G1.Sniper 5 and Z87X-OC Force Motherboards Gigabyte's Primary Z87 Features The heart of Gigabyte’s Z87 platform is its Ultra Durable 5 Plus, which includes its heatsink design,... Read more...
Although it’s a essentially a footnote to Apple’s big day announcing the iPad Air and the new Mac Pro, Apple has also given its MacBook Pro a goose in the specs department. For starters, the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros feature Retina displays, bringing the smaller model up to a resolution of 2560x1600 and the larger one to 2800x1800. The IPS displays also feature 178-degree viewing angles and high contrast ratios. Under the hood, Apple updated these lappies with fourth-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell). On the lowest end, there’s a dual-core Intel Core i5 chip (2.4GHz, 2.9GHz Turbo) for the 13-inch model--in fact, the 13-incher only offers dual-core Core i5s--while... Read more...
When we covered Microsoft’s unveiling of the second generation of its Surface devices, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, we were impressed with the hardware and the in-person experience, and now those devices are available from the Microsoft Store and at several third-party retailers in 21 initial markets. The Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 and boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip and a 10.6-inch (1920x1080) 5-point multitouch display. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB (or 64GB) of onboard storage, 5MP/3.5MP rear and front cameras, stereo mics and speakers, USB 3.0, microSD card reader, and HD video out, and it ships with Microsoft Office 2013 RT. The whole package will run you $449. The new flagship Microsoft... Read more...
Falcon Northwest is a big name in a very niche market of luxury PCs. The company is known for special touches like custom cases (think FragBox) and mind-blowing, artist-rendered panel images. The company has also built the rest of its reputation on blazing PC performance. Falcon Northwest recently shipped its Tiki to take on the other small form factor rigs we’ve tested of late. The Tiki is small enough and light enough that it could be your next LAN-party rig, but it’s really meant for your desk. And although it’s much, much smaller than your old full- or mid-tower system, it’s going to draw a lot more attention, by virtue of its statuesque design. The Tiki has a clean,... Read more...
Falcon Northwest is a big name in a very niche market of luxury PCs. The company is known for special touches like custom cases (think FragBox) and mind-blowing, artist-rendered panel images. The company has also built the rest of its reputation on blazing PC performance. Falcon Northwest recently shipped its Tiki to take on the other small form factor rigs we’ve tested of late. The Tiki is small enough and light enough that it could be your next LAN-party rig, but it’s really meant for your desk. And although it’s much, much smaller than your old full- or mid-tower system, it’s going to draw a lot more attention, by virtue of its statuesque design. The Tiki has a clean,... Read more...
Acer announced its new generation of Chromebooks, and as we mentioned a month ago, these machines have Intel (Haswell) processors inside. In the case of the first model in the series, the C720-2800, it’s an Intel Celeron 2955U chip; it may be disappointing that it’s not at least a Core series processor, but remember that these Chromebooks don’t demand the same processing power as a full-size laptop running Windows. The 11.6-inch display (1366x768 resolution) features a matte finish with anti-glare for better visibility even in bright environments. The whole notebook weighs 2.76 lbs, and at 0.75 inches thick, it’s 30% slimmer than Acer’s previous-gen Chromebook, the... Read more...
The latest Chromebook to hit the market is the HP Chromebook 11, an 11.6-inch notebook with a cool white or black finish and a decidedly Google-ish colored stripe around the keyboard area and on the lid. If you were eagerly anticipating a Chromebook running an Intel Haswell chip, though, pump the brakes--this model has a Samsung Exynos 5250 GAIA processor inside. The 16:9 display is an IPS panel with a resolution of 1366x768, and there’s a clickable touchpad on board. The Chromebook 11 has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, 100GB of Google Drive storage (free for two years), and for connectivity, there’s dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and (coming soon) optional 4G... Read more...
ASUS, like the other major motherboard manufacturers, has an extensive lineup of boards that now support Intel's 4th-generation Haswell processors and come packing the Z87 chipset. There are motherboards in ASUS' quiver that run the gamut from gaming boards to workstation boards to consumer-focused boards and beyond, but the company seems proudest of its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) line. There are multiple Z87-based ROG boards in the series, and we took a look at three of them that represent a nice variety of form factors and features--the Maximus VI Impact, Maximus VI Gene, and the Maximus VI Formula--and also look at the work that the company has put into developing a robust gaming platform...... Read more...
ASUS, like the other major motherboard manufacturers, has an extensive lineup of boards that now support Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors and come packing the Z87 chipset. There are motherboards in ASUS’ quiver that run the gamut from gaming boards to workstation boards to consumer-focused boards and beyond, but the company seems proudest of its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) line. There are multiple Z87-based ROG boards in the series, and we took a look at three of them that represent a nice variety of form factors and features--the Maximus VI Impact, Maximus VI Gene, and the Maximus VI Formula--and also look at the work that the company has put into developing a robust gaming... Read more...
Months after promising to embed Leap Motion technology into select PCs, HP has delivered with the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE). Leap Motion developed technology that lets the user control the computer with two hands and ten fingers moving through the air. You can buy a Leap Motion controller outright, but this is the first time the technology has shipped on board a PC. The controller is embedded in a “little speed bump in the wrist rest area” just to the right of trackpad, and judging from the video that HP posted of the technology in action, it looks like the Leap Motion tech is fairly responsive and can read hand gestures that are several inches off of the keyboard... Read more...
As expected, IDF13’s day two keynote was mostly about Bay Trail and Intel’s continued push into thinner, lighter, and smaller, mobile devices. The keynote was handled by a trio of execs, Douglas Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Software and Services Group. Herman Eul, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Communication group. And Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group. Douglas talked about how Intel is optimizing services to expand the ecosystems surrounding mobile devices, Herman ran some fun demos featuring Intel-powered devices. And Kirk talked about the constant evolution of the PC and demoed... Read more...
News from Intel (and Google) today includes an announcement that more Chromebooks on on their way to market packing Intel’s Haswell processors. The new chips are designed to consume less power, thus preserving battery life for an all-day charge, while still offering better overall performance. Google notes that there are schools in over 20% of school districts across the country that now use Chromebooks, and with prices for some of the machines dipping as low as $199, deploying fleets of these machines in academia is an attractive option. Partners including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Toshiba will be rolling out Chromebooks based on Haswell soon, and they’ll collectively be sporting more... Read more...
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