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An auction for a netbook model from 2008 that is running Windows XP SP3 has fetched more than $1.3 million from its final bid, with the buyer owning quite possibly the most expensive laptop in the world. Why did it sell for so much? It contains half a dozen malware samples that have collectively caused over $95 billion in financial damages. The laptop is appropriately called "The Persistence of Chaos" and, according to the seller, it is an art piece. Guo O Dong, a "contemporary Internet artist whose work critiques modern day extremely-online culture," collaborated with Deep Instinct, a cybersecurity company, which provided the malware. Normally, a Samsung NC10 netbook would be an innocuous piece... Read more...
There is a lot happening at Computex, including new processors from both AMD and Intel, and a whole bunch of new products from OEMs and peripheral makers. HP is the among the companies with new stuff on the way. Or more accurately, refreshed products. In an attempt to appeal to millennials, HP announced a new wood option for its Envy laptops. HP is no stranger to trying out alternative materials outside of the traditional metal, plastic, and carbon fiber designs that have been a staple of PC laptops for a long time. Late last year, for example, HP wrapped its Spectre Folio in supple, textured leather. Now it's dabbling in wood for a different audience. "Fifty-seven percent of millennials know... Read more...
NVIDIA on Monday announced a new platform and certification program aimed at making it easy for creators to identify which laptops will suit their needs. It's called NVIDIA Studio, and laptops that bear the badge combine GeForce RTX GPUs with NVIDIA's Studio Stack of specialized SDKs and dedicated drivers to run the top creative applications. In part, this is also a play to extol the benefits of GPU rendering versus trying to accomplish creative tasks on CPU horsepower alone. NVIDIA never misses an opportunity to promote GPUs over CPUs, and this is another opportunity to do that. AMD and Intel might have something to say about that, of course, but from NVIDIA's vantage point, the CPU is no match... Read more...
When shopping a laptop for playing games, it's imperative that you get one with the fastest GPU you can afford, since it can't be upgraded in the vast majority of notebooks. The CPU, RAM, and storage also deserve consideration, but don't overlook the display. ASUS certainly isn't—through its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division, ASUS announced what it claims are world's first 17.3-inch laptops with a 240Hz/3ms display. The new ROG Strix Scar III G731 and ROG Hero III 731 pair the blazing fast panel with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU to keep the action smooth, which is further bolstered by a factory overclock. Even with a GeForce RTX 2070 underneath the hood, however, pushing 240Hz is... Read more...
HP is laying claim to having the world's first dual screen gaming laptop with its new Omen X 2S, a 15-inch notebook with a main display up top and a smaller screen that sits above the keyboard. It is not a totally new concept—Razer tried something similar several years ago—but it is one that has some interesting utility for gamers. The Omen X 2S is bound to bring comparisons to Razer's original Blade laptop released in 2012. What initially made the Blade stand out was a secondary display powered by Razer's Switchblade UI. It was plopped to the right of the keyboard, measured 4.3 inches, and featured LCD keys along the top, somewhat similar to Apple's Touch Bar found on some Mac systems.... Read more...
It's not uncommon for OEM system builders to refresh their products the moment new GPUs or CPUs are announced. Intel's recently announced 9th Gen Core mobile processor additions and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 launch provided an opportunity to do that very thing, and Dell responded in kind by retooling its G5 and G7 series of gaming laptops. The even better news is, an overhauled XPS 15 is in now tow as well. The new G5 and G7 configurations are available right now. They boast part selections from Intel's latest Core i9 processors, up to a Core i7-9750H. That particular SKU is a burly mobile processor with 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at 2.6GHz to 4.5GHz. "This newest generation of Intel Core... Read more...
Back at the CES show in January, we toured Dell's refreshed Alienware Area-51m notebok, a true desktop replacement machine in every sense. Fast forward a couple of months and we now have one of these fully loaded beast systems in-house. We're working on the full review but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a preview of what this machine uniquely-built laptop brings to the table. The Alienware Area-51m sports a new design and is being billed as the "most powerful gaming laptop" around. Dell backs that claim by injecting the laptop with up to a 9th generation Intel Core i9-9900K processor, making this Dell's first notebook to support 8-core CPUs. That alone is noteworthy, though it is... Read more...
ASUS in January announced new TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY laptop lines built around AMD's Ryzen 3000 series of mobile processors with Vega graphics, and now a little over a month later, those new systems are starting to show up in retail. The ones we have seen so far are in Europe, though we imagine a US launch is not far behind. As far as we can tell, these are the first laptops to use AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. Only recently announced themselves, the Ryzen 3000 line combine AMD's newest-generation Zen CPU cores with Vega graphics. AMD unveiled half a dozen Ryzen 3000 CPU models, plus an Athlon chip. Here's a look at the full lineup: Click to Enlarge The new TUF Gaming laptops from... Read more...
Dell is one of the biggest computer manufacturers in the world and has designed some impressive laptops and 2-in-1 devices to its credit. Recently, we put the all-new 2019 XPS 13 in the slick Frost White color through its paces and came away impressed by the premium ultra-portable notebook. Dell makes all sorts of laptop and desktop computers, and over the years one of the more interesting accessories for its laptops is the Dell Power Bank with the Dell Hybrid Power Adapter. Combined those products allowed users to power their laptop computer both at and away from a power outlet. The Hybrid Power adapter is removable from the Dell Power Bank by pressing a pair of tabs. The problem is that... Read more...
The thing about striving for perfection is that it is not truly attainable, and you can drive yourself mad trying to get there. Be that as it may, Dell has come closer than most with its premium line of XPS 13 laptops, which in our experience are some of the finest thin and light notebooks available, both in terms of their beautiful design, as well as all-around performance. The same is certainly true of Dell's latest refresh for 2019, which attempts to refine Dell's award winning 13-inch laptop platform even further. Looking back at the 2018 model, which we bestowed a well-earned Editor's Choice award, Dell did not leave itself a whole lot of room for improvement. It was stunning then and it... Read more...
When it comes to technology, most things get better with time as new iterations are introduced. Consider the first smartphone you ever owned, and how it compares to the one you have now, for example. The same is true in the land of laptops, and Dell in particular has been relentless in pushing forward its thin and light XPS 13. We had a chance to spend some hands-on time with one in the run up to the Consumer Electronics Show, where Dell has now unveiled its 2019 model (or more precisely, the XPS 13 9380). Dell is billing its latest model as "the most powerful 13-inch in its class," and thanks to an infusion of Intel's Whiskey Lake architecture, the XPS 13 has so far lived up to the claim in... Read more...
Acer announced that its upcoming Predator Triton 500 and Predator Triton 900 gaming laptops will come equipped with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX graphics processors. In addition to the high-end hardware, these systems both have special features that help them to stand out from the competition. We got our first look at the Acer Predator Triton 900 last year, which features a unique convertible design. The notebook's 17.3" 4K IPS display uses a specialized CNC-machined Ezel Aero hinge that connects to the center of the display on its left and right sides. The display can be set just like a normal PC, or it can be rotated and set into tablet mode. "We are pushing the envelope on what a gaming notebook can... Read more...
In an attempt to get the jump on the competition, Acer today announced two new lightweight consumer oriented laptops. The more interesting of these two systems is Acer's new Chromebook 315, which the company said is the first to feature an A-Series AMD processor with Radeon graphics. Acer's Chromebook 315 will be available with either an AMD A4-9120C or a more powerful AMD A6-9220C. These new CPUs are both based on AMD's 8th generation Excavator microarchitecture. These processors are largely similar to their A4-9120 and A6-9220 counterparts, but feature a TDP of 6 watts instead of 15 watts along with tweaked CPU and GPU speeds. The Chromebook 315 will ship with either a 1366x768 or 1080p 15.6"... Read more...
ASUS is adding a pair of new TUF Gaming models to its extensive laptop line. The new models include the 15.6-inch FX505DY and 17.3-inch FX705DY, both powered by AMD's Ryzen 5 3550H processor with Vega graphics, and up to 32GB of RAM. Never heard of the Ryzen 5 3550H? That's because until now, it did not exist. The Ryzen 5 3550H is one of several new Ryzen 3000 H-series mobile APUs from AMD. This particular model is a 4-core/8-thread chip with a 2.1GHz base clock and 3.7GHz boost clock, with 6MB of combined L2 and L3 cache. On the graphics side, it is powered by eight Vega GPU cores clocked at 1,200MHz. These new TUF Gaming laptops are the ones to feature the chip. Both laptops sport Full HD 1080p... Read more...
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