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It appears ASUS is upgrading its Zephyrus gaming laptop with a six-core Coffee Lake-H processor while maintaining a Max-Q version of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. The upgraded model appeared briefly on an online shopping website in the UK. Though it has since been removed, a Google cache of the listing provides a bunch of information, including the laptop's specs and asking price. To start with, the new Zephyrus GX501 model (GX501GI EI005T is the full model name) boasts a Core i7-8750H processor. That is a significant upgrade over the Core i5-7300HQ and Core i7-7700HQ processor options on the current generation of Zephyrus GX501 laptops. We should note that Intel hasn't actually released the... Read more...
Gone are the days when laptops needed to make sacrifices in visual quality to run the best, most graphics-intensive games. With a laptop powered by a GeForce GTX 10 series graphics engine, in conjunction with other quality components, you can enjoy just about any title out there while on the road. Plus, with the latest technologies from NVIDIA GeForce, you’ll have added benefits, such as Max-Q design for superior portability and maximum efficiency, the NVIDIA Pascal architecture for top-notch GPU speed and power, NVIDIA VR Works technologies for all your virtual reality needs, NVIDIA G-SYNC for removing screen tearing and minimizing display stuttering and input lag, BatteryBoost... Read more...
LG might not be a name you think of when considering a premium thin and light laptop—the company is perhaps best known for its smartphones and televisions, and has been making noise in the latter category with its 4K OLED TVs. That may change, however, once you spy the company's latest Gram laptops. Boasting full metal alloy bodies and new 8th Generation Core i7 and Core i5 processor options from Intel, the Gram looks poised to throw its weight around in the high-end laptop category. More than just a good looking laptop, LG says its Gram models are durable too, passing seven stringent US military MIL-STD 810G tests for resistance to impact, pressure, and temperature. This is partially the... Read more...
System builders have been releasing new and refreshed laptop models built around Intel's recently launched 8th Generation Core processor family for mobile (Kaby Lake Refresh or Kaby Lake-R, not to be confused with Coffee Lake on the desktop). Samsung is among them, having just launched three Notebook 9 models for 2018, and a Notebook 9 Pen SKU that comes with its S Pen stylus. "At Samsung, we have long felt that technology must fit within the lives of the consumer, not the other way around. Over the past several years, the lines between our personal and professional lives have started to blur creating the need for technology that allows us to connect, collaborate and share from anywhere," said... Read more...
When we launched our early preview look at AMD Ryzen Mobile performance with the new HP Envy x360 15z laptop last week, we expected it would pull in a few eyeballs. Our benchmark results were likely some of the first anyone had seen that showed what AMD's Ryzen core CPU architecture, coupled with its Radeon RX Vega GPU on the same piece of silicon, could do versus a plethora of Intel 7th and 8th Gen Core series laptops. We wanted to paint a detailed picture of its performance characteristics across various workloads and answer a few other questions a long the way regarding other aspects, like battery life. But in the end, we were left with a few questions as well, after testing the model we picked... Read more...
Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, are eventually coming. Microsoft announced as much way back at the end of last year, and talked a little more about these laptops this week at Qualcomm's annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerged involved battery life—apparently these laptops will last longer than a day before needing to be charged. As it stands now, all-day battery life is not super common in the laptop world, though there have been gains made in the past couple of years. Take Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, for example. It lasted nearly 9 hours in our home brewed video loop test that we use to test the battery... Read more...
Gigabyte has gone and beefed up the graphics processor in its thin and relatively light Aero 15 gaming laptop. The new Aero 15 X model swaps out the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory found in the non-X SKU to a more powerful GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Beyond being a burlier GPU, the new model laptop also boasts NVIDIA's Max-Q technology.Max-Q is the secret sauce to cooking up thinner and lighter laptops for gaming, such as the excellent ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 that we reviewed this past summer. The chips that are inserted into Max-Q laptops are selectively binned based on being able to operate more efficiently and at the lowest voltages. Throttling plays a role too, as... Read more...
School is back in session in many parts of the country and if you are in need of a relatively affordable and stylish laptop, ASUS may have what you are looking for in the VivoBook E403NA, essentially a tone down version of its higher-end VivaBook models. Starting at $399, the VivoBook E403NA will not break the bank. At the same time, it offers a decent collection of hardware and features, some of which are not normally found in laptops in this price price range. Starting with the outside, the VivoBook E403NA sports a premium feel thanks to its brushed aluminum lid. It also has a thin and light design that measures 13.37 (W) x 9.25 (D) x 0.7 (H) inches and weighs 3.3 pounds. That means you will... Read more...
A new feature of NVIDIA's latest GeForce technology for laptops that we weren't able to evaluate until now, is something NVIDIA calls Whisper Mode. Like its recently introduced Max-Q technology that paves the way for thinner and lighter gaming laptops such as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501, Whisper Mode is another type of mobile gaming optimization, except it focuses on noise output with the intrinsic benefit of lower power draw as well. Short and to the point, it is an intelligent framerate pacing technology designed to lower GPU power consumption, utilization, and ultimately fan noise, while still delivering a smooth and playable gaming experience. "To determine WhisperMode settings we measure... Read more...
Dell made an impression at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year with its Latitude 7285, a system it billed as the world's first wireless charging 2-in-1 business convertible. It is arguably the most interesting Latitude laptop to date, and now a little more than six months later, you can order one direct from Dell starting a $1,199, or just under $2,000 if opting for the highest end configuration. We will get to the hardware specs in a moment, but first let us talk about the wireless charging technology that is at play here. The Latitude 7285 uses wireless charging technology from WiTricity and comes by way of an optional Wireless Charging Keyboard. When combined with... Read more...
ASUS today announced a rather premium thin and light laptop for folks on a budget. It is the VivoBook S510, and with a starting price of just $699, you can view it as a thin and light system for the rest of us. By that we mean it is much more affordable than most premium looking thin and light systems, which can sometimes command $1,500 or more, depending on the configuration.The VivoBook S510 is a 15.6-inch laptop with a waistline that measures a scant 0.7 inches. It is also fairly lightweight for a 15.6-inch notebook, checking in at just 3.3 pounds. And when you flip open the lid, you'll discover that ASUS made the most out of its display real-estate by limiting the bezels to just 7.8mm, resulting... Read more...
Thinner and lighter gaming laptops are on the horizon, though do not mistake that to mean under powered. As we saw with the unveiling of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, a gaming notebook packing an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU in a chassis measuring just 0.7 inches, gamers can have it all. Following up on that announcement, ASUS has another thin and laptop in store, the ROG Strix GL702ZC. This one is a little bit chunkier at 1.3 inches and heavier at 7 pounds, but for a gaming laptop it is still pretty svelte. It is also rocking AMD hardware inside. "The Strix GL702ZC is practically a desktop under the hood. The top configuration comes with a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU based on the exact... Read more...
MSI is one of the biggest players in the gaming laptop market with a wide range of models that cover the spectrum from thin and light notebooks that pack a punch, on up to desktop replacement systems with unbridled power inside. The company added to both market segments at Computex by announcing the new GT75VR, a monster laptop with three GPU options, and the GS63VR and GS73VR, a pair of slim gaming laptops with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU inside. Starting with the meatier of the two, the GT75VR is a muscular laptop that can be outfitted with a single GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, two GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs in SLI, or a single GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. It also features a burly Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, an... Read more...
Earlier this week AMD talked about its mobile strategy with regards to Ryzen and said that we can expect a variety of Zen-powered laptops starting in the third quarter of this year. Picking up where AMD left off, ASUS and its Republic of Gamers division posted a teaser video giving us a shadowed look at what will presumably be its first gaming laptop with Ryzen inside. The video is short on details, but big on hype. It shows a laptop with the ROG logo on the lid, with the Ryzen logo serving as the backdrop. As the logo and laptop come into partial view, the words "Something has awakened" get scribbled underneath. And in the video's description on YouTube, ASUS writes, "Something BIG is coming... Read more...
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