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Gigabyte has launched its latest notebook computer and the machine is aimed directly at the content creators out there. The machine is called the Aero 17, and it has a 17-inch chassis in the same space as some other 15-inch offerings. The chassis is 2.1cm thick and offers a Nanoimprint Lithography embossed surface and CNC aluminum cutouts. Cooling was a big deal for Gigabyte; the machine has two large fans that have 71 fan blades each combined with five full copper heat-pipes and 11 air intake/exhaust vents to keep the available Intel Core i9 octa-core processor cool. The Aero 17 has NVIDIA GeForce RTX Studio certification helping creators to edit 4K video and perform heavy 3D modeling tasks... Read more...
Lenovo has tossed several new notebook computers onto the market, and the new ThinkPad T490 is among them. This machine can be fitted with up to 10th gen Intel Core i7 processors. The T490 is a relatively svelte machine measuring in at just 17.9mm thick, and with a starting weight of 3.2 pounds. Buyers can choose from several display types including a 500 nit, WQHD Dolby Vision screen or a 400 nit FHD display. The integrated audio system includes Dolby Premium up-firing speakers, and the notebook has dual far-field microphones to improve conferencing audio. The large battery delivers up to 15 hours of productivity, and Rapid Charge tech allows it to deliver 80% capacity with an hour charge. The... Read more...
In May, Asus pulled the wraps off a very cool laptop computer at Computex called the ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581). The big feature of that machine was the full-width 14-inch 4K ScreenPad Plus touchscreen sitting under the display, above the keyboard. When the machine was announced, the two big mysteries were the launch date, and pricing; both of those questions have been answered. The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is available now in two different models. The entry-level machine is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581GV-XB74T), and it sells for $2,499.99, and the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581GV-XB94T) sells for $2,999.99. The difference between the two versions is hardware. It's worth noting that while the entry-level... Read more...
Intel and AMD currently have the once of fiercest rivalry that we’ve seen in years in the CPU market right now. Intel admitted the renewed competition in a leaked memo in June. Intel had a bit of a rebound in Q2 2019 with stronger CPU availability that has pushed overall PC shipments up for the quarter. IDC says that the overall market for PCs, including desktops, notebooks, and workstations for the quarter totaled 64.9 million units. The PC market overall saw growth of 4.7% for Q2 2019, which IDC calls "noticeably higher" than expectations. The research firm says that two big reasons for the higher than expected growth in the PC market were easing supply shortages, and looming... Read more...
Microsoft has been very successful with its own line of Surface 2-in-1 machines that include the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Go. In May, a patent surfaced that hinted a Surface Pro 7 with a USB-C port and new type cover was in the works. Earlier this month reports indicated that Microsoft was showing off a dual-screen Surface device to employees. Now, Microsoft has teamed up with a company called Kano for a DIY computer that looks like a chunky Surface Go-style 2-in-1 aimed at kids. The Kano PC is a computer that kids build themselves and the kit can be preordered for $299.99 with shipping at the end of October 2019. The goal of the Kano PC is to allow kids to build their own computer, learn how... Read more...
Acer has unveiled notebooks that are powered by the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile processor with integrated Radeon Vega graphics ahead of Computex 2019. Acer is cramming the second-gen Ryzen mobile processors into the Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks. The Nitro 5 can be optioned with up to a second-gen AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with a Radeon RX 560X GPU inside. The machine has a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display with 80% screen-to-body ratio. The Nitro 5 has Gigabit WiFi with 2x2 MU-MIMO technology and plenty of connectivity options. Connectivity includes HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 and more. To keep the hardware cool, the Nitro 5 has dual fans and Acer CoolBoost technology that can increase fan... Read more...
Intel has announced that it will open Project Athena Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai, and Folsom, California to support performance and low-power optimization of vendor components for laptops built to its design specifications. The Project Athena Open Labs are located in key ecosystem hubs and are operated by teams of Intel engineers with SOC and platform power optimization expertise. The three labs will commence operations in June 2019. Intel says that its expanded level of integration with the PC ecosystem will accelerate the development of advanced laptop designs and capabilities. The labs will add to the component selection process for OEMs and enable a continuous cycle of tuning and testing... Read more...
Razer has unveiled its latest gaming laptop, which is an update to the Razer Blade Pro 17. The machine packs a big 17.3-inch display into a chassis that Razer says is 25% smaller than other 17-inch gaming notebooks in its class. Despite the smaller chassis, the machine will stay cool under demanding workloads thanks to the Razer vapor chamber cooling system and multi-fan design. The CPU inside the Blade Pro 17 is a a new 9th gen Intel Core i7-9750H with a base clock of 2.6GHz and boost clock up to 4.5GHz. That CPU has six cores and supports HyperThreading; graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q, or GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q. Razer ships the notebook... Read more...
Acer has rolled out a new line of notebooks, monitors, and desktops that it is aiming at content creators called ConceptD. The entire line consists of premium, high-end devices positioned for those wanting style and performance. The coolest of the products is no doubt the ConceptD 9 notebook. The machine has a form factor that allows the monitor to swivel in the lid of the notebook using a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge. The display is a 17.3-inch Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) unit, and it can flip, extend, or recline for multiple use modes in the fancy hinge. Acer notes that the display is PANTONE Validated and covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut with Delta E <1 color accuracy. The machine includes... Read more...
Dell didn't just set out to build an incredibly fast gaming laptop with its latest Alienware offering -- it wanted to build the world's fastest mobile gaming rig and it has likely succeeded magnificently. Witness the Area-51m, which is a beastly machine that is factory overclocked and designed to handle pretty much any game that you throw its way. More importantly, the Area-51m is immensely upgradable, with customers being able to swap out their GPUs and the onboard CPU. Speaking of the graphics card, the Area-51m can accommodate NVIDIA's new real-time ray-tracing graphics cards, topping out with the GeForce RTX 2080. These GPUs are affixed to a module which can be [relatively] easily removed... Read more...
Dell has unveiled several sleek notebook computers at CES 2019 including updated XPS 13, Inspiron 13, and Inspiron 15 2-in-1 computers. The XPS 13 has perennially been on of Dell's most popular laptops and includes an InfinityEdge display available in 13.3-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD with native 3840x2160 resolution with touch support, 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 InfinityEdge touch panel (post-launch), or 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 InfinityEdge version.  Dell claims the XPS 13 is the most powerful machine in the 13-inch class with a variety of quad-core 8th gen Intel processors including available Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U, and a Core i7-8565U. The processor can be paired with 4GB to 16GB... Read more...
Lenovo has gone official with the gear that it is unveiling at CES 2019 and a bunch of the stuff is aimed directly at gamers. The first two items are gaming notebooks including the Lenovo Legion Y740 and the Legion Y540. The Y740 is offered in 15-inch and 17-inch flavors with either an Intel 8th Gen Core i7-8750H processor or an Intel Core i5-8300H. Both versions run Windows 10 Home and pack an "Unannounced NVIDIA GPU." Storage is up to 512GB PCIe SSD, or a 512GB SATA SSD, or 2TB HDD; the 17-inch machine is Intel Optane ready. The audio system includes Dolby designed speakers and Dolby Atmos sound with the 17-inch version featuring a subwoofer. Power for the machine comes from a 57Wh battery... Read more...
MSI announced that two of its popular gaming notebooks will be upgraded with NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX graphics processors, which will drive performance up higher and support new features such as ray-tracing in next-gen games. These existing products will be joined by a new high-end gaming notebook and a new Prestige-series laptop. "MSI is devoted to gaming and our lineup reaffirms our position as an industry leader endorsed by gamers and eSports teams worldwide," said Charles Chiang, MSI's new global CEO. "We are honored to be recognized by the CES awards panel and will continue to push boundaries to achieve extreme performance, superior design, and maximum reliability." Kicking things off, MSI... Read more...
Everyone knows when November rolls around that you should hold off on most electronics purchases until Black Friday to score huge discounts on the items you want. Costco's Black Friday ad leaked not long ago with lots of deals on notebook computers and tablets. Not to be outdone, rival wholesale club Sam's Club has revealed smoking good deals on electronics that won't require you to fight the Black Friday crowds. Sam's has a pre-Black Friday special that will be good for $300 off a Galaxy smartphone. This deal will kick off ahead of Black Friday with the caveat that it is a one-day deal only good on Saturday, November 10 online and in stores. On that date, you can roll into the local Sam's Club... Read more...
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