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It has always been a matter of when, not if, real-time ray tracing would see widespread support. Looking to scoot things along, NVIDIA debuted its RTX hardware last year, which leverages Microsoft's DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API. It has still been a relatively slow process, in terms of developer support, but things are progressing. As it relates to that, NVIDIA today announced that its OEM partners have implemented ray tracing support into 10 new RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations. "RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations are moving rapidly to the center of the creative industries," said Jason Paul, general manager of GeForce software and technology at NVIDIA. "They put real-time ray... Read more...
Huawei is still having a no good, horrible, very bad day in the wake of a US ban over spying concerns. The fallout from the ban has been growing, and the latest casualty to Huawei's business operations is the cancellation of a new Matebook laptop launch. There was just no other plausible outcome possible, with American companies being cut off from supplying parts to Huawei. US intelligence agencies have long warned that Huawei is likely spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusations, and instead says its advancements in 5G technology is at the root of the US government's aggression towards the Chinese telecom and electronics manufacturer. "This ban not... Read more...
Maybe in an alternate timeline, Android 3.0 was called Honeycomb Glacier instead of just Honeycomb, when it released in 2011. In this timeline, however, Honeycomb Glacier is the codename of a new dual-screen laptop form factor concept that Intel is showcasing at Computex 2019 this week, in hopes of encouraging its OEM partners to run with the idea. Intel is not actually releasing a funky laptop that has learned to stand upright, as shown in the image above. Instead, the Santa Clara chipmaker is looking to drive form factor innovation into high-performance systems "to enable new experiences for gamers and creators." A key part of seeing that vision through is working with its hardware partners.... Read more...
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...
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...
Asus is at Computex 2019 and is celebrating three decades of new products at the show with some limited-edition devices. ASUS is showing off the ZenBook Edition 30 (UX334FL) notebook that has up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, 16GB of RAM, PCIe SSDs, and gigabit class WiFi. The display on the machine is a four-sided frameless NanoEdge unit with a 95% screen-to-body ratio, and it has ScreenPad 2.0 that integrates a secondary screen into the machine. The ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) has up to 9th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 32GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, WiFi 6 with Gig+, and Thunderbolt 3. The machine has a 4K UHD... 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...
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...
When Intel released its 9th-gen Core processors in the fall, the company quickly found itself retaining its comfortable perch on top of the performance charts. That's thanks in part to a company which seems to be growing more aggressive by the day. The i7-8700K was already a very fast CPU, and the i9-9900K successfully took things to the next level. How good would it be to have that kind of processing horsepower in a notebook? If you instantly began salivating at the thought, then we're happy to report that such a thing is coming, and it's not because of a leak. Instead, this is straight from Intel's own mouth. Well, it was on the company's "Export Compliance Metrics" page, until people... 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...
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