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Samsung is no stranger to the laptop category, having served nearly every product category from Chromebooks for education on up to premium thin and light systems for professionals and mainstream users alike. But what about gaming laptops? That has been one the segment to elude Samsung, at least until now. Samsung today unveiled the Odyssey, its first notebook line for gamers There are two versions of the Odyssey, one with a 17.3-inch display with 300 nits brightness and the other with a 15.6-inch panel rated at 280 nits. Both feature a Full HD 1080p (1,920x1,080) resolution with supposedly wide viewing angles, an anti-glare coating, and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals, or so it seems—Samsung... Read more...
Microsoft recently made a surprise announcement that it was bringing support for Windows 10 to run natively on Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon processors, paving the way for a full Windows 10 experience on increasingly powerful mobile handsets. The announcement also opened the door to using Snapdragon processors in laptops and tablets running Windows 10 and that is something that device makers are already working towards. Word from the upstream supply chain is that brand vendors have already begun developing and testing laptops and tablets equipped with Snapdragon System-on-Chips (SoCs) and that final products could land in the market in the second half of 2017. There is no mention of which specific... Read more...
You can put to rest any fears that the Surface Book would end up a one-off design that Microsoft would abandon after the first generation. Just the opposite, one of the first things Microsoft unveiled at its Windows 10 event today was the Surface Book i7, a new generation Surface Book that's packing significantly more graphics horsepower and nearly a third more battery life. This is a refresh to Microsoft's top-shelf Surface Book model. As the name implies, the 2-in-1 device is rocking an Intel Core i7 processor, hence the Surface Book i7 name. The new model is still based on Skylake instead of Intel's recently introduced Kaby Lake microarchitecture (perhaps it will end up in the Surface Book... Read more...
Acer's bringing sexy back to the laptop landscape with its previously announced Swift 7, a svelte system billed as the world's thinnest with a waistline that measures a mere 0.39 inches. It's also staggeringly light at just 2.48 pounds, and if you've been waiting for this beauty to show up, we have good news—the Swift 7 is now available to order in the U.S. starting at $1,099.The Swift 7 owes its ultra-thin and featherweight status to its aluminum unibody design. Acer didn't stop there, though, giving the Swift 7 a fantastic looking gold inner surface that contrasts nicely with its matte black exterior, at least from what we can tell from the press photos (we've yet to spy one of these systems... Read more...
Notebook makers have answered the call for increasing thin and light solutions, but at what cost? The quest for even thinner waistlines and lighter profiles has been met with sacrifices, such as the demise of the removable battery (there are exceptions, though comparatively few). That's just the start of things—there's chatter that laptops built around Intel's Apollo Lake processors will kick replaceable RAM to the curb, as well.Citing sources from Taiwan's notebook supply chain, Digitimes claims that numerous notebook manufacturers are trending towards onboard memory memory designs rather than traditional DIMM slots. By going that route, notebook makers can introduce even slimmer designs, an... Read more...
Store shelves are packed with fresh pencils, pens, and backpacks. Kids are begging their parents for new clothes and kicks. And teachers are frantically organizing their classrooms in the last few days of summer. It is that time of year again -- back-to-school season is upon us, like it or not. If you are looking to pick up some new tech gear for you or a loved one for the impending school year, but do not want to do all of the homework necessary to find that perfect product, do not sweat it, we have got you covered. This is Hot Hardware's personal study guide to help you choose the perfect laptop, tablet, 2-in-1, desktop, gadget, or accessory. Think of it as the "cliffs notes" for tech shoppers... ... Read more...
The folks at NVIDIA have gone and done a bad thing. By building mobile versions of Pascal, they've went and rendered all of us with a previous generation gaming laptop suddenly feeling inadequate with our hardware and wanting for an upgrade. Seriously, check out these benchmarks we ran. The good news is notebook makers are starting to roll out laptops based on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 10 series GPU, including MSI, which is excited as we are about Pascal. "NVIDIA’s GTX 10 Series GPU ushers a new era of mobile gaming where mind-blowing visual performance is no longer restricted to desktops, and VR is a reality no matter where you are," states Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "Our world leading... Read more...
NVIDIA's new Pascal GPU architecture has been taking the PC graphics market by storm since its introduction in early May. The leading-edge semiconductor powerhouse, in addition to lighting up pixels, has been burning up its balance sheets as well, with strong sales of GeForce, Quadro and Tesla product lines driving record revenues and a brisk uptick in the company stock price. For NVIDIA's core gamer customer base, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 kicked-off the Pascal party, followed by the introduction of the more mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, and then finally the monstrous NVIDIA Titan X. With the exception of the entry-level graphics segment (a slot in the product stack the company has yet to... Read more...
Xiaomi is working on a rather interesting laptop that, according to some leaked photos and slides, looks like a thin and light professional machine with gaming chops. And just like Xiaomi has a history of doing in the smartphone sector, its forthcoming notebook will offer an impressive amount of hardware and features for the price. The folks at GizmoChina managed to wrangle a few real-life photos of Xiaomi's unreleased Mi Notebook, including a side view that shows a unibody design and overall aesthetic that's similar to a MacBook. There's a full-size USB port visible in the photo, presumably USB 3.0 or USB 3.1, along with a USB Type-C port for charging the laptop. Have a look: Based on previous... Read more...
Acer has a new laptop line for small and medium sized business professionals looking for a thin and light solution that blends style with modern technology. It's the new TravelMate X3 series, the first of which is the TravelMate X349 bound in an brushed aluminum chassis that measures less 0.7 inches thin and weighs just 3.3 pounds. Underneath the hood you'll find Intel's 6th Generation Core processor technology based on Skylake powering the 14-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display. It also boasts up to 8GB of DDR4 memory and up to 512GB of solid state drive storage, along with an integrated touch fingerprint sensor supporting Windows Hello for fast and secure sign-ins,... Read more...
ASUS takes gaming seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it has two sub-brands dedicated to hardware for gamers. One is the Republic of Gamers (ROG), a brand ASUS created in 2006 to designate products that deliver "innovative hardcore PC performance," and the other is Strix, a more recent creation that's taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl. No, we're not kidding. "Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. Strix means feeling your environment so that you detect and react to the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in your blood, as it is in ours," ASUS explains. Though the two brands exist separate from one another, ASUS has... Read more...
The 2-in-1 design for laptops is growing in popularity as demand for standalone tablets is in decline. For that you can thank Microsoft for providing its hardware partners with a blueprint in the form of its Surface line, which in turn has led to some compelling solutions in the convertible category. That includes new Transformer 3 designs from ASUS.Among the bevy of products ASUS unveiled at Computex are two Transformer 3 models, a regular version and a Pro model. The Transformer 3 boasts a slim profile that measures just 6.9mm and weighs a mere 695g. It's "precision crafted from aluminum" with diamond-cut edges and a familiar spun-metal finish found on previous Transformer products.Click to... Read more...
Acer held a global press conference yesterday at 4 World Trade Center in New York City, to reveal a wide array of new products. Acer showed off everything from a fitness-related wearables, to a bicycle-mounted computer, new smartphones, ultra-portables, and gaming PCs. We posted up some press-shots and technical details of the new Acer Switch Alpha 12, and new Predator G1 small form factor system and Predator 17x gaming notebook, as Acer was making the announcements yesterday. However, we were also present at the event to get some hands-on time with Acer’s new products. The Acer Switch Alpha 12 To quickly reiterate, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is the company’s latest Intel Core i-based 2-in-1 convertible,... Read more...
The ultra-limited 14-inch Chromebook category grew by a single model today with the introduction of Acer's CB3-431, one of just two 14-inch Chromebook models on the planet (HP owns the other) and the only one to boast up to an impressive 14 hours of battery life for all day and night productivity and fun. That battery life claim applies to the HD version, which sports a 1366x768 display resolution. Acer also offers a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) version, and while Acer doesn't suggest you can squeeze 14 hours of run time out of the thing, it's rated up to a still impressive 12 hours, plenty to get you through a full work day and into the evening. Both models feature high-end IPS panels with wide... Read more...
Despite its rugged exterior designed to protect it from the unforgiving clumsiness of grade school kids, the ASUS Chromebook C202 is surprisingly easy to operate on and repair at home. That's the takeaway from iFixIt's latest teardown, which noted that "opening the C202 was easier than sticking a straw in a juice box." Presumably they're talking about an actual juice box and not a Capri Sun, the latter of which is the bane of any thirsty child looking for a quick hit.The Chromebook C202's friendly serviceability isn't by accident. ASUS intentionally designed the C202 to be both "classroom-rugged" and easy to disassemble and repair, should the need arise. Both are touted as features of the C202,... Read more...
Happy Pi Day, nerds and geeks! Don't worry, we mean that affectionately, otherwise we'd be throwing stones in glass houses. In case you weren't aware, today is March 14, or 3.14, the shortened version of Pi, which is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter regardless of the size of the circle. Pi is also an irrational number, meaning it goes on forever in decimal form and never repeats itself. It's truly a wondrous, mind-blowing thing, and in celebration of Pi Day, Dell is offering 31.4 percent off select notebooks in the Microsoft Store.Don't fault Dell for putting the decimal in the wrong position—a 31.4 percent discount is much more enticing... Read more...
Wondering where the love for Linux is from big box OEMs? Look no further than Dell and its XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops. Also known as "Project Sputnik," Dell came up with the idea of offering developers a powerful and thin XPS notebook running Linux and launched its first models over three years ago. Now in its 5th generation, Project Sputnik is still going strong today with the latest models combining Ubuntu 14.04 with Intel's Skylake processors. To kick off its newest generation of Developer Edition laptops, Dell is offering three Core i7 configurations, including two that feature 16GB of RAM, which is something Dell received a lot of requests for. Dell said it also plans to add a Core... Read more...
Update: 10/23/15 11:20AM - A definite perk of writing about technology is getting to attend events and spending hands on time with bleeding-edge products. We've been fortunate to do that on several occasions, including today at Dell World 2015 where the company is making several major announcements as well as showing off some rather impressive looking forthcoming products. One of those products is the XPS 15, Dell's hot new Ultrabook with a gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K resolution Infinity Edge display. It sports the same near-borderless design as the XPS 13 that impressed us earlier this year, but in a larger form factor that's perhaps easier on the eyes and better suited to users that prefer larger... Read more...
Mobile gaming GPUs have never been on par with their latest desktop brethren, though that's about to change with the introduction of a GeForce GTX 980 built for laptops. NVIDIA answered the call for true desktop class graphics in a laptop form factor, and MSI will be the first to market with a gaming notebook built around the high end GPU.That system is the GT72 Dominator Pro G, a limited edition laptop in celebration of MSI's 29th anniversary. What makes it so special is the combination of a true GeForce GTX 980 GPU (with 8GB of GDDR5 memory) paired up with an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor based on Skylake. Yes folks, that's an unlocked CPU, the first of its kind in the laptop segment.It's... Read more...
Love it or hate it, Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines have remained a watermark for which the majority of notebook manufacturers aspire to, whether it's enthusiast gaming companies like Razer with their Blade, or mainstream vendors like Dell via their outstanding XPS 13. Enter Asus. They've utilized their ZenBook line to satisfy a wide range of demographics and price points, but their UX501 -- with its "Pro" designation, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960m GPU, and 4K touchscreen display -- is a Zenbook aspiring to meet and exceed Apple's flagship notebook, and look stunning while doing it.  As you'll see, in many ways, it's mission accomplished...Laptops can be sexy additions to your... Read more...
When you think about what constitutes a "mobile workstation," several things come to mind. Things like ISV certification, long battery life, professional graphics (NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro), and sometimes a rugged design. But what about the processor? Intel's Xeon chips have been powering workstations for a long time, and for the first time, Intel will offer Xeon processor options for laptops. These CPUs will be part of the Xeon E3-1500M v5 family based on Intel's recently launched 14nm Skylake architecture. They'll deliver high precision computing horsepower in notebook form factors and sport features such as error-correcting code (ECC) memory that automatically detects and repairs errors... Read more...
For over a week now the tech press has been littered with articles and social media posts gushing over Apple's just-introduced ultra-super-uber thin MacBook, highlighting the device's new USB-C port and a wealth of other must-note features. Apple gleefully let all of us know that their latest game-changing Cupertino notebook computer offering will once again make all others that came before look ever more prehistoric. Meanwhile, one of the company's more recent notebook-to-end-all-notebooks — the MacBook Pro with Retina Display — is taking on the mantle of obsolete cave tool much quicker than anticipated. MacRumors is reporting that complaints over the... Read more...
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