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» October 28, 2014 05:00PM


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NVIDIA Issues a Voluntary Recall of the SHIELD Tablet Over Battery Fire Risk

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 31, 2015 08:48AM
Author: bp9801

Not exactly the news you want to hear, but NVIDIA has issued a voluntary recall on its SHIELD Tablet due to a possible fire hazard. Tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 could have their battery overheat and go up in flames, according to new tests NVIDIA has done. Anyone with the SHIELD Tablet purchased between that time is urged to back up their data and then fill out their information on an online form to get a replacement. Tablet owners can head to their Setting menus, click on "About Tablet," and see if the battery is listed as B01 or Y01. If the battery is the former, then you don't need to send it back in to NVIDIA. If it's the latter, you probably should get it sent back as soon as possible.

No other NVIDIA SHIELD products are affected by the recall.

Source: NVIDIA Forums



Dell Introduces Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 21, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Dell has announced the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, "built to survive drops and dirty environments." It is the first tablet to join the Rugged line from Dell and "can withstand drops from over 4 feet, spills in water, mud, sand, and dust, as well as temperatures from -20 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit." The tablet is powered by Windows 8.1 and features an 11.6" screen with 1366x768 resolution, a fifth generation Intel Core M CPU, up to 512GB of SSD storage, and up to 8GB of RAM. The Latitude 12 Rugged will be available by the end of the month with an expected cost between $1,600 and $2,000.

Source: Slash Gear



MSI Shows Off New Laptops, PCs, Video Cards, and Motherboards at Computex

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: June 2, 2015 09:31AM
Author: bp9801

Computex is a time where companies show off much of what's in store for the coming year, and MSI is certainly no exception to that. The company has a little bit of everything it's showing at Computex this year, so let's dive right in to see what it has to offer. MSI has its GT72 gaming laptop on display, which features NVIDIA G-SYNC as well as eye-tracking technology for better immersion. The eye-tracking technology comes by way of a partnership with Tobii Technology and will have a live demo of how it works. Hardware-wise, the GT72 features a GTX 980M GPU with 8GB GDDR5 and a 17.3-inch screen. The GT80 laptop has an 18.4-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 980M GPUs in SLI, and a full-size mechanical keyboard. Dropping down a little bit, we get the GS60/70 and GE62/72 laptops, which feature Nahimic audio performance technology to enhance your soundscape and deliver 7.1 virtual surround through stereo speakers. The Prestige laptops feature GTX 950M/960M GPUs and MSI True Color Technology to deliver 100% of the sRGB spectrum.

When we get away from the laptop side of things, we end up on the desktop and all-in-one area. The Nightblade MI is something MSI calls a "lean, mean, gaming machine," as its a smaller variant of the Nightblade PC, but still manages to fit in the latest Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce video card. For all-in-one PCs, MSI has two different models: the MSI Gaming 24GE 4K and the AG270 2QC 3K. The 24GE 4K features a 24" 4K screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, a GTX 960M GPU, and Nahimic Audio Enhancer to deliver a machine primed for 4K gaming or video editing, among others. The AG270 2QC 3K features a 2560x1440 screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 970M graphics, and Yamaha speakers to get you into your games.

Of course, MSI also has some video cards and motherboards it's introducing at Computex, so don't feel like it's all about laptops and PCs. The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti gets the MSI treatment with the Twin Frozr V-equipped GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G. That new cooler features dual fans, an LED MSI GAMING Dragon that is controlled via the MSI Gaming App for some sweet case visuals, and cool and quiet gaming performance. There's also the GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card, which also gets the Twin Frozr V cooler, and both it and GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G card get a backplate with a dragon motif. MSI also has a pair of SLI Bridges for 2-Way or 3-Way setups that features a backlit MSI GAMING shield and a refined look for an SLI setup.

For motherboards, MSI is showing off the X99A GAMING GODLIKE motherboard, which is the first motherboard to feature RGB LEDs for some amazing visual customization. Controlled by the Mystic Light app, more than 2,000 colors are possible with it, so whatever strikes your fancy is possible. The motherboard also features Audio Boost 3 PRO for crystal clear audio and lossless compression; Turbo M.2, SATA Express, and USB 3.1 for blazing fast data transfers; and the Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO and the Killer 1535 WiFi module for Internet connectivity. MSI also has another X99 motherboard, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK, which is meant for gamers and enthusiasts desiring the best performance possible. Packing USB 3.1, a premium style, and plenty of features to make any gamer/enthusiast happy, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK could be the highlight of your Haswell-E setup. If you don't want to make quite that leap, MSI also has its Z97 and H97 line for Haswell, and with a BIOS update, the new Broadwell CPUs.

All this and more can be seen at MSI's booth at Computex, with release dates and prices expected out before long.

Source: Press Release



Microsoft Introduces the Surface 3 Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 31, 2015 01:04PM
Author: bp9801

Nearly a year ago Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, which was a high-powered tablet aimed at replacing a high-end laptop. The Surface Pro 3 does a great job at that, but its high cost means not everyone is willing or able to pick one up. That is where we are today, as Microsoft has announced the Surface 3, a powerful tablet that does not carry a powerful price. The Surface 3 runs the full version of Windows, along with all the programs and app you can want, and is even available with a 4G LTE radio. The best part is the Surface 3 starts at $499.

The Surface 3 features the same design as the Surface Pro 3, but in a more compact frame. It has a 10.8" touchscreen instead of 12", and weighs a mere 1.37 pounds. Oh, and it's also just 8.7mm thin. The 3:2 aspect ratio is the same, but instead of 2160x1440, we get 1920x1280. Powering the whole thing is the new Intel Atom x7 processor, a quad-core SoC that should deliver plenty of power while not draining the life out of the battery. No fan is required to help keep it and the Surface 3 cool, which helps make this tablet so thin and lightweight. Storage is either 64 or 128GB on the Surface 3. It also has the kickstand with three preset positions to give you the best viewing angle during use.

A 3.5 megapixel camera is on the front of the Surface 3, while an 8 megapixel is on the rear. Both can capture 1080p video, plus the rear camera has an autofocus feature to take even better photos than past models. A full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD reader are also on the Surface 3. Charging the tablet is done via a Micro USB charger, so you can use either the included adapter or your smartphone's adapter to keep the device running. Microsoft claims 10 hours of video playback on the battery, and most likely more during less demanding tasks.

Windows 8.1 will ship with the Surface 3, and can be 8.1 Pro for business users. You can also upgrade to Windows 10 for free within the first year the new OS is available. Microsoft is packaging each Surface 3 with a one-year subscription to Office 365, which includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, as well as 1TB of storage on OneDrive.

Accessories for the Surface 3 are plentiful, and include the Type Cover to give you the full laptop experience while also protecting the screen; the Docking Station to connect a monitor, printer, mouse, and keyboard; and the Surface Pen, which has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and comes in red, blue, black, and silver colors.

The Microsoft Surface 3 will launch on May 5 for $499, with pre-orders starting today. Microsoft Stores will get the tablet in tomorrow for prospective buyers to experience in-person.

Source: Microsoft Surface Blog




G501 Series Gaming Laptop Announced by ASUS

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 16, 2015 04:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced the G501 series gaming laptop, which offers gamers a premium gaming experience in a highly portable package. The G501 is the latest Republic of Gamers product from ASUS and is powered by a 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor as well as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with up to 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. The ASUS G501 features Hyper Cool technology, which consists of separate cooper heatsinks and fans that run independently of each other, to keep both aforementioned components cool during normal and peak operation. With a height of just 20.6mm, the G501 is one of the world’s thinnest gaming laptops available, and its lightweight aluminum construction allows it to weigh just 2.06kg, for non-touchscreen models. The ROG G501 features a 15.6-inch 4K/UHD display, ASUS SonicMaster audio, and can be configured with a PCI Express x4 slot and Intel Thunderbolt technology.

Source: TechPowerUp



Google Releases Two New Chromebook Pixel Models

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 11, 2015 12:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has released a pair of new Chromebook Pixel models, referred to officially as the new Pixel. The base model has an MSRP of $999 while the Ludicrous Speed (LS) edition will cost $1299. The Chromebooks are powered by a fifth generation Intel Core i5 processor, which extends battery life of the Pixel from five hours to 12. The base model has a 2.2GHz CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The LS increases CPU speed to 2.4GHz and doubles RAM and storage space. Both models will have a 12.85" screen at a resolution of 2560x1700, two USB-C connectors, two USB-A connectors, an SD card slot, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Users will also get access to 1TB of Google Drive storage for three years, providing plenty of storage above the amount included on the Pixel.

Source: PC World



ASUS Releases Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 16, 2015 05:05PM
Author: Brentt Moore


The ASUS Zenbook UX305, one of the most sought-after ultrabooks since its debut at the IFA show in Berlin last September, is now available to purchase. The base model Zenbook UX305, which is priced at $699, comes with a 13.3-inch display that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080, 256GB of solid-state storage, 8GB of memory, and Intel HD Graphics 5300. An upgraded Zenbook UX305 configuration, which is currently unavailable to purchase, offers the same internal specifications but comes equipped with a QHD+ multitouch display that features a 3200 x 1800 resolution. Both models come in at under a half an inch thick and weigh approximately 2.6 pounds, making the Zenbook UX305 highly competitive in the ultrabook segment.

Source: PCWorld



Panasonic Reveals Toughbook 54

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 14, 2015 02:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Toughbook 54 is the latest entry in the durable laptop series from Panasonic, and it cuts down on weight while still providing protection as needed. The weight has been reduced to 4.19 pounds compared to the Toughbook 53 at 5.5 pounds while remaining able to withstand drops from heights up to 3.3 feet. The 14" screen starts at a resolution of 720p with the option of upgrading to 1080p. The Toughbook is powered by the latest Broadwell architecture processors from Intel and it can accommodate up to 16GB of memory with two hard drive slots able to take up to 1TB and 256GB. Users will be able to use the Toughbook for up to 11 hours with a single battery or 18 hours with a pair of batteries. The Toughbook 54 will start at $1,499 and will be available for purchase sometime this month.

Source: PC World



Razer Announces Newest Blade Gaming Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 3, 2015 04:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has announced the newest version of the Razer Blade gaming laptop, and it once again packs plenty of power into a very small space. The first feature that sticks out is a 3200x1800 touch screen display based on an Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide panel. The high resolution screen is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 970M GPU that uses NVIDIA Optimus technology to swap with Intel Integrated Graphics for battery saving. Included RAM has been doubled to 16GB and a maximum of 512GB of storage can be installed using SSDs. The high resolution model will be available on February 16 at an MSRP of $2,199 while a 1080p version can be had for $1,999.

Source: Engadget



Acer Announces Two New Chromebooks

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 21, 2015 05:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Acer has announced a pair of new Chromebooks targeted at students and designed for use in the classroom. The C740 features an 11.6" screen and the C910 uses a 15.6" screen. Both Chromebooks are able to withstand force up to 132 pounds, have reinforced hinges, and can handle falls from up to 18" high, making them a perfect choice for users that are prone to dropping things. The laptops can be configured with either Celeron or i3 processors, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and start at a resolution of 1366x768. Both models will be available starting next month.

Source: Engadget



HP Introduces the Omen Gaming Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: November 4, 2014 08:56AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Although HP has been absent from the gaming laptop market in recent years, despite its acquisition of Voodoo in 2006, the company has decided to release a new gaming laptop in order to gain additional market share. The new gaming laptop, called the Omen, is similar to other gaming laptops currently on the market in the sense that it offers excellent hardware inside of a compact, sleek, and relatively lightweight package. The Omen, which costs $1,499, features an Intel Core i7, an NVIDIA GeForce 860M, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 15.6-inch screen, and a red backlit keyboard with six programmable function keys. Customers can double the storage of the SSD for $100 more, and can also get the 4GB version of the GeForce 860M for an additional $100, making the cost of the HP Omen $1,699. All of this hardware comes encased within a black aluminum package that is 20mm thick and weighs 4.68 pounds.

The HP Omen is available immediately for purchase from BestBuy, the Microsoft store, and other online retailers, with the gaming laptop shipping to customers in the coming weeks.

Source: CNET



Acer Launches 4K Aspire V Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: November 3, 2014 09:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Although the V15 and V17 models of the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition have been available to purchase for less than a month now, Acer has decided to launch another version of the gaming laptop that bumps the display to 4K. While the internal specifications remain the same as the V17 Aspire V Nitro Black Edition, with the laptop including an Intel Core i7-4710HQ, 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and a 256GB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD, the 4K version incorporates a smaller 15.6-inch screen that features a 3840x2160 resolution. 

The 4K version of the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition, which will retail for $1,499, will be available within the next few weeks from Amazon, the Microsoft store, and other online retailers located within the United States. Unlike the previously announced models, this new 4K one does not have a download code for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Source: CNET


NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with 32GB and 4G LTE Now Available for Purchase

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 30, 2014 10:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The 32GB and 4G LTE version of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is now available to purchase. The device, which was revealed last July and was available earlier this month for customers to pre-order, is aimed directly at gamers who want to play demanding titles on a mobile platform. NVIDIA is including a few goodies with the SHIELD tablet to entice potential customers, including Trine 2: Complete Story, Twitch, and productivity apps such as Evernote. Other accessories are available for the NVIDIA SHIELD, such as the SHIELD wireless controller that works seamlessly with the gaming tablet.

The SHIELD tablet that features 32GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity currently retails for $399 and is unlocked for use with T-Mobile or AT&T.

Source: TechHive



HP Details $200 Stream Notebook

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 29, 2014 04:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

HP first announced its intention to release a $200 "Chromebook killer" Windows notebook at the Windows Partners Conference in July. The company then revealed a $300 Stream laptop on September 8, failing to deliver on the under $200 price tag. Earlier today HP finally announced a Stream laptop at a price point of $199.99 that features an Intel Celeron processor, 32GB of flash storage, and an 11.6" screen. HP also announced a 13.3" Stream at a price of $230 as well as 7" and 8" tablets at prices of $100 and $150. Microsoft is bundling a few extras with each notebook including a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, 1TB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive, and a $25 giftcard for the Microsoft Store.

Source: PC World



NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with 32GB and 4G LTE Now Available for Pre-Order

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 18, 2014 04:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has revealed that its SHIELD tablet that features 32GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity is now available for pre-order. The tablet contains a wealth of features and components, which were revealed earlier this year, that are sure to impress virtually any gamer who is interested in gaming on a mobile platform. With twice the storage of the basic version along with certification for the AT&T 4G LTE network, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet with 32GB and 4G LTE is equipped for the ultimate experience in entertainment.

According to the NVIDIA website, Amazon and Newegg are currently the only etailers within the Unites States that are accepting pre-orders for the 32GB, 4G LTE version of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. The device is available for just $299 with a qualifying LTE data plan, or $399 without.

Source: NVIDIA Blog


Larger iPad Coming Next Year

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 26, 2014 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Bloomberg is reporting that the next Apple iPad will feature its largest ever screen, measuring 12.9", which beats current offerings of 7.9" and 9.7". Sources indicate that production will start by the first quarter of next year and that the design process has been ongoing for more than a year. Apple could be looking to breathe new life into the product line as sales have been decreasing for the past few months. Apple may be looking to target the enterprise market with the larger tablets, a sentiment shared by Jitesh Ubrani, an analyst at IDC, who said "We’re expecting larger tablets to do better” in the enterprise market."

Source: Bloomberg



Software Patch Coming to Address Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 26, 2014 02:50PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has finally acknowledged an overheating issue that plagues the Core i7 version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet. While the technology giant failed to mention anything about overheating, it did note that the Intel Core i7 version of the Surface Pro 3 runs warmer due to the processing power it delivers in such a small package. Nonetheless, some owners have actually seen temperature warnings on their screen during times of both heavy and light computing tasks. Microsoft has revealed that the temperature warning is being triggered by accident thanks to a software bug, and that only a small number of Core i7 models are affected. According to Microsoft, "Our investigation reveals that the system is triggering this event sooner than it should for some people, only when the device restarts, and this does not occur when the device is booted and running." An update that addresses the issue should be out in the near future, once Microsoft deems it ready for deployment.

Source: PCWorld



CyberPowerPC Unleashes the RAVEN X6 Gaming Notebook

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 22, 2014 08:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore


CyberPowerPC, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, has just released the RAVEN X6. This latest gaming notebook from CyberPowerPC is both stylish and powerful, as it crams in plenty of up-to-date technology. Hardware wise, the RAVEN X6 includes a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel display, an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4GB graphics card, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. Other features also present on the RAVEN X6 are an HD webcam, dual digital microphones, and a backlit keyboard. Ports for connecting additional peripherals and devices are plentiful as well, with two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a 4-in-1 media card reader all present.

The RAVEN X6 is available immediately for purchase from the CyberPowerPC website for $1199, with customization options available.

Source: Press Release



Newest Acer Chromebook Powered by NVIDIA

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 11, 2014 04:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Acer has announced a new 13 inch Chromebook powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor running at 2.1GHz. Four models of the Chromebook 13 will be available with a price range from $280 to $380. An increase in price will give users a boost in screen resolution, storage space, and RAM with the highest price model offering full 1080p support, 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The Chromebook 13 will be less than one inch in thickness and weighs just over three pounds while also offering support for Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and HDMI output. It is available for preorder now and is expected to be available early next month.

Source: Tech Spot



ORIGIN Introduces Alienware Laptop Trade-In Program

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 11, 2014 01:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to gain more customers following the recent announcement of the Alienware 13, ORIGIN has just launched a new trade-in program aimed specifically at owners of Alienware laptops. The program provides owners with a trade-in offer that is honored for 14 days, following the submission of an online form that provides ORIGIN with information about any Alienware laptop. After a trade-in offer is accepted by an owner, the laptop must be shipped to ORIGIN where it will be inspected in order to confirm its condition and to verify its included accessories. As long as everything checks out, ORIGIN provides a fair market value for the Alienware laptop that can only be applied to any personal computer offered by ORIGIN. 

It is worth noting that the trade-in value can only be applied to the purchase of ORIGIN systems, as the value cannot be redeemed for cash or giftcards. While the program is enticing to Alienware laptop owners, ORIGIN does reserve the right to deny any trade-in and does not accept desktops, computer components, or any non-Alienware branded laptops.

Source: ORIGIN


Alienware Announces Thinner Gaming Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 8, 2014 11:37AM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Alienware 13 is the latest, and thinnest, gaming laptop from the system builder. The new laptop is just one inch thick and weighs only 4.5 pounds, a significant improvement from the Alienware 14. The system will be powered by an Intel processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU. Up to 16GB of DDR3 can be installed alongside two solid state drives, or a single mechanical drive. Monitor resolutions of 1366x768, 1920x1080, and 2560x1440 will be supported on the 13" screen. As far as battery life goes, Alienware is "targeting 7-8 hours while streaming with wi-fi and an SSD drive." The Alienware 13 will be available in November and although a price was not available, a company rep stated, "to give you some idea, our 14-inch sells for $1099."

Source: GameSpot and PCWorld



NVIDIA Expands the SHIELD Family with the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 22, 2014 06:49AM
Author: ClayMeow


With NVIDIA's interative tweet-based text adventure Ultimate Quest culminating today, the company's mysterious new product has been unveiled – the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. Billed as the "world's first tablet built for gamers," the SHIELD tablet is a technical marvel and certainly packs a punch. That punch starts with a 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, providing performance levels well beyond any other tablet currently on the market, including support for OpenGL ES 3.1, Android Extension Pack (AEP), OpenGL 4.4, DirectX 12, Tesselation, and CUDA 6.0. If you want to know what the means in the real world, go back and watch Unreal Engine 4 "Rivalry" Demo running on a Tegra K1 chip.

The SHIELD tablet measures in at 8.8 x 5.0 x 3.6 inches (HxWxD) and 13.7 ounces, and features an 8-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920x1200. It features two front-facing stereo speakers, front and back 5MP HDR cameras, 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and GLONASS, a nine-axis motion sensor (g-sensor, compass, gyroscope), a Mini HDMI 1.4a port, a micro-USB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm stero headphone jack with microphone support. The tablet comes in two flavors: a 16GB WiFi-only version and a 32GB WiFi+LTE version. Don't worry about the smaller space if you're interested in WiFi-only though, as either version supports up to an additional 128GB via a Micro SD card. In addition, a DirectStylus 2 is included in a holster, which is not only twice as responsive as its predecessor, but also "enables the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience." The included NVIDIA Dabbler app allows hyper-realistic watercolor and 3D paint oil painting where "pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source."

Like the SHIELD portable, the SHIELD tablet supports PC GameStreaming from systems running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series card or greater, cloud streaming via NVIDIA GRID, NVIDIA ShadowPlay with Twitch gamecast support, and Console Mode. To fully enjoy the latter, you'd need a wireless controller (up to four are supported simultaneously), so NVIDIA has you covered there as well. The new SHIELD wireless controller, launching alongside the SHIELD tablet, is an ultra-responsive WiFi controller, providing half the latency of a Bluetooth controller and eight times the data rate. The controller features your standard dual-analog sticks, D-pad, A/B/X/Y face buttons, left/right analog triggers, and left/right bumpers, along with volume controls, Android Home and Back buttons, a Start button, an NVIDIA power/multi-function button, and even a capacitive multi-touch touch pad with button (the silver triangular section below the dual-analog sticks. The controller uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and Micro-USB 2.0 for charging or wired gameplay. It also features a built-in 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and microphone, which even allows for voice commands when holding the Home button, such as telling it to "Launch Half-Life 2." If you already own a SHIELD portable, thankfully that will be updated to support this new SHIELD wireless controller.

And now the info you've been waiting for - pricing and availability. The 16GB WiFi-only SHIELD tablet is priced at $299, while the 32GB WiFi+LTE SHIELD tablet is priced at $399. Both come pre-loaded with Frostbyte's gorgeous 2.5D puzzle platformer Trine 2: Complete Story. The SHIELD wireless controller is available separately at a price of $59. In addition, there's a SHIELD cover priced at $39, which doubles as a stand. The SHIELD tablet and its accessories will launch in the United States and Canada on July 29, in Europe on August 14, and in other unspecified regions Fall 2014. Pre-ordering is now open in the US, Canada, and select European countries at shield.nvidia.com and select retailers.

People who own a SHIELD portable tend to love it, but it's certainly a niche device. The SHIELD tablet has many of the same great features, but with the most powerful mobile chip in the market and a more acceptable form factor. Coupled with the SHIELD wireless controller, it looks like NVIDIA may have a huge winner on its hands.

Source: Press Release




Acer Releases Two Intel Powered Chromebooks

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 10, 2014 03:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Acer has announced a pair of Chromebooks powered by the Intel Core i3 processor, the first two to use the chips. The two Chromebooks are part of the Acer C720 series and feature 11.6" screens, 8.5 hours of battery life, 32GB of storage, and 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless. Both models use the Intel Core i3-40005U and differ only in the amount of RAM with one model using 2GB and the other 4GB. The Chromebooks are now available at a price of $349.99 for the 2GB model and $379.99 for the 4GB model.

Source: PC World



Sony Recalls Vaio Flip Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 2, 2014 04:40PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sony has recalled roughly 680 Vaio Flip laptops due to fire and burn hazards associated with the included battery. The recall comes just a few months after Sony urged customers to stop using Vaio Fit 11A computers for the same reason. At this point in time Sony is aware of four incidents total, which all occurred in Asia, where overheating batteries have not only smoked, but also caught on fire and melted. While no injuries have been reported from the incidents, consumers are being urged to immediately stop using and charging their Vaio Flip laptops. Consumers can check to see if their Vaio Flip has been recalled by verifying if their laptop is indeed model number SVF11N13CXS.

Sony is providing consumers with instructions on how to arrange for a free inspection, and is also providing free repairs for Vaio Flip laptops that can be fixed. For laptops deemed unrepairable, Sony will provide a full refund of the purchase price to the consumer.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



Vaio Brand Relaunched

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 1, 2014 05:27PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Japan Industrial Partners, the investment firm that bought the Vaio brand from Sony earlier this year so that Sony could focus on its mobile offerings, has just relaunched the Vaio brand. Although Sony sold the brand, it still holds a small stake in the Vaio PC business, which allows it to sell the computers. Two new laptops, known as the Vaio Fit and Vaio Pro, are now available through Sony's online Japanese storefront. While the name brand lives on, Japan Industrial Partners is at this time only providing Vaio products to consumers within the Japanese market. The company is attempting to gain a foothold in the crowded laptop segment by pushing innovative features such as the latest Intel processors, solid state drives, and touch screens, but only time will tell how popular the Vaio brand becomes.

Source: PCWorld



Barnes & Noble to Separate Retail and Nook Business

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: June 25, 2014 11:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Barnes & Noble's Nook has been available for quite some time, competing against devices like the Amazon Kindle. The company has seemed unsure of where its e-reader should go ever since its initial offering however, with Barnes & Noble announcing a Microsoft deal two years ago that was supposed to help the device's sales, revealing that it would partner with third-party designers for a new Nook, and recently noting that it had made plans to make a Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in a partnership with Samsung. Sales of the device have been quite horrid despite all of these efforts, with Nook business falling more than 35 percent during the fiscal year for Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble has announced now that it thinks that it can solve the various shortcomings of the Nook by splitting its retail business and its Nook business. In doing so, the two business entities would exist as two separate public companies. Barnes & Noble hopes that by making this transition, which is expected to be completed in the first three months of 2015, the Nook will have a better chance to compete against other e-readers in terms of sales. The company does warn that while the deal has been signed off by its board of directors, it could be canceled or delayed due to market conditions.

Source: PCWorld



iFixit Deems Surface Pro 3 Difficult to Repair

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: June 23, 2014 05:41PM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which was just made available to consumers last Friday, has received a full teardown from the electronic repair site known as iFixit. The website rates various gadgets on their reparability, noting how easy they are to repair on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most difficult and 10 being the easiest. The Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, which preceded Microsoft's latest tablet offering, received a reparability rating of 1 due to various factors. The trend continues with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as it has received the same rating, with iFixit noting that some serious adhesive is present that holds multiple components in place within the device. Due to this, along with the display being comprised of a fused glass panel and LCD that iFixit claims is extremely difficult to remove and replace, it is no wonder why the latest Surface tablet received the rating that it did.

Source: CNET



Microsoft Releases Updated Firmware for Second Generation Surface

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: June 10, 2014 08:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to eliminate bugs, improve performance, and increase system stability, Microsoft has released new firmware and system updates for its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. In order to obtain these updates for the devices, users will have to ensure that the Windows 8.1 Update is installed if the tablets are running the Windows 8.1 operating system.

Starting off with the Surface 2, the firmware and updates pushed for the tablet mainly address battery life issues with various Surface keyboard covers. Users of the Surface 2 will notice compatibility with the Surface Power Cover, increased battery life when the tablet is not in use, enhanced charging behavior of the Power Cover, improved battery life when using the Power Cover, improved battery life when used with the Surface Power Cover, and an enhanced experience when using a Surface Cover. Additionally, the updates provide enhanced support for external displays, an improved Miracast experience, and an enhancement of overall system stability with reduced power consumption.

In regards to the Surface Pro 2, the firmware and updates pushed for the tablet mainly address how the tablet interacts with various Surface keyboard covers. Users of the Surface Pro 2 will notice enhanced system stability with microSD products, improved compatibility with the Power Cover, increased reliability of sleep state transitions with the Surface Cover attached, support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet adapter, improved sleep state transitions when a Surface Cover is attached, and improved reliability when the Power Cover is attached and folded behind the tablet. The updates also provide users with an improved Miracast wireless display experience and enhanced display stability.

Source: PCWorld



ASUS Introduces New Chromebooks

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: May 6, 2014 04:52PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Two new Chromebooks have just been unveiled by ASUS, known as the C200 and C300. Both models feature some impressive specifications, with each including an Intel Bay Trail N2830 running at 2.42GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, an audio port, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and an SD slot. The main difference between the C200 and C300 comes in the form of screen size and RAM, with the former featuring an 11.6-inch screen and 2GB of RAM, and the latter boasting a 13.3-inch screen and 4GB of RAM. Other differences between the models include 16GB or 32GB storage options being available for the C200, while the C300 only comes with a configuration of 32GB of storage.

ASUS will make both of its new Chromebooks available in June of this year, with a price point starting at $249.99. No additional pricing or release information has been revealed.

Source: ZDNet


MSI Now Shipping Two New Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: May 6, 2014 09:00AM
Author: ClayMeow

Two of MSI's more recent laptops, the GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost, are getting the "Pro" treatment beginning today. Both the GS70 Stealth Pro and GS60 Ghost Pro 3K come equipped with a Core i7-4700HQ processor, 16GB DDR3L, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M GPU, with the Stealth getting 6GB GDDR5 and the Ghost getting 3GB DDR5. Both also feature the Killer E2200 Game Networking LAN technology, a Steel Series full-color backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghost key, and MSI's Super RAID Technology.

The GS70 Stealth Pro is a 17.3" notebook featuring a 1920x1080 resolution and weighing in at 5.73 lbs, while the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K is a 15.6" WQHD+ 3K notebook featuring a 2880x1620 resolution and weighing in at 4.36 lbs. Both are available at an MSRP of $1,999.99 or $2,099.99, depending on the hard drive configuration.

Source: Press Release




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