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Laptops / Tablets News (7)

New Toshiba Laptop Features 4K Display Resolution

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: April 15, 2014 04:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Toshiba Satellite P55T will be available next week with an MSRP of $1,499.99 and is one of the first laptops to feature a 4K display. The display resolution of 3840x2160 uses four times the number of pixels as 1080p screens and puts the screen ahead of other high end laptops like the Razer Blade and Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus. The laptop is rounded out by an Intel i7 quad core CPU, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, 16GB of DDR3, and 1TB hard drive.

Source: Computer World



Sony Urges Customers to Stop Using VAIO Fit 11A

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: April 11, 2014 10:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sony has revealed that some VAIO Fit 11A computers with internal battery packs provided by a third-party supplier are susceptible to overheating, which could result in partial burns to the housing of the computer. Due to this issue, Sony is requesting that owners of the VAIO Fit 11A, with a build date of February of this year, stop using the machine and discontinue charging it. A program that is set to be released in two weeks is currently being worked on by Sony that will provide free repairs or replacements of the affected machines, with the possibility of a refund of the purchase price.

According to Sony, the VAIO Fit 11A model that is affected by the overheating internal battery issue is SVF11N1XXXX.

Source: Sony Global



Microsoft Surface Wireless Keyboard Adapter Discontinued

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 27, 2014 04:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Introduced in September of last year with an MSRP of $59.99, the Wireless Keyboard Adapter for the Microsoft Surface tablet provided the ability to connect Surface Type and Touch covers to monitors. Although only available for a short amount of time, the product has officially been discontinued according to a Microsoft spokesperson. Microsoft revealed that the device would cease to be available to consumers through its store for a number of factors, though the company did not reveal specifics in regards to what factors caused the discontinuation.

At this point in time, the Wireless Keyboard Adapter for Microsoft Surface tablets is unavailable for purchase and will not be returning to stock within the foreseeable future.

Source: ZDNet



MSI Announces Two New Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 26, 2014 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga


MSI has announced a pair of new ultra-slim gaming laptops, the GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth. Both will be available in 15" and 17" models and were designed with serious gaming on the go in mind. Built around a fourth generation Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M/870M graphics, the GS series offers desktop level performance in a small, mobile package. The GPUs boast graphics improvement of up to 50% over previous generation graphics and give the ability to power external 4K displays in addition to the 1080p laptop screen. The laptops will also offer several further customization options with RAM starting at 12GB, a 128GB SSD, and a mechanical hard drive starting at 750GB. MSI Pan America CEO Andy Tung said, "The GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks." Both laptops are available immediately and start at an MSRP of $1,699.99.

Source: Press Release




CyberPower Announces Latest Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 14, 2014 01:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga


NVIDIA recently announced the availability of its next generation of gaming GPUs, the GeForce GTX 800M, and with it announced a number of companies working on laptops featuring the GPU. CyberPower is one of those companies and it will offer four configurations of the FANGbook EVO HX7 featuring the GTX 800M. Model numbers will range from HX7-100 to HX7-400 and prices will start at $1499. In addition to the GTX 800M the laptops will also be powered by an Intel i7 CPU with the base model starting with 8GB of DDR3, a 1TB HDD, and Windows 8.1. The laptops will power a 17.3" display with full 1080p resolution and will weigh in at 7.9 pounds with the battery.

Source: Press Release



MSI Details New Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 13, 2014 10:55AM
Author: Nick Harezga


It was revealed yesterday that MSI is one of a number of companies to be developing new gaming laptops based around the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M GPU. The company has announced further details about the new laptops which will be divided into two different lines, "the devastatingly powerful GT Dominator and performance driven GE Apache gaming notebooks." Both include the recently announced GPU, Intel i7 processors, Killer Gaming Networking, and a SteelSeries backlit keyboard. The laptops will include displays with a screen size of either 16" or 17" with the added ability to connect to an external 4K resolution display. The GT Dominator and GE Apache are available with an MSRP starting at $1,499.99 and $1,299.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release




The New Razer Blade Boasts a 3200x1800 QHD+ Resolution, Powered by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M GPU

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 12, 2014 06:39PM
Author: ClayMeow


With the unveiling of NVIDIA's new GTX 800M GPUs for notebooks, Razer has revealed its latest iteration of the Razer Blade gaming notebook. Not only does the Razer Blade hold on to its title as "the world's thinnest gaming laptop," it now also boasts "the highest resolution 14" notebook display on the planet." While the original 14" Razer Blade featured a resolution of 1600x900, amounting to 131 pixels per inch (PPI), the new model features a whopping 3200x1800 resolution, amounting to 262 PPI. Of course, that wouldn't mean much without an amazing screen, so Razer is using an Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) IPS touchscreen, which should provide stunning details and colors at any angle.

Powering the new Razer Blade is an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core CPU, 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz RAM, and the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, equipped with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. All that at a mere 0.7" thickness and weighing under 4.5 pounds. It's currently available for pre-order at Razerzone.com, starting at $2,199 USD, with shipments expected to go out early April.

Meanwhile, the Razer Blade Pro, which features the unique Razer Switchblade user interface, is also getting an update, but only to the GTX 860M and only with a 1920x1080 resolution, though it is doubling the RAM to 16GB. With a higher starting price tag of $2,299 USD, as cool as the Switchblade interface is, I think the obvious choice would have to be the vanilla Razer Blade – though calling that "vanilla" seems a bit unfair.

Source: Razer Blade Press Release, Razer Blade Pro Press Release, and Official Site




Microsoft Surface Power Cover to be Released Soon

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 11, 2014 09:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The newest offering by Microsoft for their Surface tablet lineup, the Surface Power Cover, will be available starting March 19, 2014. Specifications on how large the battery is within the Surface Power Cover have not been revealed by Microsoft, but the soon to be released keyboard will greatly extend battery life on the Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2. A 60 percent increase in battery life will be noticeable on the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, while the Surface 2 will see an increase of 70 percent. Unfortunately, the battery pack keyboard loses backlit keys, which are featured across all other Microsoft Surface keyboards.

Consumers can currently pre-order the accessory from the Microsoft Store for $199.99, which includes free shipping.

Source: PCWorld



Verizon Offers Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 6, 2014 05:10PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a surprise offering by Verizon Wireless, the major cellular carrier is now selling the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The device is incredibly powerful and versatile, offering a quad core processor, 3GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and a massive 12.2-inch display that boasts a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Samsung is also including its S Pen stylus to the Note Pro 12.2, which adds extra functionality to the tablet. Verizon Wireless is offering the immersive Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with a two-year agreement for $749.99. Customers who do not want a contract with the device purchase can secure the Samsung tablet from Verizon Wireless for $849.99.

Source: Unwired View



Kindle Fire HDX Receives DISH Anywhere Application

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 5, 2014 11:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although previously only available to Android and iOS devices, the DISH Anywhere application has been updated and is now available for Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets. DISH has stated that the latest update to DISH Anywhere shows its continued dedication to the mobile market, and allows users to watch all available content offered across any mobile device. The application allows users that own the DISH Hopper and SLING DVR to view live, recorded, and on demand content on smartphones and tablets. Users can access the content over Wi-Fi or a mobile data network, while having the ability to manage their DVRs, set recordings, and view program guides through DISH Anywhere.

Source: Press Release



Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 3, 2014 01:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung released the initial Chromebook in 2012, and having bought one very soon after release I was very satisfied with my purchase. Samsung today announced the Chromebook 2 as an encore, and a pair of models will be available in April. An 11.6" model will weigh just 2.43 pounds at an MSRP of $319.99 and the 13.3" model will weight 3.09 pounds at a cost of $399.99. Both laptops will be powered by Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processors with the 11.6" powered by a 1.9GHz CPU and the 13.3" featuring a 2.1GHz chip. Each laptop will also have 4GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB of solid state storage, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The smaller laptop has a battery life of eight hours and the larger will be slightly longer at eight-and-a-half hours. The smaller laptop will have a resolution of 1366x768 while the larger screen will boast a full 1080p resolution.

Source: Ars Technica



Wireless Charging Possibly Coming to Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 20, 2014 01:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Soon, smartphones may not be one of the only devices that are able to be charged wirelessly, as laptops may join the effort in the near future. In a recent announcement made by the Alliance for Wireless Power, a new version of its Rezence wireless charging technology has been released. The new version allows for 20 to 50 watts of electricity to be delivered wirelessly, which is enough to charge some laptops. The technology will be demonstrated in Barcelona next week, as the Mobile World Congress goes underway.

As far as manufactures wanting in on the technology, the Alliance for Wireless Power has revealed that Dell is the first computer maker to join the initiative.

Source: CNET



MSI Refreshes GX Series Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 5, 2014 06:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a move to incorporate the latest technology offered by AMD, MSI has refreshed its GX series gaming laptops. The refreshed laptops incorporate exceptional hardware that is compiled specifically for gamers and computer enthusiasts alike. Both the MSI GX60 Destroyer-280 and the MSI GX70 Destroyer -099 feature an AMD A10-5750, an AMD Radeon R9-M290X with 2GB of GDDR5, a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Killer E220 gaming NIC,  two THX speakers with one subwoofer, a SteelSeries keyboard with  backlit keys, and a multi-touch touchpad. The MSI GX60 Destroyer-280 is the smaller of the two, featuring a 15.6-inch screen and weighing 7.7 pounds, while the GX70 Destroyer -099 incorporates a 17.3-inch screen and weighs 8.6 pounds. Extra performance and additional multimedia compatibility is included with the GX70, as it does feature additional hardware that is not present in the GX60.

MSI is retailing the GX60 Destroyer-280 for $1,299.99 and the MSI GX70 Destroyer -099 for $1,399.99.

Source: Press Release



Toshiba Releases New Chromebook

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 5, 2014 06:12PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Scheduled to be released on February 16, 2014, the new Chromebook offering from Toshiba is now available early within the United States and United Kingdom. The new laptop by Toshiba features a 13.3-inch screen, which Toshiba notes is unavailable on another other Chromebook currently for sale. Customers will be disappointed by the price however, with the Chromebook selling for $299.99 instead of $279, the latter being the price that Toshiba announced at CES earlier this year. Luckily, retailers such as Amazon are offering the Toshiba Chromebook for roughly $280 in the United States, while United Kingdom customers can purchase the device from Amazon for £249.

Source: Engadget



Worldwide Tablet Market Continues To Grow

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 30, 2014 11:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Preliminary data from the International Data Corporation, or IDC, notes that tablet shipment worldwide have grown. In the last quarter of 2013, shipments of tablets grew to 76.9 million units and represent a 62.4 percent growth over the third quarter of the same year. Taking into considerations tablet shipments for all of 2013, 217.1 million units were sold. This represents a year-over-year growth rate of 50.6 percent when compared to the 144.2 million tablets shipped in 2012. Despite the increase in tablet shipments over the course of the last year, the rates are down overall compared with the rates of the same quarter one year ago. This information indicates a significant slowing of the tablet market, and may affect all manufacturers in the coming years.

Apple shipped the most tablets in the fourth quarter of 2013 with 26 million units worldwide, followed by Samsung, Amazon, Asus, and Lenovo.

Source: IDC



Samsung Introduces New Galaxy Tab3

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 16, 2014 11:11AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Expanding the Galaxy Tab3 line, Samsung has introduced their new Galaxy Tab3 Lite. The new tablet by Samsung will feature a 7-inch display that supports a 1024x600 resolution. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM will ensure that the Galaxy Tab3 Lite performs well, even with the tablet being value oriented. Battery life is on par with other tablets in this class, by incorporating a 3,600mAh battery that keeps the Galaxy Tab3 Lite powered on for up to eight hours while engaging in video playback. No front facing camera is included with the tablet, though a 2MP rear facing camera is provided.

Scheduled for a worldwide release, Samsung has not announced a specific release date or price for the Galaxy Tab3 Lite.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow



Sharp Announces New Windows Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 16, 2014 10:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sharp has announced a new Windows tablet through their Japanese website, the Sharp RG-16G1. Although labeled as a tablet, the Sharp RG-16G1 features a 15.6-inch screen with an incredible 3200x1800 resolution, making it more pixel dense than the MacBook Retina display. Even with the display being so large, battery life is still substantial at nine hours. The tablet features hardware that is surprising for a tablet as well, utilizing an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, a 128GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. Sharp has also included pen support with palm cancellation technology into the new RG-16G1 Windows tablet.

No price has been revealed for the new Sharp RG-16G1 Windows tablet, though it is due to be released in March. With the tablet being announced solely on the Sharp Japanese website, other markets may be excluded from release.

Source: PCWorld



HP Chromebook 11 Back on Sale

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: December 26, 2013 08:44PM
Author: Brentt Moore

After trouble with the included charger that pulled the product off store shelves last month, the HP Chromebook 11 is now back on sale. HP’s laptop will ship with a new charger produced by LiteOn which makes use of a microUSB connection. The previous charger that was included with the HP Chromebook 11, which also used a microUSB connection, reportedly melted or overheated while being used and was eventually recalled by Google due to the issue. The laptop, which currently retails for $280, features Chrome Operating System, measures a half-inch thick, weighs 2.3 pounds and features an IPS display. While the device is only available on the Amazon website at this point in time, it is expected to be sold by other retailers shortly.

Source: PCWorld



Acer to Make First Chromebook With Touchscreen

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: November 26, 2013 02:23PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Chromebooks seem to be the new craze in the laptop world. They are some of the bestselling laptops on Amazon, and they make plenty of headlines. Now Acer is ready to differentiate itself from the rest of the Chromebook makers. The company is introducing the first Chromebook with a touchscreen, and this is done without sending the price through the roof. The C720P, as it is called, will have an MSRP of "only" $300.

Now you may ask yourself the question whether a touchscreen is even necessary, since it is not really that prominent in the rest of the laptop market. But according to Arif Maskatia, CTO for Acer, "[the] new touchscreen C720P gives customers an intuitive way to browse sites online, enjoy apps, and do more with the Chromebook". So maybe this is the OS touchscreens have been waiting for.

Other than that, the laptop is not anything special. It has a 11.6 inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2 GB of DDR 3 RAM, and a 32 GB SSD. Other features include Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a webcam, and an HDMI output. The battery is said to last up to 7.5 hours, which is decent, although not fantastic. The decent battery life might have been a trade off in order to keep the Chromebook light and thin. It weighs a little less than 3 pounds and is a mere 0.78 inches thick.

It will be sold at Amazon, Best Buy, and in Acer's online store starting early December. 

Source: MaximumPC



Spire Announces new Tablet PC

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 25, 2013 01:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Bliss 9 Pro+ is the latest tablet PC from Spire and is built on the Android OS. Android 4.2, commonly known as Jelly Bean, is loaded on the nine inch tablet that is powered by a dual core ARM Cortex A7 1.2Ghz CPU. Two cameras are included in the tablet, a front facing 0.3 MP and a rear facing 2.0 MP. The nine inch screen features scratch-free glass and boasts a resolution of 1024x600. A built-in Micro SD card reader rounds out the feature set. The Bliss 9 Pro+ are available now, with a European release planned for the end of next month.

Source: Press Release




Amazon Announces 7 and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX Tablets; Also Remodels and Reduces Price of Fire HD

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 25, 2013 12:30AM
Author: bp9801


Most product reveals get a big press conference, with flashy lights and music blaring, and it's usually a big spectacle. Amazon, however, decided to do something completely different for its third generation Kindle Fire tablets, as CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Kindle Fire HDX in one of the company's conference rooms. These new Kindle Fires are pretty special though, as the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models sport massive screen resolutions and pixel densities. The Kindle Fire HDX 7" has a 1920x1200 screen with a 323ppi, and the 8.9" model features a 2560x1600 screen with a 339ppi. Both of those are far above the previous Kindle Fire HDs and even the Apple iPad 3, and a far cry from the rumors. Amazon also has a new dynamic contrast feature that adjusts the contrast rather than brightness to give a better view when out in the sun; it's still not as perfect as an eInk screen, which is where Amazon's regular Kindle e-readers come into play.

The specifications of the new Kindle Fire HDX are impressive once you look past the screen, as each feature a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. Storage capacities range from 16GB to 64GB for both screen sizes. Outside the HDX has a more angular look than past models, with the speakers now up top to prevent any muffling while held. The left side of the tablet has a volume rocker, while the right has the power button. Curiously there's just a micro-USB port, but don't fret, as there's a pretty sweet way to send your content to a TV. The 7" HDX features a front-facing camera, while the 8.9" adds an eight-megapixel camera to the rear that's capable of 1080p video. Amazon promises 11 hours of battery life with standard usage, but 17 hours when the HDX is put into reading mode.

The operating system is still Android-based (Jelly Bean, if you're curious), but Amazon is referring to it as Fire OS. We're on version 3.0 right now, and its codename is Mojito; a bit more adult beverage-themed than Google's candy obsession. There's still a river of apps, games, music, movies, and, of course, books and magazines, but users can switch it to a more smartphone-esque grid if they choose. Mojito is standard on the HDX and new HD, and it could even roll out to older Kindle Fires at some point.

One of the most impressive new features of Fire OS is "Mayday," which is live tech support to walk you through any issues you may run into on your HDX. The tech support rep (yes, it's an actual person) can see your display, but not you, and walk you through the steps with arrows and circles. Or you can just have the rep fix the issue for you themselves, if you prefer. Screen-sharing can easily be disabled if you have to enter a password, so you don't have to worry about that. According to Bezos, the Mayday feature will work any day of the year and at any hour, since there's always a tech support (or few hundred) handy. Wait time is expected to be 15 seconds or less, but Christmas morning should be the first real test.

Alright, so because the HDX just has a micro-USB port and that may not exactly be ideal for displaying video, Amazon lets the Kindle Fire HDX function as a Second Screen device. Smart TVs, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, and other devices can stream content from the cloud, with the HDX serving as the controller. It means you can be watching a movie, and if that actor/actress is familiar but you can't place them, pull up IMDb and do a search. Or you can play trivia along with the movie, access interactive content, or buy items on Amazon.

Both the 7" and 8.9" models of the Kindle Fire HDX are available to pre-order. The 7" model arrives on October 18 for $229, while the 8.9" a bit later on November 7 for $379 (both prices are for the 16GB special offers model). Bump the price up by $100 for either model to add 4G LTE through either Verizon or AT&T. If all you're looking for is the Kindle Fire HD, well Amazon is giving it a body similar to the HDX while keeping the internals the same. Oh, and it's priced at $139 (8GB special offers model) with a ship date of October 2, although you can pre-order it now.

Source: Amazon [1], [2], [3], and Engadget



Microsoft Unveils the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Tablets

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 23, 2013 01:09PM
Author: bp9801


Near the beginning of last month, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed work was being done on a next-generation Microsoft Surface tablet. Nothing further was said at the time, but I guess Jen-Hsun's comments were true, since Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Both tablets keep the same form factor as the first ones, just with plenty of internal upgrades (plus a two-stage kickstand on both). The Surface 2 uses an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, bumps the screen resolution from 1366x768 to 1920x1080, and has a bare metal back to set it apart from the Pro. It also has 25% more battery life than the older model and includes a USB 3.0 port. Windows RT 8.1 is running the show on it, and you'll notice it lost the "RT" from the Surface name.

As for the Surface Pro 2, it's running an Intel Core i5 1.6GHz Haswell processor, the same 10.6" 1920x1080 display as before (just with more improved color accuracy), and Windows Pro 8.1. Battery life on it has been improved by 75%, so that should make it more of an all-day tablet. Storage options are 64, 128, 256, and 512GB, with the two smaller options packing 4GB of RAM and the two larger at 8GB. 

Microsoft is tweaking the covers as well, with the Touch Cover 2 featuring higher sensitivity and gesture support, and the Type Cover 2 gets backlit keys. There's some new accessories too, like the Power Cover that includes a battery pack to improve battery life by 2.5 times over the original. The Surface Music Kit is a touch cover that forgoes a keyboard for a mixing deck. All the buttons on it are pressure sensitive, so the harder you press, the louder the music. Microsoft is also introducing a docking station that features three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, and an Ethernet port, plus the ability to output to TVs and monitors with 3840x2160 resolutions. However, the docking station is only for Surface Pro and Pro 2 tablets.

The Surface 2 starts at $449, with 32 and 64GB options available. The Surface Pro 2 begins at $899 for the 64GB model, with higher storage options at more expensive prices. Pre-orders for both tablets go live tomorrow, September 24, with an October 22 launch date for each.

Source: Microsoft and Ars Technica




NVIDIA Unveils the Tegra Note; 7-Inch Android Tablet Powered by Tegra 4

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 18, 2013 04:20PM
Author: bp9801


Last month there were rumors about an NVIDIA Tegra Tab, a 7" tablet from the company, and now it looks like those were mostly true. NVIDIA recently unveiled the Tegra Note, which is designed by NVIDIA but brought to stores by its various partners. In North America, EVGA and PNY are among the partners listed; EVGA, ZOTAC, and Oysters in Europe; ZOTAC, Colorful, and Shenzhen Homecare Technology in Asia; and XOLO in India. It means the individual markets can have tablets tailored to them, though what exactly that entails isn't exactly known yet.

What we do know about the Tegra Note is mighty impressive, as it's a 7", Android  tablet with a Tegra 4 processor at its core, plus 16GB of built-in storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. Audio is handled by front-facing speakers and NVIDIA PureAudio technology to deliver some of the best sound found on a tablet. The 7" touchscreen is an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution, and if that isn't big enough for you then just use the micro HDMI port to connect it to your TV for some big screen action. NVIDIA is including a stylus with both Brush and Chisel tips for writing and painting, with DirectStylus technology for a more responsive experience. There are also some included apps for easy note taking.

A five megapixel camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front sound fairly normal, but the Tegra Note's camera is really something else. NVIDIA's Tegra 4 helps deliver the processing power to the camera, while Chimera computational photography architecture brings some new features to the mix. There's also SmugMug's Camera Awesome app (one of iOS' best camera apps) with exclusive Tegra 4 features, like "tap-to-track" and 100fps video recording for slow-mo playback. If you want some gaming, well there's NVIDIA TegraZone to take full advantage of that Tegra 4 processor. Battery life on the Tegra Note is promised at 10 hours for video playback.

There are going to be various accessories for the Tegra Note, like a slide cover to protect the screen as well as doubling as a stand, and a DirectStylus Pro Pack with even more tips for different writing styles. Plus the Tegra Note's Bluetooth capabilities open up the potential for an assortment of game controllers and other devices to be used with the tablet.

The NVIDIA Tegra Note will be launching worldwide, through the partners mentioned earlier, over the next months. Retail pricing on it is an affordable $199.

Source: NVIDIA




CyberPower Announces ZeusBook Ultimate Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 10, 2013 02:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The ZeusBook Ultimate series from CyberPower is the latest in a long line of gaming laptops, and is one that claims to be the lightest and thinnest 17" gaming laptop available. The ZeusBook tips the scale at just under six pounds and is less than an inch thick. Powered by an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX765M GPU, the ZeusBook doesn't sacrifice any gaming power to achieve such a small profile. CyberPower uses dual fan cooling that can increase airflow when the heat gets to be too much. The 17" screen displays at full HD resolution, and this can be enhanced by connecting to up to three external monitors for resolution up to 3840x2160. The ZeusBook will be available in two models, the Ultimate 100 and Ultimate 200, and will have a base MSRP of $1429.

Source: Press Release




New Gaming Laptop From CyberPowerPC

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 13, 2013 01:08PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

If you prefer a gaming machine that you can take with you almost anywhere without having an aching back afterwards, then CyberPowerPC might have what you are looking for. The Zeus Hercules is, according to CyberPowerPC, 12 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than other slim gaming notebooks. The laptop weighs only slightly more than four pounds and measures 13.38 inches wide by 9.96 inches deep by 0.81 inches tall.

The cheapest configuration features a 14 inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The laptop will use an Intel Core i7 4750HQ, 4 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a 1 TB hard drive (5400 RPM), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, an HDMI output, GbE LAN, one USB 2.0 port, and two USB 3.0 ports. For graphics, the laptop will use Intel's Iris Pro Graphics 5200, which, according to Intel, should offer up to twice the 3D performance of today's fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions. What makes this laptop stand out besides its small size is the fact that you cannot upgrade to a discrete GPU, but the iGPU should be sufficient, if you ask Intel and CyberPowerPC, and it might contribute to the reduced size. The price starts at $1,039.

Source: MaximumPC




NVIDIA Tegra Tab on the Way?

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 9, 2013 05:54PM
Author: bp9801


Within the past 24 hours there has been some pretty interesting news from NVIDIA. First came a hint of a next-gen Microsoft Surface tablet, and now comes this bit about NVIDIA's own tablet. Photos of a device called a Tegra Tab have recently appeared, and it seems to be a 7" tablet in the same vein as Google's new Nexus 7. The Tegra Tab has a slot for a stylus, a micro USB port, and a micro HDMI port (the Nexus 7 just has micro USB), but the rear looks to be a combination of the old and new Nexus 7s with the texture of the old and the horizontal orientation and camera placement of the new. Other than that, everything else is speculative. The new Nexus 7 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while the old ran an NVIDIA Tegra 3, so perhaps this is a way for NVIDIA to show off what the Tegra 4 is like in its own tablet. We already have the SHIELD, and maybe a Tegra Tab is next on the list (especially since a trademark filing has appeared).

Remember, take all of this with a grain of salt until something official comes along, if ever.

Source: The Verge



NVIDIA CEO Confirms Work on Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 9, 2013 12:21AM
Author: bp9801

Last year, Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet, with the Surface RT running Windows RT and the Surface Pro on Windows 8. Both tablets offer a wealth of features and really demonstrate how well Windows 8 can work with a touch interface. However, like any good piece of hardware, as time passes things tend to fall behind in terms of performance. There's always a faster CPU or GPU just over the horizon, and it seems the Surface tablet will be benefiting from new technology before long. In a recent interview, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed his company is involved with Microsoft on a next-generation Surface tablet.

Huang spoke of a reason the Surface RT tablet hasn't quite taken off like Microsoft predicted, and that's because it didn't include Outlook. He had the following to say: "It is the killer app for Windows. Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success."

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 powers the Surface RT, and since it's ARM-based that means no x86 apps, like Outlook. However, from the sound of things NVIDIA is fixing that. Does this mean an x86 version of Tegra or just that NVIDIA is working with Microsoft to bring x86 apps over to ARM? Microsoft declined to comment about Huang's statements, as did NVIDIA, so it looks like we'll be left wondering a while longer.

Source: CNET and PC World



MSI Unveils Thin and Lightweight Gaming Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 5, 2013 03:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The GS70 is the latest laptop offering from MSI and is extremely portable for gaming on the go. Targeted at gamers, this 17" laptop is thin and lightweight, weighing 5.7 pounds at just 1 inch thick. The GS70 doesn't sacrifice power for portability, packing desktop power into its small form factor. Powered by fourth generation Intel i7 processors, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU, 16GB of DDR3, and a combination of solid state and mechanical drives. The display has a native resolution of 1920x1080 and also has the option to connect to an external display through HDMI with resolutions up to 4K. VP of Sales Andy Tung said, "The GS70 has the capability to crush the most demanding games and the featherlike portability for on-the-go multi-tasking or gaming. We understand the needs of our audience and are committed to delivering solutions that exceed even the highest expectations." The GS70 is now available in two different configurations with a starting price of $1,799.99.

Source: Max Borges Agency




Fang Taipan M2 Gaming Laptop Released by CyberPower

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 4, 2013 11:42AM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Fang Taipan M2 is the latest gaming laptop from CyberPower and it boasts a number of customization options. Built on the Intel Core i7 series of processors, this laptop packs all of the power of a desktop system in a portable package. Users will be able to choose from NVIDIA or AMD GPUs with the option of SLI or CrossFire. Up to 32GB of DDR3 memory from the Kingston HyperX and Corsair Vengeance lines can be installed. A 17.3" LED screen displays everything at 1920x1080, allowing users to see all of the details in the game they are playing. Storage options include solid state drives and mechanical drives to give a balance between speed and capacity. The base system starts at an MSRP of $1869.

Source: Press Release




Rumored Specifications Appear for Amazon's Next Generation Kindle Fire HD Tablets

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: July 31, 2013 10:43AM
Author: bp9801

A couple of years ago, Amazon decided to enter the tablet space with the Kindle Fire. It featured a 7" LCD touchscreen, a heavily skinned version of Android, and a $199 price that made it an absolute steal when compared to Apple's iPad. Then came last year when Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire HD, which came in both a 7" and 8.9" version. Both pack a TI OMAP 4470 processor, a front-facing HD camera, and a 1280x800 resolution on the 7" and a 1920x1200 resolution on the 8.9". The prices for both remain a steal, as the 7" is $199 and the 8.9" is $269 (a $30 drop since introduction). However, those are last year's models, and it appears Amazon is going all out on the upcoming generation.

Rumored specifications have appeared for the next generation Kindle Fire HD tablets, and if true are very impressive. The 7" tablet gets a resolution bump all the way to 1920x1200 and a new exterior design, while the 8.9" increases the resolution to 2560x1600 and a new exterior, too. Each tablet is expected to run a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC (which features four Krait 400 CPUs and an Adreno 330 GPU), 2GB of RAM, front-facing camera, WiFi, optional cellular coverage, and either 16, 32, or 64GB of storage. The 8.9" also adds an eight-megapixel rear camera, making it even more of a tablet. Android 4.2.2 is powering the show, with heavy customizations, and performance all around has been improved up to three times over the current Kindle Fire HD tablets, at least according to benchmarks of the test units.

Each tablet has been made lighter and more comfortable than past models, with a more angular approach to the exterior design. Button placement has also been redone, so the power and volume buttons are now on the back and positioned so they won't be accidentally pressed when laying the Fire HD down. The bezel of the 7" model is said to be about half an inch and the 8.9" at three-quarters of an inch, so each one should look even larger. A fall launch is expected once again, and do keep in mind that all of this is just rumor for now. Hopefully Amazon will officially announce the next generation Kindle Fire HDs soon, and when that happens you can hear about it at OCC.

Source: BGR



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