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HP Spectre is Thinnest Laptop Yet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: April 5, 2016 04:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga

HP has revealed its thinnest laptop yet, which it claims is also the thinnest laptop available when counting "laptops that have shipped over 1 million units as of Feb. 10." The Spectre has a 13.3" 1080p screen, weighs 2.45 pounds, and is just 0.4 inches thick. The low weight can be attributed to being constructed from aluminum and carbon fiber. The Spectre is powered by a sixth generation Core i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of PCIe connected SSD storage. The Spectre has an MSRP of $1,249.99 and will be available online starting April 25 and at Best Buy retail locations on May 29.

Source: Mashable



Razer Updates Blade Laptop, Drops Price

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 15, 2016 04:17PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Razer Blade is the companies entry into the high performance gaming laptop market, and Razer has just announced an update. The new design features new components, lower weight, and a lower price. Updates will be applied to the 14" model with a sixth generation Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR4, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU, and a 3200x1800 touchscreen. Two new models are being produced, one with a 256GB SSD starting at $1,999 available on March 16 and a 512GB model starting at $2,199 shipping in April. Razer is also including its individually backlit RGB Chroma keyboard and reduced the weight by a quarter pound to 4.25 pounds.

Source: The Verge



Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Will Use Ubuntu 14.04

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: March 14, 2016 03:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Dell began Project Sputnik, its program offering laptops powered by Linux, more than three years ago, and the program appears to still be going strong. The Ubuntu 14.04 powered XPS 13 Developer Edition is the fifth generation of offerings from the company and features the latest Intel Skylake processor. Dell will initially offer three laptops with a Core i7 processor, with plans to expand to the Core i5 in the future. The base model starts at $1,550 and includes a 3200x1800 touch screen display, 8GB of LPDDR3, a 256GB PCIe SSD, and Intel Iris Graphics 540. The next step up doubles both RAM and storage for a cost of $1,950. The top end model will cost $2,350 and bumps storage to 1TB.

Source: Hot Hardware



Huawei Announced 2-in-1 Windows 10 Device

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: February 22, 2016 04:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Huawei announced its' first foray into the 2-in-1 device market with the MateBook at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. The 12" tablet is powered by Windows 10 with a screen resolution of 2160x1440 and the observed "text and photos look sharp and the colors are bright." Users can choose between Intel Core M3, M5, or M7 processors and the MateBook is being marketed to users looking to achieve high levels of productivity. The battery will last up to 13 hours under light use or up to 9 hours for video playback. To help aid in productivity, the tablet comes with the MatePen, a digital pen that includes a laser pointer, eraser, and two multi-function buttons, with up to 100 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Source: The Verge



HP Caters to Students with its Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 21, 2016 08:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore


HP has officially unveiled the Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition, which offers students with a rugged and versatile mobile device to complete school work and collaborate with others. The Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition comes included with an Intel Celeron processor, 9.5 hours of total battery life, and a 180-degree hinge that allows for work to be done in various environments. The latest Chromebook from HP is just 20mm thick, weighs 2.7 pounds, features MIL-STD certification, and has successfully passed the company’s 70cm drop test. Gus Schmedlen, the Vice President of Worldwide Education at HP, noted that "With the HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition (EE), we are bringing innovation, design and HP's legendary quality to students and teachers in a durable device built to survive the rigorous school environment while enabling students to achieve more both in and out of the classroom."

The latest Chromebook from HP starts at $199 and is expected to be available within the United States sometime this month. Optional upgrades include an IPS panel that provides students with wide viewing angles and 3G/4G WWAN5 that boosts the overall connectivity capabilities of the Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition.

Source: TechPowerUp



Razer Debuts the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and Core External GPU Enclosure

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 7, 2016 05:11PM
Author: bp9801


Razer isn't typically a name you think of when you're looking for a new Ultrabook, but that just might change. At CES, Razer announced the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and the Core external GPU enclosure. The Razer Blade Stealth comes in at just 0.52" thick and weighing a mere 2.75 pounds, bringing it right into the realm of Ultrabooks. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, with a 12.5" LED touchscreen featuring either a 2560x1440 or 3840x2160 resolution panel. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a Chroma keyboard with individually backlit keys, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, HDMI 1.4b, and a combined 3.5mm audio port round out the connections on the Blade Stealth. The base model has the smaller resolution and a 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD, but you can bump up the storage to 256GB. If you want to increase the resolution, you can get either a 256 or 512GB SSD. Now, the included graphics on the Razer Blade Stealth are just through the Intel HD 520 on the CPU, but that's where the Core comes in.

The Razer Core is an external GPU enclosure that can fit nearly any video card from NVIDIA and AMD, provided it doesn't exceed 5.98" x 1.73" x 12.2". Sadly only a single card is supported. A 500W PSU is included inside the Core that can power a video card with up to a 375W TDP, so really, most any video card you can think of can run inside the Core. The Blade Stealth connects to the Core via a Thunderbolt 3 cable, giving you access to an additional four USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet. An external display can also be powered by the Core, so you can game on your monitor of choice or stick with the Blade Stealth.

The Razer Blade Stealth's base model starts at $999, with the 512GB SSD and 3840x2160 resolution screen jumping things up to $1599. Razer lists the Blade Stealth as shipping at the end of January, although right now the price and launch of the Core is still unknown other than it arrives sometime in the first half of this year. Also unknown is whether or not Razer will update its Blade and Blade Pro laptops, so keep it tuned for any word on those.

Source: Press Release




HP Unveils EliteBook Folio Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: January 5, 2016 05:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The EliteBook Folio is the latest laptop from HP and is "HP's answer to the MacBook." The laptop measures just 0.5" thick at a weight lower than 2.2 pounds allowing for easy portability. The small size means you won't be able to get the fastest components, but what you do get should be more than enough for any tasks you would want a lightweight laptop for. The Folio is powered by the latest Intel Core M processors utilizing the Skylake architecture, SSDs up to 512GB, 8GB of RAM, and a 12.5" 1080p display, with the ability to upgrade to a 4K screen. HP claims that the battery will last for 10 hours. The base model of the EliteBook Folio starts at $999.

Source: The Verge



NVIDIA Relaunches SHIELD Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: November 17, 2015 04:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA launched the original SHIELD Tablet as its foray into the mobile gaming market, but it was hit with a recall in July due to overheating batteries causing a fire hazard. The device was removed from the company store at the time and has now been relaunched under the SHIELD Tablet K1 branding. The K1 remains similar to the design of the original tablet with the exception of a new battery, silicon grips, and a removed LTE option. The K1 retains a Tegra K1 chip, 1920x1200 resolution, ten hours of battery life, and dual 5-megapixel cameras. NVIDIA also cut the price by $100 from the original tablet, giving the K1 an MSRP of $199 for the 16GB model.

Source: PC World



HP Announces Three New ZBook Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: November 11, 2015 01:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Hewlett Packard held an event in New York City today where it introduced three new additions to its ZBook line of laptops. First up were a pair of "redesigned" ZBooks with 15" and 17" screens. An entirely new model, dubbed the ZBook Studio, targets the mobile workstation market as "the first quad-core workstation ultrabook." The Studio can use Intel Xeon, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs with up to 32GB of ECC memory. Up to 2TB of storage can be included with the HP Z Turbo Drive G2. Users have numerous graphics choices including the NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, Intel HD graphics, or Intel Iris Pro Graphics. The laptop weighs in at just 4.4 pounds with a thickness of 18mm and a 15.6" screen with support for resolutions up to 4K. The ZBook Studio will be available next month and starts at $1,699 while the ZBook 15u will be available in January at a price of $1,099.

Source: Ars Technica



Toshiba dynaPad is a 2-in-1 Windows 10 System

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: October 13, 2015 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The dynaPad is a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet system from Toshiba, similar in design to the Microsoft Surface 4. The Windows 10 machine weighs just 1.25 pounds at a thickness of 0.27", making it the "thinnest and lightest 12-inch mobile notebook in the world." The dimensions of the dynaPad increase to 0.59" thick and 2.2 pounds when the keyboard is attached. The device is powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and seven hours of battery life. Rounding out the dynaPad features is a TruPen from Wacom with "2,048 levels of pressure, allowing for natural writing when taking notes or drawing," which is fully compatible with Microsoft WebNote technology. Microsoft Windows and devices chief Terry Myerson commented on the dynaPad stating, "In addition to being a powerful note-taking device - designed to replicate the way people write on paper - the dynaPad has great support for Continuum, and is ultra-thin and lightweight."

Source: ZDNet



ASUS Incorporates Skylake in Its Republic of Gamers G752 Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: October 10, 2015 11:11AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has released the successor to its popular G751 laptop, the Republic of Gamers G752 laptop. The G752 from ASUS includes Skylake processors across its lineup, Thunderbolt 3.0 support over USB-C, and independent cooling for the CPU and GPU in what the company is calling the "Mobile 3D Vapor Chamber" cooling system. The base version of the Republic of Gamers G752 laptop, which costs $1,500, includes an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965m, a 1TB hard drive, and a 1920x1080 IPS panel with G-sync. Consumers can upgrade the included graphics card to a GeForce GTX 970m for $100 more, and the $1,800 version of the G752 laptop includes the upgraded graphics alongside a 128GB M.2 SSD. The Republic of Gamers G752 laptop tops out at $2,000, which provides gamers with a GeForce GTX 980m.

Source: PCWorld



Microsoft Introduces the Surface Book Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: October 6, 2015 05:04PM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft has had its Surface tablet for quite some time, proving to people that a powerful Windows tablet is possible, and one that is also starting to be imitated by the competition. Today Microsoft has a new product that is sure to get collective mouths watering, as it unveiled the Surface Book. This is the company's first laptop and it comes loaded with features, starting with a Maxwell GPU from NVIDIA. It also has either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated Intel HD 520 graphics on models without the NVIDIA GPU, an SSD ranging in size from 128GB to 1TB, and 8 or 16GB of RAM. The Surface Book features a 13.5" PixelSense display with a 3000x2000 resolution touchscreen, which supports ten point multi-touch. It can be used like a regular laptop, making it the first ever true laptop in the Surface line; flip the screen around to take advantage of the Surface Pen and the pen-first mode; or completely detach the screen and use it just like a tablet. Yes, the Surface Book is a laptop, but it still holds true to its heritage and becomes a fully functioning tablet at the push of a button.

Also on the Surface Book is 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a five megapixel front camera, eight megapixel rear camera, dual microphones, front-facing speakers with Dolby audio, and a TPM chip for enterprise security. Connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader, SurfaceConnect, a headset jack, and mini DisplayPort. Battery life is stated to reach 12 hours with video playback, but that can always change based on how much or little you're doing on it.

Windows 10 Pro powers the Surface Book, giving you the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft. The company bills it as a professional laptop, but also one that can hunker down and play some games, with Microsoft's Panos Panay billing it as the perfect device for gamers, developers, architects, scientists, designers, content creators, and just about anyone else you can think of. The NVIDIA GPU can help out immensely in Adobe Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, or just for some gaming to unwind after a long day.

The Microsoft Surface Book arrives on October 26 for $1,499, with the price bumping to $1,899 if it has the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. Each Surface Book comes with the Surface Pen, the keyboard, a power supply, and a one-year warranty. Pre-orders are now live from Microsoft's online store.

Sources: Microsoft and NVIDIA Blog




JXD Singularity S192 Presents New Android Handheld Gaming Option

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: October 5, 2015 03:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The NVIDIA Shield is probably the most well known device in the handheld Android gaming market, but JXD hopes to make a name for itself with a device known as the Singularity S192. The most easily seen difference between the two devices is that the S192 has the screen built into the controller, similar to the design of the Wii U Gamepad. The S192 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC with 2GB of RAM. The screen is 7" in size and a 10,000mAh battery is estimated to provide up to 11 hours of video playback and six hours of gaming. The S192 is rounded out with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It can be yours at an MSRP of $299.

Source: Liliputing




Google Introduces Pixel C Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 30, 2015 04:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

At its recent media event Google introduced its next tablet, the Pixel C, powered by Android 6.0 rather than Chrome OS. The tablet features a 10.2" screen with a resolution of 2560x1800. It is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM with 32GB and 64GB storage options. The 32GB version will cost $499 and the 64GB version has a price of $599. A Bluetooth keyboard can be purchased to enhance the productivity potential of the tablet for $149.

Source: Beta News



LG Gram Ultra PCs Now Available

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 28, 2015 04:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

LG is hoping to break into the laptop market with the Gram Ultra PCs, a lightweight laptop powered by Windows 10. The Gram is meant to compete with similar systems including the Apple MacBook Air and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. The 14" screen is comparable to these competitors, but a "1080p IPS display is much better looking than the one on Apple's ageing Air." The name is derived from its sub-kilogram weight of 2.16 pounds, also a reduction compared to the Air, while the $899 starting price is competitive in the target market. The base specs on the Gram are rounded out with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with upgrades to a Core i7 and 256GB available.

Source: The Verge



Amazon Planning Smaller, Cheaper Tablet

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 7, 2015 02:17PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon is planning to release a new tablet targeted at budget conscious consumers with a release "in time for this year’s holidays." The tablet will likely have a 6" screen with an expected price of just $50 which would "make it one of the least-expensive tablets on the market and half the price of the company’s current Fire HD 6-inch tablet." Further rumors indicate that Amazon will also release tablets with 8" and 10" screens, though pricing figures aren't speculated yet. The new tablet will be less feature packed than those currently available in the Fire line, though it remains unclear just what areas have been cut most to hit the $50 price target. In order to help cut costs, Amazon decided to outsource much of the work to "overseas firms including Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology Co. and Taiwan’s Compal Communications Inc." rather than using its Lab126 unit.

Source: Wall Street Journal



Acer Reveals Aspire Nitro V Gaming Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: September 2, 2015 04:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Acer has revealed a new line of gaming laptops, the Aspire V Nitro, that look smaller than the gaming laptops I'm used to. The Nitros are powered by sixth generation Intel Skylake Core i7 and i5 processors, an NVIDIA GTX960M, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage comes in the form of a 512GB M.2 SSD or up to 2TB of hard drives with expandability available through USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3. Users will be able to choose screen resolution up to 4K. The 15" model starts at $999 while the 17" model starts at $1,099. The Aspire V Nitro laptops will be available in October.

Source: Engadget



13-Inch Professional Chromebook Launched by Dell

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 14, 2015 03:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Dell has announced that it has officially launched a professional Chromebook solution, known as the Chromebook 13, which is marketed directly at mobile users who require a machine that fits today’s on-the-go lifestyle. The latest Chromebook offers consumers with a 13.3-inch high definition IPS display that includes the Corning Gorilla Glass NBT touch solution, a backlit keyboard, a precision touchpad, dual array microphones, and a 720p HD video webcam. The Dell Chromebook 13 is also configurable with up to a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor alongside 8GB of system memory; battery life is rated for up to 12 hours. The chassis of the Chromebook 13 by Dell is comprised of high-quality materials, including a carbon fiber weave cover, magnesium alloy palm rest, and aluminum base, making it both lightweight and durable. The Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Client Solutions at Dell, Kirk Schell, noted that "Our latest Chromebook offering is designed for the mobile professional, and provides customers with an unrivalled Chrome experience which mixes the cost and simplicity benefits of Google's Chrome portfolio with Dell's commitment to design."

The Dell Chromebook 13 starts at just $399 and is expected to be available to purchase in the United States and Canada beginning September 17. Upon purchase, businesses can even include Dell’s newest support service, ProSupport Plus, which offers businesses with priority access to expert support 24x7, repair for drops, spills, and other mishaps, and a Technical Account Manager for customers with more than 1,000 entitled systems.

Source: TechPowerUp



Upcoming Lenovo Laptops to Use Intel Xeon Processors

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 11, 2015 04:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A pair of upcoming Lenovo ThinkPads, the P50 and P70, will use Intel Xeon processors built on the next generation Skylake architecture. The laptops will use the Intel Xeon E3 1500M v5 CPU, an unknown NVIDIA Quadro GPU, up to 64GB of DDR4, up to 1TB PCIe SSD, and mechanical hard drives up to 2TB. Both models will also sport four USB 3.0 connectors, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and Thunderbolt 3. The P50 has a screen size of 15.6" while the P70 has a screen size of 17.3". Both screens start at 1920x1080 with the ability to upgrade to 3840x2160. The P50 has a starting weight of 5.6 pounds and the P70 starts at 7.6 pounds. The P50 starts at an MSRP of $1599 while the P70 starts at $1999.

Source: Anand Tech



GeForce GTX 980 May be Coming to Laptops

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: August 10, 2015 12:41PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Many of the higher end laptops you can purchase today feature discrete GPUs that have been designed for the mobile platform. As you can guess, this puts certain restrictions on the performance of the GPUs, so they will not match the performance of their desktop counterparts. According to some recent rumors though, NVIDIA may be getting ready to put the same GPU found in the GTX 980 into laptops.

Rumors popped up a while ago about this possibility, with code names like GTX 990M and GTX 980Mti. Now the rumors are suggesting that the performance of this new GPU, whatever the name may be, could come in around the performance of a GTX 980M SLI. As it is a GTX 980M SLI setup can beat a desktop GTX 980. The TDP of this monster chip, based on the same GM204 architecture of the GTX 980 is supposed to vary between 100 and 185+ Watts, while the desktop GPU has a TDP of 165 W.

Due to the high power requirements and the necessity of custom cooling systems, this new GPU will likely be soldering directly to laptop motherboards, and will not be something you can install on your own. Potentially we could be seeing laptops launching with this by the end of September, but expect it to cost a lot, with some estimates putting it at double the cost of a GTX 980M. We will just have to wait and see.

Source: NotebookCheck



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



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