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Notebooks

  • MacBooks set for Apple reveal on 27 October?

    Apple has scheduled a 27 October event, but what will the Cupertino firm be revealing then? According to MacRumors, citing respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to unveil refreshed MacBooks. Kuo claimed that new MacBook Pro laptops would be the star of the show, offering an OLED touch bar for starters. This would replace the row of function keys and presumably be context-sensitive, so if you're watching a movie, the touch bar would potentially show media playback controls. An OLED touch bar is set to replace the function keys on some new MacBooks The new MacBook Pro models are also expected to pack...

  • Acer Predator 21 X: a VR laptop for gamers revealed

    Keeping track of the Acer Predator 21 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. Conventional wisdom says that gaming laptops are overpriced and offer less bang for your buck. But, if anything, Acer is certainly not skimping on the specs with its new Acer Predator 21 X notebook. This monstrosity comes with a curved 2560x1080 display that features integrated eye-tracking technology, making for a rather innovative design, for starters. Then again, many would probably prefer a higher resolution screen, so it probably is skimping on specs in this regard... Anyway, the machine isn't merely running Intel...

  • Xiaomi reveals dual-camera Redmi Pro, Mi Notebook Air laptop

    Chinese technology colossus Xiaomi said it would have some stuff to announce today, and it didn't disappoint. The company revealed the Redmi Pro smartphone, coming in three variants. The first two options feature the ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3GB of RAM, while the top-end model has a slightly upgraded Helio X25 chip and 4GB of RAM. The entry-level 32GB Redmi Pro will cost RMB1499 (R3212 as a straight conversion), the 64GB model will have a RMB1699 (R3940) price tag and the 128GB option has a price of RMB1999 (R4279). All devices come with a hybrid SIM slot, allowing you...

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 launch halted until Q2 2017?

    According to reports, a new Microsoft Surface line could debut as late as March 2017, or as early as Q3 2016. Dubbed the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, the machine was initially rumoured to launch at a "fall event", according to some reports. Others suggest that Microsoft will only make a move in Q2 2017. The hybrid tablet device will also be supported by a Microsoft Surface Book 2, which is great news for anyone who thought that Microsoft's first in-house laptop was a stellar piece of kit. While Microsoft hasn't corroborated these reports, it's worth noting that the company could be waiting...

  • HP Pavilion 15 Gaming laptop review: the mean green gaming machine

    Gaming laptops are fast becoming the norm in the gaming world. More and more we’re seeing PC sales weaken in support of their portable counterparts. In this ever changing electronic world, is the HP Pavilion 15-ak001ni a worthy enough contender for your hard-earned cash? The look and feel Right off the bat I must say that the device is absolutely gorgeous. The entire thing is made out of strong, smooth plastic with a black and green aesthetic. This look is carried over to the laptop’s keyboard, which is illuminated by green LEDs. The only downside to these is the lack of...

  • ASUS ZenBook 3 is the latest ultraportable, stylish MacBook competitor

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. ASUS, at a pre-Computex 2016 launch event in Taipei, debuted a slew of new products to its Zen- range and beyond, but most importantly for laptop fans, you finally have a MacBook competitor from Taiwan. The ASUS ZenBook 3 boasts some serious shiny style, and just enough hardware savvy to make the package appealing to those shopping for an ultraportable workhorse. ASUS goes as far as to call it "world’s most prestigious laptop", which is quite a claim. The company does use quite a bit of gold trim...

  • HP OMEN gaming laptops, desktops to hit South Africa next month

    Hardware specialist HP has revealed its new line of high-end gaming laptops and desktop products, dubbed OMEN. This range is geared towards those who want the best pre-built systems, and who have some cash to blow. "We created OMEN by HP for gamers who need their PC to deliver a great experience while also allowing them the flexibility to choose the level of performance and design that fits their needs," says VP and GM of consumer systems at HP, Kevin Frost. All OMEN laptops will feature Dragon Red backlit keyboards, dual-fan cooling design, support for up to 16GB of RAM, and...

  • Apple MacBook rumours: new Pro to boast secondary screen, TouchID

    Apple's latest MacBook (that's simply MacBook now) is rather thin for a laptop at 12.7mm, but the company wants its top level MacBook Pro to be as thin, if not thinner than that. Expected in Q4 2016, the upcoming MacBook Pro will take many of its design cues and features from the company's 12-inch MacBook launched earlier this year. This comes from 9to5Mac and KGI Securities' Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who tends to be right more often than not). Along with the lighter and thinner body, the MacBook Pro will also get TouchID support, and likely Force Touch support as well,...

  • Yep: Chromebooks to get Google Play Store, outselling Macs in US

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. Several weeks after it first leaked, Google has announced that its Play Store is indeed coming to Chromebooks. The world's most popular app store will be coming over to Chrome OS pretty much intact, the company said in a blog post. "This means you'll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline - or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans,"...