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  • Razer Blade gaming laptop packs GTX 970M grunt in 14-inch aluminium shell

    Razer has announced its new gaming laptop that will look to make a major dent in Alienware and MSI's credentials. The next in the "Blade" series boasts some massively impressive specifications in a relatively thin 17.8mm chassis. Squared by a 14-inch 3200x1800 LED-backlit touchscreen (boasting IGZO "Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide" technology), Razer somehow managed to fit an Intel Core i7 4720HQ (clocked at 2.6GHz but turbocharged to 3.6GHz in times of need), 16GB DDR3 1600 and a SATA M.2-grade 512, 256 or 128 GB SSD into the Blade. Oh, and the company hasn't forgotten about graphics either. Nvidia's GTX 970M with...

  • Acer C720P Chromebook review: a hero of practicality

    Besides my trusty toaster, the Acer C720P Chromebook has been one of the most practical things I’ve used to date. To be fair, it's also the very first Chromebook I've come across. Either way, it's managed to convince me that internet-based devices are the way of the future. What a lasting impression it's made. While the design doesn’t really resemble anything of a Macbook Air or a Lenovo Thinkpad, that stops being much of a problem when you start to enjoy its practicality and ease of use. Then again, the low-cost Chrome OS notebook isn't meant to be a graphic-intensive,...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible "netbooks" are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren't they? It's reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines' specifications, they're not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum -- and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company's latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It's rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen's...

  • Toshiba Satellite P55t world’s first 4K Ultra HD laptop

    The dawn of the true 4K laptop has arrived, courtesy of Toshiba's pixel-mad scientists. The company's latest aluminium model, the Satellite P55t, will feature the world's first Ultra HD (UHD) screen shoved into a 15.6" form factor, alongside a truckload of other sparkly electronic goodies. For a touted US$1499, users will get a screen "four times clearer than Full HD," says Toshiba. Users may be wondering why this is special at all, as other manufacturers including Apple and Lenovo have bettered HD laptop screens before. But Toshiba plans to go one better by actually shipping its model featuring the current 4k...

  • Gigabyte U21MD Ultrabook is laptop, tablet and PC [CES2014]

    Gigabyte's onto something here with its U21MD Ultrabook, an actual 3-in-1 gadget that converts from desktop, to laptop and then tablet reports Liliputing. It's a robust looking 11.6" laptop, and when docked (and hooked up to an external display), it transforms into a slim desktop PC with an insanely small space footprint. It's not going to be the world's fastest PC: with an HD display of 1366x768, a max of 256GB(SSD) and 1TB(HD) for storage, and an Intel Core or Pentium CPU, this is a device that's meant for convenience, not professional gaming. But what Gigabyte is setting out to...

  • Super slim, crazy specced Aorus X7 gaming laptop announced [CES2014]

    Aorus has announced its first product at CES this year, and it's going all out. The high-end X7 gaming laptop not only hosts damn impressive insides, it's merely 0.9" (about 22mm) thin and weighs 2.8kg. The acclaimed ultimate gamer-oriented flagship of Aorus has a Full HD 17.3" display and an aggressive aluminium chassis which has been inspired by "futuristic concepts of vehicles." In all seriousness the Aorus X7 looks insanely mean but the designers actually describe it best: "The flowing sculpted lines scents the quality matte black with understated luxury without losing its original aggression. The metallic silver eagle badge and...

  • Samsung ATIV Book 8 review: a costly, underwhelming laptop

    I think Samsung is playing a joke on me. Its US$1269 notebook, the Samsung ATIV Book 8 feels like a half-baked idea: one part Ultrabook and one part netbook. This recipe creates a bitterly disappointingly weak laptop that barely lives up to the exceptionally generous specifications which seem to have no effect on the performance of the Book 8. Samsung made a rather expensive turkey that looks tender and crisp on the surface, but when sliced into, deflates like an old balloon. The Setup The Book 8 is a Windows 8 (I updated it to Windows 8.1) laptop running a...

  • Acer announces updated three-in-one ‘Star Trek’ R7 laptop with boosted specs

    Acer has recently unveiled its new, revamped and incredibly sci-fi 15.6" Aspire R7 laptop hybrid. The notebook slash tablet slash table top pad features a more powerful processor, active stylus support and overall beefier specs. The hinge allows the display to flip, reverse, lie flat or float above the keyboard to maximize usability. For extended battery life and overall performance, the R7 carries Intel's 4th-generation Core i5-4200U chip, popularly known as Haswell, together with a full HD touchscreen display. It also has beefed up memory with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Furthermore, you'll find three USB ports, a...

  • The Dell ‘Sputnik 3’ is a 13.3″ touchscreen Ubuntu laptop

    Dell has recently announced the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop code-named "Sputnik 3". In a blog post, the company describes this 13.3" light-weight touchscreen to have Intel's 4th generation, Haswell processor, a heavy-weight 256GB solid-state drive. Running the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the XPS 13 has a 1080 (Full HD) touch display covered by Gorilla Glass with an Intel HD graphics 4440 and 8GB RAM. Dell launched the first Sputnik laptop about a year ago as an experiment with ultrabook-style laptops. Project Sputnik has sought to prove the viability of offering to developers a highly-portable, factory-installed-Linux laptop that is fully supported...

  • Intel launches Haswell-powered laptop and hybrid range in South Africa

    Loads of stuff happened at rAge this weekend. So it's fitting for Intel to finally launch its new range of Haswell-stuffed laptops and tablets in South Africa. Intel has launched its 4th generation Intel Core processor family, enabling a new generation of Ultrabooks and tablet-laptop hybrids to hit homes and offices in style. Vince Resente, territory manager for South and Sub-Saharan African at Intel, said the new processor would allow laptops and tablets to run all day on a single battery charge while delivering "leading edge graphics and performance": “The new processors deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life, which...