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Notebooks

  • Asus ROG Strix GL502 laptop flaunts GTX 980M, 32GB RAM & NVMe SSD support

    Asus has announced its latest addition to the Republic of Gamers' laptop line -- the ROG Strix GL502. Strix is generally associated with the company's range of graphics cards, but the branding has been used on keyboards, headphones and other desktop towers in the past. But now, it comes to yet another laptop. So what's so special about this one? Let's talk I/O. There's a single HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort 1.2, a new-age USB Type-C 3.1 port, and finally three USB 3.0 slots. There's none of that USB 2.0 nonsense here. And it's about as modern inside as it is out...

  • Lenovo buffs ThinkPad X1 range with new Tablet, Carbon and Yoga

    Lenovo's been a busy company this past year if its latest trough of new launches is anything to go by. In an event held in Johannesburg last night, the company announced a slew of ultraportables -- one, a tablet taking advantage of modular technology -- and a more planted desktop solution to the South African market. But let's look at the more interesting additions to Lenovo's line first. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Here's a question companies are asking themselves: how can we possibly revive the slumping tablet and mobile computer sales? Lenovo's answer involves modular technology, and it makes a lot of...

  • Apple updates Macbook line with rose gold option, new chips

    Your grey Macbook not garish enough for you? Well, Apple has stepped up to the plate with its refreshed Macbook line, now including a rose gold colour option. Apple announced the Macbook refresh late yesterday, which brings several more features beyond the loud colour. Firstly, the new laptop features Intel's latest Core M chips as well as faster RAM. Speaking of RAM, Apple has also moved to make 8GB the standard across all models, moving on from 4GB of RAM. What else has the company brought to the table? "New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based...

  • HP Spectre swings at the Macbook with three USB Type-C ports, swanky exterior

    HP's calling its latest Macbook challenger the "world's thinnest laptop," and its hard to argue against that. The company's new HP Spectre 13 is just 10.4mm at its thickest point and weighs a mere 1.11kg. It's quite the ultraportable then, and as a result, it's aimed squarely at Apple's range of in-flight friendly machines. The HP Spectre might be an older name in the laptop fraternity, but the new version is quite a step forward in terms of design. Aesthetically, it's about as flash as a hip hop video, with the company also offering designer finishes courtesy of Tord Boontje (above)...

  • HP announces Star Wars-inspired laptop, Stream notebooks

    HP has today in Barcelona announced a number of new devices, including the George Lucas-honouring Star Wars inspired Special Edition Notebook. While we aren't exactly short of Star Wars products popping up prior to the big movie release, HP does win our "coolest new laptop of the year award" hands down. And only Star Trek fans will probably disagree. Featuring a "battle worn" finish which is supposed to remind you of how crummy the Death Star is, the Special Edition is also embellished with Aurebesh typeface. Even the touch pad "mirrors the X-Wing Star Fighter Guidance System" while the keyboard features...

  • Toshiba shoves a 4K screen in a 12.5-inch laptop for funsies

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Toshiba has announced that it's cramming all of the pixels into its latest ultrabook, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12. How many pixels, you ask? Try a resolution of 3840x2160 in a 12.5-inch form factor. Toshiba claims that the touchscreen boasts Technicolor colour reproduction accuracy, which is fairly important to those budding Christopher Nolans out there. More importantly PR wise, it's clear that Toshiba has just won the pixels-per-inch (ppi) war, with a ridiculous 352ppi. It might not sound like much, but consider that the average...

  • 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...