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  • 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 indeedĀ 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,"...

  • 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 bringsĀ 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...