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All posts tagged "laptop"

  • New Macbook Pro leaked with touchbar, Touch ID

    Apple is widely tipped to reveal a new MacBook Pro or two on 27 October, but it looks like they may have spoilt their own launch. According to MacRumors, the latest version of MacOS Sierra shows what appears to be the new MacBook Pro. What stands out in the image though? For starters, the rumours of a touch-enabled bar (replacing the function key row) seem to be true. The touchbar seems context-sensitive too, so imagine media controls appearing on it when playing a movie or editing options when typing a document. The New MacBook Pro seems to be a radical and long-overdue laptop, if the...

  • Google planning ‘Pixel 3’ laptop with Andromeda – report

    Earlier today, we reported on Google's apparent plan to merge Chrome OS with Android, in a project codenamed Andromeda. Now, Android Police picked up a scoop of note, reporting that Google is working hard on a laptop running the unified operating system. The publication claims that the so-called Pixel 3 laptop is codenamed Bison and will ship in Q3 2017. It adds that the new laptop would not be marketed as a Chromebook. The Pixel 3 laptop is expected to run Andromeda, the new Chrome/Android platform As for specs, the publication reports that the device will have a 12.3-inch display, an Intel Core M3 or M5...

  • 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...

  • Intel’s fanless Core M CPU to power tablet hybrids of tomorrow

    While Apple's currently getting all the attention at WWDC, Intel has made a big announcement of its own, revealing that it will showcase its "world first" Broadwell range of 14nm CPUs at Computex. According to Intel, the CPU will be unveiled in a 12.5" reference hybrid machine that is just 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 670g. It will be the company's "most energy efficient Core processor in the company's history." Dubbed the Core M series, the company's new range of processors, "purpose built for 2-in-1s," will allow manufacturers to produce even thinner hybrid machines with spades of processing power. This...

  • 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...

  • iFlex concept phone bends and flexes its way into our hearts

    We've seen our fair share of innovative phone concepts in the past (and some have even made it into reality) but the iFlex from De Poorter Design could be the best yet. Not only does it offer up some sweet, bending action, but its concepts and ideas extend far beyond the scope of a mere smartphone. While most of De Poorter's concept work is firmly rooted in the eighties and nineties, the iFlex catapults us forward to a future where our phones not only flex -- which is nothing new to Samsung and LG -- but lock in position...

  • ASUS announces the ultra-portable, affordable 10.1″ X102BA laptop

    With IFA drawing to a close, ASUS has announced the X102BA which is an affordable 10.1-inch compact laptop that's said to be ultra-responsive as well as ultra-portable with its multitouch display. ASUS markets the X102BA as being geared for work and play and it is definitely aimed at students. Although how "affordable" it will be, we do not know. ASUS hasn't made any details clear on the X102BA's price or availability. But it will come out with the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. The X102BA will be available with 2GB/4GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB/500GB hard drive. Furthermore its powered...

  • SOL is a rugged, solar-powered, Ubuntu-running laptop

    Gadget makers like to say that their toys offer technologies that are "world firsts". In the case of SOL, this is undoubtedly the truth. SOL is not only a Linux laptop, but a solar-powered one to boot. The website even boasts that it "never needs to be plugged in. Brave words indeed. Lets see what makes SOL so special, despite the official website revealing close to nothing (a countdown timer teases us with another 15 hours before the specs will be revealed). It could also be US$300 (R3 000) if the rumours are correct. What we do know, based on...

  • HP reveals new Tegra 4 laptop/tablet hybrids: Windows 8 Split x2, SlateBook x2

    To our knowledge, there are no commercially available Tegra 4 lappietablets (laptop/tablet hybrid computers, our term) and certainly none from HP, until now. HP’s just revealed the Split x2 and the SlateBook x2, two lappietablets running Windows 8 and Android respectively. Let’s begin with the Split x2. HP’s Windows 8-running Split x2 The Split x2 is a Windows 8 device with a 13.3-inch HD screen, an i3 or i5 CPU, Beats Audio, an optional 500GB SSD (for some reason, HP won’t reveal the storage of the Split x2, but we’re guessing 64/128GB) and "eye-catching design with a soft-touch coating”. It’s a...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: well-priced with amazing performance

    On the surface, Lenovo's Y500 gaming laptop looks like a standard black notebook computer. When we opened the system up, however, we were surprised by a comfortable, full-size backlit keyboard, a high-quality 15.6-inch screen, and above-average audio. Not bad, even if these are expected in a modern gaming laptop. Digging a little deeper into the Y500's specifications really raised our eyebrows. A Core i7 3630 processor? Not one, but two GeForce GT graphics parts? An SSD bootstrap drive? 16GB of system memory? For $1,250 (£825)? It's hard to believe, but it's true. And, more importantly, it's fast. Lenovo's load-out puts the Y500 in...