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  • Huawei Matebook X Pro has one unique webcam, neat design

    Huawei used MWC 2018 to reveal the next entry in its Matebook lineup, dubbed the Matebook X Pro. The two-in-one device stands out from the pack by offering a 13.9-inch "FullView" display, featuring a roughly 90% screen/body ratio and 3000x2000 resolution. Huawei also elicited a reaction from the audience when it showed off its solution for a webcam (there's little space for webcams on these bezels), in the form of a button in between the F/function keys. The Matebook X Pro is powered by an eighth generation Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB/16GB RAM as well as GeForce MX150 graphics. The MX150...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • HP Omen 15 review: expect unlimited HP from this one

    Gaming laptops are generally overpriced. Hell, quality laptops in general can be extremely overpriced. So colour us impressed when we took delivery of HP's Omen 15 (ce004nl), packing some imposing specs into a package that starts at R21 999. Sure, it's still expensive for a laptop, but when compared to other gaming notebooks and the likes of the Macbook range, it's a really tempting purchase. It looks like a stereotypical gaming laptop First up, we have the aesthetics. The Omen 15 is big, brash and borderline gaudy, owing to its stylised vents on the back, the cutouts on the laptop lid and...

  • New Macbook Pro now in SA: what about price?

    The iStore has announced the availability of the latest generation Macbook Pro laptops in South Africa. The 13-inch Macbook Pro was launched on 28 November in the country, while the 15-inch model will be available "soon", the store chain wrote in an emailed statement. Most of the new Macbook Pro models come equipped with a "Touch Bar", being a touch-sensitive strip that replaces the row of function keys. The Touch Bar also includes a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, allowing users to authenticate purchases and lock down their device. The new Macbook Pro line isn't cheap, but the Touch Bar seems rather intriguing Don't care...

  • What can the MacBook Pro Touch Bar be used for?

    Last week, Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pro lineup, complete with a Touch Bar replacing the row of function keys. "The Touch Bar places controls right at the user's fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more," Apple wrote on its website. But what else can you do...

  • You can’t directly connect your iPhone to new MacBook Pro

    Apple held its MacBook Pro event last night, revealing few surprises if you were keeping up with the rumour mill. In an interesting move, the new MacBook Pro laptops sport four USB Type-C ports, moving away from the single Type-C nonsense of the vanilla MacBook. These new laptops don't have full-sized USB ports however, which means you can't actually connect your iPhone directly to the MacBook. The solution is to splash out US$25 on a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, available from the Apple online store. The new MacBook Pro line has some lovely features, but iPhone users will be in for a tough time Fortunately,...

  • New Apple MacBook Pro: a laptop to save all laptops?

    Let's get real for a moment: laptops aren't the sleek and sexy devices they once used to be. In the early 2000s, it was hard to be cool if you didn't own one, and even less so if it wasn't an Apple product. With global laptop and PC sales on the slide, the new Apple MacBook Pro is Cupertino's latest effort to stem the tide. So, what has it brought to the fight this time? Read more: Apple’s new TV app is called ‘TV’ because some things never change If you missed Tim Cook and company's latest announcements tonight, here are some...

  • 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...

  • 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...