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Notebooks

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Xiaomi reveals dual-camera Redmi Pro, Mi Notebook Air laptop

    Chinese technology colossus Xiaomi said it would have some stuff to announce today, and it didn't disappoint. The company revealed the Redmi Pro smartphone, coming in three variants. The first two options feature the ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3GB of RAM, while the top-end model has a slightly upgraded Helio X25 chip and 4GB of RAM. The entry-level 32GB Redmi Pro will cost RMB1499 (R3212 as a straight conversion), the 64GB model will have a RMB1699 (R3940) price tag and the 128GB option has a price of RMB1999 (R4279). All devices come with a hybrid SIM slot, allowing you...

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...