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Eurocom's 'entry level' laptop is better than most desktop gaming rigs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

Known for making amazingly fast and sturdy gaming or industrial laptops, Eurocom has pushed live a press release announcing its new Shark 5 "entry level" Skylake-based ultra-portable laptop.




While this system is branded as entry level, the Shark 5 is packed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor and up to 32GB of RAM. The whole package is attached to a 15.6" 1080p screen and comes wrapped up in a 1.1-inch thick body. Other options include space for three physical storage drives with up to 4.512 TB of storage, 1GbE LAN, a 62WH battery for 280 minutes of use, an optical drive and a total weight of 2.5kg.


If you're interested in getting one of these beastly entry level systems for yourself, check out the official Eurocom website here.

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Costco offers $300 off Microsoft Surface Pro 3 bundle

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If you're looking to pick up a portable computing device, it seems that waiting for the Black Friday sales is the best way to go. Costco has charged out of the gates with both fists swinging, announcing specials such as a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 10 bundle for a crazy $300 off.




Featuring 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, a protective cover, Surface pen, 2160 x 1440 resolution and one year of Office 365 Personal included, this Intel Core i7-powered surface dwarfs the $100 saving on ASUS' TP500 Flip 15.6" Touchscreen laptop.


However, if you are looking for something with a little more storage space, this ASUS system comes in at just under $400 and features a 500GB hard drive paired with a slower Intel Core i3 processor.

Samsung's new ATIV laptop features 4K display, Core i7 CPU, GTX 950M

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 12:26 pm

Samsung has unveiled its new ATIV Book 9 Pro laptop, which packs an Intel Core i7 CPU (the new sixth-gen, Skylake chip), a 15.6-inch 4K display, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU.




We have around 6.5 hours of battery life, with the entire system crammed into a 4.45-pound all-aluminum body. Inside, we also have 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, reversible USB Type-C, quad speakers, and Wi-Fi booster. Samsung is aiming at people buying the new MacBook Pro 15, Dell XPS 15, and even the Surface Book with these specs and style.


But, the price is going to be the big problem for most - at $2699, it's not cheap. This price includes the higher-end Core i7 processor and GTX 950M graphics, but still - it's Surface Book/MacBook Pro territory.

Microsoft's Surface Book is a nightmare for DIY repairs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 5, 2015 12:28 am

Microsoft's new Surface Book has been lauded as a revolutionary new PC that's fully capable of replacing your premium tablet and laptop. The all-in-one was built with business-fueled productivity in mind, but also has a number of flavors to reflect the needs of its owners. For all of its mighty pros, the Surface Book has one serious flaw: it's a total nightmare for do-it-yourself repairs.




The hardware gurus at iFixit have just torn apart the Surface Book to take a good look at the system's guts, revealing all its innards to the world. As per usual the tecchies show the process in a detailed step-by-step tutorial so you can follow along. But you won't want to follow along, as the Surface Book is a rectangular puzzle of doom.


What makes the Surface Book so hard to repair? Let's take a closer look. The LCD panel and glass plate are fused together, meaning you'll have to replace the entire thing instead of one or the other. Secondly the RAM and Skylake CPU are soldered to the motherboard, making for very tough RAM replacement.

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Some experiencing flickering on Surface Book, workaround available

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 6:40 pm

Some users are seeing screen flickering with the newly launched Surface Book. If you're one of them, Microsoft News has a workaround for you. While there's no specific reason to think using it would cause issues, we have to disclaim that we take no responsibility for any issues caused by using it.




Now then, Microsoft's virtualization tech known as Hyper-V is said to be the cause of the issue. Until they fix it (and they've indicated they will), you can disable it by finding your way to Command Prompt and entering this text: "dism.exe /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V" (no quotes). Alternately, go to Windows Features and disable it there.

Microsoft launches site to help Macbook users switch to Surface Book

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 6:46 pm

The Surface Book launches today, and with it, Microsoft is apparently not content to just have it be a success with those already in its camp, but wants a piece of that Apple pie, too. And so it's designed a website -- dubbed "Making the switch" -- intended to help Macbook users make the transition, whether they're considering a Surface Book or already have one.




The site is comprimised of four main sections. The first helps Mac users become acquainted with the Start menu and the interface; the second answers common questions longtime Mac users have like "Do I have to worry about getting viruses now?" and "How do I talk to my friends and family without FaceTime and iMessage?"; the third offers step-by-step instructions on how to move files, contacts, and so on from your Macbook over to the Surface Book, and the fourth offers information on iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes compatibility (MS says they all work fine).


If you are a Macbook user and are thinking about making the switch or already have, hit the source.

Eurocom's new Sky X9 notebook includes 4K display, 6700K and GTX 980

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 25, 2015 10:27 pm

Eurocom has just unveiled its impressive new Sky X9 'desktop laptop', packing some insane horsepower. The Eurocom Sky X9 can be configured with up to a desktop Intel Core i7-6700K, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a desktop GTX 980, and a high-res 4K display.




Inside, Eurocom offers two PCIe M.2 SSDs, as well as two 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps ports for those huge RAID setups. Connectivity wise we have 5 x USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. There's also HDMI, HDMI over Thunderbolt, dual GbE Killer E2400 ports, dual DisplayPort, 7.1-channel analog and optical audio out.




The display comes as an IPS-based 17.3-inch 1080p screen, which can be opted out for a massive 4K display - both including NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Eurocom has packed in an elaborate thermal management system that uses up to 660W of power, with Eurocom President, Mark Bialic, explaining: "In 1989 we created the first Desktop Replacement Notebook, in 2015 we have no created the first "desktop laptop' system with socket based desktop Intel processor support and slot based MXM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics support to along with 64 GB of DDR4 memory".

MSI's new ultra-thin GS40 Phantom gaming laptop packs a serious punch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 7:12 pm

MSI has announced that its new compact and lightweight GS40 Phantom is now available to ship out, giving an edge to consumers who want to take high-performance enthusiast-grade gaming on the go.




The GS40 Phantom packs in all the latest trappings you'd expect in a high-grade gaming rig into a 3.5 lbs package, making it the "world's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop". Although it's so portable, the laptop sports serious hardware with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU, 16GB of onboard DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133 MHz, and a sixth-gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost. The display is a 14" non-reflective full HD screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio and True Color support. For blistering-fast game loading, the Phanom sports a high-performance PCIe Gen 3.0 SSD configured in NVMe to deliver read speeds over 2,200 MB/s.


"The GS40 Phantom is a breakthrough in design that combines the power of bigger gaming laptops with the portability of a netbook," said MSI president Andy Tung. "The GS40 Phantom does not scale back on performance just to be lighter or thinner, it complements its svelte physique with technologies not even found in larger units."

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MSI GS40 gaming notebook features Core i7 6700HQ, 970M, 32GB RAM

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 5:50 pm

MSI's latest gaming notebook -- the GS40 Phantom -- doesn't shy away from power. See for yourself with the specifications below.




Apart from high-end hardware, the GS40 includes Cooler Boost technology, intended to alleviate of the weaknesses of gaming laptops (and laptops in general), which is to say, overheating. MSI designed the GS40 with five heat pipes and two fans to cool the GPU and CPU, which work in tandem with Cooler Boost.


Also included: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a headphone amp in the form of the ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, and the Nahimic Audio Enhancer.


Pricing and availability are not yet known.

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New Acer convertible notebook and all-in-one PC coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 4:29 pm

Acer is soon releasing two new computers: the Aspire R14 notebook, and the Aspire Z3-700 portable all-in-one PC.


The R14 has a convertible screen, meaning it can fold over to convert the notebook into a tablet. It can also turn 180 degrees. Some specs and info:




  • 18.5mm thickness
  • Weighs 3.5lbs
  • Intel 6-th gen CPU
  • 8GB RAM (max)
  • Solid state drive
  • MU-MIMO wireless technology (faster downloads "especially on crowded networks")
  • $699

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