Microsoft had quite the surprise hit on its hands with its beyond impressive Surface Book, with its successor surely in the development stages - and it could arrive quicker than anticipated, with DigiTimes reporting that Microsoft could make a big change in Surface Book 2.
According to the latest reports, Surface Book 2 might drop the 2-in-1 style with a clamshell-style product - this would mean we might not see Microsoft letting you use Surface Book 2 like a tablet. This is a good and bad thing, as people who use Surface Book as a tablet (at least sometimes) won't like the news - but it's a heavy device, and doesn't bode well in tablet use. As a laptop? Rock solid. Tablet mode? Not so much.
Inside, we should see Microsoft beef up the specs of Surface Book 2 with the new Kaby Lake CPU architecture from Intel, with Core i5 and Core i7 offerings - and I'm sure we'll see the use of NVIDIA's awesome GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card, too. The original Surface Book rocked a strange 3000x2000 resolution display, but I'm expecting MS to bump it up to a full 4K display on Surface Book 2.
Razer has refreshed its 14-inch Blade gaming laptop, which now features an optional 4K display, and Intel's latest and greatest Kaby Lake CPU architecture, with the Core i7-7700HQ processor.
The new Blade might feature new hardware, but it still retains its 0.70-inch thickness, and 4.3 pounds with the 4K display - all courtesy of the unibody aluminum chassis. Inside, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 is included, and 16GB of DDR4 system RAM.
You can configure up to 1Tb of SSD storage, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is included, and the beautiful Razer Chroma keyboard of course.
Razer's new Blade starts at $1899 with the 1080p display, and is available right now in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and France through Razerzone.com, but the more expensive higher-end 4K model won't be coming until at least April.
CES 2017 - Razer's super awesome Project Valerie laptops were stolen during CES 2017 last week, and now they're popped up online - and in mainland China, where you can buy them for a cool $21,733.
The triple-screen prototype gaming laptop was stolen during the show, with Razer founder and cool guy Min-Liang Tan getting angry that someone had stolen what his staff around the world had worked for months on. They were stolen, and are now on sale on Taobao for 150000 Yuan, which converts to around $21,700. It's expensive, and I'm sure if you were to buy it, it would be a scam - but Razer should now be able to track the people who stolen the Project Valerie laptops.
Eurocom has just launched its new high-end Tornado F5 gaming laptop, which can be customized and tailor-made to fuel beastly games performance.
Like most gaming laptops on the market, Eurocom's Tornado F5 has been upgraded to support Intel's new seventh-generation Kaby Lake CPUs, rocking up to 3.6GHz Intel i7-770K processors. Tornado F5 pairs Kaby Lake CPUs with NVIDIA's latest 16nm Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10-series video cards including the potent GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X VRAM, the GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, and the GeForce GTX 1060 video card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Other specs of Eurocom's high-end gaming laptop include up to 64GB of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RAM, up to three storage drives in RAID 0 or RAID 1 including SSHDs, HDDs, and SSDs as well as two M.2 PCIe options. Inputs include three USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, one DisplaPort 1.2 port, and one HDMI 2.0 port. The laptop's 15-inch Full-HD display can also be upgraded to support 4K resolution. Interestingly enough, the Tornado F5 doesn't come pre-installed with Windows 64-bit; you have to add $141 for a Windows 10 Home 64-bit license.
Many IT pros, tecchies, and businesses prefer Linux's straightforward (and free) OS over Windows for a number of reasons, especially now that Microsoft is making all kinds of moves in the background with its UWP framework. Now that preference could save you a cool $100 on the latest Dell laptop.
Dell's latest Precision 3520 workstation laptop is a full $100 cheaper if you choose the Linux-based Unbuntu operating system instead of Windows 10. The Precision 3520 is already on sale and has been marked down from its $1400 starting price to $999, with a savings of $428, but the price drops to $899 for the basic Dell Precision 3520 with Intel Core i5-7440HQ, a a 15.6" HD TN (1366x768) display, 4GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a 500GB hard drive.
Having used Unbuntu to assist with formatting a replacement hard drive for my Xbox One, I can say that the OS is a breath of fresh air with its flexibility and logically organized structure. I'm certainly no IT mastermind by any means, but I can honestly see why people prefer Linux over Windows, and I always keep my Linux flash drive handy should I need to do anything fairly technical.
Dell's new XPS 15 laptop is one of the best 15-inch laptops you can buy, featuring Intel's new Kaby Lake-based CPUs and a 1080p 60FPS-capable GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card from NVIDIA.
The company has just two variants of its new XPS 15 shipping now, with the higher-end models coming soon. For now, there's two variants that both feature the same Core i7-7700HQ processor. The first has its 15-inch display with a native 1080p resolution, while you can opt for the 4K display - and higher price.
Dell has XPS 15 models starting with the Core i3-7100H, 8GB of RAM, 32GB SSD/500GB HDD storage and the beautiful 15.6-inch 1080p InfinityEdge display, right up to the Core i7-7700HQ, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe-based SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of RAM, and a 4K touch-capable InfinityEdge display.
CES 2017 - It's not CES without Razer teasing something incredible, and that's what has happened yet again with something they're calling Project Valerie.
Razer's new laptop prototype a lot thicker than we're used to, but it features 3 freakin' displays - yes, not 1 - but 3 displays. Project Valerie has a standard 17-inch display flanked by two more displays, with Razer able to tout Project Valerie is "the world's first portable laptop with three built-in monitors".
The two additional 17-inch displays pop out from the main display, with something that Razer calls "an automated deployment mechanism", where they snap into place without much hassle.
Inside, Razer has used NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, with all 3 displays featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs a huge 12 pounds, and other than that - the company hasn't teased pricing or availability. I'd expect that we won't see it for months yet, and the price - I don't even want to think about it.
CES 2017 - Samsung is entering the battlefield of gaming notebooks with its first-ever performance laptop lineup, the Odyssey.
Samsung's Odyssey line consists of two models that are strikingly similar to the other gaming laptops we've seen unveiled at CES--a model with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, and a premium version with a 17.3-inch FHD display. Much like the fleet of new gaming laptops, Samsung's Odyssey notebooks are customizable as far as specs, and leverage various grades of hardware including up to an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series video cards, 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, dual storage including a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 1TB HDD.
Also like other OEM lineups, the 15.6-inch Samsung Odyssey will be limited in specs and other features. In fact, the 15.6-inch model features an on board NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series GPU (2GB GDDR5 VRAM by default, upgradable to 4GB). The premium Odyssey's GPU has yet to be confirmed, but trends indicate it could rock a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 17.3-inch model also rocks up to 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM (4 SODIMMs) versus the 15.6-inch's 32GB DDR4-2400 max (2 SODIMMs), and features a USB Type-C port and full RGB keys and 0.5mm volcano keycaps, whereas the 15.6-inch variant features 0.3 crater keycaps.
CES 2017 - Acer rolled out the beautifully unique 21:9 gaming laptop with its uber-expensive Predator 21 X, but Acer also made some tweaks to its Predator 17 X model, too.
Acer has refreshed the Predator 17 X with Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture, while swapping out a Maxwell-based GPU for NVIDIA's new Pascal architecture. Now we have the Core i7-7820K processor alongside the GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X. Both the CPU and GPU are desktop-grade, so you'll be able to overclock both, which should stay cool with its custom triple-fan cooling solution - where Acer is using front air intake and a server-class vapor chamber.
The laptop can have its Core i7-7820K overclocked to 4.3GHz, while the GPU will hit 1723MHz, and up to 5.4GHz on the 8GB of GDDR5X. The 17.3-inch 1080p display can be optioned out for a 4K panel, but you should be fine with the GTX 1080.
CES 2017 - Acer has just unveiled the most amazing gaming laptop I've ever had the pleasure of writing about, with its next-gen Predator 21 X gaming laptop rocking a damn 21:9 UltraWide display... on a laptop.
The 21-inch 21:9 display rocks a native resolution of 2560x1080, but it pumps it away at a huge 120Hz, a great achievement - and very welcomed, on an $8999 machine.
Inside, you'll find Intel's new Core i7-7820K processor (an overclockable, mobile version of the new Kaby Lake family), with 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz, and not one - but two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, each with 8GB of GDDR5X.
Acer has used 2 x NVMe PCIe-based SSDs for storage with a 1TB mechanical HDD for storage, a myriad of connectivity - and 660W of power required. The cooling system is beyond impressive, with Acer deploying a 5-fan cooling system with 3 x AeroBlade fans for the CPU and GPUs, while there are 9 heat pipes and DustDefender and CoolBoost fan control from Acer.