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Samsung has two new Windows 10 tablets for CES 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 7:18 am

It looks like Samsung is preparing two new Windows 10-based tablets for CES 2017 next week, with the Galaxy TabPro S successor - thanks to SamMobile reporting on a purported model number SM-W720 tablet.

 

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Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro S successor is a high-end Windows 10 tablet rocking an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. The company will include a 5200mAh battery with fast-charging port, USB Type-C, and more - all found inside of a 12-inch 2160x1440 Super AMOLED display and 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back.

 

The other tablet Samsung is expected to unveil is the purported SM-W620, which should be a smaller version - possibly an 8- or 10-inch variant, with possibly watered down specifications.

ASUS working on thinnest GeForce GTX 1080 gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 3:32 am

Razer has been owning the gaming notebook market for a while now, but with competitors like MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASUS - that lead isn't guaranteed.

 

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ASUS continued to refine their gaming notebooks, with reports suggesting a new premium gaming laptop is in the works - with it measuring in at just 16.65mm thick. There are Ultrabooks on the market that are thicker than that, so the rumor that ASUS is cramming in a GeForce GTX 1080 inside has us excited.

 

Not only that, but we should see Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor, up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM, and super-fast PCIe x4-based NVMe SSD. We should expect ASUS to unveil the GTX 1080-powered gaming notebook next week at CES 2017.

Lenovo's new laptops rock clean Win 10, next-gen storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 6:30 am

Lenovo are teasing the future of their laptops ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with an entire lineup of new and refreshed laptops rocking Kaby Lake processors, and more.

 

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We have the totally new ThinkPad Yoga 370 2-in-1 convertible, refreshed T-Series (T470, T570, T470s, and T470p) and L-Series (L470 and L570) models, the new X270, and an updated version of the ThinkPad 13.

 

What to expect from Lenovo's new laptops:

 

  • Microsoft Signature: All ThinkPads comes loaded out of the box with the Microsoft Signature Image (clean install, no bloatware).
  • Precision TouchPad: Microsoft's PTP standard supported across all devices.
  • USB-C 'Anti-Fry' Protection: Systems with USB-C have equipped with protection circuit to protect from improperly designed/malfunctioning USB-C power supplies.
  • dTPM 2.0 security support: Universal implementation of discrete TPM 2.0.
  • ThinkPad Intelligent diagnostic codes: Intelligent Diagnostics with musical tones from notebook interpreted by companion smartphone app.
  • Intel Optane Performance: Non-volatile storage medium in the PCIe M.2 format for significant improvements in endurance, performance, and power consumption.

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Dell's new XPS gaming laptop rocks Kaby Lake, GTX 1050

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 3:28 am

It looks like Dell is about to unleash a new range of XPS gaming laptops at CES 2017 in a couple of weeks time, with Dell teasing 'the most powerful XPS laptop we've ever built', but quickly removing it from its website.

 

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Dell's new XPS 9650 sports a 15-inch 4K display, Intel's new Kaby Lake-based processor (Core i3-7100HQ, Core i5-7300HQ, or Core i7-7700HQ), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with up to 4GB of RAM, and I'm sure plenty of storage options, USB 3.0 connectivity, and more.

 

It couldn't come at a better time, as I've been waiting patiently on pulling the trigger on one of Dell's deliciously beautiful XPS laptops - but a new Kaby Lake/GeForce GTX 1050-powered laptop will be great.

Apple's new MacBook Pro has crappy battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 10:28 am

Apple's new MacBook Pros hit the headlines with their cool new Touch Bar, but then there were claims that there was visual corruption over the AMD Radeon graphics cards - something that was debunked as 'fake news' if I can use that in a news story I will - it turned out to be third-party software, and not AMD hardware causing the visual artifacts.

 

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Now there are MBP owners taking to Reddit to talk about the poor battery life on their new, expensive laptops. One of the posts reads: "The battery on mine (MBP 15″, 2.9, 1 TB, 460) seemed poor when I first got it, but after a week or so it seemed to get better. I assume it's because I was syncing Dropbox and installing all of my software. Now, I'm easily getting 8+ hours out of it when doing the "loungey" stuff like Messages, Safari, Mail, Calendar, and working on the odd spreadsheet in Excel".

 

Another post said: "I've had the 13′ w/ TB model for a little over a week and a half now. And I'm not liking the battery life at all so far. So initially using chrome w/ the rest of my apps I was getting about 4-5 hrs. So I switched to safari and noticed a slight bump, 5-6hrs. Which is not what was advertised. I used Safari, Mail, NetBeans/xcode and spotify. While in sleep mode, with all apps off, I lose about 6% every 8hrs which is also very bad...".

 

And finally, there's this one: "Damn. I opened laptop when I just got home and had 75%. Has been less then 2 hours and got down to 5%. Chrome was open, and was editing photos in lightroom. Not a fan of the battery life".

 

As I said in an article a few weeks ago: Apple can't launch a high-end MacBook Pro anymore, and that's quite sad.

MacBook Pro GPU issues caused by software, not AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 4, 2016 8:07 am

It looks like the GPU-related issues on Apple's freshly-released MacBook Pro laptops was not because of the AMD Radeon graphics inside - something I said a few weeks ago, as all signs are pointing towards crappy third-party software ruining consumers' expensive new purchase.

 

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AppleInsider reports from sources familiar with the matter that "overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple's own Photos app". I don't see the words "AMD" or "Radeon" anywhere there, but I do see the words "third-party" and "Apple's own Photos app", though.

 

In my article titled 'Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues', I said: "There were issues with the new 15-inch MBP that sports AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, with people taking to the MacRumor forums to complain about their problems. But there are a lot of people with 13-inch MacBook Pros that are experiencing issues, and there is no AMD hardware inside of those models - that's all an all-Intel MacBook Pro, with the same issues the model with the Radeon Pro 400 series graphics has".

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Clevo's new laptop: 7700K, GTX 1080 SLI... costs $16,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 4:27 am

Clevo could be working on the most powerful gaming laptop ever created, with their new P870X featuring the unreleased desktop-class Intel Core i7-7700K as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards... in SLI.

 

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How much does this beautiful mess of hardware cost? Oh... just $16,000 - well, if I need to be precise - then we're looking at $15,853. Inside, we have Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K processor which clocks in at up to 4.5GHz, there's also 64GB of DDR4 RAM from Corsair, 6TB of M.2 storage (what in the HOLY HELL, Clevo - you guys are AWESOME), and 4TB of normal SSD storage. But it would be the 2 x GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI that will have most gamers drooling.

 

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Clevo is using a 17.3-inch 4K display with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, and a bunch of inputs, Wi-Fi, and more.

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Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 28, 2016 8:02 am

Apple had quite the unveiling a few weeks ago with its refreshed MacBook Pro family, featuring a high-end $4000+ model that featured AMD's new Polaris-based Radeon Pro 460 graphics.

 

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Then less than 24 hours ago we reported on the issue, with waves of people complaining about their new MacBook Pros experiencing video-related issues. There were issues with the new 15-inch MBP that sports AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, with people taking to the MacRumor forums to complain about their problems. But there are a lot of people with 13-inch MacBook Pros that are experiencing issues, and there is no AMD hardware inside of those models - that's all an all-Intel MacBook Pro, with the same issues the model with the Radeon Pro 400 series graphics has.

 

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The issue here is that Apple, a company that prides itself on being courageous for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and is meant to be the top of the pyramid when it comes to their quality products. So much so, that Apple even has a $300 book on its amazing designs, yet its new $4000+ laptop was shipped with major issues resulting in thousands of people complaining about issues on their new laptops.

Did Apple ship $4099 MacBook Pros with a faulty GPU?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 27, 2016 7:19 pm

It appears that Apple's new $2399 MacBook Pro may have some sort of hardware fault, with quite a few users reporting similar video and screen tearing/flickering issues that could be linked to the ultrabook's Radeon Pro discrete GPUs.

 

 

The issues seem to be affecting the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro models outfitted with a dedicated GPU from AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 Series, suggesting that a faulty graphics card could be the culprit. Many frustrated Apple users have been sharing their horror stories on the MacRumor Forums, and some aren't even able to use their MacBook Pros without visual issues.

 

The glitches appear to be widespread in the initial first wave of MacBook Pros, with Radeon Pro 450 and Radeon Pro 460 users reporting what appear to be symptoms of video card failure--artifacts, distorted colors, flickering and tearing. Bear in mind that the Radeon Pro 460 MacBook Pros cost a staggering $4,099, so at that price you'd expect everything to be in tip-top shape. To illustrate how widespread the problems may actually be, 9 to 5 Mac ran a poll asking MacBook Pro owners if they're having problems--a whopping 47%, or 713 users, said they had problems with their 15-inch Radeon Pro 460-powered MacBook Pros.

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ASUS' new gaming laptop rocks liquid-cooled GTX 1080 SLI

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 6:06 pm

ASUS today introduced the insane ROG GX800 gaming laptop that rocks dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s with liquid-cooling, a 4K UHD display, and other enthusiast-grade specs.

 

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The ASUS ROG GX800 is the "world's most powerful Windows 10 Professional gaming laptop" and the "world's first gaming laptop to provide real 4K UHD gameplay" thanks to its high-end specifications. The ROG GX800 taps its liquid-cooled Hydro Overclocking System add-on dock for extreme overclocking across the board: the laptop's onboard Intel i7 6820HK can hit 4.2GHz and its dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s to hit 1961MHz and VRAM overclocked to 5200MHz with the liquid-cooling add-on, and RAM can be OC'ed to 2800MHz.

 

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The ROG GX800 rocks a 60Hz 18.4-inch 16:9 LED 4K IPS G-Sync display with 100% Adobe RGB, with its internal components clocking in with an Intel Core i7 6820HK Processor, up to 64GB of 2800Mhz DDR4 RAM, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB of GDDR5X VRAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD with support for up to three M.2 PCIe-based SSDs in RAID 0. The performance notebook also features a full ROG Aura RGB mechanical keyboard.

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