The newest Surface line of devices has been marred by a few unsettling problems. They just didn't seem to enter into the deepest of sleep states, which means the battery would run down far faster than you'd expect. Sometimes even being dead when you really wanted to use them. Some new firmware updates have been pushed out by Microsoft that finally solve those long-standing power drain issues.
The CEO of Microsoft, Panos Panay himself, actually posted in a blog post to communicate how thankful they are of patience from those affected. "Today's updates include a set of Microsoft and Intel driver and firmware updates for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that will help you get the most of the power management options that Surface is designed to offer and continue to make your Surface more productive," Panay wrote in the post. "We love our Surface customers. You are our early adopters and our fans and you keep inspiring us with what you are able to do with Surface. You keep pushing us to make Surface even better."
Power management was one of the first issues noted by some of the early adopters, and this update is long in the making. It was one of the most requested updates despite it largely being ignored until now. Battery life could potentially be reduced to around 3-5 working hours, sometimes even being completely drained once arriving at some far off destination. It didn't quite work as advertised, and was incredibly frustrating. And this is just in time for our long-term gaming focused review of the Surface Book. How delightful.
As announced recently on the official Apple website, this technology giant will be replacing defective USB Type-C cables bundled with its latest MacBook Pro models, further covering standalone chargers bought as accessories.
The replacement process suggests that users head straight into an Apple Retail Store after booking a reservation, seemingly replacing dodgy chargers on the spot.
As seen above, the new cable will look basically identical to the previous edition, with the difference being a new serial number placed after the Apple design and manufacturer statements.
A company called CTL has a ruggedized Chromebook built for the demanding education crowd that can withstand a whole lot of abuse, just in case the students these are given too happen to have harsh feelings towards the last test they had to take.
The NL6X takes things to the eXtreme with their newest Chromebook, reinforcing the entire body to be drop resistant up to height of 70cm, or two feet. The back of the lid is reinforced the most to help prevent breakage where issues tend to crop up the most. The keyboard, and whole chassis is spill resistant as well, to help forestall common debilitating issues from stray drinks. Best of all, you can put up to 365lbs on top of it and it won't break.
Under the hood is an Intel Celeron N2940, of the fanless variety, with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a 11.6" 1366x768 screen. This is an education focused machine whose sole purpose is to easily, and inexpensively, provide students of all types with enough compute power to connect with the Internet to get things done. And it can do just that with around 9 hours of battery life. The rugged factor isn't just something cool added on, either, the whole thing is designed for STEM classes, just in case you happen to drop, smash or spill precious sciency stuff onto it. It's rather ingenious. Oh, and the back of the display is also a nifty whiteboard, so you can still put special people on your notebook.
FreeSync support is coming to HP's mid-range Envy 15z laptops sometime before the end of June, and to its entire mid-range line sometime between July and December.
If you're still somehow not acquainted with FreeSync, it makes for better communication between the APU or GPU and the display for reduced or even eliminated stuttering and tearing. The result: a much smoother gameplay experience, particularly on low-end and mid-range hardware.
The 15z series is powered by AMD's A-Series CPUs; models currently run for about $500.
MSI has just launched its sleek, eye-tracking portable powerhouse GT72S G Tobii laptop, ushering in a new age of innovation to the world of performance mobile gaming.
Not content with just packing in insane high-performance gaming hardware into a portable laptop, MSI went a step further by including Tobii eye-tracking for a new dimension of interactivity. The laptop's Tobii eye-tracking technology has a wealth of practical applications for gaming, letting users switch targets, select objects, and even pause the game with the blink of an eye. The onboard tracking tech is currently supported by games like Arma III, Assassin's Creed; Syndicate, Elite Dangerous, and more.
"The GT72S G Tobii adds another dimension to gaming and provides a level of interaction and immersion never experienced before," says Andy Tung, MSI company president. "Our eyes will no longer be passive players, they will now direct, command and transport us into the future of PC gaming."
The Ubuntu based Skylake-infused Dell XPS 13 is getting much closer to launch, so they're discounting older Broadwell-based laptops to help make way for the incoming inventory.
Barton George shared on his Google+ page that they're very close to having the next rendition of the Developer Edition of the XPS 13, running Ubuntu, ready for release. And of course Dell wants to sell the inventory of the older laptops. So with the provided codes (below) you can grab one with a healthy discount. If you're looking for a laptop with Linux pre-installed, that is.
Dell has changed a lot since they became a private company again in 2013. Quality and innovation have been a focus, even if they haven't always hit the mark right on the head. They're open to change, and their Project Sputnik is one of those initiatives.
A new report states Google's Chromebook represents a small PC market share at 2.85% in 2015, but that's grown 47% over the year before. The success is enough that companies such as HP and Dell are said to be pulling out of the low-end laptop space, with the possibility of more to follow suit.
Part of the device's success can be attributed to its wide appeal: from educators to first-time owners to budget-minded minimalists to those just wanting an extra computer in the home, it's proven it has serious reach.
Featuring a thickness of only 20mm and a lightweight 2.7-pound design, HP's new Chromebook 11 G4 EE gas been targeted at the education sector specifically.
Bragging to have passed "HP's 70 cm drop test to help protect it from occasional bumps with lockers and drops from desks," this Chromebook will be priced at only $199 and is set for release later in January this year, as stated in a recent press release by the company.
Further vying to operate in a harsh schooling environment, this new product contains a spill-resistant keyboard, a 180-degree hinge in order to allow it to lay flat and can even be packaged with an IPS panel if requested. Other optional futures include 3G or 4G connectivity, likely included to assist students in remote areas complete small-school or home schooling projects.
CES 2016 - Lenovo had quite the range at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, announcing the new ThinkPad Yoga OLED, the thinnest 14-inch convertible on the market.
First up, we have the 14-inch 2560x1440 display powered by an Intel Core i7 vPro CPU, with the ThinkPad Yoga OLED capable of being configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Samsung-made SSD.
Thanks to its impressive OLED panel, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga OLED is priced at $1650. This is for the base model, without the higher-end upgrades, like the Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD.
CES 2016 - Acer unveiled their new Aspire Switch 12 S at CES 2016, which features the impressive RealSense 3D camera from Intel.
We have a 12-inch Full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, an Intel Core M processor, up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. On the back, the Aspire Switch 12S sports an Intel RealSense 3D camera with a 5-megapixel camera up front.
This all arrives in at 7.8mm thick and 800g, with a release window of March and a starting price of $999.