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Alienware has just announced that it will be upgrading any of their customers who purchased a Haswell-powered gaming laptop with an upgrade to Intel's latest Skylake-based processors.
Dell/Alienware executive Frank Azor confirmed the news, taking to Twitter where he said: "Our new notebooks launched last week. If you buy one & a new CPU launches within the next 30 days, you get a frere upgrade ;) Badass". The new upgrade will be for consumers who have purchased a Haswell-powered Alienware laptop in the last 30 days, you'll receive an upgrade to a Skylake-powered machine. The upgrade applies to the Alienware 13, 15 and 17 models, with the option available to also upgrade to Windows 10.
We have seen some super exciting devices unveiled at IFA this year, with Toshiba rolling out a new 4K-capable laptop. Toshiba's new kit features a 12.5-inch display, with the Satellite Radius 12 featuring Intel's latest and greatest Skylake-powered Core processors.
Toshiba's new Satellite Radius 12 is just 0.6 inches (1.52cm) thick, and weighs just 2.9 pounds (1.31kg). This might not sounds like much, but when it packs a 4K-capable display, it should give you a smile. Toshiba has donned the new laptop with a brushed metal finish, with Engadget reporting that the feel of the laptop itself is a "prosumer-grade, professional-caliber device".
This machine is made for graphics work, where there's Technicolor-endorsed color-calibration to make sure your colors are near perfect. Inside, we have the aforementioned new Skylake-based Core processor, 8GB of RAM and at least 256GB of storage. If you don't want the 4K display, you can opt down for the 1080p display which should save some of those precious dollars off.
We also have Harman Kardon speakers, USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports, and it'll be made available with an infrared camera combination that will allow for facial recognition log-in.
The ASUS ROG G751 is one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market, but the Taiwanese giant has just one-upped itself with the new GX700 gaming notebook. What makes it so special? Well, it's watercooled. Frickin' watercooled.
The ASUS GX700 features a 17-inch screen with a 4K resolution, which is a first. Inside, we have the new Intel K-series Skylake processor, and an unreleased NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The CPU itself is reportedly the Core i7-6820HK, which has a 2.7GHz base frequency and Turbo clock of 3.6GHz. There's an insane 64GB of DDR4 RAM inside, and as for the GPU, it's an unreleased GeForce chip with 2048 CUDA cores, a 1190MHz GPU clock, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 160GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The big difference between the G751 with its GTX 980M, is that the GTX 980M has 1536 CUDA cores, so this new GPU should be quite the jump.
ASUS includes a huge 'docking base' with the GX700 which is just a standalone watercooling solution. The notebook itself is very similar in its cooling design to the G751, but the watercooling base is a huge change. When attached, it can increase performance by as much as 80% according to ASUS. This is because gaming notebooks throttle the GPU speeds when it's not adequately cooled.
Acer has announced the Acer Chromebook R 11, the company's first convertible Chromebook laptop unit.
The Chromebook R 11 features an 11.6-inch (1366x768) display, HD webcam, powered by Intel Celeron processors. The device features a dual-torque hinge design able to support the following modes: laptop, pad, display and tent. It is just 19.2mm thin and weighs less than three pounds, so it'll be easy to transport out and about.
The Acer Chromebook R 11 will launch in North America next month with a $299 MSRP. Global rollout will begin in November.
It might be the introduction of high performance unlocked K-series mobile processors from Intel, but EVGA has decided to enter the gaming notebook market. At IDF, Intel hinted that EVGA would be bringing a gaming notebook to market featuring a new Skylake mobile CPU.
EVGA is traditionally known for their aftermarket video cards and motherboards, and they have a large following of enthusiasts and gamers who want the best hardware in their computers. I contacted our EVGA representative to get more information or even confirmation. According to EVGA marketing, "[EVGA] are working on a new 17-inch thin gaming notebook with very high-end hardware. Plan to launch late this year/early next. 100% EVGA design from the ground up".
EVGA is known for their NVIDIA-based GPUs and Intel-based motherboards, so we should expect an Intel CPU and the possibility of a discrete mobile GPU from NVIDIA. We could even go as far as to expect Intel's first K-SKU mobile CPU in EVGA's gaming notebook, but at this time there is no solid confirmation of what hardware will be used in their gaming notebook.
Now that the new Skylake processors are floating into PCs across the world, Apple is preparing new 12-inch Retina MacBook models using Intel's latest and greatest processors.
Intel will be reportedly providing low-power Skylake-Y processors including the Core M3, Core M5 and Core M7 for the new Retina MacBooks. The new Retina MacBook that will have an expected price of $1299 will rock the Cor M3 6Y30, with a default clock speed of 900MHz and two cores. Intel's Turbo Boost technology will push it up to 2.2GHz when needed.
The mid-range processors will include the Core M5 6Y54 and Core M5 6Y57 and will be clocked at 1.1GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of 2.7GHz and 2.8GHz, respectively. These chips will be plopped into the MacBook priced at $1599. The higher-end model will feature the Core M5 6Y75 that will be clocked at 1.2GHz, with Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz and doesn't yet include a price. If we had to guess, it would be $1999.
Alienware has just announced its latest and greatest gaming notebook, the Alienware 18, with what I would call the single most best, cringe-worthy announcement video of all time. Check it out below.
The new Alienware 18 gaming laptop kicks off with a minimum of a Core i7-4710MQ at 2.5GHz, but you can opt for the Core i7-4910MQ or Core i7-4940MX if you want some added CPU performance. There's four DIMM slots inside, with a stock 16GB of RAM upgradeable to 32GB. The stock model includes a 500GB HDD, while the 1TB model costs an insane 1TB more. Very strangely, there's no SSD here which is super disappointing and somewhat of a showstopper for me.
GPU wise you can have up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980Ms in SLI, which will more than handle the 18.4-inch 1920x1080 display and any game you throw at it. Connectivity wise, we have a Killer Ethernet port, Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, a miniDisplayPort, HDMI (in and out) and more. Dell has also packed in 20 LED lighting colors across 10 separate zones for the ultimate customization.
Featuring a 13.3-inch IPS display, a 720p HD webcam, 12 hours of battery life and a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, this $399 and above laptop will be hitting shelves on September 17 in the United States and Canada.
With lower models set to include Intel Celeron or Core i3 processors, the Dell Chromebook 13 will come packaged with up to 8GB of RAM and are bundled with a bunch of Dell software and extras including Dell SonicWALL (a VPN app), Sell Secure Mobile Access, Dell Wyse vWorkplace desktop visualization and more. This could be seen as bloatware or as something extremely useful - that is up for you to decide.
All Chromebook 13 owners will also gain access to Dell's ProSupport plus, enabling them access to 24x7 IT support and repairs covering drops, liquid spills and more.
Lenovo has just unveiled its new ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops, both capable of packing Intel's new Xeon processor, 4K displays, professional-grade NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and more.
The new mobile offerings can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM, a Thunderbolt 3 connector (which can drive multiple 4K displays on its own), and the aforementioned Intel Xeon CPU. The P50 model features a 15.6-inch display while the P70 kicks it up to a 17-inch panel. The 15-inch P50 weighs in at 5.6 pounds while the 17-inch model is a much heavier 7.6-pound machine.
Lenovo's P70 does include a fourth storage bay and a second Thunderbolt port, for some serious mobile workstation power. The P50 starts at $1899 with a 1080p display, while the P70 begins at $1999 and scales very high in price depending on the configuration.
Acer is excited for the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, and consumers can purchase the Aspire E Series notebook powered by Windows 10 starting tomorrow.
The Aspire E Series will launch during the first week of August, Acer said in a press statement. The notebooks support either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays, powered by Intel CPUs.
The cheapest model, the E5-573-58FN, has the following specifications: 15.6-inch display, 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive, and will be available for $499.99.