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MAINGEAR joins the VR hype, releases Oculus-ready notebook

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 1:32 pm

"VR is now a reality and both the F131 and NOMAD VR are ready to fully immerse you into any virtual adventure you seek" says MAINGEAR CEO Wallace Santos in a recently issued press release. This PC company has jumped on the VR-ready hype train by releasing its F131 desktop and NOMAD VR notebook for virtual reality operations.




The NOMAD VR packs a serious punch as you may expect, bragging some similar specifications to the Eurocom Sky X9E that I wrote about earlier today. Within this model, you can expect to find an Intel i7-7600K, a desktop NVIDIA GTX 980 and a 1080p G-Sync ready display.


Further packed with HD Foster Audio speakers that are tuned by Soundblaster Cinema, USB 3.1 Type-C, an integrated webcam and more, this model is shaping up to be another killer portable gaming rig. While I say 'portable', it's important to remember that you're not expected to sit this in your knees while waiting for long-haul flight connections, but it's certainly much easier than carrying a desktop PC around.

Eurocom launches VR-ready notebook: GTX 980, i7-6700K, 64GB RAM, 4K

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 12:29 pm

Eurocom is known for making some incredibly bulky and powerful gaming and emergency server laptops, with its latest edition being along the same lines. Meet the Sky X93, a portable gaming device that has been marketed as VR-ready by the manufacturer.




With a plethora of different internal options depending on your needs and budget, the top tier model shown off in a recent press release contains no less than an Intel Core i7-6700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 64 GB DDR4 memory and an impressive 4K 17.3" display. Explained as a "desktop laptop," there are no mobile processors or video cards being used here, with Eurocom being well known for releasing desktop components within its laptop models.


Running on an Intel Z170 Chipset, Eurocom says that this device is ready for any Oculus Rift or HTC Vive task you with to throw at it, further packing support for M.2 PCIe SSDs and the previously mentioned 4k UHD IPS display.

Lenovo feels flexible, unveils a slew of new Yoga convertibles at MWC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 22, 2016 11:31 am

MWC 2016 - I've been a big fan of Lenovo's Yoga range for a few years now, rocking the awesome Yoga 2 Pro as my travel companion for years - until I replaced it recently with the HP Spectre X2. Lenovo took some time at Mobile World Congress to unveil their new Yoga 510 and Yoga 710 models, as well as a Windows 10-based tablet: the MIIX 310.




The new Yoga 710 is a mid-range offering, arriving in both 11- and 14-inch models. The 14-inch Yoga 710 is a full Ultrabook, sporting Intel's new sixth-gen Core processor (up to a Core i7 model), while the 11-inch model kicks off with a quad-core Pentium processor, but can be configured with up to a Core m5 processor. The bigger 14-inch model has Lenovo offering an optional NVIDIA GeForce GPU, if you need some GPU grunt. Lenovo says that there's 20% better Wi-Fi reception thanks to the use of a new hinge antenna on the 14-inch Yoga 710, and up to 256GB SSD for fast storage. Both models will feature up to 8 hours of battery, while the 11- and 14-inch displays rock a native resolution of 1920x1080.




As for pricing, the Lenovo Yoga 710 will start at $499 for the 11-inch model, while the 14-inch model will start at $799. Both models will be available in May.

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Surface Pro 4 and Book update finally fixes the power-drain problems

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 18, 2016 3:02 pm

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.

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Apple replacing some DOA MacBook USB Type-C cables

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 15, 2016 1:32 pm

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.

This rugged Chromebook can be dropped from 2 feet off the ground

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 14, 2016 4:07 pm

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 coming to mid-range HP laptops later this year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 11, 2016 2:06 am

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 launches GT72S G Tobii gaming laptop with eye-tracking, GTX 980M

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 8, 2016 5:25 pm

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."

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Dell's Ubuntu XPS 13 'Developer Edition' getting close to launch

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 3, 2016 11:02 pm

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.

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Chromebook market share grows 47% in one year, competition bailing

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:04 am

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.