Described by ZDNet as "the world's largest independent, nonprofit, consumer product testing organization," Consumer Reports is a fully independent testing community free of advertising and endorsement.
In a recently run survey, this community posted findings that will likely annoy most anti-Apple fans, showcasing report on thousands of laptops over three years of ownership. Ranking in the top spot with only a 10 percent breakdown rate was the tech giant Apple, followed by 16 percent for Samsung. Bringing up the rear were systems ranking in at between 18 to 19 percent breakage rates, with these companies being Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, Dell and ASUS.
In addition, these findings also pointed out that Windows machines are used, on average, for 20 hours a week compared to Apple's 23, but these Windows products are breaking down more often. This report doesn't showcase or pinpoint that Apple products are far superior in every shape or form, it simply notes that within this community of 58,000 people, Apple products seem to break down less over long periods of time.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is preparing two new MacBook Air models for 2016, something we should see unveiled at their WWDC 2016 event in June. The actual launch of the new MBA models will be in Q3 2016.
The thinner MacBook Air models would arrive in 13- and 15-inch, but the 11-inch model is still up in the air. The new models will be thinner thanks to "fully redesigned" internal components, with Apple working with its suppliers to develop these new, thinner components. Apple expanded its MacBook Air range earlier this year with the new MacBook, which featured a 12-inch Retina display and used Intel's new ultra low voltage chips for its fanless design.
Acer is launching its Predator 15 and Predator 17 gaming notebooks today.
All models include an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, a GeForce GTX 980M, and support for 4K and G-Sync. The key difference between the 15 and 17 is the display: a 15.6'' for the former, and a 17.3'' IPS for the latter. Then there are variations between each on RAM and storage.
Eurocom are known for producing laptops with crazy specifications and price tags to match, but if you get in quick you might be able to score yourself one for below the market price.
As part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Eurocom are offering up its Sky X9 'Desktop Laptop' with a $500 discount. The headline of a recently issued press release shows exactly why a computing enthusiast might drool over this model, with it offering a dekstop Intel Skylake CPU, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop GPU and a smooth 64GB of DDR4 memory.
The Skylake desktop CPU on offer is none other than the Core i7 6700K and it comes paired with two 1Gb LAN ports, a 4K UHD display, USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0 and support for over 5TB of storage, including facilities for RAID, M.2 SSDs, HDDs and normal SSDs alike.
Known for making amazingly fast and sturdy gaming or industrial laptops, Eurocom has pushed live a press release announcing its new Shark 5 "entry level" Skylake-based ultra-portable laptop.
While this system is branded as entry level, the Shark 5 is packed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor and up to 32GB of RAM. The whole package is attached to a 15.6" 1080p screen and comes wrapped up in a 1.1-inch thick body. Other options include space for three physical storage drives with up to 4.512 TB of storage, 1GbE LAN, a 62WH battery for 280 minutes of use, an optical drive and a total weight of 2.5kg.
If you're interested in getting one of these beastly entry level systems for yourself, check out the official Eurocom website here.
If you're looking to pick up a portable computing device, it seems that waiting for the Black Friday sales is the best way to go. Costco has charged out of the gates with both fists swinging, announcing specials such as a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 10 bundle for a crazy $300 off.
Featuring 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, a protective cover, Surface pen, 2160 x 1440 resolution and one year of Office 365 Personal included, this Intel Core i7-powered surface dwarfs the $100 saving on ASUS' TP500 Flip 15.6" Touchscreen laptop.
However, if you are looking for something with a little more storage space, this ASUS system comes in at just under $400 and features a 500GB hard drive paired with a slower Intel Core i3 processor.
Samsung has unveiled its new ATIV Book 9 Pro laptop, which packs an Intel Core i7 CPU (the new sixth-gen, Skylake chip), a 15.6-inch 4K display, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU.
We have around 6.5 hours of battery life, with the entire system crammed into a 4.45-pound all-aluminum body. Inside, we also have 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, reversible USB Type-C, quad speakers, and Wi-Fi booster. Samsung is aiming at people buying the new MacBook Pro 15, Dell XPS 15, and even the Surface Book with these specs and style.
But, the price is going to be the big problem for most - at $2699, it's not cheap. This price includes the higher-end Core i7 processor and GTX 950M graphics, but still - it's Surface Book/MacBook Pro territory.
Microsoft's new Surface Book has been lauded as a revolutionary new PC that's fully capable of replacing your premium tablet and laptop. The all-in-one was built with business-fueled productivity in mind, but also has a number of flavors to reflect the needs of its owners. For all of its mighty pros, the Surface Book has one serious flaw: it's a total nightmare for do-it-yourself repairs.
The hardware gurus at iFixit have just torn apart the Surface Book to take a good look at the system's guts, revealing all its innards to the world. As per usual the tecchies show the process in a detailed step-by-step tutorial so you can follow along. But you won't want to follow along, as the Surface Book is a rectangular puzzle of doom.
What makes the Surface Book so hard to repair? Let's take a closer look. The LCD panel and glass plate are fused together, meaning you'll have to replace the entire thing instead of one or the other. Secondly the RAM and Skylake CPU are soldered to the motherboard, making for very tough RAM replacement.
Some users are seeing screen flickering with the newly launched Surface Book. If you're one of them, Microsoft News has a workaround for you. While there's no specific reason to think using it would cause issues, we have to disclaim that we take no responsibility for any issues caused by using it.
Now then, Microsoft's virtualization tech known as Hyper-V is said to be the cause of the issue. Until they fix it (and they've indicated they will), you can disable it by finding your way to Command Prompt and entering this text: "dism.exe /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V" (no quotes). Alternately, go to Windows Features and disable it there.
The Surface Book launches today, and with it, Microsoft is apparently not content to just have it be a success with those already in its camp, but wants a piece of that Apple pie, too. And so it's designed a website -- dubbed "Making the switch" -- intended to help Macbook users make the transition, whether they're considering a Surface Book or already have one.
The site is comprimised of four main sections. The first helps Mac users become acquainted with the Start menu and the interface; the second answers common questions longtime Mac users have like "Do I have to worry about getting viruses now?" and "How do I talk to my friends and family without FaceTime and iMessage?"; the third offers step-by-step instructions on how to move files, contacts, and so on from your Macbook over to the Surface Book, and the fourth offers information on iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes compatibility (MS says they all work fine).
If you are a Macbook user and are thinking about making the switch or already have, hit the source.