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Canadian musician Neil Young calls Apple MacBook Pro 'a piece of crap'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Canadian musician Neil Young is about to never receive another music contract, ever -- as he called Apple's MacBook Pro a "piece of crap" during a recent interview with The Verge.


Young did NOT have anything good to say about the MacBook Pro, telling The Verge: "It's a piece of crap. Are you kidding? That's Fisher-Price quality. That's like Captain Kangaroo, your new engineer. A MacBook Pro? What are you talking about? You can't get anything out of that thing".

The main criticisms with the MacBook Pro comes from the fact Apple say they have the "best speakers" in a notebook, but Young doesn't think so. He continued: "The only way you can get it out is if you put it in. And if you put it in, you can't get it out because the DAC is no good in the MacBook Pro. So you have to use an external DAC and do a bunch of stuff to make up for the problems that the MacBook Pro has because they're not aimed at quality. They're aimed at consumerism".

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Alienware's new dual-screen laptop takes cues from the 3DS

By: Derek Strickland | Laptops | Posted: Jan 8, 2020 @ 17:33 CST

CES 2020 - Alienware demos its new innovative dual-screen laptop that's all screen and no keyboard.


Alienware's new experimental Concept Duet laptop doesn't have a keyboard or any buttons. It's basically two 13-inch screens that fold together via a clamshell clamp that're both fully integrated in an Intel-powered Windows 10 platform. The screens are full touchscreen panels with pen support similar to a souped-up, high-powered Nintendo 3DS, and the device can be folded vertically like a book, horizontally like a traditional laptop, and can also use one screen as a kickstand for tabletop use (or folded into a tablet for single-screen use).

Dell's main use case for Duet Concept is for productivity and content creation like digital art. It looks pretty convenient for anyone who needs to bring their touch-oriented work with them on-the-go. Thankfully the Duet has a special magnetic keyboard that attaches to the bottom screen so you type more efficiently.

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MSI's new Creator 17 is the 'world's very first' Mini LED laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 8, 2020 @ 6:23 CST

CES 2020 - MSI unveiled its new Creator 17 laptop at CES 2020, touting that it was the "world's very first" laptop with a nifty Mini LED display.


Mini LEDs are much smaller traditional LEDs that are used as a backlight in displays, with MSI's new Creator 17 rocking a huge 17-inch 4K panel. The 17-inch panel can dim and brighten with more accuracy than a traditional LCD and LED backlight, with Mini LEDs being super-small down to less than 2mm.

MSI says that the Creator 17 panel can display 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, reach up to 1000 nits of brightness (great for HDR content), and speaking of HDR content we should expect stellar HDR abilities thanks to the high levels of contrast bet ween light and dark areas of images and video on the Mini LED display.

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Intel's new Horseshoe Bend: a gigantic 17-inch foldable laptop concept

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2020 @ 23:31 CST

CES 2020 - Intel had something very interesting to show off at CES 2020 this year, with its new codename Horseshoe Bend -- a gigantic 17-inch tablet with a foldable display.


The large 17-inch foldable tablet acts like no other device before it, as it can act as multiple products -- it can be a laptop with a wireless or Bluetooth keyboard. You can fold it into a 12-inch laptop with the option of a wireless keyboard, plug-in keyboard, or even a magnetic keyboard that connects to the bottom of the Horseshoe Bend.

But when you're not inputting data into it, you can unfold the Horseshoe Bend into a much larger 17-inch display. This would be great in certain scenarios, but in its current form I can't see this being terribly popular. I get that it's just a concept, but I need to see more meat on the foldable laptop bone before I'm convinced, and that's coming from an owner of Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Razer Sila 5G home router revealed at CES 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2020 @ 23:00 CST

CES 2020 - Razer first launched its wireless mesh gaming router towards the end of 2018, a gaming router called Sila, but now there's a new one and it packs 5G connectivity.


The new Razer Sila 5G Home Router concept was shown off at CES 2020, and with it brings some changes -- it's now a 5G-based home mesh router, as well as a mobile 5G hotspot. Razer taps its built-in FasTrack engine, a technology that dynamically optimizes network prioritization so that it keeps latency ultra-low and bandwidth high for gaming.

Razer Sila 5G is smart in the way that it can tell the difference between a gaming PC and a console, and it has the ability to lock a certain amount of bandwidth for online gaming. This is good if you've got multiple people throughout the house on varying devices like consoles, PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones -- and want to guarantee a certain amount of bandwidth to a particular PC or device. You can control a bunch of these settings from Razer's own mobile app, too.

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Dell's new G5 15 SE laptop: packs CPU and GPU from AMD both on 7nm

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 7, 2020 @ 20:01 CST

CES 2020 - AMD unveiled its new Zen 2-powered Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs at CES 2020 not even 24 hours ago, right alongside the mid-range Radeon RX 5600 XT (and the new mobile-bound RX 5600M). But now Dell, has used all of this inside of their new G5 15 SE laptop.


Dell's new G5 15 SE laptop has an optional 15-inch 1080p 144Hz display which is a surprise, a mid-range laptop with a 144Hz refresh rate is interesting to see. We also have AMD FreeSync tech support, and thanks to the included Ryzen 4000 series-H processor and Radeon RX 5600M graphics card you should be able to handle most games without a problem at 1080p.

Inside, Dell will have the AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPU and Radeon RX 5600M graphics joined by up to 1TB of PCIe M.2 SSDs, and a 2TB 5400RPM HDD. Dell's new G5 15 SE will start at $799, and will be available in April 2020.

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Fold: foldable laptop starts at $2499

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2020 @ 21:44 CST

CES 2020 - Lenovo has unveiled its new ThinkPad X1 Fold laptop at CES 2020, offering up the first's first foldable laptop that has Intel's latest CPU tech inside -- starting at $2499.


Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Fold has been in development for over 4 years now, with the company churning out no less than 6 different designs before it landed on the consumer version unveiled at CES 2020. It was co-engineered with Intel, will have 5G connectivity, weighs less than 2.2 pounds, has a Bluetooth Mini Fold keyboard included, and folds flat to a 13.3-inch display.

Lenovo and Intel touted all-day battery life for the ThinkPad X1 Fold laptop, but the starting price of $2499 is going to push most people away on a first-gen foldable laptop. It's great to see Lenovo bending out of the boundaries here with the ThinkPad X1 Fold, but I think it'll be a couple of generations before foldable laptops really are a thing.

Lenovo unveils the world's first 5G PC at CES 2020

By: Rob Squires | Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2020 @ 18:40 CST

CES 2020 - Lenovo and Qualcomm announced the first 5G mobile PC today at CES. The Lenovo Yoga 5G is a fan-less laptop based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx compute platform. Qualcomm's 8cx compute platform is powered by the Kryo 495 CPU, which should deliver a twofold performance improvement 60% greater power efficiency over the previous generation.


The laptop features a 14" Full HD LCD screen with a 1080p resolution powered by Adreno 680 GPU graphics. Lenovo has also announced support of the integration of Dolby Atmos quality sound. On the 5G connectivity side, it supports mmWave and sub-6GHz technologies with a patented antenna array as well as eSIM support. The integrated X24 LTE modem can deliver peak download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

Lenovo has also integrated adaptive USB-C ports for charging cell phones and other USB-C peripherals. Like most mobile computers biometric logins are supported through a fingerprint scanner and IR camera. Even packing all of this power into the laptop Lenovo is still expecting a 24 hour battery life.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14: AMD Ryzen 4000 CPU + NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2020 @ 17:51 CST

CES 2020 - AMD just unveiled their new Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs and with it, the launch of the lightning and thinnest gaming laptop from ASUS ever -- the new ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook.


The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook is the first 14-inch RTX Gaming series laptop, packing AMD's new Ryzen 7 4800HS processor (8C/16T) and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 memory. Inside, you'll get up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a single NVMe SSD with up to 1TB.

AMD will provide a specially-binned version of its new Ryzen 7 4800H processor, with ASUS tapping the binned 4800HS variant. It'll rock a 14-inch 1440p IPS display with the option of 60Hz or 120Hz, while AMD FreeSync technology is also here. There's also a special LED on the back in the form of the "AniMe Matrix LED" personalization that comes as an optional, precision-cut LED on the lit that shows custom graphics, animations, and other effects.

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Acer teases new ConceptD 7 Ezel laptop at CES 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Jan 5, 2020 @ 21:31 CST

CES 2020 - Acer has unveiled its new Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel laptops at CES 2020, with the new Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel and Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro laptops having an impressive design and some powerhouse internals.


But where the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel does things differently is in the new hinges, allowing the laptop to have an almost 360-degree swing. This means you can throw down the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel pretty much anywhere and get work done, show someone something, or use it as a portable display -- all while it packs some crazy internals for high-end tasks.

Inside, Acer can configure the ConceptD 7 Ezel laptops with NVIDIA's normal GeForce RTX 2060 or RTX 2080 Ti -- while the Pro model can be configured with the latest Quadro RTX graphics cards. You can also opt between Intel's new 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs or a higher-end workstation Intel Xeon CPU in the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro.

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