Dell has just announced a refreshed XPS 15 laptop that still features the same gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, and now the new model features refreshed internals.
The new XPS 15 features Intel processors with up to the Core i9 chip this time around, while the maximum internal GPU has been notched up to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Dell includes a bunch of different storage options with a mix of HDDs and SSDs, or pure speed with super-fast M.2 NVMe drives. All in all we have up to 21.5 hours of battery life, Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C charging support, USB-A, HDMI, and an SD card reader.
Dell announced their new XPS 15 laptop with a bunch of refreshed PC products, including their gaming brand Alienware with the new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops.
The high-end Alienware 17 rocks Intel's new 8th generation Core processors, right up to the super-high-end Core i9-8950HK which should be hitting up to 5GHz. Dell is using a cooling system they've dubbed Cryo-Tech v2.0, which rocks a vapor chamber to keep the chips inside the Alienware 15/17 cool.
NVIDIA is supplying their full GeForce GTX 1080 with Dell noting that the Alienware 17 features an "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC with 8GB GDDR5X", so we know this isn't the energy efficient Max-Q design and a full-fledged GTX 1080 that is overclockable, all inside a laptop next to a super-fast Core i9 processor.
The future of Windows 10 laptops will be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon-powered laptops, ushering an always-on, always-connected PC future.
In the first video, Qualcomm shows off the truly incredible battery life of their Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs. The what looks to be a Dell XPS 15 on the left can only handle 13 hours, while Qualcomm throws the gauntlet down and rides right up to just under 22 hours of battery life.
Qualcomm first teased its revolutionary Snapdragon on Windows deal with Microsoft just before Computex 2017, I knew it would be a game changer that wouldn't happen overnight, but it would start with a bang and really ramp up as new products were released.
HP has had its Envy x2 on the market for weeks, and it's already sold out. HP's ultra-portable Envy x2 packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor (8-core CPU at up to 2.6GHz), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of UFS storage, and a 12.3-inch 1080p touch display - all with 4G LTE for always-connected PC greatness.
But with it selling out so quickly, it seems that there are thousands of people who have been wanting the always-connected side of things backed up by a huge 22 hours of battery life. This isn't possible on traditional Intel/AMD-based notebooks, something that Qualcomm is changing the game with.
I firmly believe that Qualcomm will be the new champion of the PC in the coming years, and with the PC market not doing so well over the last few years, a revival is exactly what we need. Just wait until next-gen Snapdragon processors can pump 4K 60FPS in games, mixed in with some of that gloriously fast 5G technology into a laptop... oh boy.
This is great to see, and I think we'll see more and more of this as Qualcomm gets its Snapdragon technology into more and more Windows laptops. 18 hours of video playback blows most good tablets away, and completely blows the floor with x86-based designs. Now I just need to get my hands-on one!
CES 2018 - Razer has revealed a very strange mix of laptop and mobile phone hardware in a bid to utilize its new Razer Phone.
Project Linda is quite...weird. The device is essentially a 13.3-inch laptop that somewhat follows Nintendo's playbook with the Switch dock; instead of a tablet, users dock their Razer Phone into the Project Linda laptop for Android-powered gaming. The device is clearly aimed at the massively popular smartphone gaming market, and aligns with Razer's coin-based microtransaction business, especially in regions like China that embrace both mobile and browser-based gaming.
"Razer's Project Linda laptop seamlessly docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside, and connects with the press of a button. The phone's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and 8 GB of RAM deliver responsive performance, instantly transforming Project Linda into an Android laptop," reads a press release from Razer. "The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more."
It's a novel idea, and it'll be interesting to see how the hybrid actually fares in the real-world of gaming where players will blast through games for hours at a time.
CES 2018 - Acer has unveiled a slew of refreshed notebooks at CES 2018, with its new flagship Swift 7 definitely catching an eye or two.
Acer's new Swift 7 is only 8.98mm thin, making it the thinnest notebook in the world. We have Intel's last-gen Core i7 processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based SSD, and a 14-inch 1080p display with a dash of always-on connectivity courtesy of 4G LTE.
There's support for both nano SIM and eSIM on the new Acer Swift 7, with Corning providing screen protection with Gorilla Glass NBT touchscreen. Windows 10 is the OS of choice for Acer, with up to 10 hours of battery on offer and a price of $1699.
CES 2018 - HP has unveiled its new Spectre 15 X360 laptop with Intel's and AMD's new Kaby Lake + RX Vega M combo for content creators.
HP's new convertible Spectre 15 X360 laptops come in various configurations, including Intel's recently announced joint venture to include Radeon RX Vega M graphics in its chips. The computer, which is aimed at content creators that need to leverage discrete GPUs for demanding applications, comes with a 4K UHD 15.6-inch IPS display and amped GPU horsepower including an Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U and NVIDIA MX150 config for the base variants--or an Intel 8th Gen CPU paired with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
The base model starts at $1369 and can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, and the laptop comes with a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD for storage. Battery life is up to 13.5 hours and the performance laptop weights 4.6 pounds. Ports include: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone-out/mic-in combo jack.
The Spectre 15 X360 will be available starting March 18, 2018.
CES 2018 - Dell has unveiled its new Dell XPS 13, with the new 2-in-1 refresh packing the latest 8th-gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, arriving in both 1080p and 4K display options.
Dell's new XPS 13 laptop strips both USB 3.0 ports by switching to USB-C, packing three USB-C ports while getting rid of the normal sized SD card reader and replacing it with a not-so-useful microSD card reader.
There have been some tweaks to the carbon fiber material used on the refreshed XPS 13, with Dell making the white palm rest with a woven texture that looks "kind of cheap in person" according to The Verge. The material reportedly gets super dirty, and while Dell knows about this, the company says that it can be easily cleaned.
Security researcher ZwClose has found that HP have pre-installed a keylogger into different models of their laptops, with over 460 different models affected.
This keylogger installed by HP allows for hackers to record every key stroke made on your laptops keyboard, essentially giving the open opportunity for passwords, credit card details and any personal account information to be stolen.
Courtesy of ZwClose we now know that the file is embedded in the SynTP.sys which is apart of the Synaptics touchpad driver which ships with standard HP notebook computers.
Can't wait for Black Friday? You wouldn't really need to as Lenovo has launched a pre-Black Friday sale that brings many of their ThinkPad lineups to historic low prices thanks to a giant 35% off coupon (THINKBFSALE).
This means if you're worried about stock level, availability, or simply don't want to bother shopping at the very last minute, you'll be able to score some of the biggest discounts on ThinkPad laptops thus far this year.
Just use coupon code THINKBFSALE during checkout and you'll receive anywhere from 30% off to 35% off, depending on the ThinkPad you're looking to pick up.
As of writing, you can get 35% off ThinkPad X series and T series laptops, while the pricier workstation P51 and P71 ThinkPads are only 30% off. With this coupon, the latest 5th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is only $1,013, while T470 is starting at a low $636.
The best part about this ThinkPad Black Friday sale is that the coupon will scale with your customization. So if you decide to upgrade to a 1080p IPS panel, or add in more RAM (which everyone will agree is at an inflated price on Lenovo) - the 30% to 35% off will also apply to your upgrades and customizations.
- Lenovo Early Black Friday Sale (ThinkPads and More)
- Coupon: THINKBFSALE
- 35% off X/T series, 30% off all other ThinkPads
ThinkPad X1 Carbon & Yoga Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $1,013.35 (list $1,559)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,175.85 (list $1,809)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i7-7500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,227.85 (list $1,889)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i7-7600U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,455.35 (list $2,239)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS Touch - $1,214.85 (list $1,869)
ThinkPad T470, T470s, and T470p Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $636.35 (list $979)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $954.85 (list $1,469)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i7-7600U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,175.85 (list $1,809)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $779.35 (list $1,199)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS Touch - $1,084.85 (list $1,669)
ThinkPad X270 Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $844.35 (list $1,299)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $636.35 (list $979)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,071.51 (list $1,649)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i7-5000U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,266.85 (list $1,949)
ThinkPad P51 WorkStations Laptops
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i5-7300U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $839.30 (list $1,199)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,105.30 (list $1,579)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i7-7600U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $1,455.30 (list $2,079)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Core i7-7700HQ, Quadro M1200, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,511.30 (list $2,159)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Core i7-7700HQ, Quadro M1200, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1080p IPS - $1,119.30 (list $1,599)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Xeon E3-1505M, Quadro M2200, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 4K UHD - $1,987.30 (list $2,839)
ThinkPad P71 Workstation Laptops
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB RAM, 1080p IPS - $1,175.30 (list $1,679)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,497.30 (list $2,139)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7820HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4K UHD IPS - $2,211.30 (list $3,159)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Xeon E3-1505M, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4K UHD IPS - $2,274.30 (list $3,249)
We've confirmed the coupon code above to be valid through November 30, 2017. If prices are cheaper come Black Friday (which will most likely go live on Thanksgiving morning - we'll update the discount codes above accordingly).