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ASUS ROG gaming laptops dominate market share during COVID-19 pandemic

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 6, 2020 at 10:05 pm CDT

ASUS has experienced a huge uptick in gaming laptop sales in the month of April 2020, right in the middle of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

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ASUS and ROG (Republic of Gamers) gaming laptops represent close to 25% of ASUS laptop sales in April 2020, where surprisingly the higher-end ROG models with GeForce RTX graphics being the most popular, and best-selling laptops in the ASUS lineup. ASUS and ROG gaming laptops now command 22.6% of the global market share of laptops.

The company has had some kick ass laptops out this year, unveiling the world's first gaming laptop with a super-insane 300Hz display in the ROG Zephyrus S GX701. There are countless other superb gaming laptops that ASUS has in its arsenal -- and things are only going to get better towards the end of 2020 and into 2021 with the next-gen Radeon and GeForce graphics cards launching.

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Best Buy's 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro deal shaves $200 off

Shane McGlaun | Jun 30, 2020 at 10:06 am CDT

Best Buy has a sweet deal going on an Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch notebook. It's rare to get a solid discount on Apple hardware, and when you see them, anyone in the market should jump at the discount. Best Buy's deal shaves $200 off the standard cost of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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The normal price is $1,799.99, and with the discount, shoppers can get the machine for $1,599. Buyers get a MacBook Pro with a 13-inch display for the money. It offers 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This is the latest model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The keyboard is backlit, and the screen measures 13.3-inches. Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics handles visuals, and the processor is tenth-generation Intel Core i5 operating at 2 GHz. The machine runs Mac OS and promises ten hours of use per charge.

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Slick CrowPi2 Raspberry Pi laptop hits Kickstarter

Shane McGlaun | Jun 29, 2020 at 3:01 pm CDT

When it comes to designing all matter of electronic projects one of the best ways to build a device needing a computer for the brain is by using the budget-priced Raspberry Pi developer board. The Pi is suitable for a wide range of tasks and can be had for around $35. The thing with the Raspberry Pi is that you have to do the building yourself, it's just a board, memory, and a processor.

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However, an interesting new product has shown up on kick start or that takes a Raspberry Pi and turns it into a very cool laptop computer that can also be used as a STEAM education platform. The device features 22 kinds of common sensors and modules along with independently develop software to help students of all ages learn about the Raspberry Pi.

Users can do all sorts of stuff using the CrowPi2 laptop including playing games like Minecraft or learning to program with Python among other tasks. Other features include an 11.6-in IPS screen with full HD resolution. The chassis is also designed with a very cool removable keyboard that's wireless allow users to type comfortably.

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Best Buy offers $100 off the Lenovo C340 Chromebook

Shane McGlaun | Jun 29, 2020 at 10:01 am CDT

Anyone starting to gear up for the back-to-school season, which will be here before you know it, needing a new laptop, might want to check out a Chromebook. Chromebook's typically have plenty of power for typical computing tasks that are performed in the office, at home, and school, while costing significantly less money. Lenovo has a nice Chromebook called the C340 that is a 15.6-in touch-screen two-in-one Chromebook.

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Normally the machine sells for $449, but right now, Best Buy has it on sale with $100 discount bringing the price to $349. For the money, you get an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of flash storage. The screen is a larger 15.6-inch unit giving plenty of space.

The two-in-one design means the screen can fold back, and it can be used as a tablet. The Intel Pentium Gold processor is the 4417U model number operating at 2.3 GHz. Since the machine is a Chromebook, it runs Chrome OS (obviously). Other than low cost, another big benefit of a Chromebook is long battery life, and the C430 certainly delivers on that.

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Origin PC July 4th can save gamers hundreds of dollars

Shane McGlaun | Jun 26, 2020 at 1:01 pm CDT

When it comes to custom gaming PCs, one of the many companies out there building them is called Origin PC. Origin PC has some specials for the coming July 4 holiday in the United States that offer hundreds of dollars off select laptop gaming computers. One of the offerings is the EVO16-S or NT-16 featuring an Intel Core i7-8750H processor for $200 off.

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Those machines also include free ground shipping in the United States. Gamers can also save $100 and get free US ground shipping on the EON15-X AMD or the NS-15 AMD laptops. All Origin PC laptop computers get free ground shipping in the US during the sale.

Gamers wanting a desktop system can also get some nice discounts on Ryzen-powered desktops with a $50 Visa reward card and free US ground shipping. Gamers who prefer Intel can get free shipping, but no discounts. Anyone who purchases one of the smaller M-Class RTX Studio desktops gets three months of Adobe Creative Cloud and free shipping.

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Dell launches new G7 15/17 gaming laptop with fancy lighting

Shane McGlaun | Jun 24, 2020 at 12:04 pm CDT

Dell has announced that it has launched the new G7 15/17 gaming laptop that promises style able to go from gaming to the classroom. The G7 machines are entirely redesigned, featuring a slim profile with powerful hardware under the hood. Both the 15 and 17-inch versions of the G7 have similar features, including customizable chassis lights.

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The G7 15 is 4 mm thinner in its current iteration than the previous generation of the machine measuring only 20.5 mm thick at the hinge. The notebook uses an updated hinge design and a black anodized all-metal chassis. The display has narrower bezels at 6.5 mm for the 15 and 8.16 mm on the G7 17.

Whichever size buyers choose, both G7 notebooks are powered by the latest 10th generation Intel Core processors. Up to a Core i9 processors available under the hood, and graphics are handled by NVIDIA with up to a GeForce RTX 20

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Acer announces the Enduro line of rugged notebook computers

Shane McGlaun | Jun 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm CDT

Acer has announced a series of new computers today, including updated rugged notebooks that fit into the Enduro lineup. The first of the rugged machines is the Acer Enduro N7, which is a rugged notebook constructed with shock-absorbent materials that offer the reliability needed for first responders and other workers in the field. The N7 meets MIL-810G and is IP65 certified. Acer says that it was engineered to withstand drops on the hardest flooring and to resist dust and water.

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The display is a very bright 14-inch full HD unit with a 700-nit brightness rating, making it visible outdoors and in. The N7 ships with dual batteries. Batteries include an integrated bridge battery and a hot-swappable battery promising 10 hours of use per charge. Acer fits the machine with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU with enough power to navigate between several applications and to work on multiple tasks at once. Acer also integrates a hardware-level Trusted Platform Module the checks for intrusion during startup.

Another rugged machine in the line is the Enduro N3 Rugged Notebook that is designed to strike a balance between durability and portability. The machine is resistant to drops and water with MIL-STD 810G and IP53 certifications. It measures 4.37 pounds and is 0.98 inch thick. The corners are reinforced to protect against drops, and the display is covered in Gorilla Glass.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713 came from Intel Project Athena

Shane McGlaun | Jun 23, 2020 at 10:03 am CDT

Acer has pulled the covers off of several different notebook and desktop computers today, including a new Chromebook. The machine is called the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, and there's a version called the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713, with both machines being virtually identical. Both are powered by 10th generation Intel Core commercial processors promising superior performance with the Chrome OS.

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Acer says that the new machines, "...deliver the latest in connectivity, productivity, performance and platform stability, designed to enable the superior productivity and performance that businesses need when working in the cloud. It brings together cutting-edge hardware, specs and design with the speed, security and simplicity that Chrome OS is known for." The new Acer Chromebook was part of Intel Project Athena and features a 2K resolution 13.5-inch VertiView display.

The screen has what Acer calls a "productivity-boosting" 3:2 aspect ratio that creates extra vertical space and reduces scrolling. The native resolution is 2256 x 1504 and has 18% more vertical screen space than normal displays. Both the touchscreen and touchpad are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass to resist scratches. The screen also features then bezels for a higher screened body ratio.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 gaming notebook has two screens

Shane McGlaun | Jun 22, 2020 at 3:03 pm CDT

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 gaming notebook has debuted with an exciting design that features a pair of displays and a very thin form factor. ASUS says that the machine is equipped with an innovative cooling system that optimizes performance and has the portability for gaming, creative work, and productivity on the go.

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The key design highlight for the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a secondary 14.1-inch panel that is the largest second screen ever used in a production gaming laptop. When the user opens the lid of the notebook, the secondary screen, called the ROG ScreenPad Plus, tilts up a 13-degree angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction.

ASUS uses a custom hinge that staggers the rise of the display to prevent any damage and has curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary screen. The IPS panel has a resolution of 3840 x 1100 delivering a smooth 60 Hz refresh rate. ASUS is working with gamers to optimize games to use the secondary display. The screen will eventually be able to do things like move chats to the secondary display or add controls for switching between inventory items and quests.

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Apple finally accepts Mac trades in the US

Shane McGlaun | Jun 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm CDT

Anyone who has bought an Apple Mac computer knows that the machines are very expensive. Often a similar Windows machine will save hundreds of dollars compared to buying a Mac. However, Mac fans don't seem to mind spending the extra money, but everyone's up to save a little cash.

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Apple has finally started accepting trade-ins of used Mac computers at Apple Stores and online in the United States. The savings vary depending on which device you are trading in and what version it is. One major caveat to the new trade offer is that Apple gives no firm price on what it would give you for a trade, and you have to send your device in without knowing how much you'll get.

Anyone who takes a Mac into an Apple Store will know what the offer is before they have to trade the device. Those buying online can send their Mac in using a prepaid shipping label or trade kit. Once the Mac is received, Apple will figure out how much it thinks the machine is worth and issue a credit accordingly in the form of a gift card or instant credit to spend in the Apple Store.

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