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January 18, 2017

CES 2017: Samsung Shows Off Odyssey Gaming Notebook Lineup

The Samsung Odyssey lineup of gaming notebooks will be Samsung’s first attempt at a laptop designed for gaming from the ground up and at CES 2017, we had the chance of checking out the lineup for ourselves.

The Samsung Odyssey gaming notebook lineup will come in two flavors which include the 15.6-inch and the 17.3-inch versions.

The 15.6-inch Samsung Odyssey is a more compact gaming notebook which features an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, and up to 256GB SSD + 1TB SSD for storage.

The 17.3-inch Samsung Odyssey is a more [...]

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January 18, 2017

Razer’s Stolen Prototype Gaming Laptop Discovered for Sale in China

During CES 2017, Razer reported that several of their precious Project Valerie triple-monitor gaming laptop prototypes were stolen from the show floor. Now we may have some clues as to where it went.

According to a recent screenshot, it appears that the laptop was up for sale at Taobao. According to the ad, the laptop is for sale at a price of CNY 150,000, which translates to around $21,739.76 USD.

No information on whether the seller actually has the laptop or if it’s a hoax, nor were we able to find the ad for ourselves as it’s been taken down at this time. Guess the crooks realized it was a stupid idea to list highly publicized stolen [...]

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January 10, 2017

CES 2017: Razer Demos Project Valerie Triple Display Laptop, Project Ariana Gaming Projector

At CES 2017, we got a chance to visit the Razer booth before all their stuff was stolen. Two products are under the spotlight at Razer’s CES booth included Project Ariana and Project Valerie. While both products are considered to be proof of concept, Razer did have the prototypes to show off.

 

Project Valerie

At the very front of the booth is Razer’s biggest eye catcher: a gaming laptop featuring triple 4K displays dubbed project Valerie. This 12lb colossus is Razer’s solution of making a triple monitor setup as compact as possible. In the private press booth, Razer had a demo running Battlefield 1 at practically 12K.

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January 13, 2017

Multiple Razer Prototypes Stolen from CES 2017 Show Floor

Some very unfortunate news came from Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, as he recently reported that two of Razer’s prototype devices had been stolen from the CES 2017 show floor. According to the post:

“I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today.

We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.

At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.

We treat [...]

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December 24, 2016

Dell Accidentally Reveals XPS 15 9560 Laptop Featuring GeForce GTX 1050

According to some keen eyes at VideoCardz.com, Dell recently put up a product page for their upcoming XPS 15 9560 laptop with some very interesting specs. Among others, the laptop is expected to feature a 15-inch UHD (3840×2160) display, Intel Kaby Lake CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with up to 4GB of VRAM. The sepcs were previously detailed on the XPS 15 9560 product page which has now been removed.

Super-speed: The most powerful XPS laptop we’ve ever built includes the latest 7th Gen Intel® Quad Core™ processors and an optional 4GB GeForce® GTX 1050 graphics card with the latest and greatest Pascal™ architecture, so you can [...]

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November 5, 2016

Apple Offers Temporary Discounts on USB Type-C Adapters for New MacBook Pros

While Apple’s decision to go exclusive on USB-C ports with their new MacBook Pros may have been due to a desire to deliver the most advanced laptop with the most courageous interfaces possible, it doesn’t change the fact that customers of the new laptop will need to purchase a slew of new adapters in order to use most of their current external devices. Given that Apple’s USB-C adapters can range anywhere from $19 to a whopping $79, many customers have expressed quite a bit of dissatisfaction as adapters alone can significantly add to the cost of the already expensive laptop.

In a rare moment that Apple may have realized they went a [...]

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November 1, 2016

Base 13″ MacBook Pro Benchmarks Reveal Little Performance Gains From Last Year’s Model

As the new base 13″ MacBook Pro without the touch bar has been shipping for several days, benchmarks of the new system has been popping up online and at least when it comes to CPU performance, it looks like it’s not much of an upgrade.

Comparing benchmarks of the new base 13″ MacBook Pro against older 13″ MacBook Pros, we can see that the new base 13″ MacBook Pro scores just 6970 points in GeekBench 4 compared to the early 2015 13″ MacBook Pro which scored between 6497 and 6983 points. As such, CPU performance on the new 13″ MacBook Pro will unfortunately be about the same as last year’s model.

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October 31, 2016

New MacBook Pros Not Offering 32GB RAM Due to Battery Life, According to Apple

For those who missed it, Apple recently launched their new MacBook Pros which is the first time they’ve updated it in the past 4 years. Although Apple has updated quite a bit of internal hardware, one complaint with the new system is that the memory onboard is maxed out at just 16GB rather than 32GB or 64GB. Considering the MacBook Pro is designed for professionals in design and creative applications, the decision to max out at just 16GB seems like it would be an issue especially as we inch closer and closer towards the world of high resolution photography and 4K video editing.

As many customers have been curious as to why Apple decided to max out at 16GB of RAM, [...]

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October 28, 2016

Good News: New MacBook Pro Has Upgradeable SSD, Bad News: It’s Proprietary

Although Apple just launched their new MacBook Pros yesterday, the guys over at OWC already got their hands on the new 13″ base model MacBook Pro and of course they did the obligatory teardown to take a closer look.

Interestingly enough, one thing they discovered is that the SSD inside comes in a proprietary module sitting right underneath the speakers. Given that the SSD is in a module that isn’t completely soldered into the PCB, this means that the SSD can potentially be upgraded. Awesome.

Unfortunately, one look at the module and it’s pretty clear that the design is very proprietary. As such, it’ll likely take some time [...]

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October 28, 2016

Microsoft Offers Up to $650 for MacBook Owners to “Trade Up” to a Surface

Disappointed with yesterday’s Apple event? Yeah, we hear you. With the exception of the new Touch Bar, not much has changed for Apple’s new MacBook Pro.

Seizing on the opportunity, Microsoft is giving disappointed MacBook Pro or MacBook Air owners the opportunity to “trade up” to a Surface Book or a Surface Pro. According to the terms of the promotion, Microsoft will offer up to $650 off a Surface Book or Surface Pro for those who trades in their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Considering prices of the Surface Pro starts at just $899 and the Surface Book at $1,499, this could be a great deal for those looking to make the switch.

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