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May 23, 2017

Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro

Microsoft announced a new Surface Pro at its ShangHai event today. While the new Surface Pro is not a full-blown iteration of the Surface Pro 4, it does update it with some much-needed improvements and a few new features.

Model Microsoft Surface ProColors PlatinumMaterial Magnesium AlloyProcessor Intel 7th Gen Core m3, i5, i7Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3) Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)Memory 4GB, 8GB, 16GB DDR4Display 12.3″ 2,736 x 1,824p PixelSense displayCooling Passive (m3, 15) Active (i7)Weight m3: 1.69 lbs (766 g) i5: 1.73 lbs (786 g) i7: 1.73 lbs (786 g)Price Starting at $799.99

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March 23, 2017

Laptop Prices Expected to Increase 5-15% in 2Q2017

Dell XPS 15 | Image Source: Dell

Digitimes reports that the prices of retail laptops are expected to increase by 5% to 15% in 2Q2017 to offset the rising cost of components.

Components like DRAM, SSDs, and displays are experiencing a shortage due to a shift in manufacturing. Many component manufacturers are prioritizing production for the lucrative smartphone market which has unfortunately left a shortage of PC components.

The shortage has already began affecting both the DRAM and NAND markets last year. Mainstream SSDs are expected to increase by 10% due to the NAND shortage and PC vendors have already begun seeing SSD price quotes [...]

 
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October 20, 2016

Razer Launches 17″ Blade Pro Gaming Laptop, Revives the Desktop Replacement

Several years ago, Razer launched their 17″ Razer Blade gaming laptop which was wildly successful as it was the first to to integrate high performance components into a relatively thin and light design. Since then, Razer has introduced several new models of the Blade including the popular 14″ Razer Blade along with the 12.5″ Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook.

With all the new product introductions, the 17″ Razer Blade hasn’t seen much love lately, until now. According to a recent announcement, Razer announced a complete redesign of the 17″ Razer Blade which will now be called the 17″ Razer Blade Pro. Although the exterior of [...]

 
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September 2, 2016

Razer Updates 14″ Blade Gaming Laptop, 12.5″ Blade Stealth Ultrabook

 

Kicking off PAX West 2016, Gaming hardware maker Razer recently announced some updates to the Blade Gaming Laptop and the Blade Stealth Ultrabook.

 

Razer Blade 14″

As one of the most popular gaming notebooks on the market, the 14″ Razer Blade has recently been updated to take advantage of Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. According to Razer, the new Pascal architecture based GTX 1060 graphics card will provide up to a 40% increase in performance compared to last generation graphics.

In addition to the new GTX 1060 graphics solution, the 14″ Razer Blade still offers all the features that made [...]

 
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April 6, 2016

HP Shows Off New Spectre Notebook With Stunning Design

HP’s new Spectre laptop is not only the thinnest laptop on the market, but quite possibly the sexiest too.

As a new premium product to the HP’s Spectre line, the HP Spectre shows off its luxury heritage to the fullest. Meticulously crafted from aluminium and carbon fibre in a two-tone accent, the Spectre is just 10.4mm thick and weighs 2.45lbs. The corning gorilla glass screen and the unique piston hinge mend the pieces together in a spectacular fashion.

Unlike some competitor’s products, the Spectre does not sacrifice on the number of ports. In fact, the Spectre comes with three USB Type-C ports, two of which are compatible with [...]

 
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March 12, 2016

AMD Announces XConnect External GPU Support Over Thunderbolt 3

In an incredible move, AMD has announced its support for External GPU via Thunderbolt 3 graphic docks.

External graphics docks aim to bring huge boosts in gaming performance to power-sipping ultrabooks and notebooks. Leveraging a fully-fledged desktop graphics card docked in a thunderbolt enclosure, users can easily convert their workstations into a gaming rig at the plug of a cable. This is thanks to both Intel giving the nod to external graphics with the release of Thunderbolt 3 and AMD’s efforts in developing the necessary firmware and drivers.

The advantages are obvious. External graphics card offers the best flexibility for work and play. Once refined, [...]

 
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January 8, 2016

Razer Launches Razer Blade Stealth Gaming Ultrabook with Razer Core Graphics Dock

Razer has added a new model to its Razer Blade gaming laptop line in the form of an ultrabook and a graphics expansion dock.

The Razer Blade Stealth is the smallest of the Razer Blade series. With a weight of 2.75 lbs, it further emphasizes power in mobility.  The Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-6500U CPU with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It can be configured with up to a 512GB PCIe SSD, albeit this option is only available on the model with the UHD display. Networking is handled with a wireless AC network card with Bluetooth 4.1. The Razer Blade Stealth is also the world’s first ultrabook with per-key RGB [...]

 
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October 7, 2015

Microsoft Launches Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

October 6 was a big day for Microsoft. In New York, the software giant launched perhaps the biggest product launch event it had in recent memory.

Surface Book

The Surface Book is Microsoft’s latest premium 2-in-1 device and its features don’t disappoint. It comes with a 13.5″ screen with a whopping resolution of 3000p x 2000p. According to Microsoft’s press release, the optically bonded screen has a fineness comparable to that of printed paper. The screen, or the Clipboard, can be detached from the keyboard base to be used independently as a tablet. It can also be connected in reverse, turning the unit into a canvas. The Surface Book does [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Review: VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub

Things We Thought We Didn’t Need

As a hardware reviewer, there comes a time when the “wow, I didn’t know I needed this” epiphany hits. Generally we stick with reviewing certain types of hardware that we review often and we tend to forget about some of the smaller, essential products until they are presented right before us.

Case in point. VisionTek’s new Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub.

My Cicero four-port USB 2.0 hub lasted well over a decade and back when I bought it, the USB 2.0/1.1 conversion was a brand-new concept. When Windows 7 overtook XP, I thought my now driverless hub would need to be retired, but instead, it has far outlived its useful [...]

 
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January 11, 2015

CES 2015: Samsung Updates ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook

Among the companies updating their Ultrabooks to take advantage of Intel’s recently announced Broadwell processors is Samsung who recently showcased their latest ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook at CES 2015.

Measuring at 0.46″ (11.8mm) at its thickest point and weighing a mere 2.09 lbs (970g), Samsung claims that the 12.2″ ATIV Book 9 is their thinnest and lightest Ultrabook ever produced. It’s probably also the quietest too as the entire unit is passively cooled to ensure completely silent operation under load thanks to its new ultra power efficient Broadwell-based Intel Core M 5Y10C CPU. Broadwell’s 14nm lithography is expected to improve power [...]

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