After playing with the Xoom, we got to spend some hands-on time with Motorola’s new Atrix 4G smartphone. It’s an interesting device because you can plug it directly into an ultra-thin laptop chassis and maintain complete control over your phone with a keyboard and mouse. It also is capable of docking directly into a big-screen TV with a second dock. It looks a little clunky, but in our mind, this is a nice step forward for smartphone-desktop integration.
Editorial Director Jon Phillips catches a quick look at some of Sharp's new Quattron displays, including a behemoth 60" panel, straight from the show floor of CES. Sharp promises better colors for their new lineup, though we're always skeptical of such claims before we get a chance to do some of our own testing.
Much of the Maximum PC and Maximum Tech staff is in Las Vegas right now at CES 2011, checking out all the newest gadgets on display. We've got a film crew down there, putting together high-quality videos of the show, but sometimes we know that you just want a quick glimpse at what's hot on the show floor. That's why we're bringing you guerrilla footage, shot by our editors using handheld cams.
First up, Jon Phillips takes a look at the Viera, the newest, thinnest, bad-ass-est 3D TV from Panasonic. Check out our review of the last-gen Viera right here.
New news emerges from the tablet-fiasco that is CES, as Motorola took some time out of their day to give our Editorial Director Jon Phillips a first look at their new 10.1' Android tablet.
The sleek device, which was designed using the new Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), will feature a Tegra 2 SOC dual core processor, and will be HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.2 ready right out of the box. The Xoom will also feature a 2MP camera up front (for video chatting, no doubt) and a 5MP rear camera with a dual LED flash built in. Don't take our word for it though, take a look at the video straight off the CES showroom below.
Fresh from the floor at CES 2011, here's a first look at two of Lenovo's most original new products at the show this year. First up, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look at the IdeaPad U1, a notebook that's more than meets the eye. With the flick of a switch, the U1 changes from a full-featured Windows 7 laptop to a touchy-feely Android device. To complete the transformation, you can remove the U1's 1280 x 800-resolution display and use it as a completely independent Android tablet. Plug it back into the laptop body, and you can switch back to Windows 7.
Second, we check out the Slate, Lenovo's new Windows 7 tablet PC. Even though it doesn't combine (Voltron-style) with any other hardware, the Slate still has our attention, thanks to its generous screen real estate, USB connectivity, and stylus-emphasizing interface.
Both products are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011--price is TBD. Hit the jump for a full-sized video.
It’s the end of Wintel. At least, that’s what you’re likely to read this morning after Microsoft dropped the bomb shell that the next version of Windows will run not just on x86, but also on select ARM chips.
Microsoft CEO made the revelation Wednesday night at the pre-CES keynote and immediately set the industry abuzz over the ramifications of Windows running on ARM. The company then promptly demonstrated an early pre-alpha version of Windows running on ARM hardware from Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and an Nvidia.
Among the demos: The next-gen Windows on ARM running an ARM-version of Microsoft Word and printing to an Epson printer as well as the Nvidia Tegra 2 part running HD video and running a browser.
Ballmer said Microsoft isn’t turning its back on x86, but it wants to have the ability to provide Windows on everything from big screens to small screen. “Whatever device you use, now or in the future, Windows will be there,” Ballmer said.
The version demonstrated was “real Windows” running on ARM and not something emulated officials said. Still, hard details were missing such as when the OS would be available or just what features of Windows would be available on ARM. Would it be a super stripped down? What API’s would be supported? Will vendors really recompile or rewire x86 applications for ARM? None of that is known yet.
Back in the summer of 2010, we awarded OCZ's Vertex 2 100GB SSD a 9-verdict and our coveted "Kick Ass!" award because of its "blazing fast" performance. We hope to see more of the same from OCZ's newly announced Vertex 3 pro SSD being showed off at CES.
OCZ says its latest MLC-based Vertex variant is built around the next generation enterprise SandForce controller. The result? Staggering performance numbers to the tune of 80,000 IOPS and 550MB/s transfer rates, according to OCZ.
OCZ also has a handful of other products on display, including the follow-up Z-Drive "R3' PCI-Express SSD, which is OCZ's first SandForce-driven PCI-E SSD for Tier-0/1 data applications, as well as the new ZX Series of power supplies with 80-Plus Gold certification. These PSUs will be available in 850W, 1KW, and 1.2KW configurations.
NVIDIA on Wednesday unveiled its latest range of mobile graphics cards. Sandwiched between the graphics chip maker’s mainstream and enthusiast offerings, the new GeForce 500M family of GPUs is focused on performance.
The GPUs introduced yesterday are all fabricated on the 40nm process technology and feature up to 1.5GB of GDDR5 or DDR3 memory, with the GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and GeForce GT 555M offering four times the performance of integrated graphics and the GeForce GT 520M and GeForce GT 525M offering around twice as much. Of course, they are all designed to work with Intel’s new generation of Core processors.
NVIDIA also reminded us in the press release that GeForce 500M GPUs support DirectX 11, NVIDIA 3D Vision, PhysX physics engine, CUDA and NVIDIA 3DTV Play. The new range will be hitting the market later this month as part of laptops from the likes of Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.
Acer's rise to become the world's second largest notebook maker came about largely by attacking the entry-level and mainstream markets. That doesn't mean Acer doesn't know how to put together a higher performing laptop; the company's churned out a handful of gaming oriented notebooks under its Gateway subsidiary, and now it's releasing a high end laptop under the Acer brand.
It's called the Aspire AS8950G-9839 (good luck remembering that without writing it down) and it's Acer's new flagship model. Like the other recently announced Aspire units, this one rocks an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, specifically the Core i7 2630QM. Other features include 8GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 graphics with 2GB of video RAM, a spacious 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED backlit display (1080p), 750GB SATA hard drive, Blu-ray, and Dolby optimized Acer CineSurround sound.
"The new Acer Aspire AS8950G is the ultimate portable entertainment center," said Preeta Anil, Acer product marketing. "The new 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor delivers approximately a 20 percent overall performance gain, while its graphics subsystem delivers performance comparable to an entry-level discrete graphics card. This allows the Acer Aspire 8950 to process video and play Blu-ray better than ever."
Priced comparatively high to your average mainstream notebook, this one still won't break with the bank with an MSRP set at $1,600.
On the software front, SanDisk used CES to announce it's now offering encryption and online backup features across its entire retail USB portfolio. This includes the company's SecureAccess software, which creates a password-protected folder or "vault" on the USB drive, and up to 2GB of storage in the cloud offered by Dmailer.
"Business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops each week in U.S. airports, and more than half of those laptops contain confidential or sensitive information," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Data security has become an absolute necessity, and SanDisk USB drives with SecureAccess software offer an easy to use vault protected by AES encryption."
SanDisk is also expanding its USB flash drive offerings with the introduction of the Ultra and Cruzer Edge. The Ultra serves up transfer speeds up to 15MB/s and comes in 8GB ($45) and 32GB ($110) capacities, while the Cruzer Edge sports a compact slider design and is available in 2GB ($13), 4GB ($32), 8GB ($45), and 16GB ($80 capacities).
Hit the jump to read about SanDisk's CompactFlash announcement.