Where Chromebooks currently thrive is in the education field, so it makes sense to focus on durability when designing new models. That's what Dell did with its Chromebook 11, the company's second generation Chromebook that will be available to order later this week. According to Dell, the Chromebook 11 is "schoolyard tough" and can handle bumps, drops, spills, and other hazards that students encounter on a daily basis.
Intel's been talking a big game about its 5th Generation Core processors based on 14nm Broadwell, which offers better performance and battery life compared to Haswell. Hardware partner Dell wasted no time putting the new chips to use. At the Consumer Electronics Show, we had Online Managing Editor and video ninja Jimmy Thang check out the new fancy pants Dell XPS 13.
What does the world's thinnest tablet look like? You won't find the answer to that question by hanging out in an Apple store, not unless someone from Dell happens by. That's because Dell's new Venue 8 measures a scant 6mm, making it the thinnest tablet around, and we got a chance to see it in person at the Consumer Electronics Show. It's a x86 slate that runs Android, along with a few other snazzy features.
Several years ago, it was vogue to gobble up boutique builders -- Dell acquired Alienware, HP grabbed Voodoo PC, and OCZ (now owned by Toshiba) snagged HyperSonic. Out of those, only Dell has consistently kept its enthusiast brand active with new product releases, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dell brought along a couple of new Alienware 17-inch and 15-inch laptops to display. Let's have a look.
Dell announced today that it was going to start selling the U3415W, a 34-inch "ultra-wide" 21:9 curved IPS monitor, on its website tomorrow. We first heard about this hot item at PAX last year, but they weren't talking about availability at the time. It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, giving you more than twice the pixels of a 1080p monitor, and its 34-inch screen translates to a pixel-per-inch count of about 110. Dell says that the U3415W's inward curve "optimizes the field of view and minimizes eye movement to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience than a flat screen," which we're a little skeptical about.
Dell originally intended for its Alienware Alpha console to be an official Steam Machine, though Valve threw a wrench in those plans when it delayed the platform in order tweak its Steam Controller to satisfaction. Instead of tossing aside all that R&D into building a console-sized game box for the PC, Dell re-marketed the device as the Alienware Alpha, and it's now begun shipping out to customers.
Dell has quietly begun selling a new 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet. Part of the Venue 8 Pro family the company introduced last year, this latest 8-incher from Dell is not unlike other 8- and 7-inch Windows tablets currently on the market. For instance, it packs the same Intel Bay Trail Atom processor as the dirt-cheap, 7-inch likes of the HP Stream 7 ($100) and the Toshiba Encore Mini ($120).
We don't know if Alienware and Roccat go together like peanut butter and jelly or rum and Coke, but we're going to find out in relatively short order. How so? Peripheral maker Roccat Studios announced an exclusive partnership with Dell's Alienware gaming PC brand, and to kick off the new relationship, the two plan to incorporate support for Alienware's AlienFX lightning into Roccat's Kone XTD and Tyon gaming mice, and its Isku FX keyboard.
It's the year 2500 and, despite several near misses with asteroids and potentially apocalyptic plagues, mankind has survived. So have PCs, though analysts are still predicting their demise. In a museum situated downtown, a group of kids stare in wonder at 2000-era electronics. They giggle at how big everything is, particularly mini ITX motherboards, which they're told used to power what previous generations considered small form factor machines. Now travel back in time to 2014 and thumb your nose at the little brats who laughed at today's technology. The joke is on them, because we lied about near misses -- life on Earth ends after an asteroid the size of Texas barrels into our planet in the year 2317, you can mark your calendars. But we digress. That mini ITX board on display had it not been for that asteroid? It's the topic of today's top deal -- a Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Motherboard for $106 with free shipping (normally $118 - use coupon code: [EMCPAPE44]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It's built around Intel's H97 chipset, has built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, boasts half a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, and measures a mere 6.7 inches by 6.7 inches.
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In a week where a lot of product announcements have been made so far, Dell is not a company to be left out of the loop. To that end, Dell has announced an assortment of new products for its Latitude Laptops, Chromebox, and OptiPlex Micro lineups along with a 5K monitor.