Taiwanese PC maker Asustek recently introduced a new gaming laptop under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. The ROG G550JK-DS71 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GPU that can be overclocked (up to 5 percent) on the fly using the company’s TurboMaster technology, Asus said in a press release Thursday.
A 4K gaming laptop and the Aorus X7 gaming notebook
With 4K monitors on the shelves, it is only a matter of time before 4K laptops start to reach into the wallets of tech enthusiasts. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got to see an Alienware18-inch laptop running in 4K during his Intel booth tour at Pax East.
Back in the day, to get any real power in a notebook, you needed to have a massive chassis to house all the most beefy mobile components. But today, with Intel’s smaller, more power-efficient Haswell processor and shrinking mobile video cards, this is no longer the case. The advent of these new parts means it's now possible to get serious performance without sacrificing portability, hence the growing number of capable gaming notebooks measuring 15 inches or less. The trouble is, with so many portable gaming options, which one do you choose?
Note: This article was taken from the December 2013 issue of the magazine.
Even though the original only started shipping in late January, gaming peripheral company Razer unveiled the successor to its Blade gaming laptop at PAX Prime on Friday. The good news is that despite boasting better innards, the Blade 2 will cost $300 less than its predecessor.
Last month, Dell revamped its Alienware notebook range, which includes the 18.4-inch M18x R2, 17.3-inch M17x R4 and the 14-inch M14x R2. But with Dell’s 2012 Alienware notebook lineup debuting a month ahead of Ivy Bridge’s launch, the new notebooks only featured Sandy Bridge parts at launch. That has now changed, with Dell on Monday announcing the availability of the M18x R2, M17x R4 and M14x R2 with 3rd generation Intel Core i processors.
Most notebooks that are capable of pulling off a true frag fest on the run are portable in name only, being heavy-duty 15- to 17-inch monsters with battery lives briefer than butterfly's lives. To make mobile matters worse, Alienware recently announced that its M11x is being put out to pasture. Fear not, traveling gamers: all is not lost. Maingear is, well, gearing up a new 11-inch gaming notebook of its own, the Pulse.
When we reviewed the Maingear Titan 17 last year, we noted that the high-end gaming laptop crushed 3D benchmarks and wallets alike. Maingear just announced a couple of new updates to the notebook that help to keep up both of those proud traditions: moving forward, buyers have the option of adding Nvidia GTX 675M mobile graphics cards and an Nvidia 3D Vision display (or both!) to the portable powerhouse.
When it rains gaming notebooks, it apparently pours gaming notebooks. The Razer Blade is due any time now, just yesterday we told you that the MSI GT685 launched, and as it turns out, MSI has launched yet another laptop; the GT783. It’s 17.3-inch screen holds an almost 2-inch advantage over the GT685, and MSI put the extra real estate to good use, stocking the GT783 with a Core i7-2670QM, a GeFore GTX 580M with 2GB of VRAM, and a lot of other goodies.
If last week it was Toshiba and MSI, this week it’s AsusTek’s turn to bolster its gaming notebook lineup. The Core i7-powered Asus G74SX is all set to join the Taiwanese vendor’s G Series of gaming notebooks. Two SKUs of the G74 are now available for pre-order in the States via ExcaliberPC. Specs after the jump.
Riddle me this: When is a portable PC not a laptop? When it’s so heavy you’re afraid if you put it on your lap you’ll never be able to get up again. Though we wish Eurocom’s Panther 2.0 had shipped with a weightlifter’s belt, our testing left little doubt that the chiropractor bills will be worth it. This outlandishly large machine has the power and flexibility of a true no-compromise mobile workstation.