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We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we reviewed it last year. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.
If you thought the days of paying $500 or more for an Android tablet were over and done with, think again. Dell has unveiled its Venue 10 7000, its latest tablet in its premium Android portfolio and the bigger brother to the Venue 8 7000. Or you can view it as an Android version of Microsoft's Surface -- you can add an optional full-size detachable (magnetic) keyboard to transform the tablet into a convertible.
Microsoft just expanded its Surface line with the Surface 3, a less expensive version of the Surface Pro 3 that's also smaller and less powerful. Other than size (10.8-inch display, 8.7mm thin) and weight (1.37 pounds or 622 grams), the physical design is the same as the Surface Pro 3, as both use premium materials and sport the adjustable kickstand that Microsoft is so fond of.
Back in February, Boxx Technologies rolled out its impressively spec'd Apexx 5 Workstation crammed full with five GPUs, demonstrating a combination of raw power and boutique building chops. Well, Boxx is back, this time with a pair of mobile workstations armed with Intel Core i7 desktop processors and optional Nvidia Quadro graphics for professional level computing chores.
After getting off to a slow start, Chromebooks finally began to grow in popularity as lower cost alternatives to Windows-based machines. And for a long while, Chromebooks represented the top selling laptops on Amazon. Now that Windows laptops can be bought for $250 or less, Chromebooks aren't as enticing, but what about 2-in-1 systems? We're about to find out as laptop makers ready 2-in-1 Chromebook models for a second quarter release.
Let’s face it, laptops can be really expensive, especially the high-end gaming notebooks we recommend. They can also be heavy and a chore to carry around. And yet, to get your money’s worth out of these portable PCs, you’ll have to lug them around with you all the time.
But finding the right bag—one that protects your computer while being comfortable to wear—is no easy feat. And it’s not too much to ask that it be somewhat visually appealing, if not downright attractive. You’ve spent your hard-earned money buying a kick-ass laptop and you deserve an equally kick-ass backpack to put it in. So, to help you with your baggage, we searched for the best laptop backpacks that we could find and rounded up seven worthy contenders.
Microsoft has been wheeling and dealing its Surface Pro 3 tablets at reduced prices recently, and you have to wonder why the company doesn't just go ahead and permanently lower the cost. Regardless, Surface Pro 3 tablets are again on sale with savings of up to $150 off retail. The timing of the sale comes as reports of the Surface Pro 4 being an iPad Pro killer start to emerge.
Acer later today will be adding a new configuration to its C910 line of Chromebooks, one that will sport an Intel Core i5 5200U processor. Equipped with the new chip, Acer says it feels confident claiming that it's the fastest performing commercial Chromebook on the market. At the same time, the C910 offers all-day battery life of up to 8 hours before needing to be recharged.
Typically when a graphics company announces a new GPU, as Nvidia did yesterday with its GeForce GTX 960M and 950M additions, hardware partners follow suit with systems build around the parts. And so it goes, as today Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiled the G501, a thin and light 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 4K Ultra High Definition resolution powered by the GTX 960M.
Nvidia earlier today announced two new GPUs for thin and light gaming laptops, the GeForce GTX 950M and 960M, and right on cue, several hardware partners have jumped on board with new and revised notebook models. One of them is Razer, which today announced the release of its refreshed Blade Pro laptop with GeForce GTX 960M graphics and a higher storage ceiling, up to 1TB.