Sorry kids, but what you see on the horizon is the back-to-school shopping season -- always a buzz kill when you're knee deep in summer activities you wish would last forever. And with the back-to-school shopping season comes new laptop announcements. Case in point, Acer today is thumping its chest over having launched the first Chromebook to sport a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor inside its belly.
College students cherish laptops more than any other electronic device
Within the next year or so, there's a good chance that tablet shipments will outnumber traditional PC sales. Be that as it may, tablets are still relegated to being mostly content consumption devices, and if you want to get some real work done, you'll need a real PC. That sentiment is underscored by a new AMD survey that reveals the laptop as the most important electronic device among college students.
Earlier in the week, Gartner predicted a "revival" of the global PC market in 2014, and hot on the heels of that prediction, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014. That represents a soft year-on-year decline of 1.7 percent, though that's "markedly better" than IDC's projected decline of 7.1 percent, the company said.
No, it's not likely that you're going to pick up HGST's new 1.8TB hard drive for your build, not unless you're erecting a data center. While we've moved on to solid state drives at home, enterprise customers still have a high level of interest in certain mechanical hard drives due, in part, to the price-to-performance ratio. It's those customers that HGST is targeting with its Ultrastar C10K1800 HDD.
Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.
Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One. For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One or Xbox One bundle.
A pair of renowned overclockers used an EVGA graphics card to blast through the 2GHz barrier en route to setting a new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme world record. Vince "K|GNP|N" Lucido and Illya "Tin" Tsemenko accomplished the feat with an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card plugged into an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard and powered by an EVGA brand (what else?) power supply.
Business upgrades from Windows XP will help prop up the PC market
Sometimes down but never out, traditional PCs have been doing more than just hang around, they've been leading the market despite slumping sales. Looking into next year, Gartner predicts that tablets will outsell combined desktop and notebook systems for the first time, though if you look at the market as a whole, the worldwide PC market is on the verge of a revival after dipping 9.5 percent in 2013.
There's reason to believe PC demand will pick up in the next several months
We've heard the gloom and doom predictions time and again by market research firms, but more recently, there's been a bit of optimism from several corners of the web. Research firms have thrown around the term "rebound" in regards to upcoming PC shipments, and evidently players that make up part of the PC's upstream supply chain are seeing things that are making them optimistic about the second half of the year.
Now with a faster processor and more color options
In case you missed it, you can click back in time to see our review of the original Asus Transformer Book T100 2-in-1 laptop. Though it had some faults, it scored a respectable verdict for its Bay Trail Atom processor, full version of Windows 8.1, and relatively affordable price tag ($400 for the 64GB we reviewed). Looking to raise the bar, Asus's Transformer Book T100 now comes with a faster CPU and two new color options.