HP isn't doing much with its Voodoo brand these days, but at the same time, it hasn't completely forgotten about gamers. Witness the new HP Omen, a svelte gaming laptop designed to handle triple-A titles without all the bulk of a desktop replacement. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution that's powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
Tis the season of new tablet launches. First Apple rolled out its iPad Air 2, then Amazon announced a new line of Fire HD slates, and now Google is getting in the game with the Nexus 9, it's new line of Android 5.0 Lollipop tablets that are now available to pre-order from Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy. Pricing starts at $399, which gets you the 16GB model with Wi-Fi.
We don't typically associate Acer with premium level gear, though the company's new V Nitro Black Edition laptop line may change that perception. First introduced in late September, Acer is now offering a V Nitro Black Edition laptop with a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) IPS display, upgraded from the Full HD 1080p panels found on the initial launch models. That's a lot of pixels, though it's not the only high-end trait.
Security's become a sensitive subject ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. government's spying shenanigans, and if you don't fancy wearing a tinfoil hat, you might be interested in Patriot Memory's latest storage device. To begin with, Patriot's new Supersonic Bolt XT flash drive family boasts built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES data encryption.
As hard as it may be to believe now, Advanced Micro Devices once presented a serious threat to Intel’s dominance of the PC microprocessor market. However, if you invested in a first-generation Pentium 4 processor (codenamed Willamette) between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002, you may not have particularly fond reminiscences of AMD’s heyday. Your recollections of that time may very well be of your new Pentium 4 chip living up neither to your expectations nor to the impressive “independent third-party” benchmarks that Intel released to reviewers in the lead up to Pentium 4’s launch.
Razer this week announced the launch of its Naga Epic Chroma gaming mouse, the latest updated peripheral to join its Chroma family. Armed with 19 buttons in all -- including 12 mechanical buttons situated on the mouse's thumb grip -- this MMO rodent is similar to the original Naga, except that it offers customizable lighting and doesn't yet come in a left-handed version.
Ever since entering the U.S. market, Roccat's been steadily updating its catalog of gaming gear, the newest of which is the Ryos TKL Pro, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. According to Roccat, the design and functionality of the Ryos TKL Pro resulted from "tons of hands-on research and testing," including that of professional gamer HyuN, the number one StarCraft II player in the world.
Call us keyboard snobs if you will, but once you've experienced the pleasure of typing on a mechanical keyboard, it's difficult to go back to those squishy membrane planks. Peripheral makers have stepped up to the plate with plenty of mechanical models in the past few years, though MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop.
Hey, if Ubisoft and Samsung want to start handing out free games, we'll all for it. In this case, the free title is Assassin's Creed Unity, which you're eligible to receive if you purchase a Samsung U28D590D (UD590) 4K Ultra HD monitor or a Samsung 850 Pro solid state drive (256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) from a participating retailer -- don't worry, there are several to choose from.
Rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, Microsoft just made a move into the wearables category by introducing its Microsoft Band, a $200 fitness band that works with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. Coinciding with the launch is a new platform called Microsoft Health, which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.