notebook http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/261/ en Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_laptop.jpg" alt="Acer Laptop" title="Acer Laptop" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops</h3> <p>A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because <strong>Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that these cheap Windows laptops will enter the market in the second half of this year. These will probably range in size from 10.1 inches to 15.6 inches with non-touchscreen displays powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M platform. Braswell-based processors could also sneak in.</p> <p>There are some parameters that Intel and Microsoft are insisting upon, such as keeping the clamshell laptops less than 25mm. The entry-level laptops must also have battery lives of 5 hours or more, 1-4GB of DDR memory, and either a 500GB hard drive or 16-32GB SSD. And of course they'll run Windows 8.1.</p> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014#comments chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear Packs a 3K Display into 15-inch Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maingear_pulse_15.jpg" alt="Maingear Pulse 15" title="Maingear Pulse 15" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Maingear's thinnest 15-inch laptop to date</h3> <p>A new gaming laptop from Maingear might have you grunting like Tim Allen during his Home Improvement days. <strong>Slipping in between Maingear's Pulse 14 and Pulse 17 is its new Pulse 15 laptop</strong>, the thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop the company has ever assembled, though that's not the only thing that makes the Pulse 15 stand out. It's also notable for its 3K In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-view display.</p> <p>That translates into a 2880x1620 resolution. You can also output to two additional external displays at the same time using HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with support for viewing up to 4K (3840x2160).</p> <p>The Pulse 15 measures 15.25 inches (W) by 10.5 inches (D) by 0.75 inches (H) and weighs just 3.75 pounds. Despite it's thin and light stature, it packs some powerful parts, including an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, and up to 1TB HDD and two 256GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0.</p> <p>It also features a 7-in-1 media card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI output, two mini DisplayPorts, Killer E2200 LAN, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Sound Blaster Cinema with 2.1 speaker setup, and Windows 8.</p> <p>The Maingear Pulse 15 is <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse15/index.php" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop#comments 3k Gaming Hardware laptop maingear notebook OEM pulse 15 rigs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28221 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Skips Ahead of Samsung to Take the Chromebook Crown http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer</h3> <p>It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, <strong>Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player</strong>.</p> <p>According to recent data by TrendForce, Chromebook shipments tallied 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. When the dust settled. Acer emerged on top with a 30 percent share of the Chromebook market, leapfrogging over Samsung for the first time, which itself settled into second place with a 24 percent share. Hewlett-Packard, a relative newcomer to the category, is in a close third place with a 21 percent share.</p> <p>"Samsung used to be the top competitor in the Chromebook segment since 2013 but saw its spot drop in the second quarter due to high pricing for two new units that were released," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140721-1494.html" target="_blank">TrendForce explains</a>. "Meanwhile, other vendors had competitive pricing and released new units as well, which in turn provided consumers with a wider range of choices. Most notably that the release of Microsoft’s US$249 unit has also decreased the attractiveness of the overall Chromebook market."</p> <p>With Windows-based laptops coming down in price, the future of Chromebooks remains uncertain. Price has always been the primary appeal of Chromebooks, followed by data security for enterprises. However, Microsoft is lowering the price for certain Windows laptops from $249 to $199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014#comments Acer chromebook Hardware laptop notebook samsung News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:16:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28203 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #228: MSI Talks about the Current State and Future of Gaming Notebooks http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_228_msi_talks_about_current_state_and_future_gaming_notebooks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/msi_gt72_dominator_pro.jpg" alt="MSI gaming notebook" title="MSI gaming notebook" width="150" height="123" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>MSI Product Manager Clifford Chun and Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen join the podcast</h3> <p>We’ve heard your cries to bring on more industry experts and so we got some special guests from MSI’s notebook division to talk about the current state and future of gaming laptops. In <a title="no bs podcast 228" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_228_20140717.mp3" target="_blank">episode #228 of the No BS Podcast</a>, the crew is joined by MSI Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen and Product Manager Clifford Chun. In the podcast, the two show off some new fancy notebooks for us and discuss numerous topics that include 3K/4K panels on notebooks, why we aren't seeing touch on gaming laptops, laptop modularity, and much more. 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If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out MSI's new GT72 Dominator Pro laptop line. Available in two SKUs, the Dominator Pro is a 17.3-inch laptop that wields an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M graphics, and gobs of RAM.</p> <p>More specifically, the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 sports 24GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, along with two 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array flanked by a 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), Blu-ray burner, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Killer N1525 Wireless-AC, SD card reader, Dynaudio speakers with subwoofer, half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, two mini DisplayPorts, 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard, Windows 8.1, and a 9-cell battery.</p> <p>If that's not enough horsepower, the GT72 Dominator Pro-007 ups the ante with 34GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM and four 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array, along with everything included in the 010 model.</p> <p>All of this hardware goodness comes wrapped in a completely redesigned one-piece aluminum chassis that's less than 2 inches thick with customizable lighting effects.</p> <p>Both the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 and GT72 Dominator Pro-007 are available now for $2,600 and $3,000, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_drops_ram_heavy_gt72_dominator_pro_gaming_laptop_arena_2014#comments Gaming gt72 dominator pro Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:54:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28186 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC Launches Portable Zeusbook Edge X6 Gaming Laptop Starting at $1,389 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_launches_portable_zeusbook_edge_x6_gaming_laptop_starting_1389 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cyberpowerpc_x6.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Zeusbook X6" title="CyberPowerPC Zeusbook X6" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Lightweight gaming laptop with an optical drive in tow</h3> <p>Boutique builder <strong>CyberPowerPC today announced the availability of its new Zeusbook Edge X6 notebook for gamers</strong>. In case you haven't noticed, gaming laptops are trending into thin and light territory these days, and the X6 is no exception -- it weighs just 4.75 pounds and measures 0.82 inches thick. That's a sliver more than Origin PC's EVO15-S, another lightweight notebook <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014" target="_blank">announced today</a>, though the X6 brings an optical drive to party.</p> <p>Even with an optical drive, the X6 is CyberPowerPC's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop to date. It's also fairly well equipped for the money -- it boasts a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display, Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2.1 channel speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, GbE port, SD card reader, HDMI, VGA, mini DisplayPort, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>If you need more power and have the budget to accommodate, you can upgrade certain parts of the X6, most notably the RAM and storage. For example, you could upgrade to 16GB of RAM and a 500GB Samsung 840 Evo Series SSD, which would bring thte total cost to $1,749.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/ZeusbookEdge/" target="_blank">Zeusbook Edge X6-100</a> is available for presale and will ship in the first week of August.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_launches_portable_zeusbook_edge_x6_gaming_laptop_starting_1389#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs zeusbook edge x6 News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:47:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28167 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Kicks Off Thin and Light Gaming Notebook Line with EVO15-S http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evo15-s.jpg" alt="Origin PC EVO15-S" title="Origin PC EVO15-S" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />Gaming goodness packed into a laptop that's less than five pounds and under an inch thick</h3> <p>You kids these days have it easy in so many ways, especially when it comes to technology. Back in the day, you'd have to spend a king's ransom for the privilege of owning a gaming laptop that you'd have to bend at the knees when picking up, as is recommended for all big and bulky objects. And now? Let's just the say the landscape is much different. This is underscored by <strong>Origin PC's new EVO15-S gaming laptop</strong>, the first in a new series of thin and light laptops for gamers.</p> <p>Weighing in at just 4.36 pounds and measuring a scant 0.79 inches thick, the EVO15-S features a 15.6-inch Full HD display (an optional 3K panel is coming soon) powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics.</p> <p>It also boasts dual 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array flanked by a 1TB (7200 RPM) hard drive for storage chores, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 7260, dual-fan cooling system, three USB 3.0 ports, media carder reader, 720p HD webcam, backlit multi-color keyboard, and custom paint and laser etching options.</p> <p>Origin PC's EVO15-S is <a href="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/laptops/evo15-s/" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014#comments evo15-s Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM origin pc rigs News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:17:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28165 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Waves Industry's First Chromebook Toting an Intel Core i3 Haswell Chip http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_waves_industrys_first_chromebook_toting_intel_core_i3_haswell_chip_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_c720-3404_chromebook.jpg" alt="Acer C720-3404 Chromebook" title="Acer C720-3404 Chromebook" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Haswell-powered Chromebook starting at $350</h3> <p>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, <strong>Acer today is thumping its chest over having launched the first Chromebook to sport a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor</strong> inside its belly.</p> <p>There are two SKUs available, the C720-3871 with 2GB of RAM and C720-3404 with 4GB of RAM. Outside of price, everything else remains the same -- both feature an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) widescreen display, Intel Core i3 4005U processor, Intel HD Graphics 4400, stereo speakers, webcam, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, memory card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3-cell battery that's good for up to 8.5 hours.</p> <p>"Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/79442" target="_blank">said Navin Shenoy</a>, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. "As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3."</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.016" target="_blank">C720-3404</a> ($380) and <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.018" target="_blank">C720-3871</a> ($350) will be available this month. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts, as those price points start encroach on entry-level Windows laptop territory.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_waves_industrys_first_chromebook_toting_intel_core_i3_haswell_chip_2014#comments Acer c720 chromebook core i3 Google Hardware intel laptop notebook OEM rigs News Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:48:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28148 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Survey Shows Laptops Vastly Outnumber Smartphones and Tablets on College Campuses http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_survey_shows_laptops_vastly_outnumber_smartphones_and_tablets_college_campuses_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/laptops_0.jpg" alt="Laptops" title="Laptops" width="228" height="109" style="float: right;" />College students cherish laptops more than any other electronic device</h3> <p>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 <strong>new AMD survey that reveals the laptop as the most important electronic device among college students</strong>.</p> <p>Harris Poll conducted the Back-to-School Technology Usage Survey on behalf of AMD. The poll revealed that even though more than half of today's college students carry at least two devices at all times, the laptop is the most cherished piece of technology and the one that's used most often.</p> <p>Some 85 percent of those polled said they own a laptop, which outnumbered smartphone owners and was more than double the number of tablet owners. The poll asked students to rank their devices in order of importance, to which 41 percent ranked their laptop as number one, followed by their car, tablet, bicycle, and television.</p> <p>"Students expect more from their computers than ever before – they want them to be equally as good at streaming their favorite TV show as they are at crunching numbers in a math class," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/laptops-move-2014jul10.aspx" target="_blank">said Gabe Gravning</a>, director of product marketing, Client Business Unit, AMD. "The processor is a pivotal part of enabling these experiences and AMD APUs are a versatile solution that offer an ideal combination of productivity and entertainment performance to handle virtually all the things today’s students need and want from their technology – including long battery life, industry-leading AMD Radeon graphics, and a smooth, sharp streaming video experience."</p> <p>Over a quarter of respondents said they'd purchase a new PC if they won $1,000, and more than two-thirds said one of their biggest fears is having their technology stop working.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_survey_shows_laptops_vastly_outnumber_smartphones_and_tablets_college_campuses_2014#comments amd college Hardware laptop mobile notebook survey News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:46:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28145 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fujitsu Launches Lifebook E544 and E554 at Business Users http://www.maximumpc.com/fujitsu_launches_lifebook_e544_and_e554_business_users <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fujitsu_e554.jpg" alt="Fujitsu E554" title="Fujitsu E554" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />A pair of purpose-built laptops with interchangeable parts</h3> <p><strong>Fujitsu is hoping to win over IT admins and business users with a couple of new enterprise-class E Series Lifebooks</strong>. They include the 14-inch Lifebook E544 and 15.6-inch Lifebook E554, each of which sport "numerous" interchangeable components intended to help IT admins manage large-scale roll outs by simplifying maintenance and management when things go wrong (or upgrades are needed).</p> <p>"Rolling out and maintaining hundreds to thousands of notebooks in an enterprise environment can be challenging for IT professionals," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fujitsu-unveils-lifebook-e544-and-lifebook-e554-265202991.html" target="_blank">said Kevin Wrenn</a>, senior vice president, Fujitsu America, Inc. "Fujitsu is dedicated to helping its customers reduce enterprise costs and time through the optimization of their ICT systems from end to end, and the new Lifebook E Series notebooks, which are all purpose-built with interchangeable parts, helps fulfill this mission."</p> <p>Both systems feature 4th Generation Intel Core i3/i5 processor options. They're also both equipped with the same port replicator, as well as shared components and accessories, like some modular bay elements. By making the parts interchangeable, Fujitsu says it's easier for businesses to deploy different size laptops without having to maintain a bunch of different corporate images of software or keep track of a wealth of drivers.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/fujitsu_launches_lifebook_e544_and_e554_business_users#comments e544 e554 Fujitsu Hardware laptop lifebook notebook OEM rigs News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:22:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28095 at http://www.maximumpc.com Customizable MSI Gaming Laptops Now Available Through iBuyPower http://www.maximumpc.com/customizable_msi_gaming_laptops_now_available_through_ibuypower_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_ge70_apache.jpg" alt="MSI GE70 Apache" title="MSI GE70 Apache" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />MSI joins iBuyPower's customizable OptiBoost program</h3> <p>Your options for configuring a name brand gaming laptop from iBuyPower are expanding. As part of what iBuyPower is calling its Optiboost program, select notebook makers are teaming up with the boutique builder to offer customizable laptops. <strong>iBuyPower kicked off its Optiboost program <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ibuypower_teams_gigabyte_unveil_%E2%80%98optiboost%E2%80%99_gaming_laptop_configuration_program_2014" target="_blank">last month with Gigabyte</a>, and now MSI is joining the program</strong> with five different laptops to choose from.</p> <p>"Individuality is a big part of the mobile gaming experience and MSI is confident that iBuyPower’s Optiboost program will deliver the ideal combination of customized performance and value," said Andy Tung, President of MSI Pan America. "We are making mobile gaming personal again."</p> <p>Customizable MSI gaming laptops include the GP60 Leopard ($949), GP70 Leopard ($969), GT70 Dominator ($1,649), GT70 Dominator Pro ($2,099), and GE70 Apache ($1,139). These are all 17.3-inch laptops except for the GP60, which is 15.6 inches. All five sport 1920x1080 resolutions.</p> <p>The upgrade options aren't quite as robust as some of iBuyPower's own systems, though you can upgrade the CPU, RAM, storage, and a few other components.</p> <p>You can check it out <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/MSI" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/customizable_msi_gaming_laptops_now_available_through_ibuypower_2014#comments Gaming Hardware ibuypower laptop mobile msi notebook OEM optiboost rigs News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28063 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Bombs iFixIt's Teardown Test http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_bombs_ifixits_teardown_test_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_crack.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3 Crack" title="Surface Pro 3 Crack" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />This tablet's locked down tighter than Fort Knox</h3> <p>If you're at all concerned about a part going bad in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet, you may want to consider an extended warranty. The alternative is to try and fix or replace a faulty component yourself, but unlike a traditional laptop, Microsoft's laptop replacement isn't all that easy to service. Straight to the point, the <strong>Surface Pro 3 scored a miserable 1 out of 10 in <em>iFixIt's</em> teardown analysis</strong>.</p> <p>Higher scores are better, so a score of 1 out of 10 essentially means you're very likely to do more harm than good if you attempt to crack open the Surface Pro 3. And that's exactly what the expert electronic surgeons at <em>iFixIt</em> did from the get-go.</p> <p>"Our teardown engineer carefully heated and pried up the glass at the edge of this device, but the cooling adhesive alone was enough to crack the glass on our photo table," <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Microsoft+Surface+Pro+3+Teardown/26595?revisionid=HEAD" target="_blank"><em>iFixIt</em> notes</a> in Step 5 of its teardown analysis. "Microsoft went to great lengths to make the Surface Pro 3 super portable, thinning it down from the Pro 2's 0.53 inches to a mere 0.35 inches thick -- but it seems the thinner glass does not bode well for ruggedness or repair."</p> <p>Several obstacles stand in the way of DIY repair, some big and some small. For example, there's a springy metal bracket pinning the display connector in place that needs coaxing from a spudger to let it free, and the battery connector requires a somewhat uncommon T3 Torx bit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_tape.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3 Tape" title="Surface Pro 3 Tape" width="620" height="365" /></p> <p>Other factors leading to a 1 out of 10 score were the "tons of adhesive" Microsoft used, the display assembly consisting of a fused glass panel and LCD (making it difficult to remove), and non-standard connectors. Summed up, disassembly "leaves no room for mistakes."</p> <p>Microsoft isn't alone in this regard -- most tablets score low in teardown tests, and so some Ultrabooks and ultra-thins. Reduced DIY repairability is one of the tradeoffs in the pursuit for increasingly thin and light form factors.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_bombs_ifixits_teardown_test_2014#comments Hardware ifixit laptop microsoft notebook slate surface pro 3 tablet teardown News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 28055 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is Now Available at Stores http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_now_available_stores_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Surface Pro 3 has arrived!</h3> <p>Today we'll begin to find out if Microsoft is on the right track with its Surface hardware. As the company promised, <strong>Surface Pro 3 is available at retail stores, online, and through authorized resellers</strong> in the U.S. and Canada today, exactly one month after <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_equips_surface_pro_3_bigger_screen_thinner_profile_and_faster_hardware_2014">Microsoft announced</a> the upgraded device during a press event in New York City. The caveat? Only the Core i5 version is available straight away.</p> <p>Anyone who pre-ordered a Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i5 processor inside will receive them directly. The Core i3 and Core i7 versions will begin shipping on August 1, which is also when they'll be available to purchase in stores and at commercial resellers.</p> <p>As for the docking stating, Microsoft's <a href="http://blog.surface.com/2014/06/surface-pro-3-stores-today/" target="_blank">Panos Panay said</a> it will be available beginning Friday, August 15 in the U.S. and Canada, though you can pre-order one today.</p> <p>There are two versions of the Surface Pro 3 with a Core i5 inside -- a $999 model with a 128GB SSD and a $1,299 model with a 256GB SSD. The least expensive Surface Pro 3 is the Core i3 SKU with 64GB, which starts at $799. Those interested in Core i7 models have the 256GB ($1,549) and 512GB ($1,949) models to choose from.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/piIiAj0bYcE" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_now_available_stores_2014#comments Hardware laptop microsoft mobile notebook OEM rigs slate surface pro 3 tablet News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:55:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28044 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Unveils Aorus X3 and X3 Plus Gaming Laptops http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_aorus_x3_and_x3_plus_gaming_laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/gigabyte_aorus_x3.png" alt="Aorus X3 Gaming Laptop Line" title="Aorus X3 Gaming Laptop Line" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>X3 Plus sports a 3K display</h3> <p>Taiwanese PC vendor Gigabyte recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.aorus.com/x3.aspx" target="_blank">brace of sub-14-inch gaming laptops under its gamer-focused Aorus brand</a>. What’s the most noteworthy thing about them, you ask? Well,<strong> the 13.3-inch X3 and 13.9-inch X3 Plus are, according to the company, the “most powerful and lightest” in their category.</strong></p> <p>Not only does the Gigabyte Aorus X3 Plus pack a bigger display, but it also offers a choice between a QHD 2560x1440 LCD and a QHD+ 3200x1800 LCD. However, there is no so choice when it comes to its smaller cousin, the Gigabyte Aorus X3, which is limited to a 13.3-inch panel with a 2560x1440 display resolution.</p> <p>Display size and resolution aside, both the X3 and X3 Plus are virtually identically. They both have an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor (2.5GHz-3.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (expandable up to 16GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM and 256GB-1TB solid-state storage, HD Camera and 73.26Wh lithium-polymer battery. Other specs include 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, mini Display port, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out (SPDIF), SD Card Reader and DC-in Jack.</p> <p>Both the laptops, which weigh a shade over 4 pounds, are expected to make their retail debut sometime during the third quarter of 2014, with prices starting at $2,099.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_aorus_x3_and_x3_plus_gaming_laptops#comments 3k Gaming gaming laptop gigabyte aorus x3 gigabyte aorus x3 plus notebook News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:50:46 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27965 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer CEO on Blade Delay: We’re ‘Terrible’ at Anticipating Product Demand http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_ceo_blade_delay_we%E2%80%99re_%E2%80%98terrible%E2%80%99_anticipating_product_demand <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u166440/rzrbladet14_01.jpg" alt="The New Razer Blade (2014)" title="The New Razer Blade (2014)" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>The 3K gaming laptop is but the latest Razer product to get delayed in recent times</h3> <p>Unsheathed in March as <strong>the world’s thinnest and highest-res 14-inch gaming laptop</strong>, the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/new_14-inch_razer_blade_comes_highest_resolution_display_2014" target="_blank">New Razer Blade</a> was expected to begin shipping in mid-April but even many of those who pre-ordered the 3K notebook on the very first day have yet to receive it. Now, the Razer Blade family is no stranger to delays, with the original Blade laptop also getting beset by a similarly frustrating delay. As he had done back then, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan once again took to Facebook this past Friday to apologize from the very bottom of his heart.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/minliangtan?hc_location=timeline" target="_blank">Facebook post steeped in candor</a>, Tan admitted to having considerable trouble andticipating comsumer demand for its products.</p> <p>“Each time we announce a new product – we end up having some of our customers wait for months before they get their pre-orders,” Tan wrote. “A good example is the latest Razer Blade – we announced it in March ’14 and there are many who pre-ordered on the day of launch who haven’t received their units even till today.&nbsp; I wish I could claim that it’s a one off situation and we’ll do better the next time – but I’ll be honest, we’ve been screwing up on anticipating demand for a long time – for the past couple of years, every time we launch a new product, demand just far outstrips the supply. “</p> <p>The company, according to Tan, has tried a number of things to prevent such delays — including increasing manufacturing capacity and switching to phased product roll-outs — but to no avail.</p> <p>“We suck at this. I suck at this. I apologize to all of you who have had to wait for ages each time we launch a new product. And this isn’t the first time I’m apologizing for this, I’m afraid, but I do intend to change the system so that we can launch products better here at Razer and have more happy customers who can get their hands on our products.”</p> <p>Here’s a quick rundown of the 2014 Razer Blade’s specs:</p> <ul> <li>Intel Core i7-4702HQ Quad Core Processor with Hyper Threading 2.2GHz / 3.2GHz (Base/Turbo)</li> <li>8GB onboard memory (DDR3L-1600MHz)</li> <li>NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 870M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus Technology)</li> <li>14.0" QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200x1800, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch</li> <li>128GB / 256GB / 512GB SSD (SATA M.2)</li> <li>Compact 150W Power Adapter</li> <li>Built-in 70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery</li> <li>Built-in HD webcam (2.0MP)</li> <li>USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)</li> <li>HDMI 1.4a audio and video output</li> <li>Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0)</li> </ul> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_ceo_blade_delay_we%E2%80%99re_%E2%80%98terrible%E2%80%99_anticipating_product_demand#comments 3k delay gaming laptop geforce gtx 870m new blade notebook razer News Sun, 08 Jun 2014 23:43:34 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27960 at http://www.maximumpc.com