laptop en Google's Serving 1TB of Drive Storage for New Chromebook Buyers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_5.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for two years</h3> <p>It's getting to be all-out warfare in the low-cost computing market. In response to the growing interest in cheap Chromebooks, Intel and Microsoft have been working together to push sub-$200 Windows laptops into the market place through its hardware partners. That's caused Chromebooks to come down in price as well, but it isn't stopping there. <strong>Google today announced that new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years</strong> at no additional cost.</p> <p>"That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 <a href="" target="_blank">awkward holiday sweater pics</a> safe and shareable in Drive. With that much free storage, you can use your Chromebook for work, play and pretty much everything else you’ll do this holiday season," Google stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Google's free offering works out to a $240 value over the course of two years. To get the 1TB Drive storage, you have to purchase an eligible Chromebook and redeem the offer before January 1, 2015. You'll find eligible models at <a href="" target="_blank">retail stores, online outlets</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Google Play</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 1tb chromebook cloud drive Google Hardware laptop notebook storage News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:36:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28972 at Acer TravelMate B115 Brings Touch to Entry Level Computing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115" title="Acer TravelMate B115" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Touch support at a reasonable price</h3> <p><strong>Acer this morning announced the availability of its new TravelMate B115 laptop</strong> for customers in the U.S. and Canada. It sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display with support for 10-point multi-touch, once considered a premium feature in laptop land but now available for a comparative pittance -- Acer's asking $380 USD and $439 CAD for the TravelMate B115.</p> <p>The laptop has its eye on "commercial customers, particularly those in education," which is to say it's going up against Chromebooks. While a bit higher priced than most Chromebooks, especially with the recent price drops, the TravelMate B115 brings more to the table.</p> <p>It has an Intel Celeron N2940 processor, 4GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB of storage, 892.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, GbE LAN, HDMI output, 720p webcam, up to 10 hours of battery life, and of course Windows 8.1, all wrapped in a thin and light design.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115_ports.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" title="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" width="620" height="335" /></p> <p>"Thanks to its compact size combined with a full-size keyboard, the 11.6-inch notebook is popular with students and teachers alike," <a href="" target="_blank">said Sumit Agnihotry</a>, Acer vice president – product marketing. "The TravelMate B115 provides long battery life, ample power and multi-touch to give students and educators everything they need to be productive in and out of the classroom. Plus, IT managers will appreciate the powerful security and manageability suite of tools for safeguarding data and managing assets remotely."</p> <p>The Acer TravelMate B115 will available to purchase this month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Acer Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs touch travelmate b115 News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28957 at HP Gives Envy x2 a Surface-Like Makeover <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_15t_touch.jpg" alt="HP Envy x2 15t Touch" title="HP Envy x2 15t Touch" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />HP's take on Microsoft's Surface design</h3> <p><strong>HP's Envy x2 is back, only this time it looks less like a traditional laptop and is more powerful than before</strong>. Taking a page from Microsoft's Surface design, the Envy x2 now comes with a kickstand. HP is billing it as a detachable PC with mutiple modes, including an all-in-one mode (detached from the keyboard), notebook mode (attached to the keyboard), and tablet mode (detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet).</p> <p>There are two different models available -- <a href="" target="_blank">13t Touch</a> with a 13.3-inch display (1366x768 or 1920x1080) starting at $800 and <a href=";urlLangId=-1&amp;productId=659151&amp;urlRequestType=Base&amp;categoryId=&amp;langId=-1&amp;catalogId=10051&amp;jumpid=cp_r163_us/en/pc_cons/nextgen/convertibles/buynow/Envyx2-15" target="_blank">15t Touch</a> with a 15-inch display (1920x1080) starting at $750. That's not a typo, the smaller version costs $50 more, though both sport an Intel Core M-5Y10 dual-core processor and 4GB of memory.</p> <p>Other standard features include a 500GB 5400 RPM hybrid hard drive (the 13t comes standard with a 128GB SSD, hence the price difference), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, backlit wireless keyboard, Beats Audio, Full HD webcam, headphone/microphone combo port, two USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI output, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> envy x2 hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs tablet News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:26:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28952 at Don’t Count Out Chromebooks Just Yet, $149 Models May Be on the Horizon <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_chromebook.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebook" title="Asus Chromebook" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Laptop limbo -- how low can they go?</h3> <p>Tis the season of the low cost laptop, and if you're looking for a portable system on the cheap, you have a growing number of choices. You won't find them in the Apple Store, of course, but you will find Windows laptops in the $200 range, including a recently reduced <a href="" target="_blank">Asus X205TA model</a> selling for just $170 at the Microsoft Store. In response, Chromebook models are expected to be even more affordable than they already are with <strong>Asus and Lenovo both reportedly planning to release $149 Chromebook models</strong>.</p> <p>At that price, don't expect to find Intel inside. Instead, they'll feature ARM-based System-on-Chip (SoC) options from China's Rockchip, a fabless semiconductor company, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes </em>reports</a>.</p> <p>Following up on Lenovo's 10.1-inch Android notebook running Rockchip's RK3188 processor, it's expected the Chinese OEM will launch an 11.6-inch Chromebook built around the RK3288 chip either at the end of the year or by the first half of 2015, around the same time Asus is said to be releasing an 11.6-inch model.</p> <p>Both models will be priced at $149, or 25 percent lower than Acer's C720, <em>Digitimes</em> says. If that turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see where low-cost Windows-based laptops land. There might be some wiggle room left, though not a ton since they're already running Windows 8.1 with Bing for free.</p> <p>There's also the matter of how much performance consumers are willing to trade for a lower price. For example, a $125 Windows laptop would certainly draw eyeballs, but if the performance is on par with crappy first-generation netbooks, then it suddenly becomes a tough sell.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus chromebook Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28904 at Asus X205TA Windows Laptop Pops Up Online Starting at $179 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x205ta.jpg" alt="Asus X205TA" title="Asus X205TA" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />The return of the netbook?</h3> <p>We're beginning to notice more low-cost Windows laptops in the $200 range, though one thing we haven't seen is a manufacturer revive the netbook nomenclature. Fair enough, since these machines are more powerful than yesterday's netbooks, and generally cheaper too. The <strong>least expensive so far is the Asus X205TA Signature Edition, a $199 laptop that's been reduced to $179 in the Microsoft Store</strong>.</p> <p>The Asus X205TA sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (1.33GHz to 1.83GHZ, 2MB L2 cache) and 2GB of DDR3L-1333 memory. It also features 32GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card slot, 480p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, micro HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo port, 2-cell battery good for up to 12 hours of run time, and Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit).</p> <p>Asus calls it an ultraportable companion, a seemingly accurate description considering it measures 0.68 inches by 7.61 inches by 11.25 inches and weighs just 2.11 pounds.</p> <p>It's available now at the <a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft Store</a>, and also on Amazon, <a href="" target="_blank">albeit for $199</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs Windows x205ta News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:17:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28897 at Lenovo May Leap into Low-Cost Chromebook Market Next Year <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo Chromebook" title="Lenovo Chromebook" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptop wars are brewing</h3> <p>It was easier to make an argument in favor of Chromebooks as early as a month ago. There's plenty they can't do, but they're cheap and sufficient for basic computing tasks, like surfing the web. They're also nice tools if you're heavily tied into Google's ecosystem. Several vendors have jumped on board the Chromebook bandwagon, and <strong>rumor has it Lenovo will offer an ultra-affordable Chromebook model of its own next year</strong>, but has their time in the spotlight come and gone?</p> <p>First things first -- according to <em>Digitimes</em> and the sources it spoke to within Taiwan's supply chain, Lenovo is looking at launching a Chromebook in the sub-$170 range in early 2015. These will be powered by CPUs from China's Rockship Electronics.</p> <p>By lowering the price, Lenovo reportedly expects to ship 1.5 million Chromebooks next year, up 212 percent compared to 2014. However, there's a concerted effort by Intel and Microsoft to push Chromeooks out of the market place with low-cost Windows alternatives.</p> <p>One of the first models out of the gate is the HP Stream. It's a Windows 8.1 laptop that starts at $200 for the 11-inch version and $230 for the 13-inch model. And as time goes on, there will be other competitors in the $200 Windows laptop space. Should Chromebooks dip down to $170, we imagine Windows models will follow suit, though it will be interesting to see where vendors cut costs since the OS is already being provided for free from Microsoft.</p> <p>What do you think -- are Chromebooks long for this world, or will these low-cost Windows laptops drive them out of the market as intended?</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> chromebook Hardware laptop lenovo notebook News Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:41:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28862 at Acer Switch 12 is a Five-in-One Convertible Driven by an Intel Core M Processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aspire_switch_12.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 12" title="Acer Aspire Switch 12" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />One device, five modes</h3> <p><strong>Acer today expanded its Switch line introduced earlier this year with the introduction of the Switch 12</strong>, a 12.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) hybrid laptop with five distinct modes (notebook, tablet/pad, display, tent, and desktop). Powering the IPS display with Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology is an Intel Core M processor, though Acer isn't yet providing specific details on the choice of CPU.</p> <p>The Switch 12 sports a unique kickstand design with a magnetic and latch-free detachable keyboard. This is what allows the Switch 12 to transition into five different use case scenarios, so you can use it as a traditional laptop, tablet with or without a keyboard, desktop PC, regular display, or in a tent configuration. Obviously Acer is taking some liberties here with pitching the device as a five-in-one hybrid, though we won't deny it's certainly a shape shifter.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_aspire_switch_12_tent.jpg" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 12 Tent" title="Acer Aspire Switch 12 Tent" width="620" height="264" /></p> <p>Details on specs and configuration options are rather light at the moment, though not totally non-existent. Acer says the Switch 12 will come with 60GB or 128GB SSD options. It will also feature micro USB 3.0 ports and micro HDMI ports, have a battery life of up to 8 hours, and presumably run Windows 8.1.</p> <p>The Switch 12 will be available in the U.S. and Canada in early 2015. Pricing has not yet been determined.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Acer core m Hardware Hybrid intel laptop notebook OEM rigs switch 12 News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:51:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 28836 at HP Sends a Thin and Light 'Omen' Laptop into the Gaming Community <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen.jpg" alt="HP Omen" title="HP Omen" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Gaming DNA comes to the forefront</h3> <p>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 <strong>HP Omen, a svelte gaming laptop designed to handle triple-A titles</strong> 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.</p> <p>"Gamers told us they want uncompromised performance in a device that looks good and is designed for portability," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems, HP. "The HP OMEN delivers the performance that today’s triple-A titles demand and the features to enable customized game play, all in a package that looks great and can be easily carried."</p> <p>Other hardware and features include a 128GB solid state drive, four USB 3.0 ports (all supporting USB Boost), a mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo jack, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, media card reader, 1080p webcam with dual digital microphones, dual speakers with BeatsAudio, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen_front.jpg" alt="HP Omen Front" title="HP Omen Front" width="620" height="477" /></p> <p>The thin (19.9mm) and light (4.68 pounds) chassis is CNC milled from solid aluminum and anodized with a black finish. HP also added a custom chrome hinge designed to elevate the display out of the way of hot exhaust air. Cooling chores are further aided by dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system.</p> <p>HP's Omen laptop is available now starting at $1,500.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop notebook OEM omen rigs News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:39:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28835 at Acer Expands V Nitro Black Edition Laptop Series to Include a 4K Model <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_v_nitro_black_open.jpg" alt="Acer V Nitro Black Open" title="Acer V Nitro Black Open" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Hello Acer, have we met?</h3> <p>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, <strong>Acer is now offering a V Nitro Black Edition laptop with a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) IPS display</strong>, 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.</p> <p>The new 15.6-inch V Nitro Black Edition is powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, and 256GB solid state drive + 1TB hard drive. Other features include a full-size backlit keyboard with dedicated numpad, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, GbE LAN port, headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Kensington lock slot, 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, SD card reader, four built-in speakers (8W total), and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Of course, there are disadvantages to sticking a 4K panel on a 15.6-inch laptop, one of those being scaling issues in Windows along with third-party programs that have yet to get up to speed with the 4K movement. There's also the issue of gaming at the native res -- you need some serious GPU horsepower to play games at 4K.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_v_nitro_black.jpg" alt="Acer V Nitro Black" title="Acer V Nitro Black" width="620" height="351" /></p> <p>Nevertheless, it's nice to see Acer dipping its toes into the premium sector. It's not just the feature-set, but the design of the V Nitro Black -- from the pictures we've seen, it's a sleek looking machine. Comparatively affordable too, at $1,500 MSRP. <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">And while supplies last, Acer's including a code for Assassin's Creed Unity.</span></p> <p>If the 4K resolution is a deal killer, note that Acer also offers 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models with 1080p panels starting at $1,100. In addition, Acer has parterned with Ubisoft to offer game codes for Assassin's Creed Unity with purchase from a participating vendor (Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect), while supplies last. Not that this only applies to qualifying Full HD 1080p models, and not the 4K version.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4k Acer Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs ultra hd V nitro black News Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:20:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28830 at MSI's GT80 Titan is World First Laptop to Sport a Mechanical Keyboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt80_titan.jpg" alt="MSI GT80 Titan" title="MSI GT80 Titan" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Finally, a gaming laptop with a mechanical plank!</h3> <p>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 <strong>MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop</strong>.</p> <p>MSI's GT80 Titan uses Cherry MX Brown key switches, which are known for being light, tactile, and non-clicky. It's a popular switch among gamers because of their tactile response while remaining relatively quiet compared to Cherry MX Blue switches, which are loud by comparison.</p> <p>Little else is known about the 18.4-inch GT80 Titan, at least on an official basis. Rumor has it the GT80 Titan may wield a GTX 980 SLI configuration and up to 32GB of RAM. Given the laptop's size, we're betting on this being a full-blown desktop replacement.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, only that it's "<a href="" target="_blank">coming soon</a>," according to the GT80 Titan's teaser page.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cherry mx brown Gaming gt80 titan Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28815 at Asus Posts Detailed DIY Upgrade Guides for G551 and G771 Laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/g771_upgrade.jpg" alt="Asus G771 Upgrade" title="Asus G771 Upgrade" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Easy to follow upgrade guides</h3> <p>Working on a laptop might seem like it's a daunting task if you've never done it before, and depending on how much of it you have to rip apart, it sometimes can be, However, in many cases, swapping out common parts -- think of items like the hard drive, RAM, and Wi-Fi card -- is incredibly simple. To make upgrades and repairs even easier, <strong>Asus ROG has gone and posted upgrade guides for its G551 and G771 laptops</strong>, complete with lots of pics.</p> <p>"You should be glad to know that you don’t have to be computer savvy to upgrade G771 by yourself, and that’s great news if you’ve always wanted to upgrade a PC. Before you know it, you’ll be building a liquid-cooling system with sound-activated bling. You’ll need a place to work where you won’t be losing screws and scratching up the laptop surface. Let’s start here by opening up the back cover," Asus begins its G771 upgrade guide.</p> <p>By removing a section of the back panel, you'll have easy access to the 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (two 8GB DIMMs). Sitting just in front of the RAM is an M.2. PCI-Express SSD, which itself is flanked by a pair of 2.5-inch drive bays on both sides. The guide also shows how to remove the optical drive.</p> <p>Word to the wise when shopping a laptop -- do your research to see if DIY repairs and upgrades are easy or fairly involved. Asus is usually pretty good about using enclosures designed to make upgrading a painless affair, though we've seen some models that require almost a complete teardown just to get to one of the sticks of RAM.</p> <p>In any event, you'll find the <a href="" target="_blank">G551 upgrade guide here</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">G771 upgrade guide here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus diy repair g551 g771 laptop notebook ROG News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:32:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28790 at CyberPowerPC Offers Up Affordable Fangbook III HX6 Laptop for Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fangbook_iii.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" title="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Fangbook III HX6 packs a bite</h3> <p>Gone are the days when the only gaming laptops on the block are the ones that carry ultra-premium price tags. These days you can get gaming goodness on the go for relatively cheap, at least compared to what these systems used to cost. Such is underscored by <strong>CyberPowerPC's new Fangbook III HX6, a 15.6-inch laptop for gamers</strong> equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and starting price of $1,100.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC says its latest Fangbook comes with some features of special interest to gamers. These include an automatic kickstand that deploys when the notebook is opened to prop up the rear edge of the laptop to allow air to flow freely through the intakes, and shortcut keys to adjust cooling, backlight settings, and to underclock the CPU.</p> <p>In addition to the Core i7 4700MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 860M GPU, the new Fangbook model sports 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB), 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1. A few upgrade options are available, including SSD solutions and faster CPU choices.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's Fangbook III HX6 is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cyberpowerpc fangbook iii hx6 Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:42:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28777 at Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Inside is Now Available to Pre-Order <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_2_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook 2" title="Samsung Chromebook 2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250</h3> <p>If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. <strong>Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2</strong>. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.</p> <p>Not just for looks, <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung says</a> there's a function to the material -- it makes the Chromebook 2 easier to grip and hold, which the company points out is especially important for students and children. That's a good point, considering that Chromebooks are becoming popular in education circles.</p> <p>The Chromebook 2 sports an Intel Celeron N2840 processor (2.58GHz, 1MB L2 cache) inside, along with 2GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM. It also features a 1366x768 resolution, 16GB of internal storage, Intel HD Graphics, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, 720p HD webcam, and up to 9 hours of battery life.</p> <p>As for dimensions, the Chromebook 2 measures 11.40 x 8.6 x 0.66 inches and weighs just 2.65 pounds.</p> <p>You can pre-order the Chromebook 2 for $250 on <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung's website</a>, or at least you will be able to sometime today (we're not seeing the listing at the time of this writing). It will be widely available next week.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> chrome os chromebook 2 Google intel laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs samsung News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:16:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28741 at Asus and AMD Get Cozy, Look to Expand Partnership in Desktop Arena <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_store.jpg" alt="Asus Store" title="Asus Store" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Did we just become best friends? Yup! - <a href="" target="_blank">Step Brothers</a></h3> <p>We're always hearing about Intel and Microsoft working with system vendors to promote cheaper systems, but what about AMD? Well, if the chatty heads entrenched in the upstream supply chain know what they're talking about, then <strong>AMD and Asus are fast becoming BFFs in the desktop space</strong>. AMD is even said to be using the name "Zen" for its next-generation desktop APU platform.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources, the decision to roll with "Zen" is not a coincidence -- it's a branding that Asus has used on past products and a sign that the two companies are expanding their relationship. The sources also say that AMD has been offering Asus special discounts for its CPUs.</p> <p>Those same sources believe that AMD is trying to expand its desktop APU sales by cooperating with Asus and wants to bump its overall market share to above 30 percent, which is about where it's at now. However, AMD has to walk a fine line so as not to drive companies like Gigabyte and MSI towards the competition.</p> <p>Take all this with a grain of salt. One thing to keep in mind is that <a href="" target="_blank">AMD has a new CEO</a> in Dr. Lisa Su, who just last week replaced Rory Read as head of the company. Given how recently this happened, it's a bit too early to know what kind of strategy Dr. Su will put into place.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd apu asus Hardware laptop mobile notebook News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:03:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28712 at Alienware 17, 18 Laptops Now Shipping with Overclocked CPUs Capable of Hitting 4.4GHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Alienware 17" title="Alienware 17" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Intel’s fastest mobile CPU gets faster</h3> <p>The Core i7-4940MX, which boasts a base frequency of 3.10GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 4.10GHz, may currently be Intel’s most powerful mobile offering, but apparently even that isn’t quite enough for engineers over at Dell’s Alienware division. Taking matters into their own hands, they have managed to <strong>overclock the chip to 4.4GHz and made the souped-up Core i7-4940MX available for purchase as part of their Alienware 17 and 18 gaming notebooks.</strong></p> <p>“Alienware, manufacturer of blazing fast PCs for enthusiasts, today announced that all of its Intel Core i7 processor-equipped Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops will ship with factory-overclocked processors to reach speeds of up to 4.4Ghz,” Intel said Thursday in a press release lauding Alienware engineers for their creativity in developing “a new thermal solution to ensure reliable and cool operation in such a small system.”</p> <p>While the Alienware 17 starts at $1,399, its bigger sibling has a starting price of $2,099. The Alienware 17 is available with up to a GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 8GB VRAM and up to 32GB RAM. As for the Alienware 18, it can be ordered with up to a dual GeForce GTX 880M graphics card with 16GB VRAM (all SKUs feature dual graphics) and up to 32GB of RAM. Their complete specs are available at this <a href="" target="_blank">link</a>. You can read our <a href="" target="_blank">Alienware 17 review</a> here.</p> Alienware 17 alienware 18 core i7 4940mx dual graphics Gaming intel laptop overclocking News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:41:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28699 at