CES 2018 - Razer has revealed a very strange mix of laptop and mobile phone hardware in a bid to utilize its new Razer Phone.
Project Linda is quite...weird. The device is essentially a 13.3-inch laptop that somewhat follows Nintendo's playbook with the Switch dock; instead of a tablet, users dock their Razer Phone into the Project Linda laptop for Android-powered gaming. The device is clearly aimed at the massively popular smartphone gaming market, and aligns with Razer's coin-based microtransaction business, especially in regions like China that embrace both mobile and browser-based gaming.
"Razer's Project Linda laptop seamlessly docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside, and connects with the press of a button. The phone's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and 8 GB of RAM deliver responsive performance, instantly transforming Project Linda into an Android laptop," reads a press release from Razer. "The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more."
It's a novel idea, and it'll be interesting to see how the hybrid actually fares in the real-world of gaming where players will blast through games for hours at a time.
CES 2018 - Acer has unveiled a slew of refreshed notebooks at CES 2018, with its new flagship Swift 7 definitely catching an eye or two.
Acer's new Swift 7 is only 8.98mm thin, making it the thinnest notebook in the world. We have Intel's last-gen Core i7 processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based SSD, and a 14-inch 1080p display with a dash of always-on connectivity courtesy of 4G LTE.
There's support for both nano SIM and eSIM on the new Acer Swift 7, with Corning providing screen protection with Gorilla Glass NBT touchscreen. Windows 10 is the OS of choice for Acer, with up to 10 hours of battery on offer and a price of $1699.
CES 2018 - HP has unveiled its new Spectre 15 X360 laptop with Intel's and AMD's new Kaby Lake + RX Vega M combo for content creators.
HP's new convertible Spectre 15 X360 laptops come in various configurations, including Intel's recently announced joint venture to include Radeon RX Vega M graphics in its chips. The computer, which is aimed at content creators that need to leverage discrete GPUs for demanding applications, comes with a 4K UHD 15.6-inch IPS display and amped GPU horsepower including an Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U and NVIDIA MX150 config for the base variants--or an Intel 8th Gen CPU paired with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
The base model starts at $1369 and can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, and the laptop comes with a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD for storage. Battery life is up to 13.5 hours and the performance laptop weights 4.6 pounds. Ports include: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone-out/mic-in combo jack.
The Spectre 15 X360 will be available starting March 18, 2018.
CES 2018 - Dell has unveiled its new Dell XPS 13, with the new 2-in-1 refresh packing the latest 8th-gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, arriving in both 1080p and 4K display options.
Dell's new XPS 13 laptop strips both USB 3.0 ports by switching to USB-C, packing three USB-C ports while getting rid of the normal sized SD card reader and replacing it with a not-so-useful microSD card reader.
There have been some tweaks to the carbon fiber material used on the refreshed XPS 13, with Dell making the white palm rest with a woven texture that looks "kind of cheap in person" according to The Verge. The material reportedly gets super dirty, and while Dell knows about this, the company says that it can be easily cleaned.
Security researcher ZwClose has found that HP have pre-installed a keylogger into different models of their laptops, with over 460 different models affected.
This keylogger installed by HP allows for hackers to record every key stroke made on your laptops keyboard, essentially giving the open opportunity for passwords, credit card details and any personal account information to be stolen.
Courtesy of ZwClose we now know that the file is embedded in the SynTP.sys which is apart of the Synaptics touchpad driver which ships with standard HP notebook computers.
Can't wait for Black Friday? You wouldn't really need to as Lenovo has launched a pre-Black Friday sale that brings many of their ThinkPad lineups to historic low prices thanks to a giant 35% off coupon (THINKBFSALE).
This means if you're worried about stock level, availability, or simply don't want to bother shopping at the very last minute, you'll be able to score some of the biggest discounts on ThinkPad laptops thus far this year.
Just use coupon code THINKBFSALE during checkout and you'll receive anywhere from 30% off to 35% off, depending on the ThinkPad you're looking to pick up.
As of writing, you can get 35% off ThinkPad X series and T series laptops, while the pricier workstation P51 and P71 ThinkPads are only 30% off. With this coupon, the latest 5th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is only $1,013, while T470 is starting at a low $636.
The best part about this ThinkPad Black Friday sale is that the coupon will scale with your customization. So if you decide to upgrade to a 1080p IPS panel, or add in more RAM (which everyone will agree is at an inflated price on Lenovo) - the 30% to 35% off will also apply to your upgrades and customizations.
- Lenovo Early Black Friday Sale (ThinkPads and More)
- Coupon: THINKBFSALE
- 35% off X/T series, 30% off all other ThinkPads
ThinkPad X1 Carbon & Yoga Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $1,013.35 (list $1,559)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,175.85 (list $1,809)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i7-7500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,227.85 (list $1,889)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Gen Core i7-7600U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,455.35 (list $2,239)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS Touch - $1,214.85 (list $1,869)
ThinkPad T470, T470s, and T470p Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $636.35 (list $979)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $954.85 (list $1,469)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Core i7-7600U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,175.85 (list $1,809)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $779.35 (list $1,199)
- Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS Touch - $1,084.85 (list $1,669)
ThinkPad X270 Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $844.35 (list $1,299)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7200U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $636.35 (list $979)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i5-7300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,071.51 (list $1,649)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X270 Core i7-5000U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,266.85 (list $1,949)
ThinkPad P51 WorkStations Laptops
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i5-7300U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $839.30 (list $1,199)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,105.30 (list $1,579)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51s Core i7-7600U, NVIDIA Quadro M520M, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $1,455.30 (list $2,079)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Core i7-7700HQ, Quadro M1200, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,511.30 (list $2,159)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Core i7-7700HQ, Quadro M1200, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1080p IPS - $1,119.30 (list $1,599)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P51 Xeon E3-1505M, Quadro M2200, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 4K UHD - $1,987.30 (list $2,839)
ThinkPad P71 Workstation Laptops
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB RAM, 1080p IPS - $1,175.30 (list $1,679)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p IPS - $1,497.30 (list $2,139)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Core i7-7820HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4K UHD IPS - $2,211.30 (list $3,159)
- Lenovo Thinkpad P71 Xeon E3-1505M, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4K UHD IPS - $2,274.30 (list $3,249)
We've confirmed the coupon code above to be valid through November 30, 2017. If prices are cheaper come Black Friday (which will most likely go live on Thanksgiving morning - we'll update the discount codes above accordingly).
GIGABYTE have introduced the world's thinnest 17.3" laptop, the AORUS X9. The X9 features a 7th generation Intel i7-7820HK overclockable processor, two GTX 1070s in SLI, up to 64GB DDR4-2400 memory and even a mechanical keyboard... oh, and RGB lighting of course!
The AORUS X9 doesn't stop there with innovation, also providing a world first for 17.3" laptop with quad cooling fans and multi-functional RGB lightbar & chassis RGB lighting. Other options include a choice of 17.3" 4K UHD IPS monitor or QHD (2560 x 1440) 120 Hz WVA panel. Audio wise, the X9 is able to offer ESS Sabre HiFi audio DAC and 'quad' audio setup that features two speakers and two woofers.
Microsoft has just made its next-gen Surface Book 2 official, with the new laptop coming in two different sizes: 13-inch, and 15-inch.
The flagship 15-inch Surface Book 2 rocks an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, a 3240 x 2160 PixelSense display, Intel's new quad-core Core i7-8650U @ 4.2GHz 'max turbo' clocks, 16GB of RAM, 256GB/512GB/1TB of storage, with the GTX 1060 rocking 6GB of RAM. We're looking at a weight of 4.2 pounds, or 1.8 pounds in tablet mode, while the price starts @ $2499.
Microsoft's refreshed 13-inch Surface Book 2 rocks a 3000x2000 resolution, dual-core i5-7300U or quad-core i7-8650U @ 4.2GHz, 16GB of RAM and the same 256GB/512GB/1TB storage options. GPU wise we have a knocked down GTX 1060 with 2GB of RAM (the Core i5 model will use integrated graphics), while we have 3.62 pounds and 1.59 pounds in tablet mode, with a starting price of $1499.
Google has a media event on October 4 where we should see the next-gen Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, but it seems like we might be getting a peak at their upcoming Chromebook Pixel successor, something teased now as Google Pixelbook.
Pixelbook is an official name, with Google seemingly adopting the Pixel branding in a big way, with a few different variants of Pixelbook to be made available. This is what we should expect:
- Pixelbook 128GB: $1199
- Pixelbook 256GB: $1399
- Pixelbook 512GB: $1749
Google's previous-gen Pixel laptops were just that... laptops, they didn't fold into a tablet like Pixelbook does. This allows Pixelbook to compete directly against Microsoft and their increasingly popular Surface and Surface Book line of products. Pulling Google into the same line as Microsoft, the new Pixelbook laptop has an optional Pixelbook Pen which is $99.
The Pixelbook Pen is pressure sensitive, with tilt support and supposedly no lag. If Google can pull this off, the $1199 and $1399 models of Pixelbook are going to be incredibly popular. The price will pull all-Google users in, which there are hundreds of millions of, and yet another release in their Pixel range of products.
Qualcomm has come out trolling Apple the day before the new iPhone is announced, and so did Samsung with the announcement of their new 11nm and 7nm nodes coming in 2018. Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has joined in on the iTrolling, with the announcement of their new Mi Notebook Pro.
Xiaomi's new Mi Notebook Pro rocks a 15.6-inch 1080p display with Corning's Gorilla Glass tech, with configurations available with up to the Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe-based SSD. Inside, we can expect NVIDIA's GeForce MX 150 graphics as standard, 2 x USB Type-C ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, 3-in-1 SD card reader, and the courageous 3.5mm headphone jack.
Xiaomi also includes a large glass touchpad with a built-in fingerprint sensor, dual Harmon Infinity speakers, a full-size backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 tech. Battery wise we have a 60kW battery that should be good for up to 9 hours of local video playback, but Xiaomi is providing quick charge technology that will provide 50% charge in just 35 minutes.
The new Mi Notebook Pro is just 360.7 mm x 243.6 mm x 15.9 mm (14.2 inches x 9.6 inches x 0.625 inches) at a weight of 1.95 kg (4.29 pounds), while the price starts at $858 for the stock configuration, and reaches $1073 with the best components. The Mi Notebook Pro goes on sale on September 15.