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     Thu, Feb 11 2016 | 1:10P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For productivity and content creation users, the ASUS PB328Q makes a lot of sense. It's low cost, it has solid color reproduction both before and after custom calibration and it's viewing angles and high contrast blacks make it perfect for that environment. Is it going to be up to the level of some of the significantly higher priced professional displays, even from ASUS? Likely not, but for a third or less of the cost, I think the trade-offs are totally valid. For gamers though, it's a different story. With so many excellent gaming displays on the market, some offering variable refresh rates, at the same or just slightly higher prices, I can't get behind the recommendation. If you really love the idea of having a 32-in screen with a resolution your GPU can handle, then maybe you are willing to sacrifice overdrive performance and ghosting for that specific trait."

Global tablet shipments decline 13.7% on year in 4Q15
     Wed, Feb 10 2016 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite the holiday season, worldwide tablet shipments declined 13.7% on year to 65.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to IDC. Total tablet shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million units, down 10.1% on year.

Dell XPS 13 (Late 2015) Review
     Mon, Feb 08 2016 | 2:09A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The revamped Dell XPS 13 includes just a handful of improvements: a new Skylake CPU, a USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, and the option to get the laptop in gold. But considering the Broadwell-based Dell XPS 13 was my favorite laptop of 2015, I just had to get in the new model and see if it’s still a class-leading device.

Building a Well-Rounded Gaming Laptop
     Sat, Feb 06 2016 | 12:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unlike years past, today there are a vast number of quality gaming laptops available that can not only match most home rigs but occasionally outperform them. If you're in the market for a new gaming laptop and want to know what components will give you a well-rounded rig, here’s a breakdown of what’s on offer.

Asus ZenBook UX305CA Review
     Sat, Feb 06 2016 | 9:01A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We had good things to say about Asus’ super-slim ZenBook UX305 when we evaluated it early last year. Attractive, sturdy, and downright tiny, the UX305 was a good value for the price, and it had good looks too. A year later, the ZenBook is back with the updated UX305CA, so we got one in to see if the new version is as balanced a machine as last year’s model. The Zenbook UX305CA we will be showing you here has Windows 10 and an updated Core M processor, along with improved graphics, but many things haven’t changed: it’s still tiny, it has the same wedge design and the lid still props the keyboard up at angle when opened. If you liked the UX305, you’ll be happy to know that many of its best features stayed on in the UX305CA...

PC Specialist Octane II Laptop review
     Sun, Jan 31 2016 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC Specialist has configured a mid-range Skylake laptop called Octane II that packs enough punch for gaming. You get a choice of GeForce GTX 970M or 980M graphics as well as support for as many as four storage drives and SSDs. Our sample arrived with a Core i5-6600 CPU, 16GB HyperX Impact RAM, GeForce GTX 970M graphics, a 120GB SSD and 1TB hard drive which is fairly close to the base specification.

HP ENVY 15t (15t-ae100) Laptop Review.
     Fri, Jan 29 2016 | 9:02A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HP ENVY 15t comes in 3 different processor and graphic card configurations. This review will cover the top HP ENVY 15t configuration with the quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with Intel HD Graphics.

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review
     Tue, Jan 26 2016 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HP notebooks are known to many users as daily or as business products, this as they didn't have any or that many notebooks specifically targeted at the gamer community. From the press release in October we at MadShrimps were intrigued by the direction HP took, so it was worthwhile to test the new gaming notebook and see what it is made off. Best of all HP told us that this new announced product would be very competitive in price too; now I'm an avid gamer too and have never been so found of notebooks being able to replace a high end desktop. Maybe the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook could make me change my mind?

Gigabyte P34W v5 Review
     Sun, Jan 24 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte P34W v5 is a fairly typical gaming laptop, with a standard array of high-end hardware -- an Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i7-6700HQ CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU -- a decent display, and a body that won’t be setting any records for slimness or lightness. The base model, available for $1,499, features a 14-inch 1080p display with 8 GB of RAM; while the top model reviewed here features a 14-inch 1440p display and 16 GB of RAM for $1,759.

ASUS ROG G752 Review
     Tue, Jan 19 2016 | 4:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the spotlight today is a new gaming notebook from ASUS Republic of Gamers. The ROG G752 is a brawny Skylake-powered gaming unit which also includes NVIDIA’s GTX 970M. Not only do the visuals make G752 stand out from the crowd but ASUS have engineered this gaming notebook to utilise G-SYNC technology to synchronise refresh rates to the GPU – thus delivering a significant enhancement to the gaming experience.

Alienware 13 R2 Gaming Laptop And Graphics AMP Review
     Fri, Jan 15 2016 | 12:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You could almost hear the collective groan from the enthusiast community when Dell announced it had purchased Alienware, in what now feels like 100 years ago. It has actually been just shy of a decade since Dell took ownership, and rather than let the Alienware brand wither into irrelevance like some other boutique vendors that were later absorbed by major OEMs (Voodoo who?), Dell's gaming gear division has continued to thrive and innovate with the help of the company's deeper resources. If we're being totally honest (as we always are), passionate consumers come out of the woodwork whenever the Alienware name is invoked. Some are rational and offer up observational criticism or praise, as well as personal anecdotes, though we've seen our share of both blind bashing and enthusiasm as well. We bring this up because the Alienware 13 R2 gaming laptop is yet another finely crafted and interesting product that shows why the boutique brand is in the right hands...

Acer Predator 15 Gaming Notebook Review
     Thu, Jan 14 2016 | 4:09P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their Predator gaming notebooks Acer has powerful devices its portfolio. On the following pages we're going to have a close look at their Predator 15 with 16GB RAM, GTX 970M graphics and 256GB NVMe SSD. Apparently we're curious to find out how this machine is going to perform.

MSI GS40 6QF Phantom – Battlefront Testing
     Mon, Jan 04 2016 | 2:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we looked at MSI’s GS40 6QF Phantom a few weeks ago we were impressed at just how much gaming power it was able to squeeze into a 1.6kg chassis. It managed to make the grueling Grand Theft Auto V and Tomb Raider both playable at the maximum possible quality settings afforded by its 3GB NVIDIA GTX970M graphics. However, we wanted to try it out with a brand new, highly popular game that’s also very topical – Star Wars Battlefront. (review HERE)

GIGABYTE P34W v5 Review
     Sun, Jan 03 2016 | 9:01A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are set to look at what GIGABYTE has to offer in the P34W v5. This gaming notebook arrives with some exciting hardware courtesy of a number of renowned vendors – including Intel’s Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA’s GTX 970M and Samsung’s 951 NVMe M.2 SSD. GIGABYTE claims that P34W v5 is the “world’s most powerful slim 14” laptop”. In our review today, we’ll be seeing if this claim holds true – let’s begin!

     Wed, Dec 30 2015 | 12:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
New processor architectures inevitably lead to a flurry of refreshed product lines from PC makers. That's how things have been playing out with Skylake, a "tock" in Intel's tick-tock design cadence and its 6th generation Core processor family. As usual, ASUS is on the bleeding edge with new Skylake systems ready to go, one of which is the ROG G752VT. The specific model ASUS sent us is the ROG G752VT-DH72, a slightly toned down update to the ROG G751JY-DB72 we reviewed back in September. Like that laptop, the G752VT falls into the desktop replacement category and takes aim at gamers with high-end hardware and, the coup de grâce, a 17.3-inch IPS panel supporting NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. If this were a rap battle, mentioning G-Sync on a laptop would come right before the mic drop...

MSI GS40 6QE Phantom Review
     Tue, Dec 29 2015 | 4:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming laptops have the reputation of being monstrous objects requiring specially constructed bags for carrying them between locations with the battery life span of electronic gnats. With the MSI GS40 6QE Phantom, however, at least size isn’t an issue. Weighing in at 1.6kg, this is a notebook you could carry around all day. Yet it packs a serious punch inside.

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