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USB-IF promotes USB Type-C connectors
     Thu, Jun 16 2016 | 11:17A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The USB Type-C specification was published by USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) in August 2014, and less than 18 months later, sleek new products have arrived on the market including smartphones, slim notebook PCs, tablets and more. This new cable and connector scheme is generating significant buzz and excitement from the expansive, global consumer market and is expected to make its way into high-volume shipments of mobile devices, laptops, 2-in-1 notebooks and other multimedia devices.

"USB Type-C cables and connectors fulfill the strong demands to upgrade video, audio, data transfer and power charging features.


To address the demand of digital video, audio, data transfer and power charging requirements, USB-IF saw the need for a new, robust cable and connector. And so, this new specification was prepared by a panel of international experts and contributed on four main advantages:

First, there is the performance jump. The USB Type-C cable is capable of supplying fast data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. There are two types of data transfer speeds: one up to 5 Gbps known as "SuperSpeed USB" and the other up to 10 Gbps called "SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps." The performance level is designed to scale upwards of 20Gpbs or 40Gbps in the future, but as Mr. Ravencraft highlighted, the 5Gbps speed is already more than enough to fulfill consumer demands for current multimedia applications.

The second, is the single USB Type-C connector designed to connect all USB devices. The physical dimension of the USB-C connector is 8.4 mm x 2.6 mm, slightly bigger than the previous micro-USB connector. It is more robust and designed to handle at least 10,000 receptacle uses within its lifetime. Many of the newer platforms and devices are reaching a point where existing USB receptacles and plugs are inhibiting innovation, especially given the relatively large size and internal volume constraints of the USB Type-A and USB Type-B standard connectors. As a result, the USB Type-C slim and sleek connector was tailored to fit the thinner form factors and platforms used in mobile device product designs.

The USB Type-C cable and connector is also reversible in nature. The pins are arranged in a mirrored configuration, with six different pairs in a full-featured cable assembly. There are four extra pins that serve functions of new USB features. The two sets of USB 2.0 differential pairs in the connector only connect to a single differential pair in standard USB 2.0 or full featured USB Type-C cables.

The third advantage is the battery charging features. The USB Type-C connector introduces two new native charging options, but is also compatible with legacy charging options. USB Power Delivery (PD) is supported, but optional. With combined USB PD chipsets, it could supply up to 100W of continuous power flow, enough to power a refrigerator according to Mr. Ravencraft.

The forth benefit is USB Type-C Alternate Modes. USB Type-C Alt Modes enable the multi-purposing of designated pins in the connector for alternate protocols such as DisplayPort, MHL, Thunderbolt or SATA. The beauty of Alt Modes is that it enables a USB Type-C host or device to support optional display or power charging capabilities. This benefits consumers and systems designers, as it only requires a single connector, thereby reducing costs and increasing system functionality.

Ultra-high bandwidth video capabilities can be reached using USB Type-C Alt Modes. This is a great benefit for end users using a single USB Type-C to HDMI, DVI or VGA adapter or dock to connect their mobile devices to other displays."


Dell Inspiron 17 7000 – World’s Largest 2-in-1 Laptop.
     Wed, Jun 08 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the first day of Computex 2016, they demonstrated that by launching the new Dell Inspiron 17 7000 series of 2-in-1 laptops – the world’s first 17? 2-in-1 laptop and the world’s largest 2-in-1 laptop. Check it out!

Dell Latitude 13 7370 Review: A Sleek Business-Class Ultrabook
     Thu, Jun 02 2016 | 11:28A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CES is a distant memory now, but we’re still seeing new products arrive that were announced in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year. One of those is the Dell Latitude 13 7000 series, the latest in the company's line of business laptops. The 13-inch ultrabook landed several awards at CES for its sleek design and promised to add some spice to the staid business laptop market. At long last, the Latitude 13 7370 is here. Dell clearly pulled some key features from its popular XPS consumer series when designing its latest Latitude. Carbon fiber makes an appearance on certain models and all Latitude 13 7370s feature Dell’s nearly-bezel-free InfinityEdge displays. But the new ultrabook has a style that is all its own and that will play well with professionals...

Lenovo YOGA 900s First Look
     Sun, May 29 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Lenovo YOGA 900s is the world’s thinnest convertible laptop at 12.8 mm thin. Thanks to its carbon fiber chassis, it is also very light at just under 1 kg / 2.2 lbs. Yet it sports a large 12.5? display, and a full-sized keyboard with a large trackpad. Its display uses a brilliant IPS panel with a resolution of up to 2560 x 1440.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review
     Fri, May 20 2016 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past few weeks I've been using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. The name isn’t catchy, but there’s a lot to like about the hardware in this slim 12.0-inch Surface competitor, including the AMOLED display and fanless Core M CPU on the inside. Samsung also bundles a keyboard cover with this device, because these sorts of key accessories should be included in the purchase price.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon First Look
     Tue, May 17 2016 | 4:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At just 1.17 kg, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the world’s lightest 14? business-class Ultrabook. It is amongst the thinnest Ultrabooks in the market with a thickness of just 16.5 mm. All this is thanks to its satellite-grade carbon fiber chassis.

Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation Review
     Mon, May 09 2016 | 6:04P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a time when laptop makers are shunning big and bulky notebooks in favor of thin and light designs, Lenovo went a different direction with its ThinkPad P70, a mobile workstation brimming with high-end hardware for tackling rough and tumble tasks in the field. It's all about finding the right tool for the job, and just as a lumberjack wouldn't trade his gas-powered chainsaw for a Swiss Army knife just because he could fit in his pocket, there are certain computing tasks that require desktop-class performance. That's what the ThinkPad P70 aims to deliver. The ThinkPad P70 is one of the first mobile workstations to employ a mobile Xeon processor option based on Intel's Skylake architecture. This particular configuration features a Xeon E3-1505M v5 CPU, a brawny quad-core slice of silicon clocked at 2.8GHz to 3.7GHz. And for graphics, Lenovo crammed a discrete NVIDIA Quadro M4000M GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory inside.

Asus ROG GL552VW Laptop Review
     Sat, May 07 2016 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So you fancy an Asus Republic Of Gamers laptop but you don’t much fancy spending £1,500 on your new purchase. We feel your pain, but honestly can’t you trim your expectations? Surely you know an Asus ROG laptop is an expensive proposition? Well no, not necessarily. The new Asus ROG GL552VW breaks the mould and delivers the ROG look and feel for one penny under £900. You have to admit that sounds like an interesting proposition.

ASUS Zenbook UX305CA Review
     Wed, May 04 2016 | 3:22P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the spotlight today is the new ASUS Zenbook UX305CA. This Ultrabook is based on Intel Skylake architecture and is available in a selection of different processor models and storage capacities. Our sample today features the Intel Core M3 6Y30 and a 128GB SSD. Not only is this sleek device compact and lightweight, but it also boasts a fan-less design for total silence.

ultra high end desktop replacement gaming notebooks
     Wed, May 04 2016 | 2:57P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming performance of high end gaming notebooks is quickly closing the gap with desktops. In this roundup we look at over $11,000 worth of desktop replacement options from MSI, Origin and Eurocom.

iRULU Walknbook 3 Hybrid Tablet PC
     Mon, May 02 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are looking at the newest version of the iRULU WalknBook 3 W1005 and just from my initial research into this product it definitely has been growing better and better with age. Yes, we reviewers read other reviews during our research to ensure we are giving the consumer the best information we possibly can. It is essential, just so we don’t miss anything that others might catch on the good side and the bad. I would categorize this tablet with the build quality of a Samsung Tablet with the power of full Windows 10 Home experience. The heavy-duty construction is heavy and the solid button feel is tight. Actually, in my opinion, the way this iRULU WalknBook 3 feels in the hand and in the user experience like a high-quality hybrid tablet/Notebook computer. It’s fully functional 10.1 inch IPS display is bright and true and the computer shares the same Bay Trail Z3735F ATOM Quad-Core / 7th generation Intel processor that some of its competition use. The unit is quick and responsive in many usual applications that don’t require the need for super number crunching skills."

Asus ROG GL552VW Laptop Review
     Fri, Apr 29 2016 | 3:39P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So you fancy an Asus Republic Of Gamers laptop but you don’t much fancy spending £1,500 on your new purchase. We feel your pain, but honestly can’t you trim your expectations? Surely you know an Asus ROG laptop is an expensive proposition? Well no, not necessarily.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:12P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga marks a marriage between two of Lenovo's premium notebook lines: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad Yoga... Today's ThinkPad X1 Yoga evolution promises to extend the ultra-functional 2-in-1 form factor to a roomier 14 inch size while maintaining the X1 Carbon's thin profile and, of course, carbon-fiber construction. The ThinkPad's design takes shape more targeted to the work at hand, rather than eye candy. If the X1 Yoga here is going to carry that torch it needs to let you work efficiently and comfortably.

MSI GL62 6QF-628 Gaming Notebook
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:09P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI has a solid entry to mid-range gaming laptops in the GL62 6QF-628. Packed with an Intel quad-core Core i5 6300HQ, GeForce GTX 960M 2GB dedicated graphics processor, and a host of other features, it delivers solid value for gamers on the go.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7568) 2-in-1 Laptop Review
     Fri, Apr 22 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7568) 2-in-1 laptop is a premium convertible laptop that is designed to switch effortlessly between the standard laptop mode, and a tablet mode. Find out how well it does in those modes!

Lenovo Yoga 700: A Flexible 14-Inch Ultraportable Convertible
     Sun, Apr 17 2016 | 9:02A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft effectively encouraged its hardware partners to think beyond the confines of traditional PC design, giving them the nudge they needed to introduce bold new products. Lenovo embraced the challenge, and in 2012 it brought its first Yoga system to market, a multi-mode laptop that could fold back onto itself like a carnival contortionist. The design proved popular, so over the past few years Lenovo has added new laptops to its Yoga line. One of the newest is the Yoga 700, a 14-inch convertible that takes advantage of the latest technologies, pairing Intel's Skylake architecture with Microsoft's Windows 10 platform. It's a marriage of hardware and software made flexible through the Yoga's familiar ability to assume different modes...

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