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HP Spectre Laptop Review
     Tue, Jul 19 2016 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Spectre is a thing of beauty. At 10.4mm, it's the world's thinnest laptop. It's also very light for a 13-inch device, at just 2.45lbs, making it a perfect companion for the businessman on the go. But the design... it's truly unlike any Windows laptop I've seen before, thanks to a breathtaking hinge and use of premium materials.

Huawei MateBook Review
     Sun, Jul 17 2016 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 PC is the latest high-end convertible tablet to hit the market running Windows 10 Home. With clean lines, leather accents and a sharp 12 inch IPS TFT LCD display featuring a screen resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, the MateBook will certainly turn some heads as will the $699 entry price point. That price point is lucrative as it is $200 less than the lowest priced Microsoft Surface 4! Read on to see how the Huawei MateBook performs!

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Laptop Review
     Wed, Jul 13 2016 | 8:20A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Steven starts off his role at TweakTown looking at systems and laptops with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, a very capable mobile device given its size."

HP Spectre 13 Review: A Thin, Sleek, Nimble Beauty
     Tue, Jul 12 2016 | 1:15P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HP recently saw fit to fully revamp its Spectre series across multiple sizes and formats, the latest of which is simply branded Spectre. The HP Spectre is actually a 13-inch machine, so you might refer to it as such (Spectre 13), if it helps you make the distinction. Everything about the HP Spectre boasts not only style but functional substance as well. For those more inclined towards substance, this machine is powered by one of Intel's more potent dual-core Skylake Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM and a nimble 256GB NVMe PCI Express Solid State Drive.

Dell Chromebook 13 7310 Review
     Tue, Jul 12 2016 | 1:12P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chromebooks are typically inexpensive and plasticky devices, targeting those who want just a basic laptop experience at a low pricepoint. Dell’s Chromebook 13 7310 bucks that trend rather emphatically, as pricing can go up to £913 for this particular model with a Core i5-5300U, 8GB RAM and a 13.3inch 1080p touch screen.

Alienware 13 OLED Laptop Review
     Thu, Jul 07 2016 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There's a first time for everything, as the saying goes, and the Alienware 13 OLED is a first for us without question. Though there were a couple of OLED (Organic LED) display driven laptops at CES 2016 this year, Dell's Alienware division is the first in the door here at HotHardware with a retail ready product. Alienware revamped its 4.5 pound light-weight gaming laptop with the latest Intel 6th gen Skylake Core series processors, and although the external skins look virtually identical, there are a few other tricks under the lid of the AW13, not the least of which is its swank new OLED display.

ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-GS74 Gaming Laptop Review
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 2:16P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS takes gaming seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it has two sub-brands dedicated to hardware for gamers. One is the Republic of Gamers (ROG), a brand ASUS created in 2006 to designate products that deliver "innovative hardcore PC performance," and the other is Strix, a more recent creation that's taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl. No, we're not kidding. "Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. Strix means feeling your environment so that you detect and react to the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in your blood, as it is in ours," ASUS explains. Though the two brands exist separate from one another, ASUS has begun creating a line of ROG Strix products, including the ROG Strix GL502, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that aims to strike a balance between gaming prowess and portability...

X1 Carbon notebook in 2012
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 1:31P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lenovo made quite a splash with the introduction of the original X1 Carbon notebook in 2012; with its ultra-thin, ultra-light, and carbon fiber-infused construction, it became the flagship ThinkPad notebook. Fast-forward to late 2013, and the introduction of the ThinkPad Yoga; the business version of the previous year's consumer Yoga 2-in-1. The 360-degree hinge was novel for a business machine at the time, and the ThinkPad Yoga had a lot of promise, though it was far from perfect. Now we fast-forward again, to the present day. It's 2016, and Lenovo has merged their ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad Yoga together to create the X1 Yoga. This new notebook integrates the company's Yoga design (in appearance this is akin to the recent ThinkPad Yoga 260/460 revision) into the flagship ThinkPad X lineup, and provides what Lenovo is calling "the world's lightest 14-inch business 2-in-1".

GIGABYTE Aero 14 Gaming Laptop Revealed
     Sun, Jul 03 2016 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new GIGABYTE Aero 14 claims the title of the world’s most portable 14? gaming laptop powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU.

Dell's Alienware 13 gaming notebook
     Wed, Jun 29 2016 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell's Alienware 13 gaming notebook has been a favorite among gamers on the go and power users that want a little more horsepower in a light 13-inch machine. However, over the past couple of years, the Alienware team hasn't changed-up the design much, until today that is. The company is officially making the OLED display powered Alienware 13, that we saw back in January at CES, available today in conjunction with the E3 show out in LA. Our initial impressions in the short time we've had the system in-house are similar to our first impressions at CES; hell yes, that OLED display sure is gorgeous...

Acer Chromebook 14 Review
     Tue, Jun 28 2016 | 5:35P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Acer Chromebook 14 is a svelte machine that aims for a perfect blend of style, features and performance. It looks and feels 'premium' but unlike the Pixel, this laptop comes in at just $300, powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N3160 processor and Intel HD Graphics 400 alongside 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of flash storage.

Gigabyte's P57W
     Fri, Jun 24 2016 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
17" laptops have long been maligned for their bulk, but the onward march of technology means one can now get a big machine like Gigabyte's P57W that's slim and trim. We put this large laptop to the test to see whether gamers on the go should go big.

Dell Latitude 13 7370 Ultrabook Review
     Thu, Jun 23 2016 | 2:37P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Traditionally, Ultrabooks command a high premium. After all, you are getting a high-performance laptop, crammed with the latest features, with typically slim and lightweight bodies. Let’s not forget, too, that Intel has to certify a laptop as an Ultrabook before it can be sold using the Ultrabook name – so you are paying for bragging rights, too. As such, it cannot be much of a surprise that pricing for the Dell Latitude 13 7370 starts at £1179.

Asus Chromebook Flip
     Thu, Jun 23 2016 | 12:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus' Chromebook Flip is an all-aluminum convertible PC that runs Google's Chrome OS. Its $240-ish price tag puts it in contention with the budget Windows PCs we usually suggest in our mobile staff picks. We put the Flip to the test to see whether it's a worthy Windows alternative.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet: A Modular 2-In-1 For Professionals
     Wed, Jun 22 2016 | 12:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The market for dedicated tablets based on mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS is in decline, but the same can't be said for 2-in-1 detachable Windows PCs. These hybrid tablet/laptop systems offer an additional level of utility that standalone tablets don't provide, and best of all, they don't force consumers on a budget to choose one form factor over the other. Microsoft envisioned this very scenario playing out when it introduced Windows 8 and later its first Surface tablets. Now we have Windows 10 and newer generation Surface models that are much improved from the original, along with alternative options from Microsoft's hardware partners. One of the more interesting of those is Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet...

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."


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