Review Category : Hardware

  Microsoft is working on the upcoming launch of Kinect for Windows v2. Yesterday, they shared the hardware’s final look. Sensor The sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus—the stylized green “x”—has been changed to a simple, more understated power indicator. Hub and power supply The sensor requires a couple other components to work: the hub and the power supply. Tying everything together is the hub (top item pictured below), which accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. The power supply (bottom item pictured below) does just what its name implies: it supplies all the power the sensor requires to operate. The power cables will vary by country or region, but the power supply itself supports voltages from 100–240 volts. Source: Kinect blog ...

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Last year, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, we then reported that their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Today, TechCrunch reported more information about this Microsoft’s deal with ODG. Microsoft has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group. “In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t meake weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies ...

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During Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch, Microsoft revealed a wireless adapter for the Surface Type Covers, which transform the keyboard into a Bluetooth enabled device for wireless typing. Connect any Surface Typing Cover to Surface using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Type emails from the couch while Surface is plugged into your TV, or work collaboratively in the conference room. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers: The Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor and type from another location, such as the couch. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $59.99. Microsoft has now quietly discontinued the product due to poor response. Microsoft said, “Due to a number of factors, we are no longer manufacturing the Surface Wireless ...

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Microsoft today officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization.  In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects.  And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. Of course, an API is only as good as the tools ...

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Toshiba today detailed its upcoming Windows laptop that comes with stunning 3840 x 2160 4k screen. It comes with 4th generation Intel Quad-Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M265X with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM graphics card and 1 TB HDD 5400rpm HDD. You can get RAM up to 16GB DDR3L. Read more about it below. London, UK, 19th March 2014 – Toshiba UK today announces the new Satellite P50t – ideal for visual creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts, it offers outstanding levels of portable picture quality, delivering true-to-life image production alongside a premium mobile entertainment experience. With the option of a 3840 x 2160 4k screen, the P50t is Toshiba’s first laptop with an Ultra HD display. Alternatively, a Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen is available. The Satellite P50t was built to take on the most intensive computing demands and turn heads at the same time. With a rare blend of power and ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 for users who need on-the-go solutions. This mouse will come in five sharp colors: Coal Black, Flame Red, Orchid Pink, Pantone Purple, and Wool Blue. And it costs just $14.95 and will go on sale this month. The Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is designed for life on the go, offering wireless freedom and built-in transceiver storage for ultimate mobility. Comfortable to use with either hand and a scroll wheel for easy navigation makes this mouse the ideal device for your modern, mobile lifestyle. Its a super lightweight mouse designed for people who live life on-the-go that costs less than 15 bucks. I’ve been using the mouse for a few days and really appreciate how light this mouse is. And it fits perfect in my hand. It is actually designed to feel good being used by both righties and lefties.   ...

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If you are running Windows 8 at your home and want to get the full Windows 8 experience, you need to have a touch screen. I came across this good deal for Dell S2340T 23-inch display with 10-point multi-touch Full HD resolution from Microsoft Store and Amazon. Check out the details below. Features: •Stellar view: Images come to life with color-boosting Image Enhance, ultrawide viewing, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 max.) and elegant edge-to-edge glass. •10-point multi-touch capability: Scroll, tap, touch and drag tiles — even stretch images with your fingers and turn a multitude of applications into exciting interactive experiences. Play simulated piano keys with each finger on interactive music apps and watch touch games become more thrilling. •Flexible design: Multiple users can stay comfortable from a variety of positions. Adjust the articulating stand for multitasking, playing interactive games or drawing. Tilt it 10° forward, lean it backward or fold it ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $206 from Amazon. Actual price of 64GB model is $349 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro are great tablet PCs that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs:  Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800)/10.8 inch IPS Display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 64GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Amazon is now selling 32GB model for $207, find 32GB model deal here. Amazon is selling 64GB model for $319, check out the 64GB model deal here. Find Dell Venue ...

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Nvidia today announced their new GeForce 800M notebook CPUs offering performance improvement of  60% over the previous generation. These chips comes with a new feature called NVIDIA Battery Boost which will allow gamers to play up to 2x longer gaming on their laptops. Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience. Also, Nvidia is bringing GeForce ShadowPlay to notebooks which lets you capture high-quality in-game footage or broadcast your gaming exploits to Twitch.TV, all with virtually no performance impact. This GeForce 800M chip range allows OEMs to deliver gaming laptops with more thin profile than ever without sacrificing performance. ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 64GB internal storage is now available for just $300 from Dell.com. Actual price of 64GB model is $349 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs:  Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Amazon is now selling 32GB model for $249, find 32GB model deal here. Amazon is selling 64GB model for $319, check out the 64GB model deal here. Amazon has also started selling ThinkPad 8 Windows tablet. The 64Gb model is the only model available ...

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Fujitsu has announced a new Windows All-in-One machine called ESPRIMO X923 and ESPRIMO X923-T. ESPRIMO X923-T will have touchscreen in addition to all the features of ESPRIMO X923. Both these comes with 23-inch display, DeskView and Intel® vPro™ technology, CPU up to Intel® Core™ i7-4785T processor, 8 MB, 2.20 GHz, up to 3.2 GHz, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB HDD or SSD options. It has one innovative feature called The Low Power Active Mode that supports a wide range of new usage scenarios. This is similar to Connected Standby mode in Windows Ultrabooks. The ESPRIMO X923 can be switched to Low Power Active Mode (LPAM). With this innovative feature activated, the PC will shut down power-hungry applications (e.g. browsers and office programs) when they are idle, so that they’re practically turned off. The network connection remains in an active state. At the same time, the PC draws just ...

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  We have seen fingerprint scanners in portable systems since last decade. Lot of laptops and nowadays even smartphone embeds this technology for user authentication. Fujitsu is now trying to replace this fingerprint scanners with Palm Vein sensors in its business laptops in coming months. It almost looks like the fingerprint scanner, but the main difference is that you don’t have to touch it. You should place your palm above the sensor as you can see in the image above to authenticate your device. Also this system requires a live hand to make the authentication, so someone can’t cut off your hand and use it for unlocking your device. Fujitsu believes that palm vein sensing is around a thousand times more secure than conventional biometric methods. Hopefully, we will see them in more devices in the future. Source: Engadget ...

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Following the success of M3800 Mobile Workstation, Dell today announced an affordable alternative to it called M2800. Dell M2800 is a 15” mobile workstation with no compromises, but starts at just $1199. Specs of Dell Precision M2800: Processors: 4th-generaion Intel Core i5 and i7 processors Graphics: AMD FirePro W4170M (2GB GDDR5 memory) RAM: up to 16GB Storage: up to 1TB Display: 15.6” UltraSharp, HD or Full-HD resolution The Dell Precision will be available in the next few months. The M2800 has the same rugged reliability, powerful workstation graphics capabilities, and ISV certification for many of the popular creative and design apps. M2800 also comes with Dell Precision Performance Optimizer, which automatically adjusts system settings in order to optimize system performance depending on which application you are using at the moment. As @GavinGear commented, If you are looking for an affordable entry-level Workstation, be sure to check out the M2800! ...

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Dell today announced the new Latitude 13 Education Series laptop targeted towards school students. It comes with variety of spec configurations starting from Intel Celeron processor, touch and non-touch display options and more. It features rubberized LCD and base trim for superior drop protection and Gorilla Glass on touch screens. The Latitude 13 Education Series starts at $539 USD. Non-touch models  are available in red and blue. Touch and non-touch models are available  in black. Purpose-built to meet the needs of any student computing program, the  Latitude 13 Education Series is well-equipped to deliver a rich learning  experience, online or off. With powerful processors, a large 13.3-inch  display and a full-size keyboard, it’s ideal for content consumption and  creation, durable enough to withstand bumps, drops and spills and: allows learning to happen in a variety of settings is subject to military-standard testing features rubberized LCD and base trim for superior ...

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At Mobile World Congress today, HP announced a new business focused mid-range Windows tablet called ProPad 600. This business focused Windows tablet comes with a 10.1-inch  1,920 x 1,200, optically bonded display that supports pen input. Also the build quality is down to plastic from aluminum and the CPU is 64-bit Intel Baytrail chip. The device will also sport 8MP camera on the back, 2MP camera on the front and Micro-HDMI support as well. The device will also come with a microSD slot and a standard micro-USB port for charging. Since it is a mid-range device, there is no option for LTE Radio and there is no support for HP Smart Jackets as well. The device will hit the market in April 2nd – 3rd week.   ...

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Lenovo today announced a new convertible laptop called Pavilion x360. HP’s Pavilion x360 design is similar to popular Lenovo Yoga series. You have a 360-degree hinge allowing it to be used in four modes which includes Tent mode, Stand mode, laptop mode and Tablet mode. What’s so different from Yoga then? Price. Pavilion x360 Convertible Laptop will be available starting last week of February with a price tag beginning from $400. It will come with Pentium-series Intel Bay Trail processor, a 500GB hard drive, Beats Audio and a 1,366 x 768 IPS display. It will also come with three USB ports and a full-sized HDMI socket. One bad news is that this laptop will only have two-cell battery, so you can’t enjoy your device for more than 4 hours. ...

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