Review Category : Hardware

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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Everyone was expecting Microsoft to announce a 8-inch version of Surface Mini before Microsoft announced 2nd gen Surface devices. There were some reports claiming that Microsoft is planning to launch Surface Mini sometime in April 2014. Today, Digitimes reported that Microsoft might announce its 8-inch Windows RT device in June during Computex event in Taiwan. Microsoft is expected to unveil an array of new mobile devices with display sizes below 8.5-inch running on an integrated OS derived from Windows RT and Windows Phone in June, according to makers in Taiwan’s supply chain. The software vendor is expected to release the new devices at Computex Taipei 2014 to be held from June 3-7, but the information has not been confirmed by Microsoft. Initially, Microsoft will target the 8.5-inch and below segment in the smartphone and tablet markets since the boundaries of the two sectors have become blurred and the impact on ...

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  Dell’s 2014 product roadmap for its PC division got leaked today. Tabtec posted the full product roadmap slides and it reveals lots of new information on upcoming products. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet codenamed Bellaire 2 coming in Q3 2014. The 2nd gen Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets, code-named Junction 2 and Midland 2 coming in Q3 2014. Dell Venue 11 Pro with 64-bit BayTrail CPU coming in Q2 2014. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with QHD Touch display option, Broadwell CPU coming in Q3 2014. Price will start at $999. Updated Dell XPS 18 portable desktop with FHD display, Haswell ULT CPU coming in April 2014 starting $999. Dell XPS 27 All-in-One with 27-inch QHD display and top of the line CPU, GPU options coming in April 2014 starting $1599. New Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 device with up to FHD touch screen display and touchscreen ...

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AMD today announced the new Turbo Dock technology that automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and move it to lower power consumption mode in tablet mode. This technology is expected to power Windows tablets and Hybrid PCs in the coming months. Read the press release below for more details. SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/20/2013  AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain next week. AMD Turbo Dock technology1 automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and ...

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When Lenovo announced Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook last year, many of us got confused about the naming convention which added the ‘Pro’ word to it. Later we came to know about Lenovo’s plans as they announced the new Yoga 2 devices. Yoga 2 laptops are the real successors to previous year Yoga models and Yoga 2 Pro is model focusing on premium customers with QHD+ display, SSDs, etc,. There are two different Yoga 2 models, one with 13-inch display(3.5 pounds and 0.68 inch thick) and the other with 11-inch display(2.9 pounds). The Yoga 2 11 comes with quad-core Intel Bay Trail Pentium processor, screen with 1,366 x 768 IPS touch display, storage up to 500GB of storage and battery life of 6 hours. This is now available for $519.99 from BestBuy. Key Specs: Intel® Pentium® processor N3520 Features a 2.17GHz processor speed with bursts up to 2.42GHz. 4GB DDR3L memory For multitasking ...

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  Dell XPS 12 is one of the best touch Ultrabook out there and Microsoft Store is now selling them under a great deal. When you buy a Dell XPS 12 device, you will get a free Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB tablet for free. Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the best 8-inch tablet and an 8-inch model costs around $250. So, you basically get Dell XPS 12 for $850, I think it is a great deal. Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i5 – $1099 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i7 – $1699 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB memory/256GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Find the deal from Microsoft Store. Microsoft was also offering some other deals last week that worth checking, some of ...

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Lenovo Group today announced their record financial results for its Q3 ended December 31, 2013. The quarterly revenue was US$10.8 billion, a 15 percent increase year-over-year, passing the US$10 billion milestone for the first time ever. Despite the slow down in the PC industry, Lenovo has shown strong growth in the PC segment. It continued to expand lead as number one PC maker with 18.5% market share. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the third fiscal quarter were 15.3 million units. This is a great example for other Windows OEMs who blames Windows for their declining sales. Strong product portfolio and great execution will drive growth as you can see from the Lenovo’s results. From Lenovo’s press release, For the third straight quarter, Lenovo was the world’s largest PC vendor*, with its highest-ever quarterly market share of 18.5 percent, up 2.4 points year-over-year. Record high share in EMEA, Asia Pacific and China ...

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At CES, Sony announced another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU model is now on sale for $799 in the US. Highlights:  Intel® Pentium® N3520 (2.16GHz) Windows 8.1 64-bit 11.6″ Full HD IPS touch display (1920 x 1080) 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Intel® HD Graphics HDMI® out, USB 3.0, NFC Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 12 In The Box Internal Lithium Polymer ...

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 10-inch tablet is now available for as low as $429 from Lenovo. Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Multi-touch (1920×1080) display and comes with Detachable AccuType Keyboard-dock. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 as well. The 64GB model costs $499 and 128GB model costs $599 from Lenovo.com, however there is a way you can get them for even less. Slickdeals revealed that placing your order through Lenovo’s B&N link will allow you to buy these devices $70 less, you can get 64GB model for just $429. Microsoft Store is also running a great deal on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. Dell XPS 12 with 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB memory/256GB SSD and over 8 hours battery life now costs just $1299. Find the listing here ...

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