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New Alienware laptop released at E3

clock June 12, 2013 19:00 by author Dustin

 

Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Announced at E3

 

This week at E3 Alienware announced the first new industrial design for their laptops in four years. "There's a thousand thin notebooks out there,” says Alienware's Frank Azor. While most companies are focusing efforts on thin models like the Razer Blade, Alienware's latest products are actually built like tanks. The new Alienware 14, is 1.6 inches thick, and weighs a full six pounds. "We want our users to be physically fit,” said Azor.

Alienware's design has always been a world apart from other models on the market, with their computers that look like alien creatures with UFO-like lighting seeping out of their frame. The machine is not a seamless unibody of machined metal, it is crafted in a way that makes sense for us as gamers. The laptop surface has a smooth soft-touch rubber, meanwhile there is enough metal to catch the eye. When you open the lid you’ll be drawn to the sight of the glowing keyboard with customizable RGB backlighting. While the under carriage glows lighting up in anticipation of your commands, it feels like an alien artifact. But what's inside that 14-inch package is a gamer’s dream.

The base model Alienware 14 is priced at $1,199 and includes  a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ processor fresh from Intel's latest Haswell batch, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8GB of memory, 750GB HD, and a standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen. Or choose the GeForce GTX 765M GPU (an additional $150) and 16GB of RAM to help drive games on that lovely 1080p display. It also has three USB 3.0 ports, three 3.5mm audio jacks, HDMI out, an SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet socket, a lock slot, and a slot-loading DVD (or optional Blu-ray drive) for movies and disc-based installation.

The company's choice of operating system is Windows 7, rather than Windows 8, however you have the option to choose Windows 8 from the company website when configuring your machine. Your machine will also include Steam and its own Alien apps for customization, and includes AlienFX that dynamically changes the laptop's lighting.

You’re also stuck (for the moment) with two different graphics modes, switchable and discreet. The "switchable" mode is where both Intel and Nvidia graphics are active, and the "discrete" mode only has Nvidia. You must restart the machine and hit Fn + F5 to swap between them. Alienware says the reason for this is that Microsoft requires this for Windows 8 (Nvidia is working on a patch for this issue). The Alienware 14 is a solid gaming laptop that will provide you with a finely crafted gaming experience.

Source : E3 / Dell.com



Windows 8 Causes Drop in Average Battery Life

clock February 15, 2013 00:29 by author Dustin

If you own a Windows 8 Ultrabook or laptop, then beware: according to Michael Prospero of LAPTOP Magazine, the average battery life of each category has gone down ever since the arrival of Windows 8 products.

Using a variety of products for testing (such as the Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Sony VAIO Duo 11, and Toshiba U925t), Prospero concluded that the average battery life for ultraportables sat at 5 hours and 9 minutes. Meanwhile, the Thin & Lights category fell to 5 hours and 7 minutes on average.

There could potentially be several different issues causing the low battery life, from the touch-screens, the operating system, or the various software that comes pre-installed. Nonetheless, considering that ultrabooks are supposedly known for their long battery life (thus the reason behind the drastic change from removable batteries to internal batteries), this definitely proposes an issue in today's electronics.

This isn't to say that the problem will remain: even with smartphones, many OTA (over-the-air) hotfixes and updates have been applied in order to increase battery life. It remains to be seen whether Windows 8 will fall in line with this trend though, or if the drop in battery life can be pinpointed to other reasons.

Sources: laptopmag.com



Apple iPad mini Specs

clock November 5, 2012 23:28 by author Ty

The iPad mini has arrived! Ever since the reveal of Apple’s new iPad Mini on October 23, in-store iPad mini was finally released on November 3rd.  All iPad mini versions (white & Silver, Black & Slate, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular) are now available for purchase in stores. The Wi-Fi only iPad mini price is starting at $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB) and $529 (64GB). The pricing on the Wi-Fi + Cellular is starting at $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB) and $656 (64GB).

 

 

 

Check out the specs below for the new iPad mini.

 

Apple iPad Mini Specifications:

Color:  Black & Slate / White & Silver
Models: Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi + Cellular (Carrier includes AT&T, Sprint and Verizon)
Size and Weight: Height 7.87 inches/ Width 5.3 inches/ Depth 0.28 inch/Weight 0.69 pound
Storage: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Wireless and Cellular:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11 n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Model A1454

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1455*

  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • Data only
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology


Carriers: AT&T / Sprint / Verizon

Display

  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED- Backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024x768 resolutions at 163 pixels per inch
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Chip: Dual Core A5

 

Cameras, Photos and Recoding:


FaceTime HD Camera

    1.2MP photos
    720p HD video
    FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular4
    Face detection
    Backside illumination
    Tap to control exposure for video or still images
    Photo and video geotagging

iSight Camera

    5MP photos
    Autofocus
    Face detection
    Backside illumination
    Five-element lens
    Hybrid IR filter
    ƒ/2.4 aperture
    Tap to focus video or still images
    Tap to control exposure for video or still images
    Photo and video geotagging

Video Recording

    1080p HD video recording
    Video stabilization
    Face detection
    Tap to focus while recording
    Backside illumination

 

If you want to see the complete specs for iPad mini, visit apple.com/ipad-mini/specs/.

 

Sources:

http://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/overview/
http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-ipad-mini-unveiled-release-date-set-friday-nov-2-pre-orders-begin-oct-26-852474



Apple’s Lightning Connector

clock November 5, 2012 22:53 by author Ty

Lightning is a new power connector designed created by Apple for its 2012 products such as the iPhone 5, the IPod Touch 5th generation, the IPod nano 7th generation, the iPad 4th generation and the iPad mini.

 

Lightning is an all-digital 8-pin port connector, Apple’s replacement for its 30-pin port connector. Unlike the 30-pin connector, the new 8-pin connector is reversible and can be inserted into the device with either side facing up. Furthermore, the 8-pin connector’s key benefit is its size and it is approximately 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector. To comply with the 30-pin connector devices, Apple sells Lightning-to-30-pin-adapters for $29.

 

According to the latest news from Apple Insider, Belkin has announced two new accessories designed for Apple’s lighting connector. They will be the first official third-party lighting accessories to hit the market. Belkin’s lightning accessories are now available for pre-order on the company’s website and in-store purchases will be available in mid-November. It is said that Belkin’s car charger for lightning with a 4-foot lightning cable and over-voltage protection will be sold at $29.99. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.belkin.com/us/F8J075/p/P-F8J075.

 

Sources:

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/electronics-weekly-blog/2012/09/only-connect-apples-new-lightning-connector-splits.html
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/12/the-iphone-5-comes-with-the-new-lightning-connector/
http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/05/first-official-third-party-lightning-accessories-announced-by-belkin
http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/16/3511788/apple-lightning-connector-security-chip



Toshiba Releases The Satellite U845W, Touts Extremely Wide Screen

clock August 7, 2012 23:09 by author Jeremy

A good rule of thumb is "the bigger the better". This hasn't necessarily applied to notebooks though, especially with the emergence of the Ultrabook category, where everything seems to be getting thinner and more sleek. Toshiba, however, seems to want to change things up: in a bold move, they've released the Satellite U845W Ultrabook, which has an extra-wide screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Weighing in at 4 pounds, the 14.4" ultrabook sports a 1792x768 panel, making it excellent for viewing windows side-by-side. One would think that the screen size offers a distinct advantage when watching movies as well, but since most media isn't filmed in this aspect ratio, you'll usually just wind up with black blocks on the left and right sides of the screen. That isn't to say that the screen itself and the images it projects are bad: in fact, it's quite the contrary, and the ultrabook provides everything you'd expect.

As far as battery-life is concerned, the Satellite U845W lasted just a little over 5 hours when run through Engadget's tests. The tech site also confirms, "That's on par with other 14-inch Ultrabooks, such as the Series 5, which lasted five hours and nine minutes."

For a more in-depth look at this wide-screened behemoth, check out Engadget's full review.

Source: engadget



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