After spending some time in the computer hardware industry, it's easy to become jaded about trade shows and unannounced products. The vast majority of hardware we see at events like CES every year is completely expected beforehand. While this doesn't mean that these products are bad by any stretch, they can be difficult to get excited about.
Everyone once and a while however, we find ourselves with our hands on something completely unexpected. Hidden away in a back room of Lenovo's product showcase at CES this year, we were told there was a product would amaze us — called the LaVie.
And they were right.
Unfortunately, the Lenovo LaVie-Z is one of those products that you can't truly understand until you get it in your hands. Billed as the world's lightest 13.3" notebook, the standard LaVie-Z comes in at a weight of just 1.87 lbs. The touchscreen-enabled LaVie-Z 360 gains a bit of weight, coming in at 2.04 lbs.
While these numbers are a bit difficult to wrap your head around, I'll try to provide a bit of context. For example, the Google Nexus 9 weighs .94 lbs. For just over twice the weight as Google's flagship tablet, Lenovo has provided a full Windows notebook with an i7 ultra mobile processor.
Furthermore the new 12" Apple MacBook which people are touting as being extremely light comes in at 2.03 lbs, almost the same weight as the touchscreen version of the LaVie-Z. For the same weight, you also gain a much more powerful Intel i7 processor in the LaVie, when compared to the Intel Core-M option in the MacBook.
All of this comes together to provide an experience that is quite unbelievable. Anyone that I have handed one of these notebooks to has been absolutely amazed that it's a real, functioning computer. The closest analog that I have been able to come up with for picking up the LaVie-Z is one of the cardboard placeholder laptops they have at furniture stores.
The personal laptop that I carry day-to-day is a 11" MacBook Air, which only weighs 2.38 lbs, but the LaVie-Z feels infinitely lighter.
However, as impressive as the weight (or lack thereof) of the LaVie-Z is, let's dig deeper into what the experience of using the world's lightest notebook.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2015 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: obsidian 750d, corsair, airflow edition, AF140L
The king sized Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition Enclosure that was spotted at Computex 2015 has just arrived on [H]ard|OCP's testbench. At 560x235x546mm (22x9.3x21.5") it can hold everything from an XL-ATX motherboard down to a mini-ITX, or perhaps several if you are inventive enough. The Airflow moniker is deserved, a pair of from mounted 120 or 140mm fans, three 120mm or two 140mm on top, another two 120mm on the bottom and a single 120 or 140mm fan on the back does indeed add up to a lot of airflow. [H]ard|OCP also had no issues installing radiators for watercooling, there is a lot of space in this case! They awarded the case a Silver but do point out the value conscious consumer could get almost the exact same performance with the original 750D and high airflow kit for a few dollars less.
"It's big. It's black. In fact it's "Obsidian!" Corsair's new 750D computer case is actually all steel and brushed aluminum, not volcanic rock. Corsair's take on the 750D Airflow Series is that it is easy to build in and has all the features you need rather than a plethora of bells and whistles that only look good on a spec sheet. "
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- anidees AI7m @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Core V21 Mini-ITX/Mini-ATX PC Case Review @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Node 202 @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Tundra TD02-E Watercooler Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Reeven Four Eyes Touch (RFC-03) Fan Controller Review: Look, and DO Touch @ Modders-Inc
- Bitfenix Alchemy LED Strip Review: Modding Made Easy @ Modders-Inc
- Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- REEVEN Okeanos RC-1402 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 4, 2015 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 980 Ti, asus, msi, gigabyte, evga, GTX 980 Ti G1 GAMING, GTX 980 Ti STRIX OC, GTX 980 Ti gaming 6g
If you've decided that the GTX 980 Ti is the card for you due to price, performance or other less tangible reasons you will find that there are quite a few to choose from. Each have the same basic design but the coolers and frequencies vary between manufacturers, as do the prices. That is why it is handy that The Tech Report have put together a round up of four models for a direct comparison. In the article you will see the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC+, Gigabyte's GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming, MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G and the ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti OC Edition. The cards are not only checked for basic and overclocked performance, there is also noise levels and power consumption to think about, so check out the full review.
"The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is pretty much the fastest GPU you can buy.The aftermarket cards offer higher clocks and better cooling than Nvidia's reference design. But which one is right for you?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G @ [H]ard|OCP
- Maxwell Hits The Workstation: NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
- NVIDIA's Tegra X1 Delivers Stunning Performance On Ubuntu Linux @ Phoronix
- The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux @ Phoronix
- Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G D5 Review, Playing With Nitro @ Bjorn3d
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Memory | August 3, 2015 - 08:10 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: corsair, dd4, ddr3l, memory, PSU, hydro, h100, H100i GTX, H110, H110i GTX
Skylake is coming up, with rumors pointing to a release at Gamescom in Germany, which is August 5th through August 9th. Beyond seeing the retail packaging, we are beginning to see to companies open up about how their products relate to the new architecture and chipset.
Corsair put up a blog post a few days ago to explain how their memory, water coolers, and power supplies interact with Skylake and Z170. On the PSU side, nothing has changed since Haswell. In terms for memory, DDR3L is supported with Skylake under certain motherboards, but users should look to DDR4.
None of the above should be new information.
What might be new information, though, is that Skylake supports existing LGA-1150 cooler mounts. This means that the Corsair Hydro series of sealed CPU liquid coolers will support Skylake without modification. This is where Corsair's blog stops but, knowing Intel's typical release structure, this likely means that the story will not change for Kaby Lake or Cannonlake, either. These three architectures are expected to use the same socket, which should mean the cooler is the same too.
So your aftermarket cooler should have quite a bit of legs, even with the stock mounts.
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2015 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, scary, iot
Likely you caught at least one news story on the remotely disabled Jeep recently, with the attackers able to control system ranging from annoying to life threatening. If that didn't rustle your jimmies, how about a drug infusion system used in hospitals which can be remotely controlled? It is not just that the pump can be used to cut off or overdose a patient on drugs, it is the abysmal security that was put onto the pump. Both telnet and FTP ports were left wide open, two very popular and effective routes into systems you shouldn't necessarily be in and port 8443 which the system uses shipped with a generic password which, like SOHO routers everywhere, was never changed after the pump was installed. Overall an inexcusable affront to those who think about security and a terrifying glimpse into the utter incompetence of providers of devices which were never network connected until recently. You can read more about the Hospira horror story at The Register.
"The US Food and Drug Administration has told healthcare providers to stop using older drug infusion pumps made by medical technology outfit Hospira – because they can be easily hacked over a network."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Tech Report Podcast 182: Something happened
- Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July @ The Register
- Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software @ The Register
- Supercapacitors take the heat @ Nanotechweb
- iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources @ DigiTimes
- Installing Android Apps on Linux with ARChon @ Linux.com
- Downloading Satellite Images via FM Radio @ Hack a Day
- OS X zero-day flaw leaves Mac users open to hackers @ The Inquirer
- Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review @ Madshrimps
- KitGuru visit Cooler Master HQ in Eindhoven
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