Who is the super mega ultrabook winner?

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2019 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: ultrabook, acer, asus, dell, hp, Lenovo, microsoft

Over at Ars Technica is a close comparison of a half dozen ultrabook models from a variety of manufacturers, with the purpose of determining which stand above the others.  As there are as many ways of using an ultraportable as there are people who carry them around, they've split their findings into a number of categories.  Take a look to see which models are tops for business use, best overall, best convertible or best detachable, just to name a few. 

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"Ultrabooks have become the standard design for most premium Windows laptops, and they represent the best of what companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft have to offer in terms of design, power, and innovation."

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Source: Ars Technica

It's simply the rest ... that Ars saw at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2019 - 12:43 PM |
Tagged: ces 2019, Lenovo, Samsung, LG, dell

Ars Technica takes you through an eclectic mix of devices which caught their eyes at CES, not necessarily award winners nor groundbreaking tech but at least somewhat eye catching.  For instance, Lenovo's smart alarm clock below with a 4" screen at 800x400. Powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek 8167S SoC and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage it has a significant amount of processing power, and one hopes security to stop someone from disabling your snooze button! 

There are also laptops, TVs in both OLED and MicroLED as well as a new Vive, all of which you can see here.

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"CES 2019 has finally come to an end—and by and large, it was a more interesting show than last year's. To that end, the Ars reviews staff has put together another annual Best in Show list, and this group of products we consider particularly interesting."

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Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective Podcast #527 - Wooting One Analog Keyboard, RTX 2060 Leaks, and Our PCPer History

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2019 - 05:50 AM |
Tagged: wooting one, video, vega APU, standing desk, rx vega, RTX 2060, podcast, OC Scanner, floppy drive, eero, dell

PC Perspective Podcast #527 - 1/2/2019

Our podcast this week looks at the analog optical Wooting One keyboard, new entry-level AMD APUs with Vega graphics, the latest RTX 2060 rumors, and a discussion of how we all found ourselves here at PCPer.

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Check out previous podcast episodes: http://pcper.com/podcast

Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Jim Tanous

Show Topics
00:03:27 - Intro: Extra Life Update
00:05:31 - Review: Wooting One Analog Optical Keyboard
00:11:31 - News: AMD Athlon Vega APUs
00:14:09 - News: MSI B450/B350 Athlon 200GE Overclocking
00:17:45 - News: Dell Goes Public (Again)
00:22:17 - News: ARM Cortex-A65AE with SMT
00:26:52 - News: NVIDIA OC Scanner for Pascal
00:29:19 - News: NVIDIA RTX 2060 Leaks
00:35:38 - Discussion: Gaming & Poor Parenting
00:40:19 - Discussion: PC Perspective History
00:56:55 - Picks of the Week
01:12:10 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Jim - FlexiSpot SanoDesk Pro
Jeremy - Not the Logitech Harmony Hub
Josh - eero Home WiFi System
Sebastian - Gotek Floppy Drive Emulator

Looking for an inexpensive laptop for a friend or your family?

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2018 - 02:57 PM |
Tagged: dell, inspiron 15 3000

At first glance the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is rather boring, a Core i3-8130U, a single 8GB stick of DDR4-2800, a 1TB drive and a 1366x768 15.6" display as standard equipment.  TechPowerUp made one simple change to the standard model, upgrading to a 250GB Silicon Power Ace A55 SSD, taking the price from $337.59 to $375.79 with tax included.  Now, for a very low price you have a laptop which will meet the needs of many casual users, including those still used to optical media as it sports a DVD drive.

If you know someone who doesn't ask for much out of a laptop and could use a newer machine, this is defintitely something to consider.

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"Dell's Insprion 15 3000 is an entry-level notebook that remains not only highly affordable after a quick upgrade to an SSD, but feels quick and responsive. Take that into account, along with the surprisingly good battery life, and you have a decent system for on-the-go that won't break the bank."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Dell Goes Public Again with VMWare Share Buyback

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2018 - 12:55 PM |
Tagged: vmware, stock, public, NYSE, IPO, Dell Technologies, dell

Without the usual fanfare of an IPO, Dell Technologies is a public company once again.

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As reported by Reuters:

"Dell Technologies Inc shares opened at $46 on Friday, giving the computer maker a valuation of $16 billion in its return to public market, after it bought back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMware.

Its Class C shares were last trading at $46.25, while VMware’s shares rose nearly 2 percent to $157.2. The tracking stock was tied to an 81 percent economic stake in VMware and buying it back allowed Dell to bypass the traditional IPO process..."

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Current Dell stock price at time of writing

This move comes nearly six years after founder Micheal Dell took the company private in a $24 billion USD buyout with funding from Silver Lake and Microsoft, and also at a time when Dell's consumer PC division is on the rise:

"The company reported a 15 percent rise in revenue in its latest quarter, with revenue from products such as desktop PCs, notebooks and tablets, and branded peripherals, rising 11 percent."

Source: Reuters

Developers! Developers! Developers! ... might just prefer an Ubuntu powered Dell XPS laptop

Subject: Mobile | December 12, 2018 - 05:19 PM |
Tagged: dell, linux, ubuntu 18.04, XPS developer edition, Kaby Lake R

Dell have updated their Linux powered XPS Developer's Edition laptop with a Kaby Lake R processor, up to a 2TB PCIe SSD, 4-16GB of RAM and either a 1080p screen or a 4K touchscreen depending on how much you are willing to pay.  Dell included all the latest features, including a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as a Type C 3.1 port; there is even an SD card reader. 

Apart from the webcam and the lack of older style USB ports, Ars Technica gives this new Linux power laptop top marks.

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"Recently, Dell finally sent Ars the latest model of the XPS 13 DE for testing. And while Dell did put a lot of work into this latest iteration, the biggest upgrade with the latest Developer Edition is the inclusion of Ubuntu 18.04."

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Source: Ars Technica

Dell's new G-series gaming laptops have a few tricks in that sleeve

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2018 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: dell, G7 15, gaming laptop

One of Dell's updated gaming laptops is under the microscope over at TechARP, the 15.6" G7 15 with a 1080p IPS display.  They were sent the highest end model, which contains an i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4-2666, a GTX 1060 Max-Q and both a 1TB HDD and 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD all for around $1800.  

The size of the latop allows a full keyboard with number pad though oddly the touchpad is off to the left a bit, centred to the keyboard as if there was no numpad.  The power button is also a fingerprint sensor, an interesting idea for those who log into Windows by giving it the finger. 

The battery also knows a few tricks, TechARP hit two hours of gameplay on the battery but it came at a cost; on mains power the G7 scores 9,916 on the 3DMark FireStrike test while on battery it scores only 2,822.  Check out the full review here.

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"Earlier this year, Dell revamped their gaming line-up, rebranding it it as the new G-series. But is that all they really did? We find out in our in-depth review of the Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop!"

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Source: TechARP

Dell announces Alienware m15 thin-and-light gaming notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2018 - 03:00 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, m15, Intel, gtx 1070 max-q, gtx 1060, dell, alienware

Dell today unveiled their latest gaming notebook, the Alienware m15. Weighing in at just under 5 lbs, the Alienware m15 is Dell's smallest 15-in gaming notebook ever.

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Buyers have the choice of either the quad-core Intel Core i5-8500H or the six-core i7-8750H. On the graphics side, the Alienware m15 will be offered with an "overclocked" GTX 1060, as well as with the GTX 1070 Max-Q.

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Display options on the Alienware m15 include two 1080p options, a 60Hz TN and a 144Hz IPS, as well as a 4K 60Hz IPS panel. Despite the availability for a high-refresh display, none of these displays seem to support G-SYNC variable refresh technology. 

Considering the relatively small size for a gaming notebook, the Alienware m15 still features an impressive array of ports including Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0 as well as Mini DisplayPort 1.3.

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The Alienware m15 continues support for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which utilizes a proprietary PCI-Express cable to connect external graphics to a given notebook. While the m15 also features a Thunderbolt 3 port, it remains unclear if Thunderbolt 3 graphics will also be supported.

The Alienware m15 will become available on October 25th, at a starting price of $1,299.99.

Source: Dell

Reopening a cold boot case

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2018 - 03:31 PM |
Tagged: security, Lenovo, dell, apple

Many, many moons ago a vulnerability was discovered which would let you grab some or all of the data last written to RAM.  A computer in sleep mode could be powered off, the firmware specifically modified and then booted from a USB drive, allowing an attacker to extract data from the RAM.  This requires physical access and a specific skill set but does not take all that long.  This new attack is used to grab the encryption keys from memory, which then allows them to gain access to the data stored on your encrypted drives.  The Inquirer reports that there is a solution to this resurrected vulnerability, however it is only easy to implement before a system is provided to customers, worrying for companies using these commonly deployed brands.

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"But F-Secure principal security consultant Olle Segerdahl, along with other researchers from the security outfit, claim they've discovered a way to disable that safety measure and extract data using the ten-year-old cold boot attack method."

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Source: The Inquirer

IFA 2018: Dell Announces Updated XPS 13 2-in-1, Cheaper XPS 13 Configuration

Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 29, 2018 - 02:19 PM |
Tagged: xps 13 2-in-1, XPS 13, ifa 2018, i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y, dell, core m, amber lake

Hot on the heels of Intel's announcement of new Amber Lake-Y ultra-low voltage processors, Dell today announced an updated version of their XPS 13 2-in-1 device. 

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With a choice of either the Core i5-8200Y or Core i7-8500Y, the chassis design of the XPS 13 2-in-1 remains largely unchanged from when it's introduction in 2017. However, users should look forward to the increased performance and battery life from the new 8th generation Intel processors.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 will start shipping September 11th, starting at $999.99.

Dell also launched a slightly more inexpensive option for users looking at their standard XPS 13 notebook for users looking who aren't as performance conscious.

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Featuring a dual-core Intel Core i3-8130U, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SATA SSD, and a 1080P display, this new XPS 13 configuration is now available for $899 from the Dell site and other retailers.

Finally, Dell announced that their popular Developer Edition XPS 13 is now shipping with the latest release of Ubuntu (18.04). As always, these Developer Editions come preconfigured with Ubuntu and all the necessary drivers out of the box and are less expensive than their Windows-toting counterparts.

Source: Dell