Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2018 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hp, hoe, amd, EPYC
According to DigiTimes, HP is now recommending it's AMD based servers to customers in preference of Intel chips. The official word is that this is to ensure any shortages of new Intel silicon will not have any effect on their customers. There is another point which could be behind this; Dell recently eclipsed HPE as the largest global server brand so HPE may be trying to recover that title by reducing the cost of their servers. HPE has already demonstrated a willingness to move away from Intel based systsem as they are currently designing an ARM based supercomputer for the US Department of Energy, called Astra.
Either way this is good news for AMD.
"HP Enterprise (HPE) has recently been said to have recommended its partners adopt its server products using AMD's platforms to avoid the impact of Intel processor shortages. But Digitimes sources from the upstream supply chain have indicated that no other server players have seen issues with supply of Intel's server processors."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe @ The Register
- Researchers Create 'Spray-On' 2D Antennas @ Slashdot
- macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review
- Chrome 69 secretly logs you in to Chrome Sync when you visit a Google site @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft Launches Office 2019 For Windows and Mac @ Slashdot
- HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit @ The Register
- The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is Too Damn High! @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2018 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Envy x360, Ryzen 5 2500U, hp
The Envy x360 13 which TechSpot got in for review costs a mere $700 and comes with a Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB of RAM and 256GB with a 13.3" 1080p IPS touchscreen as well as a pen which is compatible with Windows 10 input and offers 1024 levels of pressure. For the creative types a higher end pen can be purchased with significantly more sensitivity. The body is all metal, with 15mm bezels and a 360 degree hinge for use as a tablet. Check out how it performs in their full review.
"Today we're finally looking at another Ryzen Mobile laptop, the second ever system we've had proper hands on time with. Despite a few difficulties finding these systems on the market, HP has pulled through with their brand new Envy x360 13-inch, and this - spoiler alert - is a fantastic system."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RE @ Kitguru
- Microsoft Surface Book 2 @ The Inquirer
- ASUS ROG Strix Scar II @ Kitguru
- Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review – Evolutionary or Revolutionary @ TechARP
- Galaxy Note 9 @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2018 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hp, dell, Lenovo, acer, asus, Intel
Intel's delayed release of a new processor is going to have a noticeable effect on the laptop market this year. As there is little chance of seeing anything new until towards the end of this year, laptop designers will not be able to offer new models for the holidays and will instead have to rework existing products. DigiTimes suggests we will see trimmed down models with lower price tags to try to entice consumers into purchasing something, as they expect lower demand than we saw last year. Hopefully some gaming machines may become more affordable, or we will start to see models incorporating AMD's new chips become more common.
"Global notebook vendors including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek Computer will be unable to launch new models fitted with Intel's new-generation CPUs in the second half of 2018 as scheduled, as the release of Intel's new offerings will not come soon enough for this year's high season, according to industry sources."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle @ The Register
- Things AMD Needs to Fix @ Techspot
- BBC releases a wealth of pioneering computer-based TV shows to stream @ The Inquirer
- Taiwan partners to gain from Nintendo Switch shipment boom @ DigiTimes
- macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features @ Ars Technica
- GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep @ The Register
- Ticketmaster hack: Firm admits customers' payment details may have been swiped @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2018 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dell, Lenovo, acer, asus, msi, gaming laptop, hp
The gaming laptop market is going through some big changes, with the two market leaders seeing their dominance challenged by companies more frequently associated with business models. While ASUS and MSI still account for half of the entire market, both with over a million units sold in the first half of 2018, Dell has already hit 500K and DigiTimes predicts Lenovo to hit 800-900K units by the end of the year.
It will be interesting to see how the market changes now that you can once again buy a GPU for less than the price of one of these gaming laptops; not to mention what this competition will do to pricing and design.
"But their market leaderships are being undermined by Dell, Lenovo, HP and even Acer, all of which are strengthening their shipment momentum via pricing competition in the first half of 2018, with both ASP and gross margins for gaming notebooks driven down as a result."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Researchers Invent a Way to Speed Intel's 3D XPoint Computer Memory @ Slashdot
- Microsoft Azure suffers 11-hours of borkage across Europe @ The Inquirer
- Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets @ The Register
- OpenBSD snubs Intel's hyper-threading over 'Spectre-class' security @ The Inquirer
- Gamdias ACHILLES P1 L Gaming Chair @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2018 - 10:20 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: video, Samsung, podcast, Platimax, micron, KL-G, K68, Intel, icy dock, hp, enermax, corsair, cloudflare, chromebook x2, Byte3, Azulle, amd, AlterEgo, 7nm, 3d nand
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Week in Review:
News items of interest:
0:35:00 Chris Hook leaves AMD (to where?) and Sasa Marinkovic takes that spot
0:55:40 Intel rumours abound
1:12:05 Computers can now read that poker face you are so proud of (AlterEgo)
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Subject: Systems | April 9, 2018 - 08:00 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: hp, detachable, core m3-7y30, ChromeOS, chromebook x2, 2-in-1
Today, HP is announcing the Chromebook x2, building upon their existing Chromebook 11 and Chromebook x360 devices.
As you might have guessed from the "x2" moniker, the HP Chromebook x2 is a detachable 2-in-1 device. While we've seen Acer announce the first ChromeOS tablet a few weeks ago with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the HP Chromebook x2 is the first detachable device to be running ChromeOS.
|HP Chromebook x2|
|Processor||Intel Core M3-7Y30 (Kaby Lake)|
|Memory||4GB LPDDR3-1600 (Onboard)|
|Screen||12.3-inch Touchscreen (2400x1600)|
|Storage||32GB eMMC (non-upgradable)|
HP Wide Vision 5MP Camera (front facing)
13 MP HP Camera (rear facing)
|Wireless||Intel 802.11ac 2x2 + BT 4.2|
|Connections||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C)
MicroSD Card Reader
Audio combo jack
|Dimensions||11.50 in (W) x 8.32 in (D) x 0.33 in (H)
1.62 lb (tablet); 3.07 lb (tablet + base)
|Price||$599 - available starting in June|
Specs-wise, the HP Chromebook x2 looks to be one of the higher performance ChromeOS device. Built around an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor, HP is aiming for the Chromebook x2 to be used as a primary computing device for consumers looking for more available horsepower on a ChromeOS device.
Along with the tablet mode capabilities come the included HP Active Pen stylus for sketching, notetaking, and navigation.
Additionally, HP Chromebook X2 will support the running of Android apps from the Google Play Store inside ChromeOS. This will allow users to access more tablet-optimized Android apps, which should be great for media consumption.
With pricing of $599, with the keyboard dock included, the HP Chromebook x2 is one of the few premium ChromeOS devices we've seen besides Google's Pixel offerings.
While it remains to be seen if users are interested in the 2-in-1 detachable form factor for a device running ChromeOS, the HP Chromebook x2 seems to be a premium product and a compelling option for users looking for the Chromebook experience.
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2018 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SSD EX920, NVMe, hp, tlc, SM2622, M.2
HP have released a new NVMe M.2 SSD, the EX920 which uses Silcon Motion's SM2622 controller and a DDR3-1600 cache which scales directly with the size of the drive, the 256GB drive has a 256MB cache while the 2TB has 2GB. The drive uses four PCIe Gen 3 lanes, which offers some very impressive performance, Benchmark Reviews measured 3183/1776 MBps read/write in CrystalDiskMark. The only real drawback to this drive is the warranty; while most companies offer at least five years, this HP drive is only covered for three.
"HP suggests sustained sequential read speeds up to 3200 MB/s, and sustained sequential writes up to 1800 MB/s from their 1TB EX920 SSD, which utilizes 64-layer 3D NAND to deliver impressive storage density and reliability. Relative to solid state storage, one terabyte is an enormous amount of near-instant drive capacity. We’ll see if HP’s EX920 M.2 SSD is worth the money."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HP EX920 1 TB M.2. SSD @ Guru of 3D
- HP EX920 M.2 NVMe SSD @ The SSD Review
- SK hynix SC311 512GB SSD @ Kitguru
- WD Black & SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe SSD @ The SSD Review
- Kingston KC1000 240 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Plextor M9Pe(Y) @ Kitguru
- SanDisk Extreme Portable @ The SSD Review
For the first time in several years, the notebook market has gotten very interesting from a performance standpoint. First, we had Intel’s launch of its Kaby-Lake Refresh 8th Generation processors which packed a true quad-core CPU into a 15W package. Then, we heard about AMD’s Raven Ridge which aimed to combine a quad-core mobile CPU with Radeon Vega graphics into that same 15W power target.
Even though the excitement over Raven Ridge may have subsided a bit after Intel and AMD’s joint announcement of Vega graphics combined with Intel CPUs in the Kaby-Lake G platform, that is still yet to be released and will reside in a significantly higher class of power usage.
So today we are taking a look at AMD’s Raven Ridge, what may be AMD’s first worthy entry into the thin-and-light notebook market.
For our Raven Ridge testing, we are taking a look at the HP Envy x360, which at the time of writing is the only machine to be shipping with these Ryzen Mobile processors (although more machines have been announced and are coming soon). Additionally, we also wanted to wait a while for the software ecosystem on this new platform to stabilize (more on that later).
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2018 - 03:01 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: hp z 3d camera, hp, CES 2018, camera, 3d
HP today announced the HP Z 3D Camera, a standalone 3D camera system similar to the one integrated in the company’s Sprout Pro desktop that lets users add 2D and 3D capture capability to any display.
The HP Z 3D Camera attaches to the back of a monitor via a magnetic badge and then extends up and over the top, with its lens pointing down to the desk in front. This gives it a somewhat awkward appearance but also a small footprint. Once installed and calibrated, the Z 3D Camera can capture both 2D and 3D content, with tasks ranging from scanning and applying OCR to a printed document to creating a full 3D model of an object that is suitable for use in 3D renderings and mixed reality applications.
The system can also perform standard video capture, allowing users to stream live video of their desk surface via applications like Skype. HP states that this could be useful for sharing and collaborating on a hand-drawn sketch or for activities that are aided by hand gestures and motion, resulting in a “more human experience.”
The HP Z 3D Camera's capture resolutions and specifications:
|Scan Mat Capture Area||11.8 in. x 17.7 in.|
|Camera Sensor Resolution||4416x3312 (14.6 Megapixels)|
|Resolution Frame Rates||
Up to 60fps @ 1056x792
Up to 30fps @ 1920x1080
Up to 25fps @ 2176x1632
Up to 10fps @ 3840x2160
Up to 6fps @ 4352x3264
|Field of View||48.9 degrees horizontal
37.7 degrees vertical
59.2 degrees diagonal
|3D Resolution||2~5mm, for depth sensing range 30cm~120cm|
|3D Point Accuracy||2~10 mm relative depth accuracy within depth sensing range|
|Scanned Object Size||100x100x100 mm ~ 300x300x300 mm|
|3D Export Formats||OBJ, 3MF|
The HP Z 3D Camera will work natively with apps like PowerPoint 3D, Paint 3D, Adobe Dimension, ZBrush, Substance Paint, Autodesk applications, and the Windows Mixed Reality Viewer. It requires a PC running Windows 10 with an Intel Core i7-4790S or higher, one USB 3.0 Type A port, one USB 2.0 Type A port, 16GB of RAM, 1.8GB of available storage and, for 3D capture, an NIVDIA GeForce GTX 960M or better graphics card.
It is compatible with flat panel monitors from all manufacturers as long as there is a flat surface near the center-top of the monitor's back to attach the magnetic badge that holds the Z 3D camera in place. Monitors that have sharply angled backs or necessarily ventilation in this location may not be suitable.
The HP Z 3D Camera will launch in the U.S. in March for $599. Pricing and availability for other regions is not yet known.
Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2018 - 03:01 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: windows on arm, snapdragon, qualcomm, Intel, hp, envy x2, CES 2018
Featuring Intel's 7th generation Y-series processors, the Intel version of the ENVY x2 has the same ports and basic design as its ARM-based counterpart, but adds 1mm of thickness and advertises about 20 percent shorter battery life. The Intel model also ships with Windows 10 Home compared to Windows 10 S, although both are optionally upgradeable to Windows 10 Pro.
Another notable difference is a slight change to how the ENVY x2's detachable keyboard connects while in landscape typing mode. The keyboard on the Snapdragon-based ENVY x2 folds down at the top of its magnetic connection, providing a slightly angled typing surface, while the Intel version folds around the back of the device and lays flat.
Like other manufacturers of new Windows on ARM devices, HP is focusing on productivity versus mobility to differentiate the two ENVY x2 models. The Snapdragon version offers longer battery life, always-on connectivity via integrated LTE, and, if you elect to stick with Windows 10 S, improved security and reliability. The Intel version offers comparatively shorter battery life and traditional connectivity options (although built-in LTE without the "always on" capability is available), but can run all x86 software and drivers natively.
Further enhancing the productivity benefits of the Intel-based ENVY x2, HP is boosting the TDP of the system's Y-series processors from their default 4.5 watts to 6 watts, a move that the company claims results in up to 20 percent better performance.
Complete specifications and upgrade options for the Intel-based ENVY x2 are not yet available, but here are the specs HP has unveiled thus far:
- 7th generation Intel Core processors
- Up to 15 hours of battery life
- HP Fast Charge technology (90% charge in 90 minutes)
- 12.3-inch 1920x1280 IPS display
- Up to 256GB PCIe flash storage
- IR camera with support for Windows Hello
- 7.9mm thick
- HP Digital Pen and keyboard included
Like the complete specs, pricing information has not yet been revealed, but HP says that the Intel ENVY x2 will begin shipping in "Spring 2018."