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Alienware slims down and speeds up its powerful gaming laptops

Earlier this year at CES, Alienware announced the Area-51m, its latest flagship gaming laptop that featured a whole new design ethos for Dell’s premium gaming brand. And at Computex 2019, the company is bringing that same design to its m15 and m17 laptops — although unfortunately without the modular components of the Area-51m. The new design for the m15 and m17 borrows a lot from the Area-51m, to the point where the new laptops essentially resemble slimmed down versions of the flagship model. Keep in mind that they’re not that…

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Dell’s overhauled XPS 13 2-in-1 has Intel’s 10th Gen processors and a normal webcam

Back at CES, Dell updated the XPS 13 with an improved webcam that finally put it back on top where it belonged, and at Computex 2019, it announced that it would bringing that same improvement to its XPS 15 and XPS 13 2-in-1 models —along with a full redesign for the XPS 13 2-in-1. The new design for the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the highlight here: Dell has overhauled the device with Intel’s long-awaited 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, a new display, and an updated keyboard. First, the processor: Intel’s…

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Intel’s Project Athena could make laptops better, if only it had teeth

Roughly years ago, Intel flexed its enormous power as one of the PC industry’s leading component manufacturers to improve the quality of the world’s laptops with one word: “Ultrabook.” Intel poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a marketing campaign for the industry’s latest laptops, but the publicity came with a condition: those laptops would have to meet exacting standards for thinness, weight, responsiveness and battery life. Facing down the sizable challenge of the then-amazing MacBook Air, the PC industry signed on — and within a few years, the quality…

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HP has a new VR backpack

Three years to the day (in certain timezones) after unveiling its first VR backpack at Computex Taipei, where I declared them actually pretty cool, HP is still at it and has announced the latest version. It doesn’t reinvent the concept, but it sounds like a pretty good upgrade. The new VR backpack, which is now just called the HP VR Backpack G2, uses an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU to deliver what HP describers as 30 percent better performance and 25 percent faster…

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HP now makes partially wooden laptops

After a successful experiment with leather, HP is taking its natural material vibe to the next level with the new Envy Wood series. No, they haven’t exactly been carved out of redwood trees by artisan lumberjacks, but they do come with a “one-of-a-kind authentic wood inlay” on the palm rest. HP is decking out the Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15 in the new timber-ish livery, which is available in “Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut,” “Ceramic White with White Birch,” and “Natural Silver with Pale…

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Intel’s 10th Gen, 10nm Ice Lake CPUs: everything you need to know

Intel has a lot to prove. 2018 marked the chipmaker’s 50th anniversary, but it was also a year that shook the company to its core. It was the year that Intel lost its CEO, struggled with Spectre and Meltdown, and reportedly lost Apple’s confidence as far as chips for future Macs are concerned. Above all, it was the year the world finally realized Intel processors had hit a wall, after yet another failure to shrink its circuits down to the “10 nanometer” process node. But now, after years of delays,…

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HP is finally fixing its terrible trackpads

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to use and review a lot of HP laptops. I’ve tracked how HP’s sharpened its design chops, improved performance and battery life, and invented all new form factors with unique materials. But through all of those laptops there has been one constant: terrible trackpads. It’s not that the actual hardware in HP’s trackpads is bad — they are large, smooth, glassy multitouch surfaces, just like you’d find on any modern laptop. The problem has always been inferior drivers and firmware, which…

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HyperX announces first gaming keyboard with its own switch design

HyperX has been making gaming keyboards for a few years now, and like many other manufacturers has mostly been using Cherry MX or Kailh keyswitches depending on the price point. Today at Computex, however, HyperX is announcing its first keyboard to use a new keyswitch design from the company itself. The keyboard is called the Alloy Origins, and as you can see from the above photo, HyperX’s switches are based on typical reds, which are a popular choice for competitive gamers because of their high responsiveness. HyperX has tweaked the…

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HyperX announces Cloud Alpha S gaming headset with virtual 7.1 surround

HyperX has announced a follow-up to its popular Cloud Alpha gaming headset. The new version is called the Cloud Alpha S and adds 7.1 virtual surround sound through a wired audio control box that’s similar to some of HyperX’s other headsets. The box also comes with individual volume controls for chat and game audio. The headphones have essentially the same comfortable design and use the same audio hardware as the previous model, including the dual chamber drivers, but HyperX says they’ve been tuned slightly for better sound. There’s also a…

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Apple exec dismisses Google CEO’s criticism over turning privacy into a ‘luxury good’

Apple’s software chief, Craig Federighi, says he doesn’t “buy into” the criticism that Apple is turning privacy into a luxury good, an accusation that was indirectly leveled at the company by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In an interview with The Independent, Federighi dismissed “the luxury good dig,” just a couple weeks after Pichai wrote an op-ed in The New York Times saying that “privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services.” While Pichai didn’t name Apple, which has recently…

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