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Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

It would appear that Apple is heading in a direction that would suggest openness - that is, according to their most recent opening of labs. Working with the folks at Backchannel, Apple has shown off a set of images and details that suggest they (still) take product testing seriously. Above-and-beyond seriously, testing not only the look and feel of the products they create, but the sound. And not just the sound for loudness - they're making certain their mouse hits the right note when it clicks one way or the other.

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Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

There's no doubt that the Surface Book was the most exciting device Microsoft announced last week. The laptop/tablet hybrid features a 13.5-inch display that can be detached and used separately from the keyboard, and is easily one of the most interesting pieces of hardware Microsoft has produced in some time. While the device certainly generated a lot of buzz online, it also seems to have struck a chord with consumers, as pre-orders of every version of the Surface Book are now sold out on Microsoft’s online store.

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OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

As hinted in previous leaks, Apple has indeed revealed new iMacs sporting high resolution retina screens. Alongside the expected 27-inch iMac model with a whopping 5K resolution, Apple also a new 21.5-inch iMac that sports 4K resolutions. Given how new they are to the market, it cannot be helped that some tinkerers would want to immediately pry them open and see what's inside. That's exactly what OWC, a.k.a. Other Wold Computing, did. Luckily, or hopefully, for them, they aren't hindered by an NDA unlike some other teardown experts.

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Apple debuts 21.5-inch Retina iMac, new Magic Mouse, Trackpad, Keyboard

Apple debuts 21.5-inch Retina iMac, new Magic Mouse, Trackpad, Keyboard

As has been expected for the last few weeks, Apple today announced the addition of a 21.5-inch Retina iMac to its desktop lineup, offering a 4K display and a starting price of $1,499. Along with this new model, the 27-inch lineup of iMac now all feature 5K Retina displays. As for the new 21.5-inch model, the desktop offers a resolution that is 4.5 times that of Full HD, and the same pixel density as the 5K model.

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Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

When Microsoft switched to N-Trig for the Surface Pro 3 and again for the new Surface Pro 4, it necessarily had to push Wacom to the background. While the higher profile maker of graphics tools might not have been affected dramatically, it became less the talk of the town when it came to stylus-enabled Windows tablets. But with Toshiba's new dynaPad 2-in-1, Wacom is again front and center. Even Microsoft dubs it a digital notebook, putting emphasis on its writing and drawing talents, thanks to Wacom's active digitizer.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book go up for pre-order

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book go up for pre-order

This was definitely a big week for Microsoft. Not just because it revealed some new and interesting devices but because it also managed to convert some naysayers as well, in one fell swoop. However, they do say that the test of the pudding is in the eating, and we won't really be getting our hands on that pudding until later next month. But to whet people's appetites, retailers Amazon, Best Buy, and Target have started taking pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. That is, if the prices look appetizing at all.

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Dell’s new XPS series includes XPS 15, 13, and 12 2-in-1

Dell’s new XPS series includes XPS 15, 13, and 12 2-in-1

Dell has rolled out three new machines for its XPS notebook lineup including the XPS 12 2-in-1, XPS 13, and XPS 15. The machines have the XPS premium design and feature sixth gen Intel Core processors inside. The XPS 12 2-in-1 is a device that can be changed between tablet and notebook mode with a removable keyboard. There is a 4K UHD display option and dual cameras.

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HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may still be several months out, but HP might have the limited-edition PC to tide over your sci-fi needs. The new HP Star Wars Special Edition notebook may have a Pavilion at its core, but it's been thoroughly customized with external graphics, accessories, and a whole catalog of digital content.

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HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

There's nothing quite like a 34-inch, super-widescreen, curved All-in-One PC to grab your attention. Expect guests to give you half of their attention - at most - if you bring HP's new ENVY Curved All-in-One into your home. The broad Windows 10 desktop has a 2,000 mm curved radius, and with WQHD+ resolution can easily put two regularly-sized windows side-by-side.

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HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP has revamped its flagship convertible notebook, outfitting the Spectre x360 with Intel's newest 6th-gen Core "Skylake" processors. The revamped laptop - which owes its name to a 360-degree hinge that allows the 13.3-inch touchscreen to rotate all the way around into a slate form-factor - also gets a new color option, a striking Ash Silver with Copper accents.

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