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Alienware 17 and 18 hands-on

Alienware 17 and 18 hands-on

Three years in the making, the new Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 notebooks arrive at a time when gaming is under the spotlight. Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 have thrown new attention on mainstream gaming, but the Dell-owned PC gaming specialist isn't willing to concede the power crown so readily. Alongside the new Alienware 14, a more portable option, come two gaming monsters that are perhaps more accurately described as "luggable". Still, big machines get meaty specifications, not to mention distinctive designs. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Alienware 14 hands-on: PC gaming’s new portable powerhouse

Alienware 14 hands-on: PC gaming’s new portable powerhouse

Alienware has a new gaming notebook range, the result of three years of development, and the Alienware 14 may well be our favorite. "Significantly evolved" from the already eye-catching design of the old model, the new Alienware 14 - the "M14x" nomenclature has been retired, Alienware GM Frank Azor says, since nobody outside of the company knew what it stood for - wraps Intel's latest 4th-gen Core i7 Haswell processors in a new magnesium alloy and anodized aluminum chassis, with Tron-esque AlienFX lighting and no shortage of grunt. Read on for our first impressions.

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MacBook Air refreshed with “All-day battery life”

MacBook Air refreshed with “All-day battery life”

This week the folks at Apple have revealed a new generation for the MacBook Air at WWDC 2013 with a 4th Generation Intel core processor (Haswell.) This system works with Haswell ULT, made for notebooks to work with smart low-power states with "up to 30 days" of standby time. While the 5 hours of battery life with the 11-inch machine goes up another 6 hours, the 13-inch MacBook Air used to work with 7 hours of battery life while the new model works with 12 hours of battery life.

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ASUS Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows on lap, desk & in hands

ASUS Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows on lap, desk & in hands

A good notebook can't just do one thing well these days, it has to multi-task in at least two ways, and so on that front the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is off to a good start. Revealed at Computex 2013 this morning, the 11.6-inch notebook is billed as "the world's first three-in-one mobile device" with a removable screen section that can flip between Windows 8 and Android, and which can be used both on the desktop and while mobile.

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ASUS Zenbook Infinity wraps super-skinny ultrabook in Gorilla Glass 3

ASUS Zenbook Infinity wraps super-skinny ultrabook in Gorilla Glass 3

Once upon a time, glass was a fragile thing; now, thanks to toughening tech, ASUS can splash a slab of the stuff across the top of its new Zenbook Infinity notebook. Topped by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3, the same toughened material as we're used to seeing fronting smartphones and tablets, the Zenbook Infinity uses that extra rigidity and strength to drop a dress size, metaphorically speaking, and trim things down to just 15.5mm at its thickest.

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Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

While Acer is pushing forth several machines this week that take on the mantel of an entirely new design in and of themselves at Computex, the Acer Aspire S7 looks, on the surface, to be the same machine as it was earlier this year. Under the surface though is a reboot that means more than just accepting the 4th generation of Intel Core (Haswell) processors. Included in this reboot of the Aspire S7 is 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, new electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard technology, and a new option for a display sharper than its already-1080p-wielding predecessor.

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Acer Aspire S3 2013 reboot nabs design tips from S7 flagship

Acer Aspire S3 2013 reboot nabs design tips from S7 flagship

This week at Computex, Acer has revealed a set of notebooks and desktop machines that bring on 4th generation Intel Core (Haswell) processor technology along with upgraded features to their units. Here with the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook line, a bit of an aesthetic change has been made to the industrial design of the machine. Deriving from the successful bits and pieces seen in the Acer Aspire S7, the Acer Aspire S3 now takes on a look that's a bit more "today".

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Acer Aspire R7 Hands-on: Spock’s Choice

Acer Aspire R7 Hands-on: Spock’s Choice

This week SlashGear is having a peek at the Acer Aspire R7 notebook - that rather unique piece of machinery you saw advertised last month aside teasers for the newest Star Trek movie. It's no surprise that this device was chosen to take on that role as its mysterious - and here we find rather enticing - abilities allow it to look like a rather familiar starship. With Acer's "Ezel" hinge, the Aspire R7 can take on several shapes - including that of the Kirk-captained Enterprise.

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