Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. He has been investigating and reporting on the tech and design industry for over a decade.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 laptops start at $1k

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 laptops start at $1k

NVIDIA just revealed their first NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series laptop gpu family and their first associated laptop models, starting at $999 USD. This new series of laptops rolls with names very, very similar to their desktop relations, including the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 (all laptop GPUs). The first wave of laptops with these GPUs inside will be released starting on January 26, 2021.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 revealed for $329

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 revealed for $329

Today NVIDIA revealed the GeForce RTX 3060 desktop GPU with a starting price of $329 USD. This device should allow the masses to get ahold of a variety of next-generation features released in the RTX 30 family, here for a significantly lower price. The RTX 3060 works with 13 shader TFLOPs, 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing, and 101 tensor-TFLOPs (ready to roll for NVIDIA DLSS). This next-gen GPU works with a 192-bit memory interface and 12GB of GDDR6 memory right out the gate.

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Acer gaming notebooks gain NVIDIA RTX 3000, Radeon RX graphics

Acer gaming notebooks gain NVIDIA RTX 3000, Radeon RX graphics

Today Acer revealed the notebooks that'd be getting RTX 3000 GPU power under their hood for 2021. The Acer Predator Helios 300 will be available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and 240Hz display. The Acer Nitro 5 will be made available with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The Acer Aspire 5 and 7 also got a refresh with new AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors and NVIDIA or AMD graphics, while the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE works with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 (early 2021) refresh in-effect

Razer Blade Pro 17 (early 2021) refresh in-effect

The newest giant in the Razer laptop universe got a refresh this week in the Razer Blade Pro 17 (early 2021.) This machine comes in a variety of configurations, each with a 17.3-inch display panel and 8-core, 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H (up to 5.1GHz Max Boost) processors. The biggest change made to these devices since their last iteration is the addition of the biggest and the best in NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics.

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Razer Blade 15 (2021) detailed in multiple monster configurations

Razer Blade 15 (2021) detailed in multiple monster configurations

The Razer Blade 15 (2021) was given a bit of an update this week as the company continues to call it the "best Gaming Laptop out there." This version of the machine has a 15-inch 360Hz refresh rate with 2MS response time - that's the Advanced Model - while the Base Model has 144Hz and 8MS. Both versions have 100 sRGB color.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors detailed for release

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors detailed for release

This week the folks at AMD revealed their newest round of mobile processors in AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors, with Zen 3 core architecture for laptops aplenty. Devices will be available with this new generation in mobile processors from ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more, starting in the first quarter of the year 2021. AMD announced that this new mobile processor system is expected to appear in "more than 150 consumer and commercial notebooks" in the year 2021.

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Galaxy S21 leaked in two forms without power plug

Galaxy S21 leaked in two forms without power plug

A set of images was released today showing the Samsung Galaxy S21 with its packaging. The notes surrounding this package make clear that the next Samsung smartphone will not be released with a power plug - at least in some markets. This tiny but significant leak shows that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will be released in the very near future, and without another key accessory, too.

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iPad Pro 2021 leaked as first 5G tablet from Apple

iPad Pro 2021 leaked as first 5G tablet from Apple

This week we're getting our first look at the next generation in top-tier Apple iPad Pro action. The iPad Pro 2021 appears here in renders based on leaked schematics, showing the 12.9-inch display, the power button, the cameras, and the potential for including both Face ID and Touch ID login options. This device would appear to continue to follow the design guidelines of the otherwise most-recent iPad devices, including a USB-C port and flat edges all around.

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Yelp adds COVID-19 checklist to each business for review

Yelp adds COVID-19 checklist to each business for review

Yelp released an update this week that made safety protocols for COVID-19 clear on businesses worldwide. Starting today, Yelp includes a section where users can note if they observed, or did not observe, "the enforcement of social distancing and staff wearing masks" at businesses.

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Sony drops release dates for top-tier PS5 games

Sony drops release dates for top-tier PS5 games

This week the folks at Sony came to CES 2021 with a buried lede. They decided to deliver an array of release dates for major PlayStation 5 video games in the form of a slide. One slide, one big bunch of release dates and release date ranges for some major games. This is the sort of things game reporting dreams are made of.

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Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu announced a "students" plan this week with an apparent "65% discount valid as long as you're a college student." This price would be for the "ad-supported plan" for approximately $1.99 USD per month, where it'd otherwise be $5.99 USD per month. Just so long as student enrollment status remains verified, the price shall remain, as verified by SheerID.

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OtterBox prepares Xbox controller for battle (and remote streaming)

OtterBox prepares Xbox controller for battle (and remote streaming)

This week OtterBox tricked out the Xbox Wireless Controller experience. If you've got a new Xbox Wireless Controller, OtterBox has for you an Easy Grip Controller Shell, a Mobile Gaming Clip, a Gaming Carry Case, an Easy Grip Gaming Case, and a Gaming Glass Privacy Guard for your associated phone. This full package is made for the Xbox gamer that also plays remotely via their smartphone, in style and with protection.

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