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MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

Just a couple of weeks after we got an up close and personal look at the 13-inch entry level MacBook Pro, the folks at iFixit are back with their teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The teardown confirms a lot of things about the internals of the new MacBook Pro, and not all of them are good for those who'd like to handle repairs themselves.

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In defense of dongles on MacBooks

In defense of dongles on MacBooks

It’s pretty fashionable to hate dongles the past year or so. Since Apple introduced its USB-C reliant MacBook (you know, the 12-inch model), people have been lamenting the existence of cable add-ons. It’s a fair criticism, considering we’d gone so long with the spoils of ports donning the side of our MacBooks Pro and Air, but it’s time to turn the corner. In many ways, dongles are better than ports. No, really.

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Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Remember the somewhat strange ArtPC Pulse computer Samsung teased a few days ago? The computer has surfaced on Amazon, where all the details have been laid bare, including pricing and configurations. Per those listings, two varieties of the ArtPC Pulse will be offered, one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 and one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i7. Both feature the same cylindrical shape and 360-degree omni-directional Harmon Kardon speaker unit.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

If you came out of Microsoft's free upgrade promotion with a new copy of Windows 10 installed on your computer, you might like to know that the Anniversary Update is now available. Windows 10 users can wait for the update to automatically roll out to their machines, but the problem with waiting for the automatic update is that Microsoft is pushing it out in waves, meaning you may not get it right away.

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Alienware unveils four new gaming products at E3

Alienware unveils four new gaming products at E3

Alienware has taken the wraps off four new gaming products at E3, including a new Alienware Alpha desktop, a new full-tower Area-51 desktop, the Alienware 13 gaming laptop with a high-contrast OLED, and the Alienware Aurora. The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will make the new roster of products available starting tomorrow.

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AZIO shows off steampunk typewriter USB keyboard

AZIO shows off steampunk typewriter USB keyboard

I've always loved having a desktop computer. Not only does it handle all of my work and gaming needs, but it grows and evolves with me. Over time I add new components on the inside, and new peripherals on the outside, depending on my tastes. Well if you're into a retro or steampunk look, AZIO has the keyboard that you've been looking for.

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Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac has a couple of new PCs-on-a-stick, the ZBOX PI220 and the PI221. Both of the sticks look the same, with only minor exceptions, measuring 5.2 x 1.7 x 0.62-inches in size. The big difference between the models is a fan — one has one, and the other doesn’t — with the latter obviously being ideal for low-demand uses in places where you want quiet operation. Both models feature Intel Cherry Trail processors and more.

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Lian Li’s latest PC case is also a standing desk

Lian Li’s latest PC case is also a standing desk

From the first computer that I could call my own, every tower has had a loving place under, or next to my desk. Since I prefer to have my main computer be stationary and powerful, it takes up a fair bit of space. And since I'd rather have as much available desktop space to attract clutter, it sits down by my feet. But what if your computer was inside of your desk? That's exactly where Lian Li wants to put it.

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Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

InFocus, maker of the pocket-sized and budget-friendly Kangaroo desktop PCs, is back with a new Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro model, another highly portable model that, in this case, offers support for the new Dock Pro with an array of connectivity options. The computer runs Windows 10 and can be used with any supported display (VGA, HDMI) to serve as an on-the-go computer, home server, school computer, or any number of things.

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LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG has announced the launch of its LG gram 15 laptop series, bringing its ultra-slim high-performance laptops to the United States. The series is comprised of two 15-inch models, both said to be “perfect for the everyday user.” Despite having a 15.6-inch display, the laptop weighs only 2.2lbs and measures in at 0.7-inches in thickness. These two laptops join the maker’s 13-inch and 14-inch ultra-lightweight laptops.

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Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell has taken the wraps off some new upgrades for its Dell Precision Tower Workstations, which will enable them to meet the needs of VR content creators. As such it, has refreshed the Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations, as well as the Rack 7910. Joining these model upgrades are newly introduced recommended minimum hardware configurations for those who need a computer capable of running the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets.

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MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI’s mini desktop, the VR-ready Vortex, is now shipping. The miniature tower is about the size of a subwoofer, says MSI, but it packs all the hardware gamers need to get their favorite titles up and running. A mixture of powerful hardware, high-end features, and a specialized cooling system make for a PC that is “minimal in footprint by maximum in performance,” says MSI. Features include support for up to six video outputs and a 360-degree cooling vortex.

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