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Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware has been making gaming notebooks for a long time and it has rolled out its latest models in the form of the Alienware 17, 15, and 13 at PAX West. The new notebooks are the first from the company that are VR ready and the new line also boasts NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs. Those GPUs put desktop level graphics into notebook computers.

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Sony Xperia Projector does away with glass, keeps the sci-fi

Sony Xperia Projector does away with glass, keeps the sci-fi

You may have seen your fair share of futuristic computers and interfaces and, with the exception of “air gestures” like those on Minority Report, most of them have one thing in common: they’re all done on touch screens. Perhaps realizing that it might not be practical, or economical, to put displays on anything and everything, Sony’s R&D is aiming for the next best thing. Revealed way back in February, the Xperia Projector, which is yet to be a real product, turns any flat surface into a touch “screen”, removing the need for actual screens while still keeping all the fancy functionality around.

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USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB-C will soon output HDMI directly, no adapters needed

USB Type C, or USB-C for short, aims to be the end all and be all of connectors. Reversible in both orientation and flow, USB-C allows a single port to function as data conduit, charging channel, and even video output. The problem with the latter, however, is that it usually requires some adapter of sort. Soon, however, that will be a thing of the past. HDMI Licensing, LLC, the force behind the HDMI standard has announced a new Alternate Mode, or Alt Mode” that will allow USB-C devices, like smartphones and laptops, to output HDMI video to any compatible display, but this time with just a cable, without adapters or dongles.

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3Doodler PRO gets into serious, professional business

3Doodler PRO gets into serious, professional business

Let’s face it, with a name like “3Doodler”, it might be hard to take this product seriously in a “professional” setting. But that is precisely the misconception that WobbleWorks, the company behind the pen, is trying to defy with the new 3Doodler PRO on show here at IFA 2016. Just as it had shattered the perception of what 3D printing was limited to, it is now challenging the image of what this portable 3D printing magic wand is capable of. With a sleeker design and a new range of plastics, including wood and bronze, the 3Doodler PRO is billed as the perfect tool to bring engineers’, artists’, and professionals’ ideas into the real and physical realm. Just like magic!

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HP Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice aim for “desktop reinvention”

HP Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice aim for “desktop reinvention”

HP reveals two new desktop computer systems and a set of displays this week, all in the name of "desktop reinvention." They're aiming to hit the desktop universe hard with a few oddities - beautiful oddities, at that. The HP Elite Slice is a modular system which allows the user to add different sets of hardware slice by slice as they do so choose. The HP Pavilion Wave is a gorgeous desktop tube-like device which sits up on one's desktop, in their work area, where they can show off how strong the industrial design of this device is.

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Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Fitting more laptop into less chassis is an admirable goal, and Lenovo has done just that with the new Yoga 910, increasing screen size without sacrificing portability. An upgrade to the well-received Yoga 900, the new notebook packs a 13.9-inch display into a form-factor that - despite being slimmer in all dimensions - its predecessor could only fit a 13.3-inch screen into.

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Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on: 2-in-1 ultraportable blends Wacom and TRON

You may think you know what a 2-in-1 laptop is, but the Lenovo Yoga Book might surprise you. Targeting what Lenovo describes as the "Touch Generation" - digital natives who have grown up with touchscreens - the hardback-sized computer packs not only a choice of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or Windows 10, but a full Wacom digital pen for art and note-taking.

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ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS' big announcement today may have been the ZenWatch 3, but if it's a secondary screen for your ultrabook not your smartphone that you're interested in, there's something new for you too. The ASUS ZenScreen is, as the name suggests, a portable display: effectively just the top-half of a notebook with a USB-C connection.

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A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

Curved displays are gradually making their way into the living room and onto the desktop, but so far laptops have been relatively immune to the charms of a flexed panel. That's something overdue, Acer believes, and so gamers have the promise of the Predator 21 X on the horizon, a vast, 21-inch portable with the world's first curved notebook display.

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Acer’s IFA 2016 gaming monitors keep an eye on your eyes

Acer’s IFA 2016 gaming monitors keep an eye on your eyes

Display makers these days are trying to think up of ways, some would say gimmicks, to invigorate the PC monitor market and especially appeal to the usually lucrative and high-spending gaming crowd. Samsung and LG both have their new UltraWide curved monitors, and while Acer does have a rather curious curved screen laptop, the first of its kind, it isn’t stopping there. At IFA 2016, it is unveiling three new monitors,, the Predator Z271T, Predator XB251HQT, and Predator XB271HUT, all designed for gaming that, while varying in specs, share one thing in common. All three sport Tobii’s eye-tracking technology, promising new areas of innovation in reactivity and input for games.

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Acer Chromebook R 13 takes aim at large tablets, convertibles

Acer Chromebook R 13 takes aim at large tablets, convertibles

Chromebooks are getting a new lease on life, ironically thanks to the promised support for Android apps, which is actually still coming. That waiting period is almost a perfect time for manufacturers like Acer to put out new Chromebook models that switch from laptop to tablet and anything else in between. Indeed, the new Chromebook R 13 unveiled here at IFA 2016, like the R 11 before it, is one such device. But with a larger screen and (somewhat mediocre) mobile specs, the Chromebook R 13 isn’t just competing among dozens of low-priced Chromebooks. It is also in a race against larger Android tablets and, of course, Windows 10 convertibles.

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Acer Spin notebook series offers a dizzying array of choices

Acer Spin notebook series offers a dizzying array of choices

Leave it to Acer to flood IFA 2016 with a wide assortment of consumer devices, including, of course, Windows 10 laptops. With a naming convention that seems to defy logic, the new Spin notebooks have something to offer for every member of the family and for every computing use case, from the sleek and premium-looking Spin 7, down to the more portable Spin 1 fit for students. At least the “Spin” name isn’t just for show, as all notebooks transform from laptop to tablet in no time flat.

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