Computing

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

If you thought that Intel was done with its Kaby Lake generation of Core processors, then its CES 2017 announcement just proved you wrong. Then again, it’s not surprising either. The first batch of 7th gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core CPUs it announced back in August were part of its Y-series, focused primarily on detachables and PCs on a stick. Now it is putting its 14 nm processors into full swing with U, H, and S series that aim for more powerful PCs, especially gaming ones.

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So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

While generally we see a collection of new or otherwise daring devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 is about improving what works. This can be seen best in the collections of devices shown by Acer, Lenovo, and HP, the lot of which revealed a set of notebooks, displays, and keyboards improved incrementally from years past. It's as if the entirety of the PC industry has finally caught Apple "Just a bit better each time" fever.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Smartphones may have taken a back-seat to TVs and car tech at CES, but Qualcomm is revealing the Snapdragon 835 that's likely to be at the heart of many 2017 flagships. The new chipset is Qualcomm's first 10nm silicon, but the company is using the milestone for more than just competitive crowing. Indeed, the physically smaller package has big implications for the overall size of phones and other devices, as well as what they can do.

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HP’s Envy 34 curved all-in-one slims down for CES 2017

HP’s Envy 34 curved all-in-one slims down for CES 2017

HP's Envy curved all-in-one PC is about to get a significant makeover. Announced today at CES 2017, HP is launching something of a refresh of its 34-inch curved AIO later this month. This new PC will be joining existing 27-inch models, and prospective buyers can expect a number of improvements over 2015's 34-inch machine, especially when it comes to aesthetics.

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Next generation Sprout Pro G2 AIO from HP announced at CES

Next generation Sprout Pro G2 AIO from HP announced at CES

In addition to refreshes for its more traditional notebooks, HP has also revealed a new model of its interesting Sprout Pro PC for 2017. While many mainstream consumers may not have had much opportunity (or reason) to use a Sprout, the functionality it offers has caught on in the education, manufacturing, and retail spaces, and the improvements made with the Sprout Pro G2 look to streamline the creative process.

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 targets business with an eye for design and security

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 targets business with an eye for design and security

If the Spectre x360 is the hybrid notebook for mainstream consumers, the EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is the hybrid for business customers. Today, HP revealed the next iteration of the EliteBook x360 at CES 2017, and though it does have some things in common with the new Spectre x360 – most notably the convertible design – the new EliteBook has a few features that make it stand out.

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HP Spectre x360 15 gets a redesign for 2017

HP Spectre x360 15 gets a redesign for 2017

HP announced a lot of new products at CES today, and one of those is a refresh of its Spectre x360 15 (bl062nr). Originally released back in January of 2016, the Spectre x360 15 is a 2-in-1 hybrid notebook that can be used as a tablet. This redesign is based on a lot of insights HP collected from consumers, which have influenced things like graphics capabilities and display resolution.

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Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

It might be CES 2017 week already, but that doesn't mean there's no room for more forward-looking news, especially when "forward-looking" means just a month or so down the road. Microsoft has apparently stopped the flow of Windows 10 Insider updates and for good reason. It is already locking down builds for an imminent launch. Yes, that means that the Creators Update is just around the corner. That's the good news. The bad news is that it seems that Microsoft has delayed that release by at least a month, from March to April this year.

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Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 laptops launch for your gaming and VR needs

Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 laptops launch for your gaming and VR needs

Lenovo has introduced a pair of new gaming laptops for the new year, the Legion Y520 and the Legion Y720. Both models sport designs similar to the Lenovo gaming laptops we’ve previous reviewed, but with updated hardware to meet gamers’ latest needs. One of those needs is virtual reality, which the Y720 model specifically is poised to support — this model was built from the ground up and is fully VR-ready, says Lenovo.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet get a 2017 update

Lenovo X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet get a 2017 update

On the heels of CES 2017 comes all the details on Lenovo's latest X1 product lineup update. The Lenovo X1 Carbon, the company's beastly business ultrabook, stands chief among the new lineup, and is joined by the similarly fantastic X1 Tablet and X1 Yoga. The line was first popularized by the X1 Carbon, and 12 months ago Lenovo introduced the expanded lineup, which are now themselves updated with this latest array of devices.

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Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has updated its Miix model with the new Miix 720, a Windows 10 detachable PC that comes with the Lenovo Active Pen 2. This model, like the ones before it, are designed to easily transition from a ‘laptop’ design to a tablet design, both of them having the convenience of a lightweight design alongside the stylus for hands-on creations. Lenovo describes this model as an ‘all-purpose digital vehicle.’

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Dell makes its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible notebook official

Dell makes its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible notebook official

Well that didn't take long: Dell has officially confirmed its next XPS 13 notebook. The machine was leaked over the weekend, with rumors pointing toward a 2-in-1 convertible design that allows users to transition between a tablet mode and a more traditional notebook format. Just as those rumors foretold, Dell has revealed a 2-in-1 design for the next XPS 13.

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