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ASUS ZenBook, StudioBook, ROG laptops: the CES 2019 roundup

ASUS ZenBook, StudioBook, ROG laptops: the CES 2019 roundup

It’s that time of the year again when anyone and everyone in the tech world try to claim a piece of media attention in Las Vegas. And while it’s really a free for all in terms of consumer electronics, it is almost always an opportune time for computer makers to bring out their new wares. ASUS, of course, isn’t one to pass up that opportunity, and be it for serious work or for gaming, it has just the laptop for you.

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Acer Predator Triton 900, Triton 500 push the envelope of gaming laptop design

Acer Predator Triton 900, Triton 500 push the envelope of gaming laptop design

When gaming laptops are mentioned or announced, chances are they come in rather thick and heavy designs that clearly speak power more than anything else. They often come in traditional laptop form factors, too, despite the trends happening in the PC market. Acer says enough is enough and with its new Predator gaming notebooks, it’s proving what can be done. The Predator Triton 500, for example, boasts of a thinner and lighter all-metal body compared to other gaming laptops. But it’s really that Predator Triton 900 that takes the cake with a new take on a convertible gaming laptop.

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Samsung Notebook Odyssey refresh bring gaming notebook up to speed

Samsung Notebook Odyssey refresh bring gaming notebook up to speed

Although Samsung has long been making Windows laptops, it was only in 2017 when it jumped on the gaming laptop market with the Samsung Notebook Odyssey. This was followed a year later by the intimidating Samsung Notebook Odyssey Z. So what's next in line? Why the Samsung Notebook Odyssey, of course! Confusing naming conventions aside, the latest model of Samsung one and only gaming notebook gives the computer the upgrade it needs, just before the next generation of hardware hits the market.

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Dell Latitude 7400 hands-on: Big battery in a slim package

Dell Latitude 7400 hands-on: Big battery in a slim package

A few days ago, Dell unveiled its new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 notebook. The company brought the Latitude 7400 along with it to CES 2019, giving us the opportunity to have a look at it in-person. The laptop itself is pretty sleek in its design, and it's meant to be a highly portable machine, as it only weighs in at three pounds with a total thickness of 14.89mm.

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HP Chromebook 14 steals Acer’s AMD thunder, Chromebook x360 14 G1 coming

HP Chromebook 14 steals Acer’s AMD thunder, Chromebook x360 14 G1 coming

It seems that the age of AMD-powered Chromebooks is coming. Granted, two doesn’t really make for a new trend but that’s still two more than none. But while Acer boasted to be the first to announce one such Chromebook, HP will actually have the first bite of that market. The new HP Chromebook 14 will land on shelves first and it will truly put to the test whether AMD’s system-on-chip will have more to say, no to mention more battery life, than Intel’s equivalents.

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HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor keeps shoulder surfers out

HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor keeps shoulder surfers out

It isn’t just smartphones that are prone to having curious bystanders taking a sneak peek at the screen. Even more critical are computer screens in offices or, worse, public spaces that may be susceptible to shoulder surfing by unauthorized people, be it hackers, spies, or just curious passers-by. To help combat that, HP has developed together with 3M its “Sure View” privacy screen technology which it is now putting on its new EliteDisplay E243p, up for display, no pun intended, here at CES 2019.

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Huawei Kunpeng 920 ARM CPUs aim for the clouds, big data

Huawei Kunpeng 920 ARM CPUs aim for the clouds, big data

Last year, Huawei quickly rose to the top in the smartphone market and its Kirin mobile processors have started gaining traction and believers. Unlike Samsung with its Exynos processors, however, Huawei is quick to seize the opportunity and capitalize on its newfound fame. Just in time for CES 2019, the Chinese OEM is announcing its entry into the high-performance ARM-based CPU market with the goal of powering what it calls the fast-growing “intelligent society”.

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Acer Swift 7 design finally gives justice to its name

Acer Swift 7 design finally gives justice to its name

When something is described as “swift”, it is often expected to be lightweight if not also thin. After all, few bulky and heavy objects are fast enough to be considered swift. And while Acer’s Swift series of notebooks aren’t exactly paperweights, there’s always room to stretch the envelope even further. At CES 2019, the company is putting out the Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) and from its nearly bezel-less screen, lightweight yet sturdy construction, and technical specs, it definitely earns its speedy moniker.

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Acer Chromebook 315 is world’s first AMD-powered Chrome OS device

Acer Chromebook 315 is world’s first AMD-powered Chrome OS device

Up until recently, Chromebooks were mostly regarded to be the successors of netbooks, smaller or weaker cousins of laptops built for very basic use and low prices. In the past two years or so, the platform has outgrown that image and has branched not only into new form factors as well as more powerful hardware, the latter mostly made up of a very small number of Intel-powered devices. Not one to be left behind, AMD has teamed up with Acer to build the Acer Chromebook 315, the first of its kind to run not only on an AMD processor but also a Radeon graphics chip.

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Asus announces Chrome OS tablet alongside refreshed Chomebooks

Asus announces Chrome OS tablet alongside refreshed Chomebooks

Chrome OS has been most successful in schools, powering low-cost, reliable devices for students. Asus has produced several Chromebook models aimed at the classroom, and now the company has updated its lineup with an interesting new addition: its first Chrome OS tablet. With a 9.7-inch touchscreen display, the Asus' CT100 seems perfectly geared for younger kids who prefer to touch over type, and it's reinforced to survive classroom abuse.

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Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 automatically wakes up when approached

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 automatically wakes up when approached

Dell has introduced its new Latitude 7400, a 2-in-1 business laptop targeted at professionals and their unique needs. Among other things, the model sports multiple convenient security features, such as an infrared camera for Express Sign-in with Windows Hello and the ability to automatically log out of the system when the user steps away from their computer. As well, Dell has included a number of ports that eliminate the need to carry various adapters.

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ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90 tower PC almost looks familiar

ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90 tower PC almost looks familiar

When Apple put out the new Mac Pro design in 2013, it was largely ridiculed for using a design reminiscent of a trash can. But like anything Apple, that design eventually became accepted and even imitated. Since then, lots of odd looking desktop towers have popped up, mixing power, smaller space footprints, and their OEMs own brand of “elegance”. The ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90 is one such new computer though it might not look like it. While it may not look like a trash can, it does look slightly similar to a smart speaker, an air cooler, or, OK, even some trash bins.

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