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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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HP Spectre 13 and x360 notebooks get redesigned for 2017

HP Spectre 13 and x360 notebooks get redesigned for 2017

Today, HP revealed new models in its line of Spectre 13 notebooks. With an eye to design, these new notebooks - the standard Spectre 13 and the Spectre x360 13 - are launching later this month and will become the regular 13-inch offerings in HP’s premium lineup. In developing both, HP said that it took listened closely to customer feedback about its premium models, so hopefully any criticisms you may have had about last year’s Spectres have been addressed in these new releases.

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Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Following Microsoft's reveal of Samsung's HMD Odyssey headset, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for a variety of Windows mixed reality headsets. We've know about many of these headsets for quite some time now, as Microsoft's push into mixed reality was signaled for the first time way back in October 2016. We're closing in on the roll out of all of these headsets as well, and if you know you want one, you might want to put in a pre-order today.

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HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

The folks at HP have revealed a new Chromebook x360 with a set of specs that make it a true contender for Chrome OS supremacy. This device doesn't have the most high-end hardware in the universe, but for this price point, it's pretty gosh-darned good. Along with a set of rugged-ready features, this Chromebook rolls with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card reader too.

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HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

This week the folks at HP have revealed the release information around their fabled HP Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition Headset. This isn't the final edition, instead opting to use the "Developer Edition" moniker we've seen used on several of the most famous VR headsets to be released over the past several years. This headset is part of Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creator Update headed to users this Fall.

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OMEN X Laptop is HP’s first overclockable portable gaming rig

OMEN X Laptop is HP’s first overclockable portable gaming rig

There’s only so much you can change in a laptop, given its more or less fixed design. But while you can’t swap out processors and graphics cards, you can at least push them to their limits. Overclocking is common fare for gamers, but it is only recently that gaming laptops have started to embrace the practice. Jumping on that trend, HP is announcing the OMEN X Laptop, part of its new brand of gaming computers. But more than an already powerful laptop out of the box, this devil dares you to overclock it til it can give no more.

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HP Z VR Backpack is pretty gosh-darned sleek

HP Z VR Backpack is pretty gosh-darned sleek

Back in May of last year we first saw the rise of the VR backpack with such manufacturers as Aorus, MSI, ZOTAC - and HP. Imagine our surprise when HP came here in July of 2017 again with another far more sleek and low-profile entry into this ecosystem.

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HP Pavilion AIO is for everything except making art

HP Pavilion AIO is for everything except making art

Say what you want about Microsoft’s past hardware flops, but there’s no denying it has become somewhat of a trendsetter in some areas. The Surface Pro tablets, the HoloLens headset, and, lately, the Surface Studio. The latter, however, might take a bit of time before it sinks into OEMs mindsets, not to mention budgets. That is why it’s a bit disappointing that HP’s newest Pavilion All-in-One hasn’t made that jump yet. Powerful and gorgeous, it’s just a pen and a few angles away from becoming a Surface Studio rival.

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OMEN X Compact Desktop leads HP’s new gaming fleet

OMEN X Compact Desktop leads HP’s new gaming fleet

Computex 2017 might be over, but HP is far from done. Especially with E3 just around the corner. Perfectly bridging the two worlds of PCs and gaming, HP’s new OMEN lineup promises to bring the best hardware inside innovative, if not unusual, packages. Heading the charge is the OMEN X Compact Desktop, which could very well be called the OMEN X VR Backpack 2. Because while you can indeed carry it around where you want to you can also dock it to an accessory when you need an added push.

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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Snapdragon 835 will power Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, HP, and Lenovo

Snapdragon 835 will power Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, HP, and Lenovo

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor already features in a few high-end smartphones - the Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium come to mind - but before long, it'll serve as the brains of Windows 10 PCs as well. Qualcomm announced today that it has partnered with three different PC manufacturers to bring the Snaprdragon 835 to their machines. It certainly sounds like the new Surface Pro is going to have some Snapdragon-flavored competition shortly.

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The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

Last week in Shanghai, away from the very scrutinizing eyes of Western media, Microsoft unveiled the New Surface Pro, a.k.a. not the Surface Pro 5. Reception has been mixed, ranging from "this should have been called the Surface Pro 5" to "meh". Fortunately, Microsoft's "tablet that can replace your laptop" is no longer the only game in town. In fact, there's quite a few of them right now. We take a long at some of the most recent and most enticing 2-in-1 options so far this year to see which one might be the best for your mobile Windows 10 needs.

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