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This $800 MacBook Air clone wants to be the Nexus of Linux laptops

This $800 MacBook Air clone wants to be the Nexus of Linux laptops

"Put Linux on it" may often be the solution to a sluggish old laptop, but what if you want to go open-source from the outset? That's the market the KDE Slimbook is looking to address, a new 13.3-inch notebook running the Ubuntu-based KDE neon operating system. The aim is out-of-the-box usability, with none of the driver headaches or setup woes that can sometimes come with repurposing a Windows or Mac machine.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer has introduced the new Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T), a convertible laptop with military-grade durability, according to Acer. It seems the company has created its new Chromebook for classroom use, and appropriately it has revealed it at the British Education and Training Technology Show in London. Among the Spin 11’s unique features is a 360-degree hinge and integrated Wacom technology.

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Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Today Acer unveiled the next entry in its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible notebook that's targeted at commercial customers and students, mostly because of its ruggedness and support for Windows Ink through the included stylus. Of course, ruggedness means compromises in other areas, most notably aesthetics in this case.

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Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

At CES 2017 earlier this month, Intel unveiled something new yet something also familiar, a nearly complete computer board just a little larger than a credit card. Intel wants its new Compute Card to be the dockable brain of future devices, including smart appliances. NexDock, the people behind a more or less successful crowdfunded device of the same name, is taking that brain and putting it inside its next ambitious project, which, unsurprisingly, is another NexDock.

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Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Benjamin “Ben” Heck might be best known for tearing things apart, but he also leaves an army of rebuilt, modded, and re-designed gadgets in his wake. The latest to get the privilege of being reincarnated in a new body is the Xbox One S, which Heck tore down late last year. Feeling uninspired to put it all back together again, Humpty Dumpty style, he decided to put it instead into the most portable form for a gaming console. And thus the Xbox One S laptop was born!

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Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Following its retesting efforts, Consumer Reports has revised its previous decision not to recommend the new MacBook Pro, changing its decision to recommended. As we previously reported, Apple worked with Consumer Reports directly following the publication of its results, something that ultimately led to a software fix. Once that was available, Consumer Reports retested the units and found the results favorable.

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Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell has announced its first VR-ready mobile workstation, the Dell Precision 7720. This model was built specifically for creating virtual reality content, says Dell, giving developers a new option that doesn’t shackle them to a desk. The Dell Precision 7720 is offered with various hardware options, including Intel Xeon and 7th-generation Intel Core processors.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible launched alongside updated XPS 15

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible launched alongside updated XPS 15

Dell’s sleek XPS 13 has been reborn as a 2-in-1 convertible, a model with a 13-inch InfinityEdge display that is, according to Dell, ‘virtually borderless.’ The company goes on to claim its XPS 13 is the smallest thirteen inch convertible notebook in the world, making it a notable addition to the XPS family. This is joined by the updated XPS 15.

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Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

The Razer Project Valerie laptop has three displays - and all three are really, truly dedicated to gaming. Each of these displays is connected to the base computer, creating a laptop that's thicker than the company's standard Razer Blade, but all the more versatile as a result. While this notebook isn't the sort we'll be trusting around clumsy miscreants while engaged, the hardware used to make this project a reality is well worth the gander.

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Toshiba reveals Portege X20W tablet-laptop hybrid boasting 16-hour battery

Toshiba reveals Portege X20W tablet-laptop hybrid boasting 16-hour battery

At CES 2017 this week, Toshiba unveiled the latest in its 2-in-1 convertible notebook line: the new Portege X20W. The Windows 10 Pro device features a dual-action hinge with 360 degrees of rotation, allowing it to easily switch between a thin and powerful laptop and a 12.5-inch tablet with support for digital inking. While it measures just 15.4mm thin and has a weight under 2.5 pounds, the most enticing spec is the promise of a 16 hour battery life.

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Dell Inspiron, Alienware gaming laptops tote new Kaby Lake CPUs

Dell Inspiron, Alienware gaming laptops tote new Kaby Lake CPUs

The PC gaming scene just went into overdrive, at least according to Dell. With four new gaming laptops at CES 2017, joining other gaming PCs from other PC makers, that might just be the case indeed. Coinciding with Intel’s latest announcement of a fresh new and more powerful batch of its 7th gen “Kaby Lake” core processors, these four new Inspiring and Alienware gaming laptops will put Intel’s claims to the real test. With four configurations, and their matching prices, to choose from, Dell is aiming to cater to every gamer’s needs and budget.

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Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

This week the folks at Acer have announced a collection of gaming notebooks and PCs, including the Acer Aspire VX 15. This machine works with an "iron red" backlit keyboard and what Acer describes as an "edgy red chassis" to make sure you know it's for gaming. This device rolls with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and has a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, striking a sweet spot for cost and performance.

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