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Acer Chromebook 514 packs twin USB-C for $350

Acer Chromebook 514 packs twin USB-C for $350

Acer has a new Chrome OS laptop to play with, and if you've been eyeing the Pixelbook but quailing at the price, the Acer Chromebook 514 might fit the bill. Unveiled at IFA 2018 today, the silver ultraportable has a 14-inch Full HD display and up to 12 hours of battery life.

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Acer Swift, Aspire and Spin PCs get huge IFA 2018 refresh

Acer Swift, Aspire and Spin PCs get huge IFA 2018 refresh

Acer is giving its Swift, Aspire, and Spin notebook, 2-in-1, and all-in-one PCs a revamp at IFA 2018, shedding weight while gaining niceties like discrete NVIDIA or Radeon graphics. At the top of the range, the Swift 5 will be the world's lightest 15-inch notebook, Acer says, tipping the scales at 2.18 pounds.

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Dell IFA 2018 lineup has something for all kinds of users

Dell IFA 2018 lineup has something for all kinds of users

Dell is definitely pulling out all the stops, dumping a whole host of computing devices and products, both new and upgraded, even before IFA 2018 starts. We won’t blame you for drowning in the flood but there is a good reason for that. It means that there’s a Dell XPS, Vostro, Inspiron, and even a Dell monitor for any kind of user and every budget under the sun, even those who prefer to use operating systems other than Windows.

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New Dell Inspiron welcomes first premium Chromebook to the family

New Dell Inspiron welcomes first premium Chromebook to the family

IFA is just around the corner but some aren’t going to wait any longer to flaunt their new wears. Getting the ball rolling, Dell is unveiling nearly a dozen new products across its entire range. While most of them are upgrades to existing models, there is one particular notebook that’s a complete newcomer to the bunch. Joining Dell’s line of premium Inspiron notebooks is the new Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1, the first premium Chrome OS device from Dell.

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I’m worried about Apple’s MacBook Air replacement

I’m worried about Apple’s MacBook Air replacement

The MacBook Air is about to get its hotly-anticipated replacement, and I doubt I'm alone in being worried. The Retina hold-out has long been on borrowed time, looking increasingly out of place in Apple's shiny - and controversial - notebook range. My big question is, as it crafts its successor, will Apple forget the reasons the MacBook Air is still so popular despite its age?

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ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

At SIGGRAPH, Intel tried to sway the attention of the graphically inclined away from NVIDIA’s ray-tracing debut towards it’s upcoming discrete graphics card. That, however, won’t be coming until 2020. But while Intel will be busy fending off AMD and NVIDIA in that arena, it might also be busy fighting another battle that year. 2020 is also when ARM will make its big laptop play to take on both Intel and AMD. But its venture might fall flat on its face unless something important changes within that two-year wait.

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Notebooks are about to get interesting again

Notebooks are about to get interesting again

There's an ebb and flow to every segment in tech, and it looks like notebooks and 2-in-1s are about to get very interesting again. Just as smartphone fans are bemoaning the relatively humdrum pace of development in handsets, now come signs of acceleration in larger mobile devices. That could mean a big shake-up for what's inside your next notebook.

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Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm is laying down the gauntlet to Intel, revealing a roadmap of chips that it thinks can oust the Core i5 from your laptop. The chip designer is best known for its mobile CPUs, the architecture of which dominates the smartphone chip world. However, Arm also has ambitions to be a player in larger devices.

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MSI’s Core i9 mobile workstation proves power needn’t be ugly

MSI’s Core i9 mobile workstation proves power needn’t be ugly

MSI brought a number of new products to Siggraph this year, but unquestionably the star of its lineup is the WS65 mobile workstation. If you've used MSI's GS65 Stealth Twin, then this new laptop will probably look familiar, as the company has outfitted it with a similar black chassis. While the laptop certainly looks sleek, it's what's on the inside that really makes it earn its "workstation" designation.

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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA ultrabook for travelers now available

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA ultrabook for travelers now available

ASUS has announced the availability of its new ZenBook 13 model UX331UA. This ultrabook is the latest addition to the ZenBook 13 Series, one targeting travelers and others who need a very light, thin laptop. Despite the slim size, ASUS says this ZenBook 13 model has all-day battery life coupled with fast charging technology; with it, the battery can increase from 0% to 60% charge in 49 minutes.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 priced up to give Google’s Pixelbook competition

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 priced up to give Google’s Pixelbook competition

Acer has priced up its latest Chrome OS notebooks, with the Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13 headed to the US and Canada in September. The two notebooks, running Google's cloud-centric OS, will be targeting a more premium segment of the market than some of Acer's other Chromebook hardware.

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Apple releases software fix for MacBook Pro thermal woes

Apple releases software fix for MacBook Pro thermal woes

Apple has admitted it made a mistake with the new MacBook Pro, and will push out an update today that addresses the controversial thermal throttling of its latest laptops. The new Core i7 and Core i9 MacBook Pro 15-inch options arrived to a warm reception when Apple announced them earlier this month, but that warmth turned out to be the excessive heat from the new processors.

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