Earlier this month the USB Implementers Forum announced the new USB Power Delivery 2.0 specification. Long awaited, the Power Deliver 2.0 specification defined new standards for power delivery to allow Type-C USB ports to supply devices with much greater amounts of power than the previous standard allowed, now up to 5A at 5V, 12V, and 20V, for a maximum power delivery of 100W. However also buried in that specification was an interesting, if cryptic announcement regarding USB Alternate Modes, which would allow for different (non-USB) signals to be carried over USB Type-C connector. At the time the specification simply theorized just what protocols could be carried over Type-C as an alternate mode, but today we finally know what the first alternate mode will be...

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Quick Look at Battery Life (Updated)

With each new operating system in recent history, Microsoft has promised better battery life. We tested this back in the early days of Windows 7 and found that while...

113 by Jarred Walton on 3/1/2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Revealed at MWC

The Galaxy Note, in 5.3" guise, has just hit the States after decent sales in Europe and Asia; and now we have a new member of the Note line...

10 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/27/2012

Samsung Fleshes Out Tab 2 Line and Unveils Galaxy Beam

We wondered what we could expect from the second iteration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, both in specs and naming convention. To a certain degree, our fears were confirmed...

12 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/26/2012

Sony Vaio Z2: Everything is Peripheral

Users who want everything out of their notebook, no matter how ridiculous the demands, are probably more than at least a little curious about Sony's VAIO Z2. There's good...

88 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/13/2012

More Sandy Bridge E Laptops: Eurocom Panther 4.0 and Maingear Titan 17

Clevo was the first in line to release Sandy Bridge E based laptop a couple of days ago, which naturally means that all the usual suspects that use Clevo's...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

Lenovo ThinkPads at CES

Lenovo had a large area reserved where they could display all of their new and upcoming hardware along with some of their recently released products. While there were various...

20 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2012

ASUS Zenbook UX Series, Now in Pink

Out of all of the launched Ultrabooks, we like ASUS' Zenbook UX21 and UX31 the best. While ASUS doesn't have any major Ultrabook announcements at CES, it is updating...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Intel's Functional Nikiski Concept PC: Transparent Touchpad Doubles as a Screen Window

Intel talked about the Nikiski concept PC at Computex last year. The concept is simple: replace the palm rest and touchpad on a notebook with a transparent strip with...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ Scores an Ultrabook Design Win for Everest: LG Super Ultrabook Z300

OCZ is on a roll at CES this year. It just announced LG's Super Ultrabook Z300 will ship with a 256GB mSATA Indilinx Everest based SSD. I'm still trying...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Acer Unveils the Thinnest Ultrabook, a 15" Ultrabook, a 1080p Tablet and AcerCloud

It technically doesn't start for another day, but CES is in full swing in Las Vegas. As part of the fun, Acer is bringing us the thinnest Ultrabook yet...

7 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/8/2012

Introducing the 2012 Mobile Benchmark Matrix

Testing computer hardware can be a difficult process. On the one hand there’s a desire for more information and benchmarks, and on the other hand there’s a desire for...

48 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2012

Ultrabook Head to Head: Acer Aspire S3 vs. ASUS UX31E

Intel first launched the ultrabook concept back in May of this year, and the initial reaction ranged from cynicism to excitement. On the one end of the spectrum were...

81 by Jarred Walton & Manveer Wasson on 12/21/2011

Samsung Promises Ice Cream Sandwich By 1Q12 For SGSII & Galaxy Note

In a post on Samsung Tomorrow, Samsung Electronics announced that they would begin rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to the Galaxy S II variants and Galaxy Note by the...

20 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/20/2011

Sony Ericsson Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha Build For Select Xperia Models

It's not even beta, but this is one of the first official releases of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from a manufacturer to arrive. Sony Ericsson, which famously took...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/15/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

In Search of the Elusive 35W Ivy Bridge Quad-Core

Prior to this year's IDF, Intel told its partners that Ivy Bridge would be available in a quad-core mobile variant with a 35W TDP. This was particularly exciting news...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/13/2011

Acer TravelMate 8481T-6873: Remarkable Road Warrior

With all of the noise Intel and some of the OEMs are making about ultrabooks, it's easy to forget that as PC users we've already enjoyed thin-and-light and ultraportable...

52 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/11/2011

Ivy Bridge Mobile Lineup Overview

It sure didn't take long. Last week, Intel's roadmaps about desktop Ivy Bridge processors were leaked and we posted our Ivy Bridge Desktop Lineup Overview on Saturday. The initial...

39 by Kristian Vättö on 12/7/2011

Introducing AMD’s Radeon 7000M and NVIDIA’s GeForce 600M Mobile GPUs

AMD briefed us last week on several new and upcoming technologies and announcements. We’ve covered the AMD Memory announcement, and next up on the list is AMD’s Radeon Mobility...

65 by Jarred Walton on 12/7/2011

Holiday 2011 Laptop Buyer’s Guide

We say it every year, but the trends continue so we’ll keep repeating it: laptops and mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular, often at the cost of desktop sales...

87 by Jarred Walton on 12/2/2011

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