Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables. We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB spec, the USB Type C cable and USB 3.1 spec are designed with the future in mind. As a result, there are a lot of new features to talk about. We'll start with the USB 3.1 spec before we get into the Type C connector. With USB 3.1, we see a few key improvements. Peak throughput goes to 10 Gbps from 5 Gbps, which translates to a peak of 1.25 GB/sec. In a demo of an early controller with two SSDs attached to the system I saw peak throughput of 833 MB/sec. As a side note...

HP Envy 17: HP's MacBook Pro Killer?

You demanded them, we listened, and finally some fruit fell from HP's tree. We have an Envy 14 in house getting tested right now, and today we bring you...

85 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/16/2010

Anand's Thoughts on Google's Chrome OS

Fifteen years ago if you wanted to write an application that would run on over 90% of the world’s personal computers, you only needed to target one OS. Today...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/8/2010

HP EliteBook 8740w: IPS on the Go

The search for a notebook with a quality screen, at least in the mainstream sector, can often feel like a futile one. Outside of Jarred's recent love affair with...

63 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/8/2010

IBM's ThinkPad T42 LCD: A Blast from the Past

As a vocal proponent of improving laptop LCD quality—and LCD quality for desktops as well—the past few years have been painful. True, laptop LCDs have never been at the...

98 by Jarred Walton on 12/7/2010

Dell Latitude E6410: Minding Intel's Business

Business centric laptops are something most people have used at some point or another, but they're not always the first devices to get reviewed. The reason is pretty simple...

51 by Jarred Walton on 12/2/2010

Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305

One last journey into the land of audio yields curious results; when last we spoke with Logitech they gave us the Z515 wireless speaker set, a curio that seemed...

31 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/1/2010

Acer's Aspire 5551G: AMD's Budget Gaming Laptop

When someone talks about budget gaming on a laptop, a lot of things might go through your head. Are they talking about ten year old games on netbooks? Maybe...

35 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2010

ASUS EeePC 1215N: Bringing NG-ION to the 1201

When we first looked at the ASUS Eee PC 1201N last year, we thought it was a unique take on the netbook idea, and possibly one of the first...

41 by Vivek Gowri on 11/25/2010

AVADirect's Clevo B5130M: GeForce GT 425M with a 15.6" 1080p Chaser

Finding a mainstream notebook with a high resolution screen can be harder than pulling teeth. Outside of the new Dell XPS 15 and the odd business-class machine, a resolution...

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/23/2010

ASUS UL80Jt: Overclocked i3 ULV

Back when ASUS released the UL80Vt last year, we gave it a glowing review, praising its balance of performance and battery life without breaking the bank. The UL80Vt had...

47 by Vivek Gowri on 11/17/2010

Holiday Buyer's Guide: Notebooks

Yes folks, it's that time again: time to open your wallets and let a ravenous technology industry take its cut so you can have the shiniest, latest gadgets on...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/15/2010

Dell XPS L501x: An Excellent Mainstream Notebook

As we discussed a couple weeks back, Dell has relaunched their XPS brand for laptops, with a focus on quality and "mainstream performance". The latter means that unlike previous...

95 by Jarred Walton on 11/10/2010

Apple's 11-inch Upgraded MacBook Air: Do 1.6GHz and 4GB Make a Difference?

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Apple's new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs. We came away happy with the upgrades, however a little disappointed at the performance...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/6/2010

ASUS G73Jw: Out with the Old, In with the New

The original ASUS G73Jh was an instant classic: a great performer with a good screen, build quality and cooling at an amazing price. Six months later, ASUS is coming...

53 by Jarred Walton on 11/3/2010

Asus WiCast: Wireless 1080p to your TV

Intel's been making a decent amount of noise with their Intel Wireless Display, or "WiDi" technology, something our own Vivek Gowri is a big proponent of. But WiDi has...

38 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/1/2010

Apple's 2010 MacBook Air (11 & 13 inch) Thoroughly Reviewed

Last week Apple introduced its first significant upgrade to the MacBook Air since it was introduced two years ago. The announcement was met with the arrival of a new...

186 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2010

ASUS X72D/K72DR: Three Cores, No Waiting

Up to this point, our experiences with AMD's Phenom II mobile line haven't been very favorable. In the desktop world AMD's chips can compete and succeed based on price...

38 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/25/2010

Dell XPS Laptops: Back to the Future

Dell's first XPS system debuted way back in 1993, with the first XPS laptops coming a decade later. The past several years have been quiet on the XPS front...

79 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2010

Apple MacBook Pro 13: Can a Mac Be a Decent Windows Laptop?

Apple fans, please forgive me, and feel free to skip this post. I have been testing out a MacBook Pro 13 running Windows 7 and have put it through...

117 by Vivek Gowri on 10/14/2010

Logitech Z515 Wireless Speakers: Because Your Laptop Speakers Suck

Laptop speakers are notoriously terrible. With the odd exception, very few notebooks have speaker systems that can do any kind of justice to music, movies, or even video games...

57 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/14/2010

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