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...

Dell introduces the Precision M2800, Entry Level ISV-Certified Mobile Workstation

“Mobile Workstation” always triggers an ambivalent feeling in my brain. Workstation means performance and reliability, whereas a mobile part suggests compromise for the added benefit of portability. Both of...

31 by Ian Cutress on 3/8/2014

Dell XPS 15 Haswell Edition: QHD+ with a Refined Design

It's late, but our review of Dell's updated XPS 15 (9530, late 2013 edition) is finally ready. There were reasons for the delays, which we'll get into in the...

150 by Jarred Walton on 3/6/2014

Toshiba’s 4K Laptops and Updated KIRAbook - CES 2014

The visit to Toshiba’s booth at CES was interesting for a number of reasons, and their upcoming lineup is a good indication of how polarized the PC and tablet...

15 by Jarred Walton on 1/17/2014

AMD Reveals First Mobile Radeon M200 Parts & Rebadges

While CES is generally not a big show for the GPU divisions of the major chip makers – those firms preferring to make major GPU announcements at their own...

25 by Ryan Smith on 1/8/2014

AMD/TI's DockPort Adopted As Official Extension to DisplayPort Standard

Shortly after the launch of Intel’s Thunderbolt interface in 2011, there was a great deal of discussion to be had in several camps over what the future of data...

26 by Ryan Smith on 1/7/2014

Gigabyte’s New AORUS SLI Gaming Notebook

Gigabyte had all of their current generation notebooks on display, which you can see in the images below, but while many of them are interesting in their own right...

24 by Jarred Walton on 1/7/2014

Toshiba's 15.6 inch 4K Laptops

Another quick bit of news from CES: Toshiba is aiming to release two 4K (UHD, 3840x2160) 15.6" laptops in mid-2014. The first is a workstation design based on...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2014

Imagination Technologies Announces PowerVR Series6XT Architecture & GPUs

With CES taking place this week a number of mobile announcements are in the pipeline. And in what has become something of a tradition for Imagination Technologies, they are...

22 by Ryan Smith on 1/6/2014

Imagination Technologies Announces Entry-Level PowerVR Series6XE GPU Family

Going hand-in-hand with Imagination’s announcement of their new PowerVR Series6XT architecture and GPUs, Imagination is also announcing a new family of entry-level GPUs to further complement the Series6 family...

3 by Ryan Smith on 1/6/2014

MSI: Updated Notebooks at CES 2014

MSI had all of their latest notebooks on display, along with some upcoming models that feature new designs and hardware. Most of the hardware and design elements remain the...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (MSI GS70) Gaming Notebook Review

MSI is taking a page out of Razer's design playbook (in turn cribbing liberally from Apple's), but as it turns out, they may have beaten Razer at their own...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

Best Gaming Laptops and Notebooks - Holiday 2013

We're in the midst of updating all of our "best of" guides for the holiday season, and we've already covered what is likely the most popular category: Budget Laptops...

66 by Jarred Walton on 11/29/2013

Best Budget Laptops - Holiday 2013

Introduction Over the past decade, we've seen a dramatic slowing in the rate of performance increases on PCs and laptops. Where it was typical to see a doubling in performance...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/28/2013

Acer Aspire R7-572: Haswell and an Active Digitizer

Earlier this year, we looked at Acer’s R7 laptop – an interesting hybrid device that moves the keyboard forward and the touchpad back, with the idea being that you’ll...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/21/2013

Windows 8.1 Battery Life Investigation: 1080p Video Playback

A couple weeks back, I posted a short article on battery life with Windows 8.1 looking at whether or not it had changed compared to Windows 8. The short...

67 by Jarred Walton on 11/6/2013

Motorola's Project Ara: Phonebloks from an OEM

Phonebloks was a campaign that focused upon attracting the interest of OEMs by showing that there was an incredible amount of interest for a modular phone. This was mostly...

55 by Joshua Ho on 10/29/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Battery Life with Windows 8.1: Largely Unchanged

Last week I finished up the review of the Sony VAIO Pro 13, which delivers excellent battery life compared to most other laptops that we’ve tested – granted, it’s...

34 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13: Exceptionally Portable

As our first non-Apple Haswell Ultrabook, the Sony VAIO Pro 13 has a high bar to clear. We’ve seen a few Haswell systems that have delivered on the promise...

105 by Jarred Walton on 10/16/2013

HP Chromebook 11 Review

We’re in the midst of a netbook renaissance. Armed with lighter weight OSes, faster hardware and a better appreciation for what matters in a consumer device, OEMs are giving...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/15/2013

Acer Launches C720 Chromebook with Haswell CPU

Last year, one of the hottest selling laptops was Acer’s C710 Chromebook. Part of that of course was the fact that it was one of the least expensive laptops...

30 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2013

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