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...
(Updated) We have several gaming notebooks in our labs for testing. If you're dying to ditch your aging desktop and start taking a notebook to LAN parties, we might...
Jarred Walton on 8/29/2008
Updated! (See conclusion.) How do you follow one of our favorite gaming laptops ever? Simple: stir in a few welcome upgrades, pop it in the oven, and let it...
Jarred Walton on 8/15/2008
Today Intel unveiled its delayed Centrino 2 platform, unfortunately we don't know much more than we did before today's launch. Information is available, but hardware still isn't and...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/15/2008
What differences does Windows XP make to ASUS' Eee PC? We take another look at the ultraportable in the form of the 4G XP edition to see the tradeoffs...
Matt Campbell on 4/23/2008
ASUS' U2E ultraportable laptop looks to bring "sophistication" to the market without compromising on features. How well can they succeed?
Jarred Walton on 4/15/2008
The Gateway P-6831 FX may very well be the most interesting gaming notebook we've ever looked at. Read on to find out how they've raised the bar and why...
Jarred Walton on 3/28/2008
AVADirect sent us their M570RU laptop decked out with many of the latest performance parts. Besides reviewing the notebook, we felt the time was right for a closer look...
Jarred Walton on 3/14/2008
Dell first launched their updated XPS notebook, the M1730, in late 2007. We have the updated version with 8800M GTX SLI, a Penryn X9000 CPU, overclocking support, and the...
Jarred Walton on 2/28/2008
NVIDIA officially launched the 8800M GTS and GTX mobile graphics chips back in November, but actually getting a notebook equipped with either GPU has been quite difficult… join us...
Jarred Walton on 1/7/2008
We look at the 2G Surf's features, usability, and differences from the 4G. Is this the right tool for the job, and if so, what's the job?
Matt Campbell on 1/4/2008
The ASUS Eee PC has received quite a bit of attention since its launch. Just what is the target market for this computer, and who else might like to...
Jarred Walton on 11/30/2007
Today marks the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800M parts, with up to twice the performance of last generation mobile hardware. Read on to find out why gaming notebooks might...
Jarred Walton on 11/19/2007
We've got a look at a couple of recent notebooks from the AMD and Intel camps. On AMD's side, we've got the latest Turion X2 TL-66 (and the older...
Jarred Walton on 10/5/2007
Our initial look at the Toshiba Satellite X205 skipped over some items, like the LCD and DX10 gaming performance. We're back with the conclusion, which includes a closer...
Jarred Walton on 9/6/2007
We've got Toshiba's latest gaming notebook, which includes NVIDIA's fastest current DX10 mobile GPU. But can the newcomer even beat the last generation DX9 GPUs, and does it matter?
Jarred Walton on 8/31/2007
Just how much gaming performance can you pack into a 17" notebook chassis? It seems Alienware was determined to find out.
Jarred Walton on 8/24/2007