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...

Choosing a Gaming Laptop, Back-to-School 2013 Edition

We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...

60 by Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013

NVIDIA 326.80 Beta Drivers Available – Splinter Cell: Blacklist Ready

NVIDIA is pretty good about staying on top of the latest releases with updated drivers, and today is no different. Building from the current 326.41 Beta release, today’s 326.80...

4 by Jarred Walton on 8/20/2013

Acer R7 Review: Something Different

What happens when you rethink everything concerning the traditional notebook and try to come up with something newer and hopefully better? Earlier this year, Acer released the Aspire R7...

114 by Jarred Walton on 8/15/2013

Acer S7-392 Haswell Ultrabooks Now Available

Acer sent along word today that their S7 Ultrabook, now updated with Haswell internals, is available for order. At present, Acer lists two different models; as usual, the less...

42 by Jarred Walton on 8/12/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (11-inch)

Apple launched their new Haswell based MacBook Air laptops last month, and we started our reviews with the MacBook Air 13. Today we have the review of it's smaller...

138 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

Surface Pro $100 Price Drop - A Prelude of Things to Come?

Techreport.com posted earlier today that there's currently a $100 rebate from Microsoft on the Surface Pro. That brings the price of the 64GB SSD model to $799 and the...

100 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2013

90 Minutes with the Clevo W740SU, Featuring Iris Pro HD 5200

A couple of weeks ago I attended a press event for the Intel Experience tour in London, hosted by Intel UK. Aside from the usual array of Ivy...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/29/2013

MSI GE40 Review: a Slim Gaming Notebook

With Intel’s Haswell launch officially behind us, we’re getting a steady stream of new notebooks and laptops that have been updated with the latest processors and GPUs. MSI sent...

92 by Jarred Walton on 7/16/2013

Digital Storm Unveils VELOCE: 13.3 Inches of Gaming Goodness

It seems with the launch of Intel’s Haswell processors and platform, notebook manufacturers are starting to focus on smaller devices without sacrificing a lot in the way of performance...

24 by Jarred Walton on 7/11/2013

Acer’s M5-583P Touchscreen: Available at Best Buy

With the summer now half over, all of the major OEMs are beginning to launch their back-to-school lineups. Acer just sent word that they have a new model available...

23 by Jarred Walton on 7/10/2013

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

We’ve had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired...

135 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

Razer Blade 14-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

While their 17" gaming system has seen steady and incremental improvement, new to the Razer lineup is a notebook with all of the gaming performance in a remarkably slim...

108 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 2: The MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook

In the first part of our review of the AMD A10-5750M, we revealed the chip had a predisposition for better CPU performance. Does that carry over and help MSI's...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/29/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 1: The APU and Radeon HD 8650G Performance

While AMD's Richland update has been of modest benefit on the desktop, improved power consumption and turbo features tend to go over much better in mobile. Is the AMD...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/28/2013

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30%...

59 by Jarred Walton on 6/21/2013

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus: 3200 x 1800 Display in an Ultrabook

Earlier tonight Samsung introduced a convertible featuring a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 display that runs both Windows 8 and Android. If the convertible form factor is a little too...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the...

115 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2013

Computex 2013: ASUS Takes on Lenovo with Pro Line of Business Notebooks

ASUS has Lenovo square in its sights with its ASUS Pro brand of business notebooks. Based on Ivy Bridge silicon (longer upgrade cycles in business, Haswell will come later)...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

The Haswell Ultrabook Review: Core i7-4500U Tested

With Haswell we got a staggered launch, with only some parts ready to go immediately. Interestingly enough, it’s the high-end Haswell desktop parts that are most ready at this...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

Sony Introduces VAIO Pro 11/13 Ultrabooks and VAIO Duo 13 Hybrid

We’re now on the third iteration of Intel’s Ultrabook strategy, and with Haswell’s launch now behind us we’ll be seeing a lot of new laptops and Ultrabooks with the...

16 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2013

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