New Intel Comet Lake-U for laptops coming to Lenovo, featuring Intel’s 9550U CPU

Its expected that Lenovo will present its new generation of IdeaPad S530 laptops (during CES), as a supposed leak could have already listed these new laptop on its website, equipped with three new Intel 9000 Series processors, or in other words, Intel Comet Lake U processors for laptops. You already know that Intel has not yet announced its next generation of processors, although little by little more and more information is appearing and, in fact, it is already known that they will be called Intel Comet Lake.

Therefore, it is clear that Lenovo has published this information by mistake, and proof of this is that it can no longer be found on its website. Anyway you already know what usually happens when something is published on the Internet, and is that once the information has been published, screenshots showing all the information, such as the one you can see below with the full technical characteristics of the Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL model:

According to sources, IdeaPad S530, a 2-in-1 laptop with a 13-inch IPS display, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU (Pascal) option.

  • Core i7-9550U (replaces Core i7-8565U)
  • Core i5-9250U (replaces Core i5-8265U)
  • Core i3-9130U (replaces Core i3-8145U)

Following this slip from Lenovo, the rumors have begun. You know how this works: a manufacturer makes a mistake and inadvertently publishes features or names of a product that has not yet been announced, this is captured and the media we echo, and from there the rumors begin.

We can take as very likely, that it is not certain until the official announcement by Intel, that the Comet Lake-U processors will be an improved version of the current generation, based on lithography at 14nm ++ of low consumption and, in this case, with four physical cores and with only the Core i7 with Hyperthreading technology, which would provide it with eight process threads.

Everything else from there is pure speculation, because nothing else has been filtered. In any case it is expected that Lenovo will present these new IdeaPad S530 at the next CES, which will take place in Las Vegas at the beginning of January 2019, so luckily it will not be long until we can leave doubts.

Microsoft presents the Surface Pro 6 featuring the eighth generation of Intel processors

Microsoft has unveiled its new tablet for professionals, the Surface Pro 6.

The tablet integrates the eighth generation of Intel processors. Unfortunately, they have not incorporated the USB-C ports. Little change was expected compared to the previous generation.

The most important novelty of this device is inside, they have decided to jump to the eighth generation of Intel processors, which already incorporates a four-core chip. Microsoft mentions that it is 67% faster than the previous model.

The exterior design remains intact but they have added a new color; matte black, which looks very elegant on the device. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the sixth generation will not have UBS-C ports, so this feature will wait until next year. Some expected a completely renewed design, but the latest rumors suggest that this will happen in 2019.

The Verge is reporting that at an event in New York. “Microsoft today showed off its new line of Surface products, including updates to the existing laptop line and a new product: the Surface Headphones. The laptops also come in an additional new color that should please fans of all things dark mode.”

There are no changes to the screen, the resolution and the size are still 12.3 inches. Regarding the battery, it will have battery life of 13.5 hours, enough to perform daily tasks. Although few will notice, the interior has been redesigned to improve the cooling of the components. It is possible to configure the hybrid tablet with up to 16GB of RAM. The input model with Core i5 processor will be priced at $ 899 and will be available from next October 16.

Surface Laptop 2

Also released was the Surface Laptop 2 with all new generation of Intel processors and more RAM in the base model. The design remains intact.

Microsoft has taken advantage of its October event to present the second generation of the Surface Laptop. Following the line of the other devices presented, the Surface Laptop 2 maintains the design of the previous model, however, it renews its internal components to improve its performance. The Surface Laptop 2 is 85% faster than the previous generation.

Its most significant novelty is found in the incorporation of the eighth generation of Intel processors, which allows to increase its speed by 85%. The battery life supported is about 15.4 hours for continuous video playback. Microsoft notes that the screen has the thinnest LCD panel on a laptop with a touch screen. Regarding the colors, the existing ones are conserved but the matt black is added. In this computer have not been encouraged to integrate the USB-C ports, which certainly discourage many.

The base model comes with 8GB of RAM, Intel Core i5 processor and 128 GB of SSD storage. It will have a price of $899, $100 less than the previous device. Its highest configuration reaches $1,500. It will be available for sale from next October 16, but it can be booked from today.

Acer Predator Helios 300 a good priced gaming laptop

Acer Predator Helios 300 comes loaded with a 15.6-inch FHD screen an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card and 16 GB RAM and two disks.

Acer Predator Helios 300 is a solid gaming laptop. It is made with attention to detail and the quality of the materials used (plastic and aluminum) looks really impressive. The whole construction feels quite strong, and feels like its resistant to pressure even with high force. Also the design of the laptop is attractive – the black is met with red accents, it looks beautiful.

Helios 300 is available, of course, in many configurations, varying in processor, graphics card, memory, or disk size. The entry level configuration runs about $1050 USD. Is that a lot? At first glance yes, but at second look compared at the offerings of other manufacturers the price is fair. And in this case the price is adequate.

Final Score:
high quality
attractive housing design
good overall performance and 3D capabilities
Convenient keyboard and touchpad
matt IPS screen

Low points

maximum screen brightness doesn’t appear like it is
loud fan when gaming

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz model specs

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz

  • Processor: Intel Core m3-6Y30 1.1 GHz
  • Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Memory: 8192 MB, DDR3L-1866 welded
  • Screen: 12 inch 16:10, 2304×1440 pixels, 226 PPI, APPA027, IPS, glossy: yes
  • Motherboard: Intel Skylake-Y Premium PCH
  • Hard drive: Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB, NVMe, 231 GB free space
  • Weight: 927
  • Weight: $1299

 

 

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3K HP Premium Chromebook announced

Chromebooks are now becoming more and more robust and thanks to HP we may soon see a 3K resolution chrome book. But will this be enough to sway Mac users ? After all with a chromebook you need to constant internet connectivity.[via]

The HP Chromebook 13 sports a 13.3” IPS display with 3200×1800 resolution (QHD+), 170-degree viewing angles and 16:9 aspect ratio, which is good for multimedia applications and video. HP’s latest Chromebook comes in brushed anodized aluminum chassis, it is 12.9 mm thick and weighs 1.29 kilograms (2.86 pounds), which is thinner and lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air 13”. Despite the very high resolution screen, the laptop works up to 11.5 hours on one charge of its 45 Wh battery, according to the manufacturer.

Four versions of the HP Chromebook 13 should hit the U.S. retail shortly. The most basic model running the Intel Pentium 4405Y processor and equipped with 4 GB of RAM will cost $499, whereas the top-of-the-range system featuring the Intel Core m7-6Y75 and 16 GB of RAM will cost $1029, which is even more than Google’s Pixel.

Sources: HP and Engadget.

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Asus releases new ROG series gaming laptops

G752VY-DH72

New gaming laptops always get people excited, this time Asus has released its new ROG series of entry level gaming laptops first off there is the G752VL that comes loaded with and Intel i7-6700HQ Processor which is almost standard for high end laptops now at days, to start off the NVIDIA GTX 965M features 2GB of GDDR5 memory which is probably not enough to play in high settings. It also comes with 16GB or RAM and a fast 128GB SSD and 1 TB HDD.

The G752VL comes with a 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, Matte screen.

G752VY_2

The other model is the G752VT-DH72 that also comes with an Intel i7-6700HQ Processor, NVIDIA GTX 970M, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD.

G752VY-DH72 model features an Intel i7-6700HQ Processor, NVIDIA GTX 980M, 32GB, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, 3D Vapor Cooling

XPS 12 latest from Dell features 2-in-1 hybrid design

The base model XPS 12 (9250) is selling for around $1500 or 1,249 euros it comes with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD (SATA III), as well as a Full-HD display . If you are willing to pay an additional $500, you get twice the memory capacity and UHD panel. The top model comes with a larger SSD drive. It has a 512 GB capacity and is connected via a fast NVMe interface.

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XPS 12 comes with a 6th Generation Intel Core processor, which is quiet but not really powerful its the m5 6Y54. You also 8GB of RAM, should be more than enough to power your Word,  some Photoshop and minor video editing. Don’t expect a dedicated video card either you will have to settle for an integrated Intel HD Graphics 515.

As for external ports it comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), Native DisplayPort 1.2,VGA and HDMI external connectors.

 

The Acer Predator 15 Review

The Acer Predator 15 is available in various configurations. The model come equipped with a 15.6-inch screen but a 17 inch model is also available and supports up to three displays, including one monitor in NVIDIA G-SYNC mode, its comes loaded in various resolution ranges from Full HD to 4K.

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When it comes to CPU it is based on Intel Core i5 and i7 6th generation processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics supporting up to the GTX 980M, up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM type, the SSD drives with PCIe interface with up to 1 TB, Killer DoubleShot Pro technology allows simultaneous connection to Ethernet and Wi-Fi for enhanced speed.

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The cooling system includes three Predator FrostCore fans and supports a removable fan module with Cooler Master, which can be installed in the optical drive bay. A backlit keyboard and gaming features can be configured using PredatorSense. The sound system includes a pair of speakers and a subwoofer with 6 watts. In addition, it is worth noting the presence of the port USB 3.1 Type-C.

Acer Predator 15 - corner

Its clear the Acer Predator plans to significantly move up against the competitors in the gaming notebook market. Of course, we’re already aware of the Acer notebooks V15 Black Edition, a medium range gaming machine, with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, which is unlikely to satisfy the ambitious gamers.

Our test configuration will cost roughly $2,000 USD ($2,400 CAN), but it offers a very decent features for hardcore gamers. Namely an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16 GB DDR4 memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics card with 4096 MB VRAM. The laptop came shipped running Windows 10, the configuration of an SSD 256 GB along with a 1 TB hard drive works very well as it keeps the laptop running fast. Unlike other manufacturers Acer prefer a “clean” installation of Windows without an abundance of bloatware.

On the laptop we find a useful tool for gamers such as XSplit Gamecaster, allows you to record your game, or perform streaming on the Internet, but there is a proprietary utility PredatorSense. It allows you to keep track of the temperature of the video card and processor, but also lets you adjust the keyboard backlight and the macro keys. It is possible to control fan speeds, also available is the DustDefender function. If activated, the fans will spin for a few seconds in the opposite direction at maximum speed. Thus, the laptop Acer Predator 15 can be protected from dust accumulation.

Black and Red But Bold

Many notebook manufacturers choose OEM-platform, for example, the Clevo, but Acer Predator line used its own development. The body is painted in black and red colors, but it looks more “bold” than competitive gaming laptops something that is either appreciated or loathed. In the back of the laptop, you can see the very sticking “ventilation” holes, on the back of the lid you see the Predator logo which during operation is highlighted in red. Acer has decided to use only plastic, but the gaming notebook is fully covered in a soft-touch coating. Don’t expect a “low energy laptop”, pardon the Donald Trump quote… also its fairly heavy at 3.4 kg for the 17-inch models.

Acer Predator 15 - gaming keyboard

The Acer Predator 15 has a very fashionable keyboard layout. Acer highlighted the main gaming keys, namely the WASD and arrow, and added five macro keys that can be configured through a proprietary utility called PredatorSense. It supports multiple profiles, which can be switched.

The keys feel nice and are quiet, and at 15×15 mm are large enough. Since the keyboard is sure to please both gamers, and those users who frequently require lots of typing.

On the left panel Acer placed two 3.5mm audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports and a memory card slot. Location of the ports is very good – they are taken out closer to the trailing edge, which reduces the jumble of cables on the desktop. The optical drive can be replaced by an additional module with a fan. The Acer Predator 15 is optimized for low to medium noise level even with the standard cooling system, and the CPU and GPU receive fresh air from the front. But in practice, the additional fan has improved the temperature by only two or three degrees. And the Blu-ray drive is a bonus.

In the right panel, closer to the display we find the Ethernet jack. It supports speeds of 1 Gbit / s, and the gaming performance is going to be very good thanks to Killer ethernet. If the wireless connection to the router fails, the Acer Predator 15 automatically switches to the Ethernet, so the Internet is not lost. To connect external monitors you have an HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. The Predator 15 supports NVIDIA G-Sync technology. We also find in the left a USB 3.1 port, which can be used as Thunderbolt 3, the transmission rate up to 10 Gbit / s.

Gaming Performance

In Witcher 3 the Acer Predator 15 manages to hit over 42 FPS constantly on high graphics settings. The game feels great and smooth no noticeable stuttering.

 

Lenovo introduces the ThinkPad X1 yoga with an OLED screen

Lenovo has unveiled at CES2106 its a ultra portable hybrid, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 yoga this ultrabook would be the first one to employ a matrix OLED type screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels for the best viewing experience for users, will also come standard with a stylus.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 yoga is a leap from the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon another ultra thin powerhouse in the notebook market, but it leaves behind the traditional clamshell laptop where we can detach the screen completely from the keyboard, to operate both independently.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 yoga comes in two versions, both with 14-inch diagonal and a resolution 2k, but differing in the type of matrix used, one being a more normal pattern via IPS and the other, the first laptop with a matrix OLED. As for processor, both versions will ship with an Intel core i7 6th generation processor, using as the Intel graphics card HD520. In terms of RAM, Lenovo will allow come with up to 16 GB of RAM and internal storage, you can opt for an SSD (nvme type) with a whopping 1TB.

As for wireless connectivity, Lenovo has equipped the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 yoga with a Qualcomm Snapdragon x7 LTE modem for users to access the Internet wherever they are regardless of the location, supporting connections up to 300 mbps 4g transfer of data. It has also been equipped with the usual 802.11 b / g / n / ac wireless network card connectivity to have better access to the internet.

The weight of the Lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga has also been improved. The version that uses the IPS panel weighs only 1.5 kg, while the version that uses the OLED panel weighs even less, 1.35 kg. As low weight allow its users to have very high mobility without having to bear the usual typically weighing 3-5 kg ??traditional laptops.

IPS panel version will cost when it goes on sale this month  $1,499, while the version with OLED panel will not reach the market until next April and will cost $1,649.

Acer Aspire V3 is lightweight great for daily use

The Acer Aspire V3  is a lightweight and portable laptop that will be perfect for everyday use. Equipped with an Intel Core i3-4005U it offers decent performance. The V3 has a very distinctive and original not to mention attractive styling, good quality performance and a long battery life.

The Aspire V3 also has a 13.3-inch screen with full HD resolution, 4GB of RAM and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics card. Another plus is that it uses a hybrid drive with a capacity of 500 + 8 GB.

Acer Aspire V3 Key features

Operating system:     Windows 8.1
The main processor:     Intel Core i3-4005U
Graphics Card:     Intel HD 4400
The display:     13.3 inches / inches
memory:     4 GB
Hard drive:     HDD 500 GB, 8 GB SSD
Weight:     1500 g

Acer Aspire V3