We had a close look at Dell's new "2-in-1" 13-inch XPS notebook a few days ago. It's mostly the same as Dell's standard XPS 13, with the biggest difference being its ability to become a tablet. Previously, only US pricing was available, but now the product is up on Dell's Australian site and well, the mark-up isn't pretty.
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We were impressed with how InFocus managed to cram a half-decent computer into its Kangaroo mini PC that's no larger than a paperback novel. But we're still trying to wrap our heads around the company's latest creation: A laptop dock that lets you swap in even tinier Windows 10 PC modules.
If you're hesitant to give up pen and paper for all your note-taking needs, Wacom's Bamboo Spark digitising notebook has added another good reason to avoid a touchscreen stylus for a little while longer: handwriting to text conversion.
We're seeing some pretty crazy and groundbreaking tech come out of Taiwan recently. Gaming laptops are chief amongst those, always making advancements in processing power and graphics grunt, all while getting thinner and sleeker. This is exactly the case with the new Aorus X5, which also has a display certified for flicker-free gaming by Nvidia; apparently it's the world's most powerful 15-inch laptop.
There's an optional discrete graphics card available in higher-spec variants of Microsoft's brand new Surface Book laptop; it'll make the thin and light laptop powerful enough for a bit of casual gaming as well as demanding graphics applications like Adobe Photoshop. Probably, at least — we don't actually know anything about it, and Microsoft and Nvidia are staying pretty quiet on the topic.
I love writing stuff down. Well, I love the idea of writing stuff down. Often I abandon the actual task because keeping track and archiving written notes is a huge pain in the arse. Wacom has a new toy called Bamboo Spark that digitises your handwritten notes without you having to think about it... much.
If you're looking for a cheap, no-frills laptop to carry everywhere, the HP Stream 11 is the one we'd recommend. But soon there may be an alternative pick: the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S.
We don't all buy ridiculously powerful notebooks. Gaming PCs, sure, but not notebooks. Normal laptops — y'know, the ones you can buy in Harvey Norman and your local computer store, the ones that cost a thousand dollars and not five thousand — are far more common, but we don't give them as much love as we should.
AMD has just taken the covers off its latest high-performance notebook APU, called Carrizo, and the under-the-hood improvements are genuinely amazing. Say hello to double the battery life of last year's laptops, as well as almost double the computing power.
As long as it's existed the Etch-A-Sketch has been sold as a drawing toy, but in reality that couldn't be a more inaccurate description. Using two twisty knobs is just about the least intuitive way to draw there is, and while the challenge is obviously part of the toy's long-lasting appeal, these Etch-A-Sketch-themed notebooks are a much better way to let your creative juices flow.
Toshiba's Portege thin and light laptops have always been small, but they've made minor compromises to get there — generally in battery life or overall flexibility. Not the Portege Z20t, though — in the one device you'll get the portability of a sub-800g tablet, or clip on the included docking keyboard for a laptop that barely tips the scales at 1.5kg.
The desktop graphics space hasn't been that exciting in recent years, but all the improvements in power optimisation, fabrication processes and performance have not gone to waste. Now more than ever, lightweight, yet powerful gaming notebooks are becoming commonplace (and affordable) and while there's still a way to go, getting grunt without sacrificing on portability is very realistic.
CES 2015 may not have any huge wow moments — at least so far — but it's proving to be a good place to see the world's biggest tech brands giving their product ranges a solid refresh and reboot. Along with new Alienware gaming machines and Dell will have the world's thinnest tablet on sale in Australia by the end of the month, with a beautiful screen to boot.
Continually improving thermal performance from laptops' CPU and GPU chips means that they can get thinner, and you can do more interesting things with less internal space. AORUS has applied its unique, space-age design language to a 15-inch chassis, and has shoe-horned not one but two mid-range Nvidia graphics chips into the new X5.