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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.
Need some place to keep track of all the cargo you’re smuggling? This Chewbacca-themed 160-page notebook is not only covered in a luxurious coat of fur, it also makes actual Wookiee sounds whenever you open the cover. It doesn’t have a lock, but it doesn’t need one because everybody knows not to mess with a Wookiee, right?
Time and time again, I see a big delineation in the gaming laptop market. You can get small and portable and relatively lightweight gaming machines, or you can get big desktop bruisers that are portable only if you really need them to be. As the new GTX 900M series of Nvidia’s laptop graphics chips start to appear in new laptops, though, we’re seeing relatively thin devices that can still handle a fair bit of 3D graphics performance.
One of those new laptops is the Aorus X7 Pro, which boasts a gutsy Core i7 CPU and two GTX 970M graphics cards in SLI. The X7 Pro takes all the smarts of the lesser X3 Plus, settles them in a slightly larger and more desktop-esque chassis, and ups the power by a pretty massive margin.