After the latest MacBook Pro refresh failed to deliver the kind of features buyers really wanted, Apple's competitors sensed weaknesss. Instead of an overabundance of USB-C ports and gimmicky touch screens above the keyboard, systems like the new Spectre x360 15 are hoping to entice users back to PC land by offering way better flexibility, faster performance and the ability to live life dongle-free.
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AMD buddy, we've missed you. A few years ago there was a genuine choice between laptops with Intel inside and those with AMD. Then Intel continued to update and improve its processors while AMD did not. It was a big bummer if you wanted options when picking out a laptop and it was particularly painful for cheap laptop fans, as AMD-based laptops tend to be less costly than their Intel rivals.
For fans of Lenovo's (and before that IBM's) no-nonsense business systems, 2017 marks a momentous occasion as it's the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad line. And for quite a while, rumours were floating around that Lenovo was going to make a special throwback ThinkPad to celebrate the date, to the point that Lenovo later came out and confirmed it was happening. However, despite that admission, Lenovo's secretive approach had many wondering what its commemorative laptop would actually look like.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our round up of the best toys we've seen all week. This time we have a ton of new LEGO minifigures, the most amazing Magneto cape, entirely unrelated magnetic building blocks, a spectacularly poseable Spider-Man: Homecoming figure, and yes, the best grin on a Han Solo action figure ever.
Apple's automatic shotgun approach to patent filing means we get all sorts of weird and wonderful insights into the imaginations of the company's designers, who have come up with everything from "sick vapes" to phones made entirely from glass. The most recent patent appears to err on the more conventional side of design, proffering a contraption that combines a phone or tablet with a notebook "shell".
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.
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.