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Laptops, Tablets, eReaders

Asus ROG Presents Strix Hero, Scar Gaming Laptops

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Asus ROG Presents Strix Hero, Scar Gaming Laptops

Asus ROG launches a pair of notebooks catering for the needs of different gamers-- the Strix Hero is aimed at MOBA players, while the Strix Scar promises to be more ideal for FPS games.

The two machines are similar in terms of specifications, with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD, 1TB SSHD, 64Wh battery and built-in stereo speakers. Moving to the differences, the Hero is a 15.6-inch number with a 1920 x 1200 120Hz display, GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and desktop-style keyboard with N-key rollover.

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HP Claims "Most Powerful Detachable PC"

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HP Claims

HP uses the Adobe Max conference to show off a 2-in-1 tablet-- the ZBook x2, a device the company claims is nothing less than the "world's most powerful detachable PC."

Squarely aimed at the professional segment, the ZBook x2 is positioned as a workstation-class machine (thus the "Z" in the name). It comes in a range of technical specifications, topping out at an 8th generation Kaby Lake-R Core i7-8650U, a quad-core, 8-thread CPU running at 4.2GHz. Further details include up to 32GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro M620 graphcs with 2GB video memory, and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage.

The display comes in two 14-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution flavours-- either regular IPS with reduced glare, or a 10-bit-per-pixel DreamColor panel able to showing the full Adobe RGB colour space. It is touch-capable, and an included Wacom-designed stylus offers 4096 levels of pressure and tilt support, with no battery required.

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Microsoft Intros Surface Book 2

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Microsoft Intros Surface Book 2

Microsoft cements its hardware ambitions with the announcement of the Surface Book 2-- a sequel to the 2015 notebook featuring 8th generation Intel processors and a 15-inch display option.

The Surface Book 2 looks very similar to the original (not to mention the 2016 update), even if Microsoft insists just about every detail has been tweaked. As the most powerful piece of hardware from the Windows maker yet, it carries 8th gen quad-core Intel Core processors, with the Core i7 models adding GeForce 10-series series graphics.

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

The Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

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Truphone iPad Data Plan Reaches More Countries

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Truphone iPad Data Plan Reaches More Countries

The Truphone Apple SIM-based iPad data plan is available two more European countries-- specifically Ireland and Portugal, allowing customers roam through the carrier on their iPad in 40 countries.

Currently 6 countries offer the Truphone iPad data plan, namely Australia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK. The company plans to expand the number with an additional 31 countries by end 2017, bringing the total to 39. The data plan allows customers to roam in the aforementioned countries without additional charges, without need to change carriers or additional roaming fees.

The backbone of the system is Apple SIM, the technology included in cellular-capable iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 (and newer) and all iPad Pro models. It saves the need to change the physical SIM card and simplifies the sign-up process through the "Set Up Mobile Data" section in the Settings app.

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HP Updates Spectre Portfolio

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HP Updates Spectre Portfolio

HP presents a pair of updated laptops-- the next-generation Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 13, both promising the latest processors, longer battery life and improved displays in "sleeker, more angular" designs.

The second generation Spectre 13 is described by the company as the thinnest touch laptop yet. Built out of CNC aluminium and carbon fibre, it features micro-edge bezels and a Gorilla Glass-clad display in up to 4K resolution. Inside are 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processors, up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage, while the battery offers up to 11.5 hours of use on a single charge.

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December Launch for Next-Gen Surface Pro?

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December Launch for Next-Gen Surface Pro?

A Microsoft employee revealed the launch date of the next-generation LTE-enabled Surface Pro tablet at the Ignite 2017 conference, Neowin reports-- 1 December 2017.

At the session, Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik said the Surface Pro carries a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem able to work in any country in the world. This means one can buy the Surface Pro with LTE in any country and expect to use data across the globe. However this was the only detail gleaned at the session, and Golik refused to answer questions about a new Surface Book.

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The Kano DIY Laptop Kit

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The Kano DIY Laptop Kit

DIY computer kit vendor Kano presents the Computer Kit Complete-- essentially a means for kids to build their own laptop with 10.1-inch display, rechargeable battery pack and wireless keyboard.

Aimed at children ages 6 and up, the Computer Kit Complete is based on a Raspberry Pi 3 board. All components fit inside a case and stand, and the finished lapop easily fits inside a backpack. The result is a proper computer, since it even features a 3-port USB hub and an own OS, the open-source Kano OS.

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Xiaomi Takes on MacBook Pro With Mi Notebook Pro

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Xiaomi Takes on MacBook Pro With Mi Notebook Pro

Xiaomi follows on last year's Mi Notebook Air with a take on the MacBook Pro-- the Mi Notebook Pro, a 15.6-inch laptop powered by the latest Intel quad-core i7 processor.

Also found inside the Mi Notebook Pro are up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and, as an alternative to Intel integrated graphics, an Nvidia GeForce MX 150 chip. The display is clad in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has side bezels of just 6.25mm, with the webcam built inside the top bezel.

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