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‘Star Wars’ designer goes to new galaxies using MSI Creator PC

He’s still working on films – including the next iteration of “Dune” – but games are also coming his way. But now, instead of getting concept art from someone else and building models based on sketches, he’s now on the front end doing the concept art.

“I know how to get it done, so while I’m designing it, I’m taking that into consideration because I can take it from idea to completed product,” Wertz says. “I have much more of an appreciation for the front end because of the work I’ve done on the back end, and vice versa.”

Now he hands off to his “old me” who builds the ideas he sketches. One of the most challenging assignments he’s had in his new role was working on the recent “Bumblebee” film, building a big, sophisticated Transformer from the ground up. And one of his most satisfying projects was working on “Galaxy Quest” and building a digital version of the ship on his computer, to help out guys he worshipped – guys who built the intricate physical model ships in the movie. Both of their ships made it into the final cut.

Wertz’s creativity flows a lot from his travels, which include airbases. He takes pictures of the planes’ surfaces and how light behaves on them. He likes to feel them and even smell them – in order to get the full experience.

“You never know what you need to pull from,” he says. “When I was standing next to this thing, I remember this is what it felt like. And if I’m not feeling that when I look at it on the screen, I gotta get back to that.”

While he looks at his works in progress on his computer and mobile screens, he usually doesn’t watch the movies he’s worked on – with the exception of the “Return of the Jedi” re-release, which was the first one he worked on. For him, it’s always about the process, rarely about the finished product.

“Before, I used to hold a model of an airplane, but I didn’t know who designed it. It was just a shape. Now I can come up with something and give it to someone else, the way I would pick up someone else’s design and I can work with them. We build it together,” he says. “It’s that same feeling when the hair on the back of your neck stands up because you’re having a really good time.”

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Acer family grows with ConceptD portfolio for creators, Spin 3 series, gaming notebooks and more

At its annual global press conference Thursday in New York City, Acer launched ConceptD, a new brand of high-end desktops, notebooks, gadgets and monitors optimized for creators such as graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects and developers. It also revealed new and refreshed devices for consumers, gamers and on-the-go professionals. A lot of great hardware was introduced; let’s kick things off with the new ConceptD lineup.

Photo of various ConceptD devices

ConceptD family of devices

The ConceptD 900 is a high-performance desktop for professionals running multiple complex and demanding applications. It has dual Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors with up to 40 cores, 80 threads, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 and 12 memory slots for a total of up to 192GB [1] of ECC memory. It’s perfect for filmmakers, animators, product designers and architects to get lost in the creative process without worrying about long render times. It’s also ideal for AI and deep learning developers who need outstanding computing and graphics power.

The ConceptD 500 has up to 9th Generation Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs [1] to make workloads and multi-media creation smoother and faster on complex projects. Its multiple CPU cores achieve high single-core speed while staying cool with low heat output and low power consumption. With up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs [1], this desktop supports four 5K displays (5120×2880 @ 60Hz) with HDR color, making visual effects, motion graphics and animation rendering a breeze. It’s also designed to grow with users to meet ever-changing workload requirements. With four DIMM slots for up to 64GB 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, it has more bandwidth and capacity for fast performance when working on complex design tasks. The onboard PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD allows for large models and complex 3D rendering in real time.

ConceptD 9 open with screen facing left

ConceptD 9

ConceptD 9, 7 and 5 creator notebooks each feature a 4K UHD IPS [2] PANTONE Validated display. Colors are as accurate as possible as the display covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. These creator notebooks stay quiet with Acer’s 4th generation AeroBlade 3D Fan with a noise reduction mechanism that emits less than 40 db of noise — equivalent to the sound level of a library — while maintaining high computing and graphics performance.

Creators need color accuracy beyond what most mainstream monitors can offer, and so Acer created ConceptD UHD monitors. Featuring a remarkable color accuracy of Delta E <1 and a modern slick, black finish with a wood-patterned base, these new PANTONE Validated monitors are optimized so creators can do more.

The ConceptD CM7321K is a 32-inch monitor ideal for 2D creators. Its VESA-Certified DisplayHDR1000, 32-inch 4K UHD display delivers 1152 zones of local-dimming with Mini LED technology and DisplayHDR 1000, plus 99 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and 89.5 percent Rec.2020 so creators and filmmakers can bring their ideas to life.

The ConceptD CP7271K is a PANTONE Validated 27-inch monitor optimized for 3D creators. It has an impressive color accuracy of Delta E <1, a wide color gamut of 99 of the AdobeRGB and 93 percent DCI-P3. It also features GSYNC Ultimate and DisplayHDR 1000 for unparalleled color and image detail.

Two women -- one holding a camera -- working over a red Aspire 5 laptop in a kitchen with mise-en-place

Aspire 5

Acer also updated its popular Aspire series of notebooks powered by Windows 10 that cater to a wide range of needs, and revealed new features. For users looking for lightning-fast performance, the Aspire 7 rises above similar products in its category by featuring an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, and an all-metal top cover and palm-rest area. The Aspire 5 is ideal for bloggers, photographers and media enthusiasts, and offers exceptional processing and graphics performance with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU for powerful everyday computing. The Aspire 3 is a great value laptop built for everyday tasks at home, work or school, such as web browsing, social media and watching movies, while also offering vast storage capabilities for family photos, films and videos.

On-the-go professionals will appreciate the new Spin 3, the latest addition to Acer’s Spin convertible notebook series. Its combination of power, value, long battery life and generous screen size sets it apart from the competition. Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX230 GPU, it features a 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 1TB of HDD storage, a dockable and rechargeable pen and enhanced Wi-Fi 5 performance. The Spin 3’s 14-inch Full HD IPS [2] touch display allows for pen and touch simultaneously, and the Acer Active Pen enables precise and direct on-screen input at multiple points of contact, improving your efficiency working on more complex projects.

Two Acer TravelMate P614-51s side by side, with one fully open flat and one open at the usual 90 degree angle

TravelMate P614-51

For those who really put their devices to the test, the new TravelMate P614-51 is a thin, light and durable commercial notebook series built for professionals who travel frequently or work in the field. Robust and powerful with long battery life, it’s built to withstand life on the road and support heavy workloads. It’s designed to handle the bumps and bangs of airport security checks, accidental drops and other mishaps. It complies with MIL-STD 810G [3], 810F, a set of U.S. military-grade tests that check the durability of a wide range of products. The standards follow stringent procedures such as a drop test involving 26 drops from a height of approximately 48 inches on various parts of the frame — landing on two inches of plywood placed on concrete. Other tests check the laptop’s resistance to rain, humidity and extreme temperatures. It sports a premium quality magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis, which weighs less and is stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness. Weighing just 2.4 pounds and measuring only 0.6 inches thick, it doesn’t take up much room in a briefcase or backpack. With up to 20 hours [4] of battery life, professionals can stay productive on international flights or work through two full days on the go without having to recharge.

And for gaming enthusiasts, Acer had plenty to show off.

The new Nitro 7 laptop is for casual gamers looking to boost their performance as they compete with friends online.  It has a brand-new sleek metal chassis measuring just 19.9 mm [1]. Its high-resolution 15.6-inch display reproduces lifelike colors at a 144 Hz [1] refresh rate with a 3 ms [5] response time for a tear-free gaming experience — crucial while in the throes of battle. A 9th Generation Intel Core processor [1] and the latest NVIDIA GPUs power the Nitro 7 to ensure a seamless gaming experience. It also has ample storage, with two slots available for M.2 Gen 3×4 PCIe SSDs using NVMe technology in Raid 02 [1], and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM with up to 2TB of HDD storage.

Photo of a Nitro 5 laptop, lit up with a red keyboard and red image on screen

Nitro 5

In addition, Acer has updated the Nitro 5 series laptop with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, a new display with a 144 Hz [1] refresh rate, and a low-latency response time of only 3 ms [5]. It effortlessly streams gameplay with Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. Users can also connect supporting gadgets with an array of ports such as HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 and more.

Acer also unveiled two new Predator Helios Windows 10 gaming notebooks at the global press conference.

Predator Helios 700 open and facing left with keyboard lit up in blue, with drift keyboard

Predator Helios 700

The all-new Helios 700 includes a HyperDrift keyboard that slides forward, increasing airflow directly through the top of the notebook. This keyboard is part of the notebook’s thermal architecture, which consists of two of Acer’s custom-engineered 4th Generation AeroBlade 3D Fans, five copper heat pipes, a vapor chamber [6] and Acer CoolBoost Technology. By sliding the keyboard forward, two additional air intakes appear above the keyboard and below the display, giving the powerful heat-generating components extra air flow for maximum cooling and unleashed overclocking. The glass panel also provides a view of the notebook’s heat pipes.

The HyperDrift keyboard also improves ergonomics. With the keyboard closer now, gamers can keep a good distance to the 17-inch screen without overextending hands, providing desktop comfort in a notebook form factor. The keyboard also features per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys. TheMagForce keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation immediately upon the initial press, and increase up to 100 percent to give players more control over precise movements in the game. A Precision Touchpad is outlined with blue lighting and features two discrete mouse buttons below the pad for easy clicking.

The redesigned Predator Helios 300 raises the bar for midrange gaming notebooks with the addition of powerful technologies and features, along with a new sophisticated design. Gamers will be most excited about the addition of a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design supported by a Turbo key for one-punch overclocking and Killer DoubleShot Pro for fast and lag-free networking. Paired with up to the latest 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 plus a hard drive, it’s the powerhouse gamers crave for playing today’s AAA games.

Predator Helios 300, as seen from above with multi-color lights under keyboard

Predator Helios 300

It’s well-suited for task-heavy computing, as its high-end hardware provides the performance needed for gaming, streaming, and video and photo editing.

Praised for being one of the first notebooks in its class to feature a 144Hz display, the new Helios 300’s bright 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS [1] display is now framed by a narrow border and includes 3 ms overdrive response times.

Finally, Acer revealed new additions across its growing Predator line that appeal to high-performance gamers.

The new Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-605S) adopts the overclockable octa-core 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K (with Z390 chipset) with support for dual-channel DDR4 configurations (up to 64GB). For superior graphics performance, the revolutionary NVIDIA Turing architecture combines real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading to immerse players in a visually stunning gaming experience. A Cooler Master CPU Liquid Cooler [1] regulates temperature to maximize peak performance. Strategically placed intake and exhaust fans, as well as a shrouded power supply unit outfitted with its very own removable dust filter, ensure each internal component of the Orion tower stays cool during extended gaming sessions.

Predator Orion 5000 tower

Predator Orion 5000

The tower’s chassis has been trimmed down to just 30 liters, while the see-through side panel includes a layer of metal mesh which, along with the rest of the case, provides EMI shielding to inner components. Users can maintain superiority over the competition with 2.5Gbps Ethernet, and when victory is assured, they can hang the headset on either of the chassis’ two headset cradles.

In addition, Acer launched a massive 43-inch Predator Monitor alongside new additions to its growing series of Predator peripherals. Designed for hardcore PC and console gaming enthusiasts looking for ultra-high definition (3840 x 2160), the 4K monitor features a fast 144Hz refresh rate for smooth and tear-free imagery, essential for tracking objects as they zip across the screen. The monitor’s AdaptiveSync feature adapts to the frame rate of the outputting device, resulting in uninterrupted gameplay. Console gamers will appreciate its three HDMI ports, plus a Type-C and a display port.

Predator Monitor

Predator Monitor

The 43-inch Predator Monitor also saves power through a light sensor that can detect the light level in the room and automatically adjusts brightness for comfortable viewing, and a proximity sensor, so as viewers move to the front of monitor it will automatically wake up from standby mode, or revert to sleep mode when no one is in the room. It also includes a remote control, making it convenient for living room use.

Find out more about all these devices at Acer.

[1] Specifications may vary depending on model/country.

[2] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products.

[3] Tested by qualified third-party labs for certain test procedures under MIL-STD 810G (Oct 2008) for environmental conditions that include high and low temperatures, humidity, vibrations, mechanical shocks on drops, rain, dust and sand.

[4] Battery life claim based on MobileMark 2014. Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries’ maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.

[5] Nitro 5/7 both support 144 Hz and 3 ms response time Overdrive.

[6] Vapor chamber not available on all models.

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CES 2019: Powered by AI, next-gen Lenovo Yoga family delivers a safer, smarter, more immersive experience

Technology from phones to smart homes has been getting safer, smarter, more personalized and immersive. Facial recognition and sensors for biometric authentication, cinema-quality entertainment on the go, and voice recognition to activate multiple virtual assistants that co-exist are now all possible. Evolving needs – such as desiring security and privacy without sacrificing convenience, or immersive entertainment without compromising on portability – have driven these advancements.

PCs have been quietly progressing in the same direction too. Artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with advanced audio and display technologies are making Lenovo’s next-gen Yoga computers their smartest yet. Whether you’re a digital nomad, business professional, digital content creator or designer, see how these technologies in the new Yoga S940, Yoga A940, Yoga C730 with AMOLED and Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter can help you get things done faster and make life easier.

Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop

Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop

With the rise of work-life integration, remote work and the gig economy, video meetings and conference calls can happen anytime, anywhere – sometimes in environments that are less than ideal, from a noisy coffee shop to a crowded co-working space. But what if your laptop can solve that when you’re on your next video call with the boss? The new Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop can do just that and more. Its new AI features [1] can automatically filter out ambient noise and blur out distracting backgrounds during video calls, so that your dog’s barking and the neighbor’s car honking doesn’t have to disrupt video calls with colleagues, friends or family again.

Camping out at a co-working space and need to step out for a coffee break? The minute you look away from your laptop screen, the Yoga S940’s AI sensors [1] can detect your absence and auto-lock the display to protect your data from unwanted eyes. It can also detect and alert you when a nosy neighbor is shoulder surfing from your screen. Beyond the added benefits of security and privacy, the Yoga S940 has attention-sensing AI technology, which can help increase productivity too. Look from your main laptop display to a second screen, and it can automatically track your movement and shift open windows and content to a connected external monitor for a seamless and intuitive user experience. All these are part of an entire suite of Lenovo Smart Assist AI-enabled features available on the new Yoga S940 [1].

Lenovo Smart Assist includes hands-free PC log-in through its built-in infrared camera and Windows Hello for an added layer of security and convenience, and voice-matching personalization to respond to just your voice when speaking to Amazon Alexa or Microsoft Cortana from across the room [2]. The Yoga S940 learns from your usage patterns to optimize its performance. For instance, it’ll auto-adjust its power settings for longer-lasting power so that you get every last squeeze out of the up to 15 hours of battery in FHD [3].

The Yoga S940 is also the world’s first laptop with Contour Glass that wraps around its bezels – reducing the look of its already razor-thin bezels for a streamlined design [4]. It will start at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo and Micro Center starting in May [5].

Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop

Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop

For artists and designers, nothing is better than sketching with a pencil on paper, right? The new Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop is here to challenge that notion. Built for digital content creators, the Windows 10 Yoga A940 is a powerful creative canvas with a large 27-inch optional 4K IPS touchscreen display with Dolby Vision. It features a rotating hinge that enables the display to tilt to a comfortable 25-degree drafting mode, for remarkable flexibility and stability when drawing, sketching or annotating with a digital pen.

A mouse and digital pen are all convenient ways of inputting information on your computer with one hand. But wouldn’t it be even faster and more productive to be able to multitask with both hands? Then check out the Lenovo Precision Dial, a controller that’s tailor made for designers, photographers and videographers to make precise selections and adjustments to their content.

Time to watch that video project you’ve been working on? Experience it on the Yoga A940’s Dolby Vision-enabled 4K wide-angle display, boosted by Dolby Atmos Speaker System for rich, moving audio through speakers custom designed and tuned by Dolby. A second set of speakers under the rotating display ensures powerful sound even in drafting mode. It also comes with a range of Lenovo Smart Assist [1] AI-enabled features for greater productivity and privacy. With up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon RX 560 discrete graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB PCIe SSD or 2TB SATA HDD storage [6], the Yoga A940 could be the ideal centerpiece in any content creator’s home or workspace.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 will start at $2,199.99 and is expected to be available starting in March [5].

15-inch Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Equipped with JBL speakers and Dolby Atmos, which delivers immersive audio over any pair of headphones, the 15-inch Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop gets an upgrade with up to a 4K AMOLED display. Portable and powerful, the Yoga C730 features 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, Windows Ink for digital pen input, Windows Hello for instant log-in, and the smart convenience of Cortana and Alexa [2].

The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED will start at $1,649.99 and is expected to be available starting in April [5].

Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Modern professionals have more than enough to carry with them when running from one meeting to the next – from laptops, phones, chargers and more. With this in mind, Lenovo streamlined two accessories into one and designed the latest generation Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter. With just one twist, it converts from an ergonomic mouse with up to 1,600 DPI for high-precision tracking on nearly any surface into a flat, fully functional laser presenter (and vice versa). No more fumbling with a handful of devices at your next presentation with the latest Yoga Mouse in hand. It will start at $69.99 and is expected to be available starting in June [5].

Find out more about Yoga products and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.

At CES, Lenovo also introduces the latest generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga laptops with a focus on making incremental – but noticeable – refinements in virtually every area to offer broader improvements for the discerning end-user.

7th generation X1 Carbon

7th generation X1 Carbon

The 7th generation X1 Carbon will be available with a visible carbon fiber weave top cover. Lenovo named its flagship notebook X1 Carbon to call attention to the product’s material. Following customers’ suggestions, the premium X1 Carbon model with 4K Dolby Visiondisplay, has an optional top cover where the weave is evident to further highlight the use of carbon fiber in the construction of the world’s lightest commercial 14-inch notebook.

Now just 14.95mm thin and starting at 2.5 pounds, it features a Dolby Atmos Speaker System and four far-field microphones enhancing the conferencing collaboration experience. With the system being digital assistant ready, you can use your voice for commands to Cortana in Windows 10 or Amazon Alexa for PCs.

If you need to travel, the battery ensures you can continue to be productive for up to 15 hours. And when you need access to large amounts of remote data, LTE-A Wireless WAN will power through the biggest of files, now available with CAT 16 LTE, offering gigabit speeds where supported.

The 2019 ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an all-new, full precision-machined aluminum design in a beautiful iron grey chassis. Aluminum is just as strong as carbon fiber, but requires extra thickness, which usually makes it heavier. Lenovo’s engineering team overcame design challenges to create a thinner, lighter and smaller design than the previous generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

The 4th-generation multi-mode laptop is thinner (15.2 mm) and lighter (1.3 kg) with a 17 percent footprint reduction, thanks to narrower bezels, and is wrapped in a precision-machined aluminum chassis. The X1 Yoga now supports all docking solutions, including ThinkPad Mechanical Dock.

Lenovo have also introduced a new ultra-wide ThinkVision P44w display. If you are a multi-display user, you will recognize the challenges and pitfalls of bezels and managing several displays and associated cables. The new ThinkVision P44w eliminates those frustrations. The 43.4-inch display offers an ultra-wide 32:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3840×1200, giving a screen real-estate equivalent to two 24-inch 16:10 displays. Dual integrated USB-C ports allow two video inputs that can simultaneously transfer data, video and audio signals as well as provide up to 90W charging power.

Understanding that gamers need to be ready to play in any scenario – on their couch, at their desk, or in a hotel room far away from home – Lenovo Legion is committed to providing high-performance tools so they can play how they want, wherever they want, for a fun and immersive experience.

This year, Lenovo Legion laptops have been upgraded so that they are in step with the higher performance that players demand. Available with up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, Intel Core processors and Windows 10 Home, these laptops offer blazing-fast gaming speeds to play the latest releases, for photo and video editing, to binge-watch shows, or to multitask doing all these things simultaneously.

Lenovo Legion Y740

Lenovo Legion Y740

The Lenovo Legion Y740 has what the most serious core gamer needs. The cutting-edge GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU is available on the 15-inch model, giving it more than enough power to run the latest action-filled titles. Its 17-inch sibling supplies even more power, with up to the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, upgraded from the last generation’s GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs.

Both sizes come with up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, optional 32GB DDR4 2666Mhz memory, 100 percent anti-ghosting CORSAIR iCue RGB backlit keyboard and system lighting with more than 16 million color customization options. The Lenovo Legion Y740 also features Dolby Atmos Speaker System with Dolby Sound Radar for rich moving audio that places you inside the action from speakers custom designed by Dolby.

The 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop will start at $1,979.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,749.99. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in February [5].

With up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and Intel Core processors, the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 also packs a hefty amount of power at a more accessible price point. Competing on the go with your multiplayer online battle arena team? It weighs only 5.1 pounds for portability and gives you a white, backlit keyboard offering under 1ms input response time for the win. It also comes with Harman Kardon speakers and supports Dolby Atmos for loud and clear sound.

The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 Laptop will start at $929.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in May [5].

With the Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse, core gamers can add accuracy and responsiveness to their peripheral arsenal. With ergonomic textured grips, you won’t lose track of where you are or cramp up in the heat of an intense player vs player game. It’s also totally customizable, with additional side buttons for any abilities you need to hit on a whim. It will start at $59.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Mechanical keyboards are also integral to an avid gamer’s toolkit, so meet the new Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, which delivers ultra-fast response time for more precise combinations. It will start at $99.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Knowing your surroundings is the key to success in any gaming situation. Whether you’re trying to hear the footsteps of an enemy or keeping up to date with build orders in a real-time strategy game, the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets present the right tools.

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

The Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset is made for those who want to play all day or all night while staying comfortable. It will start at $59.99. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset offers driverless 7.1 surround sound right out of the box. It will start at $99.99. Both headsets’ retractable boom mics provide clearer communication and portability, engineered to hear your teammate’s callouts. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Your games will sound good with the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets, but you’ll also want great visuals to match.

Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor

Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor

Featuring an ultra-wide 43.4-inch curved display with 3840 x 1200 resolution and a peak display brightness of 450 nits, the Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor creates a panoramic field of view. Whether it’s for racing titles or fighting sims, this monitor is designed to catch every frame of the action with its 144Hz refresh rate. It will start at $1,199.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

The 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27gq Monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate is designed to give players the opportunity to take advantage of every possible frame. And with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology built in, it’s designed so that flickering or screen tearing don’t take away from the gaming experience. It will start at $999.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Find out more about Legion devices and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.

Further product specs, images and more are available on the Lenovo StoryHub newsroom.

[1] Lenovo Smart Assist features are expected to be available starting May 2019. Users will be automatically prompted by Lenovo Vantage to access those features. Features will vary per product.

[2] Cortana is accessible through the Windows 10 start menu, and Alexa for PC is accessible through Lenovo Vantage during the initial set-up. Both come with far-field voice recognition technology, with recommended use of up to 4 meters away on Cortana, and up to 2.74 meters on Alexa. Alexa is available on select Lenovo PCs in the US, UK and Germany.

[3] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary, and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.

[4] Based on research conducted by Lenovo on December 1, 2018 of PCs sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.

[5] Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

[6] Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.

Updated January 8, 2019 11:08 am

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At CES, Dell and Alienware show off new and improved PC, software and gaming innovations

Building on more than 30 years of purposeful innovation, Dell unveiled at CES 2019 a host of new and improved products and software experiences across its award-winning Latitude, XPS and Inspiron portfolios.

Latitude 7400 2-in-1

Latitude 7400 2-in-1

Because everyone can use more time, the new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has the ability to wake itself and be ready to go before you even touch it. The world’s first PC to use a proximity sensor enabled by Intel Context Sensing Technology, it includes ExpressSign-in. It detects your presence, wakes the system and immediately scans for facial recognition to log you in with Windows Hello. Just sit down with your device and start working without a touch, without a password. And when you step away for a break, it will know you’re gone and lock itself to preserve battery life and maintain security.

A CES 2019 Innovation Honoree, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is the world’s smallest commercial 14-inch 2-in-1. It will also be the first Latitude to use Dell’s ocean-bound plastics packaging. This Latitude is also expected to deliver the longest battery life in its class. It’s designed for 24 hours of run time [1] on a single charge, and Dell’s ExpressCharge gets the battery back up to 80 percent in just an hour.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 will be available in early March, starting at $1,599.

XPS 13

XPS 13

Also announced at CES, Dell has added a new top-mounted innovative webcam and a new frost color option to the XPS 13, the highest performance 13-inch laptop in its class and now even more powerful with the latest quad-core 8th Generation Intel processors. Another CES 2019 Innovation Honoree and Dell’s most award-winning product ever, the XPS 13 is sought-after by professionals and consumers alike. At just 2.25mm, Dell’s smallest HD webcam ever enables the XPS to maintain its trend-defining Infinity Edge display despite moving the camera to the top of the display for a better video experience. The XPS 13 is also the first laptop in Dell’s portfolio to launch Dolby Vision, unleashing the potential of HDR to deliver ultra-vivid picture quality.

The Dell XPS 13 is available on Dell.com starting at $899.99 and Microsoft.com and in limited quantities in select Microsoft stores.

13-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1

13-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1

In other news, the new 13-inch and 15-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 devices now include a first-of-a-kind Active Pen garage that provides storage for the included full-size Active Pen [2]. The new keyboard combines the power button and fingerprint reader into a new power key, simplifying the look and making way for a number pad, available now for the first time on a narrow-border 15-inch 2-in-1.

The devices also include innovative Adaptive Thermal technology that enables each system to adjust its performance profile based on usage, generating less heat when you’re watching movies on your lap and ramping up to maximum power for productivity on a desk. Hot air is directed out of hidden vents through the hinge, removing hot-spots and preventing accidental blockage from a pillow or couch cushion.

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 is expected be available mid-2019.

Dell Cinema, the most immersive content experience on a PC (available on XPS and Inspiron 7000 laptops), continues to advance with new features and updates. Sit back and enjoy richer, deeper colors with CinemaColor 2.0, enhanced by Dolby Vision on the XPS and select Inspiron PCs. Dolby Vison content can deliver highlights up to 40 times brighter, and blacks up to 10 times darker. CinemaSound 2.0 enhances volume, bass and dialogue. Sound Optimization on Dell’s 2-in-1s automatically adjusts equalization for the best experience, no matter the position of the device. Waves MaxxAudio NX tracks head movements via the device’s webcam to provide 360 audio enhancement, keeping the sound oriented with the user’s position.

Additionally, CinemaStream 2.0 enhances the video streaming experience with up to 10 times less buffering and up to six times improvement in video quality [3]. It automatically detects and prioritizes the most critical network traffic to maximize bandwidth for live-streaming and video chats for a seamless, stutter-free experience.

Since its launch at CES 2018, Dell Mobile Connect has facilitated more than 30 million phone calls and text messages, helping users avoid having to split their attention between their PC and smartphone. Dell has strengthened this offering with the additional functionality of wireless file transfer capability, allowing Android users to drag and drop any file from their phone to their PC and vice versa, even without an internet connection.

Dell is also revealing a cutting-edge future capability of integrating the smartphone into the VR experience, allowing VR gamers to receive notifications, conduct phone calls, reply to text messages and even access all their mobile applications by pulling up a virtual 3D model of their phone and operating it with touch inside the VR experience.

Dell Mobile Connect is available on XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware and Dell G Series devices.

Also at CES, Dell and Alienware are bringing innovation front and center to satisfy the growing PC gaming market, with high-end, thin, light and affordable machines for amateur and professional gamers. They’re also partnering with esports brands like Team Liquid and Riot Games to make the gaming experience more competitive, personalized and accessible.

Alienware marks CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a totally new design identity, Alienware Legend, which sets a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look and the sea of sameness in the industry.

Alienware Legend stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimized with cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology to achieve and sustain unparalleled power, improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin screen borders, and a new “three-knuckle hinge” design which reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield the ultimate gaming experience.

Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m, the world’s most powerful 17-inch gaming laptop [4], is the first product to reflect the new Legend brand identity, almost 20 years after Alienware launched the first gaming laptop with upgradeable graphics, praised for its performance and expect to garner multiple CES awards.

This second flagship notebook with upgradeable graphics and processors is the first and only laptop with a 9th Generation 8-core desktop processor, 64 GB [5] of memory, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet technology, upgradeable graphics [6] and desktop processors, and a 17-inch laptop with a narrow-bezel display with 144 Hz. The Area-51m also has cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology, with 50 percent more performance and 32 percent less volume than its predecessor.

It’s also packed with an array of gaming must-haves, including the latest Tobii eye-tracking technology and the latest Alienware Command Center.

Alienware Area-51m with Legend design will start to ship on Jan. 29, starting at $2,549.

Alienware m17

Alienware m17

Alienware also introduced its thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming notebook, the new Alienware m17, adding to the recently announced Alienware m15, for gamers on-the-go who prioritize weight and thinness for mobility. Powerful enough to handle high-graphic games, yet portable enough to take with you from destination to destination, the m15 weighs only 4.76 pounds [7], while the m17 is just 5.79 pounds.

Alienware m15

Alienware m15

Available now: Alienware m15, starting at $1,379.99.

Available on Jan. 29: Alienware m15 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series GPU, starting at $1,579.99; Alienware m17, starting at $1,649.99.

Dell G7 17

Dell G7 17

For those looking for an affordable yet powerful gaming system (or buying their first gaming system), check out the new G Series. The G5 15 and G7 (in both 15-inch and 17-inch models) are redesigned to deliver enhanced performance with upscale features in a sleek chassis.

The thinnest G series to date with beautiful narrow borders, the G5 and G7 incorporate 8th Generation Intel CFL-H 6-core CPUs and the latest NVIDIA RTX graphics up to 2080, optimized for demanding AAA game titles and versatility for everyday use. They also come with the option of a blazing 144 Hz refresh rate, G-Sync display panels, a 4-zone RGB keyboard with customizable backlighting, and will now ship for the with Alienware Command Center for the first time. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition is also available in alpine white, with a clear panel on the bottom of the system to show off the blue fans of the cooling system.

Available Jan. 29: Dell G5 15, starting at $999.99; Dell G7 17, starting at $1,380; and Dell G7 15, starting at $1,099.

Alienware made more than 30 updates to its proprietary Alienware Command Center, the central hub where users can customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, overclocking, audio and content organization.

Alienware Command Center now offers GPU overclocking (and underclocking), an Alienware first, allowing changes to take effect at the system level and work in conjunction with CPU and RAM overclocking as well as thermals; and user interface improvements to make Alienware Command Center easier to use.

Alienware doubles down on esports through continued Team Liquid expansion in 2019, with the opening of their second training facility in Utrecht, Netherlands, the future European headquarters and additional training hub for Team Liquid athletes competing across the world. Team Liquid athletes will now stream, train and even help in the development across the full portfolio of Alienware desktops, laptops, premium displays, gaming headsets and peripherals.

Nurturing further innovation in the multibillion-dollar esports industry, Alienware has forged a new multi-year partnership with Riot Games. A year in the making, this new partnership is designed to help gamers become esports players and help professionals compete at a higher level.

For professionals, Alienware Aurora desktops and AW2518H monitors will facilitate the NA LCS (North America League Championship Series), EU LCS (Europe League Championship Series) and a mix of global competitions such as MSI (Mid-Season Invitational), ASE (All-Star Event) and WC (World Championship). For fans, Alienware will introduce a special VIP seating section at the playoffs and finals of LoL tournaments, offering select fans the opportunity to play while they watch.

Visit the Dell CES 2019 press site for product information, images, releases and more.

 [1] 24-hour run time based on MobileMark 2014 tests using optional 78WHr battery
[2] The first 2-in-1 with a full-size pen garage in the hinge. Based on Dell internal analysis, November 2018.
[3] Based on Dell internal analysis, November 2018.
[4]
When equipped with Intel Core 19-9900K processor, 64GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVIDIA GeForce RTX (8GB) graphics. Based on internal analysis of competitive gaming laptops as of Dec 2018.
[5] System memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.
[6] Limited to same generation of NVIDIA RTX 20 Series
[7] Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.

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CES 2019: Samsung unveils 3 new PCs: Notebook 9 Pro, Notebook Flash and Notebook Odyssey

At CES 2019, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro and the Samsung Notebook Flash. The former delivers style and top-of-the-line features you need, while the latter combines premium features at a reasonable price. Samsung also introduced its latest powerhouse mobile computing technology for gamers: the Samsung Notebook Odyssey.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

The ultra-slim Samsung Notebook 9 Pro comes with a cool metal exterior and diamond-cut bezels, plus inside, it provides ultra-fast processing and Gigabit Wi-Fi. Running on Windows 10, it also has a customized LED Indicator Bar, a comprehensively redesigned keyboard and 15 hours of battery life.

Consumers get a bonus in the box: the Active Pen, with more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, which could inspire them to write, draw and create both for work and fun while on the go.

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro will be available in early 2019.

Samsung Notebook Flash

Samsung Notebook Flash

With its typewriter keyboard the 13.3-inch Samsung Notebook Flash may look retro, but its fun, distinctive look comes with very modern features that won’t leave a big hole in your bank account. Equipped with Gigabit Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to easily stream or surf online. You can also log-in instantly with a fingerprint scanner, so you can get to work immediately and securely. It offers expandable storage with a Universal Flash Storage/MicroSD Memory Slot, multiple port options to suit a variety of needs and nine hours of battery life.

It will be available Jan. 15, starting at $349 at Amazon and Samsung.com.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

With reduced bezels that leave more room for its display to shine, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey and its 144Hz G-Sync display give players a deep, immersive and interactive gaming experience.

It also comes packed with all the hardware you need to emerge victorious from every battle: the latest Intel 8th generation hexa-core i7 processor to keep even the most intense games running smoothly, and a high-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX series graphics card that can handle the richest graphics without any lag. Under the hood, the two redesigned Jet Blade blowers sport 83 blades each and a new penta-pipe cooling system allows the machine to run as fast and as cool as possible no matter how intense the gaming session gets.

Find out more at Samsung.

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At CES 2019, ASUS unveils new ZenBooks, StudioBook, 3 additions to the VivoBook family and gaming laptops

At CES 2019, ASUS unveiled two new ZenBooks, a StudioBook and three additions to the VivoBook family – as well as the latest from the Republic of Gamers and TUF lines.

ZenBook S13

The ZenBook S13 (UX392) is an ultrabook that combines powerful performance and portability in a small chassis. The 13.9-inch Full HD display is surrounded by ASUS’ most impressive NanoEdge display to date – an ultra-thin 4-sided bezel, providing the industry’s biggest screen-to-body ratio at 97 percent. The thinnest laptop at 12.9 mm with discrete graphics (provided by the NVIDIA GeForce MX150) and the latest quad-core processor, the Intel Core i7 Whiskey Lake CPU, the ZenBook S13 pushes the boundaries for what’s possible inside a 13-inch laptop. It can deftly tackle video encoding; or aggressive multitasking, like processing photos while switching between productivity apps, emails and web browsing. There’s ample space with 1 TB of PCIe x4 storage, and the 50Wh battery is enough to last a full day. While everything inside is packed in tightly, nothing about it feels cramped. The backlit keyboard spans almost the full width of the laptop. Underneath is a roomy trackpad with an integrated fingerprint sensor that makes for quick and convenient login via Windows Hello.

Squeezing more components into the same package as the first ZenBook S13 required a bit of ingenuity from ASUS’ engineering team, which also succeeded in meeting the military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standard. To ensure no space was wasted, the metal chassis is CNC-milled from a block of aluminum, allowing the lid to be carved out, complete with the complex cuts surrounding the keyboard, without creating any unnecessary gaps.

ZenBook 14

The ZenBook 14 (UX431) balances value and performance to deliver a sleek, more-affordable ultrabook that doesn’t compromise on power. Lifting the lid reveals a 14-inch glass panel with a full HD 1920×1080 resolution. This premium design unit is packed full of the latest technology, including Intel 8th Generation Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics and the latest connectivity options. These days, 8 GB of system memory is a common luxury for mobile multi-tasking, but the UX431 is available with up to 16 GB of RAM to ensure seamless switching between tasks. On top of that, up to 1 TB of PCIe-attached solid-state storage gives you a powerful combination of low latency and high capacity. You’ll have a hard time filling such a spacious drive, and everything you install will launch lightning fast.

When you want to concentrate on the task at hand or just need a boost from some music while you work, you can do it with the ZenBook 14’s four speakers. In addition to the pair of upward firing speakers flanking the keyboard, there are two more speakers on the underside of the laptop, and any muffling from the desk is reduced thanks to the ErgoLift hinge. Powered by a Smart Amplifier, the Harmon Kardon-certified setup employs advanced signal processing to deliver wide frequency response, powerful bass, and especially crisp sound. When the ZenBook 14 becomes available, it’ll start at $749.

Both the ZenBook 14 and ZenBook S13 come in Utopia Blue.

ASUS StudioBook S

Consumers will also see the debut of the ASUS StudioBook S (W700), a new breed of workstation to support the demands of the modern content creator. Built based on feedback directly from industry professionals, StudioBook S packs a 17-inch display into a compact 15-inch body, and weighs in at just five pounds. With an Intel Xeon processor and NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics, it’s capable of handling a variety of complex workloads while balancing day-to-day tasks.

The bezels on either side measure just 5.3 mm, resulting in a truly expansive display that feels more like a desktop monitor. The panel itself covers 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, which is much wider than the sRGB color gamut used by typical PCs, so it’s capable of displaying a broader range of colors. It’s Pantone Validated to ensure the colors seen on the screen are accurate, too. Each panel is factory-calibrated to delta E < 2 before it ships out, which matches the spec for ASUS’ ProArt monitors and actually exceeds the Pantone requirement. Wide 178-degree viewing angles ensure colors stay vivid and bright, and the 180-degree hinge enables a wider range of positions for the display, which can be useful when showing work to clients and collaborating on projects with coworkers.

VivoBook 14

ASUS also introduced the world to the 14-inch VivoBook 14 (X412) and the 15.6-inch VivoBook 15 (X512).

All the new models feature frameless NanoEdge displays with at least an up to 88 percent screen-to-body ratio for immersive viewing. The slim bezel allows a large display to fit into a smaller chassis, effectively reducing the laptop footprint for a more compact and portable machine. These laptops are powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to NVIDIA GeForce MX130 discrete graphics, and include the ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard to replicate the feel of a desktop keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.

The VivoBooks also support Intel Optane memory, which intelligently accelerates hard disk performance, speeds up multitasking and app-loading times, and reduces boot-up and resume times.

In addition, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections provide speeds of up to 867Mbps — six times faster [1] than 802.11n — for seamless video-streaming, and smooth web-surfing. VivoBook also features Bluetooth 4.2.

VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 are available in different finishes to suit your style. Transparent Silver provides a sleek and sophisticated look, or go for Slate Grey for a more understated approach. Set the trend with the uniquely iridescent Peacock Blue: a unique option that changes color when you look at it from different angles. If you really want to stand out, there’s Coral Crush with its bright finish.

The new VivoBook 14 features the new NumberPad — a novel solution to the lack of a dedicated numeric keypad on small laptops. In normal use, NumberPad is a large glass-covered Windows Precision Touchpad with multi-gesture support. A tap of the NumberPad icon on the touchpad turns it into an LED-illuminated keypad with a familiar layout for easy data entry.

An optional fingerprint sensor built into the touchpad provides one-touch access with Windows Hello, so logging in has never been easier or more secure. There’s also a full-size backlit keyboard that’s perfect for working in dim environments.

But that’s not all – ASUS also revealed several gaming updates at CES.

ROG Mothership

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the latest additions to the ROG arsenal of the world’s best gaming gear, including the all-new, ultra-versatile ROG Mothership (GZ700), a 17.3-inch Full HD detachable gaming laptop equipped with up to a factory-overclocked Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card; and the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) below, the world’s slimmest gaming laptop with an up to 8th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design graphics.

ROG Zephyrus S

ROG has reimagined the form factor of gaming laptops with ROG Mothership, moving from a design that traditionally sits flat to one that stands tall to draw more air into its advanced cooling system. Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving you the freedom to find the perfect position. The innovative design also leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen.

Other products on display at the ROG Media Showroom include a lineup of refreshed Windows 10 gaming laptops — Zephyrus S (GX531GX/GW/GV), SCAR II, Hero II, G703 and GX701 — that now come equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 20 series graphics cards [2]. The ROG Huracan G21CX has also been upgraded with a new CPU and GPU to improve its power and outperform the competition.

TUF Gaming FX705DY

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but you don’t need to drop thousands of dollars on a laptop to play your favorite titles. With the right mix of components, affordable gaming laptops – such as ASUS’ new TUF Gaming FX505DY and TUF Gaming FX705DY laptops – can add up to more than the sum of their parts.

AMD’s Ryzen processors have taken desktops by storm and TUF Gaming laptops lead the deployment of the newest version. Otherwise known as Picasso, this 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile APU is built with industry-leading 12nm technology. The Ryzen 5 3550H chip powering the FX505DY and FX705DY boasts four cores and eight threads that deliver capable performance for popular games and everyday work. Multithreaded performance is particularly strong, yet the processor fits into a 35W power envelope that doesn’t compromise battery life.

The TUF Gaming AMD Editions pair Picasso with up to 32GB of RAM, so they’re primed for productive multitasking and light content creation. A range of storage options makes it easy to tailor to your needs and budget, though every configuration mixes faster solid state storage with a higher-capacity hard drive to offer speed where you need it, alongside plenty of room for larger game libraries.

Slim bezels frame the NanoEdge screens to further enhance immersion and shrink the overall footprint, while reinforced bodies help the machines survive daily wear and tear. Intelligently specced and carefully built, these AMD Editions balance performance and affordability to provide a better experience in your favorite games.

Find out more about all these releases at ASUS and the introduction page for the new ROG product line.

 [1] 5.78 times increase for 867Mbps (2×2 802.11ac) versus 150Mbps (1×1 802.11n). Unless otherwise stated, Wi-Fi performance figures are based on theoretical performance. Actual performance may vary in real-world situations.

[2] Specific GPU varies among ROG laptop models. Please consult individual product page for more information.

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CES 2019: HP’s latest PCs and displays provide new ways to connect, create and compete more securely

HP Spectre x360 15

At CES 2019, HP’s latest products reveal powerful new ways for consumers to connect, create and compete.

The HP Spectre x360 15 will be the the world’s first 15-inch laptop with an AMOLED display, the latest addition to an already redesigned premium PC.

Initially unveiled late last year, the dramatically reinvented HP Spectre Folio – the world’s first leather convertible PC – is now available in Bordeaux Burgundy and with a 4K display option exclusively via HP.com for a starting price of $1,309.99.

Do more with less when you use the ultra-slim HP ENVY USB-C Hub, which includes pass-through charging to your notebook, two USB-A charging ports and an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K resolution support. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $79.99.

HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot

HP also unveiled a new line of Pavilion displays that immerse users in whatever they are creating or watching. The HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot is the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display, offering more than a billion viewable colors. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $399. The HP Pavilion 27 FHD offers a variety of features such as built-in B&O audio and a pop-up privacy camera, and is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $329. The HP Pavilion 32 QHD is a dynamic display with immersive QHD resolution and stunning vantage points from almost any angle. It is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $379.99.

The OMEN X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR is the world’s first big format gaming display with a soundbarl [1], taking the living room gaming experience to new and incredible places with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Another previously unannounced feature is the OMEN X Emperium Soundbar, the world’s first big format gaming display with soundbar [2]. You don’t need a separate subwoofer with this potent trio: LOFAR Low Frequency Array, VRT Vibration Reduction Technology and a three-way stereo crossover system. The OMEN X Emperium 65 with soundbar is expected to be available in February for a starting price of $4,999.

HP is also updating two of its best-selling OMEN PCs to take advantage of the newest technology available. The OMEN 15 Laptop debuted in May, with an option for the world’s first 240 Hz laptop display. Since then, the OMEN by HP team added NVIDIA’s latest mobile graphics cards and optional 802.11ax Wi-Fi. It is expected to be available in July.

Finally, the newest version of OMEN Obelisk Desktop goes into overdrive with the latest specs to handle the most rigorous games available. It’s now capable of:

  • up to 64 GB of HyperX Memory
  • up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics
  • up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K CPU
  • dual SSD w/ RAID0
  • liquid cooling

It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $2,249.99.

The way people work is changing. The workforce is working on the go, working from home and airports, and collaborating in more open environments within the office. Security is more important than ever to protect devices, identity and data.

HP unveiled a more secure vision for the workplace of the future with the introduction of its third generation of its HP Sure View integrated privacy screen [3]. New Elite products featuring HP Sure View Gen3 give you new ways of working while protecting sensitive information on the go, at desks and around the office.

HP EliteBook x360

The HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 is the world’s brightest business convertible [4] bringing x360 versatility mainstream for on-the-go workers. Look for it in March. The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor (below) is the world’s first display with an integrated privacy screen that instantly creates confidentiality in open workspaces and is expected to be available in February. The HP EliteOne 800 AiO G4 is the world’s first AiO with an integrated privacy screen that also packs desktop discrete graphics performance into a space-saving, sleek design. It is expected to be available in June.

HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor

For more information, head over to HP’s CES press kit.

[1] Compared to all gaming displays measured diagonally with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR as of 1/7/2019.

[2] Based on sound bar built into the PC and big format display with 65-inch or larger viewing area as of 1/7/2019.

[3] HP Sure View Gen3 integrated privacy screen is an optional feature that must be configured at the factory. It is only available on non-touch models and is designed to function in landscape orientation.

[4] Based on 8th Generation Intel based business convertibles with Intel Core i U series processor, Windows Pro OS, vPro and a convertible non-detachable design with 1000 Nits as of 1/7/2019.

Updated January 6, 2019 10:12 pm

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Ready for business: Lenovo ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga

Updates to the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga are designed to keep users and IT departments happy through proven reliability and comprehensive ThinkShield device security—without sacrificing performance. The ThinkPad portfolio has always offered a broad range of choices to give customers the specific device they need. The updated ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga are no different.

Key features include:

  • The latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
  • 13.3-inch FHD displays with Touch option and garaged Active Pen on L390 Yoga.
  • ThinkShield security features including dTPM 2.0, touch fingerprint reader, and IR camera on L390 Yoga.
  • World-facing camera on L390 Yoga enabling field workers or students take photos on the go.
  • Complete Lenovo Services portfolio including premier support, deployment services, transition assistance, and asset protection.
  • Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro operating system.

Workplace transformation initiatives are in full swing, responding to the desires of energized and dynamic users. New workspaces are all about collaboration areas and greater user mobility to promote interaction and productivity. Such spaces require technology that enables more flexibility and creativity.

Positioned with price-sensitive business customers and professional consumers in mind, the L series maintains the ThinkPad reputation for ruggedness and durability. Sitting below the ThinkPad X1 premium notebooks and the mainstream corporate workhorse T and X series, the updated L390 and L390 provide users with mainstream performance and value. These highly portable notebooks with MilSpec build quality incorporate business features and solutions that address the challenges faced by users and IT departments.

Availability and pricing:

ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga will be available to order in black or silver this month.

L390 will start from $659 and L390 Yoga from $889.

Visit Lenovo to learn more.

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Check out the roundup of newly announced PC gaming hardware

With gamescom and IFA now behind us, we’re taking a look at some of the hottest Windows gaming hardware announcements across various events—bringing them all into one, easy place for you to read. The last few weeks have seen a handful of new gaming laptops, GPUs, monitors and more announced for PC gamers of all varieties. Check out the list below to see what new hardware announced you’re most looking forward to!

Acer Predator Triton 900

Acer Predator Triton 900 Image

Acer Predator Triton 900 Image

The newly refreshed Acer Predator Triton 900 gaming rig sports the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for ultimate power and speed, while the laptop’s hinge pivots the screen to fit whatever angle you’d like to game at. With the garage door, you can insert an Xbox controller dongle to play Xbox games seamlessly, and a custom-engineered dual-fan keeps things cool while the RGB backlit keyboard and overclocking capabilities customize your gaming experience.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Devices and Their Beefier GPUs

Lenovo Legion Image

Lenovo Legion Image

Lenovo has refreshed three gaming devices announced at E3 with upgraded GPUs: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 on the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 on the Lenovo Legion T730 tower and Lenovo Legion C730 cube.

A testament to Lenovo engineering and innovation, the Lenovo Legion Y530 15.6-inch FHD display gaming laptop is thermally optimized to run cooler and quieter with a full-sized white backlit keyboard. At 24 mm thin and 2.3 kg light, it’s been redesigned to deliver the ideal balance between epic gaming performance and practical portability. It also comes with powerful NVIDIA graphics, DDR4 memory and more, all optimally cooled via a re-engineered dual-channel cooling system.

The Lenovo Legion T730 is a 28-liter desktop that gives you the style and power you demand in a gaming tower, thanks to customizable RGB LED system lighting, a transparent side panel, optional liquid cooling, and extreme processing and graphics power with overclocking options to completely immerse you in your favorite titles. The space-saving Lenovo Legion C730 is a striking 19L cube with fully loaded overclocked components – boosted by the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 GPU upgrades.

MSI P65 Creator

MSI P65 Creator Image

MSI P65 Creator Image

Looking for a notebook to enable you to keep gaming-on-the-go, but capturing the appeal of your inner creator? Look no further. The P65’s high-performance specifications are comparable to MSI’s top-of-the-line gaming offerings. It features Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, allowing for fast rendering times and multitasking. The P65 has up to almost three times more graphical performance than leading competitor in its category. And it uses MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity, the same system found in the company’s gaming laptops, to keep the notebook cool even during intense workloads.

With its ultra-light aluminum chassis, the P65 weighs just 4.14 pounds and measures 0.69 inches thick. At the same time, the slim design does not sacrifice battery life. The P65 has an 82Whr battery for up to more than 9 hours of regular use.

At launch, the P65 will be available in both silver and a limited-edition white. The White Limited Edition shares many of the same specifications as the Silver Edition but comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, Hi-Res Audio, and Thunderbolt 3. At launch, the Silver Edition will be available with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q or GTX 1050 Ti. The White Limited Edition also includes an extended one-year warranty and protective laptop sleeve.

OMEN by HP

At gamescom in Cologne, Germany, OMEN by HP unveiled new hardware and mobile software innovations for gaming enthusiasts. The OMEN Obelisk is the latest addition to the company’s desktop gaming family. Also announced are new features for the OMEN Mindframe Headset – the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology – to add comfort and audio benefits for both competitive play and streaming.

Gamers are always hungry for more power—such as graphics cards and memory. The OMEN Obelisk will be one of the first systems to carry the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series of GPUs by way of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, powered by all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture, giving gamers access to the world’s ultimate gaming architecture. The integration of HyperX high-performance memory within the OMEN Obelisk is another critical part of engineering a desktop to utilize the latest GPUs, RAM and other components through an industry-standard upgrade path vital to gaming at the highest levels, both now and in the future.

OMEN Desktop Teardown Image

OMEN Desktop Teardown Image

The OMEN Obelisk Desktop addition to the family of OMEN Desktops has been engineered with peak performance and customization so PCs can keep up with the latest in gaming. With a DIY-friendly, industry-standard upgrade path, along with options for the latest graphics and processor architectures, gamers can continually achieve the performance they expect.

Top features of the OMEN Obelisk are detailed in HP’s press release and include world-class power and storage, latest series of NVIDIA GPUs, HyperX integration, strategic cooling with extensive venting that takes advantage of thoughtfully placed components to generate optimal airflow, and a customizable and clean design.

Speaking of top features, the forthcoming OMEN Mindframe Headset is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling by way of HP’s patented thermoelectric driven Frostcap technology. It has been built with comfort in mind, while also delivering top-notch sound quality. The OMEN by HP team has made further additions prior to launch, including noise cancellation, real-time audible feedback via sidetone to take advantage of noise cancellation, and new fabric cups for improved breathability.

Regarding pricing and availability, the OMEN Obelisk Desktop is expected to be available in September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99. OMEN Game Stream for Android is expected to be available later this year via the Google Play Store for free. And the OMEN Mindframe Headset is expected to be available in October via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $199.99.

NZXT HUE 2 for PC Builders

On Tuesday, NZXT announced 10 products comprising the new HUE 2 RGB family, delivering the broadest line of RGB lighting accessories for PC builders. NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, noted that the new HUE 2 ecosystem – including the four-channel HUE 2 RGB controller and the external HUE 2 Ambient Lighting controller, along with several new accessories – provides PC builders more options for customizing their systems.

At the heart of the HUE 2 ecosystem are four complete RGB kits that include everything PC builders need to get started: the HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit, HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit, Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (120mm) and Aer RGB 2 Starter Kit (140mm). Choose one to get started and add accessories to complete and perfect your PC’s lighting.

Builders can choose from a variety of RGB accessories to express their creativity and build the perfect lighting for their gaming PC. All HUE 2 accessories require a HUE 2 RGB controller, purchased separately in one of the HUE 2 kits. The new HUE 2 family of products will be available in North America in mid to late August, and in the rest of the world in late August. Read more here.

Alienware by Dell – Monitors, Gaming Desktops and more!

Alienware Aurora

Alienware Aurora Image

Alienware Aurora Image

The new Alienware Aurora gaming desktop, designed for VR experiences, and currently the designated training PC for Team Liquid, is both a proven powerhouse for gaming professionals as well as a complete package for gaming beginners and veterans who need significant performance and upgradability under a reliable, high-quality chassis.

For gamers looking for a mid-tower desktop, the new Alienware Aurora is ready for current Oculus VR or HTC/VIVE requirements and can also support higher performance configurations for the near future’s more demanding VR, as well as 4K gaming. Gamers can choose from a wide variety of upgradability options, spanning many performance and budgetary considerations.

Inspired by the Alienware Area-51, the external design of the system includes AlienFX customizable lighting and has incorporated various ergonomic features for user-handling and component access. Its internal arrangement and fan positioning delivers ambient air towards the priority components with exhausts at the top and rear of the system to deliver maximum performance.

Alienware 15 and 17

Alienware 15 Image

Alienware 15 Image

With up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9 k-Series processors, the Alienware 15 and 17 are engineered with an improved thermal solution and a thin, hinge-forward design to extract the maximum performance from top-of-the-line components.

The design introduces premium materials such as anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel-reinforcements and copper thermal management to ensure a level of stiffness, rigidity, thinness and high-quality feel – all without sacrificing gaming performance. You can also get to internal components easier through a new bottom door mechanism.

With an upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard, with per key RBG LED, Alienware 15 and 17 now support n-key rollover, enabling more than 108-key commands for maximum actions per minute. It’s the only keyboard on a laptop with 2.2mm of key travel, allowing for rapid response for any keystroke. Reinforced with a steel back plate for rigidity and uniform feedback, it’s guaranteed to stay functional for up to 10 million keystrokes.

Dell 24 and 27 gaming monitors (S2419HGF and S2719DGF)

Dell Monitors Image

Dell Monitors Image

With Dell’s 24 (S2419HGF) and 27 (S2719DGF) gaming monitors, you’ll experience sharp, tear-free graphics with a swift overclocked refresh rate at 144Hz and 155Hz respectively. You’ll also leave lag behind, with blazing fast and responsive gameplay at an extremely rapid 1 millisecond response time.

These monitors support AMD FreeSync for smooth gameplay and give you the flexibility to game with the No-Sync fast refresh option on your existing hardware. You can also personalize and preset up to three gaming profiles, in addition to three factory preset modes, with a gamer-geared menu. Both monitors are distinguished by metallic paint in recon-blue to complement Dell gaming PCs for unified look and gaming experience.

The all-new gaming monitors provide maximum reliability with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period even if only one bright pixel is found.

Thanks for reading about all of the exciting new PC gaming hardware coming soon from our preferred partners. For the latest in PC gaming hardware and games, keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire.

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Dell debuts ‘world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation’

Dell delivers compact solutions that pack a punch, including a 1U rack workstation and towers starting at $649.

Companies of all sizes and budgets looking for powerful, affordable, compact industry-leading workstations now have new choices for their needs from Dell, including the world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation.¹

The Dell Precision 3930 Rack delivers powerful performance in a compact industrial footprint. Its 1U rack height delivers better rack density and extended operating temperatures, while features such as its short depth, dust filters, and legacy ports allow it to integrate seamlessly into complex medical imaging and industrial automation solutions.

Other features include:

  • The rack workstation provides up to 64 GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory thanks to the introduction of Intel Xeon E processors and an 8th Generation Intel Core CPU.
  • The Intel Xeon E processor supports Error Correcting Code (ECC) for increased reliability.
  • The rack workstation offers best-in-class workstation performance and provides the flexibility of up to 250W of doublewide GPUs, and scalability with up to 24 TB of storage.
  • With 3 PCIe slots, including an optional PCI slot, this workstation can tackle complex tasks with ease.
  • A range of NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs are available. With the Quadro P6000, users benefit from 24GB of GDDR5X and powerful ultra-high-end graphics performance.
  • In addition, customers have the option to choose AMD Radeon Pro graphics.

If your company is looking for versatile, secure, and fast remote 1:1 user access, you can add optional Teradici PCOIP technology. The rack workstation effortlessly integrates into the datacenter, which helps reduce clutter at your desk.

A smaller footprint that doesn’t skimp on performance

Going small can lead to big things, so Dell has built these new entry-level workstations to fuel the future of innovation across engineering design, science, mathematics, and other data- and graphics-intensive fields. Running a highly powerful machine no longer requires having a large work space or a large budget, making this level of performance available to many companies and workers for the first time.

“Customers across Engineering & Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, and beyond have come to rely on Dell workstations to deliver the highest performing systems for their critical workload. But as we enter the next era of workstations, the conversation is accelerating to immersive workflows utilizing even smaller footprints. Dell is leading the way in this evolution with these new entry-level workstations designed to deliver the ultimate in performance with a substantially smaller footprint,” says Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager of Dell Precision. “When access to leading technology improves, innovation flourishes. Sometimes something as simple as a smaller form factor can unleash new ideas and capabilities that have the power to reshape an industry.”

The Dell Precision 3630 Tower is 23 percent smaller² than the previous generation with more expandability, so workers can get the precise solution they need regardless of workspace constraints. It features a range of easy-to-reach ports that make it possible to connect to external data sources, storage devices, and more. It offers scalable storage featuring SATA and PCIe NVMe SSDs, which can be configured for up to 14 TB with RAID support.

As workstation users often create intellectual property, Dell will also offer an optional Smart Card (CAC/PIV) reader to make secure data management easier.

If you’re interested in creating or enjoying VR experiences and other resource-intensive tasks, this workstation is a good choice, thanks to an 8th Generation Intel Core i and new professional-grade Xeon E processors with faster memory speeds up to 2666MHz 64 GB. It also offers up to 225W of NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro graphics support.

The new Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower is a great fit for many workstation users, offering many of the same benefits as the Precision 3630, but in an even smaller form factor and up to 55W of graphics support. It’s also expandable with up to 6TB of storage with RAID support.

Dell also introduced support for Intel Core Xseries processors in addition to the Intel Xeon W processor options already available on the Dell Precision 5820 Tower. These new processor options bring the enhanced performance and reliability of a workstation at a more affordable price point for customers.

Adding Intel Optane memory keeps responsiveness high and high-capacity storage costs lower on all these new Dell Precision 3000 series workstations. Customers can expect the same build quality and reliability of the Dell Precision line.

Available now: The Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower and the Dell Precision 3630 Tower (both starting at $649) and the Dell Precision 5820 Tower workstation.

Available worldwide July 26, 2018: The Dell Precision 3930 Rack, which starts at $899.

¹When equipped with Intel Xeon E-2186G processor, available 64GB of 2666MHz memory capacity, NVIDIA P6000 graphics and 2xM.2PCIe storage. Based on Dell internal analysis of competitive workstation products as of July 2018.

² Gen-over-Gen claim based on internal testing, July 2018.