A new Surface Pro is expected to arrive later this year, and previous rumors suggested that Microsoft may be giving its detachable tablet design a big makeover.One of those makeovers, if a patent filing uncovered by Windows United proves accurate, could mean that USB-C will be a native feature for the first time on the Surface Pro line.Though other PC manufacturers have embraced the USB-C connector — and even the faster Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C in some cases — Microsoft had been reluctant to adopt the technology, opting for legacy connectors to maintain compatibility with other peripherals.To date, the Surface Pro line includes a magnetic Surface Connector for charging, a USB-A port, and a Mini DisplayPort.On the image in the patent application, you’ll find a USB-C port alongside the USB-A and Mini DisplayPort.With the potential inclusion of USB-C as detailed by the illustration in the patent filing, it’s unclear what the fate of Microsoft’s magnetic Surface Connect port will be.
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The Surface Laptop 2 launched at the tail end of 2018, but we want to consider how it holds up to the new breed of competition around six months later.Our unit is the sleek black model, which came with a quad-core Core i7-8650U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.There are features of the Surface Laptop 2 that still feel cutting edge.The 3:2 aspect ratio helps in this area a bit, but the added size and unused space that the bezels create isn’t a good look.On the left side is single USB-A port, a mini-DisplayPort for video, and a headphone jack, while the right side has only the magnetic Surface Connect port for charging.Swapping out the mini-DisplayPort for USB-C port feels like a no-brainer, and it’s only going to grow worse over the years.
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Acer has revealed its new ConceptD line, looking to squeeze onto the desks – and into the hearts – of content creators who may be feeling abandoned by Apple.The new range will include desktops, notebooks, monitors, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, putting top-spec processors, storage, and graphics into cleanly cohesive design.It has a huge 17.3-inch display, Wacom-enabled for graphic artists, and mounted on a rotating hinge so that it can be pulled down over the keyboard for when you want to focus on sketching or drawing.Driving it is NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX Gen 2080 graphics card.Storage is up to 1TYB of NVMe memory in RAID 0 SSD configuration.Both are still 100-percent Adobe RGB and Pantone Verified, and deliver up to 400 nits of brightness.
Beats me why no TV manufacturers ever equip their sets with more than four.Maybe it’s only a problem for people who perpetually feel the need to own every modern gaming console and a streaming box.Until this past week, I’d barely touched the PlayStation Classic I bought on a Boxing Day fire sale, simply because I didn’t have anywhere to plug it in.Half its value as a product is as a cute ornament, sure, but I should at least be able to play the odd round of Ridge Racer Type 4.Then I took delivery of a pink battery-powered monitor and everything was fine.The Taihe Gemini is a 15.6-inch monitor raising funds on Kickstarter and is currently at more than 100 times over its target.
These cables are designed to support devices such as a PC, laptop, and monitors.This means that a standard DisplayPort cable will support new systems with the same quality results, possibly supporting systems up to 4k at 60Hz.However, while you look for buying options, you need to make a note that there are a few RBR (Reduced Bit Rate) cables.Therefore, unless the cable is identified as RBR, it is a standard DisplayPort cable.Here are some points to consider:A standard DisplayPort cable (1.1, 1.2) supports any system, including 4K and multi-stream capabilities.A standard DisplayPort support RBR, HBR (High Bit Rate), and HBR2 (High Bit Rate 2), which can support 4K at 60hz or up to 1080p using multi-stream.Myth: If you will buy an expensive cable, it will provide better quality.Mainly, it is used for DisplayPort enabled PC monitors.The Mini DisplayPort Connector: It’s majorly used for the DisplayPort output on notebook PCs.The Mini DP connector is in use for Thunderbolt source as well.It even includes support for dual-mode-DP-to-HDMI and DP-to-DVI adaptors, and DP-to-VGA adaptors.)2.Avoid Non-DisplayPort Certified Cables:We love to shop from our beloved clothing brands like H, Forever 21, Asos for good quality products.
Dell had a fantastic showing in 2018 when it came to laptops.My worldview has been shattered; I exist in a pit of despair.Here are the specifications for the model we reviewed:Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost)GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q design with 8GB GDDR5RAM: 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
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Lenovo showcased several new and refreshed devices targeting gamers during the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas.The lineup includes two updated laptops, two new monitors, four updated desktops, two headsets, and several peripherals.This list doesn’t include all the other mainstream devices displayed during the show, which we threw into a separate post.Lenovo refreshed its Legion Y700 series for 2019 with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20 Series discrete graphics for laptops.Other options include configurations with Corsair memory overclocked to 3,200MHz, a Dolby Vision HDR 400 screen with a 500-nit brightness, and a Full HD screen with G-Sync technology running at 144Hz.Lenovo’s refreshed Legion Y740 packs a Corsair iCUE backlit keyboard and system lighting supporting over 16 million colors, though you won’t see loads of visual bling.
We took a close-up look at the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model gaming laptop this week at CES 2019, what with its newly-embedded super-powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series GPU under the hood and everything.Each of the newest models announced this week have an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6 core processor under the hood, 16GB dual-channel system memory, and up to 512GB of fast SSD storage.They’ve got some spiffy new cameras looking at us, too, fully capable of working with Windows Hello IR (infrared) sensing for facial recognition and login.IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) 60 Hz, with a capacitive multi-touch touchscreen panel in the mix.One features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6 VRAM), another has an RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design (8 GB GDDR6 VRAM), and a third has an RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design (8 GB GDDR6 VRAM).Storage options vary as well – you can get either 256GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) or 512 GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4).
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The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like.I've been using Microsoft's new Surface Laptop 2 and love the sleek design, vibrant display, and powerful processor.The Surface Laptop 2 already has a lot going for it.Is it worth the cash?The outside of the laptop is sleek and stylish and comes in a few different colors — including Black, Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.It comes in at 12.13 x 8.79 x 0.57 inches, with a weight of 2.76 pounds.
They’re sleek and professional looking, and ditch the heft that’s so often associated with these sorts of notebooks.It still retains some gamer styling like RGB backlighting and a jet black paint job, but this is closing in on stealth gaming territory, You might even be able to convince your boss to buy one for your next office upgrade.The Alienware logo and some of the angled edges also give it that gamer look, which is something you may or may not enjoy depending on your own personal proclivities.Port selection on the two devices is comparable, but there are some subtle differences.The Blade sports a single USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connector, a trio of USB-A 3.1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 output, a mini DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and support for Gigabit Ethernet.That laptop has Gigabit Ethernet, three USB-A 3.1 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, an HDMI 2.0 output, mini DisplayPort 1.3 connector, a bespoke Alienware graphics amplifier port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
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LG has announced a new 32-inch UHD display, the 32QK500-W, which offers an impressive mix of features for a midrange monitor for $349.99, via Engadget.While not quite a full 4K display, the 32QK500-W should get you decent pixel density with a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel.There’s also support for AMD FreeSync, a 75Hz refresh rate, and an 8ms response time.It might not be the fastest display out there, but it’s certainly something that’ll hold up for less demanding gaming.Add in the relatively restrained design for a desktop monitor with a tilting “Edge-ArcLine stand” that looks a bit nicer than your average black box screen, and you’ve got a reasonably nice-looking option for the price.Unfortunately, that forward-thinking design doesn’t extend to ports: despite the fact that it’s nearly 2019, there’s no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 display options on the 32QK500-W; there are only a DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports.
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That changed just recently, though, with an updated version that moves forward to the latest CPU and migrates to a few significantly better components.The notebook industry hasn’t stood still since the MacBook Air was last updated, though, and Microsoft’s detachable tablet Surface Pro 6 is one of the best examples of just how far along it it’s come.It’s still the same sort of wedge shape that kicked off the thin-and-light notebook market, but it’s now thinner at between 0.16 and 0.61 inches and it’s lighter at 2.75 pounds.Connectivity is another area where the Air “caught up” with its siblings.The Surface Pro 6, on the other hand, continues to showcase Microsoft’s now-iconic Surface design aesthetic and build, with a silver-gray color magnesium formed into a sliver of a tablet that’s thin (0.33 inches), light (1.73 pounds), and very robust.Its connectivity is even more limited than the Air’s, with only one USB-A 3.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort, and a Surface Connect port.
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like.The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is one of the best laptops you can buy.MicrosoftI've been using Microsoft's new Surface Laptop 2 and love the sleek design, vibrant display, and powerful processor.The Surface Laptop 2 already has a lot going for it.Is it worth the cash?The outside of the laptop is sleek and stylish, and comes in a few different colors — including Black, Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.
It’s the tablet that can also be a laptop, and the byproduct of refinement since the original Surface RT that launched six years ago.It’s the most popular Surface device and Apple, Google, HP, Dell, and Lenovo have all copied elements of the Surface Pro.The numbers you really need to care about this year are: it’s a Surface Pro 6, there’s 8GB RAM by default inside, it has 8th Gen quad-core Intel processors, and it’s now available in 000000 (black).The big new change this year is a matte black finish, but that doesn’t mask the fact Microsoft has kept the same design for three generations and the same dated selection of ports as the Pro 3 from four years ago.That’s a $100 price increase from the base model of last year’s Surface Pro, but you’re getting a better processor and more RAM for that extra cash as there’s no Core m3 option this time around (at least not at launch).For most people, the base model should be enough thanks to the RAM improvement and cloud storage, but if you want the new matte black option then it’s only available on the $1,199 model with 256GB of storage.
I certainly got that feeling testing the tiny red dongle this week.The device’s promise is similar to Duet, but accomplishes the task wirelessly and with higher fidelity than its chief competitor.Launched as a Kickstarter project last year, Luna is now available to everyone, priced at $80 (a $20 markup over the crowdfunded version).As a frequent traveler who relies on a large secondary monitor at the office, I happen to be right at the center of that Venn diagram, so I’m pretty excited at the potential.You plug the adapter into either a USB-C or Mini DisplayPort, make sure the two devices are connected to the same network and boom, you’ve got a second monitor.Things were, admittedly, a bit trickier at TC’s New York headquarters, where the corporate Wi-Fi structure of our Verizon overlords is a veritable rat king of wireless signals.
The new Surface Pro 6 has been announced, and Microsoft promises big gains over the previous generation thanks to its jump from dual-core to quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core processors.Of course, the jump forward in power comes with a bump up in price.This generation starts at $899 compared to the $799 starting price for the previous generation.We’ve broken down what’s inside of Microsoft’s latest 2-in-1 so that you can compare it with the model that it’s replacing, as well as the latest iPad Pro.Though the Surface Pro 6 and iPad Pro are quite different, they both help people get work done and thus, are both carefully considered by those who are thinking of buying a capable 2-in-1 machine.Take a look at the specs below:
One of the more perplexing announcements to come out of Microsoft’s Surface hardware event in New York City yesterday was the port choice across its refreshed Surface laptop line and its new, noise-cancelling and Cortana-equipped Surface Headphones.On the wireless Surface Headphones, which are a forward-looking pair of high-end cans designed to compete with Bose and Sony, you have a USB-C port for charging.You’ll also find USB-C on the Surface Go and on the just-announced Surface Studio 2.Yet on the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6, you’re still stuck Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect charging port and mini DisplayPort.It’s become common after tech industry hardware events to gripe about port choice these last couple of years, ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack.But with regard to USB-C, it’s starting to become inexcusable that tech companies — those that promise the future now and yet deliver a product with one foot in the past — are making customers’ lives more difficult and cumbersome by refusing to integrate new, more modern standards for reasons that are not readily apparent.
The Surface Pro 6 epitomizes Microsoft’s highly recognizable Surface design and aesthetic, as a sliver of silver-grey color magnesium allow thin, light, and eminently robust.Even this late in the game, connectivity is minimal, with just a single USB-A 3.0 port and a mini-DisplayPort to go with the now-aging Surface Connect port for power and docking.There’s the Type Cover, a $100 keyboard add-on with a crisp key mechanism and effective backlighting, a very good Microsoft Precision touchpad with full Windows 10 gesture support, and a magnetic attachment to the tablet that props up the keyboard at a comfortable angle.And then there’s the Surface Pen with its 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support, and the fastest response times among all Windows 10 tablets.The touchpad is a Microsoft Precision version and it’s plenty big for efficiently utilizing Windows 10’s full suite of gestures, and the touch display also supports the Surface Pen — albeit it’s not as comfortable to use with a pen as the Surface Pro 6.These are two very well-made notebooks, and choosing between them really comes down to what kind of machine you’re looking for a — the best Windows 10 tablet on the market or a lovely and quite usable notebook with some elegant panache.
Microsoft just updated its Surface PC hardware, adding faster processors and new design options to its Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio computers.Microsoft is one of a handful of tech companies to host hardware-related events this fall; Apple held its smartphone event in early September, while Google’s is scheduled for next week, on October 9.Still, Microsoft’s newest wares underscore that the company is committed to making its own PCs, which it first brought to the market six years ago.But to call it a tablet is something of a misnomer, since Microsoft has always positioned the Pro as a device with laptop-level power in a hybrid form factor.Like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Laptop 2 will come in matte black, in addition to burgundy, cobalt blue, and platinum.This means the fan is used less often, and it should be less noisy than the first Surface Laptop.
Microsoft is updating the Surface Laptop with 8th Gen Intel processors, more RAM, and a matte black finish.The second-generation model, called the Surface Laptop 2, is supposed to be 85 percent faster and includes twice as much RAM in its base configuration.But other than that and the new processors, nothing else appears to be changing — the hardware is identical: there’s a still a 13.5-inch display with a 2256 x 1504 resolution, and Microsoft is still estimating 14.5 hours of battery life for nonstop video playback.Storage still starts at a 128GB SSD and goes up to 1TB, and ports are still limited to a single USB 3.0 and Mini DisplayPort.That means another year without USB-C.The original Surface Laptop was announced in May 2017, and it became a surprise favorite, thanks to its balance of size, power, and style.
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