Report: Dell, HP held merger talks with EMC as PC hardware makers scramble to get out

With more and more computing hardware moving into the tablet and smartphone spaces, old giants like Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard are exploring merger talks, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that EMC had called off a year-long round of talk that would have merged the company with Hewlett-Packard, according to […]

PC confusion to linger on Intel’s quick jump to Skylake

Laptop and desktop buying decisions may get confusing in 2015 as Intel introduces PC chips based on two different architectures — Broadwell and Skylake — in the same year, something the chip maker rarely does. Mainstream PCs with chips based on the Broadwell architecture — Intel’s fifth-generation Core processors — will ship in the first […]

One-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backward

With its roomy, touch-enabled, 15.6-inch display; built in DVD burner; and sleek black chassis, the latest Lenovo Flex 2 looks like a pretty good deal for $680. But its poor battery life, uninspiring performance, a somewhat pale display and reliance on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi will be deal-breakers for some. Like others in Lenovo’s Flex series, the […]

This MSI laptop transforms into monster gaming rig with a gigantic graphics card dock

Trying to decide between a laptop and desktop for your next gaming PC? MSI believes it can offer both in one package. With MSI’s upcoming GS30 Shadow laptop, users can grab an optional desktop dock for a significant graphics boost. The dock has its own fan and power supply, along with a PCIe x16 slot […]

Intel talks wireless charging and RealSense 3D cameras, coming over the next year

Intel plans to make the wire-free future of the PC a reality as early as the first quarter of 2015, when the first “Skylake” reference designs ship to hardware makers. Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president and general manager in charge of the PC Client Group at Intel, began laying out more details of its […]

Wire-free laptops will hit the market next year, Intel says

Laptops that require no wires for charging, display, data transfers or docking will be available by the end of next year, an Intel executive said Wednesday. The laptops will free users from power bricks and wires for connecting to external displays, said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client […]

Intel pastes second screen on prototype laptop

Forget laptop stickers: Intel’s pasted a second screen on a prototype laptop it showed at its annual developer conference. The laptop had a regular screen on one side of the display panel and a gray scale e-ink screen on the other. When it was shut, the e-ink screen could serve as an electronic sticker to […]

Asus G550JK review: strong, smart laptop with a great screen and comfortable keyboard

Price: 1099 Rating: 8 There’s been a shift in gaming laptops, with bulky, expensive systems being challenged by leaner, cheaper laptops. The Asus G550JK is the latest to impress thanks to a good-looking chassis and full-HD screen.(Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) The black aluminium body is highlighted with red, from the backlit keyboard and […]

HP finally unveils its $300 AMD-powered Stream laptop

We first heard of the HP Stream in July, when Microsoft COO Kevin Turner held the notebook aloft during his keynote at the Windows Partners Conference. He was making a point about Microsoft’s intent to compete at the low end of the market, and the Stream was soon being described as a “Chromebook killer.” HP […]

MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro review: Ultrabook-thin with a fantastic screen

Price: 1317 Rating: 8 Few gaming laptops challenge Ultrabooks on size, but this MSI manages it. Read our MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro gaming laptop review. (Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) Gaming laptops are shrinking, but few challenge Intel’s Ultrabooks for size. The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro manages it with dimensions that scarcely […]

Wireless charging to reach PCs, tablets next year

Wireless charging will reach PCs next year, and laptops will be able to recharge when placed on tables, pads or surfaces supporting power delivery, according to an Intel executive In other words, laptop users won’t have to carry power bricks, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group. Skaugen […]

Intel’s Core M chips headed to 20 Windows tablets, hybrids

Intel’s new Core M chips — which bring PC-like performance to paper-thin tablets — will initially be in many Windows 8.1 tablets, but no Android devices are yet on the radar. The chips will be in five to seven detachable tablets and hybrids by year end, and the number of devices could balloon to 20 […]

What is Intel Core M? Core M specs, Core M devices, Core M UK release date – Intel promises desktop performance on portable devices

Intel has today announced the Core M family of processors, aimed at tablets and hybrids running full Windows. Here we explain Intel Core M specs, Intel Core M details and what kind of products to expect running Intel Core M chips. (See also: Intel turns its attention to desktop performance, unveils 8-core Haswell-E processor.) What […]

Dell laptops listed with Intel’s unreleased Broadwell PC chips

It’s been a long wait for mainstream PCs that use Intel Core processors based on the Broadwell architecture, but Dell has listed laptops that could ship with the unreleased chips early next year. Models of Dell’s Latitude 14 3000 (14-inch screen) and Latitude 15 3000 (15-inch screen) will have “5th Generation Intel Celeron, Core up […]

Dell packs Core M chip in Latitude 13 7000 tablet/laptop

Dell is packing new technologies like Intel’s Core M chip in its Latitude 13 7000 tablet/laptop hybrid, which the company believes is a better laptop replacement than other products like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. The Latitude 13 7000 is a 13.3-inch tablet, but when attached to a keyboard dock it transforms into a laptop that […]

Dell brings Google’s Chrome OS to desktops

Dell will ship its first desktops with Google’s Chrome operating system this month. The company’s two Chromebox desktops are small, almost identical in features and can be easily held in one hand. Both rely on Internet services and apps provided through the Chrome OS, but have different usage models. At US$179, the Dell Chromebox is […]

Microsoft: number of certified Windows devices has quadrupled in a year’s time

If you need a reason to buy a Windows machine this holiday, it can be summed up in one word: diversity. As the IFA show rolls on in Berlin this week, Microsoft executives pointed out the number of certified Windows devices has increased more than fourfold since the same time last year. That means more […]

HP set to expand its consumer 2-in-1 laptop lineup with new Envy x2, Pavilion x2 models

Like it or not, the 2-in-1 design that pairs a laptop with a detachable touchscreen that can double as a tablet seems here to stay. Acer showed several new models at the IFA tradeshow in Germany Wednesday, and HP unveiled three of its own Thursday, along with two new Chromebooks. Envy is HP’s upscale consumer […]

Lenovo debuts new gaming rigs at IFA: The $1299 Y70 Touch laptop and the $599 Erazer X315 desktop

Lenovo took the wraps off two new gaming PCs at the IFA trade show in Berlin today. The Y70 Touch is the more interesting of the two, as it boasts a 17.3-inch touchscreen display, a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a discrete Nvidia graphics processor in a chassis that’s slightly more than one-inch thick. […]

Toshiba updates its Chromebook line with two new models at IFA 2014

Toshiba has one of the better Chromebooks in its model CB35-A3120, and now the manufacturer is promising to improve on that design with one new Chromebook 2 model, and to cost-reduce it with another. Both SKUs have a 13.3-inch display squeezed into a thin-and-light, 12-inch chassis; and both are powered by Intel Celeron processors. Toshiba […]

Acer announces Aspire R13, R14 convertibles and larger Switch series 2-in-1s

Even traditional clamshell notebooks have adopted tablet-like capabilities, as both Acer’s new Aspire R 13 and 14 series, as well as the new Aspire Switch 10 and 11 2-in-1s, can now be detached or folded back into a tablet mode. Acer launched the next generation of its mainstream Aspire R series at the IFA show […]

Asus outs svelte, aluminum Zenbook UX305 and the EeeBook, a $199 Chromebook killer

Asus announced a pair of new Windows 8.1 PCs at IFA on Wednesday, and they’re as opposite as polar opposites can be: The aluminum-clad Zenbook UX805 (pictured above) is the latest version of the company’s signature Zenbook Ultrabook line, while the simply named Asus Eeebook X205 is the spiritual successor to–you guessed it–Asus’ old line […]

SAP, a devices company? Maybe, maybe not

While SAP has made a big push into mobile software and device management with the acquisition of Sybase and a series of apps, it hasn’t made overt moves into the devices market. But this could change down the road, judging from a recently published patent application submitted by SAP. The application, which was published late […]

PC market in 2014 a bit less dire than previously thought

The PC market is still a bleak place to be, but not as bleak as expected, according to new figures released Wednesday. Worldwide PC shipments will decline at a slower pace in 2014 than previously thought, as Chromebooks and Windows XP upgrades help drive new purchases, IDC said. Global PC shipments will decline by 3.7 […]

Inexpensive Windows PCs hitting the market with help from Microsoft

Microsoft is helping hardware makers build low-priced Windows PCs to combat Chromebooks and the early results of that effort are hitting the market. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than US$250 that run on Windows 8.1 with Bing, a royalty-free version of the OS. The OS is the same as Windows 8.1 […]