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Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD achieves 2.15GB/s read speed, sips on power

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Samsung unveiled today its new SM951 PCIe (M.2) SSD in a trio of different capacities – 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. The drive is not only quite small, but also freakishly fast with 2.15GB/s read and 1.55GB/s write speeds.

The SM951 uses a new 10-nanometer MLC flash technology, which makes it 50% less power hungry. In fact, the drive consumes just 2 miliwatts in standby mode. Read more »

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad X1 Carbon new ultrabooks and more

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With CES 2015 announcements under way Lenovo wasted no time in the introduction of its future product plans in the mobile PC sector. Today the Chinese tech giant introduced the third generation of its immensely successful X1 Carbon model as well as new additions to the ThinkPad X, T, E and L families. The press release also discloses information on a new IPS panel by the company, as well as an interesting power-bank with interlocking design and multiple charging accessories.

It comes as no surprise that Lenovo is once again hitting strong on the mobile computer front and it is this kind of perseverance that insured the manufacturer the formidable leading position as the world’s biggest PC manufacturer for 2013. The ThinkPad lineup has been playing a central role in the company’s success formula and has been Lenovo’s pride and joy ever since it was acquired from IBM. The latest third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon was introduced today as the lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook yet, weighing just under 2.9 pounds battery and all. Read more »

HP announces 6 new monitors, including 4K, 5K, curved, and 3D displays

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HP went ballistic today with its monitor announcement, launching no less than seven of them at once. This includes some 4K monitors, some curved, one 5K screen and there’s even a 3D monitor.

The HP Z27q is the 27-inch 5K monitor with a 5120×2880 resolution, identical to the new iMac with Retina display. The monitor has two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, four USB 3.0 outputs, tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB gamut. The Z27q will set you back by a reasonable $1,299 starting March. Read more »

LG will showcase a trio of 34-inch displays at CES 2015

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LG will take on its rival Samsung at CES with a trio of 34” new monitors. The high-resolution consists of a flat display with serious gaming chops, and two fashionably curved models.

Sporting the model number 34UM67, the 21:9 gaming-centered display you see above sports AMD FreeSync tech. Read more »

Xiaomi laptop leaked in pictures, specs revealed

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Xiaomi has definitely been on the rise in 2014. The Chinese company is firmly grounding its reputation as a trusted manufacturer of quality devices with a very good value to price tag ratio. But besides recent bestsellers in the smartphone market, like the Redmi 1S and the Xiaomi Mi3, the tech giant also offers a wide range of other consumer devices, like TVs, Media players and headphones and is constantly branching into new markets with offers like the Mi Air Purifier.

New rumors have now surfaced, stating that Xiaomi may be expanding into the PC market with its first ever laptop. Speculations about such a move have been circulating for the past few months but it is only now that we are seeing some more-convincing evidence in the form of photos and possible specs. The leaked shots show a device, visually similar to the Apple Macbook Air line. Read more »

Samsung SE790C is a 34-inch ultra-wide curved monitor

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Samsung took the wraps off a 34” ultra-wide curved monitor. Sporting the model number SE790C, the Korean giant’s latest creation will make an appearance in its massive exhibition booth during CES 2015

Samsung SE790C “ultra-wide quad high definition.” Read more »

HP Envy x2 goes official as a Microsoft Surface 3 alternative

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HP took the wraps off the Envy x2 of family of convertible PCs. With a multi-angle kickstand, fabric keyboard cover, and available stylus, the device is a cheaper, slightly less capable clone to the heavily marketed Microsoft Surface 3.

HP Envy x2 is available in configurations with 13” or 15” IPS display. Read more »

MSI GT80 Titan is a gaming notebook with mechanical keyboard

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MSI took the wraps off the GT80 Titan gaming notebook. The 18” beast features a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches.

The number pad of the notebook is not mechanical. Read more »

iFixit tears down the new iMac with Retina 5K display

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The freshly announced Apple iMac with 5K Retina display got the iFixit treatment. Cupertino’s latest desktop computer received the average repairability score of 5.

The internal setup of the new iMac closely resembles that of the previous model, save for some of the new components it features. Read more »

Lenovo to finalize IBM low-end server acquisition this week

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We first got wind of Lenovo’s bid for IBMs low-end server division early this year, when the China-based company and the tech giant agreed to a $2.3 billion deal for IBM’s x86 server division.

Today, Reuters reports that the deal is set to finalize on October 1, although at a slightly lower valuation of $2.1 billion. Read more »

NVIDIA announces GTX 980 and GTX 970 based on the new Maxwell architecture

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NVIDIA has announced two new graphics cards for the PC, the flagship single-GPU GTX 980 and the mid-range GTX 970. Both are based on NVIDIA’s 10th generation Maxwell architecture, which succeeds Kepler.

Other than being more powerful, the two new graphics cards also introduce some new technologies from NVIDIA, including Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), which enables real-time global illumination. This enables the light to reflect off surfaces more naturally, and the resultant illumination is more realistic and accurate. Read more »

Toshiba will drastically reduce its consumer PC business

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The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba announced that it will drastically reduce its consumer PC business. The move will include withdrawal from certain markets altogether.

Increased focus on the business market is the main reason behind the tech giant’s move. Read more »

Acer unveils Aspire R13 convertible with QHD display and active pen

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Acer’s latest foire into Windows convertibles is the R13 laptop. It has a QHD (2560 x 1440) touchscreen display and an Intel Haswell chipset. The most curious thing about it is that Ezel Aero Hinge that has dual-torque design and allows the display to be rotated and the ultrabook to convert into six distinct body-to-screen configurations.

You can use the R13 laptop in the notebook, stand, tent and three other positions. Both the top plate of the device and the display are covered by Gorilla Glass 3. Read more »

Seagate announces the first 8TB 3.5″ HDD for enterprises

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Following the launch of its 6TB hard drive, Seagate today announced its 8TB HDD. Unlike Western Digital, which uses helium for its high-capacity HDDs, Seagate has opted for an alternative method.

Sadly, the company is mum on the method in question. Seagate has been known to use a shingled magnetic recording technology to bump the areal density of its disk platters. Read more »

AMD announces R7 Series SSD

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AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.

Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »