The success of UCFF PCs have made vendors realize that small and power-efficient computing platforms are here to stay. ARM SoC manufacturers, finding that the tablet market had reached saturation, kick-started a new product category in the form of 'HDMI sticks'. As a computing platform, they were smaller than the ultra-compact form factor PCs - just looking like an oversized USB key. Intel announced the Compute Stick at CES to bring one of the first Wintel platforms into this space. Late last month, Google also introduced a Chrome OS-based HDMI stick. Both of these point to the 'stick' computing platform being more than just a passing fad. The Intel Compute Stick we are reviewing today comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) pre-installed, making...

Analyzing the Price of Mobility: Desktops vs. Laptops

Computers have been getting faster over the years, and with the increased performance we eventually passed the point where most systems were “fast enough” and the various features and...

110 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2013

Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

Prior to the Haswell generation, the Alienware M17x was the gaming notebook to get. The new Alienware 17 has a fresh coat of paint and a new moniker, but...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/6/2013

ASUS Announces Zenbook UX301 and UX302 Haswell Ultrabooks

Our final ASUS IFA announcement for today is for their new Ultrabooks, which we’ve been waiting to see for a couple months now. I thought ASUS pretty much nailed...

56 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

ASUS Announces Transformer Book T300 - Windows 8 Detachable Tablet

Earlier today (sorry – I’m writing these up as fast as my fingers will go!), ASUS announced their new Transformer Book Trio, a hybrid Android + Windows 8 tablet/laptop...

24 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

ASUS Announces Fonepad Note 6E and Fonepad 7E

If you’re keeping track, I’m almost half-way through the ASUS IFA announcements from this morning. Up next we have two new Fonepad devices, the Fonepad Note 6E and the...

13 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Trio - Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Hybrid

Going along with their other IFA announcements and taking more than a few elements from the Transformer tablets, up next from ASUS is the Transformer Book Trio. The idea...

19 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

Intel Teases Baytrail Performance with Atom Z3770 Cinebench Score

Intel's lone ranger and Principal Engineer, Francois Piednoël, published one of the first semi-official Baytrail benchmarks on his Twitter feed earlier today. The score is for the unannounced Atom...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2013

Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad T, X, and S series Ultrabooks

Today in the pre-IFA excitement in Berlin, Germany, Lenovo announced updates to their T, X, and S series Ultrabooks, with thinner form factors, a variety of panel options, larger...

46 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2013

Intel Core i7 4960X (Ivy Bridge E) Review

Twenty two months ago Intel launched its LGA-2011 platform and Sandy Bridge E aimed at the high-end desktop enthusiast. The platform brought more cores, more PCIe lanes and more...

119 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/3/2013

Eurocom X5 (Clevo P177SM)

Over the last decade or so, Clevo has been one of the more enduring notebook original design manufacturers, particularly when it comes to gaming and workstation-centric desktop replacements. I’m...

39 by Vivek Gowri on 9/2/2013

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka...

47 by Jarred Walton on 8/30/2013

Acer V7-482PG-9884 Review: Everything You Need

There’s a careful balancing act that needs to be maintained when putting together any system. Cooling requirements need to be kept in check by size constraints, performance ties into...

62 by Jarred Walton on 8/24/2013

Choosing a Gaming Laptop, Back-to-School 2013 Edition

We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...

60 by Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013

Intel Talks about Multimode LTE Modems - XMM7160 and Beyond

Since acquiring Infineon's wireless division and forming the Mobile Communications Group, Intel has been relatively quiet about its modem portfolio and roadmap. Pre-acquisition parts from Infineon have continued to...

39 by Brian Klug on 8/20/2013

Ask the Experts: Intel's Aicha Evans Talks Wireless and Answers Your Questions

We've followed Intel's CPU team's march towards mobile for years now, but we've seen very little from the wireless group. That's all beginning to change. Earlier this year at...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/15/2013

Acer R7 Review: Something Different

What happens when you rethink everything concerning the traditional notebook and try to come up with something newer and hopefully better? Earlier this year, Acer released the Aspire R7...

114 by Jarred Walton on 8/15/2013

Interview with Rod O’Shea, EMEA Embedded Group Director and Site Manager for Intel UK

Interview with Rod O’Shea, EMEA Embedded Group Director and Site Manager for Intel UK After my i7-4750HQ / Clevo W740SU testing at Intel UK headquarters a fortnight ago, I was...

5 by Ian Cutress on 8/13/2013

Acer S7-392 Haswell Ultrabooks Now Available

Acer sent along word today that their S7 Ultrabook, now updated with Haswell internals, is available for order. At present, Acer lists two different models; as usual, the less...

42 by Jarred Walton on 8/12/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (11-inch)

Apple launched their new Haswell based MacBook Air laptops last month, and we started our reviews with the MacBook Air 13. Today we have the review of it's smaller...

139 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Pricing Leaked

Yesterday VR-Zone leaked information on the initial pricing expected for Ivy Bridge-E (IVB-E) processors, which we’ve reproduce in the table below. The LGA-2011 platform is an interesting departure from...

58 by Jarred Walton on 7/31/2013

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