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 memory bandwidth to those users who needed more than what had become of Intel's performance desktop offerings. It was an acknowledgement of a high end market that seems to have lost importance over the past few years. On the surface, Sandy Bridge E was a very good gesture on Intel's part. Unfortunately, the fact that it's been nearly two years since we first met LGA-2011 without a single architecture update, despite seeing the arrival of both Ivy Bridge and Haswell, doesn't send a great message to the users willing to part with hard earned money...

AVADirect Clevo P170EM Part 2: GTX 680M Grudge Match

We took Clevo’s P170EM for a spin last week, equipped with a Radeon HD 7970M and a variety of other high-end options. Today we have our follow up where...

58 by Jarred Walton on 10/15/2012

Toshiba Satellite U845: Ultrabooks Go Mainstream

At CES, Toshiba showed us its forthcoming 14” Ultrabook, a system that they said would debut alongside Ivy Bridge in Q3. At the time, it was overshadowed by their...

57 by Vivek Gowri on 10/8/2012

The New Razer Blade: Thoroughly Reviewed

Earlier this year, Razer handed me a Blade evaluation unit and told me to go wild. Considering the company had no previous experience with developing PC laptop hardware, I...

60 by Vivek Gowri on 10/3/2012

Acer Announces Upcoming S7 Ultrabooks with Windows 8, We Go Hands On

Last week we met with Acer to go over the fall product stack, and we’ll have a bunch of announcements over the coming two weeks all leading up to...

26 by Jarred Walton & Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/2/2012

Alienware M18x R2 Notebook Review: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M in SLI

Around the launch of the Alienware M17x R3, Alienware essentially bifurcated its high end notebook offerings into single-GPU (the M17x R3) and dual-GPU (the M18x). The M17x R3 was...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/28/2012

Lenovo IdeaCentre A7 All-in-One Review: Starting to Get The Balance Right

As we mentioned in our recent review of Dell's enterprise-class all-in-one, the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One, balancing the needs of an all-in-one system and making it feel like a solid...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/26/2012

Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review: Ivy Bridge and the GeForce GTX 680M

Alienware recently updated their Bronze Editor's Choice award-winning M17x R4 gaming notebook to include Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and optional AMD Radeon HD 7900M series graphics or NVIDIA's new...

61 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/21/2012

Dell's Enterprise Windows 8 Rollout Begins

While today we already have a review up of Dell's enterprise all-in-one, the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One, our meeting with them in San Francisco bore fruit with two additional pieces...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/19/2012

Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One Review: Dell's All-in-One Goes Enterprise

The all-in-one market is a tough nut to crack, both for the vendors and in many ways for the press as well. Apple sidestepped the landmine entirely by simply...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/19/2012

Ivy Bridge Gets 4K Display Support in October

This October Intel will be providing a driver update for Ivy Bridge that will enable 4K x 2K resolution support as well as hardware accelerated 4K video decode. You'll...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Midrange System Buyer's Guide

Intel has dominated the midrange and high-end segments of the desktop processor market since the release of its Sandy Bridge architecture in early 2011. A few months ago we...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/11/2012

HP Brings Windows 8 Ready All-in-Ones

At our briefing with HP in the city, we had a chance to see just how far their Spectre branding was stretching by taking a look at their refreshed...

20 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/10/2012

Intel’s Pentium and Core i3 Desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs Arrive

We knew the Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPUs were coming, but details on precisely when that would happen and how much they would cost were a bit harder to...

66 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2012

Razer Introduces Blade R2: Faster, Less Expensive

Earlier this year, I took a look at Razer’s first foray into gaming systems, the Blade notebook. I came away pretty impressed overall, particularly with the level of design...

45 by Vivek Gowri on 8/31/2012

HP's Convertible Windows 8 Tablet and Bleeding Edge Ultrabooks

I've taken meetings with HP and Toshiba (their press release is impending) in sunny San Francisco, California to see what they have in store for us when Windows 8...

15 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/30/2012

ASUS UX31A: Putting the Ultra in Ultrabooks

When Intel first came up with their Ultrabook initiative last year—and yes, it was basically just a rechristening of ultraportables with the thin factor of a MacBook Air—they also...

106 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2012

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC System Review Part II: Can Ivy Bridge and Kepler Make Up the Difference?

The last time we reviewed AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC was in January. I was mostly pleased with it, but it went awry in the places that boutique systems often...

17 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/27/2012

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review: Something More Than Envy

It's interesting, we recently met up with HP in San Francisco to see what they have planned for the future (and they do have some very compelling stuff in...

61 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/24/2012

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 Tiny System Review: Pint-Sized Power

It's hard not to notice the direction computing is going, both in the enterprise and at home. Notebooks are getting thinner and lighter, tablets are taking off, and on...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/17/2012

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C Review

We recently posted our first look at Dell’s new XPS 15, a Windows-focused laptop that took more than a few design elements of the standard MacBook Pro 15. While...

49 by Jarred Walton on 8/16/2012

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