Earlier this month the USB Implementers Forum announced the new USB Power Delivery 2.0 specification. Long awaited, the Power Deliver 2.0 specification defined new standards for power delivery to allow Type-C USB ports to supply devices with much greater amounts of power than the previous standard allowed, now up to 5A at 5V, 12V, and 20V, for a maximum power delivery of 100W. However also buried in that specification was an interesting, if cryptic announcement regarding USB Alternate Modes, which would allow for different (non-USB) signals to be carried over USB Type-C connector. At the time the specification simply theorized just what protocols could be carried over Type-C as an alternate mode, but today we finally know what the first alternate mode will be...

Acer Aspire V5-171 Notebook Review: The Death and Rebirth of the Netbook

With all of the coverage we've done of ultrabooks in recent months, it's easy to forget that the big vendors are still out there plugging away with more basic...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/21/2012

Google and Acer Bring Chromebooks to $199

It seems we're not through with new Chromebooks yet. Google's tagline for their lightweight PC operating system initiative is "Chromebooks for Everyone," and to that end they are racing...

29 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/12/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 9

This past month has been insane thanks to many of our travel schedules. With things finally settling down I was able to get together with Brian and Vivek to...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2012

Samsung Chromebook (XE303) Review: Testing ARM's Cortex A15

Google announced the Chrome OS project two years ago, and with it came the first Chromebook: the CR-48. The Chrome OS concept seemed revolutionary at the time. In 2010...

149 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2012

LG and Google Announce the Nexus 4, Starts at $299

This isn't how they wanted to do it, but LG and Google are going ahead with the announcement of the Nexus 4, and it's a steal. The lineage of...

91 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/29/2012

ASUS Windows 8 and RT Products Revealed

ASUS has spent the last few years showing how good design can yield big dividends in the Windows notebook and Android tablet markets. With today’s announcement of their Windows...

17 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/23/2012

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Hands On

We just spent some time with the other major announcement from today: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 3.5 lbs machine is obviously lighter than the 15-inch...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

Apple's iPad mini Event Live Blog

We've lined up and are getting ready to bring you live coverage from Apple's special event today. Widely expected to make an appearance are the iPad mini as well...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

AMD’s 12.11 Mobility Catalyst: Enduro Hotfix [Mostly] Included

We already posted our overview of the 12.11 Catalyst drivers when used with desktop GPUs, but notebook users are naturally wondering where the promised mobile Hotfix driver is. The...

45 by Jarred Walton on 10/22/2012

Google Reboots The Chromebook: ARM Meets Notebook For $249

Google's been known to throw the spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. And for every GMail and Android, there's a Wave and Buzz. At best, Google's Chromebook...

51 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2012

Inside Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

Along with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was...

73 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Microsoft Surface RT Starting at $499, Available 10/26, Preorder Today

Earlier this summer Microsoft did the somewhat unexpected and announced first party Windows RT and Windows 8 tablet hardware under the Surface brand. Microsoft wanted to have flagship devices...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Toshiba Satellite U845W Ultrabook Review: Going Wide at 21:9

It's sometimes very easy to discount Toshiba as an also-ran when it comes to the latest and greatest. They have a strong retail presence as a budget notebook company...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/16/2012

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

Acer’s Upcoming Aspire M5 and V5 Windows 8 Laptops

Continuing our coverage of Acer’s Windows 8 offerings, we’re nearing the end of the roadmap with the consumer laptop offerings. This time, Acer is announcing the updated versions of...

30 by Jarred Walton on 10/12/2012

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

Razer's Project Fiona Gaming Tablet Confirmed for Production

Razer garnered a lot of press at CES this year with their Fiona gaming tablet, a 10.1" Windows-based tablet packing a Core i7 processor and two joystick handles featuring...

36 by Vivek Gowri on 10/4/2012

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

Testing AMD’s HD 7970M Enduro Hotfix

I just posted the full review of the Clevo P170EM from AVADirect, but there’s a ton of content specific to the Clevo notebook and I know many of you...

40 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2012

AVADirect Clevo P170EM: Has AMD’s HD 7970M Got Game?

A couple weeks back, we posted something of a first look at the Clevo P170EM when we did our overview of AMD’s upcoming Enduro 5.5 release. As one of...

61 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2012

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