Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables. We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB spec, the USB Type C cable and USB 3.1 spec are designed with the future in mind. As a result, there are a lot of new features to talk about. We'll start with the USB 3.1 spec before we get into the Type C connector. With USB 3.1, we see a few key improvements. Peak throughput goes to 10 Gbps from 5 Gbps, which translates to a peak of 1.25 GB/sec. In a demo of an early controller with two SSDs attached to the system I saw peak throughput of 833 MB/sec. As a side note...

NVIDIA GeForce 314.07 WHQL Available

NVIDIA's beta R313 driver with performance enhancements for Crysis 3 (among other titles) has now received WHQL certification. We wouldn't expect much of a difference in performance relative to...

10 by Jarred Walton on 2/18/2013

Vizio Thin+Light CT15: Something New and Edgy

Last year was very eventful in the notebook world. Beyond the UX upheaval brought on by Windows 8 and the blurring of the line between notebooks and tablets, we’ve...

55 by Vivek Gowri on 2/14/2013

CyberPowerPC FangBook X7: An Alternative to Clevo Whitebooks

We’ve reviewed quite a few Clevo notebooks over the years from a variety of vendors: AVADirect, Eurocom, Mythlogic, Origin, and Sager, to name a few. While there are certainly...

22 by Jarred Walton on 2/11/2013

Samsung Laptop UEFI Bugs: Not Just for Linux

About ten days ago I posted about a problem with Samsung laptops getting bricked when trying to boot Linux using UEFI. There was a fair amount of commentary on...

16 by Jarred Walton on 2/9/2013

HP Chromebook Confirmed: Available Now For $329

We already covered the leak, and now we've got the confirmation we knew would come. HP has officially announced the HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook. Quite the name, eh? Specs...

29 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/7/2013

Micron and TE Connectivity Offer New Ultrathin DRAM Solutions

The push for smaller and thinner laptops, Ultrabooks, and tablets of late has come with some potentially undesirable side effects, namely the loss of flexibility. Of the Ultrabooks we’ve...

17 by Jarred Walton on 2/7/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/5/2013

3DMark for Windows Launches; We Test It with Various Laptops

After a two-year hiatus, Futuremark is back with a new version of 3DMark, and in many ways this is their most ambitious version to date. Instead of the usual...

69 by Jarred Walton on 2/5/2013

Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

Ryan passed this along early this morning (really early for Ryan, seeing that we’re not even in the double digits of the morning hours!), and while this issue is...

42 by Jarred Walton on 1/30/2013

Updating AnandTech’s 2013 Mobile Benchmark Suite (RFC)

If it seems like just last year that we updated our mobile benchmark suite, that’s because it was. We’re going to be keeping some elements of the testing, but...

47 by Jarred Walton on 1/29/2013

NVIDIA GeForce R313.95 Beta Drivers Available

It seems ironic that after years of their monthly releases when AMD/ATI has now switched to a "when it's necessary" release schedule--something NVIDIA has been doing via official beta...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/28/2013

From Mango to Apollo: The HTC Windows Phone 8X on the Daily

While almost all of the AnandTech editors are using Android or iOS smartphones as their daily driver due to the relative maturity of those platforms (and oftentimes bleeding edge...

118 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/28/2013

AVADirect’s Clevo P570WM X79 Gaming Notebook Available for Pre-Order in the US

Depending on whom you ask, desktop replacement notebooks are either a growing or a shrinking market. Most large OEMs have completely abandoned the DTR market, with high-end DTR-like notebooks...

19 by Jarred Walton on 1/25/2013

Addendum Regarding AMD’s Mobility Catalyst 13.1 Drivers

Late last week AMD release their first drivers for 2013, the Catalyst 13.1 drivers. The drivers as noted already are available for both desktops and laptops, but I did...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/22/2013

Acer C7 Chromebook Review

Chromebooks have been plagued, until recently, with one major flaw: price. Costing as much as a small Windows notebook but lacking that license, it was hard for users to...

63 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/21/2013

AMD’s Mobility Catalyst 13.1 Update, Enduro Edition

We posted earlier today about the public availability of AMD’s latest Catalyst 13.1 WHQL drivers, but being available and installing properly and without problems on Enduro laptops are sadly...

20 by Jarred Walton on 1/18/2013

Lenovo Introduces Rugged Chromebook Aimed at K-12

Google's Chromebook initiative hasn't really caught fire as well as their other OS of choice, Android, but with the latest updates and reduced pricing there's still life in the...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/17/2013

Acer Shows Off 2880x1620 Panel

We visited with Acer at this CES, and they didn't specifically have anything that we were told we could discuss, but after seeing another publication with pictures of Acer's...

27 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2013

Hands on with Samsung's 2013 Notebook Lineup

A few days before the big show, Samsung announced updates to their notebook line, including a new Series 7 ultrabook and a redesigned Series 7 Chronos. As someone who...

6 by Vivek Gowri on 1/12/2013

CES 2013 in Retrospect: Laptop Market Trends

With CES now wrapped up and all of us home or headed home, Anand has tasked each of us with putting together some thoughts on what we saw at...

27 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

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