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Laptops with new Intel Chip - Ice Lake Made with 10nm Manufacturing Process Will become Available By the End of 2019

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Intel's consternation with its 10nm manufacturing process is well documented but on its Q1 earnings call yesterday, the Santa Clara chip giant painted a more positive picture on the ramp-up of its forthcoming Ice Lake processor for mobile client systems, dubbed Ice Lake-U. While many media outlets have been reporting that Intel's 10nm product wouldn't ship in meaningful volume this year, Intel CEO Bob Swan offered commentary that production output of Ice Lake has nearly doubled in the past few months.

Swan noted specifically, “on the process technology front, our teams executed well in Q1 and our velocity is increasing. We remain on track to have volume client systems on shelves for the holiday selling season. And over the past 4 months, the organization drove a nearly 2X improvement in the rate at which 10nm products move through our factories.” Beyond this, I would offer that Intel is in the process of qualifying the product with major system OEMs here in Q2, with produ…

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Reviewed by Laptop Magazine and got Editors Choice Mark

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Laptop Magazine reviewed base model Asus Chromebook Flip C434 which costs  $569 and comes equipped with an Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage.

Asus will also offer the Flip C434 with Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of eMMC storage.


Laptop Magazine verdict for the this laptop:

The Pros
Sleek, premium design; Thin display bezels; Vivid, 14-inch touch screen; Long battery life

The Cons
Mixed performance; A tad pricey

Verdict
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a portable 2-in-1 laptop with a premium design, a vivid 1080p display and all-day battery life.

Read more at Laptopmag

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY (Ryzen 5 3550H, Radeon RX 560X, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review By Notebookcheck

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AMD gaming power with stamina. The ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY is an all red affair with its AMD APU and GPU. The device handles all modern games smoothly on its matte 17.3-inch screen display, which load quickly thanks to its NVMe SSD too. The FX705DY even has good battery life. Read on to find if the device has any shortcomings and how it performs in our rigorous tests.





Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072 Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Graphics adapter AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1223 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR5, 128-bit connection, Adrenalin 19.3.3, Enduro Memory 8192 MB
, DDR4-2666, single-channel, two SO-DIMM (one occupied) Display 17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN04.2, IPS, glossy: no Mainboard AMD CZ FCH Storage Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, 512 GB
, 512 GB free Weight 2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds), Power Supply: 482 g ( = 17 oz / 1.06 pounds)

Read More at Notebookcheck.net

Many Chromebooks can be Easily Converted to Run Full Linux or even Windows OS

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You probably did not know , but many Chromebooks can be easily converted to run full Linux or even Windows OS.

Especially those where  hard drive can be upgraded. Chrome OS does not occupy much space and most of the Chromebooks come with 32/16 GB SSD hard drive storage. 32 GB is enough for modern Linux desktop distribution, though you will need some external storage solution like  SD card for your files.

A couple of years ago i was choosing Chromebook for myself and i specifically chose Acer Chromebook C910. This Chromebook was kind of unique in 2015 when it debuted. High end model of this laptop was equipped with gorgeous 15.6" IPS screen with 178º view, 4GB of RAM  and 32GB SSD hard drive which you could easily upgrade.

I upgraded it to 256GB SSD and Installed full Debian Linux distro on it using this brilliant and very detailed tutorial. This tutorial was written specifically for Chromebook Acer C910 model. This method is safe in terms that you can always go back to Chrome OS.…

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA will be available soon with i5 and i7 CPUs and more RAM

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434 - 14" laptop in 13" body was unveiled back in January, at the CES 2019 trade show in Las Vegas.  This Chrome OS convertible was made available starting march this year in rather weak configuration  with only Intel Core m3-8100Y inside.

Asus promises  i5-8200Y and i7-8500Y CPU's variants - Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA to ship soon.

All  3 laptops feature Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 615 And 14” LED-backlit IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 standard display with Wide 100% sRGB color gamut 
 i5-8200Y and i7-8500Y  models will come with  8GB 1867MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 128GB / 64GB eMMC storage


Though i5 and i7 variants not available right now, anyone can subscribe to be notified by Asus when these models will become available.

New Lenovo IdeaPad Touch L340 15” Platinum Grey with 8th Gen Intel i3-8145U CPU - the most affordable in L line

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Lenovo promises more bang for your buck with IdeaPad L340 15" Touch - Platinum Grey built around 8th Gen Intel i3-8145U CPU - new affordable addition to their L-series of 15.6" laptops Starting at $450.79

"With stunning audio, performance, and visuals, the IdeaPad L340 is impressive from the get-go. It comes standard with an eye-care mode for reduced eye strain, and a physical webcam shutter for increased privacy. Whether it’s for work, school, home, or on the go, this 15” laptop will always have your back." -Lenovo

Starting at $450.79  Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15" Touch - Platinum Grey features:

Processor
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-8145U Processor (2.10GHz, up to 3.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4MB Cache)

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64

Display Type
15.6” HD (1366 x 768, 220 nits) multi-touch, antiglare

Memory
8 GB DDR4 2400MHz

Hard Drive
1TB 5400 RPM

Optical Drive
DVD Recordable

For more specs and info visit Lenovo page for this laptop

Which laptop to choose that will play 4K content?

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Just a few years ago when buying a laptop we where concerned if it was capable of playing 1080p smoothly and at any bit-rate. Back in year 2007 playback of 720p and 1080p was not a problem for Core 2 Duo CPUs which dominated PC market at those days, but if you decide to play any 1080p content on YouTube with your old Core 2 Duo PC these days you will find out that it is just not working - frames are dropping, video is stopping for a second here and there. Your old laptop is struggling decoding H.264 and H.265 and other codecs used by YouTube to squeeze HD content and save bandwidth.

Introduction of H.264 and even more recent and aggressive H.265 codecs helped squeeze huge 1080p movies and make HD content up to 10 times smaller in size, saving disk space and internet connection bandwidth. But the price was higher requirements for CPU power for decoding content. As a result if you want smooth 1080p playback at any bit-rate and coded with any codec , you will need a laptop or PC made not…

Traditional Laptops are on the Rise

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There was a time when all people in industry expected that time of the laptops is coming to the end and new era is evolving - era of touch screen devices: 2-in-1' s, Ipads  and Tablets w/o keyboard.

These predictions and expectations just did not work. People realized that you just cant do any serious work on a Tablet device w/o real keyboard no matter how big and gorgeous it's screen is. Second, people also found that having touchscreen on a regular laptop is almost useless and makes laptop more expensive, makes it's battery live shorter, makes it's screen dimmer

And on top of this, as Cindy Burt, an ergonomics expert at UCLA, told  "You are going to have to be doing a lot more reaching and a lot more movements of your wrist and your hand if you're going to be typing and then doing the touch screen," She said that retail workers who have to extend their arms and poke at touch-screen point-of-sale systems all day — a gesture similar to touching a laptop s…