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Acer Predator Triton 700

Hands on with the unusual Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop

To prove it's going big in PCs, Acer held a product launch event at world's largest IMAX screen in New York. It made a big statement with the Predator Triton 700, a super-thin laptop with some unusual features.

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Acer's Aspire GX comes out of nowhere to be the first prebuilt Ryzen PC from a major vendor

Acer's Aspire GX is the first-ever prebuilt Ryzen PC from a major vendor, but you wouldn't know it from its quiet debut at the Next@Acer event in New York.

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Hands on Acer's Switch 5, a competitor to Microsoft's Surface Pro

Microsoft has set the gold standard for tablet-style 2-in-1s with its Surface Pro, and other PC vendors have followed suit with their own designs. Acer's latest Surface-style device is the Switch 5, which offers a couple of...

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AMD updates Ryzen drivers with a new power profile and the promise of better performance

AMD's Balanced Power Plan is packaged with driver 17.10 WHQL for PC users rocking Ryzen on Windows 10 64-bit.

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Dell XPS 15 vs. MacBook Pro 15: Fight!

We pit Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro 15 against Dell's upgraded XPS 15 to see which of these quad-core workhorses is the best. The answer may not surprise you.

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How HP reclaimed the title of world's top PC maker from Lenovo

In late 2015, HP was reborn as a PC maker following a split of the parent organization, Hewlett-Packard. At the time, HP was a lost cause, and its double-digit decline in PC shipments was a main reason for the split.

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Huawei, Google supercharge Android with new Raspberry Pi-like board

Prepare to run Android at blazing fast speeds on a new Raspberry Pi-like computer developed by Huawei.

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AMD shows off Vega's ability to handle 8K graphics at NAB

AMD is giving a demonstration of the brute force of its upcoming Vega GPU, showing its ability to handle 4K and 8K graphics.

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AMD's new Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo is slower than its predecessor

AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo graphics packs two of the company's fastest GPUs, but surprisingly, is slower than its predecessor released last year.

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Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor

Called "Cloudbooks" by industry watchers, a leaked Microsoft document sets minimum specs for cloud-based laptops powered by Windows 10 Cloud.

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Apple's Mac Pro gets crushed on features by new HP Zbook laptops

Apple's Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance.

How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

Developer lifts Windows 7's update blockade with unsanctioned patch

An anonymous developer created the patch, which negates Microsoft's barring of security updates from Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors.

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Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter

If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn't have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter.

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Dell's luscious new 4K monitor is bold, bright, and HDR-infused

Dell's UltraSharp UP2718Q HDR monitor comes with 1,000 nits brightness, a huge color spectrum, and a big ol' price tag of $2,000.

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Raspberry Pi Roundup: Pi-se of the Machines, keeping the ball up, and GOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL

This week, a thought-provoking art exhibit, some Pi AI, and Brazil wins another championship!

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Microsoft plugs new power savings in Windows 10

Microsoft is touting operating system-wide power savings in a recent preview of Windows 10, claiming it can reduce notebook battery consumption by 11% on some newer laptops.

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Microsoft Surface Studio review: A magnificent, pricey all-in-one PC

In our review of the Microsoft Surface Studio, we'll show you how it and the Surface Dial propel the all-in-one PC category forward.

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Experts contend Microsoft canceled Feb. updates to patch NSA exploits

Microsoft may have delayed its February security update slate to finish patching critical flaws in Windows that a hacker gang tried to sell.

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