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Acer Predator 21X: Hands on with a curved 21“, dual-GTX 1080 “laptop”

By Mark Walton

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You have to wonder what the thinking was behind the Acer Predator 21X, “The world’s first curved-screen laptop.” After all, with its obscene 21-inch 21:9 display, full-width mechanical keyboard, and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, the 21X isn’t so much a laptop as it is an 8-kilogram eulogy to frivolousness. Very few need this much graphical grunt in a desktop, let alone a laptop sporting a display with a paltry 2560×1080 pixel resolution—even then, with the 21X costing a whopping $9000 (probably £9000), a similarly specced desktop would be a lot cheaper.

And yet, seeing the 21X in the flesh, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer ridiculousness of it all, or admire the bravado behind a laptop likely concocted after one too many beers during a Friday afternoon marketing meeting. Even the box it comes in isn’t your typical cardboard affair. Instead, there’s a ginormous flight case, complete with custom foam cutouts for the two 300W power supplies, wrist rest, and X-shaped power supply holder. Suffice it to say, the 21X is unlikely to fit in the boot of a car, let alone an aircraft’s overhead locker.

Free the 21X from its foamy confinement—something not recommended for those with back problems—and its mammoth scale becomes apparent. At roughly 7cm (2.75in) at its thickest point, and roughly 60cm wide, the 21X is very much a desktop replacement, rather than a luggable laptop. That said, there is a battery inside that Acer claims is good for around 2-3 hours of use, depending on how heavily you tax the graphics cards; in reality, I doubt you’d get much more than an hour of use in a modern 3D game.

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First impressions, Asus X553SA Laptop

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So yesterday I picked up the new Asus laptop from Best Buy. I am happy to report that it works very well. Setup was a matter of charging it for a few hours and hitting the on button.

Windows 10 ran a few updates and then I immediately installed Chrome as the browser and removed any bloatware that was pre-installed.

As far as speed goes it is quite fast and considering the price of $199 the sound and display quality are well above average! It could use more than 2 USB ports but I can always add a USB hub.

The keyboard has nice large keys and a huge trackpad which works great. It picked up my Logitech wireless mouse and the HP printer and those function perfectly with no setup issues at all.

So all in all I would give this product a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

(I apologize for the video quality, since I failed to set a decent frame rate while screen capturing).

This video has a better frame rate! The music still stinks, but this ain’t Hollywood…


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You could spend a fortune on a small laptop, or you could take the Tablet/Keyboard/Mouse approach.

Instant combo, cheap!
Instant combo, cheap!

So I had considered purchasing a laptop a few months back, or getting a combo tablet/keyboard device.

Instead I chose to go the inexpensive route and get a tablet at a low price and a bluetooth keyboard and a plain old USB mouse. The end result is what you see in the image above.

The cost? Surprisingly low and the functionality, just as good as a combo! Below I list the costs.

I don’t know about you folks, but a functional combo, with a fast processor and decent specs for under $160 is a darned sight better than a laptop costing $300-$500.

Yes there might be a few downsides to this arrangement, but it really does work niclely and I really do love having the mouse available on my Android. It makes for extremely easy and non-frustrating editing.


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Toshiba Debuts New 2 in 1 Laptops: Satellite Fusion and Radius Models Come With Cortana Key

By Radu Iorga

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Toshiba debuted today a series of 2 in 1 laptops, that can also serve as tablets. These new models pack 2 axis hinges like the Lenovo Yoga units and they’re dubbed Satellite Radius and Satellite Fusion.

They are prepped to get Windows 10, offering quick access to Cortana via a dedicated key. Satellite Radius is a 4K convertible, that sports a 2 axis hinge, letting its screen rotate at a full 360 degrees. This provides 5 usage modes. There’s obviously laptop and tablet, but also stand, tent and presentation mode. The Radius has 3 versions, one of them with a 4K display in the mix.

 

The smallest one of them is a 14 incher called Radius 14, but there’s also a 15.6 inch slate with a 3840 x 2160 sub version, called Radius 15 4K Ultra HD. The 15 incher uses a 5th generation Intel COU, while the Radius 14 can get an Intel or AMD chip. The products debut on June 21st, with a starting price of $584 for the Radius 14 and $842 for the Radius 15.

Then there’s Satellite Fusion, a lower specced model than the Radius. It also has 5 operation odes, features a 15.6 inch Full HD screen, Onkyo speakers and a 5th gen Intel CPU, plus up to 12 GB of RAM. This model is available today, starting at $649.99.

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Dealmaster: Get an Asus 15.6-inch laptop for $199

By Ars Staff

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with a whole bag of holiday deals for you and everyone on your list. The top deal this week is a 15.6-inch Asus laptop for just $199—that’s $49 off the list price. For your two Benjamins you get a 1366×768 display, a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

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No junkware! ASUS X551MAV UB01 Dual-Core Celeron 15.6″ Laptop with 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard Drive for $199 (list price $249).

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