The Razer Blade 15 (2021) Review: Amped Up With Ampere

The original Razer Blade tested the laptop waters for a company more known for gaming peripherals such as keyboards and mice, but the Blade lineup has transformed into a complete gaming laptop suite. Today we are taking a look at our first Razer Blade…

The original Razer Blade tested the laptop waters for a company more known for gaming peripherals such as keyboards and mice, but the Blade lineup has transformed into a complete gaming laptop suite. Today we are taking a look at our first Razer Blade laptop in a couple of generations, and for 2021, Razer has refreshed with the latest NVIDIA Ampere-based laptop GPUs which should bring about a nice bump in performance at all resolutions.

Lenovo Updates ThinkPads: New Intel and AMD Processors, New Displays, New Designs

Today Lenovo is announcing a slew of updates across a large portion of their ThinkPad lineup, and updating their business-focused products for 2021. Some of the big changes for this year are impressive and welcome, with Lenovo committing to bringing f…

Today Lenovo is announcing a slew of updates across a large portion of their ThinkPad lineup, and updating their business-focused products for 2021. Some of the big changes for this year are impressive and welcome, with Lenovo committing to bringing feature-parity between their AMD and Intel offerings, as well as refreshing some of their laptops with 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and continuing the trend of bringing back 16:10 aspect ratio displays for a better productivity experience.

ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga

Although some of the ThinkPad X lineup got refreshed back at CES, Lenovo is continuing the 2021 updates today on the X13 and X13 Yoga products, and the changes make these already impressive devices even more so.

On the processor side, Lenovo is offering either 11th Gen Intel Core – aka Tiger Lake – processors with vPro optional, as well as AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro options. Lenovo says they have heard the feedback from customers and are working hard to close the feature and option gap between the two platforms. For the most part, customers choosing AMD or Intel will have the same specifications and options available for the rest of the product, such as displays, memory, and so on, other than the platform specific features such as Intel supporting Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0.

The X13 and X13 Yoga will also be getting Wi-Fi 6E meaning 6 GHz support, and for those that want connectivity when out and about, sub-6 5G is an option on the X13, or 4G is available on both models.

Lenovo is also continuing to move to 16:10 displays, with the taller displays filling out more of the body and providing more vertical pixels for productivity. This is a great trend, and one that should not have taken this long to come back to, as of course the original widescreen ThinkPads were all 16:10 before the entire industry moved to 16:9. Lenovo is also proud to offer low-blue light hardware support on the displays, and unlike most low-blue light technologies which cause a red-shift on the display, the backlight physically produces less of the stressful blue lights, allowing the display to still keep the proper white balance.

As this is a proper business machine, there is also addition security such as Match-On-Chip fingerprint readers built into the power button, and the Intel models will support Human Presence Detection which allows the machine to lock when you are away and unlock when you get back. This will be through the IR camera, and as far as the visual camera, Lenovo is including an option for both HD with IR, as well as FHD with IR, the latter being a nice addition thanks to the increase in video conferencing over the last year.

The updated ThinkPad X13 will be available in May starting at $1139 USD, and the X13 Yoga will be available in April starting at $1379.

ThinkPad T14, T14s, and T15

ThinkPad T14

When most people imagine ThinkPad, they likely think of the venerable T Series. Lenovo said they are working on feature parity between Intel and AMD, and one of the changes is not branding the products differently based on the CPU, but for the T series, it doesn’t look like they’ve quite gotten there yet. There will be ThinkPad T14 i, ThinkPad T14s i, and ThinkPad T15 powered by Intel, and for the 14-inch models, the ones branded without the i will be AMD Ryzen based.

Although the T series is, at least for this gen, sticking with 16:9 aspect ratios, with several options for the 14-inch and 15-inch range including UHD displays with Dolby Vision. Lenovo is also offering its PrivacyGuard displays for extra security, and some low-power options depending on how you configure it.

ThinkPad T14s

As far as performance, the laptop will offer up to Core i7 11th Gen with vPro options, or AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro. Memory will be up to 32 GB on the S model, and up to 48 GB on the non-S. Storage is up to 2 TB of PCIe storage, with the Intel platforms supporting PCIe 4.0 speeds. The non-S model T14 and the T15 also offers an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 with 2 GB of GDDR6, if extra graphics compute is needed over the Intel Iris Xe or AMD Vega 8 graphics.

As with much of the ThinkPad lineup, Lenovo is offering Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and cellular capabilities with 4G and 5G options. As with the ThinkPad X13 range, Lenovo will also be offering FHD webcams with IR as optional upgrades.

Although the T14s is smaller and lighter than the T14, it includes a larger battery at 57 Wh, compared to just 50 Wh in the larger model. The 15-inch T15 also has the 57 Wh battery.

The ThinkPad T14s is one of my favorite laptops around, and it is always nice to see it get updated. The new models will be available starting in March and going through May depending on the model, with prices starting at $1149 for the ThinkPad T14 AMD model.

ThinkPad P14s and P15s

Also getting an update is a couple of the mobile workstation models under the P-Series, and as with the other units there will be both 11th Gen Intel Core with vPro as well as AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro CPU offerings.

The P14s and P15s will both offer 8 GB or 16 GB of soldered memory, as well as a SO-DIMM slot, which will allow for up to 48 GB maximum memory in these thinner and lighter versions of the P-series laptops. Lenovo is also offering the NVIDIA T500 which is the workstation class graphics based on the Turing MX450 and featuring 4 GB of VRAM.

Both the P14s and P15s will offer FHD displays as standard, with a few options such as ePrivacy or Low-Power, and both will offer an optional UHD display with HDR 400 and Dolby Vision HDR. The UHD displays will come with X-Rite factor color calibration.

For those that need a Linux version, Lenovo will be offering Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installs, as well as Red Had as factory options.

Wireless will be Intel Wi-Fi 6E for 6 GHz support thanks to the Intel AX210 on the Tiger Lake models, and the AMD offerings will still support Wi-Fi 6, but without the 6 GHz support.

Although some of the other ThinkPads are being offered with a FHD webcam, the P14s and P15s are not, at least for now. The newer webcam is physically larger, and would take a more comprehensive redesign of the chassis, but the HD webcam does offer IR if needed.

The Intel powered P14s i, and the P15s will be available in March, starting at $1389 for either, with the AMD powered P14s coming in May, and starting at $1169.

ThinkPad L14 and L15

Rounding out the lineup is the least-expensive way to get into a ThinkPad, and that is the L Series. Also being offered in a L14/15 i Intel based, or L14/15 AMD based design, the least expensive offerings still offer some powerful options.

With 11th gen Intel Core with vPro, and AMD Ryzen 5000, there will be two SODIMM slots, thanks to the thicker and heavier design, which means the least expensive models here can be outfitted with the most RAM, at up to 64 GB. There will be Intel Iris Xe, or AMD Vega graphics, and purchasers can opt for NVIDIA GeForce MX 450 as well.

One of the sad realities of a budget device is the display, and the base model comes with a (Yuck) 1366x768 TN panel. Luckily Lenovo offers FHD IPS offerings on both.

Storage is up to 1 TB PCIe SSD, or up to 2 TB spinning hard drive, but you do get Wi-Fi 6 across the range, and optional cellular options.

The L series is really all about entry price, and the new L14 and L15 will be available in May starting at $689.

Source: Lenovo

 

Lenovo Introduces The ThinkVision P40w: 40-inch Thunderbolt 4 Display With Intel AMT

Alongside a raft of ThinkPad updates, Lenovo is also announcing a new monitor to pair nicely with those Thinkpads. The Lenovo ThinkVision P40w is a rather impressive looking product, offering a 39.7-inch 21:9 panel, featuring a 5120×2160 WUHD resoluti…

Alongside a raft of ThinkPad updates, Lenovo is also announcing a new monitor to pair nicely with those Thinkpads. The Lenovo ThinkVision P40w is a rather impressive looking product, offering a 39.7-inch 21:9 panel, featuring a 5120x2160 WUHD resolution. And that’s not all.

The new P40w is also a dock for your laptop, thanks to the single-cable Thunderbolt 4 port which can charge the laptop at up to 100 Watts. It can provide up to 12 ports from the monitor, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and one USB Type-C. Not only that, but Lenovo includes an eKVM, which allows you to control two devices from this single monitor and dock combination. The extra Thunderbolt 4 port also would allow you to daisy-chain another 5K monitor.

Lenovo ThinkVision P40w
Specification Display
Display Size 39.7-inches
2.0 mm bezels top/sides
Resolution 5120x2160 WUHD 75 Hz
140 PPI
Curvature 2500R
Color Gamut 98% P3
Factory Calibrated
Brightness 300 nits
1000:1 Contrast IPS
Response Time 4 ms (Extreme Mode)
6 ms (Normal Mode)
Ports (Video) 2 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x 3.5 mm Audio Out
Ports (I/O) Output Ports:
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x Thunderbolt 4
Input Ports:
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-B
1 x Thunderbolt 4
RJ-45
Power Delivery USB Type-C : Up to 27 W
Thunderbolt 4: Up to 100 W
Power Consumption 60 Watts (Typical)
0.5 Watts Sleep Mode
Tilt (`)-5° to 22°
Swivel 45° Plus/Minus
VESA 100 x 100 and 200 x 100
Weight 14.65 kg / 32.30 lbs with stand

The 21:9 panel offers 98% of the P3 color space, and is factory calibrated for an error level of less than 2.0, and includes hardware-level blue light reduction, to keep the proper white balance while still reducing blue light emissions.

There is a built-in RJ-45 jack as well, allowing the monitor to be your network hub, and it supports Wake-On-LAN, PXE, and MAC pass-through. Lenovo is the first manufacturer to retail a professional monitor with Intel Active Management Technology built-in to integrate with the vPro on ThinkPads, and provide the extra management capabilities that provides.

If you have always wanted a big monitor with high resolution, wide gamut support, and of course the management capabilities of Intel AMT, Lenovo has you covered.

The new ThinkVision P40w will be available in June, starting at $1699 USD.

Acer at CES 2021: Acer Aspires To Ryzen 5000

As part of Acer’s CES launch, the company is announcing updates to both the Acer Aspire 5 and Acer Aspire 7, bumping both models to the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series of processors. The new models are aimed at creativity, without breaking the bank…

As part of Acer’s CES launch, the company is announcing updates to both the Acer Aspire 5 and Acer Aspire 7, bumping both models to the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series of processors. The new models are aimed at creativity, without breaking the bank.

Acer Aspire 7

The 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 7 targets creators who need the extra performance of a dedicated graphics card, and Acer has paired Ryzen 5000 APUs with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650. The Aspire 7 can be specified with up to 32 GB of DDR4, and a 1 TB PCIe SSD. There will be an extra 2.5-inch drive slot as well, for additional storage.

Although not as cutting edge as some other models in Acer’s lineup, the Aspire 7 still features an 81.6% screen to body ratio on the 15.6-inch display, and Acer is calling for accurate color representation thanks to Acer Color Intelligence and Acer ExaColor to adjust gamma and saturation on the fly to avoid clipping and over-saturation.

The starting configuration will offer the Ryzen 5 along with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD and the GeForce GTX 1650 for just $749. Availability is March 2021.

Acer Aspire 5

Also featuring a 15.6-inch FHD display, the Acer Aspire 5 hits an even lower price bracket, pairing the Ryzen 5000 with an optional AMD Radeon RX 640 GPU, up to 24 GB of memory, and up to a 1 TB M.2 SSD.

The base configuration is especially price-conscious, with a Ryzen 5 5500U, 1920x1080 60Hz IPS display, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD for just $549.

The Acer Aspire 5 is also targeting a March release date.

Source: Acer

Acer at CES 2021: Gaming Laptops Update With Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA Refreshes

Today at CES, Acer is announcing some refreshes of their gaming lineup as well as a brand-new compact gaming notebook. Acer has been a close partner with AMD over the last several years, and they are one of the first to announce new devices based on t…

Today at CES, Acer is announcing some refreshes of their gaming lineup as well as a brand-new compact gaming notebook. Acer has been a close partner with AMD over the last several years, and they are one of the first to announce new devices based on the Ryzen 5000 laptop APU, as well as updates to their Intel fleet thanks to the launch of the new Tiger Lake H-Series. Finally, thanks to the launch of NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series for notebooks, graphics are getting a refresh across the board.

Predator Triton 300 SE

First up is the all-new Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, with the SE standing for Special Edition. This is Acer’s first gaming laptop to offer a 14-inch display, fitting it under the Triton 500 and Triton 700 in their lineup. The SE is also Acer’s first laptop to feature a sandblasted and anodized aluminum exterior, devoid of the typical gaming accoutrements such as large logos and flashy colors. The Predator Triton 300 SE is a sleeper with very subdued styling, but still packing a punch.

Powering the latest in the Triton series of thin and light gaming laptops is the just announced Intel H35 Tiger Lake processors, with up to the Core i7 with 5.0 GHz on the latest 10 nm node from Intel. Acer offers up to 24 GB of RAM, with 8 GB soldered in and one free SODIMM for upgradable memory. For graphics, Acer has turned to the latest and greatest NVIDIA RTX 3060 which should be plenty to power the 14-inch 1920x1080 144 Hz IPS display. On storage, Acer will offer up to 1 TB of PCIe 3.0 NVMe.

The new Predator Triton 300 SE is also one of the first laptops on the market to support NVIDIA’s Advanced Optimus, which means the display can offer variable refresh rates while still allowing the integrated GPU to be used for battery-sensitive workloads. Previously Acer supported a multiplexer on the Triton lineup, but users had to reboot to switch from Optimus to G-SYNC, so moving to Advanced Optimus is a big win for usability.

Despite the powerful internals, the Predator Triton 300 SE is not much larger than a typical 14-inch notebook, at just 0.7 inches thick and weighing just 3.75 lbs. Coupled with the subdued styling, and Acer is hoping to see a wider audience interested in their new design.

As far as cooling, which is always a challenge in a thin and light gaming system, Acer has moved to their fifth generation Aeroblade 3D fans, featuring thinner fan blades at just 0.8 mm, and 89 blades per fan, but to keep noise in check they have implemented a ring design to reduce turbulence. This is coupled with distinct heat zones, with foam insulation between them to keep the heat moving in the direction desired and out of the laptop. Acer’s Predator Sense software has a specific quiet setting as well to let the laptop be used in a productivity environment.

Rounding out the new laptop is Wi-Fi 6 based on the Killer (owned by Intel) NIC, and the Killer software is integrated into Acer’s Predator Sense suite. There is a Thunderbolt 4 port as well, and Acer has added a fingerprint reader into the glass trackpad.

The new Acer Predator Triton 300 SE will be available in March starting at $1399.99 USD.

Predator Helios 300

Getting a mild refresh is the Predator Helios 300, which is moving up to the latest NVIDIA GPUs, all the way to RTX 3080. Otherwise this 15.6-inch gaming notebook remains relatively unchanged, and still features the 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors, and a 144 Hz IPS 1920x1080 display.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 will be available in February, starting at $1249.99 USD.

Nitro 5

We’ve reviewed several of the Acer Nitro 5 models, and the latest featured the AMD Ryzen 4000 series “Renoir” processors. Although definitely in the budget space, the Nitro 5 delivered excellent performance for the money, and should be on the short list for anyone looking for a budget gaming laptop. At CES today, Acer is announcing a refresh of the Nitro 5 to now include the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series APUs as well as Intel Tiger Lake based models.

The Nitro 5 lineup is also expanding, and Acer has seen strong demand for more powerful versions of their least-expensive gaming system. The Nitro 5 will be available in both 15.6 and 17.3-inch sizes, and both will offer a base 1920x1080 60 Hz display, with 144 hz and 360 Hz available, and there will also be a 2560x1440 144Hz offering.

On the graphics side, Acer is sticking with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 at the low end, but massively bumping the high end of the Nitro lineup all the way to the RTX 3080. On the CPU front, Ryzen 5 5600H will be the low end, with some Intel Tiger Lake in the middle, and the Ryzen 9 5900HX at the top.

Despite the powerful internals, Acer claims a 10-hour battery life on the 15.6-inch model, and a 9-hour battery life on the 17.3-inch.

The price range for the Nitro 5 is very wide too, with the base system featuring a Ryzen 5 5600H, 8 GB of RAM in single channel but with a free SODIMM slot, 256 GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 1650 for $749, but the top of the range Nitro 5 will come in at a staggering $2299. Acer is hoping to capture interest in the crowd who cherish performance over a more expensive design, and it has worked well for them with Nitro 5 so far.

The refreshed Acer Nitro 5 will be available in some regions beginning in March.

Source: Acer

Lenovo CES 2021 ThinkPad X1 Lineup: New Designs, New Displays for Flagship Laptops

Today at CES, Lenovo is announcing updates to some of their most popular laptops in the ThinkPad X1 series. Lenovo is refreshing not just with the standard new CPUs, but also is following the industry trend of taller aspect ratio displays. The newest …

Today at CES, Lenovo is announcing updates to some of their most popular laptops in the ThinkPad X1 series. Lenovo is refreshing not just with the standard new CPUs, but also is following the industry trend of taller aspect ratio displays. The newest model to the lineup is the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, featuring a 3:2 aspect, and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 are both getting 16:10 displays.  Finally, there is a new ThinkPad X12 Detachable 12.3-inch convertible tablet.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Lineup
  ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga ThinkPad X1 Carbon ThinkPad X1 Yoga ThinkPad X12 Detachable
CPU 11th Gen Intel Core
Up to i7 with vPro
GPU Up to Intel Iris Xe
Display 13.5-inch 3:2 IPS
2256 x 1504
450 nit 100% sRGB
14-inch 16:10 IPS
1920x1200 sRGB
Optional UHD 100% P3 HDR400
14-inch 16:10 IPS
1920x1200 sRGB
Optional UHD 100% P3 HDR400
12.3-inch 3:2 IPS
FHD+ 400 nit
RAM Up to 16 GB LPDDR4x Up to 32 GB LPDDR4-4267 Up to 32 GB LPDDR4-4267 Up to 16 GB LPDDR4x
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 Up to 2 TB PCIe 4.0 Up to 2 TB PCIe 4.0 Up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0
Networking Wi-Fi 6
Optional LTE
Optional 5G
Wi-Fi 6
Optional LTE
Optional 5G
Wi-Fi 6
Optional LTE
Optional 5G
Wi-Fi 6
Optional LTE
I/O 1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB 3.2 Type-C
1 x Nano SIM
1 x Headset
2 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB 3.2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Nano SIM
1 x Headset
2 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB 3.2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Nano SIM
1 x Headset
1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB 3.2 Type-C
1 x Nano SIM
1 x Headset
Dimensions 297 x 233 x 11.5 mm
11.71 x 9.14 x 0.45 inches
314 x 222 x 14.9 mm
12.38 x 8.72 x 0.59 inches
314 x 223 x 14.9 mm
12.38 x 8.77 x 0.59 inches
283 x 203 x 8.8 mm
11.15 x 8.01 x 0.35 inches
Weight 1.15 kg / 2.54 lbs 1.13 kg / 2.49 lbs 1.39 kg / 3 lbs 760 g / 1.67 lbs
Price $1899 USD $1429 USD $1569 USD $1149 USD
Availability January 2021 February 2021 February 2021 January 2021

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga

Not just a special edition of the normal X1 Yoga, the new ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the thinnest ThinkPad ever produced at just 11 mm Z-height. With a weight starting at 1.15 kg / 2.54 lbs, it is also one of the lightest, making this new 13.5-inch laptop one of Lenovo’s most portable ThinkPads ever. Powered by 11th Gen Intel Core up to an i7 with vPro, and this business device will have plenty of grunt to churn through presentations. With up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and up to 1 TB of PCIe storage, the X1 Titanium Yoga should be more than ample for almost any business application.

Not just Titanium in name, this thin and light 2-in-1 laptop is actually skinned in titanium, giving a unique appearance and feel to the device. The convertible features a 3:2 aspect ratio 13.5-inch display which works enhances the usability in laptop mode, since there is more vertical real estate, but also makes it a much better convertible device for use in the hand.

Lenovo claims up to 10.9 hours of battery life from the 44.5 Wh battery, and the device charges over USB-C thanks to the two Thunderbolt 4 ports. There is no USB Type-A available though, so legacy devices will need to be plugged with an adapter, or through a dock.

Lenovo also offers Wi-Fi 6, and cellular connectivity with LTE and 5G options. There is an IR camera with a privacy shutter, and a fingerprint reader.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga will be available this month, starting at $1899.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

One of the most popular ThinkPad designs around is the X1 Carbon series, which is a traditional clamshell laptop, and for 2021 the laptop has been completely redesigned and now features a 16:10 aspect ratio display meaning there is more vertical space. Lenovo has also added a wider trackpad, and a larger battery. This Intel Evo design also offers Wi-Fi 6 and optional LTE or 5G connectivity.

Powered by the latest 11th generation Intel core processors, aka Tiger Lake, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers up to an i7 with vPro, up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, and up to 2 TB of PCIe 4.0 storage. Coupled with the new Tiger Lake Iris Xe graphics, and this 1.13 kg / 2.49 lb laptop offers a lot of performance in an elegant design.

The larger 57 Wh battery is rated for up to 16 hours of life, and the 65-Watt Type-C charger supports Lenovo’s Rapid Charge technology to get back up and running quickly.

The new 14-inch 16:10 display offers several variations, with 100% P3 gamut coverage and HDR 400 available. Lenovo is also upping the game in terms of communication, with Dolby Voice integrated which uses dynamic leveling to automatically adjust for voice levels and ambient noise levels. The integrated HD webcam also features IR, and the laptop includes a fingerprint reader which doubles as a wake-up button.

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available in February starting at $1429 USD.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

Featuring much of the same features as the X1 Carbon, but with the added versatility of the 360° hinge Yoga design, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga also gets a new chassis this year and 16:10 display support.

Much of the internals are similar to the X1 Carbon, with 11th gen Intel Evo offering up to an i7 with vPro, Intel Xe graphics, and the same 32 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 and 2 TB of PCIe 4.0 storage. The battery capacity is the same, at 57 Wh, and it also features Thunderbolt 4 for charging and data.

The big change is again the move to a 16:10 aspect ratio display, adding more vertical room. The X1 Yoga offers the same display choices as the X1 Carbon, but with Touch being available across the board, as it is a convertible laptop.

The X1 Yoga does give up some weight over the X1 Carbon in exchange for more versatility with the Yoga hinge, and starting weight is 1.39 kg / 3 lbs. The aluminum laptop is offered in an attractive Storm Gray color.

For those looking at the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Lenovo expects availability in February, with prices starting at $1569.

ThinkPad X12 Detachable

For those that need the ultimate in portability, Lenovo is announcing the new ThinkPad X12 Detachable, which is a new take in the mold of the Microsoft Surface Pro. Featuring a 12.3-inch 3:2 display, and detachable keyboard, the new convertible tablet weighs in at just 760 grams / 1.67 lbs, or 1.1 kg / 2.42 lbs with the keyboard attached.

Despite the small size, the ThinkPad X12 Detachable still features up to a quad-core 11th gen Intel Core i7 with vPro, operating at up to 15 Watts and 4.3 GHz. It also features Intel Iris Xe graphics, and up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x memory. On the storage side, Lenovo has up to 1 TB of NVMe on tap.

The 42 Wh battery is rated for almost ten hours of battery life, and the 65-Watt adapter supports Lenovo’s Rapid Charge. The charger works over USB-C, and the ThinkPad X12 Detachable offers a single Thunderbolt 4 port, as well as a second USB-C port which offers USB 3.2.

The convertible tablet also offers LTE connectivity, up to CAT9, along with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The new ThinkPad X12 Detachable will be available in January starting at $1149 USD.

Source: Lenovo

CES 2021: HP Elite Dragonfly Lightweight Laptops

Today at CES, HP is announcing some updates to their Elite Dragonfly series, which are targeted at business users who need portability. Improving on the original Whiskey Lake based model is the new convertible HP Elite Dragonfly G2, powered by the lat…

Today at CES, HP is announcing some updates to their Elite Dragonfly series, which are targeted at business users who need portability. Improving on the original Whiskey Lake based model is the new convertible HP Elite Dragonfly G2, powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake platform with vPro, and the HP Elite Dragonfly MAX, built to be the ultimate for collaboration and conferencing.

HP Elite Dragonfly
  G2 MAX
CPU Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake
Core i3/i5/i7 (i3 only on G2)
Optional vPro
GPU Intel 11th Gen UHD or Iris Xe depending on CPU
RAM Up to 32 GB LPDDR4
Storage Up to 2 TB M.2 PCIe
Networking Wi-Fi 6
Optional LTE Intel XMM 7360
Optional 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon X55
I/O 1 x USB 3.1
2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Nano SIM
Display 13.3-inch IPS 400 nits Low Power
Optional 1920x1080 1000 nits HP Sure View Reflect
Optional 3840x2160 550 nits HDR 400
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS
1000 nits HP Sure View Reflect Anti-Sparkle
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Audio and Video HP Bang & Olufsen Speakers
1.2 MP Webcam with IR
2 user facing mics
1 world facing mic
HP Bang & Olufsen Speakers
5 MP Webcam with IR
2 user facing mics
2 world facing mics
Battery 56 Wh - battery life estimate not yet provided
Dimensions 304 x 198 x 16.1 mm
11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
Weight Starting at 998 grams
2.2 lbs
Starting at 1.13 kg
2.49 lbs
Pricing and Availability Available January 2021 / Pricing TBD

HP Elite Dragonfly G2

Improving on the original in almost every way, yet without drastically changing the form factor, the new G2 version of the Elite Dragonfly maintains its ultraportable status with a starting weight up 989 grams. The CNC Magnesium comes in Dragonfly Blue, and moves from Intel’s 8th gen Core to the latest 11th gen Tiger Lake platform, bringing about significantly more performance, and much improved graphics. With LPDDR4 support, the new G2 model can also be outfitted with up to 32 GB up RAM, which as is likely expected on such a thin and light machine, is soldered down. Storage is M.2, up to 2 TB.

HP has stuck with the traditional 13.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio for the displays, with both 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 offerings, with 400 or 1000 nits brightness on the lower resolution panels, and 550 nits along with HDR 400 certification on the UHD display.

The previous model was rated at 24 hours of battery life, and although HP has not yet rated this model, Tiger Lake has shown itself to be very efficient at idle, so expect another excellent result here.

Despite the 16.1 mm thickness, HP has still managed to fit in a keyboard with 1.3 mm of travel, which is also spill resistant, and of course backlit. Audio is powered by Bang & Olufsen, and HP has included three microphones, with two facing the user and a third facing out for noise cancellation. There’s a 720p webcam, with IR capabilities as well.

The new Dragonfly series also features cellular connectivity options, with LTE from an Intel XMM 7360 modem, or 5G with the Qualcomm X55 modem. There is a single USB 3.1 port, as well as two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and as a business device, there is also an HDMI 1.4 output for connecting to a projector.

Pricing has not been finalized yet, but the new Elite Dragonfly G2 will be available this month.

HP Elite Dragonfly MAX

Although in the same chassis as the G2, the Dragonfly MAX is targeted towards people who do a lot of video conferencing and collaboration. Powered by the same Intel Tiger Lake platform, the MAX model sticks with the 13.3-inch Sure Video Reflect IPS panel with 1000 nits of brightness and 1920x1080 resolution.

The MAX differs in that it includes a 5 MP webcam with IR, and adds a fourth microphone for even better noise cancellation. It also comes in both the same Dragonfly Blue as the G2, but also a Sparkling Black option.

The HP Elite Dragonfly MAX will be available this month as well, with pricing TBD.

Source: HP

CES 2021: HP ENVY 14 Refreshed

One of the best value laptops in HP’s lineup is their ENVY series. Featuring premium materials, the ENVY lineup brings a lot of the best of HP, without the higher price tag of some of their higher end lineups such as the Spectre series. For 2021…

One of the best value laptops in HP’s lineup is their ENVY series. Featuring premium materials, the ENVY lineup brings a lot of the best of HP, without the higher price tag of some of their higher end lineups such as the Spectre series. For 2021, HP has refreshed the ENVY 14 with the latest internals, but also added a 16:10 display.

HP ENVY Laptop
  ENVY 14
CPU Core i5-1135G7
Quad-Core
Up to 4.2 GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
4GB GDDR6
Display 14-inch 1920x1200 IPS
16:10 Aspect Ratio
400 Nits
100% sRGB
RAM 16 GB DDR4-3200 (not accessible)
Storage 256 GB M.2 PCIe
Networking Intel AX201 W-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O 1 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB Type-A 5 Gbps
1 x Headset jack
1 x HDMI 2.0
Micro SD Reader
Dimensions 313 x 224 x 18 mm
12.33 x 8.82 x 0.71 inches
Weight 1.60 kg / 3.53 lbs
Price $999 USD
Availability January 2021

HP ENVY 14

Powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake platform in the Core i5-1135 G7, the new 14-inch ENVY gets off on the right foot, but the new laptop also features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card, meaning this portable laptop has some very powerful graphics available in a non-gaming laptop. The laptop offers 16 GB of DDR4-3200, and a 256 GB M.2 SSD.

The biggest change for this year though is the introduction of a taller 16:10 display, similar to what we’ve seen in several laptops over the last few months. The 1920x1200 resolution IPS panel offers 400 nits of brightness, and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. It also includes touch, and the bezels offer an 87% screen to body ratio.

The laptop features a sandblasted anodized aluminium finish, meaning it should not be as big of a fingerprint magnet as some of the glossier finishes.

The ENVY 14 offers lots of connectivity, with one Thunderbolt 4 port, as well as two USB Type-A ports for legacy devices. There is an HDMI 2.0 output, as well as a Micro SD card reader.

Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX201 network adapter powers the wireless, and brings with it Bluetooth 5.0.

The ENVY 14 offers an above average battery capacity, coming in at 63 Wh, so battery life should be quite good. It also features a 135-Watt AC adapter.

The new ENVY 14 will be available in January on HP.com starting at $999.

Source: HP

 

CES 2021: Acer Touts Trio of 4K and 1440p High Refresh Rate Gaming Monitors

Gaming monitors have tended to prefer lower resolutions and higher refresh rates, but catering to the wide variety of users in the market, Acer has also been developing monitors for gamers who want higher resolutions with those same high refresh rates. Set to be released under their Nitro and Predator families, for CES 2021 the company is promoting a mix of new and previously-announced (i.e. delayed) monitors, which will provide both high resolutions and the faster refresh rates that make gaming monitors so smooth. Plus, the pricing looks solid.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV – UHD and FreeSync with HDMI 2.1

First unveiled back in September in China, Acer is bringing its first HDMI 2.1 monitor, the Acer Nitro XV282K KV, over to North America. Although a handful of a name, it is clearly targeted at the latest generation of consoles, specifically the Xbox Series X, as this UHD display features both VESA Variable Refresh (FreeSync) and HDMI 2.1, making it a perfect choice for those looking to pair the console with a high-refresh rate UHD display.

The 28-inch panel offers 3840×2160 resolution, and up to 144 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support. Acer claims 1 ms response time as well. This IPS display also offers 90% of the P3 color gamut, and Acer claims 100,000,000:1 contrast. The display is rated for HDR 400, and it comes with an included HDMI 2.1 cable for easy connection.

The Acer Nitro XV282K KV will be available in the US in May, starting at $899.99 USD.

Acer Predator XB273U NX – QHD and G-SYNC

Second up is a totally new monitor from Acer, the 27-inch Acer Predator XB273U NX. The 2560×1440 display features Acer’s Agile-Splendor IPS panel, and can achieve an impressive 275 Hz refresh when overclocked.

It also supports HDR, and up to 95% of the P3 gamut. Acer claims 0.5 ms response time in gray to gray transitions, and coupled with the high refresh rate, should make for a very smooth experience. This display offers NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate. It also features the new NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, which measures the time between a mouse click and the pixel actually changing, and is a feature aimed at the pro-gamer crowd for gameplay analysis.

The Acer Predator XB273U NX will be available in May starting at $1099.99 USD.

Acer Predator XB323QK NV – UHD and G-SYNC

Finally, Acer is also offering an update on their 31.5-inch behemoth G-Sync monitor, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV. This monitor was first announced back in June of 2020 with a September ship date, but it has since been pushed out to May of this year.

Aimed at the high-end of the market, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV offers a high-refresh UHD display with 3840×2160 resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Sporting DisplayHDR 400 certification, the monitor can produce 90% of the P3 gamut.

Like the other monitors being promoted today, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV will also available in May. Pricing will start at $1199.99 USD.

Source: Acer

Gaming monitors have tended to prefer lower resolutions and higher refresh rates, but catering to the wide variety of users in the market, Acer has also been developing monitors for gamers who want higher resolutions with those same high refresh rates. Set to be released under their Nitro and Predator families, for CES 2021 the company is promoting a mix of new and previously-announced (i.e. delayed) monitors, which will provide both high resolutions and the faster refresh rates that make gaming monitors so smooth. Plus, the pricing looks solid.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV – UHD and FreeSync with HDMI 2.1

First unveiled back in September in China, Acer is bringing its first HDMI 2.1 monitor, the Acer Nitro XV282K KV, over to North America. Although a handful of a name, it is clearly targeted at the latest generation of consoles, specifically the Xbox Series X, as this UHD display features both VESA Variable Refresh (FreeSync) and HDMI 2.1, making it a perfect choice for those looking to pair the console with a high-refresh rate UHD display.

The 28-inch panel offers 3840x2160 resolution, and up to 144 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support. Acer claims 1 ms response time as well. This IPS display also offers 90% of the P3 color gamut, and Acer claims 100,000,000:1 contrast. The display is rated for HDR 400, and it comes with an included HDMI 2.1 cable for easy connection.

The Acer Nitro XV282K KV will be available in the US in May, starting at $899.99 USD.

Acer Predator XB273U NX – QHD and G-SYNC

Second up is a totally new monitor from Acer, the 27-inch Acer Predator XB273U NX. The 2560x1440 display features Acer's Agile-Splendor IPS panel, and can achieve an impressive 275 Hz refresh when overclocked.

It also supports HDR, and up to 95% of the P3 gamut. Acer claims 0.5 ms response time in gray to gray transitions, and coupled with the high refresh rate, should make for a very smooth experience. This display offers NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate. It also features the new NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, which measures the time between a mouse click and the pixel actually changing, and is a feature aimed at the pro-gamer crowd for gameplay analysis.

The Acer Predator XB273U NX will be available in May starting at $1099.99 USD.

Acer Predator XB323QK NV – UHD and G-SYNC

Finally, Acer is also offering an update on their 31.5-inch behemoth G-Sync monitor, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV. This monitor was first announced back in June of 2020 with a September ship date, but it has since been pushed out to May of this year.

Aimed at the high-end of the market, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV offers a high-refresh UHD display with 3840x2160 resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Sporting DisplayHDR 400 certification, the monitor can produce 90% of the P3 gamut.

Like the other monitors being promoted today, the Acer Predator XB323QK NV will also available in May. Pricing will start at $1199.99 USD.

Source: Acer

Lenovo Announces New IdeaPad 5 Laptops at CES: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, and 5G

Always one of the biggest set of announcements for CES is from Lenovo, with updates to a lot of their lineup being announced every January, as well as some very interesting new products being shown off most years. As we head into CES week, Lenovo is t…

Always one of the biggest set of announcements for CES is from Lenovo, with updates to a lot of their lineup being announced every January, as well as some very interesting new products being shown off most years. As we head into CES week, Lenovo is teasing us with some updates to their IdeaPad lineup, including a new 5G model. As tends to be the case, we don’t always have the full spec sheets for these announcements yet, but let’s dig in and see what Lenovo is planning for the start of 2021.

IdeaPad 5G

5G is still a buzzword, but it is nice to see the technology coming to laptops as well. Lenovo’s new IdeaPad 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, and is coupled to the X55 modem to provide sub-6 GHz 5G capabilities for speedier networking in supported locations. Interestingly, the new laptop offers the fastest cellular connectivity, but only has Wi-Fi 5 support when you do connect to an access point. The 14-inch laptop offers a 1920x1080 16:9 display which can hit 300 nits in the sRGB gamut. RAM is up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X, and storage offerings will be up to 512 GB of PCIe SSD.

The IdeaPad, thanks to the 8cx platform, is able to go fanless, which is one of the benefits of the low-powered Arm platform. Another benefit is battery life, with Lenovo claiming up to 20 hours of video playback from just 51 Wh capacity is a strong showing, and the USB-C charging offers Rapid Charge Express. Lenovo hasn’t fixed a price yet, other than to say it will vary by market, and that it will not be released in North America at this time.

IdeaPad 5 Pro and 5i Pro

Back in the x86 world, Lenovo is releasing two new IdeaPad models powered by AMD Ryzen in the 5 Pro, and 11th Gen Intel Core in the 5i Pro. These new laptops have moved to a 16:10 aspect ratio, and will be available in both a 14-inch and 16-inch model. We have seen a lot of laptops make the jump to taller displays in the last year or two, and it is very nice to see Lenovo offer several models with the 16:10 ratio.

Lenovo is utilizing the IR sensor for time-of-flight, instead of just for Windows Hello login, which is a nice touch. The laptop will sense when you get up and walk away, and automatically pause video, as an example. Lenovo is also adding Amazon Alexa Show Mode, which lets you use your PC as an Alexa device when you want to.

The displays are not only 16:10 aspect, but the 14-inch model offers a 90 Hz refresh rate and 400 nits of brightness. The 16-inch offers 120 Hz and 350 nits, which is nice to see in a non-gaming laptop. Both the Intel and AMD models will also offer an NVIDIA MX450 graphics card as a bump over integrated graphics.

The 14-inch model will offer a 56.5 Wh battery, while the larger 16-inch model jumps to a very impressive 75 Wh unit, and all of them feature Rapid Charge Express for quicker charging over USB-C.

On the Intel model, Tiger Lake is paired with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB of PCIe storage, and the 16-inch model features a Thunderbolt 4 port. Those opting for the next-generation AMD Ryzen H model lose access to the Thunderbolt 4, but the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro can be outfitted with 32 GB of DDR4, rather than the 16 GB max in the smaller model.

Lenovo has also added a larger trackpad, and updated the keyboard with new keys and backlighting.

These devices, other than the 16-inch AMD powered model, will not initially be in the US market, but availability for all models will be in March, with prices as follows:

  • IdeaPad 5 Pro 16” AMD laptop starts at $1149.99 and is to be available starting May 2021.
  • IdeaPad 5 Pro 14” AMD laptop (not in the U.S.) available in EMEA March 2021, starts at €799.00
  • IdeaPad 5i Pro 16” Intel laptop (not in the U.S.) available in EMEA March 2021, starts at €899
  • IdeaPad 5i Pro 14” Intel laptop (not in the U.S.) available in EMEA March 2021 starts at €699

Source: Lenovo