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Lenovo Concepts Bendy Laptop

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Lenovo Concepts Bendy Laptop

The Lenovo Transform 2017 event was mainly focused on enterprise, but it did have the company reveal what it think is the future of personal computer-- a bendable laptop with a flexible display.

Described as the "ThinkPad of the future," the concept laptop would be built using unspecified "advanced materials" and "new screen technologies." These would allow for a device one can roll up or fold, without need for a hinge. The presentation also had Lenovo SMP and GM Christian Teismann state how it can be an always-connected device able to handle natural speech and handwriting, with anticipator AI as a major feature.

Interestingly the concept design even includes that ThinkPad trademark stuck in the keyboard, the orange mouse nub.

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Gigabyte Intros Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box

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Gigabyte Intros Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box

Gigabyte announces the Aorus GTX 1070-- a "true plug-and-play" external graphics solution promising to transform any laptop armed with a Thunderbolt 3 port into a "powerful gaming battle station."

First revealed at Computex 2017, the Aorus GTX 1070 differs from other external GPU enclosures, since it ships with a built-in graphics card (specifically a factory-overclocked GTX 1070 graphics card). It also delivers up to 100W to the connected laptop via embedded 450W PSU, while Thunderbolt 3 connectivity offers data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

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Creative Presents Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card

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Creative Presents Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card

Creative Technology uses E3 2017 to launch what it claims is the "world's first sound card with an integrated RGB controller"-- the Sound BlasterX AE-5.

The PCIe sound card is designed for gamers, and as such features high-end components including a 32-bit 384kHz ESS ES9016K2M Sabre 32 Ultra DAC, a custom-designed 600O discrete headphone amp, German-made WIMA film/foil capacitors and proprietary Sound Blaster audio enhancement technologies. It supports discrete 5.1 or virtual 7.1 channel aduio, and promises a low noise figure of 122dB DNR.

Meanwhile the BlasterX Acoustic Engine suite handles audio processing, such as 3D sound effects for speakers and headsets, Crystal Voice sound enhancement and a Scout 2.0 enemy audio radar overlay, an addition apparently useful for FPS games.

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The be quiet! Shadow Rock TF2 Cooler

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The be quiet! Shadow Rock TF2 Cooler

German PC cooling and power supply specialist be quiet! launches the Shadow Rock TF2-- an update on the Shadow Rock TopFlow from 5 years ago, offering 160W TDP cooling capacity from a compact design.

Ideal for HTPC and SFF builds, the Shadow Rock TF2 features five 6mm high-performance copper heat pipes with aluminium end caps. The cooling fins have direct contact between fins and base plate, a redesign be quiet! says allows for heat dissipation "significantly better than its predecessor."

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OWC: Refreshed iMac Supports 64GB RAM

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OWC: Refreshed iMac Supports 64GB RAM

Mac upgrade specialist Other World Computing (OWC) confirms customers can boost the 27-inch iMac refresh revealed at the WWDC 2017 keynote by increasing the amount of RAM from 32 to 64GB.

The refreshed 27-inch iMac comes in stock 3 configurations, all featuring Intel Kaby Lake processors, Thunderbolt 3 ports, faster graphics and optional memory and storage upgrades. The 3.5GHz and 3.8GHz 27-inch models carry up to 64GB RAM, but the lower-end 3.4GHz option only offers up to 32GB RAM, leading to questions as to whether the limit is hardware-related or not.

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HP Adds to Omen Gaming PC Range

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HP Adds to Omen Gaming PC Range

HP refreshes the Omen gaming PC range, with products including a pair of desktop PCs, 15- and 17-inch laptops, displays and the HP take on external GPU enclosures.

Omen desktop PCs come in two flavours-- full-size tower and compact. The Omen X Compact Desktop option is the more interesting, since it features a dockable form factor one can use in either desktop or backpack mode. A harness complete with hot-swappable batteries allows one to strap the PC on their backs for portable VR use, while the docking station handles desktop use without cable worries.

Specs include 7th generation unlocked Intel Core i7 CPUs and factory-unlocked GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, inside HP claims is a chassis equipped with advanced thermal and electrical engineering ensuring heat is transferred away from users.

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Zotac Intros External GPU Enclosure

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Zotac Intros External GPU Enclosure

Zotac is the next company to present an external graphics enclosure at Computex 2017-- the self explanatory Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics Dock.

The device allows customers to connect a graphics card to a host system via Thunderbolt 3. Details on the Zotac enclosure are currently scant, but it appears to support cards up to 9-inch in length, restricting it to smaller graphics cards. Power comes through an internal 400W power supply capable of charging a connected notebook, and it connects via Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C.

Also included are extra connectivity options, with four USB 3.0 ports and a Quick Charge 3.0 port.

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Qualcomm Works With Big Names on PCs

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Qualcomm Works With Big Names on PCs

Computex 2017 has Qualcomm announce PC plans-- specifically, the chip maker has been working with big names, including Asus, HP and Lenovo, on mobile PCs running on the Snapdragon 835 SoC.

"Today's consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs than legacy computing models are able to provide," the company says. "With compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity."

Revealed back in January 2017, the Snapdragon 835 is a premium-tier mobile device processor built using a 10 nanometer process. The 64-bit ARM-based chip comes complete with an own X16 LTE modem and can run Windows 10 and Win32 apps, making ideal for, "next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer devices."

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

Intel launches the Compute Card at its Computex keynote-- the modular, credit card-sized computing platform first revealed at CES 2017, now with partners (Dell, LG, Lenovo) and a shipping date.

The Compute Card concept remains unchanged from that seen back in January 2017. A compact package fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. One can slot the Compute Card in a variety of products, with examples seen at the show including a desktop PC replacement docks, laptops, smart TVs, VR headsets and even refrigerators.

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