Acer unveils an $800 laptop for gamers on a budget

Acer has set its sights on the casual gaming crowd with a new Nitro 5 laptop line that starts at $800. These laptops eschew higher-end GPU options found in more costly gaming notebooks in favor of models that feature up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU paired with a Kaby Lake processor from Intel, or Radeon RX550 graphics with AMD’s newest A-series processors.

On the Intel side, Acer will offer Nitro 5 configurations with Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, both from Intel’s latest CPU architecture. If opting for an AMD setup, users will be able to choose from A-series FX, A12, or A10 APUs.

All of the laptops support up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, though we suspect that baseline configurations will come with 8GB of RAM, or possibly even 4GB.

Select models will also pair PCIe SSDs up to 512GB in capacity with an optional HDD up to 2TB for bulk storage duties.

Every laptop will feature a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution and Dolby audio. While not overly exciting, it’s nice to see that Acer did not cheap out with a TN panel despite the relatively low starting price.

As for connectivity, the Nitro 5 will sport 802.11ac Wi-Fi and have a GbE LAN port, a single USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1) port, a powered USB 3.0 port that can charge devices when the laptop is turned off, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI 2.0 output.

There will be no mistaking the target audience with the Nitro 5’s design. It’s comprised of a matte black chassis with a hairline finish and a red hinge that runs along the back. There is also a “bold black” grill for ventilation. Flipping the laptop open will reveal a red LED-backlit keyboard with outlined WASD keys

Get a beastly Core i7-6850K and MSI Gaming X99A Godlike combo for $800

Intel and AMD are both readying new high-end processor and platform options for enthusiasts who are willing to pay a premium for top-tier performance. In the meantime, we can expect vendors to try and clear out current inventory with tantalizing price cuts in order to make room for the new parts. Enter Newegg and this Intel Core i7-6850K processor and MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard bundle.

If purchased individually, these parts typically sell for around $1,100, or $1,050 at Newegg’s current sale pricing for each item. However, Newegg is bundling them together for $850, plus there is a $50 mail-in-rebate available to knock the price down to $800.

That’s a pretty sweet offer, provided you can take advantage of this kind of computing muscle. The 6850K is a six-core Broadwell-E processor clocked at 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz (4GHz via Turbo 3.0) with 15MB of cache, Hyper Threading support, and a 140W TDP. It also supports up to 40 PCIe lanes.

As for the motherboard, one thing to note is that it’s an E-ATX board, which is bigger than standard ATX. You’ll want to make sure that your case supports E-ATX before jumping on this offer (or shop for one that does if you’re building from the ground up).

The X99A Godlike Gaming supports up to 4-way SLI and Crossfire graphics card configurations. It also can accept up to 128GB of DDR4-3400 memory and has 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA Express port, an M.2 port, two Killer E2400 GbE LAN ports, built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and several USB 3.1 and 2.0 ports

HP Refreshes LaserJet, A3 Multifunctional Printers Lineup for SMBs;

HP Refreshes LaserJet, A3 Multifunctional Printers Lineup for SMBs; Prices Start at Rs. 22,999

In a fresh move to disrupt the A3 copier market in India, HP Inc on Thursday unveiled a new portfolio of LaserJet and A3 multifunctional printers (MFPs) that will ensure cost-effective and mobile-enabled printing for small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country.

Powered by Jetintelligence, the Next-Gen HP LaserJet Ultra MFP M134fn prints up to 6,900 pages that can last about two years at 60 percent lower cost.

Together with the new HP LaserJet Ultra 134fn (Rs. 22,999) and the HP LaserJet MFP M436nda (Rs. 89,068), the new LaserJet portfolio will be available from this month.

On the other hand, the first MFP in A3 portfolio – HP LaserJet MFP M436 series – offers a combination of quality, reliability and built-in networking in a desktop A3 MFP.

“The new HP LaserJet Ultra is designed to meet the needs of small offices. We are excited to extend theHP experience to customers and partners who have been eagerly awaiting a high-quality and highly reliable choice for their A3 MFPs,” Parikshet Singh Tomar, Director, Printing Systems, HP Inc. India, told reporters here.

The HP LaserJet Ultra MFP prints 22 percent faster at 22 pages per minute (ppm), with the first page out within 7.5 seconds. The cost per page is also reduced by 60 percent while print quality is improved with the “Black Precision Toner” technology.

The HP LaserJet Ultra MFP comes with 3 toner cartridges, giving users up to 6,900 high-quality printed pages or two years of reliable printing.

The MFP further supports mobile printing with HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint 1.5 and Google Cloud PrintTM 2.0, enabling easy and seamless printing from one’s notebook PC, tablet or smart phone.

The HP LaserJet MFP M436nda comes with a 100-sheet automatic document feeder7, enabling easy two-sided scanning and copying.

In the A3 copier segment, the new HP LaserJet MFP M436 series which starts from Rs. 49,179 is the first MFP in HP’s A3 line-up, offering a cost-efficient option.

The A3 MFP can copy and print up to 23 pages per minute. Networking is built in and workflows can be simplified with efficient scan and copy solutions.

HP also launched a range of new entry-level LaserJets.

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M132 series can print up to 23 pages per minute, while the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277 series can print up to 30 pages per minute.

For users who only require printing, HP introduced HP LaserJet Ultra M106 series, which will be available from Rs. 15,699.

“The users can choose from the new HP LaserJet Ultra 106 series that comes with three-toner cartridges, the HP LaserJet Pro 203 series or the HP LaserJet 104 series,” the company said.

Additionally, HP unveiled four next-generation business scanners that are faster and more robust.

For businesses who only require scanning up to 2,000 pages per day, HP is also introducing a new entry-level HP ScanJet Pro 2000 s1, which can quickly and reliably digitise documents with scan speeds of up to 24 pages/48 images per minute.

 

HP Promises Fix for Printer Software Update That Barred Ink From Third-Party Suppliers

Image result for HP Promises Fix for Printer Software Update That Barred Ink From Third-Party SuppliersHP Inc. has apologized to customers for a software update that made some of its printers stop working with ink cartridges from competing suppliers, even if the printers had accepted the same cartridges in the past.

The apology comes after critics complained HP had over-reached by interfering with its customers’ right to choose ink suppliers. Critics also warned it could make customers less likely to accept future software updates, leaving their printers vulnerable to hackers or malware.

 

HP says the update was part of a long-standing effort to protect customers from using counterfeit or “unauthorized” cartridges. But in a statement Wednesday, HP apologized to customers for not explaining what it was doing, and promised another software update that provides the option of reversing the controversial change.

“Although only a small number of customers have been affected, one customer who has a poor experience is one too many,” said the statement, signed by Jon Flaxman, HP’s chief operating officer.

Printer ink is one of HP’s most profitable products, and the company has long tried to discourage customers from using lower-priced ink from other suppliers. It argues that unauthorized ink cartridges infringe on HP’s patented technology and may provide poor quality printing.

HP places security chips on its own cartridges so they can be recognized by its printers, which display a notification when a cartridge isn’t approved by HP. Earlier this year, the company delivered an online software update for some inkjet printers that included a new security feature that stopped printers from working with unauthorized cartridges that HP says contain “cloned” security chips – even if the printers had accepted those cartridges before.

 

The update sparked customer complaints and condemnation from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for tech users’ rights.

In an open letter, EFF’s Cory Doctorow called the update a “bait-and-switch” tactic that deprived consumers of choice and made their printers less useful. He also warned the move would make consumers less willing to accept future updates that could address more serious security problems.

“Customers need to feel confident that they can accept security updates without compromising basic functionality,” Doctorow wrote.

Flaxman said HP will continue to use authentication measures to protect its intellectual property “and the quality of our customer experience.” But he wrote, “We should have done a better job of communicating about the authentication procedure to customers, and we apologize.”

Logitech Unveils M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse and Silent Mouse Series at IFA 2016

Logitech Unveils M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse and Silent Mouse Series at IFA 2016
Does the clicking sound from your mouse bother you? If yes, Logitech has now launched two mouse pointing devices that will take care of this problem for you. If the company is to be believed, the peripherals reduce noise by approximately 90 percent over conventional offerings. The company ahead of IFA 2016 also launched the M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse, meant to be paired with several device types simultaneously.

The Logitech M220 Silent and Logitech M330 Silent Plus have been launched at $25 (roughly Rs. 1,700) and $30 (roughly Rs. 2,000). The M330 Silent Plus will be available in select stores from September, while the M220 Silent will be made available from October. They are compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux systems.

The M220 Silent carries a battery life of 18-months while the M330 Silent Plus variant packs a battery life of 24-months. The peripherals are capable of working from up to 33-feet away through a wireless connection. Both mice come with sensor resolution of 1000 dpi.
In case you find it hard to believe company’s claims, the mice have also Quiet Mark seal of approval from the Noise Abatement Society.

“Our engineers studied the sources of noise made by a computer mouse and created ways to reduce the decibel level without sacrificing quality,” Logitech’s Global Portfolio and Brand Director Anatoliy Polyanker was quoted as saying in company’s release.

Importantly, the company has clarified that the mice have not lost their clickable feel despite the changes made for reduction of noise.

Coming to the M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse, it is already available via Logitech.com for $69.99 (roughly Rs. 4,700). The multi-device mouse can pair with up to three devices simultaneously, switching between them using the Easy-Switch button. The Logitech M720 Triathlon is compatible with Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, Android, and Linux systems, with iOS conspicuously missing from the list.

For those devices without Bluetooth, the Logitech M720 Triathlon mouse comes with the Logitech Unifying Receiver. It said to feature a durable design that can withstand 10-million clicks, and also comes with a hyper-fast scroll wheel.

Chromebook Pixel 2 Goes ‘Out of Stock’, Google Says ‘No Plans to Restock’

Chromebook Pixel 2 Goes 'Out of Stock', Google Says 'No Plans to Restock'

  • Google may be discontinuing the Chromebook Pixel 2 soon
  • The Google Store in US shows no purchase option for the laptop
  • Interestingly, the Chromebook Pixel 2 is still up for orders in UK

Google had launched its second Chrome OS powered laptop – the Chromebook Pixel 2 – in March last year. It now seems that Google might be discontinuing its second-generation Chromebook Pixel, with its disappearance from the Google Store in the US being noted.

As per a report by Venture Beat, the laptop listing on the Google Store shows an ‘out of stock’ message, which may be an indication that Google doesn’t want to go ahead with its Chromebook Pixel 2. The Chromebook Pixel 2 was the successor to Mountain View-based company’s Chromebook Pixel that was discontinued in April this year.

“We’re committed to the Pixel program but we don’t have plans to restock the Pixel 2,” the report quoted a Google spokesperson to say. The statement appears to be a clear indication of the halt of the laptop’s production, and imminent plans to discontinue it. The Chromebook Pixel 2 came in two models, sporting fifth generation Intel Core processors. The 2.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor model was priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 67,000) and the LS (Ludicrous Speed) model with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor with a price tag of $1,299 (roughly Rs. 88,000).

With such a price tag, Google was competing with Apple’s MacBook laptops and Microsoft’s Surfacehybrid lineup, compared to other much cheaper Chrome OS offerings. Despite knowing the capabilities of the operating systems, Google was hopeful to sell a good number of units. However, it now seems that it did not turn out that well. Notably, the second-generation Google laptops are still available for orders on the Google Store UK site.

 

Make your system Virus free with the Bitdefender free Anti-virus

The Bitdefender free antivirus is without a doubt one of the most powerful and effective antivirus programs that are available in the market.It gives complete web protection and offers comprehensive security features. All the incoming and outgoing traffic is monitored. It blocks phishing attacks and other emails with malicious attachments that can cause severe damage to your system. It comes with a high performance antivirus engine that relies on cloud computing to learn about new threats in real time. Hence, it is an ideal solution set for all virus attacks affecting the system. And you can get your lost files form this free data recovery software .

Non-intrusive and effective solution:

Bitdefender Free Antivirus keeps working on the protection of your system without hogging resources and weighing down your OS. It keeps a continuous check and monitors any suspicious activity that can affect your computer. Once you install it in your system, it starts functioning right away recover deleted files and doesn’t require any input from the user.

Easy to install and providesreal-time protection

The installation of the software is very easy. It doesn’t require any technical expertise to configure the program. It is very user friendly and by following a couple of very simple steps, you can easilydeploy this free software. Its starts scanning when the computer is turned on. Once this scan is done, it tells the currentstatus of any malware in your system.

Timely and regular scanning

The system is not only scanned during the on demand scans, it constantly keeps monitoring the activities going on in the system and prevents any virus, or threats from intruding in the system. It has thus been optimized to protect the system from e-threats.

One-clickcontrol and user-friendly interface

With just one click you can easily start the complete scanning of your system. It will display the current status of protection and the level of safety of your system.

Log files and Quarantine

Any suspicious activity and threats that are identified are gathered together. Once it is sent to the Quarantine, a log is maintained. From this log, the users can easily decide which files they want to keep and which ones have to be deleted from the system.

Delivering high performance

Bitdefender Antivirus provides software that is very effective in quarantining and detects the suspicious and malicious activity and threats, damaging the system. It doesn’t hinder the normal functioning of the system. Once the scanning of the system has started, it provides quick results and then finishes the scan quickly.

One of the best features is that it is very user friendly and provides added benefits and features that other antiviruses in the same category would not provide. Most importantly, it is a free tool, easy to use and very light on resources.

Hence, Bitdefender Free Antivirus is an effective and complete solution to protect your system from threats and unidentified malware. You can also upgrade the software to the paid version if you want additional features.

EaseUS Todo Backup – Copy and Clone Hard Drive

The EaseUS Todo Backup free is very simple and easy to use software. It is easy to integrate with the windows. It is one of the simplest and most comprehensive software out there. It supports all types of files. Just by simply double clicking on any Todo backup files you can open the folder. It lets the user browse easily and recover the individual essential file and folders by using Windows Explorer. For those who want the entire content to be recovered, it provides a fully integrated restore function. The latest version of EaseUS Todo backup has lots of improvements from the older versions. So it has now become more versatile and user-friendly. A separate management tab has been incorporated. This helps in easy re-running and checking the jobs and log tabs. By checking the job you can see the progress of the work. Log tabs give information regarding the time when backups were done. The EaseUS Todo Backup has a feature which includes partition and drives imaging. The pre-boot environment feature installs to the boot drive so as to recover the system without using any other media.

How to Clone Hard Drive: Disk cloning is the perfect way to copy the content of the disk to another one in the easiest way. This sort of cloning you may require in many situations. If you are unable to clone the copy of content then it may arise many worse conditions. So this situation is needed to handle in a safe manner and also need to introduce reliable software which could copy the entire content of the system with ease. EaseUS Todo Backup is software which can easily handle the situation and can clone the whole data which you can later transfer to another disk. Now you may know step by step procedure to clone the hard drive with this program. Here are the steps:

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  • Firstly, launch EaseUS Todo Backup workstation and click CLONE.
  • Now select the disk which you intend to clone and then click on NEXT button in the Disk clone windows.
  • Now choose the destination disk and then click NEXT. Here you get sector by sector clone option which enables you to clone all sectors from source to destination disk.
  • Now preview the disk layout and click on PROCEED in order to clone the disk.

Clone HDD to SSD: In some situation you need to upgrade your HDD to the new drive. So in that case you have two choices: first – clone your hard drive and second- migrate the hard drive content to SSD. If you choose the option means clone your hard drive then there might be a possibility that some files will not fit into SSD. But using software such as EaseUS Todo backup workstation, you can do all things within minutes. In order to migrate the system to SSD, you need to have backup everything. You also need to follow few instructions in order to carry the procedure so that all the content can be easily cloned.

High Performing Notebooks Make Excellent Gifts For The University Student In Your Life

If it’s been years since your own university career, then don’t think you know what your child need in order to guarantee their success at school. Most likely you remember hitting the library and flipping through its card catalogue to start your thesis research, and you wrote your arguments out by hand before typing it up on the typewriter you shared with your roommates.

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Even if you’re a much more recent graduate – one who had their own computer, no less – your child is experiencing a completely different classroom. Forget about a physical catalogue; everything’s gone digital! Whereas your classmates were equipped with binders and pens to take their notes, your child’s cohorts are typing through their classes on laptops. If you want the brightest and most successful future for your child, you need to embrace the modern world and get them a powerful and portable notebook.

Modernity, and in this case technology specifically, has drastically changed education. Teachers have embraced peer-based instructing platforms to disseminate course work, readings, infographics, and notes to a plugged-in classroom. Their lectures are always accompanied by some sort of digital presentation (PowerPoint or otherwise) and some offer remote access via video to those students who can’t make it to campus. All of their digital offerings can only be accessed by a computer. Without one, your child could find themselves working against a huge disadvantage before the semester even truly begins.

At the very least, they need a laptop that will let them offer this modern world of education. But the computer you choose for your child should provide them with more than just the basics. As mid-terms, papers, and group projects start to pile up, their notebook should be able to handle every one of their tasks with ease. Notebooks offer powerful Intel® Broadwell performance that can multi-task high-energy applications, including those memory draining programs that visual design, architecture, and engineering students use. With NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics, HD LCD displays, and up to 32 GB of DDR3l 1600 Memory certain notebooks can provide premium graphics, clarity, and performance that you’d expect from a desktop

Mobility plays an important role in the modern student’s life, which is why a typical desktop is out of the question for your son or daughter. They need to be able to meet with their group project members or study buddies, and a desktop would instantly require all of their meetings to occur in their dorm room. When work can take them to the library, cafés, or the cafeteria, a notebook supports them whenever their workplace isn’t their desk. Slim, sleek, and ultra-lightweight, notebooks are made with the itinerant student in mind and can easily slip into a backpack or side bag. They also come with long-lasting battery life, which allows them to go anywhere that might not have a convenient outlet. These high-performing notebooks don’t skimp on anything in order to remain portable, and its USB, VGA, and HDMI ports make it easy for your child to share information and display presentations.

As the fall semester rolls to a close and you’re expecting your child home for the holidays, don’t make the mistake of thinking what was good in your day is sufficient for theirs. Skip the paper supplies and consider getting them a well-made notebook. Do your research, and look for those that can offer unprecedented battery life, mobility, and power for your child.

Of course, most manufacturers that can provide these features in their notebooks also have a huge range of powerful, time-saving, and fun devices that won’t just make the university student in your life happy and successful. Keeping this in mind, Toshiba electronics make great holiday gifts for everyone on your list, as there’s something for everyone. Students, entrepreneurs, and office workers alike will find use out of one of their premium notebooks and devices. Give the gift of performance and durability, and everyone – including your university student – will stay on top of their work.

OnePlus teases Snapdragon 810 processor for OnePlus 2, promises no overheating

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The OnePlus 2 will use the infamously hot Snapdragon 810 processor, though the company promises it’s cooled off any overheating problems.

That’s what OnePlus says in the first of what will be many blogposts about the specs of the upcoming OnePlus 2. The company says in a blog post this is version 2.1 of the Snapdragon 810, which has been engineered to mitigate any problems with running too hot.

“Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2. We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2, and fine-tuned both hardware and software. The 2 will be “cooler than ever”.

The story behind the story: OnePlus is making a big point about the fact this is version 2.1 of this system-on-a-chip to allay any fears about its overheating issue. OnePlus promises that this is the first drop of spec information that will slowly pour out over time, much like LG did with the G4, and OnePlus did last year for the OnePlus One. Not every announcement will be newsworthy, but we’ll keep watch to see what else OnePlus has in store for its follow-up phone.