Think of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the Porsche of business laptops, as it packs plenty of performance and battery life into an ultra slim carbon-fiber chassis. The 6th-Generation X1 Carbon keeps the amazing keyboard and colorful display of its predecessor but dramatically improves on the previous model’s performance upgrading from an Intel 7th Gen dual-core processor to an 8th Gen, quad-core CPU. One of the thinnest 14-inch laptops you can get, the 2018 model has the same, slim dimensions (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches) and 2.5-pound weight as its immediate predecessor, along with the luxurious soft-touch lid and deck that makes using it as comfortable as possible. Product page. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures, and additional information.
A team, lead by UW-Madison CIMSS researcher Leigh Orf, successfully recreated a monstrous supercell that produced several tornadoes in 2011, one of which registered as an EF-5 and touched down near El Reno, Oklahoma, using the Blue Waters supercomputer. The computation was completed in approximately three days versus the decades that would be required on a standard computer, and the research team plans to keep refining the model so they can keep unraveling the mysteries of tornado formation. Increasing scientific knowledge of severe weather events, like supercells, has important implications for enhancing life-saving storm warning systems. Read more for another video and additional information.
The Razer Ornata Chroma Keyboard combines a soft touch with a crisp tactile click, thanks to its mecha-membrane typing experience, and it’s being offered for just $66.99 shipped, today only, normally $99.99. Razer’s Synapse configuration tool lets you easily rebind buttons, assign macros, save profile configurations to the cloud, and explore advanced capabilities. The individually backlit keys are powered by Razer Chroma with 16.8 million customizable color options. Custom mid-height keycaps are designed for quicker actuation without missing a single stroke. Product page. Read more for a full video review and additional information.
Cemtrex’s SmartDesk is touted as “the most advanced workstation on the market”. It features 72 inches of high-resolution, multi-touch displays, a STARK Gesture System, digital phone / webcam that integrates with most VOIP providers, an integrated document scanner, wireless smartphone charging, a built-in digital keyboard / multi-touch input trackpad, and of course a powerful Windows PC powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. “The world is ready for a SmartDesk. It is 2018 but our workspaces have not evolved like most things we interact with on a daily basis like our smartphones, smart cars and smart homes,” said Cemtrex’s CEO and Chairman, Saagar Govil. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
NVIDIA today officially introduced the TITAN RTX, the world’s most powerful desktop GPU, aimed at AI research, data science and creative applications. It’s driven by the new NVIDIA Turing architecture, delivers 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance. Boasting 576 multi-precision Turing Tensor Cores, 72 Turing RT Cores for up to 11 GigaRays per second of real-time ray-tracing performance, and 24GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory with 672GB/s of bandwidth, which is twice the memory of previous-generation TITAN GPUs. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
SanDisk’s 2TB Extreme Portable External SSD is ruggedized, water- and dust-resistant (IP55-rated) makes it perfect for the rigors of everyday life, all for $299.99 shipped, today only, normally $699.99. It delivers high-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds, which works great for saving and editing high-resolution photos and videos. The drive comes equipped with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and also includes a USB Type-C to Type-C cable as well as a Type-C to Type-A adapter, meaning it’s compatible with nearly all types of computers. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.
The Apple-1 was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, and his friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer. To finance its creation, Jobs sold his only motorized means of transportation, a Volkswagen Microbus, for a few hundred dollars, and Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. Since money was an issue, Steve Jobs had to handwrite at least one of the ads, and this one could be yours, if the price is right, during the Dec. 5 Bonhams auction. It offers a bare circuit board for the machine and a manual for $75. The letter also includes his contact information at the bottom, with his parent’s address. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Seagate Desktop 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STGY8000400) ensures that you’ll never run out of space again on your computer, or at least for casual users, and it’s being offered for just $124.99, this week only, originally $149.99. Back up all of your computer’s contents with ease, especially since there is no software or hardware to install. Just leave it plugged in, and access stored content as needed, all at SuperSpeed USB 3.0 speeds. Best of all, it’s compatible with the PlayStation 4 as well, so you can easily increase storage in seconds. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
After nearly 2-years of teaser videos and non-functional prototypes, an alleged working SMACH Z Alpha unit has surfaced. This handheld device promises to revolutionize the world of PC gaming, and is officially scheduled for release in Q1 of 2019. Featuring a 6-inch high-definition touchscreen display, and hardware based on AMD’s Ryzen Embedded, paired with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Other features include: 8 GB + 8 GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM, a 256 GB HD SSD m.2, 5.0-megapixel camera, USB-C, USB-A, Micro USB, Display Port, SD card, and an audio mini jack. Read more for another hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Samsung’s UH750 28″ QLED 4K Display blends quantum dots with 1 billion shades of color to present images vividly and accurately, all for $349 shipped, today only, originally $499.99. Samsung’s Picture-by-Picture capabilities let you connect to two different devices at the same time while still maintaining the original image quality. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.