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Asus ROG G752 Review

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Asus ROG G752

Once all but a misnomer, today there are more gaming notebooks to choose from than ever. While the trend lately has favored more more svelte and understated gaming laptops, machines packing a big screen and big performance haven’t gone anywhere.

 

Asus’s enthusiast gamer hardware and accessory line, Republic of Gamers (ROG), includes a range of ROG PCs and laptops packing the latest performance hardware into distinct chassis and frames that are aimed to stand out.

 

Following last year’s highly-praised Asus ROG G751, the Asus ROG G752 is another portable PC gaming beast that features a distinctive design and plenty of oomph to run even the most demanding of PC games at the highest settings.

 

Although this 17.3-inch monster is available in a variety of high-end configurations, the model sent to techradar for review (a G752VT, specifically) features an Intel Skylake, 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) alongside 1TB of hard disk storage, and a super-fast GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with 3GB of video memory.

 

With beefy specifications and Asus’s renowned build quality in tow, there’s a lot to like about this massive machine, coupled with a few surprises along the way.

 

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Asus E402MA review

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Asus E402MA review

There was once a time when nothing but netbooks consumed the sub-£200 ($300/AUS$411) price bracket, but fortunately Microsoft and its partners have recently done a lot to drive down the price of larger, considerably more usable laptops.

 

With the advent of true cloud applications such as Office 365, and a variety of streaming services that have quickly overtaken locally-stored media, lean machines such as the Asus E402MA are making ground at the budget end of the market alongside similar notebooks like the smaller Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11.

 

Packing a 14.6-inch screen, the E402MA has a relatively modest set of specifications: a quad-core Intel N3540 M processor clocked at up to 2.66GHz is paired with merely 2GB of RAM and a rather paltry 32GB of storage.

 

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Gigabyte P55K V4 review

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Gigabyte P55K V4

Serious gaming on PCs has never been a particularly cheap hobby, but as powerful desktop rigs have become more affordable, so too have gaming laptops that pack enough power to satisfy all your gaming needs.

 

Gigabyte may be better known for its quality desktop motherboards than its laptops, but after releasing the less powerful Gigabyte P35K V3 into the wild earlier in the year, it’s back once again with the Gigabyte P55K V4. Featuring an Intel Core i7 CPU coupled with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU, you can expect impressive performance at a bargain price that undercuts the HP Omen’s price tag considerably.

 

Whilst the specifications may be good value for money, there is just enough detail in the P55K’s design for it to stand out from other non-descript portable powerhouses and make it a genuinely appealing gamer’s machine.

 

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Asus Transformer Book T200 review

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Asus’ T100 Transformer Book came out just over a year ago, offering a full Windows tablet experience that easily out-did failing Windows RT devices of the time. It has since been one of our favourite laptop / tablet hybrids to emerge, packing Intel’s new breed of Z-series Atom processors.

 

The newer and larger brother, the T200, keeps the things we liked about its fully-fledged Windows 8.1 predecessor, but packs a larger 11.6″ screen and faster processor, throwing in some extra ports and a handy 2.5″ drive bay into the keyboard dock, too.

 

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HP ChromeBook 11 Review

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HPChromeBook11(11)When Chromebooks first appeared, there was confusion as to what niche they were trying to fill, whether anyone would buy a machine which relies largely on Internet connectivity for functionality, and if manufacturers were going to take Google’s netbook replacements seriously.  May 2011 seems like a long time ago, and it’s only now that Chromebooks are starting to gain traction and become relevant. So is HP’s first effort any good? Read on to find out.


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STM Blazer XS 11″ sleeve

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IMG_3950 copyThere’s only one thing that is as abundant as the constantly changing and evolving selection of notebook PCs on the market, and that’s the range of protective clothing that’s available for them.  I’ve looked at STM’s array of notebook and tablet bags and their quality is second to none.  The latest in their range is the Blazer series and I’ve been looking at the XS variant suitable for Macbook Air, ultrabooks, netbooks and anything else of around 11″ screen size. Carry on reading to see what I made of it…


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Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speakers – Review

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In 2006 Edifier was a Chinese start-up that came with promises of high-end consumer audio products.  Unlike the pile of Chinese brand-names you’ve never have heard of, they differentiated themselves from the native competition with a balance of audio clarity and intelligent design.  They’ve grown to become a real competitor to Jap and US audio manufacturers with an increasingly recognisable brand.


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