Razer’s Nabu X Fitness Tracker Cuts The Price And Screen

razer-nabu-x-2015-01-06-01The Razer Nabu has never really launched officially: the first few batches went to pre-orderers, and Razer has had difficulty restocking the $100 fitness band. So, the Nabu X fixes two things: a lesser price of $50 and cuts out the screen altogether.

While it meaans no message previews and regular notifcations, the Nabu X does have vibration and triple-LED notifications, fitness tracking via the built-in accelerometer, social sharing (using Bluetooth-connectivity to your phone), and comes in green, black, or white.

The Nabu X for will retail for $20 Razer Insiders starting on January 13th, and the final price will be $50 once it launches openly.

Via: Razer

Nikon Finally Makes A Touchscreen DSLR, The D5500


D5500_BK_18_55_frt34l.0Its main rival, Canon, introduced touchscreen LCDs for its DSLRs — back in 2012. So, enter the CES of 2015 and Nikon has taken the initiative with the D5500: a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor , shoots up to five-frames-per-second, and one of its best features, a 39-point autofocus system. Oh, and yes it records video: 1080p HD at up to 60 frames-per-second.

Pricing is rather straightforward; an early February release for $899.95, or $999.95 with Nikon’s standard DX 18-55mm kit lens.

Via: Nikon USA

Toshiba Outs Their Surface Pro 3 Competitor, The Portege Z20t

Toshiba+Port-g-+Z20t+#4_630_wide_with_penPreviously, the Surface Pro 3 was by far, the best actual tablet computer (running a desktop/laptop operating system). But, this is 2015 and the competitors are lining up once more, using newer technology. The Portege Z20t is a laptop/tabley hybrid, with a 1920 x 1080 screen, measuring 12.5-inches — .5 more than the SP3’s.

Aesthetics: a mere 0.35 thick, weighs 1.6 pounds, and if the optional keyboard dock is purchased, a battery life of 17.5 hours, instead of the base 9.1 hours.

Powering the Portege Z20t? Intel’s newest Core M chip, which in this case is optimized for performance, but also takes a nod at preserving battery life. Base ports include a micro-HDMI socket, micro-USB connection and a microSD slot — plus power jack and 3.5mm audio jack, of course. The dock adds full-size HDMI, Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports.

The Portege goes on sale this January, with options for either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of solid-state storage. Starting at — wait for it — $1,399, which is much more than the entry-level Suface Pro 3 ($799), or $1,899 to get the full kit with Wacom pen.

Definitely breaching Ultrabook pricing here, Toshiba. Via: Toshiba

LG’s Most Powerful Smartphone Debuts At CES 2015, The G Flex 2

G_Flex2_500LG put the best specs in their latest smartphone, the G Flex 2. LG’s curved smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD Curved P-OLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution and 403ppi), a 2GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage, microSD support, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization with 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A little extra info on the Snapdragon 810: it sports two 64-bit quad-core CPUs (Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53) and offers support for native 4K Ultra HD interface and video. The U.S. release is pinned later in the year.

Via: LG Newsroom

Intel ‘Broadwell’ Processors Make For Excellent Mobile Computing

Intel Broadwell The 5th generation of Intel’s Core processors has finally arrived. Codenamed “Broadwell”, these chips are produced on the 14nm process, being smaller, more powerful, and more energy efficient than ever before, while avoiding being simply incremental, like the Haswell series before it.

There are 14 different Broadwell-series chips for laptops and desktops, including 13 15-watt processors with basic Intel HD graphics and four 28-watt models with more powerful Intel Iris graphics. More than half of these include Core i5 and i7 CPUs, the remainder a handful of Core i3, Celeron, and Pentium chips.

For those of you unawares, Intel has a “tick-tock” cycle for designing new processors: A “tock” represents the introduction of a new chip architecture, while a “tick” refers to a reduction in die size — from 22nm to 14nm, in this case. This being a “tick”, Intel is saying that a mere 4% increase in processing performance occurs, but a solid 22% increase of graphics performance rounds it off.

Essentially, desktop users aren’t going to find much reasons to upgrade — but coming laptops and tablets are going to be thin and powerful.

Via: Intel

It’s Official: Nvidia Tegra X1 Chip With Maxwell GPU At CES 2015

NvidiaThis might be a post for the nerds, but the effects in the coming months and years could be vast. Finally, NVIDIA has engineered a way to bring its Maxwell-class GPUs to mobile, in the form of the Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip. Using a 64-bit octa-core ARM-based processor, X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU, while also being more enrgy efficient.

In other words, serious graphical and processing power that can put the Tegra X1 on the level of gaming consoles; better than the previous Tegra K1 used in the Google Nexus 9 tablet and Nvidia’s own Shield tablet, as well as several Chromebooks.


Acer’s Aspire V 17 Nitro Has Kinect-Esque Sensor Built-In

Aspire_V17_Nitro_Black_Edition_VN7-791_backlit_keyboard.0The concept of the gaming PC has always been cutting edge, top-of-theline, and edgy designs, coupled with some slightly unusual flourishes. Today, courtesy of Acer, one of those unsual flourishses happens to be Intel’s RealSense 3D — a  technological soup of a standard camera, an infrared sensor, and a laser projector, used to map the world in three dimensions.

It has great reach, being able to recognize all ten figures, facial expressions, and things that occur in the background, behind the user. Two bundled apps that make use of RealSense include Warrior Wave, a game in which you use your hands to manipulate every aspect of your players, and a 3D-scanning app called 3DMe.

Yes, but of course: this is a niche functionality, but with time, and as more companies continue to support Intel’s camera, the more likely it will be that interactions between a user and a PC will include motion and expression, rather than just touch, keyboard and mouse.

Oh, and back to the V 17 Nitro: it has the right specs to play today’s games. A 17.3-inch 1080p display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and as much as 1TB of hard drive space.  Four speakers and a Blu-ray drive round it all off.

Price TBA.