Thurrott Daily: CES Day 0 Special Edition

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 23 Comments

Thurrott Daily: CES Day 0 Special Edition

CES, here we come.

Brad and I are flying to Las Vegas tonight for CES, but things are starting without us. So here are some CES tidbits from around the web.

1/4/2017 11:22:52 AM

Brydge 12.3 Keyboard Makes Your Surface Pro a Real Laptop

I’ve always wondered why no one has created a “real” keyboard for Surface Pro. Well, now someone has. Laptop Magazine explains:

Brydge, known previously for its iPad keyboards, is releasing a 12.3-inch keyboard for the Surface Pro 3 and 4 this spring for $150 that gives the Surface a more lap-friendly design for when you need to type.

The Brydge 12.3 is made of aluminum, is 0.7 millimeters thick and uses a custom hinge to open and close just like a laptop. This completely eliminates the need for the Surface’s kickstand when typing, as you can adjust it to any angle, just like a notebook. The Brydge keyboard is backlit and also includes a trackpad (a first for Brydge, as iPads don’t use mouse inputs).

Samsung Galaxy S8 said to include Windows 10 Mobile Continuum-style ‘Mobile Workspace’

It’s happening, and it will be interesting to see whether Android can, as a platform, outdo Windows in the 3-in-1 space. That said, I don’t think this makes sense unless Google does it right in the platform. Neowin reports:

A leaked slide published by All About Windows Phone suggests that Samsung is preparing to introduce its own version of the Continuum experience on its upcoming Android-based Galaxy S8 flagship phones.

Referred to as Samsung’s “Next Mobile Workspace”, the slide promises a “desktop experience” including multi-tasking, and support for an external monitor, mouse and keyboard. The image on the slide indicates that Samsung’s implementation would require a wired connection from the phone to the secondary display, along with a wireless connection from the mouse and keyboard to the phone.

The slide is said to be part of a wider presentation about the Galaxy S8.

Asus’ new 14-inch business laptop is even lighter than Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon

You can always tell when a writer doesn’t understand the topic, in this case, what makes a business PC a business PC. Anyway. The Verge:

Asus has unveiled a handsome-looking 14-inch “business notebook” that it claims is the world’s lightest — weighing in at just 2.3 pounds. That’s lighter than even Lenovo’s 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2.5 pounds) which also has a 14-inch display and is one of our favorite new laptops around.

In terms of specs, you get the choice of 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, while storage maxes out at a 512GB M.2 SSD. The display is full HD and there’s also a fingerprint sensor to keep your super secret business files safe. All in all, not a bad package, and we look forward to testing it out. At business.

The AsusPro B9440 will be available to buy starting at $999 in May this year.

Lenovo’s new VR headset is coming for less than $400

Engadget gets a peek at one of the first Windows Holographic headset prototypes.

Lenovo has been working on a relatively inexpensive VR headset for Windows machines, and we got the chance to strap one on and take it for a spin … Lenovo has said the device will cost less than $400 when it goes on sale.

So, what exactly will you get for the money? A surprisingly comfortable headset that manages to do room-scale VR on the cheap … I only got to wear it for about a half hour, but I felt none of the fatigue that long play sessions with the Vive can leave people with.

Beyond that, you’re looking at a pair 1,440 x 1,440 OLED screens floating in front of your face — too bad the version I played with didn’t actually turn on.

So, hands on. But no display. 🙂 Ah boy.

Dell intros the $799 Inspiron 7000, details Alienware CPU upgrades

I’m surprised we haven’t seen an all-up Dell announcement yet, but Engadget brings word of a single new laptop.

At first glance, the Inspiron 7000 looks like the inevitable union of Dell’s consumer laptops with the Alienware lineup. Its plastic case doesn’t have the many visual flourishes of its premium gaming counterpart, but the red accents around the front and rear fans make it seem like much more than a typical Inspiron. And yes, it’s really strange seeing elaborate heatsinks on this product line.

Hardware-wise, you can choose between Intel’s seventh-gen i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ processors, and NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti GPU, for the Inspiron 7000. You can also opt for 1080p or 4K screens in 14-inch and 15-inch variants, as well as up to 32GB of RAM. Of course, going crazy with specs will definitely rocket you past the $799 base price, but even with its most basic hardware it’ll still be a decent gaming machine.

As for the refreshed Alienware hardware upgrades, you’ve got the option of using Intel’s i7-7700HQ CPU or the i7-7820HK. And, for the first time, the massive Alienware 17 can fit in NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 mobile GPU.


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