The late 2017 edition of the HP Spectre x360 has a 15.6" 4K IPS display supporting N-Trig pen and touch, Intel 8th generation 15 watt U series CPUs and NVIDIA MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics. The 15" x360 looks identical to last year's model, but it's much faster-- there's a 40% faster CPU thanks to Intel's doubling cores to 4 in the 8th gen, and NVIDIA's graphics are roughly 30% faster than last year's 940MX.
The Raider line is MSI's new line of relatively slim and light high end gaming laptops. Think of the GE63VR as the thinner and lighter version of the 15" Dominator with a better display and keyboard. The GE63VR has 3ms refresh 120Hz wide color gamut matte TN display, NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics switchable via NVIDIA Optimus with Intel HD 630 graphics and a 45 watt quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU. It ships with 16GB DDR4 RAM, Killer 1435 WiFi and Ethernet, has USB-C and a per key RGB backlit keyboard with lighting effects and illuminated USB ports.
These are Apple's mainstream iPhones for fall 2017, following very much in the footsteps on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus they replace. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus run iOS 11 on the new A11 Bionic CPU with 64 or 256 gigs of storage. They have updated cameras, glass backs and wireless charging. We'll review the iPhone X when it releases in early November.
Apple's latest smartwatch for fall 2017, the Series 3. is available in aluminum for $329 without LTE and $399 with LTE. As usual, it's also available in stainless steel, ceramic and the Nike version is coming next month. The watch runs OS 4 and it features a significantly faster CPU than previous generations, a more accurate heart rate monitor, new health metrics, the usual 50 meter waterproofing for fresh and salt water swims, a speaker, mic, Siri and interchangeable bands. It comes in 38mm and 42mm sizes.
The Z2 Force is available on the 4 big US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon) and it's also sold as an unlocked GSM phone on Moto's website for $720. The Z2 Force has a 5.5" QHD 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display with ShatterShield, 4G LTE, a microSD card slot and no headphone jack. It runs Android 7.1.1 on the 2.35 GHz Snapdragon 835 CPU with $GB RAM and 64 GB storage. It has dual 12MP rear cameras, and it's compatible with Moto Mods.
The Helios 300 line are Acer's relatively affordable 15.6" and 17.3" gaming laptops with NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics and a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad core, 45 watt CPU. We look at the 15" model that starts at $1,100 with 16GB RAM, a 1920 x 1080 matte IPS display and a 256GB M.2 SSD. The Helios 300 has a backlit keyboard, Microsoft Precision trackpad, Dolby audio and strong Qualcomm Atheros WiFi 802.11ac.
Huawei's extremely compact and light 13" Windows 10 Ultrabook, the MateBook X, weighs just /2.3 lb. and is 12.mm thin. That's similar to the 12" Apple MacBook but Huawei improves on that formula with a larger display, deeper keyboard and full Intel 7th generation Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The MateBook X has a 2160 x 1440 IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio like Microsoft Surface products, backlit keyboard and two USB-C ports.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is a 4.9 lb. 15" gaming laptop with the quad core i7-7700HQ CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q dedicated graphics. This is one of the first NVIDIA Max-Q notebooks to hit the market, and it promises less heat and noise than the standard GPU counterpart. The 18mm thick laptop is clad in classy black aluminum, minus the gamer bling. Its bottom panel drops down when you open it to increase cooling. The laptop has a 120Hz full HD matte IPS display, RGB color-programmable keyboard in an unusual frontmost location, right side MS Precision trackpad that doubles as a number pad at the touch of a button.
We go hands-on with the newest Surface Pro model. It features the same casing as the Surface Pro 4, with an updated hinge and changes on the inside. Most notably, it runs Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs on Windows 10 Pro, and the pen has improved. Alas, the pen is no longer included in the box, nor is the Type Cover keyboard. Microsoft claims much improved battery life and the Core m and Core i5 models have no fan and are thus silent.
The MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro is a 17.3" desktop replacement gaming laptop with Intel 7th gen Kaby Lake quad core 45 watt CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 SLI options. The GT series is MSI's top of the line with excellent performance and cooling. The Titan Pro GT73VR line is available with Core i7-7700HQ and i7-7820HK CPUs, DDR4 RAM (64GB max), a 256GB SSD, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and Killer AC1525 WiFi and Killer Gigabit Ethernet.
This is the new Pro version of the Gear Fit 2 fitness band and smartwatch. The Gear Fit 2 Pro has a more secure band, is water proof to 50 meters and it's available in two sizes and colors. The $199 band runs Samsung's Tizen OS 3.0 and handles notifications from your phone (Android and iOS are supported). It has a 1.5" AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 touch screen, vibrate, Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi, a music player with 4GB storage and offline Spotify playback if you have a Spotify premium account. It has a GPS, heart rate monitor and more.
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