MSI GS65 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review

A couple of years ago, you really had to choose between power and portability when it came to laptops. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to cooling solutions better and NVIDIA’s MaxQ graphics which allow powerful GPUs to be used in slim form factors. But how good are they really? Today we’re gonna answer that question as we check out the MSI GS65 Stealth gaming laptop. 

The MSI GS 65 comes with an 8th gen Intel i7-8750H which has 6 cores and 12 threads. Coupled with that is NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 MaxQ, 16 gigs of DDR4 memory and a 500GB SSD. And there’s a Full HD, 144Hz IPS display, all packed in a chassis as slim as 17.7mm.

In terms of looks and design, the GS65 believes in elegance in simplicity. The device yells premium with its black metal finish with golden streaks and highlights. Even the MSI Dragon logo on the lid gets the golden treatment. And it weighs only 1.8kg, there’s no problem in carrying it just about anywhere. 

The left side of the laptop has the Ethernet port, two USB 3 ports, two 3.5mm audio jacks along with vents, while the right side has the charging port, the HDMI port, a miniDisplayPort, a USB Type-C port and one more USB 3 type-a port. Exhaust vents can be found on the back.

Opening the laptop greets you with the same premium finish, with the display having minimal bezels on the top and sides, and a steelseries keyboard sits between the speaker grills and the golden lined trackpad, which for some reason is extra stretched. The keys feel nice to press and are decently sized with adequate space, and feature per key customizable RGB backlighting. My only complaint is the lack of a number pad, which used to be there in the older Stealth series laptops. The trackpad is pretty smooth and responsive too, but the large size means it’s easy to accidentally brush your wrist and move the cursor while typing.

When it comes to performance, the MSI GS65 is definitely a powerhouse. You can use it pretty convenient for gaming as well as heavy tasks like editing, designing and rendering. Of course, the 2070 MaxQ is not as powerful as the full 2070, but that doesn’t mean the laptop has any problems running intense applications. 

Even on the temperature side, the laptop does an acceptable job of keeping the hardware cool. The max GPU temperature we observed was 82 C while the max CPU temps touched 95 C. The keyboard gets a little hot so using it for long sessions can be a little uncomfortable, so you might need to buy a decent cooling dock. The fans do get a little loud under full load too, but considering that most people use headsets while gaming, they’re not loud enough to cause discomfort. 

The display on this laptop is pretty impressive too, with bright and vivid colours, and ultra fast 144 Hz refresh rate. Gaming is smooth and fluid, with landing headshots feels simply amazing. The environments look great and the sound from the speakers is crisp and clear, whether you’re watching your favourite movies or busy in an intense gaming session.

Battery life, as expected with gaming laptops is average, with the device lasting just under 4 hours of average use including media playback and browsing. But gaming on a laptop always happens with a charger, so you probably won’t have to worry on that end.

At a price point of about 2.1 lakhs, the MSI GS 65 will definitely feel expensive, but premium products come at a premium price. And this is for people who want high portability without sacrificing on performance. That is exactly what this laptop offers, so if that’s what you’re looking for as well, you should definitely check it out.

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Alienware Area 51m Review: The Upgradable Laptop!

Desktop PCs have always had one major advantage over laptops – upgradability. You have a good CPU but your graphics card is getting old? Just take it out and put in a new one, and you’re good to go. But laptops are more of a package deal, right? You can’t just take your old CPU and upgrade it for a better one. Or can you?

Design and Tech Specs

CPU Intel i9-9900K
GPU NVIDIA RTX 2080
RAM 32 GB DDR4
Storage 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Ports
USB 3.1, USB Type-C Thunderbolt, HDMI, MiniDP, LAN, 3.5mm jacks, Alienware Graphics Amplifier
Price ~INR 3,50,000

Today we’re playing with Area 51m, the first fully upgradable laptop, coming from Alienware. Not that it needs any upgrading though as our review unit packs in an 8 core, 16 thread, desktop level i9-9900K.  And if you think that’s overkill, get this. The GPU is none other than the RTX 2080. There’s also 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM, dual storage comprising of a 500 GB SSD along with a 1TB hard drive AND a 144Hz, full IPS 1080p display and Tobii Eye Tracking.

And that’s not all. The Area 51m is one of the best looking laptops I’ve seen. Alienware has decided to redo their entire design ideology, going forward with what they’re calling the Legend design. The Area 51m opts for a much more curved look than what we’ve seen in the older Alienware models and while a lot of brands still sticking to the black and red gaming color scheme, the Area 51m is just covered in dazzling white. But. While that results in a much more elegant and classy look, it also highlights any dirt or marks you might leave on it, meaning you may have to clean it a lot more often than you might like. The build quality, on the other hand, is rock solid. It’s a sturdy device for sure, and at 3.8kg, quite chunky to say the least. 

For such a huge and powerful laptop, one thing that it lacks, surprisingly, is ports. On the left side you have one USB 3 port along with a Type-C Thunderbolt port, exhaust vents and 3.5mm audio jacks, while the right side houses more vents and two additional USB 3 ports. I would’ve definitely liked to see at least one more full size USB port as three might be a little less for people using an external keyboard and mouse, especially if they have a USB headset. On the back side, surrounded by the shiny RGB strip, you can find the LAN port, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, an HDMI, a mini DisplayPort and two ports for charging. That’s right, the Area 51m requires not one, but two power bricks to reach its full potential.

The front side of the laptop has grills for speakers and by far is the most disappointing thing about its looks, where the glossy black plastic finish just doesn’t seem to fit in with the laptop’s otherwise ultra premium looks. 

Opening up the laptop, you will be greeted with an RGB backlit keyboard, which while not being mechanical, is one of the most comfortable keyboards I have seen in a laptop. The keys feel nice to press, have a decent travel distance and the overall experience is just great, whether you’re typing or playing. And thanks to the Alienware Command Center, you can customize it to your heart’s extent. From individual key backlighting to custom macros, you can do just about anything.  Even the trackpad has customizable RGB backlighting. However, one thing that does bug me about the keyboard layout is the awkward placement of the Page Up and Page Down keys, which have been crammed between the Shift and the Arrow keys. But enough about the look and feel, let’s talk performance. I mean, that’s what really matters, right?

Performance and Benchmarks

 

The 9900K and RTX 2080 in the Area 51m do really seem to be at par with their desktop counterparts. Whether it’s pure gaming, streaming, editing or rendering, there’s no workload that the laptop can’t handle without breaking a sweat. And the joy of combining that power with the blazing 144 Hz IPS panel is just. . . it makes me feel things. Not only are the colours crisp and vibrant, the entire experience is smooth and responsive. The speakers are quite loud too, and really add to the whole vibe.  Doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to lose yourself in the amazing world of Witcher 3 or trying to get that clutch win in PUBG, the Area 51m does a great job of bringing your games to life.

Now, you can’t have a 9900K in your laptop and not overclock it. Thankfully, Alienware has made it incredibly easy to do that. Using Alienware Fusion, you can either use one of the two preset overclock profiles, or set a manual overclock for both the CPU and GPU.

When it comes to packing such powerful hardware into a portable form factor, one major cause for concern is thermals. And things on this front are kind of good news, bad news. In our testing, the GPU temperature stabilized at a max 75 C temp, but the CPU reached 100 C under full load. That’s boiling water temperature. Luckily, the fans do a great job of venting it out and the keyboard doesn’t heat up, so you can still continue to use it, should you wish. And you can hear the fans at work, they’re quite loud under load.

The Verdict

Now that we’ve covered all the basic stuff, let’s talk about upgradability. It’s quite interesting how the Area 51m manages to do that. For the CPU, Alienware has just plugged the desktop sized LGA1151 socket, which means that changing your CPU is just the same as you would do on a desktop motherboard. However, the GPU comes on a custom made removable module, which means that you will only be able to get it through Alienware. Freedom does come at a cost, after all. Nevertheless, it’s an incredibly fascinating concept that seems to work, and I for one am completely blown away with it.

But. But. That’s not all. Let’s face it, life isn’t that simple. While the custom GPU module means that you should theoretically be able to upgrade to the next gen graphics cards, because the design for the is on Alienware, the CPU upgradability will depend solely on socket support. As long as Intel continues to support the LGA 1151 socket, upgrading to a new CPU won’t be a problem. But the day they decide to switch to a different one, which they probably will, sooner or later, you might be stuck with the last one supported. 

But let’s not be pessimistic. After all, the Area 51m is an impressive piece of hardware that’s enough to make any and every gamer drool. It’s a total knockout, in terms of both looks and performance, and the level of customizability is simply amazing. With its size and uber powerful specs, it’s more of a portable desktop than a laptop. However, at a price point of about INR 3,50,000, it’s also enough to make your wallet weep. But hey, if you have the money and want a no-compromise gaming experience while still remaining relatively portable, why not treat yourself?

NVIDIA Partners Announce 25 New Laptops At Computex

NVIDIA today announced the launch by leading manufacturers of 25 laptops fueled by its power-efficient NVIDIA Turing™ GPUs, broadening the reach of their revolutionary ray-tracing capabilities beyond the nearly 100 Turing-generation laptops announced earlier this year.

The latest systems include both powerful RTX Studio laptops — aimed at the new class of independent artists whose creativity is fueling fields like social media, digital advertising and 3D development — and high-end gaming laptops, delivering unprecedented levels of performance and cutting-edge features including real-time ray tracing and AI-assisted gaming.

The launch — including systems with award-winning, power-efficient GeForce® and Quadro® GPUs — rounds out the industry’s most acclaimed line of mobile PCs. RTX Studio laptops deliver performance of up 7x that of the MacBook Pro, while delivering 100 frames per second in popular titles such as FortnitePUBG and Apex Legends.

“The laptop landscape has exploded over the past six months, with Turing fueling dozens of incredible devices,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC business at NVIDIA. “Thanks to leaps in innovation and power efficiency, there has never been a better time to be in the market for a powerful, thin, light laptop to meet creative or gaming needs.”

RTX Studio Laptops

At Computex this week, NVIDIA introduced 17 RTX Studio laptops, which are purpose-built for creative workflows to inspire creativity and enable desktop-level performance on the go. Inside are NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ or GeForce RTX™ GPUs, which enable real-time ray tracing, AI processing and high-resolution video editing for the tens of millions of creators who have joined the workforce over the past decade.

RTX Studio laptops feature new Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs, as well as GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Quadro RTX 5000-based laptops are the world’s first Max-Q laptops with 16GB of graphics memory — the largest available in a laptop — enabling advanced multi-app creative workflows and use of large 3D models that previously were not possible while on the go.

RTX Studio laptops will be available starting in June from top OEMs, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, GIGABYTE, HP, MSI and Razer. Pricing for RTX Studio laptops starts at $1,599 and will vary based on partner designs, features and region.

Latest Gaming Laptops

Additionally, nine new GeForce-powered laptops are being introduced at Computex, giving gamers even more options to choose the best in performance and power efficiency for today’s most popular games.

In addition, systems by ASUS, HP and MSI offer the world’s first G-SYNC gaming laptops with 4K 120Hz DCI-P3 color displays, for definitive, high-fidelity, on-the-go gaming experiences.

For the gamer who prefers ultra-fast framerates, for a portable esports experience, ASUS, Clevo, Dell and Razer are demonstrating at the show their 15.6-inch, 240Hz GeForce-powered laptops. 

And ASUS, Clevo, Dell, MSI and Razer offer GeForce-powered 4K OLED gaming laptops, bringing advanced color fidelity and true black levels to a portable form factor. These are perfect for creators who need true color accuracy on the go and love high-fidelity gaming.

Dell And Alienware Announce New m15, m17 and G3 15 Laptops With Intel 9th Gen CPUs at Computex

Alienware and Dell are tapped into what the community wants – gaming solutions with more performance, portability, display technologies, and community benefits. This year at Computex 2019, Alienware and Dell will deliver on this and more. The new Alienware m15 and m17 as well as the Dell G3 15 are among Dell’s first gaming laptops to showcase a brand-new design and processors that supercharge the PC gaming experience. Two Alienware branded headsets, several new display technologies, a new esports investment in education, blue light reduction, and custom home installation round out the offerings.

“Gamers across the globe have high expectations from Alienware and Dell when it comes to our gaming products and without a doubt our latest announcements will exceed even the highest of expectations out there,” said Frank Azor, vice-president, and general manager of Alienware, G Series, and XPS at Dell. “To get to this point it has taken over two decades of uncompromising commitment to gamers, the collaboration of an incredibly talented and devoted team, and an ever-expanding group of top-tier partners.”

New Alienware m15 and m17 designed from the ground up to be thinner and more powerful with the Legend design

Alienware introduces a totally redesigned Alienware m15 and m17 that is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. With a starting weight under 4.7lbs and 5.8lbs* respectively, Alienware is proud to release its thinnest 15” and 17” gaming laptops to date.  Not only do they introduce Alienware’s new Legend industrial design, announced earlier this year at CES, the new Alienware m15 and m17 also introduces innovation culminating from everything the Alienware design team has learned over the years – giving them a clean slate to design around anticipated issues and enabling them to reach new heights in sophistication.

The Alienware m15 and m17 are engineered for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance by offering Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs. Numerous display technologies enhance gameplay with the m15 being the world’s first 15” laptop to feature Tobii eyetracking, and the m17 being the world’s first laptop to feature Eyesafe® display designed to lower blue light emissions, while maintaining vivid color integrity. Gamers can also choose between 144Hz, 240Hz and the newly available OLED displays. The latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 offers a newly optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15 and 25% on the m17. Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

Dell G3 15 introduces mobile gaming at an entry level price point, and new Game Shift feature to optimize performance and productivity

In its G Series family of gaming laptops for budget-conscious and entry-level players, Dell’s G3 15 comes to this year’s Computex with even more to offer at a competitive price point. Delivering plenty of power and performance, the new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance during periods of intense gaming with the click of one button. The 15-inch G3 also shows its outward innovations through a thin-and-sleek design, narrow borders, optional 144Hz gaming display, 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard and a new S-curve design to accommodate larger component ports near the back.

9th Gen Intel Core mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series GPUs options drive performance that gamers demand within Alienware m15, m17 and G3 15

The 9th Gen Intel Core mobile CPUs offer desktop-caliber performance to gaming and creator laptops, delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads, on a platform that handles everything from demanding AAA games to taxing creative workloads like editing and rendering, even when on the go. Complementing this is NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphic cards, built with the breakthrough graphics performance of award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture, a blazing-fast supercharger for today’s most popular games. Available on GeForce GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 graphics options, HyperEfficient VR technology delivers up to 8-phase graphics voltage regulation and 6-phase processor voltage regulation for longer sustained high-performance.

Alienware debuts two iconic audio devices, the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset | AW 510H and Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset | AW 310H

Listening closely to the gaming community and catering to the needs of different gamers, Alienware is excited to launch the next generation of wired gaming headsets – the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset and Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset.

The new range of headsets feature hand-picked 50mm high resolution drivers that have been custom-tuned to provide amazing audio clarity. The specially sculpted, deeper audio chambers amplify the resonance and the memory foam ear pads provide a high level of noise isolation.  All this is packaged into a sleek, iconic Alienware Legend Design with non-exposed extenders, and a retractable boom microphone that help create a beautiful seamless outline.

Enjoy a fully immersive surround sound gaming experience with the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset, with pinpoint accurate sound positioning and astounding clarity.  The retractable boom microphone provides consistent voice clarity in team gameplay. Comfort fit earcups incorporating a hybrid of leatherette, sports fabric and memory foam create a deeper acoustic chamber with noise isolation that complements the high-resolution audio.  The cushioned leather headband with the ideal clamp force ensures no slippage during those long hours of gaming.

Created to provide unparalleled clarity, the Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset combines the high-resolution audio of the hand-picked 50mm drivers in custom-tuned audio chambers which allows for fuller, more resonant sound and incredible clarity even during the most chaotic gameplay. Combining both plush memory foam and sports fabric in the ear cups and textured fabric headband, the headset provides optimal cooling, comfort and noise isolatio during marathon gaming sessions.

Gamers will also enjoy the cross-platform compatibility these headsets provide via the detachable 3.5mm cable that makes it compatible with a variety of gaming platforms.

Innovative Eyesafe® display – low blue light technology for Alienware and G Series

Dell G7 17” and Alienware m17 will be first to offer next generation Eyesafe® display optimized to reduce blue light exposure. This display option will be added to the Alienware Area-51m in June; Dell plans to expand Eyesafe® display across the entire Alienware portfolio in coming months.

Eyesafe® reduces high energy blue light emissions while maintaining color accuracy. With many gamers engaging in extended screen time, this added functionality intelligently manages light energy at the source, selectively reducing potentially damaging blue light and dispersing it across the light spectrum. Prolonged exposure to blue light from a typical display may have health impacts that can lead to dry, irritated eyes, trouble sleeping, blurred vision reduced attention span and concentration1.

Dell Home Installation Services – the easy, time saving way to set up your new gaming PC at home

The new Dell Home Installation Services provide a super simple, fast and convenient way to setup latest gaming PCs at home. A technician unpacks and installs the PC, performs the system startup and connects it to your network and peripherals to optimize PC gaming experiences. Optional add-on services are available for an additional cost, including migrating your saved game data or personalized performance settings from the previous PC, and installing additional components like memory, sound cards, video card, a secondary hard drive, optical drive, and multiple monitors. Dell Home Installation Services are available now in 12 countries for new or refurbished G Series and Alienware PCs, along with other consumer PCs.

Dell brings winning esports experience to educational institutions with dedicated technology experts, solutions and more

Alienware has long been ingrained in the esports community as an investor, advocate, fan as well as the gaming system of choice for competitive and professional gamers around the world. As esports continues to increase its global popularity, universities understand the benefits of dedicated technology consultants and solutions and are turning to Dell Technologies to bring esports into their curriculum. With the numbers on the rise accordingly to National Association of Collegiate esports, more than 130 universities belong to the National Association of College Esports, more than 475 colleges offer esports clubs, and 800 high schools in North America now belong to the High School Esports League – delivering opportunities to both the students and the institutions themselves.

Committed to fostering technological literacy among youth, today Dell Technologies’ end-to-end technology solutions equips U.S. educational institutions with the ability to build varsity-level dedicated esports arenas, start esports gaming clubs or build dual-purpose spaces to support teaching, learning, and esports in a single environment. Whether students are competing on their Alienware system or designing games on a Dell Precision workstation, esports give scholars an opportunity to develop skills such as collaboration, strategy, communication and critical thinking. These life-skills are helping to better prepare students for new career opportunities that are arising in the digital era.

“We have to ensure our next generation is equipped with the skills to thrive in a digital world, and need as much talent as possible to meet the needs of our future workforce,” said Jeanne Weber, Senior Higher Education Strategist, Dell Technologies. “Dell Technologies has been a partner to the education community for some time; with our commitment to esports and the explosive growth of the game, we are strategically positioned to help support these winning programs across educational institutions of every level, everywhere.”

Availability

  • Alienware m15 and m17 with optional 9th Gen Intel Core mobile and NVIDIA 16 series processors will be available in the U.S. beginning June 11, starting at $1,499 (m15) and $1,499 (m17).
  • Dell G3 15 with optional 9th Gen Intel Core mobile and NVIDIA 16 series chips will be available in the U.S. beginning May 28, starting at $799.99.
  • Headsets will be available in the U.S. beginning July 31, 2019, starting at $79.99 for the Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset (AW310H) and $99.99 for the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset (AW510H).
  • Dell Home Installation Services are now available in 12 countries for new or refurbished Inspiron, XPS or Alienware PCs.

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HP Launches The World’s First Dual Screen Laptop

Today at the HP Gaming Festival in Beijing, the company unveiled a powerful lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming innovations, raising the bar for gaming experiences.

The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1 – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.

Gaming industry insights show 82 percent of people use their mobile phones for messaging during gaming sessions, 61 percent listen to music, and 49 percent watch game related live streams, video content and browse websites2. With this in mind, HP has added an unprecedented second screen to the OMEN X 2S in the form of an easy-to-use six-inch 1080p touchscreen that lets players message friends in WeChat and WhatsApp, browse in Spotify, watch Twitch and YouTube, or even serve as a hub for OMEN Command Center software.

“Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with game-changing evolutionary and revolutionary products reflects the philosophy of reinvention at HP,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc. “The OMEN brand continues to think big and OMEN X 2S is a prime example of how we are setting new standards and changing how a gaming laptop is used.”

Laptops Designed for Next-Gen Gaming

As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1, the OMEN X 2S shakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multi-tasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal.

This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease3, up to a 28 percent4 frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 percent5 faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.

The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 percent and 18 percent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.

All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 for the OMEN 17 and features Max-Q6 design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 high performance mobile processor7, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo8, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Take advantage of the latest in-storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel® Optane™ Memory9 H10 with Solid State Storage10. The new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds ups the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac)11. Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate12 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.

OMEN Command Center Updates

Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.

Play at the Speed of Esports

Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25 and OMEN X 25f*13 displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® and AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™14technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates12 to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.

Game with Wireless Exceptionalism

Become a cord breaker with the OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse. With a variety of customization options, including removable rests and 11 customizable buttons, it’s laboriously crafted and includes a tensioning-balance system that ensures effortless optical-mechanical mouse clicks for big and little fingers alike. To address concerns of latency, connectivity, and battery life in wireless mice15, OMEN Photon features 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology, 0.2ms click response time, the ability to charge on any Qi enabled surface, and up to 50 hours of battery life16.

Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones. Added adaptability comes in the form of rigorously tested hard and soft anti-fray mat options, which can be selected by simply flipping the mat to the desired side. A USB-A Passthrough port for a wireless dongle and OMEN Command Center customizable RGB LED lighting cement the capabilities of this advanced mousepad17.

OMEN Lifestyle

Entering the apparel space requires a bold vision beyond simply slapping a logo onto a shirt or hoodie. OMEN Apparel has been designed with 20 styles from the ground-up by an in-house team focused on creating high quality comfort that can withstand the most intense gaming marathons, while still looking stylish.

Versatile Gaming on the Go

Designed with a thinner frame than before, the latest HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop arrives with an eight percent decrease in height over the previous model and is joined by the introduction of the new HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptop. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9thGen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs7 and up to the recently announced NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design6.

Expertly crafted to yield precise aim and cursor movement along with a variety of customization options such as on-the-fly DPI and RGB lighting effects, the HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 gives users a superb gaming experience. It pairs brilliantly with the HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400, which utilizes a fine-textured anti-fray cloth surface that is optimized for both speed and control playstyles while resting on a rubber base.

OMEN by HP Pricing and Availability18

  • OMEN X 2S Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $2099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in July.
  • OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $1099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in October.
  • OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $1049.99.
  • OMEN X 25 Display is expected to be first available late June in Europe for 629.99 € and in North America early September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $549.99.
  • OMEN X 25f Display is expected to be first available late June in the US via Best Buy for a starting price of $449.99 and in Europe late June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of 459.99 €.
  • OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $129.99.
  • OMEN Outpost Mousepad is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $99.99.
  • OMEN Apparel: is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 17 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $24.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.

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Dell Leaked Roadmap Shows Dual Screen XPS Laptop

In addition to the Intel roadmap for its upcoming processors, there has been another leak, this time for Dell’s range of XPS laptops.

According to the roadmap (via Tweakers), Dell is working on several XPS models, including 13-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch and even a dual screen version, which is codenamed “Maximus”.

The Dell XPS 13 itself is expected to have three variants, codenamed “Italia”, “Modena” and “Centenario”. The Italia, aka XPS 13 7390 will use Intel’s 14nm Comet Lake U CPUs while the Modena and Centenario will be based on the 10nm Ice Lake U chips. These are expected to be made available starting late 2019.

As for the 15-inch XPS laptops (codenamed “Fiorano”), they will make use of the Comet Lake H chips, coupled with NVIDIA’s GTX 1660. It is expected to come out sometime in 2020.

The Dell XPS 17, codenamed “Stradale” is expected around mid 2020 and will be powered by Intel Comet Lake H CPUs and GTX 1660 Ti MaxQ graphics. This one is particularly interesting as it’s been about 3 years since Dell released a 17-inch model for the XPS.

The most interesting thing, however, is the dual screen XPS, codenamed “Maximus”, which is slated for a late 2020 release in the roadmap. Apart from that, there are no more details regarding this device. Keep in mind, though, this roadmap is about a year old, so there may be changes regarding the line up and release schedule, especially with the 10nm Ice Lake chips getting delayed. Nevertheless, stay tuned for further updates!

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Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake CPUs Coming Later This Year

After an incredibly long wait, it seems like we may finally get to see Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors this year.

In its Q1 earnings call, Intel confirmed that the 10nm CPUs are well in development and will be revealed sometime this year for laptops. The production was started in Q1, but the notebook chips will start shipping by Q3 and should be available in stores by the end of 2019. The first one is expected to be an updated Dell XPS laptop.

The Ice Lake CPUs will use Intel’s 10nm Sunny Cove architecture, which was first announced back in 2015. Since then, Intel has faced a lot of problems which led to rumours that the company might just cancel the 10nm production entirely, but this news should finally put those rumours to rest.

These processors are expected to come with a huge performance bump. Intel has confirmed that these will be the first chips to have Gen11 integrated graphics. Apart from that, they will also have built-in Thunderbolt and WiFi 6 support.

Recently, Intel revealed its line-up of 9th gen processors for laptops, including the 8 core/16 thread, unlocked Core i9-9980HK that boosts up to a whopping 5 GHz. The line-up ranges all the way from Core i5 processors to i9, and are available in the latest laptops from all major partners, with graphics options ranging from GTX 1650 to the RTX 2080 MaxQ.

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ASUS Laptops with GTX 1660 Ti And Ryzen Spotted on 3DMark

It’s been an eventful time for laptop gamers. Intel announced its range of 9th gen laptop CPUs and NVIDIA has introduced the notebook versions for its latest GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 graphics cards. Amongst all the cheer, it’s only natural that we start to see some of these devices on in the internet, which is exactly what’s happening.

Thanks to TUM_APISAK, who posted the 3DMark benchmarks on Twitter, we now have eyes on ASUS laptops that pair the green team’s graphics with the red team’s Ryzen 3 APU, which was revealed at CES earlier this year. ASUS has already revealed a Zephyrus G series laptop with the same pairing, the GA502. But the ones we see in the 3DMark results are the FX505DU and GU502DU models, referred to as Gamersky and Galaxy 5305 in the test respectively. Both feature the Ryzen 3 3750H clocked at 2.3 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz, coupled with the GTX 1660 Ti. Being APUs, they also feature the Vega onboard graphics, giving the users an option to choose between high performance and battery life, based on their workloads.

The GTX 1660 Ti in question features 6GB GDDR6 VRAM and makes use of the same Turing architecture that we saw in the RTX graphics cards, minus the shiny ray tracing and DLSS features. The benchmarks show a comparison between the TimeSpy scores, and are quite recent, dating back to 15th April for one and 17th April for the other. The Gamersky variant gets a higher overall score, beating the Galaxy 5305 in the Graphics tests, but the latter fares better when it comes to CPU scores. Interestingly, the Gamersky has a lower boost clock speed of 1845 MHz while the other one clocks higher at 1920 MHz. Of course, these aren’t the specs that have been confirmed by the manufacturers, so take it with a grain of salt.

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MSI Updates Entire Laptop Line-up With Intel 9th Gen CPUs and GTX 16 Series Graphics

To enhance gaming experience through innovative technology, MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware has unveiled an industry-leading selection of gaming products. Geared up with the newest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors, the gaming line-up has been fully upgraded. Furthermore, the much anticipated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series is also available, that offers gamers a wide range of gaming power.

The laptops are already available in India from April 23rd, 2019 at MSI’s exclusive stores across New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Pune. The product line will also be available on leading e-commerce websites – Flipkart & Amazon. The price of the series starts from INR 77,990 and goes upto INR 399,990. (All the prices mentioned are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – MSRP) 

Speaking on the announcement, Green, Chang-Ching Lin, Regional Marketing Manager said, “We are excited to announce that MSI is the first brand to debut the 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 Processors in the gaming series. Furthermore, the GTX 16 series graphics cards will provide a more affordable graphics solution for gamers while still attaining a high levels of performance. With these new additions to our product portfolio, we not only aim at offering gamers the best experience but also want to make gaming more inclusive. India is a key focus market for MSI and we will continue to bring in our latest line of products in the country in line with the global launches.”

Optimized Gaming Experience with 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series

Speed always matters with gaming. Powered by the lastest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 processors, the new models increase performance by 45% over the pervious one, which are able to get the most out of the system. The powerful 8-core processor is also significant for multitasking and intensive work, like video editing or audio composition. In addition to the incredible processor, the new line-up is also equipped with the up-to-date NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series graphics, offering up to 50% performance boost. Now, gamers can fully enjoy smooth gameplay and amazing image quality.

Getting Started with Fully Upgraded Gaming Line-up: GT, GS, GE, GP, GL, GF
Geared up with the latest processors and graghics, MSI brings red-hot gaming line-up for gamers.

The GT Titan, the luxury gaming lineup, is famous for its incomparable performance with high-end features. Armed with the rocking 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 overclockable processor and the most powerful graphics, this uncaged monster breaks through the limitation, and presents the premier performance to hardcore gamers. To optimize the ultimate power, the GT series applies exclusive Cooler Boost Titian, dual fans and 11 pipes,which is able to reduce operating temperature. With stunning 4K UHD display, the GT Titian delivers immersive lifelike gaming scenario. Anyone who wants no-holds barred performance, then these gaming flagships should be on the list.

The GS Stealth features every conceivable NVIDIA’s graphics options from the highest GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q design all the way to the humble GTX 16 series, perfect for gamers with different needs. The next-generation CPU is packed into the premium compact chassis; the GS series not only provides monstrously powerful performance, but it is also incredibly portable and stylish. Designed with gaming immersion in mind, the latest GS65 also partnered with a 240Hz display to maximize gaming frame rates and offers flowing movements.

Tailored for enthusiast, the GE series is known for its impressive aesthetic design. This gamer flair is backed up with 17.3 and 15.6-inch 144 Hz displays, 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and powerful NVIDIA graphics. In addition, the GE75 is MSI very first model with Wi-Fi 6 capability, giving gamers the advantage of the fastest wireless network speed available. In both appearance and performance, the GE series delivers the best experience that any gaming enthusiast can desire.

Looking for accessible laptop with high-end gaming features? Then, GP series won’t let gamers down. The brand new design, cosmological warship style and misty grey color scheme, easily catches attention. Moreover, the GP75 Leopard sports a per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries. Boasting the up-to-date processor and graphics, the GP75 Leopard offers great performance with stunning features that are beyond the expectation.

The GL series makes gaming more accessible than gamers ever thought it could be. Both of which offers wide range of performance from RTX series to GTX 16 series, which is typically a good option for mainstream gamers. The specs deliver more than enough to handle most AAA games to date. To fulfill the RGB fantasy, it’s now also available in per-key RGB keyboard options.

Awarded the IF Design 2019, the GF Thin shows its unique aluminum alloy with hair-brushed texture. To push the mobility to the utmost, the recent GF Thin is made even more compact and lightweight than its predecessor. In addition, the new GF75 and GF63 also presents the powerful performance from the latest processor and graphics. The GF series is made perfectly for gamers who prefer simple aesthetics with great performance.

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Razer Reveals New Blade Laptops With Intel 9th Gen Processors

Razer has launched the 2019 editions of its Blade series of gaming laptops, updating them with Intel’s 9th gen laptop processors. There are three models, the Blade 15 Basic, the Blade 15 Advanced and the Blade 17 Pro.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced comes with up to an Intel Core i7-9750H, an RTX 2070, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 240 Hz Full HD display. It also features Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting and weighs about 4.73 pounds. If that doesn’t suit you, and you have more cash to spend, you can go for the other Razer Blade 15 Advanced variant that includes an RTX 2080 MaxQ, and a 4K 60Hz OLED touchscreen display. It has a brightness of 400 nits and covers 100 percent of the advanced DCI-P3 colour gamut, and also has HDR. The Blade 15 Advanced starts at a price point of $2399.

The Razer Blade 15 Basic, on the other hand, has a Core i7 processor, but is limited up to an RTX 2060. It has a 144 Hz Full HD display and weighs about 4.63 pounds. Both the Basic and the Advanced models of the Razer Blade 15 lack the option for an SD card reader. The Basic Razer Blade 15 starts at $1999.

With a bigger screen size of 17.3 inches, the Razer Blade Pro is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H. The GPU options let you choose between an RTX 2060, RTX 2070 MaxQ and RTX 2080 MaxQ. Interestingly, the 15-inch Blade has an option between a 240 Hz 1080p panel and a 4K 60Hz display but the 17-inch Pro is limited to a 144Hz Full HD 1080p display. Apart from that, the Blade Pro includes 16GB 2667 MHz DDR4 RAM and weighs about 6.06 pounds (around 2.75 kg). The Blade Pro starts at about $2499 for the RTX 2060 model. The laptops are currently available in the US and Canada and will come to other countries next month.

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