Dell’s first mixed-reality headset for the Windows Mixed Reality (MR) platform, the Dell Visor, is now available to pre-order. Windows MR dev kits went up for pre-order back in May. The unit now on offer from Dell, however, is for the masses. The Dell Visor features dual 2.89-inch Sharp LCD panels sporting a 90Hz refresh rate, a 110-degree field of view and a per-eye resolution of 1,400 x 1,400 (706 PPI). The panels also utilize an RGB subpixel arrangement for improved image quality (Sony did the same thing with its PlayStation VR headset). Like other Windows MR headsets, the Dell Visor additionally features dual front-facing cameras that provide inside-out spatial awareness and movement tracking across six degrees of freedom. It’s the same technology used in Microsoft’s own HoloLens. Dell says games and other MR content will be available at launch from the Windows Store and via Steam in the future. The Dell Visor is priced at $349.99. There’s also a set of … [Read more...] about Dell’s Windows Mixed Reality headset is now up for pre-order
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Advertisement There are so many new smartphones and tablets released onto the market, and each one makes a claim about how it is faster, more powerful and has better battery life than its rivals.Much of the attention falls on the processor, throwing ever larger numbers of cores and gigahertz and bits at you to show off its prowess.But do you really know what it all means? In this guide, we’ll cut through the jargon to explain what you need to know about smartphone processors.Introducing The System On A Chip (SoC)When talking about mobile processors, we first need to be clear about what exactly we mean by “processor”.In desktop PC and laptop specifications What's Inside of Your Laptop? What's Inside of Your Laptop? You probably use a laptop sometimes. In fact, you might even be reading this from one right now. Read More , the term processor tends to refer specifically to the CPU, the central processing unit, the element that provides the brainpower to the … [Read more...] about Jargon Buster: The Guide to Understanding Mobile Processors
Advertisement It used to be a commonly held belief that if you wanted the best bang for your buck in a PC, then you had to build your own. But times change.PC prices have plummeted and people have started buying laptops as appliances, using them for up to four years before buying replacements.So does that mean there’s no value in building your own PC anymore? Or is still possible to get a high-value system for less money? If there are savings, are they enough to be worth the effort? Let’s take a look at some prices to find out.What the Average PC NeedsBefore we start pricing parts, let’s do a quick check of everything we need. Note: We won’t go into the details of which exact parts to get or how to fit them together. Check out our comprehensive guide to building your own PC How To Build Your Own PC How To Build Your Own PC It's very gratifying to build your own PC; as well as intimidating. But the process itself is actually quite simple. We'll walk … [Read more...] about Is It Still Cheaper to Build Your Own PC?
With its new Snapdragon 8cx computing platform, unveiled on Thursday, chip maker Qualcomm is doubling down on its quest to rival Intel as a go-to provider of the processors and wireless technologies that power ultraportable laptops. The Snapdragon 8cx combines a CPU, GPU, and radios for Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity onto a single chip, a design known in the industry as "system-on-a-chip," or SoC. It's faster and more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 835 and 850, but it still requires specialized versions of the Windows operating system, apps, and other software. This limitation hampered adoption of laptops based on the Snapdragon 835, which was announced in December 2017 and only found its way into two consumer laptops during the six months it was available. One, the Asus NovaGo, suffered from so many problems related to specialized software that it was nearly unusable for basic computing tasks when PCMag tested it earlier this year. The newer Snapdragon 850 is marginally faster but to … [Read more...] about Qualcomm’s 8cx Enables Faster Snapdragon Laptops
Apple seems committed to the Mac Pro and iMac Pro for now, but the company says that its most popular desktops with pro users remains the 27-inch iMac. Unlike phones and tablets, which can still post big performance gains from year to year, desktops age more slowly and gracefully. A typical replacement cycle in many businesses and schools is three or four years, and, as long as they don’t break, you can easily keep using them for years after that. Apple has lent us its top-end 5K iMac to test, but instead of just sticking to year-over-year performance comparisons, we’ll be going all the way back to 2012 to compare it against some of the older iMacs that it might end up replacing (we’ve also included the 2011 iMac in a few cases, though it can’t run all of the benchmarks that newer iMacs can). A lot has changed in five years, but how much faster have things really gotten? We’ll also get into the handful of technological updates Apple has made since the last … [Read more...] about Mini-review: How much faster have high-end iMacs gotten in the last 5 years?