Archive for August, 2014

Lenovo A740Lenovo’s strategy for the surviving the so-called “post-PC” era is to keep selling PCs

The number one supplier of PCs in the world continues to outperform the sector as a whole, while simultaneously taking advantage of the mobile market. Suffice to say, Lenovo has things figured out, though if you need hard numbers to drive the point home, you need only look at the company’s results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2014. Continuing where it left off last quarter, Lenovo posted quarterly revenue of $10.4 billion, up 18 percent year-over-year, along with a 23 percent year-over-over bump in earnings to $214 million.

Lenovo maintained its ranking as the world’s largest PC maker for the fifth consecutive quarter. Interestingly, Lenovo’s laptop shipments declined 3.7 percent compared to last year, though that’s far better than the 13 percent decline it suffered two years ago. Nevertheless, consolidated revenues for Lenovo’s laptop business totaled $5.1 billion, up 12 percent versus last year and representative of 49 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Meanwhile, desktop PC shipments increased 12.1 percent year-over-year, far outpacing the industry average of a 2.4 percent gain. Lenovo collected $3 billion in revenue from its desktop PC sales, which is up 20 percent compared to last year and representative of 29 percent of the company’s total revenue.

Lenovo also saw gains in its Mobile Device Business, including smartphones and tablets. Revenue from these items jumped 32 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion. In China, Lenovo is the leading smartphone maker, and it’s the third largest maker of tablets in the world with 2.3 million devices shipped last quarter.

“This has been a quarter of milestones for Lenovo – record PC share, a number three ranking in worldwide tablets for the first time, and an even stronger number four global smartphone position,” said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “As the PC industry recovers, the smartphone market continues its shift from premium to mainstream, and our acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM x86 proceed toward completion, we see even more opportunity to keep growing rapidly. Lenovo continues to outperform the market and meet our commitments to improve profitability in our core businesses, while building strong pillars for future growth across our entire portfolio.”

Another tidbit to file away is that Lenovo shipped more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever with a record 15.8 million units, up 29 percent. Under different circumstanced, we’d be worried that Lenovo might choose to abandon or reduce its focus on PC sales, but given that it’s performing exceptionally well in both areas and is the top PC maker in the world, it’s not a concern.

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Tesoro Kuven ProAudio from the helm of Hades

Tesoro today announced the release of its Kuven Pro 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. Armed with eight drivers (four in each ear cup), Tesoro advertises true 5.1 and virtual 7.1 surround sound capabilities, along with the ability to fully customize each channel (voice, front, rear, center, and subwoofer). As for the funky name, it’s a shout out to the helmet that Hades wore in Greek mythology (more accurately spelled “Kυνέη”).

“Named after the helmet of the Greek god of the underworld, Hades, the Kυνen allowed its wearer to turn invisible to gain the tactical advantage in battle. Much like the mythological Kυνen, the Kυνen.pro allows its wearers to gain the advantage over their enemies by letting gamers pinpoint enemy movements, such as footsteps, before the enemy sees them,” Tesoro explains.

Alrighty then. As for features and specs, the headset sports an adjustable headband with a memory sponge head pad and leather finishing, noise canceling microphone, purple LEDs, and foldable earcups for easy transport to LAN parties.

The Tesoro Kuven Pro will be available at the end of August for $109 MSRP. In the meantime, you can visit the headset’s product page for more information.

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MSI GS60 Ghost LidGaming laptop brings the bling

Gold seems to be the ‘in’ thing among mobile devices these days, so why not extend the color option over to laptops? That must have been what MSI was thinking when it conceived limited edition versions of its GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks. Each one packs high end hardware inside a “luxurious golden chassis” measuring 15.35 inches by 10.47 inches by 0.78 inches and weighing 4.36 pounds.

“Our Golden GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks are designed for mobile gamers wishing to obliterate the opponent in class,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “The gold exterior will turn heads, the svelte design will amaze, and the combination of smoking speeds, deadly graphics and amazing customization power will render anybody speechless.”

The less expensive of the two models — GS60 Ghost — runs $1,900 and sports a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p (1920×1080) display, Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.4GHZ to 3.4GHz) processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 128GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD, 12GB (8GB + 4GB) DDR3L 1600 RAM, Killer E200 Game Networking, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SD card ready, four Dynaudio Tech Speakers + subwoofer, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Full HD 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.

MSI G60 Ghost Front

For $2,200 you can upgrade to the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K. It bumps the display up to 3K (2880×1620), upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), increases the RAM to 16GB, and adds a second 128GB SSD in RAID 0.

MSI’s limited edition GS60 Ghost laptops are available exclusively at Newegg.

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Chroma16.8 million customizable colors

If you feel that more color is needed in your life, then Razer has you covered. Razer has announces a new Chroma feature that enables Razer devices to access full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting.

“Our new range of peripherals that feature Chroma customizable backlighting is another step towards full personal customization and to interconnect our gaming tech,” said Razer co-founder Min-Liang Tan. “Chroma represents more than just multicolor, it opens up limitless personalization options for gamers to play with and we even have a Chroma Software Developer Kit for game developers to integrate their games to provide even more customization in the future.”

Chroma will also allow multiple devices to sync lighting patterns and colors. According to Razer, it will begin updating products with the Chroma feature starting with the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset. 

Once updated, these devices will have access to 16.8 million customizable colors and a selection of lighting effects through the Razer Synapse, Razer’s hardware configuration software. These lightning effects will include patterns such as Spectrum cycling which slowly cycles through the entire color spectrum and the Breathing effect that gently pulses the user’s color of choice every seven seconds. 

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Borderlands The PreSequelOffer available at participating retailers

If you have been looking to upgrade your GPU, then now would be a good time to do so. Especially if you are a fan of the Bordelands franchise. Those who purchase select Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs will get a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

To get a free copy of the FPS, consumers will need to purchase the GeForce GTX Titan, 780Ti, 780, or 770 desktop GPUs from a list of participating retailers.  However, the deal is only good while supplies last. 

Like Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will make use of Nvidia’s PhysX technology. “If you have a high-end Nvidia GPU, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will offer higher fidelity and higher performance hardware-driven special effects including awesome weapon impacts, moon-shatteringly cool cryo explosions, and ice particles, and cloth and fluid simulation that blows me away every time I see it,” said Gearbox Software ceo Randy Pitchford.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place during Borderlands and Borderlands 2. In it, players will learn about Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jake, and how he rose to power while shooting and looting their way through the game as his henchmen.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available in North America October 14 and October 17 Internationally. 

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