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IFA 2016: HP Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice are different kinds of PCs

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HP has just unveiled its Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice PCs, proving that there’s still a lot of potential for progress in the desktop computer market. The two products aren’t going to shock you with incredible specs or brand new technologies, though; what makes them special is in the way they fit around your work space.

The Pavilion Wave, for one, has a tall triangular physique surrounded with woven fabric and an integrated speaker on top for 360-degree audio production. By making it tall, the unique PC takes up as little space as possible, without compromising the internals. The 6th-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processor (no mention of 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs here), up to 2TB of hard disk storage and 16GB of RAM, as well as the choice of a dedicated AMD graphics card prove that there’s no need to worry about performance.

HP Pavilion Wave

Around the Pavilion Wave is a complete set of physical connectivity ports, ranging from high-speed USB and Ethernet ports for data, to HDMI and an audio jack for outputting content. What needs a special mention are the two microphones that support Microsoft’s Cortana. By talking to the personal assistant, several tasks such as searching online and setting reminders can be accomplished hands-free.

The second, and possibly more noteworthy HP product, is the modular Elite Slice. We understand that PCs have been modular for decades, but this stackable computer doesn’t require messy cables or any DIY know-how. By snapping on modules for features like wireless charging, an optical disc drive, or Bang & Olufsen speakers, you can choose how much to bring when taking the unit out. Sadly, the number of modules are limited at the moment, which is the case with a lot of modular gadgets just starting out.

HP Elite Slice (3)

As implied earlier, the Elite Slice is all about portability and space management. The PC weighs only 3.21 pounds, and can be powered through a USB 3.1 cable. The downside is that you’re forced to rely on the integrated graphics chip, but you have the choice of purchasing a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor to take up the slack. The variety of options apply to the storage and memory as well, wherein you can install up to 32GB of RAM and high-speed SSD flash storage. Ports include two USB Type-C ports (one for power, and the other for video outputs), two full-sized USB ports, and a complete set of audio-visual sockets.

Thankfully, HP was able to keep the costs to a minimum. The Pavilion Wave has a starting price of $549 and will be available beginning September 23, while the Elite Slice will retail for $699 when it comes out some time this month.

HP Elite Slice (2)

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Windows 10 gains support for Linux GUI apps

For developers struggling with Windows 10

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Historically, Microsoft has been averse towards the free and open-source operating system Linux. It’s become a popular choice for developers and enthusiasts, making it a “threat” to Windows. Over the years, however, Microsoft seemed to change course. Nowadays, the company has been embracing Linux and integrating it right into Windows.

In its latest Build conference, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is gaining support for Linux GUI apps. This is a big deal for most developers since they don’t have to dual-boot or run Linux in a virtual machine to run Linux-exclusive apps. Take note though, that Windows 10 already supports Linux apps through the command line. GUI apps for Linux can run on Windows 10, though it requires a hefty workaround for most.

Support for Linux apps is possible through the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that Microsoft developed and improved over the years. The second version of WSL will have a full Linux kernel, allowing apps to run natively on Windows.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is also bringing GPU hardware acceleration for Linux apps running on Windows. There’s also a brand-new terminal app and a package manager coming to Windows 10. Developers who rely on Linux-exclusive developer tools will now find it easier to develop and compile code on Windows as a result.

Support for Linux apps, hardware acceleration, and more will come on future updates to Windows 10.

A native GTK app running alongside Windows 10 apps | Photo from Microsoft

Embracing developers

The reason for Windows embracing Linux over the years is to attract more developers. Microsoft’s recent stance towards open-sourcing its products is another indication of this strategy. The latest move will only make Windows 10 a viable option for most developers who have to resort to dual-booting Linux or buying a Macbook to suit their workflow.

h/t: The Verge

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Dell releases a host of new Precision-branded laptops for work

Getting some serious work done

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Dell is a household computer name pretty much everywhere and the world’s top laptop maker has a significant share in the enterprise business. Unlike consumer-oriented products, businesses are looking for serious work machines that can get the job done without any added shenanigans. Dell has updated its Precision series workstations and there’s one for everyone’s requirement.

Dell Precision 7750 and 7550

With a 17-inch and a 15-inch display respectively, the 7000-series is made with scalability and high performance in mind. It has a plethora of configurations available ranging from Intel Xeon processors to Intel Core i9, coupled with Nvidia Quadro GPUs for complex AR/VR as well as 3D CAD editing. Scalability also means the machine can house up to 128GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage. The company has also added front-firing speakers and low blue light display for an immersive feel.

The 7750 will start at US$ 1,990 while the 7550, on the other hand, starts at US$ 1,709. Both of them shall ship from May 28.

Dell Precision 5750 and 5550

With a 17-inch and a 15-inch display respectively, it further gets four-sided InfinityEdge 16:10 aspect ratio. The top bezel houses an infrared camera for improved video conferencing experience. This series has a balance of performance as well as portability thanks to an aluminum chassis. It also has varying configurations available and can sport up to Nvidia Quadro 3000 series graphics.

The 5750 starts at US$ 2,399 and will be available from June 9, while the 5550 starts at US$ 1,999 from May 28.

Dell Precision 3551 and 3550

This series is more focused on portability while providing enough firepower for on-the-go tasks. It has multiple options in choosing the 15.-inch display panel ranging from HD, Full HD, non-touch, and touch. Furthermore, it can also be powered by an Intel Xeon processor or Intel i9, based on the requirement. The same goes for RAM and storage configuration.

The 3551 comes with a starting price of US$ 939 while the 3550 comes for US$ 1,049. They shall be available from May 19.

Keep in mind, these laptops are designed for maximum performance and inherently have a tonne of features like multiple ports, wide-scale wired as well as wireless connection support, and other security features. Additionally, Dell says they have dual opposite outlet fans for faster heat dissipation and thinner vapor chambers instead of heat pipes.

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The Dell OptiPlex family is built for efficiency

AiOs and PCs for working smart

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Dell has long been known to provide quality computers and for desktop enthusiasts, the OptiPlex family is where it’s at. The 2020 OptiPlex line promises a faster and more responsive experience, smarter solutions, and features tailored for the end user.

The OptiPlex family have built-in AI to assist you in getting work done. As with any 2020 PC, you get up to the 10th generation Intel core processors. You will also be treated to up to 128GB of 2933MHz DDR4 memory along with optional Wi-Fi 6. That, together with Dell’s reputation for building smart, durable, and dependable chassis is the perfect setup for your desktop needs.

Here’s what’s new in the OptiPlex Family.

OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

With All-in-One PCs you’re usually limited to the specs you have at the time of your purchase. That’s not the case with the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. It combines the form factor of your regular AiO and the flexibility of desktop PCs to upgrade parts whenever necessary.

It’s a fully modular zero footprint desktop solution. It has swappable elements for enhanced flexibility and performance. Literally the first of its kind.

OptiPlex 7780 All-in-One

Of course, if you don’t want to have to think about upgrading, there’s the OptiPlex 7780 All-in-One. It’s a 27-inch AiO that promises to be the best-in-class in just about everything.

You have options for a Full HD IPS touch or non-touch display, next generation discrete graphics for a powerful and efficient work experience, and an optional pop-up webcam available with Full HD or infrared camera features Windows Hello sign on support.

OptiPlex 7489 All-in-One

Next up on the list is the OptiPlex 7489 All-in-One. It has a smaller 24-inch screen but it’s a full HD IPS display technology with a glare-free matte touch option.

Need a faster boot-up? This one has dual M.2 slots for Intel OptaneTM, SSD and double max memory than its predecessor with 64GB DDR4 memory.

OptiPlex 5480 All-in-One

Not as powerful graphics-wise as the AiOs mentioned above but the OptiPlex 5480 All-in-One can be equipped with NVIDIA discrete graphics cards for crisper images and better video experience.

You also have the option for Touch and Non-Touch FHD displays.

OptiPlex 3280 All-in-One

Lastly there’s the OptiPlex 3280 All-in-One. If you’re place is space-challenged, its 22-inch display should have no trouble fitting in. Its IPS Full HD Touch display promises good color reproduction, better viewing angles, and an improved refreshed rates.

Tower, small form factor, micro

OptiPlex is not limited to AiOs. It also offers your traditional PC setup with options for a tower, small form factor, and micro casings.

OptiPlex 7080. Built for ultimate expandability and peformance. Has built-in artificial intelligence of Dell Optimizer ExpressResponse. Now available with dual M.2 SSD option and USB 3.2 Type A Gen 2 (10Gbps Data) support for increased data access speed.

Also supports discrete graphics on micro to achieve better visuals for 3D rendering and 4K monitor use. Fully engage with rich VR content with support for high-end 215W class graphics card on 7080 tower.

OptiPlex 5080. Mainstream desktop size perfect for just about anybody. Has AI-powered Dell Optimizer ExpressResponse and support for next generation NVIDIA discrete graphics for entry level VR content.

OptiPlex XE3 (tower and small form factor). The basic of the basics but designed for ultralong lifecycle and expandability options.

Pricing and availability

  •  OptiPlex AiO 7780 — starting at US$ 2,070 and will be available May 28, 2020
  • OptiPlex 7080 Micro — starting at US$ 1,284.28 and will be available May 28, 2020
  • The rest have yet to be announced.

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