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Pac-Man, one of the most popular video game characters of all time, came into development under the leadership of Masaya Nakamura. (Source: PacMan.com)

Farewell to a legend: NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura has passed away

The Founder and CEO of NAMCO brought joy to millions with arcade hits like Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Pole Position.
Nintendo Switch hybrid console might sell 12 million units in Japan

Nintendo expected to sell 12 million Switch consoles in Japan

A study that appears overly optimistic at this stage shows that almost 11 percent of Japan's population will buy the Nintendo Switch console, which means over 12 million units.
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AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)

2048 Polaris cores, 256 Bit GDDR5 @ 7000MHz
The classic PC game Myst is now available on Android. (Source: Google Play Store - realMyst)

Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android

The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Schenker XMG A507 and A707 now available with Kaby Lake and GTX 1050 Ti

Schenker XMG A507 and A707 now available with Kaby Lake and GTX 1050 Ti

Prices for the 15.6-inch A507 and 17.3-inch A707 start at 1050 Euros and 1150 Euros, respectively, with NVMe SSD and Intel Optane options.
Acer's gaming products sold exceptionally well in 2016 among a growing enthusiast market. (Source: CNET)

Acer has an array of niche laptops planned for 2017

From the monstrous Predator 21 X gaming notebook to the Chromebook 11 N7, Acer has a wide range of laptops coming this year looking to capitalize on a few specific markets that have become the primary drivers of the PC market as consumer demand slows.
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Wine 2.0 stable is now available for download. (Source: Wine)

Wine 2.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Wine 2.0 is the first in a line of annual releases. The compatibility layer includes support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit Windows apps to be run in Mac OS X, among other features.
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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G Notebook (GTX 1060 Black Edition) Review

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G Notebook (GTX 1060 Black Edition) Review

Aspire Nitro on Nitro! The Aspire Nitro is familiar, just like the GeForce GTX 1060. It is the combination of the two components that makes the Acer Aspire Nitro 2016 such an interesting device. The price is supposed to start at around 1,300 Euros, so it could be a game-changer in the entry-level gaming segment.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
High-end laptops, like this Aorus X3, have seen high growth in Western Europe and North America. (Source: Gigabyte/Aorus)

A growing Asia Pacific market helps drive PC gaming high-water mark

A growing Asia-Pacific market and strong sales of high-end notebooks in North America and Western Europe together have driven the PC market's stellar performance.
PC gaming market surpasses $30 billion USD for the first time (Source: iBuyPower)

PC gaming market surpasses $30 billion USD for the first time

Market is expected to grow by as much as 6 percent compound annual growth rate through 2019.
Face Off: Lenovo Yoga Book vs. Acer Aspire Switch vs. HP x2 210 G1

Face Off: Lenovo Yoga Book vs. Acer Aspire Switch vs. HP x2 210 G1

10-inch Atoms. Very low-power Windows convertibles can make for excellent secondary notebooks for work or school. The unique Yoga Book is a surprisingly strong contender against your standard detachable with faster performance as well.
Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74 Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

85% Asus Strix GL502VM-DS74 Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

Kaby Lake gamer. Asus has refreshed its portable GL502VM series with Kaby Lake and... not much else. Don't expect any tangible benefits in gaming performance or even battery life out of this Xotic PC SKU.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Schenker XMG P507 (Clevo P651HS-G) Notebook Review

84% Schenker XMG P507 (Clevo P651HS-G) Notebook Review

Kaby Lake meets Pascal. Like all the other manufacturers of gaming notebooks, Schenker Technologies has also updated its products with Intel's latest CPU architecture. The 15-inch XMG P507 is the first model that we have reviewed, and features a 120 Hz panel as well as Nvidia's G-Sync technology for a better picture.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.9 kg
WinkPax G1 Android tablet for gamers with MediaTek MT7873 processor

WinkPax G1 Nintendo Switch alternative is already up for sale

This 8-inch "3 in 1 phablet" comes only with Android 5.1, but offers 4G connectivity via a micro SIM card, HDMI output, and has a foldable/detachable/adaptable controller with two joysticks, one D-pad, and four action buttons.
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AOC unveils 35-inch Agon AG352UCG curved gaming monitor

AOC unveils 35-inch Agon AG352UCG curved gaming monitor

The ultra-wide 21:9 monitor is coming this March with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and integrated Nvidia G-Sync.
Fire Emblem Heroes will be Nintendo's second release on smartphone platforms. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
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NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1 gets Android Nougat update in a few weeks

Nvidia Shield Tablet to get Android Nougat soon

NVIDIA has just confirmed that both the Shield Tablet and its improved sibling simply known as Shield Tablet K1 will receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 software update "in a few weeks."
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Simplygon indie license shipping with Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft buys Simplygon

Microsoft acquires Simplygon

The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.
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The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service. (Source: Nvidia)

New Nvidia Shield TV 2017 now available for purchase

The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service.
MSI CX62 7QL Notebook Review

76% MSI CX62 7QL Notebook Review

Cool but slow. Don't let the GE62 chassis fool you - the CX62 is far too weak for most games and its 768p TN display is horrid.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The Amiga series of computers found success as a home entertainment system, as it sold for significantly less than its Mac and PC competitors. (Source: WikiMedia)

Nostalgia Nerd's documentary on the Commodore Amiga, "Amiga Story", fully released

Retro-computing YouTuber Nostalgia Nerd has released the concluding part of his two-part documentary on the rise and fall of the Commodore Amiga: Part one explores the history and genesis of the beloved family of computers throughout the 1980s, while part two focuses on its struggles and eventual downfall in the 1990s.
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MSI G Series refresh with Kaby Lake now available

MSI G Series refresh with Kaby Lake now available

The Taiwanese manufacturer is doubling down on its entire G series of gaming notebooks with Kaby Lake and Pascal options for all. We provide a quick rundown on the major options available and the main differences between them.
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HDMI 2.1 will still use the same connection interface as previous generations, but new cables will be needed to take advantage of its higher potential bandwidth. (Source: Amazon)

HDMI 2.1 is no small iterative change over 2.0

HDMI 2.1, announced at CES 2017, sounds like an iterative change over HDMI 2.0—but it's anything but. With over 150 percent more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0, it will support resolutions up to 10k and 120fps. Other details will be released in Q2 2017.
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Dell to be exclusive hardware supplier for Eleague eSports tournament

Dell to be exclusive hardware supplier for Eleague eSports tournament

The eSports scene is growing rapidly and Dell is joining the likes of Acer, MSI, Aorus, iBuyPower, and other sponsors in providing the necessary gaming PCs and machines.
Civilization VI: Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Civilization VI: Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Better late than never. At the end of 2016, we got caught up in the excitement of Pascal, Kaby Lake and co. and entirely forgot about Civilization VI. To rectify our mistake, we are putting the latest addition to the Civilization family in the spotlight with multiple notebook and desktop PC tests.
One of Razer's stolen Valerie prototypes was listed on Chinese retail site Taobao. (Source: Liliputing)

Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site

After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Nintendo Switch hybrid video game console launches worldwide for $300 USD on March 3

Nintendo Switch launches on March 3

The long-awaited hybrid game console by Nintendo comes with a 6.2-inch 720p display, a pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers, 32 GB internal storage, is powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip and has a price tag of $299.99 USD.
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MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro Notebook Review

86% MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro Notebook Review

Gaming machine. MSI's GT72VR 7RE is a powerful 17.3-inch gaming notebook that handles modern games smoothly on the matte Full HD screen. The new Kaby Lake quad-core also leaves a good initial impression. Positive: The noise development is pretty restrained, despite the powerful hardware.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.8 kg
Nvidia Geforce Now is your GTX 1080 in the cloud

CES 2017 | Nvidia Geforce Now is your GTX 1080 in the cloud

The advanced GTX 1060/1080-level game streaming service will cost significantly more than your PS Now or Netflix subscriptions when it launches in the US this March.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB Review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB Review

The entry point into the world of Pascal-based desktop GPUs is the GTX 1050. Equipped with only 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, it primarily competes against the - only marginally more expensive - GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of RAM. Zotac's GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is a very compact graphics card without a fancy heatsink design.
Intel Core i7-4790K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) |
MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

83% MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

Apache is approaching! The well-known gaming notebook manufacturer MSI brings us an interesting combination. A fast quad core processor of the Skylake family and a Pascal-based GPU are at the core of the latest model. Learn how well the components fit each other in our in-depth review.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3 kg
The Super Retro Boy can play physical Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges. (Source: Digital Trends)

Retro-Bit announces Super Retro Boy, a modern Game Boy

Classic console maker Retro-Bit showed off the Super Retro Boy, a physical handheld that can play game cartridges from Nintendo's Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.
Samsung Chromebook Pro closeup, one of the many Samsung products that got awards at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Samsung wins 120 awards

Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
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AMD teases Avalon mini PC VR backpack powered by two Li-ion battery packs

CES 2017 | AMD teases Avalon mini PC VR backpack powered by two Li-ion battery packs

The high-power Avalon mini PC integrates an RX 480 GPU and doubles as a VR backpack with its two Li-ion battery packs for $1800 USD.
Das Gigabyte P56 ist ein Neuzugang in der Gaming-Serie von Gigabyte und integriert eine GTX 1070-GPU.

CES 2017 | Gigabyte showcases P56, P34/35, Sabre 15, and Aero 14 notebooks with Pascal

Gigabyte is refreshing its major gaming notebooks this year with more Kaby Lake and new Pascal GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti options.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

January 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Mac? No thanks. Apple's laptops continue to be popular. However, there are a few laptops for Windows users, which are quite similar to their counterparts from Cupertino. Here you will find the best devices from the Windows world competing with the Apple portfolio. January 2017 update.
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MSI looks to compete with Razer's Core and the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with GUS, an e-GPU. (Source: MSI)

CES 2017 | MSI enters the e-GPU game with GUS

MSI's GUS looks to bring desktop graphics support to notebooks with Thunderbolt 3.
AMD's upcoming Vega architecture brings some major improvements in graphical computing. (Source: AMD)

CES 2017 | AMD reveals more information on upcoming Vega GPUs

Expected for release in the first half of 2017, AMD's highly anticipated Vega GPU architecture looks to build on features first presented in the Fury X, including an evolution of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
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The new MSI emblem with the dragon logo

CES 2017 | MSI: New Notebooks with Kaby Lake and GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti

MSI announces gaming notebooks equipped with fresh Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia Pascal GPUs with a new Dragon logo. This brings a nice power boost right in time for CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
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MSI GT83VR Titan SLI launching with mechanical MX Cherry Silver keyboard

CES 2017 | MSI GT83VR Titan SLI launching with MX Cherry Silver mechanical keyboard

The individually-lit RGB Silver keys provide a short 4 ms keystroke and just 1.2 mm of travel for faster gaming reaction times.
The X9's GPU has yet to be confirmed, but it will be a new Nvidia chip running in SLI. (Source: Aorus)

CES 2017 | Aorus teases X9 gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard, G-Sync, and SLI

Aorus has teased a concept for a new 17-inch notebook, the x9. More powerful than the x7, the x9 will be powered by two Nvidia GPUs in SLI.
Project Valerie has two additional monitors that slide out to create a triple monitor display. (Source: Razer)

CES 2017 | Razer shows off concept notebook with three 4K displays

Razer is seeing triple with Project Valerie, the "world's first triple display laptop." While still in concept, the project is an exciting peak into what may be possible in the future.
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Nvidia's new SHIELD TV can stream games from either a PC with an Nvidia Pascal-based GPU or Nvidia's Geforce NOW service. (Source: Nvidia)

CES 2017 | Nvidia unveils updated SHIELD TV streaming box

The set top box can stream 4K HDR content and AAA PC games via Nvidia's Geforce NOW service.
Gigabyte P35X gaming laptop with NVIDIA GTX 980M gets updated with Kaby Lake and GeForce 10 series graphics

CES 2017 | Gigabyte unveils updated P34 and P35 notebooks

These two refreshed notebooks will soon hit the market as the lightest 14-inch portable with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics (P34) and the slimmest 15.6-inch laptop with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics (P35).
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The Samsung Odyssey heavily borrows from the ASUS ROG line's aesthetics. (Source: Samsung)

CES 2017 | Samsung makes questionable step into gaming with Odyssey notebooks

Samsung has thrown its hat into the gaming-notebook ring with the Odyssey 15 and 17.
The WT73VR looks to be one of the most powerful mobile workstations in the world. (Source: MSI)

CES 2017 | MSI unveils new line of workstation notebooks

The powerful mobile workstations feature 7th generation Intel processor and the latest Quadro graphics cards from Nvidia.
Gigabyte Sabre 15 gaming notebook - Your Weapon of Choice for 1080p Gaming

CES 2017 | Gigabyte announces P56 and Sabre 15 gaming notebooks

Both these new portables come with Intel Kaby Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, as well as Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and multiple hardware options to choose from.
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Aorus X7 V6 gaming notebook gets a successor with Kaby Lake processor options and GeForce GTX 10 series graphics

CES 2017 | Aorus updates its gaming laptops with Kaby Lake processors and GeForce GTX 10 series graphics

The Aorus gaming notebooks now feature an overclockable Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, as well as up to 64 GB of memory and flexible storage options.
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The Inspiron 15 7000 series continues its "gaming on a budget" mantra. (Source: CNET)

CES 2017 | Dell announces updated Inspiron 15 7000 budget gaming notebook

Despite its low cost, the Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell can be equipped with a Core i7, a 4K screen, and a GTX 1050 Ti.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)