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How augmented reality could save tech from itself

 Indeed, as technology marches relentlessly forward, it feels like many of today’s positions could soon be displaced. But just as with past technological inflection points — whether the steam engine, the telegraph, the computer or even industrial robots — technology will always give as much as it takes, as it always has. That matters little to people who have lost their… Read More

Casual gamers who want an affordable desktop now have an option from Dell

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Most companies that make gaming PCs and laptops are trying to snag the attentions of new "casual" gamers. These customers either can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end gaming device—or they don't want to. However, they still want a machine that can handle their regular bouts of gaming.

Dell's current answer for these customers has been its Inspiron 15 gaming laptop, but now it's adding its first desktop PC to the Inspiron Gaming line. Today, the company announced the Inspiron Gaming Desktop, which it hopes will attract casual gamers who don't need to bring their gaming endeavors outside their home.

Dell's Inspiron Gaming Desktop looks like a standard tower, but with a cross-hatched, semi-open design on its bottom-left side. This design has practical and aesthetic purposes: it provides better ventilation for the PC's internals while also giving the tower an edgy look that most customers associate with gaming devices. The center Dell logo and the inside of the PC emit an electric-blue light, which also fits with the gaming-device style (if you're not into the blue light, there's also a model with basic white light).

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Gaming on Dell’s 8K $5,000 monitor

Mark Walton

Specs: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K
Size 32 inches
Resolution 8K 7680×4320 at 60Hz
Response time 6ms (grey to grey)
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1300:1
Colour depth True 10-bit
Colour spaces 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut, sRGB, and Rec 709. 98 percent DCI-P3
Dimensions 72cm x 21.5cm x 61.7cm with stand, 72cm x 5.3cm x 42cm without stand
Inputs 2x DisplayPort 1.4
Ports 4x USB 3.0, 3.5mm line out
Warranty 3 years
Price $5000 (UK price TBC)

While Acer's 4K, HDR-ready, 144Hz Predator X27 gaming monitor is pretty hot, Dell has something even better: the 8K Dell UltraSharp UP3218K (buy here). This, if you're unfamiliar, is a display that sports a whopping 7680×4320 pixels spread over a 32-inch 10-bit IPS panel. It can display a 33-megapixel image pixel-for-pixel at a density of 280ppi, and at 100 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space. It requires the bandwidth of two DisplayPort 1.4 ports to function, and, predictably, it costs just shy of $5,000 (UK release and price still TBC, but don't expect much change from £5,000).

But then, this is a display that is so far ahead of the curve that $5,000 seems almost reasonable. In addition to all those pixels running at 60Hz, the 10-bit IPS panel also covers 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 100 percent of Rec 709, and 98 percent of DCI-P3. Whatever creative field you're in—photography, cinematography, graphic design, publishing, game development—Dell's 8K monitor has you covered. It's even factory calibrated to a Delta E of less than two.

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Dell Technologies Capital emerges from stealth, announces over 70 investments

 Most venture capital funds that have 27 exits under their belt are not in stealth. In fact, most venture capital firms today don’t even know what 27 exits looks like. But Dell Ventures, in stealth until today, has been steadily investing at a rate of about $100 million per year. The group certainly knows what the market is willing to buy. It’s seen nearly 37 percent of… Read More

The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

 Microsoft just revealed the newest Surface model and it’s aimed directly at the education market. Called the Surface Laptop, this is the notebook Microsoft hopes schools will buy instead of a Chromebooks. But unlike other Surface models, it does not run the traditional desktop version of Windows, though. The $999 Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, a new streamlined operating system… Read More

Review: Better GPU and 4K screen make the XPS 15 a MacBook Pro for PC users

Andrew Cunningham

PC companies are striving to make their 13-inch laptops ever thinner and lighter, a trend that has been good for our shoulders and backs but not as good for performance. Luckily, 15-inch laptops are there to serve as a counterweight, offering not just quad-core processors but increasingly powerful and desktop-like graphics chips.

Dell’s XPS 15, much like Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, attempts to straddle the line between svelte and powerful. It’s not the smallest or most powerful laptop, but last year’s model struck a good balance between size and speed even if the best configurations were on the expensive side. This year’s version doesn’t change a lot, but a new more power-efficient GPU, a Kaby Lake CPU upgrade, and a fingerprint reader all make it worth reconsidering anyway.

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