You know that new-computer smell, the scent of Styrofoam packing materials, ink on instruction books, and fresh plastic. Buyers of Dell's Latitude 6430u ultrabook have been complaining for months about a more odoriferous issue with their new machines, along the lines of eau de cat piss.
The hub for complaints is a Dell tech support discussion titled "New 6430u smells awful." It contains a veritable bouquet of descriptive missives, including, "The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcat's litter box."… Read more
Quick update on one of yesterday's freebies: SharewareOnSale has procured more licenses for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, so if you weren't able to snag a copy, you should be able to now.
Intel's Haswell processor has scored some pretty glowing reviews for offering improved battery life and graphics performance, but typically you have to pay a premium to get a laptop that has one.
Dell's founder and chief executive Michael Dell has completed his bid to take the company private.
In conjunction with financial backing from investment firm Silver Lake Partners, the company has begun the process to delist its common shares from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Dell shares will no longer be traded on the stock exchange by market close today. The company's stock ($DELL) is, at the time of publication, up 0.2 percent in late-morning trading.
Under the terms of the deal, valued at approximately $24.9 billion, Dell shareholders will receive $13.75 … Read more
On Friday, Dell began selling one of the first tablets with Intel's Bay Trail processor, as small Windows 8.1 devices go quad core.
The $299 Dell Venue 8 Pro can be ordered online starting Friday with an estimated shipment date of October 25.
The tablet sports a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D "Bay Trail" processor rated at speeds of up to 1.8GHz, a 32GB flash drive, and 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz RAM.
Dell is one of the first out of the gate with a soon-to-ship tablet packing Intel's redesigned, higher-performance Atom processor.
Bay Trail … Read more
Deutsche Bank is cutting its estimates for PC growth, attributing part of the pessimism to the upcoming 64-bit iPad's penetration of the coveted corporate market in the coming years.
Estimates for 2013 and 2014 PC shipments have been cut to negative 10 percent and negative 8 percent year-to-year, respectively, from previous estimates of negative 8 percent and negative 6 percent, wrote Chris Whitmore of Deutsche Bank Equity Research in a note to investors on Monday.
Here's an excerpt from the note.
We...expect growing [desktop] virtualization and iPad deployments in the enterprise to pressure corporate PC sales through … Read more
"We are not planning to refesh our current line of RT products," Hand said at a Dell tablet and PC launch event here. "We're really focused on full Windows products. ...The full Windows experience provides great capability."
Windows RT is the version of Microsoft's operating system that runs on … Read more
Dell's new performance-minded XPS laptops get Intel's latest processors and, in the case of the XPS 15, an incredible screen. Both models launch with Windows 8.1.
XPS 13 Dell says its XPS 13 is the thinnest, lightest ultrabook ever built and with a 0.7-inch thickness, I wouldn't soon argue that point. The body is black inside with a silver finish on the outside, and is made from reinforced carbon and aluminum.
Packed into that slender frame, the 13-inch laptop still houses a lot of power, thanks to Intel's new Haswell processor and with an … Read more
Dell leans into Windows convertible tablet/laptops with its XPS 11 and 12, two convertible tablets that take quite unique approaches at implementing their special feature.
Dell claims its new XPS 11 is the thinnest "2-in-1" yet. A 2-in-1 is the name given to laptops that enjoy masquerading as tablets on the weekends, or even weekdays, if you so desire. At 2.5 pounds, with a 0.6-inch thickness, the hybrid probably won't have trouble living up to that claim.
The tablet features a very Lenovo Yoga-like design. It can be used as a laptop, or fold … Read more
Almost exactly like the new Surface Pro 2, Dell's Venue 11 Pro is one tablet that works in three different ways. You can use it as a typical Windows 8.1 tablet, snap it into a keyboard dock and use it like a laptop, or remotely connect it to a dock hooked up to a monitor or TV to play movies and TV shows on a larger screen.
The Venue is a black-bodied tablet that looks pretty much how all Windows 8 tablets look, with a moderate-size bezel around the screen and the standard Windows logo Home button. It … Read more