Flat sound, minimum clarity holds Dell's speaker back from being a good buy
For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solutions. While consumers often compromise in battery life, design or sound, the sub-$100 market offers a wide array of choices. Computer builder Dell entered into the Bluetooth speaker market with a value model, looking to entice consumers with a long battery life and compact, minimal design. But is the Dell AD211 a good buy for consumers looking to get the most out of their money, or does it fail to meet modest expectations? Find out in our review.
Alienware Alpha punches well above its weight
The Dell Alienware Alpha is a micro-PC gaming console that has only just gone on sale recently. It was supposed to launch with Valve's Linux-based SteamOS, and is designed specifically as a gaming operating system to power "Steam Machines." However, the final release of the SteamOS has been delayed into 2015, and thus Dell has chosen to forge ahead with the release of its planned Steam Machine, running Windows 8.1 in the interim. As a micro-PC with console-style gaming in mind first and foremost, the system now ships an Xbox 360 controller rather than a Steam controller, and offers a makeshift Alien UI so that it doesn't require a keyboard and mouse to set up. Was it the right move to launch the Alienware Alpha without the vaunted SteamOS?
HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
New model boosts battery life, reduces thickness and weight
Dell has renewed the Venue 11 Pro, bringing the new Intel Core M processor to the line. As a result of the shift, Dell's laptop replacement tablet has a longer battery life, comes standard with 4GB of RAM, is slightly larger at 10.8mm thick, and now weighs 1.62 pounds. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is now available with i3 or i5 processors starting at 2.0GHz, and the addition of the Core M has boosted battery life to a reported 10 hours.
Talks with HP stalled, resulting company would have held $130 billion market share
A report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that EMC Corporation has been looking into a possible merger under pressure from an activist shareholder. The cloud computing and data storage company was considering a merger with Hewlett-Packard, a move that would have created a resulting company with a combined market share of approximately $130 billion.
Dell Cast takes on Chromecast by turning Android tablet into computer
[Updated with new information, photos of Venue 8 7000, tease on Venue 10]
Dell has unveiled two new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in the guise of a new tablet and accessory. The Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet claimed to be the world's thinnest at 6mm (0.24 inches), while the Dell Cast is the company's attempt to take on Google's Chromecast, with a version focused on productivity rather than content consumption.
New display shown at Dell Workplace event
At today's Dell Business event, the Texas manufacturer showed off a pair of new displays. The first, a 55-inch widescreen display, delivers full HD (1080p) resolution and is intended for teleconferencing. Additionally, the company previewed its Dell UltraSharp 27-inch Ultra HD 5K monitor, the world's first display with 5120x2880 Ultra HD "5K" resolution.
New business oriented computers available October, November,
At an event in San Francisco today, Dell has introduced completely redesigned additions to its Latitude and OptiPlex portfolio: the Latitude 7000 Series 2-in-1 detachable laptop; the Latitude 3000 and 5000 Series laptops; the Latitude 14 Rugged laptop; and the OptiPlex 9020 and 3020 Micro desktop PCs. All of the devices released are intended for business customers, and most will be available before the end of October.
First curved display from Dell has 3440x1440 resolution, slim bezels
Dell is jumping on the trend for high-resolution curved displays, with the manufacturer's first curved monitor. The UltraSharp 34-inch monitor, model U3415W, has a high 3440x1440 resolution as well as a 21:9 cinema-style aspect ratio, with Dell said to be aiming the screen towards gamers and typical purchasers of its Alienware desktop systems.
CryptoLocker derivative attack demands variable ransoms
In a five-month period, CryptoLocker-esque malware CryptoWall has infected 625,000 devices worldwide, and has locked down 5.25 billion files, according to Dell's security researchers. In that same time period, it has exceeded its predecessor's infection rates, and gathered over $1.1 million in file ransoms, with one victim paying out $10,000 in Bitcoin to rescue his own files held hostage by the malware.
Heavy-hitting Dell Precision tower supports new line of Xeon processors
Dell today announced new mainstream and performance tower and rack workstations. The Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910 are designed to address the requirements of customers in compute-intensive fields such as engineering and manufacturing. The new models have been updated with Intel's latest Xeon processors, DDR4 memory, next-generation graphics technology from Nvidia and AMD, and doubling the amount of memory from the previous generation.
Small form-factor computer ships in November, priced at $549 and up
Dell's Alienware division has launched preorders for its "Steam Machine," absent Valve's operating system. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, an i3-4130T 2.9GHz-based version of the device retails for $599 and will ship with Windows 8.1, with the ability to install the SteamOS should it see the light of day in a timely fashion.
Slim Alienware gaming notebook due for release before end of year
Dell has unveiled another gaming notebook under the Alienware brand, with a smaller display compared to others in the range. The Alienware 13 has a selection of 13-inch displays to fit it out with, including a touch-enabled 2560x1440 IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness, a 1080p 350-nit version, and at the low-end, a 720p-resolution screen with 200 nits of brightness.
Dell's new Venue and 8 tablets now available for purchase online
Dell's new Venue 7 and 8 tablets are now available for purchase through Dell.com. Announced at Computex last month, the Android-based tablets feature a thin design with an easy-grip textured back, intended for use while travelling. The tablets are both Bluetooth-enabled, run Android 4.4 KitKat OS, and feature MAXXAudio Mobile by Waves sound output. The seven-inch version is priced at $160, and the eight-inch is available for $200.
Open Interconnect Consortium fourth major IoT protocol to pop up
Possibly complicating the nascent "Internet of Things" market, chipmakers Intel, Broadcom, and Atmel along with Samsung and Dell have partnered on the Open Interconnect Consortium -- an organization intended to generate yet another standard for home automation gadgetry. The initiative joins efforts from Apple, Google and Qualcomm to try and consolidate the market under one banner.
Company advances just one spot
Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap.
Security researchers find September vulnerability attack to Germany
According to Dell's security researchers, a single piece of software, surrepitiously installed on some Synology network attached storage devices, has mined $620,000 of virtual currency Dogecoin. A combination of a vulnerability discovered in September and users not updating the system software of the appliances enabled the hack to occur, which installed the mining package, forcing the devices to run hot and transfer data slowly due to the load from the miner.
Steam OS will be replaced by Windows 8.1 for Alienware Alpha launch
Alienware will be shipping its Alpha Gaming Console in time for the holidays, according to a report. The Dell-owned gaming PC producer revealed a list of specifications for the diminutive PC-as-console, as well as admitting that it will not ship as a Steam Machine at launch because of Valve's Steam OS delays, but will instead arrive pre-installed with Windows 8.1.
Ultrasharp monitors up to 27-inches come with 2.0-megapixel webcams, built-in speakers
Three new monitors in Dell's Ultrasharp line have given customers in the market for a new display some options to consider. The new models feature sizes from 21.5 to 27 inches, with integrated 2.0-megapixel webcams, built-in speakers and dual-digital headphone/microphone combo jacks. Each monitor is said to be Full HD (1920x1080) and have a 178-degree viewing angle. Input options include VGA, HDMI (MHL) for use with tablets and smartphones, DisplayPort and USB 3.0.
Dell to issue credit on money spent, district to use state contract for iPads
After a contract with Dell failed to live up to expectations, a school district in Minnesota has pulled the plug and turned to Apple devices for their students. The St. Paul school district had sought to roll out a new technology initiative with Dell devices for its schools in the 2014-15 school year, but now won't see a full iPad program rollout until 2015-16.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
Laptops in 5000 line offers three sizes, two sizes for all-in-one PC models
A new series in the Inspiron line of laptops and all-in-one PCs has been announced by Dell. The new series offers what the company calls "mainstream performance" at prices starting as low as $450. Laptops in the new line feature Full HD touch displays in the 15- and 17-inch models, backlit keyboards and brushed aluminum lids. The new all-in-one PCs feature a thinner design without cutting back on processing power. All of the models have 20 GB of Dropbox cloud storage space included with the purchase as well.
Lenovo starts sales of Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in United States
Lenovo has put the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on sale in the United States. Unveiled in February and joining the current Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display can be set into three different positions, and is backed by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.3 with 4.4 due soon, Lenovo is selling the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ for $369, with shipping set to begin within three weeks.
New organization to fund open source projects that have wide importance
The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely OpenSSL. The newly-formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open-source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open-source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.
Ruggedized Latitude 13, multi-touch S520, Mobile Computing Cart shown
Bolstering its education lineup, Dell today announced the Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, Dell Mobile Computing Cart upgrade kit and Dell Interactive Projector S520. While tailored for the schoolroom, the Latitude 13 ruggedized laptop is also available to Dell online customers.
Wal-Mart offering 5c for $29, 5s for $119 with two-year contract
Walmart has reduced prices significantly on the Samsung Galaxy S4 for users signing two-year contracts with AT&T or Verizon. The Galaxy S4 has been reduced to $49, down from $99. A 16GB iPhone 5s has also been reduced to $119, with the iPhone 5c seeing a cut to $29. Additionally, consumers purchasing a Samsung phone with a two-year contract will be given a $50 Walmart gift card.
Dell multi-touch monitor cut to $400 and more
Right now, the Microsoft Store is offering a price cut of $249 on the Dell 23-inch multi-touch monitor. It was $649, but has been reduced to $400. That makes this nearly $90 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This monitor features 1080p resolution, 10-point multi-touch capabilities, built-in five-watt speakers, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million to 1, and a USB 3.0 port.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
All conference rooms booked at Dell HQ for alleged mass layoffs
Dell could be preparing to lay off over 15,000 employees this week, according to a report. As part of the restructuring efforts after completing its return to a private ownership, the computer manufacturer will apparently be making the staff reductions globally and in all departments, with departments that have already been affected by layoffs expected to cull another 15 percent of the workforce.
Deal gives MakerBot access to the Dell distribution and logistics channel
Dell today announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, scanners, and raw materials to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses, enabling fast and affordable prototyping. Six MakerBot models will be available for purchase or pre-order at launch on February 20.
Promises same performance as recent UltraSharp monitors
Dell has announced a firm date and pricetag for a 28-inch 4K monitor it teased in December. The P2815Q will support resolutions up to 3840x2160, and ship for $699 on January 23. Other specifications aren't available, but Dell is promising the same performance as its recent 24- and 32-inch UltraSharp monitors.
New Dell ad points out startups born on Dell computers
In its first ad since the company completed its privatization bid late last year, Dell is positioning itself not as a massive computing powerhouse, but more as a feisty startup. The ad juxtaposes Dell's current state with the starting points of companies like Dropbox, Shazam, and Skype, and it casts Dell as a company that "personifies entrepreneurial spirit" and "celebrates it every day." As the computing giant looks to carve out a niche for itself in the new computing paradigm, the ad is an entreaty to encourage companies to look at Dell products in order to "do more."
Dropbox for Business to be offered to Dell enterprise customers
Dell has announced a number of new partnerships it has formed with other companies at its Dell World event in Austin today. The computer producer revealed updates to the Dell Cloud Partner Program, an agreement with Red Hat over OpenStack, and that it would start offering Dropbox for Business through its enterprise sales, among other announcements.
Educational-oriented Dell Chromebook 11 shipping in January
Dell has unveiled its first Chrome OS notebook, the Chromebook 11. Aimed at the education market, the Chromebook 11 offers up an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge glass screen with a resolution of 1366x768, entry-level specifications, and a low price tag, in a device measuring less than an inch in thickness and weighing in at 2.9 pounds.
Dell intros new line of Ultra HD monitors
Dell on Monday announced a new line of "UltraHD" monitors, each sporting a resolution nearly four times greater than Full HD (1080p). The new line includes the Dell UltraSharp 32, UltraSharp 24, and the 28 Ultra HD. Despite being the same resolution as more expensive 4K HDTV sets, Dell has priced the monitors to be affordable for professionals that need such clarity in images.
Great laptop deals on Dell, HP, ASUS and more
Cyber Monday will be kicking off for a lot of online retailers at midnight. We've gathered some of the best deals on PC laptops that can be had right now.
Black Friday special edition part 2
DealNN's Black Friday coverage continues with discounts on digital cameras, external hard drives, notebooks and more. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18MP digital camera body and lens kit has seen a steep 59 percent price break from $1,200 down to only $449.99 at Rakuten.com. That's the lowest price we've seen on this camera by $200. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, CMOS sensor, and 18mm to 55mm focal length. A one year warranty is included from Canon.
Dell delivers a surprisingly suitable tablet so far
We've made no secret of the fact that we're fans of mobile devices with styluses, as evidenced by our raves about Samsung's Galaxy Note series. So it should come as no surprise that we were interested in checking out Dell's new Venue 8 Pro device and its active stylus. The 8-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 – the full Windows – so we're also interested to see how well Microsoft's struggling platform works on an 8-inch slate form factor. Dell sent us a review unit, and you can check out our initial impressions by clicking on through.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
New towers outfitted with up to i5 Haswell processors
Dell has announced a new business-class PC. The OptiPlex 3020 tower series provides what the company calls "industry-leading performance and best-in-class security in a budget-friendly package." The new tower line is powered by Intel Core i5 "Haswell" processors, can be outfitted with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7, and has integrated Intel HD4600 graphics.
Hands-on with Dell's low-end enterprise slates
The mobile computing revolution has largely left Dell – along with most other traditional PC giants – in the lurch. Even as it goes private, Dell is still striking out into the mobile device market, releasing new Android and Windows tablets aimed at providing enterprise clients an option for low-cost touchscreen devices. We just received a review copy of the Venue 7 Android slate, and we've got a few first impressions to share on Dell's latest touchscreen device.
Michael Dell, Silver Lake take Dell private for $25B
The deal to take computer maker Dell private was completed on Tuesday, with company founder Michael Dell partnering with private equity firm Silver Lake to buy Dell for roughly $25 billion. As a result of the privatization, Dell will be delisted from the Nasdaq exchange at the close of Tuesday's trading, according to Reuters. Tuesday's news caps a months-long saga that has seen the deal countered and at times on the verge of collapse.
Alienware giving $200 cash with console trade and gaming PC purchase
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Workstation focuses on design
Dell has introduced a new notebook, the M3800, that aims to pair workstation-level performance with an attractive aesthetic design. The 18mm-thick housing combines a carbon-fiber base with an aluminum frame and aluminum cover for the 15.6-inch touchscreen, which is protected by Gorilla Glass and features options for 1920x1080 or 3200x1800 resolutions.
Dell Android stick shows Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, MHL-capable HDMI
Dell is getting closer to shipping its Android dongle, with the device making its way through the FCC. Initially expected to be released during the summer but was delayed, Project Ophelia has now been rebranded as Wyse Cloud Connect, though it is now thought that Dell will start shipping the device either at the end of this year or early in 2014.
Xbox One page mentions possible cross-platform apps
Microsoft may allow apps made for Windows 8 to run on the Xbox One after launch, according to one manufacturer. Dell's online store makes the claim that the upcoming Microsoft game console will be able to run the apps created for the desktop operating system, something that Microsoft has yet to publicly confirm itself.
17-inch Alienware Haswell notebook, only $1,449 and more
At Dell.com this week, save $50 on the Alienware 17-inch aluminum notebook computer which carries a list price of $1,499, but is cut to $1,449 when coupon code "2M66J?BPVPP$F3" is used at checkout. That's about $150 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This computer features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB video card. It also comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Dell.
Move signals final end to dispute
Carl Icahn has backed down once again from his ongoing dispute with Dell over the company's move to go private. In a Twitter post, the activist investor noted that he would no longer seek "appraisal rights" for his stake in the company, which would have taken the disagreement over share value to a Delaware court.
New models boosted with Haswell, improved battery life, better video
In addition to today's reveal of the new Dell Venue tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops, each with enhanced displays over previous models. Released today are the new XPS 11 2-in-1 tablet convertible device, and a refreshed XPS 15 multimedia laptop. Dell is also upgrading its XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life.
Android offerings sold alongside Windows 8.1 devices
Dell has made a surprise return to the Android platform with its latest tablet introductions, the Venue 7 and Venue 8. Not to be confused with the Venue "Pro" variants, which run Windows 8.1, the basic Venue tablets are powered by Intel's latest Atom processors and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.