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Laptop Prices Got You Down? Here Are the Best Chromebooks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, PC / Laptop

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Are today's laptop prices starting to worry you? If you have a laptop that's about ready to hum its last and need a replacement, there are inexpensive and dependable computers out there…if you know where to look. We're specifically talking about Chromebooks, those lightweight laptops that run Chrome OS and come with much cheaper specs than the average mobile machine. Even the best Chromebooks are limited in some ways: Because they can only run Chrome and have very limited storage, most of their work needs to be based in the cloud, on the web, or on more simple apps. However, if you don't need to run any demanding programs or save up a lot of data, they can be a very effective solution to your laptop vs. wallet problem. Here are several of our top picks for the best Chromebooks and why they shine.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 - $400

It's common to expect not-so-impressive specs on a Chromebook, so when one of these computers actually has impressive features, it's worth talking about. This Toshiba Chromebook 2 has a particularly great HD, 1080p screen: At around 13 inches it isn't huge, but it is bright and beautiful, and makes this Chromebook an entertainment device in its own right. The other features include 4GB of RAM, a Core i3 processor, and only 16GB of storage, so remember to take it easy and stream your entertainment instead of downloading it.

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Unboxing Live 180: Alienware Steam Machine

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, PC, Video Games, Videocasts

I bring you a unique first-look at the Alienware Steam Machine in this episode! The Alienware Steam Machine ships with the Steam Controller, and aims to bring the PC gaming experience into the living room with a small form factor that maintains the upgradability of a typical PC. Running SteamOS, the Steam Machine boots right into Steam, ready to play your downloaded games. What's more, it can even stream Steam titles from your PC on the same home network (necessary, because SteamOS isn't optimized to play all of the titles available on Steam.)

Being that the Alienware Steam Machine looks to mimic the game console experience, you only get the Steam Controller, no keyboard or mouse. You can also use Xbox 360 controllers wirelessly, as well as Xbox One controllers when connected directly to the Steam Machine by USB.

You can order the Alienware Steam Machine now.

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Unboxing Live 154: Dell XPS 13

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Laptop, PC, Videocasts

The Dell XPS 13 is a premium laptop computer from Dell that features the Infinity Display design, bringing a 13-inch display into the small body of an 11-inch notebook. We bring you a look at the Dell XPS 13 notebook computer in this episode, bringing you a look at the stylish PC that also features an Intel Core i5 processor, a backlit keyboard, carbon fiber design, and more. You can pick up the Dell XPS 13 now, starting at $799. Don't forget to check out our Dell XPS 13 accessories video as well!

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Unboxing Live 153: Dell XPS 13 accessories

The Dell XPS 13 is an exciting notebook, bringing the size of a 13-inch laptop into an 11-inch frame. While owning one of these high-resolution beasts is awesome enough, Dell sells some fantastic add-on accessories that can enhance your experience. Whether it's the convenient Premier Backpack, the innovative Power Companion that can charge the notebook on the go, or the stylish protection of the Premier Sleeve, Dell has you covered. We go over all of these Dell XPS 13 accessories and more in this episode of Unboxing Live! You can pick up the Dell XPS 13 now, starting at $799.

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Dell announces 5K monitor sporting 5120 x 2880 resolution for $2500

Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5k monitor

Dell has announced a new 5K display, clocking in at 27-inches with a 5120x2880 resolution. That's a staggering 14.7 million pixels, 70% more pixels than you'd find on a 4K monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5k display also impresses with 218 pixels per inch (ppi), matching the pixel density found on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. A media card reader is also built-in, as are six USB 3.0 ports to up your connectivity game. Now that it's proven that larger format Retina displays are possible, surely Retina iMacs and Thunderbolt 2 displays can't be far behind, right? OS X Yosemite has code references to 5120 x 2880 resolution, so Apple may already be readying its desktop machines for Retina resolutions.

No solid release date for the panel was given, but it should be available for purchase by the end of the year for $2499.99.

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Comic Book Circulation: 1965

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Independent

KonaComic Book Plus has loaded up a ton of old stuff, including complete copies of Capa-Alpha, the legendary (and still publishing) apa (amateur press association), of which I was once a member in reasonable good standing. This is from K-a #20 (May 1966), pages 21 and 21 at the link. It’s from a zine by Andy Zerbe called Saraband.

Zerbe collected the circulation reports from the various comics that published them and posted them in a list. These should be referring to the average sales from 1965. And not every title is listed; Zerbe reminded in his introduction that not every publisher and not every title had a circulation report.

There are some Marvel and DC titles included, but you’ll have to go to the link to check them out. I find this kind of thing fascinating as a snapshot of the industry at a specific time.

Naturally, looking at the numbers, any publisher today would kill to have sales like these, but it was a different era, newsstand only and there’s no going back. Here are four of the publishers Zerbe tracked: Charlton, Archie, Dell and Gold Key.

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Today’s top tech deals: Dell Inspiron 15, HP 2511x monitor, Panasonic Blu-ray player and more

Dell Inspiron 15

We're back with another list of the best tech deals that the Internet has to offer today, highlighted by the Dell Inspiron 15 that you see pictured above. The laptop packs a dual-core 2.66 GHz Core i3 processor, 4 GB RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. It typically sells for $520, but today you can get it for $380 with free shipping. More deals, including the Belkin Chef Tablet Stand for $21, after the break, and be sure to check out our Newegg promo code thread for even more savings.

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Top Memorial Day weekend tech deals: HDTVs, notebooks, video games, and more

HP 2311x monitor

We've got a long holiday weekend ahead of us to enjoy, and we figured that while you're in the shopping mood picking up some charcoal to fire up the grill, we'd give you some extra stuff to add to your list. There are a bunch of sales on gadgets, computers, HDTVs, video games, and more, and we've got a whole list of great tech deals for you to perous after the break. Some things that stand out to us are the 23" HP 231x Ultra-slim monitor for $115, Battlefriend: Bad Company 2 for $5, and the 39" TCL 1080p plasma HDTV for $350. Be sure to check out our Newegg promo code thread as well for even more deals.

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Today’s top tech deals: Dell Inspiron 14z, Halo 4, and more

Dell inspiron 14z deal

We're back with our list of the top tech deals of the day, with the highlight being on the 14-inch Dell Inspiron 14z. It's a Core i3 notebook with 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive that typically sells for $600, but today you can get it for $450 with free shipping. Check out the rest of the deals after the jump!

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