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  1. Dell XPS 13 OLED review: more pixels, more money It’s not the XPS for everyone If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Here’s the Dell XPS 13 OLED. If you’ve been waiting for a 13-inch laptop with the best display technology out there, Dell now has an option for you. Dell has finally released an OLED version of its XPS 13, and I’m typing this review on it right now. The test unit I was sent has a Core i7-1185G7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The OLED configuration costs exactly the same as an identically specced non-OLED 4K model ($1,699.99), and $300 more than an identically specced FHD touchscreen model. Nothing else about this XPS is new: it has the same thin and light build, the same tiny bezels and webcam, the same glass-fiber palm rests, and the same 16:10 aspect ratio as the past couple Dell XPS 13s I’ve reviewed. So the considerations here really come down to how much you need an OLED screen and what you’re willing to sacrifice for it. It looks just like the previous XPS 13. The display itself is great. It’s a 3.5K (3456 x 2160) panel with a claimed 100,000:1 contrast ratio. It maxed out our colorimeter, covering 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It’s not as bright as the FHD model but is still plenty bright, maxing out at 369 nits. I had no problem using the device outside and was usually using it below 30 percent brightness while indoors. Numbers aside, it delivers a really gorgeous picture with bright and vibrant colors and sharp details. The downside, of course, is that there is some battery life impact. I haven’t reviewed the 4K Dell XPS 13, so I can’t speak to that unit’s longevity. But compared to the FHD model I reviewed, the OLED model struggles on the battery life front. Not too many ports. Battery life, for context, has been a huge selling point of other XPS 13 models. I averaged nine hours and 15 minutes using the FHD model as my primary work driver around 200 nits of brightness. With the OLED model, I was getting about five hours from the same workload at the same brightness. That’s... well, that’s a big gap. And it should be a serious consideration if you’re thinking of purchasing this device. After all, the FHD display is still pretty darn good. The blacks on my review unit weren’t as deep as they were on this OLED panel, but the picture it delivered was still fantastic and not something my un-artistic eyes had any problems with. (On the other hand, the non-OLED 4K display also doesn’t seem to have great battery life, per other reviews. So the OLED is more competitive with that model, especially since it’s the same price.) It’s Evo-certified, despite the battery life. For that reason, I would still recommend that most people go for the FHD XPS 13 over the OLED model. Five hours is not great battery life, but it’s especially not great for an ultraportable laptop this close to the $2,000 mark. It’s certainly a dealbreaker for me, even if everything else about a laptop is perfect. It means I’d have to have this thing plugged in multiple times a day, even though one of its primary benefits is supposed to be that it’s light enough to carry around wherever. I want. Meanwhile, as nice as the OLED screen is, I can’t imagine it’ll make a huge quality-of-life difference to all but the most discerning of viewers. It certainly shouldn’t be a big enough difference to outweigh a $300 premium and a four-hour hit to battery life. If you’re someone for whom the OLED is worth the price, you probably know who you are. Buy it for $1,699.99. Dell XPS 13 OLED $1,650 $1,900 14% off In the Dell XPS 13 OLED, a great laptop meets a great screen. Photography by Monica Chin / The Verge Dell XPS 13 OLED review: more pixels, more money
  2. Dell’s Alienware launches first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade After a long gap, Dell Alienware is finally releasing AMD-based gaming laptops. Dell today announced two new AMD Ryzen CPU-powered gaming laptops: the redesignedAlienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 and Dell G15 Ryzen Edition. Both the laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. Read about both the laptops in detail below. Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5: Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs User-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory for the first time on an Alienware 15-inch notebook First Alienware notebook finished with the new Silky-Smooth High-Endurance paint formula engineered for increased stain-resistance and premium surface feel Offering Alienware’s fastest displays on a15-inch notebook ever, gamers can select up to QHD 240Hz or FHD 360Hzpanelsto deliver smooth gameplay As the first Legend 2.0-based Alienware notebook, gamers will be drawn closer into the gameplay thanks to a new design feature called Dark Core, which darkens the interior shade of the laptop to minimize distractions and keep your head in the game. An optional ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard co-developed with Cherry MX that creates a distinctive typing experience and supports per-key RGB lighting. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5is available in the U.S. with select configurations on April 20 starting at $1793.98. Dell G15 Ryzen Edition: The new G15 is outfitted with an Alienware-inspired thermal design to maximize airflow for optimal cooling and heat dissipation Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs and user-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory “Game Shift,” a functional key unique to G Series which instantly cranks up cooling performance for intense gaming sessions 120Hz or 165Hz panels, with a 360Hz display coming later this spring; all featuring low-blue-light display hardware The Dell G15 Ryzen Edition available in the U.S. on May 4, starting at $899.99 USD Source: Dell Source: Dell’s Alienware launches first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade
  3. Dell’s new 40-inch curved ultrawide monitor is packed with pixels and ports Launching later this month for $2,100 Among the monitors Dell has announced at this year’s CES is the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD U4021QW, which it’s claiming is the “world’s first 40-inch ultrawide curved WUHD (5K2K) monitor.” 5K2K, in case you were wondering, translates to a pixel resolution of 5120 x 2160. That gives it the same vertical pixel count as a typical 4K screen, but with an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio. By the standards of most monitors, it’s a lot of pixels. The UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD has a full array of ports, including a Thunderbolt 3 port that can supply a compatible MacBook with up to 90W of power. Other ports include a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, four USB Type-A ports with data speeds of up to 10Gbps, an Ethernet port, 3.5mm jack, and a USB Type-B upstream port, according to MacRumors. Its refresh rate is just 60Hz, which is a little on the low side compared to gaming monitors, meaning it’s probably better suited to productivity tasks (not that many graphics cards would be able to run games at this resolution at more than 60fps). There’s a big collection of ports on its back, plus a couple more on its underside. Image: Dell Dell isn’t the first company to announce a monitor with this resolution; LG introduced a 34-inch monitor with it in 2017. But Dell’s new monitor is bigger and curved, which is how it gets to boast of its “world’s first” status. The UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor goes on sale on January 28th, with prices starting at $2,099.99. Dell’s new 40-inch curved ultrawide monitor is packed with pixels and ports
  4. Dell has introduced a number of new products today, one of which is the new Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor. According to the company, this is the first-ever 4K monitor made for professionals that features 2,000 mini-LED backlit dimming zones. As with TVs that feature similar technology, the inclusion of dimming zones means users can expect high-quality contrast with deep blacks. Professional monitors are, quite obviously, made for people who need precise high-quality visuals. These displays often feature expansive colors, built-in calibration tools, and other features used by graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and others who work with visual media. The new Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor monitor (model UP3221Q) joins this market. The model’s most notable feature is its 4K resolution and 2,000 (2k) mini-LED direct backlit dimming zones. Users can expect wide color support with DCI-P3 color coverage at 99.8-percent, as well as VESA DisplayHDR 1000 support. According to Dell, users can expect uniform and precise color reproduction across the entire 32-inch panel, with the company specifically mentioning film and video media. As expected for a professional monitor aimed at graphics professionals, the model also features an integrated Calman Powered colorimeter, which means the display can be calibrated even if a PC isn’t attached to it. Other features include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB, and a maximum (HDR) brightness of 1,000 cd/m2. Dell’s new model is clearly meant to take on Apple’s similarly priced Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch monitor that features a Retina 6K panel and is made for content creators. As with Apple’s model, Dell has priced its UltarSharp 32 HDR PremierColor model at $4,999 USD; it will be available to buy starting on November 5. https://www.slashgear.com/dell-ultrasharp-32-hdr-4k-monitor-takes-on-apples-pro-display-06641272/
  5. A host of anti-virus engines are flagging recent Dell printer drivers as unsafe Recent releases of Dell printer drivers for various versions of Windows are being flagged by a number of anti-virus programs as malware, as spotted and reported by journalist Brian Krebs on Twitter (via WindowsCentral). A few examples of such reports can be viewed on Virus Total that provides logs of malware detection by various anti-virus programs. The drivers in question seem to include releases from Dell in the past few months, including one from September 24, detailed here. Krebs posted the results of the file in the logs on Virus Total, which show the file being flagged as “Malware” or “Trojans” by a number of programs including the likes of Avast, McAfee, Microsoft, Fortinet, and more. The logs suggest that at least 29 anti-virus engines detected the file as unsafe. It is currently not clear what is triggering these detections, and if the said files are safe for installation or have been compromised. Krebs suggests that users that are looking to download the latest drivers hold off on downloading them for the time being. It is possible that the computer maker re-releases the drivers after scrutiny or provides an update at the least about the reports and the validity of its driver offerings. A host of anti-virus engines are flagging recent Dell printer drivers as unsafe
  6. Beginning in Dell's 2021 laptop models they are providing hardware-based "privacy buttons" to disable microphone and camera support. In preparations for more Dell laptops coming to market with these buttons, a Dell privacy driver is being prepared for the Linux kernel. These new Dell privacy buttons are basically hardware kill switches for the microphone and web camera video stream. The Dell privacy driver sent out on Tuesday for the Linux kernel is about manipulating the relevant LEDs and tracking the status of the hardware-based controls where as the actual toggling of the audio/video support is handled by the hardware. The Dell privacy driver in its current form is talked about for the camera and microphone support but the patch does also note a "PRIVACY_SCREEN_STATUS" bit as well. Presumably they will be extending this privacy driver as well for privacy screen handling around reducing the horizontal/vertical viewing angles of the display. That's similar to Lenovo's PrivacyGuard and privacy screen code being worked on by Google with Intel Chromebooks. The dell-privacy Linux driver in its initial form can be found via the kernel mailing list. It's great seeing Dell working on this driver punctually for Linux ahead of their next-gen laptops. Source
  7. Dell and Lenovo publish list of tested devices compatible with Windows 10 version 2004 How do you find out if a particular device is compatible with Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 2004 or the May 2020 update? While you could give it a try and see how it goes, it is usually better to find out if a device is compatible before you run the update. Windows Update might block the update on the device as Microsoft tends to roll out updates over time and blocks certain devices from getting the update. All bets are off on the other hand if you install the operating system using an ISO image. You will notice that a device is not compatible during installation, but that means spending some time up to that point. PC manufacturers Dell and Lenovo have published compatibility lists. These cover devices that the companies have tested to find out if a device is compatible with the new Windows version. It is a good idea for Dell and Lenovo PC owners to check the compatibility list first before the update is installed. Lenovo Lenovo customers may point the web browser of their choice to this support page on the Lenovo website. You may enter a serial number at the top to find your PC or laptop, use the "select your product" option, or use Ctrl-F to find it in the listing. Lenovo lists the following product families as the main entry points. ThinkPad laptops Lenovo Notebook/Ideapad ThinkCentre+AIO IdeaCentre+AIO ThinkStation Limitations may be displayed below each product category listing that highlight specific issues for certain devices. Workarounds and mitigations may be displayed to resolve the issue, e.g. by installing a newer driver or even restoring the older version of Windows. Dell Dell's support page lists product groups and devices as well. The company provides information on determining the computer model; helpful for customers who don't know the exact make and model of the device. Everyone else may use Ctrl-F to jump to the device directly on the page. All devices listed by Dell have been tested for compatibility and should work with the Windows 10 version 2004 operating system. Dell notes that it has not tested any other models and that it won't provide driver updates for untested devices. Closing Words The compatibility listings are helpful but it is still possible that a feature update may not install correctly; incompatibilities may be caused by installed applications or additional hardware devices. Devices not listed on the manufacturer's website may still receive the Windows 10 version 2004 update just fine, as not being listed on the page simply means that the device has not been tested by Dell or Lenovo. Tip: you may also want to check Microsoft's list of known issues of Windows 10 version 2004. Dell and Lenovo publish list of tested devices compatible with Windows 10 version 2004
  8. Dell launched sweeping update of its Latitude, Precision business laptop lines They're more refinements than reinventions, but most of the changes are welcome. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 5 images. Today, Dell announced updates to several laptops in its office (Latitude) and professional workstation (Precision) product lines, with design changes, spec bumps, and other improvements on tap. Dell focused more than usual on sustainability in its press release on the new laptops, noting its use of recycled materials and sustainable packaging. But for the most part, the focus is on specs bumps and small design evolutions. Dell announced similar updates to its XPS line of laptops last week; the XPS line is focused more on personal use, with an emphasis on content creation. The Precision machines are also all about content creation, but they're equipped with workstation-class graphics and other features aimed at professional use cases. Precision The storied Precision line of workstation laptops is designed for "intensive graphics processing, data analysis, and CAD modeling," and thanks to bezel reductions compared to earlier models, Dell claims the Precision 5550 and 5750 are the smallest 15-inch and 17-inch mobile workstations on the market right now. We're not going to go over every competing laptop with a ruler right here, but these aluminum machines do seem design-forward in that regard, at least. Both models carry Dell's "InfinityEdge" branding, the same that was applied to the XPS machines. That means near-edge-to-edge displays with equally proportioned, minimal bezels on each side. Specs-wise, the 5000-series Precision laptops offer 10th-generation Intel CPUs as expected, with Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, and Xeon (W-10855M) options, with core counts from four all the way up to eight. RAM clocks in at 2933MHz and is available in 8, 16, 32, and 64GB configurations. The Precision 5550 offers Nvidia Quadro T1000 and T2000 workstation graphics options (both with 4GB GDDR6). The 5750 drops the T1000 but adds an Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 option with 6GB of GDDR6. Both offer Intel UHD graphics as well. As with their XPS cousins, they can be configured with either 4K or FullHD screens (maximum of 500 nits of brightness in this case) and feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports. Either the 5550 or 5750 can be configured with a range of M.2 storage options, from 256GB up to 2TB. Latitude On the Latitude side, high-end performance isn't the focus so much as sleek design and portability. The 25-year-old brand saw updates and refreshes across the entire product line. That means changes to more than a dozen products, so we won't get into all of them here (you can find them all on Dell's website). The flagships are the high-end Latitude 9410 and 9510, with 14- and 15-inch displays. These, too, adopt a minimal-bezel design, but the displays are only available in 1080p, not 4K. We're looking at up to 16GB of 2133Mhz RAM, Core i7 CPUs, SSDs, and some large-ish battery options. As one would expect in laptops for business travelers, battery life is a big part of the pitch; Dell claims up to 34 hours of battery life from the biggest battery option on the 9510. Also key for said travelers: these laptops offer LTE mobile broadband options from Qualcomm in addition to Wi-Fi 6. While the 9510 offers 5G mobile broadband, the 9410 is limited to 4G. The 9510 weighs 3.1 pounds and comes with an array of microphones intended to make video conferencing as pleasant an experience as it can be. It's available in both a convertible 2-in-1 version and a classic clamshell. The 2-in-1 weighs a little more: 3.3 pounds. The 9410 is a 360-degree-hinge-equipped convertible that offers up to 27 hours of battery life and a 3-pound carry weight. It's worth noting that the slightly-lower-down-the-pricing-scale 7310 and 7410 Latitude laptops have moved to soldered RAM, which isn't great news for IT managers looking to upgrade business users' laptops over time. Dell also updated a number of other machines (besides those mentioned here) in its various product lines for business customers, including those above and its OptiPlex desktop towers and all-in-ones. In most cases, we're mainly looking at specs refreshes. Listing image by Dell Source: Dell launched sweeping update of its Latitude, Precision business laptop lines (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  9. Image Courtesy: Dell A new patent application from Dell details an innovative Windows 10 device that can carry multiple displays. Unlike the patents for the foldable or dual-screen device, the latest patent shows off an extraordinary 2-in-1 device featuring multiple displays which can be detached. Titled ‘INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE DETACHABLE DISPLAYS’, the patent was filed by Dell Products L.P in June 2017 and published by USPTO on January 3, 2019. In the background section of the patent application, Dell explains that consumers and businesses are exploring new ways to store and access information. The company says that desktop computers can connect to multiple displays and display more information to enhance the ability of users to operate the information. Image Courtesy: USPTO The dual monitor desktop is apparently not a new thing and the patent application details a similar method but the key difference is portability. In the patent, Dell has detailed a 2-in-1 portable laptop which can be configured to connect to multiple external displays through display ports. Image Courtesy: USPTO In the abstract section, Dell has detailed how they can allow users to attach more than one display to a 2-in-1 laptop. “A portable information handling system may attach to and support multiple detachable displays in a variety of configurations. A base of a portable information handling system may include a means for attaching to and supporting multiple displays, such as a channel for magnetically attaching to one or more bars of one or more displays. A user may operate the information handling system in a presentation configuration with one display facing towards the user and another display facing towards an audience. If the both displays are facing toward a user, the system can provide a user with an extended display area with more space to view and manipulate information. The second display may be detached from a top side and attached to a bottom side of a laptop for storage during transport,” the company explains. source
  10. Dell updates its UltraSharp monitor lineup: USB-C, mini-LED backlighting, and more Most of them are office productivity models, but the UP3221Q is a beast. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Dell announced today that it is refreshing its lineup of UltraSharp monitors—part of the lineup, anyway—with new models arriving now and more trickling out through December. The most mainstream of the big new introductions is probably the UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub Monitor (U2421E), which is available to order starting today at $449.99. As the name suggests, it's meant to double as a hub, so it can deliver up to 90W of power to your connected laptop, and it can daisy-chain with up to two additional monitors. Notably, the U2421E has a 16:10 aspect ratio as opposed to the usual 16:9 for a lot of monitors like this. The resolution is 1,920×1,200, and the refresh rate is 60Hz. Dell claims 99 percent sRGB coverage, a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, and a 1,000:1 typical contrast ratio. Ports include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 1.4, USB-C, and USB. Cut from a similar cloth is the UltraSharp 34 USB-C Hub Monitor (U3431WE). It offers generally similar hub functionality, specs, and ports (but with HDMI 2.0, thankfully) in an ultrawide, 3,440×1,440 resolution and curved display. This one won't be available until December 1, and it'll retail at $1,199.99. Finally, the 32-inch UP3221Q is aimed at content-creation professionals, and it competes directly with the similarly priced Pro Display XDR from Apple, along with a very small cadre of similar monitors serving that same crowd. It's a 4K, 60Hz monitor that claims 98.8-percent DCI-P3 color space coverage and a maximum HDR brightness of 1,000 cd/m2. SDR maximum brightness is just 350 cd/m2, though, of course. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and features one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, and two Thunderbolt 3 (one upstream, one downstream), as well as USB and a colorimeter port. What really makes the UP3221Q stand out, though, is its use of mini-LED direct backlit dimming zones. The result is a claimed typical contrast ratio of ostensibly 1,000,000:1 in HDR as well as a still-good-but-more-normal 1,300:1 in SDR. It goes on sale this November 5 for $4,999.99. Dell also introduced updated models in its P-series office productivity monitor lineup, including the P2721Q (4K, 60Hz, 27 inches), P3221D (QHD, 31.5 inches), and P3421W (ultrawide WQHD, 34 inches). Listing image by Dell Dell updates its UltraSharp monitor lineup: USB-C, mini-LED backlighting, and more (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  11. Dell on Thursday announced that it has teamed up with its subsidiary Secureworks and CrowdStrike for a new endpoint security offering that includes threat prevention, detection and response services. The new Dell SafeGuard and Response offering coimbines unified endpoint protection, managed security, incident response expertise, and threat behavioral analytics. Specifically, SafeGuard and Response includes the CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent next-generation antivirus (NGAV), which relies on AI and machine learning to neutralize malware and other attacks. Customers can add the Device Control and Falcon Insight service from CrowdStrike, which provides endpoint detection and response (EDR), including deep visibility into threat activity and real-time remediation capabilities. Dell SafeGuard and Response customers are also offered 24x7 managed services from Secureworks for monitoring their endpoints for unauthorized activity. Secureworks’s Security Operations Center and Counter Threat Unit will determine the severity, accuracy and context of each incident to recommend actions for remediation. Finally, organizations can opt for the SecureWorks Incident Management Retainer, which involves the deployment of an on-demand incident response team in the event of a serious incident. This service can also be useful for creating a proactive response plan for future incidents, Dell said. Dell SafeGuard and Response is expected to become generally available worldwide in March 2019 and it can be acquired from Dell and its channel partners. “Attacker techniques are getting more sophisticated and customers need managed solutions that are actively guarding against threat activity,” said Wendy Thomas, senior vice president of business and product strategy at Secureworks. “Our modern approach with Dell ensures a coordinated defense against cyber threats at the scale and speed required for any customer's evolving security needs beyond the network.” “Together [with Dell], we are equipping customers with a unique and compelling solution to deliver an end-to-end approach to endpoint security that effectively stops threats, while reducing enterprise complexity and modernizing threat detection and management,” commented Matthew Polly, vice president of Worldwide Business Development and Channels at CrowdStrike. Source
  12. Dell empowers virtual reality and classroom creativity at CIT through latest technologies fill / Pixabay Dell has announced that its technology is empowering classroom creativity at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) with students enabled to create graphic-intensive Virtual Reality (VR) projects and lecturers gaining more teaching time. As CIT sought to harness the opportunities of the world of VR for its creative digital media students, it experienced a number of performance-related barriers. Outdated workstations and supporting infrastructure were hindering the third-level institute from rolling out new modules on gaming, VR, animation and application design. To overcome these challenges and become a leader in VR design education, CIT undertook a programme to update their design labs and selected Dell as its trusted partner. Through the provision of the latest Dell workstations, Alienware gaming desktops and ProSupport Plus, students at CIT now have the tools to harness the power of VR to accelerate their cutting-edge multimedia careers. In giving students access to emerging technologies, CIT is responding to a growing desire amongst Generation Z, or those born after 1996, 80% of whom want to work with cutting-edge technology in their future career. CIT sought to develop courses that challenge these students and equip them with vital industry skills. Rose McGrath, Head of Media Communications in CIT said: “As a third level institute that has trained Ireland’s leading artists for the last 100 years, CIT CCAD has prided itself on fostering an innovative learning environment that best positions our students for the workplace of the future. “However, in recent times outdated technology has meant we have been unable to meet the needs of students and teachers who increasingly undertake intensive VR projects as part of their digital media and e-learning curriculum. “Our partnership with Dell has proved pivotal in enabling our students to be more creative and use VR to push the boundaries of what they can do with graphics. Without the improved performance from the Dell workstations and Alienware gaming desktops, we wouldn’t have been able to regain 40 minutes of classroom instruction time every day.” In marking today’s news, Aisling Keegan, Vice-President and General Manager of Dell EMC Ireland, said: “At Dell, we are committed to preparing the future workforce by using the latest technology to spark creativity within the classroom. With 90% of tomorrow’s jobs requiring digital skills, third-level institutions in Ireland must have the tools at their disposal to drive digital transformation. “By leveraging our latest portfolio of devices, Dell has empowered a creative and immersive teaching environment that is producing impressive academic results. Students have used our devices to create projects ranging from therapeutic activity–based video games to assist patients with Parkinson’s disease, to a VR immersive programme that helps prepare individuals in prison for release. “CIT should be commended for its leadership in digital transformation. This is an example of third level institutions looking to opportunities unlocked by emerging technologies to prepare the workers of the future. By forging an ambitious strategy for change and embracing technology to make that strategy a reality, Dell and CIT can enhance learning experiences and improve student outcomes both now and into the future.” Source
  13. Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1—a notable redesign—goes on sale today A hardware redesign and 10th-generation Intel Core CPUs headline this update. Today, Dell began taking orders in the US for the new 2019 version of the XPS 13 two-in-one convertible laptop. In this update, the XPS 13 two-in-one has seen a hardware redesign, with a different hinge and keyboard. And many people will be glad to hear that the laptop's formerly infamous webcam is now placed above the screen, not below. (That has been one of our main criticisms of this otherwise strong laptop in previous reviews of this product line.) In terms of internals, the new XPS 13 two-in-one sports 10th-generation Intel Core CPU options ranging from the Core i3-1005G1 at the low end to the Core i7-1065G7 at the top. Dell claims the machine will be 2.5 times more powerful than its predecessor. It also can be configured with up to 1TB of SSD storage and 32GB of RAM. The top graphics solution available is Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics that come with the fastest Intel CPU. To accommodate these new internals, Dell developed a new two-fan cooling system. This laptop also has a 13.4-inch touchscreen that supports Dolby Vision HDR or HDR400, depending on the spec, and that comes in either 1,920×1,200 or 4K variants. Thanks to reduced bezels, that screen is 7% larger than what we saw last year. Other specs like its 500 nits of brightness, 90% of DCI-P3 in the 4K variant, and either 1500:1 or 1800:1 contrast ratios make this a very strong consumer laptop display. Connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 are supported in all configurations. There are plenty of other minor features, too, which we got into in a little bit of detail in our earlier hands-on with the device. For example, Dell partnered with Eye Safe to bring a low-blue-light mode to the screen, potentially reducing eye strain and sleep disruption for users. The XPS 13 two-in-one starts at $1,000, whereas the top standard configuration will set you back $2,100. Dell is taking orders in its online store now, but delivery dates appear to fall in early to mid September. Listing image by Valentina Palladino Source: Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1—a notable redesign—goes on sale today (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  14. Finally, enterprise-grade Chromebooks for serious business. The next time you get a laptop from your company's IT department, you might be getting a Chromebook. Not that you couldn't already get a Chromebook from your office, but these offer extra security and organizational features that might leave IT professionals more reassured. The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise and Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise were born from a partnership between Dell and Google, though the latter also has some updates around Chrome OS enterprise to share today. Unwieldy names aside, these new machines are based on existing models of Dell's Latitude laptops, except they run Chrome OS. So don't be surprised if you find them familiar. Aside from the Chrome logo on the keyboard and the OS they're running, the two new laptops look nearly identical to their existing Latitude stablemates. They share a similar bland, black design that you'd expect from a company-issued machine -- like the BlackBerries of laptops. Like most work laptops, these Chromebooks have comfortable keyboards, though using a Chrome-optimized layout so you'll find a Language button in place of a Windows Start key. The 5300 2-in-1 and 5400 clamshell sport 13-inch and 14-inch screens respectively, both running at Full HD. Both Latitudes will pack up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, and will be the first Chromebooks to offer up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and enterprise-class SSDs of up to 1TB. They can also be configured with LTE radios for connections at up to 450 Mbps on the go. These guts may sound a little overkill for Chromebooks, but seem pretty par for the course, as far as typical work laptops go. What makes these different from the existing Chromebooks that your organization can already hand out is the behind-the-scenes stuff catering for your IT departments' needs. Businesses currently using Chromebooks can add the new Chrome Enterprise Upgrade and make use of the new Google Admin console for Chrome OS, which Google said provides 10-times faster load times. This will allow admins to enable a managed Linux environment on Chromebooks, which will let them grant access to specific users as well as offer VPN support for internal files. These are all backed by Dell's Unified Workspace program that IT administrators can use to oversee their entire organizations' fleet of devices across different operating systems and from the cloud. Specifically on the new Latitude enterprise Chromebooks, IT professionals will appreciate that they come with year-round 24/7 Dell ProSupport as well as Chrome Enterprise support. They'll also be able to conveniently add G Suite and Drive Enterprise via Dell, which will take on the task of reselling the Google service. This will let employees use apps like Docs, Sheets and Slides natively on the Chromebooks without worrying about remaining online. The Dell Latitude Chromebook Enterprise laptops are available to order from August 27th, starting at $699 for the 5400 and $819 for the 5300 2-in-1. Not that this should matter to you, anyway, since it's not like you'd be the one going out to buy them (unless you're in charge of your organization's laptop orders). But if you're a hardcore Chrome OS fan who's been wanting a company-issued Chromebook or your company's IT administrator, this could be exciting news for you. And for the rest of us, if nothing else, at least there'll more options to choose from the next time we're upgrading our work laptops. Source
  15. Alienware's 55-inch 4K OLED monitor will also be available next week. The latest version of Dell's XPS 13 -- which is available with 10th-generation Intel Core processors -- will go on sale October 1st in North America. It's the first six-core configuration for the system, which will come with Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04. Also on that date, Dell will start selling 13, 15 and 17-inch versions of the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 with 10th-gen Core CPUs. They'll include Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and pen storage, and you'll be able to pick one up in black or silver. The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 will also be available October 1st. It counts Dolby Vision support and ExpressCharge (which can charge the battery from zero to 80 percent capacity in an hour) among its features. In addition, Dell revealed when you'll be able to place an order for Alienware's 55-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor. If you've been waiting for that, you might want to note the September 30 launch date in your calendar. As for the Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (which offers fast IPS response time and IPS Nano Color technology), you can snag one October 3. The Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor with fast IPS tech, 240Hz refresh rate and true 1ms response time goes on sale four days later. Meanwhile, Dell says its Consumer Subscription Services program is available for XPS, Alienware and Inspiron products. It's a month-to-month payment plan for Dell support. Source
  16. Just in time for this week's Adobe MAX conference, Dell has introduced an updated version of its popular 27-inch 4K UltraSharp professional display. The latest iteration of Dell's pro monitor, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor (UP2720Q) is shaking things up by taking the already factory-calibrated monitor family and integrating a colorimeter for even further calibration options, as well as Thunderbolt 3 support. At the same time, however, Dell is also dropping HDR support, making this (once again) a purely SDR display. Like its predecessors, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor UP2720Q is particularly aimed at photographers, designers, and other people with color-critical workloads. The LCD comes factory calibrated to a Delta <2 accuracy so to be ready to work out of the box and is equipped with a light shielding hood. Under the hood, the UP2720Q is based on a 10-bit IPS panel featuring a 3840x2160 resolution. The now purely SDR monitor offers a typical brightness of 250 nits, a 1300:1 contrast ratio, a 6 ms GtG response time, 178°/178° viewing angles, and has a 3H anti-glare hard coating. Being aimed at graphics and photography professionals, the LCD can display 1.07 billion colors and covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, 98% of DCI-P3 , and 80% of BT.2020. Furthermore, the monitor can display two color gamuts at once when Picture-by-Picture capability is used. The key new feature of the UP2720Q is its built-in colorimeter, which is compatible with CalMAN software and allows users to ensure that they use the most accurate colors possible. Typically, monitors used for graphics and photo editing need to be recalibrated every several months and integrated colorimeter stands to make the task much easier. The monitor can connect to host PCs using a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, or, new to this latest model, a Thunderbolt 3 connector. The display has an additional TB3 port to daisy chain another TB3 device, and also includes a USB 3.2 Gen 2 hub and a headphone output. The Thunderbolt 3 port can supply its host PC with up to 90 W of power, enough for high-end 15.6-inch laptops. Just like other professional monitors, the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor UP2720Q has a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel. Besides, the display can be used in portrait mode. Source: Dell’s Introduces UltraSharp 27-Inch 4K Monitor (UP2720Q) With Integrated Colorimeter (via AnandTech)
  17. The promise of a user-upgradable laptop GPU is finally here Alienware’s Area-51m came onto the laptop scene at the beginning of the year with a big promise: that you’d be able to upgrade nearly every component of the laptop, including the GPU. And this week, Alienware made good on the last part of that promise by releasing its first GPU upgrade kits for the Area-51m. The new kits aren’t the biggest update: they’re essentially just the Nvidia RTX 2070 and 2080 GPUs that were already offered on the high-end models which were available at launch. That means these kits are less for users looking to squeeze even more power out of their laptops and more for ones who are having some buyers remorse about picking up a less powerful GPU when they first configured their machines. The kits come with three parts: a new GPU built on Dell’s DGFF (Dell Graphics Form Factor) specification; a thermal kit for that GPU (the more powerful GPUs need better cooling); and a more powerful charger. Dell is also offering a service where a technician will come by and perform the installation for you, should you not be comfortable taking apart your laptop yourself. But while the GPUs here aren’t exactly “new,” it’s still a welcome sign for anyone who bought into the Area-51m. The upgrade kits show that Dell is taking its promise of user upgrades seriously, and gives hope that future GPUs might be released for customers to customize their machines going forward. The biggest issues with the upgrade kits are the steep prices: the RTX 2070 kit costs $1,038.99, while the RTX 2080 kit is $1,638.99. That’s not that much more expensive than the initial cost to upgrade when first buying an Area-51m, but it’s still a heavy price to pay to upgrade a laptop that already starts at $1,999.99. To help sweeten the deal, Alienware is also running a limited time introductory discount on the two kits: the RTX 2080 kit is 39 percent off at $999.99, while the the RTX 2070 will be available for 32 percent off at $699.99. Update November 7, 4:55pm: Added details for Alienware’s introductory deal on the upgrade kits. Source: Alienware starts selling GPU upgrade kits for the Area-51m (via The Verge)
  18. CES 2020 begins — Dell updates popular XPS 13 laptop with 16:10 screen, IR camera And new Latitude laptops may entice business users. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. It's time to usher in the new year with a slew of consumer electronics slated for formal introduction at next week's CES 2020, but Dell is already dishing out product news. Today, the company announced the newest version of its popular XPS 13 laptop, an update to last year's model that is currently our favorite Windows ultrabook. Dell didn't change much about the XPS 13, though it did adjust the display aspect ratio to 16:10 and included an infrared camera for Windows Hello. That first change makes a big difference in the overall look of the XPS 13 9300. Previously, the wide chin at the bottom of the 16:9 display panel took up a lot of space and made the screen area feel smaller than it actually was. Now, Dell has expanded the display and shrunk all of its bezels to fit the new 16:10 panel, and it's a welcome improvement. I got a few minutes with the new XPS 13, and the experience of using the device—particularly a model with a 4K display—feels much better. When the old and new XPS 13 are placed side by side, it's hard to imagine using the squished panel on the old XPS 13, as the new 16:10 panel looks like it was always meant to sit in its place. The top bezel still holds the minuscule webcam, but it also now has an IR camera for Windows Hello. This complements the fingerprint reader embedded in the XPS 13's power button, giving users two methods of biometric authentication. Dell still hasn't incorporated a webcam shutter, though, which is disappointing, but we're glad to see the IR camera fit into the XPS 13's overall design. The XPS 13's keyboard has also been improved. It's not the controversial MagLev keyboard found on the XPS 13 two-in-one, although it looks quite similar. According to a Dell representative, the keys have 1mm of travel and use rubber dome technology that's thinner and shaped differently from those used in the MagLev design. This feature means the keys need a bit more force to actuate, which isn't a bad thing—in fact, it will likely be harder to accidentally press the keys on this laptop than the XPS 13 two-in-one. I personally like that the keys take up more space than those on last year's Dell XPS 13 laptop. It makes for a more comfortable, less cramped typing experience, which is helped by the fact that the new keyboard also extends toward the right and left edges of the device. Otherwise, Dell focused on improving the stability of the XPS 13 with better materials and a slightly modified internal construction. The new model has thicker aluminum at the corners to make the entire machine more durable, and the chassis components are now CNC cut to keep construction more consistent. The XPS 13 still has dual fans, dual heat pipes, and GORE thermal insulation to keep it cool under pressure. Dell estimates that this model will get up to 19 hours of battery life when configured with an FHD+ display. The new model will also support Wi-Fi 6. Overall, this seems like a thoughtful update that fixes a couple of the pain points some users had with last year's XPS 13. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Some aspects of the XPS family have also made it into a new line of Latitudes that debuted ahead of CES. The new 9000 series is the most premium (premium-est?) Latitude line Dell has ever produced, featuring sleek all-metal designs and features like optional vPro and a wider variety of ports. The new Latitude 9510 is a 15-inch machine in a 14-inch chassis, and it will be available as a laptop and a two-in-one. Both models will be available with Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB PCIe SSD, a battery that can last up to 30 hours on a single charge, and ports that include a smart card reader, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3. The machine will also support optional LTE and Dell Optimizer, an AI-based program that learns how you use your machine and does things like open your most used apps faster, adjust audio settings automatically when conferencing, and more. The updated Dell XPS 13 9300 will be available on January 7 starting at $999. Dell will also produce a Developer's Edition of the XPS 13, but its pricing and availability have not been released yet. The new Latitude 9510 laptop and the two-in-one model will be available on March 26. Listing image by Valentina Palladino Source: Dell updates popular XPS 13 laptop with 16:10 screen, IR camera (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  19. Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 DE: As close as we currently get to Linux-computing nirvana Dell is releasing the 2019 and 2020 editions of its Linux laptop just four months apart. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 5 images. Dell's XPS 13 Developer Edition, the company's flagship "just works" Ubuntu-based machine, was recently refreshed. These days Dell's XPS line is not the cheapest Linux option, nor is it the most configurable or user-upgradable. And if any of those factors are a big part of your criteria, this is likely not the laptop for you. On top of that, many Linux users still have a strong DIY streak and will turn up their noses at the XPS 13. After all, in a day and age when just about every laptop I test seems to run Linux fairly well right out of the box, do you need official support? If you know what you're doing and don't mind troubleshooting your own problems, the answer is probably not. Yet after spending a few weeks with the latest XPS 13 (the fourth refresh I've tested), it's hard to shake the feeling that this is the closest any company has come to Linux-computing nirvana. The XPS 13 Developer Edition makes an excellent choice for anyone who prefers Linux but wants hardware support from the manufacturer. All these years into its Linux odyssey, Dell continues to stand behind the operating system on these machines in a way that, in my experience, few other computer makers do. So if you want a computer that runs smoothly and for which you can pick up the phone and get help should you need it, the Dell XPS 13 remains one of the best options out there (maybe regardless of your OS preference). It doesn't hurt, either, that the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is also a great-looking, solidly built piece of hardware. If you dream of a Linux rig that "just works" and comes in a powerful, minimalist package that weighs a mere 2.7lbs, the XPS 13 Developer Edition fits the bill. But wait, which XPS 13 DE to get? In early 2020, the decision gets confusing as to which Dell XPS 13 to consider. To judge by the number of machines and models available, Dell's Project Sputnik—the company's long-running effort to bring Ubuntu-based hardware to the masses—has been an unqualified success. Not only are there more models and configurations than ever, Dell keeps churning out hardware updates, usually on pace with the Windows models. That's no small feat considering that this hardware has to undergo a completely different set of compatibility tests from the Windows machines. To be fair, some features have lagged behind in the Linux models; the fingerprint reader is a good example. The Windows version of the XPS 13 released in early 2019 features a fingerprint reader on the power button. The same feature has not been available in the Linux edition until now. While I was testing the late 2019 Developer Edition update, Dell announced another update. The new 2020 version (the 10th-gen XPS 13 Developer Edition for those of you keeping track), gets Ice Lake processors with Gen11 graphics and a new larger screen. This 2020 Developer Edition will also be available with up to 32GB of RAM, up from 16GB in the model I tested. Better late than never, support for the fingerprint reader is also coming. It won't be available at launch in mid-February, but Dell says that support will arrive soon after. As the company has in the past, Dell will continue to sell both the new and previous XPS 13 DE releases this year—this time the two devices just happen to go live four months apart (the 2019 in November; the 2020 this month). Laptop seekers need to know their model numbers: the late 2019 release I primarily tested is the 7390, and the coming 2020 version is the 9300 (yes, Dell told me the model numbers start over at 9300 in 2020—the same model number used in 2016). Luckily, I had a chance to play with the new 9300 hardware recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Linux fans will be happy to know: it had a prominent spot on the display, right next to the Windows version.) Even a small amount of in-person tinkering time allows me to make some notable comparisons with the 2019 model. Enlarge / Dell's 2020 CES lineup: two of the new XPS 13 laptops next to the new XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop (in black). Valentina Palladino What's new: 2019 version v. 2020 version The XPS 13 line has stuck with largely the same design since it launched. The bezel seems to always diminish by some nearly immeasurable amount, but otherwise the hardware has looked about the same for years now. The 2019 model is no exception to this trend. Side by, side it's impossible to tell apart from the 2018 model I own, save for one little detail: no more nose cam. As Ars noted last year when the Windows model was released, the webcam is no longer at the base of the screen staring straight up your nose. Instead the webcam is where it belongs, at the top of the screen. The iteration of the XPS 13 line I've been testing features Intel's Comet Lake 6-core i7-10710U processor. It's a marginal step up from the previous version, but in outside benchmarks I haven't really noticed a huge speed increase. What I have noticed is that this version runs consistently cooler than my 2018 version (both running Ubuntu 18.04). So what of those two extra cores? It may not sound like much, but if you push your processor (whether editing video, gaming, or compiling software), you're going to want six cores. I happened to be editing a video while reviewing this laptop, and, using Lightworks, what took 38 minutes to export on my 2018 XPS 13 took a mere 19 minutes on the Comet Lake chip. The model Dell sent for testing had the max 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid state drive. As configured, the test machine would set you back $1,899.99. The lowest model, which has the 1080p display, an i5 chip, 128GB SSD, and only 8GB of RAM, can be had for $975. The build quality hasn't changed, and the XPS 13 remains a solidly built machine. The construction is excellent, and the underlying aluminum frame provides a stiffness that makes it feel solid even though it's so light. The finish holds up quite well, too. My 2018 model has bounced around in my bag, slid across many a table, and scraped over tile counters in the kitchen all without leaving many marks. I expect the same will be true of the latest model. Though I've been using one for years now, the XPS 13's InfinityEdge display still amazes me, too. No, it's not OLED, but it manages to pack a 13-inch screen into a body that otherwise looks and feels more like an 11-inch laptop. Dell has always sent me the version with the 4K IPS touch panel. You can get the XPS 13 with a 1920x1080 screen, and it will get better battery life (more on that in a minute), but I think the higher res display is worth the extra money. Previously there were quite a few pain points with HiDPI screens in Ubuntu, but that's largely a thing of the past. The grub menu and boot screens are still impossibly small, and every now and then there's an app that doesn't scale properly—Zoom, I'm looking at you here. But by and large, the combination of work done by the GNOME project, Ubuntu, and Dell has sorted out these issues. I do find the brightest setting to be overwhelming when working indoors (the XPS 13 maxes out at 472 nits brightness), though it does mitigate the glare somewhat if you're working outside. For me, I'd say this is a screen you want to keep indoors—it's very high gloss, and glare is an issue outside. I tend to keep the screen at 70-percent brightness, which helps with battery life and is still plenty bright. As for the 2020 version of the XPS 13 Developer Edition, again it features 10th-generation Intel Core 10nm mobile processors along with a new, larger display. That new screen is one of those "of course" changes. Once you see it, you'll wonder why it wasn't that way from the beginning. Gone is the Dell logo that used to grace the wider bottom bezel. Instead, you get more screen real estate with a new 16:10 aspect ratio (up from 16:9 on the 2019 and prior models). It's a small gain, but at this screen size, frankly, anything is welcome. For that alone, I would pick the 2020 model over the 2019 version (model 7390). But evidently the dimensions of the XPS 13 have been tweaked slightly as well. I couldn't tell much difference holding it, but the keyboard keys are noticeably bigger. They're also somewhat springier than previous versions (no, thankfully it's not the same as the 2-in-1 model the Internet loves to hate on). Performance upgrades I can't speak to the performance of the 2020 model since my hands-on time was limited, but the 2019 version's 6-core Comet Lake i7 chip brings some speed improvements over prior releases. Another bit of welcome news is the option to get 32GB of RAM, because really, can you ever have too much RAM? The other area of improvement is with battery life. Dell claims some crazy numbers for XPS battery life with these updates. The battery in the 1080p version of the XPS 13 purportedly lasts 18 hours. The 4K display must be a massive battery drain, because I did not get anywhere near that number in testing mine. Playing back a 1080p video full screen on the loop, the 2019 model managed just over nine hours. That's very good, especially for Linux, but it's nowhere near the claimed max life. There are plenty of things you can do to squeeze some more life out of the battery, though. Under my normal work load—terminal running tmux with vim, mpd, and mutt, a Web browser (qutebrowser), and Slack—with the screen at 70 percent and Bluetooth off, I managed several hours more. So long as this laptop was fully charged in the morning, I never worried about running the battery low over the course of a workday. That said, if you're compiling software, editing video, or otherwise pushing the CPU, your battery life will decline. In these use cases, it may be worth considering the 1080p model, though personally I'd rather carry a cord and have the 4K screen. Another change worth noting is support for Wi-Fi 6. Yes, Wi-Fi has version numbers now. What's being called Wi-Fi 6 is actually 802.11ax and is already shipping in many routers. Unfortunately I didn't have one to test with, but in testing I've done separately I've seen about 20-30 percent speed boosts over 802.11ac. If you have or plan to upgrade your router in the near future, either of the new models will see the benefit. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 9+ images. What's not new: Ubuntu 18.04 If you want official support for Ubuntu, you're always going to be looking at LTS releases. For the XPS 13s shipping now and in the near future, that means Ubuntu 18.04 will be the default operating system. While 18.04 is a solid release, recent updates (particularly 19.10, which arrived in October 2019) bring some huge performance improvements that would make these updated hardware profiles even better. I looked at Ubuntu 19.10 for Ars last year, and some of the highlights include a much snappier GNOME desktop, experimental support for ZFS, and more default applications shipped as self-contained Snap packages. Shortly after the 2020 XPS 13 is available, Ubuntu 20.04 will arrive as Canonical's next LTS release. Everything that made 19.10 such a welcome update will be in 20.04, so at least there is that to look forward to. And quite frankly, Dell's hardware upgrades to the XPS 13 might well pale next to the software upgrade that 20.04 will bring. If previous Ubuntu/Dell upgrade cycles are anything to go by, look for 20.04 to come to the XPS line in late summer of 2020. However... I am impatient. As I always do with new XPS machines, I attempted to bring my 2019 XPS 13 up to Ubuntu 19.10. Unfortunately, for the first time I can recall when upgrading an XPS 13, I failed. Or rather, I hit enough roadblocks that I gave up. Somehow in the move from 18.04 to 19.04, the drivers for the Wi-Fi card disappeared, and while the drivers for Ethernet showed up and claimed to work, I could never actually connect to download any updates. I could download the drivers to another machine, copied them over, and then installed them, but honestly, it shouldn't have been that hard. I'd have a hard time suggesting anyone else attempt doing that. Dell's selling point on the XPS 13 Developer Edition is that it "just works," and to achieve that Dell does not support anything other than Ubuntu 18.04 LTS at the moment. I would suggest that, if you want that simplicity and the company guarantee, users should stick with 18.04 until the official upgrades arrive. If you are prepared to resolve "just doesn't work" scenarios, then you could try making the jump to 19.10. But if you do, my suggestion would be to do a clean install rather than trying to upgrade through Ubuntu Software. I should note that I installed both Fedora 32 and Arch Linux without issue. And one thing I definitely think is worth pointing out is how trivially easy it is to re-install the original system thanks to Dell's recovery tools. The ability to recover so easily does make the XPS 13 a good system to experiment on, even if your experiments sometimes end in frustration. So, upgrade or wait for the 2020 model? At this point, I would wait the two or so weeks for the 2020 model to arrive. At the very least, whether or not you want the slightly larger screen and new keyboard, the 2019 model is likely to drop slightly in price when a new version hits the market. Unfortunately, the price of this model may not drop much given it's also pretty new and contains some notable upgrades. And if you have the extra cash, I'd suggest going for the new screen anyway. It doesn't sound like much, but it surprised me in day-to-day usage. If you're used to working on a 16:9 screen, it really does give you a noticeable bump in headroom. Whichever XPS 13 Developer Edition model you decide to get, ultimately you're going to have a lot more configuration options than you used to. Dell has been expanding its Ubuntu-based offerings with every release, and currently, the site offers no fewer than 18 different models and configurations for the XPS 13 Developer Edition. There's a lot more opportunity to customize and tailor the hardware to your needs than there used to be, and these two latest releases seem to address a lot of prior user demands. Source: Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 DE: As close as we currently get to Linux-computing nirvana (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  20. Dell launches new XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 with 16:10 edge-to-edge displays Dell goes all USB-C and 16:10 for its XPS lineup Image: Dell If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Dell is making some big changes to its XPS lineup today, with a redesigned XPS 15 and a new XPS 17. The design updates see Dell ditching legacy ports in favor of USB-C and 16:10 displays across its main XPS laptops. The new XPS 15 design is the most significant update in nearly five years, with a bigger 16:10 15.6-inch display, Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors, and even models with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics inside. The new 15.6-inch display trims the bezels down on all sides and drops the ugly bottom chin bezel that has plagued the XPS line in recent years. It also enables the XPS 15 to support a 16:10 aspect ratio just like Dell did with the XPS 13 earlier this year. You can pick between a more than 4K display (3840 x 2400) or a regular FHD (1920 x 1200) display, and both include a tiny top-mounted webcam. You’ll also be able to configure the XPS 15 with up to Intel’s Core i9 10885H 45W chip, 64GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. Dell’s new XPS 15 compared to last year’s model. Image: Dell Dell is also including two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a regular USB-C 3.1 port, and full-size SD card reader. Much like the XPS 13, Dell is ditching legacy ports like USB-A and HDMI in favor of USB-C. These port changes do mean the XPS 15 now has a thinner profile, at 18mm high, and Dell is promising “the longest battery life of any 15-inch laptop,” with up to 25 hours on the FHD display model. Dell’s updated XPS 15 starts shipping today, priced at $1,299.99. Alongside the updated XPS 15, Dell is reintroducing its bigger XPS 17. It’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve seen an XPS 17, and, as the name implies, it’s the larger 17-inch member of the XPS family. Dell describes the XPS 17 as its “most powerful XPS laptop ever,” and the company has certainly managed to squeeze a lot into a relatively small package for a 17-inch laptop. “The XPS 17 is the smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet,” claims Donnie Oliphant, Dell’s marketing director of XPS products. It’s even designed to be smaller than nearly 50 percent of all 15-inch laptops that exist in the market today. Image: Dell Image: Dell Much like the XPS 13 and XPS 15, Dell has opted for a 16:10 aspect ratio on the 17-inch display and there are beyond 4K (3840 x 2400) and FHD (1920 x 1200) panel options with the small HD webcam up top. Like the XPS 15, the larger XPS 17 can be configured up to Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core i9 45W processors, 64GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. Dell is also offering either Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q or the more powerful RTX 2060 for discrete GPU options on the XPS 17. At a height of 19.5mm and a starting weight of 4.65 pounds, it could make the XPS 17 an interesting option for those wanting to play some games on the go or creators looking to utilize the GPU options and 45W CPU performance for video editing and more. Dell has also added a new thermal design to the XPS 17 to improve airflow, and it involves a custom vapor chamber to keep chips cool during load. Like the XPS 15, you won’t find any USB-A ports on this new XPS 17. Instead, there are four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a full-size SD card reader. Dell’s new XPS 17 will be available in the summer, priced at $1,499.99. Source: Dell launches new XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 with 16:10 edge-to-edge displays (The Verge)
  21. Dell announces the refreshed Alienware series powered by 10th-gen Intel processors Last month Intel revealed the 10th-generation Comet Lake desktop and mobile processors. Following the announcement, companies have started revealing their new laptops powered by the 10th-gen processors. Today, Dell has announced the refreshed Alienware series powered by Intel's 10th generation processors. The firm is refreshing both its Area 51m and m15/m17 laptops and has also revealed the new Alienware Aurora R11. The Alienware Area 51m R2 comes with a Core i7-10700 and can be configured up to a Core i9-10900K. The laptop also supports up to 64GB RAM at 2933MHz or up to 32GB XMP RAM at 3200MHz. Dell has also included plenty of GPU options, as the base model comes with a GeForce GTX 1660Ti (6GB GDDR6) and can be configured with up to a GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (8GB GDDR6). The company has also included single, dual, and RAID0 storage options which can be configured up to 4TB Non-RAID or 2TB RAID0. The device comes with a 17.3-inch display with up to 300Hz refresh rate and the laptop is powered by a 90Wh battery. Dell has also included plenty of software to customize the laptop and a keyboard with per-key RGB lighting and anti-ghosting. Gallery: Alienware Area-51m The Alienware m15 and m17 both come with 10th-generation Intel mobile processors and can be configured up to an Intel Core i9-10980HK. The devices can also be had with up to 32GB of RAM. The Alienware m15 and m17's graphics offerings start with aGTX 1650Ti (4GB) and can be configured with up to an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. There's also an option to configure the laptop with AMD's RX 5500M GPU (4GB). The major difference between m15 and m17 is the screen size. As the name suggests, the Alienware m15 comes with a 15.6-inch screen with up to 300Hz refresh rate. The Alienware m17, on the other hand, comes with a 17.3-inch screen with up to 300Hz refresh rate. Dell has also added an OLED UHD option but that comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Gallery: Alienware m15 and m17 Moving on to the Alienware Aurora R11, the desktop comes with 10th-generation desktop chips and can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-10900KF. The desktop also has plenty of RAM options and supports both, 2933MHz and 3200MHz RAM frequencies. Dell is also offering plenty of GPU options and the desktop also supports dual GPUs which can be connected using NVLink SLI. The Aurora R11 can be configured up to RTX 2080 Super (8GB) or up to AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8GB). If you prefer a dual GPU option, then you can configure it with dual GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (8GB) cards using SLI. Gallery: Alienware Aurora The Alienware Area-51m R2 will start at $3,049.99 and will be available starting June 9, 2020. The Alienware m15 and m17 R3 will start at $1,499.99 and $1,549.99, respectively and will be available starting May 21, 2020. The Alienware Aurora R11, on the other hand, will start at $1,129.99 and will be available starting May 13, 2020. Dell will also be making additional configurations available on May 28 for as low as $879.99. Source: Dell announces the refreshed Alienware series powered by 10th-gen Intel processors (Neowin)
  22. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the Dell Precision 5540, 7540 and 7540 developer editions Dell Precision 5540 mobile workstation, developer edition Earlier this month we introduced the entry-point system in Dell’s next generation of Ubuntu-based Precision mobile workstations. Today we are announcing the rest of the line: the Precision 5540, Precision 7540 and Precision 7740. If mobile power is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. And if AI is your need, the Precision 7540 and 7740 might just be what you’ve been looking for. A quick overview Precision 5540 mobile workstation — Starting at 3.9lbs, this svelte but powerful machine features up to Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors along with 4TB of storage and up to 64GB of memory. And if professional-grade graphics are what you need, the 5540 can support up to an NVIDIA Quadro T2000 (4GB). Precision 7540 mobile workstation – The 5540’s big brother, the Precision 7540 can accelerate heavy workflows with up to 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory or impressive capacity – up to 128GB of 2666MHz ECC memory. When it comes to processors it features up to Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors. Precision 7740 mobile workstation – This mobile monster has been updated to feature up to the latest Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ 8-core processors. The 7740 comes with up to 128GB of ECC memory, and a large PCIe SSD storage capacity (up to 8TB). It also boasts the latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics, up to the RTX5000, deliver real-time ray tracing and graphics-based AI acceleration. Additional options include next-generation AMD Radeon™ Pro. A closer look at the specs: Dell Precision 5540 mobile workstation, developer edition Our smallest, thinnest, and lightest 15” mobile workstation Latest Intel® Core™ and Xeon® 8-core processors Up to NVIDIA Quadro® T2000 4GB graphics Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded Certified for Red Hat 8.0 DDR4 memory speeds- up to 64GB 2666MHz Expandable storage options up to 4TB Optional UHD touch w/100% Adobe RGB, now 500nits or OLED display w/100% DCI-P3 color gamut. NEW aluminum color options IR camera option & HD camera moved to top of the bezel Starting at 3.9lbs Dell Precision 7540 mobile workstation, developer edition Our most powerful 15” mobile workstation Latest Intel® Core™ and Xeon® 8-core processors (on Xeon and i9) Latest Radeon Pro™ and NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded Certified for Red Hat 8.0 Memory speeds up to 3200MHz SuperSpeed and large memory capacity up to 128GB Reliable Memory Technology Pro Massive PCIe SSD storage capacity up to 6TB, RAID, FIPS encryption Long battery life option NEW optional HDR400 UHD display NEW optional aluminum LCD cover Ready for AR/VR and AI IR Camera option Starting at 5.6lbs 4th Generation and beyond What started 5+ years ago as a blog post explaining how to get Ubuntu up and running on the Precision M3800 soon became a line of mobile workstations. With today’s announcement, project Sputnik’s Ubuntu-based mobile workstation line is now in its 4th generation. What’s next for project Sputnik? Stay tuned… Source
  23. HP, Dell, other tech firms plan to shift production out of China: Nikkei FILE PHOTO: The Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo (Reuters) - Several major U.S.-based technology companies are planning to shift substantial production out of China, spurred by a bitter trade war between Washington and Beijing, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday, citing sources. Personal computer makers HP Inc (HPQ.N) and Dell Technologies (DELL.N) are planning to reallocate up to 30% of their notebook production out of China, according to the Nikkei. Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Sony Corp (6758.T) and Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T) are also looking at moving some of their game console and smart speaker manufacturing out of the country, the Nikkei added s.nikkei.com/2JjAMcM. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a truce at last weekend’s Group of 20 summit in Japan, paving the way for a restart in trade talks after months of stalemate. However, the companies are not likely to alter their plans of moving some of their production out of China as they also face higher operating costs in the country. In June, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, Nikkei had reported last month. HP, Dell, Amazon, Microsoft and Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment. Source: HP, Dell, other tech firms plan to shift production out of China: Nikkei
  24. (Reuters) - Dell Technologies Inc, HP Inc, Microsoft Corp and Intel Corp on Wednesday opposed U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to include laptop computers and tablets among the Chinese goods targeted for tariffs. Dell, HP and Microsoft, which together account for 52% of the notebooks and detachable tablets sold in the United States, said the proposed tariffs would increase the cost of laptops in the country. The move would hurt consumers and the industry, and would not address the Chinese trade practices that the Trump administration’s office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) seeks to remedy, the four companies said in a joint statement posted online. Implementing the proposed tariffs would increase U.S. prices for laptops and tablets by at least 19%, or around $120 for the average retail price of a laptop, the companies said, citing a recent study by the Consumer Technology Association. “A price increase of that magnitude may even put laptop devices entirely out of reach for our most cost-conscious consumers,” the companies said, noting that the price hikes would occur during peak holiday and back-to-school seasons. In a separate statement, Microsoft, along with video game makers Nintendo of America Inc and Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC said the tariffs on video game consoles could stifle innovation, hurt consumers and put thousands of jobs at risk. The USTR kicked off seven days of testimony from U.S. retailers, manufacturers and other businesses about Trump’s plan to hit another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs. The hearings will end on June 25 and the tariffs will not come into effect until after July 2, when a seven-day final rebuttal comment period ends. Source
  25. Dell warning: Patch our Windows 10 PCs now to stop attackers taking control Buggy third-party software library could allow an attacker to compromise a Dell Windows PC. Dell has released a second patch in as many months for its laptop bloatware known as SupportAssist, a utility that's meant to help solve problems but which could give hackers a way to compromise a vulnerable computer. Dell has released updates for SupportAssist for Business and SupportAssist for Home due to vulnerabilities found in a component called PC Doctor, a product from a US vendor that sells diagnostics software to hardware OEMs to monitor a system's health. It's likely this bug has a wide impact because SupportAssist ships with most Dell laptops and computers running Windows 10. Dell patched a serious bug in SupportAssist in April after an independent security researcher found the support tool could be used by remote attackers to take over millions of vulnerable systems. While that bug resided in Dell's SupportAssist code itself, this vulnerability sits inside a third-party software library provided by PC Doctor, called 'Common.dll'. That means it could affect PCs from other OEMs that use PC Doctor software. In an advisory, Dell is urging users of its hardware to update to Dell SupportAssist for Business PCs version 2.0.1 and Dell SupportAssist for Home PCs version 3.2.2. The bug, tracked as CVE-2019-12280, affects SupportAssist for Business PCs version 2.0 and SupportAssist for Home PCs version 3.2.1 and earlier. Dell rates the bug as a high-severity issue. PC Doctor for its part says it is the "world's leading hardware diagnostic and system information tool [that] keeps your devices running their best", offering OEMs "hardware diagnostics, advanced system information, system history, monitoring tools, and more". Peleg Hada, a researcher from security firm SafeBreach, reported the bug to Dell and has posted a detailed explanation of the problem. On Windows 10 Dell machines, a high-privilege service called 'Dell Hardware Support' seeks out several software libraries that could be used by a local attacker to escalate privileges. Hada explains that a regular user could replace a software library with one of their own to achieve code execution as the operating system. This can be achieved by using a utility library used by PC Doctor called Common.dll. Hada notes that the "program doesn't validate whether the DLL that it will load is signed" and this means "it will load an arbitrary unsigned DLL". Other hardware could be affected by products that use PC Doctor as their base for similar diagnostic services. These products include Corsair One Diagnostics, Corsair Diagnostics, Staples EasyTech diagnostics, Tobii I-Series diagnostic tool, and Tobii Dynavox diagnostic tool. Source
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