The Asus ROG GX800VH

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Buying a GX800VH requires a commitment from both your credit card and your ego. Not only is the laptop itself physically large and covered in orange highlights, but it comes with both a backpack and a suitcase to carry the accompanying liquid cooling unit around—and the graphics on the suitcase are hardly what you’d call subtle. Still, the suitcase—which is filled a pre-cut foam insert for the liquid cooling unit and extra power supply—and bag do make carrying the whole setup around that much easier, should you want to lug it around to a friend’s house or, if you’re seriously committed to gaming, on holiday… More at ars technica.

£6,600. Liquid-cooled. It runs Windows. Go figure…

The best retro screensavers

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Today, a screensaver may seem like a novelty, but it once served as a way to prevent “screen burn” in cathode ray tube monitors. While screensavers are no longer necessary for that purpose, the nostalgia element will forever tie the programs into the fabric of a quondam age. In the era of bottomless add-ons and a regular rabbit hole of Easter eggs — we’re looking at you, Google — it’s difficult to conceptualize the rustic days of home computing and the dusty wild wild web. Thankfully, the best screensavers from the ’90s make it a little easier to do so… More at Digital Trends.

Some major memories here.

The credit card computer

Bruce Patterson, Intel marketing manager for the Intel NUC and Intel Compute Card, describes the benefits of the Intel Compute Card. An entire computer at about the size of a credit card, the Intel Compute Card redefines computing.

I guess there is big potential for such devices, but how big is that potential compared to phones that become as powerful.

iOS is the reason I use an iPhone and macOS is the reason I use an iMac

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The 2017 update to the Razer Blade Stealth (to give the ultrabook its full name) offers consumers the seventh generation of Intel system on chip designs, bringing this machine smack up to date with others using Kaby Lake architecture. Razer has also taken the opportunity to offer more configuration options and it is possible to have up to 16GB of memory alongside 1 TB of SSD storage. The battery has increased by fifteen percent over the previous model to offer 53.6WH… More at Forbes.

It looks good, very good in fact, but for me the operating system is everything.

Then again, I was looking at MacBooks a few days ago and the price of them was way too high for me and I really did feel that the gap between Windows and Mac in terms of cost has reached a difficult level. And in a time when the gap in hardware capability is closer than ever before.

iOS is the reason I use an iPhone and macOS is the reason I use an iMac, but when I consider how people make new purchases, there has to come a point where the cost of Apple’s products is simply too high to be sustainable.

However, people have written that phrase for many years and still Apple sells expensive products in the million every single year.

If it just me or do you believe that a time will come soon when Apple needs to look at the prices it is charging, particularly in the Mac area, for its products?