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August 31st was press day one ahead of the IFA event in Berlin, which means vendors lining up to show off their latest efforts in (mainly) consumer electronics. Acer kicked off the madness, unveiling the "world's first laptop with a curved screen," though you should think twice before letting the 8 kg Predator 21X gaming …

  1. Mage Silver badge

    Yoga Book

    1980 wants their keyboard back!

    "There is some haptic feedback but it is still a flat hard surface and fatiguing to use. Still, many users will only do occasional typing and it is an innovative device."

    Sounds like a ZX80 and similar, except without the clicky metal discs.

    I have a hatred of even occasional typing on touch screen, even if so called "haptic".

    1. Christian Berger

      Well at least it's a keyboard

      Some people now sell touchscreen keyboards or have keyboards on their laptops that fall off when you hold them.

    2. Vimes

      Re: Yoga Book

      If I understand the new Yoga laptop correctly you're supposed to be able to use the space used by the keyboard as a graphics tablet with the input being shown on the screen?

      But why would anybody want that when they can draw directly on the screen itself with something like an ipad pro or surface pro?

      As for this:

      Another twist is that the pen includes actual ink, allowing you to write or draw on a paper notepad clipped to the device. Your input is automatically transferred to the tablet.

      Wacom already tried this concept with the Bamboo Spark. Reviews weren't that good if memory serves. Why would this pen be any better?

    3. Teiwaz Silver badge

      Re: Yoga Book

      1980 wants their keyboard back

      - IP claim disallowed, it isn't beige or brown.

      I think it'd be far more attractive if the keyboard/touchscreen pad could display more than just a generic qwerty layout, but other than that it is a breath of fresh air regardless of its shortcomings. Unfortunate that the mass market dislikes innovation, this will no doubt be shelved within a year in favour of the generic surface/ipad design like so many other alternate takes, just like the Asus padfone was in favour of the fonepad (or was it the other way around).

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    8 kg laptop … five fans to keep it from melting.

    With that many fans, it should practically levitate surely?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
      Coat

      Re: 8 kg laptop … five fans to keep it from melting.

      But 8kg says it stays put. I do wonder if with some added rubber skirts, it would float across your desk like a hovercraft.

      A mandatory question remains: will it play Cr...

      never mind, I'll get met coat

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
        Happy

        Re: 8 kg laptop … five fans to keep it from melting.

        We've got flight sims and driving sims, so as nobody has seen fit to write a hovercraft driving sim, I feel this laptophovercraft is an excellent new innovation. Yet again, the hardware manufacturers are forced to compensate for the failure of software industry to address vital problems...

  3. jzl

    .... "created in partnership with camera specialists Hasselblad"

    .... "Motorola paid Hasselblad some money and put Hasselblad logos on their camera"

    Fixed that for you.

    1. Frenchie Lad

      Hasselblad Don't make Lens

      Surely this add-on would be better with a body by Hasselblad and a lens by Zeiss like the real thing though that would cost tooooo much in licensing fees.

      Surprised that a well worn scribe would resort to straightforwardly transcribing marketing material. Was he promised a Hasselblad?

    2. LDS Silver badge

      Especially since Hasselblad usually outsourced its lenses design and production. But all of them are find a new revenue stream in licensing their brands to phone makers - but it may just tarnish the brand itself, in the long run, and make it less valuable, when it gets printed on too many so-so devices.

      1. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

        but, but....

        It's abit me too since Leica have already gotten in there is the Huwhahuaai Huwwhaaaaaaway That Chinese mobile maker with funny name's H9

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  4. DrXym Silver badge

    How about a normal gaming computer?

    I wonder why manufacturers like Acer think gamers want computers with weird angular designs and gaudy neon lights. Maybe some do but I suspect most would be content to have a normal looking computer which just happened to play games exceptionally well.

    1. jzl

      Re: How about a normal gaming computer?

      They're not planning on selling many. It's a halo machine to cement the brand in the minds of teenagers.

    2. LDS Silver badge

      Re: How about a normal gaming computer?

      Well, given the number of accessories on sale to make your gaming PC look like a Las Vegas brothel, I guess they are not so few.

    3. Missing Semicolon Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: How about a normal gaming computer?

      ... it would be a wicked transportable workstation. All that RAM and SSD would make it fly for all sorts of devel task. Plus the (no doubt) awesome screen would be good for high-end CAD.

      And there would be a degree of ironic cachet to pulling out that bonkers monster in a meeting with other techies!

    4. Christian Berger

      There are things like LAN parties

      For those having a computer you can lug around seems like a decent idea... though this laptop is far from replacing a desktop. After all that display has a to low resolution.

      For actual portable desktop replacements, there's obviously companies like Ariesys.

      http://www.ariesys.com.tw/Portable_Computer.htm

      They also seem to have models with multiple screens.

  5. James 51

    Sounds like if they reduced the cost of the Gear watch by 50% it would almost be ready to go to to toe with Pebble.

  6. frank ly

    Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

    Isn't it just a backlit fixed display with the touch surface being read for keypresses? A truly virtual keyboard would have software defined display and you'd be able to change the keyboard 'nationality' in software. With a suitable API you'd be able to develop your own 'keyboard', customised for various applications.

    1. James 51

      Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

      Just crying out to be combined with e-ink keys for low power draw and could use LED side lighting. Or use e-paper like the pebble watches.

      1. djstardust

        Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

        The Acer Iconia 6120 was a similar beast with two screens instead of a screen and keyboard.

        It was horrible to type on, the lower screen kept cutting out due to a design fault and the support from Acer was totally useless.

        Nice try though .....

        1. Vimes

          Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

          Toshiba also tried something similar in 2010

          https://www.engadget.com/2010/09/08/toshiba-libretto-w105-review/

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

      Reminds me of Tron (1982 version).

      1. Teiwaz Silver badge

        Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

        "Reminds me of Tron (1982 version)."

        Kind of yeah, has a vibe like the sddm 'futuristic' theme, which is sort of an updated 70's sci fi look.

        I'll be on the watch for detailed reviews of the new yoga, I'm kind of interested in something that does pen input but isn't just a tablet, long term typing issues aside, at least I wont be able to get biscuit crumbs in between the keys,the crunch as I type makes my teeth itch

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ZenWatch 3, with 1.39" 400 x 400 display

    Methinks a spec for a round screen should only list the number of pixels at a diameter, and naturally pixels should be 1:1. What if 1.39" refers traditionally to the diagonal of a square 0.98" on a side, ordinarily having 160,000 pixels, out of which merely a large fraction are included for the round face? I know its unlikely, but I CBA to go and check...

  8. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Oi Lenovo! Where that Classic/Retro Thinkpad?

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/27/lenovo_mulling_retro_thinkpad_redesign_with_return_to_old_styling/

    http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/retro-thinkpad-time-machine

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