Razer claims it has designed the perfect portable gaming mouse

Are you partial to a spot of gaming on the go? Then Razer believes it has the perfect mouse to go with your laptop, in the form of a wireless peripheral that boasts a seriously impressive level of battery life.

The Razer Atheris is powered by a pair of AA batteries from which you’ll get no less than 350 hours of service, which the company claims is an industry-leading figure – albeit with the caveat that this is compared to other ‘mobile productivity mice with gaming-grade features’.

The Razer Atheris connects via a USB dongle or Bluetooth LE

It’s clearly an impressive stat, and even going by 12-hour days you should get almost a month’s worth of use (29 days) out of the wireless mouse before the two batteries run dry.

Razer further promises a lag-free 2.4GHz wireless connection thanks to its own Adaptive Frequency Technology, which operates via a small USB dongle (although the mouse can connect using Bluetooth LE for devices that don’t have USB ports).

Naturally the Razer Atheris is a compact and portable peripheral

 Southpaw friendly

Other notable features of the Atheris include an ambidextrous design, so left-handers can use the peripheral just as ably as right-handed people, and the optical sensor offers a sensitivity of 7,200dpi.

The mouse has five buttons which can be independently programmed, and boasts a ‘gaming-grade’ scroll wheel along with on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, the latter of which is all but essential for serious gamers. It weighs 66g without the batteries, measuring 100 x 63mm, with a height of 34mm.

  • Buy the Atheris from Razer’s US store here
  • Buy the Atheris from Razer's UK store here

You can purchase the Atheris direct from Razer’s store right now with the mouse priced at $50 or €60 (around £55, AU$90), with worldwide availability slated for the fourth quarter of this year.

  • We’ve rounded up the best deals on gaming mice for August

AMD RX Vega 64 could get more expensive as ‘introductory’ pricing ends

As you doubtless saw, at the start of this week AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU hit the shelves, priced at $499 or £450 (around AU$630), but apparently this – and the quoted launch price of $399 (which is around £310, AU$510) for the Vega 56, which comes out at the end of the month – are merely ‘introductory’ prices for early adopters and were never intended to be a permanent fixture.

As Wccftech.com reports, an Overclockers UK staff member (‘Gibbo’) posted on the company forums regarding the Vega 64: “Now the good and bad news, the good news is AMD are rebating early launch sales to allow us to hit £449.99 on the stand alone black card which has no games.

“This is a launch only price which AMD at present are saying will be withdrawn in the near future, when if it happens is unknown, but remember do not be shocked if the price jumps nearly £100 in a few days. This time round there is no early adopter tax, quite the opposite on the stand alone black card, so do be quick.”

Of course, we have to bear in mind that this is just word from an employee, and far from an official confirmation of the situation (and even then, it’s only what AMD is saying ‘at present’).

However, the Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 standalone model which Overclockers is flogging actually sold out within an hour, and is now priced at £549 (although you do get a pair of free games with the purchase – Prey and the still-unreleased Wolfenstein II for the PC, which comes out in October).

In other words, that £100 price jump Gibbo mentioned has seemingly already happened.

Stock shenanigans

Of course, this could be a general stock issue, because the Vega 64 has shot up in price across all online retailers in the UK, with most outlets now pitching around the £550 mark (around $710, AU$900); and it’s in very short supply – in fact it's hardly available anywhere (save for eBay, naturally).

Right now, Scan.co.uk is one of the few retailers we can see selling a Vega 64 GPU, but it has priced the PowerColor card at a hefty £600 (around $770, AU$980). That’s an even greater premium, and scant supply combined with strong demand are clearly working their usual tricks beyond any introductory price shenanigans.

But longer-term, if Gibbo’s assertion is correct, the base price we’d expect Vega to correct to when stock becomes more plentiful is not going to be the initial recommended price everybody thought it was.

As ever, we've reached out to AMD for an official comment and will update this article as soon as we hear back. A post-launch price increase is unlikely to help AMD in its battle against Nvidia’s GPUs. And that would be a shame, because the Vega 64 certainly impressed us upon its launch, as you can see in our full review.

  • Maybe you’ll get a cheap Vega GPU deal come Black Friday

Ryzen Threadripper 16-core processor impresses with a beefy overclock to 4.1GHz

AMD’s first batch of mighty Ryzen Threadripper processors officially launch today, but folks who’ve got hold of a chip already have been testing out its overclocking potential, and the good news is it seems the 1950X is a seriously strong performer in this department.

This leak comes from a Reddit denizen (going by the name ‘calling the wolf’) who claims to have pushed a Threadripper 1950X to 4.1GHz across all 16-cores, a good chunk above its base clock speed of 3.4GHz.

This was pulled off using liquid cooling (Thermaltake Water 3.0 – which can be had for around $170, or £130 in the UK) in an ASRock X399 Professional Gaming motherboard.

At this speed, the processor achieved a multi-core score of 58,391 points in Geekbench 3, which compares favorably to Intel’s Core i9-7900X, which generally hits around the 45,000 mark with a similarly chunky overclock (depending on the exact overclock and test system you look at).

In Cinebench R15, the 1950X recorded a score of 3,337 running at 4.0GHz, which as PC Gamer observes is considerably nippier than the aforementioned Core i9-7900X, which racks up around 2,460 at 4.6GHz.

The Intel chip is a 10-core model rather than 16-cores, granted, but the thing is it’s in the same price bracket as the 1950X (they’re both pitched at $999 in the US, and a roughly equivalent price in pounds in the UK – although Intel’s CPU is about £100 cheaper right now, looking at online prices in this country).

Running temps

The 4.1GHz overclock for the 1950X was achieved using 1.4V, and saw the processor’s temperatures reach around 85C, which may well sound a little warm for comfort (at least in the long-term) to some. Notching the voltage down to 1.25V for a 4.0GHz overclock cooled things down to a much more palatable 65C.

So, the overclocking story is looking pretty rosy for those who are thinking of getting a Threadripper chip. We’ve already taken the Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition PC, which features the 1950X, for a benchmarking spin – see the highly impressive results here.

Of course, it’ll be interesting to see how this beefy range of top-end Ryzen processors performs with air cooling.

Meanwhile, other chatter on the CPU grapevine suggests that there are more variants of Threadripper in the pipeline, with 1900, 1920 and 1950 models (which drop the ‘X’ meaning they don’t have XFR tech) expected to be announced with somewhat cheaper pricing.

  • Black Friday could mean some even better deals on Ryzen CPUs

Galaxy Note 8 may come with a super spec 256GB version – but not for everyone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may come in a special version with a huge 256GB of storage, but it could be limited to certain markets.

Samsung released a 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM version of the Galaxy S8, but there were only 150,000 units and it was only on sale in the company's home market of South Korea.

The new rumor for a 256GB version of the Galaxy Note 8 doesn't suggest there will be any extra RAM on board, but it comes from Roland Quandt who is often a reliable source.

Super special version

He notes this model of the Galaxy Note 8 may be a Korea exclusive deal, but it's currently not certain. It'll be the first phone from Samsung to come with 256GB of storage as most Samsung handsets usually come with 64GB onboard.

One question is whether there will be microSD support on the phone, which would usually be 256GB on Samsung phones so you'll be able to keep a lot on your Galaxy Note 8.

Other rumors suggest the phone will come with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset, a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display and an upgraded S Pen.

A recent rumor suggests the Galaxy Note 8 may also come with a 3D Touch rival feature that will offer a pressure-sensitive display.

  • We've run down everything you'll need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Via Phone Arena

Top 10 best business laptops in 2017

Having the right laptop for your business needs is essential these days – especially if you do a lot of work away from the office. The good news is that when it comes to brilliant laptops for business, you've got no shortage of options.

That's why we've highlighted our favourite business-focused laptops, while taking into consideration a number of key factors including power, battery life, feature set and sheer value for money based on actual value as opposed to RRP (recommended retail price).

This means that we've selected a wider range of laptops to suit most if not all budgets and hopefully all tastes; there's a mix of cutting-edge products and old favourites here.

Almost all of them come with the professional version of Microsoft Windows to enhance their business credentials. 

Remember that you can upgrade from any recent version of Windows Home/Personal (7, 8.1 and 10) to Windows 10 Professional for £99.99 (although you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 Personal for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 first).

Likewise, most business laptops come with the ability to downgrade to Windows 7 should your organisation want to do that.

Where to buy business laptops

  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad and Ideapad
  • HP ZBook, Elitebook, Pro and ElitePad
  • Toshiba Portege, Tecra and Satellite Pro
  • Fujitsu Lifebook and Celcius
  • Dell Latitude, Precision and Vostro

HP

The 255 G5 is HP's entry-level business laptop and is a solid candidate should you be looking for a straightforward, reliable, workhorse at a bargain price. Don't expect any fireworks as it is a basic model; it just does the job without much ado. One thing that works for this machine though is its price – the G5 battles with Lenovo for the best-value business laptop on the market.

If you want a similar business laptop with an Intel processor, rather than AMD, then the HP 250 G5 is worth looking into. There are various configurations of both the HP 255 G5 and the HP 250 G5, so it's worth shopping around and finding one with the right components for your needs.

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Believe it or not, Dell classifies the XPS 13 as a business laptop, albeit one that is geared towards a home office environment but businessmen (and women) will love the design. This ultraportable laptop – as Dell puts it – punches above its weight with Windows 10 Pro across the entire range as well as rather attractive pricing.

This award winning laptop (it won best laptop of the year from us and many others) manages to pack a 13.3-inch display into the chassis of an average 11.6-inch model.

The laptop can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB M2 SSD drive. Battery life is exceptional as well with almost 22 hours of continual use when using productivity applications.

Portege

So, you want the most powerful system on the market with plenty of connectivity but don't want to compromise on size or portability or battery life. Mission impossible? Well, not really. Take this Portege laptop from Toshiba. The Japanese manufacturer managed to squeeze an extraordinary amount of components in this device including a VGA port, a fingerprint reader and even a 4G/LTE modem and A-GPS!

Thinkpad X

Lenovo took an existing form factor and refined it to deliver the new 2016-2017 ThinkPad E470. Powered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors, this particular SKU has a 14-inch FHD anti-glare display, powered by a discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX 2GB GPU.

Equipped with a spill resistant keyboard, a TrackPoint and a 3+2 buttons click pad, the E470 has more than enough ports and expansion capabilities to keep the average user happy. Shame that it doesn't do DisplayPort, so no 4K output.

Lenovo-b51

If you are willing to sacrifice portability for sheer power, then this laptop is worth considering. Oddly enough, although it is part of Lenovo’s B-series (essentially aiming for the SMB market), it comes with Windows Home rather than Professional. Other than this, the B51 is a very decent all-rounder that hits almost all the right notes: from the powerful CPU to the full HD display and the discrete GPU.

elitebook

HP was the only one of the three big laptop vendors who didn't have a flagship thin-and-light laptop: Dell has the XPS 13 and Lenovo, the Yoga 900.

That is now no longer the case with the introduction of the HP Spectre Pro 13 G1. This is a device that not only oozes luxury with a combination of colours and a clever design but also one that packs some incredible components.

Despite being just over 10mm thick and weighing just over 1.16Kg, it manages to pack a proper Core i7 CPU with a full HD 13.3-inch display, a massive 4-cell 38Whr battery and three USB Type C connectors. 

elitebook

Should a member of Apple's award winning MacBook Pro family be included in a best business laptop shortlist? Certainly as it hits all the right notes especially as IBM has boosted Apple's credentials as an enterprise player.

And Apple's top of the range models are certainly not overly expensive compared to their Windows-based counterparts, especially if you buy them from trusted third-party websites.

The new generation introduces a Touch Bar and Touch ID functionality as well as a plethora of USB Type-C ports in lieu of more traditional ports.

fujitsu

This is the other Japanese laptop company that we often hear about and while Fujitsu is rarely seen as an innovator, its newest range of notebooks may well change that perception by bundling a lot of features that are often regarded as optional by the competition. From the two-year standard warranty to the massive battery and 4G/LTE integrated modem, there's a lot to love about this machine.

latitude

Dell managed to deliver a magnificent piece of kit which it says is the most secure, most reliable and most manageable business-class laptop.

That Latitude 5480 does come at a hefty price though and compared to the competition, this notebook may feel underwhelming.

However, Dell's forte lies in its services and aftersales. That particular model comes with a 7th generation Intel CPU, one that is an actual four-core CPU.

While it has a far higher TDP than most of its peers (45W vs 15W), it is likely to be more powerful than even a top of the range Core i7-7600U.

thinkpad

Lenovo calls the newest member of the ThinkPad T-series family the ‘new standard for highly mobile laptops’. What makes it so special is the fact that it blurs the line between traditional business devices and more powerful mobile workstations. The top-end spec highlighted here boasts some of the highest configuration levels we’ve seen on any laptop and yet manages to pack everything into a very portable and elegant Ultrabook-esque form factor.