Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops

Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops


– Last week, Intel invited
us to its design labs
to check out the Honeycomb Glacier.
It’s a dual-screen design
that Intel believes
could be the future of gaming laptops.
PC makers have been toying
with this idea for years,
stuffing screens into the touchpad
or grafting additional
monitors onto the main display,
like a set of unwieldy wings.
But in the real world,
secondary screens
haven’t really caught on.
The only example I can think of
is Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar,
and I rarely hear anyone admit
to using and appreciating
that narrow strip of
touchscreen above the keyboard.
The people I know who
bought one did ’cause
it’s the only way to get the
most powerful processors.
So what makes Intel’s
prototype any different?
For starts, it’s got a genuinely usable amount
of screen real estate above that keyboard.
This isn’t just a
context-sensitive button panel
like Apple’s Touch Bar,
it’s a bona fide 12.3-inch mini monitor
with enough space to drop your
Slack and Discord chat window
or your Twitch streaming setup.
It could be your entire timeline
when you’re scrubbing through footage
or stitching clips in Adobe Premiere.
And unlike a screen
built into your touchpad
or keyboard deck, you don’t
have to keep bobbing your head
and changing your focus
between your main monitor
and your secondary screen.
Intel designed a clever hinge
that uses a tiny one-way roller clutch
to let you effortlessly prop
up both screens at any angle
and just push a button when it’s time
to fold them back down.
The hinge doesn’t make
for the sleekest laptop,
but it makes more sense to me
than always having to look down.
Then there’s my favorite feature,
a Tobii eye-tracking camera
that lets you dart your eyes
to any window on your secondary screen
to automatically focus on it.
So you can immediately chat
with friends and co-workers
without alt + tabbing out of your game
or having to swipe a
mouse all the way over
to your second monitor.
And because some pro gamers
use Tobii to literally track
where their head’s at during a game,
Intel decided to stick a
heart rate sensor right here
to give those training
sessions another useful metric.
Mind you, not all of this
works brilliantly quite yet.
Intel built this as a prototype,
using off-the-shelf parts,
including a screen sourced
from the automotive world.
That’s why the bezels
are so much bigger here.
It’s why the cool Tobii eye-tracking
monitor switching idea
is currently confined to a simple demo.
It’s why there’s no damn
mouse buttons on this trackpad,
and it’s probably why the PC stutters
when I try to play a basic game,
because there’s actually a fair amount
of processing power under this hood.
A 9th Gen, 45W, eight-core Intel
CPU overclocked to 60W,
with Intel GeForce GTX 1060 graphics (Correction: This should say Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.)
also overclocked to 95W.
Similar to the Asus Zephyrus,
with that fancy compartment
that opens to allow additional air inside,
Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier has
a special cooling solution
that fits underneath
that dual hinge screen,
one with a fan that naturally draws air
through a compartment whose chips
have been expressly laid out
for maximum cooling efficiency.
So hey, you know Intel’s a chipmaker,
not a laptop designer,
so there’s a chance
this’ll never come out.
You’ll never be able to buy one,
at least in this shape and form.
Perhaps manufacturers will take
pieces of the design, though,
like the dual hinges and
the secondary screen,
and those could be part of
your future gaming laptops.
But unusually, Intel says
there’s enough interest
in this exact design from PC makers
that you might actually see it come out.
Until then, it’s a cool
idea to think about.
Hey, thanks for watching,
and I’ve got a question for you:
if you’ve got a dual-screen
setup right now,
say a couple desktop monitors,
a laptop and external monitor,
or even a laptop and a tablet,
does this seem like a more
effective solution to you?
Let me know in the comments below.

100 thoughts on “Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops

  • May 29, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    Correction: At 2:33, we incorrectly stated Intel GeForce GTX 1060 when this should say Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Thanks for your feedback!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    Am I the only one expecting that double hinge from a company like Lenovo?

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    So they just made a big DS and called it a 'gaming laptop'?! Smh!!!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    Chatting at your coworkers while gaming, that sounds like a fun job.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    This would be a great mobile workstation for creating all sorts of content. From Illustrator to Premiere there are lots of use cases for that second screen, and the cooling solution really makes sense for a powerful system. I hope this design comes to market.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    If they add up a assistant leg/ stand for heavy 2 screen might be better, coz eventually will loose tighten strength of those mechanisms.
    And price if possible below 1.5k ??!! If not Asus New Pro 2 screen might be better choice.
    I'm waiting for new laptop to buy but haven't have any new good and strong work laptop now these 2 or dual screen really good, jus wait which company provide good, strong and ergonomic laptop

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Lol you can tell the verge tech reviewers aren't techs. No tech person would say Intel geforce graphics, even by mistake.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    This looks incredibly useful for productivity. Not sure I would care about it for gaming though.

    Not crazy about the look though, it kinda looks silly. But I guess usage is more important than looks.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    I don’t know why. But I hate this guy.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:35 am
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    Idk bout the 2 screens

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:50 am
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    It doesn't look so useful..

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    Guys put the speed at 1.25x thank me later

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  • May 30, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    @2:27 Overclocked to 60W and Overclocked to 95W? Huh? (watt?)

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    Nintendo did it wayyyyyyyyyyy before those nitwits lol

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  • May 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Really cool idea. I liked to sliding duel monitors. I'd imagine it would be a little heavy and power hungry but would be very nice for gaming. Hinges usually are an issue with laptops. Not sure how the clutch system would do long term but is a nice feature.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    looks stupid

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    Cool idea to use dual monitor to use up & down configuration instead of side by side.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    @1:44 is THAT a moto Z2 play on the left hand side?

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    I would love to buy this laptop

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  • May 30, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    what asus zenbook pro

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  • May 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    I would buy one just becaus it looks so sweet!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    yahhh, I think it's a good idea for booth gaming but also for production tasks. Maybe not for everybody, but a good implementation for a laptop. Seems interesting. Let's see what the computer makers do with the idea. 😉

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  • May 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    good to adjust your hacks during CS GO.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    YES!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Yeah I'd buy the heck out of that.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Yea how do I type on my lap hence laptop

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  • May 31, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    good for neck

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:52 am
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    Huh!!
    Now we are overclocking in electrical measurement……

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    Yes it is a great solution for MUSIC PRODUCTION too if it is POWERFUL ENOUGH….

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  • May 31, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    This is what is called "innovation".

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  • May 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    Honestly – for gaming it seems like a really dope idea – but thn again, it's gaming on a laptop, you're still restricted to full performance of a desktop. For design however it does seem like a nice concept. Implementation of the timeline in Premiere for example is super dope – but how would this translate to other software, AI, PS etc.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    What a tease..

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    I'm on a computer for 8 hours a day. I'm constantly juggling multiple tasks all at once. I would opt for this laptop in a heartbeat assuming it was well built and whatnot.

    My current ergonomic-focused setup involves an adjustable standing desk, laptop stand (to get the laptop screen to eye-level), an external ergonomic keyboard, an external ergonomic mouse, and two external monitors on independent monitor arms. It'd be dope to be able to ditch the laptop stand (or at least not need it). Plus the added portability of a dual-ish monitor + laptop stand-esque setup seems like a win.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    IDK if you can trust the verge about computers

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  • May 31, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    Did he just say the macbook pro had the fastest processor. Lmfao, how is he qualified for this job.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    How aerodynamic is this laptop?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    intel look like want to make new revolution for laptop.but in other side ,the look like want to forfeit destop…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    but isn't googles play on demand feature gonna make gaming rigs obsolete?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    I'd rather have a full Num keyboard instead of that mouse touchpad. They could've made a software solution for it, so you could have a portion of the the touch screen functioning as a mouse pad. Yes you'd need to reach over the keyboard to access it, but the audience for this laptop would definitely use a mouse anyway – and most likely a Num pad too. It's very handy for keybinding.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    Don’t need this

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Intel not able to beat amd and coming up with waste ideas

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Intel DS laptop.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    It’s a Nintendo DS. And all you techtubers are saying the DS is over LOL

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  • June 1, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    I like this!!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Always need but sometimes use secondary screen and allways cary USB one in my backpack. Use it as left or right screen. I can't imagine if it's on the bottom we may get used to it

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Not appealing to me, I'm trying to learn Photo manipulation and desktop monitors offer a hell of a lot more real estate for my purposes.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    It does look pretty cool and eye level screen is the best thing ever. Although I am a little skeptical with the hinges, it's gonna be very fragile after 1-2 years of usage.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    who measures overclocking based on power consumption xD

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    I was thinking that single near 4k screen of my SB2 is just not good enough for my motion graphic work. this look promising.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    I'm hopping this is going to be hackintoshable!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 8:01 am
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    i dog it, however I already have the 43" monitor so it would be useless

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Reason it stutters playing League of Legends is because it's a prototype? Thing has an i9 and stutters on league LMFAO!!!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    I wished like tis thing could switch into tablet mode too tough like wouldnt it be cool? Gaming and then Drawing, i think thats kinda awesome

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  • June 2, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    I see possibilities here for a foldable screen

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    just here to say please take my money and add to the angry mob

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  • June 3, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I like this idea, and the extra height from the laptop is more ergonomic

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    WHAT IS THIS WIZARDRY

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  • June 3, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    This is weird.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    When I work on laptop I always connect secondary screen. Seriously I don't know how people can deal with smaller screens in professional setting. I welcome these ideas for any use outside ultramobile.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    Where the 4K at? Too poor?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    I use my main laptop mostly at home plugged into an external keyboard, mouse, and second screen. So, the screens are not up-close. At home, I think it would be more ideal to have a desktop with either one large screen–say 43 inches, or perhaps three 31 inch screens turned vertically next to each other.

    But for a laptop, I think it would be nice to have that large screen over a small one like the one you were showing. It might be a little cumbersome though–not sure.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    awsome design !

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  • June 3, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    I don't use MacBooks (anymore), but the only reason i would want a touchbar is beacuse of the fingerprint sensor

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  • June 3, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    i'll pass.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    This guys a pretty bad host

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  • June 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    I N T E L G E F O R C E G T X 1 0 6 0

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  • June 5, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    this actually good for work at home setups, instead of external monitor nice.!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Seems more like a productivity Laptop better for work than for gaming

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  • June 5, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    I’m already In love with the general idea. I can see with being useful in corporate and IT

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  • June 6, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    I like this guy more than the guy who made the desktop, he seems to have done more of his research although he had made small mistakes. But good on Verge for not inviting that guy back as the tech reviewer

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    I would 100% love to have that laptop. I use a 3 screen setup on my desktop, with one screen vertically mounted for development. While that's not what this screen is for, it would still be wonderfully useful for after effects and just having an extra firefox window open on

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  • June 7, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    Im soo jealous that some people can just buy whatever tech they want just cause they might use it, i need to save up multiple months just to buy a cheap phone.

    Not even sure if i can save up for it since new semester is coming and i need to buy new books

    Ps. Pocophone or k20

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  • June 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    I would want this for programming, it's almost essential to have a second screen so you can look at documentation or examples without needing to take the focus completely away from the IDE

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  • June 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    The Nintendo 4DS looks amazing

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  • June 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    So cool. Hope it become a real product

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  • June 9, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Is moving your head as big an inconvenience he is implying?

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  • June 9, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Looks awesome.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    1:20
    CS:Go!!

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  • June 9, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    i think this is better than the asus this one raises up!

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  • June 9, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Remove the top screen and keep it as is and I'll buy it.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    I need this

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  • June 10, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    They should've asked asus to make the laptop.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    *whisper its screen real estate

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  • June 11, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    since dual monitors configuration is a thing , i did never look back , now its hard to imagine not watching tv or your fav show while gaming

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  • June 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    It’s a great solution for remote working when the main screen is for work and the ne below is for keeping an eye on chat with colleagues. Currently my laptop screen is for chat and external Monitors for applications and outlook. Good also for support people to hav the smaller screen for dashboards and live diagnostics.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Intel are the innovators. They never manufacture their concepts, just expects some other company to pick it up.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    this one is smarter than asus

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  • June 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Inspired by Apple

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    And the price?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 9:55 am
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    But gaming on laptops is a joke , battery life , screen burn in , and also using windows 10. Sounds to me like a big nono

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  • June 20, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    would love to see other companies better design and improve on this

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  • June 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Nice design!The gap between two monitors is a little too thick though…

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  • June 20, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Um maybe. I the eye tracking feature is definitely interesting if it works well. Because there have been times when I thought I clicked a window and sadly after typing the entire paragraph I realize I hadn't clicked on it :/

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  • June 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    Would Love this a 17inch..

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    For content creation apps, timeline bottom screen, nice! Just this type of design need to have consideration of practical pen support options, which means palm over keyboard design and sturdy screen with no wobble and angle options

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  • June 28, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    3d design program on top – pics below to give ideas to copy

    YouTube and solitaire

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  • July 6, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    All of this selling the features……to tell me I can't buy it ?

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