Samsung steps up its game with the new Notebook Odyssey

Reviews of the Notebook Odyssey line have been…mixed. Hopefully the electronics giant can right the ship as it navigates the tricky waters of high-end gaming systems. At very least, the latest version of the line — unveiled tonight at CES in Vegas — certainly looks the part. The 15.6 inch laptop features an aluminum design and a display attached with an innovative hinge connected only in the center to mimic a standalone monitor. The bezels have been shrunk down considerably as well, at 6.7 millimeters. The typewriter-style keyboard is backlit, as one would expect from their gaming laptop. There are a few different performance pre-sets on-board here, too. Per Samsung, Odyssey Mode allows users to save settings presets under different profiles for various types of games. Beast Mode lets users modulate the Samsung Notebook Odyssey’s performance depending on the software it is running, and the Black Equalizer helps users get Read the full article…

Acer’s launches new high-end gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX 2080 GPUs

Acer today announced two new gaming laptops at CES, the 17-inch $4,000 Predator Triton 900 with a convertible 4K display and the somewhat more affordable all-metal 15-inch $1,800 Triton 500. What sets these laptops apart is, among a few other interesting features and some interesting design choices, support for Nvidia’s new(ish) RTX 2080 GPUs, the most powerful graphics processors on the market today. The Triton 900 features the RTX 2080 by default, while you’ll have to shell out an extra $700 to get it on the Triton 500. Otherwise, the specs are very much what you’d expect from a modern gaming laptop, with 8th generation Intel i7 chips, 16GB of base memory (with the option of going up to 32GB) and up to a terabyte of NVMe-based storage. The Triton 900’s flipping screen is a bit of a gimmick, but it doesn’t look bad and the company argues that it’ll Read the full article…

Asus announces three giant HDR gaming monitors

Asus has announced a trio of ROG Strix XG-branded gaming monitors, all with large VA panels, FreeSync 2 support, and DisplayHDR certification. The XG438Q is a huge 43-inch 4K monitor with DisplayHDR 600 and a 120Hz refresh rate. With two 10-watt stereo speakers built in, it’s more like a gaming-focused TV than a traditional PC display — you’ll need a pretty big desk if you want to sit in front of this with a mouse and keyboard. The XG49VQ, meanwhile, features a 49-inch ultra-ultra-wide 32:9 3840 x 1080 panel, which if you do the math basically amounts to sticking two regular 27-inch 1080p monitors side by side. That means the pixel density won’t be great, especially when you consider that Samsung, Dell, and Philips have all introduced… Read the full article…

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics with ray tracing are coming to laptops

Nvidia first unveiled its GeForce RTX series of graphics cards for desktop PCs last summer. The RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti were all designed for high-end gaming PCs, and they enabled new ray-tracing capabilities — a groundbreaking graphics technique that models light in real time as it intersects objects in a virtual scene — in games like Battlefield V. Nvidia held back at the time from announcing any plans to bring RTX beyond desktop machines, but today at CES, the company said it’s finally ready to bring those new graphics chips — including a mobile RTX 2080 — to gaming laptops. Similar to how the GTX 1000 series made its way to notebook machines, Nvidia is bringing its RTX cards to more than 40 laptops. RTX 2080 through to… Read the full article…

CES 2019: Asus announces new StudioBook S for pro designers

Asus has announced a new 15-inch workstation-class laptop for content-creation professionals at CES 2019 – and it looks exciting.  The Asus StudioBook S (W700) squeezes Intel Xeon processors, Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics, up to 64GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage and a 17-inch Full HD display into a sleek 15-inch chassis. That’s thanks to 5.3mm bezels, and a 97 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The display has a 16:10 aspect ratio, with a 178-degree wide-view panel and anti-glare. Asus claims it offers 97 per cent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and Delta E Read the full article…

CES 2019: news and highlights from the Consumer Electronics show in Vegas

CES 2019 is upon us – and Creative Bloq is here in Vegas to bring you all the latest news, highlights and hands-on reviews from one of the world’s largest consumer tech shows.  We’ll be focusing on the most exciting new innovations for designers, artists and creatives – from laptops to foldable phones and 8K cameras – so stay tuned throughout the week. You’ll find all the latest news right here. What is CES? The Consumer Electronics Show is an exhilarating glimpse into the future of tech, with the latest and greatest names in the business (apart from Apple) showcasing their new innovations. The annual trade show covers everything from drones and driverless cars to cryptocurrency, smart homes and beyond – and it’s massive. This year, more than 4,500 exhibiting companies are spread out over 11 venues with over 180,000 attendees from 150 countries expected, plus 6,500 media. It isn’t Read the full article…

The Biggest Mistakes in User Research, Part 1

By Jim Ross If you break user research down to its essential steps—watching people perform their tasks and interviewing them—it sounds deceptively easy. However, as anyone who has conducted user research knows, it involves much more than that, and it’s a lot harder than it looks. In this two-part column, I’ll discuss some of the biggest mistakes people make when planning and conducting user research and how to avoid them. Conducting General User Research Without Any Focus If you have all the time and money in the world, embarking on a user-research study with the vague goal of learning about a product’s users is a fine idea. However, in the real world, you’ll rarely have the luxury to pursue such broad, undefined user-research goals. So, unless you have a lot of time, money, and a limitless number of participants, doing general, unfocused research produces general, unfocused findings. Such research rarely Read the full article…

Measuring the ROI of UX in an Enterprise Organization, Part 2

By JonDelina ‘JD’ Buckley and Aaron Powers In Part 1 of this series, “Measuring the ROI for UX in an Enterprise Organization,” JD and her colleagues discussed their enterprise UX team’s journey in developing a UX-measurement plan. Their objective for this plan was to identify a measurable connection between user-centered design (UCD) efforts and company performance metrics. Now, in Part 2 of this story, we’ll discuss how two enterprises in vastly different industries—a Fortune-500 human capital–management (HCM) company and a healthcare-technology company—have modeled the impact of employing a user-centered design process on financial metrics. We’ll also suggest some key questions to consider as you embark upon your own UX-measurement initiative at your organization. Read the full article…

Adaptive Information Design and the Box Diagram

By Steven Hoober One of the best ways to make your mobile app or Web site pretty—but also inconsistent and unusable—is to begin by drawing the user interface (UI). However, starting with problems, user needs, and audience definitions, then defining the data structure and information architecture is a pretty well-defined approach that many UX designers and product teams believe in and try to follow. Still, too many go from there straight to user-interface designs. That’s still too big a jump and leaves too much to chance, gut instinct, default framework behaviors, and nitpicking reviews. Instead, to understand and define an app or Web site’s information design, we first need to create a box diagram, or box model. Read the full article…