Laptops with 4K displays have been around for a few years at this point, and notebooks with screen refresh rates up to 300 Hz are a thing now too. But you know what we haven’t seen much of yet? Laptops with high-res displays and high-refresh rates.
Enter a new line of laptops from Eluktronics, which the company says are the first to feature 2560 x 1440 pixel, 165 Hz displays. It’s not quite a 4K, 300 Hz display, but it’s a nice step up from 1080p/60Hz.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- The world’s first QHD 165 Hz laptops [Eluktronics]
Eluktronics introduces the first gaming laptops with 1440p, 165 Hz displays. They come in 15 inch and 17 inch sizes and feature Intel Comet Lake-H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics. The notebooks don’t come cheap though – prices start at $2199.
- These cheap WiFi routers have hidden backdoors [cybernews]
A Walmart-exclusive Jetstream WiFi router and several budget routers from Wavlink sold at other retailers have been found to have “suspicious backdoors” that could allow an attacker to gain access to your home network… and any devices connected to it.
- GIMP turns 25 [GIMP]
Open source image editing application GIMP turned 25 years old over the weekend. It’s still going strong two and a half decades later, with the latest development release adding native support for HiDPI displays and much more.
- Paranoid Android releases Android 11 custom ROMs for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro [xda-developers]
The once popular custom ROM was kind of dormant for a few years, but it popped up again earlier this year with an Android 10-based release. Now the team has released an alpha of its Android 11-based Paranoid Android Ruby build for select devices.
- Black Friday 2020 mobile tech deals [Liliputing]
Many of Amazon and Best Buy’s Black Friday deals are now live, meaning you can save money on PCs, tablets, smart speakers, media streamers, headphones and many other items. Find details in our Black Friday Mobile Tech Deals roundup.
- PinePhone becomes a DIY Linux laptop with this 3D printed keyboard [Linux Smartphones]
Pine64 is working on an official keyboard accessory for its PinePhone Linux smartphone. One user apparently didn’t want to wait.
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I’m more interested in the official keyboard attachment for the PinePhone and it seems from the the Tweet, they’ll have new information in December. Looking forward to it.
Anyone know how’s the performance of the PinePhone when running a desktop OS? Wondering how well it’ll work out as a UMPC with LTE.
I hope the attachment has some sort of built-in mouse pointer.
Hoping the keyboard accessory has a mouse pointer too. Although, it looks like there’s some work to get the desktop working well.
I typed this reply on the pinephone connected to the nexdock. I use mobian, but firefox is the desktop version.
First try I launched firefox. It took like seven seconds to load. Then I couldn’t resize the window. Then I tried gnome web and UI elements flickered out of existence. Then I tried firefox again, it loaded faster and this time it works normally, but dragging and especially resizing the window is laggy. The drop down menu items don’t line up with the mouse cursor.
It didn’t throw a fit opening gedit while firefox was open.
Extrapolating, I would estimate that you could expect things to work, but not spectacularly. Possibly less graphical glitches due to better developed compostors, possibly more sluggish behavior due to more stuff for the pinephone to load.
I have no idea how you’d use it without a mouse, UI elements would be too small.
Things will still probably get better over time. Updating through GUI wasn’t possible a couple months ago!
Sounds about right. I haven’t spent much time testing convergence yet, but in the less than two months I’ve had a PinePhone, a few rhings have become apparent: right know this thing isn’t ready for prime time/mainstream use, it is however a pretty fun device for experimentation/enthusiasts, and software developers are making it a better device all the time – the more of these phones that ship, the more the pace of development seems to accelerate.
Thank you for the hands on feedback! Hoping things keep getting better.
That’s more like a legtop. If you want a pinephone to be a laptop, you could use a nexdock (it works with mine).
And I consider any router running nonfree firmware to have backdoors; hackers just haven’t found them yet.
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