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Apple will pay compensation to owners of laptops with a butterfly keyboard. $50 million will be spent on legal costs and payments to victims

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A federal judge in the state of California (USA) has provisionally approved a compensation plan proposed by Apple in connection with user complaints about butterfly keyboards. A class-action lawsuit against Apple was filed back in 2018 by users from California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Washington. The plaintiffs alleged that the company was well aware of a faulty keyboard mechanism used in MacBook laptops between 2015 and 2019, but withheld the details from consumers in order to continue selling the devices.

Apple will pay compensation to owners of laptops with a butterfly keyboard.  $50 million will be spent on legal costs and payments to victims

The butterfly keyboard was introduced to MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros in 2015-2016, when it was claimed to provide “superior feel” and stability, as well as thinner body designs. However, soon after the launch of the first MacBooks with such a keyboard, users encountered problems with sticky keys and breakages when dust and other particles got into the mechanism. In June 2018, Apple even launched a butterfly keyboard repair program, but keyboards with the same mechanism were offered as replacements, which again led to breakdowns. The company also tried to improve the mechanism, but the failures continued. As a result, Apple abandoned this type of keyboard and returned to the scissor mechanism, the last butterfly keyboards were on MacBooks in 2020.

Apple will pay compensation to owners of laptops with a butterfly keyboard.  $50 million will be spent on legal costs and payments to victims

Apple offered its compensation plan for this lawsuit back in the middle of this year, and now it has been approved by a federal judge. The $50 million total payment will include $13.6 million attorneys’ fees, up to $2 million in legal fees and $1.4 million in administrative expenses, with the remainder distributed to the victims. The amount of the payout will depend on the number of repairs that the laptop required, and can reach $395.

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AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen, 13th generation Intel Core processors and weight from 1.17kg. Galaxy Book3 Pro Notebooks Introduced

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AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen 13th generation Intel Core processors and

Together with the flagship Galaxy Book3 Ultra laptop, Samsung today introduced simpler and cheaper mobile computers: the Galaxy Book3 Pro (in two versions with 14-inch and 16-inch screens), as well as the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (16-inch). The display is the highlight of these models: they all received an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and a frame rate of 48-120 Hz.

AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen, 13th generation Intel Core processors and weight from 1.17kg.  Galaxy Book3 Pro Notebooks Introduced

Laptops are equipped with 13th generation Intel Core processors: in the base – Core i5-1340P, in the top version – Core i7-1360P. The amount of RAM DDR5 can be 8, 16 or 32 GB, the amount of SSD – 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB.

All models feature four speakers (two 2W tweeters and two 5W woofers), two microphones, a webcam with Full HD video streaming, a microSD card slot, a USB-A port, a pair of USB-C with Thunderbolt and HDMI video output.

AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen, 13th generation Intel Core processors and weight from 1.17kg.  Galaxy Book3 Pro Notebooks Introduced

The battery capacity of the 14-inch model is 63 W, the 16-inch model is 76 W. The thickness and weight of the 14-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro is 11.3 mm and 1.17 kg, the 16-inch 12.5 mm and 1.56 kg.

The dimensions and weight of the regular version of the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 are 12.8 mm and 1.66 kg. The 5G version has the same thickness, but the weight is slightly larger – 1.71 kg. The Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 comes with a branded S Pen stylus.

AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen, 13th generation Intel Core processors and weight from 1.17kg.  Galaxy Book3 Pro Notebooks Introduced

The novelties will go on sale in Europe on February 17th. The base Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 with Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and no 5G support is priced at €1,800. The top variant (Core i7, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 5G) is priced at 2,700 euros. For Galaxy Book3 Pro they ask from 1700 to 2200 euros, depending on the model.

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16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop – Galaxy Book3 Ultra

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16 inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen Core i9 13900H and GeForce RTX

Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, its newest and most advanced laptop yet. This is one of the most compact models in its class, while there is almost a top-end processor and a high-performance 3D accelerator.

16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop - Galaxy Book3 Ultra

But the highlight of the novelty is in another – a 16-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and a frame rate of 120 Hz (it can vary from 48 to 120 Hz). The screen provides coverage of 120% (!) of the DCI-P3 color space, and peak brightness reaches 500 cd/sq.m. Judging by the characteristics, at the moment this is one of the highest quality panels for mobile computers.

16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop - Galaxy Book3 Ultra

At the heart of the hardware platform of the top version of the galaxy Book3 Ultra is a 14-core processor with a frequency of up to 5.4 GHz, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory and a 1 TB SSD. The simpler version of the laptop has a Core i7-13700H processor, GeForce RTX 4050, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.

16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop - Galaxy Book3 Ultra

The Galaxy Book3 Ultra configuration also includes four speakers (14 W in total) with Dolby Atmos support, a fingerprint scanner, a full-size backlit keyboard, a large touch cursor control panel, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 adapters, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB 3.2 Type-A, HDMI 1.4 video output.

16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop - Galaxy Book3 Ultra

Galaxy Book3 Ultra is made in a metal case with a thickness of only 16.5 mm. The battery capacity was 76 Wh, the kit includes a 100 W charger. The mass of the device is 1.79 kg.

16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop - Galaxy Book3 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra will go on sale on February 22nd. The cost of the basic version in Europe is 2800 euros, the top version is 3700 euros.

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Budget discrete graphics cards are no longer needed in laptops? Radeon 780M iGPU Test Results Released

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Budget discrete graphics cards are no longer needed in laptops

Among the Ryzen 7000 mobile processors, there are models with the latest iGPU based on the RDNA 3 architecture. And today, the first tests of such a solution have appeared on the Web.

Budget discrete graphics cards are no longer needed in laptops?  Radeon 780M iGPU Test Results Released

The integrated graphics core Radeon 780M as part of an unnamed APU in 3DMark Time Spy scores about 2750 points when used in conjunction with DDR5-5600 RAM and about 3000 points when using LPDDR5X-7500. And this is a lot.

Budget discrete graphics cards are no longer needed in laptops?  Radeon 780M iGPU Test Results Released

By comparison, the Radeon 680M scores around 2390 points, meaning the new GPU is 15-26% faster depending on memory. In the second case, this is already close to the result of the discrete GeForce RTX 2050, not to mention slower and older adapters.

We’ll have to wait for the results in games, of course, but overall the data looks plausible as the Radeon 780M has the same 768 stream processors as the Radeon 680M, but the RDNA 2 architecture has changed to RDNA 3, and the GPU frequency has risen to incredible iGPU 2900 MHz.

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