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Sila, which developed a “revolutionary material” for lithium-ion batteries, named the first device in which it is used

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Sila, developing next-generation battery materials, reported “the most significant breakthrough in battery chemistry in 30 years.” Behind this formulation lies a technology designed to replace graphite anodes. Sila’s silicon anode composition has significantly increased the specific energy of the batteries. As a result, they can be reduced in size without compromising safety or capacity.

Let’s clarify that we are not talking about laboratory samples. The development is commercially available and has already found application in the wearable electronic device WHOOP 4.0, which we will talk about separately, but for now let’s return to the Sila materials. They are said to already allow a 20% increase in the specific energy of the battery, but potentially the gain can be increased up to 40% without sacrificing service life, power, safety and other qualities.

The development took about ten years.

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14.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2520 x 1680 pixels, 90 Hz, Tiger Lake-H35 Refresh processors, Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU and NFC. Honor MagicBook V14 2021 Laptops Presented

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Along with the MagicBook 16 Pro gaming laptops, Honor today unveiled the MagicBook V14 2021 business models.

There are three devices in total, their configurations and prices are as follows:

  • Intel Core i5-1132H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD – $ 960;
  • Intel Core i5-1132H, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD, GeForce MX450 – $ 1080;
  • Intel Core i7-11390H, 16GB, 512GB SSD, GeForce MX450 – $ 1240

14.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2520 x 1680 pixels, 90 Hz, Tiger Lake-H35 Refresh processors, Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU and NFC.  Honor MagicBook V14 2021 Laptops Presented

The MagicBook V14 2021 features a 14.2-inch display with a 2520 x 1680 pixel resolution at 90Hz frame rate and 100% sRGB coverage. There is a fingerprint scanner built into the power key, an NFC adapter, a 5-megapixel webcam. The cooling subsystem is represented by two heat pipes and two fans. It is quite quiet – the noise level in normal operation is 22 dB.

14.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2520 x 1680 pixels, 90 Hz, Tiger Lake-H35 Refresh processors, Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU and NFC.  Honor MagicBook V14 2021 Laptops Presented

MagicBook V14 2021 are made in metal cases with a thickness of 14.5 mm. Weight is 1.48 kg. Pre-orders for new items in China will begin to be accepted on September 26, and real sales will start on October 6.

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144Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce RTX 3050. Honor MagicBook 16 Pro Gaming Laptops Presented

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Honor unveiled the new MagicBook 16 Pro gaming laptops in China today. The lineup is represented by two models that differ only in video cards: the base one uses the GeForce GTX 1650, and the top one received the GeForce RTX 3050.

Laptops are equipped with IPS screens with a diagonal of 16.1 inches with a frame rate of 144 Hz and full HD resolution. The screen covers 100% of the sRGB color space and covers 87.3% of the lid area. The amount of RAM is 16 GB, the amount of SSD is 512 GB.

144Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce RTX 3050. Honor MagicBook 16 Pro Gaming Laptops Presented

The cooling system is represented by three heat pipes with a diameter of 2 mm and two fans. The thickness of the case of the MagicBook 16 Pro is 18.2 mm, the weight is 1.84 kg. In the configuration of laptops, there are also two microphones, a fingerprint scanner in the power key, support for fast charging with a power of 135 watts. Maximum autonomy – up to 8 hours. New items are running Windows 10, but an upgrade to Windows 11 is guaranteed.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Moonlight White line of gaming peripherals introduced

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ASUS has unveiled a new line of gaming peripherals under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand name that “delivers a minimalist monochrome feel with a vibrant Moonlight White color scheme.” The lineup includes the ROG Strix Scope NX TKL 80% keyboard, ROG Strix Impact II mouse, ROG Strix Go Core headset and ROG Cetra II Core in-ear headphones. According to the manufacturer, many players are also striving for a minimalist look, so it was decided to expand the ROG color palette with the Moonlight White series, “which is a powerful analogue of the corporate red and black color scheme.”

The ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White compact mechanical gaming keyboard features an “Xccurate design” featuring an extra-wide Control (Ctrl) key. The aluminum top keyboard uses ROG NX Red, Brown or Blue switches with 45, 58 or 65 g actuation force and 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3 mm travel, respectively. In the version with the US layout, there are 84 keys, for the UK – 85, for Japan – 87. The computer is connected via USB 2.0 using a detachable 1.8 m cable with USB-A and USB-C connectors. The polling rate is 1000 Hz. The keyboard measures 356 x 136 x 40 mm and weighs 830 g. It is decorated with RGB backlighting. Up to five presets can be stored in the built-in memory.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Moonlight White line of gaming peripherals introduced

ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White is equally good for both left and right grips, featuring a 6,200 DPI sensor, four-step resolution switch, five programmable buttons and a scroll wheel. It is adorned with Aura RGB lighting. The left and right buttons use Omron switches with a 50 million key life. A USB 2.0 interface is used to connect to a computer. The length of the soft rubber cable is 2 m. The sampling rate is 1000 Hz. With dimensions of 120 x 62.5 x 39.5 mm, the device weighs 79 g.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Moonlight White line of gaming peripherals introduced

The ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White Gaming Headset is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S and Nintendo Switch mobile devices and consoles using a 3.5mm cable. The headphones feature exclusive ASUS Essence 40mm drivers with sealed chambers, according to the manufacturer, delivering “incredibly rich, clear sound with optimized deep bass for total immersion.” The range of reproducible frequencies is declared equal to 20-40,000 Hz, the impedance is 32 Ohm. The headset is complemented by a unidirectional boom microphone. Its frequency range extends from 100 to 10,000 Hz, and its sensitivity is -45 dB. The headset measures 205 x 190 x 54 mm and weighs 252 g.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Moonlight White line of gaming peripherals introduced

The ROG Cetra II Core Moonlight White in-ear gaming headphones also use ASUS Essence drivers, but this time with a 9.4mm diameter, made from Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR). The reproducible frequency range is 20 – 40,000 Hz, the impedance is 32 Ohm. The built-in omnidirectional microphone has a sensitivity of -40 ± 3 dB and a frequency range of 50 – 10,000 kHz. For connection, as in the case of the ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White, a cable with a 3.5 mm jack is used. The earbuds weigh 18 g, and their dimensions are described by the expression 15.5 x 15.5 x 27.8 mm.

The ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White keyboard is $ 120, the ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White mouse is $ 50, the ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White headset is $ 80, and the ROG Cetra II Core Moonlight White in-ear headphones are $ 60. ASUS ROG Moonlight White series devices are already available in North America. There is no information on sales in other regions yet.

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