How do you make PC security alerts better? Make them twirl and jiggle

Have you ever ignored a security alert on your PC? You’re not the only one.

The warnings are designed to save us from malware infections and hacking risks, but often times we’ll neglect them. It could be because we’re too busy or we’ve seen them too many times, and we’ve become conditioned to dismiss them — even the most serious ones, according to Anthony Vance, a professor at Brigham Young University.dsc05611

Vance has been studying the problem and he’s found that introducing certain small, but noticeable changes,

“Our security UI (user interface) needs to be designed to be compatible with the way our brains work,” he said at the USENIX Enigma 2017 conference on Tuesday. “Not against it.”

Alert messages tend to appear on a PC or browser in the same, consistent manner. But what if you change the alert’s appearance over time? Say, make it twirl or jiggle when it pops up, or change its color?

Vance experimented with these “polymorphic” or changeable alerts and found that users did tend to pay attention them more over typical static alerts. He conducted his study by tracking the users’ eye movements and brain activity.

“It seems silly,” he said. “But when we applied this in the experiment, we looked at the results and found a dramatic difference.”

He proposes that vendors keep this in mind when developing security alert messages for their products.

Vance has previously presented research showing that users will often disregard warning messages over their computers when multi-tasking. For instance, over 70 percent of users will ignore the alerts if they pop up when they’re watching a video.

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Anthony Vance, a professor at Brigham Young University, speaks at the USENIX Enigma 2017 conference.

To find a possible solution, his research has found that users tend to pay attention to the warning when the alert arrives after a task. “The timing of the warning really does make a difference,” he said.

That means vendors are better off developing alerts that appear after a user has stopped watching a video, completed a download or finished loading a page. “These are good times to present the message, because the user is less engaged,” he said.

Vance is also studying how all alerts – both security and non-security – often look and appear in the same design style, usually in a box, with the same fonts and colors.

“You see two different dialogue messages. One is a security message, the other isn’t. And yet they look very similar,” Vance said. The danger with this design choice is that users will more likely ignore the rare system alerts when they appear.

“What this implies is we should design security messages to have a different visual appearance,” he said. “Or even a different mode of interaction than simply what I call a ‘click to dismiss.'”

However, Vance isn’t advocating developers overload their users with too many notifications either.

“Do we have to ramp up the visual novelty to the point its a burden on the user? That’s obviously not good either,” he said. “But I think our research shows, even variations that are subtle, have a big difference.”

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 for laptops break the mobile mold

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Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs will enable performance in sub-4lbs. laptops

Gaming laptops may never be the same again. On Monday night, Nvidia unveiled three mobile GPUs with performance almost identical to that of their desktop counterparts.

The new GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1060 are built on the company’s new Pascal architecture and offer significant performance increases over the previous 9-series GPUs.

Nvidia said the mobile 10-series will power new 120Hz G-sync panels, which are also launching, and enable higher overclocking potential and even better battery life.

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Think of this GPU inside of your laptop.

Why this matters: Laptops have historically lagged well behind the performance curve of desktops. But this launch, coming so soon after the desktops launches, is breaking with tradition. Performance of the new GPUs is pretty astounding, the company said, with up to a 76-percent performance improvement over a comparable laptop with a GeForce GTX 980m.

What’s inside the mobile GPUs

The top-end GeForce GTX 1080 will get 8GB of GDDR5x RAM, a whopping 2,560 CUDA cores, and a boost clock speed of 1,733MHz.b\ The GTX 1070 gets 8GB of RAM, too, but in the more vanilla GDDR5 flavor, with 2,048 cores and a boost clock of 1,645MHz. The GeForce GTX 1060 gets 1,280 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5, and a boost clock speed of 1,670MHz. SLI is supported on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.

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The new 10-series GPUs can enable 120Hz gaming as well as 4K panels.

The performance of the three GPUs, officials said, should be within 10 percent of a desktop GPU’s, whether a little slower or even a little faster. Nvidia attributed the variability to the power and thermal constraints of laptops, depending on the device’s physical design. That’s not a reflection on the 16nm chip’s efficiency, though: Nvidia said the new chips will offer up to 30 percent more battery life compared to an otherwise identical 9-series GPU.

Overclocking improves as well. Nvidia said margins could reach over 300MHz compared to previous generations, which topped out just over 100MHz.

The overclocking potential of the new GPUs, in fact, will allow laptop vendors to ship factory-overclocked laptops for the first time.

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Nvidia’s new 10-series laptop GPUs offer unheard of graphics performance.

Superthin and superfast?

While the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs will go predictably into the larger laptops, the GeForce GTX 1060 has the potential to drastically change portable gaming.

Nvidia officials said GTX 1060 GPUs will enable a level of performance unseen in lighter laptops (less than four pounds). Typically these models would have a GeForce GTX 970m or GeForce GTX 960m. Nvidia officials said with the GeForce GTX 1060, we’ll now see GeForce GTX 980 desktop-class performance in such devices.

These laptops will be as easy on your budget as they are on your back, Nvidia officials added. The company said to expect GeForce GTX 1060-equipped laptops in designs that cost less than $1,300.

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Nvidia’s new 10-series means you can get GTX 980 performance in a thin laptop.

Laptops using the new GPUs should be available immediately from multiple vendors including Sager, Gigabyte, Lenovo, Clevo, EVGA, Alienware, Asus, MSI, HP, Acer, Razer, Origin, and XMG.

HP’s affordable Stream laptops upgraded for fresh fight against Chromebooks

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Round two: fight! HP announced a refresh of its Stream notebooks, a budget-priced line of Windows 10 laptops that were originally seen as Microsoftian alternatives to Chromebooks.

The latest Stream refresh includes an updated version of the classic 11.6-inch notebook and its “x360” convertible variant, as well the return of the 14-inch Stream.

For the 2016-2017 lineup, HP is adding dual-antenna 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi for better connectivity. The new Streams also have four color options (in select regions that we assume includes the U.S.), including blue, purple, white, and a black version for the x360 only.

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The new HP Stream 11 x360.

Select models also include options for high-definition touch displays, and an HD WLED-backlit display that includes an anti-glare screen.

HP did not announce an update to the 13-inch Stream.

Diving deeper

We haven’t seen a 14-inch model since the HP Streambook 14 was announced with the original batch of laptops in 2014. The base model of the new 14-inch Stream includes a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a digital card reader, and Windows 10 Home. The display on the standard version offers 1366-by-768 resolution.

The notebook weighs 3.17 pounds and comes in under an inch thick, at 0.70-inches.

The standard 11-inch model is similarly spec’d, with the same Celeron processor, screen resolution, RAM, and onboard storage as the 14-inch Stream laptop. The smaller device weighs in at 2.57 pounds and is actually just a hair thicker than the 14-inch model, at 0.71-inches versus 0.70-inches.

Finally, we have the Stream x360, which also offers the same basic specs as its counterparts. But the x360 is heavier than the other 11.6-inch model, at 2.98 pounds, and is the thickest of the bunch at 0.78-inches.

The impact on you at home: The new devices aren’t quite available yet. HP tells us that the new HP Stream 11 will be available on HP.com starting August 24 with the base model at $200, as with the previous refresh last October. The HP Stream 14 rolls out next on September 7, again on HP.com, with prices starting at $220. Finally, the x360 rolls out at an unspecified date in September with prices starting at $250, which is $50 lower than the previous generation’s x360 base price of $300. Whether that price reduction carries over to higher-end versions of the x360 is unclear.

HP leaks some details on Intel’s Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake chips

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HP may have tried, but it couldn’t hold the secrets of Intel’s unreleased Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake CPU chips close to its chest.

Some details on the new chips were unintentionally shared by HP in the maintenance documents of an unannounced PC, the Pavilion x360 m1.

PCs with Kaby Lake—called 7th Generation Core chips—are expected to ship this quarter. It is a highly anticipated successor to Intel’s Skylake chips, with performance and multimedia improvements.

Asus announced the Transformer 3 tablet PC with Kaby Lake in June but didn’t share specific chip details. Lenovo and Acer will announce new Kaby Lake PCs at the IFA trade show starting at the end of the month.

The Pavilion x360 m1 convertible PC —which means it can be a laptop or tablet—can be configured with the dual-core Core i3-7100U running at 2.40GHz. The chip draws 15 watts of power and has 3MB of cache.

The Core i3-7100U chip details provide basic insight into the capabilities of other Kaby Lake chips. The chip has an HD Graphics 620 processor, which is capable of DirectX 12 gaming, and has high-definition video decoding built in. Intel has already said Kaby Lake chips will be capable of running 4K video.

The Pavilion x360 m1 can also be configured with an upcoming Pentium or Celeron chip code-named Apollo Lake. Both the Apollo Lake chips are surprisingly power-efficient and draw only six watts of power, which means long battery life.

The Apollo Lake chips are based on the Goldmont architecture, which was originally designed for Atom chips.

The Apollo Lake chip options for the Pavilion x360 m1 include Pentium N4200, which runs at 1.1GHz, but can go up to 2.5GHz, or the Celeron N3350, which can go up to 2.4GHz. The chips have 2MB of L2 cache.

Other specifications point the Pavilion x360 m1 to being a low-cost PC. It will have an 11.6-inch screen that displays images at 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, and will support DDR4 and DDR3 DRAM, depending on the chipset. It will support hard drives or SSDs. Surprisingly, it’ll include only 802.11n Wi-Fi, not the latest 802.11ac. It will have USB 3.0 and 2.0 slots, not a Type-C port.

AMD’s Zen CPU 10 key things you need to know

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1. It’s all new. Zen is a totally new “clean-sheet” chip design and appears to be 40 percent faster than AMD’s previous CPUs. It features individual cores with SMT, instead of the shared cores with clustered multithreading of today’s AMD CPUs.

2. It’s not a CPU. Technically Summit Ridge isn’t a CPU, but an SoC, which means there’s no chipset needed for most of the functionality. On at least one Summit Ridge demo board, we spied a chip that appeared to handle the SATA and SATA Express ports. But these are engineering boards, so who knows.

3. It’s an octo-core. The consumer chip, code-named Summit Ridge, will feature 8 cores with simultaneous multi-threading (similar to Intel’s Hyper-Threading), for a total of 16 threads.

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AMD says Summit Ridge is an SoC and no chipset is needed but, umm, what’s that chip down by the SATA and SATA Express ports?

4. Prepare to buy a new motherboard. Summit Ridge will require a new AM4-based motherboard, but don’t whine—you also get DDR4, native USB 3.1 10Gbps, SATA Express, PCIe 3.0, and NVMe support. That same AM4 board will work with APU versions of the chip, too.

5. Your old cooler may work. It looks like it’ll work with your existing AMD cooling, as we spotted one Zen system running the slick new Wraith cooler.

6. It’s got FinFet. It’s built on a 14nm process with FinFet technology by AMD spinoff Global Foundries. FinFets are similar to what Intel calls tri-gate or 3D transistors.

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Yup. That’s AMD’s existing Wraith cooler and what looks like a setup for dual-channel DDR4 RAM.

7. It ain’t just claims. In a demo we witnessed, a Summit Ridge appeared to be every bit as fast as Intel’s new Broadwell-E CPUs. So haters, ease on down the road.

8. There’s a 32-core version called Naples. AMD surprised the crowd with the 32-core Naples chip aimed at servers. With SMT support in a dual-processor motherboard, that means 128 threads of computing.

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AMD’s new Naples SoC can support 2P server designs with up to 128-threads of computing power.

9. No one knows how much Zen will cost.  AMD won’t disclose pricing or a pricing strategy but the introduction of Summit Ridge will probably start a price war like we haven’t seen the likes of in years. So yeah, if you lifted your eyebrows at the $1,723 Broadwell-E, just wait—that may adjust downward soon.

10. You’ll have to wait until 2017 to build one. You won’t be able to snag one on Newegg this year. The chip may make a limited appearance in 2016, but only in prebuilt systems. AMD says Summit Ridge will ship in volume early next year. Naples isn’t expected until the second quarter of the next year.

Apple Said to Plan First Significant MacBook Pro Overhaul in 4 Years

Apple Said to Plan First Significant MacBook Pro Overhaul in 4 Years

  • There’s been no significant update to the lineup in 4 years
  • New laptops expected to be unveiled after iPhone launch
  • Biggest new feature expected is an Oled touch panel

Apple is preparing the first significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years, according to people familiar with the matter, using one of its older products to help reverse two quarters of sliding sales.

The updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers, said the people, who asked not to be named.

The new computers have been in advanced testing within Apple since earlier this year, said one of the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing products before their release. The MacBook Pros aren’t likely to debut at an event currently scheduled for September 7 to introduce next-generation versions of the iPhone, according to one of the people. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs heralded tablets as possible laptop replacements by calling the iPad a “post-PC” device after it launched in 2010, but products like the MacBook Pro have shown surprising resilience. Sales of Macs, including the Pro line, rose 6 percent to $25.5 billion in the last fiscal year, while iPad sales fell 23 percent to $23.2 billion.

This year’s MacBook Pro overhaul is aimed at increasing notebook sales at a time when consumers are taking longer to buy or replace iPads. Apple research suggests customers upgrade iPads roughly every three years, while they buy new iPhones every 18 to 24 months, according to a person familiar with Apple’s strategy, which helps explain why iPad sales numbers have fallen from a peak in 2013.

The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application. The smaller display will use Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, a thinner, lighter and sharper screen technology, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year.

Apple’s goal with the dedicated function display is to simplify keyboard shortcuts traditionally used by experienced users. The panel will theoretically display media playback controls when iTunes is open, while it could display editing commands like cut and paste during word processing tasks, the people said. The display also allows Apple to add new buttons via software updates rather than through more expensive, slower hardware refreshes.

The new top-of-the-line MacBook Pros will be slightly thinner than the current models but are not tapered like the MacBook Air and latest 12-inch MacBook, one of the people said. The new MacBook Pros have a smaller footprint than current models and the casing has shallower curves around the edges. The pressure-sensitive trackpad is also slightly wider, the person added.

An option for a version featuring a higher-performance graphics chip from Advanced Micro Devices will be available, another person familiar with the matter said. It’s unclear which provider Apple will use for the main processor, but Intel Corp. has supplied this in the past.

Apple is using one of AMD’s “Polaris” graphics chips because the design offers the power efficiency and thinness necessary to fit inside the slimmer Apple notebook, the person said. The new graphics card is more than 20 percent thinner than its predecessor, AMD said earlier this year. AMD declined to comment, referring inquiries to Apple.

The new design will include USB-C technology, a multifunctional type of port that can handle charging, data transfers, and display connectivity, one of the people said. Apple has also considered bringing gray, gold, and silver colors to the new line, as it has done with other products like the iPhone, iPad, and the 12-inch MacBook, a person said. It’s unclear whether colored Pro laptops will be available when the new line is released.

Apple is planning to bring over its Touch ID fingerprint technology from the iPhone to the new MacBook Pro line. Apple has tested versions of the upcoming laptops that integrate the scanner beside the new function key display, according to one of the people. The sensor would allow users to log in more quickly and theoretically authenticate Apple Pay purchases. Like with iPhones, the new Pro laptops will encrypt fingerprint data so it can’t be removed from the devices.

Apple will also release a new version of its Mac operating system named Sierra this fall that brings Siri, new messaging and photo-management features, deeper iCloud integration, and more efficient file storage to Apple’s desktops and laptops, the company said in June.

 

Secure Boot Key Flaw Exposes Windows Devices to Attack

Secure Boot Key Flaw Exposes Windows Devices to Attack: Report

  • Secure Boot policies are signed and validated by Microsoft
  • The leaked golden key can bypass operating system checks
  • Golden key allows attackers to boot any OS or self-signed binary

A leak has gone horribly wrong for Microsoft and the company is scrambling to fix the mess. Microsoft unwittingly leaked a ‘golden key’ that can unlock Windows-powered PCs, tablets, and phones protected by Secure Boot.

For the uninitiated, Secure Boot, a part of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), secures every component of a device’s boot process by checking it is validated and signed by Microsoft. This protects the system from being booted by any other OS (malicious or non-malicious) an attacker or user wants to install. Secure Boot, once enabled, cannot be disabled by the user due to policies that are also validated by Microsoft and are loaded and obeyed once the Windows startup process is executed.

Microsoft, however, allowed an exception to the rule that has since become a nightmare for the company. The tech giant signed a special Secure Boot policy that disables the operating system checks, meant to allow developers to test new operating systems without having to sign each one. This policy essentially bypasses the standard checks.

Understandably, the special policy isn’t available on commercial products. However, it has been leakedonline – where it is now available for attackers to misuse. A curious person may find this ‘golden key’ – which essentially allows a backdoor into a Secure Boot-enabled Windows system – load it into a Windows firmware and trick Microsoft into believing the person is loading a valid and verified OS while actually installing a malicious one, even a self-signed binary. In simple terms, the golden key can unlock Secure Boot, and gives attackers unfettered access to install bootkits or rootkits alongside.

Security researchers my123 (@never_released) and slipstream (@TheWack0lian) were the ones to warn Microsoft that its Windows machines products were vulnerable due to the leak. After months of ignoring the issue, the researchers said Microsoft issued a bug bounty award and created two patches (one in July, and another in August). The Register claimed even the second patch does not actually resolve the vulnerability, only removing access to certain boot manager systems while leaving the policy flaw intact.

A third patch is expected to come out in September. However, the researchers believe the vulnerability cannot be completely fixed. Until the third patch comes out, the only thing users can do to protect their systems is to make sure their Microsoft patches are up-to-date on all Windows devices.

The leak of the golden key signals a bigger threat, one which puts into question the safety and security of devices and the need for such backdoor entries that can render your phones and computers vulnerable to hacks. To this effect, one of the researchers, Slipstream, issued a statement to the FBI:

“About the FBI: are you reading this? If you are, then this is a perfect real world example about why your idea of backdooring cryptosystems with a “secure golden key” is very bad! Smarter people than me have been telling this to you for so long, it seems you have your fingers in your ears. You seriously don’t understand still? Microsoft implemented a ‘secure golden key’ system. And the golden keys got released from MS own stupidity. Now, what happens if you tell everyone to make a ‘secure golden key’ system?”

 

HP Stream 14 Budget Windows 10 Laptop Launched

HP Stream 14 Budget Windows 10 Laptop Launched

  • The HP Stream 14 replaces the HP Stream 13 laptop
  • It comes with improved battery life and specifications
  • It has been priced at $219 (roughly Rs. 14,600)

HP has hit a sweet spot with its budget Stream laptops. Introduced two years ago, the Stream series was built for cloud computing and its laptops packaged with basic specifications, a large battery, and sleek design, all at a pretty affordable price tag between $199 to $250. After Stream 11 and 13, HP has now introduced Stream 14, which as the name suggests, is a 14-inch laptop starting at $219 (roughly Rs. 14,600) and is expected to go on sale from September 7.

The Stream 14 replaces the Stream 13 and bumps up some under-the-hood specifications as well as a refreshing the design. The Stream 14 comes with a fast dual-antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a new Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB flash storage, 100GB OneDrive Cloud storage and 1366×768 resolution, which doesn’t sound so exciting on paper but is still worth buying at its meagre asking price.

While the original Stream laptops shipped with Windows 8.1, the Stream 14 will come with Windows 10. The new HP laptop will be available in Blue, Purple, or White colour options in certain regions.

A welcome improvement is the battery life which now stands at 10 hours and 45 minutes, which is great for a primarily online-only laptop. Other Stream laptops also receive an upgrade. The new Stream 11 launches on August 24 with faster Wi-Fi, upgraded processor, and slimmer body compared to its predecessor, and will be priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 13,300).

The 11.6-inch Stream x360 laptop/ tablet hybrid will receive similar hardware upgrades with a price starting at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,600) and expected to come out in September. There is also an educational model called the Stream 11 Pro that features improved security and an optional 64GB storage.

 

Micromax Alpha LI351 Windows 10 Laptop With 15.6-Inch Display Launched

Micromax Alpha LI351 Windows 10 Laptop With 15.6-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 26,990

  • The laptop sports a 1366×768 pixel display
  • Alpha LI351568W packs an Intel Core i3-5005U processor
  • Laptop is priced at Rs. 26,990 and sold exclusively by Flipkart

After announcing the Alpha and Ignite series of laptops in India last month, and launching its first Ignite laptop, Micromax has now launched the first laptop in its Alpha series with the Alpha LI351 (aka Alpha LI351568W). The laptop sports a 15.6-inch (1366×768 pixels) display and has been priced at Rs. 26,990.

The Micromax Alpha LI351 packs a fifth-generation Intel Core i3-5005U processor (clock speed of 1.6GHz, 3MB Cache) coupled with 6GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The laptop comes with an Intel HD Graphics 5500 integrated graphics, and 500GB of HDD storage (expandable up to 1TB).

The laptop comes running Windows 10 and has a 4-cell battery that can last up to 4.7 hours. The Alpha LI351 comes with a microphone Jack, a headphone jack, dual-speakers and weighs 2.1kg. In terms of connectivity, the laptop offers WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI Port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a RJ45 Ethernet port.

The Micromax Alpha LI351568W is available in only a Grey colour variant and is being sold exclusively through Flipkart in India.

 At its launch last month, Micromax said that the Alpha series of laptops is targeted at first-time laptop users compared with its Ignite, which is aimed at power users specifically. Regarding the launch, the company said in an emailed statement that the launch followed an “overwhelming response” for its entry-level Lapbook laptops and Laptab 2-in-1s.

 

MSI Launches Range of VR-Ready Nvidia-Powered Gaming Laptops in India

MSI Launches Range of VR-Ready Nvidia-Powered Gaming Laptops in India

  • New MSI laptop lineup is VR-ready
  • The laptops come with new cooling technologies
  • They feature updated graphic cards for VR compatibility

Following the launch of Nvidia’s new Pascal-based Titan X graphic cards, MSI has completely revamped its gaming lineup, introducing the latest GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards for its GT series, GS series, and GE series of laptops. The lineup names also adds “VR” to mostly all the laptops, thanks to the new VR-ready nature of the Nvidia GPUs.

MSI India has announced the new lineup for the country and will be available in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata, apart from being available online via Amazon India. The laptops have not yet been listed on the online retailer, while the company has not provided detailed specifications of the models that will be brought to India.

The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI notebook is the biggest among the lineup, supporting GeForce GTX 1080 or GeForce GTX 1070 cards in SLI. In addition, the MSI Matrix Display technology supports Surround View Mode, 3x4K@60Hz output for 3 external displays. The GT83VR Titan SLI features an 18.4-inch 1920×1080 pixel IPS display and features a mechanical SteelSeries keyboard with Cherry MX switches. The notebook comes with what MSI calls a “Cooler Boost Titan” which manages the heat from the dual graphics cards as well as the Intel Core i7 CPU. The GT83VR Titan SLI (Dual GTX1070, 8GB GDDR5) is priced at Rs. 3,37,900

MSI’s Dominator lineup, which includes the GT72VR Dominator, introduces Cooler Boost 4 technology for cooling the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU on board, alongside the Intel Core i7-6700HQ. It sports a 17.3-inch full-HD IPS 120Hz/5ms display with 100 percent sRGB coverage, and also offers Dynaudio, Nhaimic 2 and Audio Boost 2 enhanced sound system.

The GT72VR Dominator Pro Tobii (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 8GB GDDR5) is priced at Rs. 2,35,000.

msi_gs63vr_stealth_pro.jpgThe company also launched the GS63VR Stealth Pro, is claimed to be the world’s lightest 15-inch gaming laptop that packs a cooling system and the GeForce GTX 1060. Apart from being lightweight, MSI is touting the 17.7mm thickness, apart from the SteelSeries keyboard, and Core i7-6700HQ processor. The GS63VR Stealth Pro (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 6GB GDDR5) will be available for Rs. 1,77,900.

MSI’s Apache lineup will see the launch of the GE62VR Apache Pro, which features an Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. The GE62VR is limited to a 1920×1080 pixel display, without the 120Hz option. The GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 6GB GDDR5) is priced at Rs. 1,46,900.