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Intel will bless Project Athena laptops with an ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance’ graphic

Intel on Thursday unveiled the “visual identifier” that will be used with laptops that meet its new Project Athena verification: a graphic that says “Engineered for Mobile Performance,” along with the Intel swoop.

And nope, it’s apparently not a badge or logo either (which we incorrectly assumed earlier.) The graphic will be used by in-store displays, demos, and packaging, but Intel said it is not a traditional laptop badge or icon—so no, Project Athena laptops won’t have to show you their stinking badges.

Project Athena is an ambitious, sprawling, and probably confusing Intel program to get PC makers to take laptops to the next level. It’s designed to make thin-and-light laptops faster, longer lasting, and all around better for road warriors. Project Athena 1.0 laptops will focus on:

  • Instant Action: To eliminate or lower waiting for your laptop to wake up.
  • Performance and Responsiveness: A minimum performance spec including at least a Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
  • Intelligence: Support for AI acceleration, such as on Intel’s new 10th-gen Core chips.
  • Battery Life: Charging over USB-PD/C, and power efficiency optimization.
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 and/or Gigabit LTE and Thunderbolt 3.
  • Form Factor: Touch screen, precision trackpads, and narrow bezels.

If a lot of that sounds like its within reach using today’s technology, it already is. In fact, Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 that went on sale this morning will be the first laptop to carry the new “Engineered for Mobile Performance” graphic. Although not touted as a Project Athena feature, the XPS 13 2-in-1 includes an extra feature that strikes to the core of what Intel’s initiative aims to achieve: “A built in sensor allows you to open the lid and power up in milliseconds, no matter what power-state you are in.”

Besides the XPS 13 2-in-1, Intel said HP’s Elitebook 1040 and Elitebook 830 have also been verified. Both Elitebook models are on sale today as well. Both are based on 8th-gen CPUs.

Project Athena won’t only touch Windows-based laptops either. Intel has also signed up Google to get Chromebooks on board.

(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said the new identifier was a graphic was a logo or badge. PCWorld regrets the error.)

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Dell’s new 10th gen XPS 13 2-in-1 is the first Project Athena verified laptop you can buy.

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TourBox Neo is the graphic design editing controller that finally gets it all right

TLDR: The TourBox Neo offers ultimate control with unprecedented speed over your digital media creative projects that puts a standard keyboard to shame.

Watching Eddie Van Halen’s fingers work magic as he plays Eruption is amazing. Seeing Tiger Woods wield a golf club like it’s an extension of himself is awe-inspiring. And believe it or not, elite craftsmen of every type perform equally impressive feats of creation all the time. 

For example, if you’ve ever watched a master editor cut video or brilliantly punch up a photo, then you know there’s an artistry and talent at work that few possess. But just like Van Halen needed his Frankenstein guitar or Tiger needs his TaylorMade clubs, a top-flight editor needs the right tools to properly express their genius.

For media creators, the TourBox Neo ($127.50 with code VDAY2021 from TNW Deals) could be that elite instrument, a virtual editing Excalibur that is primed to help good editors be great and great editors be their absolute best.

Rather than settling for a traditional mouse or even a keyboard, the TourBox Neo is a handheld controller that fully optimizes the editing process for any user of graphic media editing software.

This desktop controller features 14 different switches, knobs, dials and buttons, each with the ability to perform the editing task you need done the way you want to do it. The entire unit is programmable, so depending on your program, the knob can be used to control the size, flow, transparency and hardness of the brush in drawing software like Clip Studio Paint; or to control the speed of your footage for video editing with an app like Final Cut Pro.

Once users get familiar with a TourBox in their hand, the controller begins like second nature, precisely calibrated for ideal speed, accuracy, and acceleration, with an ergonomic hands-on layout that allows for quick access to all your most commonly used controls. Whether it’s digital painting, designing, photo editing, or video editing, shortcuts and multi-button combinations can make tasks less difficult, happen more quickly, and generally improve your overall creative experience.

TourBox is designed for use with a mouse or a tablet and syncs with more than a dozen of the most popular digital creation programs, including the Adobe Creative Suite. From image editing work in Lightroom and Photoshop to video projects in Premiere to graphic design and art pieces in Illustrator and InDesign, TourBox has a configuration to get the most out of the app — and yourself. TourBox also works with many other creative aid apps, including Final Cut Pro, Capture One, Clip Studio Paint, Comic Studio, DaVinci and more in both Windows and Mac OS systems.

Regularly $190, the TourBox Neo is now available at 15 percent off the already discounted price as part of TNW Deals’ Valentine’s Day sale. When you enter the code VDAY2021 during checkout, you can drop your final price down to just $127.50.

Prices are subject to change.

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