Targus showed professionals a little love with its new Mobile ViP line during CE Week

During the CE Week 2016 industry trade show taking place in New York City, accessory maker Targus set up a booth to showcase its latest Mobile ViP line of cases for carting laptops and related goods safely through airports. There are four cases in all spanning price points between $70 to $130, with the most expensive model serving as an overnight roller so customers can drag their hardware from terminal to terminal with ease.

According to Targus representative Carolyn Perrier, the new Mobile ViP line is designed for the modern professional. In addition to the convenient roller model, the Mobile ViP portfolio consists of a checkpoint-friendly backpack, a briefcase-style model, and a slim “topload” version that allows users to shove it through the TSA scanner like an open book without having to pull out the precious hardware.

Parrier admitted during our brief interview that the backpack model is actually the Mobile ViP flagship product, stuffing everything customers need in a big bulky backpack. However, this accessory sports a clean, professional-looking, modern design so that customers don’t look like big kids in suits lugging around a bunch of toys and gadgets on their back.

In addition to the travel cases, Targus also had on display its handy smartphone-sized VersaLink Universal Dual Video Travel Dock, which complemented the four travel bags the company had on display. Costing $80, this compact device aims at mobile professionals packing one VGA port, one HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The specs add that the device can crank out a resolution of 2,048 x 1,152p at 60Hz via the VGA port, and 2,560 x 1,440p at 50Hz via the HDMI port.

However, here’s the thing: this handy expansion device comes packed with a built-in USB 3.0 cable, meaning customers will need a free USB 3.0 port capable of charging a device on their laptop if one is available (it doesn’t appear to have an external power supply). While laptops have offered USB 3.0 ports in recent years by default, customers with older models featuring only USB 2.0 ports won’t be able to take full advantage of this device, if it can be used at all. The product page really doesn’t make this system requirement perfectly clear.

Regardless, all products covered in our CE Week video interview with Targus are available to purchase directly from the company and its partners.

Photography

Sweet 16: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 pen display makes retouching photos a breeze

Wacom’s Cintiq pen displays are usually reserved for the pros (or wealthy enthusiasts), but the new Cintiq 16 brings screen and stylus editing to an approachable price. Does it cut too much to get there?
Mobile

Samsung begins retrieving all the Galaxy Fold review units

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Trash

Carry your computer in your pocket with the best stick PCs

Stick PCs are a new trend in computing. They offer a full desktop experience within a small package, and can be plugged directly into your television's HDMI port. Here are some of the best options available on the market right now.
Computing

Microsoft reveals details of Surface Hub 2S, coming in June at $9,000

The Surface Hub 2 could be the most expensive whiteboard ever made, but it should be a powerful and capable one. With the ability to connect several of the 50-inch displays together, the picture at least, should be gorgeous.
Computing

Here's everything you need to know about setting up your wireless router

Want to get Wi-Fi working in your home, but don't know where to start? Here's a quick tutorial outlining the four basic steps needed for most routers. You'll be browsing on your laptop from the couch in no time.
Computing

AMD will launch anniversary edition Radeon VII and 2700X to celebrate 50th year

Ahead of its new hardware lines launching this summer, AMD will celebrate its 50th anniversary with special editions of its top-tier gaming hardware: the Radeon VII and Ryzen 2700X.
Product Review

Without 4K or Core i9, the new Razer Blade Pro trades features for polish

Razer hasn’t updated its 17-inch gaming laptop for a couple of years, while showering most of its attention on the smaller sibling. The new Razer Blade Pro takes a lot of cues from the 15-inch model, stretching it out for the big screen.
Computing

Intel’s new Core i9 processors bring 8-core power to laptops

Intel announced a new line of ninth-generation mobile processors that bring eight-core Core i9 processors to laptops. In addition, the company announced a slate of new desktops CPUs that bring the rest of the lineup up to date.
Computing

Pain in the wrists? Type in comfort with one of these great ergonomic keyboards

Long typing sessions can leave anyone's wrists aching, but if you have one of the best ergonomic keyboards, that doesn't have to be the case. Our list of favorites will support good typing posture while being comfortable to use.
Computing

Lenovo Legion, IdeaPad gaming laptops sport 9th-gen CPUs and 16-series graphics

Lenovo is expanding its gaming laptop range with a line of new Legion and IdeaPad notebooks that sport Intel's latest, ninth-generation Core CPUs up to an i7 and a choice of Nvidia graphics with options for everything up to an RTX 2080…
Computing

Asus launches a fleet of ROG gaming laptops with 240Hz screens and 9th-gen CPUs

Asus launched updates to nearly every gaming laptop line they have, ranging from the high-end Zephyrus to the budget-level TUF Gaming. The naming schemes might be hard to parse, but there are some impressive options in Asus' new lineup.
Computing

Nvidia’s new GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 graphics cards for laptops start at $799

Nvidia announced the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650, two new mobile graphics cards to flesh out the Turing lineup for laptops. These GPUs don't have the ray tracing capabilities of the RTX 20 series, but start at much lower prices.
Computing

Microsoft reverses decision and extends lifeline to MS Paint for Windows 10

Microsoft reversed its decision to deprecate the classic MS Paint software on Windows 10. Microsoft announced on Twitter that the mainstay free image editor that comes pre-installed with Windows will live on for now.
Computing

Acer gives Predator, Nitro gaming notebooks CPU and GPU upgrades

Acer's latest gaming notebooks will be getting a processor and graphics boost. The company announced that Intel's ninth-generation mobile CPU and Nvidia's GTX 1660 Ti will land on the Predator Helios 300, Nitro 7, and Nitro 5 laptops.