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Acer Predator, Nitro, Acer Aspire Series Laptop Models Refreshed for 2021

Acer Predator, Acer Nitro, and Acer Aspire series of laptops are getting the latest CPUs by Intel and AMD, as well as latest Nvidia GPUs. The Acer Predator series includes the Predator Triton 300 SE and Predator Helios 300, and the Nitro series includes the Acer Nitro 5. The Acer Aspire 7 and Aspire 5 notebooks are part of the Acer Aspire series that has been refreshed. The Nitro 5 laptop models come with both AMD and Intel CPUs while the two Acer Aspire laptop models come with the latest AMD CPUs. The Predator series gets the Intel 11th Gen treatment with no AMD models, at least for now.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, Predator Helios 300, Acer Nitro 5, Acer Aspire 7, Aspire 5: Price, availability

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (PT314-51s) starts at $1,399.99 (roughly Rs. 1,02 lakh) and will be available in North America from March. Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-53) starts at $1,249.99 (roughly Rs. 91,300) and will be available in North America from February. Both the Intel powered Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-56) 15-inch model and Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-53) 17-inch start at EUR 999 will be available in EMEA from March. The AMD powered Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45) and Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-41) 17-inch will be available in North America from February starting at $749.99 (roughly Rs. 54,800) and $849.99 (roughly Rs. 62,000) respectively.

Acer Aspire 7 (A715-42G) starts at $749.99 (roughly Rs. 54,800) while the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-45) starts at $549.99 (roughly Rs. 40,200), and both these models will be available in North America from March.

Acer has not shared details on availability in other regions yet.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE specifications

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE features a 14-inch full-HD display with 144Hz refresh rate. It is powered by up to the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 H35-series Special Edition processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU. It has an advertised 10 hours of battery life and 3-zone backlit RGB keyboard. Connectivity options include Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI port, among others. The Predator Triton 300 SE also uses 5th Gen AeroBlade Fan and Acer’s Vortex Flow technology to keep the components cool.

Acer Predator Helios 300 specifications

The Predator Helios 300 from Acer has also been updated to an 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series Special Edition processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU. It comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The IPS display has 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The gaming laptop also comes with DTS:X Ultra audio and 3D simulated surround sound. There are two fans that work alongside Acer’s CoolBoost technology to manage thermals.

Acer Nitro 5 specifications

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-56) features a 15-inch display with 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, 144Hz refresh rate, and 3ms response time. It has 300 nits peak brightness as well. This model is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Connectivity options include USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 support and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), among other ports. It also has two fans and comes with Acer CoolBoost Technology. There is a 17-inch model as well with model number Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-53).

On the other hand, the 15-inch Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45) and 17-inch Nitro 5 (AN517-41) are powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900 HX CPU and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU. It comes with two slots for an M.2 PCIe and/ or SATA SSD, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, support for Killer E2600 and Wi-Fi 6. The 15-inch and 17-inch models come with QHD displays with a 165Hz refresh rate or full-HD display with up to a 360Hz refresh rate. You get 3ms response time on panel that has 300 nits peak brightness, 100 percent sRGB color gamut, and 80 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Acer Aspire 7 specifications

The Acer Aspire 7 features a 15.6-inch full-HD display and is powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. It comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD for storage. Connectivity options include USB-C and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), among other ports.

Acer Aspire 5 specifications

The Aspire 5 is powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, AMD Radeon RX 640 GPU, 24GB RAM, and up to a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD NVMe and/ or up to a 2TB HDD. It has a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with Acer BlueLightShield technologies. It also has a USB-C port and dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), among other connectivity options. The laptop is just 17.95mm thick.

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Samsung Display promises thinner laptop bezels with unproven under-screen webcams

Samsung Display has released a teaser for its under-screen camera technology meant for laptops, dubbed “Samsung Blade Bezel,” on its Weibo page. It promises that its “UPC” (Under Panel Camera) tech can make a laptop’s bezels smaller without having to relocate its webcam, while also making the OLED display itself be both thinner and lighter. There’s no mention of the impact of the technology on the webcam’s image quality, however, which has become increasingly important in the age of social distancing.

We saw the first smartphone with an under-display selfie camera release commercially last year. However, the ZTE Axon 20 5G’s implementation of the feature simply wasn’t very good. The quality of its selfie camera photos was poor, and the portion of the display that covered the camera suffered from much lower resolution than the rest of the screen.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Samsung Display’s under-panel camera plans. Previously, however, attention has focused on its use in smartphones, where manufacturers have obsessed over reducing bezel size in recent years. Back in 2018, Samsung Display mentioned under-display camera technology during a presentation about the future of phone design, and the following year an executive said the technology could be ready for use in smartphones “in the next 1-2 years.”

Now, it seems, the technology is also headed to laptops, where it could allow for smaller bezels without having to relocate the webcam to below the screen. That’s the approach taken by Huawei’s MateBook X Pro which has small screen bezels thanks to a webcam that’s built into its keyboard. Unfortunately, this placement means the webcam is directed at you from a very low angle, when ideally you want it to be positioned at eye-level. The Dell XPS 13 has a small bezel that’s still big enough for a webcam, but the camera’s quality isn’t great.

While the technology could make for better-looking laptops, it’s unlikely to do much for the image quality of built-in webcams themselves which continue to suffer from stubbornly low-quality despite their sudden importance in the age of COVID-19. Ultimately, laptops with better webcams, like the Pixelbook Go or Surface Laptop 3, tend to have larger bezels needed to house beefier imaging components.

Samsung Display provides panels to a variety of different manufacturers. That means we could see Samsung Blade Bezel technology appear in laptops across the industry, rather than being confined to Samsung’s own devices. Today’s teaser doesn’t mention when the first laptop with the technology could release, however.

As for when an under-display camera could appear in Samsung’s smartphones, a recent report from The Elec suggested that it might make its debut in the company’s third-generation Fold.

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Asus ZenBook Duo (2021) UX482E Dual Screen Laptop First Impressions

Asus has updated its dual-screen ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Duo Pro laptops at CES 2021, and even though the show is happening virtually this year, Gadgets 360 was able to spend a little time with a demo unit. The ZenBook Duo series now has updated internals and an auto-tilt mechanism that raises their secondary screens to a more comfortable viewing angle. The original ZenBook Duo series was first unveiled at Computex 2019, following which Asus showed off its ROG Zephyrus Duo based on the same rough design, but with a raised secondary screen to help with airflow and ergonomics. That little modification has now made its way back into the ZenBook lineup, and it does make a pretty big difference.

The giant secondary screen, which Asus calls ScreenPad+, stretches out across the width of the ZenBook Duo’s lower half. It matches the horizontal resolution of the main display so that you can treat it just like a second monitor that’s aligned vertically rather than horizontally. With the original ZenBook Duo, the ScreenPad+ was flat and in line with the keyboard, which made it a little hard to use. When I reviewed that laptop, I found myself hunching and leaning forward quite often. The new mechanism solves that problem to an extent.

Asus combines its ‘Ergolift’ hinge action, which raises the entire lower deck, with this new auto-lift mechanism, so that the ScreenPad+ angles itself automatically when you open the lid. The angle goes up to 7 degrees and is not adjustable beyond that. Thankfully, the raised panel doesn’t obscure the bottom of the main screen at any angle. My demo unit came with a stylus, and the ScreenPad+ did not flex or bend when pressed down on.

The mechanism feels solid enough but it looks as though it could get damaged if you try closing the laptop’s lid with something like a pencil accidentally wedged under the ScreenPad+. There shouldn’t be much danger of pinching a finger but it would be a good idea to handle this laptop gently. I’m a little wary of dust and lint since the gap is relatively narrow and looks like it will be hard to clean, but Asus does include a protective sleeve.

Both the main display and the ScreenPad+ have matte finishes which reduce reflections to some extent. The resolutions are 1920×1080 and 1920×515 respectively. As for the internal hardware, we have an 11th Gen Intel ‘Tiger Lake’ CPU with integrated Intel Xe graphics and an optional discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU. My demo unit has 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD, but exact specifications will vary.

The ‘Ergolift’ hinge raises the entire lower deck, while the new mechanism also tilts the ScreenPad+


The ZenBook Duo UX482E has an Intel Evo sticker, which means it has been designed to meet a set of requirements in terms of weight, performance, and battery life. It’s 16.9mm thick and has relatively narrow screen borders, with space for a webcam in the usual spot. Asus claims 17 hours of battery life, and this laptop can be charged over USB Type-C.

There are two Type-C Thunderbolt ports and a full-sized HDMI port on the left, plus one Type-A port, 3.5mm audio socket, and microSD card slot on the right. The keyboard layout is improved, compared to the first generation, and we now have a more sensible arrow cluster plus the Shift keys are in the right place. There’s still a vertical trackpad which will not suit left-handed users. In terms of comfort, the keyboard is right at the lower edge of the body which could become uncomfortable over time.

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The ZenBook Duo (2021) has an improved keyboard layout but the trackpad won’t be comfortable for everyone


Asus has improved its software, and you can easily move programs from one screen to the other. You can set up batches to launch a number of programs and have them tile automatically on the two screens. Both are touch-capable so the ScreenPad+ can function as a control surface in some software.

All in all, Asus seems to have refined the design of its original ZenBook Duo series, and the new model should be more practical for everyday use. Information about pricing and availability in India isn’t known yet. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for news of when it launches in India.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Laptop CPUs, Upcoming Radeon GPUs Announced at CES 2021

AMD has announced its latest Ryzen 5000 laptop processors and teased upcoming Radeon GPUs for desktops and laptops as well as next-gen Epyc datacentre CPUs at a virtual keynote at CES 2021. AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su began her presentation with an overview of how technology has adapted to the requirements of a pandemic-hit world, stating that over 300 million computers were sold in 2020, the highest figure since 2014, and that she expects this figure to grow in 2021. AMD has also donated over 12 Petaflops of computing resources to academics and researchers working on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments over the past year. 

Calling the 7nm ‘Zen 3’ architecture AMD’s largest generational performance increase since the launch of the original Ryzen family, Su introduced the Ryzen 5000 laptop processors based on the same foundation. AMD promises leading energy efficiency as well as performance. The Ryzen 5000 series includes the Ryzen 5800U, which Su says is the most powerful PC processor ever and the only 8-core x86 processor for ultra-thin laptops with a 15W thermal envelope. In terms of power efficiency, the Ryzen 7 5800U is rated for battery life of up to 17.5 hours with general use, and up to 21 hours of video playback.

Compared to the Intel Core i7-1185G7, the Ryzen 7 5800U is claimed to deliver 18 percent better performance in PCMark 10, and up to 44 percent faster media encoding in Adobe Premiere as well as up to 39 percent faster performance in Blender 3D. Five U-series Ryzen 5000 CPUs have been announced, however some models will continue to be based on the ‘Zen 2’ architecture, including the base quad-core Ryzen 3 5300U and even the Ryzen 7 5700U

For higher-performance gaming laptops, AMD is emphasising Ryzen HX as a differentiating brand, representing the “ultimate performance” for desktop-class gaming laptops. Ryzen HX processors will have higher thermal envelope ratings up to 45W, and will be unlocked for overclocking. The top-end Ryzen 9 5900HX was demonstrated running Horizon Zero Dawn at 1080p using high detail settings and delivering 100+ fps, though with an undisclosed GPU and other hardware.

The Ryzen 9 5900HX has 8 cores and 16 threads, 20MB of L2+L3 cache, and a 45W TDP. It has a top boost speed of 4.6GHz. The Ryzen 9 5980HX shares the same specs with a top boost speed of 4.8GHz. In total, eight Ryzen 5000 H-series CPUs with 35W and 45W TDPs have been announced. 

Compared to the Intel Core i9-10980HK, AMD claims 13 percent better scores in Cinebench R20’s single-threaded test, and up to 35 percent better performance in Passmark’s CPU test. AMD also promises that Ryzen HX 5000-series laptops will be capable of smooth gaming at 4K, and will deliver leading performance in single-threaded as well as multi-threaded workloads.  

Laptops based on these new CPUs from Asus, Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Dell will be available starting in Q1 2021. Su stated that at least 150 different models will launch over the course of 2021, representing a 50 percent growth over the previous generation. 

Beyond the presentation, AMD is also announcing new desktop Ryzen 5000 CPUs, the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900 and 8-core Ryzen 7 5800, both with 65W TDPs. Ryzen Threadripper Pro CPUs with up to 64 cores will also become available in retail rather than being sold only in OEM workstations.

Su also briefly mentioned new laptop GPUs based on the RDNA2 architecture for laptops as well as mid-range desktops. While unnamed, the desktop models are likely to be the rumoured Radeon RX 6700 series. These are expected in the first half of 2021, but no other details were mentioned. RDNA2 is the same architecture that underpins AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6900 GPUs, as well as the semi-custom chips that power the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S.

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Acer’s latest Nitro 5 gaming laptop seems more powerful than ever

Acer’s Nitro 5 gaming laptop has never been much of a technical or design showcase, but that’s changing a bit for 2021. It now has a slightly toned-down look that moves all of the red details (aside from the red backlit keyboard) to the rear part of the hinge. What’s more impressive, though, is that it’s getting big upgrades in the graphics, processing, and display departments.

For CES 2021, Acer announced that a 15.6-inch and 17-inch version of the Nitro 5 will release with support for the latest Intel 11th Gen Core H35-series processors or AMD’s Ryzen 5000-series CPUs (up to the Ryzen 9 5900 HX). They’ll all have the option to upgrade all the way up to Nvidia’s RTX 3080 graphics chip either route you take with the processor.

In terms of display quality, either size of the Nitro 5 can be configured with a 1440p display with a fast 165Hz refresh rate or a 1080p screen with a 360Hz refresh rate. If you get the Intel version with an 11th Gen CPU, the Nitro 5 will support Thunderbolt 4.

The Nitro 5 will be available with 15.6-inch or 17-inch displays.
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You won’t have many options on launch day in February, though. In the US, Acer is starting with a single variant for $749.99 that has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 60Hz refresh rate, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor, Nvidia’s GTX 1650 graphics chip, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB NVMe SSD. It’s $100 more if you want the 17-inch version. There will also be models of the Nitro 5 available with 10th Gen Intel processors ahead of those built with 11th Gen processors.

Acer hasn’t shared official US pricing for other configurations, but it did mention that models coming to other regions with AMD Radeon R7 graphics or the RTX 3060, with a 512GB NVMe SSD added in will cost €1,299. We’ll have to wait to see what the final price ends up being for the Nitro 5 with 11th Gen Intel processors and Nvidia’s high-end RTX 3080.

No matter which variant you might be interested in, Acer shared that each variant is user serviceable for memory and storage. By taking off the bottom cover of the Nitro 5, you’ll find support for two NVMe SSDs and one 2.5-inch SATA SSD (totaling three slots for expandable storage) and up to 32GB of RAM. Acer’s using Intel Wi-Fi 6 chips for all models, along with Killer-branded Ethernet.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, 3080 Gaming Laptop GPUs Announced at CES

In line with multiple leaks and predictions, Nvidia has launched a new line of GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs for gaming and creator laptops at CES 2021. Over 70 laptop models from leading manufacturers featuring these new GPUs will be available starting January 26, priced starting at $999 (approximately Rs. 73,240). Over half of these will feature 240Hz screens or better, and will be aimed at esports players. The company is promoting the performance of the GeForce RTX 30-series in ray tracing, and also promising up to 2x energy efficiency, and 2x faster video rendering. 

The GeForce RTX 3060 is claimed to be able to deliver 90fps in recent games at 1080p using the highest quality settings. This mobile GPU is said to be faster than the previous flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Super. Next up, the GeForce RTX 3070 is aimed at laptops with 1440p screens and is also said to be able to push 90fps at Ultra settings at this resolution, or 240fps in laptops designed for esports. At the top of the list is the new GeForce RTX 3080 which is described as able to achieve 100+fps, and will be targeted at top-of-the-line gaming laptops.

Nvidia’s Max-Q features, aimed at optimising performance and heat in slim laptops, have also received updates. Laptops using third-gen Max-Q will benefit from AI that can help balance power consumption between a laptop’s CPU, GPU, and GPU memory. WhisperMode 2.0 is a new acoustic tuning algorithm that will be customised for each laptop design.

Just like their desktop counterparts, the mobile GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs are based on the Ampere architecture, which uses new dedicated RT and Tensor cores for ray tracing and AI acceleration. DLSS, which renders graphics at a lower-than-native resolution and then uses AI to upscale them, is also supported and can boost performance when ray tracing effects are a heavy load on resources.

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D-Link made a USB adapter that adds Wi-Fi 6 to your laptop

D-Link is trying to make it simple to give your computer a Wi-Fi upgrade. The networking company has announced what it’s calling an “industry-first” Wi-Fi 6 adapter built into a USB stick. Plug it into your laptop or desktop computer, and you may be able to get better performance than from your older Wi-Fi chip. The adapter advertises speeds up to 1,200Mbps.

It’s not entirely clear who the target audience is for this upgrade. You’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi 6 router to get the biggest benefits, and most people still don’t own one of those (the Wi-Fi 6 standard only started rolling out two years ago). And if the laptop or desktop you’re using was bought any time in recent memory, chances are it supports Wi-Fi 5, which isn’t a huge step down from Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi 6 does come with some benefits, though. Devices that support it can communicate with routers more efficiently, which can lead to improved performance across a network. Wi-Fi 6 devices also support more secure connections.

The adapter will be available in the second quarter of 2021 for $100.

D-Link is also announcing two new Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers, both of which look a little like air purifiers. The higher end model, the AI M32, is a dual-band mesh system promising speeds up to 3.2 Gbps. Below that, D-Link is introducing the DIR-LX1870, which should offer combined connection speeds of around 1,800Mbps. The AI M32 will sell for $250 starting in the third quarter of 2021; the DIR-LX1870 launches right away for $130.

There are plenty of routers being announced this week as part of CES 2021. This year’s big new upgrade is routers with support for Wi-Fi 6E, a huge upgrade to Wi-Fi that quadruples the available airwaves on which they can broadcast. So far, TP-Link and Netgear have announced high-end routers with support for the new tech.

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Nvidia teases RTX 3000 laptop GPUs for January 12th

Nvidia has started teasing its RTX 3000 series launch for laptops. The GPU manufacturer is holding a virtual press event for CES tomorrow, and it’s widely expected to unveil the mobile versions of the RTX 3000 series GPUs. A new teaser video includes a very clear hint of a laptop, alongside some other announcements that Nvidia is likely to make.

Tom’s Guide notes that the teaser includes four images: a gaming laptop, the Outriders game, a GeForce RTX logo, and resizable BAR (Base Address Register). The gaming laptop hints at the RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, but it’s also likely that the RTX logo teases further desktop GPUs. Rumors have suggested Nvidia is ready to unveil an RTX 3060 GPU that will be priced below Nvidia’s latest RTX 3060 Ti card.

The resizable BAR support seems like a hint for an upcoming driver update for Nvidia’s RTX cards. Much like AMD’s Smart Access Memory, Nvidia can boost the throughput between a CPU and GPU to improve framerates. Motherboard manufacturers will need to supply BIOS updates to enable this for both Intel and AMD CPUs, but Nvidia’s teaser suggests it’s ready to roll out the necessary driver support, too.

Nvidia is holding its CES press event at 9AM PT / 12PM ET on January 12th, and we’ll be covering all of the announcements as they happen.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS Laptop With Ryzen 5000-Series CPU Surfaces

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 appears to be getting an upgrade with Ryzen 5000-series processor. The new gaming laptop model has been spotted on Amazon China website with model number GA503QS. Asus launched the last ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop at CES 2020 in January 2020. It came with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800HS CPU. Asus is likely to continue the trend and bring the new ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS at CES 2021 next week. The gaming laptop is expected to come along with a range of new computing devices by the Taiwanese company.

As spotted by My Laptop Guide, the details of Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS have surfaced on Amazon China. The e-commerce platform appears to have updated the listing to hide its price, though the publication captured its screenshot for reference.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS price (expected)

The screenshot shared by My Laptop Guide suggests that Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS price has been set at CNY 14,862 (roughly Rs. 1,67,000). It is likely to be officially announced at Asus’ launch event at CES 2021 that is taking place at 9am PT (10:30pm IST) on January 13.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS specifications (expected)

Apart from the pricing, the Amazon China listing has suggested some of the key specifications of Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS. The laptop is listed with Ryzen 7 5800HS processor, along with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. This could have either 8GB or 16GB graphic memory. The machine also seems to have 16GB of RAM (a combination of 8GB integrated and 8GB removable) as well as 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD storage.

Unlike last year’s ROG Zephyrus G15 that had 240Hz refresh rate, the new machine appears to come with 144Hz refresh rate. This could be fair enough for most gamers out there. Further, the display of the new Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 may come in 15.6-inch size and have a full-HD resolution. Asus could also bring a 4K version for an enhanced experience.

The listing also suggests that Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS would include a 90Wh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth. The laptop also appears to have 1.9 kilograms of weight and runs on Windows 10 Home.

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New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop source sues Twitter for defamation

A computer repair shop owner cited in a controversial New York Post story is suing Twitter for defamation, claiming its content moderation choices falsely tarred him as a hacker.

John Paul Mac Isaac was the owner of The Mac Shop, a Delaware computer repair business. In October, the New York Post reported that The Mac Shop had been paid to recover data from a laptop belonging to Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and it published emails and pictures allegedly from a copy of the hard drive. After the Post’s sourcing and conclusions were disputed, Facebook and Twitter both restricted the article’s reach, and Twitter pointed to its ban on posting “hacked materials” as an explanation.

Mac Isaac claims Twitter specifically made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.” He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s moderation decision, and that he is “now widely considered a hacker” because of Twitter.

Unlike many suits against social media companies, Mac Isaac isn’t specifically complaining that Twitter removed content — a choice that would be likely protected by the First Amendment. Nor is he claiming other people defamed him through Twitter, a strategy unsuccessfully pursued by Rep. Devin Nunes of California. His suit loosely mirrors that of conservative activist Laura Loomer, who sued Facebook for banning her under a “dangerous individuals” policy. (Loomer’s case was dismissed voluntarily in August.) Basically, his argument rests on the fact that Twitter said the New York Post report was based on hacked materials, and by extension, it maliciously implied he was a hacker.

Twitter defines “hacking” loosely to include obtaining documents without authorization, and it didn’t name a specific individual as a “hacker.” The Post said it indirectly obtained its files via Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, who in turn obtained them from Mac Isaac. Some critics of the Post speculated that Russian disinformation operatives had planted the emails, which wouldn’t place the blame on Mac Isaac. (These critiques have not been corroborated.)

The complaint cites several negative business reviews that criticize Mac Isaac based on the facts of the Post story — but it’s unclear why Twitter should be held liable for those reviews. Twitter also declared a day later that the Post’s reporting didn’t violate its “hacked materials” policy, part of a rapid series of policy shifts around the saga.

Mac Isaac is nonetheless demanding $500 million and a public retraction from Twitter. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.