What you need to know
- Microsoft, Amazon, HP, and Dell are looking to move some hardware manufacturing out of China.
- HP and Dell could move up to 30 percent of their laptop production out of China.
- Dell has reportedly started a "pilot run" of producing notebooks in Taiwan.
Microsoft, Amazon, HP, and Dell are the latest tech giants to consider moving some of their hardware production out of China. Nikkei reports that HP and Dell are looking to move up to 30 percent of their laptop production out of China. Dell has also started a "pilot run" of producing notebooks in Taiwan according to Nikkei's report.
These potential moves are in response to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. A 25 percent tariff was placed on $200 billion worth of goods, and tensions have been high. Tariffs could result in the prices of laptops and gaming consoles increasing. The trade war as a whole has already had an impact on the technology industry. Chinese tech company Huawei has been in the headlines frequently as a result of the trade war and now US companies are in the news as well.
Microsoft, Amazon, HP, and Dell are not the only tech giants to consider moving at least some of their manufacturing from China. The Wall Street Journal reported Nintendo moved some Switch production and Bloomberg reported that Google is moving some of the production of Nest products.
Dell and HP are two of the largest three PC makers on Earth. Combined with similar moves to move manufacturing from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Nintendo, the effects of the trade war will be far-reaching in the tech industry.
Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love
Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.
VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)
This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.
Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)
Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.
Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)
This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.
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