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Engadget Daily: inside the mind of Cortana, a desk/PC hybrid and more!


Today, we give Microsoft's Cortana a psych eval, take a closer look at Lian Li's desk/PC hybrid, go hands-on with the MSI GT70 Dominator and learn about the HP's latest slate, the Pro x2 612. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.

Her name is Cortana. Her attitude is almost human.

Confident, caring, competent: these are just a few of the terms Microsoft's Susan Hendrich uses to describe Cortana, the personal assistant with attitude. Read on as our own Brad Molen investigates the lovable AI's development and the real-life personal assistants behind her demeanor.

MSI GT70 Dominator review: everything it's supposed to be, not much else

MSI's GT70 Dominator gaming laptop is built for power, and it shows. It may have a bulky, old-school frame, but this machine packs a full-sized keyboard and a killer sound system, complete with its own subwoofer.

HP's Pro x2 612 laptop-tablet hybrid brings pen support, a sturdy keyboard

If you're intrigued by the Surface Pro 3, but need a 2-in-1 with a sturdy keyboard, then HP's new Pro x2 612 might be just the device for you. This hybrid shares many features and specs with Microsoft's premier tablet, but also packs a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard dock.

An up close look at the giant gaming PC that's also a desk

What you're looking at is Lian Li's DX-01: a sleek, glass-faced office desk that happens to have a high-powered PC stuffed inside. What's more, you can buy it right now, starting at $990. That's just for the empty case, though -- you'll have to get all the computer bits yourself.

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