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MediaTek MT9638 AI chip will power the next generation of 4K smart TVs
The first television sets with the new MediaTek SoC are expected to become available by the second quarter of this year. MediaTek already powers most smart speakers and smart home products unbeknownst to most users.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 now down to $571 USD with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB SSD
Part business laptop and part consumer laptop, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 targets users who want something for both work and home without needing to settle for a full-fledged ThinkPad. This is one of the better all-rounder laptops for under $600.
Razer giveaway gives readers the chance to win a new Blade 15 gaming laptop with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics and more
Winners will be announced on March 4 alongside new product reveals live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. A Blade 15 with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics currently retails for well over $2000 USD.
We test the super luxurious $4000 Vaio Z laptop and it is definitely... something
What exactly does such a pricey laptop get you? The 14-inch Vaio Z is great for users who want to maximize performance and minimize weight. However, it doesn't offer enough in other aspects to justify the higher price against competitors.
Latest HP Omen 15z with AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 144 Hz display, and 16 GB DDR4 RAM on sale for only $1150 USD
The Ryzen 5 5600H CPU will readily outperform the common Core i7-10750H seen on most mid-range to high-end gaming laptops. This deal carries a lot of power and features for gamers on tight budgets.
Get a 4K OLED Dell G7 gaming laptop with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics for only $1300 USD
It's rare to find a gaming laptop with OLED display options and it's even more rare to find one that's also on sale. This Dell system aims to satisfy both gamers and professionals who can appreciate the DCI-P3 colors.
All-AMD Dell G5 15 SE gaming laptop with Ryzen 5 4600H CPU and Radeon RX 5600M graphics now on sale for $685 USD
The Special Edition laptop is one of the only gaming laptops in the market to feature AMD SmartShift for higher performance. Overall performance is neck-to-neck with costlier GeForce RTX 2060 laptops.
The MSI Stealth 15M is proof that gaming laptops with 15 W to 25 W Tiger Lake Core U CPUs can work
ULV Intel CPUs are getting better and better every year even if their performance differences can be marginal. However, those small gains are inching closer to Core H-levels of performance where we think Core U CPUs can have a place in entry-level to mid-range gaming laptops.
VAIO Z Core i7-11375H Review: The Laptop for CEOs and Executives
This $3800 USD Vaio system is one of the first to ship with a Tiger Lake-H Core i7-11375H CPU. However, the luxury laptop falls flat in most other aspects when compared to the Dell XPS, HP EliteBook, Asus ZenBook, Apple MacBook, or Huawei MateBook models that all retail for significantly less.
35 W Core i7-11375H vs. 25 W Core i7-1165G7: 10 to 30 percent faster multi-thread performance
Our first in-house benchmarks of the Core i7-11375H are in and they are just marginally better than the 25 W Core i7-1185G7. OEMs will have to exploit its Turbo Boost potential as much as possible or else performance won't be all that much better than a Tiger Lake-U CPU.
Affordable MSI GF65 Thin 9SD gaming laptop on sale for $750 USD with Core i7-9750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and 144 Hz IPS display
The last generation budget gaming laptop still has some life left in it especially for gamers who are satisfied with playing the latest titles at 1080p and aren't aiming for 2K or 4K resolutions.
MSI Stealth 15M GeForce RTX Laptop Review: Faster Graphics than the Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360, or Asus ZenBook
The raw performance of the Stealth 15M A11SEK is impressive considering how light it is and that it's running on a Core U-series CPU. Unfortunately, the weak build quality and hinges leave a lot to be desired.
Aorus Gaming Box eGPU makes a pretty strong case for Thunderbolt over the proprietary Asus ROG XG Mobile alternative
The Asus eGPU uses a special proprietary connector with more bandwidth than even Thunderbolt 4, but it can only be used for one specific laptop model. Meanwhile, the Aorus eGPU uses a generic Thunderbolt connector with more limited bandwidth, but it is compatible with essentially any Thunderbolt laptop or mini PC as a result. Which is the better option?
HyperX launches Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard complete with red switches and an aluminum body
The Alloy Origins is the company's first 60 percent keyboard and it's now shipping for $99 USD. Its launch comes a few months after the Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard which was made in collaboration with HyperX.
Samsung clearing stock of its QLED Galaxy Book Flex Alpha convertible with 10th gen Intel Core i5 for just $390 USD
Educators and students can get the discount for either the Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. The Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is barely a year old and it's arguably one of the best-looking Windows convertibles you can find at this low of a price range.
Chuwi HiPad Plus Android 10 Tablet Review: The iPad Clone
For $269 USD, the HiPad Plus is as close you can get to an iPad or Galaxy Tab experience without paying two or three times the price. However, the glass touchscreen feels fragile and maximum brightness is dimmer than most other tablets.
Auzai launches super-cheap 27-inch 2K monitor with 165 Hz refresh rate, G-Sync, and 1 ms response times for $249 USD after coupon
It's one of the most affordable 27-inch monitors you can get when considering the size and long list of gaming-centric features included. Hopefully its colors and build quality will be up to snuff.
The Aorus Gaming Box GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turned Our Tiny Intel NUC into a 4K Powerhouse
An eGPU is one of the best (and most expensive) ways you can upgrade your laptop or mini PC. The performance gains are significant and much closer to a desktop than what most users might assume.
MSI GL65 Leopard is now one of the cheapest gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics for $1300 USD
Just because GeForce RTX 30 laptops are available doesn't mean older RTX 20 models are suddenly useless. Users in the market for a new gaming laptop ought to keep an eye out for the inevitable sales on last year's top GeForce RTX 20 sellers.
13.5-inch Spectre x360 OLED is one of HP's best and newest convertibles and it's already on sale for $1400 USD
The model was quite expensive at launch, but the new sale price is much more reasonable. Users will love the OLED touchscreen, squarer aspect ratio, port features, and overall portability of the system when compared to the competing XPS or ZenBook series.
Panasonic Toughbook 33 now shipping with Intel 10th gen vPro processors to succeed the older Kaby Lake options
The new model is backwards compatible with older Toughbook 33 accessories. Its Bitlocker encryption and IP65 and MIL-STD certifications make it ideal for public sector, enterprise, and government environments.
Gateway Creator 15.6 with Ryzen 5 4600H and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics is as fast as the Dell XPS 15, costs almost half the price at $600 USD
A fairly capable performance laptop for an entry-level price. The Gateway Creator 15.6 includes a Ryzen H-series CPU, GeForce GPU, and even a high refresh rate 120 Hz IPS display for a performance level that's similar to many flagship performance Ultrabooks.
This is why Nvidia TGP is important: Some GeForce RTX 3070 laptops are already outperforming the RTX 3080
Nvidia allows laptops to have 140 W GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs and 100 W GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs which can lead to some peculiarities in raw performance. Certain laptop models with the RTX 3080 are going to run consistently slower than models with the "weaker" RTX 3070 because of their wide overlapping TGP ranges.
This Gateway 14.1 laptop offers phenomenal specifications for just $399 USD with its 10th gen Intel Core i5, 16 GB of RAM, and 1080p display
Users crying foul about 4 to 8 GB of RAM on cheap laptops are now getting their wish with this 16 GB deal. The Walmart system and its specifications are surprisingly solid for the paltry sale price.
The Razer Naga X MMO mouse is all about core performance, but it could use more RGB colors
Razer's new ultralight mouse has an insanely high maximum sensitivity of 18000 DPI and PTFE feet for a smooth glide on most flat surfaces. Even if you're not an MMO player, the auxiliary buttons can be just as useful for office and editing workloads.
World's first Chromebook with QLED touchscreen now shipping for $549 USD
The Samsung online store will begin accepting pre-orders for the rest of the month where users can get an $80 credit towards the purchase of Samsung accessories. After March 1, the credit will be reduced to just $30.
2021 Asus Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 144 Hz 1080p display, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now available for $1500 USD
The second generation Zephyrus G14 packs even more power than the original model alongside an updated 144 Hz display to replace last year's 120 Hz option. The performance-per-watt and performance-per-volume should be some of the highest for any 14-inch laptop.
Razer Blade Pro 17 Early 2021 Laptop Review: The GeForce RTX 30 Difference
It's faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q to be the fastest Blade Pro yet, but by how much? The gains are decent so long as users aren't expecting desktop-level RTX 3080 performance.
512 GB Lexar UHS-I Silver SDXC card is finally available for $139 USD after four months of waiting
Lexar says its 1066x UHS-I cards can quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 4K UHD videos "with ease". However, maximum transfer rates are only achievable with the Lexar Multi-Card 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 USB 3.1 reader marked with Rev B.
MSI Prestige 14 EVO laptop with 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD now on sale for $900 USD to be an excellent alternative to the Dell XPS 13
The configuration is loaded considering the price. Competing flagship Ultrabooks from Dell, HP, or Lenovo would cost well over $1000 if equipped with similar CPU, RAM, and storage options.
There is absolutely no reason to buy the MSI GS66 GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q because the faster RTX 3070 model is the same price
The GeForce RTX 3070 offers 20 percent faster graphics performance than the RTX 2080 Max-Q and it even comes with the same 1 TB SSD capacity, 32 GB RAM, and 300 Hz display. Interested buyers would be better off with the newer Ampere SKU or waiting until the RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU drops in price.
Curved 32-inch Dell HDR monitor with QHD resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync is down to just $324 after coupon
The native 1440p resolution will pair perfectly with mid-range to high-end graphics cards even more so than 4K for gamers who prioritize frame rate over resolution. The sale price is attractive considering the large 32-inch screen size.
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG Laptop Review: How Fast is a 95 W GeForce RTX 3070?
GeForce RTX 30 laptops are coming in like a wrecking ball meaning we're doing our best to find out which models come out on top or bottom. Let's see how the MSI GS66 and its GeForce RTX 3070 compare to other RTX laptops currently available.
The mobile GeForce RTX 3080 is 40 percent slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 3080. What the hell happened?
Back in the Nvidia Pascal days, the chipmaker boasted that its mobile GPUs have caught up to their desktop counterparts in terms of performance. Fast-forward to 2021 and that claim has all been thrown out the window.
Western Digital D50 1 TB NVMe Game Dock is built like a tank, but its ports and Dashboard software could use some updating
The visual design and unobtrusive LED lighting make the WD D50 one of the best-looking docking stations available. However, the ad-heavy software and lack of HDMI leave a lot to be desired from a practical point of view.
Asus clarifies that confusing warning label on the Zephyrus Duo 15 about battery charging
Asus says it's ok to use generic USB-C adapters to recharge the laptop in spite of the warning label telling owners otherwise. When charging via the AC barrel port, however, be sure to use only those provided by Asus.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is a Mobile Beast: Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS Laptop Review
45 percent faster than the Core i9-10980HK, 45 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, and over 7x faster gray-gray response times. The 2021 Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 makes last year's Zephyrus Duo GX550 feel outdated already.
The Playstation 5 consumes more power than even the latest GeForce RTX 3080 laptops
There's a lot of data out there on the Playstation 5 and how power-hungry it can be when running games. Now, let's see if it's any more power efficient than the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 gaming laptops.
Samsung clearing stock on its Galaxy Tab S6 10.5 for just $430 USD
The 2019 Galaxy Tab S6 is both smaller and lighter than the more expensive 2020 Galaxy Tab S7 to still be a reasonable buy for most families. The tablet originally launched for 750 Euros or $730 USD.
HP Envy 14 Core i5-1135G7 runs at faster clock rates than most Core i7-1165G7 laptops
The excellent Turbo Boost sustainability of the HP machine allows it outperform the majority of Core i7-1165G7 laptops currently available. The additional overhead will come in handy for power users who want the most out of a Core U-series CPU without settling for Core H-series options.
The fastest Core i7-1165G7 PC available is now over two times faster than the slowest Core i7-1165G7 laptop
The performance difference between the two slowest and fastest Core i7-1165G7 PCs has now ballooned to over 100 percent. Tiger Lake can be awfully impressive as long as you know where to look.
27-inch Dell S2721D QHD IPS monitor with FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response times is just $200 USD right now
It may not be an UltraSharp, but we're not complaining for $199. This is a deal worth considering as the monitor checks off a lot features not found on most other displays in this price range.
Loaded Dell Inspiron 7000 Intel Evo convertible with 4K touchscreen, 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB SSD now on sale for $950 USD
The Inspiron 7306 2-in-1 is barely half a year old and it's already on sale for a fair price considering the hardware and features included. Alternatives from Lenovo or HP with similar specifications would typically cost a couple hundred dollars more than this Dell.
2021 HP Envy 14 Laptop Review: Tiger Lake, 16:10 and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q All-In-One
Unveiled at CES 2021, the latest Envy 14 incorporates almost everything great about last year's 15.6-inch Envy 15 but in a more portable 14-inch form factor. It's one of HP's fastest laptops in this screen size to make it a solid option for those who want to maximize performance without settling for larger alternatives.
Intel NUC11PAQi7 Panther Canyon Mini PC Review: Tiger Lake Done Right
Intel's implementation of the Core i7-1165G7 is better than most laptops. Raw processor performance is faster than the ill-fated Core i7-8809G released just a couple of years ago while being much more power efficient in the process.
Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 convertible with AMD Ryzen 5 Pro, 256 GB NVMe SSD, and 8 GB of RAM is down to $550 USD
The aluminum-clad Lenovo convertible may be designed for businesses, but it works just as well for home users, too. It'll be tough to find another 13.3-inch convertible as light as this one with the same CPU and for the same price.
GeForce laptop makers who don't explicitly state their target TGP levels would be withholding vital performance information from potential customers and we're going to start calling them out for it
Although the "Max-Q" marketing term was flawed, it at least helped to differentiate the "slow" GeForce gaming laptops from the "fast" ones. The onus will be on the manufacturers to list their thermal graphics power (TGP) targets in the specifications now that Max-Q is no more.
For $630 USD, the Acer Swift 3 with 7 nm Ryzen 7 4700U CPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, and 8 GB of RAM isn't so bad
Own one of the fastest U-series processors of 2020 for the price of a cheap Intel Core i3 or Core i5 system. This Acer unit is more powerful than what its entry-level price and thin design may otherwise suggest.
The new Intel NUC 11 Panther Canyon packaging is just the cutest
Intel is riding the "work from home" wave by literally turning the retail box for its latest NUC into the shape of a house. The NUC 11 mini PC introduces PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD support and Qi wireless charging for the first time in the series.
Actually, abandoning Max-Q makes a lot of sense. Here are our top 3 reasons why Nvidia is finally getting rid of it
There are pros and cons for sure, but the advantages arguably outweigh any losses especially since many retailers would avoid listing "Max-Q" anyway and that some Max-Q laptops would even outperform Max-P ones.
MSI GL65 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16 GB RAM on sale for $769 USD after rebates
Unlike most other gaming laptop sales for under $800, this MSI GL65 strikes a respectable balance between graphics performance, CPU performance, display, RAM, and storage. Owners will just have to live with average color reproduction and the lack of Thunderbolt support.
Asus ROG Zephyrus GA503 with Ryzen 9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3070, and 1440p 165 Hz display now available for $1799 USD
First shipments are expected to arrive by February 15. The Asus model is notable for its next-gen components that were unveiled just a few weeks ago at CES 2021.
Thankfully, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 5800HS, and the mobile Ryzen 9 5000 CPUs will not be exclusive to any OEMs
AMD won't be making the same exclusivity mistake again with the mobile Ryzen 5000 series. The chipmaker has confirmed that all of its mobile Zen 3 CPUs will be available for all major OEMs to deploy in contrast to the more limited approach with certain mobile Zen 2 processors the year before.
Team Liquid strikes new decade-long contract with Dell Alienware for esports scholarships, training facilities, virtual stadiums, free gear, and more
Dell has given almost 1000 Alienware gaming PCs, monitors, headsets, and peripherals to Team Liquid over the past 10 years. It's no surprise that league wants to continue working with Dell for the next 10 years moving forward.
Dell Inspiron 15 with 11th gen Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p display on sale for $549 USD
The laptop is pick-up only from Staples with no delivery. It's an entry-level offering with a mostly plastic design, but the relatively powerful Core i5-1135G7 CPU and integrated Iris Xe GPU make it fast for the price.
XMG is doing the right thing by actually advertising the wattage of their GeForce RTX 30 GPU options
Is the GPU 90 W or 135 W? With "Max-Q" gone, performance hunters will be asking this question left and right to make sure they are buying the fastest possible laptop graphics. Fortunately, XMG is looking ahead by stating the numbers directly on the specifications list.
Razer pre-orders for Blade 15 GeForce RTX 3060 to 3080 now open starting at $1699 USD
All configurations are expected to ship on March 3rd to be over a month later than competing models from Asus or MSI. The top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 3080 option will set users back almost $3000 USD.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 is down to $649 USD to be one of the cheapest convertibles with an 11th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The versatile 2-in-1 laptop strikes a great balance between performance and price when compared to other models in its category. Students and home users with tight budgets may want to consider this Lenovo Flex.
New Naga X MMO mouse is one of Razer's lightest mice yet
At just 85 g, the Naga X is 30 percent lighter than the 120 g Naga Trinity while also costing less at retail. New optical sensors and PTFE feet make it a leaner and smoother alternative to the Trinity.
The GPD Win 3 is two times more expensive than a Playstation 5. Is it really worth it?
Users who don't plan on exploiting the Thunderbolt 4 port of the Win 3 will be missing out on the single most important feature of the handheld as it is the secret to turning the system into a full-fledged docked Core i7 laptop PC.
Asus ZenBook 14 with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, GeForce MX350 GPU, and 256 GB SSD is down to $599 USD
Expect a deluge of sales on 2020 AMD laptops now that retailers are preparing to stock up on Zen 3 replacements. The Asus ZenBook 14 is a flagship Ultrabook offering with both AMD and Nvidia parts for a low-moderate price.
Doogee X95 Pro to come with MediaTek Helio A20 SoC and double the RAM and storage over previous model for just $20 USD more
Doogee says the smartphone can fully recharge in under 30 minutes. The X95 Pro is one of the least expensive models you can find to ship with pure Android 10.
Intel or MediaTek? HP Chromebook 11 G9 Education Edition lets users decide
The latest 11.6-inch HP Chromebooks will have both Intel and MediaTek options. Users who favor battery life will prefer the latter while the former will excel in performance and ports.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits
Users who don't update might get a fancy 10th gen Xeon or Core i9 CPU running slower than a cheaper 9th gen Core i7-9750H. Luckily, all it takes is a quick download from HP to fix the issue.
EasySMX GK82 keyboard offers per-key RGB lighting, mechanical switches, wireless connectivity, and a minimalist design for just under $55 USD
Get brand name features without overpaying for the name. The EasySMX may not have everything, but its core experience is solid and reliable.
All these "Best of CES 2021" awards are absolutely pointless
You can't call something "the best laptop in show" when you never actually went hands-on with any of them. These "awards" for CES 2021 are nothing more than lists and opinions based entirely off of manufacturer pictures and videos rather than the editors' hands-on experiences that they are supposed to represent.
MSI Optix G271 monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, 120% sRGB, and AMD FreeSync is down to $169 USD
The 1080p monitor should pair nicely with any GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080 PC if your intentions are to reach a stable 144 FPS or greater. The Costco deal is expected to last until February 7.
HP launches ProBook x360 11 G7 for students and education
The Windows 10 system will be an alternative to Chromebooks, but we highly recommend avoiding the TN panel option as it will likely render tablet mode almost unusable.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Workstation Review: Vapor Chamber for Maximum Performance
10 percent lighter and 12 percent smaller than the previous generation ZBook 15 G6, the ZBook 15 G7 is a huge overhaul that doesn't sacrifice key workstation features just for the sake of style.
Pre-orders for Asus ROG Strix G17 with GeForce RTX 3060 and Ryzen 7 5800H now live at $1499 USD
Units are expected to ship as early as January 22 while the $1800 GeForce RTX 3070 configuration will come a bit later. Asus is betting big on both AMD and liquid metal to pull itself ahead of the competition this year.
Asus' unique ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is getting better, but it's not quite there just yet
The ZenBook Duo series is aching for a panel provider who can mass produce OLED displays in the form factor that Asus needs. The IPS ScreenPad for the UX482 works better than it did on the UX481, but its core viewing angle disadvantages remain.
GPD Win 3 Review: The Unofficial Microsoft Switch
1080p gaming with integrated Intel Iris Xe is a hard sell to most gamers. On a portable 5.5-inch 720p screen, however, it becomes a whole different story.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Core i7-1165G7 has slower CPU performance than the Yoga 9i Core i5-1135G7
The IdeaPad series is marketed as a mid-range offering to contrast to high-end Yoga series. Apparently, this also means that certain Yoga laptops with lesser Core i5 CPUs may slightly pull ahead of some IdeaPad laptops with the pricier Core i7.
Dell is clearing stock of its 10th gen Core i7 Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 for $700 USD to make room for newer Tiger Lake models
Ice Lake laptops had a lot of flak for launching at high prices, but these newer deals can be hard to pass for those who don't want to spend hundreds more for the latest 11th gen Intel processors.
First GeForce RTX 3060 MSI laptop is already available for pre-order and it's only $999 USD with a 144 Hz display
The huge catch is that you'll have to live with an older quad-core Core i5-10200H CPU and just 8 GB of base RAM. Shipments are expected to arrive by February 2nd.
A Mini Multitasking Monster: Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Laptop Review
Asus is starting off CES 2021 with a bang by improving upon its dual-screen 14-inch subnotebook with brighter displays, new hinges, and faster performance. It mostly works if you can deal with some inherent limitations.
Intel 11th gen vPro Core i5-1145G7 and Core i7-1185G7 now shipping on Dynabook Portege X30L-J, Portege X40-J, and Portege X30W-J
After skipping vPro on the 10 nm Ice Lake series, the Tiger Lake series brings it back on track for business users not satisfied with last year's 14 nm Comet Lake-U options.
Asus just pulled a Razer with its insane ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 Ultrabook and super-slim ROG XG Mobile external GPU
Asus is throwing all of its craziest ideas onto its latest 13-inch convertible laptop including liquid metal cooling, an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, vapor chamber external graphics, proprietary PCIe x8 connector, and a 16:10 120 Hz Gorilla Glass touchscreen.
Goodbye, Intel: Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE launching exclusively with AMD Zen 3 CPUs and GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 graphics options
Asus will be dropping last year's Core i9-10980HK in favor of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and Ryzen 9 5900HX on its latest dual-screen ROG gaming laptop. It's not coming cheap, of course, with a starting price of almost $3000 USD.
Asus takes a page out of the PlayStation 5, will incorporate liquid metal cooling in all of its upcoming ROG laptops starting this year
Your next Asus ROG gaming laptop will sport Thermal Grizzly liquid metal to improve CPU temperatures and hopefully prolong its lifespan. Asus has been perfecting its automated application process over the past two years.
As if the Razer Blade 15 wasn't thin enough, the new 2021 model will be even thinner with new GeForce 3080 GPUs, Advanced Optimus, and 360 Hz FHD displays
The 2021 Blade 15 and Blade Pro series will carry on the same chassis designs as previous generations. Instead, the biggest gen-to-gen changes will be the new high refresh rate display options and mobile Ampere GPUs.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Laptop Review: Luxurious Looks, Terrible Touchpad
Lenovo's expansive lineup of 14-inch laptops just got even bigger with the introduction of the IdeaPad Slim 9i. This leather-clad Intel Evo laptop looks great and classy at first glance, but the shallow keyboard and clickpad bring the whole thing down.
Lenovo Legion Y540 with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics discounted to just $699 USD ahead of imminent CES 2021 Ampere refresh
With Nvidia poised to unveil the next generation of mobile GeForce GPUs for laptops this week, now is the time to get a GeForce 20 laptop for cheap. Manufacturers like Lenovo are already trying to clear stop of its last generation gaming laptops at deep discounts.
Intel says the Iris Xe Max isn't really for gaming. They're not wrong
While you can certainly use it for games, that isn't really what the Xe Max was designed for. Its performance-per-dollar will be highest for workloads like HandBrake or Adobe Lightroom rather than pure gaming.
Retailers are dropping this 27-inch QHD Lenovo Q27q-10 monitor to $200 USD this week, comes equipped with FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response times
27-inch monitors are not uncommon at this price range, but this Lenovo is notable for offering a higher native resolution and higher refresh rate than most. Office workers may find a lot to like while more serious content creators and video editors will likely want something more color accurate.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 brings QLED to the family for the first time
The high-end aluminum convertible Chromebook will launch before the end of the quarter for $549 USD in both Gray and Red color options. Samsung has yet to outsource its QLED panels to other OEMs.
First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all
If a laptop is giving you the option between a Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7, then you may as well save some money and go with the Core i7-1165G7. Spending more on the Core i7-1185G7 will give only marginal performance benefits and sometimes even none at all depending on the system.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, 8 GB of expandable RAM, and 1080p display is now down to $379 USD
The budget Lenovo laptop is now even more affordable than before to make it a respectable deal for shallow pockets especially if you're willing to upgrade the RAM on your own.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition vs. Silver Edition: What's The Difference?
If you want one of the first Intel Xe Max laptops, then it's going to cost you about $1500 USD. Early adopters will definitely want to upgrade their drivers ASAP to make the most of the Dell convertible.
Latest MSI Prestige 14 with 11th gen Core i7-1185G7 is down to $899 USD, Modern 15 with 10th gen Core i5 now at $499
With CES 2021 coming up, retailers are likely trying to clear stock ahead of all the inevitable announcements. Now would be the time to find a lot of deals on both last generation and current generation laptops.
Baseus 2.5-inch enclosure now shipping for $21 USD, promises compatibility with Playstation 5 and XBox consoles
The USB-C enclosure is as simple as it gets with no screws or external power source to worry about. If you have an old 2.5-inch drive sitting around, then the Baseus will almost certainly come in handy.
That awkward moment when a Core i5-1135G7 can outperform the more expensive Core i7-1165G7
If you plan on buying a new 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake laptop, then you might want to keep in mind that the cheaper Core i5-1135G7 can actually match or outperform a handful of Core i7-1165G7 laptops in raw CPU performance.
It's been a whole year since we heard anything about the intriguing Dell Alienware UFO console and we'll probably have to keep waiting
After a fascinating showing at CES 2020, the conceptual product will probably not make an appearance at CES 2021 next week. We're not crossing our fingers on any official news at all about the UFO either, at least in the short term.
Dell Inspiron 5000 5505 with Ryzen 5 undercuts the Intel Core i5 version by over $100 USD, now on sale for $489 USD
The Inspiron 5505 with Ryzen 5 4500U is currently retailing for $489 USD compared to $587 USD for the Inspiron 5502 with the Core i5-1135G7 even after applying the coupon code on both models. The AMD model performs similarly to the Core i5 model and comes with the same amount of RAM and storage despite the wide price difference.
Chuwi LarkBook Laptop Review: Good Looks, Poor Performance
If all you want to do is email and some light browsing, then the Chuwi LarkBook might be worth a look. For anything more, a basic Core i3 system will do you better.
2020 HP Pavilion 15z with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is only $489 USD right now, outperforms most Intel Core i7 Ultrabooks
The new Pavilion 15z is down from $640 USD to just $480 USD while retaining high processor performance thanks to the 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 7 series.
Dell Inspiron 15 5502 Laptop Review: Intel 11th Gen For The Masses
Whenever Intel launches a new generation of processors, laptop makers love to send in their best high-end Core i7 systems for review. We're here to see how well an affordable Core i3 model can perform on the other end of the spectrum.
Fanless Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n IoT Mini PC is at its cheapest ever right now for $200 USD
The Lenovo mini PC is just over a year old and it's already just a fraction of its original launch price. The base configuration with a Core i3 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD will be sufficient for most basic workloads and HTPC setups.
Older GPU-Z versions have been reporting incorrect Tiger Lake Iris Xe values
Version 2.36.0 fixes the issue, but it wasn't released until weeks after we had our hands on the first Tiger Lake retail laptops. Be sure to update to the latest version or else the number of EUs and potentially fillrate speeds may not be reported correctly.
Lepow 15.6-inch QLED portable monitor down to less than $170 USD for this week only
Lepow is slashing $25 to $30 off almost all of its portable monitors on Amazon. If you're in the market for a handy secondary monitor, then these might be worth a look.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 keeps getting price cuts, is now down to $800 USD with 16 GB of RAM
The Intel version of the IdeaPad Slim 7 may not be as fast as the AMD version, but it makes up for this with Thunderbolt 3 support should users want to connect GPU docking stations. Users on the lookout for an upper mid-range Ultrabook will find a lot to like about this Lenovo.
GMK KD1 14-inch 4K portable monitor is pricey, but it gets a lot of things right
For $300 USD, you can buy a really good 24-inch or 27-inch display these days with fast refresh rates or accurate colors. However, GMK thinks it can persuade you to spend $300 on a 14-inch monitor instead. Let's find out what makes it so special.
HP Spectre x360 14 renders the Spectre x360 13 almost obsolete, paves the way for potential 3:2 EliteBooks
The Spectre x360 14 can be considered an early look at what's to come for future Spectre and EliteBook models should HP decide to continue investing in 3:2 laptops.
Beelink SEi10 Mini PC Review: A Cheaper Intel NUC
If you want an Intel NUC but are turned off by its price, then the new Beelink mini PC will be a great alternative without needing to sacrifice any core features.
Best Buy is trying hard to get rid of its 4 GB Microsoft Surface Pro 7 stock for $560 USD
The low RAM capacity will instantly turn away most buyers. If that doesn't bother you, however, then the sale isn't so bad considering the display and support that come with the Surface family.
Razer Book 13 vs. Dell XPS 13 9310: Same CPU, Same Display, Big Differences
The latest Intel Evo laptops from Dell and Razer have a lot in common and yet one of them offers significantly faster performance than the other. The Razer Book 13 costs a lot more than the Dell, but its benefits are tangible.
HP Spectre x360 14 Convertible Review: An Instant Favorite
There's a new 13.5-inch HP Spectre in town and it absolutely trumps the 13.3-inch Spectre that came before it. The jump to 3:2 is a natural move to put the Spectre series more in line with prosumer competitors like the Dell XPS or Asus ZenBook S series.
Genki ShadowCast adapter lets you play Playstation 5, XBox, and Switch games on your laptop via USB-C
The handy adapter turns your laptop USB-C port into a video-in port. There are, however, some caveats and limitations to keep in mind.
Dell aims to recycle one XPS laptop for every unit purchased and more by 2030 in the name of sustainability
Currently, Dell averages 30 to 35 percent of closed-loop recycled materials for more than 125 different products. The manufacturer has a new goal of over 50 percent by 2030 to reduce reliance on virgin materials.
This GeForce RTX 2060 laptop is only $699 USD right now from Walmart and Gateway
This is probably the cheapest laptop we've seen with the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 120 Hz 1080p display. However, you're going to want to upgrade the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB PCIe SSD at some point to get the most out of the system.
HP Envy x360 15 offers high performance-per-dollar with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p touchscreen for just $570 USD
It may not be a super-sleek HP Spectre or have support for Thunderbolt devices, but it's pretty close for essentially half the price. The Ryzen 5 4500U is particularly fast for what is considered a mid-range laptop.
Dell Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 Convertible Review: Easy to Use, Easy to Own
The Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 plays it safe with no distracting buzzwords or features to jack up the price. The final result is an affordable no-frills 15.6-inch convertible that does well in almost every category even if it doesn't excel in any particular one.
Budget Asus VivoBook 15 F512DA with Ryzen 3, 8 GB RAM, 1080p display, and 128 GB SSD is down to $350 USD
The affordable laptop comes with both a faster processor and more RAM than what you might expect from something in its price range.
GMK NucBox now shipping with 512 GB SSD for $279 USD, 128 GB version down to $199
The world's smallest mini PC with an active fan now has a second higher-end configuration with quadruple the storage capacity of the original launch option. Its retail price is down by $20 for a limited time to $259 USD.
Cheap MSI GF65 Thin is down to $699 USD with decent Core i5 CPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics
We recommend upgrading to 16 GB of RAM down the line to improve the gaming performance and multi-tasking capabilities of the laptop. The GTX 1660 Ti continues to be a respectable GPU especially in the mobile space.
This $400 Gateway laptop sale comes with a 10th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1080p IPS display
Don't settle for Celeron or Atom laptops when you can get a "proper" Core i5 processor with both decent RAM and an FHD IPS display for the same price.
The Razer Blade 15 is now actually reasonably priced at $1350 USD with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, 144 Hz display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The ongoing Holiday price drops may be indicating that gaming laptops with next generation GPUs might be just around the corner.
Core i7-1165G7 vs. Core i7-1185G7: Dell XPS 13 9310 4K Laptop Review
Whereas older XPS 13 models had just one Core i7 option, the latest XPS 13 9310 has two: the Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7. Let's see how much of a performance benefit the higher-end Core i7 option can bring to the table.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14 is the cheapest laptop with GeForce MX350 graphics and Thunderbolt 3 right now at just $599 USD
This 1080p Ultrabook can run games faster than you might expect given its cheap asking price. Combine this with Thunderbolt 3 and you have a versatile 14-incher for school, office, or games. You'll have to live with just 8 GB of RAM, unfortunately.
Razer Book 13 Core i7 Laptop Review: Like an XPS 13, But Faster
The Book 13 combines the design philosophy and performance of a Blade Stealth with the 16:10 display of a Dell XPS 13 for an impressive piece of hardware. Office users who want something more stylish than the typical Dell, HP or Lenovo will certainly find themselves drawn to the new Razer subnotebook.
Acer Predator Triton 300 with GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, 240 Hz IPS display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is down to $1200 USD
The entry-level ultrathin gaming laptop from Acer comes equipped with high-end specifications and a decent asking price.
The Nintendo Switch is almost 4 years old and it still costs $300 USD retail. Is it time for a price drop?
Nintendo has yet to officially drop the original MSRP of its Switch console even after all these years. As outdated as its Tegra X1 chip has become, sales have been so strong that the Switch may not even need any price cuts at all until at least the impending launch of a proper successor.
MacBook Pro-like HP Envy 17 with 11th gen Core i7 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, and Wi-Fi 6 is down to only $670 USD
The latest Envy 17 mimics a lot of design features of the Apple MacBook without costing nearly as much. Upgrading from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM costs just $40 USD more.
The cheap HP Pavilion isn't that bad of a deal anymore
Not only has the series become more visually appealing than previous generations, but they're also starting to include a lot of desirable design features of more expensive laptops for better overall impressions.
Razer Book 13 and Intel NUC M15 are the fastest laptops thus far with the 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU
We organize all our tested 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 laptops by raw performance to better help users decide which models to consider for the Holidays. The Razer Book 13 is looking like the best bet thus far.
Gamers are not happy about Gamespot's baffling review of Cyberpunk 2077
The video continues to be massively downvoted for the reviewer's unpopular comments about the game world and her seeming disinterest in many of the games periphery activities.
MSI Modern 14 with 10th gen Core i5, Windows 10 Pro, and 3-year limited warranty is now down to $580 USD
Launched just over a year ago for $840 USD, MSI's sleek affordable business laptop just got even more affordable for office users tired of the same HP, Dell, or Lenovo solutions.
2020 HP Pavilion 13 11th gen Core i7 Review: It's Actually Pretty Good
One of HP's least expensive subnotebooks has inherited so many features from the pricier Envy and Spectre series that it ups the ante for what a "budget" laptop should be.
Latest Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 is cheaper than ever right now at just $650 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 12 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
Why spend $650 on a plastic IdeaPad when you can get a higher-end metal alloy convertible with dual Thunderbolt 4 ports for the same price? Best Buy has the Lenovo Yoga 7i down to its most affordable price yet.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 with 10th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD down to $550 USD
The budget-oriented 14-inch convertible may not be the thinnest or lightest, but it can get the job done without breaking the bank or resorting to unattractively low specifications.
Newest HP Pavilion 13 down to $555 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The 2020 Pavilion 13 inherits a lot of design features from the higher-end Envy and Spectre series for better first impressions than initially anticipated. It'll be hard to find another 13-inch laptop with the same specifications and thinness as this HP deal.
The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake
Even the least expensive 11th gen Core i5 Yoga 9i 14 can outperform the priciest older Yoga C940 14 with the 10th gen Core i7. Intel has been steadily upping its integrated graphics game which has allowed even small convertible laptops like the Yoga 9i to run popular titles at decent frame rates.
Lenovo is clearing stock of its Core i5 ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 8 GB of RAM for $800 USD
ThinkPad X1 Carbon models would typically launch for well over $1000 USD or even $1500 USD, but this 2018 version is well under a grand while still sporting the same chassis design and features as the newer 2020 version.
Ultrathin MSI GS66 is down to $1200 USD with 10th gen Core i7, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, and 144 Hz display
Unlike the thicker, cheaper and more budget-oriented MSI GP, GF or GL series, the MSI GS series is home to the company's flagship ultrathin gaming models akin to the Razer Blade series. Such models always retail for high prices at launch, but this deal is the cheapest yet for one of MSI's most visually appealing gaming laptops.
Practical Accell Air USB-C and HDMI docking station works on both laptops and select Android smartphones for $99 USD
The pocket-sized dock is compatible with MacOS, ChromeOS, Windows, and Android and it includes a one-year manufacturer warranty.
AMD Ryzen 9 Asus Zephyrus G14 keeps getting discounted, now down to just $1200 USD for Core i9 level of performance
One of AMD's fastest mobile CPUs can only be found on a select few laptops. Thankfully, these same laptops are frequently on sale to be much cheaper than their Intel equivalents.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 for students and home users down to just $499 USD this week to be its cheapest ever
The laptop sports a sleek and smooth aluminum design that looks and feels way better than any HP Pavilion or Dell Inspiron for the same price.
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Convertible Review: The Yoga C940 Twin
We called the 2019 Lenovo Yoga C940 14 the 14-inch convertible to beat and, for better or worse, the 2020 Yoga 9i 14 brings nothing significantly new to the table other than the expected CPU upgrade.
Get a GeForce GTX 1650 laptop for just $450 in this HP Pavilion Gaming 15 sale
RAM and storage may be low, but the performance-per-dollar for this deal is insane no matter how you spin it. $450 for a decent 1080p gaming laptop will appeal to a lot of budget and casual gamers.
2020 HP Spectre x360 13 with 11th gen Core i5 CPU, Xe graphics, 1080p touchscreen, and 8 GB of RAM down to $760 USD
Unlike the low-end Pavilion series or mid-range Envy series, the high-end Spectre series is home to some of HP's most luxurious consumer laptops. The latest model is down to affordable levels for the Holiday shopping season even if it's just the base configuration.
Latest Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is down to $690 USD right now with 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 5 4650U CPU
Instead of paying budget prices for budget laptops, users might want to consider paying just a bit more for higher quality and longer-lasting models. One of Lenovo's flagship AMD ThinkPad business laptops is down to affordable levels without needing to sacrifice processor performance.
HP 15 with 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 is only $589 USD right now to be one of the cheapest Tiger Lake laptops available
HP's lowest-end laptops are getting better and better these days with Core i7 CPUs, 1080p IPS displays, 16 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6, and even NVMe SSDs much like their pricier Envy or Spectre counterparts.
Doogee N20 Pro Smartphone Review: Android 10 for $120 USD
At one-tenth the price of a Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone, is the Doogee N20 Pro even worth your time? Though it's still unquestionably a cheaply made smartphone, there are several areas where the Doogee can be a lot better than expected considering the price.
The 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U destroys the Core i7-10810U and Intel has no answer at the moment
Until Intel can offer an octa-core U-series vPro CPU with Iris Xe graphics, the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U or Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U will be the fastest options available on any ultra-thin business laptop without question.
EasySMX ESM 9110 is a great Xbox controller for gamers who don't own Xbox consoles
The ESM 9110 is currently on sale for $33 USD compared to $40 or $50 USD for an authentic Xbox One controller. The unlicensed PC and Switch gamepad comes real close to the real deal and it even integrates LED-lit buttons for extra visual flair.
Super-cheap Gateway Ultra Slim 14 comes with a Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, 1080p display, USB-C, and 4 GB of RAM for just $280 USD
The subnotebook should feel right at home for multimedia playback, classrooms, browsing, emailing, and the occasional travel especially since it doesn't rely on slower Intel Atom or Celeron solutions.
Destiny 2 is handing out exotic weapons and engrams to Amazon Prime members for the next year because why not
Subscribers can collect a total of 48 free engrams over the course of a year. The partnership suggests that Destiny 2 will eventually be making its way to Amazon's game streaming service much like how it's already playable on Google Stadia.
Gigabyte Aorus 5 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz display, GeForce RTX 2060, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD down to $1050 after rebates
$1000 can get you pretty far this holiday season when it comes to gaming laptops. If you're willing to go through the hassle of rebates, then this 15.6-inch Aorus 5 will be a strong contender.
Gamestop will start selling Vizio TVs with FreeSync and variable refresh rate even though the Playstation 5 doesn't support them
The Vizio-Gamestop partnership might be more beneficial to the Microsoft XBox series than for the Sony PS5 at least in the short term. The TV maker is pushing hard to make it the brand of choice for console gamers.
Budget Dell Inspiron 15 5505 with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 256 GB NVMe SSD, and 1080p display is now down to $490 USD
Down from its original launch price of $630 USD, the Inspiron 15 5505 is our next Holiday highlight sale because of its fast processor performance relative to the low asking price. This is Dell's latest budget laptop that should easily outperform any other in its sub $500 range.
A Ryzen 7 4800U for Businesses: HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U Laptop Review
Renoir has proven itself to be a beast of a series and the 8-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is no exception. The CPU propels the HP EliteBook 845 G7 to be much faster than what its vanilla visual design might otherwise suggest.
Cheap Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with 10th gen Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 1080p display, and 256 GB NVMe SSD is down to just $300 USD
The $300 range is home to some awful laptops sporting with Celeron, Atom, or 768p displays. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 is easily one of the better options in this price range based solely on its decent specifications.
2020 HP Envy x360 15z with Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD now on sale for $830 USD
HP's latest mid-range convertible laptop comes with one of the fastest U-series CPUs available for a fair price without needing to cut RAM or storage in the process.
6-in-1 CablePower portable charger promises to be "world's most convenient power bank"
The 10000 mAh power bank houses individual USB Type-A, Type-C, Micro-USB, and Thunderbolt cables in a neat fashion for easy transporting.
Lenovo Yoga 7i Core i5-1135G7 CPU is on par with the Core i7-1165G7, but its Iris Xe graphics is way behind
We're getting mixed results from the initial batch of laptops sporting Intel's newest 11th gen Tiger Lake processors. Both CPU and GPU performance are ranging from disappointing to impressive depending on the laptop in question.
The EliteBook x360 1030 G7 is one of HP's best subnotebook convertibles, but it's time to make the jump to 16:10
Dell, Lenovo, and even Razer are now offering 16:10 business laptops. Will HP follow suit? We think there's a good chance of seeing more high-end laptops from HP sporting aspect ratios other than 16:9 like 16:10 or 3:2.
Buying an Ultrabook for the holidays? This 16-in-1 USB-C Baseus docking station might come in handy
Newer laptops are dropping ports left and right for thinner and sexier designs. As a result, you're going to need a USB-C docking station sooner or later if you want to connect any sort of monitors, keyboards, USB sticks, or even SD cards to your PC.
Porsche Design Acer Book RS with 11th gen Core i7 and GeForce MX350 now available in the U.S. for $2000 USD
What's the easiest way to boost your product into the high-end category? By associating it with fancy cars, of course. The prosumer 14-inch Acer Book RS Porsche Design comes with the Core i5-1135G7 CPU and just 8 GB of RAM for a hefty price tag of $1400 USD.
HyperX Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard is small in size and big on lighting features
It doesn't quack, but the no-frills HyperX Ducky is easy to use and with all the RGB bells and whistles we've come to expect from a mechanical keyboard for gamers.
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14-inch Tiger Lake Laptop Review: Core i5-1135G7 Debut
Lenovo's new mid-range 14-inch convertible comes with the latest 11th gen Intel parts and even Thunderbolt 4 compatibility for a little under $1000 USD. Its specifications are great on paper, but let's see how the machine actually performs.
Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims
We don't think it's a coincidence that initial processor benchmarks from Intel are always faster than what we actually see on retail units from OEMs. ULV CPUs are designed to run across a wide range of TDP levels meaning manufacturers often choose to run them at slower speeds even though the silicon is capable of much more.
The XtendTouch Pro is the world's first portable 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen monitor promising 10-bit color, full DCI-P3 coverage, and 4K resolution
Its $699 USD price tag is hefty, but the XtendTouch Pro XT1610UO is promising a long list of features not found on most other portable monitors. The big AC adapter and uncalibrated display, however, could use some more work.
Loaded Dell Alienware m15 R3 with 300 Hz display, Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 512 GB SSD is down to $1500 USD
One of Dell's fastest gaming laptops is down to a respectable price point without needing to cut back on storage, display or graphics.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G7 Convertible Review: A Spectre Dragonfly Hybrid
Whereas Lenovo and Dell have been slowly moving away from 16:9 to 16:10 for some of its higher-end office laptops, HP seems content with sticking to 16:9 for the time being. The EliteBook x360 1030 G7 is HP's best iteration of a 16:9 13.3-inch office subnotebook yet.
Playstation 5 eBay listings have ballooned out of control with scalpers
Scalpers are already making bank on the PS5 launch with successful listings ending at around $1000 USD or two times the retail price of the actual console. The system will likely remain out of reach for most users throughout the rest of the year.
Forget the Apple Airpods: Scendo wants iPhone 12 users to try these Snapods instead
With the help of an adhesive, the Snapods earbuds can snap into place on the back of any smartphone. The buds weigh just a tenth of an ounce and are touch-sensitive for user controls.
Super-light Dynabook Portege X30W-J is now an Intel Evo laptop with Tiger Lake Core i5/i7 and Iris Xe graphics
At just 989 grams, the Tiger Lake-powered Dynabook X30W-J is over 300 grams lighter than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 or 200 grams lighter than the LG Gram 14 convertible.
MSI GL75 for $1200 USD is probably the cheapest gaming laptop at the moment with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics
The sale is expected to last for only a week. Unlike most other cheap configurations, this particular offer doesn't skimp on RAM, storage, or display quality even though it comes with the fast GeForce RTX 2070 GPU.
The Playstation 5 is more power-hungry than a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q gaming laptop
At a whopping 200 W when gaming, the PS5 demands as much power as some of the fastest gaming laptops you can buy at the moment. The Asus Strix Scar 15 with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, for example, consumes 201 W when gaming.
Anyware PhonePad is a 15.6-inch portable touchscreen launching this November for $350 USD
The 15.6-inch portable display is well-built and with plenty of connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0 for smartphones to control. Unfortunately, its dim and glossy display is troublesome to use if outdoors where glare becomes inevitable.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW fixes the biggest problem we have with the ROG Strix G15 G512LI
It's worth spending a bit more on the G512LW not just for its 2x faster graphics performance, but also for its significantly better display. The ghosting and poor colors on the G512LI display are disappointing for a dedicated gaming laptop.
Finally, Nvidia Optimus 2.0 or Advanced Optimus laptops are now shipping
Eluktronics will be one of the first to offer Advanced Optimus on its MECH-15 G3 and MAX-15 Ultra laptops this month for a starting price of $2100 USD. The reseller promised in September that it would begin shipping the systems before the end of the year.
Razer Book 13 is the lovechild between a Dell XPS 13 and a Blade Stealth that we never knew we wanted
It may look like a Blade Stealth at first glance, but the Razer Book 13 is so much more. The new business laptop includes features not found on the Blade Stealth including HDMI, MicroSD, 16:10 display, and even per-key RGB lighting for a starting price of $1200 USD.
APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming UPS BGM1500 is big on looks and features, but its interface could be better
It's probably the sleekest UPS you can find in the market right now for about $259 USD. However, a few small quality-of-life changes could have made it even easier to use.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW Laptop Review: Much Better Than The G512LI
The Asus system utilizes liquid metal for its CPU over traditional thermal paste. Though Turbo Boost sustainability is excellent, core temperatures remain balmy at about 80 C when gaming.
One of the only AMD gaming laptops you can buy is on sale right now for $900 USD
Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and Radeon RX 5600M GPU, the Dell G5 15 Special Edition can offer GeForce RTX 2060-level gaming performance for the price of a typical GeForce GTX 1650 Ti laptop.
Intel outpriced yet again: Asus ZenBook 14 UM425 with Ryzen 7 4700U comes with twice the RAM and twice the storage than the pricier Tiger Lake UX425 version
You'll have to really exploit Thunderbolt and single-threaded applications to justify owning the more expensive Intel ZenBook UX425 over the less expensive AMD ZenBook UM425. Both models utilize the exact same chassis powered by different processors.
Latest Razer Blade Stealth with 11th gen Core i7 is only $100 more than the 10th gen version. Why the small price difference?
Razer is now shipping its latest Tiger Lake Blade Stealth for $1800 USD while the last generation Ice Lake version is $1700 USD. We look into what exactly buyers would be getting should they decide to spend that extra $100 for the newer Tiger Lake model.
Razer Blade Stealth Tiger Lake GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: A Small Step Forward
Razer's latest subnotebook with Intel's brand new 11th gen Core i7 continues to be the fastest in its size category even if it's only marginally better than the older model.
Lexar launches 1066x UHS-I Silver MicroSD series starting at $29 USD
The affordable 1066x cards will offer maximum read and write rates of 160 MB/s and 120 MB/s, respectively, compared to 270 MB/s on Lexar's more expensive 1800x lineup.
Tiger Lake Dell XPS 13 9310 vs. Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA: the Dynamic Power Policy difference
Intel's brand new Core i7-1165G7 processor can behave very differently depending on how OEMs decide to implement it onto their laptops. Our Dell and Asus examples show the pros and cons of two different methods we see on almost all laptops.
Yahoo-themed ZTE Blade A3Y smartphone launches for just $49 for all the Yahoo fanatics
The purple smartphone may not be the sleekest or most powerful, but it's one of the least expensive Android 10 smartphones you can without being tied to year-long contracts.
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 Laptop Review: The 11th Gen Tiger Lake Difference
10th gen Intel Ice Lake introduced significant graphics upgrades over the aging UHD Graphics 620 and the 11th gen Tiger Lake series is yet another huge leap. CPU performance, however, hasn't changed by all that much.
A whole bunch of Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops are now shipping with 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
Asus doesn't want to miss out on that lucrative holiday shopping season by launching not one, but eleven different Intel Tiger Lake laptop models and even more SKUs for users to choose from.
We just wasted $900 on the Surface Laptop Go so you wouldn't have to
Microsoft's latest laptop is both a great netbook and a terrible Ultrabook. If you're thinking about spending $900 on the Surface Laptop Go, then you may as well just consider the more capable 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 instead.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 with 10th gen Core i5, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display on sale for $470 USD
Finding a decent laptop for under $500 USD is like walking into a field of landmines as OEMs will often cut deep corners or hide important drawbacks from potential buyers. This IdeaPad S340 15 deal isn't perfect, but it's one of the better laptops you can find for under $500.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: An Overpriced Netbook
Are you happy with just 4 GB of soldered RAM and 64 GB of storage? If so, then the $550 USD Surface Laptop Go might be worthwhile. For everyone else, look elsewhere and don't turn back.
PNY XLR8 M.2 Gen 4 NVMe SSDs launching in same month as the Playstation 5, but they probably won't be compatible
The PNY XLR8 CS3040 NVMe SSDs are rated for speeds of up to 5.6 GB/s compared to the 5.5 GB/s SSD in the PS5. However, we doubt that the 100 MB/s difference will be enough of an overhead to make the PNY drives a good fit for the Sony console.
Western Digital D50 Game NVMe docking station is a great way to utilize that Thunderbolt 3 port
The all-in-one RGB-enabled docking station promises up to 3000 MB/s read and 2600 MB/s write rates all via Thunderbolt 3.
We installed Genshin Impact on the slowest Android 10 tablet we could find just to see what would happen. It wasn't pretty
If you're looking for a mobile game to bring your fancy $1000 smartphone to its knees, then Genshin Impact would be it. The game is practically unplayable on budget Android devices with unsteady frame rates and visual bugs galore.
Alldocube iPlay 20 Tablet Review: Android 10 for $100 USD
If you want a super-cheap Android tablet that both performs and feels great, then it'd be hard finding something better than the Alldocube iPlay 20. There are, however, a few important caveats to keep in mind.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 with 11th gen Core i5-1135G7 now available for $650 USD, is probably the least expensive Tiger Lake laptop at launch
Dell is slashing $50 off the price of its latest entry-level convertible laptop equipped with the Core i5-1135G7 processor and integrated Iris Xe graphics for a final tally of $650 before taxes. However, we recommend upgrading the touchscreen to 1080p or else you'd be stuck with only 768p.
Laptop naming conventions have become a total mess
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532, ROG Strix Scar III G531, HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl, XPS 13 7390, XPS 13 9380, Yoga C930, Yoga Book C930... it's no surprise that even we're starting to get a bit confused at how all these names are structured.
Lenovo Yoga C940 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 4K touchscreen, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD now on sale for $1200 USD
Lenovo's top-of-the-line 10th gen Ice Lake convertible gets another price cut in anticipation for the upcoming 11th gen Tiger Lake replacements set to arrive before Thanksgiving.
Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3 Supreme is all about user customization and style
There's not a lot of mice out there with customizable rotax, polling rate, lift-off height, angle snap, swappable parts, RGB LED lighting, and a 16000 DPI all in one, but the Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3 almost covers it all.
Latest C-Force CF011C portable monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing the category
The $200 USD 15.6-inch portable monitor uses a brand new IPS panel with full sRGB coverage and a much brighter backlight than any other external monitor we've tested thus far in this price range.
Uh oh, now laptops are beginning to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack
Last year, we posed the question to our readers about how they would feel if laptops begun shipping without integrated 3.5 mm audio jacks similar to most smartphones nowadays. Now, it appears that at least one laptop manufacturer is slowly but surely testing this out for themselves.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with Core i5, GeForce MX350 graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and 8 GB of RAM now on sale for $630 USD
It's gonna be tough finding another 14-inch laptop with both GeForce MX350 graphics and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in this price range. One of Lenovo's best 14-inch Ultrabooks is now the cheapest it's ever been complete with a glossy 1080p display and metal chassis.
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA Laptop Review: The Microsoft Surface Alternative
The ZenBook S series is moving away from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio to the more office-friendly 3:2. Results are impressive and definitely worth a look if you were considering a Surface, XPS, or MateBook in the near future.
Asus Zephyrus M15 GU502LU vs. GU502LW: What's The Difference?
Turbo mode makes all the difference if you're looking to maximize performance out of either machine. We go over what users can expect from Asus' mid-range gaming series.
Auzai 21.5-inch monitor is super cheap and super average
You can't expect too much from a 21.5-inch monitor for less than $100 USD. The Auzai is great for basic browsing and multimedia tasks, but casual gamers or even amateur content creators will want to invest in something better.
Intel Core i9-10885H is almost 20 percent slower than the Core i7-10875H
You're probably going to need a beefy laptop and cooling solution if you want to maximize the performance potential of the vPro Core i9-10885H. The budget Dell Precision 3551, for example, is only able to sustain a clock rate of just 2.7 GHz when the CPU is capable of running much faster.
Cheap SK Hynix Gold P31/S31 NVMe and SATA SSDs are now even cheaper for Amazon Prime Day
The Gold P31 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD in particular was the world's first consumer SSD with 128-layer NAND when it launched just over a month ago. Its $110 sale price will net users 3500 MB/s read and 3200 MB/s write speeds instead of the slower PCI x2 speeds commonly found in this price range.
Razer is having way too much fun with its branding and we absolutely love it
Razer has dipped its toes into the world of toasters, cryptocurrencies, LED credit cards, chairs, gaming tablets, projectors, and now Sneki Snek plushies in the name of trees and wildlife conservation. Because why not.
Dell Precision 3551 Laptop Review: Intel Core i9-10885H Debut
The Precision 3551 is one of the least expensive mobile workstations you can find with a vPro-enabled 10th gen Intel Core i9 CPU. Ports and features are commendable so long as you're okay with the dull visual design.
MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested
It takes two large 60 mm fans and eleven copper heat pipes to cool both a 125 W CPU and 200 W GPU in a laptop chassis. However, the resulting fan noise will be as large and in charge as the resulting performance.
Playstation 5 soldered 825 GB SSD puts a hard limit on the lifespan of each retail unit
What will happen when the internal SSD inevitably dies? We're not so sure. Whereas the primary drives in the PS3 and PS4 could all be easily replaced, the fixed SSD in the PS5 could be an issue far into the lifespan of the system.
Is a $999 Walmart Gateway gaming laptop any good? We try one out ourselves to see
With just 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB of storage, there are reasons why you might want to think more carefully before plopping down a grand for this relatively inexpensive GeForce RTX 2060 laptop.
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS Laptop Review: Late Game Exotic Gear
Picking up that yellow or orange drop after defeating a late game boss is always exciting. Getting that perfect stat roll might even be worth showing off. The MSI GT76 Titan has the specs and performance of an exotic drop that gamers are always grinding after.
Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 and GeForce MX350 are neck-to-neck in 3DMark — so why is the Intel chip still so much slower when gaming?
Unoptimized drivers, a shared TDP pool, and lack of VRAM on the Iris Xe G7 may be attributing to some steep performance deficits when compared to the GeForce MX150, MX250, or MX350 series when running certain games. A select few titles, however, show the Intel chip to be on par with Nvidia.
Walmart Gateway Creator Series 15 Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2060 For Under $1000 USD
It's one of the cheapest gaming laptops you can find with the GeForce RTX 2060 at the moment, but don't hop onboard just yet. The 8 GB of single-channel RAM and small 256 GB NVMe SSD might hinder your experience.
HP Spectre x360 14 ups the ante with 3:2 OLED display and Intel Tiger Lake for $1199 USD
If the HP Spectre x360 13 seems too small and the HP Spectre x360 15 seems too big, then the upcoming HP Spectre x360 14 might be just right. The new model will be introducing both a 3:2 display aspect ratio and Intel Tiger Lake Core U processor options when it launches later this month.
Intel Tiger Lake is pouncing onto the HP Envy x360 13 and Envy 13 this November alongside Thunderbolt 4 compatibility
The CPU update will bring Intel Evo to HP's mid-range Envy 13 family of subnotebooks. Physical features of the chassis will otherwise be identical to the 2019 Ice Lake Envy 13 family.
Intel Iris Xe G7 graphics isn't so bad, but it still has a long way to go in terms of drivers and compatibility
There's one thing that Nvidia has arguably always been better at than Intel or AMD: graphics drivers. Though the new Iris Xe G7 is inching pretty closely to the GeForce MX series, the more mature drivers from Nvidia essentially guarantee better compatibility and optimization for the latest titles.
Durabook Z14I rugged laptop launching with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and a PCIe x4 expansion compartment box
The 14-inch laptop will have a 1000-nit FHD touchscreen, up to 25 hours of battery life, multiple expansion options, up to a GeForce GTX GPU, and plenty of I/O ports.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425E Review: 11th Gen Core i7 "Tiger Lake" Debut
Asus will be one of the first major OEMs to launch a family of Tiger Lake laptop this October. We test the upcoming ZenBook 14 UX425EA equipped with the Core i7-1165G7 to see how it compares to the rising popularity of AMD Ryzen alternatives.
Like a Dell XPS 17, But Worse: LG Ultra 17 Laptop Review
Do you want to spend $1400 USD for a 17-inch laptop with slow Core i5 performance, no AdobeRGB coverage, and no Thunderbolt 3? This overpriced LG Ultra 17 is unique but in all the wrong ways.
New SFF Origin PC Chronos desktop is just 20 L, gets GeForce RTX 3090 upgrade
The GeForce RTX 3090 is ludicrously large and thick, but that's not going to stop companies from squeezing it into the smallest form factors possible.
The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350
The upcoming GeForce MX450 will bring the biggest gen-to-gen leap in performance for the low-power MX series since the launch of the MX150 back in 2017. Both Intel and AMD are now able to offer GeForce MX150-like performance from more power-efficient integrated GPUs which will push Nvidia to finally incorporate Turing onto its next generation MX400 family.
Acer Enduro T1 ET108-11A A9001 Rugged Tablet Review
If you just need a basic sturdy tablet with none of the bells and whistles, then the inexpensive Enduro T1 will be much thinner and lighter than expected for its rugged category.
Asus ScreenPad 2.0 is so much better than before, but it could still use some work
Asus' integrated clickpad/touchscreen hybrid works well at smaller resolutions or for dragging windows back and forth between the main display. If you don't have an external mouse, however, it might be more trouble than its worth.
HP EliteBook 830 G7 impresses in almost every aspect except one
Its Core i7 processor is almost 40 percent slower than on the Dell latitude 9510 2-in-1 equipped with the exact same CPU. The deficit can be attributed to the shorter-lived Turbo Boost potential of the HP system.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL Laptop Review: ScreenPad Is Here To Stay
This Asus Ultrabook is unlike any other competing model in its size class due to its integrated secondary display. Though awesome from a conceptual standpoint, we go over some hidden drawbacks that potential owners should know about.
Yikes, Xbox Series X 1 TB SSD expansion card will purportedly cost at least $199 USD or half the price of a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
The proprietary Xbox Seagate drives are going to cost an arm and a leg relative to the prices of the new consoles themselves if you plan on expanding their storage capacities.
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB NVMe SSD Benchmarked
The mid-range HP EX900 Pro isn't bad by any means, but it's a little late to the party now that the faster and cheaper SK Hynix Gold P31 has already hit the market.
HP EliteBook 830 G7 Laptop Review: Premium for the Mainstream
Unlike the jump from the EliteBook 830 G5 to the 830 G6, the 830 G7 brings significant visual updates including reduced bezels for a sleeker and more portable look.
Intel Iris Xe G7 can run GTA V at 1080p 60 FPS on normal settings, is roughly on par with the Radeon RX Vega 8 and GeForce MX250
We take a glimpse of what Intel's next generation of integrated graphics can do and it's pretty good for a 10 nm non-discrete solution. Now, Intel will have to price it just right to make it worth the purchase over existing Ryzen or GeForce MX-powered laptops that offer similar graphics performance.
Portable Eggtronic battery bank holds a larger charge than most laptops
This compact $89 USD power bank can hold a respectable 63 Wh charge to be perfect for hikes or camping trips with multiple people. Recharging the bank itself, however, is almost three times slower than on most laptops.
Nvidia Advanced Optimus is finally coming and Eluktronics will be one of the first to offer it
The reseller hopes to accelerate the adoption of Advanced Optimus. The existing MECH-15 and MAX-15 laptops will get new Core i7-10870H processors in addition to the Nvidia feature in the next couple of months.
GMK says it will fix the problems we experienced on the NucBox
The poor Wi-Fi, unreliable MicroSD reader, pulsing fan, and scorching high core temperature will reportedly all be fixed when backers receive their units next month. GMK has acknowledged these problems and is actively fixing them.
GMK NucBox K1 vs. Chuwi LarkBox Mini PC Review: Two Birds of a Feather
On paper, the GMK mini PC has the better processor with more RAM, more storage, and faster Wi-Fi than the Chuwi equivalent. Unfortunately, our pre-production unit doesn't always work as intended.
Avoid these subpar Panda LM156LF IPS displays when buying your next gaming laptop
Manufacturers should really stop using these Panda panels on their laptops. Don't be fooled by their high native refresh rates as Panda panels have some of the slowest black-white response times and narrowest color space of any other high refresh rate display.
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528 Laptop Review: Full sRGB Coverage For $300 USD
The 13-inch Chuwi GemiBook offers the best 3:2 display you can find in this price range. Unfortunately, that nice display comes at the cost of subpar processor performance and an unreliable keyboard.
We're calling it now: 2021 will introduce new laptops with way better webcams than ever before
COVID-19 and work-from-home orders have been a boon to virtual gatherings and Zoom meetings for office workers, students, doctors, and so much more. We strongly believe that this will accelerate the development of laptop webcams that aren't limited to 720p, muddy colors, or slow frame rates in the very near future.
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI Laptop Review: Gaming Multimedia Hybrid
It's the most powerful version of the VivoBook 15 you can get at the moment, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best. This GeForce GTX-powered laptop is set back by its average battery life and colors.
Asus Zephyrus G14 timed exclusivity deal for the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS might have hurt the processor more than it helped
Timed exclusivity may work in the world of consoles games, but limiting a great processor to just one laptop and one screen size isn't such a great idea. The limited press coverage and availability of both the Ryzen 7 4800HS and Ryzen 9 4900HS may be attributed to the fact that only just a handful of Asus laptops carry such options.
The GeForce RTX 3080 has an insane 320 W TDP. What will this mean for gaming laptops?
Even the biggest and fastest laptops at the moment carry "only" the 150 W - 180 W TDP GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. Exactly how Nvidia will translate its massive 320 W desktop GeForce RTX 3080 to mobile form factors will be interesting to see.
Gateway is back: THX and Walmart revive branding for new affordable Ultrabooks and gaming laptop series
Walmart is doubling down on laptops with new Gateway models spanning from $199 subnotebooks up to even gaming laptops north of $1000 USD with Ryzen 7 CPUs and GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs. If you ever wanted a cheap laptop without buying used, then these should fit the bill.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS Debut: Asus Zephyrus G15 GA502IU Laptop Review
Even the slowest mobile Ryzen 7 H-series Renoir CPU is able outperform most laptops running on the latest 10th gen Core i7 Comet Lake-H CPU. Though raw CPU performance is excellent, the $1300 asking for price of the Zephyrus G15 is a bit high considering the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q GPU.
HP and Lenovo have yet to offer a 17-inch workstation as compact as the Dell Precision 5750
The Precision 5750 is a unique 17-inch laptop that juggles between being an Ultrabook and a full-fledged mobile workstation. It doesn't particularly excel at one or the other, but it still appeals to a small segment of professionals who could benefit from its hybrid approach.
Dell Precision 5750 Workstation Review: The XPS 17 For Professionals
Turning a high-performance Ultrabook into a workstation isn't new, but the Precision 5750 is one-of-a-kind for its 16:10 aspect ratio and thin design that other 17-inch workstations don't offer.
Dell XPS 17 battery drain issue fixed on latest production batches
We retest the XPS 17 to confirm the fixes that Dell has in place. The laptop will now properly draw 130 W from its adapter instead of only 100 W to mitigate the battery draining issue on earlier production units.
Rare AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS runs as fast as some 10th gen Core i9-10980HK laptops and at a lower TDP
Our first in-house Ryzen 7 4800HS benchmarks are in and they show much of an advantage AMD has over Intel in terms of performance-per-watt with its 7 nm Zen 2 Renoir series.
Alienware m17 R3 runs the Core i9-10980HK faster than anyone else, but be prepared for super hot 95 C temperatures
If the want the fastest there is, then you'll also have to get the hottest and loudest is well. The latest Alienware isn't afraid to run at extreme temperatures all in the name of maximizing raw performance.
Chuwi GemiBook design flaw shows us what happens when ports are positioned too closely together
This is how not to design a laptop. If using one port blocks access to an adjacent port, then you know your engineers screwed up somewhere along the process.
SK Hynix Gold P31 1 TB NVMe SSD PCIe x4 Benchmarked
As the first U.S.-bound NVMe SSD from SK Hynix, the Gold P31 leaves a great first impression with maximum transfer rates that are hard to beat at its target price range.
Good-bye, Max-Q: Dell Alienware m17 R3 GeForce RTX 2080 Super Laptop Review
The Alienware m17 R3 may look the same as the m17 R2 from the outside, but it has been completely redesigned on the inside. The system swaps out GeForce Max-Q GPUs for full-fledged GeForce Super options for even faster gen-over-gen performance.
Why your next Tiger Lake laptop likely won't perform as well as all those Intel slides claim
Intel should use real-world retail laptops to represent their Core i7-1165G7 benchmarks instead of in-house kits that will likely never make it onto store shelves. Their initial benchmark scores don't mean very much if the average Core i7-1165G7 can potentially run much slower on final OEM designs.
Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 or HP EliteBook x360? One factor might be the deal breaker
You can't have it all when it comes to subnotebooks. If you value a super-bright 1000-nit display, then the HP EliteBook x360 will be the best option. If you rather have a proximity sensor for hands-free login, then you'll have to go with the Dell Latitude.
Intel is being silent about the price of Tiger Lake laptops and that has us worried
The first Ice Lake laptops launched late last year for around $1500 USD. Will the first Tiger Lake laptops be just as pricey? We're hopeful that the outstanding performance-per-dollar of current AMD Ryzen Zen 2 laptops will persuade OEMs to launch Tiger Lake models at lower prices.
Intel Xe graphics and FHD OLED touchscreen coming to the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 UX363
The refreshed ZenBook convertible will be one of the few, if not only, laptop series to carry FHD OLED touchscreen options. Almost all OLED panels for laptops up to this point have had a native resolution of 4K UHD only.
Core i9-powered MSI WS66 workstation is super sleek, super fast and super loud
All that performance in such a thin chassis comes at the cost of fan noise. MSI Cooler Boost mode is a fancy name for "Maximum Fan" mode for users who want to exploit the Core i9-10980HK and Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q GPU to their maximum potential.
Dell Latitude 14 9410 2-in-1 Convertible Review: A Latitude 7400 At Heart
Last year's Latitude 7400 2-in-1 was already excellent, so why mess with a good thing? The Latitude 9410 2-in-1 doesn't bring anything new from a visual standpoint, but some users might appreciate the newer Comet Lake-U CPU options and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
Dell Precision 7550 comes with almost everything you'd expect from a mobile workstation except for full-power Quadro RTX 5000 graphics
For a full-size mobile workstation with all the bells and whistles, it's odd to see a Quadro Max-Q GPU instead of the full-power non-Max-Q variant.
MSI WS66 10TMT Workstation Laptop Review: Faster Than The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition
As it turns out, gaming laptops can make for pretty good workstations. The MSI WS66 doesn't sacrifice performance for its compact size, but you'll have to make do without a handful of staple features commonly found on more traditional workstations.
Dell Precision 7550 Mobile Workstation Review: The Antithesis To The Precision 5550
If the XPS 15 had gained some weight, it would probably look a lot like the Precision 7550. This high-end mobile workstation drops the super-thin and sexy designs of most Nvidia Studio laptops in favor of a "proper" full-size chassis.
7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is as fast as the 14 nm Core i9-9880H and at half the TDP, but there's a huge catch
Can an 8-core 25 W cTDP Ryzen 7 4800U outperform the popular 8-core 45 W Core i9-9880H? They're much closer than what you might think at least until you start stressing the Ryzen processor over very long periods.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 with Ryzen 7 4700U down to $855 USD, Ryzen 7 4800U option still missing
Last week's deal is now live again for the exact same Ryzen 7 4700U configuration. It's a decent buy so long as you are okay with being stuck on 8 GB of RAM for the life of the system.
Humiliatingly for Intel, an underperforming Core i7-10510U runs slower than the two-year old Core i5-8250U
The 2020 Acer TravelMate P215 may be smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it doesn't run any faster despite its fancy new 10th gen Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU. Intel's 10th gen Core family isn't looking so hot all things considered.
The Ryzen 7 4800U is an Absolute Monster: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 Laptop Review
After facing a few delays, AMD's premier Ryzen 7 4800U is finally starting to hit store shelves. Results are insane for a 14-inch subnotebook to the point where it'd be tough to recommend an Intel counterpart when given the same price.
Ryzen-powered Asus VivoBook Flip 14 shows just how badly Intel needs to launch its Tiger Lake platform
When a cheap AMD VivoBook can outperform even the fanciest of Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, or HP Spectre 13 money can buy, then you know Intel is in a bad spot.
Amazon has the 2020 Razer Blade 15 on sale right now for $1500 USD to be even cheaper than Razer's own online store
The latest Razer Blade 15 is now the cheapest it's been even though it will still cost you just a little bit more more than a typical gaming laptop with the same Core i7-10750H CPU and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Acer TravelMate P2 TMP215-52 Laptop Review: Affordable Business
Acer's latest 15.6-inch TravelMate brings a smaller chassis design and an updated 10th gen Core i7 processor while keeping most of the features on last year's model. Raw processor performance however, is falling behind.
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA Ryzen 7 Convertible Review: Core i7 Need Not Apply
It's another home run for the affordable Asus VivoBook Flip series as this AMD-powered convertible retails is both faster and cheaper than many Intel Core i7 alternatives in the market.
Trials of Mana exceeds sales expectations, gives hope for a Chrono Trigger remake
Square Enix has reported "strong" sales of Trials of Mana that have "significantly surpassed" initial expectations. Meanwhile, FF7 Remake sold nearly 5 million units in its first three months since launch. The sales success of remakes could lead to more similar titles from the company in the future.
Razer Blade 15 GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q Review: Same Laptop, But Faster
Not much has changed over last year's Blade 15 from a design perspective, but the new 10th gen 8-core Core i7-10875H will offer noticeable raw performance gains over the older 9th gen 6-core Core i7-9750H. The jump from the older GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q to the latest GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, however, will be much smaller.
Vizio wants in on that Marvel money, becomes official partner to upcoming Crystal Dynamics Avengers game
The TV maker wants to appeal to gamers by making its features more apparent to buyers. Vizio is touting 4K 120 Hz, variable refresh rates, and automatic game detection so users won't have to manually set the TV to game mode.
SK Hynix Gold P31 NVMe launches this week, promises transfer rates of up to 3500 MB/s
The Gold P31 will be the world's first 128-layer NAND NVMe drive for consumers, but capacities will be limited to 500 GB and 1 TB for now.
Popular Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop with Core i7, OLED, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics now on sale for $1400 USD
The XPS 15 alternative is seemingly on sale more often than it's not. This latest one is $500 off to be more in line with other AMOLED laptops.
New HP Envy 15 makes for a better gaming laptop than the Omen 15
Paint the Envy 15 in black and red and HP could have easily called it an Omen. The manufacturer's latest Nvidia Studio laptop has more in common with ultra-thin gaming laptops than it does with other multimedia laptops.
Where are all the AMD Ryzen 7 GeForce RTX 2070 laptops? These Eluktronics models are proof that we're ready for them
We think the world is ready for laptops running on the Ryzen 7 4800H CPU with higher-end Nvidia graphics options. AMD has the processors to really shake up the enthusiast mobile gaming market, but it will be up to the manufacturers to actually make them widely available for consumers.
This is HP's Answer To The Apple MacBook Pro: 2020 Envy 15 Creator Core i7 Review
HP is betting big on 4K AMOLED, faster GeForce RTX graphics, and cheaper starting prices to challenge the all-popular MacBook Pro series and attract more content creators.
Dell Precision 5550 is the full-on refresh of the Precision 5540 in the same vein as the XPS 15 9500, but performance hasn't really changed
If it's important for your mobile workstation to be as portable and sexy as possible, then go ahead and get the Precision 5550. Otherwise, the older Precision 5540 will be cheaper and perform almost exactly the same.
Eluktronics Matrix RP-17 Laptop Review: Core i9 Performance Without The Core i9 Price
At around $1100 USD, the Eluktronics RP-17 is about the same price as most Intel-powered versions with the same GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, but the Ryzen 7 4800H will be faster than any mobile Core i7 option you can find.
Diamond Dog screen protector promises to be 6x harder to scratch than typical 9H tempered glass solutions, costs almost twice as much
For $30, this better be one of the best screen protectors we've used. Intevac's patented DiamondClad carbon coating will supposedly lead to a tougher and longer-lasting screen protector than other generic tempered glass options.
Dell Precision 5550 Workstation Review: The XPS 15 For Professionals
While traditional workstation laptops like the Precision 7550 will never be replaced, there is growing demand for stylish ultra-thin workstations as well. The Precision 5550 swaps out the GeForce GPUs in the XPS 15 9500 for TUring Quadro GPUs to appeal to professional audiences.
GMK NucBox mini PC to rip on the Intel NUC, come with a Celeron J4125 and challenge the Chuwi Larkbox
The NucBox will be one of the smallest 4K-cable mini PCs you can find when it hopefully launches later this year. Specs-wise, it's looking to be an upgrade from the Chuwi Larkbox in terms of CPU performance, WLAN, and RAM.
HP ProBook 450 G7 Core i7 Laptop Review: Is It Better Than The Ryzen 7 ProBook 455 G7?
It used to be that users would buy AMD laptops over Intel knowing full well that the less expensive AMD laptop would be slower. The latest Ryzen processors have flipped this upside-down to not only be cheaper, but also faster than the Intel version. We compare the Intel ProBook 450 G7 to the AMD ProBook 455 G7 to see just how much of an advantage the latter has over the former.
Intel NUC 8 with Core i3, Radeon GPU, 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM, and 1 TB HDD now on sale for $329 USD
Amazon is clearing stock on the year-old NUC 8 that pairs an uncommon 10 nm Core i3-8121U CPU with an AMD Radeon RX 540 GPU.
Versatile Accell Thunderbolt 3 cable is Intel-certified, comes with 2-year limited warranty
It's not exactly cheap at $41.99 USD, but it gets the job done and it should hopefully last a little longer than most cheaper USB-C cables. We'll be using this cable for many of our reviews moving forward.
AMD embarrasses Intel with Ryzen 7 HP ProBook 455 G7 running 150 percent faster than the more expensive Core i7 ProBook 450 G7
We all know AMD is having a field day against Intel with its latest family of Zen 2 CPUs, but we didn't think it could get this bad.
Dell Alienware m15 R3 runs an insane 30 degrees C cooler than the Alienware m15 R2 to address the biggest problem of the series
The Cryo-Tech cooling changes under the hood are exactly what the Alienware laptops needed. We can't imagine an Alienware laptop without vapor chamber cooling anymore based on what we're seeing on the latest Alienware m15 R3.
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop Review: Vapor Chamber Saves The Day
It may look the same on the outside, but it's a different beast on the inside. CPU temperatures are much cooler now to address one of our biggest concerns about last year's Alienware m15 R2.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook with 4K AMOLED, Core i5, 256 GB SSD, and 8 GB RAM already down to $800 USD
The premium Samsung convertible Chromebook is barely four months old and price cuts are already in effect. Originally launched for $1000 USD, Amazon is now offering the model for $200 less.
$399 Audeze LCD-1 planar magnetic headphones are ultra-light and maybe a little bit too small for comfort
Our pink noise test shows balanced audio reproduction at most frequencies, but the smaller design may not fit comfortably around larger ears. If you travel a lot, however, then the LCD-1 should prove useful.
The biggest strength of the MSI GS75 is also responsible for its biggest weakness
Being so light and small has its obvious benefits and perhaps not-so-obvious drawbacks. If you like the ultralight MSI GS75, then you'll have to deal with a laptop that tends to bend and creak more than others.
Dell finally addresses XPS 17 9700 and Precision 5750 charging woes, but the solution isn't as simple as you may think
If you own a GeForce-powered XPS 17 or Precision 5750, Dell wants you to contact customer support to work something out. The manufacturer has successfully reproduced the charging issue on a "limited quantity" of laptops and will be reaching out to existing owners as well.
MSI GS75 Stealth 10SF Laptop Review: Great Core i7-10875H Performance
It may be stealthy by name, but it's anything but when gaming due to its loud fans. MSI has refreshed its premier ultra-thin 17.3-inch gaming laptop with both 10th gen Intel Core CPU and GeForce Super options for slightly faster performance than last year's Coffee Lake-H SKUs.
Vissles-M 15.6 Portable Monitor Review: Play Nintendo Switch Games Without The Docking Station
The auxiliary monitor works well for office workloads and light gaming when on-the-go where a single laptop or smartphone display might feel too small for the job.
Accell USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen. 2 adapter costs $14.99, feels better and of higher quality than cheap eBay alternatives
The manufacturer offers a wide range of computer accessories and docking stations that might come in handy especially for ultra-thin laptops where port options are becoming increasingly limited.
Zotac ZBox Edge MI643 Review: Slim and Low-Profile Mini PC
Unlike most other mini PCs, the ZBox Edge MI643 is thin enough to be hung on walls or slipped vertically onto a bookshelf. Raw performance could be a little better, but the inconspicuous design makes it fit for most IoT or home environments.
MSI GE66 Raider vs. Asus ROG Strix Scar G532: Nothing but the facts
Both of these competing systems can be configured with up to the same Core i7-10980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 300 Hz 1080p display. If you're in the market for a high-end gaming laptop, which one would be the better option?
ADATA completely dropped the ball on its first ever XPG XENIA gaming laptop so it's now on sale for just $1200 USD
The laptop is barely a few months old and now Best Buy is trying to get rid of it. Originally an absurd $1700 USD at launch, the system is now down by $400 for a much more reasonable final price.
After testing over two dozen gaming laptops with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, the 2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 comes out to be the fastest of them all
Who needs GeForce Super when a regular Max-Q can run just as fast? The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q in the latest Razer Blade Pro 17 runs over 20 percent faster than the average laptop equipped with the exact same GPU.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS Laptop Review: GeForce Supercharged
Take the Asus G531, swap out the old hardware for 10th gen Comet Lake-H and GeForce RTX Super, and you'll have yourself the G532. This is one of the fastest ROG laptops you can get without settling for the over-sized G703 Chimera series.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14 with Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and 1080p display now down to $817 USD
If you've been looking for an alternative to the HP Spectre or Dell XPS, then the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 is now a little bit cheaper with essentially the same or even better processor performance than more popular Core i7 laptops costing a few hundred dollars more.
Chuwi LarkBox Celeron J4115 Review: A 4K Mini PC So Small, It's Lighter Than Its Own AC Adapter
Chuwi's latest product is one of the tiniest mini PCs you can find that doesn't run on a passively-cooled processor. Fan noise, however, is louder than expected. See what we think about this $160 USD crowdfunded project.
Lexar SL200 portable SSD might be having random disconnection issues
(Update: A replacement unit works as intended with no further issues.) Our sleek and ultralight external drive is marred by random disconnects and general unreliability. We can only hope that our experience was an isolated incident and not representative of Lexar's brand new SL200 series.
Our first Core i7-10810U benchmarks are in and they are not great
Intel's newest Comet Lake-U processor seems to be good option for "bursty" workloads, but its mediocre Turbo Boost sustainability can make it significantly slower than even the Core i7-10710U based on our Dell sample.
Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1 Review: A 5G 15-inch Convertible That Isn't Huge Or Unwieldy
15.6-inch screen sizes have traditionally not translated so well into convertible form factors due to the sheer size and weight involved. The Latitude 9510 2-in-1 mostly circumvents this by narrowing the bezels even further and reducing the screen size to 15.0 inches instead.
It's been 6 months since AMD announced the octa-core Ryzen 7 4800U. Why is it MIA?
It was supposed to lead the pack of Zen 2 mobile processors and make 8-core/16-thread U-series Ultrabooks a reality, but it is still nowhere to be found as of Summer 2020. Is AMD saving its best for last?
Nvidia GeForce mobile options are ballooning out of control. Skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go for the superior GTX 1660 Ti instead
The performance-per-dollar on GeForce 1650 Ti laptops aren't nearly as good as the GTX 1660 Ti which is only one step up for just $100 to $200 more. The 40 to 50 percent gaming performance gap is hard to ignore for any gamer casual or otherwise.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI Laptop Review: $1000 USD for GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics is Too Much
Laptops running on GeForce RTX 2060 graphics these days are beginning to retail for about $1000 to $1200 USD, but Asus' ROG Strix G15 G512LI comes with the slower GTX 1650 Ti for almost the same price. Where is all that money going towards?
MSI GL65 10SFK with 144 Hz 3 ms display, GeForce RTX 2070, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM now on sale for $1400 USD
Gaming laptops powered by the GeForce RTX 2070 GPU rarely drop below $1500 without heavy compromises elsewhere on the system, but this MSI deal has got almost everything covered all for a price that's close to a slower RTX 2060 alternative.
Here are 5 super simple ways we would improve the Dell XPS 17
As nice as it may look, the XPS 17 is missing a few quality-of-life features that many less expensive laptops already integrate. We'd love to see these addressed on the inevitable successor.
Death Stranding now streaming on GeForce Now so everyone can enjoy the game in 4K on their potato computers
Nvidia has also announced 9 other brand new titles now available to stream on GeForce Now including Far Cry Primal, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and TrackMania 2 Stadium.
Older Dell Latitude 7300 Core i7 runs just as fast as the newer Latitude 7310 Core i7
The differences in CineBench and PCMark benchmark scores between the 2019 Latitude 7300 and 2020 Latitude 7310 are merely just a few percentage points. For superior performance-per-dollar, the older Whiskey Lake-U-powered Latitude 7300 remains the better deal.
16:10 displays are about to become more mainstream on Windows laptops
Dell has kicked off the 16:10 race with the XPS 13, XPS 15, and XPS 17 and it's only a matter of time before other OEMs follow on those footsteps. The aspect ratio has proven that it has a place on consumer-centric laptops instead of only mobile workstations or business laptops.
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 Laptop Review: Pretty Much A MacBook Pro 17
Can Dell dominate the 17-inch market the same way it captured the 15-inch market? The XPS 17 is surprisingly compact with specifications that read like something twice the size, but a few small details miss the mark.
HP S750 SATA III SSD launching with up to 1 TB options and will weigh less than 50 grams
Produced by BIWIN for HP, the super-light S750 is looking to be a good fit for laptops and smaller PC builds where weight is crucial. The manufacturer is promising up to 560 MB/s and 520 MB/s sequential read and write rates, respectively, for all SKUs.
16.1-inch HP Pavilion Gaming laptop with 144 Hz display, Core i7 CPU, and GTX 1660 Ti graphics now shipping for $999 USD
If 15.6-inch is too small and 17.3-inch is too big, then this 16.1-inch option might be up your alley. HP is testing the waters with its reasonably-priced Pavilion Gaming 16 to gauge demand before investing further in the 16-inch screen size.
Dell Latitude 7310 Core i7 Laptop Review: Better Looks, Same Performance
The Latitude 7310 is all about the core office experience with no distracting auxiliary features or options. However, a brighter screen and some faster graphics wouldn't hurt, either.
Amazon has the Apple MacBook Pro 16 with Core i7, Radeon Pro, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on sale right now for $2000 USD
In a one-two punch to the Dell XPS 15 and 17 series, the MacBook Pro 16 is now the cheapest it's ever been with no strings attached. We don't see this deal lasting for very long.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 has one of the best displays we've seen on any rugged tablet
Its 1000-nit glossy touchscreen is almost as crisp as an iPad but in a tougher rugged shell designed for workers or professionals on the field.
Razer has a ridiculous countdown timer for its 60-percent keyboard announcement
(Update: It's the Huntsman Mini) Razer is set to launch its first keyboard without any NumPad or arrow keys on July 14 at 8 AM PST. Gamers who may have been turned off by Razer's catalog of full-size keyboards may finally get what they're looking for.
2020 Dell XPS 17 9700 facing worrying charging issues, drops from 100 percent to 65 percent battery while plugged in
(Update: Dell says the slow battery drain is intentional and not a bug, Precision 5750 series confirmed to be the same.) Your new XPS 17 might not be charging even though it's plugged in. If you're running games or other demanding loads, then the system may actually be consuming more power than it can take in from the AC adapter.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 Tablet Review: When Thin Meets Rugged
Despite being designed to withstand drops and industrial environments, the Tough FZ-A3 is lighter and smaller than we had initially expected. It's one of the few rugged tablets thus far, if not the only one, with both a glossy 800-nit display and the promise of an Android 10 update.
Dell Latitude 7410 vs. Latitude 7400: Is Newer Really Better?
Want to upgrade your own RAM? Then you'll have to go with the older Latitude 7400. The newer Latitude 7410 adds a few new features while taking away some others at the same time.
As Google Stadia continues to struggle, Nvidia GeForce Now adds 10 new titles to its growing library of games
Ultimate Chicken Horse, Neo Cab, and Endless World are now playable while existing games like Apex Legends will be compatible with Nvidia Highlights.
Durabook re-launches the fully-rugged Durabook R11 tablet for a starting price of $1849 USD
The "easy-to-clean" 11.6-inch rugged tablet comes with three-year warranty as standard and a relatively bright 500-nit 1080p touchscreen designed for outdoor use and environmental abuse.
Tiny IOGEAR GUD3C460 USB-C docking station turns your Android smartphone into a desktop
This $40 USD 4-in-1 adapter is as small and light as most single-purpose adapters. If you want to make your USB-C ports more useful, then the IOGEAR GUD3C460 will be a boon to your home office or workspace.
Dell Latitude 7410 Laptop Review: The Lenovo X1 Carbon Has Met Its Match
Dell's latest 14-inch business subnotebook feels like the most refined Latitude laptop in years. But for what you're paying, we think it could use a little more auxiliary features to better reflect the high price.
Razer CEO Min-Lian Tan makes official statement regarding the future of its U.S. retail stores
Despite the ongoing pandemic and slow death of malls, Razer will chug through the thick and thin with its retail locations in direct contrast to Microsoft.
Intel launches its first XBox Game Bar widget alongside latest Graphics Command Center update
The widget is lacking at the moment, but it's at least easy on the eyes with direct controls for brightness, colors, power plan, and live recording or streaming. A more fully-featured version of the widget is expected to come later in the year.
Durabook R11 Rugged Tablet Review: A Tough Cookie
As the more affordable version of the pricier Durabook U11, the Durabook R11 maintains a lot of the core functions of a rugged tablet while incorporating a few features of its own. However, we can't say we're fans of the new touch-sensitive buttons.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 with Ryzen 7 3700U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM is $685 USD right now
Dell's July 4th weekend sale is cutting $50 off last year's Inspiron 14 5000 convertible. Its chassis and hardware aren't half bad especially for a 1080p subnotebook convertible with the performance level of a Core i7.
Eurocom MXM-to-PCIe x16 adapter lets you put a laptop GPU inside of a desktop PC
In what is essentially an eGPU docking station in reverse, the Eurocom Riser card allows users to install laptop MXM3 graphics cards directly onto their desktop PCIe slots. The product is aimed at professionals and workstation environments for specialized SFF PCs rather than a home office.
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE Laptop Review: 10th Gen Core i7 and GeForce RTX Combo
MSI has refreshed its GE75 series for the third year in a row. The new Comet Lake-H CPU is just marginally faster than last year's Core i7 option, but it's a year-over-year upgrade nonetheless.
AMD hitting Intel where it hurts: 2020 Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 13 vs. Intel Core i7 Spectre x360 13
The Ryzen 5 4600U-powered Envy costs hundreds of dollars less than the Core i7-1065G7 Spectre and yet it is able to run longer and faster while being just as thin and light. Maybe it's time for HP to add the same Ryzen options for its flagship Spectre series.
Lexar launches super-light SL200 USB-C portable SSD starting at $89 USD
At just over 40 grams, the SL200 is looking to be one of Lexar's lightest external SSDs yet with 256-bit AES encryption and drop, shock, and vibration resistance.
MSI GE65/GE75 Raider costs over $1500 USD, has one of the slowest SD card readers we've seen
Want to move 1 GB of files from your SD card? Be prepared to wait 40 seconds on the MSI compared to just 8 seconds on the Gigabyte Aero 15 or Aero 17. Perhaps it's time for MSI to integrate faster SD card readers onto its GE series. The slow transfer rates on the MSI stick out like a sore thumb on an otherwise high-end gaming laptop.
2020 HP Envy x360 13 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: Ryzen 5 Beats a Core i7
The latest mid-range 13.3-inch convertible from HP could easily pass as a flagship Spectre offering. It does a lot of things right to be a worthwhile sub-$1000 laptop with only a handful of annoyances to keep in mind.
Some AMD Zen 2 laptops are suffering from extreme 4K playback issues; the latest Radeon drivers provide the hotfix
If you happen to own a new Ryzen 4000U series laptop, then we highly recommend updating to the latest Radeon and Adrenalin drivers. Otherwise, 4K video playback may buffer and be unwatchable.
Walmart has the sexy Asus ROG Zephyrus G with Ryzen 7 CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti on sale right now for $900 USD. Don't buy it
It may look super smooth and sleek in pictures, but it houses an older Zen+ Ryzen 7 3750H processor that is tough to recommend at this price range. The latest Zen 2 gaming laptops cost around the same price and are able to offer significantly faster CPU performance to essentially render the Ryzen 7 3750H here obsolete.
Acer Predator Triton 500 with 10th gen Core i7, 300 Hz display, 32 GB RAM, and GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q shipping this week for $2800 USD
The laptop will cost the same as a similarly-configured MSI GS66 while undercutting the Razer Blade 15 by $200. However, it will come with a slower 6-core Core i7-10750H CPU compared to the 8-core Core i7-10875H in the Razer.
In an embarrassment for Nvidia, the cheaper GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q can outperform some GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q laptops
These latest GeForce Super Max-Q laptops offer just marginal advantages over regular Max-Q laptops at best or they can even perform slower at worst.
Dell XPS 13 7390 now on sale for $643 USD with a sad 4 GB of RAM
It's tough for us to recommend a Windows laptop with just 4 GB of RAM especially when it's not upgradeable. Even so, the option must still appeal to a lot of users since Dell insists on making 4 GB SKUs even for its best-selling laptop series.
2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Review: Do you Really Need a 300 Hz Laptop?
It's the first 17.3-inch gaming laptop to offer refresh rate options greater than 240 Hz. Unless if you're a super enthusiast, however, it's gonna be hard to tell the difference between 300 Hz and last year's 240 Hz panel.
Amazon just cut the Razer Blade 15 with GTX 1660 Ti graphics and 144 Hz display down to only $1100 USD
The 2019 Blade 15 Base Model is now the cheapest it's ever been. You might want to have a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III drive or external drive ready though because the primary 256 GB SSD is going to fill up fast.
Latest HP Envy x360 13 with Ryzen 7 4700U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 8 GB RAM now on sale for $750 USD
It may not be a super-fancy Spectre, but it's still a solid deal especially since this is HP's newest Envy chassis design and not some older last generation model. The sale will last until July 19.
Going all in on AMD: Dell G5 15 Special Edition Radeon RX 5600M Laptop Review
It's not the quietest or best-looking gaming laptop out there, but $860 USD for GeForce RTX 2060-level graphics and Core i7-like performance is hard to argue with. The value of the all-AMD G5 15 Special Edition is impressive.
When fast actually means slow: some Asus VivoBook 17 laptops may be suffering from a huge performance bug
Set the system to High Performance mode and the processor will slow to a crawl. Our experience with a Comet Lake-U-powered VivoBook 17 retail unit shows it might have some issues related to the standard Windows power profiles.
Radeon RX 5600M vs. GeForce RTX 2060: AMD is So Freaking Close
Our first in-house Radeon RX 5600M benchmarks are in and they paint a strong future for RDNA on affordable laptops like the Dell G5 15 or MSI Bravo series. Both raw performance and performance-per-watt are just shy of the mobile GeForce RTX 2060, but the high performance-per-dollar makes up for it.
Lemon-sized Chuwi LarkBox 4K mini PC is finally live at $155 USD and set for an August launch window
Early bird backers can get the super-small HTPC for $149 instead. The LarkBox is notable for its lemon-sized dimensions, Celeron J4115 CPU, and wide array of ports.
Official AMD Ryzen shopping pages exacerbate the major problem they're facing on laptops
There aren't a lot of gaming laptops that come with the Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H to choose from at the moment. As powerful as the Renoir series may be, Intel still has a major lead in sheer volume and options.
Lexar is making DDR4 RAM sticks now starting at $19 USD for a 4 GB module
The flash memory company wants to start out small in the RAM market before moving up to 3200 MHz options for gamers and enthusiasts.
Asus' insane dual-screen laptop streak continues with the Zephyrus Duo 15 for $2999 USD
Are laptops really better with two displays? At least one manufacturer is insisting on it. The high-power Zephyrus Duo 15 will offer a primary 15.6-inch FHD or 4K UHD display alongside a secondary 14.1-inch 3840 x 1100 touchscreen that tilts when opened.
Lenovo clearing stock on ThinkCentre M90n mini PC with Core i5, 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB of RAM for $399 USD
The Intel NUC alternative was made for business environments, but it works just as well for home offices, too. Its M.2 2280 storage is easy to upgrade and its super-slim form factor has a lot of charm.
Asus VivoBook 17 S712FA Laptop Review: Low Weight, Low Price
It's not the sleekest-looking laptop around, but at least it has got the core basics down. The VivoBook 17 is a large and relatively lightweight laptop designed primarily for browsing and other low processing loads.
The HP Envy x360 15 makes it way too difficult for owners to add more RAM
Entry-level HP systems like the Pavilion or even Envy series are notorious for their difficult end-user serviceability. Not only are the bottom panels sharp and difficult to remove, but screws are frequently hidden underneath glued rubber feet to discourage simple RAM or storage upgrades.
Asus VivoBook 15 with AMD Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, 1080p display, and 128 GB SSD now on sale for $300
The budget Asus laptop was decent when it launched for $399 USD, but now it's much more of a bargain at just $299 especially if you just want a lightweight, narrow-bezel laptop primarily for home browsing and video streaming.
Ananta 17.3-inch Touchscreen Portable Monitor Review: Huge Screen, Small Size
For a portable monitor, the Ananta integrates more ports and OSD features than expected. There's not a lot to dislike about the monitor especially when compared to other portable monitors out there on Kickstarter.
2020 HP Envy x360 15 Core i7 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: A Little Too Familiar
For better or worse, the Envy x360 15 hasn't changed all that much in the past couple of years. It's still as strong as ever for its category, but certain drawbacks are becoming more apparent.
The 2019 Razer Blade Stealth series was a huge mess. The 2020 series puts it back on track
The 2019 Blade Stealth was full of compromises. Want a faster CPU? Then you'll be stuck with integrated Intel graphics only. Want a faster GPU? Then here's a CPU that's even slower than before. Thankfully, you won't have to make such unnecessary trade-offs anymore with the latest 2020 Blade Stealth.
Asus TUF A15 with Ryzen 7 4800H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti now available for $999 USD, severely undercutting the Dell G5 15 SE with SmartShift
Asus is going for the jugular in the 15.6-inch mid-range gaming market. Its upcoming TUF A15 represents impressive performance-per-dollar against the hyped Dell G5 15 SE by offering both a faster GeForce GPU and even a lower price.
Huawei and Honor aren't learning from their outdated webcam mistakes
With shelter-in-place guidelines and Zoom meetings becoming increasingly common, the flaws of laptop webcams are jumping to the forefront. Huawei hasn't gotten the memo about "nosecams" and the last thing we want is for users on the other end to stare at our nostrils and double chins.
Razer THX Spatial Audio brings Playstation 5 Tempest Engine-like features to your PC for $19
Try the 112 MB software for free for 15 days to hear the difference firsthand. We recommend using a good pair of headphones instead of earbuds, calibrating them with the software, and then firing up an FPS title rather than a top-down title to make the most of 3D audio.
2020 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: Like the 2019 Version, But Done Right
After fumbling with the 2019 options, the 2020 Blade Stealth is what the 2019 version should have been especially in regards to the Ice Lake processor. The graphics potential is insane considering the small 13.3-inch chassis.
Chuwi AeroBook Pro Laptop Review: Core m3 is Showing its Age
The AeroBook Pro is the 2020 refresh designed to replace the 2019 AeroBook. Despite what the name may suggest, however, both performance and the chassis remain almost exactly the same for no tangible year-over-year advantages.
Playstation 5 with only one USB Type-A port? We still have no idea what the back looks like
HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, and PS4 AUX ports? Despite the flashy reveal, Sony is remaining mum on port options.
Latest HP Pavilion x360 14 with 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now
Originally $750 when it launched earlier this year, the 2020 HP convertible is now $250 off in the United States. Users must log in to Best Buy with an account and select 'Apply Offer' in order to receive the deal.
AirTab 15.6-inch Portable Touchscreen Monitor Review: Sleek, But Too Dim
The AirTab is one of the slimmest and lightest in its category, but it's dragged down by one of the dimmest screens we've seen.
Intel and LEGO team up to help visualize what makes Lakefield so special
Build your own processors at home and learn what makes them tick... sort of. Through a unique marketing approach, this small Lego set shows exactly what each chiplet layer is responsible for and how Lakefield differs from traditional SoCs.
Budget Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 10th gen Core i3 , 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB NVMe SSD is down to less than $300 USD right now
It's one of the least expensive 15.6-inch laptops you can find with an Intel Ice Lake CPU. It's no Dell XPS, but it gets the job done if all you need is a 2020 machine for surfing, emailing, and streaming.
$1300 Dell XPS 15 9500 vs. $2300 XPS 15 9500: Here is everything the higher-end option will get you
Surprisingly, battery life on the Core i7 GeForce option is almost the same as on the Core i5 iGPU option. The $1000 surcharge brings significantly faster graphics performance at the cost of running both louder and warmer in the process.
C-Force CF011S C-SMART Portable Monitor Review: Great for Home or Flights
This 15.6-inch portable 1080p touchscreen monitor feels great to hold and to carry around, but it's dragged down by a mediocre display.
Dell XPS 15 9500 skips 7 nm Ryzen, doubles down on new 14 nm Core i9 options
Core i9-10885H SKUs will start shipping next week for a whopping $2399 compared to just $1849 for the Core i7-10875H option. If you really want a Core i9 XPS 15 for some reason, now's your chance to get the latest one.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Laptop Review: No Core i9 Nonsense
What are the differences between a $1300 XPS 15 and a $2400 XPS 15? Aside from the obvious display resolution and performance advantages, there are some smaller changes as well. We go over all of them here.
We retest the Asus Zephyrus G14 battery life and now it's over two times longer than before
The Asus laptop comes with a beefy 76 Wh battery for such a small screen size and yet our original battery life tests were disappointing. With a second unit on hand, however, we've rerun some of our tests and the results are now hours longer.
The Dell XPS 15 would utterly dominate the market if it had 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 options
How about an AMD-powered XPS 15? It's already one of the most popular and well-known Ultrabooks in the market, but it can be even better and faster with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, Ryzen 9 4900HS, or the Ryzen 5 4600H. Fans would eat up an AMD-Nvidia powered XPS especially if it were priced just right.
2020 MateBook X Pro vs. 2018 MateBook X Pro: When the Core i7-10510U can perform worse than the old Core i7-8550U
Huawei's latest iteration of the MateBook X can still stand toe-to-toe with some of the best Ultrabooks available, but it's such a minor update over previous versions that you may as well buy a 2018 or 2019 model instead.
Caught red-handed: Chuwi fakes laptop product images to look thinner and sexier than they really are
At the very least, the manufacturer should have a disclaimer saying that the renders — which are currently being used to advertise the laptop — may not represent the laptop fully.
The X24c will be "HP's most curved monitor yet" when it launches in October for $249 USD
The 23.6-inch monitor will support FreeSync Premium which won't be compatible with any of the new Omen or Pavilion gaming laptops just announced. As such, the display will work best on desktop PCs where Radeon GPUs are more common.
The 16.1-inch Pavilion Gaming 16 is HP's newest family member for gamers on a budget
No, it's not the world's first 16-inch gaming laptop, but it's certainly one of the few and most affordable. The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 will ship before the end of June for a starting price of $799.
2020 HP Omen 15 is the biggest refresh yet, promises IR thermopile sensors and both 10th gen Intel and 7 nm AMD Renoir options
HP says the new sensors are a first for any gaming laptop for more accurate skin temperature readings, steadier fan noise, and improved performance overall.
Metal Gear Solid 4 turns 12 this month. Here are 3 reasons why it deserves a remaster
Kojima's final years at Konami were turbulent to say the least, but his legacy should be preserved. Solid Snake's swan song title has yet to be re-released on any other platform even after over a decade in the market.
Every AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptop we've tested thus far have been outperforming the Intel Core i7-10875H and Core i9-10980HK, but there's a catch
Every AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptop we've tested thus far have been outperforming the Intel Core i7-10875H and Core i9-10980HK, but there's a catch
Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD now on sale for $600 USD
The budget 14-inch Lenovo convertible will come with a processor that's just as fast or faster than the Core i7-8565U as found on Ultrabooks almost twice the price. Lenovo have been championing the Zen 2 series with more and more options these past few weeks and the Flex 5 is the latest.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 Review: Now Even More Like a MacBook Pro
This is the biggest XPS 15 refresh since 2016, but is it everything XPS fans have wanted? Of course not — die-hard fans will always find something to complain about. For everyone else, the significant gen-to-gen improvements and new 16:10 display all help make the system more comfortable to use than ever before.
Eluktronics RP-15 Laptop Review: The Ryzen 7 4800H Impresses Yet Again
AMD's latest Renoir series is popping up on more and more gaming laptops and for good reason. If you can deal with the loud fan noise, then you won't be disappointed by the CPU performance of the surprisingly small Eluktronics RP-15.
Asus TUF A17 is a beefy 17.3-inch gaming laptop with some of the smallest arrow keys we've seen
The directional keys really got the short end of the stick here. Not only are they smaller than the ones on the last generation TUF FX705, but they're also smaller and more cramped than the arrow keys on most subnotebooks.
All-aluminum 1 TB HP P500 external SSD weighs just 1.7 oz, offers up to 460 MB/s read rates
At just under 50 grams, the pocket-friendly USB Type-C SSD comes standard with 3-year warranty in capacities ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB.
2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio gets new 8-core Core i7 Comet Lake-H CPU and faster RAM
The Blade 15 Advanced Model in disguise costs a hefty $4299 USD but it will be packed to the brim with a 4K OLED touchscreen, 1 TB PCIe SSD, Core i7-10875H CPU, and a Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q GPU.
Careful, the Dell XPS 15 9500 AC adapter can get really hot at up to 60 C or 140 F
Most AC adapters we've seen typically stay under 50 C when stressed and rarely do they ever go beyond 60 C. If you own the small 90 W AC adapter that ships with the latest XPS 15 series, however, then you might want to be extra careful about where you position it.
Chuwi AeroBook Plus uses the same Core i5 CPU as the 2016 MacBook Pro 13, costs half the price
It may look good in pictures, but you'd be better off with a more well-known brand with better quality control and warranty options.
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU Ryzen 7 Laptop Review: Core i9 Performance for $1100 USD
Asus has completely revamped its TUF series from top to bottom and the changes are significant. If you were considering the older FX705/FX505 series, skip it and consider the newer FA706/FA506 series instead.
Lexar launches NM700 NVMe M.2 series with speeds of up to 3500 MB/s starting at $79 USD
The PCIe Gen3x4 drive features 3D NAND, LDPC and five-year limited warranty as standard. It's also one of the least expensive NVMe options with read rates of up to 3500 MB/s.
Here are all the differences between the 2019 and 2020 Razer Blade 15 models in one table
Base Model or Advanced Model? Razer Blade 15 laptops look so much alike that they can be difficult to tell apart. Our table below summarizes all the physical differences between the latest models currently available.
6th Gen Intel Skylake-U in 2020: Chuwi AeroBook Plus 4K Laptop Review
One way to cut manufacturing costs is to use older components. So, what happens when you use a processor that's nearly five years old? For $600 to $700 USD, results aren't half bad.
2020 Razer Blade 15 Base Model Laptop Review: The 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake-H Update
The latest Blade 15 revision brings just minor year-over-year upgrades. Users can expect slight keyboard changes, slight port changes, some storage differences, and a few new configurable options here and there. Otherwise, overall gaming performance remains about the same as the 2019 Blade 15 series.
Dynabook Portege X30L-G is one of the lightest Comet Lake-U laptops you can get right now
If you want a super-light subnotebook without having to settle for the super-slow Core m series, then the Comet Lake-U-powered Portege X30L-G should do the trick so long as you can accept a few compromises along the way.
Kingston KC2500 1 TB NVMe PCIe x4 SSD Benchmarked
The high-end Kingston KC2500 series ranges from 250 GB up to 2 TB with support for TCG Opal 2.0 and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption.
LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to be one of the slowest Core i7 Ice Lake laptops you can buy
If you're looking for a super-light Core i7-1065G7 laptop, then the LG Gram 14 would be tough to beat. If you're looking for good Core i7-1065G7 performance, however, then almost any other laptop with the same CPU would outperform the LG.
Dynabook Portege X30L-G Laptop Review: A New Lightweight Benchmark
Dynabook has managed to fit expandable RAM, expandable storage, multiple USB ports, and an Intel Core U-series CPU all in a chassis weighing just 870 g total. So, what's the catch? The devil is in the details.
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS Laptop Review: Core i7 or Core i9?
It's been a long time since we've seen a completely redesigned GS laptop from MSI. The GS66 is a leap forward for the series in terms of visual style and build quality while the new processors are just okay upgrades at best.
LG Gram 14Z90N Laptop Review: Lightweight at the Cost of Performance
Larger than a Dell XPS 13 but at least 200 grams lighter, the 14-inch LG Gram 14Z90N is one of the lightest subnotebooks you can find with a U-class Core i7 CPU. Expect some steep compromises along the way in regards to performance.
Dell XPS 13 9300 FHD version is brighter than the 4K UHD version and other interesting differences
There are some advantages and disadvantages to each option with some being obvious and others not so obvious. We go over each one here to help potential buyers make their decision.
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Laptop Review: 16:10 is the New 16:9
If you want the 4K UHD touchscreen, it's going to cost you at least an extra $300 USD over the FHD versions. What kinds of benefits can users expect and how will the display impact battery life? We compare the FHD and 4K XPS 13 versions to find out.
The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around
Adjust the slider to the left to increase brightness or to the right to decrease brightness — wait, what?
Two birds of a feather: MSI GP65 and GE65 share essentially the same motherboard and components
The MSI GE65 is marketed as a higher-end product than the GP65 even though they look almost the same both inside and out. Their differences are in the details; the more expensive GE65 has a slightly sleeker chassis design with certain additional features within that can be hard to miss.
That awkward moment when the Core i7-10875H outperforms the more expensive Core i9-10980HK
If you're investing in the Core i9-10980HK, it may be wise to wait for thicker laptops to become available first since they will more likely have stronger cooling solutions to better exploit the high Turbo Boost clock rates of the 10th gen Core i9 processor.
The Chuwi Hi10 X feels great to hold, but it's just too slow and unreliable
The passively-cooled 10.1-inch Windows tablet is better fit for indoor use with an external mouse despite its sturdy build and form factor.
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U, and Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U now official and set to debut on the Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s, X13, and more
Business laptops sporting AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs have always been hard to come by and even when they appear, most are of the budget variety. The new Zen 2 Ryzen PRO 4000U series is looking to change that by offering much faster performance than before on higher-end laptop models.
MSI GP65 10SFK Laptop Review: 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Leaves its Mark
MSI has beaten most other OEMs to market with laptops sporting Intel's latest Comet Lake-H processors. After having checked out the Core i5-10300H and Core i9-10980HK, let's see how the Core i7-10750H fits in the lineup.
10 W Vissles 3-in-1 Qi wireless charging station charges almost as fast as a 10 W cable charger
The third-party Apple charger blends in well with all your Apple products and it gets the charging job done almost as fast as a cable despite some minor design setbacks.
How well does a laptop cooling pad work? We Amazon'd one ourselves to find out
Temperatures will definitely go down, but we want to find out by just how much and if the increase in fan noise would be worth the trade-off. With 4.5 stars and over 11,000 reviews on Amazon, we have our expectations set quite high.
Upcoming HP Elite c1030 Chromebook will be like the Google PixelBook but probably better
The flagship Chromebook is essentially a retrofitted HP EliteBook convertible running on Google Chrome OS. It'll launch this August for a yet-to-be-announced price point, but it'll definitely cost more than your average Chromebook based on specifications alone.
Chuwi Hi10 X Convertible Review: Metal Chassis for $230 USD
How far can a cheap passively-cooled Windows 10 tablet from a lesser-known Chinese manufacturer get you? If all you're doing is light web browsing or word processing, then the Chuwi Hi10 X can get the job done if just barely.
Razer Blade 15 with 10th gen Core i7-10875H is now available and it'll set you back $2600 USD
With the Intel 10th gen models on the way, now would be a great time to consider the Intel 9th gen models instead. Razer is cutting prices on last year's models if the marginally improved CPU and GPU upgrades don't interest you.
The Asus ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is incredibly useful, but watch out for these limitations
Two screens are better than one... in most cases, at least. Here are our biggest gripes about the dual-screen ZenBook Duo UX481 and what we would like to see improved on the next generation model.
HP ditches the 30 year old tribal mask Omen logo for a newer, simpler one
Say goodbye to the creepy tribal mask VoodooPC logo as the Omen series will be moving forward with an updated minimalist logo that's easier on the eyes.
Lexar NM610 1 TB NVMe PCIe x4 SSD Benchmarked
At about $155 USD, the 1 TB Lexar is retailing for slightly more than the popular 1 TB Western Digital SN550. We dive deeper into the benchmarks to see how it compares to other entry-level options.
Like The Apple Touch Bar, But Better: Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Laptop Review
Asus wants to prove that there are other ways to innovate besides just creating the thinnest laptops year after year. The ScreenPad Plus display is both practical and invaluable when at its best, but it entails some ergonomic drawbacks.
The Ryzen 3 3200U performs so closely to the Core i3-8145U that any differences are essentially negligible to the target budget user
If you're not a performance user, minor differences between the Ryzen 3 and Core i3 are much less impactful than the differences you may see between displays, thickness, weight, and keyboard feedback. Physical features of these budget laptops are arguably more important for the target audience.
Intel XTU gets some much-needed updates for enthusiasts just in time for 10th gen Comet Lake-S
The chipmaker will refresh the UI and add per-core tweaking options to one-up AMD Ryzen Master and appeal to more first adopters.
Durabook S15AB Rugged Laptop Review
The 1.5-inch thick laptop can be dropped from a height of up three feet while supporting up to three storage drives. Modern conveniences like 4G LTE, RAID, and a backlit keyboard are available.
Kingston KC2500 series of NVMe SSDs now shipping with five-year warranty as standard
The manufacturer promises sequential read rates of up to 3500 MB/s across all SKUs ranging from 250 GB up to 2 TB. When compared to the older KC2000, the KC2500 series offers about 500 MB/s faster read rates.
New Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 H500 and StudioBook 17 H700 to ditch Quadro RTX graphics for the GeForce RTX 2060
The simple swap in graphics has resulted in half the starting the price. If you want a professional laptop without the professional GPU, then the 15.6-inch Asus StudioBook 15 H500 or 17.3-inch H700 can serve as an alternative to the Razer Blade Studio or MSI Prestige.
Asus VivoBook S14 S433 and S15 S533 now shipping with Core i5 Comet Lake-U for $700 USD
The systems come standard with Wi-Fi 6, 1080p display, USB Type-C, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and an 85 to 86 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The MSI GF75 has a 'Silent mode'. The problem? It's not actually silent
Despite the name, system fan will continue to operate at 2400 RPM for an audible noise of 33 dB(A) even when idling and doing nothing on Windows desktop.
Trials of Mana is a perfect example of what a more faithful Final Fantasy 7 Remake could have been like
Had Square Enix remade Final Fantasy 7 using the same graphics engine as Trials of Mana, we probably wouldn't have complained about the end result. The company's budget-conscious approach to remaking the 1995 Trials of Mana original shows us how a "safe" Final Fantasy 7 Remake might have looked instead of the huge multi-part gamble they are currently taking with the series.
Two years later, the Intel Hades Canyon mini PC is still the best and fastest NUC you can get
The 2018 Intel Hades Canyon NUC was one of the only bright spots to come out of the ill-fated Kaby Lake-G series. It continues to be both the most balanced and most powerful NUC available due largely to its atypical 100 W processor. We take a look back at the mini PC to see how it holds up against the latest laptops of 2019 and 2020.
10th gen Core i5 Comet Lake-H Debut: MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR Laptop Review
The 10th gen Core i5-10300H is so similar to both the 9th gen Core i5-9300H and 8th gen Core i5-8300H that it's only worth upgrading if you own a laptop with the Core i5-7300HQ/i7-7700HQ or older. As a budget gaming laptop, the GF75 10SCXR is essentially identical to last year's cheaper GF75 9SC with no performance surprises despite the next-gen CPU.
ADATA debuts its first XPG XENIA gaming laptop, but we already reviewed the system last year
The 15.6-inch XPG XENIA will be the first gaming laptop from ADATA. Upon closer inspection, however, the system will be using the same chassis design that Intel launched back in mid 2019.
Intel Core i5-10300H vs. AMD Ryzen 7 3750H: Another sideways step for Intel
Our first Core i5-10300H retail unit is in and, naturally, we've benchmarked the hell out of it. How does Intel's least expensive 10th gen Comet Lake-H CPU compare to the competing AMD Ryzen 7 3750H or Intel's own Core i5-9300H and Core i5-8300H?
Patriot launches PXD M.2 PCIe Type-C external drive with up to 1000 MB/s read and write rates
The manufacturer promises compatibility with PlayStation 4 and Xbox gaming consoles, PCs, laptops, and Macs. The drive itself will be protected by a shock-absorbing aluminum chassis for improved durability.
Razer doubling down on Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake even though the Core i7-10710U would have made more sense
The 2020 Blade Stealth will be coming with Ice Lake yet again which shouldn't offer much of a CPU performance boost year-over-year. Its new 120 Hz display option will definitely be the more exciting upgrade.
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA Laptop Review: AMD Ryzen 3 for $400
Can you get a good laptop for just a few hundred dollars? The entry-level Asus VivoBook 15 with the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U retails for about $100 less than the Intel Core i3 version without being all that much slower.
AMD MSI laptops are making a comeback: Bravo 15 and 17 series with Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 7 4800H, and Radeon RX 5500M now available for $1000 USD
The AMD-only 2020 MSI Bravo series will supplant the 2019 Alpha series. The new Renoir CPUs and thinner chassis design should attract gamers on tight budgets that may have otherwise chosen an Intel-Nvidia alternative with GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics instead.
4G LTE on a budget: 2020 HP Pavilion x360 14 will have WAN options for the first time in the series
The convertible is now shipping through Best Buy for a starting price of just $500 USD. Options for 4G LTE, however, will have to wait until May. The new chassis is nearly identical to last year's model with a few noteworthy changes.
New Lenovo Legion naming convention promises to be easier to understand
Say goodbye to names like the Legion Y540, Y545, Y740, or even the L340 or T490. Lenovo wants to use fewer numbers to be more comprehensible and clear-cut to potential buyers who may not be familiar with Lenovo's older naming convention.
PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels
It never feels good to drop a couple thousand dollars on a fancy new business laptop only to find stuck pixels or noticeable backlight bleeding. Even high-end laptops can have panel imperfections that should be discovered sooner rather than later.
Lenovo launches Legion 7 to replace the aging Legion Y740 series, encourages users to undervolt their laptops
Lenovo gets super serious with gamers by offering easy overclocking and voltage adjustments, vapor chamber cooling, surface temperature probes, 10th gen Core i9 CPUs, and the brand new GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Intel cheaper than AMD: Lenovo Legion 5 with 7 nm Renoir will be more expensive than the 10th gen 14 nm Intel version when they launch this May
[Update: AMD Legion 5 will start at $759 USD] The AMD version will save you almost $100 over the Intel version, but it'll be missing a few GPU and display features in the process.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is one of the least expensive Intel 10th gen gaming laptops you can get at just $730 USD
If the new Legion laptops are asking for too much, then the affordable IdeaPad can still net users the benefits of a 10th gen Intel CPU and the brand new GeForce GTX 1650 Ti without cracking the $1000 mark.
HP compares its latest 2020 Envy 15 to the MacBook Pro 16 and it conveniently leaves out some important differences
Can the upcoming Envy 15 persuade MacBook Pro users to hop the fence? HP certainly thinks so, but Apple users still have some key advantages on their side that most Windows laptops have yet to match.
2020 HP Envy 13 and Envy x360 13 get completely new looks with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4700U options
Now may be a good time to replace that old HP Pavilion of yours. These new Envy models offer Spectre-like looks and physical features for hundred less. If you don't need Thunderbolt 3 or 4K UHD touchscreens, then the refreshed Envy series may be worth considering.
New HP Envy x360 15 with AMD Ryzen 7 will undercut the Intel Core i7 SKU by about $150 USD
The Renoir-powered Envy x360 15 will start at $700 USD compared to $850 USD for the 10th gen Intel Ice Lake option. If the trend continues, then it will become easier to recommend the AMD option especially since the 7 nm Ryzen 4000U series has been so promising thus far.
HP ZBook Create and Studio workstations will be even lighter than the Razer Blade 15 Studio, come with Quadro RTX 5000 and GeForce RTX 2080 Super options
HP says the ultra-thin 15.6-inch workstation will be the fastest in its size class per unit volume when it launches this August. It will also be the first mobile workstation to incorporate recycled plastic retrieved from oceans to promote sustainability.
Own a Huawei or Honor smartphone? Take a picture with it for a chance to win one of 73 P40 Pro smartphones
Companies like OnePlus and Huawei love to run user-driven contests across social media platforms as a way to promote the brand and this seems to be no different.
Dell XPS 13 9300 now available with 32 GB of RAM, but it'll cost you quite a bit
If you've been twiddling your thumbs waiting for Dell to offer a 32 GB version of its latest XPS 13, then now's the time to jump in. Expect to put down $1800 or more if you're one of the few Ultrabook users who need more than the usual 16 GB.
Dual-screen Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 launching this month with Core i7 and GeForce MX250 graphics
The 14-inch ZenBook Duo UX481 will essentially be a miniaturized version of the larger 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo released last year. It will run on a Core i7-10510U CPU with the promise of up to 22 hours of battery life despite having two individual screens.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th Gen Core i7 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X1 Carbon in Disguise
If the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga C940 had a baby, it would be the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. This convertible takes the best of the professional ThinkPad X1 Carbon and wraps it in a chassis inspired by the consumer-centric Yoga series for strong first impressions.
A whole bunch of MSI laptops with Comet Lake-H are now shipping to customers to combat the AMD Asus Zephyrus G15
Be prepared for lots of Core i7-10750H and Ryzen 7 4800HS comparisons soon. The MSI GP75, GE75, GS75 and more with Intel 10th gen H-series CPUs are available for pre-order with the same ship date as the competing AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS.
Uncommon Core i9-9900T requires no active cooling, offers similar multi-thread performance to the Core i7-9750H
The 8-core 35 W Core i9-9900T can stand neck-to-neck with a 45 W Core i7-9750H with nothing more than just a large heat sink... for a set amount of time, at least.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 with AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS, GeForce RTX 2060, and 16 GB of RAM now shipping for $1400 USD
Owning the latest AMD Renoir processor will cost you a couple hundred dollars more than your typical gaming laptop powered by the GeForce RTX 2060. Asus first teased the Zephyrus G15 and its brand new 35 W AMD Ryzen 7 CPU back at CES 2020.
How will the upcoming Nvidia Super Max-Q GPUs fit in the already bloated lineup of standard RTX and Max-Q RTX options? Let's take a closer look at the benchmarks
Will the new Nvidia GeForce Super Max-Q GPUs be any relevant in the laptop space? There isn't a lot of room and some performance overlap could be inevitable based on our benchmarks on almost 100 different GeForce RTX laptops already in the market.
ACIL H2 earbuds with Bluetooth and noise cancellation now shipping for $50
The earbuds promise 12 hours of music playback with a charge time of only 1.5 hours. Unlike most wireless earbuds, the H2 earbuds have a cable and are designed to stay in the ears whilst jogging or exercising.
BIWINTech wants to bring its brand of SSDs and RAM sticks overseas
If successful, we might be seeing laptops with RAM modules from BIWINTech in the future alongside the usual Corsair, SK Hynix, G.Skill, or Samsung.
Apparently, LG thinks it's okay to sell a 10th gen Core i7 laptop that's slower than the 7th gen Core i5 model
The latest LG Gram 14 drops the ball on performance when even its previous generation Core i5-8250U configuration can outperform the newer Core i7-10510U configuration in raw processor performance.
Rivet Killer E3100 2.5 Gbps Ethernet controller will debut on upcoming Comet Lake-H Acer and MSI laptops
The new controller will come with the familiar Killer Control Center 2.0 software alongside all existing features like DoubleShot Pro, Killer Intelligence, and GameFast.
Passively Cooled Core i9: Impact Display Solutions IMP-3654-B1-R Mini PC Review
Can you run an 8-core 16-thread Core i9 processor with nothing more than a huge heat sink? We stress test the Impact Display Solutions IMP-3654-B1-R mini PC to see just how far we can push the system before throttling begins.
Working from home? A TruSens air purifier deserves a spot in your office
Air filters might not protect you from viruses, but they can certainly alleviate allergies and help make it easier to breathe. Now might be as good a time as any to invest in an air purifier if you're stuck at home working.
HP ProBook 445 G7 and 455 G7 launching April with 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U options
Looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer before we get to see proper Ryzen PRO 4000U processors for business laptops. Until then, HP will be including the regular consumer Ryzen SKUs onto its latest ProBook models set to launch by the end of the month.
Eluktronics "Covert Gamer" laptops will offer Comet Lake-H CPUs, GeForce Super GPUs, and a logo-free outer lid
The all-black and logo-free look will make it easier to use the Eluktronics gaming laptop in more professional settings. 240 Hz display options, calibrated panels, and smart amplifiers round up the package.
Asus ExpertBook B9450 with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now shipping for $1800 USD
The consumer-business hybrid series from Asus will compete directly with the Lenovo ThinkBook lineup designed for smaller businesses and workers on-the-go.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook convertible brings beauty to Chrome OS, now shipping with 4K AMOLED and Intel 10th gen Core i5 for $999 USD
As promised last week, users can now find the 13.3-inch Chromebook convertible in stores and online. The ultra-thin system should cater better to travelers and remote clients when compared to lower-end Chromebook alternatives.
LG Gram 14T90N Convertible Review: A CPU Downgrade
The latest LG Gram 14 2-in-1 is the Comet Lake-U update to last year's Whiskey Lake-U model. Unfortunately, the newer model doesn't give us very many compelling reasons to purchase it over the older one.
Seven simple ways we would make the Asus Zephyrus G14 even better
We think these subtle quality-of-life changes could make the 14-inch system easier to use and more appealing at the same time.
StarTech M2E1BMU31C M.2 NVMe enclosure offers 1 GB/s transfer rates over USB
The plug-and-play enclosure will set you back just over $100, but it gets the job done with the promise of a two-year warranty and a solid high quality metal chassis. We test the claimed 1000 MB/s transfer rate to see just how close the enclosure can get to this maximum.
LG V40 ThinQ now on sale for $330 USD unlocked and brand new
The one-year old flagship launched in early 2019 for $950 USD; now it's down to just one-third the price. The version on sale is the North American variant with 64 GB of storage.
2020 HP Envy 17m finally drops the DVD drive, includes Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD
The system integrates more multimedia and auxiliary functions on the keyboard including mic, camera shutter, HP Command Center and both Alexa and Cortana voice services.
HP P700 is a tiny USB Type-C SSD capable of 1000 MB/s transfer rates
The external drive is about two times faster than most SATA III SSDs by using the wider bandwidth available from USB Type-C ports.
Like Renoir-H, Intel Comet Lake-H will lack an integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller
Intel has detailed its next-gen Core H-series for gaming laptops with SKUs ranging from the quad-core Core i5-10300H to the hexa-core Core i7-10750H and the octa-core Core i9-10980HK. At its heart, however, Comet Lake-H will look familiar to Coffee Lake-H in terms of integrated hardware features.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and 2070 Super Max-Q set to debut on the next Razer Blade 15
As if Nvidia's GeForce RTX lineup couldn't be more convoluted, be prepared for yet another subcategory of GeForce Super GPUs within the existing subcategory of GeForce Max-Q GPUs.
Gigabyte skips AMD, updates entire Aorus and Aero lineup with Intel 10th gen Core i7/i9 Comet Lake-H
Gigabyte will be "Redefining Gaming Notebooks" as one of the first OEMs out of the gate with Core i7-10750H, Core i7-10875H, and unlocked Core i9-10980HK options later this month. Comparisons to the competing AMD Ryzen 4000 series, which will also be shipping out in the coming weeks, should prove to be interesting.
2020 Dell XPS 15 9500 could be the full 16:10 redesign we've been looking for to tackle the MacBook Pro 16
The XPS 15 looked great back in 2016, but there's no question that it has grown a bit stale since then. A 16:10 redesign would help revitalize the series and new leaks appear to confirm just that.
PSA: Update your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon BIOS or be prepared to wait 6 hours for a full charge
The latest BIOS and Thunderbolt firmware update as of March 2 fixes the battery recharge rate of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. If purchasing a unit from a reseller, the system may be outdated and in need of a manual update.
Rare GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q launches amidst the storm of AMD Renoir announcements
Quietly unveiled at CES 2020, the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q has made its retail debut a full year later than its Turing Max-Q siblings. It remains to be seen how OEMs will adopt the GPU as it performs quite closely to the GTX 1660 Ti but with the added benefit of RT and tensor cores.
Acer Aspire 5 and Swift 3 are getting 7 nm AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 4700U options this Summer
We can't wait to compare the 10 nm Intel Ice Lake Aspire 5 and Swift 3 models to the upcoming 7 nm AMD Ryzen alternatives. The mid-range Ryzen 5 should just as well or better than a Core i7 for a lower starting price.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than every mobile Intel Core i9 laptop in the market today according to our own benchmarks
We compare the new 7 nm AMD CPU to at least 17 different Intel laptops equipped with a 14 nm mobile Core i9 CPU and AMD almost always comes out on top. Coffee Lake-H will be behind the curve in just a few short months if AMD can maintain this performance lead across multiple OEMs.
Asus Zephyrus G14 Ryzen 9 GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q Laptop Review: Kicking Core i9 to the Curb
The octa-core Ryzen 9 4900HS would be impressive on any 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch gaming laptop, but to see it work so well in such a small 14-inch form factor is extraordinary. There are, however, one or two caveats preventing it from being the ultimate gaming laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 2020 Laptop Review: Same Look, New Processor
Lenovo has swapped out the older Whiskey Lake-U CPU for a newer Comet Lake-U one on this latest X1 Carbon refresh. Performance differences, however, are minimal meaning you won't miss much if you already own a 2018 or 2019 model.
Launch price and pre-orders for the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 4900HS and RTX 2060 Max-Q finally unveiled
Best Buy will be opening pre-orders for the hyped 14-inch AMD-Nvidia gaming laptop at a reasonable price of $1450 USD. The GA401IV configuration will come with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB PCIe SSD.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599
It's 2020 and high-end Windows PCs are still shipping with 4 GB of RAM for some reason. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one if you intend to do more than just web browsing with a few open tabs.
HP SSD EX950 PCIe x4 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
Even though HP laptops don't ship with HP SSDs, the OEM still offers its own high-end solution for gamers and content creators through the EX series.
We compare dozens of laptops with the same GeForce MX150 GPU and the Razer Blade Stealth comes out on top
The performance difference between the slowest and fastest GeForce MX150 laptops is startling at roughly 60 percent. The Blade Stealth GeForce MX150 is essentially on par with the more expensive GeForce MX250.
MSI Optix MAG251RX, G241, and G271 1080p monitors now shipping for budget-conscious gamers
The 23.8-inch, 24.5-inch, and 27-inch monitors are now shipping from $190 to $340 all with high native refresh rates and either G-Sync or FreeSync to reduce tearing even further.
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference?
Everyone likes to compare the XPS 13 to the Razer Blade Stealth, MacBook Pro 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Asus ZenBook S13, but how does the latest Dell Ultrabook compare to itself?
The XPS 13 9300 display can be 20 percent brighter than what Dell is letting on, but you'll need a few clicks to enable it
Dell advertises a maximum brightness of 500 nits across all current XPS 13 9300 SKUs regardless of display resolution. Our own tests, however, show a maximum brightness of about 600 nits when under certain conditions. Here's how to enable that "extra" brightness.
MSI Trident 3 is returning with Core i7-9700F CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics for $1200
The venerable and highly configurable design of the Trident 3 is paying off for MSI. First launched during the Nvidia Pascal days, the internals have been updated to sport the latest desktop-class Coffee Lake-H CPUs and the removable GTX 1660 Super graphics card.
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7 Laptop Review: New Chassis Design is More Exciting than the New CPU
Apple has been championing the 16:10 display for years across its MacBook family. It's about time for a Windows maker to offer the same larger aspect ratio that both home and office users can appreciate.
Premier Lenovo IdeaPad S940 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM, 512 GB SSD, and Thunderbolt 3 now on sale for $1000
Lenovo's flagship 14-inch laptop with Intel Ice Lake is several hundred dollars off this week. If you don't want to wait two more months for the new 7 nm AMD Ryzen laptops, then now would be a good time to grab a high-end Ultrabook sporting Intel 10th gen CPUs.
The elusive 10 nm Core i7-1068G7 will be Intel's short-term response to the impending 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
The Core i7-1068G7 was teased last year as the crown jewel of the Ice Lake series even though it has yet to appear on any laptop or mini PC as of this writing. If Intel doesn't push it out soon, then it will risk being overshadowed by the upcoming 7 nm AMD Renoir series.
Razer redesigns logo to promote social distancing and it's actually pretty nice
Though only temporary in response to current events, it's a refreshing take on the traditional Razer logo nonetheless while keeping the recognizable symmetry and three snakes.
Eluktronics Mech-17 G1Rx with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Core i7, 144 Hz display, and 512 GB SSD on sale for $1700
While not as thin as some alternatives from MSI or Razer, the Mech-17 is several hundred dollars cheaper while sporting the same enthusiast components inside. This is one the least expensive laptops you can find with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics at the moment.
Some Dell G3 15 3590 owners have been reporting weak, bulging or broken hinges on their laptops
Users have been experiencing hinge issues on their months-old purchase that they are claiming to be a design flaw on the budget gaming laptop from Dell.
AMD Vari-Bright decreases laptop display brightness when on batteries. Fortunately, disabling it is easy
Annoyingly, Vari-Bright is enabled by default to automatically limit the maximum brightness of the screen when not on AC power. Though it's supposed to be a power-saving feature, it can also make outdoor visibility more difficult for the end-user.
Asus ZenScreen has somehow grabbed 64 percent of the portable monitor market
Existing ZenScreen owners can celebrate an ongoing raffle with Asus from now until April 5th for a chance to win a ZenBeam S2 portable projector.
$700 Core i7-1065G7 vs. $1400 Core i7-1065G7: What's the difference?
We compare the processor performance between two different 15-inch laptops equipped with the same Intel 10th gen Core i7 Ice Lake CPU. At worst, we're able to record a performance advantage of almost 60 percent on the more expensive laptop model.
AMD SmartShift is awesome. Too bad most gamers will never get to use it
(Update: The feature will be coming to the Sony PlayStation 5.) The AMD-only feature can give you "free" CPU and GPU performance by dynamically optimizing the power budget between the processors. Laptops with Nvidia or Intel hardware need not apply even though they make up the vast majority of the gaming laptops in the market.
AMD 7 nm Renoir accomplishes what Intel couldn't do with 10 nm Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 or 14 nm Comet Lake-U Core i7-10710U
AMD says its new octa-core Ryzen 7 4800U will make no compromises in regards to processor and graphics performance whereas Intel users will have to choose between faster graphics performance (Ice Lake) or faster processor performance (Comet Lake-U).
Our favorite Gigabyte Aero laptop with 4K OLED, Core i7, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is down to $1330
Want a Dell XPS 15 alternative? The Gigabyte Aero 15 is even more powerful with more port options to choose from for about the same price.
Top 6 things to avoid or consider when buying an Ultrabook
About to drop $1000+ on that brand new laptop? Here are a few things to keep in mind before making that jump.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15 Laptop Review: Cheap Core i7 Ice Lake Comes with a Performance Cost
If you're on a tight budget and don't want to settle on low-end specifications, then this Core i7-powered Lenovo might be for you. The system begins to buckle when running games or anything demanding for long periods.
Shadow lets you rent and stream a GeForce GTX 1080 gaming PC for $11.99 a month
GeForce Now just got a direct competitor. Shadow has updated its subscription plan and app to include a range of options in an attempt to eat some of that lucrative game streaming pie.
Last year's Lenovo Yoga C930 convertible flagship with Core i7 CPU, 12 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is now just $900 USD
It looks like Lenovo is clearing stock of its last generation Yoga C930 2-in-1. If you have no use for the improved GPU potential of the Intel 10th gen Ice Lake series, then the 8th gen Kaby Lake-R series will be just fine.
Latest Apple MacBook Air 13.3 with Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD now down to only $850
We don't like the slow CPU or loud fan noise, but if you ever wanted a brand new Apple MacBook for your daily browsing, streaming, or emailing needs, then now is the time to jump in for just under $900.
Buying a Lenovo ThinkPad T490? Skip the 2020 model and go with the 2019 model instead
Save yourself a few hundred dollars without sacrificing all that much processor performance. The brand new Intel 10th gen Core i7-10510U isn't all that much faster than the older Core i7-8565U or i7-8665U that Lenovo has been offering since early last year.
Patriot P300 P512GM28US PCIe x4 NVMe 512 GB SSD Benchmarked
Patriot's latest mid-range family of SSDs is caught in a sea of other mid-range SSDs with nothing to help it stand out from the crowd. Cheaper options are available with similar performance.
Lenovo Yoga C740-14: Great mid-ranger but with spongy keys
The 14-inch Lenovo convertible is above average in almost all aspects to be one of the better 2-in-1 laptops at its price point. Unfortunately, we think the soft feedback of the keyboard keys could be a little firmer and more ThinkPad-like.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop Review: The Comet Lake-U Update
Lenovo is refreshing its ThinkPad T490 one last time before the impending launch of the ThinkPad T14. The update is so minor, however, that you can opt for last year's ThinkPad T490 or just wait for the ThinkPad T14 instead without missing all that much.
Fully-loaded Alienware m15 R1 with Core i7, 144 Hz display, two 512 GB SSDs, and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics now on sale for just $1400
Dell is clearing stock of its one-year old Alienware m15 R1 SKUs likely to make room for the upcoming Comet Lake-H SKUs. The Core i7-9750H CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU are still powerhouses especially at this price range.
LG Gram 17 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD will be down to $1200 starting March 11
One the lightest 17.3-inch laptops you can get will be $300 cheaper soon. The LG Gram 17 joins the increasingly long list of brand new discounted laptops running on Intel's latest Ice Lake series of processors.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 on sale at Micro Center for $700 USD but with a catch
You'll have to drive to the nearest store to pick up the item if you want the latest Microsoft laptop brand new for as cheap as possible.
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML Convertible Review: Top-tier Looks, Mid-tier Price
The Yoga C740 offers a lot on all fronts relative to the sub $1000 asking price. Cut corners have been carefully executed to make the system feel as close as possible to the pricier flagship Lenovo Yoga C940.
Alienware m17 R2 comes with the same Core i9 CPU as the XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15, runs it 30 percent faster
Size matters when it comes to processor performance. The thicker, heavier, and louder Alienware chassis doesn't go to waste as it is able to squeeze out more from the Core i9-9980HK than the smaller and lighter XPS 15 or MacBook Pro 15.
What's your deal breaker when buying a new laptop?
Some users will refuse to buy any smartphone if it doesn't come with a 3.5 mm audio jack. Are there certain features on a laptop that you absolutely must have when shopping for one as well?
Dell Alienware m17 R2 Laptop Review: Making Core i9 Worthwhile
The redesigned Alienware m17 R2 crams both a Core i9-9980HK CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU in the thinnest chassis yet for the venerable series. We had anticipated lukewarm performance to keep thermals in check, but the system surprised us with its faster-than-average speeds even for a high-end gaming laptop.
Dell Latitude 7390 with Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB now on sale for just $599 USD with three-year warranty as standard
It may be two years old, but the 13.3-inch Dell laptop still offers a very wide range of features for its size including Thunderbolt 3, IR camera, WWAN, Smart Card reader, and even three-years of on-site warranty service at no extra charge.
Funcl TWS Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are half off this week for only $20
Did you just spend a fortune on a Samsung Galaxy S20 and need a new pair of wireless earbuds? The absence of the 3.5 mm audio jack is becoming easier to swallow now that Bluetooth earphones are getting cheaper.
GripDockIt wireless charger lets you charge your smartphone with PopSockets and grips still attached
The 15 W wireless charger will launch before the end of the year for at least $40 USD. Early backers can pre-order the charger for a lower price of $26.
Sayonara, Alcantara: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch Core i5 Review
The new aluminum metal chassis feels classier, stronger, smoother, and longer-lasting than the Alcantara versions that Microsoft have been shoving down our throats since the original Surface Laptop. If Microsoft could throw in some additional ports, then they might actually have a winner here.
ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE is a laptop monitor without the laptop launching today for $500
The 17.3-inch portable display promises a native 1080p resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms GTG response times, adaptive sync, and even an internal battery for up to 2 to 3 hours of use.
Eurocom sets new world record, crams 16 TB of SSD storage onto its lightweight Nightsky RX15 laptop
The 15.6-inch laptop houses a Core i9-9980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and up to 64 GB of RAM with 16 TB of SSD storage across two M.2 2280 slots and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i7 performance can throttle by almost 30 percent over time
Don't be fooled into believing that the Core i7-1065G7 CPU in the latest Surface Pro 7 tablet can perform roughly the same as the Core i7-1065G7 in a "proper" Ultrabook. The tablet version of the processor can be around 22 percent slower than the similarly equipped 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.
HP Spectre 13 with 4K OLED, Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD is now the cheapest it's ever been at $1168 USD
Do you really need a 100 percent AdobeRGB 4K UHD AMOLED touchscreen on a 13.3-inch laptop? Probably not, but for this low of a price, you may as well consider it anyway. It's rare for an OLED laptop like this to retail for about the same price as an IPS counterpart.
Fully-loaded Lenovo Yoga C940 with 4K display, Core i7 Ice Lake CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on sale for $1300
Lenovo's top-end 14-inch Yoga C940 configuration is now cheaper than ever without needing to settle for low RAM or storage capacity commonly found on most other laptop deals.
Asus VivoBook 15 with Ryzen 7 3700U CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD is only $550 right now
Newegg is clearing stock of its latest AMD Ryzen laptops even though they are barely a year old. For a mid-range 15.6-inch laptop, the discounted Asus VivoBook 15 strikes a pretty good balance between performance, price, and size.
Microsoft Surface Laptops are missing the point on why people prefer Windows in the first place
It says something when even Huawei can create a better Windows laptop than Microsoft can. The Apple-like approach of the Surface Laptop series has forgone almost everything that makes Windows laptops great in the first place.
CARD20 TWS earbuds miss Indiegogo stretch goal, will proceed anyway
Backers are excited that the wireless earbuds are now prime for mass production, but they are also furious about some last minute design changes to the earbuds themselves.
Trash cans powered by Nvidia Jetson AI chips are a thing now
Welcome your new trash can overlords. These hi-tech bins house Nvidia Jetson TX2 AI SoCs and cameras to instantly identify the item you're holding and tell you how it should be properly disposed of.
Microsoft is discounting its Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB to $800
The sub-$1000 ceiling seems to be a sweet spot for Ice Lake laptops. The Surface Laptop 3 joins the HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Yoga C940, and Razer Blade Stealth as some of the least expensive laptops you can find with Intel's latest 10 nm 10th gen Core i5 to Core i7 CPUs.
Acer Aspire 5 A514 Laptop Review: Not Intel Comet Lake at its Best
It may be equipped with Intel's latest 10th gen processor, but almost everything else about the laptop feels rather dated. The Aspire 5 is heavier and larger than many other 14-inch alternatives without offering any notable advantages.
Acer Aspire 5 with Core i5 Comet Lake-U might have a huge performance bug
Setting Windows to High Performance mode could drop performance by as much as 90 percent. We're able to reproduce the bug quite easily by toggling the Windows power profiles while running the CineBench Multi-Thread test.
Patriot P300 M.2 PCIe x4 SSD promises read rates of up to 1700 MB/s at prices as low as $50 USD
The 1 TB option will be even faster with sequential read and write rates of up to 2100 MB/s and 1650 MB/s, respectively. The manufacturer will offer 3-year warranty as standard with support for Advanced Wear Leveling to prolong the lifespan of NAND flash.
Samsung now accepting $700 trade-ins for your Galaxy S10 or iPhone 11 Pro towards a new Galaxy S20
You can get 50 percent off the Galaxy S20 or more if you own a Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Galaxy S10, iPhone 11, or iPhone XS. Owners of the Pixel 4 should definitely consider the $600 trade-in offer as that is more than what the smartphone is currently retailing for new.
We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to
The 768p touchscreen is so bad that tablet mode is rendered almost unusable. This type of display has no right to be on any laptop retailing for this high of a price. Save your $1000 for a HP Envy or Spectre instead.
The XPS 13 7390 with Core i5 and 256 GB SSD will be just $800 for this week only during Dell's President's Day sale
Alienware, Vostro, Latitude, and Precision products will also be getting temporary price cuts across the board. Dell will be staggering deals throughout the week and we've collected some of the more notable items here.
It's 2020 and laptops still have 1 MP cameras. What gives?
We asked two major laptop makers and both arrived at similar conclusions. Though we understand the reasoning behind them, it's also a bummer that we likely won't see any laptops with the same high quality cameras as smartphones anytime soon.
HP Pavilion x360 15 2019 Convertible Review: Don't Buy This Configuration
The Pavilion series is supposed to be HP's entry-level lineup of affordable laptops. This particular configuration, however, is egregiously bad because its high asking price does not reflect the low-end 768p touchscreen.
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 Ice Lake convertible with Core i7 CPU and 512 GB SSD is only $800 right now
Outlets seem to want these brand new 10 nm Core i7 laptops gone from their shelves as fast as possible. The high-end Spectre x360 13 Ice Lake is merely a few months old and yet its price has fallen by nearly 40 percent.
The MSI Modern 15 has dual-channel RAM while the Modern 14 is stuck in single-channel mode
The Modern 15 is more than just an enlarged version of the Modern 14. Though they may share similar chassis styles and materials, their motherboards are completely different for some notable changes in port options, expansion options, and overall performance between them.
Pink MSI Prestige 14 laptop now available for $1399 just in time for Valentine's Day
Don't let the bright amiable color fool you. The pink MSI laptop will be faster than most 14-inch and 15.6-inch Ultrabooks in the market because of its 6-core Core i7-10710U Comet Lake-U CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics.
MSI Modern 15 A10RB Laptop Review: The Dell XPS 15 Lite
The Modern 15 is fit for budget-conscious users who need more power than the typical Ultrabook without spending too much on heavier higher-end options equipped with Core H CPUs and GeForce GTX GPUs.
Nvidia GeForce Now has this one major advantage over XCloud, Google Stadia, and other game streaming services
The "bring your own game" approach caters better to PC gamers because GeForce Now will be compatible with titles from your existing Steam, Origin, or Epic libraries. For $4.99 a month, subscribers can play their existing digital games on Nvidia's servers for up to six hours per month.
MediaTek gets serious about smartphone gaming, launches 12 nm Helio G70 and G80 chipsets
The new affordable to mid-range SoCs will launch later this month in India albeit with no specific devices announced. Though MediaTek smartphones are generally inexpensive and easy to find, ones sporting Helio G chipsets have been uncommon thus far.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s with Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Thunderbolt 3, and 256 GB SSD is only $670 right now
The ThinkPad T480s is the lighter and slimmer version of the standard ThinkPad T480 to strike a better balance between a traditional lightweight Ultrabook and a full-on business laptop. The Core i5-8250U may not be the newest, but performance isn't all that different from the pricier Core i5-10210U, either.
No one seems to really care about Intel Project Athena
Project Athena was supposed to usher in the next generation of Intel-powered Ultrabooks with Thunderbolt 3, super-long runtimes, and thinner designs. But in reality, Athena is barely on anyone's radar as even OEMs seem to be avoiding the term in their advertisements.
With AMD Ryzen 7 4700U/4800U right around the corner, now is the best time to buy a Ryzen 7 3700U laptop
Laptops powered by the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U are starting to get a lot cheaper to make room for the next generation. These AMD laptops are able to offer comparable CPU performance to the Core i7-8550U or Core i7-8565U commonly found on high-end Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Lenovo Yoga series.
4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Book S launching on Valentine's Day for $999
The 13.3-inch WoA laptop comes with a special 7 nm Snapdragon SoC for a thickness and weight of just 11.8 mm and 0.96 kg, respectively. LTE Cat.18 Nano SIM, touchscreen, Windows Hello, and a keyboard backlight all come standard.
Traveling and forgot your charger? The Quick-E is a disposable 2000 mAh battery bank for just $2.49
If you're running out of juice and don't have a charger nearby, welcome to the club. The Quick-E charger is a small and environmentally friendly one-time use battery bank with a pre-paid postage stamp for buyers to return once the battery bank is depleted.
Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake just dropped like a rock in price despite being only three months old
What was once $1500 in October 2019 is now just $1000 as of January 2020. Razer's silent price drop could be hinting at a replacement model coming soon. While the Blade Stealth Ice Lake comes equipped with Intel's newest 10 nm Core i7-1065G7 CPU and Iris Plus GPU, it is still slower than the older Blade Stealth Whiskey Lake-U with the 14 nm Core i7-8565U and GeForce MX150.
MSI Modern 14 vs. Prestige 14: What's the difference?
The Modern 14 may be a lot cheaper, but it actually has a few advantages over the more expensive Prestige 14 including additional ports and expandable RAM.
Buy a Gigabyte Aero GeForce RTX laptop and get 3 months of Adobe Creative Cloud free
Get Adobe Photoshop, Color, Exchange, Lightroom, Illustrator, Camera, Premiere Pro, and more at no additional charge if you purchase a Gigabyte Aero RTX laptop between now and May 2020.
Microsoft Modern Standby is causing some XPS, Lenovo and Asus laptops to heat up like crazy
It's not comforting when the laptop in your backpack or bag would heat up to over 50 C or 120 F seemingly out of nowhere. Microsoft's latest feature can be undesirable in most cases especially to users who are unaware of the differences between Modern Standby and traditional S3 sleep.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is the cheapest Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 laptop you can buy right now at just $450
In a price category inundated with slow Atoms, Core i3, and Ryzen 3 laptops, the IdeaPad S340 stands out from the crowd with its 10 nm Core i7-1065G7 that's barely half a year old. Intel's latest 10 nm Core i7 CPU can now be found on even the cheapest of models.
MSI Modern 14 A10RB Laptop Review: Lighter than it Looks
MSI's latest mid-range office laptop for content creators offers Comet Lake-U, GeForce MX250 graphics, and a well-calibrated 14-inch 1080p display all for under $900 USD and at a weight of just 1.2 kg. Its advantages are clear, but some of its disadvantages are just glaring.
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH Laptop Review: Best and Priciest IdeaPad Yet
Although the IdeaPad name is commonly associated with inexpensive entry-level to mid-range offerings, the IdeaPad S740 is easily the most luxurious and powerful in its family. The big catch is that it'll cost you almost as much as the more well-known Dell XPS 15 or HP Spectre x360 15.
Walmart's most affordable Motile Ryzen laptop is now even cheaper at just $210
The in-house Walmart laptop comes with a Ryzen 3 CPU and just 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The best part, however, is that both RAM and SSD are easily upgradeable if needed.
The Impact mini PC based on Kontron motherboard runs on a Core i9 CPU with no fans whatsoever
Aimed at industrial applications where complete silence may be desired, the mini PC encases a Fujitsu mini-STX motherboard in a huge heat sink with configurations up to the octa-core Core i9-9900T.
Three generations of 14 nm: Core i7-10510U offers just 20 percent faster multi-thread performance than the average Core i7-8550U
If you're in the market for a new laptop, you won't be missing all that much by going with an older Whiskey Lake-U model. The hexa-core Core i7-10710U looks to be the only Comet Lake-U SKU to offer a significant gen-to-gen raw performance boost.
HP ProBook x360 435 G7 coming this Summer with AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, and Ryzen 7 4700U options
The mid-range ProBook series will be refreshed with AMD's latest Ryzen 4000 U-series APUs for SMBs. HP is promising BIOS-level security features including Sure Start and Sure Sense to make up for the fact that there are not yet 3rd gen AMD Ryzen PRO processors for mobile yet.
HP Spectre X360 15 Late 2019 Convertible Review: Comet Lake Core i7 with GeForce MX Graphics
It's one of the heftier and better-looking convertibles for sure, but performance becomes a bit unsteady when under higher loads. Power users may want to consider the faster Core H and GTX SKUs instead.
Asus blog gives a handy rundown on everything they announced at CES 2020
Asus goes over core details on the upcoming VivoBook S series, Chromebook Flip C436, TUF Gaming A15/A17, G-Sync-enabled TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A monitor, ROG Strix GA35 gaming desktop, and the Zephyrus G14 laptop equipped with 4th gen AMD Ryzen H series CPUs.
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors
No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range of divisors than their native refresh rate.
Ultra-thin MSI GS66 dares to be thicker and heavier in the name of performance
The MSI GS series is home to some of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops in the market and yet the latest model will be 10 percent heavier and 13 percent thicker than its predecessor. MSI wants to prove that it isn't just blindly chasing towards thinness and weight with the GS66 in an attempt to offer a better balance between rigidity, performance, and size.
Nuu Mobile X6 promises Android 9.0 Pie, fingerprint reader, and 4G LTE for just $100
The Nuu X6 will pack many of the same features that users have come to expect from modern smartphones retailing for several hundreds more including dual rear cameras, and a notched 16:9 display.
Entire Razer Blade lineup getting refreshed with 10th gen Intel CPUs and new displays up to 300 Hz
The internal refresh will swap out Coffee Lake in favor of Comet Lake. We suspect that their GPUs will be updated as well to better support the higher display refresh rate options.
Avita looking to crack the U.S. laptop market with the inexpensive Pura and Admiror
The entry-level Pura looks and feels a lot like the Asus VivoBook while the mid-range Admiror is distinguishable by its large hinges and C-shaped visual design along the corners.
Asus VivoBook S13/S15 gets refreshed with Comet Lake-U, Ice Lake-U, and a thinner look
Interestingly, Asus has no new ZenBook models to show at this year's CES meaning the OEM is likely saving some announcements for later. Instead, the manufacturer will kick off the new year with refreshed Zephyrus and VivoBook models.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Intel Core vs. AMD Ryzen: There is No Wrong Option
The Intel version will indubitably offer the faster experience, but the AMD version is not really that far behind. Don't beat yourself over for "settling" with AMD if you want to save a few hundred bucks.
SK Hynix Gold P31 and Platinum P31 PCIe NVMe SSDs coming with 128-layer 4D NAND flash
The Platinum P31 will be one of the first consumer SSDs with 128-layer 4D NAND flash to offer sequential read and write rates of 3500 MB/s and 3200 MB/s, respectively.
Intel's response to the impressive 3rd gen AMD mobile Ryzen CPU series? A foldable laptop called "Horseshoe Bend"
The Horseshoe Bend is clearly a product still in development and not yet ready for prime time, but Intel made it a big showpiece anyway. The 13-inch concept laptop unfolds into a 17-inch tablet and it's expected to run on Intel's next generation Tiger Lake CPU series.
8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4800U promises huge gains over the Intel 10th gen Core i7-1065G7, but we'll believe it when we see it
Comparing one Ryzen 7 4800U laptop to one Core i7-1065G7 laptop isn't enough to accurately represent the CPUs. We're going to need a sample size of retail units from both chipmakers to paint a bigger overall picture of their performance differences.
AMD Ryzen 4800HS processor launching exclusively on the Asus Zephyrus G14 for $1500
The 14-inch Zephyrus G14 will be the smallest gaming laptop in its family and it'll be the first to offer AMD Ryzen 4000 HS-series options. Optional 1 mm-thick outer lid LED covers add a unique level of customization not seen on other laptops.
Asus TUF A15/A17 gaming laptops coming with Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H CPUs and GeForce RTX 2060 graphics
Asus' budget to mid-range TUF laptops are getting new 3rd gen AMD H-series processors and a new naming convention that will make it easier for consumers to follow.
Lenovo is having its biggest CES yet with over 20 new product announcements. Let's try and list them all
Lenovo is starting out the new decade with a bang by announcing a deluge of new products all at once. We can expect gadgets as small as the silent Bluetooth mouse to expensive toys like the $2500 ThinkPad X1 Fold all launching within the next few months.
Dell G5 15 SE Ryzen bets big on AMD Renoir-H and Radeon RX 5600M, but will it pay off?
A lot is riding on the latest AMD-only gaming laptops to do well in the market. If models like the MSI Alpha 15, Dell G5 15 SE, or Asus TUF FX505DY/FX705DY aren't selling, then AMD-powered gaming laptops will likely be on yet another hiatus. AMD has been having a tough time cracking into the gaming laptop space in contrast to its brisk desktop PC sales.
Dell Alienware UFO is a Nintendo Switch running Windows 10
The Alienware prototype, codenamed "UFO", is a portable 8-inch FHD tablet with detachable controllers designed to play PC games locally while on the go. If you ever wanted a Switch but with PC games instead of Nintendo games, then this concept might tickle your fancy.
The Dell "Duet" combines two XPS 13 displays in one form factor, because why not
Dell is toying with the idea of replacing the traditional keyboard and clickpad with a full-on IPS display for a dual-screen laptop. It's essentially a marriage between the Lenovo Yoga Book and the Asus ZenBook Pro ScreenPad.
Watch out Razer, the MSI Prestige 14 is coming in Hot Pink
Ever wish your laptop at work could be pinker? MSI has got you covered. One of MSI's best office laptops will be jumping in on the Pink bandwagon similar to the Rose Gold Dell XPS 13 and Quartz Pink Razer Blade series.
MSI Creator 17 will introduce mini-LED backlighting, gets recognized for the “Digital Imaging or Photography” CES innovation award
Mini-LED backlighting is the next big thing in consumer TV sets and MSI will be the first to integrate the technology onto laptops with the upcoming 17.3-inch Creator 17 designed for professional users.
MSI GS66 Stealth comes with a ginormous 99.9 WHr battery and a 300 Hz display
Who says thin gaming laptops have to sacrifice battery life? MSI has expanded the internal battery capacity for its thinnest gaming laptop to the legal limit. Nonetheless, we'll have to test the battery life ourselves to see how much of a difference the larger battery will actually make.
MSI GE66 Raider redesigned from the ground up to include more LEDs and limited edition skins
The GE65 will get a successor later this year with the GE66. MSI is doubling down on aesthetics and thinness especially since Intel and Nvidia have no major processor announcements this year at CES.
Slim and sexy Samsung Galaxy Chromebook XE930QCA packs a 4K UHD OLED HDR screen for $999 USD
The 9.9 mm-thick convertible Chromebook houses serious specifications for its category that could easily pass as a high-end Ultrabook. It will even have a 1 MP webcam on the keyboard deck to better exploit the 2-in-1 form factor.
Killer Networking AI will give gamers and Dell XPS owners stronger Wi-Fi connections
The company claims AI integration can "deliver better performance in almost all network environments" by scanning the area for access points and optimizing user settings automatically in the background. The technology will target gamers before inevitable making its way down to more mainstream laptops.
Asus renames the super-light AsusPro B9 to the ExpertBook B9, hopes no one notices
Asus has finally realized that the name "Asus AsusPro" is silly. The business-centric "Asus AsusPro" series will now be called the "Asus ExpertBook" series to better appeal to professional office users.
Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds
The 13.3-inch Portege X30L will offer RJ-45, full-size HDMI, Wi-Fi 6, expandable RAM, a bright 470-nit matte display, vPro, and a hexa-core CPU all for well under 1 kg when it launches in the U.S. this Summer.
HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional
Though HP is marketing the Envy 32 AiO to general consumers and multimedia users, its fast Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and large 31.5-inch DCI-P3 HDR600 display can also appeal to content creators, power users, and some professionals.
HP Elite Dragonfly G2 promises 5G connectivity, 1000-nit touchscreen and an improved Sure View privacy filter
The Dragonfly gets a minor internal update with new Comet Lake-U processors, WAN options, and a "Sure View gen 3.5" display. There will be no Ice Lake version since Intel has no current plans to integrate vPro onto the Ice Lake series.
Latest GeForce graphics and 6-core Comet Lake-U coming to the 2020 HP Spectre x360 15
The 2020 model isn't a huge redesign, but it's not a minor one either. The minor tweaks to the CPU, keyboard, and webcam all add up to a slightly smaller package and a more powerful system when compared to the 2019 model. The unspecified Nvidia GPU is also intriguing.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α with QLED display launching for $830 USD
The QLED panel will provide OLED-like colors at a fraction of the price. Samsung is hoping that its aluminum-clad convertible will kick-start a generation of QLED laptops and tablets to better compete against the IPS and OLED laptops already in market.
Dell Latitude 9510 and 9510 2-in-1 will come with 5G to kickstart Dell's new ultra-thin flagship series
Much like the XPS 9000 series, the new Latitude 9000 series will prioritize sleek and lightweight form factors aimed at business users as a direct response to the ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP Elite Dragonfly.
How did we jump from the XPS 13 9380 to the XPS 13 7390 and XPS 13 9300? Dell explains
If you thought the new XPS model names have become too confusing, you're not the only one. Dell will be returning to the XPS 9xxx naming convention again after experimenting with the XPS 7xxx to make it easier for consumers to understand.
Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable
It will also be a hair lighter and smaller by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, when compared to the last generation design while sporting the same chassis materials for that familiar look and feel.
Zotac Inspire Studio mini PC is a Magnus in disguise with GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics
The Core i7 and GeForce Super mini PC offers 270 degrees of ventilation in a chassis size of just 5.85 L. The new white color is similar to the white color used for the Razer Studio laptops and MSI Prestige laptops.
Chuwi UBook tablet sacrifices quality for price
It may be $100 to $200 cheaper than the Surface Go, but the Microsoft tablet will likely last you a lot longer. Knock-offs or clones look great from a distance before you begin noticing the cut corners and lack of detail.
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor Review: Lightweight and Flexible
The 15.6-inch Auzai monitor is easy to carry around, but it doesn't take much to damage the unprotected matte screen and flexible plastic case.
C-Force CF016xT USB-C 144 Hz Portable Monitor Review: Convenient when it Works
It's awesome when it works, but some iffy flickering behavior and power issues make it unreliable for specific scenarios. Why an AC adapter for power is not included in the box is particularly bewildering.
Chuwi UBook CWI509 Tablet Review: The Surface Go Wannabe
Chuwi is at it again with yet another Microsoft Surface clone. This time, the Chinese manufacturer is targeting the Surface Go crowd with an 11.6-inch detachable. The end result has some respectable qualities, but it's a big miss overall.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Core i7 Review: Better with Ice Lake
We all know that Intel's Core i7 Ice Lake can outperform the cheaper AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5. The real questions are how much of a performance boost can users expect and if the advantages are worth the price premium.
These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019
Dell and Microsoft have the best implementation of the Core i7-1065G7 thus far with HP being near the bottom. When looking at the extremes, the fastest i7-1065G7 laptop is able to outperform the slowest by 50 percent in multi-threaded workloads.
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx Convertible Review: Powered by Intel Ice Lake
The latest HP Spectre is definitely smaller, faster, and more portable than ever before, but the unsteady CPU performance and noticeable ghosting will leave some casual gamers disappointed.
Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed
No, the latest Ice Lake-powered Spectre x360 13 does not weigh just 930 grams despite what the HP Customer Support Knowledge Base is affirming. Our own measurements show that the convertible is actually 33 percent heavier to be closer to the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1.
MSI GE65 performs about the same as the GS65 and it's over $700 cheaper
There's a huge price premium if you want the thinner and sexier looks of the GS65. But if you're only after performance, then the GE65 can save you nearly a grand while being almost as portable.
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF Laptop Review: Huge Improvements Over the GE63
The GE65 is 19 percent smaller and 12 percent lighter than the outgoing GE63 while retaining all the same ports and most physical features. It's one of the lighter 15.6-inch gaming laptops you can buy from MSI outside of the GS65.
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe 1 TB SSD Benchmarked
The budget PCIe x4 NVMe SSD offers sequential read rates of up to 2400 MB/s across all capacities. Write rates will vary depending on capacity while read/write performance during very small block sizes could be better.
Get Lenovo's premier Ice Lake Yoga C940 convertible with 512 GB SSD for only $999
This flagship convertible houses an active stylus, 12 GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen all wrapped in a rigid aluminum chassis.
It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port
There is no need for a Surface Connect port now that Thunderbolt 3 is becoming ubiquitous amongst mid-range to high-end laptops and tablets. There is nothing that Microsoft can't do with the more universal Thunderbolt 3 port that they are already doing with the expensive proprietary Surface Connect port.
Lenovo Yoga C940-15 display is brighter than every HP Spectre laptop thus far
The HP Spectre series consists of ultra-thin flagship laptops and convertibles to represent the best that the manufacturer has to offer for consumers. Nonetheless, all models thus far have been lacking in one particular area.
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Review: The 14-inch Consumer Convertible to Beat
Is it worth spending a few extra Benjamims for the 4K display over the cheaper FHD option? Aside from a meaurable cut in battery life, the 4K SKU brings both deeper colors and a brighter display.
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 15 W500 now shipping with 48 GB of RAM and it's already out of stock
The redundantly named ProArt StudioBook Pro will have some of the highest specifications in the ultra-thin mobile workstation space. Expect to pay at least $4000 USD for this professionally-tuned system.
Chuwi UBook detachable shipping this month with an Intel N4100 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB storage for $350
The Chinese Surface Go clone will be live before the end of 2019 with extra hardware features not found on the Microsoft version. The UBook follows on the footsteps of the larger UBook Pro which was designed to be a Surface Pro clone.
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH Convertible Review: The XPS 15 2-in-1 Dell Should Have Made
After making several Yoga C900 subnotebooks for years, Lenovo is ready to expand the lineup to include larger 15.6-inch sizes. The Yoga C940-15 sacrifices little in terms of performance and chassis quality especially for a convertible.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 Core i9 gets consistently outperformed by the MSI P65 Core i9
After the horrid Core i9-8950HK performance of the 2018 MacBook Pro, Apple's implementation of the Core i9-9880H on its latest 16-inch MacBook Pro is a significant improvement. Nonetheless, the competing MSI P65 and the larger GE75 are able to run the same Core i9 CPU consistently faster.
More manufacturers have been omitting the 'Max-Q' GeForce name from official listings and it's getting annoying
When you're spending $1000 or more on a gaming laptop, you're going to want to know exactly what's inside. Official specs from manufacturers will often be so truncated that certain performance details regarding the GPU may be omitted.
New Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD targets content creators and enthusiasts
NVMe drives are expected to account for more than 75 percent of all new PCs by 2021 according to SSD Insights. More affordable NVMe drives like those in the WD Blue series will allow the technology to become more commonplace on cheaper laptops and tablets.
MSI should really remove the 'Factory Seal' sticker from some of its laptops
MSI G series laptops are generally easy to service and yet most of them have Factory Seal stickers on the bottom to discourage end-user upgrades. We think putting the sticker directly on parts of the motherboard instead would be a more user-friendly approach for gamers who like to tinker and upgrade.
Nubia Red Magic 3S display appears to be better calibrated than the original Red Magic 3
Aside from the move to the Snapdragon 855 Plus and faster UHS 3.0 storage, the Red Magic 3S doesn't introduce much else to the table. The display, for example, remains relatively dim compared to the competition at under 300 nits maximum even though colors are slightly more accurate this time around.
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2080 for Cheap
It may not have the sexy narrow bezels of the latest laptops, but the GE63 still comes equipped with one of the fastest Nvidia GPUs available and an ultra-smooth 144 Hz display with almost no ghosting.
HP ProBook x360 11 G6 Education Edition coming with Amber Lake-Y Core i3-10110Y and i5-10210Y in March 2020
HP School Pack software will come pre-installed alongside dual cameras, a webcam privacy shutter, touchscreen pen support, Wi-Fi 6, and BIOS-level security features to protect students.
Where are all these Walmart laptops coming from? Tongfang is the source
You can shop smarter by knowing where resellers like Walmart are getting their laptops. ODMs often sell the same white label laptop to multiple resellers who will then reskin and rebrand the laptop as their own. By shopping around different resellers, you can often find the exact same laptop under different names but at cheaper prices.
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17 Review: Chinese Laptop with Walmart's Name Slapped On
Walmart brand electronics may sound cheaply made at first, but this is the exact same laptop that many high-end resellers also offer including Maingear, Schenker, and Eluktronics.
Asus throwing in a free ZenFone Max M1 smartphone or $500 off the ROG Phone with each purchase of a new laptop
The limited time deal includes dozens of Asus laptops from the ultra-thin ZenBook series to the enthusiast ROG series. It's a nice incentive even if the smartphones aren't the latest ones on the block.
What will Google Stadia need to do to win you over?
Aside from the obvious input latency, Stadia has a long list of other issues ranging from its pay-per-title business model and quality of service. What can Google do to make Stadia a success?
Intel Core i9-9900KS for laptops runs slower than the Core i9-9900K
CineBench R20 results are about 10 percent slower than the Core i9-9900K despite costing $100 more. While our Eurocom Clevo sample shows good performance, the processor is ultimately held back by its high running temperatures of ~90 C even when at stock Turbo Boost speeds.
Nubia Red Magic 3S gaming smartphone will be $449 for this week only
The Red Magic 3 wants to prove that you don't have to spend $800+ on a high-end gaming smartphone. The latest model with the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and UFS 3.0 storage will be only $450 USD until December 3.
Eurocom Sky X4C Core i9-9900KS Laptop Review: Unlocked Desktop Processor in a Mobile Form Factor
The three-year old Clevo P751DM2 chassis is beginning to show its age. While the system can handle Intel's latest Core i9 CPU, it can't fully exploit the high Turbo Boost potential of the processor without running at temperatures well beyond 90 C.
Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 options
Why is it that the GE75 can be configured with up the GeForce RTX 2080 while the WE75 is limited to the Quadro RTX 3000? MSI may be pushing ultra enthusiasts into purchasing the higher-end WT75 instead where users can find the RTX 4000 and 5000.
MSI WE75 9TK Workstation Review: Core i7 with Quadro RTX Power
The MSI WE75 workstation is based off of the versatile GE75 chassis and yet it is missing many of the options found on the latter. What's here is great, but we know the WE75 is capable of housing more powerful components.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000 octa-core SoC promises 5G for the masses when it launches in 2020
The 5G SoC will support 90 Hz QHD displays, up to 16 GB of quad-channel LPDDR4x RAM, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, hexa-core AI processor, download/upload speeds of up to 4.7/2.5 Gbps, and more with the promise of faster performance than the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
Meze 99 Classic headphones offer strong audio with a hipster appeal
What can you expect from a pair of luxury headphones retailing for over $300? If you're looking for features, wireless, microphone support, and software, then these are not for you. If you want headphones that focus on nothing more than utmost comfort and superior audio quality, then the Meze 99 should be on your Holiday shopping list.
Asus ROG Strix III G731GU with Core i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 512 GB SSD is only $900 right now
One of Asus' newest flagship laptops is hundreds of dollars off this week to be one of the better gaming deals you can find before Black Friday. The narrow bezels make the 17.3-inch chassis smaller than it really is.
Nubia Red Magic 3S 90 Hz smartphone gets new Eclipse Black color for $480
The gaming-centric Android smartphone launched in gray, red and purple color options for a more striking visual appeal. Users who just want a simple black option have finally gotten their wish with the new subtle Eclipse Black color option.
Maingear Vector 15 Laptop Review: Gaming All-rounder
The Vector 15 is one of the few 15.6-inch gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics clocking in at under 2 kg. The portability comes at the cost of louder fans noise and a more flexible chassis design.
Walmart Motile M142 laptop with Ryzen 5 3500U, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display is only $380 right now
Meanwhile, the lesser-equipped Motile M141 with the Ryzen 3 3300U is only $280. These are some of the better laptop deals you can find if you can accept the weak hinges.
If Sony were smart, they would introduce an official Playstation 4 trade-in program to push Playstation 5 adoption rate
How great would it be to be able to trade-in your OG Playstation 4 for an instant $75 off the Playstation 5? A Sony-run trade-up program for existing PS4 owners could make the inevitably high launch price of the PS5 easier to swallow especially since the new console will be backwards compatible anyway.
Walmart Motile M142 Laptop Review: Pretty Good for $500
We never expect very much from laptops retailing for less than $500, but the Walmart Motile offers a surprisingly balanced experienced. Its AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5 CPU performs as fast as any Intel 9th gen Ultrabook in a chassis that doesn't feel hastily put together.
Razer teasing something new coming to London. Could it be another brick-and-mortar store?
Users may not necessarily want to purchase Razer devices on a whim, but walk-in stores in heavy trafficked areas help to gain exposure and to create a sense of community for the brand.
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 W700 with Quadro RTX 3000 graphics now shipping for $2000 USD
Leave it to a company who designs some of the most stylish gaming laptops to offer one of the best-looking mobile workstations yet. The ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 promises Xeon options, ECC RAM, and a 16:10 1200p display wrapped a Zephyrus-like chassis.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5
The Surface Pro 7 doesn't bring enough to the table to warrant a whole digit upgrade over the Surface Pro 6. Unless if you really value the integrated USB Type-C port or Iris Plus graphics update, last year's model will suffice.
Asus launches ProArt StudioBook Pro X workstation laptop with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics for a hefty $5000 USD
The 17-inch laptop integrates some unique features for a sleek mobile workstation including a ScreenPad, 16:10 1200p display, Xeon E-2276M, and a Quadro 5000 GPU.
Surface Pro 7 Core i5-1035G4 performance can throttle by as much as 27 percent to be slower than the Core i7-8565U
CPU performance can be all over the place on the Surface Pro 7 Core i5. When at its best, multi-thread performance will be most similar to the Ryzen 5 3580U on the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. But if at its worst, performance can be about 10 percent slower than the average Core i7-8565U.
Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on months-old broken graphics drivers
All those Iris Plus-related bug fixes Intel have been releasing over the past three months have yet to arrive on the Surface Pro 7 despite the fact that this is supposed to be Microsoft's latest flagship Windows tablet. Though we don't know when the update will arrive, Microsoft says they are working on a solution.
Frank Azor gets a successor: Vivian Lien becomes new VP of Alienware and Dell Gaming
Dell has found a new pair of eyes to help envision the future of Alienware and the direction it's headed. A larger Alienware presence in eSports, schools, and mainstream media seems likely for more widespread recognition of the brand.
New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years
The two-year old Surface Pro 5 offers essentially the same display experience as the latest Surface Pro 7 down to colors, contrast, brightness, response times, and more.
MSI GL65 with Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650 GPU, and 512 GB SSD is only $599 right now after rebates
The 15.6-inch MSI GL65 is one of the lighter gaming laptops in its size category due to its narrow bezel design and no-frills approach. Its GeForce GTX 1650 GPU can play the latest games at native 1080p and decent graphical settings without much of a hassle.
Chuwi UBook Pro Surface Pro clone has a brighter display than the actual Surface Pro
At a measured brightness of 868 nits on the center of the screen, the UBook Pro is nearly 90 percent brighter than even the Surface Pro 6. It's not everyday that a cheaper Chinese clone offers something better than the "proper" authentic version.
MSI Prestige 15 Core i7 is really fast, but expect high Core temperatures
As the first 15.6-inch MSI laptop with an Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, the Prestige 15 has some big shoes to fill. Performance and clock rate sustainability are good at the cost of high core temperatures stabilizing at ~95 C when under stressful processing loads.
Chuwi UBook Pro Tablet Review: The Microsoft Surface Pro Clone
The UBook Pro offers high-end looks with low-end performance for a mid-range price. If you can get past the slow Core m3 processor, then you'll find the super-bright 12.3-inch display and three USB ports quite useful when compared to the dimmer and pricier Surface Pro.
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC Laptop Review: One of the Best Dell XPS 15 Alternatives
Low-power Intel with low-power Nvidia work great together for anyone interested in a high-performance ultra-thin laptop. If MSI can address the throttling, then the Prestige 15 can give other popular 15.6-inch Ultrabooks from Dell, HP, and Asus a run for the money.
Chuwi holding a 48-hour sale on the UBook Pro, Hi9 Air, MiniBook, LapBook Plus, and more
The already inexpensive Chuwi laptops and tablets are now even cheaper by up to $60 USD. If you need a cheap Atom-powered laptop to hold you over or as backup, then these Chuwi products may be worth a look.
Umidigi Uwatch GT smartwatch with heart rate monitor and Bluetooth launching this December
The Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch promises 15 days of battery life, a plastic case, and a 240 x 240 resolution display for just under $80 USD.
Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?
It’s been two years since Apple introduced the iPhone X and three years since the iPhone 7. Consumers and media were having a cow about the end of headphone jacks as we know it and the eyesore of an asymmetric display. Now that everyone has had a couple of years to take it all in, do people still care about these quirks on their smartphones?
Dell will send a technician to your home to upgrade your Alienware Area-51m laptop for you
Having a laptop with removable and upgradeable graphics has its benefits. Dell will help you upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 without needing to replace your entire Alienware Area-51m system.
Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 with brand new SQ1 CPU and Adreno 685 graphics
Microsoft isn't giving up on ARM for Windows. Much like the semi-custom Ryzen processors for the Surface Laptop 3 series, the new 13-inch Surface Pro X tablet will use a custom SQ1 processor developed by Qualcomm.
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U Laptop Review: Faster Than The Core i5 XPS 15
After an impressive showing with the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1, the original XPS 13 clamshell deserves some love, too. Dell is putting the XPS 13 back in the spotlight with the Intel Comet Lake-U Core i7-10710U to be one of the first subnotebooks shipping with a full-fledged hexa-core ULV CPU.
Maingear Vector offers 144 Hz 1080p IPS display, Core i7-9750H CPU, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics for $1499
The Vector promises "unbeatable value" in the mid-range 15.6-inch gaming space. The chassis borrows heavily from the Intel white label chassis released just a few weeks ago but with a repositioned webcam and different dimensions.
Dell Black Friday deals starting today: XPS 13 for $799, 24-inch 144 Hz monitor for $99, Inspiron convertibles for $199, and many more
The month-long sale will stagger different products depending on the day. If you're in the market for a cheap monitor, television set, or Inspiron laptop, then a bunch of these deals are worth checking out.
Our first hexa-core Core i7-10710U benchmarks are in and they handily outperform both the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and Core i7-8565U - in most cases
Does a hexa-core U-series processor under a 15 W power envelope make sense? As anticipated, Turbo Boost performance is excellent during the first few minutes before clock rates inevitably fall over time. The dip in performance comes out to be about 15 to 25 percent on the Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U unit.
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz Laptop Review: Finally, a 17-inch 4K Display With Almost No Ghosting
The AU Optronics B173ZAN03.3 panel makes its debut on the Razer laptop to offer both faster refresh rates and faster black-white response times than any 17.3-inch laptop before it. The end result is a better 4K gaming experience than what other 17.3-inch laptops currently have to offer.
Razer Blade Pro 17 is the first laptop to do 4K UHD gaming right. Here's why
The new and elusive 17.3-inch 4K UHD 120 Hz AU Optronics display can only be found exclusively on the Razer Blade Pro 17 at the moment. We don't know when it will begin shipping on competing laptops, but we do know that it offers the best 4K UHD gaming experience on a 17.3-inch laptop due to its significantly faster response times and refresh rates than any existing 17.3-inch 4K UHD IPS panel. 17.3-inch OLED panels have yet to become widely available.
Old Toshiba Tecra A40 gets a facelift to the new Dynabook Tecra A40
Dynabook is promising up to 13 hours of battery life and an optional Dynabook USB-C Dock when the redesigned Tecra A40 becomes available in the coming weeks.
Watch out, OLED: Samsung bringing QLED Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex NT930X laptops in 2020
Samsung will launch the world's first QLED laptops early next year with the promise of 600-nit displays, Ice Lake, Wi-Fi 6, and GeForce MX graphics. LPDDR4x RAM will come soldered alongside an S Pen recess on the Galaxy Flex model.
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme promises to be the lightest and most powerful in its size class
The new 1000-nit display will be about two times brighter than the display of the XPS 15. FirstNet integration comes standard with optional Wi-Fi 6 and LTE to aid first responders with critical information.
Kingston KC600 SSD Benchmarked: More Reason to Ditch that Old HDD
Kingston is still invested in traditional 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs for users who have yet to upgrade to M.2 or NVMe. The new KC600 promises XTS-AES 256-bit encryption and 3D TLC NAND modules not unlike most M.2 drives.
Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 Review: Microsoft Can Do Better
The metal Surface Laptop 3 is the sleekest Surface laptop yet and its implementation of AMD Ryzen is one of the better examples in the Ultrabook space. Unfortunately, almost everything else feels outdated.
The Ultimate Ryzen 5 3580U vs. Ryzen 3500U and 3700U CineBench Comparison: Almost All Alike
Microsoft's semi-custom approach to Ryzen isn't really any better than the best Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 7 3700U laptop you can buy in terms of performance. It's certainly good and comparable to the Core i7-1065G7 in some respects, but benchmarks for the Ryzen 5 3580U show it to be nothing special.
Expensive Asus Zephyrus laptops tend to ship with single-channel memory only
It's a common cost-cutting maneuver for budget gaming laptops that most high-end gaming laptops offer as standard. Retailers and resellers often neglect to mention the mode or how many RAM slots are available on product pages.
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU Laptop Review: $1800 for Single-Channel RAM
The Zephyrus M GU502GU starts at the same price as the Razer Blade 15 with the same CPU, GPU, and 144 Hz display. It becomes difficult to recommend the Asus when the Razer alternative is both smaller and more rigid while offering essentially the same level of gaming performance.
Skip the Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model and just go for the older GeForce MX150 model instead
The best part about Ice Lake is that some older Whiskey Lake models have become great deals. Not only is the MX150 model cheaper and graphically superior, it's also thinner. Ice Lake CPU performance is only marginally faster than the i7-8565U in the last generation model while being 30 to 35 percent slower or more than the GeForce MX150. The Core i7-1065G7 CPU advantage doesn't outweigh the GPU disadvantage by a long shot.
More problems yet again: Surface Laptop 3 suffers from backlight bleeding, pulse-width modulation, and DPC latency issues
Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop only started shipping last week and we're already seeing some issues with our review unit. If you're sensitive to onscreen flickering or are planning to use the Microsoft notebook for audio streaming or editing, then you may want to skip this model.
Velocilinx Boudica Collection of colorful keyboards, headphones, and mice target hardcore gamers
The Boudica offers a bright visual experience with per-key RGB lighting and additional strip lighting across the edges of the keyboard. It's a lot of flash for not a lot of auxiliary ports or features considering the $120 USD asking price.
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Laptop Review: The Cheaper GeForce MX150 is Faster
Razer has jumped in on the 10 nm Ice Lake bandwagon to exploit the new power-efficient Intel Iris Plus GPU. While the resulting performance is where we expect it to be, the $1500 starting price makes this a tough buy when the less expensive Blade Stealth GeForce MX150 version is the better gaming machine.
Kingston launches KC600 series for users still stuck on 2.5-inch SATA SSDs
The 3D TLC 2.5-inch SSDs will range from 256 GB up to 2 TB with AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, TCG Opal 2.0, eDrive, and optional desktop installation bracket kits. The 256/512 GB capacities are now shipping while the 1/2 TB SKUs will come at a later date.
MSI GF65 9SD Laptop Review: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for under $1000
The GF65 replaces last year's GF63 by introducing new Nvidia Turing GPU options, new display options, a larger cooling solution, and faster wireless. The narrow bezel chassis design remains unchanged.
Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change
Microsoft had the cojones to put both AMD and Intel on its flagship Surface series. In contrast, other OEMs offer AMD options only for their lower-end to mid-range product families. The Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are comparable enough to the Core i7-8565U and even Core i7-1065G7 to be treated on equal ground on flagship laptops.
MSI WP65 workstation is mostly a reskinned GF63 or GF65
Both the MSI GF63 and WP65 are budget laptops in their respective categories. If you plan on purchasing one or the other, it'll be good to know that they share the same chassis design but with slightly different aesthetics.
Nintendo Switch Pro could be using the new Nvidia Tegra X1+ chip for up to 25 percent faster performance with potential for AI upscaling
The Nvidia Shield TV is about to get a processor upgrade - will the Nintendo Switch be next? The new Tegra X1+ will likely be using the same underlying architecture as the original Tegra X1 for an easier transition to Nintendo's handheld should the company decide to adopt the more powerful processor.
Intel Eluktronics MAG 15 laptop with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut and Cooler Master MasterGel offers just marginal temperature improvements when gaming
Expect CPU and GPU temperatures of 80 C and 74 C, respectively, when running games on the Eluktronics MAG 15 equipped with Thermal Grizzly and Cooler Master thermal pastes. The MAG 15 retails for less than the Schenker XMG Fusion 15 even though they both carry the same chassis.
MSI WP65 9TH Laptop Review: For Professionals on a Budget
The WP65 is a decent alternative to the entry-level Dell Precision 3000 series or the HP ZBook 15v series. However, core workstation users will find a lot of missing features on the WP65 when compared to most other mobile workstations.
Alienware m15 R2 is limited to 16 GB of RAM or just half of the cheaper Dell G7 15 7590
You don't have to pay top dollar for an Alienware when Dell's own G7 15 7590 can be configured with the same Core i9 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, and 4K UHD OLED display for about $200 to $300 less.
Razer Blade 15 gets a pink makeover; will the Blade Pro 17 be next?
The Blade 15 Quartz Pink Base Model is now shipping with a GeForce RTX 2060, 144 Hz IPS panel, and 512 GB SSD for just under $2000 USD. Unfortunately, you won't be getting per-key RGB lighting as it will feature a single-zone RGB backlight instead.
Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
Kingston wants to drive the price down for NVMe SSDs without having to sacrifice performance along the way. The A2000 series looks to have achieved this especially when compared to budget NVMe SSDs like the Toshiba BG3 series.
The Ultimate Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 7 3700U/2700U CineBench comparison: How does Intel Ice Lake hold up against 15 other AMD Ryzen laptops?
It takes more than just one or two laptops or one or two scores to call a verdict like so many articles tend to do. We compare the Ice Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with at least a dozen other AMD laptops in a CineBench stress test to see which laptop comes out fastest. Interestingly, results are mixed and even closer than what you might expect.
Asus ROG G531GT with Core i7-9750H, GTX 1650 graphics, and 512 GB SSD is only $700 right now
Asus' budget-midrange Strix G series laptop is $300 off for high performance-per-dollar. Its GTX 1650 GPU is comparable to the GTX 1060 in DX11 titles and up to 15 percent faster if on DX12.
Dell G7 15 7590 Laptop Review: Alienware Performance for Less
Dell advertises its G7 15 as a mid-range gaming machine and a step below the enthusiast Alienware series. In reality, the latest G7 carries many of the same configurable options as the latest Alienware including octa-core Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2080 options.
Dell quietly updates its Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition series with Intel 10th gen CPUs and Thunderbolt 3
The smaller 13.3-inch Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 Black Edition has also gotten the same Comet Lake-U treatment albeit with the Core i5-10210U processor instead. The CPU update directly addresses one of the main drawbacks of the Inspiron 2-in-1 series which was its lack of Thunderbolt 3 compatibility.
Dell's cheapest gaming laptop has a few good things going for it
The easy upgradeability of the Dell G3 15 3590 means you can buy the cheapest configuration available and then simply upgrade the storage and RAM yourself to save on costs.
To all Dell XPS 15 9575 and Kaby Lake-G owners: You're fine, Intel will continue to support the platform for another few years
Intel may be axing its AMD-powered chipset for good, but that doesn't mean it won't be stopping driver support for any existing Kaby Lake-G PCs already in the market. The blue chipmaker plans to support the platform for another few years even after all shipments have stopped.
Ice Lake-powered Razer Blade Stealth now shipping for a hefty $1800 USD
Announced earlier last month at IFA 2019, Razer will now be taking orders for its latest Blade Stealth refresh and it's going to cost you quite a bit. The Base Ice Lake SKU starts at $1500 USD while the GTX 1650 Max-Q version will be $1800 to $2000 if configured with a 4K UHD touchscreen.
Dell G3 15 3590 Laptop Review: Inexpensive with Easy Upgrades
The G3 series is home to Dell's most affordable lineup of entry-level gaming laptops. This latest iteration gets the job done well for the price even if it doesn't do very much to buck the trend commonly associated with budget gaming machines.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Core i7, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB RAM is now $400 off after rebates and gift cards for a limited time
The high launch price of $1650 for the Core i7 XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 is now just ~$1200 after taxes, discounts, and gift cards. The Dell convertible is notable for being the first to ship with Intel's new Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 CPU and also one of the few convertibles with a 16:10 display.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7-1065G7 Review: Faster Than Any XPS 13 Before It
With mobile AMD Ryzen finally catching up to Intel's long-running ULV Core U series, all eyes have been on Ice Lake and Comet Lake-U to see how Intel would respond. Pressure has been on Dell to knock it out of the park with its second generation XPS 13 2-in-1 especially since it is the first to ship with the Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7. The flagship convertible mostly succeeds with a few caveats.
Walmart exclusive Motile laptops now shipping with THX spatial audio, 1080p displays, and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U for only $600
Walmart has partnered with THX to offer an inexpensive laptop powered by the latest mid-range AMD Ryzen CPUs. The model sports both narrow bezels and an aluminum chassis which are uncommon features at this price range.
Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of
With some heavy tweaking and field-of-view reductions, Doom and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep can run at a locked 30 FPS in some scenarios. Still, we recommend at least a GeForce MX150 if you intend to play such intensive titles regularly.
Origin PC ships its PCs in cool wooden crates
If you've ever been the unlucky recipient of a damaged box due to careless handling or shipping, then the cushioned wooden crate option from Origin PC has got you covered.
No HDMI or Thunderbolt yet again: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is being stingy on connectivity and now it's really starting to show
Be prepared to carry around a bunch of adapters if you plan on buying the latest Surface Laptop. The newest models haven't improved upon one of the weakest aspects of the Surface Laptop 2 series to make alternatives like the Dell XPS series, HP Spectre series, or Asus ZenBook series appear more versatile.
MSI GL65 9SEK Laptop Review: Much More Portable than the GL63
The GL65 is a huge upgrade over the GL63 in terms of visuals, weight, performance, and size. On the other hand, other key aspects like battery life, ports, brightness, and display quality have barely changed at all. This $1500 mid-range gaming machine can sometimes feel like a budget gaming laptop at times.
Latest Asus ZenBook 15 is proof that we could use more laptops with both ULV Core U CPUs and GeForce Max-Q graphics
While we aren't expecting to see any laptops with both the Core i7-8565U CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, we could argue that the Core i7-8565U or any other ULV Core i7 CPU would pair very well with an entry-level Max-Q GPU like the GTX 1650 Max-Q. OEMs like Asus and Razer have already been investing in such Ultrabook-Gaming hybrid laptops.
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero wireless headphones are super comfy and big on macro features
The enthusiast headphones will work on consoles and PCs alike and will come with one full year of Tidal Premium for a limited time. The manufacturer is promising 30 hours of battery life with its 50 mm Nanoclear speakers.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534F Laptop Review: Look Like an Ultrabook, Play Like a Gamer
The Zenbook 15 is one of the very few laptops equipped with an Intel U-series CPU and a GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU for an impressive level of gaming performance relative to the compact chassis size. It strikes an excellent balance between the portability and long runtimes of a traditional Ultrabook while offering enough GPU power to play the latest games at 1080p. ScreenPad 2.0 looks crisper and feels smoother than before, but its associated price premium remains a tough sell.
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model
The new convertible has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 13 percent smaller footprint than the 2018 model. It's also slightly thicker with a larger cooling solution in order to accommodate the more graphically capable Core i7-1065G7 CPU.
That embarrassing realization when the Core i9-9880H has outperformed every Core i9-9980HK laptop thus far
The slowest laptop with the Core i9-9980HK is the Dell XPS 15 7590 which the Core i9-9880H can outperform by as much 25 percent. If you're out looking for the "ultimate" Core i9 performance on mobile, the i9-9980HK offers only a marginal boost over the fastest i9-9880H laptop in the best of scenarios.
Chuwi LapBook Plus only $370 USD for a limited time, is now the cheapest 4K laptop available
Chuwi's least expensive 4K laptop gets even cheaper with a sizable price cut and a free carrying bag for the first 200 orders.
Does a laptop with both the Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus and GeForce MX250 make sense for gaming? We give our early thoughts
You'll probably want to stick to the GeForce MX150/MX250 over the Iris Plus if you want to game. Though they may be close on paper, Nvidia GPUs benefit greatly from having more frequent driver updates and a dedicated pool of resources and they are just simply more reliable and predictable in their performances. Intel is going to have to step it up in terms of driver support if it wants to compete against the low-power Radeon Vega RX series or the GeForce MX series.
Gaming laptops are becoming less attractive because of Google Stadia and external graphics cards
It's becoming more difficult to justify carrying around a laptop with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics when you can simply harness that power from the cloud or an external GPU docking station. Alternatives like eGPUs and game streaming services will make conventional gaming laptops a hard sell in the near future.
The Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i5 is quieter, brighter, and almost two times longer-lasting than the XPS 15 7590 Core i9
Other differences include a pulse-width modulation of 1020 Hz an even warmer CPU temperature of 85 C on the slower Core i5 IPS configuration. DPC latency issues continue to be present on both the Core i5 and Core i9 SKUs.
Improving Twitch livestreams with AI: Nvidia finds another nifty use for its GeForce RTX graphics cards
Nvidia is boosting the value of its GeForce RTX series with new features designed specifically for online social gamers. By utilizing the Tensor cores of its RTX GPUs, a normal webcam will be able to detect, track, map, isolate, filter, and augment faces in real-time for streaming or video chatting.
Dell XPS 13 7390 now shipping with Intel Comet Lake-U for $979; hexa-core Core i7-10710U options coming October 1st
Be one of the first to own an XPS laptop powered by Intel's Comet Lake-U CPU series. The XPS 13 7390 is expected to be the first consumer Ultrabook available with a hexa-core processor, but it'll likely cost you north of $1800 USD.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 MK1 Laptop Review
The latest 14-inch Toughbook addresses many of the shortcomings of last year's model while retaining compatibility with all last generation accessories.
Five weird gaming laptop features that we're probably never going to see again
Remember AMD Dual Graphics, Acer FrostCore, or the Lenovo UltraBay? We look back at some of the failed features that major OEMs have tried pushing onto their gaming laptops.
SK Hynix Gold S31 SSD Benchmarked
If you're in the market for an inexpensive 2.5-inch SATA III SSD, then the new SK Hynix Gold S31 should do the trick. The 250 GB version starts at just under $50.
Asus Fail: Official ZenBook 15 product page has a bunch of careless errors
(Update: All fixed!) Asus could definitely be a little more careful next time around. According to the ZenBook 15 UX534 product page, the "ZenBook 16" will have a MicroSD reader and a Thunderbolt 3 port that could potentially fool the average consumer.
New 4K UHD 120 Hz display option coming first to the Razer Blade Pro 17 for $3699
You'll no longer have to choose between resolution and refresh rate soon enough. 4K laptop displays with fast refresh rates are finally here for both ultra-smooth movements and crisper images. Previously, panels with native 120 Hz, 144 Hz, or 240 Hz native refresh rates were limited to a native resolution of only 1080p.
No RTX? No Problem — Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti Base Model Laptop Review
The GTX 1660 Ti is only marginally slower than the RTX 2060 in raw GPU horsepower while retailing for hundreds less and it manages to outperform the fastest Blade 15 Pascal configuration. Some hidden drawbacks like the slightly less accurate display and slower CPU performance detract only little from the overall experience.
We've tested 15 gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics thus far and the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the fastest
On the bottom end of the spectrum is the Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9 which offers approximately 20 to 30 percent slower performance than the Razer despite carrying the same GPU by name. Power consumption, however, is also highest on the Razer system.
ZenBook on Steroids: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Laptop Review
Asus' latest ScreenPad Plus makes the Apple Touch Bar look like child's play. The unlocked Core i9 CPU, GeForce RTX graphics, 1 TB Samsung SSD, and soldered 32 GB of RAM are hefty specifications that come with an equally hefty chassis and price.
HP Elite Dragonfly is a beautified EliteBook x360 1030, will offer features missing on the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
The Dragonfly convertible will differ from your typical gray EliteBook by its blue chassis designed to attract attention and breathe new colors to the Elite series. Expect availability in the weeks ahead since this Athena-certified system will run on the Intel 9th gen series instead of 10th gen.
Mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is 20 to 25 percent slower than desktop version: A closer look at mobile RTX and desktop RTX
Don't buy a laptop with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics if you want to maximize performance-per-dollar. The cheaper mobile GTX 1660 Ti is only about 5 percent slower than the mobile RTX 2060 while retailing for hundreds less. The mobile RTX 2060 can be up to 25 percent slower than the desktop RTX 2060 compared to "only" 10 to 15 percent between the mobile RTX 2070 and desktop RTX 2070.
HP's weird Spectre Folio 2-in-1 with Core i7-8500Y and 256 GB SSD now on sale for $750
The experimental leather-aluminum premium netbook looks and feels like no other Ultrabook, but its disadvantages at launch have all but buried the system. Best Buy is offering decent discounts on the first generation Spectre Folio to suggest that HP may be ready to unveil a second generation model soon.
Weekend Discussion: Would you care if your next laptop had no 3.5 mm audio jack?
Our 'Weekend Discussion' series asks questions and "what if" scenarios to our readers about how they use their smartphones, laptops, or other portable devices with the intention of encouraging insightful discussions. For this week, we want to know how you would feel about potentially losing the 3.5 mm audio jack on your next Ultrabook purchase.
Double Trouble: HP Omen X 2S 15 Laptop Review
Like Asus, HP is convinced that two screens is better than one. While the second screen on the Omen X 2S 15 is definitely crisper than what the Asus VivoBook S15 has to offer, be prepared for a lot of glare and potential brightness issues.
5 Things to Do After Purchasing a New Laptop
So you made the jump and just spent $1000 on a fresh new laptop. Here are the five first steps we think you should take to better protect your purchase and make sure you get everything that the laptop has to offer.
Intel's first white label gaming laptop now available for $2200, will be adapted by resellers like Maingear, Schenker, and Eluktronics
Our full review on the promising Intel chassis will follow in the weeks ahead. Intel thinks it can out-design gaming veterans like MSI, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte, and Clevo with its very own chassis that we will be eager to put to the test.
MSI launches Prestige PS341WU 34-inch HDR600 5K monitor, costs the same as the Apple stand after rebates
Although well-known for its curvy LED-heavy gaming monitors, MSI wants to prove that it can still design sleek no-frills monitors for professionals, too. The 34-inch Prestige PS341WU is expected to ship on September 16 with a $200 promotional rebate lasting from now until September 29.
Hot Ice: Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3 Laptop Review
Dell's latest XPS convertible is unlike most Ultrabooks or convertibles we've tested this year simply because it checks off a long laundry list of uncommon features: Ice Lake-U, MagLev keyboard, vapor chamber, 13.4-inch touchscreen, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The result is a travel-friendly convertible with one of the brightest and most well-calibrated displays we've seen for its category. Unfortunately, you'll have to give up some upgrades along the way that may impact longevity.
Razer Blade Pro 17 vs. Gigabyte Aero 17: Gigabyte is Catching Up
Although the concept of gaming-professional hybrid laptops isn't new, the advent of Nvidia Studio has accelerated the adoption and selection of such high-performance models. Existing laptops designed for professionals like the Gigabyte Aero series have been getting more exposure as a result. This comparison will show what features the gaming-professional Aero 17 has to offer when compared to a "pure" gaming laptop from Razer.
Razer Blade 15 just got $400 cheaper, now shipping with a new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti option
The price of entry for Razer laptops has always been on the high side. The new entry-level GTX 1660 Ti SKU should make it a little easier for users to pull the trigger by dropping the minimum price of a 2019 Blade 15 from $2000 to $1600 USD.
The Area-51m mini-me: Dell Alienware m15 R2 Laptop Review
If you've ever wanted the 17.3-inch Alienware Area-51m desktop replacement but wished it was smaller, then the 15.6-inch Alienware m15 R2 should fit the bill. The new model is a complete design overhaul of last year's Alienware m15 R1 that unfortunately feels more like a lateral step sideways instead of a big leap forward.
Gaming on 25 W Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake-U can be up to 42 percent faster than 15 W version according to Intel
If you're a light or casual gamer, Intel wants you to consider its 25 W Ice Lake-U Core i7-1065G7 with Iris Pro Graphics instead of dedicated GeForce MX graphics or AMD's integrated Vega series. We'll have to see ourselves in a few weeks through real-world retail units if Intel's claims are reproducible.
New Razer Blade Stealth to offer the biggest leap in graphics for the series ever, will come with Ice Lake Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics
It's more than just a simple Ice Lake update that everyone was expecting. The refreshed Blade Stealth will launch in September-October to be Razer's first ever Stealth laptop equipped with GeForce GTX graphics. The jump from GeForce MX150 to the GTX 1650 should offer a massive ~150 percent increase in graphics horsepower albeit likely with shorter battery life in the process.
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR Laptop Review: This is a *Really* Good 17-inch Laptop
Gigabyte has just created one of the best 17.3-inch laptops in the market for both professionals and gamers alike. The system packs almost everything you'd want in an ultrathin package including both long battery life and high graphics performance - an uncommon combination.
MageDok 15 Portable Monitor Review
The crowdfunded-Indiegogo MageDok portable monitor feels solid to the touch with a strong chassis design. Almost everything about the actual display, however, is a letdown at this early development stage.
Razer hinting at a new "world's first" Blade laptop set for IFA 2019
Razer is teasing another Blade laptop set to be unveiled on September 4th. Could this be the redesigned Blade Stealth powered by 25 W Intel Ice Lake-U Iris graphics?
Acer Labor Day sale takes 20 percent off new monitors, Aspire, Predator, Triton, and Helios laptops sitewide
If your PC or monitor is in need of an upgrade, you may as well browse Acer's catalog of electronics for a decent discount ending in just a few days.
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV RTX 2060 Laptop Review - Not that Much Better than the G731GU GTX 1660 Ti
Can't decide between the Asus ROG G731GV with GeForce RTX 2060 or G731GW with GeForce RTX 2070? The G731GW offers 19 percent faster gaming performance without impacting temperatures for $400 more than the G731GV.
Razer Blade Stealth with GeForce MX150 and 16 GB of RAM is now $500 off and finally at a decent price
The Blade Stealth is the fastest laptop we've tested with GeForce MX150 graphics and now it costs about the same as most other Ultrabooks with no dedicated graphics at all. If you're in the market for an Ultrabook with more graphical oomph, then it may be worth considering the Razer.
Gigabyte is totally overlooking a small but important detail on its Aero 15 and Aero 17 laptops
RGB lighting is great and all, but it's not very useful if it doesn't light up each and every key symbol. There's no reason why secondary fn key symbols on flagship Gigabyte laptops should be unlit even after two years in the market.
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 (Clevo PB51RF, Core i9, 4K OLED) Laptop Review
The Nightsky RX15 is one of the few narrow-bezel 15.6-inch laptops offering unlocked Core i9-9980HK CPU options. Meanwhile, its OLED option makes the system competitive against the Razer Blade 15, Alienware m15, and Gigabyte Aero 15 which all have similar OLED features.
Dell and Google teaming up for Latitude 5300 and 5400 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise Edition
Ever wanted a Chromebook with 1 TB of internal PCIe storage and 32 GB of RAM? Dell has re-purposed its existing Latitude 5300 2-in-1 and 5400 laptops into Chromebooks designed for developers and businesses to accelerate Chrome OS adoption in the commercial space.
Gigabyte Aorus 17 coming this September with unlocked Core i9, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and OMRON mechanical switches
The OEM is claiming it to be world's first laptop with OMRON mechanical key switches. The new Aorus 17 will contrast the last generation Aorus X7 series by being thicker in order to incorporate additional features and performance options.
Like a Dell XPS 15, but more insane: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo with two 4K screens, GeForce RTX graphics, and unlocked Core i9 CPU now shipping for $2999
The flashy and eye-catching dual-screen laptop doubles down on the ScreenPad concept for both creators, multimedia users, and gamers alike. With so much hardware and displays to power, however, don't expect battery life to be so kind to travelers.
Two-story Razer retail store opening in Las Vegas just in time for CES 2020
Next year's Consumer Electronics Show just got a bit more interesting.
Asus celebrates 30th anniversary with an 18-carat plated limited edition ZenBook 13 laptop
The white ZenBook 13 will sport a special Star Trek-like rose gold logo on its outer lid for a price of $1399 USD to be the most luxurious ZenBook model Asus has ever released.
MSI Modern 14 with Core i5-10210U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce MX250 GPU now available for $899
The budget-midrange professional laptop will begin shipping on September 10 with 5.7 mm thin bezels, 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Intel's latest Comet Lake-U CPU. Initial SKUs will not carry Core i7 options.
Razer CEO appears in Bloomberg interview, posts $48 million in losses, $357 million in revenue, 30.3 percent growth YoY, and explains the infamous toaster
Razer still hasn't broken even yet with Min-Liang Tan pointing his fingers at scaling and new investments as core contributors. The company continues to grow in terms of revenue and is looking at cloud gaming as a potential "fourth pillar" to accompany Razer's existing hardware, software, and services.
Dell XPS 13 7390 will be the first subnotebook with 6-core Core i7 Comet Lake-U options when it launches this September
Intel Comet Lake-U will allow <14-inch subnotebooks like the XPS 13 to carry processors with 6 physical cores. The system will launch within weeks of the Ice Lake-powered XPS 13 2-in-1 for a starting price of $900 USD. Visually, there will be no changes between the XPS 13 9380 and XPS 13 7390.
Dell Inspiron 13, 15, and 17 7000 2-in-1 series with Core i7-10510U Comet Lake launching this week
The convertible laptops will be one of the first to carry the Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U CPU. USB Type-C Power Delivery and Thunderbolt 3 will come standard on SKUs powered by Intel 10th gen processors.
Affordable Dell Inspiron 13, 14, and 15 5000 series refreshed with Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10110U up to the Core i7-10510U
The Comet Lake Inspiron 5000 series will perform very similarly to the pricier Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 series but without the convertible 360-degree hinges. Oddly enough, USB Type-C will only be available on SKUs with dedicated GeForce MX230 or MX250 graphics.
Dell Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 3000 series will get Comet Lake-U starting at just $390
Want Intel's latest mobile CPU without breaking the bank? The entry-level Inspiron 3000 series will be refreshed with the same quad-core Intel 10th gen processor options as the upcoming XPS 13 7390. SKUs will launch this week in EMEA with a North American launch to follow in early September.
The Inspiron 14 7000 7490 is Dell's latest and most XPS-like laptop yet in both looks and features
The upper mid-range offering will come with a Core i7-10510U CPU, GeForce MX250 GPU, WWAN, WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 3, Intel Optane H10, FHD touchscreen, soldered RAM, and a new magnesium alloy chassis that takes a lot of visual cues from the flagship XPS lineup.
The Dell XPS 13 9390 does not exist. Here's why
Dell has been slowly leaving behind its last generation XPS 9380 and XPS 9570 series by renaming its successors the XPS 7390 and XPS 7590 instead, respectively. The change may seem confusing at first glance, but it makes sense when looking at Dell's mobile lineup as a whole.
HP offering one-year of Mobalytics free to League of Legends players just for trying out Omen Command Center
If you're a League of Legends player and have been curious about Mobalytics, then you can give it a shot free-of-charge for one year by downloading an upcoming version of Omen Command Center.
AMD Ryzen CPU options coming to the HP Pavilion Gaming laptop series for the first time ever
The upcoming late 2019 model will be 4 percent thinner (23.5 mm vs. 24.5 mm) with 28 percent larger heat pipes than the 2018 model. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H should offer a performance level similar to the Core i5-9300H but for hopefully much less.
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15 (Clevo PB51RF) Laptop Review
Clevo is getting better at creating more visually attractive gaming laptops without sacrificing the core performance advantages that the series is known for. We only wish that it could be easier to service.
Dell XPS 15 7590 OLED Power Consumption Measurements: White Can Be Almost Two Times More Demanding Than Other Colors
Because of the way OLED works, it may be worth changing white backgrounds to something darker especially if your commonly used applications or web pages are predominately white. At the most extreme, white at maximum brightness will consume almost 14 W more than if the screen were only black.
SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs
The Gold S31 utilizes all in-house components from its built-in DRAM, firmware, and NAND Flash to be a "full" SK Hynix product. Although exclusive to the U.S. for now, additional M.2 PCIe models are expected to arrive for both North America and Europe sometime next year.
C-Force CF015C Portable Monitor Review
The 15.6-inch CF015C 4K UHD portable monitor is sleek and lightweight for easy carrying. Unfortunately, it relies on a clunky external hub and several cables to actually work.
Finally, Asus ZenBook 14 SKUs with AMD Ryzen 3500U and 3700U options are coming
AMD's mobile Ryzen series is slowly but surely making its way up onto higher-end Ultrabooks. The less expensive ZenBook 14 UM433DA will offer Ryzen Zen+ processors for a similar level of performance to the more expensive Intel Whiskey Lake-U series.
Origin PC EVO16-S (Clevo P960RD) Review: A Rare 16.1-inch Gaming Laptop
Ever wanted a gaming laptop but felt that a 17.3-inch display might be too big and a 15.6-inch display might be too small? Then this high-power 16.1-inch Origin PC EVO16-S should fit the bill.
Win a Razer Blade 15 Studio, GeForce RTX Titan, or 2080 Ti graphics card through Nvidia's Project Sol contest
If you're an amateur or professional Unreal Engine 4 user, then this contest was made just for you. Nvidia wants you to play around with its ray-tracing assets and create something fun for a chance to win prizes ranging from $1000 to over $3000 USD in value.
Lepow USB-powered Portable Monitor Review
The lightweight and narrow bezel 15.6-inch portable monitor has an attractive design with a high quality feel when held. The actual display, however, is reflective of the inexpensive price point.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping as alternatives to the Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15
Asus is one step closer to equipping its entire laptop portfolio with its innovative ScreenPad technology. The 14-inch ZenBook UX434 15 and 15-inch ZenBook 15 UX534 will each cost about $1400 with discrete graphics options ranging from the GeForce MX250 to the GTX 1650 Max-Q.
Intel NUC gaming Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon on schedule for 2020-2021 launch according to new leak
The next generation Intel mini PCs will purportedly drop Kaby Lake-G and Radeon graphics in favor of 9th gen Coffee Lake-H, Tiger Lake-U, and dedicated Nvidia Turing graphics with a custom vapor chamber cooling solution. The non-gaming Frost Canyon and Quartz Canyon NUCs are expected to launch in between the gaming NUCs.
Power Overwhelming: Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1650 OLED Laptop Review
The XPS 15 is back with new Core i9 options, new GTX Turing graphics options, and new 4K UHD OLED options. We test the highest-end configuration of the XPS 15 7590 to see what the latest series can offer when it's supposedly at its best.
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options
It's a tough call between OLED and IPS if you're a gamer. While the former allows for deep and accurate colors, the latter offers faster refresh rates for smoother and more responsive movement. Eurocom will let you choose between OLED or IPS with only a relatively small price difference between them.
This will be the new 10th gen Intel Core sticker on the next generation of Ultrabooks
Athena-certified laptops in particular will be the first to ship with this identifier to differentiate them from standard Ultrabooks. Intel will be pushing for a new category of Ultrabooks sporting 10th gen Core CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, and very long battery life as the bare minimum.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Laptop Review: An Excellent Alternative to Intel
The entry-level Inspiron 15 5585 sports the latest AMD Ryzen CPU with great results across the board. Graphics performance in particular is a leap ahead of the Intel UHD Graphics series that should satisfy casual gamers of Fortnite, Rocket League, and other undemanding titles.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 available for pre-order this week, will be first Athena laptop to market
Prices start at $979 with an expected ship date of September 9. Dell will start accepting orders on August 8, 9 AM EST sharp for its second generation XPS 13 2-in-1. Exact prices and SKUs will all be revealed by morning for the Ice Lake-powered and vapor chamber-cooled convertible.
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060 Laptop Review: How does it Compare to the RTX 2080 Max-Q?
The Blade Pro 17 has the fastest GeForce RTX 2060 we've tested thus far to be just 25 percent slower than the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Perhaps not coincidentally, it also costs about 25 percent less than the Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU.
Toshiba XL-FLASH storage promises DRAM-like speeds at cheaper prices
Acting as a hybrid between NAND and DRAM, Toshiba XL-FLASH may eventually make its way to SSDs and even NVDIMM to be a cost-efficient storage solution for future high-performance servers and workstations.
Chuwi at its Best: Chuwi MiniBook Netbook Review
The Chuwi MiniBook is surprisingly a well-balanced and versatile netbook with its respectable system performance, bright 1080p touchscreen, and selection of ports. The unorthodox keyboard layout and twitchy mouse button will take some getting used to.
Samsung Galaxy smartphones with AMD Radeon graphics could be coming in 2021
Gaming smartphones are about to get a lot more serious in a couple of years. Samsung has confirmed that its first AMD-powered SoCs are tentatively planned for a 2021 reveal. A potential Galaxy smartphone with Radeon graphics could give it a huge performance edge against competitors.
Asus ROG G703GX with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics is $600 off right now, costs less than a Razer Blade Pro 17
While full-power GeForce RTX 2080 laptops don't come cheap, this limited-time deal on Asus' most powerful gaming laptop makes it one of the least expensive in its category. The $2400 price point is several hundred dollars cheaper than competing systems from the MSI GE75 series or the Acer Predator series.
Asus ROG Strix G GL531GV Laptop Review: Like a Zephyrus, but Cheaper
Asus' Republic of Gamers lineup just got a lot bigger. The Strix G GL531 adds a splash of customizable LED colors to the series without impacting the overall performance we've come to expect from a gaming laptop. Fan noise when gaming could still use some improvement.
Our first Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 benchmarks are in and they outgun the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
AMD has reasons to worry. Intel Ice Lake represents the biggest leap in performance for the Core U series since Kaby Lake-R in 2017. Our preliminary numbers reveal significant GPU gains over the old UHD Graphics 620 while maintaining a 15 W envelope. Meanwhile, the higher-end 25 W Core i7-1065G7 will be even faster than the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U on all tested accounts.
GeForce RTX 2060 is only 5 to 10 percent faster than the GTX 1660 Ti on laptops
Unless if you plan on exploiting DLSS or the ray-tracing capabilities of the GeForce RTX 2060, then there's little reason to own an RTX 2060 laptop over a GTX 1660 Ti laptop especially from a performance-per-dollar perspective. The gain in raw graphics potential is minor at under 10 percent compared to the larger price markup.
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 vs. MSI GF75: Sacrificing portability for cooler and quieter gaming
If you're in the market for an entry-level gaming machine, the Pavilion Gaming 17 costs about the same as the MSI GF75 and yet it offers faster gaming performance at measurably quieter and cooler temperatures overall. However, the MSI is significantly lighter and thinner.
PSA: Laptopmedia charges $5 USD for a calibrated laptop display profile. We offer them for free
You don't need to spend any money if you want your laptop display to be more color accurate despite what other websites may suggest. For the most color accurate display, you would have to calibrate your own laptop individually. If that is not possible, then you can apply our own calibrated ICC or ICM profiles.
Asus TUF FX505DD with Ryzen 5, GeForce GTX 1050, and 256 GB SSD is only $550 right now
These Asus TUF laptops just keep getting cheaper. The similar TUF FX705 and FX505 with Ryzen 7 and faster GTX 1650 graphics are also on sale for $600 to $700 USD likely for a limited time. These are Asus' latest budget models unveiled at CES 2019.
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 Review: Finally, a Quiet Gaming Laptop
The Pavilion series isn't exactly home to HP's best laptops and yet the Pavilion Gaming 17 is one of the better gaming laptops we've seen from the manufacturer thus far. The system is surprisingly quiet and even sleek considering its price range.
Origin PC gets bought out by Corsair, will now preload iCUE software on all systems moving forward
The Miami-based custom PC builder just got supplier leverage and an injection of resources with the help of Corsair. Expect to see more Origin PC systems equipped with Corsair components coming soon.
Not worth your time: The average Intel Core i7-9750H is just 6 percent faster than the Core i7-8750H
If you already own a Core i7-8750H laptop or are planning to upgrade from an older model, don't even bother with the 9th gen Core i7 series. The raw performance benefits are as minor as they can get between the two generations based on the 25+ 9th gen Intel laptops we've tested thus far.
The Asus ScreenPad makes so much more sense than the Apple Touch Bar
Having a 5.65-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display is innately more useful than the unusual aspect ratio and resolution of the Apple Touch Bar. The Asus ScreenPad is the better option if you just want to get more things done.
ScreenPad 2.0 Debut: Asus VivoBook S15 S532FL Laptop Review
Asus' second stab at a touchscreen-touchpad hybrid is head and shoulders above the first generation ScreenPad on last year's ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 in terms of usability and display quality. A few hurdles remain including the impact on battery life, grainy matte overlay, and poor viewing angles.
Huawei's best MateBook laptops are $200 off from now until August 14
Huawei really wants to clear stock of its 2018 laptops and tablets. These high-end MateBook systems will probably be the closest Windows laptops you can get to a MacBook without actually getting a MacBook and running Boot Camp.
SteelSeries giving away Arctis Pro headsets, Apex keyboards, Rival mice, and other accessories all week
The Denmark-based gaming brand wants your social media clicks in return for a chance to win some of its gear. Its grand prize consists of $400 USD of fancy PC accessories with RGB lights galore.
The small NumPad and Arrow keys on most laptops are a joke
If you rely on NumPad and Arrow keys, then you've probably already discovered that these keys are almost always smaller than the main QWERTY keys on most laptops. The resulting experience is noticeably spongier, more cramped, and usually a pain to use when compared to a proper desktop keyboard. Large 17.3-inch laptops are especially guilty of these smaller keys despite having the space for full-size key caps.
One of the only laptops ever with Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics is on sale right now for $1300
Performance will be just shy of a $2000 laptop with Intel Core i9 and RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics but for significantly less money. This 17.3-inch Acer Predator desktop replacement throws efficiency out the window for raw power.
OLED HP Spectre x360 15 with GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics purportedly coming soon
Having a Max-Q GPU makes a lot of sense considering the form factor of the chassis. The quiet update also adds new 9th gen Core i7 CPU options and a 4K UHD OLED panel that will likely be the same Samsung panel as found on the current Razer Blade 15, Gigabyte Aero 15, and Dell XPS 15 7590.
An LED Light Show: Asus ROG Strix G GL731GU Laptop Review
Asus' latest upper mid-range gaming laptop is big on performance and visual flare, but it misses the mark when it comes to serviceability. The unique LED lights shouldn't come at the expense of features that users would have otherwise had.
A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles
Meanwhile, the rest of us peasants are twiddling our thumbs with pretzels and outdated magazines.
Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey
If you thought you were crazy covering your laptop webcam with paper, you're not alone. A continent-wide survey conducted earlier this year has revealed that nearly 80 percent of respondents would rather just turn off their webcams to avoid fears of hacking. Women in particular are more worried about their laptops being compromised and are more likely to tape over or disable their webcams.
Thin is in: MSI GF75 Thin 9SC Laptop Review
While the GTX 1650 is an excellent upgrade over the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti, we can't say the same about the Core i7-9750H over the Core i7-8750H. Be prepared to spend $1200 for a budget gaming laptop with the performance level of an older GTX 1060.
MSI laptop with Core i9-9880H outperforms Asus laptop with the exact same processor by 25 percent
If you're in the market for a Core i9 laptop, you may want to skip the Asus Strix Scar III G531GW for the larger MSI GE75 9SG in order to get the most of what the Core i9-9880H can offer. The same CPU in the MSI is able to maintain faster clock rates for longer for a not insignificant performance advantage.
Asus Strix G GL531GU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 120 Hz display, and 512 GB SSD is only $900 right now
In comparison, the older MSI GL63 with a Core i7 CPU but same GTX 1660 Ti graphics retails for $1100 USD. The Walmart sale prices the newer Asus Strix G aggressively for GTX 1070-level performance at just $899 USD.
Razer wants you to know that 10 million computer mice weigh about the same as 8 blue whales
For today's useless fact, Razer has sold about 1,050,000 kg worth of Deathadder mice to be its most successful accessory to date. The Deathadder is the manufacturer's least expensive mouse at $50 USD.
Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop with Core i7, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 128 GB SSD is only $699 right now
The relatively inexpensive 15.6-inch laptop offers over 6 hours of real-world WLAN use, a secondary 1 TB HDD, and a GPU powerful enough for 1080p gaming.
Chuwi Black Friday Amazon Prime sale knocks 25 percent off the HeroBook, AeroBook, and Hi9 Pro
From July 15 to July 16, these already cheap Chuwi devices will be even cheaper from $111 to $399 as part of Amazon Prime Day. Chuwi is notable for offering very inexpensive laptops and tablets that tend to work best as secondary or backup PCs.
Lenovo laptops with the Ryzen 7 3700U run 58 percent faster than HP laptops with the exact same processor
An HP facepalm. Of the four laptops we've tested so far with AMD's latest Zen+ CPU, the two HP models perform noticeably slower than the two Lenovo models because of better temperature and clock rate management on the latter systems according to our own findings.
What happened to the EVGA SC laptop series? A hiatus is likely
While EVGA is staying quiet on the matter, we're willing to bet that its short-lived laptop series suffered from too high of a launch price, not enough user interest, and generally sluggish sales throughout its one-year lifespan in the market.
Latest Monster Hunter World update brings Nvidia DLSS support to PC
DLSS left a sour taste in gamers' mouths with its average image quality results at launch. Here's hoping that this latest implementation has addressed those concerns to make it a desirable alternative to the tried-and-true TAA or FXAA.
MSI's most powerful gaming laptop GT76 Titan DT now shipping for $3999
At over 9 pounds heavy and 1.6-inches thick, the MSI GT76 doesn't pretend to be thin or light. This self-proclaimed 'desktop killer' promises a Core i9-9900K CPU overclocked to 5.0 GHz kept cool by 11 heat pipes, a polished copper block, and an aluminum die casting alloy.
$439 Chuwi LapBook Plus uses the same BOE 4K UHD panel as the $1599 Lenovo Yoga 730 15
Chuwi shows it's possible to offer a similar 4K UHD visual experience as a big name brand for a fraction of the price. You'll just have to sacrifice almost everything else along the way.
Enter here to win a Steam key for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Leave a comment on our Facebook post and we'll declare a winner at random by July 21st — no strings, "likes", or "follows" attached. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is essentially two full-priced Borderlands games in one with nearly all of their accompanying DLC packs.
Toshiba Dynabook Portege A30 gets a surprising 2019 refresh
Toshiba will be dipping its toes back into the mobile business world with the budget Portege A30 designed to take on the Lenovo ThinkPad E series, Dell Vostro series, and the HP ProBook series.
Toshiba Portege X30 and Tecra X40 are coming back to the United States with updated SKUs
After being MIA for a couple of years, both the professional Portege X30 and Tecra X40 business laptops will be available once again in the U.S. later this year. Changes will be largely internal including to move to Whiskey Lake-U and Wi-Fi 6 to be more competitive in a market dominated by Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere
(Update: Cursor bug fixed.) Having a tough time choosing between the Blade 15 IPS or Blade 15 OLED? We go over the core visual advantages and disadvantages of each to give a better idea of what you can expect.
Lenovo Yoga 730 convertible with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $583 right now
You'll be hard-pressed to find another brand new 2-in-1 laptop with the same Whiskey Lake-U processor and multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports as this Lenovo for under $600. The Yoga 730 is certainly something worth considering if you've been on the fence for a worthwhile convertible especially at this price point.
A 4K Laptop For $440: Chuwi LapBook Plus Review
It's got the looks of a $1000 Ultrabook but with the performance of a $100 netbook. There's a good reason why you don't see many Intel Atom laptops with 4K UHD displays in the market; they are an imbalanced pairing.
Get 3 months of XBox Game Pass when you buy an AMD Radeon graphics card or Ryzen processor
Join the Microsoft Game Pass beta on PC when it launches on July 9th. AMD will throw in a three-month subscription if purchasing a last generation GCN graphics card or 2nd generation Zen processor.
Razer Blade 15 OLED battery life and power consumption comparison: Bigger differences than expected
IPS vs. OLED: The difference between minimum brightness and maximum brightness on an OLED display could be as much as 15 W compared to about 5 W on a typical IPS display. On the other hand, the difference could be as small as 2 W to 3 W when displaying dark-colored web pages.
These Asus Armoury Crate power profiles don't make much sense
Balanced = High Performance? These counterintuitive Asus power plans are more confusing to use than the default Windows Power Options menu. We go over how all these power plans relate to one another and why some may be superfluous.
No Intel Required: Asus TUF FX505DT Laptop Review with Ryzen 7 and GeForce GTX 1650
As it turns out, mid-range Nvidia GPUs pair very well with AMD's latest Ryzen H-series of CPUs. Asus is doubling down on even more Intel-less gaming laptops that gamers on tight budgets ought to consider.
Will the GeForce Super series eventually come to laptops? Probably not
The higher power requirements of the GeForce Power series reduce the chances of it debuting on gaming laptops in the near future. Very few existing chassis designs are able to support something as demanding as the 250 W RTX 2080 Super especially when considering that the standard mobile RTX 2080 is just 80 W to 150 W.
OLED not needed: AOC launches Agon AG251FZ2 TN monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response times
Response times for TN or IPS panels have gotten so fast now that one of the main advantages of OLED is beginning to fade. These new AOC Agon monitors target professional gamers who need the super-fast response times and refresh rates that OLED just can't offer yet.
Asus will give you $150 to $350 for your old GeForce or AMD graphics card if your next purchase is an Asus
Your old GeForce GTX 750 Ti or GTX 960 graphics card could be worth £125 towards the purchase a brand new GeForce GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti from Asus. Unfortunately, the claim terms will make it a little difficult for many to trade in.
Cheaper XPS 15 alternative: Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD
A feature that was once $1500+ in 2018 can now be had on a laptop just half the price. The Asus VivoBook S15 S532 offers two screens to boost productivity and multimedia playback while supporting specialized apps and hotkeys to enhance the user experience.
Eurocom Nightsky RX17 (Clevo PB71RF) Laptop Review
The mid-size Nightsky RX17 offers high-end gaming performance as one would expect from a Eurocom product. Unfortunately, it drops the one feature that makes other Eurocom gaming laptops so appealing to enthusiasts and tinkerers.
Not worth it: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H is only 4 to 8 percent faster than the Ryzen 5 3550H
While raw performance is comparable to a Core i5-8300H as designed, the Ryzen 7 3750H offers almost no tangible benefits over the Ryzen 5 3550H. The performance differences are so incredibly minor between the two SKUs that AMD could have just launched with one SKU only to make life simpler.
Opinion: PC makers need to step it up and create quieter gaming laptops
We're tired of gaming laptops sounding like hair dryers. While performance has been steadily increasing over the years, fan noise has remained about the same no matter how "sexy" or "exotic" the latest chassis designs may be. It's about time for PC makers to cook up something truly revolutionary in laptop cooling.
MSI strikes back: Razer Blade Pro 17 vs. MSI GS75 9SG RTX 2080 Max-Q Edition
While the Razer Blade 15 is arguably the better buy over the MSI GS65, the same can't be said for the Razer Blade Pro 17 and the MSI GS75. If you travel and type as much as you game, then the GS75 will cover all your bases a little better.
The Wi-Fi of charging: Ossia Cota will allow you to recharge your smartphone while walking around the house
The FCC has given Ossia the green light to begin installing Cota in industrial and commercials sites. Devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops can be recharged without any AC adapters much like how Wi-Fi has replaced RJ-45 in certain applications.
Dell Prime Day slashes $200 off the XPS 15 9570 and $700 off the Alienware m15 with Core i7 CPU
Starting July 1st, Dell will be rolling out deals for its Inspiron, XPS, Alienware, Vostro, Precision, and G Series of PCs to piggy back on the success of Amazon Prime Day. Many of the price cuts are for older models in order to make room for the new models revealed at Computex 2019.
3DMark Advanced Edition is now only $4.49 for a limited time to accompany new PCIe 4.0 feature benchmark
Despite Intel giving PCIe 4.0 the cold shoulder, UL Benchmarks has gone ahead with the launch of its PCIe bandwidth benchmark. The minute-long test is a synthetic scenario and even the creators of the test recognize that modern PC games are unlikely to be limited by the PCIe bandwidth.
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X390 Yoga Alternative
For a 13.3-inch business convertible, it nails all the right wireless connectivity features including optional Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and LTE-A. However, it's still a tad on the heavy side when compared to other convertible subnotebooks in its size class.
A Truly Portable 15-inch Monitor: Odake BladeX Pro 4K UHD Review
There's almost no excuse to not have a secondary display anymore. The Odake BladeX makes adding a display even easier no matter where you might need it including at the office, on the couch, or even on the plane.
Hot hot hot: Razer Blade AC charger is the warmest we've ever recorded for a gaming laptop
At 67 C when gaming, you better make sure the AC adapter is not around anything sensitive. The very small and compact design of Razer's 230 W charger appears to have a noticeable impact on the surface temperature of the adapter as it runs much warmer than what we're used to seeing.
Asus giving away ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook 14, ROG Phone and more to celebrate its 30th birthday
A prize pool of over $16000 USD will be spread across 30 products for 30 lucky winners in North America. Try your luck by following Asus on one of several social media sites each week from now until July 23rd.
The MSI GT76 has an insane number of heat pipes for a laptop
The GPU and VRAM alone eat up six heat pipes whereas many competing 17.3-inch gaming laptops may have just three or four heat pipes total shared between the CPU and GPU. If you're looking for a laptop with actual overclocking abilities, then the GT76 will be the one to beat.
Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $490 right now
Now that mobile Zen+ Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U processors are shipping, laptops sporting the last generation Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are about to get a lot cheaper. The Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7 offers nearly the same performance of an Intel-powered flagship Ultrabook for less than half the price.
Honor reveals global availability and prices for the Honor 20 and the U.S. is not included
Early adopters will get a free Honor Watch, Bluetooth speaker, backpack, or Flypods wireless earbuds with every purchase of an Honor 20 depending on region. Users in North America will have to resort to imports since Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei.
So much better than before: Razer Blade Pro 17 Laptop Review
It may have took Razer a few tries, but they've finally crafted a nearly perfect Blade laptop and one of the best gaming laptops for its size category. This latest Blade Pro iteration drops the inessential features of previous generations for a lighter, smaller, more efficient, and more streamlined gaming experience that everyone — and not just Razer fans — can appreciate.
The aging Tegra X1: why Nvidia won't let go of its four-year old processor
Nvidia has narrowed the scope of its Tegra X1 SoC to so few products that the processor has almost no competition to speak of anymore. Nvidia can afford to hold out on a proper successor for longer since the Shield TV console and Nintendo Switch are essentially tied to the Tegra family.
MSI giving away AM4 motherboards, Radeon VII graphics cards, and Steam gift cards in celebration of AMD's 50th anniversary
From now until the end of next week, a total of 12 grand prize winners will get an MSI X470 motherboard, Radeon VII graphics card, or 27-inch Optix FreeSync monitor. Users must follow MSI on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to be eligible for the prizes.
HP EliteBook 735 G6 and 745 G6 coming with 2nd generation Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U options
The processor upgrade will being the AMD-powered business laptops more in line with their Intel Whiskey Lake-U counterparts in terms of raw performance. Both subnotebooks will begin shipping this month for a starting price of about $1000 USD each.
Huawei MateBook D with Ryzen 5 and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now
Not turned off by Huawei's turbulent business practices? Many of its products have been getting cheaper and cheaper to attract more eyes. The latest is the entry-level MateBook D Ultrabook now retailing for about half the price of a flagship alternative while offering nearly the same performance.
Dell G7 17 7790 (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review
The latest mid-range gaming laptop from Dell incorporates features from both the entry-level G3 series and the higher-end Alienware series. Even so, the system is relatively heavy and even heavier than the 17.3-inch Alienware m17 by several hundred grams.
There is a huge CPU performance difference between Balanced and High Performance modes on the Razer Blade Pro 17
Strangely enough, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is set to Balanced mode by default instead of High Performance. The problem is that High Performance mode offers significantly faster CPU clock rates than Balanced mode and it's not entirely self-explanatory on how to set the system to High Performance mode. Users must rely on the Razer Synapse software and not the Windows Power Options menu that we're all already familiar with.
Razer makes a handy dandy visual guide to its family of mechanical switches
We can now more easily compare the actuation forces, actuation points, and travel distances for each of the four types of mechanical switches designed by Razer. Gaming keyboards with Razer mechanical switches include the Huntsman and BlackWidow series.
OLED isn't all it's cracked up to be just yet. Here's why
For smoother scrolling and fast motions, IPS is still the one to beat. IPS panels are getting better and better every year especially in terms of refresh rates where OLED is still limited to 60 Hz. Jumping from 60 Hz to 144 Hz or 240 Hz is a tangible upgrade even for untrained eyes.
Alienware m15 P79F (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, OLED) Review
OLED is amazing, but it's not the holy grail of display technologies. A few key disadvantages outside of the pricier MSRP mean there are still good reasons to choose IPS depending on your usage scenario.
Huawei to cut price on the MateBook 13 down to $800 amidst trade war woes
Huawei's losses could be your gain if you're in the market for a high-end Ultrabook at low-end prices. For only two weeks, both the Core i5 MateBook 13 and Core i7/MX150 MateBook X Pro will each be $200 off.
Intel doesn't think PCI Express 4.0 is a big deal and has the numbers to prove it
After some tests and number-crunching, Intel has concluded that the theoretical bandwidth for PCIe 3.0 x16 (126.4 Gbps) and even PCIe 3.0 x8 (63.2 Gbps) will be more than sufficient for 4K UHD HDR gaming at 144 FPS.
Odake BladeX is an insanely thin and portable 15.6-inch 4K UHD external monitor
The external monitor will have 1080p touchscreen and 4K UHD options with USB Type-C charging and an internal battery as standard. Hopefully, its specifications and performance will match the sleek narrow bezel chassis.
HP wants to help doctors with the EliteBook 840 G6 Healthcare Edition
According to HP, 45 percent of ransomware attacks affected healthcare organizations and 2018 was a record-breaking year for healthcare data breaches. The company will be offering a super-secure EliteBook 840 G6 designed specifically for healthcare institutions to alleviate some of these concerns.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 will be even thinner than last year's model, sport up to 4K OLED touchscreen and Quadro T2000 graphics
The second generation refresh is set to be the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch workstation Lenovo has ever offered when it launches later this month for $1950. Nvidia Quadro Turing will replace last year's Pascal offerings.
Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and P73 looking to be huge graphical upgrades over the previous generation
Launching before the end of Summer, both the 15.6-inch ThinkPad P53 and 17.3-inch ThinkPad P73 can each be configured with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics for desktop-class performance. NVMe SSDs and three-year manufacturer warranty will come standard across all configurations.
Entry-level Lenovo ThinkPad P43s and P53s coming this Summer with refreshed hardware and a new look
The 14-inch ThinkPad P43s and 15.6-inch ThinkPad P53s balance performance with both mobility and price in contrast to the "world's fastest" ThinkPad P53 and P73 alternatives. The P53s will be both thinner and lighter than its 2018 P52s counterpart when it launches before the end of July.
Intel Ice Lake-U promises up to 16 percent better FPS in Overwatch than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
The Intel Gen11 GPU is also expected to outperform the Radeon RX Vega 10 by 4 percent and 11 percent in Rocket League and World of Tanks, respectively. Since Ice Lake-U laptops have yet to launch, however, AMD still has the chance to update its drivers to try and close the narrow performance gap.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA now shipping with 4x more RAM than the Dell XPS 13 for the same price
The Asus price cut may be small, but it definitely puts the competing XPS 13 in an awkward position. Users who want the most bang for the buck without sacrificing weight or design can consider the ZenBook 13 UX333FA at its new price of $900.
CNet whines about angry YouTube commenters, proceeds to disable its own comments system about said whining
The CBS-owned tech outlet has a beef with how YouTube gamers and influencers are "riling up the crowd" with their rants and negativity toward game publishers.
Asura Genesis Xtreme M.2 NVMe SSD vs. Samsung SSD 970 Pro
The Asura SSD is a high-performance storage drive designed for desktop PC builders looking for more visual flare out of their machines. It's also one of the first NVMe SSDs to incorporate a casing that doubles as LED lighting and a heat sink.
MSI takes jab at Apple's $999 monitor stand on Twitter, nails it
Let's face it - the Pro Stand will probably still sell like hotcakes, but that won't stop competitors from having their fun with the ridiculous comparisons. The 34-inch 5K MSI monitor retails for $1299 with an actual display and stand compared to Apple's anemic offering.
Razer Blade 15 vs. MSI GS65 RTX Edition: Sorry MSI, but Razer has the edge yet again
Slightly cooler, slightly quieter, slightly smaller, and slightly faster — the little things all add up for a more favorable experience on the Razer Blade 15.
Asus Zephyrus G GA502DU with Ryzen 7 3750H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is only $999 right now
You'd be hard-pressed to find a gaming laptop that's as thin and attractive as the GA502DU for under $1000 USD. The rare combination of a Ryzen CPU with a GeForce Max-Q GPU can offer even better performance than the mobile GTX 1060 in DX12-based titles.
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG (i7-9750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review
MSI has refreshed its eye-catching GS65 with faster graphics, faster processors, faster refresh rate, and an enlarged touchpad for more comfortable use. At $3000, however, we wouldn't expect anything less.
Hands-on with the hands-off Dell ExpressSign-in unlock feature
The world's first laptop PC with a proximity sensor makes Windows Hello even easier to use. The Dell-exclusive feature lets you initiate Windows Hello by simply walking in front of your laptop instead of needing to push a key to wake the system.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 10 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q when running DX11 games
The findings are based on 3DMark Fire Strike averages taken from almost two dozen laptops equipped with GTX and RTX Max-Q graphics. The Turing series is better optimized for newer DX12 games where the performance benefits are much greater.
The Walmart Overpowered 15, CUK Model Z, Origin PC RTS EON15-S, and CyberPowerPC Tracer III are all essentially the same laptop
These 15.6-inch gaming systems - and potentially more - are based on a white-label Tongfang design. You can purchase the cheapest option and still end up with the exact same laptop at the end of the day.
CUK Model Z (i7 9750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Tongfang GK5CQ7Z Laptop Review
The Model Z integrates almost everything you'd want from a thin gaming laptop including the latest Intel 9th gen CPU, GeFoce RTX GPU, 144 Hz narrow bezel display, easy serviceability, and even a per-key RGB mechanical keyboard all for under $2000 USD. Just don't expect long battery life or very quiet fans.
Nvidia RTX Studio could spell trouble for the long-running HP ZBook, Dell Precision, and Lenovo ThinkPad P series
Why can't professional workstations look more like ultra-thin gaming laptops? RTX Studio will kick-off a new generation of sleek professional laptops that are expected to appeal to younger CAD users and digital artists who may not want the thick and visually anemic ThinkPad, Precision, or ZBook laptops of old.
Asus TUF FX505DY laptop with Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX 560X is only $600 right now
The all-AMD gaming machine is a rare sight to behold and it has already become one of the cheapest in its entry-level category. Expect the Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX 560X to perform about the same as any competing laptop with Core i5 and GTX 1050 graphics.
OnePlus has the weirdest Twitter challenge right now involving drinking straws and suction
The smartphone maker wants to be the next Ice Bucket Challenge by encouraging users to record themselves sucking water from one cup with a straw and then delivering it to another cup. The purpose, apparently, is to demonstrate the difference between UFS 2.1 and UFS 3.0 storage technology.
One RGB customization software to rule them all: Razer Chroma will now encompass 25 additional brands
Finally, we will no longer need separate RGB customization software for our Lian Li PC case, MSI keyboard, ASRock motherboard, AMD CPU fan, or Zotac graphics card. Razer Chroma will support all these manufacturers and more.
Asus X571 is a cheaper alternative to the ZenBook 15 series
Find the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 too expensive? The 15.6-inch X571 will be Asus' powerful multimedia laptop designed for users on a budget. It will carry Intel 9th gen Core H-series CPUs and a discrete GTX 1650 GPU compared to the slower U-series CPUs as found on most thinner ZenBook alternatives.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU (Ryzen 7 3750H, GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review
The Zephyrus G GA502DU wants to redefine what a budget gaming laptop should be. Its rare pairing of an AMD H-series CPU with an Nvidia GeForce Max-Q GPU is something we wish could have happened years ago. It offers a superbly balanced gaming experience at 1080p30 or 1080p60 in a chassis the size of a flashy flagship all at an affordable price.
Winter is coming: Asus Zephyrus laptops will be getting a new icy blue coat of paint
Much like the lighter Mercury White and Gray color options for the Razer Blade and Alienware, respectively, Asus will soon be offering Glacier Blue for a select few of its thinner gaming laptops. The Taiwanese OEM is hopeful that the brighter color can help attract a wider audience to its Republic of Gamers series.
Next generation Asus Zenbook UX334, UX434, and UX534 will double down on the touchpad-turned-ScreenPad
After a year-long hiatus, the ScreenPad will be returning in spectacular fashion with the promise of lower power consumption, higher native resolution, larger screen size, and more features for both users and developers to exploit.
Asus ROG G703 will use patent pending liquid metal thermal paste process, promises 13 C cooler temperatures
Asus is ready to ship laptops with liquid metal thermal paste and the initial results have us excited. The cooler temperatures will lead directly to quieter, lighter, or thinner laptop designs from future ROG laptops.
7 nm MediaTek Helio M70 SoC with Cortex-A77 set to arrive on smartphones by Q1 2020
The Helio M70 will be the most advanced SoC yet from MediaTek with its integrated 5G and new AI processing unit for enhancing and de-blurring pictures. The chip will power the next generation of "new premium" smartphones retailing in the $500 to $600 USD range.
Intel pushing new Wi-Fi 6 routers from various manufacturers to boost adoption rate
Want to be an early adopter of Wi-Fi 6? One of these four Intel-backed 802.11ax routers should do the trick. In truth, however, most home users will have no immediate reason to upgrade until more Wi-Fi 6 routers become available at cheaper prices.
These are all the Athena 1.0 laptops Intel just announced for 2019
The four laptops guarantee at least 9 hours of Internet browsing at 250 nits, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, 1 second or faster resume times, Thunderbolt 3, at least 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB NVMe SSD, AI-enhanced performance, and three-sided narrow bezels with far-field voice recognition.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED already available with 4K UHD and 512 GB NVMe SSD as standard
Well, that was fast. Online retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the latest 2019 Aero 15 merely 24 hours after it was made public. The OLED system is notable for its high specifications even at the base level with its 4K UHD display being standard across all SKUs.
MSI GP65 and GP75 will bring narrow bezels, RTX graphics, and per-key RGB lighting to the affordable series
Flagship features are beginning to waterfall to entry-level models. MSI's budget-friendly GP series will be getting an overhaul both inside and out for a leaner look and a more advanced set of options.
Mobile Nvidia Quadro T2000, RTX 3000, 4000, and 5000 to debut on the upcoming Dell Precision 7740
Nvidia Quadro launches are generally quieter and more discreet when compared to their GeForce counterparts. Expect the next generation of mobile Turing-based Quadro GPUs to appear first on the latest Dell Precision laptops this July to supplant the long-running Quadro Pascal GPUs.
Dell G3 15 3590 full-refresh with i5-9300H, Optane, and GTX 1660 Ti options launching this month for a starting price of $800 USD
The 2019 redesign introduces Intel 9th CPUs, GeForce GTX 16 GPUs, RGB keyboard backlight, and 144 Hz display options targeted at gamers on a budget. Single and dual storage options include Intel Optane or secondary HDDs.
Why is it called the XPS 15 7590 and not the XPS 15 9580? Dell explains
Dell is throwing a curve ball this year to how it is naming its 2019 XPS 15. To the average consumer, however, the change may be a little confusing. The new 7xxx series will directly succeed the older 9xxx series even though the first digit is lower in order to align the XPS series with the 7xxx Inspiron, Vostro, Latitude, and Precision families.
Alienware m17 R1 is barely six months old, gets completely refreshed with even thinner Alienware m17 R2
The higher-end SKUs will utilize 8-phase and 6-phase graphics and processor regulators, respectively, with the promise of better performance sustainability. The new chassis is 11 percent thinner than the Alienware m17 R1 while weighing about the same. Optional Tobii eye-tracking returns alongside a narrower "chin" bezel.
2019 Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 is a treasure trove of world firsts
Vapor chamber, MagLev keyboard keys, Eyesafe 16:10 DCI-P3 touchscreen, Gorilla Glass 5, and Intel Ice Lake with Iris will be just a few of the unique innovative features coming to the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 when it launches in less than two months.
Worried about eyestrain from blue light? Eyesafe has an in-display solution for the latest Dell laptops
The technology adjusts the wavelength of blue light at the source and then performs the necessary color correction to reach the original gamut of the panel. The end result is a display that automatically reduces "harmful" blue light without impacting colors or requiring special filters or glasses from the end user.
New Dell Alienware m15 R2 is essentially a miniaturized Area-51m
It hasn't even been a year since the 2018 Alienware m15 and now a redesigned Alienware m15 R2 is ready to hit the market. The new chassis sports a similar honeycomb-inspired ventilation design as the Area-51m but in a smaller and tighter package that we've come to expect from an ultra-thin gaming laptop.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED redesign with improved cooling system
Update: Prices and availability now online. The new look is not just sharper and sleeker, but also cooler with a special focus on improved ventilation and display quality. Expect both white and black color options at launch.
Gigabyte Aero 17 is finally here with 240 Hz FHD and 4K UHD HDR options
The upcoming 17.3-inch system will be just 0.2 inches thicker and 0.8 pounds heavier than the new Aero 15 with a different set of display options. Most core configurable options will be the same between them.
Hipsters are going to love the 2019 HP Envy Wood series made of authentic natural wood
Why use aluminum-magnesium alloy or carbon fiber materials when you can use wood? The HP Envy Wood series will have palm rests and touchpads made of real walnut and birch wood inlays across the entire 13-inch to 17-inch range.
HP ZBook 15 G6 and ZBook 17 G6 coming with "world's first" 100 percent DCI-P3 display and Quadro RTX 5000 graphics
The ZBook family of mobile workstations is home to some of the most configurable professional systems in the market. The 2019 refresh will get Quadro RTX GPUs, Intel 9th gen CPUs, and a more color accurate panel not found on any other 17.3-inch workstation currently available.
How Intel wants to change the future of Ultrabooks with Project Athena
Core i5/i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, 1080p touchscreen, three-sided narrow bezels, and 9+ hours of web browsing will all eventually be standard on your next Ultrabook in Intel's vision of the near future. The chipmaker will work directly with OEMs down to the component level to ensure a more seamless Ultrabook experience especially when outdoors and running on battery power.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 and EliteBook x360 1040 G6 will have "world's only" 1000-nit displays
The 2019 refresh will have faster wireless, faster 4G LTE, and new SureView Gen 3 and 1000-nit panel options. In comparison, most flagship Ultrabooks top out at only 400 to 600 nits for inferior outdoor visibility. HP is claiming it has the "world's only outdoor viewable display" for a 14-inch laptop.
HP Elite x2 G4 detachable will be over two times brighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The gen-to-gen changes will have plenty of internal updates ranging from security to additional CPU options, display options, and 4G LTE options. HP is claiming its Elite x2 G4 will be the "world's first business detachable with an integrated privacy screen" via Sure View.
Ice Lake-powered Ultrabooks with adaptive sync displays are in the works
Much like Nvidia and its G-Sync technology, Intel will integrate its own adaptive sync technology to its upcoming Ice Lake Iris SKUs. The chipmaker says we can expect Ice Lake laptops with adaptive sync displays to be available within the next year. Such models would not require an Nvidia GPU.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD is only $675 USD right now
The sale is expected to end very soon. Avoid the appalling Core M3 SKU as this Core i5 SKU will provide immensely faster performance and with double the RAM for just $75 more.
Acer ConceptD 7 mobile workstation wants a piece of the Quadro RTX 5000 pie
Acer's high-end mobile workstations will no longer be limited to GeForce graphics. The series mysteriously launched with no Quadro Pascal options, but now we know why: the manufacturer was simply holding out to prepare for the inevitable Quadro Turing just a few months later.
Dell Inspiron 13 7390 and 7590 2-in-1 have magnetic "pen garages" for housing the stylus
The recess is in between the hinges along the bottom edge of the display to more safely secure the pen when traveling or not in use. The approach allows for a full-size active stylus that can offer a better and more comfortable grip when compared to most Lenovo or tablet pens.
Razer and Quadro together: The Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will be Razer's first mobile workstations with Nvidia RTX 5000 graphics
The announcement comes on the same day as Nvidia's official reveal of the mobile Turing Quadro RTX family of GPUs for laptops. The two Razer Studio Edition workstations will cater to professional users who may want extreme performance from a chassis that is thinner and lighter than most workstation laptops in the market today.
Razer could be teasing a Mercury White Blade Pro 17
Why is there no Blade Pro 17 in Mercury White when the Blade 15 has the option? Razer's official Facebook page is suggesting this may all change soon come Computex 2019.
A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H strikes hard against the Intel Core i5-9300H
The 12 nm 35 W Ryzen 7 3750H is essentially on par with the 14 nm 45 W Core i5-8300H and even i5-9300H in terms of multi-threaded performance. Now, all that's left is for more OEMs to adopt the Ryzen H-series so more budget-conscious or mainstream gamers can benefit from the generally less expensive AMD parts.
Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is only $630 USD right now
Budget gaming laptops don't have to cost $1000. With Computex 2019 right around the corner, retailers are now offering heavy discounts on last generation SKUs to make room for newer models. The best part is that these older processors are still able to offer nearly the same performance as the latest generation hardware.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5584 (i7-8565U) Laptop Review
It's uninteresting, uninspiring, and unimaginative. To users looking for a budget no-frills laptop, however, this probably sounds perfect. The Inspiron 15 5584 comes standard with a Whiskey Lake-U CPU, 1080p IPS display and a PCIe SSD for only about $500 USD to make it a real performance bargain.
Redesigned MSI GE65 coming with 9th gen Core i9, 240 Hz display, narrow bezels, and Wi-Fi 6 to replace the aging GE63
The two-year old GE63 is getting a full-on makeover with a new, thinner chassis based on the 17.3-inch GE75. MSI is promising better ventilation and faster wireless performance with the 802.11ax Killer WLAN. The announcement coincides with the recent reveal of the GT76 flagship.
MSI's best bet against the XPS 15 will now have 9th gen Core i9, 4K UHD, and faster GeForce RTX graphics
The P65 Creator will match the Core i9 and 4K UHD options of the latest Dell XPS 15 while offering faster RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics compared to only the GTX 1650 or 1050 Ti Max-Q on the Dell. The business-professional gray chassis stands out from the otherwise black and red MSI G series for gamers.
Acer Memorial Day sale lets you take off 20 percent on most items sitewide from now until May 29
With Computex 2019 right around the corner, now is the time to buy new gear for cheap as many OEMs will be throwing sales on older configurations. The affordable Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, for example, will be just $630 USD all week.
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and 3700U CPUs with Radeon RX 560X graphics coming to the Acer Nitro 5 and Swift 3 laptops
The new AMD-only laptops will hopefully be cheaper than the Intel and Nvidia GTX 16-powered SKUs already in the market. The Radeon RX 540X and 560X, however, are beginning to show their age even for budget gamers.
That awkward moment when a Core i7-8750H laptop can outperform a Core i7-9750H laptop
After testing 5 different laptops with the Core i7-9750H, multi-thread processor performance is essentially identical to the last generation Core i7-8750H. Some older laptops with the i7-8750H like the Alienware m15 can still perform faster than the newer and pricier i7-9750H.
Aorus wants to be more accessible to gamers, unveils Aorus 5 with GTX 1650 graphics
The Gigabyte Sabre-inspired Aorus 5 series will come standard with 9th gen Core i7 CPUs, LG 144 Hz IPS panels, Killer 1550 wireless, Samsung RAM, and Intel 760p SSDs at more affordable starting prices for the mainstream gamer.
Aorus 7 will be Gigabyte's latest upper mid-range offering with 9th gen Intel and 144 Hz IPS display as standard
After catering to gaming enthusiasts almost exclusively for years, the Aorus brand is now ready to dabble in more affordable mid-range offerings. The 17.3-inch Aorus 7 tops out at the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 while keeping many flagship features intact including the Core i7-9750H CPU, 144 Hz display, and triple internal storage bays.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (i7-9750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q, 240 Hz) Laptop Review
The Blade 15 is barely one year old and Razer is continuing to push it to the limits with new CPU, Wi-Fi, and display options. How much of a performance boost can this new 9th gen Intel and RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU offer over the last 8th gen Intel and RTX 2070 Max-Q SKU?
All alone: The only two laptops with rare AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU are now finally shipping
Nowhere else can you find a gaming laptop powered by a Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU — for now, at least. Asus continues to be the only OEM offering 35 W Ryzen H-class options even after half a year since the initial unveiling of the new processor series.
Rich IoT program will put MediaTek SoCs in everything from smart doorbells to washing machines
MediaTek will design AI-centric SoCs specifically for home security, screened devices, and voice-activated appliances. The goal is to get a head start in the fast-growing smart home market where big competitors like Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Huawei have yet to focus on.
Zotac ZBox QX3P3000 and QX3P5000 offering Intel Xeon options for the first time in the series
Zotac is doubling down on workstation users with full-on Xeon and Quadro SKUs equipped with all the modern connectivity features like Thunderbolt 3, WiFi 6 Killer 1650X, Bluetooth 5, M.2 NVMe, and four HDMI 2.0 ports.
Asura Genesis Xtreme M.2 SSDs now available with removable heatsink, RGB lighting, and a 7-year warranty
The manufacturer is claiming to have the world's first ever M.2 SSD with RGB lights and a modular heatsink to prevent performance throttling. SKUs range from 256 GB up to 2 TB with prices starting at $80 USD.
Acer Swift 3 with Core i7-8550U CPU, 256 GB SSD, and narrow bezels is only $550 right now
Acer's newest entry-level 15.6-inch laptop has almost all the modern features of a pricey flagship including USB Type-C, narrow bezels, SD card reader, 1080p display, and an integrated fingerprint reader all for hundreds of dollars less.
We're giving away two PC keys for Watch Dogs 2 and Vanquish
Enter through our Facebook post for a chance to play one of these solid single-player titles. This time, we want to hear what graphics cards you have and what your favorite gaming genres are.
Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain
Huawei's 2019 flagship laptops may never see the light of day in the United States. The company appears to be in a scramble in regard to its product plans for North American audiences. Fortunately, users can still import the international versions of the MateBook 14 or 2019 MateBook X Pro much like with the Mate 20 smartphone series.
MSI GE75 Raider 9SG (Core i9-9880H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review
After a poor debut last year with the 8th gen Core i9-8950HK, the 9th gen Core i9-9880H is actually a great buy especially if you value the high number of simultaneous threads available. Gamers will also benefit from the performance increase over a Core i7-8750H albeit just marginally.
In review: Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15 are using the same 240 Hz panels from Sharp
The increased fluidity and reduction in motion blur are undeniable when compared to a 60 Hz display. Even so, we'd be lying if we said we could definitively recognize a 240 Hz panel from a 144 Hz panel.
AMD set to detail Zen 2 and Navi architectures in August after the Computex and E3 2019 tease
As if the Playstation 5 and XBox rumors haven't been rampant enough, we can expect even more speculation pieces once AMD gives the deep technical dive into both Zen 2 and Navi during the private Hot Chips 2019 conference.
PCMark Battery Life and Applications benchmarks arriving on May 27
UL is promising that these new tools will produce more relevant and applicable results for users. The Battery Life benchmark will test a host of new scenarios individually while the Applications benchmark will focus on system performance when running Microsoft Office software.
Core i9-9880H vs. Core i7-8750H: A 56 percent performance boost from just two more cores
According to our first benchmarks on the Core i9-9880H, there are now good reasons to own a mobile Core i9 especially for 3D rendering, video editing, and running other software optimized for octa-core CPUs. For gamers, however, the original hexa-core Core i7-8750H can still provide very nearly the same gaming experience for hundreds of dollars less.
Watch the AMD Computex and E3 livestream keynotes from the comfort of your own home
Lisa Su will kickoff Computex 2019 in less than two weeks and then tease even more gaming technologies two weeks later at the Next Horizon Gaming conference in E3 2019. Expect a cluster of hopefully exciting AMD announcements in the coming month.
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 now shipping with world's first PC proximity sensor
Login to Windows just by walking up to your laptop. Dell's ExpressSign-in security feature works with Intel's Context Sensing Technology to automatically wake or lock the laptop before the IR camera even has a chance to work.
Lenovo unveils "world's smallest" ThinkCentre M930n Nano and Nano IoT mini PCs
The MIL-810G-certified mini PCs promise a broader thermal operation range with higher vibration tolerance in industrial and professional environments. Prices start at $540 USD for the entry-level Celeron configuration.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is about to get even more extreme with the 2019 Gen 2 refresh
The newer model will sport Intel Core i9-9880H and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q options with an improved 4K UHD OLED touchscreen over the 2018 model. Otherwise, the chassis will be unchanged from the original X1 Extreme that we already know and love.
Don't want an IdeaPad or ThinkPad? Lenovo's new hybrid ThinkBook 13s and 14s series should fit the bill
The new ThinkBook series will be a business-consumer offering designed for small businesses not yet ready to invest in pricier ThinkPad laptops. Its chassis design is arguably sleeker and more affordable than many ThinkPads while offering the same ThinkShield security protection plans.
Dell Inspiron 17 3000 3780 (i7-8565U, Radeon 520) Laptop Review
You know something's wrong when even an integrated Vega 8 can outperform your dedicated Radeon GPU. The Inspiron 17 3780 may sport the newest Intel Whiskey Lake-U CPU, but the decision to pair it with an outdated Radeon 520 is a head scratcher.
Now is the time to buy an SSD if you want the cheapest prices according to latest market research
TrendForce is claiming tight demand from major PC and smartphone OEMs for the resulting oversupply of NAND flash chips in the marketplace. The consequence is cheaper SSD prices that are expected to fall even further by year's end. Prices this year are already the lowest they've been for SSDs in general.
OnePlus will have open OnePlus 7 Pro launch events in 39 cities all around the world next week
If you live in any of these cities, then you may as well come down and check out the free event to try your hand on the brand new OnePlus 7 Pro. The events will take place on May 15 through May 18 depending on location with prizes and snacks galore.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD with Core i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is only $1180 right now
Asus' latest 15.6-inch laptop is barely six months old and it's already hundreds of dollars cheaper. The flagship ZenBook 15 UX533FD is an excellent alternative for users who are turned off by all the recent software and hardware issues on the Dell XPS 15 series.
A GeForce GTX 1650 laptop can perform nearly as well as the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles
The mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the average GTX 1060 according to 3DMark benchmarks while costing a few hundred dollars less. It's a worthy successor to both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti as the mobile GTX 1660 Ti is currently overpriced for what it offers.
Apple MacBook Pro keyboard kerfuffle illustrates the problem with increasingly thinner laptops
If you want a super-thin laptop, then something has got to go. Manufacturers like Apple, Razer, and Dell have been getting creative with their keyboard technologies with generally mixed results. Qualities like clatter, feedback, and travel that are often taken for granted on a desktop keyboard are becoming trickier to nail on newer laptops.
Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?
The budget 16:9 MateBook D 14 is best for multimedia playback while the higher-end 3:2 MateBook 14 is best for office and editing work where higher graphics performance is desired. Perhaps surprisingly, CPU performance between the two laptops is nearly identical despite the generational gap.
Lenovo bringing AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Series for the first time ever
The previously Intel-exclusive ThinkPad T Series will now have second generation Ryzen Pro options for faster graphics performance and cheaper starting prices. AMD wants to prove that its latest processors can go toe-to-toe with Intel on higher-end business laptops and Ultrabooks.
Intel unveils Project Athena Open Labs certification program to boost QA standards for Intel-powered laptops
IHVs for laptop PCs can submit their products to Intel for compliance assessment, quality assurance, and performance tests. If they pass, then major OEMs like Acer, Huawei, Asus, or Dell will be more likely to source these optimized components for their future laptops.
MSI GL63 with Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD now shipping for $800
MSI has beaten its competitors to widespread availability of the latest laptops equipped with Intel 9th gen Core CPUs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 16 GPUs. Walmart now has at least a dozen different configurations ranging from the cheap MSI GL63 all the way up to the pricey GE75.
Lenovo ThinkStation P720 and P920 desktops get 2nd gen Xeon Scalable CPUs and Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs
While the chassis will remain the same, internal options will be updated from 12-core Xeon and Quadro RTX 6000 options to 28-core Xeon and Quadro RTX 8000 options for massive gains in performance. Units will begin shipping before the end of this month.
Huawei MateBook 14 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX250) Laptop Review
The MateBook 14 is faster than the 2018 MateBook X Pro while offering an uncommon 3:2 display in contrast to the ubiquitous 16:9 form factor. Though powerful for the size, CPU Turbo Boost could be better and the lack of Thunderbolt 3 is glaring considering the >$1000 asking price.
GPUs galore: Eurocom Sky X7C now comes with RTX 2060, 2070, 2080, Quadro P3000, P4000, and P5000 options
One of Eurocom's most versatile 17.3-inch laptops can now officially swap between a Quadro MXM GPU and a GeForce MXM GPU presumably without any driver or compatibility issues for the end user. The system can effectively double as a high-power gaming laptop or workstation as needed.
T-Mobile is purportedly stocking up on Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones
The more affordable Pixel smartphones will likely become widely available later this month when Google I/O 2019 will have concluded. If rumors are true, then we can expect the Pixel 3a to start at just $399 with the same revered camera as on the Pixel 3.
We're giving away two beta keys for Nvidia GeForce Now
Waiting for Google Stadia to finally launch? Help beta test GeForce Now in the meantime. The Nvidia game streaming service has yet to reach gold status even after all these years, but here's your chance to try it out and see what game streaming has to offer.
AMD Ryzen and Nvidia Max-Q working together: The Asus Zephyrus GA502DU is now shipping for $1100
Newegg pre-orders are already sold out with a new expected ship date of May 27. Best Buy, however, is still in stock albeit at a higher starting price of $1200 USD.
After reviewing four different GeForce MX250 laptops, just go with the cheaper MX150 instead
The re-badged 25 W MX250 offers almost no performance benefits over the 25 W MX150. If jumping from the 10 W MX150 to the 25 W MX250 or 25 W MX150, however, then expect a performance boost of about 30 percent. Save your wallet and get essentially the same GPU performance from an older MX150 laptop instead of a newer MX250 laptop.
Dell's XPS 13 9380 webcam makes Huawei's unique pop-up webcam look silly
The quirky approach is becoming increasingly unnecessary. Webcam kill switches, webcam sliders, and newer webcam components designed specifically for narrow display bezels as found on the latest laptops offer the same benefits as Huawei's pop-up webcam without impacting camera angle.
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN vs. Dell XPS 13 9380: the GeForce power difference
Ever wanted an XPS 13 but found its screen too small and graphics too slow? The Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN offers a larger display and much more powerful GPU while being lighter and almost the same size as the Dell equivalent for about the same price.
Intel Dreamstakes sweepstakes will send three lucky winners to the biggest esports events of the year
Intel will also be handing out $20 gift cards to GMG and promo codes for 10 percent off Origin laptops to select entrants. Winners will be announced every week for the next three weeks when the contest will finally close.
Eurocom Summer Education Notebook Program offers discounts for high school students
If you're a CAD student, medical researcher, or video editor in need of some serious horsepower for your schoolwork, then a simple Ultrabook just isn't going to cut it. The new Eurocom program will run all year long for high school students, recent graduates, and their families who want a high-power laptop fit for 3D rendering and CAD work.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is just $687 USD on Amazon right now
One of Huawei's best smartphones this year is hundreds of dollars off just three to four months after its initial launch. If you're in the U.S., however, you'll have to give up the original warranty for the new cheaper price.
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
The 13.9-inch ZenBook S13 UX392 is the closest thing you can get to a Dell XPS 14 with even faster graphics performance than what the XPS 13 currently has to offer. Aside from a couple of head-scratching omissions, there's very little to dislike about Asus' latest flagship Ultrabook.
Razer is making a toaster because why not
Perhaps more importantly, will the toaster be compatible with Razer Chroma and require a Razer Synapse account to toast bread?
Dell Precision 3540 and 3541 will offer Core i9-9880H options for business users on a tight budget
These affordable Precision laptops will carry a very wide range of processor options from a U-class Core i5-8265U up to an H-class Core i9-9880H. GPU options, however, will be limited to the Quadro P620 and the older Radeon Pro WX 2100. Wi-Fi 6, fingerprint reader, smart card reader, and IR camera are optional extras.
2019 Dell Latitude 7300 and 7400 laptops now shipping for $1300 USD
Dell is jumping from the Latitude 7390 and 7490 to the Latitude 7300 and 7400, respectively, for the 2019 refresh. These new models will be slightly thinner than before with Whiskey Lake-U CPUs and vPro in contrast to the Kaby Lake-R SKUs on last year's models.
Redesigned Dell Latitude 5400, 5401, 5500, and 5501 now shipping with Wi-Fi 6 and Intel XMM LTE
The updated mid-range business laptops all get Whiskey Lake-U CPUs with H-class Core options on select SKUs. The new chassis designs are lighter and smaller than the last generation Latitude 7390, 7490, and 7590.
Dell drops the Latitude 5290 series, replaces it with the Latitude 5300 and 5300 2-in-1
The new 13.3-inch Latitude 5300 series will offer a larger screen size than the 12.5-inch Latitude 5290 series while being thinner, lighter, and smaller due to having narrower bezels. It's likely that Dell will put the 5290 series on hold or even discontinue it altogether because of this reason.
Dell Vostro 13 5390 and Vostro 15 7590 now available sporting thinner form factors and MX250 or GTX 1650 graphics
The business-centric Vostro laptops offer single-sign on fingerprint reader, TPM 2.0, and a wide range of Dell Pro Support protection options. The new laptops themselves borrow the narrow-bezel design features of the XPS 13 and 15 lineup to better appeal to on-the-go business users.
Dell claims upcoming Latitude 3301 will be "world's smallest and lightest 13-inch essential business laptop"
The Latitude 3301 will succeed the Latitude 3000 designed for educational use and undemanding office tasks. The 13.3-inch laptop is joined by larger 14-inch and 15.6-inch models all launching this May.
MSI becomes official partner of Complexity Gaming eSports team
Both teams will collaborate in trade shows, tournaments, and other events in the near future. The partnership allows MSI to interact with eSports fans directly and to gain a stronger foothold in the lucrative eSports market.
Chuwi HeroBook 14 (Atom x5-E8000, FHD) Laptop Review
For $250, you get a pretty good-looking 14-inch laptop with a decent 1080p screen and clickpad. Unfortunately, system performance is far too slow even for the undemanding home user.
Asus ROG needs to step up its Thunderbolt 3 game
Asus is about to launch a handful of high-end gaming laptops retailing for $1500 up to even $2500. Unfortunately, the majority of these new releases will not integrate Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Meanwhile, MSI and Razer have been including Thunderbolt 3 as a staple on the super-thin GS series and Blade series for years.
Why is there no Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q? The new GTX 1660 Ti may be responsible
The GTX 1660 Ti is designed with a graphics subsystem power of 60 W to 80 W compared to 80 W to 90 W on the mobile RTX 2060 to suggest that the GTX 1660 Ti is already an "RTX 2060 Max-Q" is several ways. We take a closer look at their performance numbers to find out how these GPUs compare to each other.
Intel engineers to hold AMA on Reddit for feedback on the Graphics Command Center software
Top comments include the omission of spyware, data collection, and bloat. Users also don't want to see yet another GeForce Experience copycat where account creation is required just to use the software.
We have concerns about the 9th gen Intel Core i9-9880H and i9-9980HK
What was once just one Core i9 option (i9-8950HK) will now be split into two (i9-9880H and i9-9980HK) for this latest mobile Core ix generation. Based on the performance history of the i9-8950HK, however, we're not expecting the i9-9980HK to perform that much faster than the i9-9880H to warrant two different SKUs.
Mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is essentially on par with the mobile GeForce RTX 2060 in 3DMark benchmarks
Not a fan of ray-tracing or DLSS but still want an Nvidia Turing gaming machine? The mobile GTX 1660 Ti offers mobile RTX 2060-level performance without forcing the advanced RT or DLSS features down your throat. Budget gamers targeting 60 FPS at native 1080p will find a lot to like about the mobile GTX 16 series.
Acer Nitro 5 will be one of the cheapest laptops with Intel 9th gen CPU and GeForce GTX 16 GPU at launch
Say goodbye to the Pascal GTX 1050 series now that the Turing GTX 1650 is here. Acer's bottom-of-the-barrel Nitro 5 gaming laptop will sport the latest technology from both Intel and Nvidia for a respectable level of gaming performance.
MSI GF, GL, GP, GE, GS, and GT gaming laptops are all now shipping with GeForce GTX 16 GPU and 9th gen Core i CPU options
The Taiwanese OEM is ready to bombard the market with affordable Turing-powered laptops meant to replace the aging GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. Meanwhile, the enthusiast GT series will receive unlocked octa-core Core i9-9980HK CPU options to replace the already fast hexa-core Core i7-9850HK series.
Gigabyte updates Aorus 15 with Intel 9th gen Core i7-9750H and 240 Hz IGZO display
The refreshed Aorus 15 challenges gamers to push 240 FPS on its new Sharp panel and 9th gen Core i7 CPU. Budget-conscious users can opt in for the newer GTX 1660 Ti SKU that promises GTX 1050 Ti-level performance.
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic integrates Core i9-9980HK, 240 Hz FHD panel, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics
The Taiwanese OEM is squeezing every ounce of performance it can from its Aero 15 design. This latest "Classic" model boasts the new octa-core Core i9-9980HK for improved multi-thread performance over the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. Here's hoping that throttling will be kept to a minimum considering the very thin chassis and powerful hardware.
MSI introduces Prestige P75 with 9th gen Core i9 CPU and 4k display
To coincide with the official reveal of Intel 9th gen, MSI will be revamping both its gaming G Series and professional P Series with the latest Core i9 CPUs and GTX/RTX GPUs. The upcoming P75 will be the first ultra-thin 17.3-inch laptop from MSI designed especially for professional users based on a chassis design not derived from the gaming G Series.
New Razer Blade 15 includes 144 Hz, 240 Hz, OLED, Core i7-9750H, and 802.11ax options
In contrast to the full 17.3-inch Blade Pro chassis refresh, the Blade 15 will be getting internal processor and display updates including 144 Hz, 240 Hz, and OLED options starting at $1999 USD.
2019 Razer Blade Pro will be 21 percent lighter and 11 percent thinner than last year's model
The upcoming Blade Pro takes the successful narrow-bezel chassis design of the Blade Stealth and Blade 15 for a new 17.3-inch form factor. It also drops some of the arguably gimmicky features of the 2017 Blade Pro including the volume wheel, asymmetric trackpad positioning, and mechanical keys in favor of a leaner look.
Lenovo refreshes entire Legion Y540, Y740, and Y7000 lineup with Core i7-9750H and GTX 1650/1660 Ti options
As teased during CES 2019, Lenovo will soon be shipping updated versions of its Legion laptops this summer. Expect the wallet-friendly Legion Y540 to start shipping next month for $1209 USD with GTX 1660 Ti graphics.
Budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad L340 coming with GTX 1650 graphics for $869
The upcoming 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch budget models will be some of the cheapest Turing-based gaming laptops when they launch next month. The new IdeaPad L340 is essentially the same as last year's IdeaPad L340 but with more powerful Intel H-class CPUs and Nvidia Turing graphics.
LG Gram 17Z990 (i7-8565U. WQXGA) Laptop Review
The Gram 17 bucks the trend that 17-inch laptops have to be large and unwieldy. At just 1.34 kg, the laptop is noticeably lighter than most 14-inch and 15-inch Ultrabooks while offering many of the same features including Thunderbolt 3 and a long battery life.
MSI WT75 8SM (Xeon E-2176G, Quadro P5200) Workstation Review
The WT75 takes the best aspects of the GT75 and turns it into a formidable mobile workstation. If you're not overly concerned about weight, thickness, or battery life, then you'll find a lot to like about MSI's largest workstation laptop yet.
HP Chromebook 15 now available for $449 with Intel Pentium and Core i CPU options
As HP's first 15.6-inch Chromebook, the unit carries narrow bezels and many design influences from the smaller 14-inch Chromebook series including dual USB Type-C, Bang & Olufsen audio, 802.11ac, and a premium metal design.
Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 to debut on the Alienware m15, m17, and Area-51m with up to 2.4 Gbps transfer rates
The new module promises up to 10 percent reduced CPU utilization when gaming and 40 percent faster transfer rates while consuming only 70 percent the power of an 802.11ac WLAN module.
HP Spectre x360 13 with 4K UHD touchscreen and 512 GB SSD now on sale for $1050
Update: The original deal is back. The barely six-month old HP Spectre x360 13 convertible is now $500 USD off. If you were considering a Pavilion or Envy before, then we recommend looking into this flagship Spectre instead as it offers a stronger and sleeker aluminum chassis design.
RGBW 4K UHD laptops have thankfully fallen out of flavor
Exactly one year ago, we complained that some manufacturers were shipping laptops with "fake" RGBW 4K UHD displays without advertising them as such. It appears that the trend has stopped now that RGBW panels are nowhere to be found on the latest 4K laptops.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 will debut on upcoming HP ZBook 14u G6 and ZBook 15u G6 mobile workstations
The refreshed models are coming next month with a handful of internal updates to improve both performance and security including Sure Sense, Sure View Gen3, brighter displays, and 8th gen ULV Intel Core with vPro. The designs and sizes are otherwise exactly the same as last year's models.
HP EliteBook x360 830 G6 coming with Whiskey Lake-U vPro, WiFi-6, and privacy camera shutter
While mostly just a minor refresh, security buffs and business users will appreciate the new camera slider and updated hardware-level anti-virus and recovery features.
Like a G6 — HP EliteBook 830 G6, 840 G6, and 850 G6 coming with updated security features and a super-bright 1000-nit display
HP will be bringing some features commonly found on its flagship EliteBook 1000 series to its mid-range EliteBook 800 series including hybrid HD+IR webcams and privacy camera switches. The 1000-nit display, however, will be limited to just one size and configuration for now.
HP introduces Sure Sense anti-virus software powered by deep learning
Instead of telling the anti-virus software what the common attributes of a malware are, why not have the software learn that itself from terabytes of pre-determined files? HP says its Sure View algorithm can detect even the latest viruses and malware based on a similar technology that Nvidia uses for its Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS) graphics technique.
Razer Core X Chroma eGPU includes what the original Core X should have had in the first place
If you thought last year's Core X external graphics dock was missing some of that Razer flair, you'd be right. The new Core X Chroma embellishes the eGPU with configurable LED lights that should feel instantly familiar to owners of Razer keyboards, mice, and other accessories.
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 with 97 percent screen-to-body ratio now shipping for $1399
The narrow-bezel Asus ZenBook UX391 will now be even narrower with the ZenBook UX392. Asus is promising a lighter and faster GeForce-powered Ultrabook than the Dell XPS 13 while offering a larger 13.9-inch display.
Alienware m17 (i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q, 4K UHD) Laptop Review
23 percent thinner, 37 percent smaller, and 40 percent lighter. The Alienware m17 addresses all the size and weight complaints of the original Alienware 17 series albeit at the cost of some auxiliary features like the backlit trackpad, per-key RGB lighting, additional ports.
Cheap Max-Q — Walmart-based Eluktronics Mech-15 G2 laptop with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics is only $1500
White label designs from Tongfang and Clevo have been undercutting the likes of MSI, Asus, Acer, Alienware, and HP by several hundred dollars for this latest generation of Turing gaming laptops. Major OEMs have been responding with price cuts across the board.
Just arrived: Alienware m17 in review
Dell's full-frontal refresh of its popular Alienware 17 series is significantly leaner and more portable. It does, however, sacrifice some features along the way that Alienware purists may miss. We list the major changes here based on our hands-on review of the newer model.
Acer confirms Predator Helios 700 with Core i9-9980HK and a quirky "HyperDrift" keyboard design
Acer is kicking off its New York event this week with a gaming laptop that integrates a forward-sliding RGB keyboard launching later this month. The unique design promises better airflow in a similar manner to the Asus Zephyrus and Samsung Odyssey laptops.
2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 redesigned with "hip and edgy" narrow bezels
Acer's mid-range gaming laptop is launching later this month with unannounced Intel 9th gen CPUs, up to GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, and a 144 Hz FHD IPS display for a starting price of $1200 USD.
Acer Nitro 7 shipping this month with GTX 1650/1660 Ti graphics for a starting price of $999 USD
Acer is staying silent on the exact Nvidia GPU options for the entry-level Nitro 7. It will very likely carry the GTX 1660 as the pricier Helios 300 will carry the RTX 2060 and higher. The official reveals of both the mobile Intel 9th gen Core H series and the inevitable Nvidia GTX 1660/1650 look closer than ever.
Peel Smart Remote app has been secretly uploading user camera pictures to an unknown server
Android owners with app version 10.7.3.3 or older may want to update to the latest version whenever possible which addresses the breach. The actual developers, however, appear to be putting in no effort whatsoever to warn any of its users about the invasion of privacy.
MSI GS75 vs. Asus Zephyrus S GX701: 10 percent performance difference from the same RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU
For better gaming performance, the Asus Zephyrus S GX701 should be your top option over the MSI GS75. For everything else outside of gaming, however, the MSI has a fairly long list of advantages that shouldn't be ignored.
AMD details 12 nm Ryzen 7 3700U Zen+ APU to compete against the 14 nm Intel Core i7-8565U
The new mobile Zen+ Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U (4.0/2.3 GHz) will be just marginally faster than the outgoing Zen Ryzen 7 2700U (3.8/2.2 GHz). When compared to the Intel Core i7-8650U, however, AMD is promising up to 258 percent faster graphics performance in certain applications. More significant gains in CPU performance are not expected until the "proper" third generation Zen 2 series refresh.
Ematic EWT117 (Atom x5-Z8350) Convertible Review
The 11.6-inch Ematic offers a lot on paper, but it doesn't have the speed to keep up with even the most simplest of tasks like browsing, 1080p streaming, or even word processing. You're better off investing that $200 elsewhere.
LG Gram 14Z980 (i5-8250U) Laptop Review
The Gram 14 is a few hundred grams lighter than the XPS 13 while having a larger 14-inch display. In fact, it's one of the lightest Ultrabooks in its size class with an Intel Core U-series CPU. So, what's the catch?
Sneaky Nvidia — the slower GeForce MX250 Max-Q '1D52' exists and they aren't telling you
Some Ultrabooks are shipping with the slower 10 W GeForce MX250 instead of the "regular" 25 W GeForce MX250. Worse yet, it's almost impossible to find out which before purchasing. The 10 W version is expected to perform about 30 percent slower than the 25 W version based on what we've seen from the MX150 series.
Trade in any gaming laptop for up to 25 percent off a brand new Eurocom laptop
Eurocom is refreshing its trade-in program this year now that Nvidia Turing options are available. Send in any MSI or Alienware laptop for an automatic 25 percent off a configurable Eurocom system. Other laptops may be accepted as well - dead or alive.
GeForce MX230 offers fewer shader cores but faster clock rates than the GeForce MX130
Our first benchmarks for the Nvidia MX230 show decent performance upgrades over the MX130 of up to 30 percent in 3DMark benchmarks. Shader count is identical to the MX110, but the newer Pascal architecture still manages to deliver faster performance.
Toshiba is coming back to the laptop business under the new Dynabook name
Effective immediately, the Toshiba America Client Solutions group (TACS) will become Dynabook Americas. The company will continue to develop and produce the familiar Portege, Tecra, and DynaEdge PCs for the U.S. market under the Sharp Corporation.
Our first GeForce MX250 benchmarks are in and results are slower than some MX150 laptops
Different name, same game. Laptops equipped with the GeForce MX250 are now beginning to ship to succeed the last generation MX150. However, you're better off with an MX150 laptop instead if performance-per-dollar is a major factor. Our preliminary tests show a 3 to 10 percent boost in performance on average.
An MSI RTX 2060 laptop is 20 to 25 percent slower than an MSI RTX 2060 desktop graphics card
It may be called the GeForce RTX 2060, but it may as well be the GeForce GTX 1070 in the laptop world. We compare the desktop RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 to their laptop counterparts to find surprisingly wide performance differences between them.
EeWrite E-Pad E-Ink Tablet Review
It's got the features of a regular Android tablet, but it doesn't have the speed for a smooth experience. The EeWrite E-Pad is best as an e-reader with only the occasional light web browsing.
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX (i7-8750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review
The thinnest 15.6-inch laptop with RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics is a visual delight. For $2500, however, the Asus Zephyrus S GX531 could have at least included per-key RGB lighting and Thunderbolt 3.
Huawei slashing prices on MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5 lite, Watch, and Band products
Update: New table included summarizing the deals involved. The price cuts are relatively minor at just $5 to $20 for the smartwatches and tablets while the MateBook X Pro laptop gets a permanent and more attractive $150 to $200 savings.
Gaming laptop market has ballooned from $1 billion to over $12 billion in the past five years
Nvidia will offer at least 45 different Max-Q laptops or configurations this year up from 19 in the previous year. The fast-growing gaming laptop market stands in contrast to the contracting Ultrabook market.
Latest Aorus 15 laptop drops a whole bunch of features to become much more affordable than before
Not every enthusiast gamer wants to pay for per-key RGB lighting, G-Sync, or Thunderbolt 3. Gigabyte has removed some of these auxiliary features from its X5 successor to make the new Aorus 15 laptop several hundred dollars cheaper without impacting core gaming performance.
EeWrite E-Pad E-Ink tablet Kickstarter now live and already well past its goal
The project made $10000 USD in 10 minutes. The manufacturer is promising an E-Ink Android tablet that can do it all including note-taking, web browsing, e-reading, and more for a price of $400.
Show your Fortnite and Apex Legends skills at MSI PAX East for a chance to win prizes
MSI will be running 3v3 tournaments all week from their booth and livestreaming your games on an 85-inch television for all passersby to see.
Aorus 15 (i7-8750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review
11 percent smaller, 11 percent lighter, and at least 17 percent faster graphics performance. The Aorus 15 is the long-awaited update to the aging Aorus X5 series albeit with a few auxiliary features missing.
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 vs. Aero 15-Y9: you may want to reconsider the RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU
The Aero 15-Y9 is over $1000 more expensive than the Aero 15-X9 and yet both configurations perform about the same in all of our tests. Is there really a reason to get the pricier version? Based on our numbers, the less expensive Aero 15-X9 is the better option by a very wide margin.
We review the Walmart Overpowered 17 with RTX 2070 graphics and it's actually decent
The chassis has plenty of enthusiast features including per-key RGB lighting and a 1080p144 IPS display, but it comes at the cost of chassis rigidity in some spots and a poor trackpad. While not a bad alternative to more popular gaming laptops, we recommend a warranty extension just to be on the safe side.
Alienware Area-51m (i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Laptop Review
The latest 17.3-inch Alienware is going all-in with hardware and features not found on almost any other gaming laptop. Not only does the Area-51m leapfrog over the 45 W Core H-series for full-fat 95 W Core K-series CPUs, but it also sports removable graphics and Tobii eye-tracking all in a narrow-bezel chassis. Is this $3000+ portable powerhouse really comparable to a desktop PC of similar specifications?
Dell G5 5590 with RTX 2060 graphics is only $1180 right now
This is the cheapest we've seen a brand new GeForce RTX laptop go for. It may be a budget-class Dell gaming laptop, but it should easily perform as well as any GTX 1070 Max-Q system.
Zotac launches Mek Mini PC with removable GeForce RTX 2070 graphics
The Mek Mini is one step up from the ZBox series in terms of performance, features, and upgradeability. Its ample ventilation grilles on five of its six sides should hopefully be enough to keep temperatures and noise in check.
Intel Graphics Command Center now available and Intel wants your help to improve it
The early access software is Intel's next step towards becoming a discrete graphics company. The chipmaker plans to take user feedback seriously by launching the Odyssey program for enthusiasts to share, engage, and collaborate with Intel along the way.
Intel confirms Gen 9 Core H series for Q2 2019, but remains mum on details
The Coffee Lake-H successor is mere months away and Intel is still being quiet on SKUs and specifications. For what it's worth, we at least know that Wi-Fi 6 and Optane H10 memory will be supported on the upcoming gaming laptops.
Alienware Area-51m review in progress; ask your questions here
Can a laptop equipped with the Core i9-9900K CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU match or exceed the performance of a desktop PC with the same core specifications? If you have any other pressing concerns before investing in the pricey purchase, just let us know below.
Upcoming HP ProBook 445R G6 and 455R G6 will carry AMD Ryzen Zen+ processors
The ProBook 445 and 455 are barely three months old and they will soon be updated with faster models come this summer. Much like the upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad C340 series, the newer SKUs will have second generation AMD Zen APUs for potentially cheaper starting prices than the usual Intel U-class options.
2019 HP Envy 13, Envy 15, and Envy 17 coming with AMOLED, Optane, and GeForce MX250 options
HP will be bringing some of its previously exclusive Spectre features to its mid-range Envy lineup this year. The 15.6-inch Envy 15 in particular will get an AMOLED option while all models will have a physical camera kill switch to electronically disable the webcam.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-17IKB (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
The IdeaPad 330 17 doesn't break any ground, but we find it to be a little overpriced for the specifications. The GeForce MX150 GPU doesn't make up for the very slow 1 TB HDD or poorly calibrated 900p TN display to justify the $900 USD asking price.
Redesigned 2019 HP Pavilion x360 series with GeForce MX250 graphics launching this April
The 2019 Pavilion x360 15 in particular will be nearly 14 percent thinner (.94-inch to .81-inch) and 15 percent lighter (5.1 lbs to 4.3 lbs) than the 2017 Pavilion x360 15. A fingerprint reader, which has become standard on costlier models, will now be an option for the Pavilion laptops.
Aorus RTX 2070 Gaming Box with Dell XPS 13 9380 Review
Gigabyte has outfitted its super-small external graphics dock with a mini GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card compatible with most Ultrabooks. Naturally, we run every benchmark we could to see how the Aorus eGPU solution compares against a traditional gaming laptop. The results are more variable than we had initially anticipated.
Alldocube M8 T801 Tablet Review
$150 USD can get you a pretty decent Android tablet these days. The Alldocube M8 gets the job done while offering optional 4G LTE for compatible markets.
MSI GE75 Raider vs. Asus Strix Scar II GL704GW: Asus has the CPU performance advantage
These two 17.3-inch MSI and Asus gaming laptops are in direct competition with each other with the same Core i7-8750H CPU, same RTX 2070 GPU, and even the same retail price of $2200 USD. We go over the pros and cons of each model to see which one is right for you.
Western Digital launches inexpensive SN500 NVMe SSD for the masses
NVMe technology is slowly trickling down to more affordable SSDs. The WD Blue SN500 will performance faster than any other drive before it in its family while costing less than a high-end WD Black SSD.
Power-hungry display — Dell XPS 13 4K UHD configurations have shorter battery life by several hours
If you're in the market for a new XPS 13 Ultrabook, you may want to consider the less expensive 1080p options for their significantly longer runtimes. We are able to measure a difference of 4 to 5 hours when running the same WiFi test on both the FHD and 4K UHD SKUs.
Acer TravelMate X514-51 launching this June to replace the TravelMate X3410
The new 14-inch business laptop will have the distinction of weighing less than 1 kg while still offering Gorilla Glass touchscreen, 15 W ULV Intel CPU options, and a magnesium-lithium magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis that promises improved rigidity.
GeForce RTX 2070-powered XPS 13 can run Metro Exodus on Ultra settings.. sort of
Even after brushing off the handful of crashes and stability issues, being able to play one of the most demanding PC titles available on an otherwise low-power Ultrabook is a real treat. The performance-per-dollar is still extremely unfavorable leaving this solution appropriate for enthusiasts only.
Eurocom Sky X7C (i9-9900K, RTX 2080, FHD 144 Hz) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review
The 17.3-inch Sky X7C trades performance-per-Watt for full-on raw performance. While the Core i9-9900K is significantly faster than any 45 W Intel H-class equivalent, the performance delta between RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Max-Q is comparatively small.
Huawei MateBook X Pro with 512 GB SSD and GeForce MX150 now on sale for $1140 USD
What was once $1500 a year ago is now almost $400 cheaper to make room for the 2019 model coming next month. The upcoming Whiskey Lake-U refresh will be a relatively minor internal update over last year's model which makes this deal particularly attractive.
Intel not needed — Ryzen Zen+ and Nvidia GTX 1660 Turing gaming laptops are a real possibility
The Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H are comparable to the Intel Core i5-8300H. It's up to laptop makers now to pair these Zen+ processors with Nvidia GPUs for potentially cheaper prices than the usual Intel-Nvidia offering.
Asus TUF FX505DY (Ryzen 5 3550H, Radeon RX 560X) Laptop Review
Sick of seeing Intel Core i5-8300H and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 gaming laptops? Then try this $700 AMD-only alternative instead. The Ryzen Zen+ platform shines in its first outing even though it's a bit late to the party.
Nvidia will end critical updates for Kepler laptops on April 2020
Still sporting a 7-year old GeForce GTX 880M gaming laptop? Nvidia has just announced that it will stop delivering security updates for its mobile Kepler-based GPU series in the next 12 months. Desktop Kepler GPUs, however, will not be affected.
CineBench R20 benchmark now available, is 8x more demanding than CineBench R15
Maxon is doubling down on CPU benchmarking at the cost of GPU benchmarking. The mostly useless OpenGL test is gone for a more demanding CPU benchmark scene requiring SSE3, 4 GB of RAM, and Intel Embree ray-tracing support.
MSI GE75 Raider 8SF (i7-8750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review
Much like how the Asus ROG GL704 is a major update over the GL703, the MSI GE75 is a major update over the GE73. This $2200 mid-range gaming laptop skips the Max-Q series entirely for full-power GeForce RTX graphics up to the RTX 2080.
The fastest GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q laptop is just 7 percent behind the slowest RTX 2080 Max-Q laptop
Nvidia reduced the baseline minimum TDP of Max-Q Turing GPUs when compared to last generation Max-Q Pascal GPUs. The result is that more laptops can now run the RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, but the performance gap between it and the RTX 2070 Max-Q can be surprisingly narrow.
Our first AMD Ryzen 5 3550H benchmarks are in and they give Intel's Core i5-8300H a run for their money
The budget-mainstream gaming laptop space is about to get much more interesting. AMD's latest Zen+ processor is essentially comparable to the Core i5-8300H to make it a perfect companion for mid-range Nvidia GPUs. It's now up to OEMs like Asus to make laptops sporting both Ryzen and GeForce processors for true market disruption.
Twin pack: save $450 when you buy two Gigabyte Aero 15 RTX laptops from Newegg
Have a friend who's also in the market for a flagship laptop? This Newegg exclusive offers two Aero 15-X9 systems for about 10 percent off. Gigabyte will throw in a backpack and a wired gaming mouse at no extra charge as well.
AMD Adrenalin software now live across all Ryzen, Vega, and Radeon PCs
The Adrenalin 2019 Edition unifies Radeon and Vega GPUs under a single software umbrella for faster updates. Owners of Kaby Lake-G laptops and NUCs, however, will be out of luck.
What most reviewers fail to talk about: backlight bleeding, coil whine, graininess, and more
When buying a new laptop, it's undeniably important that the model both performs well and looks great. Nevertheless, these lesser-known aspects are just as important to the user experience even though they are almost never mentioned by most publications and YouTubers.
Lenovo Legion Y740-17ICH (i7-8750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review
A mid-range laptop equipped with a high-end GPU. The Lenovo Legion Y740 is just as powerful as some of the popular heavy hitters in the enthusiast gaming notebook market even if it doesn't quite look or feel the part.
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 vs. Razer Blade 15: Gigabyte has the CPU performance advantage
Same CPU, same GPU, same RAM, same display. Even with all the similarities, there are notable differences when it comes to performance, color accuracy, features, fan noise, and temperatures. We compare the two systems to find out which one comes out on top.
Lenovo Legion Y740 is somehow $500 cheaper than the next cheapest GeForce RTX 2080 laptop
The Legion Y740-17ICH comes with RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics, a 256 GB SSD, and a 144 Hz IPS display for only $2320 USD. While not inexpensive by any means, this is by far the least expensive laptop with RTX 2080 graphics in the market.
First AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5 3550H gaming laptop now shipping, review in progress
The 12 nm Ryzen 5 3550H quad-core processor will hopefully challenge the Core i5-8300H in the budget-mainstream gaming category. The AMD chip is making its debut on the Asus TUF FX505DY budget gaming laptop now retailing for just $799 USD.
MediaTek Helio M70 MT6297 will be the company's first multi-mode 5G modem
MediaTek is also collaborating with Oppo, Vivo, Skyworks, Qorvo, and Murata to accelerate development of 5G components without impacting the thin profiles of next generation smartphones.
EeWrite E-Pad will be an Android tablet based entirely off of E-Ink technology
Jump between reading your favorite e-book and playing Play Store games in black and white. The soon-to-be Kickstarter project has no price or launch date yet, but we're definitely intrigued as to how the developer plans on overcoming the challenges of E Ink on an Android operating system.
AMD Zen+ Ryzen 3200U, 3500U, and 3700U will debut on the Lenovo IdeaPad C340 convertible series
The upcoming mainstream Lenovo IdeaPad C340 family will be one of the first to offer Zen+ Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7 processor options that were initially unveiled at CES 2019. The AMD options should be comparable to Intel Whiskey Lake-U for at least $50 USD less when the Lenovo convertible launches next month.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 and S540 with AMD Ryzen Zen+ will undercut the Intel SKU by $150 USD
The affordable IdeaPad S340 and S540 series will carry GeForce MX250 and Radeon RX Vega 10 options when they launch in the next couple of months. The AMD-based IdeaPad S540 SKU in particular will retail for $730 compared to $880 for the Intel variant.
A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti equivalent or GTX 1050 Ti successor should be coming soon for laptops
Now that the RT-free and AI-free GTX 1660 Ti GPU is out for desktops, it's only a matter of time before a similar option becomes available for laptops. An unannounced Nvidia "N18E-G0" GPU is looking more like the inevitable GTX 1050 Ti successor based on the Turing architecture.
Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally getting the Whiskey Lake-U treatment
After a full year with the MateBook X Pro, it's about time we get a small refresh. Huawei has unveiled the third generation MateBook X laptop that fixes almost everything we didn't like about the 2018 model including the Thunderbolt 3 port and weaker MX150 GPU. We'll just have to see how its temperatures will fare when it launches this April.
Upcoming Huawei MateBook 14 will carry GeForce MX250 graphics and be thinner than the Dell XPS 13
Huawei is marketing its new 14-inch Ultrabook as a mainstream offering, but its sleek design and high-end specifications say otherwise. Expect it to be available by this Summer in the United States for a lower starting price than the MateBook X Pro.
Buying a Dell XPS 13? We recommend checking for coil whine
Our Dell XPS 13 9380 test unit suffers from high-pitched coil whine that may potentially be a nuisance during regular use. The phenomenon is not damaging to the machine, but its intensity and volume may vary between different units.
Our Core i9 verdict: It’s just not worth it on laptops
With almost a dozen Core i9-8950HK laptops under our belt, we have a pretty good idea about how these unlocked CPUs can perform. Average CPU performance is just 8 to 9 percent faster than the average Core i7-8750H laptop for a disappointing first year debut.
Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review
What benefits does the Core i7 SKU offer over the Core i5 SKU? We benchmark the most expensive XPS 13 9380 configuration and compare it to the less costly Core i5 SKU to show all the differences users can expect. Update: 5 hours more with FHD.
We benchmark the cheapest RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
The MSI GL73 with RTX 2060 graphics begins to shine when gaming at higher resolutions beyond 1080p and with DirectX 12 active. Otherwise, users can get the same performance or better out of an older GTX 1070 laptop for lower prices.
Science Channel shows how a Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop is made
Watch a quick 5-minute video following the production, assembly, and diagnostics of the Gigabyte laptop from start to finish.
The average Whiskey Lake-U laptop is just 8 percent faster than Kaby Lake-R
After testing more than 20 laptops with Whiskey Lake-U processors, the raw gen-to-gen performance advantage looks to be one of the smallest in recent years. If you own a Kaby Lake-R laptop, it may be best to hold off on buying a replacement until Ice Lake comes out later this year.
Buying an RTX laptop? MSI will extend warranty by one year if purchased from Xotic PC
MSI is encouraging buyers to look beyond just Amazon and Newegg by offering two-year warranty as standard when purchasing from smaller resellers and BTOs. The promotion gives these smaller stores a slight edge and a bigger reason for gamers to shop around instead of only looking at the usual online marketplaces.
Asus will send one lucky super fan to Pax East 2019
Be an "ROG Elite Ambassador" and get a free ROG phone just for attending and helping out at Pax East next month in Boston. Asus is looking for an ROG fan comfortable with talking about the brand in public and managing gaming tournaments.
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review
The latest EliteBook carries almost everything you want from an Ultrabook: tablet mode, super-bright display, 4G LTE, Thunderbolt 3, NFC, crisp keyboard, narrow bezels, long battery life... the list goes on and on. Just be ready to pay a hefty price when fully configured.
The MSI G Series consists of seven laptop tiers; we go over each one here
GV, GF, GL, GP, GE, GS, GT... what do they all mean? If you're in the market for an MSI laptop, here's a 101 on the entire G Series from budget all the way up to enthusiast.
Asus ZenBook 15 vs. Dell XPS 15: Still not enough to dethrone the popular 15-inch king
The bestselling Dell XPS laptop manages to be faster, tougher, brighter, and more feature-packed than the new competing Asus ZenBook 15 without running any louder or shorter. In return, the Asus laptop is much lighter and even a bit smaller, but its advantages don't go much deeper.
Acer Aspire, Chromebook, and Nitro systems are on sale for President's Day
Get a 17-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1060 graphics for $920 USD and more from now until the end of next week. The sale spans multiple retail outlets including Newegg, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.
Dell XPS, Inspiron, Precision, and Alienware systems are all on sale for President's Day
Get the XPS 13 9370 with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and a Core i7-8550U CPU for $1175 USD. Deals will last until early next week in an attempt to clear out older stock and make room for newer models.
MSI GL73 8SE (i7-8750H, RTX 2060) Laptop Review
Even the slowest GeForce RTX 2060 laptop can be as fast as a GTX 1070 Max-Q. MSI's entry-level RTX offering can game almost as well as its high-end GE or GT series at the cost of auxiliary features and connectivity options.
New Blade Stealth having charging issues? Razer says to contact them directly for a BIOS update
Razer has notified us that it has investigated a number of issues impacting a limited number of retail Blade Stealth units. If you're experiencing any of the following, then this new BIOS and EC update should do the trick.
Not created equal — Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q is 10 to 15 percent faster than the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9
The GPU in the Razer laptop has a 22 percent faster base clock rate than the same GPU on the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9. The result? Consistently faster gaming performance on the Razer Blade 15 by 10 to 15 percent.
Have a GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card? Enabling DLSS can boost performance by almost 50 percent
We test how much of a performance boost DLSS can provide for a laptop equipped with RTX 2060 graphics and the results are surprisingly similar to the RTX 2070 Max-Q. The proprietary RTX-only anti-aliasing feature can't come soon enough for retail PC games.
The battery in our cheap Chinese smartphone expanded and cracked the screen
Everything was normal until our glass display suddenly cracked. If you're planning on getting a cheap Android from a Chinese OEM, then hopefully you won't be unlucky as we are. We're just glad that nothing caught on fire.
MSI PS63 vs. Dell XPS 15: MSI still has some ways to go
The crowded traditional Ultrabook space just got a new contender from a gaming laptop manufacturer. MSI's uncommon combination of an ULV Intel CPU and a Max-Q GPU gives it some interesting advantages over the Dell, but it still falls a bit short on some key areas.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (RTX 2070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review
The Blade 15 series is barely one year old and it has already expanded across two generations of Nvidia GeForce GPUs with multiple display options ranging from FHD 144 Hz to full-on OLED. For this particular review, we'll focus on the RTX 2070 Max-Q SKU to see what kind of performance advantages it carries over last year's GTX 1070 Max-Q options.
Coolicool celebrating Chinese New Year with smartphone sales across the board
Get a new 128 GB OnePlus 6 for just $419 or $60 off the retail price. Other Chinese brands like Teclast, Alldocube, Voyo, Chuwi, Xiaomi, and Moto are also on sale until early next week. Coolicool specializes on offering inexpensive smartphones for customers both inside and outside of Asia.
We test out Nvidia DLSS on the Razer Blade 15 and results are impressive
A 47 percent boost in performance with no loss in image quality seems almost too good to be true. Nvidia DLSS puts deep learning and AI to good use for gamers who may not yet be sold on the capabilities of ray-tracing.
Unusual throttling behavior shows the Core i7-8565U running both faster and slower than the i7-8550U
The new Dell Inspiron 17 7786 can run 20 percent faster than the last generation Inspiron 17 7773 for the first 10 to 20 minutes before clock rates begin to dip dramatically. At that point, CPU performance stabilizes at 10 percent slower than the older Core i7-8550U CPU. This "delayed" throttling behavior is uncommon on many laptops.
Now that mobile GeForce RTX is here, GTX gaming laptops have been dropping in price
Nvidia GTX Pascal gaming laptops are now at their cheapest for gamers on tight budgets. Get an Asus Zephyrus with GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics for $1650 or almost the same price as a brand new MSI GL73 with an RTX 2060 GPU.
Save up to a $100 when purchasing an RTX-enabled Asus ROG G703, Zephyrus GX531, or Strix GL504/GL704
Get your next Asus GeForce RTX gaming laptop from Cukusa.com and save a few bills in the process. We plan on reviewing each of these systems in the coming weeks to see how much of a performance gain users can expect if upgrading from the Pascal generation and if other characteristics like battery life or fan noise are impacted.
Laptops with removable MXM 3 GeForce RTX 2080 graphics coming soon from Eurocom
Jumping from the GTX 1080 to the RTX 2080 will cost users an extra $250 USD. Eurocom is proving that the MXM form factor is here to stay even in the face of Dell's proprietary DGFF solution for the Alienware Area-51m.
We benchmark the mobile RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Max-Q and compare them to the desktop RTX 2080 and GTX 1080
Check here to see how much of a performance gain you can expect over the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080 Pascal series if you purchase a rand new laptop with GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics.
Dell XPS 13 9380 with Whiskey Lake-U is not all that much faster than the XPS 13 9370
The Core i5-8265U brings just marginal performance benefits by up to 12 percent at best over the last generation Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U. Users who want the latest XPS 13 should be drawn in by the re-positioned webcam and not by the new Intel Whiskey Lake-U processors.
Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available
The new MateBook 13 has an unlikely competitor because of its full-power 25 W GeForce MX150 GPU. It's unquestionably faster than the average Ultrabook, but can it beat the $1600 Razer Blade Stealth?
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen NP930QAA (i7-8550U) Convertible Review
The 13.3-inch Samsung Notebook 9 Pen focuses on three strengths: weight, brightness, and S Pen support. The end result is a versatile convertible that's noticeably lighter than the competition and with a brighter display for improved outdoor visibility. The drawbacks, however, are hard to ignore and worth keeping in mind for anyone considering the $1300 flagship Samsung.
The first GeForce RTX laptops are now shipping starting at $1500 USD
Prices for RTX 2060 laptops are reasonable, but be prepared to pay well over $2000 for anything with an RTX 2070 GPU. As expected, both MSI and Asus have the widest selections of RTX laptops available.
The Quartz Pink Razer Blade Stealth is now a real thing
Last year's Mercury White Blade 15 was so successful that Razer will be toying with new color options to gauge user interest. Past Razer laptops have been shades of black, gray, and white and so the color pink will naturally spark the most excitement and discussion amongst the Razer fanbase.
Huawei MateBook 13 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
Don't let its diminutive size fool you — this 3:2 13.0-inch laptop is equipped with a much faster GPU than your typical Ultrabook. Huawei's latest offering is supposed to be a mid-range product, but its unique build and specifications are anything but.
Elephone A5 Smartphone Review
A defining Apple feature can now be found on an Android smartphone for a fraction of the price. Can this budget off-brand device really offer a flagship experience?
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is a desktop RTX 2080 but up to 50 percent underclocked
The significantly reduced base clock rate and TDP allow the mobile RTX 2080 to fit into a wider range of gaming laptop designs. Fortunately, memory bandwidth and number of CUDA cores remain unchanged.
Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to the Huawei MateBook
Chuwi's latest copycat laptop has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, an aluminum-magnesium chassis, and a weight of just 1.25 kg. Prices and launch dates are still unknown for now as the system is only at its fundraising stage.
Razer is teasing something pink set to launch on January 29
Will there finally be a Rose Gold or bright pink Razer Blade laptop? The OEM has been teasing pink mice, keyboards, and headphones for weeks and a pink gaming laptop would essentially complete the collection.
Nvidia Titan RTX is just 15 percent slower than a laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics
Can the fastest consumer desktop GPU available beat the fastest laptop with SLI graphics? Not quite, but it's at least 50 percent faster than any gaming laptop out there equipped with a single GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.
The Legion Y7000 is curiously absent from Lenovo's GeForce RTX lineup
The Legion Y540 is coming next month while the Legion Y740 will launch in May when Intel is expected to ship its successor to Coffee Lake-H. The Legion Y7000 offshoot, however, is nowhere to be found with no comments from Lenovo about its current whereabouts.
Dell intros Latitude 3300 Education and refreshes 3000 series of Chromebooks
These inexpensive and versatile subnotebooks will start as low as $250 USD with options for 1080p and 64 GB eMMC storage. Dual-band Intel 9560 wireless comes and USB Type-C charging will come standard similar to many mainstream Ultrabooks.
First Nvidia GeForce RTX laptops are launching on January 29 — be prepared for a media review blitz
Everything appears to be on track to fulfill Nvidia's promised January launch window for the next generation of gaming laptops. Media, YouTubers, and everyone else in between will be posting their hands-on impressions in just a few short weeks.
HP ProBook 445 G6 and 455 G6 with AMD Ryzen are almost $300 cheaper than the Intel equivalents
The ProBook 445 G6 and 455 G6 are the AMD versions of the Intel-powered ProBook 440 G6 and 450 G6. Aside from the swap in processors, these AMD SKUs will also sport less RAM with no LTE, discrete graphics, or touchscreen options to keep prices at more affordable levels.
Aorus Gaming Box gets refreshed with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics
One of the smallest eGPU docks available is getting upgraded to a mini GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. The new Gaming Box promises real-time ray tracking and AI for any Ultrabook with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Support for MacBooks, however, remains out of reach for now.
New StarTech USB Type-C docking stations have Alt Mode switches for maximum throughput
The professional DK30C2HAGPD and DK30C2DAGPD docks are able to make the most of USB Type-C Gen. 1 by switching between two different modes depending on user application.
When cheaper is faster — Core i5 HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 convertible outperforms the Core i7 SKU by 10 percent
The Core i5 configuration is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Core i7 option and yet it performs faster in multi-threaded workloads. We highly recommend skipping over the i7 upgrade in favor of other options such as Sure View, WAN, or the brighter Outdoor Mode backlight.
Huawei MateBook 13 vs. MateBook X Pro: What's the difference?
The two may look similar, but they're actually quite different. The cheaper MateBook 13 is surprisingly the faster model by more than a wide margin while the MateBook X Pro has the larger and higher resolution display. Users should choose carefully depending on which features are more important.
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus (N3350, QHD) Laptop Review
The NuVision looks good, but that's about it. This super-portable and super-cheap subnotebook is dragged down by subpar processor performance, spongy keyboard, a very slow SSD, and the most limited selection of ports we've seen on any laptop.
Windows on Snapdragon doesn't solve the underlying issue of Windows ARM
Based on our experience with the $1000 Lenovo Yoga C630 powered by a Snapdragon 850, software reliability is still a huge hit or miss on Windows 10 Pro. Qualcomm's grand plans for Windows on Snapdragon is off to a slow and rough start.
Latest rumors point toward AMD Zen and Navi yet again for the Sony Playstation 5
A derivative octa-core Zen+ processor and Navi GPU for the next generation Playstation look increasingly likely. The leaked product code implies that AMD and Sony may have already finalized the core specifications for the PS5 - if not very close.
Razer Phone 2 is only three months old; now it's $350 cheaper
The $800 Android phone is now $450 after the initial $100 off and $250 prepaid Mastercard. The deal is exclusive to Verizon users lasting only until the end of this upcoming Saturday.
Every OLED laptop announced at CES 2019
It's not a coincidence that the OLED XPS 15, Razer Blade 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and Lenovo Yoga C730 are all launching within 1 to 2 months of each other. These 15.6-inch laptops will likely source their 4K UHD OLED panels from the same provider.
Chuwi Ubook 2-in-1 will be a cheaper version of the Microsoft Surface Go
The Windows detachable combines the U-shaped metal kickstand of the Spectre x2 and the Alcantara look of the Surface Pro keyboard with a passively-cooled Core m3 processor. Chuwi is promising a retail price of just under $400 if the Kickstarter proves to be successful.
To our surprise, the Huawei MateBook 13 uses the faster 25 W '1D10' GeForce MX150 GPU
Huawei doesn't not mention it, but perhaps it should. The OEM is quietly slipping the faster 25 W version of the GeForce MX150 into its upcoming mid-tier Ultrabook whereas most competitors are using the much slower 10 W version. Even the pricier MateBook X Pro uses the slower 10 W GeForce MX150.
Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 and XPS 13 9380 win Slickdeals Editor's Choice awards
Based on reader interest, deal-tracking site Slickdeals is predicting that the new Inspiron 7000 convertible and XPS 13 will become highly sought-after laptops once they launch in just a few short months. The Inspiron series alone has had over 200 deals in all of 2018 or nearly three times more than the XPS series.
MSI is getting serious about laptops outside of just gaming
The Taiwanese manufacturer is ready to pour in more R&D resources to crack into the lucrative mobile workstation and traditional Ultrabook markets. The Prestige, Modern, and Creator families of non-gaming laptops are just the beginning.
Alldocube X Tablet Review
How much tablet can $270 buy you? The Alldocube integrates a fair number of high-end features not normally found on budget models like a fingerprint reader, very thin chassis, and 2560 x 1600 resolution AMOLED touchscreen. This is one of the better tablets available in its price range so long as users can look past the short battery life and inaccurate colors.
Lenovo Legion Y530 vs. Legion Y730 vs. Legion Y7000: Battle of brothers
Lenovo's latest lineup of Legion laptops aims directly for budget-conscious gamers with its fairly low starting prices. All models share very similar internals between them despite their distinct appearances. We compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Razer Blade 15 series now has a total of four different thicknesses depending on the SKU
Although all SKUs may look identical, their sizes are very slightly different between them due to changes in the cooling solution and GPU. We've compiled all the size differences here so potential buyers can more easily compare the Blade 15 versions before committing to a full purchase.
Huawei Honor is one of the few OEMs doing AMD Ryzen right
The Honor MagicBook pairs the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU with the same RAM and storage options as the Intel counterpart. In contrast, other OEMs often handicap their AMD SKUs with slow HDDs, cheap displays, and limited RAM. The result is an AMD laptop that performs almost as well as the Intel equivalent for about $150 less.
The Zotac mini PC brochure is actually quite handy
With dozens of configurations to choose from across the whole lineup, Zotac has provided a useful table comparing and contrasting some of the major features between all the latest SKUs. It makes for an excellent starting point for users considering a mini PC.
Dell briefly teases new XPS 13 laptop with Ice Lake at Intel keynote
Intel Ice Lake is on track for a late 2019 debut just in time for the Holiday shopping season and the Dell XPS 13 series should be one of the first to market with the new CPU. The actual chassis looks to be identical to the current iteration to suggest that the eventual Ice Lake XPS 13 will simply be an internal update.
Gigabyte will slowly phase out the Aorus X series this year
The manufacturer will be leaving behind the Aorus X design in favor of a newer narrow-bezel look with more heat pipes, more ventilation, and a slightly thicker profile. The change will hopefully address some of the most common drawbacks of the original Aorus chassis including noise and heat.
Why the unique Alienware Area-51m will be a gamble for Dell
The MXM form factor preceding DGFF never took off even though it was marketed for its versatility and ability to support future GPUs. If Dell isn't careful, they may repeat the same mistakes and run into a wall with DGFF once Nvidia launches a Turing successor.
Lenovo Yoga C730 2-in-1 will have a 4K UHD OLED display for $1650 USD
The OLED panel will likely be the same panel on the upcoming OLED HP Spectre x360 15. The convertible is otherwise only an internal update from last year's Yoga 730 2-in-1.
Dell has caved in — the XPS 13 9380 will have the webcam back at its rightful position
The "under-your-nose" camera will soon be a thing of the past. The move is a direct response to user complaints and a blow to competitors like the Huawei MateBook X Pro or Lenovo Legion Y530 where OEMs had to get creative with suboptimal camera positioning.
Alienware Area-51m is a 17-inch laptop with two AC adapter ports and removable GeForce RTX graphics
Dell is pulling a Clevo by offering a laptop with desktop CPU options and an upgradeable GPU. Instead of adopting the MXM GPU form factor like MSI and Clevo, however, Dell has created its own proprietary DGFF GPU form factor that promises better support and easier serviceability.
Dell has no current plans for another XPS 13 with Intel Iris Pro graphics
Frank Azor cites low interest in gaming subnotebooks like the Alienware 13 as a big reason for skipping additional GPU options for the XPS 13 family. A few competing 13-inch Ultrabooks like the HP Envy 13, Huawei MateBook X Pro, and Razer Blade Stealth all offer optional GeForce MX150 graphics for superior graphics performance over the XPS 13.
End of the road — Dell will cease production of the Alienware 15 and 17 series
These two classic Alienware laptops have reached End-of-Life (EOL) status in order to make room for the thinner, lighter, and sleeker Alienware m15 and m17 successors. The Alienware 17 in particular is being succeeded by both the Alienware m17 and the much more versatile Alienware Area-51m desktop replacement.
The Dell XPS 15 is skipping CES this year
Coming straight from the horse's mouth, Dell product manager Frank Azor has confirmed that CES 2019 will focus on the XPS 13 series, Alienware series, and Latitude series with the XPS 15 taking a back seat.
The Huawei MateBook 13 is coming to the United States for $999 USD
The 13.3-inch laptop is 1.6 mm thinner than the 2018 MacBook Air and has a higher 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. Its Whiskey Lake-U options should provide a significant boost in CPU performance over the passively-cooled Amber Lake-Y processor in the Apple equivalent. The MateBook 13 launches later this month for a starting price of $999 USD.
Family-friendly Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite launching this month for the U.S. market
The tablet will have a suite of "Kid's Corner" applications designed to enhance eye safety and control usage time. Harman Kardon quad speakers, EMUI 8.0 with Oreo, 32 GB of storage, MicroSD slot, and WACOM-compatible touchscreen round up the list of features.
Asus ROG GZ700 2-in-1 is essentially a giant Surface Pro with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics
Ever stopped to wonder how a 17.3-inch 2-in-1 gaming laptop with would look like and work? Apparently, the engineers at Asus have already beaten everyone to the punch. The unique ROG GZ700GX can be configured with a Core i9-8950HK CPU, RTX 2080 GPU, and a detachable keyboard to round up the package.
Alienware m15 gets new GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Core i9, and HDR400 4K UHD options
With mobile Nvidia Turing now officially out of the bag, OEMs everywhere can finally unveil what they have in store to take advantage of the new generation of GPUs. Dell will be one of the first to offer a Turing-based gaming laptop with an updated Alienware m15 configuration.
Upcoming Alienware m17 will be 7 mm thinner than the Alienware 17 R5
The new Alienware m17 is essentially the 17-inch version of the existing Alienware m15. Dell will launch the laptop later this month with next generation Nvidia Turing Max-Q graphics.
The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is Asus' answer to the Razer Blade Pro
Debuting alongside the Nvidia Turing series for laptops, the upcoming Zephyrus GX701 will carry GTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and a 17.3-inch 144 Hz display with 3 ms response times for an ultra-smooth 1080p gaming experience. Its super-thin design is inspired by the existing 15.6-inch Zephyrus GX531.
Asus solves poor webcam positioning of the XPS 15... by including a free USB webcam in the box
All the negative feedback about the cameras on certain laptops has nudged Asus to simply throw in a USB camera in the box for its upcoming Zephyrus GX701 gaming laptop. Should the narrow bezel trend continue, we can see this becoming the norm in the short term.
Gigabyte Aero 15 Y9 and X9 now official with insane specifications
Can the GeForce RTX 2080 fit in a chassis the size of a Dell XPS 15? Apparently so. Gigabyte has updated its most popular 15-inch laptop ever with CPU and GPU options normally reserved for thicker and larger gaming laptops. Day-to-day performance will also be boosted by Microsoft Azure AI.
Upcoming Aorus 15 laptop looks to be the full design refresh we've been waiting for
Gigabyte calls it the "world's first AI gaming laptop with Microsoft Azure AI" that can collect usage data, pass it through the Azure cloud platform for analyzing, and then automatically tweak the laptop to optimize performance and battery life. The chassis itself promises dual fans, six heat pipes, and plenty of ventilation for its new GeForce RTX GPU.
2019 HP Omen 15 comes with 802.11ax wireless and a 240 Hz display
The refreshed model will boast post-Pascal Max-Q graphics from Nvidia as well, but it will otherwise have the same chassis design as last year's Omen 15. The significantly faster refresh rate should reduce screen tearing and benefit greatly from the new Nvidia GPU options.
HP Spectre Folio gets 4K UHD and Burgundy color option
The half-metal, half-leather laptop will be getting a second color option and a higher resolution display by the end of this month. Internal specifications are otherwise identical to the SKUs introduced last November. While the 4K UHD panel will cost extra, the new color will still start at $1300 USD.
OLED is making a comeback on the HP Spectre x360 15
HP is hoping to reignite consumer interest in AMOLED laptops again by pairing it with its most popular consumer convertible. The OEM is not yet ready to announce prices at the moment likely because it's going to cost a hefty premium when it launches later this quarter.
HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 display will be two times brighter than the MacBook Pro 13
The 1000-nit matte touchscreen will be significantly brighter than any consumer laptop or convertible in the market. In comparison, most Ultrabooks available today top out at just 300 nits or 400 nits for relatively poor outdoor visibility.
Souped-up performance: the HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 will come with a Core i7-8650U
A Chromebook in an Ultrabook chassis. The HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 convertible has hardware familiar to any Ultrabook user including its 15 W Core ix Kaby Lake-R CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 14-inch 1080p touchscreen.
LG Gram 2-in-1 is now real and on sale ahead of CES 2019
Even though LG seems set to showcase the new convertible at CES 2019, retailers like Best Buy are already listing the device for a starting price of $1500. The official product page shows everything we can expect from the first Gram 2-in-1 including Whiskey Lake-U with no 4K UHD options whatsoever.
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can sense when you're up to 5 feet away
Called Dell ExpressSign-in, the laptop will be the first to feature a proximity sensor that can automatically detect when a user is nearby and enable Windows Hello for a hands-free log-in experience.
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH (i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
The Legion Y730 is the higher-end alternative to the Legion Y530 and legion Y7000 with flagship-like features including per-key RGB lighting, Thunderbolt 3, and dedicated Macro keys. It's just too bad that current SKUs are limited to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Chuwi LapBook Pro launching this month to tackle the Huawei MateBook X Pro
The 14.1-inch LapBook Pro will have bezels just 5.8 mm thick, 64 GB of soldered eMMC 5.1 storage, and an empty M.2 slot for expansion. Chuwi has also managed to include the webcam along the top edge of the screen unlike on the Huawei.
Nvidia will livestream its briefing where - in all likelihood - mobile RTX will be unveiled
Catch the event as it happens on January 6 at 8 PM Pacific Time. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang will take the stage to kick start CES 2019 and possibly reveal a few surprises along the way.
Chuwi HiPad Tablet Review
The Chuwi HiPad retails for around $200 USD with compelling specifications such as its 1200p touchscreen, deca-core Helio X27 SoC, 3 GB RAM, and Android 8.0 software. Actual performance, however, is still reflective of the super-budget category.
New year, new gear: We are adding the Fluke K-type thermocouple to our list of benchmarks
The instrument will allow us to see how fast the surface of a laptop will heat up over time when subjected to high processing loads with a precision of one-tenth of a degree Celsius. The data would supplement our existing temperature map readings from the FLIR One IR camera.
Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus ZenBook UX333FA: Kaby Lake-R can still outperform Whiskey Lake-U
Turbo Boost becomes the deciding factor that gives the Dell laptop a slight edge in CPU performance even though the Asus uses a newer Intel processor. Even so, the ZenBook carries a few other advantages to make it worth considering especially in regards to price and storage.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA (i5-8265U) Laptop Review
The "ErgoLift" design is a visual delight as it allows for a strong lid with narrow bezels on all four sides of the screen. Nevertheless, some cut corners prevent the system from being a must-have against its competitors.
Razer Blade 15 vs. Alienware m15: Dell has the major performance advantage
The Core i7-8750H CPU in the Dell runs 25 percent faster than the same CPU in the Razer Blade 15. The thinner Razer system does not benefit from Intel Turbo Boost as much likely to keep surface temperatures and power consumption in check.
Eurocom is reminding everyone that its laptops are the most customizable and upgradeable in the market
The small MXM form factor is getting its time in the spotlight now that gaming laptops are expected to make the transition from Nvidia Pascal to Turing soon. Eurocom is taking a jab at the “planned obsolescence” of most laptops whereas the CPU and GPU in many Eurocom laptops are easily upgradeable by the end user.
The 2018 Razer Blade Stealth is an awesome Ultrabook, but double-check for these abnormalities
Loose USB Type-C charging cable, electronic noise, discharging battery when gaming, and abnormally slow processor performance round up the list of issues we encountered during our review on the latest Blade Stealth laptop.
Razer Blade Stealth (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
The new Blade Stealth proves that not all GeForce MX150 GPUs are created equal. It's the fastest 13.3-inch Ultrabook we've tested with graphics performance just shy of a GTX 960M all in a sleek package the size of a MacBook Pro 13.
Alienware m15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Alienware's first ultra-thin laptop maintains the spirit of the original Alienware 15 R4 while propelling the series forward into the super-light gaming category. Of course, some sacrifices had to be made when moving to a smaller design, but it's mostly a success especially in terms of Turbo Boost performance and chassis rigidity.
Coolicool Winter sale in effect until end the of Christmas Day
Get the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom for just $150 USD or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite for $260 USD by the end of the month. The Christmas sale includes some of the cheapest imported smartphones and tablets online. As usual, be sure to check compatible network bands before committing to a purchase as oversea returns would likely be slow.
Rare Ryzen and Polaris gaming laptop shows how far behind AMD is against Nvidia
Based on the very few Polaris-based gaming laptops we've tested, they're just not worth the errors, crashes, and glitches when gaming especially when an equivalent Intel/Nvidia gaming laptop is available for the same price.
Laptops to grow 3.7 percent in PC market share by 2022 according to IDC
Sales of laptops, traditional PCs, and mobile workstations are expected to remain relatively flat for the next few years. Even so, the fast decline of traditional slate tablets will allow laptops and PCs to regain lost market share. Detachable tablets will continue to grow and eat up sales of slate tablets.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 (i7-8565U) Convertible Review
The 14-inch Inspiron convertible starts pretty cheap at under $600 USD for both a 1080p touchscreen and a modern Whiskey Lake-U CPU. We go more in-depth on the system to find out what else it may be hiding when compared to the competition.
One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water
The future of Kaby Lake-G seems grim. Just as many have feared, the platform is looking more and more like a one-off design with no direct successor or long-lasting commitment from either Intel or AMD if the current product landscape is anything to go by.
Eurocom Tornado F7W (i9-9900K, Quadro P5200) Workstation Review
For about $5000+ USD, professional users can get what is essentially a high-end desktop wrapped in a 17.3-inch chassis. Performance is indubitably fast, but not as fast as it could have been in regards to the CPU.
Manufacturers are selling more gaming monitors than ever this year
Worldwide sales are expected to more than double YoY. Top manufacturers like Asus continue to push the boundaries of gaming monitors by offering 4K UHD 144 Hz HDR options to attract more gamers. Curved gaming monitors will also make up more than half of all gaming monitor sales by the end of this year.
New Razer Blade Stealth gets right what the Dell XPS 13 does wrong
The 4.9 mm bezels are 60 percent thinner than the last generation with a "retina-shattering" 13.3-inch 4K UHD display. Razer is promising 100 percent sRGB coverage, Whiskey Lake-U CPUs, and optional full-power GeForce MX150 graphics for a starting price of $1400 USD.
Razer has no plans for a 14-inch Blade successor for now
Razer’s first major laptop was the 14-inch Blade over five years ago in 2013. Ever since then, the Blade family has expanded to include 12.5-inch, 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch models. The central 14-inch series, however, will be on hiatus for the time being.
The 2019 LG Gram 14 may be an ultra-lightweight convertible laptop
LG's next Gram laptop could come in at under 1.18 kg to be lighter than the Lenovo Yoga C930 and even the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 while offering a bigger display than both. More official details will likely be unveiled at CES 2019 where the South Korean OEM will be on the show floor.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review
A Lenovo Legion laptop with no hint of red? The Y7000 is a more mature step forward that drops the gaudy glossy look of older Lenovo gaming laptops for a smoother and more uniform narrow-bezel design. The end result is a notebook without all the bright or eccentric colors often associated with powerful gaming machines.
Eurocom "Tune Up" program will make your laptop feel like new again regardless of brand
Launching for users in North America only for now, the Eurocom service promises to update your laptop software, BIOS, anti-virus, operating system, and more for a small fee. A "deep cleaning" of the fans, hinges, and motherboard is also an option even for difficult-to-service laptops.
HP launches ProBook 430 G6, 440 G6, and 450 G6 with Whiskey Lake-U options
The refreshed models have a brand new design inspired by the Spectre and Envy series. In other words, the new systems have 180-degree hinges and narrow bezels for a slimmer and sleeker look without sacrificing key ProBook features like BIOSphere Gen 4 and 4G LTE connectivity.
HP Cyber Monday sale now live with deals on the Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, EliteBook, Omen, and more
Get the Spectre x360 13t for just $850 USD while it lasts. The convertible has apparently become HP's "#1 selling Spectre" while the "top seller" is the last generation budget AMD-powered HP 15z for only $320 USD.
The HP Spectre Folio makes for a good alternative to the new Apple MacBook Air
It's a bit larger and heavier, but the HP convertible is the more versatile option especially in regard to its integrated 4G LTE Cat. 16 connectivity. The leather casing and brown colors fit perfectly in a coffee shop setting.
Coolicool Cyber Monday sale has some of the cheapest smartphones available
[Update: Cyber Monday deals now live.] If you're comfortable with spending $200 on a lesser-known smartphone instead of $500 or more on a name brand, then these Chinese smartphone deals may be of interest. The UMIDIGI UMI Z2 and Leagoo S9 can be had for just $210 and $160, respectively, for this weekend only.
Newegg Cyber Monday ad now live with 8 pages worth of deals
The GeForce RTX 2070 will be in stock for $499 with more savings on PC components, budget laptops, monitors, and televisions.
Our first Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U benchmarks are in and performance is almost indistinguishable from the Core i7-8550U
Whiskey Lake-U doesn't offer much in terms of performance enhancements over its immediate Kaby Lake-R predecessor based on our initial benchmarks with the Asus Zenbook UX433. It's largely forgettable if you already own a Kaby Lake-R laptop, but users with older systems will still see value if deciding to upgrade.
HP Spectre Folio 13 (i5-8500Y) Convertible Review
HP is putting a new spin on laptop convertibles inspired by antique cameras and wristwatches. The one-of-a-kind leather design is both premium and classic, but its size, weight, and features fall a bit short compared to the sleek and modern metal Ultrabook.
Asus announces its complete list of Black Friday deals including ZenFone, ZenBook, VivoBook, Zephyrus, and more
The manufacturer will be taking $50 to $300 off on a wide range of laptops and ZenFone smartphones throughout the rest of this month. Participating retailers like Newegg are even shaving off an additional $100 on certain deals.
Eurocom will let customers choose the discount they want for Black Friday
Configure the laptop exactly the way you want it, request a quote, and then name your discount. The promotion will be for this weekend only and it will apply to all Eurocom laptops including gaming, workstations, Enterprise-class laptops, and mobile servers.
MSI is taking $200 off on almost all of its gaming laptops this week
The GT83 Titan with GTX 1070 SLI or GTX 1080 SLI graphics will be a full $1000 off. Most purchases will come with free MSI-branded gifts such as carrying bags, mice, mouse pads, and more.
Lenovo gets serious about gaming, launches new Legion online store for PC games
Not satisfied with just offering hardware, Lenovo will now have a dedicated online storefront for PC games and closed betas. The store will be limited to gamers in the U.S. for now, but the manufacturer is promising exclusive deals and a tight screening process to weed out "half-finished, half-hearted" demos.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433F (i7-8565U) Laptop Review
The new ZenBook 14 has a mind-boggling 92 percent screen-to-body ratio to best even the XPS 13. How did Asus manage to achieve such narrow bezels on all four sides of the display while still offering 100 percent sRGB and Whiskey Lake-U?
Razer cutting $500 off its premier Blade Pro laptop series for this week only
The "early sale" is for Razer newsletter subscribers via special promo codes only. Nonetheless, it's a sneak peek at the kinds of deals Razer likely has in store for the rest of the year.
Lenovo Black Friday now live with deals on ThinkPads, Yogas, Legions, ThinkCentres, and more
The cycling deals will run throughout the week with savings between 10 percent and 35 percent across Lenovo's popular product lines. Newer models like the Legion Y530, however, have much smaller discounts compared to older models.
Lenovo Legion C530 Cube (i5-8300, GTX 1050 Ti) Mini PC Review
Lenovo is making it real easy for mainstream gamers who just want an affordable pick-up-and-play gaming PC without the hassle. Beginner builders will find a lot to like about the Legion C530 even if it's missing a few common features.
Connecting a USB cable to the Mate 20 Pro will reduce volume by about 1 dB(A)
Huawei's decision to output audio through the USB port means that sound quality will degrade when a USB cable is connected. We measure exactly how much worse and softer the audio becomes with a sound meter and microphone.
Sprint launches LTE-ready CTL NL7 Chromebook for $299
The small 11.6-inch Chromebook will have integrated LTE capabilities catered specifically for use on Sprint's 4G network. Instead of giving it away for free as an incentive for new customers, however, the carrier will charge upfront for the device on top of the $15 per month wireless plan required to use it.
Acer reveals Black Friday deals for its Predator, Helios, Swift, Spin, Aspire, and Nitro series
Acer's top-of-the-line Predator 700 laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q Graphics will be $700 off next week along with at least a dozen other models. The promotion will apply to major retailers including Newegg, Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Fry's, and more.
Honor View10 smartphone will be just $350 USD for four days only
The relatively steep 30 percent price cut comes 9 months after the initial launch of the smartphone. Honor says the deal will only apply to North American users for now with no plans to extend the promotion overseas.
LG likely preparing a 17-inch Gram laptop for 2019
The LG 17Z990, 17ZD990, 17ZB990, 17ZG990, and 17Z99 are all probably pointing to a new series of 17-inch devices as part of its existing family of Gram laptops. With CES less than two months away, there's a good chance that LG will have something up its sleeve to announce.
We compare the Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?
The Core i9-8950HK is faster than the Core i7-8750H configuration, but how much faster is it when compared to the Core i5-8300H? Our direct benchmark comparisons show the Core i7 configuration performing closer than we initially anticipated to the pricier Core i9 option.
Huawei MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5, Mate SE, and Watch 2 will all get price cuts for Cyber Monday
The highest configuration of the MateBook X Pro with Core i7 and GeForce MX150 graphics will be 10 percent off while the mainstream MediaPad M5 tablets and Mate SE smartphone will be about 15 to 20 percent off each. Those hoping for a Mate 20 Pro deal will be out of luck this year.
Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7BEH (i7-8559U) Mini PC Review
Intel has refreshed its lineup of NUC mini PCs under the brand new Bean Canyon platform that integrates Iris Plus graphics and a Coffee Lake-U CPU. Results are as expected with CPU performance most similar to the i7-8550U but with greatly improved GPU performance over the UHD Graphics 620.
Nvidia Quadro RTX series is coming first to Lenovo ThinkStation desktops
The existing high-performance ThinkStation P series is not expected to have any major redesigns as the announcement relates only to the inclusion of Nvidia RTX. Applications ranging from university research to major game developers like Epic are just a few example clients who rely on ThinkStation products.
HP announces ProBook x360 11 G3, x360 11 G4, and Stream 11 Pro G5 for educational use
HP is ending the year with some 11.6-inch netbooks designed around classroom use. The ProBook benefits from many of the same security features found on EliteBooks like HP BIOSphere Gen4 while having pre-loaded software support for e-readers and classroom projects.
Walmart Overpowered 15 gaming laptop now shipping, but we already reviewed it months ago
Unbeknown to most users, other resellers have been offering the same Walmart design for months. Walmart, however, has the clear advantage in price and volume and is able to offer the same exact chassis and specifications for hundreds of dollars less.
The Intel Core i9-8950HK runs fastest on this laptop
Looking for a laptop with the Core i9-8950HK CPU? Then either Aorus or MSI would be your best bet if you want to get the most that the pricey Intel CPU can offer. We compare 9 different laptops equipped with the same Core i9 CPU to see which comes out on top or bottom.
Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review
After checking out the Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs, we're now finally ready to benchmark the Core i9 version of the XPS 15 9570. In short, users are better off investing in more storage, RAM, or faster graphics than to plop down an additional $250+ for the Core i9-8950HK.
As promised, Razer is now shipping the Blade 15 in Mercury White
Get the Blade 15 in light gray for the same price as the standard black at $2200 USD. Razer has been pushing its line of Blade laptops harder than ever these past two years with the refreshed Blade Pro and introduction of the Blade 15.
There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market
Nvidia's entire mobile Pascal GeForce lineup has been Max-Q-ified conveniently before CES 2019. With seemingly no other major Pascal or Max-Q products to release for laptops, the time looks ripe for an official announcement about mobile Turing in the coming months.
Asus partners with AU Optronics to ship world's first narrow bezel 17-inch gaming laptops
Asus and AUO are leading the charge when it comes to narrow bezel 17.3-inch laptops. With the ROG GL704 and TUF FX705 now shipping, we can expect competing OEMs to expand their respective lineup of 17-inch laptops by next year at the earliest.
Dell Latitude 7390 and 7490 are getting new aluminum chassis options
Not a fan of carbon fiber? Dell will begin offering brushed aluminum options for its top Latitude laptops later this month. The unexpected cosmetic feature is a tease for more Latitude announcements to come in January.
Asus now shipping ZenBook UX333/433/533 series with narrow bezels on all four sides
The new design language allows for a screen-to-body ratio as high as 95 percent without sacrificing the original positioning of the webcam. The new series will carry Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U or i7-8565U options with a starting price of $850 USD for the 13.3-inch model.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review
The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Core i7 SKU is a perfect example of why a pricier configuration may not always be the fastest when compared to a less expensive SKU. The Core i7 CPU on our HP is measurably slower than the same model with the more affordable Core i5.
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review
The GL704GM carries the same CPU and GPU as the last generation GL703GM. So, what makes this new iteration so special? For one, it carries the narrowest bezels for a 17-inch gaming laptop at just over 7 mm on all three sides. The design will become a standard that future laptops will want to beat.
The Core i9-9900K is about 10 to 15 percent slower on laptops
Hotter temperatures and slower clock rates are expected, but how much of a performance dip can we really expect? Early benchmark tests show the i9-9900K trailing by about 10 percent or more when on a laptop compared to a full-size desktop PC.
Dell accidentally lists laptop over an inch smaller, promises to fix the error soon
The Precision 7530 is a powerful and hefty workstation, but it's definitely not smaller than the XPS 15. Dell has confirmed a minor measurement error on its product page and will update the dimension from 337.6 mm to a more accurate 375.92 mm.
Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review
Dell crams in one of the fastest mobile Intel CPUs into a thinner chassis than the last generation Precision 7510. Can owners really get the full performance out of the processor? Or is it throttle city?
2018 Surface Pro 6 series still suffers from steep CPU throttling
There's no doubt that this year's Surface Pro models are significantly faster than the last generation since Kaby Lake-R doubles the number of cores from Kaby Lake. The bigger question, however, is how much or little the models will throttle when under load. Performance throttling was abysmal on the 2017 series and it's just slightly improved for this latest iteration.
Walmart is launching its own line of aggressively-priced Overpowered gaming laptops
The world's biggest name in retail wants a piece of the gaming pie. The 15-inch OP Laptop 15 will carry narrow bezels, an i7-8750U CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 144 Hz 1080p display, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB RAM for $1400 USD when it launches on November 13. The series consists of Walmart-branded Tongfang barebone laptops.
Topjoy Falcon reaches over $170K in Kickstarter funding
The 8-inch convertible is off to a good start as far as user interest is concerned. Nearly 400 backers have already pledged an average of $450 USD each for the device. We obtained an early sample of the unit and can vouch for its robust chassis quality and stable CPU performance with minimal throttling.
Asus announces narrow-bezel TUF FX505/FX705 as cheaper alternatives to the ROG GL504/GL704
Narrow bezel gaming laptops are finally starting to drop in price. The new Asus TUF FX505 is smaller than the outgoing thick-bezel FX504 but otherwise very similar in weight and thickness. The system is now shipping with GTX 1050 Ti graphics and a 1 TB primary HDD for $1100 USD.
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less
Razer has managed to make its higher-end configurations look way overpriced by upping their baseline specifications. Users can get the entry-level Base Model Blade 15 and still have the same Core i7-8750H CPU and GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU as the higher-end model plus a few extras to boot.
Coolicool running a Halloween sale on smartphones until November 1
Get a 5.5-inch LeEco LeTV smartphone for $95 USD or the Elephone Soldier for $190 USD. The Chinese retailer is a popular exporter of budget-mainstream smartphones, tablets, and laptops including the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and new Oppo R9.
MediaTek study finds long battery life to be the most important feature for smartphones
Memory, carrier, camera features, and processing power all rank highly when considering a new smartphone. Interestingly, carrier options are a priority for ages 35 to 55 while ages 18 to 24 turn towards camera features and picture quality.
Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Perhaps surprisingly, the new Blade 15 Base Model does a few things better than the original Advanced Model while retailing for hundreds of dollars less. Find out here how Razer managed to switch things up in all the right places to create the most affordable 15-inch Blade laptop yet.
HP has no plans for an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 successor for now
HP's best 12.5-inch convertible will be taking a hiatus in order to focus on the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 series. All of its features will be integrated into the EliteBook x360 1030 including Sure View and its super-bright backlight for outdoor viewing. HP says its 13.3-inch offering is small enough to fully replace the 12.5-inch model for the time being.
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review
We check out the pricier Core i7 SKU to see how it holds when up against the less expensive Core i5 SKU. Is it worth investing in the faster option? And how much better is the faster option exactly?
MediaTek Helio P70 sticking to 12 nm FinFET, ready to launch next month
The first smartphones to use the Helio P70 are set to debut in November. MediaTek is promising numerous improvements over the P60 especially in regards to AI and deep-learning facial detection (DL-FD) for better camera performance.
MSI GF63 8RC (i5-8300H, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
The GF63 is nearly the same size and weight as the GS65 but for hundreds of dollars less. MSI has created an excellent budget gaming system that's also light enough for schoolwork and travel.
HP Spectre 13 x360 refresh adds Whiskey Lake CPUs and a new design twist
The new model will be 0.9 mm thicker than the previous generation with the promise of improved cooling, longer battery life, and reduced throttling for a 13 percent increase in 3DMark 11 performance. A new design inspired by professionally cut gems puts the charging port at a unique 45-degree angle on the rear corner of the chassis.
Latest HP Spectre 15 x360 redesign drops Kaby Lake-G in favor of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
Talk about a short life cycle. While Kaby Lake-G is nowhere to be found, the chassis has been updated with even narrower bezels (5.55 mm vs. 6.3 mm) and a visually unique 45-degree USB Type-C port. A new configuration with an Intel Coffee Lake-H CPU and GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics will supplant the experimental Core i7-8705G CPU and Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU configuration released earlier this year.
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 gets the x360 treatment
HP says it will be the smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible with a quad-core processor and also the world's first with gigabit 4G LTE for its class. The convertible is set to directly supplant the Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 with many new features inspired by the successful 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 G1.
Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors
The new 14-inch systems are notable for their updated CPUs and lighter designs that won't impact MIL-STD-810G performance. Expect to drop at least $1400 USD for the entry-level 5420 or upwards of $3500 USD for the flagship 7424.
Huawei and Oppo devices caught cheating in benchmarks, 3DMark promptly delists them
In-house tests by 3DMark show Oppo falsifying performance scores for its latest Find X flagship smartphone and more. The news further damages the reputations of Chinese smartphone OEMs at a time when the U.S. government is already suspicious of telecommunication devices from China.
43 percent of Millennials check their smartphone once every 20 minutes
Most smartphone users know of his or her bad smartphone habits, but they just don't seem to care. More than half admit to texting while driving with many even pulling out the smartphone during job interviews.
Asus ROG smartphone now available for pre-order at $900 USD
A special launch event is taking place today at the 5th avenue Microsoft Store with games and guest appearances from the eSports scene. Attendees will get the chance to play with the smartphone and even pre-order one in person.
Rare Intel Core i7-8706G Kaby Lake-G processor is almost as fast as the Core i5-8300H
CineBench benchmarks show the quad-core Core i7-8706G to be just 9 percent behind the Core i5-8300H in the latest XPS 15 9570. This processor is currently not available on any mass market consumer laptop and can only be found on the Precision 5530 2-in-1 workstation for now.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are now shipping
Get ready to pony up at least $900 or $1000 USD for the latest Surface portables. Both the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 are launching in four different colors with many of them being exclusive to higher-end configurations. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro Type Cover must still be purchased separately at $130 USD a piece.
The Mate 20 Pro is Huawei's answer to the iPhone XS Max
The Mate 20 Pro will compete directly with the iPhone XS Max and it's checking all the right boxes thus far. We run through all the major changes from the last generation model to see how it stacks up against Apple's flagship alternative. Can Huawei's latest stand toe-to-toe with the best from Apple and Samsung this Holiday season?
Watch Huawei unveil the Mate 20 Pro via livestream here
Catch the reveal of the Mate 20 Pro and more as they happen. The OEM is expected to announce firm retail prices and availability of the long-rumored flagship alongside other potential products and technology including the 7 nm Kirin 980 SoC.
Lenovo Yoga C930 already shipping in Germany ahead of schedule, review to come soon
Lenovo is late to its own party as even retailers have the flagship Yoga C930 in stock before the official OEM launch. We can confirm that some retailers have been shipping the latest Lenovo convertible to consumers earlier than expected.
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 (i7-8706G, Radeon WX Vega M GL, 4K UHD) Workstation Review
As if Kaby Lake-G wasn't niche enough already, Dell has gone the extra mile by offering a workstation convertible equipped with the rare Intel-AMD CPU. The end result is one of the most powerful 15-inch convertible workstations available even if it sacrifices some common connectivity features along the way.
Turtle Beach launches Atlas series of wired gaming headsets
Each headset has been designed to better fit users with glasses by easing the pressure around the temple. The higher-end Elite Atlas model includes a host of additional features that both mainstream and hardcore gamers can appreciate.
Razer CEO is proud of his thicc bezels
The Razer Phone 2 has "big ass side bezels" and Razer isn't afraid to show it. The company claims that its thick bezels will allow for a more comfortable grip when gaming with room for improved sound quality. The smartphone is now available for $799 in North America with an expected ship date in the next few weeks.
Razer Blade 15 is getting a new coat of white paint later this year
The new color choice will carry no price premium over the standard black color for full price parity with existing configurations. All SKUs of the single storage Blade 15 will have a Mercury White option including the base configuration for $2200. Users in Europe, however, will be missing out as this will be exclusive to North America and China for now.
New Razer Blade 15 launching this week with bigger fans and a cheaper price
The new Blade 15 addresses the most pressing concerns that original Blade 15 fans have been clamoring about for months. Namely, the new model integrates secondary HDD storage, RJ-45, a lower starting price, and potentially quieter fans all without significantly changing the sleek design of the original.
Coolicool celebrating 11th anniversary with smartphone and tablet sales
Settling for lesser-known brands like UMIDIGI, LeEco, Ulefone, or Voyo is a guaranteed method to save on hundreds of dollars. The store-wide sale also includes Huawei and Lenovo tablets for those who still prefer brand new devices for peace of mind.
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Lenovo wants to reshape its Legion series to appeal to a broader audience outside of just hardcore gamers. The Legion Y730 represents the first step in this new direction and it is subsequently the most balanced laptop in the family to date.
Western Digital now sampling world's first 96-layer 3D NAND UFS 2.1 for next generation of smartphones
The embedded flash drive is no different in volume than existing 64-layer solutions for compatibility with a wide range of other consumer devices. Storage capacities begin at 32 GB and top out at 256 GB for high-end smartphone SKUs.
MSI Trident X coming in November with Core i9-9900K and GeForce RTX graphics for $2300 USD
First teased at Computex 2018 but without a firm price or launch window, the mid-sized Trident X desktop is now ready to ship just in time for the all-important Holiday shopping season. MSI is going all out in terms of CPU and GPU horsepower for a generational leap in performance over the last generation Trident 3.
Narrow bezels are coming to the HP Chromebook x360 14 convertible this month
HP will be integrating some features mainstream consumers have been enjoying these past few years onto its upcoming Chromebook. Namely, the new Chromebook x360 14 will be getting USB Type-C charging and narrow 7.5 mm bezels for improved convenience and portability. Expect a launch in just a couple of weeks for a starting price of $599 USD.
Smartphone manufacturers need to stop marketing inaccurate product renders
Narrow bezels are all the rage these days—so much so that some OEMs have been overtly exaggerating their claims through marketing material. We want users to be aware of deceiving product shots that are seemingly becoming more commonplace amongst smartphone OEMs.
Getac S410 (i5-8550U) Rugged Laptop Review
The CPU power of a traditional Ultrabook with the bells and whistles of a rugged laptop. Unless if you plan on mainly using the Getac at night, then we recommend opting for the higher-end SKU with the brighter backlight.
Razer CEO will livestream a mysterious "new flagship lineup" on October 10
Could a Razer desktop be in the works? The Singaporean-American OEM is set to announce a line of brand new products in San Jose next week. Hopefully, more concrete details about the Razer Phone 2 and its unique docking station will be on show.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 (i5-7300U) Rugged Laptop Review
Strong in every aspect except one. The Toughbook CF-54 is one of the thinner and more portable rugged laptops in its size category to make it an excellent option for fieldwork. Unfortunately, a huge thorn prevents it from being the ideal companion for outdoor use.
MSI wants you to Photoshop its mascot for a chance to win prizes
Do your best to show off how Lucky the dragon can look when fused with the Venom Symbiote and you could win a new MSI Trident 3 mini PC or 27-inch curved gaming monitor. The contest celebrates the release of the movie Venom starring Tom Hardy in the titular role.
Better late than never — Alienware m15 launching this month with narrow bezels and GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics
Dell has taken a page from its lauded XPS 15 series to create one of the strongest 15.6-inch narrow-bezel gaming laptops we've seen so far. The brand new design is 38 percent lighter, 17 percent thinner, and 30 percent smaller than the Alienware 15 R4. The system is even 20 percent lighter and 14 percent thinner than the current Alienware 13.
Wi-Fi Alliance thinks "802.11ac" is too confusing for the public, will now rebrand it as "Wi-Fi 5"
802.11n, 802.11ac, and 80211ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, and Wi-Fi 6, respectively. Wireless products launching in 2019 or later will use the new naming convention in their specifications list to better help customers compare and contrast wireless features.
Honor 8X smartphone now official for U.S. market
The Honor 7X is barely one year old and the manufacturer is already preparing to launch its direct successor. If the specifications are anything to go by, then the 6.5-inch Honor 8X is looking to be a huge upgrade. We're hopeful that the company can keep the price just as low as before.
Only 77 percent of adults in the U.S. own a desktop or laptop according to survey
Fewer people own traditional desktops and laptops this year compared to last year. The drop in users can be attributed to the rise of the concept of "Internet of Things" and the ever-increasing processing power of smartphones outright replacing PCs.
HP announces Spectre Folio 2-in-1 just a day ahead of Microsoft's Surface event
Dual-core Amber Lake-Y CPUs will debut on the Spectre Folio convertible when it launches later this month for $1400 USD. Perhaps not by coincidence, the conference was streamed live this morning in the very same city that Microsoft will be holding its Surface press event scheduled for October 2nd.
Yes, we'll be reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme with Core i5-8400H and FHD display this month
The mixed battery life results and glossy 4K UHD touchscreen on the high-end ThinkPad X1 Extreme have us curious about how the less expensive FHD configuration can perform. Will the FHD SKU be any dimmer or grainier than its pricier option? Will it exhibit less ghosting with faster response times? We'll be reviewing the FHD ThinkPad X1 Extreme - as well as its ThinkPad P1 workstation counterpart - throughout the month of October.
The weekly roundup - new Microsoft Surface devices, iPhone XS Max manufacturing costs, and 32 GB DDR4 RAM
This past week saw a plethora of smartphone rumors overshadowed by the launch of the iPhone XS and XS Max. Laptops with 32 GB DDR4 RAM modules are now a thing and Microsoft will almost surely announce new Windows features and Surface products in the days to follow.
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA (i5-8250U) Convertible Review
The latest VivoBook convertible gets more right than wrong. Though not a huge upgrade over last year's model in terms of features and internal specifications, its chassis is now sleeker and more visually appealing for its sub $800 price range.
MediaTek doubling down on voice activation technology, is considering voice activated cars
Instead of battling it out at the very high-end smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple processors, MediaTek is taking a tangent into the world of voice activation. The move has paid off as the majority of voice activated products are powered by MediaTek SoCs with even more to come in the near future on everything from microwaves to cars.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM (Celeron N4100) Laptop Review
The IdeaPad 330 is one of the most affordable 15-inch laptops out there with a starting price of just $300 USD. Our test unit today is an entry-level configuration equipped with a passively cooled Gemini Lake CPU fit for smooth 4K streaming and playback. Everything else about the notebook, however, is as barebones as it can get.
Eurocom now shipping laptops with 32 GB DDR4 SODIMM modules for nearly $500 extra
Do you want to own one of the first consumer laptops with 32 GB of DDR4 SODIMM RAM? Then be prepared to give up an arm and a leg. Eurocom has just updated its lineup of laptops to include the new 1.2 V 32 GB SODIMM modules from Samsung and they are definitely not coming cheap.
Nvidia confirms launch of GeForce RTX 2070 on October 17 for $499
The RTX 2070 Founders Edition will run for $600 or about $100 less than the current price of a new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Variants from other OEMs like Asus are expected to come in the same week that will hopefully alleviate stock concerns. Pre-orders for the RTX 2070 are not yet open as of this writing.
AMD could control 30 percent of CPU market by end of 2018
Some missteps from Intel are projected to cost the company a big chunk of the CPU market. AMD's steady home runs with its Zen architecture, smooth fabrication advancements, and rising shares have been creeping up on Intel.
Chuwi GBox CWI560 (Celeron N4100) Mini PC Review
A no-hassle Windows 10 mini PC ready to stream out-of-the-box for $200 USD. The Chuwi GBox is equipped with all the basics and more to fit in any home theater setup on a budget.
Dual-screen Asus Zenbook Pro 15 is the Apple Touch Bar alternative for $1700
The one-of-a-kind Zenbook Pro 15 integrates a secondary 1080p display right underneath the touchpad called a ScreenPad. For users who wish they could have two screens on a laptop, this is probably the closest you can get. The Core i7 will run you $1700 while the Core i9 version will cost $2300.
The weekly roundup - GeForce RTX prices going up and more Pixel 3 rumors
Aside from a couple of Samsung smartphones catching fire, the week has been slow in terms of rumors and releases. Just a couple of noteworthy new laptops are launching while everyone else is left wondering what new smartphones Google and Huawei may be brewing up for Christmas
Asus will have three trims of the GeForce RTX 2070 coming next month
The Turbo RTX 2070, Dual RTX 2070, and Strix RTX 2070 will all boast IP5X dust resistance while the higher-end model will support the new VirtualLink standard for simplifying VR setups and have a host of auxiliary features. Asus is promising a completely silent GPU should the core temperature be below 55 C. No prices have been announced.
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano (i7-8550U) Mini PC Review
A fanless mini PC with the power of a modern Ultrabook. The ZBox CI660 proves you can passively cool a 15 W Core i7-8550U CPU without resorting to severe throttling.
Buy a Razer Blade laptop and get Shadow of the Tomb Raider free
For this week only, Razer will be throwing in one free PC game of your choice from a select few. The promotion applies to all new purchases of three specific Blade models including the Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17. The timing of the deal coincides with the recent availability of GeForce RTX graphics cards for desktops.
Chuwi HiPad tablet now shipping with a deca-core Helio X27 processor
For just under $200 USD, the 10.1-inch Android tablet promises 3 GB of RAM, 4G LTE, expandable storage, dual-SIM slots, a metal body, and a 10-core processor. It's certainly one of the more ambitious tablets from a Chinese manufacturer.
3DMark is readying new benchmark built for GeForce RTX ray tracing
GeForce RTX owners will soon have an objective 3DMark benchmark made specifically for testing their ray tracing capabilities. On the other end of the spectrum, a second entry-level benchmark will be coming next month for testing low-power DirectX 12 devices.
Dell Latitude 15 3590 (i7-8550U, Radeon 530) Laptop Review
Poor display, inefficient GPU. It's the least expensive 15-inch Latitude available and so cut corners are not unexpected. The number of drawbacks, however, may be a bit too much to bear. Find out what you'd be sacrificing when purchasing the Latitude 3590 instead of the pricier Latitude 5590.
The very ugly Samsung Odyssey Z is now shipping for $1800 to compete against the Razer Blade 15
Samsung is banking on its striking chassis design to draw in gamers looking for an ultra-thin notebook akin to the MSI GS65, Asus Zephyrus GX501, or Razer Blade 15. The Odyssey Z was available first in Asia before finally making its way to North America for quite the hefty asking price.
Asus launches refreshed VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a new chassis
The new aluminum design trims off almost 2 mm from the bezels compared to the last generation model without impacting battery life or connectivity features. The affordable convertible is now shipping on Amazon and other online retailers for $750 USD.
Asus ZenBook S gets new Burgundy Red color option
The ultrathin ZenBook S UX391 is already available in its new coat of paint for $1200 USD. Otherwise, there are no other internal changes or any additional colors planned at the moment.
The weekly roundup - top news from September 9 through September 15
To the surprise of no one, Apple's new smartphones sparked loud online discussions and arguments ranging from the absurd prices of the new models to the seemingly minimal upgrades from the original iPhone X. Outside of Apple, Razer is preparing its own smartphone refresh whil GeForce RTX rumors continue to churn.
Yes, we're reviewing the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Core i7-8750H and 4K UHD right now
Readers have been demanding a review of the Core i7 SKU of the latest XPS 15 9570. Expect our full take on the system and how it compares to the Core i5 SKU next week! Meanwhile, our page on the Core i9 SKU should be coming in the month ahead.
Asus ROG, Nvidia, and Corsair will be giving away tickets for BlizzCon 2018
Follow these gaming companies on Twitter and Instagram to see how to win multiple tickets to BlizzCon 2018. Asus wants the most hardcore of Blizzard fans while Corsair and Nvidia will give more contest details in the weeks to come.
Zotac opens new offices in Japan, promises wider availability in Asian markets
Based in Hong Kong, Zotac also has offices in Korea, Germany, and the United States for its international products. Japan will now be added to the list in an attempt to expand to even more territories.
Your next smartphone will likely be from the same manufacturer again according to study
An analytics group recently polled 2200 adults early last month to study brand loyalty and how factors like income, age, or region may impact user decisions. Apparently, more than two-thirds of adults say they would stick to the same smartphone manufacturer for their next upgrade.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U) Laptop Review
Heavy throttler. The affordable Ryzen-powered laptop starts at just $330 USD with options up to the Ryzen 7 2700U and FHD display. Unfortunately, CPU throttling means owners won't benefit from the full performance of the hardware.
Gadget Labs Falcon is an 8-inch convertible laptop with a modern Pentium Silver CPU
The OEM is looking to secure funding via Kickstarter to launch one of the smallest Windows laptops around. The Falcon promises USB Type-C, a 1080p IPS touchscreen, and a water-resistant keyboard for what we hope will be an affordable price.
NVIDIA Shield TV update brings 120 Hz, voice chat, and more
It's common for Android TV consoles to receive just a few OTA updates before being forgotten. The Shield TV, however, is now up to its 20th update with no signs of slowing down. Nvidia has added 120 Hz output, voice chat, and more UI tweaks to its aging Android TV product to make it an even better streaming box.
The weekly roundup - top news from September 2 through September 8
Samsung is promising a foldable smartphone soon, GeForce RTX 2080 for laptops could debut as a Max-Q variant, and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are seemingly inevitable at this point. News has slowed back down to normal following an intense week of IFA announcements.
MSI PS42 8RB Prestige (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
A good first try. MSI wants to expand its lineup to include more business laptops and the PS42 represents the manufacturer's first attempt at a narrow-bezel 14-inch offering for business users. The result is a unique system that is on par with the XPS 13 in a few ways but with a longer list of flaws.
New Microsoft Surface models expected at October press event
Microsoft could be demoing its new "Modern Life Services" next month during a live event in New York City. There is a good chance of new Surface announcements to take advantage of the Holiday shopping season. A full Surface tablet redesign with USB Type-C, however, is unlikely to make an appearance.
Razer cuts $300 off the Razer Phone as Razer Phone 2 rumors loom large
The promotion puts the Razer Phone at just $400 USD for a limited time. When considering its fast Snapdragon 835 SoC, large 5.7-inch 1440p display, and the buttery-smooth 120 Hz refresh rate, the new price point is not that bad of a deal for what are essentially flagship specifications.
AMD recommends uProf tool instead of HWInfo or AIDA64
According to AMD, third-party analytical tools may not be giving correct information on Raven Ridge SoCs like the Ryzen 5 2500U or Ryzen 7 2700U. It's unknown if popular tools like HWInfo or AIDA64 would ever be updated to fully support Raven Ridge SoCs. For now, AMD μProf is the only reliable method.
Dell "would love" to make more OLED laptops, but supply is limited
OLED offers an unbeatable experience when it comes to response times, viewing angles, and contrast ratio. After making a very brief appearance on the Alienware 13 R3 and Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga last year, the technology has been lying dormant ever since to make room for narrower bezels and more incremental improvements to IPS panels.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite launching on September 7 with pre-orders already open
Huawei officially unveiled the Mate 20 Lite at this year's IFA and, perhaps to nobody's surprise, the smartphone will be launching later this month for a price of 400 Euros. See here for all of our on-site images of the glossy smartphone and the final core specifications of the device.
Lenovo Flex 5 15 (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Convertible Review
Not that flexible. Lenovo's Flex 5 is an affordable 2-in-1 that looks and feels great for the price with plenty of integrated ports. Unfortunately, the dim display and poor Turbo Boost performance leave a lot to be desired.
Honor cuts prices on View10 and Honor 7X smartphones for Labor Day weekend
The OEM wants to clear stock of two of its more popular smartphones to make room for upcoming releases before the start of the Holiday season. While the $180 Honor 7X isn't much of a deal, the $430 View10 makes for a nice pick given its high-end specs.
The weekly roundup - here is everything we know announced at IFA 2018
The tech world has been on fire these past few weeks with not one, but two major press events. After Nvidia unveiled its GeForce RTX GPUs at Gamescom, more OEMs unveiled brand new refreshed products at IFA in Berlin equipped with next generation Intel Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processors.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 now available for almost $1000 cheaper than the GX501
The 15-inch Zephyrus S GX531 will launch in late September with the 17-inch ROG GL704 Scar II to follow a few days later. The new Zephyrus will be thinner and leaner than the GX501 at just $1900 compared to almost $3000 when the GX501 launched last year.
The Asus ROG GL504GM Hero II runs cooler, quieter, and longer than the GL504GS Scar II
There are good reasons to settle for a less expensive configuration other than cost. Systems with less powerful components have less heat to dissipate and are therefore more likely to run cooler and quieter than their more powerful alternatives. The ROG GL504 series is the latest example of two visually identical SKUs with very different performance profiles.
Asus ROG Strix GL504GM Hero II (i7-8750H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
A hero for the masses. Excellent performance sustainability and a beautiful 144 Hz IPS display make the GL504 one of the more impressive 15-inch gaming notebooks in the market. A couple of missing features prevent the system from being a "must have" for the mainstream gamer.
MSI P65 Creator is the business-oriented version of the GS65 we've been waiting for
Ever wonder what the GS65 could look like in white? The gaming laptop will be getting a new coat of paint with tons of free editing software to attract business users and editors alike. The rest of the chassis is the familiar MSI gaming laptop we've come to know.
Intel Core i5-8265U and i7-8565U Whiskey Lake will debut on the upcoming Lenovo Yoga S730
The quad-core Whiskey Lake i5-8265U and i7-8565U CPUs are both coming just in time for the Holiday season. The slim Lenovo Yoga S730 will be one of the first to carry the processors when it launches this November for $1000 USD.
The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook is a 15-inch Chromebook with a 4K UHD touchscreen
Lenovo is carving itself a niche in the Chromebooks space by offering a large convertible in contrast to the sea of smaller and cheaper alternatives. The extra girth has allowed for higher-end specifications and a potentially smoother experience when multitasking and running Android applications on Chrome OS. Still no built-in stylus, unfortunately.
Lenovo Yoga Book C930 uses a 1080p E-ink touchscreen for a keyboard because why not
Why use a boring ol' physical keyboard when you can use a 1080p E-ink touchscreen instead? The second generation Yoga Book is as unique as a netbook can get with its combination of a primary 10.8-inch 1600p IPS display and a secondary 10.8-inch 1080p E-ink display for a launch price of $999 USD.
Lenovo is flipping its naming conventions upside-down, "Yoga" will no longer imply a 2-in-1 laptop
It's not easy categorizing a growing lineup of products for consumers to understand when new models are constantly being introduced. Lenovo will be changing its Yoga branding to something more self-explanatory for shoppers and the general consumer starting with the new IFA 2018 lineup.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme launching with rare GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics
The new 15-inch model will be significantly more powerful than its smaller 14-inch sibling, but it will also be dropping specific features including WQHD HDR and the proprietary Side-Dock. A NumPad will be omitted despite the size increase. Expect the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and its ThinkPad P1 workstation equivalent to retail for close to $2000.
Watchband no more — Lenovo Yoga C930 convertible is ditching the iconic hinge for more powerful speakers
The intricate and unique watchband hinge of previous Yoga 900 models will be dropped in favor of more powerful Dolby Atmos speakers starting with the Yoga C930. Much of the core hardware and processor features remain identical to the outgoing Yoga 920.
Lenovo C330 and S330 Chromebooks coming for $250 USD
The MediaTek-powered Chromebooks were "built for Android Play Store Apps" with USB Type-C video-out and charging for added versatility. Lenovo will soon have Chromebooks from as small as 11.6-inch in screen size to as large as 15.6-inch.
Toshiba Portege X30T detachable coming with Kaby Lake-R and an integrated VGA port
The Toshiba Portege family has always been special with its matte touchscreens, integrated VGA ports, and unique magnesium alloy designs that look very different from the more popular Lenovo ThinkPad and Dell Latitude competitors. The latest 13.3-inch model will give a Surface-like experience while offering many more connectivity options than the Microsoft solution.
Alldocube X tablet will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
[Updated with AnTuTu and Geekbench results]. The tablet is on track to launch next month for only $270 USD. If its upcoming Indiegogo campaign proves successful, then the Alldocube X could be an affordable alternative to the pricier solutions from Apple and Samsung.
The Dell Vostro 5000 series will be getting the narrow bezel treatment this November
The aging 15-inch Vostro 15 5000 series gets a much-needed injection of stronger hardware, more versatile ports, and a more modern narrow bezel chassis design. Most notably, both the 14-inch and 15-inch models will drop the GeForce 940MX and Radeon 530 GPUs in favor of the GeForce MX130. Expect a launch price of $580 USD before the end of the year.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 is coming back with Intel Amber Lake SoCs for $1000 USD
The XPS 13 convertible is returning next month with refreshed Intel 8th gen Y-series CPUs. Dell will be sticking with the same design, but they have suggested that the series has been successful enough that a full refresh will almost surely happen sometime down the road.
Dell XPS 13 9370 is getting a new Kaby Lake-R Core i3 option
The XPS 13 9370 will no longer be limited to just Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Dell will be throwing in the new Core i3-8130U to bump the entry-level price down by $100 to just $900 USD. For more demanding power users, however, the Core i7 SKU with Iris Pro Graphics remains elusive.
Dell is refreshing its entire Inspiron 7000 family with new designs and Intel Whiskey Lake
The 13-inch Inspiron 13 7386, 15-inch Inspiron 15 7586, and Inspiron 17 7786 convertible notebooks will all carry similar CPU Core i5-8265U and i7-8565U options when they launch in early October. Their announcements supplement the reveal of Intel Whiskey Lake at this year's IFA.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 and Inspiron Chromebook 14 coming this October for $600 USD
The systems will carry new ULV Whiskey Lake and Kaby Lake options including the Core i3-8145U, i5-8265U, i7-8565U, and i3-8130U. The Windows version will have discrete GeForce MX130 options while the Chromebook version will integrate a passive stylus.
Dell XPS 15 9575 vs. HP Spectre x360 15 2018: Kaby Lake-G Showdown
One Kaby Lake-G Winner. We benchmark and compare the only two laptops in existence currently shipping with Kaby Lake-G processors. We were expecting overall results to be quite similar between them, but they couldn't have been any more different to our genuine surprise.
Take caution: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 display flickers by design and could cause eyestrain
If your eyes are sensitive to flickering displays, then it may be best to avoid Samsung's latest flagship. The Galaxy Note 9 display flickers at a frequency of 227 Hz that could potentially cause headaches and tiredness. The practice, known as pulse-width modulation, is rarely seen on smartphones.
The weekly roundup - top news from August 19 through August 25
Nvidia is betting big on ray tracing technology while charging users an arm and a leg for the latest GeForce RTX GPUs. A few new quiet laptop releases round up a week that was dominated by Nvidia announcements and previews.
Affordable Lenovo Tab M10 and P10 4G LTE Android tablets coming this Winter
These family-friendly tablets include a "Kid's Bumper" to protect the edges from drops and nicks. Both models share the same Snapdragon 450 SoC and design language but with notable differences in battery capacity, screen brightness, and speaker quality.
MSI PS42 now shipping for $900 USD to compete directly with the Dell XPS 13
The PS42 is notable for carrying the faster '1D10' GeForce MX150 GPU instead of the slower '1D12' variant found on many sub 15-inch Ultrabooks. MSI has priced its 14-inch system to compete with popular 13-inch Ultrabooks like the XPS 13, Spectre 13, or Yoga 920.
Eurocom updates Sky series with Core i9-9900K and i7-9700K with support for next-generation Nvidia mobile GPUs
Will the GTX name live on for gaming laptops after Pascal? Eurocom will soon be updating its high-end Sky series of laptops to support both Coffee Lake Intel CPUs and mobile Turing.
HP Spectre x360 15 (i7-8705G, Radeon RX Vega M GL) Convertible Review
Awesome hardware, mixed performance. Kaby Lake-G has been impressive thus far, but its overall performance depends wholly on how OEMs implement the hardware. The HP Spectre x360 15 is unfortunately not the best example of the Intel-AMD platform with its substantial throttling issues.
Dell is giving away a G7 15 gaming laptop in honor of back-to-school season
This is the last week to register for a chance to win Dell's latest mainstream gaming laptop currently retailing for over $960 USD. The Twitter contest involves posting a picture and tagging multiple other users with a winner to be revealed by this coming Friday.
Alienware 15 R4 and 17 R5 refreshed with per-key RGB lighting and new Command Center software
Better late than never. Dell has updated its mainline 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Alienware laptops from four-zone RGB lighting to per-key RGB lighting. The design and internal specifications are otherwise identical. Both systems will begin shipping this week.
Dell Aurora will be one of the first PCs to ship with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti graphics
The OEM is promising an October ship date to be as quick as possible with the next generation of Nvidia graphics. No word yet on pricing, but we know pre-orders will begin this September. The new hardware will be an internal update to the existing lineup of Alienware Aurora PCs.
The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18
All eyes will continue to be on Nvidia as the inevitable announcement looms. AMD launches its 32-core Threadripper 2990WX CPU to both excellent and mixed results and Asus unveils its thinnest second generation Zephyrus GX laptop just in time for Gamescom 2018. New workstation from MSI and Lenovo add even more power to increasingly thin chassis designs.
OnePlus 6T purportedly coming to T-Mobile this October
In a direct blow to Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE, OnePlus could get the backing and marketing resources from one of the largest carriers in the United States for its upcoming flagship smartphone. Rumors are pointing towards a launch price of $550 USD or hundreds of dollars less than the popular alternatives from Apple or Samsung.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i5-8250U. FHD) Convertible Review
Spectre in disguse. The latest model in the super-sleek EliteBook x360 series manages to be even smaller than last year's model. A few features had to be cut, but we think it's well worth the sacrifice for on-the-go business users.
Eurocom wants to know what you want on your next gaming laptop
Want to see a laptop with 12 cores and over 20 TB of internal storage? Eurocom can make it possible if enough users show interest. The reseller is collecting data to see how it can best approach building its next generation of gaming laptops and mobile workstations.
Next generation Asus Zephyrus S GX531 will be even thinner than the Razer Blade 15
The new "thinnest gaming laptop in the world" is just 15.75 mm thick at its thickest point to be even thinner than last year's ROG GX501. The GX531 introduces narrow bezels and 144 Hz displays to the Zephyrus family with plenty of changes both internal and external. Expect a worldwide launch as early as September.
The Asus Strix Scar II GL704 — finally, a 17-inch laptop with narrow bezels
There have been no notebooks with both narrow bezels and 144 Hz panels until now. Asus has teamed up with AU Optronics to develop a 17.3-inch 144 Hz/3 ms panel made specifically for gaming and the narrow-bezel GL704 will be the first to use it.
Get $20 to $100 off from these select HP, Lenovo, and MSI laptops
Our coupon codes will trim a bit off these popular models when ordered from the online retailer Computer Upgrade King. Our list will only expand as more systems are launched and reviewed. CUKUSA is a partner for a number of notebooks units we publish.
Intel quietly launches family of NUCs equipped with Bean Canyon CPUs and Iris GPUs
The barebones NUC with Core i5-8259U CPU is now shipping for just under $400 USD with the promise of Optane support, Hyper-Threading, and an integrated Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 now official, is the manufacturer's thinnest mobile workstation yet
Expect the same ThinkPad carbon fiber and magnesium alloy finish but in a newer design inspired by the ThinkPad X1 Carbon series. Intel 8th gen Xeon and Quadro GPUs complete the package, but the high starting price of just under $2000 USD may turn off some workstation users.
The weekly roundup - top news from August 4 through August 11
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally coming, next generation GeForce 11xx/20xx details continue to leak, and AMD is slowly but surely making a comeback on desktop. Catch up on some key topics in the industry you may have missed over the past week here.
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 updated with Core i7-8750H CPU option
Visually, the UX580 is nothing more than a UX550 with a secondary trackpad display. Users not interested in the dual-screen capabilities of the UX580 can now get the UX550 with an Intel 8th gen Core i7 processor for $1800 USD.
Razer cutting $500 off its Blade Stealth Ultrabook for this weekend only
Per-key RGB lighting, 1800p QHD+ IGZO touchscreen, Thunderbolt 3, and 16 GB of RAM for just $900 USD. The new Razer deal is one of the better promotions from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, there is one caveat that hardcore gamers should be wary of.
Inexpensive Asus E406 series gets updated with Intel Gemini Lake
Although not yet available in market, the 14-inch Asus E406MA will be one of the few Asus laptops to carry Gemini Lake options. The Pentium N5000 can provide a multi-core performance boost of about 65 percent over the Pentium N3710 found on the older Asus E406SA.
Zotac ZBox CI660 Nano uses just one big heat sink to cool a Core i7-8550U CPU
The ZBox CI660 Nano promises to be the world's most powerful fanless mini PC. Expect a completely silent experience from the system as a result with performance on par with modern Ultrabooks. No prices have been announced.
Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update
Though the patch notes don't explicitly mention it, the update is likely addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities on the old Microsoft 2-in-1 tablet. Owners should prepare for a small performance drop if so.
Eurocom Sky X7C (i7-8086K, GTX 1080, Clevo P775TM1-G) Laptop Review
Core i7-8086K mobile debut. The Sky X7C manages to fit a Core i7-8086K LGA1151 CPU in a 15.6-inch chassis to make it one of the fastest gaming laptops available. Nonetheless, performance benefits are somewhat marginal. The main draw of the Eurocom laptop continues to be its ease of serviceability.
Asus removes references to Whiskey Lake, same references pop up elsewhere on the site
Kaby Lake-R has proven to be much more capable than the 7th gen Kaby Lake U-series to the point where performance can rival a Core i5-7300HQ. If Whiskey Lake-U will be similar, then it would be the perfect candidate for entry-level gaming laptops like the Asus ROG GL series.
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl (i5-8250U, HD) Laptop Review
Getting better. The Pavilion series has come a long way in terms of design and feel. This latest iteration is a major improvement, but still far inferior to the higher-end Envy and Spectre series.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA now shipping for $800 USD
The new entry-level SKU is $300 to $400 cheaper than the current UX331UN SKU by axing the dedicated GPU and halving both the LPDDR3 RAM (16 GB to 8 GB) and internal M.2 storage (512 GB to 256 GB).
AMD announces new semi-custom Ryzen SoC for Chinese PC makers
The quad-core 3 GHz Ryzen CPU will integrate a 1.3 GHz Vega-based GPU with 24 Compute Units connected to 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This particular SoC will debut on a gaming console designed specifically for the Chinese market by PC maker Subor. Prices are still unknown.
Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability
Microsoft has been avoiding giving away the battery capacity of the new Surface Go and now we can see why. The small 26 Wh battery of the Surface Go has us wary about battery life as this is almost half the capacity of last year's Surface Pro.
Strangely, the Dell G7 15 with GTX 1060 is currently less expensive than the GTX 1050 Ti option
Laptops with the GeForce GTX 1060 will always be more expensive than the same model with the slower GeForce GTX 1050. Price mistake or not, the Dell G7 15 with the GTX 1060 Max-Q is suddenly cheaper than the GTX 1050 Ti option. The sale extends across the entire G5 lineup, but the price cut is steeper on the GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU for one reason or another.
The Apple iPhone X is outselling the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus almost 4-to-1
Approximately 23 percent of all current smartphone users in the United States are using a Samsung model. Sales of the latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones, however, have been sluggish with a worldwide userbase that is less than one-third of the iPhone X.
Dell G3 15 3579 (i5-8300H, GTX 1050, FHD) Laptop Review
Value-oriented. The new Dell G series caters to gamers on tighter budgets who may find the Alienware series to be out of reach. While core performance remains intact, the cut corners for this inexpensive offering add up quickly.
Chuwi LapBook SE will ship with a Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 CPU
The 13.3-inch laptop will fit right in between the 12.3-inch LapBook and 14.1-inch LapBook Air. The inexpensive laptop will rely on the 6 W Celeron N4100 for yet another low-power lightweight offering from the Chinese manufacturer. Let's hope that construction quality will be better this time around.
Fortnite for Android could be launching exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
What better way to show off the power of the Exynos 9820 by letting gamers stream and play Fortnite on the Galaxy Note 9? Samsung wants to associate its upcoming flagship smartphone with the most popular multi-player game on Twitch.
Honor slashing prices on its smartphones for this week only
The View10 is down from $500 USD to $430 USD so long as you're willing to create an Honor account before checkout. The sale is timed right in the middle of the Summer season as a way to attract students to more affordable Android solutions.
Buy a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus and get a free Samsung Chromebook
Samsung is bundling both a $200 11.6-inch Chromebook 3 and a $200 256 GB EVO MicroSD card with every new purchase of an unlocked Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus for a limited time.
60 percent of Apple employees say they are underpaid
In a survey conducted from July 16 through July 20, half of Google employees claim to be underpaid while nearly 14 percent of Facebook employees say they are making too much money.
Toshiba XG6 NVMe SSD series is first to utilize 96-layer 3D flash memory modules
When compared to 64-bit 3D flash, Toshiba's 96-layer BiCS flash technology promises to consume 4.7 W less power while providing potentially higher storage capacities. The OEM intends to launch its XG6 series soon for high-performance client PCs and laptops where competition from Samsung, Lite-On, and SK Hynix is fierce.
Asus accidentally leaks Whiskey Lake Core i5 and i7 CPUs for upcoming ROG GL503 refresh
The official Asus Bangladesh website is listing the ROG Strix GL503 with Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U and i7-8565U processor options. It could simply be a mistake, but with IFA 2018 right around the corner, it could also be hinting at a host of Whiskey Lake laptops just waiting to be announced.
One month later, the Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060 is still out of stock
The eye-catching Blade 15 officially starts at $1900 USD, but the cheapest configuration sits at $2200 due to insufficient stock. There have been no announcements on when we can expect the sub $2000 configuration to be available.
New silicon-graphite mixture promises over four times the battery life of traditional Li-ion batteries
A Norwegian tech company says its "SiliconX" battery can let you drive over 600 miles or power your smartphone for a week on just a single charge when compared to an equivalent volume of Li-ion cells. Its secret is a proprietary mixture of silicon and graphite that will give up to a five-fold in battery capacity over current Li-ion technology.
'Rammus' could be the next Asus Chromebook with Kaby Lake
The aging Asus Chromebook Flip C302 could soon have a proper successor if the "Rammus" code name is any indication. With IFA 2018 not far off, the Taiwanese manufacturer could be preparing an announcement for its overdue Chromebook refresh. Early rumors point to a mainstream or high-end offering with a backlit keyboard and Kaby Lake U-class or Y-class processor options.
Asus VivoBook 15 K570UD (i7-8550U, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Lightweight performer. The new Vivobook is lighter and thinner than most 15.6-inch laptops equipped with the same GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The keyboard and poor serviceability, however, bring down an otherwise great multimedia machine.
VirtualLink will combine USB, HDMI, and power all in one cable to make VR more accessible
A single USB Type-C port may be all that's needed for a PC VR experience. VirtualLink 1.0 will define a new 'Alternate Mode' standard over the familiar USB port to hopefully reduce cable clutter associated with popular virtual reality headsets.
The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro
It may not be able to sustain Turbo Boost for very long, but at least the Core i9 in the Zenbook UX580 can maintain base clock rates when under heavy processing load. With such high core temperatures in the 90 C range, however, it's no wonder that the same i9 CPU in the even thinner MacBook Pro is getting a lot of negative press for its supposed throttling behavior.
Nvidia pushing GTX-powered gaming laptops in time for back-to-school season
Nvidia wants you to start the new school year with an Asus ROG Zephyrus, Acer Predator, MSI GS65, Razer Blade, or Dell Alienware laptop. Prices range from $600 USD for a GTX 1050 notebook up to $2800 USD for a fully-configured GTX 1080 Max-Q.
A comparison of MSI laptop motherboards
Next to Clevo barebones, notebooks from MSI are some of the easiest to disassemble and upgrade. We've collected a series of motherboard images from our own collection to show how the MSI G Series has evolved over the years from the old GT60 up to the latest GS65.
Some Intel Core i9 laptops are not running any faster than a Core i7
There are generational performance leaps, and then there is pure marketing. The Core i9 series has so far been leaning towards the latter in terms of raw performance. In some cases, the CPU may even be slower than the Core i7.
These are the five brightest laptops we've tested thus far
Glare getting in the way of work? These consumer notebooks may not necessarily be the best, but they are some of the brightest available for outdoor visibility with some models reaching close to 700 nits.
Huawei has pulled a Dell — the MateBook X Pro uses a gimped Thunderbolt 3 port
The MateBook X Pro ships with a Thunderbolt 3 port not unlike many newer Ultrabooks and gaming laptops. What Huawei isn't telling you, however, is that the port appears to offer just half the PCIe lanes for half the theoretical transfer rate of an otherwise regular Thunderbolt 3 connection.
Acer Predator, Triton, and Aspire laptops discounted for Amazon Prime Day
The Predator Helios 300 is now $899 USD with a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. It's a fairly good deal considering that laptops with the same GPU often retail for over $1100 USD.
Xplore Technologies XSLATE L10 (Pentium N4200, FHD) Tablet Review
Modern and rugged. A hardened tablet with all the amenities one would expect from a consumer tablet and more. The Xplore XSLATE L10 runs on the same processor as the latest Ultrabooks with NFC, 4G LTE, and even a removable battery and a full-size HDMI port.
MSI GL63 8RC (i5-8300H, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Excellent for the price. At only $900 USD, the entry-level MSI GL63 is able to play most if not all modern titles at 1080p with some tweaked settings for smoother frame rates. The stereo speakers are surprisingly decent and fan noise is relatively low for such an inexpensive gaming machine.
Dell deals kick off today in honor of Amazon Prime Day
"Doorbuster" style deals will be in effect until the end of this month for select Latitude, Inspiron, Alienware, XPS, and G series laptops. The timings of these sales are confusingly staggered and we recommend checking out our shortened list for the details.
The Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060 runs cooler, quieter, and longer than its GTX 1070 version
The $1900 USD Blade 15 GTX 1060 configuration is both slower and cheaper than the Blade 15 GTX 1070 and yet it brings several benefits not available on the more powerful SKU. Our tests reveal that the 60 to 70 W GTX 1060 Max-Q option is less demanding than the 80 to 90 W GTX 1070 Max-Q for noticeably cooler core temperatures and longer battery life.
Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review
Razor-sharp. After offering 13-inch, 14-inch, and 17-inch Blade laptops for years, it's about time Razer launch a 15-inch model to complete the series. This GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU is every bit as impressive as the GTX 1070 Max-Q configuration from top to bottom. Assuming, of course, that the asking price of $1900 USD hasn't turned you away.
Buy a Dell G3 or G5 laptop for a free movie ticket to see Ant Man and the Wasp
The deal will run until the end of this month and it will also include a single FandangoNow digital movie rental for free. The G3 gaming laptop is Dell's entry-level gaming system equipped with GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti options ranging from $700 to $1000 USD.
Some newer GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards are performing at half the speed of older models
We recommend double-checking the specifications to make sure you are getting exactly what you are buying. The GT 1030 DDR4 costs about the same as the superior GT 1030 GDDR5 while performing significantly slower in games. HTPC builders amd gamers ought to take caution.
Alienware will be the official eSports sponsor for ESL One Cologne 2018
Dell wants to be a key player in the growing eSports scene by supplying professional players with PCs and monitors, giving away prizes to audience members, and running competitions and drawings involving social media.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be $500 for Amazon Prime Day
The well-received Mate 10 Pro flagship can be had for $500 unlocked and with no strings attached. Here's hoping that stock will last for more than just a few minutes when the deal goes live in just over a week.
HP Spectre x360 15 2018 (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Convertible Review
Even better than before. This third generation model adds a few new features to last year's model including a NumPad, fingerprint reader, narrower bezels, and a slightly larger battery. Fans are quieter and processor temps are cooler. Physically, however, the system is not any lighter or thinner.
Narrow bezel laptops are prompting a worrying trend for webcams
Laptop webcams are being pushed aside so laptops can be smaller around the edges and thus lighter and more portable. If these latest laptops are any proof, then more OEMs are beginning to value webcams less and less in order to achieve a sleeker and more eye-catching "frame-less" look.
Zotac ZBOX QK7P3000 (i7-7700T, Quadro P3000) Mini PC Review
Gamer-turned-workstation. Zotac has swapped out the GeForce GTX 1060 in its ZBox Magnus series for the workstation-equivalent Quadro P3000 to create a powerful mini PC for professional users. Temperature and fan noise are excellent when compared to workstation laptops. Some slight throttling behavior at extreme loads prevent this from being a must buy.
Huawei Honor 10 GT smartphone comes with 8 GB of RAM because why not
The Honor 10 was launched less than two months ago, but the manufacturer is already gearing up for higher-end SKUs with even more RAM to compete directly against the OnePlus 5T, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and Razer Phone where the 8 GB of RAM is a key selling point.
Eurocom Q8 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, QHD) Laptop Review
Core i9 gamer. Eurocom is skipping the i7-8750H and going straight for the jugular with the more powerful i9-8950HK. Performance is indubitably faster than the last generation Core i7-7700HQ, but some repeatable throttling behavior is holding back the system.
Asus' experimental trackpad display is more useful than the Apple Touch Bar - albeit with a notable flaw
Carry a 5.5-inch 1080p secondary display with you wherever you go with the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580. On paper, the concept of having the trackpad be a second display would be immensely useful for multimedia and productivity purposes. In practice, however, there are some ergonomic stumbling blocks users should keep in mind.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 2018 coming to Europe
The all-aluminum 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air will launch this month for 900 Euros. The Xiaomi laptop is set to compete with more popular and pricier alternatives like the Huawei MateBook X, Dell XPS 13, Microsoft Surface Laptop, HP Spectre 13, and the Asus ZenBook series. New brick and mortar stores will be opening as well to promote the launch.
Intel CPU roadmap delays purportedly causing headaches for major OEMs
Manufacturers may have to milk existing notebook designs even further for this Holiday season since Intel's next generation CPUs are not expected to come anytime soon. Global notebook shipments will almost surely be slower YoY as a result unless if Nvidia can surprise us with an early Turing launch.
TechInsight dissects and analyzes the Cannon Lake Core i3-8121U
A detail teardown to the silicon level reveals some defining characteristics of Intel's upcoming 10 nm lithography. The new reports will detail how this early Cannon Lake CPU differs from the previous generation of Intel CPUs and how it compares to the 10 nm nodes from Samsung.
Micron now mass producing GDDR6 VRAM modules for next generation Nvidia Turing
The manufacturer is promising 64 GB/s from a single GDDR6 package for future applications in artificial intelligence, networking, automotive, and of course, graphics. Example modules will be on display this week at the ISC 2018 conference in Frankfurt, Germany. These same chips will very likely target the next generation of consumer graphics cards.
Disable Intel Display Power Saving Technology to increase maximum display brightness
Most Windows laptops prioritize battery life at the cost of a dimmer display. If you frequently find yourself squinting at washed out content when using your glossy laptop or Windows tablet outdoors, then disabling this automatic feature can make things a little easier.
'Cheza' could be HP's first detachable Chromebook with a Snapdragon 845
Promised features like eSIM and Always Connected PCs could debut on the Snapdragon 845-powered 'Cheza' Chromebook. More unverified code in Chromium have shed some light on the unannounced model including the potential for a 1440p or 2160p display and an integrated X20 modem. A Snapdragon Chromebook would compete directly with Microsoft's plans to launch Windows on ARM.
Qualcomm may be turning to TSMC instead of Samsung for its upcoming 7 nm Snapdragon series
The race for smaller and more efficient semiconductor processes continues with 7 nm being the next magic number. Qualcomm is apparently ready to contract TSMC to manufacture the next generation of Snapdragon SoCs for the first time in over 10 years. Samsung had been Qualcomm's go-to company for the 14 nm and 10 nm nodes, but partnering with TSMC will allow Qualcomm to receive both Snapdragon SoCs and 5G modems from one production source.
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review
Seeing double. Asus wants to one-up Apple's Touch Bar with an even crazier idea of turning the traditional touchpad into a full-fledged 1080p secondary display. Surprisingly enough, it's actually quite useful and more than just a novelty. We can see the unique feature becoming a mainstay in Asus' flagship series in another generation or so when all the wrinkles and drawbacks can be ironed out.
U.S. government wants Google to break up with Huawei
In a second letter this month, lawmakers are again expressing concern that Google has been showing preference in working with the Chinese telecommunications company rather than the U.S. army. The search giant only sees Huawei as just one of many contractors under its belt with no current plans to cease cooperation for now.
Asus will be the first to offer 144 Hz/3 ms narrow-bezel panels from AUO this year
Want the fastest black-white and gray-to-gray response times on your next gaming laptop purchase? Then Asus will be the only option for now. The manufacturer has partnered with AU Optronics to develop 144 Hz/3 ms panels for Asus notebooks like the ROG Scar II, Hero II, and Zephyrus GM501.
Sensitive to onscreen flickering? Take caution when purchasing these Lenovo ThinkPad SKUs
The ThinkPad T, X, and P families are home to Lenovo's more well-known models including the 14-inch T480, 15-inch T580, X380 convertible, and 15-inch P52 workstation. While their design, features, and performance are generally very well received, many may be unfit for users who are sensitive to flickering lights. Be wary when purchasing the following ThinkPad models.
Chuwi HiGame mini PC has proven to be successful on Indiegogo, on track for a $1299 USD launch
The Intel Hades Canyon NUC is finally getting a direct competitor in the form of the Chuwi HiGame. The manufacturer has gathered enough backers over the last few months to finally commit to an August launch window. Backers will be able to buy the Core i5-8305G SKU for $900 USD or a full $400 off the final retail price.
Unihertz Atom will be the world's smallest rugged 4G smartphone
The 2.45-inch Android smartphone will carry all the mainstream features of a modern smartphone including NFC, Gorilla Glass, USB Type-C, FM radio, IP68 certification, 4G LTE, Android 8.1 Oreo, Bluetooth 4.2, and even a fingerprint sensor for just $160 USD. The design suggests it to be a spiritual successor to the Unihertz Jelly series.
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review
Cheap price, cheap chassis. There is nothing about this VivoBook that makes it stand out from the crowded 15-inch multimedia segment. When considering the target market and inexpensive price, however, the dull impression shouldn't be a problem. We're hoping that future revisions will address the poor keyboard while adding in USB Type-C charging.
Sony Playstation 5 getting thrown under the bus for poorly-received Radeon RX Vega series
AMD's semi-custom chipset technologies for Microsoft, Sony, and even Intel may be becoming too lucrative to ignore. If rumors are true, then the AMD Navi series will not be competing in the flagship space against the impending Nvidia Turing GTX 1180 or 2080 due to development commitments with Sony.
Lenovo has no plans for a Legion Y920 successor for now
According to Lenovo, there will be no new additions to the ultra high-end Legion Y900 series as priorities have shifted to the mainstream gaming segment instead. The more affordable Legion Y530, Y730, and Y7000 will all be launching in the July to September time frame. There is potential in a proper Y920 successor further down the line when the new Nvidia GPUs become available.
Upcoming Legion Y530 and Y730 are Lenovo's best bet against the MSI GS65 and XPS 15 9570
Lenovo's Legion gaming series is getting a full-on makeover from top to bottom. The new streamlined designs incorporate per-key RGB lighting, narrow bezels, 144 Hz IPS panels, 10 percent stronger cooling, and a more business-appropriate matte look. Expect these systems to launch next month for a starting price of $930 USD and $1180 USD for the Y530 and Y730, respectively.
Lenovo Legion series will branch off into two distinct designs with the Y7000 and Y530
The 2017 15.6-inch Legion Y520 will split into two successors this year as the Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000. The Y7000 represents a more natural evolution of the existing Legion design while the Y530 will be more restrained in its looks to appeal to office workers. Both, however, are otherwise very similar in performance and internal options.
Budget Jumper EZbook X4 laptop with Gemini Lake now shipping
Intel's 14 nm Goldmont Plus platform is seeing a very limited release as laptops equipped with Celeron N4000/N4100 or Pentium N5000 SoCs are still difficult to come by. Chinese manufacturers may finally be jumping in to scoop up the inexpensive CPU series and offer cheap Windows laptops. The EZbook X4 is one such model that promises a lot of mainstream features like 1080p and backlit keys for just under $300 USD.
EVGA shows off SC15 with Coffee Lake-H and GTX 1070 Max-Q... again
The California hardware company will be reusing its SC15 design from last year with only internal CPU and GPU updates for 2018. While its chassis is strong and quite rigid, it risks looking outdated against the competition where narrow bezels and per-key RGB lighting are becoming the norm.
Honor GPU Turbo technology promises 30 percent power savings in smartphones
GPU Boost will not increase the clock rate of the GPU as its name might suggest. Instead, the Honor technology will dramatically improve the power efficiency of GPUs in its smartphones to improve battery life. The manufacturer is claiming that a mid-range smartphone with GPU Boost can outperform a flagship smartphone without GPU Boost while allowing for HDR and higher frame rates in games.
Mainstream laptops with OLED displays may still have a long way to go
Do you own a laptop with an OLED display? It's going to have to last because IPS displays continue to be the go-to panel technology for nearly all new models. Both Lenovo and Dell discontinued their only OLED laptops last year and have told us that they have no short-term plans to reintroduce an OLED option.
Eurocom Q6 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review
Super slim and fast. Last year's Eurocom Q5 has gotten some changes both internal and external, but it's the new processor swap that has us excited. The Eurocom Q6 offers the same GTX 1070-level graphics as its predecessor with Intel's hexa-core Coffee Lake-H CPU.
Alienware Academy online program aims to train the next generation of pro gamers
Dell wants the Alienware brand to be more deeply associated with competitive gaming. Instead of just eSports sponsorships like other brands, Dell will attempt to train potential pro gamers directly with the help of Team Liquid. Details are still very scarce on what the online program will involve, but we are expecting more to be revealed during Dell's E3 press conference.
HP ProBook x360 440 G1 convertible integrates both Spectre and EliteBook features for $600 USD
The convertible is essentially a ProBook x360 440 G5 but with 360-degree hinges and a 1080p touchscreen. Its 14-inch form factor and relatively inexpensive starting price will set it directly against the Lenovo ThinkPad 14 and Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series when it launches before the end of June.
AMD will use Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics on a Ryzen laptop for the first time ever with the Asus X570ZD
Red and Green in one consumer laptop without any tricks or eGPU docks. The Asus X570ZD laptop will be the first to incorporate a Ryzen 7 2700U APU with integrated Vega 10 graphics and a dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 GPU for more demanding tasks like gaming. AMD is promising the graphics switching technology to be seamless not unlike the current implementation of Nvidia Optimus on Intel-powered laptops. Prices, SKUs, and availability are all still under wraps for now.
Nvidia will be giving away Max-Q laptops all month long in latest contest
Take a picture of yourself using any laptop outdoors for a chance to win a brand new Max-Q laptop. Max-Q technology was designed for thin-and-light gaming notebooks that can also be used on-the-go like an Ultrabook. Only four winners will be announced on July 30th with specific Max-Q models from Acer, Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte.
OnePlus 6 now available in white, WiFi calling mysteriously absent in some European regions
(June 7 update with OnePlus statement) Irate owners in Germany have started a petition requesting Voice over LTE and WiFi calling features to be enabled on their new OnePlus 6 devices. OnePlus has clarified that its OnePlus 6 is already equipped with the necessary bands to support such features. Instead, it is the carriers that must support VoLTE and WiFi calling for the latest smartphone.
AMD Raven Ridge will incorporate Cypress EZ-PD CCG5 controller to reduce USB Type-C costs
USB Type-C Gen. 2 is still rather uncommon on notebooks. The single-chip controller solution from Cypress should make it less expensive for both Intel and AMD to integrate multiple USB Type-C Gen. 2 ports onto laptops while allowing for 100 W power delivery and better fail-safe mechanisms.
Asus shows off 12.9 mm-thin ZenBook S UX391 with unique ErgoLift hinges for $1200 USD
The lightweight laptop is exactly as thin as the ZenBook 3 UX490UA but with improved cooling and a unique hinge setup. Asus is promising better ergonomics and external GPU (eGPU) support via its integrated Thunderbolt 3 ports. The system launches in one week for $1200 USD.
Gigabyte Sabre 15 updated with 8th gen Core CPUs, Intel Optane, and more
The Sabre series is back with updated features and even Intel Optane support. The chassis design, however, is looking to be identical to last year's model with the only changes being exclusively internal. Gigabyte says it will be the first gaming laptop to ship with Core i7+ CPUs meaning that users can configure with Optane memory to boost HDD transfer rates.
Asus reaffirms Gal Gadot as their brand ambassador
"Wonder Woman" and "Asus" come together like peanut butter and jelly. The titular actress was appointed to brand ambassador for Asus PCs early this year and Asus is leveraging that fact again for Computex 2018. The move will hopefully boost Asus' public image to ultimately sell more PCs worldwide.
MSI Prestige PS42 is the 14-inch version of the GS65
The 14-inch PS42 ships with Intel U-class CPUs and a GeForce MX150 GPU in an aluminum chassis very similar to that of the 15.6-inch GS65. The design could potentially lead to a proper successor for the old GS43 Shadow since the two Prestige and Gaming G Series families almost always share chassis designs. The PS42 will ship in Europe by the end of next month.
MSI Trident PC gets bigger and badder with the Trident A
The Trident A is nearly three times larger than the existing Trident 3 with more lights, sharper corners, stronger cooling, and Intel 8th gen CPUs. Those hoping for a "Trident 4" will be disappointed to find out that there is still no proper successor to the venerable but aging Trident 3 form factor.
Asus finally has its own thin-bezel gaming laptop with the ROG GL504 Strix Scar II and Hero II
As previously rumored, Asus now has a proper competitor to the MSI GS65 with its ROG GL504 series. The 15.6-inch laptop offers 144 Hz IPS panels, 3 ms gray-to-gray response times, and quad-antenna ROG RangeBoost technology for the first time in a laptop that promises 30 percent wider WiFi coverage than dual-antenna configurations. The GL504 launches next quarter for 1550 Euros.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H spotted on 3DMark, could compete against the Core i7-8750H
These two unconfirmed quad-core APUs could potentially be part of AMD's high-performance Ryzen series for gaming laptops. If true, laptop gamers may finally have a proper alternative to the ubiquitous i7-6700HQ, i5-7300HQ, i7-7700HQ, and i7-8750H CPUs that power essentially all the latest gaming notebooks in the market today. With Computex right around the corner, we're crossing our fingers for a proper announcement.
Huawei set to launch Honor MagicBook laptop with AMD Ryzen and Vega graphics
The mainstream 14-inch SKU will serve as the AMD alternative to the existing Intel MagicBook with Core i5-8250U CPUs and GeForce MX150 graphics. Chinese retailers are already detailing the "Sharp Dragon" Ryzen configuration albeit without an official price for now. Unfortunately, don't expect the MagicBook to launch globally anytime soon. The Vega 8 should offer a similar graphics experience as the GeForce 940MX.
Potential leak points to a proper successor to the peculiar Lenovo Yoga Book
Despite swiftly killing off its Chrome OS-based Yoga Book early last year, Lenovo may have been silently working on a brand new Yoga Book 2 all along. The "YOGA BOOK Pen2" could suggest a brand new stylus for a yet-to-be-announced Yoga Book successor. The original Yoga Book launched two years ago as an attractively thin 10.1-inch Windows convertible with a proof-of-concept touch keyboard.
The MSI Pro 24X AiO boasts a super-thin design with narrow bezels
MSI wants to bring style to the seemingly stale world of business PCs with its latest AiO. The 23.6-inch Pro 24X has bezels just 2.2 mm narrow and a thickness of only 6.5 mm along the top. Internally, however, it's a bit disappointing to see no discrete GPUs or 8th gen Intel CPUs. The MSI AiO launches in July for 550 Euros.
OnePlus 6 teardown digs deeper into its water-resistant claims
OnePlus promises dust and water resistance without any IP certifications for its latest flagship. This obviously raises some red flags, but a detailed teardown of the smartphone reveals that it's properly sealed not unlike competing smartphones with official IP67 certification. OnePlus may have waived the certification process to cut costs and keep prices as low as possible.
Intel's Core i5-8300H is proving to be a decent upgrade over last year's Core i5-7300HQ
Gamers in the market for a new gaming laptop can purchase a budget Intel 8th gen system with the Core i5-8300H and get nearly the same CPU performance as a pricier Intel 7th gen system with the Core i7-7700HQ. The i5-8300H introduces Hyper-Threading to the series whereas the older i5-7300HQ was limited to only half the threads for measurably slower CPU performance.
Lenovo Flex 6 11 (Celeron N4000) Convertible Review
Flexibility for $280. The Flex 6 11 tries to be both an inexpensive Windows tablet and a laptop all at once. It does the job decently enough for a Celeron-based system, but the subpar display leaves a lot to be desired even at this low price range.
New video demonstrates USB 3.2 with transfer rates of up to 20 Gbps
USB is about to get more complicated in the next couple of years. Now that USB 3.1 Gen. 2 is almost four years old, a Californian company is ready to introduce the world to USB 3.2 and has even demonstrated how fast the new standard will be through video. If all goes well, USB 3.2 could provide similar transfer rates as Thunderbolt 2 or twice that of USB 3.1 Gen. 2.
Gaming laptops, Chromebooks, and convertibles are keeping the PC market afloat
Laptops, smartphones, and convertibles are slowly eating into the shrinking tablet market. The biggest bright spot is perhaps the convertible notebook market with the only positive compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent until 2022. Sales of traditional laptops aren't as steep as previous years due in part to the increasing sales of gaming PCs and inexpensive Chromebooks.
TSMC purportedly readying Apple A12 production for upcoming iPhone X Plus
Apple could beat Qualcomm to market with the first consumer smartphone equipped with a 7 nm SoC. Its custom A12 processor is predicted to power the next generation of iPhone and iPad devices coming later this year. As usual, the iPhone maker is keeping quiet until its annual WWDC press event next month where refreshed MacBooks are also rumored to make an appearance.
Asus TUF FX504GD (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Starter gamer. Asus has made its inexpensive FX series even more affordable by reducing the battery capacity, GPU power, and number of ports. The end result is definitely easier on the wallet, but the TN display and primary HDD drag down the system.
ChromeBook Tab 10 is the world's first Chromebook tablet
Acer's ChromeBook Tab 10 has been available since March, but Acer had one on display for us to take a quick look. It continues to be the first slate tablet in the market running Chrome OS. Convertible notebooks running Chrome OS already exist such as on the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e or HP ChromeBook x360 11. Like most newer Chromebooks, the 9.7-inch ChromeBook Tab 10 supports the Android Play Store.
Upcoming Razer Core X eGPU dock is larger and cheaper than the current Core V2
Unlike the Aorus Gaming Box, the Razer eGPU promises to work with MacBooks and is much larger in volume to support 3-slot graphics cards. The new Core X is already in stock and shipping for $300 USD sans a GPU. The announcement comes on the same day as the reveal of the first 15.6-inch Razer Blade laptop to compete with the MSI GS65.
OnePlus has done it — there are now lines of customers waiting to buy the OnePlus 6
The pre-launch event has proven successful in building even more hype surrounding the impending launch of the OnePlus 6. At least a couple hundred visitors were at the 4-hour event with many interested in purchasing the smartphone right away. For everyone else, the flagship phone will become available online starting May 22, 6 AM PST in two color options.
Gaming market expected to balloon past $90 billion USD by 2020
A 2016 study has high hopes for gamers even though consoles and physical discs are not anywhere near where they used to be a decade ago. Mobile gaming could rise to 68.4 billion USD in market value by the end of this year compared to 59.8 billion in 2017 with Fortnite, PUBG, Candy Crush Saga, and Pokemon Go leading the pack in terms of popularity.
Select Acer laptops will ship with Amazon Alexa pre-installed
Control your smart home with a compatible Acer laptop. The free update will begin rolling out today for Spin 3 and Spin 5 owners with more on store shelves beginning in June. Instead of offering the software as an option, however, owners will have one more pre-installed software application that they will have to manually uninstall if they have no interest in Alexa or if they prefer Microsoft Cortana.
Huawei MateBook X Pro launching in U.S. for $900 after gift card rebates
The $300 USD gift card will apply to new purchases of the MateBook X Pro made through Amazon and NewEgg in an attempt to create buzz. The promotion will end after June 10. Huawei's latest 13.9-inch laptop is thicker than its last but also significantly more powerful to justify the larger dimensions.
Huawei Matebook X Pro (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review
Market disruptor. Huawei wants to prove that you don't need to spend $1500 or more for a decently specced XPS 13 or MacBook Pro. The MateBook X Pro attempts to give it all with an attractively thin aluminum design, 3:2 touchscreen, discrete Nvidia graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and an Intel U class CPU for less than what major competitors are currently offering.
The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Throttling behavior has improved over the MSI GS63, but that is only because initial clock rates are lower than what the Core i7-8750H CPU is capable of when compared to the same CPU in the latest Zephyrus or Aero. Multi-thread performance is around 5 to 10 percent slower on the MSI as a result. Fortunately, the differences are minuscule for gaming purposes.
Chuwi GBox HTPC promises quad-core Gemini Lake in a compact form factor
Not to be confused with the ZBox or XBox, the GBox mini PC targets home theater users and video streamers in a chassis just 0.98 L in volume and 1.5-inches thick. Chuwi is promising that the new Gemini Lake platform can bring a 60 percent performance boost over the last generation Apollo Lake while consuming less than 10 Watts for the entire unit. Prices and launch dates remain unknown.
Upcoming HP EliteBook x360 G3 convertible promises a ridiculously bright 700-nit display
Tired of not being able to see your laptop screen when outdoors? HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is going to be almost three times brighter than the average Ultrabook to overcome both glare and sunlight for improved outdoor visibility. The display will easily be one of the brightest in both the consumer and business markets. Expect availability as early as next month along with new Envy x360 and Elite x2 products.
Microsoft quietly acknowledges Surface Pro 4 screen flicker, offers free replacements
The Redmond company is finally caving in to the user complaints. The replacement program promises refurbished models for any Surface Pro 4 owner who can prove that they are suffering from the problem, have not damaged the unit, and have not broken warranty. There is currently no end date to the program.
Leaks suggest an Asus ROG gaming smartphone for Computex 2018
The Republic of Gamers name may be about to expand into new territory. Although a surprising concept, the idea may not be that far-fetched as there are already a small number of gaming-centric smartphones including those from Razer, Xiaomi, and ZTE. A ROG smartphone could theoretically be based off of Asus' existing ZenFone line of consumer smartphones to lower upfront costs of investment.
Nvidia graphics cards are now almost down to MSRP
It's strange to be celebrating a two-year old product being "close" to its suggested retail price, but here we are. Nvidia is proudly reminding all its followers on Facebook that its GTX 10 graphics cards are now in stock at more reasonable prices for gamers. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 can be purchased directly from Nvidia for $550 USD and $250 USD, respectively. The news comes within days of existing rumors of the impending GTX 1180.
HP EliteBook 735/745/755 G5 and ProBook 645 G4 launching this month with AMD Ryzen PRO
Unlike the EliteBook xx0 or ProBook xx0 series, the alternative xx5 series is equipped with AMD options that are typically less expensive than the standard Intel offerings. All of the new models will carry the same Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U to Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U APUs and integrated Vega graphics. The updated systems will succeed the poorly-received Bristol Ridge APUs as found on the EliteBooks and ProBooks of yesteryear.
The Kaby Lake-G Core i7-8705G offers no substantial benefits over the Core i5-8305G
Based solely on our two XPS 15 9575 samples, the presence of Hyper-Threading for the Core i5 series has allowed the 65 W i5-8305G to perform much more closely to the 65 W i7-8705G than one would expect. This is in stark contrast to the older 45 W i5-7300HQ where the 45 W i7-7700HQ and even the 15 W i7-8550U can outperform it in multi-threaded workloads. Shoppers now have one less reason to buy the more expensive i7 over the i5.
Dell XPS 15 9575 (i7-8705G, Vega M GL, 4K UHD) Convertible Review
Higher price, same CPU performance. The Core i5 XPS 15 9575 impressed us in terms of raw performance and graphical prowess for such a thin convertible. The Core i7 SKU performs just as well, albeit at very marginal benefits. For better or worse, the differences between the i5 and i7 SKUs are smaller than we had anticipated.
Linksys WRT32XB will be the first router optimized specifically for Xbox gaming
The WRT32X is relaunching tomorrow with a special WRT32XB edition designed for Xbox gamers. Its software will be tuned out-of-the-box to prioritize Xbox online and streaming traffic while still offering the same high-end features as the WRT32X. Linksys is citing the rapidly growing gaming market for the soft relaunch of its gaming router.
Huawei cuts Mate 10 Pro down to $650 USD, introduces new Mocha Brown color
The Mate 10 Pro launched in the United States for $800 three months ago, but it can now be purchased for $150 less through major online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and B&H. Huawei's mid-range MateBook D laptop will also be $200 cheaper for only this upcoming week. The temporary price cuts aim to bolster sales in the backdrop of U.S. surveillance and suspicion of Chinese-branded telecommunication devices.
The super-thin Asus Zenbook Pro 15 is getting an Intel Core i9 option
The UX550VE is being refreshed to the UX550GD with i5-8300H, i7-8750H, and even i9-8950HK SKUs. At just 18.9 mm thick, this would make the Asus notebook one of the thinnest to ship with a Core i9 processor. No other changes have been made to the chassis including the 8 to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, FHD or 4K UHD touchscreen, glass trackpad, 1.5 mm keyboard keys, and selection of ports. Prices and availability are not yet known.
Samsung and Amazon fall flat in latest quarterly tablet shipments
The slate tablet continues to sink while detachables steadily grow to take its place. Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were collectively responsible for over 55 percent of all tablets sold worldwide during the first quarter of 2018. Convertible notebooks, or systems that can twist, flip, or spin, have not been included in the data. The news comes just days after rumors of Q2 2018 being yet another low for the tablet market.
OnePlus 6 launching on May 21 for early adopters around the world
The manufacturer will be throwing "pop-up events" in at least 14 cities across North America and Europe for the public to experience the upcoming OnePlus 6 firsthand. Prizes, food, and special guests have been announced to encourage users to come. The events are free with no RSVP necessary.
Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box Review
60 FPS gaming on an Ultrabook. Aorus is well-known for cramming as much power as possible in the smallest form factors and the $700 USD Gaming Box is no different. The eGPU promises to turbocharge any Thunderbolt 3 PC to be a gaming monster. Our tests reveal that Aorus is true to its word, albeit with some notable software hiccups and asterisks that every potential owner should know about before purchasing.
Dell Gaming G3, G5, and G7 series now shipping to succeed the Inspiron 15 7577
By pulling the Inspiron Gaming notebooks away from the Inspiron series, Dell can now offer more options and sizes to better cater to budget-mainstream gamers who may not want to spend an arm and a leg on a hulking Alienware. The new Dell Gaming G series competes directly against the HP Pavilion Gaming series where the GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 Max-Q are common finds. No word yet on if future SKUs would also carry AMD options.
Dell slashing prices off select business laptops from now until the end of May
The Vostro 15 5000 gets a 40 percent price cut with a free Western Digital HDD thrown in for good measure on some deals. The promotion includes systems with 8th gen Intel Core ix CPUs as well. The timing of the price cuts are in line with the recent announcements of a refresh across the Precision and Wyse Thin Client families set to launch towards the end of the month.
Samsung, Micron, and Hynix control 96 percent of DRAM market, now accused of price fixing
Manufacturers may have been artificially inflating DRAM prices by restricting supply and agreeing to not cannibalize the market share of others. The abnormal rise in revenue by as much as 166 percent YoY has caused at least one U.S. law firm to investigate further into the matter with correlative results.
Nothing to see here — Nvidia "Max-P" is just a regular non Max-Q GPU
Samsung recently divulged the name "Max-P" to describe the GTX 1060 GPU in its upcoming Odyssey Z gaming laptop before quietly removing the word. However, we can confirm that "Max-P" is simply a standard GPU without the Max-Q designation. The GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070, and 1080 found on most gaming laptops are all technically "Max-P" graphics cards so long as they are not Max-Q GPUs.
T-Mobile and Sprint are closer than ever to a potential merger
The CDMA giant has only one-third the install base of the largest smartphone carrier in the U.S. at only 53 million users. Should it merge with T-Mobile, the combined user count would still be millions fewer than Verizon and AT&T, but the combined resources would allow Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank to better compete in the wake of 5G technology. Talks between T-Mobile and Sprint have been on and off for the past 4 years due to anti-trust concerns.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible is now suddenly $200 cheaper
Dell has introduced a new SKU to its lineup that halves the storage capacity for a cheaper introductory price of $1300 USD. Core specifications are otherwise untouched from the Core i5-8305G CPU, FHD touchscreen, Radeon Vega M GL GPU, and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. The new SKU is a smart move since the SSD in the XPS 15 9575 is easy to upgrade if necessary.
Report claims 55 percent of all retail laptops will carry SSDs by 2019
To enthusiasts, a primary SSD may seem like a no-brainer for new PCs. Unfortunately, everyday shoppers at most retailers are still drawn in by the higher capacities and lower price points that HDDs offer and not realize the immense performance benefits of SSDs. Two of the largest PC manufacturers in the world will purportedly push primary SSDs onto more budget and mainstream laptops in lieu of HDDs should NAND prices continue to decline.
Samsung has sold over 8 million Galaxy S9 smartphones in just the first month
Prices for the Galaxy S9 series continue to fall to as low as 600 Euros in some regions like Spain. An independent study from a market analytical firm has revealed that Samsung's latest flagship is tracking slower than the Galaxy S7 but faster than the Galaxy S8 due to more aggressive pricing and promotional deals. The Galaxy S9 has been widely available for over a month in most markets around the world.
Alienware has no current plans for Kaby Lake-G
According to Dell, Kaby Lake-G caters better to casual mainstream gamers while the Alienware brand will stick to hardcore gamers and enthusiasts with the familiar Intel H-series and Nvidia GTX GPUs. The Intel-AMD processors will instead be used for Dell's mainstream families like the XPS line to provide GTX 1050-level graphics.
Dell Latitude 5491/5591 coming with Coffee Lake-H and GeForce MX130 options
The 5491 and 5591 will target power users who need more performance than what Intel's U-Series of CPUs can offer. Both models will cram in 45 W Coffee Lake-H processors into a chassis design originally meant for 15 W Kaby Lake-R CPUs. The 5491 now also gains the TrackPoint nub that the 5490 omits, but nearly everything else remains the same.
Where are all the Kaby Lake-G laptops? Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program may be to blame
It's been almost five months since the official reveal of Kaby Lake-G and there is only one manufacturer other than Intel currently shipping a Kaby Lake-G product. We put the pieces together to find out why there are so few of these systems in the market and why most manufacturers are staying silent on the matter.
The slowest XPS 15 9575 is almost as fast as the fastest XPS 15 9560
Our first Kaby Lake-G laptop to hit our database has returned some decent numbers to give even the Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 a run for their money. The 65 W Core i5-8305G may be the lowest CPU option available for the Dell convertible, but its performance is on par with an entry-level Pascal gaming notebook while being thinner and more versatile than most.
Dell XPS 15 9575 (i5-8305G, Vega M GL, FHD) Convertible Review
Instant XPS classic. Dell is betting big on the unproven Kaby Lake-G platform and its MagLev keyboard to carry the new XPS 15 2-in-1 forward. The end result feels like the XPS we know and love while being thinner, quieter, cooler, and nearly as powerful as the standard XPS 15 that it derives from.
Chuwi will upgrade its HiGame mini PC with an even faster Core i7-8709G option
The upcoming Chuwi system would only be the second mini PC to carry the 100 W Intel-AMD Core i7-8709G CPU after the Intel Hades Canyon NUC. While the manufacturer is promising lower prices for early supporters and backers of its IndieGogo project, exact launch dates, availability, and prices remain a mystery. The i7-8709G offers a performance level similar to that of a gaming notebook with an i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1050 Ti GPU.
MSI retrofits Vortex G25 PC with Quadro GPUs, calls it the Vortex W25
The Vortex W25 will be one of the smallest and fastest workstation SFF PCs with 16 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. MSI calls it the ideal solution for high-end 3D or VR tasks as the small unit can be VESA mounted behind monitors and be disassembled rapidly without the need for tools for upgrading storage and RAM.
MSI WE63, WE73, WT75, and WS63 workstations are now even faster with 8th gen Xeon Core CPUs
The news comes just two weeks after the reveal of Coffee Lake-H. All models will utilize the same chassis as their respective G-Series equivalent with new fingerprint readers, vPro options, and SmartCard reader depending on the family. Expect the refreshed W series to begin shipping by the second half of this year.
Kingston launches UV500 3D NAND SSD in M.2, mSATA, and 2.5-inch form factors
The entry-level consumer TLC series includes 256-bit encryption and Opal 2.0 at affordable starting prices of $60 USD for the 120 GB model. Kingston SSDs are notable for their five-year standard warranty as opposed to two to three years from many other storage manufacturers. The UV500 SSDs will likely find their way into inexpensive or mainstream laptops since they lack NVMe support.
StarTech launches Thunderbolt 3 to USB Type-C adapters for high-bandwidth applications
Ultrabook owners stuck with USB Type-C now have more options to expand their existing Thunderbolt 3 ports and support a variety of legacy connections including eSATA and USB Type-A. The pricey adapters support daisy-chaining and will work with both PCs and Macs to utilize the most out of a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
HP and Dell are purportedly backing away from Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program
Nvidia's voluntary-but-shady program that puts financial preferences for its members over non-members has turned away two of the largest OEMs in the world due to what the source claims to be "likely illegal" practices. The chipmaker has yet to provide any direct comments surrounding the details of its GeForce Partner Program.
Western Digital launches WD Purple MicroSD card for enterprise use
The WD Purple series is designed to withstand more rewrites and at wider temperature ranges than a consumer-grade variant. Applications where constant data access is vital, such as on surveillance systems or servers, can benefit from the increased reliability of the WD Purple MicroSD card. Prices start at just $18 USD for the 32 GB version with a 64 GB version coming next month.
India interested in more laptops with integrated 4G connectivity
Reliance Jio, the largest cellular network provider in India, is teaming up with Qualcomm for an inexpensive Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptop with integrated LTE. No word yet on the exact SoC planned or if the notebook would be based on an existing design from a major manufacturer. The idea is similar in concept to Intel eSIM which has garnered a very slow adoption rate.
LG Gram 13Z980-A (i5-8250U) Laptop Review
Under a kilogram. The LG Gram 13 lives up to its name by being one of the lightest 13.3-inch Ultrabooks currently available. It's not without some sacrifices, however, as its barebone set of hardware features and fragile lid stand out as key disadvantages.
Demand for PCs up 1.7 percent in EMEA as of Q1 2018
Sales of desktop PCs and laptops are continuing their downward trend into the new year according to Gartner. While EMEA is seeing a slight uptick, the sharper declines in other regions worldwide paint a more pessimistic picture. This latest quarter marks the fourteenth in a row of slowing PC sales. Note that the data does not include iPads or Android tablets.