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Aug 22
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE Android Jelly Bean smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 13 MP back camera
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE launches in the US on August 27
Although it features a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor a...
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ with 300 Mbps connectivity
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ hits Singapore tomorrow
The handset comes with support for the new and fast SingTel 4G LTE-A...
Aug 21
Motorola ET1 rugged tablet for the enterprise market, launched in 2011
Motorola is testing multiple tablets that could launch next summer
The slates under testing have sizes between 7-inch and 12.5-inch and...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK made with Barnes & Noble
Samsung and Barnes & Noble launch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
This "new" slate is a regular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 loaded with NOOK ...
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG Notebook Review
76% Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG Notebook Review
Fanless. Just low 250 Euros have to be shelled out for Acer's new 11.6-inch netbook. The customer gets a matte screen, quad-core processor, and a very decent keyboard for that. Our report shows whether its worth buying.
Intel Celeron N2930 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros
The price is hot. Here you will find the best notebooks below 500 Euro reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, ma...
Seidio CAPSA TouchView protective case for Samsung Galaxy S5
Seidio launches Samsung Galaxy S5 case CAPSA TouchView
This new case for Samsung's flagship combines a screen protector and...
Aug 20
SanDisk Ultra II solid-state drive
SanDisk announces Ultra II SSD
This new family of solid-state drives contains models ranging from 1...
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua waterproof Android smartphone with 4G LTE and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Sony intros Xperia M2 Aqua waterproof smartphone
This handset offers mid-range specs but Sony claims it can offer "th...
Angelbird SSD wrk ultra-slim 256 GB SSD
Angelbird reveals SSD wrk solid-state drive
The new SSD wrk is an ultra-slim drive which uses the fast SMI 2246E...
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982 Notebook Review Update
77% Acer Aspire V3-331-P982 Notebook Review Update
Enduring. Despite the low price of around 450 Euros (~$597), Acer's 13.3-inch laptop can boast with very good battery runtimes. Read in our report whether that is the only thing the computer has to offer.
Intel Pentium 3556U | Intel HD Graphics (Haswell) | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Aug 19
Sharp Aquos Crystal Android smartphone with 5-inch frameless display
Sharp Aquos Crystal hits the US via Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile
This frameless Android smartphone was unveiled today in the US as ex...
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-111 with Intel Atom Z3745 and 2 GB RAM
Acer Aspire Switch 12 leaks online
This convertible will probably come in two variants, one powered by ...
Asus Transformer Pad Android 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard dock
Two large Android tablets by Asus spotted on GFXBench
The 9.4-inch and 14.2-inch slates may be unveiled at IFA 2014 but As...
Kobo Aura HD e-Reader
Kobo Aura H2O waterproof e-reader hits the FCC
This 6.8-inch device could be unveiled soon, but the only official i...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet Review
88% Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet Review
Brilliant star. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 relies on an in-house South Korean processor, which is why it slightly lags the Note 10.1 in terms of performance. Battery life shows some flaws, which are however still in a very good range. The star of the Tab S is clearly the display, which can entirely convince.
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa | ARM Mali-T628 MP6 | 10.5" | 470 g
Aug 18
Sharp Aquos Crystal Android smartphone launches on Sprint US tomorrow
Sharp Aquos Crystal to hit the US soon
Sprint will bring this new Japanese handset on the US market and the...
HP Stream 14-inch $200 USD notebook with AMD processor
AMD-powered HP Stream sub-$200 laptop coming soon
This 14-inch notebook will use a low power AMD "Mullins" quad-core p...
Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch spotted at Best Buy, coming soon soon for $249.99
Moto 360 smartwatch, spotted at Best Buy
The price, specs and features of this upcoming smartwatch have been ...
Xiaomi announces MIUI 6 custom Android user interface release schedule
Xiaomi unveils MIUI 6 Android UI
The new custom Android interface from China's Apple is currently bei...
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Smartphone Review
87% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Smartphone Review
Big is now "Mini". One year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini would have easily been a standard-sized smartphone. But it is smaller than the Galaxy S5 and does not offer all the features, either, so it is called "Mini". Where did the manufacturer save some money? And how does the Galaxy S5 Mini perform compared to other "Mini" devices?
Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad | ARM Mali-400 MP4 | 4.5" | 120 g
Aug 17
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks
August 2014 update. Here you will find the current best multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mo...
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15 Notebook Review
74% Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15 Notebook Review
Flexibility on a budget. Lenovo's expansive Flex lineup continues with the updated 15.6-inch model in time for the back-to-school season. We check out both the chassis and performance to see if this inexpensive touchscreen notebook is an improvement over first generation Flex models.
Intel Core i5-4210U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Aug 15
Windows 9 preview to come in September
Windows 9 preview could come next month
Industry insiders familiary with the matter claim that Microsoft wil...
BlackBerry Passport 4.5-inch smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and BlackBerry 10.1 OS
BlackBerry Passport smartphone video leaks online
This new video shows the large 4.5-inch square screen and the intere...
Analysis of the AMD Kaveri Notebook Platform
Analysis of the AMD Kaveri Notebook Platform
Kaveri goes mobile. The wait is over. The frugal notebook models follow the desktop models, which have already been available for a while. A total of nine APUs should compete with Intel's Haswell platform and especially score points with their superior graphics performance. We analyzed the potential of the new chips. Benchmark update - August 12, 2014!
Gigabyte P27G v2 Notebook Review
80% Gigabyte P27G v2 Notebook Review
Classical values. With the P27G v2, Gigabyte does not follow the current trend of designing slimmer and slimmer notebooks, but rather resorts to old virtues like a replaceable battery and comfortable maintenance. Admittedly, the 17-inch notebook is not really a compact gaming notebook, but it convinces with generous equipment and a fair price.
Intel Core i7-4710MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
Mozilla Flame Firefox OS smartphone for developers
Mozilla Flame smartphone is finally shipping
This 4.5-inch smartphone for Firefox OS developers with adjustable m...
LG G Pad 8.0 Android tablet with LTE now shipping
LG G Pad 8.0 with LTE starts shipping
This new 8-inch, 4G LTE-capable slate begins shipping in Europe this...
Aug 14
MSI Limited Edition GS60 Ghost gaming laptop with Haswell Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
MSI unveils Limited Edition GS60 Ghost gaming laptop
This golden GS60 Ghost variant is exclusively available from NewEgg ...
Lenovo sales more smartphones than PCs
Lenovo now ships more smartphones than PCs
Lenovo is now the leader of the Chinese smartphone market and manage...
Verizon 8-inch tablet by Quanta WiFi certification
Verizon-branded 8 inch tablet might launch soon
This new slate that is made by Quanta already got its WiFi certifica...
HP Chromebook 11 G3, now with Bay Trail processor
HP Chromebook 11 now has a Bay Trail processor
HP Chromebook 11 G3 now uses a Intel Bay Trail processor instead of ...
Schenker C404 Notebook Review
82% Schenker C404 Notebook Review
P34G v2 v2. After we already reviewed the Gigabyte P34G v2 a couple of weeks ago, we now have a look at the similar Schenker C404 in this review update. Battery and build quality were drawbacks in the test of the original. Is the C404 better?
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 14.0" | 1.8 kg
Toshiba Portégé Z30t-A-10X Ultrabook Review Update
86% Toshiba Portégé Z30t-A-10X Ultrabook Review Update
Finger friendly. As of now, Toshiba's Portégé Z30-A is also available as a touchscreen version with IPS panel and Full HD resolution. We reveal whether the extra charge is worth paying and which additional features the 13-inch ultrabook has to offer.
Intel Core i7-4500U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Aug 13
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 6-inch Android phablet
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leaks online
This upcoming 6-inch Android KitKat handset has a 64-bit Qualcomm Sn...
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4.7-inch Android smartphone with Super AMOLED display and octa-core processor
Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now official
This 4.7-inch handset has a metallic frame, features a Super AMOLED ...
Toshiba AT10-B Android tablet gets WiFi certification
Toshiba to unveil a 10-inch Android tablet soon
Last year's Excite Pure will probably get a follower soon, as its al...
Fujitsu Stylistic Q704
73% Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Convertible Review
Weary business tablet. More than one year ago, we tested a Windows 8 tablet made by Fujitsu, which - among other things thanks to its keyboard dock - was supposed to appeal to business customers. Now, its successor has arrived - but unfortunately, not all changes are for the better.
Intel Core i5-4300U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 12.5" | 2.1 kg
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 2 rolls out
Windows Update 8.1 Update 2 rolls out
The latest update to Windows 8.1 can be downloaded since yesterday b...
Aug 12
Motorola Moto G best budget Android smartphone
Motorola's sales double over last year
Motorola sold 8.6 million smartphones during the last quarter, the g...
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Intel Atom Z3580 SoC
Moorefield x86 4 cores @ 2330 MHz 22nm
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Intel Atom Z3560 SoC
Moorefield x86 4 cores @ 1830 MHz 22nm
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AMD Radeon R5 M255
320 GCN cores @ 940MHz, 64 Bit DDR3 @ 1800 - 2000MHz
NVIDIA Tegra K1 32-bit and 64-bit chips in a slide shown at CES 2014
NVIDIA unveils Tegra K1 Denver 64-bit processor
The first devices powered by this 64-bit Tegra K1 chip will launch l...
HP Slate 12 Pro with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
HP Slate 12 Pro spotted on GFXBench
This slate will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 12.5-inc...
Eurocom X5 notebook with Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro dedicated graphics adapter
Eurocom launches X5 high performance laptop
This highly customizable 17.3-inch notebook offers a selection of In...
Lenovo Z40-59422614 Notebook Review
74% Lenovo Z40-59422614 Notebook Review
With great power… comes great compromise? The Z40 is most certainly among the most affordable machines to combine a Core i5 CPU, a discrete GPU, and good battery life into a single package. Surely you’re asking yourself: what’s the catch?
Intel Core i5-4200U | NVIDIA GeForce 820M | 14.0" | 2.1 kg
Dell Venue 7 LTE Tablet Review
83% Dell Venue 7 LTE Tablet Review
Light-shunning LTE slate. Dell launches a balanced, 7-inch tablet that is based on a current Atom processor from the Merrifield generation and Google's Android 4.4 KitKat, dubbed Venue 7 LTE, on the market. Its brightness and speakers are the biggest points of criticism. However, it does a good job otherwise.
Intel Atom Z3460 | PowerVR G6400 | 7.0" | 295 g
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
August 2014 update. Here you will find the current best office/business notebooks for below 800 Euros (~$1082) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the l...

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Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

In the following briefly we will list all graphics cards for Notebooks, which are available at the market. Additionally we represent approximate values of different bench marks (3D Mark at the moment) in italic style beneath the display adapters.

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Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sortable and filterable benchmark and specs list of all currently built video graphic adapters in notebooks / laptops.

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Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

List of all laptop graphic cards and what games can be played fluently with them.

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How much graphic memory makes sense?

This article explains, how much graphic memory is useful for which video cards and which applications are accelerated thus.

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Upgrade / Replace a Notebook Video Card

Generally, it is not so easy to upgrade / replace notebook video cards than desktop video cards. If it is possible and how to actually replace a video card is described in the following article.

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Case Study: Replacing the Video Card of a Dell Inspiron E1705 (9400)

Andi, a Dell Inspiron E1705 (9400) user, demonstrated how to replace the GPU of his Dell notebook and provided us with a description of the whole process.

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FireGL and Quadro Professional GPUs
Mobile Graphic Cards for Professional Users (Quadro, FireGL)

In the following editorial we will take a closer look at the pro cards à la Quadro and FireGL, which are usually built into mobile work stations and professional notebooks. These are supposed to be especially efficient in connection with professional applications based on OpenGL.

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