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Thursday, 2014-04-17
Galaxy S5 expected at Staples on the 20th of April
Galaxy S5 expected at Staples on the 20th of April
Galaxy S5 will be available at Staples for $199 with a two-year cont...
Review HP ProBook 645 G1 Notebook
77% Review HP ProBook 645 G1 Notebook
14-inch business. The ProBook 645 is a 14-inch business laptop. Besides a matte screen, swift hard drive and good input devices, the laptop features classic business qualities like a docking port and a SmartCard reader. The laptop can also be furnished with an LTE modem.
AMD A6-5350M | AMD Radeon HD 8450G | 14" | 2 kg
Lenovo announces the Flex 2 line of laptops
Lenovo announces the Flex 2 line of laptops
The refresh brings options for higher-end processors, AMD Radeon or ...
Wednesday, 2014-04-16
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Intel Core i7 4712MQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2300 - 3300 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i7 4710MQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2500 - 3500 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4210M Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2600 - 3200 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i3 4110M Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2600 MHz 22nm
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Intel Pentium 3560M Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2400 MHz 22nm
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Intel Celeron 2970M Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2200 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i7 4760HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2100 - 3300 MHz 22nm
Review Update Fujitsu LifeBook U904-0M75A1DE Ultrabook
78% Review Update Fujitsu LifeBook U904-0M75A1DE Ultrabook
Sharp and matte. The version of the Lifebook U904 with a matte WQHD+ display and without a touchscreen has now found its way into our list of candidates for review. Does the anti-reflective surface do its job well? How does the notebook fare compared to its competitors? Read our review to find out.
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14.0" | 1.4 kg
The Elder Scrolls Online Benchmarked
The Elder Scrolls Online Benchmarked
Big, bigger, TESO. As one of the last publishers to do so, Bethesda Softworks tries an MMORPG by subscription. The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) is intended to piggyback off of the success of competitors in its genre, like Guild Wars 2 and World of WarCraft. You will encounter hardly any new technological advances, but the title scores points for its visually appealing and interesting world. Our article primarily deals with the new game's hardware demands.
Tuesday, 2014-04-15
Hisense Sero 8 Android tablet with quad-core Rockchip processor and IPS display
Hisense launches Sero 8 tablet
The 8-inch slate features an IPS display, a quad-core processor from...
Toshiba Satellite P55T 4K notebook with Haswell i7, Radeon R9 M265X and Windows 8.1
Toshiba Satellite P55T arrives in the US on April 22
Toshiba's first 4K laptop offers an amazing 282 ppi display, Intel C...
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Intel Core i7 4712HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2300 - 3300 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i7 4710HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2500 - 3500 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i7 4510U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2000 - 3100 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4260U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1400 - 2700 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4210U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1700 - 2700 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i3 4120U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2000 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i3 4030U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1900 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i3 4025U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1900 MHz 22nm
Review Lenovo ThinkPad T440 20B6005YGE Notebook
85% Review Lenovo ThinkPad T440 20B6005YGE Notebook
Evergreen. Only a few notebooks have such a long history as the ThinkPad T-series. Lenovo follows the current trend with the latest 14-inch version and focuses on mobility in particular. There are also new components and input devices. Read our review to find out what you can expect from the work tool.
Intel Core i7-4600U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14.0" | 1.7 kg
Review Update Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D Convertible
69% Review Update Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D Convertible
Alternative? Not really. The highlight of the Flex 14 is surely its 300-degree swivel screen alongside the related multimedia and presentation options. Lenovo now expands this product line with a weak AMD APU from the E-series. Why this concept does not work can be read here.
AMD E1-2100 | AMD Radeon HD 8210 | 14.0" | 1.9 kg
Monday, 2014-04-14
Asus Transformer Book T100 convertible with Bay Trail processor, SSD and 500 GB hard drive
Asus Transformer Book T100 now has a 500 GB option
The affordable Bay Trail-powered convertible was only available in t...
Motorola DROID RAZR HD Android smartphone to get KitKat update
Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M to get their KitKat update soon
Motorola confirmed the arrival of this update back in November and n...
Lenovo IdeaPad G50 budget Windows notebook
Lenovo IdeaPad G50 to arrive soon with premium specs and attractive pricing
The new notebook is expected to offer plenty of customization option...
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Intel Core i3 4030Y Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1600 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4220Y Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 1600 - 2000 MHz 22nm
Review HP EliteBook 840 G1-H5G28ET Ultrabook
87% Review HP EliteBook 840 G1-H5G28ET Ultrabook
The golden mean? The HP EliteBook 840 G1 wants to beat the business rivals from Lenovo and Dell. Thanks to an extensive diet, the 14-inch device is thinner than ever, but you do not have to waive a fast Core i7 processor, sufficient memory and comprehensive features.
Intel Core i7-4600U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14" | 1.8 kg
Review Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell vs. Kepler
Review Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell vs. Kepler
The unequal duel. Nvidia offers two different versions of its latest high-end GPU GeForce GTX 860M. Besides a version based on the Maxwell architecture, there is also a GPU from the old Kepler generation. We compared the performance of the two DirectX 11 chips and found a winner.
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 15.6" | g
Sunday, 2014-04-13
Moto X successor could include more back panel options
Moto X successor could include more back panel options
The Moto X+1 is expected to carry more back panel options, including...
Saturday, 2014-04-12
Review Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 Tablet
80% Review Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 Tablet
Pocket Windows II. Acer launched an 8-inch Windows tablet based on the Clovertrail platform just a little under a year ago. Now its successor is beginning to take shape with the Bay Trail SoC. Does it add power to the pocket?
Intel Atom Z3740 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 8.1" | 417 g
Friday, 2014-04-11
Microsoft Windows XP to receive support in China
Lenovo and Tencent team up with Microsoft to support Windows XP in China
Although officially discontinued on April 8, Windows XP still receiv...
Xiaomi MiPad tablet with MediaTek processor and 7.9-inch display
Xiaomi MiPad tablet could arrive next month
This slate will offer a metallic case and a quad-core processor for ...
Meizu MX3 Ubuntu smartphone with Samsung Exynos 5410, 2 GB RAM and up to 128 GB of storage
Meizu MX3 to ship later this year with Ubuntu
The handset features a 5.1-inch multitouch display, 2 GB of memory a...
Sony issues warning of fire risk with Vaio Fit 11A Notebooks
Sony issues warning of fire risk with Vaio Fit 11A Notebooks
Sony asks customers to discontinue use of their new VAIO Fit 11A not...
Review Update HP ProBook 655 G1 Notebook
77% Review Update HP ProBook 655 G1 Notebook
AMD business. HP asks for about 750 Euros (~$1030) for their ProBook 655 business notebook. For that price, the buyer gets an office device with an AMD APU, a matte display and a quick hard drive. Additionally, the computer is pre-equipped for the installation of an LTE modem and offers easy access to its inner workings for maintenance. But does the notebook do well in practice? Read our review to find out.
AMD A6-5350M | AMD Radeon HD 8450G | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Review Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F Smartphone
83% Review Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F Smartphone
Turbo data. A 4.5-inch smartphone powered by Android 4.2.2 and high-speed LTE for a price considerably below 300 Euros (~$416): Samsung's Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F enables a browsing speed of up to 150 Mbit/s - not its only advantage, as our review proves.
Renesas MP5232 | PowerVR SGX544 | 4.5" | 137 g
Thursday, 2014-04-10
Google Glass to be made available to the public during special one day event
Google Glass to be made available to the public during special one day event
Google will allow US consumers to purchase a limited number of Googl...
Acer Aspire Switch SW5 convertible with Bay-Trail Atom processor
New leak reveals specs of Acer Aspire Switch SW5 convertible
The upcoming convertible should be officially announced on April 29,...
BlackBerry CEO John Chen
BlackBerry does not leave the handset market
Contrary to a recent report by Reuters, BlackBerry plans to release ...
Windows Phone 8.1 Qualcomm exclusive
Windows Phone 8.1 to support only Qualcomm processors
Support for MediaTek's chips would help Windows Phone quickly gain a...
Review Clevo W370SS (Nexoc G728II) Barebones Notebook
80% Review Clevo W370SS (Nexoc G728II) Barebones Notebook
Good combination. Several companies in Germany offer powerful and configurable high-end laptops. One of them is the Bavarian Nexoc GmbH. The manufacturer wants to attract the attention of gamers with the G728II, and one of the most important components is Nvidia's brand-new Maxwell architecture.
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
Review HP Pavilion 11-h000sg Convertible
75% Review HP Pavilion 11-h000sg Convertible
Participant. HP jumps on the bandwagon of handy Windows convertibles and builds one at an affordable price for the average consumer. Does the glossy design of the current Pavilions meet our taste? Do the wider diagonal, the second battery and the Bay Trail Pentium justify the rather high price?
Intel Pentium N3510 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.6 kg
Wednesday, 2014-04-09
Firefox OS 2.0 screenshot
First Firefox OS 2.0 screenshots leak online
The upcoming Firefox OS 2.0 looks great in comparison with the versi...
Chrome OS tablet concept
Acer could launch first Chrome OS tablet later this month
The first Chrome OS-driven tablet could arrive at the end of this mo...
HP Spectre 13 Pro ultrabook with aluminum alloy design
HP Spectre 13 Pro ultrabook coming soon
The Spectre 13 ultrabook will soon get a business version with alumi...
Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet
89% Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet
Competitive? Samsung's newest 8-inch tablet features many upgrades: A high-speed SoC, more working memory, four times the screen resolution, and the latest operating system in the 4.4 version. Has the major corporation done everything right, or does something come up short due to the multiple changes.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 8.4" | 331 g
Review Clevo W840SN (Schenker S403 FHD/GT745M) Barebones Ultrabook
75% Review Clevo W840SN (Schenker S403 FHD/GT745M) Barebones Ultrabook
Gamer's choice? Schenker beefs up its ultrabook with a GT 745M, SSD plus HDD, decent upgradability, matte Full HD screen and an aluminum, rather than plastic, lid. Is it the ideal contraption for the performance geek?
Intel Core i5-4200U | NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M | 14" | 1.8 kg

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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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