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Sep 16
MSI GT72 Notebook Review
87% MSI GT72 Notebook Review
Muscleman. Cooler Boost, Super RAID, Matrix Display: MSI uses many fancy words for the GT72. We took the brand-new gaming notebook to check the marketing slogans. Can the high-end machine compete with the rivals from Asus, Alienware and Clevo?
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M | 17.3" | 3.8 kg
Sep 15
HP 8 G2 and HP 7 G2 Android KitKat tablets launch in France
HP launches 8 G2 and 7 G2 tablets in France
These two new KitKat tablets feature IPS displays, quad-core Allwinn...
Oppo N3 Android smartphone leaked image shows unique camera design
Oppo N3 leaked images reveal strange design
This upcoming handset features a rotating image snapper like the Opp...
Apple iPhone lineup - iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new record
Apple sold over four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in ...
Doogee DG310 smartphone now available in North America
Doogee DG310 smartphone now available in North America
The budget-priced 5-inch smartphone carries mainstream hardware incl...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
September 2014 update. Here you will find the current best office/business notebooks for below 800 Euros (~$1082) reviewed by Notebookcheck in th...
Sep 13
Dell Venue 10 shown at IDF 2014 next to Dell Venue 8
Dell Venue 10 7040 spotted on GFXBench
The Dell Venue 10 7040 appears to have a 6-inch screen with 2,560X1,...
Moto X Pure Edition Android smartphone to come unlocked and off-contract
Moto X Pure Edition coming later this month
Motorola promises to launch later this month a special edition Moto ...
HP Split x2 13-m210eg Convertible Review
75% HP Split x2 13-m210eg Convertible Review
Between the worlds. The new HP Split x2 does not require a choice between a tablet and a notebook since the convertible combines both types of devices. Besides an IPS display, the convertible attracts attention with very good battery runtimes as well as decent input devices.
Intel Core i5-4210Y | Intel HD Graphics 4200 | 13.3" | 2.2 kg
NVIDIA Shield Tablet
89% Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 Review
Android tablet gaming. New performance records, useful gaming features, and an integrated stylus are to take gaming on a tablet one step further. An attractive price of 299 Euros (~$387) fused with minor production flaws; the Shield tablet was quite convincing in our test.
Nvidia Tegra K1 | NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU | 8" | 371 g
Sep 12
LG L Bello 3G Android smartphone with quad-core processor
LG rolls out L Bello smartphone
This new 5-inch handset has a quad-core processor, comes loaded with...
Windows 9 Threshold Technical Preview screenshots emerge online
New Windows 9 images leak online
A German website published a generous gallery of images that apparen...
LG L Fino Android KitKat smartphone with quad-core processor
LG launches L Fino smartphone
This 4.5-inch Android smartphone has a quad-core processor, comes lo...
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck
Updated September 2014. Is the display the most important part of a notebook for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision?...
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111 Notebook Review
77% Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111 Notebook Review
Multimedia endurance machine. Technically Toshiba has done a great job with this laptop and its runtime endurance places it in the top rankings in the category comparison. Our in-depth report reveals whether the casing, input devices, screen, and general performance can match that.
Intel Core i5-4200U | AMD Radeon R7 M260 | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Sep 11
Seidio TETRA metal bumper for Apple iPhone 6
Seidio reveals TETRA case for Apple iPhone 6
This new lightweight metal bumper case for iPhone 6 is introduced ne...
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students
Back to school. Whether you are looking for a notebook that won't break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you wi...
Apple Pay mobile payment on iPhone 6
Apple Pay mobile payment system coming next month
Apple's mobile payments initiative will launch in October and it all...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC for entry-level smartphones and tablets
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 210 chip for low-end devices
The first devices powered by this new SoC for entry-level tablets an...
Sep 10
Apple iOS 8 - The biggest iOS release ever
iOS 8 arrives on September 17
This major update of Apple's mobile operating system brings new mess...
Apple Watch smartwatch to sell for $349 USD
Apple Watch to go on sale in early 2015
The long-awaited wearable is compatible with iOS 8-powered iPhone 5,...
Sims 4 Benchmarked
Sims 4 Benchmarked
Maximizing the target audience. With the game's brightly colored visuals and low hardware demands, the creators of Sims 4 want to reach as wide a player base as possible. Was the undertaking a success? Read our benchmark article to find out.
Intel talks Core M and Skylake... but not before mentioning watches, jewelry and handbags
IDF 2014 | Recap of Intel's Day 1 keynote
Intel is kickstarting this year's event with fancy jewelry and desig...
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45 Notebook Review Update
75% Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45 Notebook Review Update
Value for money marvel with an AMD core? For a low 370 Euros (~$479), Lenovo's G50-45 entry-level model has quite a few highlights: a quad-core APU and a hybrid hard drive are real buying incentives in this category. But is that enough to compete with rivals based on Intel technology?
AMD A6-6310 | AMD Radeon R4 (Beema) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with Retina HD display, A8 processor and iOS 8
Apple unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
The new models have 4.7- and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, 64-bit A8 ...
Sep 9
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Tablet Review
89% Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Tablet Review
Stunning screen. Samsung also relies on a high-resolution, Super AMOLED screen in its Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It is the tablet's absolute highlight. The in-house processor is good, but cannot compete with current high-end SoCs. Otherwise, the equipment is state-of-the-art and even includes LTE. Only better speakers and NFC would be appreciated.
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa | ARM Mali-T628 MP6 | 8.4" | 301 g
Alcatel OneTouch Pop 2 Android devices lineup
IFA 2014 | Alcatel OneTouch introduces Pop 2 lineup
The Pop 2 family is the first one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 p...
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon and Android KitKat
IFA 2014 | Sony announces Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
This premium 8-inch Android slate has IP68 certification for protect...
Alcatel OneTouch Hero 8 Android tablet with octa-core processor and 2 GB of memory
IFA 2014 | Alcatel OneTouch unveils Hero 8 Android tablet
This 8-inch Android slate has an ultra-thin, light aluminum case, oc...
Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk wearables powered by Android Wear
IFA 2014 | Sony announces SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk
Both these new products are built to interact with Sony's Android ap...
HP Stream 14 with AMD APU and Windows 8.1
HP Stream costs $299 USD in the US
The AMD-powered Windows 8.1 notebook that was expected to cost less ...
YEZZ Billy 4.7 Windows smartphone with quad-core processor and 4.7-inch IPS display
IFA 2014 | YEZZ Billy 4.7 Windows smartphone now available for pre-order
This 4.7-inch handset for budget-conscious users runs Windows Phone ...
HP ZBook 15 G2 mobile workstation with Windows 8.1 or Linux
HP unveils two ZBook mobile workstations
These professional laptops feature high-end Intel Core i7 quad-core ...
Sep 8
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Intel Core M 5Y10 SoC
Broadwell x86 2 cores @ 800 - 2000 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core M 5Y10a SoC
Broadwell x86 2 cores @ 800 - 2000 MHz 14nm
Huawei TalkBand B1 wearable compatible with both Android- and iOS-powered devices
Huawei to launch a smartwatch in 2015
Huawei did not release any Android Wear devices yet, but they are ge...
Intel Core M Broadwell processor for fanless 2-in-1 convertibles
IFA 2014 | Intel launches Core M processor for fanless devices
The new chip by Intel is the most energy-efficient Core processor re...
Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet with Kirin 925 processor and instant single-touch fingerprint access
IFA 2014 | Huawei reveals Ascend Mate7 phablet
This 6-inch phablet features instant single-touch fingerprint access...
Dell Inspiron 14-7437 FHD Ultrabook Review Update
80% Dell Inspiron 14-7437 FHD Ultrabook Review Update
A round bundle. A slim aluminum casing plus a Core i7 processor and Full HD screen equal a 14-inch laptop from Dell. The bundle is rounded off with very good battery runtimes. Has Dell created a strong device?
Intel Core i7-4510U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14" | 2 kg
Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch with Android Wear OS
IFA 2014 | Motorola Moto 360 is now official
Motorola's new wearable has a round face with Corning Gorilla Glass ...
Asus ZenWatch smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 512 MB of memory
IFA 2014 | Asus announces ZenWatch smartwatch
This wearable runs Android Wear OS with a customized version of Asus...
Sep 7
Acer Liquid E700 Trio Smartphone Review
80% Acer Liquid E700 Trio Smartphone Review
Hurray for three SIMs. Acer's Liquid E700 Trio features a total of three SIM card slots. A high-performance quad-core SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and lush 16 GB of flash memory alongside an HD IPS screen are also part of the bundle. A price of 200 Euros is demanded for that. A tasty mix in a restrained casing that will not only be interesting for corporate customers.
Mediatek MT6582 | ARM Mali-400 MP2 | 5" | 156 g
Asus X555LN-XO112H Notebook Review
76% Asus X555LN-XO112H Notebook Review
Low in contrast. Gaming-suitable laptops no longer have to be a costly affair these days. Asus also follows this trend with its X555LN. For 500 Euros (~$646), the buyer gets a 15.6-inch device with a Core i5 processor and GeForce 840M graphics core. The price is even below 500 Euros (~$646) without a Windows operating system.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Sep 6
Lenovo reveals updated ThinkPad Helix detachable and Edge 15 convertible
IFA 2014 | Lenovo reveals updated ThinkPad Helix detachable and Edge 15 convertible
The 11.6-inch ThinkPad Helix will sport Intel's upcoming Core M CPUs...
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Intel Core M 5Y70 Notebook Processor
Broadwell x86 2 cores @ 1100 - 2600 MHz 14nm
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
September 2014 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mo...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
September 2014 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mod...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
September 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and co...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
September 2014 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is re...
Sep 5
Huawei Ascend G7 Android phablet with 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor
IFA 2014 | Huawei shows off Ascend G7 phablet
This 5.5-inch handset has a 64-bit quad-core processor, 13 MP back c...

FAQ and Tips

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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