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Aug 20
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, 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...
Aug 11
Motorola Moto G, predecessor of Moto G+1/Moto G2
Motorola Moto G2 coming next month
The successor of the notorious Motorola Moto G will use the Qualcomm...
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Intel Atom Z3530 SoC
Moorefield x86 4 cores @ 1330 MHz 22nm
Acer Chromebook 13 with NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
Acer Chromebook 13 is now official
This new 13-inch Chrome OS-powered notebook has a NVIDIA Tegra K1 So...
HTC A11 Android smartphone with 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC
HTC A11 smartphone to feature 64-bit processor
The mid-range A11 device is expected to feature a 64-bit Snapdragon ...
LG L60 X145 Android smartphone with 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat
LG L60 spotted online
The latest device to join the Series III family is a 4.3-inch smartp...
Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730 Tablet Review
80% Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730 Tablet Review
Seven times the charm. The time has come for Acer to update their Iconia One 7 budget tablet with new technology. The new machine once again runs on an Intel Atom processor, and the 7-inch IPS display offers HD resolution. Beyond that, the tablet also houses 8 GB of flash memory, a microSD slot and WLAN b/g/n. At a price of about 100 Euros (~$135), Acer's new Iconia One is a good deal.
Intel Atom Z2560 | PowerVR SGX544 | 7.0" | 320 g
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii Notebook Review Update
82% Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii Notebook Review Update
Maxwell Upgrade. The GeForce GTX 850M graphics core equips the Aspire with a considerable gaming performance. At the same time, the good battery life and the slim, elegant casing can be maintained. Whether Acer has designed the optimal all-round notebook will be shown in the following review.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Aug 9
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Intel Atom Z3480 SoC
Merrifield x86 2 cores @ 2133 MHz 22nm
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Intel Atom Z3460 SoC
Merrifield x86 2 cores @ 1600 MHz 22nm
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
August 2014 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularl...

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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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