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Jul 25
Lenovo K920 phablet with 3 GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Lenovo K920 could launch on August 5
The 6-inch Android device is expected to launch early next month as ...
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Intel Core i5 4210H Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2900 - 3500 MHz 22nm
Almost 50 million tablets were sold during the second quarter of 2014
Almost 50 million tablets shipped worldwide during second quarter
While companies like Apple or Samsung sold less slates than anticipa...
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Intel Atom Z3785 Tablet SoC
Bay Trail-T x86 4 cores @ 1490 - 2410 MHz 22nm
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Intel Atom Z3736G Tablet SoC
Bay Trail-T x86 4 cores @ 1330 - 2160 MHz 22nm
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Intel Atom Z3736F Tablet SoC
Bay Trail-T x86 4 cores @ 1330 - 2160 MHz 22nm
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AMD Radeon R7 M260X
384 GCN cores @ 715MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 4000MHz
Aorus X7 v2 Notebook Review Update
80% Aorus X7 v2 Notebook Review Update
Two are better than one. Although it has not been long since it has appeared on the market, the successor is already available: Not even five months after our test, Aorus launched the next model of its slim high-end gamer, the X7. Instead of a pair of GTX 765M in SLI, two GTX 860M graphics chips deliver a lot of gaming performance, now.
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation vs tablet
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation gets software update
This new software update for 2nd Generation Kindle Paperwhite brings...
Lenovo Miix 2 11 Convertible Review
78% Lenovo Miix 2 11 Convertible Review
Good value. Lenovo is asking for around 550 Euros (~$738) for a Windows tablet with a Core i3 processor, Full HD IPS display, a "real" SSD (not eMMC) and a keyboard dock. Is the exceptionally low price Lenovo's declaration of war against the competition, or is it the only way the company could think of to entice potential buyers? Our review reveals the answer.
Intel Core i3-4012Y | Intel HD Graphics 4200 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards
Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards
List of all laptop graphic cards and what games can be played fluent...
Jul 24
Lenovo Vuzix M100 smart glasses to go on sale soon for $1,300 USD
Lenovo Vuzix M100 smart glasses are coming
Lenovo's competitor for Google Glass is expected to go on sale in ea...
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Qualcomm Adreno 420
@ 500-600MHz
Nokia Lumia 530 cheap Windows smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
Microsoft announces Lumia 530 Windows smartphone
The Windows Phone 8.1-powered Lumia 530 will be introduced in select...
Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone Review
87% Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone Review
Everything remains different. Sleeker, faster, better. The Nokia Lumia 930 - the new de-facto Windows Phone 8.1 flagship device - tries to impress on many fronts. Many features are truly inspiring; others are not quite there yet. More about that in our detailed review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 5.0" | 170 g
Samsung Galaxy Alpha, previously known as Galaxy Prime
Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaks online, to be made of metal
The first leaked images of this upcoming handset show what appear to...
Jul 23
Maingear Pulse 15 3K gaming laptop with Intel Core i7 Haswell and NVIDIA GeForce GTX870
Maingear launches Pulse 15 3K gaming laptop
This new machine is Maingear's thinnest 15-inch laptop for gamers on...
SWIP3 first game for Android Wear
SWIP3 is the first game for Android Wear
This match-three puzzle game is the first one available for Android ...
ECOXGEAR ECOSTONE waterproof Bluetooth speaker
ECOXGEAR launches ECOSTONE waterproof Bluetooth speaker
This new rugged speaker for Bluetooth-capable smartphones and tablet...
Lenovo B50-30
67% Lenovo B50-30 Notebook Review
How cheap can a laptop be? Lenovo offers incredible freedom for configuring its B50 product line, and thus provides an extremely affordable entry into the laptop world. We looked at the base configuration for 270 Euros (~$363) in this case and thoroughly examined what can and should be expected from this device.
Intel Celeron N2815 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Sony Xperia M2 Smartphone Review
80% Sony Xperia M2 Smartphone Review
A little more please! Second round for the Sony middle-class device: The model has gotten bigger and is designed similar to the flagship, the Xperia Z2. However, the manufacturer has removed some of the flaws we pointed out in the predecessor: The quality of the display has improved as has the storage space.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 4.8" | 149 g
Xiaomi Mi4 Android smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
Xiaomi to launch Mi4 Android smartphone on July 29
This is the first 4G LTE-capable handset from Xiaomi and features hi...
Jul 22
Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD offers no less than 960 GB capacity
Kingston introduces SSDNow V310 SSD
The latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series offers almost 1 TB of ...
NVIDIA Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 SoC
NVIDIA Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 and Controller announced
NVIDIA officially unveiled the Shield tablet, a slate for gamers with a 8-inch full HD display that is powered by the new Tegra K1 SoC and comes ...
Lenovo Yoga 2 13 Convertible Review
79% Lenovo Yoga 2 13 Convertible Review
Twist and turn as you like. The screen of Lenovo's Yoga line can be completely folded owing to a clever hinge design. Both the Yoga and Yoga 2 Pro were popular devices, and now Lenovo launches the Yoga 2 13. Our test reveals that not a lot has changed, but some things have been disimproved.
Intel Core i3-4010U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Jul 21
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, now loaded with Tizen OS
Samsung Galaxy Gear gets Tizen OS update
This new update can be performed via Kies 3.0, is free and brings th...
iPhone 6 Chinese promo flyer shows September 19 as launch date
iPhone 6 to launch on September 19
An image of a flyer which reveals the release date of the iPhone 6 i...
Gigabyte P35W v2
82% Gigabyte P35W v2 Notebook Review
Gaming rocket with shortcomings. Gigabyte wants to offer a laptop for gamers who value performance and style in the form of its P35W v2. Particularly the weight of just 2.44 kg and a thickness of only 2 cm are things that Gigabyte is proud of.
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Amazon Kindle Unlimited service is not available in Europe yet
Amazon reveals Kindle Unlimited
The service is only available in the US for now and provides access ...
Jul 20
Google Maps 8.2 with enhanced voice controls and improved bicycle directions
Google Maps gets new features
Version 8.2 of Google's program brings enhanced voice control, as we...
Jul 19
NVIDIA Shield tablet and Shield Controller to launch later this month
NVIDIA Shield tablet to launch later this month
The new Shield slate will be powered by the new Tegra K1 SoC and wil...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks
July 2014 update. Here you will find the current best multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mode...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks
July 2014 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is re...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
July 2014 update. Here you will find the current best office/business notebooks for below 800 Euros (~$1082) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the las...
Jul 18
4G LTE-enabled LG G3 Beat Android KitKat smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 720p display, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage
LG launches G3 Beat smartphone
The new handset is a "mid-tier" LG G3 and features a 720p 5-inch scr...
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet PC gets software update
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets software update
Less than a month after its release, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tab...
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Multimode Tablet Review
80% Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Multimode Tablet Review
Business tablet reprise… The latest multimode tablet out of Lenovo is the ThinkPad 8’s slightly bigger brother. Can its larger form factor and other design adjustments resolve the limitations of its predecessor?
Intel Atom Z3795 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 576 g
LG G3 Smartphone and LG G Watch Review
86% LG G3 Smartphone and LG G Watch Review
Hot potato. The LG G3 has received much acclaim and we can't deny that we looked forward to the first smartphone with a WQHD display. Still, although LG does a lot right, same technical problems with the screen, average battery runtimes and especially heat dissipation issues prevent it from taking the top spot among high-end smartphones. The G Watch is an interesting gadget.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 5.5" | 149 g
Verizon Wireless LG G3 with 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage
LG G3 hits Verizon Wireless for less than $100 USD
The new 4G LTE flagship is now available in Verizon Wireless stores ...
Jul 17
MSI GT72 Dominator Pro with Intel Core i7 and with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
MSI unveils GT72 Dominator Pro desktop replacement
MSI's latest desktop replacement comes with high-end NVIDIA GeForce ...
Microsoft plans to lay off 18,000 employees during the next 12 months
Microsoft announces massive job cut
Earlier today, the Redmond giant announced the biggest layoff in the...
CyberPowerPC Zeusbook Edge X6 gaming laptop with Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX870M
CyberPowerPC launches Zeusbook Edge X6 gaming laptop
This new 15.6-inch portable for gamers features a 4th generation Int...
Origin PC EVO15-S with Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
Origin PC reveals EVO15-S high-end laptop
This new laptop for both gamers and professionals is both light and ...
Lenovo M30-70 Notebook Review
75% Lenovo M30-70 Notebook Review
Short-winded. Slim, light, and reasonably affordable - those are the eye-catching specs of Lenovo's new 13.3-inch laptop. Our test reveals whether Lenovo provides a portable companion for tight budgets.
Intel Core i3-4010U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C Tablet Review
85% Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C Tablet Review
Fresh components. The Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C is the successor of the Memo Pad HD 7. Asus equipped the new version of its 7-inch tablet for 200 Euros (~$269) with a more powerful quad-core SoC as well as the latest Android version. Our review shows if the fine-tuning was successful.
Intel Atom Z3745 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 7" | 295 g
Jul 16
VIA Viega rugged Android tablet with Cortex-A9 dual core processor and 1 GB RAM
VIA reveals Viega ruggedized Android tablet
This new slate is IP65-certified and offers very good battery life, ...
MSI WS60 2OJ mobile workstation with Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics
MSI introduces WS60 2OJ mobile workstation
This new professional portable is light and thin, but comes with an ...
Sub-$100 USD Windows tablets are expected before the end of 2014
Windows tablets for under $100 USD to arrive later this year
Windows-powered tablets for $99 USD are expected to arrive later thi...
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H Convertible Review
80% Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H Convertible Review
Tablet, transform! The Asus Transformer Book T300LA is a Windows tablet that turns into a classy notebook when connected to its high-quality keyboard dock. The concept is appealing, but it has its drawbacks. Read our comprehensive review to find out why.
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.9 kg
Jul 15
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB memory and 32 GB internal storage
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows up in the AnTuTu database
The new benchmark database entries seem to confirm most specs expect...

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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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