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Jul 31
AT&T 2G network to shut down soon
AT&T to shut down its 2G network by the end of 2016
As 3G is ubiquitous already and 4G LTE connectivity gains more and m...
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display
Apple updates Retina MacBook Pro laptops
Five portables from this family now feature more memory and faster p...
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Intel Core i7 4980HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2800 - 4000 MHz 22nm
LG G Vista Android phablet with Incipio DualPro case
LG G Vista hits Verizon Wireless
This mid-range relative of the LG G3 flagship has lower specs, but a...
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 Notebook Review Update
84% HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 Notebook Review Update
Better, thanks to Haswell. HP implanted a new heart in their Elitebooks: Instead of Ivy Bridge processors, now the convertibles are outfitted with Haswell CPUs. This was a worthwhile upgrade, as the renovated devices now offer a longer battery life -- and somewhat stronger performance.
Intel Core i5-4300U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Jul 30
NVIDIA Shield Tablet ready for purchase in US and Canada
NVIDIA Shield Tablet is now available in the US and Canada
This 8-inch Full HD gaming tablet is finally available for purchase ...
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Intel Core i7 4870HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2500 - 3700 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i7 4770HQ Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 4 cores @ 2200 - 3400 MHz 22nm
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AMD A-Series A8-6410 Notebook Processor
Beema x86 4 cores @ 2000 - 2400 MHz 28nm
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Intel Core i7 4578U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 3000 - 3500 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4308U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2800 - 3300 MHz 22nm
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Intel Core i5 4278U Notebook Processor
Haswell x86 2 cores @ 2600 - 3100 MHz 22nm
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AMD Radeon R5 (Beema)
128 GCN 1.1 cores @ 800MHz, mem: 64 Bit
Nokia Lumia 720 successors to hit the US in August loaded with GDR1
Lumia 720 successors may hit the States next month
Two smartphones with 720p displays could launch in the US in August ...
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 troubleshooting - iFixIt score 1 out of 10
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 still has problems after the last update
Multiple users still complain of heating, lockups and WiFi/Bluetooth...
Epson Endeavor TB20S Windows tablet with Intel Bay Trail processor
Epson launches Endeavor TB20S Windows tablet in Japan
This new slate comes loaded with Windows 8.1 with Bing and features ...
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 Kaveri A10-7300 Notebook Review
78% Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3 Kaveri A10-7300 Notebook Review
Kaveri incoming. AMD braces itself against Intel's smart Haswell entry-level CPUs with its latest iteration of the Bulldozer architecture. Acer packs the brand new A10-7300 quad-core with integrated Radeon R6 graphics in one of its eternally unchanged standard casings, and presents an affordable multimedia machine to the bargain-hunting buyer for just 500 Euros (~$670). Can AMD stand up against Intel this time?
AMD A10-7300 | AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Jul 29
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet with Windows 8.1
New 10.6-inch Microsoft Surface to arrive in October
Production of components for a new 10.6-inch Microsoft Surface table...
Drobo Mini portable flash array three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starts at $1,199 USD
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini rugged portable flash array
The new member of the Drobo family is rugged, compact and portable, ...
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 - AnTuTu database reveals main specs of the upcoming slate
Upgraded Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 appears in the AnTuTu database
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 805-powered Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 could be a ...
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Review
86% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Review
Reshaping the Surface. Microsoft’s latest Surface is thinner, lighter, sexier, and even more versatile than before. Has the world finally met the successor to the modern laptop?
Intel Core i5-4300U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 12.0" | 810 g
Samsung Z smartphone powered by Tizen OS
Samsung confirms delay of the first Tizen phone
Unfortunately, the company did not reveal anything new about the rel...
Jul 28
Various Samsung smartphones and tablets
Samsung dominates emerging markets
Big names like LG and even Apple have been left behind by Samsung in...
Lenovo Yoga 2 10 FCC listing for Bluetooth keyboard
Lenovo may unveil a new Yoga 2 convertible soon
A new 10-inch Yoga 2 convertible PC may be unveiled soon as it has b...
Nexus 6 curved smartphone concept
Motorola could build the next Nexus device
Google's answer to the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 could be made by Moto...
Amazon Fire smartphone available from AT&T
Amazon Fire smartphone hits AT&T
Amazon’s first smartphone is now available from AT&T and offers quic...
Jul 27
iOcean X7S Smartphone Review
78% iOcean X7S Smartphone Review
More steam. Visually, the iOcean X7S bears a lot of similarities to its predecessor. But under the hood, things have changed. The new smartphone has an octa-core processor at its command, and the days of its storage space problems are past. Even so, unfortunately, the 5-inch smartphone is not well-rounded: The problem areas have now shifted to its communications modules and battery life.
Mediatek MT6592 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 5.0" | 135 g
Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 now available for download
The Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 is finally available for download
The lock screen app for Windows Phone was shown off by Microsoft bac...
Lenovo A10 Tablet Review
80% Lenovo A10 Tablet Review
Thin, bright, and inexpensive. The A10 manages to combine a large 10.1-inch IPS panel with a bright backlight, light weight, mainstream SoC, and a thin bezel with a future update to Android 4.4 KitKat - all for $250. We find out what's the catch to this low-cost, yet attractive consumer tablet from Lenovo.
Mediatek MT8121 | PowerVR SGX544 | 10.1" | 544.5 g
Jul 26
Huawei Ascend G750 Smartphone Review
82% Huawei Ascend G750 Smartphone Review
Dual-SIM giant. Huawei's Ascend G750 boasts with a 5.5-inch screen, two high-resolution cameras, a swift processor, and good battery runtimes. However, its communication interfaces are not completely satisfying, and the other equipment is also lean.
Mediatek MT6592 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 5.5" | 162 g
HTC Desire 610 now from AT&T for $200 USD
HTC Desire 610 hits AT&T
This budget Android KitKat handset is available for $199.99 USD outr...
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 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, now two GTX 860M graphics chips deliver a lot of gaming performance.
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
Computergames op Grafische Kaarten van Laptops
Computergames op Grafische Kaarten van Laptops
Welke games lopen vloeiend op grafische kaarten van laptops
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...

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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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