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Sep 3
HP Envy x360-15t Touch Convertible Review
74% HP Envy x360-15t Touch Convertible Review
Jealous? The HP Envy 15-u001ng wants to make other convertible users jealous with its 360 degree hinge and the metal case. Read our review to find out why this is probably not going to happen.
Intel Core i5-4210U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 Tablet Review
86% Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 Tablet Review
Nexus competitor. The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is meant to chase the Google Nexus 7 and with its in-house processor and high-resolution LTPS display, it seems to be an interesting competitor in the 7-inch segment. The LTE tablet leaves a good impression in many areas; however, it shows some flaws in terms of software.
HiSilicon Kirin 910 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7.0" | 239 g
Sep 2
Microsoft Windows 9
Windows 9 teaser posted online by mistake
A Windows 9 teaser went online in China, but it has been confirmed i...
Apple iPhone 6 image, online leak
iPhone 6 videos leak online
Next to some technical specifications, a few iPhone 6 videos also le...
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Convertible Review
80% Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Convertible Review
Robust. The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme feels at home even in the most adverse environments. The convertible has a robust case, combined with a strong processor and good input devices. But at the price Dell is asking, buyers will certainly have to pay for what they get.
Intel Core i5-4300U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 11.6" | 2.7 kg
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
79% Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E Notebook Review
Solid total package. Acer introduces it Aspire E5-571G as an all-round laptop that includes a dedicated Nvidia graphics card and Intel Core i5 processor. However, hardware is not everything in this category - it very much depends on performance and quality. Has Acer created a successful combination for 700 Euros? Find out in the following report.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Sep 1
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q (i5, 840M) Notebook Review
80% Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q (i5, 840M) Notebook Review
Big brother. Is bigger also better in this case? Our comparison review will uncover this with respect to old problem areas for example the display. The 15.6 inch model achieved consistently strong results in our previous review. So, we expected the same from this device, when we started the test.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk renderings, wearables to be unveiled on September 4
Sony could unveil SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk this week
These two waterproof wearables are expected to be unveiled on Septem...
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PowerVR SGX544MP2
8/4 PowerVR SGX5 cores @ 300 - 533MHz
Huawei Ascend Mate2 Android phablet with 4G LTE, 6.1-inch screen and quad-core processor
Huawei Ascend Mate2 hits Fry's
This 6.1-inch phablet is powered by a quad-core processor and featur...
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A Notebook Review Update
78% Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A Notebook Review Update
Quiet with stamina. The 11.6-inch Aspire V3-111P notebook delivers a quad-core processor, a very good keyboard and a very long battery life. So, the small computer is ideal as a mobile typewriter that has lots of stamina.
Intel Pentium N3530 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Aug 31
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook Review
86% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook Review
The ThinkPad-Yoga-Chromebook hybrid. What happens when you cross a Chromebook with both a ThinkPad and a Yoga? You get one of the most well-made and practical inexpensive multimode 11-inch Chromebooks in the market. We detail in this review how the ThinkPad Yoga 11e has instantly become one of our favorite Chromebooks as of 2014.
Intel Celeron N2930 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.7 kg
ZTE Hot Thing teaser for September 16 launch event
ZTE special event coming on September 16
The Chinese company will launch a "Hot thing" in the US that is expe...
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android phablet in disguise, first Galaxy Note 4 video
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 spotted in disguise
This upcoming phablet seems to be ready for the market already and i...
Aug 30
Lenovo N20p-59426642 Dual-Mode Chromebook Review
74% Lenovo N20p-59426642 Dual-Mode Chromebook Review
Dual-mode Chromebook… As convertible notebooks continue to pique consumers’ interest, Chromebooks have yet to capitalize on the concept. Lenovo’s N20p flaunts its ability to transform, Yoga- or Flex-style, in pursuit of a piece of the convertible pie. Can it succeed?
Intel Celeron N2830 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏ Tablet Review
74% Toshiba WT8-B-102‏ Tablet Review
Slimmer is better. With 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage the Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 cutting a fine line between tablet and Windows PC. It's targeted as a very low-cost solution for the consumer space and from the outside it looks good. But does it perform well enough for the price?
Intel Atom Z3735G | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 8" | 372 g
Gigabyte P25X v2 Notebook Review
82% Gigabyte P25X v2 Notebook Review
Character actor. While most notebook companies rely at most on the GeForce GTX 870M for their 15-inch department, Gigabyte uses Nvidia's top model for the P25X v2. Also the other features (Blu-ray burner, mSATA-SSDs...) clearly point to a high-end product. In this review you will see whether the device is worth its 2,000 Euros (~$2627).
Intel Core i7-4810MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M | 15.6" | 2.8 kg
Intel Broadwell chips to power Chromebooks before the end of 2014
Fanless Broadwell-powered Chromebooks could launch this year
While not officially confirmed yet, it appears that next to Windows ...
Aug 29
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-007 with Intel Bay Trail processor
Toshiba announces Intel Bay Trail-powered Chromebook CB30-007
This new Intel Celeron-powered portable loaded with Chrome OS is alr...
Apple September 9 special event - Wish we could say more, iWatch and iPhone 6 expected to launch
Apple special event confirmed for September 9
The Cupertino company is expected to unveil both the iPhone 6 flagsh...
Asus ZenWatch smartwatch teaser in advance of IFA 2014 unveiling
Asus ZenWatch to cost less than $199 USD
Asustek's CEO has confirmed the company's first smartwatch will hit ...
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4 Notebook Review
78% Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4 Notebook Review
Affordable endurance machine. The hunt for a low-priced and, at the same time, long-lasting office machine has come to an end. The Extensa 2510 not only has long battery runtimes to offer but also brings along a good keyboard and matte screen. The bundle is available for just over 400 Euros (~$525).
Intel Core i3-4030U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712) Notebook Review Update
82% Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712) Notebook Review Update
The agony of choice. After our first review of the FHD version of the new Lenovo Y50 Gaming notebook, we are now focusing on a version with UHD display (3840x2160 pixels) and fast Samsung SSD. Full HD and matte or ultra HD and glossy? That's the question. We compare both displays.
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo IdeaTab S8-50 with Android KitKat, Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage
Lenovo IdeaTab S8-50 Android tablet leaks online
This new tablet has not been officially confirmed yet, but its alleg...
NVIDIA Shield tablet 4G LTE version, not for sale yet
NVIDIA Shield tablet with 4G LTE hits the FCC
The 4G LTE-capable version of NVIDIA's slate for gamers has just bee...
Aug 28
LG G Watch R smartwatch with full circle P-OLED display
LG announces G Watch R smartwatch
This round smartwatch features a circular Plastic OLED display which...
HP power cord model LS-15 sold between 2010 and 2012, replaced for free
HP recalls over 6 million defective power cords
HP and Compaq power cords model LS-15 sold in the US and Canada betw...
ZTE Warp Sync Adroid smartphone with 4G LTE, quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage
ZTE Warp Sync hits Boost Mobile
This 5-inch Android KitKat handset packs a quad-core processor, 2 GB...
Samsung Gear S smartwatch with 2-inch curved AMOLED display and Tizen OS
Samsung announces Gear S smartwatch and Gear Circle earbuds
The new smartwatch is IP67-certified and features a dual-core proces...
Fujitsu Stylistic Q584 Tablet Review
76% Fujitsu Stylistic Q584 Tablet Review
Retina by Fujitsu. The big eye-catcher of the Fujitsu tablet is the high-resolution and razor-sharp display (2560x1600 pixels). Furthermore, you get a stylus pen, security and business features as well as an LTE modem. Is this the perfect business tablet?
Intel Atom Z3770 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 660 g
Asus Fonepad 7 Android tablet
Asus unveils Intel Moorefield-powered Fonepad 7 tablet
Model FE7530CXG has been unveiled in China and will hit the market o...
Lenovo Y40-59423035 Notebook Review
75% Lenovo Y40-59423035 Notebook Review
Entry-level portable gaming. While Lenovo's Y40 clearly isn't the best choice for hardcore gamers, there's no question that the sleek 14-inch system with its current-generation i7 Haswell CPU, dedicated Radeon GPU and 256 GB SSD has plenty to offer for its $850 asking price, even though the display doesn't quite measure up.
Intel Core i7-4500U | AMD Radeon R9 M275 | 14" | 2 kg
Aug 27
Unofficial Apple iPad Pro concept render
12.9-inch iPad could arrive next year
Apple's largest iPad ever could arrive in 2015, but no details are a...
Archos 101 Oxygen Android tablet with 10.1-inch screen, quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage
Archos 101 Oxygen tablet hits the market in October
This 10.1-inch slate will debut at IFA 2014 next month and packs a q...
Kobo Aura H2O waterproof e-reader with 6.8-inch Carta E Ink HD multi-touchscreen and up to 2 months battery life
Kobo Aura H2O waterproof e-reader launches in October
The first premium waterproof e-ink e-reader in the world has a 6.8-i...
Archos 40 Cesium Windows smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and $99 USD price tag
Windows-powered Archos 40 Cesium smartphone and 80 Cesium tablet, coming soon
Archos' $99 USD Windows smartphone and the $149 USD 8-inch Windows t...
Archos 50b Platinum Android smartphone with 5-inch IPS display and quad-core processor
Archos 50b Platinum smartphone headed for IFA 2014
This handset has a 5-inch IPS screen, quad-core processor, dual SIM ...
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0 Tablet Review
83% Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0 Tablet Review
Couch potato. The MediaPad M1 8.0 ships with a fast Kirin 910 CPU, a decent display and great battery runtimes - but while its stamina may be great, both its slightly outdated version of Android and some outdoor usability issues are disappointing. However, for less than 200 Euros (~$263), it is still a good offer.
HiSilicon Kirin 910 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 8.0" | 341 g
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70 Notebook Review
74% Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70 Notebook Review
A good idea? Lenovo want their IdeaPad G50-70 to be a tempting, low-cost notebook with at least basic gaming power. Equipped with a dedicated graphics card, our test device certainly could be just that. But is the Radeon R5 230M the right graphics card for the task? Read on to find out.
Intel Core i5-4200U | AMD Radeon R5 M230 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
HTC Desire 510 with Snapdragon 410 processor and 4G LTE connectivity
HTC unveils Desire 510 with 4G LTE
This new affordable 4.7-inch smartphone has 4G LTE connectivity, a S...
Aug 26
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Android slate leaked image
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact specs leak online
A first image and the alleged specs of the new slate expected to sho...
LG G3 Stylus phablet with quad-core processor and Android KitKat
LG announces 5.5-inch G3 Stylus
Same as the G3 Beat and G Vista, the G3 Stylus is a device closely r...
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i7 processor - inside view
Fastest Surface Pro 3 appears to have overheating problems
New user reports reveal that multiple Surface Pro 3 high-end tablets...
HP ElitePad 1000 G2 (F1Q77EA) Tablet Review
82% HP ElitePad 1000 G2 (F1Q77EA) Tablet Review
Smart business idea? HP is not the first manufacturer to bring a slim 10-inch tablet onto the business market - but never before has this concept been realized that consistently: for around 1,000 Euros (~$1319), the buyer not only get Intel's fastest Atom processor, including 4 GB RAM and 64-bit operating system, but also an integrated LTE module as well as different safety features.
Intel Atom Z3795 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 680 g
Aug 25
Huawei Ascend D Android smartphone launched in 2012
Tizen has no future according to Huawei boss
Although Samsung's smartwatches come loaded with Tizen OS already, t...
Android L to get Lemon Meringue Pie nickname
Android L could be known as Lemon Meringue Pie
The upcoming Android version has been officially confirmed already, ...
Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch concept, wearable expected to feature curved display and Tizen OS
Samsung Gear 3 to feature curved display
The new Gear smartwatch is expected to show up at IFA 2014 next week...
LG G Watch Round smartwatch with compass, distance meter, and digital step counter
LG round smartwatch could be coming soon
LG G Watch Round will be the company's first round smartwatch and is...
HP Pavilion 17z Notebook Review
77% HP Pavilion 17z Notebook Review
The notebook with Beema. The HP Pavilion 17-f050ng comes with the latest Beema generation of AMD APUs. Read our review to find out why the review sample really surprised us.
AMD A8-6410 | AMD Radeon R5 (Beema) | 17.3" | 2.6 kg
Risen 3 Benchmarked
Risen 3 Benchmarked
David versus Goliath. While most RPGs have more than a 100 people in the development team, Risen 3 is produced by a very small studio. This shows in the gameplay of the game. Find out more about this game with our in-depth benchmarks.

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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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