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Tuesday, 2014-04-08
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MP5232 Notebook Processor
Cortex-A9 ARM 2 cores @ 1500 MHz
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
April 2014 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models ...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
April 2014 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models...
Review Fujitsu LifeBook S904 Notebook
83% Review Fujitsu LifeBook S904 Notebook
Enduring. Fujitsu wants to lure mobile computer workers into buying its new 13.3-inch Lifebook S904 laptop. In addition to a low weight, the computer features an IGZO-WQHD screen, a docking port, and a 3G/LTE module. Beyond that, the company also promises a battery runtime of up to 24 hours and includes a three-year warranty. Sounds too good to be true?
Intel Core i7-4600U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Monday, 2014-04-07
Samsung Super AMOLED tablet specs leak
Specs of the Samsung 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet leaked
The upcoming slate is expected to feature a WQHD display, 2 GB of me...
Best Buy Windows XP trade-in $100 USD coupon deal
Acer C720 Chromebook available for $99 USD through Best Buy's XP trade in program
This is probably the best deal available to customers who plan to ge...
Gigabyte Tegra Note 7 Android gaming tablet
Gigabyte reveals Tegra Note 7 gaming tablet
The Taiwanese company unveiled its own Tegra Note 7 tablet, which fe...
Qualcomm MDP Android tablet with Snapdragon 805 and WQHD IPS display
Qualcomm MDP tablet arrives later this month with Snapdragon 805 processor and 10-inch WQHD display
Intrinsyc will ship this Mobile Development Platform Tablet powered ...
Review Acer Iconia A1-830 Tablet
82% Review Acer Iconia A1-830 Tablet
8-inches of metal. You're looking for an affordable tablet that is compact and stylish? Then you should look at Acer's Iconia A1-830 that wants to convince with a metal back and Intel Atom processor for a price of 170 Euros (~$233).
Intel Atom Z2560 | PowerVR SGX544 | 7.9" | 380 g
Review Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet
85% Review Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet
All-rounder. Nvidia’s Tegra Note 7 is a well-equipped 7-inch tablet for just 209 Euros (~$287). SoC is an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with a clock of 1.8 GHz, which is supported by a GeForce GPU as well a 1 GB RAM. Furthermore, you get 16 GB storage, a powerful battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Is that sufficient for a top-ten position?
Nvidia Tegra 4 | NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4 | 7" | 353 g
Sunday, 2014-04-06
Free Samsung Galaxy S5 from Verizon Wireless
Free Samsung Galaxy S5 from Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless gives two Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets for the price ...
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Mediatek MT6582M SoC
Cortex-A7 ARM 4 cores @ 1300 MHz 28nm
Saturday, 2014-04-05
Gresso Azimuth A1 luxury dual SIM phone
Gresso Azimuth A1 is world's first luxury dual SIM phone
This $2,000 USD phone has very low technical specs but has a luxury ...
Review Clevo P370SM-A (Schenker XMG P724) Barebones Notebook
81% Review Clevo P370SM-A (Schenker XMG P724) Barebones Notebook
Chasing records. Schenker Technologies wants to offer the fastest desktop replacement with the XMG P724. The bulky 17-inch chassis can be configured with up to four storage drives and two high-end graphics cards. But does such a package make sense, or is a single GPU sufficient for passionate gamers? Our review of the GeForce GTX 880M SLI gives the answer.
Intel Core i7-4810MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
April 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commen...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
April 2014 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regula...
Friday, 2014-04-04
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom AnTuTu benchmark results and technical specs revealed
Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom's specs and AnTuTu benchmark results show up
The upcoming smartphone will feature a 6-core Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa ...
Intel Braswell low-end 14 nm chips to replace Bay Trail
IDF 2014 | Intel announces 14nm Braswell processors for Chromebooks
Haswell and Bay Trail processors will be followed by 14 nm Broadwell...
Four new Digital Storm gaming laptops with NVIDIA GTX 800M graphics
Digital Storm announces four gaming laptops and a giveaway
The four new custom built gaming laptops come with fourth generation...
Review Acer Aspire E1-510P-2671 Notebook
74% Review Acer Aspire E1-510P-2671 Notebook
Bread-and-Butter. A decent-looking 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook with basic hardware and good battery life courtesy of a frugal quad-core SoC - this is how one could sum up the Aspire E1-510P-2671. How the notebook fares as a daily companion is the subject of our review.
Intel Celeron N2920 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Review Update Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk Notebook
72% Review Update Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk Notebook
17.3-inch netbook. Packard Bell equips the EasyNote with a energy-saving APU that was originally intended for use in mobile and thin subnotebooks/ultrabooks. Theoretically, the customer should receive a 17.3-inch office notebook that works as quiet as a whisper and needs very little energy. But is that really the case? Read our review to find out.
AMD E2-3800 | AMD Radeon HD 8280 | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Thursday, 2014-04-03
Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0 (SM-T330) cheap Android tablet, Black version
Samsung unveils 7-inch and 8-inch Galaxy Tab4 tablets
The 7-inch and 8-inch tablets will launch next to the 10.1-inch vari...
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AMD Radeon R9 M265X
384 GCN cores, 128 Bit GDDR5
Ubuntu One sync service backing up files
Canonical to shut down Ubuntu One cloud service
While the Ubuntu One sign on service, the payment service and the ba...
Review Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 Smartphone
84% Review Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 Smartphone
Diet. Samsung offers light versions of its smartphone models under the product name Neo. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a slimmed down version of its big brother. The manufacturer has made cutbacks in many areas of the device, and only the wireless communication options and the typical Note S Pen remain untouched. Find out what limitations have to be accepted here.
Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa | ARM Mali-T624 | 5.5" | 162 g
Review Clevo W650SJ (Schenker M504) Barebones Notebook
80% Review Clevo W650SJ (Schenker M504) Barebones Notebook
Appearances are deceiving. You could think that the M504 is just an usual office notebook when you look at the case. But you couldn't be more wrong: Underneath the IPS display are many powerful components. Main attraction is Nvidia's price-performance miracle GeForce GTX 850M.
Intel Core i5-4310M | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Review Asus VivoBook S301LA-C1073H Ultrabook
77% Review Asus VivoBook S301LA-C1073H Ultrabook
A cheap premium laptop? Asus adds a cheap 13-inch Ultrabook to their collection. The laptop contains a Haswell processor and its case has stayed similar to that of the predecessor. It includes a touchscreen as well. How good an Ultrabook can we get for such a low price?
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.8 kg
Improved Start screen of Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 1
Windows 8.1 Update 1 starts rolling out on April 8
The new update improves the mouse and keyboard user experience and w...
Nokia adds two new models to its budget smartphone line
Nokia adds two new models to its budget smartphone line
The Lumia 630 and 635 offer Windows Phone 8.1 and even 4G for less t...
Nokia announces the Lumia 930 smartphone
Nokia announces the Lumia 930 smartphone
The newest Lumia packs in more features than ever, but keeps the cam...
Wednesday, 2014-04-02
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana digital assistant in action
Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8.1
The Redmond giant finally launches the first major update to Windows...
Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 mini Android smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini specs leak online
First images of the Galaxy S5 mini did not show up yet, but most det...
Review ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 500 GB
Review ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 500 GB
Ruggedized. ADATA offers a robust external USB 3.0 HDD with the HD650. It can convince us with a quiet operating noise, decent transfer rates and a robust construction.
Intel Core i7-4750HQ | Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 | g
Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1 Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1 is now official
The 10.1-inch slate will arrive in the second quarter featuring a 1....
Tuesday, 2014-04-01
LaCie 2 TB Fuel wireless hard drive available in April 2014
LaCie announces 2 TB Fuel wireless hard drive
The Fuel wireless hard drive with increased capacity will arrive lat...
Silicon Motion announces Ferri-eMMC embedded memory and FerriSSD embedded storage
Silicon Motion announces Ferri-eMMC and FerriSSD embedded memory solutions
Two new embedded memory solutions have just been added to the Ferri ...
Review Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE Notebook
86% Review Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE Notebook
Old-school ThinkPad? Performance, security and office qualities are very important aspects of the new Lenovo ThinkPad T540p. Our review shows what the top version with a quad-core CPU, 250 GB SSD and integrated UMTS module for around 1,800 Euros (~$2482) is capable of.
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M | 15.5" | 2.6 kg
Samsung ATIV Book 8 870Z5G Notebook
81% Review Samsung ATIV Book 8 870Z5G Notebook
Austerity package. Samsung introduces its new and affordable ATIV Book 8 featuring the latest Haswell CPU and an Nvidia graphics card. Instead of a glossy touchscreen, Samsung now relies on a matte and bright display. Are those the only differences? We took a closer look.
Intel Core i7-4700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Monday, 2014-03-31
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Android tablet, white version leaked by evleaks
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 details and images leak online
Images of the upcoming slate and technical specs have been revealed ...
Sony Digital Paper lightest 13.3-inch e-reader available in the US starting in May
Sony Digital Paper arrives in the US
The 13.3-inch e-reader with multiple features for business clients w...
Review Clevo P170SM-A (One K73-4N) Barebones Notebook
83% Review Clevo P170SM-A (One K73-4N) Barebones Notebook
Potent rivals. The next round in the fight between the two graphic cards manufacturers, Nvidia and AMD, has begun. After the GeForce GTX 880M showed its capabilities, we now look at the also very powerful GTX 870M in this article. Can the high-end model excel the Radeon R9 M290X?
Intel Core i7-4800MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M | 17.3" | 3.7 kg
Review Clevo P177SM-A (Schenker XMG P704) Barebones Notebook
83% Review Clevo P177SM-A (Schenker XMG P704) Barebones Notebook
Race for the summit. Although Nvidia's new premium model is still based on the Kepler architecture, no other laptop GPU currently comes close to the GeForce GTX 880M. The "green giant" demands a corresponding price for the high-end chip. After Alienware, MSI, and Asus, Schenker Technologies is one of the first companies to offer the luxury model. Clear the stage for the XMG P704...
Intel Core i7-4910MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M | 17.3" | 4 kg
Review Acer Liquid Z5 Smartphone
74% Review Acer Liquid Z5 Smartphone
Affordable mid-range. Acer's Liquid Z5 jumps on the bandwagon of 5-inch smartphones and catches attention at first glance with a price of 170 Euros (~$234). But what does it have to offer?
MediaTek MT6572 | ARM Mali-400 MP | 5.0" | 147 g
Sunday, 2014-03-30
Review Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6003AGE Notebook
82% Review Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6003AGE Notebook
Workhorse. Lenovo updated its devices with the latest hardware but did not change the concept of the cheap Edge series. The company offers many different models and our review will reveal whether the surcharge for the top model is justified.
Intel Core i7-4702MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Saturday, 2014-03-29
Google now requires
Google now requires "Powered by Android" branding on all new smartphones
Google now requires all smartphone manufacturers to display "Powered...
Friday, 2014-03-28
Microsoft Office for iPad is now official and requires iOS 7.0 or higher
Microsoft Office for iPad is now official
After more than two years of rumors, the Redmond company finally ste...
Review Acer Iconia B1-721 Tablet
77% Review Acer Iconia B1-721 Tablet
Icon or illusion? The 7-inch Iconia B1-721 is Acer's new contribution to the tablet market's 200 Euros (~$275) price class. Its driving force is a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8312 alongside an integrated Mali MP400 graphics chip. 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, 16 GB of flash storage and 3G wireless complete the package. But the display only offers 1024x600 pixels. Is that still enough for the tablet to hold its own in the entry-level class?
MediaTek MT8312 | ARM Mali-400 MP | 7" | 317 g
Review Clevo W355SS (Schenker XMG A504) Barebones Notebook
81% Review Clevo W355SS (Schenker XMG A504) Barebones Notebook
Old chassis, new technologies. Buyers looking for a speedy gaming laptop that does not excessively burden their wallet might find something at Schenker Technologies. The base configuration of the XMG A504 with a GeForce GTX 860M "only" costs 949 Euros (~$1305). We sent a somewhat lusher version through our benchmark tests to answer pressing performance questions.
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 15.6" | 2.8 kg
Thursday, 2014-03-27
Review Update Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE Ultrabook
85% Review Update Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE Ultrabook
Luxury for the executive level. Ultrabooks are normally designed for home users – but that's not always the case. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, for example, targets affluent business customers who are willing to spend almost 2000 Euro (~$2800) for the top-of-the-line version. If this amount is money well spent is the subject of our review.
Intel Core i7-4550U | Intel HD Graphics 5000 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Review Update HP 255 G2 Notebook
70% Review Update HP 255 G2 Notebook
Minimal. With the HP 255, HP focuses on private and professional users looking for the cheapest possible work tool. A price of significantly below 400 Euros (~$549) is definitely "cheap." Our review reveals whether the notebook is also convincing.
AMD E1-2100 | AMD Radeon HD 8210 | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
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