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Aug 30
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.
Aug 24
Toshiba Portégé R30-A-15C Notebook Review
81% Toshiba Portégé R30-A-15C Notebook Review
Ambitious. Full HD matte screen, speedy SSD, docking port, light weight, and long battery runtime - has Toshiba strung the perfect office bundle?
Intel Core i7-4600M | Intel HD Graphics 4600 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Aug 23
CyberPowerPC Raven X6 gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics
CyberPowerPC launches Raven X6 gaming laptop
This new portable machine for gamers runs Windows 8.1 out of the box...
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AMD Radeon R9 M275
640 GCN cores @ 925MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 4500MHz
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656) Notebook Review
76% Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656) Notebook Review
Victim of the model policy. Lenovo's new Z50-series offers current and well-implemented mainstream and high-end technology for a small price but also combines it with components that are used in devices for 500 Euros (~$662). Are the display, input devices and case worthy of the 750 Euros (~$993) price tag?
Intel Core i7-4510U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Unofficial Windows 9 logo render
Microsoft may preview Windows 9 on September 30
Latest leaks claim that Microsoft will unveil the the new features o...
Aug 22
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE Android Jelly Bean smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 13 MP back camera
ZTE nubia 5S mini LTE launches in the US on August 27
Although it features a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor a...
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ with 300 Mbps connectivity
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ hits Singapore tomorrow
The handset comes with support for the new and fast SingTel 4G LTE-A...
Aug 21
Motorola ET1 rugged tablet for the enterprise market, launched in 2011
Motorola is testing multiple tablets that could launch next summer
The slates under testing have sizes between 7-inch and 12.5-inch and...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK made with Barnes & Noble
Samsung and Barnes & Noble launch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
This "new" slate is a regular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 loaded with NOOK ...
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG Notebook Review
76% Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG Notebook Review
Fanless. Just low 250 Euros have to be shelled out for Acer's new 11.6-inch netbook. The customer gets a matte screen, quad-core processor, and a very decent keyboard for that. Our report shows whether its worth buying.
Intel Celeron N2930 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros (~$660)
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros (~$660)
The price is hot. Here you will find the best notebooks below 500 Euros (~$660) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly up...
Seidio CAPSA TouchView protective case for Samsung Galaxy S5
Seidio launches Samsung Galaxy S5 case CAPSA TouchView
This new case for Samsung's flagship combines a screen protector and...
Aug 20
SanDisk Ultra II solid-state drive
SanDisk announces Ultra II SSD
This new family of solid-state drives contains models ranging from 1...
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua waterproof Android smartphone with 4G LTE and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Sony intros Xperia M2 Aqua waterproof smartphone
This handset offers mid-range specs but Sony claims it can offer "th...
Angelbird SSD wrk ultra-slim 256 GB SSD
Angelbird reveals SSD wrk solid-state drive
The new SSD wrk is an ultra-slim drive which uses the fast SMI 2246E...
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 (~$597), 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...
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FAQ and Tips

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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