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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
84% 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
ZTE annouces the Nubia X6 phablet
ZTE annouces the Nubia X6 phablet
The oversized handset comes packed with internals to rival any recen...
Wednesday, 2014-03-26
Seidio OBEX waterproof case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Seidio OBEX offers IP 68 protection to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
This Galaxy Note 3 case allows the phablet to survive drops up to si...
MSI GS70 Stealth gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 870M graphics
MSI reveals GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 870M/860M graphics
This pair of gaming laptops offers plenty of power in 17-inch and 15...
Review HP ZBook 14 Workstation
84% Review HP ZBook 14 Workstation
Slim, fast, perfect? HP slimmed down its 14-inch mobile workstation this year and focused on frugal components. We tested if the device can meet the high performance requirements of the customers.
Intel Core i7-4600U | AMD FirePro M4100 | 14" | 1.8 kg
Review HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (H5F62ET) Ultrabook
82% Review HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (H5F62ET) Ultrabook
Towering heights. Someone who offers a 2000 Euro (~$2749) ultrabook is aiming at especially demanding customers. Thus, we ask ourselves why a TN screen is installed in an otherwise very elegant device with some notable cutbacks. Will the review sample nevertheless manage to stand up against the competitor's flagships, and to score in the targeted business range?
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Tuesday, 2014-03-25
Nvidia announces Pascal, Titan Z, IRAY VCA, Erista, Jetson TK1 in the keynote
GTC 2014 | Nvidia announces Pascal, Titan Z, IRAY VCA, Erista, Jetson TK1 in the keynote
Our slideshow highlights the opening GTC 2014 keynote from Nvidia fr...
Team Group mSATA MP1 SSD
Team Group launches mSATA MP1 SSD
This new mSATA SSD is only 1/8 the size of standard 2.5-inch SSDs an...
HTC takes wraps off new HTC One M8 smartphone
HTC takes wraps off new HTC One M8 smartphone
New HTC flagship phone features 5", 1080p display and Snapdragon 801...
Asus ROG G750 gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 800 graphics
Asus ROG G750 gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 800M graphics now up for pre-order
The updated gaming laptops series can be already pre-ordered and wil...
Review Acer Aspire S3-392G Ultrabook
88% Review Acer Aspire S3-392G Ultrabook
Slim, fast and gaming-ready. In 2011, Acer introduced the Aspire S3-951, the first ever Ultrabook. After three years, we are delighted to meet the successor, the Aspire S3-392G. A strong Haswell CPU, a gaming-ready GPU and a lot of memory is packed into this small, compact computer. Our review will reveal what this 13.3-inch machine is capable of.
Intel Core i5-4200U | NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M | 13.3" | 1.7 kg
Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet
87% Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet
Big surfer. First we reviewed the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, now we ran the LTE model through our battery of tests. Read our review update to learn the similarities and differences between the two devices.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 12.2" | 753 g
Review Update Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Convertible
82% Review Update Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Convertible
Something new? The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is an old acquaintance. It is now available with current Haswell processors. So, it is time to quickly check what changed.
Intel Core i5-4210Y | Intel HD Graphics 4200 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Monday, 2014-03-24
Android 4.4.3 KitKat Twitter leak
Android 4.4.3 KitKat update coming soon
The next update for KitKat is under testing and will fix the well kn...
OnePlus One specs confirmed with Snapdragon 801 and Sony Exmor
OnePlus One to get the Snapdragon 801 processor
The upcoming handset will get a Snapdragon 801 instead of the Snapdr...
HTC's Facebook teaser for tomorrow's launch
New HTC One to be launched tomorrow
HTC's successor to the HTC One is expected to launch tomorrow at 11A...
Saturday, 2014-03-22
Apple could launch iTunes app for Android
Apple could launch iTunes app for Android
An iTunes app for Android could be in the works along with a paid su...
Review Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE Notebook
84% Review Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002YGE Notebook
Improved. Lenovo redesigns its entry-level ThinkPad and equips the business notebook with a new case as well as a processor from Intel's current Haswell generation. Despite the price well below 1,000 Euros (~$1383), the device is supposed to keep up the ThinkPad impression and also meet the related requirements. Our review shows if it was a success.
Intel Core i5-4200M | Intel HD Graphics 4600 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Review Clevo W230SS (Schenker XMG P304) Barebones Notebook
80% Review Clevo W230SS (Schenker XMG P304) Barebones Notebook
Small and powerful. Small and/or thin gaming notebooks have become increasingly popular amongst notebook users. Besides the Alienware 14, Razer Blade 14, MSI GE40 and Gigabyte P34G, the Schenker XMG P304 targets the same customers. A strong argument for the 13-inch device is Nvidia's brand-new GeForce GTX 860M.
Intel Core i7-4810MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 13.3" | 2.1 kg
Friday, 2014-03-21
Titanfall Benchmarked
Titanfall Benchmarked
A little fun on the side. Violent multiplayer battles with parkour interludes and mechs armed to the teeth? That is how the former Call of Duty developers envision the future of the action genre. We took a closer look at the graphics demands; so read on to find out which graphics card you will need.
Review Update Dell XPS 13-9333 Touchscreen Ultrabook
85% Review Update Dell XPS 13-9333 Touchscreen Ultrabook
Predictably great. Dell’s 2014 refresh of its critically-acclaimed XPS 13 brings with it a conservative selection of evolutionary enhancements, not least of which is the option of an included touchscreen. But can it still stand with the latest and greatest ultraportables?
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Thursday, 2014-03-20
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AMD FirePro W4170M
384 GCN cores @ 670 / 850?MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 4000MHz
Review Clevo P150SM (One K56-4N) Barebones Notebook
82% Review Clevo P150SM (One K56-4N) Barebones Notebook
Repeater. With the Radeon R9 M290X, AMD competes with old technology. Learn in our review whether the deluxe model can keep up with high-end products from Nvidia. Is AMD still competitive or have they already been pushed aside?
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | AMD Radeon R9 M290X | 15.6" | 3.1 kg
Notebookcheck Rating v4
Notebookcheck: New Rating System Online
Since we review an increasing number of ultra-mobile devices, we decided to adapt our rating system. Most important change: The category became a...
Oppo officially launches the Find 7 smartphone
Oppo officially launches the Find 7 smartphone
The new handset is the first to shoot 50 MP photos
Wednesday, 2014-03-19
Double-Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Tablet
88% Double-Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Tablet
Spoiled for choice. The latest edition of the 10.1-inch tablet from the Galaxy line is available in two SoC versions. The LTE version sports the Snapdragon 800, and the in-house octa-core is installed in the Wi-Fi-only version. We tested how both devices fare in the following report.
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa | ARM Mali-T628 | 10.1" | 469 g
Review ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 External SSD
Review ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 External SSD
USB 3.0 SSD. SSDs are especially appropriate as robust and fast external media. With the SE720, ADATA offers an external 128 GB SSD with an elegant metal chassis. The following article will reveal how well the device performed in our review.
Intel Core i7-4750HQ | Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 | g
Google Android Wear operating system for wearables
Google announces Android Wear
The new operating system by Google brings Android's power to smartwa...
iPad 4 replaces iPad 2
Apple retires iPad 2 and replaces it with the 16 GB iPad 4
The Cupertino company brings back the iPad 4 to replace the aging iP...
Tuesday, 2014-03-18
AT&T Microsoft Surface 2 tablet with 4G LTE
Microsoft Surface 2 with 4G LTE hits AT&T
The new 10.6-inch slate from Microsoft comes with LTE connectivity a...
Review Update Notebookguru Earth V (Clevo P370SM) Notebook
81% Review Update Notebookguru Earth V (Clevo P370SM) Notebook
Stagnation. While Nvidia at least manages a small performance leap with its GeForce GTX 880M, AMD is going around in circles with its Radeon R9 M290X. However, this does not stop many laptop companies from selling the "new" GPU. The Guru Earth V sports two AMD chips that operate in Crossfire mode. Is the existence of this GPU array justified?
Intel Core i7-4700MQ | AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
Review StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station
Review StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station
Lightning-fast with Thunderbolt. We've seen generic USB docks before, almost all of which underperform when it comes to bugs or performance when bandwidth demands become too high. Will this $219 StarTech Thunderbolt solution finally give us the perfect dock for everyday use?
Monday, 2014-03-17
Futuristic transparent iPhone 6 concept
New iPhone 6 details surface online
Recent leaks show that the upcoming flagship could be 0.22 inches th...
Apple and Allwinner dominate the market for SoCs aimed at tablets
Apple and Allwinner sell most chips for tablets
The Cupertino giant sells most processors for tablets, followed by A...
Review HP EliteBook 820 G1-H5G14ET Subnotebook
84% Review HP EliteBook 820 G1-H5G14ET Subnotebook
Small laptop big in business. The HP EliteBook 820 G1 wants to reel in well-heeled business customers with high portability and business qualities. A Core i7 processor, SSD and mobile wireless modem drive up the price of the 12-inch laptop to far beyond 1500 Euros (~$2090) - too steep or is what it has to offer appropriate?
Intel Core i7-4600U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 12.5" | 1.5 kg
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