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Aug 12
Dell Venue 7 LTE Tablet Review
83% Dell Venue 7 LTE Tablet Review
Light-shunning LTE slate. Dell launches a balanced, 7-inch tablet that is based on a current Atom processor from the Merrifield generation and Google's Android 4.4 KitKat, dubbed Venue 7 LTE, on the market. Its brightness and speakers are the biggest points of criticism. However, it does a good job otherwise.
Intel Atom Z3460 | PowerVR G6400 | 7.0" | 295 g
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks
August 2014 update. Here you will find the current best office/business notebooks for below 800 Euros (~$1082) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the l...
Aug 11
Motorola Moto G, predecessor of Moto G+1/Moto G2
Motorola Moto G2 coming next month
The successor of the notorious Motorola Moto G will use the Qualcomm...
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Intel Atom Z3530 SoC
Moorefield x86 4 cores @ 1330 MHz 22nm
Acer Chromebook 13 with NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
Acer Chromebook 13 is now official
This new 13-inch Chrome OS-powered notebook has a NVIDIA Tegra K1 So...
HTC A11 Android smartphone with 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC
HTC A11 smartphone to feature 64-bit processor
The mid-range A11 device is expected to feature a 64-bit Snapdragon ...
LG L60 X145 Android smartphone with 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat
LG L60 spotted online
The latest device to join the Series III family is a 4.3-inch smartp...
Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730 Tablet Review
80% Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730 Tablet Review
Seven times the charm. The time has come for Acer to update their Iconia One 7 budget tablet with new technology. The new machine once again runs on an Intel Atom processor, and the 7-inch IPS display offers HD resolution. Beyond that, the tablet also houses 8 GB of flash memory, a microSD slot and WLAN b/g/n. At a price of about 100 Euros (~$135), Acer's new Iconia One is a good deal.
Intel Atom Z2560 | PowerVR SGX544MP2 | 7.0" | 320 g
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii Notebook Review Update
82% Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii Notebook Review Update
Maxwell upgrade. The GeForce GTX 850M graphics core equips the Aspire with considerable gaming performance. At the same time, the good battery life and the slim, elegant casing can be maintained. Whether Acer has designed the optimal all-round notebook will be shown in the following review.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Aug 9
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Intel Atom Z3480 SoC
Merrifield x86 2 cores @ 2133 MHz 22nm
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Intel Atom Z3460 SoC
Merrifield x86 2 cores @ 1600 MHz 22nm
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
August 2014 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularl...
Asus Transformer Pad TF303CL-1D050A Tablet Review
83% Asus Transformer Pad TF303CL-1D050A Tablet Review
The Transformer with a soft touch. With the Transformer Pad TF303CL, Asus sends the luxury version of its tablet including a keyboard dock to our test lab. Also on board: mobile Internet, a pleasantly soft-touch surface, and high-resolution screen. Read whether the tablet is now a must for every bag.
Intel Atom Z3745 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 595 g
Aug 8
MSI S100 convertible Windows 8.1 tablet with Intel Atom Bay Trail-T processor
MSI unveils S100 Windows 8.1 3-in-1 tablet
This new convertible from MSI features a Bay Trail-T Intel Atom proc...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK tablet could launch on August 20
The two companies have started sending invites to an event that will...
Microsoft OneDrive on Kindle Fire and Fire phone
Microsoft OneDrive now available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone
A few weeks after launching the OneNote app for Kindle Fire and Fire...
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Notebook Review
84% Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Notebook Review
Nerves of steel. Dell's Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme is a particularly robustly designed work device that can be easily used in technology-unfriendly environments. In addition to the solid casing, it sports high-performance components and modern interfaces. We extensively tested what can be expected from the Rugged Latitude.
Intel Core i5-4300U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 14.0" | 3.7 kg
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
78% Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2 Notebook Review
Got stamina? The first thing you notice about this flat 13.3-inch notebook is its white case, but its most striking feature lies elsewhere: The Aspire V3-371 provides very good battery life at a moderate price. But is the Aspire a persuasive offer overall? Our review reveals the answer.
Intel Core i3-4030U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
BLU Studio C Android smartphone series: Studio 5.0 C HD, Studio C mini, Studio 5.0 C, Studio 5.0 CE
BLU launches four new Android smartphones
All these new handsets have screen sizes up to 5 inches, multi-core ...
Aug 7
Neptune Pine smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 512 MB RAM and 32GB of storage
Neptune Pine smartwatch ships to Kickstarter backers
This independent smartwatch features a 2.4-inch screen, a dual-core ...
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Imagination PowerVR G6400
@ 400 - 533MHz
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet reaches 25 new markets starting on August 28
Surface Pro 3 hits 25 additional markets this month
More than two months after its release in US and Canada, Microsoft's...
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 Notebook Review
76% Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 Notebook Review
Not quite a Yoga. Lenovo's Yoga devices offer four modes, the Lenovo Flex 2 14 just two. So it is the right choice for anybody who is looking for a flexible notebook, but not a tablet. Our review shows why there is an update not even one year after the IdeaPad Flex 14, where the differences are to the Yoga 2 13 and who could be interested in the Flex 2 14.
Intel Core i3-4010U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 14" | 1.9 kg
Aug 6
Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch with metal body and IP67 rating
Motorola Moto 360 photos leak online
Motorola Moto 360 will have a metallic body, IP67 certification for ...
ADATA ISSS312 industrial grade SSDs
ADATA reveals ISSS312 SSDs
The new ADATA ISSS312 SSD targets clients in need of very high relia...
Apotop S3C SATA 3 SSD with SM2246 controller
Apotop introduces S3C SATA III SSD
This new solid state drive uses a SM2246 controller with Synchronous...
Lenovo Viber Z2 Pro Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and 16 MP camera with OIS
Lenovo confirms Vibe Z2 Pro phablet
The upcoming flagship has a metallic body, 16 MP back camera with ad...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
September 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and co...
Archos 50c Oxygen Smartphone Review
82% Archos 50c Oxygen Smartphone Review
The power of eight cores. Care for a five-inch HD screen alongside an octa-core SoC for 200 Euros (~$268)? Archos delivers on specs that are anything but common for this price range. Thus, we remain curious as to whether the manufacturer manages to fuse the components to a rounded total package. In that case, it would be a small deal breaker.
Mediatek MT6592 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 5" | 140 g
Aug 5
MSI WS60 mobile workstation with Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity
MSI launches WS60 mobile workstation
This new 15.6-inch machine for professionals sports a Intel Core i7 ...
Gigabyte Q21 ultrabook with Windows 8.1 and Bay Trail-M processor
Gigabyte announces Q21 lightweight laptop
This new 11.6-inch machine has a Bay Trail-M Intel Celeron processor...
LG G3 flagship Android handset
LG could sell over 60 million smartphones this year
Multiple research firms expect 2014 to be the best year so far for L...
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Android smartphone with 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Exynos 5433 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and 13 MP camera
Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs leak online
This handset has been already listed for pre-order by one UK-based s...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
September 2014 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mo...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
August 2014 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regul...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
September 2014 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mod...
Asus C200MA-KX003 Chromebook Review
79% Asus C200MA-KX003 Chromebook Review
Battery Life Balance. ASUS have taken an efficient Intel CPU and coupled it with a large battery in the compact ASUS C200 Chromebook. The result is very impressive battery life but a limited amount of processing power. Is it good value? We take a deep-dive in this long-form review of the ASUS C200.
Intel Celeron N2830 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.2 kg
Aug 4
Samsung Unpacked IFA 2014 invite Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch event
Samsung sends out invitations for Note 4 event
The invites leaked online already and it looks like the Galaxy Note ...
HP SlateBook 14 Android notebook with NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and Full HD resolution
HP SlateBook 14 ships starting at $429 USD
This NVIDIA Tegra 4-powered Android laptop was unveiled back in June...
Sony to quit the e-Reader market
Sony quits the e-reader market
The Japanese company has no plans to launch another e-reader and wil...
LG G Watch smartwatch back and charging cradle
LG launches G Watch update KMV78Y
This software update seems to fix the problem of corrosion buildup o...
Aug 3
Second update to Windows 8.1 to arrive on August 12
Windows 8.1 Update 2 coming later this month
According to inside sources, Windows 8.1 will get a second update on...
Aug 2
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
76% Dell Inspiron 17-5748 Notebook Review
Seventeen and having fun. The new Inspiron 17-5748 is a member of Dell's lower mid-range, multimedia laptops: Not as elegant as the XPS models, they still feature aluminum on the casing. We explain in this report why it is good for multimedia fans but barely suitable for gamers.
Intel Core i7-4510U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Aug 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android phablet with 5.7-inch display
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could arrive next month
The next-gen Note phablet is expected to feature a 5.7-inch OLED scr...
HP/Gilt stylish smartwatch to go on sale this fall
HP and Gilt to launch stylish smartwatch this fall
HP together with Gilt and fashion designer Michael Bastian will laun...
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AMD Radeon HD 6870 (Desktop) - Benchmarks and Specs
1120 Terascale 2 cores @ 900MHz, 256 Bit GDDR5 @ 1050MHz
HTC J Butterfly smartphone is a waterproof HTC One M8 for the Japanese market
Waterproof HTC One M8 arrives in Japan as J Butterfly
HTC J Butterfly is a waterproof One M8 with a front camera better fo...
Dell Inspiron 15-5547 Notebook Review
77% Dell Inspiron 15-5547 Notebook Review
Minimalistic, yet captivating? You'd like to purchase an affordable multimedia laptop with a sleek design and decent gaming capabilities? In that case, Dell might be onto something with its Inspiron 15-5547. Our review will show which quality levels can truly be achieved for less than 600 Euros (~$802).
Intel Core i5-4210U | AMD Radeon R7 M265 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
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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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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