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Jun 22
HTC One Mini 2 Smartphone Review
85% HTC One Mini 2 Smartphone Review
Just like daddy?! HTC's One M8 is one of the most interesting premium smartphones on the market. Now, a model with a smaller screen has been launched, dubbed HTC One Mini 2. Read in our report why the mini does a better job than the more expensive bigger model in some test fields.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 4.5" | 137 g
Jun 21
HP Envy x360 Convertible Hands-On
HP Discover 2014 | HP Envy x360 Convertible Hands-On
At the Discover 2014 event we were able to take a quick look at the ...
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii Notebook Review
71% Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii Notebook Review
Does it always have to be expensive? For about 500 Euro (~$680), Acer sells their Aspire E1-771. The 17.3-inch notebook with an Intel Core i-CPU competes as an office machine - but is the system with its killer price a worthwhile investment?
Intel Core i3-3110M | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Jun 20
LG L70 Smartphone Review
78% LG L70 Smartphone Review
Knock knock, L70 here! LG positions their L70 in the lower-middle class as an entry-level device for those who are new to smartphones. A 4.5-inch display, dual-core SoC from Qualcomm and chic design mingle with 4 GB of internal memory and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. A removable battery completes the package. But the smartphone has its deficits too.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210 | Qualcomm Adreno 302 | 4.5" | 126 g
Jun 19
Amazon introduces Fire Phone with 3D
Amazon introduces Fire Phone with 3D "Dynamic Perspective"
Amazon's 4.7" Fire Phone features a 3D interface and will be exclusi...
Jun 18
HP Pavilion 2014 Notebooks Hands-On
HP Discover 2014 | HP Pavilion 2014 Notebooks Hands-On
At HP Discover 2014 we were able to take a closer look at HP's refre...
HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 Convertible Hands-On
HP Discover 2014 | HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 Convertible Hands-On
The HP Pro x2 612 is a combination of a laptop and a Wacom driven ta...
MSI GP60-2PEi585 Notebook Review
80% MSI GP60-2PEi585 Notebook Review
Semi-gamer. MSI once again equips a general purpose GP series unit with powerful hardware for a relatively cheap price. A mid-range graphics card from Nvidia and a Core i5 dual-core CPU from Intel are installed. Are the Maxwell graphics and Haswell processor a good combination?
Intel Core i5-4200H | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Amazon smartphone could be exclusive to AT&T
Amazon smartphone could be exclusive to AT&T
Smartphone could be only available to AT&T customers in the US accor...
Jun 17
HP Pro X2 410 G1
75% HP Pro X2 410 G1 Convertible Review
Silent Temptation. The HP Pro X2 410 is not a basic 2-in-1. It’s running a Core i5 CPU, has a fast SSD and is completely fanless. This is a ground-breaking setup, but does it work?
Intel Core i5-4202Y | Intel HD Graphics 4200 | 11.6" | 1.6 kg
Fujitsu LifeBook E754 (E7540MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
86% Fujitsu LifeBook E754 (E7540MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
Businessman's delight? Fujitsu launches a heavily armed machine dubbed Lifebook E754: matte Full HD screen, Haswell quad-core processor, a swift Samsung SSD, and an LTE modem. Good battery runtimes round off the bundle. Our report uncovers whether Fujitsu has designed the ideal business laptop.
Intel Core i7-4702MQ | Intel HD Graphics 4600 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Oppo Find 7 smartphone available for pre-order at $599
Oppo Find 7 smartphone available for pre-order at $599
Android smartphone features resolution of 2560x1440 pixels and a Sna...
Jun 16
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk Notebook Review
85% Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk Notebook Review
Beautiful without frills. Acer now offers a premium business notebook with the TravelMate P645. We check if the new Ultrabook flagship can compete with the premium devices from the competition.
Intel Core i7-4500U | AMD Radeon HD 8750M | 14" | 1.5 kg
Lenovo Tab A8 Tablet Review
83% Lenovo Tab A8 Tablet Review
A-game? Lenovo updates their budget-friendly A-series of tablets with quad-core processors and Google's latest Android OS. Is the new 8-inch Tab A8 a step up from the previous generation or are the stalwarts in the class a better choice despite their higher prices?
Mediatek MT8121 | PowerVR SGX544 | 8.0" | 360 g
HP Pavilion X2 2014
HP Discover 2014 | HP Pavilion X2 convertible hands-on
In the course of the Discover 2014 event, HP showed its newest Consumer Convertible called Pavilion X2. HP wants to attract customers with an improved design, Haswell Y series CPU and Beats Audio speakers.
Jun 14
iBuyPower Battalion 101 W670SJQ Notebook Review
78% iBuyPower Battalion 101 W670SJQ Notebook Review
Battalion power. Aside from the MSI-based Valkyrie series, the iBuyPower Battalion series is a less expensive alternative based on Clevo barebones. We take this $1000 gamer for a spin to see if it is worth the entry-level price.
Intel Core i7-4900MQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
Sony Xperia E1 Smartphone Review
79% Sony Xperia E1 Smartphone Review
It's got the beat. Sony's Xperia E1 is a Walkman with many settings options. It comes in a flashy plastic casing, a 4-inch TFT screen, and an entry-level SoC from Qualcomm besides 4 GB of flash memory. An included headset reinforces the portable jukebox claim. The price of 129 Euros (~$174) matches the available power.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210 | Qualcomm Adreno 302 | 4" | 119 g
Jun 13
Samsung Galaxy Tab S with WQXGA resolution Super AMOLED display
Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets with Super AMOLED display to hit the US market in July
It is official - the Galaxy Tab S with WQXGA Super AMOLED display wi...
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Edition (2PEWi716SR21) Notebook Review
80% MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Edition (2PEWi716SR21) Notebook Review
Flat companion. Flat gaming is popular. No, we don't mean 2D games, but thin gaming notebooks like the MSI GS60. The 15.6-inch device is supposed to provide excellent mobility with a height of almost 2 centimeters and powerful hardware. Our review shows you why this is going to be a hot ride.
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Jun 12
ZTE Grand S Pro cheap Android smartphone for US Cellular customers
US Cellular introduces ZTE Grand S Pro
The carrier offers this 5-inch Android handset with quad-core proces...
Next gen iPad Air to sport A8 SoC, 8 MP rear camera and to launch this fall
Next gen iPad Air to feature the A8 processor
The new iPad Air could arrive this fall sporting a new A8 processor,...
HP Envy m6 2014 Hands-On
HP Discover 2014 | HP Envy m6 2014 Hands-On
We go hands-on at this year's HP Discover in Las Vegas with HP's pre...
Xiaomi smartphones to enter the US market in the coming years
Xiaomi to enter the US market
The Chinese phone maker recently entered various emerging markets bu...
Jun 11
Oppo R3 Android smartphone thinnest 4G LTE handset in the world
Oppo R3 is the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone
This 5-inch Android handset has average features but is less than 0....
Oppo N1 Mini Android smartphone with Snapdragon 400, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage
Oppo launches N1 Mini in China
This smaller version of the Oppo N1 flagship features a 5-inch 720p ...
Details of LG's upcoming smartwatch emerge
Details of LG's upcoming smartwatch emerge
LG G Watch could be available as soon as next month with a 1.65" dis...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles
June 2014 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly ...
Asus Zenbook UX32LN-R4053H Ultrabook Review
88% Asus Zenbook UX32LN-R4053H Ultrabook Review
Gaming to go. Haswell CPU and Maxwell graphics card make it possible: The UX32LN combines the performance of a fast multimedia laptop with the mobility and elegance of an Ultrabook. Equipped with a great IPS display and opulent storage equipment you get a convincing package, which is actually available for a reasonable price.
Intel Core i5-4200U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet with Windows 8.1 and various Intel processors
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet coming to the United States
This rugged 7 inch Windows tablet launches in the United States star...
Jun 10
Cube TALK8 8-inch tablet with calling capabilities
Cube announces the TALK8 tablet with calling capabilities
This 8-inch slate has a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of memory...
ROK Mobile website front page, service launches on July 4
ROK Mobile launches on July 4
This new wireless carrier will offer unlimited talk, text, and data,...
Samsung Galaxy Core Lite cheap 4G LTE Android smartphone
Samsung announces Galaxy Core Lite low-cost LTE smartphone
This new entry-level 4G smartphone has a low resolution 4.7-inch scr...
LG L40 Smartphone Review
78% LG L40 Smartphone Review
Design dwarf. LG expands its L-product line downward, and adds the tiny L40 with a 3.5-inch IPS screen and dual-core SoC from Qualcomm. A long-lasting, removable battery and Android 4.4.2 are just as available as a MicroSD slot - and all that for below 100 Euros (~$135). A strong overall bundle with minor restrictions.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210 | Qualcomm Adreno 302 | 3.5" | 113 g
Jun 9
Kyocera Hydro Icon waterproof smartphone with LTE and quad-core processor
Kyocera Hydro Icon hits Boost Mobile on June 17
The 4.5-inch handset has an IP57 certification, a quad-core processo...
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI
1280 Maxwell cores @ 1029MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 5000MHz
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Mediatek MT8121 SoC
Cortex-A7 ARM 4 cores @ 1300 MHz 28nm
Asus MeMo Pad 7 Android tablet goes on sale
Asus MeMo Pad 7 already goes on sale
The new tablet with a quad-core 64-bit Intel processor can be purcha...
MSI Adora20 3M AiO PC with quad-core AMD Kabini processor and Windows 8.1
MSI unveils Adora20 3M all-in-one PC
This new Windows 8.1 computer features a quad-core AMD APU with Rade...
Nokia Lumia 630 Smartphone Review
81% Nokia Lumia 630 Smartphone Review
Colorful austerity measure. Microsoft needs affordable smartphones to bring its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system to the people. Nokia's Lumia 630 with a swappable cover, smooth operation, and microSD reader wants to score with a price below 200 Euros (~$271). However, our report reveals that Nokia has cut several corners.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 4.5" | 134 g
Motorola Moto X smartphone now available with 64 GB storage
Motorola launches 64 GB Moto X model
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Republic Wireless customers can get a 64 ...
Jun 8
HTC Desire 610 Smartphone Review
81% HTC Desire 610 Smartphone Review
More please. HTC shakes up the smartphone middle-class with their Desire 610. The smartphone is equipped with a 4.7-inch qHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quadcore-SoC with an Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB of flash storage - all for 299 Euro ($405). The HTC Sense 6.0 user interface spruces up Android 4.4 KitKat, while LTE allows for fast data transfers. So is this a really well-executed smartphone for little money?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 4.7" | 143 g
Jun 7
Apple wearable expected in October
Apple wearable expected in October
Wearable device from Apple could be announced in October with Health...
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Review
84% Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Review
Faster, higher, longer. Lenovo took our criticism of the predecessor and equips the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ with a higher-resolution panel as well as more performance. But are there still WLAN problems and are the battery runtimes still impressive?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8028 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 10.1" | 620 g
Jun 6
Google Project Tango tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 4G LTE and more
Google unveils Project Tango tablet
The Project Tango Tablet Development Kit will go on sale later this ...
Asus updates Zenbook series with QHD+ UX303 and the multimedia N751
Computex 2014 | Asus updates Zenbook series with QHD+ UX303 and the multimedia N751
The Zenbook gets a few slight upgrades to its chassis and internals ...
Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Full HD Notebook Review
85% Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Full HD Notebook Review
More pixels. After the WXGA version of the ThinkPad X240 showed its qualities in our review, we now have a look at the high-end version with a Full HD display. But are the additional pixels really worth the premium price?
Intel Core i7-4600U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 12.5" | 1.5 kg
HTC Desire 816 Smartphone Review
83% HTC Desire 816 Smartphone Review
Powerful contender. The HTC Desire 816 is a large smartphone with a lot of performance. Its 5.5-inch format allows it to poach buyers from the high-end class, despite entering the race as a middle-class device.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 5.5" | 165 g
Jun 5
Samsung and Barnes & Noble to partner on Galaxy Tab 4 Nook devices
Samsung and Barnes & Noble to partner on Galaxy Tab 4 Nook devices
B&N and Samsung announce a new partnership beginning with a 7" table...
Amazon plans on announcing new device at June 18th event
Amazon plans on announcing new device at June 18th event
Seattle event could bring with it the oft-rumored Amazon smartphone ...
Analysis of the AMD Kaveri Notebook Platform
Analysis of the AMD Kaveri Notebook Platform
Kaveri goes mobile. The wait is over. The frugal notebook models follow the desktop models, which have already been available for a while. A total of nine APUs should compete with Intel's Haswell platform and especially score points with their superior graphics performance. We analyzed the potential of the new chips.
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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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