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Jan 7
BLU Vivo Air 4G LTE Android smartphone with quad-core processor and sub-$200 price tag

CES 2015 | Blu Vivo Air offers 4G LTE and a quad-core processor for less than $200 USD

BLU Products' new flagship device is only 0.2 inches thick and has a case made of aluminum magnesium alloy, comes with a quad-core processor and ...
New Alienware 15 and 17 shave off some thickness and weight.

CES 2015 | Dell presents updated Alienware 15 and 17 laptops

The refresh puts an emphasis on thinner, lighter cases and the external graphics amplifier connection.
HTC Desire 320 Android smartphone with quad-core processor and 5 MP main camera

CES 2015 | HTC launches the Desire 320 Android smartphone

HTC Desire 310's successor comes with Android KitKat and packs a quad-core processor, 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of internal storage, a 5 MP camera,...
Kodak IM5 Android smartphone with octa-core processor and 13 MP rear camera

CES 2015 | Kodak and Bullitt unveil IM5 smartphone

The first smartphone by Kodak has a 5-inch screen, quad-core processor, 13 MP rear camera, and comes loaded with a customized Android KitKat vers...
HP Stream 8 5900ng Tablet Review

79% HP Stream 8 5900ng Tablet Review

Surf for free. The HP Stream 8 is an 8-inch Windows tablet with an integrated 3G modem, currently on the market for 209 Euros (~$247). The tablet also comes with 200 MB of data usage every month for 2 years - without a contract. Is this an enticing offer?
Intel Atom Z3735G | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 8" | 410 g
Jan 6
MSI GT80 Titan offers extreme gaming performance and a mechanical keyboard (Picture: MSI)

CES 2015 | MSI presents GT80 Titan gaming laptop with GTX 980M SLI

The gaming powerhouse features an oddly placed mechanical keyboard and a digital trackpad.
Razer Nabu X smartband with fitness tracking, notifications and social functions

CES 2015 | Razer Nabu X goes on sale next week

This new wearable wristband does not have a screen, as it uses 3 colored LED lights and vibration motors instead, but also comes much cheaper tha...
Aorus X5 gaming laptop with NVIDIA GTX 965M SLI graphics

CES 2015 | Aorus unleashes the X5 gaming laptop

This new gaming machine is the world's first 15.6-inch laptop that features a 4K IGZO display and NVIDIA GTX 965M SLI graphics.
Gigabyte_P37X_Gaming_Laptop

CES 2015 | The Gigabyte P37X is the world's lightest 17.3-inch gaming laptop

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Gigabyte has unveiled the P37X notebook. According to the manufacturer, this is the world's lightest 17.3-inch gaming n...
Sony_NW-zX2-Walkman

CES 2015 | Sony's new Android-based Walkman to be priced at $1,200

The Sony NW-ZX2 is the latest and by the far the most expensive Walkman from Sony. The player features a 4-inch display, and is based on Android ...
Toshiba Portege Z20t

CES 2015 | Toshiba's Portege Z20t is an alternative to the Surface Pro 3

The recently-unveiled Portege Z20t from Toshiba is a new Windows 8.1 tablet-notebook convertible with an Intel Core M processor, a 12.5-inch disp...
Nvidia: GeForce GTX 965M joins the product portfolio

Nvidia: GeForce GTX 965M joins the product portfolio

With the GeForce GTX 965M, Nvidia introduces another Maxwell-based graphics card belonging to the lower high-end range. Despite significantly low...
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M

1024 Maxwell cores @ 924MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 5000MHz
LG G Flex 2 Android smartphone with curved P-OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and Android 5.0 Lollipop

CES 2015 | LG unveils G Flex 2 Android smartphone

The successor of the notorious G Flex features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 as previously rumored, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, runs Android 5.0 Loll...
Samsung Galaxy E7 and Galaxy E5 Android smartphones with quad-core processor and Super AMOLED display

Samsung unveils Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 Android smartphones

These two Android Lollipop-powered smartphones will debut on the Indian market packing a quad-core processor, Super AMOLED display and a front ca...
Alcatel OneTouch Watch smartwatch with iOS and Android compatibility

CES 2015 | Alcatel OneTouch Watch smartwatch has support for both iOS and Android

Alcate's first ever smartwatch comes with a premium design and support for both iOS and Android devices, all for a competitive price.
Samsung Portable SSD T1 external SSD drive

CES 2015 | Samsung debuts Portable SSD T1 starting at $179.99 USD

This new external portable SSD is available in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB versions. It uses Samsung's proprietary 3D V-NAND technology, comes with ...
Microsoft Nokia 215 is a $29 USD feature phone with basic Internet capabilities

Microsoft launches Nokia 215 feature phone

This $29 USD phone has a 2.4-inch display, microSD support, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, offers up to 20 hours of talk time and comes loaded with ...
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51 Notebook Review

82% MSI GS70-2QE16SR51 Notebook Review

Black, red, silver. MSI's slim gamer GS70 gets an update. The new generation is now equipped with the GeForce GTX 970M, and MSI has also thought of striking colors for the chassis. However, the fan noise and temperatures are striking as well – our review tells you why.
Intel Core i7-4720HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Jan 5
Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750 convertible with 360-degree hinge and Intel Core Broadwell processor

CES 2015 | Lenovo announces LaVie Z HZ750 convertible

This is world's lightest 13.3-inch convertible ultrabook and features a new Intel Broadwell processor, SSD storage, up to Full QHD resolution - a...
Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 light Windows notebook with Magnesium alloy case and Intel Broadwell processor

CES 2015 | Lenovo unveils LaVie Z HZ550 notebook

This is world's lightest portable in the 13.3-inch category and features a new Intel Broadwell processor, SSD storage, up to Full QHD resolution ...
Acer Liquid Z410 Android smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity and 4.5-inch IPS display

CES 2015 | Acer announces Liquid Z410 4G Smartphone

This new 4.5-inch Android handset has a quad-core MediaTek processor and promises over 400 hours of autonomy in standby mode, as well as 5.5 hour...
Intel presents further Broadwell chips for notebooks and ultrabooks

CES 2015 | Intel unveils additional Broadwell CPUs for notebooks and ultrabooks

The wait is over: So far only the ultra fugal Core M models of Intel's new 14 nm generation called Broadwell have been available. More powerful models for bigger notebooks and ultrabooks are following now. A total of 17 new models with a TDP of 15 or 28 Watt replace the previous Haswell generation.
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro gaming laptop with Intel RealSense 3D camera

CES 2015 | Acer reveals V 17 Nitro gaming laptop

The new V 17 Nitro features Intel RealSense technology and will be available worldwide later this month, still powered by a 4th generation Intel ...
The Broadwell-based Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1

CES 2015 | Lenovo unveils updated Carbon X1 ultrabook, ThinkPad Stack accessories

Lenovo announced a lot of new notebooks at CES 2015, but there's no doubt that the flagship notebook is the updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Also, the...
Arbor Solution Gladius 10 rugged Android tablet with MediaTek processor, dual SIM, IP65 and 810G compliant

CES 2015 | Arbor Solution intros Gladius 10 rugged Android tablet

This 10.1-inch slate has a MediaTek octa-core processor, dual SIM slot, optional barcode scanner and is rated IP65, also meeting the 810G standar...
Lenovo unveils updated ThinkPad T, L, and E notebook series

CES 2015 | Lenovo unveils updated ThinkPad T, L, and E notebook series

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced new notebooks in the Thinkpad E, L, and T series. The new Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks are all based on t...
The 15-inch Acer Chromebook

CES 2015 | Acer's 15-inch Chromebook is now official

Acer officially unveiled the world's first 15-inch Chromebook. In the United States, the Acer Chromebook 15 will be priced starting at $249.99.
Nvidia unveils its new Tegra X1 SoC with Maxwell graphics

CES 2015 | Nvidia announces Tegra X1 SoC

The new chip includes a Maxwell-based GPU and is targeted primarily at the automotive industry.
ZTE Imperial II Android smartphone with 5 inch screen and 4G LTE connectivity

ZTE Imperial II hits US Cellular

This new 5-inch Android KitKat handset offers 4G LTE connectivity and a quad-core processor by Qualcomm for a very attractive price - $100 USD of...
Jan 4
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET Workstation Review

85% HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET Workstation Review

Construction graphics. The current workstation review is focused on AMD's FirePro M6100. It is a new component that is used in HP's mobile workstations for the first time and it is a nice alternative in the configurator. We tested how well it works in the updated HP ZBook 17 G2.
Intel Core i7-4710MQ | AMD FirePro M6100 | 17.1" | 3.8 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

January 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and comm...
Acer's new Aspire S7 and R13 will be equipped with Intel Broadwell processors.

CES 2015 | Acer unveils Broadwell-powered Aspire R13 and Aspire S7

Both new devices offer an IPS display with Full HD or WQHD resolution.
Nokia C1 will be released in two versions: with Android or Windows Phone (Picture: mydrivers.com)

New Nokia-branded smartphone spotted on photos

Leaked technical specifications and photographs hint at the possibility of a new Nokia smartphone, so far called simply Nokia C1.
Jan 3
E FUN Nextbook Windows tablet with Intel Atom processor and detachable magnetic keyboard

CES 2015 | E FUN unveils three new Windows convertibles

The new Windows-powered Nextbook tablets come in 10.1, 11.6, and 12.5 inch sizes featuring a removable magnetic keyboard, quad-core Intel Atom pr...
Samsung ATIV 7 Curved all-in-one PC

CES 2015 | Samsung introduces the ATIV One 7 curved All-In-One PC

The 2015 Samsung ATIV One 7 is the world's first curved all-in-one PC. Priced at $1,299.99, the new ATIV One 7 will launch during Q1 2015.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

January 2015 update. Here you will find the currently best thin and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of to...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

January 2015 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top model...
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-75TD Notebook Review Update

85% Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-75TD Notebook Review Update

4k upgrade. The Aspire V15 Nitro is a thin computer with a high-performance processor and very good hardware. The device's highlight is its 4k IPS display. Has Acer created the gamer's dream notebook?
Intel Core i7-4710HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Jan 2
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Review

88% Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Review

Model child. Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has an 8-inch display that captivates with its high contrast and high resolution. A fast SoC in combination with Android 4.4 results in a great system performance and the battery runtimes are excellent. It is also waterproof and dust-resistant. There is hardly any criticism beyond the usual nitpicks.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 8.0" | 271 g
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 Convertible Review

83% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 Convertible Review

For work and play. The successful 12.5-inch ThinkPad Yoga has now spawned a 14-inch model with dedicated GeForce graphics. Lenovo has engineered this convertible to adapt to any situation both at the office and at home. Can this versatile solution replace that old ThinkPad or aging family computer?
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 14.0" | 1.9 kg
Jan 1
LG G Flex (pictured) will soon be replaced with a more powerful and compact successor.

LG G Flex 2 to be powered by Snapdragon 810

LG's next-generation flexible smartphone will also use Qualcomm's new octa-core SoC.
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Convertible Tablet Review

82% Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Convertible Tablet Review

New generation. Are desktops and laptops becoming obsolete? Who still needs stationary PCs or classic laptops when the little Windows tablet offers enough computing power, interfaces, input devices, and storage?
Intel Core M-5Y10a | Intel HD Graphics 5300 | 10.8" | 1.4 kg
Dec 31, 2014
Vaio brand to be revived with a new Android smartphone in January 2015

Vaio smartphones coming next month

Vaio is no longer a Sony brand and will come back next month with a 5-inch Android smartphone that should launch next month in Japan.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 ultrabook

Samsung unveils the 2015 ATIV Book 9 ultraportable laptop

The 2015 Samsung ATIV Book 9 is a fanless 12.2-inch Windows 8.1 ultrabook that combines portability with serious processing power.
Dec 30, 2014
Stylus-enabled LG G4 would be a better alternative to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 than the midrange G3 Stylus.

Rumor: LG G4 might get stylus support

Samsung's Galaxy Note series could face serious competition from LG's next flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Samsung Brochure

Samsung brochure reveals upcoming Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Grand Max

A leaked Samsung brochure reveals the technical specifications for the upcoming Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Grand Max
Dell Alienware 13 Notebook Review

82% Dell Alienware 13 Notebook Review

Small chassis, big performance? After products with 11 and 14-inches, the gaming experts from Alienware now offer a 13-inch product. Our article tries to focus on the question of whether a dual-core is sufficient for the GeForce GTX 860M and the external amplifier.
Intel Core i5-4210U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 13.3" | 2 kg
BlackBerry Passport Smartphone Review

84% BlackBerry Passport Smartphone Review

Square, handy, good? BlackBerry doesn't give up the fight and launches an unusual smartphone in the market dubbed Passport. Its hardware keyboard and Android app support are to turn the tide. Find out in this report whether or not that might just succeed.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 4.5" | 196 g
Dec 29, 2014
The updated Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will utilize a faster processor.

Samsung unveils an updated Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 and LTE-A

The new version of the 5.7-inch phablet will be the first device on the market to feature the new Snapdragon 810 SoC and will become available in...

Benchmarks, comparisons and FAQ articles

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.

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sortable and filterable benchmark and specs list of all currently built video graphic adapters in notebooks / laptops.

Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

List of all laptop graphic cards and what games can be played fluently with them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

All F.A.Q. articles can be found here

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