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Jul 10
New Dell Venue 7 and 8 KitKat tablets with Intel Merrifield priced below $200 USD now available in the US
Updated Dell Venue 7 and 8 now available in the US
The new Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets have been announced last mo...
Asus G750JM-T4014H Notebook Review Update
86% Asus G750JM-T4014H Notebook Review Update
Maxwell or Kepler? Asus offers the high-end notebook G750 in three different variants. After the GTX 870M and the GTX 880M have already proven their capabilities, we dedicate this review to the cheaper version. Does the performance of the GeForce GTX 860M also convince?
Intel Core i7-4700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 17.3" | 3.9 kg
Eurocom Panther 5D (Clevo P570WM)
Eurocom Panther 5D (Clevo P570WM) Notebook Review Update
The Brick. Most laptops have rapidly and sustainably lost a lot of weight during the last few years, making mobile users glad. Still, a small niche remains where only one thing counts: Performance.
Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 | NVIDIA Quadro K5100M | 17.3" | 6 kg
Jul 9
LG KizON wristband accessory compatible with Android tablets and smartphones
LG announces KizON wristband
This new wearable was designed with pre-school and primary school ch...
Acer Aspire Switch 10
78% Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-12VU Convertible Review
Late Switch? Acer has recently replaced its Clovertrail-generation W510 2-in-1 with the new Acer Aspire Switch 10, a Baytrail-T based Windows 8 PC with similar dockable tablet design. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 will compete directly with what is probably the most successful 2-in-1 yet - the Asus Transformer Book T100. Have Acer done enough to attract people away from the Transformer T100?
Intel Atom Z3745D | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 1.1 kg
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A Tablet Review
83% Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A Tablet Review
Transformer - The Return. An Android tablet with a keyboard dock is a handy thing. Asus' Transformer pads were always good representatives of this category until now. Why this remains to be true for the Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A although some compromises have to be made can be read in this test.
Intel Atom Z3745 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 550 g
Gigabyte P34G v2 Notebook Review
81% Gigabyte P34G v2 Notebook Review
Speedy Gonzales. Small, fast, but without a sombrero: the v2 successor of Gigabyte's P34G little gaming machine wants to win over gamers with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M, but has not changed much in other respects. The technically well-conceived hardware is installed in the familiar casing that unfortunately had a few processing flaws in our sample.
Intel Core i7-4700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M | 14.0" | 1.8 kg
Jul 8
VIA Nano chip using Isaiah architecture
VIA Isaiah II chip coming soon
This upcoming chip from VIA is faster than the Intel Atom Z3770 and ...
LG launches G Watch smartwatch with Snapdragon 400 processor
LG launches G Watch smartwatch
This new smartwatch has a 1.65-inch screen, a Snapdragon 400 process...
Lenovo G510 (59416358) Notebook Review Update
72% Lenovo G510 (59416358) Notebook Review Update
At home on the desk. The G510 isn't one of the slimmer notebooks on the market. Its advantages are the solid performance, ease of maintenance, and the decent input devices. Equipped with a dedicated GPU from AMD, is the Home Office notebook suitable for gaming as well?
Intel Core i5-4200M | AMD Radeon R5 M230 | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Asus Zenbook UX32LN-R4029H Ultrabook Review Update
88% Asus Zenbook UX32LN-R4029H Ultrabook Review Update
Gaming-to-go - Part Two. Lots of power packed into an attractive case - that is one way to describe this Zenbook. An IPS panel and SSD complete the package. Even with its high-performance components, its battery life is good as well. Does the Zenbook have weaknesses too? Keep reading to find out.
Intel Core i7-4500U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Jul 7
Google Nexus 4 loaded with Android L unofficial update
Google Nexus 4 gets unofficial Android L update
Developers from XDA Forums managed to get Android L running on Googl...
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update
88% Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update
More power for business. The small Thinkpad is equipped with high quality components: Core i7 processor, full HD IPS display, fast SSD, 3G modem and GeForce graphics core. A good battery life adds to the list. The ideal device for mobile use?
Intel Core i7-4600U | NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M | 14.0" | 1.5 kg
How to find out if your Sony VAIO Flip is being recalled
Sony recalls VAIO Flip hybrids due to fire risk
Almost 700 Sony VAIO Flip portables have been recalled due to four s...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks
July 2014 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models i...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
July 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and comment...
Apple MacBook Pro Retina
89% Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 Late 2013 Notebook Review
All quiet on the western front. Apple introduced its reworked 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina last autumn. Although the entry-level price dropped a bit, we still expect a maximum amount of quality and performance for more than 2,000 Euros (~$2722).
Intel Core i7-4850HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M | 15.4" | 2 kg
Jul 6
GRID Autosport Benchmarked
GRID Autosport Benchmarked
Pedal to the metal. In line with the current trend, racing-game expert Codemasters follows up successful games with sequels and releases at least one flagship product every year. The latest addition to the simulator series, GRID Autosport, is intended to be a very comprehensive package which offers a lot of variety. Our review is predominantly aimed at notebook users who would like to know how much horsepower is actually needed to guarantee a smooth gaming experience.
Jul 5
Dell Precision M2800 Notebook Review
87% Dell Precision M2800 Notebook Review
Inexpensive entry. Dell introduces a new entry-level version of its exclusive portfolio of mobile workstations with the Precision M2800. We tested if the concept with updated Latitude cases and AMD FirePro graphics really works.
Intel Core i7-4810MQ | AMD FirePro W4170M | 15.6" | 2.9 kg
Huawei Ascend P7 Smartphone Review
85% Huawei Ascend P7 Smartphone Review
Deluxe 2.0. Huawei discontinues its elegant Ascend P6, and sends the Ascend P7 into the race for the favor of well-heeled buyers. The Chinese manufacturer demands approximately 450 Euros for its updated premium model. The aluminum casing only underwent a minor facelift, but more has been modified inside: A latest quad-core SoC from HiSilicon, 16 GB of flash storage, and a bright 5-inch screen with a Full HD resolution.
HiSilicon Kirin 910T | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 5.0" | 124 g
Acer Liquid E3 E380 Smartphone Review
81% Acer Liquid E3 E380 Smartphone Review
2 in 1. The Liquid E3 Duo offered by Acer is a middle class smartphone, which has a Dual-SIM function. Customers who absolutely want to have this feature did not have a large selection up to now and they had to accept compromises. Does the manufacturer offer a suitable solution without neglecting other important features?
Mediatek MT6589 | PowerVR SGX544 | 4.7" | 135 g
Jul 4
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks
July 2014 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models ...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
July 2014 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regular...
Asus UX32LA-R3025H, review sample courtesy of Cyberport
85% Asus Zenbook UX32LA-R3025H Ultrabook Review
Slim aluminum. Yet another offshoot of the Asus Zenbook product line is to attract quality-conscious customers who also value high mobility. An energy-saving Haswell CPU alongside its integrated graphics, paired with a high-capacity battery, and an ultra-thin aluminum casing - is that enough for a new record in terms of endurance and battery runtime?
Intel Core i5-4200U | Intel HD Graphics 4400 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Jul 3
Asus N750JK-T4042H Notebook Review
83% Asus N750JK-T4042H Notebook Review
We need bass! The Asus N750-series can convince us with an external subwoofer and nice metal cases for a while now. Today we review the version with a GeForce GTX 850M and can confirm: Multimedia good, gaming, well...
Intel Core i7-4700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
Jul 2
Fujitsu Lifebook E744 (E7440MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
84% Fujitsu Lifebook E744 (E7440MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
Haswell update. Fujitsu wants to entice potential buyers with its newest 14-inch laptop from the Lifebook E series. The model features a sturdy case, good input devices, security functions and an LTE modem. In this review, we will find out if the laptop is worth its price.
Intel Core i7-4702MQ | Intel HD Graphics 4600 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Convertible Review Update
73% Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101 Convertible Review Update
Successful merge? The Satellite W30t intends to combine the advantages of a tablet with those of a notebook. Therefore, the device is equipped with an efficient Haswell processor and a conventional hard drive. Is it possible to merge tablet and notebook?
Intel Core i3-4020Y | Intel HD Graphics 4200 | 13.3" | 2.1 kg
Jul 1
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Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2697 v2 Notebook Processor
Ivy Bridge-EP x86 12 cores @ 2700 - 3500 MHz 22nm
Asus AsusPro B551LG-CN009G Notebook Review
78% Asus AsusPro B551LG-CN009G Notebook Review
Troubled professional. Asus' new Pro laptops are aimed at business professionals - integrating a lot of security features - while also being multimedia powerhouses with a DVD burner and the new GeForce 840M GPU. Unfortunately though, the Taiwanese company has failed to meet its own quality requirements, forcing us to repeat some of the tests with a second Pro B551LG device.
Intel Core i7-4650U | NVIDIA GeForce 840M | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Jun 30
MSI GS70-2PEi71611 Notebook Review
77% MSI GS70-2PEi71611 Notebook Review
Wickedly hot. Most gaming machines are fast, but also heavy and bulky. MSI thinks that unnecessary, and presents us the thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop in the world, according to its advertisement. A quick look at the specs nurtures doubts: Has the manufacturer managed to keep temperature and noise development under control?
Intel Core i7-4700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
CTL announces 11.6
CTL announces 11.6" Education Chromebook
CTL debuts an 11.6" Chromebook designed for students and featuring a...
Jun 29
Eurocom X3 (Clevo P157SM) Notebook Review Update
87% Eurocom X3 (Clevo P157SM) Notebook Review Update
Kepler update. Eurocom updates the 15.6-inch X3 with the latest Nvidia Kepler offerings. We put the beastly GTX 880M GPU to the test under our usual stressful conditions and games to see if the upgrade is worth a look.
Intel Core i7-4930MX | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M | 15.6" | 3.5 kg
Jun 28
Apple MacBook Air 13 MD761D/B 2014-06
86% Apple MacBook Air 13 MD761D/B 2014-06 Notebook Review Update
Heart transplant. The new Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2014 is once again an evolution instead of a revolution, because there are not many differences compared to the last version. We focus on the inner values. A new Intel Core i5-4260U Haswell CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz in combination with 4 GB RAM and a large 256 GB SSD. Sounds appealing.
Intel Core i5-4260U | Intel HD Graphics 5000 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Jun 26
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet Review
82% Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet Review
Smartphone for giants. Hold a 10.1-inch tablet to your ear and make a call? Strange idea, but Samsung has offered this feature for a couple of years now. Our review shows why the fourth generation of the Galaxy Tab still stands out from the competition.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 10.1" | 487 g
Jun 25
HTC Desire 310 Smartphone Review
80% HTC Desire 310 Smartphone Review
Absolutely everyday suitable. Fantastic smartphone features, low price - according to HTC, that perfectly describes the 4.5-inch Desire 310. The Android entry-level phone is actually available for an affordable 140 Euros (~$191). Our test reveals whether the Desire 310 also passes the function check.
Mediatek MT6582M | ARM Mali-400 MP2 | 4.5" | 140 g
Jun 23
Fujitsu Lifebook E734 (E7340MXEA1DE) Notebook Review Update
82% Fujitsu Lifebook E734 (E7340MXEA1DE) Notebook Review Update
Portable office. Light, handy, and strong computing power is how Fujitsu's new 13.3-inch laptop for professional users on-the-move can be described. The integrated LTE modem supplies Internet access remote from Wi-Fi. Read in our report whether the Lifebook is compelling in its whole.
Intel Core i5-4200M | Intel HD Graphics 4600 | 13.3" | 1.7 kg
Jun 22
Samsung, Motorola and LG all expected to unveil smartwatches at Google I/O
Samsung, Motorola and LG all expected to unveil smartwatches at Google I/O
All three companies are said to be readying smartwatches for Google'...
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

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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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