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Owners of 2016 Macbook Pros should expect more consistent battery life after the update. (Source: Consumer Reports)

Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests

Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
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The Toughpad FZ-Q2 can dock to a separate backlit keyboard and features a rugged design. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet

The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
The 2016 MacBook Pros have both faced criticism over sub-par battery life compared to previous models. (Source: Apple)

Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results

Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
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Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

79% Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

Disappointing screen. Acer launches a well-equipped 15.6-inch all-rounder on the market with the TravelMate P259-MG-71UU. The GeForce 940MX graphics core (GDDR5 version) allows playing many up-to-date computer games. Acer ruins the overall good impression with a poor screen and only middling battery life.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

83% MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

Apache is approaching! The well-known gaming notebook manufacturer MSI brings us an interesting combination. A fast quad core processor of the Skylake family and a Pascal-based GPU are at the core of the latest model. Learn how well the components fit each other in our in-depth review.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3 kg
Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus with pen support

CES 2017 | Samsung introduces two Chromebooks with pen support

The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro come with ARM/Intel processors, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, also offering pen input support and the ability to be used as a regular notebook or as a tablet, thanks to the 360-degree rotating touchscreen.
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Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA convertible with Skylake processor

Asus launches Chromebook Flip C302CA

The long-awaited successor of the original Chromebook Flip is now official as a convertible with a 360 degree hinge and a touchscreen display that uses a Skylake processor and starts at $499 USD.
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Dell advertises

(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds

Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
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Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

86% Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

Serious Surface Competitor? Convertibles with strong performance are always a crowd favorite. Asus packs a Skylake i7 processor in a flat case and hopes for the best, but there are a few problems. In our extensive review, we will discuss the Transformer 3 Pro and its place in the competitive convertible market.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.6" | 1.1 kg
MSI VR One

MSI VR One

High-end gaming in the backpack. Finally, no more cables: This is MSI's goal with the brand-new virtual reality backpack. We were one of the first editorial offices to have a closer look at the promising concept. (ad)
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | | 3.6 kg
Asus Chromebook Flip 2 C302CA with Intel Pentium 4405Y

Asus Chromebook Flip 2 surfaces on Best Buy

The C302CA model was spotted earlier this year on Newegg, but now the Flip 2 name is finally confirmed, although Asus still has to announce it. This $499.99 USD Chromebook has an all-metal casing and uses the Intel Pentium 4405Y processor.
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Intel Kaby Lake refresh on track for late 2017 launch

Intel Kaby Lake refresh on track for late 2017 launch

The Intel ix-8000 Coffee Lake series should be the final 14 nm architecture based on Skylake and Kaby Lake in the manufacturer's three-step "process-architecture-optimization" cycle.
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Razer Blade (2016) FHD Notebook Review

84% Razer Blade (2016) FHD Notebook Review

Successful. Razer's thin 14-inch is packed with powerful hardware that can handle all modern games on the matte Full HD display. You also get good input devices and Thunderbolt 3. The stamina of the small system is not bad, either.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
The BRIX-GZ1DTi7-1070GB GW is a powerful SFF gaming PC coming soon from Gigabyte. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte announces BRIX SFF PC with GTX 1070

The newest small form factor gaming PC from Gigabyte will pack a serious punch in a small package thanks to its GTX 1070 and Core i7-6700K.
Online retailer leaks Asus GL553VE, GL753VE, FX502VM, and GL702VM gaming notebooks with i7-7700HQ CPUs

Online retailer leaks Asus GL553VE, GL753VE, FX502VM, and GL702VM gaming notebooks with i7-7700HQ CPUs

The new upcoming gaming systems should be sporting both HQ-class Kaby Lake processor options and high-end Pascal GPUs from the GTX 1050 Ti and up.
HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

76% HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

Flip Flop. HP now offers Kaby Lake processors in their 15-inch Pavilion x360 convertibles. In addition to the upgraded 7th generation Intel chips, a few other changes have been made. Are these improvements enough to make us flip over the Pavilion, or does it fail to stick the landing?
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)

Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation

After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
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Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X Notebook Review

85% Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X Notebook Review

Popular companion. High-quality materials coupled with responsive hardware leave a good impression. Even though the display luminance does not seem very up-to-date, we like the overall package of the new Acer Swift 3.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM Notebook Review

85% Asus ROG Strix GL502VM Notebook Review

Powerful and Slim. The Asus GL502VM is a slim, 15.6-inch gaming laptop which can run games smoothly on its matte, FHD screen. The hardware needs a lot of cooling, so the laptop can become noisy.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

Better by a Touch? Apple slims down the MacBook Pro 15 quite radically and reduces the weight to around 1.8 kg with a thickness of just 16 millimeters. The professional notebook, which even gained customers from the 17-inch Pro in the past, is now even a real alternative for users of the previous MBP 13.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Acer Predator 15 G9-593 Notebook Review

85% Acer Predator 15 G9-593 Notebook Review

Pascal upgrade. Acer now uses the latest Pascal GPUs from Nvidia for the current Predator 15. We also get some additional features that were missing with the previous models. The design of the bulky 15-inch gaming notebook is still a matter of taste though.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 3.7 kg
Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T Notebook Review

84% Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T Notebook Review

Solid all-round device! With the ZenBook, Asus presents us a compact 13.3-inch device. Its Skylake processor and the dedicated GPU ensure a fast system. Our review will reveal whether the device has any disadvantages.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Asus GL702VM-GC102D Notebook Review

84% Asus GL702VM-GC102D Notebook Review

Slim gaming laptop. Asus packs a lot of gaming power into a slim 17.3-inch notebook. Even so, the laptop does not produce too much noise or heat. Due to the deactivated integrated GPU, the laptop consumes more power while idling than necessary.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

85% Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

Solid as a Rock. The new Razer Blade packs a GTX 1060 in a great aluminum case. The laptop offers reliable input devices, Thunderbolt 3 and an amazing IGZO panel. With all this on the table, what could go wrong? Besides some smaller issues, the greatest weakness was its lackluster gaming performance. However, the latter has now been fixed with an EC update.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 2 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the $300 premium?
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
The internal hard drive is the only major component that can be replaced by the end user. (Source: iFixIt)

Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability

Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
The Spin 7 is touted as the world's thinnest convertible laptop. (Source: Acer)

Acer Spin 7 and Spin 5 now available in the United States

Acer's new Spin 7, currently the world's thinnest convertible notebook, and Spin 5 bring more options to consumers looking for a 2-in-1 device.
Intel Skylake-EP spotted with 32 cores

Intel Skylake-EP processor spotted with 32 cores

The first details on the upcoming Skylake-EP series show a Purley-based E5 processor with as much as 32 cores. If true, future E7 processors could sport even more at up to 40 cores.
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Aorus X7 DT v6 Notebook Review

86% Aorus X7 DT v6 Notebook Review

Boundless performance. Gigabyte has taken the design of their AORUS gaming notebook to the next level with the advent of the X7 DT v6. With class-leading GPU and CPU performance, speedy solid-state storage, and powerful networking and display options, can anything slow it down?
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.3 kg
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070 Notebook Review

83% EVGA SC17 GTX 1070 Notebook Review

More power, same features. The impressive overclock-ready SC17 is now officially on the Pascal train, but its continuing lack of features puts the notebook at a disadvantage in the 17-inch gaming category.
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.1 kg
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 Notebook Review

88% Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 Notebook Review

Robust. This robust 14-inch laptop from Dell will thrive in harsh conditions. The very bright IPS screen and the whopping 97 Wh battery ensure that this laptop is ready for wherever your work takes you.
Intel Core i5-6300U | AMD Radeon R7 M360 | 14" | 3 kg
iFixit's teardown shows that repairs will be very difficult. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties

The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
MSI goes VR: Notebook fun with the HTC Vive

MSI goes VR: Notebook fun with the HTC Vive

We are ready. Thanks to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, virtual reality finally livens up. We had the chance to scrutinize this promising technology in cooperation with MSI. Here are our impressions from the new virtual world. (Sponsored article.)
The MSI Trident is the smallest VR-ready desktop PC. (Source: MSI)

MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC

MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?
Dishonored 2, Bethesda's newest title, runs smoothly on consoles but suffers from inconsistent performance on the PC. (Source: Bethesda)

Dishonored 2 noted to have severe performance issues on PC

Bethesda's newest title, Dishonored 2, is suffering from inconsistent performance on the PC. Reviewers and early buyers have expressed their discontent, prompting Bethesda to release a patch sometime this week.
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The Aorus X5 is a thin-and-light notebook with massive power under the hood. (Source: Aorus)

CES 2017 | Aorus X5 wins CES Innovation Award for second year running

The Aorus X5 has been recognized with a CES Innovation Award in gaming. This marks the second year in a row the slim gaming powerhouse has won this honor.
Asus Transformer Book T302CA-FL010T Convertible Review

83% Asus Transformer Book T302CA-FL010T Convertible Review

Steeplechase. Asus treats its 12.5-inch Transformer Book to Intel's Skylake generation and also installs a second battery into the keyboard dock. This gives the new Transformer Book longer stamina. However, the newly gained performance cannot really be utilized.
Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 12.5" | 1.5 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2 GHz i5, without Touch Bar) Laptop Review

89% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2 GHz i5, without Touch Bar) Laptop Review

Brilliant, even without Touch? The new MacBook Pro laptops have arrived. The most striking new feature: a Touch Bar instead of function keys. Apple still offers a model without this novelty, and wants to target the "entry-level sector" – price: 1699 Euros ($1499). We already have a device in our editorial office and will share our results in this live review.
Intel Core i5-6360U | Intel Iris Graphics 540 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Acer TravelMate P249-M-3895 (Core i3) Notebook Review

80% Acer TravelMate P249-M-3895 (Core i3) Notebook Review

Cheap business laptop. Acer offers the TravelMate P249-M for 550 Euros (~$600). This 14-inch notebook is quiet, packs good battery life and it has a three-year warranty. In addition, this TravelMate has keyboard lighting and a free M.2 slot.
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2.1 kg
Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE Convertible Review

82% Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE Convertible Review

Surface Follower. A 2-in-1 following in the footsteps of the MS Surface Pro 4 will likely be compared to it. Lenovo's convertible features better connectivity and a better SSD, but the display and the cameras are lacking.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.2" | 1.2 kg
Aorus X7 v6 Notebook Review

85% Aorus X7 v6 Notebook Review

Soaring High. Gigabyte wants to join the ranks of Acer, Asus, Alienware, Clevo and MSI by producing high-end notebooks. The gaming expert has grown the Aorus brand into a symbol for powerful gaming PCs. We have looked at the X7 v6 and were impressed with what we found.
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Asus Transformer 3 Pro Windows convertible now available via Amazon

Asus Transformer 3 Pro hits Amazon

This 12.6-inch convertible can be purchased for $1,499 USD with a setup that includes a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 6500U processor, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. A Surface Pro 4 with the same specs is $400 USD more expensive.
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Asus Zenbook UX330UA Notebook Review

85% Asus Zenbook UX330UA Notebook Review

Elegant long-runner. The new Zenbook by Asus inherits the best qualities of the series, such as a superb casing and low weight. Apart from the somewhat mediocre input devices, it does not present many shortcomings especially not in the fantastic battery runtimes.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452 (Core i5, Full HD) Notebook Review

82% Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452 (Core i5, Full HD) Notebook Review

Entry-level business companion. This 14-inch Acer model has a lot to offer: simple upgrade options, good battery life, fast SSD and a reliable keyboard. The screen is the only weak point of this package: a TN panel with poor viewing angles.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2.1 kg
HP Omen 17 (i7-6700HQ, GTX 1070) Notebook Review

82% HP Omen 17 (i7-6700HQ, GTX 1070) Notebook Review

Omen meets Pascal. After other manufacturers of high-end laptops already equipped their systems with the latest Nvidia GPU generation, HP now follows with the Omen series and launches a gaming machine for an appealing price. But is the price-performance ratio right? We will find out.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.3 kg
The Zotac Magnus ERX480, a VR-ready small form factor gaming PC. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac announces Magnus ERX480 mini PC with AMD RX 480 graphics

Zotac provides virtual reality gaming in a small package with the ERX480.
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA Notebook Review

75% HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA Notebook Review

Generation change. Higher processing performance, finally a Full HD display and a faster storage device turn HP's new notebook into a true office all-rounder. Despite these new features, the laptop has also inherited disadvantageous properties.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Microsoft Surface Studio AiO with 28-inch touch display and Intel Core Skylake processors

Microsoft Surface Studio AiO now official

This new AiO desktop PC has a generous 28-inch PixelSense touch display, uses a discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics adapter with up to 4 GB VRAM, a Skylake Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as up to 32 GB of memory.
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Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T Notebook Review

83% Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T Notebook Review

All-rounder with gaming qualities. With the Zenbook UX510UW, Asus has created a successful compromise of a good gaming laptop and all-rounder for everyday use. The slim laptop pleases with a good configuration and good rates. However, the laptop has its shortcomings.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2 kg

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)