Alex Alderson (News Editor)
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.
The Chatterbox, a Raspberry Pi smart speaker that you can build and teach yourself
The Chatterbox is a DIY smart speaker that even children can build. The device has a chipboard case and is built around a Raspberry Pi 3B. The speaker can be taught new commands using the Chatterbox app too. The Chatterbox is currently available for US$119 on Kickstarter and ships worldwide in December.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) Tablet Review
The Galaxy Tab S5e looks a lot like the Galaxy Tab S4. However, while the latter is currently Samsung’s flagship tablet, the Tab S5e is significantly cheaper at nearly 400 Euros (~$448). The midrange tablet is about 20% lighter too. Samsung has not skimped on hardware to save on costs though, which could make the Tab S5e a better choice for some people than its more expensive sibling.
Turn your Raspberry Pi into an e-reader with the Waveshare e-paper HAT, an expansion board that starts at US$15.99
Who needs an Amazon Kindle when you can build one yourself? The Waveshare e-paper HAT comes in numerous display sizes ranging from 1.54-inches to 9.7-inches. The HAT communicates with a Raspberry Pi via SPI, UART or USB depending on the model and comes in a choice of two, three or four supported colours. The Waveshare e-paper HAT costs between US$15.99 and US$169.99 and ships worldwide.
NODE Mini Server V2: The DIY home server based on a Raspberry Pi
Ever fancied having a small home server? Well now you can with the NODE Mini Server V2. Caution: soldering skills required.
Maixduino: A sub-US$25 Arduino Uno-sized single board computer that supports AI workloads
Sipeed has designed the Maixduino for use in AI and IoT applications. The single board computer (SBC) has the form factor of an Arduino Uno and comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display along with an OV2640 2 MP camera module. The Maixduino has various ports and connectors including USB Type-C and can be pre-ordered for US$23.90 or US$20.90 without the camera and display. The SBC will ship worldwide on May 27.
Dell reveals its plans for a foldable laptop, and it is not good news
All paths point to foldable. Samsung, Lenovo and now Dell? Frank Azor has had his say on the company's progress towards releasing a foldable laptop and the current pitfalls that trying to fit all that tech in a small form factor presents.
TP-Link Neffos C9 Smartphone Review
TP-Link has expanded its budget C series with the Neffos C9, a device with a 5.99-inch display and a MediaTek SoC. Do not expect miracle performance or camera capabilities for the C9 though, as it is geared towards those who want a large and no-frills smartphone. Read on to find out how the Neffos C9 performs in our tests and whether it can stand up to its contemporaries.
Dell XPS 15: New generation looks set to be a minor refresh of the XPS 15 9570
Are you eagerly awaiting the next XPS 15? Well, Dell has confirmed yet more details about the upcoming laptop, including what CPUs it will feature along with its maximum RAM and SSD capacities.
GPD P2 Max: Pricing for the 8.9-inch UMPC announced
GPD has announced the pricing for its upcoming P2 Max via Twitter. The company will launch two versions of the 8.9-inch mini laptop, both of which will run Windows 10 and will feature a trackpad, a fingerprint sensor and a webcam. GPD confirms specification change
Rage 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Rage 2 comes eight years after its predecessor and is id Software's latest post-apocalyptic shooter. As the cover art implies, the game should be even more colourful and action-packed than Rage. Read on to find out which graphics cards can tame this savage title.
Dell has not eliminated the DPC latency issues that have been affecting the XPS 15 9570
Dell promised the earth, so it should come as no surprise that it has failed to meet expectations. The company had promised that it had fixed the latency issues that have been affecting the XPS 15 9570. Alas, it seems that the company still has some way to go before it eliminates these issues. Updated: Results from running DPC Latency Checker and LatencyMon on battery added.
Take over 40% off a refurbished XPS 15 9560 SKU until midnight tomorrow
Dell Outlet is selling one XPS 13 9560 SKU at a huge discount. The machine comes with an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor and a 4K touchscreen display. The device also has a 97 Wh battery and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The SKU is marked down to just US$998.46 from US$1,706.
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit, a powerful SBC smaller than a Raspberry Pi, is now shipping worldwide for US$99
The Jetson Nano Developer Kit is one mighty single-board computer (SBC). The device can churn out up to 472 GFLOPS of performance, despite its compact form factor, thanks to its quad-core CPU and 128 CUDA core GPU performance. The Developer Kit definitely gives other SBCs like the Raspberry Pi a run for their money.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW (Core i7-9750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review
Ultrathin gaming laptops are currently on trend with the likes of Gigabyte, MSI and Razer leading the way. ASUS has now updated its GX502 series accordingly, but can its thin chassis handle a Core i7-9750H and a GeForce RTX 2070? Read on to find out.
The ToyBrick RK3399 Pro, a Raspberry Pi-sized SBC that outperforms the NVIDIA Jetson Nano
The ToyBrick RK3399 Pro is a developer board that is powered by an RK399Pro SoC, which integrates an ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU and an RK1808 NPU that can achieve up to 3.0 TOPS. The board can dual-boot Android and Linux out of the box and comes with up to 6 GB RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage.
Save 25% on a Chuwi MiniBook pre-order, the 8.0-inch GPD and One Mix competitor
The Chuwi MiniBook will come in two versions, the most powerful of which will feature an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, 8 GB LPDRR4 RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Chuwi will reportedly bring the ultra-mobile PC to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo on June 19.
One Mix 3: The 8.4-inch convertible Chuwi and GPD challenger is available to order worldwide for US$759.99
Right on cue, the One Mix 3 has gone on sale, just as One-netbook said it would. The ultra-compact laptop has an 8.4-inch 2K touchscreen display with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD.
The Khadas VIM3 is a new hexa-core Raspberry Pi competitor that supports PCIe NVMe drives
Khadas has announced its new single board computer, the VIM3. The company has based the board on the powerful Amlogic S922X SoC and will equip it with up to 4 GB of RAM along with 32 GB of eMMC storage. The VIM3 supports Wi-Fi 5 and PCIe NVMe SSDs too.
The Atomic Pi, a US$35 alternative to the Raspberry Pi, is available to order worldwide again
Have you been unable to source an Atomic Pi? Well, it is now available to order worldwide once again. The Raspberry Pi alternative comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. Orders for the developer board will ship on May 20.
OnePlus 7 Pro Smartphone Review
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s new flagship. The device has a huge notch-free display, triple rear-facing cameras and much more. Read on to find out whether this so-called flagship beater can live up to expectations. Update: Test completed.
RugGear RG850 Smartphone Review
While most outdoor smartphones resemble a brick, RugGear has given the RG850 a more understated design that makes it look more like a traditional smartphone. The manufacturer has not sacrificed features to achieve this either, which is impressive. Read on to find out whether the RG850 can stand out from its competitors and how it performs in our tests.
RPi Relay Board: A Raspberry Pi smart home expansion board that costs just US$18.99
The RPI Relay Board allows the Raspberry Pi to control high current and voltage devices like home appliances. The expansion board supports up to 5A/250V AC or 5A/30V DC and comes with extensive development resources such as sample programs written in BCM2835, python, shell, WebIOPi and WiringPi. The RPI Relay Board is available worldwide for US$18.99.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme Desktop GPU Review
The GeForce RTX 2070 undoubtedly offers a lot of power. Zotac was not content with the performance that the Founders Edition delivers though, and has decided to overclock it. The result is the RTX 2070 AMP Extreme, which looks and operates differently to how NVIDIA originally intended. Read on to find out how Zotac’s latest Desktop GPU performs in benchmarks and how it stacks up against other modern cards, including the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G.
Acer Nitro 5 (Core i5-9300H, GeForce GTX 1650) Laptop Review
While OEMs currently reserve Nvidia RTX 20-series GPUs for their more expensive gaming laptops, Acer has chosen to equip its attractively priced Nitro series with GeForce GTX 1600-series chips. Read on to find out how the entry-level model performs in our detailed review.
We have some bad news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Ice universe has retaken to Twitter with another teaser about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10. This time, he has got people speculating and talking about something that the flagship phablet series may, or may not, have.
Save nearly US$800 with a very limited offer on a refurbished XPS 13 9370 with an i7-8550U CPU, a 4K touchscreen display, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD
Dell Outlet is currently running a limited sale on one refurbished XPS 13 9370 SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake R processor and 16 GB RAM. The device also has a 4K touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD. The SKU usually costs US$2,032, but the sale brings it down to US$1,238.01.
Save US$400 with a very limited offer on a ThinkPad X1 Extreme with an i7-8750H CPU, a 4K touchscreen display, 16 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD
Costco is currently running a limited sale on one ThinkPad X1 Extreme SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete GPU and 16 GB RAM. The device also has a 4K anti-glare touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD. The SKU usually costs US$2,399.99, but the sale brings it down to US$1,999.99.
Does your XPS 15 9570 get hot and drain its battery while asleep? Dell has a workaround, but you may not like it.
Dell may well be working on a fix for S3 sleep with the XPS 15 9570, but the device still has numerous outstanding issues too. One such problem is high battery drain and overheating when asleep, and Dell now has a rather counter-intuitive workaround.
The One-Netbook One Mix 3 is arriving sooner than expected - white SKU seemingly planned too
Set your alarms to next Thursday. One-Netbook has already revealed most of the specifications for its next device, the One Mix 3, and now it has confirmed when it will be making the mini laptop available to pre-order too. It is still keeping pricing secret though.
Bosstouch PM156: The 15.6-inch IPS 1080p portable touchscreen that supports Raspberry Pi
The Bosstouch PM156 is more than your average portable display. The 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen includes three video outputs and operates at 85 Hz. The PM156 is available to pre-order on Seeed Studio for US$169 and will ship on May 27.
GPD Pocket 2 Max: The Chuwi and One Mix UMPC competitor with a Dell-style nosecam
The Pocket 2 Max is an 8.9-inch mini laptop that includes a Core m3-8100Y processor, up to 16 GB RAM and a removable PCIe NVMe SSD. Oh, and a dreaded nosecam too. Update: New device photos and hands-on video added.
Snapdragon 712 SoC Review: Initial benchmarks from Qualcomm's latest processor
A competitor to the Snapdragon 855? We recently reviewed the Mi 9 SE, the first device we have tested with a Snapdragon 712 SoC. Now, we are analysing Qualcomm's new octa-core chip in several benchmarks and comparing the results against the Snapdragon 710, and the flagship-level Snapdragon 855. Read on to find out how the Snapdragon 712 compares and performs.
Some Dell XPS 15 9560 laptops are experiencing a severe BIOS related HDMI problem
Oh dear. While much has been made of Dell fixing the issues affecting the XPS 15 9570, it appears that the company has broken an important feature for its predecessor, the XPS 15 9560. There have been multiple reports of BIOS 1.14.2 breaking HDMI out for some machines, rendering their HDMI ports unusable.
Save US$500 with a limited offer on a Dell XPS 15 9570 with an i7-8750H CPU, 4K touchscreen display, 32 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD
Costco is currently running a limited sale on one XPS 15 9570 SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete GPU and 32 GB RAM. Better still, the device has a 4K touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD too. The SKU usually costs US$2,299.99, but the sale brings it down to US$1,799.99.
Dell Precision 7730 (Core i7-8850H, Quadro P3200, FHD) Workstation Review
Dell has redesigned its largest Precision workstations, of which the Precision 7730 is one. The new 17.3-inch workstation has a more compact design than its predecessor, although you may be hard-pressed to tell the two apart. The Precision 7730 certainly has plenty of power, but can its 92 Wh go the distance?
Dell confirms that fixing S3 sleep is next on the agenda for the XPS 15 9570
Further to its backtrack last month, Dell has now confirmed that it is focussing its efforts on addressing S3 sleep mode for the XPS 15 9570. The company removed the mode over a year ago with the release of BIOS 1.3.0.
Grove AI HAT: A powerful and compact Raspberry Pi HAT for edge computing workloads that costs less than US$25
The Grove AI HAT is designed to assist the Raspberry PI with running edge computing workloads. The board has a Sipeed MAix M1 module that integrates a Kendryte K210 dual-core processor along with numerous connectors, ports and sensors. The Grove AI HAT is available to pre-order on Seeed Studio for US$24.50 and will ship in mid-June.
Sly tactics: Canon has limited the EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D/EOS Kiss X) and EOS 2000D (Rebel T7) to proprietary flash accessories
Canon has omitted the center pin from the EOS Rebel SL3 and EOS 2000D, a decision which renders both DLSRs incompatible with almost all third-party flash accessories. Naturally, the company has not pointed this out for either device.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Laptop GPU Performance Review
While the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti sits between other midrange and high-end GPUs, we expect the GeForce GTX 1650 to establish itself as a high-performance multimedia laptop GPU. Read on in this review to find out whether the GTX 1650 is a worthy upgrade over the GTX 1050 and if it has enough power for demanding 3D applications.
A star is born: Insiders confirm that a new Xiaomi Mi Mix flagship is on the way
Codenamed Hercules, the upcoming flagship will feature a Snapdragon 855 SoC, triple rear-facing cameras, an in-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging according to source code information. A renowned leaker has stated that Xiaomi will market the device as the Mi Mix 3s or Mi Mix 4.
FriendlyElec NanoPi NEO 4: A compact and hexa-core powered Raspberry Pi alternative that costs just US$50
The NanoPi NEO 4 is an affordable and compact Raspberry Pi alternative that FriendlyElec equips with a six-core processor and 1 GB RAM. The board has numerous ports and sensors including HDMI 2.0 and USB Type-C too. The NanoPi NEO 4 ships worldwide for US$50.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Smartphone Review
The Mi 9 SE succeeds the Mi 8 SE and is the Mi 9’s midrange sibling. The SE is leaner and more compact than its flagship namesake, but it still managed to positively surprise us. Read on to find out what impressed us and if the Mi 9 SE has any shortcomings.
Dell laptops confirmed to be affected by serious SupportAssist security flaw
Dell reportedly sat silently on a critical SupportAssist vulnerability for nearly 6 months, according to the security researcher that reported it to the company. If you have the software installed, then chances are that your laptop will be affected, and it will be open to attackers unless you have recently updated SupportAssist.
The SmarchWatch: An open-source smartwatch that you can build yourself
Are you a fan of open source? Do you like making things? If so, then the SmarchWatch, a homebrew smartwatch, could be the ideal project for you. You will need a 3D printer and plenty of patience though.
Save over US$2,000 with a limited time offer on an EliteBook x360 1040 G5 or US$600 on a Chromebook x360 14 G1
HP is currently running a sale on the numerous business and consumer laptops until May 5. One of the highlights is the EliteBook x360 1040 G5, which the company has reduced by up to US$2,009. The Chromebook x360 14 G1 is another good deal too with US$600 off its retail price.
The leaky faucet that is Motorola's marketing department: More Moto Z4 press renders appear online
New Moto Z4 renders have seemingly confirmed more features about the upcoming flagship smartphone. The Z4 will have dual-microphones, USB Type-C charging and even the hallowed headphone jack.
The downfall of the Superbook, the US$99 laptop shell that may never reach all its backers
The company behind the crowdfunded laptop shell still has its order page live, despite admitting privately to backers that it has run out of money with potentially thousands of orders still unfulfilled.
Almost a year on from its release and the Dell XPS 15 9570 is still suffering from countless issues
Dell may have just fixed the device's DPC-related latency issues, but the popular 15.6-inch laptop is still plagued by other problems that the company has failed, or refuses, to fix.
VAIO A12 (Core i7-8500Y, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, FHD) Convertible Review
VAIO, the former PC division of Sony, is back to disrupt the market, or at least attempt to do so. One of its comeback devices is the VAIO A12, a 12.5-inch convertible that may have a tough time justifying its lofty price. Read on to find out how the A12 performs in our tests and whether it can trouble other 12.5-inch 2-in-1s such as the Surface Pro. Update: Weight error fixed.
Easier selfies, but not for all: Samsung brings camera improvements to some Galaxy Note 9 devices
The latest update for the Galaxy Note 9 makes it easier to switch between taking regular and wide-angle selfies. The firmware updates the device to the April Android security patch too and introduces an option to automatically schedule Night Mode. Frustratingly, not all devices will receive these features this month though.
5G on the cheap: Xiaomi to launch the Mi Mix 3 5G on May 2
The smartphone will be available first in Switzerland on the Sunrise network and will retail for CHF 847 (~ US$830). The Mi Mix 3 5G will cost closer to €599 (~ US$671) globally though and will feature the Snapdragon 855, which incorporates the 5G capable X50 modem.
Speed, glorious speed: All upcoming Huawei and Honor flagships will be 5G capable
HiSilicon will include 5G modems in all Kirin 985 SoCs, company representatives in Taiwan have confirmed. Manufacturing will begin in Q3 ready for Huawei's probable announcement of the Mate 30 series in October.
JZ Design Game Case: The portable PlayStation and Xbox case that has been bought by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi
The Game Case has proven a hit with professional footballers, F1 drivers and MotoGP riders who like to game when staying away in hotels. The JZ Design Game Case ships worldwide and is available for €699 (~ US$783).
Dell releases new XPS 15 9570 BIOS to address DPC latency issues
The Pigs have flown, Hell hath frozen over. Dell has finally released a new BIOS for the XPS 15 9570 specifically to address the device's DPC latency issues. It would not be an XPS 15 fix without some unintended problems though, right?
One Mix 3: One-netbook announces their latest Chuwi and GPD alternative convertible laptop
The ultra-compact laptop will feature an 8.4-inch 2K touchscreen display that supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, along with a Core m3-8100Y processor and 8 GB RAM. One-netbook reportedly plans to release the One Mix 3 in June.
Chuwi Hi10 Air (Atom x5-Z8350, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC) Convertible Review
Chinese devices tend to be cheaper than their more established competitors and are generally catching up on quality too. The Chuwi Hi10 Air is certainly cheap but is basically the same device as the Hi10 Pro, which is almost three years old. Nevertheless, a €200 (~US$223) convertible could still be a bargain and is worth a look regardless, even if some of its components are now a few years old. Read on to find out how the Hi10 Air performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
GPD Pocket 2 Max: An 8.9-inch Chuwi MiniBook alternative with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor
An eagle-eyed Redditor spotted GPD's latest upcoming mini-laptop at the ICEE in Moscow, called the Pocket 2 Max. The 8.9-inch laptop will arrive in Q2-Q3 and will come with a Core m3-8100Y processor along with up to 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. It even has a trackpad and a fingerprint scanner too.
Dell XPS 15: No GeForce GTX 1660 Ti model, but a GTX 1650 version is coming
The company has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a GTX 1660 Ti with its XPS 15 refresh, nor will it release a white version either as it has with recent XPS 13 models. The new XPS 15 will come with a GTX 1650 though, Frank Azor confirms.
Atomic Pi: A Raspberry-Pi alternative with an Intel processor that costs less than US$35
The Atomic Pi is an affordable Raspberry Pi alternative equipped with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. The developer board has numerous expansion connectors, ports and sensors too. The Atomic Pi costs just US$35. Update: Shipping information clarified.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Laptop GPU Review
After the GeForce RTX 20 series, NVIDIA will be presenting its next Turing-based laptop GPU, but this time without raytracing cores. The GPUs will have a more attractive price point though. Read on to find out how the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti laptop GPU performs in our tests.
Save US$200 or £150 on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL
Google is currently running a sale on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL until May 6. The deal applies to all colours and storage options. At launch, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL cost up to US$899 (£839) and US$999 (£969) respectively, but they are now down to a minimum of US$599. Only while stocks last, mind.
Next iPad Pros to enter mass production in Q4 2019 or Q1 2020: New report
According to reports from China, Apple will start mass-producing its next iPad Pros between the end of this year and the start of 2020. The upcoming tablets will be manufactured in Taiwan before a spring or summer 2020 release.
iPhone XI Max joins the party: Renders and 360° video leaked
iPhone leaks are like buses. You wait for one and two turn up at once. The iPhone XI Max is the supersized version of its little brother; both have the same gargantuan notch and square rear-facing camera bump. Undoubtedly, both will be ludicrously expensive too.
P Smart Z renders leaked: Huawei's first smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera
Huawei will sell the P Smart Z in Emerald Green, Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. The device will be marketed as the P Smart Pro in some countries and is equipped with a Kirin 710 SoC, 4 GB RAM along with 64 GB of storage. The P Smart Z will have a 4,000 mAh battery too and will retail for €210 (~ US$234).
Apple and Qualcomm are reportedly bringing 5G to the iPad Pro in 2021
A reliable Apple analyst has reported that the Cupertino-based company plans to bring 5G iPad Pros to market in 2021. The prediction comes just a week after Apple and Qualcomm made headlines for signing a deal to supply 5G modems for the 2020 generation of iPhones.
How Orwellian: Samsung pressures iFixit to withdraw its Galaxy Fold teardown
Samsung PR is in overdrive. After delaying the public release of the Galaxy Fold following reports of numerous display issues, the company is now doing its best to shut down any negative press about the foldable smartphone.
Bumps galore: New Apple iPhone XI renders and 360° video reaffirm a sizeable camera bump and notch
Triple rear-facing cameras? Check. Huge camera bump? Check. Gargantuan notch? Check. No USB Type-C? Check. This is the iPhone XI. Updated: YouTube video fixed & additional photos added
Dangerous fruit: Apple recalls specific wall plugs over electric shock risk
Did you buy a Mac, iOS device or the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit between 2003 and 2010? If you did, chances are that you received a wall plug too. Turns out that the three-prong adapters sold in certain countries during that period can break and cause an electric shock if touched.
Goodbye South Korea, hello Vietnam: LG suspends smartphone production in South Korea
The South Korean manufacturer is reportedly switching production of its flagship smartphones from its home country to an existing plant in Vietnam. The move is an effort to reduce manufacturing costs amid seven consecutive quarters of losses. LG currently manufacturers up to a fifth of its smartphones in South Korea.
There's life in the old dog yet: Xiaomi is testing Android Pie on the Mi 6
Xiaomi launched the Mi 6 back in April 2017 originally with MIUI 8. Two years on, the Chinese manufacturer has released an Android 9 Pie beta build for its China and Global branches. Proceed with caution.
Schenker Work 15 (Core i7-8750H, 16 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review
The name Schenker is not only synonymous with high-performance gaming laptops, but also office laptops as with the Work 15, which the German manufacturer equips with a powerful hexacore CPU. Read on to find out whether the device can deliver on the potential of its CPU and if it has any weaknesses that hold it back.
Updates for all: Huawei has announced the release roadmap for EMUI 9.1
Huawei has been slowly rolling out the latest version of its OS to the Mate 20 series, and now it has announced plans for it to release EMUI 9.1 to a slew of other Huawei and Honor smartphones too. The list is extensive and stretches as far back as former flagships like the Mate 9.
HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5-8265U, GeForce MX250, 16 GB RAM) Laptop Review
The design remains unchanged, but inside there is a lot going on. HP has upgraded the Pavilion 15 series to Intel Whiskey Lake chips and Nvidia’s new generation of GeForce MX GPUs. Read on to find out whether this new model improves on its Kaby Lake and AMD siblings and how it fares in our tests.
Huawei is rolling out EMUI 9.1 to Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X
The Chinese manufacturer has already started pushing a stable build of EMUI 9.1 to two of its flagship smartphones just a week after releasing it to beta testers. The update comes in at a whopping 4.56 GB.
Cryptic clues: Xiaomi to launch a double-sided TV on April 23?
Xiaomi looks set to add a new product to its ever expanding line-up on April 23. It is not a new smartphone this time though and is seemingly a TV instead. According to Xiaomi's General Manager of its Mi TV division, this new Smart TV will have a completely new design too.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY (Ryzen 5 3550H, Radeon RX 560X, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY is an all red affair with its AMD APU and GPU. The device handles all modern games smoothly on its matte 17.3-inch screen display, which load quickly thanks to its NVMe SSD. The FX705DY even has good battery life. Read on to find out if the device has any shortcomings and how it performs in our rigorous tests.
C-FORCE CF015C: A 4K 15.6-inch USB Type-C portable display that works with your laptop and Nintendo Switch
The C-Force CF015C weighs just 700 g and is 6 mm thick, yet packs a 4K, 15.6-inch display that boasts 100% sRGB coverage. The CF015C is currently available for US$199 on Kickstarter and ships in June.
Dell pledges a new date for fixing the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues
Dell, you tease. After going quiet having missed its last deadline to fix the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues, the company has now given a new date by when it plans to release a solution. Hopefully, it is not just breadcrumbing owners with this revised schedule.
NexDock 2: Crowdfunded laptop shell closes in on its US$500,000 stretch goal
With just over 24 hours to go, the NexDock 2 has already received 956% of its campaign goal. Nex Computer has one more surprise up its sleeve if the campaign can get to US$500,000 though.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Smartphone Review
Triple rear-facing cameras and a bright AMOLED screen on a midrange smartphone? That may sound like an intoxicating mix, but can the Samsung Galaxy A50 match expectations? Read on in this detailed review to find out.
There have already been multiple reports of screens failing with Samsung Galaxy Fold review units
Oh dear, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has got off to a rough start. There have already been multiple reports from prominent tech personalities of their Samsung Galaxy Fold review units breaking after a day's use. Bleak times indeed for Samsung's first foldable smartphone.
Dell seemingly cannot fix the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues
Despite giving assurances to the contrary, Dell is still yet to fix the latency issues that have plagued the XPS 15 9570 since its launch. Get your act together, Dell.
Remarkable OnePlus 7 Pro details leaked: 90 Hz QHD+ Super AMOLED display, 4,000 mAh battery, pop-up selfie camera
Alleged details of the OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone have been posted online. The incredible specifications claim that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have a QHD+ Super AMOLED display, 4,000 mAh battery, a pop-up selfie camera, dual speakers and more. The leak also mentions that the display will operate at a variable 90 Hz refresh rate for a smoother viewing experience than conventional 60 Hz panels offer.
Xiaomi has ditched PWM on the Mi 9
Flickering be gone! Xiaomi has replaced PWM with DC brightness for the Mi 9 with latest MIUI Beta update. DC brightness does not cause OLED panels to flicker like PWM does, which can cause eye strain and headaches for those who are PWM sensitive.
Sony Xperia 10 Smartphone Review
Sony is trying to break new ground in the smartphone market with new Xperia devices. The Xperia 10 is the company’s latest attempt to crack the midrange sector, and it has equipped the smartphone with a Snapdragon 630 SoC and a 6-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The latter allows the device to keep its footprint to a minimum and still have a large display. Read on in this detailed review to see how the Xperia 10 performs in our tests and how it shapes up against its midrange competitors.
HP 250 G7 (Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, FHD, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review
An affordable office laptop that packs the latest Intel Whiskey Lake CPU, 8 GB of RAM along with a large NVMe SSD? That would sound like a bargain if it were not for a big caveat that might be a deal breaker for many potential buyers.
Massive Xbox One S 'All Digital' details leaked: Official pictures, pricing, launch date and bundled games revealed
Codenamed 'Maverick', the Xbox One S All Digital will be Microsoft's first disc-less console. The Redmond-based company will officially unveil the console on April 16, but its launch date has been leaked too along with what games will be included.
Multiple leaks fuel speculation about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date
Several sources have seemingly confirmed the release date of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hours before its official unveiling at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. Respawn Entertainment will give an hour-long showcase of the game later today.
More PlayStation 5 details published: A supercharged wireless VR headset with integrated eye-tracking awaits
A newly released patent filing has revealed details about the VR headset that will accompany the PlayStation 5. If Sony can translate the patent into reality, then it could be a game changer for AR and VR gaming.
Dell is reportedly working to bring back S3 sleep to the XPS 15 9570
A glimmer of hope, perhaps? It now seems that Dell is backtracking on its refusal to reintroduce S3 sleep mode, which it removed from the XPS 15 9570 with a BIOS update nearly a year ago. Its removal caused an outcry from some owners who complained of excessively high battery drain caused by the mode's removal. Update: Dell has elaborated on its initial comments.
NexDock 2: Huawei, Samsung and Raspberry Pi laptop shell reaches almost US$400,000 on Kickstarter
The NexDock 2 takes the power of your smartphone or Raspberry Pi and creates a laptop experience with a Full HD display, a plethora of ports including a headphone jack, four USB ports and a HDMI port. The NexDock 2 is currently available for US$199 on Kickstarter and ships in September.
The US charges Julian Assange after Ecuador ends his 7-year asylum in its London embassy
Julian Assange has finally been arrested after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The founder of WikiLeaks has been arrested for breaching bail conditions relating to allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden and for his part in WikiLeaks publishing material supplied by Chelsea Manning in 2010. Assange could face up to five years imprisonment in the US.
Details about upcoming Huawei smartphone surface on the Google Play Developer Console
The Huawei Y5 2019 will feature a 720p display with a teardrop-shaped notch along with a MediaTek MT6761 SoC and 2 GB RAM. The device comes from the same source that previously confirmed the likes of the Razer Phone 2.
Cubot J3 Pro Smartphone Review
The Cubot J3 Pro is another entry-level smartphone by the Chinese manufacturer. Can the “Pro” model succeed where its smaller sibling fell short? Read on to find out what the added Pro moniker brings and whether the J3 Pro can better challenge its budget competitors than the J3 could.
Huawei Y7 2019 Smartphone Review
The Y7 2019 retails for only 199 Euros (~US$224), but Huawei has still managed to cram in a 6.26-inch display, dual rear-facing cameras and a 4,000-mAh battery among its other impressive features. Read on to find out whether the device’s impressive specs on paper can combine to create a strong entry-level smartphone and how it fares against its competitors.
Cubot J3 Smartphone Review
The Cubot J3 is a tiny smartphone by modern standards and can easily be used with one hand. However, this is where things start to fall down, as we shall explain in this review. Read on to find out how this small budget smartphone fares against its competitors and whether it has more to offer than just its diminutive stature.
LG releases its update schedule for Q2 2019, but the V20 is nowhere to be seen
It looks like V20 owners will have to wait a few more months before they see Android Pie on their device. LG will not be updating the device before the summer according to its recently published Q2 2019 update schedule. The V30, V30S ThinQ, V35 ThinQ and V40 ThinQ are in luck though.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN (Core i7-8565U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
ASUS has packed powerful hardware into a sleek and compact case, which is impressive on the face of it. Unfortunately, this feat cannot be done without compromising somewhere, which we tackle in this review. The UX433FN shares many of its features with its siblings that we have already reviewed like its IPS screen, NVMe SSD, dual-channel RAM and backlit keyboard. Sadly, ASUS equips this model with a reflective display too.
Frank Azor claims that Dell has fixed many DPC latency related issues
The saga of the XPS 15 9570's latency issues rumbles on. Frank Azor, the Vice President & General Manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS at Dell, has tweeted that recently updated Realtek audio drivers should fix DPC-related issues for many XPS 15 9570 machines, while an upcoming BIOS revision should resolve its underlying causes.
Amazon is reportedly planning to release Alexa powered wireless earbuds later this year
Amazon will bring its first Alexa wearable to market in the second half of this year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The earbuds will rival Apple's AirPods, which achieved approximately 7.5 million sales in Q4 2018 alone and are being developed by Amazon's Lab126 hardware division.
Raspberry Pi: Official keyboard and mouse are now available
The extremely popular single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, now has a set of official peripherals. Specifically, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a wired keyboard and mouse, which come in two colours. The peripherals can be bought as a combo for £22 (~ US$29) or £16 (~ US$21) and £7 (~ US$9) respectively from third-party resellers.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Note 8 have started receiving Android 9.0 Pie in the US
There have been multiple reports that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The OS update, which Samsung calls One UI, is being released along with the March 2019 security update.
HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 (Core i5-8350U, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review
HP has equipped its new 14-inch Chromebook convertible with a powerful Intel Core i5-8350U processor, an IPS touchscreen display and a sizable battery that delivers great battery life. However, HP demands a hefty price for the device at nearly €1,000 (~$1,120) despite it having jarring shortcomings. Read on to find out how the Chromebook x360 14 G1 performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Huawei P30 Pro Smartphone Review
Last year, the Huawei P20 Pro set new standards in mobile photography, and now the Chinese company is back with its successor in the hope of building on those successes. The P30 Pro also includes all the technology that we have come to expect from a flagship with a premium price tag. Read on to find out whether Huawei has developed a new camera wonder and how it fares against other current flagships.
Update: Review completed.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Smartphone Review
Xiaomi has made the impossible possible with the Mi 9, at least according to the standards set by other manufacturers anyway. The Mi 9 only costs 450 Euros (~$505), which is midrange pricing, but it is one of the best flagship smartphones that you could currently buy. Its 48 MP triple camera, UFS 2.1 flash storage, premium design and AMOLED display are just a few of the reasons that the device excels, as is its brand-new Snapdragon 855 SoC. We put the Mi 9 to the test in our detailed review and see how it stacks up against other flagship smartphones.
Leaked schematics confirm that 2019 iPhones will have a square camera hump
Squares Ahoy! A set of schematics have leaked online, which reinforce that the next iPhones will have a huge square rear-facing camera housing akin to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Samsung is reportedly already planning to tweak the Galaxy S10
According to prominent leaker Ice universe, the President of Samsung Greater China announced at an event that the company is planning to bring 25 W charging and a new low-light camera mode to the Galaxy S10. The device is supposedly already capable of charging at 25 W, but Samsung has limited it to 15 W in its firmware.
Garmin Approach S40 Smartwatch: A GPS golf watch that costs less than US$300
The new golf watch from Garmin features a 1.2-inch touchscreen, a GPS tracker along with golfing features like AutoShot and Green View with which you can manually position your pin and check distances or obstacles.
Vnopn K1: A fanless Mini PC that comes with an AMD processor and starts at US$128
The new, ultra-compact Vnopn K1 does without a fan and has no moving parts, which helps keep its form factor down. Vnopn has equipped the K1 with an AMD processor too unlike many other PCs of its size.
Samsung Galaxy S10e Smartphone Review
The smallest new flagship from Samsung should appeal to people for whom spending almost €1,000 (~$1,125) on a smartphone is abhorrent. The S10e has many of the features that its more expensive siblings do, but Samsung has made some compromises to keep the costs down. Read on to find out how the S10e performs in our tests and whether it offers better value for money than the Galaxy S10 or S10+.
Vivo NEX Dual Smartphone Review
The highlight of the Vivo NEX Dual is its two displays. In addition to the traditional screen on the front, the NEX Dual has another AMOLED panel on the back. The latter means that you can take selfies with what would typically be rear-facing cameras without the need for dedicated front-facing sensors or an intrusive notch. Read on to find out how well this concept works and how the NEX Dual compares against other flagship smartphones.
LG G7 Fit Smartphone Review
For years, LG has been releasing its flagship smartphones under its G-series branding. The South Korean company is now filling out the series with midrange devices like the G7 Fit, which is the focus of our review. The device is not aimed at fitness fanatics either but rather at buyers who want a stylish smartphone with some of the features from flagship devices without having to spend so much money. Read on to find out how well this approach works and how the G7 Fit fares against its competitors.
Endel: The mood music app becomes the first algorithm to be signed by a major record label
Warner Music Group has signed Endel, the stress-reducing sound app, in what is the first algorithm to sign with a major label. Endel promises to release a total of 20 albums by the end of the year and has launched an Amazon Alexa skill that is the first to use predictive mechanics.
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070) Tongfang GK7CP7S Laptop Review
If you are looking for a simple and relatively compact gaming notebook, then the Schenker XMG Neo 17 may be the laptop for you. The 17.3-inch laptop scores highly for its powerful hardware, its 144 Hz panel and its optomechanical keyboard. However, can the Neo 17 compete with other large gaming laptops on more than just specifications?
Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it is bringing Xbox Live with it.
Switch owners rejoice. Cuphead, the popular side-scrolling run and gun game, is coming to the console next month. You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop before its worldwide release on April 18. StudioMDHR is also bringing new and free content to all platforms, which will be available on the Switch version on day one.
Google fined €1.49 billion by the EU for yet another antitrust breach
Today, the European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for abusing its market dominance of online search adverts. The company has now been fined over €8.25 billion by the Commission in less than two years for illegal practices.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots: The AirPods alternative that cost less than US$15
Xiaomi only released its first set of completely wireless headphones a few months ago, but it has now followed them up with the even more affordable Redmi AirDots. The headphones will be available in China from April 9 for CNY 99 (~ US$14.75) and look remarkably like the AirDots Youth Edition, which Xiaomi currently sells for CNY 199 (~ US$29.65).
HP ProBook 450 G6 (Core i7-8565U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review
We have covered several HP ProBook 400 series laptops recently, including the 440 G6 and 430 G6. Now it is the turn of the ProBook 450 G6, the 15-inch version of HP's entry-level business-laptop range. The company has equipped our test device with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce MX130 GPU that promises to be a good all-round package, at least on paper. Read on to find out whether the ProBook 450 G6 improves upon its predecessor and if it can challenge other established 15.6-inch business laptops.
Myspace has corrupted and lost 12 years of music uploaded to its website
In an embarrassing admission, Myspace has confirmed that it has lost every piece of music that users uploaded between 2003 and 2015, which equates to over 50 million files. The company reports that there is no way to recover the lost data.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Lenovo has introduced the IdeaPad 330-15IKB, a 15.6-inch office laptop that it equips with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a nimble SSD and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode. The device is not free from weaknesses though, particularly its disappointing TN display, its comparatively small battery along with its outdated CPU and GPU. Read on to find out how the IdeaPad 330-15IKB compares against other 15.6-inch business laptops.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review
Samsung has priced the smaller version of the top-tier S10 models more attractively than the S10+. In addition to its smaller display comes a lower capacity battery, a single front-facing camera along with less internal storage. Likewise, there is no option for a ceramic back as there is with the S10+. Read on to find out how the Galaxy S10 compares against its Plus namesake and how it stands up against other modern flagships.
Update: Additional battery life tests added.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (Core i7-6567U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) Tablet Review
The MobileStudio Pro is part drawing tablet and part Windows PC. Wacom may have equipped the device with an outdated Skylake dual-core processor, but read on to find out how this tablet fares in 2019.
HP ProBook 430 G6 (Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
HP has updated its ProBook series for 2019 with a new design that looks much more like its EliteBook series than past ProBooks. Can the HP ProBook 430 G6, the smallest model in this series, compete against major competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad L390? Read on to find out in this detailed review.
HTC could release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and U12+ almost a year after initially confirming that it was going to do so
It may have taken over 7 months, but HTC has finally confirmed in which quarter it plans to release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and the U12+. The three devices should receive the update in Q2 this year, which could by the end of June at the latest. Do not hold your breath though, because HTC has thrown in some caveats too.
Apple confirms event for March 25 and hints at unveiling something TV-related
The Cupertino-based company has now confirmed its latest launch event, which it will host in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25. The event will run from 10:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) or 17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Apple is expected to announce its streaming service to rival Amazon Prime Video and Netflix along with possibly a new iPad, AirPods and the long-delayed AirPower.
HP Spectre x360 15 (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 2 TB SSD, 4K) Convertible Review
The new HP Spectre x360 is an all-rounder that gets most things right. The convertible scores highly for its powerful hardware, backlit keyboard, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, good battery life and its 2 TB SSD. The touchscreen supports the HP Tilt Pen too, which adds more functionality than many 15-inch convertibles have.
uChip: An ultra-compact Arduino Zero compatible board that costs just €20 (~US$22.45/£17.15)
Developer boards now allow end users to realise complex circuits in the smallest of spaces, but Itaca Innovations is taking space-saving to the next level with the uChip, which is just 28.5 x 10.6 mm. The Arduino Zero compatible board is no bigger than a large coin and is currently being funded on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. ITACA estimates to ship the uChip from June this year for early-bird backers.
Intel confirms the existence of the Core i7 processor in last year's mysterious MacBook Air-like device
A device codenamed AAPJ140K1,1 appeared on Geekbench last year running macOS Mojave and the hitherto unknown Intel Core i7-8510Y. Now, a recent product change notification document has seemingly confirmed the processor's existence along with the Core i5-8310Y.
Anthem Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
While Anthem has been criticised for its content and story, the first-person shooter has triumphant graphics. Read on to find out the system requirements for BioWare’s latest shooter along with how it performs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.
Dirt Rally 2.0 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Sand in the gears. Nearly four years after Dirt Rally and two years after Dirt 4, Codemasters has released Dirt Rally 2.0 to the delight of racing fans, or at least those who are uninterested by Formula 1. Read on to find out how well Codemasters’ latest rally game runs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.
POWKIDDY X18: A GPD XD and Nintendo DS lookalike that costs less than US$130
The POWKIDDY X18 is a cheap Android handheld games console that features a 5.5-inch touchscreen along with numerous physical controls including two joysticks, a d-pad and Y, B, A and X buttons. The X18 has a 5,000 mAh battery, while its design may remind you of some Japanese handheld games consoles...
Dell promises to release a solution to address DPC latency issues imminently
The end may be in sight for those who have been experiencing DPC latency-related audio issues with their XPS 15 9570 laptops. Dell has been providing steady updates on Twitter about its progress in resolving the issues, and now an update is on the cards.
Dell Inspiron 13 7380 (Core i7-8565U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Dell's latest 13-inch laptop looks sleek with its slim case, while the upgrade to Whiskey-Lake processors should deliver improved performance and low power consumption compared to its Kaby Lake R powered predecessor. The 7380 has an NVMe SSD too, along with dual-channel RAM, an IPS 1080p screen. However, Dell continues to equip its Inspiron 13 7000 series with small batteries. Read on to find out how the Inspiron 13 7380 performs in our tests and how it stands up to its competitors.
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (Core i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review
That was probably the motto at Schenker when the company equipped the over 4,000 Euros (~$4,485) XMG Ultra 17 with an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and 64 GB of RAM. Read on to find out whether this 4K beast can live up to expectations and how the Clevo case handles such a powerful GPU.
NZXT and Blizzard have collaborated on an Overwatch edition of the H500 mid-tower case
The H500 Overwatch Edition retails for US$149.99 and features the game's black, white and orange colouring. There is a backlit Overwatch logo too and a tempered glass panel to show off your build.
Eve V: The Surface Pro alternative is currently having another secret "flash sale"
Eve Technology has slashed prices for its Eve V once again, having last held a flash sale just under three weeks ago. The 48-hour sale will end at 15:45 GMT on Friday with Eve Technology having reduced prices from US$300/€300 to US$600/€600 depending on the configuration.
Metro Exodus Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Demanding even without Raytracing. Metro Exodus is the next game to support Raytracing after Battlefield V. Read on to find out why this first-person shooter needs a powerful GPU even at moderate settings.
Pressure-sensitive, Digital Pens Review
How well does the current set of pressure-sensitive digital pens from Apple, Wacom and Microsoft shape up compared to the real thing? Thomas Gasperlmair, a renowned illustrator, tests each pen for us to determine whether they can fit in with his current workflow and if cheap Chinese alternatives suffice too.
Pine H64 Model B: The updated Raspberry Pi alternative that starts at US$25
The Pine H64 Model B succeeds the Model A and adds onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Raspberry Pi competitor starts at US$25 and is now based on a Rock64 footprint.
Meizu X8 Smartphone Review
The Chinese company Meizu has sent the X8 to the races packed with powerful hardware at an affordable price. Its Snapdragon 710 SoC and Adreno 616 GPU perform well in synthetic benchmarks, while its 4 GB RAM should ensure smooth system performance. Read on to find out what else the Meizu X8 has to offer and whether it can challenge its more established Chinese counterparts.
TrekStor Surftab Theatre L15 Tablet Review
The TrekStor Surftab Theatre L15 is a giant Android tablet. The device has a 15.6-inch display, stereo speakers and numerous connections, so nothing should stand in its way of being a capable multimedia tablet. Read on to find out how well the Theatre L15 performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Motorola Moto G7 Power Smartphone Review
On paper, the Motorola Moto G7 Power is all about battery life. Motorola promises up to 60 hours of battery life from a single charge, but the device shares many traits with its G7 siblings like its glass back and Snapdragon 632 SoC. Read on to find out how the latest Moto G7 model to enter our offices fares in our tests and whether it lives up to expectations.
Motorola Moto G7 Play Smartphone Review
Motorola has released its G7 series and now it is time for us to test the Moto G7 Play, a budget smartphone that incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 5.7-inch IPS display. The G7 Plus scored highly in our recent review, but how it does its considerably cheaper sibling compare? Read on to find out how the Moto G7 Play performs in our tests and how it fares against other entry-level smartphones.
The Dell XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues are more complicated than the company first thought
Almost four months on since Dell announced that it would soon fix the DPC latency issues that have caused audio problems for some XPS 15 9570 laptops, Frank Azor has conceded that there is no end in sight for beleaguered owners. While he claims that Dell is making progress, he still cannot give a timeline for when the company hopes to release a fix.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Smartphone Review
10 years of Samsung Galaxy S. The S10+ is just one of the five smartphones that the South Korean manufacturer announced at its Galaxy UNPACKED event, but it is currently the largest Galaxy S10 model available to pre-order. The S10+ has a large, almost borderless Dynamic AMOLED display that has a surface that is interrupted only by the punch-hole that houses the front-facing cameras. The new flagship is powered by a faster SoC, has more and better cameras, and it comes with up to 1 TB of internal storage. Read on to find out whether Samsung has done enough to create a smartphone worth of celebrating the anniversary of the Galaxy S series.
Addendum: Samsung has released an update that improves camera stability. Additional display tests added too.
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 (Core i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review
The slim and compact Aero 15-X9 succeeds the popular Aero 15X v8 that we reviewed last year. The new 15.6-inch gaming laptop handles modern triple-A games smoothly on its 144 Hz, 1080p display thanks to its Core i7-8750H processor, RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM. Its NVMe SSD should ensure solid system performance too, while its Thunderbolt 3 port gives you the option of connecting an external GPU should you wish to run a desktop GPU. Read on to find out how it performs in our tests and whether it can set new standards for thin and light gaming laptops.
Motorola Moto G7 Plus Smartphone Review
You do not always need to spend $800 to get a smartphone that can take good photos. That is what Motorola claims with the Moto G7 Plus at least, which costs around €300 (~$339). The G7 Plus boasts an optically stabilised 16 MP camera and intelligent software features too.
LG V40 ThinQ Smartphone Review
The LG V40 ThinQ has finally arrived in Germany after being announced over three months ago. The V40 is an evolution of its predecessor, with LG promising to have particularly improved the display and the cameras. Read on to find out what distinguishes the LG V40 ThinQ from other flagships and how it performs in our tests.
Eve V: Secret 24-hour flash sale now on
A flash sale is now on for the Eve V, but only until 13:00 GMT tomorrow. The Eve V has been plagued with delays, but Eve Technology ensures that the Surface alternative is in stock and will ship in 2-4 working days.
Reportedly official Nokia 9 PureView renders surface - Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus expected at MWC 2019 too
A set of leaked Nokia 9 PureView renders have appeared on Twitter ahead of the device's expected unveiling on February 24. HMD Global may release the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 1 Plus at MWC next week too.
Lioncast LM60: An RGB gaming mouse and a high-resolution optical sensor for US$80
Lioncast is a comparatively new manufacturer, but that has not stopped it from expanding its range of mice. The company has now released the LM60, a wired mouse with RGB lighting and a high-resolution optical sensor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lioncast has designed the LM60 with gamers in mind.
Raspberry Pi 3: It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the single-board computer
Until now, the popular single-board computer has been specifically optimised for the Internet of Things version of Windows 10. However, there is now a tool that allows the installation of the full version of the OS on the Raspberry Pi 3. It is not all smooth sailing though.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: The Raspberry Pi alternative can now be used as a NAS for just US$25 thanks to a new HAT expansion board
Compact single-board computers can deliver excellent performance and fast file transfers. A new expansion board for the NanoPi M4 should allow it to be realised as network-attached storage (NAS).
Hands-On: Microsoft Surface Headphones
The Surface Headphones look good, but can they command their premium price tag, and how do they stack up against their wireless on-ear competitors? We put the US$349.99/£329.99 Surface Headphones to the test in this hands-on review.
Samsung Galaxy S10: Official launch advert spotted on Norwegian TV
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are here one day early, sort of. Norwegian TV channel TV 2 has aired the launch advert for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ before tomorrow's Galaxy UNPACKED event in San Francisco. The advert confirms many of the S10 and S10+'s features including its Infinity-O display, its in-screen fingerprint sensor and the now rare headphone jack.
OUKITEL U25 Pro Smartphone Review
The OUKITEL U25 Pro is an affordable entry-level smartphone, which should appeal to those who are looking for a stylish device on a budget. The U25 Pro has more up its sleeve than its looks though, especially with its 1080p display. Read on to find out how the device performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
LG Watch W7 Smartwatch Review
With the Watch W7, LG has tried to strike a balance between the functionality of a traditional watch and the technology found in most smartwatches. While this is an interesting concept, its implementation is lacking.
Razer Raiju Mobile Controller Review
The Razer Raiju controller makes Android smartphones more competitive in cross-platform games. The controller is well-built but expensive. Read on for our thoughts on Razer’s new smartphone accessory.
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga (Core i5-8265U, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review
Yes, you read correctly. The new 13-inch convertible is available for well below €1,000 (~ US$1,130). Lenovo has not compromised on traditional ThinkPad features to achieve this affordable price point though. Read on to find out how the L390 Yoga and its Whiskey Lake processor perform in our tests and its competitors.
Alienware m15: Dell announces a new configuration with a Core i9-8950HK, an RTX 2080 Max-Q and a 144 Hz display
Dell has responded to a suggestion on Twitter and has announced a new top-tier version of the Alienware m15. The Core i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q and 144 Hz model costs US$3,279, but you must do some digging to find it on the Dell US website.
The Hardkernel ODROID-N2: A Raspberry Pi alternative with a hexa-core SoC, 4 GB RAM and a high-quality DAC
Hardkernel has announced its latest single-board computer, the ODROID-N2. The device is equipped with a hexa-core SoC and up to 4 GB DDR4 RAM, which should deliver considerably more performance than the Raspberry Pi while remaining affordable. There is 384 KHz/32-bit stereo DAC onboard too.
Raspberry Pi 4: The new single-board computer will cost US$35 and could be based on a 28 nm FinFET process
The next version of the popular single-board computers will be manufactured on a more advanced FinFET process, but it won't be any smaller, according to the CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Pi 4 will still cost US$35 though.
The Shuttle DH370: A 1.3 litre PC that supports up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors
Shuttle has expanded its range of compact Mini PCs. The DH370 is a barebones PC based on the H370 chipset that can be equipped with up to a hexa-core processor.
The SilentiumPC Armis AR7X TG RGB: A colourful and feature-packed, yet affordable Midi Tower case
SilentiumPC has announced its latest Midi Tower, the Armis AR7X TG RGB. The case costs around £125 (~ US$161) and includes tempered glass panels along with four Sigma HP Corona RGB 120 mm fans and enough space for up to 420 mm long GPUs.
Samsung teases the Galaxy F in a new promotional video
Should we take Samsung so literally? The company has ramped up its "The Future Unfolds" marketing ahead of its Galaxy UNPACKED event next week with a new teaser video and more billboards that point towards the unveiling of the Galaxy F, its rumoured and much speculated about foldable smartphone.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone Review
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s spec sheet is littered with flagship-level hardware, including the new Kirin 980 SoC, the currently fastest LTE modem in a consumer smartphone, reverse wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor underneath its display. This review will be putting all this new hardware and more through its paces to determine whether the Mate 20 Pro’s technical prowess translates into real-world performance. Update: Wi-Fi tests with final firmware and information about the Huawei wireless charger added.
MSI GS75 Stealth: Ultra-flat and extreme performance with an NVIDIA RTX GPU
MSI has upgraded its gaming laptops and is taking the graphics experience to a new level with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. Firstly, we have the GS75 Stealth, which is a unique combination of streamlined design and cutting edge, powerful hardware (advertisement).
Honor View 20 Smartphone Review
The Honor View 20 is more than just a cheaper Huawei clone. The View 20 is the first smartphone to feature a 48 MP rear-facing camera and is one of the first with a punch-hole display. Read on to find out how the View 20 fares against its Kirin 980-powered counterparts and whether it can keep pace with other modern flagships too.
Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB 4K Desktop Monitor Review
TV or monitor? This is the first question we had when we saw the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB display. The device lacks a TV tuner though, which makes it clear what the monitor is intended for. The Momentum also has 4K and HDR support, which is an interesting combination. Read on to find out whether the Momentum is suitable for desktop use and how it fares in our tests.
Tuxedo Book BU1307 (Core i7-8550U, UHD 620) Laptop Review
The Tuxedo Book BU1307 is a mobile laptop with customisable features and good maintenance options. The system is also specially adapted to Linux, while the manufacturer provides extensive support too. Read on to find out what to expect from this powerful 13.3-inch Linux laptop.
Fujitsu Celsius H980 (Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA Quadro P3200) Workstation Review
Fujitsu has updated its Celsius workstation to Intel Coffee Lake processors. The Celsius H980 also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P3200 GPU. Read on to find out whether the Japanese manufacturer has fixed the cooling problems that plagued the Celsius H970 and how its successor performs in our tests.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FA (Core i5-8265U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433F has a thin and compact design, while its Whiskey Lake Core i5 processor should provide solid performance. The device has good battery life too, although its display is underwhelming. Read on to find out how the ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T performs in our tests and how it shapes up against its competitors.
Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Review
HMD Global is positioning the Nokia 8.1 as an upper midrange device. However, the company has priced the 8.1 at €400 (~$456), which puts it in the sights of last year's flagships. Read on to see what the Nokia 8.1 offers in the face of strong opposition.
Vivo NEX Dual Display: A closer look at how the dual-display smartphone works
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything has done it again and disassembled another smartphone, this time the Vivo NEX Dual Display. The teardown is not without its issues though.
The Zotac Zbox Magnus: A new Mini-PC equipped with a Core i5 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
Zotac has introduced the Zbox Magnus EC52070D, which is a new, and compact desktop PC. The company has made a few compromises to pack such a powerful GPU within a small form-factor case, but it remains a powerful pre-built system that has plenty going for it.
The alternative to the Huawei P Smart 2019?
Our recent reviews demonstrated that the Huawei P Smart Plus is a worthy alternative to the P Smart 2019. The price difference between the two devices varies, but it is often minimal, so the question is, which is the better buy?
MXCHIP EMW3060: An Arduino alternative developer board with Wi-Fi for less than US$2
The MXCHIP EMW3060 is a small Wi-Fi board that integrates an ARM processor, which can help developers deliver small IoT projects affordably. The EMW3060 may have less flexibility than its Arduino alternatives though.
Xiaomi has filed patents with some unique takes on the punch-hole camera
Xiaomi's new patent filings may cause a stir if they come to fruition. The company has filed several designs at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that point towards it producing a smartphone with dual punch-hole front-facing cameras.
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC (Core i7-8565U, GTX 1050 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Slim yet powerful is no longer witchcraft. MSI has developed the PS63 for productive power users who edit images and videos. Its dedicated GPU should meet the high demands of video and photo-editing, design work, 3D animation or music production. We will put the PS63 Modern 8RC through its paces in this detailed review and see how it stands up against its competitors.
Huawei P Smart Plus (2018) Smartphone Review
Even though the Huawei P Smart (2019) is already in stores, the Chinese manufacturer has just released the Plus version of its predecessor at what could prove to be a bargain price. The Plus model has improved internals and a larger screen, while it bears a greater resemblance to its successor than its stablemate. Read on to find out how the P Smart Plus performs in our tests and how it compares against its siblings.
Ulefone Armor 6 Smartphone Review
The Ulefone Armor 6 is a rugged, midrange smartphone that tries to stand out from the crowd with its comprehensive features. Read on to find out whether this kitchen sink approach works and how the Armor 6 fares in our tests.
Acer Swift 3 SF313 (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
With an Intel Core i5-8250U processor and a fast SSD, the Acer Swift 3 SF313 is well-equipped for most tasks that could be thrown at it. Thanks to its LTE modem, the 13.3-inch subnotebook is also suitable as a small business companion for work on the go. Acer has not included a dedicated GPU, but this decision benefits battery life.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 & RTX 2080 Laptop GPUs Performance Review
Nvidia has now announced its laptop RTX line almost four months after introducing its desktop GPUs. We have the RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in for a performance test and to compare them against Pascal-generation laptop GPUs ahead of their official release.
Lenovo Tab M10 Tablet Review
The Lenovo Tab M10 is a budget tablet that is fun for the whole family. The tablet includes child-friendly features and offers a well-rounded spec sheet for its price. However, the cheaper alternative to the Tab P10 has its work cut out to stake a claim in a saturated and competitive tablet market.
Dell resolves the XPS 15 9570 NVIDIA GPU issue with BIOS 1.7
XPS 15 9570 owners rejoice. We can confirm that Dell has finally fixed the NVIDIA GPU issue that has been plaguing some 9570 laptops for months with BIOS 1.7. Unfortunately, the update has introduced some fan peculiarities though.
Update: Dell has commented on the fan behaviour in BIOS 1.7.
Intel Core i5-9600K Desktop CPU Review
The Intel Core i5-9600K is the latest Coffee Lake desktop processor that we have in for review. The hexa-core CPU offers almost the same specifications as its predecessor but with a ramped-up clock speed. Read on to find out how the Core i5-9600K fares against its competitors and how it performs in our various benchmarks and tests.
NVIDIA TITAN RTX Desktop GPU Review
NVIDIA announced the TITAN RTX in December last year, and now we have it in for review. Read on to find out how this monster of a Desktop GPU performs in our tests and whether it can set itself apart from NVIDIA’s other GPUs.
Dell Inspiron 13 7386 2-in-1 Black Edition (i7-8565U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Convertible Review
Dell's new convertible is a bitter disappointment, at least in the configuration we have tested. It is even more frustrating that the device has the potential to be a great laptop, but it has been let down by several vital failings. We urge you read on nonetheless as cheaper models could improve upon the areas in which this laptop disappoints.
Poptel P60 Smartphone Review
The Poptel P60 is a midrange smartphone that has been designed for using outdoors. The device has a rugged case and supports plenty of LTE bands for use in countless countries. Read on to find out what else the Poptel smartphone has to offer and how it fares against its competitors.
Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD (NVMe, M.2) Review
About a year has passed since the release of the 970 Evo, and Samsung has now added to its SSD range with the 970 Evo Plus. The South Korean manufacturer promises that the drive will be up to 53% faster thanks to its improved V5 NAND and controller optimisations. Read on to find out whether the company’s claims check out how the Evo 970 Plus performs in our benchmarks.
Lenovo Tab P10 Tablet Review
The Lenovo Tab P10 is more aesthetically pleasing than most Android tablets. Its glass back looks great, and it doubles as a smart screen when connected to the new Lenovo Smart Dock thanks to its integration with Amazon Alexa. However, the device is powered by a lowly Snapdragon 450 SoC, and the dock is only available to purchase as part of a bundle with the tablet, so it is not all smooth sailing. Read on to find out how this midrange tablet fares against its competitors.
RIOTORO CR400: An affordable Mid-Tower case with a side window
The CR400 is a cheap Mid-Tower case with a large side window and a ventilated mesh front panel. The case has mounts for two 240 mm radiators to keep components cool and is big enough to handle full-size GPUs and PSUs.
Spotify is reportedly working on an in-car music player
Spotify, the popular music and podcast streaming service, is planning on releasing its own hardware. The Financial Times reports that the device will be an in-car music player and could cost US$100.
Samsung seemingly confirms that the Galaxy S10 will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor
An update for the Samsung Pay app contains code that explicitly refers to the "Beyond", which is the codename for the Galaxy S10 series, as having an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The new technology will reportedly not feature on the Galaxy S10 Lite, also known as the S10E, as this will have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor instead.
Orange Pi 3 H6: An updated version of the Raspberry Pi competitor that starts at US$29.90
The Orange Pi, an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, has received a RAM upgrade this week. There are four new versions of the single-board computer, which start at US$29.90 plus shipping.
Wiko View 2 Go Smartphone Review
Who needs a fingerprint scanner? The Wiko View 2 Go relies on facial recognition and traditional security methods instead. Read on to find out what other compromises Wiko has made to cut costs and how the View 2 Go stands up to other budget smartphones.
Is this the real Galaxy S10+? Is this just fantasy?
An intentional leak or an unsuspecting guy caught on public transport? Call it what will, but someone may have been spotted on a bus in South Korea using what could be the Samsung Galaxy S10+. One Redditor user who elaborated on the likely origins of the photo too and some specifications for the upcoming device has since deleted their account too, adding to the speculation that this may actually be a look at the Galaxy S10+.
Android Q leak: What awaits us this year
Android Q has reared its head long before its release. The first Developer Preview is still a few months away, but that has not stopped XDA Developers from trying out an early test version of Android Q and giving us their first insights into the new features that the successor to Android Pie will bring.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: First slider phone survives durability tests
Moving parts typically reduce a smartphone's structural integrity and its durability, which is something that Zack Nelson on his JerryRigEverything YouTube channel regularly puts to the test. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, with its magnetic sliding mechanism, has now been subjected to Zack's scratch, burn and bend tests.
Wiko View 2 Plus Smartphone Review
The Wiko View 2 Plus picks up on many of last year’s smartphone trends and combines them in an affordable package. The View 2 Plus integrates a dual rear-facing camera system and a large battery among other things, but its imposing notch may put off some potential buyers.
OUKITEL U23 Smartphone Review
OUKITEL has brought wireless charging to the sub-US$200 smartphone market with the U23. Read on to find out what other features the Chinese manufacturer has packed into this budget midrange device.
HyperX Cloud MIX: A Hi-Res Audio gaming headset and Bluetooth headphones in one
HyperX has announced its Cloud MIX headphones, a wired gaming headset that also doubles as a set of lightweight and portable Bluetooth headphones. The Cloud MIX has an understated design, 20 hours of battery life over Bluetooth and supports Hi-Res Audio.
Xiaomi releases a 4K laser projector that costs CNY 14,999 (~ US$2,200)
Xiaomi has surprisingly announced a new 4K MIJIA laser projector. The device can create up to a 150-inch display and will last for over 25,000 hours. The projector will cost 14,999 Yuan, but Xiaomi is currently running a 5,000 Yuan introductory discount.
The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 will launch as a Verizon exclusive
The 5G version of the upcoming Galaxy S10, also known as the BeyondX, will reportedly launch as a Verizon exclusive in the US. The new leak comes after the carrier announced that it would partner with Samsung to release a 5G enabled smartphone in the US during the first half of 2019.
Samsung pushes back its Note 9 Android Pie release to February
Sit tight Note 9 owners, because Samsung has seemingly backtracked on releasing its Android Pie update for the device on January 15. The company's official Turkish website now reports that One UI will be rolled out to the Note 9 on February 1 instead, which will come as a disappointment for those who were anticipating updating their device to Android Pie tomorrow.
Samsung hints at the announcement of the Galaxy F in a press release
Hot on the heels of briefly giving us a glimpse of the Galaxy S10, Samsung has included more teasers in another press release about what devices it will soon be unveiling. This time the company has heavily hinted at the prospect of announcing its foldable smartphone, the Galaxy F, at its Galaxy UNPACKED event next month. The company is expected to reveal its Galaxy S10 series at the event in San Francisco too.
OPPO to introduce two smartphones with 10X optical zoom cameras on January 16 in Beijing
OPPO announced the first smartphone with a 5X optical zoom camera only last year, but the company is now taking one step further according to new leaks. The company has reportedly sent out press invitations to introduce its new smartphone with a dual rear-facing camera, which will include a 10X optical zoom lens.
Ulefone Armor 3T Smartphone Review
Ulefone typically designs outdoor smartphones that have large batteries. The Chinese company has remained true to this concept with the Armor 3T but has added a walkie-talkie function, which is somewhat novel. Read on to find out how well this hybrid smartphone works in daily use and how it fares against its competitors.
Samsung may have briefly shown the Galaxy S10 in a One UI press release
A mistake or a marketing ploy? Call it what you like, but Samsung may have briefly let slip an official render of the Galaxy S10 in a One UI press release. The company has since replaced the image with one of a generic phone too, which only adds to the speculation about whether we have caught our first glimpse at the front of the S10.
Dell shelves its new XPS 15 9570 BIOS
In a dissapointing but perhaps unsurprising move, Dell has postponed the release of its BIOS update for the XPS 15 9570. The news comes after the company previously said that it would release BIOS 1.7 by the end of 2018, which Dell claims will fix the NVIDIA dGPU issue that has plagued some XPS 15 9570 laptops. Update: Dell has now released the BIOS 1.7 update. We will give you a full breakdown of our findings in the coming days.
HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA MX130) Laptop Review
After reviewing the AMD variant of the HP Pavilion 15, we now have the Intel Core i5 version with an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 GPU in for testing. The design remains the same and is finished to a high quality. Read on to find out what to expect from the Intel variant of the Pavilion 15 and how it compares against its AMD sibling.
The Matrix PowerWatch 2: A new GPS smartwatch that uses your body heat to power itself
The currently crowdfunded Matrix PowerWatch 2 is expected to have almost unlimited battery life and comes with both an LCD display and a GPS module. The device is currently comparatively affordable too.
Nokia 5.1 Plus (Nokia 5X) Smartphone Review
The Nokia 5.1 Plus not only performs better than the Nokia 5.1 but also better than the Nokia 6.1, despite what Nokia’s number system may have led you to believe. In-house competition or just confusing numbers?
Huawei Mate 20 X Smartphone Review
After much confusion, Huawei announced that it would be releasing the Mate 20 X in Austria and Germany. The giant 7.2-inch phone has now arrived at our offices and is ready to put through its paces. Read on to find out whether this €900 (~$1037) beast is worth the money.
Sony LSPX-S2: A wireless glass speaker that is also an LED candle
Sony has announced the LSPX-S2, a successor to its glass bulb speaker the LSPX-S1. The LSPX-S2 has been slightly revised compared to its predecessor and is considerably cheaper too.
Dell UK is selling a £7 million laptop
What is the most that you would pay for a laptop? Well, Dell UK must think that some people have cash to burn as it has listed a version of the Precision 7720 for over £7 million on its website. That is ex. VAT and delivery too, although you would be apparently saving over £3 million. A true bargain then.
CES 2019: NVIDIA is bringing G-Sync to FreeSync monitors and rebrands G-Sync HDR
NVIDIA is expanding its G-Sync technology to more monitors, the company has announced at CES in Las Vegas. NVIDIA has already certified 12 AMD FreeSync monitors as being "G-Sync Compatible" and will roll out the functionality for GeForce GTX 10 series and RTX 20 series GPUs in its 2019 Game Ready driver on January 15. The company has also rebranded G-Sync HDR, which it only announced at last year's CES, as G-Sync Ultimate.
Windows Phone: The last Windows 10 Mobile handset has received another price cut
The last Windows Phone keeps getting cheaper. Wileyfox has reduced its Wileyfox Pro to a bargain price of £59.99, which is a massive drop from its initial pricing of £199.99 when it first launched.
Medion Erazer X6805 (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
While gaming notebooks are becoming more expensive and many manufacturers are outperforming each other with new maximum prices, Medion continues to deliver well-priced laptops. Read on to find out how the Erazer X6805 performs against other budget gaming laptops.
The Best Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets - Editors’ Choice Awards 2018
2018 is at its end, which makes it the appropriate time for us to take stock of the devices that have graced our offices in the last 12 months. The year has been full of great releases, which we have combined into several handy categories for your reading pleasure. Read on to find out which laptops, smartphones and tablets our editors have been charmed by the most in the last year.
The Best Low-Light Camera Smartphones of 2018 – Comparison Review
All smartphone manufacturers want you to believe that their smartphone has the best camera. This year, we have chosen to compare the camera capabilities of seven flagship smartphones released in 2018. We will also consider more left-field candidates that have good camera specifications on paper. Read on to find out which 2018 flagship has the best camera for low-light photography.
Lenovo V130-14IGM (Pentium Silver N5000, SSD, HD) Laptop Review
Lenovo has equipped its V130-14IGM with an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor, which is on par with a Broadwell Core i3. Add to that a fast SSD and good battery life, and the sub-250 Euro (~$285) 14-inch laptop looks like an enticing package. The device has its drawbacks though, particularly as it has an unconvincing display and does not come with an OS installed.
Acer Aspire ES 17 ES1-732 (N4200, 1 TB HDD, HD+) Laptop Review
Acer's new budget 17.3-inch laptop features an Apollo Lake processor, plenty of storage and a decent keyboard. In short, the Aspire ES 17 ES1-732 is a simple office laptop that is suited for home use.
Samsung has begun rolling out One UI to the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+
Christmas has come early for some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners. In a surprise move, Samsung has today released its Android 9 Pie-based One UI update for both devices in certain countries. One UI is available now as an OTA update in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UAE, according to SamMobile.
Microsoft's London flagship store is slowly taking shape
Microsoft has been fitting out its London flagship store for several months now, and it does not look like the store is close to opening. The store will remain under construction until at least the end of April 2019, according to planning notices recently placed around the storefront.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus (2018) Smartphone Review
If you are looking for a budget smartphone with a large display, dual SIM and LTE functionality, then you should look no further than the Galaxy J4 Plus (2018). The device is well-designed, offers solid performance, and it is identical, except for a few details, to the more expensive Galaxy J6 Plus.
Huawei store listing confirms the Honor View 20 ahead of its full unveiling
The Honor View 20, or V20 as it is known in China, has appeared on the Huawei Vmall online shop. The device will be available to pre-order in China from 10:08 Chinese Standard Time (CST) on December 20.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18305 (19H1) to the Fast ring
A simplified Start menu, Windows Sandbox, Kaomoji and more are rolling out to the Insider Preview Fast ring in the latest 19H1 build. Build 18305 is available to download now from Windows Update.
Samsung will release a 5G variant of its Galaxy S10, but it won't be coming to Europe
Samsung is planning to release a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 that is currently codenamed "Beyond X", according to details that have emerged online. The device will be the flagship Galaxy S10 model, which the company could announce at its Galaxy UNPACKED event next February.
Updated | Dell confirms that it is fixing the XPS 15 9570 GPU issue that it previously denied existed
Dell has backtracked on its decision that the XPS 15 9570 does not have an NVIDIA GPU issue. The company has informed us that it is working on a fix that it aims to roll out via an updated BIOS by the end of this month. Update: Dell changes its tune once again.
CAT B35 4G Smartphone Review
The CAT B35 is a robust feature phone that has been designed for use in extreme environments. The device includes a 4G modem, but its apps selection is underwhelming. Read on to find out whether the CAT B35 is good enough for everyday use.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been spotted in the wild
The Galaxy S10 rumour mill is in full swing, and now the device has supposedly been seen on a South Korean subway. The device in question sports the Samsung Infinity-O display that the company recently announced with the Galaxy A8, but the camera cut-out is in a different position to other recent Galaxy S10 leaks.
Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop CPU Review
The Intel Core i7-9700K now must prove itself in our tests, with the Core i9-9900K having shown its worth last month. The Core i7-9700K lacks Hyper-Threading support, which makes it directly comparable to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K. Read on to find whether the Core i7-9700K has the edge over its older sibling and how the CPU fares against the AMD competition.
Nintendo has stopped producing its NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles
Get your NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles while you can. Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America President and COO, has announced that the company has stopped manufacturing both Classic Edition consoles. Fils-Aimé confirmed that the consoles will be available this holiday season in the Americas, but that Nintendo will not be producing anymore once they go out of stock.
Chuwi Hi9 Plus Tablet Review
The Chuwi Hi9 Plus is a well-equipped all-rounder that would serve as a good notebook replacement for some people. The Hi9 Plus is competitively priced at around US$230 on its own and approximately US$340 with its accessories.
NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Final Fantasy XV with DLSS beta support
NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver adds Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) beta to Final Fantasy XV and brings updates to GeForce Experience too.
The 1 TB Galaxy S10 could cost up to US$1,800
Samsung is likely a few months away from unveiling its Galaxy S10 line-up, but that has not stopped yet more leaks and speculation from appearing online. Now there are reports that a "major tech retailer" in the UK has approached Gizmodo with pricing for all three rumoured S10 models.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 Core, 48 threads) Desktop CPU Review
After our closer look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, we have also got our hands on its sibling, the Threadripper 2970WX. The 2970WX has 24 cores and can execute up to 48 threads, which is another eight cores and 16 threads more than the 2950X has. The latter has a 500 MHz higher base clock speed and a 200 MHz higher boost clock speed though, although the 2970WX has a 70 W higher TDP. Read on to find out how the 2970WX compares against other Threadripper APUs and whether it is worth its hefty US$1,299 price tag.
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 (Core i5-8250U, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM) Laptop Review
The Toshiba Tecra A50 is a sleekly designed and modern looking 15.6-inch laptop that Toshiba has equipped with modern hardware. Read on to find out for whom the A50 is suited and what performance buyers can expect from this quad-core laptop.
Notebookcheck Gaming PC
We regularly update our fleet of desktops and laptops to keep up with the latest gaming benchmarks and now is time for us to update the former. This article is dedicated to our latest main testing platform that will serve as the foundation on which we will conduct future benchmark articles of the most recent games.
Just Cause 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Just Cause 4 is a real adventure playground like its predecessors. Read on in our benchmark article to find out which graphics cards are best for creating chaos.
Microsoft Edge is becoming a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser
Microsoft Edge is changing. 2019 may mark its transformation into a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser, according to a blog post by Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Essential Products Group at Microsoft and a post on GitHub by the Microsoft Edge Team. Expect to see the new Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, 8, 10 and even macOS soon.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Review
Anyone who appreciates a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but does not want to fork out for an expensive device should consider the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The cheaper version of the KEY2 has decent hardware for its price, but is it a business bargain?
Samsung 5G prototype spotted at Qualcomm Tech Summit
The Qualcomm Tech Summit is in full swing in Hawaii. The star of the show so far has been the announcement of the Snapdragon 855 SoC and its support for 5G. However, Samsung has captured the attention of journalists with a strange looking prototype that the company has been using to demonstrate the capabilities of the new cellular network technology.
Microsoft takes a swipe at the iPad in its new Surface Go advert
Microsoft has launched a new Surface Go advert aimed at families buying the device for their children for the holiday season. Naturally, the company had a dig at Apple and the iPad too.
Vivo Nex 2 reportedly launching on December 11
New details about the Vivo NEX 2 have emerged online. Vivo has now updated its website with marketing material hinting at what features the device may have. The company will supposedly unveil its latest NEX smartphone on December 11.
Farming Simulator 19 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
As expected, the 2019 edition of the popular and successful Farming Simulator has stormed the sales charts this winter. Read on to find out how well Farming Simulator 19 runs on different systems and what hardware is required to run the game smoothly at different resolutions and graphics levels.
Nokia 2.1 Smartphone Review
The Nokia 2.1 succeeds the Nokia 2 and manages to be both cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor. The amount of RAM and flash storage are still meagre though, but the device runs Android One Oreo Edition, which should mean that it remains updated with the latest security patches. Find out in our review for whom the Nokia 2.1 is suited and what buyers can expect from the device.
Epic Games brings 60 FPS Fortnite to the latest trio of iPhones
Epic Games has silently enabled 60 FPS for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max in its latest update for Fortnite on iOS, according to the Senior PR Manager at the company. The update (v. 6.31) is live now on the App Store.
ASUS ROG Phone pricing in India revealed
The ASUS ROG Phone is now available as a Flipkart exclusive in India. The company is currently selling the gaming phone for INR₹69,999.
MSI Aegis 3 8RD (Core i7-8700, GTX 1070, 16 GB) Desktop PC Review
The MSI Aegis 3 8RD is a compact gaming PC that is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Hence, the Aegis 3 is powerful enough on paper to handle all modern games. The whole thing is packed in a stylish case with RGB lighting. Find out in our review whether MSI’s latest compact gaming PC impresses in our tests and whether it is a worthwhile purchase.
More details about new Microsoft flagship store emerge
Fresh details about Microsoft's first store in the UK have emerged online. Published on the City of Westminster's planning portal, Microsoft has confirmed the size of its London store's retail floor space and offered more details about its layout.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18290 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring
Fluent design updates for the start menu, clock synchronization added, microphone notification area refinements and more are rolling out to the Insider Preview Fast ring in the latest 19H1 build. Build 18290 is available to download now from Windows Update.
Huawei Mate 20 Smartphone Review
The Huawei Mate 20 is largely identical to its 200-Euro (~$225) more expensive sibling, the Mate 20 Pro. Read on to find out whether the Mate 20 is worth the money and its differences from the Mate 20 Pro.
Battlefield 5 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Although the engine underpinning Battlefield V has hardly improved from its predecessor, the latest game in the Battlefield series is one of the prettiest PC games around. Read on to find how well Battlefield V runs in our benchmark tests. You will also learn what the system requirements are.
Google Pixel 3 XL Smartphone Review
Now in its third generation of Pixel smartphones, Google wants to tempt potential buyers away from its competitors with exclusive software features. However, affordable prices are a thing of the past as the Pixel 3 XL costs up to $999. Find out in our detailed review whether the Pixel 3 XL is worth the money.
Dell denies that the XPS 15 9570 may have a BIOS related GPU issue
Dell has denied that there are any BIOS related GPU issues with XPS 15 9570 laptops, the company has informed us. Despite providing the company with data and numerous online posts demonstrating otherwise, it has not been able to determine what is causing some NVIDIA GPUs to throttle until reaching 48 °C/118 °F.
Google Pixel 3 Smartphone Review
The Google Pixel 3 is an expensive smartphone, which retails for US$799 (£739). However, it must compete against comparably equipped but considerably cheaper competitors. Find out in our detailed review whether Google has corrected the issues we had with the Pixel 2 and how the company’s new flagship fares against its competitors.
ASUS ROG Phone Smartphone Review
Stop Zen! After years of calm, ASUS has blown the mobile gaming world open with its first smartphone. The ROG Phone has more up its sleeve than a fast processor, plenty of RAM and energetic marketing material. ASUS has integrated trigger buttons into the Phone’s frame, a dock connector and included an active cooler in the box. Find out in our detailed review whether the ROG Phone does enough to score top marks.
Microsoft accuses Newegg of selling pirated Windows 10 keys
Newegg has been subjected to a grilling on Reddit in recent days. One such thread reports that a Microsoft rep has stated that two Windows 10 OEM keys sold by the online retailer were pirated. Newegg has since promised to send out physical replacements for those who have bought keys that will not activate.
Two men imprisoned for their involvement in the 2015 TalkTalk hack
Two men have been jailed in England for their parts in the hacking of TalkTalk in 2015, which cost the British telecoms company an estimated £77 million (~ US$98.5 million). TalkTalk has already been fined £400,000 (~ US$512,000) for having inadequate security procedures.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review
The release of the third generation of Apple’s huge tablet has coincided with a complete redesign that shares more design cues with the new iPhone XS series than classic iPhones. Apple has equipped its most-expensive tablet with its most-powerful ARM SoC, Face ID, high volume storage options, support for a new Apple Pencil and much more, including a massive mark-up in price.
Fallout 76 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Fallout 76 has been received poorly by critics and players. Bugs, missing NPCs, weak story; the list of shortcomings is seemingly endless. Unfortunately, the game engine will not win many plaudits either, as we will discuss in our benchmark article.
Intel Core i5-8500T (6 cores, 6 Threads, 2.1 GHz, 35 W) Desktop CPU Review
AMD has already refreshed its economical APUs that are designed for multimedia use. Intel has followed suit with new frugal processors based on its Coffee Lake architecture. Our focus for this review is the Core i5-8500T, a 35-W TDP chip that has six cores and an integrated GPU. We will be investigating how well the new CPU performs in this review and whether it can handle the latest triple-A games.
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB) Laptop Review
The Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F sits between both segments. The stylish case and plentiful security features point towards the laptop being an expensive business laptop. However, Huawei preinstalls Windows 10 Home and has equipped the device with few ports, which aligns the W50F with cheaper office laptops. The real drawback is less to do with the laptop’s classification though.
EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3 million by Ofcom for overcharging hundreds of thousands of customers
The British regulator Ofcom has announced that it has fined EE and Virgin Media £6.3 million (~ US$8.035 million) and £7 million (~ US$8.928 million) respectively. The regulator has fined the two companies principally for overcharging early-exit fees to hundreds of thousands of customers and for not explaining contractual terms clearly enough.
New Motorola devices appear in FCC filings
Recent FCC filings for an XT1952 and an XT1965 have sparked rumours that Lenovo Motorola is preparing to release new Moto devices. These documents come in the wake of the Moto G6 series, which Lenovo Motorola released earlier this year, prompting speculation that the company is preparing a G7 series.
NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2
NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver brings optimisations for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2. The Game Ready driver also adds support for real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V for GeForce RTX GPUs.
Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone Review
The Sharp Aquos D10 is attempting to win the hearts of shoppers with its camera that has optical zoom and its almost bezel-free design. The D10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and dual 12 & 13 MP PDAF cameras. Read on to find out whether the D10 can perform as good as it looks.
The Windows 10 October 2018 update has started rolling out to consumer and commercial users again
Microsoft has announced that it has resumed rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 update having fixed and tested last month's file deletion issue. The update is available now on Windows Update for certain devices that Microsoft has determined will have no issues with the feature update.
Some Dell XPS 15 9570 laptops may have a BIOS related GPU bug
It appears that Dell's most recent BIOS releases for the XPS 15 9570 have caused a GPU bug in some devices. Originally reported on Reddit, some XPS 15 9570 laptops power limit throttle their NVIDIA GPUs until they hit a temperature threshold, causing noticeably worse performance in games. Update:Further benchmarks on an XPS 15 9570 running BIOS 1.3 added.
The Surface Go with LTE Advanced is now available to pre-order
Microsoft has announced that it is taking pre-orders for LTE versions of the Surface Go in selected markets. The LTE Advanced models will ship from November 20 in the US and will start at US $679 (£619) for the 128 GB SSD/8 GB RAM version.
Sony Xperia XZ3 Smartphone Review
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the company’s latest premium smartphone and one that has numerous features that are designed to enhance camera quality, sound, system performance and make the device easier to use. The XZ3 has a 6-inch OLED display, the likes of which we have seen in many other modern high-end smartphones, but its lack of a notch distinguishes it from its 2018 cohort. Read on to find out how else Sony has attempted to make the XZ3 stand out from the competition in our review. Update: Additional brightness values added with new test device.
Intel releases new graphics driver for Football Manager 2019 and Soulcalibur VI
Intel has released a new graphics driver for 6th Generation Core processors onwards that is available now to download for Windows 10 devices. The driver has been optimised for the release of Football Manager 2019, and brings performance improvements and fixes for several other games including Warhammer Vermintide 2 and Assassins Creed Odyssey among others.
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2018, WiFi, 64 GB) Tablet Review
The new iPad Pro is here with a fresh redesign, and it wants to prove that it can handle a full workday. This promise comes with caveats though. We will be covering the smaller 11-inch version in this review.
Trekstor Yourbook C11B (N3350, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review
The Trekstor Yourbook C11B is an 11.6-inch convertible that has an IPS touchscreen display, a fanless design and good battery life. The device even comes with a year’s MS Office 365 Personal and a one-year premium Sofatutor.com license.
Intel Core i9-9900K (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.6 GHz) Desktop CPU Review
Intel shows what it is made of with its first octa-core mid-range CPU, hot on the heels of AMD’s new Ryzen APUs, which have shaken up the desktop processor market. Find out in our review whether the Core i9-9900K is worth buying and how well it performs in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Tablet Review
Samsung has upgraded its flagship tablet, which is probably one of the last Android tablets to have both high-end specifications and pen input. However, the Galaxy Tab S4 has some shortcomings. Find out in what areas the Tab S4 falls short and for whom it is a worthwhile purchase in this detailed review.
Elephone Soldier Smartphone Review
The Elephone Solder has a physical compass, an emergency light and is IP68 certified against dust and water; the only thing missing is a pocket knife. Find out in this review how well it functions as a smartphone too.
OnePlus 6T Smartphone Review
OnePlus has announced its latest flagship killer, which is subtly different from its predecessor that we reviewed back in August. Notably, the 6T has a larger display thanks to its smaller notch, but it has dropped the headphone jack. OnePlus has carried over the same cameras from the 6 and has kept pricing broadly the same, although the base model is now $20 more expensive. That additional outlay gets you double the storage though, so it is not just an arbitrary price rise. Find out in our detailed live review whether the OnePlus 6T is as much of a bargain as its predecessors were.
Update: Review completed.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (Core i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review
Microsoft has updated to the Surface Pro series with quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh processors, but how well will these chips cope within an 8.5-mm thick tablet? Will these more powerful processors affect the battery life, and has Microsoft finally added more ports? Find out all this and more in our detailed review.
Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review
Apple positions the iPhone XR between the two XS models’ size-wise but equips the device with a lower resolution LCD display and only a single rear-facing camera. There are a few other minor drawbacks too, but does the XR do enough to be crowned the best overall iPhone? Read on to find out. Update: Review completed.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM (Pentium Silver N5000, eMMC, LTE, WUXGA) Convertible Review
The Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM is a 10.1-inch convertible that has no fan but has a bright IPS touchscreen, an LTE modem and decent battery life. The Pentium Silver N5000 processor provides enough power too.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Ciao single player, hello Battle Royale. Activision and Treyarch have jumped on the Battle Royale bandwagon, developing Black Ops 4 as a multiplayer game and abandoning a story-based campaign that has been a feature of all previous Call of Duty games. Our benchmark should provide you with all the information you need about what graphics card you need to play the latest instalment in the CoD series.
Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS Smartphone Review
The name says it all: The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS wants to offer pure luxury, which is reflected in the device’s exorbitant price. Find out in this review whether one of the world’s most expensive smartphones is worth the hefty investment.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 (8250U, MX110) Laptop Review
Xiaomi has now built up a proud selection of notebooks alongside its Mi smartphones. Our focus for this review is the Mi Notebook 15.6, which lacks the Pro, Air or Gaming signifiers of the Chinese manufacturer’s other notebooks. The Notebook 15.6 is the company’s cheapest and entry-level device, but it is generally unavailable in the Western world save for a few shops that carry the laptop. Read on to see how the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 with its Intel Core i5 processor fares in our detailed review.
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB (i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review
Lenovo’s new 530 series is aimed at price-conscious users and companies that see the benefits of convertible devices. The Yoga 530-14IKB is priced competitively, but there are some compromises associated with this low cost, including the device being comparatively heavy for a convertible. Find out in our detailed review what strengths and weaknesses befall this otherwise successful debutant.
HP Pavilion 14 (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review
HP understands how to please its customers, by creating devices with appealing designs and solid craftsmanship. The new Pavilion 14 is another premium HP laptop at an affordable price. We are also interested in how our test device performs under its sandblasted, anodized hood. Can HP’s latest Pavilion laptop cut it against the competition, or does it just look the part?
Huawei Mate 20 Lite Smartphone Review
The arrival of the Mate 20 Lite heralds the next generation of Huawei’s elite-performance smartphones. Huawei has equipped the device with the brand-new HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, which integrates an ARM Mali-G51 MP4 among other components; we are expecting good things of both chips. Find out in this review whether the Huawei Mate 20 Lite can meet expectations and if the device has any shortcomings.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
The CPU thirst of the ancient world. The new title in the Assassin’s Creed series takes players to Ancient Greece, after having been set in ancient Egypt in the series previous outing, Assassin’s Creed Origins. We will be testing the new game on numerous GPUs while assessing the extent to which hardware requirements and graphics options have changed.
Forza Horizon 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Great looks, meager platform. Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most beautiful racing games ever released. Find out in our benchmark test whether the modern graphics of Forza Horizon 4 can overcome the weaknesses of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
FIFA 19 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Champions League. Every year EA lures football fans with a new edition of its legendary FIFA series. Read on to see how the 19th version runs on different desktop and notebook GPUs. Is the game only playable on gaming machines or are multimedia systems powerful enough too?
Chuwi LapBook SE Laptop Review
The Chuwi LapBook SE is one of the most exciting budget laptops from China. The LapBook SE has an aluminum case, a Gemini Lake quad-core processor, eight hours battery life and an easily accessible M.2 drive bay for SSDs. In this review, we will determine where Chuwi has made savings to keep the LapBook SE’s price below €350 (~$402).
Gigaset GS100 Smartphone Review
The GS100 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone, costing 119 Euros (~$136). The device comes in a choice of bright colors and has a removable battery, but can the GS100 justify its price?
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Smartphone Review
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a smartphone with flagship hardware, which has a good camera and long battery life but costs less than €350 (~$404). Find out in this review whether Xiaomi’s concept of an affordable flagship works and what cuts have been made to keep the cost down.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition Smartphone Review
The latest attack on the smartphone elite by Xiaomi is called the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. On paper, the affordable flagship is the total package at a reasonable price. In this review, we will assess the Mi 8 Explorer Edition’s numerous strengths and also the weaknesses that reflect its low price.
Blackview BV5800 Pro Smartphone Smartphone Review
The Chinese manufacturer Blackview sells smartphones at affordable prices that are typically attractive for fans of the outdoors. The quality and craftsmanship of the BV5800 Pro is outstanding, but our previous reviews of Blackview devices have all had a problem or two. Find out in this review whether the BV5800 Pro follows suit or whether Blackview has finally created an issue-free smartphone.
Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review
Apple has stuck with its “S” nomenclature even after its anniversary iPhone and has consequently followed the iPhone X with the iPhone XS. As with previous “S” models, the iPhone XS is more a technical refinement of its predecessor than a fundamental departure. The iPhone XS should do everything better than its predecessor without reinventing itself. Read on for our iPhone XS review and to find out whether the device can match expectations. Update: Added PWM video.
Apple iPhone XS Max Smartphone Review
The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s largest and most expensive iPhone yet. However, Apple has not brought as many new features to the party as many would have liked. Find out in our review whether bigger and faster is enough for the iPhone XS Max to take our coveted throne at the top of the smartphone pile. Update: Test completed.
HP ProBook x360 440 G1 (i5-8250U, 256GB, FHD, Touch) Convertible Review
The HP ProBook x360 440 G1 is an affordable 14-inch convertible that HP has designed with professionals and smaller businesses in mind. The x360 440 G1 is a versatile device thanks to its convertible design and long battery life. Find out in this detailed review whether the ProBook x360 440 G1 has any drawbacks and how it fares against its competitors.
Huawei Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro - An overview of all rumors, dates, configurations, and reviews
Huawei not only outranks Apple in quarterly smartphone sales nowadays, it also outranks the Cupertino company in regard to the volume of speculation surrounding its new flagship devices before their official launch. This article focuses on the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro in which we will detail all the information that we have on the device, including its connectivity, camera and even some first-look pictures too. Update: Freepods, AI camera features and Mate 20 hands-on video.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Smartphone Review
The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony’s second attempt at a flagship device under its Xperia XZ series. The XZ2 Premium has a true Ultra-HD display, great audio features, a bright dual rear-facing camera setup and plenty of other notable features too. Find out in this detailed review for whom this bulk smartphone is best suited.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 (LTE) Tablet Review
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 offers attractive fourth generation technology at an affordable price with only a few weaknesses. Find out what Xiaomi has and has not done well in this detailed review.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 2018 (i5-8350U, Full-HD Touch, 256GB) Laptop Review
The better and cheaper X1. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 has joined its WQHD HDR and Core i7 equipped sibling in our offices for review. The G6 is the entry-level model of current touchscreen-equipped Carbon X1 devices. The G6 is free from the thermal issues from which its sibling suffered thanks to its less powerful CPU, but this comes at a cost to the WQHD HDR display. Despite this drawback, the G6 provides a more rounded overall experience than its more expensive sibling.
Wiko Jerry3 Smartphone Review
The Jerry3 is Wiko’s latest budget smartphone, a €90 (~$105) device that compromises on system performance with its low-end hardware and no LTE radio. Find out in this review what to expect from the Wiko Jerry3 and how it compares against the competition.
HP 14 (i5-8250U, Intel Optane Memory, HD Display) Laptop Review
Déjà-vu. HP’s latest 14-inch notebook boasts a quad-core processor, 8 GB of dual-channel RAM and Intel Optane Memory. Unfortunately, the display is bitterly disappointing.
F1 2018 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Codemasters, like EA with its sports series, tends to make iterative changes to its racing simulations. Find out in this benchmark test the extent to which the hardware requirements have changed between F1 2017 and 2018.
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T (Core i7-7Y75, 256 GB, FHD, Touch) Laptop Review
The latest revision of the Acer Swift 7 is not only slimmer than its predecessor, but it also packs an Intel Core i7 Y-series processor, which should provide better performance and a multi-touch display. Find out in this detailed review the strengths and weaknesses of the latest Acer Swift 7 and how it fares against the competition.
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review
Let there be light. MSI adorns its GE series laptops discreetly, with just some RGB lighting on the device’s display lid. The GE63 8RF Raider is equipped with Intel Coffee Lake processors, a generational improvement from its GE predecessors. Find out in this review how the GE63 8RF Raider performs, and about its fan noise, its power consumption and its battery life.
OUKITEL K7 Smartphone Review
Another mid-range smartphone with a huge battery from China. This time it is the OUKITEL K7, which should have excellent battery life thanks to its 10,000-mAh battery. Find out in this review how the rest of the system shapes up.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16 core, 32 threads) Review
AMD has released its new generation of Threadripper APUs following the successful launch of its second-generation Ryzen desktop APUs. The new Threadripper series not only makes incremental improvements over the last generation but also introduces Ryzen APUs with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. These new APUs are AMD’s shot at capturing the high-performance processor crown, something that will no doubt put pressure on Intel. We will be focusing on the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X in this review and establish whether this 16-core APU is worth the investment.
LG Gram 15Z980 (i7-8550U, Full-HD) Laptop Review
While many manufacturers compete as to who can create the smallest and thinnest laptop, the LG Gram series vows to be the lightest. The new LG Gram 15 weighs just over a kilogram (~2.2 pounds), which is one of the lightest 15-inch notebooks currently on the market. Find out in this review what else the LG Gram 15 offers besides its weight, and what limitations there are with a 15-inch device that is this light.
LG K11 Smartphone Review
The LG K11 is a budget smartphone that is designed to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life. The MIL-STD device has a 5.3-inch display and is equipped with mid-range hardware. Find out in this review how the K11 stacks up against its competitors.
CUBOT R11 Smartphone Review
The CUBOT R11 is a budget device that has a lot to offer. Stock Android, a removable battery, a fingerprint scanner and dual rear-facing cameras for under 100 Euros (~$116) sounds like a great offer. Find out in this review whether the CUBOT R11 lives up to expectations.
Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR (Ryzen 7 2700U, RX Vega 10) Laptop Review
With the handbrake left on. The Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR is a 13.3-inch notebook with a sleek, slim keyboard, a backlit keyboard and an NVMe SSD. Unfortunately, neither the processor nor the battery life lives up to expectations. Find out in this review how the 720s-13ARR fares in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) Smartphone Review
The Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) impresses with its combination of solid hardware. The J6 (2018) packs a 5.6-inch super AMOLED HD + resolution display, two SIM slots and an octa-core CPU for 269 Euros RRP (~$313). Find out in this review whether the J6 (2018) is worth the money. Update: update released to improve connectivity.
BlackBerry KEY2 Smartphone Review
The BlackBerry KEY2 combines the manufacturer’s traditional physical keyboard with a few special security features that also runs Android OS. Find out what the KEY2 is good for in this review.
News from our Smartphone Editors: Behind the scenes - Vol. I
Hello from the boys and unfortunately few girls in our smartphone editorial team. We would like to tell you about which smartphones and tablets we are currently reviewing and which devices we are eagerly awaiting to arrive in our offices. We welcome comments as always and suggestions as to what devices we haven’t yet reviewed. Let’s get started…
Alienware 15 R4 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review
At the cutting edge. The Alienware 15 R4 is a 2.5-cm (~1 in) thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a Full HD display. Find out in this review how the 15 R4 fares against other 15-inch gaming laptops and the degree to which the device balances heat and fan noise with its powerful hardware.
AORUS X7 DT v8 (i7-8850H, GTX 1080, Full HD) Laptop Review
Lift-off. The current AORUS X7 DT is one of the fastest gaming laptops on the market. The new model, the X7 DT v8, packs an Intel Coffee Lake hexa-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and a 144 Hz display. Find out in this review whether AORUS has done enough to put the X7 DT v8 at the pinnacle of gaming laptops.
Alcatel 3V Smartphone Review
Plastic with style. The Alcatel 3V is priced well and should be powerful enough for casual users. Alcatel has managed to make the device look stylish despite using a plastic case. Find out in this review whether the Alcatel 3V’s internal hardware is as good as it looks.
Fujitsu LifeBook U728 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review
The most flexible subnotebook. Fujitsu sees itself as a competitor to PC giants like Dell, Lenovo and HP in the business laptop market. The Japanese company packs its devices with features that other manufacturers now ignore. Find out in this review what features Fujitsu has packed into the LifeBook U728 and how this ultra-lightweight and compact business notebook fares against the competition.
The Crew 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
City, Country, River. While the first game only took place on solid ground, The Crew 2 introduces players to racing in the air and on water. Find out in this review how well this open world racer runs on various notebook and desktop GPUs.
HTC Desire 12 Plus Smartphone Review
Tablet or smartphone? If you cannot decide which category the HTC Desire 12 Plus falls into, consider it a phablet. The Desire 12 Plus has a 6.0-inch display, a fingerprint sensor, runs Android 8.0 and it is a dual-SIM device. Find out how the HTC Desire 12’s big brother fares in our review.
UMIDIGI S2 Lite Smartphone Review
Full metal smartphone. The UMIDIGI S2 Lite is an affordable phablet with a huge battery, a 6.0-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and dual rear-facing cameras. Find out in this review whether the S2 Lite is good enough for daily use.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review
Red and affordable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 not only convinces with its affordable price but also its dual-camera, its metal case and its capable SoC. Find out in this review whether the Redmi Note 5’s performance is as impressive as its price.
UMIDIGI A1 Pro Smartphone Review
An affordable starter. The UMIDIGI A1 Pro appears to be a real bargain. The device is smartly designed, has dual-cameras and it supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, all of which we would not expect from a 120-Euro device (~$138). Find out in our review whether the UMIDIGI A1 Pro lives up to expectations and the extent to which the device is suitable for daily use.
Lenovo IdeaPad 720 (i5-7200U, RX 560) Laptop Review
Misleading first impressions. Lenovo is equipping its 2018 multimedia notebooks with 2016 processors. Even more surprising is the consistently solid concept, which does not shy away from the competition. The AMD Radeon graphics is a small highlight and one which allows for some gaming.
UleFone Power 5 Smartphone Review
Does bigger equal better? After the Blackview P10000 Pro recently topped our battery life leaderboard, we now have the UleFone Power 5 in for a review, which is another battery monster. The Power 5 has a huge 13,000 mAh battery that will last for a week according to UleFone. Find out in this review how the UleFone Power 5 stands up to our tests.
LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone Review
Radiant. The LG G7 ThinQ is the successor to the G6, one of 2017’s first smartphones with a 2:1 display, frequently referred to as an 18:9 aspect ratio. Notably, LG has followed one of 2018’s smartphone trends in designing the G7 ThinQ with a notch. The display is more than its notch though, with the G7 ThinQ being the first smartphone with an mLC display, which can get extremely bright. LG has improved the camera too and iteratively updated the hardware to Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC. Find out in this review why the G7 ThinQ falls slightly short of the top-tier of current smartphones.
Update: Cameras reviewed and final rating published.
Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYH (Celeron J4005, UHD 600) Mini PC Review
Small and economical. Intel NUC Mini PC’s are known for their compact design. The new NUC generation maintains this concept, with Intel equipping them with a set of new processors too. In this review, we will be covering the NUC Kit NUC7CJYH, an entry-level NUC Mini PC that is equipped with an Intel Celeron J4005 processor. Find out in this review whether this Gemini Lake processor is up to scratch in an entry-level NUC Kit.
Motorola Moto G5s Plus Smartphone Review
Good but is it better? The Moto G5 Plus impressed us in our recent review. Lenovo has now released a successor six months later with a dual rear-camera system. Can the Moto G5s Plus overcome one of the weaker points of its predecessor?
HP ZBook 15u G5 (FHD, i7-8550U) Workstation Review
Too much Office, not enough Workstation. The ZBook 1xu series is at the lower end of HP workstation devices. These models are based on the EliteBook to save costs. Find out in this review of the ZBook 15u G5 why this concept still doesn’t work.
Huawei Y7 2018 Smartphone Review
Young and affordable. The Huawei Y7 2018 is a phablet with a 5.99-inch display. As the newest member of the Y series, the Y7 2018 has the job of upholding the ethos of being cheap with few compromises over features or camera hardware. Find out in this review whether the Huawei Y7 2018 succeeds in upholding the character of the predecessors.
Gigaset GS270 Plus Smartphone Review
Notebookcheck.com tests the Gigaset GS270 Plus, a smartphone powered by a MediaTek MT6750 and an ARM Mali-T860 MP2. The 5.2-inch device has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The GS270 Plus is available off contract.
Dell Latitude 3490 (Core i5, FHD) Laptop Review
Affordable office worker. Expensive laptops are in vogue but spending a lot of money on a notebook is not suitable for everyone. Hence, manufacturers bring budget workhorse devices to the market, like the Dell Latitude 3490. Find out in this review whether Dell has succeeded with their new budget Latitude.
Nokia 1 Smartphone Review
Little number 1. The Nokia 1 is the entry-level model into the world of smartphones: under 100 Euros (~$115), a small format, and even a replaceable battery. Find out in this review whether the Nokia 1 is good enough for everyday use.
HP ZBook 14u G5 (i7-8550U, Pro WX 3100) Workstation Review
Based on the EliteBook. The HP ZBook series has been updated to Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors. HP has also significantly changed the design and is one which we have already seen during our recent EliteBook 840 G5 review. The ZBook 14u G5 should be able to provide enough computing power thanks to its AMD Polaris GPU. Find out whether HP has achieved this in our HP ZBook 14u G5 review.
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA (i5-7300HQ, RX 560) Laptop Review
Budget Gaming. Lenovo’s budget-priced gaming notebooks start at €700 (~$817). While these basic variants are not that powerful, they should still be enough for some gamers. In this review, we will be looking at the Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA, a 15.6-inch notebook that is equipped with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and an AMD Radeon RX 560 dedicated graphics card.
Huawei Y6 2018 Smartphone Review
Still affordable. The Huawei Y6 2018 is a device that has a lot of power for the money. The device looks modern and has a decent display, but can it be crowned the king of budget devices?
ASUS ZenBook UX3430UN (i5-8250U, MX150, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook review
Office exemplar with gaming ambitions. The new ZenBook brings together the core of what office users desire and invites you to play a game or two thanks to its GeForce MX150 GPU. ASUS seems to have succeeded in this balancing act where other subnotebooks have failed. If there is anything to complain about, it is only at a high level.
ASUS VivoBook 15 X542UF (i5-8250U, MX130, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
All-rounder The VivoBook 15 scores highly for its powerful quad-core processor, its dedicated GeForce GPU and good battery life. Once again, the VivoBook is let down by an unconvincing display.
MSI GT75 8RG Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, Full-HD) Laptop Review
Gaming Colossus. The GT75 8RG Titan marks MSI’s relaunch of its most powerful and massive 17-inch notebook. The desktop replacement includes a hexa-core CPU, a 120 Hz display and NVIDIA’s fastest mobile GPU to fit its high-end billing. We will be putting this gaming newcomer up against the toughest of competitors.
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 (i3-8130U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Core i3 – now with Turbo. The Aspire 3 A315-51 scores well for its powerful processor, fast SSD, and reasonable price. There is no Windows OS installed though, and the display and battery life are unimpressive.
Fujitsu LifeBook U748 (i5-8250U, FHD, Touch) Laptop Review
Easily a performance upgrade! The Fujitsu LifeBook U748 succeeds the LifeBook U747, with a welcome performance boost thanks to its Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processor. Read on to see how the LifeBook U748 improves upon its predecessor and how it compares against other business notebooks.
Gigabyte Aero 14 v8 (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, QHD) Laptop Review
More CPU power. Gigabyte has refreshed its slim 14-inch laptop with a new six-core processor. Read on for what effect this has on performance, fan noise, temperature and power consumption.
Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review
Marvelous! Huawei sets new standards in mobile photography with the Leica Triple Camera, and with the P20 Pro currently delivers the best overall package in a flagship smartphone. Read in our review why this is so and how the Huawei P20 Pro beats the competition.
Update: GPU Turbo and improved super slow-motion via update.
BQ Aquaris VS Smartphone Review
More or less? The BQ Aquaris VS is only available directly from the manufacturer. There is the more widely available BQ Aquaris V though, which while looking practically identical, is priced differently and with different specifications. Find out in this review whether the BQ Aquaris VS is worth its limited availability.
HP mt21 (Celeron 3865U, SSD, HD) Mobile Thin Client Review
Consistent: The HP mt21 scores well for its little fan noise, efficient heat management and good battery life. Its 14-inch display will win no prizes though.
Nokia 2 Smartphone Review
Affordable Nokia Smartphone in review. HMD Global has released the Nokia 2, a €119 (~$147) Android smartphone with a monster battery. Find out in our review how the Nokia 2 fares in practice.
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Affordable ThinkPad Yoga Convertibles are on everyone's lips these days, a category which Lenovo helped to pioneer. The ThinkPad L380 Yoga is an affordable convertible that expands Lenovo’s business range. Find out in this detailed review whether this economy ThinkPad Yoga does enough to convince us.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR (N3060, HD 400) Laptop Review
Streaming machine. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR benefits from silent operation, a fast memory card reader and a spare M.2-2280 slot. The device fails to stand out in other areas though.
Huawei MateBook E (i5-7Y54, HD615) Convertible Review
Convertible with a retro design. The Huawei MateBook E has enough style to suit any office. Find out in our review whether the Intel Core i5-7Y54 and HD Graphics 615-powered convertible stands out from the competition with its internal capabilities.
Dell Latitude 5590 (i5-8250U, IPS-FHD) Laptop Review
Ready for business The Dell Latitude 5590 combines performance and versatility into a 15-inch case. Find out in this review how this business companion fares against the competition.
HP 250 G6 (i3-6006U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Cheap office computer. The HP 250 G6 costs around €500 (~$615), for which you get a 15.6-inch notebook with a Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a Full HD display, an SSD, and a good battery life. Update: HP 250 G6 4BD30ES Kaby Lake version with an Intel Core i3-7020U and SanDisk SSD tested.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Smartphone Review
Fire-red selfie machine. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s salient feature is its high-resolution dual front-facing cameras. This is coupled with good battery life, and it is all housed in a metal case. Can the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro do enough to compete with the strong selection of mid-range smartphones?
HP 14 (N3710, HD405) Laptop Review
Getting started for the daily routine The HP 14-bp001ng is an affordable 14-inch laptop that is equipped with an Intel Pentium N3710, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. Find out what you can expect from HP's entry-level device and its hardware in our review.
Lenovo ThinkPad X280 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review
Mini Carbon. With a fresh design and a clearly thinner case, Lenovo is trying to make its traditional 12-inch ThinkPad X Series more attractive. In this review we will be explaining why this approach works well, and what features we miss despite the other improvements.
Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad and Stand Review
In this review will be testing Anker's two cheap wireless chargers, and whether they work with the iPhone X.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Smartphone Review
8 follows 5. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) succeeds the Galaxy A5 (2017) as the latest device in the popular Galaxy A Series. The €499 (~$615) price tag could prove to be unpopular though. We will find out in our tests whether Samsung can justify this ambitious price.
Sony Xperia L2 Smartphone Review
CES novelty in review. Presented by Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia L2 is currently the Japanese manufacturer's cheapest smartphone. The €249 (~$307; RRP) device, which has a fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1.1, is now available in Germany. Find out how the Xperia L2 fares in our tests.
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550, GeForce MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Powerful long runner. The ZenBook 13 does not lack in power. ASUS has equipped the slim Ultrabook with a quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics card. Coupled with that is a quick SSD, long battery life and a good display. Nevertheless, the seemingly successful ZenBook draws some criticism.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (WQHD HDR, i7) Laptop Review
Great display, but high temperatures. Lenovo has upgraded its flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon for 2018. The new model sports both a quad-core ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor and a very bright WQHD HDR display. We have just got the device into our editorial department to give you our first impressions. Update: HDR, fan noise with BIOS 1.27, Thunderbolt dock with eGPU
Dell Inspiron 13 5379 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Convertible Review
Old on the outside, new on the inside. Dell has updated the Inspiron 13 5379 with an Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake processor. This is the only noteworthy change though. Aesthetically, everything remains the same, including the I/O. In this review we will be clarifying what performance you should expect from the Dell Inspiron 13 5379.
Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review
Wasted potential. With the GS370 Plus, the German communications company Gigaset offers an attractively priced mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Weaknesses with the screen, among other things, damage our overall impression of the 5.7-inch device though.
Final Fantasy XV Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Heavyweight. Final Fantasy XV is due for release on PC next month, after console owners have been enjoying the open-world roleplaying game since the end of 2016. In the meantime, Square Enix have released a benchmarking tool as a way to shorten the wait for fans of the series. Update: Benchmarks of the final version
Nubia Z17 Mini Smartphone Review
Touches into the edges. The Nubia Z17 Mini is a 5.2-inch mid-range smartphone that tries to impress with a special mode of controlling the device from the edges of the screen. A dual-camera on the rear and ample storage options are other good reasons. Therefore, can you overlook this outdated Android?