Loki Rautio (News Editor)
When I was 9, I tried to modify a PC game. The mod I made worked (mostly) and sparked my current, intense interest in software development. A few years later, that interest led me to experiment with all kinds of tech around the house, which has ultimately given me an eye for small, but substantial, problems in devices and software. I'm now writing articles about technology and its nuances for Notebookcheck.
eGPUs still aren't worth it, right?
Intel recently integrated Ice Lake into their U-series processors, as well as switching to a more efficient 10nm process. Have these changes done anything to improve eGPU performance, and are eGPUs any more financially viable than before?
ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 failure: What's happening, why it's happening, and how to fix it
Nearly 40 ThinkPad models have a problem - the Thunderbolt 3 ports in them randomly stop working. Lenovo has pushed out a fix to users, but what does it do? Does it actually solve the problem? If it doesn't, are the devices even repairable, and will Lenovo repair your device for free?
Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?
With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Rumored Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs could double your laptop’s battery life, performance
Numerous leaks and rumors about the fourth generation of Ryzen Mobile APUs are suggesting substantial performance improvements over the last generation. Both laptops and tablet PCs could benefit from these new chips. With rumors suggesting an announcement at CES, should you be excited about these rumored AMD APUs?
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 has an external 5G modem, and that's a good thing
Qualcomm is separating their 5G modem from their flagship SoC, which many are calling a mistake. However, this change almost exclusively benefits everyone, despite what other reports might say.
Fragile hardware can turn a great deal into a future expense
Find a great deal on an expensive piece of tech can make a purchase especially tempting. However, such deals can come at an added cost. If you hold onto your tech for more than a year, internal repairability is something you should consider.
Have ThinkPads gotten worse over the last decade? – A ThinkPad retrospective
Fundamental aspects of the ThinkPad line have been scrapped, redesigned, and tweaked over the last 10 years. Have these changes improved the lineup of laptops, or have these modifications turned the modern ThinkPads into Ideapads?
Should tablets have fans? - Analyzing tablet PC performance
Should your next "laptop" be a tablet? These small, very portable machines have been only getting better in recent times. Are they fast enough to replace laptops, or are they still behind the curve?
The fading light of the do-it-all business laptop
Business laptops have traditionally been the go-to for anyone needing a laptop that can do just about anything well. In recent times, the gradual removal of ports, upgradability, and overall repairability in these laptops is starting to conflict with that idea. Is this a step in the right direction, or are these misguided changes to appeal to "prosumers"?
Laptops are more than just specs: Understanding thermals
Laptop performance is complicated. Not only do you have to factor in the parts you need on your future laptop, you also need to make sure you're getting the performance you expect. Here's how to make sure you'll be getting anything but buyer's remorse, at least when it comes to your laptop's performance.
Lenovo's struggle with keyboards on its AMD-powered ThinkPads
ThinkPads have historically been known for their great keyboards. Recently, certain models have been having issues with registering keystrokes or even just scrambling letters around. On the affected AMD ThinkPads, the keyboards are hardly usable until an update has been applied.