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Walmart Overpowered 15 gaming laptop now shipping, but we already reviewed it months ago (Image source: Walmart)

Walmart Overpowered 15 gaming laptop now shipping, but we already reviewed it months ago

Unbeknown to most users, other resellers have been offering the same Walmart design for months. Walmart, however, has the clear advantage in price and volume and is able to offer the same exact chassis and specifications for hundr...
The Intel Core i9-8950HK runs fastest on this laptop (Image source: Aorus)

The Intel Core i9-8950HK runs fastest on this laptop

Looking for a laptop with the Core i9-8950HK CPU? Then either Aorus or MSI would be your best bet if you want to get the most that the pricey Intel CPU can offer. We compare 9 different laptops equipped with the same Core i9 CPU t...
The new LaCie portable SSD. (Source: LaCie)

LaCie releases new portable SSD with USB type C port

LaCie, a subsidiary of Seagate, has released its latest portable SSD with USB type C. The company claims that it can transfer data at up to 540 MB/s and support up to USB 3.0 standards. The LaCie type C portable SSD is also suppos...
Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

90% Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

Too much power? After checking out the Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs, we're now finally ready to benchmark the Core i9 version of the XPS 15 9570. In short, users are better off investing in more storage, RAM, or faster graphics than to plop down an additional $250+ for the Core i9-8950HK.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg
As promised, Razer is now shipping the Blade 15 in Mercury White (Source: Razer)

As promised, Razer is now shipping the Blade 15 in Mercury White

Get the Blade 15 in light gray for the same price as the standard black at $2200 USD. Razer has been pushing its line of Blade laptops harder than ever these past two years with the refreshed Blade Pro and introduction of the Blad...
Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Live-Review – Better display, slow processor? Apple pretty much ignored its MacBook Air for a couple of years and there were many speculations about the end of the series. Now, we get completely redesigned the model including a modern display. Is it an alternative to the more expensive MacBook Pro 13 for many users, or is it somewhat redundant? Update: PWM, further display measurements, Wi-Fi battery runtime
Intel Core i5-8210Y | Intel UHD Graphics 617 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Is there such a thing as a core i7 Macbook Air? (Source: TechSpot)

Mysterious Macbook Air-like device with i7 processor shows up on Geekbench

The 2018 Macbook Air comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y processor and 16GB of RAM at best. A suspicious new listing on Geekbench 4 details an Apple laptop with the same motherboard as the Macbook Air, but with a fas...
The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The team over at iFixIt has published a complete teardown of the new MacBook Air Retina. While soldered storage and an integrated keyboard count heavily against the device, new pull tabs under the battery and a separate logic boar...
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 weighs nearly nine pounds. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic announces enhancements for its Toughbook 31

Panasonic has revealed a cluster of upgrades for its Toughbook 31 device. The newly enhanced version of the fully ruggedized notebook will now come with an Intel Core i5-7300U and 16 GB RAM as standard, and it will also feature im...
There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market (Image source: Nvidia)

There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market

Nvidia's entire mobile Pascal GeForce lineup has been Max-Q-ified conveniently before CES 2019. With seemingly no other major Pascal or Max-Q products to release for laptops, the time looks ripe for an official announcement about ...
Intel's graphics driver 25.20.100.6373 brings optimisations for FM19 (Source: Sports Interactive)

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 perfo...
Asus partners with AU Optronics to ship world's first narrow bezel 17-inch gaming laptops (Image source: Own)

Asus partners with AU Optronics to ship world's first narrow bezel 17-inch gaming laptops

Asus and AUO are leading the charge when it comes to narrow bezel 17.3-inch laptops. With the ROG GL704 and TUF FX705 now shipping, we can expect competing OEMs to expand their respective lineup of 17-inch laptops by next year at ...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook coming with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in early 2019 (Source: Dell)

The Alienware m15 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is coming in early 2019

Frank Azor has just confirmed that the new top end hardware configurations for the Alienware m15 gaming notebook will arrive in about 60 days if everything goes as expected. This means that both the high- and low-end configuration...
Dell Latitude 7390 and 7490 are getting new aluminum chassis options (Source: Dell)

Dell Latitude 7390 and 7490 are getting new aluminum chassis options

Not a fan of carbon fiber? Dell will begin offering brushed aluminum options for its top Latitude laptops later this month. The unexpected cosmetic feature is a tease for more Latitude announcements to come in January.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS

84% Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

One step forward, two steps back. After the GX501 that was only mobile to a limited extent in favor of incorporating G-Sync, the brand-new GX531 is able to score with Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching. Find out in this extensive review why the overall evaluation is still worse than its predecessor's.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Dell XPS 15 9570

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 temperatur...
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

86% Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Compact 17-inch gaming laptop? The GL704GM carries the same CPU and GPU as the last generation GL703GM. So, what makes this new iteration so special? For one, it carries the narrowest bezels for a 17-inch gaming laptop at just over 7 mm on all three sides. The design will become a standard that future laptops will want to beat.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
The Core i9-9900K is about 10 to 15 percent slower on laptops (Image source: Intel)

The Core i9-9900K is about 10 to 15 percent slower on laptops

Hotter temperatures and slower clock rates are expected, but how much of a performance dip can we really expect? Early benchmark tests show the i9-9900K trailing by about 10 percent or more when on a laptop compared to a full-size...
2019 is an important year for the adoption of 5G tech and MediaTek is ready to capitalize on it with the upcoming 5G-enagled mid-range SoCs. (Source: GizChina)

MediaTek's first 5G SoC slated for late 2019

5G adoption should explode in 2019 and MediaTek is ready to capitalize on it both with standalone 5G modems and 5G-enabled SoCs. The Taiwanese company would supply big names like Apple with standalone chips, while Chinese phone-ma...
Gigabyte Sabre 17 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

84% Gigabyte Sabre 17 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Double-edged sword Gigabyte's big 17-inch Sabre starts out with a lot of promise: The combination of a powerful new hexa core processor and a GTX 1060 should give rise to a full-fledged desktop replacement with plenty of gaming power. Can the Sabre 17 live up to its promise? Or will the saber grow dull only halfway there? Our review reveals the answer.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
SMT allows for multi-threaded parallel processing, but has an apparent security flaw. (Source: Wikipedia)

New side-channel vulnerability confirmed in Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs

A new CVE may enable yet another side-channel exploit in Intel processors. This vulnerability, known as CVE-2018-5407 (or "PortSmash"), targets Hyper-Threading (or simultaneous multi-threading (SMT)). It is confirmed as effective ...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook to get new hardware configurations, including i5+GTX 1060, in January 2019 (Source: Dell)

Alienware m15 with i5 and GTX 1060 coming in about two months

Since some think that an Intel Core i5 processor would be enough for their new gaming notebook, it seems that Alienware's latest machine will soon get new hardware options. Frank Azor has just confirmed that an i5+ GeForce GTX 106...
Apple's mobile chips are closer than ever to Intel's mobility solutions. (Source: Apple)

Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets are almost as fast as a six-core MacBook Pro

Latest Geekbench results suggest that the A12X Bionic SoC is closer than ever to Intel's top mobility CPUs. The single-core scores are pretty tight, however, the gap in multi-core mode is more noticeable. Still the A12 only lags b...
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
We measured the system ourselves and it is definitely closer to 15 inches in width instead of the claimed 13.29 inches

Dell accidentally lists laptop over an inch smaller, promises to fix the error soon

The Precision 7530 is a powerful and hefty workstation, but it's definitely not smaller than the XPS 15. Dell has confirmed a minor measurement error on its product page and will update the dimension from 337.6 mm to a more accura...
Spotify shares were affected by less than completely positive earnings reports. (Source: djtimes.com)

Spotify shares sank by 11% due to pessimistic earnings forecast

The shares of the company Spotify were down 11% at the start of today (November 1, 2018) due to a forecast that shows relatively poor fourth-quarter performance. In addition, Spotify is now reported to be committed to new investme...
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G (i5-8265U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

85% Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G (i5-8265U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

A well-made allrounder. Acer's 15.6-inch allrounder is a lot more compact, slim and light than its competition. But there is no need to worry about having to trade these features with performance. The device also offers a matte IPS Full HD display, a GeForce MX150 GPU and a quad-core processor of the Whiskey Lake generation.
Intel Core i5-8265U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

89% Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

Performance step-up. Dell crams in one of the fastest mobile Intel CPUs into a thinner chassis than the last generation Precision 7510. Can owners really get the full performance out of the processor? Or is it throttle city?
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA Quadro P3200 | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018

Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018 (Update)

Apple announced the new MacBook Air right at the start of todays special event. Included in the new Apple MacBook Air 2018 is a Retina screen and a new processor. Also, Apple updated the design of this very successful device today...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook could get NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080-powered Alienware m15 coming soon, confirms Frank Azor (and Dell)

In a discussion about the latest Alienware laptop that unfolded on Twitter less than a day ago, Frank Azor highlighted the amazingly low weight of this portable — a detail that many forget about and focus on the notebook's thin de...
The 12-inch MacBook only scores a fresh coat of paint. (Source: Apple)

12-inch MacBook gains new gold hue, but misses out on Amber Lake Y, more

As expected, Apple has unveiled a new Mac mini, MacBook Air and new iPad Pro models. However, one device that missed out on getting a chipset refresh was the 12-inch MacBook, leaving it essentially unchanged since June 2017 barrin...
Walmart is selling its own line of Overpowered gaming laptops because it can (Source: Walmart)

Walmart is launching its own line of aggressively-priced Overpowered gaming laptops

The world's biggest name in retail wants a piece of the gaming pie. The 15-inch OP Laptop 15 will carry narrow bezels, an i7-8750U CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 144 Hz 1080p display, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB RAM for $1400 USD when it launches o...
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

88% Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (i9-9900K, GTX 1080, UHD) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review

Too much of a good thing? Anybody looking for a powerful desktop replacement is at the right address with the XMG Ultra 17 from Schenker Technologies. We evaluate whether the cooling system offers sufficient reserves for its top equipment with the Core i9-9900K and GeForce GTX 1080.
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
Topjoy Falcon reaches over $170K in Kickstarter funding (Source: Topjoy)

Topjoy Falcon reaches over $170K in Kickstarter funding

The 8-inch convertible is off to a good start as far as user interest is concerned. Nearly 400 backers have already pledged an average of $450 USD each for the device. We obtained an early sample of the unit and can vouch for its ...
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018

90% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Laptop Review

Handbrake Deluxe. Apple finally ships the MacBook Pro 15 with the new Intel processors. They feature 6 cores and should increase the multi-core performance significantly. At least in theory, because a comparison with the predecessor shows that the advantage is not always that big.
Intel Core i7-8850H | AMD Radeon Pro 560X | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple fans will have to wait for next year's iPads to maybe get OLED screens. (Source: Daily Express)

2018 iPad Pro design and hardware updates revealed in Bloomberg report

Apart from the thin bezels and the redesigned corners, the 2018 iPad Pro tablets are said to come with IPS LCD touchscreens plus the second-gen Apple Pencils, slimmer profiles (not including the rear camera), a USB-C port and a sm...
Asus announces narrow-bezel TUF FX505/FX705 as cheaper alternatives to the ROG GL504/GL704 (Source: Asus)

Asus announces narrow-bezel TUF FX505/FX705 as cheaper alternatives to the ROG GL504/GL704

Narrow bezel gaming laptops are finally starting to drop in price. The new Asus TUF FX505 is smaller than the outgoing thick-bezel FX504 but otherwise very similar in weight and thickness. The system is now shipping with GTX 1050 ...
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less (Source: Razer)

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less

Razer has managed to make its higher-end configurations look way overpriced by upping their baseline specifications. Users can get the entry-level Base Model Blade 15 and still have the same Core i7-8750H CPU and GTX 1060 Max-Q GP...
ThinkPad UEFI failure: Experienced users can repair their laptops with some effort

ThinkPad UEFI failure: Experienced users can repair their laptops with some effort

Yesterday, we reported on a catastrophic failure related to a setting in the UEFI-firmware of recent ThinkPads. Essentially, if the users changed a certain setting in the UEFI of their ThinkPad, there is a good chance that the mac...
It looks like Intel was caught off-guard by outstanding market demand for its Coffee Lake CPUs, which lead to impressive revenues in Q3 2018 and also the CPU shortages.  (Source: Engadget)

Intel releases impressive Q3 financial report, 14 nm shortage expected to get worse

The Santa Clara giant reported the best quarter in its entire 50-year history, even though the company was not able to meet the outstanding market demand. The 14 nm shortages will continue throughout the rest of the year and Intel...
Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

87% Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Bigger but just as sharp. Perhaps surprisingly, the new Blade 15 Base Model does a few things better than the original Advanced Model while retailing for hundreds of dollars less. Find out here how Razer managed to switch things up in all the right places to create the most affordable 15-inch Blade laptop yet.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg
HP has no plans for an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 successor for now (Source: HP)

HP has no plans for an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 successor for now

HP's best 12.5-inch convertible will be taking a hiatus in order to focus on the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 series. All of its features will be integrated into the EliteBook x360 1030 including Sure View and its super-bright ba...
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

More versatile than ever. We check out the pricier Core i7 SKU to see how it holds when up against the less expensive Core i5 SKU. Is it worth investing in the faster option? And how much better is the faster option exactly?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
Dell Chromebook 11 3181 (Celeron N3060) Laptop Review

77% Dell Chromebook 11 3181 (Celeron N3060) Laptop Review

Low Quality. Dell's standard Chromebook 11 leaves quite a bit to be desired. A low quality display and cheap construction drag down the device. Additionally, the limits of Chrome OS and bugs with Android app compatibility leave a bad taste.
Intel Celeron N3060 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Some recent ThinkPads can be destroyed by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting

Some recent ThinkPads can be bricked by changing a UEFI-BIOS setting

Some modern ThinkPad laptops apparently have an issue with the UEFI-BIOS. When a certain setting is activated, this action can potentially brick the laptop. The only fix in this situation: Exchanging the motherboard.
HP 17 (Ryzen 5 2500U, FHD, IPS, Vega 8) Review

79% HP 17 (Ryzen 5 2500U, FHD, IPS, Vega 8) Review

AMD-only. After some mixed reviews of their first version HP has now released a new HP 17 with all-out AMD components and an IPS panel. It does certainly offer some improvements, but does not come without any backlash.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
An example of what the Companion App looks like on iOS. (Source: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Companion App will put your game's map on your phone

Rockstar Games has announced the Companion App for its upcoming release, Red Dead Redemption 2. This app connects an Android or iOS device to the console in question, and allows the player to view maps, stats and progress on their...
Lenovo IdeaPad 320 (128-GB SSD, FHD) Review

77% Lenovo IdeaPad 320 (128-GB SSD, FHD) Review

Almost free. In a world of smartphones and tablets we may often wonder whether we actually still need a notebook. Lenovo's answer to that question is the IdeaPad 320. It is available for an impressively low $300 and is supposed to support web-browsing and office applications.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Samsung LPDDR5 DRAM, delayed to 2020, UFS 3.0 coming in 2019

UFS 3.0 storage coming next year, LPDDR5 in 2020

Although both were supposed to enter production in the second half of this year, it looks like the next-gen UFS storage solutions and LPDDR5 will not hit the market as soon as expected. While the UFS 3.0 memory will arrive in the ...
Asus Chromebook C223 in red (Source: Asus)

The Asus Chromebook C223 and C423 join yesterday's C523

With prices starting at just US$229, the Asus Chromebook C223 and C423 both use the Intel Celeron N3350 processor and feature USB Type-C connectivity, dual-band WiFi, a microSD slot, 4 GB of memory, and 32 GB eMMC internal storage...

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