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Designing a capable laptop audio subsystem.

Laptops 101: Designing a capable laptop audio subsystem

For your listening pleasure. Unlike with desktop PCs, computer manufacturers must consider both onboard speaker and headset audio quality when it comes to laptops. In this article, we will take a look into various aspects of laptop speaker and headset audio design, including physical and electrical considerations along with software enhancements that help in elevating the listening experience. We aim to illustrate these concepts by taking audio design in MSI laptops as an example. (Sponsored article)
MSI Modern 14 with Core i5-10210U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce MX250 GPU now available for $899 (Source: MSI)

MSI Modern 14 with Core i5-10210U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce MX250 GPU now available for $899

The budget-midrange professional laptop will begin shipping on September 10 with 5.7 mm thin bezels, 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Intel's latest Comet Lake-U CPU. Initial SKUs will not carry Core i7 options.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 Laptop Review: Slim workstation with stronger GPU and weaker CPU

90% Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 Laptop Review: Slim workstation with stronger GPU and weaker CPU

Turing refresh with CPU weakness. Lenovo has introduced the second generation of its slim, high-end ThinkPad P1 workstation into the market. Included on board are the newest Nvidia Quadro GPUs based on Turing, significantly brighter display options, and the newest Intel processors. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 shows some weaknesses in the CPU performance, of all things.
Intel Core i7-9850H | NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
Starting with this year's Prestige lineup, MSI offers the stunning 4K displays on the 15-inch, as well as on the 14-inch models. (Source: MSI)

MSI's new Prestige 14 / 15 laptops feature up to 6-core Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs

Usually reserved for 15-inch models and up, MSI now offers 4K display options for the 14-inch Prestige models, as well, plus all screens are factory-calibrated. Users can also opt to equip the laptops with quad-core or six-core Co...
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with decent battery life

84% Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with decent battery life

A practical gaming laptop! Acer has proven several times with its Nitro 5 series that gaming laptops do not always have to be extremely expensive. The company is back again with a new 17.3-inch model that it equips with an Intel Core i7-9750H and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which should combine to create a solid foundation for this gaming laptop. Read on to find out how the latest Nitro 5 fares in our tests in this detailed review.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
The port selection on the Vostro 13 5391 is minimalistic. (Source: Dell)

Dell introduces Vostro 13 5391 business-oriented laptops with gen 10 Intel CPUs

The small business Vostro laptop lineup from Dell is among the first to get updated with the freshly released Comet Lake-U CPUs from Intel. The new Vostro 13 5391 now features a lighter and sturdier chassis along with a discrete G...
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 is slower than its predecessor

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 is slower than its predecessor

Normally, you would expect a newer laptop being faster than its older predecessor. Sometimes however, this isn't the case. Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019, which we are reviewing right now, is slower than the older model.
Intel Comet Lake-U in Review: Complicated name and not really faster

Once more in 14nm | Intel Comet Lake-U in Review: Complicated name and not really faster

Comet Lake-U is the successor to the current Whiskey Lake-U CPUs from Intel. However, the new models are still manufactured in the familiar 14nm process. We checked the performance of the new Core i7 with a pre-production unit, but the results are rather sobering.
Dell Inspiron 13, 15, and 17 7000 2-in-1 series with Core i7-10510U Comet Lake launching this week (Source: Dell)

Dell Inspiron 13, 15, and 17 7000 2-in-1 series with Core i7-10510U Comet Lake launching this week

The convertible laptops will be one of the first to carry the Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U CPU. USB Type-C Power Delivery and Thunderbolt 3 will come standard on SKUs powered by Intel 10th gen processors.
Affordable Dell Inspiron 13, 14, and 15 5000 series refreshed with Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10110U up to the Core i7-10510U (Source: Dell)

Affordable Dell Inspiron 13, 14, and 15 5000 series refreshed with Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10110U up to the Core i7-10510U

The Comet Lake Inspiron 5000 series will perform very similarly to the pricier Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 series but without the convertible 360-degree hinges. Oddly enough, USB Type-C will only be available on SKUs with dedicated GeFor...
The Dell XPS 13 9390 does not exist. Here's why (Source: Dell)

The Dell XPS 13 9390 does not exist. Here's why

Dell has been slowly leaving behind its last generation XPS 9380 and XPS 9570 series by renaming its successors the XPS 7390 and XPS 7590 instead, respectively. The change may seem confusing at first glance, but it makes sense whe...
Dell Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 3000 series will get Comet Lake-U starting at just $390 (Source: Dell)

Dell Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 3000 series will get Comet Lake-U starting at just $390

Want Intel's latest mobile CPU without breaking the bank? The entry-level Inspiron 3000 series will be refreshed with the same quad-core Intel 10th gen processor options as the upcoming XPS 13 7390. SKUs will launch this week in E...
The Inspiron 14 7000 7490 is Dell's latest and most XPS-like laptop yet in both looks and features

The Inspiron 14 7000 7490 is Dell's latest and most XPS-like laptop yet in both looks and features

The upper mid-range offering will come with a Core i7-10510U CPU, GeForce MX250 GPU, WWAN, WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 3, Intel Optane H10, FHD touchscreen, soldered RAM, and a new magnesium alloy chassis that takes a lot of visual cues f...
Intel 10th gen Comet Lake offers a 6-core 12-thread CPU in a ULV package for the first time. (Source: Intel)

Intel announces new 10th gen Comet Lake-U and Y CPUs led by the 6C/12T Core i7-10710U

The new 10th gen Comet Lake U and Y-series processors succeed Whiskey Lake and will co-exist alongside the 10nm Ice Lake SKUs. Comet Lake continues to build upon the well-refined 14nm process and aims to offer the first 6-core and 12-thread ULV package (Core i7-10710U), increased boost clocks, better sustained performance, and improved battery life. While Intel claims a fairly significant performance gain from the previous generation, our preliminary benchmarks show that may not really be the case.
The Pavilion x360, now with 10th Generation Intel Core processors and a GeForce MX250 GPU. (Image source: HP)

HP refreshes the Pavilion x360 with Intel Comet Lake-U processors and dedicated graphics; starting at US$629.99

Not one to be left out, HP is bringing Comet Lake-U to its Pavilion x360 series. Spotted by renowned leaker @momomo_us, the 14-inch convertible comes with a choice of three Comet Lake-U processors, along with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2...
The GST Gemini is basically a combo of two tablets that attach magnetically one to another. (Source: GST)

GST crowdfunds Gemini dual-touchscreen notebook

The GST Gemini is currently in production and is scheduled to ship into Indiegogo backers in March 2020. There are regular, as well as Pro versions with 13 and 15-inch sizes. The regular versions are powered by Intel's Core i5-835...
Tiger Lake will be Intel's first 10 nm U series processors. (Image source: FrAndroid)

Intel Tiger Lake U processor annihilates the Core i7-8665U and Ryzen 7 3700U in UserBenchmark, scores up to 13% more than the Core i9-9980HK in the process

Tiger Lake U is not expected to arrive until Q2 2021 at the earliest, but two listings have already appeared on UserBenchmark, and they put the current crop of mobile processors to shame. Tiger Lake U is likely to be Intel's first...
AMD Ryzen CPU options coming to the HP Pavilion Gaming series for the first time ever (Source: HP)

AMD Ryzen CPU options coming to the HP Pavilion Gaming laptop series for the first time ever

The upcoming late 2019 model will be 4 percent thinner (23.5 mm vs. 24.5 mm) with 28 percent larger heat pipes than the 2018 model. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H should offer a performance level similar to the Cor...
A Minecraft scene with and without ray tracing. (Source: NVIDIA)

Gamescom 2019 | Minecraft, Dying Light 2 and other titles to get ray tracing soon

Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, has announced that its hit game will become able to use real-time ray tracing in early 2020. Furthermore, NVIDIA has broken the news that a number of other titles will get these features. They incl...
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API laptop review: 17.3-incher pleases with good battery life

81% Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API laptop review: 17.3-incher pleases with good battery life

There is no shortage of weaknesses. With the Ideapad L340-17API, Lenovo delivers a 17.3-inch laptop that can score points with a strong Ryzen 5 3500U APU, a solid state drive, good battery life and a quite good keyboard. Unfortunately, it does not lack weaknesses: In this case, a TN panel with unstable viewing angles is in use, and the RAM is only able to run in single-channel mode. In addition, there is no memory card reader.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
The Ryzen 5 3550U is part of AMD's Raven Ridge APU series. (Image source: AMD)

The Ryzen 5 3550U outscores the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 7 3750H in Geekbench, but lives in Intel's shadow

The Ryzen 5 3550U may be another mobile Ryzen 3000 series APU, but not all is as it seems. A recent Geekbench listing shows that the processor is capable of even outscoring the Ryzen 7 3750H in multicore tasks. However, it appears...
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15 (Clevo PB51RF) Laptop Review

87% Eurocom Nightsky Ti15 (Clevo PB51RF) Laptop Review

New age of narrow bezel Clevo laptops. Clevo is getting better at creating more visually attractive gaming laptops without sacrificing the core performance advantages that the series is known for. We only wish that it could be easier to service.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Schenker Key 16 (Clevo P960EN-K) Review: The slim notebook pleases with a lot of computing power

87% Schenker Key 16 (Clevo P960EN-K) Review: The slim notebook pleases with a lot of computing power

Elegant, slim gamer. The powerful hardware of the Schenker Key 16 is able to bring all the current computer games smoothly to the matte 16.1-inch screen (FHD, IPS, 144 Hz). Schenker offers individual configuration options, such as up to three storage drives (2x M.2-2280, 1x 2.5-in) and up to 64 GB of working memory. In addition, the BIOS allows for undervolting of CPU and iGPU.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q | 16.1" | 2.2 kg
Dell XPS 15 7590 OLED Power Consumption Measurements: White Can Be Almost Two Times More Demanding Than Other Colors

Dell XPS 15 7590 OLED Power Consumption Measurements: White Can Be Almost Two Times More Demanding Than Other Colors

Because of the way OLED works, it may be worth changing white backgrounds to something darker especially if your commonly used applications or web pages are predominately white. At the most extreme, white at maximum brightness will consume almost 14 W more than if the screen were only black.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices are suffering from severe CPU throttling. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft aware of severe throttling issue affecting Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 that leaves devices locked at just 400 MHz

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models are suffering from severe throttling problems. The company is said to be aware of the issue and is preparing a firmware update to address the problem.
Acer Predator Triton 500 Laptop Review: A Lot of Gaming Performance Despite the Slim Case

87% Acer Predator Triton 500 Laptop Review: A Lot of Gaming Performance Despite the Slim Case

New CPU, new luck. The ultra-flat Predator Triton 500 gaming notebook from Acer is now available with Intel's latest 9000 series processors. Learn how well the updated version performs in our test update.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Yahoo will reportedly sell Tumblr to Automattic Inc. (Source: Tumblr)

Tumblr is to be sold to the makers of WordPress

Tumblr is a blogging platform that has been part of Yahoo (or Oath, as it is now) since 2013. However, the parent company in this case - Verizon - has reportedly been trying to palm it off for some time. It has now successfully fo...
Lenovo Legion Y540 15IRH

86% Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH Laptop Review: A good gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU

A cheap gamer. The Legion Y540 may be touted as an RTX gaming laptop, but Lenovo also sells GTX variants that may be more suitable for the budget gamer. Switching to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti drops the price by around 20% to 1,400 Euros (~US$1,565), which is a healthy saving. Read on to find out if Lenovo has made any other changes to keep the price down and how this GTX 1660 Ti-powered gaming laptop fares against its competitors.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Finally, Asus ZenBook 14 SKUs with AMD Ryzen 3500U and 3700U options are coming (Source: Asus)

Finally, Asus ZenBook 14 SKUs with AMD Ryzen 3500U and 3700U options are coming

AMD's mobile Ryzen series is slowly but surely making its way up onto higher-end Ultrabooks. The less expensive ZenBook 14 UM433DA will offer Ryzen Zen+ processors for a similar level of performance to the more expensive Intel Whi...
This MacBook Pro might not be allowed on a plane. (Source: GadgetGuy)

The FAA bans certain MacBook Pros from airplanes

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has told airlines that there are MacBook Pros out there that cannot be brought onto commercial flights. The notebooks in question are those that were recalled by Apple earlier this year for ...
Even though the tensions between the two superpowers are at an all-time high, Trump greenlights a tariff delay for China. (Source: Nikkei)

Trump delays new wave of tariffs for China until December

President Trump is throwing the U.S. tech companies a lifeline with the latest tariff delays. Apple, Qualcomm and Intel showed their concern when their Q2 revenues were affected by the first wave of tariffs, but it looks like the ...
The latest Radeon 600 does not feature any 7 nm goodness, as it only includes 14 nm and even 28 nm GPU models. (Source: TechSpot)

AMD launches low-end Radeon 600 GPU series for laptops, but it's only a rebranded old Radeon 500 lineup

The new Radeon 600 series is practically a rebranded Radeon 500 lineup that, unfortunately does not feature any 7 nm models. Instead, AMD has "refreshed" two 14 nm and three 28 nm GPU models aimed at the entry-level desktop and la...
Origin PC EVO16-S (Clevo P960RD) Review: A Rare 16.1-inch Gaming Laptop

85% Origin PC EVO16-S (Clevo P960RD) Review: A Rare 16.1-inch Gaming Laptop

16-inch display. Ever wanted a gaming laptop but felt that a 17.3-inch display might be too big and a 15.6-inch display might be too small? Then this high-power 16.1-inch Origin PC EVO16-S should fit the bill.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q | 16.1" | 2.1 kg
Win a Razer Blade 15 Studio, GeForce RTX Titan, or 2080 Ti graphics card through Nvidia's Project Sol contest (Image source: Razer)

Win a Razer Blade 15 Studio, GeForce RTX Titan, or 2080 Ti graphics card through Nvidia's Project Sol contest

If you're an amateur or professional Unreal Engine 4 user, then this contest was made just for you. Nvidia wants you to play around with its ray-tracing assets and create something fun for a chance to win prizes ranging from $1000...
best ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

August 2019 Update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Top 10 notebooks under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

August 2019 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
best subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

August 2019 Update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Samsung needs EUV photoresist chemicals in order to manufacture its SoCs, CPUs and memory chips. (Source: Golem.de)

Trade war journal: Japan resumes high-tech chemical exports with South Korea

Japan claims that it never imposed an export ban on South Korea, explaining that export approvals now require a period of 4-5 weeks, or roughly the same period of time that has passed since the escalation of the diplomatic relatio...
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $1200 and up (Source: Asus)

Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping as alternatives to the Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15

Asus is one step closer to equipping its entire laptop portfolio with its innovative ScreenPad technology. The 14-inch ZenBook UX434 15 and 15-inch ZenBook 15 UX534 will each cost about $1400 with discrete graphics options ranging...
A good cooling system is essential to get the most out of laptop components.

Laptops 101: Understanding what goes into designing an efficient laptop cooling solution

Cool as a cucumber. Designing and implementing an efficient thermal system in a laptop requires a lot of R&D and proper selection of each individual component in the system to ensure all components perform to their full potential. In this basics article, we take a look at what goes into each step of the thermal design process and how OEMs test and prototype their thermal designs for maximum efficiency. We take the example of MSI's flagship GT76 laptop that can run unhindered on 5 GHz on all cores to better illustrate the process. (sponsored article)
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FA-A8038T with protective case and cable. (Image source: Asus)

Asus ZenBook 15 UX534 with Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10510U appears on French product page

The French-language site for Asus has started showing a product page for the ZenBook 15 UX534FA-A8038T laptop computer. The slimline device features the company’s innovative ScreenPad input device, and according to the listing it ...
Chuwi LapBook Pro Laptop Review: An affordable 14-inch laptop with good battery life and wide colour gamut

82% Chuwi LapBook Pro Laptop Review: An affordable 14-inch laptop with good battery life and wide colour gamut

A handy companion. Chuwi's 14-inch laptop scores well for its sleek metal design, its silent operation, good battery life, its IPS display with stable viewing angles and a wide colour gamut. Added to that are keyboard backlighting and the option to expand the device with an M.2 SSD, both of which are welcome.
Intel Celeron N4100 | Intel UHD Graphics 600 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Power Overwhelming: Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1650 OLED Laptop Review

90% Power Overwhelming: Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1650 OLED Laptop Review

Pushing limits. The XPS 15 is back with new Core i9 options, new GTX Turing graphics options, and new 4K UHD OLED options. We test the highest-end configuration of the XPS 15 7590 to see what the latest series can offer when it's supposedly at its best.
Intel Core i9-9980HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2 kg
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options

It's a tough call between OLED and IPS if you're a gamer. While the former allows for deep and accurate colors, the latter offers faster refresh rates for smoother and more responsive movement. Eurocom will let you choose between ...
This will be the new Intel sticker on the next generation of Ultrabooks (Source: Intel)

This will be the new 10th gen Intel Core sticker on the next generation of Ultrabooks

Athena-certified laptops in particular will be the first to ship with this identifier to differentiate them from standard Ultrabooks. Intel will be pushing for a new category of Ultrabooks sporting 10th gen Core CPUs, Thunderbolt ...
Samsung's Galaxy Book S is the first ultrabook equipped with a Snapdragon 8cx from Qualcomm. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Book S debuts with Snapdragon 8cx, 23 hours of battery life and weighs under 1 kg

In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, Samsung also made its Galaxy Book S official. The ultrabook is its latest Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) device and is the first to market with Qualcomm’s vaunted Snapdragon 855-based...
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Laptop Review: An Excellent Alternative to Intel

80% Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Laptop Review: An Excellent Alternative to Intel

Mobile Zen+ Ryzen 7 at its peak. The entry-level Inspiron 15 5585 sports the latest AMD Ryzen CPU with great results across the board. Graphics performance in particular is a leap ahead of the Intel UHD Graphics series that should satisfy casual gamers of Fortnite, Rocket League, and other undemanding titles.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 available for pre-order this week, will be first Athena laptop to market

Update | Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 available for pre-order this week, will be first Athena laptop to market

Prices start at $979 with an expected ship date of September 9. Dell will start accepting orders on August 8, 9 AM EST sharp for its second generation XPS 13 2-in-1. Exact prices and SKUs will all be revealed by morning for the Ic...
This recent study may show where the game market will get to by the end of 2019. (Source: NewZoo)

An estimated US$150 billion will be spent on games in 2019

US$152.1 billion will be spent on gaming software this year, according to the latest research. This work also indicates that the console sector of the relevant market will grow by the most in 2019. However, the sector for mobile a...

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