Mark Riege (Translator)
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
The Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) offers space for two NVMe SSDs and supports RAID-0
The powerful hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the responsive display (WQHD, IPS, 165 Hz, 17.3 inch). The preinstalled Control Center allows you to adjust the performance development of the CPU and GPU.
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Tongfang GM7MG0R) review: Configurable gaming laptop with a WQHD display
The powerful hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 is able to bring all the current computer games smoothly to the responsive display (WQHD, IPS, 165 Hz, 17.3 inch). The preinstalled Control Center allows you to adjust the performance development of the CPU and GPU.
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD: Even more performance with Tiger Lake
When a manufacturer already uses one of the most powerful graphics cards in its laptops, a new CPU also needs to ensure a higher performance.
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD laptop review: 4K HDR meets RTX 3080
Not only does the Aero 17 HDR YD come with an HDR-capable 4K display, but it is also run by an Intel Core i9-11980HK. Our test will show what this can do in combination with the built-in RTX 3080.
Honor MagicBook 14 (2021): What does the Tiger Lake upgrade bring us?
This year's model upgrade of the MagicBook 14 uses Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs instead of AMD processors. However, we have to search for improvements with a magnifying glass.
Honor MagicBook 14 laptop review: i7 Tiger Lake at the same level as the Ryzen model
This year's update of the Honor MagicBook 14 brings Intel's Tiger Lake processors to the compact notebook. In our test configuration, we therefore compare Intel's Core i7-1165G7 with the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U that Honor used in last year's model.
Samsung Galaxy A52 4G: Even without 5G a good successor
Since the availability of 5G across Germany is still something we are waiting for, it definitely makes sense to invest in an LTE smartphone. According to our test, the Samsung Galaxy A52 4G would be a good choice.
Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone review: Significantly more affordable without 5G
Those who can live without 5G will be able to get the Samsung Galaxy A52 for about 70 Euros (~$85) less, depending on the configuration. While there is still an older SoC, the option to choose between two storage configurations continues to be available. Our test evaluates the capabilities of the more powerful of the two.
Lenovo V17-IIL: Low operating noise, low heat development, up to 36 GB RAM
With the V17-IIL, Lenovo delivers a work device for the desk. The 17.3-inch laptop scores with low noise and heat development and an IPS display.
Lenovo V17-IIL review: A quiet home office laptop with a good display
With the V17-IIL, Lenovo delivers a work device for desk usage. The 17.3-inch laptop scores with low operating noise, a low heat development, and a well-rounded IPS display. The unstable case prohibits mobile usage.
HP ProBook 440 G8: Solid office laptop with some potential for expansion
With the 8th generation of the HP ProBook 440 G8, Tiger Lake is now also introduced into this laptop series. However, the performance is still not more than satisfactory.
HP ProBook 440 G8 review: Robust office laptop with a Tiger Lake CPU
The HP ProBook 440 G8 offers simple business features and is targeted for mobile office users. Our test clarifies what the Tiger Lake CPU used here has to offer in everyday operation and what alternative configurations are available.
Asus ZenBook 13 Review - A compact 13-inch laptop with a fast Ryzen 7 5800U and OLED display
The ZenBook 13 from Asus is an ultra-compact 13-inch laptop with an excellent OLED display. Despite its small size, it doesn't lack performance, since with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, a native octa-core SoC runs the slim device. Our detailed review with numerous measurements and benchmarks examines what performance you can really expect and whether the OLED display can fulfill our expectations.
Although the Surface Laptop 4 15 offers increased performance, it still disappoints
Microsoft advertises the new Surface Laptop 4 very aggressively, also openly attacking Apple. However, after our test of the new Surface Laptop 4 15 we are rather disappointed overall, since we don't find much innovation here.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15 laptop review: New AMD processor and more endurance
Microsoft presents the 4th generation of the Surface laptop, again offering the larger 15-inch model also with a special AMD Ryzen processor besides the Intel CPUs. Otherwise nothing much has changed, and Microsoft continues to forgo modern connections such as Thunderbolt.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 G2: Affordable office laptop with Tiger Lake CPU
Lenovo offers numerous laptops that are suitable for office operation. With the second generation of the ThinkBook 15, there is now also an affordable Tiger Lake laptop.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Gen2 Laptop review: Affordable Tiger Lake laptop
With the ThinkBook 15, Lenovo already presented a solid work device one year ago. Now the second generation of the office laptops also wants to convince in everyday operation with many equipment options and Tiger Lake CPUs. Our review clarifies how well it succeeds in this.
HP ZBook Fury 17 G7: The mobile workstation convinces in the test with a lot of performance in a small space
HP has shrunk its workstations. But this goes only for the case and not the performance, which, as usual, turns out higher than that of the predecessor. The device comes in a case that is almost 30% more compact.
HP ZBook Fury 17 G7 review: A lot of power and a great 4K display in a more compact package
In its HP ZBook Fury 17 G7 mobile workstation, HP crammed more performance into a more compact case. The 119W5EA configuration delivers a lot of power in the test, and also convinces with a great 4K DreamColor display and numerous connections.
Lenovo Yoga Creator 7 15IHM05: Lightweight multimedia allrounder with a good battery life
The Lenovo Yoga Creator 7 offers a lot of computing power and a well-rounded equipment level. This is accompanied by a very good battery life and three-year warranty.
Lenovo Yoga Creator 7 15IMH05 review: Dolby Vision, very good battery life, and a three-year warranty
The slim and compact Lenovo Yoga Creator 7 offers a lot of computing performance and a well-rounded equipment level. This is accompanied by a very good battery life and a three-year warranty.
Acer Swift 5 SF514: Intel's Evo label ensures good laptops
The Acer Swift 5 SF514 is the newest laptop with Intel's Evo label in one of our tests. Not only does the label ensure that the Tiger Lake system performs well, but the rest of the features are also right.
Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T Laptop review: Slim allrounder on EVO basis
The Acer Swift 5 SF514 comes with Intel's EVO label and combines a Tiger Lake CPU with a slim design and good mobility. Our detailed review clarifies what buyers can expect from the 14-inch laptop.
Honor MagicBook Pro with AMD or Intel/Nvidia?
The MagicBook Pro offers a well-rounded level of equipment: a Core i5 processor, a GeForce MX350 GPU, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), an NVMe SSD, and a matte IPS display. All this is accompanied by a very good battery life.
Honor MagicBook Pro review: Compact 16.1-inch allrounder with a good battery life
The MagicBook Pro offers a well-rounded level of equipment: a Core i5 processor, a GeForce MX350 GPU, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), an NVMe SSD, and a matte IPS display. All this is accompanied by a very good battery life.
The Lenovo ThinkBook 15p has a great display but bad connections for a business allrounder
Of course Lenovo places the ThinkBook series below its ThinkPads, but as a business laptop, the ThinkBook 15p offers surprisingly few and aged connection options. At the same time, at around $1600 Euros (~$1910), the device isn't really cheap. But at least it also bests the ThinkBook with one feature.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p 4K laptop review: Multimedia allrounder with a great 4K display but weak connections
Lenovo has equipped its entry-level business series again with a Comet Lake processor, combining the CPU with a GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, and thus turning the device into a multimedia allrounder. With this, it now offers the same specs as the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3, but at a lower price. Our detailed test reveals any advantages the ThinkPad might still have or not have, compared to the ThinkBook.
Samsung Galaxy A02s: This is what you should know before buying it
An affordable entry into Samsung's Galaxy? While that sounds good, the Galaxy A02s cut some corners in many places - in so many that it is hardly acceptable anymore.
Samsung Galaxy A02s smartphone review – Korean smartphone with a WLAN problem
The current entry-level model from Samsung's Galaxy A series is the A02s. For barely 165 Euros (~$197), the manufacturer includes a triple camera system and a quite large battery. However, there are a lot of competitors, including other inhouse models, and there are also some really basic problems.
Garmin Enduro review: Garmin's newest smartwatch is currently also the most advanced
The Enduro is at eye level with the flagships of the Fenix series and even improves on some features: trail runners will profit from new and improved technologies, and endurance and extreme athletes from its particular suitability for GPS supported ultra activities. But this does not come cheap. Those who indulge in the smartwatch will probably have large ambitions.
Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1
In addition to replacing the battery, the usual maintenance tasks of a laptop also includes cleaning the fan - or fans in the case of models with a dual fan design. This was not an easy task in the ThinkPad laptops of the P series until now. But this is changing with the new Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 1.
Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 1 laptop review: Mobile workstation with a weak spot in the keyboard
After we tested the ThinkPad T15g with a GeForce GPU, we now take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 1 model. The entry-level version of the workstation fares well in terms of the performance, but it shows a surprising weakness in the input devices.
Testing the Samsung Galaxy S21+: The larger version of the Galaxy S21 with a more powerful battery
The 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S21+ is the middle model of the three Galaxy S21 flagships and combines the best of two worlds: With equipment very similar to the Galaxy S21, the size and battery are similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra top model.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ smartphone review: The Galaxy S21 in large
Samsung's Galaxy S21+ flagship smartphone offers all the equipment characteristics that also distinguish the excellent Galaxy S21. But the plus sign in the product label also means that you can expect even more here. And indeed, the Galaxy S21+ delivers: for an additional 200 Euros (~$242), you get a significantly larger display and a noticeably larger battery, among other things.
A delicate smartwatch with a striking display: Garmin Lily Sport review
Patterned displays, colorful cases, and slim watchbands: The Garmin Lily should be attractive to all those for whom the typical smartwatches are too large and dark. However, apparently GPS and NFC did not fit into the delicate case anymore. On the other hand, the software scores with the strengths that are typical for Garmin.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review: What can the affordable smartwatch do and what differentiates it from the more expensive Redmi Watch
Half the price, less equipment, and a square instead of a round design: In our test, the Lite version of the two current Xiaomi smartwatches shows a lot of good traits, but also some deficits that are due to its affordable price. Those who need some help deciding will also find information on the main differences to the more expensive Redmi Watch in our test.
The Huawei TalkBand B6 turns out to be a small jack-of-all-trades in our practical test.
Fitness bands are a dime a dozen. In its seventh year, the Huawei TalkBand B6 is nothing new anymore, but the combination of a fitness band and a headset is still rare and Huawei succeeds with it. The current version includes an SpO2 sensor for the first time. In our test, we evaluate its reliability and compare its fitness functions with those of Huawei's pure fitness wearables.
MSI Summit E15 - A challenger for the Dell XPS 15 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
The Summit E15 is supposed to make life difficult for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and Dell XPS 15 top dogs. To do this, MSI uses the most current technology: Tiger Lake, Turing, USB 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, and PCI Express 4.
MSI Summit E15 laptop review: Advance into the premium business segment
The Summit E15 is supposed to make life difficult for the established Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and Dell XPS 15 top dogs. To achieve this, MSI uses the most current technology: Tiger Lake, Turing, USB 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, PCI Express 4. Our test shows, whether this plan succeeds.
Long-term review: The Garmin fēnix 6 Pro is able to do (almost) anything, and it does it pretty well
The Garmin fēnix 6 Pro is the current iteration of the fēnix Pro series. The smartwatch combines a long battery life with a huge amount of functions. For this, the manufacturer asks for a relatively high price, but this is also quite justified.
Xiaomi Poco M3: An overview of the test results
Officially, the Xiaomi Poco M3 is available at a purchase price of only 150 Euros (~$181), which makes it one of the currently most affordable smartphones. Despite the mini budget, the 6.53-inch Android smartphone offers a lot of value. One of the main draws is the battery, which is very large, offering a capacity of 6000 mAh.
Xiaomi Poco M3 Smartphone Review: The 150-Euro smartphone
A smartphone for 150 Euros (~$181), can this work? In the case of the Xiaomi Poco M3, it works quite well. For this amount, you get a 6.53-inch Android 10 smartphone with an IPS display, a triple-camera setup, Snapdragon 662, and stereo sound. As a special bonus, you also get a huge 6000-mAh battery. The purchase price even includes a protective case and screen protector.
12-Watt GeForce MX450 beats the 25-Watt GeForce-MX350 - Testing the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG
Asus uses the most current technology in the ZenBook 14: A Tiger Lake processor, GeForce MX450 graphics core, 16 GB of working memory (quad-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 4. A 63-Wh battery ensures a good battery life.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG Review: A compact, mobile multimedia allrounder with an unnecessary touchscreen
In the ZenBook 14, Asus uses the current top technology: a Tiger Lake processor, GeForce MX450 graphics core, 16 GB of working memory (quad-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 4. A 63-Wh battery ensures a good battery life.
Courageous concept, but is the LG Wing niche smartphone simply too expensive?
The LG Wing is one of the most unusual smartphones of the year. The dual-display smartphone offers a very special smartphone concept that is unique until now.
LG Wing Smartphone Review - An ingenious dual-screen concept?
With the Wing model, LG takes a completely new look at smartphone operation. Instead of using a foldable OLED panel, the Korean manufacturer implements a second display below the main screen. Does this make sense, and is it a more robust alternative to a foldable smartphone such as the Galaxy Z Fold 2?
The Lenovo Legion 7 is equipped with a breathtaking 240-Hz display
The Lenovo Legion 7 is an extremely powerful gaming laptop with a 240-Hz display, an Intel Core i9-10980HK, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Lenovo Legion 7 15IMH05 (Legion 7i) Laptop Review: Top performance and display
With a GeForce RTX 2080 Super, an Intel Core i9-10980HK, and a 240-Hz display, the Legion 7 is clearly targeted toward gamers that don't want to make any compromises in terms of performance even on the road. We find out in our test, whether the compact 15-inch laptop is able to control the heat development.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite: Overview of the test results
With its official starting price of 280 Euros (~$343), the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite belongs to the most affordable 5G smartphones. The rest of the equipment is also impressive, such as the IPS display with 120 Hz and the fast Snapdragon 750G.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G Smartphone Review: 5G and 120-Hz display at a budget price
While there are many 5G smartphones, there are hardly any as affordable as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite. Yet, the manufacturer still did not cut any corners in terms of the important features, and the 6.67-inch midrange Android smartphone includes a 120-Hz display and a battery that lasts for a very long time.
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Detailed Hands-On Review: Elite of VR headsets, but still not problem free
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is practically the VR flagship of the manufacturer. At this point, you can purchase it for slightly less than 950 Euros (~$1147; $899 in the US). Just like the first Vive, it uses external Lighthouse tracking, which works significantly more accurately than the inside-out headsets, which are wireless and easier to move around in. As a VR newcomer, I am stepping into fantastical as well as virtually recreated worlds to evaluate what the future has in store in terms of immersion and what still needs some improvements.
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Review: Apple M1 CPU humbles Intel and AMD
The new entry into Apple's notebook world comes with its new in-house M1 ARM processor in the established case. Find out in our extensive review how the new entry-level release turns out and whether Apple also has to struggle with software compatibility like the Windows-on-ARM devices.
Huawei remains far behind its competitors: Kirin 710A not competitive in the test
With its first Chinese-manufactured SoC, Huawei did not prove to be competitive - at least not in the price range targeted by the Chinese manufacturer. Even the 230 Euros (~$275) recommended retail price for the P Smart 2021 are much too high for what you get. The potential of the chipset corresponds more to the current entry-level smartphones, and this dilemma may not change in the foreseeable future...
Huawei P Smart 2021 Smartphone Review - Is Huawei's first "home-made" SoC any good?
With the Kirin 710A, Huawei has moved the chip production for its smartphones into its homeland China, in order to free itself from the dependency on the USA. However, just this "milestone" also reveals Huawei's dilemma.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 LTE: Overview of the Test Results
Officially, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 LTE only costs 290 Euros ($345; $290 in the US) and convinces with good equipment and performance despite being so affordable. Find out the most important information on the strengths and weaknesses of the 10.4-inch tablet in our overview of the test.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 LTE Tablet Review: One of the best tablets for less than 300 Euros (~$356)
Anyone can offer an expensive tablet, but only few manufacturers offer affordable tablets with good equipment and performance. The stage belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 LTE, since it is distinguished by exactly those virtues, and at 290 Euros (~$345; ~$290 in the US), it is one of the best tablets in its price class.
A second look at the Vermeer - AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Review
After the new Vermeer processors, alias Ryzen 5000, were officially introduced on 10/8/2020, the expectations were high. In a first test of the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, these expectations were exceeded. In a second step, we will now look in more detail at the new flagship, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, and the entry-level model, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X.
A real wolf in sheep's clothing: With the XMG Neo 17 (2020), Schenker delivers powerful hardware in a moderate exterior with a mechanical keyboard
The Neo 17 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the responsive 17.3-inch screen (FHD, IPS, 240 Hz). The level of the hardware is right: a mechanical keyboard, 32 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), an NVMe SSD (1 TB), and a Thunderbolt 3 connection are included.
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (2020, Tongfang GM7MPHS) Review: Overboost unleashes the Core-i7 processor
The Neo 17 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the very responsive 17.3-inch screen (FHD, IPS, 240 Hz). The level of equipment is also right: a mechanical keyboard, 32 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), an NVMe SSD (1 TB), and a Thunderbolt 3 connection are onboard. However, the battery life does not inspire enthusiasm.
Does the Redmi 9A reveal too many compromises in the test compared to the Redmi Note 9?!
It can hardly be more affordable than a Redmi 9A. However, you have to accept some compromises when purchasing the low-budget smartphone. Perhaps too many compared to the Redmi 9 or Redmi Note 9 sibling models …
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Smartphone Review: 99 Euro smartphone with long battery life and real dual SIM
There is almost nothing more affordable than a Redmi 9A when purchasing a smartphone. The Xiaomi smartphone with MiUI 12 is already available for significantly less than 100 Euros (~$118). Find out in our review of the Redmi smartphone whether the low price also requires too many compromises.
Google Pixel 5: An overview of the test results
At 630 Euros (~$747), the costs for the Google Pixel 5 are relatively low for a flagship smartphone. There is only one hitch: the Pixel 5 is only 6 inches and uses mid-range hardware. However, as our test shows, the overall package is still right.
Google Pixel 5 smartphone review: Powerful mid-range with Android 11
The Pixel 5 is the new smartphone flagship from Google, and it turned out extremely compact at 6 inches. In addition, the Android 11 phone is not equipped with a high-end SoC but only with a mid-range processor. However, as our test shows, things work out well in the end.
Smartwatch Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS with Snapdragon Wear 4100 Review: Dual display and a large battery ensure a better battery life
With its display technology and powerful battery of an almost 600-mAh capacity, Mobvoi mainly wants to improve the weak battery life that is typical for WearOS – and it succeeds. The fact that the smartwatch uses "GPS" in its name, even though many wearables record routes at this point, is also justified: with GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is positioned very well.
Processor and graphics core of the Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 are able to run at constant full power
Despite the hardware from the gaming entry-level, you don't have to worry about the performance. The Legion 5 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the matte screen (Full HD, IPS). However, the highlight of the laptop is the excellent battery life.
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH Laptop Review: The battery just won't die
Despite the hardware from the gaming entry-level segment, you don't have to worry about the performance. The Legion 5i brings all the current computer games smoothly to the matte screen (Full-HD, IPS). The highlight of the laptop is the outstanding battery life.
Poco X3: Not a smartphone for everyone despite the top equipment
With the Poco X3, Xiaomi presents a small price-performance wonder for less than 230 Euros (~$272). The smartphone presents itself very complete and even offers modern equipment features such as a 120-Hz display and a Snapdragon 732G. However, it still has its weaknesses.
Poco X3 NFC smartphone - Equipment champion in the mid-range
With the Poco X3, Xiaomi showers us with specs: a 120-Hz display, a Snapdragon 732G, up to 128 GB of UFS storage, a huge battery, and all that for less than 230 Euros (~$272). So why spend more?!
Hardly any smartphone can offer a longer battery life than the Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung's large Galaxy M51 mid-range phone brings a huge battery but otherwise presents itself a bit stuffy. We tested for whom it still might be worthwhile, and here is an overview of our results.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Smartphone Review – Large in the mid-range
The Samsung Galaxy M51 is a large mid-range smartphone with a huge 7000-mAh battery. Interestingly, it still does not appear too bulky. So is this a hot tip for those who like a long battery life?
The Mediatek Dimensity 820 in the Redmi 10X 5G outclasses the competitors
As the first smartphone ever, the Redmi 10X 5G uses the new Mediatek Dimensity 820. In our test, this selection turns out to be a quite good choice. In the benchmarks, the Redmi 10X in parts outclasses the smartphone competitors, and the Taiwanese manufacturer also improved the efficiency.
Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G Smartphone Review - Faster than a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra?
The Redmi 10X is an affordable mid-range smartphone that scores with a beautiful AMOLED panel and the fast MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor. We were positively surprised by the reliable speed of the optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which is excellent for this price range and whose response isn't really any slower than the ultra-sound solution in the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones.
The Ryzen 7 in the Schenker XMG Core 15 budget gamer brings the satisfying moments
We just completed our test on the new Schenker XMG Core 15. In the budget gaming laptop, we are particularly convinced by the new Zen-2 processor, while the RTX 2060 shows some slight weakness. But it is still surprising what powerful hardware can be found in a laptop below 1500 Euros (~$1745) at this point.
Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5NR0O) Laptop Review: AMD gamer with a good price-performance ratio
The configuration we tested costs less than 1500 Euros (~$1745) and is equipped with a powerful Ryzen 7 4800H, an Nvidia RTX 2060, a good IPS display, and a fast SSD. So what's the catch? There really isn't one, even though the XMG Core 15 is far from doing everything right. Particularly the powerful Ryzen improves our subjective impression. All the strengths and weaknesses of the Schenker in the Tongfang case are described in our detailed review.
15.6-inch Convertible With Pen Support: The HP Envy x360 15 (2020)
The Envy offers a Ryzen 5-4500U APU, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and an NVMe SSD. In addition, there is a very good battery life. Not only can the touchscreen be operated with finger input, but also with an input pen that is available separately.
HP Envy x360 15 (2020) Review: Ryzen 5 with bad performance utilization
The Envy offers a Ryzen 5 4500U APU, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and an NVMe SSD. In addition, there is a very good battery life. Not only can the touchscreen be operated with finger input but also with an input pen that is available separately.
Is the Redmi Note 9 the perfect entry-level smartphone?
In our test, the affordable 150-Euro (~$178) Redmi Note 9 hardly gives any reason for complaint worth mention, considering the price of the affordable mid-range smartphone. However, there is one issue you should consider before buying...
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Smartphone Review - The better Redmi 9 with a 64-MP quad cam
On paper, the Redmi Note 9 is a slightly improved version of its Redmi 9 sibling. However, these small improvements in the spec sheet manifest in noticeable differences in everyday operation. Find out below how the Xiaomi smartphone fares in our test.
The Asus VivoBook 17 F712FA only has a weak battery
The VivoBook scores with a Core-i5 processor, 8 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and an NMVe SSD, but Asus did some cost-cutting with the battery. Update: Beginning October, the VivoBook is also available with a bigger 47 Wh battery.
Asus VivoBook 17 F712FA Review: Lackluster 17.3-inch laptop for home
The VivoBook scores with a Core i5 processor, 8 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and an NVMe SSD. Asus did some cost-cutting in terms of the battery, which only offers a capacity of 32 Wh.
Nexoc GH7: Maintenance friendly with Clevo barebone
Slimmer and more compact notebooks increase a trend that makes it harder or even impossible for users to perform maintenance tasks on their own device. However, those who don't appreciate this can still find laptops such as the Nexoc GH7 in the market.
Nexoc GH7 (Clevo NH77DCQ) Review: Gaming laptop with a replaceable battery
Due to its rather classic build, the GH7 from Nexoc, which is based on a Clevo barebone, offers a lot of space for maintenance options. While the cooling system is also able to keep up well with the GTX 1660 Ti that is used here, it might become a bottleneck with the more powerful GPU options. Our review will clarify what else buyers can expect.
Acer Spin 5 SP513 Laptop Review: Sensibly Optimized and Balanced 13-Inch Convertible
With the new Acer Spin 5 SP513, the manufacturer optimizes the 13.5-inch model of the versatile convertible. With Intel Ice Lake, the hardware has improved considerably and there are additional improvements. So has Acer created a convincing overall package here, or are there still some old or even new weaknesses? In addition, the Intel convertible also has to compete with a new AMD heavyweight.
The LG Gram 17 is able to run almost silently
With the Gram 17 17Z90N, LG delivers a feather-light 17-inch laptop that offers a display in the 16:10 format. The rest of the equipment is also right: Ice Lake processor, NVMe SSD, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 3. All this is accompanied by outstanding battery life.
LG Gram 17 17Z90N Review: A light and mobile 17-inch laptop with a 16:10 display
With the Gram 17 17Z90N, LG delivers a feather-light 17-inch laptop that offers a display in the 16:10 format. The rest of the equipment is also fitting: Ice Lake processor, NVMe SSD, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 3. All this is accompanied by outstanding battery life.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17: A Large Gamer with the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
It has been a long time that notebook gamers had to use fat gaming giants. Thanks to refined cooling concepts and hardware that has shrunk significantly, slim laptops can also offer outstanding performance.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 Laptop Review: Slim Gigantic Gaming Notebook with 300-Hz Panel
Asus wants to combine those characteristics in the Zephyrus S17. With Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super in the Max-Q design and a powerful Intel Core i7-10875H, the basic requirements are fulfilled, and using various tricks, sufficient cooling is supposed to be ensured. Our review clarifies whether this concept also really works in practice.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020): Do we really need two Fire HD 8 versions?
In addition to the update of the Fire HD 8, Amazon is also bringing a Plus version of the affordable Android tablet to the market. However, the low price difference leads us to the question: why?
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus 2020 Tablet Review: More RAM and QI Standard
After our extensive test of the Fire HD 8 (2020), we are now taking a look at the Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) to find out whether 3 GB of working memory is actually much better than 2 GB. But the real value is added by the QI compatibility, which again increases the price-performance ratio significantly.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite & Mi Note 10 Lite: Xiaomi is the master of displays for mid-range smartphones
Our test of the Mi 10 Lite reveals a good trend in the smartphone mid-range: The OLED displays used in the mid-range price segment are at a very good level at this point. A while ago (in the 60-Hz era), the AMOLED panel of the Mi 10 Lite could have passed also as a flagship panel.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G Smartphone Review: 300-Euro Price-Performance Champion
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite allows entry into the 5G world for less than 300 Euros (~$355). In addition, the affordable Xiaomi smartphone offers some very powerful equipment combined with an AMOLED panel. Find out in our review of the Xiaomi smartphone whether the Mi 10 Lite also has some weaknesses.
Oppo's Efforts in the Mid-Range are More Promising than in the Premium Segment
Close to its recommended purchase price, we did not find the price-performance ratio of the Oppo Find X2 Neo attractive, but things are a bit different with the affordable A72 mid-range smartphone. In our test, the Oppo A72 scores with very good equipment and a very long battery life.
Oppo A72 Smartphone Review - The affordable Oppo smartphone turns out an endurance champion
A modern design. A lot of equipment. A high-resolution camera. Stereo speakers. With the A72 model, Oppo releases an attractive offering on paper. Find out in our test of the Oppo A72 whether purchasing the affordable mid-range smartphone is worth it.
P40 Lite 5G: Huawei follows through
Despite the forced lack of Google Services, not only does Huawei deliver top smartphones but also devices with a very good price-performance ratio. The latter devices include the P40 Lite 5G smartphone that is available for 400 Euros (~$469).
Huawei P40 Lite 5G Smartphone Review: 5G for 400 Euros (~$469)
With the P40 Lite 5G, Huawei introduces something more than only another sprout of the P40 Lite into the market. The "5G" designation only marks one of the novelties. Our test will show what else distinguishes the P40 Lite 5G from its sibling models.
Samsung Galaxy M31 - The price bargain convinces in the test
The Galaxy M31 is affordable and offers a large battery as well as a bright display. We took a closer look at the device and summarize our test results for you here.
Samsung Galaxy M31 Smartphone Review – Average with some highlights
While the Samsung Galaxy M31 is not available everywhere, it is an interesting mid-range alternative with its huge battery and four-camera system. However, since you have to live with a small amount of storage, is the smartphone still worth it?
MSI Creator 17: A great display in a weak case
With the Creator 17, MSI has introduced a powerful high-end notebook that uses a Mini LED display. However, in contrast to the display, the case does not do justice to its premium price.
MSI Creator 17 A10SGS Laptop Review: Winning with a Mini LED
In contrast to the similarly equipped GS75, the Creator 17 is targeted towards creative professionals as the name already tells us. However, its most unique feature is not the target group, but the brand-new Mini LED display with HDR support. Is it worth the high price, or is the technology just smoke and mirrors?
Fujitsu Lifebook U939: An ultra-light business laptop
Even if there were already some discrete updates to the case, the Fujitsu Lifebook U939 remains a notebook of the old school. However, there is still some room for improvement, and in one place, we would even wish for a step back.
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 Laptop Review: A compact business notebook with LTE
With a weight of less than one kilogram (<2.2 lb), the LTE-capable notebook for business users is worth a more detailed look. Our test will show whether the Fujitsu Lifebook U939 is not only light but also able to deliver some performance.
Fujitsu Lifebook U939X: A touchscreen should look like that!
Regardless how well or badly the manufacturers of tablets and convertibles design their screens, most of them keep the glass surface, which is very reflective and not always suitable in everyday usage.
Fujitsu Lifebook U939X Review: A business convertible with a lot of functionalities
While the Fujitsu Lifebook U939X is clearly targeted towards business customers, it also brings many characteristics that might drive private users towards a purchase. Our review will clarify all the details.
Samsung Galaxy A41: A lot of equipment at a small price
The Galaxy A41 is the youngest representative of the Galaxy A series from Samsung and has a reputation to protect. Until now, smartphones from this family were able to convince with their good price-performance ratio. As our test shows, the Galaxy A41 makes no mistakes either. The 6.1-inch mid-range smartphone offers a lot of value at a price of 299 Euros (~$335).
Samsung Galaxy A41 Smartphone Review: Affordable despite its Super AMOLED display
With its Galaxy A series, Samsung has made a name for itself by offering affordable but well-equipped smartphones. Correspondingly, the expectations on its newest product of the series, the Galaxy A41 mid-range smartphone, are high. With its 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display, an octa-core SoC, and a 48-MP triple camera, the smartphone brings some good prerequisites.
Moto 360 Gen 3 Review: Great smartwatch with a known shortcoming
In regard to the shortcoming, we are not talking about the "flat tire" issue here, the conspicuous bezel at the bottom of the previous-generation smartwatch. In 2014, the Moto 360 was the first watch that used Google's Android Wear smartwatch operating system, now called WearOS. As is well known, this still has one weakness: short battery life. Almost five years after the single known update in 2015, the hardware has also now received several improvements.
Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker Review: Twice as expensive as the Huawei Band 4 Pro and also twice as good?
The Fitbit Charge 4 is a new activity tracker that replaces the Charge 3 predecessor. While the monochrome display remained, GPS and the SpO2 measurements are new. In the meantime, Huawei has also enabled the latter in the Band 4 Pro, which is significantly more affordable in comparison. Is the additional cost of the Charge 4 worth it?
Huawei P smart Pro Smartphone Review - The most unnecessary smartphone in 2020
The Huawei P smart Pro is the spitting image of a Huawei smartphone from last year. But not only that - Honor also introduced already another model to the market that strongly resembles the P smart Pro. Find out in our review of the P smart Pro how well the mid-range smartphone with a pop-up camera fares in our test and whether it is still worth buying.
Huawei P Smart 2020: Can a smartphone with a single camera still keep up?
The Huawei P Smart 2020 only brings a single camera lens, and with Android 9, the operating system is also not current anymore. Is the makeshift update of the smartphone still interesting?
Huawei P Smart 2020 Smartphone Review - Comfortable and stale
The Huawei P Smart 2020 comes with Google Services and looks very similar to its predecessor. While it received some new colors and slightly more storage, are the few small changes sufficient enough to keep the affordable smartphone current?
Xiaomi Mi 10: Without good software, a lot of megapixels won't help
Xiaomi advances into new megapixel spheres with its Mi models. But the manufacturer forgets an important point for good smartphone photos: the software.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Smartphone Review: More Megapixels
Manufacturers like to advertise their devices with big numbers, and Xiaomi is no exception here. So by just mentioning a 108-MP sensor, the camera is guaranteed to draw some attention. In our test, it finally has to prove whether more megapixels really make a better image.
Dark, Poor Contrast, Unstable Viewing Angles - The display of the HP 17 disappoints
On the positive side, the HP 17-by2437ng offers a Core-i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. In addition, the notebook belongs to a dying breed that still has an optical drive on board. A Windows operating system is not included.
HP 17 Laptop Review: A simple office notebook with a DVD burner
On the positive side, the HP 17 offers a Core-i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. In addition, the notebook belongs to a dying breed that still has an optical drive on board. A Windows operating system is not included.
Honor 9X Pro: No Google, no problem?
The Honor 9X Pro is once again equipped with hardware that is more than competitive. In combination with the rest of the equipment, the smartphone would be an absolute hit for 250 Euros (~$271), if it wasn't for the lack of Google Services.
Honor 9X Pro Smartphone Review: With a popup cam against the notch
As a subsidiary of the Huawei corporation, Honor must also limit itself to an operating system without Google Services. While this initially works well with EMUI 9.1.1 based on Android 9, some limitations will show up in the details. Our review shows what you can expect.
MSI GS66: Quite loud for a Stealth notebook
Visually, the MSI GS66 Stealth offers a very subdued and tasteful impression. But as soon as you turn on the device, the fans quickly make themselves heard.
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS Laptop Review: Visually subdued, acoustically conspicuous
While the GS65 had some difficulties against the competitors in many regards, MSI presents a completely updated successor with the GS66. Find out in our detailed review what has changed for the better.
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB: Versatile High-End Notebook
With the HDR version of the Aero 17, Gigabyte wants to please not only gamers, but also content creators and multimedia fans. The built-in display puts most of the competitors to shame.
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB Laptop Review: Super Max-Q at the Start
While the Aero 17 HDR corresponds to its predecessor externally, a lot has happened under the hood. In addition to the new CPU, the 17-inch gaming laptop also offers an updated GPU. Find out here how well these fresh components can work with one another.
Huawei P40 Lite: Provision of apps ensured despite the lack of Google Play Store
Due to the trade war with the USA, like all the new Huawei smartphones, the Huawei P40 Lite has to make do without the Google Services despite its Android 10. However, the manufacturer is trying to close this gap in-house - with an alternative app store and a special app search.
Oppo presents the Find X2 Lite with 5G and a 32 MP selfie camera
The new Oppo Find X2 Lite is presented on the official Oppo Potugal website. The main features of the smartphone are a Snapdragon 765G, of course with 5G support, a fingerprint sensor integrated in the display and a 6.4-inch AMOLED display. In terms of storage, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage are available.
Huawei P40 Lite Smartphone Review: Good even without Google Services
The Huawei P40 Lite is the most affordable smartphone in the new P40 lineup. With its 6.4-inch display, the octa-core Kirin 810 SoC, 128 GB of storage, and a 48-MP four-camera system, it competes in the fiercely contested mid-range segment. Only one thing is lacking: There is no Google Play and no other Google Services. Our test shows how well the P40 Lite fares despite this lack.
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Google keeps its smartphones interesting
With its regular software updates, Google not only brings the Android security patches to its smartphones, but their functionality is also expanded. This keeps even older devices interesting for a longer period of time.
Google Pixel 4 XL Smartphone Review: Longer battery life thanks to a larger battery
Google offers the Pixel 4 also in an XL version, whose size allows for a more powerful battery. Not only is the battery capacity sufficient to run the larger display, but it also improves on the overall endurance of the smartphone.
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super WTF Edition Review: With powerful triple-fan cooling
Untypically for KFA2, the price of the GeForce RTX 2070 Super WTF ranges more toward the top end. But for this you do not get just a simple stock graphics card. The large triple-fan cooling unit looks huge and is also very powerful. We can already say this much, and thanks to some flashy RGB there is also something to behold for the eyes.
Acer ConceptD 5 17 inch: Good is not good enough
Acer's ConceptD 5 mid-range notebook for creative professionals is a rarity with its 17 inches. With an i7-9750H and the GeForce RTX 2060 it is positioned well. The matte display with its 100% sRGB coverage and high AdobeRGB percentage also does not need to hide. Yet, this is not enough for top of the class.
Acer Aspire 5 Review: Casual gaming notebook with an upgrade kit
At an affordable price, Acer's Aspire 5 A515-54G brings solid gaming performance and a brand new Comet Lake processor to your desk at home. Yet we hardly found any reason to complain in terms of the performance or the screen.
Acer ConceptD 5 17 inch Review: Creativity in large format
Acer's 17-inch notebook is almost a workstation, and it is well-positioned with its i7-9750H and GeForce RTX 2060. The matte display also does not need to hide with its 100% sRGB coverage and a high AdobeRGB percentage.
Oppo Find X2 Pro Smartphone Review - The burden of an astronomical price
While the Find X2 Pro integrates a modern design and the most current hardware, Oppo is asking a hefty price for its high-end smartphone. Find out in our review of the Oppo Find X2 Pro how the Oppo smartphone fares in the comparison with the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Honor MagicWatch 2 Smartwatch Review: The Huawei clone convinces with graphical fitness charts
The concept of cloning technology, which is usually practiced by Honor and Huawei with their smartphones, also works with smartwatches: Aside from some visual details, the Honor MagicWatch 2 is a clone of the Watch GT 2 from the parent company Huawei. It looks just as elegant and is just as good, and it is more affordable.
Huawei Band 4 and Band 4e Review – Using them together also makes sense
While the Huawei Band 4 is the focus of our test, we are also taking a look at the Band 4e in parallel. While the smaller fitness tracker offers significantly less capabilities, it has one cool, extraordinary feature.
Good Price-Performance Ratio: Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5CP6V)
The demand for compact gaming laptops is increasing. With the XMG Core 15, Schenker is offering a suitable 15-inch notebook that is able to convince, besides having a few weaknesses.
Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5CP6V) Laptop Review: Budget Gamer
The XMG Core 15 from Schenker Technologies is a comparatively light and compact gaming notebook that is available with good equipment for less than 1500 Euros (~$1637). Find out in our test, how the 15-inch notebook fares against the competitors.
HP Notebook 15s: And the fan is annoying again
In terms of optimization, HP still has some work to do with its Ice Lake based notebooks. In our tests, the fan control is either annoying, or ensures a weak performance.
HP Notebook 15s Laptop Review: With Ice Lake CPU and Slim Design
At first glance, the HP 15s offers a decent impression and shows the strengths and weaknesses corresponding to its price class. But first, the user will have to turn off the fan, which is a bit too eager, and there are some small glitches in the graphics. Our review shows what else the 15s-fq1556ng has to offer.
Testing the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE from Mobvoi
Finally Mobvoi has also released the 4G/LTE model of the TicWatch Pro in Germany. The smartwatch is connected to the mobile network via eSIM even without a smartphone, so you can directly call or get messages using the smartwatch. We ran a brief test on this smartwatch.
Improved Honor Clone: The Huawei Nova 5T has less weaknesses than the Honor 20
A first glance at the two smartphones and another at the specs shows that the Huawei Nova 5T is based on the Honor 20. However, as we found out in our test, there are also some important differences!
Huawei Nova 5T Smartphone Review – Honor Clone With Improvements
Honor smartphones originally were profitable sprouts of some Huawei models that were not much older. At least, this was the case before the subsidiary began to strengthen its own identity and move ahead, as for example when it was first to introduce a the 48-MP camera in the Honor V20. But the Nova 5T from Huawei is really an Honor 20. In this way, Huawei can still use the Google services, since the Honor 20 was introduced to the market before the deadline in the USA.
Intel Core i9-9900KS with 5 GHz All-Core-Boost Review
AMD has put a lot of pressure on Intel in the desktop segment. In order to avoid abandoning the market to the competitor completely, the Intel Core i9-9900K has now been updated as the 9900KS. Intel advertises a stable 5 GHz on all cores in Turbo under load. We evaluate in detail whether this is also true in practical operation, since AMD had some problems with its Ryzen 3000 series to achieve the specified clock speeds in some cases.
The Aorus 17 YA is able to use Intel's Core i9-9980HK to the full extent
Due to the enormous size of the Aorus 17 YA, there is sufficient space for a cooling system that is able to skillfully master the built-in hardware. However, this also leads to other disadvantages that you should know before buying.
Aorus 17 YA Gaming Laptop Review: Extreme performance, extreme noise
It is large, it is loud, and it is heavy. Surely the Aorus 17 is not meant for those who like delicate laptops that operate silently. Instead, it offers a lot of performance for gaming fans, and is targeted towards all those who are not afraid of massive notebooks. We find out in our test, what exactly the new Aorus 17 YA has to offer.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch Review
Not only does the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 bring digital functions to the wrist, but Samsung has also digitalized the bezel in its elegant smartwatch. This brings a new spark into the operation of the smartwatch. With a heart rate sensor and its own GPS on board, the wearable is also ready for use while engaging in sports activities.
Redmi Note 8 Smartphone Camera Review: With the Pro, the Note 8 finds its master ...
We analyze and compare the camera quality of the two Redmi smartphones. Find out in our camera comparison of the Xiaomi smartphones, whether the more expensive Redmi Note 8 Pro is always able to shoot the better photos, or whether perhaps the Note 8 can surprise us. To give you a teaser: it can!
The practical use of the Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T turns out to be limited
The slim and light Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T scores with an IPS touchscreen display, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode) and silent operation. This is accompanied by a good battery life and two Thunderbolt-3 ports. For the whole package, you have to put almost 2000 Euros (~$2226) on the table.
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T Review: Slim and light subnotebook for a fat wallet
With the Swift 7, Aces has added a feather-light and ultra-slim 14-inch notebook to its offerings. The device scores with an IPS touchscreen display, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and silent operation. This is accompanied by a good battery life and two Thunderbolt-3 slots. For the whole package, you have to put almost 2000 Euros (~$2226; $1700 in the US) on the table.
Galaxy Tab S6: Samsung's new tablet flagship for the first time with a dual camera
As a current flagship tablet, the Samsung Galaxy S6 gets only the best hardware. This includes the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC as well as at least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space. As the first tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 also offers a dual camera with a 13 MP resolution.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Tablet Review: Top technology at a premium price
For Samsung's new tablet flagship, the best is just good enough: As with the first Samsung tablet, the 10.5-inch Android device is equipped with a dual camera and is run by the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC and at least 6 GB of RAM. The Samsung S Pen is also always included.
GRID (2019) Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Following F1 2019 and Dirt Rally 2.0, GRID is the third Codemasters racing game that we take for a benchmark check this year. Find out here whether the demands on the system turn out rather low, medium, or high.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
While in terms of its content, Ghost Recon Breakpoint is gathering reviews that are rather critical, the technology of this tactical shooter turns out to be quite impressive. Using several notebooks and desktop PCs, we tested which graphics card is needed for what settings.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW Review: With a fast 240-Hz display
In the third generation of the ROG Strix Scar, Asus again bets on a lot of RGB illumination. However, what is under the hood is much more important. We have already tested a similar model based on an Intel Core i9, and now we are looking at the slightly more affordable ROG Strix Scar with the Core i7. Find out in this review whether this is the more sensible alternative.
Lenovos ThinkPad L580 is a good office notebook
With the ThinkPad L580, Lenovo offers an affordable office notebook that is mainly able to convince with its keyboard. While you look for any more highlights in vain, the 15.6-inch notebook does not commit any real blunders either.
Lenovo ThinkPad L580 Laptop Review: Reliable office notebook with a good keyboard
Those who are looking for an affordable laptop for the office will invariably encounter Lenovo's L series. We are testing the 15.6-inch L580 that is able to convince particularly with its good input devices.
Currently testing: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 15-inch - A great all-rounder with one weakness
The 15-inch variant of the IdeaPad S540 from Lenovo is new in our test. The all-rounder and entry-level gaming notebook arrives in a high-quality aluminum case and is able to convince in many areas, such as the display. Unfortunately, it also suffers from a significant weakness, which could have been avoided.
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL Review: A great all-rounder with only one real weakness
The 15-inch all-rounder brings a GTX 1650 Max-Q in an elegant, slim aluminum case and is able to draw some attention with many positive values in the test. These include the bright, high-contrast display and the fast SSD, for example. However, it also shows a significant weakness.
Dell XPS 15 7590 Laptop Review: Is the base model with Core i5 and FHD panel sufficient?
Dell is one of the few manufacturers that also offers its 15-inch premium notebook without a dedicated graphics card. Is the version with the integrated GPU perhaps even the better choice if you don't want to use your laptop for gaming?
Lenovo ThinkPad T495s Review: The AMD business laptop is good, but the fan is annoying
The ThinkPad T495s with the Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U is a serious alternative to the Intel-based T490s. The price in particular makes the device very interesting, since there are not many compromises compared to the Intel model.
Lenovo V155 Review: Budget laptop turns out as a storage giant
Lenovo advertises the V155 as a productivity platform for businesses. But a first glance at the notebook shows that buyers are looking at a device in one of the lower price ranges. Apart from this impression, our test reveals the real performance of the V155.
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-17IRH Review: The well-rounded mid-range gaming notebook is unable to reach its full performance potential
Thanks to the Core i5-9300H processor and the GeForce GTX-1650 graphics core, the IdeaPad is able to bring all the current computer games smoothly to the matte 17.3-inch display (FHD, IPS). They are accompanied by a NVMe SSD, 16 GB of working memory, and a good battery life. Unfortunately, the working memory is only able to run in single-channel mode.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Review: The WQHD HDR panel convinces in the test, but makes only limited sense in an office laptop
Like the ThinkPad X1 Extreme before it, the 14-inch ThinkPad T490 also gets a higher resolution WQHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB color-space coverage. The excellent image quality is countered by a reflective display surface and increased power consumption.
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA Review: The elegant subnotebook offers a lot of endurance
Asus has equipped the VivoBook 14 with a 72-Wh battery that ensures an excellent battery life. The rest of the equipment is also right: a Core-i5 processor, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), an SSD, and a matte IPS display. A Windows operating system is not included.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Smartphone Review – The price-performance king again!
The Xiaomi Mi A3 again aims to offer a lot of mid-range features for little money. However, actually we are not only seeing improvements compared to the predecessor. Find out in our test whether the 2019 model is still worth it.
Dell Latitude 5500 Review: A business laptop with many options
Buyers of the Latitude 5500 have the choice among numerous equipment configurations that offer suitable elements for almost any demand in the business sector. In addition to various security features, there is optional LTE, as well as support for the coming Wi-Fi 6 standard. Our test shows what else buyers of the business notebook from Dell can expect.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 Laptop Review: Slim workstation with stronger GPU and weaker CPU
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.
Schenker Key 16 (Clevo P960EN-K) Review: The slim notebook pleases with a lot of computing power
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.
Gigabyte Aero 15 XA Laptop Review: With OLED panel and 4K in a new design
While Gigabyte has discreetly changed the design of its Aero notebooks, it remains true to its previous line. With the Aero 15 OLED XA, buyers are greeted by a slim and powerful notebook with many connections. We find out in our test what performance exactly you can expect.
Wiko View 3 Review: The affordable smartphone turns out as an endurance champion
According to Wiko, the View 3 is the first smartphone with a triple camera in the price range below 200 Euros (~$223). Find out in our review of the Wiko smartphone whether the endurance champion of the View 3 series deserves a recommendation.
Samsung Galaxy A20e Review: Top equipment at a budget price
Spending a lot of money for a smartphone? It doesn't have to be like that, Samsung says, presenting its affordable entry-level Galaxy A20e for 179 Euros (~$199). It is able to score with astonishingly comprehensive equipment, offering an octa-core SoC, a dual camera, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, dual SIM, and VoLTE, among other things.
Samsung Galaxy A80 Smartphone Review – A winner with a rotating camera?
650 Euros (~$730) is a lot of money. With the Galaxy A80, Samsung delivers a high-end smartphone with a rotating camera and a front without a notch for this amount. Let's see whether the A80 offers sufficient value for the high price.
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 144-Hz Display) Tongfang GK7CP6R Laptop Review
The hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 brings all the current games smoothly to the matte 17.3-inch screen (144 Hz, FHD, IPS). This notebook can be configured very individually. For example, it offers space for up to three storage units (2x M.2-2280, 1x 2.5 in) and can handle up to 64 GB of working memory. In addition, the BIOS allows undervolting of the CPU and iGPU. While the notebook does not show any huge weaknesses, we could complain about the lack of a Thunderbolt-3 port.
ZTE Blade V10 Vita: Short review of the low-radiation smartphone
The smaller sibling of the Blade V10 is priced significantly below 180 Euros (~$203), offers a large display, good storage equipment, and the current Android 9.0 Pie, but makes some compromises in terms of the camera.
HP Envy x360 13 Convertible Review: Display highlight with AMD Ryzen support
The HP Envy x360 uses an AMD processor and at the same time has to struggle with the known prejudices against bad displays. However, we can quickly discard this argument, since not only does the 13.3-inch display offer an excellent brightness at 675 cd/m², but it also offers 120 Hz. Find out in our detailed review whether the performance of the SoC is able to stand up to Intel.
Nokia 4.2 Review: An affordable smartphone with a Google Assistant button
The Nokia 4.2 follows the current design trend with small bezels and a small notch. Added are an affordable price and the current Android Pie. In our review, we evaluate what else buyers of the smartphone with a dedicated Assistant key can expect.
Motorola One Vision Review: Cinema smartphone with a strong camera
The Motorola One Vision follows on from last year's Moto One and aims to set new standards with an updated display and improved camera. What was good, stays - at least that is what the manufacturer indicates, keeping the "Android One" name. Is this a good mixture?
Huawei P Smart Z Review: Mid-range smartphone with a pop-up camera
The pop-up camera has arrived in the mid-range. The P Smart Z from Huawei combines premium features such as the pop-up camera with a price in the mid-range segment. However, the implementation of the Huawei smartphones is not always successful and still leaves room for improvements.
Huawei Y5 2019 Smartphone Review: Better than last year
Buyers have always had to shell out slightly more than 100 Euros (~$113) for the Huawei Y5, and they should know that they cannot expect a performance miracle for this. This year, they will get a display with a notch, an optional faux-leather finish, and improved cameras. Find out in our review, why the improvement really make this a better device.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 (i7-8565U, MX230) Laptop Review
In its current incarnation, the IdeaPad S340 presents itself with an attractive design and good hardware equipment. The optional dedicated MX graphics unit is a nice equipment feature that offers a bit more graphics performance. In this review, we evaluate how the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 with Nvidia GeForce MX230 turns out.
Analysis: DC Dimming vs. PWM – Can you dim AMOLED displays without the flickering?
Some smartphone users have a problem: The AMOLED display of their smartphone causes them headaches, because it flickers at low brightness levels. DC dimming might be a solution for this. In this article, we explain the new technology and evaluate the advantages, looking at two examples.
Lenovo ThinkPad E490 (i5-8265U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The ThinkPad E490 scores with a quiet or silent operation, very good input devices, simple maintenance options, and a long battery life. In addition, the device stands out with a good price-performance ratio. The test unit that was made available to us can be purchased for slightly more than 700 Euros (~$780; currently $678 in the US for a similar model).
Acer Swift 3 SF314 (i7-8565U, MX250) Laptop Review
Acer promises buyers of the Swift 3 an elegant design and high mobility. With its attractive aluminum case and small size, the 14-inch notebook is able to already fulfill those promises at first glance. We evaluate in our test whether the performance of the compact laptop is also right.
Huawei P Smart Plus 2019 Smartphone Review
You'd almost have to look with a magnifying glass to find the differences between the Huawei P Smart 2019 and the P Smart Plus 2019. Find out in our test whether the Plus model is worth the small additional price.
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D (Ryzen 5, RX Vega 8) Laptop Review
Huawei has equipped its MateBook D with an AMD Ryzen CPU, offering an attractive office notebook with a design that is also well-suited for business environments. We evaluate in our review what buyers of the MateBook D with the Ryzen APU can expect.
Samsung Galaxy A40 Smartphone Review
The Galaxy A40 is an affordable mid-range smartphone that can be easily operated even with smaller hands. Thanks to numerous updates, it is very competitive in terms of price and performance. Find out more in our test. Update: Changed SoC label.
Aorus 15-W9 (i7-8750H, RTX 2060) Laptop Review
The Aorus 15-W9 is able to bring all the current computer games smoothly to the matte 15.6-inch display (144 Hz, FHD, IPS). The components are also suitable: an NVMe SSD, HDD, and 16 GB of working memory. But it is not free of weaknesses: the battery life is meager and there is no Thunderbolt 3.
Apple iPad Air (2019) Tablet Review
This year, Apple has revived a product label that was already thought dead and has fit some new hardware into an old case. The newly created tablet positions itself between the entry-level iPad and the Pro models and faces the high-end competition from Android in terms of its price. Our test will show whether this is a recipe for success.
Sony Xperia L3 Smartphone Review
The Xperia L3 carries over some of the characteristics of its predecessors while also coming into its own with its more modern design. For about 200 Euros (~$225), buyers of the slim smartphone in the 2:1 format also receive a dual-camera system as well as the option to use a microSD and two SIM cards simultaneously. We evaluate in our test what else the Sony Xperia L3 can offer.
Lenovo ThinkPad E485 (Ryzen 5, Vega 8) Laptop Review
In addition to the A series, Lenovo is also offering its more affordable E series with AMD processors. We tested how the ThinkPad fares against the Intel competition and also evaluated whether a configuration with dual-channel RAM brings any advantages. Update: Added further measurements for the alternative Innolux display.
Asus ROG G703GX (i7-8750H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review
Thanks to a hexa-core processor and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, the G703GX brings all the current games smoothly to the matte 144-Hz IPS screen. We also like the rest of the equipment: an NVMe SSD, SSHD, 32 GB of RAM, and Thunderbolt 3. If needed, you could still upgrade the working memory and storage media.
Motorola Moto G7 Smartphone Review
Compared to its predecessor, the Motorola Moto G7 reaches new heights with more performance and more storage. The price remains the same, which makes Motorola's new mid-range smartphone very attractive.
Acer Predator Triton 500 (i7-8750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review
With the Predator Triton 500, Acer presents an extremely compact gaming notebook that offers powerful components despite its small dimensions. In addition to an Intel hexa-core processor, Nvidia's brand-new GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q high-end GPU is also flexing its muscles.
Honor 10 Lite Smartphone Review
The Honor 10 Lite looks almost exactly like the Huawei P Smart 2019. There are hardly any differences in the specifications either, and even the price is the same. We clarify in our review whether the only improvement users of the Honor 10 Lite can really expect is a better selfie camera.
Dell Inspiron 17-7786 (i7-8565U, 16 GB, 17-inch Touch, MX 150) Convertible Review
The large 17-inch Dell convertible has received a CPU upgrade. In addition to the internal update, the case was also completely redesigned. Find out in this review whether these changes make sense and whether the new Whiskey-Lake-U CPU can ensure a higher performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (matte WQHD, i7) Laptop Review
We already tested the sixth generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon several times, and now we also take a look at a model with the matte WQHD display. Is this possibly the best compromise?
Toshiba Portege X30T-E (i7-8550U, UHD620) Laptop Review
With the Portege X30T, Toshiba delivers a convertible whose exterior is hardly distinguishable from that of its big Microsoft competitor. At a similarly high price but with many included accessories, we might have a strong-performing alternative here. However, many aspects remain hidden in the detail, and we will reveal them in our review.
Motorola Moto E5 Smartphone Review
The Motorola Moto E5 offers a large screen and large battery at a small price. However, for about 130 Euros (~$149; usually $100 in the US, currently on sale for $70) you can also get some good deals from other manufacturers. We find out in our test whether the Moto E5 is able to stand out.
HP Omen 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The Omen 15 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the matte Full HD display. Hewlett-Packard uses a very responsive 144-Hz IPS panel here, and the rest of the equipment is also all right: NVMe SSD, 32 GB of working memory, Thunderbolt 3.
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review
The most important feature of the Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN is its green case color. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is a bad laptop. We tested this Asus laptop to uncover its strength and weaknesses.
Dell XPS 13 (9370, 9380) - Overview of all the rumors, dates, configurations, and tests
The Dell XPS 13 9370 is Dell's offering for the needs of mobile power users and enthusiasts. Here you can find all the important information on the current XPS 13 2018, an overview of all the available configurations and reviews, as well as an outlook and rumors on the expected successor model.
Update 12/6/2018: The XPS 13 9380 will come to CES 2019 with a Whiskey Lake CPU.
Acer Nitro 5 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon RX 560X, FHD) Laptop Review
While Intel and Nvidia still call the shots in the high-end segment, AMD is quite well-positioned in affordable laptops. The best example is the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42 with a Ryzen 7 2700U and Radeon RX 560X, which can be purchased for less than 1000 Euros (~$1132). Do the competitors need to shiver? We will find out!
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Smartphone Review
The Redmi 6 is part of Xiaomi's very affordable smartphone series, aiming again to offer a lot of smartphone for little money. However, in the meantime, other manufacturers also offer good affordable smartphones. Our test clarifies whether the Redmi 6 is still a very good deal.
Samsung 860 QVO SSD (SATA, 2.5 inch) Review
The affordable 860 model. Samsung has added a new model for the SATA-3 connection to its 860 series. In addition to the Evo and the Pro, now there is also the 860 QVO, which is significantly more affordable than its siblings (in theory). Our test clarifies where you have to lower your sights for the reduced price.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A Smartphone Review
With the Redmi 6A, Xiaomi presents the successor of the affordable Redmi 5A, keeping it at the same price while improving the equipment significantly. We evaluate in our review what improvements are waiting for the buyer of the 90-Euro (~$102; starting at $90 in the US) smartphone and how it fares against the competitors.
Oukitel WP2 Smartphone Review
The Oukitel WP2 combines the two favorite aspects of Chinese smartphones: a robust presentation and huge batteries. But can the rest of the equipment keep up as well?
Umidigi Z2 Smartphone Review
The case of the Umidigi Z2 attracts with its changing colors and the hardware also offers sufficient room for more-demanding tasks. We evaluate in our test whether the Z2 is able to assert itself against the competitors.
Motorola One Smartphone Review
For those who are just looking for a mid-range smartphone with pure Android, a nice case, and a large display, Motorola is offering the new Motorola One. You could describe the concept as "concentrating on the essentials." We take a closer look at the Motorola One in our test.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review
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. Update: CPU and GPU Turbo mode benchmarks added.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Smartphone Review
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is another affordable mid-range smartphone model from the Chinese electronics manufacturer. The showpiece of the 160-Euro smartphone (~$183; starting at $180 in the US) is the built-in IPS panel that does not need to hide even from the smartphone high-end. In our test, the newest product of the Redmi series convinces not only with its display.
Ulefone Armor 5 Smartphone Review
According to Ulefone, the notch in the Armor 5 is a distinguishing characteristic that makes it stand out among outdoor smartphones. We clarify in our test whether this is really the only thing that distinguishes the Armor 5 from the other robust smartphones.
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (i9-9900K, GTX 1080, UHD) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review
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. Update: The reason for the GPU throttling was found, and there is a higher score due to new software.
Topjoy Falcon Convertible Review (Preproduction Model)
The Topjoy Falcon currently listed on Kickstarter is a mini convertible with Windows 10 and an actively cooled Gemini-Lake quad-core processor. We used a preproduction model from Topjoy for our review, running it through most of our test series. Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of the minicomputer in our review.