Andrew Dickson (Translator)
My lifelong passion for tech was born in a gadget-filled household in Scotland. From games consoles to cameras to computers. Early adopters, so early the phrase might have been coined with our family in mind. On finishing school, I trained and qualified as a golf professional before moving to Germany, where I have worked and lived for over 30 years. In 2002, I formed a successful English language centre, providing training, translations and digital learning systems to numerous businesses in the Rhein Neckar metropole area. Whether augmented or virtual reality, smart devices, mobile technology, sustainable environmental solutions, the tech world is as exciting now as it has ever been. Working with Notebookcheck allows me to combine my love of both tech and language.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 review: The Intel Core i5-1335U celebrates a solid premiere
As the most affordable model in Samsung's 2023 range of laptops, the Galaxy Book3 comes with a brand-new Intel CPU. In our review, both the Intel Core i5-1335U as well as the entire laptop itself demonstrate what they are capable of in a duel with Galaxy Book3 variants and other 15.6-inch laptops.
Amazfit GTS 4 Smartwatch review - Flawed beauty
A smart and light aluminum case, flawless build quality, a bright OLED display, reliable satellite connections and all currently for under $170. The Amazfit GTS 4 enjoys an impressive set of features. Unfortunately, it's a smartwatch that fails to keep all its promises.
Minisforum Venus Series UM560 XT Desktop PC reviewed: A mini PC with an AMD Cezanne SoC at an affordable price!
Minisforum's Venus series offers a lot of power in the smallest of footprints. We have already put the top model, aka the UM690, through its paces. Now we turn to the UM560 XT which is equipped with the Ryzen 5 5600H. Our review reveals how well the system fares. However, one thing is already clear: In terms of price and performance, the Minisforum Venus Series UM560 XT leads the pack.
Lenovo Tab M8 2023 (Gen 4) LTE tablet – A performance downgrade for the affordable 8-inch tablet
No sooner had we finished reviewing the third generation Lenovo Tab M8 when Lenovo had already launched its 4th gen device. A few things have changed, both design-wise and internally. Our Lenovo Tab M8 Gen 4 review reveals that changes are not necessarily always improvements.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review - A powerful, mid-range smartphone with many upgrades
The Galaxy A54 5G is the poster child for Samsung's mid-range devices. Our review highlights upgrades over last year's model, especially the SoC, display brightness, a new sensor for the main camera as well as eSIM support. The smartphone's design has also been given an overhaul and is reminiscent of the Galaxy S series.
MSI Stealth 17 Studio review: A laptop with a quiet RTX 4080 for almost every occasion
The Stealth 17 is reluctant to ascend to the fps throne. It prefers to offer fast video editing, relaxing gaming sessions and brilliant images and tries to find the middle ground between a laptop for creators and gamers. The RTX 4080, an Intel Core i9-13900H as well as a 4K mini-LED display provide an excellent basis for this - if only it weren't for some minor flaws.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 16 review - An affordable 16-inch 2-in-1 with a Ryzen 7000
With the IdeaPad Flex 5 16, Lenovo is offering a large 16-inch 2-in-1 which even includes a stylus and all for under $1,000. Internally, the AMD Ryzen 7 7730U is based on an old processor, however, despite this, performance is still competitive.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) review: Neither Intel Gen 13 nor RTX 40 - OLED and Mini-LED displays are the new laptop's highlights
The new Intel and Nvidia generations - a Core i9-13900H as well as a powerful RTX 4090 - are doing the work in the new Asus M16 gaming laptop and the result is an increase in performance and efficiency. However, the real highlight of the forthcoming laptops is the improved display technology!
Huawei MateBook D 15 (2022) review: A laptop reminiscent of the MacBook Pro
With the MateBook D 15 (2022), Huawei is offering a premium and compact 15.6-inch, office laptop with a MacBook-style design. With 16 GB of RAM, low emissions despite high-level system performance and long battery life, plenty of qualities are on offer. However, in terms of connectivity and display it becomes clear we are dealing with a budget laptop, therefore, the price is crucial.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) laptop review: RTX 4090 with a super bright, Mini-LED display
The new Asus M16 is available in three variants: With an RTX 4070, RTX 4080 or RTX 4090. We review the highest-end configuration. On top of that, its bright, 16:10, HDR, Mini-LED-backlit display is also new. We take a look to see if the $4,000 ROG M16 is just as impressive in real life as it is on paper.
Samsung Galaxy S23+ – A high-end smartphone with impressive battery life
The 6.6-inch Galaxy S23+ is the mid-sized model in Samsung's current flagship series. From a technological point of view, it is almost indistinguishable from the 6.1-inch entry-level model, the Galaxy S23, but boasts significantly longer battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S23+ smartphone review – The better Galaxy S23
Apart from the 6.6-inch form factor, the Samsung S23+ flagship smartphone is similar to its 6.1-inch smaller sibling in almost every detail. When it comes to battery life, the plus version goes the extra mile and, in doing so, is one of the longest-lasting Android smartphones available right now.
Razer Blade 15 OLED (early 2022) review: A compact gaming laptop with an RTX 3070 Ti
The current incarnation of the Blade 15 still continues to rely on potent Alder Lake and Ampere hardware but also offers an enticing upgrade: Razer has gone for a high-contrast OLED display (QHD) complete with a high refresh rate (240 Hz) and excellent color space coverage.
LG Gram 17 with an RTX 2050 - Maybe too light?
A 17-inch laptop with a dGPU, weighing only 1,407 grams. Hardly any other device in our database boasts so much potential power while remaining as light and compact as this 17-inch laptop with a QHD display. But, is the LG Gram 17 useful in everyday life?
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI laptop review: Light and shade with the 18-inch gaming machine
In 2023, more and more 18-inch laptops are entering the gaming segment. One particular candidate is the ROG Strix G18, which shows up trumps with the latest, high-end components and a speedy display. We take an extensive look at this 18-inch offspring.
LG Gram 17 review - A super light 17-inch laptop with a modest dGPU
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050-equipped, 2022 LG Gram 17 weighs only 57 grams more than its counterpart - a device which comes without a dedicated graphics card. On top of this, the laptop offers a 12th-generation Intel Core i7 and 32GB of RAM. Despite having more powerful hardware, the battery on offer here lasts longer than its predecessors.
NiPoGi GK3 Plus N95 reviewed: A compact mini PC with an Intel N95 for office use
The Chinese system manufacturer is marketing a new office mini PC going by the name of NiPoGi GK3 Plus N95. With an Intel Pentium N95, the NiPoGi GK3 Plus N95 is based on Intel's current Alder Lake N SoC which was first demoed at CES at the beginning of 2023. In our extensive review, find out how well the brand-new SoC performs and how the NiPoGi GK3 Plus N95 negotiates our test course.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060: Mid-range Ada Lovelace reviewed
For the first time, we have subjected the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 in MSI's Katana 17 B13V to extensive analysis. The new graphics chip proved itself to be clearly faster than the RTX 3060, however, it also lags significantly behind the top-of-the-range RTX 4090.
MSI Katana 17 B13V laptop review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 makes its debut
The high-end models of Nvidia's new laptop GPUs recently debuted and are now followed by the mid-range RTX 4060 - a card we were able to test in the MSI Katana 17 B13V.
Lenovo V14 Gen 2 reviewed: A silent, affordable office laptop, thanks to passive cooling.
We put the reasonably-priced, passively-cooled Lenovo V14 G2 through its paces and found the quad-core processor to possess enough power for office tasks. Additionally, the expandable RAM is complemented by a good keyboard and the device supports the use of two SSDs. However, the TN display will have you reaching for an external keyboard.
Lenovo V14 Gen 2 laptop review: Passively cooled, affordable & upgradeable
The Lenovo V14 G2 only costs 329 dollars (256 GB), is equipped with passive cooling and offers a good keyboard and various expandability options. With its Intel Pentium Silver N6000 quad-core processor, it is sufficient for office tasks. However, the use of an external monitor could be a priority.
Amazfit T-Rex 2 smartwatch review - A convincing update
With military looks, this is a smartwatch for the apocalypse. We put the device through its paces during typical everyday use as well as while working out. With the T-Rex 2 having been tested to military standards, our review clarifies how reliably it measures and how long the battery lasts.
Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni reviewed: How does it distinguish itself from the flagship Deebot X1 Omni robot vacuum cleaner?
With the Deebot X1e Omni, Ecovacs has introduced a slightly slimmed-down version of its flagship robot vacuum cleaner, the Deebot X1 Omni. Aside from the £100 (RRP) savings, our review reveals not only where the differences are but also to whom each model is targeted.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P16 with an Nvidia RTX A2000 is not worth it
Lenovo sells its ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation with a range of options, including the graphics chips. The RTX A2000 from Nvidia is one of them - but hardly worth it.
Lenovo ThinkPad P16 G1 laptop review: A powerful, newly-designed HX55 workstation
With its ThinkPad P workstation line, Lenovo has given the 2022 model a decent makeover: Instead of two models, there is now only a classic workstation in the form of the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 G1. It succeeds the ThinkPad P15 G2 and P17 G2.
Asus P1511CEA reviewed: An affordable office laptop for school, office, leisure
The 15.6-inch laptop from Asus has a Tiger Lake processor on board, barely gets warm, and can be had for around 350 US dollars. The operating system at hand is Windows 10 Pro (an upgrade to Windows 11 is possible).
Xiaomi 12T 5G review - Top of the range smartphone at an attractive price
In our review, the Xiaomi 12T attempts to turn heads with its newer SoC, a redesigned triple-camera system. Similar to the pro model, it can also be charged with up to 120 watts - and all without greatly affecting the price. Read on as our review uncovers whether these improvements warrant a switch from your current handset.
Schenker XMG Focus 16 laptop review: A gaming machine assembled in Germany
... 16-inch laptop from Schenker has entered the ring, with this manufacturer also expanding its entry-level gaming portfolio with a 16-inch, 16:10 format. Equipped with a Core i7-12700H and an RTX 3060, the XMG Focus 16 aims to win gamers' hearts. Can it achieve those goals? Read on to find out.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 – Why it's not coming to Europe
Xiaomi sets the right tone with the Mix Fold 2, winning it many fans in the process. Those same fans will be sad at the knowledge that the foldable will most likely not come to Europe. In our opinion, there are several good reasons for this.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review - A slim, foldable smartphone with a Leica camera
Xiaomi's foldable smartphone enters the second round, bringing with it powerful specs and managing to do a number of things better than the competition. Unfortunately, the Mix Fold 2 is reserved exclusively for the Chinese market. Find out in our review if it's worthwhile importing.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5 Laptop reviewed - Flagship ThinkPad with more CPU power
The new ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5 implements current Alder Lake CPUs combined with liquid metal thermal paste, optional 5G compatibility as well as a high resolution 4K touchscreen with full AdobeRGB coverage. The device can even be equipped with GeForce RTX 3080 Ti - the fastest GPU around.
NiPoGi CK10 with the Intel Core i7-10810U reviewed: Small office PC offering space for three SSDs
In times of continually rising energy prices, compact PCs are exceptionally popular due to having considerably lower energy consumption than their traditional desktop siblings. With the NiPoGi CK10, we put this small, six core office PC through its paces. It's an extremely quiet device but how snappy is its SoC? In our review, we reveal all you need to know about the Intel Core i7-10810U based NiPoGi CK10.
Google Pixel 7 review - Compact Google smartphone without big trade-offs
The smaller of the Google Pixel 7 series models possesses not only a more compact form factor than the Pro model but also has to make do with a few compromises on the technical front. What they are and whether they are noticeable in everyday use, find out in our review.
AnkerMake M5 3D printer review: Printing under the watchful gaze of AI
With the AnkerMake M5, Anker makes an impressive entry into the 3D printer arena and delivers high quality in many areas. Despite straightforward assembly, an easy to understand slicer, as well as high speed, we were unfortunately not impressed with the fast printer.
Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OC Desktop GPU review: High end performance with a price to match
The RTX 4000 series heralded a new era of desktop graphics cards, simultaneously retiring the two year old RTX 3000 generation. The top model, the GeForce RTX 4090, has been available since the middle of October. We took the opportunity to take a closer look at its performance using the Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OC as an example. Find out how well the new high end model from Nvidia performs in our review.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56: Quiet, cool office laptop for a small budget
The Aspire 5 has a Tiger Lake processor on board, hardly gets warm and produces only minimum noise. In addition, it offers a backlit keyboard, acceptable battery life as well as a two year guarantee. The whole package is available for under 500 euros ($518).
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56 review: Good value office laptop with reasonable battery life
The Acer Aspire 5 has a Tiger Lake processor on board, hardly gets warm and produces only minimum noise. In addition, it offers a backlit keyboard, acceptable battery life as well as a two year guarantee. The whole package is available for just under 500 euros.