Loki Rautio (Tech Writer)
When I was 9, I tried to modify a PC game. The mod I made worked (mostly) and sparked my current, intense interest in software development. A few years later, that interest led me to experiment with all kinds of tech around the house, which has ultimately given me an eye for small, but substantial, problems in devices and software. I'm now writing articles about technology and its nuances for Notebookcheck.
Steam Deck rockets past 75,000 reservations in first hour in the US
Valve's recently announced handheld gaming PCs have received over 75,000 reservations across all variants within just the first hour of reservation opening in the United States alone. Delivery dates have also started to get pushed out to Q2 2022 for new reservations.
Lenovo laptops silently stripped of important feature in BIOS updates
Many users on Lenovo's forums are reporting missing encoding codecs on their Legion laptops after a recent BIOS update. This issue appears to exclusively affect Legion units sold in Germany, potentially due to now-settled litigation with Nokia.
LikPok HYPER MIRROR Review - Lossless, mmWave Display Casting
If you're tired of stringing HDMI cables across your living space to put your laptop on your TV or want a simple low-latency casting solution, then the HYPER MIRROR is quite an attractive package. To see if this Kickstarter project is worth the money, we've put LikPok's streaming solution to the test.
Renoir laptops: Beating Intel at a third of the price, half the weight, and a fraction of the power
AMD's latest mobile processor offerings have left Intel a bit red in the face - and for good reason. Renoir has brought significant performance improvements across the board, largely in the form of efficiency improvements. However, there is still one question to be asked: To what extent is AMD outperforming Intel's current offerings?
Hands-on: The Lenovo Flex 5 promises Ice Lake-shattering performance at an affordable price
Lenovo's Flex 5 is one of the cheapest Renoir-powered laptops available right now. While this laptop features a Ryzen 5 4500U for only $600, 360-degree hinges, and stylus support, are the compromises overwhelming, or is this a real sleeper PC?
Sure, the Nintendo Switch is for gaming, but what else can it do?
We're all aware of the stunning visuals possible on the Nintendo Switch, both in handheld and docked mode alike. However, what kinds of things can you do outside of gaming? Could your Nintendo Switch be your next tablet PC?
Ice Lake performance: Does it live up to expectations?
With any shrink in the nanometer process, IPC and efficiency improvements are expected. After almost a year of testing, benchmarking, and fine-tuning, does Ice Lake live up to expectations, or was Ice Lake warmer than the name suggests?
Are T series ThinkPads still king? The Dell vs Lenovo vs HP business-laptop showdown
eGPUs still aren't worth it, right?
Intel recently integrated Ice Lake into their U-series processors, as well as switching to a more efficient 10nm process. Have these changes done anything to improve eGPU performance, and are eGPUs any more financially viable than before?
ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 failure: What's happening, why it's happening, and how to fix it
Nearly 40 ThinkPad models have a problem - the Thunderbolt 3 ports in them randomly stop working. Lenovo has pushed out a fix to users, but what does it do? Does it actually solve the problem? If it doesn't, are the devices even repairable, and will Lenovo repair your device for free?
Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?
With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Rumored Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs could double your laptop’s battery life, performance
Numerous leaks and rumors about the fourth generation of Ryzen Mobile APUs are suggesting substantial performance improvements over the last generation. Both laptops and tablet PCs could benefit from these new chips. With rumors suggesting an announcement at CES, should you be excited about these rumored AMD APUs?
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 has an external 5G modem, and that's a good thing
Qualcomm is separating their 5G modem from their flagship SoC, which many are calling a mistake. However, this change almost exclusively benefits everyone, despite what other reports might say.
Fragile hardware can turn a great deal into a future expense
Finding a great deal on an expensive piece of tech can make a purchase especially tempting. However, such deals can come at an added cost. If you hold onto your tech for more than a year, internal repairability is something you should consider.
Have ThinkPads gotten worse over the last decade? – A ThinkPad retrospective
Fundamental aspects of the ThinkPad line have been scrapped, redesigned, and tweaked over the last 10 years. Have these changes improved the lineup of laptops, or have these modifications turned the modern ThinkPads into Ideapads?
Should tablets have fans? - Analyzing tablet PC performance
Should your next "laptop" be a tablet? These small, very portable machines have been only getting better in recent times. Are they fast enough to replace laptops, or are they still behind the curve?
The fading light of the do-it-all business laptop
Business laptops have traditionally been the go-to for anyone needing a laptop that can do just about anything well. In recent times, the gradual removal of ports, upgradability, and overall repairability in these laptops is starting to conflict with that idea. Is this a step in the right direction, or are these misguided changes to appeal to "prosumers"?
Laptops are more than just specs: Understanding thermals
Laptop performance is complicated. Not only do you have to factor in the parts you need on your future laptop, you also need to make sure you're getting the performance you expect. Here's how to make sure you'll be getting anything but buyer's remorse, at least when it comes to your laptop's performance.
Lenovo's struggle with keyboards on its AMD-powered ThinkPads
ThinkPads have historically been known for their great keyboards. Recently, certain models have been having issues with registering keystrokes or even just scrambling letters around. On the affected AMD ThinkPads, the keyboards are hardly usable until an update has been applied.