Allen Ngo (Lead Editor U.S.)
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
Other laptop makers should follow Asus' example and make an official list of all their upcoming gaming models
It's tough to keep track of all the gaming laptops coming out this February with GeForce 40 graphics and Intel 13th gen CPUs. At least one manufacturer has made a handy table detailing all of their upcoming models and even their TGP and MUX options.
Chuwi launches 10.5-inch HiPad XPro for US$150 with Android 12 support and an 8-core Unisoc T616 SoC
The Chuwi will be one of the cheapest Android 12 tablets available when it launches in the next few weeks. It sacrifices a bit of performance for that attractive 10.5-inch 1200p touchscreen, however.
Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 Core i7 laptop review: Quiet at the cost of performance
The Core i7-1270P is faster than the Core i5-1240P or Ryzen 5 6650U configurations on paper, but it's a bit more complicated in execution. The short Turbo Boost potential of the model means steeper throttling for the Core i7-1270P when running demanding loads.
The Timekettle WT2 Edge real-time translator earbuds actually work, but they have their limitations
We put these pricey AI-powered earbuds to the test in both Mandarin and English under a variety of scenarios. They're great for basic day-to-day conversations, but the automatic translations can be unreliable depending on your accent and topic.
The Nvidia GeForce MX series is struggling against the AMD Radeon 680M
With a TGP range as low as 35 W, the mobile GeForce RTX 4050 may effectively kill the aging mobile GeForce MX series for good. There's very little reason to prefer a discrete GeForce MX when an integrated AMD solution can offer faster performance in a smaller and more efficient package.
Beelink SER6 Pro review: The AMD Radeon 680M is stunning on a mini PC
For about $650 USD complete with storage and 32 GB of RAM, the Beelink SER6 Pro offers some serious performance-per-dollar when compared to competing mini PCs. Its GPU in particular is one of the fastest amongst any integrated solution.
The GeForce MX450 is falling behind: Asus ZenBook Flip 15 Q508U convertible review
An AMD Zen + Nvidia MX ultrabook sounded nice a few years ago, but it's too little too late now that Zen 3+ CPUs are available with the faster, smaller, and more efficient integrated Radeon 680M. The GeForce MX450 is still not bad if you don't mind the added weight and thickness, though.
MSI Pulse GL76 skips G-Sync, MUX, Advanced Optimus, and Thunderbolt support to keep prices low
The Pulse GL76 excels in the big three: CPU, GPU, and display all for a reasonable price. A lot of extras features are missing, but they're not deal breakers for most gamers on a budget.
MSI Pulse GL76 laptop review: 105 W TGP GeForce RTX 3070 graphics
If you don't mind giving up some auxiliary features, then the Pulse GL76 can deliver when it comes to performance and display quality especially for its $1200 to $1400 USD asking price. Expect more sales to come as we approach the launch of mobile GeForce 40 laptops.
Amazon Prime members can get this 34-inch ultrawide curved Jlink gaming monitor for just US$380
The offer combines two promotions valid until January 30. The Jlink monitor is notable for its fast 144 Hz refresh rate, full sRGB coverage, FreeSync and G-Sync support, KVM, DP, and tilt and swivel stand adjustments.
Asus is finally dropping soldered RAM from its Zephyrus M16 series but not on the Zephyrus G14
Asus will be moving away from the awkward soldered and removable hybrid approach on some Zephyrus models moving forward. The new Zephyrus M16 models will instead have 2x SODIMM slots for more freedom in end-user upgradeability.
Benibela 8-inch digital photo frame on sale for US$76, can store up to 32 GB of photos
The 1280 x 800 photo frame has built-in motion sensing, automatic screen rotation, Wi-Fi, weather reporting, and a monaural speaker. The setup process could be simpler, however, as it directs users to an unnecessary app.
Curved Jlink 34-inch 144 Hz monitor with KVM, G-Sync, and sRGB colors on sale for US$450
The Jlink is packed with features that both gamers and creators can appreciate. If KVM isn't important to you, however, then cheaper alternatives exist that offer the same native resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, and VA panel.
Trigkey S3 mini PC review: Core i3-like performance for the price of a Celeron or Atom
The Trigkey is inexpensive at just under US$300, but it thankfully sidesteps the terribly slow Celeron or Atom solutions for an older but faster AMD Zen+ processor instead. Even light HTPC multi-tasking can benefit from the aging AMD processor.
HP Victus 15 has a short two-hour battery life even when on the lowest power settings
Despite its large 70 Wh battery pack, the Victus 15 lasts for just a fraction of most other gaming laptops when running on battery power. Runtimes are so short that there could potentially be a bug with the numerous power profile settings.
HP Victus 15 laptop review: Expensive for a budget gamer
The Victus 15 is supposed to be a wallet-friendly alternative to the Omen series, but it walks a fine line with its hefty retail price of US$1200 for an entry-level GPU that performs almost identically to the two-year old GTX 1660 Ti.
The Longer RAY5 10 W is a great starter engraver now on sale for US$450
It may be missing a few advanced features, but all the basics are included to help guide newcomers interested in the world of laser engraving and cutting.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 is now shipping, but one of its best features is still not OS wide
Lenovo's first gaming Chromebook has some great specs for under $600 USD including its 12th gen Core i5 U-series CPU, full sRGB IPS display, and a native 120 Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until Chrome OS is updated to fully support the latter.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 review: Stream games while doing homework
On paper, a 16-inch Chromebook with a 1600p full sRGB 120 Hz display sounds overkill. After spending just a few minutes with one, however, we can't look back. The Lenovo lives up to its name for being both a cloud gamer and a productive Chromebook.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 7 vs. IdeaPad Flex 5 review: Faster processor and better touchscreen
Lenovo's affordable convertible comes with Thunderbolt 4 and above average stats considering the US$1000 retail price. There's one particular change from the IdeaPad Flex 5, however, that has us rolling our eyes.
These are the fastest and slowest Ryzen 7 6800U and Radeon 680M laptops you can currently buy
After 6 months of availability, there are still just a small handful of laptops in the market sporting AMD's latest Ryzen 7 Zen 3+ processor. Some models are a bit faster than others, but the performance spread thus far has been much narrower than expected.
HP EliteBook 840 G9 laptop review: The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon alternative
Unlike most other business subnotebooks, the EliteBook 840/845 G9 comes with Intel vPro and AMD PRO options to appeal to fans on both sides of the fence. After recently reviewing the upper-end Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS AMD SKU, we can finally now compare it the upper-end Intel Core i7-1280P option.
Core i7-1265U vs. Core i5-1250P: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 laptop review
The Core i7-1265U and Core i5-1250P SKUs cost about $1900 USD each and yet one option is significantly faster than the other. You might want to check out these benchmark comparisons if you're looking to maximize performance on your next ThinkPad X1 Carbon purchase.
This Baseus USB-C cable has a real-time watt readout and now we can never go back
Have you ever plugged in your USB-C charging cable and wondered how much juice it's actually pulling? You could always use a separate wattmeter, of course, but integrating a meter directly onto the cable itself is an even more convenient solution.
HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is one of the quietest business laptops we've tested
At just under 34 dB(A) at its loudest, the HP convertible is significantly quieter than most other Core U-powered subnotebooks by wide margins. You'd have to consider the MacBook Air M2 if you want something even quieter.
Jlink AX1800 router on sale for just US$25 to be one of the cheapest Wi-Fi 6 solutions available
If you're still stuck on Wi-Fi 5 and recently purchased a new laptop or smartphone, then it's more than likely that they can support speeds much faster than what your current router can provide. Now may be the time to upgrade your home wireless without needing to break the bank.
HP Dragonfly Folio 13.5 G3 convertible review: No more Snapdragon or Windows on ARM
The 2022 Dragonfly Folio G3 directly addresses some key limitations of the ARM-based Elitebook Folio G2 for a much improved user experience. It's still a bit big, however, and it doesn't have as many ports as we would like.
Beelink SEi12 mini PC review: Outperforming the Intel NUC 11
The SEi12 Core i5-1235U offers faster processor performance than the Intel NUC11 Core i7-1165G7 while costing hundreds of dollars less. For most HTPC setups, the new Beelink will have all the power and features needed for 4K streaming and then some.
Nvidia RTX A5500 debut: Dell Precision 7670 Performance workstation review
The "Performance" or "Ultimate" version is of the Precision 7670 is slightly thicker, but it offers a significantly faster GPU than its thinner alternative. CPU Turbo Boost, however, could be a bit better.
Radeon RX 6650M performance debut: HP Omen 16 2022 laptop review
The Omen 16 is one of the few 16-inch gaming laptops to offer all-AMD configurations including even the rarely benchmarked Radeon RX 6650M GPU. Overall performance is competitive against mainstream Nvidia options so long as you keep your expectations in check.
Baseus PowerCombo Pro 40W portable power strip now on sale for US$32 for Amazon Prime members
The PowerCombo combines a regular power strip and a USB-C AC adapter into one handy solution. It's a jack of all trades and perhaps a master of none as most other power strips and USB-C adapters integrate more AC ports and faster charging speeds, respectively.
The fastest Core i7-12700H laptop you can buy: Lenovo Legion 5 15IAH7H review
The latest Lenovo Legion punches well above its paper specifications. If you want to avoid gaming laptops with underperforming CPUs and GeForce RTX GPUs, then this is the model to keep a close eye on.
Lepow C2 1080p portable monitor discounted to just US$120 for Thanksgiving weekend
The 15.6-inch portable monitor is at its cheapest price ever this week. Lepow's C2 monitor is an inexpensive way to add a second monitor to your desk even if you don't have much space for one.
Kingston Fury Renegade 2 TB PCIe4 NVMe benchmarks reveal potential performance throttling issues
The 2 TB Kingston drive is now on sale for US$205 or US$245 with the optional heat sink. The drive is also compatible with the PS5, but the heat sink alone isn't enough if you want to run at maximum speeds for extended periods.
Core i7-1260U is essentially a vPro-enabled Core i5-1235U with similar performance levels between them
Expect performance to be almost identical to the Core i5-1235U and the integrated Iris Xe 80 EUs even though the Core i7-1260U and its Iris Xe 96 EUs may sound faster on paper.
Beelink GTR6 Ryzen 9 6900HX mini PC review: Faster than most Intel NUCs
The GTR6 retails for $540 USD as a barebones kit or $750 if configured with RAM, storage, and Windows 11 Pro. The performance it brings to the table is significant when compared to an Intel NUC at an equivalent price point.
Core i7-1260U debut: Dell Latitude 13 9330 2-in-1 convertible review
If the top-of-the-line Latitude 7330 isn't good enough for you, then the top top-of the line Latitude 9330 might be up your alley. The 9330 offers a roomier 16:10 form factor, thinner profile, and even more USB-C ports for improved docking capabilities.
Intel Core i5-8260U debut: BMAX B5 Pro G7H8 mini PC review
Can a years old 8th gen Intel CPU keep up with the latest 12th gen options? Surprisingly yes so long as you don't plan on running anything graphics intensive. Its retail price of under $300 USD is hard to pass up for many HTPC setups.
MediaTek Dimensity 9200 mobile ray-tracing targeting 30 FPS when playing Arena Breakout
Smartphone ray-tracing is officially coming to at least one mobile game in the next few months. If enabled, frame rates may be cut in half in order to support the advanced graphical feature.
34-inch ultrawide Jlink monitor with G-Sync, high 144 Hz refresh rate, and VA panel makes curved-screen gaming affordable
The $470 USD price point is lucrative and the Jlink even offers a few features not found on other more expensive 34-inch curved gaming monitors like the Alienware AW3420DW.
Lexar NM800 Pro shows the importance of using a heat sink for PCIe4 x4 SSDs
Though heat sinks for SSDs have always been optional, they have become a necessity this generation if you want to utilize PCIe4 x4 speeds to the fullest. The Lexar NM800 Pro includes one as an option and it'll fit inside the PS5, too.
The Dell Surface Pro 8: XPS 13 9315 2-in-1 convertible review
The XPS name is held to higher standards than your typical Inspiron or Vostro machine. The XPS 13 9315 2-in-1 mostly hits it out of the park even if it doesn't really offer all that much over the competing Surface Pro 8.
Jlink E27QP4K 27-inch VA 165 Hz gaming monitor has almost everything for $270 USD
The G-Sync-enabled 27-inch Jlink gives the Dell S2721DGF a run for its money in a classic VA vs. IPS option. We've done all the usual measurements to show just exactly what the Jlink can offer and what it's missing.
DEPGI 15.6-inch QLED portable monitor with FreeSync and 95% DCI-P3 colors is down to only $140 USD right now
The monitor is one of the least expensive QLED monitors available while offering much better colors and black-white response times than most IPS portable monitors. Refresh rate is limited to 60 Hz, but that should be sufficient for most usage scenarios.
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is insanely loud at up to 60 dB(A) when gaming
You might want to have a good pair of headphones nearby if you plan on playing games on Acer's latest 14-inch Predator laptop. The model is as small as an Asus Zephyrus G14, but it's noticeably louder and even distracting at times.
No Intel or Nvidia required: Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16ARHA7 Gen 7 laptop review
Lenovo's thinnest gaming laptop is just 1/100th of a millimeter thicker than the Razer Blade 15 and it uses only the latest Zen 3+ and RDNA 2 parts from AMD. It holds up surprisingly well against the competition so long as you don't mind the high core temperatures.
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE PT314 review: Liquid metal cooling for a 14-inch laptop
The Predator Triton 300 SE joins the small but elite group of high-performance 14-inch gaming laptops consisting of the Razer Blade 14, Asus Zephyrus G14, and Alienware x14. The Acer model has its advantages, but they're not enough to stand out from the crowd.
The Ryzen 9 6900HX is a waste of money when compared to the Ryzen 7 6800H and the benchmarks are proof
Can't decide between the Ryzen 7 6800H or Ryzen 9 6900HX? Do yourself and your wallet a favor by just going with the Ryzen 7 6800H because the Ryzen 9 6900HX may as well just be the same processor.
Cheap 1080p Mudix S1 portable projector is quick to pick up and use, but it has its limitations
At just $150, The Mudix S1 is one of the least expensive native 1080p projectors in the market and it even supports Wi-Fi video streaming. Even so, it still suffers from many of the same drawbacks that other inexpensive projectors tend to have in order to keep costs low.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gen 7 laptop review: Ryzen 7 6800H or Ryzen 9 6900HX?
Lenovo has upgraded the CPU from AMD Zen 3 to Zen 3+ and the 140 W TGP GPU to 150 W for this latest 16-inch refresh. The new model is faster, of course, but let's find out by exactly how much.
Eurocom Nightsky TXi317 laptop review: 125 W GeForce RTX 3080 Ti speedster
The Nightsky TXi317 incorporates some of the fastest CPU and GPU options currently available on any laptop, but they're wrapped in an aging chassis design that's missing some features common on other flagship gaming laptops.
Best Buy discounting the latest HP Envy x360 13 with 8 GB of fixed RAM to just $700 USD
The year is 2022 and Windows laptops with just 8 GB of non-removable RAM are still a thing, apparently. If your daily workloads are particularly light and undemanding, then this deal might be of interest.
Average CPU temperature is an insane 96 C when gaming on the Dell G16
Hot core temperatures are not unsurprising on most gaming laptops especially if they are thin and light. At over 95 C when gaming, however, the Dell G16 is pushing it to somewhat uncomfortable levels.
2022 HP Envy x360 13 convertible review: Core i5-1230U or Core i7-1250U?
The latest Envy redesign incorporates many features found on the Spectre series but for hundreds of dollars less. The new 16:10 form factor is certainly more spacious, but it comes at the cost of a slightly larger chassis.
Dell G16 7620 laptop review: Thick build for fast performance
Dell's latest midrange gaming laptop isn't afraid to be bigger and heavier than others in order to squeeze more performance from the Intel 12th gen CPU and GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Nonetheless, core temperatures could still be a little cooler across the board.
1080p Mudix portable projector with wireless screen mirroring on sale for $109 USD
The mini projector supports wireless video streaming via smartphone or PC to be much more versatile than most other projectors in the category. Manual focus comes standard likely to save on costs.
Liquid cooling box runs quieter than expected: Uniwell Technology GM7AG8N laptop review
The external water cooler is able to do most of the heavy lifting even when set to its quietest level. It's clunkier for sure, but it's not necessarily any more cumbersome than an external GPU docking station.
JamesDonkey RS2 is a modern wireless mechanical keyboard with a retro 90s look
The old-but-new keyboard is now shipping for $99 USD for nostalgic users who miss the age of beige-colored PC accessories. It's not perfect, however, despite all the modern touches.
Beelink SEi12 mini PC with 12th gen Intel Core i5-1235U now available for pre-order
The SEi12 with Core i5-1235U CPU, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB NVMe SSD, and Windows 11 license will begin shipping on October 26 for a starting price of only $459 USD.
We grow our own tomato plant with the smart home Abby Grow Box
The iOS-compatible grow box makes it easy to grow a variety of plants and vegetables indoors the high-tech way with firmware upgrades, humidity and temperature sensors, ultrasonic sensors, a water level monitor, and more. It works pretty well unless if you want to relocate the plant elsewhere.
Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 3 ARH laptop review: The Dell XPS 15 challenger
The 2022 Gen 3 model is a small update to the 2021 Gen 2 model, but some of the changes are significant and even unexpected. How much of a performance difference can users expect between the two models?
Sony's big bet on open source PS5 M.2 PCIe4 SSDs is paying off against the XBox Series X expansion card
Proprietary storage loses the battle yet again. By sticking with standardized M.2 2280 PCIe4 x4 SSDs, PS5 owners are now paying much less than XBox owners when it comes to adding additional storage.
Dell Precision 7670 workstation review: Core i7-12850HX and CAMM RAM debut
The Precision 7670 has a lot riding on its shoulders. Not only does it come in two thickness options, but it's also the first commercial product to utilize CAMM RAM and one of the few to ship with the Core i7-12850HX vPro CPU. It's good, but not without some faults.
Beelink SER5 Pro 5600H mini PC review: NUC 11 speeds with AMD Ryzen
The SER5 Pro continues the streak of affordable HTPCs from Beelink all designed to be cheaper alternatives to the Intel NUC series. This latest model challenges high-end Intel NUCs powered by Core i7 U-series CPUs by running on a Ryzen 5 H-series Zen 3 processor.
CAMM memory preview: The Dell SODIMM revolution
The pros and cons of CAMM. We take a firsthand look at the technology that Dell has been pouring years of work into to replace SODIMM. If all goes well, future laptops will drop SODIMM altogether much like how M.2 has effectively replaced the 2.5-inch SATA slot.
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U debut: HP Envy x360 15 2022 convertible review
The 2022 Envy x360 15 may look a lot like the 2021 model, but all the under-the-hood upgrades help make it a much better system. Users are getting additional ports, a higher resolution webcam, a faster Zen 3 processor, and more.
We test the $699 USD 27-inch Innocn 27M2U 4K monitor with mini-LED lighting, DCI-P3, and HDR1000
The Innocn 27M2U is one of the least expensive 27-inch professional monitors you can find if you want the 4K native resolution, mini LED backlighting, and deep DCI-P3 colors. Can the monitor actually live up to all the claims?
Every laptop maker should follow HP's lead and make more support videos
This is the kind of content we love to see from manufacturers. Accessible guides make it more comfortable for owners to service their own laptops without needing to guess how many screws are involved or if certain upgrades are even possible.
15.6-inch Lepow C2 and Z1 portable monitors on sale for as low as $130 USD to be perfect productivity boosters
The narrow-bezel monitors are a very inexpensive way to add a secondary screen to your laptop without needing to invest in large monitors. The monitors are even compatible with certain smartphones such as most Samsung Galaxy devices.
Amazon Deal of the Day includes three Innocn monitors starting at $199 USD
The $199 15.6-inch 15K1F, $299 27-inch 27C1U, and $399 40-inch 40C1R are more affordable than many alternatives while offering similar features such as OLED, 144 Hz, FreeSync, and more. Innocn says the sale should begin on September 27.
2022 HP Envy 16 laptop review: For multimedia, gamers, creators, and everyone in between
The Envy is getting bigger, but does that make it a better system? The faster performance comes at the cost of a heavier design when compared to its 15.6-inch Envy 15 predecessor.
Lenovo ThinkBook Gen 3 has a lot of screens but not enough graphics power
The lack of any discrete graphics options limits the unique 21:10 dual-screen laptop to less GPU-intensive tasks at the home or office. Content creators will want to look toward the Asus ZenBook Duo series instead.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 laptop review: 21:10 ultrawide productivity booster
Cramming a second display onto a laptop has been challenging for makers like Asus, HP, and even Apple. However, we think Lenovo is closest to nailing the concept for a more seamless user experience.
32-inch Jlink 1080p monitor on sale for $160 USD with FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and full sRGB colors
The jack-of-all-trades monitor has FreeSync for gaming, sRGB coverage for editing, 75 Hz refresh rate for a smoother UI, and a large 32-inch screen size for multimedia playback.
Radeon RX 6850M XT is faster than many GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptops, but power consumption can be off the charts
We've tested dozens of laptops thus far with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti but only one with the Radeon RX 6850M XT. AMD's fastest mobile GPU holds up well against the Nvidia equivalent except when it comes to ray-tracing and power consumption.
Dell Precision 5470 workstation review: Nvidia RTX A1000 debut
Just because you're small doesn't mean you can't be as powerful as the big guns. The Precision 5470 utilizes the same Core i9 CPU currently shipping on hulking gaming laptops and other workstations over twice its size, but how does it actually perform?
Radeon RX 6850M XT performance debut: Lenovo Legion 7 16ARHA7 laptop review
Aside from some bugs, the 2022 Legion 7 16 is arguably the best gaming laptop from Lenovo we've seen thus far — no Intel required. Meanwhile, the Raden RX 6850M XT is comparable to the Radeon RX 6800M for better or worse.
Lenovo Legion laptop power modes are seemingly buggy with unusually short battery life
After experiencing similar issues on two different AMD-powered gaming laptops from Lenovo, you may want actually want to set your power preferences to Balanced instead of Power Saver for longer runtimes.
Beelink SEi11 mini PC Review: Cheaper than an Intel NUC 11 but just as fast
NUC alternatives can be a mixed bag most of the time, but the Beelink SEi11 is coming awfully close to a full-fledged NUC while costing hundreds of dollars less thanks to the uncommon Core i5-11320H.
Ryzen 5 6600H is only 5 percent faster than the Ryzen 5 5600H to feel like a rebrand in many aspects
Our first benchmarks on the Ryzen 5 6600H are in and the results are a mixed bag. While integrated graphics performance is much faster than before to edge out the Iris Xe 96 EUs, actual processor performance is only slightly faster than the Ryzen 5 5600H at best.
Ryzen 5 6600H performance debut: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 Laptop Review
The Lenovo gaming laptop costs only $800 USD and it comes with AMD's latest generation Zen3+ H-series processor. Based on what we've seen so far, however, you may be better off finding a laptop with the older Ryzen 7 5800H instead if CPU performance is priority.
Celeron N5105 Jasper Lake debut: Beelink U59 mini PC review
Beelink has updated its inexpensive U59 mini PC with more RAM and a new Intel Celeron CPU without needing to jack up the price. How much of a performance boost can users really expect?
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 review: Smallest X1 laptop ever
450 nits, full sRGB colors, 16:10 aspect ratio, 5G Sub 6 WAN, and 12th gen Core P CPU all in a system lighter than 1 kg. Can you really fit all these features in a small 13-inch form factor without cutting corners?
$199 12.5-inch Depgi portable monitor attaches directly to the XBox Series S so you can game almost anywhere
The 1080p IPS monitor promises HDR, Freesync, 2.5 W stereo speakers, and even 99 percent sRGB coverage to turn your XBox Series S into a quasi portable gaming console.
All three Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 SKUs in review: Core i5-1240P, i7-1260P, or i7-1280P OLED?
The Core i7-1280P CPU is $100 more than the i7-1260P option while the OLED panel costs an additional $200 over standard IPS. Let's find out exactly what kinds of benefits these pricier options can actually bring to the table.
The Dell Inspiron 14 Plus 7420 is pretty much a budget Alienware x14
The latest Inspiron 14 Plus ships with the same Core i7-12700H CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 GPU options as on the Alienware x14 for hundreds of dollars less. If you want an affordable yet powerful machine in a 14-inch form factor, then the Inspiron may be worth considering over the Alienware.
HP Dragonfly G3 gets almost everything right except for CPU performance
The Dragonfly G3 is one of the best-looking business subnotebooks in the market. However, the 12th gen processor runs slower than expected in order to fit into such a thin and light design.
Dell Inspiron 14 Plus 7420 laptop review: For power users on a budget
The Inspiron 14 Plus packs a lot of power for a 14-inch laptop with its 12th gen Core-H CPU and GeForce RTX graphics. It's a good solution for users who want something more powerful than a standard Ultrabook yet cheaper than an Asus Zephyrus G14 or Razer Blade 14.
We test the Lepow C2 15.6-inch portable monitor for brightness, contrast, colors, response times, and more
The budget IPS portable monitor is now on sale for $139 USD to be one of the least expensive and lightest 15.6-inch models available. Display quality is decent with a fair list of cut corners considering the low price.
Cooler Master MM311 launches for $39 USD to be the go-to gaming mouse for users on a budget
If all you need is a no-frills lightweight gaming mouse with a high 10,000 DPI optical sensor, then the new Cooler Master MM311 might be worth a closer look.
HP Elite Dragonfly G3 13.5 laptop review: All-new design and performance
The Dragonfly G3 ditches the old 16:9 form factor for a more work-appropriate 3:2 aspect ratio with plenty of display options to choose from. The CPU upgrade, however, isn't as big as we were hoping.
Zendure SuperTank Pro OLED power bank can fully recharge any USB-C laptop
It's not exactly cheap at $169 USD, but it'll probably be the best and only power bank you'll need. The informative OLED display in particular helps separate it from most other power banks in the market.
The Core i5-1235U had a terrible launch until the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex i5 14 saved it
To our surprise, the budget Lenovo convertible is the best model to get thus far if you want to see the Core i5-1235U at its best. The performance delta between a 15 W and 25 W TDP CPU is significant and worthy of attention for users in the market for a new 12th gen Intel laptop.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14IAU7 convertible review: Core i5-1235U done right
If you want to maximize performance while minimizing the damage done to your wallet, then the new IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 may be worthwhile. Its 12th gen Core i5 CPU runs faster than most 11th gen Core i7 options while costing hundreds of dollars less.
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7620 review: The do-it-all multimedia laptop
The Inspiron 16 Plus 7610 is barely a year old, but the newer Inspiron 16 Plus 7620 brings enough changes both inside and out that performance hunters and even content creators may want to take notice.
Lepow C2 Series 15.6-inch 1080p portable monitor on sale this week for $130 USD
At just under $130 USD, the Lepow C2 is one of the least expensive 15.6-inch 1080p IPS monitors you can find. Users can connect PCs, compatible smartphones, and even gaming systems via the integrated Mini-DP, HDMI, and Type-C ports.
2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has fewer keyboard keys and a slower MicroSD reader than the 2020 model
Newer is better except for the few times when it's not. HP has adjusted the performance of the MicroSD reader and layout of the keyboard keys between model generations that some users may not be fond of.
GaN Systems claims to have created the smallest 280 W power brick for gaming laptops
AC adapters for gaming laptops can be ridiculously big sometimes. Makers like GaN Systems and Razer are ahead of the curve in this respect with their smaller adapter designs relative to most other manufacturers.
Tiny Liene Amber M200 wireless photo printer on sale for $120 USD for this week only
The portable wireless printer measures just 8.07 x 4.91 x 3.36 inches and is powered by a Li-Ion battery to be a good solution for small workspaces or students.
2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 review: The pinnacle subnotebook convertible
Last year's Spectre x360 14 was one of the best convertible laptops in its size category. This year's refresh addresses many of the shortcomings of its older sibling to be an easy recommendation for the hybrid work-at-home and office lifestyles.
One of the best Asus TUF Gaming F15 configurations with the 1440p 165 Hz display is too hard to find
Don't fall for Asus' tricks. While the TUF Gaming F15 is one of the better budget gaming laptops you can buy, nearly all of the configurations online come with the abysmal 1080p panel with very poor colors.
Monoprice sale slashes 15 percent off most products side-wide
If you're in the mood to browse adapters, cables, desks, mice, and other random office accessories, now might be the best time to do it. Even some 4K projectors are eligible for the 15 percent coupon.
Dynabook Portégé X40-K review: Premium laptop with a budget display
The Portege X40-K is the company's premium business laptop retailing for over $1400 USD and yet it comes with a display that's found on budget laptops for almost half the price. The model could certainly use more updates beyond just the new 12th gen CPU.
MSI True Color software update adds AdobeRGB and Display P3 color options
If you own an MSI gaming laptop with an OLED display, then this latest update will make switching between different color profiles a lot easier. Previous versions had no option to set AdobeRGB or P3 color spaces even if the panel could support them.
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1 vs. 9420 2-in-1: What's the difference?
They may look the same, but the newer model can potentially provide faster CPU performance, crisper video calls, and faster WAN connectivity than the previous generation model. Otherwise, the two models are pretty much the same.
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX517ZC laptop review: 1440p, 165 Hz, And Full P3 Colors For Under $1000
After having just reviewed the TUF Dash F15 with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics, let's see how it compares to the less expensive GeForce RTX 3050 option. The cheaper GPU is slower, of course, but it disappoints in other key areas as well.
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1 convertible review: The Intel 12th gen upgrade
The 2022 update includes a higher resolution webcam, 5G support, and faster Alder Lake-U CPU options all with vPro support. Are the differences enough to propel it over the already excellent Latitude 9420 2-in-1?
Red flags to watch out for when buying laptops on sale or looking for deals
Cheap displays, low RAM and storage, and older generation CPUs or GPUs are common tricks that manufacturers like to use. Uninformed buyers may think they're getting a good deal, but the sly cut corners can sometimes be steep.
Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 IAP7 2-in-1 now shipping with Intel Arc A370M graphics for $1400 USD
The model is one of the first 16-inch convertibles to include discrete Intel Arc graphics whereas the Dell Inspiron 7620 2-in-1 ships with the GeForce MX550 instead.
Lenovo Yoga 7 16 Gen 7 review: Massive 16-inch convertible laptop
If you ever wanted a big-screen 2-in-1 laptop regardless of how much it could weigh, then the new 16-inch Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible should fit the bill nicely. The model offers some of the latest processors available including Intel 12th gen Core-P and Core-H CPUs and discrete Intel Arc graphics.
2022 Vaio FE 14 is new on the inside but old on the outside
It may be equipped with the latest fancy 12th gen CPUs from Intel, but the wrapping is starting show its age.
15 W Syncwire 2-in-1 Mag360 wireless charging stand now on sale for $39 USD
The charging stand has a handy rotating arm so you can continue using the phone while it's charging. That is, of course, assuming your phone doesn't slide right off.
VAIO FE14 laptop review: Avoid the Core i5-1235U and get the Core i7-1255U
Vaio has updated its FE14 series with Intel Alder Lake-U options. Since the chassis remains unchanged year-over-year, some parts of the design are feeling outdated by today's high Ultrabook standards.
That awkward moment when the Core i5-1240P is outperforming most Core i7-1260P laptops currently available
Numbers don't lie. We're disappointed that most laptop makers thus far haven't been implementing the Core i7-1260P to its full potential. The situation is bad enough that even the Core i5-1240P is running consistently faster in multi-threaded workloads than many Core i7-1260P laptops at the moment.
HP knows the internet loves GIFs so they put a dedicated GIF key on the latest Pavilion laptop
The feature makes it easy to search and insert GIFs and emoticons when messaging. There's no longer an excuse to *not* reply with GIFs now.
15 W Core i5-1235U vs. 28 W Core i5-1135G7: Newer isn't always better
The Core i5-1235U offers similar CPU performance as the Core i5-1135G7 while consuming less power, but graphics performance has taken a hit.
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop review: OLED, 90 Hz, and 12th gen Core H
The "Plus" doesn't mean plus-size. HP's latest Pavilion laptop adds a host of high-end features and performance upgrades that could have easily belonged to an Envy or Spectre model. Does the Pavilion Plus 14 cut any corners?
Jya Fjord smart home air purifier now on sale for $319 USD with one year warranty and free shipping
The Fjord is a premium air purifier with NanoGuard technology that is equivalent to a HEPA13-class filter. For over $300 USD, however, let's see what else the unit can provide over less expensive alternatives.
FOPO 12-inch triple monitor extender review: Clunky and more fragile than standalone portable monitors
Mounting two external displays onto your laptop sounds pretty cool on paper, but it can be a huge hassle in practice. The FOPO monitor extender is bogged down by its own awkward build and extensive cable requirements.
Intel Core i7-1265U debut: Dell Latitude 13 7330 1 kg laptop review
For most laptop families, OEMs simply offer just one material option such as magnesium alloy or carbon fiber a la the HP Spectre or the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, respectively. The Latitude 7330 wants to do it all by giving users the option to choose between three different materials.
MelGeek Mojo84 is one of the quietest mechanical keyboards we've typed on
The 84-key Mojo84 keyboard utilizes Poron, silicone, polycarbonate, MDA, and silicone materials to dampen the typing noise as much as possible to great effect.
Monoprice Harmony Capsule 200 is a no-frills portable speaker with strong audio but few features
The speaker skimps on arguably unnecessary extras like LEDs for a more standard design that focuses on maximizing the core audio experience.
EasySMX ESM-9124 is a Switch Pro Controller with programmable turbo and macro buttons for $35 USD
The EasySMX is very light at just 211 g compared to the 250 g Switch Pro controller. Customizing the buttons is easy but only if you can remember all the necessary button combinations as there is no UI to help.
Framework Laptop 13.5 Intel 12th gen review: Like the Microsoft Surface, but actually repairable
When the original Framework Laptop launched last year, one of its key promises was the ability for owners to upgrade to newer processors with just a simple swap of the motherboard. The manufacturer is standing firm on its claims with the 2022 refresh.
MSI Summit E14 Flip convertible offers excellent performance, but it's a little heavy
MSI's latest 14-inch convertible is strong on all fronts from its bright 500-nit DCI-P3 touchscreen and Core i7-1260P CPU that actually performs how it should be. At 1.6 kg, however, this isn't a very light convertible at all.
Panasonic Toughbook 40 laptop review: Highly adaptive and modular
The model can support up to four individual expansion cards in order to meet the various demands of police officers, utility companies, and other public sector working conditions. Panasonic is banking on versatility to better distinguish the Toughbook series from others.
Old laptop features that we hope will never come back
After testing laptops for well over a decade, we've seen our fair share of configurations and traits that have thankfully died or are on their way to being six feet under. Here are some of our old favorites.
MSI Summit E14 Flip Evo A12M convertible review: A legit alternative to HP, Dell or Lenovo
Having already cracked the gaming space, MSI is continuing its efforts to carve into the lucrative office and business segment with its Summit series of prosumer devices. The Summit E14 Flip is one of the best models in its family thus far with build quality rivaling that of bigger OEMs.
The MSI Raider GE67 330 W AC adapter is so fat that it's heavier than some 15-inch laptops
With great power comes great responsibility and a substantial AC adapter. The GE67 sports a powerful 12th gen Core i7-12800HX CPU that's so demanding that it necessitated a ridiculously large 330 W AC adapter compared to the smaller 280 W one that shipped with the older GE66.
The Intel Core i7-12800HX is insane: MSI Raider GE67 HX 12UGS laptop review
The 110 W Core i7-12800HX CPU isn't pulling any punches. Power consumption is certainly high, but the gains are well worth it especially for the target audience of enthusiasts and performance hunters.
Innocn 15.6-inch OLED monitor on sale for just $199 USD for Prime Day, compatible with most desktop PCs and laptops
Want to experience OLED without shelling for an expensive OLED laptop? The 15.6-inch Innocn OLED FHD monitor is now more affordable than ever if you're thinking about giving it a try.
GPD Win Max 2 Core i7-1260P vs. Ryzen 7 6800U benchmarks: AMD is the superior choice for gaming
For handheld 720p gaming, the new integrated Radeon 680M can outperform the Iris Xe by wide margins even though GPD is charging the same price for either option.
GPD Win Max 2 handheld gaming PC review: Intel Core i7-1260P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U?
The Win Max 2 is trying to be a lot of things at once for gamers, artists, office workers, and students. To our surprise, it actually works very well on all fronts to be a huge improvement over the original Win Max thanks to both design improvements and Intel's new 12th gen CPU.
Dell Precision 7770 and 7670 now available for purchase with Intel 12th gen vPro CPUs and Nvidia RTX A5500 graphics
The 16-inch Precision 7670 and 17.3-inch Precision 7770 start at $2399 and $2489 USD, respectively, with options up to the Core i9-12950HX CPU and high refresh rate 4K panels.
Core i7-12800HX vs. Ryzen 9 6900HX benchmarks show Intel ahead of the game but at a huge cost to your power bill
Our first in-house benchmarks on the 16-core Core i7-12800HX are in courtesy of the MSI Raider GE67. While raw performance is faster than expected, it doesn't exactly come free as the 12th gen processor is significantly more power-hungry than most other mobile CPUs currently in the market.
Core i5-1235U performance debut: Gateway Ultra Slim 14.1 GWTC51427 laptop review
You don't have to spend four digits just to experience the latest generation of Intel processors. The 2022 Gateway Ultra Slim comes with a 12th gen Intel CPU that rivals the popular Core i7-1165G7 for nearly half the price.
Core i5-1235U vs. Core i7-1165G7 benchmarks show similar CPU performance levels but slower graphics
The 25 W Core i5-1235U offers no significant gains over the year-old Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 based on our early in-house benchmark results. The 12th gen chip almost feels like a rebrand in many ways. For more performance, users will want to look at the Core i7-1260P instead.
Asus VivoBook S 14X S5402Z review: World's first 14.5-inch 2.8K 120 Hz OLED laptop
Despite being "only" a Vivobook, the Vivobook S 14X uses the same 14.5-inch Samsung OLED panel as the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo for a similar viewing experience at a much cheaper price. If you're looking to spend just under $1000 USD on an Ultrabook, then this Asus can offer a lot for the money.
Asus Zenbook Flip 15 Q539ZD OLED display is 40 percent dimmer than what the manufacturer is advertising
(June 27, 2022 update: Issue has been resolved.) There is a huge mismatch in display brightness between what Asus is claiming and what we are actually seeing on a retail unit. Hopefully we can find an official solution to "unlock" the maximum brightness potential of the otherwise impressive 120 Hz OLED touchscreen.
Intel Arc A370M debut: Asus ZenBook Flip 15 Q539ZD 2-in-1 review
The Zenbook Flip 15 is back with 12th gen Intel Core H CPUs and the new Intel Arc A370M GPU to replace last year's Core U options and the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, respectively. While CPU performance is insanely fast for a convertible, perhaps the GeForce MX550 would have been the better move.
Our first Intel Arc A370M benchmarks are in and the results are comparable to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at best and slower than the GeForce MX250 at worst
Asus just launched its first ever laptop with Arc A370M graphics. While it performs great against integrated Iris Xe and Radeon Vega, it's going to need to a bigger boost to overtake the existing Nvidia GeForce MX series and even some older GeForce GTX 1050 solutions.
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3050: 25 percent faster performance at no additional power cost
The RTX 3060 may be faster than the RTX 3050, but it is operating under the same 65 W TGP meaning it doesn't need to run any warmer or require more power from the outlet to do so.
Premium Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1 with 12th gen Intel CPUs and 500-nit touchscreen now shipping starting at $2100 USD
The 13.3-inch model integrates two Thunderbolt 4 ports, 5G WWAN connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, and a 16:10 2560 x 1600 display all in a chassis weighing less than 3 pounds. Intel Core U-series CPUs come standard with no Core P options.
Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra launching soon for users who thought the ThinkStation P360 Tiny may have been too slow
The model promises more than 50 percent faster performance than previous generation SFF desktop workstations. Its new chassis is fully ISV certified and also one of the first in its desktop workstation category to carry both ethernet and Thunderbolt 4.
Ultralight Razer Orochi V2 wireless optical gaming mouse is down to just $28 USD right now
The small and basic mouse was arguably expensive when it launched last year for $70 USD, but it is now down to a much more reasonable price point considering its limited auxiliary features.
Beelink U59 Mini-S mini PC review: The super inexpensive Intel NUC HTPC alternative
The Beelink U59 Mini-S is cheap enough to be a respectable alternative to the typical smart TV dongles or media players from Google, Amazon, Apple, or Roku especially for users who want the versatility of a Windows environment.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus is the cheapest it's ever been at $700 USD with Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD
Amazon and Best Buy are slashing the latest Surface Pro 7+ to just $700 USD. The price cut may suggest that a replacement could be launching soon with Intel 12th gen CPU options.
EZQuest 3-port USB-C hub is one of the most useful adapters available for just $30 USD
Nobody likes to carry a bunch of adapters with them while traveling. If we could pick just one adapter, however, then this 3-port USB-C hub from EZQuest might be the best $30 USD you could spend on one.
No Dell XPS 16 2-in-1 means the Inspiron 16 7620 2-in-1 is the next best thing for now
It's been over four years since we last saw the XPS 15 2-in-1. While a proper successor has yet to made official, we can at least look towards the recently launched Inspiron 16 7620 2-in-1 as an alternative option.
Dell Inspiron 16 7620 2-in-1 convertible review: Mylar and aluminum chassis
Though still rare, 16-inch convertible laptops are becoming more common nowadays. The Inspiron 16 7620 2-in-1 is one of the more affordable ones in its category and it even sports the latest 12th gen Intel CPUs and GeForce MX GPUs to be as fast or faster than most other convertibles.
2022 Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1 with 2400p OLED and 12th gen Core i7-1260P now shipping for $1330 USD
The fully-loaded configuration comes with 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 512 GB of PCIe4 x4 storage, and the newest Intel 12th gen Core P-series CPU to be satisfy even most multimedia power users.
Our first Core i7-1255U benchmarks are in. Now let's see how they compare to the Core i7-1260P
The Core i7-1260P is about 20 percent faster than the Core i7-1255U, but it also consumes about 20 percent more power in the process. More significant gains can be observed in terms of graphics performance as the integrated Iris Xe benefits more from the higher power envelope and faster DDR5 RAM.
Intel Core i7-1255U debut: Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1 convertible review
16:10 aspect ratio displays were previously only available on higher-end laptops, but they have finally made their way to more affordable models like the Inspiron 14 7420 convertible. The bigger display pairs well with Intel's latest 12th gen CPU offerings for an attractive buy.
Getac X600 and X600 Pro rugged performance laptops coming with Intel 11th gen CPUs and Quadro RTX 3000 graphics
The high-performance models will become available in October of this year with workstation-like options, Thunderbolt 4, and lots of expandable modules that we've come to expect from a rugged laptop.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sale is finally below MSRP at $1119 USD
We're not sure how long the sale will last, but now is a good chance to save some pocket change if you're already in the market for one while these are still in stock.
Eurocom Raptor X15 review: LGA1700 Core i7-12700K in a laptop
Why use a 12th gen mobile H-series CPU when you can just use a full-fledged K-series desktop CPU instead? Though performance is impressive for a laptop, users should still expect a deficit when compared to a "proper" desktop setup.
For $233 USD, this 15.6-inch OLED 1080p Innocn monitor is one of the most affordable considering the specifications
The sale runs from now until June 13. Based on our time with a unit, the new lower price makes this OLED monitor very compelling when compared to other portable IPS-based alternatives out there.
Black Shark 5 Pro gaming smartphone launches for $799 USD with 144 Hz OLED touchscreen, 720 Hz sampling rate, vapor chamber cooler, 120 W fast charging, and 4 nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC
The large vapor chamber plates have a combined surface area of 5320 mm^2 for cooling the SoC, 5G antenna, and battery. Wi-Fi 6E is supported on the Black Shark 5 Pro as well alongside other features not available on the non-Pro version.
Razer adds two new Blade 17 SKUs with 12th gen Core i9, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and QHD or UHD display options
The 2022 Blade 17 lineup just got two new family members for gamers who want something more powerful than the lowest-end GeForce RTX 3060 options but aren't willing to shell out for the highest-end GeForce RTX 3080 Ti options.
2022 Razer Blade 17 owners are getting 10 W more graphics performance via free BIOS update
In a rare move, the latest Razer firmware update will boost GPU TGP and thus graphics performance for existing Blade 17 owners. It's essentially more performance out of thin air albeit likely at the cost of slightly warmer core temperatures.
Dell XPS 17 9720 graphics is actually slower than on the XPS 17 9710, but CPU performance has improved
Dell has quietly lowered the GeForce RTX 3060 TGP from 70 W to 65 W on the latest XPS 17 9720 series. The minor hit to graphics performance may be worth the more significant increase in CPU performance, however.
New details emerge on MSI Titan GT77 including prices, 75 W Core i9-12900HX CPU, dimensions, ports, and availability
The refreshed GT77 will support PCIe5 NVMe SSDs and be nearly twice as thin as its GT76 predecessor. MSI is also bundling neat extras for early bird buyers like a 128 GB flash drive, MSI Lucky dragon keychain, and an M99 mouse.
LG Gram 17 with Intel 12th gen on sale for $1600 USD to be a decent alternative to the Dell XPS 17
The SKU comes with 32 GB of soldered RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6E, 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a crisp 17-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display. If you don't need the higher CPU or GPU power of the XPS 17, then the leaner LG Gram 17 can be an excellent option.
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 laptop review: 50 percent faster processor than before
The Alder Lake platform has done wonders for the XPS 17 series in terms of raw performance, but it comes at a cost that power users ought to be aware of.
Huge PNY graphics card sale puts the GeForce GTX 1660, RTX 3060, and 3080 Ti at almost decent prices
The sale runs until May 30 and includes the GeForce RTX 3060 for $440, GTX 1660 Super for $300, RTX 3080 for $970, and the RTX 3080 Ti for $1200 USD. The RTX 3060 Revel in particular is a small form factor GPU designed for smaller PC builds.
Dell XPS 15 9520 is 15 to 35 percent faster than XPS 15 9510, lacks Wi-Fi 6E support despite coming with an Intel AX211
Dell has swapped the 11th gen Intel CPUs for 12th gen options and the Wi-Fi 6 Killer 1650s WLAN for the Wi-Fi 6E-compatible intel AX211. Though the CPU upgrade is notable, the WLAN update is largely pointless as Wi-Fi 6E is effectively disabled on the model.
Cooler Master launches GM27-CFX and GM34-CWQ curved VA gaming monitors each with 98 percent DCI-P3 coverage
The monitors sport quantum dot displays, fast refresh rates, and fast response times to compete with other high-end curved gaming monitors like the Alienware AQ3420DW.
2022 Dell XPS 15 9520 3.5K OLED laptop review: Skip or buy?
Now in its third year, the XPS 15 9520 is another internal update to the already familiar 2020 XPS 15 9500 and 2021 XPS 15 9510. But is the fancy new Alder Lake-H CPU really enough to make a difference?
Lexar launches SL660 Blaze USB-C SSD with RGB LEDs for $120 USD because "gaming storage" is a thing now
The portable drive can offer read and write rates of up to 2000 MB/s and 1900 MB/s, respectively, when connected to a proper USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 2x2 port. Prices start at $120 USD up to $190 USD for a whole terabyte of storage.
HP Pavilion Plus 14 coming with 12th gen Core i7-12700H and GeForce RTX 2050 graphics to be faster than many other 14-inch laptops
HP wants to squeeze as much performance into its small 14-inch Pavilion 14 series as possible. The Pavilion 14 Plus is coming on May 25th with high-end options like the Core i7-12700H and even a 2.8K OLED display with full DCI-P3 coverage.
Antonline has the Gigabyte A5 K1 for just $999 USD with Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and 240 Hz IPS display
The Gigabyte A5 X1, A5 K1, Aorus 15P YD, and U4 UD are all on sale with last generation Intel and AMD CPUs to make room for newer models with 12th gen Alder Lake and AMD Ryzen 3+.
Sk hynix Platinum P41 2 TB PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD benchmarked
The drive can indeed reach insanely fast 7000 MB/s transfer rates, but not for very long. We highly recommend getting a heat spreader to get the most out of the PCIe4 SSD as temperatures can ramp up quickly.
Bigbig Won Rainbow PC gamepad has an awesome smartphone app that we wish Sony and Microsoft could implement
The $50 USD third-party controller is not only stylish and bright, but it has a neat app that lets users calibrate and customize the buttons and analog sensitivity on the fly.
LG Gram 14T90P convertible review: The Lenovo Yoga and HP Spectre challenger
Can LG compete with the big boys like Lenovo, HP, Dell, or Asus in the subnotebook convertible space? The latest superlight Gram design is a significant improvement over older models to be a serious contender that users may want to consider.
Framework Laptop 12th gen Core i7-1280P, Core i7-1260P, and Core i5-1240P are finally here
Want Intel's fancy new 12th gen processor without throwing away the rest of your laptop? This is the Framework Laptop's chance to shine by enticing both existing owners to upgrade and new owners to jump aboard.
Getac S410 Gen 4 laptop review: Simple changes with huge upgrades
Intel's Tiger Lake-U series has done wonders for consumer laptops and so it's great to finally see the same options available on rugged models designed for enterprise or industrial use.
Upcoming ThinkPad P16 workstation will be Lenovo's answer to the HP ZBook Fury 16 G9
Users can configure with up to 128 GB of DDR5 RAM, 8 TB of M.2 PCIe4 storage, 4G CAT16 eSIM, and 400-nit UHD OLED or 600-nit UHD IPS display.
Razer Blade 14 with Ryzen 9 6900HX on sale for $2500 USD with two-year warranty
Costco is currently selling the latest Blade 14 for a cheaper price than Razerzone.com and with longer warranty as well. If you're looking to test one out yourself, this may be the best way to go.
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 OLED UM535Q laptop review: Like an AMD-powered XPS 15
As one of the few 15.6-inch laptops to pair an AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 9 CPU with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, the ZenBook Pro 15 OLED is able to offer more performance than most other ultrathin multimedia laptops out there. We would have preferred an older GTX 1660 Ti option, however.
Why the Razer Blade 15 240 Hz OLED display could be a game changer for gaming laptops
Are we finally getting the ultimate panel for both gaming and professional editing? The upcoming 240 Hz OLED display seemingly checks off every box on the list to finally supersede IPS, but we still have our concerns about flickering when on lower brightness levels.
Inexpensive Lepow C2S 15.4 portable monitor has a better kickstand than most others
The Lepow C2S offers better colors and a more reliable kickstand than other budget portable monitors we've seen. However, cut corners had to be made elsewhere to keep the price as low as it is.
The Alienware x17 R2 is an absolute power-hungry monster and we wouldn't have it any other way
Dell's latest ultrathin gaming machine is unapologetically power-hungry and we love it. At well over 300 W when fully stressed, the Alienware x17 R2 isn't afraid to draw as much power as it can to squeeze out more performance than on most other laptops.
Alienware x17 R2 laptop review: Peak 175 W GeForce RTX 3080 Ti performance
Most ultrathin gaming laptops strike a careful balance between performance, noise, and power consumption. The Alienware x17 R2, on the other hand, shows no shame maximizing performance even if it means a louder and more power-hungry system.
Insanely large Innocn 40-inch WQHD 40C1R gaming monitor now on sale for $450 USD
If you're not a fan of multi-monitor setups, then investing in a single large monitor instead can get you a lot of the same benefits of a multi-monitor desktop. This 40-inch Innocn has a similar PPI as two 22-inch 1080p monitors side by side.
Integrated graphics showdown: AMD Radeon 680M makes Intel Iris Xe look like child's play
How well can the new AMD Radeon 680M run Cyberpunk 2077 or Crysis Remastered? Pretty darn well for an integrated GPU. Performance can be over 2x faster than the Intel Iris Xe 96 EUs in some cases to be nearly on par with the discrete Nvidia GeForce 1650 series at times.
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX vs. Core i7-12800H: Intel still has the edge
Our first benchmarks with the Ryzen 9 6900HX are in and while they're pretty good on their own, they're not really all that different from the competing Intel Core i7-12800H or even the older Ryzen 9 5900HX.
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX debut: Razer Blade 14 laptop review
The Blade 14 is redefining our expectations of what an ultrathin 14-inch laptop is capable of. As if the 2021 model wasn't already fast enough for its size, this latest 2022 revision raises the bar even higher particularly in processor performance.
All Asus Zenbook laptops, no matter how expensive, have significantly slower SD card readers than the Dell XPS or HP Spectre
The Zenbook series is supposed to be a high-end prosumer series with some of the best display options and features designed for content creators and editing applications. And yet, it has some of the slowest SD card readers of any prosumer laptop in the market.
Our first Core i7-1260P benchmark results are in and they're better than AMD Zen 3.. most of the time
The upcoming AMD Zen 3+ U-series is going to have some tough competition. Intel's P-core and E-core approach seems to be paying off particularly when it comes to multi-thread performance.
Intel Core i7-1260P debut: Lenovo Yoga 9 14IAP7 convertible review
Intel's 11th gen Tiger Lake-U series is already pretty good. Now, let's see how much more the 12th gen Core i7-1260P can offer in one of the first convertible subnotebooks from Lenovo to support it.
The Nvidia GeForce MX series is starting to sweat in the face of Intel Iris Xe
Intel and AMD are each just a few steps away from making the GeForce MX series obsolete. While the GeForce MX450 is still faster than any integrated solution currently available on laptops, the performance gaps between it and Iris Xe or Radeon are closing in to make the discrete Nvidia GPU much less desirable.
Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme review: One of the best 13-inch rugged laptops
It may be heavy, but everything has been done so right that the weight can be overlooked. The display itself is better than on most other rugged laptops in terms of colors, contrast, and brightness.
2022 Razer Blade 14 refresh for $2000 USD now shipping with AMD Zen 3+ Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU
The Razer Store exclusive configuration will net you one of the most powerful 14-inch clamshell laptops currently available. Alternatively, users can also pay just $200 more last year's model with the older Ryzen 9 5900HX but faster GeForce RTX 3070.
Chuwi updates LarkBox X mini PC with faster AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and AMD RZ608 Wi-Fi 6
The affordable mini PC is expected to be a slight improvement over last year's model in terms of performance while offering significantly faster WLAN transfer rates and more video output options.
Upcoming Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1 collaboration touchpad shows us what the future of Latitude laptops might look like
The executive 13.3-inch model will be even more compact than the existing 15-inch Latitude 9520 2-in-1 or 14-inch Latitude 9420 2-in-1. Expect availability by this June.
Nvidia RTX A5500 set to debut on Dell Precision 7770 with 55 W 12th gen Core i9 vPro CPUs and UHD HDR500 DCI-P3 displays
Dell promises it to be the world's most powerful 17.3-inch mobile workstation when it becomes available worldwide by the second half of 2022. It will be one of the few laptops to come with Nvidia RTX A5500 or GeForce RTX 3080 Ti options.
The latest MSI Bravo 15 B5DD is a step backwards for the series
Buying an MSI Bravo 15? Make sure to distinguish between the "A" series and "B" series so you'll know exactly what you're getting. The newest 2022 model is worse than the older one in a lot of aspects.
MSI Bravo 15 B5DD laptop review: Terrible Radeon RX 5500M performance-per-dollar
It's acceptable that budget gaming laptops aren't going to give you the best graphics. However, you'll still want to avoid certain models due to an aging GPU with poor performance relative to most others in its price category.
Framework Laptop mainboard is now available directly from the company starting at $400 USD
Framework mainboards with 12th gen Intel CPUs have yet to become available. For repairing or replacement purposes, however, these 11th gen CPU mainboards are now on sale complete with CAD and electrical documentation for tinkerers.
Beelink SEi8 review: Uncommon Core i3-8109U for a new mini PC
If you want something faster than Celeron or Atom without needing to overpay for the latest Core i5 or Core i7 solutions, then this affordable Beelink SEi8 may fit the bill.
GeForce RTX 3080 vs. RTX 3070 Ti laptops: Very little difference on average
The performance margins between the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 are so small that the RTX 3070 Ti can outperform the RTX 3080 in certain cases. If you want to avoid the slowest RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080 laptops, then this list might come in handy.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition now available to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Asus laptop sent into space
The laptop has a unique 3.5-inch monochrome OLED display on the outer lid for displaying notifications and animations without needing to open up the lid. SKUs are currently shipping for $2000 USD on Amazon or Newegg.
FOPO S12 and S16 1080p triple monitor extenders for laptops now on sale for $370 and $422, respectively
The 12-inch and 13.3-inch monitors serve as space-saving alternatives to traditional external monitors by attaching directly to the laptop itself. The extenders are compatible with a range of laptop models between 13-inches and 17-inches.
100 W Baseus Blade power bank can recharge your Ultrabook as fast as a regular AC power outlet
The Baseus Blade is easily one of our favorite power banks with its high 20000 mAh capacity, fast 100 W output charging rate, and fast 65 W input charging rate. It's a little pricey, but you'll likely won't need another power bank in the process.
Cooler Master CK721 wireless mechanical keyboard with 3-way customizable dial now shipping for $120 USD
The 65 percent keyboard comes standard with a two-year warranty unlike most other keyboards. Nonetheless, the CK721 has a few annoyances that users should be aware of before purchasing.
Innocn 15K1F OLED portable monitor beats most others in colors, black levels, and response times
The 15.6-inch portable monitor is now available for $270 USD or slightly higher than most other portable monitors of its size. Its OLED panel, however, offers a much better colors and deeper contrast than the usual IPS solution. We go over a few pros and cons during our time with a test unit.
KUU LeBook Pro 2-in-1 laptop on sale for $830 USD to be a decent alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro
The budget-friendly LeBook Pro includes Cortana support with better performance than many other Surface competitors. It uses an older 8th gen CPU, but this shouldn't be an issue for most basic home or office scenarios.
Waterproof EasySMX VKF2PRO Bluetooth speaker is big on volume and small on size
The portable speakers support TWS and have built-in indicator LEDs. It's lightweight, sturdy, and loud enough for most small outdoor gatherings. There are no other colors besides the black with orange trims, however.
Beelink SER4 mini PC review: AMD Zen 2 is still giving Intel NUC a run for its money
By moving from the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3750H to the Zen 2 Ryzen 7 4800U, the SER4 has made the SER3 obsolete. The Ryzen 7 4800U continues to closely match or sometimes exceed the fastest Intel NUCs powered by 11th gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 CPUs.
165 W vs. 105 W GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: It matters most at higher resolutions
The 165 W GPU version is faster than the 105 W version by about 20 percent when at higher resolutions and graphical settings. Gamers who prefer 4K resolutions will want to keep a closer eye on the TGP ratings of gaming laptops as a result.
MSI Stealth GS77 laptop review: A good Razer Blade 17 alternative?
The GS series has gotten yet another makeover with both brand new internals and a brand new chassis design over last year's GS76. Big changes normally come with significant improvements and QoL updates along the way, but the GS77 is a bit of a mixed bag.
Curved 34-inch Gigabyte G34WQC-A VA gaming monitor on sale for $300 USD
Finding another 34-inch curved monitor with the same set of features as this Gigabyte in this price range would be tough. The VA panel and 1440p native resolution may turn off some buyers depending on the usage scenario.
Intel Core i5-1155G7 outperforms the Core i7-1165G7: 12-inch Vaio SX12 comes with the performance of a 15-inch Ultrabook
Small subnotebooks can absolutely carry the same processors as larger 13-inch and 15-inch options and the Vaio SX12 is the latest example. The small 12.5-inch laptop is full of surprises considering its diminutive size.
The Razer Blade 17 suddenly has a bigger battery this year. What's the secret?
Razer as upped the capacity of the internal battery from 70 Wh to 82 Wh despite making no other changes to the overall dimensions or appearance of the latest Blade 17. Something inside had to give and it's thankfully just a minor drawback.
Intel Core i5-1155G7 debut: VAIO SX12 laptop review
Just because you're small doesn't mean you can't perform like the big boys. The 12.5-inch Vaio SX12 may be tiny when compared to the usual 13-inch or 15-inch Ultrabook, but its 11th gen processor and FHD IPS display are just as fast and capable.
Razer Blade 17 2022 Core i7 RTX 3080 Ti laptop review: Supercharged performance
The original Blade 17 design launched in 2019 with a target TGP of only 100 W. Fast-forward to 2022 and Razer has significantly upped the target to 165 W without any major changes to the chassis. Are there any repercussions users can expect from the more power-hungry internals?
That awkward moment when a GeForce RTX 3060 laptop can outperform some GeForce RTX 3070 laptops
Can a 100 W GeForce RTX 3070 beat a 140 W GeForce RTX 3060? Apparently not. Buying a gaming laptop these days can be harder than it needs to be when performance between different GPUs often overlap.
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM laptop review: Peak GeForce RTX 3060 performance
Aside from the obvious CPU update to 12th gen Alder Lake-H, the FX507 carries significant changes over last year's FX506 both inside and out. Performance hunters will especially appreciate the high TGP target relative to other gaming laptops of similar size.
Dell XPS 15 9520 with 12th gen Intel Core CPUs now available starting at $1449 USD
The popular XPS 15 has gotten a bit faster today with the launch of Intel's Alder Lake-H platform. Users can choose between black or white chassis color options and up to the unlocked Core i9-12900HK.
Dell XPS 17 9720 now shipping with Intel 12th gen CPUs starting at $1849 USD
The base configuration ships with the Core i5-12500H, integrated UHD Graphics, 1200p display, 256 GB SSD, and just 8 GB of expandable DDR5 RAM. This year will be a relatively minor update as the chassis design is still rather new all things considered.
All Galaxy Book2 Pro laptop pre-orders will come with a free 24-inch or 32-inch curved gaming monitor
Samsung is throwing in a free 165 Hz 32-inch Odyssey curved gaming monitor for those who pre-order the upcoming Galaxy Book2 Pro laptop before April 1. The monitor retails for about $329 USD while the Galaxy Book2 Pro retails for $1050.
Asus Zenbook 14X UX5400 and Zenbook 14 Flip UN5401 now shipping with 2.8K OLED displays and Ryzen 7 Zen 3 CPUs
The Zenbook 14X OLED starts at $1399 USD with the Core i7-1165G7 CPU, ScreenPad 2.0, and GeForce MX450 GPU while the Zenbook Flip OLED starts at $1099 USD with the Ryzen 7 5800H. Both models carry the same 16:10 2.8K OLED touchscreen but with very different chassis designs.
Innocn 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync is now at its cheapest for just $280 USD
The Innocn is currently one of the least expensive 4K 27-inch monitors you can find with full sRGB coverage, HDR400, FreeSync, PIP, and even a gravity sensor for switching between portrait and landscape orientations.
Razer Blade 15 2022 vs. Blade 15 2018: Four years of accumulating improvements
The Razer Blade 15 series has been utilizing the same chassis design for almost five years running. Despite the lack of any major physical changes between yearly models, the internal updates have nonetheless added up over time. If you have the original 2018 model, would it be worth upgrading to the 2022 model even though they look almost identical?
Intel Core i7-12800H debut: Razer Blade 15 laptop review
Razer is pushing the limits of its 3-year old Blade 15 design to greater heights thanks to Intel's new 12th gen Core platform and Nvidia's mobile RTX Ti series. Expect power consumption to be a bit higher than previous generation models as a result.
Acer Aspire 5 A515 with AMD Ryzen 5 5700U, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD on sale for only $630 USD
The 15.6-inch laptop is an excellent all-rounder for multimedia, school, and even light gaming so long as you aren't looking for the most accurate colors or brightest display.
110 W vs. 175 W TGP GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: How much of a performance boost can users expect?
Some GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptops are faster than other laptops with the same GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Just like with many Max-Q laptops in the past, the often overlooked TGP values shouldn't be ignored when deciding between different gaming laptops based on performance.
Eurocom RX315 laptop review: The MSI GS66 Stealth alternative
The RX315 is one of Eurocom's thinnest 15.6-inch gaming laptops that's both smaller and lighter than even the MSI GS66. Desirable auxiliary features remain intact in spite of the low weight including per-key RGB lighting and the accessible RAM and M.2 slots.
HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1 with Core i5-1135G7 CPU, upgradeable 8 GB RAM, and 1080p IPS touchscreen now on sale for $609 USD
There's almost no reason to get a Pavilion x360 15 when the Envy x360 15 is now available for around the same price. Unlike on most convertible laptops, the RAM here is not soldered and can be upgraded by the end user.
MSI GP66 Leopard vs. Vector GP66: What's the difference?
MSI has confusingly given two different names for two laptop models that are essentially identical from a visual standpoint. In reality, there are notable differences between them to keep in mind especially if you plan on purchasing one.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 now on sale for only $249 USD
The enhanced ergonomics and speakers of the Yoga Tab 11 design make the tablet easier to use for media consumption and one-handed operation. Performance can be a little laggy, however.
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS laptop review: 150 W TGP GeForce RTX 3070 Ti sweet spot
The 15.6-inch GP66 series has been refreshed this year with new processors, new displays, and a new name. Performance is impressive on all fronts, but you'll have to make the choice between higher fan noise or warmer temperatures when gaming.
External power bricks or AC adapters for gaming laptops are getting kind of chonky
A super-thin and sleek gaming laptop can only be as portable as the AC adapter that comes with it. With the power-hungry Intel Alder Lake-H series, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 Ti now available, potential buyers will want to prepare for the accompanying bulky power bricks.
Latest Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro on sale for $2449 USD with 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD
Costco is letting users save a couple hundred dollars on the newest 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro sporting the M1 Pro processor. As usual, the retailer is throwing in two-year warranty for free alongside a generous 90-day return window.
Uh oh, the mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti can be slower than an older regular GeForce RTX 3070 alternative
It's Max-Q all over again. Certain GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptops can be up to 20 percent faster than others with the exact same GPU due to the wide TGP range between laptop models. If you're in the market for a fancy RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080 Ti laptop, then be sure to look at the specified TGP target whenever possible to get the most out of the GPU.
27 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX PCs vs. the Core i9-12900H: Intel comes out on top, but there's a catch
The 12th gen Core i9-12900H is approximately 30 percent faster than the average laptop or mini PC running on the competing Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5900HX. What Intel doesn't want you to know, however, is that the chipmaker had to up the power consumption by noticeable margins in order to outperform the AMD series.
Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 with AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p IPS touchscreen now only $600 USD
The small 256 GB M.2 SSD can be easily swapped out by the end user for a larger capacity drive if desired. The sale immediately follows the reveal of AMD's upcoming Zen 3+ mobile series set to launch in the next few months.
Samsung Galaxy Book Go 14 with Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 and Windows 11 on sale for $199 USD
Don't want a Chromebook? This ARM-based Windows 11 alternative may be a more versatile option without needing to break the bank. The low 4 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD are sufficient for cloud-based workloads and typical web browsing.
Intel Core i9-12900H debut: Uniwill Technology GM7AG8P laptop review
Can you really cram both a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and Core i9 CPU into an ultrathin form factor without needing to throttle performance? Surely, there must be some catch. We dig deep into the GM7AG8P barebones to find out what cut corners users can expect, if any.
PS5-compatible 1 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD on sale for $152 USD
The drive comes with a thin CNC aluminum heatsink designed to fit within the confines of the Sony Playstation 5 console. Maximum sequential transfer rates can reach 7000 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write.
27-inch Dell S2721DGF 2K IPS 165Hz G-Sync gaming monitor on sale for $300 USD
This 1440p Dell monitor is a sweet spot for many gamers due to its native 1440p resolution, 27-inch screen size, and fast response times. The high quality stand and lack of an external power brick make the monitor even better than most monitors from lesser-known brands.
Playstation 5 compatible 1 TB ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade PCIe4 SSD now only $119 USD with 5-year warranty
PCIe4 drives are finally falling to more affordable price levels even for the higher-end models. The 1 TB XPG Gammix S70 Blade offers read rates of over 7000 MB/s to be faster than a 1 TB Samsung PM9A1.
Razer Blade 14 becomes first 14-inch laptop with Ryzen 9 6900HX and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti options, retails for a whopping $3500 USD
Razer is now accepting orders for its refreshed Blade 14 equipped with AMD's latest Zen 3+ Ryzen 6900HX CPU, DDR5 RAM, and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or 3080 Ti graphics. Prices range from $2000 up to $3500 USD with shipments expected to begin on March 17.
BMAX X14 Pro laptop review: Attractive with AMD Ryzen 5 for under $500 USD
$500 USD isn't a lot for a laptop these days unless if you're willing to settle for cheap designs and slower Celeron-level performance. The BMax X14 Pro bucks the trend with its sleek profile and reasonably fast AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, but it's not without its own unique drawbacks as well.
Integrated Radeon 680M Zen 3+ graphics with RSR can outperform the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q according to AMD
Say goodbye to the Radeon RX Vega series and hello to the Radeon 680M. AMD will finally be migrating its integrated graphics to the RDNA 2 architecture complete with larger compute units and wider LP/DDR5 bandwidth.
Loaded Asus Zephyrus G14 on sale yet again for $1249 USD with Ryzen 9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3060, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD
One of the fastest 14-inch gaming laptops in the market seem to be always on sale every few weeks or so. This time, a fully configured model can be had for hundreds of dollars less than the competing Razer Blade 14 equipped with the same GeForce RTX 3060 GPU.
Latest HP Pavilion 15 now only $619 USD with 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 1080p IPS display
Despite being of lower quality than the HP Envy or HP Spectre, the newest HP Pavilion model is still a huge upgrade over previous generation designs to be a strong affordable option for general purpose applications.
Dell Inspiron 15 with AMD Ryzen 7, 1080p IPS touchscreen, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on sale for $750 USD
With mobile AMD Zen 3+ right around the corner, manufacturers like Dell will be slashing prices on its existing Zen 2 and Zen 3 laptops in preparation. The next few months will likely be a good time to jump in on some of the deals.
GMK NucBox 3 review: Fanless Windows 11 HTPC
The Celeron J4125 may be getting a bit old, but its low power requirements can allow for both a slimmer chassis profile and fanless design to be attractive for HTPC users. Unfortunately, performance isn't where we would like it to be even for undemanding HTPC loads.
Insanely slim Alienware x14 now available to order starting at $1649 USD
If you want a 14-inch gaming laptop even thinner than the Razer Blade 14, then be prepared to pony up two grand for Dell's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop yet equipped with both vapor chamber and liquid metal cooling.
34-inch Alienware quantum dot OLED monitor will cost you $1299 when it launches this Spring
Dell had been mum about the exact price of its upcoming Alienware AW3423DW monitor ever since its initial reveal at CES 2022. Now, we finally have an official retail price and launch window for when consumers can get their hands on the 34-inch QD-OLED display.
Infinix Zero 5G brings 120 Hz, 6.78-inch FHD touchscreen, heat pipe, and a leather-clad design to the midrange segment
The midrange 6 nm MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC will power the new smartphone alongside 2x2 Wi-Fi 6, an optional orange leather option, and a "Golden Portrait" feature which Infinix claims is the equivalent of a 2x optical zoom.
Affordable Western Digital Black SN770 PCIe4 NVMe SSD series now shipping starting at $60 up to $270 USD
The WD drives are cheaper than many other PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs albeit at the cost of generally slower transfer rates. Performance will be in between the fastest PCIe3 drives and the fastest PCIe4 drives.
14-inch Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 7 5700U, full sRGB IPS display, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD on sale for $639 USD
The Swift 3 is one of the more affordable 14-inch laptops to ship with a high quality IPS panel capable of reproducing the full sRGB standard. Its processor is also comparable to Intel's 11th gen Core i7 series that typically retail for more.
27-inch Innocn 27C1U monitor integrates a gravity sensor for automatic screen rotation
For $400 to $450 USD, the Innocn 27C1U comes with almost everything you'd expect including FreeSync, 4K UHD native resolution, and a surprisingly decent stand with rotating, swivel, and tilting options. Picture-in-picture and an accelerometer are interesting extras, but they could use a bit of work to be more user friendly.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus is down to $599 USD with Type Cover keyboard, Core i3 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD
If you want the latest Microsoft tablet with Type Cover keyboard without paying close to a grand, then this latest sale may be worth a look. Retailers may be getting ready for the inevitable Surface Pro upgrade with Intel Alder Lake.
ADATA Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB PCIe4 NVMe SSD benchmarked
The high-end ADATA Blade NVMe SSD and its super-thin heat spreader can fit just about anywhere including inside of thin laptops and the Playstation 5, but don't expect it to sustain maximum transfer rates for long periods unless if you plan on installing an even larger heat spreader.
Baseus 65 W PD GaN3 wall charger now on sale for $43 USD
The GaN3 wall charger drops the extension cord features of the original GaN model for a smaller and more portable 4-port USB charger. At 65 W, the charger can charge most any laptop supporting USB-C PD.
Beelink GTR5 Ryzen 9 mini PC one-ups almost every Intel NUC thus far in raw processor performance
The Ryzen 9 5900HX is leaving its mark not only on high-performance laptops, but also on upcoming high-performance mini PCs as well. The lesser-known Beelink GTR5 will be one of the fastest NUC-sized mini PCs in terms of processor performance when it becomes available later this quarter.
2022 Beelink GTR5 mini PC review: An Intel NUC with AMD Ryzen 9
The GTR5 is the closest thing you can get to an Intel NUC powered by an AMD Zen 3 Ryzen processor. Raw CPU performance is spectacular and beyond most other mini PCs. It's just too bad that there are no Thunderbolt or eGPU options.
MSI Modern 15 office laptop now just $499 USD with 11th gen Core i5 CPU, 8 GB expandable RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
If you're on a $500 budget, then this sale will be one of the better 15.6-inch laptops you can find if maximizing both performance and portability for the price.
14-inch Dell C1422H portable monitor review: Lightweight and basic with no extras
The external monitor is as simple as it gets with nothing but two USB-C ports, power passthrough, and a surprisingly decent 1080p display with respectable response times, 95 percent sRGB coverage, and a 300-nit backlight all for $269 USD.
MSI GE76 with 12th gen Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and 4K 120 Hz display now available for pre-order for a whopping $4200 USD
Users can pre-order now with an expected ship date by March. Initial benchmarks show Intel's Alder Lake series to be a significant improvement over the previous generation and even outperforming the latest mobile Zen 3 CPUs from AMD in key areas.
Curved 31.5-inch Acer Aopen HC1 1440p 144 Hz gaming monitor is only $230 USD right now
The Aopen HC1 is currently one of the least expensive monitors you can get at this size and with similar specifications. A 3-year manufacturer warranty comes standard as well compared to only 1-year from most other makers.
Dell Inspiron 13 5310 on sale for $599 USD with newest 35 W Core i5-11320H CPU, 16:10 1200p display, and 16 GB RAM
This is one of the least expensive 13.3-inch laptops you can find with the same 16:10 aspect ratio and Tiger Lake-H Core i5-11320H processor. The 16 GB of RAM is a relief since the modules are soldered and not upgradeable.
We love how quick and easy it is to add RAM and storage to the Dell Inspiron 15 3511
Do you hate it when PC manufacturers artificially make it difficult to service a laptop? All you'll need a simple Philips screwdriver for any upgrades on the Inspiron 15 3511.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 alternative: Alldocube iPlay 40H 10.4 tablet review
A no-frills $189 USD Android tablet that focuses on reliability and general performance over flashy features and displays. There are a couple of extra things that would have made it even better, but the iPlay 40H still works well as an inexpensive family tablet.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 3511 laptop review: Making cheaper better
Is $550 enough for a decent laptop these days? The new Inspiron 15 3511 comes with the 11th gen Core i5 CPU to make it nearly as fast as most pricier Ultrabooks, but you'll have to live with a handful of cut corners including the lack of even a USB-C port.
Underrated ADATA XPG Xenia 14 laptop on sale for $849 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM
The Xenia 14 maximizes performance while maintaining both the desirable 16:10 aspect ratio and a weight of just under 1 kg. It's a bit more expensive even when on sale, but you're getting a bit more in return to make the investment worthwhile.
Razer and Hello Kitty strike a deal for the pinkest gaming accessories yet
If you're gonna go pink, then you may as well go all in. Razer is doubling down on the color by teaming with Sanrio for a partnership we never knew we wanted.
Latest Dell Inspiron 15 3511 on sale for just $309 USD to be one of the better ultra-cheap deals out there
The 15.6-inch system comes with the 11th gen Core i3-1115G4 CPU and 1080p IPS-type display which automatically make it superior to the ocean of sub $400 USD laptops where lesser Celeron, Atom, and 768p TN panels are commonplace.
Infinix InBook X2 adds features not found on the InBook X1 Pro, but performance hasn't changed
It looks like Infinix will be sticking with older Intel Ice Lake CPUs for yet another year like to keep prices at more affordable levels. The display remains excellent with its >90 percent sRGB coverage even if it suffers from more noticeable ghosting.
HP 14 with Core i3-1125G4 CPU, 1080p IPS display, and backlit keyboard is a good deal for $379 USD
If you're in the market for a 14-inch laptop on a budget without needing to resort to super-slow processors or terrible displays, then this HP 14 deal with its decent CPU and IPS display may be worth a look.
Infinix INBook X2 laptop review: The thinner and lighter INBook X1 Pro
The InBook X2 is 20 percent lighter and 13 percent smaller than last year's InBook X1 Pro and with additional QoL updates such as a keyboard backlight and brighter display. There are some downgrades nonetheless that users ought to be aware of.
32-inch Dell S3222DGM curved gaming monitor is now the cheapest it's ever been at $299 USD
The VA panel allows for 2x to 3x higher contrast ratios than your typical IPS alternative for truer blacks and more vibrant colors. At just $299, you can't find another 32-inch monitor from a well-known maker with the same features as the S3222DGM.
Fully loaded Dell Inspiron 16 Plus with Core i7-11800H, 3K display, and GeForce RTX 3060 graphics on sale for $1460 USD
The specifications come close to the XPS series and even many gaming laptops for that matter. If you need more graphics horsepower than the typical Ultrabook or multimedia laptop, then the Inspiron 16 Plus can help do a lot of the heavy lifting.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook review: OLED is now super affordable
Most inexpensive Chromebooks come with average or subpar displays in order to keep costs low. The IdeaPad Duet 5 manages to include an AMOLED panel for superior colors and black levels while maintaining a competitive price.
27-inch MSI Optix G272 1080p IPS monitor on sale for $160 USD with 144 Hz refresh rate and 92 percent DCI-P3 coverage
The monitor comes with a 120 Hz "console mode" for compatibility with the Playstation 5 and XBox consoles. This budget-midrange monitor is also able to offer deeper colors than most others in its price range.
FIIL CC2 Bluetooth 5.2 earbuds now on sale for $49 USD with built-in microphone and fast 1-second pairing time
The CC2 earbuds are ready-to-use and ready-to-go faster than most others. Its touch-sensitive controls, however, could use a bit of a redesign since they are not always responsive.
eMeet C970L 1080p60 webcam on sale for $35 USD with integrated light and privacy shutter
The integrated light isn't very bright and so it serves as a more supplementary role. Video quality is otherwise bright and clear with the handy built-in tripod connector and 6 ft USB cable.
Getac B360 rugged laptop review: Bright 1400-nit touchscreen
The B360 is one of the few 13.3-inch rugged laptops in the market, but it doesn't skimp on accessible features or display quality. However, its use of an older Comet Lake-U processor means owners will be missing out on the more advanced features of Intel Tiger Lake.
GMKtec NucBox4 mini PC with AMD Ryzen 7 3750H now available for pre-order starting at $539 USD
The quad-core mini PC comes pre-installed with Windows 11 Pro and can support up to three displays simultaneously. The manufacturer expects the NucBox 4 to begin shipping this month.
Powerful Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 on sale for $886 USD with Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, and 16 GB RAM
If you want an Ultrabook with the performance of a gaming laptop without needing to spend a fortune, then this 16-inch 120 Hz IdeaPad 5 Pro may surprise you with its high specifications and thin profile.
Popular Lenovo Legion 5 17 laptop on sale for $649 USD with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, and 256 GB NVMe SSD
This budget 17.3-inch gaming laptop comes with some decent specifications for the price including a 1080p IPS display with over 95 percent sRGB coverage to be better than most other cheap gaming laptops. The low 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD are thankfully upgradeable with some elbow grease.
Running an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X on a laptop: Eurocom Nightsky ARX15 review
Eurocom has stuffed one of the fastest AMD Zen 3 desktop CPUs in a 15.6-inch laptop form factor and it actually works. But just because you can, does it really mean you should?
27-inch Dell QHD monitor with AMD FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 99 percent sRGB now on sale for $219 USD
Users considering a home office upgrade can get themselves a new 27-inch monitor or two with good enough specifications for both gaming and editing. This is one of the best 27-inch monitors you can find at the moment in this particular price range.
Zotac ZBox Magnus EN173080C will be one of the smallest mini PCs equipped with GeForce RTX 3080 graphics
At just 210 x 203 x 62.2 mm, the GeForce RTX 3080-powered mini PC is almost 70 percent smaller than the Asus ROG Strix RTX 3080 OC that's meant for desktop form factors.
MSI joins Asus, Dell, and Lenovo in offering liquid metal cooling for its gaming laptops
Liquid metal was a notable selling point for all 2021 Asus ROG laptops and a few Alienware models. MSI will finally have its own liquid metal option for some of its G series laptops beginning this year.
Crazy powerful Asus ROG Flow X13 convertible laptop on sale for $1249 USD with AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics
The optional ROG XG Mobile GeForce RTX 3080 isn't included with the sale, but the internal laptop specifications will be more than sufficient especially when compared to 99 percent of other 13-inch alternatives you can buy.
1 TB Samsung 980 Pro PCIe4 NVMe SSD on sale for $149 USD, is compatible with Playstation 5
PCIe4 x4 M.2 drives are finally becoming more affordable after a whole first year of limited availability and options. The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the faster PCIe4 options out there which makes the new sale price that much attractive.
Rare all-AMD Asus ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop with Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M on sale for $1400 USD
While almost every other gaming laptop out there holds an Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU, or both, this Asus model is all-in on AMD with a performance target rivaling an 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake-H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.
Beelink GTI 11 mini PC hits Intel NUC where it hurts: Price
When configured with the exact same Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a registered copy Windows 10 Pro, the Beelink GTI 11 will come in at least $100 USD cheaper than the Intel NUC 11 Panther Canyon.
Baseus 65 W GaN charger is a jack-of-all trades extension cord with both USB-A and USB-C ports for $50 USD
The portable extension cord integrates multiple USB ports to support charging of multiple devices in addition to two standard power outlets. The actual plug is small, however, and can be difficult to remove from the wall.
Our top Intel NUC 11 alternative: Beelink GTI 11 mini PC review
Beelink is finally ditching those Celeron and older generation CPUs for the latest 11th gen Tiger Lake options on its newest mini PC. The end result is a system that can stand toe-to-toe with the latest Intel NUCs while costing several hundred dollars less.
Zigma Aerio 300 air purifier now shipping for $169 USD with AI learning capabilities and strong software support
The Zigma app can log daily air quality levels and allow users to set different PM2.5 boundaries for the purifier to respond accordingly. The software is much more developed than the simpler ones from other manufacturers.
Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook 11M836 review: Cheap and functional
A no-frills convertible Chromebook designed for grade schoolers, travel, or a secondary backup laptop. It's relatively sturdy if you can get past the chunky size.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 on sale for $936 USD with Zen 3 Ryzen 7 Pro CPU, massive 32 GB of RAM, and a bright 500-nit display
Sick of deals with just 8 GB of RAM? Lenovo has got you covered with a ThinkPad sporting 32 GB of RAM for under $1000 USD. The configuration also comes with the latest AMD processor and a bright 500-nit 1080p matte IPS display.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 sacrifices chassis rigidity to be as thin and light as possible
Potential buyers will have to make the tough decision on whether or not it's worth making deep cuts to hinge rigidity and chassis strength for a much lighter, thinner, and more travel-friendly design.
Own one of the fastest 14-inch laptops for $1200 USD through this Asus Zephyrus G14 sale
The Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU and GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is a combination you're not going to find on 99 percent of other 14-inch laptops out there. The competing Razer Blade 14 costs several hundred dollars more with the same CPU and GPU options.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB laptop review: Insanely lightweight
Samsung's flagship 15.6-inch laptop is several hundred grams lighter than the popular Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and most other laptops of its size class for that matter. Do performance and battery life suffer as a consequence?
Lenovo Thinkbook 14 G3 on sale for $513 USD with Ryzen 5 5500U, upgradeable 8 GB of RAM, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB PCIe SSD
Students or business users who want something more professional than an IdeaPad without needing to spend an arm or a leg for a "proper" ThinkPad model can consider the Lenovo ThinkBook series instead.
Latest HP Envy 13 on sale for $649 USD with 11th gen Core i5, Thunderbolt 4, 16 GB RAM, and Windows 11
The configuration checks all the right boxes in terms of performance, RAM capacity, Thunderbolt docking capabilities, price point, and design. No need to settle for a lesser Pavilion model at this price range.
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U benchmarked: Intel Core i3 has every reason to worry
We already know that the latest Ryzen 7 U-series CPUs can outperform the latest 11th gen Core i7 U-series CPUs in many instances, but the differences are skewed even further in AMD's favor when moving down to the Ryzen 3 vs. Core i3 budget category.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 convertible on sale for $649 USD with one of the fastest AMD U-series CPUs in the market
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700U can easily outperform any 11th gen Intel Core U-series CPU when it comes to multi-thread performance. The fact that it can be found on a relatively mid-range Lenovo convertible like the Flex 5 14 makes it surprisingly affordable.
Ryzen 3 outperforming Core i3: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ALC6 laptop review
The IdeaPad 3 15 is a budget system that doesn't skimp on performance even when compared to a Core i7 in certain conditions. Though it feels fast for the price, the limited color space of the display and lack of some USB-C features can be disappointing.
Spacious HP 17 laptop on sale for $499 USD with full sRGB 1080p display, 11th gen Core i5, Windows 11, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
It'll be tough to find a 17.3-inch laptop with the same Tiger Lake Core i5-1135G7 CPU and 100% sRGB IPS display for under $500 USD. The deal maximizes display quality and performance while the chassis design takes a back seat.
HP Omen 16 with Ryzen 7 5800H Zen 3 CPU, Thunderbolt 4, and 16.1-inch 144 Hz full sRGB IPS display now on sale for $1309 USD
The 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD are both easily upgradeable. For Thunderbolt 4, however, you'll have to consider the pricier Intel version.
HP Victus 16 gaming laptop on sale for $759 USD with Core i5 CPU, 144 Hz IPS display, and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics
The 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD are laughable, but they are at least upgradeable. Gamers on tighter budgets may find good value out of the spacious 16.1-inch Victus 16.
Acer Enduro Urban N3 EUN314 laptop review: Part rugged, part Ultrabook
The Enduro Urban N3 is great for outdoor users who want the portability and performance of a Dell XPS 13 or Intel EVO laptop but are otherwise too worried about scratching up that expensive screen or case during use.
Loaded Razer Blade 14 down to $2000 USD with Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 1 TB SSD, 16 GB RAM, and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics
If you've ever wanted a gaming laptop that's the size of a subnotebook, then the Blade 14 has got you covered. Its Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and RTX 3070 GPU can outperform many larger gaming laptops out there.
Dell Inspiron 3511 with 11th gen Core i7, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM is down to only $529 USD
The model offers a lot of performance for the price not to mention its 16 GB of RAM whereas most other inexpensive laptops would typically come with just 8 GB of RAM instead.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 10.1 tablet with 128 GB SSD and detachable keyboard cover now only $199 USD
At just under $200 USD, the Lenovo Duet is one of the least expensive Chromebook 2-in-1s you can find. Users will probably love the bright 400-nit touchscreen, but actual performance can be a mixed bag.
Intel Celeron N5095 Jasper Lake benchmarked: Beelink U59 mini PC review
Intel's latest 10 nm Celeron CPU is making strides when it comes to overall processor performance. Multi-thread performance in particular rivals the Core i3-1005G1, but the integrated GPU remains disappointing.
GMK Black Friday sale cuts $50 to $100 USD off the already inexpensive NucBox HTPCs and Xpanel 4K portable monitors
The $369 USD NucBox mini PC is a good alternative to the much more expensive Intel NUC models while the $269 to $399 Xpanel portable monitors can offer full sRGB or AdobeRGB coverage depending on the model.
Ryzen 5 5600U is putting pressure on Intel and its 11th gen Core series on midrange laptops
When AMD's midrange Ryzen 5 can handily outperform Intel's fastest Core i7 U-series lineup in the most important multi-thread workloads, then it becomes that much easier to recommend AMD over Intel in the budget to midrange laptop tiers.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14 16:10 laptop review: The series keeps getting better
Lenovo's IdeaPad family has grown so confusingly large that it's been getting difficult to keep track of how the models are categorized. Even so, the family has its gems including the new IdeaPad 5 Pro 14 which could have easily passed as a Yoga if not for a couple of caveats.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro now only $599 USD with 16-inch 2.5K QHD display, Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB RAM
For just $600, the IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 has one of the best displays and fastest processors in its price range. Unfortunately, the limited RAM is a huge wrench on what could have been a really good deal.
$399 USD HP 15 laptop with latest Ryzen 5 CPU, Windows 11, and FHD display is one of the better budget deals you can find
The 15.6-inch HP is a bargain for performance hunters due to its 6-core Ryzen 5 5500U CPU. Daring users bothered by its measly 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD can try to pry open the bottom of the laptop and install higher capacity modules.
Thinking about buying the Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1? You may want to read this first
Iris Xe performance is much faster on average than with the older UHD Graphics 620. Unfortunately, GPU clock rates cycle heavily over time for unsteady frame rates and performance.
Flagship MediaTek Dimensity 9000 and FiLogic RZ600 chipsets are looking impressive, but they may have a hard time breaking into the U.S.
MediaTek wants a piece of the flagship pie and the Dimensity 9000 will kickstart its foray into higher-end smartphones. However, Samsung and Apple will indubitably be a major barrier in the flagship smartphone market especially in the US where channels are dominated by carriers.
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1 vs. Latitude 9510 2-in-1: Newer isn't always better
The Latitude 9520 convertible replaces the 10th gen Comet Lake-U CPU series on last year's model with newer 11th gen Tiger Lake-U options. Users are getting significantly faster graphics as a result, but performance isn't as steady as we had hoped.
Playstation 5 compatible 1 TB Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe SSD now shipping for $99 USD
The price will drop another $5 USD from November 26 to 27 which is when the Thanksgiving sale will kick off. The SN750 SE series is home to some of the slowest PCIe4 NVMe SSDs that are still compatible with the PS5.
Cheap Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite tablet is now even cheaper at just $130 USD
The 2021 Samsung tablet is merely a few months old and its price has already been cut drastically by over 30 percent. Shoppers on the look out for an inexpensive Android tablet this holiday season may want to consider the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite at its new sale price.
Be sure to toggle your GPD Pocket 3 power level via BIOS for a significant boost in performance
The default power level is limited to a TDP range of just 15 W to 20 W for up to 30 to 50 percent slower processor performance than the average Core i7-1195G7. You're definitely going to want to play around with the BIOS settings to increase the power level ratings and squeeze more performance out of the processor.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro on sale for $699 USD comes with Windows 11, Ryzen 5 5600U CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 16:10 QHD touchscreen
The sale will last until November 29. Users would be getting an excellent 16:10 touchscreen that could easily pass on pricier models like the Yoga or ThinkPad series.
GPD Pocket 3 convertible UMPC review: Faster than many Intel EVO laptops
The 8-inch Pocket 3 squeezes in many of the same features found on full-size laptops including an 11th gen Core i7 CPU, Wi-Fi 6E, PCIe4 NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 4, and support for Windows 11 and even RS-232. We found only a couple of glaring caveats that we hope future revisions can address.
Easy-to-use GMKTEC XPanel SE 1080p portable monitor on sale for $179 USD
Students or office workers in need of more screen real estate without breaking the bank will find the 15.6-inch KD3 to be a solid secondary monitor for any laptop or desktop.
2021 Asus VivoBook 15 sets a new display standard for budget laptops with its outstanding 1080p OLED panel
The new affordable 1080p OLED Samsung panel is looking to challenge the usual 1080p IPS panels found on nearly all inexpensive laptops over the past few years.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x with 16:10 1600p touchscreen, 512 GB PCIe4 NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 4, and 16 GB RAM now on sale for $1040 USD
One of Lenovo's most well-rounded prosumer laptops is now more affordable than ever with excellent specifications and features considering the price.
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ OLED laptop review: The Lenovo IdeaPad alternative
The VivoBook 15 K513 offers an amazing bang for the buck with its OLED display, 11th gen Intel CPU, and discrete Nvidia graphics all for under $950 USD. Though solid on paper, a few cut corners prevent it from reaching the same levels of a ZenBook.
HaxMini mini PC launching soon with the super rare Intel-AMD Core i5-8305G processor that most users have probably never heard of
The mini PC starts at $499 USD with the integrated Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU, 4 GB of HBM2 VRAM, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256 GB M.2 2280 SSD. The three-year old processor is apparently still finding some life in more obscure products like the HaxMini.
BMAX Y14 Pro launching on November 11 for $459 USD, uses the same Core m7-6Y75 CPU as the 2016 MacBook Air
The reduced price will be valid only during launch before bouncing back up to around $500 USD. The thin and attractive modern chassis design will be balanced by an older and slower passively-cooled Intel Core m7 CPU.
40 W OXS S3 soundbar now on sale for $69 USD or less than half the price of the popular Sony S200F
The affordable 32-inch soundbar is easy-to-use and wall mountable with the ability to accept up to five different audio inputs. Unfortunately, its limited Bluetooth range and lack of a dedicated subwoofer can disappoint users with larger HTPC setups.
Beelink SER3 mini PC review: The older Ryzen 7 3750H has its uses
If Intel isn't your thing, then the AMD-powered SER3 can offer a similar level of performance as an older 8th gen Core-U series while costing a bit less. It also comes with dual storage and RAM options for easy upgrades down the road.
Kingston KC3000 PCIe4 NVMe SSD with graphene aluminum heat spreader now shipping starting at $106 USD
We test the latest PCIe4 x4 NVMe drive from Kingston which promises sequential read and write rates of 7000 MB/s each. Unfortunately, real-world numbers can't quite reach those highs.
The 2021 Vaio SX14 comes with more changes over the 2019 SX14 than initially predicted
The manufacturer has quietly redesigned the entire motherboard while keeping the overall chassis nearly identical. The changes are mostly for the better.
2021 VAIO SX14 review: The $2500 USD Core i7 Ultrabook
Vaio wants you to pony up Apple levels of money for a Windows PC. While the lower-end Core i5 configuration is decently priced for what you're getting, our high-end Core i7 configuration doesn't offer much more to justify its enormous $700 surcharge.
Playstation 5 compatible Acer GM7000 PCIe4 NVMe SSDs are now finally in stock starting at $89 USD
The highest capacity 2 TB option will set you back $350 USD. In return, owners would be getting one of the fastest PCIe4 drives available with sequential read and write speeds approaching 7400 MB/s and 6700 MB/s, respectively.
This $430 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 1080p IPS touchscreen, 300-nit brightness, 11th gen Core i5, and 12 GB RAM is actually a solid deal
If you only have about $400 for a new laptop, then it'll be hard to top this sale. The IdeaPad 3 comes with a lot of features typically found on laptops worth twice the price.
The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro and Yoga Slim 7 Pro are the same laptop as if model names aren't already confusing enough
If you have trouble keeping up with model names, we don't blame you. Some manufacturers aren't making it any easier by giving two very different names to two models that otherwise look exactly the same.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro laptop review: 90 Hz makes all the difference
The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is one of the few Ultrabook-size laptops with a Core H-series CPU instead of the usual Core-U series for more processing horsepower. However, it's the 90 Hz 1800p display that has us more impressed than the Core i7-11370H processor itself.
Wi-Fi-enabled Proscenic A9 air filtration system now on sale for $169 USD with Google Home and Amazon Alexa support
The A9 integrates four filters in one drum with Wi-Fi controls and four adjustable speeds. It's quieter than expected in our testing particularly when set to lower fan settings.
Asus Zephyrus M16 with Core i7-11800H, 16 GB RAM, 144 Hz display, and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti now shipping for $1199 USD
The latest 16-inch gaming laptop from Asus has been discounted to a more reasonable final price considering the GPU involved.
Excellent HP Chromebook x2 11 2-in-1 is dragged down by its terrible detachable keyboard
For about $400 USD, the HP Chromebook x2 11 gets a lot of things right including its well-calibrated 100% sRGB 3:2 touchscreen and strong aluminum build quality. The included keyboard, however, needs a lot of work.
Lenovo ThinkVision M14t is one of the better portable monitors out there for office users
The lightweight touchscreen provides excellent and accurate colors with full support for active styluses unlike most other portable monitors. Its limited ports and lack of speakers and batteries, however, limit the overall usefulness of the monitor.
Go back to the office with the new hot pink Razer Book Quartz laptop
If gray and black laptops aren't your thing, then Razer has got you covered once again with yet another pink color option for one of its many models. The Razer Book competes with the Dell XPS 13 9310 as both are 13.4-inch laptops designed for offices.
HP Chromebook x2 11 review: Snapdragon 7c pairs well with Chrome OS
HP says its new Chromebook x2 11 is designed for mobility, optimized for productivity, and perfect for entertainment. In our experience, it certainly satisfies two of these three pillars.
Costco now shipping Apple MacBook Pro 14 and 16 with M1 Pro starting at $1949 USD with lenient 90-day return window
The retail giant is shaving off just $50 from the original launch prices which feel like almost nothing when said launch prices are upwards of two grand. Even so, users will at least have the peace of mind of Costco warranty should anything go wrong down the line.
The maximum GPU TGP listed on Nvidia control panel isn't always telling the truth
Will a 130 W TGP GPU actually draw 130 W when gaming? What about a 165 W TGP GPU? The GPUs in some gaming laptops can miss their specified TGP targets by moderate margins.
ADATA XPG Xenia 15 laptop review: Almost as sharp as a Razer Blade
Have you ever wanted a Razer Blade laptop without actually owning a Razer? The ADATA XPG Xenia 15 is the closest you can get at the moment and with some features even surpassing those from Razer.
Framework doubles down on repairability, now sells replacement laptop parts directly to its customers
In a slap to the face to most major manufacturers, Framework has opened up an online marketplace where Framework laptop owners can order anything from replacement keys, speakers, covers, cables, webcams, and even display bezels for end-user repairs.
1 TB SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA and P31 M.2 SSDs are on sale for $84 and $103 USD for this weekend only
The SATA III and M.2 PCIe3 NVMe SSDs are 38 percent and 20 percent off, respectively, for a quick and easy storage upgrade on most any PC or laptop.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 vs. ZBook Fury 15 G8: What's the difference?
The ZBook Fury 15 G8 is one of the fastest mobile workstations in its size class. If you're in it for the features and not so much for the speed, however, then the older and likely cheaper ZBook Fury 15 G7 will be more than enough.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G8 workstation review: The Quadro RTX A5000 is a beast
Last year's ZBook Fury 15 G7 was already one of the fastest mobile workstations available and now the ZBook Fury 15 G8 has topped it with even faster options. Most of the upgrades are relatively minor, however.
Asus XG16AHPE portable gaming monitor almost nails it in terms of features and performance
This 15.6-inch portable monitor is the best we've seen in its size class and category for gaming purposes just as long as you're ready to drop $400 for it. Refresh rate, G-Sync, black-white response times, sRGB colors, and brightness are all on point.
Spacious 2 TB SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe3 NVMe SSD now on sale for $244 USD
SK Hynix is now shipping its highest capacity NVMe drive as part of its popular Gold P31 series. Much like with the 1 TB version, this 2 TB option is currently one of the least expensive PCIe3 NVMe drives in the market with sequential transfer rates greater than 3000 MB/s in both directions.
Dell Precision 5550 vs. Precision 5560: What's the difference?
If the Precision 5560 looks familiar, then that's because it is essentially the same mobile workstation as the Precision 5550. It's the GPU and PCIe4 storage options available that set the two apart.
Dell Precision 5560 workstation review: The Quadro RTX A2000 boost
Last year's Precision 5550 was a huge leap over the Precision 5540 in terms of performance and design. This year's Precision 5560 is a more minor step up but not without a few surprises along the way.
The Acer Spin 311 is now on sale for just $155 USD to be one of the cheapest Chromebooks you can get
This super-cheap convertible can work well as a starter Chromebook for grade schoolers or as a backup remote client when traveling. It supports most apps from the Google Play Store as well.
Super light and durable Cooler Master MM730 and wireless MM731 mice now shipping starting at $79 USD
At just 45 g, the MM730 is as light as two AA batteries while the MM731 isn't that far behind at 60 g. These ultra-light mice even come with the usual RGB LED and other customizable features commonly found on heavier gaming mice.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U vs. Ryzen 5 5500U: Lenovo Yoga 6 13 convertible review
Zen 2 may be old news, but it still has a lot of gas left in the pedal. Upgrading to the Ryzen 7 5700U Yoga 6 13 can offer a decent boost to overall performance for about $50 USD more than the Ryzen 5 5500U configuration.
Cooler Master MK850 IR keyboard wants to make your Playstation and XBox controllers obsolete
Is it time to throw away your console controllers for a keyboard? No, it's not. The Cooler Master MK850 is ambitious, but it just can't replace the tactility and range of motion of traditional joysticks.
The Dell XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 is both a minor and major upgrade over the older XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
Users will get a 60 to 90 percent boost in graphics performance between the two models, but there's a huge catch. If you don't need the GPU power, then the physically identical and steadier older model will be more than enough.
Dell XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 Review: Better than the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 in one specific way
A simple processor swap has done wonders for the XPS 13 convertible. Raw CPU gains are not as impressive, but the graphics are up significantly without impacting battery life or power consumption.
Dell totally forgot one small but important detail on its newest Alienware x15 and x17 lineup
The backlight on the older Alienware m15 keyboard would light up all keys and symbols, but this is not true on the Alienware x15 or x17 for reasons unknown.
Alienware x15 R1 laptop review: Dell's thinnest UFO has landed
Dell has stuffed a 110 W TGP Nvidia GPU in a chassis that's thinner than even the Razer Blade 15. Though mostly a homerun when compared to the outgoing Alienware m15, there are a few downsides involving size and performance that users will want to know beforehand.
Watch the first Razer cartoon episode here promoting environmental sustainability because why not
The 60-second shorts are intended to educate watchers and associate the Razer brand with sustainability efforts involving deforestation, overfishing, ocean plastics, and more. The series even has its own theme song.
KUU LeBook Windows convertible now shipping for $808 USD or €684 for a limited time to challenge the Microsoft Surface Pro
The Amazon listing just went live today, but it is currently showing an incorrect native resolution and aspect ratio of 2880 x 1920 and 4:3 for the KUU LeBook. The price includes both the keyboard and tablet whereas the Microsoft Surface will often charge extra for such accessories.
Acer Predator GM7000 2TB PCIe4 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
This $349 USD PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD is compatible with the Playstation 5 and it's also slightly cheaper than competing drives from Samsung or Seagate. For very small file sizes, however, performance can be a bit slower than expected.
Essential BIOS 1.3.0 update for Alienware x15 and x17 owners now available to boost performance and enable hybrid graphics switching
Owners will want to apply the update ASAP to get the most out of their new expensive purchases. The manual graphics switching was available on older Alienware laptops but it was curiously missing on the new x15 and x17 models at launch.
MSI Prestige 14 is one of the cheapest 11th gen Intel laptops with Thunderbolt 4 you can get at the moment
For $664 USD after coupon and rebates, the Prestige 14 is more powerful and more versatile than the typical budget or mid-range Ultrabook. Users may want to jump in on the Newegg sale while they can.
Alienware x17 R1 RTX 3080 laptop review: A new beginning
After only a year with the older Alienware m17 R2, R3, and R4 design, Dell is ready to hit the reset button with the Alienware x17 R1. Does the full-on makeover address all the issues we had with the previous generation model?
Confusingly, the Dell Inspiron 14 7415 and Inspiron 14 5410 are the same laptop
We're not sure if a different processor and color are enough to justify a completely different model name between the two visually identical models. For shoppers, this can be more confusing than it needs to be when researching laptops before purchasing.
Dell Inspiron 14 7400 7415 2-in-1 Review: High performance on a budget
Dell's latest Inspiron convertible offers an experience that's close to the XPS 2-in-1 or Latitude 2-in-1 while costing hundreds of dollars less. There are some catches, of course, but they don't detract all that much from the core experience.
100 W GeForce RTX 3080 vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3070: Which is the better choice?
The more expensive RTX 3080 may not always be the faster option if you can find a cheaper RTX 3070 alternative running at higher TGP levels.
Razer Blade 17 laptop review: Now with 130 W TGP GeForce RTX graphics
Razer's latest 17.3-inch gaming laptop gets a swift name change alongside several internal updates. If you're still holding onto a GTX gaming laptop, then it's now looking like a good time to upgrade.
HP Spectre x360 16 will have an "intelligent" 5 MP webcam that can follow you around the room
Laptops have traditionally shipped with heinous 1 MP or 2 MP webcams that may as well be Polaroid cameras. The upcoming Spectre x360 16 will finally take a step forward to improving integrated laptop webcams with much higher native resolutions and useful features for teleconferencing.
HP 14 will be one of the first Windows 11 laptops powered by an ARM Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor
The budget 14-inch laptop launches this October with just 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB eMMC for a presumably affordable starting price. It's going to have a lot to prove as Windows laptops running on ARM have never worked out very well in the past.
HP 11 tablet will challenge the Surface Go when it launches this December for $499 USD
The affordable 2-in-1 will feature a rotating 13 MP webcam, bright 400-nit 3:2 touchscreen, and Windows 10 S for light workloads and office tasks.
Create a Samsung account and get the 4K Galaxy Chromebook Core i5 for only $419 USD
The 13.3-inch Galaxy Chromebook is one of the best convertible Chromebooks you can find in this low of a price range. Its 4K touchscreen alone already sets it apart from 99 percent of other Chromebooks in currently available.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 with 6-core Ryzen 5 5500U, 256 GB SSD, and 300-nit IPS display on sale for $449 USD
The huge catch is the soldered 8 GB of RAM that has become almost unacceptable by today's standards. If you're not a demanding user, however, then the limited RAM won't make a huge difference when browsing or video streaming.
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro laptop review: 120 Hz display for cheap
The CoreBook X Pro is the least expensive 15.6-inch laptop you can find with a 120 Hz panel. The catch, however, is you'll have to deal with substantial cut corners to major aspects of the system.
Blackview Tab 10 tablet review: Android 11 for only $190 USD
The low asking price for a bright 10.1-inch 1080p tablet running on the latest Android sounds like a steal until you discover that its performance is less-than-stellar even during the most simplest of tasks.
Official Chuwi CoreBook X Pro page is misleading and embarrassingly full of errors
Eight copper tubes for a laptop with a Core i5 U-series CPU? 1920 x 1200 native resolution for a 16:9 form factor? Chuwi may need to make some specification corrections to its latest 15.6-inch laptop.
Maingear Vector Pro is a full 1.5 pounds lighter than the Razer Blade Pro and with nearly identical performance
Users will have to deal with noticeably higher core temperatures of about 15 degrees C if they want the much lighter Maingear model over the Razer model.
Razer Barracuda X works effortlessly with Immerse Hive for 3D spatial audio, but there are limitations
Users can create personalized HRTF profiles in a matter of seconds through the Hive software. However, the software is barebones for better or worse to make it easier to use but not without some lacking features.
Maingear Vector Pro MG-VCP17 laptop review: 165 W GeForce RTX 3080 for ultrathin size
Super-thin gaming laptops are sexy and all, but they typically come with lower-power GPUs in the 100 W range. The Maingear Vector Pro bucks the trend by stuffing a 165 W GPU into a chassis the size of a Razer Blade Pro, but can it actually perform?
These are the slowest and fastest GeForce RTX 3060 laptops you can currently buy
After testing over nearly 20 different laptops with the same GeForce RTX 3060, some are definitely faster than others by as much as 25 percent. It might be a good idea to see which ones to avoid if you're in the market for the fastest model out there.
All aluminum alloy Ergostand Air from Cooler Master is simple, well-made, and easy to use
This laptop stand does only one thing and it does it well. For $35 USD, it omits all those fancy auxiliary features like fans and LEDs for a slimmer and lighter build.
The Vissles LP85 is essentially an Apple Magic keyboard that you can take anywhere you go for $99 USD
The Vissles keyboard will apply similar optical switches and even spacing as the keys on an Apple Magic keyboard. It also happens to have per-key RGB lighting and a thickness profile of just 7.9 mm at its thinnest point.
14-inch Walmart EVOO laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 on sale for $349 USD, blows most cheap models out of the water
For grade school students or simple at-home multimedia playback, this subnotebook can provide more power than the usual Core i3, Celeron, or Atom without needing to break the bank or look like an eyesore.
Walmart's newest $500 Gateway laptop is a step in the right direction for affordable models
Ultra-cheap laptops get a lot of bad rap for cutting too many corners. The Gateway GWTN141 is by no means perfect or even that great, but it does a few things far better than the typical cheap laptop worth mentioning.
KUU LeBook 12.6 2-in-1 convertible review: A cheaper Microsoft Surface Pro alternative
There are a lot of Windows 10 tablets to choose from beyond the Microsoft ones. The KUU LeBook is perhaps the closest in terms of visual design and performance while costing potentially hundreds of dollars less, but it misses the mark in a few areas.
Kingston launches USB-C XS2000 external SSD with IP55 certification and speeds faster than any SATA III drive
The drive utilizes the USB-C 3.2 gen. 2x2 interface for transfer rates of up to 2000 MB/s. Lower capacities may be somewhat slower, however, and Kingston has not disclosed retail prices.
Walmart Gateway GWTN141 laptop review: Potential $500 sweet spot
On paper, everything about the Gateway is lucrative from its affordable price point, Tiger Lake Core i5 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB SSD. Dig a little deeper, however, and some of the drawbacks cut a bit too deep.
Cooler Master K653 keyboard launches for $149 USD, is lighter and smaller than most other full-size mechanical keyboards
Just because a keyboard is "full-size" doesn't mean it can't be compact. Aside from a couple of annoyances, the SK653 knocks it out of the park in terms of usability and color options.
The GeForce RTX 3050 may be terrible, but this $699 USD Dell G15 laptop sale makes it actually worth considering
The RTX 3050 is ultimately a budget graphics card meaning users shouldn't be paying anything more than budget prices. For $700 USD, the Dell G15 is a decent alternative to older GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti laptops.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 MK2 rugged laptop review: Iris Xe makes all the difference
The 2021 Toughbook FZ-55 MK2 is an excellent example of how far Intel has come since its Whiskey Lake-U days on the original 2019 Toughbook FZ-55 MK1. If you want to maximize performance without necessarily drawing more power, then the FZ-55 Mark 2 is a no-brainer.
Three drawbacks and advantages of the Win Max that GPD doesn't tell you about
The permanent Wi-Fi 5, tiny joysticks, lack of FreeSync, and noticeable ghosting are real bummers on an otherwise fast and well-designed Windows 10 gaming handheld.
GMKTEC KD2 14-inch 4K portable touchscreen with full AdobeRGB coverage now on sale for $409 USD
The GMK KD2 is one of the best portable monitors we've tested in terms of display quality and hinge rigidity. However, it falls short on its brightness claims while the slow black-white and gray-gray response times will sour many gamers.
GPD Win Max 2021 Handheld Gaming Laptop Review: Ryzen 7 Slower Than Core i7
The Win Max sounds great on paper and its portable form factor is attractive for handheld gaming, but there are enough drawbacks for us to hit the brakes on putting down $1000 USD for this Windows 10 UMPC.
Baseus 65 W USB-C power bank with real-time amp reading now on sale for $45 USD
This higher-end power bank is powerful enough to charge full-sized laptops as well as any tablet or smartphone. It's not exactly light, but it's certainly compact to be well suited for bags or backpacks.
Friendly reminder that Max-Q is still alive and very real despite Nvidia dropping the brand
Nvidia killed the Max-Q brand earlier this year as the manufacturer deemed it more confusing than it was helpful to consumers. However, the core concept of Max-Q and all of its advantages and drawbacks remain on the latest GeForce-powered laptops.
This $600 HP Pavilion 15 sale with AMD Ryzen 7, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is worth a look for bargain hunters
Though Pavilion laptops are some of the cheapest models from HP, the latest design is a significant leap for the series terms of performance and looks that we think home users and students shouldn't ignore.
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8 Laptop Review: More Options Than Ever Before
Quality-of-life changes like OLED, RGB keyboard backlight, and the merging of GeForce and Quadro options make the latest ZBook a more versatile solution for professional workstation environments and content creators alike.
This universal 65 W GaN USB-C charger is down to just $35 USD with the potential to replace both your smartphone and laptop chargers
The inexpensive Baseus charger can charge up to three devices simultaneously at up to 65 W total. Not bad for a universal charger that's just a fraction of the size of most other chargers.
Dell XPS 13 9305 with 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD on sale for only $965 USD
One of the most popular Windows laptops can be had for under a grand without needing to cut corners on RAM, storage, or processor performance.
This MSI Evo laptop with 11th gen Intel Core i5 and Thunderbolt 4 is only $699 USD right now
The sale makes the Prestige 14 Evo one of the cheapest and lightest laptops you can find with both the Core i5-1135G7 CPU and a display capable of full sRGB coverage.
The 2021 Asus Strix G17 G713 comes in different thicknesses and weights. Don't buy the wrong one
Planning on buying an Asus ROG Strix G17 g713? You might want to pay attention to the fine print because some SKUs are actually thicker and heavier than others.
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713QE laptop review: GeForce RTX 3050 Ti drags down a great system
The G713 series consists of at least 16 different configurations of various AMD CPUs, GeForce GPUs, battery sizes, and even thicknesses. There are good options to be found in there, but ours is perhaps not the best.
The GeForce RTX 3050 appears to be absolutely abysmal at ray tracing even though RT is literally in its name
RTX 3050? More like GTX 3050. Nvidia introduced the "RTX" moniker to imply real-time ray tracing capabilities and acceleration, but the GeForce RTX 3050 is looking worse than even the GTX 1660 Ti.
Blackview AceBook 1 laptop review: Good for low loads but not much else
The AceBook 1 will attract a lot of eyes with its sub $400 USD price point, but it comes with a bunch of caveats buyers should be aware of. This passively-cooled Celeron laptop can only get you so far before things slow to a crawl.
Yikes, the brand new GeForce RTX 3050 is slower than the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060
On the lookout for your next budget gaming laptop? Then you may want to skip the 8 nm GeForce RTX 3050 and just consider the 12 nm GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060 instead. Not only are these older options faster, but they are likely to be less expensive as well.
GMK Xpanel 2 4K portable monitor with HDR600 and AMD FreeSync now on sale for $429 USD
It may be pricey, but this 15.6-inch portable monitor seems to have checked all the right boxes for both gamers and editors. Hopefully its black-white and gray-gray response times won't be as slow as on the smaller 14-inch version.
Razer launches Hammerhead True Wireless V2 earbuds with LED RGB lighting because of course they would
If it ain't got RGB lighting, then it ain't a Razer accessory. These second generation earbuds from Razer are compatible with Chroma and have built-in active noise cancellation alongside additional nifty features to justify the high $129 USD MSRP.
Almost an XPS 16: Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7610 laptop review
The Inspiron 16 introduces some notable firsts for the series including a 3K 16-inch display, GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, and a new metal chassis design. Most of it is impressive, but the Nvidia GPU in particular falls a bit short.
Cheap HP Pavilion Aero 13 is faster than any Spectre 13 currently available all thanks to the AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5800U
C'mon, HP. It's time to give AMD Zen 3 options for your Spectre lineup, too. The 8-core Ryzen 7 5800U is one of the fastest U-series CPUs in the market and yet it is not available on HP's best prosumer laptop series.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 review: The Pavilion series is growing up
The 2021 Pavilion 13 is a huge leap over previous generations in almost every aspect. If you're looking to maximize performance, display quality, and portability without emptying your bank account, then the new Pavilion is looking like a top contender.
AMD-powered MSI Bravo 15 now on sale for $799 USD, but it's not a great deal
The Radeon RX 5500M is aging poorly when compared to the mobile GeForce GTX 1650, 1650 Ti, or 1660 Ti all of which can be found at similar prices of well under $1000 USD. The recently released RTX 3050 is another nail in the coffin for AMD's mobile RDNA GPU.
The HP EliteBook 840 G8 has one huge advantage over most other business laptops, but it comes at a cost
It's a tradeoff between fan noise and performance, but the reduction in noise will likely far outweigh the performance deficit that entails for most office users.
The next generation Nintendo Switch absolutely needs this one feature that the Playstation 5 has yet to receive
We can't think of any reasons why Nintendo shouldn't include VRR support on its next Switch console. Performance upgrades are inevitable, but omitting FreeSync or G-Sync would be a huge oversight on their part.
HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 review: Possibly the quietest Intel EVO laptop we've ever seen
Aside from the predictable Intel Tiger Lake update, the EliteBook 840 G8 has surpassed our expectations when it comes to keeping fan noise to a minimum. Its quiet demeanor doesn't come free, however.
Blackview BL5000 is a waterproof flagship gaming smartphone for just $299 USD for early buyers
The large 6.36-inch smartphone even integrates a copper heat pipe to prolong SoC performance when gaming. The low $299 price point is temporary to form now until August 9 to attract early adopters.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-G2 rugged convertible review: Tablet with removable M.2 PCIe storage
Panasonic's expansive Toughbook lineup is getting better and better with each iteration especially in terms of display quality. The older Comet Lake-U CPU, however, holds it back a bit.
HP's best Pavilion laptop yet with AMD Ryzen and 16:10 display is now shipping starting at $749 USD
The Pavilion Aero 13 is a full-fledged redesign of the series that elevates it closer to what the Envy or Spectre series has to offer. A fully loaded AMD configuration comes in at under $1000 USD but with faster multi-thread performance than most Core i7 models.
MSI Sword 15 laptop on sale for $999 USD with 11th gen Core i7, GeForce GTX 3050 Ti graphics, and 144 Hz IPS display
1080p gaming at 60 FPS is more attainable than ever this generation. The measly 8 GB of RAM, however, is still a thing. Users may want to upgrade the memory whenever they get the chance.
MSI Summit E14 vs. MSI Prestige 14: What's the difference?
Though they may look very similar, the Summit E14 is actually the newer model with much faster performance and a brighter 600-nit 4K display. Users can distinguish the Summit from the Prestige by the gold-trimmed clickpad and MSI logo on Summit models.
Ultra-small GMK NucBox mini PC with 128 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, and Celeron J4125 now on sale for just $155 USD
The manufacturer has also updated the BIOS to support Windows 11 for users who want to tinker with a lemon-sized HTPC-ready streaming machine.
Tiny $199 USD THX Onyx DAC USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter supports MQA rendering for on-the-go audiophiles
It's slightly pricier than other adapters of similar size, but the sleeker CNC aluminum build, LED indicators, and loud amp output make it a quality purchase.
MSI Summit E14 laptop review: GeForce GTX graphics without the GeForce GTX weight
The Summit E14 may look like an ordinary Ultrabook, but it manages to house a full-fledged GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q to offer significantly faster graphics performance than the best that Intel Iris Xe and AMD Vega can currently do. There are some costs to be aware of, however.
Credit where credit is due: Gigabyte Aorus lists all of its GPU TGP levels, base clock rates, Boost clock rates, and Dynamic Boost power in one easy-to-read page
The handy table makes it easy for users to compare and contrast the power levels of all the different Aero and Aorus laptops currently available with GeForce RTX graphics.
Framework Laptop 13.5 Review: If Microsoft Made A Repairable Surface Laptop, This Would Be It
Big manufacturers like Microsoft ought to start taking notes. A thin-and-light laptop that is also easy to upgrade and repair can actually work proving that not every component needs to be soldered or integrated.
Lenovo Legion 5 with AMD Ryzen 5, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, and 120 Hz IPS display now on sale for $699 USD
The 15.6-inch budget gaming laptop doesn't have the greatest specs or hardware, but it's good enough for users satisfied with 1080p gaming at 30 to 60 FPS. We recommend upgrading the 8 GB of RAM as soon as possible.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533 ships with a smaller 240 W AC adapter compared to the 280 W adapter for the G532 series
The slimmer adapter is over 250 g lighter without impacting the overall performance of the laptop. Users can also now recharge the laptop via USB-C whereas that was not possible on the older G532 series.
Framework Laptop USB-C concept is so simple and brilliant that it makes us wonder why bigger OEMs haven't thought of it yet
Tired of having manufacturers decide for you what ports you want or don't want? The Framework Laptop lets you choose exactly what you want and how many you want at up to four individual ports.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533QS Laptop Review: AMD Zen 3 and 165 Hz 1440p Sweet Spot
Intel is no longer required for the ultimate gaming performance. Unlike the Strix Scar 15 G532, the Strix Scar 15 G533 has swapped all Intel Core options for liquid metal cooled AMD Ryzen processors alongside additional updates to the chassis, display, and graphics.
The surprisingly good ADATA XPG Xenia 14 is now shipping starting at $1099 USD
The manufacturer is currently offering $50 off for pre-orders until August 20. Additionally, an XPG headset, backpack, and mousepad will all be bundled with every pre-order to sweeten the deal even further.
Dell XPS 9710 quietly fixes the charging complications on last year's XPS 17 9700
Sometimes it pays to be patient with new technology. The latest XPS 17 9710 is the faster and more refined version of the last generation XPS 17 9700 with none of the battery draining irregularities.
Dell XPS 17 9710 11th Gen Intel Laptop Review: Small Changes That Matter
The first generation XPS 17 9700 was one of the best-looking 17-inch laptops with Core-H and GeForce RTX graphics, but it had some under-the-hood peculiarities that needed to be ironed out. The new XPS 17 9710 addresses the underlying issues while boosting performance by quite the margin.
ADATA XPG Xenia 14 Laptop Review: A New 14-inch Favorite
ADATA has beaten the LG Gram series at its own game by offering a superlight subnotebook without any of the performance deficits that usually entail. However, there are a few setbacks related to the chassis that users should be aware of.
Dell XPS 17 70 W vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3060: How much slower is it, really?
After testing over a dozen different laptops with the GeForce RTX 3060, users can expect up to a 19 percent performance decrease between the fastest and slowest models currently available. There's a catch, however, as real-world gaming performance on the 70 W GPU can be brought closer to average by opting for a newer CPU with higher or faster RAM.
Valve Steam Deck just blew the lid wide open for the handheld gaming PC market
Microsoft won't make a handheld XBox so Valve have done it themselves. The Steam Deck has the potential to fire up a fledging category of handheld PCs for gamers and not just enthusiasts.
Cooler Master SK622 60 percent wireless mechanical keyboard on sale for $92 USD
The low profile mechanical keys are softer and quieter which some users may appreciate. However, a few drawbacks like the deeply recessed USB-C port or always-on LED indicator are hard to ignore.
The Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 fabric feels like an old shirt
Using clothing fabric instead of plastic or metal for a laptop is a pretty neat concept at least until you have to clean the thing. It may be best to avoid spilling any coffee or other liquids on the Yoga 6 13 or you'd be left with some potential stains.
eMeet USB 1080p webcam with autofocus now on sale for $23.99 USD
The webcam is a bit large and heavy, but its autofocus, tilting and rotating features make it easier to position on desktops and laptops than most inexpensive alternatives.
Razer updates Blade 17 with faster 130 W GeForce RTX GPUs but with no changes to the 230 W AC adapter
The under-the-hood changes should are expected to boost GPU performance by about 10 to 20 percent from last year's 10th gen Intel Blade Pro options. Prices start at $2399 USD for the RTX 3060 up to $3699 for the RTX 3080.
Lenovo Yoga 6 13 Convertible Review: Laptops Have Clothes and Fabric Now
Lenovo is taking the concept of "stylish" to another level by incorporating fabric onto the chassis for a unique look and feel. It actually works, but its visual appeal will likely divide users especially since the fabric can make the laptop look like an old piece of clothing.
Blackview announces its first ever laptop called the Acebook1 for just $389 USD
The manufacturer is promising "toughness and performance like no other cheap laptops" through its quad-core Celeron N4120 processor, 4 GB RAM, and aluminum alloy chassis.
Last year's top-of-the-line Aorus 15G YC on sale for $2069 USD with Advanced Optimus, 10th gen Core i7, GeForce RTX 3080, 32 GB RAM, and 240 Hz 1080p display
Now's the time to jump in on gaming laptop deals equipped with last year's 10th gen Intel CPUs. If you have no real use for PCIe 4 or Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, then models like the Gigabyte Aorus 15G YC can shave off hundreds of dollars without really impacting gaming performance.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model 11th Gen Intel (2021) Review: Small Changes, Big CPU Gains
We're only half way through the year and Razer has already launched its second Blade 15 refresh of 2021. However, the updates this time are more substantial than they appear.
Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 is two leaps forward and one small step back
It's sad to see the smaller battery and dropped support for M.2 2280 SSDs, but the improvements almost everywhere else make them worth the sacrifice.
Lepow Lite H1 portable monitor review: Strong steps forward in every aspect except one
This 14-inch portable monitor promises sRGB coverage for just $199 USD. It's one of the most color accurate monitors for its category and price, but the dim backlight a real bummer.
How Nintendo's approach to Switch OLED is smarter than what Sony did with the PS Vita
Sony already tried an OLED portable console nine years ago and it didn't work. Nintendo is now betting on that same technology for its Switch console but with a smarter launch window.
Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 Convertible Review: Totally Better Than The Latitude 9410
We weren't thrilled that the 2020 Latitude 9410 2-in-1 was little more than a 2019 Latitude 7400 under a different name. This year's Latitude 9420 2-in-1 is what last year's model should have been in terms of features and design.
16-inch Asus Zephyrus M16 with 11th gen Core i9 now widely available starting at $1849 USD
The 16:10 gaming laptop from Asus offers a larger screen size than the 15.6-inch MSI GS66 while being slightly smaller in overall volume. The new model should be a good middle-ground solution for users who want something larger than a Zephyrus M15 but smaller than the ROG Chimera.
The $500 USD Chuwi CoreBook X is actually not a terrible Huawei MateBook X knockoff
It's easily one of the cheapest 14-inch laptops you can find with full sRGB coverage and a 3:2 2160 x 1440 resolution display. For each thing it does right, however, there are at least three other aspects that bring it all down.
Dell Inspiron 15 Touch is down to $617 USD for this weekend with Ryzen 7 5700U, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p display
The budget Dell laptop is now even more affordable with CPU and GPU performance levels that rival most pricier Intel Ultrabooks. The performance-per-dollar here is very high without needing to pay more for discrete Nvidia graphics.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-S1 Rugged Tablet Review: Optimized For The Mobile Workforce
Android 10 offers a cleaner and smoother UI experience than past rugged Android tablets while the bright glossy display is definitely nowhere near as grainy. However, any specialized accessories for the FZ-S1 will be a commitment as they are not compatible with other Toughbook devices.
Chuwi CoreBook X Laptop Review: Like a Huawei MateBook, But Cheaper
The CoreBook X is a good solution for those who want to maximize display quality and colors for a budget price. Nonetheless, there are a bunch of smaller details that buyers should be aware of.
Dell Alienware m15 R5 will be down to only $1180 USD with AMD Zen 3 CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, and 165 Hz 3 ms display for July 4th weekend
The deal will go live on July 2 at 11 AM EST. Users may want to expand the limited 256 GB drive with an internal or external solution for storing more games.
Specs on specs: the ultimate Asus Zephyrus G14 vs. Razer Blade 14 comparison table
Asus has some work to do on its older Zephyrus G14 design if it hopes to overshadow the newer, slimmer, faster, and arguably better Razer Blade 14. Here are all the advantages and disadvantages of each system.
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM Laptop Review: AMD Still Rules The 14-inch Gaming Space
The Zephyrus G14 was the only game in town when it launched early last year, but times have changed. Some aspects of the system still hold up well while others are already starting to age when compared to the new 14-inch Razer Blade 14.
Upcoming HP Pavilion Aero 13 promises Windows 11 upgradeability, weighs less than 1 kg, and is powered by the latest AMD Zen 3 processors
HP is taking some risks with its budget Pavilion series by toying with different aspect ratios and offering higher resolution displays approaching 2.5k. The manufacturer is even showing a preference for AMD instead of the usual Intel Core-U options.
Patriot launches Supersonic Rage Prime USB 3.2 Gen 2 stick with 5 year warranty and up to 600 MB/s read speeds
Sequential read and write rates approach that of standard SATA III SSDs all in a USB drive just a fraction of the size. How it might sustain such high performance rates over long periods, however, can be tricky.
Tiger Lake-H has put Intel back on track in its fight against AMD's Zen series
The blue chipmaker has successfully closed the gaping performance gap between its Core-H CPUs and AMD's competing Zen series with the launch of 11th gen Tiger Lake-H. Auxiliary features like native support for Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4 are icing on the cake in favor of Intel.
The Walmart EVOO laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is on sale for $349 USD to be one of the fastest laptops in its price range
There's very little reason to settle for a slow Intel Celeron or Atom when the significantly faster AMD Ryzen Zen 2 series can be found for a similar price.
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM Laptop Review: No Extras, Just Performance
Asus' TUF family of budget gaming laptops has been steadily growing in power for a performance level that can rival many pricier ROG models. If you don't care for fancy RGB lights or features, then the new FX506 model may be worth considering.
Fully-loaded Dell Insprion 15 with AMD Ryzen 7, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD down to $699 USD
The jack-of-all trades Inspiron system should be a solid budget buy for general users and students who frequently travel, work, game, and edit because of the fast Ryzen 7 5700U CPU.
Should Razer release an Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake-H version of the Blade 14?
Had Razer played it safe by sticking with Intel instead of jumping to AMD, the Blade 14 would have more than likely supported PCIe 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, and the Razer Core X series of eGPU docking stations.
Vissles V84 Bluetooth mechanical keyboard is strong on features and performance, but it's lacking one small thing
The 75 percent Vissles keyboard is one of the better small form factor keyboards we've tried and it comes with plenty of features to justify the $89 to $99 price tag. However, a specific design choice prevents it from being an instant favorite.
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 Laptop Review: Blade Pro 17 Performance At Half The Size
After being exclusively Intel for a decade, the Razer Blade series has finally gotten an AMD option that just so happens to outperform any Intel model that came before it. And, in typical Razer fashion, all that power has been condensed into an unbelievably small and portable form factor.
Best Buy has the newest Asus ZenBook 14 with Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, GeForce MX450 graphics, and 1080p IPS display for only $569 USD right now
The deal will supposedly last only until the end of Tuesday as a response to Amazon Prime Day. Though the specifications are superb for the sale price, the low 8 GB of RAM may still be a deal breaker for many.
Infinix INBook X1 Pro Laptop Review: Surprisingly Solid All Around
After dabbling in budget Android smartphones for years, Infinix is now ready for its leap of faith into the laptop world. Its debut INBook X1 Pro retails for only $700 USD or less and it's already looking like a much stronger contender than initially anticipated.
2020 Razer Blade 15 Base Model with Thunderbolt 3 will be just $999 USD for two days only
(Update: The system is now down to $949) Amazon Prime Day will be your chance to grab the entry-level Razer Blade 15 Base Model complete with eGPU support, expandable RAM, and a 120 Hz display for its cheapest price yet.
GMK NucBox and NucBox 2 mini PCs are 20 percent off for Amazon Prime Day
The inexpensive mini PCs can be great Intel NUC alternatives for undemanding HTPC loads and other inexpensive setups.
Nvidia gave laptop makers a useless overblown GeForce MX450 3DMark score that has proven impossible to reach
(Update: Nvidia responds). Nvidia's in-house claims about the performance of its GeForce MX450 GPU are a whopping 60 to 70 percent higher than any retail unit we've tested thus far. Here is how the GeForce MX450 will actually perform when you buy one online or in-store.
HP Pavilion 15 (2021) Laptop Review: 11th Gen Intel and GeForce MX450 Combo
The latest Pavilion 15 is powerful for a budget laptop, but the $1000+ asking price straddles the line between what we would consider "budget" in the first place. Users will have to really value the discrete GeForce MX450 if they choose this Pavilion over alternatives.
Brand new super-thin Alienware X15 and X17 now shipping for a whopping $1960 USD and up
The laptops come equipped with the newest Intel 11th Core-H CPUs with optional integrated Cherry mechanical keys for the larger 17.3-inch model. Dell says these are some of the thinnest GeForce RTX laptops in the market, if not *the* thinnest.
9 W Core i7-1180G7 vs. 28 W Core i7-1185G7: What's The Performance Deficit?
The 9 W part isn't as far behind as one might presume depending on the workload involved. The Core i7-1180G7 can be surprisingly close to the i7-1185G7 when it comes to integrated graphics performance and single-threaded workloads.
Refreshed Dell XPS 15 9510 and XPS 17 9710 with 11th gen Core i5-11400H, i7-11800H, and i9-11900H now shipping starting at $1200 USD
The 2021 models can also be configured with GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060 options of up to 70 W TGP. A fully configured XPS 17 9710 will set you back around $2600 USD.
Razer is going red: Blade 14 is back from the dead with 100 W TGP GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and a 7 nm AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Zen 3 CPU
After 6 years in hibernation, the 3.92 lbs Razer Blade 14 is returning with brand new tricks up its sleeves. Unsurprisingly, Razer has already crowned it the fastest 14-inch gaming laptop in the market.
Razer launches the ultimate USB-C charger for $179 USD, promises support for up to four simultaneous devices at 130 W
The tiny GaN USB-C adapter can charge your MacBook, Razer Blade, smartphone, and Nintendo Switch all at the same time when it becomes available worldwide this July.
Dell Latitude 13 7320 Detachable Review: A Better Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Intel Tiger Lake and Thunderbolt 4 have propelled the Latitude 13 7320 detachable to be on the top of the list when it comes to Windows 10 tablets. Its Iris Xe graphics performance in particular is most impressive especially for the form factor.
Backers worldwide are finally receiving their AYA NEO orders, CEO confirms a second generation model is already in the works
AYA has just proven all the naysayers wrong by shipping its first batch of NEO units earlier this month to initial backers. A second round of shipments is expected early July with an official online storefront to come at a later date.
Premier Lenovo ThinkPad X12 2-in-1 on sale for $1065 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 4G LTE, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB PCIe SSD
Lenovo's latest Windows tablet is barely 4 months old and it's already being discounted. If you're in the market for a Windows Surface Pro, then you may want to consider getting the ThinkPad X12 instead.
Lenovo clearing stock on AMD ThinkBook 15 G2 for only $654 USD with 1080p IPS display, Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB PCIe SSD
The manufacturer is likely clearing room for the eventual ThinkBook 15 G3 model with AMD Ryzen 5000U series options later this year. If you want a prosumer laptop for a budget price, then this deal will check a lot of boxes.
Cheap $449 USD Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 comes with latest 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, 1080p display, and dual-channel 8 GB RAM
The AMD Ryzen 5 processor rivals many flagship Intel-powered Ultrabooks retailing for twice the price. When compared to other sub $500 laptops, this Lenovo is easily one of the fastest.
We're not so sure about HP Sure View
On paper, HP Sure View sounds great with its ability to limit viewing angles with just a press of a button. In practice, however, the feature entails a host of other disadvantages that potential owners should be aware of.
HP EliteBook Dragonfly Max Convertible Review: Sure View Sounds Better Than It Looks
There's so much to like about the 13.3-inch Elite Dragonfly Max from its portable design to its 5G options and comfortable keyboard. However, Sure View hampers the visual experience significantly and it can't be ignored.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra now shipping in over 40 countries with two variants to choose from
Now that the pre-order phase is over, the company has opened up its latest flagship smartphone for anyone to purchase. U.S. and European customers will have to pony up at least 749 USD or 749 Euros for just the baseline 8 GB+128 GB option.
Dell G15 gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 5800H Zen 3 CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, and 165 Hz 1080p 3 ms display on sale for $1225 USD
Though this price range is typical for a GeForce RTX 3060 laptop, the CPU and display offered here are definitely faster and better than pretty much any other 15.6-inch gaming laptop retailing for around $1000 USD.
Handy iMUVI RFV mini portable 720p video projector is on sale for just $69 USD
The small projector is big on ease-of-use and portability, but it's also big on noise and some inconveniences. But for the price, it's a quick way to get a huge screen in just a couple of minutes.
All the great (and not so great) features of the Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED compared to IPS
OLED is often seen as superior to IPS and for good reason—its colors and especially black levels remain unmatched against even the best IPS options available. Nonetheless, it falls short in a few areas worth mentioning.
Upcoming Dell Alienware x15 laptop is so thin, it doesn't even have any side ports
"Ultrathin gaming" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think "Alienware". Dell is looking to change all that this year by launching the thinnest gaming laptop the company has ever made.
Goodbye, Alienware m17: Alienware x17 is the newer, sleeker kid on the block
The ultrathin 17.3-inch Alienware x17 integrates vapor chamber cooling, Dell's in-house liquid metal formula, and four individual fans for a starting price of $2099 USD when it launches on June 15. The system ushers in a new era of Alienware where thin and light may soon take priority over the traditionally thick and bulky Alienware designs.
AMD Radeon finally has something to fight against GeForce RTX 3080 laptops. Now the trick is just getting it out there
AMD just announced its newest and most powerful mobile GPUs ever — too bad only two laptops are actually going to use them when they launch later this month. We can only hope that manufacturer support for mobile Radeon graphics will grow quickly over time to better compete against the ocean of GeForce-powered gaming laptops.
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED Laptop Review: Is It Better Than IPS?
Customers asked and Dell has delivered: the XPS 13 9310 is now available with OLED to make it one of the first 13.4-inch 16:10 laptops to come with such an option. However, users should be careful what they wish for because OLED has its own unique quirks as well.
Zen 3 slower than Zen 2: first benchmarks show the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U outperforming the Ryzen 7 5800U in most scenarios
Even though the Ryzen 7 5700U launched day and date with the Ryzen 7 5800U, it's still based on AMD's older Zen 2 architecture. However, benchmarks and real-world games show that this difference won't really matter for most users.
RIG 500 Pro HC is one of the least expensive headsets with Dolby Atmos support
The affordable gaming headphones retail for just under $70 USD with 50 mm drivers, a steel headband and lots of adjustment options. Its stiff microphone arm and volume adjuster, however, could use some more work.
Infinix Note 10 Pro Smartphone Review: Essentially a Mini Tablet
The MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, 1080p 90 Hz touchscreen, 64 MP quad camera setup, and long battery life make this $250 smartphone a great option for budget users who don't mind an oversized display.
HP Envy x360 15 Ryzen 7 5700U Convertible Review: Faster Than The Spectre x360 15
The 2021 Envy x360 15 gets a small facelift and a processor update over the 2020 version. If you don't mind skipping Thunderbolt support, then the new model can be better than the Spectre x360 15 in many ways.
Infinix debuts its first INBook X1 laptop for just $530 USD, promises Intel 10th gen CPUs, 1080p IPS, aluminum chassis, and Wi-Fi 6 on a budget
By opting for Intel 10th gen Ice Lake instead of 11th gen Tiger Lake, Infinix will be able to keep costs lower without needing to sacrifice too much performance in the process.
No other manufacturer is embracing mobile AMD Ryzen as fast or as hard as Asus
Asus is proving singlehandedly that AMD can power flagship laptops of all sizes from the small ROG Flow X13 to the large Strix Scar 17 G733. It's time for other manufacturers to stop relegating Ryzen CPUs to mid-range or lower models and start putting them on their flagship products.
Popular Yaber Y31 1080p mini LED projector on sale for just $205 USD right now
Manufacturer promises "6-month back" and "3-year warranty" with "lifetime professional technical support" should something go wrong with the projector. The low price and small size make the Yaber Y31 worth considering for quick on-the-go movies and videos.
Asus Strix Scar 17 G733QS Laptop Review: Liquid Metal 7 nm AMD Zen 3 Is Stunning
Asus has quickly become one of the biggest supporters of mobile AMD Ryzen by entrusting the series to power some of its most well-known gaming laptops. The latest ROG Strix Scar 17 forgoes Intel entirely for a liquid metal-cooled Ryzen 9 5900HX to be as fast as an Intel Core i9 desktop PC.
AOC G2E CQ34G2E 34-inch curved gaming monitor is only $199 USD right now with 1080p and AMD FreeSync support
It's one of the cheapest 75 Hz 34-inch curved gaming monitors we've seen with colors that go beyond the sRGB gamut. If you don't game in 4K, then its relatively low 2560 x 1080 native resolution should pair well with most budget to mid-range PCs.
MSI Summit B15 is basically a Modern 15 but with Thunderbolt 4 support
How did two laptops with very different names end up looking exactly the same? MSI plans to eventually merge the Modern and Prestige series under one newer Summit name to avoid consumer confusion.
Fully loaded Dell XPS 13 9310 with 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD now on sale for $1319 USD
Dell's most popular consumer Ultrabook is a few hundred dollars off at the moment with the highest-end Core i7 CPU option. It doesn't come with 4K, but we're absolutely fine with that considering the already small 13.4-inch screen size.
We ran 3DMark on over 40 different 11th gen Core i7 Iris Xe laptops: These are the slowest and fastest models you can buy
The slowest Tiger Lake Core i7 laptop can have up to 45 percent slower graphics performance than the fastest Tiger Lake Core i7 laptop each with the same Iris Xe GPU. If you're aiming for faster-than-average models, then our compiled list should be of some use.
MSI Summit B15 A11M Laptop Review: Embracing Iris Xe Over GeForce MX
The MSI Modern 15 gets a new lease in life as the Summit B15. Though visually similar, the system now supports Thunderbolt 4 alongside all the performance benefits of Tiger Lake without needing to rely on discrete GeForce MX graphics.
ADATA XPG Xenia Xe Review: The Tiger Lake Laptop Designed By Intel
Swap the Core H CPU in the Dell XPS 15 for a Core U CPU and you end up with the ADATA XPG Xenia Xe, more or less. Results are quite impressive for a 15.6-inch multimedia laptop powered by nothing more than an ULV CPU.
FIIL T1XS wireless earbuds on sale yet again for $37.49 USD
Users can combine two separate coupon codes for 25% off the original MSRP from now until May 24. The T1XS earbuds are an inexpensive audio solution for smartphones that lack 3.5 mm audio jacks.
Lenovo has an amazing deal on its ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 right now for $725 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 16:10 1600p IPS display, Thunderbolt 4, and 16 GB RAM
If you're in the market for a lean 13.3-inch Ultrabook without needing to spend four digits, then this ThinkBook 13s sale is looking like a solid solution especially since it supports Thunderbolt 4 docks and devices.
HP Spectre x360 13 OLED battery life is significantly shorter than the IPS option by several hours
Based on our WLAN tests, the cheaper IPS configuration can outlast the more expensive OLED configuration by almost 4 hours when browsing the web at identical brightness levels, identical web pages, and identical power profiles each.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with Ryzen 5 5500U CPU on sale for $449 USD to be one of the fastest laptops in its price range
AMD has been bringing an extreme amount of processing power to low-end laptops these days. Although the rest of the laptop is merely average, the Ryzen 5 5500U will give higher performance-per-dollar than most in this price range.
HP Spectre x360 13 11th Gen Intel Convertible Review: Proof That OLED Isn't Everything
The gen-to-gen updates over 10th gen Ice Lake are massive in terms of graphics performance, but everything else remains essentially unchanged. If you're not doing any gaming or picture editing, then last year's model will be more than enough.
Latest Dell G15 gaming laptop on sale with GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 120 Hz IPS display, and 10th gen Core i7 for $1173 USD
The new Dell laptop is a full-on chassis update from last year's G3 15 series with features derived from the Alienware m15. Its thicker gen-to-gen design should hopefully provide superior cooling potential than last year's model.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G launching on May 27 in Europe and North America for $750 USD, £649 GBP, or €749 Euros
The latest model introduces a slightly smaller curved AMOLED touchscreen than on last year's Axon 20 Ultra, but its faster refresh rate, larger battery, and upgraded cameras aim to outweigh the smaller size.
CES and iF World Design should stop giving out so many dubious design awards and start recognizing companies for outstanding warranty practices and long-term product quality
It's easy to throw design awards at sexy products, but these exhibition holders need to do more to recognize companies with the best support services and fewest long-term product defects or warranty claims.
MSI GS76 Stealth gets the full-on redesign it deserves starting at $1999 USD with 11th gen Core, GeForce RTX 30, and 4K UHD 120 Hz options
MSI expects availability by the end of the month with display options that exactly match the GE76 Raider. If you've handled a GS66 before, then the new GS76 will feel very familiar.
HP retires ZBook Create series, introduces ZBook Studio G8 with Nvidia RTX A5000 graphics, 11th gen Core i9, per-key RGB lighting, and 120 Hz 4K DreamColor display
The system will use the same award-winning aesthetic as the ZBook Studio G7 but with several major internal updates. Thunderbolt 4, for example, now comes standard alongside new Xeon and Quadro options.
For the first time ever, Core i9 is coming to the Razer Blade 15 series alongside a higher resolution 1080p IR webcam
Thunderbolt 4, PCIe Gen 4, improved palm rejection, and an even thinner chassis round up the list of major changes for this year's premier gaming laptop from Razer.
Asus VivoBook M515UA with 8-core Ryzen 7 5700U begins shipping this week for $649 USD
AMD continues to be a powerhouse solution for budget to midrange PCs like this latest VivoBook laptop from Asus. If you're looking to maximize CPU performance per dollar, then the Ryzen 7 5700U is looking like a solid option.
One Xplayer Iris Xe gaming handheld now official with pre-orders starting at $899 USD
The specifications read like a dream list for the Nintendo Switch Pro including a large 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 resolution IPS display, Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB RAM, dual heat pipes and fans, Thunderbolt 4, and a large 15300 mAh battery.
External graphics docks or eGPUs will inevitably be a growing threat to gaming laptops
The current chip shortage is preventing eGPUs from becoming mainstream. Once it's over, however, we suspect that many gamers will opt for an affordable eGPU over paying 2x to 3x the price for a full-fledged gaming laptop of similar graphics performance.
Beelink GK Mini PC is only $199 USD, comes with just the right amount of power and expandability for a basic 1080p HTPC setup
The cheap, well-balanced system includes dual internal storage options to be sufficient for streaming FHD or QHD media. For smoother 4K streaming, however, higher-end Core ix solutions would be more appropriate.
MSI Modern 14 laptop is at its cheapest ever for just $350 USD with Core i3 CPU and 1080p IPS display
One of MSI's cheapest laptops is now even cheaper to be a great deal for bargain bin hunters. A $350 laptop isn't going to blow anyone away, but it's pretty impressive when compared to others in the same price range.
Beelink GK Mini PC Review: Ready-to-Go HTPC
At just $229 USD, the Beelink system is almost 1/4 the price of the latest Intel NUC with 11th gen Core CPUs. It's obviously slower and with fewer features, but most home users might not even mind.
The 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 5700U is absolutely insane with raw performance rivaling the Core i7-10875H
AMD's bet on higher core counts is paying off when it comes to pure multi-thread performance. Nonetheless, Intel still has the upper hand when it comes to AI integration, single-thread performance, and native Thunderbolt support.
Popular FIIL T1XS TWS Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds on sale for $25 USD
The easy-to-use earbuds offer a lot for its new low price. However, users will have to install the FIIL+ app if they want to exploit all the features of the earbuds including the low latency and EQ sound modes.
Six months later, Iris Xe is looking to be exactly what Intel needed in its fight against AMD Ryzen
Iris Xe Max did little to impress, but the same can't be said about the regular Iris Xe 96 EUs GPU. With more than thirty 11th gen laptops under our belt, we can now paint a broader picture of how Iris Xe performs when compared to all the mobile Ryzen Radeon Vega GPUs currently available.
Tiny 500 GB PNY USB-C external SSD now shipping for $75 USD, weighs just 36 grams
The ultralight portable drive comes with a three-year manufacturer warranty and Acronis True Image protection software at no extra charge.
Impact Display Solutions IMP-3713-V2-16-500 Fanless PC Review
Why use a small heat sink when the entire chassis itself can be one instead? This bulky industrial PC may be fanless, but it sacrifices performance in the process.
This tiny 100 W Baseus GaN Pro charger aims to replace all your USB-C adapters all at once for just $49 USD
One of the best things about USB-C Power Delivery is you can use just about any USB-C charger should you happen to lose the ones that shipped from the original manufacturers. This third-party solution can output up to 100 W to quick charge most smartphones and laptops.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 Ryzen 7 Review: Fastest 14-inch Convertible In The Market
As if the mobile Ryzen 4000 series wasn't already impressive, the mobile Ryzen 5000 series kicks it up another notch for even higher performance-per-dollar to outclass every other 14-inch convertible currently available.
2020 LG Gram 14 on sale for $749 USD to be the lightest 14-inch laptop you can get for the price
Last year's Gram 14 laptop can be an appealing buy for users who really want an ultralight laptop without needing to settle for slow Atom CPUs or smaller subnotebook screen sizes.
MSI Summit E13 Flip vs. XPS 13 2-in-1: Giving Dell a run for its money
MSI's first stab at a luxurious subnotebook convertible is already good enough to rival the best from Dell. It's not perfect, but it offers enough extras to make it worth considering on your list.
Dell Inspiron 14 5402 with 11th gen Core i5 and 512 GB NVMe SSD on sale yet again for an even cheaper price of $519 USD
The mid-range Inspiron 14 5000 series sits in between the lower-end Inspiron 14 3000 series and higher-end Inspiron 14 7000 series. For $500, you'll essentially be paying a low-end price for what is considered the latest generation mid-range laptop.
Infinix Hot 10S NFC Smartphone Review: 90 Hz for $120 USD
Just $120 USD can net you a fairly large 6.82-inch Android 11 smartphone and a sizeable 5000 mAh battery. There are some drawbacks, of course, but they're nothing most budget users can't live with.
The Intel Tiger Lake H35 Core i7-11375H has proven to be hugely unpopular with laptop makers
The Core i7-11375H looks destined to become a niche processor that will be all but forgotten in the growing Tiger Lake lineup. Its unremarkable performance when compared to a standard Core i7-1165G7 gives OEMs and end-users little reason to invest in it.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15z with AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5600H CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics on sale for just $700 USD
It looks like HP might be trying to sell off all of its older 15.6-inch Pavilion Gaming 15 models to make room for its newer and better 16.1-inch options.
100 W Core i7-8809G vs. 28 W Core i7-1165G7: Can Tiger Lake outperform the exotic Intel-AMD chipset?
Intel has come a long way since Kaby Lake. A closer look at the evolution and differences between the Hades Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs shows why the blue chipmaker will unlikely pursue another partnership with its red counterpart anytime soon.
We tried charging our smartphone with a 22 W foldable solar power charger. It took days
Charging just 5 percent every two hours even on a bright sunny day isn't going to break any records. The portable solar charger from Choetech is best used as an auxiliary or backup tool to a standard battery bank for those extra-long trips.
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo Convertible Review: A Timeless Design
The Summit is the most visually striking laptop yet from MSI. Its quality is thankfully not just skin deep as performance and battery life are just as respectable.
Samsung launches 4G LTE AMOLED Galaxy Book Pro 13 and 15 laptops with Iris Xe graphics starting at $999 USD
The Samsung Galaxy family is about to get a lot bigger. The new Galaxy Book Pro models will be one of the first Windows laptops to ship with FHD AMOLED screens for superior response times and contrast ratios than most laptops in the market today.
$1199 Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 will be world's first convertible with 5G and a 1080p AMOLED touchscreen
If it's got "Galaxy" in the name, then you know it's going to have a lot to live up to. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 looks set to be Samsung's premier Windows convertible with features that rival the best prosumer laptops from Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
Razer Book 13 with double the storage capacity now shipping for $1699 USD
The new 512 GB option is only $100 USD more than the original 256 GB option. The highest-end configuration with 512 GB of storage and a 4K UHD touchscreen is also finally shipping for the promised launch price of $2000 USD.
Razer Orochi V2 can switch between two different PCs with just a quick press of a button
The mouse is about 8 gram lighter than the original Orochi V1 to be one of Razer's lightest to date. Its new design is simpler, sleeker and more travel-friendly than before as well.
ZTE launches ultra-cheap Blade 11 Prime smartphone for just $192 USD with both wireless charging and reverse charging
The 6.52-inch smartphone ships with Android 11, triple-rear cameras, octa-core MediaTek SoC, Wi-Fi calling, and a relatively large 4000 mAh battery.
Kaby Lake-G Is History: Intel Phantom Canyon NUC11PHKi7C Review
Instead of developing a second generation Kaby Lake-G, Intel has simply swapped out AMD for Nvidia to essentially put an end to the short-lived Intel-AMD chipset. The results are worthwhile even if the new NUC is a bit thicker and heavier than before.
Acer FA100 M.2 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
Acer and BIWIN will make available several memory and SSD products to audiences in the United States and China. The first will be the FA100 M.2 PCIe 3 x4 2280 NVMe SSD that promises to be six times faster than the standard SATA SSD.
The 130 W GeForce RTX 3070 MSI GP66 can be 15 to 30 percent faster than the 95 W version
To the surprise of no one, going for the thinner and lighter GS66 with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics will mean accepting a cut in performance when compared to the thicker GP66 equipped with the same GPU.
MSI is running a 10th gen Comet Lake sale that includes the GF75, GE66, Prestige 14, Modern 14, and GE75 all with GeForce RTX or GTX graphics
With Intel 11th gen right around the corner, these 10th gen models will need to go. MSI is cutting 12 percent to 27 percent off MSRP depending on the model all equipped with Comet Lake Core U-series or H-series CPUs.
MSI GP66 Leopard 10UG Laptop Review: A Complete Series Overhaul
MSI kicked off 2021 with a whole lineup of refreshed laptops sporting GeForce RTX 30 GPUs. Instead of just a simple internal update, however, many of these new models have brand new chassis designs and the GP66 is looking like the best one yet.
Acer launches semi-rugged Enduro Urban T1 tablet and Urban N3 laptop that actually look pretty sleek
The Urban T1 will sport Android 10 and a MediaTek SoC while the Urban N3 will be a full-fledged Windows 10 laptop with 11th Tiger Lake CPU options. Both models are expected to ship this June.
HP Omen 15z with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and 144 Hz IPS display is on sale for $1064 USD
HP's latest gaming laptop is a significant improvement over the older Omen 15 model. For just over $1000 USD, this is a well-rounded deal save for the measly 8 GB of system RAM that's thankfully user upgradeable.
Intel NUC11TNK with Core i5 now shipping for $579 USD with no RAM, OS, or storage
It's a hefty price to pay if you want an 11th gen Intel CPU. The integrated Iris Xe offers much faster graphics performance than most older NUCs.
Dell clearing stock on Inspiron 14 5402 Core i7 for $700 USD to make room for the upcoming Tiger Lake-H SKUs
The impending launch of newer models can only mean one thing: bigger sales for the outgoing older models. Core i7 Tiger Lake-U is barely half a year old and laptops sporting the processor are now becoming very affordable.
GMK NucBox 2 mini PC is only $399 USD for a limited time with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB NVMe SSD
The system is hundreds of dollars cheaper than an Intel NUC. If you don't plan on running intensive applications or heavy graphics, then the Core i5-8259U-powered NucBox 2 will do the trick for your HTPC streaming purposes.
Intel NUC11TNKi5 Pro Mini Tiger Canyon Review: Smallest Tiger Lake NUC
10th gen Intel wasn't always easy to follow with its split Ice Lake and Comet Lake-U approach. Thankfully, 11th gen Tiger Lake and the NUC11 family have streamlined the series while upping performance by quite the margin.
Chuwi CoreBook Xe officially launches on April 20, marries 10th gen Comet Lake-U with discrete Iris Xe Max graphics
The manufacturer still hasn't revealed how much it will cost, but it promises coupon codes and a free carrying bag for early bird buyers.
Budget Lenovo IdeaPad 3 gaming laptop with 120 Hz display, Ryzen 5 CPU, and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics is down to just $636 USD
Alternatively, users can spend $50 more for the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti version for roughly 10 percent faster graphics performance. The IdeaPad 3 is one of the least expensive gaming laptops you can get with a 120 Hz display.
Buying an Asus VivoBook S13? Make sure to get the S333EA and not the "wrong" S333JA if you want Thunderbolt and faster Iris Xe graphics
The newer S333EA option costs about the same, but it comes with a handful of useful features and even performance upgrades over the S333JA that every user can take advantage of. The USB-C port on the S333JA is far more limited in comparison.
Asus VivoBook S13 S333JA Laptop Review: Great Display For Cheap
Asus is positioning its latest VivoBook series as a solution for younger users on tighter budgets. Though it's nowhere near as fancy or appealing as the ZenBook, the VivoBook S333 is still a major improvement over the older VivoBook S330 series.
New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 already discounted to $1409 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 16:10 IPS display
Thank heavens the sale configuration comes with 16 GB of RAM instead of just 8 GB of RAM. The new price is a bit lower than a Dell Latitude 14 or HP EliteBook when both are configured with similar specifications.
Asus VivoBook 15 with 10th gen Intel Core i3 is down to $319 USD to be one of the best laptops you can get for the price
For just a little over $300, users are getting a 1080p display, fingerprint reader, Core i3 CPU, 256 GB SSD, USB-C, HDMI, and more. Users who want the best bang for the buck should consider this sale.
2021 MSI Modern 14 laptop down to just $599 USD with 11th gen Intel Core i5, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
This latest model is a redesign of last year's model with new hinges that are reminiscent of some Asus ZenBook laptops.
GPD WIN 3 1.0.3 software update adds mouse support for easier web browsing when on-the-go
The quality-of-life update turns the integrated controller into commonly used mouse and keyboard buttons. They're not easily customizable, however, which is a bummer.
Durabook S14I Rugged Laptop Review: Durable 11th Gen Tiger Lake
The Durabook S14I inherits many features of modern Ultrabooks and then some including the latest Intel U-series CPUs, NVMe SSDs, Wi-Fi 6, and USB-C with support for both Power Delivery and DisplayPort. The usual drawbacks remain, but they are a bit easier to overlook.
Yup. Razer is selling shorts and tank tops now for $69.99 USD and more
The manufacturer is fighting pollution in the most Razer way possible: by selling green and black apparel to fund the recovery of floating plastics in the ocean. So, when are we getting a pair of Razer underwear?
LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is bigger and lighter than the HP Spectre x360 15, but there's a catch
Trimming down all that extra fat means cutting back on performance. Other characteristics like screen brightness, hinge rigidity, and chassis flexing could have been improved for stronger first impressions.
Samsung and MediaTek boast world's first 8K QLED TV with Wi-Fi 6E while providing absolutely no pictures to show for it
For an announcement that's all about visuals and connectivity, the manufacturers have failed to even release a picture or two of the actual television in all its glory. Perhaps unsurprisingly, no launch window has been provided.
Five years ago, EVGA launched its own gaming laptop. What the hell happened?
High prices and lack of marketing likely led to poor sales of the SC15 and SC17 series. Manufacturers looking to break into the gaming laptop world will likely face similar challenges and pushback from established makers.
LG Gram 16 16T90P Convertible Review: Lighter Than Most 15.6-inch Laptops
LG is expanding its Gram series this year to include a 16-inch Gram 16 convertible. It might sound bulky on paper, but the laptop is actually much lighter than it looks.
HP Envy x360 13 with 11th gen Core i7 and 512 GB NVMe SSD is barely six months old, already down to $699 USD
There's almost no reason to purchase an HP Pavilion x360 13 when the Envy x360 13 is about the same price. This subnotebook sale should be perfect for users who are constantly on-the-go with the occasional gaming and editing in between flights or classes.
Samsung clearing stock on its 4K AMOLED 2020 Galaxy Chromebook for $599 USD to make room for the Galaxy Chromebook 2
Both the feisty Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray color options are now much cheaper than what they were when they launched a year ago. The model comes with a 10th gen Core i5-10210U CPU, metal chassis, and 4K touchscreen to be better equipped than most other Chromebooks.
Doogee X95 Pro Smartphone Review: Face ID and Android 10 For $100
How many corners must you cut when aiming for such a low price point? Not as much as one might expect, apparently. The Doogee X95 Pro works well as a backup smartphone or even as a primary for undemanding users.
AYA NEO AMD gaming handheld is starting to look like a GPD WIN 3 killer
Low-power CPUs have advanced so much these past few years that they can even run the latest games at 720p and decent frame rates. The AYA NEO will be one of the first handhelds to run on a 6-core Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir CPU designed for on-the-go gaming.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 2-in-1 with Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is at its lowest ever for $599 USD
The 2020 model isn't even a year old and it's already on sale. The timing suggests that Lenovo may announce a revision with 4th gen Ryzen options this Summer to replace the last year's 3rd gen options.
It's time for Huawei to drop that problematic keyboard webcam from its MateBook and MagicBook laptops
At a time when everyone is hanging on Zoom calls for school, friends and business, laptop webcams have become more important than ever. Huawei, however, seems to be the one major manufacturer ignoring user feedback regarding its keyboard "nosecam" webcam.
Dell Inspiron 15 3501 on sale with the same 11th gen Core i7 CPU as the XPS 13 9310 for just half the price at $650 USD
Users looking to maximize performance-per-dollar will want to consider this Inspiron as it's one of the cheapest in the market at the moment with a Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor.
GMK NucBox 2 Mini PC Review: Reasonably Priced with Good Upgradeability
The GMK uses the same 8th gen Intel CPU as the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 for less than $500 USD retail. Build quality and performance impressions are solid even if a few features are missing.
Kingston launches affordable NV1 NVMe SSD with 2100 MB/s and 1700 MB/s read and write rates
Unlike most other M.2 SSDs out there, the Kingston NV1 series will share the same read and write rates across all three 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB capacities for a more consistent level of performance no matter the SKU.
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 Review: A Great Laptop You Probably Can't Buy
The MateBook X Pro is still one of the sharpest-looking Ultrabooks you can buy despite its years-old visual design. However, a few aspects haven't aged well at all for Huawei's flagship model.
We absolutely love this small detail about the MSI GE76 that was quietly improved over the GE75
File transfers are almost an order of magnitude faster on the new GE76 when compared to the older GE75. If you rely on SD cards for your daily workloads, then you may want to skip the GE75 or GE65.
Latest Alienware m15 R4 with Core i7, 144 Hz display, and GeForce RTX 3060 Advanced Optimus now shipping for $1456 USD
Dell is throwing in a year of onsite or in-home repair service at no additional cost. The Alienware m15 R4 is the newest gaming laptop from Dell and not some older configuration on clearance.
Latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano with 13-inch 2K IPS display, Thunderbolt 4, 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB NVMe SSD is on sale for just $1199 USD
The laptop is barely four months old and retailers are already heavily discounting the model. The ThinkPad X1 Nano is an even smaller version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon equipped with Thunderbolt 4 and an Intel Tiger Lake CPU.
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH Laptop Review: A GeForce RTX 3080 PC You Can Actually Buy
After two years with the same GE75 design, MSI is ready to move forward with a full frontal redesign of the series. The result is a system that is heavier than its predecessor but for all the right reasons.
Popular 24-inch Lenovo Q24i-10 1080p IPS monitor with 99 percent sRGB coverage and 75 Hz refresh rate now on sale for $109 USD
FreeSync, 4 ms response times, HDMI, integrated speakers, and even VGA — the Lenovo Q24i offers tremendous value at its new sale price that gamers and graphics editors on tight budgets may want to consider.
Here are all the slowest and fastest GeForce RTX 3080 laptops you can buy right now
The MSI GE76 is your best bet thus far if you want one of the fastest GeForce RTX 30 laptops in the market. Its 155 W TGP GPU allows the laptop to pull ahead in almost all cases when compared to other models with the same RTX 3080 GPU.
MSI GE75 with GeForce RTX 2070 Super is heavily discounted right now for just $1200 USD to make room for the newer GE76
Retailers look to be clearing stock on the older GE75 to make room for the newer redesigned GE76. Now may be the time to jump in as the GeForce RTX 2070 Super is still very powerful even when compared to the newer mobile RTX 30 offerings.
Cherry gets serious about laptop keyboards, will debut its ultra-thin mechanical keys on the Dell Alienware m15 and m17 R4 this April
Cherry has successfully shrunk its mechanical keys for ultrathin laptops to make it theoretically possible for models like the MSI GS66, Aorus 15, or Asus Zephyrus to come with integrated Cherry keyboard options. The first laptops to sport the new Cherry keys will the Alienware m15 and m17.
Durable Dynabook E10-S subnotebook for students launching for just $289 USD
The rubber-reinforced chassis promises to withstand drops of over two feet without being overwhelming thick or heavy for classroom environments. HDMI, USB-C, and even RJ-45 come standard.
GeForce RTX 3060 laptops vs. GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: The cheaper option comes out on top in quite a few games
We've already expressed our disappointment on the mobile GeForce RTX 30 series when compared to its desktop counterparts, but how does it fare against last year's mobile GeForce RTX 20 series? The data looks promising for mobile Ampere at least for the moment.
Dell G5 15 on sale for $880 USD with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16 GB RAM, and Thunderbolt 3
Dell is ridding last year's budget model for a fairly low price considering the balanced specifications. Some users may not like the visual design of the system, but the easy serviceability and Thunderbolt support are admirable nonetheless.
OLED is finally as affordable as IPS, Asus ZenBook 13 with OLED and 11th gen Core i7 now shipping for just $899 USD
Who needs IPS when OLED costs about the same? The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA is now one of the cheapest Ultrabooks in the market with OLED options for superior image quality and colors than its IPS or QLED peers.
HP Omen 15 with Zen 3 Ryzen 5 CPU and GeForce RTX 3060 graphics is back on sale for an even cheaper $1120 USD
The system is several hundred dollars cheaper than other gaming laptops equipped with the same GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 144 Hz IPS display, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and quad-zone RGB backlight keyboard. RAM is limited but thankfully not soldered.
Razer Blade 15 Base Model Laptop Review: 95 W GeForce RTX 3060 Holds Up Well
The latest Razer Blade 15 laptop with GeForce RTX 30 graphics starts at $1699 up to $3299 for the highest-end configuration. We test the lowest-end configuration to see how it stacks up against the previous generation of Blade 15 RTX 20 options.
The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is one of the best convertibles money can buy if you don't care about its weak UHD graphics
Intel's aging iGPU is holding back some high-end business convertibles from being even better. Fortunately, this will be the last generation before the EliteBook x360 1040 will drop Comet Lake-U for the vastly superior Tiger Lake series.
Durabook S14I rugged laptop refreshed with Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake CPUs and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics
The manufacturer says the updated model is "a whole new level" in terms of performance while maintaining the military-grade durability and IP53 certification chassis design that its customers are familiar with.
Looking for a Dell XPS 13 alternative? The QLED Samsung Galaxy Book Ion with Core i7 CPU and 512 GB SSD is now down to just $799 USD
The 13.3-inch QLED HDR laptop is barely a year old and it's already marked down by quite a bit. The Samsung laptop rivals the XPS 13 in battery life, weight, display quality, ports, and more.
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 Review: A Spectre For Professionals
Like the HP Dragonfly or Spectre series, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is one of the sleekest laptops for its size and category. Internally, however, the old Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-U processor is holding back the system from performing as well as most of the latest Ultrabooks in the market.
75 W vs. 130 W TGP GeForce RTX 3060 laptop: The performance gap isn't as wide as many were expecting
The performance gap is definitely there, but it's nothing that we haven't seen before from previous generation Max-Q and non Max-Q designs. Gamers will see about 15 to 20 percent slower performance if jumping from a 130 W GeForce RTX 3060 GPU to the 75 W version.
Dell is clearing XPS 13 7390 stock for $150 USD off almost all configurations including a Core i7 for $699
The lowest price for the Core i7, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD SKU is $699 USD, but users can double the RAM and storage for about $200 more. If the faster graphics performance or 16:10 aspect ratio of the newer XPS 13 9300 models are unexciting, then the older XPS 13 7390 may be worthwhile.
2021 Dell G15 laptop refresh comes with 115 W TGP GeForce RTX GPUs, sparkling color options, and a completely new design inspired by Alienware
Design features from the high-end Alienware laptops are finally making their way onto the more affordable Dell G series. 360 Hz displays and quad-zone RGB lighting will both be optional.
One of our favorite budget Ultrabooks, the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14, is on sale right now for $549 USD with AMD Ryzen 5, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 1080p IPS display
The ultrathin 14-inch laptop is as fast as most Ultrabooks worth twice the price while being just as small and lightweight. Budget laptop hunters may want to consider adding this IdeaPad 5 14 deal to their list.
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 3060 on a Budget
We test one of the most affordable gaming laptops you can find with GeForce RTX 3060 graphics to see what cut corners, if any, owners may have to contend with. Is MSI hiding anything under the cheap price?
Lenovo Legion 5 with 500-nit 240 Hz FHD IPS display, full sRGB coverage, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, and 16 GB RAM on sale for under $950 USD
This Lenovo configuration has one of the best displays out of any sub $1000 gaming laptop without needing to sacrifice RAM, storage, the Core i7 H-series CPU or the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Auzai M270HQ 27-inch 2K Gaming Monitor is Affordable with Cut Corners
The Auzai checks a lot of desirable boxes including 1440p native resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, fast response times, attractive narrow bezel design, and FreeSync support for under $300 USD. Actual display quality, however, is average at best or poor at worst when compared to most mid-range IPS gaming laptops and other pricier gaming monitors.
This Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop with GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 11th gen Core i7 CPU, and 16 GB RAM is down to $1100 USD
The Asus system is one of the least expensive gaming laptops you can find at the moment with the same GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. If you want a high-performance gaming laptop without too many cut corners, then this may be worth a look.
MediaTek MT9638 AI chip will power the next generation of 4K smart TVs
The first television sets with the new MediaTek SoC are expected to become available by the second quarter of this year. MediaTek already powers most smart speakers and smart home products unbeknownst to most users.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 now down to $571 USD with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 1080p IPS display, and 512 GB SSD
Part business laptop and part consumer laptop, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 targets users who want something for both work and home without needing to settle for a full-fledged ThinkPad. This is one of the better all-rounder laptops for under $600.
Razer giveaway gives readers the chance to win a new Blade 15 gaming laptop with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics and more
Winners will be announced on March 4 alongside new product reveals live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. A Blade 15 with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics currently retails for well over $2000 USD.
We test the super luxurious $4000 Vaio Z laptop and it is definitely... something
What exactly does such a pricey laptop get you? The 14-inch Vaio Z is great for users who want to maximize performance and minimize weight. However, it doesn't offer enough in other aspects to justify the higher price against competitors.
Latest HP Omen 15z with AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 144 Hz display, and 16 GB DDR4 RAM on sale for only $1150 USD
The Ryzen 5 5600H CPU will readily outperform the common Core i7-10750H seen on most mid-range to high-end gaming laptops. This deal carries a lot of power and features for gamers on tight budgets.
Get a 4K OLED Dell G7 gaming laptop with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics for only $1300 USD
It's rare to find a gaming laptop with OLED display options and it's even more rare to find one that's also on sale. This Dell system aims to satisfy both gamers and professionals who can appreciate the DCI-P3 colors.
All-AMD Dell G5 15 SE gaming laptop with Ryzen 5 4600H CPU and Radeon RX 5600M graphics now on sale for $685 USD
The Special Edition laptop is one of the only gaming laptops in the market to feature AMD SmartShift for higher performance. Overall performance is neck-to-neck with costlier GeForce RTX 2060 laptops.
The MSI Stealth 15M is proof that gaming laptops with 15 W to 25 W Tiger Lake Core U CPUs can work
ULV Intel CPUs are getting better and better every year even if their performance differences can be marginal. However, those small gains are inching closer to Core H-levels of performance where we think Core U CPUs can have a place in entry-level to mid-range gaming laptops.
VAIO Z Core i7-11375H Review: The Laptop for CEOs and Executives
This $3800 USD Vaio system is one of the first to ship with a Tiger Lake-H Core i7-11375H CPU. However, the luxury laptop falls flat in most other aspects when compared to the Dell XPS, HP EliteBook, Asus ZenBook, Apple MacBook, or Huawei MateBook models that all retail for significantly less.
35 W Core i7-11375H vs. 25 W Core i7-1165G7: 10 to 30 percent faster multi-thread performance
Our first in-house benchmarks of the Core i7-11375H are in and they are just marginally better than the 25 W Core i7-1185G7. OEMs will have to exploit its Turbo Boost potential as much as possible or else performance won't be all that much better than a Tiger Lake-U CPU.
Affordable MSI GF65 Thin 9SD gaming laptop on sale for $750 USD with Core i7-9750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and 144 Hz IPS display
The last generation budget gaming laptop still has some life left in it especially for gamers who are satisfied with playing the latest titles at 1080p and aren't aiming for 2K or 4K resolutions.
MSI Stealth 15M GeForce RTX Laptop Review: Faster Graphics than the Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360, or Asus ZenBook
The raw performance of the Stealth 15M A11SEK is impressive considering how light it is and that it's running on a Core U-series CPU. Unfortunately, the weak build quality and hinges leave a lot to be desired.
Aorus Gaming Box eGPU makes a pretty strong case for Thunderbolt over the proprietary Asus ROG XG Mobile alternative
The Asus eGPU uses a special proprietary connector with more bandwidth than even Thunderbolt 4, but it can only be used for one specific laptop model. Meanwhile, the Aorus eGPU uses a generic Thunderbolt connector with more limited bandwidth, but it is compatible with essentially any Thunderbolt laptop or mini PC as a result. Which is the better option?
HyperX launches Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard complete with red switches and an aluminum body
The Alloy Origins is the company's first 60 percent keyboard and it's now shipping for $99 USD. Its launch comes a few months after the Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard which was made in collaboration with HyperX.
Samsung clearing stock of its QLED Galaxy Book Flex Alpha convertible with 10th gen Intel Core i5 for just $390 USD
Educators and students can get the discount for either the Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. The Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is barely a year old and it's arguably one of the best-looking Windows convertibles you can find at this low of a price range.
Chuwi HiPad Plus Android 10 Tablet Review: The iPad Clone
For $269 USD, the HiPad Plus is as close you can get to an iPad or Galaxy Tab experience without paying two or three times the price. However, the glass touchscreen feels fragile and maximum brightness is dimmer than most other tablets.
Auzai launches super-cheap 27-inch 2K monitor with 165 Hz refresh rate, G-Sync, and 1 ms response times for $249 USD after coupon
It's one of the most affordable 27-inch monitors you can get when considering the size and long list of gaming-centric features included. Hopefully its colors and build quality will be up to snuff.
The Aorus Gaming Box GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turned Our Tiny Intel NUC into a 4K Powerhouse
An eGPU is one of the best (and most expensive) ways you can upgrade your laptop or mini PC. The performance gains are significant and much closer to a desktop than what most users might assume.
MSI GL65 Leopard is now one of the cheapest gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics for $1300 USD
Just because GeForce RTX 30 laptops are available doesn't mean older RTX 20 models are suddenly useless. Users in the market for a new gaming laptop ought to keep an eye out for the inevitable sales on last year's top GeForce RTX 20 sellers.
13.5-inch Spectre x360 OLED is one of HP's best and newest convertibles and it's already on sale for $1400 USD
The model was quite expensive at launch, but the new sale price is much more reasonable. Users will love the OLED touchscreen, squarer aspect ratio, port features, and overall portability of the system when compared to the competing XPS or ZenBook series.
Panasonic Toughbook 33 now shipping with Intel 10th gen vPro processors to succeed the older Kaby Lake options
The new model is backwards compatible with older Toughbook 33 accessories. Its Bitlocker encryption and IP65 and MIL-STD certifications make it ideal for public sector, enterprise, and government environments.
Gateway Creator 15.6 with Ryzen 5 4600H and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics is as fast as the Dell XPS 15, costs almost half the price at $600 USD
A fairly capable performance laptop for an entry-level price. The Gateway Creator 15.6 includes a Ryzen H-series CPU, GeForce GPU, and even a high refresh rate 120 Hz IPS display for a performance level that's similar to many flagship performance Ultrabooks.
This is why Nvidia TGP is important: Some GeForce RTX 3070 laptops are already outperforming the RTX 3080
Nvidia allows laptops to have 140 W GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs and 100 W GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs which can lead to some peculiarities in raw performance. Certain laptop models with the RTX 3080 are going to run consistently slower than models with the "weaker" RTX 3070 because of their wide overlapping TGP ranges.
This Gateway 14.1 laptop offers phenomenal specifications for just $399 USD with its 10th gen Intel Core i5, 16 GB of RAM, and 1080p display
Users crying foul about 4 to 8 GB of RAM on cheap laptops are now getting their wish with this 16 GB deal. The Walmart system and its specifications are surprisingly solid for the paltry sale price.
The Razer Naga X MMO mouse is all about core performance, but it could use more RGB colors
Razer's new ultralight mouse has an insanely high maximum sensitivity of 18000 DPI and PTFE feet for a smooth glide on most flat surfaces. Even if you're not an MMO player, the auxiliary buttons can be just as useful for office and editing workloads.
World's first Chromebook with QLED touchscreen now shipping for $549 USD
The Samsung online store will begin accepting pre-orders for the rest of the month where users can get an $80 credit towards the purchase of Samsung accessories. After March 1, the credit will be reduced to just $30.
2021 Asus Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 144 Hz 1080p display, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now available for $1500 USD
The second generation Zephyrus G14 packs even more power than the original model alongside an updated 144 Hz display to replace last year's 120 Hz option. The performance-per-watt and performance-per-volume should be some of the highest for any 14-inch laptop.
Razer Blade Pro 17 Early 2021 Laptop Review: The GeForce RTX 30 Difference
It's faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q to be the fastest Blade Pro yet, but by how much? The gains are decent so long as users aren't expecting desktop-level RTX 3080 performance.
512 GB Lexar UHS-I Silver SDXC card is finally available for $139 USD after four months of waiting
Lexar says its 1066x UHS-I cards can quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 4K UHD videos "with ease". However, maximum transfer rates are only achievable with the Lexar Multi-Card 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 USB 3.1 reader marked with Rev B.
MSI Prestige 14 EVO laptop with 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD now on sale for $900 USD to be an excellent alternative to the Dell XPS 13
The configuration is loaded considering the price. Competing flagship Ultrabooks from Dell, HP, or Lenovo would cost well over $1000 if equipped with similar CPU, RAM, and storage options.
There is absolutely no reason to buy the MSI GS66 GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q because the faster RTX 3070 model is the same price
The GeForce RTX 3070 offers 20 percent faster graphics performance than the RTX 2080 Max-Q and it even comes with the same 1 TB SSD capacity, 32 GB RAM, and 300 Hz display. Interested buyers would be better off with the newer Ampere SKU or waiting until the RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU drops in price.
Curved 32-inch Dell HDR monitor with QHD resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync is down to just $324 after coupon
The native 1440p resolution will pair perfectly with mid-range to high-end graphics cards even more so than 4K for gamers who prioritize frame rate over resolution. The sale price is attractive considering the large 32-inch screen size.
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG Laptop Review: How Fast is a 95 W GeForce RTX 3070?
GeForce RTX 30 laptops are coming in like a wrecking ball meaning we're doing our best to find out which models come out on top or bottom. Let's see how the MSI GS66 and its GeForce RTX 3070 compare to other RTX laptops currently available.
The mobile GeForce RTX 3080 is 40 percent slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 3080. What the hell happened?
Back in the Nvidia Pascal days, the chipmaker boasted that its mobile GPUs have caught up to their desktop counterparts in terms of performance. Fast-forward to 2021 and that claim has all been thrown out the window.
Western Digital D50 1 TB NVMe Game Dock is built like a tank, but its ports and Dashboard software could use some updating
The visual design and unobtrusive LED lighting make the WD D50 one of the best-looking docking stations available. However, the ad-heavy software and lack of HDMI leave a lot to be desired from a practical point of view.
Asus clarifies that confusing warning label on the Zephyrus Duo 15 about battery charging
Asus says it's ok to use generic USB-C adapters to recharge the laptop in spite of the warning label telling owners otherwise. When charging via the AC barrel port, however, be sure to use only those provided by Asus.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is a Mobile Beast: Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS Laptop Review
45 percent faster than the Core i9-10980HK, 45 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, and over 7x faster gray-gray response times. The 2021 Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 makes last year's Zephyrus Duo GX550 feel outdated already.
The Playstation 5 consumes more power than even the latest GeForce RTX 3080 laptops
There's a lot of data out there on the Playstation 5 and how power-hungry it can be when running games. Now, let's see if it's any more power efficient than the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 gaming laptops.
Samsung clearing stock on its Galaxy Tab S6 10.5 for just $430 USD
The 2019 Galaxy Tab S6 is both smaller and lighter than the more expensive 2020 Galaxy Tab S7 to still be a reasonable buy for most families. The tablet originally launched for 750 Euros or $730 USD.
HP Envy 14 Core i5-1135G7 runs at faster clock rates than most Core i7-1165G7 laptops
The excellent Turbo Boost sustainability of the HP machine allows it outperform the majority of Core i7-1165G7 laptops currently available. The additional overhead will come in handy for power users who want the most out of a Core U-series CPU without settling for Core H-series options.
The fastest Core i7-1165G7 PC available is now over two times faster than the slowest Core i7-1165G7 laptop
The performance difference between the two slowest and fastest Core i7-1165G7 PCs has now ballooned to over 100 percent. Tiger Lake can be awfully impressive as long as you know where to look.
27-inch Dell S2721D QHD IPS monitor with FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response times is just $200 USD right now
It may not be an UltraSharp, but we're not complaining for $199. This is a deal worth considering as the monitor checks off a lot features not found on most other displays in this price range.
Loaded Dell Inspiron 7000 Intel Evo convertible with 4K touchscreen, 11th gen Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB SSD now on sale for $950 USD
The Inspiron 7306 2-in-1 is barely half a year old and it's already on sale for a fair price considering the hardware and features included. Alternatives from Lenovo or HP with similar specifications would typically cost a couple hundred dollars more than this Dell.
2021 HP Envy 14 Laptop Review: Tiger Lake, 16:10 and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q All-In-One
Unveiled at CES 2021, the latest Envy 14 incorporates almost everything great about last year's 15.6-inch Envy 15 but in a more portable 14-inch form factor. It's one of HP's fastest laptops in this screen size to make it a solid option for those who want to maximize performance without settling for larger alternatives.
Intel NUC11PAQi7 Panther Canyon Mini PC Review: Tiger Lake Done Right
Intel's implementation of the Core i7-1165G7 is better than most laptops. Raw processor performance is faster than the ill-fated Core i7-8809G released just a couple of years ago while being much more power efficient in the process.
Lenovo Yoga 6 13 2-in-1 convertible with AMD Ryzen 5 Pro, 256 GB NVMe SSD, and 8 GB of RAM is down to $550 USD
The aluminum-clad Lenovo convertible may be designed for businesses, but it works just as well for home users, too. It'll be tough to find another 13.3-inch convertible as light as this one with the same CPU and for the same price.
GeForce laptop makers who don't explicitly state their target TGP levels would be withholding vital performance information from potential customers and we're going to start calling them out for it
Although the "Max-Q" marketing term was flawed, it at least helped to differentiate the "slow" GeForce gaming laptops from the "fast" ones. The onus will be on the manufacturers to list their thermal graphics power (TGP) targets in the specifications now that Max-Q is no more.
For $630 USD, the Acer Swift 3 with 7 nm Ryzen 7 4700U CPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, and 8 GB of RAM isn't so bad
Own one of the fastest U-series processors of 2020 for the price of a cheap Intel Core i3 or Core i5 system. This Acer unit is more powerful than what its entry-level price and thin design may otherwise suggest.
The new Intel NUC 11 Panther Canyon packaging is just the cutest
Intel is riding the "work from home" wave by literally turning the retail box for its latest NUC into the shape of a house. The NUC 11 mini PC introduces PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD support and Qi wireless charging for the first time in the series.
Actually, abandoning Max-Q makes a lot of sense. Here are our top 3 reasons why Nvidia is finally getting rid of it
There are pros and cons for sure, but the advantages arguably outweigh any losses especially since many retailers would avoid listing "Max-Q" anyway and that some Max-Q laptops would even outperform Max-P ones.
MSI GL65 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16 GB RAM on sale for $769 USD after rebates
Unlike most other gaming laptop sales for under $800, this MSI GL65 strikes a respectable balance between graphics performance, CPU performance, display, RAM, and storage. Owners will just have to live with average color reproduction and the lack of Thunderbolt support.
Asus ROG Zephyrus GA503 with Ryzen 9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3070, and 1440p 165 Hz display now available for $1799 USD
First shipments are expected to arrive by February 15. The Asus model is notable for its next-gen components that were unveiled just a few weeks ago at CES 2021.
Thankfully, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 5800HS, and the mobile Ryzen 9 5000 CPUs will not be exclusive to any OEMs
AMD won't be making the same exclusivity mistake again with the mobile Ryzen 5000 series. The chipmaker has confirmed that all of its mobile Zen 3 CPUs will be available for all major OEMs to deploy in contrast to the more limited approach with certain mobile Zen 2 processors the year before.
Team Liquid strikes new decade-long contract with Dell Alienware for esports scholarships, training facilities, virtual stadiums, free gear, and more
Dell has given almost 1000 Alienware gaming PCs, monitors, headsets, and peripherals to Team Liquid over the past 10 years. It's no surprise that league wants to continue working with Dell for the next 10 years moving forward.
Dell Inspiron 15 with 11th gen Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p display on sale for $549 USD
The laptop is pick-up only from Staples with no delivery. It's an entry-level offering with a mostly plastic design, but the relatively powerful Core i5-1135G7 CPU and integrated Iris Xe GPU make it fast for the price.
XMG is doing the right thing by actually advertising the wattage of their GeForce RTX 30 GPU options
Is the GPU 90 W or 135 W? With "Max-Q" gone, performance hunters will be asking this question left and right to make sure they are buying the fastest possible laptop graphics. Fortunately, XMG is looking ahead by stating the numbers directly on the specifications list.
Razer pre-orders for Blade 15 GeForce RTX 3060 to 3080 now open starting at $1699 USD
All configurations are expected to ship on March 3rd to be over a month later than competing models from Asus or MSI. The top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 3080 option will set users back almost $3000 USD.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 is down to $649 USD to be one of the cheapest convertibles with an 11th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The versatile 2-in-1 laptop strikes a great balance between performance and price when compared to other models in its category. Students and home users with tight budgets may want to consider this Lenovo Flex.
New Naga X MMO mouse is one of Razer's lightest mice yet
At just 85 g, the Naga X is 30 percent lighter than the 120 g Naga Trinity while also costing less at retail. New optical sensors and PTFE feet make it a leaner and smoother alternative to the Trinity.
The GPD Win 3 is two times more expensive than a Playstation 5. Is it really worth it?
Users who don't plan on exploiting the Thunderbolt 4 port of the Win 3 will be missing out on the single most important feature of the handheld as it is the secret to turning the system into a full-fledged docked Core i7 laptop PC.
Asus ZenBook 14 with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, GeForce MX350 GPU, and 256 GB SSD is down to $599 USD
Expect a deluge of sales on 2020 AMD laptops now that retailers are preparing to stock up on Zen 3 replacements. The Asus ZenBook 14 is a flagship Ultrabook offering with both AMD and Nvidia parts for a low-moderate price.
Doogee X95 Pro to come with MediaTek Helio A20 SoC and double the RAM and storage over previous model for just $20 USD more
Doogee says the smartphone can fully recharge in under 30 minutes. The X95 Pro is one of the least expensive models you can find to ship with pure Android 10.
Intel or MediaTek? HP Chromebook 11 G9 Education Edition lets users decide
The latest 11.6-inch HP Chromebooks will have both Intel and MediaTek options. Users who favor battery life will prefer the latter while the former will excel in performance and ports.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits
Users who don't update might get a fancy 10th gen Xeon or Core i9 CPU running slower than a cheaper 9th gen Core i7-9750H. Luckily, all it takes is a quick download from HP to fix the issue.
EasySMX GK82 keyboard offers per-key RGB lighting, mechanical switches, wireless connectivity, and a minimalist design for just under $55 USD
Get brand name features without overpaying for the name. The EasySMX may not have everything, but its core experience is solid and reliable.
All these "Best of CES 2021" awards are absolutely pointless
You can't call something "the best laptop in show" when you never actually went hands-on with any of them. These "awards" for CES 2021 are nothing more than lists and opinions based entirely off of manufacturer pictures and videos rather than the editors' hands-on experiences that they are supposed to represent.
MSI Optix G271 monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, 120% sRGB, and AMD FreeSync is down to $169 USD
The 1080p monitor should pair nicely with any GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080 PC if your intentions are to reach a stable 144 FPS or greater. The Costco deal is expected to last until February 7.
HP launches ProBook x360 11 G7 for students and education
The Windows 10 system will be an alternative to Chromebooks, but we highly recommend avoiding the TN panel option as it will likely render tablet mode almost unusable.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Workstation Review: Vapor Chamber for Maximum Performance
10 percent lighter and 12 percent smaller than the previous generation ZBook 15 G6, the ZBook 15 G7 is a huge overhaul that doesn't sacrifice key workstation features just for the sake of style.
Pre-orders for Asus ROG Strix G17 with GeForce RTX 3060 and Ryzen 7 5800H now live at $1499 USD
Units are expected to ship as early as January 22 while the $1800 GeForce RTX 3070 configuration will come a bit later. Asus is betting big on both AMD and liquid metal to pull itself ahead of the competition this year.
Asus' unique ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is getting better, but it's not quite there just yet
The ZenBook Duo series is aching for a panel provider who can mass produce OLED displays in the form factor that Asus needs. The IPS ScreenPad for the UX482 works better than it did on the UX481, but its core viewing angle disadvantages remain.
GPD Win 3 Review: The Unofficial Microsoft Switch
1080p gaming with integrated Intel Iris Xe is a hard sell to most gamers. On a portable 5.5-inch 720p screen, however, it becomes a whole different story.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Core i7-1165G7 has slower CPU performance than the Yoga 9i Core i5-1135G7
The IdeaPad series is marketed as a mid-range offering to contrast to high-end Yoga series. Apparently, this also means that certain Yoga laptops with lesser Core i5 CPUs may slightly pull ahead of some IdeaPad laptops with the pricier Core i7.
Dell is clearing stock of its 10th gen Core i7 Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 for $700 USD to make room for newer Tiger Lake models
Ice Lake laptops had a lot of flak for launching at high prices, but these newer deals can be hard to pass for those who don't want to spend hundreds more for the latest 11th gen Intel processors.
First GeForce RTX 3060 MSI laptop is already available for pre-order and it's only $999 USD with a 144 Hz display
The huge catch is that you'll have to live with an older quad-core Core i5-10200H CPU and just 8 GB of base RAM. Shipments are expected to arrive by February 2nd.
A Mini Multitasking Monster: Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Laptop Review
Asus is starting off CES 2021 with a bang by improving upon its dual-screen 14-inch subnotebook with brighter displays, new hinges, and faster performance. It mostly works if you can deal with some inherent limitations.
Intel 11th gen vPro Core i5-1145G7 and Core i7-1185G7 now shipping on Dynabook Portege X30L-J, Portege X40-J, and Portege X30W-J
After skipping vPro on the 10 nm Ice Lake series, the Tiger Lake series brings it back on track for business users not satisfied with last year's 14 nm Comet Lake-U options.
Asus just pulled a Razer with its insane ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 Ultrabook and super-slim ROG XG Mobile external GPU
Asus is throwing all of its craziest ideas onto its latest 13-inch convertible laptop including liquid metal cooling, an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, vapor chamber external graphics, proprietary PCIe x8 connector, and a 16:10 120 Hz Gorilla Glass touchscreen.
Goodbye, Intel: Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE launching exclusively with AMD Zen 3 CPUs and GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 graphics options
Asus will be dropping last year's Core i9-10980HK in favor of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and Ryzen 9 5900HX on its latest dual-screen ROG gaming laptop. It's not coming cheap, of course, with a starting price of almost $3000 USD.
Asus takes a page out of the PlayStation 5, will incorporate liquid metal cooling in all of its upcoming ROG laptops starting this year
Your next Asus ROG gaming laptop will sport Thermal Grizzly liquid metal to improve CPU temperatures and hopefully prolong its lifespan. Asus has been perfecting its automated application process over the past two years.
As if the Razer Blade 15 wasn't thin enough, the new 2021 model will be even thinner with new GeForce 3080 GPUs, Advanced Optimus, and 360 Hz FHD displays
The 2021 Blade 15 and Blade Pro series will carry on the same chassis designs as previous generations. Instead, the biggest gen-to-gen changes will be the new high refresh rate display options and mobile Ampere GPUs.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Laptop Review: Luxurious Looks, Terrible Touchpad
Lenovo's expansive lineup of 14-inch laptops just got even bigger with the introduction of the IdeaPad Slim 9i. This leather-clad Intel Evo laptop looks great and classy at first glance, but the shallow keyboard and clickpad bring the whole thing down.
Lenovo Legion Y540 with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics discounted to just $699 USD ahead of imminent CES 2021 Ampere refresh
With Nvidia poised to unveil the next generation of mobile GeForce GPUs for laptops this week, now is the time to get a GeForce 20 laptop for cheap. Manufacturers like Lenovo are already trying to clear stop of its last generation gaming laptops at deep discounts.
Intel says the Iris Xe Max isn't really for gaming. They're not wrong
While you can certainly use it for games, that isn't really what the Xe Max was designed for. Its performance-per-dollar will be highest for workloads like HandBrake or Adobe Lightroom rather than pure gaming.
Retailers are dropping this 27-inch QHD Lenovo Q27q-10 monitor to $200 USD this week, comes equipped with FreeSync, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response times
27-inch monitors are not uncommon at this price range, but this Lenovo is notable for offering a higher native resolution and higher refresh rate than most. Office workers may find a lot to like while more serious content creators and video editors will likely want something more color accurate.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 brings QLED to the family for the first time
The high-end aluminum convertible Chromebook will launch before the end of the quarter for $549 USD in both Gray and Red color options. Samsung has yet to outsource its QLED panels to other OEMs.
First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all
If a laptop is giving you the option between a Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7, then you may as well save some money and go with the Core i7-1165G7. Spending more on the Core i7-1185G7 will give only marginal performance benefits and sometimes even none at all depending on the system.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, 8 GB of expandable RAM, and 1080p display is now down to $379 USD
The budget Lenovo laptop is now even more affordable than before to make it a respectable deal for shallow pockets especially if you're willing to upgrade the RAM on your own.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition vs. Silver Edition: What's The Difference?
If you want one of the first Intel Xe Max laptops, then it's going to cost you about $1500 USD. Early adopters will definitely want to upgrade their drivers ASAP to make the most of the Dell convertible.
Latest MSI Prestige 14 with 11th gen Core i7-1185G7 is down to $899 USD, Modern 15 with 10th gen Core i5 now at $499
With CES 2021 coming up, retailers are likely trying to clear stock ahead of all the inevitable announcements. Now would be the time to find a lot of deals on both last generation and current generation laptops.
Baseus 2.5-inch enclosure now shipping for $21 USD, promises compatibility with Playstation 5 and XBox consoles
The USB-C enclosure is as simple as it gets with no screws or external power source to worry about. If you have an old 2.5-inch drive sitting around, then the Baseus will almost certainly come in handy.
That awkward moment when a Core i5-1135G7 can outperform the more expensive Core i7-1165G7
If you plan on buying a new 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake laptop, then you might want to keep in mind that the cheaper Core i5-1135G7 can actually match or outperform a handful of Core i7-1165G7 laptops in raw CPU performance.
It's been a whole year since we heard anything about the intriguing Dell Alienware UFO console and we'll probably have to keep waiting
After a fascinating showing at CES 2020, the conceptual product will probably not make an appearance at CES 2021 next week. We're not crossing our fingers on any official news at all about the UFO either, at least in the short term.
Dell Inspiron 5000 5505 with Ryzen 5 undercuts the Intel Core i5 version by over $100 USD, now on sale for $489 USD
The Inspiron 5505 with Ryzen 5 4500U is currently retailing for $489 USD compared to $587 USD for the Inspiron 5502 with the Core i5-1135G7 even after applying the coupon code on both models. The AMD model performs similarly to the Core i5 model and comes with the same amount of RAM and storage despite the wide price difference.
Chuwi LarkBook Laptop Review: Good Looks, Poor Performance
If all you want to do is email and some light browsing, then the Chuwi LarkBook might be worth a look. For anything more, a basic Core i3 system will do you better.
2020 HP Pavilion 15z with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is only $489 USD right now, outperforms most Intel Core i7 Ultrabooks
The new Pavilion 15z is down from $640 USD to just $480 USD while retaining high processor performance thanks to the 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 7 series.
Dell Inspiron 15 5502 Laptop Review: Intel 11th Gen For The Masses
Whenever Intel launches a new generation of processors, laptop makers love to send in their best high-end Core i7 systems for review. We're here to see how well an affordable Core i3 model can perform on the other end of the spectrum.
Fanless Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n IoT Mini PC is at its cheapest ever right now for $200 USD
The Lenovo mini PC is just over a year old and it's already just a fraction of its original launch price. The base configuration with a Core i3 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD will be sufficient for most basic workloads and HTPC setups.
Older GPU-Z versions have been reporting incorrect Tiger Lake Iris Xe values
Version 2.36.0 fixes the issue, but it wasn't released until weeks after we had our hands on the first Tiger Lake retail laptops. Be sure to update to the latest version or else the number of EUs and potentially fillrate speeds may not be reported correctly.
Lepow 15.6-inch QLED portable monitor down to less than $170 USD for this week only
Lepow is slashing $25 to $30 off almost all of its portable monitors on Amazon. If you're in the market for a handy secondary monitor, then these might be worth a look.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 keeps getting price cuts, is now down to $800 USD with 16 GB of RAM
The Intel version of the IdeaPad Slim 7 may not be as fast as the AMD version, but it makes up for this with Thunderbolt 3 support should users want to connect GPU docking stations. Users on the lookout for an upper mid-range Ultrabook will find a lot to like about this Lenovo.
GMK KD1 14-inch 4K portable monitor is pricey, but it gets a lot of things right
For $300 USD, you can buy a really good 24-inch or 27-inch display these days with fast refresh rates or accurate colors. However, GMK thinks it can persuade you to spend $300 on a 14-inch monitor instead. Let's find out what makes it so special.
HP Spectre x360 14 renders the Spectre x360 13 almost obsolete, paves the way for potential 3:2 EliteBooks
The Spectre x360 14 can be considered an early look at what's to come for future Spectre and EliteBook models should HP decide to continue investing in 3:2 laptops.
Beelink SEi10 Mini PC Review: A Cheaper Intel NUC
If you want an Intel NUC but are turned off by its price, then the new Beelink mini PC will be a great alternative without needing to sacrifice any core features.
Best Buy is trying hard to get rid of its 4 GB Microsoft Surface Pro 7 stock for $560 USD
The low RAM capacity will instantly turn away most buyers. If that doesn't bother you, however, then the sale isn't so bad considering the display and support that come with the Surface family.
Razer Book 13 vs. Dell XPS 13 9310: Same CPU, Same Display, Big Differences
The latest Intel Evo laptops from Dell and Razer have a lot in common and yet one of them offers significantly faster performance than the other. The Razer Book 13 costs a lot more than the Dell, but its benefits are tangible.
HP Spectre x360 14 Convertible Review: An Instant Favorite
There's a new 13.5-inch HP Spectre in town and it absolutely trumps the 13.3-inch Spectre that came before it. The jump to 3:2 is a natural move to put the Spectre series more in line with prosumer competitors like the Dell XPS or Asus ZenBook S series.
Genki ShadowCast adapter lets you play Playstation 5, XBox, and Switch games on your laptop via USB-C
The handy adapter turns your laptop USB-C port into a video-in port. There are, however, some caveats and limitations to keep in mind.
Dell aims to recycle one XPS laptop for every unit purchased and more by 2030 in the name of sustainability
Currently, Dell averages 30 to 35 percent of closed-loop recycled materials for more than 125 different products. The manufacturer has a new goal of over 50 percent by 2030 to reduce reliance on virgin materials.
This GeForce RTX 2060 laptop is only $699 USD right now from Walmart and Gateway
This is probably the cheapest laptop we've seen with the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 120 Hz 1080p display. However, you're going to want to upgrade the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB PCIe SSD at some point to get the most out of the system.
HP Envy x360 15 offers high performance-per-dollar with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 1080p touchscreen for just $570 USD
It may not be a super-sleek HP Spectre or have support for Thunderbolt devices, but it's pretty close for essentially half the price. The Ryzen 5 4500U is particularly fast for what is considered a mid-range laptop.
Dell Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 Convertible Review: Easy to Use, Easy to Own
The Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 plays it safe with no distracting buzzwords or features to jack up the price. The final result is an affordable no-frills 15.6-inch convertible that does well in almost every category even if it doesn't excel in any particular one.
Budget Asus VivoBook 15 F512DA with Ryzen 3, 8 GB RAM, 1080p display, and 128 GB SSD is down to $350 USD
The affordable laptop comes with both a faster processor and more RAM than what you might expect from something in its price range.
GMK NucBox now shipping with 512 GB SSD for $279 USD, 128 GB version down to $199
The world's smallest mini PC with an active fan now has a second higher-end configuration with quadruple the storage capacity of the original launch option. Its retail price is down by $20 for a limited time to $259 USD.
Cheap MSI GF65 Thin is down to $699 USD with decent Core i5 CPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics
We recommend upgrading to 16 GB of RAM down the line to improve the gaming performance and multi-tasking capabilities of the laptop. The GTX 1660 Ti continues to be a respectable GPU especially in the mobile space.
This $400 Gateway laptop sale comes with a 10th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1080p IPS display
Don't settle for Celeron or Atom laptops when you can get a "proper" Core i5 processor with both decent RAM and an FHD IPS display for the same price.
The Razer Blade 15 is now actually reasonably priced at $1350 USD with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, 144 Hz display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The ongoing Holiday price drops may be indicating that gaming laptops with next generation GPUs might be just around the corner.
Core i7-1165G7 vs. Core i7-1185G7: Dell XPS 13 9310 4K Laptop Review
Whereas older XPS 13 models had just one Core i7 option, the latest XPS 13 9310 has two: the Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7. Let's see how much of a performance benefit the higher-end Core i7 option can bring to the table.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14 is the cheapest laptop with GeForce MX350 graphics and Thunderbolt 3 right now at just $599 USD
This 1080p Ultrabook can run games faster than you might expect given its cheap asking price. Combine this with Thunderbolt 3 and you have a versatile 14-incher for school, office, or games. You'll have to live with just 8 GB of RAM, unfortunately.
Razer Book 13 Core i7 Laptop Review: Like an XPS 13, But Faster
The Book 13 combines the design philosophy and performance of a Blade Stealth with the 16:10 display of a Dell XPS 13 for an impressive piece of hardware. Office users who want something more stylish than the typical Dell, HP or Lenovo will certainly find themselves drawn to the new Razer subnotebook.
Acer Predator Triton 300 with GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, 240 Hz IPS display, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is down to $1200 USD
The entry-level ultrathin gaming laptop from Acer comes equipped with high-end specifications and a decent asking price.
The Nintendo Switch is almost 4 years old and it still costs $300 USD retail. Is it time for a price drop?
Nintendo has yet to officially drop the original MSRP of its Switch console even after all these years. As outdated as its Tegra X1 chip has become, sales have been so strong that the Switch may not even need any price cuts at all until at least the impending launch of a proper successor.
MacBook Pro-like HP Envy 17 with 11th gen Core i7 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, and Wi-Fi 6 is down to only $670 USD
The latest Envy 17 mimics a lot of design features of the Apple MacBook without costing nearly as much. Upgrading from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM costs just $40 USD more.
The cheap HP Pavilion isn't that bad of a deal anymore
Not only has the series become more visually appealing than previous generations, but they're also starting to include a lot of desirable design features of more expensive laptops for better overall impressions.
Razer Book 13 and Intel NUC M15 are the fastest laptops thus far with the 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU
We organize all our tested 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 laptops by raw performance to better help users decide which models to consider for the Holidays. The Razer Book 13 is looking like the best bet thus far.
Gamers are not happy about Gamespot's baffling review of Cyberpunk 2077
The video continues to be massively downvoted for the reviewer's unpopular comments about the game world and her seeming disinterest in many of the games periphery activities.
MSI Modern 14 with 10th gen Core i5, Windows 10 Pro, and 3-year limited warranty is now down to $580 USD
Launched just over a year ago for $840 USD, MSI's sleek affordable business laptop just got even more affordable for office users tired of the same HP, Dell, or Lenovo solutions.
2020 HP Pavilion 13 11th gen Core i7 Review: It's Actually Pretty Good
One of HP's least expensive subnotebooks has inherited so many features from the pricier Envy and Spectre series that it ups the ante for what a "budget" laptop should be.
Latest Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 is cheaper than ever right now at just $650 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 12 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
Why spend $650 on a plastic IdeaPad when you can get a higher-end metal alloy convertible with dual Thunderbolt 4 ports for the same price? Best Buy has the Lenovo Yoga 7i down to its most affordable price yet.
Lenovo Flex 5 14 with 10th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD down to $550 USD
The budget-oriented 14-inch convertible may not be the thinnest or lightest, but it can get the job done without breaking the bank or resorting to unattractively low specifications.
Newest HP Pavilion 13 down to $555 USD with 11th gen Core i5, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD
The 2020 Pavilion 13 inherits a lot of design features from the higher-end Envy and Spectre series for better first impressions than initially anticipated. It'll be hard to find another 13-inch laptop with the same specifications and thinness as this HP deal.
The Yoga 9i is Lenovo's fastest 14-inch convertible to date all because of Tiger Lake
Even the least expensive 11th gen Core i5 Yoga 9i 14 can outperform the priciest older Yoga C940 14 with the 10th gen Core i7. Intel has been steadily upping its integrated graphics game which has allowed even small convertible laptops like the Yoga 9i to run popular titles at decent frame rates.
Lenovo is clearing stock of its Core i5 ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 8 GB of RAM for $800 USD
ThinkPad X1 Carbon models would typically launch for well over $1000 USD or even $1500 USD, but this 2018 version is well under a grand while still sporting the same chassis design and features as the newer 2020 version.
Ultrathin MSI GS66 is down to $1200 USD with 10th gen Core i7, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, and 144 Hz display
Unlike the thicker, cheaper and more budget-oriented MSI GP, GF or GL series, the MSI GS series is home to the company's flagship ultrathin gaming models akin to the Razer Blade series. Such models always retail for high prices at launch, but this deal is the cheapest yet for one of MSI's most visually appealing gaming laptops.
Practical Accell Air USB-C and HDMI docking station works on both laptops and select Android smartphones for $99 USD
The pocket-sized dock is compatible with MacOS, ChromeOS, Windows, and Android and it includes a one-year manufacturer warranty.
AMD Ryzen 9 Asus Zephyrus G14 keeps getting discounted, now down to just $1200 USD for Core i9 level of performance
One of AMD's fastest mobile CPUs can only be found on a select few laptops. Thankfully, these same laptops are frequently on sale to be much cheaper than their Intel equivalents.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 for students and home users down to just $499 USD this week to be its cheapest ever
The laptop sports a sleek and smooth aluminum design that looks and feels way better than any HP Pavilion or Dell Inspiron for the same price.
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Convertible Review: The Yoga C940 Twin
We called the 2019 Lenovo Yoga C940 14 the 14-inch convertible to beat and, for better or worse, the 2020 Yoga 9i 14 brings nothing significantly new to the table other than the expected CPU upgrade.
Get a GeForce GTX 1650 laptop for just $450 in this HP Pavilion Gaming 15 sale
RAM and storage may be low, but the performance-per-dollar for this deal is insane no matter how you spin it. $450 for a decent 1080p gaming laptop will appeal to a lot of budget and casual gamers.
2020 HP Spectre x360 13 with 11th gen Core i5 CPU, Xe graphics, 1080p touchscreen, and 8 GB of RAM down to $760 USD
Unlike the low-end Pavilion series or mid-range Envy series, the high-end Spectre series is home to some of HP's most luxurious consumer laptops. The latest model is down to affordable levels for the Holiday shopping season even if it's just the base configuration.
Latest Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is down to $690 USD right now with 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 5 4650U CPU
Instead of paying budget prices for budget laptops, users might want to consider paying just a bit more for higher quality and longer-lasting models. One of Lenovo's flagship AMD ThinkPad business laptops is down to affordable levels without needing to sacrifice processor performance.
HP 15 with 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 is only $589 USD right now to be one of the cheapest Tiger Lake laptops available
HP's lowest-end laptops are getting better and better these days with Core i7 CPUs, 1080p IPS displays, 16 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6, and even NVMe SSDs much like their pricier Envy or Spectre counterparts.
Doogee N20 Pro Smartphone Review: Android 10 for $120 USD
At one-tenth the price of a Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone, is the Doogee N20 Pro even worth your time? Though it's still unquestionably a cheaply made smartphone, there are several areas where the Doogee can be a lot better than expected considering the price.
The 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U destroys the Core i7-10810U and Intel has no answer at the moment
Until Intel can offer an octa-core U-series vPro CPU with Iris Xe graphics, the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U or Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U will be the fastest options available on any ultra-thin business laptop without question.
EasySMX ESM 9110 is a great Xbox controller for gamers who don't own Xbox consoles
The ESM 9110 is currently on sale for $33 USD compared to $40 or $50 USD for an authentic Xbox One controller. The unlicensed PC and Switch gamepad comes real close to the real deal and it even integrates LED-lit buttons for extra visual flair.
Super-cheap Gateway Ultra Slim 14 comes with a Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, 1080p display, USB-C, and 4 GB of RAM for just $280 USD
The subnotebook should feel right at home for multimedia playback, classrooms, browsing, emailing, and the occasional travel especially since it doesn't rely on slower Intel Atom or Celeron solutions.
Destiny 2 is handing out exotic weapons and engrams to Amazon Prime members for the next year because why not
Subscribers can collect a total of 48 free engrams over the course of a year. The partnership suggests that Destiny 2 will eventually be making its way to Amazon's game streaming service much like how it's already playable on Google Stadia.
Gigabyte Aorus 5 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz display, GeForce RTX 2060, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD down to $1050 after rebates
$1000 can get you pretty far this holiday season when it comes to gaming laptops. If you're willing to go through the hassle of rebates, then this 15.6-inch Aorus 5 will be a strong contender.
Gamestop will start selling Vizio TVs with FreeSync and variable refresh rate even though the Playstation 5 doesn't support them
The Vizio-Gamestop partnership might be more beneficial to the Microsoft XBox series than for the Sony PS5 at least in the short term. The TV maker is pushing hard to make it the brand of choice for console gamers.
Budget Dell Inspiron 15 5505 with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 256 GB NVMe SSD, and 1080p display is now down to $490 USD
Down from its original launch price of $630 USD, the Inspiron 15 5505 is our next Holiday highlight sale because of its fast processor performance relative to the low asking price. This is Dell's latest budget laptop that should easily outperform any other in its sub $500 range.
A Ryzen 7 4800U for Businesses: HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U Laptop Review
Renoir has proven itself to be a beast of a series and the 8-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is no exception. The CPU propels the HP EliteBook 845 G7 to be much faster than what its vanilla visual design might otherwise suggest.
Cheap Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with 10th gen Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 1080p display, and 256 GB NVMe SSD is down to just $300 USD
The $300 range is home to some awful laptops sporting with Celeron, Atom, or 768p displays. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 is easily one of the better options in this price range based solely on its decent specifications.
2020 HP Envy x360 15z with Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD now on sale for $830 USD
HP's latest mid-range convertible laptop comes with one of the fastest U-series CPUs available for a fair price without needing to cut RAM or storage in the process.
6-in-1 CablePower portable charger promises to be "world's most convenient power bank"
The 10000 mAh power bank houses individual USB Type-A, Type-C, Micro-USB, and Thunderbolt cables in a neat fashion for easy transporting.
Lenovo Yoga 7i Core i5-1135G7 CPU is on par with the Core i7-1165G7, but its Iris Xe graphics is way behind
We're getting mixed results from the initial batch of laptops sporting Intel's newest 11th gen Tiger Lake processors. Both CPU and GPU performance are ranging from disappointing to impressive depending on the laptop in question.
The EliteBook x360 1030 G7 is one of HP's best subnotebook convertibles, but it's time to make the jump to 16:10
Dell, Lenovo, and even Razer are now offering 16:10 business laptops. Will HP follow suit? We think there's a good chance of seeing more high-end laptops from HP sporting aspect ratios other than 16:9 like 16:10 or 3:2.
Buying an Ultrabook for the holidays? This 16-in-1 USB-C Baseus docking station might come in handy
Newer laptops are dropping ports left and right for thinner and sexier designs. As a result, you're going to need a USB-C docking station sooner or later if you want to connect any sort of monitors, keyboards, USB sticks, or even SD cards to your PC.
Porsche Design Acer Book RS with 11th gen Core i7 and GeForce MX350 now available in the U.S. for $2000 USD
What's the easiest way to boost your product into the high-end category? By associating it with fancy cars, of course. The prosumer 14-inch Acer Book RS Porsche Design comes with the Core i5-1135G7 CPU and just 8 GB of RAM for a hefty price tag of $1400 USD.
HyperX Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard is small in size and big on lighting features
It doesn't quack, but the no-frills HyperX Ducky is easy to use and with all the RGB bells and whistles we've come to expect from a mechanical keyboard for gamers.
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14-inch Tiger Lake Laptop Review: Core i5-1135G7 Debut
Lenovo's new mid-range 14-inch convertible comes with the latest 11th gen Intel parts and even Thunderbolt 4 compatibility for a little under $1000 USD. Its specifications are great on paper, but let's see how the machine actually performs.
Not created equal yet again: Retail Core i7-1165G7 laptops can be up to 50 percent slower than Intel's in-house claims
We don't think it's a coincidence that initial processor benchmarks from Intel are always faster than what we actually see on retail units from OEMs. ULV CPUs are designed to run across a wide range of TDP levels meaning manufacturers often choose to run them at slower speeds even though the silicon is capable of much more.
The XtendTouch Pro is the world's first portable 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen monitor promising 10-bit color, full DCI-P3 coverage, and 4K resolution
Its $699 USD price tag is hefty, but the XtendTouch Pro XT1610UO is promising a long list of features not found on most other portable monitors. The big AC adapter and uncalibrated display, however, could use some more work.
Loaded Dell Alienware m15 R3 with 300 Hz display, Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 512 GB SSD is down to $1500 USD
One of Dell's fastest gaming laptops is down to a respectable price point without needing to cut back on storage, display or graphics.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G7 Convertible Review: A Spectre Dragonfly Hybrid
Whereas Lenovo and Dell have been slowly moving away from 16:9 to 16:10 for some of its higher-end office laptops, HP seems content with sticking to 16:9 for the time being. The EliteBook x360 1030 G7 is HP's best iteration of a 16:9 13.3-inch office subnotebook yet.
Playstation 5 eBay listings have ballooned out of control with scalpers
Scalpers are already making bank on the PS5 launch with successful listings ending at around $1000 USD or two times the retail price of the actual console. The system will likely remain out of reach for most users throughout the rest of the year.
Forget the Apple Airpods: Scendo wants iPhone 12 users to try these Snapods instead
With the help of an adhesive, the Snapods earbuds can snap into place on the back of any smartphone. The buds weigh just a tenth of an ounce and are touch-sensitive for user controls.
Super-light Dynabook Portege X30W-J is now an Intel Evo laptop with Tiger Lake Core i5/i7 and Iris Xe graphics
At just 989 grams, the Tiger Lake-powered Dynabook X30W-J is over 300 grams lighter than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 or 200 grams lighter than the LG Gram 14 convertible.
MSI GL75 for $1200 USD is probably the cheapest gaming laptop at the moment with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics
The sale is expected to last for only a week. Unlike most other cheap configurations, this particular offer doesn't skimp on RAM, storage, or display quality even though it comes with the fast GeForce RTX 2070 GPU.
The Playstation 5 is more power-hungry than a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q gaming laptop
At a whopping 200 W when gaming, the PS5 demands as much power as some of the fastest gaming laptops you can buy at the moment. The Asus Strix Scar 15 with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, for example, consumes 201 W when gaming.
Anyware PhonePad is a 15.6-inch portable touchscreen launching this November for $350 USD
The 15.6-inch portable display is well-built and with plenty of connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0 for smartphones to control. Unfortunately, its dim and glossy display is troublesome to use if outdoors where glare becomes inevitable.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW fixes the biggest problem we have with the ROG Strix G15 G512LI
It's worth spending a bit more on the G512LW not just for its 2x faster graphics performance, but also for its significantly better display. The ghosting and poor colors on the G512LI display are disappointing for a dedicated gaming laptop.
Finally, Nvidia Optimus 2.0 or Advanced Optimus laptops are now shipping
Eluktronics will be one of the first to offer Advanced Optimus on its MECH-15 G3 and MAX-15 Ultra laptops this month for a starting price of $2100 USD. The reseller promised in September that it would begin shipping the systems before the end of the year.
Razer Book 13 is the lovechild between a Dell XPS 13 and a Blade Stealth that we never knew we wanted
It may look like a Blade Stealth at first glance, but the Razer Book 13 is so much more. The new business laptop includes features not found on the Blade Stealth including HDMI, MicroSD, 16:10 display, and even per-key RGB lighting for a starting price of $1200 USD.
APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming UPS BGM1500 is big on looks and features, but its interface could be better
It's probably the sleekest UPS you can find in the market right now for about $259 USD. However, a few small quality-of-life changes could have made it even easier to use.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW Laptop Review: Much Better Than The G512LI
The Asus system utilizes liquid metal for its CPU over traditional thermal paste. Though Turbo Boost sustainability is excellent, core temperatures remain balmy at about 80 C when gaming.
One of the only AMD gaming laptops you can buy is on sale right now for $900 USD
Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and Radeon RX 5600M GPU, the Dell G5 15 Special Edition can offer GeForce RTX 2060-level gaming performance for the price of a typical GeForce GTX 1650 Ti laptop.
Intel outpriced yet again: Asus ZenBook 14 UM425 with Ryzen 7 4700U comes with twice the RAM and twice the storage than the pricier Tiger Lake UX425 version
You'll have to really exploit Thunderbolt and single-threaded applications to justify owning the more expensive Intel ZenBook UX425 over the less expensive AMD ZenBook UM425. Both models utilize the exact same chassis powered by different processors.
Latest Razer Blade Stealth with 11th gen Core i7 is only $100 more than the 10th gen version. Why the small price difference?
Razer is now shipping its latest Tiger Lake Blade Stealth for $1800 USD while the last generation Ice Lake version is $1700 USD. We look into what exactly buyers would be getting should they decide to spend that extra $100 for the newer Tiger Lake model.
Razer Blade Stealth Tiger Lake GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: A Small Step Forward
Razer's latest subnotebook with Intel's brand new 11th gen Core i7 continues to be the fastest in its size category even if it's only marginally better than the older model.
Lexar launches 1066x UHS-I Silver MicroSD series starting at $29 USD
The affordable 1066x cards will offer maximum read and write rates of 160 MB/s and 120 MB/s, respectively, compared to 270 MB/s on Lexar's more expensive 1800x lineup.
Tiger Lake Dell XPS 13 9310 vs. Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA: the Dynamic Power Policy difference
Intel's brand new Core i7-1165G7 processor can behave very differently depending on how OEMs decide to implement it onto their laptops. Our Dell and Asus examples show the pros and cons of two different methods we see on almost all laptops.
Yahoo-themed ZTE Blade A3Y smartphone launches for just $49 for all the Yahoo fanatics
The purple smartphone may not be the sleekest or most powerful, but it's one of the least expensive Android 10 smartphones you can without being tied to year-long contracts.
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 Laptop Review: The 11th Gen Tiger Lake Difference
10th gen Intel Ice Lake introduced significant graphics upgrades over the aging UHD Graphics 620 and the 11th gen Tiger Lake series is yet another huge leap. CPU performance, however, hasn't changed by all that much.
A whole bunch of Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops are now shipping with 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
Asus doesn't want to miss out on that lucrative holiday shopping season by launching not one, but eleven different Intel Tiger Lake laptop models and even more SKUs for users to choose from.
We just wasted $900 on the Surface Laptop Go so you wouldn't have to
Microsoft's latest laptop is both a great netbook and a terrible Ultrabook. If you're thinking about spending $900 on the Surface Laptop Go, then you may as well just consider the more capable 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 instead.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 with 10th gen Core i5, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display on sale for $470 USD
Finding a decent laptop for under $500 USD is like walking into a field of landmines as OEMs will often cut deep corners or hide important drawbacks from potential buyers. This IdeaPad S340 15 deal isn't perfect, but it's one of the better laptops you can find for under $500.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: An Overpriced Netbook
Are you happy with just 4 GB of soldered RAM and 64 GB of storage? If so, then the $550 USD Surface Laptop Go might be worthwhile. For everyone else, look elsewhere and don't turn back.
PNY XLR8 M.2 Gen 4 NVMe SSDs launching in same month as the Playstation 5, but they probably won't be compatible
The PNY XLR8 CS3040 NVMe SSDs are rated for speeds of up to 5.6 GB/s compared to the 5.5 GB/s SSD in the PS5. However, we doubt that the 100 MB/s difference will be enough of an overhead to make the PNY drives a good fit for the Sony console.
Western Digital D50 Game NVMe docking station is a great way to utilize that Thunderbolt 3 port
The all-in-one RGB-enabled docking station promises up to 3000 MB/s read and 2600 MB/s write rates all via Thunderbolt 3.
We installed Genshin Impact on the slowest Android 10 tablet we could find just to see what would happen. It wasn't pretty
If you're looking for a mobile game to bring your fancy $1000 smartphone to its knees, then Genshin Impact would be it. The game is practically unplayable on budget Android devices with unsteady frame rates and visual bugs galore.
Alldocube iPlay 20 Tablet Review: Android 10 for $100 USD
If you want a super-cheap Android tablet that both performs and feels great, then it'd be hard finding something better than the Alldocube iPlay 20. There are, however, a few important caveats to keep in mind.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 with 11th gen Core i5-1135G7 now available for $650 USD, is probably the least expensive Tiger Lake laptop at launch
Dell is slashing $50 off the price of its latest entry-level convertible laptop equipped with the Core i5-1135G7 processor and integrated Iris Xe graphics for a final tally of $650 before taxes. However, we recommend upgrading the touchscreen to 1080p or else you'd be stuck with only 768p.
Laptop naming conventions have become a total mess
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532, ROG Strix Scar III G531, HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl, XPS 13 7390, XPS 13 9380, Yoga C930, Yoga Book C930... it's no surprise that even we're starting to get a bit confused at how all these names are structured.
Lenovo Yoga C940 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 4K touchscreen, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD now on sale for $1200 USD
Lenovo's top-of-the-line 10th gen Ice Lake convertible gets another price cut in anticipation for the upcoming 11th gen Tiger Lake replacements set to arrive before Thanksgiving.
Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3 Supreme is all about user customization and style
There's not a lot of mice out there with customizable rotax, polling rate, lift-off height, angle snap, swappable parts, RGB LED lighting, and a 16000 DPI all in one, but the Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3 almost covers it all.
Latest C-Force CF011C portable monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing the category
The $200 USD 15.6-inch portable monitor uses a brand new IPS panel with full sRGB coverage and a much brighter backlight than any other external monitor we've tested thus far in this price range.
Uh oh, now laptops are beginning to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack
Last year, we posed the question to our readers about how they would feel if laptops begun shipping without integrated 3.5 mm audio jacks similar to most smartphones nowadays. Now, it appears that at least one laptop manufacturer is slowly but surely testing this out for themselves.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with Core i5, GeForce MX350 graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and 8 GB of RAM now on sale for $630 USD
It's gonna be tough finding another 14-inch laptop with both GeForce MX350 graphics and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in this price range. One of Lenovo's best 14-inch Ultrabooks is now the cheapest it's ever been complete with a glossy 1080p display and metal chassis.
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA Laptop Review: The Microsoft Surface Alternative
The ZenBook S series is moving away from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio to the more office-friendly 3:2. Results are impressive and definitely worth a look if you were considering a Surface, XPS, or MateBook in the near future.
Asus Zephyrus M15 GU502LU vs. GU502LW: What's The Difference?
Turbo mode makes all the difference if you're looking to maximize performance out of either machine. We go over what users can expect from Asus' mid-range gaming series.
Auzai 21.5-inch monitor is super cheap and super average
You can't expect too much from a 21.5-inch monitor for less than $100 USD. The Auzai is great for basic browsing and multimedia tasks, but casual gamers or even amateur content creators will want to invest in something better.
Intel Core i9-10885H is almost 20 percent slower than the Core i7-10875H
You're probably going to need a beefy laptop and cooling solution if you want to maximize the performance potential of the vPro Core i9-10885H. The budget Dell Precision 3551, for example, is only able to sustain a clock rate of just 2.7 GHz when the CPU is capable of running much faster.
Cheap SK Hynix Gold P31/S31 NVMe and SATA SSDs are now even cheaper for Amazon Prime Day
The Gold P31 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD in particular was the world's first consumer SSD with 128-layer NAND when it launched just over a month ago. Its $110 sale price will net users 3500 MB/s read and 3200 MB/s write speeds instead of the slower PCI x2 speeds commonly found in this price range.
Razer is having way too much fun with its branding and we absolutely love it
Razer has dipped its toes into the world of toasters, cryptocurrencies, LED credit cards, chairs, gaming tablets, projectors, and now Sneki Snek plushies in the name of trees and wildlife conservation. Because why not.
Dell Precision 3551 Laptop Review: Intel Core i9-10885H Debut
The Precision 3551 is one of the least expensive mobile workstations you can find with a vPro-enabled 10th gen Intel Core i9 CPU. Ports and features are commendable so long as you're okay with the dull visual design.
MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested
It takes two large 60 mm fans and eleven copper heat pipes to cool both a 125 W CPU and 200 W GPU in a laptop chassis. However, the resulting fan noise will be as large and in charge as the resulting performance.
Playstation 5 soldered 825 GB SSD puts a hard limit on the lifespan of each retail unit
What will happen when the internal SSD inevitably dies? We're not so sure. Whereas the primary drives in the PS3 and PS4 could all be easily replaced, the fixed SSD in the PS5 could be an issue far into the lifespan of the system.
Is a $999 Walmart Gateway gaming laptop any good? We try one out ourselves to see
With just 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB of storage, there are reasons why you might want to think more carefully before plopping down a grand for this relatively inexpensive GeForce RTX 2060 laptop.
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS Laptop Review: Late Game Exotic Gear
Picking up that yellow or orange drop after defeating a late game boss is always exciting. Getting that perfect stat roll might even be worth showing off. The MSI GT76 Titan has the specs and performance of an exotic drop that gamers are always grinding after.
Tiger Lake Iris Xe G7 and GeForce MX350 are neck-to-neck in 3DMark — so why is the Intel chip still so much slower when gaming?
Unoptimized drivers, a shared TDP pool, and lack of VRAM on the Iris Xe G7 may be attributing to some steep performance deficits when compared to the GeForce MX150, MX250, or MX350 series when running certain games. A select few titles, however, show the Intel chip to be on par with Nvidia.
Walmart Gateway Creator Series 15 Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2060 For Under $1000 USD
It's one of the cheapest gaming laptops you can find with the GeForce RTX 2060 at the moment, but don't hop onboard just yet. The 8 GB of single-channel RAM and small 256 GB NVMe SSD might hinder your experience.
HP Spectre x360 14 ups the ante with 3:2 OLED display and Intel Tiger Lake for $1199 USD
If the HP Spectre x360 13 seems too small and the HP Spectre x360 15 seems too big, then the upcoming HP Spectre x360 14 might be just right. The new model will be introducing both a 3:2 display aspect ratio and Intel Tiger Lake Core U processor options when it launches later this month.
Intel Tiger Lake is pouncing onto the HP Envy x360 13 and Envy 13 this November alongside Thunderbolt 4 compatibility
The CPU update will bring Intel Evo to HP's mid-range Envy 13 family of subnotebooks. Physical features of the chassis will otherwise be identical to the 2019 Ice Lake Envy 13 family.
Intel Iris Xe G7 graphics isn't so bad, but it still has a long way to go in terms of drivers and compatibility
There's one thing that Nvidia has arguably always been better at than Intel or AMD: graphics drivers. Though the new Iris Xe G7 is inching pretty closely to the GeForce MX series, the more mature drivers from Nvidia essentially guarantee better compatibility and optimization for the latest titles.
Durabook Z14I rugged laptop launching with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and a PCIe x4 expansion compartment box
The 14-inch laptop will have a 1000-nit FHD touchscreen, up to 25 hours of battery life, multiple expansion options, up to a GeForce GTX GPU, and plenty of I/O ports.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425E Review: 11th Gen Core i7 "Tiger Lake" Debut
Asus will be one of the first major OEMs to launch a family of Tiger Lake laptop this October. We test the upcoming ZenBook 14 UX425EA equipped with the Core i7-1165G7 to see how it compares to the rising popularity of AMD Ryzen alternatives.
Like a Dell XPS 17, But Worse: LG Ultra 17 Laptop Review
Do you want to spend $1400 USD for a 17-inch laptop with slow Core i5 performance, no AdobeRGB coverage, and no Thunderbolt 3? This overpriced LG Ultra 17 is unique but in all the wrong ways.
New SFF Origin PC Chronos desktop is just 20 L, gets GeForce RTX 3090 upgrade
The GeForce RTX 3090 is ludicrously large and thick, but that's not going to stop companies from squeezing it into the smallest form factors possible.
The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350
The upcoming GeForce MX450 will bring the biggest gen-to-gen leap in performance for the low-power MX series since the launch of the MX150 back in 2017. Both Intel and AMD are now able to offer GeForce MX150-like performance from more power-efficient integrated GPUs which will push Nvidia to finally incorporate Turing onto its next generation MX400 family.
Acer Enduro T1 ET108-11A A9001 Rugged Tablet Review
If you just need a basic sturdy tablet with none of the bells and whistles, then the inexpensive Enduro T1 will be much thinner and lighter than expected for its rugged category.
Asus ScreenPad 2.0 is so much better than before, but it could still use some work
Asus' integrated clickpad/touchscreen hybrid works well at smaller resolutions or for dragging windows back and forth between the main display. If you don't have an external mouse, however, it might be more trouble than its worth.
HP EliteBook 830 G7 impresses in almost every aspect except one
Its Core i7 processor is almost 40 percent slower than on the Dell latitude 9510 2-in-1 equipped with the exact same CPU. The deficit can be attributed to the shorter-lived Turbo Boost potential of the HP system.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL Laptop Review: ScreenPad Is Here To Stay
This Asus Ultrabook is unlike any other competing model in its size class due to its integrated secondary display. Though awesome from a conceptual standpoint, we go over some hidden drawbacks that potential owners should know about.
Yikes, Xbox Series X 1 TB SSD expansion card will purportedly cost at least $199 USD or half the price of a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
The proprietary Xbox Seagate drives are going to cost an arm and a leg relative to the prices of the new consoles themselves if you plan on expanding their storage capacities.
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB NVMe SSD Benchmarked
The mid-range HP EX900 Pro isn't bad by any means, but it's a little late to the party now that the faster and cheaper SK Hynix Gold P31 has already hit the market.
HP EliteBook 830 G7 Laptop Review: Premium for the Mainstream
Unlike the jump from the EliteBook 830 G5 to the 830 G6, the 830 G7 brings significant visual updates including reduced bezels for a sleeker and more portable look.
Intel Iris Xe G7 can run GTA V at 1080p 60 FPS on normal settings, is roughly on par with the Radeon RX Vega 8 and GeForce MX250
We take a glimpse of what Intel's next generation of integrated graphics can do and it's pretty good for a 10 nm non-discrete solution. Now, Intel will have to price it just right to make it worth the purchase over existing Ryzen or GeForce MX-powered laptops that offer similar graphics performance.
Portable Eggtronic battery bank holds a larger charge than most laptops
This compact $89 USD power bank can hold a respectable 63 Wh charge to be perfect for hikes or camping trips with multiple people. Recharging the bank itself, however, is almost three times slower than on most laptops.
Nvidia Advanced Optimus is finally coming and Eluktronics will be one of the first to offer it
The reseller hopes to accelerate the adoption of Advanced Optimus. The existing MECH-15 and MAX-15 laptops will get new Core i7-10870H processors in addition to the Nvidia feature in the next couple of months.
GMK says it will fix the problems we experienced on the NucBox
The poor Wi-Fi, unreliable MicroSD reader, pulsing fan, and scorching high core temperature will reportedly all be fixed when backers receive their units next month. GMK has acknowledged these problems and is actively fixing them.
GMK NucBox K1 vs. Chuwi LarkBox Mini PC Review: Two Birds of a Feather
On paper, the GMK mini PC has the better processor with more RAM, more storage, and faster Wi-Fi than the Chuwi equivalent. Unfortunately, our pre-production unit doesn't always work as intended.
Avoid these subpar Panda LM156LF IPS displays when buying your next gaming laptop
Manufacturers should really stop using these Panda panels on their laptops. Don't be fooled by their high native refresh rates as Panda panels have some of the slowest black-white response times and narrowest color space of any other high refresh rate display.
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528 Laptop Review: Full sRGB Coverage For $300 USD
The 13-inch Chuwi GemiBook offers the best 3:2 display you can find in this price range. Unfortunately, that nice display comes at the cost of subpar processor performance and an unreliable keyboard.
We're calling it now: 2021 will introduce new laptops with way better webcams than ever before
COVID-19 and work-from-home orders have been a boon to virtual gatherings and Zoom meetings for office workers, students, doctors, and so much more. We strongly believe that this will accelerate the development of laptop webcams that aren't limited to 720p, muddy colors, or slow frame rates in the very near future.
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI Laptop Review: Gaming Multimedia Hybrid
It's the most powerful version of the VivoBook 15 you can get at the moment, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best. This GeForce GTX-powered laptop is set back by its average battery life and colors.
Asus Zephyrus G14 timed exclusivity deal for the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS might have hurt the processor more than it helped
Timed exclusivity may work in the world of consoles games, but limiting a great processor to just one laptop and one screen size isn't such a great idea. The limited press coverage and availability of both the Ryzen 7 4800HS and Ryzen 9 4900HS may be attributed to the fact that only just a handful of Asus laptops carry such options.
The GeForce RTX 3080 has an insane 320 W TDP. What will this mean for gaming laptops?
Even the biggest and fastest laptops at the moment carry "only" the 150 W - 180 W TDP GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. Exactly how Nvidia will translate its massive 320 W desktop GeForce RTX 3080 to mobile form factors will be interesting to see.
Gateway is back: THX and Walmart revive branding for new affordable Ultrabooks and gaming laptop series
Walmart is doubling down on laptops with new Gateway models spanning from $199 subnotebooks up to even gaming laptops north of $1000 USD with Ryzen 7 CPUs and GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs. If you ever wanted a cheap laptop without buying used, then these should fit the bill.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS Debut: Asus Zephyrus G15 GA502IU Laptop Review
Even the slowest mobile Ryzen 7 H-series Renoir CPU is able outperform most laptops running on the latest 10th gen Core i7 Comet Lake-H CPU. Though raw CPU performance is excellent, the $1300 asking for price of the Zephyrus G15 is a bit high considering the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q GPU.
HP and Lenovo have yet to offer a 17-inch workstation as compact as the Dell Precision 5750
The Precision 5750 is a unique 17-inch laptop that juggles between being an Ultrabook and a full-fledged mobile workstation. It doesn't particularly excel at one or the other, but it still appeals to a small segment of professionals who could benefit from its hybrid approach.
Dell Precision 5750 Workstation Review: The XPS 17 For Professionals
Turning a high-performance Ultrabook into a workstation isn't new, but the Precision 5750 is one-of-a-kind for its 16:10 aspect ratio and thin design that other 17-inch workstations don't offer.
Dell XPS 17 battery drain issue fixed on latest production batches
We retest the XPS 17 to confirm the fixes that Dell has in place. The laptop will now properly draw 130 W from its adapter instead of only 100 W to mitigate the battery draining issue on earlier production units.
Rare AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS runs as fast as some 10th gen Core i9-10980HK laptops and at a lower TDP
Our first in-house Ryzen 7 4800HS benchmarks are in and they show much of an advantage AMD has over Intel in terms of performance-per-watt with its 7 nm Zen 2 Renoir series.
Alienware m17 R3 runs the Core i9-10980HK faster than anyone else, but be prepared for super hot 95 C temperatures
If the want the fastest there is, then you'll also have to get the hottest and loudest is well. The latest Alienware isn't afraid to run at extreme temperatures all in the name of maximizing raw performance.
Chuwi GemiBook design flaw shows us what happens when ports are positioned too closely together
This is how not to design a laptop. If using one port blocks access to an adjacent port, then you know your engineers screwed up somewhere along the process.
SK Hynix Gold P31 1 TB NVMe SSD PCIe x4 Benchmarked
As the first U.S.-bound NVMe SSD from SK Hynix, the Gold P31 leaves a great first impression with maximum transfer rates that are hard to beat at its target price range.
Good-bye, Max-Q: Dell Alienware m17 R3 GeForce RTX 2080 Super Laptop Review
The Alienware m17 R3 may look the same as the m17 R2 from the outside, but it has been completely redesigned on the inside. The system swaps out GeForce Max-Q GPUs for full-fledged GeForce Super options for even faster gen-over-gen performance.
Why your next Tiger Lake laptop likely won't perform as well as all those Intel slides claim
Intel should use real-world retail laptops to represent their Core i7-1165G7 benchmarks instead of in-house kits that will likely never make it onto store shelves. Their initial benchmark scores don't mean very much if the average Core i7-1165G7 can potentially run much slower on final OEM designs.
Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 or HP EliteBook x360? One factor might be the deal breaker
You can't have it all when it comes to subnotebooks. If you value a super-bright 1000-nit display, then the HP EliteBook x360 will be the best option. If you rather have a proximity sensor for hands-free login, then you'll have to go with the Dell Latitude.
Intel is being silent about the price of Tiger Lake laptops and that has us worried
The first Ice Lake laptops launched late last year for around $1500 USD. Will the first Tiger Lake laptops be just as pricey? We're hopeful that the outstanding performance-per-dollar of current AMD Ryzen Zen 2 laptops will persuade OEMs to launch Tiger Lake models at lower prices.
Intel Xe graphics and FHD OLED touchscreen coming to the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 UX363
The refreshed ZenBook convertible will be one of the few, if not only, laptop series to carry FHD OLED touchscreen options. Almost all OLED panels for laptops up to this point have had a native resolution of 4K UHD only.
Core i9-powered MSI WS66 workstation is super sleek, super fast and super loud
All that performance in such a thin chassis comes at the cost of fan noise. MSI Cooler Boost mode is a fancy name for "Maximum Fan" mode for users who want to exploit the Core i9-10980HK and Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q GPU to their maximum potential.
Dell Latitude 14 9410 2-in-1 Convertible Review: A Latitude 7400 At Heart
Last year's Latitude 7400 2-in-1 was already excellent, so why mess with a good thing? The Latitude 9410 2-in-1 doesn't bring anything new from a visual standpoint, but some users might appreciate the newer Comet Lake-U CPU options and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
Dell Precision 7550 comes with almost everything you'd expect from a mobile workstation except for full-power Quadro RTX 5000 graphics
For a full-size mobile workstation with all the bells and whistles, it's odd to see a Quadro Max-Q GPU instead of the full-power non-Max-Q variant.
MSI WS66 10TMT Workstation Laptop Review: Faster Than The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition
As it turns out, gaming laptops can make for pretty good workstations. The MSI WS66 doesn't sacrifice performance for its compact size, but you'll have to make do without a handful of staple features commonly found on more traditional workstations.
Dell Precision 7550 Mobile Workstation Review: The Antithesis To The Precision 5550
If the XPS 15 had gained some weight, it would probably look a lot like the Precision 7550. This high-end mobile workstation drops the super-thin and sexy designs of most Nvidia Studio laptops in favor of a "proper" full-size chassis.
7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is as fast as the 14 nm Core i9-9880H and at half the TDP, but there's a huge catch
Can an 8-core 25 W cTDP Ryzen 7 4800U outperform the popular 8-core 45 W Core i9-9880H? They're much closer than what you might think at least until you start stressing the Ryzen processor over very long periods.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 with Ryzen 7 4700U down to $855 USD, Ryzen 7 4800U option still missing
Last week's deal is now live again for the exact same Ryzen 7 4700U configuration. It's a decent buy so long as you are okay with being stuck on 8 GB of RAM for the life of the system.
Humiliatingly for Intel, an underperforming Core i7-10510U runs slower than the two-year old Core i5-8250U
The 2020 Acer TravelMate P215 may be smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it doesn't run any faster despite its fancy new 10th gen Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU. Intel's 10th gen Core family isn't looking so hot all things considered.
The Ryzen 7 4800U is an Absolute Monster: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 Laptop Review
After facing a few delays, AMD's premier Ryzen 7 4800U is finally starting to hit store shelves. Results are insane for a 14-inch subnotebook to the point where it'd be tough to recommend an Intel counterpart when given the same price.
Ryzen-powered Asus VivoBook Flip 14 shows just how badly Intel needs to launch its Tiger Lake platform
When a cheap AMD VivoBook can outperform even the fanciest of Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga, or HP Spectre 13 money can buy, then you know Intel is in a bad spot.
Amazon has the 2020 Razer Blade 15 on sale right now for $1500 USD to be even cheaper than Razer's own online store
The latest Razer Blade 15 is now the cheapest it's been even though it will still cost you just a little bit more more than a typical gaming laptop with the same Core i7-10750H CPU and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Acer TravelMate P2 TMP215-52 Laptop Review: Affordable Business
Acer's latest 15.6-inch TravelMate brings a smaller chassis design and an updated 10th gen Core i7 processor while keeping most of the features on last year's model. Raw processor performance however, is falling behind.
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA Ryzen 7 Convertible Review: Core i7 Need Not Apply
It's another home run for the affordable Asus VivoBook Flip series as this AMD-powered convertible retails is both faster and cheaper than many Intel Core i7 alternatives in the market.
Trials of Mana exceeds sales expectations, gives hope for a Chrono Trigger remake
Square Enix has reported "strong" sales of Trials of Mana that have "significantly surpassed" initial expectations. Meanwhile, FF7 Remake sold nearly 5 million units in its first three months since launch. The sales success of remakes could lead to more similar titles from the company in the future.
Razer Blade 15 GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q Review: Same Laptop, But Faster
Not much has changed over last year's Blade 15 from a design perspective, but the new 10th gen 8-core Core i7-10875H will offer noticeable raw performance gains over the older 9th gen 6-core Core i7-9750H. The jump from the older GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q to the latest GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, however, will be much smaller.
Vizio wants in on that Marvel money, becomes official partner to upcoming Crystal Dynamics Avengers game
The TV maker wants to appeal to gamers by making its features more apparent to buyers. Vizio is touting 4K 120 Hz, variable refresh rates, and automatic game detection so users won't have to manually set the TV to game mode.
SK Hynix Gold P31 NVMe launches this week, promises transfer rates of up to 3500 MB/s
The Gold P31 will be the world's first 128-layer NAND NVMe drive for consumers, but capacities will be limited to 500 GB and 1 TB for now.
Popular Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop with Core i7, OLED, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics now on sale for $1400 USD
The XPS 15 alternative is seemingly on sale more often than it's not. This latest one is $500 off to be more in line with other AMOLED laptops.
New HP Envy 15 makes for a better gaming laptop than the Omen 15
Paint the Envy 15 in black and red and HP could have easily called it an Omen. The manufacturer's latest Nvidia Studio laptop has more in common with ultra-thin gaming laptops than it does with other multimedia laptops.
Where are all the AMD Ryzen 7 GeForce RTX 2070 laptops? These Eluktronics models are proof that we're ready for them
We think the world is ready for laptops running on the Ryzen 7 4800H CPU with higher-end Nvidia graphics options. AMD has the processors to really shake up the enthusiast mobile gaming market, but it will be up to the manufacturers to actually make them widely available for consumers.
This is HP's Answer To The Apple MacBook Pro: 2020 Envy 15 Creator Core i7 Review
HP is betting big on 4K AMOLED, faster GeForce RTX graphics, and cheaper starting prices to challenge the all-popular MacBook Pro series and attract more content creators.
Dell Precision 5550 is the full-on refresh of the Precision 5540 in the same vein as the XPS 15 9500, but performance hasn't really changed
If it's important for your mobile workstation to be as portable and sexy as possible, then go ahead and get the Precision 5550. Otherwise, the older Precision 5540 will be cheaper and perform almost exactly the same.
Eluktronics Matrix RP-17 Laptop Review: Core i9 Performance Without The Core i9 Price
At around $1100 USD, the Eluktronics RP-17 is about the same price as most Intel-powered versions with the same GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, but the Ryzen 7 4800H will be faster than any mobile Core i7 option you can find.
Diamond Dog screen protector promises to be 6x harder to scratch than typical 9H tempered glass solutions, costs almost twice as much
For $30, this better be one of the best screen protectors we've used. Intevac's patented DiamondClad carbon coating will supposedly lead to a tougher and longer-lasting screen protector than other generic tempered glass options.
Dell Precision 5550 Workstation Review: The XPS 15 For Professionals
While traditional workstation laptops like the Precision 7550 will never be replaced, there is growing demand for stylish ultra-thin workstations as well. The Precision 5550 swaps out the GeForce GPUs in the XPS 15 9500 for TUring Quadro GPUs to appeal to professional audiences.
GMK NucBox mini PC to rip on the Intel NUC, come with a Celeron J4125 and challenge the Chuwi Larkbox
The NucBox will be one of the smallest 4K-cable mini PCs you can find when it hopefully launches later this year. Specs-wise, it's looking to be an upgrade from the Chuwi Larkbox in terms of CPU performance, WLAN, and RAM.
HP ProBook 450 G7 Core i7 Laptop Review: Is It Better Than The Ryzen 7 ProBook 455 G7?
It used to be that users would buy AMD laptops over Intel knowing full well that the less expensive AMD laptop would be slower. The latest Ryzen processors have flipped this upside-down to not only be cheaper, but also faster than the Intel version. We compare the Intel ProBook 450 G7 to the AMD ProBook 455 G7 to see just how much of an advantage the latter has over the former.
Intel NUC 8 with Core i3, Radeon GPU, 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM, and 1 TB HDD now on sale for $329 USD
Amazon is clearing stock on the year-old NUC 8 that pairs an uncommon 10 nm Core i3-8121U CPU with an AMD Radeon RX 540 GPU.
Versatile Accell Thunderbolt 3 cable is Intel-certified, comes with 2-year limited warranty
It's not exactly cheap at $41.99 USD, but it gets the job done and it should hopefully last a little longer than most cheaper USB-C cables. We'll be using this cable for many of our reviews moving forward.
AMD embarrasses Intel with Ryzen 7 HP ProBook 455 G7 running 150 percent faster than the more expensive Core i7 ProBook 450 G7
We all know AMD is having a field day against Intel with its latest family of Zen 2 CPUs, but we didn't think it could get this bad.
Dell Alienware m15 R3 runs an insane 30 degrees C cooler than the Alienware m15 R2 to address the biggest problem of the series
The Cryo-Tech cooling changes under the hood are exactly what the Alienware laptops needed. We can't imagine an Alienware laptop without vapor chamber cooling anymore based on what we're seeing on the latest Alienware m15 R3.
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop Review: Vapor Chamber Saves The Day
It may look the same on the outside, but it's a different beast on the inside. CPU temperatures are much cooler now to address one of our biggest concerns about last year's Alienware m15 R2.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook with 4K AMOLED, Core i5, 256 GB SSD, and 8 GB RAM already down to $800 USD
The premium Samsung convertible Chromebook is barely four months old and price cuts are already in effect. Originally launched for $1000 USD, Amazon is now offering the model for $200 less.
$399 Audeze LCD-1 planar magnetic headphones are ultra-light and maybe a little bit too small for comfort
Our pink noise test shows balanced audio reproduction at most frequencies, but the smaller design may not fit comfortably around larger ears. If you travel a lot, however, then the LCD-1 should prove useful.
The biggest strength of the MSI GS75 is also responsible for its biggest weakness
Being so light and small has its obvious benefits and perhaps not-so-obvious drawbacks. If you like the ultralight MSI GS75, then you'll have to deal with a laptop that tends to bend and creak more than others.
Dell finally addresses XPS 17 9700 and Precision 5750 charging woes, but the solution isn't as simple as you may think
If you own a GeForce-powered XPS 17 or Precision 5750, Dell wants you to contact customer support to work something out. The manufacturer has successfully reproduced the charging issue on a "limited quantity" of laptops and will be reaching out to existing owners as well.
MSI GS75 Stealth 10SF Laptop Review: Great Core i7-10875H Performance
It may be stealthy by name, but it's anything but when gaming due to its loud fans. MSI has refreshed its premier ultra-thin 17.3-inch gaming laptop with both 10th gen Intel Core CPU and GeForce Super options for slightly faster performance than last year's Coffee Lake-H SKUs.
Vissles-M 15.6 Portable Monitor Review: Play Nintendo Switch Games Without The Docking Station
The auxiliary monitor works well for office workloads and light gaming when on-the-go where a single laptop or smartphone display might feel too small for the job.
Accell USB-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen. 2 adapter costs $14.99, feels better and of higher quality than cheap eBay alternatives
The manufacturer offers a wide range of computer accessories and docking stations that might come in handy especially for ultra-thin laptops where port options are becoming increasingly limited.
Zotac ZBox Edge MI643 Review: Slim and Low-Profile Mini PC
Unlike most other mini PCs, the ZBox Edge MI643 is thin enough to be hung on walls or slipped vertically onto a bookshelf. Raw performance could be a little better, but the inconspicuous design makes it fit for most IoT or home environments.
MSI GE66 Raider vs. Asus ROG Strix Scar G532: Nothing but the facts
Both of these competing systems can be configured with up to the same Core i7-10980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 300 Hz 1080p display. If you're in the market for a high-end gaming laptop, which one would be the better option?
ADATA completely dropped the ball on its first ever XPG XENIA gaming laptop so it's now on sale for just $1200 USD
The laptop is barely a few months old and now Best Buy is trying to get rid of it. Originally an absurd $1700 USD at launch, the system is now down by $400 for a much more reasonable final price.
After testing over two dozen gaming laptops with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, the 2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 comes out to be the fastest of them all
Who needs GeForce Super when a regular Max-Q can run just as fast? The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q in the latest Razer Blade Pro 17 runs over 20 percent faster than the average laptop equipped with the exact same GPU.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS Laptop Review: GeForce Supercharged
Take the Asus G531, swap out the old hardware for 10th gen Comet Lake-H and GeForce RTX Super, and you'll have yourself the G532. This is one of the fastest ROG laptops you can get without settling for the over-sized G703 Chimera series.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14 with Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and 1080p display now down to $817 USD
If you've been looking for an alternative to the HP Spectre or Dell XPS, then the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 is now a little bit cheaper with essentially the same or even better processor performance than more popular Core i7 laptops costing a few hundred dollars more.
Chuwi LarkBox Celeron J4115 Review: A 4K Mini PC So Small, It's Lighter Than Its Own AC Adapter
Chuwi's latest product is one of the tiniest mini PCs you can find that doesn't run on a passively-cooled processor. Fan noise, however, is louder than expected. See what we think about this $160 USD crowdfunded project.
Lexar SL200 portable SSD might be having random disconnection issues
(Update: A replacement unit works as intended with no further issues.) Our sleek and ultralight external drive is marred by random disconnects and general unreliability. We can only hope that our experience was an isolated incident and not representative of Lexar's brand new SL200 series.
Our first Core i7-10810U benchmarks are in and they are not great
Intel's newest Comet Lake-U processor seems to be good option for "bursty" workloads, but its mediocre Turbo Boost sustainability can make it significantly slower than even the Core i7-10710U based on our Dell sample.
Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1 Review: A 5G 15-inch Convertible That Isn't Huge Or Unwieldy
15.6-inch screen sizes have traditionally not translated so well into convertible form factors due to the sheer size and weight involved. The Latitude 9510 2-in-1 mostly circumvents this by narrowing the bezels even further and reducing the screen size to 15.0 inches instead.
It's been 6 months since AMD announced the octa-core Ryzen 7 4800U. Why is it MIA?
It was supposed to lead the pack of Zen 2 mobile processors and make 8-core/16-thread U-series Ultrabooks a reality, but it is still nowhere to be found as of Summer 2020. Is AMD saving its best for last?
Nvidia GeForce mobile options are ballooning out of control. Skip the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and go for the superior GTX 1660 Ti instead
The performance-per-dollar on GeForce 1650 Ti laptops aren't nearly as good as the GTX 1660 Ti which is only one step up for just $100 to $200 more. The 40 to 50 percent gaming performance gap is hard to ignore for any gamer casual or otherwise.
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI Laptop Review: $1000 USD for GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics is Too Much
Laptops running on GeForce RTX 2060 graphics these days are beginning to retail for about $1000 to $1200 USD, but Asus' ROG Strix G15 G512LI comes with the slower GTX 1650 Ti for almost the same price. Where is all that money going towards?
MSI GL65 10SFK with 144 Hz 3 ms display, GeForce RTX 2070, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM now on sale for $1400 USD
Gaming laptops powered by the GeForce RTX 2070 GPU rarely drop below $1500 without heavy compromises elsewhere on the system, but this MSI deal has got almost everything covered all for a price that's close to a slower RTX 2060 alternative.
Here are 5 super simple ways we would improve the Dell XPS 17
As nice as it may look, the XPS 17 is missing a few quality-of-life features that many less expensive laptops already integrate. We'd love to see these addressed on the inevitable successor.
Death Stranding now streaming on GeForce Now so everyone can enjoy the game in 4K on their potato computers
Nvidia has also announced 9 other brand new titles now available to stream on GeForce Now including Far Cry Primal, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and TrackMania 2 Stadium.
Older Dell Latitude 7300 Core i7 runs just as fast as the newer Latitude 7310 Core i7
The differences in CineBench and PCMark benchmark scores between the 2019 Latitude 7300 and 2020 Latitude 7310 are merely just a few percentage points. For superior performance-per-dollar, the older Whiskey Lake-U-powered Latitude 7300 remains the better deal.
16:10 displays are about to become more mainstream on Windows laptops
Dell has kicked off the 16:10 race with the XPS 13, XPS 15, and XPS 17 and it's only a matter of time before other OEMs follow on those footsteps. The aspect ratio has proven that it has a place on consumer-centric laptops instead of only mobile workstations or business laptops.
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 Laptop Review: Pretty Much A MacBook Pro 17
Can Dell dominate the 17-inch market the same way it captured the 15-inch market? The XPS 17 is surprisingly compact with specifications that read like something twice the size, but a few small details miss the mark.
HP S750 SATA III SSD launching with up to 1 TB options and will weigh less than 50 grams
Produced by BIWIN for HP, the super-light S750 is looking to be a good fit for laptops and smaller PC builds where weight is crucial. The manufacturer is promising up to 560 MB/s and 520 MB/s sequential read and write rates, respectively, for all SKUs.
16.1-inch HP Pavilion Gaming laptop with 144 Hz display, Core i7 CPU, and GTX 1660 Ti graphics now shipping for $999 USD
If 15.6-inch is too small and 17.3-inch is too big, then this 16.1-inch option might be up your alley. HP is testing the waters with its reasonably-priced Pavilion Gaming 16 to gauge demand before investing further in the 16-inch screen size.
Dell Latitude 7310 Core i7 Laptop Review: Better Looks, Same Performance
The Latitude 7310 is all about the core office experience with no distracting auxiliary features or options. However, a brighter screen and some faster graphics wouldn't hurt, either.
Amazon has the Apple MacBook Pro 16 with Core i7, Radeon Pro, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on sale right now for $2000 USD
In a one-two punch to the Dell XPS 15 and 17 series, the MacBook Pro 16 is now the cheapest it's ever been with no strings attached. We don't see this deal lasting for very long.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 has one of the best displays we've seen on any rugged tablet
Its 1000-nit glossy touchscreen is almost as crisp as an iPad but in a tougher rugged shell designed for workers or professionals on the field.
Razer has a ridiculous countdown timer for its 60-percent keyboard announcement
(Update: It's the Huntsman Mini) Razer is set to launch its first keyboard without any NumPad or arrow keys on July 14 at 8 AM PST. Gamers who may have been turned off by Razer's catalog of full-size keyboards may finally get what they're looking for.
2020 Dell XPS 17 9700 facing worrying charging issues, drops from 100 percent to 65 percent battery while plugged in
(Update: Dell says the slow battery drain is intentional and not a bug, Precision 5750 series confirmed to be the same.) Your new XPS 17 might not be charging even though it's plugged in. If you're running games or other demanding loads, then the system may actually be consuming more power than it can take in from the AC adapter.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 Tablet Review: When Thin Meets Rugged
Despite being designed to withstand drops and industrial environments, the Tough FZ-A3 is lighter and smaller than we had initially expected. It's one of the few rugged tablets thus far, if not the only one, with both a glossy 800-nit display and the promise of an Android 10 update.
Dell Latitude 7410 vs. Latitude 7400: Is Newer Really Better?
Want to upgrade your own RAM? Then you'll have to go with the older Latitude 7400. The newer Latitude 7410 adds a few new features while taking away some others at the same time.
As Google Stadia continues to struggle, Nvidia GeForce Now adds 10 new titles to its growing library of games
Ultimate Chicken Horse, Neo Cab, and Endless World are now playable while existing games like Apex Legends will be compatible with Nvidia Highlights.
Durabook re-launches the fully-rugged Durabook R11 tablet for a starting price of $1849 USD
The "easy-to-clean" 11.6-inch rugged tablet comes with three-year warranty as standard and a relatively bright 500-nit 1080p touchscreen designed for outdoor use and environmental abuse.
Tiny IOGEAR GUD3C460 USB-C docking station turns your Android smartphone into a desktop
This $40 USD 4-in-1 adapter is as small and light as most single-purpose adapters. If you want to make your USB-C ports more useful, then the IOGEAR GUD3C460 will be a boon to your home office or workspace.
Dell Latitude 7410 Laptop Review: The Lenovo X1 Carbon Has Met Its Match
Dell's latest 14-inch business subnotebook feels like the most refined Latitude laptop in years. But for what you're paying, we think it could use a little more auxiliary features to better reflect the high price.
Razer CEO Min-Lian Tan makes official statement regarding the future of its U.S. retail stores
Despite the ongoing pandemic and slow death of malls, Razer will chug through the thick and thin with its retail locations in direct contrast to Microsoft.
Intel launches its first XBox Game Bar widget alongside latest Graphics Command Center update
The widget is lacking at the moment, but it's at least easy on the eyes with direct controls for brightness, colors, power plan, and live recording or streaming. A more fully-featured version of the widget is expected to come later in the year.
Durabook R11 Rugged Tablet Review: A Tough Cookie
As the more affordable version of the pricier Durabook U11, the Durabook R11 maintains a lot of the core functions of a rugged tablet while incorporating a few features of its own. However, we can't say we're fans of the new touch-sensitive buttons.
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 with Ryzen 7 3700U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 16 GB RAM is $685 USD right now
Dell's July 4th weekend sale is cutting $50 off last year's Inspiron 14 5000 convertible. Its chassis and hardware aren't half bad especially for a 1080p subnotebook convertible with the performance level of a Core i7.
Eurocom MXM-to-PCIe x16 adapter lets you put a laptop GPU inside of a desktop PC
In what is essentially an eGPU docking station in reverse, the Eurocom Riser card allows users to install laptop MXM3 graphics cards directly onto their desktop PCIe slots. The product is aimed at professionals and workstation environments for specialized SFF PCs rather than a home office.
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE Laptop Review: 10th Gen Core i7 and GeForce RTX Combo
MSI has refreshed its GE75 series for the third year in a row. The new Comet Lake-H CPU is just marginally faster than last year's Core i7 option, but it's a year-over-year upgrade nonetheless.
AMD hitting Intel where it hurts: 2020 Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 13 vs. Intel Core i7 Spectre x360 13
The Ryzen 5 4600U-powered Envy costs hundreds of dollars less than the Core i7-1065G7 Spectre and yet it is able to run longer and faster while being just as thin and light. Maybe it's time for HP to add the same Ryzen options for its flagship Spectre series.
Lexar launches super-light SL200 USB-C portable SSD starting at $89 USD
At just over 40 grams, the SL200 is looking to be one of Lexar's lightest external SSDs yet with 256-bit AES encryption and drop, shock, and vibration resistance.
MSI GE65/GE75 Raider costs over $1500 USD, has one of the slowest SD card readers we've seen
Want to move 1 GB of files from your SD card? Be prepared to wait 40 seconds on the MSI compared to just 8 seconds on the Gigabyte Aero 15 or Aero 17. Perhaps it's time for MSI to integrate faster SD card readers onto its GE series. The slow transfer rates on the MSI stick out like a sore thumb on an otherwise high-end gaming laptop.
2020 HP Envy x360 13 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: Ryzen 5 Beats a Core i7
The latest mid-range 13.3-inch convertible from HP could easily pass as a flagship Spectre offering. It does a lot of things right to be a worthwhile sub-$1000 laptop with only a handful of annoyances to keep in mind.
Some AMD Zen 2 laptops are suffering from extreme 4K playback issues; the latest Radeon drivers provide the hotfix
If you happen to own a new Ryzen 4000U series laptop, then we highly recommend updating to the latest Radeon and Adrenalin drivers. Otherwise, 4K video playback may buffer and be unwatchable.
Walmart has the sexy Asus ROG Zephyrus G with Ryzen 7 CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti on sale right now for $900 USD. Don't buy it
It may look super smooth and sleek in pictures, but it houses an older Zen+ Ryzen 7 3750H processor that is tough to recommend at this price range. The latest Zen 2 gaming laptops cost around the same price and are able to offer significantly faster CPU performance to essentially render the Ryzen 7 3750H here obsolete.
Acer Predator Triton 500 with 10th gen Core i7, 300 Hz display, 32 GB RAM, and GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q shipping this week for $2800 USD
The laptop will cost the same as a similarly-configured MSI GS66 while undercutting the Razer Blade 15 by $200. However, it will come with a slower 6-core Core i7-10750H CPU compared to the 8-core Core i7-10875H in the Razer.
In an embarrassment for Nvidia, the cheaper GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q can outperform some GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q laptops
These latest GeForce Super Max-Q laptops offer just marginal advantages over regular Max-Q laptops at best or they can even perform slower at worst.
Dell XPS 13 7390 now on sale for $643 USD with a sad 4 GB of RAM
It's tough for us to recommend a Windows laptop with just 4 GB of RAM especially when it's not upgradeable. Even so, the option must still appeal to a lot of users since Dell insists on making 4 GB SKUs even for its best-selling laptop series.
2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Review: Do you Really Need a 300 Hz Laptop?
It's the first 17.3-inch gaming laptop to offer refresh rate options greater than 240 Hz. Unless if you're a super enthusiast, however, it's gonna be hard to tell the difference between 300 Hz and last year's 240 Hz panel.
Amazon just cut the Razer Blade 15 with GTX 1660 Ti graphics and 144 Hz display down to only $1100 USD
The 2019 Blade 15 Base Model is now the cheapest it's ever been. You might want to have a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III drive or external drive ready though because the primary 256 GB SSD is going to fill up fast.
Latest HP Envy x360 13 with Ryzen 7 4700U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 8 GB RAM now on sale for $750 USD
It may not be a super-fancy Spectre, but it's still a solid deal especially since this is HP's newest Envy chassis design and not some older last generation model. The sale will last until July 19.
Going all in on AMD: Dell G5 15 Special Edition Radeon RX 5600M Laptop Review
It's not the quietest or best-looking gaming laptop out there, but $860 USD for GeForce RTX 2060-level graphics and Core i7-like performance is hard to argue with. The value of the all-AMD G5 15 Special Edition is impressive.
When fast actually means slow: some Asus VivoBook 17 laptops may be suffering from a huge performance bug
Set the system to High Performance mode and the processor will slow to a crawl. Our experience with a Comet Lake-U-powered VivoBook 17 retail unit shows it might have some issues related to the standard Windows power profiles.
Radeon RX 5600M vs. GeForce RTX 2060: AMD is So Freaking Close
Our first in-house Radeon RX 5600M benchmarks are in and they paint a strong future for RDNA on affordable laptops like the Dell G5 15 or MSI Bravo series. Both raw performance and performance-per-watt are just shy of the mobile GeForce RTX 2060, but the high performance-per-dollar makes up for it.
Lemon-sized Chuwi LarkBox 4K mini PC is finally live at $155 USD and set for an August launch window
Early bird backers can get the super-small HTPC for $149 instead. The LarkBox is notable for its lemon-sized dimensions, Celeron J4115 CPU, and wide array of ports.
Official AMD Ryzen shopping pages exacerbate the major problem they're facing on laptops
There aren't a lot of gaming laptops that come with the Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H to choose from at the moment. As powerful as the Renoir series may be, Intel still has a major lead in sheer volume and options.
Lexar is making DDR4 RAM sticks now starting at $19 USD for a 4 GB module
The flash memory company wants to start out small in the RAM market before moving up to 3200 MHz options for gamers and enthusiasts.
Asus' insane dual-screen laptop streak continues with the Zephyrus Duo 15 for $2999 USD
Are laptops really better with two displays? At least one manufacturer is insisting on it. The high-power Zephyrus Duo 15 will offer a primary 15.6-inch FHD or 4K UHD display alongside a secondary 14.1-inch 3840 x 1100 touchscreen that tilts when opened.
Lenovo clearing stock on ThinkCentre M90n mini PC with Core i5, 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB of RAM for $399 USD
The Intel NUC alternative was made for business environments, but it works just as well for home offices, too. Its M.2 2280 storage is easy to upgrade and its super-slim form factor has a lot of charm.
Asus VivoBook 17 S712FA Laptop Review: Low Weight, Low Price
It's not the sleekest-looking laptop around, but at least it has got the core basics down. The VivoBook 17 is a large and relatively lightweight laptop designed primarily for browsing and other low processing loads.
The HP Envy x360 15 makes it way too difficult for owners to add more RAM
Entry-level HP systems like the Pavilion or even Envy series are notorious for their difficult end-user serviceability. Not only are the bottom panels sharp and difficult to remove, but screws are frequently hidden underneath glued rubber feet to discourage simple RAM or storage upgrades.
Asus VivoBook 15 with AMD Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, 1080p display, and 128 GB SSD now on sale for $300
The budget Asus laptop was decent when it launched for $399 USD, but now it's much more of a bargain at just $299 especially if you just want a lightweight, narrow-bezel laptop primarily for home browsing and video streaming.
Ananta 17.3-inch Touchscreen Portable Monitor Review: Huge Screen, Small Size
For a portable monitor, the Ananta integrates more ports and OSD features than expected. There's not a lot to dislike about the monitor especially when compared to other portable monitors out there on Kickstarter.
2020 HP Envy x360 15 Core i7 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: A Little Too Familiar
For better or worse, the Envy x360 15 hasn't changed all that much in the past couple of years. It's still as strong as ever for its category, but certain drawbacks are becoming more apparent.
The 2019 Razer Blade Stealth series was a huge mess. The 2020 series puts it back on track
The 2019 Blade Stealth was full of compromises. Want a faster CPU? Then you'll be stuck with integrated Intel graphics only. Want a faster GPU? Then here's a CPU that's even slower than before. Thankfully, you won't have to make such unnecessary trade-offs anymore with the latest 2020 Blade Stealth.
Asus TUF A15 with Ryzen 7 4800H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti now available for $999 USD, severely undercutting the Dell G5 15 SE with SmartShift
Asus is going for the jugular in the 15.6-inch mid-range gaming market. Its upcoming TUF A15 represents impressive performance-per-dollar against the hyped Dell G5 15 SE by offering both a faster GeForce GPU and even a lower price.
Huawei and Honor aren't learning from their outdated webcam mistakes
With shelter-in-place guidelines and Zoom meetings becoming increasingly common, the flaws of laptop webcams are jumping to the forefront. Huawei hasn't gotten the memo about "nosecams" and the last thing we want is for users on the other end to stare at our nostrils and double chins.
Razer THX Spatial Audio brings Playstation 5 Tempest Engine-like features to your PC for $19
Try the 112 MB software for free for 15 days to hear the difference firsthand. We recommend using a good pair of headphones instead of earbuds, calibrating them with the software, and then firing up an FPS title rather than a top-down title to make the most of 3D audio.
2020 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: Like the 2019 Version, But Done Right
After fumbling with the 2019 options, the 2020 Blade Stealth is what the 2019 version should have been especially in regards to the Ice Lake processor. The graphics potential is insane considering the small 13.3-inch chassis.
Chuwi AeroBook Pro Laptop Review: Core m3 is Showing its Age
The AeroBook Pro is the 2020 refresh designed to replace the 2019 AeroBook. Despite what the name may suggest, however, both performance and the chassis remain almost exactly the same for no tangible year-over-year advantages.
Playstation 5 with only one USB Type-A port? We still have no idea what the back looks like
HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, and PS4 AUX ports? Despite the flashy reveal, Sony is remaining mum on port options.
Latest HP Pavilion x360 14 with 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 1080p touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now
Originally $750 when it launched earlier this year, the 2020 HP convertible is now $250 off in the United States. Users must log in to Best Buy with an account and select 'Apply Offer' in order to receive the deal.
AirTab 15.6-inch Portable Touchscreen Monitor Review: Sleek, But Too Dim
The AirTab is one of the slimmest and lightest in its category, but it's dragged down by one of the dimmest screens we've seen.
Intel and LEGO team up to help visualize what makes Lakefield so special
Build your own processors at home and learn what makes them tick... sort of. Through a unique marketing approach, this small Lego set shows exactly what each chiplet layer is responsible for and how Lakefield differs from traditional SoCs.
Budget Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 10th gen Core i3 , 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB NVMe SSD is down to less than $300 USD right now
It's one of the least expensive 15.6-inch laptops you can find with an Intel Ice Lake CPU. It's no Dell XPS, but it gets the job done if all you need is a 2020 machine for surfing, emailing, and streaming.
$1300 Dell XPS 15 9500 vs. $2300 XPS 15 9500: Here is everything the higher-end option will get you
Surprisingly, battery life on the Core i7 GeForce option is almost the same as on the Core i5 iGPU option. The $1000 surcharge brings significantly faster graphics performance at the cost of running both louder and warmer in the process.
C-Force CF011S C-SMART Portable Monitor Review: Great for Home or Flights
This 15.6-inch portable 1080p touchscreen monitor feels great to hold and to carry around, but it's dragged down by a mediocre display.
Dell XPS 15 9500 skips 7 nm Ryzen, doubles down on new 14 nm Core i9 options
Core i9-10885H SKUs will start shipping next week for a whopping $2399 compared to just $1849 for the Core i7-10875H option. If you really want a Core i9 XPS 15 for some reason, now's your chance to get the latest one.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Laptop Review: No Core i9 Nonsense
What are the differences between a $1300 XPS 15 and a $2400 XPS 15? Aside from the obvious display resolution and performance advantages, there are some smaller changes as well. We go over all of them here.
We retest the Asus Zephyrus G14 battery life and now it's over two times longer than before
The Asus laptop comes with a beefy 76 Wh battery for such a small screen size and yet our original battery life tests were disappointing. With a second unit on hand, however, we've rerun some of our tests and the results are now hours longer.
The Dell XPS 15 would utterly dominate the market if it had 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 options
How about an AMD-powered XPS 15? It's already one of the most popular and well-known Ultrabooks in the market, but it can be even better and faster with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, Ryzen 9 4900HS, or the Ryzen 5 4600H. Fans would eat up an AMD-Nvidia powered XPS especially if it were priced just right.
2020 MateBook X Pro vs. 2018 MateBook X Pro: When the Core i7-10510U can perform worse than the old Core i7-8550U
Huawei's latest iteration of the MateBook X can still stand toe-to-toe with some of the best Ultrabooks available, but it's such a minor update over previous versions that you may as well buy a 2018 or 2019 model instead.
Caught red-handed: Chuwi fakes laptop product images to look thinner and sexier than they really are
At the very least, the manufacturer should have a disclaimer saying that the renders — which are currently being used to advertise the laptop — may not represent the laptop fully.
The X24c will be "HP's most curved monitor yet" when it launches in October for $249 USD
The 23.6-inch monitor will support FreeSync Premium which won't be compatible with any of the new Omen or Pavilion gaming laptops just announced. As such, the display will work best on desktop PCs where Radeon GPUs are more common.
The 16.1-inch Pavilion Gaming 16 is HP's newest family member for gamers on a budget
No, it's not the world's first 16-inch gaming laptop, but it's certainly one of the few and most affordable. The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 will ship before the end of June for a starting price of $799.
2020 HP Omen 15 is the biggest refresh yet, promises IR thermopile sensors and both 10th gen Intel and 7 nm AMD Renoir options
HP says the new sensors are a first for any gaming laptop for more accurate skin temperature readings, steadier fan noise, and improved performance overall.
Metal Gear Solid 4 turns 12 this month. Here are 3 reasons why it deserves a remaster
Kojima's final years at Konami were turbulent to say the least, but his legacy should be preserved. Solid Snake's swan song title has yet to be re-released on any other platform even after over a decade in the market.
Every AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptop we've tested thus far have been outperforming the Intel Core i7-10875H and Core i9-10980HK, but there's a catch
Every AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptop we've tested thus far have been outperforming the Intel Core i7-10875H and Core i9-10980HK, but there's a catch
Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD now on sale for $600 USD
The budget 14-inch Lenovo convertible will come with a processor that's just as fast or faster than the Core i7-8565U as found on Ultrabooks almost twice the price. Lenovo have been championing the Zen 2 series with more and more options these past few weeks and the Flex 5 is the latest.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 Review: Now Even More Like a MacBook Pro
This is the biggest XPS 15 refresh since 2016, but is it everything XPS fans have wanted? Of course not — die-hard fans will always find something to complain about. For everyone else, the significant gen-to-gen improvements and new 16:10 display all help make the system more comfortable to use than ever before.
Eluktronics RP-15 Laptop Review: The Ryzen 7 4800H Impresses Yet Again
AMD's latest Renoir series is popping up on more and more gaming laptops and for good reason. If you can deal with the loud fan noise, then you won't be disappointed by the CPU performance of the surprisingly small Eluktronics RP-15.
Asus TUF A17 is a beefy 17.3-inch gaming laptop with some of the smallest arrow keys we've seen
The directional keys really got the short end of the stick here. Not only are they smaller than the ones on the last generation TUF FX705, but they're also smaller and more cramped than the arrow keys on most subnotebooks.
All-aluminum 1 TB HP P500 external SSD weighs just 1.7 oz, offers up to 460 MB/s read rates
At just under 50 grams, the pocket-friendly USB Type-C SSD comes standard with 3-year warranty in capacities ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB.
2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio gets new 8-core Core i7 Comet Lake-H CPU and faster RAM
The Blade 15 Advanced Model in disguise costs a hefty $4299 USD but it will be packed to the brim with a 4K OLED touchscreen, 1 TB PCIe SSD, Core i7-10875H CPU, and a Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q GPU.
Careful, the Dell XPS 15 9500 AC adapter can get really hot at up to 60 C or 140 F
Most AC adapters we've seen typically stay under 50 C when stressed and rarely do they ever go beyond 60 C. If you own the small 90 W AC adapter that ships with the latest XPS 15 series, however, then you might want to be extra careful about where you position it.
Chuwi AeroBook Plus uses the same Core i5 CPU as the 2016 MacBook Pro 13, costs half the price
It may look good in pictures, but you'd be better off with a more well-known brand with better quality control and warranty options.
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU Ryzen 7 Laptop Review: Core i9 Performance for $1100 USD
Asus has completely revamped its TUF series from top to bottom and the changes are significant. If you were considering the older FX705/FX505 series, skip it and consider the newer FA706/FA506 series instead.
Lexar launches NM700 NVMe M.2 series with speeds of up to 3500 MB/s starting at $79 USD
The PCIe Gen3x4 drive features 3D NAND, LDPC and five-year limited warranty as standard. It's also one of the least expensive NVMe options with read rates of up to 3500 MB/s.
Here are all the differences between the 2019 and 2020 Razer Blade 15 models in one table
Base Model or Advanced Model? Razer Blade 15 laptops look so much alike that they can be difficult to tell apart. Our table below summarizes all the physical differences between the latest models currently available.
6th Gen Intel Skylake-U in 2020: Chuwi AeroBook Plus 4K Laptop Review
One way to cut manufacturing costs is to use older components. So, what happens when you use a processor that's nearly five years old? For $600 to $700 USD, results aren't half bad.
2020 Razer Blade 15 Base Model Laptop Review: The 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake-H Update
The latest Blade 15 revision brings just minor year-over-year upgrades. Users can expect slight keyboard changes, slight port changes, some storage differences, and a few new configurable options here and there. Otherwise, overall gaming performance remains about the same as the 2019 Blade 15 series.
Dynabook Portege X30L-G is one of the lightest Comet Lake-U laptops you can get right now
If you want a super-light subnotebook without having to settle for the super-slow Core m series, then the Comet Lake-U-powered Portege X30L-G should do the trick so long as you can accept a few compromises along the way.
Kingston KC2500 1 TB NVMe PCIe x4 SSD Benchmarked
The high-end Kingston KC2500 series ranges from 250 GB up to 2 TB with support for TCG Opal 2.0 and XTS-AES 256-bit encryption.
LG Gram 14 costs $1600 USD, somehow manages to be one of the slowest Core i7 Ice Lake laptops you can buy
If you're looking for a super-light Core i7-1065G7 laptop, then the LG Gram 14 would be tough to beat. If you're looking for good Core i7-1065G7 performance, however, then almost any other laptop with the same CPU would outperform the LG.
Dynabook Portege X30L-G Laptop Review: A New Lightweight Benchmark
Dynabook has managed to fit expandable RAM, expandable storage, multiple USB ports, and an Intel Core U-series CPU all in a chassis weighing just 870 g total. So, what's the catch? The devil is in the details.
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS Laptop Review: Core i7 or Core i9?
It's been a long time since we've seen a completely redesigned GS laptop from MSI. The GS66 is a leap forward for the series in terms of visual style and build quality while the new processors are just okay upgrades at best.
LG Gram 14Z90N Laptop Review: Lightweight at the Cost of Performance
Larger than a Dell XPS 13 but at least 200 grams lighter, the 14-inch LG Gram 14Z90N is one of the lightest subnotebooks you can find with a U-class Core i7 CPU. Expect some steep compromises along the way in regards to performance.
Dell XPS 13 9300 FHD version is brighter than the 4K UHD version and other interesting differences
There are some advantages and disadvantages to each option with some being obvious and others not so obvious. We go over each one here to help potential buyers make their decision.
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD Laptop Review: 16:10 is the New 16:9
If you want the 4K UHD touchscreen, it's going to cost you at least an extra $300 USD over the FHD versions. What kinds of benefits can users expect and how will the display impact battery life? We compare the FHD and 4K XPS 13 versions to find out.
The MSI GS66 has an annoying counterintuitive feature that we can't wrap our heads around
Adjust the slider to the left to increase brightness or to the right to decrease brightness — wait, what?
Two birds of a feather: MSI GP65 and GE65 share essentially the same motherboard and components
The MSI GE65 is marketed as a higher-end product than the GP65 even though they look almost the same both inside and out. Their differences are in the details; the more expensive GE65 has a slightly sleeker chassis design with certain additional features within that can be hard to miss.
That awkward moment when the Core i7-10875H outperforms the more expensive Core i9-10980HK
If you're investing in the Core i9-10980HK, it may be wise to wait for thicker laptops to become available first since they will more likely have stronger cooling solutions to better exploit the high Turbo Boost clock rates of the 10th gen Core i9 processor.
The Chuwi Hi10 X feels great to hold, but it's just too slow and unreliable
The passively-cooled 10.1-inch Windows tablet is better fit for indoor use with an external mouse despite its sturdy build and form factor.
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U, and Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U now official and set to debut on the Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s, X13, and more
Business laptops sporting AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs have always been hard to come by and even when they appear, most are of the budget variety. The new Zen 2 Ryzen PRO 4000U series is looking to change that by offering much faster performance than before on higher-end laptop models.
MSI GP65 10SFK Laptop Review: 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Leaves its Mark
MSI has beaten most other OEMs to market with laptops sporting Intel's latest Comet Lake-H processors. After having checked out the Core i5-10300H and Core i9-10980HK, let's see how the Core i7-10750H fits in the lineup.
10 W Vissles 3-in-1 Qi wireless charging station charges almost as fast as a 10 W cable charger
The third-party Apple charger blends in well with all your Apple products and it gets the charging job done almost as fast as a cable despite some minor design setbacks.
How well does a laptop cooling pad work? We Amazon'd one ourselves to find out
Temperatures will definitely go down, but we want to find out by just how much and if the increase in fan noise would be worth the trade-off. With 4.5 stars and over 11,000 reviews on Amazon, we have our expectations set quite high.
Upcoming HP Elite c1030 Chromebook will be like the Google PixelBook but probably better
The flagship Chromebook is essentially a retrofitted HP EliteBook convertible running on Google Chrome OS. It'll launch this August for a yet-to-be-announced price point, but it'll definitely cost more than your average Chromebook based on specifications alone.
Chuwi Hi10 X Convertible Review: Metal Chassis for $230 USD
How far can a cheap passively-cooled Windows 10 tablet from a lesser-known Chinese manufacturer get you? If all you're doing is light web browsing or word processing, then the Chuwi Hi10 X can get the job done if just barely.
Razer Blade 15 with 10th gen Core i7-10875H is now available and it'll set you back $2600 USD
With the Intel 10th gen models on the way, now would be a great time to consider the Intel 9th gen models instead. Razer is cutting prices on last year's models if the marginally improved CPU and GPU upgrades don't interest you.
The Asus ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is incredibly useful, but watch out for these limitations
Two screens are better than one... in most cases, at least. Here are our biggest gripes about the dual-screen ZenBook Duo UX481 and what we would like to see improved on the next generation model.
HP ditches the 30 year old tribal mask Omen logo for a newer, simpler one
Say goodbye to the creepy tribal mask VoodooPC logo as the Omen series will be moving forward with an updated minimalist logo that's easier on the eyes.
Lexar NM610 1 TB NVMe PCIe x4 SSD Benchmarked
At about $155 USD, the 1 TB Lexar is retailing for slightly more than the popular 1 TB Western Digital SN550. We dive deeper into the benchmarks to see how it compares to other entry-level options.
Like The Apple Touch Bar, But Better: Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Laptop Review
Asus wants to prove that there are other ways to innovate besides just creating the thinnest laptops year after year. The ScreenPad Plus display is both practical and invaluable when at its best, but it entails some ergonomic drawbacks.
The Ryzen 3 3200U performs so closely to the Core i3-8145U that any differences are essentially negligible to the target budget user
If you're not a performance user, minor differences between the Ryzen 3 and Core i3 are much less impactful than the differences you may see between displays, thickness, weight, and keyboard feedback. Physical features of these budget laptops are arguably more important for the target audience.
Intel XTU gets some much-needed updates for enthusiasts just in time for 10th gen Comet Lake-S
The chipmaker will refresh the UI and add per-core tweaking options to one-up AMD Ryzen Master and appeal to more first adopters.
Durabook S15AB Rugged Laptop Review
The 1.5-inch thick laptop can be dropped from a height of up three feet while supporting up to three storage drives. Modern conveniences like 4G LTE, RAID, and a backlit keyboard are available.
Kingston KC2500 series of NVMe SSDs now shipping with five-year warranty as standard
The manufacturer promises sequential read rates of up to 3500 MB/s across all SKUs ranging from 250 GB up to 2 TB. When compared to the older KC2000, the KC2500 series offers about 500 MB/s faster read rates.
New Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 H500 and StudioBook 17 H700 to ditch Quadro RTX graphics for the GeForce RTX 2060
The simple swap in graphics has resulted in half the starting the price. If you want a professional laptop without the professional GPU, then the 15.6-inch Asus StudioBook 15 H500 or 17.3-inch H700 can serve as an alternative to the Razer Blade Studio or MSI Prestige.
Asus VivoBook S14 S433 and S15 S533 now shipping with Core i5 Comet Lake-U for $700 USD
The systems come standard with Wi-Fi 6, 1080p display, USB Type-C, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and an 85 to 86 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The MSI GF75 has a 'Silent mode'. The problem? It's not actually silent
Despite the name, system fan will continue to operate at 2400 RPM for an audible noise of 33 dB(A) even when idling and doing nothing on Windows desktop.
Trials of Mana is a perfect example of what a more faithful Final Fantasy 7 Remake could have been like
Had Square Enix remade Final Fantasy 7 using the same graphics engine as Trials of Mana, we probably wouldn't have complained about the end result. The company's budget-conscious approach to remaking the 1995 Trials of Mana original shows us how a "safe" Final Fantasy 7 Remake might have looked instead of the huge multi-part gamble they are currently taking with the series.
Two years later, the Intel Hades Canyon mini PC is still the best and fastest NUC you can get
The 2018 Intel Hades Canyon NUC was one of the only bright spots to come out of the ill-fated Kaby Lake-G series. It continues to be both the most balanced and most powerful NUC available due largely to its atypical 100 W processor. We take a look back at the mini PC to see how it holds up against the latest laptops of 2019 and 2020.
10th gen Core i5 Comet Lake-H Debut: MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR Laptop Review
The 10th gen Core i5-10300H is so similar to both the 9th gen Core i5-9300H and 8th gen Core i5-8300H that it's only worth upgrading if you own a laptop with the Core i5-7300HQ/i7-7700HQ or older. As a budget gaming laptop, the GF75 10SCXR is essentially identical to last year's cheaper GF75 9SC with no performance surprises despite the next-gen CPU.
ADATA debuts its first XPG XENIA gaming laptop, but we already reviewed the system last year
The 15.6-inch XPG XENIA will be the first gaming laptop from ADATA. Upon closer inspection, however, the system will be using the same chassis design that Intel launched back in mid 2019.
Intel Core i5-10300H vs. AMD Ryzen 7 3750H: Another sideways step for Intel
Our first Core i5-10300H retail unit is in and, naturally, we've benchmarked the hell out of it. How does Intel's least expensive 10th gen Comet Lake-H CPU compare to the competing AMD Ryzen 7 3750H or Intel's own Core i5-9300H and Core i5-8300H?
Patriot launches PXD M.2 PCIe Type-C external drive with up to 1000 MB/s read and write rates
The manufacturer promises compatibility with PlayStation 4 and Xbox gaming consoles, PCs, laptops, and Macs. The drive itself will be protected by a shock-absorbing aluminum chassis for improved durability.
Razer doubling down on Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake even though the Core i7-10710U would have made more sense
The 2020 Blade Stealth will be coming with Ice Lake yet again which shouldn't offer much of a CPU performance boost year-over-year. Its new 120 Hz display option will definitely be the more exciting upgrade.
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA Laptop Review: AMD Ryzen 3 for $400
Can you get a good laptop for just a few hundred dollars? The entry-level Asus VivoBook 15 with the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U retails for about $100 less than the Intel Core i3 version without being all that much slower.
AMD MSI laptops are making a comeback: Bravo 15 and 17 series with Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 7 4800H, and Radeon RX 5500M now available for $1000 USD
The AMD-only 2020 MSI Bravo series will supplant the 2019 Alpha series. The new Renoir CPUs and thinner chassis design should attract gamers on tight budgets that may have otherwise chosen an Intel-Nvidia alternative with GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics instead.
4G LTE on a budget: 2020 HP Pavilion x360 14 will have WAN options for the first time in the series
The convertible is now shipping through Best Buy for a starting price of just $500 USD. Options for 4G LTE, however, will have to wait until May. The new chassis is nearly identical to last year's model with a few noteworthy changes.
New Lenovo Legion naming convention promises to be easier to understand
Say goodbye to names like the Legion Y540, Y545, Y740, or even the L340 or T490. Lenovo wants to use fewer numbers to be more comprehensible and clear-cut to potential buyers who may not be familiar with Lenovo's older naming convention.
PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels
It never feels good to drop a couple thousand dollars on a fancy new business laptop only to find stuck pixels or noticeable backlight bleeding. Even high-end laptops can have panel imperfections that should be discovered sooner rather than later.
Lenovo launches Legion 7 to replace the aging Legion Y740 series, encourages users to undervolt their laptops
Lenovo gets super serious with gamers by offering easy overclocking and voltage adjustments, vapor chamber cooling, surface temperature probes, 10th gen Core i9 CPUs, and the brand new GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Intel cheaper than AMD: Lenovo Legion 5 with 7 nm Renoir will be more expensive than the 10th gen 14 nm Intel version when they launch this May
[Update: AMD Legion 5 will start at $759 USD] The AMD version will save you almost $100 over the Intel version, but it'll be missing a few GPU and display features in the process.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is one of the least expensive Intel 10th gen gaming laptops you can get at just $730 USD
If the new Legion laptops are asking for too much, then the affordable IdeaPad can still net users the benefits of a 10th gen Intel CPU and the brand new GeForce GTX 1650 Ti without cracking the $1000 mark.
HP compares its latest 2020 Envy 15 to the MacBook Pro 16 and it conveniently leaves out some important differences
Can the upcoming Envy 15 persuade MacBook Pro users to hop the fence? HP certainly thinks so, but Apple users still have some key advantages on their side that most Windows laptops have yet to match.
2020 HP Envy 13 and Envy x360 13 get completely new looks with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4700U options
Now may be a good time to replace that old HP Pavilion of yours. These new Envy models offer Spectre-like looks and physical features for hundred less. If you don't need Thunderbolt 3 or 4K UHD touchscreens, then the refreshed Envy series may be worth considering.
New HP Envy x360 15 with AMD Ryzen 7 will undercut the Intel Core i7 SKU by about $150 USD
The Renoir-powered Envy x360 15 will start at $700 USD compared to $850 USD for the 10th gen Intel Ice Lake option. If the trend continues, then it will become easier to recommend the AMD option especially since the 7 nm Ryzen 4000U series has been so promising thus far.
HP ZBook Create and Studio workstations will be even lighter than the Razer Blade 15 Studio, come with Quadro RTX 5000 and GeForce RTX 2080 Super options
HP says the ultra-thin 15.6-inch workstation will be the fastest in its size class per unit volume when it launches this August. It will also be the first mobile workstation to incorporate recycled plastic retrieved from oceans to promote sustainability.
Own a Huawei or Honor smartphone? Take a picture with it for a chance to win one of 73 P40 Pro smartphones
Companies like OnePlus and Huawei love to run user-driven contests across social media platforms as a way to promote the brand and this seems to be no different.
Dell XPS 13 9300 now available with 32 GB of RAM, but it'll cost you quite a bit
If you've been twiddling your thumbs waiting for Dell to offer a 32 GB version of its latest XPS 13, then now's the time to jump in. Expect to put down $1800 or more if you're one of the few Ultrabook users who need more than the usual 16 GB.
Dual-screen Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 launching this month with Core i7 and GeForce MX250 graphics
The 14-inch ZenBook Duo UX481 will essentially be a miniaturized version of the larger 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo released last year. It will run on a Core i7-10510U CPU with the promise of up to 22 hours of battery life despite having two individual screens.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th Gen Core i7 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X1 Carbon in Disguise
If the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga C940 had a baby, it would be the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. This convertible takes the best of the professional ThinkPad X1 Carbon and wraps it in a chassis inspired by the consumer-centric Yoga series for strong first impressions.
A whole bunch of MSI laptops with Comet Lake-H are now shipping to customers to combat the AMD Asus Zephyrus G15
Be prepared for lots of Core i7-10750H and Ryzen 7 4800HS comparisons soon. The MSI GP75, GE75, GS75 and more with Intel 10th gen H-series CPUs are available for pre-order with the same ship date as the competing AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS.
Uncommon Core i9-9900T requires no active cooling, offers similar multi-thread performance to the Core i7-9750H
The 8-core 35 W Core i9-9900T can stand neck-to-neck with a 45 W Core i7-9750H with nothing more than just a large heat sink... for a set amount of time, at least.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 with AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS, GeForce RTX 2060, and 16 GB of RAM now shipping for $1400 USD
Owning the latest AMD Renoir processor will cost you a couple hundred dollars more than your typical gaming laptop powered by the GeForce RTX 2060. Asus first teased the Zephyrus G15 and its brand new 35 W AMD Ryzen 7 CPU back at CES 2020.
How will the upcoming Nvidia Super Max-Q GPUs fit in the already bloated lineup of standard RTX and Max-Q RTX options? Let's take a closer look at the benchmarks
Will the new Nvidia GeForce Super Max-Q GPUs be any relevant in the laptop space? There isn't a lot of room and some performance overlap could be inevitable based on our benchmarks on almost 100 different GeForce RTX laptops already in the market.
ACIL H2 earbuds with Bluetooth and noise cancellation now shipping for $50
The earbuds promise 12 hours of music playback with a charge time of only 1.5 hours. Unlike most wireless earbuds, the H2 earbuds have a cable and are designed to stay in the ears whilst jogging or exercising.
BIWINTech wants to bring its brand of SSDs and RAM sticks overseas
If successful, we might be seeing laptops with RAM modules from BIWINTech in the future alongside the usual Corsair, SK Hynix, G.Skill, or Samsung.
Apparently, LG thinks it's okay to sell a 10th gen Core i7 laptop that's slower than the 7th gen Core i5 model
The latest LG Gram 14 drops the ball on performance when even its previous generation Core i5-8250U configuration can outperform the newer Core i7-10510U configuration in raw processor performance.
Rivet Killer E3100 2.5 Gbps Ethernet controller will debut on upcoming Comet Lake-H Acer and MSI laptops
The new controller will come with the familiar Killer Control Center 2.0 software alongside all existing features like DoubleShot Pro, Killer Intelligence, and GameFast.
Passively Cooled Core i9: Impact Display Solutions IMP-3654-B1-R Mini PC Review
Can you run an 8-core 16-thread Core i9 processor with nothing more than a huge heat sink? We stress test the Impact Display Solutions IMP-3654-B1-R mini PC to see just how far we can push the system before throttling begins.
Working from home? A TruSens air purifier deserves a spot in your office
Air filters might not protect you from viruses, but they can certainly alleviate allergies and help make it easier to breathe. Now might be as good a time as any to invest in an air purifier if you're stuck at home working.
HP ProBook 445 G7 and 455 G7 launching April with 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U options
Looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer before we get to see proper Ryzen PRO 4000U processors for business laptops. Until then, HP will be including the regular consumer Ryzen SKUs onto its latest ProBook models set to launch by the end of the month.
Eluktronics "Covert Gamer" laptops will offer Comet Lake-H CPUs, GeForce Super GPUs, and a logo-free outer lid
The all-black and logo-free look will make it easier to use the Eluktronics gaming laptop in more professional settings. 240 Hz display options, calibrated panels, and smart amplifiers round up the package.
Asus ExpertBook B9450 with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now shipping for $1800 USD
The consumer-business hybrid series from Asus will compete directly with the Lenovo ThinkBook lineup designed for smaller businesses and workers on-the-go.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook convertible brings beauty to Chrome OS, now shipping with 4K AMOLED and Intel 10th gen Core i5 for $999 USD
As promised last week, users can now find the 13.3-inch Chromebook convertible in stores and online. The ultra-thin system should cater better to travelers and remote clients when compared to lower-end Chromebook alternatives.
LG Gram 14T90N Convertible Review: A CPU Downgrade
The latest LG Gram 14 2-in-1 is the Comet Lake-U update to last year's Whiskey Lake-U model. Unfortunately, the newer model doesn't give us very many compelling reasons to purchase it over the older one.
Seven simple ways we would make the Asus Zephyrus G14 even better
We think these subtle quality-of-life changes could make the 14-inch system easier to use and more appealing at the same time.
StarTech M2E1BMU31C M.2 NVMe enclosure offers 1 GB/s transfer rates over USB
The plug-and-play enclosure will set you back just over $100, but it gets the job done with the promise of a two-year warranty and a solid high quality metal chassis. We test the claimed 1000 MB/s transfer rate to see just how close the enclosure can get to this maximum.
LG V40 ThinQ now on sale for $330 USD unlocked and brand new
The one-year old flagship launched in early 2019 for $950 USD; now it's down to just one-third the price. The version on sale is the North American variant with 64 GB of storage.
2020 HP Envy 17m finally drops the DVD drive, includes Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD
The system integrates more multimedia and auxiliary functions on the keyboard including mic, camera shutter, HP Command Center and both Alexa and Cortana voice services.
HP P700 is a tiny USB Type-C SSD capable of 1000 MB/s transfer rates
The external drive is about two times faster than most SATA III SSDs by using the wider bandwidth available from USB Type-C ports.
Like Renoir-H, Intel Comet Lake-H will lack an integrated Thunderbolt 3 controller
Intel has detailed its next-gen Core H-series for gaming laptops with SKUs ranging from the quad-core Core i5-10300H to the hexa-core Core i7-10750H and the octa-core Core i9-10980HK. At its heart, however, Comet Lake-H will look familiar to Coffee Lake-H in terms of integrated hardware features.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and 2070 Super Max-Q set to debut on the next Razer Blade 15
As if Nvidia's GeForce RTX lineup couldn't be more convoluted, be prepared for yet another subcategory of GeForce Super GPUs within the existing subcategory of GeForce Max-Q GPUs.
Gigabyte skips AMD, updates entire Aorus and Aero lineup with Intel 10th gen Core i7/i9 Comet Lake-H
Gigabyte will be "Redefining Gaming Notebooks" as one of the first OEMs out of the gate with Core i7-10750H, Core i7-10875H, and unlocked Core i9-10980HK options later this month. Comparisons to the competing AMD Ryzen 4000 series, which will also be shipping out in the coming weeks, should prove to be interesting.
2020 Dell XPS 15 9500 could be the full 16:10 redesign we've been looking for to tackle the MacBook Pro 16
The XPS 15 looked great back in 2016, but there's no question that it has grown a bit stale since then. A 16:10 redesign would help revitalize the series and new leaks appear to confirm just that.
PSA: Update your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon BIOS or be prepared to wait 6 hours for a full charge
The latest BIOS and Thunderbolt firmware update as of March 2 fixes the battery recharge rate of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. If purchasing a unit from a reseller, the system may be outdated and in need of a manual update.
Rare GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q launches amidst the storm of AMD Renoir announcements
Quietly unveiled at CES 2020, the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q has made its retail debut a full year later than its Turing Max-Q siblings. It remains to be seen how OEMs will adopt the GPU as it performs quite closely to the GTX 1660 Ti but with the added benefit of RT and tensor cores.
Acer Aspire 5 and Swift 3 are getting 7 nm AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 4700U options this Summer
We can't wait to compare the 10 nm Intel Ice Lake Aspire 5 and Swift 3 models to the upcoming 7 nm AMD Ryzen alternatives. The mid-range Ryzen 5 should just as well or better than a Core i7 for a lower starting price.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than every mobile Intel Core i9 laptop in the market today according to our own benchmarks
We compare the new 7 nm AMD CPU to at least 17 different Intel laptops equipped with a 14 nm mobile Core i9 CPU and AMD almost always comes out on top. Coffee Lake-H will be behind the curve in just a few short months if AMD can maintain this performance lead across multiple OEMs.
Asus Zephyrus G14 Ryzen 9 GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q Laptop Review: Kicking Core i9 to the Curb
The octa-core Ryzen 9 4900HS would be impressive on any 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch gaming laptop, but to see it work so well in such a small 14-inch form factor is extraordinary. There are, however, one or two caveats preventing it from being the ultimate gaming laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 2020 Laptop Review: Same Look, New Processor
Lenovo has swapped out the older Whiskey Lake-U CPU for a newer Comet Lake-U one on this latest X1 Carbon refresh. Performance differences, however, are minimal meaning you won't miss much if you already own a 2018 or 2019 model.
Launch price and pre-orders for the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 4900HS and RTX 2060 Max-Q finally unveiled
Best Buy will be opening pre-orders for the hyped 14-inch AMD-Nvidia gaming laptop at a reasonable price of $1450 USD. The GA401IV configuration will come with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB PCIe SSD.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599
It's 2020 and high-end Windows PCs are still shipping with 4 GB of RAM for some reason. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one if you intend to do more than just web browsing with a few open tabs.
HP SSD EX950 PCIe x4 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
Even though HP laptops don't ship with HP SSDs, the OEM still offers its own high-end solution for gamers and content creators through the EX series.
We compare dozens of laptops with the same GeForce MX150 GPU and the Razer Blade Stealth comes out on top
The performance difference between the slowest and fastest GeForce MX150 laptops is startling at roughly 60 percent. The Blade Stealth GeForce MX150 is essentially on par with the more expensive GeForce MX250.
MSI Optix MAG251RX, G241, and G271 1080p monitors now shipping for budget-conscious gamers
The 23.8-inch, 24.5-inch, and 27-inch monitors are now shipping from $190 to $340 all with high native refresh rates and either G-Sync or FreeSync to reduce tearing even further.
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference?
Everyone likes to compare the XPS 13 to the Razer Blade Stealth, MacBook Pro 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Asus ZenBook S13, but how does the latest Dell Ultrabook compare to itself?
The XPS 13 9300 display can be 20 percent brighter than what Dell is letting on, but you'll need a few clicks to enable it
Dell advertises a maximum brightness of 500 nits across all current XPS 13 9300 SKUs regardless of display resolution. Our own tests, however, show a maximum brightness of about 600 nits when under certain conditions. Here's how to enable that "extra" brightness.
MSI Trident 3 is returning with Core i7-9700F CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics for $1200
The venerable and highly configurable design of the Trident 3 is paying off for MSI. First launched during the Nvidia Pascal days, the internals have been updated to sport the latest desktop-class Coffee Lake-H CPUs and the removable GTX 1660 Super graphics card.
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7 Laptop Review: New Chassis Design is More Exciting than the New CPU
Apple has been championing the 16:10 display for years across its MacBook family. It's about time for a Windows maker to offer the same larger aspect ratio that both home and office users can appreciate.
Premier Lenovo IdeaPad S940 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM, 512 GB SSD, and Thunderbolt 3 now on sale for $1000
Lenovo's flagship 14-inch laptop with Intel Ice Lake is several hundred dollars off this week. If you don't want to wait two more months for the new 7 nm AMD Ryzen laptops, then now would be a good time to grab a high-end Ultrabook sporting Intel 10th gen CPUs.
The elusive 10 nm Core i7-1068G7 will be Intel's short-term response to the impending 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
The Core i7-1068G7 was teased last year as the crown jewel of the Ice Lake series even though it has yet to appear on any laptop or mini PC as of this writing. If Intel doesn't push it out soon, then it will risk being overshadowed by the upcoming 7 nm AMD Renoir series.
Razer redesigns logo to promote social distancing and it's actually pretty nice
Though only temporary in response to current events, it's a refreshing take on the traditional Razer logo nonetheless while keeping the recognizable symmetry and three snakes.
Eluktronics Mech-17 G1Rx with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Core i7, 144 Hz display, and 512 GB SSD on sale for $1700
While not as thin as some alternatives from MSI or Razer, the Mech-17 is several hundred dollars cheaper while sporting the same enthusiast components inside. This is one the least expensive laptops you can find with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics at the moment.
Some Dell G3 15 3590 owners have been reporting weak, bulging or broken hinges on their laptops
Users have been experiencing hinge issues on their months-old purchase that they are claiming to be a design flaw on the budget gaming laptop from Dell.
AMD Vari-Bright decreases laptop display brightness when on batteries. Fortunately, disabling it is easy
Annoyingly, Vari-Bright is enabled by default to automatically limit the maximum brightness of the screen when not on AC power. Though it's supposed to be a power-saving feature, it can also make outdoor visibility more difficult for the end-user.
Asus ZenScreen has somehow grabbed 64 percent of the portable monitor market
Existing ZenScreen owners can celebrate an ongoing raffle with Asus from now until April 5th for a chance to win a ZenBeam S2 portable projector.
$700 Core i7-1065G7 vs. $1400 Core i7-1065G7: What's the difference?
We compare the processor performance between two different 15-inch laptops equipped with the same Intel 10th gen Core i7 Ice Lake CPU. At worst, we're able to record a performance advantage of almost 60 percent on the more expensive laptop model.
AMD SmartShift is awesome. Too bad most gamers will never get to use it
(Update: The feature will be coming to the Sony PlayStation 5.) The AMD-only feature can give you "free" CPU and GPU performance by dynamically optimizing the power budget between the processors. Laptops with Nvidia or Intel hardware need not apply even though they make up the vast majority of the gaming laptops in the market.
AMD 7 nm Renoir accomplishes what Intel couldn't do with 10 nm Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 or 14 nm Comet Lake-U Core i7-10710U
AMD says its new octa-core Ryzen 7 4800U will make no compromises in regards to processor and graphics performance whereas Intel users will have to choose between faster graphics performance (Ice Lake) or faster processor performance (Comet Lake-U).
Our favorite Gigabyte Aero laptop with 4K OLED, Core i7, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is down to $1330
Want a Dell XPS 15 alternative? The Gigabyte Aero 15 is even more powerful with more port options to choose from for about the same price.
Top 6 things to avoid or consider when buying an Ultrabook
About to drop $1000+ on that brand new laptop? Here are a few things to keep in mind before making that jump.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15 Laptop Review: Cheap Core i7 Ice Lake Comes with a Performance Cost
If you're on a tight budget and don't want to settle on low-end specifications, then this Core i7-powered Lenovo might be for you. The system begins to buckle when running games or anything demanding for long periods.
Shadow lets you rent and stream a GeForce GTX 1080 gaming PC for $11.99 a month
GeForce Now just got a direct competitor. Shadow has updated its subscription plan and app to include a range of options in an attempt to eat some of that lucrative game streaming pie.
Last year's Lenovo Yoga C930 convertible flagship with Core i7 CPU, 12 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is now just $900 USD
It looks like Lenovo is clearing stock of its last generation Yoga C930 2-in-1. If you have no use for the improved GPU potential of the Intel 10th gen Ice Lake series, then the 8th gen Kaby Lake-R series will be just fine.
Latest Apple MacBook Air 13.3 with Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD now down to only $850
We don't like the slow CPU or loud fan noise, but if you ever wanted a brand new Apple MacBook for your daily browsing, streaming, or emailing needs, then now is the time to jump in for just under $900.
Buying a Lenovo ThinkPad T490? Skip the 2020 model and go with the 2019 model instead
Save yourself a few hundred dollars without sacrificing all that much processor performance. The brand new Intel 10th gen Core i7-10510U isn't all that much faster than the older Core i7-8565U or i7-8665U that Lenovo has been offering since early last year.
Patriot P300 P512GM28US PCIe x4 NVMe 512 GB SSD Benchmarked
Patriot's latest mid-range family of SSDs is caught in a sea of other mid-range SSDs with nothing to help it stand out from the crowd. Cheaper options are available with similar performance.
Lenovo Yoga C740-14: Great mid-ranger but with spongy keys
The 14-inch Lenovo convertible is above average in almost all aspects to be one of the better 2-in-1 laptops at its price point. Unfortunately, we think the soft feedback of the keyboard keys could be a little firmer and more ThinkPad-like.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop Review: The Comet Lake-U Update
Lenovo is refreshing its ThinkPad T490 one last time before the impending launch of the ThinkPad T14. The update is so minor, however, that you can opt for last year's ThinkPad T490 or just wait for the ThinkPad T14 instead without missing all that much.
Fully-loaded Alienware m15 R1 with Core i7, 144 Hz display, two 512 GB SSDs, and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics now on sale for just $1400
Dell is clearing stock of its one-year old Alienware m15 R1 SKUs likely to make room for the upcoming Comet Lake-H SKUs. The Core i7-9750H CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU are still powerhouses especially at this price range.
LG Gram 17 with Core i7 Ice Lake, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD will be down to $1200 starting March 11
One the lightest 17.3-inch laptops you can get will be $300 cheaper soon. The LG Gram 17 joins the increasingly long list of brand new discounted laptops running on Intel's latest Ice Lake series of processors.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 on sale at Micro Center for $700 USD but with a catch
You'll have to drive to the nearest store to pick up the item if you want the latest Microsoft laptop brand new for as cheap as possible.
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML Convertible Review: Top-tier Looks, Mid-tier Price
The Yoga C740 offers a lot on all fronts relative to the sub $1000 asking price. Cut corners have been carefully executed to make the system feel as close as possible to the pricier flagship Lenovo Yoga C940.
Alienware m17 R2 comes with the same Core i9 CPU as the XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15, runs it 30 percent faster
Size matters when it comes to processor performance. The thicker, heavier, and louder Alienware chassis doesn't go to waste as it is able to squeeze out more from the Core i9-9980HK than the smaller and lighter XPS 15 or MacBook Pro 15.
What's your deal breaker when buying a new laptop?
Some users will refuse to buy any smartphone if it doesn't come with a 3.5 mm audio jack. Are there certain features on a laptop that you absolutely must have when shopping for one as well?
Dell Alienware m17 R2 Laptop Review: Making Core i9 Worthwhile
The redesigned Alienware m17 R2 crams both a Core i9-9980HK CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU in the thinnest chassis yet for the venerable series. We had anticipated lukewarm performance to keep thermals in check, but the system surprised us with its faster-than-average speeds even for a high-end gaming laptop.
Dell Latitude 7390 with Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB now on sale for just $599 USD with three-year warranty as standard
It may be two years old, but the 13.3-inch Dell laptop still offers a very wide range of features for its size including Thunderbolt 3, IR camera, WWAN, Smart Card reader, and even three-years of on-site warranty service at no extra charge.
Funcl TWS Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are half off this week for only $20
Did you just spend a fortune on a Samsung Galaxy S20 and need a new pair of wireless earbuds? The absence of the 3.5 mm audio jack is becoming easier to swallow now that Bluetooth earphones are getting cheaper.
GripDockIt wireless charger lets you charge your smartphone with PopSockets and grips still attached
The 15 W wireless charger will launch before the end of the year for at least $40 USD. Early backers can pre-order the charger for a lower price of $26.
Sayonara, Alcantara: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch Core i5 Review
The new aluminum metal chassis feels classier, stronger, smoother, and longer-lasting than the Alcantara versions that Microsoft have been shoving down our throats since the original Surface Laptop. If Microsoft could throw in some additional ports, then they might actually have a winner here.
ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE is a laptop monitor without the laptop launching today for $500
The 17.3-inch portable display promises a native 1080p resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms GTG response times, adaptive sync, and even an internal battery for up to 2 to 3 hours of use.
Eurocom sets new world record, crams 16 TB of SSD storage onto its lightweight Nightsky RX15 laptop
The 15.6-inch laptop houses a Core i9-9980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and up to 64 GB of RAM with 16 TB of SSD storage across two M.2 2280 slots and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i7 performance can throttle by almost 30 percent over time
Don't be fooled into believing that the Core i7-1065G7 CPU in the latest Surface Pro 7 tablet can perform roughly the same as the Core i7-1065G7 in a "proper" Ultrabook. The tablet version of the processor can be around 22 percent slower than the similarly equipped 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.
HP Spectre 13 with 4K OLED, Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD is now the cheapest it's ever been at $1168 USD
Do you really need a 100 percent AdobeRGB 4K UHD AMOLED touchscreen on a 13.3-inch laptop? Probably not, but for this low of a price, you may as well consider it anyway. It's rare for an OLED laptop like this to retail for about the same price as an IPS counterpart.
Fully-loaded Lenovo Yoga C940 with 4K display, Core i7 Ice Lake CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on sale for $1300
Lenovo's top-end 14-inch Yoga C940 configuration is now cheaper than ever without needing to settle for low RAM or storage capacity commonly found on most other laptop deals.
Asus VivoBook 15 with Ryzen 7 3700U CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD is only $550 right now
Newegg is clearing stock of its latest AMD Ryzen laptops even though they are barely a year old. For a mid-range 15.6-inch laptop, the discounted Asus VivoBook 15 strikes a pretty good balance between performance, price, and size.
Microsoft Surface Laptops are missing the point on why people prefer Windows in the first place
It says something when even Huawei can create a better Windows laptop than Microsoft can. The Apple-like approach of the Surface Laptop series has forgone almost everything that makes Windows laptops great in the first place.
CARD20 TWS earbuds miss Indiegogo stretch goal, will proceed anyway
Backers are excited that the wireless earbuds are now prime for mass production, but they are also furious about some last minute design changes to the earbuds themselves.
Trash cans powered by Nvidia Jetson AI chips are a thing now
Welcome your new trash can overlords. These hi-tech bins house Nvidia Jetson TX2 AI SoCs and cameras to instantly identify the item you're holding and tell you how it should be properly disposed of.
Microsoft is discounting its Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB to $800
The sub-$1000 ceiling seems to be a sweet spot for Ice Lake laptops. The Surface Laptop 3 joins the HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Yoga C940, and Razer Blade Stealth as some of the least expensive laptops you can find with Intel's latest 10 nm 10th gen Core i5 to Core i7 CPUs.
Acer Aspire 5 A514 Laptop Review: Not Intel Comet Lake at its Best
It may be equipped with Intel's latest 10th gen processor, but almost everything else about the laptop feels rather dated. The Aspire 5 is heavier and larger than many other 14-inch alternatives without offering any notable advantages.
Acer Aspire 5 with Core i5 Comet Lake-U might have a huge performance bug
Setting Windows to High Performance mode could drop performance by as much as 90 percent. We're able to reproduce the bug quite easily by toggling the Windows power profiles while running the CineBench Multi-Thread test.
Patriot P300 M.2 PCIe x4 SSD promises read rates of up to 1700 MB/s at prices as low as $50 USD
The 1 TB option will be even faster with sequential read and write rates of up to 2100 MB/s and 1650 MB/s, respectively. The manufacturer will offer 3-year warranty as standard with support for Advanced Wear Leveling to prolong the lifespan of NAND flash.
Samsung now accepting $700 trade-ins for your Galaxy S10 or iPhone 11 Pro towards a new Galaxy S20
You can get 50 percent off the Galaxy S20 or more if you own a Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Galaxy S10, iPhone 11, or iPhone XS. Owners of the Pixel 4 should definitely consider the $600 trade-in offer as that is more than what the smartphone is currently retailing for new.
We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to
The 768p touchscreen is so bad that tablet mode is rendered almost unusable. This type of display has no right to be on any laptop retailing for this high of a price. Save your $1000 for a HP Envy or Spectre instead.
The XPS 13 7390 with Core i5 and 256 GB SSD will be just $800 for this week only during Dell's President's Day sale
Alienware, Vostro, Latitude, and Precision products will also be getting temporary price cuts across the board. Dell will be staggering deals throughout the week and we've collected some of the more notable items here.
It's 2020 and laptops still have 1 MP cameras. What gives?
We asked two major laptop makers and both arrived at similar conclusions. Though we understand the reasoning behind them, it's also a bummer that we likely won't see any laptops with the same high quality cameras as smartphones anytime soon.
HP Pavilion x360 15 2019 Convertible Review: Don't Buy This Configuration
The Pavilion series is supposed to be HP's entry-level lineup of affordable laptops. This particular configuration, however, is egregiously bad because its high asking price does not reflect the low-end 768p touchscreen.
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 Ice Lake convertible with Core i7 CPU and 512 GB SSD is only $800 right now
Outlets seem to want these brand new 10 nm Core i7 laptops gone from their shelves as fast as possible. The high-end Spectre x360 13 Ice Lake is merely a few months old and yet its price has fallen by nearly 40 percent.
The MSI Modern 15 has dual-channel RAM while the Modern 14 is stuck in single-channel mode
The Modern 15 is more than just an enlarged version of the Modern 14. Though they may share similar chassis styles and materials, their motherboards are completely different for some notable changes in port options, expansion options, and overall performance between them.
Pink MSI Prestige 14 laptop now available for $1399 just in time for Valentine's Day
Don't let the bright amiable color fool you. The pink MSI laptop will be faster than most 14-inch and 15.6-inch Ultrabooks in the market because of its 6-core Core i7-10710U Comet Lake-U CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics.
MSI Modern 15 A10RB Laptop Review: The Dell XPS 15 Lite
The Modern 15 is fit for budget-conscious users who need more power than the typical Ultrabook without spending too much on heavier higher-end options equipped with Core H CPUs and GeForce GTX GPUs.
Nvidia GeForce Now has this one major advantage over XCloud, Google Stadia, and other game streaming services
The "bring your own game" approach caters better to PC gamers because GeForce Now will be compatible with titles from your existing Steam, Origin, or Epic libraries. For $4.99 a month, subscribers can play their existing digital games on Nvidia's servers for up to six hours per month.
MediaTek gets serious about smartphone gaming, launches 12 nm Helio G70 and G80 chipsets
The new affordable to mid-range SoCs will launch later this month in India albeit with no specific devices announced. Though MediaTek smartphones are generally inexpensive and easy to find, ones sporting Helio G chipsets have been uncommon thus far.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s with Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Thunderbolt 3, and 256 GB SSD is only $670 right now
The ThinkPad T480s is the lighter and slimmer version of the standard ThinkPad T480 to strike a better balance between a traditional lightweight Ultrabook and a full-on business laptop. The Core i5-8250U may not be the newest, but performance isn't all that different from the pricier Core i5-10210U, either.
No one seems to really care about Intel Project Athena
Project Athena was supposed to usher in the next generation of Intel-powered Ultrabooks with Thunderbolt 3, super-long runtimes, and thinner designs. But in reality, Athena is barely on anyone's radar as even OEMs seem to be avoiding the term in their advertisements.
With AMD Ryzen 7 4700U/4800U right around the corner, now is the best time to buy a Ryzen 7 3700U laptop
Laptops powered by the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U are starting to get a lot cheaper to make room for the next generation. These AMD laptops are able to offer comparable CPU performance to the Core i7-8550U or Core i7-8565U commonly found on high-end Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Lenovo Yoga series.
4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Book S launching on Valentine's Day for $999
The 13.3-inch WoA laptop comes with a special 7 nm Snapdragon SoC for a thickness and weight of just 11.8 mm and 0.96 kg, respectively. LTE Cat.18 Nano SIM, touchscreen, Windows Hello, and a keyboard backlight all come standard.
Traveling and forgot your charger? The Quick-E is a disposable 2000 mAh battery bank for just $2.49
If you're running out of juice and don't have a charger nearby, welcome to the club. The Quick-E charger is a small and environmentally friendly one-time use battery bank with a pre-paid postage stamp for buyers to return once the battery bank is depleted.
Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake just dropped like a rock in price despite being only three months old
What was once $1500 in October 2019 is now just $1000 as of January 2020. Razer's silent price drop could be hinting at a replacement model coming soon. While the Blade Stealth Ice Lake comes equipped with Intel's newest 10 nm Core i7-1065G7 CPU and Iris Plus GPU, it is still slower than the older Blade Stealth Whiskey Lake-U with the 14 nm Core i7-8565U and GeForce MX150.
MSI Modern 14 vs. Prestige 14: What's the difference?
The Modern 14 may be a lot cheaper, but it actually has a few advantages over the more expensive Prestige 14 including additional ports and expandable RAM.
Buy a Gigabyte Aero GeForce RTX laptop and get 3 months of Adobe Creative Cloud free
Get Adobe Photoshop, Color, Exchange, Lightroom, Illustrator, Camera, Premiere Pro, and more at no additional charge if you purchase a Gigabyte Aero RTX laptop between now and May 2020.
Microsoft Modern Standby is causing some XPS, Lenovo and Asus laptops to heat up like crazy
It's not comforting when the laptop in your backpack or bag would heat up to over 50 C or 120 F seemingly out of nowhere. Microsoft's latest feature can be undesirable in most cases especially to users who are unaware of the differences between Modern Standby and traditional S3 sleep.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is the cheapest Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 laptop you can buy right now at just $450
In a price category inundated with slow Atoms, Core i3, and Ryzen 3 laptops, the IdeaPad S340 stands out from the crowd with its 10 nm Core i7-1065G7 that's barely half a year old. Intel's latest 10 nm Core i7 CPU can now be found on even the cheapest of models.
MSI Modern 14 A10RB Laptop Review: Lighter than it Looks
MSI's latest mid-range office laptop for content creators offers Comet Lake-U, GeForce MX250 graphics, and a well-calibrated 14-inch 1080p display all for under $900 USD and at a weight of just 1.2 kg. Its advantages are clear, but some of its disadvantages are just glaring.
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH Laptop Review: Best and Priciest IdeaPad Yet
Although the IdeaPad name is commonly associated with inexpensive entry-level to mid-range offerings, the IdeaPad S740 is easily the most luxurious and powerful in its family. The big catch is that it'll cost you almost as much as the more well-known Dell XPS 15 or HP Spectre x360 15.
Walmart's most affordable Motile Ryzen laptop is now even cheaper at just $210
The in-house Walmart laptop comes with a Ryzen 3 CPU and just 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The best part, however, is that both RAM and SSD are easily upgradeable if needed.
The Impact mini PC based on Kontron motherboard runs on a Core i9 CPU with no fans whatsoever
Aimed at industrial applications where complete silence may be desired, the mini PC encases a Fujitsu mini-STX motherboard in a huge heat sink with configurations up to the octa-core Core i9-9900T.
Three generations of 14 nm: Core i7-10510U offers just 20 percent faster multi-thread performance than the average Core i7-8550U
If you're in the market for a new laptop, you won't be missing all that much by going with an older Whiskey Lake-U model. The hexa-core Core i7-10710U looks to be the only Comet Lake-U SKU to offer a significant gen-to-gen raw performance boost.
HP ProBook x360 435 G7 coming this Summer with AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, and Ryzen 7 4700U options
The mid-range ProBook series will be refreshed with AMD's latest Ryzen 4000 U-series APUs for SMBs. HP is promising BIOS-level security features including Sure Start and Sure Sense to make up for the fact that there are not yet 3rd gen AMD Ryzen PRO processors for mobile yet.
HP Spectre X360 15 Late 2019 Convertible Review: Comet Lake Core i7 with GeForce MX Graphics
It's one of the heftier and better-looking convertibles for sure, but performance becomes a bit unsteady when under higher loads. Power users may want to consider the faster Core H and GTX SKUs instead.
Asus blog gives a handy rundown on everything they announced at CES 2020
Asus goes over core details on the upcoming VivoBook S series, Chromebook Flip C436, TUF Gaming A15/A17, G-Sync-enabled TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A monitor, ROG Strix GA35 gaming desktop, and the Zephyrus G14 laptop equipped with 4th gen AMD Ryzen H series CPUs.
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors
No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range of divisors than their native refresh rate.
Ultra-thin MSI GS66 dares to be thicker and heavier in the name of performance
The MSI GS series is home to some of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops in the market and yet the latest model will be 10 percent heavier and 13 percent thicker than its predecessor. MSI wants to prove that it isn't just blindly chasing towards thinness and weight with the GS66 in an attempt to offer a better balance between rigidity, performance, and size.
Nuu Mobile X6 promises Android 9.0 Pie, fingerprint reader, and 4G LTE for just $100
The Nuu X6 will pack many of the same features that users have come to expect from modern smartphones retailing for several hundreds more including dual rear cameras, and a notched 16:9 display.
Entire Razer Blade lineup getting refreshed with 10th gen Intel CPUs and new displays up to 300 Hz
The internal refresh will swap out Coffee Lake in favor of Comet Lake. We suspect that their GPUs will be updated as well to better support the higher display refresh rate options.
Avita looking to crack the U.S. laptop market with the inexpensive Pura and Admiror
The entry-level Pura looks and feels a lot like the Asus VivoBook while the mid-range Admiror is distinguishable by its large hinges and C-shaped visual design along the corners.
Asus VivoBook S13/S15 gets refreshed with Comet Lake-U, Ice Lake-U, and a thinner look
Interestingly, Asus has no new ZenBook models to show at this year's CES meaning the OEM is likely saving some announcements for later. Instead, the manufacturer will kick off the new year with refreshed Zephyrus and VivoBook models.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Intel Core vs. AMD Ryzen: There is No Wrong Option
The Intel version will indubitably offer the faster experience, but the AMD version is not really that far behind. Don't beat yourself over for "settling" with AMD if you want to save a few hundred bucks.
SK Hynix Gold P31 and Platinum P31 PCIe NVMe SSDs coming with 128-layer 4D NAND flash
The Platinum P31 will be one of the first consumer SSDs with 128-layer 4D NAND flash to offer sequential read and write rates of 3500 MB/s and 3200 MB/s, respectively.
Intel's response to the impressive 3rd gen AMD mobile Ryzen CPU series? A foldable laptop called "Horseshoe Bend"
The Horseshoe Bend is clearly a product still in development and not yet ready for prime time, but Intel made it a big showpiece anyway. The 13-inch concept laptop unfolds into a 17-inch tablet and it's expected to run on Intel's next generation Tiger Lake CPU series.
8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4800U promises huge gains over the Intel 10th gen Core i7-1065G7, but we'll believe it when we see it
Comparing one Ryzen 7 4800U laptop to one Core i7-1065G7 laptop isn't enough to accurately represent the CPUs. We're going to need a sample size of retail units from both chipmakers to paint a bigger overall picture of their performance differences.
AMD Ryzen 4800HS processor launching exclusively on the Asus Zephyrus G14 for $1500
The 14-inch Zephyrus G14 will be the smallest gaming laptop in its family and it'll be the first to offer AMD Ryzen 4000 HS-series options. Optional 1 mm-thick outer lid LED covers add a unique level of customization not seen on other laptops.
Asus TUF A15/A17 gaming laptops coming with Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H CPUs and GeForce RTX 2060 graphics
Asus' budget to mid-range TUF laptops are getting new 3rd gen AMD H-series processors and a new naming convention that will make it easier for consumers to follow.
Lenovo is having its biggest CES yet with over 20 new product announcements. Let's try and list them all
Lenovo is starting out the new decade with a bang by announcing a deluge of new products all at once. We can expect gadgets as small as the silent Bluetooth mouse to expensive toys like the $2500 ThinkPad X1 Fold all launching within the next few months.
Dell G5 15 SE Ryzen bets big on AMD Renoir-H and Radeon RX 5600M, but will it pay off?
A lot is riding on the latest AMD-only gaming laptops to do well in the market. If models like the MSI Alpha 15, Dell G5 15 SE, or Asus TUF FX505DY/FX705DY aren't selling, then AMD-powered gaming laptops will likely be on yet another hiatus. AMD has been having a tough time cracking into the gaming laptop space in contrast to its brisk desktop PC sales.
Dell Alienware UFO is a Nintendo Switch running Windows 10
The Alienware prototype, codenamed "UFO", is a portable 8-inch FHD tablet with detachable controllers designed to play PC games locally while on the go. If you ever wanted a Switch but with PC games instead of Nintendo games, then this concept might tickle your fancy.
The Dell "Duet" combines two XPS 13 displays in one form factor, because why not
Dell is toying with the idea of replacing the traditional keyboard and clickpad with a full-on IPS display for a dual-screen laptop. It's essentially a marriage between the Lenovo Yoga Book and the Asus ZenBook Pro ScreenPad.
Watch out Razer, the MSI Prestige 14 is coming in Hot Pink
Ever wish your laptop at work could be pinker? MSI has got you covered. One of MSI's best office laptops will be jumping in on the Pink bandwagon similar to the Rose Gold Dell XPS 13 and Quartz Pink Razer Blade series.
MSI Creator 17 will introduce mini-LED backlighting, gets recognized for the “Digital Imaging or Photography” CES innovation award
Mini-LED backlighting is the next big thing in consumer TV sets and MSI will be the first to integrate the technology onto laptops with the upcoming 17.3-inch Creator 17 designed for professional users.
MSI GS66 Stealth comes with a ginormous 99.9 WHr battery and a 300 Hz display
Who says thin gaming laptops have to sacrifice battery life? MSI has expanded the internal battery capacity for its thinnest gaming laptop to the legal limit. Nonetheless, we'll have to test the battery life ourselves to see how much of a difference the larger battery will actually make.
MSI GE66 Raider redesigned from the ground up to include more LEDs and limited edition skins
The GE65 will get a successor later this year with the GE66. MSI is doubling down on aesthetics and thinness especially since Intel and Nvidia have no major processor announcements this year at CES.
Slim and sexy Samsung Galaxy Chromebook XE930QCA packs a 4K UHD OLED HDR screen for $999 USD
The 9.9 mm-thick convertible Chromebook houses serious specifications for its category that could easily pass as a high-end Ultrabook. It will even have a 1 MP webcam on the keyboard deck to better exploit the 2-in-1 form factor.
Killer Networking AI will give gamers and Dell XPS owners stronger Wi-Fi connections
The company claims AI integration can "deliver better performance in almost all network environments" by scanning the area for access points and optimizing user settings automatically in the background. The technology will target gamers before inevitable making its way down to more mainstream laptops.
Asus renames the super-light AsusPro B9 to the ExpertBook B9, hopes no one notices
Asus has finally realized that the name "Asus AsusPro" is silly. The business-centric "Asus AsusPro" series will now be called the "Asus ExpertBook" series to better appeal to professional office users.
Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds
The 13.3-inch Portege X30L will offer RJ-45, full-size HDMI, Wi-Fi 6, expandable RAM, a bright 470-nit matte display, vPro, and a hexa-core CPU all for well under 1 kg when it launches in the U.S. this Summer.
HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional
Though HP is marketing the Envy 32 AiO to general consumers and multimedia users, its fast Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and large 31.5-inch DCI-P3 HDR600 display can also appeal to content creators, power users, and some professionals.
HP Elite Dragonfly G2 promises 5G connectivity, 1000-nit touchscreen and an improved Sure View privacy filter
The Dragonfly gets a minor internal update with new Comet Lake-U processors, WAN options, and a "Sure View gen 3.5" display. There will be no Ice Lake version since Intel has no current plans to integrate vPro onto the Ice Lake series.
Latest GeForce graphics and 6-core Comet Lake-U coming to the 2020 HP Spectre x360 15
The 2020 model isn't a huge redesign, but it's not a minor one either. The minor tweaks to the CPU, keyboard, and webcam all add up to a slightly smaller package and a more powerful system when compared to the 2019 model. The unspecified Nvidia GPU is also intriguing.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α with QLED display launching for $830 USD
The QLED panel will provide OLED-like colors at a fraction of the price. Samsung is hoping that its aluminum-clad convertible will kick-start a generation of QLED laptops and tablets to better compete against the IPS and OLED laptops already in market.
Dell Latitude 9510 and 9510 2-in-1 will come with 5G to kickstart Dell's new ultra-thin flagship series
Much like the XPS 9000 series, the new Latitude 9000 series will prioritize sleek and lightweight form factors aimed at business users as a direct response to the ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP Elite Dragonfly.
How did we jump from the XPS 13 9380 to the XPS 13 7390 and XPS 13 9300? Dell explains
If you thought the new XPS model names have become too confusing, you're not the only one. Dell will be returning to the XPS 9xxx naming convention again after experimenting with the XPS 7xxx to make it easier for consumers to understand.
Dell XPS 13 9300 in pictures: Don't worry, the SSD is now replaceable
It will also be a hair lighter and smaller by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, when compared to the last generation design while sporting the same chassis materials for that familiar look and feel.
Zotac Inspire Studio mini PC is a Magnus in disguise with GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics
The Core i7 and GeForce Super mini PC offers 270 degrees of ventilation in a chassis size of just 5.85 L. The new white color is similar to the white color used for the Razer Studio laptops and MSI Prestige laptops.
Chuwi UBook tablet sacrifices quality for price
It may be $100 to $200 cheaper than the Surface Go, but the Microsoft tablet will likely last you a lot longer. Knock-offs or clones look great from a distance before you begin noticing the cut corners and lack of detail.
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor Review: Lightweight and Flexible
The 15.6-inch Auzai monitor is easy to carry around, but it doesn't take much to damage the unprotected matte screen and flexible plastic case.
C-Force CF016xT USB-C 144 Hz Portable Monitor Review: Convenient when it Works
It's awesome when it works, but some iffy flickering behavior and power issues make it unreliable for specific scenarios. Why an AC adapter for power is not included in the box is particularly bewildering.
Chuwi UBook CWI509 Tablet Review: The Surface Go Wannabe
Chuwi is at it again with yet another Microsoft Surface clone. This time, the Chinese manufacturer is targeting the Surface Go crowd with an 11.6-inch detachable. The end result has some respectable qualities, but it's a big miss overall.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch Core i7 Review: Better with Ice Lake
We all know that Intel's Core i7 Ice Lake can outperform the cheaper AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5. The real questions are how much of a performance boost can users expect and if the advantages are worth the price premium.
These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019
Dell and Microsoft have the best implementation of the Core i7-1065G7 thus far with HP being near the bottom. When looking at the extremes, the fastest i7-1065G7 laptop is able to outperform the slowest by 50 percent in multi-threaded workloads.
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx Convertible Review: Powered by Intel Ice Lake
The latest HP Spectre is definitely smaller, faster, and more portable than ever before, but the unsteady CPU performance and noticeable ghosting will leave some casual gamers disappointed.
Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed
No, the latest Ice Lake-powered Spectre x360 13 does not weigh just 930 grams despite what the HP Customer Support Knowledge Base is affirming. Our own measurements show that the convertible is actually 33 percent heavier to be closer to the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1.
MSI GE65 performs about the same as the GS65 and it's over $700 cheaper
There's a huge price premium if you want the thinner and sexier looks of the GS65. But if you're only after performance, then the GE65 can save you nearly a grand while being almost as portable.
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF Laptop Review: Huge Improvements Over the GE63
The GE65 is 19 percent smaller and 12 percent lighter than the outgoing GE63 while retaining all the same ports and most physical features. It's one of the lighter 15.6-inch gaming laptops you can buy from MSI outside of the GS65.
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe 1 TB SSD Benchmarked
The budget PCIe x4 NVMe SSD offers sequential read rates of up to 2400 MB/s across all capacities. Write rates will vary depending on capacity while read/write performance during very small block sizes could be better.
Get Lenovo's premier Ice Lake Yoga C940 convertible with 512 GB SSD for only $999
This flagship convertible houses an active stylus, 12 GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen all wrapped in a rigid aluminum chassis.
It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port
There is no need for a Surface Connect port now that Thunderbolt 3 is becoming ubiquitous amongst mid-range to high-end laptops and tablets. There is nothing that Microsoft can't do with the more universal Thunderbolt 3 port that they are already doing with the expensive proprietary Surface Connect port.
Lenovo Yoga C940-15 display is brighter than every HP Spectre laptop thus far
The HP Spectre series consists of ultra-thin flagship laptops and convertibles to represent the best that the manufacturer has to offer for consumers. Nonetheless, all models thus far have been lacking in one particular area.
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Review: The 14-inch Consumer Convertible to Beat
Is it worth spending a few extra Benjamims for the 4K display over the cheaper FHD option? Aside from a meaurable cut in battery life, the 4K SKU brings both deeper colors and a brighter display.
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 15 W500 now shipping with 48 GB of RAM and it's already out of stock
The redundantly named ProArt StudioBook Pro will have some of the highest specifications in the ultra-thin mobile workstation space. Expect to pay at least $4000 USD for this professionally-tuned system.
Chuwi UBook detachable shipping this month with an Intel N4100 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB storage for $350
The Chinese Surface Go clone will be live before the end of 2019 with extra hardware features not found on the Microsoft version. The UBook follows on the footsteps of the larger UBook Pro which was designed to be a Surface Pro clone.
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH Convertible Review: The XPS 15 2-in-1 Dell Should Have Made
After making several Yoga C900 subnotebooks for years, Lenovo is ready to expand the lineup to include larger 15.6-inch sizes. The Yoga C940-15 sacrifices little in terms of performance and chassis quality especially for a convertible.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 Core i9 gets consistently outperformed by the MSI P65 Core i9
After the horrid Core i9-8950HK performance of the 2018 MacBook Pro, Apple's implementation of the Core i9-9880H on its latest 16-inch MacBook Pro is a significant improvement. Nonetheless, the competing MSI P65 and the larger GE75 are able to run the same Core i9 CPU consistently faster.
More manufacturers have been omitting the 'Max-Q' GeForce name from official listings and it's getting annoying
When you're spending $1000 or more on a gaming laptop, you're going to want to know exactly what's inside. Official specs from manufacturers will often be so truncated that certain performance details regarding the GPU may be omitted.
New Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD targets content creators and enthusiasts
NVMe drives are expected to account for more than 75 percent of all new PCs by 2021 according to SSD Insights. More affordable NVMe drives like those in the WD Blue series will allow the technology to become more commonplace on cheaper laptops and tablets.
MSI should really remove the 'Factory Seal' sticker from some of its laptops
MSI G series laptops are generally easy to service and yet most of them have Factory Seal stickers on the bottom to discourage end-user upgrades. We think putting the sticker directly on parts of the motherboard instead would be a more user-friendly approach for gamers who like to tinker and upgrade.
Nubia Red Magic 3S display appears to be better calibrated than the original Red Magic 3
Aside from the move to the Snapdragon 855 Plus and faster UHS 3.0 storage, the Red Magic 3S doesn't introduce much else to the table. The display, for example, remains relatively dim compared to the competition at under 300 nits maximum even though colors are slightly more accurate this time around.
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2080 for Cheap
It may not have the sexy narrow bezels of the latest laptops, but the GE63 still comes equipped with one of the fastest Nvidia GPUs available and an ultra-smooth 144 Hz display with almost no ghosting.
HP ProBook x360 11 G6 Education Edition coming with Amber Lake-Y Core i3-10110Y and i5-10210Y in March 2020
HP School Pack software will come pre-installed alongside dual cameras, a webcam privacy shutter, touchscreen pen support, Wi-Fi 6, and BIOS-level security features to protect students.
Where are all these Walmart laptops coming from? Tongfang is the source
You can shop smarter by knowing where resellers like Walmart are getting their laptops. ODMs often sell the same white label laptop to multiple resellers who will then reskin and rebrand the laptop as their own. By shopping around different resellers, you can often find the exact same laptop under different names but at cheaper prices.
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17 Review: Chinese Laptop with Walmart's Name Slapped On
Walmart brand electronics may sound cheaply made at first, but this is the exact same laptop that many high-end resellers also offer including Maingear, Schenker, and Eluktronics.
Asus throwing in a free ZenFone Max M1 smartphone or $500 off the ROG Phone with each purchase of a new laptop
The limited time deal includes dozens of Asus laptops from the ultra-thin ZenBook series to the enthusiast ROG series. It's a nice incentive even if the smartphones aren't the latest ones on the block.
What will Google Stadia need to do to win you over?
Aside from the obvious input latency, Stadia has a long list of other issues ranging from its pay-per-title business model and quality of service. What can Google do to make Stadia a success?
Intel Core i9-9900KS for laptops runs slower than the Core i9-9900K
CineBench R20 results are about 10 percent slower than the Core i9-9900K despite costing $100 more. While our Eurocom Clevo sample shows good performance, the processor is ultimately held back by its high running temperatures of ~90 C even when at stock Turbo Boost speeds.
Nubia Red Magic 3S gaming smartphone will be $449 for this week only
The Red Magic 3 wants to prove that you don't have to spend $800+ on a high-end gaming smartphone. The latest model with the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and UFS 3.0 storage will be only $450 USD until December 3.
Eurocom Sky X4C Core i9-9900KS Laptop Review: Unlocked Desktop Processor in a Mobile Form Factor
The three-year old Clevo P751DM2 chassis is beginning to show its age. While the system can handle Intel's latest Core i9 CPU, it can't fully exploit the high Turbo Boost potential of the processor without running at temperatures well beyond 90 C.
Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 options
Why is it that the GE75 can be configured with up the GeForce RTX 2080 while the WE75 is limited to the Quadro RTX 3000? MSI may be pushing ultra enthusiasts into purchasing the higher-end WT75 instead where users can find the RTX 4000 and 5000.
MSI WE75 9TK Workstation Review: Core i7 with Quadro RTX Power
The MSI WE75 workstation is based off of the versatile GE75 chassis and yet it is missing many of the options found on the latter. What's here is great, but we know the WE75 is capable of housing more powerful components.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000 octa-core SoC promises 5G for the masses when it launches in 2020
The 5G SoC will support 90 Hz QHD displays, up to 16 GB of quad-channel LPDDR4x RAM, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, hexa-core AI processor, download/upload speeds of up to 4.7/2.5 Gbps, and more with the promise of faster performance than the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
Meze 99 Classic headphones offer strong audio with a hipster appeal
What can you expect from a pair of luxury headphones retailing for over $300? If you're looking for features, wireless, microphone support, and software, then these are not for you. If you want headphones that focus on nothing more than utmost comfort and superior audio quality, then the Meze 99 should be on your Holiday shopping list.
Asus ROG Strix III G731GU with Core i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 512 GB SSD is only $900 right now
One of Asus' newest flagship laptops is hundreds of dollars off this week to be one of the better gaming deals you can find before Black Friday. The narrow bezels make the 17.3-inch chassis smaller than it really is.
Nubia Red Magic 3S 90 Hz smartphone gets new Eclipse Black color for $480
The gaming-centric Android smartphone launched in gray, red and purple color options for a more striking visual appeal. Users who just want a simple black option have finally gotten their wish with the new subtle Eclipse Black color option.
Maingear Vector 15 Laptop Review: Gaming All-rounder
The Vector 15 is one of the few 15.6-inch gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics clocking in at under 2 kg. The portability comes at the cost of louder fans noise and a more flexible chassis design.
Walmart Motile M142 laptop with Ryzen 5 3500U, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display is only $380 right now
Meanwhile, the lesser-equipped Motile M141 with the Ryzen 3 3300U is only $280. These are some of the better laptop deals you can find if you can accept the weak hinges.
If Sony were smart, they would introduce an official Playstation 4 trade-in program to push Playstation 5 adoption rate
How great would it be to be able to trade-in your OG Playstation 4 for an instant $75 off the Playstation 5? A Sony-run trade-up program for existing PS4 owners could make the inevitably high launch price of the PS5 easier to swallow especially since the new console will be backwards compatible anyway.
Walmart Motile M142 Laptop Review: Pretty Good for $500
We never expect very much from laptops retailing for less than $500, but the Walmart Motile offers a surprisingly balanced experienced. Its AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5 CPU performs as fast as any Intel 9th gen Ultrabook in a chassis that doesn't feel hastily put together.
Razer teasing something new coming to London. Could it be another brick-and-mortar store?
Users may not necessarily want to purchase Razer devices on a whim, but walk-in stores in heavy trafficked areas help to gain exposure and to create a sense of community for the brand.
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 W700 with Quadro RTX 3000 graphics now shipping for $2000 USD
Leave it to a company who designs some of the most stylish gaming laptops to offer one of the best-looking mobile workstations yet. The ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 promises Xeon options, ECC RAM, and a 16:10 1200p display wrapped a Zephyrus-like chassis.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5
The Surface Pro 7 doesn't bring enough to the table to warrant a whole digit upgrade over the Surface Pro 6. Unless if you really value the integrated USB Type-C port or Iris Plus graphics update, last year's model will suffice.
Asus launches ProArt StudioBook Pro X workstation laptop with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics for a hefty $5000 USD
The 17-inch laptop integrates some unique features for a sleek mobile workstation including a ScreenPad, 16:10 1200p display, Xeon E-2276M, and a Quadro 5000 GPU.
Surface Pro 7 Core i5-1035G4 performance can throttle by as much as 27 percent to be slower than the Core i7-8565U
CPU performance can be all over the place on the Surface Pro 7 Core i5. When at its best, multi-thread performance will be most similar to the Ryzen 5 3580U on the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. But if at its worst, performance can be about 10 percent slower than the average Core i7-8565U.
Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on months-old broken graphics drivers
All those Iris Plus-related bug fixes Intel have been releasing over the past three months have yet to arrive on the Surface Pro 7 despite the fact that this is supposed to be Microsoft's latest flagship Windows tablet. Though we don't know when the update will arrive, Microsoft says they are working on a solution.
Frank Azor gets a successor: Vivian Lien becomes new VP of Alienware and Dell Gaming
Dell has found a new pair of eyes to help envision the future of Alienware and the direction it's headed. A larger Alienware presence in eSports, schools, and mainstream media seems likely for more widespread recognition of the brand.
New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years
The two-year old Surface Pro 5 offers essentially the same display experience as the latest Surface Pro 7 down to colors, contrast, brightness, response times, and more.
MSI GL65 with Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650 GPU, and 512 GB SSD is only $599 right now after rebates
The 15.6-inch MSI GL65 is one of the lighter gaming laptops in its size category due to its narrow bezel design and no-frills approach. Its GeForce GTX 1650 GPU can play the latest games at native 1080p and decent graphical settings without much of a hassle.
Chuwi UBook Pro Surface Pro clone has a brighter display than the actual Surface Pro
At a measured brightness of 868 nits on the center of the screen, the UBook Pro is nearly 90 percent brighter than even the Surface Pro 6. It's not everyday that a cheaper Chinese clone offers something better than the "proper" authentic version.
MSI Prestige 15 Core i7 is really fast, but expect high Core temperatures
As the first 15.6-inch MSI laptop with an Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, the Prestige 15 has some big shoes to fill. Performance and clock rate sustainability are good at the cost of high core temperatures stabilizing at ~95 C when under stressful processing loads.
Chuwi UBook Pro Tablet Review: The Microsoft Surface Pro Clone
The UBook Pro offers high-end looks with low-end performance for a mid-range price. If you can get past the slow Core m3 processor, then you'll find the super-bright 12.3-inch display and three USB ports quite useful when compared to the dimmer and pricier Surface Pro.
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC Laptop Review: One of the Best Dell XPS 15 Alternatives
Low-power Intel with low-power Nvidia work great together for anyone interested in a high-performance ultra-thin laptop. If MSI can address the throttling, then the Prestige 15 can give other popular 15.6-inch Ultrabooks from Dell, HP, and Asus a run for the money.
Chuwi holding a 48-hour sale on the UBook Pro, Hi9 Air, MiniBook, LapBook Plus, and more
The already inexpensive Chuwi laptops and tablets are now even cheaper by up to $60 USD. If you need a cheap Atom-powered laptop to hold you over or as backup, then these Chuwi products may be worth a look.
Umidigi Uwatch GT smartwatch with heart rate monitor and Bluetooth launching this December
The Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch promises 15 days of battery life, a plastic case, and a 240 x 240 resolution display for just under $80 USD.
Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?
It’s been two years since Apple introduced the iPhone X and three years since the iPhone 7. Consumers and media were having a cow about the end of headphone jacks as we know it and the eyesore of an asymmetric display. Now that everyone has had a couple of years to take it all in, do people still care about these quirks on their smartphones?
Dell will send a technician to your home to upgrade your Alienware Area-51m laptop for you
Having a laptop with removable and upgradeable graphics has its benefits. Dell will help you upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 without needing to replace your entire Alienware Area-51m system.
Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 with brand new SQ1 CPU and Adreno 685 graphics
Microsoft isn't giving up on ARM for Windows. Much like the semi-custom Ryzen processors for the Surface Laptop 3 series, the new 13-inch Surface Pro X tablet will use a custom SQ1 processor developed by Qualcomm.
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U Laptop Review: Faster Than The Core i5 XPS 15
After an impressive showing with the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1, the original XPS 13 clamshell deserves some love, too. Dell is putting the XPS 13 back in the spotlight with the Intel Comet Lake-U Core i7-10710U to be one of the first subnotebooks shipping with a full-fledged hexa-core ULV CPU.
Maingear Vector offers 144 Hz 1080p IPS display, Core i7-9750H CPU, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics for $1499
The Vector promises "unbeatable value" in the mid-range 15.6-inch gaming space. The chassis borrows heavily from the Intel white label chassis released just a few weeks ago but with a repositioned webcam and different dimensions.
Dell Black Friday deals starting today: XPS 13 for $799, 24-inch 144 Hz monitor for $99, Inspiron convertibles for $199, and many more
The month-long sale will stagger different products depending on the day. If you're in the market for a cheap monitor, television set, or Inspiron laptop, then a bunch of these deals are worth checking out.
Our first hexa-core Core i7-10710U benchmarks are in and they handily outperform both the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and Core i7-8565U - in most cases
Does a hexa-core U-series processor under a 15 W power envelope make sense? As anticipated, Turbo Boost performance is excellent during the first few minutes before clock rates inevitably fall over time. The dip in performance comes out to be about 15 to 25 percent on the Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U unit.
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz Laptop Review: Finally, a 17-inch 4K Display With Almost No Ghosting
The AU Optronics B173ZAN03.3 panel makes its debut on the Razer laptop to offer both faster refresh rates and faster black-white response times than any 17.3-inch laptop before it. The end result is a better 4K gaming experience than what other 17.3-inch laptops currently have to offer.
Razer Blade Pro 17 is the first laptop to do 4K UHD gaming right. Here's why
The new and elusive 17.3-inch 4K UHD 120 Hz AU Optronics display can only be found exclusively on the Razer Blade Pro 17 at the moment. We don't know when it will begin shipping on competing laptops, but we do know that it offers the best 4K UHD gaming experience on a 17.3-inch laptop due to its significantly faster response times and refresh rates than any existing 17.3-inch 4K UHD IPS panel. 17.3-inch OLED panels have yet to become widely available.
Old Toshiba Tecra A40 gets a facelift to the new Dynabook Tecra A40
Dynabook is promising up to 13 hours of battery life and an optional Dynabook USB-C Dock when the redesigned Tecra A40 becomes available in the coming weeks.
Watch out, OLED: Samsung bringing QLED Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex NT930X laptops in 2020
Samsung will launch the world's first QLED laptops early next year with the promise of 600-nit displays, Ice Lake, Wi-Fi 6, and GeForce MX graphics. LPDDR4x RAM will come soldered alongside an S Pen recess on the Galaxy Flex model.
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme promises to be the lightest and most powerful in its size class
The new 1000-nit display will be about two times brighter than the display of the XPS 15. FirstNet integration comes standard with optional Wi-Fi 6 and LTE to aid first responders with critical information.
Kingston KC600 SSD Benchmarked: More Reason to Ditch that Old HDD
Kingston is still invested in traditional 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs for users who have yet to upgrade to M.2 or NVMe. The new KC600 promises XTS-AES 256-bit encryption and 3D TLC NAND modules not unlike most M.2 drives.
Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 Review: Microsoft Can Do Better
The metal Surface Laptop 3 is the sleekest Surface laptop yet and its implementation of AMD Ryzen is one of the better examples in the Ultrabook space. Unfortunately, almost everything else feels outdated.
The Ultimate Ryzen 5 3580U vs. Ryzen 3500U and 3700U CineBench Comparison: Almost All Alike
Microsoft's semi-custom approach to Ryzen isn't really any better than the best Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 7 3700U laptop you can buy in terms of performance. It's certainly good and comparable to the Core i7-1065G7 in some respects, but benchmarks for the Ryzen 5 3580U show it to be nothing special.
Expensive Asus Zephyrus laptops tend to ship with single-channel memory only
It's a common cost-cutting maneuver for budget gaming laptops that most high-end gaming laptops offer as standard. Retailers and resellers often neglect to mention the mode or how many RAM slots are available on product pages.
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU Laptop Review: $1800 for Single-Channel RAM
The Zephyrus M GU502GU starts at the same price as the Razer Blade 15 with the same CPU, GPU, and 144 Hz display. It becomes difficult to recommend the Asus when the Razer alternative is both smaller and more rigid while offering essentially the same level of gaming performance.
Skip the Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model and just go for the older GeForce MX150 model instead
The best part about Ice Lake is that some older Whiskey Lake models have become great deals. Not only is the MX150 model cheaper and graphically superior, it's also thinner. Ice Lake CPU performance is only marginally faster than the i7-8565U in the last generation model while being 30 to 35 percent slower or more than the GeForce MX150. The Core i7-1065G7 CPU advantage doesn't outweigh the GPU disadvantage by a long shot.
More problems yet again: Surface Laptop 3 suffers from backlight bleeding, pulse-width modulation, and DPC latency issues
Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop only started shipping last week and we're already seeing some issues with our review unit. If you're sensitive to onscreen flickering or are planning to use the Microsoft notebook for audio streaming or editing, then you may want to skip this model.
Velocilinx Boudica Collection of colorful keyboards, headphones, and mice target hardcore gamers
The Boudica offers a bright visual experience with per-key RGB lighting and additional strip lighting across the edges of the keyboard. It's a lot of flash for not a lot of auxiliary ports or features considering the $120 USD asking price.
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Laptop Review: The Cheaper GeForce MX150 is Faster
Razer has jumped in on the 10 nm Ice Lake bandwagon to exploit the new power-efficient Intel Iris Plus GPU. While the resulting performance is where we expect it to be, the $1500 starting price makes this a tough buy when the less expensive Blade Stealth GeForce MX150 version is the better gaming machine.
Kingston launches KC600 series for users still stuck on 2.5-inch SATA SSDs
The 3D TLC 2.5-inch SSDs will range from 256 GB up to 2 TB with AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, TCG Opal 2.0, eDrive, and optional desktop installation bracket kits. The 256/512 GB capacities are now shipping while the 1/2 TB SKUs will come at a later date.
MSI GF65 9SD Laptop Review: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for under $1000
The GF65 replaces last year's GF63 by introducing new Nvidia Turing GPU options, new display options, a larger cooling solution, and faster wireless. The narrow bezel chassis design remains unchanged.
Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change
Microsoft had the cojones to put both AMD and Intel on its flagship Surface series. In contrast, other OEMs offer AMD options only for their lower-end to mid-range product families. The Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are comparable enough to the Core i7-8565U and even Core i7-1065G7 to be treated on equal ground on flagship laptops.
MSI WP65 workstation is mostly a reskinned GF63 or GF65
Both the MSI GF63 and WP65 are budget laptops in their respective categories. If you plan on purchasing one or the other, it'll be good to know that they share the same chassis design but with slightly different aesthetics.
Nintendo Switch Pro could be using the new Nvidia Tegra X1+ chip for up to 25 percent faster performance with potential for AI upscaling
The Nvidia Shield TV is about to get a processor upgrade - will the Nintendo Switch be next? The new Tegra X1+ will likely be using the same underlying architecture as the original Tegra X1 for an easier transition to Nintendo's handheld should the company decide to adopt the more powerful processor.
Intel Eluktronics MAG 15 laptop with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut and Cooler Master MasterGel offers just marginal temperature improvements when gaming
Expect CPU and GPU temperatures of 80 C and 74 C, respectively, when running games on the Eluktronics MAG 15 equipped with Thermal Grizzly and Cooler Master thermal pastes. The MAG 15 retails for less than the Schenker XMG Fusion 15 even though they both carry the same chassis.
MSI WP65 9TH Laptop Review: For Professionals on a Budget
The WP65 is a decent alternative to the entry-level Dell Precision 3000 series or the HP ZBook 15v series. However, core workstation users will find a lot of missing features on the WP65 when compared to most other mobile workstations.
Alienware m15 R2 is limited to 16 GB of RAM or just half of the cheaper Dell G7 15 7590
You don't have to pay top dollar for an Alienware when Dell's own G7 15 7590 can be configured with the same Core i9 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, and 4K UHD OLED display for about $200 to $300 less.
Razer Blade 15 gets a pink makeover; will the Blade Pro 17 be next?
The Blade 15 Quartz Pink Base Model is now shipping with a GeForce RTX 2060, 144 Hz IPS panel, and 512 GB SSD for just under $2000 USD. Unfortunately, you won't be getting per-key RGB lighting as it will feature a single-zone RGB backlight instead.
Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD Benchmarked
Kingston wants to drive the price down for NVMe SSDs without having to sacrifice performance along the way. The A2000 series looks to have achieved this especially when compared to budget NVMe SSDs like the Toshiba BG3 series.
The Ultimate Core i7-1065G7 and Ryzen 7 3700U/2700U CineBench comparison: How does Intel Ice Lake hold up against 15 other AMD Ryzen laptops?
It takes more than just one or two laptops or one or two scores to call a verdict like so many articles tend to do. We compare the Ice Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with at least a dozen other AMD laptops in a CineBench stress test to see which laptop comes out fastest. Interestingly, results are mixed and even closer than what you might expect.
Asus ROG G531GT with Core i7-9750H, GTX 1650 graphics, and 512 GB SSD is only $700 right now
Asus' budget-midrange Strix G series laptop is $300 off for high performance-per-dollar. Its GTX 1650 GPU is comparable to the GTX 1060 in DX11 titles and up to 15 percent faster if on DX12.
Dell G7 15 7590 Laptop Review: Alienware Performance for Less
Dell advertises its G7 15 as a mid-range gaming machine and a step below the enthusiast Alienware series. In reality, the latest G7 carries many of the same configurable options as the latest Alienware including octa-core Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2080 options.
Dell quietly updates its Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition series with Intel 10th gen CPUs and Thunderbolt 3
The smaller 13.3-inch Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 Black Edition has also gotten the same Comet Lake-U treatment albeit with the Core i5-10210U processor instead. The CPU update directly addresses one of the main drawbacks of the Inspiron 2-in-1 series which was its lack of Thunderbolt 3 compatibility.
Dell's cheapest gaming laptop has a few good things going for it
The easy upgradeability of the Dell G3 15 3590 means you can buy the cheapest configuration available and then simply upgrade the storage and RAM yourself to save on costs.
To all Dell XPS 15 9575 and Kaby Lake-G owners: You're fine, Intel will continue to support the platform for another few years
Intel may be axing its AMD-powered chipset for good, but that doesn't mean it won't be stopping driver support for any existing Kaby Lake-G PCs already in the market. The blue chipmaker plans to support the platform for another few years even after all shipments have stopped.
Ice Lake-powered Razer Blade Stealth now shipping for a hefty $1800 USD
Announced earlier last month at IFA 2019, Razer will now be taking orders for its latest Blade Stealth refresh and it's going to cost you quite a bit. The Base Ice Lake SKU starts at $1500 USD while the GTX 1650 Max-Q version will be $1800 to $2000 if configured with a 4K UHD touchscreen.
Dell G3 15 3590 Laptop Review: Inexpensive with Easy Upgrades
The G3 series is home to Dell's most affordable lineup of entry-level gaming laptops. This latest iteration gets the job done well for the price even if it doesn't do very much to buck the trend commonly associated with budget gaming machines.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Core i7, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB RAM is now $400 off after rebates and gift cards for a limited time
The high launch price of $1650 for the Core i7 XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 is now just ~$1200 after taxes, discounts, and gift cards. The Dell convertible is notable for being the first to ship with Intel's new Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 CPU and also one of the few convertibles with a 16:10 display.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7-1065G7 Review: Faster Than Any XPS 13 Before It
With mobile AMD Ryzen finally catching up to Intel's long-running ULV Core U series, all eyes have been on Ice Lake and Comet Lake-U to see how Intel would respond. Pressure has been on Dell to knock it out of the park with its second generation XPS 13 2-in-1 especially since it is the first to ship with the Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7. The flagship convertible mostly succeeds with a few caveats.
Walmart exclusive Motile laptops now shipping with THX spatial audio, 1080p displays, and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U for only $600
Walmart has partnered with THX to offer an inexpensive laptop powered by the latest mid-range AMD Ryzen CPUs. The model sports both narrow bezels and an aluminum chassis which are uncommon features at this price range.
Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake can run Doom at 1080p and Destiny 2 at 720p... sort of
With some heavy tweaking and field-of-view reductions, Doom and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep can run at a locked 30 FPS in some scenarios. Still, we recommend at least a GeForce MX150 if you intend to play such intensive titles regularly.
Origin PC ships its PCs in cool wooden crates
If you've ever been the unlucky recipient of a damaged box due to careless handling or shipping, then the cushioned wooden crate option from Origin PC has got you covered.
No HDMI or Thunderbolt yet again: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is being stingy on connectivity and now it's really starting to show
Be prepared to carry around a bunch of adapters if you plan on buying the latest Surface Laptop. The newest models haven't improved upon one of the weakest aspects of the Surface Laptop 2 series to make alternatives like the Dell XPS series, HP Spectre series, or Asus ZenBook series appear more versatile.
MSI GL65 9SEK Laptop Review: Much More Portable than the GL63
The GL65 is a huge upgrade over the GL63 in terms of visuals, weight, performance, and size. On the other hand, other key aspects like battery life, ports, brightness, and display quality have barely changed at all. This $1500 mid-range gaming machine can sometimes feel like a budget gaming laptop at times.
Latest Asus ZenBook 15 is proof that we could use more laptops with both ULV Core U CPUs and GeForce Max-Q graphics
While we aren't expecting to see any laptops with both the Core i7-8565U CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, we could argue that the Core i7-8565U or any other ULV Core i7 CPU would pair very well with an entry-level Max-Q GPU like the GTX 1650 Max-Q. OEMs like Asus and Razer have already been investing in such Ultrabook-Gaming hybrid laptops.
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero wireless headphones are super comfy and big on macro features
The enthusiast headphones will work on consoles and PCs alike and will come with one full year of Tidal Premium for a limited time. The manufacturer is promising 30 hours of battery life with its 50 mm Nanoclear speakers.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534F Laptop Review: Look Like an Ultrabook, Play Like a Gamer
The Zenbook 15 is one of the very few laptops equipped with an Intel U-series CPU and a GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU for an impressive level of gaming performance relative to the compact chassis size. It strikes an excellent balance between the portability and long runtimes of a traditional Ultrabook while offering enough GPU power to play the latest games at 1080p. ScreenPad 2.0 looks crisper and feels smoother than before, but its associated price premium remains a tough sell.
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model
The new convertible has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 13 percent smaller footprint than the 2018 model. It's also slightly thicker with a larger cooling solution in order to accommodate the more graphically capable Core i7-1065G7 CPU.
That embarrassing realization when the Core i9-9880H has outperformed every Core i9-9980HK laptop thus far
The slowest laptop with the Core i9-9980HK is the Dell XPS 15 7590 which the Core i9-9880H can outperform by as much 25 percent. If you're out looking for the "ultimate" Core i9 performance on mobile, the i9-9980HK offers only a marginal boost over the fastest i9-9880H laptop in the best of scenarios.
Chuwi LapBook Plus only $370 USD for a limited time, is now the cheapest 4K laptop available
Chuwi's least expensive 4K laptop gets even cheaper with a sizable price cut and a free carrying bag for the first 200 orders.
Does a laptop with both the Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus and GeForce MX250 make sense for gaming? We give our early thoughts
You'll probably want to stick to the GeForce MX150/MX250 over the Iris Plus if you want to game. Though they may be close on paper, Nvidia GPUs benefit greatly from having more frequent driver updates and a dedicated pool of resources and they are just simply more reliable and predictable in their performances. Intel is going to have to step it up in terms of driver support if it wants to compete against the low-power Radeon Vega RX series or the GeForce MX series.
Gaming laptops are becoming less attractive because of Google Stadia and external graphics cards
It's becoming more difficult to justify carrying around a laptop with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics when you can simply harness that power from the cloud or an external GPU docking station. Alternatives like eGPUs and game streaming services will make conventional gaming laptops a hard sell in the near future.
The Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i5 is quieter, brighter, and almost two times longer-lasting than the XPS 15 7590 Core i9
Other differences include a pulse-width modulation of 1020 Hz an even warmer CPU temperature of 85 C on the slower Core i5 IPS configuration. DPC latency issues continue to be present on both the Core i5 and Core i9 SKUs.
Improving Twitch livestreams with AI: Nvidia finds another nifty use for its GeForce RTX graphics cards
Nvidia is boosting the value of its GeForce RTX series with new features designed specifically for online social gamers. By utilizing the Tensor cores of its RTX GPUs, a normal webcam will be able to detect, track, map, isolate, filter, and augment faces in real-time for streaming or video chatting.
Dell XPS 13 7390 now shipping with Intel Comet Lake-U for $979; hexa-core Core i7-10710U options coming October 1st
Be one of the first to own an XPS laptop powered by Intel's Comet Lake-U CPU series. The XPS 13 7390 is expected to be the first consumer Ultrabook available with a hexa-core processor, but it'll likely cost you north of $1800 USD.
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 MK1 Laptop Review
The latest 14-inch Toughbook addresses many of the shortcomings of last year's model while retaining compatibility with all last generation accessories.
Five weird gaming laptop features that we're probably never going to see again
Remember AMD Dual Graphics, Acer FrostCore, or the Lenovo UltraBay? We look back at some of the failed features that major OEMs have tried pushing onto their gaming laptops.
SK Hynix Gold S31 SSD Benchmarked
If you're in the market for an inexpensive 2.5-inch SATA III SSD, then the new SK Hynix Gold S31 should do the trick. The 250 GB version starts at just under $50.
Asus Fail: Official ZenBook 15 product page has a bunch of careless errors
(Update: All fixed!) Asus could definitely be a little more careful next time around. According to the ZenBook 15 UX534 product page, the "ZenBook 16" will have a MicroSD reader and a Thunderbolt 3 port that could potentially fool the average consumer.
New 4K UHD 120 Hz display option coming first to the Razer Blade Pro 17 for $3699
You'll no longer have to choose between resolution and refresh rate soon enough. 4K laptop displays with fast refresh rates are finally here for both ultra-smooth movements and crisper images. Previously, panels with native 120 Hz, 144 Hz, or 240 Hz native refresh rates were limited to a native resolution of only 1080p.
No RTX? No Problem — Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti Base Model Laptop Review
The GTX 1660 Ti is only marginally slower than the RTX 2060 in raw GPU horsepower while retailing for hundreds less and it manages to outperform the fastest Blade 15 Pascal configuration. Some hidden drawbacks like the slightly less accurate display and slower CPU performance detract only little from the overall experience.
We've tested 15 gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics thus far and the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the fastest
On the bottom end of the spectrum is the Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9 which offers approximately 20 to 30 percent slower performance than the Razer despite carrying the same GPU by name. Power consumption, however, is also highest on the Razer system.
ZenBook on Steroids: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Laptop Review
Asus' latest ScreenPad Plus makes the Apple Touch Bar look like child's play. The unlocked Core i9 CPU, GeForce RTX graphics, 1 TB Samsung SSD, and soldered 32 GB of RAM are hefty specifications that come with an equally hefty chassis and price.
HP Elite Dragonfly is a beautified EliteBook x360 1030, will offer features missing on the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
The Dragonfly convertible will differ from your typical gray EliteBook by its blue chassis designed to attract attention and breathe new colors to the Elite series. Expect availability in the weeks ahead since this Athena-certified system will run on the Intel 9th gen series instead of 10th gen.
Mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is 20 to 25 percent slower than desktop version: A closer look at mobile RTX and desktop RTX
Don't buy a laptop with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics if you want to maximize performance-per-dollar. The cheaper mobile GTX 1660 Ti is only about 5 percent slower than the mobile RTX 2060 while retailing for hundreds less. The mobile RTX 2060 can be up to 25 percent slower than the desktop RTX 2060 compared to "only" 10 to 15 percent between the mobile RTX 2070 and desktop RTX 2070.
HP's weird Spectre Folio 2-in-1 with Core i7-8500Y and 256 GB SSD now on sale for $750
The experimental leather-aluminum premium netbook looks and feels like no other Ultrabook, but its disadvantages at launch have all but buried the system. Best Buy is offering decent discounts on the first generation Spectre Folio to suggest that HP may be ready to unveil a second generation model soon.
Weekend Discussion: Would you care if your next laptop had no 3.5 mm audio jack?
Our 'Weekend Discussion' series asks questions and "what if" scenarios to our readers about how they use their smartphones, laptops, or other portable devices with the intention of encouraging insightful discussions. For this week, we want to know how you would feel about potentially losing the 3.5 mm audio jack on your next Ultrabook purchase.
Double Trouble: HP Omen X 2S 15 Laptop Review
Like Asus, HP is convinced that two screens is better than one. While the second screen on the Omen X 2S 15 is definitely crisper than what the Asus VivoBook S15 has to offer, be prepared for a lot of glare and potential brightness issues.
5 Things to Do After Purchasing a New Laptop
So you made the jump and just spent $1000 on a fresh new laptop. Here are the five first steps we think you should take to better protect your purchase and make sure you get everything that the laptop has to offer.
Intel's first white label gaming laptop now available for $2200, will be adapted by resellers like Maingear, Schenker, and Eluktronics
Our full review on the promising Intel chassis will follow in the weeks ahead. Intel thinks it can out-design gaming veterans like MSI, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte, and Clevo with its very own chassis that we will be eager to put to the test.
MSI launches Prestige PS341WU 34-inch HDR600 5K monitor, costs the same as the Apple stand after rebates
Although well-known for its curvy LED-heavy gaming monitors, MSI wants to prove that it can still design sleek no-frills monitors for professionals, too. The 34-inch Prestige PS341WU is expected to ship on September 16 with a $200 promotional rebate lasting from now until September 29.
Hot Ice: Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3 Laptop Review
Dell's latest XPS convertible is unlike most Ultrabooks or convertibles we've tested this year simply because it checks off a long laundry list of uncommon features: Ice Lake-U, MagLev keyboard, vapor chamber, 13.4-inch touchscreen, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The result is a travel-friendly convertible with one of the brightest and most well-calibrated displays we've seen for its category. Unfortunately, you'll have to give up some upgrades along the way that may impact longevity.
Razer Blade Pro 17 vs. Gigabyte Aero 17: Gigabyte is Catching Up
Although the concept of gaming-professional hybrid laptops isn't new, the advent of Nvidia Studio has accelerated the adoption and selection of such high-performance models. Existing laptops designed for professionals like the Gigabyte Aero series have been getting more exposure as a result. This comparison will show what features the gaming-professional Aero 17 has to offer when compared to a "pure" gaming laptop from Razer.
Razer Blade 15 just got $400 cheaper, now shipping with a new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti option
The price of entry for Razer laptops has always been on the high side. The new entry-level GTX 1660 Ti SKU should make it a little easier for users to pull the trigger by dropping the minimum price of a 2019 Blade 15 from $2000 to $1600 USD.
The Area-51m mini-me: Dell Alienware m15 R2 Laptop Review
If you've ever wanted the 17.3-inch Alienware Area-51m desktop replacement but wished it was smaller, then the 15.6-inch Alienware m15 R2 should fit the bill. The new model is a complete design overhaul of last year's Alienware m15 R1 that unfortunately feels more like a lateral step sideways instead of a big leap forward.
Gaming on 25 W Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake-U can be up to 42 percent faster than 15 W version according to Intel
If you're a light or casual gamer, Intel wants you to consider its 25 W Ice Lake-U Core i7-1065G7 with Iris Pro Graphics instead of dedicated GeForce MX graphics or AMD's integrated Vega series. We'll have to see ourselves in a few weeks through real-world retail units if Intel's claims are reproducible.
New Razer Blade Stealth to offer the biggest leap in graphics for the series ever, will come with Ice Lake Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics
It's more than just a simple Ice Lake update that everyone was expecting. The refreshed Blade Stealth will launch in September-October to be Razer's first ever Stealth laptop equipped with GeForce GTX graphics. The jump from GeForce MX150 to the GTX 1650 should offer a massive ~150 percent increase in graphics horsepower albeit likely with shorter battery life in the process.
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR Laptop Review: This is a *Really* Good 17-inch Laptop
Gigabyte has just created one of the best 17.3-inch laptops in the market for both professionals and gamers alike. The system packs almost everything you'd want in an ultrathin package including both long battery life and high graphics performance - an uncommon combination.
MageDok 15 Portable Monitor Review
The crowdfunded-Indiegogo MageDok portable monitor feels solid to the touch with a strong chassis design. Almost everything about the actual display, however, is a letdown at this early development stage.
Razer hinting at a new "world's first" Blade laptop set for IFA 2019
Razer is teasing another Blade laptop set to be unveiled on September 4th. Could this be the redesigned Blade Stealth powered by 25 W Intel Ice Lake-U Iris graphics?
Acer Labor Day sale takes 20 percent off new monitors, Aspire, Predator, Triton, and Helios laptops sitewide
If your PC or monitor is in need of an upgrade, you may as well browse Acer's catalog of electronics for a decent discount ending in just a few days.
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV RTX 2060 Laptop Review - Not that Much Better than the G731GU GTX 1660 Ti
Can't decide between the Asus ROG G731GV with GeForce RTX 2060 or G731GW with GeForce RTX 2070? The G731GW offers 19 percent faster gaming performance without impacting temperatures for $400 more than the G731GV.
Razer Blade Stealth with GeForce MX150 and 16 GB of RAM is now $500 off and finally at a decent price
The Blade Stealth is the fastest laptop we've tested with GeForce MX150 graphics and now it costs about the same as most other Ultrabooks with no dedicated graphics at all. If you're in the market for an Ultrabook with more graphical oomph, then it may be worth considering the Razer.
Gigabyte is totally overlooking a small but important detail on its Aero 15 and Aero 17 laptops
RGB lighting is great and all, but it's not very useful if it doesn't light up each and every key symbol. There's no reason why secondary fn key symbols on flagship Gigabyte laptops should be unlit even after two years in the market.
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 (Clevo PB51RF, Core i9, 4K OLED) Laptop Review
The Nightsky RX15 is one of the few narrow-bezel 15.6-inch laptops offering unlocked Core i9-9980HK CPU options. Meanwhile, its OLED option makes the system competitive against the Razer Blade 15, Alienware m15, and Gigabyte Aero 15 which all have similar OLED features.
Dell and Google teaming up for Latitude 5300 and 5400 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise Edition
Ever wanted a Chromebook with 1 TB of internal PCIe storage and 32 GB of RAM? Dell has re-purposed its existing Latitude 5300 2-in-1 and 5400 laptops into Chromebooks designed for developers and businesses to accelerate Chrome OS adoption in the commercial space.
Gigabyte Aorus 17 coming this September with unlocked Core i9, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and OMRON mechanical switches
The OEM is claiming it to be world's first laptop with OMRON mechanical key switches. The new Aorus 17 will contrast the last generation Aorus X7 series by being thicker in order to incorporate additional features and performance options.
Like a Dell XPS 15, but more insane: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo with two 4K screens, GeForce RTX graphics, and unlocked Core i9 CPU now shipping for $2999
The flashy and eye-catching dual-screen laptop doubles down on the ScreenPad concept for both creators, multimedia users, and gamers alike. With so much hardware and displays to power, however, don't expect battery life to be so kind to travelers.
Two-story Razer retail store opening in Las Vegas just in time for CES 2020
Next year's Consumer Electronics Show just got a bit more interesting.
Asus celebrates 30th anniversary with an 18-carat plated limited edition ZenBook 13 laptop
The white ZenBook 13 will sport a special Star Trek-like rose gold logo on its outer lid for a price of $1399 USD to be the most luxurious ZenBook model Asus has ever released.
MSI Modern 14 with Core i5-10210U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and GeForce MX250 GPU now available for $899
The budget-midrange professional laptop will begin shipping on September 10 with 5.7 mm thin bezels, 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Intel's latest Comet Lake-U CPU. Initial SKUs will not carry Core i7 options.
Razer CEO appears in Bloomberg interview, posts $48 million in losses, $357 million in revenue, 30.3 percent growth YoY, and explains the infamous toaster
Razer still hasn't broken even yet with Min-Liang Tan pointing his fingers at scaling and new investments as core contributors. The company continues to grow in terms of revenue and is looking at cloud gaming as a potential "fourth pillar" to accompany Razer's existing hardware, software, and services.
Dell XPS 13 7390 will be the first subnotebook with 6-core Core i7 Comet Lake-U options when it launches this September
Intel Comet Lake-U will allow <14-inch subnotebooks like the XPS 13 to carry processors with 6 physical cores. The system will launch within weeks of the Ice Lake-powered XPS 13 2-in-1 for a starting price of $900 USD. Visually, there will be no changes between the XPS 13 9380 and XPS 13 7390.
Dell Inspiron 13, 15, and 17 7000 2-in-1 series with Core i7-10510U Comet Lake launching this week
The convertible laptops will be one of the first to carry the Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U CPU. USB Type-C Power Delivery and Thunderbolt 3 will come standard on SKUs powered by Intel 10th gen processors.
Affordable Dell Inspiron 13, 14, and 15 5000 series refreshed with Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10110U up to the Core i7-10510U
The Comet Lake Inspiron 5000 series will perform very similarly to the pricier Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 series but without the convertible 360-degree hinges. Oddly enough, USB Type-C will only be available on SKUs with dedicated GeForce MX230 or MX250 graphics.
Dell Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 3000 series will get Comet Lake-U starting at just $390
Want Intel's latest mobile CPU without breaking the bank? The entry-level Inspiron 3000 series will be refreshed with the same quad-core Intel 10th gen processor options as the upcoming XPS 13 7390. SKUs will launch this week in EMEA with a North American launch to follow in early September.
The Inspiron 14 7000 7490 is Dell's latest and most XPS-like laptop yet in both looks and features
The upper mid-range offering will come with a Core i7-10510U CPU, GeForce MX250 GPU, WWAN, WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 3, Intel Optane H10, FHD touchscreen, soldered RAM, and a new magnesium alloy chassis that takes a lot of visual cues from the flagship XPS lineup.
The Dell XPS 13 9390 does not exist. Here's why
Dell has been slowly leaving behind its last generation XPS 9380 and XPS 9570 series by renaming its successors the XPS 7390 and XPS 7590 instead, respectively. The change may seem confusing at first glance, but it makes sense when looking at Dell's mobile lineup as a whole.
HP offering one-year of Mobalytics free to League of Legends players just for trying out Omen Command Center
If you're a League of Legends player and have been curious about Mobalytics, then you can give it a shot free-of-charge for one year by downloading an upcoming version of Omen Command Center.
AMD Ryzen CPU options coming to the HP Pavilion Gaming laptop series for the first time ever
The upcoming late 2019 model will be 4 percent thinner (23.5 mm vs. 24.5 mm) with 28 percent larger heat pipes than the 2018 model. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H should offer a performance level similar to the Core i5-9300H but for hopefully much less.
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15 (Clevo PB51RF) Laptop Review
Clevo is getting better at creating more visually attractive gaming laptops without sacrificing the core performance advantages that the series is known for. We only wish that it could be easier to service.
Dell XPS 15 7590 OLED Power Consumption Measurements: White Can Be Almost Two Times More Demanding Than Other Colors
Because of the way OLED works, it may be worth changing white backgrounds to something darker especially if your commonly used applications or web pages are predominately white. At the most extreme, white at maximum brightness will consume almost 14 W more than if the screen were only black.
SK Hynix launches new Gold S31 SuperCore series of inexpensive consumer SATA III SSDs
The Gold S31 utilizes all in-house components from its built-in DRAM, firmware, and NAND Flash to be a "full" SK Hynix product. Although exclusive to the U.S. for now, additional M.2 PCIe models are expected to arrive for both North America and Europe sometime next year.
C-Force CF015C Portable Monitor Review
The 15.6-inch CF015C 4K UHD portable monitor is sleek and lightweight for easy carrying. Unfortunately, it relies on a clunky external hub and several cables to actually work.
Finally, Asus ZenBook 14 SKUs with AMD Ryzen 3500U and 3700U options are coming
AMD's mobile Ryzen series is slowly but surely making its way up onto higher-end Ultrabooks. The less expensive ZenBook 14 UM433DA will offer Ryzen Zen+ processors for a similar level of performance to the more expensive Intel Whiskey Lake-U series.
Origin PC EVO16-S (Clevo P960RD) Review: A Rare 16.1-inch Gaming Laptop
Ever wanted a gaming laptop but felt that a 17.3-inch display might be too big and a 15.6-inch display might be too small? Then this high-power 16.1-inch Origin PC EVO16-S should fit the bill.
Win a Razer Blade 15 Studio, GeForce RTX Titan, or 2080 Ti graphics card through Nvidia's Project Sol contest
If you're an amateur or professional Unreal Engine 4 user, then this contest was made just for you. Nvidia wants you to play around with its ray-tracing assets and create something fun for a chance to win prizes ranging from $1000 to over $3000 USD in value.
Lepow USB-powered Portable Monitor Review
The lightweight and narrow bezel 15.6-inch portable monitor has an attractive design with a high quality feel when held. The actual display, however, is reflective of the inexpensive price point.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping as alternatives to the Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15
Asus is one step closer to equipping its entire laptop portfolio with its innovative ScreenPad technology. The 14-inch ZenBook UX434 15 and 15-inch ZenBook 15 UX534 will each cost about $1400 with discrete graphics options ranging from the GeForce MX250 to the GTX 1650 Max-Q.
Intel NUC gaming Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon on schedule for 2020-2021 launch according to new leak
The next generation Intel mini PCs will purportedly drop Kaby Lake-G and Radeon graphics in favor of 9th gen Coffee Lake-H, Tiger Lake-U, and dedicated Nvidia Turing graphics with a custom vapor chamber cooling solution. The non-gaming Frost Canyon and Quartz Canyon NUCs are expected to launch in between the gaming NUCs.
Power Overwhelming: Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1650 OLED Laptop Review
The XPS 15 is back with new Core i9 options, new GTX Turing graphics options, and new 4K UHD OLED options. We test the highest-end configuration of the XPS 15 7590 to see what the latest series can offer when it's supposedly at its best.
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options
It's a tough call between OLED and IPS if you're a gamer. While the former allows for deep and accurate colors, the latter offers faster refresh rates for smoother and more responsive movement. Eurocom will let you choose between OLED or IPS with only a relatively small price difference between them.
This will be the new 10th gen Intel Core sticker on the next generation of Ultrabooks
Athena-certified laptops in particular will be the first to ship with this identifier to differentiate them from standard Ultrabooks. Intel will be pushing for a new category of Ultrabooks sporting 10th gen Core CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, and very long battery life as the bare minimum.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Laptop Review: An Excellent Alternative to Intel
The entry-level Inspiron 15 5585 sports the latest AMD Ryzen CPU with great results across the board. Graphics performance in particular is a leap ahead of the Intel UHD Graphics series that should satisfy casual gamers of Fortnite, Rocket League, and other undemanding titles.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 available for pre-order this week, will be first Athena laptop to market
Prices start at $979 with an expected ship date of September 9. Dell will start accepting orders on August 8, 9 AM EST sharp for its second generation XPS 13 2-in-1. Exact prices and SKUs will all be revealed by morning for the Ice Lake-powered and vapor chamber-cooled convertible.
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060 Laptop Review: How does it Compare to the RTX 2080 Max-Q?
The Blade Pro 17 has the fastest GeForce RTX 2060 we've tested thus far to be just 25 percent slower than the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Perhaps not coincidentally, it also costs about 25 percent less than the Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU.
Toshiba XL-FLASH storage promises DRAM-like speeds at cheaper prices
Acting as a hybrid between NAND and DRAM, Toshiba XL-FLASH may eventually make its way to SSDs and even NVDIMM to be a cost-efficient storage solution for future high-performance servers and workstations.
Chuwi at its Best: Chuwi MiniBook Netbook Review
The Chuwi MiniBook is surprisingly a well-balanced and versatile netbook with its respectable system performance, bright 1080p touchscreen, and selection of ports. The unorthodox keyboard layout and twitchy mouse button will take some getting used to.
Samsung Galaxy smartphones with AMD Radeon graphics could be coming in 2021
Gaming smartphones are about to get a lot more serious in a couple of years. Samsung has confirmed that its first AMD-powered SoCs are tentatively planned for a 2021 reveal. A potential Galaxy smartphone with Radeon graphics could give it a huge performance edge against competitors.
Asus ROG G703GX with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics is $600 off right now, costs less than a Razer Blade Pro 17
While full-power GeForce RTX 2080 laptops don't come cheap, this limited-time deal on Asus' most powerful gaming laptop makes it one of the least expensive in its category. The $2400 price point is several hundred dollars cheaper than competing systems from the MSI GE75 series or the Acer Predator series.
Asus ROG Strix G GL531GV Laptop Review: Like a Zephyrus, but Cheaper
Asus' Republic of Gamers lineup just got a lot bigger. The Strix G GL531 adds a splash of customizable LED colors to the series without impacting the overall performance we've come to expect from a gaming laptop. Fan noise when gaming could still use some improvement.
Our first Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 benchmarks are in and they outgun the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
AMD has reasons to worry. Intel Ice Lake represents the biggest leap in performance for the Core U series since Kaby Lake-R in 2017. Our preliminary numbers reveal significant GPU gains over the old UHD Graphics 620 while maintaining a 15 W envelope. Meanwhile, the higher-end 25 W Core i7-1065G7 will be even faster than the Zen+ Ryzen 7 3700U on all tested accounts.
GeForce RTX 2060 is only 5 to 10 percent faster than the GTX 1660 Ti on laptops
Unless if you plan on exploiting DLSS or the ray-tracing capabilities of the GeForce RTX 2060, then there's little reason to own an RTX 2060 laptop over a GTX 1660 Ti laptop especially from a performance-per-dollar perspective. The gain in raw graphics potential is minor at under 10 percent compared to the larger price markup.
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 vs. MSI GF75: Sacrificing portability for cooler and quieter gaming
If you're in the market for an entry-level gaming machine, the Pavilion Gaming 17 costs about the same as the MSI GF75 and yet it offers faster gaming performance at measurably quieter and cooler temperatures overall. However, the MSI is significantly lighter and thinner.
PSA: Laptopmedia charges $5 USD for a calibrated laptop display profile. We offer them for free
You don't need to spend any money if you want your laptop display to be more color accurate despite what other websites may suggest. For the most color accurate display, you would have to calibrate your own laptop individually. If that is not possible, then you can apply our own calibrated ICC or ICM profiles.
Asus TUF FX505DD with Ryzen 5, GeForce GTX 1050, and 256 GB SSD is only $550 right now
These Asus TUF laptops just keep getting cheaper. The similar TUF FX705 and FX505 with Ryzen 7 and faster GTX 1650 graphics are also on sale for $600 to $700 USD likely for a limited time. These are Asus' latest budget models unveiled at CES 2019.
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 Review: Finally, a Quiet Gaming Laptop
The Pavilion series isn't exactly home to HP's best laptops and yet the Pavilion Gaming 17 is one of the better gaming laptops we've seen from the manufacturer thus far. The system is surprisingly quiet and even sleek considering its price range.
Origin PC gets bought out by Corsair, will now preload iCUE software on all systems moving forward
The Miami-based custom PC builder just got supplier leverage and an injection of resources with the help of Corsair. Expect to see more Origin PC systems equipped with Corsair components coming soon.
Not worth your time: The average Intel Core i7-9750H is just 6 percent faster than the Core i7-8750H
If you already own a Core i7-8750H laptop or are planning to upgrade from an older model, don't even bother with the 9th gen Core i7 series. The raw performance benefits are as minor as they can get between the two generations based on the 25+ 9th gen Intel laptops we've tested thus far.
The Asus ScreenPad makes so much more sense than the Apple Touch Bar
Having a 5.65-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display is innately more useful than the unusual aspect ratio and resolution of the Apple Touch Bar. The Asus ScreenPad is the better option if you just want to get more things done.
ScreenPad 2.0 Debut: Asus VivoBook S15 S532FL Laptop Review
Asus' second stab at a touchscreen-touchpad hybrid is head and shoulders above the first generation ScreenPad on last year's ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 in terms of usability and display quality. A few hurdles remain including the impact on battery life, grainy matte overlay, and poor viewing angles.
Huawei's best MateBook laptops are $200 off from now until August 14
Huawei really wants to clear stock of its 2018 laptops and tablets. These high-end MateBook systems will probably be the closest Windows laptops you can get to a MacBook without actually getting a MacBook and running Boot Camp.
SteelSeries giving away Arctis Pro headsets, Apex keyboards, Rival mice, and other accessories all week
The Denmark-based gaming brand wants your social media clicks in return for a chance to win some of its gear. Its grand prize consists of $400 USD of fancy PC accessories with RGB lights galore.
The small NumPad and Arrow keys on most laptops are a joke
If you rely on NumPad and Arrow keys, then you've probably already discovered that these keys are almost always smaller than the main QWERTY keys on most laptops. The resulting experience is noticeably spongier, more cramped, and usually a pain to use when compared to a proper desktop keyboard. Large 17.3-inch laptops are especially guilty of these smaller keys despite having the space for full-size key caps.
One of the only laptops ever with Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics is on sale right now for $1300
Performance will be just shy of a $2000 laptop with Intel Core i9 and RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics but for significantly less money. This 17.3-inch Acer Predator desktop replacement throws efficiency out the window for raw power.
OLED HP Spectre x360 15 with GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics purportedly coming soon
Having a Max-Q GPU makes a lot of sense considering the form factor of the chassis. The quiet update also adds new 9th gen Core i7 CPU options and a 4K UHD OLED panel that will likely be the same Samsung panel as found on the current Razer Blade 15, Gigabyte Aero 15, and Dell XPS 15 7590.
An LED Light Show: Asus ROG Strix G GL731GU Laptop Review
Asus' latest upper mid-range gaming laptop is big on performance and visual flare, but it misses the mark when it comes to serviceability. The unique LED lights shouldn't come at the expense of features that users would have otherwise had.
A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles
Meanwhile, the rest of us peasants are twiddling our thumbs with pretzels and outdated magazines.
Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey
If you thought you were crazy covering your laptop webcam with paper, you're not alone. A continent-wide survey conducted earlier this year has revealed that nearly 80 percent of respondents would rather just turn off their webcams to avoid fears of hacking. Women in particular are more worried about their laptops being compromised and are more likely to tape over or disable their webcams.
Thin is in: MSI GF75 Thin 9SC Laptop Review
While the GTX 1650 is an excellent upgrade over the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti, we can't say the same about the Core i7-9750H over the Core i7-8750H. Be prepared to spend $1200 for a budget gaming laptop with the performance level of an older GTX 1060.
MSI laptop with Core i9-9880H outperforms Asus laptop with the exact same processor by 25 percent
If you're in the market for a Core i9 laptop, you may want to skip the Asus Strix Scar III G531GW for the larger MSI GE75 9SG in order to get the most of what the Core i9-9880H can offer. The same CPU in the MSI is able to maintain faster clock rates for longer for a not insignificant performance advantage.
Asus Strix G GL531GU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 120 Hz display, and 512 GB SSD is only $900 right now
In comparison, the older MSI GL63 with a Core i7 CPU but same GTX 1660 Ti graphics retails for $1100 USD. The Walmart sale prices the newer Asus Strix G aggressively for GTX 1070-level performance at just $899 USD.
Razer wants you to know that 10 million computer mice weigh about the same as 8 blue whales
For today's useless fact, Razer has sold about 1,050,000 kg worth of Deathadder mice to be its most successful accessory to date. The Deathadder is the manufacturer's least expensive mouse at $50 USD.
Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop with Core i7, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 128 GB SSD is only $699 right now
The relatively inexpensive 15.6-inch laptop offers over 6 hours of real-world WLAN use, a secondary 1 TB HDD, and a GPU powerful enough for 1080p gaming.
Chuwi Black Friday Amazon Prime sale knocks 25 percent off the HeroBook, AeroBook, and Hi9 Pro
From July 15 to July 16, these already cheap Chuwi devices will be even cheaper from $111 to $399 as part of Amazon Prime Day. Chuwi is notable for offering very inexpensive laptops and tablets that tend to work best as secondary or backup PCs.
Lenovo laptops with the Ryzen 7 3700U run 58 percent faster than HP laptops with the exact same processor
An HP facepalm. Of the four laptops we've tested so far with AMD's latest Zen+ CPU, the two HP models perform noticeably slower than the two Lenovo models because of better temperature and clock rate management on the latter systems according to our own findings.
What happened to the EVGA SC laptop series? A hiatus is likely
While EVGA is staying quiet on the matter, we're willing to bet that its short-lived laptop series suffered from too high of a launch price, not enough user interest, and generally sluggish sales throughout its one-year lifespan in the market.
Latest Monster Hunter World update brings Nvidia DLSS support to PC
DLSS left a sour taste in gamers' mouths with its average image quality results at launch. Here's hoping that this latest implementation has addressed those concerns to make it a desirable alternative to the tried-and-true TAA or FXAA.
MSI's most powerful gaming laptop GT76 Titan DT now shipping for $3999
At over 9 pounds heavy and 1.6-inches thick, the MSI GT76 doesn't pretend to be thin or light. This self-proclaimed 'desktop killer' promises a Core i9-9900K CPU overclocked to 5.0 GHz kept cool by 11 heat pipes, a polished copper block, and an aluminum die casting alloy.
$439 Chuwi LapBook Plus uses the same BOE 4K UHD panel as the $1599 Lenovo Yoga 730 15
Chuwi shows it's possible to offer a similar 4K UHD visual experience as a big name brand for a fraction of the price. You'll just have to sacrifice almost everything else along the way.
Enter here to win a Steam key for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Leave a comment on our Facebook post and we'll declare a winner at random by July 21st — no strings, "likes", or "follows" attached. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is essentially two full-priced Borderlands games in one with nearly all of their accompanying DLC packs.
Toshiba Dynabook Portege A30 gets a surprising 2019 refresh
Toshiba will be dipping its toes back into the mobile business world with the budget Portege A30 designed to take on the Lenovo ThinkPad E series, Dell Vostro series, and the HP ProBook series.
Toshiba Portege X30 and Tecra X40 are coming back to the United States with updated SKUs
After being MIA for a couple of years, both the professional Portege X30 and Tecra X40 business laptops will be available once again in the U.S. later this year. Changes will be largely internal including to move to Whiskey Lake-U and Wi-Fi 6 to be more competitive in a market dominated by Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere
(Update: Cursor bug fixed.) Having a tough time choosing between the Blade 15 IPS or Blade 15 OLED? We go over the core visual advantages and disadvantages of each to give a better idea of what you can expect.
Lenovo Yoga 730 convertible with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $583 right now
You'll be hard-pressed to find another brand new 2-in-1 laptop with the same Whiskey Lake-U processor and multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports as this Lenovo for under $600. The Yoga 730 is certainly something worth considering if you've been on the fence for a worthwhile convertible especially at this price point.
A 4K Laptop For $440: Chuwi LapBook Plus Review
It's got the looks of a $1000 Ultrabook but with the performance of a $100 netbook. There's a good reason why you don't see many Intel Atom laptops with 4K UHD displays in the market; they are an imbalanced pairing.
Get 3 months of XBox Game Pass when you buy an AMD Radeon graphics card or Ryzen processor
Join the Microsoft Game Pass beta on PC when it launches on July 9th. AMD will throw in a three-month subscription if purchasing a last generation GCN graphics card or 2nd generation Zen processor.
Razer Blade 15 OLED battery life and power consumption comparison: Bigger differences than expected
IPS vs. OLED: The difference between minimum brightness and maximum brightness on an OLED display could be as much as 15 W compared to about 5 W on a typical IPS display. On the other hand, the difference could be as small as 2 W to 3 W when displaying dark-colored web pages.
These Asus Armoury Crate power profiles don't make much sense
Balanced = High Performance? These counterintuitive Asus power plans are more confusing to use than the default Windows Power Options menu. We go over how all these power plans relate to one another and why some may be superfluous.
No Intel Required: Asus TUF FX505DT Laptop Review with Ryzen 7 and GeForce GTX 1650
As it turns out, mid-range Nvidia GPUs pair very well with AMD's latest Ryzen H-series of CPUs. Asus is doubling down on even more Intel-less gaming laptops that gamers on tight budgets ought to consider.
Will the GeForce Super series eventually come to laptops? Probably not
The higher power requirements of the GeForce Power series reduce the chances of it debuting on gaming laptops in the near future. Very few existing chassis designs are able to support something as demanding as the 250 W RTX 2080 Super especially when considering that the standard mobile RTX 2080 is just 80 W to 150 W.
OLED not needed: AOC launches Agon AG251FZ2 TN monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response times
Response times for TN or IPS panels have gotten so fast now that one of the main advantages of OLED is beginning to fade. These new AOC Agon monitors target professional gamers who need the super-fast response times and refresh rates that OLED just can't offer yet.
Asus will give you $150 to $350 for your old GeForce or AMD graphics card if your next purchase is an Asus
Your old GeForce GTX 750 Ti or GTX 960 graphics card could be worth £125 towards the purchase a brand new GeForce GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti from Asus. Unfortunately, the claim terms will make it a little difficult for many to trade in.
Cheaper XPS 15 alternative: Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD
A feature that was once $1500+ in 2018 can now be had on a laptop just half the price. The Asus VivoBook S15 S532 offers two screens to boost productivity and multimedia playback while supporting specialized apps and hotkeys to enhance the user experience.
Eurocom Nightsky RX17 (Clevo PB71RF) Laptop Review
The mid-size Nightsky RX17 offers high-end gaming performance as one would expect from a Eurocom product. Unfortunately, it drops the one feature that makes other Eurocom gaming laptops so appealing to enthusiasts and tinkerers.
Not worth it: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H is only 4 to 8 percent faster than the Ryzen 5 3550H
While raw performance is comparable to a Core i5-8300H as designed, the Ryzen 7 3750H offers almost no tangible benefits over the Ryzen 5 3550H. The performance differences are so incredibly minor between the two SKUs that AMD could have just launched with one SKU only to make life simpler.
Opinion: PC makers need to step it up and create quieter gaming laptops
We're tired of gaming laptops sounding like hair dryers. While performance has been steadily increasing over the years, fan noise has remained about the same no matter how "sexy" or "exotic" the latest chassis designs may be. It's about time for PC makers to cook up something truly revolutionary in laptop cooling.
MSI strikes back: Razer Blade Pro 17 vs. MSI GS75 9SG RTX 2080 Max-Q Edition
While the Razer Blade 15 is arguably the better buy over the MSI GS65, the same can't be said for the Razer Blade Pro 17 and the MSI GS75. If you travel and type as much as you game, then the GS75 will cover all your bases a little better.
The Wi-Fi of charging: Ossia Cota will allow you to recharge your smartphone while walking around the house
The FCC has given Ossia the green light to begin installing Cota in industrial and commercials sites. Devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops can be recharged without any AC adapters much like how Wi-Fi has replaced RJ-45 in certain applications.
Dell Prime Day slashes $200 off the XPS 15 9570 and $700 off the Alienware m15 with Core i7 CPU
Starting July 1st, Dell will be rolling out deals for its Inspiron, XPS, Alienware, Vostro, Precision, and G Series of PCs to piggy back on the success of Amazon Prime Day. Many of the price cuts are for older models in order to make room for the new models revealed at Computex 2019.
3DMark Advanced Edition is now only $4.49 for a limited time to accompany new PCIe 4.0 feature benchmark
Despite Intel giving PCIe 4.0 the cold shoulder, UL Benchmarks has gone ahead with the launch of its PCIe bandwidth benchmark. The minute-long test is a synthetic scenario and even the creators of the test recognize that modern PC games are unlikely to be limited by the PCIe bandwidth.
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X390 Yoga Alternative
For a 13.3-inch business convertible, it nails all the right wireless connectivity features including optional Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and LTE-A. However, it's still a tad on the heavy side when compared to other convertible subnotebooks in its size class.
A Truly Portable 15-inch Monitor: Odake BladeX Pro 4K UHD Review
There's almost no excuse to not have a secondary display anymore. The Odake BladeX makes adding a display even easier no matter where you might need it including at the office, on the couch, or even on the plane.
Hot hot hot: Razer Blade AC charger is the warmest we've ever recorded for a gaming laptop
At 67 C when gaming, you better make sure the AC adapter is not around anything sensitive. The very small and compact design of Razer's 230 W charger appears to have a noticeable impact on the surface temperature of the adapter as it runs much warmer than what we're used to seeing.
Asus giving away ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook 14, ROG Phone and more to celebrate its 30th birthday
A prize pool of over $16000 USD will be spread across 30 products for 30 lucky winners in North America. Try your luck by following Asus on one of several social media sites each week from now until July 23rd.
The MSI GT76 has an insane number of heat pipes for a laptop
The GPU and VRAM alone eat up six heat pipes whereas many competing 17.3-inch gaming laptops may have just three or four heat pipes total shared between the CPU and GPU. If you're looking for a laptop with actual overclocking abilities, then the GT76 will be the one to beat.
Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD is only $490 right now
Now that mobile Zen+ Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U processors are shipping, laptops sporting the last generation Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are about to get a lot cheaper. The Acer Aspire 3 with Ryzen 7 offers nearly the same performance of an Intel-powered flagship Ultrabook for less than half the price.
Honor reveals global availability and prices for the Honor 20 and the U.S. is not included
Early adopters will get a free Honor Watch, Bluetooth speaker, backpack, or Flypods wireless earbuds with every purchase of an Honor 20 depending on region. Users in North America will have to resort to imports since Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei.
So much better than before: Razer Blade Pro 17 Laptop Review
It may have took Razer a few tries, but they've finally crafted a nearly perfect Blade laptop and one of the best gaming laptops for its size category. This latest Blade Pro iteration drops the inessential features of previous generations for a lighter, smaller, more efficient, and more streamlined gaming experience that everyone — and not just Razer fans — can appreciate.
The aging Tegra X1: why Nvidia won't let go of its four-year old processor
Nvidia has narrowed the scope of its Tegra X1 SoC to so few products that the processor has almost no competition to speak of anymore. Nvidia can afford to hold out on a proper successor for longer since the Shield TV console and Nintendo Switch are essentially tied to the Tegra family.
MSI giving away AM4 motherboards, Radeon VII graphics cards, and Steam gift cards in celebration of AMD's 50th anniversary
From now until the end of next week, a total of 12 grand prize winners will get an MSI X470 motherboard, Radeon VII graphics card, or 27-inch Optix FreeSync monitor. Users must follow MSI on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to be eligible for the prizes.
HP EliteBook 735 G6 and 745 G6 coming with 2nd generation Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U options
The processor upgrade will being the AMD-powered business laptops more in line with their Intel Whiskey Lake-U counterparts in terms of raw performance. Both subnotebooks will begin shipping this month for a starting price of about $1000 USD each.
Huawei MateBook D with Ryzen 5 and 256 GB SSD is only $500 right now
Not turned off by Huawei's turbulent business practices? Many of its products have been getting cheaper and cheaper to attract more eyes. The latest is the entry-level MateBook D Ultrabook now retailing for about half the price of a flagship alternative while offering nearly the same performance.
Dell G7 17 7790 (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review
The latest mid-range gaming laptop from Dell incorporates features from both the entry-level G3 series and the higher-end Alienware series. Even so, the system is relatively heavy and even heavier than the 17.3-inch Alienware m17 by several hundred grams.
There is a huge CPU performance difference between Balanced and High Performance modes on the Razer Blade Pro 17
Strangely enough, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is set to Balanced mode by default instead of High Performance. The problem is that High Performance mode offers significantly faster CPU clock rates than Balanced mode and it's not entirely self-explanatory on how to set the system to High Performance mode. Users must rely on the Razer Synapse software and not the Windows Power Options menu that we're all already familiar with.
Razer makes a handy dandy visual guide to its family of mechanical switches
We can now more easily compare the actuation forces, actuation points, and travel distances for each of the four types of mechanical switches designed by Razer. Gaming keyboards with Razer mechanical switches include the Huntsman and BlackWidow series.
OLED isn't all it's cracked up to be just yet. Here's why
For smoother scrolling and fast motions, IPS is still the one to beat. IPS panels are getting better and better every year especially in terms of refresh rates where OLED is still limited to 60 Hz. Jumping from 60 Hz to 144 Hz or 240 Hz is a tangible upgrade even for untrained eyes.
Alienware m15 P79F (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, OLED) Review
OLED is amazing, but it's not the holy grail of display technologies. A few key disadvantages outside of the pricier MSRP mean there are still good reasons to choose IPS depending on your usage scenario.
Huawei to cut price on the MateBook 13 down to $800 amidst trade war woes
Huawei's losses could be your gain if you're in the market for a high-end Ultrabook at low-end prices. For only two weeks, both the Core i5 MateBook 13 and Core i7/MX150 MateBook X Pro will each be $200 off.
Intel doesn't think PCI Express 4.0 is a big deal and has the numbers to prove it
After some tests and number-crunching, Intel has concluded that the theoretical bandwidth for PCIe 3.0 x16 (126.4 Gbps) and even PCIe 3.0 x8 (63.2 Gbps) will be more than sufficient for 4K UHD HDR gaming at 144 FPS.
Odake BladeX is an insanely thin and portable 15.6-inch 4K UHD external monitor
The external monitor will have 1080p touchscreen and 4K UHD options with USB Type-C charging and an internal battery as standard. Hopefully, its specifications and performance will match the sleek narrow bezel chassis.
HP wants to help doctors with the EliteBook 840 G6 Healthcare Edition
According to HP, 45 percent of ransomware attacks affected healthcare organizations and 2018 was a record-breaking year for healthcare data breaches. The company will be offering a super-secure EliteBook 840 G6 designed specifically for healthcare institutions to alleviate some of these concerns.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 will be even thinner than last year's model, sport up to 4K OLED touchscreen and Quadro T2000 graphics
The second generation refresh is set to be the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch workstation Lenovo has ever offered when it launches later this month for $1950. Nvidia Quadro Turing will replace last year's Pascal offerings.
Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and P73 looking to be huge graphical upgrades over the previous generation
Launching before the end of Summer, both the 15.6-inch ThinkPad P53 and 17.3-inch ThinkPad P73 can each be configured with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics for desktop-class performance. NVMe SSDs and three-year manufacturer warranty will come standard across all configurations.
Entry-level Lenovo ThinkPad P43s and P53s coming this Summer with refreshed hardware and a new look
The 14-inch ThinkPad P43s and 15.6-inch ThinkPad P53s balance performance with both mobility and price in contrast to the "world's fastest" ThinkPad P53 and P73 alternatives. The P53s will be both thinner and lighter than its 2018 P52s counterpart when it launches before the end of July.
Intel Ice Lake-U promises up to 16 percent better FPS in Overwatch than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
The Intel Gen11 GPU is also expected to outperform the Radeon RX Vega 10 by 4 percent and 11 percent in Rocket League and World of Tanks, respectively. Since Ice Lake-U laptops have yet to launch, however, AMD still has the chance to update its drivers to try and close the narrow performance gap.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA now shipping with 4x more RAM than the Dell XPS 13 for the same price
The Asus price cut may be small, but it definitely puts the competing XPS 13 in an awkward position. Users who want the most bang for the buck without sacrificing weight or design can consider the ZenBook 13 UX333FA at its new price of $900.
CNet whines about angry YouTube commenters, proceeds to disable its own comments system about said whining
The CBS-owned tech outlet has a beef with how YouTube gamers and influencers are "riling up the crowd" with their rants and negativity toward game publishers.
Asura Genesis Xtreme M.2 NVMe SSD vs. Samsung SSD 970 Pro
The Asura SSD is a high-performance storage drive designed for desktop PC builders looking for more visual flare out of their machines. It's also one of the first NVMe SSDs to incorporate a casing that doubles as LED lighting and a heat sink.
MSI takes jab at Apple's $999 monitor stand on Twitter, nails it
Let's face it - the Pro Stand will probably still sell like hotcakes, but that won't stop competitors from having their fun with the ridiculous comparisons. The 34-inch 5K MSI monitor retails for $1299 with an actual display and stand compared to Apple's anemic offering.
Razer Blade 15 vs. MSI GS65 RTX Edition: Sorry MSI, but Razer has the edge yet again
Slightly cooler, slightly quieter, slightly smaller, and slightly faster — the little things all add up for a more favorable experience on the Razer Blade 15.
Asus Zephyrus G GA502DU with Ryzen 7 3750H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is only $999 right now
You'd be hard-pressed to find a gaming laptop that's as thin and attractive as the GA502DU for under $1000 USD. The rare combination of a Ryzen CPU with a GeForce Max-Q GPU can offer even better performance than the mobile GTX 1060 in DX12-based titles.
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG (i7-9750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review
MSI has refreshed its eye-catching GS65 with faster graphics, faster processors, faster refresh rate, and an enlarged touchpad for more comfortable use. At $3000, however, we wouldn't expect anything less.
Hands-on with the hands-off Dell ExpressSign-in unlock feature
The world's first laptop PC with a proximity sensor makes Windows Hello even easier to use. The Dell-exclusive feature lets you initiate Windows Hello by simply walking in front of your laptop instead of needing to push a key to wake the system.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 10 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q when running DX11 games
The findings are based on 3DMark Fire Strike averages taken from almost two dozen laptops equipped with GTX and RTX Max-Q graphics. The Turing series is better optimized for newer DX12 games where the performance benefits are much greater.
The Walmart Overpowered 15, CUK Model Z, Origin PC RTS EON15-S, and CyberPowerPC Tracer III are all essentially the same laptop
These 15.6-inch gaming systems - and potentially more - are based on a white-label Tongfang design. You can purchase the cheapest option and still end up with the exact same laptop at the end of the day.
CUK Model Z (i7 9750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Tongfang GK5CQ7Z Laptop Review
The Model Z integrates almost everything you'd want from a thin gaming laptop including the latest Intel 9th gen CPU, GeFoce RTX GPU, 144 Hz narrow bezel display, easy serviceability, and even a per-key RGB mechanical keyboard all for under $2000 USD. Just don't expect long battery life or very quiet fans.
Nvidia RTX Studio could spell trouble for the long-running HP ZBook, Dell Precision, and Lenovo ThinkPad P series
Why can't professional workstations look more like ultra-thin gaming laptops? RTX Studio will kick-off a new generation of sleek professional laptops that are expected to appeal to younger CAD users and digital artists who may not want the thick and visually anemic ThinkPad, Precision, or ZBook laptops of old.
Asus TUF FX505DY laptop with Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX 560X is only $600 right now
The all-AMD gaming machine is a rare sight to behold and it has already become one of the cheapest in its entry-level category. Expect the Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX 560X to perform about the same as any competing laptop with Core i5 and GTX 1050 graphics.
OnePlus has the weirdest Twitter challenge right now involving drinking straws and suction
The smartphone maker wants to be the next Ice Bucket Challenge by encouraging users to record themselves sucking water from one cup with a straw and then delivering it to another cup. The purpose, apparently, is to demonstrate the difference between UFS 2.1 and UFS 3.0 storage technology.
One RGB customization software to rule them all: Razer Chroma will now encompass 25 additional brands
Finally, we will no longer need separate RGB customization software for our Lian Li PC case, MSI keyboard, ASRock motherboard, AMD CPU fan, or Zotac graphics card. Razer Chroma will support all these manufacturers and more.
Asus X571 is a cheaper alternative to the ZenBook 15 series
Find the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 too expensive? The 15.6-inch X571 will be Asus' powerful multimedia laptop designed for users on a budget. It will carry Intel 9th gen Core H-series CPUs and a discrete GTX 1650 GPU compared to the slower U-series CPUs as found on most thinner ZenBook alternatives.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU (Ryzen 7 3750H, GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review
The Zephyrus G GA502DU wants to redefine what a budget gaming laptop should be. Its rare pairing of an AMD H-series CPU with an Nvidia GeForce Max-Q GPU is something we wish could have happened years ago. It offers a superbly balanced gaming experience at 1080p30 or 1080p60 in a chassis the size of a flashy flagship all at an affordable price.
Winter is coming: Asus Zephyrus laptops will be getting a new icy blue coat of paint
Much like the lighter Mercury White and Gray color options for the Razer Blade and Alienware, respectively, Asus will soon be offering Glacier Blue for a select few of its thinner gaming laptops. The Taiwanese OEM is hopeful that the brighter color can help attract a wider audience to its Republic of Gamers series.
Next generation Asus Zenbook UX334, UX434, and UX534 will double down on the touchpad-turned-ScreenPad
After a year-long hiatus, the ScreenPad will be returning in spectacular fashion with the promise of lower power consumption, higher native resolution, larger screen size, and more features for both users and developers to exploit.
Asus ROG G703 will use patent pending liquid metal thermal paste process, promises 13 C cooler temperatures
Asus is ready to ship laptops with liquid metal thermal paste and the initial results have us excited. The cooler temperatures will lead directly to quieter, lighter, or thinner laptop designs from future ROG laptops.
7 nm MediaTek Helio M70 SoC with Cortex-A77 set to arrive on smartphones by Q1 2020
The Helio M70 will be the most advanced SoC yet from MediaTek with its integrated 5G and new AI processing unit for enhancing and de-blurring pictures. The chip will power the next generation of "new premium" smartphones retailing in the $500 to $600 USD range.
Intel pushing new Wi-Fi 6 routers from various manufacturers to boost adoption rate
Want to be an early adopter of Wi-Fi 6? One of these four Intel-backed 802.11ax routers should do the trick. In truth, however, most home users will have no immediate reason to upgrade until more Wi-Fi 6 routers become available at cheaper prices.
These are all the Athena 1.0 laptops Intel just announced for 2019
The four laptops guarantee at least 9 hours of Internet browsing at 250 nits, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, 1 second or faster resume times, Thunderbolt 3, at least 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB NVMe SSD, AI-enhanced performance, and three-sided narrow bezels with far-field voice recognition.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED already available with 4K UHD and 512 GB NVMe SSD as standard
Well, that was fast. Online retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the latest 2019 Aero 15 merely 24 hours after it was made public. The OLED system is notable for its high specifications even at the base level with its 4K UHD display being standard across all SKUs.
MSI GP65 and GP75 will bring narrow bezels, RTX graphics, and per-key RGB lighting to the affordable series
Flagship features are beginning to waterfall to entry-level models. MSI's budget-friendly GP series will be getting an overhaul both inside and out for a leaner look and a more advanced set of options.
Mobile Nvidia Quadro T2000, RTX 3000, 4000, and 5000 to debut on the upcoming Dell Precision 7740
Nvidia Quadro launches are generally quieter and more discreet when compared to their GeForce counterparts. Expect the next generation of mobile Turing-based Quadro GPUs to appear first on the latest Dell Precision laptops this July to supplant the long-running Quadro Pascal GPUs.
Dell G3 15 3590 full-refresh with i5-9300H, Optane, and GTX 1660 Ti options launching this month for a starting price of $800 USD
The 2019 redesign introduces Intel 9th CPUs, GeForce GTX 16 GPUs, RGB keyboard backlight, and 144 Hz display options targeted at gamers on a budget. Single and dual storage options include Intel Optane or secondary HDDs.
Why is it called the XPS 15 7590 and not the XPS 15 9580? Dell explains
Dell is throwing a curve ball this year to how it is naming its 2019 XPS 15. To the average consumer, however, the change may be a little confusing. The new 7xxx series will directly succeed the older 9xxx series even though the first digit is lower in order to align the XPS series with the 7xxx Inspiron, Vostro, Latitude, and Precision families.
Alienware m17 R1 is barely six months old, gets completely refreshed with even thinner Alienware m17 R2
The higher-end SKUs will utilize 8-phase and 6-phase graphics and processor regulators, respectively, with the promise of better performance sustainability. The new chassis is 11 percent thinner than the Alienware m17 R1 while weighing about the same. Optional Tobii eye-tracking returns alongside a narrower "chin" bezel.
2019 Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 is a treasure trove of world firsts
Vapor chamber, MagLev keyboard keys, Eyesafe 16:10 DCI-P3 touchscreen, Gorilla Glass 5, and Intel Ice Lake with Iris will be just a few of the unique innovative features coming to the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 when it launches in less than two months.
Worried about eyestrain from blue light? Eyesafe has an in-display solution for the latest Dell laptops
The technology adjusts the wavelength of blue light at the source and then performs the necessary color correction to reach the original gamut of the panel. The end result is a display that automatically reduces "harmful" blue light without impacting colors or requiring special filters or glasses from the end user.
New Dell Alienware m15 R2 is essentially a miniaturized Area-51m
It hasn't even been a year since the 2018 Alienware m15 and now a redesigned Alienware m15 R2 is ready to hit the market. The new chassis sports a similar honeycomb-inspired ventilation design as the Area-51m but in a smaller and tighter package that we've come to expect from an ultra-thin gaming laptop.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED redesign with improved cooling system
Update: Prices and availability now online. The new look is not just sharper and sleeker, but also cooler with a special focus on improved ventilation and display quality. Expect both white and black color options at launch.
Gigabyte Aero 17 is finally here with 240 Hz FHD and 4K UHD HDR options
The upcoming 17.3-inch system will be just 0.2 inches thicker and 0.8 pounds heavier than the new Aero 15 with a different set of display options. Most core configurable options will be the same between them.
Hipsters are going to love the 2019 HP Envy Wood series made of authentic natural wood
Why use aluminum-magnesium alloy or carbon fiber materials when you can use wood? The HP Envy Wood series will have palm rests and touchpads made of real walnut and birch wood inlays across the entire 13-inch to 17-inch range.
HP ZBook 15 G6 and ZBook 17 G6 coming with "world's first" 100 percent DCI-P3 display and Quadro RTX 5000 graphics
The ZBook family of mobile workstations is home to some of the most configurable professional systems in the market. The 2019 refresh will get Quadro RTX GPUs, Intel 9th gen CPUs, and a more color accurate panel not found on any other 17.3-inch workstation currently available.
How Intel wants to change the future of Ultrabooks with Project Athena
Core i5/i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, 1080p touchscreen, three-sided narrow bezels, and 9+ hours of web browsing will all eventually be standard on your next Ultrabook in Intel's vision of the near future. The chipmaker will work directly with OEMs down to the component level to ensure a more seamless Ultrabook experience especially when outdoors and running on battery power.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 and EliteBook x360 1040 G6 will have "world's only" 1000-nit displays
The 2019 refresh will have faster wireless, faster 4G LTE, and new SureView Gen 3 and 1000-nit panel options. In comparison, most flagship Ultrabooks top out at only 400 to 600 nits for inferior outdoor visibility. HP is claiming it has the "world's only outdoor viewable display" for a 14-inch laptop.
HP Elite x2 G4 detachable will be over two times brighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The gen-to-gen changes will have plenty of internal updates ranging from security to additional CPU options, display options, and 4G LTE options. HP is claiming its Elite x2 G4 will be the "world's first business detachable with an integrated privacy screen" via Sure View.
Ice Lake-powered Ultrabooks with adaptive sync displays are in the works
Much like Nvidia and its G-Sync technology, Intel will integrate its own adaptive sync technology to its upcoming Ice Lake Iris SKUs. The chipmaker says we can expect Ice Lake laptops with adaptive sync displays to be available within the next year. Such models would not require an Nvidia GPU.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD is only $675 USD right now
The sale is expected to end very soon. Avoid the appalling Core M3 SKU as this Core i5 SKU will provide immensely faster performance and with double the RAM for just $75 more.
Acer ConceptD 7 mobile workstation wants a piece of the Quadro RTX 5000 pie
Acer's high-end mobile workstations will no longer be limited to GeForce graphics. The series mysteriously launched with no Quadro Pascal options, but now we know why: the manufacturer was simply holding out to prepare for the inevitable Quadro Turing just a few months later.
Dell Inspiron 13 7390 and 7590 2-in-1 have magnetic "pen garages" for housing the stylus
The recess is in between the hinges along the bottom edge of the display to more safely secure the pen when traveling or not in use. The approach allows for a full-size active stylus that can offer a better and more comfortable grip when compared to most Lenovo or tablet pens.
Razer and Quadro together: The Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will be Razer's first mobile workstations with Nvidia RTX 5000 graphics
The announcement comes on the same day as Nvidia's official reveal of the mobile Turing Quadro RTX family of GPUs for laptops. The two Razer Studio Edition workstations will cater to professional users who may want extreme performance from a chassis that is thinner and lighter than most workstation laptops in the market today.
Razer could be teasing a Mercury White Blade Pro 17
Why is there no Blade Pro 17 in Mercury White when the Blade 15 has the option? Razer's official Facebook page is suggesting this may all change soon come Computex 2019.
A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H strikes hard against the Intel Core i5-9300H
The 12 nm 35 W Ryzen 7 3750H is essentially on par with the 14 nm 45 W Core i5-8300H and even i5-9300H in terms of multi-threaded performance. Now, all that's left is for more OEMs to adopt the Ryzen H-series so more budget-conscious or mainstream gamers can benefit from the generally less expensive AMD parts.
Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is only $630 USD right now
Budget gaming laptops don't have to cost $1000. With Computex 2019 right around the corner, retailers are now offering heavy discounts on last generation SKUs to make room for newer models. The best part is that these older processors are still able to offer nearly the same performance as the latest generation hardware.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5584 (i7-8565U) Laptop Review
It's uninteresting, uninspiring, and unimaginative. To users looking for a budget no-frills laptop, however, this probably sounds perfect. The Inspiron 15 5584 comes standard with a Whiskey Lake-U CPU, 1080p IPS display and a PCIe SSD for only about $500 USD to make it a real performance bargain.
Redesigned MSI GE65 coming with 9th gen Core i9, 240 Hz display, narrow bezels, and Wi-Fi 6 to replace the aging GE63
The two-year old GE63 is getting a full-on makeover with a new, thinner chassis based on the 17.3-inch GE75. MSI is promising better ventilation and faster wireless performance with the 802.11ax Killer WLAN. The announcement coincides with the recent reveal of the GT76 flagship.
MSI's best bet against the XPS 15 will now have 9th gen Core i9, 4K UHD, and faster GeForce RTX graphics
The P65 Creator will match the Core i9 and 4K UHD options of the latest Dell XPS 15 while offering faster RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics compared to only the GTX 1650 or 1050 Ti Max-Q on the Dell. The business-professional gray chassis stands out from the otherwise black and red MSI G series for gamers.
Acer Memorial Day sale lets you take off 20 percent on most items sitewide from now until May 29
With Computex 2019 right around the corner, now is the time to buy new gear for cheap as many OEMs will be throwing sales on older configurations. The affordable Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, for example, will be just $630 USD all week.
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and 3700U CPUs with Radeon RX 560X graphics coming to the Acer Nitro 5 and Swift 3 laptops
The new AMD-only laptops will hopefully be cheaper than the Intel and Nvidia GTX 16-powered SKUs already in the market. The Radeon RX 540X and 560X, however, are beginning to show their age even for budget gamers.
That awkward moment when a Core i7-8750H laptop can outperform a Core i7-9750H laptop
After testing 5 different laptops with the Core i7-9750H, multi-thread processor performance is essentially identical to the last generation Core i7-8750H. Some older laptops with the i7-8750H like the Alienware m15 can still perform faster than the newer and pricier i7-9750H.
Aorus wants to be more accessible to gamers, unveils Aorus 5 with GTX 1650 graphics
The Gigabyte Sabre-inspired Aorus 5 series will come standard with 9th gen Core i7 CPUs, LG 144 Hz IPS panels, Killer 1550 wireless, Samsung RAM, and Intel 760p SSDs at more affordable starting prices for the mainstream gamer.
Aorus 7 will be Gigabyte's latest upper mid-range offering with 9th gen Intel and 144 Hz IPS display as standard
After catering to gaming enthusiasts almost exclusively for years, the Aorus brand is now ready to dabble in more affordable mid-range offerings. The 17.3-inch Aorus 7 tops out at the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 while keeping many flagship features intact including the Core i7-9750H CPU, 144 Hz display, and triple internal storage bays.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (i7-9750H, RTX 2080 Max-Q, 240 Hz) Laptop Review
The Blade 15 is barely one year old and Razer is continuing to push it to the limits with new CPU, Wi-Fi, and display options. How much of a performance boost can this new 9th gen Intel and RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU offer over the last 8th gen Intel and RTX 2070 Max-Q SKU?
All alone: The only two laptops with rare AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU are now finally shipping
Nowhere else can you find a gaming laptop powered by a Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU — for now, at least. Asus continues to be the only OEM offering 35 W Ryzen H-class options even after half a year since the initial unveiling of the new processor series.
Rich IoT program will put MediaTek SoCs in everything from smart doorbells to washing machines
MediaTek will design AI-centric SoCs specifically for home security, screened devices, and voice-activated appliances. The goal is to get a head start in the fast-growing smart home market where big competitors like Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Huawei have yet to focus on.
Zotac ZBox QX3P3000 and QX3P5000 offering Intel Xeon options for the first time in the series
Zotac is doubling down on workstation users with full-on Xeon and Quadro SKUs equipped with all the modern connectivity features like Thunderbolt 3, WiFi 6 Killer 1650X, Bluetooth 5, M.2 NVMe, and four HDMI 2.0 ports.
Asura Genesis Xtreme M.2 SSDs now available with removable heatsink, RGB lighting, and a 7-year warranty
The manufacturer is claiming to have the world's first ever M.2 SSD with RGB lights and a modular heatsink to prevent performance throttling. SKUs range from 256 GB up to 2 TB with prices starting at $80 USD.
Acer Swift 3 with Core i7-8550U CPU, 256 GB SSD, and narrow bezels is only $550 right now
Acer's newest entry-level 15.6-inch laptop has almost all the modern features of a pricey flagship including USB Type-C, narrow bezels, SD card reader, 1080p display, and an integrated fingerprint reader all for hundreds of dollars less.
We're giving away two PC keys for Watch Dogs 2 and Vanquish
Enter through our Facebook post for a chance to play one of these solid single-player titles. This time, we want to hear what graphics cards you have and what your favorite gaming genres are.
Will the U.S. trade escalations impact the MateBook laptop series? Huawei is uncertain
Huawei's 2019 flagship laptops may never see the light of day in the United States. The company appears to be in a scramble in regard to its product plans for North American audiences. Fortunately, users can still import the international versions of the MateBook 14 or 2019 MateBook X Pro much like with the Mate 20 smartphone series.
MSI GE75 Raider 9SG (Core i9-9880H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review
After a poor debut last year with the 8th gen Core i9-8950HK, the 9th gen Core i9-9880H is actually a great buy especially if you value the high number of simultaneous threads available. Gamers will also benefit from the performance increase over a Core i7-8750H albeit just marginally.
In review: Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15 are using the same 240 Hz panels from Sharp
The increased fluidity and reduction in motion blur are undeniable when compared to a 60 Hz display. Even so, we'd be lying if we said we could definitively recognize a 240 Hz panel from a 144 Hz panel.
AMD set to detail Zen 2 and Navi architectures in August after the Computex and E3 2019 tease
As if the Playstation 5 and XBox rumors haven't been rampant enough, we can expect even more speculation pieces once AMD gives the deep technical dive into both Zen 2 and Navi during the private Hot Chips 2019 conference.
PCMark Battery Life and Applications benchmarks arriving on May 27
UL is promising that these new tools will produce more relevant and applicable results for users. The Battery Life benchmark will test a host of new scenarios individually while the Applications benchmark will focus on system performance when running Microsoft Office software.
Core i9-9880H vs. Core i7-8750H: A 56 percent performance boost from just two more cores
According to our first benchmarks on the Core i9-9880H, there are now good reasons to own a mobile Core i9 especially for 3D rendering, video editing, and running other software optimized for octa-core CPUs. For gamers, however, the original hexa-core Core i7-8750H can still provide very nearly the same gaming experience for hundreds of dollars less.
Watch the AMD Computex and E3 livestream keynotes from the comfort of your own home
Lisa Su will kickoff Computex 2019 in less than two weeks and then tease even more gaming technologies two weeks later at the Next Horizon Gaming conference in E3 2019. Expect a cluster of hopefully exciting AMD announcements in the coming month.
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 now shipping with world's first PC proximity sensor
Login to Windows just by walking up to your laptop. Dell's ExpressSign-in security feature works with Intel's Context Sensing Technology to automatically wake or lock the laptop before the IR camera even has a chance to work.
Lenovo unveils "world's smallest" ThinkCentre M930n Nano and Nano IoT mini PCs
The MIL-810G-certified mini PCs promise a broader thermal operation range with higher vibration tolerance in industrial and professional environments. Prices start at $540 USD for the entry-level Celeron configuration.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is about to get even more extreme with the 2019 Gen 2 refresh
The newer model will sport Intel Core i9-9880H and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q options with an improved 4K UHD OLED touchscreen over the 2018 model. Otherwise, the chassis will be unchanged from the original X1 Extreme that we already know and love.
Don't want an IdeaPad or ThinkPad? Lenovo's new hybrid ThinkBook 13s and 14s series should fit the bill
The new ThinkBook series will be a business-consumer offering designed for small businesses not yet ready to invest in pricier ThinkPad laptops. Its chassis design is arguably sleeker and more affordable than many ThinkPads while offering the same ThinkShield security protection plans.
Dell Inspiron 17 3000 3780 (i7-8565U, Radeon 520) Laptop Review
You know something's wrong when even an integrated Vega 8 can outperform your dedicated Radeon GPU. The Inspiron 17 3780 may sport the newest Intel Whiskey Lake-U CPU, but the decision to pair it with an outdated Radeon 520 is a head scratcher.
Now is the time to buy an SSD if you want the cheapest prices according to latest market research
TrendForce is claiming tight demand from major PC and smartphone OEMs for the resulting oversupply of NAND flash chips in the marketplace. The consequence is cheaper SSD prices that are expected to fall even further by year's end. Prices this year are already the lowest they've been for SSDs in general.
OnePlus will have open OnePlus 7 Pro launch events in 39 cities all around the world next week
If you live in any of these cities, then you may as well come down and check out the free event to try your hand on the brand new OnePlus 7 Pro. The events will take place on May 15 through May 18 depending on location with prizes and snacks galore.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD with Core i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is only $1180 right now
Asus' latest 15.6-inch laptop is barely six months old and it's already hundreds of dollars cheaper. The flagship ZenBook 15 UX533FD is an excellent alternative for users who are turned off by all the recent software and hardware issues on the Dell XPS 15 series.
A GeForce GTX 1650 laptop can perform nearly as well as the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles
The mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the average GTX 1060 according to 3DMark benchmarks while costing a few hundred dollars less. It's a worthy successor to both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti as the mobile GTX 1660 Ti is currently overpriced for what it offers.
Apple MacBook Pro keyboard kerfuffle illustrates the problem with increasingly thinner laptops
If you want a super-thin laptop, then something has got to go. Manufacturers like Apple, Razer, and Dell have been getting creative with their keyboard technologies with generally mixed results. Qualities like clatter, feedback, and travel that are often taken for granted on a desktop keyboard are becoming trickier to nail on newer laptops.
Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?
The budget 16:9 MateBook D 14 is best for multimedia playback while the higher-end 3:2 MateBook 14 is best for office and editing work where higher graphics performance is desired. Perhaps surprisingly, CPU performance between the two laptops is nearly identical despite the generational gap.
Lenovo bringing AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Series for the first time ever
The previously Intel-exclusive ThinkPad T Series will now have second generation Ryzen Pro options for faster graphics performance and cheaper starting prices. AMD wants to prove that its latest processors can go toe-to-toe with Intel on higher-end business laptops and Ultrabooks.
Intel unveils Project Athena Open Labs certification program to boost QA standards for Intel-powered laptops
IHVs for laptop PCs can submit their products to Intel for compliance assessment, quality assurance, and performance tests. If they pass, then major OEMs like Acer, Huawei, Asus, or Dell will be more likely to source these optimized components for their future laptops.
MSI GL63 with Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD now shipping for $800
MSI has beaten its competitors to widespread availability of the latest laptops equipped with Intel 9th gen Core CPUs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 16 GPUs. Walmart now has at least a dozen different configurations ranging from the cheap MSI GL63 all the way up to the pricey GE75.
Lenovo ThinkStation P720 and P920 desktops get 2nd gen Xeon Scalable CPUs and Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs
While the chassis will remain the same, internal options will be updated from 12-core Xeon and Quadro RTX 6000 options to 28-core Xeon and Quadro RTX 8000 options for massive gains in performance. Units will begin shipping before the end of this month.
Huawei MateBook 14 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX250) Laptop Review
The MateBook 14 is faster than the 2018 MateBook X Pro while offering an uncommon 3:2 display in contrast to the ubiquitous 16:9 form factor. Though powerful for the size, CPU Turbo Boost could be better and the lack of Thunderbolt 3 is glaring considering the >$1000 asking price.
GPUs galore: Eurocom Sky X7C now comes with RTX 2060, 2070, 2080, Quadro P3000, P4000, and P5000 options
One of Eurocom's most versatile 17.3-inch laptops can now officially swap between a Quadro MXM GPU and a GeForce MXM GPU presumably without any driver or compatibility issues for the end user. The system can effectively double as a high-power gaming laptop or workstation as needed.
T-Mobile is purportedly stocking up on Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones
The more affordable Pixel smartphones will likely become widely available later this month when Google I/O 2019 will have concluded. If rumors are true, then we can expect the Pixel 3a to start at just $399 with the same revered camera as on the Pixel 3.
We're giving away two beta keys for Nvidia GeForce Now
Waiting for Google Stadia to finally launch? Help beta test GeForce Now in the meantime. The Nvidia game streaming service has yet to reach gold status even after all these years, but here's your chance to try it out and see what game streaming has to offer.
AMD Ryzen and Nvidia Max-Q working together: The Asus Zephyrus GA502DU is now shipping for $1100
Newegg pre-orders are already sold out with a new expected ship date of May 27. Best Buy, however, is still in stock albeit at a higher starting price of $1200 USD.
After reviewing four different GeForce MX250 laptops, just go with the cheaper MX150 instead
The re-badged 25 W MX250 offers almost no performance benefits over the 25 W MX150. If jumping from the 10 W MX150 to the 25 W MX250 or 25 W MX150, however, then expect a performance boost of about 30 percent. Save your wallet and get essentially the same GPU performance from an older MX150 laptop instead of a newer MX250 laptop.
Dell's XPS 13 9380 webcam makes Huawei's unique pop-up webcam look silly
The quirky approach is becoming increasingly unnecessary. Webcam kill switches, webcam sliders, and newer webcam components designed specifically for narrow display bezels as found on the latest laptops offer the same benefits as Huawei's pop-up webcam without impacting camera angle.
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN vs. Dell XPS 13 9380: the GeForce power difference
Ever wanted an XPS 13 but found its screen too small and graphics too slow? The Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN offers a larger display and much more powerful GPU while being lighter and almost the same size as the Dell equivalent for about the same price.
Intel Dreamstakes sweepstakes will send three lucky winners to the biggest esports events of the year
Intel will also be handing out $20 gift cards to GMG and promo codes for 10 percent off Origin laptops to select entrants. Winners will be announced every week for the next three weeks when the contest will finally close.
Eurocom Summer Education Notebook Program offers discounts for high school students
If you're a CAD student, medical researcher, or video editor in need of some serious horsepower for your schoolwork, then a simple Ultrabook just isn't going to cut it. The new Eurocom program will run all year long for high school students, recent graduates, and their families who want a high-power laptop fit for 3D rendering and CAD work.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is just $687 USD on Amazon right now
One of Huawei's best smartphones this year is hundreds of dollars off just three to four months after its initial launch. If you're in the U.S., however, you'll have to give up the original warranty for the new cheaper price.
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
The 13.9-inch ZenBook S13 UX392 is the closest thing you can get to a Dell XPS 14 with even faster graphics performance than what the XPS 13 currently has to offer. Aside from a couple of head-scratching omissions, there's very little to dislike about Asus' latest flagship Ultrabook.
Razer is making a toaster because why not
Perhaps more importantly, will the toaster be compatible with Razer Chroma and require a Razer Synapse account to toast bread?
Dell Precision 3540 and 3541 will offer Core i9-9880H options for business users on a tight budget
These affordable Precision laptops will carry a very wide range of processor options from a U-class Core i5-8265U up to an H-class Core i9-9880H. GPU options, however, will be limited to the Quadro P620 and the older Radeon Pro WX 2100. Wi-Fi 6, fingerprint reader, smart card reader, and IR camera are optional extras.
2019 Dell Latitude 7300 and 7400 laptops now shipping for $1300 USD
Dell is jumping from the Latitude 7390 and 7490 to the Latitude 7300 and 7400, respectively, for the 2019 refresh. These new models will be slightly thinner than before with Whiskey Lake-U CPUs and vPro in contrast to the Kaby Lake-R SKUs on last year's models.
Redesigned Dell Latitude 5400, 5401, 5500, and 5501 now shipping with Wi-Fi 6 and Intel XMM LTE
The updated mid-range business laptops all get Whiskey Lake-U CPUs with H-class Core options on select SKUs. The new chassis designs are lighter and smaller than the last generation Latitude 7390, 7490, and 7590.
Dell drops the Latitude 5290 series, replaces it with the Latitude 5300 and 5300 2-in-1
The new 13.3-inch Latitude 5300 series will offer a larger screen size than the 12.5-inch Latitude 5290 series while being thinner, lighter, and smaller due to having narrower bezels. It's likely that Dell will put the 5290 series on hold or even discontinue it altogether because of this reason.
Dell Vostro 13 5390 and Vostro 15 7590 now available sporting thinner form factors and MX250 or GTX 1650 graphics
The business-centric Vostro laptops offer single-sign on fingerprint reader, TPM 2.0, and a wide range of Dell Pro Support protection options. The new laptops themselves borrow the narrow-bezel design features of the XPS 13 and 15 lineup to better appeal to on-the-go business users.
Dell claims upcoming Latitude 3301 will be "world's smallest and lightest 13-inch essential business laptop"
The Latitude 3301 will succeed the Latitude 3000 designed for educational use and undemanding office tasks. The 13.3-inch laptop is joined by larger 14-inch and 15.6-inch models all launching this May.
MSI becomes official partner of Complexity Gaming eSports team
Both teams will collaborate in trade shows, tournaments, and other events in the near future. The partnership allows MSI to interact with eSports fans directly and to gain a stronger foothold in the lucrative eSports market.
Chuwi HeroBook 14 (Atom x5-E8000, FHD) Laptop Review
For $250, you get a pretty good-looking 14-inch laptop with a decent 1080p screen and clickpad. Unfortunately, system performance is far too slow even for the undemanding home user.
Asus ROG needs to step up its Thunderbolt 3 game
Asus is about to launch a handful of high-end gaming laptops retailing for $1500 up to even $2500. Unfortunately, the majority of these new releases will not integrate Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Meanwhile, MSI and Razer have been including Thunderbolt 3 as a staple on the super-thin GS series and Blade series for years.
Why is there no Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q? The new GTX 1660 Ti may be responsible
The GTX 1660 Ti is designed with a graphics subsystem power of 60 W to 80 W compared to 80 W to 90 W on the mobile RTX 2060 to suggest that the GTX 1660 Ti is already an "RTX 2060 Max-Q" is several ways. We take a closer look at their performance numbers to find out how these GPUs compare to each other.
Intel engineers to hold AMA on Reddit for feedback on the Graphics Command Center software
Top comments include the omission of spyware, data collection, and bloat. Users also don't want to see yet another GeForce Experience copycat where account creation is required just to use the software.
We have concerns about the 9th gen Intel Core i9-9880H and i9-9980HK
What was once just one Core i9 option (i9-8950HK) will now be split into two (i9-9880H and i9-9980HK) for this latest mobile Core ix generation. Based on the performance history of the i9-8950HK, however, we're not expecting the i9-9980HK to perform that much faster than the i9-9880H to warrant two different SKUs.
Mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is essentially on par with the mobile GeForce RTX 2060 in 3DMark benchmarks
Not a fan of ray-tracing or DLSS but still want an Nvidia Turing gaming machine? The mobile GTX 1660 Ti offers mobile RTX 2060-level performance without forcing the advanced RT or DLSS features down your throat. Budget gamers targeting 60 FPS at native 1080p will find a lot to like about the mobile GTX 16 series.
Acer Nitro 5 will be one of the cheapest laptops with Intel 9th gen CPU and GeForce GTX 16 GPU at launch
Say goodbye to the Pascal GTX 1050 series now that the Turing GTX 1650 is here. Acer's bottom-of-the-barrel Nitro 5 gaming laptop will sport the latest technology from both Intel and Nvidia for a respectable level of gaming performance.
MSI GF, GL, GP, GE, GS, and GT gaming laptops are all now shipping with GeForce GTX 16 GPU and 9th gen Core i CPU options
The Taiwanese OEM is ready to bombard the market with affordable Turing-powered laptops meant to replace the aging GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. Meanwhile, the enthusiast GT series will receive unlocked octa-core Core i9-9980HK CPU options to replace the already fast hexa-core Core i7-9850HK series.
Gigabyte updates Aorus 15 with Intel 9th gen Core i7-9750H and 240 Hz IGZO display
The refreshed Aorus 15 challenges gamers to push 240 FPS on its new Sharp panel and 9th gen Core i7 CPU. Budget-conscious users can opt in for the newer GTX 1660 Ti SKU that promises GTX 1050 Ti-level performance.
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic integrates Core i9-9980HK, 240 Hz FHD panel, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics
The Taiwanese OEM is squeezing every ounce of performance it can from its Aero 15 design. This latest "Classic" model boasts the new octa-core Core i9-9980HK for improved multi-thread performance over the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. Here's hoping that throttling will be kept to a minimum considering the very thin chassis and powerful hardware.
MSI introduces Prestige P75 with 9th gen Core i9 CPU and 4k display
To coincide with the official reveal of Intel 9th gen, MSI will be revamping both its gaming G Series and professional P Series with the latest Core i9 CPUs and GTX/RTX GPUs. The upcoming P75 will be the first ultra-thin 17.3-inch laptop from MSI designed especially for professional users based on a chassis design not derived from the gaming G Series.
New Razer Blade 15 includes 144 Hz, 240 Hz, OLED, Core i7-9750H, and 802.11ax options
In contrast to the full 17.3-inch Blade Pro chassis refresh, the Blade 15 will be getting internal processor and display updates including 144 Hz, 240 Hz, and OLED options starting at $1999 USD.
2019 Razer Blade Pro will be 21 percent lighter and 11 percent thinner than last year's model
The upcoming Blade Pro takes the successful narrow-bezel chassis design of the Blade Stealth and Blade 15 for a new 17.3-inch form factor. It also drops some of the arguably gimmicky features of the 2017 Blade Pro including the volume wheel, asymmetric trackpad positioning, and mechanical keys in favor of a leaner look.
Lenovo refreshes entire Legion Y540, Y740, and Y7000 lineup with Core i7-9750H and GTX 1650/1660 Ti options
As teased during CES 2019, Lenovo will soon be shipping updated versions of its Legion laptops this summer. Expect the wallet-friendly Legion Y540 to start shipping next month for $1209 USD with GTX 1660 Ti graphics.
Budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad L340 coming with GTX 1650 graphics for $869
The upcoming 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch budget models will be some of the cheapest Turing-based gaming laptops when they launch next month. The new IdeaPad L340 is essentially the same as last year's IdeaPad L340 but with more powerful Intel H-class CPUs and Nvidia Turing graphics.
LG Gram 17Z990 (i7-8565U. WQXGA) Laptop Review
The Gram 17 bucks the trend that 17-inch laptops have to be large and unwieldy. At just 1.34 kg, the laptop is noticeably lighter than most 14-inch and 15-inch Ultrabooks while offering many of the same features including Thunderbolt 3 and a long battery life.
MSI WT75 8SM (Xeon E-2176G, Quadro P5200) Workstation Review
The WT75 takes the best aspects of the GT75 and turns it into a formidable mobile workstation. If you're not overly concerned about weight, thickness, or battery life, then you'll find a lot to like about MSI's largest workstation laptop yet.
HP Chromebook 15 now available for $449 with Intel Pentium and Core i CPU options
As HP's first 15.6-inch Chromebook, the unit carries narrow bezels and many design influences from the smaller 14-inch Chromebook series including dual USB Type-C, Bang & Olufsen audio, 802.11ac, and a premium metal design.
Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 to debut on the Alienware m15, m17, and Area-51m with up to 2.4 Gbps transfer rates
The new module promises up to 10 percent reduced CPU utilization when gaming and 40 percent faster transfer rates while consuming only 70 percent the power of an 802.11ac WLAN module.
HP Spectre x360 13 with 4K UHD touchscreen and 512 GB SSD now on sale for $1050
Update: The original deal is back. The barely six-month old HP Spectre x360 13 convertible is now $500 USD off. If you were considering a Pavilion or Envy before, then we recommend looking into this flagship Spectre instead as it offers a stronger and sleeker aluminum chassis design.
RGBW 4K UHD laptops have thankfully fallen out of flavor
Exactly one year ago, we complained that some manufacturers were shipping laptops with "fake" RGBW 4K UHD displays without advertising them as such. It appears that the trend has stopped now that RGBW panels are nowhere to be found on the latest 4K laptops.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 will debut on upcoming HP ZBook 14u G6 and ZBook 15u G6 mobile workstations
The refreshed models are coming next month with a handful of internal updates to improve both performance and security including Sure Sense, Sure View Gen3, brighter displays, and 8th gen ULV Intel Core with vPro. The designs and sizes are otherwise exactly the same as last year's models.