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The submitted patent for the disablement system. (Source: MSPowerUser)

Microsoft patents always-on anti-theft technology for laptops

Microsoft has patented an anti-theft system for upcoming PCs with cellular connectivity, allowing them to be remotely disabled even without a network connection.
The GPD Pocket is a newer take on the older concept of a netbook, improving on performance, design, and build quality. (Source: GPD)

GPD Pocket 7-inch mini-laptop now on sale for US$500

The 7-inch GPD Pocket mini-PC is now available to order for US$500. The device was previously available only to early backers of its crowdfunding campaign.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

June 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

91% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

Light business companion! We recently tested the ThinkPad X1 Carbon extensively. We now tested a slightly thinned-down version based on an Intel Core i5 for you, and we can show you whether this represents an advantage compared to the otherwise identical model based on the Intel Core i7.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Apple MacBook Air 13 2017

86% Apple MacBook Air 13 2017 Laptop (1.8 GHz) Review

There's life in the old dog yet. It might be hard to believe, but Apple's MacBook Air 13 (unibody aluminum design, 1.35 kg/~3 lb, 17 mm/~0.7 in, 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900) has just turned 7 years old. Once at the very forefront of the vanguard of Ultrabooks, it has now turned into a beloved grandpa.
Intel Core i5-5350U | Intel HD Graphics 6000 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

June 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Teaser image of the Retro/Anniversary ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPad: Anniversary Edition planned for October release (Update: Teaser Image)

The ThinkPad-brand is celebrating its 25. birthday. Lenovo, the manufacturer who took over the ThinkPad-business in 2005 from IBM, is going to celebrate this anniversary with a limited special edition ThinkPad.
The ThinkPad 701c is one of the most sought-after models for collectors. (Source: Tech Radar)

ThinkPads have accomplished a lot in 25 years

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup with an event in New York City. Let's take a look at a few of the product line's accomplishments over the years.
The Surface Laptop can now be restored to Windows 10 S from Windows 10 Pro (Source: Microsoft)

Recovery image for Windows 10 S now available for the Surface Laptop

It is now possible to recover your Surface Laptop to a Windows 10 S image even after you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
As the name suggests, the Zenbook 3 Deluxe looks to refine the overall Zenbook package with the same sharp design. (Source: ASUS)

Zenbook 3 Deluxe now available from ASUS

Appearing at CES and again at Computex earlier this year, ASUS has begun the sale of the aptly named Zenbook 3 Deluxe. The core i7 version of this ultra-portable device is available for $1,699 direct from ASUS and other online retailers, such as Amazon and Newegg.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 (Core i7, OLED) Convertible Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 (Core i7, OLED) Convertible Review

Premium convertible. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is clearly in a league of its own - at least as far as the price is concerned. The convertible features high-end components and a very good OLED panel. How the top-of-the-line version of the X1 Yoga with Intel Core i7 CPU compares to its competitors is the subject of our comprehensive review.
Update: Battery runtime and measurements of the WQHD-IPS panel added.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Reading between the lines, Windows 10 S stays fast because it's less susceptible to bloat. (Source: Windows Central)

Is Windows 10 S really faster?

Microsoft has advertised Windows 10 S as faster than regular Windows 10, but the reality is that it just needs less maintenance.
A visual simplification of the big.LITTLE platform delegating tasks to different cores. (Source: MS Power User)

Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements

Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
iFixit gives unfavorable review for the Surface Laptop (Source: ifixit.com)

iFixit gives unfavorable review for the Surface Laptop

Want to crack open a Surface Laptop? You'll have to destroy it with a knife first.
Fujitsu Lifebook T937 (i7, 512 GB) Convertible Review

85% Fujitsu Lifebook T937 (i7, 512 GB) Convertible Review

Turned on its head. A business notebook with an all-around worry-free package - already noticeable from opening the box. But the abundant accessories cannot hide the weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Trade in your old MacBook or iPad and get up to US$850 off a new Surface. (Source: Microsoft)

Today marks the global launch of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop and Surface Pro from Microsoft are now both available around the world in 25 different countries. In the US and Canada, Microsoft has launched a program that allows a user to turn in an older computer for up to US$850 credit towards a new Surface device.
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N (7500U, FHD, GeForce 940MX) Laptop Review

86% Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N (7500U, FHD, GeForce 940MX) Laptop Review

Lightweight and pricey. The new Notebook 9 carries an impressively bright display that is equally as fragile. The flexible chassis brings down an otherwise very portable and reliable machine.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15" | 1.2 kg
The new two-tone logo etched into the anodized aluminum lid looks much more mature than the glowing green plastic it replaced. (Source: Digital Trends)

Razer finally reduces both bezels and bling on their Razer Blade Stealth

Razer is targeting the boardroom over the livingroom with their new gunmetal grey finish for the Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook, doing away with the RGB backlighting and glowing green logo. Instead of huge bezels with a smallish 12.5-inch screen, the new Stealth will just have regular ones with a 13.3-inch display in both QHD and QHD+ resolutions. The new Ste...
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The Toshiba Tecra X40. (Source: CDW)

Toshiba launches Tecra X40 notebook for business

The Tecra line of Toshiba business laptops has been updated with the new Tecra X40. This new notebook features a tough chassis, various security features, and can be outfitted with a variety of different hardware components. A base version can also be purchased—it includes an Intel Kaby Lake processor and a decent if unspectacular amount of memory and storag...
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Asus VivoBook S15 S510UA (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

78% Asus VivoBook S15 S510UA (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Super sleek for cheap. Imagine the XPS 15 9560 stripped down to ULV configuration levels at half the starting price and you get the new VivoBook S15 S510 series. While this sounds good on paper, chassis quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.6 kg
The only outward difference in the updated version seems to be a thin strip of a fingerprint sensor on the upper-right of the touchpad. (Source: KKJ.cn)

XiaoMi Mi Notebook 13 updated with GeForce MX150, Kaby Lake

Xiaomi's 13-inch Mi Notebook Air has been updated for 2017 with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, Kaby Lake i5-7200U CPU, and fingerprint scanner.
Fujitsu Lifebook P727 (i7, 16 GB, LTE) Convertible Review

84% Fujitsu Lifebook P727 (i7, 16 GB, LTE) Convertible Review

Legacy Ready. Fujitsu was one of the last few manufacturers whose convertibles were still equipped with the older rotating hinges, and the Lifebook P727 is Fujitsu's first convertible with real 360° hinges that is supposed to lure over a few Dell, HP, and Lenovo customers. Our extensive review is going to reveal whether or not the Lifebook is capable thereof.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.2 kg
Apple rolled out Kaby Lake and optional 16GB of RAM across the entire MacBook line. (Source: MacRumors)

WWDC 2017 | MacBooks finally see upgrade to Kaby Lake

Apple has updated their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs, optional 16GB of RAM for all models, and improved dedicated graphics for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The base model MacBook Pro 13 also saw a price-drop to US$1299.
The Aorus "Gaming Box" is less than half the size of competing external graphics docks. (Source: LaptopMag)

Aorus releases compact eGPU complete with a mini GTX 1070

Gigabyte (via subsidiary Aorus) has released a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics dock that is specifically designed around miniaturized desktop GPUs. Additionally, the US$599 dock beats the competition by coming with a GTX 1070 pre-installed.
Ultra-lightweight Toshiba Portégé X30-D notebook now available

Ultra-lightweight Toshiba Portégé X30-D notebook now available in Europe

Matte FHD touchscreens and a starting weight of just over 1 kg make the new 13.3-inch X30-D attractive for business travelers. SKUs start at 1600 Euros and are not yet available in the US.
AMD teased Ryzen mobile chips for every portable form-factor.

COMPUTEX 2017 | AMD talks up Ryzen Mobile, showcases more laptops

AMD gave a few more details on its future plans for Ryzen-powered laptops, including 2-in-1, thin-and-light, gaming, and consumer form-factors. Two new AMD-powered (FX, not Ryzen) laptops from Acer and Dell were also showcased.
This slide from Intel's 2017 CES presentation forecast a more conservative 15 percent performance increase over Kaby Lake. (Source: Intel)

Intel's 8th gen Coffee Lake 15W chips to be up to 30% faster

Intel's presentation at Computex revealed a 15W 8th generation (presumably mobile) CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads. The unnamed chip was shown outperforming a Kaby Lake i7-7500U CPU by 30% in SYSmark 2014.
Nvidia Max-Q Pascal will bring GTX 1080 graphics to super-thin notebooks

COMPUTEX 2017 | Nvidia Max-Q Pascal will bring GTX 1080 graphics to super-thin notebooks

"Maximum performance at the maximum efficiency state" was the design philosophy for the latest Max-Q series of GPUs for the next generation of gaming laptops. As a first step, Nvidia will be launching three new GPUs, the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 with Max-Q technology.
Lenovo still struggling in smartphone market

Lenovo still struggling in smartphone market

Lenovo smartphones continue to bleed money with higher losses compared to a year earlier. Fortunately, revenue from the PC division has been more than enough to keep the Chinese manufacturer afloat.
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. (Source: Apple)

WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air

The latest information on Apple's upcoming WWDC suggests CPU upgrades for all MacBooks, updated iPads, and possibly the reappearance of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
The XPS 15's design philosophy of a 15-inch laptop in a 14-inch laptop's footprint has put the 14-inch laptop in an awkward place. (Source: Dell)

Opinion: 15 is the new 14

Who doesn't want an extra 1.6 inches? Due to the popularity of small bezels, Editor Douglas Black predicts that 14-inch laptops will lose their niche in the market — at least until there's a breakthrough in heat dissipation.
HP EliteBook 840 G4 – What is the best display option?

87% HP EliteBook 840 G4 – What is the best display option?

Better with IPS! We already reviewed the new HP EliteBook 840 G4. One of the biggest issues of the 14-inch business laptop is the TN panel with its limited viewing angles. We now had the chance to check two optional IPS screens.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Nvidia is claiming that the MX150 will provide up to 3-times the performance-per-watt as the 940MX. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia's power-efficient MX150 notebook GPU officially released

Nvidia has made its low-cost and power-efficient MX150 official today. The Pascal-based GPU is touted to beat its closest predecessor, the 940MX, in both flat-out performance and performance-per-watt.
An optional MX150 is listed as one of the features available to the HP Envy 13. (Source: Videocardz)

Nvidia launches GeForce MX150 for notebooks without fanfare

HP's Envy 13 unveiling also revealed Nvidia's GeForce MX150 graphics card. The card is, for all intents and purposes, a mobile GT 1030, and is geared toward ultrabooks and similar low-power notebooks.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

87% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

Agony of choice. We compare the displays for the new ThinkPad T470s. WQHD, Full HD or touchscreen – how does the choice influence the picture quality as well as the battery runtime?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
The Huawei MateBook X. (Image: Huawei)

The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook

The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.
Image: Huawei

Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook

The MateBook E improves on several aspects of the original, including a higher resolution screen, a redesigned keyboard and hinge, and options for new Kaby Lake processors.
The Surface Pro makes enough iterative upgrades over the Pro 4 to make it a solid entry in the series, but the omission of USB Type-C is still glaring. (Source: Microsoft)

Just call it the Surface Pro: Microsoft unveils Surface Pro update in Shanghai

Microsoft has unveiled an update to the Surface Pro 4, dubbed simply "Surface Pro". The new Surface Pro sports slightly redesigned chassis that makes it both thinner and lighter while rounding out the sharp edges, and also boasts a better screen and battery over the previous generation.
Gigabyte's new Aero 15 has been received with near universal acclaim. (Source: Gigabyte)

Aero 15 gets firmware fix for keyboard rollover bug

Gigabyte has released a firmware update for their new Aero 15 laptop that fixes a bug preventing certain key combinations from registering. The 1.1.5 update is available through the Gigabyte Fusion application.
Clevo profits purportedly down by almost half

Clevo Q1 2017 profits purportedly down by almost half

The popular ODM will show off new designs at next week's Computex 2017 in an attempt to boost revenue for the remainder of this year.
Image: ASUS (cached)

Asus may hop on the slim bezel trend with rumored VivoBook S15

The 7.8 mm bezel allows a 15.6-inch display to fit in the body of a typical 14" notebook, according to Asus.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

May 2017 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

84% Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

Flexibility and stamina. Convertible notebooks with 360° hinges have become more and more popular in the past years and even businesses have started using them. Naturally, Dell would like a piece of the pie and has consequently launched the Latitude 5289. Read our detailed review to find out why it will have a hard time asserting itself despite its convincing performance.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

The 14-inch and 15-inch LapBooks and Hi13, Hi10 Pro, Hi10 Plus, and Hi12 tablets are now slightly cheaper to make room for their successors.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (7300U, FHD) Laptop Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (7300U, FHD) Laptop Review

Serious business. Today we evaluate another T470s configuration; this one features an FHD anti-glare touchscreen and a somewhat more mainstream setup than our previous candidate—with a lower price to match. Find out how well it stacks up against the competition in our full review.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Xiaomi retail store in Singapore, Xiaomi opens first retail store in India May 2017

Xiaomi opens its first retail store in India

The first Mi Home retail location In India is scheduled to open its gates on May 20. Located in Bengaluru, this store will offer all Xiaomi products, from smartphones and power banks to air purifiers.
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Classy and versatile! Lenovo crams energy-efficient components into their new 13-inch convertible while at the same time managing not to skimp on battery capacity. Find out what else the Yoga 720 has to offer in our extensive review.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad T & X - Which is the best mobile ThinkPad notebook?

Lenovo ThinkPad T & X - Which is the best mobile ThinkPad notebook?

Keeping an overview. It can be difficult to keep a full overview on the laptop market, even if you are just looking at one single manufacturer. In this article, we will give you a good outline of a part of Lenovo's current ThinkPad portfolio. To be precise the ThinkPad T and X series. We want to find out which ThinkPad is most suited for use on the go.
Acer TravelMate TMX349-G2-M-5625 Laptop Review

85% Acer TravelMate TMX349-G2-M-5625 Laptop Review

Remake with a turbo-SSD. Acer issues a Kaby Lake upgrade for their slim TravelMate in an inconspicuous aluminum case. It is faster, and its battery runs for up to 14 hours. The 512 GB SSD storage is not only massive, but it is also extremely fast. With the rest of the equipment, like the IPS screen, a fast processor, the backlit keyboard and a three-year warranty, Acer holds up their established class.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)