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Windows 20H1, not 19H2, is being tested now. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft starts developing Windows 20H1 ahead of 19H2

Microsoft's next probable major software release is 19H2, the April 2019 update. However, a build associated with a release in 2020 is the one that has most recently popped up for users in the Skip Ahead program. Despite this, the...
Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked (Pictured: ThinkPad T490 Healthcare Edition)

Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked

Lenovo's ThinkPad division gets hit by another leak, as a reddit user has published data-sheets for most of the upcoming ThinkPad business laptops. Though there is no way to verify the specs at this point, the specs of the T490 do...
best ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

February 2019 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.
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad L390 (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

Compact black typewriter. Ultrathin ThinkPads like the X1 Carbon or its bigger multimedia cousin ThinkPad X1 Extreme offer an extremely high quality for an equally high price. The ThinkPad L390, a compact 13.3-inch laptop, proves that a more affordable device can still deliver most of the desired ThinkPad qualities as well.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

Now with a standard webcam. What benefits does the Core i7 SKU offer over the Core i5 SKU? We benchmark the most expensive XPS 13 9380 configuration and compare it to the less costly Core i5 SKU to show all the differences users can expect.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

89% Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

Featherweight Companion. Lenovo’s IdeaPad 730S design shrinks the popular ultraportable even further, but thanks to a quad-core Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, and NVMe SSD, it promises blazing general performance nonetheless. At $870, how does it fare in what has become a deeply competitive market?
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
The average Whiskey Lake-U laptop is just 8 percent faster than Kaby Lake-R

The average Whiskey Lake-U laptop is just 8 percent faster than Kaby Lake-R

After testing more than 20 laptops with Whiskey Lake-U processors, the raw gen-to-gen performance advantage looks to be one of the smallest in recent years. If you own a Kaby Lake-R laptop, it may be best to hold off on buying a r...
Acer has released slightly disappointing early-year financials. (Source: Acer)

Acer has announced its financial report for January 2019

Acer has released a report in which it puts its January 2019 revenues at about US$540 million. These figures have decreased by 23.7% compared to December 2018 and by 1.3% compared to January 2018. The company has cited the ongoing...
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

92% HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

Better than the Spectre 13. The latest EliteBook carries almost everything you want from an Ultrabook: tablet mode, super-bright display, 4G LTE, Thunderbolt 3, NFC, crisp keyboard, narrow bezels, long battery life... the list goes on and on. Just be ready to pay a hefty price when fully configured.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga (Core i5-8265U, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review

86% Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga (Core i5-8265U, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review

A sub-€1,000 (~ US$1,130) ThinkPad Yoga! Yes, you read correctly. The new 13-inch convertible is available for well below €1,000 (~ US$1,130). Lenovo has not compromised on traditional ThinkPad features to achieve this affordable price point though. Read on to find out how the L390 Yoga and its Whiskey Lake processor perform in our tests and its competitors.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
best subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

February 2019 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.
Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Love is in the air. Valentine's Day is surely a reason for celebration and togetherness for many around the world. This is also a great time to invest in or gift technology that can enhance your partner's work or play. In this article, we've lined-up some of the best laptops that we think will complement most personalities. These laptops are not just ones that you can gift to the ones you love; they are also ones that you can fall in love with, too.
Asus ZenBook 15 vs. Dell XPS 15: Still not enough to dethrone Dell

Asus ZenBook 15 vs. Dell XPS 15: Still not enough to dethrone the popular 15-inch king

The bestselling Dell XPS laptop manages to be faster, tougher, brighter, and more feature-packed than the new competing Asus ZenBook 15 without running any louder or shorter. In return, the Asus laptop is much lighter and even a b...
Acer Aspire, Chromebook, and Nitro systems are on sale for President's Day (Image source: Newegg)

Acer Aspire, Chromebook, and Nitro systems are on sale for President's Day

Get a 17-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1060 graphics for $920 USD and more from now until the end of next week. The sale spans multiple retail outlets including Newegg, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.
The Microsoft Surface Pen. (Credit: Neowin)

New Microsoft patent may reduce inadequacies in next-gen Surface Pen

The Surface Pen is Microsoft's answer to the Apple Pencil. It has been described as an effective stylus, albeit one that could produce more accurate digital writing. A new patent may help improve on this with changes to both the P...
Dell Inspiron, XPS, Vostro, and Alienware systems are all on sale for President's Day (Source: Dell)

Dell XPS, Inspiron, Precision, and Alienware systems are all on sale for President's Day

Get the XPS 13 9370 with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and a Core i7-8550U CPU for $1175 USD. Deals will last until early next week in an attempt to clear out older stock and make room for newer models.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 announced as special healthcare edition

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop announced as special healthcare edition

Lenovo has announced the first T series ThinkPad of 2019. The Lenovo ThinkPad T490, the "bread-and-butter" model of the series, has been announced today as a special edition for the healthcare sector.
New Razer Blade Stealth BIOS update addresses battery charging and electronic noise issues (Source: Razer)

New Blade Stealth having charging issues? Razer says to contact them directly for a BIOS update

Razer has notified us that it has investigated a number of issues impacting a limited number of retail Blade Stealth units. If you're experiencing any of the following, then this new BIOS and EC update should do the trick.
The Dell XPS 15, Alienware m15, and G7 15 laptops should come with OLED panel options soon. (Source: Dell)

Release date for Dell XPS 15 and Alienware m15 with OLED panels seemingly pushed back to April

A press release from Dell published in early January stated that the Dell XPS 15, Alienware m15, and Dell G7 15 laptops would be offered with OLED panel options starting in March. Unfortunately for those waiting to snap up a Dell ...
Tuxedo Book BU1307

84% Tuxedo Book BU1307 (Core i7-8550U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

Penguin inside. The Tuxedo Book BU1307 is a mobile laptop with customisable features and good maintenance options. The system is also specially adapted to Linux, while the manufacturer provides extensive support too. Read on to find out what to expect from this powerful 13.3-inch Linux laptop.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Skype users can now blur their backgrounds during video calls. (Source: Skype)

Skype now offers the option to blur out a video caller's background

Many Skype users may be reluctant to take a call due to how messy or inappropriate their surroundings may be. Now, however, the app's latest update adds a toggle that blurs everything but the caller out of a camera's shot. This ne...
Lenovo V330-14IKB (i5, FHD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo V330-14IKB (i5, FHD) Laptop Review

Almost a ThinkPad? Business laptops made by Lenovo normally carry the ThinkPad logo – but there is an exception: With the affordable V series, Lenovo targets business customers who do not want to buy a ThinkPad. In this comprehensive review, we will see if Lenovo's V330-14IKB is a success.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
In review: The affordable & compact Lenovo ThinkPad L390

We are reviewing the affordable & compact Lenovo ThinkPad L390

The year 2019 brings us a new generation of business laptops. One of the first specimens of this new wave has made it to our testing-labs: The Lenovo ThinkPad L390, an affordable ThinkPad laptop for companies and students.
MSI PS63 vs. Dell XPS 15: MSI's first traditional Ultrabook competitor

MSI PS63 vs. Dell XPS 15: MSI still has some ways to go

The crowded traditional Ultrabook space just got a new contender from a gaming laptop manufacturer. MSI's uncommon combination of an ULV Intel CPU and a Max-Q GPU gives it some interesting advantages over the Dell, but it still fa...
VLC will get a new update soon. (Source: VLC)

VLC 4.0 will support uninterrupible music playback and Apple AirPlay, but also drop support for multiple older platforms

The latest update to the VLC media player (4.0) will bring more features, especially for iOS. However, it will also no longer support older versions of the same platform, along with some others (e.g. Windows XP). It also now offer...
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 (i5-8265U, 256GB, UHD) Subnotebook Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 (i5-8265U, 256GB, UHD) Subnotebook Review

Better with Whiskey? The webcam is back at the top. But is that all for the 2019 XPS 13 from Dell? Not at all, because the dual-fan solution ensures good – although not stable – performance utilization we rarely see among such slim laptops. Update: Review is complete.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Dell Inspiron 17-7786 (i7-8565U, 16 GB, 17-inch Touch, MX 150) Convertible Review

86% Dell Inspiron 17-7786 (i7-8565U, 16 GB, 17-inch Touch, MX 150) Convertible Review

Gigantic convertible meets Whiskey Lake! The large 17-inch Dell convertible has received a CPU upgrade. In addition to the internal update, the case was also completely redesigned. Find out in this review whether these changes make sense and whether the new Whiskey-Lake-U CPU can ensure a higher performance.
Intel Core i7-8565U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
More Inbox features are reportedly leaching into Gmail. (Source: Google)

New Reddit leak suggests Gmail will gain more Inbox features soon

A post on Reddit allegedly contains a screenshot of a Gmail app interface that integrates many features taken from Inbox. They include a pinned-only toggle, per-subject bundling and Assistant-esque reminders. They may have been pi...
The Pinebook Pro. Images via Pine64.

Pine64 will have a busy 2019 thanks to the release of its new Linux laptop and tablet

Pine64, the organization behind the Pine A64 SBC and Pinebook, is planning to release a new Linux-based laptop and a new tablet. Dubbed the Pinebook Pro and PineTab, respectively, the two devices aim to offer an open-source comput...
Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available

Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available

The new MateBook 13 has an unlikely competitor because of its full-power 25 W GeForce MX150 GPU. It's unquestionably faster than the average Ultrabook, but can it beat the $1600 Razer Blade Stealth?
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen NP930QAA (i7-8550U) Convertible Review

85% Samsung Notebook 9 Pen NP930QAA (i7-8550U) Convertible Review

Under 1 kg. The 13.3-inch Samsung Notebook 9 Pen focuses on three strengths: weight, brightness, and S Pen support. The end result is a versatile convertible that's noticeably lighter than the competition and with a brighter display for improved outdoor visibility. The drawbacks, however, are hard to ignore and worth keeping in mind for anyone considering the $1300 flagship Samsung.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 998 g
Huawei MateBook 13 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review

86% Huawei MateBook 13 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review

A GPU beast. Don't let its diminutive size fool you — this 3:2 13.0-inch laptop is equipped with a much faster GPU than your typical Ultrabook. Huawei's latest offering is supposed to be a mid-range product, but its unique build and specifications are anything but.
Intel Core i7-8565U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 13" | 1.3 kg
Huawei MateBook X Pro vs. MateBook 13: What's the difference?

Huawei MateBook 13 vs. MateBook X Pro: What's the difference?

The two may look similar, but they're actually quite different. The cheaper MateBook 13 is surprisingly the faster model by more than a wide margin while the MateBook X Pro has the larger and higher resolution display. Users shoul...
Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review

85% Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review

Low-cost traveller. In typical Acer fashion, the TravelMate X3410 presents a lower-cost alternative to other popular business laptops. While there are some compromises in terms of case design, keyboard quality, and performance, the overall package presents a decent second-choice for those on a budget.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to a Dell XPS 13 (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to the Huawei MateBook

Chuwi's latest copycat laptop has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, an aluminum-magnesium chassis, and a weight of just 1.25 kg. Prices and launch dates are still unknown for now as the system is only at its fundraising stage.
ThinkPad Roadmap: Chinese leak reveals Lenovo's release plans for 2019, including new ThinkPad X390 & T495s

ThinkPad Roadmap: Chinese leak reveals Lenovo's release plans for 2019, including new ThinkPad X390 & T495s

Lenovo's lineup of ThinkPad laptops has not been updated at CES as in the last years. Thanks to a leak coming from China, we now know Lenovo's plans for 2019. The ThinkPad roadmap 2019 includes informations on when which models ar...
Facebook plans to bring content from its three messaging-related services into closer conjunction. (Source: The Financial Express)

Facebook has a plan to 'merge' user content from Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram

Facebook has just announced an initiative in which messages from its own Messenger, as well as from its acquisitions Instagram and WhatsApp, will be integrated using a singular infrastructure. This contravenes an earlier commitmen...
Wireless headphones represent a robust and growing market. (Source: HSN)

The wireless headphone market could be worth US$34 billion in 5 years

A new report by ResearchAndMarkets.com indicates that the wireless headphone market will continue to show healthy growth into the year 2024. At that point, it could be worth as much as US$34 billion. The report indicates that this...
The new G-Series from Dynabook features 13.3-inch ultrabooks powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs. (Source: Dynabook)

Dynabook releases new 13.3-inch G-series ultrabooks

Former Toshiba ultrabook division Dynabook has just launched its new G-Series models powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs. These are some of the lightest ultrabooks out there thanks to special magnesium alloy chassis that come i...
Dell's new XPS 13 9380 laptop has the webcam back on the top bezel. (Source: Dell)

Dell launches new Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range

A new device has been added to Dell’s Project Sputnik line-up: the XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition. Dell had already announced the XPS 13 9380, and the listed operating systems in the technical specifications sheet included Ubuntu 1...
This is the world's first 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD HDR OLED display for a notebook and it comes from Samsung. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung reveals world's first 15-inch 4K OLED notebook display

Samsung display has launched what it says is the world’s first 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED display for notebooks. The display is virtually bezel-less, which has been the trend in both notebook displays and smartphones over the past...
Every OLED laptop announced at CES 2019

Update | Every OLED laptop announced at CES 2019

It's not a coincidence that the OLED XPS 15, Razer Blade 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and Lenovo Yoga C730 are all launching within 1 to 2 months of each other. These 15.6-inch laptops will likely source their 4K UHD OLED panels from t...
MicroPC with extremely tough housing

GPD MicroPC: More information on the UMPC coming soon on Indiegogo

GPD has started one successfully financed Indiegogo campaign after another. They are already preparing another project, and it’s already waiting in the wings. The GPD MicroPC has numerous ports, and it’s tough.
The best alternatives to Apple's MacBook Air

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air

January 2019 Update. Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (matte WQHD, i7) Laptop Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (matte WQHD, i7) Laptop Review

The best display for the X1 Carbon? We already tested the sixth generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon several times, and now we also take a look at a model with the matte WQHD display. Is this possibly the best compromise?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus (N3350, QHD) Laptop Review

77% NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus (N3350, QHD) Laptop Review

It doesn't even have an audio jack. The NuVision looks good, but that's about it. This super-portable and super-cheap subnotebook is dragged down by subpar processor performance, spongy keyboard, a very slow SSD, and the most limited selection of ports we've seen on any laptop.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 12.5" | 1 kg
The best display for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon – All panels in comparison

FHD, Touchscreen, WQHD or HDR? | The best display for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon – All panels in comparison

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best business Ultrabooks you can buy. Lenovo offers a total of four different displays for its flagship device, and we test...
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Huawei may face greater challenges in the future, according to its CEO. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei corporate email about possible future downsizing circulated online

Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei, has written an email warning his colleagues of the possibility of "hard times" in the future. They may include reductions in the size of the company's various regional subsidiaries. These comments ...
Windows on Snapdragon doesn't solve the underlying issue of Windows ARM

Windows on Snapdragon doesn't solve the underlying issue of Windows ARM

Based on our experience with the $1000 Lenovo Yoga C630 powered by a Snapdragon 850, software reliability is still a huge hit or miss on Windows 10 Pro. Qualcomm's grand plans for Windows on Snapdragon is off to a slow and rough s...
Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review

87% Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review

Pixelbook alternative? The Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is a well-built, well-designed Chromebook. Thanks to its Intel Core i3-8130U CPU and gorgeous 14-inch FHD display with pen support, the Inspiron 7486 Chromebook may be the best alternative to the Pixelbook on the market.
Intel Core i3-8130U | Intel UHD Graphics 630 | 14" | 1.8 kg

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