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Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

Dell has presented its latest cash cow, the completely redesigned and rebuilt XPS 13, during CES. Contrary to common practice the latest XPS 13 is brand-new on the outside yet remains completely unmodified on the inside (CPU/GPU). One might wonder: how exactly is the new XPS 13 better than its predecessor? We took a closer look only to discover: it really isn't.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

87% HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Intel Core i7-7820HQ | Intel HD Graphics 630 | 14" | 1.5 kg
No more new OLED laptops: LCD technology continued to dominate the market

CES 2018 | No more OLED laptops: LCD technology continues to dominate the market

There were many new laptops at CES. Not a part of any new announcement: Laptops with OLED displays. It seems that most manufacturers will instead continue to stick with IPS LCDs – a situation that can by explained with multiple reasons.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

January 2018 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

January 2018 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

January 2018 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.
 

ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & ThinkPad P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

Lenovo has announced a new ThinkPad generation a few days ago, but not all models were updated. Now an internal Lenovo document has been leaked, which mentions some new ThinkPad models for the remainder of 2018.
ThinkPad Ultra dock: New docking-stations for the ThinkPad T480, ThinkPad X280 & X1 Carbon 6

CES 2018 | ThinkPad Ultra dock: New docking-stations for the ThinkPad T480, ThinkPad X280 & X1 Carbon 6

Lenovo has announced new ThinkPad laptops. Alongside, the Chinese manufacturer also announced a new generation of mechanical docks. The new docks are based on USB C and are compatible with the new X1 Carbon for the first time.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

88% Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

Portable all-rounder. Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 are selling like hotcakes and every OEM wants a piece of the pie. Asus' candidate of choice is the ZenBook UX331UN, a high-quality subnotebook with a dedicated GPU. Read our extensive review to find out why it deserves a recommendation.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
The new Optane 800p SSDs integrate four or eight 3D XPoint memory dies and feature improved read/write speeds. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | Intel showcases 58 GB and 118 GB Optane 800p SSDs

The Optane 800p SSDs can act as cache memory, as well as regular storing devices, and the 1W idle state makes them ideal for laptops.
Dell Mobile Connect showing an example call. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect

Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
Image: Razer

CES 2018 | Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop

Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
The Miix 630 features a detachable keyboard and a pen with 1,024 sensitivity levels. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo Miix 630 combines the power of a laptop with always on smartphone connectivity

Lenovo partnered with Qualcomm and Microsoft in order to provide always on 4G LTE connectivity to an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC running Windows 10 S. It features a detachable keyboard and a stylus, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB USF storage, and it is very light at only 2.93 lbs.
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The Gen 3 ThinkPad X1 tablet comes with a detachable keyboard and a Pen Pro stylus. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo launches Gen 3 ThinkPad X1 tablet with larger 3K screen and updated specs

Compared to the Gen 2, the latest model integrates a bigger 13-inch IPS touchscreen with 3K resolution, CPUs updated to Intel's gen 8 Core i7 ULVs and extended security features including a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello and an infrared sensor. Shipping will begin this January and MSRP starts at US$1,599.
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The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T) is under 9 mm thin with an integrated LTE modem (Source: Acer)

CES 2018 | Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T) is less than 9 mm thick with an integrated LTE modem

The $1700 USD Swift 7 will be one of the first traditional notebooks with eSIM compatibility and integrated LTE. Its razor-thin profile, however, carries some compromises including its passively cooled 7th gen Core i7 CPU, lack of Thunderbolt 3, and no native resolution panels above 1080p.
Product lines which include affected units. (Source: HP)

Charred and melted: HP issues a battery recall for some models

HP has issued a battery recall that covers 15 models using a specific battery supplier. A utility has been provided to verify if yours is at risk and HP is providing free battery replacements at authorised repair centers.
Is this the new X1 Carbon 2018?

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6: Windows-boss Myerson might have leaked a picture of the new ThinkPad flagship

That might have been a bit too hastily: Terry Myerson, the head of the Windows-division of Microsoft, has twittered about the new PCs announced yesterday by Dell and HP – and he might have revealed a new flagship ThinkPad by doing so.
ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

CES 2018 | ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

Beneath the more expensive ThinkPad T series, Lenovo places the L series as the "Value Choice" for companies. The new generation of the L series announced at CES is much thinner and lighter. Additionally, Lenovo adds two 13-inch models to the series.
ThinkPad T480s, ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580: Quad Core CPUs and the GeForce MX150 are coming to the traditional T series

CES 2018 | ThinkPad T480s, ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580: Quad Core CPUs and the GeForce MX150 are coming to the traditional T series

As it happens almost every year, Lenovo announced the new versions of the ThinkPad T series. T480 and T580 are simple updates of their predecessors, but the ThinkPad T480s is a complete redesign compared with the T470s.
ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

CES 2018 | ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

The development of the ThinkPad X series in the last years wasn´t very revolutionary, but the new ThinkPad X280 announced today represents a big jump forward. Additionally, the ThinkPad Yoga series is being integrated into the X series.
The Dell XPS 13 9370 is the full refresh we've been waiting for

CES 2018 | The Dell XPS 13 9370 is the full refresh we've been waiting for

More than just a thinner facade, the next generation XPS 13 offers a host of new hardware features from top to bottom for a starting price of under $1000 USD.
Google is testing its Fuchsia OS on its Pixelbooks. (Source: Google)

Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
The Intel-AMD multi-chip module. (Source: Intel)

The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP

Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

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. Update November 2017.
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Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKBR (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKBR (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review

Deceptive Packaging. A notebook with the dimensions of an XPS 13, the latest quad-core CPUs from Intel and the MX150 - you might think this is a recipe for sure success. The IdeaPad 320s-13IKBR, which we present in this extensive test report, shows this is not necessarily true.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
The Asus VivoBook 14 X411. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018

Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
LG Gram (2018) ultrabook with Coffee Lake processor (Source: LG Newsroom)

CES 2018 | LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month

LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) ultrabook (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
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Lenovo: ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

Lenovo: The ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

The ThinkPad T-Series is apparently getting an update soon as the CES 2018 draws near – but one model of the 2017-lineup seems to be getting the axe. The T480p as the successor of the T470p could be made obsolete by the new 15 W Quad-Core CPUs.
The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available (Source: HP)

The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available

The 700 nit panels of the 12.5-inch EliteBook 1020 G2 and 14-inch 1040 G4 are brighter than even the MacBook Pro 13 and over twice the brightness of the XPS 13.
Each tier has its own distinct logo. (Source: VESA)

VESA introduces three-tier DisplayHDR open standard for LCD screens

The new DisplayHDR certificate aims at a more clear classification for HDR-grade LCD displays. It includes three tiers that have distinct logos and are differentiated according to luminance, color gamut, bit depth and rise time. Commercial DisplayHDR-certified screens will be available as soon as Q1 2018.
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Lenovo Ideapad 120s (11-inch) Notebook Review

77% Lenovo Ideapad 120s (11-inch) Notebook Review

Smaller size, bigger value. The 11-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s carries over many of the same facets of its 14-inch brother in a more compact case. However, with half the RAM and a smaller body, can it keep up with the larger model?
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 11.6" | 1.3 kg
Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron are now official. (Source: Intel)

Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs now official, come with support for Gigabit WiFi

Intel has officially announced the launch of 'Gemini Lake' CPUs in Pentium Silver and Celeron variants. 'Gemini Lake' succeeds 'Apollo Lake' and comes with support for Gigabit WiFi, Adaptive Contrast Enhancement, and improved graphics capabilities.
The Asus NovaGo SD835-powered covertible. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook

The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
The i-Memory AI720 USB drive has a 0.29 inch profile and weighs only 0.38 oz. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices

The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG functionality allows users to save videos and pictures directly on the stick, in order to save up space on their devices.
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Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

Weak chest. While the new Intel processors represent the biggest performance boost in years, the Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB is still equipped with older Kaby Lake processors. You can find out in this extensive test, why the convertible did not receive our final recommendation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro.

PSA | Xiaomi issues BIOS fix for slow SSD performance in the Mi Notebook Pro

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro suffered from less than ideal disk read and write speeds despite having a Samsung PM961 SSD onboard. A BIOS update is now available that enables full x4 bandwidth on the NVMe SSD PCIe lanes, leading to increased read/write speeds.
The Asus NovaGo promises more than 20 hours battery life. (Source: Qualcomm)

Updated | Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life

Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)

Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The HP Envy x2 promises fast LTE and 20 hours of battery life. (Source: Qualcomm)

The Envy x2 is HP's idea of a detachable notebook with always-on connectivity

HP has taken wraps of the Envy x2, a detachable notebook powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Envy x2 sports a premium finish and comes with the promise of Gigabit LTE and 20 hours of battery life.
Image: Eve

Eve V flash sale going on now

Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
The upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs will include the Vega 11 GPU cores. (Source: AMD)

Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs to feature Vega 11 graphics core

The Vega 11 GPU core will only be featured in upcoming Raven Ridge APUs and will not be released as budget versions of the Vega 56/64 GPUs. These should bring a notable performance boost over the Ryzen 5 2500U chips that integrate Vega 8 cores.
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-8550U Laptop

86% Razer Blade Stealth (QHD i7-8550U) Laptop Review

Dancing at two weddings with one laptop. With the Blade Stealth, Razer aims to attract gamers during the night and office workers during the day. In order to gain a performance increase compared to the predecessor, the Ultrabook is equipped with an i7-8550U of the 8th Intel generation. We took a look at the Kaby Lake refresh.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
LG Gram 15Z975-A.AAS7U1 with Intel Core  i7-8550U (Source: LG Electronics)

LG Gram lightweight notebook gets 8th generation Intel Core processors

LG has silently added three Gram ultralight Windows notebooks with Intel Core i5-8250U and Intel Core i7-8550U processors to its official US website, so those interested should be able to place their orders soon.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (14-inch, HD) Laptop Review

76% Lenovo Ideapad 120s (14-inch, HD) Laptop Review

Budget notebook to beat. The 14-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s is a simple and sleek Windows laptop that retails for around $250. While the device looks and feels fairly good on the outside for a budget device, the internals are a major letdown. Considering the price, though, the Ideapad 120s is one of the better bargain laptops available.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 14" | 1.4 kg

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