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Razer cutting $500 off its Blade Stealth Ultrabook for this weekend only (Source: Razer)

Razer cutting $500 off its Blade Stealth Ultrabook for this weekend only

Per-key RGB lighting, 1800p QHD+ IGZO touchscreen, Thunderbolt 3, and 16 GB of RAM for just $900 USD. The new Razer deal is one of the better promotions from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, there is one caveat that hardcore gamer...
The Whiskey Lake-U family will include the usual scheme of three models: i3 / i5 / i7. (Source: Tecground)

HP reveals Whiskey Lake-U CPU specs

HP seems to have accidentally revealed all the specs for Intel's Whiskey Lake-U family of mobile CPUs, as the information was taken down soon after. Nevertheless, it is now known that there will be three models - the Core i3-8145U...
LG Gram 15Z980 (i7-8550U, Full-HD) Laptop Review

86% LG Gram 15Z980 (i7-8550U, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Super featherweight. While many manufacturers compete as to who can create the smallest and thinnest laptop, the LG Gram series vows to be the lightest. The new LG Gram 15 weighs just over a kilogram (~2.2 pounds), which is one of the lightest 15-inch notebooks currently on the market. Find out in this review what else the LG Gram 15 offers besides its weight, and what limitations there are with a 15-inch device that is this light.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.1 kg
New Lenovo notebooks powered by Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' chips are coming soon (Representational image).

References to Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U'-powered Lenovo Yoga 730 and IdeaPad 730S notebooks surface online

A couple of B2B sites have started listing Lenovo laptops that feature the upcoming Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs. The notebooks include the Lenovo s730 and IdeaPad 730S powered by the Intel Core i5-8265U and the Lenovo Yoga 730 pow...
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA now shipping for $800 USD (Source: Asus)

Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA now shipping for $800 USD

The new entry-level SKU is $300 to $400 cheaper than the current UX331UN SKU by axing the dedicated GPU and halving both the LPDDR3 RAM (16 GB to 8 GB) and internal M.2 storage (512 GB to 256 GB).
Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB (i7-8550U, 4K) Convertible Review

86% Lenovo Yoga 730-13IKB (i7-8550U, 4K) Convertible Review

Ambitious middle-class Yoga. Good quality at a low price - impossible? Lenovo attempts to fulfill this promise by releasing a middle-class convertible laptop playing in the upper league. You can read in this detailed review if this concept adds up.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Additional pictures of the upcoming workstation have surfaced

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Additional pictures of the upcoming workstation have surfaced

Its still not clear when Lenovo will announce the upcoming ThinkPad P1 – but an official release might be in sight, as two new official renders of the ThinkPad P1, a thinner 15-inch workstation laptop, have appeared on the interne...
Is the MacBook Air due an upgrade? (Source: Pixabay)

New rumors suggest refresh for MacBook Air

An article on a Taiwanese news site states that Apple is in fact releasing a new MacBook Air in 2018. These rumors suggest that the Cupertino company now intends to fast-track its release. However, is it all good news for fans of ...
Can Chromebooks really overtake Windows and macOS? (Source: Google)

Google takes a jab at Windows and macOS in latest Chromebook ad

Google seems to take on Windows and macOS head on with its latest Chromebook ad. The ad shows how Chromebook users don't have to deal with any of the errors and update nags that plague traditional PC users. While Chromebooks are i...
Dell XPS 13 9370 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 with Intel Core i7-8550U processor (Source: Barton's Blog)

The Dell XPS 13 9370 now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard

The Intel Core i7-8550U-powered Dell XPS 13 9370 ultrabook is now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard. The first XPS 13 Developer Edition arrived more than five years ago and back then it had Ubuntu 12.04 installed. The new ...
best subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

July 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.
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme: Upcoming XPS 15 competitor has been leaked (pictured is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme: Upcoming Dell XPS 15 competitor has been leaked

Lenovo is apparently preparing a big announcement for its ThinkPad laptop line, a completely new model to compete with Dells XPS 15. The new ThinkPad X1 Extreme was leaked by known leaker Roland Quandt and it might be released at ...
CPU VRMs in the Core i9 MacBook Pro are devoid of any thermal interface. (Source: iFixit / MacRumors)

Throttling in the 2018 Core i9 Apple MacBook Pro traced to improperly set VRM power limits

A Reddit user has managed to find out the reason for the high throttling seen in the 2018 Apple MacBook Pros with the Intel Core i9 CPU and it turns out that it is due to power throttling of the VRM than thermal throttling of the ...
HP EliteBook 745 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U) Laptop Review

89% HP EliteBook 745 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U) Laptop Review

Very good disappointment. AMD Ryzen, mostly known for offering CPUs for consumer products, now want to compete with Intel in the business market. The EliteBook 745 G5, based on the very good EliteBook 840 G5, seems to fit the bill - at least on paper. You can read in this detailed review if it is convincing in reality as well!
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Dell XPS 15 9570: 15 % more performance by undervolting

Dell XPS 15 9570: 15 % more performance by undervolting

The current Dell XPS 15 9570 is available with hexa-core CPUs. The performance utilization of Dell's 15-inch multimedia laptop is already decent ex-works, but there is more potential with some tuning. We show how it works and analyze the results.
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

Bikram Yoga. The ThinkPad X380 Yoga steps back into the limelight, this time with a less powerful processor. Despite the reduction in clock speed, the i5 variant still sweats under pressure. This and other small shortcomings make for a good package with some small flaws.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

Seeing double. Asus wants to one-up Apple's Touch Bar with an even crazier idea of turning the traditional touchpad into a full-fledged 1080p secondary display. Surprisingly enough, it's actually quite useful and more than just a novelty. We can see the unique feature becoming a mainstay in Asus' flagship series in another generation or so when all the wrinkles and drawbacks can be ironed out.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Even though the Amber Lake-Y CPUs have 5 W TDPs, they should perform on par with the 15 W counterparts in less demanding applications.  (Source: TechRadar)

New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge

Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ...
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Laptop Review

Live Review: Handbrake Deluxe. Apple finally ships the MacBook Pro 15 with the new Intel processors. They feature 6 cores and should increase the multi-core performance significantly. At least in theory, because a comparison with the predecessor shows that the advantage is not always that big.
Intel Core i7-8850H | AMD Radeon Pro 560X | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
The first half of 2018 was not kind to TSMC due to the crypto market downfall, but the end of the year is expected to bring big profits from GPU and mobile chip demands. (Source: TechSpot)

TSMC to see record revenues over GTX 11 GPU / smartphone chip demand

The latest financial report coming from TSMC reveals that the Taiwanese company experienced some revenue problems in the first half of 2018 due to the crypto market depreciation, but the foundries are expecting substantial profits...
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch has all its Thunderbolt 3 ports working at full bandwidth.

All four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar work at full speed

The move to 8th generation Intel processors has enabled full speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on all the four ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar thanks to the increased number of PCIe lanes available from the CPU...
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review

Live-Review: Now with four (slowed down) cores. Apple updates the MacBook Pro 13 with a new quad-core processor and a True Tone display for 2018, but only the more expensive model with the Touch Bar. We have a closer look at the performance of the new MacBook Pro in the following review. What can you expect for the price of 1,999 Euros (i5)?
Intel Core i5-8259U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation facing sleep mode problems in Linux

The 6th gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on Linux is facing sleep mode issues, unofficial patch available for a while

A problem that has been spotted in early March has resurfaced on Twitter this week, and Lenovo pointed the troubled customer to the official forum. Sadly, the 18-page discussion about the X1 Carbon's inability to use deep sleep on...
Samsung designed the latest LPDDR5 memory chips with 5G and AI applications in mind. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

The new LPDDR5 memory modules will be featured in next year's handhelds like the Galaxy S10, which will also bring support for 5G connections and improved AI applications. Samsung claims that the new chips are 50% faster and need ...
Microsoft's Touchless Input tech could be introduced for Surface laptops, smartphones and tablets. (Source: Techbox)

Microsoft could introduce Touchless Input in future Surface devices

While Appe's latest handheld devices include pseudo-touchless capabilities via the TrueDepth 3D camera system, it still requires touch sensors for the display itself. Microsoft's newly approved patent does away with the display se...
ThinkPad E485 & E585: Affordable AMD Ryzen ThinkPads are now available

ThinkPad E485 & E585: Affordable AMD Ryzen ThinkPads are now available

AMD is trying to break Intels dominance in the mobile PC market. For that, it needs the PC manufacturers to put out good laptops with Ryzen. The affordable ThinkPad models E485 and E585 with Ryzen could potentially attract a large...
NRAM could replace the 3D XPoint and NVDIMM non-volatile memory technologies in the next few years.  (Source: Nantero)

Fujitsu will begin Nano-RAM production in 2019

NRAM is made of carbon nanotubes that are more efficient than the current technologies used in 3D XPoint and NAND Flash devices. Nantero - the company developing NRAM - claims that its technology can provide better write speeds fo...
HP Spectre x360 15 2018 (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Convertible Review

87% HP Spectre x360 15 2018 (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Convertible Review

Even better than before. This third generation model adds a few new features to last year's model including a NumPad, fingerprint reader, narrower bezels, and a slightly larger battery. Fans are quieter and processor temps are cooler. Physically, however, the system is not any lighter or thinner.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

Razor-sharp. After offering 13-inch, 14-inch, and 17-inch Blade laptops for years, it's about time Razer launch a 15-inch model to complete the series. This GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU is every bit as impressive as the GTX 1070 Max-Q configuration from top to bottom. Assuming, of course, that the asking price of $1900 USD hasn't turned you away.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
The best alternatives to Apple's MacBook Air

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

July 2018 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.
Fujitsu LifeBook U728 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Fujitsu LifeBook U728 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review

The most flexible subnotebook. Fujitsu sees itself as a competitor to PC giants like Dell, Lenovo and HP in the business laptop market. The Japanese company packs its devices with features that other manufacturers now ignore. Find out in this review what features Fujitsu has packed into the LifeBook U728 and how this ultra-lightweight and compact business notebook fares against the competition.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.1 kg
The Dell XPS 13 9370's screen is highly reflective.

Exclusive | Dell will bring back the matte display option in the XPS 13 9380, HDR panel a possibility as well

Lack of a matte display option was one of the pain points of the Dell XPS 13 9370, making it a tad difficult to use under direct light or outdoors. We had a chance to speak to some panel manufacturers during Computex 2018 and luckily, they tell us that the upcoming XPS 13 9380 will feature a matte display option. Also, based on the information thus far, we get to speculate that HDR panels are a likely possibility in the upcoming XPS lineup.
Play Overwatch on your Asus touchpad powered by the GTX 1050 Ti

Asus' experimental trackpad display is more useful than the Apple Touch Bar - albeit with a notable flaw

Carry a 5.5-inch 1080p secondary display with you wherever you go with the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580. On paper, the concept of having the trackpad be a second display would be immensely useful for multimedia and productivity purpo...
Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor

Since a few months, the name "ThinkPad P1" has been a mystery. Today, a first picture emerged, which shows a ThinkPad with a 15.6-inch screen without a numpad. Potentially, this could be Lenovo's competitor to the Dell XPS 15 and ...
Intel CPU roadmap delays purportedly causing headaches for major OEMs (Image source: Wikipedia)

Intel CPU roadmap delays purportedly causing headaches for major OEMs

Manufacturers may have to milk existing notebook designs even further for this Holiday season since Intel's next generation CPUs are not expected to come anytime soon. Global notebook shipments will almost surely be slower YoY as ...
SDHC/XC/UC will be the first cards to support the new Express specifications. (Source: SD Association)

SD cards with 128 TB capacities and 985 MB/s speeds coming in 2019

The improved SD Express cards will feature transfer speeds up to 985 MB/s via the PCIe/NVMe interface and 128 TB storage capacities. These improvements target 4K/8K video processing, VR and augmented reality applications, AI-drive...
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8550U, Full HD) Workstation Review

83% Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8550U, Full HD) Workstation Review

Weak Quadro. You might get the feeling of experiencing déjà vu when first looking at the ThinkPad P52s. The mobile workstation looks exactly like the ThinkPad T580. Is combining the case of an office laptop with a Quadro GPU a good idea? Find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA Quadro P500 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 1000 is custom-made for PCs. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm’s rumored Snapdragon 1000 could be custom-made for notebooks

Already under threat from smartphone chip-based ARM-powered notebooks and having to recover from the unexpected loss of its CEO, Intel looks to be under renewed threat from Qualcomm. Unlike previous ARM-based notebooks, the rumore...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon prototype: Current model was planned with 3:2 display and as MacBook-competitor (picture-source: pc.watch.impress.co.jp)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon prototype: Current model was initially planned with a 3:2 display and as a MacBook-competitor

Getting an inside view into the notebook industry is a rare thing and seeing actual prototypes even rarer still. A few days ago, Lenovo showcased such a prototype to Japanese journalists – the prototype of its current ThinkPad X1 ...
Acer Swift 5 SF514 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

84% Acer Swift 5 SF514 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

Lightweight performance mimosa. At just 930 grams (2.05 lbs) the touchscreen-equipped laptop seems to be the perfect business companion. We take a closer look at much more than just Swift's processor and RAM. What are the notebook's inherent compromises, and what else did Acer have to sacrifice along the way?
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 930 g
These popular Lenovo ThinkPad laptops suffer from pulse-width modulation (Source: Own)

Sensitive to onscreen flickering? Take caution when purchasing these Lenovo ThinkPad SKUs

The ThinkPad T, X, and P families are home to Lenovo's more well-known models including the 14-inch T480, 15-inch T580, X380 convertible, and 15-inch P52 workstation. While their design, features, and performance are generally ver...
The USB dock prototype should be launched later this year at a sub-US$100 price. (Source: Anandtech)

USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 dock with many connectors demoed by Realtek

Realtek is almost ready to launch a more affordable all-in-one USB dock for laptops. The latest prototype features a 10 Gb/s USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 main port splits the bandwidth across a great selection of connectors. Even though there ...
best ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

June 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.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) still sports a premium design. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung downgrades Chromebook Plus display in V2 update

Samsung has updated its Chromebook Plus to Version 2.0. While it picks up some new features, its display gets a notable downgrade from a QHD resolution to FHD.
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review

81% Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review

Cheap price, cheap chassis. There is nothing about this VivoBook that makes it stand out from the crowded 15-inch multimedia segment. When considering the target market and inexpensive price, however, the dull impression shouldn't be a problem. We're hoping that future revisions will address the poor keyboard while adding in USB Type-C charging.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX130 | 15.6" | 1.6 kg
The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

While Coffee Lake-H has been benchmarked and compared with Kaby Lake on this site before, the real-world performance of CPUs more than ever depends on the engineering and implementation of each system. In such a thin-and-light chassis as the XPS 15, thermal constants have traditionally left their mark in performance. The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU, however, has performed surprisingly well in our initial tests.
The new LPDDR5 chips should bring a 10% performance boost over the current standard. (Source: Flickr)

Samsung will begin LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 production in 2H 2018

Judging by the latest leaks, Samsung is most likely preparing major overhauls for next year's Galaxy S10 / Note 10 high-end devices. Apparently, Samsung is planning to begin production on the LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 chips later this su...
Asus shows off 12.9 mm-thin ZenBook S UX391 with unique ErgoLift hinges (Source: Asus)

Computex 2018 | Asus shows off 12.9 mm-thin ZenBook S UX391 with unique ErgoLift hinges for $1200 USD

The lightweight laptop is exactly as thin as the ZenBook 3 UX490UA but with improved cooling and a unique hinge setup. Asus is promising better ergonomics and external GPU (eGPU) support via its integrated Thunderbolt 3 ports. The...
The Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 come in five different color options. (Source: Asus)

Computex 2018 | The colorful Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) and S14 (S430) get a refresh with the MX150 dGPU

The VivoBook is Asus’s general consumer-focused product line, with the S-series sitting in the crossroad of trade-offs between portability, battery life, and performance, making it a good general-purpose notebook.

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