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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
The Asus VivoBook series have traditionally been cheap, solid, and compact laptops. (Source: Asus)

Asus introduces new 11.6-inch Apollo Lake notebooks

Asus has updated their affordable, solid, 11-inch E20x series VivoBooks to Apollo Lake CPUs.
Quad-core Core i7-8650U CPU spotted on GFXBench

Quad-core Core i7-8650U CPU spotted on GFXBench

Intel may be bringing quad-core ULV CPUs to notebooks for the first time. The source has since taken down the listing on the unconfirmed processor page to add more fuel to the fire.
"On May 23 in Shanghai, Microsoft will show the world what’s next." (Source: Twitter)

Microsoft teases another Surface device on May 23

Just days after Microsoft released the Surface Laptop at their #MicrosoftEDU event, the company is teasing yet another Surface-related device at an event in Shanghai on May 23.
According to a promotional video, Microsoft's Surface Book originally sported two USB Type-C ports. (Source: Microsoft)

Promotional video shows Surface Laptop prototype with USB Type-C

Microsoft's own promotional video for their new Surface Laptop reveals that the education-focused device originally sported two USB Type-C ports in addition to the single USB Type-A.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
The Surface Laptop keeps the Surface aesthetic, but ditches the traditional Windows 10 OS. (Source: Twitter User @h0x0d)

Microsoft's new "Surface Laptop" reveals how seriously the company takes Chromebooks as a threat

Images and information leak about the Microsoft's latest piece of hardware, the Surface Laptop. The Laptop is designed to combat the rising popularity of Chromebooks in education and business by running a lighter, more secure cloud-based OS called Windows 10 S.
Acer: Ultra-slim Swift 1 and 3 Laptops announced (Picture: Swift 3 Special Edition)

Acer: Ultra-slim Swift 1 and 3 Laptops announced

Something new in Acer's ultra-portable lineup. The Swift 3 series gets a new 15.6-inch model. The Swift 1 is now available with a new aluminum unibody case and wants to convince customers with a weight of just 1300 grams and a battery runtime of up to 10 hours.
Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

The B9440 is unlike existing Zenbook Ultrabooks as it caters to the business crowd with an even sleeker and lighter design philosophy while still integrating TPM and a fingerprint reader.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review

Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Intel Core i3-7100U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

The PC market appears to be recovering somewhat with overall sales up 1.6 percent. Sales are particular high in Western Europe for both the desktop and portable PC segments.
The HP ZBook Studio G4 combines killer specs with design. (Source: HP)

HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations

HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

This Linux machine weighs less than 3 pounds and can be configured with various Kaby Lake processors, including the Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage options, and more. The prices start at $899 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware setup.
The Onyx Boox Typewriter is the first E Ink laptop in the world. (Source: Charbax)

Onyx shows off producitivity-focused E-Ink convertible laptop "typewriter" and tablets in Hong Kong

Onyx has introduced two prototypes of E-Ink devices: A "Typewriter" laptop, and a high-resolution Android tablet aimed not just at reading but for productivity.
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo ThinkPad X270 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

A fiery temper within a compact design. If the largest PC manufacturer had it their way, the Lenovo X270 would become the ultimate mobile companion. In our detailed review, you will find out why there might be better alternatives after all, and why Lenovo should change a few things for the next ThinkPad X2xx.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.4 kg
After installing the BIOS update, many users are unable to get past the Dell logo.

PSA: Latest XPS 9560 BIOS (1.2.4) may brick notebook

Dell's latest BIOS update for the XPS 9560 (1.2.4) is causing some users' laptops to be bricked after installing. There are two simple methods to make the system bootable again, however.
Razer Blade 2017

89% Razer Blade 2017 (GTX 1060, 7700HQ, Full-HD) Laptop Review

I Am What I Am. The Razer Blade combines great performance with good mobility and a healthy dose of design. The result is an appealing notebook which weighs in at less than 2 kg and measures less than 20 mm thick. The price is not for the faint of the heart, however.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.8 kg
Stoney Ridge is AMD's seventh generation entry-level 15W chipset. (Source: AMD)

AMD may be expanding into the Chromebook market

An AMD board known as "Kahlee" has shown up in ChromeOS's Coreboot code. The device will be based on 2016's Stoney Ridge rather than AMD's new Ryzen architecture. The existence of an AMD powered Chromebook together with the release of Ryzen 7 and 5-series chips suggests that AMD is making an all-out effort to reestablish itself in the market.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

Getting the hang of it. The ThinkPad Yoga 370 is Lenovo’s first 13.3-inch laptop in its ThinkPad Yoga series and is an attempt to simplify the line-up. Our extensive review shows how Lenovo succeeded and why we liked the ThinkPad Yoga 370.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD) Convertible Review

86% HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD) Convertible Review

Spectre spectacle. HP introduced the redesigned Spectre x360 FHD last November with the promise of a 4K UHD version in early 2017. The manufacturer has finally delivered with the Spectre x360 13-ac033dx, though the 4K SKU will cost a hefty $1600 USD.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
HP EliteBook 850 G4 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

86% HP EliteBook 850 G4 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

A tradition of poor angles. HP sent out its updated EliteBooks to fight for the affection of business users and the hearts and minds of big business purchasing managers alike. Our extensive review is going to reveal whether they will be won over by the EliteBook 850 G4 or whether HP has once again cut corners and skimped on that one particular part the way they already did with its predecessor.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

New business benchmark? The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already the 5th generation of the extremely portable business laptop. Lenovo not only equips its flagship device with modern Kaby Lake processors, but also uses a completely reworked chassis including modern ports. Update: The review is now complete.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Fujitsu LifeBook U757 (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Fujitsu LifeBook U757 (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

For mouse users, part II. After recently having tested the Lifebook U747, the U757 has found its way into our test labs. Read in our in-depth report whether the U757 receives a purchase recommendation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
An improvement of the Speed Step technology, Speed Shift enables much faster power state transitions to increase performance and save battery life. (Source: Intel)

Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560

After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Thanks to the addition of a second factory in India, the Chinese brand is now capable of producing one smartphone per second during operational hours. Xiaomi India's head reveals that Xiaomi manufactures locally 95 percent of the Xiaomi handsets sold there.
With a similar form-factor and specifications to the XPS 15, these two notebooks will be competing for much of the same market. (Source: ExpertReviews)

15-inch Yoga 720 up for order on Lenovo's website

Lenovo's Yoga 720 is a 15-inch quad-core convertible notebook that also packs an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU. It has just gone live on Lenovo's website for US$1259 and is expected to ship in 4-5 weeks.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD) Laptop Review

High-end business. We review the top-tier configuration of the new Lenovo ThinkPad T470s. Besides a healthy amount of memory as well as storage and a new Kaby Lake processor, the Chinese manufacturer also implements a brighter WQHD panel. We are a bit surprised by the weak cooling performance, because the ULV processor cannot utilize its full potential. Update: BIOS 1.07, Verdict, Rating
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Fujitsu Lifebook U747 Notebook Review

87% Fujitsu Lifebook U747 Notebook Review

For mouse users. In the highly competitive business market, Fujitsu aims to convince the purchasing teams of big companies with its new Lifebook U747. Our comprehensive test report reveals whether this succeeds in view of the strong competition.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
The UX550 has a more modern, sleeker design than its chunky predecessor. (Source: Taiwan Excellence)

Asus ZenBook with GTX1060 confirmed; release date unknown

Asus has yet to officially announce a 15-inch ZenBook Pro with GTX 1060, but the Taiwan Excellence Awards website reveals some details.
It's undeniable that the Surface Book has one of the most unique designs in mobile computing. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft cuts Surface Book prices with new no-dGPU options

Microsoft has cut the barrier of entry for the Surface Book by US$200 on both the high and low ends by offering i5/128GB/8GB as well as i7/1TB/16GB SKUs without dedicated GPUs. While the Surface Book is still running on Skylake and lacks Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C, it is still an attractive device due to its unique design, active stylus, and solid build qua...
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Acer Spin 5 SP513-51 Convertible Review

80% Acer Spin 5 SP513-51 Convertible Review

Spinning. All big manufacturers offer devices in the competitive mainstream convertible segment. Acer wants to attract customers with the Acer Spin 5. How does the 360-degree convertible perform?
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.7 kg
The Litebook is a rebranded Chinese laptop running Linux that retails for $249. (Source: Litebook)

Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost

The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop with Kaby Lake processor coming in April 2017

System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop coming next month

Unlike its heavy and powerful high-end siblings, the Galago Pro is thin and light, packing a 13.3-inch display and a Kaby Lake processor. This Linux-powered machine is scheduled to hit the market in April, starting at $899 USD.
The HP Pro x2 is the first device to sport the new NanoSaver slot. (Source: Kensington)

Kensington releases lock for ultra-thin devices

Kensington has announced the release of the first security lock designed for ultra-thin systems. The NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock has a head of only 10mm, and is making its debut in the HP Pro x2 2-in-1.
The Book One distinguishes itself by having both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable tablet. (Source: Porsche Design)

Porsche Design tries their hand at a different kind of convertible—a notebook

Porsche Design is jumping into the notebook market with both feet via their US$2500 premium 2-in-1 convertible, the BOOK ONE. The Book One is differentiated by its aggressive design, high price, included Wacom stylus, and the fact that the screen both swivels 360 degrees and detaches.
The Gram 13 is a compelling ultra-light ultrabook package for only US$1000. (Source: LG)

LG Gram 2017 models now up for sale in the US

LG's latest Gram ultrabooks are now up for sale with prices ranging from US$999 for the 13-inch non-touch up to US$1699 fully specced Gram 15. The Gram series are known for being incredibly lightweight, with even the 15-inch model only weighing 2.40 lbs.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

91% Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

New revision of the business classic. The ThinkPads from the T-series represent typical business notebooks for many users. Lenovo does not only equip the new T470 with modern processors and ports, but also a completely new chassis. Update: Luminance on battery power
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Razer has styled the Power Bank in the same black anodized aluminum as its laptops. (Source: Razer)

Razer releases USB Type-C power bank for charging ultrabooks

Razer has announced a USB Type-C power bank designed to augment the portable lifespan of its Stealth ultrabook. The 12,800 mAh (46 Wh) can charge up to three USB devices with its one Type-C and two Type-A ports.
Exec of Intel's Communication and Devices division, Aicha Evans, holds up a modem. (Source: The Motley Fool)

Intel announces new gigabit-LTE modem for laptops, phones, and other devices

Intel has announced the XMM 7560, a competitor to Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem. The XMM 7560 should offer transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, be compatible with networks worldwide, and will see wide-scale release in 2018.

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