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Acer Extensa 15 EX215-51 in review: Acer equips its work horse with a disappointing display

Only single-channel RAM - review of the Acer Extensa 15 EX215-51

Strengths of the Extensa 15 include the Core i5 processor, NVMe SSD, low noise levels and moderate heat development. The installed display represents the bigges...
Intel Core i5-10210U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Sascha Mölck, Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:03:00 +0100
HP Pavilion x360 14 Review: HP's 14-inch convertible offers optional pen input

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dh convertible supports the HP Pen that can be purchased separately

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dh1153ng has a Comet Lake processor, an Intel Optane SSD and a backlit keyboard. The IPS touchscreen display can be operated with your f...
Intel Core i5-10210U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Sascha Mölck, Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:35:00 +0100
The 4K ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 suffers from too many shortcomings, at least 4K models anyway. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: A multimedia laptop that succeeds in being worse than its predecessor

The second generation of the X1 Extreme introduces new CPUs, a new GPU and a wider choice of displays. However, the X1 Extreme Gen 2 performs worse than its pre...
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
Alex Alderson, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 20:24:00 +0100
XMG Core 15: An affordable gamer

Good Price-Performance Ratio: Schenker XMG Core 15 (Tongfang GK5CP6V)

The demand for compact gaming laptops is increasing. With the XMG Core 15, Schenker is offering a suitable 15-inch notebook that is able to convince, besides ha...
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile | 15.6" | 2 kg
Florian Glaser, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:04:00 +0100
The Mi 10 Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Content-creation Juggernaut: The Mi 10 Pro debuts at the top of DxOMark's camera and audio charts

Xiaomi has just launched its newest flagship phones, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The Mi 10 Pro has also been put through the paces over at DxOMark, and posted impressive results that place it at the top of the website's photo, video,...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:05:00 +0100
First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Hands-On

First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Hands-On

As expected Samsung revealed the new Galaxy S20 series comprised of three different models during yesterday's Unpacked event. We were able to take a first peek at Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra and want to give you our first impressions made during this hands-on experience where we encountered well-done evolution but also the first minor imperfections.
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:25:00 +0100
We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to

We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to

The 768p touchscreen is so bad that tablet mode is rendered almost unusable. This type of display has no right to be on any laptop retailing for this high of a ...
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Allen Ngo, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:46:00 +0100
MSI Alpha 15: High power consumption and short battery life plague MSI's latest mid-range gaming laptop (Image source: MSI)

MSI Alpha 15: High power consumption and short battery life plague MSI's latest mid-range gaming laptop

The all-AMD affair of the Ryzen 7 3750H and Radeon RX 5500M certainly provides a powerful base on which to play the latest triple-A games, but the MSI Alpha 15 ...
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H | AMD Radeon RX 5500M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Alex Alderson, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 23:43:00 +0100
The NVIDIA MX350 is a cut-down GTX 1050 with a 64-bit memory bus.

Exclusive | Full specs and first benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 and MX350 — NVIDIA clings-on to Pascal even in the third iteration

We have obtained exclusive information and benchmarks about NVIDIA's latest entry-level dGPUs for laptops — the GeForce MX330 and MX350. While the MX330 is essentially a rebranded MX250, the MX350 is based on the same GP107 chip as the GTX 1050 albeit sporting just a 64-bit memory bus and a lower 25 W TDP.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:59:00 +0100
The Mate 20 X. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Feature | In hindsight, the Huawei Mate 20 X was an incredibly underrated smartphone

Look away, lovers of smaller-sized phones, this one isn't for you. Huawei's Mate 20 series is almost 16 months old and here we have a look at the forgotten son of the lineup, the Mate 20 X—perhaps, the most underrated device Huawe...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 09 Feb 2020 09:20:00 +0100
The less expensive MacBook Pro 13 is the better choice

The less expensive MacBook Pro 13 is the better choice

With the upgrade to the quad-core processor and the Touch Bar, both versions of the MacBook Pro 13 are closer than ever. There are still differences, but the mo...
Intel Core i5-8257U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:32:00 +0100
The Lenovo ThinkBook 15: A budget Comet Lake office laptop that falls short of expectations. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo ThinkBook 15: A budget Comet Lake office laptop that falls short of expectations

Lenovo prices the ThinkBook 15 at around US$870 for the new entry-level Intel Comet Lake variant. The Core i5-10210U-powered device also comes with 16 GB of RAM...
Intel Core i5-10210U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Alex Alderson, Sat, 08 Feb 2020 11:01:00 +0100
The HP 15s-fq1556ng shows a weak performance due to an unbalanced fan control

HP Notebook 15s: And the fan is annoying again

In terms of optimization, HP still has some work to do with its Ice Lake based notebooks. In our tests, the fan control is either annoying, or ensures a weak pe...
Intel Core i5-1035G1 | Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU) | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
Mike Wobker, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 17:39:00 +0100
Great cameras, mediocre audio. (Source: MI)

Skip the Mi Note 10 Pro if you need great audio from your phone

The Mi Note 10 Pro launched to much fanfare with its penta-camera setup that offered 5x optical zoom and a 108 MP main camera. It's, by all means, a capable camera smartphone and will appeal to hobbyist photographers; but audio lo...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 06:47:00 +0100
Huawei P30 Lite New Edition

Huawei P30 Lite New Edition: A new memory era

This large of a storage capacity is almost unheard of in the mid-range sector: 256 GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage makes the Huawei P30 Lite New Edition almost uniqu...
HiSilicon Kirin 710 | ARM Mali-G51 MP4 | 6.15" | 159 g
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:13:00 +0100
The Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 is not outdated yet

The Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 is not outdated yet

Many retailers still sell the 2019 MacBook Pro 15, even after the launch of the new MacBook Pro 16. You can often get big discounts, so is the MBP 15 still a good choice, and which components should you take?
Andreas Osthoff, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 12:21:00 +0100
Could have gotten more for the same price: The Asus VivoBook 17 M712DA

Asus VivoBook 17 M712DA: A better screen and a bigger battery would come in quite handy

With the low-priced VivoBook 17 M712DA, Asus could have improved a few things without increasing the price in the process. In that case, the fact that the Ryzen 5 cannot reach its full potential would beside the point.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 19:39:00 +0100
Marathon-Kämpfer: Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML

Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IML: It runs and runs and runs...

While many laptops run out of steam quite quickly, the IdeaPad S540-15IML proves to be extremely enduring. Here you'll find a short and clear overview of what the 15-incher has otherwise to offer.
Florian Glaser, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 01:26:00 +0100
MSI Modern 14 foregoes features in favor of GeForce MX250 graphics, a well-calibrated display, and a low price (Image source: Xotic PC)

MSI Modern 14 vs. Prestige 14: What's the difference?

The Modern 14 may be a lot cheaper, but it actually has a few advantages over the more expensive Prestige 14 including additional ports and expandable RAM.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 05:55:00 +0100
Huawei Band 4 Pro: Convincing GPS performance

Huawei Band 4 Pro: Convincing GPS performance

While the Huawei Band 4 Pro is slightly more expensive than other fitness wristbands, it also comes with a few extra features: An integrated GPS, AMOLED display and in some countries, even NFC functionality. Here, we summarize our...
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:56:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro Max. (Source: Gadgets Now)

Opinion | DxOMark somehow thinks the iPhone 11 Pro Max takes worse selfies than most other 2019 flagships

DxOMark has now tested the iPhone 11 Pro Max's selfie cameras, and given it a score that places it below other phones like the Galaxy S10+, Note 10+, Asus Zenfone 6, and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. There's one problem with that, though—th...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:45:00 +0100
Microsoft Modern Standby is causing some laptops to heat up like crazy

Fail | Microsoft Modern Standby is causing some XPS, Lenovo and Asus laptops to heat up like crazy

It's not comforting when the laptop in your backpack or bag would heat up to over 50 C or 120 F seemingly out of nowhere. Microsoft's latest feature can be undesirable in most cases especially to users who are unaware of the diffe...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 05:13:00 +0100
The Black Shark 2 Pro. (Source: XDA-Developers)

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro: A gaming phone with abysmal multimedia?

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro was one of the first phones to be launched with the Snapdragon 855+. While it offers impressive performance, it would appear that the company cut corners on its audio hardware, with the phone posting t...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:46:00 +0100
Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T Review: The simple Chromebook offers a touchscreen with low reflections

Affordable Chromebook without any real quirks: Review of the Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T

Lenovo's 14-inch Chromebook has an IPS touchscreen display, silent operation and a good battery life. Some sacrifices will have to be made in terms of RAM and storage size.
Sascha Mölck, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100
Puts pressure on the CAT smartphones: the Blackview BV9800 Pro

Blackview BV9800 Pro: Connection established

Thanks to accumulated experience and cheap hardware, Blackview’s rugged smartphone is able to go head to head with the established competitors. The inclusion of an infrared camera tells us that Blackview is going after a specific ...
Mike Wobker, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:42:00 +0100
The Sony Xperia 5. (Source: NDTV)

Still two years behind: The Sony Xperia 5's cameras play catch-up to the competition

For some reason, Sony continues to deliver sub-standard camera performance with its smartphones, and the Xperia 5 continues that trend. The phone was tested by DxOMark and found lacking, only managing to match two-year-old flagshi...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:19:00 +0100
Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review: Silent Chromebook offers good endurance

Too expensive for the performance offered - The Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA features a Core m3-8100Y processor, an IPS touchscreen display, a silent operation and good battery life. The Google Play Store provides access to countless Android apps.
Sascha Mölck, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:40:00 +0100
It is hard to find a sub-US$150 smartphone that offers more than the Redmi 8 does. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi 8: Setting new standards for entry-level smartphones

The Redmi 8 is a triumph among entry-level smartphones. While it inevitably has its shortcomings, the device offers a compelling balance between price and performance on all accounts. In short, it is hard to find a sub-US$150 smar...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:19:00 +0100
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng: A 14-inch multimedia laptop with one significant shortcoming. (Image source: HP)

HP Pavilion 14: A powerful Ice Lake multimedia laptop with an annoying drawback

How can you ruin an Ice Lake and GeForce MX powered multimedia laptop? Well HP has managed it, and that is not the only fault we have with the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng either. All in all, its flaws mask what is an otherwise good 14-in...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:13:00 +0100
The Mate 30 Pro. (Source: Expert Reviews)

Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Great cameras but awful speakers?

The Mate 30 Pro packs in incredible hardware, especially in the camera department. For some reason, though, Huawei chose to completely overlook the phone's audio playback capabilities, and DxOMark's review shows it being much wors...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0100
Terminates apps particularly fast: The realme XT

realme XT: Energy saving isn't everything

Some smartphone manufacturers implement particularly strict energy-saving regulations in their software. This causes apps to be terminated unexpectedly and, in the case of the realme XT, even the GPS functionality suffers, which m...
Mike Wobker, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:33:00 +0100
The ROG Phone 2. (Source: Asus)

DxOMark | The Asus ROG Phone 2's cameras are a tad disappointing

The Asus ROG Phone 2 has been hailed for its outstanding hardware. Designed to be a gaming phone, the ROG Phone 2 delivers excellent performance and user experience-enhancing features, but it would seem that its cameras don't quit...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:27:00 +0100
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC

MSI GF63 Thin 9SC Notebook: Entry-level gamer with compact case

Amazing price-to-performance ratio? Affordable gaming laptops are in demand, which is why almost every manufacturer has devices available for around $1000. One particularly interesting model is the GF63 9SC from MSI, which is equi...
Florian Glaser, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:34:00 +0100
The Honor V30 Pro is a hard-to-recommend camera beast

DxOMark | The Honor V30 Pro is a hard-to-recommend camera beast

The Honor V30 phones were released a few months ago. The V30 Pro, in particular, is notable for being the first non-Huawei phone to sport the huge 40 MP IMX600. That move has paid off sweetly, too, as the phone manages to deliver ...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:04:00 +0100
Three generations of 14 nm: Core i7-10510U offers just 20 percent faster multi-thread performance than the average Core i7-8550U

Three generations of 14 nm: Core i7-10510U offers just 20 percent faster multi-thread performance than the average Core i7-8550U

If you're in the market for a new laptop, you won't be missing all that much by going with an older Whiskey Lake-U model. The hexa-core Core i7-10710U looks to be the only Comet Lake-U SKU to offer a significant gen-to-gen raw per...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy A51 has what it takes to succeed.

Samsung Galaxy A51: Another success?

One of the most successful Samsung smartphones last year was the Galaxy A50. We tested its successor and tried to find out whether the good results are likely to continue.
Florian Schmitt, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:40:00 +0100
Automatic ambient mode: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: good looking tablet as smart home hub

Lenovo's Yoga Smart Tab includes a built-in stand, and promises superb voice recognition capabilities thanks to its multi-array microphones. And since this does not require too much performance its major weakness can be found some...
Mike Wobker, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:35:00 +0100
The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API, an affordable office laptop powered by an Athlon APU. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API: AMD's Athlon 300U APU offers more performance than Intel's low cost offerings

The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. Its AMD Athlon 300U APU outshines Intel's alternatives too.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:48:00 +0100
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U

Acer Swift 5: The 14-inch ultrabook fares a lot better than its predecessor

The new 14-inch Acer Swift 5 continues to weigh less than 1 kg. But the truly impressive thing about this model is that the manufacturer has managed to address almost all aspects that were criticized about the predecessor and crea...
Christian Hintze, Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:02:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML disappoints with very dim display

Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML disappoints with very dim display

Nowadays, most people would expect a high-quality convertible for more than $1,000 to be equipped with a decent display. Unfortunately, the Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML disappoints in this regard, since there appears to be both a very b...
Benjamin Herzig, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 23:20:00 +0100
Useful software from the manufacturer: A kid's mode and tablet manager for the Lenovo Tab M8 HD

Lenovo Tab M8 HD: Slim tablet for browsing with useful software additions

The second edition of Lenovo's Tab M8 HD is characterized by good workmanship, a modern design and comparably slim bezels. On top of the standard Android system, the tablet also has a kid's mode and a useful tablet manager.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:19:00 +0100
With the 6.2 model, Nokia continues to rely on the Android One platform

Nokia 6.2 Smartphone in Review: Android One was a great choice for Nokia

The Nokia 6.2 is a cheap mid-range smartphone from the Android One program. Thanks to a minimal and well-optimized user interface, even the relatively low-end Nokia phone runs smoothly.
Marcus Herbrich, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:56:00 +0100
The CAT S52 looks attractive and slim – according to the dimensions of an outdoor smartphone at least...

CAT S52: The outdoor smartphone for design fans?

The CAT S52 wants to be sturdy yet fancy. The camera shouldn't be neglected here, and this is often not particularly great with outdoor smartphones. We have summarized the results of our review for you here.
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 05:53:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet with deficits. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019): A budget tablet that disappoints in many ways

Our recent review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) revealed some weak points about Samsung's latest budget tablet. In particular, the performance of its SoC is not up to scratch and holds back the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) in daily us...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 02:22:00 +0100
Good build quality with poor performance: the Lenovo Tab M7

Lenovo Tab M7: Fire 7 alternative with modern design

With the Tab M7, Lenovo shows that “low-priced” does not always mean “cheap”. The build quality of the Tab M7 is very good and the modern design makes all other low-priced tablets look obsolete. Unfortunately, the system performan...
Mike Wobker, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 22:43:00 +0100
These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019

These are the best and worst Intel Core i7 Ice Lake laptops of 2019

Dell and Microsoft have the best implementation of the Core i7-1065G7 thus far with HP being near the bottom. When looking at the extremes, the fastest i7-1065G7 laptop is able to outperform the slowest by 50 percent in multi-thre...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 03:01:00 +0100
Lenovo's Privacy Guard ePrivacy Filter is not very effective

Lenovo's Privacy Guard ePrivacy Filter is not very effective

Lenovo's first attempt of an integrated privacy filter is not very convincing. The picture quality is not affected, but the privacy filter only works at low bri...
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.2 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:00:00 +0100
Long-term performance: The Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13API

Lenovo IdeaPad S540: AMD is now the obvious choice

With AMD's Ryzen 5 3550H, ultra-thin and mobile laptops can now maintain their performance level over a longer period of time. As our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad S540-13API shows, users do not need to worry about any drawbacks ca...
Mike Wobker, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 05:18:00 +0100
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio: An expensive, but factory overclocked, GPU. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio - An expensive take on the RTX 2080 Ti

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is more than just a mouthful. The TU102-powered card comes factory overclocked, with three axial fans and takes up three PCIe slots. MSI may have a hard time selling it though, as its US$1...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 14:21:00 +0100
With 5 cameras to the photo throne? The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is, by all means, well equipped.

Is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 the new camera reference?

With 5 cameras and 108 megapixels on the main lens, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 wants to push much more expensive devices off the photo throne. We tested the device and saw if this could work.
Florian Schmitt, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 01:27:00 +0100

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