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Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1

Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1

In addition to replacing the battery, the usual maintenance tasks of a laptop also includes cleaning the fan - or fans in the case of models with a dual fan design. This was not an easy task in the ThinkPad laptops of the P series...
Benjamin Herzig, Sun, 07 Mar 2021 01:12:00 +0100
Would have been unusable had it had a better screen: The Lenovo V15-ADA.

Lenovo V15-ADA: The Athlon Gold CPU makes it usable, but the cheap TN panel renders it unusable

Simple laptops should provide at least the bare mimumium when it comes to usability. This is possible even with simple CPUs, because they are not the only thing that matters.
Mike Wobker, Sat, 06 Mar 2021 21:43:00 +0100
We test the super luxurious $4000 Vaio Z laptop and it is definitely... something

We test the super luxurious $4000 Vaio Z laptop and it is definitely... something

What exactly does such a pricey laptop get you? The 14-inch Vaio Z is great for users who want to maximize performance and minimize weight. However, it doesn't offer enough in other aspects to justify the higher price against comp...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 04:26:00 +0100
The Moto G 5G from Motorola combines a good feature set with long battery life at a relatively low price of under 300 Euros (~$364).

The affordable Motorola Moto G 5G smartphone does a lot right in our test

In our review, the Moto G 5G from Motorola proves to be an interesting mid-range smartphone in the price range of less than 300 Euros (~$364). However, the Motorola phone might not be suitable for display fans...
Marcus Herbrich, Sun, 28 Feb 2021 18:23:00 +0100
Aorus 15P XC review: Lots of computing power in a compact case

The RTX 3070 in the Aorus 15P XC has a higher TGP than in the Aorus 15G XC

With its Comet Lake octa-core processor and GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, the Aorus 15P XC is able to display all current games smoothly. The other aspects are promising too: 32 GB of RAM (dual channel mode), space for two NVMe SSD...
Sascha Mölck, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:50:00 +0100
The MSI Stealth 15M is proof that gaming laptops with 15 W to 25 W Core U CPUs can work (Image source: MSI)

The MSI Stealth 15M is proof that gaming laptops with 15 W to 25 W Tiger Lake Core U CPUs can work

ULV Intel CPUs are getting better and better every year even if their performance differences can be marginal. However, those small gains are inching closer to Core H-levels of performance where we think Core U CPUs can have a pla...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 22:48:00 +0100
35 W Core i7-11375H vs. 28 W Core i7-1165G7: 10 to 30 percent faster in multi-thread performance (Image source: Intel)

35 W Core i7-11375H vs. 25 W Core i7-1165G7: 10 to 30 percent faster multi-thread performance

Our first in-house benchmarks of the Core i7-11375H are in and they are just marginally better than the 25 W Core i7-1185G7. OEMs will have to exploit its Turbo Boost potential as much as possible or else performance won't be all ...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:06:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy A12 proves to be a solid smartphone in the low-priced mid-range in our test.

Samsung Galaxy A12 in review: Does Samsung fall back into old patterns due to the success of the Galaxy A smartphones?

Our review of the Samsung Galaxy A12 reveals once again: Samsung's affordable mid-range is very broad with its various models. Within half a year, five affordable Samsung mid-range phones made it through our test course. However, ...
Marcus Herbrich, Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:50:00 +0100
Aorus Gaming Box eGPU makes a pretty strong case for Thunderbolt over the proprietary Asus ROG XG Mobile alternative (Source: Gigabyte)

Aorus Gaming Box eGPU makes a pretty strong case for Thunderbolt over the proprietary Asus ROG XG Mobile alternative

The Asus eGPU uses a special proprietary connector with more bandwidth than even Thunderbolt 4, but it can only be used for one specific laptop model. Meanwhile, the Aorus eGPU uses a generic Thunderbolt connector with more limite...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 07:29:00 +0100
The Asus ROG Strix G15 has a lot of graphics performance to offer with the GeForce RTX 3070

The Asus ROG Strix G15 has a lot of graphics performance to offer with the GeForce RTX 3070

The Asus ROG Strix G15 is one of the latest gaming laptops equipped with an RTX 3000 GPU and a Ryzen 5000 CPU. The combination promises high performance that can be used optimally in games with the 300 Hz display. In the test, the...
Marius S., Wed, 24 Feb 2021 02:03:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi 11 sometimes gets very hot in our test - at least in certain scenarios.

Is the enormous heat potential of the Snapdragon 888 in the Xiaomi Mi 11 a dealbreaker?

The latest offspring of the Mi series proves to be a very good smartphone in our test, but the Mi 11 also reveals enormous heat development at times. But is the heat problem of the Snapdragon 888 phone relevant in everyday use and...
Marcus Herbrich, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 06:16:00 +0100
Gigabyte has cut a lot of corners on the Aorus 15G XC

Gigabyte has cut corners on the Aorus 15G XC in order to equip it with an RTX 3070

We recently tested the Aorus 15G XC. The gaming laptop has been updated from an RTX 2070 to a new RTX 3070. In exchange, the manufacturer seems to have made a surprising number of cuts and removed a number of the predecessor's pop...
Christian Hintze, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:13:00 +0100
Offers a robust case and optional WWAN: The Dell Latitude 14 5411

Dell Latitude 14 5411: A lot of performance in the 14-inch laptop

Compact laptops with high CPU performance and business features represent a kind of niche on the laptop market. The Latitude 14 5411 combines these qualities, but it still has room for improvement.
Mike Wobker, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:24:00 +0100
Only the Intel version has a Thunderbolt port: Das Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2: Who would like some Intel, who needs AMD?

In our review, the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with the Tiger Lake CPU shows that Intel is getting back up on its feet. The decision to buy comes down to details, some of which speak against the AMD variant.
Mike Wobker, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 19:35:00 +0100
Here we go again: Some GeForce RTX 3070 laptops are already outperforming the RTX 3080 (Image source: Nvidia)

This is why Nvidia TGP is important: Some GeForce RTX 3070 laptops are already outperforming the RTX 3080

Nvidia allows laptops to have 140 W GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs and 100 W GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs which can lead to some peculiarities in raw performance. Certain laptop models with the RTX 3080 are going to run consistently slower than m...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:26:00 +0100
The Lenovo ThinkPad T15p surprises us with a plastic case

The Lenovo ThinkPad T15p surprises us with a plastic case

Lenovo ThinkPads are among the laptops that defy the trend of all-metal cases. Usually, a mix of different high-performance plastics with magnesium and aluminum is used. Magnesium is also used in the Lenovo ThinkPad T15p, but surp...
Benjamin Herzig, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:43:00 +0100
MSI GS66 with GeForce RTX 3070 is 20 percent faster than the RTX 2080 Max-Q model, costs about the same at retail (Image source: Xotic PC)

There is absolutely no reason to buy the MSI GS66 GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q because the faster RTX 3070 model is the same price

The GeForce RTX 3070 offers 20 percent faster graphics performance than the RTX 2080 Max-Q and it even comes with the same 1 TB SSD capacity, 32 GB RAM, and 300 Hz display. Interested buyers would be better off with the newer Ampe...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 13 Feb 2021 22:40:00 +0100
High-end Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 4K 2-in-1: Is the extra price for the new processor and the 4K touchscreen worth it?

High-end Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 4K 2-in-1: Is the extra price for the new processor and the 4K touchscreen worth it?

The 9i marks the top series of the Lenovo Yoga convertibles. The model with a 1080p touchscreen and the Intel Core i5-1135G7 was already able to score an 87% in our test. Lenovo improved on this, and we have now reviewed the confi...
Christian Hintze, Fri, 12 Feb 2021 05:39:00 +0100
The Teclast F7 Air is a beauty without much brawn. (Image via Teclast)

Teclast F7 Air: Beauty is only skin-deep

The Teclast F7 Air is a well-built MacBook 12 clone that suffers from weak hardware, short battery life, and a lackluster screen. If all you want is a beautiful laptop for less than $500, the F7 Air fits the bill. Just be prepared...
Sam Medley, Wed, 10 Feb 2021 03:00:00 +0100
Asus clarifies that confusing warning label on the Zephyrus Duo 15 about battery charging

Asus clarifies that confusing warning label on the Zephyrus Duo 15 about battery charging

Asus says it's ok to use generic USB-C adapters to recharge the laptop in spite of the warning label telling owners otherwise. When charging via the AC barrel port, however, be sure to use only those provided by Asus.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:18:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Nano is the lightest ThinkPad you can buy

The brand-new ThinkPad X1 Nano only tips the scale at little more than 900 grams. But it is not only the lightest ThinkPad, it is also the first model to return to 16:10 panels. However, Lenovo had to make some compromises to real...
Andreas Osthoff, Mon, 08 Feb 2021 12:23:00 +0100
Comes with a 17-inch screen and AMD technology: The MSI Alpha 17

MSI Alpha 17: The mid-range gaming laptop with AMD technology

The MSI Alpha 17 with an AMD CPU and GPU is worth a closer look for price-conscious laptop gamers. Not only is the price right but also the performance of the 17-inch gaming laptop.
Mike Wobker, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 17:35:00 +0100
HP Envy 14 Core i5-1135G7 runs at faster clock rates than most Core i7-1165G7 laptops

HP Envy 14 Core i5-1135G7 runs at faster clock rates than most Core i7-1165G7 laptops

The excellent Turbo Boost sustainability of the HP machine allows it outperform the majority of Core i7-1165G7 laptops currently available. The additional overhead will come in handy for power users who want the most out of a Core...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 07:14:00 +0100
The fastest Core i7-1165G7 PC available is now over two times faster than the slowest Core i7-1165G7 laptop (Image source: Simplynuc.com)

The fastest Core i7-1165G7 PC available is now over two times faster than the slowest Core i7-1165G7 laptop

The performance difference between the two slowest and fastest Core i7-1165G7 PCs has now ballooned to over 100 percent. Tiger Lake can be awfully impressive as long as you know where to look.
Allen Ngo, Fri, 05 Feb 2021 06:16:00 +0100
Good-looking with lots of horsepower: Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

Sexy Beast: Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

Asus combines beauty and speed into a successful blend in the Zephyrus G15. The compact 15-inch gaming device is available with a white case and a GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU.
Florian Glaser, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 18:20:00 +0100
A decent office notebook: The Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A

Acer Aspire 5 with Tiger Lake: A notebook like many others

Always the same basic model, always an upgrade to the newest CPU generation. The advantages the modern hardware has to offer are usually marginal for generic office notebooks.
Mike Wobker, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 14:05:00 +0100
Asus TUF Dash F15: RTX 3070 Laptop auf Sparflamme

Falling short: Asus TUF Dash F15

For its Ampere generation of GPUs, Nvidia was very generous when it came to TDP thresholds. In case of the TUF Dash F15, equipped with a GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop, Asus chose to configure it with the lowest possible TDP threshold.
Florian Glaser, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 22:32:00 +0100
MSI Summit E15 review: An advance into the premium business segment

MSI Summit E15 - A challenger for the Dell XPS 15 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The Summit E15 is supposed to make life difficult for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and Dell XPS 15 top dogs. To do this, MSI uses the most current technology: Tiger Lake, Turing, USB 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, and PCI Express 4.
Sascha Mölck, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 21:15:00 +0100
Schenker XMG Neo 17: Nothing done halfway

Fully exploits the RTX 3070: Schenker XMG Neo 17

Out of the Ampere laptops that we have tested so far, the XMG Neo 17 from Schenker Technologies came out on top with the best performance. Thanks to the high TDP, the RTX 3070 laptop GPU even computes faster than many RTX 3080 dev...
Florian Glaser, Tue, 02 Feb 2021 04:28:00 +0100
The OnePlus Nord N100 is a well-equipped smartphone for under 200 Euros (~$241). But there's strong competition...

Nord N100: Is the cheapest smartphone from OnePlus cheap enough?

90 Hz display, large battery, fast charging, stereo speakers: The OnePlus Nord N100 has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, OnePlus fans might be disappointed by the 200-Euro (~$241) smartphone...
Florian Schmitt, Mon, 01 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0100
From left to right: Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra

Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S20 Ultra

Mandatory upgrade? Both, the Galaxy S20 Ultra as well as its successor, feature Samsung's own in-house 108 MP sensor for their main camera. However, Samsung massively upgraded the S21 Ultra's zoom capabilities. Does this alone justify an upgrade?
Daniel Schmidt, Sat, 30 Jan 2021 04:42:00 +0100
4K panel with 100 % AdobeRGB coverage

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC: Great display for creative minds

The Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR is not directly aimed at gamers but rather at creative users. Consequently, a high frequency and good response rates are not the most important factors to consider.
Florian Glaser, Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:29:00 +0100
ThinkPad X1 Nano

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano has arrived: Case and 16:10 Display are great, but the keyboard disappoints

We just got the brand-new ThinkPad X1 Nano and the chassis of Lenovo's new 13-inch Ultrabook leaves a great impression right away and is much more compact than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. However, we are disappointed by the keyboard, because it reminds us of cheaper ThinkBook or IdeaPad laptops from Lenovo due to the reduced key travel.
Andreas Osthoff, Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:24:00 +0100
Maintenance-friendly work laptop: The Dell Latitude 15 5511

Dell Latitude 15 5511: Large 15-incher for business users

Dell does without the "slim", "super light", and "mobile" marketing phrases for the Latitude 15 5511, but it presents the business laptop as a practical work machine in return.
Mike Wobker, Mon, 25 Jan 2021 18:44:00 +0100
The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 convinces in the test with an excellent keyboard and Thunderbolt 4

The ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 convinces in the test with an excellent keyboard and Thunderbolt 4

Lenovo's ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 is a well-made ultrabook with up-to-date hardware and a first-class keyboard.
Marius Schell, Sun, 24 Jan 2021 01:43:00 +0100
The GPD Win 3 is two times more expensive than a Playstation 5. Is it really worth it?

The GPD Win 3 is two times more expensive than a Playstation 5. Is it really worth it?

Users who don't plan on exploiting the Thunderbolt 4 port of the Win 3 will be missing out on the single most important feature of the handheld as it is the secret to turning the system into a full-fledged docked Core i7 laptop PC...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 21 Jan 2021 02:57:00 +0100
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits (Source: HP)

HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits

Users who don't update might get a fancy 10th gen Xeon or Core i9 CPU running slower than a cheaper 9th gen Core i7-9750H. Luckily, all it takes is a quick download from HP to fix the issue.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:46:00 +0100
HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything....

HP Sure View in the ZBook Firefly 14 - As you can see, you don't see anything...

HP offers a privacy filter for its ultra-thin workstation that is supposed to protect the screen content from curious eyes. However, the HP Sure View technology is more of a curse than a blessing.
Christian Hintze, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:23:00 +0100
Glare is the biggest enemy of the Asus ScreenPad at the moment

Asus' unique ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is getting better, but it's not quite there just yet

The ZenBook Duo series is aching for a panel provider who can mass produce OLED displays in the form factor that Asus needs. The IPS ScreenPad for the UX482 works better than it did on the UX481, but its core viewing angle disadva...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Core i7-1165G7 has slower CPU performance than the Yoga 9i Core i5-1135G7

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9i Core i7-1165G7 has slower CPU performance than the Yoga 9i Core i5-1135G7

The IdeaPad series is marketed as a mid-range offering to contrast to high-end Yoga series. Apparently, this also means that certain Yoga laptops with lesser Core i5 CPUs may slightly pull ahead of some IdeaPad laptops with the pr...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 03:43:00 +0100
Offers a lot of performance and good battery life: The Honor MagicBook 15

Honor MagicBook 15: Longer battery life with Ryzen 5 4500U

After we recently took a look at the MagicBook 14 with AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U, it's now the MagicBook 15's turn. It reveals small and big improvements but also known weaknesses.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 04:35:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL Review: Quiet, cool, enduring 2-in-1 device

DDR4-3200 RAM limits Tiger Lake graphics performance - a review of the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL

The ThinkBook 14s Yoga doesn't attract attention by setting performance records but rather with its good ergonomics. The Lenovo engineers have focused on low emissions, good stamina and a decent keyboard. The touchscreen display c...
Sascha Mölck, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:35:00 +0100
The UHD screen in the Lenovo ThinkPad P15s is (almost) the brightest LCD screen in a ThinkPad ever.

The UHD panel of the Lenovo ThinkPad P15s is (almost) the brightest ThinkPad LCD screen of all time

In the past, bright displays and ThinkPads did not come hand in hand. Now, finally, another model cracks the 600-nit mark. The panel in the P15s, which is the brightest in the ThinkPad series, is also used in other workstation-gra...
Benjamin Herzig, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:48:00 +0100
Testing the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG: A compact, mobile multimedia allrounder with an unnecessary touchscreen

12-Watt GeForce MX450 beats the 25-Watt GeForce-MX350 - Testing the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG

Asus uses the most current technology in the ZenBook 14: A Tiger Lake processor, GeForce MX450 graphics core, 16 GB of working memory (quad-channel mode), and Thunderbolt 4. A 63-Wh battery ensures a good battery life.
Sascha Mölck, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:17:00 +0100
Supports 5G and delivers long battery life: The Oppo A73 5G

Oppo A73 5G: Long battery life thanks to new MediaTek SoC

Not only is the Oppo A73 5G a 5G smartphone for under 300 Euros (~$368), but it also scores points with a very long battery life.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:22:00 +0100
Aorus 15P WB in review: Compact gaming powerhouse offers very good battery life

Gigabyte focuses on the essentials with the Aorus 15P WB gaming laptop.

The Aorus 15P WB brings all modern computer games smoothly onto the screen (Full HD, IPS, 144 Hz). In addition, there's an NVMe SSD, 16 GB of RAM (dual-channel mode), and very good battery life.
Sascha Mölck, Thu, 07 Jan 2021 05:56:00 +0100
Lenovo improves the performance of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3, but we would like to see a bigger update with AMD Ryzen

Lenovo improves the performance of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3, but we would like to see a bigger update with AMD Ryzen

Lenovo has improved the CPU performance of the current ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but the Intel CPU is still inferior to AMD's current processors. The X1 Extreme Gen3 is a very good multimedia laptop and we especially like the excellent...
Andreas Osthoff, Wed, 06 Jan 2021 22:10:00 +0100
First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all (Image source: Intel)

First Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks just barely outperform the Core i7-1165G7, if at all

If a laptop is giving you the option between a Core i7-1165G7 or Core i7-1185G7, then you may as well save some money and go with the Core i7-1165G7. Spending more on the Core i7-1185G7 will give only marginal performance benefits...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 06 Jan 2021 08:26:00 +0100
Optionally, the LG Wing will magically reveal a 3.9-inch secondary display below the 6.8-inch OLED main display.

Courageous concept, but is the LG Wing niche smartphone simply too expensive?

The LG Wing is one of the most unusual smartphones of the year. The dual-display smartphone offers a very special smartphone concept that is unique until now.
Marcus Herbrich, Tue, 05 Jan 2021 16:37:00 +0100
That awkward moment when a Core i5-1135G7 can outperform the more expensive Core i7-1165G7 (Image source: Intel)

That awkward moment when a Core i5-1135G7 can outperform the more expensive Core i7-1165G7

If you plan on buying a new 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake laptop, then you might want to keep in mind that the cheaper Core i5-1135G7 can actually match or outperform a handful of Core i7-1165G7 laptops in raw CPU performance.
Allen Ngo, Sun, 03 Jan 2021 03:13:00 +0100

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