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Dell Inspiron 15 and 17 5000 budget notebooks now updated with Kaby Lake-R

Dell Inspiron 15 and 17 5000 series updated with Kaby Lake-R and Radeon graphics

Dell's affordable Inspiron 5000 family has been redesigned to finally include USB Type-C and faster graphics from the older R5 M335 and R7 M445 to the newer Radeon 530.
Acer TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible Review

78% Acer TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible Review

Weakling with odd clickpad design. Laptops for the educational sector need to be both sturdy and inexpensive. The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 fulfills with these requirements, but a closer look reveals many shortcomings.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 11.6" | 1.5 kg
Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

We recently asked our readers to tell us about their individual preferences for gaming notebooks in a survey. So what is the perfect gaming notebook? Are there any differences between gamers in Asia, Europe and America? Do PC users really think differently to notebook gamers? Here are the answers to all these questions.
The new Inspiron 2-in-1 models will be available starting October 3. (Source: Dell)

Dell launches new 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch 2-in-1 Inspiron laptops with Intel gen 8 CPUs

All new 2-in-1 models can be powered by either the Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U quad-core / eight-thread CPUs and will be available starting October 3. The 13.3-inch Inspiron 5379 has no discrete GPU and can cost as low as US$749.99. The 15.6-inch Inspiron 7570 comes with the older 940 MX GPU from Nevidia and costs as low as US$799. The top of the li...
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Is it Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, or Iced-Coffee Lake? (Source: Pixabay)

Eurocom says Intel will have an 8C/16T 'enthusiast' consumer CPU by late 2018

A Eurocom company representative has posted on a thread in the NotebookReview forums saying that their Tornado F5 and upcoming Tornado F7 will feature 8C/16T CPUs in the second half of 2018. This could be a high-end revision of 14nm Coffee Lake, or it could be a CPU in the 9th generation 10nm+ Ice Lake family.
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Asus FX550IU (FX-9830P, Radeon RX 460) Laptop Review

72% Asus FX550IU (FX-9830P, Radeon RX 460) Laptop Review

Bristol Ridge swan song. What should be one of the last Bristol Ridge gaming notebooks of 2017 before the push for mobile Ryzen shows us why AMD notebooks have been such a failure. An old plastic chassis, cheap TN panel, and weak CPU performance don't do the Polaris GPU any favors.
AMD FX-9830P | AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
The Ryzen 5 2500U APU puts forth a good show in the Geekbench benchmark. (Source: PC Perspective)

AMD Ryzen 5 'Raven Ridge' APU benchmark shows major performance benefits over last gen 'Excavator'

Benchmark scores of the Zen-based AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU are out on Geekbench and they seem promising. While the results seem to somewhat corroborate AMD's claims of a close to 50% performance increase over Bristol Ridge APUs, details are still scarce with respect to specifics of the on-die components.
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Toshiba Portégé A30-D (7100U, 128 GB) Subnotebook Review

87% Toshiba Portégé A30-D (7100U, 128 GB) Subnotebook Review

SSD slip up. If the last cubic centimeters of volume and a few hundred grams more or less are unimportant, the new 13-inch laptop will be more than a useful companion as it fuses enough power with a decent battery life and comes with the usual security features. However, the moderate price faces some not exactly trivial points of criticism.
Intel Core i3-7100U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
What appears to be the upcoming retro ThinkPad. (Source: Reddit)

Lenovo image shows the Retro Thinkpad design

An eagle-eyed Reddit user has found an image on Lenovo's website which appears to be the upcoming Retro ThinkPad. The retro ThinkPad is based on the T470 chassis and features a classic IBM-style 7-row keyboard.
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7 1700, Radeon RX 580) Laptop Review

83% Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7 1700, Radeon RX 580) Laptop Review

Sensation While AMD's Ryzen architecture is already available in the desktop range for several months, the notebook range had do wait patiently for a long time. The waiting is over now: Asus is the first manufacturer who provided us with a gaming laptop with 8-core CPU and Radeon RX 580. Our review will reveal whether the bundle is able to challenge a combination of Intel and Nvidia hardware.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD (i7, GTX 1050, Full HD) Laptop Review

Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD (i7, GTX 1050, Full HD) Laptop Review

Elegant multimedia Laptop – Live Review. The new Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 is a high-end multimedia notebook. You get powerful components in a great chassis, but the cooling solution struggles with the heat development of the components. Update: Input devices, gaming, fans and speakers.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
MSI claims the new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro models are the world's slimmest and lightest VR-ready laptops. (Source: MSI)

MSI's new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro are the slimmest VR-ready gaming notebooks around

The new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro VR-ready gaming laptops are powered by the latest Intel gen 7 Core i7 CPUs and the GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 (Max-Q) GPU. MSI claims these are the slimmest and lightest VR-ready gaming laptops out there, with the 17.3-inch model weighing 5.3 lbs, and the 15.6-inch one weighing 3.96 lbs.
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HP EliteBook 1040 G4 business notebook (Source: HP)

HP EliteBook 1040 G4 coming later this month

The new 14-inch HP EliteBook 1040 G4 premium notebook comes with 7th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor options, provides improved battery life, and should hit the market later this month for a starting price of US$1,379.
Dell XPS 13 with 8th gen Core i7-8550U CPU now shipping in US (Source: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 with 8th gen Core i7-8550U CPU now shipping in US

The Kaby Lake-R model will not come until very late this month. Configurable options are limited to just FHD or QHD (+$350 USD) and Silver or Rose Gold (+$50 USD) colors for now.
The Rose Gold chassis is constructed with machined aluminum, carbon fiber and Gorilla Glass. (Source: Dell)

Deal | Get the Dell XPS 13 Rose Gold edition with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD for $1,499

The Microsoft Store offers the Dell XPS 13 Rose Gold edition for US$1,499. It is powered by the Core i7-7500U CPU from Intel coupled with 16 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, and it also comes with the 512 GB SSD option that has Windows 10 64-bit pre-installed. This is the world's first notebook to integrate the InfinityEdge display that places an almost borderless 13-...
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Survey: Most important features for a gaming notebook

Survey: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

What defines a gaming notebook? Apart from high-end CPU and GPU components, manufacturers also want to attract buyers with a plethora of features. We want to find out what is essential for you and what you consider most important.
Xiaomi markets the Mi Notebook Pro as a serious alternative for Apple's MacBook Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Mi Notebook Pro line with Intel's gen 8 CPUs

The Mi Notebook Pro line is powered by the latest gen 8 CPUs from Intel and feature a 15.6-inch display. Options include up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB SSDs, and the MX150 GPU from Nvidia. Availability is limited to China for the moment, and prices range from US$859 for the Core i5 / 8GB RAM model to US$1075 for the Core i7 / 16GB RAM model.
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Performance comparison: 15 W ULV dual-core vs. 45 W HQ quad-core CPU

Performance comparison: 15 W ULV dual-core vs. 45 W HQ quad-core CPU

We've been paying extra attention to CPU throttling lately, but what exactly do you need that CPU power for? We run an ultrabook with 15 W CPU and desktop replacement with 45 W CPU through everyday tasks while measuring CPU utilization to determine whether you really need a full-fat 45 W CPU in your notebook.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

September 2017 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.
Swelling batteries in the XPS 15 9550 have caused displacement of trackpads rendering them useless. (Source: User Crashnorun on the Dell Support Forum)

PSA | Dell offers to replace swelling XPS 15 9550 batteries for free, even if out-of-warranty

There were problems with batches of 84Wh batteries in the XPS 15 9550 that led to the battery bulging and pushing against the trackpad. Once the swelling was bad enough, it not only hindered the trackpad function but also posed a safety hazard. Users are now reporting that Dell is now finally accepting out-of-warranty battery replacements for the XPS 15 9550...
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) 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.
Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy across the entire XPS lineup (Source: Dell)

Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup

Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

September 2017 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB (Core i5-7200U, 940MX) Laptop Review

83% Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB (Core i5-7200U, 940MX) Laptop Review

Successful all-rounder. An affordable Ultrabook with Full HD IPS display, GeForce 940MX, and Core i5-7200U - Lenovo intends this interesting package mainly for students. You can find out in our detailed review whether the IdeaPad 520s can convince us.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.6 kg
Acer Aspire 3 (7200U, HD 620) Laptop Review

79% Acer Aspire 3 (7200U, HD 620) Laptop Review

Solid worker. Acer has produced a well-equipped 15-inch notebook that needs not fear comparison with similarly equipped competitors. Find out how our test unit did in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

74% Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

Linux office. Asus' 15.6-inch laptop will cost approximately 400 Euros (~$482). In return, the buyer will get a Core i3 processor as well as 8 GB of working memory and a solid-state drive. A Windows operating system is not included - Asus relies on Linux.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Allview unveils inexpensive AllBook X and AllBook L notebooks (Source: Allview)

Allview unveils inexpensive AllBook X and AllBook L notebooks

These Windows 10 netbooks will ship later this month without primary HDDs for as low as 200 Euros. Availability in North America is unlikely since Allview currently ships to UK, Russia, and most European countries only.
Apple's Siri is vulnerable to ultrasonic voice hacks.

Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands

Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
The fastest notebooks of 2017

The fastest notebooks of 2017

When buying a high-performance laptop it can be a daunting prospect to shell out large amounts of money without knowing if you're getting the fastest notebook possible. We've compared our benchmark results and put together a list of the fastest laptops tested in the last 12 months.
Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Dinosaur whisperer. It has been one of the most popular early-access titles of the last few years, and now that the dinosaur action spectacle Ark: Survival Evolved has been officially launched it is time to take a look at its system requirements to figure out whether or not the game gulps up computing power as fast as it does player avatars. Update: 25 Systems tested
GearBest's Intel Super September sale offers a variety of discounted Intel-powered tablets and notebooks. (Source: GearBest)

Deal | GearBest has discounted prices on Intel-powered tablets and notebooks throughout September

Some of the highlights from GearBest's Intel Super September sale include: the Teclast X98 Plus II dual OS tablet powered by the Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 quad-core CPU for US$149.99, the all-in one Onda C270 PC with curved LED display for $US379.99, and the Cube Mix Plus 2-in-1 Tablet PC powered by the Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 dual-core CPU for $US345...
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The Q5 gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15 (Source: Eurocom)

The Q5 Max-Q gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15

Eurocom shows us why its latest ultra-thin gaming notebook may be the better choice over the MacBook Pro.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

September 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
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 September 2017.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Mac? No thanks. Apple's laptops continue to be popular. However, there are a few laptops for Windows users, which are quite similar to their counterparts from Cupertino. Here you will find the best devices from the Windows world competing with the Apple portfolio. September 2017 update.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Lenovo V320-17IKB (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo V320-17IKB (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Home Office. Lenovo's 17.3-inch device offers a strong Kaby-Lake processor, a fast solid-state disk and Windows 10 Professional. Its most important asset, however, is the bright IPS screen with a great contrast ratio.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Eurocom Q5 (Clevo P957HR, i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

83% Eurocom Q5 (Clevo P957HR, i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Not yet optimized. The Q5 has more configurations and more connectivity options than your standard Max-Q notebook. Unfortunately, the hardware and software don't quite live up to spec.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop color options. (Source: Microsoft)

A new 1 TB Surface Laptop is available for those with US$2700 burning a hole in their wallet

Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for a variant of the Surface Laptop that features an i7-7660u, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB solid state drive. It is due to arrive on October 3rd, which is almost an entire month earlier than the new color options are due.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

August 2017 update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison

Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison

The new Intel 8th generation processors have started showing up in notebooks, and it has piqued our interest to see how well they fare in comparison to their contemporaries from the previous generation. With Kaby Lake-R, Intel has upped the number of cores to 4 while retaining the same TDP values — albeit at reduced base clocks. Where does this place the new chips with respect to the existing 15W and 45W variants? Should you be considering laptops based on the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R processors? We give the early verdict.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3"
Rebellion or Empire: choose your allegiance. (Source: Lenovo)

Star Wars-themed versions of the Yoga 920 are coming this December

Lenovo is banking on the hype surrounding the next Star Wars film to sell themed versions of its new flagship notebook. Featuring special Star Wars lid artwork but otherwise identical to its standard counterpart, the Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 will arrive in late fall and command a premium price.
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ThinkPad 25: Retro ThinkPad will be based on the ThinkPad T470

ThinkPad 25: Retro ThinkPad will be based on the ThinkPad T470

For the 25th birthday of the ThinkPad brand, Lenovo is preparing a special anniversary version. This special ThinkPad will be called ThinkPad 25 and it will be based on the ThinkPad T470. Also included: The classic ThinkPad keyboard.
The updated Aero 14 comes in three colors, just like some of Gigabyte's other Aero models. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte launches new Aero 14 notebook with GTX 1050 Ti graphics

The new Aero 14 no longer sports a GTX 1060, opting to go for a 1050 Ti instead. A Thunderbolt 3 port, extra SSD slot, and a better display also help differentiate it from its predecessor.
ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops

IFA 2017 | ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops

The new ROG Strix gaming laptops from Asus are aimed at mainstream gamers or those who are looking for an affordable machine. They pack up to a GTX 1060 and a seventh-gen Intel i7 processor, and feature a choice between various storage configurations.

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