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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

April 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.
Nexoc G739 (Clevo N870HK1) Laptop Review

82% Nexoc G739 (Clevo N870HK1) Laptop Review

Large entry-level gamer. The Nexoc G739 is a 17.3-inch laptop with a strong Kaby Lake Core-i7 and the new Pascal GPU GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. But the downside of the good performance is high emissions.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

April 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$834) 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.
Gigabyte Aero 14 (7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

85% Gigabyte Aero 14 (7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Breezy marathon runner. The Aero 14 is Gigabyte's first attempt at a mobile gaming laptop. The recipe for this seems quite simple, really. Start with high-end hardware, a well-made aluminum case, add a WQHD display and season to taste with a surprisingly capable battery. This much we can tell already: it performs very well but even this jack of all trades doesn't come without compromises.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
Chuwi announces Lapbook 12.3 with Apollo Lake

Chuwi announces Lapbook 12.3 with Apollo Lake

The Lapbook 12.3 is coming this month with its oddball native 2736 x 1824 resolution display and Celeron N3450 SoC.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Even this digital face is less than happy about the sudden demise of the Yoga Book Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo has shut the lid on its Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book

After unleashing its marvelously-designed Yoga Book in both Windows and Android flavors, Lenovo had a third trick up its sleeve: a Chromebook. Unfortunately, that seems to no longer be the case—the Yoga Book Chromebook is dead.
Dell Latitude 7480 (7600U, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Dell Latitude 7480 (7600U, FHD) Laptop Review

Business as usual. With its redesigned chassis, lighter weight and much-improved battery life, the upper-class Latitude once again ticks all the right check boxes when it comes to business notebooks. The 14-inch 7480 is equipped with current-generation hardware, offers great performance and features a top-notch keyboard. Coil whine is very noticeable, however.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 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
Cube i35 notebook now official for $700 USD

Cube i35 3:2 notebook now official for $700 USD

An entry-level configuration will launch first with Core m3 options followed by a Core i5 variant. The notebook is notable for its uncommon 3:2 3000 x 2000 resolution display.
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

78% Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

Office worker. With its Satellite Pro R50-C-16V, Toshiba presents a quiet, 15.6-inch office device that hardly heats up. A Core i3 processor from the Skylake generation provides the necessary computing power. The Windows 10 Pro operating system boosts the laptop's price to almost 500 Euros (~$534).
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15ACL (A8-7410, HD) Laptop Review

74% Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15ACL (A8-7410, HD) Laptop Review

No stamina. Lenovo's 15.6-inch laptop is available for approximately 350 Euros (~$372). The laptop's highlights are its 1-TB hard drive and 8 GB of working memory. However, buyers will have to accept a low-performance APU and a short battery life.
AMD A8-7410 | AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L) | 15.6" | 2.2 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
JEDEC is the global leader in setting memory standards. (Source: JEDEC)

DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast

The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
Apple laptops are the only ones that meet or exceed their advertised battery life estimates.

Laptop batteries rarely last as long as advertised, says new report

Testing done by UK website Which? reveals a large discrepancy between official laptop battery life claims and real-world results. Only one manufacturer is free from over-hyping itself—in fact, Apple performs better than advertised.
Fujitsu LifeBook A557 (Core i5, Full-HD) Laptop Review

84% Fujitsu LifeBook A557 (Core i5, Full-HD) Laptop Review

A solid office device! With the introduction of the ULV processors into Fujitsu's LifeBooks, they had to suffer some losses in terms of performance. In this short test we have summarized for you whether things are looking up again with the new Kaby Lake processors.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
HP Spectre 13 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

86% HP Spectre 13 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Who has the slimmest one? With a "thickness" of just 10 millimeters (~0.4 in), HP's Spectre is even slimmer than some tablets. After its launch in 2016, the laptop has been updated slightly technically. We have summarized how HP's silver Spectre scores in this report.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Qatar Airways' new service loans passengers a replacement laptop. (Source: Qatar Airways)

No laptop, no problem: Qatar Airways will lend you one of theirs

Business class passengers affected by the recent electronics ban can now borrow a replacement laptop, courtesy of Qatar Airways. Other passengers are not afforded that luxury, unfortunately.
Schenker XMG U507 (Clevo P751DM2-G) Laptop Review

85% Schenker XMG U507 (Clevo P751DM2-G) Laptop Review

Maintenance-friendly.High-performance gaming laptops can be found a dime a dozen. However, many devices are disappointing when it comes to the cleaning and upgrading options under the hood. The XMG U507 by Schenker Technologies aims to do a better job in this respect and allows its customers to tinker in many aspects. We put the 15-inch laptop through our extensive test course.
Intel Core i7-7700K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 3.6 kg
Mass Effect Andromeda Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Mass Effect Andromeda Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Wooden effect. About five years after the last part of the Mass Effect trilogy, EA risks restarting its jam-packed narrative and extremely successful role-playing game series. As beautiful as the largest part of the graphics may be, the game unfortunately fails in one of the most important atmosphere-giving elements, namely body and face animations. Our benchmark-check primarily focuses on the performance with laptop and desktop GPUs.
Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

New purchases of the 15.6-inch Tornado F5 will be ready to overclock without any additional charges. The notebook is notable for its use of upgradeable LGA 1151 processors and MXM 3.0b graphics cards.
Aida64 v5.90 update adds support for Ryzen Summit Ridge and Apollo Lake

Aida64 v5.90 update adds support for Ryzen Summit Ridge and Apollo Lake

The new version is now available for download in preparation for the Windows 10 Creators Update.
MS Office 2013 running on an Asus Chromebook Flip C100. (Source: CodeWeavers)

Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver

Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
Jumper EZBook 3 (N3350, FHD) Laptop Review

77% Jumper EZBook 3 (N3350, FHD) Laptop Review

MacBook Air clone. Jumper updates its EZBook to the latest Apollo Lake platform with a Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC. A matte Full HD panel, low weight and, above all, its low price promise an interesting total package. Find out what compromises this little laptop has to make in the report.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 14.1" | 1.2 kg
The upgraded Razer Blade Pro sports an unchanged exterior; inside it's a different story. (Source: Razer)

Razer upgrades its 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptop

The upgraded Razer Blade Pro features an unlocked Kaby Lake processor, faster memory, and THX certification. Unsurprisingly, it also features an increase in price.
Look-alike iPads could be used as bombs aboard flights. (Source: Apple)

An iPad bomb threat partly led to the recent device ban on flights

Islamic terrorists have been plotting to use iPads as bombs, which would be smuggled into a plane's passenger cabin and detonated mid-flight. Such a plot forms part of the reasoning behind the recent laptop and tablet bans on US & UK flights.
Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster this summer. (Source: Blizzard)

Original Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster

One of the most popular RTS games on the PC is getting a graphical and audio overhaul, including a bump to 4K resolutions and tweaks to the story and gameplay experience.
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
HP Pavilion 15t X7P44AV (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

79% HP Pavilion 15t X7P44AV (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Budget-friendly gaming. HP's Pavilion 15 features a no-frills design and comes in many different configurations. Equipped with a quad-core CPU and a dedicated GPU, the multimedia allrounder is more than adequate for casual gaming as well.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

87% HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bristol Ridge business.HP's 12.5-inch EliteBook is powered by an AMD APU. Thus, HP is one of the few manufacturers that still use AMD's APUs in the business sector. The APU is supported by an IPS panel, NVMe SSD, and LTE modem. Unfortunately, the laptop fan emits a subtle whistling sound.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 12.5" | 1.3 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
HP EliteBook 840 G4 (7200U, Full HD) Laptop Review

87% HP EliteBook 840 G4 (7200U, Full HD) Laptop Review

Hardly any changes. HP now ships its business notebooks with Kaby Lake processors as well, but the rest is pretty much unchanged. This is also the case for the display, which is quite bright, but it disappoints in all other areas.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 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.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

A worthy successor? Following Lenovo’s delivery of a good outcome in the business sector with its ThinkPad 13 last year, the manufacturer now sends the successor based on Kaby Lake CPUs into the race. We examined whether Lenovo is successful and has listened to our complaints concerning the predecessor.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Schenker Technologies XMG P407 (Clevo P641HK1) Notebook Review

85% Schenker Technologies XMG P407 (Clevo P641HK1) Notebook Review

Compact gamer. Schenker's 14-inch device runs all games smoothly on the matte IPS display. The features are good as well, with an NVMe SSD and HDD combination, 16 GB of RAM, and a good keyboard on-board. An LTE/UMTS modem can also be installed in the computer if needed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 14" | 2.1 kg
People who work during their flight are among those affected by the ban.

Laptops and tablets are banned by the US and UK on various flights

First the US, now the UK. A US ban on carry-on consumer electronics larger than a cellphone, such as laptops, tablets, and e-readers, has been expanded to include UK flights. The ban covers flights to and from airports in several Muslim-majority countries.
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AMD PRO A12-9800B SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Bristol Ridge x86 4 cores @ 2700 - 3600 MHz 28nm
Fujitsu unveils VR Ready Celsius H970 mobile workstation

CeBIT 2017 | Fujitsu unveils VR Ready Celsius H970 mobile workstation

The 17.3-inch workhorse will launch next month with Intel Xeon processor options and Quadro GPUs up to the P5000.
Fujitsu announces Lifebook U937 and S937 business notebooks

CeBIT 2017 | Fujitsu announces 13.3-inch Lifebook U937 and S937 starting at 1650 Euros

The super-light S937 will come in at just under 1 kg while the U937 promises double-digit battery life with its modular secondary battery.
Eurocom Tornado F5 Killer Edition (i5-7600K, 4K UHD, GTX 1080, MSI 16L13) Laptop Review

85% Eurocom Tornado F5 Killer Edition (i5-7600K, 4K UHD, GTX 1080, MSI 16L13) Laptop Review

Notebook gaming with desktop Kaby Lake. A notebook equipped with a standard LGA 1151 socket may sound super-powerful, but the benefits are minimal compared to the drawbacks that entail.
Intel Core i5-7600K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 3.1 kg
Ghost Recon Wildlands Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Ghost Recon Wildlands Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

GTA meets Far Cry. Ubisoft launches the next action highlight right after For Honor. A group of special forces is fighting against a Bolivian drug cartel in Ghost Recon Wildlands. We test how different notebook GPUs can handle the open world title.
Acer Predator 17 X (7820HK, FHD, GTX 1080) Laptop Review

87% Acer Predator 17 X (7820HK, FHD, GTX 1080) Laptop Review

It's getting hot! The Acer Predator X is the extremely powerful "luxury edition" of the regular Predator 17. Are the components well-balanced and is the performance sufficient for a spot in our Top 10 ranking?
Intel Core i7-7820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
The EVGA SC17 1070, now with G-Sync. (Source: EVGA)

EVGA's SC17 1070 gaming laptop now includes G-Sync

EVGA adds a new SC17 1070 model with Nvidia G-Sync to its laptop family. The laptop's other specs are unchanged.
Schenker Technologies XMG U727 (Clevo P870KM-GS) Laptop Review

88% Schenker Technologies XMG U727 (Clevo P870KM-GS) Laptop Review

A tower PC dressed up as a notebook. While most manufacturers’ gaming laptops feature mobile processors and a soldered-on GPU, Schenker Technologies have taken a different route with their 17-inch XMG U727 and equipped the mammoth with a desktop CPU and an MXM graphics card. Whether this approach is successful or not is the subject of our review.
Intel Core i7-7700K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 5 kg
Next Google Chrome update promises longer battery life

Next Google Chrome update promises longer battery life

Background tabs that aren't actively streaming music or video will no longer eat up unnecessary CPU resources as of Chrome Version 57 and beyond.
The existing Surface Book. Its successor reportedly lacks a detachable screen. (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly enters production, might be announced soon

The new Surface Book has entered mass production, according to sources in the supply chain. They believe Microsoft will announce the device in the coming weeks.
The GPD Pocket is a tiny laptop that offers excellent portability with a phablet-sized screen. (Source: GPD)

GPD Pocket prototype revealed after successful crowdfunding

After launching its Indiegogo in February, GPD's tiny laptop has raked in $2 million. With a June shipping date fast approaching, GPD released a short video of a prototype Pocket to show how the product is coming along.
All sorts of PCs and tablets are on sale in honor of Pi Day (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by slashing prices on select laptops and desktops

The limited-time deals extend across various laptop, desktop, and tablet models. There are also discounts on Xbox One consoles and select games and accessories.
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
Eurocom Sky X9E3 VR Ready high-end laptop with up to Intel Core i7 7700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics

Eurocom launches Sky X9E3 VR Ready high-performance laptop

This new Kaby Lake-powered notebook comes with a desktop processor, up to 64 GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics, as well as up to 14 TB storage via five drives. The price starts at $2,499 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware and software options chosen.

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