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Vanpowers City Vanture e-bike (Source: Vanpowers)

Deal | Vanpowers City Vanture now an additional $50 off for our readers

Vanpowers has discounted the City Vanture recently by a very generous $700, so those interested can acquire it for $999 instead of $1,699 (or $1,049, down from $1,749 when choosing the pre-assembled bike instead of the full kit). ...
Codrut Nistor, 20 Mar 2024 00:11
The upcoming MSI Titan GT77 will offer a 4K 144 Hz DisplayHDR 1000-certified mini-LED display. (Image: MSI Titan GT77 12UHS)

Exclusive | Upcoming MSI Titan GT77 to be the first to offer 4K 144 Hz mini-LED display with 1,008 dimming zones and 1,000 nits peak brightness

The upcoming MSI Titan GT77 will be the world's first gaming laptop with a 4K 144 Hz mini-LED panel, according to exclusive information from industry sources. The DisplayHDR 1000-certified panel will offer 1,008 dimming zones, a 1,000-nit peak brightness, and a 3 ms response time with overdrive on.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 13 Dec 2022 09:55
AMD Zen 3 Cezanne vs. Intel Tiger Lake-H: Which is the more power-efficient 45 W option?

AMD Zen 3 Cezanne vs. Intel Tiger Lake-H 45 W power efficiency comparison: Ryzen 9 5900HS and Ryzen 5 5600H trounce the entire Tiger Lake-H lineup

Cezanne all the way. We compared the power efficiency of various AMD Zen 3 Cezanne APUs and their corresponding Intel Tiger Lake-H competition to see which SoCs are more power-efficient. Our results show that even the humble quad-core from Intel trails behind significantly when pitted against both high-end and mid-range AMD Zen 3 offerings.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 13 Jan 2022 19:38
UGREEN HiTune X6 wireless earbuds (Source: UGREEN)

Deal | Get the UGREEN HiTune X6 earbuds for US$48.99 instead of US$69.99

UGREEN's "next step in the evolution of the X-series," namely the HiTune X6 ANC earbuds, come with 35 dB dual ANC (thanks to the use of six microphones), also adding 10 mm high fidelity dynamic drivers and 50 ms low-latency to the...
Codrut Nistor, 06 Dec 2021 22:00
Intel Evo 4.0 Raptor Lake laptops may offer 8 MP webcams. (Image Source: Intel)

Exclusive | Intel Evo 4.0 spec coming with Raptor Lake mobile may see the advent of 8 MP webcams with high VCX benchmark scores

New Intel Evo 4.0 specifications that are slated to arrive with Raptor Lake mobile seem to mandate good performing webcams with high VCX benchmark scores. Intel recently joined the VCX forum and as such is updating the Evo require...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 02 Dec 2021 09:04
Say Hello to better webcams, mics, and speakers in upcoming Windows 11 laptops across price ranges

Exclusive | Laptops coming in Holiday 2021 to have better webcams and mics, Microsoft mandates 1080p webcams in all premium Windows 11 laptops

We have accessed exclusive documentation from our sources that indicate Microsoft has set stringent webcam and real-time communication (RTC) requirements for all Windows 11 laptops coming this Holiday 2021. Microsoft's recommendat...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 23 Nov 2021 20:04
Intel Alder Lake-P Core i7-12700H impresses in first Cinebench leak. (Image Source: Intel)

Exclusive | First Intel Alder Lake-P Core i7-12700H Cinebench scores leave both AMD Cezanne Zen 3 and Apple M1 Max in the dust

We have exclusively obtained the first Cinebench R20 and R23 scores from an Intel Alder Lake-P Core i7-12700H-powered pre-sample laptop, which we suspect to be an upcoming MSI flagship. While we see decent improvements in single-core performance, the Core i7-12700H impresses a lot with multi-core scores that are significantly higher than the competition including the likes of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and Apple M1 Max.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 18 Nov 2021 13:11
Nvidia gave laptop makers a useless overblown GeForce MX450 3DMark score that has proven impossible to reach (Image source: Nvidia)

Exclusive | Nvidia gave laptop makers a useless overblown GeForce MX450 3DMark score that has proven impossible to reach

(Update: Nvidia responds). Nvidia's in-house claims about the performance of its GeForce MX450 GPU are a whopping 60 to 70 percent higher than any retail unit we've tested thus far. Here is how the GeForce MX450 will actually perf...
Allen Ngo, 18 Jun 2021 17:44
Windows 11 incorporates Windows 10X's start menu without live tiles.

First impressions of Windows 11 aka Sun Valley from a leaked ISO — A much needed visual overhaul that does not alienate long-time users

Exclusive We have managed to get our hands on a leaked ISO of Windows 11 (Sun Valley) doing the rounds on the internet. First impressions indicate that Microsoft has done a fair bit of UI overhaul to make Windows feel fresh and modern inclu...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 15 Jun 2021 20:35
The 2021 Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch with M1 seems to have PWM and response time issues. (Image Source: Apple)

Exclusive | 2021 Apple 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro with mini LED display shows poor display characteristics including reduced PWM and response times

We tested the PWM and display response times in our 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M1 and found that there are some downsides to Apple's transition to mini LED tech this year. The 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro not only shows lower PWM com...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 14 Jun 2021 18:40
Project NotebookcheckMate Pro: Putting "personal" back in personal computing.

Your favorite laptop review site is all set to revolutionize the mobile industry: Presenting Project NotebookCheckMate Pro

Please note this was a joke article posted on April Fools' Day in 2021.You desire to have the perfect laptop that truly is an extension of your personality but find the current choices on the market to be limiting. We've heard you...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 01 Apr 2021 10:39
OEMs are deciding not only TGP and Max-Q features but also boost clocks. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Exclusive | NVIDIA Ampere RTX 30 Laptop GPUs: TGP woes apart, OEMs may also decide boost clocks on their own

When it comes to NVIDIA's Ampere laptop GPUs, variation in TGPs is just one conundrum. Apparently, NVIDIA is keeping mum on Dynamic Boost 2.0 clocks due to which OEMs, apart from determining TGP and Max-Q features, are also decidi...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 10 Feb 2021 17:37
AMD Ryzen 5000H "Cezanne"

AMD Cezanne benchmarks: Ryzen 5000H 45-watt APUs with Zen 3

Ryzen trumps again. With eight cores based on the Zen 3 architecture and a Vega graphics unit, AMD wants to take the lead in the 35/45-watt range with the Cezanne APUs. Our verdict: The Ryzen 5000H series is impressive.
Sebastian Jentsch, 26 Jan 2021 15:41
NVIDIA Ampere Mobile will not carry any Max-Q branding. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Exclusive | NVIDIA RTX 30 Ampere Mobile will no longer offer Max-Q or Max-P branding, OEMs free to decide TGP and Max-Q features to implement

NVIDIA and OEMs will no longer specify whether a given Ampere Mobile GPU is a Max-Q or a Max-P variant. Ampere Mobile will be offered in a range of TGPs, and it will be the OEMs' discretion to decide which third generation Max-Q s...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 21 Jan 2021 10:17
The first Ampere mobile benchmarks are in. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Exclusive | First NVIDIA Ampere mobile benchmarks: Up to 18% faster than Turing mobile, but don't expect Ampere desktop-class performance

We have obtained exclusive first synthetic benchmarks run on pre-sample gaming laptops powered by NVIDIA's new Ampere mobile GPUs, the RTX 3060 Mobile, RTX 3070 Mobile, and the RTX 3080 Mobile. These preliminary numbers show Ampere mobile offering anywhere between 7% to 18% performance improvements over their Turing predecessors. However, they do seem to lag behind their desktop versions considerably.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 12 Jan 2021 14:02
First leak of the MSI GE76 Raider in flesh.

Exclusive | Leak reveals upcoming MSI gaming laptop in flesh, likely to be powered by the Core i9-10980HK and RTX 3080 Mobile

We have exclusively obtained a live picture and concept drawings of what appears to be an upcoming MSI laptop that will mostly likely be unveiled during the MSIology CES 2021 event on Jan 13. On first look, the laptop instantly resembles a "larger" GE66 Raider. Sporting a new Babylonian Dragon theme, this laptop, in all likelihood, will be powered by a Core i9-10980HK CPU and an RTX 3080 Mobile GPU.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 10 Jan 2021 12:37
Eve Spectrum Gaming Monitor (4K, 144 Hz) First Look

Eve Spectrum Gaming Monitor (4K, 144 Hz) First Look

Eve's Spectrum gaming monitor has generated a lot of buzz in the gaming community. The gaming monitor aims to bring high resolutions (up to 4K) and high refresh rates (up to 240 Hz) at a reasonable price. While the company has a spotty track record when it comes to final delivery, pre-production units show a lot of promise. Based on early models, the Spectrum could be one of the best gaming monitors in 2021...provided Eve fulfills existing and future orders.
Sam Medley, 02 Jan 2021 15:21

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