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HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

88% HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

Quiet refresh. HP's large Spectre 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 15t, now comes with eighth-generation quad-core i7 processor, refreshed Nvidia graphics and a faster SSD. The striking aluminum chassis remains unchanged. How the updated hardware components affect the performance, temperature, fan noise and the battery life is the the subject of our review update.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2 kg
First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

Powerhouse performance? Microsoft says the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specs look promising thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. We already have a test model of the convertible and share our initial impressions.
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 13.5" | 1.6 kg
Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment results (Image source: HP)

Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment estimates

Overall laptop shipments are up 6.8 percent quarter-on-quarter for an estimated total of 42.69 million units amongst the top 6 brands. Asus slipped from 4th place to 5th and subsequently lost its spot to Apple.
HP Care lists the SD835 powered laptop. (Source: HP)

The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops

Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Dell Inspiron 17 7773 (i7-8550U, 16 GB, 17" Touch) Convertible Review

84% Dell Inspiron 17 7773 (i7-8550U, 16 GB, 17" Touch) Convertible Review

The convertible in the 17-inch format. Yes, you read right. A convertible in the 17-inch format is an unusual combination. However, anyone who does not want to go without the advantages of a convertible even when working stationary will really like the device. You can find out in this test whether the new update with a faster CPU and GPU can convince us. Unfortunately our complaints are all too familiar.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

86% Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

The Chromebook poster child. The most expensive Chromebook available is unsurprisingly fast and very versatile. Just be prepared to bring all your USB Type-C adapters along for the trip.
Intel Core i5-7Y57 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.3 kg
Intel's latest 8th generation entrant courts a custom AMD Radeon chip and HBM2 memory on a single package. (Source: Intel)

Rivals with benefits — Intel and AMD collaborate to create a new entrant to the 8th generation CPU family

In an interesting development, CPU arch rivals Intel and AMD have collaborated together to create a unique new entrant to Intel's 8th generation CPU family — a combination of an Intel H-series chip coupled to a...wait for it...a custom AMD Radeon GPU with HBM2 memory!
Image: Apple

IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales

Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

Watchband-hinged 2-in-1. Lenovo's flagship consumer convertible with 13.9-inch screen now comes with Kaby Lake R hardware and a few other noteworthy updates. Our review takes a look how the Yoga 920 compares to other 2-in-1s as far as performance, battery life, and fan noise are concerned.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
Upcoming CoreBook detachable is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series (Source: Chuwi)

Upcoming CoreBook 2-in-1 is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series

Details regarding connectivity options, battery life, price, and availability are still under wraps as the device has not yet entered production.
The Surface Pro LTE Advanced. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro LTE coming December, but only for enterprise

Microsoft has used a business-focused event in London to reveal the new LTE addition to its Surface Pro lineup. Targeted at enterprise, only business customers will be able to buy the device when it hits the market on December 1.
Intel Q3 2017 revenue now sitting at over 16 billion USD (Source: Intel)

Intel Q3 2017 revenue sitting at over 16 billion USD

A healthy operating income outlook of +6 percent is expected for the next quarter with a slightly higher yearly revenue total of 62 billion USD by the end of 2017.
Acer now shipping Spin 5 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and new aluminum design (Source: Acer)

Acer now shipping Spin 5 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and new aluminum design

Originally unveiled at IFA 2017, the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch Spin 5 convertibles will start at just $800 USD for the i5-8250U CPU or $1000 USD with the GTX 1050 GPU.
The Microsoft foldable Courier Booklet PC concept from 2008. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Andromeda is a foldable ARM-based Booklet PC rumored for 2018

Microsoft could launch a foldable Surface device in 2018, if rumors prove accurate. The device would be a spiritual successor to the cancelled Courier device first revealed in 2008.
HP Envy x360 15m will be one of the first convertible notebooks with Ryzen 5 2500U (Source: HP)

HP Envy x360 15m will be one of the first convertible notebooks with Ryzen 5 2500U

The mainstream 15.6-inch convertible will debut next month for just $700 USD with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and an IR camera.
The tent mode is made possible through the special 360-degree hinge system. (Source: Asus)

Asus launches the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA convertible notebook

Powered by the energy-efficient Core m3-7Y30 CPU that integrates the HD Graphics 615 iGPU, the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA is marketed as a budget convertible. It also comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 and 128 GB eMMC internal storage.
Consumer Reports doesn't want you to buy a Surface Book 2

Consumer Reports doesn't want you to buy a Surface Book 2

Well-known for its independent and impartial reviews, the magazine is already openly biased against the upcoming Microsoft detachable without any hands-on proof to show for it.
A look back at 25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: Part 3 - The 2010s and modernization under Lenovo

A look back at 25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: Part 3 - The 2010s and modernization under Lenovo

Our third part in the series about the history of the ThinkPad notebook brings us up to the present. In the years after 2010 and all the way to 2017, Lenovo has brought big changes and modernization to the ThinkPads. This also included making some controversial decisions, which we will be taking a close look at.
HP ZBook x2 convertible coming December 2017 (Source: HP)

HP ZBook x2 convertible tablet coming in December

The HP ZBook x2 is now official and should hit the market in December as the world's most powerful detachable PC. It features a quad-core Intel Core Kaby Lake-R processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and starts at US$1,749.
Windows Mixed Reality support comes with the Fall Creators Update for Win 10. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Fall Creators update now rolling out

Microsoft has commenced the global rollout of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Users can either wait for the update to reach them, or do a manual clean install of the latest Windows 10 ISO to get it immediately.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch and 13.5-inch (Source: CNET)

The Surface Book 2 13.5-inch stacks up to the MacBook Pro 13-inch with power and oomph

Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 13.5-inch ticks all the right boxes for a capable prosumer laptop while still retaining the platform's unique features. The new notebook is now available in completely fanless variants and features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
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Microsoft Surface Book 2. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft releases an entirely new Surface Book 2 15-inch with GTX 1060 inside the 2-in-1 form factor

Microsoft has launched three new Surface Book 2 models today, 13.5-inch with Intel HD graphics, 13.5-inch with Nvidia GTX 1050, and 15-inch with Nvidia GTX 1060. We take a look at the 15-inch model in this news article, including the stunning launch video.
This unnamed convertible is the first to sport a 'Gemini Lake' CPU. (Source: Notebook Italia)

The first Intel 'Gemini Lake' convertible notebook surfaces anonymously

The first convertible notebook based on Intel's 8th generation 'Gemini Lake' Celeron N4000 SoC was showcased at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 by Chinese supplier, Skyworld. The 'anonymous' notebook runs Windows 10 and comes with a stylus with support for Windows Ink.
The Rebel Alliance insignia is protected with a sheet of Gorilla Glass. (Source: Lenovo)

Deal | Get the Lenovo Yoga 910 Star Wars edition 2-in-1 notebook for $930

Lenovo and Disney join forces to release the Yoga 910 Star Wars special edition. There are two variants: one with the Rebel Forces insignia and one with the Galactic Empire logo. The Yoga 910 features the gen 7 i7-7500U CPU coupled with 8 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
All Inspiron 7000 models have a touchscreen and a non-touchscreen version. (Source: Dell)

Dell announces more 13-inch and 15-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 notebooks with Intel gen 8 CPUs

Three more models from Dell's Inspiron 7000 are now available. The Inspiron 7370 and 7373 come with 13.3-inch 1080p displays, while the 7573 sports a 15.6-inch 1080p or 4K display. All models can be powered by Intel's new i7-8550U or i5-8250U CPUs coupled with up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and up to 512 GB SSDs, but only the 15-inch model comes with Nvidia's 940MX GP...
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Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA (i5, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA (i5, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review

I'm blue Da ba dee da ba di! Colors are not the only interesting aspect of the new ZenBook Flip S. Asus has presented a very slim 13-inch convertible and the Intel Core i5-7200U at the heart of the device offers decent processing power. To find out how well the hardware works together and whether the stylish convertible can keep up with its competition, take a look at our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and powerful 7th generation Intel Core series processors.
The HP Spectre 13 x360 2017. (Source: HP)

The new HP Spectre 13 x360 2017 is thinner, smaller, more angular, and 30 percent faster

Today HP has announced the beautiful new Spectre 13 x360 to replace the older model in the premium market. In addition to design tweaks, HP has added an Intel 8th generation CPU, and a wider range of security authentication methods.
What Can a Chromebook Do?

What can you do with a Chromebook?

Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
Trekstor Primebook C13 2-in-1. (Source: Trekstor)

Trekstor announces Primebook C13 2-in-1 to compete against the Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1

Trekstor has announced a new 13.3-inch 2-in-1 for their Primebook lineup. It is powered by a Celeron N3350 and looks to compete against the entry level models of the Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 and HP Pavilion x360 14t.
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

88% HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

The Elite in the business sector! The G2 now follows the G1. It is based on the meanwhile widely distributed Kaby Lake processors. A keyboard dock and active stylus still belong to the bundle. We present the elegant business companion that had to pass through our test course as usual in this report.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.2 kg
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 convertible now available September 25 (Source: Asus)

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US

The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
The docking keyboard is not offered with the tablet. (Source: Jumper)

Deal | Get the Jumper EZpad 6 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet for only US$169.99

The Jumper EZpad 6 is powered by Intel’s Atom Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 ULV quad-core CPU, comes with 4 GB DDR3LP memory plus 64 GB internal storage, and features an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display. The docking keyboard is sold separately, but shouldn't bring the total cost to more than US$200.
The Surface Pro 2017. (Source: Microsoft)

Online retailer starts pre-orders for the Surface Pro 2017 LTE edition before it is officially annouced

We expect Microsoft to officially announce the LTE version of the Surface Pro 2017 at their 'Future Decoded' in London. However, an online retailer has just listed two Intel i5 based variants for pre-order with pricing details and shipping expectations.
Asus building. (Source: Ubergizmo)

Asus has worst quarterly profit since 2010, changes product focus

Asus appears to have an increased focus on their high-margin products such as ultra-thin, 2-in-1, mid-range gaming, and high-end gaming in the hopes that the higher profit per unit will help them recover from their lowest quarterly profit for seven years.
The new Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps. (Source: Droid Life)

Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support

A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
The HP Chromebook x360 11 is now available for general purchase. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students

A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
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
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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Dell Latitude 7285 (i5-7Y57, 256 GB, 3K) Convertible Review

87% Dell Latitude 7285 (i5-7Y57, 256 GB, 3K) Convertible Review

Reliable travel companion! Dell presents us with a versatile 12-inch convertible in a timeless, modest and elegant design. A very frugal Intel CPU runs inside. Whether this promises a long battery life and how the Dell Latitude 7285 performs, you can find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7Y57 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.4 kg
The current Surface Book with Performance Base. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Keynote expected at 'Future Decoded', likely a new Surface Book and potential windows ARM devices

Microsoft is holding their 'Future Decoded' conference on 31st October and 1st November, and Panos Panay is scheduled to give a Surface keynote presentation. We expect a new Surface Book reveal, due to the October/November timing of previous announcements.
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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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is all set to roll out starting October 17

IFA 2017 | Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially roll out starting October 17 along with a slew of Windows Mixed Reality headsets

At its IFA 2017 keynote in Berlin, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start officially rolling out starting October 17. Microsoft's partners will also start shipping affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside the new OS update.
Insiders can now test drive full Office 365 apps directly from the Windows Store. (Source: Windows Central)

Microsoft invites Insiders to test drive Office 365 from the Windows Store

Microsoft is inviting Insiders to test out Office 365 programs from Windows Store. These are the original Win32-based programs converted using the Project Centennial desktop bridge that can now call UWP-specific APIs and services.
Lenovo expands Yoga 720 lineup with new 12.5-inch option

IFA 2017 | Lenovo expands Yoga 720 lineup with new 12.5-inch option

The 12.5-inch Yoga 720 is essentially a souped up 11.6-inch Yoga 720 from last year with revised internals, thinner bezels, and faster 15 W Core i options.
Lenovo launches redesigned Yoga 920 with Kaby Lake-R options

IFA 2017 | Lenovo launches redesigned Yoga 920 with Kaby Lake-R

The new Yoga is ever-so-slightly thinner with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a re-positioned webcam back to where it belongs.
Lenovo Miix 520 detachable coming with Core i5-8250U and i5-8350U options

Lenovo Miix 520 detachable coming with Core i5-8250U and i5-8350U options

The $999 USD starting price is a bit high for a 12.2-inch FHD tablet, but the quad-core Kaby Lake-R should be a large performance leap over the current Miix 510 with the i5-7200U.
The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is equipped with enough juice for casual gaming. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a convertible designed for casual gaming

Acer has announced the Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook that features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and GTX 1050 graphics to target casual gamers and multimedia aficionados.
The Acer Spin 5 comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch models. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer Spin 5 gets 8th-gen Core chips, dGPU option for 15-inch model

Acer gives the Spin 5 Intel's 8th-generation Core-i treatment. It comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch models with the latter also offering support for a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)