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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.
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 Windows convertible now official

IFA 2017 | Asus ZenBook Flip 15 now official

The ZenBook Flip 15 is a new 2-in-1 laptop that comes with a 360-degree rotatable display design. Other highlights include the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
The Switch 7 uses liquid cooling to keep its MX150 dGPU cool. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | The Acer Switch 7 is the first fanless 2-in-1 with an MX150 dGPU

Acer has launched what it claims is the first 2-in-1 notebook with dGPU to feature a fanless design. The company utilizes what it is calling Dual LiquidLoop technology to keep its Nvidia MX150 dGPU sufficiently cool.
HP Pavilion x360 14t (7200U, 940MX, FHD) Convertible Review

81% HP Pavilion x360 14t (7200U, 940MX, FHD) Convertible Review

Home-Convertible. HP's 14-inch convertible is equipped with a high-contrast IPS display, a fast SSD, and plenty of storage space. The downside is its price of more than $1000, which is anything but a bargain.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.7 kg
Dell refreshes entire Inspiron 5000 and 7000 lineup with Kaby Lake-R

IFA 2017 | Dell refreshes entire Inspiron 5000 and 7000 lineup with Kaby Lake-R

The new affordable Dell notebooks and convertibles are all landing in October or exactly one month after the availability of the new XPS 13.
Huawei MediaPad T3 and M3 tablet series launching today in North America (Source: Huawei)

Huawei MediaPad T3 and M3 tablet series launching today in North America

The budget Huawei tablets come just one month after the launch of the Matebook X, Matebook D, and Matebook E and two months after the launch of the Honor 9 in the United States.
Has Intel leaked the Surface Book 2 in black? (Source: Intel)

Microsoft hints at a Black Surface Book 2 in PR video

A new promotional video from Intel appears to show an unreleased Black Microsoft Surface Book. Although designed to promote its latest 8th-generation Core processors, the clip has garnered much more interest thanks to the hardware on show.
The HP Spectre x360 is one of the first ultrabooks fitted with Nvidia's MX150 GPU (Source: HP)

15-inch HP Spectre x360 convertible surfaces with an 8th-gen Core i7 and MX150 GPU

The HP Spectre x360 will be one of the first ultrabooks to ship with both an 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU and an Nvidia Pascal-based MX150 GPU. US customers can pre-order the device now for a September 7 shipping date.
Targeted at casual gamers, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is set to arrive in October. (Source: Acer)

Acer reveals Convertible Nitro 5 Spin notebook for casual gamers

Acer has taken the covers off its new Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook for casual gamers. Judging by its looks and specifications, it is set to go head-to-head with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and the Lenovo 720-151KB.
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 (Pentium N4200, 256 GB) Convertible Review

HP ProBook x360 11 G1 (Pentium N4200, 256 GB) Convertible Review

Robust convertible? With the ProBook X360 11, HP has a small convertible in their offerings that scores with robustness and versatility. We have summarized in this short review, how the Education Edition presents itself in terms of performance.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 11.6" | 1.5 kg
Google Pixel C notebook patent

Google files patent for a Pixel C notebook

Google might not launch a new Pixel notebook, but this patent that recently surfaced online shows an interesting device that comes with a section that can be covered and opened.
Intel Gemini Lake block diagram surfaces. (Source: CNXSoft)

Possible block diagram for Intel Gemini Lake leaks out

An authentic-looking block diagram revealing the key architectural features of Intel’s next-gen Gemini Lake chip has hit the Internet. As previously rumored the SoC, which is destined to carry the Celeron and Pentium brands, will offer native support for single-channel LPDDR4 RAM and HDMI 2.0.
Super-slim Asus Zenbook Flip S UX370 convertible now available

Super-slim Asus Zenbook Flip S UX370 convertible now available

Major online outlets in Europe are now listing the UX370UA for 1400 Euros and confirm earlier rumors of a smaller battery than the UX360 series in favor of a thinner design.
Porsche Design BOOK ONE (i7, 512 GB, QHD+) Convertible Review

81% Porsche Design BOOK ONE (i7, 512 GB, QHD+) Convertible Review

A Porsche with performance problems. The Book One from Porsche Design is a noble 2-in-1 system for $2,500. However, you will be disappointed if you expect maximum performance and quality. We tested the new device.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Core m3, 128GB, 4GB) Convertible Review

89% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Core m3, 128GB, 4GB) Convertible Review

Affordable Surface! Although it is already the second half of 2017, Microsoft presents the latest Surface based on a frugal Core m3 processor with connectivity that is still in need of reworking. Find out in this review whether the long battery life and the established brand name are enough to win buyers.
Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52

84% Acer Switch 5 (7500U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

Hot worker. We are testing the Surface Pro rival and successor to Acer's Swift Alpha 12, and we will discover to what extent it can meet Windows standards. Acer tackles this feat with high performance at a low price.
Update: Lower power consumption in idle scenario
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.3 kg
Office 365 is now available for all users of Windows 10 S. (Source: Windows Blog Italia)

Office 365 Personal (Preview) now available for all Windows 10 S PCs

The Office desktop apps are now available to download in Preview form from the Windows Store as part of Office 365 Personal to all users of Windows 10 S: the OS that only runs apps downloaded from the Windows Store.
The recent driver update has stopped Windows Hello from activating facial recognition. (Source: Own)

UPDATE | Newest driver update makes the Surface Pro 4 blind

The latest driver update from Microsoft has stopped Windows Hello from activating the IR camera needed for facial recognition on some Surface Pro 4's. However, the problem with the screen vibration bug might also have been fixed.
The N23 and N24 convertibles integrate a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display with 360-degree hinge. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo's low-cost Windows 10 S convertible notebooks available now

Prices range from US$229 for the N23 and go up to $349 for the N24. The two convertible models are designed for schools and business environments.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JD0015US (i5-7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

89% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JD0015US (i5-7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

Less expensive… but still expensive. Today’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga configuration preserves most of the major plusses of our previous review unit while dropping the price nearly in half. Is this the true sweet spot in the convertible PC market?
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Acer Switch 3 SW312 (Pentium N4200) Convertible Review

84% Acer Switch 3 SW312 (Pentium N4200) Convertible Review

An elegant convertible! Acer has presented a new convertible in 12-inch format - the Switch 3. Thanks to its versatility, the convertible is supposed to be a great choice both for business and private use. Find out whether Acer reached its goals in our short but detailed review.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 12.2" | 877 g
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 Pro (x5-Z8350, LTE, 128 GB) Convertible Review

80% Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 Pro (x5-Z8350, LTE, 128 GB) Convertible Review

Compact convertible! The IdeaPad Miix 320 combines versatile use in the tightest space. An LTE module is also installed and the quad-core CPU is to ensure a decent work speed. Find out in this review how the 10-inch convertible scores in the test.
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 10.1" | 1 kg
Proper successor to the Surface Book may be coming soon

Proper successor to the Surface Book may be coming soon

The recent discounts on the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 in the UK could mean that the Surface Book 2 is on its way.
New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)

United States airport security could get even slower

Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.
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The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

90% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (i7, 512 GB, 16 GB) Convertible Review

Close, but not quite close enough. We were happy to learn that the Iris graphics card is awake and alert despite SoC-throttling. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) cannot be considered a "gamer" however, nor is it a full laptop replacement: Just like in the i5 version, there is significant throttling.
Intel Core i7-7660U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)

No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
The Yoga 920 is physically similar to its predecessor, pictured here, but with some slight changes. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo's upcoming Yoga 920 laptop has its specs leaked before IFA debut

Lenovo is expected to announce the Yoga 920 at IFA in a few weeks, but an FCC filing has divulged details about the notebook's design and specifications. The main takeaways from the leak are a move to Coffee Lake processors and small yet welcome changes to the keyboard and webcam.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Surface Pro 2017 plagued by hibernation bug, Microsoft working on it

Microsoft Surface Pro has a hibernation-related bug

The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is now facing a new bug, this time involving random entries in hibernation mode. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has already identified the issue and a fix should arrive soon.
Eve V convertible tablet delayed, but promises to come out with an improved display

Crowdfunded Eve V tablet gets delayed

Since the Eve V is a crowdfunded project, it is not surprising to see it facing multiple delays. However, this time the manufacturer allows its backers to choose an improved display without paying anything extra.
Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

The "world's thinnest and lightest Windows-based 2-in-1" will have optional WiTricity wireless charging mat and detachable keyboard accessories.
Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote on August 31st (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote set for August 31st

The keynote is scheduled for 23:00 local time the day before the official start of IFA 2017 where new product announcements are expected to be announced.
Acer Spin 1 (N3450, FHD) Convertible Review

79% Acer Spin 1 (N3450, FHD) Convertible Review

Untiring.Acer's 11.6-inch convertible pleases with a very long battery life and an IPS display with stable viewing angles.
Intel Celeron N3450 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 11.6" | 1.5 kg
Microsoft's rumored upcoming phone might feature HoloLens like capabilities along with the ability to run full Windows. (Source: Digital Trends)

New Windows Mobile device being prototyped by Microsoft, likely AR/VR focussed

A new mobile device prototype, which could likely be focused on AR/VR, is doing the rounds in Microsoft HQ that could possibly signal the company's efforts for a comeback in mobile.
Microsoft Surface Pro series facing heavy throttling issues

Microsoft Surface Pro series facing heavy throttling issues

Microsoft is promising up to 50 percent more performance with its latest generation of passively-cooled and actively-cooled Surface Pro tablets. Our own tests, however, show something far more disappointing.

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