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Here you will find the best 5 budget gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck as of late 2017. The laptops are ranked by overall rating, not by performance. Make sure to check the detailed reviews for each model, where the pros and cons are better emphasized and should help buyers decide which laptop is most suited for the their budget and needs.
Qualcomm announces commercial shipments starting for world's first 10 nm server processor - Centriq 2400
After a four year design, development, and implementation process Qualcomm has announced that they are now shipping their Centriq 2400 ARMv8-based server processors. These processors are available in up to 48 cores and have been designed for low TDP operation in highly-threaded cloud-based workloads.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros
November 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 Euros (~$1139) reviewed by Notebookcheck over 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 Slim & Light Gaming Laptops
November 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros
November 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) reviewed by Notebookcheck over 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 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
November 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
November 2017 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we have reviewed 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 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 November 2017.
Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC
Despite shipping nearly 10 percent more smartphones this year, Samsung revenue dropped QoQ because of a more balanced sales distribution between its entry, mainstream, and flagship offerings.
Multiple Ryzen 7 2700U Geekbench results show it trading blows with the i7-8550U
Multiple Geekbench 3 results from an Acer laptop show an interesting comparison between the performance of AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and the Intel Core i7-8550U.
Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing
October 2017 update. Here you will find the best current notebooks for picture and video-editing on the go. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and it should assist in purchasing decisions.
Ditch the desktop: Clevo debuts the world's first gaming notebooks powered by Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' 95W CPUs
Clevo has announced the availability of new laptops powered the latest Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs. Initial benchmarks of the Core i7-8700K found in the highest end P870TM notebook shows up to a 45% increase in multi-threaded performance when compared to the previous generation 'Kaby Lake-S' Core i7-7700K. The new Clevos also feature enhanced audio processing...
Intel's Core i7-8700K desktop CPU gets benchmarked
The multi-threaded tests ran in CineBench R15 and CPU-Z reveal that the new i7-8700K is significantly outperformed by AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X. Nonetheless, Geekbench is where the i7-8700K shines, overtaking the AMD competition in both single-thread and multi-threaded tests.
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.
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.
AMD processor sales surpass Intel sales at Germany's largest online PC component retailer
Data collected from Germany's largest online PC component retailer shows that sales of Ryzen CPUs are now higher than Intel's core series, giving AMD the leading market share in the performance space. AMD also holds the leading market revenue, and has 60 percent of the top ten highest selling processor models.
Bing market share at 33 percent in the United States
Infographics from the Microsoft Bing team show market share is higher than you may have expected with many countries in double digits. International market share is at a much lower 9 percent.
Early reviews show Threadripper tearing up the competition
Initial benchmarks show AMD's Ryzen Threadripper performing head and shoulders above consumer-class processors in CPU performance, competing with dual-CPU servers.
Liquid metal found to be the most effective in a massive thermal comound test by Tom's Hardware
A tester at Tom's Hardware has just published the results of a huge 85 product test of thermal compounds to measure the impact they have on cooling performance and usability. Liquid metal was found to be the most efficient, but there was a smaller difference across the board than we would have expected.
Huawei inching closer to Apple as the second largest smartphone manufacturer
Xiaomi has knocked off Lenovo from the top 5 list while Huawei is now a mere 2.5 million away from outpacing Apple.
Coffee Lake product roadmap shows six-core CPU using Socket 1151
Product road map slides for Intel Coffee Lake show a 95 W six-core CPU, and two new motherboard chipsets, Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake. The slides show Socket 1151, but there may be chipset limitations that stop Coffee Lake from being backward compatible.
Ryzen is great — so why are most AMD notebooks embarrassingly bad?
With Ryzen, AMD has come back to the desktop market as a major competitor to Intel. But what is going on with the state of AMD-based notebooks? Generally made with absolute bottom-rung components such as 1366 x 768 TN panels and slow storage and RAM, it's clear that AMD needs to get Raven Ridge (Ryzen) into laptops as soon as possible — as well as encourage OEMs to put in a little more effort.
Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop chip specs leaked
Specifications have leaked for three upcoming Coffee Lake desktop chips, which operate at 95-watt TDPs for the overclockable CPUs and 65 watts for the non-overclockable.
Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent
A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance impro...
Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss
There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros
Price contenders. Here you will find the best tablets under 250 Euros (~$285) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions. July 2017 update.
The GTX 1060 is finally more popular than the GTX 750 Ti on Steam
The GTX 1060 has just jumped ahead of the GTX 750 Ti on Steam's latest hardware survey with a very high 1.1 percent month-to-month growth rate.
Chinese smartphone OEMs may have already hit their peak
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have seen negative growth and are slightly lowering their market forecasts for 2017, says a report from Digitimes.
Consumer Reports' top three smartphones are... Samsung, Samsung, and Samsung
Consumer Reports' ratings of top smartphones are currently topped by the Samsung Galaxy S8+, S8, and S7 Edge.
Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index
The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017
Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
Microsoft Surface ranked best overall tablet by J.D. Power
For the first time since its inception, the top spot in J.D. Power's annual Tablet Satisfaction Study has gone to the Microsoft Surface line of devices which narrowly edged out its Apple and Samsung competitors.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Face Off: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 vs. HP Elite x2 1012 G1 vs. HP Spectre x2 12 vs. Huawei MateBook
The Who's Who of the Windows world. Which is the most productive Windows tablet? Is it the Surface Pro 4, which occupies the first place of our Top 10? Learn about the details and differences of the most portable Windows companions.
Worldwide smartphone market is slowing down according to IDC
Research firm predicts a growth of just 3.1 percent this year compared to 10.5 percent in 2015.
Nvidia sees green in its Q1 FY 2017 earnings report
Latest quarterly results ending May, 2016 show a profit increase of nearly 50 percent YoY for the popular GPU manufacturer.
HTC announces sharp sales decline as of Q1 2016
After a brief period in the green early last year, the Taiwanese manufacturer is now back to being knee deep in red with a quarterly loss of 2.616 billion NT.
Lenovo overtakes HP as world's largest notebook manufacturer
Overall notebook market is down 7.3 percent year-over-year when looking at the top 8 manufacturers worldwide.
Global sales of tablets have shrunk again as of Q1 2016
New data from TrendForce shows a YoY drop of 7.9 percent and a QoQ drop of 35 percent.
Windows 10 now running on 20.8 percent of all PCs according to StatCounter
The new data conflicts with Netmarketshare, which claims that only 14 percent of PCs are running Windows 10 with Windows 7 still clearly in the lead.
Tablet market down 14.7 percent as detachables pick up steam
Hybrid devices with dockable keyboards are eating into the tablet and PC markets. Tablet sales and prices have been dropping off with a couple of exceptions.
Samsung Q1 2016 financial results reveal higher profits and revenue
While Samsung's smartphone division has been performing spectacularly, its semiconductor and LCD divisions have been flat YoY.
Oppo and Vivo crack the top 5 list of world's largest smartphone manufacturers
Meanwhile, smartphone shipments as of Q1 2016 are up just two-tenths of a percentage compared to Q1 2015.
Q1 2016 financial figures from Alphabet, AMD, and Microsoft now public
Revenue and profits for Alphabet are up while AMD and Microsoft are down by double-digit percentages YoY.
Samsung, Apple, and Huawei continue to dominate the smartphone market
Shipments have fallen 1.3 percent YoY with Chinese brands making up a significant chunk of the 292 million smartphones shipped.
VR could boost sales of gaming PCs and accessories
Analysts from TrendForce are estimating a total revenue of $24.35 billion USD in gaming gear sales driven by virtual reality headsets.
Worldwide smartphone shipments to grow by just 7 percent by end of 2016
Gartner forecasting no significant growths in the PC, notebook, or smartphone markets until at least 2018.
Market research survey breaks down iPhone SE demographics
Sales and pre-order data show the kind of audiences that the iPhone SE is appealing to. Around 16 percent of iPhone SE purchasers had previously owned an Android device.
Tablets predicted to face declining sales through 2021
The saturation of cheap white label tablets from lesser-known brands will cause more users to turn to major brand names for future purchases.
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