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CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
It's been a crazy month for Bitcoin owners. (Image: CryptoCompare)

BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days

Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

January 2018 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

January 2018 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 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

January 2018 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.
The Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen on display at CES.

First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on

Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6"
G.Skill Sniper X DDR4 RAM comes in three camouflage designs. (Source: G.Skill)

CES 2018 | G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage

G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

December 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.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

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.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

December 2017 update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best m...
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

January 2018 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.
The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)

NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM

NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
Logos via Acer and AMD

Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)

A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
Intel Core i7-8700HQ vs Intel Core i7-7700HQ. (Source: CPU Monkey)

Details of the 8th generation hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700HQ emerge

Details of the much awaited 8th generation Intel HQ-series CPUs have surfaced online and from the looks of it, seems to corroborate our expectations of a 'Coffee Lake' 6-core 45W chip. The rest of the specifications are more or less similar to that of the extant 'Kaby Lake' quad-core 45W HQ offerings.
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Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

We often make a big deal about low-frequency Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) in our detailed reviews of displays, but why is it such a negative? This articles takes a detailed look into Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) as a technology and why certain PWM frequencies can be harmful to people.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Your iPhone could slow down due to an ageing battery. (Source: User TeckFire on Reddit)

Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries

A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Microsoft will rely on the 365 cloud platform and the Azure Stack solution to reach a US$1 trillion market cap by 2020. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft to reach US$1 trillion market cap by 2020

Microsoft's share price is expected to reach US$109 by 2020, leading to a market cap of over US$1 trillion. Surprisingly enough, Windows and Xbox will not be the main revenue generators, Microsoft relying instead on the 365 cloud computing platform and the Azure Stack solution.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Slim & Light Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Slim & Light Gaming Laptops

January 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.
The Asus NovaGo SD835-powered covertible. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook

The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
The NVIDIA GeForce MX130. (Source: NVIDIA)

First benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 are reminiscent of the GeForce 940MX

The NVIDIA GeForce MX130 is another entry-level offering from NVIDIA based on the older but still capable Maxwell architecture. How does it fare when compared to the MX150 and more importantly, the 940MX, to which it is a direct successor? Let's take a look.
Bitcoin could reach US$20,000 by February 2018. (Source: qz.com)

Bitcoin passes US$12,000 mark, could go beyond US$14,000 this week

If experts are right, Bitcoin has entered a parabolic feedback loop that appreciates its value in waves. This could mean that the price of BTC may reach US$14,000 by the end of this week and potentially go as high as US$20,000 by the time miner rewards get halved in February 2018.
AMD RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 (Source: OC3D)

AMD's RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GTX 1080 in DX12

Futuremark's brand-new VRMark Cyan Room benchmark arrived earlier today and the first set of interesting results is already available. According to AMD's own tests that were conducted using this DirectX 12 benchmarking tool, the RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.
The 'Raven Ridge' powered Dell Latitude 5495 is seen in SiSoft Sandra's listings. (Source: SiSoft Sandra)

AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online

Dell could be joining the list of OEMs looking to offer AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Ryzen Mobile CPUs in upcoming notebooks, if the listing on benchmarking site SiSoft Sandra is any indication. The listing reports scores of a Dell Latitude 5495 notebook powered by the Ryzen 7 APU with onboard Vega graphics.
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Top 5 budget gaming laptops reviewd by Notebookcheck as of November 2017.

Top 5 Budget Gaming Laptops

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.
Anand Chanrasekher, Senior VP and GM, shows off the Centriq 2400. (Source: Qualcomm)

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.
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Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC (Source: Samsung)

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.
Raven Ridge is AMD's answer to Intel's mobile processors. (Source: AMD)

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.
The Clevo P870TM (Source: Clevo)

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...
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The i7-8700K is expected to be released in October for around US$450. (Source: Intel)

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

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

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.
Ryzen is playing a large part in AMD's return to relevance in the performance segment. (Source: AMD)

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.
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Bing's search engine is also used by some other services such as Yahoo. (Source: Microsoft)

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.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper is the largest consumer CPU ever made. (Source: PCWorld)

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.
Thermal compound applied correctly. (Source: EKWB)

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.
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Huawei inching closer to Apple as the second largest smartphone manufacturer (Source: Huawei)

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 processors are likely to be Socket 1151, but could lack backward compatibility. (Source: VideoCardz)

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?

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.
The leaked specs are rather exhaustive yet make no mention of hyper-threading. (Source: eTeknix)

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.
With the start-up and memory use improvement that "quantum flow" brings we could soon have a more agile fox. (Source: Mozilla)

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...
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Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)

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.
(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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

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. Q4 2017 update.
Nvidia GTX 1060 is now the most popular DirectX 12 GPU amongst Steam users

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.
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have all experienced incredible growth in just a few years. (Source: Pocketnow)

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.
The Galaxy S8+ and S8 took gold and silver, while the S7 Edge beat out the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus for bronze. (Source: PocketNow)

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.
Samsung and Apple cleaned house in the ACSI's 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey. (Image: ACSI)

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 is the best overall laptop brand, according to Laptop Mag. (Image Source: Lenovo)

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.

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