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Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

80% Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

Mobile companion. Lenovo's 13.3-inch laptop delivers good battery runtimes, a solid-state disk and a quiet system noise. It uses Windows 10 Pro as the operating system. The incorporated display is not convincing.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Intel axes IDF 2017 as a sign of the changing times

Intel axes IDF 2017 as a sign of the changing times

The yearly IDF keynotes and talks will come to a full stop in favor of smaller events and a shifting focus to automotive, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud storage, and others.
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

78% Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

Office worker. With its Satellite Pro R50-C-16V, Toshiba presents a quiet, 15.6-inch office device that hardly heats up. A Core i3 processor from the Skylake generation provides the necessary computing power. The Windows 10 Pro operating system boosts the laptop's price to almost 500 Euros (~$534).
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

84% Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

Hot stuff! The Asus GL702VS is one of many options for gamers hunting power in a portable package. Equipped with high-end components in a relatively thin and light chassis, the notebook brings high details in modern titles without breaking backs. Can the device keep its cool, or will it melt under pressure?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Source: G.SKILL

Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017

Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

80% Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
It's undeniable that the Surface Book has one of the most unique designs in mobile computing. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft cuts Surface Book prices with new no-dGPU options

Microsoft has cut the barrier of entry for the Surface Book by US$200 on both the high and low ends by offering i5/128GB/8GB as well as i7/1TB/16GB SKUs without dedicated GPUs. While the Surface Book is still running on Skylake and lacks Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C, it is still an attractive device due to its unique design, active stylus, and solid build qua...
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Acer Spin 5 SP513-51 Convertible Review

80% Acer Spin 5 SP513-51 Convertible Review

Spinning. All big manufacturers offer devices in the competitive mainstream convertible segment. Acer wants to attract customers with the Acer Spin 5. How does the 360-degree convertible perform?
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.7 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged Windows convertible tablet with Intel Skylake processor

MWC 2017 | Panasonic intros Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible

This new Toughbook detachable hybrid is the first in its category with a 3:2 aspect ratio display and, just like its predecessors, targets professionals that have to face tough work conditions.
Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D Notebook Review

77% Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D Notebook Review

Stylish. With the Vivobook, Asus offers a 15.6-inch all-round device which immediately catches the eyes: The company uses a throughout white chassis. The feature set is alright, too: Core i5 processor, GeForce graphic card, ac Wi-Fi, Type-C USB. The bundle costs less than 500 Euros (~$528).
Intel Core i5-6198DU | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
The lowest tier R7 1700's strong performance, fair price, and low TDP make it a compelling offering. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen lineup officially released with full specs and pricing

The Ryzen lineup includes the 65W R7 1700, 95W 1700X, and 95W 1800X, which are priced at US$330, US$400, and US$500 respectively.
Acer's TravelMate P449 under review. (Source: Acer)

80% Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review

Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2 kg
The Bonobo WS is the highest-tier notebook available from System76 and features the latest from Intel and NVIDIA. (Source: System76)

Linux on Kaby Lake: System76 now offers 7th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs

System76 sells laptops running Ubuntu, an open-source Linux distribution. The company has recently started selling modern notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs and the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review

The perfect balance? We also review the mainstream configuration of the new MacBook Pro 15. The test model is faster than the entry-level spec thanks to the Core i7-6820HQ and the AMD Radeon Pro 455, but is it worth the additional price?
Intel Core i7-6820HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 455 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

89% Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

Workhorse with minor drawbacks. A business device for everyday use: This is where Dell comes in with its Latitude 14 E5470. Security features, strong processor, plenty of working memory, and a solid-state drive are installed. These are good prerequisites for a business laptop. However, not all that glitters is gold, and thus our review sample has to accept some criticism. Read just where these shortcomings are found in our in-depth report.
Intel Core i5-6440HQ | Intel HD Graphics 530 | 14" | 1.9 kg
Intel has been somewhat stalled on the "tock" for much longer than planned due to unexpected difficulties with the 10nm manufacturing process. (Source: CNET)

Intel's 8th gen Cannonlake CPUs will still use 14 nm process

Intel has announced that their Cannonlake CPUs, slated for a late 2017 release, will be made on a 14nm process instead of 10nm as originally planned.
Lenovo Yoga 700-11ISK Convertible Review

81% Lenovo Yoga 700-11ISK Convertible Review

Weak cooling. The small Lenovo Yoga 700 is a portable and very versatile companion thanks to its 11.6-inch screen and different operating modes. However, there are problems in terms of input devices and the passive cooling solution, because the processor cannot utilize its full potential.
Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 11.6" | 1.1 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (Core i5, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

84% Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (Core i5, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

Affordable ThinkPad pioneer. After the smaller E470 quite convinced us, we now have Lenovo's ThinkPad E570 as a 15.6-inch Kaby Lake pioneer in the test. Our in-depth report reveals whether the larger model from the E lineup is just as convincing.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Ryzen could be priced unbelievably low. (Source: ShopBLT.com)

Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked

The pricing, if true, is incredibly aggressive and comes in at under half the cost of what could be the closest competitor from Intel.
Intel announced the release schedule for Coffee Lake via Twitter. (Source: Intel Twitter)

Coffee Lake's Coming: Intel's 8th gen chips will arrive in late 2017

The 8th generation of Intel chips, Coffee Lake, is slated for release in the second half of 2017. Intel states that the chips will bring a 15% performance boost, but will they be competitive with Ryzen?
Gigabyte P55W v6 Notebook Review

82% Gigabyte P55W v6 Notebook Review

Focused on the essentials. Gigabyte's newest version of ttheir P55W hasn't really changed that much. While the predecessor used a GeForce GTX 970M, the new model is equipped with a GTX 1060 - and that's a very noticeable difference.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
HP Omen 17 (GTX 1060) Notebook Review

82% HP Omen 17 (GTX 1060) Notebook Review

Well-balanced. At a purchase price of almost 1300 Euros (~$1390), the Omen 17 w100ng is presently the cheapest device within its lineup. This slightly lower-performance model also renders games smoothly on its matte Full HD panel. The Omen offers a very good battery life for a gaming laptop.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Samsung Chromebook Plus convertible to offer up to 16 GB RAM

Samsung Chromebook Plus might have up to 16 GB RAM

While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is expected to arrive next week with 4 GB RAM on board, its Pro sibling is scheduled to arrive in April. While it is supposed to feature up to 8 GB RAM, the latest rumors claim the Chromebook Pro might get a 16 GB RAM variant after a while as well.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review

89% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review

Top specification. We have already reviewed the entry-level of the new Apple MacBook Pro 15. Our test sample today is the high-end SKU, and the graphics card AMD Radeon Pro 460 is particularly interesting.
Intel Core i7-6920HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
The KDE Slimbook can be configured with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and will run KDE's flavor of Linux. (Source: Slimbook)

Slimbook releases notebook running KDE Linux

KDE and Slimbook have partnered to released the KDE Slimbook, a thin-and-light notebook running either the KDE Neon or KED Plasma distro of Linux.
Owners of 2016 Macbook Pros should expect more consistent battery life after the update. (Source: Consumer Reports)

Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests

Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
The Toughpad FZ-Q2 can dock to a separate backlit keyboard and features a rugged design. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet

The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
The 2016 MacBook Pros have both faced criticism over sub-par battery life compared to previous models. (Source: Apple)

Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results

Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

79% Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

Disappointing screen. Acer launches a well-equipped 15.6-inch all-rounder on the market with the TravelMate P259-MG-71UU. The GeForce 940MX graphics core (GDDR5 version) allows playing many up-to-date computer games. Acer ruins the overall good impression with a poor screen and only middling battery life.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

83% MSI GE72VR 6RF Apache Pro Notebook Review

Apache is approaching! The well-known gaming notebook manufacturer MSI brings us an interesting combination. A fast quad core processor of the Skylake family and a Pascal-based GPU are at the core of the latest model. Learn how well the components fit each other in our in-depth review.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3 kg
Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus with pen support

CES 2017 | Samsung introduces two Chromebooks with pen support

The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro come with ARM/Intel processors, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, also offering pen input support and the ability to be used as a regular notebook or as a tablet, thanks to the 360-degree rotating touchscreen.
Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA convertible with Skylake processor

Asus launches Chromebook Flip C302CA

The long-awaited successor of the original Chromebook Flip is now official as a convertible with a 360 degree hinge and a touchscreen display that uses a Skylake processor and starts at $499 USD.
Dell advertises "data transfers up to 40Gbps" on the websites of the XPS 15 and 13. (Source: Dell)

(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds

Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

86% Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN050T Convertible Review

Serious Surface Competitor? Convertibles with strong performance are always a crowd favorite. Asus packs a Skylake i7 processor in a flat case and hopes for the best, but there are a few problems. In our extensive review, we will discuss the Transformer 3 Pro and its place in the competitive convertible market.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.6" | 1.1 kg
MSI VR One

MSI VR One

High-end gaming in the backpack. Finally, no more cables: This is MSI's goal with the brand-new virtual reality backpack. We were one of the first editorial offices to have a closer look at the promising concept. (ad)
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | | 3.6 kg
Asus Chromebook Flip 2 C302CA with Intel Pentium 4405Y

Asus Chromebook Flip 2 surfaces on Best Buy

The C302CA model was spotted earlier this year on Newegg, but now the Flip 2 name is finally confirmed, although Asus still has to announce it. This $499.99 USD Chromebook has an all-metal casing and uses the Intel Pentium 4405Y processor.
Intel Kaby Lake refresh on track for late 2017 launch

Intel Kaby Lake refresh on track for late 2017 launch

The Intel ix-8000 Coffee Lake series should be the final 14 nm architecture based on Skylake and Kaby Lake in the manufacturer's three-step "process-architecture-optimization" cycle.
Razer Blade (2016) FHD Notebook Review

84% Razer Blade (2016) FHD Notebook Review

Successful. Razer's thin 14-inch is packed with powerful hardware that can handle all modern games on the matte Full HD display. You also get good input devices and Thunderbolt 3. The stamina of the small system is not bad, either.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
The BRIX-GZ1DTi7-1070GB GW is a powerful SFF gaming PC coming soon from Gigabyte. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte announces BRIX SFF PC with GTX 1070

The newest small form factor gaming PC from Gigabyte will pack a serious punch in a small package thanks to its GTX 1070 and Core i7-6700K.
Online retailer leaks Asus GL553VE, GL753VE, FX502VM, and GL702VM gaming notebooks with i7-7700HQ CPUs

Online retailer leaks Asus GL553VE, GL753VE, FX502VM, and GL702VM gaming notebooks with i7-7700HQ CPUs

The new upcoming gaming systems should be sporting both HQ-class Kaby Lake processor options and high-end Pascal GPUs from the GTX 1050 Ti and up.
HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

76% HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review

Flip Flop. HP now offers Kaby Lake processors in their 15-inch Pavilion x360 convertibles. In addition to the upgraded 7th generation Intel chips, a few other changes have been made. Are these improvements enough to make us flip over the Pavilion, or does it fail to stick the landing?
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)

Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation

After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X Notebook Review

85% Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X Notebook Review

Popular companion. High-quality materials coupled with responsive hardware leave a good impression. Even though the display luminance does not seem very up-to-date, we like the overall package of the new Acer Swift 3.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM Notebook Review

85% Asus ROG Strix GL502VM Notebook Review

Powerful and Slim. The Asus GL502VM is a slim, 15.6-inch gaming laptop which can run games smoothly on its matte, FHD screen. The hardware needs a lot of cooling, so the laptop can become noisy.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

Better by a Touch? Apple slims down the MacBook Pro 15 quite radically and reduces the weight to around 1.8 kg with a thickness of just 16 millimeters. The professional notebook, which even gained customers from the 17-inch Pro in the past, is now even a real alternative for users of the previous MBP 13.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Acer Predator 15 G9-593 Notebook Review

85% Acer Predator 15 G9-593 Notebook Review

Pascal upgrade. Acer now uses the latest Pascal GPUs from Nvidia for the current Predator 15. We also get some additional features that were missing with the previous models. The design of the bulky 15-inch gaming notebook is still a matter of taste though.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 3.7 kg
Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T Notebook Review

84% Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T Notebook Review

Solid all-round device! With the ZenBook, Asus presents us a compact 13.3-inch device. Its Skylake processor and the dedicated GPU ensure a fast system. Our review will reveal whether the device has any disadvantages.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Asus GL702VM-GC102D Notebook Review

84% Asus GL702VM-GC102D Notebook Review

Slim gaming laptop. Asus packs a lot of gaming power into a slim 17.3-inch notebook. Even so, the laptop does not produce too much noise or heat. Due to the deactivated integrated GPU, the laptop consumes more power while idling than necessary.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

85% Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

Solid as a Rock. The new Razer Blade packs a GTX 1060 in a great aluminum case. The laptop offers reliable input devices, Thunderbolt 3 and an amazing IGZO panel. With all this on the table, what could go wrong? Besides some smaller issues, the greatest weakness was its lackluster gaming performance. However, the latter has now been fixed with an EC update.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 2 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the $300 premium?
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg

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