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The average Whiskey Lake-U laptop is just 8 percent faster than Kaby Lake-R

The average Whiskey Lake-U laptop is just 8 percent faster than Kaby Lake-R

After testing more than 20 laptops with Whiskey Lake-U processors, the raw gen-to-gen performance advantage looks to be one of the smallest in recent years. If you own a Kaby Lake-R laptop, it may be best to hold off on buying a r...
Lenovo V330-14IKB (i5, FHD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo V330-14IKB (i5, FHD) Laptop Review

Almost a ThinkPad? Business laptops made by Lenovo normally carry the ThinkPad logo – but there is an exception: With the affordable V series, Lenovo targets business customers who do not want to buy a ThinkPad. In this comprehensive review, we will see if Lenovo's V330-14IKB is a success.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
New Dell Inspiron 17 7786 can run slower than the last generation Dell Inspiron 17 7773

Unusual throttling behavior shows the Core i7-8565U running both faster and slower than the i7-8550U

The new Dell Inspiron 17 7786 can run 20 percent faster than the last generation Inspiron 17 7773 for the first 10 to 20 minutes before clock rates begin to dip dramatically. At that point, CPU performance stabilizes at 10 percent...
Dell XPS 13 9380 with Whiskey Lake-U is not all that much faster than the XPS 13 9370 (Image source: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 9380 with Whiskey Lake-U is not all that much faster than the XPS 13 9370

The Core i5-8265U brings just marginal performance benefits by up to 12 percent at best over the last generation Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U. Users who want the latest XPS 13 should be drawn in by the re-positioned webcam and n...
Acer Swift 3 SF313 (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Acer Swift 3 SF313 (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

A modern Swift 3! With an Intel Core i5-8250U processor and a fast SSD, the Acer Swift 3 SF313 is well-equipped for most tasks that could be thrown at it. Thanks to its LTE modem, the 13.3-inch subnotebook is also suitable as a small business companion for work on the go. Acer has not included a dedicated GPU, but this decision benefits battery life.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review

85% Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review

Low-cost traveller. In typical Acer fashion, the TravelMate X3410 presents a lower-cost alternative to other popular business laptops. While there are some compromises in terms of case design, keyboard quality, and performance, the overall package presents a decent second-choice for those on a budget.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Bob Swan was previously Intel's CFO before becoming interim CEO. (Source: Intel)

Intel chief expects chip supply to improve by mid-2019; company reports US$70 billion revenue

Intel’s current interim CEO, Bob Swan, has stated in an earnings call that he expects the company’s chip shortage to ease by the middle of the year. However, focus is expected to be on producing high-performance processors whilst ...
Lenovo V320-17IKB (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo V320-17IKB (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Refresh. Lenovo’s 17.3-inch desktop replacement features a quad-core CPU, Windows 10 Professional and a bright, contrast-rich display with good viewing angles. At the time of this review, the device retails for around 600 Euros ($683).
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Core i5 HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 convertible is 10 percent faster than Core i7 SKU

When cheaper is faster — Core i5 HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 convertible outperforms the Core i7 SKU by 10 percent

The Core i5 configuration is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Core i7 option and yet it performs faster in multi-threaded workloads. We highly recommend skipping over the i7 upgrade in favor of other options such as Sure View,...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (matte WQHD, i7) Laptop Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (matte WQHD, i7) Laptop Review

The best display for the X1 Carbon? We already tested the sixth generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon several times, and now we also take a look at a model with the matte WQHD display. Is this possibly the best compromise?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
The best display for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon – All panels in comparison

FHD, Touchscreen, WQHD or HDR? | The best display for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon – All panels in comparison

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best business Ultrabooks you can buy. Lenovo offers a total of four different displays for its flagship device, and we test...
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018 (i5, 3K-IPS) Convertible Review

89% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018 (i5, 3K-IPS) Convertible Review

The best business convertible? Lenovo has completely reworked the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, which now includes a larger touchscreen, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and much faster CPUs. This has the caveat that these faster chips have to be actively cooled now. Is the third generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet a solid and complete package, or does it have some significant weaknesses?
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13" | 1.3 kg
Dell XPS 15 9575, still facing problems as of January 2019 DPC latency

Dell is also working on fixing XPS 15 9575 DPC latency issues

Although most DPC latency-related complaints we heard so far from Dell XPS users involved the XPS 15 9570, it looks like the XPS 15 9575 convertible is also plagued by such problems. Frank Azor has recently confirmed that Dell is ...
The new Librem 15 is packing a 4K display. (Source: Purism)

Purism updates the Librem laptop line with gen 7 Intel ULV CPUs

The new Librem 13 / 15 models come equipped with the i7-7500U CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD + 4 TB SATA SSD storage combos. The security features from the previous versions are still there a...
HP Pavilion 15-cs0003ng

80% HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA MX130) Laptop Review

Core i5 Pavilion. After reviewing the AMD variant of the HP Pavilion 15, we now have the Intel Core i5 version with an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 GPU in for testing. The design remains the same and is finished to a high quality. Read on to find out what to expect from the Intel variant of the Pavilion 15 and how it compares against its AMD sibling.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce MX130 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7, MX130, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7, MX130, FHD) Laptop Review

Affordable underdog. In the enterprise-laptop market, avoiding Dell, Lenovo or HP is hardly possible, but Acer wants to have a piece of that lucrative market segment as well. The Acer TravelMate X3410 is made to appeal to business customers, but will it be able to win-out over the well-established competition? To find out more, read this in-depth review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX130 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The H10 M.2 module features 3D XPoint Optane memory that will provide caching for the QLC NAND storage chips. (Source: Intel)

Next gen Intel Optane memory modules coming in Q2 2019

The upcoming Optane products will get a considerable speed boost, as Intel will switch from the PCIe Gen X2 interface to the Gen 3 X4 one. There will be a new M15 caching module, a new stand-alone 815P SSD and a new H10 combo modu...
HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 display will be two times brighter than the MacBook Pro 13

CES 2019 | HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 display will be two times brighter than the MacBook Pro 13

The 1000-nit matte touchscreen will be significantly brighter than any consumer laptop or convertible in the market. In comparison, most Ultrabooks available today top out at just 300 nits or 400 nits for relatively poor outdoor v...
Souped-up performance: the HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 will come with a Core i7-8650U

CES 2019 | Souped-up performance: the HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 will come with a Core i7-8650U

A Chromebook in an Ultrabook chassis. The HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 convertible has hardware familiar to any Ultrabook user including its 15 W Core ix Kaby Lake-R CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 14-inch 1080p touchscreen.
HP Pavilion x360 (Core i3-8130U, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

80% HP Pavilion x360 (Core i3-8130U, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

Bad development. HP refreshes the Pavilion x360 convertible with an Intel Core i3 CPU for 700 Euros (~$797). The manufacturer wants to stir up the convertible market with this strategy. We see some potential, but there are some major drawbacks.
Intel Core i3-8130U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Core i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

89% Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Core i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Great display, relatively weak connectivity. The new Surface Laptop 2 from Microsoft is a slightly reworked version of the old model with an up-to-date processor. Overall, this creates a well-balanced package. We are particularly happy with the 3:2 screen. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not improved connectivity.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.5" | 1.3 kg
Test Toshiba Portege X30T-E

87% Toshiba Portege X30T-E (i7-8550U, UHD620) Laptop Review

The better Surface? With the Portege X30T, Toshiba delivers a convertible whose exterior is hardly distinguishable from that of its big Microsoft competitor. At a similarly high price but with many included accessories, we might have a strong-performing alternative here. However, many aspects remain hidden in the detail, and we will reveal them in our review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The special edition rose-gold HP Spectre x360 13T Touch is currently reduced by US$350 to US$1089.99. (Source: HP)

Deal | Envy, Omen, Pavilion, and Spectre laptops included in huge HP Red Tag Sale

HP is currently holding a red tag sale and there are plenty of discounted laptops on offer for potential buyers. The sale includes high-end devices such as the HP Spectre X360 laptop with an i7-8705G and Radeon RX Vega M Graphics ...
Intel's 'Foveros' is a 3D packaging technique that combines chiplets into a much more denser package than EMIB. (Source: Intel)

Intel talks about upcoming 10nm 'Sunny Cove' microarchitecture and 3D-stacked 'Foveros' chips

During Intel's Architecture Day earlier this week, SVP Core and Visual Computing Raja Koduri and other key Intel executives gave an overview of upcoming Intel technologies including Foveros, a new 3D packaging system and Sunny Cov...
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA (i7, FHD) Laptop Review

85% Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA (i7, FHD) Laptop Review

Small rose. There are countless compact 13.3-inch laptops on the market. This should come as no surprise, since laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 are ideal companions for day-to-day life. With the Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA, we are testing a new model from Asus that is slightly cheaper than the popular XPS 13 from Dell.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110

83% Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 (Core i5-8250U, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM) Laptop Review

Simple but modern. The Toshiba Tecra A50 is a sleekly designed and modern looking 15.6-inch laptop that Toshiba has equipped with modern hardware. Read on to find out for whom the A50 is suited and what performance buyers can expect from this quad-core laptop.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

83% Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

Greenhorn. The most important feature of the Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN is its green case color. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is a bad laptop. We tested this Asus laptop to uncover its strength and weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water (Image source: Intel)

One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water

The future of Kaby Lake-G seems grim. Just as many have feared, the platform is looking more and more like a one-off design with no direct successor or long-lasting commitment from either Intel or AMD if the current product landsc...
Intel is to roll out a new system to update integrated graphics drivers. (Source: LaptopMedia)

Intel to change the way integrated graphics drivers can be updated in Windows

Intel has announced that it will introduce a new medium called Universal Windows Drivers (UWD) to update the integrated graphics the company supplies to current Microsoft OS-running hardware. The institution of UWD will mean that ...
A Microsoft Surface Laptop released in 2019 could feature an AMD Picasso APU. (Source: PCGamesN)

Microsoft may use AMD CPUs in Surface Laptop refresh

It has been claimed that Microsoft is mulling over using AMD chips in a future Surface Laptop refresh. Apparently, the Redmond-based company has become frustrated with Intel, especially over the chipmaker’s long delay in shipping ...
Black Friday deals are extended throughout this week as well, thanks to Cyber Monday deals. (Source: Gazette Review)

Deal | Best Cyber Monday laptop deals from Newegg

If you somehow missed all the Black Friday deals, not all is lost. Cyber Monday is here with similar bargains and Newegg has some of the best laptop deals around. This time we are taking a look at what Asus, Dell and Lenovo have t...
The VivoBook 14 (X420) can be configured with up to an i7-8550U processor. (Source: Asus)

Asus reveals new frameless VivoBook 14 (X420) laptop

Asus has announced a new addition to its VivoBook line-up: The VivoBook 14 (X420). The laptop has a reported 87% screen-to-body ratio, measures 322.4 x 210 x 17.77 mm and it weighs just 1.4 kg. The device can be supplied with up t...
HP Cyber Monday sale now live with deals on the Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, Omen, and more (Source: HP)

HP Cyber Monday sale now live with deals on the Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, EliteBook, Omen, and more

Get the Spectre x360 13t for just $850 USD while it lasts. The convertible has apparently become HP's "#1 selling Spectre" while the "top seller" is the last generation budget AMD-powered HP 15z for only $320 USD.
Image via Razer

Deal | Razer is slicing $300 off its first edition Razer Phone this weekend

Razer has opened its subscriber sale to all comers through this weekend. Deals include the original Razer Phone for $300 off ($400 total price) and the Razer Blade Pro 17 (7700HQ, 1060, FHD) for $500 off ($1800 total price).
Our first Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U benchmarks are in and performance is almost indistinguishable from the Core i7-8550U (Image source: PC World)

Our first Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U benchmarks are in and performance is almost indistinguishable from the Core i7-8550U

Whiskey Lake-U doesn't offer much in terms of performance enhancements over its immediate Kaby Lake-R predecessor based on our initial benchmarks with the Asus Zenbook UX433. It's largely forgettable if you already own a Kaby Lake...
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition

82% Acer Switch 7 Black Edition (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

2 in 1 with an MX150. Acer’s flagship convertible, the Switch 7 Black Edition, offers powerful hardware and an innovative fanless cooling solution. Both the Intel Core i7-8550U and the Nvidia GeForce MX150 are cooled without any fans. You can learn how well this works out in everyday life by reading our review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 13.5" | 1.6 kg
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB) Laptop Review

87% Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Office or business? The Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F sits between both segments. The stylish case and plentiful security features point towards the laptop being an expensive business laptop. However, Huawei preinstalls Windows 10 Home and has equipped the device with few ports, which aligns the W50F with cheaper office laptops. The real drawback is less to do with the laptop’s classification though.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
The Dell XPS 15 9570 (Source: Dell)

Updated | Some Dell XPS 15 9570 laptops may have a BIOS related GPU bug

It appears that Dell's most recent BIOS releases for the XPS 15 9570 have caused a GPU bug in some devices. Originally reported on Reddit, some XPS 15 9570 laptops power limit throttle their NVIDIA GPUs until they hit a temperatur...
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 weighs nearly nine pounds. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic announces enhancements for its Toughbook 31

Panasonic has revealed a cluster of upgrades for its Toughbook 31 device. The newly enhanced version of the fully ruggedized notebook will now come with an Intel Core i5-7300U and 16 GB RAM as standard, and it will also feature im...
Intel's graphics driver 25.20.100.6373 brings optimisations for FM19 (Source: Sports Interactive)

Intel releases new graphics driver for Football Manager 2019 and Soulcalibur VI

Intel has released a new graphics driver for 6th Generation Core processors onwards that is available now to download for Windows 10 devices. The driver has been optimised for the release of Football Manager 2019, and brings perfo...
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (i5, 128 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

91% Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (i5, 128 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

Whisper quiet. The i5 model without a fan is slower than the i7 model, and its battery life is not much better. In return, it is completely silent and significantly cheaper. Is this the mainstream tablet for everyone? Update 11/7/2018: 256 GB SSD is faster
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 781 g
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

90% HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

Could be faster. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Core i7 SKU is a perfect example of why a pricier configuration may not always be the fastest when compared to a less expensive SKU. The Core i7 CPU on our HP is measurably slower than the same model with the more affordable Core i5.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
SMT allows for multi-threaded parallel processing, but has an apparent security flaw. (Source: Wikipedia)

New side-channel vulnerability confirmed in Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs

A new CVE may enable yet another side-channel exploit in Intel processors. This vulnerability, known as CVE-2018-5407 (or "PortSmash"), targets Hyper-Threading (or simultaneous multi-threading (SMT)). It is confirmed as effective ...
2018 Surface Pro series still suffers from steep CPU throttling (Source: Own)

2018 Surface Pro 6 series still suffers from steep CPU throttling

There's no doubt that this year's Surface Pro models are significantly faster than the last generation since Kaby Lake-R doubles the number of cores from Kaby Lake. The bigger question, however, is how much or little the models wi...
The 12-inch MacBook only scores a fresh coat of paint. (Source: Apple)

12-inch MacBook gains new gold hue, but misses out on Amber Lake Y, more

As expected, Apple has unveiled a new Mac mini, MacBook Air and new iPad Pro models. However, one device that missed out on getting a chipset refresh was the 12-inch MacBook, leaving it essentially unchanged since June 2017 barrin...
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (Core i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review

91% Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (Core i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review

Full power with four cores. Microsoft has updated to the Surface Pro series with quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh processors, but how well will these chips cope within an 8.5-mm thick tablet? Will these more powerful processors affect the battery life, and has Microsoft finally added more ports? Find out all this and more in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
HP has no plans for an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 successor for now (Source: HP)

HP has no plans for an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 successor for now

HP's best 12.5-inch convertible will be taking a hiatus in order to focus on the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 series. All of its features will be integrated into the EliteBook x360 1030 including Sure View and its super-bright ba...
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

More versatile than ever. We check out the pricier Core i7 SKU to see how it holds when up against the less expensive Core i5 SKU. Is it worth investing in the faster option? And how much better is the faster option exactly?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

Premium or just above average? For the first time ever Lenovo placed the speakers inside a convertible's hinges. The display supports Dolby Vision, and should thus offer additional value, at least on paper. Apart from this, the C930 is equipped with well-known hardware inside a good-looking case. Find out in our extensive review whether the C930 is worth considering.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
HP refreshes Spectre 13 x360 lineup yet again with Whiskey Lake CPUs and a brand new design (Source: HP)

HP Spectre 13 x360 refresh adds Whiskey Lake CPUs and a new design twist

The new model will be 0.9 mm thicker than the previous generation with the promise of improved cooling, longer battery life, and reduced throttling for a 13 percent increase in 3DMark 11 performance. A new design inspired by profe...

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