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A history of Dell XPS laptops from 2007 to present

A history of Dell XPS laptops from 2007 to present

Xtreme Performance, Revisited. The Dell XPS series has been an excellent proposition for those desiring powerful computing on the go. The evolution of the XPS line is quite a journey, but all along it always underscored the need for keeping pace with the ever evolving technology landscape and computing needs of users, making the XPS lineup one of the most sought after Windows laptops. In this article, we will have a bird's eye view of how the XPS lineup evolved from the humble XPS 466V desktop in 1993 to the high-performant XPS 13 and XPS 15 ultrabooks of today.
Save over US$500 on the Lenovo ThinkPad T480 laptop. (Source: Lenovo)

Deal | Lenovo's Tax Time Sale: Save hundreds of dollars on the ThinkPad T480, IdeaPad 330S, and Miix 630

Lenovo is holding a Tax Time Sale this weekend for those hunting for a great deal on a laptop or convertible. The Chinese manufacturer has laptops from its flagship lines on offer, and there are savings to be had on a variety of t...
AMD has enjoyed a popularity increase in March's Steam survey. (Source: MakeUseOf)

AMD manages to take a nibble out of Intel's share in Steam processor survey

AMD has taken a bite out of Intel’s overall share in Steam’s monthly survey in the PC processor usage category. The red team was up to 18.1% for March, rising 0.5% from 17.6% for February. AMD took share away from Intel for system...
The Dell XPS 13 has an appealing design language. (Source: Dell)

Deal | Save over US$400 on a Dell XPS 13 Touch; up to US$460 on non-touch version

Dell is offering some considerable discounts across its XPS 13 range at the moment. Some of the deals are time limited, so if you’re in the hunt for a handy-sized Ultrabook that can offer great performance with a small footprint, ...
The Acer Aspire A715-73G-75BW is powered by the Core i7-8075G CPU with integrated AMD RX Vega M GL GPU, making it a decent budget gaming laptop. (Source: Acer)

Intel's Kaby Lake G CPUs make an unexpected return in Acer's Aspire 7 notebooks

The Kaby Lake G CPUs with integrated AMD RX Vega graphics seemed to be exactly what budget gaming laptops needed, but the initial supply and the 14 nm CPU shortages lead to very limited support from laptop OEMs. Surprisingly enoug...
Some variants of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 can even be configured with a dGPU from Nvidia. (Source: Microsoft)

Entry-level Microsoft Surface Book 2 now comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 option

The base model of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 has just received an additional choice among its configuration options. Microsoft has given potential purchasers the opportunity to have the device fitted with a quad-core 8th Gen Int...
An Intel Core i7-7660U can be found in the more-powerful Microsoft Laptop SKU. (Source: Best Buy)

Deal | Best Buy knocks up to US$575 off i5 and i7 versions of the Microsoft Surface Laptop

Best Buy is currently offering an incredible sale on the first generation of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. However, stocks seem to be selling out quickly, so if you’re interested in either an i5 or i7 variant of this device you bett...
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2019) ultrabook (Source: MyDrivers)

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2019) is now official, starting at US$536

The 2.4-pound Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2019) is now official in China and comes with Harman Kardon audio with DTS surround, fast charging, and more. The starting price (in China) is the equivalent of US$536 and this amount would ge...
The UDOO BOLT single-board computer can operate on Windows or Linux. (Source: Kickstarter/UDOO)

UDOO BOLT single-board computer with embedded Ryzen SoC claims to be twice as fast as a MacBook Pro 13

UDOO recently ran a campaign on Kickstarter for the UDOO BOLT single-board computer, and the developers of the device managed to secure US$635,769 in crowd-sourced funding. It’s likely many investors were attracted by the claim th...
Intel has confirmed it has abandoned the Compute Card platform. (Source: Intel)

Intel kills off the Compute Card initiative

Intel has confirmed that it is killing off further development of its Compute Card platform. Similar in size to a credit card, Compute Card was teased at CES 2017 and first unveiled at Computex 2017 and promised modular upgrades f...
Intel Graphics Command Center now available and Intel wants your help to improve it

Intel Graphics Command Center now available and Intel wants your help to improve it

The early access software is Intel's next step towards becoming a discrete graphics company. The chipmaker plans to take user feedback seriously by launching the Odyssey program for enthusiasts to share, engage, and collaborate wi...
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-17IKB (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review

76% Lenovo IdeaPad 330-17IKB (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review

Deplorable display. The IdeaPad 330 17 doesn't break any ground, but we find it to be a little overpriced for the specifications. The GeForce MX150 GPU doesn't make up for the very slow 1 TB HDD or poorly calibrated 900p TN display to justify the $900 USD asking price.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

79% Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Leftovers. Lenovo has introduced the IdeaPad 330-15IKB, a 15.6-inch office laptop that it equips with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a nimble SSD and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode. The device is not free from weaknesses though, particularly its disappointing TN display, its comparatively small battery along with its outdated CPU and GPU. Read on to find out how the IdeaPad 330-15IKB compares against other 15.6-inch business laptops.
Intel Core i5-7200U | AMD Radeon 530 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Flagship processors from either Intel or AMD seem to be the gamer's choice. (Source: Hexus)

Intel maintains massive lead over AMD in Steam survey for processors in both Windows and Linux

Intel has kept its huge lead over AMD in Steam’s survey for processor usage. The blue team has even managed to slightly increase its share in systems utilizing a Windows OS, but AMD has taken a nibble out of Intel’s share on machi...
It seems Eve-Tech may be struggling to fulfill orders for Eve V convertible computers. (Source: Eve-Tech)

Growing concerns over Eve-Tech's unfulfilled orders for Eve V computers

Eve-Tech has just had another flash sale for its Eve V device, with potential customers likely enticed by discounts ranging from US$300 all the way to US$600 for the i7-7Y75 variant. However, there seems to be a growing number of ...
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...

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