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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...
Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors (Source: Dell)

Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors

The new 14-inch systems are notable for their updated CPUs and lighter designs that won't impact MIL-STD-810G performance. Expect to drop at least $1400 USD for the entry-level 5420 or upwards of $3500 USD for the flagship 7424.
Intel are reportedly re-thinking the way they handle manufacturing. (Source: YouTube)

Intel to re-structure its manufacturing arm into 3 new divisions

Intel is splitting its manufacturing segment into 3 new categories, each of which will be managed by a different staff member. These new divisions will handle various aspects of the chip-making side of the Intel business. They wil...
Latest Core i7-8706G Kaby Lake-G processor is almost as fast as the Core i5-8300H (Image source: Intel)

Rare Intel Core i7-8706G Kaby Lake-G processor is almost as fast as the Core i5-8300H

CineBench benchmarks show the quad-core Core i7-8706G to be just 9 percent behind the Core i5-8300H in the latest XPS 15 9570. This processor is currently not available on any mass market consumer laptop and can only be found on t...
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are now shipping (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are now shipping

Get ready to pony up at least $900 or $1000 USD for the latest Surface portables. Both the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 are launching in four different colors with many of them being exclusive to higher-end configurations. U...
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB (i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

84% Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB (i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

Office acrobat. Lenovo’s new 530 series is aimed at price-conscious users and companies that see the benefits of convertible devices. The Yoga 530-14IKB is priced competitively, but there are some compromises associated with this low cost, including the device being comparatively heavy for a convertible. Find out in our detailed review what strengths and weaknesses befall this otherwise successful debutant.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
No need to blush when carrying a pink Surface Laptop 2 around. (Source Panos Panay/Twitter)

Surface Laptop 2 blushes in new color

Microsoft executive Panos Panay has taken to Twitter to reveal a new color for the Surface Laptop 2: blush. The device already offers potential customers a range of colors to choose from, which includes platinum, burgundy, cobalt ...
Lenovo Yoga C930 already shipping in Germany ahead of schedule, review to come soon (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Yoga C930 already shipping in Germany ahead of schedule, review to come soon

Lenovo is late to its own party as even retailers have the flagship Yoga C930 in stock before the official OEM launch. We can confirm that some retailers have been shipping the latest Lenovo convertible to consumers earlier than e...
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 (i7-8706G, Radeon WX Vega M GL, 4K UHD) Workstation Review

83% Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 (i7-8706G, Radeon WX Vega M GL, 4K UHD) Workstation Review

Kaby Lake-G workstation. As if Kaby Lake-G wasn't niche enough already, Dell has gone the extra mile by offering a workstation convertible equipped with the rare Intel-AMD CPU. The end result is one of the most powerful 15-inch convertible workstations available even if it sacrifices some common connectivity features along the way.
Intel Core i7-8706G | AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL | 15.6" | 2 kg
Fujitsu LifeBook A357 (i5-7200U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

84% Fujitsu LifeBook A357 (i5-7200U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

New name, old content. The Fujitsu LifeBook A357 is a 15.6-inch office notebook that comes with a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD and 8 GB of RAM. Moreover, the laptop also offers an okay keyboard, good battery life and an IPS screen with stable viewing angles.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
8700k prices in the UK have skyrocketed to above £450 since August, which is about 40% higher than usual. (Source: PCPartPicker)

HP and Lenovo executives say Intel's CPU shortage will continue for 6 more months

The industry is one month into a shortage of 14nm CPUs from Intel, and according to HP CEO Dion Weisler and Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci this will continue for another 6 months. They have recommended AMD as an alternative thanks to...
Principled Technologies enabled "Game Mode" on its R7 2700X, which cuts down the 8 core processor to a 4 core processor, causing severe CPU bottlenecks in some cases. (Source: Hardware Unboxed)

Principled Technologies responds to criticism of its i9 9900k study

After scathing criticism coming from GamersNexus's Steve Burke and Hardware Unboxed's Steve Walton, Principled Technologies has made statements and defended its i9 9900k performance study. The company said "we are confident in ou...
HP Envy 13t (i7-8550U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

87% HP Envy 13t (i7-8550U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Fancy. HP's slim 13.3-inch subnotebook features a fancy exterior and good connectivity. Hewlett-Packard has fitted a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU into the slim case. Good battery runtimes, a fast SSD and a matte Full HD IPS screen complete the package.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Schenker Slim 14 M18

85% Schenker Slim 14 M18 (Clevo N141WU, i7-8550U, UHD620) Laptop Review

A steady companion. The Schenker Slim 14 is impressive in its slim metal case and with its wide range of ports. Find out whether the inner values of this 14-inch notebook match its gorgeous exterior in our review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
While our review was positive overall, performance was definitely a low point for the Spectre.

Update | Disabling ULPS may reduce GPU throttling on Kaby Lake G based HP Spectre x360 systems and more

In our HP Spectre x360 review, we found that GPU performance was very poor in games, where it often throttled down to 400 MHz, less than half of its rated clock speed. Thankfully, there is a solution that should prevent such throt...
Getac S410 (i5-8550U) Rugged Laptop Review

82% Getac S410 (i5-8550U) Rugged Laptop Review

Rugged Kaby Lake-R. The CPU power of a traditional Ultrabook with the bells and whistles of a rugged laptop. Unless if you plan on mainly using the Getac at night, then we recommend opting for the higher-end SKU with the brighter backlight.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 2.2 kg
The Pixel Slate will use Google's Chrome OS. (Source: MySmartPrice)

New images of Google's Pixel Slate are leaked

Some new images of the Google Pixel Slate tablet have appeared online, just ahead of the company’s hardware event that is taking place in New York City on October 9. The new device is expected to utilize Chrome OS and features a d...
Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 (i5-7300U) Rugged Laptop Review

80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 (i5-7300U) Rugged Laptop Review

Tough guy. Strong in every aspect except one. The Toughbook CF-54 is one of the thinner and more portable rugged laptops in its size category to make it an excellent option for fieldwork. Unfortunately, a huge thorn prevents it from being the ideal companion for outdoor use.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.9 kg
The message displayed if Windows Setup detects the older drivers during the upgrade. (Source@ wccftech.com)

Devices with 6th-generation or newer Intel chips facing issues with new Win10 update

PCs that run on processors that are of the Skylake or later series are reportedly displaying obstructive messages in the course of their update to the October version of Windows 10. This is due to an older Intel Display Audio driv...
HP Elite x2 1013 G3 (i5-8350U, SSD, 3k) 2-in-1 Review

88% HP Elite x2 1013 G3 (i5-8350U, SSD, 3k) 2-in-1 Review

Complete redesign. Hewlett-Packard's Elite x2 1013 G3 is a 13-inch 2-in-1 equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3:2 3k display, an active stylus, and a keyboard dock.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13" | 1.2 kg
The new Surface Pro 6 is now available in black, in addition to the platinum option. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft officially unveils the Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 tablet

The Surface Pro 6 tablet is now available in black, as well as the usual platinum color option. Users can now choose among Intel's i5-8250U and i7-8550U ULV CPUs, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB PCIe NVMe storag...
The Coffee Lake series is set to be refreshed with 8th-gen processors. (Source: itp.net)

New driver readme appears to confirm 'Coffee Lake S Refresh' series name

A driver download from ASUS' website has been found to contain a text file about the Intel processors supported. They include a line called "Coffee Lake S Refresh". This is likely to refer to the upcoming ix-9000 series of process...
The Surface Studio gets all-new silicon bring much improved graphics performance. (Source: Microsoft)

The Surface Studio gets updated to 7th gen Intel silicon

Microsoft has updated the Surface Studio desktop computer for the first time since it launched in December 2016. Originally shipping with 6th gen Intel Skylake-based silicon, the new Surface Studio 2 has been refreshed with Intel’...
The new Surface Laptop 2 is now officially available in matte black. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 and new Cortana-powered headphones now official

Microsoft has used its Surface event to take the covers off its second-generation Surface Laptop, which, as rumored, comes in a new matte black color. Also joining the Surface range for the first time is a new pair of Bluetooth Su...
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA (i5-8250U) Convertible Review

83% Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA (i5-8250U) Convertible Review

Great for the price. The latest VivoBook convertible gets more right than wrong. Though not a huge upgrade over last year's model in terms of features and internal specifications, its chassis is now sleeker and more visually appealing for its sub $800 price range.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
The 14nm process is the basis for all of Intel's newest CPUs, and even all the way back to its 2015 Skylake based products. (Source: Digiworthy)

Prices for Intel's 8700k CPU have reached $399 on major retailers due to CPU shortage

While the 14nm CPU shortage did not initially affect US retailers, it has become clear that it finally has. Intel's flagship 8700k CPU has gone from $350 to $399 in under a month, which is nearly a 15% increase in price.

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