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The new VAIO SX12 is ultralight but doesn't skimp on functionality. (Source: VAIO)

VAIO launches SX12 ultraportable, weighs under two pounds

VAIO has launched its latest ultraportable in its home market of Japan. The new SX12 is one of the lightest 12.5-inch Windows notebooks on the market weighing in at under two pounds, or just 888 grams.
Microsoft is thought to be developing a Snapdragon 8cx-powered WoA Surface Pro 7. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft prepping Snapdragon 8cx-powered WoA Surface

Microsoft looks set to bring a WoA Surface to market powered by Qualcomm’s specialized Snapdraon 8cx SoC. The device is said be going by the codename Excalibur internally and could feature on a version of the Surface Pro 7.
Dell Latitude 3590 review: Office laptop with major flaws

80% Dell Latitude 3590 review: Office laptop with major flaws

Not even close, definitely no cigar. Dell has introduced its newest incarnation of their office and business series 3000 to the market, and adds some new issues to the already well-known weak points of this range. Not only is the screen an issue with this latest version, which we would be unhappy with in a 400-Euro (~$456) budget laptop, but also other issues on the technical side. Aside from this, it has very good battery life. UPDATE 08.07.2019: The new BIOS version 1.9.8 changes thermal and fan levels with positive results.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Apparently, the 10th generation Core i series will include a mix of architectures. (Image source: Intel)

Intel Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U disappoint on Geekbench with lower scores than the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U

Listings for the Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U have appeared on Geekbench, although their scores should be no cause of worry for AMD. The chips are outgunned by not only the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U but also the current...
Sunny Cove is based on a 10nm manufacturing process. (Image source: PCGamer)

Alleged CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores place Intel Sunny Cove CPUs above more-powerful AMD Matisse processors

An image showing supposedly leaked CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores has been shared online that shows Intel’s Sunny Cove core microarchitecture in a very good light. The processors involved in the purported test also include thr...
Dell Latitude 3390 (Core i5-8250U, Full HD, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

83% Dell Latitude 3390 (Core i5-8250U, Full HD, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

Solid convertible! The Dell Latitude 3390 is a compact 13.3-inch convertible laptop that offers decent performance but poor battery life. Read on to find out how the Latitude 3390 shapes up elsewhere in this detailed review.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Samsung's Notebook 7 models look quite similar to Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung unveils new Notebook 7 / Force laptops

The latest Notebook 7 slim laptops from Samsung should go head to head with Huawei's MateBook models as value-oriented alternatives for Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface. The Notebook 7 lineup features configurations wit...
The Asus Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard comes with two LiveDash OLED displays. (Image source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus commemorates 30 years in business with the awesome Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard

Asus has revealed a new motherboard as part of its celebrations of enjoying 30 years in business. The Prime X299 Edition 30 supports the LGA 2066 socket that is compatible with Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, and Skylake-W processors from...
It seems the entry-level AMD Ryzen 3 3300 processor has amazing performance for a low cost. (Image source: ExtremeTech)

Entry-level AMD Ryzen 3000 Matisse processor's scores on Geekbench will make Intel nervous

A member of the upcoming Matisse family of Ryzen 3000 processors from AMD has been spotted on Geekbench, and the seemingly entry-level sample has delivered scores that will have Intel concerned. The apparent price-performance rati...
Acer Swift 3 with Core i7-8550U CPU, 256 GB SSD, and narrow bezels is only $550 right now (Image source: Newegg)

Deal | Acer Swift 3 with Core i7-8550U CPU, 256 GB SSD, and narrow bezels is only $550 right now

Acer's newest entry-level 15.6-inch laptop has almost all the modern features of a pricey flagship including USB Type-C, narrow bezels, SD card reader, 1080p display, and an integrated fingerprint reader all for hundreds of dollar...
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has a sturdy design. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft to offer new i5-powered Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models with more RAM

A large electronics retailer has apparently accidentally revealed two new SKUs for Microsoft’s popular Surface range. The models involved are variants of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2. It appears the Redmond-based tech gian...
Comet Lake-U is based on a 14nm manufacturing process. (Image source: Professional Review)

Intel's Comet Lake-U i5-10210U SoC underwhelms on both Geekbench and GFXBench

Intel’s Comet Lake-U processor i5-10210U has been spotted on Geekbench and GFXBench. The results that have been recorded on both benchmarks aren’t going to win any performance awards; however, the chip has a very low TDP and a pre...
New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011

New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011

A flaw in Intel's modern CPU architectures can be used in a new attack. Dubbed "ZombieLoad," the vulnerability is similar to the Spectre and Meltdown bugs that haunted the PC market last year. ZombieLoad uses a similar flaw in Int...
The Huawei Matebook X Pro comes in a new Pink Gold color. (Huawei)

Huawei's Matebook X Pro now comes in a rose gold variant

Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is finally available in a new rose gold color. The latest iteration of the highly-regarded ultrabook is retailing in China from US$1,320.
Intel's long overdue 10nm Ice Lake chips will be shipping in volume from June. (Source: Intel)

Intel Ice Lake 10nm chips ramping from June, 7nm coming 2021

It looks like Intel’s 10nm fabrication woes might finally be over. Speaking at its 2019 Investor Meeting, Intel chief engineering officer and group president of Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, Dr Murthy Renduchi...
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (2018) currently has a high starting price of US$1,299.99. (Image source: Dell)

Dell has no plans to release a new XPS 15 convertible in 2019

There won’t be a successor to the Dell XPS 15 9575 released in 2019. The popular 2-in-1 convertible laptop was released in the first half of 2018 and there seems to be plenty of people who are expecting the American manufacturer t...
Logo via IBM.

THINK: A brief history of ThinkPads, from IBM to Lenovo

The ThinkPad line is one of the most renowned device families in the laptop world. Ever since its inception under IBM in 1992, the ThinkPad brand has seen its fair share of successes and failures. In this overview, we will take a brief look at the history of the storied brand.
Intel's earnings for Q1FY2019 are relatively unprepossessing. (Source: The Verge)

Intel reports first-quarter earnings for 2019

Intel has made its earnings report for the first quarter of this financial year (Q1FY2019) available to the public. In it, overall revenue is described as "flat" compared to Q1FY2018. Its "data" business has declined by 5% in the ...
An alleged new Intel roadmap pushes the availability of 10nm back even further. (Source: NBC)

Alleged Intel release roadmap shows no 10nm until 2021

The latest reports on the subject of new Intel platforms suggest that the first 10-nanometer (nm) chipsets will be here later in 2019. However, according to a new image characterized as the company's latest release schedule, this ...
The Dell XPS 15 9560 performed at a high level in our tests. (Source: Dell)

Deal | Save nearly US$1,000 with very limited offer on refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 with i7-7700HQ CPU and 1 TB SSD

Dell has a very limited sale on at the moment for certified refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 laptops. One particular SKU comes with an Intel Core i7 processor from the Kaby Lake series, a discrete GPU in the shape of an Nvidia GeForce...
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

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