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MSI GS43VR 7RE (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

81% MSI GS43VR 7RE (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Potent performer. The GS43VR is back and pretty much the same it was the year before. Users who can look past the excruciatingly loud fan noise will find one of the most powerful 14-inch gaming notebooks currently available.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
Huawei MateBook X (i5-7200U, 256 GB) Subnotebook Review

88% Huawei MateBook X (i5-7200U, 256 GB) Subnotebook Review

Novice with space technology. Huawei's first laptop in the fashionable 3:2 format mainly convinces with its case and the excellent screen. The innovative cooling system is particularly interesting. Initially we had problems with the input devices, but more important is the weak battery life. Our extensive test explains while we still consider it a successful debut.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Guide: How to check a new laptop for issues

Guide: How to check a new laptop for issues

Make sure your new laptop isn't a lemon with our comprehensive checklist to avoiding defects.
If rumors are correct, we can expect Coffee Lake to be the first six-core CPUs on Intel's mainstream platform. (Source: Intel)

Specs leaked for upcoming i7-8700K

A progressive series of 'leaks' over the last few days have given us an idea of what to expect from the Coffee Lake i7-8700K. It will be a 6-core CPU operating on the same LGA 1151 socket as Skylake and Kaby Lake, have 12MB of cache, and a potential turbo clock up to 4.7 GHz.
Microsoft Paint remains around, but is now available via Windows Store

Microsoft Paint will not be discountinued

Although it was rumored that Windows 10 users would no longer have access to the good old Paint app, since a whole new, 3D version, was introduced by the Creators Update, Microsoft has just confirmed that MS Paint will be available in the Windows Store.
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
The leaked specs are rather exhaustive yet make no mention of hyper-threading. (Source: eTeknix)

Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop chip specs leaked

Specifications have leaked for three upcoming Coffee Lake desktop chips, which operate at 95-watt TDPs for the overclockable CPUs and 65 watts for the non-overclockable.
With the start-up and memory use improvement that "quantum flow" brings we could soon have a more agile fox. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent

A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance impro...
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

90% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (i7, 512 GB, 16 GB) Convertible Review

Close, but not quite close enough. We were happy to learn that the Iris graphics card is awake and alert despite SoC-throttling. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) cannot be considered a "gamer" however, nor is it a full laptop replacement: Just like in the i5 version, there is significant throttling.
Intel Core i7-7660U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
The Fall Creators Update could witness some popular legacy features getting axed. (Source: Windows Central)

Paint and other legacy features to get axed in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The upcoming feature update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will see many legacy features in Windows getting removed or deprecated: the most noticeable among them being the classic Paint program, System Image Backup and screensaver functionality, amongst others.
The SilentEchoBot allows natural interaction via text using Amazon's APIs. (Source: TechCrunch)

'Silent Echo' uses slack to allow text communication with Amazon Alexa

This Slack bot gives users the ability to silently interact with Alexa using the same commands they would speak out loud. It allows users to communicate when the room is noisy, or when voice communication isn't appropriate. Not all commands are available, but it is a neat alternative to using the smartphone app.
MSI GP62 7REX (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review

80% MSI GP62 7REX (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review

Looks familiar… Not a lot has changed with regard to the design of the MSI GP62 notebook over the years—but it’s what’s inside that counts, right? Today’s review unit features a Core i7-7700HQ paired with a GTX 1050 Ti. How does it compare to its peers in the budget gaming category?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Gigabyte Sabre 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

79% Gigabyte Sabre 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Great gaming for under $1000. Gigabyte has introduced one of its best entry-level gaming laptops that start at less than a grand. Still, there are plenty of cut corners on this brand new Sabre series that potential buyers should be aware of.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52

84% Acer Switch 5 (7500U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

Hot worker. We are testing the Surface Pro rival and successor to Acer's Swift Alpha 12, and we will discover to what extent it can meet Windows standards. Acer tackles this feat with high performance at a low price.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.3 kg
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)

No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

85% HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Changeling. The Omen series from HP is not only known for its relatively good price-performance ratio, but also for its unique appearance. Thanks to a redesign in mid-2017, the gaming notebooks appear in a completely new light. In our test, you can find out what else has changed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Weak numbers from both Asus and the desktop sector drag down an otherwise healthy PC market.
Coil whine, backlight bleed, and keyboard flex were some of the issues found. (Source: hpthetallguy)

Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550

Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

76% HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

A snail's pace. Stoney Ridge is bottom of the barrel when it comes to overall performance. The AMD option may save a few bucks here and there, but the sluggish responsiveness is a very high price to pay.
AMD A9-9420 | AMD Radeon 530 | 17.3" | 2.6 kg
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Kaby Lake X: Intel Core i7-7740X Review

Kaby Lake X: Intel Core i7-7740X Review

Intel's new Core i7-7740X for the socket 2066 proves to be the fastest CPU for gaming in the test. However, it is just a weak upgrade to Intel's Core i7-7700K that lags behind the Ryzen CPUs in multitasking due to its low core count.
Intel Core i7-7740X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)

Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss

There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
The Acer Swift 3's standout features are Nvidia's new efficiency-focused MX150 GPU and the 15W quad-core 8th generation CPU. (Source: Rue Du Commerce)

First Coffee Lake notebook leaked: a 15W quad-core?

The first laptop to use Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake platform has appeared on a French e-commerce site. The Acer Swift 3 appears to use a 15W i5-8250U CPU billed as "Quad-Core". If the i7's will be hyper-threaded as Intel's HQ-series are, this will be a major step forward for ultraportable computing power.
HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review

71% HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review

Choppy waters. The HP 15-bw07ax brings AMD's newest high-end APU, the A12-9720P, to the market. However, the APU may be a bit too new - the system is remarkably unstable.
AMD A12-9720P | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
LinkedIn fully integrated in Windows 10, app now available via Windows Store

LinkedIn app for Windows 10 rolls out

The app rolls out already and should reach all markets by the end of the month. It provides a fully integrated LinkedIn experience, with real-time notifications, trending industry news, and more.
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 550) Laptop Review

79% HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 550) Laptop Review

With great power… comes great affordability? The HP Pavilion Power 15t is back, this time with an AMD RX 550 GPU and an even lower price tag than before. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected challenges with our review unit.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

80% Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

Surface Laptop on a tight budget. Laptops from the Far East are becoming better and better, at least in regard to their looks and features. One representative of the Chinese premium class is the Cube Thinker, which comes with an elegant-looking aluminum case and a Surface-Book screen. However, can the performance keep up with the shop-window presentation?
Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 13.5" | 1.7 kg
HP EliteBook 755 G4 (AMD PRO A12-9800B) Laptop Review

85% HP EliteBook 755 G4 (AMD PRO A12-9800B) Laptop Review

Appropriate performance? The EliteBook series from HP stands for business devices for the demanding customer. You will find out in this detailed review of the EliteBook 755 G4, whether this endeavor succeeds and the performance can do it justice.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop

83% Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop

A wild ride. After the successful Aero 15, Gigabyte has now provided us with another 15-inch notebook aimed at the gaming and multimedia sector. The P56XT is equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1070. Will this configuration be enough for pole position? We shall find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
HP Pavilion 15z-bw000 (A10-9620P, HD) Laptop Review

72% HP Pavilion 15z-bw000 (A10-9620P, HD) Laptop Review

Nothing new under the sun. HP's Pavilion 15z is a rather basic 15.6-inch notebook powered by an AMD APU and integrated Radeon graphics. Given its budget status, it doesn't come as a surprise that the systems falls short in many categories.
AMD A10-9620P | AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

85% Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Laptop Review

Slim with a powerful GPU. Asus has once again managed to have the slimmest device. For now. This time it is the ROG Zephyrus GX501 gaming laptop. Despite its height of just 17.9 millimeters (~0.7 in), the 15-inch notebook is shipped with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and the Nvidia GTX 1080 with the brand-new "Max-Q" design. We have already had the chance to review the ultra-slim gamer. Update: Higher rating thanks to second test model.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

Global shipments of desktop and notebook PCs have shrunk from 62.607 million units in Q2 2016 to 60.543 million as of Q2 2017.
Windows Store listing for the German version of the Idol 4 Pro. (Source: AAWP)

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro available for pre-order in Europe

Last year's Alcatel Idol 4S is being launched in Europe under a new name, the Idol 4 Pro. The devices are identical in specs and features, but the new European device does not come with a VR headset.
HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review

76% HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review

Super slow for super cheap. If first impressions are everything, then AMD is in a lot of trouble. Our latest Bristol Ridge notebook pairs a fairly respectable GPU with a CPU that is far below average for a very imbalanced system.
AMD A12-9720P | AMD Radeon R7 M340 | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Surface Pro 2017 plagued by hibernation bug, Microsoft working on it

Microsoft Surface Pro has a hibernation-related bug

The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is now facing a new bug, this time involving random entries in hibernation mode. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has already identified the issue and a fix should arrive soon.
Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

81% Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

A breath of fresh air. About a year and half ago, we tested the XMG A516 - a powerful high-end notebook from Schenker Technologies that was quite compact for gaming devices in those days, with a height of 2.9 cm (~1.14 in) and a weight of 2.5 kg (~5.5 lb). Now its successor, the XMG A517, shows what it can do in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Eve V convertible tablet delayed, but promises to come out with an improved display

Crowdfunded Eve V tablet gets delayed

Since the Eve V is a crowdfunded project, it is not surprising to see it facing multiple delays. However, this time the manufacturer allows its backers to choose an improved display without paying anything extra.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

July 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review

70% HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review

Slow and Steady. The HP 15-BW077AX is an entry-level laptop from HP with AMD's newest A9 APU. Despite its young age, the CPU feels years behind the competition and the notebook as a whole offers very little for prospective consumers.
AMD A9-9420 | AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
With these 4 new models, Intel consolidates its leading position on the mobile SoCs market. (Source: Intel)

Intel reveales 4 new mobile SoCs in their latest Kaby Lake spec update

The Core i3-7007U, the i3-7110U, the i5-7210U, and the i7-7510U have a low TDP of 15W and only include 2 cores and 4 threads.
Petya's decryption key is now available but tough luck for those affected by NotPetya. (Source: MalwareBytes Blog)

Master decryption key for Petya ransomware found to be ineffective against NotPetya

The decryption key for the Petya ransomware seems to be ineffective for use in systems infected by NotPetya, leaving those infected by the nefarious program still in the lurch.
Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

The "world's thinnest and lightest Windows-based 2-in-1" will have optional WiTricity wireless charging mat and detachable keyboard accessories.
Windows 10 has you covered if you happen to forget your Microsoft Account login. (Source: MSPoweruser)

You will soon be able to recover your Microsoft Account directly from the login screen

Microsoft is testing a new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that enables users to directly recover their Microsoft Account from the login screen itself, thereby saving the hassle of hunting for another device for account recovery.
Tux fans have all the reason to cheer with the availability of Linux distros directly from the Windows Store. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Ubuntu now available for download in the Windows Store

Insiders running the latest Windows Insider Preview builds can now get a taste of a native Ubuntu experience directly from the Windows Store and play around with popular Linux developer tools without the hassle of managing multi-boot setups.
Google Allo client for desktop to launch by the end of the summer 2017

Google Allo desktop client coming soon

Although the initial launch period announced by Google has passed, it looks like the Allo app for the desktop environment is still in the cards and should arrive in just a "few more weeks," reveals Google's Amit Fulay.
Windows Phone 8.1 support details official page shows mainstream support ending July 11, 2017

Windows Phone 8.1 mainstream support ends today

More than three years since its arrival, Windows Phone 8.1 no longer receives mainstream support, so Microsoft can no longer promise any security updates or patches for it starting today.

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