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The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now complete. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is now fully available

The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached the final stage with it now being fully available to all Windows 10 computers.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

87% HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Intel Core i7-7820HQ | Intel HD Graphics 630 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Skype's new private conversations feature uses the Signal Protocol for end-to-end encryption. (Source: Signal)

Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal

There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
The premium finish remains one of the hallmarks of Dell's Vostro family. (Source: Dell)

Dell Vostro 13 5370 business notebook alerady available online for Asia and Australia

The 13.3-inch business notebook gets upgraded with an Intel gen 8 i5-8250U CPU, up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a choice between Intel's UHD Graphics 620 or AMD's Radeon 530 GPUs. The model is now available online for Asia and Australia for as low as US$930.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

January 2018 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

January 2018 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

January 2018 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

January 2018 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
'Haswell' CPU owners are getting increased security at the expense of reliability. (Source: Overclock3D)

Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches

Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520. (Source: @gus33000 on Twitter)

Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520

Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
Windows Phone Internals can root all Lumia devices. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices

Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
Difference in switch movement. (Source: Cherry)

CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks

Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

83% Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

A niche of its own. Panasonic is the manufacturer of the robust Toughbooks made for the military and use on building sites. The CF-XZ6 is supposed to attract regular business customers who would usually choose a Surface, Latitude, ThinkPad or EliteBook. Find out why the Toughbook has not quite managed to get out of its niche in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.2 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

January 2018 update. Here you will find the current best tablets 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

January 2018 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & ThinkPad P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

Lenovo has announced a new ThinkPad generation a few days ago, but not all models were updated. Now an internal Lenovo document has been leaked, which mentions some new ThinkPad models for the remainder of 2018.
Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU

The docking station will turn your Ideapad into a decent gaming machine for about $400 USD.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

January 2018 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Asus ROG Strix Flare mechanical gaming keyboard. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless

With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

88% Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

Portable all-rounder. Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 are selling like hotcakes and every OEM wants a piece of the pie. Asus' candidate of choice is the ZenBook UX331UN, a high-quality subnotebook with a dedicated GPU. Read our extensive review to find out why it deserves a recommendation.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Acer Swift 3 SF315 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, 256 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Acer Swift 3 SF315 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, 256 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

The Boys are back in town. The mobile version of the Ryzen is here. Is this the first time that AMD is eye to eye with Intel? Overall, the answer is a definite yes, although Acer should not have cut corners with the SSD.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Asus ROG Strix RL12. Right picture shows the hot swappable 2.5-inch SSD bay. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus ROG Strix GL12 is an E-Sports orientated PC with a hot-swappable SSD bay on the front panel

The ROG Strix GL12 has an angular design that Asus says was inspired by a ninja's mask.
HP Omen X 65 Big Format Gaming Display. (Source: HP)

CES 2018 | HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display

HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050, 1080p) Laptop Review

82% Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050, 1080p) Laptop Review

With the handbrake on! After testing the Inspiron 15 with Nvidia's Max-Q technology, we have now also taken a look at the entry-level model of the series. But the storage device leaves a bit of a bad taste in our mouth.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.8 kg
Sea of Thieves closed beta launch set for January 24 (Source: Sea of Thieves - Official Site)

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month

Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
HP ProBook 470 G5 (i5-8250U, 930MX, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

87% HP ProBook 470 G5 (i5-8250U, 930MX, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Long-lasting laborer. HP's ProBook 470 G5 is equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, a fast NVMe SSD, and a bright IPS display with great viewing angles. It also features a great backlit keyboard and incredible battery life but lacks an optical drive.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce 930MX | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Dell Latitude 7490 coming with Active Sterring WiFi and "Super Low Power Display"

CES 2018 | Dell Latitude 7490 coming with Active Steering WiFi and "Super Low Power Display"

The 12.5-inch Latitude 7290, 13.3-inch Latitude 7390, and 14-inch Latitude 7490 range will all get Kaby Lake-R and a few other internal changes.
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors

Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
Dell Mobile Connect showing an example call. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect

Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
Microsoft blames the security update bricking systems on AMD. (Source: basstechintl)

Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security updates have been bricking AMD machines

Microsoft has halted some security updates for AMD-powered computers due to said updates apparently bricking people's machines. Microsoft blames inaccurate documentation provided by AMD.
The Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen on display at CES.

First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on

Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6"
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon finally coming with Kaby Lake-R options (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon coming with HDR and Kaby Lake-R options

The 2018 X1 Carbon is shipping this month with 8th gen Intel Core ix options starting for $1700 USD.
The Miix 630 features a detachable keyboard and a pen with 1,024 sensitivity levels. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo Miix 630 combines the power of a laptop with always on smartphone connectivity

Lenovo partnered with Qualcomm and Microsoft in order to provide always on 4G LTE connectivity to an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC running Windows 10 S. It features a detachable keyboard and a stylus, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB USF storage, and it is very light at only 2.93 lbs.
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The Gen 3 ThinkPad X1 tablet comes with a detachable keyboard and a Pen Pro stylus. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo launches Gen 3 ThinkPad X1 tablet with larger 3K screen and updated specs

Compared to the Gen 2, the latest model integrates a bigger 13-inch IPS touchscreen with 3K resolution, CPUs updated to Intel's gen 8 Core i7 ULVs and extended security features including a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello and an infrared sensor. Shipping will begin this January and MSRP starts at US$1,599.
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NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service is now live as a free beta. (Source: NVIDIA)

CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs

NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
HP launches Intel Core Y Envy x2 variant to appease x86 fans

CES 2018 | HP launches Intel Core Y Envy x2 variant to appease x86 fans

Not a fan of the recently revealed Qualcomm-powered Envy x2? HP has got you covered with a more "proper" Intel version albeit with some caveats and differences.
The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

85% Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

Versatile with limited stamina. Lenovo's new compact device gets a nice aluminum case and versatile 360-degree hinges, but also works well as a conventional office subnotebook. Important advantages such as the screen and the input devices are countered by a small number of drawbacks, and most interested buyers should be fine with them – except one.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.2 kg
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) now official

The highlights of the updated Samsung Notebook 7 Spin include a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, Active Pen support, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD drive. This Windows 10 notebook should hit the US market in the first quarter of the year.
Product lines which include affected units. (Source: HP)

Charred and melted: HP issues a battery recall for some models

HP has issued a battery recall that covers 15 models using a specific battery supplier. A utility has been provided to verify if yours is at risk and HP is providing free battery replacements at authorised repair centers.
Schenker Slim 14 (Clevo N240WU, i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

81% Schenker Slim 14 (Clevo N240WU, i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

Variable mobility. Schenker promises to deliver a thin and light notebook with the highest possible mobility to the buyers of the Slim 14. In particular business users, but also students are targeted by this concept. We tested whether the Schenker Slim 14 also keeps in practice what it promises on paper.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
It is rumored that an embargo on the details of the flaw are due to be lifted later this month, after patches have been issued. (Source: Intel)

UPDATE | Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed

Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtually no impact up to 20% or 30% for processes that involve a high number of kernel calls, such as writing to databases.
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Spectre is more difficult to pull off, but it is harder to mitigate, as well. (Source: Google)

Microsoft releases emergency patches to address Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most current processors

Windows promptly released security updates for all the Windows 10 builds in ordered to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities discovered by the Google Project Zero team earlier this week. Although there have not been reports of exploited systems, Windows 10 users had better install the patch.
HP Pavilion 15t (i5-8250U, 940MX, FHD) Laptop Review

81% HP Pavilion 15t (i5-8250U, 940MX, FHD) Laptop Review

Disappointing display. The Pavilion 15 offers a ULV quad-core processor, a dedicated GeForce graphics core, and a solid-state disk. The greatest weakness of this device is the disappointing display.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 1.8 kg

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