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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
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Chic. With the Yoga 720-13IKB, Lenovo delivers a chic 13.3-inch convertible that shines with a great keyboard, a fast NVMe SSD and good battery life. The touchscreen can be used both with the fingers and the included stylus. The quad-core processor can utilize its Turbo boost only for a very short while.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
References to device '88208020' popup in the Microsoft Store. (Source: Windows Central)

Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store

A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade program ends December 31st (Source: Microsoft)

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before the offer ends on December 31

If you're still rocking Windows 7 or 8.1, then now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10 free of charge while you can.
Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

December 2017 update. Here you will find the best current notebooks for picture and video-editing on the go. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and it should assist in purchasing decisions.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

November 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.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update November 2017.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Mac? No thanks. Apple's laptops continue to be popular. However, there are a few laptops for Windows users, which are quite similar to their counterparts from Cupertino. Here you will find the best devices from the Windows world competing with the Apple portfolio. November 2017 update.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
The 'Surface Phone' is rumored to be foldable device like the Microsoft Courier. (Source: All About Windows Phone)

Microsoft India chief keeps the possibility of a 'Surface Phone' open

In an interview to Digit, Microsoft India President, Anant Maheswari, did not deny the existence of a Surface Phone but also did not reply in the affirmative. He also touched upon some points about the broader availability of Microsoft products and services in the Indian market.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

January 2018 update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 500 Euros (~$554) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 Euros (~$1139) 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.
The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)

NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM

NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
The Huawei MateBook D gets an year-end refresh. (Source: MyDrivers)

Huawei makes a year-end splash with the refreshed MateBook D

Huawei has launched the refreshed MateBook D for 2018. Currently available for the Chinese market, the new version of the MateBook D comes in three variants with 8th gen Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
Lenovo ThinkPad A275 (A12-9800B, 256GB) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo ThinkPad A275 (A12-9800B, 256GB) Laptop Review

Uncertain Prospect. Lenovo has created an AMD version of the X270. It excels in terms of input devices, security and portability. However, the stability and build quality are subpar, and the display somehow does not quite seem to fit the bill.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 12.5" | 1.6 kg
No more 32-bit love from NVIDIA. (Source: Digital Trends)

32-bit NVIDIA drivers will soon be passe

The upcoming version 390 of NVIDIA's graphic driver will be the last to officially support 32-bit OSs. Barring a year's more time of security support for 32-bit drivers, all new features and enhancements will take the 64-bit route going forward.
PC Specialist Defiance IV (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, Full HD) Laptop Review

82% PC Specialist Defiance IV (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, Full HD) Laptop Review

Off beat. The Defiance IV is a stylish 17-inch gaming notebook that is equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ, a GeForce 1060 and a 120-Hz display. Find out whether the CPU's clock rate problems under higher loads impact the gaming experience in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad P71 (i7, P3000, 4K) Workstation Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad P71 (i7, P3000, 4K) Workstation Review

Quiet and powerful. The ThinkPad P71 is Lenovo's biggest and most powerful mobile workstation. It is a powerful machine, but still pleasantly quiet in many situations. You also get a very good 4K UHD panel.
Intel Core i7-7820HQ | NVIDIA Quadro P3000 | 17.3" | 3.5 kg
Apple is contemplating on an unified app development model similar to Microsoft's UWP. (Source: Microsoft)

Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP

Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

89% HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

Spectre Elite. The EliteBook 1020 G2 is a great example of the merging between sleek consumer designs and feature-heavy business configurations. It's inarguably faster and thinner than the 1020 G1, but not without some cutbacks that longtime EliteBook owners may lament.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.1 kg
Google Chrome logo

Google Chrome to kill intrusive ads starting mid-February 2018

According to a recent statement by Google, its Chrome browser will begin blocking intrusive ads on both desktop and mobile websites that do not comply with the Better Ads Standards starting on February 15.
The Chrome installer can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Updated | Google throws a bone at the Microsoft Store, offers download of Chrome installer

Google Chrome can now be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store. Well... sort of.
PC Specialist Proteus V (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, Full HD) Laptop Review

82% PC Specialist Proteus V (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, Full HD) Laptop Review

New entry. PC Specialist, a hardware reseller based in the UK, has recently started selling its gaming notebooks in Germany via pczentrum.de. We have got our hands on the Proteus V, a 15-inch gaming notebook for roughly 1400 Euros (~$1660), and are putting it through its paces.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Logos via Acer and AMD

Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)

A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
The Nomadeec telemedicine platform will be showcased during CES 2018. (Source: VRFocus)

CES 2018 | Exelus to showcase emergency telemedicine using the Microsoft HoloLens

Exelus has announced the availability of the Nomadeec platform on the HoloLens that will enable EMTs and paramedics to get real-time information of patient vitals and medical records. It will also enable them to directly teleconference with doctors to provide appropriate emergency care.
Keeper is being installed by default in new Windows 10 installations. (Source: User ToppestofDogs on Reddit)

Windows 10's included password manager can pose a security risk

A Google security researcher has discovered that the included third-party password manager in Windows 10, Keeper, comes with a security vulnerability that injects privileged UI into web apages that exposes a user's passwords.
The Snapdragon 845 won't feature in Windows 10 devices until 2H 2018. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 on ARM with Snapdragon 845 not due till 2H 2018

Windows 10 on ARM devices with the Snapdragon 845 won't ship until the second half of 2018, according to Qualcomm. This is despite a version of the same chipset being available for high-end smartphones early in the new year.
The Asus NovaGo. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

Samsung and Xiaomi to release ARM-powered Windows 10 devices next year

Asus recently announced the release of the new ARM-powered NovaGo. Lenovo is said to be working on a competitor already, and it looks like Xiaomi and Samsung may be joining the game soon, with both companies reported to be working on their Windows-on-ARM offerings.
Acer Extensa 2540 (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

80% Acer Extensa 2540 (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Durable. Acer’s 15.6-incher scores some major points with its hardware combination of a Kaby Lake CPU, an SSD and 8 GB of RAM (running in dual-channel mode). The great battery life adds more value to the package. The screen proves to be disappointing, though.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Dell Vostro 15 3568 (7200U, 256GB) Laptop Review

81% Dell Vostro 15 3568 (7200U, 256GB) Laptop Review

Blue, blue, blue are all my colors. It is not just because of its extreme blue tint that the display is not one of the highlights of the affordable 15-inch office notebook from Dell. Otherwise, the laptop is quite suited for its envisioned use in a small business with its workable input devices, TPM chip, Windows 10 Pro, and an optional SSD.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

IT certification site DMTF and Dell itself may have both independently confirmed the existence of the unannounced Latitude 7490. Could a soft refresh be on the way for CES 2018?
The Asus VivoBook 14 X411. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018

Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
LG Gram (2018) ultrabook with Coffee Lake processor (Source: LG Newsroom)

CES 2018 | LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month

LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.

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