Chromebooks with MediaTek chips to appear ‘very soon’

Chip maker Mediatek is preparing to enter the laptop business, with the first Chromebooks based on its processors due to appear soon. So said Mediatek senior vice president Jeffrey Ju at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The company also showed a non-working Chromebook with its 64-bit MT8173 quad-core processor and a USB Type-C port. […]

Nvidia seeks to sharpen gaming on laptops with G-Sync

Nvidia is bringing its G-Sync desktop display technology to laptops, which should lead to dramatic improvements in gaming for portable PCs. Nvidia’s G-Sync technology synchronizes monitors and display panels to the refresh rate of games, which reduces stutter and lag time. With G-Sync, GPUs are connected directly to displays, so images of a game appear […]

Acer rolls out new laptop, desktops with Windows, Chrome

Acer CEO Jason Chen wants his company to be the “last PC maker standing,” he said last month, and on Friday the company continued to rain blows on its competitors with a flurry of new laptops and desktops running Windows and Chrome. It will show the new PCs at Computex next week — little more […]

Lenovo introduces new budget laptops

Lenovo is bringing three budget laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional […]

Thunderbolt 2 docks roundup: The easy way to connect to your Mac laptop

The major change since I last did a roundup of Thunderbolt docks is that the latest docks use Thunderbolt 2, which makes them aligned with Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 implementation in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The market has also grown a little, with a few more offerings to consider. But essentially, the basic functionality […]

Kogan releases 14-inch Windows laptop for $359

Medion is no longer the only game in town when it comes to well-featured, low-cost notebooks. Online store, Kogan, has just announced the availability of a 14-inch Windows 8.1 laptop (called Atlas X14FHD) that can be bought for $359 plus the delivery cost. It’s a laptop that features a dual-core Intel Pentium N3540 processor with […]

Lenovo’s profit hit by acquisitions of Motorola, IBM server business

Lenovo’s recent acquisitions have taken a bite out of the company’s earnings, with its net profit in the first quarter dropping 37 percent despite strong PC sales. The Chinese company paid US$2.9 billion for Motorola Mobility and $2.1 billion for IBM’s x86 server business. Prior to the acquisitions, Lenovo typically reported strong earnings on continued […]

MSI vehemently denies Lenovo buyout rumor

It’s official: MSI has thoroughly batted down rumors that PC maker Lenovo is in talks to buy the smaller company’s gaming laptop division. “In regards to the rumors circulating about (a) Lenovo and MSI acquisition, MSI is not in talks with Lenovo to sell the MSI Gaming Notebook business,” MSI’s president Andy Tung said in […]

HP ZBook 15u G2 review: Tough but portable, HP’s ZBook laptop will appeal to a professional audience

Tough but portable, HP’s ZBook laptop will appeal to a professional audience. We review the HP ZBook 15u G2 Price: From £1320 (this model price TBC) Rating: 8 Tough but portable, HP’s ZBook laptopwill appeal to a professional audience. We review the HP ZBook 15u G2.Also see:Best laptops 2015. Now that HP has migrated its […]

Sponsored: Cloud Is The Saviour of Your Devices

For the past couple of years, we’ve been using Cloud capabilities in our daily lives without even realizing it. Although the term “Cloud” was first used to describe a network of computers working together for a specific task, it has evolved into something entirely different – an infrastructure capable of offering the most effective security […]

How to upgrade graphics in a laptop

Pssst–there’s a secret that few in the PC gaming community know: You actually can upgrade your big-fat gaming laptop’s graphics. But even the few who know it’s possible, believe it to not be worth the time and effort. After all, who wants to scour some obscure forum to find out whether blowing a wad of […]

Apple rolls out cheaper Retina iMac, 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple is upgrading its 15-inch MacBook Pro, while offering a cheaper downgrade for its 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has a pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad, following the footsteps of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new 12-inch MacBook. Users can press hard on the trackpad to perform special commands, […]

WD My Cloud EX2100 8TB review: A snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals

WD’s My Cloud EX2100 8TB is a snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals Price: £486 as tested (from £205 without disks) Rating: 8 WD’s My Cloud EX2100 8TB is a snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals. We […]

Acer’s new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 lives large, lasts long, and costs only $200

Living large is what Acer’s new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 (ugh, that name) is all about. Announced Thursday at an event in New York, it’s one of the largest Chromebooks around, with a 15.6-inch display. It may also be one of the longest-lasting: Acer claims the laptop can last 11.5 hours on battery alone. This new […]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (2015) hands-on review: Windows laptop and tablet comes with budget price but not much has changed

Windows 8 tablet and latop in one offers new hinge and 12 hour battery life Price: £279 Rating: 0 At its global launch event in New York Acer announced a new version of its Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 laptop and tablet running Windows 8. Here’s our Acer Aspire Switch 10 (2015) hands-on review. Read: The […]

Acer back-to-school Windows lineup includes $249 Aspire R 11 tablet and Aspire E laptops starting at $599

Acer is trying to cover all the bases with its back-to-school Windows PC lineup, announced en masse at an event Thursday in New York.  The slew of new computers are all due out this summer, ranging from sub-$300 laptop-tablet hybrids to desktop replacements with dedicated graphics cards. They’re all shipping with Windows 8.1, and are […]

Surface Pro 3 vs Surface 3 comparison: Why the Surface 3 is not as good deal as the Surface Pro 3. But students and home users should still apply

Microsoft’s all-new budget Windows tablet takes on the Surface Pro 3 – and comes up short. Not too short Price: £475 Rating: 0 We compare the all-new, budget, Surface 3 tablet with the exceptional Surface Pro 3 (review here). Can Microsoft’s latest Windows laptop/tablet hybrid offer a good deal for students and home users, as […]

HP leaves Apple Beats behind with new X360 hybrids

Hewlett-Packard has closed the door on its partnership with Beats Audio, now owned by Apple, by introducing its first hybrid PCs to feature Bang and Olufsen audio technology. The Envy X360 and Pavilion X360 are intended to be primarily laptops, but can be used as tablets with screens that rotate 360 degrees. The hybrids can […]

HP Envy x360, Pavilion x360 convertible laptops get makeovers, better battery life

HP knows consumers are into the sexy looks of the high-end Spectre x360 but can’t always put out the shekels for it. So with its revamped Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 lineups, the company’s extended the look and feel of the Spectre x360 to more budget-friendly consumer machines. Why this matters: Budget convertibles don’t garner much […]

Chrome OS 42 goes official, brings Google Now to Chromebooks

Late last month, Google previewed a new launcher for Chrome OS, but as of the new Chrome OS 42 release, the new launcher is now available to the masses. Launcher 2.0 in Chrome OS 42 has a new look that’s based on the Material Design look and feel featured in Android Lollipop. Google Now integration […]

Apple’s new Retina MacBook is ‘repair nightmare’

Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook is a “repair nightmare,” as tough on do-it-yourselfers as 2012’s first Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, according to iFixit. “The internals are unnecessarily complex; it’s a minefield of pentalobe and tri-wing screws, fragile cables snaked around essential components, and a solidly-glued-down multi-cell battery,” iFixit reported on its blog Wednesday. “Tack on the non-upgradeability, […]

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its secrets with screws, solder, and glue

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd. Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within its aluminum frame. What they found is that its […]

Dell loads Ubuntu Linux onto its best thin-and-light laptop

Dell is giving Linux fans a laptop to call their own with the XPS 13 Developer Edition. The hardware is nearly identical to the Windows version that launched in January, including the edge-to-edge display that essentially fits a 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch body. But instead of Microsoft’s operating system, the XPS 13 Developer Edition […]

Fancy a wire-free laptop? Intel just showed one

Intel has shown what it calls the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables. The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. It also connects wirelessly to external displays through […]

New MacBook available for order, but missing from Apple Stores

The new MacBook is out today, if by “out” you mean “pretty much in hiding.” You can order one online, but if you were hoping to actually get one in your hot little hands today, you may find yourself disappointed. At least I did. I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store […]