Toshiba Satellite S70-B-10N review: A good desktop replacement laptop

Price: £1199 inc VAT Rating: 6 We recently reviewed Toshiba’s C70 laptop, which attempted to provide a 17-inch entertainment laptop for a bargain-basement price of just £379. The C70 was certainly cheap, but a laptop at that price inevitably offers pretty modest performance and build quality. If you’re looking for a 17-inch desktop replacement that […]

HP SlateBook hands-on review: HP’s SlateBook brings Android to laptops & it’s a bit weird

Price: £329 Rating: 0 In June, HP announced that it would be launching a new laptop in August, and that this particular laptop would run Android rather than Windows or Chrome OS. We managed to get some hands-on time with the new HP SlateBook during the company’s HP Connected Music event on 23 July, so […]

Apple reports a huge profit but sales disappoint

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected. Apple on Tuesday reported a profit of $7.7 billion for the April to June quarter, up 12 percent up on the same period last year and ahead of analyst estimates of $7.5 […]

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed. Apple’s pouring more money into R&D Apple has spent US$3.3 billion in the past nine months on research and development. That’s 3.1 percent […]

Apple grows Mac sales by 18% o the back of the MacBook Air

Apple on Tuesday said it sold 4.4 million Macs in the June quarter, the most ever for that three-month stretch, with a year-over-year growth rate the rest of the personal computer industry hasn’t seen since early 2010. The Cupertino, Calif. company sold 18% mre Macs in the quarter than the same period the year before, […]

Chillblast Helix review: laptop for gamers who want a gaming PC that won’t break the bank

Price: 1250 Rating: 8 Gaming laptops are often built like tanks, but when nVidia unveiled its GTX 800M series of graphics processors earlier this year it promised that the power-efficient chips would make it possible to develop a new generation of slimmer, lighter gaming laptops. See also: Best gaming laptops 2014: 6 best power laptops […]

Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the US

Lenovo has stopped selling Windows tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. due to lack of interest. Lenovo has stopped selling two small-screen Windows tablets with 8-inch screens: the ThinkPad 8, which was announced in January and a model of Miix 2, which started shipping in October last year. “In North America, […]

Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth

Microsoft’s COO yesterday promised that his company and its army of OEMs would compete on price with Google’s Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft’s battle against the small but encroaching enemy. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Monday, Chief Operations Officer Kevin Turner, the executive who drives sales, both internally and through the firm’s vast partner […]

Dell halts Chromebook online sales, cites rising demand

Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the model started shipping. Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders. The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, […]

Vizio rethinking PC strategy in weak market

Vizio’s two-year run in the PC market has hit a wall, and its existing laptops, desktops and tablets are quickly disappearing as the company re-evaluates its product mix. “Given the continued weak sales in the PC category as a whole, Vizio is revisiting its product assortment strategy. Additional updates will be available at a later […]

Lenovo ships first 4K laptop, challenging Toshiba

Toshiba is not the only company selling a 4K laptop anymore; Lenovo has finally shipped its first 4K laptop, sporting a 5.6-inch screen, after months of delays. The IdeaPad Y50 UHD laptop starts at US$1,299.99 and is targeted at gamers. The 4K screen can display images at 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the highest […]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review: Affordable Windows 8 tablet and laptop in one device

Price: £289 inc VAT Rating: 6 At its New York launch event earlier this year,Acer announced its new hybrid tablet and laptop with Windows 8. Here’s our full Acer Aspire Switch 10 review. Read: The 25 best tablets of 2014. The Switch 10 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and can be picked up for £289 […]

Acer ships first Chromebooks with Intel’s Core i3 chip

Acer is cranking up the speed of Chromebooks with the first models featuring Intel’s Core i3 processor. The two Acer C720 Chromebooks have 11.6-inch screens and Intel’s Core i3-40005U processor based on Haswell microarchitecture. The Acer C720 Chromebook model with 2GB of memory has a $349.99 price tag and a model with 4GB of memory […]

Windows upgrades, Chromebooks slow PC market bleeding in Q2

Upgrades from Windows XP PCs to newer computers during the second quarter perked up the PC market, which inched closer to positive quarterly shipment growth. PC shipments worldwide totaled 74.4 million in the second quarter, declining 1.7 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, research firm IDC said Wednesday. IDC in May predicted […]

Gartner: 2.4 billion ‘devices’ will be shipped worldwide in 2014

Citing numbers from their Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 2Q14 Update report, executives from IT research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. said on Monday (July 7, 2014) that they expected “worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) [to] reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, [registering] a 4.2 percent […]

U.K. follows TSA’s lead, bans uncharged electronic devices from some flights

Anyone traveling into or out of the United Kingdom will want to make sure their devices are fully charged before getting to the airport. The British Department for Transport recently announced it will follow the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s prohibition on uncharged electronic devices on certain flights. “Passengers on some routes into and out of the […]

Three critical laptop accessories for summertime travel

With July in full swing now that Independence Day is over, thoughts are turning to company-sanctioned time off for travel and relaxing in the sun. Before you head out on your great summer vacation, you’ll want to make sure you pack well not only for yourself but your laptop as well. No matter if you’re […]

Asus X550LDV-XO610H review: respectable battery life makes the Asus X550 a good desktop replacement laptop

Price: 599 Rating: 7 The X500 range from Asus is designed to provide affordable laptops at ‘everyday’ prices. The cheaper pricing is probably helped by using cheaper chips – most of the models currently listed on Asus’ website are using last-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors from 2012.(See also: 20 best budget laptops of 2014.) The […]

Microsoft’s Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

Microsoft’s Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday. PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship this year, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this […]

Dell XPS 15 review: thin and light Ultrabook with amazing Quad HD display takes on (and beats) the MacBook Pro

Price: 1499 Rating: 8 It might not have the eye-catching convertible design of its stablemate, the flipping-screen Dell XPS 12, but the 3200 x 1800 display of the latest version of the Dell XPS 15 ensures that it provides plenty of visual appeal of its own. With a weight of just 2.01 kg, it’s also […]

PC Advisor competition: Win a Booq Boa Nerve laptop bag worth £110

PC Advisor has teamed up with Booq to offer you the chance to win a Boa Nerve laptop graphite messenger bag worth £110. To enter, all you need to do is head on over to our Twitter account and retweet the following tweet. Make sure you’re following us first! The competition will end when we […]

Sony recalls Vaio Flip hybrid after reports of fire and melting

Sony sold off its Vaio PC unit in February due to sluggish sales, but don’t think that means Sony Vaio laptops aren’t smoking hot. For the second time in 2014, a Sony PC model is at risk of overheating, smoking, catching on fire, and even melting. This time around, the smoldering Vaio in question is […]

Vaio brand relaunches in Japan

After selling off the Vaio PC business to an investment firm in February, Sony’s old computer brand has reappeared under new management. Japan Industrial Partners officially reintroduced Vaio laptops on Tuesday, focusing purely on the Japanese market. When it picked up the Vaio brand from Sony earlier in 2014, JIP said it would roll out […]

AMD vs Intel: which processor is best?

There was a time when choosing the right processor for your laptop or desktop PC was relatively straightforward. There was a choice of perhaps half a dozen models from Intel or a similar number from AMD, but CPUs have bred faster than rabbits on Viagra. In the battle of Intel vs AMD, which processor should […]

Google bringing Android mobile devices closer to Chromebooks

Chromebooks will soon be able to receive notifications and run applications from Android smartphones and tablets. Google is trying to bridge the gap Chromebook laptops and Android mobile devices, making app and data exchange seamless, said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, during a keynote Wednesday at the Google I/O conference […]