HP’s new Stream tablets, laptops fuel Microsoft-Google OS battle

Hewlett-Packard is fueling Microsoft’s battle with Google’s Android in low-cost devices with the first Windows-based Stream tablets, starting at US$99.99. The tablets include the US$99.99 Stream 7 tablet, which has a 7-inch screen, and the $149.99 Stream 8, which has an 8-inch screen. HP is also announcing new Stream laptops — which have been referred […]

HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner first held up the as-yet-unannounced HP Stream laptop at the Windows Partners Conference last July, boasting that it would cost just $199. The press instantly dubbed the inexpensive notebook a “Chromebook killer.” So when HP finally got around to officially announcing the Stream on September 8, it was pilloried for the […]

How Intel, Microsoft and the wireless carriers will finally realize the promise of an ‘always connected’ PC

Remember the “connected PC,” that always-tethered-to-the-Internet machine that would put the web at our fingertips, 24-7? It was a noble–if failed–PC industry initiative long before the age of smartphones and tablets. But now it looks like always-connected machines are finally on the horizon: Upcoming PCs based on Intel’s “Skylake” platform will come with built-in LTE support, connecting […]

Windows PCs lose back-to-school sales to Chromebooks, Macs

Kids aren’t the only ones who approach back-to-school season with a looming sense of dread. Computer makers count on returning students to goose PC sales, but the past few back-to-school seasons have been a bloodbath, offering no relief amid a protracted period of free-fall in the market. But not this year! The NPD Research Group reports […]

Dell Inspiron 11 series 3000 review: This Yoga-like 2-in-1 laptop delivers solid value

Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 series is a hybrid whose obvious competition is the extremely similar Lenovo Yoga 2 11. Both are touchscreen tablet/laptop hybrids whose two halves pivot 360 degrees to achieve multiple configurations. But while they closely resemble each other in many ways, the Inspiron 11 series 3000 outperforms and outlasts the Yoga 2 […]

Samsung shuts down European laptop, Chromebook sales amid PC industry turmoil

The PC market’s war of attrition has just claimed another casualty. Samsung is shutting down its laptop operations in Europe–including Chromebooks–according to a report from PC Advisor. The culling occurs mere months after Sony sold off its Vaio line, and days after HP and Dell were each rumored to hold merger talks with EMC in […]

Toshiba’s Tecra C50 series laptops signal new push into SMB market

Toshiba’s Tecra C50 series isn’t just any new crop of laptops. The product line also marks a shift in the company’s mission, as Toshiba seeks to broaden its business footprint. Toshiba announced last week that it was reducing its PC workforce by 900 people, but the company has since clarified that its “U.S. consumer business […]

Dell’s PC, tablet innovations draw attention

In a copycat PC industry, Dell is trying to attract attention with the innovative features and technology firsts that it is bringing to PCs and tablets. Dell is adding new hardware and software features that could make an otherwise mundane PC or tablet more attractive to customers. Buyers may have to pay more for the […]

Inateck 13in MacBook Pro Retina Ultrabook Case review: Stylish felt laptop case is a bargain

Price: £13.99 inc VAT Rating: 8 There are way too many cases to choose from when looking for something to protect that shiny new MacBook Pro you just purchased. But most cases make the Apple device look ugly, bulky or both. If you want to keep thing simple, you’re better off getting something like the […]

Exclusive: Samsung exits laptop market including Chromebooks

Following in the path of Sony and its Vaio PCs, Samsung has decided to exit the laptop market stopping sales of Ativ Windows and Chromebook devices in Europe, PC Advisor can confirm. It’s common knowledge that the PC market is in decline with Sony pulling out and selling its Vaio business back in February of […]

Lenovo to cough up $100 refunds, $250 vouchers to settle IdeaPad suit

Lenovo will refund US$100 or issue a $250 voucher to owners of the IdeaPad U310 and U410 laptops to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging design defects in the computers. The U310 and U410 laptops, which shipped in 2012, had defects that caused Wi-Fi to slow down or not work. Complaints about Wi-Fi in the laptops […]

Report: Dell, HP held merger talks with EMC as PC hardware makers scramble to get out

With more and more computing hardware moving into the tablet and smartphone spaces, old giants like Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard are exploring merger talks, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that EMC had called off a year-long round of talk that would have merged the company with Hewlett-Packard, according to […]

PC confusion to linger on Intel’s quick jump to Skylake

Laptop and desktop buying decisions may get confusing in 2015 as Intel introduces PC chips based on two different architectures — Broadwell and Skylake — in the same year, something the chip maker rarely does. Mainstream PCs with chips based on the Broadwell architecture — Intel’s fifth-generation Core processors — will ship in the first […]

One-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backward

With its roomy, touch-enabled, 15.6-inch display; built in DVD burner; and sleek black chassis, the latest Lenovo Flex 2 looks like a pretty good deal for $680. But its poor battery life, uninspiring performance, a somewhat pale display and reliance on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi will be deal-breakers for some. Like others in Lenovo’s Flex series, the […]

This MSI laptop transforms into monster gaming rig with a gigantic graphics card dock

Trying to decide between a laptop and desktop for your next gaming PC? MSI believes it can offer both in one package. With MSI’s upcoming GS30 Shadow laptop, users can grab an optional desktop dock for a significant graphics boost. The dock has its own fan and power supply, along with a PCIe x16 slot […]

Intel talks wireless charging and RealSense 3D cameras, coming over the next year

Intel plans to make the wire-free future of the PC a reality as early as the first quarter of 2015, when the first “Skylake” reference designs ship to hardware makers. Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president and general manager in charge of the PC Client Group at Intel, began laying out more details of its […]

Wire-free laptops will hit the market next year, Intel says

Laptops that require no wires for charging, display, data transfers or docking will be available by the end of next year, an Intel executive said Wednesday. The laptops will free users from power bricks and wires for connecting to external displays, said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client […]

Intel pastes second screen on prototype laptop

Forget laptop stickers: Intel’s pasted a second screen on a prototype laptop it showed at its annual developer conference. The laptop had a regular screen on one side of the display panel and a gray scale e-ink screen on the other. When it was shut, the e-ink screen could serve as an electronic sticker to […]

Asus G550JK review: strong, smart laptop with a great screen and comfortable keyboard

Price: 1099 Rating: 8 There’s been a shift in gaming laptops, with bulky, expensive systems being challenged by leaner, cheaper laptops. The Asus G550JK is the latest to impress thanks to a good-looking chassis and full-HD screen.(Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) The black aluminium body is highlighted with red, from the backlit keyboard and […]

HP finally unveils its $300 AMD-powered Stream laptop

We first heard of the HP Stream in July, when Microsoft COO Kevin Turner held the notebook aloft during his keynote at the Windows Partners Conference. He was making a point about Microsoft’s intent to compete at the low end of the market, and the Stream was soon being described as a “Chromebook killer.” HP […]

MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro review: Ultrabook-thin with a fantastic screen

Price: 1317 Rating: 8 Few gaming laptops challenge Ultrabooks on size, but this MSI manages it. Read our MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro gaming laptop review. (Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) Gaming laptops are shrinking, but few challenge Intel’s Ultrabooks for size. The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro manages it with dimensions that scarcely […]

Wireless charging to reach PCs, tablets next year

Wireless charging will reach PCs next year, and laptops will be able to recharge when placed on tables, pads or surfaces supporting power delivery, according to an Intel executive In other words, laptop users won’t have to carry power bricks, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group. Skaugen […]

Intel’s Core M chips headed to 20 Windows tablets, hybrids

Intel’s new Core M chips — which bring PC-like performance to paper-thin tablets — will initially be in many Windows 8.1 tablets, but no Android devices are yet on the radar. The chips will be in five to seven detachable tablets and hybrids by year end, and the number of devices could balloon to 20 […]

What is Intel Core M? Core M specs, Core M devices, Core M UK release date – Intel promises desktop performance on portable devices

Intel has today announced the Core M family of processors, aimed at tablets and hybrids running full Windows. Here we explain Intel Core M specs, Intel Core M details and what kind of products to expect running Intel Core M chips. (See also: Intel turns its attention to desktop performance, unveils 8-core Haswell-E processor.) What […]

Dell laptops listed with Intel’s unreleased Broadwell PC chips

It’s been a long wait for mainstream PCs that use Intel Core processors based on the Broadwell architecture, but Dell has listed laptops that could ship with the unreleased chips early next year. Models of Dell’s Latitude 14 3000 (14-inch screen) and Latitude 15 3000 (15-inch screen) will have “5th Generation Intel Celeron, Core up […]