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Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook goes back to the past in performance

Although Apple’s new 12-in. Retina MacBook won’t go on sale for another week, benchmark tests confirmed that it’s considerably slower than the Cupertino, Calif. company’s other thin notebook, the 13-in. MacBook Air. According to a single now-removed score on Primate Labs’ Geekbench, a popular website for benchmarking devices, the MacBook was pegged at 1924 and […]

New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 thanks to lower-power chips

After a steady two-year drizzle of Chromebook releases, Google and its partners are preparing a flood of new hardware to sway consumers away from cheap Windows laptops. Chromebooks from HiSense and Haier go on sale today at $149 each, followed by an Asus convertible in the coming months. And if a Chromebook itself is too […]

Hands-on with HP’s Spectre x360 laptop, a veritable HP-Microsoft collaboration

If you thought HP’s impending corporate split would make it slink away from the PC game, you’re wrong. If anything, the company’s new Spectre x360 laptop, announced on the eve of Mobile World Congress, seems intent on proving HP will be as frisky as ever once its PC and printer division is pushed off the HP […]

Acer adds horsepower to Chromebook with Intel Broadwell chip

Acer is pumping more horsepower into its Chromebook C910 with an optional Intel Core i5 processor based on the Broadwell architecture. The laptop, which has a 15.6-inch screen, has been available with Core i3 or Celeron processors. The Core i5 processor will add more application and graphics performance to the laptop. Intel’s Core chips based […]

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 […]

AMD’s Kaveri chips bring console-like experience to PCs

Thin-and-light laptops have so far had to compromise on graphics to extend battery life, but Advanced Micro Devices wants to change that with its new laptop processors called Kaveri. Kaveri chips will go into laptops starting at around US$400, and be an alternative to Intel’s Core processors code-named Haswell, which dominate the market today. With […]

Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro review – hands on

We go hands on with Toshiba’s brand new ultraportable hybrid

Samsung Chromebook 2 announced with faux leather lid, Full HD display

Samsung has introduced two new Chromebook models to its laptop line-up, adding the same faux leather stitching as its Galaxy smartphones

Microsoft to drop price of Windows 8 licenses 70% fr low-end devices, report says

In a bid to stave off competition in the low-end tablet and notebook market, Microsoft will be reducing what it charges device manufacturers for its Windows 8.1 licenses, according to a Friday Bloomberg report that references anonymous sources. For devices that retail for less than $250, the cost of a Windows 8.1 install will drop […]

Archos Gamepad 2

Better gaming controls and a much improved battery, but the Archos Gamepad 2 still can’t replace a dedicated handheld console

Lenovo widens lead as PC market decline slows

Analysts at both Gartner and IDC reported the seventh straight quarter of declining PC shipments, although both firms saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Of the top PC vendors, Lenovo widened its lead over HP and Dell on a worldwide basis during the fourth quarter of 2013, as the Chinese PC maker […]

Acer Aspire V5-122P review – a value laptop better than most

Price: 330 Rating: 7 Acer’s Aspire V5-122P is an odd laptop, perched rather precariously between an old-fashioned netbook and a flashy new Ultrabook. It does provide some very attractive features for a laptop that costs less than £350, but its appeal is marred by its poor battery life. (We reviewed a slightly more expensive version […]

Acer drops Chromebook price to $199.99

Acer is trying to push down the prices of Chromebooks, announcing a new laptop with Chrome OS priced at US$199.99. The Acer Chromebook C720-2848 has an 11.6-inch screen, and is targeted at those who do most of their computing on the Web. The lightweight laptop offers 8.5 hours of battery life and runs on an […]

HP Chromebook 11 review: a decent screen but lacking in performance

Price: £229 inc VAT Rating: 6 If Apple can sell the idea of a plastic iPhone as a good thing, then HP must be on-trend with its new 11in Chromebook. There are acres of glossy white plastic, including when you open the lid. The lid is featureless save for the thin strip of lit-up Google […]

Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 updated with Haswell CPUs and high-resolution screens

Dell has updated its XPS 13 ultrabook and XPS 15 laptop with the latest Intel 4th Generation Core processors, as well as ultra-high-resolution displays

Chromebooks, Windows touch laptops offer lifeline to PC makers

PC sales may continue to shrink, but hardware makers can point to a couple of bright spots–Chromebooks and touch-based Windows laptops. Chromebooks, which had negligible market share a year ago, accounted for 3.3 percent of U.S. sales during the back-to-school season, according to market research firm NPD Group. Nearly 175,000 of these low-cost laptops, which […]

Hands-on with Bay Trail: Intel’s latest, best hope for tablet relevance

High-performance tablets are about to become very, very cheap, if Intel has any say in the matter. The company took the wraps off its newest system-on-chip (SoC) at the annual Intel Developers Forum (IDF) Tuesday. Code-named Bay Trail, the new processor family will power new Windows and Android on tablets priced as low as $199. […]

Intel bringing vision, 3D to laptop and tablet cameras

From mundane 2D devices, integrated cameras in laptops and tablets in the future will change into powerful 3D tools that can sense movement, track emotion, and even monitor reading habits of children, according to Intel.        

Meridian Audio Director

Although it’s just a small box, this is a fully featured USB and S/PDIF DAC for your PC or hi-fi separates system

Acer Iconia B1

We see if Acer’s B-team tablet might be a star player

Lenovo G500s 15” Core i5 Laptop for $399.99 at Staples this Weekend

Staples has a nice deal on a potential back to school laptop this weekend.  You can get the Lenovo G500s 15.6” screen laptop with Intel Core i5 processor for $399.99 after using coupon code 24181 at checkout.  The specs on this laptop are impressive for the low sub $400 price.   You get a 3rd generation […]

Acer Aspire P3

It may look like a tablet, but Acer’s budget Ultrabook hybrid is an award winner

Wall Street Beat: Weak PC sales rain on tech stocks’ parade

Just as tech stocks were starting to rise this week, dismal PC sales reports for the first quarter burst the very short-lived bubble, causing shares of IT companies to fall back to earth Thursday.        

Chillblast Genesis Mini review – mini notebook built for gaming

Chillblast’s Genesis Mini is a compact 11.6in laptop, no Ultrabook but a mini notebook built for gaming. Here’s our Chillblast Genesis Mini review.

Lenovo ThinkPad T431s Gets a Price, more Details

The upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad T431s that we covered earlier this year is creeping closer to an actual release date as new information from leaked slides in the NotebookReview forums indicate an MSRP of $1,149 along with a whole host of other information: The light weight of 3.6lbs should be a crowd pleaser for any fans […]