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Asus outs svelte, aluminum Zenbook UX305 and the EeeBook, a $199 Chromebook killer

Asus announced a pair of new Windows 8.1 PCs at IFA on Wednesday, and they’re as opposite as polar opposites can be: The aluminum-clad Zenbook UX805 (pictured above) is the latest version of the company’s signature Zenbook Ultrabook line, while the simply named Asus Eeebook X205 is the spiritual successor to–you guessed it–Asus’ old line […]

Chromebooks may grab 5% o PC market, about the same as Apple’s Mac

Sales of Chromebooks, the low-cost, simple-to-use notebooks, will reach more than 5 million this year, accounting for about 2% o all personal computers, Gartner forecast Monday. So Microsoft, which has dismissed Chromebooks as unworthy of the name “notebook” — and along the way made some wonder why it deigned to acknowledge the upstart — may […]

DisplayPort vs HDMI: What’s the difference?

The technology world can be a confusing place especially with different standards to choose from. Here we look at DisplayPort vs HDMI explaining what the differences are. These days HDMI is everywhere and a commonly known interface in consumer electronics. DisplayPort may be used less but there are still plenty of devices with it on-board. […]

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 […]

Dell Latitude E7240

An attractive and sturdy business laptop with plenty of ports

Acer chairman to leave PC maker in June, no replacement named

After six months as Acer’s chairman, company co-founder Stan Shih plans to step down on June 18, saying he is satisfied with the PC maker’s new direction. “The hope is that the company will soon break even and start making money again,” he said in an interview on Monday. The company’s will appoint new board […]

Intel targets 40 million tablet shipments, up to 750 brands

Intel is late to the tablet game and it admits to that fact, but has set bold targets for 2014 as it seeks to catch up to market leader, ARM. Earlier this year, Intel said it wants to see 40 million Intel-based tablets shipped across both consumer and commercial markets. It’s a message multiple executives […]

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D

Is the AMD version of Lenovo’s budget hybrid better than the Intel model?

Thank XP: Desktop PC sales take off again in Western Europe

PC sales in Western Europe have risen after 13 consecutive quarters of decline, according to market research company Gartner. The market research company said government spending and the replacement of machines running Windows XP contributed to the growth. Across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PC sales grew by 0.3 percent after […]

Dell Precision M4800 Mobile Workstation review: a fast laptop with an excellent screen

Price: �3341.15 inc VAT plus shipping Rating: 8 The screen is the first clue to the target market of the Dell Precision M4800. The 15.6-inch panel is labelled Quad HD which in plain English is a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. That level of detail should make it attractive for CAD and fullscreen editing […]

Toshiba KIRAbook review – hands on

We go hands on with Toshiba’s latest premium Ultrabook

Dell Chromebook 11 launching in time for the new school term

Dell has revealed its first Chromebook laptop, the Chromebook 11, which will go on sale in the UK in January – just in time for the new school term

Acer needs to focus on brand building, tablets under new leaders

Acer will have to choose new leaders with expertise in tablets and brand-building to shed its reputation as a low-end seller of notebooks, analysts said. Last month, the company abruptly canceled plans to name Jim Wong as its new CEO, and instead did away with the position. Company co-founder Stan Shih has taken over as […]

Acer’s $300 C270P Chromebook is a touchscreen laptop for the 99 percent

Move over, Pixel, there’s a new touchscreen Chromebook in town. And at just $300, the Acer C720P Chromebook’s finger-friendliness can be had for a mere fraction of the Chromebook Pixel’s $1,300 (and up!) price tag. The C720P follows the lead the non-touch C720 Chromebook Acer announced in October, with an energy efficient Haswell-based Intel Celeron […]

Finger-friendly laptops aren’t touching a chord with notebook buyers

If skyrocketing tablet sales and cute videos of babies that confuse magazines for iPads are any indication, touchscreens are the interface of the future. But there’s just one problem with that portentous prediction: If it’s true, laptop buyers are stuck with one foot in the past. The market analysts at NPD DisplaySearch say touchscreen notebooks […]

Toshiba Portege Z30 ultrabook enables in-house upgrades, fixes

Toshiba’s new Portege Z30 ultrabook can be fixed or upgraded in-house, which the company hopes will set the new offering apart from competition. The 13.3-inch Portege Z30 has a chassis that can be unscrewed to add more memory or replace worn-out batteries. That could extend the life of laptops and reduce support costs, said Duc […]

Dell hands-on review:

Price: Price TBC Rating: 0 This article is embargoed until 18:00 on 2 October. Please come back later. Buying Advice TBC        

HP Split 13 X2 review – hands on

HP’s Split 13 X2 hybrid laptop picks up where the Envy X2 left off – it’s a 13in tablet with bundled keyboard dock. We took a hands-on look to see what’s changed

An ultrabook workstation is not an oxymoron to HP

Usually, workstations are big and brutish. But HP is betting that workstation users are just like everyone else and want thin and light systems.        

Asus MemoPad HD 7

An incredible Android 4.2 tablet and a true bargain

Deal: Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition with Full HD Screen $649.99

Dell is running a pretty good deal on its popular Inspiron 15R Special Edition laptop right now.  For $649.99 you can get a decent configuration that includes the standard Full HD screen (very nice) and dedicated AMD HD 7730M graphics.  To get the deal you have to visit this link and then apply coupon code […]

Western Digital releases its first 1.5TB mobile drive

HGST has announced its highest capacity 9.5mm-high mobile drive, a 1.5TB, three-platter model that is being targeted at the “prosumer” market.        

AMD Radeon HD 8970M launched

AMD’s fastest laptop graphics card is official – the Radeon HD 8970M will soon be making its way to high-end gaming laptops

FattBatt review – simply battery-saving utility keeps your laptop working longer

FattBatt keeps you off the grid longer, for a fee. Here’s our FattBatt review.        

Android laptops: The $200 price is right, but the OS may not be

When Intel said recently that its Bay Trail chips will power a wave of $200 touchscreen laptops, the company wasn’t talking only about Windows.