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Asus N550JV review: high-performance midrange laptop, with an abominable touchscreen display and slow hard disk

Price: 800 Rating: 7 Asus laptops have come a long way since the Eee PC series, which effectively pioneered the netbook category in 2007. Emboldened by that success, Asus subsequently pitched into the mainstream Microsoft mêlée where it is now just another maker of carbon-copied Windows laptops. The Asus N550JV tries to be a little […]

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB review: A cheap, no-frills portable hard drive that makes few compromises

Price: £69.99 Rating: 8 While many portable storage drivemanufacturers try to differentiate their product through design or features, Toshiba looks to be content just to build the cheapest drive it can with the Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB.(See allstorage reviews.) That’s not such a bad thing if you just want somewhere to keep your data rather […]

Someone call Guinness! Lenovo’s new LaVie laptops are the lightest in the world

Someone call Guinness! No, not the beer company, the record book, because Lenovo says its now holds the title for lightest laptop with a 13.3-inch screen. The new LaVie Z HZ550  weighs in at just 1.72 lbs. with the SSD empty. Fill that SSD up and it’ll get heavier though. (Kidding, kidding.)  To get to […]

Acer Aspire V Nitro: Power Laptop with Speedy Graphics

Naming is such an important aspect of any laptop launch, and manufacturers don’t always get it right. For every new device that arrives with a moniker that perfectly captures its primary focus, there are others with names made up of seemingly random letters and digits. Thankfully, with the Acer Aspire V Nitro, that name tells […]

Why it’s time to look again at speech recognition software

For years speech recognition has seemed the most natural way to interact with our tech devices, but only in recent times has the technology started to go mainstream. Many of us are already using speech with our smartphones, our tablets and even our games consoles, not just to type, but to search, find information or […]

Schenker XMG P504

Powerful gaming rig with latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M on board

Dell moving Project Ophelia to consumers

Dell is making updates to its Android-based, thumb-size PC called Wyse Cloud Connect — widely known as Project Ophelia — as the company moves to make the stick computer suitable for consumers. A new consumer-friendly user interface for Wyse Cloud Connect is in the pipeline, said a company spokeswoman in an email. Consumer purchases of […]

Lenovo Flex 15D review: a budget laptop that handle basic tasks but not much more

Price: £500 inc VAT Rating: 6 The Flex is an admirable attempt to adapt the convertible design of Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks to make a bendy laptop at a more affordable price point – although that attempt is only partly successful. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) It’s not quite as versatile as the Yoga though, […]

How to slipstream an XP disc with SP3 and all other updates

When Windows XP support ends, here’s how to grab all of the updates and create a custom installation disc that has them all pre-applied

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro now comes with a beautiful Retina display and a Haswell CPU

HP Envy TouchSmart 15 laptop review – Haswell laptop is decent 15in desktop replacement

Price: 999 Rating: 7 One of the key benefits of Intel’s new Haswell processors is the improved power-efficiency that leads to greater battery life and portability. It seems a little odd, then, that the first Haswell laptop we’ve seen from HP should be a 15.6-inch desktop replacement system rather than a slimline Ultrabook. To be […]

Hints of an 11-inch Chromebook pop up all over HP’s website

In a world full of largely similar Chromebooks, HP’s 14-inch (and aptly named) HP Chromebook 14 stands out largely because of its comparatively big screen; all other Chromebooks rock roughly netbook-sized screens. Now that Haswell and multiple color choices are coming to HP’s Google-powered laptops, it appears the company is gearing up to release a […]

Why Lenovo’s surging mobile sales shouldn’t freak out the PC faithful

Something ominous occurred earlier this week: Amid all the talk about the Windows 8.1 release date, Lenovo quietly announced that it shipped more mobile devices than desktops and laptops in the second quarter.        

Archos 80 Titanium

It may look like an iPad Mini, but this Apple lookalike is a 4:3 Android tablet

Top tips for making your laptop battery last longer

Here, we share our top tips for squeezing precious extra minutes out of your laptop battery including turning off Wi-Fi and changing Windows power options.        

HP Pavilion 14-c002ea Chromebook review: budget laptop with a Google Chrome OS

If you’re looking for a cheap laptop for basic web browsing, word processing and spreadsheets then the Pavilion Chromebook works quite well. Read our HP Pavilion 14-c002ea Chromebook review to find out more.        

Corning’s newest Gorilla Glass aims to protect fragile laptop screens

Corning has had much success in getting its Gorilla Glass adopted by smartphone and tablet makers. Now it’s aiming for laptops.        

Toshiba Portégé R930-1CX review: lightweight business laptop

The Toshiba Portégé R930-1CX is a slim, lightweight design that may appeal to business travellers. Read our Toshiba Portégé R930-1CX review to find out more.        

13-inch Macbook Air

With more battery life and a lower price, is this still the ultimate thin-and-light laptop?

Touchscreen notebooks snag 10 percent of the laptop market, report claims

Windows 8 was rebuilt from the ground up with a finger-friendly focus. That proved to be a problem during the operating system’s early days. In the months immediately after launch, touchscreen Windows devices cost an arm and a leg, and that’s if you could even find one; during the 2012 holiday season shoppers were hard-pressed […]

Razer honours unauthorised 90 percent discount code

Razer has confirmed that it will go ahead with orders placed with an unauthorised 90 percent discount code.        

IDC: PC shipments to decrease in 2013

Worldwide PC shipments dropped in 2012 on an annual basis for the first time in more than a decade and that is expected to continue this year, research firm IDC said on Monday.

Google Chromebook Pixel Announced, a $1,299 Glorified Web Browser?

Google today announced the new 13” Chromebook Pixel laptop that features the highest pixel density on a laptop screen ever, topping even the Apple MacBook’s Retina Display.  The 13” (well, 12.85” to be exact) screen on the Chromebook Pixel has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,700 which gives it a PPI (Pixels Per Inch) density […]

Acer Aspire S7

Acer’s stunning Ultrabook has a few ugly surprises

How to get a new PC that runs Windows 7, not Windows 8

New Coke, the XFL, the recently canceled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue–all perfectly decent, but they lacked that certain excitement that turns a pimply kid into a Justin Bieber.