Archive for 'laptop'

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 review: cheap touchscreen laptop and tablet is a slow performer

Price: 329 Rating: 7 The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 is a budget Windows laptop with 11.6-inch touchscreen. Just like the Lenovo Yoga 3, its display can spin right around to make a clunky tablet. Costs have been cut to bring the price down to £329 by direct sale from Toshiba’s website, although various compromises will […]

Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors grow, as Google pulls a video confirming its existence

A few recent rumors intimated that Google was working on a new Chromebook Pixel. Now, a video has reportedly surfaced where Google executives confirmed the Pixel 2’s existence–but then made the video private. Bloggers at OMG! Chrome! have been chasing the reports of the new Pixel for some time, when they unearthed what could be […]

Sena Commuter Bag for MacBooks review: luxury leather laptop briefcase

Price: £250 including shipping Rating: 8 Apple MacBook owners already know a thing or two about style. That’s one of the reasons they’re proud to be seen out and about with the aluminium laptop with the Apple logo. It seems a shame to hide your MacBook away when you’re travelling – unless it’s to stop […]

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: The best Chromebook yet is light, fast, and has an amazing display – you should get one

Price: 269 Rating: 9 Chromebooks are incredibly useful, simple laptops that offer excellent value for money, and a surprising amount of productivity, if you’re willing to fully embrace the cloud. Up until now the vast majority of models available have favoured the smaller 11.6-inch screen size, which is perfect for portability but can be a […]

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 […]

Aorus X7 Pro review: gaming laptop offers gaming performance once only available to desktop machines

Price: 2100 Rating: 8 Aorus – Gigabyte’s brand-new gaming laptop division – has been busy lately. Like much of the Windows PC world, Gigabyte is beholden to its component suppliers to come up with new innovations. And in this case, it’s its chosen graphics processor supplier of nVidia that’s been rushing through so many updates […]

Intel’s vPro Core chips advance wire-free computing with wireless dock, Pro WiDi tech

Intel brought its fifth-generation Core technology to business PCs on Thursday, launching its new Core vPro processors alongside components of its “wire-free” vision of computing. Twelve PC makers plan to launch VPro-equipped PCs in the coming weeks, Intel said, complete with support for two technologies that Intel included inside the vPro processors themselves: Intel’s Pro […]

Dell’s new M3800 mobile workstation takes another shot at Apple

HP? Lenovo? Feh. Dell doesn’t seem too worried about its traditional PC competitors these days. Instead, the now privately-owned PC maker seems intent on taking the fight to Apple. Case in point: Dell’s newly announced Precision M3800 mobile workstation, which the company unveiled at the Sundance film festival in Utah. As part of the announcement, […]

Purism’s high-end, open software-stuffed Librem 15 laptop hits crowdfunding goal

Freedom isn’t free. In fact, it runs about $260,245 at last count. That’s what it’ll cost to make some 115 or so Librem 15 laptops featuring software and hardware that’s mostly free of proprietary software.  I wrote about the Librem 15 in December after its makers made an interesting discovery: a modern laptop with an […]

Lenovo puts AMD chip in ThinkPad 11e laptop

Most of Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops come with Intel chips. While that remains the case, a new ThinkPad 11e model is also being offered with an optional Advanced Micro Devices chip. The new ThinkPad Yoga 11e can be a laptop or tablet, while the ThinkPad 11e laptops can resist liquid spills and absorb shock if dropped […]

Acer brings two new Chromebooks to the education market

Acer is targeting students and teachers two Chromebooks, one a 15.6-inch laptop, the other a 11.6-inch model, that are built to withstand repeated use in the school environment. The Taiwanese PC maker has been offering an expanding line of notebooks loaded with Google’s Chrome OS, which have been gaining popularity as a lower-cost alternative to […]

Schenker XMG C504 review: gaming laptop lacks speed, but provides strong performance at a good price

Price: 1099 Rating: 8 The Schenker gaming laptops we’ve reviewed in the past have provided good performance and value for money, but they haven’t been particularly elegant. But, like a number of other laptop manufacturers, Schenker is now taking advantage of the improved power-efficiency of nVidia’s latest GeForce cards to produce slimmer, lighter gaming laptops.(See […]

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 review: ultraportable Windows laptop beats Apple’s MacBook Air with better screen

Price: 2116 Rating: 9 There are cheap laptops that pretend to look expensive. You find them everywhere. And then there are expensive laptops that not only look the business but act it as well. The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is just such a product, a premium-priced and beautifully constructed ultraportable that stands above almost […]

Acer Aspire VN7-591G review: entertainment-focused Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition laptop dazzles with Ultra-HD display, but ultimately disappoints

Price: 1300 Rating: 6 Acer joined the Ultra HD club with one particular model of its Aspire VN7-591G laptop. The series of 15.6-inch laptops includes various configurations, from a low-res 1366 x 768 pixel, to full-HD, to this model with a 3840 x 2160-pixel display. Also known as the Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition, […]

Dell XPS 13 wows, but it could hurt your pocket

Dell’s XPS 13 laptop elicited a “wow” the first time I saw it. The jubilation was similar to seeing the first MacBook Air pulled out of a manila envelope in 2008. Dell’s reputation isn’t based on building sleek laptops, but the XPS 13 is the company’s thinnest, lightest and coolest laptop ever. Dell has incorporated […]

Dell declares the updated XPS 13 the ‘world’s smallest 13-inch laptop’

One of these days I’m apparently going to unfold a piece of printer paper and find out it’s secretly a laptop. That’s the feeling I get when I see Dell throwing around claims like “smallest 13-inch laptop in the world” in reference to the new XPS 13. (Don’t confuse it with the “lightest 13.3-inch laptop […]

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 […]

Dell hits 15 hours of battery life and beyond with XPS 13 laptop

Dell has slimmed down and sped up its new laptops, but the 15 hours or more of battery life offered by its XPS 13 ultraportable stands out. The XPS 13 is a showcase for some of the innovations Dell is offering to make PCs more attractive and user friendly. It’s up to 15 millimeters thick, […]

ThinkPads get Broadwell and break the 100 million mark

Lenovo says it’s crossed a huge milestone with its ThinkPad line that’s impressive even if you say it without the Dr. Evil pinkie to the lips: 100 million. That sales figure, of course, goes all the way back to 1992 and the ThinkPad 700 when Big Blue was hawking the line. IBM, as we all […]

Origin beastly new EON laptops boast full-blown desktop Core i7 processors

For years, the mantra with gaming laptops has been the same as other gadgets–sleeker, thinner, and more lightweight. And companies have pushed that basically as far as it can go, with Razer’s Blade gaming laptop line looking practically indistinguishable from a normal laptop. Which is why I find it sort of refreshing to see Kevin […]

10 things you need to know about Intel’s new Broadwell chips

3D cameras, 4K graphics and biometric log-ins are some of the capabilities that Intel’s fifth-generation Core chips will bring to new laptops later this month. The systems will also be thinner, faster and offer longer battery life. But while the chips, based on Intel’s Broadwell architecture, offer attractive features, the decision about whether to buy […]

Acer refreshes Aspire line with 5th-gen Intel CPUs and RealSense imaging technology

Acer may be the big name in Chromebooks today and its former CEO may be known for saber-rattling, but the company still wuv’s you, Windows. On the Saturday just before this year’s Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, the company has announced a stable of Wintel boxes (yup, no AMD here). None of […]

Chromebooks get larger, faster with Acer’s Chromebook 15

Acer is supersizing chromebooks, offering the world’s first Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6-inch screen. The Chromebook 15 is also the first device in the category with a processor based on Intel’s latest Broadwell circuit design. Starting at US$249.99, the laptop will offer eight hours of battery life and be among the fastest chromebooks available. […]

Tech predictions: New laptops for 2015

Tech moves fast, so what does 2015 have in store for laptops? We reveal what to look for in a new laptop in 2015. Also see: Best laptops 2014/2015; Best budget laptops 2014/2015; Best Chromebooks 2014/2015 and Best gaming laptops 2014/2015. The laptop PC industry, like many, is risk-adverse and so prefers to copy what […]

AMD retools laptop chip strategy to challenge Intel’s dominance

Advanced Micro Devices wants its chips in more laptops, and is devising a new strategy to reverse a free fall it has endured in the PC market over the last few years. The chip maker is reshaping the way it supplies chips and components with the hope that more PC makers will use its upcoming […]