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Asus ZenBook UX305F review: Asus gets in there first with attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop

Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review Price: 650 Rating: 8 Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review. (Also see: Best ultraportable laptops 2015.) Asus may have copied the […]

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 […]

Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 Chrome OS tablet with a 360-degree hinge

On Tuesday, Google announced the $249 Asus Chromebook Flip. As the first mainstream Chrome device to offer a 360-degree hinge, the Flip can function as a tablet as well as a laptop. (Lenovo was first to offer a Chrome OS convertible with its ThinkPad Yoga 11e last year, but that model was meant primarily for […]

Hands on: The $149 Hisense Chromebook succeeds at being incredibly affordable

This Chromebook costs just $149. The Hisense Chromebook, that is, announced Tuesday morning and available immediately via Walmart.com. This model and the Haier Chromebook also announced today set a new standard for affordable computers compared to Windows and Mac PCs.  We could easily criticize this Chromebook for everything it doesn’t have for $149, but we […]

Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T review: A 17.3in beast designed for gaming, this power laptop needs taming

A 17.3in beast designed for gaming, this power laptop needs taming. Find out why in our Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T laptop review Price: 1099 Rating: 6 A 17.3in beast designed for gaming, this power laptop needs taming. Find out why in our Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T power laptop review. Also see: Best laptops 2015. As with desktop […]

Asus ZenBook UX305F review: Simply the best budget ultrabook around

Analysts like to bemoan the PC industry’s penchant for “racing to the bottom,” but they always seem to forget the good too: Lower prices and better hardware. Asus new ZenBook UX305F is proof that racing to the bottom doesn’t always have to end in a duffle bag of compromises and tears. In fact, the ZenBook […]

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 […]

HP Spectre x360 review: Hands-on with the MacBook Air and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro rival

Price: £849 Rating: 0 There were few laptops at MWC 2015 which is dominated by smartphones, laptops and watches. However, HP unveiled a beauty so here’s our HP Spectre x360 hands-on review from Barcelona. See also: Best laptops of 2015 With a revolving design which enabled the laptop to transform into different modes, the HP […]

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook vs. Windows laptops: Fight!

When Apple’s MacBook Air made its debut in 2008, PC companies were caught flat footed and utterly unprepared for what was arguably a ground-breaking moment in thin computing designs. With the world in financial ruin at the time, it would take years for competitors to catch up. Apple is headed into a significantly different world […]

Six things to know about the USB 3.1 port in the new MacBook

Apple is challenging laptop users to adapt to fewer ports with the bold design of its new 12-inch MacBook, which has just one USB 3.1 port and a headphone jack. Apple laid out a similar challenge with its first MacBook Air in early 2008, which had just one USB 2.0 port to connect peripherals and […]

Hands on: Google’s new $999 Chromebook Pixel makes big changes under the hood

Two years is eons in tech time, and that’s how long we’ve had to wait for a new Chromebook Pixel, which Google announced Wednesday. Yes, this is a new version of the super-premium, high-priced flagship that debuted to oohs, ahhs, and why?s in early 2013, when most Chromebooks were little cheap plastic things, and desktop […]

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel features excellent battery life, USB Type-C ports

Google’s original Chromebook Pixel strode boldly toward a brighter, more Web-centric world–and left most of us behind, unfortunately. Google’s new Pixel still tries to lead the way, but with apps and services to help justify its updated, premium hardware. Google launched two new Pixels–not the Pixel 2, but the “new Pixel”–on Wednesday, with a $999 base model […]

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 […]

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 […]