Archive for 'laptop'

Three essential ‘hardware’ tools every PC user needs

PCs are pretty self-sufficient. Most of the time they don’t need extra accessories, and these days Windows 8.1 automatically takes care of many regular maintenance chores for you. Nevertheless, taking proper care of a PC means pulling out some physical equipment every now and again. You don’t need to plop a full-blown workbench next to […]

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A-13U review: large-screen budget laptop perfect for use at home

Price: £399.00 inc VAT Rating: 6 If you’re looking for a large-screenbudget laptop for use at home, but can’t stretch to £500 then the Toshiba Satellite C55D-A-13U may do the job for a highly competitive £399. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) There’s actually more than a dozen different models in the C55D range, with […]

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, […]

Advent Tacto review: a budget laptop that has specs that rival more expensive laptops

Price: £270 inc VAT Rating: 6 Advent is the brand name used on budget PCs made specially for the Dixons stores group, which includes PC World and Currys. The Advent Tacto certainly looks to be good value for money, as it manages to offer perfectly respectable screen quality and entry-level performance for a mere £270. […]

HP Pavilion 15 TouchSmart (n232sa) review: budget laptop with good all-round performance and an attractive screen

Price: £500 Rating: 8 The Pavilion 15 TouchSmart cost £700 when HP originally launched it at the end of 2013. But it has recently come down in price and now represents something of a bargain at just £500. (See: What’s the best budget laptop?) It’s not, admittedly, the most portable ofbudget laptops – we weighed […]

Laptop makeover: 5 ways to extend its useful life

No matter how hard you try or how meticulously you care for it, your notebook is going to show signs of age over time. Keycaps wear down and get that off-putting, shiny-plastic look. Dirt, crumbs, and gunk get stuck in the keyboard and other crevices, while lint and dust build up in virtually every crack, […]

Dell Chromebook 11 review: Basic browser machine keeps up with the times, barely

Dell’s no dummy. It may have built its business on PCs, but its new Chromebook 11 is designed to maintain its presence the education market, where Chromebooks are enjoying some growth. Compared to managing a fleet of Windows-based boxes, tending to a herd of browser-based Chromebooks is far simpler and cheaper (Google even provides a […]

Lenovo recalls ThinkPad batteries for fire hazard

Lenovo is recalling certain ThinkPad battery packs that could be a fire hazard due to overheating, which could ultimately also lead to computer damage. The recall applies to 34,500 batteries sold in the U.S. and 2,900 batteries sold in Canada, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a statement. The company also recalled 117,732 […]

Toshiba W30T-A-101 review: a smartly designed and affordable 13.3-inch convertible laptop/tablet

Price: £699 Rating: 7 Toshiba’s W30T is an odd device. It’s a smartly designed and affordable convertible that can function as either a laptop or tablet. Unfortunately, its size and weight prove to be a hindrance in both modes. See what’s the best laptop you can buy in 2014? The W30T does make a good […]

STM goes retro with new protective Annex bags

STM has employed a retro look for its new Annex range of protective tablet and notebook bags, steering away from the slightly more professional appeal of its Velo and Linear arsenal. The product line includes four models: Drifter, Trust, Link, and Sequel. They essentially look like something you would find in Cotton On, but maintain […]

Alienware 18 review: big, heavy and outrageously expensive gaming laptop

Price: £3080 inc VAT Rating: 9 Alienware is planning an update for its 17-inch gaming laptop that includes the new nVidia GeForce 800M series graphics cards. But even 2014′s latest graphics processor is unlikely to match the sheer 3D gaming performance of the dual GPUs housed within this 18-inch screened behemoth. See also: what’s the […]

Asia Pacific offers multiscreen opportunity for brand marketers

Asia Pacific offers multiscreen opportunity for brand marketers, according to the 2014 AdReaction Report from Millward Brown that analyses multiscreen use and behaviour, and explores consumer receptivity to advertising on TV, smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Findings of the report indicate that multiscreen users in the Asia Pacific region consume seven hours of screen media per […]

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 review: 11-inch convertible that’s far more attractive than heavy 15-inch budget laptops

Price: £500 inc VAT Rating: 7 Calling this the Yoga 2 seems like something of a misnomer, given that Lenovo has already released about a dozen different Yoga laptops of various sizes and configurations. However, this new 11.6-inch model does stand out from its flexible brethren by virtue of a £500 price tag that makes […]

MSI GT70 2PC Dominator review: first gaming laptop with a brand-new GeForce GTX 870M graphics chip

Price: £1,299 inc VAT Rating: 9 Gaming laptops are still the only way to play intensive games on the move, and the MSI GT70 2PC Dominator shakes up the competition – it’s the first firm to deploy an interesting new graphics processor from nVidia, the GeForce GTX 870M. See also What’s the best laptop you […]

Google pushes Chrome app store with more money-making options for devs

Google yesterday said it would let developers of Chrome packaged apps issue free trials and offer in-app purchases, and allow creators of browser extensions to charge for their wares for the first time. The moves were described by Google as additional ways for developers to monetize their work building apps and add-ons for Chrome (the […]

Toshiba Portégé R30-A-14K review: a £900 laptop with relatively lightweight design, long-lasting battery and disappointing display

Price: �900 inc VAT Rating: 7 Toshiba tends to take its time when it comes to new fads like Ultrabooks, or even updating its laptops with the latest Haswell processors. True to form, its Portégé R30 is a distinctly unassuming mid-range laptop with a modest specification and little in the way of eye-catching features. See […]

IGEL turns old laptops into thin clients with new software

Thin-client company IGEL Technology can turn a laptop into a thin client with the latest version of its Universal Desktop Converter software. The growing popularity of wireless networks has given rise to laptop thin clients. But instead of offering its own hardware, IGEL decided to offer software that companies can install on laptops they already […]

Dell Precision M6800 Mobile Workstation review: a good desktop replacement laptop for professionals that’s lacking a little style

Price: �2154.48 inc VAT Rating: 8 Slim and sexy is good for travel and keeping up with the Joneses. But sometimes big and chunky is what’s really needed to get the job done. And so it is in mobile workstations, where the sheer amount of componentry and connectivity required to replace a desktop workstation is […]

Toshiba KIRA review: hands on with a superior Windows Ultrabook with 13in touchscreen

Price: £1,299 inc VAT Rating: 0 At a press event in London today, Toshiba showed us a laptop first launched in May of last year, the Kira Ultrabook range – also known in the States as the KIRAbook. Or as Toshiba UK has styled it, just KIRA™. The Toshiba KIRA is a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop […]

AMD boosts Android on Windows PCs and tablets powered by its chips

Advanced Micro Devices has optimized a version of Android for tablets and PCs containing its chips, and will sell it on new PCs through retail stores in Europe. See all MWC news. View our MWC live blog. AMD doesn’t intend that Android will replace Windows on those devices, nor will it offer a dual-boot option. […]

Acer Aspire S3-392G review: attractive, slimline Ultrabook offers decent performance at good price

Price: 900 Rating: 8 Acer’s S3 has always been one of the more affordable Ultrabook models on the market, partly because it used a conventional hard drive rather than more expensive solid-state storage. This latest laptop is a little more expensive than some of its predecessors, but enhances performance with a hybrid disk/flashstorage drive and […]

Will HP’s Yoga-like Pavilion x360 get Lenovo’s chakras in a bunch?

HP announced a colorful new consumer laptop at Mobile World Congress Sunday. It’s called the Pavilion x360, and it looks an awful lot like Lenovo’s storied Yoga series. Latest news from MWC. Like the Yoga, the Pavilion x360 is outfitted with a hinge that allows its 11.6-inch touchscreen to fold back nearly 360 degrees so […]

Chromebook usage: Still a tiny splash in the vast PC pond

For Google’s Chromebooks, making a dent in the PC install base is going to take a while. Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system used by Chromebooks, drove 0.2 percent of desktop Web traffic in North America last month, according to a usage study by Chitika. That’s up from 0.1 percent last September, and up from […]

Dell Inspiron 15R (5537) review: a good performing and well built laptop with a competitive price tag

Price: £549 inc VAT Rating: 8 The previous version of the Dell Inspiron 15R did well in our round-up of budget laptops last year. This year’s model of the budget Dell laptop isn’t drastically different, but it adds a touchscreen for Windows 8 and brings things up to date with a new Haswell processor. See […]

Chromebooks getting VMware virtual desktop service

VMware will offer virtual desktop services for Google’s Chromebooks, allowing them to run Windows applications on the pared-down laptops based on the Chrome OS. Organizations could save as much as US$5,000 per computer by using a combination of Chromebooks and VMware managed services, Google has estimated. VMware desktop virtualization could also provide organizations an easy […]