Archive for 'laptop'

HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner first held up the as-yet-unannounced HP Stream laptop at the Windows Partners Conference last July, boasting that it would cost just $199. The press instantly dubbed the inexpensive notebook a “Chromebook killer.” So when HP finally got around to officially announcing the Stream on September 8, it was pilloried for the […]

Windows PCs lose back-to-school sales to Chromebooks, Macs

Kids aren’t the only ones who approach back-to-school season with a looming sense of dread. Computer makers count on returning students to goose PC sales, but the past few back-to-school seasons have been a bloodbath, offering no relief amid a protracted period of free-fall in the market. But not this year! The NPD Research Group reports […]

Dell Inspiron 11 series 3000 review: This Yoga-like 2-in-1 laptop delivers solid value

Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 series is a hybrid whose obvious competition is the extremely similar Lenovo Yoga 2 11. Both are touchscreen tablet/laptop hybrids whose two halves pivot 360 degrees to achieve multiple configurations. But while they closely resemble each other in many ways, the Inspiron 11 series 3000 outperforms and outlasts the Yoga 2 […]

Toshiba’s Tecra C50 series laptops signal new push into SMB market

Toshiba’s Tecra C50 series isn’t just any new crop of laptops. The product line also marks a shift in the company’s mission, as Toshiba seeks to broaden its business footprint. Toshiba announced last week that it was reducing its PC workforce by 900 people, but the company has since clarified that its “U.S. consumer business […]

Lenovo to cough up $100 refunds, $250 vouchers to settle IdeaPad suit

Lenovo will refund US$100 or issue a $250 voucher to owners of the IdeaPad U310 and U410 laptops to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging design defects in the computers. The U310 and U410 laptops, which shipped in 2012, had defects that caused Wi-Fi to slow down or not work. Complaints about Wi-Fi in the laptops […]

PC confusion to linger on Intel’s quick jump to Skylake

Laptop and desktop buying decisions may get confusing in 2015 as Intel introduces PC chips based on two different architectures — Broadwell and Skylake — in the same year, something the chip maker rarely does. Mainstream PCs with chips based on the Broadwell architecture — Intel’s fifth-generation Core processors — will ship in the first […]

One-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backward

With its roomy, touch-enabled, 15.6-inch display; built in DVD burner; and sleek black chassis, the latest Lenovo Flex 2 looks like a pretty good deal for $680. But its poor battery life, uninspiring performance, a somewhat pale display and reliance on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi will be deal-breakers for some. Like others in Lenovo’s Flex series, the […]

This MSI laptop transforms into monster gaming rig with a gigantic graphics card dock

Trying to decide between a laptop and desktop for your next gaming PC? MSI believes it can offer both in one package. With MSI’s upcoming GS30 Shadow laptop, users can grab an optional desktop dock for a significant graphics boost. The dock has its own fan and power supply, along with a PCIe x16 slot […]

Asus G550JK review: strong, smart laptop with a great screen and comfortable keyboard

Price: 1099 Rating: 8 There’s been a shift in gaming laptops, with bulky, expensive systems being challenged by leaner, cheaper laptops. The Asus G550JK is the latest to impress thanks to a good-looking chassis and full-HD screen.(Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) The black aluminium body is highlighted with red, from the backlit keyboard and […]

HP finally unveils its $300 AMD-powered Stream laptop

We first heard of the HP Stream in July, when Microsoft COO Kevin Turner held the notebook aloft during his keynote at the Windows Partners Conference. He was making a point about Microsoft’s intent to compete at the low end of the market, and the Stream was soon being described as a “Chromebook killer.” HP […]

MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro review: Ultrabook-thin with a fantastic screen

Price: 1317 Rating: 8 Few gaming laptops challenge Ultrabooks on size, but this MSI manages it. Read our MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro gaming laptop review. (Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) Gaming laptops are shrinking, but few challenge Intel’s Ultrabooks for size. The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro manages it with dimensions that scarcely […]

Dell brings Google’s Chrome OS to desktops

Dell will ship its first desktops with Google’s Chrome operating system this month. The company’s two Chromebox desktops are small, almost identical in features and can be easily held in one hand. Both rely on Internet services and apps provided through the Chrome OS, but have different usage models. At US$179, the Dell Chromebox is […]

HP set to expand its consumer 2-in-1 laptop lineup with new Envy x2, Pavilion x2 models

Like it or not, the 2-in-1 design that pairs a laptop with a detachable touchscreen that can double as a tablet seems here to stay. Acer showed several new models at the IFA tradeshow in Germany Wednesday, and HP unveiled three of its own Thursday, along with two new Chromebooks. Envy is HP’s upscale consumer […]

Lenovo debuts new gaming rigs at IFA: The $1299 Y70 Touch laptop and the $599 Erazer X315 desktop

Lenovo took the wraps off two new gaming PCs at the IFA trade show in Berlin today. The Y70 Touch is the more interesting of the two, as it boasts a 17.3-inch touchscreen display, a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a discrete Nvidia graphics processor in a chassis that’s slightly more than one-inch thick. […]

Toshiba updates its Chromebook line with two new models at IFA 2014

Toshiba has one of the better Chromebooks in its model CB35-A3120, and now the manufacturer is promising to improve on that design with one new Chromebook 2 model, and to cost-reduce it with another. Both SKUs have a 13.3-inch display squeezed into a thin-and-light, 12-inch chassis; and both are powered by Intel Celeron processors. Toshiba […]

Acer announces Aspire R13, R14 convertibles and larger Switch series 2-in-1s

Even traditional clamshell notebooks have adopted tablet-like capabilities, as both Acer’s new Aspire R 13 and 14 series, as well as the new Aspire Switch 10 and 11 2-in-1s, can now be detached or folded back into a tablet mode. Acer launched the next generation of its mainstream Aspire R series at the IFA show […]

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 […]

Intel highlights more of its wireless computing plans

Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls “wire-free” computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show. The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals, it said in a blog entry. The dock […]

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro review: gaming laptop squeezes maximum performance from CPU and GPU at a decent price

Price: 1299 Rating: 8 The new and more power-efficient GTX 800M series of GPUs from nVidia has given rise to a new generation of slimmer, lighter gaming laptopsin recent months. However, the GE70 2PE Apache Pro is a bit of a throwback to the days of the big, heavy gaming beasts once more. See also: […]

Petition demands Apple fix MacBook Pro graphics woes

A petition started last year that urges Apple’s CEO to recall older MacBook Pro laptops to fix a graphics problem has passed the 10,000-signature mark, part of an ongoing effort by customers to get Apple to step up. “Everyone who bought a macbook pro spent a huge premium to buy macbook pro’s [sic] and did […]

Acer gaming laptop fights internal gunk with dust-fighting technology

As cute as Fluffles the cat can be, there’s no question that he can be a royal pain when he curls up on or next to your warm, cozy laptop. Fortunately, the new Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition includes technology designed to remove cat dander and other dust. Acer launched the Aspire V Nitro notebook […]

Dell Precision M2800 review: powerful mobile workstation for graphics, video or 3D design is big and heavy

Price: £1971.34 inc VAT Rating: 8 Dell has been making an effort to slim down many of its larger 15- and 17-inch laptops recently, but the Precision M2800 is very much a high-end mobile workstation that focuses on performance rather than aesthetics.See also: Best laptops of 2014 Dell quotes a weight of 2.5 kg for […]

Toshiba Satellite P50T-B-10K review: Good value Windows laptop with dazzling 4K display

Price: 1200 Rating: 7 It’s tempting to dismiss the 4K display of Toshiba’s new P50T-B laptops as simply being a bit of a gimmick – especially given the graphical limitations of Windows itself. But there’s no denying that the 4K display is a treat for the eyes, and we can imagine that it might appeal […]

Apple unveils minor bumps to MacBook Pro laptops

Apple today refreshed the MacBook Pro line with minor upgrades of the processor, a small price cut to the aged non-Retina model, and additional RAM for the least-expensive Retina configurations. The updates — the first since October 2013 — were expected, as some of the pricing and component changes had leaked over the weekend from […]

Toshiba Satellite S70-B-10N review: A good desktop replacement laptop

Price: £1199 inc VAT Rating: 6 We recently reviewed Toshiba’s C70 laptop, which attempted to provide a 17-inch entertainment laptop for a bargain-basement price of just £379. The C70 was certainly cheap, but a laptop at that price inevitably offers pretty modest performance and build quality. If you’re looking for a 17-inch desktop replacement that […]