Archive for 'laptop'

Chromebooks with MediaTek chips to appear ‘very soon’

Chip maker Mediatek is preparing to enter the laptop business, with the first Chromebooks based on its processors due to appear soon. So said Mediatek senior vice president Jeffrey Ju at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The company also showed a non-working Chromebook with its 64-bit MT8173 quad-core processor and a USB Type-C port. […]

Lenovo introduces new budget laptops

Lenovo is bringing three budget laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional […]

Kogan releases 14-inch Windows laptop for $359

Medion is no longer the only game in town when it comes to well-featured, low-cost notebooks. Online store, Kogan, has just announced the availability of a 14-inch Windows 8.1 laptop (called Atlas X14FHD) that can be bought for $359 plus the delivery cost. It’s a laptop that features a dual-core Intel Pentium N3540 processor with […]

How to upgrade graphics in a laptop

Pssst–there’s a secret that few in the PC gaming community know: You actually can upgrade your big-fat gaming laptop’s graphics. But even the few who know it’s possible, believe it to not be worth the time and effort. After all, who wants to scour some obscure forum to find out whether blowing a wad of […]

Acer’s new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 lives large, lasts long, and costs only $200

Living large is what Acer’s new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 (ugh, that name) is all about. Announced Thursday at an event in New York, it’s one of the largest Chromebooks around, with a 15.6-inch display. It may also be one of the longest-lasting: Acer claims the laptop can last 11.5 hours on battery alone. This new […]

Acer back-to-school Windows lineup includes $249 Aspire R 11 tablet and Aspire E laptops starting at $599

Acer is trying to cover all the bases with its back-to-school Windows PC lineup, announced en masse at an event Thursday in New York.  The slew of new computers are all due out this summer, ranging from sub-$300 laptop-tablet hybrids to desktop replacements with dedicated graphics cards. They’re all shipping with Windows 8.1, and are […]

HP Envy x360, Pavilion x360 convertible laptops get makeovers, better battery life

HP knows consumers are into the sexy looks of the high-end Spectre x360 but can’t always put out the shekels for it. So with its revamped Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 lineups, the company’s extended the look and feel of the Spectre x360 to more budget-friendly consumer machines. Why this matters: Budget convertibles don’t garner much […]

Chrome OS 42 goes official, brings Google Now to Chromebooks

Late last month, Google previewed a new launcher for Chrome OS, but as of the new Chrome OS 42 release, the new launcher is now available to the masses. Launcher 2.0 in Chrome OS 42 has a new look that’s based on the Material Design look and feel featured in Android Lollipop. Google Now integration […]

Apple’s new Retina MacBook is ‘repair nightmare’

Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook is a “repair nightmare,” as tough on do-it-yourselfers as 2012’s first Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, according to iFixit. “The internals are unnecessarily complex; it’s a minefield of pentalobe and tri-wing screws, fragile cables snaked around essential components, and a solidly-glued-down multi-cell battery,” iFixit reported on its blog Wednesday. “Tack on the non-upgradeability, […]

Fancy a wire-free laptop? Intel just showed one

Intel has shown what it calls the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables. The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. It also connects wirelessly to external displays through […]

US challenges China in supercomputing race with upcoming 180-petaflop system

To get an edge over China in the supercomputing arms race, the U.S. plans to build a 180-petaflop supercomputer that will be used mainly for scientific research. The U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer, called Aurora, will be deployed by 2018. Its peak performance of 180 petaflops is more than three times the performance of the […]

How to replace a broken laptop screen

A dying or cracked display doesn’t mean your laptop is a paperweight. For most laptops, a screen replacement takes $80 and an hour of your time at most. If you’re a DIYer, replacing a broken laptop screen yourself is a great way to save cash, as most computer repair shops will quote you $150 to […]

Dell’s Venue 10 7000 vs Microsoft Surface 3: Same price, different appeal

The Venue 10 7000 from Dell and the Surface 3 from Microsoft share a few things in common: they will ship in a few weeks, are marketed as tablets that can be used as laptops, and start at $499. But they offer different advantages. To determine which one provides better value, buyers must decide whether […]

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ127H review: A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well

A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well, we review the Asus TP550LA-CJ127H Price: 700 Rating: 6 A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well, we review the Asus TP550LA-CJ127H. (Also see: Best laptops 2015 and best tablets 2015.) Asus has been swept along by Microsoft’s dream that people want laptops that can be bent […]

Raspberry Pi 2 laptop coming with Pi-Top assembly kit

Do you want a Raspberry Pi 2 laptop? A new hardware kit coming from Pi-Top will help you build one at home in a matter of minutes. The popular US$35 Raspberry Pi 2 is an uncased computer that is already being used in drones, robots, gadgets, tablets and even desktops. The otherwise stationary computer can […]

HP Stream 11 review: Despite its budget price, this £179 Windows laptop has a lot to offer

It costs a tiny £179 but this budget laptop from HP is a surprisingly useful compact Windows laptop Price: 179 Rating: 8 It costs a tiny £179 but this budget laptop from HP is a surprisingly useful compact Windows laptop. Read our HP Stream 11 review. (Also see: Best budget laptops 2015.) HP has taken […]

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 […]