Archive for 'laptop'

This freedom-loving laptop discovered how to make Intel CPUs boot without closed firmware

You may be rolling an obscure flavor of Linux on your new laptop and sporting a Free Software Foundation bumper sticker on your bio-diesel powered V-Dub, but chances are your laptop isn’t really that “free,” thanks to closed firmware binaries hidden deep inside hardware itself. That’s something Purism says it has finally cracked with its […]

HP 255 G3 review: with decent keyboard, trackpad and display for only £200 the HP is a good budget Windows laptop

Price: 200 Rating: 7 Illustrating that Intel doesn’t quite have a 100 percent monopoly on processors to power Windows PCs, AMD still makes chips that we find in slower and less efficient budget laptops. The HP 255 G3 laptop here can boast of its quad-core chip and Radeon graphics processor, wrapped up in a 15-inch […]

Fujitsu LifeBook A512 review: budget laptop with fast processor and anti-glare display is good for business use

Price: 370 Rating: 6 The Fujitsu LifeBook A512 is abudget laptop that stands out because it is designed for business use. But that doesn’t restrict it to just the office, as its build and specification can still be of interest to anyone looking for a cheap laptop. Pre-installed with Windows 7 Professional, it also recommends […]

Asus X751L review: large-screen budget laptop has decent CPU, storage capacity and memory

Price: 450 Rating: 6 With its 17.3-inch widescreen display, not to mention its quite substantial 2.6 kg weight, the Asus X715L falls into the laptop category we’d call ‘desktop replacement PC’. The large glossy screen with its slightly improved image quality make it more useful as a entertainment computer, even if graphics performance may limit […]

Acer Aspire V 13 review: classic budget laptop offers better wireless, faster storage and solid performance with good battery life

Price: 350 Rating: 9 Most laptops that cost under £400 tend to be quite large and clunky. Not so the Acer Aspire V 13, a lightweight cheapie of an ultrabook. Confusingly Acer names this laptop both as the V 13 and V3-371. (For more, see: Best budget laptops 2014.) Whatever you’d like to call this […]

Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 review: 15-inch budget laptop with full-HD display offers decent gaming, quality build and five-hour battery life

Price: 379 Rating: 8 Lenovo has given the Z50-70 laptop some extra touches that lift it from the usual lowest-budget laptop category, starting with a full-HD 1920 x 1080 display. (For more, see: Best budget laptops 2014.) The IdeaPad Z50-70 is a 15.6-inch model with a fourth-generation Intel Core i3, and its discrete nVidia graphics […]

Acer Aspire V Nitro: Power Laptop with Speedy Graphics

Naming is such an important aspect of any laptop launch, and manufacturers don’t always get it right. For every new device that arrives with a moniker that perfectly captures its primary focus, there are others with names made up of seemingly random letters and digits. Thankfully, with the Acer Aspire V Nitro, that name tells […]

Are HP’s new EliteBooks too cool to be corporate?

HP’s new EliteBook laptops may be corporate tools, but they’ve got some cool factor, too–whether it’s the carbon-fiber-infused shell of one model, or the twistable display on another. Cool is good, because these EliteBooks face as much pressure as the mobile workforce they support. They have to perform, and they have to last. I’ll be […]

HP Envy 15 x360 15-u000na review: 15in Windows laptop folds to become a big fat Windows tablet with a terrible display. But why?

Price: 600 Rating: 5 HP is hedging its bets with this laptop, literally making it flexible enough to broaden its appeal. It’s added folding tricks that let it fold back on itself, so where a normal laptop has a display that will hinge backward just beyond the vertical, the lid on the Envy 15 x360 […]

Aorus X3 Plus review: gaming laptop offers good frame rates and super high-resolution screen

Price: 1550 Rating: 8 Gigabyte’s venture into posher gaming laptops continues apace, with this more portable 14-inch model that packs fast nVidia graphics and an absurdly high resolution screen. See also:22 best laptops 2014: What’s the best laptop you can buy in the UK? Under the brand name Aorus, there are two laptops available from […]

Dell to put depth-sensing 3D cameras in more Android, Windows devices

Dell will bring virtual reality to more Windows and Android devices next year, replacing 2D cameras with depth-sensing 3D cameras. The depth-sensing camera is for more than just selfies and Skype videoconferencing. It is able to go deep inside images to track depth and provide information such as distance between objects. Dell later this month […]

HP’s Omen laptop seeks gaming cred with hot hardware that runs cool

With the new Omen gaming laptops announced Tuesday, HP is throwing down its gauntlet in the brutally competitive PC gaming market. Again, that is–after buying and eventually laying to rest the Voodoo gaming PC brand a few years ago. (Though the Omen name does refer to Voodoo’s erstwhile high-end tower.) HP will have to lure […]

MSI fit a full mechanical keyboard in its new GT80 Titan gaming laptop

The mechanical keyboard’s become pretty prevalent in certain gaming circles over the past few years, as more and more people are liberated from their mediocre rubber dome lifestyle. If there’s one area that’s yet to take advantage of the rise of mechanical keyboards, however, it’s laptops. And that makes sense–laptops are on an ever-present quest […]

Chromebook shipments skyrocket as Microsoft unleashes counterattack

Google-centric Chromebooks are turning out to be a big deal and they’re only getting bigger. Shipments of laptops running Chrome OS increased 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to market research firm ABI Research. A big jump like that should be expected, however, when comparing a spring-summer […]

Acer C720p Chromebook review: A budget Chrome OS laptop with a touchscreen

Price: 249 Rating: 8 An Acer C720 Chromebook with a touchscreen, the Acer C720p is a great budget laptop for getting work done on the go – if you can live in a world of Chrome OS.See also:Which laptop to buy: 2014 laptop buying advice, and the best laptops of 2014. The Acer C720p Chromebook […]

Lenovo B50-30 review: A £200 budget Windows laptop to rival Google’s Chromebooks

Price: 200 Rating: 7 Lenovo’s B50-30 is a Windows 8 budget laptopcosting just £200, putting it in direct competition with Google’s Chromebooks. Also see: Best budget laptops 2014. Two hundred pounds for a brand-new Windows laptop? That’s got to be an irresistible attention-grabber for anyone looking for a working laptop on a budget. We’ve been […]

Aorus X7 V2 power laptop review: Every gamer’s dream

Price: 1725 Rating: 9 How’s this for a gamer’s dream. If there’s one thing better than a decent graphics processor in a laptop, it’s got to be two very decent graphics processors in the same machine. That’s what the Aorus X7 v2 offers, a pair of nVidia GeForce GTX 860M GPUs, arranged to work in […]

HP Chromebook 14 review: the best way to enjoy Chrome OS on a large screen

Price: 259 Rating: 8 HP’s Chromebook 14 offers one of the best ways to enjoy Chrome OS on a large screen. Here’s our HP Chromebook 14 review.See also:Which laptop to buy: 2014 laptop buying advice, and the best laptops of 2014. For the most part Chromebooks have been presented as small, portable, cheap, lightweight machines […]

Dell Chromebook 11 review: Fast, smart and portable – what more do you want from a Google Chromebook?

Price: 239 Rating: 8 It might be Dell’s first attempt at a Chromebook, but the Chromebook 11 ticks all our boxes as a fast, cheap and reliable laptop.See also:Which laptop to buy: 2014 laptop buying advice, and the best laptops of 2014. Another newcomer to the Chromebook shores is PC behemoth Dell. The Chromebook 11 […]

Lenovo recruits Ashton Kutcher to unveil its new Yoga 3 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga 14

It’s been a full year since Lenovo announced it had signed up Ashton Kutcher as a “product engineer,” and Lenovo is apparently happy with the partnership. The actor/investor is to appear via satellite at a Lenovo event in London on Thursday to introduce several new products, including the new Yoga 3 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga […]

Dell pushes laptop chip clock speed to 4.4GHz in Alienware 18

Dell is cranking up laptop performance with an overclocked 4.4GHz Intel Core i7 chip in its new Alienware 18 laptop, which is targeted at gamers. The company on Thursday also announced an Alienware 17 laptop with optional Core i7 chips with clock speeds surpassing the 4.0GHz threshold. Processors running at that frequency are rare in […]

Asus C300M review: a bigger 13in Chromebook that’s decent value – if you like the colours

Price: £250 inc VAT Rating: 8 If the smaller screen sizes of most Chromebooks lack the kind of real estate you prefer, then the Asus C300M might be a more attractive option. Although its little brother (the C200) has a ‘standard’ 11.6in display, the C300 expands the vista to 13in, making this model one of […]

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 […]