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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 […]

Apple grows Mac sales by 18% o the back of the MacBook Air

Apple on Tuesday said it sold 4.4 million Macs in the June quarter, the most ever for that three-month stretch, with a year-over-year growth rate the rest of the personal computer industry hasn’t seen since early 2010. The Cupertino, Calif. company sold 18% mre Macs in the quarter than the same period the year before, […]

Chillblast Helix review: laptop for gamers who want a gaming PC that won’t break the bank

Price: 1250 Rating: 8 Gaming laptops are often built like tanks, but when nVidia unveiled its GTX 800M series of graphics processors earlier this year it promised that the power-efficient chips would make it possible to develop a new generation of slimmer, lighter gaming laptops. See also: Best gaming laptops 2014: 6 best power laptops […]

Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the US

Lenovo has stopped selling Windows tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. due to lack of interest. Lenovo has stopped selling two small-screen Windows tablets with 8-inch screens: the ThinkPad 8, which was announced in January and a model of Miix 2, which started shipping in October last year. “In North America, […]

Acer ships first Chromebooks with Intel’s Core i3 chip

Acer is cranking up the speed of Chromebooks with the first models featuring Intel’s Core i3 processor. The two Acer C720 Chromebooks have 11.6-inch screens and Intel’s Core i3-40005U processor based on Haswell microarchitecture. The Acer C720 Chromebook model with 2GB of memory has a $349.99 price tag and a model with 4GB of memory […]

Three critical laptop accessories for summertime travel

With July in full swing now that Independence Day is over, thoughts are turning to company-sanctioned time off for travel and relaxing in the sun. Before you head out on your great summer vacation, you’ll want to make sure you pack well not only for yourself but your laptop as well. No matter if you’re […]

Asus X550LDV-XO610H review: respectable battery life makes the Asus X550 a good desktop replacement laptop

Price: 599 Rating: 7 The X500 range from Asus is designed to provide affordable laptops at ‘everyday’ prices. The cheaper pricing is probably helped by using cheaper chips – most of the models currently listed on Asus’ website are using last-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors from 2012.(See also: 20 best budget laptops of 2014.) The […]

Dell XPS 15 review: thin and light Ultrabook with amazing Quad HD display takes on (and beats) the MacBook Pro

Price: 1499 Rating: 8 It might not have the eye-catching convertible design of its stablemate, the flipping-screen Dell XPS 12, but the 3200 x 1800 display of the latest version of the Dell XPS 15 ensures that it provides plenty of visual appeal of its own. With a weight of just 2.01 kg, it’s also […]

PC Advisor competition: Win a Booq Boa Nerve laptop bag worth £110

PC Advisor has teamed up with Booq to offer you the chance to win a Boa Nerve laptop graphite messenger bag worth £110. To enter, all you need to do is head on over to our Twitter account and retweet the following tweet. Make sure you’re following us first! The competition will end when we […]

HP Pavillion x360 review: A mediocre hybrid laptop in a pretty red case

As any bloviating tech pundit will tell you, tablets are poised to take over the mobile computing space. Meanwhile, back in the real world, few of us are willing to part with actual keyboards. Lenovo recognized this early and rolled out the Yoga. HP is the latest manufacturer to follow its lead with the Pavilion […]

HP Spectre 13 review: smart, attractive Ultrabook laptop is portable and easy to use

Price: 999 Rating: 8 Someone at HP has obviously had on their thinking cap on. The company recently released itsHP Envy 17 laptop with a built-in Leap Motion sensor that allows you to control the laptop with hand gestures. The HP Spectre 13 boasts a less exotic – but probably more useful – innovation in […]

Schenker XMG P504 review: gaming laptop bigger and heavier than it needs to be, but offers sheer performance

Price: 1544 Rating: 8 The XMG P504 laptop isn’t going to win any awards for elegant design. But it provides strong gaming performance at a competitive price. (See also: the 15 best laptops: the best laptops you can buy in 2014.) The rather generic black-plastic casing used to house the P504 is sturdy enough, but […]

Scan 3XS Graphite LG156 review – a good choice if you need a solid gaming laptop on a mid-range budget

Price: 899 Rating: 8 It’s starting to look as though the real star of nVidia’s new GTX 800M series is the mid-range 860M graphics processor. It enables laptops such as Scan’s 3XS LG156 here to provide strong gaming performance at more competitive prices than ever before. (See also: the 15 best laptops: the best laptops […]

Alienware 17 review: Beauty and beast in one gorgeous gaming notebook

Dell completely redesigned its Alienware gaming laptop line in 2013, debuting new, sleek-looking chasses at E3. The Alienware 17 sports curves where there used to be lines, lines where there used to be nothing, and steel-gray, anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy where there used to be rubbery plastic. This machine also has a customizable 10-zone […]

Gigabyte P35W v2 review – slim and light laptop provides high-end gaming performance at accessible price

Price: 1399 Rating: 9 The slimline Blade gaming laptop from Razer grabbed headlines when it was launched last year, but it still isn’t widely available here in the UK. Instead, it’s Gigabyte that has delivered the first ‘gaming Ultrabook’ to these shores. The Gigabyte P35W v2 is that first gaming Ultrabook. (See also: the 15 […]

Chillblast Defiant 2 Mini review: compact gaming laptop offers great value for money

Price: 899 Rating: 9 As the name implies, this is the second-generation of Chillblast’s compact little Defiant laptop – find out about the first generation here: Chillblast Defiant Mini 13 review – and we were pleased to see that it offers a number of improvements without any increase to its already attractive £899 price tag. […]

Computex offers a glimpse of future technologies and gear

Laptops about half the size of current models, along with faster, more power-efficient chips, improvements in wireless connectivity, and 3-D cameras in PCs were among the wares on display this week at Computex in Taipei. What follows is a look at some of the expected advances in computers and technology featured at the show. Thinner […]

Asus RoG G750JZ review: gaming laptop offers powerful performance, rich features

Price: £1,769.99 inc VAT Rating: 9 This flagship model from Asus’ Republic of Gamers range is one of the most expensive gaming laptops we’ve seen recently, coming in at almost £1800. However, Asus really has thrown the kitchen sink into this one. (See also: best laptops for games.) The G759JZ makes a good impression right […]

Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV review: slim and light budget laptop offers decent performance

Price: 519 Rating: 0 When we first reviewed one of Toshiba’s L50 laptops last year suggested the company should “cut the price by £100 and it’d be a good budget offering”. And indeed this year’s recommended retail price has been lowered. In actual fact the price cut on this year’s model is closer to £130, […]

HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE review: luxury laptop offers gesture-recognition… for those that need it

Price: 1199 Rating: 8 We saw the standalone version of theLeap Motion Controller earlier this year and were impressed by its promising gesture-recognition technology. Now here’s a laptop that integrates Leap Motion. The motion sensor in the Leap Motion Controller works in a similar fashion to Microsoft’s Kinect, allowing you to use hand gestures to […]

AMD’s Kaveri chips bring console-like experience to PCs

Thin-and-light laptops have so far had to compromise on graphics to extend battery life, but Advanced Micro Devices wants to change that with its new laptop processors called Kaveri. Kaveri chips will go into laptops starting at around US$400, and be an alternative to Intel’s Core processors code-named Haswell, which dominate the market today. With […]

Intel making PC processors tablet friendly with new Core M chips

Intel wants to deliver more performance to tablets while curbing power consumption, and has launched a new Core M line of processors to meet those needs. The Core M will be based on the architecture used in the popular Core i3, i5 and i7 processors mainly found in laptops and desktops. The Core M line […]

Dell brings Ubuntu to tablets with new Inspiron hybrids

The Linux-based Ubuntu OS is finding its way into tablets with Dell’s latest Inspiron hybrids, which can function as tablets and laptops. The PC maker is offering Ubuntu as an OS option alongside Windows 8 on its new hybrids, the Inspiron 11 3000, which has an 11.6-inch screen, and Inspiron 13 7000, which has a […]

Intel to show thin tablet-laptop hybrid with delayed Broadwell chip

A new but delayed chip from Intel that promises better performance and lower power consumption for tablets and laptops will take a small but important step forward this week with a planned demonstration at the Computex trade show. The chip, called Broadwell, is Intel’s next major processor but production problems have pushed back its launch […]

Acer to release new cloud apps in June, eyes partnerships in smart devices

Acer’s “Build Your Own Cloud” service will start rolling out to consumers in late June with a suite of updated apps that will work on mobile devices and PCs, including devices from other companies. The struggling PC maker talked up the company’s cloud strategy Thursday, showing off apps that it is marketing under the “ab” […]