Vaio brand relaunches in Japan

After selling off the Vaio PC business to an investment firm in February, Sony’s old computer brand has reappeared under new management. Japan Industrial Partners officially reintroduced Vaio laptops on Tuesday, focusing purely on the Japanese market. When it picked up the Vaio brand from Sony earlier in 2014, JIP said it would roll out […]

AMD vs Intel: which processor is best?

There was a time when choosing the right processor for your laptop or desktop PC was relatively straightforward. There was a choice of perhaps half a dozen models from Intel or a similar number from AMD, but CPUs have bred faster than rabbits on Viagra. In the battle of Intel vs AMD, which processor should […]

Google bringing Android mobile devices closer to Chromebooks

Chromebooks will soon be able to receive notifications and run applications from Android smartphones and tablets. Google is trying to bridge the gap Chromebook laptops and Android mobile devices, making app and data exchange seamless, said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, during a keynote Wednesday at the Google I/O conference […]

New Dell Inspiron 15 3531 Laptop for $224.99 and Lower After Coupon

If you need a really cheap laptop, check out this deal you can get on the Dell Inspiron 15 3531 laptop.  If you click here and sign up for a mystery coupon then Dell will email either a 10%, 15% or 30% off coupon code that you can use at checkout.  If you get even […]

Microsoft wants MacBook Air owners to trade up to a Surface Pro by trading in

Microsoft has launched a buy-back program to try to get MacBook Air owners to part with their notebooks and replace them with new Surface Pro 3 devices. The offer, which started Friday and runs through July 31, will give customers up to $650 in store credit for a used Apple MacBook. The credit can be […]

Personal Computing: The shape of things to come

Contrary to what we are often led to believe (that the PC market is declining), there is strength in the personal computers (PCs) market in the APAC region, said Prakash Mallya, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia & Singapore on 20 June in a media briefing in Singapore. “The market is not only stabilizing but growing as […]

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 […]

Surface Pro 3 ‘notebook’ reaches retail today

Microsoft today kicked off sales of the Surface Pro 3, the 2-in-1 touted by the company as a notebook replacement. The it’s-a-table-it’s-a-notebook, which was unveiled one month ago, is currently available in two models, both powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, the same used in 2013′s Surface Pro 2. For $999, customers get […]

AMD tackles thorny problem of laptop battery life

Advanced Micro Devices is reworking its core PC chip design to be 25 times more energy-efficient over the next six years, possibly resulting in laptop battery life of up to 50 hours on idle time. So said Sam Naffziger, corporate fellow at AMD, adding that estimated battery life on active use would also be significantly […]

Lumsing 10400mAh Power Bank review: Portable phone, tablet, camera charger is a must-have for festivals and camping

Price: 17 Rating: 9 Lumsing’s Power Bank is a must-have for festival-goers and campers this summer, allowing you to charge your smartphone, tablet, camera and any other 5V USB-powered device wherever you are. Also see: Best holiday-planning apps. It’s a 159g, 138x59x20mm harmonica-style device, about the same height as our Samsung Galaxy S4, but a […]

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

Powerful gaming rig with latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M on board

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 […]

Schenker S403

A highly configurable and powerful ultraportable laptop

Dell Chromebook 11

A good Chrome OS device, but is it worth buying now or waiting for a Core i3-based Chromebook?

HP Spectre 13-3010ea

An ultraportable laptop that’s built for the perfect balance between design and power

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 […]

Microsoft confirms Surface Pro 3 resellers and distributors

Microsoft has confirmed that it will not change its Surface commercial sales model ahead of the launch of its Surface Pro 3 tablet in August. Existing distributors, Ingram Micro and Synnex Australia, will continue to supply the Windows 8.1-based ‘laptop replacement’ tablet to the resellers which stocked the previous generation of the product. The 13 […]

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 P34G v2

This gaming laptop is phenomenally powerful but still light and slim enough to carry anywhere

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 […]

Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-11H

This business ultraportable is packed with extra security features

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. […]

Toshiba Kira-101

An ultraportable with an oustanding screen

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1

A full version of Windows 8.1 Pro is packed into this ultra-tough 7in tablet