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 […]

Dell XPS 13 9343 review: Dell is making laptops (and Windows) sexy again

The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops Price: 1099 Rating: 8 The Dell XPS 13 9343 stands as a shining beacon of hope in the world of Windows laptops. Read our Dell XPS 13 review to find out how Dell is making laptops (and […]

Holy smoke! The new MacBook literally is twice as fast

When Apple launched the new MacBook Pro earlier this month, the company claimed its performance would be double that of the previous model. As it turns out, that wasn’t an exaggeration. Benchmark tests with Blackmagic software on a new 13-in. MacBook Pro with Retina display revealed it can pin the needle at more than 1,400MBps […]

AbleWord PDF editor review: Free software is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in

Price: Free Rating: 7 AbleWord is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in. Read our AbleWord free PDF editorreview.(See allPDF editor reviews.) Although we’ve referred to it as a PDF editor – and many people use it as such since it provides a free alternative to the commercial […]

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 […]

Avant Browser review: An independent Internet Explorer clone with some ideas, but also some issues

Price: Free Rating: 4 Avant Browser is an independent Internet Explorer clone with some good ideas, but also some issues. Read our Avant Browser web browserreview.(Also see:All software reviews.) Outside the big hitters in the browser space (Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera), there is a surprising number of smaller, independent offerings that cater to more […]

Dooble review: A security-conscious web browser that is effective but also restrictive

Price: Free Rating: 6 Dooble is a security-conscious web browserthat is effective but also restrictive. Read our Dooble review.(Also see:All software reviews.) The name might not exactly roll off the tongue, at least not without a compulsive urge to follow it up with entendre, but the Dooble browser is one worth remembering. It doesn’t boast […]

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 […]

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi: the latest 2-in-1 to use Intel Core M processing

First there was the Asus Taichi: a laptop featuring screens on both sides of lid, and one of the more interesting 2-in1 designs we’ve seen. Now there is simply the Chi: a 2-in-1 laptop featuring one screen, but a removable one so that you can use it as a tablet or as a laptop whenever […]

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 […]

Prepare to take your laptop to another country

Yoni Shanni wants to take a US-purchased laptop to Israel, and asked me for advice. Traveling internationally with a laptop is a lot easier than it was when I first wrote about it in 2000–at least when it comes to hardware compatibilities. Back then, I had to make my dial-up modem work with the German […]

Inateck BTSP-10 Plus review: Cheap Bluetooth speaker boasts unique design and booming audio

nateck’s BTSP-10 Plus is a portable Bluetooth speaker for your phone, tablet or laptop with a unique design and booming audio Price: 49.99 Rating: 7 Inateck’s BTSP-10 Plus is a portable Bluetooth speaker for your phone, tablet or laptop with a unique design and booming audio. Read our Inateck BTSP-10 Plus review. (See all Bluetooth […]

Apple’s radical 12-inch MacBook Air is the slimmest, lightest Mac ever

There’s a reason Apple hasn’t changed the MacBook Air’s core design for years now: It’s basically perfect–the epitome of a thin-and-light laptop, from its luxurious, razor-thin exterior to its majestic glass trackpad. But even perfection can’t coax Apple into sitting on its heels. On Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook Air, a radical revamp […]

Apple introduces thinnest and lightest MacBook yet

Apple presented a bold redesign of its MacBook on Monday, based on the conviction that users value portability more than they do the line of connectors typically found along the edge of laptops. The new MacBook, which will go on sale in April, is the company’s thinnest and lightest yet and is the combination of […]

12-inch MacBook hands-on: Great keyboard and trackpad, but only one port

What’s lighter than Air? The all-new MacBook. Apple’s newest, goldest laptop is lighter and thinner than the MacBook Air, and sports a gorgeous Retina display like the top-of-the-line MacBook Pros. But this isn’t an Air or a Pro. It’s just a MacBook, and yet… it changes everything. The first thing I noticed during my hands-on […]

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 […]

Six things to know about the USB 3.1 port in the new MacBook

Apple is challenging laptop users to adapt to fewer ports with the bold design of its new 12-inch MacBook, which has just one USB 3.1 port and a headphone jack. Apple laid out a similar challenge with its first MacBook Air in early 2008, which had just one USB 2.0 port to connect peripherals and […]

Hands on: Google’s new $999 Chromebook Pixel makes big changes under the hood

Two years is eons in tech time, and that’s how long we’ve had to wait for a new Chromebook Pixel, which Google announced Wednesday. Yes, this is a new version of the super-premium, high-priced flagship that debuted to oohs, ahhs, and why?s in early 2013, when most Chromebooks were little cheap plastic things, and desktop […]

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel features excellent battery life, USB Type-C ports

Google’s original Chromebook Pixel strode boldly toward a brighter, more Web-centric world–and left most of us behind, unfortunately. Google’s new Pixel still tries to lead the way, but with apps and services to help justify its updated, premium hardware. Google launched two new Pixels–not the Pixel 2, but the “new Pixel”–on Wednesday, with a $999 base model […]

Will your new MacBook crash to the ground without MagSafe? (Yes.)

Perhaps we should have read it as an omen that the MagSafe 2 adapter for older, original MagSafe connectors was listed as discontinued on the Apple Store in the U.S. and Canada last week. It’s back in stock this week, but MagSafe’s future in new Mac laptops is uncertain with the revelation of the single-port […]

Asus G501 offers 4K, new GeForce, PCIe SSD and even Thunderbolt in superthin case

The laptop world we live in dictates that as weight drops and dimensions shrink, capability get squeezed out of the picture.� That’s the fine line Asus has to walk with its new G501 gaming laptop, which boasts a tour de force of check-off features while remaining impressively svelte. The G501 features a 15.6-inch, 3840×2160-pixel 4K […]

Acer Chromebook 13 review: Acer’s new Chromebook comes with a larger, full-HD display

Bigger displays are becoming more popular in Chromebooks, and Acer joins in with its Chromebook 13. But is bigger really better? Price: 219 Rating: 8 As Chromebooks grow in popularity they are also growing in screen size. Acer’s Chromebook 13 joins a growing market of large-screen Chromebooks that make working on Google’s OS much simpler. […]

Acer adds horsepower to Chromebook with Intel Broadwell chip

Acer is pumping more horsepower into its Chromebook C910 with an optional Intel Core i5 processor based on the Broadwell architecture. The laptop, which has a 15.6-inch screen, has been available with Core i3 or Celeron processors. The Core i5 processor will add more application and graphics performance to the laptop. Intel’s Core chips based […]

Kenya abandons school laptop project, moves to computer labs

The Kenyan government has abandoned its school laptop program, valued at more than US$600 million, following a controversy over the manner in which the contract for the project was awarded to India’s Olive Telecommunications. Kenya’s Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) revoked the bid award last year, prompting Olive to take the matter to court. […]

Webroot Internet Security Plus 2015 review: Antivirus software scans fast and causes little disruption

Price: Free Rating: 7 There’s plenty of song left in the old lady, as the Opera web browserlooks fresher than ever. Read our Opera (v27) review.(Also see:All software reviews.) Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Opera browser, one that can only be surpassed by Internet Explorer which reaches that landmark this year. For […]