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

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 […]

How Steam in-home streaming can turn your old laptop or Windows tablet into a PC gaming force

In the old days, getting your PC game on away from your desktop was easier said than done, limited to laptops that were portable in name only: thick, hulking behemoths stuffed with discrete graphics processors and large cooling components to match. Sure, you might coax World of WarCraft or some indie titles into running on […]

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 […]

HP Pavillion 11 x360

This sturdy red laptop is cheap and cheerful but still more capable than a traditional netbook

PCI backers push low-power features with an eye on Internet of Things

The PCI technology that’s served PCs and servers well for decades is learning to get by on less power so it can play in mobile devices and the Internet of Things. Even as it works to boost the speed of PCI Express in an upcoming version 4.0, the PCI Special Interest Group has a three-pronged […]