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Asus G550JK review: strong, smart laptop with a great screen and comfortable keyboard

Price: 1099 Rating: 8 There’s been a shift in gaming laptops, with bulky, expensive systems being challenged by leaner, cheaper laptops. The Asus G550JK is the latest to impress thanks to a good-looking chassis and full-HD screen.(Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) The black aluminium body is highlighted with red, from the backlit keyboard and […]

MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro review: Ultrabook-thin with a fantastic screen

Price: 1317 Rating: 8 Few gaming laptops challenge Ultrabooks on size, but this MSI manages it. Read our MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro gaming laptop review. (Also see: Best gaming laptops 2014.) Gaming laptops are shrinking, but few challenge Intel’s Ultrabooks for size. The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro manages it with dimensions that scarcely […]

Inateck BP2001 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: great-value speaker fills the room with sound

Price: �28.99 Rating: 8 Inateck’s BP2001is a well-priced portable Bluetooth speaker designed to work with your tablet, but it’s compatible with any smartphone, laptop, PC or other device with a Bluetooth connection or 3.5mm headphone jack. Also see: 13 best portable speakers. It’s more expensive than its little brother, the £15.99 Inateck BP1001B, but the […]

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro review: gaming laptop squeezes maximum performance from CPU and GPU at a decent price

Price: 1299 Rating: 8 The new and more power-efficient GTX 800M series of GPUs from nVidia has given rise to a new generation of slimmer, lighter gaming laptopsin recent months. However, the GE70 2PE Apache Pro is a bit of a throwback to the days of the big, heavy gaming beasts once more. See also: […]

Lumsing 70W Extended Socket & USB Charger review: Power multiple devices in your car

Price: 7.99 Rating: 8 Keeping all your devices powered up as you while away a long car journey is easy. Read our Lumsing 70W Extended Socket & USB Charger review to see how you can simultaneously power your satnav, smartphone, tablet and more. Also see the best portable USB chargers 2014. The problem with every […]

Dell Precision M2800 review: powerful mobile workstation for graphics, video or 3D design is big and heavy

Price: £1971.34 inc VAT Rating: 8 Dell has been making an effort to slim down many of its larger 15- and 17-inch laptops recently, but the Precision M2800 is very much a high-end mobile workstation that focuses on performance rather than aesthetics.See also: Best laptops of 2014 Dell quotes a weight of 2.5 kg for […]

Surface Pro 3 review: a truly portable laptop, and an acceptable tablet – great engineering but is it what people want?

Price: From £639 inc VAT Rating: 8 Surface Pro 3 UK review: what it is, what it’s for Microsoft markets the Surface Pro 3 as ‘the tablet that can replace your laptop’. It’s a fair claim: Surface Pro 3 is not an iPad rival, or at least not only an iPad rival. Microsoft has set […]

Toshiba Satellite P50T-B-10K review: Good value Windows laptop with dazzling 4K display

Price: 1200 Rating: 7 It’s tempting to dismiss the 4K display of Toshiba’s new P50T-B laptops as simply being a bit of a gimmick – especially given the graphical limitations of Windows itself. But there’s no denying that the 4K display is a treat for the eyes, and we can imagine that it might appeal […]

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 […]

HP SlateBook hands-on review: HP’s SlateBook brings Android to laptops & it’s a bit weird

Price: £329 Rating: 0 In June, HP announced that it would be launching a new laptop in August, and that this particular laptop would run Android rather than Windows or Chrome OS. We managed to get some hands-on time with the new HP SlateBook during the company’s HP Connected Music event on 23 July, so […]

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 […]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review: Affordable Windows 8 tablet and laptop in one device

Price: £289 inc VAT Rating: 6 At its New York launch event earlier this year,Acer announced its new hybrid tablet and laptop with Windows 8. Here’s our full Acer Aspire Switch 10 review. Read: The 25 best tablets of 2014. The Switch 10 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and can be picked up for £289 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]