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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 […]

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 […]

Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video comparison review: What’s the best streaming service?

Price: �5.99 Rating: 0 Video streaming is a part of daily life now but are you trying to decide between Netflix and Amazon services? Here’s our Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video review. Before we continue, it’s worth pointing out that Amazon Prime Instant Video used to be called LoveFilm Instant. Amazon LoveFilm still lives […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: now cheaper but outshone by the new Surface Pro

Price: �719 inc VAT Rating: 7 Unlike the Surface 2, the Surface Pro 2 runs the full version of Windows 8.1 so you can install and use all your usual Windows applications. The 10.6in Surface Pro 2 has now been superseded by the 12in Surface Pro 3, reviewed, but has had a price cut in […]

Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro review – hands on

We go hands on with Toshiba’s brand new ultraportable hybrid

Surface Pro 3 vs Nexus 10 comparison review: which is the best tablet for work and entertainment?

Price: £319 (16GB); £389 (32GB) Rating: 0 Last week Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 3, a tablet it claims is powerful enough to replace a laptop. But how well does it work as a tablet? I’ve been using a Nexus 10 daily since its release; lets see how the Surface Pro 3 and Nexus 10 […]

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air comparison review: Apple laptop buying advice

Price: �949 inc VAT Rating: 0 This is the PC Advisor MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air laptop comparison. Our colleagues over at Macworld UK have done a more Apple-focused piece comparing the two Apple laptops which you should check out too: MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro review. MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air comparison: build, design, […]

HP Pavilion x360 review: laptop-cum-tablet is portable, well-built and good value

Price: 349 Rating: 6 We’ve not seen many hybrids as cheap as the £349 HP Pavilion x360. And this laptop-cum-tablet doesn’t even look like a budget machine, thanks to its bright red enclosure and classy interior.(See also: The 25 best tablets of 2014: What’s the best tablet in the UK right now.) The red plastic […]

Surface Pro hands-on review: can Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop?

Price: From £639 Rating: 0 Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro tablet is powerful enough to replace your laptop for everyday computing tasks. Can that really be true? We put it to the test in our Surface Pro hands-on review. Also see: 25 best tablets 2014 Surface Pro review: Pricing We test a lot of […]

Alienware 17 review: new GeForce graphics mean 2014 gaming laptop offers performance, value

Price: £1,699 inc VAT (as reviewed) Rating: 8 This newly updated version of the Alienware 17 laptop isn’t radically different from its predecessors, but it’s the first gaming laptop we’ve seen so far that uses nVidia’s new top-of-the-range GeForce GTX 880M. (For comparison see our Alienware 17 (2013) review: gaming laptop with a Haswell processor.) […]