Laptop Reviews

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 on ARM Limitations | News & Opinion

The ARM version of Windows 10 will run most things, but not everything and you may be disappointed. Devices using an ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processor are set to appear very soon running Windows 10. We’ve known Microsoft is working on an ARM version of its operating system ever since Qualcomm announced real Windows for ARM back in 2016. But it has taken a long time to arrive, and now we’re starting to hear about the limitations of Windows 10 in…

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen Review & Rating

Few areas of the PC market have drawn as much attention from consumers and manufacturers alike as 2-in-1s, convertible laptops with rotating screens that can fold back into Tablet mode. As such, it’s currently a very competitive space, but Samsung is committed to remaining in the mix. Following the larger Notebook 7 Spin 2-in-1, the Notebook 9 Pen ($1,399) arrives as a light, transformable laptop with a built-in stylus. It has a quick new processor and a vibrant display, but…

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin review: A solid 8th-gen 2-in-1 with plenty of battery life

Samsung’s Notebook 7 Spin is not the fastest quad-core convertible to harness Intel’s game-changing 8th-generation CPU, but the midrange laptop proves that speed isn’t everything. Boasting a gorgeous 13-inch touch display, solid quad-core performance and—best of all—impressive battery life, the Spin should please budget-conscious laptop shoppers who value stamina over sheer speed. Price and specifications The latest version of the Notebook 7 Spin is—at launch, anyway—a one-size-fits-all affair. For a list price of $900, you get a 13.3-inch, 2-in-1 convertible…

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Fired System Admin Sabotages Railway Network | News & Opinion

He removed admin account access, deleted files, changes passwords, and caused chaos for his former employer Canadian Pacific Railway. Just about every industry today relies on computers in some form or another, which in turn requires one or more system administrators to keep things running smoothly. The problem is, when you fire one of them, they can easily retaliate on the way out the door if the proper precautions aren’t in place. That’s what 46-year-old system administrator Christopher Victor Grupe…

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Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (5379) Review & Rating

At its starting price of $479, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 could be a bargain if you’re looking for a 2-in-1 convertible laptop for the most basic of computing needs. The more powerful and expensive $749 version we’re reviewing here, despite offering very good computing performance, is anything but a slam-dunk purchase, however. It has woeful battery life by today’s standards, despite its power-sipping eighth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU. Furthermore, the poorly constructed display lid that you might be willing…

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Fujitsu Recalls Thousands of Laptop Batteries Due to Fire Risk | News & Opinion

The battery packs were supplied by Panasonic and could result in a battery fire, one of which has already been reported. Last month it was HP who implemented a voluntary safety recall for 52,600 laptop batteries due to fire risk. This month it’s the turn of Fujitsu to do the same thing, only this time it’s for just under 6,000 laptop battery packs sold across the US and Canada. The battery packs were supplied by Panasonic and included in the…

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HP Omen 15 (2017) review: A good laptop that made some bad decisions

I’m torn over the HP Omen 15. Like the larger HP Omen 17 we reviewed (and heartily recommended) in late 2017, the Omen 15 isn’t the flashiest notebook around, nor the fastest. It doesn’t stand out from the wider crowd of gaming laptops with spectacular features. But nevertheless, it’s a solid, attractive all-around gaming notebook that’s light enough to actually carry with you. That’s a rare combination in gaming notebook Yet a few puzzling design decisions in the specific configuration we’re…

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How to Rid a New PC of Crapware

A brand-new Windows computer should be pristine out of the box. After all, you haven’t gummed it up yet with software, right? Leave that to the computer manufacturers. They’ll gum it up for you with “free” software you don’t want. It goes by names like crapware, bloatware, or shovelware because computer makers shovel bloated digital crap by the barrelful onto new PCs. There’s a reason for that-crapware offsets the price of super-cheap PCs on retail shelves, even if it’s only…

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HP Brings Privacy Filter to Mobile Workstations | News & Opinion

After testing a built-in screen privacy filter on a few of its EliteBook convertible laptops, HP is now bringing them to its line of powerful mobile workstations. The new HP ZBook 14u and ZBook 15u, announced Friday, can blur the screen with a single button press, among other new features. The privacy filter, which HP calls SureView, is currently available on the EliteBook 1000 series lineup, including the EliteBook x360 1020 G2. Pressing the F2 key activates the filter and…

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Readers’ Choice Awards 2018: Laptops and Desktops

As usual, the annual CES held last month in Las Vegas was full of new product announcements. While laptop and desktop computers may not have gotten as much attention as smart speakers, TVs, and drones, PC makers continue to show innovative and exciting new designs, like incredibly thin-and-light laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, and Windows-based tablets. Meanwhile, lots of people are focused on upgrading their desktop PCs—maybe to try to strike it rich in cryptocoin mining. Whatever the reason for wanting a…

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