Laptop Reviews

Spec-Down: Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 | News & Opinion

Long overdue for a refresh, the Apple MacBook Air received a Retina display, Force Touch trackpad, new Intel Core i5 processor, and other enhancements this week that once again make it competitive with the latest and greatest Windows ultraportable laptops. These Windows competitors—the Dell XPS 13 and Huawei MateBook X Pro immediately come to mind, among several others—also run the latest and greatest hardware, though. What’s more, they’re frequently updated with new features, sometimes multiple times per year. The result…

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iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 6: Which Is the Best Laptop Replacement? | News & Opinion

With Apple’s announcement of a new iPad Pro, the battle to be the best laptop replacement begins anew. Microsoft only just released the Surface Pro 6, and now these two industry leaders are set to compete for your dollars. There are, of course, other affordable options, but the iPad Pro and Surface Pro lines are the cream of the crop, the measuring sticks for the rest. For professionals, content creators, and enthusiasts, they are the two main choices to consider…

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Razer Blade 15 Review: The world’s smallest 15-inch gaming laptop packs a punch

The Razer Blade 15 reminds us that the good old days—when a gaming laptop was large and productivity laptops were smaller—are over. Claiming to be the “smallest 15-inch gaming laptop,” the redesigned Razer Blade 15 likely makes good on that promise by being damn near as small as, say, the popular workhorse Dell XPS 15, while offering blistering gaming performance. Mentioned in this article The previous-generation Razer Blade 14 had rounded corners, huge bezels and sported a 14-inch screen. Despite…

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What to Expect From Apple’s October Mac Event

To nobody’s great surprise, the previous Apple event, in September, was the traditional start-of-fall fest that was all about the phones, revealing the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max to the world. This time around, according to the most credible rumors, the Cupertino crew is ready to show off what could be music to your ears: new Macs and iPads. Rather than hosting the press in California as it usually does, Apple is coming right to PCMag’s backyard…

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HP Cuts Corners on New Spectre x360 | News & Opinion

Once upon a time, Apple laptops had MagSafe power adapters, which magnetically clung to the side of its MacBooks instead of attaching to a plug. This mid-2000’s innovation was a godsend for people who used their laptops in coffee shops, airports, and other settings where someone might trip over a cord and yank the laptop off a lap or table if its cord didn’t disconnect. Fast forward a decade. MacBooks and other similarly premium ultraportables, like HP’s Spectre x360, have…

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HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: ‘Whiskey Lake’ power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life

HP’s flagship HP Spectre x360 13 convertible laptop has previously won PCWorld’s Editor’s Choice award on the strength of its frequent, substantive improvements. Its 2018 update offers even more: incredible battery life (22.5 hours!), a new Intel “Whiskey Lake” processor, eSIM LTE, and even a webcam “kill switch.” What you’ll immediately notice, though, is a faceted chassis design that angles the corners and offsets the power connections and USB-C port. On the side of the chassis is also a small…

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No, We Aren’t Abandoning 10nm Chips

Intel denies that it’s killing off its 10nm chip manufacturing process after repeated delays. 10nm chips are currently slated to arrive in late 2019, it says. October 22, 2018 5:14PM EST October 22, 2018 Intel is denying a new report that claims the chipmaker is abandoning its 10 nanometer manufacturing process following years of delays. “Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue,” the company tweeted on Monday. Media reports published today that…

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 review: It might just be the fastest 2-in-1 in town

It’s rare that we can say we’ve reviewed every single type of laptop. No one can say, for example, that they have tested every single GeForce GTX 1060 laptop, or every single 8th-gen Coffee Lake H laptop. With this review of Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 though, we can now safely say we have reviewed every single 8th-gen Kaby Lake G laptop ever made, because there are only two in the world. And that’s a shame, because this CPU package…

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Lenovo IdeaPad 530S Review & Rating

Lenovo’s IdeaPad 530S is a modest-but-dependable 15-inch laptop that has a few perks for a mainstream machine. The $699 model in hand here features an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). None of that hardware is bowl-you-over impressive, but it will get the job done for most users who aren’t PC gamers or video editors, and the IdeaPad 530S handles day-to-day tasks with aplomb. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that…

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The 5G Laptop Won’t Need Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 is prologue. The latest LTE-enabled laptop, which promises 20-plus hours of battery life running full Windows applications on its Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, combines an “it’s always ready” smartphone feeling with the “it can do anything” ability of real Windows. That is if the wireless carriers let this innovation happen. Next year we’ll start seeing 5G networks from all four nationwide US carriers—and the first 5G-enabled laptops for those networks, probably. So I asked Don McGuire,…

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Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA review: A thin, light, and peppy budget laptop with battery life to spare

The Asus ZenBook 13 is just the ticket for productivity-minded road warriors on a budget. It weighs less than three pounds, measures a little more than a half-inch thick, and boasts a quad-core processor and all-day battery life. This particular model of the ZenBook 13 has downsides: It lacks discrete graphics for gaming, it chugs during lengthy CPU-intensive tasks, and it’s saddled with a dim, non-touch-sensitive display. Still, it shines when it comes to everyday computing chores, and its battery…

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China Is Getting a Pink Surface Laptop 2 | News & Opinion

If you want a Blush pink Surface Laptop 2 to go with your Rose Gold iPhone, you’ll have to head to China tomorrow. Alternatively, you can wait and hope this is only a timed exclusive from Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it was updating the Surface Laptop launched last year. The new laptop, called the Surface Laptop 2, is claimed to be 85 percent faster than the previous model and adds a matte black color option. However, if you’re…

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Lenovo Legion Y530 review: An affordable gaming laptop saddled with an iffy graphics card

The bargain-priced Lenovo Legion Y530 weighs less than five pounds and measures less than an inch thick—impressively portable for a gaming laptop. It packs impressive quad-core multitasking performance, a comfortable keyboard, a reasonably bright screen and solid battery life. Unfortunately, the Legion Y530’s middling graphics card struggles to deliver buttery visuals from today’s AAA games, and its performance will only go downhill as more demanding titles come down the pike. Price and specifications We reviewed the cheapest version of the…

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Microsoft Cracks Top 5 PC Vendor List in US Thanks to Surface | News & Opinion

For the first time, Microsoft is one of the top five PC vendors in the US. Redmond’s Surface devices helped it top Acer to become the country’s fifth largest PC vendor by shipments in the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner, nabbing 4.1 percent market share on 602,000 shipments. However, Microsoft is still far behind No. 4 Apple, which shipped over three times as many units as Microsoft did for 13.7 percent of the market. HP remained the top…

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Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

Microsoft’s Surface has moved from breaking trail to setting the pace in the U.S. PC market, as the company cracked the top five PC vendors for the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner. But other forces could shake things up even more in the months to come. Gartner predicts that Intel’s CPU shortages will persist until 2019, yet have no apparent effects on PC demand. AMD will simply pick up Intel’s slack while Intel prioritizes the high-end PC market,…

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Razer’s New Dual-Storage Blade 15 Gaming Laptop Starts at $1,599

Razer’s Blade 15 gaming laptop is getting a new model that’s a little thicker but has more memory and will cost you less. This “dual storage” model includes both SSD and HDD memory and lowers the gaming laptop’s starting price to $1,599. You’ll get 128GB of SATA SDD on top of a 1TB HDD. If you’re willing to pay $1,799, you can upgrade the dual storage to a faster 256GB PCI Express SSD, and get a 2TB HDD. The earlier…

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The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable | PCWorld <!– –> <!– –> ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); You get CNC aluminum, 8th gen Core i7-8750H, and GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q without breaking the bank. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Razer “); }); try { $(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({…

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