Laptop Reviews

Best after-Christmas sales: 7 tech deals worthy of your gift cards

With Christmas upon us—and New Year’s Day a week away—the holiday sale madness is drawing to a close. But don’t despair, because we scoured the web to find deals that are still worth your time (and any gift cards you might have received). Our initial search turned up everything from antivirus suites to all-in-one PC, but there could still be more to come. We’ll update the listing if we spot any outstanding deals in the next few days. Be sure…

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HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Review & Rating

More than $2,000 is a lot to spend on a non-workstation business laptop, but HP makes a case for doing just that with its new EliteBook 1040 G4 (starts at $1,379; $2,099 as tested), a 14-inch ultraportable with remote management and security features that will appeal to IT departments. It’s got serious power, too, with an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a full HD touch screen. The EliteBook 1040 costs a lot less than our top choice for…

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Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA Review & Rating

You can buy a cheap, bare-bones chromebook for $199, but the Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA ($299) gives you a lot more for an extra hundred bucks. Its aluminum rather than plastic chassis comprises a 2-in-1 convertible that folds from Laptop to Tablet mode, with Lenovo Yoga-style Stand and Tent modes in between. It has a bright IPS touch screen instead of a plain LCD panel. It has two USB-C ports and a Chrome OS-optimized, six-core processor. The big gripe? Its…

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Dell Latitude 7389 2-In-1 Review & Rating

Corporate types, especially road warriors, tend to prefer business laptops made from boring black plastic. Or at least, their IT departments give them boring black plastic laptops and they aren’t complaining. The Dell Latitude 7389 (starts at $1,149; $1,967 as tested) is one of these boring black laptops, but with a twist—literally. You can rotate the screen through 360 degrees to transform it into a tablet. It’s a bit bulkier and heavier than an equivalent consumer 2-in-1 laptop would be,…

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Amazon is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 for its lowest price yet

If you need the perfect gift for a less technical member of your family, it’s hard to beat a Chromebook. It’s simple to use, covers most basic use cases, and is cheap. Today, Amazon has an Acer Chromebook on offer as one of its lightning deals. You can pick up a gold-colored Acer Chromebook 14 for $250. The deal lasts until 8PM Pacific time on Tuesday or when supplies run out. The Acer Chromebook 14 features a 14-inch 1920×1080 display, 4GB…

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Lenovo Miix 520 Review & Rating

The Lenovo Miix 520 ($999) is gunning for the Microsoft Surface Pro, aiming to provide many of the features of this iconic Windows tablet at a fraction of the price. It’s a difficult task, made even harder by the fact that many other PC makers are attempting to do the same thing. But there’s no question that it’s a worthwhile pursuit, since the the high price of a respectably configured Surface Pro is perhaps its most significant drawback. Lenovo succeeds…

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 Review & Rating

Read our reviews of Lenovo ThinkPads and HP EliteBooks, and you’ll see boasts of MIL-SPEC 810G compliance—meeting military standards for resisting shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and other portable PC perils, to reassure buyers concerned about the bumps and bruises of business travel. But forget them. Do you know who really needs MIL-SPEC 810G hardware? Little kids, who’d as soon drop a chromebook as look at one. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 ($399.99) carries the certification into the hostile environment of…

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PowerSpec 1710 and PowerSpec 1510 review

Savvy electronics shoppers know Micro Center as the go-to retailer for mouthwatering CPU deals if you’re lucky enough to live near one. The company’s first-ever homegrown gaming laptops continue that devotion to damned good prices. Despite packing a full-fat GeForce GTX 1070 and other high-end hardware, the aluminum-clad PowerSpec 1510 costs a mere $1,300, and the PowerSpec 1710 just $1,400. (With in-store pickup only, of course—this is Micro Center.) That’s surprisingly little cash for such potent portable PCs! Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing…

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Microsoft takes $550 off the Alienware 15 gaming laptop as time runs out on PC deals

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals has produced some amazing PC sales, and Microsoft’s spotlighting one more: the rugged, powerful Alienware 15 R3 gaming notebook, a bargain at $550 off—and with the opportunity to save $100 more.  Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals sales have produced some epic bargains, notably the $550 off the Dell XPS 13 steal that has, sadly, since expired. But smart shoppers know the power of last-minute deals, and there’s still a few to be scored as Microsoft’s…

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