Laptop Reviews

Google Pixelbook Preview | PCMag.com

Google still wants to make Android laptops a thing. The Google Pixelbook (starting at $999) is a 2-in-1 convertible chromebook that runs all of the apps from the Google Play store. It’s undeniably gorgeous, but it’s pushing hard uphill in convincing pro users of the need for a third major laptop operating system. Design The Pixelbook is the follow-up to Google’s Chromebook Pixel, which we were impressed with, but perplexed by in 2015. This year’s model goes way up on…

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad 25 celebrates 25 years of ThinkPads, at a retro $1,899 price

In 1992, IBM shipped the ThinkPad, the iconic bento-box laptop that defined a generation of productivity. Twenty-five years later, Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad 25, an anniversary edition that even boasts a retro $1,899 price tag. The ThinkPad 25 is the culmination of a crowdsourced design process that began more than a year ago, with Lenovo asking its fans—hypothetically, at least—what they would want in an anniversary edition. The result? Retro styling: the famous 7-row keyboard (now backlit), blue accents…

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Google Pixelbook: Pen support and phone tethering could seal the Chrome OS deal

Meet Pixelbook, the laptop that legitimizes Google’s Chromebook Pixel legacy. When Google released the first Chromebook Pixel in 2013, many tech journalists (myself included) saw the Chrome OS-based laptop as more of a fanciful intellectual proposition than a viable consumer product. It was a halo device that illustrated what a Chromebook could be—in a broad, sweeping romantic sense—if designed with complete disregard for consumer pricing sensitivity. Indeed, would anyone spend almost $1,500 on a computer that can’t even run Windows applications?…

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Price, release date, features, specs

Google’s Pixelbook says the Chromebook Pixel isn’t dead—it’s part of the family. The Pixelbook, announced Wednesday at Google’s hardware event in San Francisco, is the third generation of Google’s premium Chromebook Pixel. Up to now, the laptops lived apart from Google’s other products, isolated in Chrome OS. The Pixelbook is the first Chromebook that’s tied closely to major parts of Google’s ecosystem, such as Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. It shows new potential for Chromebooks, and new freedom…

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HP Spectre x360 13 (2017) Review & Rating

The original HP Spectre x360 was a hit when it debuted back in 2015, and we liked the 2016 model even more. It’s back again this year, keeping much of what we love, but adding a refined design and a super sharp 4K touch screen. In addition to the UHD display, the latest HP Spectre x360 13 (starts at $1,199; $1,599 as tested) packs USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, plenty of fast SSD storage, and a chic new color scheme. Given…

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MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro Review & Rating

The MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro (starts at $1,549; $2,399 as tested) is the second laptop we’ve tested with Max-Q technology, which helps manufacturers fit Nvidia’s higher-end graphics cards into increasingly slim laptops by capping performance to keep heat down. The first was the Asus ROG Zephyrus, which earned an Editors’ Choice for its innovations and its performance. The Stealth Pro houses a Max-Q-tuned GTX 1070 and is slim and light, with a useful array of ports and storage capacity,…

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The best free software for your PC

Sometimes, blasting tunes is the only thing that makes slogging through a spreadsheet or a stuffed inbox even remotely tolerable. The exact music client you’ll want will depend on whether you’ve already bought into a service, naturally. For musical neophytes I recommend two programs: iTunes and Spotify. The iTunes Windows client notoriously sucks, but it gets the job done—and that job includes giving you access to a vast universe of premium music downloads and keeping your iPhone’s music library synced with your PC.…

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Toshiba Portege X30-D Review & Rating

Toshiba’s Portege X30-D (starts at $1,179.99; $2,109 as tested) is an extremely light ultraportable that still manages to pack an Intel Core i7 processor, a full HD touch screen, and all-day (if not class-leading) battery life. There are a few minor downsides, though—including a rather bland design and a price that’s high compared with similarly equipped laptops—that keep the X30-D from unseating our Editors’ Choice for best ultraportables, the Dell XPS 13 Touch. Sleek and Business Like From the outside…

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HP ZBook 17 G4 Review & Rating

Mobile workstations are the beasts of the laptop world, and the HP ZBook 17 G4 (starts at $1,529; $6,059 as tested) is one of the biggest and most powerful. Like the HP ZBook 15 G4 we recently awarded our Editors’ Choice in the category, this 17.3-inch model is designed for and carries independent software vendor (ISV) certifications for rampaging through huge data sets in design, rendering, and scientific applications. It offers expandability that civilian laptops can only dream of—up to…

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