Laptop Reviews

MSI GL63 8RC Review & Rating

Budget-price gaming notebooks are polarizers. They’ll get you playing, but the next performance tier up from them usually isn’t that much of a financial stretch. That’s the dilemma facing the GL63, MSI’s 15.6-inch economy gaming model. (It starts at $899; $999 as tested.) The 8RC-076 configuration in this review pairs, oddly, a high-end hexa-core processor with an entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. That’s not inherently a bad combo, but the GPU makes the GL63 a tough sell. For…

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ARM Needs a Village to Raise Its Fanciful, Always-Connected Laptop | News & Opinion

Here’s an enticing prospect: a device that adds smartphone-like wireless connectivity to long battery life, a brilliant 4K touch screen, and everything else you’ll find in today’s best ultraportable laptops and tablets. Despite intriguing efforts from Microsoft and its partners over the past few months, such a powerful, always-connected laptop doesn’t really exist yet. But it could in the next few years, at least based on the plans for new processor designs that ARM unveiled on Thursday. The British chip…

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S Preview

In 2017, the Asus ROG Zephyrus became the first gaming laptop we reviewed that was built conforming to Nvidia’s Max-Q philosophy. In a nutshell, Max-Q Design enables powerful graphics processors to fit inside thinner-than-ever laptops by limiting the power ceiling and the heat output of the chips. That gives laptop designers more sway in how they slim down their wares. Asus has pushed the concept and its engineers further with the ROG Zephyrus S, an even slimmer version of that…

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Hands-on with the Asus ROG Zephysus S and ROG Strix SCAR II

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ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips

With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2020. ARM’s now-public roadmap represents its first processors that are designed for the PC space. ARM, taking aim at the dominant player, claims its chips will equal and potentially even surpass Intel’s in single-threaded performance. ARM is unveiling two new chip architectures: Deimos, a 7nm…

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How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

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Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Whether you’re seeking out the best computer for your child or just weighing which inexpensive computer is right for your home, considering a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook as a PC alternative is a smart choice—and we can help you choose the right one. Who should buy a Windows PC? A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well…

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US Government Agencies Can’t Buy Huawei or ZTE Products Anymore

President Trump signs the Defense Authorization Act 2019 into law and with it leaves Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE out in the cold when it comes to supplying government agencies or any company working for them. Every year a new National Defense Authorization Act is signed into law which specifies the annual budget and expenditure of the US Department of Defense. But it aso specifies certain rules as to how expenditure can happen, and this year a number of…

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Dell Latitude 5591 Review & Rating

Few deskbound PCs, and certainly few business desktops as opposed to serious gaming rigs, can keep up with the Dell Latitude 5591 (starts at $1,069; $2,412 as tested) and its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7 processor. The 15.6-inch Latitude isn’t a graphics or gaming ace, with its modest Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics, but its “Coffee Lake” CPU powers it to near-workstation levels of productivity performance—too much performance for mere spreadsheets or emails. It’s a little too specialized to unseat our…

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Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 review: Smooth productivity, bargain price

Yes, this mid-range model of Acer’s budget Aspire E15 line is a little thicker and heavier than an ultraportable, and we wish its 15.6-inch display were brighter. But for just $599, it delivers supple performance courtesy of its quad-core, eighth-generation Intel CPU, plenty of ports for everyday users, a discrete graphics card for casual gaming, and even a DVD drive. That’s a great value, even if it means toting around a couple extra pounds. Price and specifications We tested the…

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Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 | News & Opinion

Googled developers appears to be working on a new feature for Chrome OS called ‘Campfire’ that can dual boot an alternative OS that appears to be Windows 10. Unfortunately, only a select number of Chromebooks might be able to run the rumored feature. August 13, 2018 3:00PM EST August 13, 2018 Windows 10 might be arriving on Chromebooks as a “dual boot” feature that’ll let you load up Microsoft’s operating system on startup. Google developers have been dropping possible hints…

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Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1 Laptop Packs Power In Thin Design

The ThinkPad P1 is a premium notebook that’ll start at $1949. Lenovo is marketing the product as its thinnest and lightest ‘mobile workstation’ yet, but it also supports 6 core processors from Intel as well. August 13, 2018 12:59PM EST August 13, 2018 Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad laptop promises high performance packed inside a lightweight design. On Monday, the Chinese PC maker unveiled the ThinkPad P1, a premium notebook that’ll start at $1949. The product is designed for power users. For…

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Dell Latitude 5491 Review & Rating

“Pinstriped Overkill” would be a good name for a rock band. Or for the Dell Latitude 5491 (starts at $1,069; as tested $2,370), a 14-inch business laptop that’s too much machine for mere spreadsheets and presentations. Thanks to its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-8850H processor, it’s more powerful than some mobile workstations of a year or two ago. The 45-watt “Coffee Lake” CPU brings some drawbacks compared with Intel’s perfectly adequate 15-watt U-series chips—the Dell’s battery life is briefer and…

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1 puts a Core i9 or Xeon in a thin-and-light laptop

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Using Your Smartphone In The Dark Risks Speeding Up Vision Loss | News & Opinion

The blue light that emits from your smartphone and laptop screens may seem harmless, but according to new research, it can be toxic for your eyes. Earlier this week, scientists at the University of Toledo said they’ve uncovered how blue light can lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the US. Essentially, the light waves contain enough energy to erode the health of your eyes over time. “It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision…

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Lenovo Flex 6 14 review: A budget 8th-gen 2-in-1 that falls short in the graphics department

One of the cheapest thin-and-light convertibles we’ve tested to pack in a quad-core 8th-generation Intel CPU, the Lenovo Flex 6 14 boasts peppy productivity performance and solid battery life for a relatively budget price. Unfortunately, the Flex comes saddled with a dim screen and iffy graphics, disappointing given the system’s discrete Nvidia graphics core. If you don’t care about gaming or photo editing and you’re on a budget, the Flex might be worth considering, but if you’re shopping for true…

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Lenovo ThinkPad P52s Review & Rating

Thin design and pro-level graphics: That’s a rare combination, but the Lenovo ThinkPad P52s lets you have both. This 15.6-incher (starts at $1,070; $2,113 as tested) hides an Nvidia Quadro P500 graphics chip in its 0.8-inch thick, 4.4-pound chassis. Aimed at the business crowd, it’s essentially a mobile workstation version of the company’s ThinkPad T580. Our pumped-up configuration packs enough performance and component jazz to get content creators grooving, but the price approaches that of a desktop-replacement ThinkPad P51, Lenovo’s…

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How Fast Is 5G? Climb Aboard T-Mobile’s Pink Demo Truck

5G networks start arriving later this year, but it’s hard to really feel the difference between 4G and 5G without seeing the demos. So T-Mobile will drive a truck around the country to show off what the company says will be its upcoming mobile 5G experience. T-Mobile’s truck will visit Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. this year, says T-Mobile network technology services director Erin Raney. If you’ve been following 5G, the demos will sound…

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Tech You Don’t Need for Back to School

Dorm rooms are cramped and college is expensive. Here’s how to conserve space and money without sacrificing your technology needs when you head back to school. August 3, 2018 7:00AM EST August 3, 2018 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Preparing for college can be stressful and expensive. When gearing up for their first semester, students have a lot to think about—living on their own for the…

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