Laptop Reviews

Lenovo Legion Y530 Review & Rating

Lenovo, in revamping its gaming-laptop line for ’18, scores with its fresh-looking Legion Y530. This machine punches above its weight, offering a sharp design in a compact, sturdy build that apes a pricier gaming laptop. And despite its budget-mindedness (models start at $749.99), it doesn’t make any major design concessions. Its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip is no powerhouse, but the Y530 proves to be a competent HD gaming machine with no real flaws. Our $1,029-list test model, as…

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Dell Latitude 7390 Review & Rating

Form 1040-EZ. Orange juice from concentrate. Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. To these marvels of miniaturization you can add an increasingly popular one: 13-inch business laptops in 12-inch ultraportable chassis. The Dell Latitude 7390 (starts at $1,199; $2,197 as tested) is an up-to-date example that courts business travelers and IT departments with everything from Intel vPro manageability to MIL-STD-810G certification against shock, vibration, and environmental extremes. It’s a solid contender, but it’s pricey and has a few minor flaws such as…

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Dell Latitude 5490 Review & Rating

The Dell Latitude 5490 (starts at $799; $1,459 as tested) makes no bones about being an all-business laptop. Its style might be a bit dull, and it’s not as thin and light as comparable models, but when it comes to performance, it makes a solid case as a workday companion. The model we tested runs on a robust eighth-generation Core i7-8650U CPU with 8GB of RAM, and is backed by more than 15 hours of battery life. It beats the…

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Fast, But (Surprise!) You’ll Pay

Apple’s MacBook Pro is an engineering marvel, with a sleek aluminum chassis, its usual gorgeous Retina Display, a lithe keyboard, and other distinctive design elements that have spawned many clones, as well as legions of fans and detractors. Among the fans are video editors, photographers, and other creative pros who admire Apple’s flagship laptop not only for its physical beauty, but its computing performance, as well. For the MacBook Pro’s 2018 13-inch and 15-inch refresh, announced last week, Apple has…

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Asus TUF Gaming FX504G Review & Rating

“True” gaming laptops with dedicated GeForce or Radeon graphics under a thousand bucks are no longer a rarity. But it’s a tall order to produce one that can handle the latest triple-A games with bulletproof consistency. Granted, we’ve seen some strong efforts: Dell has the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (starts at $799.99) while Lenovo uncovered its Legion Y520 (starts at $919.99) early last year, and companies such as MSI and Acer play in this market. But few options come more…

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6 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your PC

Your PC draws a sizeable amount of power, and it’s susceptible to damage from power surges—small, temporary increases in voltage coming through the power line. These can happen after power outages, after turning on another high-power device in your home, or could just come from an unreliable power grid in your city. The power supply inside your PC includes some basic surge protection, but you’ll get longer-lasting protection from a dedicated surge protector. Note that this is different from a…

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PC Shipments Up After Long Slump (But it Won’t Last)

Enterprises are migrating over to Windows 10, which resulted in PC shipments increasing year-over-year during the second quarter. However, demand on the consumer side continues to struggle, which doesn’t bode well for future growth. For the first time in six years, the PC market experienced some solid growth. During the second quarter, shipments for PCs were up 1.4 percent from the same period last year, according to the research firm Gartner. That may not sound like much, but the PC…

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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review & Rating

When it comes to 14-inch business laptops, Lenovo offers light (the 3.6-pound ThinkPad T480 seen here), lighter (the 3-pound ThinkPad T480s), and lightest (the 2.5-pound ThinkPad X1 Carbon). Why would you choose the heaviest of the trio? Because the ThinkPad T480 has not only the lowest starting price at $860 (the model here is $1,859 as tested) but the only hot-swappable battery, giving you near-unlimited unplugged life if you’re willing to carry spares. You also get a desktop replacement’s array…

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Microsoft Surface Go vs. Surface Pro: What’s the Difference?

Microsoft Surface Go Microsoft Surface Go Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface Pro   After a long string of rumors and speculation, Microsoft’s Surface Go was finally revealed this week as a lower-cost (and smaller) alternative to the familiar Surface Pros of years past. Starting at $399, this new 10-inch Windows tablet draws influence from the 12.3-inch Surface Pro (which starts at $799), without being a straight-up, shrunken-down clone of the larger tablet that came before it. To achieve its more…

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) Review & Rating

A few premium-price chromebooks let you do serious work within Chrome OS—and make you look sharp while doing it—but most chromebooks are plain, low-cost churners for simple tasks. The new Acer Chromebook 11 ($269.99) runs with the latter chromebook crowd, given its bargain price, modest feature set, and low power ceiling. It doesn’t offer anything special, and it’s on the pokier side, but if you need to do little more than browse the web, sling words, and run some Google…

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