Laptop Reviews

How to upgrade your laptop’s RAM

If your laptop’s performance has you down, don’t simply accept it as a way of life. It’s quite possible that by upgrading your laptop’s RAM you can give your portable PC a boost. (For another great upgrade, see our article on how to add an SSD to your laptop.) Mentioned in this article Does your particular laptop support a RAM upgrade? That depends. Laptop designs vary, including which components are accessible and upgradable. Because not every laptop is built the…

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Acer Predator Helios 500 Preview

Acer’s array of gaming PCs—growing fast, between its basic Nitro and elite Predator lines—runs from casual, popularly priced machines to high-end performance beasts. On May 23, the Taiwanese company announced even more products for its stable at an event in New York City, with gaming systems a big focus. One of the most interesting newcomers is the Predator Helios 500, a 17-inch laptop that sits firmly on the pricier end of the spectrum. The first-generation, smaller-screened Predator Helios 300 15-inch…

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HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) Review & Rating

I’m skeptical of 15-inch convertible laptops. They’re almost always too bulky and heavy to wield as tablets, with the screen folded beneath the display. And if you only plan on using one as a laptop, well, why not just buy a conventional laptop? With that view, you’d think the 2018 iteration of the HP Spectre x360 15 (starts at $1,219.99; $1,449.99 as tested) would be a nonstarter, especially after you learn that HP actually increased the weight and thickness slightly…

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Acer Boosts Chromebook Lineup, Teases Predator X Desktop | News & Opinion

Aiming to please both education users and gamers, Acer on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new gaming laptops and Chromebooks, adding eighth-generation Intel Core processors, Qi wireless charging pads, and several other cutting-edge features. The new Chromebook Tab 10 is designed to supplement the Chromebooks already present in many classrooms. It’s got a built-in stylus that uses Wacom technology, making it a clear competitor to the new Apple iPad, which comes with pen support. Acer envisions that most teachers will…

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Razer Blade (2018) Preview | PCMag.com

Razer’s Blade is consistently one of our favorite gaming laptops, marrying form and function in a way most powerful machines do not. In the 2018 Blade (starts at $1,899.99), the headline feature is the introduction of Nvidia Max-Q technology, which allows a more powerful graphics card to fit in a slim chassis. The technology allows the latest Blade to be even more powerful than the previous version, all while packing a larger screen into a body that’s just as thin…

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Hands-on: Razer’s redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town

‘);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);} What’s the “smallest” 15.6 gaming laptop around? Razer’s answer: The redesigned Blade, announced Tuesday, which measures a mere 0.66-inch tall yet packs in all the gaming performance you need. Razer said its own measurements show the Blade’s a smidge “smaller” than the competition. While we don’t care too much about the “who-is-smaller” contest, we do care what’s inside, and that’s where Razer doesn’t scrimp. Inside you’ll find:  An 8th-gen 6-core Core…

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Acer Nitro 5: We unbox a budget gaming laptop for the rest of us

‘);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);} When we unboxed the Acer Nitro 5 we knew not to expect RGB-lit packaging or a fancy carrying case. This is a budget gaming laptop, and it squeezes every penny of value out of its $750 price.  Start with the CPU: It’s an Intel 8th-gen Core i5-8300H, a Coffee Lake CPU with 4 cores and a new bonus: Hyper Threading, which takes advantage of unused CPU resources to boost performance. The…

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Ubuntu 18.10 Aims to Improve Laptop Battery Life | News & Opinion

Canonical is focusing on improving power consumption for the next version of Ubuntu. It’s been less than a month since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released, but when you work on a six-month release cycle the focus moves quickly to what comes next. Canonical is doing just that by telling us what we can expect to see in Ubuntu 18.10, which arrives in October. If you’re only just getting used to Ubuntu 18.04, don’t worry, Canonical hasn’t forgotten about you. In a…

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