Laptop Reviews

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 11 brings a stylus, 360-degree hinge, and USB-C for an affordable $349

Acer’s latest Chromebook, the Spin 11, takes aim at premium rivals like the Google PixelBook with features like USB-C connectivity and even a bundled stylus, but with a far more modest CPU and price. The 11.6-inch Acer ChromeBook Spin 11 convertible will be sold in North America beginning in March. The two models, the CP311-1H and the CP311-1HN, will be priced as low as $349, although exact pricing for both models wasn’t immediately available. (That leaves out at least one…

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Intel: Don’t Deploy Our Faulty Spectre Patches | News & Opinion

The company is now advising users to stop deploying the current versions of its patches, as they ‘may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.’ Just days after revealing that the reboot problem affecting Spectre/Meltdown-patched systems is more widespread than initially thought, Intel on Monday advised users to stop deploying its buggy fixes. “We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher…

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Microsoft Supports Education with Sub-$200 Windows 10 Laptops | News & Opinion

Microsoft wants children around the world using its operating system and software packages to learn and get creative, and one way to encourage that is by making devices cheaper. So today, Microsoft announced a number of new Windows 10 devices that cost as little as $189. The devices take the form of laptops and 2-in-1s offered by Lenovo and JP, one of Microsoft’s largest hardware partners for emerging markets. Lenovo will offer the $189 device in the form of the…

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HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 Review & Rating

The HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (starts at $1,379; $2,049 as tested) has most features that business users look for in a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. This 12.5-inch model can be used as a conventional laptop, but thanks to its 360-degree hinge and touch screen, you can also use it as a tablet or prop it up on a table like a tent to watch movies or display a presentation. A speedy Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of memory complement…

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Tests Show Tiny PC Performance Hit From Meltdown, Spectre Fix | News & Opinion

Intel, Microsoft, and other companies have warned that some PCs may see performance decreases as a result of security patches to fix the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws disclosed earlier this month. We tested five PCs from a variety of manufacturers that were updated to protect against the flaws and found that while each of the systems did suffer a slowdown in computing performance, it’s slight enough that most users won’t notice the difference. The Spectre and Meltdown code names…

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Acer Swift 1 review: A cheap, lightweight ultra-portable that skimps on performance

While the Acer Swift 1 delivers what it promises—a slim and light chassis, plenty of battery life, a solid-state drive and even a fingerprint reader, all for less than $350—it makes painful speed and storage compromises to get there. If you’re a bargain hunter who doesn’t mind relying on cloud services and you can tolerate merely adequate performance, by all means, give the Swift 1 a look. But if you’re looking for long-term value, consider either increasing your budget or tolerating…

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MSI’s GE73VR gaming laptop brings RGB lights to new places

When Alexander saw his laptop, he wept, for there were no more things to put RGB LEDs on. Well, at least until he talked to MSI.  The standard GE73VR Raider, without RGB MSI GE73VR Raider-003 gaming laptop With few places left to put RGB lights in blinged-out gaming laptops, MSI has found one more thing to light up: The rear lid. Sure, the GE73VR Raider RGB already packs a super-fast Core i7 processor and a full-tilt GeForce GTX 1070 GPU (none…

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PCWorld’s January Digital Magazine: Laptop Revolution

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Edition for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers. In the January issue This issue we take a first look at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon PCs which push battery life over performance.…

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The Gemini PDA Brings Back the Handheld PC | News & Opinion

LAS VEGAS—Fans of historic handhelds will thrill to this. Today at CES, we saw the Planet Gemini PDA, a folding clamshell Android-based computer that looks like a Psion or Windows CE device from 15 years ago. Are portable keyboards having a tiny renaissance? The Gemini is the third time we heard about QWERTY returning to our pockets here at CES: first with the promise of more keyboarded phones from BlackBerry, and then from a Moto Mod with a 5-row QWERTY.…

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Project Linda Uses the Razer Phone to Power a Laptop | News & Opinion

LAS VEGAS—Peripheral and PC maker Razer showed off some unexpected products this year at CES, offering hands-on time with brand new computer speakers, a refreshed Mamba mouse with a capacitive charging mouse pad, and a prototype accessory for the Razer Phone. Project Linda, as Razer calls it, is a laptop-like shell into which you insert the phone. Once inserted, you press a button in the top-right corner of the keyboard. This extends a USB-C connection directly into the phone’s port,…

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Dell Eyes a Future That’s More Than Just New PC Hardware | News & Opinion

LAS VEGAS—Dell and its Alienware gaming branch took to the stage at CES today to show off its coming lineup for the year, outlining a strategy that looks to include more than just iterative hardware releases. The event, hosted by TV and gaming personality Jessica Chobot, ran the gamut from ultraportable laptops to environmental responsibility and esports. The new white XPS 13 was the only product revealed ahead of the show, while the rest of the announcements were kept as…

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 specs, features, price, and release date

Yes, it’s that time of year again—Dell’s annual jamming a thumb into the eye of Apple’s vaunted MacBook Pro 15.  Dell’s new XPS 15 2-in-1 makes the statement this time around. As its name implies, the XPS 15 is a 2-in-1 convertible that lets you fold the 15.6-inch screen back on itself for use in tablet mode or tent mode. The laptop supports 10-point inch. You can also use the Wacom-based, tilt-supporting pen with 4,096 pressure points to ink up…

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Hands-on (2018)

PCWorld | Jan 9, 2018 Dell’s new XPS 15 2-in-1 has two surprises for you: Intel’s Kaby Lake G processor with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, and a 360-degree hinge–yes, it’s now a convertible. But watch out: It’s also dumped USB-A for USB-C all the way. Similar Hardware & Accessories Source link

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