Laptop Reviews

Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G-8433) Review & Rating

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a 17.3-inch laptop that’s not a gaming rig or a mobile workstation. Instead, the Acer Aspire 5 model A517-51G-8433 (starts at $499.99; $999.99 as tested) is a desktop-replacement aimed at home users who want a big screen for general applications and multimedia, whether that’s surfing the web, watching movies on DVD (it has something else rarely seen these days, an optical drive), or casual gaming thanks to its entry-level discrete graphics. Can you…

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LG gram 15 (15Z980) Review & Rating

LG entered the US laptop market with its 14-inch gram in early 2016, which was followed closely by the 15.6-inch version. The claim to fame for both was their ultra-lightweight designs, a trend that happily continues with the latest gram models. At just 2.41 pounds, the LG gram 15 (15Z980) ($1,999) is the lightest 15.6-inch notebook we know of—lighter than, and thanks to a nearly borderless screen not much larger than, most 14-inch laptops. It’s also a capable desktop-replacement with…

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How We Test Laptops | PCMag.com

The laptop review process at PCMag.com continues the traditions started when we created PC Labs in 1984: We compare each system to others in its category on the basis of features, design, and performance. Each benchmark test listed below is chosen to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the PC’s mix of software and components, from the CPU, to the memory subsystem, storage, and graphics. Where possible, we’ve chosen a standardized test created by an established benchmark developer, and we’ve…

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Falcon Northwest TLX Review & Rating

The Falcon Northwest TLX (starts at $2,200; $2,375 as tested) is a slim and powerful gaming laptop thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q design. It packs a tuned-down GTX 1070 graphics card into its thin frame, delivering high marks in our gaming tests. It also boasts a flashy automotive paint job, a customization option that can add some class or flash (and, yes, some cost) to your machine. The Origin PC EVO15-S remains our Editors’ Choice for this price range, just edging…

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The Best Laptops for Video Editing

The Right Specs for Editing Power Powerful laptops weighing just a few pounds can now handle many of the tasks that editors used to perform on intricate and expensive equipment in a studio. So whether your boss expects you to make first edits in the field, you’re a film student, or you just want to review your vacation footage on your flight home, you should consider a laptop with robust enough specs for video editing. Here’s what to look for.…

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The Fastest Laptops of 2018

So How Fast Is “Fastest”? So you want the fastest laptop your money can buy? That’s a challenging goal: It depends on how you define “fast,” and to some extent on how you define “laptop,” too. Still, we’ll try to help you hit the moving target here. The short version? There are different kinds of speed when you’re talking about laptop performance, some of them intertwined and some not. And it pays to know what kind you need, so that…

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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373) Review & Rating

The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373) is an attractive, reasonably priced convertible laptop. For $849.99 (as tested), it gives you a handsome aluminum chassis with an eighth-generation quad-core, instead of seventh-generation dual-core, Intel CPU. It has both a USB-C port and an HDMI port, so you don’t have to fuss with adapters for the former if you want to connect an external monitor. Its 13.3-inch screen is bright and colorful. But there’s one fatal flaw. The Inspiron 13 7373…

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Acer Spin 5 (SP513-52N-58WW) Review & Rating

Don’t look to Acer’s product names for clues to its 2-in-1 convertible laptops’ screen sizes. The Acer Spin 3 is a 15.6-inch hybrid, while the Spin 7 is a 14-inch system. The Acer Spin 5 seen here ($799.99 as tested) is a 13.3-inch convertible, though there’s also a 15.6-inch model. If that isn’t confusing enough, you can look for our test unit by its model number (SP513-52N-58WW) or part number (NX.GR7AA.007). Whatever you call it, the Spin 5 has several…

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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 Review & Rating

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 ($1,249) is a detachable Windows tablet that’s so light it can actually be held comfortably with one hand. Like most higher-end detachable tablets, though, the Miix 720’s expense makes it a relatively poor value compared with both conventional laptops and devices like the Apple iPad Pro. If that doesn’t bother you, the Miix 720 is a fine choice for a tablet, occupying a middle ground between the ultra-expensive Microsoft Surface Pro and the more affordable…

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review & Rating

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (starts at $1,799; $1,999 as tested) is the first laptop with the eighth-generation “Coffee Lake” processor to pass through our labs. Built with Nvidia’s Max-Q technology to fit a tuned-down GTX 1070 graphics card into a thin chassis, it’s a solid HD gaming laptop with a long-lasting battery. And the beefed-up processor shows its strength in our testing. If you can overlook the build quality, which is flimsier than it should be for this price,…

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Expect 24 Nvidia Max-Q Gaming Laptops This Year | News & Opinion

Many more laptops will offer the 3x performance while being 3x thinner Max-Q promises. Until last year, opting to buy a gaming laptop meant accepting the extra weight, much more audible fan noise, and an all-round bulkier case to fit the required cooling inside. However, in June 2017, Nvidia launched Max-Q, which promised to drastically increase the performance of gaming laptops while keeping them as thin as a MacBook Air. While the combination of high performance and very thin seemed…

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Dell XPS 13 (9370) Review & Rating

Flagships don’t have to be big. Since its debut at CES in 2012, the Dell XPS 13 (starts at $999.99; $2,049.99 as tested) has racked up rave reviews as what the company calls the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop. It’s undergone numerous component upgrades, faced fierce competition (the HP Spectre 13 and the Razer Blade Stealth come to mind), and arguably even gotten a bit long in the tooth, yet the late-2017 XPS 13 (9360) reigns as our Editors’ Choice. Or…

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Microsoft Store to Offer LTE Data Plans for eSIM PCs | News & Opinion

Part of what makes an LTE-equipped Apple iPad so appealing is that you can activate a cellular data plan from major carriers in the US and abroad directly from the tablet’s Settings app, skipping an annoying phone conversation with a customer service representative. Microsoft plans to bring a similarly easy process for buying cellular data to its app store around the same time a new crop of always-connected laptops go on sale, Microsoft General Manager Erin Chapple told PCMag this…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2018) Review & Rating

If you’re lucky enough to have a boss who bestows you with a top-of-the-line third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (starts at $1,649; $2,739 as tested), congratulations are in order. This 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop is excellent at powering through spreadsheets and other productivity tasks thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB SSD, 16GB of memory, included active stylus, and more. It is also the first laptop we’ve seen to sport a high dynamic range (HDR) display, which makes it…

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Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 Review & Rating

The Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 (starts at $1,149; $2,209 as configured) packs in a lot of the features that IT departments consider necessary for deploying to their fleets. It’s backed by a powerful eighth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, has all-day battery life, and offers a fingerprint reader and face-recognition camera for secure logins. It comes within a hair of unseating our current top choice for business convertibles, the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2. But the G2, with its multitude of…

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Lenovo IdeaPad 720s (13-Inch) Review & Rating

Offered in several different screen sizes and with dozens of component configurations, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s (starts at $999.99; $1,299 as tested) has something to offer for nearly every PC user. Even better, most of the configurations are wallet-friendly, even those that include specialized features like discrete GPUs and 15-inch displays. We tested a mainstream 13-inch version of the 720s with a full HD display that closely resembles the Dell XPS 13 (9370), which retains our Editors’ Choice for best…

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