Laptop Reviews

Alienware 17 R5 review | PCWorld

Dell already had a winning formula for its flagship desktop replacement. The Alienware 17 R4 sat atop our guide to the best gaming laptops ever since we reviewed it just shy of a year ago. Sure, it was big and heavy like all the most powerful gaming laptops are, but the notebook delivered such blisteringly fast performance that the trade-off proved worthwhile for enthusiasts. The classic Alienware design delivered nice touches (like side RGB accent lights) you don’t often see…

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HP EliteBook 830 G5 Review & Rating

If you ask HP execs, they’ll explain that the EliteBook 800 series is the company’s mainstream business laptop line, competing with the likes of Lenovo’s ThinkPad T and Dell’s Latitude 7000 families. Challenging the upscale ThinkPad X1 and Dell XPS models is the job of the premium EliteBook 1000 series. Yet we can’t help but disagree: As a 13-inch system in a 12-inch chassis, the HP EliteBook 830 G5 (starts at $1,149; $2,379 as tested) reminds us oh-so-much of the…

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Avita Clarus Preview | PCMag.com

A well-equipped Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, or Apple MacBook Pro will cost well north of $1,000, and it might be overkill if you care about styling but only need a sleek ultraportable laptop for drafting emails and watching the occasional movie on your plane or a couch. Enter the Avita Clarus ($649), a 14-inch ultraportable that promises adequate if unimpressive processing power packaged in a sleek aluminum body. I got a chance to check it out at CE…

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A Look Back at the Golden Age of Sony VAIO PCs

For the 18 years Sony produced VAIOs, the firm experimented with wildly different form factors in dozens of different models. Let’s look back at these innovative PCs. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. In 1996, after a long hiatus from producing consumer PCs, electronics giant Sony announced a new line of gray and lilac-hued multimedia Windows PCs called VAIO—short for Video Audio Integrated Operation. In several key…

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Save Up to 25 Percent on Select HP PCs

For a limited time, you can save 25 percent on select PCs priced $999 or more or 20 percent on select PCs priced $799 or more. If you’re in the market for a new PC, HP is currently running a killer sale. For a limited time, you can save 25 percent on select PCs priced $999 or more with coupon code 25BMSM618, and save 20 percent on select PCs priced $799 or more with code 20BMSM618. HP Omen 17T Six-Core…

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The Traditional Laptop Is Dead | John C. Dvorak

When is the last time you purchased a laptop? How much better was it than your old laptop? Why did you stop using your old laptop? I’ve been looking at laptops and laptop reviews and my own collection of laptops going back to some real clunkers. I could probably put together a laptop museum. And what I’ve noticed over the past five years is that once the touch screen appeared on the laptop, the whole category was dead in the…

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Lenovo ThinkPad E480 Review & Rating

The Lenovo ThinkPad E480 (starts at $599.99; $974.99 as tested) is Lenovo’s budget 14-inch laptop for small and medium-size businesses and the education market. It offers military-grade durability, a comfortable keyboard, and the latest Intel processors for less than $1,000. That’s the good news. The bad? It’s heavy for the screen size, and it can run hot at times. The ThinkPad E480 tips the scales at nearly 4 pounds, making it a ho-hum choice for road warriors. And despite using…

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PC Sales Keep Falling, But Big Manufacturers Are Doing Just Fine | News & Opinion

Worldwide desktop and laptop sales have declined steadily since 2012, but the biggest casualties of the shrinking market have been the little guys; PC shipments from top vendors including Dell, HP, and Lenovo have remained relatively steady. June 20, 2018 8:00AM EST June 20, 2018 The desktop and laptop markets have seen a slow and steady decline since the mobile device boom, but the top PC vendors haven’t been hit as hard by shrinking sales as you might think. According…

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10 Gadgets That Will Make International Flights a Breeze

There aren’t many ways to avoid the fatigue and boredom of a long flight, but these gadgets are sure to help. Bon voyage! June 20, 2018 11:00AM EST June 20, 2018 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Summer is upon us, and you know what that means—travel season. With bags packed and itinerary set, your foreign vacation is taking over your daydreams. But are you ready to…

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Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Review & Rating

If your boss or office manager shoots down your request for a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, here’s a boomerang solution: Make an immediate case for the powerful, rugged, and still thin-and-light ThinkPad T480s. This more affordable ThinkPad (starts at $1,007; $1,659 as tested) is about a half-pound heavier than the Editors‘ Choice-winning X1 Carbon, the slimmest and sleekest ThinkPad in Lenovo‘s stable. The chassis is the same durable carbon fiber, albeit a bit bulkier, but as a reward for the…

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Alienware 17 R5 Review & Rating

The brand practically a synonym for “gaming PC,” Alienware puts out some of the most powerful—and most expensive—laptops you can buy. This year’s refresh of its 17-inch flagship, the Alienware 17 R5 (starts at $1,559.99; $3,974.99 as tested) fits that profile on both fronts, especially the souped-up configuration we tested. Our unit includes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics chip and a Core i9 processor, top-grade components with dollar signs to match. This machine’s configuration options scale down well, though,…

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Intel Kaby Lake G Core i7-8705G Review: Why Nvidia should be scared

Kaby Lake G’s marriage of Intel CPU and AMD GPU is an unusual partnership in the spirit of peanut butter and chocolate, R2-D2 and C-3PO in Star Wars, and yes, even Tom Hanks and the dog in Turner and Hooch. People love the unexpected. Built out of an Intel 8th-generation quad-core CPU and an AMD custom Radeon RX Vega M graphics chips, Kaby Lake G shook the PC industry when Intel announced the chip at CES. After putting Kaby Lake G through the…

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Toshiba RC100 NVMe SSD review: A good bargain SSD for laptops

Even though Toshiba’s RC100 is the slowest NVMe SSD we’ve tested, it’s still a kick in the pants after SATA. And because it’s so thin and light, it’s a worthy laptop upgrade. The RC100 caught us just a tad off guard. We hadn’t seen a drive in the 2242 form factor (22mm wide, 42mm long) since…well, never. The longer 2280 form factor has been the name of the game around here since we started covering NVMe SSDs. Despite its diminutive…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Review & Rating

What’s this? Rounded corners on a ThinkPad X200 series laptop? Yes, indeed. While last year’s ThinkPad X270 was chunky for an ultraportable, Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X280 (starts at $1,179; $1,565 as tested) is a thinner, sleeker variation on this classic 12.5-inch business box. It combines ThinkPads’ exemplary build quality and one of Lenovo’s signature keyboards with a handsome 1080p touch screen and ample ports, including Thunderbolt 3. The trimmer Dell XPS 13 (9370), packing an easier-on-the-eyes 13.3-inch panel, remains our…

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Forget a new tie, get dad a Pixelbook for $250 off this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate the best man in your life than with a gift that’s both functional and stylish. No, we’re not talking about another paisley tie or Hawaiian shirt. Right now, Google’s acclaimed Pixelbook is $749, down from $999, good for 25 percent off and the perfect gift for the tech-connected dad. The Pixelbook works because it’s more like a mobile device than any other Chromebook. It’s fast (with…

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The Lenovo Legion Y730 gaming laptop has overclocking and RGB lighting to spare

The Lenovo Legion Y730 is a midrange gaming laptop that isn’t afraid to fly its gamer flag. The laptop flaunts RGB backlighting in the vents and even underlights that emanate from the sides. That’s cool. But it isn’t all show for the Legion Y730. When this laptop ships in September in 15-inch and 17-inch versions, it’ll also have overclockable RAM, and a new dual-fan thermal system to keep temps under control. You’ll see when we dive into the specs next. …

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