Laptop Reviews

Lenovo’s Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 gaming laptops are designed to be subtle

Lenovo’s Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 are gaming laptops with a new twist: subtlety. This isn’t a characteristic one normally associates with gamers, but it makes sense for more mainstream users who want a PC with that kind of power but don’t necessarily want to flaunt it. Your boss certainly doesn’t need to know you frag bots (after hours, natch).  The Legion Y530 and the Legion 7000 will share the same basic internals (with some differences in a few options)…

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Lenovo Legion Y730 Preview | PCMag.com

The last time Lenovo did a full refresh of its gaming laptop line, it rechristened the models “Legion.” Now, Legion models are, well, legion, and the line is getting its 2018 round of updates, with several fresh laptops and desktops announced at E3 2018. The most interesting of the lot is the Legion Y730 (starts at $1,179.99), Lenovo’s new midrange gaming laptop. It has been given a completely new chassis design and comes in versions with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch display…

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MSI’s Prestige PS42 is an ultrabook with a gaming pedigree

The Prestige PS42 is something new for MSI: A thin, light laptop that isn’t expressly for gaming. But MSI is MSI, and you can bet they stuffed as much performance into this laptop as possible. After trying it at Computex in Taipei, here are the specs we know:  CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Kaby Lake-R  Display: 14-inch, 1920×1080 Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM Chassis material: Aluminum Ports: two USB-A, two USB-C, full HDMI,…

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Intel explains how 1-watt panels will add hours to your laptop’s battery life

Nearly lost in the flood of Intel announcements at Computex—Intel’s 28-core chip, the 8086K Anniversary Edition, and more—was something a bit more fundamental: the development of 1-watt display panels, which will have a profound impact on battery life. Intel said it is working with Innolux and Sharp to develop what it calls its Low Power Display Technology, which optimizes the display technology, including the backlight and panel circuitry, to halve power from a typical power consumption of about two watts…

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Hands on: The MSI GF63 is a gaming laptop with a pretty nice price

The MSI GF63 is the answer for budget gamers who’ve loved the company’s fancier products from afar. The GF63 will cost about $999 when it ships in June or July. That’s a good price for a gaming laptop, especially with MSI’s pedigree, and we got to try it out at Computex in Taipei.  GF63 features and specs The GF63’s specs include:  CPU: 6-core, 8th-gen Intel Core parts, probably Core i5 and Core i7 Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with…

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HP Spectre x360 15 (Kaby Lake-R) review: A solid 4K 2-in-1 overshadowed by its beefier sibling

Aimed squarely at “prosumer” graphics users who need creative horsepower on the road, the HP Spectre x360 15 gets a welcome 8th-generation performance bump, a 4K display, a roomy keyboard and impressive battery life, all in a sturdy, if somewhat hefty and pricey package. That said, we can’t help but cast an envious eye toward the Kaby Lake-G version of the Spectre, which beats this Kaby Lake-R model in just about every department, all for just $120 more. Price &…

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Asus Adds Comfort, Style to VivoBook S

The VivoBook S was formerly code for boring budget laptop. A refresh announced at Computex changes that by adding a slick hinge and color options. June 6, 2018 10:00AM EST June 6, 2018 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. TAIPEI—Three brand-new additions to the Asus VivoBook S family arrived at Computex this year. All are thin and light, have extremely thin bezels, and feature unique hinges that…

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Meet the PS42, MSI’s First Ultraportable Laptop | News & Opinion

TAIPEI—Ten years ago, what was then a sleepy Taiwanese motherboard company called MSI decided to branch out into gaming PCs. Now, after a decade of selling them, it realized that some of its first customers—who bought one when they were in high school or college—are now grown up enough that their tastes have shifted away from ostentatious gaming rigs to sleek ultraportable laptops. So rather than lose those customers to Dell or Apple, MSI decided to make its own, a…

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We just tested the all-AMD Acer Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop

The new Acer Predator Helios 500 has enthusiasts of both Intel and AMD covered. That’s because you can now choose from the model shown here, which is built around an Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics, or go all AMD with the version you see at the top of this article. The AMD version of the Helios 500 features a 17-inch, 144Hz FreeSync Panel; 32GB of DDR4; a 256GB M.2 SSD; and 1TB HDD. And most importantly for AMD fans, it features an 8-core Ryzen…

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Toshiba Sells PC Business to Foxconn-Owned Sharp | News & Opinion

The deal paves the way for Sharp to re-enter the PC market, after calling it quits in 2010. Toshiba has been a pioneer in laptops, but on Tuesday it decided to depart with the company’s declining PC business and sell it to the Foxconn-owned Sharp. Toshiba is offering the 80 percent stake in the PC unit for a mere 4 billion yen or $36 million, according to its financial filing. The deal is scheduled to close in Oct. Since 2015,…

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Intel Teases 28-Hour Laptop Battery Life Using One-Watt Display | News & Opinion

Intel introduces Low Power Display Technology developed with Sharp and Innolux. Extending the battery life of laptops usually ends up being a compromise on performance, but Intel has found a way to extend battery life by hours using a new type of display. The end result is a laptop that can run for up to 28 hours between charges. Intel used Computex in Taipai to reveal Low Power Display Technology (LPDT), which allows for the creation of a one-watt panel…

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The Microsoft Store is selling the Core i5 Surface Laptop for $200 off today

Everyone was excited when Microsoft rolled out an Intel Core m3 version of the Surface Laptop for $799 earlier this year. That was a great entry level price and it still is. But right now, the Microsoft Store is also selling the next step-up version of the Surface Laptop with a Core i5 processor for $799—that’s the same price as the Core m3 model and one of the best deals we’ve ever seen. It’s not clear how long this sale…

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The Asus Project Precog is a pioneering dual-display laptop, due in 2019

Project Precog is a concept PC formed of two shimmering sheets of glass. Asus showed it to us Tuesday morning at Computex in Taipei, and it’s an intriguing vision of future PCs.  It’s a vision that appears to be real: Marcel Campos, senior director of PC and phone marketing for Asus, said the company hopes to ship Project Precog in 2019. Until then, we’ll have to wonder what it will cost and what its exact features will be. Dual displays…

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Preview

A touchpad that moonlights as a 5.5-inch full HD display will grace the 2018 version of the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 ($2,229) laptop. Unveiled at Computex, the new ZenBook Pro’s ScreenPad joins other alternative input methods like the Logitech Craft keyboard, Microsoft Surface Dial, and Apple Touch Bar as a means other than the keyboard and cursor for controlling specialized apps. How Does It Work? The key here is specialization: To get the most functionality out of the ScreenPad, an…

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Asus ScreenPad transforms the ZenBook Pro’s touchpad into a magical video screen

The Asus ZenBook Pro has always strived to offer a balance between price and performance, but its appearance settled upon the relatively mundane. No longer. The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Asus showed off at Computex features the ScreenPad, a vibrant, amazing second screen that does double duty as a touchpad. Think of the UX580 as building off the recently announced UX550G, which included Intel’s premium Core i9 microprocessor, along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The ZenBook…

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