Laptop Reviews

HP Spectre x360 First Look

PCWorld | Jan 8, 2018 HP’s Spectre x360 will offer the CPU option of Intel’s Kaby Lake G part, which has the semi-custom AMD Radeon Vega discrete GPU. We look closer at this sleek, sculpted laptop with all the fixings. Similar Hardware & Accessories Source link

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AMD Expands Lineup of Mobile Ryzen, Vega Chips | News & Opinion

LAS VEGAS—AMD made waves last year with its powerful Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs designed for high-end desktops, offering comparable performance to Intel’s best processors at equivalent or lower prices. But the company appears to want to shake up the entire market for business and consumer laptops, so it’s also introducing CPUs for workstations as well as the Chromebooks and cheap 2-in-1 convertibles that are now a staple of Best Buy aisles. The complete Ryzen mobile lineup,…

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Intel launches five Core chips with Radeon graphics from rival AMD

Intel’s startling marriage with AMD’s graphics chips has finally borne fruit, as Intel announced five new Core H-series chips that use two variants of the AMD “Vega M” GPU. The combination of Intel and AMD technology should outperform a last-gen system with a discrete Nvidia chip, Intel says. You can jump straight to our performance section to learn more about Intel’s claims. The new 8th-generation, quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 chips, together with what AMD calls the Radeon RX Vega M…

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Acer: Swift 7 Is ‘World’s Thinnest Laptop’ | News & Opinion

The Swift 7 arrives in March starting at $1,699, but Acer has some cheaper systems on offer at CES, too, as well as launch dates and pricing for PCs it first announced at IFA. Acer today tipped its CES 2018 lineup, which includes the ultra-portable Swift 7 and the affordable Nitro 5 gaming laptop. Those systems are joined by the Spin 3 and Chromebook 11. Acer also revealed availability for the Switch 7 Black Edition and Predator Orion 9000 Series,…

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Acer’s Chromebook 11 brings USB-C charging to entry-level laptops

Acer’s hiding a quiet revolution in its mainstream Chromebook 11: two USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type-C ports, which work for connectivity and for charging. Don’t run in a panic to the dongle store—you still get two USB 3.0 Type-A ports (whew!). But USB-C has remained rare in entry-level machines like the Chromebook 11. This tells us the tide is turning, and all the benefits of USB-C will soon be available even at budget levels.  Chromebook 11 specs and features The…

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HP recalls 50,000 batteries from consumer notebooks after meltdowns are reported

HP said this week that it’s recalling about 50,000 consumer notebook batteries for free, which were originally sold as part of a HP notebook itself or as a standalone accessory. The company said it had received eight reports of those batteries “overheating, melting, or charring.” Those reports included property damage and burns. Specifically, the affected notebook models include the HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), the HP x360 310 G2, as well as the HP…

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Samsung Tips Fresh 13-Inch Notebook 7 Spin Convertible | News & Opinion

A new version of Samsung’s convertible touch screen laptop is on the way early this year. Ahead of CES 2018, Samsung has announced a new version of the Notebook 7 Spin, a multipurpose laptop with a rotating display. The Spin 7’s 13.3-inch touch display can be folded 360 degrees, allowing users to set up the laptop in multiple modes. It will launch in the US in the first quarter of this year; pricing was not revealed. Inside is an eighth-generation…

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HP Recalls Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk | News & Opinion

Own an HP laptop? It may contain a defective battery that poses a fire hazard and needs to be replaced. HP this week announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for about 52,600 laptop batteries, which “have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers.” The recall affects batteries shipped with certain HP Probook, x360, Envy, Pavilion, and HP 11 notebook computers, plus certain HP ZBook mobile workstations sold worldwide from December 2015 through…

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White Dell XPS 13 Runs 8th-Gen Intel Processor | News & Opinion

Dell’s newest XPS 13 laptop brings new technology and eye-catching color schemes to shoppers starting today. The XPS lineup is known for its premium carbon fiber and metal build, which continues with this iteration. The most visible addition to the high-end ultraportable, however, is the white and rose gold color option, another example of what seems to be a returning trend of white laptops. The white glass fiber finish is stain resistant, made to fend off yellowing and markings, but…

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Dell surprises with a redesigned XPS 13 that’s thinner, faster and a little controversial

Dell’s XPS 13 is stepping out for 2018 with a major makeover. Maybe the company heard the cries of professional hardware reviewers about the XPS 13’s two-year-old look (even though some companies have used the same basic design for nearly eight years)? Right. More likely, it was just time for this laptop to set some new trends in the areas of thin, light, and fast.  It’s not easy to change a flagship—honoring tradition while moving into the future. But this time,…

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Intel Chips Have a Major Design Flaw and the Fix Means Slower PCs | News & Opinion

Over the next few weeks there’s a very good chance your PC or laptop is going to take a significant performance hit. The worst case scenario being it will get 30 percent slower. Worse than that is the fact you can do nothing about it as the slow down is a side effect of fixing a major design flaw in Intel processors. If your computer uses an Intel processor produced in the last decade, then it probably contains the design…

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Xbox One X Converted Into a Laptop | News & Opinion

The Xbook One X includes a 21.5-inch 1080p display with prices starting at $2,495. If you’ve ever fancied having a games console converted into a laptop, then Eddie Zarick is the man to talk to. He’s been doing it for years, with his most recent conversions including both the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, and the very impressive Xstation, which houses a PS4 and Xbox One in one case. Now Zarick is touting his latest build: an Xbox One X…

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Google Gets Fuchsia OS Running on Pixelbooks | News & Opinion

Nobody really knows what Fuchsia is for yet, that may also be the case inside Google. Google currently supports two operating systems: Android and Chrome OS for smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, But it has a new OS in development called Fuchsia, and documentation recently appeared showing developers how to run it on a Pixelbook. Very little is known about what Fuchsia is or what Google intends to do with it. It’s even been suggested Google isn’t quite sure yet. But…

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Best after-Christmas sales: 7 tech deals worthy of your gift cards

With Christmas upon us—and New Year’s Day a week away—the holiday sale madness is drawing to a close. But don’t despair, because we scoured the web to find deals that are still worth your time (and any gift cards you might have received). Our initial search turned up everything from antivirus suites to all-in-one PC, but there could still be more to come. We’ll update the listing if we spot any outstanding deals in the next few days. Be sure…

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HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Review & Rating

More than $2,000 is a lot to spend on a non-workstation business laptop, but HP makes a case for doing just that with its new EliteBook 1040 G4 (starts at $1,379; $2,099 as tested), a 14-inch ultraportable with remote management and security features that will appeal to IT departments. It’s got serious power, too, with an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a full HD touch screen. The EliteBook 1040 costs a lot less than our top choice for…

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