Laptop Reviews

Hands-on: Razer’s redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town

What’s the “smallest” 15.6 gaming laptop around? Razer’s answer: The redesigned Blade, announced Tuesday, which measures a mere 0.66-inch tall yet packs in all the gaming performance you need. Razer said its own measurements show the Blade’s a smidge “smaller” than the competition. While we don’t care too much about the “who-is-smaller” contest, we do care what’s inside, and that’s where Razer doesn’t scrimp. Inside you’ll find:  An 8th-gen 6-core Core i7-8750H 15.6-inch screen that’s either 1920×1080 at 144Hz or…

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Acer Nitro 5: We unbox a budget gaming laptop for the rest of us

When we unboxed the Acer Nitro 5 we knew not to expect RGB-lit packaging or a fancy carrying case. This is a budget gaming laptop, and it squeezes every penny of value out of its $750 price.  Start with the CPU: It’s an Intel 8th-gen Core i5-8300H, a Coffee Lake CPU with 4 cores and a new bonus: Hyper Threading, which takes advantage of unused CPU resources to boost performance. The CPU comes with 8GB of RAM, and there’s another…

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Ubuntu 18.10 Aims to Improve Laptop Battery Life | News & Opinion

Canonical is focusing on improving power consumption for the next version of Ubuntu. It’s been less than a month since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released, but when you work on a six-month release cycle the focus moves quickly to what comes next. Canonical is doing just that by telling us what we can expect to see in Ubuntu 18.10, which arrives in October. If you’re only just getting used to Ubuntu 18.04, don’t worry, Canonical hasn’t forgotten about you. In a…

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Get a sleek Asus laptop with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU and USB-C for $479 today

Sometimes people buy laptops for its trendy or sleek looks. A lot of times, however, a bigger concern is value. Today, there’s a sleek Asus laptop on Amazon that covers both of those bases. The Asus VivoBook F510UA with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 is just $479. This is the all-time low price for this laptop, which has been selling between $510 and $550 in recent months. The VivoBook features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB…

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HP Spectre x360 15 review: With Kaby Lake-G, this laptop can do almost anything

HP’s Spectre x360 15 changes everything. Specifically, the version that wields Intel’s Kaby Lake-G CPU, fortified with Radeon RX Vega discrete graphics, upends the stereotype that 360-degree convertible laptops can’t deliver top performance. And we’ve proven it by comparing the Spectre x360 15 with Kaby Lake-G against its twin running Kaby Lake-R, as well as some high-end clamshell designs. The Kaby Lake G version is as fast or faster than all comers.  The Spectre 15 x360 15’s journey has been…

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Samsung’s note-taking PC can’t quite justify its price

The Notebook 9 Pen aspires to be Samsung’s version of a MacBook, with a pricey, potent mix of components powering some unique app experiences. But its bland, plasticky exterior will probably suggest a Chromebook instead, though with an iconic S-Pen stylus that’s always ready to jot a quick note. It’s a difficult dichotomy for this 13.3-inch, 360-degree convertible to reconcile, made even more challenging by the Notebook 9 Pen’s MSRP: $1,400. To be fair, we’ve recently seen it for $100…

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MacBook 2018: Our Wish List | News & Opinion

Apple doesn’t break down its earnings by product, but it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that Cupertino, Calif.’s most famous Inc. is printing money by selling the MacBook. Going by specs, it’s the company’s most entry-level laptop if you ignore the MacBook Air (and I’ll explain why you should below), but its starting price of $1,299 is far above what you’d expect to pay for an entry-level ultraportable from a rival like Dell or Lenovo. The…

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New HP Envy, Elite PCs Ramp Up the Power, Add Alexa | News & Opinion

The main benefit of a 2-in-1 convertible laptop is the ability to use it as both a tablet and a conventional laptop, but models like the 15-inch Dell XPS 15 prove that the form factor can also be a cutting-edge albeit slightly unwieldy platform to show off the latest CPU innovations. The latest large, cutting-edge 2-in-1 is the HP Envy x360 15, unveiled this week with a choice of Intel or AMD processors and AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics. It’s…

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Lenovo Yoga 730 (13-Inch) Review & Rating

A series of minor but welcome changes to Lenovo’s consumer 13-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop mean that the latest model, the Lenovo Yoga 730 (starts at $799.99, $849.99 as tested), is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than its Yoga 720 predecessor. The improvements are probably not enough to prompt an upgrade if you already have the previous model, but they make this laptop an even better choice if you want a single device to use mostly as a laptop and occasionally…

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HP Envy 17: Specs, features, price, release date

HP’s Envy 17 is a powerful laptop that consumers can afford. This larger machine may never stray far from a table, but it should keep you from missing your desktop PC in most ways. Announced Monday and available later in May, the Envy 17 will have a starting price of $1,050. The specs offer some notable performance parts, as you’ll see when you run down the list: HP Envy 17 price, specs and features CPU: Intel 8th-generation Core i7-8550U Memory: Up…

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HP Envy 13: Specs, features, price, release date

HP’s Envy 13 is a laptop with an immediate challenge: How to control Intel 8th-gen Core quad-core thermals in thin-and-light laptop? The answer could be the Command Center utility that comes with it, with settings designed to beat the heat. HP employed another trick or two to squeeze maximum value out of this skinny consumer laptop, and we’ll show them to you below. Anounced Monday and available later in May, the Envy 13 will have a starting price of $1,000.…

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HP’s Envy x360 13 goes all in on Ryzen

HP’s Envy x360 13 is a 360-degree convertible that’s fully committed to AMD’s new Ryzen mobile processor. Announced Monday and expected to be available later in May, the all-AMD product line will have a starting price of $760. If there were Envy x360 13 models with Intel CPUs, the Ryzen models would likely be less-expensive counterparts. This is what we’re seeing with the Envy x360 15, which ships with a choice of either.  Specs and features HP The HP Envy…

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The Best Mobile Workstations of 2018

How to Buy the Right Workstation Laptop The most demanding, hardcore users need the most powerful laptops on the planet. You probably agree. You probably think we’re talking about gamers and gaming laptops. Actually, though, we’re talking about work, not play: applications such as computer-aided design (CAD), architecture, engineering, video editing and post production, 3D rendering and animation, virtual reality, and oil and gas exploration. The machines that take these jobs to job sites or conference rooms are mobile workstations—laptops…

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Which Apple MacBook Should You Buy?

Picking the Right Apple My hands were clammy with excitement one July day a little more than a decade ago as I obsessively refreshed the FedEx website to watch a very special shipment make its way from Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province to my home in Oregon, where I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of perhaps the most exciting graduation gift a college-bound kid at the time could hope for: a shiny white first-generation MacBook with an Intel Core Duo…

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE review: Stylish enough for work and powerful enough for play

If you’re been looking for a gaming laptop to trick your corporate IT department into funding your PC gaming—MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE may be just what the you’ve been looking for. On the outside, it’s sedate black aluminum with bronze edges. On the inside are state-of-the-art, gaming-grade components with enough performance to basically put anything made before it to shame. Adam Patrick Murray The GS65 Stealth is designed to look at home in a corporate conference room. Only the…

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