Laptop Reviews

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 PC chip boosts performance, pushes battery life to a new high

PCs powered by Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon PC processor struggled with performance issues while providing incredible all-day battery life. Qualcomm has addressed these problems with the new Snapdragon 850, adding 30 percent more performance while extending its already incredible battery life another 20 percent to what it now calls “multi-day” longevity. If you expected this second generation of Always Connected PCs (ACPCs) to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm showed off last year, you’d be forgiven. But that chip was specifically…

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Apple Ignores What’s Wrong With the Mac | Sascha Segan

The Mac needs help, and in a more than two-hour presentation today, Apple refused to provide it. Apple makes great software. I use Windows and macOS daily, and macOS is cleaner, smoother, and more stable for basic tasks. Windows gives me the power I need to do great work, but I relax into a macOS browser window at home. Apple’s Mac shipments have been steady year over year in a declining PC market, according to Gartner. So you could be…

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Acer Spin 3 (SP314-51-38XK) Review & Rating

We recently raved about the $329.99 Acer Spin 1, the Taiwanese tech giant’s least expensive 2-in-1 convertible laptop. The Spin 3 ($499.99) is Acer’s next step up, slotting in above the Spin 1 and below the Spins 5 and 7. As budget 2-in-1s go, the Spin 3 has a good feature set and respectable performance, and its 1TB hard drive offers reams more storage than the Editors’ Choice Spin 1’s 32GB of eMMC flash. But the 5,400rpm drive is a…

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Asus ROG Strix Has Thin Bezels and a Bossy Keyboard | News & Opinion

Two different models of the Asus ROG Strix gaming laptops let their keyboards inform you whether you should use them for FPS or MOBA games. June 4, 2018 10:49AM EST June 4, 2018 TAIPEI—New Asus ROG Strix II gaming laptops unveiled here at Computex come with a few predictable features currently in vogue, like screens with 144Hz refresh rates and ultra thin bezels, but also something you won’t find on many other gaming laptops: a separate version designed for MOBA…

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Asus ROG Strix Hero II, Scar II laptops are tuned for MOBAs and FPS games

Asus and its Republic of Gamers brand have launched a pair of notebooks that are “optimized” for FPS and MOBA games: the ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II, respectively. They’re not quite the same PC; since MOBA games have lower performance requirements than first-person shooters, the Hero II’s graphics options only go up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. The Scar II includes a GTX 1070 option.  Mark Hachman / IDG The ROG Strix Scar II keyboard, highlighting the…

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Asus NovaGo review: The promise and the problems with the Always Connected PC

The Asus NovaGo delivers the best battery life of any PC we’ve ever seen. If you’re always on the go, you should give serious consideration to what’s being called “Always Connected PCs,” a new breed of tablets and notebooks powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor—yes, the same kind of processor found in many smartphones. ACPCs feature stunning battery life, nearly instant-on power, and constant connectivity in areas with a cellular connection. Rivals to the Asus NovaGo include the HP Envy…

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Save $100 on 15.6-Inch Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop

This laptop is a steal at just $300. If you’re in need of a low-cost Windows laptop, take a look at the Dell Inspiron 15 3000. With a dual-core Intel processor, an HD display, and a high-speed Wi-Fi support, this laptop is a steal at just $299.96 during Dell’s Dads and Grads sale and you’ll save $100 off the sticker price. Get this deal Inside, this configuration sports a sixth-generation dual-core 2GHz Intel Core i3-6006U CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics,…

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The Best Laptops for VR of 2018

Why Go Mobile for VR? One of the most difficult aspects of successfully bringing VR into your home is the powerful hardware required to run the headsets and software. Beefy desktops are a common option for powering your VR headset and PC games, but not everyone has the space or the desire for a large PC tower. Being able to move your VR machine from room to room easily—or take it on the go, if you need to show off…

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HP Teases New Omen 15 Laptop, Gaming Gear | News & Opinion

With a high screen refresh rate, smaller bezels, and Nvidia’s Max-Q graphics technology, HP’s Omen 15 laptop is slimming down and getting more powerful. The souped-up, 15-inch gaming laptop, unveiled on Wednesday, is a minor improvement on the existing HP Omen 15, but it adds a few key features that we’ve seen spread across the mid-range and high-end laptop market in recent months. The most notable improvement HP made to the Omen 15’s components is swapping out the old seventh-generation…

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The HP Omen 15 gaming laptop is slimmer on the outside, faster on the inside

HP’s updated Omen 15 laptop changes outside and in. Announced Wednesday and expected to ship July 29, the Omen 15 sports slender bezels that shrink its profile by 7.4 percent in width over the previous year. HP says the new version is about 4.6 percent thinner, and even a little lighter.  Inside, the changes are even more dramatic: Intel’s latest 8th-generation series of Coffee Lake H chips, with up to six cores. Graphics options will start with a GeForce GTX 1050…

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How to add an SSD to your laptop

There is one upgrade that will universally improve a laptop’s performance: adding an SSD. This is a particularly attractive upgrade for budget laptops, which typically come with a hard drive. That’s the case with the extremely popular Acer Aspire E 15.  Mentioned in this article This laptop has been the top seller on Amazon for months and months. It’s easy to see why: for $350 (and below $300 during the holidays), you get a 7th-gen Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR4…

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The Acer Swift 3 thinks a cool look is worth some extra cash

Acer’s Swift 3 thin-and-light consumer laptop could be called a crowd-pleaser, if only because you can currently buy models ranging in price from $650 and up, with abundant in RAM and storage, as well as both AMD and Intel CPUs. With the upgraded unit unveiled Wednesday at Acer’s next@acer event in New York, the company’s raising the bar in all respects: a cooler look—and a higher price ceiling.  The Swift 3 we saw costs—are you sitting down?—$1,798. But don’t panic:…

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How to Remotely Troubleshoot Your Relative’s Computer

If you’re the designated ‘tech person’ in your family or friend group, here’s how to access a computer from afar, Mac or PC, to see what’s going on. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Being tech-savvy is a gift and a curse. When you know how to fix computers, you become “the computer person” for everyone you know. If you’re using the same platform as the person…

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The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that’s overclockable in all the right places

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop designed for extreme gamers. Not infinitely wealthy ones, such as the lucky 300 who bought a limited-edition $8,000 Predator 21 X, but reasonably well-financed ones who could instead “settle” for a model that offers an overclockable GPU and a few overclockable CPU options as well. That’s just the beginning. We saw the Predator Helios 500 on Wednesday, when it was announced at Acer’s next@acer event in New York. Up close, you…

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 hands-on

PCWorld | May 22, 2018 Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13 brings an Intel Core i5 processor and a 360-degree hinge to a category filled mostly with small, modestly powered, plasticky clamshells. But we don’t know how much more this premium Chromebook will cost. Source link

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