Laptop Reviews

HP Spectre x360 13t (late 2017) review: An 8th-gen CPU leads a raft of upgrades

HP’s Spectre x360 proves that HP doesn’t like to sit still. While some companies show up to the dance in the same outfit over and over again (looking at you, MacBook Air 13 and Dell XPS 13), HP has revamped its premium 2-in-1 over and over again—no fewer than three times in the last two years, in fact. In this latest and third version of the Spectre x360 13t, HP didn’t just jam in an 8th-gen quad-core Core i7 and…

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Dell Latitude 7389 2-In-1 Review & Rating

Corporate types, especially road warriors, tend to prefer business laptops made from boring black plastic. Or at least, their IT departments give them boring black plastic laptops and they aren’t complaining. The Dell Latitude 7389 (starts at $1,149; $1,967 as tested) is one of these boring black laptops, but with a twist—literally. You can rotate the screen through 360 degrees to transform it into a tablet. It’s a bit bulkier and heavier than an equivalent consumer 2-in-1 laptop would be,…

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Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA Review & Rating

You can buy a cheap, bare-bones chromebook for $199, but the Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA ($299) gives you a lot more for an extra hundred bucks. Its aluminum rather than plastic chassis comprises a 2-in-1 convertible that folds from Laptop to Tablet mode, with Lenovo Yoga-style Stand and Tent modes in between. It has a bright IPS touch screen instead of a plain LCD panel. It has two USB-C ports and a Chrome OS-optimized, six-core processor. The big gripe? Its…

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Amazon is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 for its lowest price yet

If you need the perfect gift for a less technical member of your family, it’s hard to beat a Chromebook. It’s simple to use, covers most basic use cases, and is cheap. Today, Amazon has an Acer Chromebook on offer as one of its lightning deals. You can pick up a gold-colored Acer Chromebook 14 for $250. The deal lasts until 8PM Pacific time on Tuesday or when supplies run out. The Acer Chromebook 14 features a 14-inch 1920×1080 display, 4GB…

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Lenovo Miix 520 Review & Rating

The Lenovo Miix 520 ($999) is gunning for the Microsoft Surface Pro, aiming to provide many of the features of this iconic Windows tablet at a fraction of the price. It’s a difficult task, made even harder by the fact that many other PC makers are attempting to do the same thing. But there’s no question that it’s a worthwhile pursuit, since the the high price of a respectably configured Surface Pro is perhaps its most significant drawback. Lenovo succeeds…

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 Review & Rating

Read our reviews of Lenovo ThinkPads and HP EliteBooks, and you’ll see boasts of MIL-SPEC 810G compliance—meeting military standards for resisting shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and other portable PC perils, to reassure buyers concerned about the bumps and bruises of business travel. But forget them. Do you know who really needs MIL-SPEC 810G hardware? Little kids, who’d as soon drop a chromebook as look at one. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 ($399.99) carries the certification into the hostile environment of…

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PowerSpec 1710 and PowerSpec 1510 review

Savvy electronics shoppers know Micro Center as the go-to retailer for mouthwatering CPU deals if you’re lucky enough to live near one. The company’s first-ever homegrown gaming laptops continue that devotion to damned good prices. Despite packing a full-fat GeForce GTX 1070 and other high-end hardware, the aluminum-clad PowerSpec 1510 costs a mere $1,300, and the PowerSpec 1710 just $1,400. (With in-store pickup only, of course—this is Micro Center.) That’s surprisingly little cash for such potent portable PCs! Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing…

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Microsoft takes $550 off the Alienware 15 gaming laptop as time runs out on PC deals

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals has produced some amazing PC sales, and Microsoft’s spotlighting one more: the rugged, powerful Alienware 15 R3 gaming notebook, a bargain at $550 off—and with the opportunity to save $100 more.  Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals sales have produced some epic bargains, notably the $550 off the Dell XPS 13 steal that has, sadly, since expired. But smart shoppers know the power of last-minute deals, and there’s still a few to be scored as Microsoft’s…

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Microsoft knocks $550 off the fantastic Dell XPS 13

Though Microsoft is actively encouraging you to buy its Surface Pro (2017) tablet at $200 off, an even better deal lies behind the scenes: a whopping $550 off the top-rated Dell XPS 13 9360, knocking the price down to $749.  Both are part of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals.  By far the most compelling offer is the Dell XPS 13 9360, which we considered a great deal when it was selling for $999 just last week. (In Gordon Mah Ung’s XPS 13…

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The Best Dell Laptops of 2018

Dude, You’re Getting a Dell? But Which One? If you’re shopping for a PC, you have plenty of options to choose from, be it desktop-replacement systems to rugged notebooks, and a range of options in between. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to narrow down your options based on what you know, and if you’re familiar with Dell, you probably have some experience with how reliable the company’s products are, how the customer service works, and the general quality…

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LG Refreshes ‘All Day Battery’ Gram Laptops for 2018 | News & Opinion

LG’s MacBook alternative manages to achieve almost a full day of battery life thanks to Intel’s 8th-generation Core processors and a bigger battery. In January last year, LG refreshed its super slim and lightweight range of Gram laptops and boasted they offered 24-hour battery life. The problem was, the benchmark LG used to test battery life was a decade old (MobileMark 2007) meaning it wasn’t really representative of laptop use in 2017. However, LG is refreshing the Gram line-up once…

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The Best Lenovo Laptops of 2018

Classic Design Meets Innovation It’s been more than a decade since IBM stopped making ThinkPad laptops, yet you’re still likely to see them in the halls of industry, thanks to Lenovo. The company formerly known as Legend Computers of Beijing, China, still produces the well-regarded laptop line, with its beloved AccuType keyboard, but it’s not content to rest on its laurels. Rather, it continues to innovate with radical designs like the Yoga line, which has influenced other PC manufacturers (like…

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Intel Gemini Lake Boosts Budget PC Computing Power | News & Opinion

The chips feature higher boost speeds, more cache, and support for gigabit Wi-Fi. December 12, 2017 4:52PM EST December 12, 2017 Intel chips that use the new Gemini Lake architecture will start appearing in budget PCs during the next quarter. Look for them under Intel’s Pentium Silver and Celeron lines in laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, all-in-one PCs and desktops. Consumers who upgrade will see a significant performance boost, according to Intel, which unveiled the chips on Monday. The Pentium Silver processors…

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HP Spectre 13 review: This stylish ultrabook conceals real power

HP’s Spectre 13 was designed for tablet lovers who don’t buy tablets, It’s a lightweight though sturdy ultrabook designed with a powerful Intel 8th-generation Core chip inside and an eye toward the future. HP’s stylish Spectre offers excellent performance for an ultrabook at a good price, making this a recommended choice. At a light 2.4 pounds, though, the Spectre 13 is forced to make some compromises. It  falls short of the “all-day” battery life that some demand, delivering about six…

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Best laptop deals: 5 excellent discounts for last-minute shoppers

The holidays are a great time for laptop deals, but with only weeks left in the season time is running out. Not coincidentally, today is “Green Monday”—a term coined by eBay for the last Monday that’s at least 10 days before Christmas. (Otherwise known as the day when you still have a good amount of time to receive shipped packages.) On this greenest of Green Mondays, we’ve pulled together the top laptop deals available: These options range from a fancy gaming…

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Keylogger Discovered on HP Laptops | News & Opinion

The keylogger is disabled by default but can be enabled in the Windows Registry. Over 460 laptop models are affected. HP isn’t doing too well on the security front recently. Last month the company was accused of quietly installing spyware on Windows PCs. This month, a keylogger has been found on over 460 different models of HP laptop. The keylogger was discovered by security researcher Michael Myng who was looking at the keyboard driver SynTP.sys in an attempt to figure…

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