Laptop Reviews

Dell XPS 13 (2017) review: Intel’s 8th-gen CPU makes a great laptop even greater

Forgive us if you’ve heard this one before but Dell’s latest XPS 13 is truly the best one yet. Seriously. Newly upgraded with Intel’s 8th-generation CPUs, the XPS 13 offers unheard-of performance in an ultra-portable laptop. By “unheard-of,” we mean the XPS 13 offers performance approaching and occasionally surpassing that of much larger and much heavier powerhouse laptops. Granted, it hasn’t changed much on the outside. As we go through the features and specs, though, you’ll see the significant changes…

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Dell XPS 13 (9360) Review & Rating

Online gossip has it that Dell will launch a new XPS 13 in early 2018, with a white case and with three USB-C ports replacing the existing ports. We’re eager to see it, but this latest XPS 13 (starts at $799, $1,299 as tested) is more than enough to keep us satiated, with its upgrade in the form of Intel’s eighth-generation “Kaby Lake R” processor, blowing away laptops based on seventh-generation silicon and reclaiming the ultraportable Editors’ Choice that the…

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Dell Latitude 7380 Review & Rating

You can’t get the Dell Latitude 7380 (starting at $1,199; $2,178 as tested) in silver or rose gold the way you can its ultraportable sibling, the Dell XPS 13. The Latitude’s magnesium alloy frame is strictly business black. But there’s a lot of the XPS 13’s DNA here, especially its grab-and-go convenience. It doesn’t top the comfy keyboard and 17-hour battery life of our Editors’ Choice business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470, but its light weight and wide connectivity options…

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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has a power problem. When operating at peak performance, it may draw more power than its stock charger or Surface Dock can handle. What we’ve discovered after talking to Microsoft is that it’s not a bug—it’s a feature. You can understand our confusion, given how Microsoft initially positioned the Surface Book 2. “This is a desktop,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president of devices, Panos Panay, went so far as to call it. “For many, this is likely…

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Asus ZenBook Flip (UX360CA-DBM2T) review: A sleek, affordable 2-in-1 for everyday tasks

Not everyone needs a beefy laptop, which usually comes with a beefy price. For many folks, a capable, portable, flexible device like the Asus ZenBook Flip is just the ticket. At just $749, the 2-in-1 Flip doesn’t try to be the most powerful or most advanced option. Instead, it offers a slim and portable design that’s affordable and easy to use. Really, this laptop reminds us a little of the netbooks that existed about 10 years ago. However, unlike those…

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The Best Black Friday Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

While laptop and PC deals are popular all year round, the weeks surrounding Black Friday are awash with particularly impressive discounts. There are far too many bargains for any one person to manage this time of year, so our team has done the work for you. We’ve sifted through all our Black Friday info to date, and picked the very best laptop deals for each category. Early Black Friday Deals These six excellent Black Friday deals are already live on…

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Gazelle Offers 40 Percent Off Used iPads for Black Friday | News & Opinion

Hunting for a cheap MacBook, iPad, or iPhone? Gazelle has some sweet deals on used tech this Black Friday. Gazelle is actually planning three sales events, starting with its pre-Black Friday promotion, which runs this Tuesday, Nov. 21, through Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. During that time, the reCommerce giant will offer 10 percent of MacBooks. For its Black Friday sale, which starts on Friday and continues through the weekend, Gazelle will offer up to 40 percent of select products, including the…

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Amazon and Best Buy top sellers rated

Every computer enthusiast knows the conversation—the one you get from friends or family: “Hey, I need to buy a new laptop. What do you think of this Acer so-and-so? Or should I get this Dell that costs $50 less? They seem pretty similar.” Yep, with great computer knowledge comes great responsibility. With the holidays looming, such questions are likely to ramp up as people consider laptops for gifts.  So in the spirit of offering you the same expert advice I’d…

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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Review & Rating

Pointing and clicking is so last decade. First there were touch screens on Windows PCs, then Apple bought into the craze by adding a Touch Bar to some MacBook Pros, and now there are a half-dozen or more methods of physically interacting with your computer, from drawing with a pen to calling out to Siri or Cortana. One of the newest and most overlooked methods is eye tracking, which you’ll find on some models of the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro…

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Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1060) Review & Rating

The Blade Pro is the most premium laptop in Razer’s lineup, complete with a big 4K display and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics, but its $3,999 price tag keeps it out of the grasp of many gamers. Because of that, Razer is offering a middle ground solution that keeps the high-end chassis, but makes some sacrifices to dial back the price. The result is the new Blade Pro with a GTX 1060 and a 17-inch 1080p screen. At $2,299.99, it’s much…

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9 Things Not to Buy Before Black Friday

Never pay full price. Here are some products you don’t want to buy before Black Friday. November 12, 2017 9:00PM EST November 12, 2017 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Year after year, the holidays arrive a little earlier, and 2017 is no exception. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was traditionally the day retailers met their costs, with each sale propelling them further into “the black,”…

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Acer Predator Triton 700 Review & Rating

These days, there is no shortage of thin and light gaming laptops, and just as many behemoths with screaming-fast graphics cards. But only a handful of systems can claim both. One member of this rarified group is the Acer Predator Triton 700 (starts at $1,999.99; $2,999.99 as tested), which has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card capable of desktop-class graphics performance in a 15-inch chassis that weighs just 5.4 pounds and is less than an inch thick. It accomplishes…

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Best Buy Tips Black Friday TV, Laptop Deals | News & Opinion

We’ve rounded up some of the best deals you’ll find at Best Buy on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. Heads up, deal hunters: Best Buy has announced details of its 2017 Black Friday sale. Before we get to the deals, take note: Best Buy will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day (Target, meanwhile, will open an hour later at 6 p.m. while other big retailers like Costco are giving their retail employees the night off). After the…

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Intel 8th-gen Core i7 review: What happens when thin laptops get quad-core speed

Intel’s 8th-generation Core CPUs solve a problem for the superlight (sub-three-pound) laptops that are becoming increasingly popular. Up to now, these laptops could handle only dual-core CPUs, because quad-core CPUs created more heat than their slimmer profiles could manage.  That’s all changing with Intel’s ground breaking 8th-gen mobile CPU. Quad-cores once confined only to much larger and heavier laptops can now be stuffed into a tiny laptop, or so the company claims.  But can the 8th-gen CPUs actually give you…

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Best gaming laptops of 2017: Reviews and buying advice

Picking a gaming laptop today isn’t as easy as it was five years ago when a “real” gaming laptop meant 12 pounds of back-breaking hardware to haul around. With major advances in laptop video cards and CPUs, you can now get great gaming performance from laptops ranging from light to super heavy and from super expensive to budget. The problem these days: too many choices. A luxury problem, to be sure. Still, you need to know how to navigate this…

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Target Teases Black Friday TV, Gaming Deals | News & Opinion

While some big retailers, like Costco, are giving their employees the night off on Thanksgiving, Target will open its doors at 6 p.m. that evening. Heads up, deal hunters: Target just released details of its Black Friday 2017 promotion, and the retailer has tons of tech deals in the pipeline. While some big retailers, like Costco, are giving their employees the night off on Thanksgiving, Target will open its doors at 6 p.m. that evening. Stores will close at midnight…

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