Gigabyte’s Aero 15 gaming laptops boost the core count but keep the battery life

The new Gigabyte Aero 15 reminds us of that line from the Godfather: “Boost the core count, keep the battery life.” OK, we made that up, but one of our favorite gaming laptops from last year just got a whole lot faster without giving up the one thing that mattered: Battery life. Gigabyte’s Aero 15 series now features Intel’s new 8th-gen, Core i7 CPU inside. That means six cores of blistering Coffee Lake IPC in the same 45-watt footprint. The Aero…

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Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN review: A sleek, solid 2-in-1 laptop that’s eclipsed by our favorite

Peppy, slim, easy to look at and fun to type on, the $900 Asus ZenBook Flip 14 has a lot going for it. That said, it’s tough to recommend the Flip over our current favorite 2-in-1, the HP Spectre x360, which offers a more powerful CPU, a pair of speedy Thunderbolt 3 ports, and substantially better battery life, all for just $170 extra. Still, bargain hunters looking for a slightly larger display than the Spectre’s 13-inch screen may yet be…

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Acer Predator Helios 300 review: A well-rounded gaming laptop at a great price

With the monstrous Predator 21 X and sleek Predator Triton 700, Acer staked a compelling claim on the high-end market, loading its notebooks with extravagant features and the most powerful portable gaming hardware available. The Acer Predator Helios 300 doesn’t concern itself with fanciful bells and whistles. It’s a straightforward, no-nonsense gaming laptop that delivers a refreshing amount of bang for your buck, starting at $1,100 on Amazon with a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.…

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Apple’s New School-Friendly iPad Won’t Kill Chromebooks | Tom Brant

The biggest selling point of the new iPads, which Apple hopes will re-endear it to secondary schools around the world, is that it can do everything kids would otherwise use a budget laptop to accomplish, and much more. While it’s true the iPad is a cutting-edge educational tool, it’s not a replacement for many of the boring but practical features that educators and parents have come to appreciate about cheap laptops. At first glance, Cupertino’s claims about the iPad appear…

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Get a powerful Core i7 Dell laptop for only $500 with this $300 coupon code

Today, you can get a high-performing Core i7 laptop for just $500—a truly rare and enticing deal. Dell’s business store sells the Dell Inspiron 15 5566 with an Intel “Kaby Lake” Core i7-7500U for $800, but if you use the code SAVEEXTRA300 at checkout, it takes $300 off your order and drops down to the $500 sale price. Kaby Lake isn’t Intel’s latest and greatest CPU architecture, as the company recently released newer 8th-gen Core processors. Nevertheless, the Core i7-7500U delivers stellar…

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10: First Chrome tablet takes on iPad in schools

The first Chrome OS tablet knows exactly what it wants to do: Take on the iPad. Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 D651N challenges Apple’s long-popular tablet in the education market nearly feature for feature. We’ll dive deeper into the specs in a moment, but let’s savor the historical weight first. Chrome fans have been waiting a long time for their own tablet. A small group of Chromebooks with 360-degree hinges have dabbled with the concept, but Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 D651N finally…

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Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN review: An ultraportable laptop with a knack for gaming

Yes, you can scoop up a faster 8th-generation Intel quad-core ultraportable than the $1,000 Asus ZenBook 13, but good luck finding one with a discrete graphics core, perfect for Photoshop-minded professionals or casual gamers craving on-the-go Fortnite or Dota 2. A solid array of ports, a snappy keyboard and impressive battery life round out the enticing (if fingerprint-prone) package. Asus ZenBook 13 specifications and price We tested the $1,000 royal-blue version of the ZenBook 13, which comes with a 13.3-inch…

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This workhorse AMD laptop is just $260 at Staples, $80 less than anywhere else

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s always nice to have a traveling “workhorse” laptop that you can take anywhere without needing to worry about banging it up too much. We’ve found just such a laptop for a great price. An AMD A9-based version of the Acer Aspire A3 is just $260 at Staples today. That’s about $80 cheaper than Amazon’s third-party sellers right now, and is actually lower than the best historical sale price for the Amazon…

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Microsoft Pi Day laptop deals

While some stores knock off a measly 3.14 percent to celebrate Pi Day, Microsoft is going big, offering up to 31.4 percent off select PCs at the Microsoft Store and pricing others at $314. Why is this important? Because you may find deals that are even better than Microsoft’s big holiday discounts. Naturally, the largest sales are reserved for the most expensive models, like the Dell XPS 15 9560, a $2,749 machine that’s been knocked down to $1,885. (In PCWorld’s…

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Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA) review: Is this convertible the future of Android tablets?

True to its name, the convertible Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA-DB2) can flip backward into a tablet. Given its compact size, you could just as well say you’re buying a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a keyboard attached. Such a concept would have been sketchy just a year ago, when Google started making Android apps available to its newest crop of Chromebooks. And it’s true that neither Asus nor Google have completely solved the problem of how to re-format content for landscape-oriented laptop…

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Best Buy drops prices on HP and Asus 2-in1 laptops by $50 and $130

If you’ve already got your tax refund, Best Buys some great ways for you to maximize it. The big box retailer is running a huge sale this weekend, and these two 2-in-1 laptops caught our eye: There’s a 15.6-inch Asus premium 2-in-1 for $700 instead of the usual $800-plus price tag, and a lower end 11.6-inch HP 2-in-1 for $350—good for about $50 off the usual price. The Asus model features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Kaby Lake…

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LG Gram 15Z980 review: It’s rich and thin, and its battery doesn’t stop

Packing a quad-core 8th-generation Intel processor and a robust battery into an impressively thin and light shell, the peppy but pricey LG Gram cranks all day without weighing you down. While we love the Gram’s lithe design and exceptional battery life, laptop shoppers looking for sheer speed may be disappointed by the system’s relatively casual pace. We also had some quibbles with the Gram’s cramped keyboard. Price and specifications We tested the top-of-the-line model of the LG Gram, which costs…

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Save Up to 25 Percent on Select HP Consumer Laptops, Desktops

Now’s a good time to leave your clunky old hardware in the past, and snag a laptop or desktop PC from HP. Sick and tired of your aging PC? Now’s a good time to leave your clunky old hardware in the past, and snag a laptop or desktop PC from HP. For purchases of at least $799, using coupon code “20BMSM2018” will save you 20 percent. And if you’re willing to drop a minimum of $999, using code “25BMSM2018” will…

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Newegg’s selling a 15.6-inch Asus laptop with a potent Core i5 processor for under $500

Let’s finish off the week with a deal on an affordable laptop that packs some punch. Newegg is selling a Core i5-equipped Asus VivoBook for just $480 today. The sale ends just before midnight on Friday Pacific time, and it’s a good $100 cheaper than you’ll find at Amazon and other competitors online. This Windows 10 laptop revolves around some impressive specs for a budget notebook, with 2.5GHz Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The…

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