Laptop Reviews

Dell Latitude 5491 Review & Rating

“Pinstriped Overkill” would be a good name for a rock band. Or for the Dell Latitude 5491 (starts at $1,069; as tested $2,370), a 14-inch business laptop that’s too much machine for mere spreadsheets and presentations. Thanks to its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-8850H processor, it’s more powerful than some mobile workstations of a year or two ago. The 45-watt “Coffee Lake” CPU brings some drawbacks compared with Intel’s perfectly adequate 15-watt U-series chips—the Dell’s battery life is briefer and…

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Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 | News & Opinion

Google developers appear to be working on a new feature for Chrome OS called ‘Campfire’ that can dual boot an alternative OS that appears to be Windows 10. Unfortunately, only a select number of Chromebooks might be able to run the rumored feature. August 13, 2018 3:00PM EST August 13, 2018 Windows 10 might be arriving on Chromebooks as a “dual boot” feature that’ll let you load up Microsoft’s operating system on startup. Google developers have been dropping possible hints…

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The Campfire caveat: Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you

The most affordable Chromebooks aren’t exactly barn burners, pairing low-end ARM chips with Google’s streamlined, browser-based Chrome OS. Now, reports of a newly discovered “Campfire” feature suggests Google wants to enable Chromebooks to run Windows? Madness! Well, not if you’re Google. In fact, in most cases the only party that would benefit from this is Google, in terms of showing off how efficient its Chrome OS can be in comparison to Microsoft’s “bloated” Windows. Google’s secret project to bring Windows 10 to Chromebooks…

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US Government Agencies Can’t Buy Huawei or ZTE Products Anymore

President Trump signs the Defense Authorization Act 2019 into law and with it leaves Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE out in the cold when it comes to supplying government agencies or any company working for them. Every year a new National Defense Authorization Act is signed into law which specifies the annual budget and expenditure of the US Department of Defense. But it aso specifies certain rules as to how expenditure can happen, and this year a number of…

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Dell Latitude 5591 Review & Rating

Few deskbound PCs, and certainly few business desktops as opposed to serious gaming rigs, can keep up with the Dell Latitude 5591 (starts at $1,069; $2,412 as tested) and its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7 processor. The 15.6-inch Latitude isn’t a graphics or gaming ace, with its modest Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics, but its “Coffee Lake” CPU powers it to near-workstation levels of productivity performance—too much performance for mere spreadsheets or emails. It’s a little too specialized to unseat our…

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Dell Latitude 5591 Review & Rating

Few deskbound PCs, and certainly few business desktops as opposed to serious gaming rigs, can keep up with the Dell Latitude 5591 (starts at $1,069; $2,412 as tested) and its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7 processor. The 15.6-inch Latitude isn’t a graphics or gaming ace, with its modest Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics, but its “Coffee Lake” CPU powers it to near-workstation levels of productivity performance—too much performance for mere spreadsheets or emails. It’s a little too specialized to unseat our…

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Dell G7 15 Review & Rating

Dell has reinvented its gaming-laptop lineup this year, separating its former Inspiron gaming machines from its non-gaming Inspirons by splitting the gamers off into their own “G” series, replete with fresh designs. The G7 15 family (starts at $849.99) is one of these newcomers, straddling the line between entry-level and midrange pricing and power. You can get one of these laptops configured for well under $1,000, but our $1,209.99 test unit packs an Nvidia Max-Q GeForce GTX 1060 to provide…

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Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 review: Smooth productivity, bargain price

Yes, this mid-range model of Acer’s budget Aspire E15 line is a little thicker and heavier than an ultraportable, and we wish its 15.6-inch display were brighter. But for just $599, it delivers supple performance courtesy of its quad-core, eighth-generation Intel CPU, plenty of ports for everyday users, a discrete graphics card for casual gaming, and even a DVD drive. That’s a great value, even if it means toting around a couple extra pounds. Price and specifications We tested the…

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Now Ships With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS | News & Opinion

For those of us unwilling to pay the high price of a MacBook Pro and tired of all the Windows 10 updates, there’s always Linux! Dell just updated its premium XPS 13 laptop with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which Canonical will support for five years. The sales figures for laptops would have you believe there’s only really two operating systems available: laptops running Windows 10 and Apple’s MacBook range running macOS. But there’s a third option in the form of Linux,…

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Asus NovaGo (TP370QL) Review & Rating

The Asus NovaGo ($699) feels sturdy and looks stylish, with a generous helping of silver accents, though there’s little to distinguish it on the outside from other notebooks and convertibles from the Taiwanese manufacturer. The only giveaway that this 2-in-1 convertible laptop could usher in a revolution in mobile computing is a small sticker below the keyboard that reads “Qualcomm Snapdragon.” This is one of the first traditional computers to enter PC Labs powered by a Snapdragon 835, the same…

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Acer Swift 7 (2018) Review & Rating

Acer’s Swift 7 ultraportable is back, and with a profile just over a third of an inch thick, it’s holding on to its bragging rights as the world’s thinnest laptop. It’s no humble-brag, either: It’s going to be tough for any laptop maker to top this machine on thinness, seeing as the profile is barely thick enough to host any ports at all. With a spiffy, all-metal design, the Swift 7 is a real stunner, but it’s pricey at $1,699.99,…

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MSI GT75 Titan 8RG Review & Rating

The MSI GT75 Titan 8RG is one of the biggest, baddest gaming notebooks money can buy. This 17.3-inch behemoth (starts at $2,799, $3,999 as tested) is a Pentagon-grade arsenal of the latest technology, packing desktop-level power into a hulking 2.2-inch-thick, 10.1-pound chassis (not counting the twin—yes, two—230-watt power adapters). Chart-topping performance, a 120Hz G-Sync display, and a per-key RGB backlit mechanical keyboard are its marquee features. The GT75 offers just about everything except reasonable portability and long battery life. Just…

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Lenovo ThinkPad P52s Review & Rating

Thin design and pro-level graphics: That’s a rare combination, but the Lenovo ThinkPad P52s lets you have both. This 15.6-incher (starts at $1,070; $2,113 as tested) hides an Nvidia Quadro P500 graphics chip in its 0.8-inch thick, 4.4-pound chassis. Aimed at the business crowd, it’s essentially a mobile workstation version of the company’s ThinkPad T580. Our pumped-up configuration packs enough performance and component jazz to get content creators grooving, but the price approaches that of a desktop-replacement ThinkPad P51, Lenovo’s…

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Dell Latitude 5491 Review & Rating

“Pinstriped Overkill” would be a good name for a rock band. Or for the Dell Latitude 5491 (starts at $1,069; as tested $2,370), a 14-inch business laptop that’s too much machine for mere spreadsheets and presentations. Thanks to its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-8850H processor, it’s more powerful than some mobile workstations of a year or two ago. The 45-watt “Coffee Lake” CPU brings some drawbacks compared with Intel’s perfectly adequate 15-watt U-series chips—the Dell’s battery life is briefer and…

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Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 | News & Opinion

Googled developers appears to be working on a new feature for Chrome OS called ‘Campfire’ that can dual boot an alternative OS that appears to be Windows 10. Unfortunately, only a select number of Chromebooks might be able to run the rumored feature. August 13, 2018 3:00PM EST August 13, 2018 Windows 10 might be arriving on Chromebooks as a “dual boot” feature that’ll let you load up Microsoft’s operating system on startup. Google developers have been dropping possible hints…

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Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you

The most affordable Chromebooks aren’t exactly barn burners, pairing low-end ARM chips with Google’s streamlined, browser-based Chrome OS. Now, reports of a newly discovered “Campfire” feature suggests Google wants to enable Chromebooks to run Windows? Madness! Well, not if you’re Google. In fact, in most cases the only party that would benefit from this is Google, in terms of showing off how efficient its Chrome OS can be in comparison to Microsoft’s “bloated” Windows. Google’s secret project to bring Windows 10 to Chromebooks…

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