OLED laptops are an idea whose time has come

OLED has been the de facto display technology in high-end smartphones and TVs for a few years now for good reason: it combines rich colors with a wide range of contrast and inky-deep blacks that just can’t be matched by other screen types. But while you may have an OLED screen in your pocket or [...]

LG Gram 17 review: as ultra-portable as 17 inches can get

The LG Gram 17, like the company’s other super-lightweight Gram laptops, messes with your mind. It’s got a 17-inch screen, yet at 2.95 pounds weighs less than many 15-inch laptops and nearly the same as some 13-inch models. Having recently reviewed the airy Acer Swift 5, I find the Gram’s efficiency even more impressive — [...]

Acer Predator Triton 900 review: weird flex

The inarguable highlight of Acer’s new Predator Triton 900 gaming laptop is its gorgeous 17.3-inch 4K IPS LCD display that floats above the chassis. Okay, it’s not exactly floating. The sturdy arms attached to the screen’s sides play a central role in the effect, giving it a huge range of movement, more so than almost [...]

Apple’s new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is an obvious upgrade

There’s a new entry-level MacBook Pro in town. An “entry-level pro” machine is a bit of an oxymoron, so the best way to look at this computer is to think of it as an upgrade to the mainstream MacBook Air — one that doesn’t command the extremely high price tags of the rest of Apple’s [...]

HP’s latest Spectre x360 is an excellent laptop with one major flaw

It wasn’t that long ago when the idea of a good laptop from HP was little more than a pipe dream. The company has come a long way from the ugly, plasticky designs of a few years ago, and its Spectre line of high-end Windows laptops have been on my shortlist of recommendations for people [...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Android’s best foe to the iPad Pro

I am in productivity hell. For the past week, I’ve been using Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 to read Twitter, correspond on Slack, and write articles for this website. The Tab S3 is capable of doing all these things — in some cases, it’s even capable of doing them quite well — but it’s not capable [...]

Lenovo Yoga Book review: the unbearable lightness of computing

Awkward. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of all of the 2-in-1 “convertible” laptops that have come to market in recent years, as PC makers try to adapt in a mobile-centric world and rejuvenate the market. A 13-inch or 15-inch laptop just doesn’t really work as a tablet. The option to [...]

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review

You can’t help but hear about tablets that are designed to replace your laptop. Microsoft and Apple have been pouring tons of effort and marketing into the Surface Pro and iPad Pro, two devices that are supposed to be productivity machines in addition to tablets. You can see them at every NFL game, in countless [...]

iPad Pro 9.7 review: damn the torpedoes

"We believe that iPad is the perfect expression of the future of personal computing." So said Tim Cook at the introduction of the new iPad Pro 9.7 last week. It’s exactly the kind of phrase you expect from Cook’s Apple: spoken humbly, but revealing a huge ambition. It mixes a thing that’s familiar (the good [...]

Microsoft Surface Go with LTE review: the best netbook

The Surface Go is not a fast computer, but it’s familiar. That predictability is sort of a relief after using the iPad Pro and Pixel Slate, both of which have ambitions to replace your laptop but fall short of that goal because of their software (the iPad Pro is restricted, the Pixel Slate is buggy). [...]