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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 [...]

The best Chromebook you can buy right now

You used to have to explain what a Chromebook is because the idea that there could be a laptop that just ran a browser and maybe a few Android apps seemed weird. That’s not the case anymore. Most people get that Chromebooks can cover much more of their computing needs than before. A good Chromebook [...]

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo review: two-screen dream

There are a lot of things I can tell you about the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, but you likely don’t care about any of them. You — like nearly anyone else who looks at the ZenBook Pro Duo — are likely here for one thing: the absolutely wild-looking second screen that gives the laptop its [...]

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch review: have a normal one

Microsoft has given us more choices than ever with its Surface products this year. If you want a 2-in-1 tablet, you can now choose between a Surface Pro 7 or a Surface Pro X. If you want a traditional clamshell laptop, you can now choose between a 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 or a larger 15-inch [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro X

Something weird has happened over the past year: I’ve kind of fallen in love with the Surface Pro. After debating its “lapability,” its lack of USB-C ports, and its staid design, I’ve used the Surface Pro 6 on and off as a regular laptop for nearly 12 months now. I’ve been trying to think of [...]

The best laptop you can buy right now

We live in a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, tablets are commonplace, and even smartwatches are no longer novel. But throughout all of these advances, the humble laptop has persevered, and for good reason. When it comes time to actually get something done — whether that’s editing photos, writing a lot of emails, composing documents, [...]

The Origin EVO 16-S’s 16-inch display doesn’t make for a better laptop

There’s something slightly unusual about the Origin EVO 16-S: it has a 16-inch screen. That’s a peculiar size for a gaming laptop, or any kind of laptop for that matter (though it may not be an anomaly for long.) Origin has, in effect, stuffed a bigger screen into its lightly tweaked 15-inch EVO 15-S chassis, [...]

Dell XPS 13 (2019) review: the right stuff, refined

The camera is in the right place on the new Dell XPS 13. That may seem like a small thing, but to people who have used this laptop in the past it’s the main thing. It’s the main thing because that seemingly minor complaint was the only real knock on an otherwise excellent laptop. Now [...]

Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: the new normal

There’s not a lot that’s changed with 2019’s iteration of the MacBook Air — it’s a minor tweak on the major changes Apple introduced last year. It still has a beautiful Retina display — only now it’s True Tone so it matches the color temperature of the room. There are still two USB-C / Thunderbolt [...]

Acer Swift 7 review: thin at all costs

The Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest and lightest laptop I’ve ever reviewed. At 1.96 lbs (890 grams) and 0.39 inches (9.95mm), it beats out Apple’s recently departed 12-inch MacBook for portability. It’s even a full third of a pound lighter than an iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard attached. The Swift 7 also one-ups [...]

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: boring is better than bad

What do you do if you’re a computer manufacturer and the past few laptops you’ve released have been panned for cheap-looking designs and shoddy build quality? If you’re Samsung, you do research. A lot of it. That’s what the company claims it did for the new Notebook 9 Pro, which is hitting Best Buy stores [...]

The RTX 2060 is the sweet spot for price and performance in gaming laptops...

Buying a new laptop equipped with Nvidia’s RTX latest graphics cards can be challenging if you’re trying to stick to a reasonable budget. As we found out with the RTX 2080 Max Q and the $2,999 MSI GS75, gaming laptops equipped with the new cards are considerably more expensive than laptops with the last generation [...]

Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: the present of computing

The fan is blowing on this brand-new MacBook Air with Retina Display. It’s a familiar sound: a computer trying to cool down a processor that’s being overtaxed by one of the eight or so apps I have running. (In this case, it’s TweetDeck going rogue.) But it’s also a sound you don’t hear on more [...]

Alienware Area-51m review: portable desktop

If you’ve been looking at the field of gaming laptops for the past couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that they are getting thinner, lighter, and less conspicuous. Today’s gaming laptops are not only capable of playing the latest games at high frame rates, but they can also pull double duty for productivity work just [...]

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 review: the Surface Amateur

About two years ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be compatible with ARM processors, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of chips found in mobile phones. At the time, I wrote that this gave Microsoft a perfect opportunity to produce the ideal Surface Pro: a computer that’s thin, light, always connected via built-in LTE, and has [...]

VAIO SX14 review: Lots of ports mean business

Way back in the dark ages, when Sony owned the VAIO brand of consumer laptops, I bought one and used it happily for several years. For its time, it was a great laptop; it was relatively light to carry and had a reasonably good display, a great keyboard, a responsive trackpad, and it lasted far [...]

Nvidia’s RTX cards bring massive power and prices to gaming laptops

Late last year, Nvidia released its new RTX graphics cards for desktops, showcasing more power, new lighting effects capabilities, and sky-high price tags. Less than half a year later, the first mobile RTX graphics cards are arriving in laptops, like the new MSI GS75 Stealth. Unsurprisingly, the mobile options aren’t as cut-and-dried as you might [...]

Acer Swift 5 review: big-screen featherweight

If you simply look at Acer’s Swift 5 laptop sitting on a desk, you’re not going to get it. Its design is terribly dull. The screen is glossy and might not get as bright as you’d like. This laptop wouldn’t strike you as particularly thin or svelte. But then you pick it up. The $999 [...]

Razer Blade Stealth (2019) review: the cost of compromise

Razer’s latest Blade Stealth has a new design, more power, and some much-needed improvements. Those changes have the potential to turn the company’s least interesting laptop into its most versatile. The Blade Stealth is Razer’s smallest, lightest, and least expensive laptop, starting at $1,399. It occupies the same space as thin and light computers like [...]

HP Spectre Folio review: more laptops should be wrapped in leather

There’s nothing really quite like HP’s new Spectre Folio. For the past few years, the concept of a “laptop” has been constant. There are the traditional, clamshell designs, which are largely derivative of Apple’s MacBook Air design. There are the 360-style convertibles with screens that flip all the way around for tablet functions, like Lenovo’s [...]

The first Max Q gaming laptop from Alienware is too thick and too late

The biggest innovation in gaming laptops in the past year has been Nvidia’s Max Q graphics cards, which allow for much thinner and lighter designs with enough graphical power to run the latest high-end games. These are laptops that you could realistically use all day at the office and then for intense gaming sessions when [...]

Huawei MateBook 13 review: sophomore struggles

Last year’s Huawei’s MateBook X Pro was a stunner of a laptop. Not only was it incredibly competent in all the major categories that matter — power, portability, design, build quality, keyboard, trackpad, even battery life — it was also incredibly cheap, offering that package for hundreds of dollars less than competing Windows laptops or [...]

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: if it ain’t broke

Last year, Microsoft finally did the thing that everyone was waiting for it to do: it produced a laptop. Not a tablet that can be a laptop if you attach a keyboard, not a 2-in-1 device that you can tear the screen away from the keyboard to use as a tablet, but a straightforward, honest-to-god [...]

Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise

Razer wants you to think of the new entry-level Blade 15 laptop as a more accessible introduction to the world of thin-and-light gaming machines, with a starting price of $1,599 — a thousand dollars cheaper than the version I liked this summer. To sweeten the supposed deal — unlike the original — this Blade 15 [...]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review: the right mix of work and fun

When I showed the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to some of my friends, they were puzzled. “Why is that red joystick still there?” “I thought Lenovo only makes school computers now?” And I can’t blame them. An all-black carbon fiber / graphite exterior, few branding details, and the keyboard / mouse layout that ThinkPads have historically [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: a familiar bet

Microsoft’s Surface Pro has long been the flagship of the company’s increasingly diverse range of Surface hardware. It’s the tablet that can also be a laptop, and the byproduct of refinement since the original Surface RT that launched six years ago. When you think of Surface, you immediately think of Surface Pro. It’s the most [...]

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 review: two screens and lots of compromises

If you traveled back in time five years and asked what a futuristic 2018 computer would look like, there’s a pretty good chance that somebody would describe something very much like the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. It’s a svelte, small, and decently powerful computer that has so many different modes that it’s difficult to call [...]

HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro

It used to be that if you wanted a really nice Chromebook with a great screen and good specs, your options were few, far between, and probably made by Google. But in the past year or so, some manufacturers have cottoned on to the idea and started releasing devices that can keep up with more [...]

HP is finally fixing its terrible trackpads

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to use and review a lot of HP laptops. I’ve tracked how HP’s sharpened its design chops, improved performance and battery life, and invented all new form factors with unique materials. But through all of those laptops there has been one constant: terrible trackpads. It’s not [...]

Dell’s new business laptop logs you in hands-free

Update June 7, 2019, 12:12PM ET: This article has been updated to add information about when the proximity sensors are enabled. It’s always been something of a pain to have to sign in to a work computer, but advancements like Windows Hello facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, and Apple’s Touch ID systems have made it slightly [...]

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X review

The Nvidia Titan X is the result of Nvidia maxing out its Maxwell graphics architecture. This is one of the best graphics cards of all time. Fantastic. That means, once again, we can trot out the familiar ‘fastest graphics card ever’ headline, right? Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X at Amazon for $1,090 Well… no. There's [...]

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was one of the most anticipated graphics cards when it came out in 2017. The 1080 series was Nvidia’s top-end GPU for gamers, and this more recent version outpaced the mighty Titan X in many areas. Nvidia news Next Nvidia Shield Tablet could be a 2-in-1 Nvidia expands GTX [...]

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review

Nvidia’s Pascal GPU architecture was at the top of every PC enthusiast’s component wish list for a year before the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 even came out. And, with good reason – it was the first time we’d ever seen a manufacturing process smaller than 28nm. Nvidia news Nvidia expands GTX 16-Series with new mobile [...]

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X review

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 follows the GTX 970, which back in its day, was the best bang for your buck graphics card of its generation. Packed with 1,664 CUDA cores and a boost clock of 1,178 MHz, the 4GB (or 3.5GB if you’re being pedantic) GTX 970 was more than capable of powering the [...]

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 marked a great time for PC enthusiasts. For example, in 2016, we saw the largest advancement in manufacturing processes and performance increases since the start of Intel’s 32nm Nehalem processor line back in 2009. And, that’s happening again in 2019 with the advent of 7nm for Nvidia and AMD. Either [...]

Intel Core i7-8700K review

With Coffee Lake processors like the Intel Core i7-8700K, Intel had to up the core count on its mainstream processors. This was absolutely necessary, and franky, it’s hard to imagine what would have happened if Team Blue didn’t put out something like the Intel Core i7-8700K in light of how AMD has redrawn the battle [...]

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB portable hard disk drive review

Meet the Backup Plus Slim from Seagate, yet another portable hard disk drive that uses the tried and trusted ST2000LM007, a hard drive that was unleashed in the first quarter of 2016. The Backup Plus Slim (STHN1000402) is available in 1TB and 2TB models, in a light blue, black or brushed aluminum finish. Amazon lists [...]

G-Technology G-Drive mobile Pro Thunderbolt 3 SSD 500GB review

Thunderbolt 3 storage devices are gradually making their way onto the market with an increasing number that are small enough to be carried in a backpack (or your jeans back pocket). The G-Drive mobile Pro stands out from the crowd by combining blazing speed – thanks to an NVMe drive – with the sort of [...]

G-Technology G-Drive mobile SSD 500GB review

You won’t buy the G-Technology G-Drive mobile SSD for its speedy performance – get its bigger brother, the mobile Pro instead – or for its looks – in that case, the LaCie Mobile SSD might be a better bet. Instead, this external SSD from a Western Digital Corporation brand focuses on the creative audience who [...]

LaCie Mobile SSD 2TB review

LaCie can be considered to be the Apple of the storage world with extravagant, often futuristic, bold designs and premium pricing. LaCie is owned by storage giant Seagate, and this French company has a longstanding partnership with Apple, as both target the same audience and complement each other. Case in point, the LaCie Mobile SSD [...]

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB hard drive review

5TB seems to be the absolute capacity limit for 2.5-inch hard disk drives. Not only have no products with a higher capacity been launched since 2016, the ones that have been marketed are significantly thicker than lesser capacity models, as the laws of physics seem to have finally caught up with storage engineers. Seagate recently [...]

PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC review

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti feels like a graphics card from a bizzaro alternate reality where RTX never happened and everyone got the GPU they wanted. It’s a GPU that’s built on Team Green’s cutting-edge Turing architecture, featuring generational leaps and the affordable prices we deserved. The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming [...]

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G review

For the longest time the PC gaming world was experiencing a drought of new graphics cards, and now it seems we’re amid the great flood. Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti just a few weeks ago, and now GeForce GTX 1660 cards are coming out of the woodwork. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC [...]

MASV accelerated file transfer service review

MASV is a completely different type of cloud storage from those we normally cover here. Instead of the usual all-you-can-eat data buffet, MASV provides a controlled mechanism to distribute large files where all you can guarantee is that the recipients have is a browser. Not just a cloud storage provider, but more akin to an [...]

Asus ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti OC review

Nvidia has struggled to make its expensive Turing RTX graphics cards look appealing to the masses, and now, after all the cries for cheaper GPUs without ray tracing cores, the company has finally responded with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. While the card was introduced as a mid-range option with a fairly reasonable $279 / [...]

WD Upthere review

Western Digital bought Upthere in August of 2017 for an undisclosed sum, after having sunk $77m into the business alongside KPCB. They said at the time, "Upthere is delivering on its mission to transform the personal storage market and we share their focus on providing consumers more rich and meaningful experiences with their data," Based [...]

Zoolz Cloud Backup review

To avoid any confusion from the outset, this is Zoolz the cloud backup service. And not Zuul, the Gatekeeper Gozer the Gozerian as depicted in the 1982 classic comedy movie, Ghostbusters. The service is based on Amazon Glacier technology, and at this time Zoolz is one of the biggest users of ‘Cold Storage’, providing a [...]

Wasabi review

A relative newcomer to the cloud storage market, Wasabi was founded by David Friend and Jeff Flowers, the creative team behind Carbonite. Wasabi is the fifth business the pair has formed together, and the growth of this company from its launch in May 2017 has been spectacular. Wasabi Wasabi at Amazon for £0.01 Read more: [...]

Tresorit review

Each supplier of cloud storage makes a series of choices about the service they provide and how it differs from what others are doing. Tresorit is a Swiss-based business were the focus was placed on two aspects that it considered important to its customers, security and simplicity. But, can it deliver those things in a [...]

Nextcloud 15 review

Picking a cloud service can be something of a lottery. The big players tend to offer a solution that locks you into their services but offer an attractive price to be shackled. And, the smaller operations tend to lack the functionality that business invariably needs. Nextcloud isn’t like either of these stereotypical cloud storage offerings, [...]