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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 [...]

Razer Blade 2019 review

The Razer Blade 2019 is strangely similar to its 2018 predecessor. However, it has more than its share of updates to the hardware inside to make the price rise worth it. One major upgrade to the Razer Blade 2019 is the new Nvidia Turing graphics inside, which are undeniably much more powerful than the Pascal [...]

Alldocube Kbook laptop review

Where to buy Online Chinese retailer, Gearbest, sells the Alldocube Kbook laptop for as little as $399.99 at the time of writing. Note that, while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by the relevant authorities or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. Market conditions can [...]

HP Envy 13t 2019 review

HP’s Envy line of laptops is effectively the more affordable alternative to its premium Spectre line of Ultrabooks. But, over the years, more and more of the premium features have trickled down into Envy laptops, and the latest Envy 13t keeps that up with plenty to offer at a more affordable price. Spec Sheet Here [...]

HP Spectre x360 review

Like the best HP laptops out there, the Spectre lineup is designed to be thin, light and packed with the most powerful hardware, and the HP Spectre x360 2019 continues this tradition. In years past, the HP Spectre x360 has always ranked as one of the best 2-in-1 laptops, featuring powerful hardware behind a sleek, [...]

Asus ZenBook 3 review

The best Ultrabooks keep slimming down, and no Asus laptop exemplifies this trend quite like the Asus ZenBook 3. After all, who wouldn’t want a laptop that’s quick enough to tackle most everyday tasks, while also being thin and light enough to carry with you wherever you go? It’s a compelling sales pitch made by [...]

Google Pixelbook review

With everything that the Google Pixelbook can do these days, we aren’t surprised that there’s a renewed interest in premium Chromebooks. A hybrid in every sense of the word, the Google Pixelbook brings a lot to the table, both in compatibility and performance, that the similarly priced Chromebook Pixel could only hope for. The Google [...]

MacBook Pro (15-inch, mid-2018) review

Apple has a knack for launching new versions of its devices with a lot of fanfare, but when it released the Macbook Pro 2018, it did it so under the radar. In fact, the 2018 MacBook Pro experienced such a low-key launch, despite having much more powerful hardware and an improved keyboard. And, just like [...]

Acer Chromebook 11 review

While many Chromebooks try to stand out from the rest using features like rugged designs or tablet conversion, the Acer Chromebook 11 practically takes the opposite approach. The Acer Chromebook 11 is the non-convertible version of the Acer Chromebook R11, giving you everything you need from a Chromebook, with new gimmicks. You’re getting a long-lasting [...]

Acer Swift 7 (2018) review

When the Acer Swift 7 was unveiled at CES 2018, it was touted as the ‘world’s thinnest laptop’ that also maintains a large 14-inch display and a svelte design. Unfortunately, the Acer Swift 7 sacrifices far too much in order to keep that precious thin laptop crown. Acer laptop news Acer Predator Helios 700 leads [...]

Acer Aspire E 15 review

Describing Acer’s 15.6-inch Aspire E 15 laptop couldn’t be easier. It has all the things you want, all the things you don’t want, and all the things you thought were buried with the ET Atari 2600 carts in that New Mexico landfill. That may be a little vague, so here are some clearer details: the [...]

Microsoft Surface Book review

Did you know the Surface Book isn’t Microsoft’s latest flagship 2-in-1 laptop? No, that honor goes to the new, and now more affordable, Microsoft Surface Book 2 – now, read our Surface Book 2 review! When Microsoft launched the original Surface Book back in October 2015, it took the computing world by storm. Three years [...]

MSI PS63 Modern 8RC review

MSI may not be the first name you think of when looking for a laptop but the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, which often spares with Asus on everything from motherboards to servers, has signalled its growing ambition. Earlier this year, it released a range of laptops called Prestige that competes directly with the likes of the [...]

MSI Prestige PS42 Laptop review

Although the thin and light market segment has existed for many years in the form of Ultrabooks, we’ve seen some really nice laptops in this space recently such as the Huawei MateBook 13 that push boundaries of not only the form factor but also performance. MSI’s latest laptop is the Prestige PS42, and marks another [...]

Lenovo Legion Y7000P review

The Lenovo Legion Y7000P is a rare monster. What initially seems to be just another variant in the long line of budget gaming laptops is actually a powerful machine. The Y7000P sports an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia graphics and enough RAM capable of providing for just about any current gaming need. It comes with [...]

Razer Blade (2018) review

Did you know there’s a new Razer Blade out there? Check out our Razer Blade 2019 review. The 2018 Razer Blade marked a huge revolution for Razer’s thin and light device, already one of the best gaming laptops. Razer abandoned the 14-inch model for, well, another 14-inch Razer Blade this time around, technically speaking. Razer [...]

Acer Chromebook 13 (2018) review

Chromebooks have been around for a while, and while they still haven’t found a home among more premium laptops – with the Google Pixelbook being an obvious exception – they have found their niche. The best Chromebooks are value-oriented devices, aimed primarily at students and anyone that needs a cheap laptop to browse the web [...]

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, mid-2018) review

However, besides the 15-inch MacBook Pro, only the Touch-Bar equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro gets an upgrade, so if you’re looking to save some cash on a non-Touch Bar model, you’ll have to make do with a dual core processor. Spec Sheet Here is the 13-inch MacBook Pro configuration sent to TechRadar for review: CPU: 2.7GHz [...]

Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY review

Update: Due to some odd benchmark results and faulty LEDs behind the keyboard, we contacted Asus to supply us with another Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY to test. The new version provided slightly better benchmark results, and an improved battery life, so we have amended the review to reflect this. The performance improvements were not enough [...]

Toshiba Portégé X30T-E-13H review

The business Ultrabook market is highly lucrative for laptop makers, so they like to keep these designs as fresh and innovative as possible. Toshiba has a wide selection of business orientated hardware on offer, with its Portégé series being especially popular. Following up on the generally well-received Portégé X20W-D, the X30T-E-13H takes the 2-in-1 concept [...]

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 review

In the past, Dell’s Inspiron line of laptops has been everywhere, so it really was about time that it got updated with the latest and greatest Intel hardware. It’s an attractive computer, too, with a brushed metal finish across the lid. Design Immediately, the metallic lid and attractive Dell logo give a first good impression, [...]