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 [...]

iOS 11 preview: keep it simple, smarty

iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time. It’s ambitious because it’s packed with so many new features and technologies that it will be impossible for me to cover them all here. It’s ambitious because those new features will be going out to over a billion devices [...]

Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in

Apple’s new base-level iPad is very good, but you knew that. Apple hasn’t produced a “bad” iPad in I don’t know how long — though it has allowed them to get a little long in the tooth from time to time. (The iPad Mini needs to either be refreshed or put down, for example.) Last [...]

iPad Pro 10.5 review: overkill

A little more than a year after Apple released the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it’s replacing it with a new model, the iPad Pro 10.5. In that year, guess how many companies came within a million miles of matching the speed, power, convenience, and app selection of the old iPad Pro. Can you guess? The answer [...]

Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet

I’ve been banging on for a while now that Android tablets are done for and will be replaced — someday — by Chrome OS tablets. Over the past couple of years, it’s gone from a weird theory that enraged Android partisans to conventional wisdom. This is despite some fairly decent, yet ultimately not very popular, [...]

The Surface Go is Microsoft’s hybrid PC dream made real

Microsoft has spent more than six years trying to perfect the combination of laptop and tablet. It’s been a bumpy ride. The original Surface RT suffered from performance issues, a confusing Windows RT desktop mode, and a lack of apps. Microsoft’s Surface 2 improved the kickstand, but little else, and the Surface 3 switched to [...]