I get asked a lot about laptop recommendations, and while it’s easy to give an answer for notebooks above $400, anything below is tricky. So when Starmobile asked me to review its $150 Engage Aura, I happily obliged in order to deepen my knowledge of the budget-friendly segment.
Without any doubt, the golden standard for Windows laptops is the Dell XPS 13. But, how about 2-in-1 convertibles? Dell wants to own that segment, too.
The dream of a Windows 10 smartphone running desktop apps is apparently alive and well. And perhaps next year, it might arrive at a store near you.
I’d like to start on a more positive note, so let’s talk a little about that killer feature. Honestly, the Touch Bar, despite its potential utility, sounds to me a bit like what 3D Touch is to iPhones.
Apple’s got a new MacBook Pro.
That in and of itself isn’t really big news. Almost every year their iconic notebook computer gets a speed boost, minor cosmetic changes, and a nip and tuck here and there.
But this year, Apple is making BIG, newsworthy changes.
As mobile gadgets rise in shipments each year, traditional laptops and desktop computers continue to slump. HP, who’s been such a strong player for Windows-powered machines, is fully aware of the situation, and has turned its attention to the one market that values conventional computing: Gamers.
As soon as you read the name, you’d automatically think the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one those sleek Android tablets you’ve seen in the news. That’s only half right, because this Galaxy is a full-fledged Windows 10 convertible through and through.
We’re entering an age where traditional laptops just don’t cut it anymore. They’ve matured so much that there’s nothing to offer other than lowered prices. On the other hand, 2-in-1 convertibles with their multiple usage modes are becoming the norm, but with their newer technology comes less attractive price tags. HP wants to change all that with the highly capable yet affordable Pavilion x360.
The Dell XPS 13 is widely considered to be the most attractive Windows laptop, and we have to agree. With a nearly bezel-free screen, lightweight build, and high-end processor inside, it’s the notebook you’ll want to use wherever you go. With the release of Intel’s seventh-generation chips, Dell decided to update its most popular laptop with better specs, plus a fresh coat of paint.
Every year at a consumer electronics trade show, when the lights shine the brightest, at least one company takes an idea and really runs with it in an attempt to smash previous records (very temporarily) and set the internet on fire (also very temporarily).
Gaming laptops have become the experimental platform for manufacturers to let out all the wild ideas they’ve come up with. Most recently, ASUS unleashed what we thought was a mobile behemoth, cramming two high-end graphics cards, water cooling, and a mechanical keyboard into a massive notebook. Acer may have done something even more unthinkable, placing a 21-inch curved display in its new Predator 21 X gaming notebook.
Every year around September, Intel releases a new set of processors that are significantly improved over the previous generation. This year’s Kaby Lake marks the seventh generation since Intel began the Core series of CPUs, and it’s going to make your next computer a lot faster.
Whenever we hear the words Samsung and Galaxy put together, Android tablets and smartphones instantly come to mind. That’s why it’s so strange to see the Galaxy label plastered on a Windows tablet when talking about the Galaxy TabPro S. And yet, it’s only when you begin using this convertible that you realize how similar it behaves to an Android tablet.
It looks like Apple fans won’t have to wait until next year for a MacBook Pro refresh. And there’s a pretty good chance the upgrade will be well worth it. A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is making big changes to its line of pro laptops — the first major overhaul in four years. There have been similar reports in May, when KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said the 2016 MacBook Pros would have an “OLED display touch bar.”
Just as you thought water-cooling in a gaming notebook was overkill with last year’s ROG GX700, ASUS has upped the ante once again with its successor, the ROG GX800. Built with the same monstrous cooling system, the latest gaming laptop is now equipped with Intel’s most powerful Core i7 mobile processor and a pair of graphics cards that work together.
If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8 on any of your computers, now is a good time to take Microsoft up on its temporary upgrade offer. You know, before it expires.
With a flurry of possibly desirable consumer products in its arsenal — from a Windows 10 convertible with a liquid-cooling system to a super-durable Chromebook to a smartphone with a 5,000mAh battery — Taiwan’s Acer indeed seems hell-bent on clawing out of the hole it has dug for itself in the wake of the PC’s decline.
Apple just announced a refresh for its 12-inch MacBook weeks before its developer conference in June, where it is expected to show off the latest operating system updates for all its devices. As expected, the second-generation model doesn’t bring any design overhauls, though it addresses two major issues many users raised with the original ultra-thin laptop: computing power and battery life.
This year’s arrival of Windows 10 brings with it a great promise, a universal operating system that will run across all devices in the Windows ecosystem, plus every other device that Microsoft builds.
Theoretically one operating system means a seamless computing experience across devices, and one shared app store.
What makes an ultrabook? Power, performance, ultra portability. This is the Asus Zenbook UX305 in the spotlight.
The UX305 isn’t your usual ultrabook. It’s a new kind of laptop. A new breed for those who value portability over power. Measuring 12mm at its thinnest point, the Zenbook UX305 has great size for a device that needs to go, everywhere you do.
A perfect blend of substance and style – the Dell XPS-13 laptop is sleek without sacrificing computing power. It fits a 13-inch display into the body of an 11-inch ultrabook. Standout features include, an almost borderless 4K touch screen, carbon fiber interiors, and 15 hours of battery life. In this video, we’ll tell you why we think the Dell XPS 13 is the best Windows laptop of 2015.