Laptop Reviews

Aorus 17 Review & Rating

Most gaming laptops have focused on getting slimmer and smaller over the last few years, but that’s not the goal for all. The Aorus 17 (starts at $1,799; $3,699 as tested) is one such laptop that wants to stretch its sizable legs, measuring in at about an inch and a half thick and more than 8 pounds. Its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU queue up top-end gaming performance, as you’d expect given the size and…

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Google Pixelbook Go hands-on: Come for the low price, stay for the keyboard

The Pixelbook Go is nothing less than a mea culpa from Google, making good on the Pixel Slate. Launched last year at the very same Made By Google event, the Pixel Slate was such a mess, it led Google to declare that it was out of the tablet-making business for good. The Pixelbook Go is what the Pixel Slate should have been all along: an affordable version of the Pixelbook. Instead of trying to one-up the iPad Pro with a…

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Acer Swift 3 (2019) review: This midrange notebook PC hides Nvidia graphics power

Acer’s Swift 3 (2019) should attract the type of savvy notebook PC buyer searching for a little more graphics oomph than the standard integrated GPU provides. Combining an 8th-gen “Whiskey Lake” chip plus a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU opens up more opportunities for light gaming without breaking the bank. Acer’s new Swift 3 clamshell is a generally solid midrange notebook, though it suffers in two key areas. First, the integrated audio isn’t much to write home about, even with…

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Google Pixelbook Go: The 5 major things you need to know

Google’s new Pixelbook Go answers the question of whether its next Chromebook would be a budget or premium device: It’s both. Priced at a somewhat moderate $649Remove non-product link, this clamshell Chromebook offers a 13.3-inch display up to 4K, with processor options all the way up to a Core i7. It maxes out at $1,399. Recall that in 2017 Google launched the Google Pixelbook, a 360-degree notebook for nearly $1,000. A year later, it followed up with the Google Pixel…

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Surface Pro X revealed: Thin, light, and supercharged with a custom SQ1 ARM chip

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is setting a new bar for Microsoft’s most compact 2-in-1, rocking a designer SQ1 chip that just may help you forget the underwhelming ARM-based Surfaces of the past.  Those Surfaces of yore had ARM chips that could run only Windows RT, a cut-down version of the OS. But Qualcomm’s been busy working on ARM chips that can drive full PCs. In late 2018, Qualcomm showed its most powerful chip, the 8cx, running full-fat Windows 10 Pro.…

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Microsoft’s Surface Neo is a folding PC with Windows 10X and a 2020 ship date

With Microsoft’s Surface Neo, the company looks ahead to a future that’s foldable. At its Surface event in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a prototype Surface Neo that will feature a next-gen Lakefield CPU, the thinnest LCD ever made, and a new vision for mobile productivity. It won’t actually ship until late next year, but what Microsoft showed gives all the other companies trying folding devices a lot to think about.  The Surface Neo features two opposing screens that…

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Review: Dell’s XPS 15 7590 reaches for 8 cores of CPU power

Dell’s XPS 15 (version 7590) is a test of just how much hardware you can jam into a 4.2-pound laptop. This latest iteration includes up to an 8-core “overclockable” Core i9-9980HK and a discrete GeForce GTX 1650 card. That is a lot of hot hardware in a body arguably not built to handle it. Hardware you’d expect to see in a gaming laptop, not a high-end, thin-and-light workhorse.  We know why Dell likely did it: to compete with another high-end 15-inch…

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Samsung’s Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+ offer affordable, small luxuries

Samsung’s Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+, both announced Monday, represent one big upgrade and a bunch of little ones to the company’s popular line of entry-level Google machines. The laptops start shipping Monday as well, with starting prices of $230 and $300, respectively.  The big upgrade is the Chromebook 4+ itself (pictured at top), which has a roomy 15.6-inch display with a nice Full HD resolution (1920×1080). While the most common Chromebook display size continues to be 11.6 inches (that…

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MSI’s affordable Alpha 15 gaming laptop goes all-AMD with Radeon RX 5500, Ryzen 7, and FreeSync

AMD revealed its new Radeon RX 5500 series graphics cards on Monday, bringing the cutting-edge features found in its Radeon RX 5700 series to the masses with a focus on 1080p gaming. In an unusual twist, AMD’s new GPU is debuting in prebuilt PC systems first, including an intriguing all-AMD gaming laptop also introduced today: MSI’s Alpha 15. The Alpha 15 packs Radeon RX 5500 graphics, obviously, along with the Ryzen 7 3750H processor and a blazing-fast 15.6-inch 144Hz FreeSync…

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What we know about the custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor in the Surface Laptop 3

When Microsoft announced that a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor with Radeon Vega graphics would be the basis of its new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, AMD’s low-key presence in laptops got a ginormous boost. The design win was revealed on Wednesday at Microsoft’s Surface event in New York. Specifically, the new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 will offer Ryzen for its consumer version. But fear not, Intel shareholders: A corporate version will offer Intel CPUs, and the new 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3…

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