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LG Gram 13 (2017)

Introduction, Design Features It seems like it was just yesterday that LG had entered the PC market in the United States. They’ve made considerable progress since the early-2016 introduction of the Gram 14Z950Gram 14 (2017) (dubbed the “14Z970”). The LG Gram 13 (“13Z970”, in LG-speak) you’re reading about in this article doesn’t have a predecessor, as it’s a brand new ... Read More »

Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro

Introduction, Design, Features Alienware or MSI, yes, but who would have suspected Acer of wanting to rule the gaming world? The company has been positively flooding the market with well-turned-out gaming rigs, from the surprisingly capable $799 Aspire VX 15Predator 17Predator 21 X. You might think that slotting another system in between the Aspire VX and Predator lines would be ... Read More »

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: A gaming laptop at a decidedly non-gaming price

Inexpensive gaming laptops. They’re the order of the day, with component prices reaching new lows and non-gaming companies putting out quality products at a bargain. A few years back we were hyped about Lenovo’s selling its Y50 for $1,200. Now? You can pick up a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming notebook for $850. That’s with a 1050 Ti thrown in. ... Read More »

Not your father’s MacBook: The pros and cons of Apple’s tiny ultrabook

I’ve been using the MacBook for hours every day — doing everything from writing to light gaming and photo and video editing. Here’s what I’ve learned about the mid-range ‘Book. Not your father’s MacBook The two-year-old MacBook reboot is nothing like its namesake. It costs more than the MacBook Air, the machine that once defined Ultrabooks. That buys features that ... Read More »

​Computex 2017: Always Connected PC sounds great, but we’ll have to wait

New ARM processors for mobile devices tailored to AI and VR In separate events at Computex, Qualcomm and Microsoft made a compelling case for a new class of thin, fanless laptops with broadband wireless, significantly longer battery life, and the full Windows 10 experience. And, as expected, the companies announced that several major OEMs, including Asus, HP, and Lenovo, will ... Read More »

ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs coming from Asus, Lenovo and HP

Asus, Lenovo and HP will be the first three PC makers to launch Windows 10 PCs based not on Intel x86, but the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform.  During Microsoft’s Computex keynote on Wednesday, the two companies announced that the first ARM-powered Windows 10 devices, which were teased last month, will launch in the fourth quarter of 2017.  With ... Read More »

Qualcomm inks deal to build mobile Windows 10 PCs with Asus, Lenovo, HP

Qualcomm Qualcomm has announced a new partnership with Asus, Lenovo, and Hewlett-Packard to build a new range of mobile PCs powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor family. At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday Qualcomm revealed the deal in which ASUS, HP, and Lenovo will become the first original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop PCs designed for ... Read More »

Nvidia’s Max-Q finally gives you GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in a thin-and-light laptop

Nvidia’s Max-Q is arguably the most groundbreaking mobile graphics initiative in a generation, enabling gaming laptops to be built three times thinner with three times the performance (according to Nvidia) over previous designs. Named after NASA’s initiative to put man into space, Nvidia said the technology is based on its current Pascal architecture which, when combined with ground-up designs from ... Read More »

​HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

When Hewlett Packard split its PC and printing business from its enterprise unit, it was widely assumed that Hewlett Packard Enterprise would outshine HP Inc. But better design and a knack for finding new profit pools in a tough personal systems market has put the spotlight on HP. In its second quarter earnings report, HP reported revenue of $12.4 billion, ... Read More »

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch)

Introduction, Design, Features A long time ago, the Sears catalog would label overlapping items as Good, Better, or Best. Today, different manufacturers use different names for higher-priced or more fully featured products, such as HP’s Pavilion, Envy, and Spectre lines or Dell’s 3000, 5000, and 7000 series laptops. Lenovo’s nomenclature can be baffling—all ThinkPads are premium notebooks, but good luck ... Read More »

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