The new MacBook Air hands-on More pixels, fewer ports

It’s called the MacBook Air, but it’s an Air in name only. This new version of the popular laptop might as well be called the MacBook Pro Lite, because that’s essentially what it is. The long-standing tapered Air design, with its thick screen bezels, smallish touchpad, deep keys and multiple types of ports is gone, […]

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Asus Chromebook C523 goes big to 15 inches

Asus keeps quietly posting new Chromebooks to its site; a couple of weeks ago it was the inexpensive 14-inch Chromebook C423, and now it’s added one for a slightly larger 15.6-inch Chromebook C523. In fact, it sounds identical to the 14-inch model, with the same connections and skinny display bezels, just writ a little larger. Specs […]

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Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) review 

The Positive The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 adds a handy secondary camera and a more powerful processor than its predecessor adding more value to this premium Chromebook. The two-in-one design and built-in pen also make it more useful than your average low-end clamshell Chromebook. The Imperfect Though not overpriced for what you’re getting, the $500 […]

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Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II review 

The Positive Excellent performance from a strong CPU-GPU combo. The better-than-most 144Hz screen has a slim bezel, giving it a modern feel. The Imperfect The boxy camo-covered body doesn’t look particularly interesting. The backlit keyboard lacks individual key lighting. Battery life isn’t great, even for a gaming laptop. The Outcome The Asus Strix Scar […]

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Asus TUF Gaming FX504 review 

The Positive The Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-ES51 is an entry-level gaming laptop with a comfortable and extra durable keyboard, easy access to RAM and storage drives for upgrades and generally good gaming performance for its configuration. The Imperfect Against its similarly priced competition, the base TUF’s display is disappointing. It has fewer ports and its […]

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Huawei MateBook X Pro review 

The Positive The Huawei MateBook X Pro is compact and light, with a stellar sRGB display, a very good sound system and solid performance for its size. The Imperfect Worst webcam placement ever, and the AC adapter has a horrible case of plugspreading disease. Plus, you do sacrifice some connections for the size, and an […]

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Lenovo Yoga Book C930 review 

The Positive The revamped Yoga Book improves on the original version, with a better typing experience and more powerful hardware. The small size is great for travelling. The Imperfect Using an E Ink keyboard and touchpad full time is never going to be as good as the real thing. The E Ink second screen bizarrely […]

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Lenovo Legion Y730 (15-inch) review 

The Positive The Lenovo Legion Y730 is a notch above other entry-level gaming laptops with its programmable per-key RGB lighting for the keyboard, custom macro keys and nice-looking full HD display. Despite the gaming extras, it wouldn’t look out of place at the office and it’s relatively thin and light. The Imperfect Graphics options tap […]

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HP’s leather-clad Spectre Folio is one classy notebook

Laptop or notebook? Katie Collins/ Laptops are often referred to as notebooks, but HP’s Spectre Folio is perhaps the first laptop that could pass for one in the most classic sense of the word.Wrapped in genuine leather with aluminum touches and delicate stitching, the latest convertible PC from HP is designed to turn heads. When […]

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