Samsung Chromebook Pro

The Positive A very long list of features for the price, including a QHD touch display, hybrid hinge and included stylus. Adding support for the Google Play app store means this Chromebook can access a wide range of software. The Imperfect The keyboard and touchpad both remind you this is a budget laptop, and the […]

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Apple MacBook (2017)

The Positive The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance. The Imperfect Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can’t get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors. The Outcome With a subtle tweak […]

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HP Spectre (2017)

The Positive HP upgrades the super-slim Spectre with a fast new CPU, a much-needed touchscreen and a cool new white-and-gold design. The Imperfect Battery life isn’t in the top tier, and the touchpad feels a bit off. The hinges don’t allow the screen to be tilted very far back. The Outcome The new version […]

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Acer Chromebook 15 (2017)

The Positive The Acer Chromebook 15 is a stylish notebook with a large 15.6-inch screen. It has a backlit keyboard, touchscreen and loud speakers. Battery life is long-lasting. The Imperfect The screen is dull. Chromebooks have inherent OS limitations you need to be aware of. Low-end CPU hampers performance. The Outcome As one of […]

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Lenovo Flex 5 (15-inch)

The Positive Following the form of Lenovo’s slimmer, smaller Yoga two-in-ones, the Flex 5’s 15.6-inch display gives you more room for work and, complemented by its speakers, makes it very good for video, music and games. It also has plenty of battery life to get you through the day. The Imperfect Outside of its 360-degree […]

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Razer Blade Stealth (13-inch, 2017)

The Positive The Razer Blade Stealth gets a larger screen in the same slim body. The new design feels more sophisticated and less gamer-y. Dropping the resolution from 4K means better battery life. Well priced for a premium Core i7 laptop. The Imperfect The keyboard loses its fun multicolored backlight, going white-only. Accessing many system […]

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-inch)

The Positive A great set of features for a reasonable price. The included stylus fits into a handy custom slot on the body, and its basic graphics card can handle light gaming. The Imperfect It’s heavier than many other 15-inch laptops, the body can get hot and the power button is awkwardly placed. Battery life […]

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Acer Aspire VX 15

The Positive The Acer Aspire VX 15 is an attractive budget-friendly gaming laptop that’s well configured for the money. You can easily add more memory and storage. It has an ample port assortment, including USB 3.1 Type-C. The Imperfect The display is a little displayappointing despite being an IPS panel. The base model has a […]

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

The Positive The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 has a comfortable and responsive keyboard, battery life that’ll last a work day and an adjustable screen with sturdy 180-degree hinges. The Imperfect Audio is muffled thanks to poor speaker placement, the display doesn’t pop, and the keyboard isn’t backlit. Chrome OS has limited software options. The Outcome […]

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016)

The Positive The larger version of Apple’s MacBook Pro has a big, bold display, a thinner, lighter body, an AMD graphics chip by default and a massive trackpad. The inventive Touch Bar second-screen display saves clicks here and there, and now works with apps like Photoshop and Spotify. The Imperfect Even the base 15-inch model […]

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