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Always-connected Windows 10 S laptops coming to John Lewis and PC World

Always-connected Windows 10 S laptops coming to John Lewis and PC World

By Dan Grabham

Always-connected Windows 10 S PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon are near to release and Qualcomm has announced that John Lewis and PC World will be among the retailers to stock them in the UK.Essentially these devices will be Windows 10 PCs that have... Read more

Why Intel's work on quantum computing is in a spin

Why Intel's work on quantum computing is in a spin

By Dan Grabham

Intel always likes to reveal details of the bleeding edge stuff it works on and we’re now seeing the glimpse of some quantum computing tech that a research program embarked on back in 2015.Quantum computing is the ultimate in parallel computing; the... Read more

The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK

The supercharged 15-inch Surface Book 2 is now available in the UK

By Dan Grabham

The 15-inch version of the Surface Book 2 is now available to buy in the UK from the official Microsoft Store, John Lewis and Currys PC World.We've played with this thing and it is a beast, with up to 17 hours of battery life and Intel's latest generation... Read more

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

Google Chrome built-in ad blocker imminent

By Rik Henderson

Google has been working on its own ad blocker to be built into its Chrome browser for the best part of a year. Now it's ready for release, with the software expected to appear in Chrome from tomorrow, 15 February.To date, third-party software, such as... Read more

Huawei is holding an MWC 2018 event after all, expect new MateBooks at least

Huawei is holding an MWC 2018 event after all, expect new MateBooks at least

By Rik Henderson

With its phone launch event set for 27 March in Paris it was thought that Huawei could give Mobile World Congress a swerve this year. It was likely to have some presence at the trade show, but not to launch anything specifically.That, however, seems to... Read more

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant is everywhere - except for in Chromebooks, oddly.Technically, you could buy Google's own Pixelbook, which starts at £999/$999, if you want to have a laptop with built-in Google Assistant. Since 2011, Google has been developing its Chrome... Read more

Acer Swift 5 review: Lightweight design means limited longevity
4.0 stars

Acer Swift 5 review: Lightweight design means limited longevity

By Andrew Williams

Shop for a laptop with a good budget to play with and you have to make one key choice pretty early on: do you want a very light laptop you can take anywhere, or one that'll moonwalk through pro-grade apps?The Acer Swift 5 tries to get you the best of... Read more

Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop

Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop

By Elyse Betters

 Got a MacBook? You're not alone, of course, and there are absolutely stacks of MacBook cases to protect your diminutive laptop. Here's a selection of the best MacBook cases around.  Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device AppleApple now... Read more

The best Windows 10 laptops: Our pick of the top Windows 10 notebooks to buy today

The best Windows 10 laptops: Our pick of the top Windows 10 notebooks to buy today

By Dan Grabham

Windows 10 has been out for three years now and has been generally very well received over that time. Plus, Microsoft keeps on adding new features, such as the recent Windows Fall Creators Update. If you're in the market for a new Windows 10 laptop you've... Read more

Apple might release three new Macs with its own custom co-processors

Apple might release three new Macs with its own custom co-processors

By Elyse Betters

Apple plans to put custom co-processors in at least three new Mac models, according to Bloomberg.These models will include updated notebooks and a new desktop. They could be released this year, too. Now, this report follows another rumour that claimed... Read more

Apple might launch an all-new 13-inch MacBook later this year

Apple might launch an all-new 13-inch MacBook later this year

By Elyse Betters

Apple is reportedly developing a new 13-inch MacBook.It will be launched sometime during the second half of this year, according to DigiTimes, which is well-known for leaking Apple-related news and having deep industry sources, though it also has a so-so... Read more

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 puts a 360-degree hinge and USB-C into an affordable package

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 puts a 360-degree hinge and USB-C into an affordable package

By Max Langridge

Acer has announced a new version of the Spin 11 Chromebook for 2018 that can run Android apps and be used in four different modes. The Spin 11 has a hinge, so it's effectively a hybrid, meaning it can be used in laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes, compared... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

By Mike Lowe

The Chromebook category has come an awful long way over the years. The 2018 Acer Chromebook 11 goes to show just how much you can squeeze out of a £249 budget.With both online and offline operation (something lacking at the beginning of Chromebooks'... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is well-known for its business appeal. And for the sixth-gen 2018 model it's ramping up design to look even more suave and sophisticated.It's also crammed in features many other laptops can only dream of, including an ultra-bright... Read more

HP Spectre 15 x360 vs Dell XPS 15 2-in-1: Up close with the large convertibles

HP Spectre 15 x360 vs Dell XPS 15 2-in-1: Up close with the large convertibles

By Dan Grabham

CES 2018 saw the launch of a bunch of laptops including this pair: a clash between two of the three biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Only this time it's not ultraportables that are going against each other, but large screen 2-in-1 laptops.We've... Read more

Asus ZenBook 13 initial review: The light fantastic

Asus ZenBook 13 initial review: The light fantastic

By Dan Grabham

Wow, this thing is LIGHT. If you're in the market for a power portable that won't feel heavy in your bag, this is pretty much where it's at. Weighing in at just 985g, the ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) is significantly lighter than many rivals and still features... Read more

Razer introduces a wireless mouse that charges via its mouse mat

Razer introduces a wireless mouse that charges via its mouse mat

By Adrian Willings

Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer is at this year's CES where the company has unveiled some new products including Project Linda - the laptop that, when coupled with a Razer Phone, creates a working Android notebook. The company has also taken... Read more

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 revealed at CES, coming in Spring

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 revealed at CES, coming in Spring

By Stuart Miles

Dell has announced the launch of a new laptop at the start of CES. The new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be a 15-inch version of its 2-in-1 model already available.The new model will go on sale in the UK and US in spring starting at $1,299. As with other 2-in-1... Read more

Razer Project Linda turns your Razer Phone into an Android laptop

Razer Project Linda turns your Razer Phone into an Android laptop

By Rik Henderson

Gaming accessories company Razer has created a laptop extension that, when coupled with a Razer Phone, creates a working, LED lit Android laptop.Razer Project Linda is just a concept at present, but given enough enthusiasm from Razer Phone owners could... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has been producing Miix 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop devices for a number of years, but relying on Intel for its chipsets. In the last model, the Miix 720, that resulted in an over-powerful, battery-limited product that didn't quite cut the mustard.But... Read more

New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs Alexa, Dolby Vision HDR display

New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs Alexa, Dolby Vision HDR display

By Elyse Betters

Lenovo is at CES 2018, where it is announcing a range of updated products, including the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon.There are a couple standout features on this 14-inch laptop: Amazon Alexa capabilities and a Dolby Vision HDR display. Lenovo even added... Read more

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is a Galaxy Note-like hybrid for US students

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is a Galaxy Note-like hybrid for US students

By Elyse Betters

Samsung announced a bunch of laptops for CES 2018, but there was only one stand-out machine for Americans: the Notebook 9 Pen.This is essentially a laptop and a Galaxy Note hybrid. It's a silver, 13.3-inch laptop with rounded edges. It looks rather meh,... Read more

Asus ZenBook 13 and stylish X507 lead 2018 laptop line-up

Asus ZenBook 13 and stylish X507 lead 2018 laptop line-up

By Rik Henderson

Asus is to show two new, light and portable laptops at CES 2018 in Las Vegas this week.The ZenBook line has been targeted at the MacBook crowd for a while, and 2018's Asus ZenBook 13 (product code UX331UAL) is about as close to its competitor as you can... Read more

HP Spectre 15 x360 is "world's most powerful convertible PC", ideal for professionals on-the-go

HP Spectre 15 x360 is "world's most powerful convertible PC", ideal for professionals on-the-go

By Max Langridge

HP has come out all guns blazing at CES 2018 with the arrival of the Spectre 15 x360, which lays claim to being the world's most powerful convertible PC. HP says it's designed for "creative enthusiasts and professional creatives", and has some seriously... Read more

HP announces another Envy x2 convertible, this time with Intel power

HP announces another Envy x2 convertible, this time with Intel power

By Max Langridge

HP has used CES 2018 to release a new version of its Envy x2 2-in-1 convertible laptop. HP already has a model of the x2 on the market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor but this new variant has an Intel 7th generation Y-series processor. HP Envy... Read more

Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin

Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin

By Mike Lowe

Just when you think the laptop has got about as slim as it can get, a company pushes the envelope. Which is exactly what Acer has done with the new Swift 7, described as the world's thinnest laptop.It's a claim that we wouldn't dispute, either. Indeed,... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 embraces USB-C and Google Play

Acer Chromebook 11 embraces USB-C and Google Play

By Rik Henderson

Acer has announced a new Chromebook line that will sport USB-C connections and Google Play, so can play and run millions of Android apps on the device itself.The Acer Chromebook 11 starts at £249 and features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display. It can... Read more

Acer’s updated Swift 7 is once again the ‘thinnest laptop in the world’ and squeezes in 4G LTE, too

Acer’s updated Swift 7 is once again the ‘thinnest laptop in the world’ and squeezes in 4G LTE, too

By Dan Grabham

Acer has updated its Swift 7 in time for CES 2018 and given it an even thinner chassis – now just 8.98mm thick (it was around 10mm previously). What’s more, Acer has even managed to squeeze in an Intel XMM cellular modem, so you can have always-on... Read more

HP’s faster next-gen Chromebooks will boast USB-C

HP’s faster next-gen Chromebooks will boast USB-C

By Dan Grabham

HP is set to announce new versions of the Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 next week for retail release next month. The new 11 G6 and 14 G5 models will have newer Intel Celeron chips plus USB-C ports in addition to the older USB-A-type.The reveal at CES... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad 2018 line-up gets 8th Gen Intel Core chips in time for CES

Lenovo ThinkPad 2018 line-up gets 8th Gen Intel Core chips in time for CES

By Rik Henderson

Lenovo has announced a series-wide refresh of its ThinkPad range in time for CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The Lenovo ThinkPad T, X and L Series portfolio for 2018 features thinner designs for products, plus a bump up to Intel Core 8th Gen processors.Other changes... Read more

New Dell XPS 13 (2018) vs XPS 13 (2017): What’s the difference?

New Dell XPS 13 (2018) vs XPS 13 (2017): What’s the difference?

By Dan Grabham

Dell’s XPS 13 has been one of the best ultraportable laptops since it was first launched back in early 2012. It was part of Intel’s initial push into what it decided to call "ultrabooks".Now there is a 2018 model, the Dell XPS 13 (9370), which features... Read more

Dell XPS 13 (2018) initial review: The best new ultraportable to have?

Dell XPS 13 (2018) initial review: The best new ultraportable to have?

By Stuart Miles

Dell has refreshed its excellent Dell XPS 13 ultraportable laptop for 2018. This latest model ushers in a number of changes including a refreshed design, faster processor and new colour options.Pocket-lint was on hand to check out the new XPS 13 ahead... Read more

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

Google Fuchsia OS: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Google seems to be developing an entirely new operating system.But here's the thing: it's unclear at the moment what this operating system is for, including what devices it might power. Here's everything we know so far about the project, which is currently... Read more

Best PC gaming headsets: The best wired, wireless and surround sound headsets around

Best PC gaming headsets: The best wired, wireless and surround sound headsets around

By Adrian Willings

Setting out on a mission to find the very best gaming headsets was a daunting task. There are a multitude of options out there - wired, wireless, closed and open cup designs, stereo and surround sound headsets, oval and round earcups, leather and material... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Design delight with battery-life might
4.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Design delight with battery-life might

By Andrew Williams

The Yoga 920 is Lenovo's latest take on a hybrid laptop for people with plenty of money who want something worth showing off. At £1,399 with no extra gaming hardware, this is a laptop that asks you to you pay for its design.There's a difference between... Read more

Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference?

Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

If you're a student who wants an easy-to-use, high-end hybrid laptop, you have two main options: Pixelbook and Surface Laptop.The Pixelbook is essentially a glorified Chromebook, a cloud-based laptop geared toward the education market. However, Chromebook... Read more

Best gaming mice: The best wired, wireless and RGB gaming mice to buy today

Best gaming mice: The best wired, wireless and RGB gaming mice to buy today

By Adrian Willings

Gaming mice are the high-end devices of the mouse world. They are designed to be more accurate, offer a more comfortable experience and are built to last - as gamers are likely to spend more time with their mouse than anyone else.Top-of-the-range gaming... Read more

Best gaming keyboards: The best quiet, loud, colourful and proud mechanical keyboards around

Best gaming keyboards: The best quiet, loud, colourful and proud mechanical keyboards around

By Adrian Willings

Keyboards are a personal preference, gaming keyboards equally so. A good quality gaming keyboard can make all the difference when you're in the heat of battle. The best mechanical keyboards not only offer extra key travel, but a choice of tactile response... Read more

New LG Gram laptops coming to CES 2018, will have “longer battery life”

New LG Gram laptops coming to CES 2018, will have “longer battery life”

By Rik Henderson

As is tradition, LG has started to announce its CES 2018 launch products early - almost a month early in this case. CES is the world's largest consumer electronics trade show and takes place in Las Vegas in January each year. The next one starts on Tuesday... Read more

Apple’s iMac Pro will be available from 14 December, starting at $4,999

Apple’s iMac Pro will be available from 14 December, starting at $4,999

By Elyse Betters

You can buy Apple's new iMac Pro from 14 December.The company has announced its latest workstation will be available this week, with pricing starting at $4,999 in the US. It's a top-of-the-line machine with a 27-inch Retina 4K display. The powerful, all-in-one... Read more

Asus NovaGo initial review: Windows 10 but always connected

Asus NovaGo initial review: Windows 10 but always connected

By Chris Hall

Asus is no stranger to innovation, so when Qualcomm told us that Windows on Snapdragon was ready to meet its public, it was no surprise to see Asus as the first company to step up and present its solution.The aim is simple: to give you a laptop that's... Read more

HP Envy x2 initial review: Premium 2-in-1, always connected

HP Envy x2 initial review: Premium 2-in-1, always connected

By Chris Hall

It was late-2016 when Qualcomm, Microsoft and a number of other partners started talking about Windows 10 devices running on Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware. The reality has now arrived, with the announcement of the HP Envy x2.Announced and shown off at... Read more

HP Envy x2 is an always-connected Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 2-in-1

HP Envy x2 is an always-connected Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 2-in-1

By Chris Hall

Joining the always-connected Windows 10 PC party, Kevin Frost from HP took to the stage at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit to announce the HP Envy x2, a Snapdragon twist on its detachable 2-in-1 PC.Frost claimed that HP choose a detachable format because... Read more

Asus NovaGo makes Qualcomm's Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PC a reality

Asus NovaGo makes Qualcomm's Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PC a reality

By Chris Hall

Asus CEO Jerry Shen took to the stage at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, to announce the first Snapdragon-powered "always-connected" Windows PC, the Asus NovaGo.Qualcomm and partners have been talking about the always-connected PC for the past... Read more

Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

By Britta O'Boyle

Decided you want an Apple laptop, but you're not sure which one is the right one for you? You've come to the right place. With six MacBook models available before you even consider configuration options, it's not an easy decision, or a simple one.This... Read more

MacOS High Sierra 'root' bug allows admin access without a password: Who is affected and how to fix it

MacOS High Sierra 'root' bug allows admin access without a password: Who is affected and how to fix it

By Elyse Betters

A massive security hole affecting Mac computers running the latest version of MacOS High Sierra has been discovered.This is a critical bug that allows anyone on a Mac to log in and change the admin settings - using just the username "root" with no password,... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more

By Adrian Willings

Black Friday is over now we're into Cyber Monday. As with previous years, there are loads of savings on laptops, netbooks and notebooks to be had – so plenty of opportunity to grab a bargain in time for Christmas or as a treat for yourself.If you're... Read more

Bargain Black Friday hard drives to expand your Xbox One or PS4 up to 4TB

Bargain Black Friday hard drives to expand your Xbox One or PS4 up to 4TB

By Rik Henderson

Did you know that a USB 3.0 hard drive can be used to expand the storage on Xbox One and PS4 consoles? You just plug one into a spare USB port on an Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PS4 or PS4 Pro and away you go - more than doubling the storage in most cases.... Read more