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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

Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive
4.0 stars

Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive

By Mike Lowe

The original Microsoft Surface Book was one heavyweight (literally) laptop-meets-2-in-1 that, ultimately, was designed for professionals seeking desktop-grade power in a portable form factor. It had all the makings to give Apple a big kick between the... Read more

Logitech MX Ergo review: Return of the track(ball)
4.5 stars

Logitech MX Ergo review: Return of the track(ball)

By Cam Bunton

Think back to the early-to-mid 90s, when PCs were taking the world by storm and becoming commonplace. Most of them looked the same: big beige boxes with clunky keyboards and wired mice. There were very few PCs or peripherals that really stood out, especially... Read more

Google Pixelbook review: Is a £1000 Chromebook truly worth it?
4.0 stars

Google Pixelbook review: Is a £1000 Chromebook truly worth it?

By Elyse Betters

Chromebooks have come a long way in the past seven years.We remember when they began as clunky laptops, running a very early version of Chrome OS, which left users without basic apps to complete even everyday tasks, such as a Skype call. Despite decidedly-meh... Read more

Asus ZenBook Flip S review: One flippin' good-looking 360-degree laptop
4.0 stars

Asus ZenBook Flip S review: One flippin' good-looking 360-degree laptop

By Andrew Williams

Asus was the original pioneer of modern hybrid computers. Give us half a chance and we'll start reminiscing about the old Transformer tablets, a bit like your grandad talking about "the good old days". Times they were a-different back in 2011.More recently... Read more

HP Envy 13 review: One powerful, versatile and affordable laptop
4.5 stars

HP Envy 13 review: One powerful, versatile and affordable laptop

By Andrew Williams

Laptops used to come in about three flavours: sleek and portable, big and powerful, or cheap and nasty. What a choice, eh?The HP Envy 13 is a laptop that tries to merge the two good-sounding ones, without a price that'll make you run screaming for the... Read more

Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm
4.0 stars

Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm

By Mike Lowe

Apple is an interesting beast. Often considered king of design, its MacBook cut up the rulebook when it first appeared in 2015, ditching full-size USB ports and, well, almost any wired connectivity for the sake of a single USB Type-C port. Controversial... Read more

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

By Mike Lowe

With the rise of the Microsoft Surface and increasing strength in the 2-in-1 market, manufacturers are looking for different ways to stand out from the growing pack. In the case of the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition it's all about power - lots of power.The... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

By Mike Lowe

It was only a year ago we were praising the Lenovo Yoga 11 710, an 11-inch laptop which we said "offers just about everything you get with the 12-inch MacBook, and a bit more besides, for much less money," when reviewed in mid 2016.But that era is over,... Read more

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

By Mike Lowe

The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of... Read more

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

By Mike Lowe

In a world where laptops often look like carbon copies between brands and model ranges, it's not always in the visual aspect that innovation can be found. Sure, the Acer Swift 5 looks snazzy in its blue and gold finish, but its real selling point is its... Read more

Acer Swift 3 review: A solid, affordable laptop choice
4.0 stars

Acer Swift 3 review: A solid, affordable laptop choice

By Andrew Williams

For a while tech seemed to be getting cheaper. Bargain phones, affordable all-metal laptops and the like gave the careful buyer something to be happy about. But in the last year a lot of gadgets prices have risen, particularly in the UK.The Acer Swift... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1

By Mike Lowe

In recent times the promise of post-PC era in 2-in-1 form seems to have been somewhat dashed by the creeping high price points of devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Miix 720. It was only a year ago that we were calling out the £849 Samsung... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: The perfect Windows remedy for MacBook haters
4.0 stars

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: The perfect Windows remedy for MacBook haters

By Andrew Williams

Not every portable laptop secretly wants to be a MacBook. No other series quite nails the "not a MacBook" angle like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, while still providing you with almost all the benefits of a slim and light Apple computer. This is one... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017
4.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017

By Mike Lowe

In recent years laptops have gone through big changes: while embodying the familiar screen-and-keyboard form, increasingly touchscreen operation, detachable keyboards and flexible hinge designs have become ever prevalent, typically hiking up the price... Read more

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface?
3.5 stars

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface?

By Mike Lowe

It might be splitting hairs, but the 2-in-1 world is changing: there are now medium-powered tablets with clip-on keyboards, and powerful almost-laptops with removable keyboards. It's this latter category that the Lenovo Miix 720 slots into — given... Read more

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?
4.0 stars

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?

By Mike Lowe

If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then there's an increasing amount of choice when it comes to powerful Windows tablets with magnetic clip-on keyboards. And the Acer Switch 5 has all the spec prowess to take on the Microsoft Surface.It's not... Read more

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all
4.5 stars

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all

By Stuart Miles

The Apple iMac range has received a spec boost for 2017, promising better screen technology, more processing power, Thunderbolt 3 slots and more. But should you be excited by these additions?We've been using the new 27-inch 5K iMac to get a feel for the... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet?
4.5 stars

Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet?

By Andrew Williams

In the early days Chromebooks were fairly limited things without an internet connection and would only let you install a handful of Chrome extension apps. That's no longer the case: Chromebooks just got a lot more fun. The Acer Chromebook 11 is one of... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... Read more

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
4.5 stars

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor

By Mike Lowe

Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... Read more

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: Chrome OS is about to enter a new league
4.0 stars

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: Chrome OS is about to enter a new league

By Andrew Williams

The main aim of most Chromebooks is to offer a decent computing experience for little cash. That price proposition is changing, though, with higher-end models such as the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA entering the market.The Chromebook Flip is a Chrome... Read more

Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook
4.5 stars

Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook

By Chris Hall

Huawei is an ambitious company. It's been tearing its way through smartphones, looking to move itself from budget brand to a mainstream premium player with its P-series devices. And it's been doing a pretty good job, too.While Android phones are why Huawei... Read more

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

By Cat Thomas

Computex has very much been about the onslaught of super-slim gaming machines due to the launch of Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture.However, we spotted a beauty in the desktop replacement category from MSI. The first thing that grabbed our attention was... Read more

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

By Cat Thomas

While perusing the Microsoft stand at this year’s Computex, we spotted and unmarked HP Spectre 360x 15-inch.This is an updated version of 2016’s model, and we suspected that there were going to be some worthwhile improvements. We decided to take a... Read more

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

By Cat Thomas

A crowd-funded tablet/laptop hybrid might not usually catch the eye, but clearly Microsoft feels there's something special about the Eve V. It highlighted the relatively unknown product during its Computex keynote.This is especially significant considering... Read more

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

By Cat Thomas

The announcement of Nvidia's Max-Q during Computex 2017 in Taiwan has seen some interesting slimline gaming machines launched this week. Pocket-lint had some time with the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro on the show floor and it's a fantastic piece of work.The... Read more

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

By Cat Thomas

Samsung announced its latest iteration of the Notebook 9 series at Computex this year and it comes with something extra. The Notebook 9 Pro has an embedded S Pen stylus and we got to go hands-on with the device on the show floor.As the device was... Read more

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

By Cat Thomas

The opening day at this year’s Computex saw some impressive announcements from Nvidia regarding its new Max-Q architecture.It was also the first to show off Republic of Gamers' (ROG) exceptionally impressive-looking gaming Laptop: the Zephyrus. Essentially... Read more

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

By Mike Lowe

Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... Read more

Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 preview: Next-level machine with a 4K touchscreen

Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 preview: Next-level machine with a 4K touchscreen

By Cat Thomas

Asus’ Zenbook range has quite the following with its glorious designs and excellent specs at very competitive prices.At the Asus press conference held ahead of Computex on Monday, the latest addition to the family was announced, and it appears to be... Read more

Asus Vivo Book Pro S15 preview: The world’s first laptop with Intel Optane

Asus Vivo Book Pro S15 preview: The world’s first laptop with Intel Optane

By Cat Thomas

Asus spruced up its Vivo Book range, with the Vivo Book S and Vivo Book Pro S15, which appeal to the budget-conscious end of the market.Vivo Book Pro S15The Vivo Book Pro S15 is looking like a steal, starting at just a shade over £600. For your money,... Read more

Asus Zenbook Flip S preview: Super thin convertible jam packed with top-shelf kit

Asus Zenbook Flip S preview: Super thin convertible jam packed with top-shelf kit

By Cat Thomas

Asus started off its press conference at Computex in Taipei on Monday by announcing an all-new device: the 13 inch Zenbook Flip S.As you may have inferred from the name, this is convertible, and we have to say it looks pretty sleek. At just 1.1kg and... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 N7 review: A rugged and well-priced Windows-alternative
4.0 stars

Acer Chromebook 11 N7 review: A rugged and well-priced Windows-alternative

By Andrew Williams

Chromebooks have been around for years, but we still meet plenty of people who don't know what they are. If you're going to buy a laptop, it might as well be a Windows 10 one, right?Wrong. If you only have £200-odd to spend, something like the Acer Chromebook... Read more

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA review: Great battery and price point, but limited performance credentials
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA review: Great battery and price point, but limited performance credentials

By Andrew Williams

The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is a hybrid for people who want a Surface Pro 4 but can't face the price.It's smaller, far cheaper and, simply put, not as good. But it is really quite a lot cheaper - around £360 at the time of writing - and still has... Read more

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The convertible king?
4.5 stars

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The convertible king?

By Andrew Williams

There are a few kinds of hybrid laptop: ones with screens that pull off; those with 360-degree hinges; and (now rarer) ones whose screens flip around, almost independent of the base. Dell has had a go at the lot, but it seems to have settled on a style... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay

By Mike Lowe

Laptops keep getting thinner, lighter and ever more stylish. Among our favourite convertible Windows-based laptops is the Lenovo Yoga series, which has been tweaking its 360-degree hinge-based formula over the years.In the Lenovo Yoga 910 that means ultra... Read more

Dell XPS 15 (2017) review: The best 15-inch laptop in its class
5.0 stars

Dell XPS 15 (2017) review: The best 15-inch laptop in its class

By Andrew Williams

Windows laptops have a bit of an identity problem. Everyone knows about MacBooks, but a lot of people who ask us for advice don't even know where to start when looking to Windows after seeing the latest MacBook prices.The Dell XPS 15 is that place to... Read more

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A super-thin MacBook killer?
3.5 stars

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A super-thin MacBook killer?

By Andrew Williams

Where Apple goes, others follow. The Asus ZenBook 3 is this effect in action, taking the much-loved ZenBook design, removing most of the ports and squashing down the keyboard.Not all of the design changes work that well, but this little laptop is at least... Read more

Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder
4.0 stars

Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder

By Andrew Williams

Tech is getting more expensive. Apple, Tesla, Nescafe and just about every other company out there has either already put up prices in the UK, or is planning to do so.That makes laptops like the Acer Spin 5 all the more important. Normal folk who were... Read more

Dell XPS 27 (2017) preview: Audiophiles, this 4K touchscreen AIO is for you

Dell XPS 27 (2017) preview: Audiophiles, this 4K touchscreen AIO is for you

By Elyse Betters

Not everybody wants a laptop, especially people who are audiophiles and desire more than tiny speakers crammed into a slim form factor.But that doesn't mean they want a tower setup either. For those type of niche people, Dell has something new: the 2017... Read more

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

By Mike Lowe

At CES 2017 - the world's largest technology show - there were a lot of top-notch laptops on display. And one of the most notable was the HP EliteBook x360: the world's thinnest 13-inch convertible laptop.Now that's particularly relevant, given that Dell... Read more

HP Sprout Pro preview: It's like the old Sprout - but better and aimed at pros

HP Sprout Pro preview: It's like the old Sprout - but better and aimed at pros

By Elyse Betters

HP has updated the original Sprout it launched in 2014. And it's added "Pro" to the title.The Sprout is an all-in-one with a projector and camera extrusion, and it comes with a mat for you to get all interactive with it. The original version was aimed... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

By Mike Lowe

If there's one so-called "business laptop" brand that keeps its customers happy time and again, that would be ThinkPad. The once IBM-owned brand has remained strong under the wings of its Lenovo acquisition and its latest 2017 product, the X1 Carbon,... Read more

Acer Swift 7 review: Has Acer finally cracked high-end laptop design?
4.0 stars

Acer Swift 7 review: Has Acer finally cracked high-end laptop design?

By Andrew Williams

Ask the average person about the themes of 2016 and you'll hear about celebrity deaths and far-right politics spreading across the western world quicker than a cute puppy video.Tech trends were, thankfully, less depressing: we saw a lot of super-super... Read more

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2017) review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?
4.0 stars

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2017) review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?

By Stuart Miles

Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro range, delivering a laptop that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than before.Rather than just roll out the typical annual revamp of new and improved internal specs, the company has added a new feature to its top-spec... Read more

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past

By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo Yoga Book is the keyless laptop from the future, albeit available in the here and now. It's one of those rare products that's not just different for the sake of it, but truly innovative in its thinking, by combining a two-in-one light-up keypad... Read more