Latest laptop reviews

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.... Read more

Microsoft Surface Go review: The ultraportable laptop alternative
4.0 stars Microsoft Surface Go review: The ultraportable laptop alternative By Dan Grabham

The Surface Go is a super portable 2-in-1 that's great as a second go-anywhere laptop.... Read more

What will Xiaomi announce at its UK launch event on 8 November?
Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues
3.5 stars Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues By Mike Lowe

The Miix 630 brings a Qualcomm SD835 processor, as found in top-end 2017 phones. That's great for longevity, but limiting for Windows app availability... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review (13-inch): A pricey powerhouse
4.0 stars Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review (13-inch): A pricey powerhouse By Dan Grabham

The MacBook Pro has lots going for it: the TrueTone screen, quieter keyboard, huge trackpad, searing performance, and Touch ID. It's a great laptop.... Read more

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 initial review: A premium Chromebook without the big price tag
0.0 stars Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 initial review: A premium Chromebook without the big price tag By Dan Grabham

Chromebooks are traditionally either dirt cheap or super expensive. But Dell has decided to do something a little bit different with its new Chromebook... Read more

Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever
Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever By Mike Lowe

The Yoga Book 2 is a laptop with no physical keyboard. It fuses E Ink and an LCD screen together in a futuristic take. But is the 2018 model any good?... Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result
Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos soundbar laptop, the Lenovo Yoga C930.... Read more

Asus ZenBook 13 (UX333) initial review: Bezels, be gone!
Asus ZenBook 13 (UX333) initial review: Bezels, be gone! By Mike Lowe

The late 2018 update to the Asus ZenBook laptop arrives months after its predecessor, cutting bezel for a smaller footprint (in 13, 14 & 15in sizes)... Read more

Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go
Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go By Mike Lowe

The 14-inch version of Asus' Pro laptop, with a trackpad that doubles as a second screen/touchpad, is designed with a creative audience in mind.... Read more

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 initial review: The world’s thinnest gaming laptop... for now
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 initial review: The world’s thinnest gaming laptop... for now By Adrian Willings

Asus ROG Zephyrus S is a real beauty. Asus has gone to a lot of trouble to make the thinnest and best laptop possible. It's certainly an eye-catcher.... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo X1 Carbon 2018 comes with the option of a high dynamic range screen. It's a business laptop dream, with some HDR creme, but it costs a lot.... Read more

Dell XPS 2-in-1 15-inch review: Hybrid laptop is flippin' great
4.5 stars Dell XPS 2-in-1 15-inch review: Hybrid laptop is flippin' great By Andrew Williams

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a hybrid laptop with 360 degree hinge. It's expensive, but it's an excellent multi-form laptop for designers & photographers... Read more

Acer Swift 7 review: The smartphone-thin laptop is here
3.5 stars Acer Swift 7 review: The smartphone-thin laptop is here By Andrew Williams

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... Read more

Dell XPS 13 review: The best ultraportable ever?
5.0 stars Dell XPS 13 review: The best ultraportable ever? By Andrew Williams

The Dell XPS 13 is thinner than the last version and has a new fingerprint scanner too. As laptops go it's one of the best Windows options available.... Read more

HP ProBook x360 440 G1 initial review: Slim, sleek and super secure
HP ProBook x360 440 G1 initial review: Slim, sleek and super secure By Cat Thomas

During its Computex 2018 keynote speech, Microsoft highlighted security as one of the main themes, and the newly-announced HP ProBook x360 440 G1 was shown... Read more

Asus Precog initial review: Beautiful concept notebook with dual screens
Asus Precog initial review: Beautiful concept notebook with dual screens By Cat Thomas

Asus unveiled its work-in-progress in the Precog project at its Computex 2018 press conference in Taipei. And there were more than a few "oohs" and "aahs"... Read more

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 initial review: Enter the age of the ScreenPad
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 initial review: Enter the age of the ScreenPad By Cat Thomas

Taiwan's Computex is the show to be at if you want to see the latest and greatest notebooks and Asus hasn't disappointed us with its latest ZenBook.The... Read more

Acer Swift 5 (15-inch) initial review: The shape of things to come
Acer Swift 5 (15-inch) initial review: The shape of things to come By Mike Lowe

When we reviewed the Acer Swift 5 in 2017 we were rather impressed with the slender, 14-inch notebook. For 2018 it's coming in a 15-inch format - but without... Read more

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature
4.5 stars Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature By Mike Lowe

Fewer manufacturers are making genuinely great laptops these days. Which is why it came as something of a surprise to see Huawei produce the formidable... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Design delight with mighty battery life
4.5 stars Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Design delight with mighty battery life 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... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop
Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop By Mike Lowe

How to improve upon one of last year's best laptops? Trim the bezel, but of course. That's exactly what Lenovo has done in the Yoga 730, which refreshes... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro without Touch Bar review (13-inch): Does this make more sense?
4.5 stars Apple MacBook Pro without Touch Bar review (13-inch): Does this make more sense? By Stuart Miles

While the MacBook Air has long been the "go-to" laptop for Apple users, that has now changed with the entry-level MacBook Pro.The year-old MacBook is thin,... 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... 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... 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... Read more

Apple MacBook review: Third time's a charm
4.0 stars Apple MacBook 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... Read more

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