Laptop Reviews | Mobile Workstation & Ultrabook Reviews
This is an exciting new 15.6” mobile workstation clad in Lenovo’s signature thin and light X1 Ultrabook casing. The 3.76 lb. laptop has a 6 core, 45 watt Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti 4GB Max-Q graphics and an optional wide gamut 4K display with 99% Adobe RGB coverage (also supporting pen and touch). It has two M.2 SSD slots, 2 DDR4 RAM slots, the usual excellent ThinkPad keyboard and trackpad with TrackPoint a durable casing that’s passed several MI-STD 810G tests.
The 2018 edition refreshes Microsoft's popular convertible tablet PC with Intel 8th gen quad core i5 and i7 CPUs, up to 16GB RAM and NVMe SSDs. It’s available in the usual platinum color and a new matte black color. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio IPS PixelSense 12.3” high resolution display supporting touch and pen, a kickstand, magnesium casing, 1 USB-A port, mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio, a microSD card slot and Microsoft’s Surface magnetic connector. Cooling and performance improvements are noteable for this year's refresh.
We review Apple’s 2018 flagship iPhone models: the 5.8” iPhone Xs and the iPhone 6.5” Xs Max. New for the X line is the Max phablet size option, mirroring the iPhone Plus models of old. oth have a borderless Super Retina widescreen OLED display supporting HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, improved dual 12MP rear cameras with a portrait mode 2x zoom secondary camera, Apple A12 Bionic CPUs and iOS 12.
This high end desktop replacement gaming laptop has a fast refresh 144Hz display, 6 core Intel 8th gen Core i7, Core i9 and AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU options, NVIDIA GTX 1070dedicated graphics (Radeon RX Vega 56 on the Ryzen model) and a base 16GB DDR4 RAM (4 RAM slots). Our unit is the Core i9-8950HK overclockable model.
This is a 14" business Ultrabook with a slim and attractive design that doesn’t compromise on ports, keyboard and trackpad. The laptop has a magnesium alloy casing, matte display, two DDR4 RAM slots, an M.2 SSD (SATA and NVMe available), backlit keyboard, Microsoft Precision trackpad, optional 4G LTE, USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 optional), Ethernet and plenty more ports..
This year Samsung's flagship phablet has a bigger and better 6.4” display, a significantly higher capacity battery, a yellow S Pen that doubles as a remote, and the price tag is higher than ever. The Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo on the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 CPU and it’s available in two configurations: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage for $999 and 8GB RAM with 512GB storage for $1,249. The phone inherits the Samsung Galaxy S9+ dual aperture rear dual 12MP camera setup, faster facial recognition, an easier to reach rear fingerprint scanner and Samsung DeX support via HDMI cable (no dock required).
This is the smaller, cheaper Surface tablet for mid-2018. The 10” tablet has an IPS 1800 x 1200 touch screen that also supports the optional $99 Surface Pen, and it can be turned into a mini-laptop via kickstand with the $129 optional Surface Go Type Cover in colorful Alcantara (black fabric also available for $99). The Surface Go runs Windows 10 in S Mode (a free upgrade to standard Windows 10 Home 64 bit is available via the Windows App Store) on the dual core 1.6 GHz Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. Pricing starts at $399.
This is MSI’s first Ultrabook. The 14” PS42 has an aluminum chassis and an IPS matte full HD display. The laptop is available with Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake R quad core i5 and i7 U series Ultrabook CPUs with Intel UHD 620 graphics and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB graphics. It’s quite light at 2.64 lb. and slim at 15.9mm. It has a backlit keyboard, fingerprint scanner, up to 16GB RAM and an M.2 SSD.
The 2018 Omen 15, also available as a 17” model, runs the gamut from budget to high end gaming laptop with a variety of configurations. It’s available with Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 Max-Q dedicated graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, has an NVMe SSD, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD, and FHD 60Hz, FHD 144Hz and 4K 60Hz display options.
This 15.6” gaming laptop has an angular design, tiny display bezels, a small footprint and no bling. The 5.1 lb. Legion Y530 is available with Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H and i7-8750H 45 watt CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti dedicated graphics (switchable via NVIDIA Optimus with Intel UHD 630 graphics), up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, an M.2 PCIe SSD and a 1 TB HDD. This entry level gaming laptop has a full HD display with optional 144Hz refresh.
The watch is available in aluminum and stainless steel finishes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. As with last year's model, there's an LTE 4G option. The OLED display is 15% larger than previous models thanks to smaller bezels, without making the watch larger. The Series 4 is compatible with existing Apple Watch bands and come with a wireless charger. It ships with watchOS 5, and new features include a forthcoming EKG module, low as well as high heart rate monitoring and notifications, a fall sensor with optional emergency services alert and Walkie Talkie voice conversations with other Apple Watch owners.
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