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.
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.
Apple has refreshed the 15" MacBook Pro with Intel 8th generation 6 core Coffee Lake Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and a True Tone display. The Mac has a 2880 x 1800 IPS display with wide color gamut and excellent contrast, the 3rd gen Butterfly keyboard with quieter switches, the new Apple T2 coprocessor and the Touch Bar.
The refresh of Lenovo's slim Ultrabook class laptop in their “P” mobile workstation line. The laptop has Intel 8th gen quad core 15 watt Core i5 and Core i7 U series CPUs and NVIDIA Quadro P500 2GB GDDR5 entry level dedicated graphics switchable with Intel UHD 620 graphics. It’s available with 1080 matte non-touch, 1080p touch and 4K display options, optional 4G LTE, optional Windows Hello IR camera and fingerprint scanner and Intel 8265AC WiFi.
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 a new 2018 line of entry to mid-level gaming laptops from Dell (there’s also a G3 and G5 in this series). The Dell G7 7588 starts at $849, and our unit sells for around $1050 with a 1080p display, Intel 8th gen 6 core Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, a 128GB boot SATA3 SSD and a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD. This is the evolution of the Inspiron Gaming line, with a few design cues from the more expensive Alienware line.
We look at the top of the line Alienware 17 R5 configuration, with an Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i9-8950HK overclockable CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics. This is the 2018 refresh with a new CPU in a familiar casing, with the same excellent RGB backlit keyboard, 1080p/QHD 120Hz and 4K display options, Killer WiFi and Ethernet, up to 32GB RAM, NVMe SSDs and an HDD bay.
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 2018 Dell XPS 15 (model 9570) has Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake 6 core, 45 watt CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics and your choice of a full HD matte non-touch display or a wide gamut, 4K glossy touch screen (with Wacom AES pen support!). This is a powerful yet light laptop (starting at 4 lb. / 1.8 kg) with high end aluminum and carbon fiber finishes that competes with the 15” MacBook Pro and high end Asus Zenbook notebooks.
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