This is Apple's more affordable and colorful iOS smartphone for 2018. It shares many of the same specs with its more expensive siblings the iPhone Xs and Xs Max-- it has the same Apple A12 Bionic CPU, wireless charging, FaceID, widescreen aspect ratio with minimal bezels and water resistance. It sells for $750 for the 64GB model, and is available in 6 colors. It has an LCD rather than OLED display with an in-between 6.1" size.
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.
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.
HP’s new innovative and unusual 13.3” Windows 10 convertible Ultrabook, the HP Spectre Folio 13. The laptop is clad in chrome-tanned leather and underneath it has a magnesium alloy and aluminum frame and chassis. The notebook has Intel 8th Gen Y series Core i5 and i7 processors with performance similar to Intel 7th gen U series CPUs (this is the same CPU family used in the 2018 MacBook Air). It’s available with up to 16GB RAM, has a fast NVMe SSD, full HD and 4K display options, a backlit keyboard and pen + touch support (pen included). 4G LTE is optional.
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..
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones are available unlocked on Google Play for use with most carriers (GSM and CDMA), and are also sold by Verizon and for Google’s Project Fi. We look at the larger 6.3" XL model in this review, but both have the same specs other than screen size. It runs Android 9.0 Pie on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB RAM and your choice of 64 or 128GB storage. It has 2 front-facing cameras and a rear 12MP camera with an updated sensor. The phones have wisescreen OLED displays.
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.
This is a high end 24” pen monitor with 4K wide gamut display, optional touch screen, 8,192 levels of pen pressure and support for the Cintiq Engine (a Windows 10 PC that slides into the back of the monitor. has virtually no parallax, excellent pressure curves, etched matte glass, interchangeable pen nibs and it supports pen tilt.
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