Notebooks

Along with our quarterly laptop guide, near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a much more cyclical upgrade cycle, gaming laptops tend to evolve in lockstep with the major components inside them. For the gaming laptop market, this includes not only more powerful CPUs, but also more unique (for a laptop) components like discrete video cards, mechanical keyboards, and perhaps an IPS panel or high-refresh TN display. All of which come together to make a breed of laptop that is very different from the kinds of machines that define the mainstream and professional markets.

CES 2020: MSI Preparing Creator 17 Laptop with Mini LED Monitor

Mini LED-based Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting significantly improves brightness and contrasts of contemporary LCD monitors particularly when it comes to HDR games and videos. By now, a...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/14/2020

CES 2020: ASUS Unveils Dual-Screen ZenBook Duo UX481 Notebook

Last year ASUS introduced its exclusive ZenBook Pro Duo laptops with a secondary display aimed at creative professionals with performance-hungry color critical workloads. At CES 2020, the company revealed...

12 by Anton Shilov on 1/14/2020

CES 2020: MSI's 300 Hz Gaming Laptops, the GS66 Stealth & GE66 Raider

MSI demonstrated a revamped version of its sleek and light GS-series Stealth gaming notebook at CES 2020 this week. The GS66 Stealth laptop continues to feature a low-profile design...

32 by Anton Shilov on 1/13/2020

CES 2020: ASUS’ Latest VivoBook S Packs 10th Gen, Lots of Colors

ASUS has introduced its new VivoBook S-series laptops that attempt to fuse style with performance in a reasonably priced package. The new notebooks are based on Intel’s latest 10th...

8 by Anton Shilov on 1/13/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo Unveils IdeaPad Duet Chromebook Detachable

The market for pure, Google Android-based tablets is not exactly thriving, and since Google ChromeOS can run applications for Android, pretty much all interest in non-Apple (or non-Windows) tablets...

5 by Anton Shilov on 1/10/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo’s Yoga Slim 7 15-Inch Packs Ice Lake & GeForce GTX

As part of their CES 2020 offerings, Lenovo has introduced its new ultra-slim 15.6-inch-class laptop aimed at a wide range of performance levels. When equipped with entry-level hardware, the...

4 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo Ducati 5, a Notebook Designed from a Motorbike

Branded hardware isn’t a new concept, and the latest one out of the gate is Lenovo’s new Ducati 5 laptop. Lenovo has partnered with Ducati to combine the styling...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/9/2020

CES 2020: ASUS Launches Ultralight 14-Inch Project Athena ExpertBook B9450 - Just 865 Grams

Among its many CES 2020 announcements this week, ASUS has unveiled its ultra-light 14-inch ExpertBook B9 (B9450) laptop, which as alluded to in the name, is aimed at the...

16 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2020

Samsung Shows Off Premium Galaxy Chromebook at CES 2020: 13.3-inch Convertible With 4K AMOLED & More

While sales Chrome OS-powered laptops are continuing to grow, the vast majority of these PCs – and arguably the platform itself – have been positioned as entry-level solutions both...

15 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo Launches Legion Y740S Ultra-Thin 4K 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook

Lenovo has introduced its new ultra-thin 15.6-inch notebook, the Legion Y740S. Formally, the company positions this laptop for gaming and it is meant to be paired with Lenovo’s new...

10 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo Launches Yoga Slim 7 14-Inch w/ Ice Lake & Discrete GPU

One of the key advantages brought by Intel’s Ice Lake processors in addition to higher IPC is its improved integrated Iris Plus Graphics that is meant to offer a...

3 by Anton Shilov on 1/7/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo’s Dual-Screen ThinkBook Plus w/ Comet Lake

Lenovo is one of the companies that experiments with form-factors and capabilities of its PCs. At CES 2020, the manufacturer introduced its ThinkBook Plus laptop that features two screens...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/7/2020

CES 2020: Dell’s G5 15 SE Gaming Laptop Gets 8-Core Ryzen 4000 & Radeon RX 5600M dGPU

AMD has just introduced its new Ryzen 7 4000H-series mobile APUs as well as the Radeon RX 5600M GPUs and Dell is among the first companies to use both...

27 by Anton Shilov on 1/7/2020

Acer Swift 3, either with Core i7-1065G7 or Ryzen 7 4700U: The Laptop Market Just Blew Wide Open

Everyone wants a notebook that fulfills their needs, is super light, lasts forever, and only costs a dime. We’re not in fantasy land just quite yet, but Acer is...

48 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

CES 2020: The Lenovo Yoga 5G with Qualcomm’s 8cx and Support for mmWave/Sub-6

We’ve been tracking the development of ‘always connected PCs’ since Qualcomm entered the laptop market with promises of enhanced connectivity and all-day battery life. Depending on the market, it’s...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

CES 2020: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7, with AMD 4000 APU inside, Coming March

One of the big questions through late 2019 was whether AMD would be releasing its newest Zen 2-based mobile processors by the end of the year. At the time...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold: Combining Foldable Displays, 5G and Lakefield into a… Laptop?

In 2019 we were exposed to the first foldable display smartphones and wearables, with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and Xiaomi Mi Mix all demonstrating various themes...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

Intel’s 10th Gen 45W Core-H CPUs Show Up in the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel

For users that regularly track Intel’s laptop process lines, then you will likely be used to the nomenclature that Y-series is sub 10 W, U-series is usually 15 W...

6 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

CES 2020: HP’s Elite Dragonfly to Get 10th Gen Intel Core, Tile Tag, & 5G Modem

HP’s Elite Dragonfly convertible was one of the most impressive PCs launched last year, as it managed to bring together solid specifications, advanced connectivity, and a 24.5-hours battery life...

4 by Anton Shilov on 1/5/2020

Lenovo’s Yoga Creator 7: A Budget 15.6-Inch NVIDIA Studio Laptop for Creators

Nowadays the market for content creation is bigger than ever. And while suitable machines need to be fairly fast, few of need to be an expensive machine with a...

3 by Anton Shilov on 1/5/2020

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