MSI has had the same core designs for several of their high-end laptops for at least a couple years now; specifically we’re talking about the GT60 and GT70 series. There have been updates and tweaks to the internal components, but the chassis remain largely the same as before – for better or for worse. The latest update brings NVIDIA’s new GTX 800M parts into the picture, and today we have the GT70 equipped with the top-of-the-line GTX 880M. What sort of performance increase does the new GPU bring, and what about Battery Boost? Read on for our full review.

Toshiba Satellite U845: Ultrabooks Go Mainstream

At CES, Toshiba showed us its forthcoming 14” Ultrabook, a system that they said would debut alongside Ivy Bridge in Q3. At the time, it was overshadowed by their...

57 by Vivek Gowri on 10/8/2012

The New Razer Blade: Thoroughly Reviewed

Earlier this year, Razer handed me a Blade evaluation unit and told me to go wild. Considering the company had no previous experience with developing PC laptop hardware, I...

60 by Vivek Gowri on 10/3/2012

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Hands On at IDF 2012

Intel worked very closely with Acer on its upcoming lineup of Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. As a result, Acer is featured front and center in many of Intel's...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

AMD’s Enduro Switchable Graphics Levels Up

A couple weeks back, I contacted AMD to let them know I was working on a notebook review—a Clevo P170EM from AVADirect with HD 7970M graphics. Much to my...

200 by Jarred Walton on 9/6/2012

The ASUS Zenbook U500VZ: A 15-inch Ultrabook

Although most Ultrabooks have focused on the 11 and 13-inch form factors, today ASUS is announcing its first 15-inch Ultrabook. The Zenbook U500VZ measures 19.7mm at its thickest point...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/29/2012

ASUS' Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch: Officially Re-announced

We saw this one at Computex in June, but ASUS is reannouncing the Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch. The formula is simple: take the UX21A we loved, add a capacitive...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/29/2012

ASUS UX31A: Putting the Ultra in Ultrabooks

When Intel first came up with their Ultrabook initiative last year—and yes, it was basically just a rechristening of ultraportables with the thin factor of a MacBook Air—they also...

106 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2012

Synaptics ThinTouch: Bringing the Capacitive Touch Revolution to Mechanical Keyboards

Earlier this month Synaptics announced the acquisition of Pacinian, a company that focused on physical keyboards that used capacitive touch. To expand, Synaptics has to look beyond clickpad and...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

Synaptics ForcePad: A Thinner, Pressure Sensitive Trackpad for Notebooks

Late last week I talked a bit about Synaptics’ smartphone touch technology, but today’s announcements apply to their role in the notebook space. Today Synaptics is announcing two new...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C Review

We recently posted our first look at Dell’s new XPS 15, a Windows-focused laptop that took more than a few design elements of the standard MacBook Pro 15. While...

49 by Jarred Walton on 8/16/2012

Dell XPS 15 L521X: A Detailed First Look

Last week Dell’s new XPS 15 L512x landed on our doorstep, and we’ve been hammering on it ever since. Combining many of the best elements of the previous generation...

109 by Jarred Walton on 7/25/2012

The 2012 MacBook Pro Review

With most of the attention from Apple's hardware refresh event centered around iOS 6 and the new Retina MacBook Pro, the updated 2012 edition of the regular MacBook Pro...

132 by Vivek Gowri on 7/18/2012

The 2012 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch) Review

Things are getting very blurry. The MacBook Pro once stood for tons of power plus upgradability. Add a Retina Display and now it's just tons of power. It's a thicker...

190 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2012

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review: The Steady March of Progress

First generation technology is seldom perfect, and the fruit of Intel's ultrabook initiative was no exception. While vendors came out in force with some fairly impressive pieces of hardware...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/9/2012

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435: The Value Proposition

We’ve had plenty of Acer laptops come in for review over the years (along with visits from their close relatives, Gateway). Rarely do we find such laptops reaching for...

88 by Jarred Walton on 7/4/2012

The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

Apple makes the bulk of its revenue from devices that don’t look like traditional personal computers. For the past couple of years I’ve been worried that it would wake...

470 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2012

MacBook Pro Retina Display Analysis

I'm in San Francisco until tomorrow morning, but aside from dinner I've been spending as much time with the next-gen MacBook Pro as possible. Apple, as always, has done...

188 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2012

SSD and USB 3.0 Performance of the Retina Display MacBook Pro

Two major upgrades offered to all of Apple's new MacBook lineup are updated SSDs and native USB 3.0 support. The same updated SSD is present across all of Apple's...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

How the Retina Display MacBook Pro Handles Scaling

Earlier this morning Apple introduced its next-generation MacBook Pro equipped with a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch panel features a native resolution of 2880 x 1800, or exactly four times...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Teardown

ASUS' Zenbook Prime is due for its official launch later this month. As we found in our early review of the UX21A, ASUS addressed nearly every problem we had...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

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