Laptops

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.

HP EliteBook 8440w: On-the-Go Workstation

HP's EliteBook 8440w is the smallest workstation on the market, making it an intruiging notebook for on-the-run engineers and professionals who do a lot of CAD and simulation analysis...

45 by Vivek Gowri on 8/13/2010

MSI Wind U230: One Last Hurrah for the AMD Athlon Neo X2 Congo

AMD's Athlon II Neo and Turion II Neo processors are starting to trickle into the marketplace, but that doesn't mean the old school Athlon Neo and Turion Neo are...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/4/2010

AVADirect 3D Gaming Notebooks

Recently, AVADirect launched two new 3D gaming notebooks. The Clevo W860CU 3D and ASUS G51JX-3D both use NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology to make the most of the increasing amount...

5 by Balraj Sandhu on 8/4/2010

Asus U33Jc: Much Ado About Bamboo

There's an age-old battle between form and function. Some users will give up performance and features for a devices that looks cool, while for others the benchmarks are all...

34 by Vivek Gowri on 7/29/2010

Samsung's N210: Where the Matte Finish Went

Pine Trail netbooks are pretty much all the same: they give you a 10.1" 1024x600 display and pitifully slow CPU and GPU performance, but that's balanaced by good battery...

24 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/28/2010

Laptop Buyer's Guide: 14-inch and Smaller

In the second half of our Mobile Buyer's Guide, we focus on portable machines with screens smaller than 14". The market as a whole is getting a thorough overhaul...

79 by Vivek Gowri on 7/19/2010

Alienware M11x R2: A Legend Reborn

Four months ago, Alienware turned the mobile gaming world on its head by cramming a reasonably fast GPU into a small chassis with an 11.6" display. We loved the...

56 by Jarred Walton on 7/9/2010

Fermi Goes Mobile: AVADirect's Clevo W880CU with GTX 480M

Ever wonder what a $3,000 notebook looks like? NVIDIA's first DirectX 11-capable GPU makes its way into notebooks to reclaim the fastest mobile graphics crown from AMD, starting with...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/7/2010

Gateway LT32 Netbooks

Gateway is launching their latest netbook today. The LT32 is a little larger than the competition with an 11.6” display, but it promises improved performance from an AMD Athlon...

6 by Balraj Sandhu on 7/7/2010

Dell Adamo 13: CULV Goes Upscale

When it debuted at CES 2009, the 0.65” Dell Adamo 13 gave the notebook world a Windows equivalent to the MacBook Air. With the ultrathin body, the brushed aluminum...

67 by Vivek Gowri on 7/6/2010

Acer Aspire One Netbooks

Acer has announced four new editions to the Aspire One netbook line. The AO521 and AO721 feature AMD Athlon Neo II processors, while the AO533 will come with an...

3 by Balraj Sandhu on 7/5/2010

Alienware M11x R2 First Look

A few weeks ago, Alienware launched a revamped version of the famed M11x, the world's smallest gaming laptop. We've been pestering them to get a review sample ever since...

57 by Jarred Walton on 7/2/2010

Mobile Buyers' Guide: 14" and Larger Notebooks and DTRs

The back-to-school season is coming and refreshed product lines are already starting to appear on store shelves. Intel's dual-core Arrandale processors continue to dominate in terms of raw performance...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/30/2010

Clevo W880CU with GTX 480M now Shipping from AVADirect

NVIDIA announced their foray into mobile DX11 parts last month with the GTX 480M. No longer content to use older desktop designs optimized for lower power draws, the 480M...

7 by Jarred Walton on 6/28/2010

Toshiba A505D-S6987: A Look at Turion II Ultra M600 Performance

Our review of the Toshiba A505D-S6987 brings us to an interesting crossroads. In recent years Toshiba has made a habit of producing fairly well-rounded and inexpensive notebooks that are...

22 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/23/2010

AMD and Intel Mobile Rematch: Gateway NV5933u vs. Acer 5542

Our previous comparison between AMD and Intel laptops is now a year old, and plenty has changed since then. With a couple of the more recent releases on hand...

39 by Jarred Walton on 6/18/2010

Lenovo Announces IdeaPad Y560d 3D Laptop

Lenovo is launching their IdeaPad Y560d today, better known as the company's first 3D laptop. The new laptop is marketed as "TriDef" due to the triad of a 3D...

22 by Balraj Sandhu on 6/17/2010

MSI GX640: $1100 for a Speedy DX11 Laptop

Finding a reasonable gaming laptop without spending a ton of money can be difficult; finding one with DX11 support and high quality components for $1100? That's just being greedy...

28 by Jarred Walton on 6/13/2010

Acer Ferrari One: An AMD Ultraportable

Acer's latest Ferrari-branded laptop looks to compete in the crowded CULV ultraportable market. Packing an X2 L310 processor and HD 3200 graphics, on paper at least the Ferrari One...

40 by Vivek Gowri on 6/8/2010

AVADirect's Clevo W860CU: Mobility 5870 vs. GTX 285M

Who makes the fastest mobile GPUs right now? That question can be a bit tricky to answer, since getting identical laptops other than the GPU is difficult at best...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/3/2010

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