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.

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the...

115 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2013

Computex 2013: ASUS Takes on Lenovo with Pro Line of Business Notebooks

ASUS has Lenovo square in its sights with its ASUS Pro brand of business notebooks. Based on Ivy Bridge silicon (longer upgrade cycles in business, Haswell will come later)...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

ASUS Zenbook Infinity: Hands On with the Most Beautiful Notebook at Computex

I think I just saw the most beautiful notebook at Computex this year. Although it went unannounced in ASUS' Computex 2013 press conference, the Zenbook Infinity garnered a lot...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

The ASUS Transformer Book Trio: Atom + Haswell, Android + Windows 8

Now on to notebooks, ASUS just announced the Transformer Book Trio - what it is calling the world's first three-in-one notebook, tablet and desktop PC. In a move that's...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2013

Hit the Road, Jack: Intel’s Mobile Quad-Core Haswell SKUs

For those who are just looking for information on the various processor models with their associated features, we wanted to put together a short list of all the parts...

34 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2013

The Chromebook Pixel Review

It arrived in a white nondescript cardboard box, with just a flash of color, and one word on the lid: Google. Inside was a Chromebook. Chromebooks are dull. Chrome...

75 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/31/2013

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M Series Launched

At the beginning of April, Jarred walked us through the refresh of the bottom two-thirds of NVIDIA's 700M series of GeForce GPUs, all under the GeForce GT heading. We...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/30/2013

The Kabini Deal: Can AMD Improve the Quality of Mainstream PCs with Its Latest APU?

There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2013

Best Business Laptops – May 2013

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last “best laptop” article, mostly because I had concerns about recommending anything with AMD’s Richland and Intel’s Haswell processors right around...

39 by Jarred Walton on 5/17/2013

AMD Launches Radeon HD 8970M

Earlier this week I noted that AMD’s Radeon 8970M and Richland A10-5750M are both available in MSI’s new GX70 3BE gaming notebook, but at the time I couldn't fully...

16 by Jarred Walton on 5/15/2013

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Intel puts their best foot forward with a business class 14" Ultrabook from Lenovo, the touchscreen-equipped X1 Carbon.

91 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/15/2013

MSI GX70 3BE: Richland A10 APU and Neptune 8970M Gaming Notebook

This is one of the more interesting pieces of hardware to keep an eye on if you're looking at a reasonably priced gaming notebook. I've toyed around with MSI's...

23 by Jarred Walton on 5/13/2013

Acer Aspire V Series: New AMD APUs and Other Upgrades

The final piece of news out of Acer from today consists of updates to their Aspire V series of laptops targeted at value-conscious consumers. We’ve previously reviewed the Aspire...

42 by Jarred Walton on 5/3/2013

CyberPowerPC FangBook Gaming Notebook Review

We've seen this chassis before, but we haven't seen it with CyberPowerPC's touches, and we haven't seen anything about the Kepler-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX. That changes today.

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/1/2013

NVIDIA R319 Series Beta Driver 320.00 Available

NVIDIA's driver numbering can be a bit of a mystery at times, but after the R313 Series that encompasses all version 313.x and 314.x releases, NVIDIA is jumping ahead...

15 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2013

Best Gaming Notebooks, April 2013

For this week’s update of our laptop/notebook recommendations, we turn our eye towards the mobile gaming sector—and no, we’re not including tablets in this category, even though they can...

63 by Jarred Walton on 4/12/2013

Best Budget Laptops, April 2013

Last week we launched a new sort of buyer’s guide for AnandTech with our Best Budget Ultrabook recommendation. We’ll be fleshing out the “best XYZ” recommendations for other components...

39 by Jarred Walton on 4/5/2013

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook Review: Ultrabooks in Enterprise

Something funny happened when a lot of us weren't really paying attention last year: Intel's nascent "ultrabook" specification and definition quietly expanded and, in the process, sort of redefined...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2013

Hardware Tricks: Can You Fix a Failing Mobile GPU with a Hair Dryer?

Over the years, I’ve encountered my fair share of hardware failures while writing for AnandTech. For example, nearly every SFF I reviewed back in my early days failed within...

29 by Jarred Walton on 3/19/2013

CyberPowerPC FangBook X7: An Alternative to Clevo Whitebooks

We’ve reviewed quite a few Clevo notebooks over the years from a variety of vendors: AVADirect, Eurocom, Mythlogic, Origin, and Sager, to name a few. While there are certainly...

22 by Jarred Walton on 2/11/2013

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