Notebooks

One of the more interesting laptop designs to come out of the Computex week was from Acer: its new Predator Helios 300 Special Edition was an eclectic mix of white and gold that made it stand out from the swathe of standard black and red looking gaming machines being announced and on the market. We had a recent chance to spend some time with the unit at an Acer UK event. So to begin, the unit in front of me was a Core i5-8300H model with a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS display with a GTX 1060 inside. The unit looks great, if you like white and gold, and it will be interesting to see how the white stands up to repeated use and cleaning. We were...

Updating AnandTech’s 2013 Mobile Benchmark Suite (RFC)

If it seems like just last year that we updated our mobile benchmark suite, that’s because it was. We’re going to be keeping some elements of the testing, but...

47 by Jarred Walton on 1/29/2013

HP Leaks Their First Chromebook

Google's venture into the desktop operating system space has been getting a lot of the right kind of attention lately. Acer's C7 Chromebook has been well received, as has...

20 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/29/2013

AVADirect’s Clevo P570WM X79 Gaming Notebook Available for Pre-Order in the US

Depending on whom you ask, desktop replacement notebooks are either a growing or a shrinking market. Most large OEMs have completely abandoned the DTR market, with high-end DTR-like notebooks...

19 by Jarred Walton on 1/25/2013

Acer C7 Chromebook Review

Chromebooks have been plagued, until recently, with one major flaw: price. Costing as much as a small Windows notebook but lacking that license, it was hard for users to...

63 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/21/2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Y400/Y500 Gaming Notebooks (with SLI!)

While Lenovo is normally thought of as a business brand, their IdeaPad (and IdeaCentre and IdeaTab) range of products tend to focus more on the consumer market. Case in...

10 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Acer Aspire V5-171 Notebook Review: The Death and Rebirth of the Netbook

With all of the coverage we've done of ultrabooks in recent months, it's easy to forget that the big vendors are still out there plugging away with more basic...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/21/2012

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Review (Late 2012)

Earlier this year Apple introduced its first Mac equipped with a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (henceforth rMBP) introduced a brand new, thinner and lighter...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/13/2012

Samsung Chromebook (XE303) Review: Testing ARM's Cortex A15

Google announced the Chrome OS project two years ago, and with it came the first Chromebook: the CR-48. The Chrome OS concept seemed revolutionary at the time. In 2010...

149 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2012

ASUS Windows 8 and RT Products Revealed

ASUS has spent the last few years showing how good design can yield big dividends in the Windows notebook and Android tablet markets. With today’s announcement of their Windows...

17 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/23/2012

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Hands On

We just spent some time with the other major announcement from today: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 3.5 lbs machine is obviously lighter than the 15-inch...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

Apple's iPad mini Event Live Blog

We've lined up and are getting ready to bring you live coverage from Apple's special event today. Widely expected to make an appearance are the iPad mini as well...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

AMD’s 12.11 Mobility Catalyst: Enduro Hotfix [Mostly] Included

We already posted our overview of the 12.11 Catalyst drivers when used with desktop GPUs, but notebook users are naturally wondering where the promised mobile Hotfix driver is. The...

45 by Jarred Walton on 10/22/2012

Inside Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet

Along with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was...

73 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

Microsoft Surface RT Starting at $499, Available 10/26, Preorder Today

Earlier this summer Microsoft did the somewhat unexpected and announced first party Windows RT and Windows 8 tablet hardware under the Surface brand. Microsoft wanted to have flagship devices...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/16/2012

AVADirect Clevo P170EM Part 2: GTX 680M Grudge Match

We took Clevo’s P170EM for a spin last week, equipped with a Radeon HD 7970M and a variety of other high-end options. Today we have our follow up where...

58 by Jarred Walton on 10/15/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 8

As we march towards our review of the iPhone 5 (and some other really cool stuff you'll be seeing later this month), episode 8 of our weekly podcast got...

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/11/2012

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

AVADirect Clevo P170EM: Has AMD’s HD 7970M Got Game?

A couple weeks back, we posted something of a first look at the Clevo P170EM when we did our overview of AMD’s upcoming Enduro 5.5 release. As one of...

61 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2012

Alienware M18x R2 Notebook Review: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M in SLI

Around the launch of the Alienware M17x R3, Alienware essentially bifurcated its high end notebook offerings into single-GPU (the M17x R3) and dual-GPU (the M18x). The M17x R3 was...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/28/2012

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

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