Category: Laptops & Notebooks

Acer Swift 5 2020 update – Less than 1 Kg with discrete Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU for under £1k

The Acer Swift 5 has been one of the lightest laptops on the market for the past few years, and I think it is one of the best alternatives to the extremely popular Dell XPS 13. Today, Acer has updated the laptop to be even better than ever with the inclusion of the latest discrete Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU and Intel CPUs. The Acer Swift 5 is an ultrathin-and-light notebook that sits right at the intersection of style, power and portability. Its 14.95 mm (0.59 in) chassis is made from high-grade magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium. The press release doesn't state...

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Huawei MateBook 13 now available with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U for £699 – How does it compare vs £899 i5-10210U model

Today, Huawei has introduced a new model to their MateBook 13 series. Previously the two available options used the lates 10th Gen Intel chips with the options being i5-10210U or the i7-10510U. The new model comes at a much lower price point while offering similar CPU performance, but falls a little behind for gaming and editing due to the Intel models having a discrete GPU. With the much more attractive pricing, this looks like a great ultrabook. Huawei MateBook 13 AMD 2020 Specification ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3500UMemory8GBStorage256 or 512 GB PCIe SSDDisplayScreen Size: 13 inchesScreen Type: IPSResolution: 2160 x...

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How to Repair/Restore Windows 10 On Your Laptop?

Facing problems with your Windows 10 on laptop? Does it crash too often or just won’t load at all? Whatever the case, you are in need of some expert help. But what if you could fix the issue all on your own? Yes, that’s very much possible and here are a couple of options that you may want to try out before spending on repairs. Repair Windows 10 Using Windows Startup Repair For situations when Windows 10 does not boot up and you’re not able to reach the login screen and the desktop, it’s time that you run the...

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Gigabyte refreshed Aero & Aorus range with up to Intel Core i9-10980HK & Geforce RTX 2080 Super

Gigabyte will be one of the first companies to introduce the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series Super GPUs on their popular line of Aorus gaming and Aero creator laptops. For the Aorus side of things, the brand teamed up with world renowned G2 Esports to launch brand new gaming notebooks tailored to match the requirements of pro gamers, including features like mechanical keyboards, a 240Hz refresh rate display and enhanced cooling technology, redefining the requirements of a professional gaming notebook. Gigabyte Aorus vs Aero You may ask yourself what is the difference between a gaming laptop and creator laptop?...

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Honor MagicBook 14 & 15 vs Huawei MateBook D 14 & 15 Compared – Is the MagicBook any different?

We all know that Honor is the affordable sub-brand of Huawei, the Honor V30 Pro is a superb alternative to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro for example. Sometimes they both release identical phones though, with the Huawei Nova 5T and Honor 20 being the notable recent example. With the recent launch of the affordable Huawei MateBook D series which comes in 14 and 15-inch models, how similar are they to the just-announced Honor MagicBook 14 & 15.6? HONOR MagicBook 14 - 14 Inch Laptop w/ FullView 1080P Screen, All-Day Battery, 65 W Fast Charger, Fingerprint Login & Recessed Camera...

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Affordable Laptops & Desktop Buying Guide for Working at Home During the Covid Pandemic

With many people facing the prospect of working from home in the coming weeks, a lot of us will be trying to put together a home office. Larger companies will no doubt provide the hardware, but small business owners will be facing some unwanted and very much unneeded costs at this time. Peripherals I will preface my laptop and desktop recommendations by recommending buying a keyboard and mouse. Assuming you can find a desk to set up a working environment, a keyboard and mouse will make working from a laptop considerably easier. Almost any will do, such as the...

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Kingston HyperX Impact 64GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM Memory Review – HX424C15FBK2/64 Score 85%

Kingston HyperX Impact 64GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM Memory Review – HX424C15FBK2/64

Kingston HyperX launched a range of new memory modules at CES 2020 and this includes new 32 GB unbuffered DIMMs and SO-DIMMs to its Fury and Impact families. I have recently been sent the HyperX Impact 64GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM memory to review, which includes two 32GB DDR4 memory modules with a latency of CL15. These modules are double the capacity of what used be available for both laptops and desktops and the massive capacity means these come in at a pricey £326.99 via Kingston. For the best performance, Kingston also sell modules going up to 3200MHz with a CL20....

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RAVPower 61W Power Delivery GaN charger Review – Is this the best MacBook Pro charger? Score 85%

RAVPower 61W Power Delivery GaN charger Review – Is this the best MacBook Pro charger?

This will be a short review, as there is not much to say about a charger. I am a big fan of power delivery USB-C products, they make life so much easier. With the increasingly widespread adoption of USB-C and power delivery, we are finally starting to see a universal charging solution for our devices. RAVPower USB C Charger, 61W Wall Charger PD 3.0 [GaN Tech] Type C Quick Charger, Compatible with iPhone 11 Pro Max, MacBook Pro Air, Ipad Pro 2018, Nintendo Switch £39.99 Buy on Amazon Features Compact Size & Superior Performance: GaN tech & PI chipset...

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Top 10 Student Laptops in 2020

Top 10 Student Laptops in 2020 There is one device we hardly imagine the modern student life without, and you all know this is a laptop, and it’s not only the technology improvements or education changes that made it the most demanded piece you can get before the school starts. First, laptops for college are a better choice for a student who commutes to the school or who lives far away to get one’s PC relocated to the dorm. Second, you won’t need to carry all the books around because you can get their digital version and just have...

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Acer Swift 5 Review (2020) – A Dell XPS 13 alternative that is lighter & cheaper with the Intel Core i5-1035G1 Score 95%

Acer Swift 5 Review (2020) – A Dell XPS 13 alternative that is lighter & cheaper with the Intel Core i5-1035G1

I reviewed the Acer Swift 5 back in 2018, so this review is much the same but with upgraded hardware and a new lower price point. The Acer Swift 5 remains one of the lightest laptops on the market with a listed weight of just 990g up a touch since my last review. The last review had the laptop at an RRP of £1,099.99 with it available for around £950, which included a 512GB SSD. This model is just £800 but you do get a bit less (but faster) storage with a 256 GB NVMe SSD. Sale Acer Swift...

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The Best Power Deliver Power Banks on Amazon – Portable charges for your laptop, iPad and other tablets.

Power banks have been a mainstay for mobile users for years, allowing us to go out for the day without worrying about our phones dying on us. They come in all shapes and sizes including ultra-portable 5000mAh options like the Anker Astro, 20,000 mAh options which are not pocket-friendly but can keep a couple of phones going for a weekend, and finally monsters like the Crave PowerPack with 50,000mAh which is neither pocket or bag friendly. In recent years many of these portable chargers have adopted the Power Delivery technology which allows the battery pack to deliver a higher...

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Huawei MateBook D Series updated for 2020 with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U in 14 & 15-inch models from £599.99

I was very impressed with the Huawei Matebook X Pro when I reviewed it back in 2018. Huawei also has a more affordable range of laptops with their D series which are powered by AMD CPUs. Like many other laptop brands, this has received its yearly update moving it from an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU to the Ryzen 5 3500U with Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics. The new Ryzen 5 3500U is based on the Picasso Zen architecture that was introduced with the 2nd generation desktop CPUs which typically sees a 5-10% improvement across most benchmarks. The new...

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