Category: Laptops

Acer Predator Helios, Triton & Nitro Gaming Laptops get upgraded with 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs & up to GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU options – next@acer GPC

Today, Acer have held the annual next@acer global press conference, announcing multiple new laptops and pieces of hardware. First up is the update of all their main gaming laptops. This includes high-performance Helios 700, powerful Helios 300, sleek Triton 300 and refined Nitro 7. They are all being updated with the current 10th Gen Intel Core processors, with GPU options upto the RTX 2080 SUPER and new ultra fast 240 Hz refresh rate monitors. Acer Predator Helios 700 From $2,499.99 in the US in August & EUR 2,699/£2450 in Europe from September The definition of a desktop replacement, the...

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Are Gaming Laptops Worth The Higher Price?

If you’re looking to upgrade your current PC gaming setup and you’re fretting between choosing a desktop or gaming laptop, you’ll notice one striking difference (apart from the size!), and that is the higher cost of a gaming laptop. Let’s take a look at why this is the case, and if it’s worth getting a gaming laptop today. A Bit Of History… Gaming laptops probably hit the mainstream sometime in the late noughties to early 2010’s. Alienware had there now discontinued M17x line launched in 2009, while Razer grabbed headlines with their reveal of the ‘World’s First True Gaming...

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How to upgrade SODIMM laptop RAM & the best DDR4 prices

For many laptops, there are only a couple of things you can do to upgrade the hardware, upgrade the RAM and the storage. There are exceptions of course, there is the Alienware Area-51m which can be upgraded like a normal PC, or quite a lot of ultra portables has RAM soldered to the motherboard. With DDR4 prices plummeting recently, and both SSDs and NVME drives becoming affordable, now is a great time to give your aging laptop a little love with a nice upgrade. With RAM, nearly all laptops come with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, looking on...

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Intel 9th Gen Notebooks CPUs revealed: 8-core 16-thread i9-9980HK & 8-core i7-9850H

Intel has not officially announced the 9th generation of their laptop CPUs yet the basic details of these updated chips have been released. The information for these CPUs come from listings for export compliance. The new processors will be featuring the same 14nm++ node as used by the desktop variants while offering higher cores and clock speeds to those who demand the best gaming performance on mobility platforms. There will be six new CPUs launched as part of the 9th Generation Core H-Series family. There will be two Core i5, two Core i7, and two Core i9 models. Currently,...

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AMD 3000-series Ryzen Mobile APU launched with Vega 10 (Ryzen 7 3750H quad core 35w 4Ghz turbo )

Sadly we did not get the announcement for the desktop AMD 3000-series Ryzen chips at CES. However, AMD is launching the first parts of the Ryzen 3000-series of processors, focused around the Ryzen Mobile 2nd Gen family for both the general 15W market as well as the high-performance 35W market. The new range of processors are based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture not the 7nm Zen 2 architecture most of us are excited about and is a similar upgrade from the desktop first generation when they moved from Zen to Zen+. The previous generation offered a great price-performance ratio compared to the Intel counterparts with...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2 Announced

October is a crazy month for product launches, and Microsoft has started the ball rolling with the announcement of the new Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2. We knew these laptops were coming, but we all were hoping the announcement would include the new Windows Surface Phone that is in the works, but we will sadly have to wait for that. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 The Surface Pro range has always been the pinnacle of the convertible device market, but with devices like the HP Spectre Folio launching there is serious competition for the best convertible laptop. The Surface Pro 6 follows the standard...

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HP Spectre Folio is a beautiful leather clad always-on, always-connected PC

Hp has just announced the HP Spectre Folio which is possibly the best-looking laptop ever made. This folio style laptop is similar in design to the HP Envy X2 which I previously reviewed and loved the design of. However, unlike the X2 with its blue artificial leather cover, the Spectre goes all out and uses a from 100 percent chromed tan, full-grain leather to give a huge aesthetic appeal. The press images look spectacular (as far as a laptop can be) and it comes with an impressive specification to complement its looks. This is not designed to be a powerhouse, but something...

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Dell Latitude 5289 2-in-1 Review Score 85%

Dell Latitude 5289 2-in-1 Review

Following my review of the excellent Acer Spin 7, I have been sent the business orientated Dell Latitude 5289 2-in-1. The model I have reviewed is one below the top of the range and priced at £1,127 currently (minus VAT). The specification includes: 7th Generation Intel Core™ i5-7300U (Dual Core 2.60Gz 3MB cache) Windows 10 Pro 64-bit English 8GB LPDDR3, 1866 MHz 256G M.2 2280 SSD 8cm (12.5″) FHD 16:9 1920×1080 AR + AS Wacom Touch, Corning Gorilla Glass, HD Cam, WWAN Antenna 2 Display Port over USB Type-C™ 2 USB 3.0 (with PowerShare) 1 uSD 4.0 Memory card...

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Acer Spin 7 Review – 2-in-1 Ultraportable Score 85%

Acer Spin 7 Review – 2-in-1 Ultraportable

In the past year, Acer has rebranded their laptop line-up launching the new Swift and Spin range. Their names are a bit of a giveaway, with the Spin being the convertible line while the Swift is the normal ultraportable. The Spin range comes in 3 varieties, the 3, 5 and 7. The line-up is a little confusing though, as you can imagine the higher the number the better the laptop but it is not quite as simple as that. The Spin 3 uses an FHD 15” screen and has processors from i3-6100U through to i7-7500U which all use the...

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Acer Predator 21 X world’s first notebook a curved 21-inch IPS display.

The Predator 21 X takes the flagship spot in Acer’s gaming notebook series and is advanced beyond anything on the market today. It’s the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080), and when combined with wide-angle viewing, it delivers a truly immersive gaming experience. To bring gameplay immersion to the next level, the notebook also integrates Tobii eye-tracking technology for a new method of control that’s more intuitive and natural. Built-in eye-tracking hardware (infrared sensors and software) unlocks a completely new facet in gaming. By tracking a gamer’s eye with software, the notebook...

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Acer Chromebook R11 Review Score 85%

Acer Chromebook R11 Review

In the past I was not so convinced by Chromebooks, they represent an odd middle ground between an Android tablet and a full notebook. However, after reviewing the Acer Chromebook 13, my opinion was changed. Now my opinion is that they are more functional than an Android tablet while being able to perform well using less powerful hardware. To make things even more compelling, Chromebooks are will soon be allowed to install Android Apps, and the Acer Chromebook R11 will be one of the first devices that is capable of doing this. In terms of specification, it is quite...

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Acer Switch Alpha 12 Announced: 12-inch Liquid cooled, silent ultra slim portable

Acer held a product launch event in New York last night, announcing quite a lot of new products for the year, some more exciting than others. The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is certainly one of the more exciting announcements, it's the first hybrid laptop to run Intel's sixth generation Core processor without a fan, which is quite an achievement. It manages this by using a liquid cooling system that uses heat of the coolant as it expands into gas to keep the entire system moving. Weighing in at just 1250 grams in laptop mode or 900g in tablet mode,...

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