The New 13-Inch MacBook Pro’s Keyboard Really Is That Good

I sit here typing on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is somehow both an incremental and radical upgrade over the 13-inch MacBook Pros of recent years. The Pro I bought in 2017 sits to my left, and while the two look similar, the experience of using them is completely different. My 3-year-old laptop sports the controversial butterfly keyboard, which Apple is phasing out of its product lineup, but I still have to pound away at it every day. After using the new Pro with its scissor-switch keyboard, my old Pro actually makes me angry. Read More >>

MSI’s GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop Packs Big Specs and Thankfully Goes Light on the RGB

There’s always something I’ve appreciated about powerful gadgets that are able to hide their power levels. I’m talking about stuff like the Volkswagen Phaeton W12 that had essentially the same engine you got in a flashy Bentley Continental (minus a couple turbos), but in a car that looked like, well, a VW. In short, gadgets that appear normal, but can go toe-to-toe with any rogue Saiyans that just dropped in from outer space and want to take over the world. And that sort of exemplifies what you get with the MSI’s new GS66 Stealth. Read More >>

Alienware’s Upgradeable Laptop Still Holds Lots of Promise, But Not at That Price

Dell really wants you to choose its Alienware Area-51m over a high-end desktop. The company has called it a “desktop replacement” since the model’s inception, and not without reason: in addition to upgrading your memory and storage, you have the option to upgrade your CPU and GPU too. You can still do that with the upcoming Alienware Area-51m R2, which will be available 23 June, but a starting price of $3,050 (£2,517; UK pricing TBA) is not a cost-effective desktop replacement. You also can’t upgrade the soon-to-be previous model with a 10th-gen Intel processor or a RTX Super graphics card, but there’s a good reason why. (I’ll get into that in a bit.) Read More >>

After a Decade Away the Dell XPS 17 is Back, and the XPS 15 Has a Major Redesign Too

Earlier this year, Dell refreshed the XPS 13 to great results, and now Dell is coming back to revamp the rest of its best line of laptops with the new XPS 15 and XPS 17. Read More >>

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Gigabyte’s New Aorus 17G Proves Thermals Matter More Than Ever in a Laptop

While gaming laptops have got a lot thinner and lighter over the years, they can still be cumbersome to carry around. When Max-Q came along, that helped shrink their size down further – at the cost of some performance – and made them as good looking as a MacBook. But if you’re not the type to compromise on performance, whether for gaming or creative work, your options are limited to metaphorical bricks. Gigabyte’s newest Aorus 17G model is one of those bricks, but poor thermals and some unpleasant design choices make it one of my least favourite bricks. Read More >>

A New Flaw Means You Can’t Let Your Thunderbolt Laptop Out of Your Sight

There’s plenty of reasons not to leave your laptop unattended, but a Dutch researcher has found yet another. With just a screwdriver and five minutes alone with your computer, a hacker could potentially take advantage of your Thunderbolt port to read and copy all your data – regardless of whether it’s encrypted, locked, or set to sleep. Read More >>

Microsoft Might Have Made the Best Budget Laptop… Again

Two years ago Microsoft made one of its best laptops, and my favourite budget computer, the Surface Go. The £380 Windows 10 tablet was absolutely not the fast computer in its price range, and it had a much smaller screen than the competition, but it also felt like the kind of perfect do anything device for someone on a budget – the 2-in-1 Apple’s aspired to make over and over again with the iPad. Now Microsoft has the recently rumoured Microsoft Surface Go 2, plus a refreshed Surface Book 3 and new headphones, and if new guts really improve its speed then this could be the budget device to get. Read More >>

Apple’s Keyboard Nightmare Is Finally Over

In the spring of 2015, Apple made one of the most significant changes to its laptop line ever when it switched from scissor switch keyboards to its homegrown butterfly keyboard. But now, after five years, the butterfly keyboard is finally going away for good. Read More >>

After Months of Teasing, the New 13-inch MacBook Pro is Finally Here

It’s finally here. After some murmurs on Twitter this morning that today was the day, Apple dropped a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, complete with new Magic Keyboard and a bump to its specs. Read More >>

New Leaks Give an Almost Complete Picture of Dell’s Upcoming XPS 15 and 17

Earlier this year, Dell refreshed its excellent 13-inch ultra portable laptop, the XPS 13, with faster components and an updated design. Now, thanks to leaks spotted on Dell’s French website, it appears the XPS 13's larger siblings, the XPS 15 and XPS 17, are due for updates soon. Read More >>

We Just Got a Better Idea of What Apple’s Homegrown Mac CPUs Will Look Like

It’s no secret that Apple has been working to create custom processors for use in its computers. The question was never if, but when. And now, a new report is adding even more weight to the belief that Apple will start selling Macs equipped with homegrown chips in 2021. Read More >>

The Revamped Razer Blade Stealth Fixes One of Its Biggest Issues

The Razer Blade Stealth was already one of the best small-but-mighty laptops on the market, and now it’s getting more powerful. Razer’s refresh adds faster CPU and GPU options along with a fix for one of the Blade Stealth’s biggest flaws. Read More >>

New Surface Book 3 Details Leaked by European Retailers

Just a couple of days ago, news about a possible Surface Go 2 appeared in filings on the US Federal Communication Commission’s website. But now, it looks like we’ve just gotten some info about a different laptop from Microsoft, thanks to leaked product listings from gadget retailers in Europe. Read More >>

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 Shows Up in US Federal Communications Commission Filings

While the iPad gets most of the public’s attention when it comes to tablets, Microsoft’s Surface Go remains one of the most underrated hybrid tablets. Now, based on some recent US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, it appears a Surface Go 2 could be on its way. Read More >>

Lenovo’s Yoga C740 is a Damn Good Laptop for Under £1,000

It is a sad fact that 2-in-1s exist despite the fact that they’re never exceptional at being both a laptop and a tablet. Maybe it was a bad experience with a tablet that turned me off to the idea, not to mention I hate typing on anything but an actual keyboard. I have a gaming laptop for work and play, and two full bookshelves of paperbacks and hardbacks since I prefer physical books. Tablet? Kindle? I do not need these things! But then I built a gaming desktop PC, so I had no need for my gaming laptop. And then the quarantine happened, and it was suddenly safer to buy ebooks. And then I reviewed a 2-in-1 that does the laptop side of things so well, and at such a nice price and I actually didn’t mind having 360-degree hinges and touch screen keyboards foisted on me. I never thought I’d say this, but the Lenovo Yoga C740 has made me like 2-in-1 laptops, not just because it’s filled a new niche need in my life, but also because it’s a genuinely good machine. Read More >>