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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Jul 14, 2019.

The New XPS 13 2-in-1 Comes Tantalizingly Close to Overshadowing the Original

The New XPS 13 2-in-1 Comes Tantalizingly Close to Overshadowing the Original

When it comes to laptops, I’m a big advocate of 2-in-1s like Lenovo’s Yoga C930 and Microsoft’s Surface Go because their flexible designs let you use them in situations a traditional notebook might not be able to handle. However, to deliver that kind of adaptability, sometimes 2-in-1 makers have to include trade-offs 2-in-1 such as higher prices or weaker specs.

But with the revamped XPS 13...

Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Jan 07, 2019. 13 comments

The Asus ROG Mothership Is an Overpowered Surface for Gamers

The Asus ROG Mothership Is an Overpowered Surface for Gamers

When I heard Asus was bringing a laptop called the Mothership to CES 2019, I knew I had to see it. Actually, calling it a laptop doesn’t quite do this thing justice, because it’s one part 2-in-1, it’s one part gaming machine, it’s loaded up with more RGB lights than a UFO, and I absolutely love it.

Comprised of a tablet-style body with a fold-out kickstand and a detachable keyboard, the ROG...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Dec 13, 2018. 1 comments

Samsung Kicks Off CES Early With a Competent But Not Terribly Exciting 2-in-1 Laptop

Samsung Kicks Off CES Early With a Competent But Not Terribly Exciting 2-in-1 Laptop

We’re less than a month away from the biggest tech show of the year(I can feel my heart rate rise just thinking about it), but it seems Samsung couldn’t wait until early January to announce its new Notebook 9 Pen.

Available in 13 and 15-inch versions, Samsung’s 360-degree 2-in-1 is aimed at creative types, and as its name implies, it comes with a stylus that looks and feels quite similar to...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Dec 03, 2018. 12 comments

The HP Spectre Folio Is Gaudy, Ambitious, and Maybe the Future

The HP Spectre Folio Is Gaudy, Ambitious, and Maybe the Future
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The HP Spectre Folio is deceptive. Closed it looks like a fancy leather folder business types take to conference rooms. Held in your hands, it’s smooth and rich feeling under your fingertips, but heavier than you’d expect. It opens exactly as a laptop should, but then...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Nov 28, 2018. 19 comments

The Google Pixel Slate Is a Brilliant Chrome OS Response to the iPad

The Google Pixel Slate Is a Brilliant Chrome OS Response to the iPad

Chromebooks aren’t supposed to cost a lot of money. That’s a big reason we like them ! They’re always good enough, and they’re always cheap—think under $500. But the Pixel Slate, which carries the newest build of Chrome OS, has made a near perfect case for a pricier chromebook. This tablet, which turns into a laptop with the addition of a $160 to $200 accessory, starts at $600 and often works...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 09, 2018. 13 comments

Pixel Slate: Google Might Have Finally Made a Near-Perfect Chrome OS Device

Pixel Slate: Google Might Have Finally Made a Near-Perfect Chrome OS Device

After years of trial-and-error Google has finally done what we’ve all asked for and made a Chrome OS tablet. It could be the perfect device for the barebones operating system.

The Google Pixel Slate might look like an iPad with a Google Pixel veneer applied, but there aren’t a lot of products that have me as excited as the Pixel Slate. Google’s newest home-grown Chrome OS device is the natural...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 01, 2018. 4 comments

HP Thinks It Cracked the 2-in-1 Code

HP Thinks It Cracked the 2-in-1 Code

At first glance, The HP Spectre Folio looks like any old tablet in a leather case. It’s not outstanding or even very interesting looking. But it’s a very clever device, hiding in an elegant package. When you see it in person, your excitement slowly builds as its design reveals itself to you.

Indeed, if you saw the device below plopped on someone’s desk, you might rightly identify them as an...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Aug 31, 2018. 9 comments

Lenovo's Slickest 2-in-1 Ditches Its Famous Hinge For Two Hidden Tricks

Lenovo's Slickest 2-in-1 Ditches Its Famous Hinge For Two Hidden Tricks

For the past three years, Lenovo’s flaghip 900-series Yoga 2-in-1s have been some of the best convertibles on the market. They were sleek, powerful, and had way more flexibility than a boring old clamshell, with essentially zero downsides. Thanks to their sophisticated watch-band hinges, Lenovo’s high-end convertibles also had a real sense of style and personality.

However, you can only trot...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Aug 03, 2018. 18 comments

The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect

The Microsoft Surface Go Is Practically Perfect

Look, $550 is a lot of money... unless you’re talking computers. Any computer you buy for that little is firmly a “budget” PC, as far as the people making them are concerned. They’re not impressive, or especially fast, or pretty. They’re purely functional—the Ford Fiesta of computers. The sheer mediocrity of the sub-$550 range of laptops is why the new $550 Microsoft Surface Go is so damn...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Jun 14, 2018. 13 comments

The Latest Breed of 2-in-1s Have Finally Realized the Hybrid Dream

The Latest Breed of 2-in-1s Have Finally Realized the Hybrid Dream

Even though they don’t look much different than a lot of other hybrid laptops, the release of the Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 and HP’s Spectre x360 15 is an important moment for today’s convertible PCs. That’s because by putting powerful, but not exceedingly expensive GPUs inside already flexible machines, it feels like 2-in-1s are finally ready to deliver on what made the idea of convertible...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Apr 10, 2018. 14 comments

Finally, a Chrome Tablet Worth Getting Excited About

Finally, a Chrome Tablet Worth Getting Excited About

Companies keep trying to make tablets for education happen. Two weeks ago, Acer announced the $329 Chromebook Tab 10 , a confusingly named slate running Chrome OS that was designed with students and teachers in mind. Then Apple followed that up with a revamped iPad featuring some new education apps and Apple Pencil support. But to me, neither of these devices truly hit the spot, because...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Apr 07, 2018. 10 comments

HP's Overkill Convertible Makes Your Surface Pro Look Wimpy and Weak

HP's Overkill Convertible Makes Your Surface Pro Look Wimpy and Weak

Want a laptop that lets you get in a quick Overwatch match after you’re done editing some video on its 4K display? How about a convertible that lets you crank out screeds even with the keyboard a few feet away? Need a tablet that lets you create and edit images without worrying about your stylus’ battery life? If you’re one of the rarefied souls with powerhouse demands like these, the HP...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Mar 23, 2018. 15 comments

A Smartphone CPU Gives This Laptop Over 15 Hours of Battery Life

A Smartphone CPU Gives This Laptop Over 15 Hours of Battery Life

On the outside, the Asus Nova Go looks like a typical 2-in-1. It’s got a pleasant but not super exciting 13.3-inch touchscreen, a spacious touchpad with a built-in fingerprint reader, and a 360-degree hinge that lets it transform from a laptop to a tablet on a whim. But inside, this $600 hybrid has the raging heart of… a smartphone?

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Feb 26, 2018. 2 comments

Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under $1,000

Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under $1,000

Alexa already dominates a ton of living rooms and kitchens thanks to Amazon’s huge line of Echo smart speakers . But there’s still one major category of devices Alexa has yet to conquer: PCs. However, at CES 2018, Amazon announced that Alexa would be making its way onto computers too. That brings us to now, at MWC 2018, where Lenovo is showing off its line of new Yoga 730 2-in-1s, which are...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Jan 13, 2018. 19 comments

HP's Convertible Spectre x360 15 Wants to Give You What the MacBook Pro Can't

HP's Convertible Spectre x360 15 Wants to Give You What the MacBook Pro Can't

After the latest MacBook Pro refresh failed to deliver the kind of features buyers really wanted, Apple’s competitors sensed weaknesss. Instead of an overabundance of USB-C ports and gimmicky touch screens above the keyboard, systems like the new Spectre x360 15 are hoping to entice users back to PC land by offering way better flexibility, faster performance and the ability to live life...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Jan 10, 2018. 10 comments

Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 Wants to Be the Anti-MacBook Pro

Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 Wants to Be the Anti-MacBook Pro

Dell got CES 2018 started early when it debuted its fully redesigned flagship ultraportable last week. But the XPS 13 isn’t the only new premium system the company is showing off, and in some ways, it might not even be the most exciting, because now for the first time ever, there’s a 2-in-1 version of the XPS 15.

By adding a 360-degree hinge to the previous XPS 15 chassis, Dell has created...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Dec 12, 2017. 13 comments

Smartphone Guts Are Coming to Windows Laptops, and It Could Triple Your Battery Life

Smartphone Guts Are Coming to Windows Laptops, and It Could Triple Your Battery Life

For years, Microsoft and others have been trying to figure out how to get Windows running on chips other than x86 processors most commonly made by Intel and AMD. The hope is that by broadening the platform to makers of mobile devices, Windows on ARM-based chips will lead to cheaper, more accessible systems than the standard laptops we have now.

Microsoft’s first major attempt was with...

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Sam Rutherford Sam Rutherford Oct 16, 2017. 19 comments

Lenovo’s Yoga 920 Is Proof: The Boring Old Clamshell Must Die

Lenovo’s Yoga 920 Is Proof: The Boring Old Clamshell Must Die

People have been forecasting the death of the PC for years, and while all that noise is clearly overblown, there is one segment of the computing world that should probably go away: the traditional clamshell laptop. Now I’m not saying we should do away with notebooks PCs as we know them or more specialized notebooks like mobile workstations or gaming laptops, I just think it’s past time we...

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Darren Orf Darren Orf Oct 02, 2017. 11 comments

Samsung's Batteries Are Damn Good

Samsung's Batteries Are Damn Good

I just posted a big laptop-tablet hybrids roundup , one of which included the Galaxy TabPro S (top right corner). When we originally reviewed the TabPro , we gave kudos for its long-lasting battery. But when we actually pitted it against the competition, the difference was staggering.

The Best Hybrid Laptops For Every Occasion

Remember when laptops were laptops and tablets were tablets? Well,...

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Sean Hollister Sean Hollister Jun 11, 2015. 1 comments

The Best Transforming Windows Laptop Under $500

The Best Transforming Windows Laptop Under $500

People always ask me which laptop to buy. They want it all—a powerful processor, long battery life, lots of storage, and yes, a fancy way to transform into a touchscreen tablet. And they want it for $400. Usually, I convince them to buy an $800 laptop instead. But what if you’re truly strapped for cash? How close can you get?

I decided to find out.

Update 9/2015: Added Acer Switch 10 E and Acer...

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