Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones, Wearables And Gadgets

In-depth product reviews and news of notebooks, tablets, smartphones, wearable technologies and gadgets. We're now living in a contextually-aware computing world and mobile devices can not only help us enjoy the ride but create and capture new experiences as well.

Motorola Razr and Razr+ (2024) - Available for $699.99 and $999.99 The new Motorola Razrs for 2024 perform well, are well-designed and they are downright fun to use. Sleek, stylish design Big external screens with useful features Foldable display crease is barely visible Starts at just $700 Solid performance, even for... Read more...
Today in Paris, at Galaxy Unpacked 2024, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring ($399) smart ring, Galaxy Watch 7 ($299) and Watch Ultra ($649) smartwatches, Galaxy Z Flip6 ($1,099) flip-style and Z Fold6 ($1,899) book-style folding phones, and the Galaxy Buds3 ($179) and Buds3 Pro ($249) true-wireless earbuds. That’s... Read more...
Today in New York City, Motorola announced a pair of new folding flip phones – the $999 Moto Razr+ (2024) and the $699 Moto Razr (2024). Both will be available from the company’s website, select retailers, and select carriers on July 24, with pre-orders starting on July 10. These handsets replace last... Read more...
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Processors After mountains of performance data and product disclosures, we finally have Qualcomm Snadragon X Oryon CPU and Adreno GPU architecture details to share. New CPU Core Architecture Powerful NPU Leading Wireless Connectivity Options Tons Of Memory Bandwidth Arm-Native Software Ecosystem... Read more...
It was the case for a very long time that if you were buying a laptop, you were almost assuredly getting an Intel processor. Sure, AMD was around, and there have always been Macbooks, but both were niche products at opposite ends of the market for ages. For the overwhelming majority of users, only Intel offered the compelling combination of... Read more...
Whether you knew you needed it or not, locally-hosted AI is the next big thing in PCs, and AMD is at the forefront of this movement. The company was first to market with consumer processors sporting AI-accelerating Neural Processing Units (NPUs), and it's now on its third generation of processors for "AI PCs." That's... Read more...
Minisforum V3 3-in-1 Tablet PC: Starts @ $969, $1,199 As Tested (Sale Price) The Minisforum V3 3-in-1 Tablet is powered by AMD's latest mobile platform and packs some unique features, but its included accessories left something to be desired. Current AMD mobile processor All-round good performance Tablet build... Read more...
Arm Holdings plc, or "arm", was once considered a vendor of processors designed for embedded and low-power systems, but those days are well past at this point. Having conquered mobile some time ago, processors based on Arm's Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) are now challenging the supremacy of the long-dominant... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to properly kick off the AI in PC era with its Copilot+ PC initiative the company is debuting at this year’s Microsoft Build conference, and Qualcomm will play a big role in the rollout. Qualcomm will be working with several hardware OEM manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo... Read more...
Intel's Meteor Lake processors represented a major step forward for the company. As Intel's first step into chiplet (or "tile") fabrication for client chips, Meteor Lake brought big improvements in efficiency, graphics, and AI performance for the company's mobile processors. Arrow Lake is on track to do that for... Read more...
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024): As Tested - $1,999  - Starting @ $1599.99 - $1,349.00 On Sale The 2024 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a compact, capable gaming and content creation laptop that packs AMD Ryzen 8000 series Zen 4 firepower and up to a GeForce RTX 4070 into a svelte, 3.3lb frame with very clean lines. Solid... Read more...
Razer Blade 18 Gaming Laptop: Starts At $3,099, $4,499 As Tested We put Razer's biggest, baddest Blade gaming laptop to date through its paces and found it to be both powerful and quite pretty. Classic Razer Aesthetics Phenomenal Laptop Display Surprisingly Svelte Excellent Spatial Sound Forward-Looking Thunderbolt 5 Connectivity Despite Size,... Read more...
Google Pixel 8a - Starting At $499 The Google Pixel 8a is sleek, speedy, and shoots better photos than virtually any other budget phone. Solid build quality Gorgeous OLED display Excellent camera performance Same processor as flagship Pixels Lots and lots of AI features Seven years of guaranteed updates Sharp, bright... Read more...
Dell XPS 14 Laptop: Starts at $1499, $1599 as configured Dell has continued to refine the sleek look of the XPS family, now offering a 14-inch XPS 14 variant for what we'd call the Goldilocks size of thin and light laptops. This machine's industrial design is quite fetching too. Refined, Clean Design Solid, Balanced Performance Quality... Read more...
Lenovo Legion Pro 7 16IRX9H: Starting at $2,699 MSRP. The Lenovo Legion Pro 7 16IRX9H is a beast of a machine, well suited to gamers or content creation professionals looking for a portable powerhouse. RGB is optional Keyboard offers excellent typing experience Great performance Attractive, functional design Short... Read more...
WhiteFox Eclipse Mechanical Keyboard: Starting at $140 The WhiteFox Eclipse is a beautiful, mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable switches and an innovative modular design. Hotswappable switches Excellent feel and sound Modular design that's easy to disassemble Comes with high-quality switches and keycaps... Read more...
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Qualcomm to learn the latest about its Snapdragon X processor line-up for emerging AI PCs and to get more hands-on time for performance benchmarks. During our meeting, we got the scoop on the Snapdragon X Plus, a 10-core variant of the platform that will drop into the... Read more...
Nothing Phone (2a) - Starting at $349 Nothing’s Phone (2a) is an affordable mid-range smartphone that punches way above its weight. Solid performance Cool design Beautiful display Decent cameras Outstanding battery life Clean, responsive software No 4k selfie video Limited US band support No wireless charging No... Read more...
There can't really be any doubt at this point: AI is going to change all of our lives, and there's no going back from here. Still, there's quite a bit of debate over exactly how it's going to happen. If you listen to hardware vendors like AMD and Intel, they'll tell you that you absolutely need to upgrade your... Read more...
Alienware m16 R2 Gaming Laptop: Starts at $1,499, as tested $1,849 Dell has reimagined its new mid-sized Alienware m16 R2 gaming laptop, and the result is a more efficient yet still potent, Intel Meteor Lake-powered beauty. Clean Understated Design Solid, Balanced Performance Quality Keyboard... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 - Starting MSRP $1,899, Currently On Sale For $1,499 The 16-inch Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is powered by Intel's latest Meteor Lake platform, features a giant trackpad, a beautiful AMOLED display, a 360 degree display hinge and fantastic battery life. Good CPU performance for the form... Read more...
Much has been written about the performance of Arm-based processors exceeding that of x86-64 CPUs, but depending on your perspective, that fully hasn't come to pass. There are Apple's M-series processors that do perform competitively in many tasks, along with an array of data center-focused products that emphasize... Read more...
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