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.

Sure, your phone plays music, but does it play music well? Those with audiophile leanings might want to take note of Sony's latest portable music players, the Walkman NW-ZX707 (above) and NW-A306. The product naming is pretty nebulous, and the feature sets are maybe a bit esoteric. They have FTCAP3 high-polymer... Read more...
Apple is rolling out the hits today. Fans of the company's compact desktops have a new Mac Mini over which to salivate, and the portable crowd can "ooh" and "ah" at the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro units. Inside, you'll find a new generation of Apple's custom silicon in the form of the M2 Pro and M2 Max (above)... Read more...
We're all awaiting the Galaxy S23 reveal at Unpacked in a few weeks, but the S23 won't be Samsung's first phone release of 2023. That honor belongs to the budget-oriented Galaxy A14 5G, which goes on sale today for a mere $200. It offers a few meaningful upgrades over last year's A13, and it gets a whopping four years... Read more...
If you’ve ever used one of Lenovo’s ThinkPads, you’re familiar with the solid build, high-quality materials, superior ergonomics, and high–end specs these laptops offer. Now, the company is hoping to replicate this experience with the ThinkPhone by Motorola, a flagship smartphone that aims to... Read more...
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, AMD announced its Ryzen 6000 Mobile processors, a coherent family of processors based on a single design, Rembrandt. However, the company has introduced new processor naming guidelines since then. At this year's 2023 CES, AMD is announcing new Ryzen 7000 Mobile CPUs, but pay... Read more...
Judging by the performance of the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, AMD's RDNA 3 architecture is a strong step up over its previous-generation RDNA 2 GPUs. It offers a huge leap in ray-tracing performance as well as improved power efficiency. Improved efficiency is a huge boon in mobile applications, so it's no surprise that AMD is being aggressive about Read more...
Despite the two families of processors being closely-related, Intel's extant 13th-Gen desktop processors (codenamed Raptor Lake) are a very solid upgrade over the previous-generation of Intel Alder Lake desktop CPUs. However, these currently released Raptor Lake processors are fairly high-end, powerful chips that are... Read more...
ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED - Starting MSRP: $3499.00 ASUS' latest entry into the Zenbook family brings excellent flexibility for the user, thanks to a large, innovative 17-inch foldable design, but it comes at a considerable cost. Excellent Build Quality Competent Folding Mechanism Comfortable Bluetooth Keyboard... Read more...
MSI GT77 Titan (2022): Starting At $2,886 The latest MSI GT77 Titan is powered by Intel's powerful 12th Gen Core Alder Lake processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. Awesome Keyboard Excellent Build Quality Gorgeous Display Extreme Performance Tons Of IO Large Form Factor Middling Battery Life Can Get Loud There has... Read more...
Dell XPS 13 9315 - Starting MSRP $899.00 Dell's newest premium ultraportable takes battery life and portability to a new level while also being affordable.     As thin and light as any laptop  Good performance for power usage Great battery life Beautiful design with great build quality Nice bright... Read more...
CES is in two weeks, kids, and you know what that means: piles and piles of product announcements. Lenovo wants to beat the rush, apparently, because today it announced a bevy of beautiful new devices. We already took a look at the consumer-focused Idea-family goods, so now let's go over the business-oriented... Read more...
The holiday season is here, and many of us are waiting with baited breath to see if we got that perfect “must have” gift this year. Although we get to play with lots of the latest and greatest gear around here, all of us at HotHardware still have wish lists with a wide array of goodies we’re hoping... Read more...
Apple has a reputation for refined hardware, but it surely missed the mark with the butterfly keyboard. Initially offered in 2015, Apple's ultra-slim keyboard design proved to be an ongoing headache for buyers who needed frequent repairs just to type on their Apple laptops. A class action is winding its way through... Read more...
At Qualcomm’s annual tech summit in Maui which took place recently, the company introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a chip that will soon power the mightiest of Android smartphones. Obviously, this flagship mobile platform delivers a wide array of performance and efficiency improvements, plus cool new features... Read more...
Dyson is actually launching the crazy-looking noise cancellation headphones with a built-in air purifier that was previewed to the public back in March of this year. Be prepared to empty out your wallet for one and possibly be shunned by the rest of society. The Dyson concept (also called the Zone) is going to see... Read more...
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1 - Starting MSRP: $1,218.50 Lenovo's latest AMD-powered ThinkPad has been endowed with Ryzen 6000 for great performance and it is built from sustainable materials too.  Great Performance  Lightweight At 2.76 lbs Typical Fantastic Keyboard Accurate 16:10 1200p Touch Display Very Quiet With Great Surface Temps... Read more...
Qualcomm had a lot of new technology to roll out at its annual Snapdragon Summit this year in Maui, HI. The company teased a new custom CPU core, announced a hardware platform for smart glasses, and of course, unveiled its latest flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform—the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This new Arm-based... Read more...
Windows PCs have been available with ARM-based chips for years, but the OS is still maturing, versus the decades of refinement for X86. That hasn't stopped Qualcomm from rolling out ever more powerful laptop chips like the current-gen Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. At Qualcomm's 2022 Snapdragon Summit, the company is pushing... Read more...
Regular reality can be a lot sometimes, which might explain why there's so much interest in so-called extended reality (XR). That umbrella can encompass all the augmented and virtual reality solutions on the market, but you've probably noticed a problem with existing hardware: it's bulky. At the Snapdragon Summit... Read more...
Before you know it, 2022 will be drawing to a close, and that means a new wave of smartphones will be on the horizon, driven by a new Qualcomm silicon platform. Many of the next-gen flagship devices due to arrive next year will likely run on Qualcomm's latest mobile platform, the just-revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This... Read more...
After leaving OnePlus behind, co-founder Carl Pei started Nothing—that's a company called "Nothing," not the state of nonexistence. Its first product was a set of true wireless earbuds, and it followed that up with a mid-range smartphone. Now, Nothing is taking another swing at wireless earbuds with the poorly named... Read more...
  Google Pixel Watch - Starting At $350 Google’s Pixel Watch is an excellent Wear OS smartwatch that integrates tightly into Google’s ecosystem but suffers a bit from sub-par battery life. However, the Pixel Watch finally gives us a solid Apple Watch alternative for Android users.     Excellent design Gorgeous screen... Read more...
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