This PlayStation VR deal sees Sony’s PS4 headset at its lowest price ever

This PlayStation VR deal sees Sony’s PS4 headset at its lowest price ever

Sony’s virtual reality headset for its PS4 line of consoles, PlayStation VR, has been a real success story for the company. So much so, in fact, that Sony is one of the few VR headset makers to post its sales figures.

And, with good reason: PlayStation VR has seen several games from major franchises release for it since its launch, like Resident Evil 7, Rez Infinite, Gran Turismo Sport and Star Trek: Bridge Crew to name a few.

Now, days ahead of the Black Friday deals madness, Sony plans to take full advantage with a massive price cut on the PlayStation VR through several online retailers: a whopping 33% off the list price.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/this-playstation-vr-deal-sees-sonys-headset-at-its-lowest-price-ever

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This Microsoft Surface Book deal is the lowest price we’ve ever seen

This Microsoft Surface Book deal is the lowest price we’ve ever seen

If you’re reading this article, then you should already know what’s up with the Surface Book by now. It’s Microsoft’s first-ever 2-in-1 laptop – one that we were quite impressed by upon its release.

While the shiny new Surface Book 2 is out now and just as impressive – if not more so – that also means the original has become host to some serious discounts.

The most notable of which so far is one from NewEgg Flash, an off-shoot of the retailer even more focused on deals with strict timers. There, and only for mere hours at the time of writing, you can save hundreds off the Surface Book list price ahead of Black Friday.

Microsoft Surface Book for 47% off!
This is absolutely the best price that we have ever seen for the original Surface Book since its release. At 47% off the $1,499 list price, NewEgg is selling this pioneering 2-in-1 laptop for just $799. That includes the Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD with Windows 10 Pro installed. Expires on November 20 at 11:59pm PT or the 21st at 1:59am ET!View Deal

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/this-microsoft-surface-book-deal-is-the-lowest-price-weve-ever-seen

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Monster gaming laptop deal: MSI will save you $450 before Black Friday

Monster gaming laptop deal: MSI will save you $450 before Black Friday

For PC gamers already in the holiday shopping spirit, MSI and NewEgg have a sick deal for you way ahead of Black Friday

What you’re about to see is a VR-ready, ultra-portable gaming laptop for what most budget mobile gaming rigs cost.

For a limited time, MSI is selling its GS63VR Stealth Pro gaming laptop for just $1,149. That is, specifically, a $1,599 product for $300 off – with another $150 off through a rebate mail-in card.

Inside, this laptop is sporting a 15.6-inch, Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. Backing those processors are 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive combo for storage.

We’ve reviewed the GS63VR Stealth Pro sequel, the 7RG model, with Nvidia Max-Q graphics and a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, awarding it four stars. This older model will get you a taste of that for hundreds less – just $1,149View Deal.

This is but a taste of what you’re bound to see in the coming days and week leading up to Black Friday weekend. Keep it locked to TechRadar for all of the latest in Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/monster-gaming-laptop-deal-msi-will-save-you-450-before-black-friday

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Best Dell laptop 2017: the best Dell laptops we’ve tested this year

Best Dell laptop 2017: the best Dell laptops we’ve tested this year

It can be hard to choose which laptop to buy as it is, especially during the craze of Black Friday, which explains the fierce brand loyalty behind most laptop makers. Once you’ve found the brand you like – e.g. the best Dell laptops – why go anywhere else?

Few laptop makers make good on this brand loyalty as well as Dell – we all remember “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” right? Well, Dell has managed to back up that marketing with some of the most highly recommended laptops to date.

For instance, the Dell XPS 13 is currently our best laptop of the year, earning our Best in Class award two years running.

If you’ve settled on a Dell, then you’re probably wondering what the best Dell laptop is for your budget. Here, we’ve gathered together the best Dell laptops we’ve tested to make your purchase decision easier.

But if you don’t want to buy a Dell, check our best laptops buying guide to point you in the right direction. Now, let’s dig into the top Dell laptops of 2017.

1. Dell XPS 13 (2017)

The absolute best Dell laptop

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

Faster than ever
Long-lasting battery
Stunning screen
Frustrating webcam position

Thin, feathery and powerful, Dell’s 2017 flagship XPS 13 is the top Dell laptop – and has been TechRadar’s best laptop overall for two years running. Come for the nearly bezel-free ‘Infinity Edge’ display (a 13.3-inch screen inside an 11-inch frame), stay for the powerful Intel Kaby Lake processors. Better yet, the port selection is equally on point. Compared to Apple’s sole USB-C approach, Dell’s flagship notebook impresses with USB-C as well as USB 3.0 along with the elusive SD card slot. To top it all off, you also get the choice of a QHD+ display or a multi-touch screen as well as a ton of options for storage and memory. Or, you can save on cash and opt for more conservative specs.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

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2. Dell Chromebook 3180

Dell’s rugged Chromebook is among the best

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) display (touch optional) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Rugged design
Long battery life
Touchscreen not standard
Small keyboard

While the XPS 13 is focused on power in a premium shell, the Dell Chromebook 3180 is all about value. Reinforced by a 180-degree hinge, rubberized design and a sealed keyboard in addition to a forceful typing experience, this Chromebook is a finely portable package. Not only well geared for school and work, the Dell Chromebook 3180 even packs a pair of loud stereo speakers for listening to tunes or watching videos. Don’t worry about banging it up, either, as this device remains the most rugged Dell laptop on our list.

Read the review of its predecessor: Dell Chromebook 11

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3. Alienware 13 R3

Behold the first-ever OLED gaming laptop

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch HD 1,366 x 768 TN – QHD 2,560 x 1440 OLED touchscreen | Storage: 180GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Gorgeous OLED screen
Improved hinge-forward design
Unexpectedly dense
Short battery life

If you’re looking to game with Dell, this is the first place to look. Unlike most laptops of its size, the Alienware 13 R3 employs a hinge-forward design. By placing the heat sinks behind the display, the frame is allowed to be thinner than an inch. Unfortunately, this means you’ll struggle to find many 13-inch notebook bags that will actually suit this gaming laptop. While you may be drawn in by the included full-size Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, it’s the OLED touch display that caught our attention – the first of its kind on a gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Alienware 13 R3

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4. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

A fine little 2-in-1 that gets the job done

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS TrueLife LED touchscreen | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Good battery life
Aluminum body
Default storage is small
Short on ports

If you want more versatility out of your laptop than even the XPS 13 can provide, this is where to start looking. For low-touch, everyday work tasks, the kind of thing you might do on the train to work, the Inspiron is rather delightful. The touchscreen that flips 360 degrees into a tablet makes for a sublime device to curl up in bed and zone out to with an ebook or comic. What we mean to say is, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a fine work laptop on the streets, and a fun tablet in the sheets.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

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5. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000

This gaming laptop won’t leave you broke

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – UHD 3,840 x 2,160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 256GB SSD – 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Stellar battery life
Ports for days
Trackpad is touchy
Screen is lacking

If the Alienware 13 is simply too much for you, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming may be a breath of fresh air. In dropping the Alienware moniker, Dell has produced a gaming laptop that’s just as powerful for for a fraction of the price, thanks to a slightly less premium build. The discrete graphics are as strong as the Alienware 13 for far less scratch. Plus with a battery life recorded at 7 hours and 38 minutes, it’s unparalleled in longevity.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

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6. Dell XPS 15

The best 15-inch laptop available this year

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB SSD + 500GB HDD – 512GB SSD

Amazing power
Sublime screen
Slim design
Poor webcam position

If you want the look and power of the XPS 13 at the top of this list, but also a bigger screen with even more graphics oomph, the Dell XPS 15 could be the best Dell laptop for you. Equipped with the same InfinityEdge technology, the screen extends right to the edges of the lid, which means it’s among the smallest possible 15-inch laptops in 2017. The highest-end model has a 4K, color-accurate touch display that is more than ideal for graphic design. Better yet, gaming performance is OK – just play at either a lower sharpness or on mid-range settings.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/what-s-the-best-dell-laptop-905941

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The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017: the top Chromebooks ranked

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017: the top Chromebooks ranked

Should you buy a Chromebook? To answer that question, let’s start out by determining what it is you use your computer for. If you rely on third-party desktop programs, such as video and photo editing software, you might find that even the best Chromebooks aren’t for you. But, otherwise, most of your work can be done in a browser, if it isn’t already.

What’s more, contrary to popular belief, not every Chromebook is limited to the capabilities of the Chrome browser itself. In fact, most are now equipped with unadulterated access to the Google Play Store. That’s right, Android apps have been available on Chromebooks for quite some time now, as the first entry on our list of the best Chromebooks handsomely showcases.

Not only that, but when you buy a Chromebook, you never have to worry about your laptop going out of date. That’s because these machines are notorious for updating in the background without the necessity for you to ever think about installing a series of long-winded changes to your computer. If that’s not enough to sell you on a Chromebook, keep reading.

1. Google Pixelbook

Making good on its Android promises

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB

Sublime design
Awesome keyboard
Pen sold separately
Poor audio performance

Not long after declaring the Chromebook Pixel dead, Google has revived it in a way that frankly none of us were expecting leading into its reveal. Now, it’s called the Google Pixelbook, and it takes a sharp turn away from its spiritual predecessor. That’s mainly because we’re looking at a machine that can run Android apps natively in addition to bolstering Chrome OS. With ample storage space, nigh-perfect stylus integration and Google Assistant, the Pixelbook is the best Chromebook you can buy.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook

2. Asus Chromebook Flip

Premium Chromebook specs, economic Chromebook pricing

CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC

Elegant tablet mode
Tactile keyboard
No out-of-box Android app support
Middling speakers

Before the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 came around, pickings were slim when it came to affordable Chromebooks sporting full-on Intel Core processors and full HD 1080p displays. Touchscreens, backlit keyboards and USB-C ports were also anomalies. Yet, with the Chromebook Flip, all of these facets were brought to life. If you want all the key features of the Pixelbook without spending a grand, this is a solid alternative. Despite its sound quality leaving something to be desired, the Asus Chromebook Flip is a flagship disguised by a tasty price.

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip 

3. Samsung Chromebook Pro

Cultivating the marriage of Chrome OS and Android

CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Stunning, gorgeous design
Stylus support on Chrome OS
Cramped keyboard
Weak speakers

When Google revealed that Android apps would make their way to Chromebooks, it was only a matter of time before Samsung mastered its convergence of the two OSs. Toting a 12.3-inch QHD touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is widely acclaimed for its built-in stylus – the first of its kind to be featured in a Chromebook. Not only does it beat out a vast majority of laptops in its own category, but it’s better than most Android slates as well, our qualms with the speakers and keyboard aside.

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.

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4. Dell Chromebook 11

Dell’s updated Chromebook is a star in almost every regard

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen | Storage: 16GB SSD

Rugged design
180-degree barrel hinge
Touchscreen not standard
Small keyboard

If the Samsung Chromebook Pro is all about versatility, the Dell Chromebook 11 is about value. Reinforced by a 180-degree hinge, sturdy design and a sealed keyboard and trackpad in addition to a punchy typing experience, this Chromebook is a perfectly portable package. Not only adequately suited for school and work, the Dell Chromebook 11 even packs a set of loud stereo speakers for listening to music or watching videos. Don’t worry about dinging it, either, as this device remains the most rugged Chromebook on our list.

Read the full review: Dell Chromebook 11

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.

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5. Acer Chromebook 15

The colossus of Chromebooks

CPU: Intel Celeron – Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Fast processing speed
Long battery life
Very heavy
Awkward keyboard

Unlike most in its class, the Acer Chromebook 15 is blessed with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen made better only by its optional Intel Core i5 processor. You probably won’t need all that power on a Chromebook, but it sure is nice to have the option. When it comes to larger Chromebooks, there isn’t much selection, but Acer has come out with a unique exception to this limited trend. Plus, this Chromebook can withstand all sorts of reckless behavior, making it an ideal choice for students and kids. Even if it’s packing a few extra pounds, the Acer Chromebook 15 is ace.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the HP Chromebook 14.

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6. Acer Chromebook R11

360-degree flips for days

CPU: Intel Celeron N3150 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Convertible
Good battery life
HD-only display
Terrible trackpad

The Acer Chromebook R11 won’t be winning any fashion shows any time soon, but it’s won our hearts over if only for keeping it classy. Among the first Chromebooks to support Android apps by way of the Google Play Store, the Chromebook R11 even pioneered a whole world of additional functionality for Chrome OS. Exhibiting an all-day battery life, top-notch performance and a 360-degree hinge with a touchscreen, the Acer Chromebook R11 is worth writing home about – and it won’t break the bank either, thereby making its flaws that much easier to swallow.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus Chromebook Flip.

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7. HP Chromebook 14

Striking optimal balance between value and design

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) BrightView | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC

Excellent keyboard, trackpad
Crisp, vivid screen
Slower than some rivals
Average battery life

The HP Chromebook 14 is practically the posterchild for Chromebooks. Its rock-bottom starting price and zippy interpretation of Chrome OS only begin to exemplify its appeal. While Acer’s Chromebook 15 serves up similar components, HPs’ 14-incher is a bit more compact and better looking to boot. Embellished with a bright blue finish and a screen devised to surprise, this machine boasts the best value out of every Chromebook you could buy. Albeit average in both battery life and performance, the HP Chromebook 14 remains a sublime value nonetheless.

Read the full review: HP Chromebook 14

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8. HP Chromebook 13

Flashy and functional, this Chromebook means business

CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) – QHD (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Ultra-thin and sharp design
High-resolution display is a beauty
Lacks touchscreen
QHD+ display hikes price and lowers battery life

The HP Chromebook 13 goes above and beyond what any of us would expect from a Chromebook. You’re guaranteed at least a 1440p screen, two USB-C ports and, if you’re willing to shell out just a bit more cash, you can also snatch yourself an Intel Core-M processor rather than a Pentium. All of this is complemented by incredible style and a metallic design that exudes Pixel influence. Given that Google discontinued its own Chromebook earlier in the year, the HP Chromebook 13 is one of the few remaining alternatives. 

Read the full review: HP Chromebook 13

Juan Martinez and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696

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Cheap laptops: the 10 best budget laptops that (very little) money can buy

Cheap laptops: the 10 best budget laptops that (very little) money can buy

Don’t want to spend $999 (£999, about AU$1,295) on a Google Pixelbook? Then you’ve come to the right place. There are an infinite number of options you can choose from within the pantheon of the best budget laptops and we’ve gotten our hands on most of them. Suffice to say, there are a lot of bad apples in the under-and-around-$500 range, but there is also a wealth of affordable notebooks that go overlooked because of their dainty price tags. Huge mistake, we’d say.

Rather than dismissing the budget laptop market entirely, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put them through our rigorous testing procedures in order to determine how many are worth buying. As it turns out, the answer is 10. The 10 best cheap laptops 2017 has to offer make compromises in areas that don’t necessarily matter and more than make up for them with strikingly affluent designs on top of build quality that’s out of this world. 

For our readers who care more about strong reliability and long battery life than high screen resolutions and powerful processors, these are for you. From the Acer Swift 3, what with its killer aluminum exterior and fast-moving parts, to the forward-thinking Lenovo Yoga Book, below you’ll find a variety of laptops that won’t break the bank. Not only that, but you won’t have to replace them every year either. They’ve all been thoroughly vetted by the TechRadar staff.

Acer Swift 3

The bigger, better value proposition

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Powerful for the price
Stellar battery life
Boring looks
Down-firing speakers

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Acer Swift 3 was influenced heavily by an Ultrabook double its starting price. From its silvery all-aluminum chassis all the way down to the spacious keyboard and trackpad, the Acer Swift 3 feels like the thinner and sleeker, but significantly less powerful, Acer Swift 7, which itself is a love letter to the now-defunct MacBook Air.

Read the full review: Acer Swift 3

Acer Switch 3

Spiritual successor to the Surface 3

CPU: Intel Pentium Quad Core N4200 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.2-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS LCD | Storage: 64GB

Excellent build quality
Great screen
Tricky hinged stand
No good for games

We may never get a low-power, budget-friendly, non-pro Surface 4, but Acer has delivered the closest thing. Appropriately titled the Switch 3 (no, you didn’t miss two Nintendo consoles in the last few months), this Windows tablet becomes a laptop when you strap it on to its included matte black keyboard. And the active digitizer makes it feel much more expensive than it is.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 3

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Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Small, portable and flexible

CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) LED touch display | Storage: 64GB

Tablet and laptop in one
Sizable hard drive
Tiny size could be tough

The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA doesn’t have the horsepower to compete with the Surface Pro, but it shouldn’t matter at a price point this tasty. For one minuscule transaction, you’re getting a tablet equipped with an included keyboard and even a fingerprint scanner for more secure logins. Along with reliable performance and a magnesium-alloy chassis, it’s built to last.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

First in a new generation of Chromebooks

CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Stunning, vivid screen
Stylus support on Chrome OS
Cramped keyboard
Weak speakers

With Android apps now supported on every new Chromebook released, it only makes sense to craft a Chromebook with a 12.3-inch QHD touch display, with a 360-degree hinge and pen support to boot. The Samsung Chromebook Pro may have a keyboard that’s a bit too compact for comfort, but it more than makes up for it, going as far as to master pen input on the first try.

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

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Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows 10)

The netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,200 resolution), IPS touchscreen | Storage: 64GB flash storage (plus 128GB with microSD)

Insanely thin and light
Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Woefully underpowered
Dated microUSB port

If you thought the Android edition of the Yoga Book was impressive, imagine using Windows on a laptop sporting inputs that double as a Wacom digitizer. The Windows 10 version of the Lenovo Yoga Book is exactly that, and while its on-paper specs leave something to be desired, the purely touch-based keyboard is so revolutionary we can’t believe nobody has copied it yet.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

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Acer Chromebook 14

Meet the anti-MacBook Air

CPU: Intel Celeron N3160 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display | Storage: 32GB SSD

Top-notch build quality
Solid keyboard and touchpad
Full HD display
Flaky HD video playback

With its slick lines and a slim silhouette, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes for a subtle, snazzy laptop. Although its display isn’t the most attractive we’ve seen, it’s still acceptable for full HD. On top of that, the keyboard and trackpad adhere to the principle of ‘it just works.’ The battery life is satisfactory as well despite falling a bit south of Acer’s 12-hour claim in real-world use.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 14

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HP Pavilion 15

The de facto learning laptop lives on

CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050 | RAM: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Shallow, squishy keyboard

Frankly, this is a broke college student’s laptop, so as long as you go in with that in mind, you won’t be disappointed with the HP Pavilion 15. Possessing all the power you’ll need to get you through the semester, this laptop bears all of the essentials for an affordable price, so that you can save the rest of your cash for the crushing financial aid debt yet to come.

Read our hands-on review: HP Pavilion 15

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Colorful can be cheap, too

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare LED-backlit display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Lots of color choice
Barely HD screen

Going for under 200 bucks on a regular basis, this 11.6-inch laptop with an HD screen should serve you well as a budget companion device. With 32GB of storage, it’s twice as capacious as most Chromebooks, though the 2GB of slower RAM is something to watch out for. Available in several colors and complete with a microSD card slot, this is one versatile device. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad 110s

A simple and reliable laptop

CPU: Intel Celeron N3160 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare | Storage: 32GB

Full SD card slot
Barely HD screen

You could argue that, with the IdeaPad 110s, Lenovo has one-upped the Dell Inspiron 11, at least as far as 11.6-inchers go. You’re still getting an HD screen and a Celeron processor, but you’re also getting the added bonus of a full-size SD card reader and a 7-hour battery life – that’s more than you can say for most Ultrabooks. It costs a little more, but it’s worth it.

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HP Stream 14

Big and colorful for cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options
Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year
Barely HD screen

With a starting price of just above 200 large, the HP Stream 14 is a fine value for those seeking  a strong if basic web browsing machine. It’s cheaper than even some Chromebooks while offering a bigger screen and the fullness of Windows 10. Other 15-inchers lack the ergonomics and aesthetics of HP’s cheapest Windows laptop yet.

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Acer Aspire E5-575

Mighty impressive for the price

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) display | Storage: 1TB hard drive

Metallic frame
Intel Core processor
Still barely HD screen
Not super portable

Available in a variety of colors, this number from Acer brings things into practically a whole new class, with a 15.6-inch HD display powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. The metallic frame should make using this device feel more like a luxury without the sticker shock. Plus, with up to 12.5 hours of claimed battery life, this should last at least once forgetting to charge it.

  • Reluctant to use a trackpad? Don’t worry, we’ve found the best mice to buy too

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/9-best-budget-laptops-for-under-299-1304028

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The 10 best laptops for college students in 2017

The 10 best laptops for college students in 2017

Though you might fancy a keyboard you can use in VR or a mighty Titan X Collector’s Edition graphics card, it goes without saying that your money would be better spent on one of the many best laptops for college. Not only would you be paying for a useful tool to push you through even the most banal aspects of your studies, but you would also be forking over the cash for a portal into timeless entertainment on Netflix, YouTube and other streaming sites.

  • While you’re at it, check out our picks of the best laptops overall

Finding and classifying the best laptops for college isn’t as easy as picking up a random clunker off the shelf, however. In fact, we’ve put countless hours into testing, reviewing and ranking the most curious notebooks we’ve stumbled across so that you don’t have to. Regardless of whether you want a thin and light Ultrabook that fits in your backpack or a high performer with tons of ports you’re familiar with and accustomed to, you’ll find your next laptop here.

Suffice to say, they don’t yet have the benefit of the Intel and AMD team-up made in heaven. But, each one of the best laptops for college has the spunk – not to mention the horsepower – necessary to ace your classes and kickstart your career. Because, let’s face it, your current laptop is getting old. It’s collecting dust and you’re embarrassed to take it out from under your dorm room bed. Do yourself a favor and consider one of the following as a suitable upgrade.

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1. Dell XPS 13

Powerful, functional, aesthetically pleasing

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Faster than ever
Same long-lasting battery
Still poor webcam position
No Windows Hello

As we patiently await its swanky Alpine White follow-up slated for 2018, the Dell XPS 13 of today is still a force to be reckoned with. Packing 7th- and 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors as well as improved integrated graphics, clearly there’s an advantage to the Dell XPS 13 other than its sumptuous Rose Gold finish. The 13-inch screen, crammed into an 11-inch body, makes it a worthy rival to a certain other aluminum laptop line. Ultimately, this leaves the Dell XPS 13’s utility extensive.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 review

2. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

The dawn of a new era for 2-in-1 laptops

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon Graphics (2GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel | Storage: 256GB SSD

Uses S-Pen to great effect
Excellent look and feel
Inconsistent battery life
Downward-firing speakers

The Samsung Notebook 9 is what other 2-in-1 laptops have aspired to be since their conception. It hones in on the S-Pen, Samsung’s own proprietary stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity (the same as Microsoft’s new Surface Pen), a nifty little accessory that conveniently doesn’t require charging. Although the touchscreen display is only 1080p, at between 350 and 450 nits of brightness, you won’t be paying any mind to the pixels, or lack thereof. Plus, the lengthy battery life more than makes up for this hybrids few setbacks.

Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the HP Spectre x360 15.

3. Asus Chromebook Flip

Asus’ premium Chromebook has a modest price

CPU: Intel Core m3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 64GB eMMC + TPM

Elegant tablet mode
Gorgeous, vivid screen
No out-of-box Android app support
Middling speakers

The Asus Chromebook Flip C302 could be seen as an apology for Google’s own missteps with the Chromebook Pixel that preceded it. Rather than costing over a grand for unnecessarily high performance that would put a lot of Windows notebooks to shame, Asus has cut the price in half while adding a 360-degree hinge that effectively makes it a 2-in-1 laptop, but with Android apps from the Google Play Store that only sweeten the deal.Now you can experience a Chromebook whose style rivals that of the MacBook Pro without spending even remotely what you would on one of Apple’s machines. 

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip

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4. Microsoft Surface Pro

The tablet that can replace your laptop

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core m3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

Hugely improved battery life
Comfier, punchier type cover
Surface Pen pulled from package
Only Core i7 can challenge A10X

The 2017 Surface Pro is – in every way, shape and form – the Surface Pro 5 we’ve been waiting for. From its rounded edges to its refined selection of accessories, there’s no denying it’s a true Surface Pro 4 successor. There’s also the fact that the Surface Pro draws inspiration from the Surface Studio insofar as it bends back 165 degrees. The only real downside then (besides having to buy the Surface Pen separately this time) is that only the i7 version of the Surface Pro can compete with even the most affordable iPad Pro.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

  • This product is only available in the US and Australia as of this writing. UK readers: check out a fine alternative in the Lenovo Miix 510.

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5. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

MacBook Pro size and power, MacBook Air price

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L); Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 12GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel | Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128GB SSD

Snappy keyboard
Very versatile
Hefty weight
Graphics narrowly miss the mark

For less than a grand, you could get a MacBook Air, complete with a sub-1080p screen and a Broadwell processor … or you could buy a Samsung Notebook 7 Spin. A 2-in-1 laptop with an HDR, full HD touchscreen, the Spin is home to both a discrete Nvidia graphics chip and a 6th-generation Intel Core “i” CPU. Though the spinning hard drive and 480p webcam aren’t ideal, they keep the price of the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin modest and its reputation positive.

Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360.  

6. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

Work hard, play hard, this laptop does it all

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050; Intel HD Graphics 620 – GTX 1050 Ti; Intel HD Graphics 630 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) anti-glare LED-backlit | Storage: 1TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128GB SSD

Affordable gaming setup
Stellar battery life
Trackpad is touchy
Screen is lacking

Ditching the Alienware moniker for once, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming doesn’t cost all that much considering its rather lofty specs. Even if it can’t max out every game you throw at it, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is both cheaper than a MacBook Air and way more capable. And, if you were worried about the battery life, the Inspiron 15 Gaming lasted a whole 5 hours and 51 minutes in our tests, longer than some Ultrabooks priced significantly higher. Whether for coursework or leisure, this laptop can do it all. 

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

7. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2017)

The MacBook Pro of the future, right now

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus 640 – 650 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Stronger processor
Faster RAM
Subpar battery life
Keyboard learning curve

The 2017 MacBook Pro doesn’t offer much in the way of distinguishing itself from its predecessor, but it is a testament to just how much you can improve something by simply swapping up internal components and calling it a day. Because it’s finally equipped with the newest generation of Intel Kaby Lake processors and faster-than-ever PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, the MacBook Pro comes easily recommended, undeterred by its reluctance to bring back legacy ports like HDMI and standard USB. This is, through and through, a laptop built for the future.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2017)

8. Asus ZenBook UX310UA

Feel old yet, MacBook Air?

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800)

All aluminum body
Backlit keys
Bendy keyboard
Meh battery life

After the wonderfully brilliant Asus Zenbook UX305 was discontinued, we were skeptical that Asus could follow it up with something even better. Still, the Asus ZenBook UX310UA surprises with the same all-aluminum chassis we’ve come to know and love in addition to a higher resolution screen and an impressive swath of ports, including the latest USB-C interface. The best news is that it does all of that without slipping above the price point of the current MacBook Air, making it an even better value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

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9. Surface Laptop

Designed for students from the OS up

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch, 2,256 x 1,504 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Gorgeous design
Well built
Windows 10 S is limited

The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s first stab at a “traditional” laptop, if you can even call it that knowing full well that its PixelSense touchscreen and Alcantara keyboard are anything but conventional. Featuring a full stack of U-series 7th generation Intel Core “i” processors, the Surface Laptop beats out Apple’s 12-inch MacBook any day of the week, and for a lower starting price at that. Despite the ports and operating system being limited, the Surface Laptop is appealing for its laudable design, beautifully vivid screen and impressive performance.

Read the full review: Surface Laptop

10. Acer Swift 3

Ultrabook performance for half the price

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Powerful for the price
Stellar battery life
Boring looks
Down-firing speakers

The Acer Swift 3 looks like a normal laptop, and while you could make the argument that it is, most “normal” laptops are either overpriced or underpowered these days. The Acer Swift 3, however, demonstrates a solid mix of performance and value, brandishing full-on Ultrabook-class Core i processors serving up and a passive battery life of over 8 hours

Read the full review: Acer Swift 3

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Dell Inspiron 13.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

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