The laptop innovations keep coming. Here are the latest news and reviews:
We review the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 ($1,714 as configured on Dell.com), which is refreshed with Intel's 11th-gen CPUs. Did one of the best laptops out there just get better? It's our top pick now for best convertible. Read our review.
Intel just showed off its NUC M15 laptop, putting its tiny Next Unit of Computing into a laptop form factor. It's an interesting peek at what Intel thinks is important, as it hopes other PC vendors will follow its lead.
If you were around in the 90s you might remember the Gateway PC brand, which fell on hard times. Now owned by Acer, Gateway has returned as a Walmart exclusive, and we review one of its debut units, the poetically named GWTN156-3BK. It delivers decent gaming chops for $999 at Walmart, but it's loud. Read our full review.
Bargain alert! Acer’s Nitro 5 budget gaming laptop is surprisingly good for the price. Don’t expect the latest hardware, but do expect great bang for buck—that’s why it’s our new top pick for best budget gaming laptop (replacing itself from a prior generation). Read our full review.
Best thin-and-light laptop
Dell’s XPS 13 7390 proves you can have both performance and light weight in the same laptop. With its 6-core Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, this thin, light machine (available via Dell.com) actually outpaces bigger workhorse models.
Granted, the XPS 13 7390 and its Comet Lake-U CPU are getting a bit old in the tooth. The newer XPS 13 9310 2-in-1, with Intel's 11th-gen Core CPU, suggests that the clamshell XPS 13 with the same chip will likely blow the XPS 13 7390 out of the water. But we've thought long and hard about which XPS 13 is best for you, and the truth is, a lot of people could get good bang for buck on the discounted XPS 13 7390 instead of paying top dollar for the shiniest new thing.
If this particular model of the Acer Aspire 5 looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s been sitting atop Amazon’s laptop bestseller list for months. It’s easy to understand why. This AMD Ryzen 3-powered Aspire 5 packs some enticing features for the price, including a Full-HD 15.6-inch display, a slim-and-trim chassis, and solid performance on everyday computing tasks.
That said, a Windows 10 laptop this inexpensive has its compromises. In this case, we’re talking a scant 4GB of RAM and a cramped 128GB solid-state drive, while battery life falls significantly short compared to similar Aspire 5 models that don’t cost much more. Read our full review.
The Dell XPS 15 9500, an overdue refresh to the company’s high-end workhorse, arrives just in time for it to be truly considered the “MacBook Pro killer” it’s always aspired to be. Dell gave it a top-to-bottom redesign, including a 16:10 aspect ratio, 15.6-inch panel running 4K+ with HDR400 and Dolby Vision support—and the slenderest of bezels. The result is a stunning all-screen look that is likely to set the style for other laptop makers to emulate. Read our full review.
The Lenovo Yoga C940 15 is a workhorse laptop with a few bonus features: a touchscreen that flips around into tablet mode, a built-in stylus for writing or sketching, and—thank heavens—a full-sized USB-A port to complement its two USB-C connections. It even fits in a number pad without cramping its excellent keyboard. While screen backlighting is a bit uneven and audio quality could be better, it’s a solid choice for those who want a luxurious workhorse PC. Read our full review.
Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is mostly an evolutionary update to the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 we reviewed last year, but with one key change. Thanks to Intel’s 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 chip, gaming is actually conceivable on this sub-three-pound laptop.
Most other things didn’t change, and we have our beefs about the design. But that game-ready performance boost alone makes the XPS 13 2-in-1 special. Read our full review.
The Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML (currently $790 on Lenovo.com) is one of the most impressive 2-in-1 laptops we’ve seen in its price range. Weighing in at just three pounds and jammed with nifty features, the slim, sturdily built, Yoga C740 packs in plenty of productivity pep, and it can last the whole day without its AC adapter. A bright, Dolby Vision-enabled display plus Dolby Atmos sound provide plenty of eye and ear candy. A physical camera shutter (which, unfortunately, is a little tough to slide open and closed) and a fingerprint reader help to bolster security.
In a world where high-end laptops no one can afford get all the attention, and budget laptops can be a bucket of compromises, it’s nice to see a mid-priced laptop that has so much going for it. The Lenovo Yoga C740 easily earns our Editor’s Choice award and our top pick for budget convertibles.
This category originally started out as the best “Surface” category because, well, for a time, there was nothing like Microsoft’s 2-in-1 / tablet / hybrid device. Competitors picked up the pace, and the Lenovo Miix 520reigned for over a year. No longer.
The Surface Pro 7 represents Microsoft’s return to form, both with an up-to-date 10th-gen “Ice Lake” processor inside, but also a tweaked, modernized design that recognizes that USB-C is the wave of the future. Some legacy ports have disappeared (adios, MiniDisplayPort) but otherwise Microsoft’s tablet retains its traditional light weight and form factor. Sadly, a pen and Signature Type Cover are still extra. Read our full review for more details.
On this day, Nov. 30 ... 2013: Paul Walker, star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, dies with his friend, Roger W. Rodas, in a car crash in Los Angeles. Also on this day: 1782: The United States and Britain sign preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of […]
A YouTuber chasing his "dreams" fractured his skull after leaping into a river from atop a massive Texas bridge last week. Saa Fomba recorded last Monday's stunt at Austin's Pennybacker Bridge, posting it to his YouTube channel on Friday after several days in the hospital. The footage shows the daredevil as he hatches the dangerous […]
Move over seagulls, aviation has a new threat -- the keyhole wasp. Keyhole wasps like to build their nests in tiny holes, including the opening of devices used to measure the speed of aircrafts, according to new findings conducted over a three year period by Eco Logical Australia. The research was triggered by several safety […]
The body of a 28-year-old woman was found in the trunk of a car after it crashed during a police chase in Texas, authorities said. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered the remains of Briana Teirra Johnson on Saturday while searching a white Honda they’d been pursuing, local ABC affiliate KTRK-TV reported. […]
A spokesman for Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Sunday night there is “zero chance” the Senate will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s expected nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget. “Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed,” […]
A man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s California home and attacked her was killed by the woman’s mother and sister — who used golf clubs and a kitchen knife to defend her, police said. The man, identified as 40-year-old Justin Goss, hurled a large concrete paver through the front window of the South Pasadena home […]