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    Asus ROG Strix GL553VE Review
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    Published on Feb 14, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the Asus ROG Strix GL553V, the company’s midrange 15.6” gaming laptop with the 7th gen Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti dedicated graphics. This 5.5 lb. (2.5 kg) laptop series has undergone a cosmetic makeover and it looks much like the higher end ROG GL502VS we reviewed in late 2016 (we compare them in this video). The notebook has a full HD IPS matte display, RGB backlit keyboard, NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics and a 1.2MP webcam.

    It ships with 16 GB DDR4 RAM (32 gigs max), has a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. Intel 7265AC WiFi + Bluetooth, a 48 Whr battery and a 120 watt charger are standard. The laptop sells for $1,299. The GL553VD is $1,099 and it has GTX 1050 graphics vs. the Ti in this model.
     
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    Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Laptop Review
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    Published on Feb 16, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the early 2017 edition of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop, model 7567 with Intel Kaby Lake 7th generation CPUs and NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics. This is one of the most affordable midrange gaming laptops with a starting price of $799 for a quad core i5 CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics with a 1080p display. We look at the model with the faster GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics, switchable with Intel HD 630 graphics via NVIDIA Optimus.

    The laptop is available with the quad core, 45 watt Core i5-7300HQ and the Core i7-7700HQ. It has two RAM slots and most configurations ship with 8 gigs of DDR4 2400MHz RAM (32 gigs is max). It has an M.2 SATA SSD slot and a 2.5” drive bay. The notebook is 1” thick and 5.76 lbs (2.62 kg). It’s available in your choice of red or black, both with a soft touch finish and red backlit keyboard. A 74 Whr battery is standard and a 4K IPS display is option and highly recommended over the base full HD TN panel.
     
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    All Laptops Should Have a SSD! Review: DELL Inspiron 15 7000 Series
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    The development of the solid state drive has completely transformed the way I view laptops. I wouldn't consider buying a laptop without a SSD.
     
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    2017 HP Spectre x360 15" Review
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    Published on Feb 18, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 HP Spectre x360 Windows 10 Ultrabook/Convertible with a 15.6” 4K display, NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics, and the 2.7 GHz Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake dual core i7-7500U CPU. The 4.4 lb. (2 kg) 2-in-1 is one of the few big screen laptops with 360 degree hinges and an active digitizer pen in the box (N-Trig like Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book). The laptop has a lovely unibody aluminum design finished in dark ash silver with contrasting copper-gold accents.

    The $1,499 configuration (currently the only config) is well appointed with the Core i7, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, a very fast 512 gig PCIe NVME Samsung SSD, Intel 8265AC WiFi, 4K IPS display and NVIDIA 940MX switchable via NVIDIA Optimus with Intel HD 620 graphics. It has a 79 Wh battery and a 90 watt charger.
     
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    Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 Review - the Gaming All in One with GTX 1080
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    Published on Feb 23, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the 27” Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910, an all-in-one for gamers. The machine has a matte QHD 144Hz display with excellent color and brightness and it’s available with the NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1080 (our review unit) as well as the GTX 1070. It runs Windows 10 on the 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-6700-- a quad core 65 watt desktop CPU (also available with a Core i5). The Lenovo is easy to upgrade with quick, tool-less access to the PCIe SSD, hard drive, desktop graphics card and RAM.

    The Y910 has Killer DoubleShot WiFi + Ethernet, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM (32 gigs is max), Harman Kardon stereo speakers and it can act as an external monitor for a laptop or desktop computer via HDMI in. It’s priced at $1,799-$2,299.
     
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    LG G6 First Look Review
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    Published on Feb 28, 2017
    Lisa Gade has an LG G6 Android flagship smartphone in hand and she walks you through the excellent new design, improved 5.7” 2880 x1440 IPS display with Dolby Vision HDR support, dual 13MP rear cameras with ultra-wide angle mode and more. This is a pre-release device with final hardware but not yet final software, and we’ll have a final review of carrier-branded models once they’re available to us. The phone has a metal and glass design, a surprisingly small footprint, an 18:9 wide screen, and a front 5MP camera with normal and wide view modes.

    A fingerprint scanner, NFC, microSD card slot wireless charging (US only) and 32 bit audio DAC (outside US) are standard. The LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Assistant and a much lighter LG UI. It has a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU, 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage.
     
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    Dell XPS 15 9560 (Kaby Lake, GTX 1050) Review
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    Published on Mar 5, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the refresh of Dell’s excellent XPS 15, a traditional laptop (not convertible) that’s clad in metal and is very thin and light at 4.5 lb./ 2 kg. The exterior, keyboard, trackpad and display options are the same as last year’s model, but the internals have been updated with Intel 7th generation 45 watt quad core Kaby Lake CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics (the lowest end $999 model has just Intel HD 630 graphics). The laptop is available with a matte non-touch full HD display and a 4K Sharp IGZO panel with full Adobe RGB color gamut. Dell has added a fingerprint scanner for this generation.

    The laptop runs Windows 10 and it has two RAM slots for 32 gigs max DDR4 RAM, a PCIe NVMe SSD and Killer 1535AC WiFi with Bluetooth. The base model has a boot HDD and a 56 WHr battery, while the more expensive models ship with the PCIe SSD and a 97 WHr battery. We look at a fairly high end configuration with the Intel Core i7-770HQ CPU, 16 GB RAM, a 512 gig SSD, 4K display that sells for $2,000.
     
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    Dell XPS 15 9560 vs. 2017 HP Spectre x360 15" Comparison Smackdown
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    Published on Mar 8, 2017
    Lisa Gade compares two 2017 high end 15” Windows laptops, the Dell XPS 1 9560 and the HP Spectre x360 15”. Both have 4K displays, Intel Core i7 kaby Lake CPUs, DDR4 RAM and fast PCIe NVME SSDs. That’s where the similarities end- the HP is a rare 15” convertible with pen, the Dell is a conventional laptop. The Dell is a in a higher CPU and GPU class while the HP’s included pen makes it the darling of note takers and artists. Our Dell XPS 15 sells for $2,024 while the HP is $1,499 (both are available priced lower with reduced specs).

    Watch our Dell XPS 15 9560 video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLuGi...

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    Acer Swift 7 Review - 13.3" Ultra Thin Ultrabook
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    Published on Mar 10, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the extremely thin and good looking Acer Swift 7. The notebook is clad in metal and it’s just 9.9mm thick and 2.48 lb. (1.24 kg). The Ultrabook has a 13.3” IPS full HD display clad in Gorilla Glass 4 and it runs Windows 10 on the 7th gen Intel Kaby Lake 1.2 GHz Core i5-7Y54 with Turbo Boost to 3.2 GHz. Our configuration has 8 gigs of DDR3LP RAM, a 256 gig SSD and dual band WiFi 802.11ac with MIMO.

    The Swift 7 competes with the HP Spectre, Asus ZenBook 3, Samsung Notebook 9 and the 12” MacBook. List price is $1,099 and street is often lower at $999.
     
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    HTC U Ultra Review
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    The HTC U Ultra is an eye-catching unlocked phablet with powerful hardware and some unique features, but it's expensive and feels a bit half-baked.

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    Lenovo Legion Y520 Review
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    The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a budget gaming laptop that requires you to make no compromises in build quality or performance. It delivers smooth 1080p gaming at high settings alongside a full feature set.

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    2017 Samsung Notebook 9 13" - World's Lightest 13" Ultrabook
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    Published on Mar 15, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 (model NP900X3N-K04). She reviews the 13.3” model, and Samsung also offers a 15” model with a similar design and a few upgrades like NVIDIA 940MX graphics and a faster PCIe NVMe SSD. The Notebook 9 competes with the slightly heavier LG Gram, and it’s for those who are looking for the most compact and light 13” Ultrabook available with full Intel Kaby Lake 7th gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The $999 model has the Intel Core i5-7200U, 8 gigs DDR4 RAM and a 256 gig SSD. The $1,199 model in this review has the Intel Core i7-7500U, 16 gigs DDR4 RAM and a 256 gig SSD.

    A 350 nit 1920 x 1080 non-touch display with HDR mode and outdoor brightness mode (465 nits) is standard, as is a backlit keyboard, Intel 8265AC WiFi with Bluetooth, a 720p webcam, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB-C port, HDMI, a microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack. The laptop comes with a compact quick charger.
     
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    2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review
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    Published on Mar 17, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the 5th generation 14” Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon— a very thin and light Ultrabook that weighs 2.5 lb. / 1.13 kg and is 16mm thick (0.6”). The 2017 X1 Carbon has been refreshed with Intel Kaby Lake 7th gen dual core 15 watt Core i5 and i7 CPUs, and it now two Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as two USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet via dongle adapter, a microSD card slot, optional LTE-A 4G and 3.5mm audio. The laptop is available with up to 16 gigs of RAM and it has an M.2 SSD (PCIe NVMe is standard and SATA is also available). This is a traditional notebook (no touch screen or 360 degree hinge— that’s available in the ThinkPad X1 Yoga). Lenovo offers it with a full HD IPS matte display and QHD is optional. Lenovo’s excellent ThinkPad backlit keyboard, a NavPoint with hardware buttons and a fingerprint scanner are standard.

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    2017 LG Gram Review
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    Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 LG Gram 14, so named because it weighs just under 1 kilogram. The Gram is available in 13.3, 14 and 15.6” sizes, with the same 60 Whr battery, Intel 7th gen Kaby Lake 15 Watt Core i5 and i7 CPU options, Intel HD 620 graphics and an M.2 SATA SSD. The Gram Ultrabooks are available with full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS glossy touch and non-touch displays. The 2017 Gram is actually a tiny bit thicker and heavier than the 2016 model to allow for a much higher capacity battery and the optional touch screen.

    The laptop has a white backlit keyboard, Intel 8265AC WiFi, a 720p chin-cam mounted in the hinge, skinny bezels and a USB-C 3.1 port. Most configurations have 8 GB DDR4 single channel RAM with an open RAM slot to upgrade to 16 GB dual channel. The LG Gram competes with the Samsung Notebook 9, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, 13” MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 13— it’s lighter than all of them except the Samsung Notebook 9.
     
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    15" Samsung Notebook 9 (2017) Review
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    Published on Mar 22, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the bigger of Samsung’s two Notebook 9 super-light Ultrabooks for 2017. The 15.6” Notebook 9 runs Windows 10 on the 2.7 GHz Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake dual core 15 watt Core i7-7500U CPU with 16GB DDR4 dual channel RAM (there’s also a less expensive 8GB model). The 15.5mm thick laptop weighs just 1.24 kg /2.73 lb., making it one of the lightest 15” notebooks by a wide margin (the competing LG Gram 15 is similarly lightweight). The Notebook 9 is unusual for an extreme thin and light (it’s nearly half the weight of the Dell XPS 15 and 15” HP Spectre x360!) because it has NVIDIA dedicated graphics.

    The laptop retails for $1,299-$1,399 and a full HD IPS non-touch display with outdoor and HDR modes, Intel 8265AC WiFi, a 66 WHr battery with fast charging and a backlit keyboard are standard. It charges via the included barrel pin style charger and via USB-C. The model we review is NP900X5N-X01US.

    If you’re interested in the 2017 13” Samsung Notebook 9, here’s our review of that model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMY5Q...
     
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    Corsair One Pro Review
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    Corsair's first PC is the new benchmark for small-form-factor gaming systems. It delivers high-end gaming performance of desktops twice its size, with a sleek look and a sensible price.

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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the most powerful Android tablet available, but it's very pricey for the functionality you get.
     
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    2017 Samsung Notebook 9 vs. LG Gram Comparison Smackdown
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    Lisa Gade compares the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 (both the 13” and the 15”) and the 2017 LG Gram 14. Check out our video review of the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 15” at: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&vide...
    Check out our video review of the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 13” at: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&vide...
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    LG G6 Review - LG's Best Android Smartphone Yet?
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    Published on Mar 27, 2017
    The LG G6 is modern, attractive and clad in glass and metal. It has a 2880 x 1440 5.7” IPS display with Dolby Vision HDR support, dual 13MP rear cameras (one normal f/1.8, one ultra-wide angle f/2.4) and a 5MP front wide angle camera. Despite the very large screen size, this Android 7.0 smartphone has a relatively small footprint thanks to small bezels. A fingerprint scanner, IP68 water resistance, NFC, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, a microSD card slot and a nano SIM card slot are standard. The US version has wireless charging (both Qi and PMA) and the Korean version has a 32 bit audio DAC but no wireless charging. It has a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU, 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. Sorry, the battery is no longer removable.
     
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    USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are confusing and varying standards housed in a small symmetrical connection known as the USB-C connector. Lisa Gade explains USB-C 3.1 Gen. 1, USB-C Gen. 2 and Thunderbolt 3 (both 2 and 4 lane). USB-C is common on Android phones and tablets and even newer high end laptops— and it’s laptops where thing get confusing— which standard is supported? Can I connect a 4K monitor? Can I charge my laptop via USB-C? What can I do with Thunderbolt 3? What about those really cheap Thunderbolt 3 enclosures compared to the Razer Core? Watch this video to learn more.
     
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    The pricey Dell 24 Gaming Monitor S2417DG uses speedy refresh rates and Nvidia's G-Sync anti-tearing technology to deliver excellent high-resolution gaming performance.

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    The Nintendo Switch succeeds as both a home game system and a gaming handheld, offering a new flexibility in how you play.

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    Cube i7 Review - Affordable Windows Tablet with Pen
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    Published on Mar 31, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the Cube i7, a 10.6” Windows 10 tablet with optional keyboard and Wacom EMR pen. We reviewed the Cube i7 Stylus 1 year ago, and this is the updated model with a faster Intel Core m3 CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, a 64 gig SSD and a full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display. This is a budget oriented Chinese import tablet that you’ll find on Alibaba and GearBest (here’s their tablet page http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs-c_... ).

    It’s one of the less expensive ways to get a 10” Windows tablet with pen support for art and note taking. The tablet sells for around $330 and you can get it bundled with the keyboard for under $400. If you want to spend more, there are other interesting tablets coming out of China these days, like the Teclast X5 Pro (an unabashed Surface Pro 4 clone) that we show in this video and will review soon. The X5 Pro is available here: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp...
     
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    2017 iPad Review
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    Published on Apr 3, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 iPad (7th generation, if you count the Air models). This is Apple’s new “affordable” iPad that starts at $329 for the 32 gig WiFi model. It’s a modernized iPad Air original edition, and it uses the same casing, cameras and display (albeit 25% brighter in the 2017 model) as the first gen iPad Air. Think of it as the iPad SE- rather than sell older generation models for less, Apple is offering a new model with good, but not iPad Pro level specs.

    The 2017 iPad is 7.5mm thin and 470g (1.03 lb.). It sports several key improvements over the iPad Air, including the Apple A9 CPU that’s also faster than the iPad Air 2, a Touch ID fingerprint scanner that works with Apple Pay, faster storage and a brighter 2048 x 1536 Retina display. The standard iPad line now stands distinctly apart from the Pro line that offers superior displays, even faster CPUs and Apple Pencil support. The 2017 iPad is also available with 128 gigs of storage for $100 more. The WiFi + LTE model starts at $459. It’s available in silver, space gray and gold (no rose gold).
     
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    HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 Review
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    The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2is a business 2-in-1 convertible that has above average security, performance, and 14 hours of battery life.
     
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    With a stylish look, an uber-portable build, 4K display, and snappy speed, the latest version of the already-great HP Spectre x360 is our favorite high-end convertible laptop.
     
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    Published on Apr 6, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews Samsung’s 2017 Android flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3 with S Pen. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on the 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The Tab S3 has a 9.7” Super AMOLED display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 2048 x 1536 resolution.

    The S Pen is included in the box- a Wacom EMR pen with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. An optional keyboard case is available for $130. The Tab S3 has a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and a GPS. At launch there’s no model with cellular, but that will likely come in the future. It sells for $599.

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    Acer Aspire VX15 Review - $800 Gaming Laptop
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    The budget gaming laptop segment is getting interesting, and Acer’s latest generation Aspire VX15 offers Intel quad core 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs, SSDs and NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics at nice prices. We look at the $799 model with a 45 watt quad core i5-7300HQ CPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, a 256 gig SSD and a matte IPS full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display. It’s also available with a Core i7, 16 GB RAM and there are HDD options too. Want a GTX 1050 Ti? That’s $899.

    The Acer Aspire 15VX competes with the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Edition and the Lenovo Legion Y520. It has a 15.6” display and is fairly portable at 5.5 lbs. /2.5 kg. It has a backlit keyboard, strong stereo speakers and a durable chassis with upgradable internals. Battery life is better than average.
     
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    Teclast X5 Pro Review - $500 Surface Pro 4 Clone
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    Published on Apr 11, 2017
    There are quite a few tablets with pens coming out of China that are sold by online importers. Teclast makes higher end products than the Cube i7 line in terms of pricing and looks, but are you getting more in terms of features and performance? We review the X5 Pro, a 12.2” Windows 10 tablet that’s a near exact clone of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Of course there are differences, including that the X5 Pro’s much heavier weight and it has more ports. The tablet has a 1920 x 1200 IPS touch screen that supports the optional $16 pen and the $54 Type Cover clone that attaches via magnets and a pogo pin connector.

    The X5 Pro has a 1 GHz Intel Core m3-7Y30 dual core, 5 watt CPU, 8GB DDR3LP RAM and a 256 gig SSD. Intel 3165AC WiFi with Bluetooth, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are standard. It has a USB-C port, USB 3.0 port, micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio and a microSD card slot. Note that Teclast’s support is China-only and their download section is challenging to navigate (mostly in Chinese with a little English), but the tablet runs vanilla Windows 10 with no proprietary drivers so there are no specialized drivers to hunt down.

    GearBest supplied our review unit, and they sell the tablet here: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp... .
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    Lisa Gade looks at four top choices for gaming laptops starting around $750 to $850. Thanks to NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics, budget gaming laptops with GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards perform well enough to play recent titles decently and even well for DirectX 12 games like Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefield 1. All the models we look at use those graphics cards and they have Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake quad core, 45 watt CPUs with 8GB DDR4 RAM (all are upgradable to 16GB). They have large HDDs, optional SSDs, red backlit keyboards and full HD 1920 x 1080 displays.
     
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    Razer Blade Pro Review - the $4,000 Gaming Laptop
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    Published on Apr 21, 2017
    Lisa Gade reviews the Razer Blade Pro (2nd gen), a high end 17” gaming laptop that’s clad in Razer’s signature matte black aluminum. This is a slim though not terribly light laptop (7.7 lb. / 3.49kg) whose looks are subdued compared to most gaming rigs. The 22.5mm thick Blade Pro runs Windows 10 on the Intel Core i7-6700HQ (an updated model is coming soon with the 7th gen overlockable Core i7-7820HK CPU), and it has the top of the line NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X graphics card. The notebook has a 4K touch screen, 32 GB DDR4 RAM and PCIe NVMe SSDs. Can it game in 4K? We’ll show you in this video!

    The programmable Razer Chroma RGB backlit keyboard is standard and it’s a low profile mechanical keyboard. Killer WiFi and Ethernet are standard, as is a 99 WHr battery and a 250 watt charger. The more expensive configurations add more storage, but are otherwise identical.
     
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    Dell Latitude 5285 Review - Dell's Surface Pro 5
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    Published on Apr 19, 2017
    A sleek metal body, 150 degree rotating metal kickstand with infinite positions, a 12.3” display compatible with pen and touch, an accessory Type Cover… no, it’s not Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or 5, but Dell’s Latitude 5285. It looks like a matte black Surface Pro 4, and that’s not a bad thing, and it has the spec updates we expect to see in Surface Pro 5- Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake dual core 15 watt CPUs, two USB-C 3.1 Gen. 1 ports and fast charging.

    The Latitude 5285 is just a few ounces heavier and a millimeter thicker than Surface Pro 4, and it packs not only the same design but the little extras like magnetic pen attachment and a magnetic pogo pin connector for the keyboard. The 5285 starts at $899 and the prices mostly mirror Surface Pro 4 prices as the configurations go up. The two higher end configs include the pen and keyboard, while they’re both separate purchases for the lower end offerings.

    The 2-in-1 Windows 10 convertible tablet has a 1920 x 1280 IPS display with 3:2 aspect ratio like Surface Pro 4, albeit at a lower resolution. It’s available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, 4/8/16 GB DDR3LP RAM and there are a variety of SSDs to choose from.

    The active pen uses Wacom AES technology with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s Dell part number PN557W. other Wacom AES pens work too, including that sold for the XPS 13 2-in-1.
     

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