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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD drops the mic

A 14-inch gaming laptop? Really? AMD's new Ryzen 4000 processors make the Zephyrus G14 the most powerful and portable gaming laptop that you can buy right now.
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Microsoft’s Panos Panay teases Windows 10 overhaul with bold new Start Menu

Panos Panay recently posted a video celebrating the 1 billion devices milestone for Windows 10. The video previewed some interesting changes to Windows 10.
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Microsoft invented the 2-in-1, but Apple’s new iPad Pro will perfect it

Apple's new iPad Pro brings touchpad support, making it more productive. With the Surface Pro continuing to struggle as a tablet, is the iPad the best 2-in-1?
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3 new MacBook Air features I love, and 2 that bother me

Apple introduced a new MacBook Air, updated with an improved keyboard, faster processors, and a cheaper price. Is it enough to make this the ultimate MacBook?
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The best work-from-home tech: Quarantine in comfort

Coronavirus is sending a lot of workers home for the first time. If that's you, your home office setup could have some holes. Here's all the tech you need.
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AMD has a new strategy to beat Intel and win the laptop war

AMD has gained a lot of ground against Intel on desktop. With Ryzen 4000, the company has more than a powerful processor. It also a new partnership strategy.
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Eight cores in a 2-pound laptop? AMD’s Ryzen 4000 does the impossible

The new Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors aim to upend the current dichotomy in laptops, which is split between portable ultra-thins and larger machines.
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2020 was a good year for the PC. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck

2020 was projected to be a good year for PCs thanks to an anticipated bump in sales from the end of Windows 7 support. Instead, coronavirus has wreaked havoc.
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A new 14-inch MacBook Pro is coming, unfazed by coronavirus delays

A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo points toward a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro launching with a new mini-LED display. There were concerns that the new display technology could be delayed by coronavirus, but analyst says the products have been unaffected.
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The EU wants iPhones with replaceable batteries, but do you?

The days of removable batteries in devices are long gone, despite what a new EU regulation claims. But was there ever a good reason for them to be locked down?
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Apple may ditch Intel for an Arm-based MacBook within the next 18 months

A prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple has pushed forward its interest in a MacBook that runs on an Arm-based processor, rather than an Intel one.
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HTC Vive Cosmos Elite hands-on review: External tracking returns

HTC has launched a series of new "faceplates" for the Vive Cosmos. A new high-end bundle, the Cosmos Elite, adds support for external tracking.
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Windows 10X will have two File Explorers, and that’s a problem

Microsoft has is beginning to detail app solutions for the Surface Neo and other Windows 10X devices. It can handle everything from Win32 to UWP apps, but it comes with a compromise.
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How Microsoft plans to solve the Surface Neo and Surface Duo’s app problem

At an online developer day session, Microsoft sought to put concerns of the app gap problem to rest and outline the app solution for both the Surface Neo and Duo.
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Exclusive: Internal Intel docs reveal 500-watt Xe graphics, ’tile’ architecture

Intel has been tight-lipped about its new Xe graphics cards. Digital Trends has obtained internal documents that reveal important architectural details and information on TDPs for these new cards.
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The Surface Pro just turned seven years old, but its future hangs in the balance

The original Surface Pro was launched seven years ago. Though it has continued to grow in success over the years, Microsoft's many attempts at moving beyond traditional PCs jeopardizes the future of the Surface.
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Despite Apple’s record-breaking revenues, the Mac continues to struggle

Apple has announced impressive quarterly earnings for the first quarter of 2020. Everything looks promising -- except for the Mac. The laptop and desktop category has remained stagnant, despite the critical praise for new products such as the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new Mac Pro.
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Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch review: The best Mac in years

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro doesn't reinvent the wheel. There's little in the way of the innovation we typically expect from Apple. Instead, the company has returned with a true crowd-pleaser, a powerful laptop that addresses every complaint that made you consider switching to a Windows machine.
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2020 could be a monumental year for the Mac. Here’s everything I’m dying to see

2019 ended up being a big year for the Mac, thanks to the release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and insanely powerful Mac Pro. But what's ahead in 2020 could be even more monumental. Some likely and some not, here's my list of everything I hope to see Apple launch in the Mac world this year.
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Intel says it’s ‘maniacal’ about fixing PC processor supply shortages

On its fourth-quarter 2019 investor earnings call, Intel celebrated yet another record-breaking year in revenue. Supply shortages were a major theme in the remarks, though, with Intel hoping to be out of hole entirely by the end of 2020 as it ramps up production on 10nm processors.
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Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge launched today. Here’s how to download it

Microsoft officially launched its new web browser, Edge. The browser is now based on Google's open-source Chromium platform and can be downloaded and installed for free. It is available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and for Mac. Here are the simple instructions on how to download it.
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The AMD Radeon 5600 XT seems poised to be the GTX 1060 of this generation

The GTX 1060 is still one of the most popular graphics cards in use, but it's beginning to show its age. This week at CES 2020, AMD launched the new RX 5600 XT to take its place. Can AMD's new midrange card take on the GTX 1660 Ti and become the go-to option for most PC gamers?
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The ThinkPad X1 Fold made me a believer in the foldable PC

I've seen plenty of experimental products that claim to evolve laptops to their next form. Most are interesting, but not well-thought-out enough to replace an actual laptop. But at CES 2020, I tried out the ThinkPad X1 Fold, a foldable PC that just may have made me a believer in what it claims to be.
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This is Intel’s first desktop graphics card, and I just played Warframe on it

Intel's been keeping its new DG1 discrete graphics card under wraps. But for the first time, we've been given a look at the desktop GPU and even played a game on it. It's not, however, the final consumer version. This developer edition is to help software vendors optimize for Intel's Xe platform ahead of its official launch.
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The best laptops of CES 2020: Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and more

CES was an exciting year for laptops. Conventional laptops were significantly refined, while more experimental designs dared to make an appearance, too. It's the best of both worlds, and it's left us with a list of awesome laptops that we can't wait to see again later this year.
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The best gaming laptops of CES 2020: Asus, Razer, and MSI

Gaming laptops often make a big splash at CES. This year, there were less than normal, but the few that were announced were important ones. From new machines that use AMD's new Ryzen 4000 processors to ultrafast 300Hz displays, these were the best gaming laptops we saw at CES 2020.
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The biggest laptop trends of CES 2020: Dual screens, 5G, and more

At CES 2020, laptops weren't bashful. They were ambitious, genre-redefining, and highly refined. Whether it's the proliferation of dual-screen PCs or the arrival of the new Ryzen 4000 processors, these are the biggest laptop trends we spotted at CES this year.
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Alienware’s UFO is a real gaming PC the size of a Nintendo Switch

At CES 2020, Alienware has launched a brand new concept for a gaming PC that's unlike any we've ever seen. The UFO takes the portability benefits of the Nintendo Switch, but does it all on the Windows platform. That means you can take your PC game library everywhere you go.
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The Razer Tomahawk N1 gaming desktop hands-on review: No tools necessary

At CES 2020, Razer announced a new concept for a small gaming desktop called the Tomahawk N1 Gaming Desktop. It's based around the new Intel NUC compute element, which makes the Tomahawk a fully modular system in a completely tool-free chassis. It's scheduled for launch sometime in the first half of 2020.
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Alienware UFO vs. Nintendo Switch: Can a handheld PC challenge Nintendo?

Alienware has announced a portable gaming PC that competes directly with the Nintendo Switch. With both a removable controller and a kickstand, it wants to help you bring your Steam library with you wherever you go. But can it compare with Nintendo's beloved Switch system?
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The Dell Ori is the Samsung Galaxy Fold of PCs, for better or worse

As dual screen devices begin to pick up steam, Dell has a new prototype that uses a bendable 13-inch screen called the Dell Ori. Like a Galaxy Fold, the screen folds in half, creating the possibility for both a large tablet and folded laptop experience. Is this foldable 2-in-1 the future of PCs?
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Dell Duet Hands-on review: This dual-screen laptop is the future

Dell has an experimental new dual-screen laptop to show off: The Duet. With an innovative magnetic keyboard and a premium design, the Duet has a lot of potential. But without a clear purpose, it's hard to imagine how someone might use the Duet in their daily life. Our hands-on review takes a closer look.
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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook hands-on review: Step aside, Pixelbook

Announced at CES 2020, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook serves up a 4K AMOLED screen, fantastic build quality, and 10th-gen Intel processors. But at $999, is it more luxury than what Chromebook buyers want? Our Samsung Galaxy Chromebook hands-on review takes a closer look.