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The best laptop deals for Labor Day 2019: XPS, Spectre, ThinkPad, and more

Labor Day is one of the best weeks of the year to pick up a new laptop, and we have the roundup of the best discounts on offer. Whether you're looking for a sleek Dell XPS 13 for school or a robust ThinkPad X1 Carbon for work, these are some of the best laptop deals you'll find all year.
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Windows 10 tablet mode isn’t disappearing, but it’s now harder to find

Microsoft has announced the latest Windows 10 Insider build, which includes some changes to how a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop will deal with "tablet posture." When a keyboard is removed from the screen, such as on a Surface Pro, Windows will no longer prompt you to enter tablet mode as it currently does.

MacBook airline ban: Everything you need to know

Following Apple's battery recall on a wide range of MacBooks, U.S. regulators have moved to ban these certain models from flying. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to leave your MacBook Pro at home on your next flight. Here's everything you need to know.
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Thanks, Intel. Buying a new laptop just got more confusing

Intel has announced its two rounds of 10th-gen mobile processors: Ice Lake and Comet Lake. While interesting in their own right, these new processors have a convoluted new naming scheme that might make your next laptop buying decision a lot more difficult. Thanks Intel!
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Intel powers up its 10th-gen Comet Lake processors with six cores

Intel has rolled out its second round of 10th-gen mobile processors, with this family code-named Comet Lake. Including both U-series and Y-series parts, these Comet Lake chips are a traditional continuation of its 8th-gen predecessor, still using the 14nm process.
Desk Envy

Showcasing unique desk setups and the products that bring them together

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The Galaxy Book S is the most exciting Samsung laptop I’ve ever seen

The Galaxy Book S is the newest laptop from Samsung, but unlike a lot of other laptops the company has launched, this one has my interest. Its ultra-portable design is the most eye-catching feature it has, but it's the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx CPU that has me curious.
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Samsung’s upcoming $999 Galaxy Book S is the first Snapdragon 8cx laptop

Samsung took the stage at its Unpacked event to announce the Galaxy Book S, a new Qualcomm-powered clamshell laptop. The new device starts at $999 as a direct competitor to the MacBook Air, and includes a 1080p touchscreen, LTE connectivity, and a sleek, lightweight design.
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Intel unveils 10th-gen CPUs with significantly improved integrated graphics

Intel's highly-anticipated 10th-gen chips have finally arrived. The first batch is mobile-only, including both U-series and Y-series processors. For the first time, we have a good idea of just how powerful these chips will be, including the addition of new Iris Plus integrated graphics.
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The $699 Nvidia RTX 2080 Super takes another lap in a race AMD isn’t running

The conclusion of Nvidia's RTX Super trilogy of graphics card has arrived. The RTX 2080 Super replaces the RTX 2080, bumping up performance and cutting the price by $100. But does this high-end graphics card earn its $699 price tag?
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BenQ PD3220U monitor review

Most photographers and videographers still use MacBooks, but even expensive 4K monitors don’t always match the colors of those laptop screens. The BenQ PD3220U is a monitor specifically made to solve that problem. But can that possibly be worth its $1,200 price tag?
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The best mouse deals for Prime Day 2019: Razer, Logitech, and more

This year's big shopping event, Amazon Prime Day, offers some fantastic discounts on mice. We've scoured this year's sales and made picks for what we think are the best mice you can buy on Prime Day. Whether it's for gaming or for work, you're bound to find something here that suits your needs.

The 12-inch MacBook was Apple’s most revolutionary laptop. That couldn’t save it

Apple's most experimental laptop, the 12-inch MacBook, has been canned. Rife with controversy from the very beginning, this expensive, futuristic laptop seemed destined to be the future of the MacBook lineup. What does the death of the 12-inch MacBook mean for the future of Mac laptops?
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AMD Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT review

AMD has launched its new Navi graphics cards, the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. We've given the new cards a spin, putting them through the paces of our standard suite of tests and benchmarks. Has AMD finally toppled Nvidia or did the recent RTX Super cards put a damper on how these news perform?
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Nvidia RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super review

Nvidia has launched its new RTX Super cards, set to preemptively upset AMD's Navi victory parade this week. We took the new RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super GPUs for a spin, seeing how they perform in benchmarks and games. The results just might worthy of the 'Super' branding after all.
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Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) review

The Razer Blade Pro 17 might have “pro” in the name, but it’s a powerhouse gaming laptop made with performance aimed right at gamers. Here’s how this redesigned Razer flagship fares in its 2019 redesign.
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The Surface Centaurus might run Android apps, but is that a good idea?

A new leak hints that Microsoft's rumored Project Centaurus is a dual-screen device that will run Android apps. Microsoft and Google working together seems like a strange proposition at first, but maybe this is just what Microsoft needs to save its desperately-ignored Windows tablet mode.
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OLED laptops have returned, but read this before buying one

Whether it's for gaming or content creation, OLED laptops have returned. However, they are only available in certain laptops such as the Dell XPS 15 or the new Alienware m15. I took the latter for a spin to see if OLED screens make a big enough difference to be worth the cost. Is OLED the future of laptop screens?
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The true advantage of AMD’s next-gen chips isn’t power, it’s platforms

AMD announced some impressive new processors and GPUs at E3 this week, with plenty of muscle to flex. But the real strength of AMD in the future isn't its power -- or even its price. It's the cross-platform scalability, providing chips for everything from game streaming services to mobile devices.
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AMD’s new 16-core CPU takes aim at PC gamers, throws shade at Intel

At its E3 press conference, AMD announced a surprising new entry to its Ryzen 3000 processors: The Ryzen 9 3950X. What's so special about it? Well, it's the first 16-core gaming processor, complete with 32 threads and a 4.7GHz boost clock speed.
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AMD has an answer to Nvidia’s DLSS, but not ray tracing

AMD has launched its own solution to resolution upscaling, called Radeon Image Sharpening. It simulates the effect of moving from 1080p to 1440p, and offers a compelling alternative to Nvidia's DLSS. But ray tracing? AMD says that's still waiting for the right time.
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AMD’s new Radeon RX 5700 wants you to leave 1080p gaming behind for good

At E3 2019, AMD has announced the first two graphics cards in its new 7nm Navi lineup. The Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT are built on a new RDNA microarchitecture that brings DDR6 memory and support for PCIe 4.0. Can these cards help AMD take back the lead from Nvidia?
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How to watch AMD’s E3 Next Horizon Gaming press conference

AMD is scheduled to deliver a press conference to kick off E3 on Monday, June 10. The presentation is set to focus on gaming, and we expect to hear more about the company's new Navi RX 5000 graphics cards. The event will be broadcast live, so here's all the details on how to follow along.
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E3 2019: The five best games from the PC Game Show

At the annual PC Game Show at E3, more than 30 PC games were featured in trailer form, plenty of which represented our first look at these games. From Chivalry II to Midnight Ghost Hunt Remnant: From the Ashes and more here are the five games that really have us excited.
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The new Mac Pro was the only way to save the Mac from the iPad’s killing blow

The Mac Pro and the iPad were in the spotlight this year at WWDC 2019. Why? Well, the two products paint an interesting picture about the future of both platforms. Whether you like it or not, the incredibly niche Mac Pro may have been the only way to save the Mac from the jaws of the iPad.
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With an OLED screen and 8-core CPU, is the new XPS 15 a must-have for creators?

At Computex 2019, Dell has announced an update to its popular Dell XPS 15 laptop. The new version looks similar on the outside, but comes with some significant upgrades once you open it up. First is an option for a 4K OLED screen, followed by all-new 9th-gen Intel processors.
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Alienware m15 R2 hands-on review

The Alienware m15 has received a significant overhaul in its second generation. With a design aesthetic carried over from the Area-51m, the m15 R2 entrenches this new direction for Alienware’s brand. We went hands-on.
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Samsung Space Monitor (SR75) review

High-concept monitors can sometimes over-complicate things. But at CES 2019, we checked out one that fixes the problem it attempts to solve – your cluttered desk. With a dual-hinge arm, the Samsung Space Monitor can stand straight up as if mounted to a wall.
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The Razer Core X Chroma is the best external GPU you can buy

The third entry in Razer's lineup of external graphics card enclosures, the Core X Chroma brings together the best of its previous options in a single package. Not only does it bring the RGB lighting Razer is known for, it also throws in some useful USB ports to round out the single-cable experience.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review

People don’t usually buy laptops right when they come out, which begs the question: How does a popular machine like the Surface Laptop 2 hold up six months later? Our retrospective review considers how small design mishaps can turn into large mistakes down the road.
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Zombieload forces a choice between performance and security. What will you do?

Intel has handled the recent discovery of a new security vulnerability in its processors with confidence, a stark contrast to its reaction to Spectre and Meltdown from 2018. But with ZombieLoad, the newest iteration of this nasty flaw, we're left with a choice between performance and security.
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The new ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a 4K OLED screen and a Core i9 processor

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one powerful laptop, and now Lenovo has announced its second generation. The new version comes with a vibrant 4K OLED display and the latest 9th-gen Core i9 processor. Lenovo also announced a pair of affordable business laptops under the sub-brand of "ThinkBook."
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Surface, Windows, and everything else Microsoft skipped at Build 2019

Microsoft's annual developers conference had plenty of updates on what the company is doing in the cloud computing space. But what about Surface? Or how about Windows? Microsoft was silent on both of these fronts, and here's why that was a missed opportunity for the company at large.
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Best 17-inch laptops

For gaming and productivity professionals, some people want a laptop with a huge display. More screen real estate can mean more work done. But that doesn't mean you want to compromise in terms of power and portability. These are the best 17-inch laptops you can buy that don't ask you to give up the farm.