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Mark Coppock

Mark Coppock

Computing Writer

Mark has been a geek since MS-DOS gave way to Windows and the PalmPilot was a thing. He’s translated his love for technology into a marketing, consulting, and freelance writing career aimed at helping people use technology to enhance their lives. At Digital Trends, he reviews laptops and desktops, including the latest from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and more, and writes news and easy to understand how-to articles about the computing industry as a whole.

When he’s not writing, you’ll find him reading and watching science fiction, taking photos with his family, and obsessing over Indiana University basketball.

Laptop Reviews

Best Budget Laptops
Best 2-in-1 Laptops
Best Business Laptops
Best Laptops Under $1,000

The back of the Surface Pro 9, with the kickstand pulled out.

9 best 2-in-1 laptops in 2024: tested and reviewed

The 2-in-1 market has exploded over the last several years, with convertible notebooks and tablets of all kinds. Here are the best models available.
The new Surface Laptop 13 on a white table.

Can the new Surface Laptop really take down the M3 MacBook Air?

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop with its Qualcomm Snapdragon X chipset represents a stronger competitor to the Apple MacBook Air M3. But is it strong enough?
HP Envy x360 14 2024 front view showing display and keyboard.

HP Envy x360 14 (2024) review: missing the mark where it counts

The HP Envy x360 14 is the first laptop I've reviewed with Intel's 15-watt Meteor Lake chipset. That promises better efficiency, but I didn't see it.
The new Surface Pro on a table.

The new Surface Pro finally offers the iPad Pro a worthy challenger

New versions of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple iPad Pro have been announced or released, offering OLED displays and excellent efficiency. Which is better?
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 top down view showing tablet and pen.

4 high-end features Windows laptops still have over MacBooks

Apple's MacBook lineup offers excellent performance, even better battery life, and great displays. But that doesn't mean Windows laptops can't compete.
Cleaning a laptop fan with air blower.

How to clean a laptop fan

Cleaning your laptop fan is an important step in maintaining your machine for the best performance. Here, we provide a simple guide to get you started.
Windows 10 Home vs. Pro

How to factory reset Windows 10 or Windows 11

If your PC is being sold or has serious errors, then your best option is to factory reset Windows. We'll walk you through the entire process, step by step.
Acer Swift X 14 2024 front view showing display and keyboard.

Acer Swift X 14 review: surprising performance, shocking price

The Acer Swift X 14 doesn't bother much with looking pretty or keeping trim. Instead, it's all about a winning combination of performance and display quality.
Dell XPS 13 close up of the keyboard.

The best business laptops from Apple, Lenovo, Dell, and more

A powerful business laptop isn’t the kind of purchase you want to put off, especially since it's going to require some heavy research. Here’s a guide to help.
Acer Swift Go 14 front view showing display and keyboard.

Acer Swift Go 14 review: a fast but flawed laptop

The Acer Swift Go 14 would have been an excellent 14-inch laptop a couple of years ago. But times have changed, and there are better options for the same money.
The Dell XPS 14 on a white table with the screen open.

5 laptops you should buy instead of the Dell XPS 14

The Dell XPS 14 is a new member of Dell's iconic lineup, and it's a strong contender among 14-inch laptops. However, it has some serious competition.
RAM installed in slots.

How to check how much RAM you have on Windows and Mac

Knowing how much memory, or RAM, that your PC has can help you better plan which applications to install and use. Here's how to find out.
Close up of the Chrome logo on the top of a Chromebook.

7 best Chromebooks for 2024: the best for every budget

Looking to buy a new laptop on a budget? Here are all the best Chromebooks in 2024. They're affordable, powerful, and highly capable.
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16 review: this one blew me away

The Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16 is a very strong entry in the 16-inch laptop class, with surprisingly good performance and a very nice mini-LED display.
Microsoft word document.

How to alphabetize lists in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word can alphabetize lists with just a few quick keystrokes. Here's how to do it.
A Microsoft Excel icon in the dock on a Macbook.

How to alphabetize data in an Excel spreadsheet

Knowing how to alphabetize in Excel can be a real time-saver. Here, we look at how to alphabetize columns (and even rows) in an Excel spreadsheet.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 top down view showing tent mode.

This laptop beats the MacBook Air in every way but one

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 and Apple MacBook Air M3 are very different laptops, but they're both fast and gorgeous. Which one is the right laptop for you?
Lenovo IdeaPad 530S

The best web browsers for 2024

We pitted Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge against one another to pick the best browsers for 2024. Want something different? We have alternatives too.
Dell Chromebook 3189 2-in-1 on a classroom desk floating in the air.

How to get Android apps on a Chromebook

Even if you own an older Chromebook without the Google Play Store built in, you can still add Android apps to your PC. Here’s how.
The Vivobook Pro 15 open on a table outside.

Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (Q533) review: content creation laptop for $1,000

The Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Q533 can't compete against much more expensive laptops. But the good thing for Asus is that it doesn't need to.
The side of the open Dell XPS 14 on a white table.

Dell XPS vs. Dell Latitude: here’s how to decide

Both the Dell XPS and Dell Latitude are bona fide premium laptop lines, but the Latitude is aimed directly at businesses.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

This excellent Lenovo laptop makes the Dell XPS 14 look overpriced

The Dell XPS 14 and Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 are excellent 14-inch laptops. The Yoga offers a 2-in-1's flexibility while the XPS 14 has more options. Which is best?
Dell XPS 16 sitting on desktop with flowers.

The XPS 16 is fighting an uphill battle against the MacBook Pro

The Dell XPS 16 is an excellent laptop, albeit with some controversial design elements. But the Apple MacBook Pro 16 won't be taken down easily.
Outlook web app on laptop.

How to share your Outlook calendar

Outlook allows you to share your calendar by specifying recipients you wish to share with and how much you wish to share. Here's how to do it.
The Dell XPS 14 open on a wooden table.

Dell XPS 14 or XPS 16? Here’s how to know which to buy

The Dell XPS 14 and XPS 16 share almost identical designs, only in different sizes. The 14-inch is easier to carry around and the 16-inch is faster.
Asus Rog Flow Z23 front view showing tablet and keyboard.

Why this unassuming tablet is my favorite laptop of the year so far

The Asus ROG Flow Z13 would be impressive as a 14-inch laptop. As a 13-inch detachable tablet, it's incredibly fast, well-made, and easy to recommend.
The open Dell XPS 16 on a table.

Here’s how two of the best Windows laptops compare to each other

The HP Spectre x360 16 and Dell XPS 16 are new for 2024, and both offer fast components with solid builds. The Dell will be faster and the HP more flexible.
The open Dell XPS 16 on a table.

Dell XPS 16 review: a problematic powerhouse

The Dell XPS 16 takes the place of two important laptops, the XPS 15 and 17, and it does well enough. But, it's too expensive and seriously needs a discount.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 front view showing display and keyboard.

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 review: pure class

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 is a solid update and one of the best 14-inch convertible 2-in-1s. Only below-average battery life holds it back.
The Dell XPS 14 on a table.

Dell XPS 14 vs. HP Spectre x360 14: which should you buy?

The Dell XPS 14 and HP Spectre x360 14 are two of the earliest laptops announced with Intel's new Meteor Lake chipset. Which is the better 14-inch laptop?
Asus Zenbook 14 Q425 front view showing display and keyboard.

I review laptops for a living, and these are two under $1,000 I always recommend

The Asus Zenbook 14 Q425 and Lenovo Slim 7i Gen 9 are both examples of today's excellent range of 14-inch laptops. But which is better?
The Surface Pro 9 with the Type Cover keyboard lifted up.

How to change keyboard language in Windows

Need to change your keyboard language in Windows 10 or 11? We’ve put together this guide to teach you how.
The screen of the MacBook Air M2.

The case for buying the M2 MacBook Air over the M3 model

The MacBook Air M3 has a few tricks up its sleeve, but is it really worth the extra cash?
The 14-inch MacBook Pro on a window sill.

Why you should buy a MacBook Pro instead of a MacBook Air

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 14 are great laptops, with just $300 separating the two with the base M3 chipset. The MacBook Pro 14 is worth the extra cash.