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Dell XPS 15 9530 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

The one other Windows laptop that could dethrone the Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a better overall laptop than the Lenovo Slim Pro 9i, but the latter is less expensive. If pure performance is the measure, either works.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED front view showing display and keyboard deck.

This is the only laptop to send your kid to college with

The Asus ZenBook 14 OLED offers tremendous value, as well as the performance, battery life, and display quality that college students will love.
lenovo slim pro 9i review

Lenovo Slim Pro 9i review: upsized and powered up

The Lenovo Slim Pro 9i takes what's best about the Slim 9i and beefs it up, with a superfast CPU, a competent GPU, and a Mini-LED display great for creators.
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The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is another budget laptop that falls short

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 provides competent productivity performance and great battery life, but its build and display quality fall short of the competition.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 laptop, opened with a colorful wallpaper on the screen.

Don’t just buy the latest version of a laptop. It’s not always worth it

Buying the latest generation of a laptop isn't always the best idea. Sometimes the changes are minimal, while the price on older models can be much lower.
The IdeaPad 14 on a table with the screen on.

The Lenovo Flex 5i falls into the common cheap laptop pitfalls

The Lenovo Flex 5i 14 has an attractive entry-level price when on sale. But in the reviewed configuration, its battery life, display, and build hold it back.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 front view.

The premium ThinkPad that outdoes the X1 Carbon in almost every way

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is in its 11th generation and is close to being perfected. Can the upstart ThinkPad Z13 compete?
Acer Swift X 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Acer Swift X 14 review: fast but not long-lasting

The Acer Swift X 14 is easy to recommend thanks to its fast performance, particularly for creators. Its battery life is a negative, though.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 is both faster and longer-lasting

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 received low-power CPUs that increase battery life, as expected. But the added and unexpected benefit is faster performance.
HP Envy 16 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

HP Envy 16 (2023) review: a cheaper MacBook Pro alternative

The 2023 HP Envy 16 significantly increases performance for gamers and creators. Everyone else can stick with the previous year's model and save some cash.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 front angled view showing display.

Why the latest ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 isn’t worth the upgrade

Lenovo's business-oriented 2-in-1, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, is now in its 8th generation. The newest model is only a modest improvement over the 7th-gen.
MSI Prestige 16 Studio front view showing display and keyboard deck.

MSI’s attempt at a MacBook Pro killer is a disaster. What went wrong?

The MSI Prestige 16 Studio has some high-end components, but its performance was inconsistent and unstable. And its Mini-LED display disappoints.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review: outstanding screen, outrageous value

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED somehow manages to pack solid performance, excellent battery life, and an OLED display into a near-budget price. It's a true bargain.
Dell XPS 17 9370 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Dell XPS 17 (2023) review: still great, but going a bit gray

The XPS 17 9730 isn't any faster than its predecessor unless you're gaming, and its design remains the same. It's a good laptop, but it's no longer a leader.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i front view showing dual displays.

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i review: dual-screen experiment succeeds

The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i takes the dual-display concept and makes it work. There are a few glitches, but for the most part, there's a ton of useful flexibility.
Acer Swift Go 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Acer Swift Go 14 review: a solid value, with one flaw

The Acer Swift Go 14 is an affordable laptop with excellent performance and an OLED display. Only an issue with color accuracy held it back from a higher score.
msi creator z17 hx studio review laptop

MSI Creator Z17 HX Studio review: large and in charge

The MSI Creator Z17 HX Studio provides great performance thanks to one of the fastest CPUs around and a solid discrete GPU. It's also well-built and -designed.
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED 2023 rear view showing lid and logo.

This Windows laptop beats the MacBook Air in one important way

The Zenbook S 13 OLED 2023 falls short of the Apple MacBook Air M2 in a few very important areas. But its OLED display keeps it in the running.
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Why I can’t recommend buying the prettiest laptop of the year

The LG Gram Style is the best-looking laptop around. But its gorgeous chassis hides some serious flaws, and I couldn't recommend it despite its good looks.
Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (2023) review: a serious contender

The 2023 version of the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED makes some significant changes from the previous generation's Editor's Choice model. But it's still great.
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LG Gram Style review: more style than substance

The LG Gram Style is the best-looking laptop so far in 2023. Looks aren't everything, though, and the laptop suffers some flaws that hold it back.
HP Envy x360 15.6 media mode showing display and pen.

HP’s new Envy x360 14 looks like a killer value for what you get

HP has introduced upgrades to its Envy x360 lineup, with a new 14-inch model that hits a budget laptop price.
Dell XPS 15 9530 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Dell XPS 15 (2023) review: a great laptop starts to falter

The Dell XPS 13 (9530) upgraded the CPU and GPU, but left everything else unchanged. That makes for a lackluster update this year.
Lenovo Slim 7 14 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Lenovo Slim Pro 7 review: a fast and affordable thin and light laptop

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 manages to pack a lot of power into a thin and light chassis, at a price that's closer to midrange than premium. It's well worth a look.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro on a window sill.

MacBook Pro M2 vs. MacBook Pro M1: Max, Pro, and more

The MacBook Pro 14 and 16 M2 versions are faster and more efficient than their predecessors. Is that enough to convince you to upgrade?
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 sitting on a table.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i vs. Asus Strix Scar 17: gaming laptop showdown

The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Asus Strix Scar 17 are both extremely fast gaming machines. It's an Intel versus AMD shootout, but which is the best gaming laptop?
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 playing Cyberpunk 2077.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 vs. Lenovo Legion Pro 7i: which is best?

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 offers a superior display, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i trumps it in CPU performance, Which is the better gaming laptop?
LG Gram 17 Pro 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

LG Gram 17 Pro (2023) review: a good idea, poorly executed

The LG Gram 17 Pro is plenty fast and has great battery life, and its display is a pleasure to use. But it's unstable and doesn't feel as durable as it should.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 review: a delightful OLED laptop

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 is fast and well-built, and it sports a spectacular OLED display. It's expensive, but as Lenovo's 2-in-1 flagship, it's worth a look.
The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook rear view showing lid and logo.

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook review: fast, modern, and helpful

The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is an incredibly fast and well-built machine, stocked with modern components. It's expensive, but comes with 24/7 live support.
HP Dragonfly Pro front view showing display and keyboard deck.

HP Dragonfly Pro review: a strong debut

The HP Dragonfly Pro is a premium modern laptop with speed, a solid built, and great battery life. It's held back only by its low-resolution display.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra review: the fastest Galaxy Book yet

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra is the most powerful version yet, offering a lot of performance in a thin and light package. But it's quite expensive.
Acer Chromebook Vero 514 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 review: It’s no toy, but it feels like one

The Acer Chromebook Vero 514 maintains the line's commitment to the environment while providing a fast ChromeOS platform. But it has too many weaknesses.
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i review: workhorse with a wild streak

The reasonably priced Lenovo Legion Pro 7i packs in a fast CPU and GPU for excellent productivity, creative, and gaming performance, with a conservative look.