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All posts tagged "laptops"

  • These locally available Chromebooks have Android apps

    Chromebooks has received plenty of love internationally, becoming a viable alternative in many ways to Macbooks and Windows laptops. In South Africa, our choices are far more limited though, as we discovered when we sniffed around for locally available Chromebooks. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a few models if you check out the likes of Takealot, Makro and WebAntics. Takealot offers the Mecer Expression V2 Chromebook, being the cheapest Chromebook in South Africa by the looks of it (available for R2999 at the time of writing but usually R3499). Meanwhile, WebAntics and Makro offer a host of Acer Chromebooks. These local devices offer...

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...

  • Comparison: Snapdragon laptops versus Chromebooks

    December 2017 saw Qualcomm finally reveal proper Snapdragon-powered laptops at its Tech Summit, capable of running full-fledged Windows 10. Featuring proper Windows apps and long battery life (according to Qualcomm and manufacturers), the Snapdragon laptops might just deliver the goods. But how could these laptops compare to Chromebooks? After all, we see Android app support and long battery life in many a ChromeOS device. And it doesn't hurt that there are a ton of ChromeOS laptops out there for every price point. We compare the two platforms. ChromeOS versus Windows 10 An LG V30+ on top of the Snapdragon-powered...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • HP Omen 15 review: expect unlimited HP from this one

    Gaming laptops are generally overpriced. Hell, quality laptops in general can be extremely overpriced. So colour us impressed when we took delivery of HP's Omen 15 (ce004nl), packing some imposing specs into a package that starts at R21 999. Sure, it's still expensive for a laptop, but when compared to other gaming notebooks and the likes of the Macbook range, it's a really tempting purchase. It looks like a stereotypical gaming laptop First up, we have the aesthetics. The Omen 15 is big, brash and borderline gaudy, owing to its stylised vents on the back, the cutouts on the laptop lid and...

  • Computex 2017: Acer Nitro 5 is one for the gamers

    Computex 2017 hasn't started yet, but Acer has already revealed a few wares, most notably in the form of the Nitro 5 gaming laptops. So what are you getting then, in terms of specs? "You can choose from models featuring up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 7th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors," Microsoft notes on its blog. In other words, if you're waiting for AMD's Zen chips in a laptop, this isn't for you. Nevertheless, these laptops all support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Other notable features include SSDs...

  • What should you pay for a laptop on Gumtree?

    We've already seen Gumtree offer a smartphone and car price checker. So a laptop price checker seems like the next obvious step, right? Well, the company has done just that. The laptop price checker tool allows users to figure out whether they're being sold short or getting a great deal. Simply specify a brand and model, with the tool then spitting out a price. The company has also revealed the most popular brands on the service, as well as the cheapest and most expensive. "The three most popular models currently listed on Gumtree are the Dell Latitude, Lenovo ThinkPad, and Acer Aspire,"...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs down for Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the latest range of Macbook Pro laptops for purchase. The influential consumer organisation said that seriously unpredictable battery life was the main reason for users to delay their purchase. "The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another," read an excerpt from their website. "Apple says that these computers should operate for up to 10 hours between charges, but some consumers in Apple's support forums reported that they were only able to use their laptops for...