The Surface Book is now available in two sizes with the refreshed Surface Book 2 line that brings updated and significantly faster quad core CPUs and serious dedicated graphics. The 15" has the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and the 13.5" has the GTX 1050 (full versions, not Max-Q). As ever, the design features a separable tablet with a secondary battery and dedicated graphics in the base of all but the base model 13.5". It has a revised fulcrum hinge, Surface pen support with tilt and much more.
The iPhone X has a widescreen 5.8" OLED display, a glass back with wireless charging support and a near bezel-free design. It has the same CPU, RAM and storage options as the iPhone 8 Plus, but it adds OIS (optical image stabilization) to the rear Portrait telephoto camera and the front camera adds Portrait Mode. Other goodies include Face ID (just look at your phone to unlock it), a stainless steel frame and a frighteningly high $999 starting price.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is a high end convertible Ultrabook with a 14" display supporting pen and touch, Intel 8th generation quad core CPUs and Thunderbolt 3. The Yoga 920 boasts several key improvements over last year's Yoga 910, and it's a worthy competitor to the 13" HP Spectre x360. It's available with Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R quad core CPUs, and your choice of a full HD or 4K display.
The late 2017 refresh of the Dell XPS 13 looks identical to the previous model and it uses the same casing, Infinity Edge nearly bezel-free displays, backlit keyboard and chin-cam. Where it shines is the performance improvement in Intel's 8th generation Kaby Lake-R CPUs for 15 watt Ultrabooks that doubles the number cores to 4 and brings a 40% performance improvement to processor intensive tasks.
The Essential PH-1 is an unlocked $499 (thanks to a recent price drop) Android smartphone with a stunning bezel-free 5.7" display and titanium and ceramic construction. The phone supports both GSM and CDMA so it will work on most carriers. Sprint also sells it. The Essential supports modular accessories like a 360 degree camera via 2 pogo pins on the back. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU with 128GB storage and it has dual rear 13MP cameras.
The Pro version in the Xiaomi Notebook line with a classy and very well put together 15.6" aluminum chassis, Intel Core i5-8250U quad core 15 watt 8th gen CPU and NVIDIA MX150 2GB GDDR5 graphics. It has a backlit keyboard, large trackpad with fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello and a full HD gloss IPS non-touch display. As ever, despite the classy chassis and solid specs, the price is quite low.
The Raider line is MSI's new line of relatively slim and light high end gaming laptops. Think of the GE63VR as the thinner and lighter version of the 15" Dominator with a better display and keyboard. The GE63VR has 3ms refresh 120Hz wide color gamut matte TN display, NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics switchable via NVIDIA Optimus with Intel HD 630 graphics and a 45 watt quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU. It ships with 16GB DDR4 RAM, Killer 1435 WiFi and Ethernet, has USB-C and a per key RGB backlit keyboard with lighting effects and illuminated USB ports.
The late 2017 edition of the HP Spectre x360 has a 15.6" 4K IPS display supporting N-Trig pen and touch, Intel 8th generation 15 watt U series CPUs and NVIDIA MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics. The 15" x360 looks identical to last year's model, but it's much faster-- there's a 40% faster CPU thanks to Intel's doubling cores to 4 in the 8th gen, and NVIDIA's graphics are roughly 30% faster than last year's 940MX.
We go hands-on with the newest Surface Pro model. It features the same casing as the Surface Pro 4, with an updated hinge and changes on the inside. Most notably, it runs Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs on Windows 10 Pro, and the pen has improved. Alas, the pen is no longer included in the box, nor is the Type Cover keyboard. Microsoft claims much improved battery life and the Core m and Core i5 models have no fan and are thus silent.
This is the more affordable version of Razer's biggest gaming laptop, the 17.3" Razer Blade Pro that sells for $2,300 rather than $3,800. This model uses the same chassis and design, but has a 1920 x 1080 matte non-touch display rather than 4K, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card rather than GTX 1080. It has a traditional Razer Chroma backlit keyboard, trackpad on the right side, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a boot PCIe SSD and a 2 TB HDD.
This is Dell's high end Inspiron model, and the 73737 is the late 2017 edition with Intel 8th generation quad core 15 watt CPUs for significantly higher performance. This is a 13.3" Windows 10 convertible 2-in-1 with 360 degree hinges, a full HD IPS touch screen and active digital pen support. It's available in a variety of sizes, in case 13" doesn't float your boat.
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