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 stunning new ceramic white edition of the HP Spectre 13 sports Intel 8th generation quad core CPUs and a touch screen. The Spectre is a conventional laptop rather than a convertible like the Spectre x360. The laptop is available with Intel Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U quad core 15 watt CPUs with Intel UHD 620 graphics, fast PCIe NVMe SSDs and your choice of a full HD or 4K gloss touch screen. It's incredibly thin and light.
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 latest Stealth Ultrabook sports a much appreciated 13.3" display rather than the original model's 12.5", yet the size and weight remain nearly the same. Inside there's an Intel Core i7-8550U 8th generation quad core CPU for 40% better performance. The Blade Stealth is available in matte black with a Chroma RGB keyboard and gunmetal with a more staid white backlit keyboard. This high end laptop competes with the Dell XPS 13 and 13" MacBook Pro.
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 13.3" 1080p or 4K IPS display supporting N-Trig pen and touch, Intel 8th generation 15 watt U series for significantly faster performance and a new fingerprint scanner. The x360 looks almost identical to last year's model, and that's fine with us since it sports the same rigid and classy looking metal casing and a striking design. It's available in silver, dark ash and rose gold colors.
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 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.
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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