the 6th generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14” premium business Ultrabook with a slim 16mm chassis, Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake R processors and an optional (incredible) HDR display. The 1.13 kg / 2.49 lb. laptop has an ample selection of ports despite its light weight and slim design: two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI, USB-A, microSD and optional 4G LTE.
The LG Gram is refreshed for 2018 with Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake R CPUs, and it's available in 13.3, 14 and 15 inch sizes. We look at the 15" high end model with a Core i7-8550U, full HD IPS touch screen, Thunderbolt 3 and the usual insanely light 1095g / 2.4 lb. weight that’s half the weight of most thin and light 15” laptops.
The 2018 edition of the Vaio S 13.3” Ultrabook is a thoroughly modern laptop that weighs just 2.34 lb. and is slim and stylish yet it packs ports you’d usually find only on mobile workstations like Gigabit Ethernet and VGA. The magnesium alloy clad Vaio S runs Windows 10 Pro on Intel 8th gen 15 watt quad core U series CPUs (Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U) with Intel HD 620 graphics. It has enhanced cooling for longer periods of Turbo Boost (called Vaio TruePerformance), and faster performance like the Dell XPS 13 9370, but with cooler core temperatures.
The Mate 10 Pro sits at the top of Huawei's Mate Android smartphone lineup. This unlocked GSM phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio small bezel 6" OLED 2160 x 1080 display, a front 8MP camera and Huawei's usual excellent Leica branded dual rear cameras (12MP color main camera and 20MP monochrome camera, both with f/1.6 lenses). The Mate 10 Pro runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 overlay on the Kirin 970 CPU with 4 or 6GB RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage.
The entry level MSI GL62M 7REX 15.6”is a gaming laptop with a relatively slim and light design, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti and a full HD IPS display. The notebook has a red backlit SteelSeries keyboard, 2 DDR4 RAM slots, SSD and HDD options and it starts at $979.
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.
This is an unlocked GSM Android smartphone. Unlike the BlackBerry KeyONE, this is a slate design phone with a software rather than hardware keyboard. It has a metal frame and carbon fiber finish on the back that results in a classy and sturdy design. The $449 GSM unlocked phone has a 5.5” full HD IPS display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot. Battery life is excellent thanks to a 4,000 mAh battery.
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.
This is the mid-tier Inspiron model with pricing starting at $499, and it’s available both as a 360 degree hinge convertible and a traditional laptop in a variety of sizes. The Inspiron 13 5379 has a full HD IPS touch screen, Intel 8th generation quad core 15 watt CPUs, Intel UHD 620 graphics, a Microsoft precision trackpad and a backlit keyboard. It has two DDR4 RAM slots and your choice of a SATA3 SSD or HDD.
The Envy x360 is the more affordable counterpart to the HP Spectre x360 15”, and it has a similar design and a metal casing minus the fancier Spectre x360 high end finishes and design touches. The Envy goes up against the similarly priced 15” Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 and we look at the $799 stock configuration. The laptop runs Windows 10 Home on the quad core, 15 watt Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with 12GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD.
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.
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