A 14 inch, 4.25 lb. gaming laptop with the power of a much larger machine. It's clad in a stealthy aluminum matte black that you could take into a meeting. For 2016 Razer lowers the price, updates the CPU to 6th gen Intel Skylake, improves cooling, tweaks the Chroma keyboard, and uses a more legible keyboard font. The 0.7" thick laptop is great for pro apps and gaming. It runs Windows 10 on the Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad core CPU with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB DDR5 graphics. It has 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and your choice of a 256 or 512 gig PCIe NVMe SSD. It has what might be described as the world's most entertaining notebook keyboard thanks to Chroma backlighting and many available effects with infinite color choice.
Samsung's new fitness wearable with smart features has a fast CPU and a wider display than the 2014 model, as well as a more supple band. The $179 Gear 2 is available in 3 colors and 2 sizes and it has a heart rate monitor, GPS, step counter, stair counter, sleep monitor and 4 gigs of internal storage for music and apps. It runs Samsung's Tizen OS and it works with any Android phone running OS 4.4 KitKat or newer. It's IP68 water resistant, and it has a vibrate motor, Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi. The AMOLED 1.5" display is colorful and bright enough for outdoor use.
The Lenovo Yoga 900S is the smaller and lighter counterpart to the already svelte Yoga 900. This is a 12.5" Windows 10 convertible with Lenovo's signature watchband 360 degree hinge and Intel 6th generation Core M CPUs inside. It supports both pen and touch and is available in full HD and QHD resolutions. The 2.2 lb. laptop offers good battery life and a fast PCIe SSD too. It's highly portable and quite literally flexible, making it a versatile ultraportable.
Dell's sexy new high end 13.3" business Ultrabook weighs just 2.48 pounds. This is one of the best looking 13" business laptops on the market, and it's available with a carbon fiber or aluminum lid. Dell also offers 12 and 14 inch models and 2-in-1 versions, but we look at the traditional laptop design here. The machine is available with the same 1920 x 1080 and Sharp IGZO QHD+ 3200 x 1800 displays as the Dell XPS 13, but these have an anti-glare finish. The notebook is available with Intel Skylake 6th generation Core m3, m5 and m7 CPUs and 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM. You can get with an M.2 SATA3 or PCIe SSD in capacities from 128 to 512 gigs.
The battle for thinness isn't over, and thankfully as technology advances, the penalties are fewer. The 2.45 lb. HP Spectre 13.3" is currently the world's thinnest laptop, but performance, keyboard ergonomics and heat don't suffer. The Spectre is available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual core CPUs for true Ultrabook performance and the dual fan "hyperbaric chamber" design keeps intense heat at bay. The keyboard is crisp and tactile, and the only casualty we lament is the lack of a touch screen. As a consolation, you do get one of the nicest full HD IPS displays we've seen in a while.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 and P50 are lumberjacks among laptops. This mobile workstation series has higher end NVIDIA Quadro graphics and 45 watt, quad core Intel Skylake Core i7 and Xeon CPUs. In fact, our P50 and P70 have the new Intel mobile Xeon, a class of CPUs once found only in servers and heavy duty desktop workstations (in higher wattage desktop form, of course). The ThinkPad P70 is a 17.3" portable with one of the first 4K 17" displays (previously, 13.3" and 15.6" models got the 4K love). For those who find the 7.6 lb. P70 a bit too much to carry around, there's the ThinkPad P50, a near identical 15.6" sibling that's obviously smaller and is 2 lbs. lighter. The ThinkPad P series replaces the W series in Lenovo's lineup.
There's nothing like a comeback story to warm the heart and even net you a new phone. After floundering for a few years, HTC's on their game again, and the HTC 10 is assuredly their best Android phone to date. Sure, it's easy to say that since most manufacturer's new models show improvement year over year, but in HTC's case with the HTC One M8 and One M9, this wasn't so much the case. That's all changed with the HTC 10-- it has a pleasing high resolution QHD display, a very good 12MP rear camera with much improved image processing and a refreshed design. This Android flagship has high res, 24 bit audio with a dedicated headphone amp, OIS on both front and rear cameras and it runs on the top dog Snapdragon 820 CPU. And yes, it has a microSD card slot too.
A few years back, Samsung's laptops were high-end pieces priced above the competition. This time they're coming in well under Dell XPS 15 4K and 15" Retina MacBook Pro pricing, and they even beat the value leader Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 that competes directly with the Notebook 9 Pro. Yet we have a high quality unibody aluminum alloy casing, a powerful Intel Skylake quad core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 950M dedicated graphics, an SSD and backlit keyboard. It might look like a 15" Ultrabook since the Pro model (formerly called ATIV Book 9 Pro) is just 0.7" thick and it weighs 4.5 pounds, but it's a high performance workstation at heart.
This is Apple's best attempt at an affordable iPhone. It truly is much less expensive than the flagship iPhone 6s, but it has the same CPU, RAM and excellent rear camera as the more expensive model. The iPhone SE has the body of the iPhone 5s-- that Leica inspired one that's still my personal favorite iPhone design. It's available in 4 colors and it has a 4" Retina IPS display. Obviously, it's pretty pocket-friendly and it's also wallet friendly with a starting price of $399.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is Lenovo's first business 2-in-1 tablet since the ThinkPad Helix. The Helix showed promise but its Frankenstein design meant a less than elegant keyboard attachment, and the tablet tended to run a bit hot and loud since Lenovo ambitiously used fan-toting Intel Core i CPUs in a thin design. The X1 Tablet is a simple and elegant product in comparison; an unassuming slim matte black rectangle that looks pleasingly modern and spare in a good way. It's looks are closer to the ThinkPad 10, but it builds on the modularity of the Helix. The 12" Windows 10 tablet/2-in-1 comes with an excellent, albeit small keyboard that lives up to the ThinkPad reputation and it's available with Intel 6th generation Skylake Core m5 and m7 CPUs with 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD. It competes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 but it adds a twist: snap-on accessories that include a projector, 3D camera and an extended battery.
It's rare that we see a gaming laptop with good dedicated graphics and a fast quad core CPU for under $1,000. The Dell Inspiron 7000 "Gaming Series" model 7559 is just that machine. It currently sells for $750 to $799 nicely appointed with an Intel 6th generation Skylake Core i5-6300HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics, 8 gigs of RAM, a full HD non-touch IPS display and a 1TB hard drive. It has enough horsepower to tackle current demanding 3D games, is strong at editing video and can handle number crunching and large code compiles. You can get it with a Core i7, more RAM and an SSD if you like.
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