Even if you're not a ThinkPad person who appreciates the unassuming but robust and well-made Lenovo matte black rectangles, you probably thought the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, now in it's third generation, was pretty darned fetching. It's sleek, slim and fits easily in any bag. Lenovo took the goodness that is the X1 Carbon and gave it their popular 360 degree hinges and a Wacom digital pen, and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga was born. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga runs on 6th generation Intel Skylake dual core, 15 watt core i5 and i7 CPUs with SSD drives, and your choice of 1920 x 1080 x QHD 2560 x 1440 IPS touch screens with pen input. An OLED QHD display will be available in April. It weighs just 2.8 lbs. and is extremely thin yet robust.
Remember the Sony Vaio Flip 13, 14 and Flip 15 inch models from late 2013? They were some of the most interesting and innovatively designed convertibles that we'd seen at the time. Happily the 13.3" model is back and even better under the new Vaio brand (no longer owned by Sony). This 2.95 lb. 2-in-1 laptop is a real powerhouse with 6th generation Intel dual core 28 watt CPUs and Intel Iris 550 graphics that are significantly more powerful than standard 15 watt/ Intel HD 520 graphics Ultrabook fare. Like the Vaio Z Canvas we reviewed, it comes with an N-Trig digitizer and pen for notes and art. It has a strong aluminum and carbon fiber casing and a brilliant hinge design. The WQHD 2560 x 1440 is color accurate and easy on the eyes. The only catch? It's expensive.
Samsung doesn't offer many laptop models in the US, and when they do, they're generally stunningly designed high end machines with an attention to assembly and materials that brings to mind luxury sports cars and Apple products. Rumors swirled in 2015 that Samsung was going to abandon their PC efforts, and in fact we didn't see significant new models. Near the end of 2015 Samsung reaffirmed their commitment to making laptops and we saw two new models, our 13.3" Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin and the 15.6" ATIV Book 9 Pro. The 2.87 lb. ATIV Book 9 Spin is a 13.3" Ultrabook with a 360 degree hinge and Samsung's usual incredibly slim and classy all metal chassis. It runs on the Intel 6th generation Skylake Core i7-6500U clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost to 3.1 GHz. It has 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD and a lovely QHD+ 3200 x 1800 matte touch screen are standard.
This may well be Google's best Nexus phone yet, at least if you're a fan of big screen smartphones. As you might expect, the Nexus 6P runs the latest version of Android, with no custom UI overlays or bloatware to bog it down. What you might not expect is the sexy unibody anodized aluminum casing, available in 3 hues. This Huawei-built phone is a classy piece, and it's fast too with the top dog Snapdragon 810 8-core CPU inside, 3 gigs of LPDDR4 RAM and 3 storage options. It has capable cameras, a lovely 5.7" QHD AMOLED display and a beefy battery. It's sold unlocked for use with any carrier (CDMA too) with a reasonable $499 starting price.
The OnePlus X is stunning to look at, clad in glass and metal with a colorful AMOLED display. Not bad for just $250 unlocked with no contract or monthly payments. The OnePlus X is basically the 2014 OnePlus One in a new casing with a smaller 5" screen. It has the quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics of the One, which was top dog in early to mid-2014. This unlocked GSM Android smartphone has 3 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. It has 4G LTE, but the band selection is a little weak. Is the X worth $250? Check out our review to find out!
We've reviewed the huge desktop replacement 17" MSI Dominator laptops and the slim and light Ghost Pro that's a gamer's take on the Dell XPS 15 and 15" Retina MacBook Pro. This time we look at the middle of the family, the MSI Apache Pro. If you're looking for something more affordable than the Ghost and Stealth models, with much more portability than the Dominator line, it's the Apache Pro. Whether you need a GE62 15.6 or GE72 17.3 inch laptop, you're covered since the Apache comes in both sizes with identical specs and ports. The Apaches have the latest Intel Skylake 6th generation CPUs, fast PCIe SSD boot drives, spacious secondary HDDs for your games and media and your choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M or 970M graphics. They have full HD 1920 x 1080 matte IPS displays, but no touch screen.
It's been a long time since we've seen a high end Lumia phone. More than a year, in fact. Microsoft is back at it with the Lumia 950, a 5.2" smartphone that's the first to run Windows 10 for phones. The Lumia has a pleasing AMOLED display and it runs on the same 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808 CPU as many of today's popular Android phones. It has an ample 3 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and there's a microSD card slot to expand storage. The Lumia 950 has an excellent 20MP rear camera with Zeiss lens, and it supports Microsoft Continuum that allows you to turn your pocket-friendly phone into a desktop PC stand-in. The phone is $550 unlocked for use on GSM networks and AT&T also sells it.
Gimmick or great? The LG V10 is a little of both. Clearly LG is throwing features at their new flagship phablet to see what (if anything) succeeds, much as Samsung's done in the past with their Android phones and tablets. The big screen LG has a secondary front display--a narrow strip at the top that provides shortcuts, status and can act as a control area for apps like the camera. Speaking of the camera, this phone has two front facing cameras; one ultra-wide angle and the other with a more normal view. On to the normal stuff! The LG V10 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (sorry, not 6.0 Marshmallow that's shipping on a few recent phones) on the high end Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 6-core CPU. It has 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of storage, and there's a microSD card slot. The phone has a 5.7" Quantum IPS+ display and it runs at QHD 2560 x 1440. The phone is available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the US.
One of our top picks for 13" Ultrabooks is back with a late 2015 refresh with Intel Skylake CPUs and a new USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port. The Dell XPS 13 is that impossibly small and light laptop with Intel Core U series power and two pleasing display options- full HD and QHD+. The XPS 1080p model weighs just 2.6 lbs. and it's the size of an 11.6 to 12 inch laptop-- sweet for road warriors and students. We've updated our early XPS 13 review to reflect the new specs and features and we've added a new video review of the Skylake late 2015 model too.
It wouldn't be fair to say that the Lenovo Yoga 700 is just the cheaper alternative to the Lenovo Yoga 900. Yes, it doesn't have the watch band hinge, a metallic finish and it's not as light. Sure it costs less, but it has a few interesting upgrades including a larger 14" display (albeit at lower but still competent resolution) and optional NVIDIA 940M graphics for moderate graphics punch. The 3.6 lb. convertible Ultrabook has a 1080p touch screen and a backlit keyboard. It's available with Intel 6th generation Core i5 and i7 dual core CPUs.
The EVO 15-S is the lightest and slimmest of Origin PC's gaming laptops. The 15.6" laptop is based on the MSI Ghost Pro chassis, and it thus bears a striking resemblance to the MSI. It weighs just weighs just 4.2 lbs and it runs on the latest generation Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 45 watt quad core processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB DDR5 graphics for strong gaming performance. The laptop 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM, a 256 gig PCIe NVMe SSD and a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD. It's available with a full HD matte IPS non-touch display and a 4K glossy IPS display.
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