The Lenovo Yoga 910 has a 13.9" IPS touch screen and the Intel 7th generation Core i7-7500U CPU with Intel HD 620 graphics. Lenovo's redesign means this 3.04 lb. Ultrabook has a classier CNC aluminum chassis and a narrow 5mm bezel display. It's available with 8 or 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and a variety of PCIe SSD capacities. The Yoga 910 features Lenovo's attractive 360 degree watchband hinge and a larger than average display size for its footprint. The laptop has 3.5mm audio, a USB 3.0 type A port and two USB-C ports.
The most powerful laptop in Apple's lineup finally gets a refresh after rocking the same design since 2012. It's a controversial one though, that emphasizes thinness and lightness over pro features like faster dedicated graphics, more RAM and longer battery life. The Touch Bar 15" MacBook Pro runs OS X Sierra on the 2.6 GHz Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ, same as the Windows competition, and it's available with AMD Radeon 450, 455 and 460 graphics. It has 16 gigs of RAM and fast PCIe SSDs. The display gets a brightness and gamut bump and the trackpad is super-sized. This Mac has a low travel Butterfly keyboard, much like Apple's 12" ultra-ultra portable 12" MacBook.
This is an improved version of the OnePlus 3 that was released just 6 months ago. The price has gone up to $439, but you're getting a faster CPU, bigger battery, higher resolution front camera and higher capacity storage options for that $40 price increase. The phone runs Android 6.01 Marshmallow with OnePlus' OxygenOS customizations on the 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU with 6 gigs of RAM and your choice of 64 or 128 gigs of storage. It has a slim and elegant aluminum unibody design available in gunmetal and soft gold.
It's back, and its both faster and more expensive. The late 2016 update to the Microsoft Surface Book adds a higher end option to an already expensive Windows convertible. The Performance Base has the siginficantly faster NVIDIA GTX 965M dedicated graphics processor and a bigger battery. It's bundled with the existing Intel Core i7-6600U dual core processor in the tablet section and the price starts at $2,399. The laptop / tablet still has the same very good laptop and tablet ergonomics, a bright and color accurate 3000 x 2000 IPS Pixel Sense touch screen with included pen.
The late 2016 Alienware 15 R3 features much more powerful NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics and a slimmer design. Both the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 cards are available. The Alienware is slim for a gaming laptop at 1" (25.4mm) but not terribly light at 7.7 lbs. (3.4kg). The laptop runs Windows 10 on the Intel Skylake 6th gen quad core 45 watt Core i7-6700HQ with up to 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM in two slots. It has an M.2 boot SSD (most configs are PCIe NVMe) and a 1TB 2.5 inch 7200 RPM HDD. It has Killer WiFi and Ethernet, a Windows Hello IR camera and Tobii eye tracking. AlienFX lighting is standard with new external LEDs on the sides.
The lovely aluminum black 14" Razer Blade is back, this time refreshed with NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1060 graphics for a serious 3D boost. It's otherwise the same as the Blade released earlier this year, and it features the same Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and fast PCIe NVMe SSDs. It weighs just 4.3 lbs. and is available with full HD IPS and QHD+ IGZO displays. The Razer Blade has the class of a MacBook Pro but with a lower price tag and higher performance graphics.
The first major refresh of the MacBook Pro line in several years is controversial because Apple removed most ports and switched to a very low travel 12" MacBook style keyboard to make a thin laptop even thinner (14.9mm). It's also a half pound lighter than the version it replaces at 3 lbs. thanks largely to a smaller capacity battery afforded in part by a more power efficient display. The base $1,499 model runs Max OS X Sierra on a 15 watt dual core Intel Skylake 6th generation laptop with Intel Iris graphics. The more expensive 13" MacBook Pro models have more powerful 28 watt CPUs and Intel Iris 550 graphics in addition to the Touch Bar. The MacBook Pro has an exceptional wide color gamut, 500+ nit, 2560 x 1600 IPS display, a super-sized trackpad, fast PCIe NVMe SSDs, up to 16 gigs of RAM.
The Google Pixel XL is the larger of two Pixel phones released in the fall of 2016. The Pixel line replaces the Nexus line of Android smartphones that come direct from Google with the latest Android build and no carrier or manufacturer bloatware. This time, Google is going with flagship pricing and high end specs. The Pixel XL runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the new Google Assistant (voice activated) on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU with 4 gigs of RAM and 32 or 128 gigs of storage (no microSD card slot). The Pixel XL has a 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 (the smaller Pixel is 1920 x 1080). It has an 8MP front camera and a 12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and 4K video recording.
The 15.6" Asus ROG Strix GL502 is a thin and light gaming laptop with the new NVIDIA Pascal generation GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5 dedicated graphics. This is one of the more powerful 15.6" laptops on the market, which is particularly impressive since it weighs 4.93 lbs. and is 1.2" thick. The notebook has an Intel Skylake 6th gen Core i7-6700HQ quad core CPU, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM (32 gigs max) and a 256 gig PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. It has a bright 1920 x 1080 matte IPS display with NVIDIA G-Sync for smooth visuals when gaming. It's a perfect match for work on the go and AAA gaming titles as well as VR.
The first generation HP Spectre x360 was a big hit when it launched in March 2015. It was the first 360 degree convertible to sport a truly classy and solid aluminum chassis, plenty of ports, very good battery life and quite strong specs for the price. The competition has stiffened, but HP's up to the task with an updated Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake model that has smaller bezels, a lighter 2.8 lb. weight and a smaller footprint. It has a 13.3" 1920 x 1080 IPS touch screen, Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, faster PCIe NVMe SSDs and still one of the best looking designs on the market.
It would be easy to say "honey who shrunk the ZenBook?" Sure in some ways the 12.5", 2.0 pound ZenBook 3 is an impressively miniaturized version of their higher end 13.3" ZenBook models. But the UX390UA ZenBook 3 is more than that: it's a 12" MacBook competitor, and that means Asus had to match a high set of standards. It's the best machine they could make in an insanely light 12.5" package. Four incredibly good sounding speakers? Yep. A very bright and high contrast full HD display with excellent color? You got it. Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs in a size where competitors only manage the lower power and slower Intel Core M? Yes! You want 16 gigs of RAM, a fast PCIe SSD and an aluminum chassis rigid enough to slice cake? It's yours, as is a fingerprint scanner that works with Windows Hello for biometric login. Is it perfect? Read our review to find out!
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