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HP Spectre review
HP Spectre
Laptop Reviews | Ultrabook Reviews

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.


 
 
 
HTC 10 review
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Laptop Reviews | Pro Apps & Gaming

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.


 
 
 
HTC 10 review
HTC 10
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

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.


 
 
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Tablet Reviews | Laptop Reviews

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.


 
 
 
12" MacBook second generation review
12" MacBook (2016)
Ultrabook Reviews | Laptop Reviews

Another year, another Apple refresh. Given the first generation 12" MacBook's exciting but controversial release, some of you might have expected more than a refresh of internals--say a second USB-C port or a higher resolution webcam. Sorry, that didn't happen. Apple did their usual first cycle refresh: update to the latest Intel CPU and chipset, employ faster PCIe storage and for an unexpected treat they increased battery life by an hour. The price remains the same, starting at $1,299 for a decently equipped model with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD. If you own a first generation MacBook, you probably won't want to upgrade. But for those who've been considering this tiny notebook, the speed improvements and better battery life might just be enough to make you hit that buy button.


 
 
 
HP ZBook 15u G3 Review
HP ZBook 15u G3
Mobile Workstation Reviews | Laptop Reviews

What if you crossed a robustly built mobile workstation with an Ultrabook? HP's answer is the ZBook 15u G3, a 15.6" Ultrabook workstation that's relatively thin and light. The 4.2 lb. laptop has the rugged build and ample selection of ports we've come to expect from the ZBook line, but the internals are Ultrabook—Intel dual core i5 and i7 15 watt CPUs and low end AMD FirePro W4190M graphics. There are some nice performance amenities available like an optional fast PCIe NVMe SSD, two RAM slots fitted with DDR4 RAM up to 32 gigs and a trackpad with physical buttons. The price is considerably lower than the more desirable and powerful ZBook 15 Studio too.


 
 
 
iPhone SE review
iPhone SE
Phone Reviews | Apple iOS Product Reviews

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.


 
 
 
HP Spectre x360 15t review
HP Spectre x360 15"
Ultrabook Reviews | Laptop Reviews

If you really liked the very popular 13.3" HP Spectre x360 but want a larger display, HP heard you. Now there's a 15" model, and it's one of the few convertibles in this size. Like the smaller model, it works with HP's optional Active Stylus. It has the same stunning lines and combo of matte metal and polished edges that make it a premium product. The laptop-tablet-convertible is available with Intel Core i5 and i7 Skylake 6th generation CPUs, 8 or 16 gigs of RAM and an SSD drive. The Spectre is available with full HD and 4K IPS displays that support both touch and pen. It's every bit as thin as the 13" model and it weighs 4.1 pounds.


 
 
 
LG Gram 15 review
LG Gram 15
Ultrabook Reviews | Laptop Reviews

The LG Gram 15 is LG's lightest and biggest screen model, and also their newest. The Gram 15 weighs just 2.16 lbs. (0.98 Kg), which is half the weight of the Dell XPS 15 and HP Spectre x360 15t. It's clad in magnesium alloy and is finished in a gold color. The notebook is available with Intel Skylake 6th generation Core i5 and i7 CPUs and it has Intel HD 520 graphics, 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD. The LG Gram 15 has a bright 15.6" IPS 1920 x 1080 non-touch display, and is 0.66" (16.8mm) thin. The laptop has a surprisingly ample port selection, including 3 USB, full size HDMI and a USB-C port.


 
 
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2016 review
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2016)
Ultrabook Reviews | Laptop Reviews

Fourth time's a charm? Maybe so with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th generation. Not that the previous generations were slouches-- quite the opposite, in fact! The new 2016 model is an evolutionary improvement with the better screen we were pining for. In fact, there are two very good screen options: full HD and QHD, both bright and with competitive color gamut. Even better, the X1 Carbon's price is now very aggressive relative to previous generations that could easily hit the $2,000 mark with customizations. The Ultrabook now starts around $1,200, and that's for a perfectly respectable Intel Core i5 model with 8 gigs of RAM, a 128 gig SSD and a 1080p screen. Is the 14" X1 Carbon the best business Ultrabook? Read our review to find out.


 
 
 
LG G5 review
LG G5
Phone Reviews | Android Phone Reviews

The LG G5 is LG's mainstream size flagship Android smartphone for 2016. The LG G5 has a 5.3" QHD IPS display, and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG's UI. This is LG's first metal bodied phone, and it's available in several colors. It runs on Qualcomm's fastest mobile CPU, the 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 820 and it has 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. As you'd expect from LG it has both a removable battery and a microSD card slot as well as an IR blaster. The phone has a very good 16MP rear camera plus a rear 8MP extreme wide angle camera. Its most innovative, though perhaps not most sucessful feature is the modular Friends that can add functionality.

 
 
 

 

 

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