We're in the midst of updating all of our "best of" guides for the holiday season, and we've already covered what is likely the most popular category: Budget Laptops. Some of what we said there also applies to gaming laptops, and our budget gaming recommendations in particular will be rehashed here, along with any other potential candidates. But here we'll also be looking at higher performance offerings that can handle all of the latest games, perhaps even at maximum details.
To be clear, not everyone needs or even wants a gaming laptop, and the presence of a discrete graphics chip pretty much requires that laptops include better cooling, which means they're also likely to weigh more and be bulkier. However, where other laptops can do...
Unlike desktops, it's not currently possible to get a notebook that wins every benchmark, but we have three of the fastest currently available notebooks and we'll show you where...
Jarred Walton on 10/14/2009
Take one part netbook, one part MacBook Air, and add in some other ingredients… but what we want to know is, will it blend?
Jarred Walton on 10/6/2009
Core i7 officially migrates to the mobile market with today's launch of Clarksfield. If your current notebook isn't fast enough, perhaps this shiny new processor will help.
Jarred Walton on 9/23/2009
What's the best OS for your laptop? Does your choice of operating system affect battery life? How does it affect overall performance? Today we have numbers showing just how...
Jarred Walton on 9/21/2009
With all of the press on Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processors we're not seeing much traction from the OEMs. ASUS attempts to break the mold as...
Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 9/14/2009
Many people have looked at web browser performance in one aspect or another, but does your choice of browser impact laptop battery life? Let's find out.
Jarred Walton on 9/11/2009
Acer's Aspire One 751h bumps the screen size up to 11.6", along with changing the CPU and chipset to more power friendly versions. Fundamentally it's still a netbook, but...
Jarred Walton on 9/3/2009
Gigabyte's latest netbook offering seeks for convergence between netbooks and nettops by including a docking station and a few other extras. We look at how well it meets the...
Jarred Walton on 8/27/2009
ASUS created the netbook and they continue to innovate in that market. We look at the new 1005HA to see what it brings to the table.
Jarred Walton on 8/20/2009
How do AMD and Intel compare in the mobile market, particularly in entry-level offerings with integrated graphics? Gateway sent us two equivalent laptops and we provide a thorough investigation...
Jarred Walton on 8/12/2009
How do Intel and AMD compare when it comes to mobile processors and battery life? Find out in our "apples-to-apples" comparison.
Jarred Walton on 8/5/2009
Affordable laptops are everywhere with some costing as little as netbooks. We did some searching and compiled a list of sub-$500 laptops available, along with an analysis of what...
Jarred Walton on 7/28/2009
The MSI Wind U123 and the ASUS 1000HE demonstrate where the hot netbook market is headed.
Wesley Fink on 7/17/2009
ASUS sent us their W90Vp-A1 monster notebook, the current pinnacle of mobile ATI graphics solutions. There's plenty to like in this desktop replacement system, as well as a few...
Jarred Walton on 5/29/2009
For most people, it's rarely a matter of simply choosing the fastest laptop currently available. They want a nice blend of performance and features at a reasonable price, and...
Jarred Walton on 4/29/2009
Following in the tradition of the P-6831 and the P-7811, the P-7808u FX is the latest "affordable gaming" laptop from Gateway, only it's not quite as affordable this time...
Jarred Walton on 4/13/2009
Dell's Studio XPS 16 is a stylish multimedia laptop with one standout feature: it has what is undoubtedly the best-looking laptop LCD we've used. But what about the rest...
Jarred Walton on 4/2/2009