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...
We put Toshiba's recently updated version of their X305 through its paces. Offering a quad-core mobile CPU, SSD+HDD, and a 9800M GTX, there's plenty of performance packed into this...
Jarred Walton on 3/11/2009
Dell unveiled the long-rumored Adamo today at CES. It's a stylish ultrathin notebook with an aluminum chassis. We have exclusive pictures for those that are interested.
Jarred Walton on 1/9/2009
Yes, netbooks are inexpensive and can handle basic computing tasks, but many people would like a little bit more oomph -- and perhaps a larger package. The ASUS N10JC...
Jarred Walton on 12/24/2008
Finally we have retail Centrino 2 laptops in our labs for testing. Are these new notebooks all they're cracked up to be, or do they leave us wanting?
Jarred Walton on 10/24/2008
We have three newly tested laptops representing different approaches to the popular midrange market. Join us as we examine the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Jarred Walton on 9/17/2008
It's Dell's answer to the ASUS Eee PC, and it's a very well styled, well targeted, well executed answer at that. The Inspiron Mini 9 isn't for everyone...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2008
(Updated) We have several gaming notebooks in our labs for testing. If you're dying to ditch your aging desktop and start taking a notebook to LAN parties, we might...
Jarred Walton on 8/29/2008
Updated! (See conclusion.) How do you follow one of our favorite gaming laptops ever? Simple: stir in a few welcome upgrades, pop it in the oven, and let it...
Jarred Walton on 8/15/2008
Today Intel unveiled its delayed Centrino 2 platform, unfortunately we don't know much more than we did before today's launch. Information is available, but hardware still isn't and...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/15/2008
What differences does Windows XP make to ASUS' Eee PC? We take another look at the ultraportable in the form of the 4G XP edition to see the tradeoffs...
Matt Campbell on 4/23/2008
ASUS' U2E ultraportable laptop looks to bring "sophistication" to the market without compromising on features. How well can they succeed?
Jarred Walton on 4/15/2008
The Gateway P-6831 FX may very well be the most interesting gaming notebook we've ever looked at. Read on to find out how they've raised the bar and why...
Jarred Walton on 3/28/2008
AVADirect sent us their M570RU laptop decked out with many of the latest performance parts. Besides reviewing the notebook, we felt the time was right for a closer look...
Jarred Walton on 3/14/2008
Dell first launched their updated XPS notebook, the M1730, in late 2007. We have the updated version with 8800M GTX SLI, a Penryn X9000 CPU, overclocking support, and the...
Jarred Walton on 2/28/2008
NVIDIA officially launched the 8800M GTS and GTX mobile graphics chips back in November, but actually getting a notebook equipped with either GPU has been quite difficult… join us...
Jarred Walton on 1/7/2008
We look at the 2G Surf's features, usability, and differences from the 4G. Is this the right tool for the job, and if so, what's the job?
Matt Campbell on 1/4/2008