Laptop Reviews

Valkyrie CZ-17 gaming laptop Review

Valkyrie CZ-17 gaming laptop Review

Normally when I hear the words “gaming laptop,” I roll my eyes. It isn’t that I find the idea absurd, it’s just that I much prefer desktops because laptops more often than not end up being a letdown when it comes to gaming. iBUYPOWER has a new gaming laptop available – the Valkyrie CZ-17 – but the question is: can the Valkyrie CZ-17 deliver the gaming goods, or is this laptop just another one you should skip? Read on, because I think you might be pleasantly surprised with the answer.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is currently celebrating its 20th birthday, and today we have their new ThinkPad X1 Carbon on the chopping blocks. After all these years still producing some of the best business and casual laptops available the X1 Carbon looks to improve on its older sibling, while staying at the top of the Ultrabook lineup. Being touted as "the world's lightest 14" business-class ultra book" with a sleek body and powerful dual-core power all under 3 lbs lets take a peek.

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HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook Review

HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook Review

What we have here today is the shiny new HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook sporting a 3rd gen Intel Core-i5 dual-core processor and of course those Beats Audio speakers. It packs a lot of power under the hood and all folded up will only be about 0.78″ thick, but is this enough to earn your dollars? Head down past the break and we'll find out.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 (Intel Core i5, Ivy Bridge) Review

Lenovo IdeaPad U410 (Intel Core i5, Ivy Bridge) Review

Lenovo has launched its latest line of IdeaPads, and they’re targeted directly at the mainstream consumer. The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 comes with an eye-catching colored aluminum chassis – we received one in Sapphire Blue, but the U410 is also available in Graphite Grey and Ruby Red - but is this laptop all about looks, or does it have the power under the hood to still get stuff done? Read on to find out.

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Acer Aspire S5 Review

Acer Aspire S5 Review

Let's have a peek at the Acer Aspire S5, the ultrabook with the mechanical "MagicFlip" dish in the back with ports that whirrs out when you need to plug in and don't need all that pesky space this near-thinnest on the market notebook works with. It's just 0.6-inches when it's all folded up, and pressing that button in the upper right of your keyboard brings down a flap in the back that has a set of ports you'll only otherwise get with a laptop twice this one's size. Inside the S5 you've got Windows 7, a 3rd generation Intel Core i& processor, and the whole device looks just fabulous - but is it worth the massive price tag it comes attached with?

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Alienware M17x R4 (Core i7, Ivy Bridge) Review

Alienware M17x R4 (Core i7, Ivy Bridge) Review

This week we've been blessed with another look at the most colorful-keyed and unique looking gaming notebook in the Alienware M17X R4, this time complete with Ivy Bridge. This beast works with a quad-core 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 28nm NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU, and a lovely 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display up front of an extremely thick chassis. This beast is marked by its power as much as it is its ability to have its all-over lighting customized.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review

The ThinkPad family of laptops has had a reputation for reliability since long before Lenovo started making them, and the fervency of their fans is perhaps the only thing that reaches the same level as Apple hardware these days. The X series, Lenovo’s road warrior class of thin and light laptops, remains among the most popular, and it’s not hard to see why. But with Ultrabooks increasingly stealing the limelight, can the ThinkPad X230 keep the same amount of acclaim as its X200-series predecessors? Let’s find out.

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Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

The next generation of Vaio S-series laptops from Sony has arrived and we're taking a look the the most basic model here today - the 13.3-inch with Intel Core i5 processor inside, matte black. This ultraportable laptop comes with the standard f-series keyboard, a switch which allows you to switch between Discreet graphics and AMD, the ability to keep working as long as possible with the former option or to be ultra productive with apps such as Photoshop with the latter. We're going to take a look at if this beast is worth the $779.99 it costs for its least expensive configuration - let's see!

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was easily one of the most promising ultrabooks we saw at CES 2012, and a few months of waiting hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. The premium notebook combines high-end features and unique materials into a 14-inch body that's distinct from just about everything on the market, which is something you couldn't say for many of HP's previous entries in the ENVY line. Does this unique machine rise above the pack? Let' find out.

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Acer Aspire S3 (Core i7) Review

Acer Aspire S3 (Core i7) Review

The Ultrabook world is continuing its rise to glory as the Acer Aspire S3 (here with the Core i7 processer inside) runs the thin show at .68 inches at its thickest point. This is by no means the thinnest notebook on earth, nor is it the Ultrabook with the most impressive set of specifications, but this relatively basic (if any Ultrabook is basic) model has a stack of features and a full package that will satisfy any general use owner. This notebook has a 13.3-inch Active Matrix TFT display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, CineCrystal (glossy) and clear as day coupled with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement on built-in stereo speakers - that means good entertainment.

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