Laptop Reviews

Pi-top Review – Building the Future

Pi-top Review – Building the Future

While the Raspberry Pi is undoubtedly the darling of makers and tinkerers, it has always been envisioned for use in education. But in order to keep the single board computer (SBC) affordable and accessible, the Raspberry Pi had to remain what it is today: a bare bones board that, by itself, isn’t exactly useful. You need at least an external display, keyboard, and mouse, not to mention a compatible OS installed on a memory card. This simplicity it both a boon and a bane, the latter because of the nearly infinite amount of choices users, particularly educators, have to make. Fortunately, there are those like pi-top that build greatness on top of greatness. We take its flagship product, the pi-top, to build ourselves a laptop powered by the Raspberry Pi, with a bent towards educating and empowering the next generation.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus Review

Lenovo is back with another stylish and slim laptop, this one being the Yoga IdeaPad 710S Plus. There's a lot to like about this model, not the least of which is its crisp display and slim bezels, multiple processor options, and fingerprint reader. The laptop, at first glance, greatly resembles some other Lenovo products, but in what way does it make itself unique? Read our full review to find out!

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Surface Pro Review 2017

Surface Pro Review 2017

The Surface Pro Review we have here passes judgement on the Surface Pro released in June of 2017, as first outlined earlier this year. With the newest version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft made an equivalent to the iMac G4 by combining two important elements. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is both enjoyable to use in a unique way, and it’s reliable. The unique/enjoyable factor comes from the keyboard attachment – the one that doesn’t come standard with the Surface itself.

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Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Review (2017): Cheap and mostly cheerful

Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Review (2017): Cheap and mostly cheerful

Lenovo has released the second-generation version of its ThinkPad 13, a business ultrabook with the same no-nonsense style we've come to know and love. Unlike some ultrabooks, the ThinkPad 13 packs a bunch of ports that (most likely can) cover all of your workday needs, tossing other features on top including a fingerprint sensor and customizable hardware. Is the latest version worth the upgrade? Read on to find out!

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Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo has updated its Yoga 700 product line with a new model, the Lenovo Yoga 720. This model is best described as sleek, silver and slim, if you'll forgive the alliteration, and it comes with a sub-$1,000 price. There's a lot to like about this laptop, and you can spot some of them upon first glance -- the ultra-slim bezels are a great start, as is the ultra-flexible hinge. Is the latest Yoga model worth the upgrade, though? Read our full review to find out!

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Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Imagine pulling a laptop out of its box for the first time, only to worry that it may not include a battery due to its insanely light weight. That was my first thought when I retrieved the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th generation) from its box. It's hard to imagine that this laptop is powered by anything other than thin air, mostly because it's hard to imagine there's an entire set of hardware -- including a battery, of course -- inside this thin and light body. What kind of sacrifices had to be made to produce such a svelte laptop? Surprisingly few, it turns out.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 510S Windows 10 Laptop Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 510S Windows 10 Laptop Review

The spring semester is well underway, and perhaps you're realizing it's time for a new laptop. The market is full of general purpose laptops, the kind you can use for school, work, and fun and not feel like you're making a sacrifice in any of those categories. One of the newest among them is Lenovo's IdeaPad 510S, a portable 14-inch notebook with a bunch of configuration options and an attractive, if not modest, design. How does it compete against other models in its price range? Read our review to find out!

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Lenovo YOGA 710 15″ Convertible Windows 10 Laptop Review

Lenovo YOGA 710 15″ Convertible Windows 10 Laptop Review

Lenovo has a new flexible laptop in its Yoga lineup, the Yoga 710 15-inch convertible. This model is, first and foremost, a traditional laptop, but with a little extra flavor — a flexible hinge that can fold the display back into a full tablet mode. That flexibility is welcomed, but how does the laptop as a whole hold up to everyday usage?

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Lenovo X260 Laptop Review: Insanely long battery life

Lenovo X260 Laptop Review: Insanely long battery life

If you liked Lenovo's X250 laptop, you'll love its newer X260 model. All the best things about the X250 are back in Lenovo's X260, including the crazy long battery life that can, in some cases, get users through a full day of work with charge to spare. As you'd expect, though, these two models aren't entirely alike, and those who pick up the X260 are getting a newer beast. Is it worth the upgrade? Read our review to find out!

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Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo has an update to its previously launched (and quite gorgeous) YOGA 900, and it is called the YOGA 910. This new model is no less beautiful than its 900 counterpart, bringing with it all the luxurious underpinnings and elements of the 900 with some notable updates, including a fully CNC-machined aluminum body and a 7th-gen Intel processor. Is the 910 worth the extra cost over the older 900? Read on to find out.

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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

Anticipation is a dangerous thing, and expectations around the long-awaited redesign of the Apple MacBook Pro for late 2016 were almost preternaturally high. Beloved workhorse of graphic designers, video editors, coders, and others wedded to the macOS ecosystem, any change to the MacBook Pro was going to be contentious. All the same, even stoic, self-confident Apple was seemingly rocked by the fierce reaction to features like Thunderbolt 3 and the brand new Touch Bar.

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Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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