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ASUS NovaGo and HP ENVY x2 hands-on: Snapdragon’s Windows stars

ASUS NovaGo and HP ENVY x2 hands-on: Snapdragon’s Windows stars

Welcome to the familiar: I've just spent some time with the first Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices, HP's ENVY x2 and ASUS's NovaGo, and they're both new and old in one. Unveiled today at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit, the two new ultraportables - one a 2-in-1, and the other a detachable tablet - promise a whole new way of working on the move. In your hands, though, they feel much like the Windows 10 machines we've already seen.

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HP ENVY x2 takes on Surface Pro with Snapdragon 835

HP ENVY x2 takes on Surface Pro with Snapdragon 835

Want a Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptop, but prefer a Surface Pro style form-factor? HP has just the answer, the HP ENVY x2, a Snapdragon 835 based Windows detachable. It promises an incredible up to 20 hours of battery life.

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ASUS NovaGo Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptop has 22hr battery

ASUS NovaGo Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptop has 22hr battery

The Snapdragon 835 is moving onto its next target: always connected PCs, first with the $599 ASUS NovaGo. Having found its way into more than 120 mobile devices since it launched last year, Qualcomm's chipset is now looking to larger form-factors, along with a tight partnership with Microsoft. That means Windows 10 on laptops, 2-in-1s, and tablets that have significantly longer battery life than any Intel or AMD-powered machine.

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Lenovo V730 leak: a business laptop that isn’t a ThinkPad

Lenovo V730 leak: a business laptop that isn’t a ThinkPad

Ever since it acquired IBM’s PC business, the ThinkPad has become Lenovo’s standard bearer for its business-class laptops. While it does have its own laptops, including the Yoga and the new V series, those have been relegated to other purposes and features, like gaming, affordability, or flexibility. It seems, however, that the world’s biggest PC vendor is going to mix things up a bit with a new Lenovo V730 that will have all the specs for a business laptop but without the Thinkpad branding.

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Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Microsoft has never had good luck with its own hardware outside of the Xbox. And when it did strike gold, the company may have suddenly decided to take things in a different direction. Rumors of the Surface Pro’s imminent demise and the OEM fallout that might follow has some 2-in-1 fans worried. Fortunately, a rather daring startup based in Finland, once considered the leader in innovation, not only picked up the torch but even did what no OEM would dare do: ask users directly what they wanted. And thus the Eve V was born. And now we get to take a deep look to see if they were able to deliver.

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uBreakiFix to offer out of warranty Google Pixelbook replacements

uBreakiFix to offer out of warranty Google Pixelbook replacements

Google’s own Chromebooks have never really been on the “cheap” side but the Pixelbook takes it to a whole new level. The latest Chrome OS flagship easily costs $999 at its most basic configuration. With higher prices come higher risks and higher desires to protect that investment. uBreakiFix, who has been offering walk-in, same-day repairs for both generations of Pixel phones, has struck yet another partnership with Google on the Pixelbook. This time, however, there’s a bit of a twist.

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Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google began planning a new sort of notebook that allows more than one person to experience the same device in different rooms. The device is a laptop computer which detaches in the middle - and both the lower half and the upper half can work independent of one another. These two computers can also act as one, the lower half converting into a touchscreen keypad whilst not in use for other activities.

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Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

The status-quo in laptops has been upended. The MacBook Pro, once the darling of what seemed like every mobile user, has soured many with Apple’s resolute transition to next-generation ports and continued rejection of touchscreen displays. Microsoft, meanwhile, has demonstrated an unforeseen level of design creativity that borders on the obsessional, pumping out Surface hardware that has many macOS users second-guessing their platform of choice. And then there’s the Google Pixelbook running Chrome OS, a notebook both blessed and cursed.

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Gigabyte Aero 15X Review (Late 2017, GTX 1070)

Gigabyte Aero 15X Review (Late 2017, GTX 1070)

Over the past few weeks we've been testing the Gigabyte Aero 15X gaming notebook. This is one of the newest in new gaming notebooks - as such, it is not part of the "massive performance means massive hardware" families of the past. This machine also boasts a few other features that make it unique - like long battery life, a highly decent display (with TINY bezels) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics inside.

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Surface Book 2 drains battery while gaming even when plugged in

Surface Book 2 drains battery while gaming even when plugged in

Between the two, the Surface Book 2 is supposed to be more powerful than the Surface Pro, whose main selling point is portable productivity. It seems, however, that Microsoft may have artificially leveled the playing field a bit by giving the Surface Book 2 a handicap. Running its own tests, The Verge confirms complaints about battery drain issues when using the Surface Book 2 for graphics-intensive tasks, like gaming, even when it’s connected to the official charger. Reading between the lines of Microsoft’s response, it is all by design.

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Eve V 2-in-1 computer is coming: 5 things to know about it

Eve V 2-in-1 computer is coming: 5 things to know about it

It almost feels like there’s nothing that can be done for the 2-in-1 tablet form factor started by ASUS and then popularized by the Microsoft Surface Pro. After all, how much can you cram inside such a thin space without making it as unwieldy as a laptop? In two weeks, Finland-based Eve Tech will be proving the industry wrong by finally selling the Eve V computer to the public, challenging the status quo, not to mention the Surface Pro, not just in features but also in the way products can be made.

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Surface Book 2 iFixit teardown unsurprisingly scores low

Surface Book 2 iFixit teardown unsurprisingly scores low

It might be a depressing future for third-party repair centers, but we’re seeing a strong trend among devices year after year. They are becoming more integrated, more compact, and harder to take apart. Granted, unlike desktops, smartphones and tablets usually aren’t designed to be upgradeable and OEMs naturally frown on unauthorized (and therefore unprofitable for them) repairs. So it is really no surprise that the new Surface Book 2, a half step up from the first model two years ago, scored very low on iFixit’s repairability scale. The one saving grace is that it didn’t do worse than the Surface Laptop.

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