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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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Entry-level MacBook Pro’s SSD can be replaced

Entry-level MacBook Pro’s SSD can be replaced

The highlight of Apple’s MacBook press event is undoubtedly the laptop’s new Touch Bar, and the abundance of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. But not all MacBook Pros are created equal, and there is one model that at the expense of a less expensive price tag, eschews the Touch Bar. This entry-level MacBook Pro, however, might have one more advantage in addition to the larger battery. It might also be possible to more easily upgrade its SSD storage. With a bit of work, of course.

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New MacBook Pros limited to 16GB RAM, slower speeds on two Thunderbolt ports

New MacBook Pros limited to 16GB RAM, slower speeds on two Thunderbolt ports

Most are in agreement that the new MacBook Pros Apple unveiled last week are quite impressive, barring any concerns about the loss of USB ports and a future filled with dongles. However, some eagle-eyed users have noticed that the new laptops feature a maximum of 16GB of RAM, a surprise considering the price of the high-end 15-inch model, and concerning for professionals who need the all the power they can get.

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MacBook Pro vs Razer Blade Pro: stranger things have happened

MacBook Pro vs Razer Blade Pro: stranger things have happened

The strangest thing happened yesterday: Apple released a MacBook Pro with a feature I'd have expected from a company like Razer. While Razer just released their own Razer Blade Pro with a 17-inch display and highest-end gear inside, the MacBook Pro had a new, extra display. This display has touch capabilities working with a variety of apps, and will be ready for games (and such) soon. Does this mean that Apple is taking more chances than the proprietors of the gaming cult?

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New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

After a long - some might say interminable - wait, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is here, and it’s proving to be controversial. Unveiled this week is the Cupertino firm’s vision of how touch and notebooks can co-exist, and it’s a very different interpretation compared to the 2-in-1’s and convertibles we’ve seen in Windows land. Not all the new MacBook Pro models are created equal, however, and it’s the new, $1,499 entry-level model which has landed first on the SlashGear test bench.

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New MacBook Pro hands-on

New MacBook Pro hands-on

Somehow both familiar and fresh, the new MacBook Pro is more than the sum of its parts: there's some witchcraft in here, too. I've spent some hands-on time with Apple's new flagship notebook, just announced at the company's Cupertino HQ in California today, and it's the upgrade many Mac users have been waiting with middling degrees of patience. More importantly, it feels like the final piece of Apple's argument against touchscreen notebooks and 2-in-1s.

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Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Pros this morning, and as has been predicted, the laptop's row of function keys has been replaced with a touchscreen running above the remaining keyboard. It's official name is the "Touch Bar," and it offers context-sensitive buttons on a Retina display that supports gestures as well as taps. Plus, Touch ID has been integrated into the power button, on the far right.

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Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

When I reviewed the original Razer Blade Stealth earlier this year, I suggested it was the "true MacBook alternative". I stand by that claim, and go one further: Razer has out-done Apple in one key area. At a time when Apple is taking upwards 2-3 years to bring a refresh to their MacBooks, Razer just released 2 in 1. Less than a year after release, the Razer has another Razer Blade Stealth with upgraded specs.

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New MacBook Pro could have USB-C with MagSafe feature

New MacBook Pro could have USB-C with MagSafe feature

USB-C might be great and the future of connectors, but for MacBook owners, it's somewhat of a step backwards. Apple has long had a reversible port and while the USB-C finally makes that a standard everywhere, it lacks one particular MacBook feature: MagSafe. That is pretty much what fans of the MacBook Pro are dreading in Apple's upcoming press event, but famed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo might offer them some reassurance. According to him, while the MacBook Pros will indeed use UBS-C ports only for power, they might also include a "MagSafe-like" adapter.

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Apple event to focus on new MacBooks, not iMac, says analyst

Apple event to focus on new MacBooks, not iMac, says analyst

In case you haven't heard, Apple has one of its secretive media events scheduled for October 27th, using the phrase "Hello Again" as the teaser. For months now it's been expected that Apple would hold such a fall event to introduce new, non-iOS related hardware, possibly including anything from the Mac lineup, from the MacBook Air to a new Mac Pro. Well, Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with one of best track records when it comes to Apple predictions, has chimed in to say that we should keep our expectations set for new laptops only.

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Razer Blade Pro refresh beefed to battle MacBook Pro

Razer Blade Pro refresh beefed to battle MacBook Pro

The Razer Blade Pro has been re-revealed with more power than it's had before in a chassis that's just the same. This refresh of the notebook has a 17.3-inch G-Sync-ready IGZO UHD display (3840 x 2160). It also has a brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU under the hood.

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Lenovo Yoga Book Review: The road warrior’s future

Lenovo Yoga Book Review: The road warrior’s future

I’ve been using Lenovo’s new Yoga Book the last couple of days, and it’s hard not to love this ultra-compact, sleek, and versatile tablet with a twist. This isn’t what you’d call a one trick pony, but instead a multi-talented 2-in-1 to help you stay more productive on the go. Trust me, clocking in over 250,000 air miles this year alone, I know a thing or two about staying productive on the move.

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