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14 Things You Can Do in Windows 10 That You Couldn't Do in Windows 8

Did you hear there’s a new version of Windows in town? If your Windows 8-toting friends ask you exactly what you can do with the new Windows 10 that they can’t do on their own machines, here’s what to tell them. These are some of the best new features and functions Microsoft has added to its all-encompassing operating… »7/31/15 10:04am7/31/15 10:04am

The Ultimate Guide to Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to give the impression that you’ve been using Windows 10 for years, learning a few keyboard shortcuts is the best way to go about it—you can navigate around the interface, get apps in position, trigger events, change settings and more with a couple of taps on your keyboard. Here are the shortcuts we’ve… »7/29/15 10:00am7/29/15 10:00am

Settings Are Better in Windows 10, But That's Not Saying Much

Computer settings in Windows 8 were a hot mess: they were split between PC Settings and Control Panel, two completely separate ways to change most settings, but with enough differences that you had to use both. Windows 10 makes things better, but I still wouldn’t give the engineers a gold star. »7/28/15 11:15pm7/28/15 11:15pm

How to Disable Notifications By App or Time in Windows 8.1

We’re a month away from Windows 10, but while you wait for Microsoft’s newest OS to come down the pipe there are still plenty of tricks to learn for Windows 8.1 (and they’ll stand you in good stead once the next version does appear). Here’s how to take more control over system notifications. »6/24/15 9:47am6/24/15 9:47am

HP Fixed Everything Wrong With Its Budget-Friendly Detachable Notebook

It’s hard to build a cheap two-in-one PC that doesn’t have something fundamentally wrong with it. Believe us, we’ve looked—lower end convertibles usually have bad screens, flimsy hinges or sell essential accessories separately. Then something like the new 10-inch HP Pavilion x2 comes along. It’s small, costs only $300… »6/18/15 8:00am6/18/15 8:00am

The Best Transforming Windows Laptop Under $500

People always ask me which laptop to buy. They want it all—a powerful processor, long battery life, lots of storage, and yes, a fancy way to transform into a touchscreen tablet. And they want it for $400. Usually, I convince them to buy an $800 laptop instead. But what if you’re truly strapped for cash? How close can… »6/13/15 2:30pm6/13/15 2:30pm

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 Review: Just Ignore The Word "Pro"

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You want a laptop that looks nice. Asus understands that. That’s why the company has tried so hard to build a better MacBook. The ZenBook line has given birth to many beautiful, powerful, desirable machines that offer PC people a chance to preen—even when they’re surrounded by MacBooks at their local cafe.
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HP Spectre x360 Review: My New Favorite Backflipping Windows Laptop

“Oooh, what’s that?” It’s the reaction I get every time I pull out the new HP Spectre x360 in a coffee shop. It hasn’t failed yet. Java fiends always want to know where I got such a good-looking laptop—and they’re always surprised when I tell them the answer. But the truly surprising thing about HP’s new Spectre is… »4/13/15 10:50am4/13/15 10:50am

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi Review: Won't Win Hearts, Will Turn Heads

So you want a laptop that turns into a tablet. No kidding! Plenty of people are jazzed by the idea of having a slate for sharing, plus a solid keyboard for typing. And the new Asus T300 Chi sure looks like a great pick: for just $700 you get a great looking PC that—both halves combined—is thinner than a MacBook Air. »3/23/15 4:42pm3/23/15 4:42pm

HP’s Spectre x360 Might Be The Best Transforming Laptop I’ve Ever Seen

Milled aluminum. All-day battery life. Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. A bitchin' keyboard, and a large, clickable trackpad with excellent multitouch response. If you didn't know any better, you'd think I was describing a MacBook Air. I'm not—I'm talking HP's Spectre x360, a gorgeous premium convertible PC that… »3/01/15 7:00am3/01/15 7:00am

Use OneDrive to Sync Settings Across All Your Windows 8.1 Devices

If you use more than one desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows 8.1 then you can use Microsoft's OneDrive platform to sync some settings across all of these devices, from the background wallpaper to the passwords stored in your browser. Here's how to configure the feature and to switch it off if you don't want… »2/17/15 2:00pm2/17/15 2:00pm