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The Best Cheap Laptop Under $250

Buying a cheap laptop can feel like a gamble. You might get lucky and find a machine with a good keyboard that isn’t slower than a tortoise-snail crossbreed... or you might get saddled with a cheap piece of crap that cries when you load a browser or try to open WordPerfect because Word is just too much. Yes, you get… » 6/30/15 1:40pm 6/30/15 1:40pm

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 9:47am 6/24/15 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 8:00am 6/18/15 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 2:30pm 6/13/15 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 10:50am 4/13/15 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 4:42pm 3/23/15 4:42pm

HP Stream Mini Review: A Deceptively Capable Tiny Desktop for Just $180

Back in the '90s, you could buy a bargain-brand Gateway or eMachines PC for about $400. They were everywhere. Everybody's grandma got in on the action. They were also, objectively, pretty crappy computers. That's more true now than ever. Why? Because now we have the $180 HP Stream Mini. That's why. » 3/18/15 2:05pm 3/18/15 2:05pm

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 7:00am 3/01/15 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 2:00pm 2/17/15 2:00pm

​Microsoft, Please Don't Give Up on the Future

It wasn't long ago that Microsoft started a bold charge into future. A new touch-friendly operating system, a transforming, first party tablet-computer, a game console designed not just to play games but to take over your TV. But now, Microsoft is in full retreat, and we're at risk of losing all the great stuff that… » 5/14/14 3:36pm 5/14/14 3:36pm