Ultrabooks, shmultrabooks. Mobile or otherwise, gamers know there is no substitute for a massive slab of expensive and power-hungry hardware. As a result, Origin PC has implemented a straightforward tactic to grant laptops hairier chests: cram in an honest to goodness desktop CPU. Yep, Origin’s EON15-X packs a full-fledged “Devil’s Canyon” Intel Core i7 along a GeForce GTX 980M GPU into a relatively modest 15-inch laptop.
The Razer Blade has earned a solid reputation among those looking for a lightweight gaming notebook, but what if your mobile gaming rig also doubles as your productivity machine? Razer would encourage you to check out the new Blade Pro which is powered by a quad-core Core i7, SSD/HDD combo, and a generous 17.3-inch display which affords the real estate necessary for the highlight of the notebook, Razer’s Switchblade UI.
Designed for high-end gaming, the Alienware 15 packs powerful hardware rivalling decent gaming desktops. To make sure we got the message that they mean business, Dell sent us the top-spec model to review: 15.6-inch Ultra HD display, a GeForce GTX 980M dedicated GPU, a Core i7-4710HQ processor, 16 GB RAM, and 1.5 TB of storage split between a hard drive and SSD. This is one seriously powerful laptop.
The ideal Windows laptop is very hard to find but the new XPS 13 ticks most boxes. It has a 13-inch display with a very slim bezel, the aluminium shell with a carbon fibre-style interior looks pretty darn good, there's a new Intel Broadwell Core i5 under the hood, and excellent battery life. The XPS 13 is a return to form for Dell in a big way.
(Updated) Lenovo has released an automatic Superfish removal tool. In addition, the company updated their statement regarding the Superfish adware controversy acknowledging the security risks and stating the company is now "focused on fixing" their mistake.
Now that low-power Intel Broadwell Core M CPUs are out, Lenovo is back with a refresh of the ThinkPad Helix, their detachable tablet-laptop hybrid. The new Helix offers a similar feature set than its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it's now 15% slimmer and will last several hours longer on battery. It's also over $500 cheaper than the original.
With the new Alienware 13 you get a gaming-class portable machine with the added benefit of connecting the Graphics Amplifier. The Amplifier houses a standard desktop GPU and power supply. When it’s plugged in, the mobile GPU in the laptop is disabled, and all the graphics power comes from the Amplifier, improving graphics performance substantially.