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Is this the MacBook we've been waiting for? Gizmag reviews Apple's new 12-inch MacBook (Ph...

After more than four years of identical-looking MacBook Airs, Apple finally made a next-generation MacBook that ticks all those boxes we've been asking for. The "new MacBook" is lighter and thinner than the Air, but also has a Retina Display like its bigger "Pro" sibling. But is this laptop ready for primetime? Join Gizmag, as we review the new 12-inch Retina MacBook.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of Samsung's latest Ativ Book 9 Ultrabook with last...

Ultrabook design has been at a standstill for the last few years, but Samsung is set to break the mold with its 2015 Ativ Book 9. Let's take a look at the features and specs of the new Samsung Ultrabook vs. the 2014 (11-in) MacBook Air.  Read More

Samsung's Ativ Book 9 (2015) is a ridiculously light and thin laptop (Photo: Will Shanklin...

The original MacBook Air (and its 2010 design refresh) was ahead of its time, and spurred a storm of copycats on the Windows side of the aisle. But in the last couple of years Ultrabooks, including the MacBook Air, haven't been changing much – at least from a design standpoint. But Samsung's new Ativ Book 9 (2015) is really something to behold ... or rather, something to hold.  Read More

The X1 Carbon was one of the new devices announced by Lenovo at CES 2015 (Photo: Lenovo)

ThinkPad is a name with some history behind it that shows no signs of slowing down, even after two decades, the sale of the laptop and tablet line to Lenovo from IBM, and Apple's more successful co-opting of the word "pad" as a suffix in the name of its hit tablet. To kick off CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week, Lenovo announced a refresh of its 14-inch ThinkPad ultrabook and the ThinkPad Stack, a collection of stackable accessories to increase the capabilities of a tablet or notebook.  Read More

With dedicated graphics and a 4K display, the new NX500 Ultrabook from Asus has a lot goin...

Asus has announced the latest iteration of its respected Zenbook line of high-end Ultrabooks. Know as the NX500, the new machine features a range of top shelf specs including dedicated graphics, advanced storage configurations and an impressive 4K display.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the (early 2014) 11-in MacBook Air, an extremely incremental update to Appl...

At Gizmag, we often review brand spankin' new devices that sit on the cutting edge of technology. Other products we review are little more than incremental updates over their predecessors. And then there's the 2014 MacBook Air, a device that gives new meaning to the word "incremental." Read on, as we share our quick impressions of the ever-so-slightly updated 11-in MacBook Air.  Read More

The Toshiba Kira is a high-spec Ultrabook

The Kira is aimed at being Toshiba's "ultimate Ultrabook." The company used that very phrase when it announced the device in January. With that in mind, one should expect something pretty special. Gizmag took a look to see how it measured up to that promise.  Read More

Gizmag's pick of the best laptops of 2013

As I type this round-up of top laptops on my own Windows portable desktop replacement, I can't help thinking that maybe it's time for an upgrade. It seems like only yesterday that dual-core processors, 500 GB hard drives, a couple of hours of portable use and screen resolutions of 1366 x 768 were at the very tip of every salesperson's tongue. But these days such machines would probably have a hard time attracting flies. 2013 has been a year of high performance, low power processors, long battery life, and stunning displays. Read on for a selection of top performers that have caused Gizmag's heart to skip a beat or two.  Read More

The If Convertible transforms from an ultrabook, to a tablet, to a smartphone

After a series of legal wrangles derailed the 2003 release of the Xentex Flip-Pad, a dual-screen laptop with independently-pivoting screens, former Xentex founder and CEO Jeff Batio has climbed back on the horse and is preparing to launch an updated version. The If Convertible is a mobile device that flips and folds to transform from a dual-screen ultrabook to a tablet, with one screen also detaching to serve as a smartphone.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface 2 (left) and Surface Pro 2

The Microsoft Surface has been, by just about any measure, a commercial flop. When your company writes off US$900 million in unsold stock, well, that writing is on the wall. But that doesn't mean the first-generation Surface and Surface Pro haven't made some customers very happy. If you're part of that, ahem, "elite" group, or think you might be sometime soon, do you spring for the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2? Join Gizmag, as we compare Microsoft's second round of hybrid tablets.  Read More

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