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You might think all the signs of AMD’s rise in the CPU world this year may have cramped Intel’s style a bit. But, that was before the latter’s most recent financial results, which show the company is making good progress in a PC market which has been slumping for a long time now.

For the quarter running up to July, Intel’s PC division (Client Computing Group – which covers everything from desktops through laptops, hybrids and tablets, as well as mobiles) was up a strong 12%, raking in $8.2 billion (around £6.3 billion, AU$10.3 billion) for the coffers.

Compare that to Gartner’s latest figures for the overall PC market, which showed a drop of 4.3% year-on-year – and the lowest recorded shipment numbers in a decade.

Of course, in recent times we’ve been hearing a lot about AMD taking back processor market share driven by the popularity of its consumer-targeted Ryzen chips, but it seems that Intel is managing to brush off this assault (at least for the three months up to and including June).

New eSports reality

And unsurprisingly, Intel is talking up its game going forward, particularly in the enthusiast gaming arena, where the company is investing in both VR and eSports big-time. The firm’s VR Challenger League aims to give pro gamers specializing in virtual reality titles a chance to show off their skills and win big.

Naturally, there’s also the next generation of processors on the near horizon, with Intel claiming 30% gains on Kaby Lake (in SYSmark 2014 benchmarking).

Intel is also continuing to dominate when it comes to flogging chips to the data center market, recording a revenue of $4.4 billion (around £3.4 billion, AU$5.5 billion), a 9% increase year-on-year. Incidentally, the firm’s total Q2 revenue was $14.8 billion (around £11.3 billion, AU$18.6 billion) which is again a 9% increase compared to the same period last year, and a new record quarterly revenue.

All this paints quite a different picture compared to last year, when Intel made some big cuts in the spring, laying off just over 10% of its global workforce in restructuring measures.

Lest we get too carried away with the trumpet blowing in favor of Intel, we did see earlier this month that the company seems to be at least somewhat worried about AMD’s impact with recent advances, at least going by some of the dubious marketing tactics it’s engaging in on the server CPU front.

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HP’s newly updated Pavilion All-in-One 24 has an impressively thin profile.

Measuring only a scant 8.5mm thick, HP Pavilion All-in-One 24-x020 even gives the Surface Studio a run for its money. HP claims the updated chassis is 40% thinner than the previous generation.

In order to create such a svelte design, HP packed all the hardware into a bottom rear chamber. This leaves half of the PCs chassis to be nothing more than a thin frame and touchscreen display. You can bet this design will also be a nightmare to upgrade, though, the good news is users will have a great starting place with the HP Pavilion All-in-One 24-x020’s configuration. 

Onboard there’s a 7th generation quad-core AMD A12 processor paired with AMD Radeon R7 graphics, a Full HD 23.8-inch display, 12GB of DDR4 memory and an 1TB hard drive. As with some of HP’s previous AiO desktops, this one features a pop-up web cam, fabric line speakers and a nearly bezel-less display. 

Pricing has yet to be announced and availability have yet to be announced, but we’ll update this post with new details as soon as we hear more.

Back to school fever

Alongside the top of line model, HP also introduced two new HP Pavilion AiO desktops for back to school with 24- and 27-inch models.

These models aren’t nearly as luxurious and feature a more curvaceous profile. Still, at least on paper, they both look to be solid platforms for media consumption and everyday computing with 1080p IPS displays and large hard drives.

The HP Pavilion AiO 24-r014 sits at the bottom run with an Intel Core i5-7400T processor and integrated graphics, 12GB of RAM and a 2TB HDD. Meanwhile, the HP Pavilion AiO 27-r014 comes outfitted with a faster Intel Core i7-7700T CPU and integrated graphics, 16GB of RAM, plus an 1TB hard drive with 16GB of Optane memory – which should give it a small injection of SSD-like loading speeds.

The starting price for HP’s two back to school Pavilion AiO desktops will begin at $749 (about £575, AU$940).

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It appears Chromebooks are pumping the brakes on the built-in “OK Google” voice search command to make room for Google Assistant.

The Chrome OS-powered laptops look to be depreciating the voice feature used for basic searches, according to repositories spotted by Chrome Unboxed. And with this shift, Google Assistant appears primed to take over for users’ Google-related needs.

Previously, users could go through their Chromebook’s settings to setup instant search via an “OK, Google” prompt, but the report claims this functionality is taking a back seat to a more front-and-center process for the feature-heavy Google Assistant.

Since activating voice search and Google Assistant use the same hotwords, it’s likely Google is phasing out voice search to reduce confusion over the identical phrases on the Chromebook platform.

It’s too early to tell how close Google is to dropping its Assistant on Chromebooks, but as rumors also point towards Google potential working on a new ‘Eve’ model of its own, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the tech giant make some assistant-related moves sooner than later.

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When Apple launched the game-changing iPhone, many people in the business world – including Microsoft’s CEO at the time, Steve Ballmer – sneered at it. It didn’t have a keyboard, was expensive, and didn’t even have 3G in its original form. A lot has changed since then, and the numerous updates and tweaks that Apple has made and apps that have been released have turned it into the perfect on-the-go smartphone for business.

The App Store is the main driver behind the surge in productivity on Apple’s mobile devices, but it has become very crowded – more than 2 million iPhone apps at the last count – and finding exactly the right apps can be difficult.

Which is exactly why we’ve compiled this list of the brightest and best business apps for the iPhone, including email, messaging and other productivity apps.

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Since Microsoft reluctantly brought the Office suite – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and so on – to the iPhone (and iPad), the apps have been getting better and better.

The suite, which is broken down into separate apps, initially needed an Office 365 account to do many tasks – like editing documents – but that has since changed and Office is now the best way to create, edit, and distribute documents on an iPhone.

Everything syncs to the cloud and documents created on a Windows PC or Mac can be opened and edited seamlessly. It’s the best of the best for productivity and even beats out Apple’s own iWork suite.

For those who want a more Google-y experience – or, most likely, rely on Google services – the company has a good set of apps for the iPhone which do pretty much what you’d expect.

The Google Docs app, which is free and does not require a subscription, can be used to edit, export, and view documents (among other things), making it the perfect way to interact with Google’s productivity software.

The Docs suite is incorporated into one application which can be used to create word, spreadsheet, or presentation documents. Google has worked hard to make it as smooth and seamless as possible and the results are impressive.

The Wolfram Alpha app is a mobile version of the website and it can be used to do almost any task. Unlike Google, which can add, subtract and so on, Wolfram Alpha can work out dates, times, food, complex mathematical equations, the weather and so on. The list is endless.

The app costs £2.99 ($2.99 in the US, which is just under AUS$4) – there is also a subscription option which adds extra utilities – and is a valuable asset if you need to quickly work out something obscure, like how many days away a specific date is or, you know, the physical properties of white pine wood!

Having a dedicated PDF reader can come in handy and Adobe does it best. The Adobe Acrobat Reader app, which is absolutely FREE, can be used to make edits and comments on PDFs, and much more.

The software can also be used in conjunction with an Abode account, which adds various high-end features like the ability to export files into different formats. Apple does provide a PDF reader in most apps, such as Mail, but having a third-party app can come in handy if you look at, edit, and receive a lot of them.

Speaking of PDFs (see the previous page), one of the iPhone’s biggest flaws is not being able to create them from an image. Luckily, Genius Scan – another free app – has you covered.

The app has various different options and offers guidance on the best settings – camera position, lighting, and so on – for creating crystal clear PDFs, which can then be sent via text, email, or another messaging app, or exported to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or elsewhere.

And Genius Scan can also organise PDFs within the app by tags, titles, and so on, making it ideal for creating and then storing large volumes of documents.

According to Google, Gmail now has more than 1 BILLION active users! There’s no doubt about it – Gmail is a goliath. Apple does offer support for the service in its own Mail app, but many users like having the Google-made app itself installed – mainly because it comes with a number of considerable added benefits.

The biggest advantage of using Google’s own app is that it integrates directly with other Google services, like Docs or Calendar. Invitations can be answered right within the app while Google+ posts become interactive inside Gmail.

The app has the full range of achieving, tagging, labelling and categorisation features you’d expect, and is quite simply much better than Apple’s built-in client.

Slack, the enterprise messaging app, has over three million daily active users, and is spreading to more and more workplaces around the world as companies move past email, which is now seen as slow and hierarchical, for a friendlier solution.

Having Slack on the iPhone is a big bonus and can help with staying in touch on the move, which is essentially what the app is designed to do.

Private and team chats are kept intact, notifications sync between devices, and even the read messages go across, which is especially useful if your team works around the globe and you often wake up to hundreds of new missives.

MailChimp is useful for anyone who wants to distribute an email newsletter to a number of people. The service, which launched in 2001, sends billions per month on behalf of its users and is free for anyone who doesn’t have a massive mailing list.

The iPhone app, which is a free download, does many of the same things as the desktop client but in a miniature format. Lists can be checked, created, edited and emails sent to recipients. Analytics for emails – who opened it, where, and so on – can also be viewed, giving valuable insights on-the-go.

For those who manage a mailing list via MailChimp, the iOS app is a good thing to have installed on your device.

Good to-do list apps are in high demand as the iPhone becomes more and more ingrained into our daily lives. Setting a reminder for long- or short-term goals, tasks, and objectives is an easy way to keep track of everything.

Apple recently beefed up its iOS-based offerings with a new Notes app, which features tick boxes, and a refreshed Reminders app. While these two efforts are good they don’t come anywhere near Things 3, which has apps across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Things is, essentially, the king of all to-do apps with a list of features that is too lengthy to go into fully, but starts at simple cross-device syncing and ends somewhere around creating tasks that are labelled and repeat every other week. For people with lots to do, Things can’t be beaten.

Saving articles for offline use is handy in so many ways. Commuting, for example, is far more tolerable with a lengthy piece from The Atlantic, Financial Times, London Review of Books, or any other publication that is saved offline and therefore not subject to a spotty internet connection.

Pocket can also store videos and has the ability to sync, tag, and search the full text of any article if you get the monthly subscription option.

While Pocket may not be a business app in the truest sense of the word, it’s a valuable addition to any iPhone and makes the commute – or any other travel time, or perhaps your lunch break – much more interesting.

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Earlier this year, Blizzard said it was going to cease supporting Windows XP and Vista across its library of contemporary Battle.net games, and the company has just confirmed that this will happen on a rolling basis starting in October.

That means dropping support for World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, as well as Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm (Overwatch never supported these outdated operating systems anyway).

So what, you might think? Well, as we saw with the recent WannaCry outbreak, there are still around one in 14 PCs out there running Windows XP (and a small amount still on Vista), despite the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting XP over three years ago now (and Vista earlier this year).

And of course, there are still some people playing some of these games on older machines with these outdated operating systems (depending on the exact spec of the old PC, they may run well enough). We certainly saw complaints earlier this year from World of Warcraft players on XP who heard this move was incoming and weren’t too chuffed.

That said, Blizzard has obviously balanced up the numbers of folks playing its games on these platforms, and the effort/cost of continuing to support XP and Vista, and decided it was time to call it game over.

As the company explains: “There have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.”

Staggered switch-off

As mentioned, dropping support will be implemented on a rolling basis, in other words, a staggered schedule of one game at a time, rather than the whole lot at once. Blizzard says it will give folks a bit of advance warning of when a title is about to have support switched off.

Once that switch is flicked, the game in question will no longer run on Windows XP or Vista.

Even though this will come as a blow to some of the XP diehards out there, it’s true that given the age of this OS now, they should have been looking at a Windows upgrade some time back. Or perhaps a Linux sidestep (and emulation). If you’re connected to the net on a PC which isn’t receiving security patches, you really are taking a big risk.

Of course, this has also sparked chatter online concerning when Windows 7 might suffer the same fate, given the many stalwarts who have refused to upgrade to Windows 10 for a variety of reasons.

Microsoft’s extended support for Windows 7 will finish in 2020, so if you look at XP which has been abandoned three years after its extended date, that will put us in 2023 or thereabouts.

Via: Betanews

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The Raspberry Pi was a magical innovation with its highly-compact form-factor, but what if you made it bigger in order to give the thing more flexibility? That’s exactly what Gigabyte has done with a new mini-computer board, the larger size of which grants the benefit of selecting your own memory and storage (and indeed potentially upgrading these components at a later date).

Gigabyte has just revealed the specs of the GA-SBCAP3350, which has dimensions of 146 x 102mm (compared to the Raspberry Pi 3 at 85 x 56mm), and it comes with an Intel Celeron N3350 processor (dual-core with a clock speed of 1.1GHz and Turbo to 2.4GHz, with integrated HD Graphics 500). However, that CPU can’t be changed.

But you are free to employ whatever (supported) memory stick you want in the single channel DDR3L SO-DIMM slot, up to a maximum of 8GB (the CPU can’t cope with any more RAM than that).

And you get a mini PCIe slot to fit your choice of mSATA SSD, with a second slot for a half-length Wi-Fi card.

Plenty of ports

Connectivity includes dual Gigabit Ethernet connectors and a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and there are a further four USB 2.0 ports available via internal USB headers (along with various other headers including SATA, LPT/GPIO, LVDS and serial port headers).

For video output, you get a VGA port and HDMI, with the latter supporting 4K resolution at 30Hz.

Gigabyte also boasts that this miniature PC benefits from a 2X Copper PCB design and there’s a large aluminum heat spreader on the underside of the board, a combination that provides effective heat dissipation and better long-term reliability and lifespan.

While the company is pitching this board at commercial usage, looking at the full spec (and also considering that emphasis on reliability), there’s certainly no reason why this won’t make a great versatile board for the enthusiast computer tinkerer at home.

Unfortunately, there’s no confirmed launch date or price for the GA-SBCAP3350 just yet, but hopefully it’ll hit the market soon enough, and we can see how much it costs compared to the other Raspberry Pi-alikes out there (which are plentiful in number these days).

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The 2017 version of the Surface Pro (Microsoft has decided to dispense with version numbers) is a huge improvement on the previous iteration, showing that Microsoft has taken the time to listen to users and factor in their feedback on last year’s device.

The Intel Core i5 version, and the expected Core m3 edition of the Surface Pro are both fanless thanks to an improved thermal design, and battery life has been improved. The Surface Pro’s hinge has been improved too in response to comments from users, and can now bend back to a flatter 165-degree angle.

The Surface Pro’s accessories – the Surface Pen and Type Cover – have also had a major reworking. The Surface Pen offers far more degrees of sensitivity, plus lower latency and tilt detection for artists and designers, while the Type Cover now features deeper-set keys covered with a material the feels more pleasant to the touch. Neither of these peripherals are included with the Surface Pro as standard though, so you’ll have to buy them separately.

Latest updates

The Surface Pro’s launch hasn’t been entirely smooth, but Microsoft has responded quickly to users’ worries.

One problem involved the device entering a ‘Sleep’ state at random intervals, sometimes causing them to lose work if they haven’t been hitting the save button regularly. Thankfully, Microsoft was quick to respond and released a fix via the Windows Update Channel within days of the problem being reported. 

What’s coming next?

We recently saw a leaked version of Microsoft’s forthcoming Whiteboard app, which looks like a perfect fit for the new Surface Pro and Surface Pen. The app is essentially a collaborative drawing board for group brainstorming and doodling, and will include a customizable toolkit of pens, plus Bing image searches so you can find pictures for your presentations without opening your browser.

We’re also expecting lots of additions and improvements in the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update later this year.

One of the new tools coming soon is Windows Story Remix, which lets you combine lots of different media, including photos, 3D objects, videos and music, to create a mixed-reality presentation.

The Creator’s Update will also see the introduction of Fluid Design – a new design language created with accessibility in mind. Fluid Design will make greater use of touch and ink, as well as voice, gaze and gesture on devices like the new Surface Pro.

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Below, you’ll find some of the most useful and popular tips for your Microsoft Surface Pro. We’re always digging into the Surface Pro to find what’s new and interesting, so stay tuned for more tips.

Learn how to use Windows 10 

Your new Surface Pro will come with Windows 10 installed. It’s the best version of Windows yet, smoothly adapting when you change between tablet and laptop modes, and this guide will help you get the most from it.

We’ll show you how to use the new Cortana personal assistant, access all of Windows 10’s brilliant touchscreen features, keep your files safe with the built-in OneDrive cloud storage, customize your desktop and much more besides.

Download the best free software

Once you’ve paid for your new Surface Pro, as well as the Surface Pen and Touch Cover, you won’t want to spend even more money on software. Thankfully, there are brilliant free programs available that cover all the essentials.

Here you’ll find office software, media players, photo editors and security software, and none of them will cost you a penny.

Tweak Windows to suit you 

Once you’ve mastered the basics, these advanced tricks and tweaks will help you customize Windows 10 so your new Surface Pro works exactly how you want it to.

Discover how to make your Pro’s battery run longer on a single charge, save time with gesture controls, and change the default apps to your favorites.

When you open your new Surface Pro, all you’ll find is the tablet – no keyboard, pen, or other accessories – so you’ll need to make a few extra purchases to get the most from your new device.

These are the best deals on all the essentials for your Surface Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pen

The new Surface Pen is currently available to pre-order from the Microsoft Store for £99.99/US$99.99 (about AU$130). 

It now features tilt support for shading drawings, reduced lag, and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It will be available in four colors: silver, burgundy, black and cobalt blue.

Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Type Cover

The latest Type Cover is a marked improvement over the previous iteration – pleasant to use and more robust feeling. The new Alcantara fabric feels like it will stand the test of time, and Microsoft claims it looks better with age.

The keys pop back up with more force when pressed down too, making typing a more enjoyable experience.

Microsoft Surface Dial

The Surface Dial is an unusual little peripheral that sits on the screen of your Surface Pro, providing quick access to controls and shortcuts in your favorite apps. You can turn the Dial to scroll through web pages, control volume, rotate images, and switch between drawing tools.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition

This special edition of Microsoft’s stylish Arc Touch Mouse is designed to look smart paired with your new Surface Pro. It’s super lightweight at just 81.9g, works from up to 30 feet away, and can even be used on rough surfaces like wood and carpet.

The new Surface Pro is designed for use on the move, and the Surface Pen makes it a brilliant option for creative apps, entertainment and games. These are our top picks from the Microsoft Store.

Sketchable

Sketchable is a drawing and painting app that’s a perfect fit for your new Surface Pro. You can use the Surface Pen to create sketches from scratch, take and edit photos, and make quick notes.

If you’ve invested in the Surface Dial, you can switch between drawing tools and colors with a simple twist.

More advanced options, including layers, masks and transform tools, are available as in-app purchases.

Download here: Sketchable

Netflix

If you’re on the road with your Surface Pro, the Netflix app is the perfect way to keep yourself entertained. 

The app is free to use if you already have a Netflix account, and if not, you can use it to register for a one-month free trial. 

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have access to a huge selection of movies and TV shows. You can begin watching on your TV, then pick up where you left off using your Surface Pro when you’re away from home.

Download here: Netflix

Drawboard PDF

Drawboard PDF is another excellent companion for your new Surface Pro, Pen and Dial. It’s the easiest way to annotate documents and feels just like using paper and ink, making ideal for work and study alike.

You can also use the app to create new PDFs from scratch using text boxes, geometric shapes, photos, and hand drawings.

Dawboard PDF is available as a three-day free trial, after which the full app costs a modest £8.39/US$9.99/AU$14.95.

Buy here: Drawboard PDF

FIFA Mobile Football

FIFA Mobile Football is the perfect game for playing on the move. You don’t need a Surface Pen or other peripherals for this one – just your fingertips.

The famous FIFA football manager series has been going strong since 1993, but this is the first version specifically designed for mobile devices like your new Surface Pro. Take your pick from over 350 real teams, then guide them to success. You’ll learn how to obtain new players, adjust lineups on the fly, tweak tactics and master the art of rotation.

You can even join forces with other players as part of a multiplayer league, and take on the world’s best players in tournaments.

Download here: FIFA Mobile Football

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Google has unveiled Hire, a new way for businesses to find and hire job seekers within the familiar confines of G Suite.

Originally teased back in April, Hire lets employers keep tabs on potential candidates using familiar Google-made applications in place of other competing recruitment tools.

Hire syncs up directly with G Suite, allowing businesses to perform tasks like contacting candidates directly though Gmail, scheduling interview availability though Google Calendar, and tracking stats on potential employees through Sheets.

Intended for small-to-medium-sized businesses, Hire also keeps track of candidates that made an impression but didn’t make the cut, allowing employers to find “silver medal” applicants easier if another position suddenly opens up. 

G Suite-able for work

Though Hire hopes to expedite the hiring process, (a 2015 study claims the average time for US companies to fill a job position is 52 days) the use of Google accounts — both professional or personal — for tracking job hires did raise concerns earlier this year.

While syncing up Hire to a Google account is a major part of the process, a Google spokesperson assured TechRadar a few months back that “only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application.”

Interested employers in the US can purchase access to Hire or request a free demo beginning today. While any major business could possible benefit from Google’s new service, the tech giant says Hire is currently available only to businesses with under 1,000 employees.

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Cryptocurrency mining is the process of using GPUs to invest in, and profit from, the value of digital encrypted currencies. In recent times there has been something of a boom in the value of cryptocurrencies, meaning that ‘miners’ have been snapping up GPUs.

However, in the last few days there has been a swift decline in the value of both Bitcoin and Etherium, leading to many miners selling their GPUs. According to CoinDesk, there have been 260 entries on Ebay for “Etherium mining rig”, all bar three of which appeared online after July 11.

That date is significant because that’s the day after Etherium hit its peak of $400. To put that in context, it was only worth $10 a unit January 1. According to CoinDesk, the value of cryptocurrency has continued to plummet since. In the last 48 hours, the market has dropped over $10 billion in value.

Where’s my savings?

If you want to take advantage of the sudden glut of GPU’s on Ebay, you’re going to have to know what you’re looking at, as they are definitely packaged for the purpose of mining, even though they are essentially just powerful gaming GPUs.

It’s worth baring in mind that months (or years) of mining could shorten the life expectancy of graphics cards if they have been used a lot, but the savings you get may be worth the risk.

If plowing through mining rigs sounds like a lot of work, you may still see a discount in the price of GPUs in the coming months as the diminishing demand may well have a knock-on effect on GPU cost. 

If we see any difference in GPU prices, we will let you know. 

From CoinDesk

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Actualización: El exitoso fabricante chino de teléfonos inteligentes Huawei se ha aventurado por primera vez en el mundo de los portátiles de 13 pulgadas. Pero, ¿tiene la compañía lo que se necesita para desafiar la creciente demanda en la preferencia de Apple con su apetecido MacBook? ¡Sigue leyendo hasta el número 13 y descubre!

A pesar de que los expertos estuvieron discutiendo hace apenas algunos años sobre la salida de los computadores portátiles del mercado, junto con el resto de las PC, es innegable la permanencia de los mejores de ellos. De hecho, con el lanzamiento y disponibilidad en tiendas del Asus ZenBook Pro, el potente pero asequible portátil, está claro en este momento que las computadoras portátiles se acercan gradualmente a su edad de oro.

A pesar del furor que causaron las tabletas por lo que pareció un segundo, todavía hay una necesidad desenfrenada por los mejores computadores portátiles. Después de todo, nada grita comodidad como un teclado y trackpad incorporado y portabilidad como una pantalla plegable. Y a veces, como es el caso del próximo Asus ZenBook Flip S, que dobla y viene en un ángulo de 360 grados.

Ya sea que desees la autonomía de jugar tus juegos de PC favoritos en el camino al trabajo, o simplemente prefieres la eficacia de la redacción de documentos con un teclado físico de tamaño completo, los ordenadores portátiles superiores lo tienen todo. Un computador portátil es el único dispositivo que cumple a todos, tanto en productividad como en ocio. Después de todo, no hay nada como arroparse en la cama con una pantalla brillante y vívida como la del HP Specter x360.

Con híbridos, Ultrabooks, clamshells tradicionales y portátiles más portátiles que nunca, estos son los mejores ordenadores portátiles que puedes comprar. Para ir directamente a las reseñas y recomendaciones, consulte los siguientes enlaces:

Best laptops

El Dell XPS 13 predomina como el mejor portátil que puedes comprar hoy en día. Es un computador delgado y ligero, con una vida útil de batería que excede las 7 horas, el portátil insignia de Dell es el perfecto estereotipo para lo que un Ultrabook se supone que es. Extendiendo una pantalla de 13,3 pulgadas en un marco de 11 pulgadas, el Dell XPS 13 está equipado con los últimos procesadores de Kaby Lake de Intel y USB-C sin sacrificar los puertos restantes, como la ranura de la tarjeta SD y USB tradicional. Complementa con la opción de un moderno acabado en oro rosa, y así no debe ser ninguna sorpresa que el Dell XPS 13 es el número uno.

Lee la reseña completa: Dell XPS 13

El Razer Blade Stealth es un Ultrabook excepcional, limitado sólo en tratar de ser un portátil de juego competente. Sin una tarjeta gráfica discreta, el Razer Blade Stealth prácticamente requiere que también desembolses el costoso adjunto de Razer Core GPU. Este Ultrabook tiene un precio asequible, tiene la delantera contra los competidores dominantes, pero no te dejes engañar por su bajo costo. Con un procesador Core i7 de Intel Kaby Lake, el último Blade Stealth es más potente y eficiente que nunca. Mejor aún, este portátil puede cambiar la iluminación de cada tecla en su teclado y con más de 16,8 millones de colores para elegir. Si sólo tuviera más rapidez del teclado y una ranura de tarjeta SD, el Razer Blade Stealth sería mucho mejor.

Lee la reseña completa: Razer Blade Stealth

Originalmente comercializado como un Chromebook “premium” para competir con los gustos del Chromebook Pixel, no es difícil ver por qué estábamos escépticos respecto al primer Asus Chromebook Flip que revisamos. Los Chromebooks de gama alta se habían hecho antes, pero siempre a un coste excesivamente alto. Pero como Asus ha exhibido éxitosamente con el Chromebook Flip C302, puede reducir ese precio a la mitad y seguir fabricando una computadora portátil con Chrome OS, que se siente como si estuviera en un escalón superior. Organizado con un diseño magnífico, un teclado que se siente cómodo al tacto e incluso un factor de forma 2-en-1, el Asus Chromebook Flip demuestra que los Chromebooks pueden ser de gama alta sin ser desproporcionados.

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La versión de 13,3 pulgadas de la HP Specter x360 puede no tener la ranura para tarjetas SD de su hermana de 15,6 pulgadas, pero trae los mismos componentes poderosos internos en una forma más portátil. También se tiene el teclado que, con 1,3 mm de recorrido, se siente como una significativa mejora. Además de tener una duración de la batería de 8 horas y 45 minutos, el HP Specter x360 todavía no pesa más de 2,85 libras. Justo cuando pensamos que no había una computadora portátil, vanguardista en cada categoría, el HP Specter x360 nos demuestra todo lo contrario.

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La última iteración del producto insignia Razer Blade puede que no tenga muchas características personalizables, pero ha mejorado en casi cualquier otro criterio. Su forma delgada, se une no sólo a gráficos potentes y discretos capaces de ejecutar los juegos más recientes con los ajustes más óptimos, además que el Razer Blade también pone la mayoría de los ordenadores portátiles en desventaja cuando se trata de la vida de la batería. Incluso si no conoces un GTX 1060 de un 940MX, al menos puedes apreciar que el Razer Blade dura casi 7 horas y 30 minutos en nuestra prueba piloto. Además, aunque no podrás aprovechar esta función con gran efecto en los juegos, hay una pantalla de 4K, conveniente para los domingos de relajo, para pasar viendo películas.

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Si alguna vez has querido un MacBook Pro sin el sacrificio de la hipoteca, el Samsung Notebook 7 Spin no sólo ofrece el estilo y brillo de las computadoras portátiles de nivel profesional de Apple, sino que incluso añade una pantalla táctil a la mezcla a un precio inicial asequible. Para un pesado 2-en-1 con una CPU Core i7, 12GB de RAM e incluso una discreta Nvidia GPU, el Samsung Notebook 7 ofrece top de las especificaciones de línea teniendo en cuenta su valor. Pero, como Samsung probablemente se preguntó mientras diseñaba este notebook híbrido de alta calidad, ¿por qué parar ahí? La compañía incluso fue tan lejos como para implementar una pantalla HDR en el Notebook 7 Spin, y aunque es una característica que no es ampliamente apreciada, pero por decir lo menos, los negros más profundos y colores más vibrantes son gustados.

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Llámalo un clon de MacBook Air si quieres, pero no nos cites cuando dices que es algo malo. El Acer Aspire S 13 es una alternativa asequible al portátil de nivel de Apple e incluso lo supera de alguna manera. No es tan delgado y ligero como muchos Ultrabooks prominentemente presentados, ni es particularmente caro. Sin embargo, el Acer Aspire S 13 no es un buen aliado cuando se trata de rendimiento. USB Type-C y una pantalla Full HD lo colocan justo por encima y muy cercano a vencer el MacBook Air de 13 pulgadas, y por un costo mucho más bajo. A pesar de la eficacia de la CPU, el Acer Aspire S 13 incluso gestiona una duración de la batería de 7 horas y 49 minutos.

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El Samsung Notebook 9 puede no ser el producto más llamativo de nuestra lista, pero por el dinero, es uno de los mejores valores. Es un ultrabook ligero y fino con un procesador Core i5 Skylake, el Samsung Notebook 9 incluso tiene una de las tomas más inteligentes de las que hemos visto en un lector de tarjetas SD. Además de ser más potente que un MacBook Air a un precio razonable, el Samsung Notebook 9 es liviano sin sacrificar mucho, posee una gama completa de puertos e incluso una pantalla anti-reflejo. En el lado negativo, la vida de la batería es su debilidad. Sólo duró 4 horas y 20 minutos jugando Guardianes de la Galaxia en bucle. Para una alternativa más duradera, vea el Asus Zenbook UX305.

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Si el Surface Pro es demasiado pequeño, pero el Surface Laptop es demasiado tradicional, Microsoft la sacó del estadio con su primer portátil convertible, es decir, el Surface Book. Aunque tiene un peculiar rango de aspecto 3: 2 y una pantalla de 13,5 pulgadas que está fuera de la norma para la mayoría de las computadoras portátiles, es uno de los mejores portátiles 2 en 1 jamás creados. Eso va sin mencionar su modo Portapapeles, en el que está entre las tabletas más potentes del mundo. Acoplar la pantalla a la superficie del teclado de Surface Book le ofrece aún más rendimiento a través de una GPU discreta, suponiendo que opta por el computador de la línea más avanzado, Surface Book i7. Excepto por la bisagra articulada, el Surface Book es una ojeada del futuro, aunque sea un tiempo mucho más largo para la continuación del mismo.

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La computadora portátil más atractiva de Apple, todavía, sigue rockeando un procesador Intel Core Skylake Core M con programación de 1.1GHz para comenzar, dirigido a aquellos que no necesitan tanto poder como portabilidad y pizazz. El estilo, elegante, diseño de aluminio, diseño uniforme y la pantalla Retina son todos en la parte de atrás, y el único puerto conector que queda es USB-C – al lado de una sola toma de audio de 3,5 mm. Aunque el puerto reversible ha ganado más tracción desde el lanzamiento el año pasado, el MacBook de 12 pulgadas todavía requiere prácticamente la disposición de manejarse con adaptadores y sacrificar rendimiento en nombre de un diseño estelar. Sin embargo, si no te importa los sacrificios (o si simplemente no necesitas usar muchos accesorios), el apetitoso acabado en oro rosa del MacBook podría ser el correcto para ti.

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Cuando se trata de la elaboración de un portátil de Windows asequible con una sensación premium, Asus toma el premio. El Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 en particular combina una etiqueta de precio medio con un factor de forma convertible, un trackpad de tamaño completo, teclado y una amplia gama de puertos – como HDMI y USB Tipo A – que se han eliminado prácticamente en todas las demás partes. En la era de MacBook antes de 2015, estas características se esperaban, pero hoy en día, son una anomalía dado los estándares de los computadores portátiles de hoy. Sin embargo, no esperes que el ZenBook Flip UX360 sea pasado de moda, ya que como su nombre lo indica, es un portátil que se enorgullece de su capacidad de cambiar de forma 360 grados, “volteando” a la perfección entre la tableta y el portátil a voluntad.

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El XPS 15 de Dell es más que una versión superdimensionada del Dell XPS 13. Con la opción de una pantalla de 4K y una discreta tarjeta gráfica Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, el Dell XPS 15 intenta hacerlo todo y, en algunos aspectos, tiene éxito. Para la productividad, el XPS 15 es un no-brainer. Cuenta con un diseño elegante pero sútil que exhibe un atractivo de tienda de café,

mientras que la batería te da suficiente jugo para varias horas de trabajo. Y, a diferencia de muchos otros ordenadores portátiles actuales, el Dell XPS 15 no expulsa tus puertos favoritos en su adopción de USB-C.

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Cuando el tercer mayor fabricante de teléfonos inteligentes en el mundo comienza a fabricar su propia computadora portátil, vale la pena prestar atención. Y por eso, nos estamos refiriendo a la Huawei MateBook X, un Ultrabook delgado y ligero desvergonzadamente inspirado en el MacBook de 12 pulgadas de Apple, casi a un T. Aunque es un poco más caro que el portátil más asequible de Apple, el Huawei MateBook X derriba en términos de especificaciones. En lugar de usar procesadores Intel Core M o Y-series, el Huawei MateBook X se aprovecha de un procesador de clase U más competente de la 7a generación de la variedad i5 o i7. La pantalla nítida, QHD-esque y los altavoces de Dolby Atmos son simplemente un plus a todo lo demás.

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Para la producción de los medios, el MacBook Pro de 15 pulgadas ha sido el favorito desde hace muchos años. Los cambios ligeros del diseño han acompañado anualmente las mejoras de la CPU, haciendo cada nuevo MacBook que se lanza, solo una sutil reescritura de su precursor. El MacBook Pro de 2016, sin embargo, vio a Apple hacer cambios – para bien o para mal – que alteró dramáticamente su utilidad. Para los extraños de Apple, la decisión de omitir todos los puertos USB estándar y ranuras SD a favor de cuatro conexiones USB-C es desconcertante. Para los aficionados, sin embargo, es un medio estratégico de la prueba del futuro. Independientemente de cómo se sienta respecto a las concesiones, la invención más atractiva del MacBook Pro es el Touch Bar, que reemplaza las teclas de función y, a su vez, introduce una capa de funcionalidad sólo posible con el último MacBook Pro.

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Si valoras la portabilidad y el diseño por encima del rendimiento, el Acer Swift 7 puede ser la mejor alternativa de Windows al MacBook de 12 pulgadas que puedes comprar. Con una pantalla de 13 pulgadas Full HD, lo que le falta en píxeles, que más que compensa en su movilidad. Y, hablando de eso, el Acer Swift 7 es más delgado que el MacBook y el HP Specter, otro de sus rivales más cercanos, aunque es notablemente más pesado que ambos. Aun así, la configuración inicial de Swift 7 es más rápida y más barata que la de Apple, además de que tiene – no uno sino – dos puertos USB Tipo C a bordo. Sólo prepárate para la vida de la batería algo deficiente.

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