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Battle of the $350 laptops: Acer Swift 1 vs. Gateway Ryzen 3 3200U

Enlarge / Acer’s Swift 1 looks a little more professional than Gateway’s GWTN141-2—but looks aren’t everything, as our testing conclusively demonstrates. Jim Salter We’ve been on the lookout for good but seriously cheap laptops for a while now. Acer’s $650 Swift 3 is an excellent choice for budget laptops in the under-$700 range, but we’ve been …

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We found out who makes Walmart’s new Gateway laptops, and it’s bad news

Enlarge / Fun colors—but we’re waiting to see what the innards look like. Gateway Back in 2007, Taiwan-based PC manufacturer Acer bought the once-iconic Gateway brand in order to stick a thumb in the eye of rival OEM Lenovo and increase its US market presence. In the 13 years since, the Gateway brand has languished …

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Apple’s first ARM Macs may include a 13-inch MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac

Dana Wollman/Engadget Many expect Apple to announce a transition to ARM-based processors in Macs at WWDC 2020, but now it might be clearer just what systems will usher in that new era. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a generally good track record of supply chain-based predictions, claims in an investor note that the first ARM-based …

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Pinebook Pro review—a $200 FOSS-to-the-hilt magnesium-chassis laptop

Enlarge / GENTLEFOLK, BEHOLD! From left to right: the Pine64 welcome letter, a Dell XPS 13 DE provided for scale, and the Pinebook Pro (controversial lockblade knife not included). Jim Salter In early March of this year, I ordered one of the FOSS-driven Pine64 project’s newest designs—the Pinebook Pro. The company’s manufacturing efforts have taken …

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Amazon knocks $300 off the price of Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro

Sponsored Links Devindra Hardawar/Engadget Amazon can’t resist price cuts for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, apparently. The internet retailer is once again selling Apple’s high-end laptop for $2,100 after a discount takes effect at checkout, or about $300 off. You’re getting the base version with a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB …

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HP’s new gaming laptops include an Omen 15 redesign and 16-inch Pavilion

Big PC brands are revamping their gaming laptops, and HP doesn’t want to be left out. It’s introducing two new gaming portables headlined by a redesign of the Omen 15. The new 15.6-inch system (above) is easier to carry thanks to a chassis that’s 11 percent thinner and 8 percent shorter than its predecessor, but …

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MacOS Catalina update wrings more life from your MacBook’s battery

Sponsored Links Dana Wollman/Engadget Apple is trying to squeeze more long-term usefulness out of your MacBook’s battery, much like it has with iPhones for a while. It just released a macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update (via 9to5Mac) whose centerpiece battery health management feature aims to extend the lifespan of the power pack. When enabled, the addition …

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Origin PC’s refreshed EON17-X laptop has a high-end Intel desktop chip

Sponsored Links Origin PC When Origin PC first launched its EON17-X gaming laptop back in 2012, it clocked in at twelve pounds and measured over two inches thick — a behemoth by today’s standards, but its specs were otherwise so impressive that die-hard gamers were undeterred. It’s had a few design refreshes since, but now …

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