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Out of the Box Tips: Set Up Your New Laptop Like a Pro

You pull your brand-new laptop out of its packaging and plug it in for the first time. Then you go through the Windows setup, and you're all done, right? Not really. Your notebook is not really ready-...

Splurge or Purge: What Laptop Features Are Worth the Money?

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. The average retail selling price for a Windows laptop is just $477 (NPD data) and you can get a very capable one for much less. However, PC vendors a...

Laptop Buying Tips for Students

Going off to high school or college without a decent laptop is like refusing to use pencil and paper. It instantly puts a ceiling on how much students can learn, how far they can go and how many lifel...

Even the sharpest and most powerful tablets are useless if they can't handle hours of Web surfing, gaming, video streaming and — yes — work. That's why we've compiled this list of the longest-last...

iPad Buying Guide: Which One is Right for You?

 With five different models in three sizes and prices ranging from $269 to $1,029, there has never been more variety for iPad shoppers. That's a good thing, but how do you decide which one to buy...

Why 78 Percent of Laptop Screens Suck

In the past few years, we've seen laptops get faster, lighter and a bit cheaper, but unfortunately the majority of them still have the same ugly, low-res screens they had four or five years ago. Accor...

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide: Find the Right Rig

With their powerful components, colorful designs and premium prices, gaming laptops are a different beast than typical mainstream notebooks. And they need to be if you want to play demanding games lik...

Tablet Buying Guide: 8 Essential Tips

The tablet has fallen on hard times recently, with falling sales and heated debate about whether we even need tablets in today's huge smartphone-driven world.But there are still plenty of good reasons...

There are plenty of reasons to scoop up a 2-in-1, the most important of which is to have one device that can double as a laptop and a tablet. When you need to get work done, you can use a keyboard and...

10 Key Features to Look for in Your Next Laptop

Up until around 2010, both consumers and businesses could be counted on to upgrade their laptops every three years on average, because technology changed so quickly that anything older than that felt ...