Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

July 10th, 2015 by Michael A. Prospero, LAPTOP Reviews Editor

No matter how stacked its specs are, a laptop is useless if it can’t hold a charge. Fortunately, there are plenty of notebooks that go the distance. Using our Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi), we’ve identified the 10 longest-lasting notebooks on the market. We’re talking anywhere from 9 hours to more than 20 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country fight, long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.

Microsoft Announces Surface Hub Pricing and Availability

June 10th, 2015 by Henry T. Casey

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Businesses that have been waiting to upgrade their conference rooms with Microsoft’s Surface Hub won’t have to wait much longer. Today, the software giant announced that its giant touch screen PC, available in 55 or 84-inch sizes, will ship in September with pre-orders starting in July in 24 counrties.

Microsoft says that the 55-inch version for “huddle spaces, small conference rooms and offices,” will sell for $7,000, and the 84-inch version for “larger meeting rooms” will cost $20,000. That may be a large percentage of your team’s budget, but the Hub promises a truly unique collaboration experience. The HDTV sized Windows 10 PC detects 100 points of touch and recognizes up to three simultaneous pen inputs (a necessary feature for group brainstorming). Sensors allow the Hub to wake when people walk in front of it, and for the OneNote app to launch when users pick up a stylus. The Hub also features dual 1080p cameras and a microphone array built to detect and follow voice in order to silence background noise. 

MORE: Microsoft Surface Hub Looks to Transform Meetings

If the Surface Hub sounds like the collaboration solution your team has always wanted, you will need to be in one of the following markets: United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The Surface Hub also works well with Skype for Business, one of the most prominently demoed apps at Microsoft’s January event. In the middle of a Skype call, Company Exec Hayete Gallot brought multiple presentations onto the Hub from a tablet, and drew on the slides with her stylus. All of the participants on the Skype call were able to see those hand-drawn notes, and after the Surface Hub meeting ended, those participants received electronic copies. The Surface Hub is able to interact with outside devices thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports.

Best Business Laptops

March 4th, 2014 by Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief

Durability. Security. Reliability. These are the hallmarks of a good business notebook. Business laptops tend to sport sturdy metal cases and feature comfortable, backlit keyboards (most of which are spill-resistant). In some cases you’ll get a pointing stick in addition to a touchpad for more precision. Business notebooks also tend to come with security software to help protect your data and the ability to dock your system for the best desktop computing experience.

Selecting the right system doesn’t just come down to specs. Your business and personal style also play a role. With all of the above in mind, we present the top rated business notebooks, based on our in-depth reviews.


The 10 Best Android Smartphones

January 17th, 2014 by LAPTOP Editors

It seems like every day a new Android smartphone hits the market. Between Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and four major carriers, smartphone shoppers looking for high-quality handsets with Google’s OS have lots of choices. To help you pick the right phone for your needs, we’ve selected the 10 best Android smartphones available right now.  

Samsung Loses Bid For Obama to Overturn Ban on Smartphone and Tablet Imports

October 8th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

apple samsung1It is officially illegal for Samsung to bring certain smartphones into the U.S. That’s because President Obama chose to allow a veto period to pass that would have allowed him to overturn a ruling by the International Trade Commission that found Samsung to be in violation of two smartphone patents held by Apple. The patents in question have to do with a multitouch display feature and headphone jack sensor.

The ban, which went into effect at 12 am on Oct. 8, makes it illegal for South Korea-based Samsung to import any device found in violation of the patents, specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Tab and Fascinate. Newer devices such as the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are not affected by the ban, as they use a work around for the patent, according to Bloomberg.

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The ITC originally banned the devices in August, though the White House had up to 60 days to overturn the ruling. What makes the decision to allow the veto time to pass controversial is the fact that Obama had previously chosen to overturn a ruling against Apple in which the ITC found that the company had infringed on Samsung patents. By vetoing the Apple ban and allowing the Samsung ruling to stay intact, it is believed that the White House could be seen as taking a protectionist stance toward American companies.

Of course, the situation is more nuanced than that. The patents held by Apple and Samsung were of different types. The Apple patents were considered non-essential, meaning they had to do with specific Apple features. The Samsung patents, on the other hand, had to do with industry standards, namely those dealing with data transmission. The Obama administration has been careful not to promote the use of industry standard, otherwise known as standard-essential patents in lawsuits.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a series of courtroom battles across the globe in what has been dubbed the Patent Wars. Both companies have spent a fortune on legal fees to block each other from being able to sell devices in various countries. And while this latest development is a clear win for Apple, it is largely symbolic, as it doesn’t impact any of Samsung’s current devices. It seems as though the patent wars may simply peter out with neither company coming out on top.

Samsung Users More Likely to Switch to iPhone Than Other Smartphones

August 19th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

samsung-v-appleA new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has found that Samsung smartphones owners are more likely to switch to Apple’s iPhone than any other handset. The study indicates that among smartphone buyers who switched brands, 33 percent went from Samsung to Apple, while only 11 percent went from Apple to Samsung.

According to Fortune, the report, the report, which covered the time period between July 2012 and July 2013, states that 43 percent of Samsung users had previously owned another Android phone. Though more current smartphone users are switching from Apple to Samsung, roughly 37 percent of new smartphone purchasers went with a Samsung handset as compared to 26 percent for the iPhone. The study, which consisted of 500 consumers who purchased smartphones within 90 days, also found that Samsung pulled more users away from HTC, Motorola and Nokia, than Apple could. Cupertino, however, took more former BlackBerry users than Samsung did.”
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BlackBerry Falls to Fourth Place in Smartphone Wars

August 14th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

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Things for BlackBerry continue to spiral downward, as the smartphone maker has officially been overtaken by Windows Phone to become the fourth most popular smartphone OS in the world. According to Gartner research, BlackBerry’s worldwide market share fell from 5.2 percent in the second quarter of 2012 to just 2.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, with the company shipping just 6.1 million units. Windows Phone, meanwhile, saw its market share rise from 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent.

BlackBerry’s new market position is an important milestone, as CEO Thorsten Heins had previously stated that he was determined to put the company in third place behind Android and Apple. Earlier this week, BlackBerry’s board of directors announced that it has formed a special committee to determine if the company should partner with another corporate entity or sell itself outright. BlackBerry’s new BB 10 devices, which include the touch screen-enabled Z10 and QWERTY keyboard-equipped Q10, have simply not sold as well as the company hoped. Read the rest of this entry »

FreedomPop Adds 4G LTE to Free Wireless Service

August 6th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer


Free wireless Internet provider FreedomPop has announced that it is officially rolling out 4G LTE service to its customers via Sprint’s LTE network. The service provider, which launched in the U.S. in June, initially piggybacked on Sprint’s slower WiMAX network, but said LTE would follow later. However, Sprint’s LTE network reaches just 110 markets, compared to AT&T’s 335 markets and Verizon’s 500. T-Mobile, which just launched its LTE network, covers 116 markets.

FreedomPop provides users with 500MB of free data per month in addition to 200 free voice minutes and unlimited calls to other FreedomPop users. In addition to getting on Sprint’s LTE network, the company has also announced it’s now offering its own FreedomPop 5580 LTE mobile hotspot. The  hotspot offers connectivity for up to 10 devices, includes a 1.5-inch OLED display and can reportedly run on battery power for up to 8 hours. will cost users about $199. Pick it up now, however, and you’ll only have to fork over $149 as part of FreedomPop’s sale.  Read the rest of this entry »

Google and Microsoft Fall Short of Wall Street Earnings Expectations

July 18th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

microsoft and googleGoogle and Microsoft both announced their fiscal results today, Google for the second quarter of 2013 and Microsoft for the fourth quarter, and neither tech giant could match Wall Street analysts’ earnings predictions. Prior to the release of its earnings, Google was expected to post earnings of $10.78 per share and $14.42 billion in revenue. Instead, the search giant topped out at $9.56 a share and $14.11 billion in revenue. Still, Google managed to post a higher profit than the 9.61 $billion it posted in the second quarter of 2012, a 14 percent increase.

According to, Google’s problems stem from the rise of the mobile Web, for which ads cost 40 percent less than their desktop counterparts. Overall, ad prices fell by 6 percent, which is worse than the 3 percent analysts initially predicted. That’s on top of a 4 percent drop ion the first quarter of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Intel Focusing Efforts On Ultra-Mobile Computing Amid Falling PC Sales

July 18th, 2013 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer


Intel appears ready to take the mobile chip wars to the competition. The company, which is primarily known for its consumer PC and business processors is getting ready to make a major push into ultra-mobile computing, i.e. smartphones, tablets and convertibles. During an investor call to discuss its second-quarter financial results, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich explained that, while the company will continue to produce its current crop of PC chips, he also understands that consumer’s demand for such devices is on the down swing.

Demand for ultra-mobile processors, meanwhile, is on the rise. Naturally, Krzanich, explained, Intel will move its ultra-portable Atom processor toward the top of its product portfolio. “I’ve made it Intel’s highest priority to create the best products for the fast growing ultra-mobile market segment,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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