Sunday, February 25, 2024


The new ROG G14 completely upends the Razer Blade 14

Asus' radical new Zephyrus G14 takes aim at the Razer Blade 14, and it comes out on top in a messy battle.

The new Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is damn near perfect

Asus did something crazy with the 2024 Zephyrus G14, and a series of smart concessions has created a laptop that's more than the sum of its parts.

Asus ROG Swift 32 QD-OLED review: the one we’ve been waiting for

Asus emerged as the unofficial champion of the first wave of OLED gaming monitors, but does it keep the crown in 2024? The PG32UCDM suggests it does.

I tested 3 years of mini-LED gaming laptops, and I was shocked by the results

Mini-LED laptops are still relatively new, but comparing the last three years of mini-LED tech shows how far we've come.

We just learned two critical details about the 2024 Zephyrus G14

After the debut of the 2024 Zephyrus G14 and G16 earlier this year, listings have gone live for the laptops, revealing two critical details.

MSI and Asus just flipped the script for their OLED gaming monitors

MSI and Asus are joining the ranks of LG, Samsung, and Alienware by adding extended burn-in protection for their OLED gaming monitors.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 review: as ridiculous as I hoped it would be

The 2024 Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 takes advantage of everything an 18-inch gaming laptop can -- and that's exactly why it shines.

I hate low-profile keyboards, but Asus’ latest has converted me

Low-profile mechanical keyboards haven't been my jam, but the new Asus ROG Falchion RX LP could change that.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) review: still the value king?

The 2024 Asus Zenbook 14 OLED leverages Intel's Meteor Lake chipset for solid performance, with an excellent build and a quality OLD display.

ASUS ROG Phone 8 review: Should you buy it?

Don't let the redesign fool you, this is still a classic ROG Phone at heart.

Google Debuts Chromebook Plus line to Usher in New Era of Productivity and Creativity

Believe it or not, but it’s been more than a decade since Google introduced Chromebooks, changing the way users looked at mobile productivity. With easy-to-use computers that are reliable and secure, they’re lower-cost alternatives to the old way of work and school. Today finds Google introducing a new category of Chromebooks: the Chromebook Plus. This innovative line of laptops offers double the performance, built-in Google apps, and powerful AI capabilities, making it easier than ever to get work done, unleash your creativity, and streamline everyday tasks. Plus, with a starting price of just $399, it’s an accessible option for a wide range of users.Double the Power, Double the PotentialThe Chromebook Plus is all about boosting your productivity and unleashing your creativity. Google has partnered with leading laptop manufacturers, including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo, to bring you eight new Chromebook Plus laptops. These laptops offer faster processors, double the memory and storage, and a Full HD IPS display for an immersive computing experience.Here are some key specifications common to all Chromebook Plus laptops:CPU: Intel Core i3 12th Gen or above, or AMD Ryzen 3 7000 series or aboveRAM: 8GB+Storage: 128GB+Webcam: 1080p+ with Temporal Noise ReductionDisplay: Full HD IPS or better displayWhether you’re watching streaming content, working on a project, or engaging in video calls, the Chromebook Plus provides an enhanced experience with its impressive hardware specs.Revolutionizing Video Calls with AIVideo conferencing has become an integral part of our daily lives, and the Chromebook Plus is ready to elevate your video calling experience. Equipped with a 1080P camera and built-in AI, these powerful Chromebooks enhance call clarity, improve lighting, cancel background noise, and even offer background blur with just a few taps. These features are compatible with various video conferencing apps, including Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, ensuring that your video calls always look and sound their best.Apps for Every ProjectWith increased processing power and storage, Chromebook Plus ensures that your favorite apps run smoothly. Google’s suite of built-in apps is complemented by creative powerhouses like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Express, and LumaFusion, making it easy to bring your projects to life.Google Photos now includes the Magic Eraser feature, powered by AI, allowing you to effortlessly remove unwanted distractions from your images. You can also enjoy enhanced editing features, such as an HDR effect and portrait blur. Plus, the Chromebook’s new File Sync feature keeps your Google Drive files accessible whether you’re online or offline, thanks to its ample storage.For those looking to explore graphic design, Chromebook Plus offers compatibility with Adobe Photoshop on the web and Adobe Express Premium, opening up a world of creative possibilities. Google is even offering three months of Adobe Photoshop on the web and Express for free when you purchase a new Chromebook Plus.For video enthusiasts, LumaFusion’s intuitive video-editing suite is available at a 25% discount for new Chromebook Plus users, making it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos.The Power of AI Continues to GrowGoogle doesn’t stop at hardware improvements; they are committed to enhancing the Chromebook Plus experience in the coming years. They plan to integrate Google’s AI capabilities directly into ChromeOS, offering features like AI-powered content editing, personalized wallpapers, and generative AI backgrounds for video calls, making your Chromebook Plus even more versatile and user-friendly.AvailabilityYou can order the new Chromebook Plus laptops starting October 8, 2023, from major U.S. retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Canadian and European customers will have access to these devices starting October 9, 2023. Educators and businesses can also explore the potential of Chromebook Plus, making it a versatile option for various environments.To stay updated with the latest news and features of Chromebook Plus, visit Google’s official Chromebook Plus page.In addition to the new Chromebook Plus devices, some existing Chromebooks will soon receive an OS update to incorporate the enhanced features found in Chromebook Plus, ensuring that a broader range of users can benefit from this innovative technology.

Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo launch new ‘Chromebook Plus’ models starting at $399

Alongside Google's announcement of Chromebook Plus, the company also partnered with OEMs to launch a total of eight new Chromebooks.

The Asus ROG Strix G17 has no business being as cheap as it is

The Asus ROG Strix G17 shouldn't be as fast as it is, especially considering its price.

Asus ROG Ally Z1 vs. Z1 Extreme: don’t make the wrong choice

The Asus ROG Ally handheld is a competitor to the Steam Deck, but is the Z1 version anywhere near as good as the Z1 Extreme model? Let's find out.

Asus’ ROG Ally Z1 is caught in no man’s land

Asus' ROG Ally with the Ryzen Z1 doesn't hold up against even the Steam Deck, leaving it in an awkward spot compared to the competition.

I review gaming laptops professionally — these are the only two you should buy in 2023

We review dozens of gaming laptops each year, and there are some great options. But these two laptops truly stand above the pack in 2023.