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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best PC gaming deals

Is... is it over yet? Are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals finally finished? Just a couple more hours to go now, you can do it deals herald, you can get through this. You've got a week and a half holiday coming up soon, just get through the afternoon and then you can go and lie in a dark room and not…

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Black Friday 2018: Best gaming laptop deals

More often than not, gaming laptops tend to be a lot more expensive than their PC desktop counterparts, making them hard to justify unless you do a heck of a lot of travelling. Fortunately, Black Friday has got just as many deals on gaming laptops as every other PC component on the planet, making it a great time to crack open your wallet and take…

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Asus’ new TUF Gaming FX705 might have solved the great gaming laptop display problem

Until recently, Asus' TUF brand was reserved for its heavy-duty, military grade motherboards. Now, however, Asus have repurposed TUF for a new line of entry-level gaming doodads - not quite as swanky as its classic ROG series, but tougher and better built than your typical budget fare. To that end, Asus have announced a new pair of TUF Gaming laptops today, the 15.6in FX505 and…

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Hands on with the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S

In the distant past of four or so years ago, buying a gaming laptop was simply a cooler, sexier way of saying you're getting a desktop replacement. They were huge, monstrous great things with often chunky, off-the-shelf chassis shells that would break your back almost as soon as you clapped eyes on one. That's just the way things were. Then, in the hallowed year of…

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The new HP Omen 15 could be the gaming laptop to end all laptops

Out of all the gaming laptops I've tested so far, there have been very few that have justified their often extortionate prices. In fact, the only one I'd consider buying myself right now is Dell's Alienware 13 - and even that's not completely free of flaws. But after seeing the new HP Omen 15 laptop in the flesh, it looks like we might finally have…

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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Dell Inspiron G5 15 review: GTX 1060 power for less than a grand

Try looking for Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop series these days and you'll likely find they've been scrubbed from the internet. That's because they've now been replaced by Dell's new (and infinitely easier to parse) Inspiron G series, one of which I've got on test here today - the Inspiron G5 15. Now packing proper Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs, Dell's new Inspiron…

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Get £400 off the Alienware 17 laptop today, plus loads of other Dell deals this week

Back when I wrote about other bits of tech, July was always the month where everyone was desperate to show you what goodies they intended to stuff down your stocking come the end of the year. Christmas in July, they called it, and it was downright depressing. Now, however, it seems to be morphing into more of a Black Friday in July kind of deal, as we…

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Acer Nitro 5 review: A budget gaming laptop with one massive flaw

'Gaming laptops' and 'cheap' aren't words that normally go together. Decent machines need well over a grand to be sunk on them. But Acer’s Nitro 5 is a stab at making a budget laptop gaming around the £800 / $900 mark. At that price, you get an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (you'll have to wait for one of Acer's Predator Helios laptops before we get a proper 8th…

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Hands on with Asus’ MOBA and FPS-friendly Hero II and Scar II laptops

The phrase "mid-range gaming laptop" often seems a bit silly, considering that even this tier – in theory the most sensible one – is still occupied by mad, distressingly angular notebooks costing as much or more as a 4K-ready desktop. That said, there’s certainly a gap worth aiming for between bulky, plasticky entry-level models and the swish but even more punishingly expensive high-end. This is…

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Move over ROG, Asus’ new TUF mouse, keyboard and headset are in town

PC gaming's E3 is finally here. No, not that other PC gaming show that's taking place next week at E3 proper. I'm talking about Computex 2018, Taiwan's yearly tech bonanza where the weird and wonderful of PC gaming hardware is shown off to the world for the first time. Sometimes these bits of hardware actually see the light of day. Sometimes they don't. I suspect Asus' new entry-level TUF peripherals,…

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HP Omen 15 gets Intel Optane Memory refresh, plus new ear-cooling headset, mice and keyboard peripherals

HP unveiled a mother lode of new Omen bits and pieces this morning, including a 2018 refresh of their Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processor options (the + bit meaning they come with Intel's super fast Optane Memory gubbins). HP also announced a swathe of new mice and keyboard peripherals for PC, plus the world's first gaming headset with something HP's calling 'active…

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Acer’s Predator Helios 500 laptop is so huge it needs two people to lift it

All right, that title might be a slight exaggeration, but in an age of lovely slim gaming laptops like the new Razer Blade, Acer's freshly-announced Predator Helios 500 is still very much in the 'absolute unit' category of these sort-of-but-not-really portable gaming machines - so much so that Acer's top man Jason Chen (pictured above, right) needed a little help showing it off onstage yesterday at his company's global press…

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The new Razer Blade (2018) is primed and ready for on-the-go Final Fantasy XV

Gaming laptops are a funny business, aren't they? Nine times out of ten they're nowhere near as powerful as an equivalent desktop PC, yet they usually cost just as much, if not more, than the bulky black rectangles they're so desperately trying to replace. There's also a matter of looks. Most gaming laptops are very much from the shouty GAMING LAPTOP school of design with…

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HP Omen X 17 review: A stylish gaming laptop with beefy innards

HP have been making a bit of a comeback of late. Everywhere you look it's Omen this and Omen X sponsored that, so I thought it was high time I saw what all the fuss was about. What I've got here is the Omen X 17, or the catchily named HP Omen X 17-ap003na to give it its full and proper title, which is the…

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: A 15in gaming laptop in disguise

Microsoft have been striving to present a stark alternative to Apple's coffee-shop-ubiquitous Macbook line for a while now. In the past, their Surface range of (mostly) hybrid laptops/tablets have hardly been gaming machines, but that's now changed with current range-topper, the shockingly expensive Surface Book 2. Its industrial edges and muted silver tones mean it announces itself as all business in the streets, but the…

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Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC review: An AMD-powered 1080p machine

Most gaming laptops are Intel this and Nvidia that these days, making the fully AMD-powered Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC something of a rarity. Indeed, while AMD's Ryzen CPUs may be a familiar sight on desktop PCs, this is the first time their top-end Ryzen 7 1700 chip has been taken out for a spin in laptop form, making it an admirable adversary for its Intel…

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Dell’s Alienware laptops get a boost thanks to Intel’s Core i9 Coffee Lake CPUs

Dell's Alienware aesthetic may not be to everyone's tastes, but there's no denying that their gaming laptops are seriously beefy bits of kit - especially the dinky Alienware 13 I reviewed earlier in the year. The larger Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 laptops, however, are about to get even more powerful, as Dell's just announced it's bringing Intel's souped up Core i9 Coffee Lake CPUs…

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5G PCs and laptops will be here by the end of next year

There have been plenty of 4G-enabled laptops and tablets over recent years, allowing you to get online wherever you go using a mobile SIM card, but now Intel have pledged that we'll start to see super-fast 5G devices go on sale by the end of next year. Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will all have devices with Intel XMM 8000 series 5G modems inside them during the…

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Dell Alienware 13 (Late 2017) review: A flawed gaming laptop I love to bits

There are two types of gaming laptop in this world. Those with gorgeous, so-good-I-want-to-lick-them OLED screens and those without. Happily, Dell's Alienware 13 is one of the former, and by god is it beautiful. If the paltry, washed-out screen on Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop was like a banged up Ford Fiesta from the mid 90s, the Alienware 13 is a modern day super…

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