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Overspecced Laptops Are A Waste Of Money

The average retail price for a Windows laptop is about $600, but PC manufacturers are building laptops that cost even thousands of dollars more than that — hoping you’ll fall for premium features you might not need.


Ask LH: What's A Good University Laptop?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m just starting my second year of university and my home laptop is too bulky to take with me. I’m on the hunt for a secondary laptop but since I’m a full-time student, I’m on a bit of a budget. I don’t have too many requirements — just that it is smaller, has long battery life, fits at least 2 USB ports and runs relatively smoothly. I’m really struggling to make a decision here. Any suggestions?


The Best Tech Deals From Ebay's Mammoth Valentine's Day Sale [Updated]

In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, eBay has knocked 20 per cent off more than 300,000 products on its website. Close to 30 major tech stores are participating, with hundreds of dollars off products such as the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner and iPad Pro. Here are some hand-picked deals that are worthy of your consideration. Click on the links to land yourself a bargain!


Buy Laptops With At Least 50% More Battery Life Than You Think You'll Need

You probably already know that the battery life rating for laptops, tablets and phones don’t often match reality. Laptop Magazine explains why and offers a sound rule of thumb for buying your next laptop.


Pro Tablet Showdown: iPad Pro Vs. Surface Pro 4

Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they’re really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.


Dealhacker: The Best Online Bargains From Harvey Norman's Half-Yearly Clearance Sale

It’s that time of year again when retailers throw big clearance sales to sell off leftover stock. Here are some of the best bargains from Harvey Norman’s half-year clearance sale — with links to buy online.


Hands On With Lenovo's Ideapad Y900 Gaming Powerhouse

The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 is a colossal 17-inch laptop aimed squarely at the hardcore gaming set. It boasts an overclockable 6th generation Intel Core i7 K-series quad core processor, a Nvidia GTX 980M discrete graphics cards, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and a full mechanical keyboard. We checked out the device on the CES showroom floor. Here are our first impressions.


Lenovo's Snap-On Tablet Modules Let You Pick And Choose Your Own Killer App

These days, most tablets and laptops come with unique hardware applications (some would call them “gimmicks”) in an attempt to stand out from the crowd. It might be a fancy 3D camera, a battery extender or even an inbuilt projector. Usually, it’s entirely unproven technology that could prove useful… or it might be a flash in the pan. Lenovo is looking to eliminate this uncertainty with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Instead of saddling itself to one feature, it offers a choice of three clip-on modules to suit the needs of different customers. Or you can sit on the fence and ignore them all.


Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 Review: An Affordable 4K Hybrid

One of the things I really like about the Microsoft Surface Book isn’t how useful it is as a tablet, but how useful it is as a laptop. Given that I type and browse the ‘net a lot more than I watch video and play touchscreen games, it’s important to me that a 2-in-1 laptop be good at the laptop part. Enter this particular bad boy: Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12 is a 12-inch notebook, with a beautiful display and powerful hardware, and also a versatile screen hinge that lets it flip around into tablet mode.


Ask LH: Are Private Sellers Obliged To Replace Faulty Second-Hand Items?

Dear Lifehacker, I purchased an imported Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 from a coworker who decided to upgrade. I was very happy with it, but it died suddenly within six months of the initial purchase. Lenovo don’t seem to offer warranty service on this model in Australia, and the chance of repair seems slim. Is my coworker obliged to provide some kind of refund?


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