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Double your phone's battery lifespan: 5 smart tips to make it last longer (Source: Unsplash)

Double your phone's battery lifespan: 5 smart tips to make it last longer

CheckMag If you're aiming to protect your phone battery from wear and tear and want to maximize its longevity, it's important to remember to follow a set of key practices. Maintaining the health of your phone's battery is vital for its lon...
Triet Le, 15 Nov 2023 22:28
Top 4 game-changing graphics cards for your gaming PC in 2023 (Source:Unsplash)

Top 4 game-changing graphics cards for your gaming PC in 2023

CheckMag A graphics card is the soul of every gaming PC. A strong card with efficient cooling is essential for smooth gaming and conquering the virtual world. Below is a list of the top 4 most worth-buying graphics cards for gamers in 2023...
Triet Le, 15 Nov 2023 15:14
Top 5 family-friendly PS5 games to enjoy this holiday season (Source: Unsplash)

Top 5 family-friendly PS5 games to enjoy this holiday season

CheckMag As November approaches, we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday, the most unique sale of the year. Restful holidays wouldn't be complete without moments of relaxation. Below are the top five PlayStation 5 game...
Triet Le, 14 Nov 2023 14:54
Repurpose that old laptop into something that serves a genuinely useful purpose (Credit: NotebookCheck)

5 things to do with that old laptop after upgrading to an M3 MacBook Pro

CheckMag If you've upgraded to the new M3 MacBook Pro or a Lenovo X1 Carbon, take a look at some of the options for repurposing your old hardware instead of selling, recycling or sending to landfill. Repurposing old hardware can be a rewar...
David Devey, 14 Nov 2023 14:29
Over the years, talented developers have proven there's more to expansions than map packs and cosmetics. (Image source: Unsplash)

6 influential expansions that changed the face of gaming

CheckMag A good expansion can turn a poorly received videogame into a darling, or elevate a good one to legendary status. Good expansions build upon and shape the base game they originated from – and the best can introduce innovations that...
Matthew Lee, 09 Nov 2023 19:24
The Vision 14 received an 89% rating in our testing (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

7 reasons why a Schenker Vision 14 (2023) is better than an HP Envy

CheckMag The Schenker Vision 14 is a very good laptop that fully deserves more spotlight. With no PWM, no coil whine and no significant throttling to speak of, the product is in several ways ahead of many Dells and HPs tested by us this ye...
Sergey Tarasov, 31 Oct 2023 21:25
One of the highlights of the Legion 9i 16IRX8 is a thin chassis and understated, yet decidedly still gaming-themed, design.

3 Lenovo Legion 9i Gen 8 review highlights that justify its ultra-high-end US$4,000+ pricetag

CheckMag In our review, we called the Lenovo Legion 9i Gen 8 16IRX8 the best Legion that money can buy, and that's not just because of its US$4,399 price and built-in water cooling. The Legion 9i Gen 8 earns its praise with an astonishingl...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Oct 2023 22:09
Life gets easier when there is no extra weight to carry - but at what cost? (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

3 of the lightest smartwatches and fitness trackers Notebookcheck reviewed in 2023

CheckMag The Huawei Band 8, the Huawei Watch Fit SE and the Amazfit Band 7 are the lightest fitness trackers and smartwatches that we have tested over the course of the last 10 months. In this short piece, we briefly revisit their features...
Sergey Tarasov, 23 Oct 2023 20:23
Warframe's Abyss of Dagath update introduces a harrowing new Warframe and a host of welcome quality of life changes. (Image source: Digital Extremes)

Warframe Abyss of Dagath update delivers 4 crucial changes alongside the new frame

CheckMag Warframe's Abyss of Dagath update just went live, bringing with it a number of big changes that may make the game more friendly to both new and old players alike. Here are four Abyss of Dagath highlights, including immortal compan...
Julian van der Merwe, 19 Oct 2023 22:31
Europa combines sci-fi and fantasy elements in a relaxing adventure through a gorgeous backdrop. (Image source: Steam)

3 gorgeous indie adventure games previewed at Steam Next Fest that are coming soon

Between the atmospheric horror platforming of Artificial and the expansive, fantastical exploration of Europa, the Steam Next Fest previewed some of the most visually-pleasing indie adventure games coming to Valve's platform.
Julian van der Merwe, 18 Oct 2023 02:55
The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is the crowning achievement of the Tab S9 lineup.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra - 3 reasons why Notebookcheck loved the colossal Android tablet

Samsung leads the premium Android tablet market with its Galaxy Tab Ultra, and its ultraslim design and fast, bright Dynamic AMOLED 2X display are just some highlights of the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra's features that impressed us in our...
Julian van der Merwe, 03 Oct 2023 19:57
8BitDo makes some of the most convincing retro-styled modern gaming hardware around. (Image source: 8BitDo)

4 retro gaming accessories that support a blast to the past

PC gaming has come a long way, but the retro look and nostalgia factor are picking up steam. As such, here are some excellent, affordable retro gaming accessories such as the Retroid Pocket Flip and 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboar...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Sep 2023 00:23
It's easy to get lost in the sea of handhelds floating around nowadays.

3 of the best handheld gaming PCs we tested in 2023 put Valve's feet to the fire for Steam Deck 2 performance

The Steam Deck may still be the de-facto gaming handheld in 2023, but that doesn't mean there aren't alternatives. Companies like Asus, GPD, and OneXPlayer have all released excellent alternatives to the Deck that deserve consider...
Julian van der Merwe, 29 Sep 2023 00:38
It's been a long time since the Littlest Pascal GPU was cutting-edge. (Image source: Nvidia)

Charting the demise of Nvidia's MX GPUs across six laptops

CheckMag 2017 was a heady year for Nvidia. The Pascal architecture remains fondly regarded even today, with the GTX 1080 Ti seen as one of the company's high-water marks - but it also ruled the bottom end of the market, with the MX150 the ...
Matthew Lee, 22 Sep 2023 16:55
To reduce those long render times, content creators need the latest and greatest hardware available. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

3 GeForce RTX 4090 gaming laptops that can double as content creation powerhouses

CheckMag We have chosen a selection of 3 gaming laptops from our detailed Notebookcheck reviews: The ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY, the Legion Pro 7 16 and the Erazer Beast X40 all sport 175 W RTX 4090 graphics and spacious, color-accurate, fli...
Sergey Tarasov, 19 Sep 2023 23:05
The Xiaomi Pad 6 serves as convincing competition to Apple's iPad, particularly thanks due to its low price point. (Image source: Xiaomi)

4 of the best 11-inch Android tablets - Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Samsung take the fight to Apple's door with midrange powerhouses

When it comes to tablets, Apple's iPad is the gold standard, but many Android makers have spent years playing catch up. A number of top Android manufacturers that have spent years chasing the iPad have finally stumbled across winn...
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Sep 2023 01:33
PHP trails behind C family programming languages in popularity (Image source: KOBU Agency on Unsplash)

4 of the world's most popular programming languages in 2023 according to IEEE and GitHub

Python, Java, JavaScript, and C family members are the world's most widely used programming languages as of September 2023, according to the IEEE and PYPL. The Rust language that is increasingly used by Microsoft is found closer t...
Sergey Tarasov, 12 Sep 2023 22:48
Dell XPS laptops are supposed to deliver superior user experience, but this isn't always the case. (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

2023 Dell XPS laptops might be a bad deal according to our extensive reviews

Of the 3 Dell XPS laptops we tested in 2023, none was truly great. The XPS 13 9320, the XPS 15 9530 and the XPS 17 9730 all sport a similar range of issues including subpar performance-per-dollar ratios, DPC latency issues and blu...
Sergey Tarasov, 01 Sep 2023 14:14
Stellaris is an iconic space-based 4X RTS game with superb variation and exploration. (Image source: Steam)

Steam Strategy Fest discounts 3 of the best 4X games until September 4

Whether you're in it for the brain-tickling strategy, or you're simply looking for an adventurous game to take a break from all the MMORPG and FPS games, the Steam Strategy Fest has something for you to explore, expand, exploit, a...
Julian van der Merwe, 01 Sep 2023 13:49
Image source: YouTube - edited

3 products Apple won't bring back for the iPhone 15 launch on September 12

On the 12th of September, we are getting a new generation of the iPhone, as well as the Watch. In the meantime, several iconic products such as the "trash can" Mac Pro will again be left waiting for Apple to revive them in one for...
Sergey Tarasov, 30 Aug 2023 15:14
Type a sentence, hit Enter, and a piece of art is born, just like that (Image source: Fusion Brain)

4 websites offering generative AI magic right in the Web browser, no sign-up required

It's not just ChatGPT and Midjourney; there are lots of AI-enabled sites out there, waiting for the user to come and generate exciting things. Some are not only free to use, they also do not require one to sign up. Wallpapers by A...
Sergey Tarasov, 26 Aug 2023 15:30
Some of the best Steam Deck accessories directly affect how users interact with their consoles. (Image source: Various - edited)

4 exciting Steam Deck accessories that aim to elevate Valve's handheld to new heights

From screen upgrades to retro docks, there are some truly fascinating Steam Deck accessories kicking about, whether already released or on the horizon. Here are four tantalising options to kick Valve's handheld gaming experience i...
Julian van der Merwe, 25 Aug 2023 18:49
Quite a few people made billions in telecommunications and in software engineering (Image source: Unsplash)

5 low-profile tech billionaires who don't run Apple and didn't co-found Microsoft

Virtually everyone has heard of top technology billionaires such as Tim Cook and Bill Gates, but the fact is plenty of other entrepreneurs made fortunes on tech products and services many of us use daily. This article puts a brief...
Sergey Tarasov, 07 Aug 2023 02:40
Fisker's Ocean SUV takes a different approach to EV design, focussing more on comfort than ultimate performance. (Image source: Fisker)

Fisker Ocean reviews highlight 3 features that Tesla and Rivian should take note of

The handsome Fisker Ocean crossover SUV has finally begun landing in the hands of owners and media outlets, giving us our first real independent look at this EV newcomer. While no EV is perfect, there are a number of unique featur...
Julian van der Merwe, 02 Aug 2023 07:45
The Windows world still has no answer to the MagSafe connector, first introduced by Apple in the 00s (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

7 reasons why the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air is far superior to its Windows laptop counterparts

There are lots of small differences to keep in mind when choosing between a MacBook and an upper mid-range Windows laptop. In this article, we go over some of the things that make the current 15-inch M2 MacBook Air the superior op...
Sergey Tarasov, 02 Aug 2023 07:37
Gamers can enjoy everything from arcade-style F1 racing to MOBA fighting action for free on Steam. (Image source: Steam - edited)

3 blood-pumping free multiplayer games on Steam for sure-fire LAN fun

There's something unique about the competitive atmosphere of a multiplayer game, whether it be a racing game, a platformer, or a classic shooter. Although these three Steam games find themselves in almost entirely different genres...
Julian van der Merwe, 27 Jul 2023 07:23
The Sony A6700 and the Fujifilm X-S20 both pack a lot of power into surprisingly small APS-C bodies. (Image source: Sony / Fujifilm - edited)

Fujifilm X-S20 vs Sony A6700 - a midrange APS-C battle in 4 specifications

Sony's US$1,399 A6700 and Fujifilm's US$1,299 X-S20 represent both manufacturers' latest stab at the midrange interchangeable lens APS-C hybrid camera. While they're similarly capable cameras, there are a few features and specific...
Julian van der Merwe, 19 Jul 2023 23:20
A major overlooked part of getting into digital photography is the accessories that you need to pair with a camera body. (Image source: Peak Design)

3 beginner camera tips - what to consider before buying a first mirrorless or DSLR camera

Shopping for a first camera can be a daunting experience, especially for someone coming from a smartphone camera with little experience. While it's easy to drop US$3,000 on a premium camera, it's worth the effort to take a measure...
Julian van der Merwe, 15 Jul 2023 04:10
This Medion proved to be ahead of the competition in our testing (Image source: Notebookcheck/Unsplash - edited)

3 fastest RTX 4070 laptops as of mid-2023

CheckList The Medion Erazer Major X20, the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 16 G8 and the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 16 G8 all sport the 140 W GeForce RTX 4070 (Laptop) graphics card to deliver great gaming experience at 1080p. Those three are the fastest RT...
Sergey Tarasov, 10 Jul 2023 21:29
Hades is perhaps one of the best examples of unconventional storytelling in recent gaming memory. (Image source: Steam - edited)

Steam Summer Sale: 4 enthralling story-rich games that prioritise the narrative

Gaming is a source of fun for many reasons, but one of the medium's best strengths is the potential for interesting, alternative storytelling methods that get the audience far more invested than a traditional book, film, or TV ser...
Julian van der Merwe, 06 Jul 2023 16:45
Stellaris is an RTS game that features space exploration, epic battles, and striking visuals. (Image source: Paradox Interactive)

Steam Summer Sale: 3 iconic real-time strategy games with steep discounts

Real-time strategy games provide a unique gameplay experience that combines heart-pounding action with the sort of grand scale and battle tactics that make you feel like a conquering warlord. The 2023 Steam Summer Sale has dealt u...
Julian van der Merwe, 03 Jul 2023 17:43
Horizon Zero Dawn is just one of the excellent titles on sale during the Steam Summer Sale this year. (Image source: Steam)

4 of the best open-world games in the Steam Summer Sale that are an absolute steal

The 2023 Steam Summer Sale is officially in full swing, meaning there are oodles of fun games to be had at excellent prices. Here we've gathered some of the best open-world game deals for everyone from superhero fans to horror lov...
Julian van der Merwe, 03 Jul 2023 17:00
Crash Bandicoot hops, spins, and flips into this year's Steam Summer Sale. (Image source: Steam)

Steam Summer Sale deals churn out 3 crazy platform games that put fun before sanity

With the Steam Summer Sale in full swing, it's time to have a look at what platformers Valve's game store has to offer. Whether you have a taste for the nostalgic or simply want to see what all the fuss is about, there's oodles of...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Jun 2023 06:18
The 2023 Steam Summer Sale has officially kicked off, with amazing savings for gamers of all persuasions. (Image source: Steam - edited)

3 Steam Summer Sale games to play with oodles of action and stupendous discounts

Enjoy gritty stealth combat, arcade-style monster hunting, or crazy pirate adventures without spending your rent money on gaming — all thanks to the Steam Summer Sale. Gamers who missed out on the initial launch hype are sure to e...
Julian van der Merwe, 29 Jun 2023 23:35
PinOut, a game by Mediocre, is a treat for those into energetic games. (Image source: Mediocre)

3 top Android games that offer great visuals and sharp tunes even years after their release date

CheckList Hundreds, if not thousands of new games get released every year, only to be forgotten soon afterwards. Select few stay in our hearts for longer. In this article, we will revisit three top Android games that were amazingly good bac...
Sergey Tarasov, 22 Jun 2023 01:07
This time, Asus nailed it as far as the laptop screen is concerned. (Pictured: ROG Zephyrus M16 GU604VY, image source: Notebookcheck)

8 important display specifications and what they mean for the consumer

CheckList 3D Ready, DisplayHDR 400, Flicker-Free, 10000:1. Reading the specification sheet of a monitor can quickly get confusing because of cryptical abbreviations and numbers just like these. Here, we set out to clarify some of them and d...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 Jun 2023 21:00
The 15-inch model is like a 13-inch model but larger. It runs macOS Sonoma out of the box. (Image source: Notebookcheck/Apple - edited)

3 obvious falsehoods Apple sneaked into its MacBook Air 15 launch video

CheckList A bit of fact-checking never hurts. We went fishing for false claims in an official Apple launch video for the new MacBook Air 15, expecting to leave empty-handed. But the 145-second video for this latest MacBook laptop proved to ...
Sergey Tarasov, 12 Jun 2023 05:00
Comparing two Blades, one from 2017 and one from 2022. Some things remained the same. Most saw an improvement (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

Razer Blade 17 2022 (RTX 3080 Ti) vs Blade Pro 17 2017 (GTX 1080): 6 massive improvements made over the years

CrossCheck In this article, we'll be comparing two great Razer Blade gaming laptops to explore how small gen-to-gen leaps band together to become unbelievable gains in a matter of just a few years. While this is predictably a numbers game, s...
Sergey Tarasov, 11 Jun 2023 20:56
Fujifilm's X-S20 has left a lasting impression on a number of reviewers thanks to its compact performance. (Image source: Fujifilm)

Top 4 Fujifilm X-S20 review highlights that reveal a compact APS-C mirrorless camera with performance to blow the competition away

Fujifilm released the X-S20 APS-C camera as an update to its X-S hybrid camera line-up. While the spec sheet improvements made for a convincing package, the first batch of proper reviews reveal a camera that delivers on its promis...
Julian van der Merwe, 07 Jun 2023 20:54
The Nikon Z8 and Sony A7R V are both high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras aiming for the same subset of the market. (Image source: Nikon / Sony - edited)

Nikon Z8 vs Sony A7R V - comparing premium full-frame cameras in 4 key areas

Despite their similar price tags and use cases, the US$3,899.99 Sony A7R V and the US$3,999.95 Nikon Z8 are more different than they might seem at first glance. Some of the most important differences put the Nikon ahead of the Son...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 May 2023 05:19
Nikon positions the Z8 as the ultimate compact hybrid camera with a full-frame sensor. (Image source: Nikon - edited)

3 Nikon Z8 review takeaways that reveal who should buy the full-frame mirrorless camera and why

As the reviews roll in, we're starting to get a clearer idea of who the Nikon Z8 full-frame mirrorless camera is for and what it is all about. As it turns out, the camera behaves a lot like it seems on paper — as a smaller Nikon Z...
Julian van der Merwe, 18 May 2023 22:15
Stray is an atmospheric narrative adventure game about a kitten trying to find his way home. (Image source: Steam)

3 of the best action adventure games in the May Steam sales with knockout discounts

Sometimes you don't want to play a battle royale or MOBA game and instead want to feel like you're part of an expansive world brimming with colour and adventure. Well, action adventure games tend to deliver that in spades. This Ma...
Julian van der Merwe, 12 May 2023 23:57
Sony makes some of the best small cameras for photographers on the go. (Image source: Sony)

3 of the best compact cameras for travel that have large sensors for improved image quality

It's becoming increasingly difficult to justify buying a small point-and-shoot camera, given the performance that manufacturers are packing into compact Micro Four Thirds and APS-C bodies. Here are 3 underrated compact cameras wit...
Julian van der Merwe, 10 May 2023 22:07
Steam Deck users may want to consider using an external controller to avoid eventual joystick drift. (Image source: 8BitDo)

3 of the best game controllers for PC and console that eliminate joystick drift with hall-effect sensors

Joystick drift has become an increasingly common discussion point for many gamers as a result of the return of controller gaming. It's an understandable concern given the popularity of the likes of the Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch,...
Julian van der Merwe, 07 May 2023 19:53
Depending on your personal preferrences, you may think the Cybertruck itself is a bit of a failure. (Image source: Tesla)

4 Tesla fails that are so big they make the Cybertruck's delays and smashed windows look like a blip

Whenever the topic of electric vehicles comes up, fledgling automotive brand Tesla is bound to make an appearance. The company has made a name for itself in the last decade or so by delivering practical electric vehicles that many...
Julian van der Merwe, 05 May 2023 21:59
Chevrolet's Bolt EV represents some of the best value in the EV space in 2023. (Image source: Chevrolet)

3 cheap electric vehicles that qualify for the new US$7,500 federal tax credit after April 2023

April 2023 saw changes to US federal tax incentives for EV buyers. Although it still offers up to US$7,500 in tax credits, there are limitations on weight, MSRP, and country of assembly that dramatically reduced the number of qual...
Julian van der Merwe, 04 May 2023 22:37
Green Reaper is one of April's best free Steam games. (Image source: Steam)

4 new free Steam games from April 2023 including a rare MOBA game that isn't pay-to-win

Steam's free games roster is constantly growing, with new additions coming almost daily. April 2023 saw a number of particularly good new releases come to Steam. Here are four fun free games you might want to check out if you're i...
Julian van der Merwe, 04 May 2023 22:05
The Nikon Z fc is just one of many versatile stills APS-C cameras. (Image source: Nikon)

3 of the best APS-C cameras for photography that won't break the bank

Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days, but it can be a tad expensive to get into the new tech. Fortunately, there is a handful of capable, cheap, APS-C, mirrorless cameras out there that are perfect for anyone, from begin...
Julian van der Merwe, 04 May 2023 21:54
The value king, that is. (Image source: Chevrolet)

3 cheap electric vehicles under US$35,000 show just how good the discontinued Chevrolet Bolt is

Depending on where you live, the Chevrolet Bolt is either the cheapest or one of the cheapest electric vehicles available. Unfortunately, Chevrolet is discontinuing the Bolt and Bolt EUV at the end of 2023, meaning buyers will hav...
Julian van der Merwe, 02 May 2023 23:35
Nikon's Z5 serves as a handy option for both videographers and stills photographers alike. (Image source: Nikon)

3 of the best mirrorless cameras for under US$1,500 with a full-frame sensor

Breaking into the full-frame camera world can seem daunting, with many camera bodies starting deep into the US$2,000 territory. That doesn't mean that there aren't cheap full-frame options around though. Here are three of the best...
Julian van der Merwe, 02 May 2023 21:11


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