Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.

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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

If you have $500 (or less), we've found the best cheap laptops on Amazon and Best Buy. The ones that give you the best bang for buck. Keep reading to find our top picks.

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The best laptops: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more

Our top picks feature the best tech advances in portable PCs, from new CPUs and GPUs to new materials, and include laptops from HP, Dell, and Apple.

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Watch us unbox Dell's G3 15 and G7 15 gaming laptops

Dell's G series gaming laptops aren't flashy, but inside they have the CPU and GPU power you need.

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Lenovo's Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes are compact desktops made for esports

Lenovo's Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes speak to the esports crowd with their compact form factors housing gaming hardware to spare. They even have a heavy-duty carrying handle.

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What this puppy chatbot says about the friendly future of fintech for consumers

Fintech covers financial technologies ranging from payment apps to blockchain. At Intuit's Innovation Lab, we saw a puppy chatbot banking assistant and other explorations of the future of money.

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The Lenovo Legion Y730 gaming laptop has overclocking and RGB lighting to spare

The Lenovo Y730 gaming laptop will come in 15-inch and 17-inch versions with overclockable RAM options and some neat RGB lighting features.

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Lenovo's Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 gaming laptops are designed to be subtle

Lenovo's Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 laptops don't flaunt their gaming chops, which include the latest Coffee Lake CPUs and GTX 1050 GPUs.

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The Acer Swift 3 thinks a cool look is worth some extra cash

Acer's Swift 3 has been upgraded with an all-metal chassis and super-slim bezels. But this cool look is going to cost you.

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The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that's overclockable in all the right places

The Acer Predator Helios 500 checks off a lot of boxes: Overclockable GPU and CPU options, 17-inch 4K UHD or 144Hz 1080p display options, and much more.

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is a classy product rising above a mob of cheap clamshells

Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 aims at business users with its Intel Core i5 processor, aluminum chassis, and 360-degree versatility. But the market for high-end Chromebooks remains unproven, while cheaper models continue to sell.

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Hands-on: The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition takes the boring out of budget gaming

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition spices things up with a 144Hz display option and a snazzy new color scheme.

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Acer Nitro 5: We unbox a budget gaming laptop for the rest of us

The Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop for the rest of us, with an 8th-gen Core i5-8300H and discrete GTX 1050 graphics for just $750.

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Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models

You’re not using the crummy keyboard that came with your PC, are you? Are you? We hand-tested these wireless models to find better options for your daily driver.

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Dell's G Series laptops are priced for every gamer

Dell's new mainstream gaming laptops include the G3 15 and G3 17, the G5 15, and the G7 15, with prices starting at $749 for surprisingly well-equipped models.

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The HP Envy 17 is selling speed, thanks to Intel Optane memory and Nvidia graphics

HP's Envy 17 has the power to speed through tasks with ease.