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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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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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.

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The HP Envy 13 squeezes quad-core power into a thin chassis and keeps its cool

The HP Envy 13 shoehorns a quad-core CPU into a thin laptop with some help from a thermal utility and clever ventilation.

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HP’s Envy x360 13 goes all in on Ryzen

The HP Envy x360 13 will be all Ryzen, all the time, with the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 mobile CPUs as its only processor options.

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HP’s Envy x360 15 lets you choose between Intel and AMD

The HP Envy x360 15 gives you the power of choice, with both Intel and AMD CPU options for this midpriced, 360-degree convertible.

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How Waymo's AI-trained self-driving cars could feel scary even if they're safe

Google's Waymo will launch a ride service with self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, later in 2018. The company emphasized its safety record in the wake of Uber's pedestrian fatality earlier this year.

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We unbox the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

The X1 Yoga is one of Lenovo's legendary Thinkpad business laptops, this time with a 360--degree hinge for convertible pizzazz. See that and more in our unboxing and hands-on.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Hands-on with the biggest new features

We’ve already tried the most important new features in Windows 10 April 2018 Update through recent Insider builds. Check out what to expect in these detailed stories.

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HP debuts Pavilion Gaming Laptops with many choices for mainstream gamers

HP debuts a 15.6-inch Pavilion Gaming Laptop with configuration options galore, but the market for mainstream gamers is getting crowded.

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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

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The HP Chromebook x2 is a $599 premium tablet aimed at the iPad Pro

The HP Chromebook x2 brings 2-in-1 versatility to Chrome OS. By aiming to topple the iPad Pro, however, it's made itself more expensive than most other Chromebooks.

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The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 pack 6-core Intel overclockable goodness

The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 premium gaming laptops don't skimp, offering six-core Intel Core CPUs on all but one model, and discrete graphics up to a GeForce GTX 1080.

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The Acer Aspire S24 is an $879 all-in-one PC with touches of class

Acer's Aspire S24 is the opposite of chunky, which is saying a lot for an all-in-one. With a 0.235-inch-thin display and an equally slender base, it's a PC that fits almost anywhere.

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The first Chrome tablet, Acer's Chromebook Tab 10, takes on the iPad in schools

The first Chrome tablet is clearly aimed at the iPad in education. Acer's Chromebook Tab 10 D651N matches its popular rival in most features and even in price.