Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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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The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing

The $599 HP Chromebook x360 14 shows premium Chromebooks are a trend, but given its price we're surprised there's no pen.

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The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

The HP Spectre Folio slips a full-grain leather shell around a superthin laptop to make a PC that looks, feels, and smells luxurious.

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CrashPlan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

CrashPlan is ending its home-user service on October 23, 2018. Options include upgrading to CrashPlan's business tier, or seeking alternative services. We'll walk you through the choices.

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How to remove ads and Special Offers from your Kindle or Kindle Fire

If your Amazon Kindle device has ads and Special Offers, you can remove them. But it's going to cost you.

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Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a mission: to kill the MacBook Pro 15, or at least keep corporate customers from adopting the new high-end Apple laptop. We look at what makes this new flagship formidable.

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Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 puts a Core i9 or Xeon in a thin-and-light laptop

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 is a workstation laptop that somehow crams a Core i9 or Xeon plus Nvidia Quadro into a chassis just 0.7-inch thin and 3.76 pounds.

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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.