Stories by Brian Nadel

3 power-sipping monitors lower energy bills

While businesses have always been careful about how much they spent on electricity, today's displays are making it a lot easier to keep bills lower -- and the environment safer.

In Pictures: 10 mirroring devices let you present without wires

Wirelessly sending a presentation from your laptop or tablet to a large screen is a breeze with one of these mirroring devices.

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4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.

In Pictures: 15 Chrome OS productivity apps that work offline

Chromebooks are lightweight, inexpensive and efficient -- in other words, great for business travel. But can these Cloud-based laptops operate when you're off Wi-Fi? Sure they can -- here are 15 productivity apps that can work with you when you're offline.

Boost that battery: Tips and tricks for laptops

All laptops run on batteries and all batteries eventually run out -- especially when you use your device throughout the day. Here are some tips to help keep it going.

In Pictures: Top-hat tech - 11 high-class and high-price devices

Curious how the 1 per cent live? These 11 luxurious tech products come under the heading of "If you have to ask how much it costs..."

USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful

The next generation of USB cables, the Type-C, will offer faster data streams, an increased ability to power devices, and better ease of use.

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop

The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

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Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender

We test Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook, which is sleek and powerful, offers an impressive display and comes with an interesting keyboard innovation.

Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations

When you're running a large-scale simulation or editing a professional video, you need more computing power than most laptops can give. In this roundup, we review three high-powered Windows mobile workstations.

In Pictures: 14 steps to a better, faster Windows laptop

After a couple of years, most laptops fall seriously behind the times. Here are several ways to upgrade your legacy laptop to meet today's standards.

Toshiba Satellite Click: A large tablet/laptop for $600

Toshiba's new low-cost convertible Satellite Click features a 13-in. Windows 8 tablet that snaps into its own keyboard.

2 Windows 8 touch-screen laptops for tight budgets

Windows 8 is workable with a normal display, but better with a touch screen. If you don't want to spend much on a new laptop, try one of these low-cost systems.

In Pictures: 10 really small devices that could change the world

From the world's tiniest semiconductor laser to a bee-sized flying robot, these minuscule devices -- many of which cannot be seen by a human eye -- are changing our world.