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Razer Book 13 Review : Razer Has Finally Stepped Into The Productivity Space

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Razer as we all know has always been the type of brand that loves high performance hardwares. Everything on their line up of tech includes gaming laptop that perform at the best of their level. This time, they have come up with their new Razer Book 13 that is totally meant for productivity and long lasting battery life. Sort of trying to replace the legendary MacBook Air.

But the question is can Razer compete with Apple in this sphere of pulling out a laptop for productivity?

Let’s find out.

Certainly previous attempts have been made, such as the original Razer Blade Stealth. But the style was still meant for playing games and it seemed entirely unprofessional due to the glowing green logo. Another effort was the Razer Blade Studio, which was much more geared towards artists and professionals in graphics, video and gaming and was incredibly expensive.

Razer Blade targets there Book 13 towards a more general audience who wants a laptop for general use. It’s really not meant for gamers at all. Even for creators, this laptop is more or less going to be useless. With that, we see that the Razer Blade Book 13 is now more affordable, and it can be a great pick for work or office related jobs. Because the laptop is also pretty small, portable and has a long lasting battery life.

Razer Book 13 Specifications


Razer Book 13
Displayq13.4 inches, 60 Hz, touch with Gorilla Glass 6, anti-reflective coating, 3840 x 2400 resolution
CPUIntel 11thth Gen Ice Lake i7-1165G7 CPU, Q-core 2.8 GHz (4.7 GHz with Turbo boost)
GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics (28W)
RAM16 GB LPDDR4
SSD512 GB
Intel Wireless-AX 201 Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports & Connectivity2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, HDMI 2.0 port , headphone and mic jack, 1 USB-A 3.2
Battery Life55 Wh, 65 W charger
Size & Weight11.6” W x 7.8” D x 0.6” H, 1.40 kg, 3.09lbs

Razer Book 13 DESIGN

The design of the Razer Book 13 is pretty nostalgic, as it resembles the Razer Blade Stealth. If you put both the laptop side by side, one could easily mistake this Book 13 for Razer Blade Stealth as they both look exactly the same.

However, one difference we find between the two is the size and weight. The Razer Book 13 is definitely much smaller and it only weighs around 1.40 Kg.

The overall laptop design is more or less very minimalistic and very much compliments to those who are looking for a laptop with a minimalistic design. It’s clean, sleek and very thin, having a height of only 0.6 inches.

The build quality is just amazing. It is very sturdy and it’s made with aluminium. When you actually touch it, you can literally feel the quality of the body. It’s great and very light to carry it on your hands.

While, the lid can be lifted with a single finger and the hinge is also very strong. This makes it much much comfortable to use the screen for touch purposes.

The bezels of course are also very thin which was somewhat expected. There is a tiny webcam located on the top of the bezel which is hardly noticeable.

The main portion of laptop includes a good sized keyboard and very huge trackpad that makes the laptop look very premium. On the sides of the keyboard, you will find two thin columns of speakers with the power button located right on the top right.

Overall, the design of the laptop is amazing and it really feels like you own a premium laptop. You could say, this is a MacBook Air but the Razer Blade version where you get that sturdy, bold minimalistic look.

Razer Book 13 KEYBOARD & TRACK PAD

At the first glance the keyboard exactly looks like that of the Razer Blade Stealth.

However, if you actually look closely, you will find that there are some minor differences.

The first prominent difference you will find is that of the delete key which is located next to the power button. This somehow can be annoying for many pep who are used to using the delete key located on the top left corner.

The overall keyboard however, is great to type on. I love the way how they fit just perfectly within the size of the laptop and how big they are. They are extremely comfortable to type on.

It’s not at all the type of keyboard where you actually have to get used to some things. It’s pretty much a perfect keyboard.

But the best part about the Razer Book 13 is the Trackpad because they have just doubled the size and it covers a large middle portion of the laptop.

While using the trackpad is so smooth as you can think. It’s very accurate and the gestures are pretty precise as well. Just like the Apple MacBooks, you can click anywhere you want on the trackpad. A thing that windows laptop should have implemented years ago but I am quite happy that they finally learn’t something from Apple laptops.

Razer Book 13 DISPLAY

As regarding the display itself, the screen measures 13.4 inches diagonally — not the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, but the wider 16:10  aspect ratio. The company Sharp’s has made their UHD+ display. All and all, it’s a nice panel with slim bezels and there is no backlight bleeding.

The standard of the picture quality itself is stellar; this screen looks excellent, not just for its edge-to-edge coverage but also for its bright colours and it  looks sharp and clear. The maximum brightness I could get from the screen was about 385 nits of brightness.

Another thing to note about the laptop is that when you lift the lid off the laptop, the laptop will elevate itself slightly and create a slight tilt for a comfortable keyboard typing experience. This is all done through creative engineering which is really great to have.

There are three screen options: full HD (1920-by-1200-pixel) non touch, full HD touch (as seen on our test unit) and 4K touch (3840-by-2400-pixel).

Razer Book 13 PERFORMANCE AND GAMING

As normal for our tests, I compared the benchmark results of the Razer Book to those of four other laptops in their class.

LAPTOPCPUGPURAM/SSD
RAZER BOOK 13Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 2.8 GHZIntel Iris Xe Graphics16 GB/ 256 GB SSD
APPLE MacBook Air M1APPLE M1 CHIPAPPLE M1 CHIP8 GB/ 256GB SSD
MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 1.3 GHZIntel Iris Xe Graphics16 GB/ 256 GB SSD
DELL XPS 13Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 2.8 GHZIntel Iris Xe Graphics16 GB/ 512 GB SSD

PCMark 10 and PC Mark 8

LAPTOPPC MARK 10PC MARK 8
RAZER BOOK 1349675031
MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 342254984
DELL XPS 1347754898

In the PCMark 10 test, the Razer Book 13 comfortably SCORED above 4500 POINTS , which suggest high productivity and show its value as a multitasking computer for work use.

All these laptops work well with numerous applications and browser tabs open at once and all have fast SSDs that accelerate booting and loading times, as the test PCMark 8 reveals.

Handbrake 1.1

Encoding 12 minute 4K Video.

RAZER BOOK 1314
APPLE MacBook Air M118
MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 322
DELL XPS 1315

Photoshop CC

Applying 10 filters to test JPG

RAZER BOOK 13129
APPLE MacBook Air M1168
MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3161
DELL XPS 13156

The processor heavy CPU tasks reveal that the Razer, in Handbrake and Photoshop contest, is one of the fastest devices in the group. Although, these laptops can quite compete with gaming laptops or even come close to them, but looking at the current specs, the results aren’t that bad for a laptop with only integrated graphics card. Especially, if you are into photo editing, you won’t have problems with lags.

Razer Book 13 GAMING TESTS

Since Razer Blade is known for gaming and being a gamer myself, I was curious to know how well does the Razer Book 13 stand against some of the popular games of today.

Here are some of the results that I got after testing the laptop with games like Skyrim, Wolfenstien, Star Wars Squadrons.

Skyrim – 30 – 37 fps at high settings

Wolfenstien Old Blood – 29 – 45 fps at high settings

Star Wars Squadrons – 40 – 47 fps at low settings

You can expect to play most of the games below 60 fps at medium to low settings. However, its hard to get frame rates above 60 fps on this machine.

For gaming, this is definitely not the right laptop and I highly recommend that you should get the Razer Blade Stealth if you really wish to play games and also use the laptop for work.

Overall, the performance of the laptop when compared to other laptops in the productivity sphere is definitely the best in class.

Its got the highest scores, faster CPU, great boot times and you will definitely love the display and the touch screen.

Razer Book 13 PORTS AND CONNECTIVITY, HEAT AND NOISE

This laptop is made for productivity hence you can expect great thermos and temperatures from the Razer Book 13.

When you normally use the laptop in balanced mode, the temperatures are going to hang between 50 to 60 degree Celsius. Which is pretty neat and cool.

However, when you use performance mode, you can expect to get between 70 to 100 degree C Temps and that’s because the laptop cannot handle power heavy apps.

Therefore, if you are thinking to run games on this laptop, yes the temperature can really spike high unexpectedly.

While normal use of Netflix gives you some audible fan noise that hangs between 0 – 33 dB. Pretty silent.

When you game on it, you can expect the fan noise to throttle and get around 41 – 42 dB noise.

Therefore, the fan noises here are pretty low and silent. Except, when you game on it, the you can start to hear the fan spinning faster and throttling.

Regarding Connectivity, the Razer Book 13 comes with an Intel Wireless AX 201 that can really give you a high speed connection with Wifi and Bluetooth 5. The connection is just amazing and you can get upto 550 Mbps internet speed with this connection.

As I moved away from my router upto 55ft away, I still got speeds over 100 Mbps so you can imagine, the connection is pretty good.

Since, the Razer Book 13 is a minimalistic laptop meaning, they want to follow rules of having less ports therefore, the Razer Book 13 does come with some ports. Those are 1 USB Type A port, Two USB Type C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone jack and a Micro SD card slot.

You also have a HDMI 2 port on the right side of the laptop which can be used for video output.

Razer Book 13 BATTERY LIFE

For testing the battery. we set the machine in power-saving mode and looped a 2 hour long video for 24 hours. We compared the battery life of Razer Book 13 with the latest MacBook Air M1, Dell XPS 13.

The battery life of Razer Book 13 is amazing. It ran for full 14 hours until shutting down at 14 hours 50 minutes. Which means this laptop is going to last you for a full day. There is no problem with that.

While the Dell XPS 13 also got similar results but beating the Razer by only 7 minutes longer.

The MacBook Air M1 here beats all of the laptops and crazily leading them by lasting almost 15 plus hours longer.

Yes, the MacBook Air M1 Actually got over 24 hours of battery life, getting to exactly 29 hours 4 minutes of battery life from our tests which is just insane.

Razer Book 13 FINAL THOUGHTS

The Razer Book 13 is an excellent productivity companion if you like the luxurious Razer Blade Stealth 13 build quality and style, but don’t need its game-worthy graphics.

It’s portable, thin and light and has an amazingly beautiful sharp display with dazzling colours that will just light up all your screen. Considering the fact that it also comes with great battery life that will last you for a full day.

Of course, the MacBook Air here still leads of the windows laptops here but I think when it comes to functionality, the ports availability and the fast Wifi speeds and the affordable price point, Razer Book 13 certainly has a good deal here.

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS Review – Gaming Power At Your Hands

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS Review

The year 2021 has been really interesting as not only did India get a vaccine for Coronavirus, which I am absolutely grateful to India, Solute to India and Jai Hind.

But in 2021, we saw the release of the latest RTX 3000 series graphics card. There is not doubt the RTX 3000 series is definitely going to change the gaming industry.

This time ASUS equipped it with it’s latest ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS and as the name of the laptop itself is big, the gaming laptop itself is big too. Performance wise, size wise and features wise, this laptop is by far one of the best and most powerful gaming laptops ASUS has ever released.

I am also extremely excited to review this ultimate gaming laptop and share it’s features with you guys.

So, without further ado, let dive right into the review of the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 (2021).

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS Specifications

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS Specifications
Display17.3-inch, Full HD 1080p, 300Hz
CPURyzen 9 5900HX, AMD Cezanne
GPUNvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB, AMD Radeon Vega Integrated Graphics
RAM32GB
SSD1 TB NVMe SSD 
Ports & ConnectivityGigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111), WiFi 6, 3x USB-A 3.2, USB-C gen2, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic jack
Battery 240 W Adapter
Weight & Size2.7 kg, 282 mm x 27.5 mm

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS DESIGN

ASUS ROG STRIX Series design asthetics has always been focused heavily on RGB lighting, complementing to that sleek gamer type design patterns that makes you feel that you own a high performance gaming laptop.

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The 2021 version of ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 shares a similar design trend with the first prominent thing to notice is the RGB light strip that’s around the bottom part of the laptop.

Honestly, this RGB design choice looks pretty cool and it makes it feel as though your laptop is levitating while you put your lights off. Regardless of people’s opinion of what they think of the design, I think it definitely looks pretty awesome. You can also control the lighting with the Aura Creator App.

The lid of course is made of metal matte finish and one of the cool things about the laptop is that there are hidden Easter eggs found all over the lid of the laptop. That’s pretty interesting and don’t worry I will not spoil the spoilers.

The bottom part however is made of plastic however, it is definitely very vulnerable to smudges and finger prints as the layer is coated with some kind of soft material that makes it look premium yet prone to touches.

While, speaking about the overall body construction, the laptop is now 10% more lighter and much smaller than the previous generation. This means, it is much lighter and the bezels around the screen is also much thinner.

The overall design of the laptop is pretty neat and tidy. It looks more organised and properly build but it’s still not perfect. The plastic exterior underneath the laptop still attracts a lot of finger prints while, it’s not really a big issue though.

The LED underneath the laptop however, may not be liked by some of the gamers as it really gets to your eyes when the lights are turned off.

Lastly, there are no fingerprint readers, SD card slot or a webcam on the laptop.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS KEYBOARD & TRACKPAD

The keyboard on this laptop is however, a very different story. The reason being it’s not bad at all and in fact the optical mechanical switches are great to have. They give you a good response feedback and great to type on.

But the Numpad is an issue here because there are no dedicated keys for home, end, PgUp, PgDn, and Insert. They are included but they are tied with other keys. Regardless, of the Numpad, the keyboard has a full set of main keys, and the have the perfect size and placements.

Therefore, overall, the keyboard is extremely comfortable to use. Although, the mechanical keyboard does make some clicks sounds and for some it can be a thing to get used to.

The Trackpad on the other Hand is really unique here. It’s actually made of glass and it’s size has been increased. But when you click on the trackpad, it does make some “tuk” sound.

When it comes to accuracy, it’s pretty accurate, smooth and fast. It’s precise and not at all hangy.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS DISPLAY

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 comes with three options for screen display.

  • Full HD 1080p Display, 300+ brightness and 300 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.
  • Full HD 1080p Display, 300+ brightness and 360 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.
  • Quad HD Display, 300+ brightness and 165 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.

The Quad HD display here looks the best with very sharp display, much much richer colors and it’s a great driver for video and photo editing. Even when you play several games, it just looks amazing on the QHD display. The display comes with 165Hz of screen refresh rate which I think is more than enough for most games, considering the fact that the today’s standards for screen refresh rates are 144Hz.

While the. FHD displays also look great. They do come with a screen refresh rate of 300HZ and 36Hz which is a great here. There is no doubt, the screen looks sharp and with upto 100% sRGB colors and 300+ nits of screen brightness.

I played the Cyber Punk 2077 which honestly was one of the buggiest Title AAA games I’ve ever player, however the graphics of the game were looking extremely stunning on this display. I could clearly see the contrasting colours and the streets of the city.

With 300hz screen refresh rate, you can easily get some of the most smoothest buttery gameplays and it’s just a different level of gaming experience on a 300hz panel.

You can make use of the 300hz panel by playing games like CS:GO and Dota 2 where normally you get fps above 300fps.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS GAMING PERFORMANCE

The Unique thing about the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 is that it comes with a AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU which just means better CPU performance for gaming.

As they say AMD is just much better for gaming and yes, it’s actually true, we have being seeing AMD beat Intel for several years.

The Scar 17 G733 comes with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 cores and 16 threads CPU clocking upto 4.6 Ghz with 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage.

Speaking about graphics, it’s equipped with the latest and the best RTX 3080 GPU with 16 GB of video RAM and it’s also got an integrated graphics card AMD Vega iGPU. The GPU runs at 115W and It supports dynamic boost that allows you to accelerate the power upto 130W. Which just means more graphics power and much more higher gaming frame rates.

With Asus’s new Armoury Crate software, you can definitely control the amount of power you want from the CPU and GPU.

Asus provides you with four power profiles with the new Scar 17 G733

Silent – where fan noise is low but CPU and GPU power also gets limited.

Performance – where CPU and GPU power is balanced while GPU will still run at 115W. Great for work tasks and running graphics heavy applications. However, not recommended for gaming .

Turbo – where CPU runs at higher clocks speed, GPU gets overclocked (115 to 130W). This is the recommended option you’d want to use for gaming.

Manual – where you can customise how much power you’d want from CPU and GPU and also tweak the fan profiles and temperature limits.

One thing to note here is that Turbo and Manual modes are only available when you are plugged into power. While silent modes are great for Netflix binge watching and YouTube breaks.

If you are getting into serious gaming, Turbo is where you can get the best of the performance from the laptop.

Next we ran a set of graphics, games and performance tests to see what kind of scores we get.

3DMark – Fire Strike: 25,090

3DMark – Time Spy: 11,119

Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Extreme: 7406

Handbrake 1.3 (4K to 1080p encoding ): 46 fps

GeekBench 5: 8290

PCMark 10: 7305

The scores here are pretty higher than the previous generation Scar 17 2020 version yet we cannot expect to b mind blown. The 2021 model ends up being 10 – 20 % faster in single core and CPU loads. While the GPU gets a 15% boost in performance.

Not a big difference we are seeing here but the RTX 3080 GPU is definitely a plus point here. Because you won’t find any drops in frame rates while you play RTX games when Ray Tracing is on.

Next I tested a bunch of games on different models of Scar 17 G733 and here’s the kind of frame rates you can expect from this machine.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
RTX 3080
FHD TurboFHD PerformanceQHD TurboRTX ON FHD Turbo
Battlefield V – Ultra131 fps122 fps119 fps93 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 – Ultra 69 fps66 fps49fps59 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider111 fps108 fps98 fps82 fps
Far Cry 5 – Ultra113 fps110 fps106 fps
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt128 fps121 fps98 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider – Ultra138 fps129 fps118 fps
Metro ExodusUltra77 fps72 fps62 fps
Dota 2 – Max settings 111 fps112 fps112 fps

From these results, we can clearly see that the frame rates are not that bad. We are seeing a 10% increase in the frame rates compared to the previous Scar 17 that came with RTX 2080.

Therefore, from these tests, we can conclude that the 2021 Scar 17 G733 is about 10 – 20% faster than the previous model. We get 15 -20% better RTX performance and there is no about, you can play all kinds of games on this laptop.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS GAMING PORTS, CONNECTIVITY, NOISE.

This year, we are seeing some slight changes with the thermos for this gaming laptop. We are seeing smaller fans, but a new design of the fan blades that is supposed to reduce resonance and increase the airflow.

They have also included a higher quality VRM, with a liquid metal on the AMD CPU. With all of these additions, we are hoping to see lower temperatures and silent fan speed noise.

However, the temperatures on this laptop still hangs around 85 to 90 degrees Celsius which is still pretty high. Gaming at such temperatures, I am not a big fan of when especially considering the laptop for long term usage.

However, during regular uses, the gaming laptop hangs around temperatures between 30 to 60 degree Celsius.

There is also a mode where your fans complete switches off when you are in silent mode. This make the noise from the laptop completely 0db which I think is a great feature to have.

While you are normally playing games, whether on turbo mode or performance mode, you can expect to get fan noises between 38 dB to 45 dB.

That isn’t very loud and you really don’t need to get headphones to cancel out the fan noises. You can very much enjoy your games and the game sounds itself will cancel all of the extra noise.

Speaking about ports, you get a fair amount of ports from the Asus Scar 17 G733.

There are 3 USB A 3.2 ports, 1 USB-C gen2 port that can also be used for video and charging. An HDMI 2.0b, headphone/mic jack and a LAN port.

The majority of the important ports are placed at the back portion of the laptop while on the left side, you have 2 USB A ports with a headphone/mic jack.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS BATTERY LIFE

The Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 is equipped with a 90Wh battery and you can expect to get around 10 hours plus of battery life when you are normally using the laptop.

Meaning when you are watching videos on YouTube, Netflix, and regular usage of web browsers and other light apps.

However, when you are actually gaming, the laptop uses at least 80W and with that, you can only expect to get around 1 hour + of battery life.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS FINAL THOUGHTS

The Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 is no doubt one of the most powerful gaming laptop you can get on the market. It is definitely ranked at the top 10 list of the most powerful gaming laptops for 2021.

Especially, having that AMD Ryzen 9 CPU just means that this laptop is meant for gaming and graphics heavy tasks. Of course, the new RTX 3080 takes the laptop’s performance to the next level and now you can actually really enjoy playing RTX games.

Therefore, performance wise, it is still at the top but regarding battery life, and CPU temperatures, you might find that the laptop does get heated very often. We see laptop temperatures hanging between 85 to 95 Degrees Celsius while gaming and that means, yes the laptop can get hot.

Honestly, speaking, having that high temperatures on a gaming laptop is common but not recommend. I’d be more comfortable with temperatures hanging around 75 to 85 degrees C.

Overall, the laptop is a beast and if you really need that high level of performance, it is Scar 17 G733. You can easily fix the heating issue by getting a cooling pad, or you can use the Armoury Crate software to control temperatures.

However, high temperatures doesn’t mean that your laptop will explode and shut down completely. It just means that your laptop can get quite hot.

Besides that, the design, display and everything of the new 2021 Scar 17 is great. With the new RTX 3080, there is no doubt, you have the best hardware on your desk.

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The Best NVMe SSD for Gaming Laptops

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BEST NVME SSD FOR GAMING LAPTOPS

If you own a gaming laptop, then you understand the need to have a very fast, noiseless, durable and efficient SSDs. With this kinds of SSDs, you wouldn’t have to worry a lot of things like slowing down of system, noisy and unreliability that bugs a lot of SSDs.

And now that the days of expensive SSDs are gone to pave way for more affordable ones, you can always make purchase of the best available SSDs for your gaming system without breaking the bank. Even if you need the SSDs for something other than your gaming laptop, and you want to use in your PlayStation console, Xbox and so on, there’s always enough choice for you.

This varied and wide availability of SSDs can make it hard for you to make a definite choice of SSD to use for your gaming laptop. To help you narrow your choices down and make your decision easier and simpler to make, we have compiled here the list of the best nvme SSDs for your gaming laptop.

1. Samsung 970 Evo Plus

  • Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB/2TB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Cheap
  • Top-end performance
  • Sequential write speeds slow under load

There’s no much new thing to be said about Samsung. They’ve been known to produce some of the best SSDs and even other types of gadget. This new Samsung 970 Evo Plus is no different in quality. This SSD is very fast and has new silicon. It is one of the fastest drives currently in the market, and it is also available at bargain price. What else would you want in an SSD? Speed, efficiency and affordability, you have it with the Samsung 970 Evo Plus.

2. WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD

  • Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB/2TB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Affordable
  • Insane performance
  • Same hardware as predecessor

Western Digital is not a new name in the gadget industry. They’ve been responsible for the production of some of the best SSDs and hard drives yet. With this new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, WD has taken a step further in entrenching itself as one of the makers of the best SSDs that you can make use of for your gaming needs.

The SSD has a very high random speed of 412.5MB/s, and this simply means faster loading time. And like the Samsung 970 Evo plus, this SSD from WD comes at a pocket friendly price.

3. Intel Optane 905P

  • Capacity: 1.5TB
  • Interface: 2.5in PCIe* x4
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Fast random read/write speeds
  • LED lighting
  • Pricey

While this SSD card does not measure up to the likes of the WD and Samsung above, it is a very good SSD that deserves to be named in the list of the best available SSDs.

It has a random read rate of 575,000 IOPs, random write rate of 555,000 IOPs, 2600 MB/s sequential read speed, and 2,200 mbps sequential write speed. This makes it one of the fastest solid state drive you an get in the market. The only downside will be the fact that it costs quite some amount of money. However, you get 5 years warranty on it which makes it worth the cost.

4. Samsung 970 Pro

  • Capacity: 512GB/1TB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Fastest SSD on the market 
  • Reliable 
  • Expensive 

You already know about Samsung, and you have read about the Samsung 970 Evo earlier on. This Samsung 970 Pro goes even steps further ahead of the Evo. The write speed is probably the fastest write speed you’ll get in a long time with a speed lf 2700 mbps.

So, when you are ready to make your purchase, put the Samsung 970 pro on your preference list as long as you can afford it, and you will be glad you made that purchase decision.

5. Toshiba OCZ RD400

  • Capacity: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 3-years
  • Lots of sizes
  • Fast read/write
  • Not all sizes available in all form factors 

This Toshiba NVMe SSD has several options- looks and sizes. This series of drives  from Toshiba have taken the top spot together with the other top SSDs. They come in 4 varied sizes, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Also,  the Toshiba OCZ RD400 come in threes form factors, M.2, M.2 2280, and add-in card (or AIC).

6. Adata XPG SX8200 SSD

  • Capacity: 240GB/480GB/960GB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Stellar performance 
  • Affordable 
  • Write speeds fall behind 

Seats is a wonderful choice of SSD for your gaming laptop and other heavy needs. This SSD is not only fast, it is very affordable. While there are SSDs with faster speed and performance than the ADATA, there isn’t any available SSD on the market that can provide the level of functionality of ADATA at a price as moderate as this. Therefore, the ADATA XPG SSD is a very good choice for SSD on your gaming laptop.

7. Intel 750 Series

  • Capacity: 400GB/800GB/1.2TB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 U.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Huge capacities
  • Not as fast as some other PCIe drives 

This SSD boasts of a larger capacity than your regular SSD types. Aldo it uses your laptop’s PCIe x4 slot to send all data back and forth. The drive comes with a cable that allows you to mount the cable in the bay of your case as well as into the PCIe slot on the motherboard. This SSD is definitely worth of being named among the very best.

8. Intel 760p Series SSD

  • Capacity: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2
  • Warranty: 5-years
  • Blazing quick read speeds
  • Affordably priced
  • Slightly sluggish write speeds

This is one of the best NVMe SSDs that you can get at a price that is very cheap and you wouldn’t have to break bank. The Intel 760p series SSD comes at very fast speed of 3,056 mbps read speed and 1,606 mbps write speed.

Although you might say there are faster NVMe drives in the market, but you will also agree that a lot of those that pack this high speeds are usually expensive. With the Int 760p series, however, you need not worry about price, you get affordabilty and functionality. It’s a gadget to beat!

9. Samsung X5 Portable SSD

  • Capacity: 500GB/1TB/2TB
  • Interface: Thunderbolt 3
  • Warranty: 3-years
  • Extremely fast 
  • Thunderbolt 3 
  • Pricey

If you desire to get an external NVMe SSD for your gaming laptop, then you have yourself the awesome choice of the Samsung X5 portable SSD. This SSD is fast, reliable, secure and highly durable, just the way an external SSD should be. And what’s more attractive is the mobility.

Your files are always with you wherever you go to. This SSD, however, cost quite a decent amount, but if you don’t mind the cost, and really need an external NVMe SSD, you’ve gotten yourself the very best in the Samsung X5 portable SSD.

While this list is not exhaustive, all the aforementioned SSDs are among the best NVMe SSDs that you can use for maximum functionality and speed on your gaming laptop. Any choice you make from this list, you will definitely be more than satisfied as you will get even more value than you’ve paid for.

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Laptop Battery Not Charging? – Here’s What You Can Do To Fix It.

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LAPTOP BATTERY NOT CHARGING
Laptop Battery Not Charging

When your laptop’s Powered-off it is the most frustrating thing you didn’t expect to see when using a laptop to work in the morning. 

Do you know what is worse? The laptops not charging after you finally borrow someone’s adapter.  

“Keep seeking for solutions” or “Go home to get yours”? 

Or find out what on earth the problem is? Although your home is not too far away from your office, you decide to fix it by yourself. 

Unfortunately, you failed and felt overwhelmed because you got nothing after browsing all the technical stuff mentioned on the internet.

The only approach seems to go home right away and end up being distracted this whole moring. 

However, the worst thing happened …The laptop still didn’t work at all. As the work is very urgent, you have to send your computer to the nearest repair shop.

What a terrible day, right? BUT what if you know how to diagnose what the real problem and relevant treatment are?

Perhaps you could look into this article before you stumble on this problem one day.

Why a Laptop Battery is not charging

Part One: Of Software

Laptop Battery Not Charging

Let’s troubleshoot the software first.

Generally speaking, many computer brands, such as Dell, Lenovo, Sony, etc., will equip their laptops with power management software. 

If your “battery protection mode” is enabled, the power management software will prevent the battery from charging and discharging after detecting that the user is using AC power, which is the consideration for expanding the life of the battery.

Therefore, if you find that your laptop is not charging, you can first enter the relevant power management software, turn off the battery protection mode, or uncheck the charging prohibition option. 

Sometimes the battery driver could be a problem

After installing a previous Windows update, for example, my laptop’s battery stopped charging. My computer showed it was plugged in, but then at the same time, it would tell me it was also not charging. 

Part Two: Of Hardware

Laptop Battery Not Charging

Double-check the connection

Before you do anything, make sure you plugged in the charger to your laptop. This mistake can happen if you’re in a rush.

So rather than react immediately, check whether your laptop’s charger is connected to your computer. Then check if the outlet you used to plug in your charger is working fine.

Battery adaptor damaged or not fixed

A damaged adapter will also cause the power connection to fail to be charged. Try another one of the same brand. 

If the adaptor caused the problem, change it. It is possible that the charging doesn’t work when the adaptor is not installed well, and the connection port (power port) is loose. If it is free, reinstall it.

Battery needs to be replaced

Laptop Battery Not Charging

Poor contact and damaged battery. The battery has a certain number of times of charging and service life. 

When your battery exceeds the service life and number of charging times, it will not be linked and charged in perfect condition. 

Sometimes the charging port of the computer may become loose, and the battery port cannot be connected.

Motherboard doesn’t work

First, you have to rule out the source of the fault, unplug the battery, and only use the power adapter to launch the laptop.

If the computer is turned on regularly, it means that the power adapter and the motherboard are fine. If the fault still exists, it may be a problem with the power adapter or motherboard. 

Now, try to use a battery to launch the computer. If the battery and the power adapter can’t be turned on successfully for the same reason, it is a problem of the motherboard.

Have no idea about it

It’s time for you to ask for another one’s help. Clarify your issue, and don’t forget to include the particular model of your laptop.

At this point, it’s most likely a hardware issue. Either the laptop power adapter is having a problem or the power port on the computer is no longer working. If you can find a spare adapter, it would be best to rule out the power adapter first.

The problem may be unique for your laptop. And if so, expert tech support is qualified to help you out.

How to solve the problems mentioned above?

We have listed the issues that will occasionally bump into your work. 

Right now, it’s time to figure out the solutions.

Reinstall the driver (or Update Battery Driver)

  • Enter Device Manager on Cortana search box, then select Device Manager to open the window.
  • Select Batteries, then right-click Microsoft ACPI-Complaint Control Method Battery and Uninstall from the menu, then click OK. 
  • After uninstalling the device, click Action, then select Scan for hardware changes.
  • Select Batteries and right-click Microsoft ACPI-Complaint Control Method Battery again, then select Update Driver Software on the menu.
  • Another window will open, then choose Search automatically for updated driver software. It will automatically search for suitable battery drivers for your device.

Replace the battery

Do it by yourself:

  1. If your laptop is plugged in, either unplug it or disconnect the power cable.

  2. Turn your computer over, so the bottom is facing up.

  3. Locate the battery latch on the bottom of the computer. The image above shows some of the more common battery latches found on laptops.

  4. To remove the battery, slide the latch switch to the opposite side and hold it in that position until the battery is released.

  5. On some laptops, the battery pops out on its own. On others, you’ll need to pull it out gently with the tips of your fingers.

Find a professional

If you cannot find any latches or buttons for releasing the battery, it is likely the laptop utilizes a different mechanism to release the battery. 

The laptop may also need to be serviced by a licensed repair technician to have the battery removed through partial or full disassembly of the laptop.

We recommend referring to the laptop documentation or checking the manufacturer’s website for steps on how to remove the battery. 

The documentation or official website can help you determine if servicing is required to remove the battery.

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