Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

Hands on with HP’s redesigned Elite Dragonfly G3 laptop

At CES this year, HP announced the third generation of its Elite Dragonfly business laptop. This time around, there's actually a lot that's different. It's not a convertible anymore, for one thing, and you can get it in a Natural Silver color. In fact, it's a lot more like a more traditional EliteBook 1000 series...

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x review: A thin and light laptop that costs way less than it should

When Lenovo sent me the ThinkBook 13x for review, I didn't expect much. I expected another 13-inch ThinkBook, meaning that it would be a solid laptop that might have one or two interesting features, but overall, there wouldn't be anything sexy about it. But really, this feels like it's a step above the rest. It's super-light,...

New Windows 11 preview finally redesigns the volume and brightness flyouts

It's Wednesday, and like clockwork, Microsoft has a new Windows 11 Insider Preview for testers on the Dev channel. The build number is 22533, and while it doesn't have a whole lot of changes, it has some notable ones. Most notable is that Microsoft is finally redesigning the flyouts for when you use hardware to adjust settings....

Stardock’s Start11 1.1 lets you put folders in your Start Menu

A few months ago, Stardock released Start11, a utility that lets you make your Windows 11 Start Menu look more like the one on Windows 10 or Windows 7. It works the other way around too, letting you make your Windows 10 Start Menu look like the one from Windows 11. The company has a...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.434 – here’s what’s new

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means. It's Patch Tuesday, the day that every supported Microsoft product gets updates. In the case of Windows 11, there's only one version to think about, version 21H2. Unlike most months, but perhaps unsurprisingly, there was no preview update this month. This is almost...

HP OMEN 45L Desktop review: It’s a beast of a rig

At CES, HP is announcing two all-new gaming desktops, the OMEN 40L and the OMEN 45L. That's right, these things are big boys, and the company sent me the OMEN 45L Desktop for review, speccing it out along the way. Indeed, this thing is a beast. But it's not just powerful. HP said that it wanted...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22526 with better support for Apple’s AirPods

Today, Microsoft is releasing its first Windows 11 Insider Preview of the new year, bringing the build number to 22526. As usual, it's available in the Dev channel, which is for testing out new features and is not tied to any specific release of the OS. That means that the new features might arrive in...

Hands on: Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 puts an eight-inch touchscreen by the keyboard

Lenovo has announced its newest ThinkBook Plus; however, it's not quite like the previous two generations, which had a unique E Ink display built into the lid. Instead, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 comes with an eight-inch touchscreen built into the keyboard deck. It's an interesting change for sure. To be honest, I was a...

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 laptops have OLED options and 28W processors

It's CES, and as always, Lenovo has a ton of new laptops to show off. Under its Think business brand, we already saw the brand-new AMD-powered ThinkPad Z series, but now, it's time for everything else. That includes the flagship ThinkPad X1 laptops, as well as a bunch of ThinkBooks, which are aimed at SMBs. Lenovo...

Hands on: The Lenovo ThinkPad Z series is what a ThinkPad should be

At CES, Lenovo announced its all-new ThinkPad Z series, including the ThinkPad Z13 and Z16. There's a lot that's new here. For one thing, Lenovo worked exclusively with AMD on this; there's no Intel model. But more importantly, these were designed with people who don't normally buy ThinkPads in mind, and I got to check them...

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the laptop of the future, and we went hands-on with it

Dell's XPS PCs consistently tops best laptop lists from all around, including our own. They always have small footprints, amazing displays, and most importantly, they're just great from almost every aspect that matters. So when Dell announced the XPS 13 Plus today, it's something to take note of. After all, it's a new member of...

Intel is announcing an Evo spec for foldable-display PCs

CES is kicking off, and since it's always a big PC show, Intel has a whole bunch of announcements. The firm introduced the rest of its 12th-gen desktop processors, its all-new H-series chips for gaming laptops, and it even detailed the SKUs of the new P-series and 12th-gen U-series. While not specifically a product announcement,...