Andrei Girbea, author at Ultrabookreview.com

Andrei Girbea

Andrei Girbea is a Writer and Editor-in-Chief here at Ultrabookreview.com. I write about mobile technology, laptops and computers in general. I've been doing it for more than 15 years now. I'm a techie with a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. I mostly write reviews and thorough guides here on the site, with some occasional columns and first-impression articles.

  • Andrei Girbea - January 31, 2024

    In this article we’re discussing the compact 2024 Dell XPS 13 9340 model, the smallest XPS laptop available as part of the early-2024 XPS lineup. Unlike the XPS 14 and XPS 16, which are brand new devices for this year, the 2024 XPS 13...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 30, 2024

    Table of ContentsThe Best portable 13-inch gaming laptops and ultrabooksAsus ROG Flow X13, ROG Flow Z13 – most powerful 13-inch gaming computersRazer Blade Stealth 13 – the premium all-arounderThe best 14-inch gaming laptops – lightweight and well-balancedRazer Blade 14 – most powerful 14-inch laptopAsus...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    In this article, we’re discussing the lightest laptops and ultrabooks currently available in stores. A laptop’s overall weight is one of my main concerns when shopping for a highly portable computer, the kind I’ll constantly grab along to work or school or during my...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 22, 2024

    Table of ContentsWhat is a mini laptop in 2024?Affordable 11-inch small laptops & 2-in-1 hybridsChromebooks – snappy and with excellent battery lifeAcer Chromebook Spin 311 2-in-1 small laptopLenovo Chromebook Flex 11 2-in-1 mini laptopLenovo Chromebook Duet mini-tabletThe best Windows-based 11-inch small notebooksPremium 11-inch laptopsThe...

  • Andrei Girbea - January 11, 2024

    Among others, Asus are quietly updating their TUF Gaming series of budget performance laptops for 2024, and we’re going to briefly discuss the novelties in this article. Both the new 2024 TUF models are 16-inch full-size designs, available as the: TUF Gaming A16 FA607...

  • Andrei Girbea - March 16, 2024

    In this article, we’re discussing fanless laptops and silent Windows ultrabooks and Chromebooks, or in other words, laptops with passive cooling solutions, without a fan that spins and makes noise. You’ll find quite a few different laptops without a fan available in stores, and...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 10, 2024

    This is our detailed review of the mid-2023 8th-generation update of the Lenovo Legion Pro 7 series, in the Legion Pro 7i variant built on 13th-gen Intel Core HX hardware and Nvidia RTX 4000 graphics. The Pro 7i is the top-tier performance and gaming...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Lenovo Legion 9i series, the highest-tier Legion laptop available as of the end of 2023. You probably know what to expect from this series by now, which is Lenovo’s take on a somewhat portable high-performance laptop, and...

  • Andrei Girbea - January 11, 2024

    Table of ContentsThe Thinnest and Lightest 14-inch and 15-inch laptopsThe best-value all-around 15/14-inch laptopsAffordable optionsPremium optionsGaming and high-performance 15/14-inch laptopsPortable 15-inch and 14-inch business laptopsWrap up – what’s the best lightweight 14/15inch laptop? While you’ll find many excellent compact ultrabooks out there, some of...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus Zenbook Pro 14 UX6404 series, in its mid-2023 generation. We’ve discussed this series earlier in the year, when I got to preview it for a brief time, and that experience left me excited about this addition...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Acer Swift Edge 16 SFE16-43 generation, a lightweight and portable 16-inch laptop built on a modern AMD Ryzen U hardware platform. I’ve reviewed a previous version of the Swift Edge in the past, and this updated model...

  • Andrei Girbea - January 11, 2024

    Table of ContentsBest-value laptops under $1000 in 2024Portable ultrabooks under $1000Good-value performance ultraportables around 1000 USD/EURGaming notebooks under $1000Best affordable laptops under $500 in 2024Full-size cheap laptops under $500Budget ultrabooks (10 to 14-inch) under $500ChromebooksCompact Cheap Windows laptopsWrap up Looking for a good-value laptop...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    Table of ContentsBest affordable ultrabooks and laptops for schoolMid-tier affordable school laptopsPremium lightweight laptops for school and college studentsApple MacBooksSurface laptops, Dell XPS 13 and HP Envy 13/Spectre x360Asus ZenBooks and VivoBooksLenovo ThinkPads and YogasThe best all-purpose school laptopsAsus ROG Flow X13 and Flow...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ZenBook 14X series in its mid-2023 generation. This series is sold as the ZenBook 14X UX3404 in most regions, but also as the ZenBook 14X Q420 and Q410 in some US shops. Furthermore, this reviewed configuration...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 29, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 series, the most powerful ROG – Republic of Gamers laptop available as of 2023/2024. The Scar 18 is a performance laptop with an 18-inch display, a full-size chassis, and an updated beefy...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the mid-2023 8th-generation update of the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 series, in the Legion Pro 5i variant built on 13th-gen Intel Core HX hardware and Nvidia RTX 4000 graphics. The Legion Pro 5i is the mid-tier performance and...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    While a few years ago the word “ultrabook” had not been even invented, today, ultrabooks are widespread and the kinds of portable thin-and-light computers many desire to get. But what is an ultrabook in 2023/2024? How do you define this term and what sets...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 29, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix G18 series, the large screen 18-inch mid-tier Republic of Gamers laptop of the 2023/2024 generation. The ROG Strix series is similar in most ways to Asus’s highest-tier ROG Strix Scar series, which I’ve already...

  • Andrei Girbea - November 4, 2023

    In this article we’re going to discuss the particularities and the performance of the best iGPU currently available on the market, the RDNA3-based AMD Radeon 780M. This integrated GPU is bundled with the majority of the top-tier 2023 AMD Ryzen 7000 Phoenix processors. We’re...

  • Andrei Girbea - March 16, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 6 series, in the AMD-based Yoga Slim 6 14APU8 variant built on AMD Ryzen Phoenix hardware. This series is mostly available on the European market and doesn’t have a direct equivalent in the US...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 8, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix G16 series, the mid-tier mid-sized Republic of Gamers laptop available as of 2023/2024. The Strix series shares its core with Asus’s highest-tier ROG Strix Scar series, which I’ve already reviewed here – ROG Scar...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED series, which I’ve used extensively in my home office over the last two months. This is a quite interesting lineup of laptops. It’s supposed to be an all-purpose mobile computer with...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 X3D, a powerful 17-inch laptop with unique specs in today’s notebook environment, as it pairs an AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D processor with an Nvidia RTX 4090 Laptop dGPU. What makes this laptop...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 10, 2024

    This is our detailed review of the highest-tier configuration of the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i series, the 2023 gen8 generation. This configuration bundles the Intel Core i9-13900HX processor, 32 B RAM, 1 TB of fast SSD storage, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 16...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 23, 2024

    This is our detailed review of the mid-2023 update of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 series, in the Zephyrus G14 GA402 variant built on AMD Ryzen 7000 hardware and Nvidia RTX 4000 graphics. The 2023 ROG Zephyrus G14 generation is a hardware refresh of...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 30, 2024

    In this article, we’re discussing the 2023 Lenovo Legion 9i series, now the top-of-the-line model within Lenovo’s gaming/performance lineup. The 9i is the first of its kind, as so far Lenovo only went up to the Legion 7 as their flagship. However, with the...

  • Andrei Girbea - May 27, 2024

    The latest update of this article provides a detailed list of all the AMD Ryzen 7 8840U and Ryzen 7 8840HS laptops available in stores as of mid 2024, as well as lists of previous generation AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, Ryzen 7 7735U, Ryzen...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This article is my detailed review of the mid-2023 generation of the Asus VivoBook S 14 OLED k5404. This series is the mid-tier and somewhat more affordable alternative to the Asus ZenBook 14X lineup, with fewer bells and whistles, different materials used for the...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Flow Z13 series. The Flow Z13 is a rather unique product, a portable tablet+ keyboard folio format with a 13-inch display, but at the same time a device with powerful specs that can rival the...

  • Andrei Girbea - December 14, 2023

    This article is my detailed review of the mid-2022 generation of the Asus ZenBook 14 OLED. The series is sold as the ZenBook 14 OLED UX4302ZA in most markets, but also as the ZenBook 14 OLED Q409ZA model in the US, as a BestBuy...