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 - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 update of the Asus ROG Flow X16 series. The ROG Flow X16 is still a unique design in today’s market, as a premium 16-inch laptop with a 2-in-1 convertible format and some of the most advanced...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 23, 2024

    In this article we’re discussing the updated 2023 model of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402 series. The G14 is the most hyped ROG laptop of the last few years, and is especially interesting for us here at Ultrabookreview.com due to its excellent balance...

  • Andrei Girbea - January 11, 2024

    Table of ContentsTable of contents – the best 2024 ultrabookThe best premium thin-and-light ultrabookDell XPS 13, XPS 14 – still the quintessential compact laptops?Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Nano – the business ultrabooksApple MacBooks – the unmatched daily driversAsus ROG Flow X13 – the...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED, now in a redesigned chassis, with 13th-gen Intel Core U Evo hardware, and a revamped cooling module. Thing is, the 2022 Zenbook S 13 was one of my favorite ultrabooks of its...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 20, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 update of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 series. The Zephyrus M16 has been available for a few years now, as a premium laptop with powerful specs and top features in a rather compact and lightweight package....

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    Table of ContentsThe Best 2-in-1 portable laptops (ultrabooks) in 2024Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and HP Spectre x360 – the complete 2-in-1 ultrabooksMicrosoft Surface Pro and Surface Go – the best Windows tabletsHP Envy x360 13 – the best mid-range convertibleLenovo Flex 5 13 –...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 series, the most powerful AMD-based Republic of Gamers laptop available as of 2023. Most of the 2023 ROG models are Intel-based this year, with Nvidia RTX graphics, and only two Strix models...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 updates of the Lenovo Legion Slim series of thin-and-light gaming/performance laptops. For this year, the Legion Slims are available as either the premium Slim 7/7i models, with a thinner and lighter premium format, or the mid-tier Slim...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    In this article we’re discussing the Lenovo LOQ series of gaming/performance laptops, a new addition to the Lenovo lineup as for mid-2023. These slot as budget-friendly options underneath the popular Lenovo Legion models, as more affordable variants with low and mid-tier specs. As far...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 30, 2024

    Most laptop manufacturers are releasing a full-performance gaming/work laptop with an 18-inch display as of early 2023. In this article, I’m explaining what to expect in terms of size, screen quality, and performance from these 18-inch laptops, and how they compare to the 17-inch...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 29, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 16 series, the most powerful mid-sized Republic of Gamers laptop available as of 2023/2024. We’ve already reviewed the bigger 18-inch ROG Scar 18, with whom this 16-inch Scar 16 model shares most of...

  • Andrei Girbea - November 24, 2023

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 updates of the Lenovo Legion 7 series, now called the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Intel) and Lenovo Legion Pro 7 (AMD). Aside from appending a Pro to the naming, Lenovo’s top-lineup of performance and gaming laptops doesn’t...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 19, 2024

    This is a complete list of creator and gaming laptops available with a high-resolution and high-refresh 4K 120Hz, 4K 144Hz display, or the close alternatives with 16:10 aspect ratios (4K+ WQUXGA 3840×2400 px). Most gaming laptops these days ship with fast screens, with refresh...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    Table of ContentsBest budget Chromebooks in 2024 (under $300)Lenovo Chromebook DuetBest-value Chromebooks in 2024 ($300 to $500)Pixel Slate and Asus Chromebook Flip CM3Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13 and Duet 5 OLEDAcer Chromebook Spin 514 and HP Chromebook x360 14a15 and 17-inch ChromebooksBest Premium Chromebooks...

  • Andrei Girbea - May 21, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 series. Update: In the meantime, I’ve also reviewed two different versions of the latest 2024 ROG Zephyrus G16 series: the Zephyrus G16 GU605MI (Core Ultra 7 + RTX 4070) and the top-specced...

  • Andrei Girbea - August 23, 2023

    This article explains why a high refresh-rate screen should be a must on your gaming laptop in this day and age, and also compiles for you a complete list of all the available notebooks equipped with 144Hz or the newer 240Hz, 360Hz, and 480Hz...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 10, 2023

    In this article we’re discussing the gaming performance you should expect at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 px) on modern laptops built on the latest RTX 4000 Ada Lovelace graphics chips from Nvidia. While we’re currently in the process of testing a handful of...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 Asus ROG Strix G17 series, the mid-tier AMD-based Republic of Gamers laptop available as of 2023. While most of the 2023 ROG models are Intel-based this year, two Strix models are still built on the latest...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM special edition series, a co-venture collaboration with the ACRONYM design agency (with whom Asus worked in the past for the Zephyrus G14 ACRNM). We’ve talked about the standard ROG Flow Z13...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    This is my detailed review of the 2023 MSI Raider GE78 series of performance/gaming laptops. The Raider lineup includes MSI’s top-of-the-line gaming and high-performance notebooks, alongside the behemoth of the GE77 Titan, which we’re discussing in a different article. For the 2023 generation, the...

  • Andrei Girbea - September 6, 2023

    In this article, we’re discussing the 2023 Lenovo Slim Pro 9i and Slim Pro 7 lineups of premium performance ultrabooks. The Slim Pro 9i, also known as the Yoga Pro 9i here in Europe, is a novelty for Lenovo and a competitor in the...

  • Andrei Girbea - April 30, 2024

    Time to discuss the Nvidia RTX 4090 Laptop mobile graphics chip, the most powerful mobile dGPU option available so far in 2024 for high-performance gaming and work notebooks. The GeForce RTX 4090 is built on Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture, with updated CUDA processing cores,...

  • Andrei Girbea - December 14, 2023

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 updates in the standard Asus ZenBook 14 OLED lineup of thin-and-light portable laptops. Those include the ZenBook 14 UX3402VA (Intel 13th-gen Core P) and ZenBook 14 UM3402YA (AMD Ryzen 7000) clamshell designs, as well as the 2-in-1...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    Reviews are out for the 2023 generation of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 M2, with the updated M2 Pro and M2 Max specs, and in this article, we’re going to have a roundup of what has changed and what most of the notorious publications...

  • Andrei Girbea - March 8, 2023

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 Razer Blade updates, the Razer Blade 16 and the Razer Blade 18. Over the last many years, Razer made some of the best premium performance thin-and-light laptops available on the market with their Blade lineups (and we’ve...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 update of the Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED series, model name K6604JI. Over the last years, Asus offered some well-balanced creator laptops in the VivoBook Pro 16X lineup, with a variety of Intel/AMD specs, beautiful high-res OLED...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 1, 2024

    The ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 is one of the most powerful work/gaming laptops available in Asus’s 2023 lineup, and one of the very few built on an AMD hardware platform, alongside the 2023 ROG Scar 17 and Strix G17 models. The 2023 generation is,...

  • Andrei Girbea - March 18, 2024

    In this article, we’re discussing the 2023 Dell Alienware m18 and Alienware m16 lineups of full-size gaming/performance laptops, the most powerful Alienware notebooks available for the 2023 generation. The Alienware m18 is a full-size behemoth of a laptop, larger and heavier than the previous...

  • Andrei Girbea - February 20, 2024

    In this article, we’re discussing the 2023 Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 lineup of compact and lightweight performance laptops. Asus have been offering the M16 series in stores for the last two years, but the 2023 model is a significant revamp of the previous models,...

  • Andrei Girbea - November 2, 2023

    In this article we’re discussing the 2023 versions of the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 series, both the Legion Pro 5i Intel-based models and Legion Pro 5 AMD-based configurations. The Legion Pro 5s are Lenovo’s mid-range lineup of performance/gaming laptops, slotting in between the premium-tier...