Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, PCWorld

Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.

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The Acer Nitro 5 embraces AMD Ryzen mobile APUs, making casual gaming a little serious

Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop may be mainstream, but the latest Ryzen mobile APUs give them some luster.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that's tuned for pen input. Of course there's a keyboard, but it's designed to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.

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Acer Chromebook 14 review: You can brag a little about this laptop's luxury details

Acer's Chromebook 14 has a few things to brag about: Its brushed-aluminum chassis and high-resolution display make it stand out among other affordable models, even if other features remain pretty basic.

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Hands on: Lenovo's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is fun, easy, affordable augmented reality

Lenovo's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges makes augmented-reality gameplay affordable and easy with its single positioning beacon, authentic-looking lightsaber, and a headset you pair with your phone.

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Google Pixelbook review: Android and Google Assistant transform the Chromebook

Google's Pixelbook shows a new way forward for Chromebooks. Android and Google Assistant, plus pen support, make the staid platform productive and fun.

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The Pixelbook comes home, jumping headlong into Google's ecosystem

The Pixelbook is the first Chromebook to jump headlong into Google's ecosystem, with ties to Google Assistant and the Google Play Store, among other integrations. It's also a progressive design: thin and powerful, with a 360-degree hinge and pen support.

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HP’s Spectre x360 13 promises up to 16 hours of battery life in a faster, cooler design

The HP Spectre x360 13 is already a leading convertible laptop, and it’s about to get faster and cooler, thanks in part to Intel’s 8th-generation Core CPUs.

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The HP Spectre 13’s touchscreen is its killer feature against the MacBook Air

HP’s Spectre 13 has always wanted to steal users from the MacBook Air, and it may finally have its killer competitive feature: A touchscreen.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review: Good at almost everything, including light gaming

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pro offers a little bit of everything, including a discrete Radeon RX 540 GPU, an integrated S-Pen, and impressively long battery life.

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Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Discrete GTX 1050 graphics is worth the weight

Lenovo's Yoga 720 stuffs GTX 1050 graphics into a fairly slim mainstream laptop. You take a hit in battery life and weight as a result, but the performance payoff is worth it.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 520 is a Surface clone with quad-core power

It's still a slender tablet with a detachable keyboard, but Intel's 8th-gen Core i7 CPU promises up to a 40-percent jump in performance.

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds even more luxury with 8th-gen Intel Core power

Lenovo unveils the Yoga 920 with a long list of new features, from fingerprint and voice input to faster Intel 8th-gen CPUs.

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Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop gets serious with GTX 1060 and Nvidia Max-Q

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop will offer Nvidia GTX 1060 discrete graphics with Max-Q technology for better-balanced performance.

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Dell revs up its XPS 13 with Intel's quad-core Kaby Lake R

The 8th-gen CPU promises up to 40 percent faster performance, a significant jump from before.

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Acer Predator 21 X: We unbox the beastliest gaming laptop ever

Release the Kraken! The Acer Predator 21 X is a pure and uncompromising gaming machine whose 18-pound heft is only theoretically portable. We unbox this beast, and you can watch it happen here.