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Joe Osborne

Deputy Managing Editor, Hardware

My Experience

After starting my career at PCMag as an intern more than a decade ago, I’m back as one of its editors, focused on laptops and desktops. I have been on staff and been published in technology review publications including PCMag (of course!), Laptop Magazine, Tom’s Guide, TechRadar, and IGN. I’ve tested and reviewed hundreds of laptops along the way, and helped develop testing protocols, too. I’m also well-versed in video games coverage.

My Areas of Expertise

  • Laptop, tablet, and desktop computers (macOS and Windows)

  • PC gaming hardware and components

  • Gaming console hardware

  • Gaming software critique

The Technology I Use

I have ebbed and flowed between Windows-based and Apple hardware and software throughout my life, with my first computer being a hand-me-down Apple IIe with the green screen and spool printer. I soon after learned Windows with a—yes, hand-me-down—Packard Bell.

Today, I prefer macOS to Windows for its simpler integration with the phone that I use (iPhone) and simpler keyboard shortcuts and file management. Also, the hardware is always top notch, especially with the latest MacBook designs. (Windows, admittedly, still has better multi-window management.)

As for gaming, I’m a Nintendo fan first, a retro gamer second, and a PC gamer third. Expertise aside, it’s a matter of time and preference…and lack of space I’m willing to give up for a gaming PC in my home.

Recent Articles by Joe Osborne

The Best Laptops for 2023

Whether you want a simple budget PC, a productivity workhorse, or a screamer of a gaming notebook, our deep-dive guide has all the advice you need, along with our top product picks in every major laptop category.

By Tom Brant  & Joe Osborne

What the Flax? Hands On With the Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 Eco-Lid Laptop

Lenovo's latest sustainability move is flax-weave in a laptop chassis. Plus, the PC maker takes a big swing at keeping its TrackPoint mouse relevant with interesting new software.

By Joe Osborne

Twist, Swap, See Double: These 12 Laptops Are CES 2023's Stars

A bunch of laptops earned our "Best of CES" laurels, but they’re not the only exciting ones we saw at the 2023 show. This dozen packs the most potential for the coming year.

CES 2023 First Look: HP's Dragonfly Pro Chromebook Is...RGB-Enhanced?

Yes, this is the first mainstream (as opposed to gaming) Chromebook with an RGB keyboard. See what else sets apart this model for on-the-go pros.

By Joe Osborne

CES 2023 Hands-On: HP's Dragonfly Pro, a Sharp Laptop With Special CPU Sauce

HP brings the best of its Dragonfly premium business laptop brand to a design customized for freelancers and content makers, and backed by some performance tweaks from HP and AMD.

By Joe Osborne