Melissa Riofrio

Executive Editor

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.

Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX in a trimmer package

Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX in a trimmer package

Razer overhauls its Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nividia RTX, all in a smaller, lighter package.

Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs are going niche

Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs are going niche

In our exclusive interview with Acer CEO Jason Chen, we talk about how the No. 4 PC vendor looks for growth in niche "microtrends" that bigger competitors might miss.

I could slide the Acer Predator Helios 700's HyperDrift keyboard all day

I could slide the Acer Predator Helios 700's HyperDrift keyboard all day

Acer's Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop debuts the HyperDrift keyboard, which slides forward for better ventilation as well as easier typing.

Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators

Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators

ConceptD is Acer's new brand of PCs for creative professionals using graphics-intensive applications. The product line even has Pantone, AdobeRGB, and DeltaE certifications.

HP Spectre Folio review: This lightweight leather laptop is different in a very good way

HP Spectre Folio review: This lightweight leather laptop is different in a very good way

HP's leather-wrapped Spectre Folio feels better than any metal or plastic laptop could. Performance is good, and battery life is outstanding.

Amazon's All-new Kindle vs. the Kindle Paperwhite: Budget vs. luxury e-reader

Amazon's All-new Kindle vs. the Kindle Paperwhite: Budget vs. luxury e-reader

Amazon’s All-new Kindle improves upon the company’s most affordable e-reader by adding a few new features for a slightly higher price. We compare it to the fancier Kindle Paperwhite.

Lenovo builds Amazon Alexa into its Smart Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets

Lenovo builds Amazon Alexa into its Smart Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets

Lenovo's Smart Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets come with a Smart Dock that turns them into Amazon Alexa displays.

Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place

Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place

We've always loved the Dell XPS 13, except for one thing: the low-slung, nosehair-catching camera. Finally, it's at the top where it belongs.

The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined

The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined

With the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop, Dell is launching a new design as well as a desktop-class powerhouse. Here's our close look.

Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels

Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels

Dell's Inspiron 13 and 15 7000 Black Edition laptops offer special features including better thermals and a hinge that doubles as pen storage.

The HP Chromebook 14 puts AMD power under the hood for the first time

The HP Chromebook 14 puts AMD power under the hood for the first time

HP's Chromebook 14 is one of the first Google laptops to feature an AMD processor.

Google Pixel Slate: The top features, specs, and highlights

Google Pixel Slate: The top features, specs, and highlights

The Google Pixel Slate debuts with a stunning display, a detachable keyboard, and new Chrome OS features that redefine the Chrome tablet.

The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing

The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing

The $599 HP Chromebook x360 14 shows premium Chromebooks are a trend, but given its price we're surprised there's no pen.

The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

The HP Spectre Folio slips a full-grain leather shell around a superthin laptop to make a PC that looks, feels, and smells luxurious.

CrashPlan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

CrashPlan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

CrashPlan is ending its home-user service on October 23, 2018. Options include upgrading to CrashPlan's business tier, or seeking alternative services. We'll walk you through the choices.

How to remove ads and Special Offers from your Kindle or Kindle Fire

How to remove ads and Special Offers from your Kindle or Kindle Fire

If your Amazon Kindle device has ads and Special Offers, you can remove them. But it's going to cost you.

Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro

Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a mission: to kill the MacBook Pro 15, or at least keep corporate customers from adopting the new high-end Apple laptop. We look at what makes this new flagship formidable.

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 puts a Core i9 or Xeon in a thin-and-light laptop

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 puts a Core i9 or Xeon in a thin-and-light laptop

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 is a workstation laptop that somehow crams a Core i9 or Xeon plus Nvidia Quadro into a chassis just 0.7-inch thin and 3.76 pounds.

Watch us unbox Dell's G3 15 and G7 15 gaming laptops

Watch us unbox Dell's G3 15 and G7 15 gaming laptops

Dell's G series gaming laptops aren't flashy, but inside they have the CPU and GPU power you need.

Lenovo's Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes are compact desktops made for esports
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Lenovo's Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes are compact desktops made for esports

Lenovo's Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes speak to the esports crowd with their compact form factors housing gaming hardware to spare. They even have a heavy-duty carrying handle.

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