System noise during low load, docking connector, interface layout
Dell created a solid and decent business ultrabook with the Latitude E7240. It is light and delivers a good system performance. Several components can be replaced and it comes with many important business features including a docking port.
But, is this sufficient?
It is outrageously expensive. Many options cost extra and not all components of the test model are completely convincing.
Bright Full HD IPS display with strong contrast
Sony Vaio Pro 11 offers a rare combination of attractive attributes: our test model weighs less than 900 grams (2 pounds), has a good Full HD IPS display, a stylish design and sufficient performance for most tasks. Overall, a good mix of important attributes.
Extremely thin and light
The 11-inch model is worse. The even-smaller, even-thinner body only exacerbates the build quality problems, and coupled with a touchscreen that's probably too high-res for this screen size, it just falters. Battery life is great, but performance lags a bit behind the larger counterpart - and when the 13-inch Pro is so thin and light anyway, it's hard to think of a reason to buy the 11-inch model unless you're desperately trying to save $100.
The lightest laptop we've ever felt
Despite a few flaws, Sony's VAIO Pro 11 is one of the more impressive machines we've seen, creating a proper PC experience in one of the lightest designs yet.
It's also nice to see that Sony is competing with the prices of other Ultrabook manufacturers, and with a starting price of $1299 and featuring an excellent screen, decent processor, and amazing weight, the Sony VAIO Pro is a top choice. Recommended.
Matte display, Low weight, Price-performance ratio
It could have been perfect: low weight, decent enough build quality, long battery life, good looks, a dedicated graphics card, and a good price-performance ratio - we even would have overlooked the lack of stability and rigidity in the design. The multimedia notebook manages to get most things right and could have been a very good solution for watching movies, editing videos, and the occasional gaming.
Big bang for a little buck
This laptop is great. It arrived promptly in perfect condition, and when I booted it up it was easy to see I was going to love it. I agree with the critical reviews--Windows 8 is the most impractical operating system for a laptop/desktop...it's a drastic shift from the old ways and makes everything so much more complicated than it has to be. But I won't dock points on the machine that it came installed on for that fact; samsung is just trying to keep with the times.
Good screen resolution for a 13-inch laptop.
The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
High manufacturing quality, Low weight, Compact size
In the review of Apple's 2011 MacBook Air we wrote, "Overall there is not much new to report about the latest MacBook Air, and that is a good thing." That is basically also true for the MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012. However, there are a few improvements worth mentioning as well as things that could still be improved in our opinion.
Little bit faster in general speed, a lot faster in graphics speed
This revised 13in MacBook Air is a little bit faster in general speed, a lot faster in graphics speed - if only catching up with 2010's Air - but with approaching an hour of extra battery life. We also appreciate the even quieter fan. This is the original ultrabook, and with extra details and quality touches it still beats all Ultrabooks we've seen so far.
Incredibly thin and light.
While Apple doesn't own the exclusive rights to the super-skinny notebook guest list any longer, it is still the market leader. But while the latest MacBook Air impressed us greatly, the wow-factor has worn off slightly, due to this being the third iteration of the current design.
In a market becoming densely populated with slim-line laptops from a massive range of manufacturers, Apple still holds the trump card with the MacBook Air - but only just.
Apple has updated what was already one of the better ultraportable laptops on the market to keep it competitive, with a downright impressive set of specification upgrades and (in theory) some of the best connectivity going thanks to its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt combination. However, we canâ?? t say weâ??
Incredibly light, yet well built
The MacBook Air 11 continues to be a wonderfully portable laptop, suiting travel or those who are constantly on the move. While an IPS screen would be nice and the default storage sizes need to be raised, this is a lovely piece of engineering that has well and truly carved its niche.
The Elusive Samsung Ativ PC Pro 700t
Overall I think this tablet is great! I think if you don't use intensive programs but you want the wacom digitizer for writing go with the 500t. I think if you only plan on having ONE tablet go with the 500t (I can't imagine doing my daily new york times reading on the couch with the honker of a tablet in my hand) Honestly, If it is for surfing, email, kindle etc... I would still go ipad... but if you want productivity this is the only tablet to go with!
Most powerful Windows 7 tablet
With its sleek lines and alluring finish, the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the most attractive Windows 7 tablet going. It's also the most powerful, and the one with the best accessories thanks to its included Wacom stylus, media dock and wireless keyboard. Unfortunately, it suffers from some build-quality issues; its otherwise gorgeous PLS screen doesn't have the ideal aspect ratio for a tablet, and despite Samsung's enhancements, Windows still isn't a finger-friendly OS.
Full HD screen, Good performance
Samsung's 11.6in Ativ PC Pro 700T tablet is a good one to choose if you want to run Windows 8. It has a Full HD screen and a Core i5 CPU and it performs a lot like a mid-range Ultrabook. Its keyboard dock allows it to be used for long typing sessions and its 'S Pen' allows it to be used for handwriting recognition and drawing. Well worth considering.
Very functional transformer design
There's a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: it's fast, battery life is pretty good and it has a good full HD display with both multi-touch and a Wacom digitizer. The keyboard dock is in the box, so there's no hidden cost. We're not too keen on the black plastic casing that looks more netbook than $1,200 Ultrabook and Samsung needs to get the issue with keyboard disconnects sorted out (hopefully a few months from now, only working docks will be on the shelves).
Good performance, Ergonomic keyboard
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is a powerful Windows 8 device. It is really a tablet rather than a laptop as Samsung wishes to portray it. Its powerful Core i5 dual-core CPU and 128 GB hard drive ensure a speedy and lag-free performance even with multi-tasking. The 11.6" bright Full HD touchscreen with great viewing angles is also very responsive. Thanks to a pair of decent speakers, the multimedia performance is also good.
Low weight, slim casing, High-end aluminum looks
The Taichi could be revolutionary - it can in fact revolutionize using a Windows PC. Of course, the user has to be open for this and the high-end convertible makes that easy. But first things first.
The Taichi 21 is almost on a par with the ZenBook category in terms of technology and workmanship. The aluminum unibody base unit is exceptionally stiff; the dual-screen lid cannot match that for construction-related reasons.
Excellent Audio For Such A Small Laptop
ASUS certainly offers a very different approach to a convertible laptop by making one with both internal and external displays. This is actually quite useful in some situations when sharing the laptop for presentations. The big downside here is that only the external display is touch enabled and also compatible with the digitizer pen. The Taichi 21 also has some of the best audio in such a small laptop making it excellent as a media platform.
A lot to like in this gorgeous package
I love it so far. Sure it has some drawbacks, but there's no perfect hybrid out there right now. I was planning to wait for second generation models but come on, life's too short to be waiting and waiting, I've been waiting long enough and this is 90% what I wanted so I'll take it and enjoy it. The battery life is the biggest limitation/con in my opinion, but I plan to buy an external battery of some sort to have around for emergencies or long meetings/seminars.
Bang & Olufsen audio, Comfortable, backlit keyboard
The Asus Taichi stands up as a supremely desirable piece of consumer tech that acts as a sterling showcase for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
Both power and usability are first class, and the design - as we've come to expect from Asus - really is head-turning. The Asus Taichi works better as a laptop than a tablet, but it's one of the best examples we've yet seen of marrying the two form factors together.
Easily use it as a notebook or as a tablet
The ASUS Taichi 21 is a hybrid Ultrabook that ships with two Full HD screens. Open the lid to use it as a laptop, close the lid to use it as a tablet. It's easy to use and it provides a very good tablet experience. It's not perfect though: we think it needs some tweaks to the hardware and software. But overall, it's a unit worth considering if you're after a Windows 8 hybrid unit.
Lightweight and sturdy design
Windows 8 opened up new possibilities for mobile computing and the Asus Taichi 21 takes advantage of this. It has dual 11.6-inch 1080p displays where the second on the back of the primary display acts as a tablet when closed. Both of the displays look really good but the battery life is short.
Very good build quality and brushed aluminum construction for the price
The Q500A does nothing spectacular, but performs above average in nearly all major categories. While that may not sound too impressive, the low entry price of just $629 is a very good value considering that there are no significant flaws or major dealbreakers that may make users think twice about the quality or performance of this budget model for the price. Users who choose to install an aftermarket SSD will have a notebook that can perform admirably for many years down the line.
Large screen on a budget
Calling the Dell Inspiron 17R a desktop replacement is a little unfair, since it's not really in the league of the performance desktops that dominate the category. The Inspiron 17R is a solid machine if you're looking for a large screen on a budget, but you have to be aware that it won't perform like similarly sized machines, such as the Origin EON17-S, or the Alienware M17x.
Does what I need it to
I bought this pc mainly because I ditched cable recently and needed a pc with a powerful processor to be able to convert and transmit streaming video to my roku box. The older model compaq that I had simply wasn't getting the job done but this beast does it without a hitch. The 17" screen is beautiful and the colors look great. It's really light and built sturdy and thus far i've had no issues with it.
Very keen price, Good screen for multimedia
The Dell Inspiron 17R isn't the notebook to go for if you need a true road warrior machine. It's too large and heavy, with merely mediocre battery life. But if you're after a system for general usage that is particularly good for group audiovisual presentations, even away from the mains socket, this is a serious contender.
Impressive CPU performance with Ivy Bridge
We praised the X220 for its sturdy case, fast performance, premium IPS display, extensive connectivity options and long battery life, but we also noted some unfortunate drawbacks like CPU throttling issues, subpar VGA quality and a warping case. Has the X230 fixed these issues or has it introduced more unanticipated problems along the way?
Fortunately, the 2012 refresh shows none of the hardware problems that plagued the original X220.
Great durability, ports, and performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 offers the power and expansive feature set of a full-size notebook in a thin and lightweight ultraportable. Whether you are travelling around the world or commuting between offices, this powerful notebook is easy to carry - starting at just 2.96lbs!
Eraserhead cursor control, and comfortable keyboard
ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.
Excellent screen, Excellent keyboard
If you're after a small laptop that's also powerful and comfortable to type on, the ThinkPad X230 is perfect. It has an excellent, backlit keyboard and its screen is also splendid. The only thing we don't like is the touchpad, but it does have a TrackPoint that you can use instead of it.
Interchangeable display lids, sturdy surfaces
The Inspiron 15R Special Edition is a multimedia-notebook that manages to leave a very good impression in those areas where it really matters: a great display, well-designed input devices, and plenty of performance. Those not needing a long battery life should take a look at this great all-around performer retailing for about 900 Euro.
Great looks, Durable chassis
The Inspiron 15R is a budget-friendly 15.6-inch notebook based around the latest Intel platform. With a base configuration including the Intel Core i3 370M processor, 4GB of RAM, and Intel GMA HD graphics, the 15R easily outperforms budget and midrange notebooks of yesteryear. For the average user, this machine is more than capable for pretty much all activities except gaming. Even when it came to decoding HD movies, the 15R handled it with ease.
Improved Integrated Graphics, Lots of USB 3.0 Ports
Dell's most recent revision of the Inspiron 15R brings with it Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. For under $600, this gives the laptop an advantage thanks to the Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory that outperforms much of the competition. In addition, it features a surprising four USB 3.0 ports that is twice as many as most budget laptops have. If you are looking for low cost video editing, the new HD Graphics 4000 also offers improved video transcoding performance.
Well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag
Dell's Inspiron 15R 5520 doesn't major in its wow factor. However, it is a well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag. For less than £600 you get a powerful processor, and plenty of storage and connectivity, albeit not in an especially lightweight package.
Excellent connectivity, Discrete graphics
With the 15R, Dell has put together a versatile 15.6in budget to midrange laptop that doesn't compromise on connectivity. Relatively minor weaknesses with its keyboard aside, it holds up well overall, with the interchangeable lids being a great way to change the design according to your mood or to match the colour of your shoes (if you're that way inclined).
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