Aluminum unibody case very pleasant to the touch
Is it worth upgrading from the last generation? From our viewpoint, only if battery life is top on your priority list. The improved GPU performance is nice, and the new PCIe SSD is too, but these components only offer a significant advantage for specific applications. That's true of the new ac WLAN module too, as you'll need a corresponding router to take advantage of it.
Design and build quality are impeccable
We were worried about that 1.3 GHz clock speed at first, but the Haswell processor proves more than a match for its faster-looking Ivy Bridge predecessor while nearly a day's battery life. Combine that performance with the MacBook Air's lightweight, elegant design and you've got an ultraportable laptop that still sets the standard for its Windows rivals to copy.
Super solid yet slim
The MacBook Air remains one of our favorite ultraportable computers. It's built with incredible attention to detail, is strong yet thin and the backlit keyboard is excellent. Though the display won't win against recent full HD Windows 8 Ultrabooks or the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, it's sharp, colorful and bright. And the battery life? It's simply off the charts and our Core i7 13" model routinely manages 10 to 12 hours of use time on a full charge. Wow.
Faster, better Wi-Fi
So, an incremental upgrade to the previous model. We've seen Apple do this before (iPhone 4 to 4S) - the difference here being an increase of performance and a drop in price - the new 11-inch MBA starts at £849. We're disappointed rather than annoyed that Retina didn't find its way into this iteration and think that if you have the last MacBook Air, it's not worth upgrading just yet.
Bright IPS screen with good contrast
The Yoga 11S is essentially a blend of the Yoga 11 and Yoga 13; it's an attempt to leverage the benefits of both models while keeping the affiliated limitations to a minimum. In some ways, it succeeds: with a bright IPS screen, sturdy design, excellent performance, and a responsive, accurate touchscreen, it's got a lot to like.
However, like its predecessors, its utility boils down to the user's goals.
Extremely portable, Strong hinges
If you're in the market for a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'd be remiss to not check out the Lenovo Yoga 11S.
While it currently lacks a Haswell option, it's still plenty fast enough for whatever you want to do, with the exception of hardcore PC gaming. We took this model on several business trips and experienced nary a hiccup. On planes its diminutive size made it perfect for working or watching videos and it easily tucks away nicely into any bag you may be traveling with.
Ultrabook and tablet in one
If you're looking for both an ultrabook and a tablet, but don't want too many devices kicking around, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a great solution. It's powerful and fully featured, with great flexibility. There are better tablets and ultrabooks, but this is as good as we've seen in a hybrid.
Compact, clever design, good keyboard
As a laptop, the Yoga 11S has lots to offer. It's a nice little machine that has impressed us in general use. There are some interesting things to note. For a start, we tested the Core i3 version of the machine, which doesn't seem to appear on the Lenovo site, but you can buy it from PC World and the like, for £700.
Beautiful design, Lightweight and compact
Even though the HP Chromebook 11 is completely different from the high-end Pixel, it gets the same rating because it achieves the same mission. It advances Google's Chrome OS platform not with what it does, but how it does it. It exudes style and even a bit of unapologetic Chromebook pride. HP says the Chromebook 11 will ship on October 16. I expect that the white ones will sell better, and a canny retailer will bundle a microfiber cleaning cloth with each one.
11.6-inch beauty has a very tempting price
The Chromebook 11 looks great, is small and light and has the best screen we've seen on a Chrome OS device. However, build quality isn't quite up to scratch and - more importantly - neither is performance. With several other rival Chromebooks about to be launched, it's definitely worth waiting to see if one can combine good performance with a good screen at the right price. HP's aims well with its latest effort, but misses the mark by a good margin.
Sharp design, comfortable keyboard, bright IPS display, and loud speakers
A fresh look and comfortable feel make HP's 11-inch budget Chromebook an appealing bet, especially for households that need a cheap no-frills Web-surfing Google Netbook. If you're not thinking about productivity, though, you're better off with a tablet.
Good screen, solid built, light, affordable
The Chromebook 11 looks good, but poor performance and cheaper yet more advanced alternatives have us struggling to recommend this over other products on the market. The Chromebook is getting better, but it's still a long way from being a worthwhile investment as far as we're concerned.
Nice build quality for $279, though the lid is a bit too flexible and wobbly for our tastes
The Chromebook 11 removes at least a few of those compromises. Too many cheap laptops are crippled by bad screens and crappy keyboards, and HP and Google get both of them right here. The build quality is fine for the price, though the screen wobbles and hairline scratches in the glossy plastic finish will eventually be an issue, even if you're careful with it.
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.
More RAM for better, zippier performance, Swappable 6-cell battery lasts longer on the road
Though it still has a couple of faults, the new version of the Acer C7 Chromebook is faster, longer lasting, and better all around. All this and its very low price tag makes it the best inexpensive Chromebook on the market.
Limitations of Chrome OS, Poor battery life
Well, you might just prefer having a familiar laptop experience, complete with keyboard and trackpad, and if you're already living the Google life with Docs, Calendar, Gmail, Hangouts, Google+ and more, you'll immediately feel at home as soon as you sign into a Chromebook. And that's fine. If that's you, we think you should consider one.
Basically, then, we like the idea of a Chromebook; we just don't particularly like this Chromebook.
Chrome is getting better all the time
The jury may still be out on whether or not Google's Chromebook concept can really change the laptop market, but if you're a light user or tend to spend most of your time on the web, then the Acer C7 Chromebook is worth considering. The boot time may be longer than the Samsung Series 3, but it's still quicker than most traditional laptops, and the way Chrome seamlessly backs up your files is impressive.
Good keyboard and touchpad, Attractive display
Acer's C7 Chromebook is a stunning value. The only major sacrifice a buyer has to make is accepting the Chrome OS, which is becoming easier over time. Chrome OS is now capable of performing all the basic tasks the average user requires and many apps can be used offline.
It's a shame, then, that portability is exactly where the C7 falls short. Using this laptop at your local coffee shop isn't a hassle, but even a short trip by train, plane, or automobile will tax the battery.
Durable simplistic design
As a business focused device, the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 delivers on most fronts. The 1.9 GHz i5 processor and 128GB mSATA SSD ensure that users will be able to tackle most computing functions with relative ease, while the machine's durable portable design easily shrugs off the wears and tears of travel.
Easily the most notable weak point for this machine is its lack of media focus.
Attractive, durable design, Good keyboard design
The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is a revival of the convertible laptop design that never really caught on several years ago. This model has a good exterior, a comfortable keyboard and a high-quality touch screen. It is expensive and has below-average battery life, however.
Solid build, superior performance, and a surfeit of business features
The HP EliteBook Revolve packs plenty of power and plenty of bang for the buck. It's plenty usable too, my touchpad peeves notwithstanding. If you're thinking of using the Revolve as a tablet, though, note that while the display does revolve, it doesn't detach. If you're not hung up on having all the oomph or the business-class features of the Revolve, you might look into HP's Envy X2 with its detachable keyboard dock and second battery.
Durable and compact simplistic design
As a business focused device, the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 delivers on most fronts. The best things the EliteBook Revolve 810 has going for it are clean design and comfortable feel, plus system speed. Price and battery life are the weaknesses. For $1,449, though, we'd prefer longer battery life. If you are looking for productivity and want a device that will get the job done, plain and simple, will be well severed by the HP EliteBook Revolve 810.
Ten-point touchscreen, Good battery life, Reasonably priced
The Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 is an affordable tablet hybrid powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU. It offers a responsive, albeit low resolution, 11.6-inch touch-screen, a detached Bluetooth keyboard, and relatively good battery life, but there are better performing hybrids out there.
Very good viewing angles, Very bright screen
The P3 tries to live up to the earlier success of the Iconia W700 model and lures with a low price design. The 11.6-inch tablet only makes a few mistakes. The i3 performance alongside the swift Intel SSD bears fruits. Common Windows tasks like Excel, Outlook, copying or even basic image editing are performed quickly. It is only too bad that only 25 GB of the 64 GB SSD (net: 59 GB) is available for storage and installations. There is no card reader for expanding it via an SD card.
You get what you pay for
I don't like the search feature in Windows 8 but it doesn't mean that I couldn't work with it, this is just my opinion. Regardless, this is a great PC/Tablet - it is easy to use, easy to learn to navigate and explore (well for me anyway), fairly light, and the price was fairly alright. The simplicity is there and as I had stated before, you get what you pay for.
IPS panel is bright and vibrant with excellent viewing angles
The Aspire P3-171-6408 (Core i3 and 60GB SSD) is priced at Rs 54,999 and the Aspire P3-171-6820 (Core i5 and 120GB SSD) is priced at Rs 64,999. The P3-171-6408 is one of the most affordable Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablets running a Core i3 processor. The reason for it being so affordable is quite obvious-the use of a Bluetooth keyboard case to transform the tablet to an Ultrabook.
Fully functional 10-finger touchscreen
The Yoga 13 is both a cautious and valiant effort at introducing a unique, yet ThinkPad X220T-like experience for the first time to IdeaPad users. The patented hinges are more than a novelty and the tablet functionality works wonders after acclimating to the uneven weight distribution. It's not as easy to pick up and play as with a tablet, but the duality and versatility of the Yoga combined with Windows 8 make the convertible leagues beyond what any available dedicated tablet can offer.
Solid performance, Great display
The bottom line is that the Yoga 13 is a powerful, full-featured Ultrabook but the 360-degree hinge design might be as much of a design flaw as it is a unique selling point. If you want a laptop that converts into a tablet without the exposed keyboard then there are other options like the Dell XPS 12 or Lenovo's own ThinkPad Twist. If you like the various screen positons of the Yoga 13 and don't mind the exposed keyboard then this is a fabulous Windows 8 PC.
Ultrabook first, tablet second, but a great machine nonetheless!
All in all this is a *very* good ultrabook, a capable laptop and a nice tablet alternative depending on what you use one for. It has a great screen with good colors, good resolution and nicely done touch capability. The keyboard is good the touchpad is better than most PCs (not on par with Macbook's, still) and it is overall very comfortable to use.
Top-notch keyboard (for typing), Surprisingly affordable
Because all Windows 8 Ultrabooks share the same specification - at press time, every Ultrabook featured the same base processor - hardware and design will be the differentiating factor for the next half year, and possibly longer. That means aesthetics, batteries, input device, and other intangibles will matter more than anything else.
With the hyper-flexible Yoga, Lenovo has the most, or at least the first, meaningful intangible.
Soft-touch materials throughout
Like most of the Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptops we've looked at, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 isn't quite the perfect hybrid. However, if you regard it as a touch-screen Ultrabook with a cool twist, it certainly succeeds. It's generally well-built, looks stylish and feels great, and its flexible hinge gives you lots of different usage scenarios.
Good workmanship, Extremely thin case
Without question Acer delivers an interesting and high-quality 13-inch ultrabook. It's the better S5-391, because the S7 has by far the higher quality display panel. The Full HD screen competes with the Samsung's Series 9 900X3C-A04DE (HD+) and the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A (FHD) and can also be operated with fingers. Strictly speaking, the Zenbook has the ultimate IPS panel.
Superb quality, Beautiful IPS screen, Good performance, Good keyboard
The Acer Aspire S7 is one of the highest quality notebooks we've reviewed; the design looks great and the attention to detail is outstanding. The 13.3" full HD display is bright, beautiful and has unlimited viewing angles thanks to IPS technology. Touch works great thanks to the unique hinge design with progressive resistance. Additionally the Aspire S7 has a good keyboard and excellent overall performance.
Aspire S7 - Beautiful but not completely perfect
The Aspire S7 line has quite a few models with flavors of processors, screen size, and what not. One of the newer models is the 9427 iteration. I have used it for about 3 weeks now, and the S7 is a very well designed product, well thought out, and durable. The aluminum chassis is a things of beauty and durability, making the ultrabook lightweight as well, 2.8lbs. The bottom is a tough plastic or polycarbonate which is well designed and looks very good.
Good performance, Excellent battery life
If you're in the market for a Windows 8 ultrabook and the relatively high price doesn't scare you off then you'll no doubt dig the Acer Aspire S7. With its list of speedy components, amazing display and svelte size, it pretty much is the Windows 8 ultrabook to beat right now.
Beautifully designed, super-slim
Acer has produced what we can easily call its most attractive laptop ever with the Aspire S7 13-inch Ultrabook. This incredibly slim and sleek laptop sports a stunning design that combines glass and metal to great effect, without sacrificing power or connectivity. It also offers a glorious 1080p IPS screen with 10-point touch and good speakers, yet can be had for a very reasonable price.
Truly luxurious product, with great attention to engineering detail
Ultimately, though, we do wonder whether the traditional Ultrabook design will work against the S7. There are a myriad other products coming out that blur the line between laptop and tablet, and one can't help but think that these will make for more compelling purchases. After all, if you can use your laptop as a tablet as well, why would you settle for a traditional laptop with touch features?
Full HD IPS screen, Premium feel
Acer is taking a step up into premium land with the S7. The AU$1799 price tag might seem steep at first, but given the full HD IPS screen and RAID 0 256GB SSD set-up, it's not too bad. The question is, will the buying public care about these high-end parts, or will they just see the price tag and walk away?
From our perspective, it's a great little machine, but it's crippled by its battery life.
Weak Performance, Limited Screen Viewing Angles
The HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z-e000 is ideal for users who want a touch-enabled display, but don't want to spend a lot of money. The only other comparable option at the sub $500 price point is the Asus Q200. The two devices match-up fairly evenly -- with a slight performance edge going to the Q200 -- but the Pavilion Touchsmart 11z's base model is listed at nearly $100 less.
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