Beautiful design, Solid and thoughtful construction
Truly, there is not much to criticize about Dell's latest XPS 12. It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design. It maintains one of the best keyboards on any Ultrabook to date, coupled with a comfortable touchpad, accurate 10-point multi-touch screen, and a reasonable weight that - while still a bit heavy by tablet standards - communicates quality. And it's incredibly stylish, to boot.
Haswell processor provides performance and battery life that could justify its high price
If you're looking for a lightweight tablet then look elsewhere. The Dell XPS 12 is primarily intended as a powerful working laptop, and its fourth-generation Haswell processor provides performance and battery life that could justify its high price. The tablet mode isn't entirely successful, but it's a nice little bonus that you can use to relax when you finish work at the end of the day.
Absolutely tiny, Excellent hinge design
Considering the tiny dimensions of the XPS 12, many might find the rather large price tag hard to swallow. Closer examination reveals this to be a very reasonable price, considering the potent hardware within, all wrapped in a cutting-edge package that favours mobility over all else. If you're looking for a transforming tablet that punches well above its weight class, the XPS 12 is a premium contender, albeit at a premium price tag.
Excellent 1080p touchscreen display
For the past two years, we've ended practically every ultrathin laptop review by suggesting that you should probably just buy a MacBook Air. That wasn't always an option for Windows users, but for those who could, Apple offered an unrivaled experience. Those days are done: we've now seen two credible alternatives in a row, laptops which arguably outclass the Air in certain departments.
Convertible tablet form factor
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-4HU) ultrabook convertible is really a clamshell laptop convertible tablet like the ones that Lenovo has been making for the past half-dozen years. It's the natural evolution of the Tablet PC concept of the mid-2000s, in 2012 ultrabook form.
Impressive touch responsiveness
In spite of the somewhat confusing misnomer, the ThinkPad Twist is actually a member of the Edge family. This is Lenovo's attempt at producing an affordable, business-minded convertible that compromises in a few key areas in hopes that its adopters won't mind. After all, it inherits many critical traits of the classification, ranging from a good IPS display panel to a responsive touch interface and clever transformation design.
Ultrabook with touch screen
If you want a light laptop with a touch screen under $1000 your options are limited right now. The Lenovo works great, has an hdmi, a great video card, and a 500 gb hard drive that is very quick. I have spent a good deal of time looking at computers and I think that this is the best one for windows 8. This computer has a plastic coating that makes it much more comfortable in cold weather. Most ultrabooks are exposed metal which can feel cold. Especially if you bring your laptop to bed.
Excellent build quality, Usability
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is well designed, sturdy and a strong performer. It'll also last you a good while, racking up over three and a half hours of battery use under moderate conditions. It's just as happy acting as a powerful tablet as it is a laptop, and while a little heavier than normal laptops, the versatility on offer makes it a machine worth considering if you're looking for a serious workhorse.
Excellent connectivity including optional 3G
The snazzily named ThinkPad Twist S230U is a generally great little Windows 8 touch-enabled convertible Ultrabook in a tried and proven swivel form factor, surprisingly let down by minor build quality niggles and poor battery life, while we also miss a Wacom stylus with digitizer option. Otherwise it offers good connectivity including 3G, flexible specs, nice ergonomics and excellent usability.
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.
Brilliantly built, great materials and design, fantastic screen
While the XPS 12 is expensive, it's also a wonderful laptop to use, and the screen rotation means that when you're out and about, on a train, on a plane or working in a cafe there's always a mode that will work in the space you have. It's a solidly-built laptop and typing on it is a pleasure. For us, this is one of the best uses of Windows 8 hardware, and we applaud Dell for getting it right.
Great keyboard, Impressive screen, Very powerful
The Dell XPS 12 is an excellent PC rather than a laptop - used as your main home system, it's portable, quiet and feels like a luxury experience thanks to a great display and highly usable keyboard and responsive touchscreen.
The tablet mode works but it's one of the heaviest tablets in the world so only suitable for sofa or desk use. Even without the tablet skill set, it's an admirable and powerful machine tied to the home.
Thin and portable
Although it has all the ingredients for a good ultrabook or tablet, like an agile processor, svelte chassis, and attractive screen, the Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120 misses the mark by trying to be both. The end result is a so-so ultrabook and a bulky tablet that converge through an awkward sliding hinge mechanism.
Display Is Exposed Even When Closed
Toshiba tried to offer a unique hybrid laptop experience with the Satellite U925t but it just has a few too many small faults or just doesn't quite compare for price and features against most of the other hybrids available. About the best thing going for it is the fast boot times and data loads from its solid state drive. Beyond this, it has less resolution, lower running times, more noise and a keyboard and trackpad that just aren't as good as its competition.
Heavy but useful
I think this device will appeal to techies, but also be suitable for people who need more computing power and the Windows platform. A real estate agent would find it useful, and it would be good for business presentations when traveling (it could lay flat on a surface) - provided the business projector supports HDMI, of course. The higher resolution camera on the rear of the screen would make a nice video conferencing solution, using Skype and the HDMI output.
Convertible tablet design, Very fast boot times
We like the overall design of the Toshiba Satellite U925t, especially its soft-touch rubberized bottom that helps keep a solid hold on the device. It measures 12.8 x 8.4 x 0.75-inches (wdh) and weighs 3.2-pounds. While it may seem lightweight for a laptop, it is heavy for a tablet, especially if you try to carry it around with you in your hands for awhile.
Relatively low-res 1366x768 display doesn't help
There are a few cases where the Satellite would make sense for you. If you needed a huge, durable tablet to carry around your office and still be a fully functional laptop, this could work. It is slightly more comfortable to use in that form than the XPS 12 or Yoga 13. But for comparable prices, you could go with those machines to get a better screen or laptop experience.
Very powerful, CPU performance
HP's Elitebook 2570p has the same strengths and weaknesses as the predecessor. Our main point of criticism remains the display - even though it is now slightly brighter, it is still too dark and consequently mobility (outdoor use) suffers.
Plus points are the very comfortable keyboard and the touchpad/point stick combination. Build quality, sturdiness, port selection, and security features all support the status of the little Elitebook as a serious business laptop.
Fully featured business laptop
The EliteBook 2570p may be chunky, but with good reason - the business market it's aimed at requires all the ports it can get, and a certain level of ruggedness. Add to this the impressive performance of the 12.5-inch laptop, and you have a laptop that would make the hardened business road warrior happy.
Sturdy, well-built laptop
In the end, the EliteBook 2570p is a sturdy, well-built laptop that screams professionalism, and can prove itself out in the field. The Core i5 keeps the laptop humming along nicely, and while the integrated graphics aren't anything too special, they prove that big things can come in small packages.
Solid construction, Metal lid and chassis top
The 2570p is certainly a strong contender in the business ultraportable category. We were impressed by its solid build and diverse connection options. The device is not without competition, however, with Asus' B23E and Lenovo's ThinkPad X230 making compelling alternatives without jumping far above the 2570p's $950 price tag.
Robust, durable design, Stable hinges
Small subnotebooks are designed for mobile use. Consequently, they should be robust and durable, have a long battery life and good system performance and enable outdoor use without restrictions.
Thanks to the tri-metal chassis, the Latitude E6230 Models fulfill our first criterion. The fast SSD inside provides short boot and loading times and contributes considerably to the laptop's excellent performance.
Compact 12.5in system, good build quality, mobile broadband
The Latitude E6230 crams a great deal of functionality into a stylish and compact system that exudes quality, making this system a good choice for those who need to take their work out on the road. Buyers may want a larger battery than is provided as standard.
Internet connection is a must for full experience.
The Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook laptop provides a cloud-based computing experience from within a traditionally-designed laptop. It sports an improved Google Chrome OS interface, 3G-cellular connectivity, a comfortable keyboard and a good-quality display. Not without its downsides, however, as it runs quite hot and the need for an Internet connection.
Lost a little of its charm, visually.
There's not much wrong with the Chromebook hardware. It's actually a pretty decent machine, it has better connectivity than most Ultrabooks and is certainly a lot cheaper. That said, it's not as powerful as a normal laptop - many costing little more than the £380 of this machine - and it is still frustratingly limited.
What bothers us most, perhaps, is that the Chromebook isn't light, and it isn't all that cheap. These are the two things that we really do think would set it apart.
Very portable, strong improvements over last gen Chromebooks software and hardware, fast OS
Clearly, the very dated hardware isn't the driving reason to buy the Series 5 550 Chromebook. For the same price, you can get a much more compelling Windows laptop. Chrome OS is the star here, but we're not sure the world is ready and able to live life solely online. Not that the Samsung doesn't have a healthy set of connectivity options with Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Verizon 3G with 100 megs of free use per month for up to two years.
Isn't for everyone.
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 550 isn't for everyone. For $450 or more you can buy a decent Windows laptop, install the Chrome web browser, and do almost everything that you can do with a Chromebook.
But you can do many of those things better with a Chromebook if the web browser is your most important app.
Bright, pleasing matte display
What the Chromebook does, it does well. It's not an exaggeration to say that this is the best Web browsing experience that you'll find on a laptop. It's quick, smooth, easy to navigate via multi-touch scrolling and supported by a brilliant matte display. As a portable web browser, the Samsung Series 5 is perfect.
So that's the question: Do you want to buy a $450 (Wi-Fi only) or $550 (3G) Web browser?
Very light, Fast 7200rpm harddrive
Like many similar laptops, the ASUS B23E-XH71 features 4GB of installed DDR3 memory. Since it is upgradeable to 8GB, I suggest you do so as soon as you can, especially if you are a multi-tasker. The 500GB harddrive in the ASUS B23E-XH71 isn't huge. That said, it is a 7200rpm variety (always my personal preference). This only adds to the value of this laptop.
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