Very quiet, Long battery runtimes
The MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display is an excellent notebook. Compared to the predecessor it is now thinner and lighter with better performance and longer battery runtimes. Case, input devices, emissions and the screen are still the benchmark in many respects. However, there are also some drawbacks. Our test showed the average WLAN performance and especially the maintainability and reparability are a big problem. We also did not like the poor Windows support via Boot Camp.
The Perfect Laptop
If you're looking at this machine, you're either new to Mac, in which case buy this and don't look back. Or, you're looking at upgrading. If you had an Air, you're not likely to notice the weight difference, and the size itself is actually a little more compact feeling. If you're a MacBook Pro user, this seems like a great update if you weren't already on the Retina machines.
When you factor in size, power and battery life (which is about twice that of my old Air), this is the perfect laptop.
Powerful, great screen, good design, brilliant battery life
The question here isn't whether the MacBook Pro is better than the 2012 model or whether it stacks up against the 15-inch version - which has also recently upgraded to include the intel Haswell processor - but whether it makes more sense than a MacBook Air.
It's a tough decision. Both devices just work, and effortlessly, which is pretty much a given. Compared to the Air the Pro offers a better screen and the potential for more power.
Excellent build quality, Very thin and light
The MacBook Pro 13 banishes any questions about its place as king of the ultraportable market. While there are some ultrabooks which match its display, battery life or performance, there are none that can do all three, and those that try (such as Dell's XPS 13 with 1080p display) are actually more expensive.
In fact, the price drop is the standout feature of the new Pro. $1,299 is still a lot of money, but it's slightly below the competition's average MSRP.
Excellent IPS touchscreen, Durable chassis design
The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s propels the popular enterprise line in the right direction. The transition to Intel's fourth-generation CPUs along with the interchangeable batteries offer outstanding battery life, while the boost in specs provide even better performance. The IPS touch-screen is the biggest improvement offering a level of clarity and contrast that was missing from the T series.
Great keyboard, Decent 1080p touchscreen
The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s does have strengths though. The keyboard is excellent, performance is competitive, and battery life is good with the 3-cell battery and record-breaking with the bulbous 6-cell. These traits should make it popular with road warriors and frequent fliers, but the average consumer has better options to choose from.
Excellent keyboard, Hot-swappable battery, Solid build quality
A great keyboard, strong physical design, plenty of useful connectivity, and a hot-swappable battery, all make the ThinkPad T440s a top contender as far as business laptops are concerned. We think it's a wonderful overall notebook except for some touchpad issues that we experienced. If you're considering it, we recommend getting the version with the Full HD, IPS screen.
Thin and light, Excellent 1080p display
Performance is the Spectre 13t's only problem. Though its specifications look fine on paper, they translated to below-average figures in both our compute and 3D benchmarks. Day-to-day use isn't a problem, but you'll notice the lack of grunt when editing video or playing games.
By every other metric, however, this Ultrabook excels.
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.
Good build quality, Spacious keyboard
Acer's rush to offer one of the first low-cost Haswell laptops has paid off. Compared to the hordes of competitors still sold for between $600 and $800 with 3rd-gen processors, the new Aspire M5 offers superior battery life, better game performance, and cooler operation. Buyers should keep a keen eye on upcoming laptops, however. The M5's weaknesses may hold it back when the competition catches up to its hardware.
Usual Sony high end design and materials
The Sony Vaio Flip 13 is one of the most innovative and well designed Windows 8 convertibles on the market, if not the best. It's a normal Ultrabook with a gorgeous slim look and metal casing, and it's a tablet with a pen and it has presentation mode. There's no byzantine hinge, no keyboard keys tickling your legs and no display wobble. Better yet, the Vaio Flip is available in 3 sizes. It's superb stuff, and it reminds us of what Sony can do when they try.
This was enough to make me give up my Retina Macbook Pro and go back to Windows
All told, I am incredibly happy with this. The QHD screen is frustrating at times because some things like RDP make the remote servers I work on impossible to see, but I've found workarounds for most things. I may have switched back to another Surface Pro and gotten the new Haswell version of the Pro 2, but my work really needs a usable trackpad, and I just never could stand the one on the Surface's keyboards. Too small and not very smooth to operate.
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