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.
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.
Very little capability when offline
It's easy to be captivated by the Samsung Chromebook. It has many of the same attributes of an Ultrabook including light weight, thinness, an 11.6-inch screen, and comfortable keyboard. Great battery life is another plus. All if this priced less than most tablets.
Extremely low price, Excellent keyboard
Its functionality is still limited (though improved), and we wish the battery life were longer, given the low-power CPU, but Samsung's $249 Chromebook is an enticing low-cost, productivity-focused alternative to netbooks and tablets for those who do their work on the Web.
A very good computer with a few drawbacks at a very good price
Overall, this is what I expected and I am pretty happy with the purchase, especially as one of my first sight-unseen types of purchase. For my uses as a primary road writing device for blog posts and e-mails, this is a solid, solid play. And for $250, it's pretty unbelievable. All of this typed into the new Chromebook as well at my normal rate.
Super affordable, Slim and stylish
If you're happy with a laptop that needs to be online to get the most from it, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook 303C is worth considering. It's slim, stylish, light, quiet, lasts a good while on a charge, offers a great typing experience and it's available for a ridiculously good price. For students and casual users especially, this non-Windows machine presents an excellent buy - despite niggles like rear-facing connectivity and a somewhat dull screen taking a little of the shine off.
Small, transportable, Google OS is simple
The Samsung Series 3 may be the best Chromebook we've seen so far, but it still lacks the excitement factor, doesn't look too appealing from the outside and the screen's poor viewing angle is a frustration when in use. Google's OS sure will make sense to those seeking a modern netbook-like experience with cloud storage, but it's not enough to quite see the 303C fly, particularly in the face of so many tablets out there with far better screens.
Good keyboard and touchpad, Speedy performance
Hardware-wise, the Series 3 is a solid laptop. However, as with all Chromebooks, the sticking point is the software. With this model, you have the advantage of the low $250 price tag. That amount isn't much for a machine that can do basic tasks fairly well, especially if you know you're going to use it in areas where connectivity isn't in question.
Ultimately, the price may be the big draw for the Samsung Chromebook Series 3.
Very low price, Quick startup/shutdown/resume
HP knows what it's getting into with the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, and that's why it's targeting the consumer market. No matter how you slice it, there are still too many quirks surrounding Chromebooks-such as the storage limitations and internet connectivity requirements, or the inability to run many business applications-to recommend the platform wholeheartedly to business users.
Cheap laptop for basic web browsing, word processing and spreadsheets
At £250 it's cheaper than most budget Windows laptops and if you're looking for a cheap laptop for basic web browsing, word processing and spreadsheets then the Pavilion Chromebook works quite well. A lack of 3G connectivity may help keep the price down, but the offline option for Google Docs means it doesn't turn into an entirely useless lump of plastic when you lose your internet connection. The battery life demands improvement.
Generous screen, Fast and responsive
So if you think a Chromebook is right for you, which should you buy? We still think the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (which, perhaps tellingly, is the one Google itself promotes through TV advertising), is the best balance. Yes, it struggles with some more computationally complex tasks and the screen is very washed out, but the long battery life and lightness make it feel like a pure Chrome OS thing.
Attractive and well-built design, Spacious keyboard and touchpad
HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook could serve the role of being someone's sole PC. A large keyboard, reasonable processor, and low price combine to make a very attractive low-cost system that anyone could pick up and use for most computing tasks. Battery life is the system's only disappointment, but an extended battery that roughly doubles endurance is available.
Yet, this system's attempt to fit in the mainstream is, ironically, what drains it of value.
Delightful and versatile computer for a great price
At $500+ Chrome OS is an oddball. At $200 Chrome OS is a remarkable new paradigm in computing. It's pleasant to use, and for $200, the various hardware and software flaws aren't bad enough to give me much pause. In fact, for $200, if you're at all tempted, you might as well buy it and see for yourself. A reason to pause would be to consider the $250 Samsung ARM Chromebook, which has significantly better aesthetics and might be a better choice for some people.
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.
Very Affordable, Good Touchscreen Function
If you really want a touchscreen to make the most of the Windows 8 operating system, it is hard to find a better value than the ASUS VivoBook Q200E. The system does sacrifice a number of features and performance to include the touschreen feature but these are quite acceptable for many buyers. Performance is on par with a budget laptop but it falls short of low cost ultrabooks especially when battery life is considered.
Fantastic laptop for the price
Most of the computers that fit all of my needs were way out of my price range and when I saw this computer I was hesitant but decided to make the purchase.
I have not regretted it for a minute. The computer is lightweight, the screen is vibrant and very responsive the track pad is also very responsive. I Love windows 8 and the ability to totally customize the start screen. I did learn that Google Chrome does not work if you use it to pin tiles to your start screen.
Long battery life, Good input devices
The Inspiron 13z has great potential, because its pros allow a wide field of application. It qualifies for mobile use especially with its long battery life, its low weight, and its good case quality.
Unfortunately the main user interface, the display, is a disadvantage here. Its heavily reflecting surface is very restricting indoors as well as outdoors.
Comfortable Keyboard with Tactile Pushback
The Dell Inspiron 13z's strengths are also its curse, as it is the jack of all trades master of none. Besides its comfortable keyboard and customizable touchpad there is no real selling point here, but there are also no glaring flaws excluding its rage inducing port covers.
General users who are looking to do a bit of everything will find the Dell i13z's consistent performance perfect for the wide array of uses.
Good Pricing, Battery Life That Beats Some Ultrabooks
The Inspiron 13z is an interesting mix of ultrabook technologies with traditional laptop design. It uses many of the same parts that an ultrabook might feature but suffers from its storage such that it is slower than most ultrabooks in the same price range. In addition to this, it is certainly heavier than many ultrabooks. What it does offer is some compelling battery life in a non-ultrabook and more USB 3.0 peripheral ports which is hampered by their annoying covers.
Build quality is reasonable
On paper the Dell Inspiron 13z has a lot going for it: it's keenly priced, performs well and has an integrated optical drive where others have none. It has several problems, though, primary among them being a somewhat dull, slightly tacky chassis. It wouldn't take much to make it a machine worth recommending, but at the moment it's merely worth thinking about.
Good battery life for a cheap laptop
In its Core i3 incarnation, the Inspiron 13z nicely slots into the role of throw-about, entry level laptop, perfect for those who really just want to do a bit of web browsing, watch movies and do office-like tasks. This is reflected in its price and performance. If you need more grunt, you can always choose a faster processor, as well - but if this sounds like an appealing path to you, we'd suggesting spending a bit more again to grab something with longer battery life.
Affordable and able ultraportable
The Dell Inspiron 13z is an affordable and able ultraportable, but some users will be irritated by the port covers that get in the way more often than not. The hardware puts it alongside some fine ultrabooks and ultraportables, but unlike the Editors' Choice Toshiba Portege R835-P88, which also offers extras like WiFi and an optical drive, the Inspiron 13z falls just a bit short of expectations.
Very quiet, Wide opening angle
In our testing, we observed no significant performance differences between our sample Acer Aspire One 725 and the Acer Aspire One 722 C62kk. In fact, the newer Aspire One 725 is merely a new variant with minor differences. Those buying this new model will once again receive a glossy HD display which will limit its viability in outdoor use. The display brightness could have been a bit higher as well.
Well worth it!
I purchased this laptop from BestBuy for 250$ on Black Friday. I did my research before i bought a new PC, I've upgraded 1 laptops and built 2 desktops. My old laptop is just outdated. Not saying i know everything about PC's but i know enough to get in trouble. This is a laptop people. One that is meant for web surfing and mobility. Its less then 400$ brand new and that's not even a bad price. Factory with 4G RAM and a 2.4GHz proc. not bad for a cheap laptop.
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