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.
Good performance, Dedicated graphics
Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. A high-end gaming laptop may be a step too far for your wallet. But, if you can afford it, this is a superb buy.
Excellent CPU and graphics performance, relatively cool and quiet
Go buy one, I did. If you're a gamer this is a superb choice. The price is reasonable for what you get, and I personally prefer the ASUS ROG G750's cooling and trackpad to its most direct competitor in price and features, the MSI GT70. In fact, I prefer the keyboard too because the game-centric SteelSeries keyboard design on the MSI doesn't work as well when using the machine for productivity (the Windows button moved to the right side drives me crazy).
Matte and bright display, Full HD with high contrast ratio
The GS70 Stealth is an attractive and powerful device for gaming enthusiasts who want to use the 17.3-inch notebook on the road. The build quality is good, the design is appealing and the weight is not much higher than a standard multimedia notebook. All of this is combined with a high-contrast and bright display that is well suited for gaming and movie playback.
Powerful gaming laptop surprisingly thin and light
The MSI GS70 Stealth combines style and substance to stunning effect, with huge power levels inside a chassis that's slimmer and smarter than any other gaming laptop. The 17in screen still means this laptop isn't exactly portable, though, and the high price puts it out of reach for most gamers. If you can afford £1679 and like your laptops to make a statement as well as play any game around, the MSI excels in every important department.
Haswell processor, powerful Nvidia graphics, bright, high-quality screen
The MSI GS70 is a fantastic marriage of style and substance: plenty of power and a great screen crammed inside a chassis that's thinner, lighter and better-looking than most of its rivals.
Heavy, staid machines such as the Schenker XMG P703 are better for pure power, but if you want a machine that's powerful and portable - and you can afford the £1,679 price tag - the MSI GS70 is a contender.
Lightweight for a 17-incher, Very slim lines
MSI has delivered outstanding bang for buck in the GS70. Not only does it include a huge 17-inch monitor at 15-inch pricing, but it does so in a package that weighs much less than many smaller gaming laptops. Obviously, MSI has borrowed some TARDIS technology to get the GS70 into such a svelte package.
Good performance, Great battery life, Digitizer support
The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a slick-looking hybrid ultraportable that gives you solid performance and a full workday's worth of battery power. The 13.3 inch touch screen display delivers a crisp picture with brilliant colors but its viewing angle performance could be better.
Not too bulky in tablet mode, Good build quality
Sony has chosen the right direction constructing a 13-inch sibling to the 11-inch Duo 11. The ultrabook hardware is top-notch: A fast SSD, an economical yet fast Haswell generation CPU with an integrated GPU even better suited for casual gaming. The high-resolution Full HD IPS panel offers great brightness levels, vibrant colors and superb viewing angles (although falling short of covering all of sRGB space).
Great, but has room for improvement!
I like this convertible ultrabook very much and I can picture myself using it for years to come. I can recommend it to others .
- It is overpriced but you get what you pay for (powerful CPU/GPU, good battery life, beautiful display, quick SSD [probably the most expensive part], solid and thin build). This is a premium ultrabook .
- The battery life, screen, keyboard and weight could use some improvement to earn another star.
Increased battery life, Bigger screen looks fantastic
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an excellent product, and probably the best hybrid Ultrabook/tablet device we've seen, but with such a hefty price tag it's still not enough to convince us to ditch our separate laptops and tablets.
It's a shame, because for £500 less we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sony Vaio Duo 13 that ticks most of the boxes and improves on a lot of its predecessors faults.
Extremely light, No screen wobble when touched
If you value portability over all else, or need a tablet that handles handwriting with ease, the Duo 13 has a lot to commend it. However, measured alongside other highly portable transformers like the Dell XPS 12, the Duo 13's specs leave a lot to be desired. If you need a Windows 8 machine that you'll barely notice carrying all day, it doesn't get much lighter than this. But you'll end up paying a high price for a machine that is thoroughly out-specced by the competition.
Superb full HD display with wide color gamut, fast performance
As is often the case with Sony, we've got a groundbreaking great product that's not perfect, but it's so much closer than the Vaio Duo 11. Unless you're a digital artist, there really isn't a single fatal flaw. Quite the opposite, in fact: the machine is very fast for an Ultrabook thanks to Sony's use of cTDP to bring up performance above and beyond many Ultrabooks that don't surpass the 17 watt CPU power ceiling, the full HD display is one of the best on the market and the tablet has so...
Haswell chips and Mavericks increase battery life
We can see why Apple decided the time was right to offer a 15-inch MacBook Pro without nVidia or AMD graphics. Intel's Iris Pro has finally brought the kind of improvement that unlocks decent gameplay and rendering power. Power users will still be looking to the dual-graphics top model, and we'll publish our full test of that machine shortly to see just how much difference lies between them.
Detachable screen gives users extra portability when needed
One of the better detachable hybrid tablets on the market, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix gives the corporate IT buyer a prime option for their highly mobile workforce. This could be the best choice if you need both laptop and tablet functionality.
Excellent build quality, Versatile, Great Full HD display
Overall though, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is not only an innovative product, but also a convincing one. At a price: Even our entry-level variant costs a steep 1700 Euros (~$2218), while Lenovo charges almost 2000 Euros (~$2609) for the high-end variant with a Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. This is definitely no steal, but still a fair price when considering everything the Helix has to offer.
Aiding performance and providing storage space is a large
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a good effort at a hybrid Windows tablet and laptop. However, it's extremely high price tag means that if wanted such a device we'd have to recommend the Surface Pro as a better value alternative - it's less than half the price.
I am really happy with this machine. Highly recommended if you have the money and are looking to replace another, older laptop or to lighten / consolidate your load. As a small/light machine, I do not think it could replace my "big," primary work desktop, but it is totally the right tool for the small, light, traveling job. Get one and enjoy!
Bright and vibrant screen, Excellent keyboard dock
Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix is one of the best hybrid products on the market. Its tablet is fast and features an excellent screen, while its keyboard is comfortable and very well built. Some drawbacks are that it gets very hot under load and the mechanical design looks a little cumbersome.
Good performance, sharp full HD IPS display
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a versatile, powerful and well built transformer tablet-Ultrabook. It has the computing performance to handle Adobe Photoshop, software development, RAW photo editing and more and the Wacom digitizer with pen sets it apart from touch-only tablets. We adore the excellent keyboard and solid touchpad, as well as the secondary battery in the dock. We wish it had a backlit keyboard, but that's not a deal breaker.
Beautiful device and display
Ok, I am so happy. Just got my Kirabook and it is everything I hoped it would be...and with some great services which is a new twist. I really wanted a lightweight beautiful laptop but didn't know what to get, and I didn't really want to go Apple. I like Windows. I know it, it works great for me and I'm super productive with it. I did some research and David Pierce's review on The Verge convinced me to look closely at Toshiba's new Kirabook.
Glass touchscreen with thin bezels
The scaling issue, along with sticker shock and poor cooling, makes the Kirabook difficult to recommend. Users who just want a beautiful display would be better off with the Dell XPS 13, while those who want an ultra-portable workstation will prefer the far more powerful Asus Zenbook UX51Vz.
Best resolution screen available for an ultrabook, period
The other issue, which is not overly easy to ignore, is the matter of the price tag. At two grand - yow - it's the most expensive ultrabook I've ever seen, by a considerable margin. And try as I might, I haven't been able to convince myself that it's worth it, despite the high-res screen and excellent performance. Maybe you've got a thicker wallet than I do, but I feel broke just reviewing it.
Super-high resolution, gorgeous touch display
In the end, the way the ultrabook feels to you when you use it can be as important as its ability to crunch data. During our review, the KIRAbook was light and easy to carry, but solid enough (aside from the occasional lid flex) to be comfortable in our laps. The KIRAbook isn't perfect, but it's a true ultrabook. And starting at $1599 to $1999 as tested, the KIRAbook definitely competes well with other high-end thin-and-lights from Apple and a few others.
Gorgeous, high-res display
The Toshiba Kirabook is by and large a very good ultrabook. Its screen is unparalleled in the Windows 8 market, it's light and thin and generally well-designed, and it has no glaring flaws. It has flaws, yes, but the absence of a deal-breaker is normally enough for me to recommend a Windows laptop. For $1,599 or more, though, these little flaws - a jumpy and imperfect trackpad, some performance quirks, that ugly give on the lid - give me great pause.
It's everything I expected and more
This is by far the best laptop I've ever owned. A 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 16GB RAM and (I opted cheap) 256GB flash storage makes for the fastest, smoothest computing experience I've ever seen! The design is superb, materials are by far the best in any computer, and the overall package blew me away. I've had powerbooks and macbook pros, but this is a whole new level. I love all the trackpad gestures, it makes operating the laptop very intuitive and easy.
Reduced screen glare Top-notch performance Slim and lightweight
The new Retina MacBook Pros represent a subtle refresh to the line of beautiful, ultra-high-resolution portables introduced last year. The price reductions for the 13-inch models make them a better bargain than before, while the 16GB of RAM in the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro might help take the sting out of the $2799 price tag.
High Resolution, Thunderbolt port, Long Battery Life
MacBook Pro ME664LL/A is an automatic choice for people who looking for Premium Laptop with a lots of Computing functions. It's true that the price is bit high but if you want something high class and high end technology, this should be your choice.
Retina Display is pretty good
There's no doubt that the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn't the perfect laptop. Now that iPads and MacBook Airs are so popular, it feels a little heavy, it could do with a couple more USB ports, and Apple has removed some features over time, such as audio in and gigabit Ethernet, which, frankly, we'd like the company to put back in.
Having said that, however, this laptop is probably the best high-end general purpose laptop available on the market today.
Strong performance on HD video and 3D
Apple's new eight-core Mac Pro demonstrates marked improvements over the older model in high-intensity digital media and multitasking scenarios. We also love the design tweaks that improve on Apple's already industry-leading sensibilities. Any Apple-bound design professional would welcome this new tool in his or her arsenal.
Best touchpad so far, Switchable graphics
To summarize the new MacBook Pro is a brilliantly designed Premium notebook with excellent workmanship, which is to our opinion worth the high price. As in former models the ratio of performance and weight is excellent. Furthermore, Apple could also keep the emissions very low (with usual load).
Disadvantages are once again the mediocre interface equipment and that a matte display is not available, even not as option for business users.
Excellent Keyboard, Long Battery Life
With the latest product releases from Apple, the MacBook Pro 13 is certainly looking like a product that will soon reach the end of its life. The 2012 update has very little change to it other than a new processor with corresponding graphics and USB 3.0 ports. Beyond this, it is nearly identical to last years version. In the meantime, the company improved and dropped the price of the MacBook Air 13. So, why buy this system?
Better integrated graphics, Unibody build
The mid-2012 MacBook Pro is a formidable machine. Like the 15-inch models, the refresh sees it take a significant - if unremarkable - step forwards. The new processors and their improved graphical capabilities give the new releases a considerable power boost over their predecessors, and the USB 3.0 ports makes available a wealth of already-released high-speed storage peripherals.
Lovely design with comfortable keyboard and trackpad.
Equipped with a new Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, this year's MacBook Pro is a capable machine. Is it the highest-performing system out there? Nah -- and without discrete graphics or an SSD, that's hardly a surprise. This is a solid laptop, even with the entry-level specs, but if you can part ways with a bit more dough, you'll be a happier camper with a Core i7, SSD-equipped configuration.
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