Nice Audio From Speakers, Above Average Keyboard and Trackpad
The ASUS X550CA still remains as a solid value for those looking at a basic laptop computer. The problem is that it doesn't really distinguish itself from the competition in any real way. In fact, the laptop design really needs to be updated to address the limited number of USB ports which is as much as half as many as the competition. In addition to this, the battery life is still on the low side for the budget segment.
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.
Good manufacturing quality, Elegant design
All in all the notebook can be recommended to anyone that is looking for a multi-touch capable notebook for an entry-level price of 750 Euros (~$973). Windows 8 is especially fun with this configuration and should also elicit some curiosity when using the VivoBook as a tablet.
Good battery life, Good speakers, Inexpensive
The ASUS S400CA Touch Ultrabook seems like quite a good deal on the surface: $699 buys a touch screen, Windows 8, an attractive design and good battery life. We found it also bought a solid selection of ports, reasonable build quality and relatively good sounding speakers. What it doesn't buy is a satisfactory user experience.
The touch screen works well but is more of a novelty due to the notebook form factor; there's no getting around the display wobbling when touched.
Touchscreen Display Very Useful With Windows 8
With its base features and price tag, the ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T is not that different from most other ultrabooks. What sets it apart from them though is the 14-inch touchscreen display which is very beneficial to the Windows 8 experience but at a price similar to competing 14-inch ultrabooks. There are a number of smaller issues that do plague the system including a low resolution webcam and a trackpad that has a number of problems but most of these can be worked around fairly easily.
The best ultrabook that can be found at this price
Overall, a great ultrabook, may have some flaws, but when you remember that just invested $ 700 for it, you realize certainly that is the best option with difference in the market at that price, you can not ask for more, and probably do not want to ask more.
Low weight, slim casing, High-end aluminum looks
The Taichi could be revolutionary - it can in fact revolutionize using a Windows PC. Of course, the user has to be open for this and the high-end convertible makes that easy. But first things first.
The Taichi 21 is almost on a par with the ZenBook category in terms of technology and workmanship. The aluminum unibody base unit is exceptionally stiff; the dual-screen lid cannot match that for construction-related reasons.
Excellent Audio For Such A Small Laptop
ASUS certainly offers a very different approach to a convertible laptop by making one with both internal and external displays. This is actually quite useful in some situations when sharing the laptop for presentations. The big downside here is that only the external display is touch enabled and also compatible with the digitizer pen. The Taichi 21 also has some of the best audio in such a small laptop making it excellent as a media platform.
A lot to like in this gorgeous package
I love it so far. Sure it has some drawbacks, but there's no perfect hybrid out there right now. I was planning to wait for second generation models but come on, life's too short to be waiting and waiting, I've been waiting long enough and this is 90% what I wanted so I'll take it and enjoy it. The battery life is the biggest limitation/con in my opinion, but I plan to buy an external battery of some sort to have around for emergencies or long meetings/seminars.
Bang & Olufsen audio, Comfortable, backlit keyboard
The Asus Taichi stands up as a supremely desirable piece of consumer tech that acts as a sterling showcase for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
Both power and usability are first class, and the design - as we've come to expect from Asus - really is head-turning. The Asus Taichi works better as a laptop than a tablet, but it's one of the best examples we've yet seen of marrying the two form factors together.
Easily use it as a notebook or as a tablet
The ASUS Taichi 21 is a hybrid Ultrabook that ships with two Full HD screens. Open the lid to use it as a laptop, close the lid to use it as a tablet. It's easy to use and it provides a very good tablet experience. It's not perfect though: we think it needs some tweaks to the hardware and software. But overall, it's a unit worth considering if you're after a Windows 8 hybrid unit.
Lightweight and sturdy design
Windows 8 opened up new possibilities for mobile computing and the Asus Taichi 21 takes advantage of this. It has dual 11.6-inch 1080p displays where the second on the back of the primary display acts as a tablet when closed. Both of the displays look really good but the battery life is short.
Large screen on a budget
Calling the Dell Inspiron 17R a desktop replacement is a little unfair, since it's not really in the league of the performance desktops that dominate the category. The Inspiron 17R is a solid machine if you're looking for a large screen on a budget, but you have to be aware that it won't perform like similarly sized machines, such as the Origin EON17-S, or the Alienware M17x.
Does what I need it to
I bought this pc mainly because I ditched cable recently and needed a pc with a powerful processor to be able to convert and transmit streaming video to my roku box. The older model compaq that I had simply wasn't getting the job done but this beast does it without a hitch. The 17" screen is beautiful and the colors look great. It's really light and built sturdy and thus far i've had no issues with it.
Very keen price, Good screen for multimedia
The Dell Inspiron 17R isn't the notebook to go for if you need a true road warrior machine. It's too large and heavy, with merely mediocre battery life. But if you're after a system for general usage that is particularly good for group audiovisual presentations, even away from the mains socket, this is a serious contender.
The Best 15.6 inch Ultrabook Touchscreen at its Pricepoint
Why the ASUS is better than my maxed out Dell: the Dell's too heavy and gets too hot. Yes, when I need speed for my apps and when I want to play games I use my Dell with it's quad-i7 and discrete graphics card. But the Asus is fast enough for all the applications I mentioned and I only notice the lack of power when I render videos & animations--not while I'm creating them.
Solid build quality, Edge-to-edge glass display
What Asus has crafted, perhaps inadvertently, is a desktop replacement for people who care more about touch and build quality than raw power. Think of the S550CA as a Hyundai with all the options. It doesn't perform like a Mercedes, but it looks the part.
Very good display, Good program performance
Buyers of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg receive a powerful multimedia notebook packed to the brim with modern technology. This laptop can complete any task with ease and look good while doing it. We especially like the high contrast Full HD display with great viewing angle stability and matte surface. The packet will set you back around 1,199 Euros (~$1570) - a high price, but there are alternatives.
High Resolution Display, Hybrid Hard Drive and Blu-ray Drive
HP's Envy laptops may lack their distinctive styles that set them apart from the companies other consumer laptops but it still offers a solid experience for those looking at an all around laptop. It features some strong performance that lets it do well in pretty much but it still isn't quite as suited for dedicated gaming as other laptops. The only other bit of disappointment was the storage which isn't quite as fast as ultrabooks with their dedicated SSD cache rather than hybrid solutions.
Great Business Computer
This is a great computer for business just because of one feature alone, the finger print reader. I like this alot, you can have it "read" any one of your 10 fingers. I suggest at least two, one on each hand in case you can't use one of the hands.
That said this is a nice laptop. The keys are easy to press and quiet. Mine luckily came with Windows 7, I had reviewed Windows 8 (W8) at a large retailer with the initials B.B. I was not impressed with W8.
Interchangeable display lids, sturdy surfaces
The Inspiron 15R Special Edition is a multimedia-notebook that manages to leave a very good impression in those areas where it really matters: a great display, well-designed input devices, and plenty of performance. Those not needing a long battery life should take a look at this great all-around performer retailing for about 900 Euro.
Great looks, Durable chassis
The Inspiron 15R is a budget-friendly 15.6-inch notebook based around the latest Intel platform. With a base configuration including the Intel Core i3 370M processor, 4GB of RAM, and Intel GMA HD graphics, the 15R easily outperforms budget and midrange notebooks of yesteryear. For the average user, this machine is more than capable for pretty much all activities except gaming. Even when it came to decoding HD movies, the 15R handled it with ease.
Improved Integrated Graphics, Lots of USB 3.0 Ports
Dell's most recent revision of the Inspiron 15R brings with it Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. For under $600, this gives the laptop an advantage thanks to the Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory that outperforms much of the competition. In addition, it features a surprising four USB 3.0 ports that is twice as many as most budget laptops have. If you are looking for low cost video editing, the new HD Graphics 4000 also offers improved video transcoding performance.
Well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag
Dell's Inspiron 15R 5520 doesn't major in its wow factor. However, it is a well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag. For less than £600 you get a powerful processor, and plenty of storage and connectivity, albeit not in an especially lightweight package.
Excellent connectivity, Discrete graphics
With the 15R, Dell has put together a versatile 15.6in budget to midrange laptop that doesn't compromise on connectivity. Relatively minor weaknesses with its keyboard aside, it holds up well overall, with the interchangeable lids being a great way to change the design according to your mood or to match the colour of your shoes (if you're that way inclined).
Everything I want and need for a great price
So, I'm very pleased with this laptop and I think it's a tremendous value in its price range. No regrets on this purchase! Windows 8 is a different story and I'm not crazy about it, but I'm learning to adjust. I would prefer to have Windows 7 which was the best Windows OS to date. Windows 8 is not nearly as bad as many reviewers would have you believe.
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