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.
Ten-point touchscreen, Good battery life, Reasonably priced
The Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 is an affordable tablet hybrid powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU. It offers a responsive, albeit low resolution, 11.6-inch touch-screen, a detached Bluetooth keyboard, and relatively good battery life, but there are better performing hybrids out there.
Very good viewing angles, Very bright screen
The P3 tries to live up to the earlier success of the Iconia W700 model and lures with a low price design. The 11.6-inch tablet only makes a few mistakes. The i3 performance alongside the swift Intel SSD bears fruits. Common Windows tasks like Excel, Outlook, copying or even basic image editing are performed quickly. It is only too bad that only 25 GB of the 64 GB SSD (net: 59 GB) is available for storage and installations. There is no card reader for expanding it via an SD card.
You get what you pay for
I don't like the search feature in Windows 8 but it doesn't mean that I couldn't work with it, this is just my opinion. Regardless, this is a great PC/Tablet - it is easy to use, easy to learn to navigate and explore (well for me anyway), fairly light, and the price was fairly alright. The simplicity is there and as I had stated before, you get what you pay for.
IPS panel is bright and vibrant with excellent viewing angles
The Aspire P3-171-6408 (Core i3 and 60GB SSD) is priced at Rs 54,999 and the Aspire P3-171-6820 (Core i5 and 120GB SSD) is priced at Rs 64,999. The P3-171-6408 is one of the most affordable Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablets running a Core i3 processor. The reason for it being so affordable is quite obvious-the use of a Bluetooth keyboard case to transform the tablet to an Ultrabook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remarkably good battery life for its class
On the surface, the Acer Aspire V7-582P-6673 adds up to a solid choice: it features great battery life, an excellent touchscreen, surprisingly strong performance, and a reasonably solid build, all for an respectable price point of $849. If nothing else, it's evidence that the Haswell microarchitecture really was worth the wait: the sheer fact that a ULV-equipped Ultrabook can handle medium settings in some modern games is amazing enough.
I gave it two tries - I'm done
First laptop worked for about a week, then started freezing up within about 8-10 minutes of booting up. Amaon replaced it very quickly, pain-free to me. However, the replacement didn't even make it two hours before completely dying. I cannot even power it on. Ounces like a great product in concept, but the quality of the parts as well as quality of Qc checking seems to be greatly lacking.
Good performance, Runs cool and quiet
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is promising on paper but stumbles a bit too much in real life for us to recommend it. This notebook is held back by its bouncy, rattle-prone keyboard, sloppy touchpad and an anemic, low resolution display. On the bright side the Z400 has reasonable build quality, good overall performance, provides a good touch-enabled Windows 8 experience, runs cool and quiet plus gets satisfactory battery life.
Affordable, Large Hard Drive, Thin and Light But Includes DVD Drive
Lenovo's IdeaPad Z400 Touch is a surprising affordable touchscreen based laptop that offers a relatively light and thin design that is only slightly larger than many ultrabooks. It offers a good overall running time while offering a full set of laptop features including an optical drive. The biggest problem with the system is its mediocre display. While the touchscreen is nice for Windows 8 the narrow viewing angles and color definitely put it in a more budget oriented category.
Touch screen display, Optical drive built-in
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 is a desktop replacement that hopes to bring some of the touch-friendly features of today's smaller Ultrabooks along with it. It has a 14-inch touch display, an optical drive and strong performance, but the keyboard could be better and the battery isn't removable.
Full Core mobile CPUs rather than ULV, touch screen
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is a competent but uninspiring laptop-- it happens, even to the brightest of manufacturers. And right now, Lenovo is on top of their game with growing PC sales while other manufacturers are faltering. Still, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch strikes us as a solid but unmemorable 14" mainstream notebook. Yes, it has a touchscreen and a backlit keyboard, but the rest of the features are ho-hum.
Decent styling considering the plastic build
Do not write off this machine. Why? Because, in case you missed it up top, it costs $600. You can barely get an iPad for 600 bucks, much less a touchscreen-equipped laptop that features a legit Core i5 and a terabyte of on-board storage. Lenovo may have cut some corners (OK, a lot of corners), but doing so has pushed this thing down into the world of netbook pricing - and I'd far rather have this machine than any netbook on the market.
Bright, responsive touch screen, Performance for everyday tasks
Given the style, comfort, and performance you get for the price, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is a good deal. Keep in mind that you'll need to check Amazon for the configuration we reviewed, but if your budget has flexibility, you might want to check out Lenovo's site for additional configs.
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.
Different to what I ordered - Satisfied in the end
Overall I am very happy with the machine - for a 15.6" machine it is lightweight and thin and an example of this is that you can easily sit with it on your lap for as long as is needed without the machine becoming heavy or hot. The screen size makes working for extended periods of time a breeze and the touch screen is great. There is no optical disk so if you need one you would need to order additionally.
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