Excellent Build Quality
Razer's new compact gaming laptop is an amazing feat. That they could pack in such performance into a system that is generally half as thick and a third lighter than most gaming rigs. The big drawback though is the display with its lower resolution and mediocre picture. It would have been nice to see a somewhat better panel especially given the price tag of the system which is just under $2000. Of course, you won't find a more capable gaming laptop with such compact dimensions.
Great looking laptop, Comfortable, responsive keyboard
In terms of performance, very few laptops of this shape and size are capable of rivaling what Razer has created. Even Apple's highest-end laptop-the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display-only has an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M as its dedicated graphics unit.
With all this in mind, we happily recommend the Razer Blade as an ideal gaming/work/road laptop.
Incredibly slim given the hardware
This leaves gamers with a choice. Big laptops like the Asus G-Series and Samsung Series 7 Gamer offer a better display and somewhat quicker hardware, yet the Blade is more portable and more usable as a day-to-day PC. Neither option is obviously superior, but at least Razer's laptop presents a strong alternative for those who don't want to lug around a brick.
Impressive portability, particularly for a gaming rig
I don't need to heap on the praise for this machine. It does everything it's designed to do and more. No hiccups or driver issues (a popular complaint with past Razer machines), no weird fit and finish problems. Yeah, it's a $1,999 laptop, but that's a dollar cheaper than Toshiba's far less interesting KIRABook, which didn't even have fancy green keyboard backlights. Come on!
Performance with full Turbo clock
Lenovo improved the IdeaPad U410 Touch and the U430 Touch has many positive aspects and only a few drawbacks. Especially gamers can benefit from the performance increase of the Haswell processor and the GT 730M graphics. The cooling solution is sufficient and enables the maximum Turbo clocks, which is very uncommon for thin ultrabooks. The chassis is even more stable and leaves a higher-quality impression compared to the predecessor U410.
Good build quality and design, Great keyboard
Lenovo has managed to once again create budget Ultrabook magic with the Lenovo U430 Touch. At $699, this system is hard to beat, as it offers a decent display resolution, good keyboard, and adequate performance without sacrificing battery life.
This is not to say the U430 is perfect; it most certainly isn't. The low-contrast display saps media content of life, the touchpad feels a bit cheap, and some competitors last longer on a charge. But consumers buying on a budget canÃ? Â¢Ã? Â? Ã? Â?
Non-glare display with high contrast
All in all, the notebook leaves a very high-quality impression. Besides the materials the build quality can also convince us; keyboard and touchpad are also very convenient to use. Further unique features are the flat power supply unit and the comprehensive illumination. Despite the somewhat pretentious appearance of the case, the individuality of the notebook is unrivaled and not every manufacturer would try to integrate a GeForce GTX 765M into a 14-inch case.
Excellent performance, Beautiful 1080p IPS display
The Alienware 14 is a noticeable upgrade over its predecessors; it's a well-rounded notebook with very few cons. This notebook's highlights include outstanding performance thanks to its Intel quad-core processor and Nvidia graphics; a well-executed design and AlienFX customizable lighting system; excellent 1080p IPS display; superb build quality and chassis strength; good speakers; a plentiful port selection; a tolerable level of noise and respectable if not outstanding battery life.
Fantastically fast for a 14-incher
At $1,499 kitted out with the 1080p screen and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics that you'll definitely want, the Alienware isn't an inexpensive or a particularly stylish laptop. We've seen thinner machines that can vaguely play PC games for under $800. It's not particularly portable either, with bulk and battery life that might make you think twice about taking it to your local cafe.
Very good keyboard, Stable performance under load
The ThinkPad Edge E431 may not be exciting, but it's a solid performer. It's a business-grade notebook with lots of power, excellent build quality, adequate battery life, and a strong keyboard. It's also quite durable and light enough (thanks to its ABS plastic frame) to fill a bag without overburdening its owner. The clever proprietary charging/OneLink Dock port design is also a nifty addition if you're frequently in search of better docking options.
Portable OneLink Dock, Good durability
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 provides an impressive offering for its price. Starting at $500 (NBR's configuration was priced at $648) users will receive a durable attractive chassis, with excellent usability thanks to Lenovo's high quality keyboard and touchpad, along with ample performance capable of handling most business tasks with relative ease.
The only area where the E431 suffers is portability.
Excellent spill-resistant keyboard
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 isn't without its sacrifices, but with a starting price for a business laptop that starts at less than $550, that's to be expected. You'll have to pay extra for solid-state cache or storage. And you'll have to live without a touchscreen, HD resolution, or backlit keys. And the screen's color and contrast washes out quickly if you aren't sitting dead center.
Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Strong performance levels
The Dell Latitude 6430u is an ideal unit for users who want a mix of portability and productivity. The sleek ergonomic design makes the notebook easy to hold and traverse with, while the extensive battery life ensures that the device will last while in the absence of a power supply.
Offering good performance, and great ergonomics and feel
I rarely get this enthusiastic over a corporate product of any sort, but I'm a sucker for products that are tactilely and ergonomically superior. The Latitude 6430u is expensive, but most truly superb things are. Even consumers should seriously consider this ultrabook, since the entry-level configuration is more than adequate for most purposes, and the three-year warranty makes a big-box store's extended warranty unnecessary.
Solid design, Comfortable backlit keyboard
The Dell Latitude 6430u is an impressive entry into Dell's business lineup. It proves that within the boundaries of the Ultrabook classification, there is the option to include extra connectivity and a removable battery, which are both features that are useful in a business setting.
Lovely design, removable battery and serviceable parts
The Dell Latitude 6430u is a business Ultrabook that's good enough looking for executives yet durable enough to drag to off site sales calls month after month. It offers solid Ultrabook level performance with ULV Intel third generation CPUs and it's powerful enough for business tasks and downtime with HD movies and even some light gaming. It's not as thin and light as classic 3 pound Ultrabooks like Dell's own XPS 13, but it is significantly lighter than the Dell XPS 14.
Erratic performance issues, Dismal screen quality and brightness
Strangely, while performance was ultimately exceptional, it took some doing to get it there. My testing experience with the 6430u was marred by more than its fair share of hangs and crashes and other strange behavior. My first run of the PC Mark 7 benchmark (my standard first stop for performance testing) ended with results 30 percent below its eventual high point.
Fast 2D and reasonable 3D performance
The Dell Latitude 6430u is heavier than the average Ultrabook, and doesn't have the compelling desirability of the slimmest 13in options, such as the Samsung Series 9 900X3B. But it has plenty of functionality to make up for this, with great general performance, an excellent screen, a robust chassis, decent battery life, a choice of pointing devices, and a healthy array of ports.
Terrific battery life
The Dell Latitude 6430u isn't the flashiest Ultrabook on the market. True to its intended audience of workaday professionals, it's a well-designed and well-built laptop that gets excellent battery life and is a pleasure to use. It's a great choice for anyone whose first priority is getting things done.
Long battery life, Good application performance
The Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES impresses with its good applications performance and the long battery life. We also liked the low system noise in idle state and low temperatures of the case. In addition, the notebook has a handy keyboard. The touchscreen works perfectly and leaves a good impression, but is nothing more than a fancy gadget. It is available at Sony's online shop at a surcharge of 100 Euros (~$130). Those who can do without it will save money.
Sony VAIO E Series
I was very happy when I received this laptop. After doing research and looking at my budget, I thought this would be the best fit for me. I am mainly using it for web browsing and photo editing. So far, it does everything I need it to.
If you're looking at a higher end windows product, I would go with a Sony Vaio E series. I'm particularly an Apple fan, but a Macbook pro was not in my budget. So I went with the next best thing!
Offers sufficient power to daily amount of activities
The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW confident with a good application performance and long battery life. Even the quiet operation in idle mode and the low temperature rise like. In addition, the laptop is equipped with a usable keyboard and leaves a good impression.
Great portable gaming/productivity notebook
The MSI GE40 is a great notebook that fills my needs well. The balance of portability and performance allows me to finish my work quickly to get a little bit of play in. If you can cram your programs and games onto a 128GB SSD, you'll find more value in the upgraded version of the GE40. Otherwise both notebooks can stand to have an additional 8GB of memory and a clean install of Windows to maximize its performance and your enjoyment.
Incredibly fast CPU and application performance for the size
The changes that the X1 Carbon brings are not just skin deep. Many of these changes have addressed some of the common complaints about the original X1, but at the same have introduced new criticisms. The new 14-inch matte display, for example, is an entirely different beast compared to the glossy 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass-protected display of the older models and offers better color reproduction, higher resolutions, higher contrast and lighter weight.
Matte display, Solid construction, Good overall performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon takes almost everything that was great about last year's ThinkPad X1 and combines it with the latest Ultrabook technology to deliver an outstanding business Ultrabook. While most professionals looking for a thin and light laptop will probably be happier with the ThinkPad X230, the X1 Carbon softens those rough ThinkPad edges and provides a more refined, stylish PC for salespeople and executives who don't want a boxy business laptop.
Extremely Thin And Light, Superb Display With Anti-Glare Coating
Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon offers such an extremely thin and light system but doesn't skimp on features that it is going to be the corporate laptop to get. The new carbon fiber chassis is certainly going to stand up the the abuse of anyone who travels frequently. The display is also the largest of the ThinkPad X series and one of the best available on an ultrabook to date. It also has Lenovo's famous keyboards that is accurate and comfortable to use.
Great battery life, Top performance, Great build quality
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a boardroom winner that offers great all-round performance and comfort in a lightweight package.
The few niggles with the screen and connections aside, if we chose one Ultrabook to be our business companion, we'd hire the comfortable, high performance and long lasting Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon every time.
Superb backlit, spill-proof keyboard
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is everything the original X1 should have been. Though its TN screen doesn't quite match up to the premium style, build and features of this stunning Ultrabook, in every other regard it's easily the best business ultraportable around. Its soft-touch chassis is a pleasure to carry or rest your hands on, and despite being stuffed with features, it retains an incredibly slim and sleek profile for a 14-inch machine.
High resolution, Sturdy construction
The HD+ version of the Dell Latitude 6430u is a well-rounded ultrabook for business professionals. Because we consider many different factors, the final score only improved by 1% to 86%. The new model doesn't have any major flaws - but adds an improved display to the available options. Some users will certainly appreciate the resolution of 1600x900 pixels and the improved display brightness.
Internal roll cage, magnesium alloy base and carbon fiber lid
With regards to performance, the lower surface temperatures and longer battery life compared to the T430s and T430 are big pluses, though at the cost of having a non-removable battery and a louder system fan when under medium to high loads. These features make the T431s a sort of hybrid between the X1 Carbon and T430s with most of the best qualities of both models.
Excellent Build Quality, Portable Design, Long Battery Life
The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s offers an exceptional design that few notebooks match at this price point. With its durable build quality, portable form factor and above average battery life, the T431s is the ideal travel notebook. Users can also rest assured that the device is a pleasure to use thanks to its high-quality keyboard and responsive touchpad.
Overpriced, not as good as hyped
I got this product because I always loved Lenovo's excellent build quality. This laptop is not exception but unfortunately few innovations are really annoying. the biggest problem for me is the multi-functional touch pad which I can't get used to and drives me crazy. I must always carry a mouse with me because productivity using their new touchpad is really poor. So I'd suggest go to the store and give it a try first.
A slim and light ThinkPad Ultrabook that's sturdy
We love the new, slim look that Lenovo introduced with the ThinkPad T431s. For those who appreciate ThinkPads, this is a great looking, much more modern machine. From the thinner design to the drop down hinges and 180 degrees of display rotation, it's all good. Tradition hasn't gone with the wind, and the carbon fiber top, magnesium alloy bottom and roll cage are thankfully still here. As ever the keyboard is a typist's dream, the large trackpad works well and performance is solid.
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