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.
SSD+HDD performance, Discrete 3D graphics
The Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 has most of the features that a high-end power user wants, including multimedia and 3D benchmark performance, a 10-point touch screen, and comfortable keyboard and chassis. It's up to you to decide if the few tradeoffs are worth it, or relegate the system to also-ran status.
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.
Truly a quality product at a bargain price
Yes, Windows 8 is every bit as annoying as everyone says it is. There are tutorials on the computer as well as a user guide on using Windows 8. I can already tell that Win 8 is going to be another Vista fiasco where they will replace it with a Windows 9 that is actually intuitive. HOWEVER, if you spend a few days with this, you eventually figure it out. Girlfriend is not very tech-savvy, but she is managing fine now. Windows 7 was much better, but that's not the laptop's fault.
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.
Solid performance for a reasonable price, Generously sized display
For the user looking for a budget-friendly desktop replacement that will won't stray too far from the desk (or, more appropriately, the power outlet), the Toshiba Satellite S875-S7242 packs solid hardware into an affordable package while pumping out admirable benchmark scores that hold their own against more expensive systems.
Good overall value for family PC
The Toshiba Satellite S875 is a classic 17-inch notebook which is sure to make a decent family PC. Unfortunately, a "traditional" laptop may struggle to make the most of the new Windows 8 operating system. We won't go quite as far as to declare that every Windows 8 PC needs to have a touchscreen -- there is more than one way to skin an OS -- but we will say that this notebook fails to deliver the best Windows 8 experience.
Good Overall Performance Levels
Toshiba's updated mid-range 17-inch laptop does a good job at balancing its various features to provide a solid overall experience. It is one of the few systems to actually include a Blu-ray compatible drive in its price range although it does lack the full 1080p capable display. Surprisingly, the system is also a good deal lighter than must of the competition. Those who have to type frequently may find the keyboard a bit lacking however.
So far, it appears to be a solid laptop
Overall It is a solid laptop and I am happy with it.
If you do not read specs well, the big difference with this laptop is it does not include a video card. It has video from the motherboard. This laptop cannot run newer graphically intense games, but i have played Company of Heroes on it perfectly fine. I am positive it could run Word of Warcraft good too.
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.
pretty awesome ultraportable laptop
Toshiba delivers a great machine with a few annoying flaws. Toshiba delivers a great machine with a few annoying flaws. HP's Envy 17 is a robust, media-centric desktop replacement that's svelte enough to lug around if you need a large screen on the go. Its overall performance is pedestrian, but otherwise this laptop offers you a lot of bang for your buck. Above-average sound, performance, and gaming highlight this otherwise staid midsize laptop.
Sep 17 2010 - Toshiba's Portege R700-S1320 certainly offers a high level of performance in an extremely compact package. With a standard class laptop processor, high performance hard drive, eSATA port, ExpressCard slot and built-in DVD burner it certainly isn't lacking in features. Combine this with some great battery life and it is a great ultraportable for travels who don't want to sacrifice performance.
The Portege R700-184 packs a decent amount of performance into a thin-and-light package, and should prove a good companion to a road warrior, especially with its built-in 3G modem. However, it is not as sturdy as some laptops and, discounting the Core i5 processor, seems pricey for the specification.
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