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.
An amazingly competent little machine
So overall, is this Acer Aspire One AO756 with the Celeron chip a good buy? The answer is not as clear-cut as it used to be when netbooks cost US$250 and "real" notebooks $600. This little Acer costs a bit more and "real" notebooks now cost amazingly little. But if you need a slender little 3-pound notebook that nevertheless packs an amazing punch, this Acer is terrific. I replaced my old Aspire One because it was utterly unable to run HD video from my GoPros and such.
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.
Excellent CPU and GPU performance
We have nothing but praise for the performance of the Y580. The GTX 660M amazes and the Ivy Bridge core should handle practically anything a typical user may demand from a primary home computer. The usability of the keyboard and touchpad are above average as well, but the ergonomic consequences of the close port placement may annoy users with wires protruding from the sides instead of the rear.
Great casual gaming machine with discrete graphics
The Y580 is not only a beautifully styled laptop, it also offers great performance in just about every area. It feels like it will take a fair amount of abuse, which is what it will get if the laptop is purchased for a student. The discrete NVidia GeForce GTX 660m graphics give the Y580 much more responsiveness in video that would bring the integrated Intel HD 4000 to a crawl, but gamers will not be able to use the full 1920 x 1080 resolution without dropping the frame rate to an...
Excellent General and 3D Performance
With Lenovo dropping out of the larger 17-inch laptop market, they have shifted their 15-inch IdeaPad Y580 to be their high performance laptop. The new Ivy Bridge processor with NVIDIA graphics give it superb performance regardless of the type of application you intend to use. Be warned though, heavy use can cause some excessive noise from the cooling fan. Storage is also larger than normal but doesn't suffer badly in terms of speed thanks to a supplemental 32GB solid state drive.
Stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical. It has the on-the-go power for games, programs, and media. If its short battery life and crushing weight don't dampen your enthusiasm, the IdeaPad Y580 will make you happy.
Excellent list of high end features for a relatively low price
Though it's not a high style product, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is most definitely a performance machine that offers a great deal of performance and quality hardware for the money. From the good 1080p IPS display to the wicked performance in gaming and graphics/video editing apps, it's hard to go wrong with the Y580. It's got enough power to remain useful for several years, and we like the excellent keyboard and JBL speakers as well. Recommended.
Superb full HD display, Quality integrated speakers
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and does a great job as a desktop replacement rig. It features a dazzling screen with a full 1080p resolution, a built-in Blu-ray player, and even a full-sized keyboard on top of very impressive multimedia and gaming capabilities. While the rival HP Envy 17 offers a similar smorgasbord of features, the Y580 outguns it while costing a couple of hundred quid less.
High quality and quick performance
The weight and size may be an issue for some people. This laptop might not be what you can consider as portable. The poor battery life of a 6 cell battery pack may also be a disadvantage.
Lenovo Ideapad Y580 laptop is great for media consumption as it has a Full HD screen resolution and surround sound theater systems and crisp speakers.
As the Lenovo Ideapad Y580 runs on a significantly fast processor, multitasking and being very busy in front of your laptop will not be a problem.
Resolution and the colors are awesome, Huge touchpad
Like I said, I have no complaint towards the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 that I have bought neither I feel any regret for getting it. Before I made up my mind, I did a lot of research on which machine will suite my usage and habits most. This machine still have plenty of rooms for me to upgrade in terms of awaken the sleeping beast that I see now. All I have to do is to do some simple upgrade, but that will have to wait.
Impressive CPU performance with Ivy Bridge
We praised the X220 for its sturdy case, fast performance, premium IPS display, extensive connectivity options and long battery life, but we also noted some unfortunate drawbacks like CPU throttling issues, subpar VGA quality and a warping case. Has the X230 fixed these issues or has it introduced more unanticipated problems along the way?
Fortunately, the 2012 refresh shows none of the hardware problems that plagued the original X220.
Great durability, ports, and performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 offers the power and expansive feature set of a full-size notebook in a thin and lightweight ultraportable. Whether you are travelling around the world or commuting between offices, this powerful notebook is easy to carry - starting at just 2.96lbs!
Eraserhead cursor control, and comfortable keyboard
ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.
Excellent screen, Excellent keyboard
If you're after a small laptop that's also powerful and comfortable to type on, the ThinkPad X230 is perfect. It has an excellent, backlit keyboard and its screen is also splendid. The only thing we don't like is the touchpad, but it does have a TrackPoint that you can use instead of it.
Affordable Pricing, Extremely Light, Long Battery Life
For those that want the lightest 13-inch laptop they can get, they don't get any lighter than the two and a half pound Toshiba Portege Z935. Even with this low weight, the ultrabook offers some of the best running times available and has a very reasonable price tag. Of course, the design of the system is rather dated with its boxy look and the lighter weight does make it feel more flimsy. In addition, the screen is definitely below average for this price segment.
Fantastic travel computer
Some reviews of an earlier model complained about the hinge making it difficult to open without cracking the screen. I have not had any problem so suspect Toshiba has changed the hinge. Mine is a center hinge but runs nearly the full length of the computer. There has been no twisting or cracking of the screen. I packed it in a fairly light canvas briefcase (to keep weight down) and dragged it all over Europe for a month with no problems.
Very good features, performance, and battery life for its price
With the same design as its predecessor and improved components, Toshiba's Portege Z935-P300 is an excellent value for an ultrabook. Its physical flaws are harder to overlook in pricier versions of this model. But since the starting-point Z935-P300 model is currently available for less $850, I'm more concerned with performance and battery life, and it does just fine in those areas.
Lightweight & is a solid overall performer
The Toshiba Portege Z935 Ultrabook is a decent laptop. For some business users, such as those who go to a lot of meetings and make basic presentations, it will be a pretty good laptop. After all, it's lightweight, is a solid overall performer, and has several nice hookup options, including VGA and HDMI, as well as WiDi and Bluetooth.
For other business users - those who travel often and want to get work done on the fly - the PortÃ? Â©gÃ? Â© Z935 is a poor choice.
3D display, Good finish
Altogether, the Qosmio X870 certainly has its charms, but the laptop is too expensive for the features it offers. Whether the 3D display is worth the premium over the two smaller models should be evaluated by the buyer. The cheapest version of the X870 is already available for 1599 Euro, and the expected performance shouldn't be much below our expensive top model, due to the same CPU and GPU in both models.
All-round entertainment system
The use of that i5 processor means that the Qosmio X870-143 is more of an all-round entertainment system than a dedicated gaming rig. But at £1199 it's still a good option if you want a large-screen laptop that can handle music, video and the occasional gaming session.
Extremely powerful, Great connectivity
The Qosmio X870 is without doubt the best choice for anyone (with cash to burn) who needs the best gaming machine waiting for them at home.
However, the styling and price won't appeal to everyone and if you still want the 3D experience, albeit with slightly less power, then the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a worthy alternative.
Lighter than the competition
The Qosmio is a fine gaming laptop, and choosing between this and the G75VW is going to come down to personal preference and your wallet. While the Toshiba is 1kg lighter and features speedier hard drives, it costs AU$500 more, loses the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort option and has a gloss screen. Our benchmarks do show better gaming performance, but we suspect this to be due to updated drivers.
Impressed with its overall performance
The 900X3B is a worthy successor to the first generation Series 9 lineup in almost every aspect and is without a doubt high-end quality hardware. In fact, everything that the 900X3B offers to users, it does extraordinarily well. Slightly lower battery life aside, Samsung has flattened the already thin chassis of the original while simultaneously maintaining the same level of durability and updating the internal hardware.
Fantastic high-res display, Excellent performance
The Samsung Series 9 is the most well-rounded Ultrabook we've reviewed to date. It gets almost everything right - it even has decent speakers. The 1600x900 PLS display has fantastic picture quality with unlimited viewing angles and an anti-glare coating for better usability. The performance is outstanding; a full boot up takes less than 11 seconds. Our battery test measured almost eight hour of life, which is good for an Ultrabook.
Great looks, Featherweight, Excellent screen
The Samsung Series 9 900X3B is one of the best looking Windows laptops we've ever seen, and one of the most covetable, too.
There are performance issues, arising from its waif-like size, but it's still more than capable of serving most people's needs, while offering head-turning style that few competitors can offer.
Indeed, for anyone who wants portable style, the only decision is this or the MacBook Air - but you won't be choosing this on price.
Best screen we've ever seen on a portable laptop
The Samsung Series 9 900X is not just the thinnest, lightest 13in laptop in the world, but it's also the best-looking, best sounding ultraportable we've come across. Its high-resolution PLS screen offers quality above any other laptop display on the market, its connectivity isn't compromised by its sleek lines, and it's great to use too with an excellent backlit keyboard and large, sensitive touchpad.
Excellent battery life, and a bright matte 1,600x900-pixel screen
If you're looking for a beautifully built, extremely thin, light, and portable ultrabook, the Samsung Series 9 rises above the competition. It may lack a few top-end features, but it's a perfect ultraportable for those who can afford it.
Beautiful, sleek design, razor-thin all-metal body
The 15-inch Samsung Series 9 is even more impressively built and designed than last year's 13-inch model, but this jaw-droppingly thin laptop isn't all that different from a 13-inch Ultrabook; it's just priced higher. If you crave impeccable design and a light luggage load along with a big, bright screen then look no further, provided your bank account can stomach it and you don't mind dongles for Ethernet and HDMI.
Thin, lightweight design, High-quality display
When compared to other ultraportable laptops, the Samsung Series 9 scores almost (or at) the top-of-the-category. It's very comparable to the Dell XPS 13, which we reviewed in March 2012. Most users should find no performance glitches with this laptop, particularly for watching streaming HD video or multitasking. Graphics performance, on the other hand, is definitely lacking due to the integrated graphics, but this isn't meant to be a gaming laptop.
Super thin, Super stylish, Super screen
There's no doubt that the Samsung Series 9 900X3B is a portable PC which will appeal more to style conscious web surfers than power hungry power users.
Not since the MacBook Air have we seen a laptop that's so easy to love, and so easy to covet. The Series 9 packs in desirability and quality engineering to a degree that few manufacturers have been able to match.
Amazingly portable and powerful, with a screen to die for
If I have only one complaint (and I do) about the Series 9, it's the keyboard. 15mm doesn't give you much depth to work with, and the shallow travel on these keys makes touch typing difficult. At $1,400, the price may be an additional concern for some buyers, but I'd happily argue that the design and power of this good-looking laptop merit the extra outlay.
Big range of models, Easy to expand
After conducting our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580, we were left with a mixed impression. Some features and functions of the notebook were implemented well while other aspects were addressed with less elegance. The case gave us a nice aesthetic impression but was less convincing in terms of workmanship, haptics, and stability.
Nice design, Good performance, Solid keyboard
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580. Style, Performance and Entertainment Features At a Great Price. The stylish but affordable IdeaPad Z580 notebook with its sharp 15.6" HD display, a smart AccuType keyboard and Intelligent Touchpad inside, also delivers a wide range of multimedia capabilities. Enjoy rich audio with Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement and stereo speakers. Optimize your audio/video settings with OneKey Theater. Plus, the 3rd gen Intel Core processor ensures top performance.
Stylish and reasonably well-built laptop
The Lenovo Z580 is a stylish and reasonably well-built laptop. If you don't want to play games or other graphically demanding duties there's less reason to spend £200 over the comparable Dell Inspiron 15R, although you do get stronger construction and Blu-ray playback.
Beyond my expectations!
I have had this laptop for about a week now and I have to say that it has exceeded my expectations.
I was unsure of purchasing a Lenovo product since I never have before but after reading countless gret reviews for their products and reliability I was convinced to buy one. Since receiving this laptop everything has worked flawlessly. The screen has very good colours and viewing angles, the touch pad and keyboard is great and what Lenovo is known for. The speakers are loud and clear.
Sound quality of the speakers is excellent
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 might come across as expensive. But the quad-core Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and Blu-ray combo drive quite justify the heavy price tag. If Lenovo would have included a more powerful graphics processor and full HD display, this laptop would have been a killer deal. Nonetheless, if you want plenty of power for serious multitasking and casual gaming, you should consider the Z580.
Excellent performance, Sophisticated looks
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 doesn't look any different from the rivals, and neither does it make great noise about what it can possibly offer. It delivers excellent performance, good gaming experience, and all this in a chassis that is put together well. The sophisticated and wide appealing looks mean no user demographic is turned off even before considering.
Stable, well-manufactured aluminum case
Lenovo's IdeaPad U410 leaves us with a kind of love-hate feeling after the test. It is not surprising since Lenovo devices sway between ingenuity and chaos much too frequently.
We are awed by the low price, the design, the feel, the good input devices (extremely good touchpad!) and the impression it makes during use. Lenovo does a lot of things right with the aluminum finish and the rounded edges that a Macbook user would wish for after a long typing session.
Huge Storage Capacity, Dedicated Graphics Processor
One of the prime reasons for going to a larger ultrabook is for the display and graphics. The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is mixed in this area as it does feature dedicated NVIDIA graphics but the 14-inch display panel leaves much to be desired. Lenovo does offer some amazing amount of storage space that rivals other ultrabooks but still keeps boot times fast. At least the system retains the excellent keyboard and trackpad designs that make it comfortable to work with.
Lenovo's IdeaPad U410 does a good job of being useful in most situations, if you aren't looking to do some hardcore gaming or DVD/CD burning. It's hard to complain about the little things when this system shows such a vast improvement over the Lenovo ThinkPad U310 but manages to be the same price. For students who must keep a budget in mind but aren't willing to sacrifice too much power in their laptop, this is probably the perfect option.
When I first got this laptop there was a problem after a few weeks so I asked for an exchange. They sent me a brand new one the next day! Great service. As for the laptop, I love it! Especially it's light weight. I don't like iMACs but I do like their laptop design and THIS Lenovo laptop has almost the same design PLUS a home and end key which MACs don't have. The only down side to this laptop is that there's no DISC drive and it's slightly flimsy on the bottom and the center of the keyboard.
Great price, Ivy Bridge CPU
There are an abundance of Ultrabooks hitting the market at the moment and a clear trend seems to be emerging.
Manufacturers are having to make the decision between substance and style, between practicality and desirability, and are having to pitch their products into an ever-evolving market with an ever-expanding range of price points.
Well-designed, sturdy and has plenty of power
We like the U410 a lot. It's well-designed, sturdy and has plenty of power. We have some slight concerns about the battery, and you certainly won't see Lenovo's quoted maximum of nine hours, not unless you cast some sort of power saving spell over it anyway.
As a multimedia machine, it's solid. You'll also be able to play games, as the discrete graphics have sufficient punch to drive this laptop at its reasonably modest display resolution.
Low cost Ultrabook that feels cheaper than it looks
If you want a decent bit of hardware at a not-unreasonable cost, then you might consider the IdeaPad U410. However, despite the good features like the SSD cache I, feel that Lenovo has not delivered on what it claims, specifically in the battery department. Also, if you are spending more than £500 on a laptop, you'd expect it to actually feel worth the money. Alas, as a low cost Ultrabook, the build of the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 rather disappoints in this respect.
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