Very powerful, CPU performance
HP's Elitebook 2570p has the same strengths and weaknesses as the predecessor. Our main point of criticism remains the display - even though it is now slightly brighter, it is still too dark and consequently mobility (outdoor use) suffers.
Plus points are the very comfortable keyboard and the touchpad/point stick combination. Build quality, sturdiness, port selection, and security features all support the status of the little Elitebook as a serious business laptop.
Fully featured business laptop
The EliteBook 2570p may be chunky, but with good reason - the business market it's aimed at requires all the ports it can get, and a certain level of ruggedness. Add to this the impressive performance of the 12.5-inch laptop, and you have a laptop that would make the hardened business road warrior happy.
Sturdy, well-built laptop
In the end, the EliteBook 2570p is a sturdy, well-built laptop that screams professionalism, and can prove itself out in the field. The Core i5 keeps the laptop humming along nicely, and while the integrated graphics aren't anything too special, they prove that big things can come in small packages.
Solid construction, Metal lid and chassis top
The 2570p is certainly a strong contender in the business ultraportable category. We were impressed by its solid build and diverse connection options. The device is not without competition, however, with Asus' B23E and Lenovo's ThinkPad X230 making compelling alternatives without jumping far above the 2570p's $950 price tag.
Acceptable noise level, Good sound
You need to pay particular attention to the price when buying the Acer Aspire V3-771G. There are great differences between the inexpensive entry-level configuration and the 'premium devices' like our test sample. Looking at the current street prices, it ranges between EUR 595(~$750) to EUR 1299(~$1650). The differences are dependent on the installed CPU, GPU, mass storage, RAM and optical drive.
Affordable Price, Strong General and 3D Performance
Acer's Aspire V3 771G is a surprisingly affordable 17-inch laptop with some good performance. At just around $900, it is one of the least expensive laptops on the market to feature both a quad core Intel i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor. These combined make the system even capable as an affordable mobile gaming option. The system does have to sacrifice a few items in order to be affordable though.
A fast and affordable laptop, with a few small nitpicky drawbacks
I'm very impressed with the performance so far. As a test, I simultaneously ran a dozen windows in Google Chrome, an HD movie, BitTorrent, Warcraft 3, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word. The processor gadget in Windows showed that the processor was running at only 4 percent. It handles every game I've tested on the highest settings. So far I've played Call of Duty 2, Grand Theft Auto 4, Fallout 3, Warcraft and Borderlands. It also handles video editing 1080p HD movies without any lag.
Great graphics performance, Comfortable keyboard
For a sub-$1,000 15-inch laptop, the Acer Aspire V3 delivers the goods. A quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU and NVIDIA Kepler graphics give it multitasking and gaming chops, while the keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience. Sure, the display has a plain ol' 1,366 x 768 pixel count and the whole package weighs a backpack-unfriendly 5.8 pounds, but you at least get a DVD drive, strong selection of ports and decent audio.
Very good application performance
Initially we asked the question: how should a mini EliteBook look, adhering to the quality standard of the series? Half of this and half of that would be the answer. Case, input devices, and run times meet the high expectations. What amazes us: after the throttling problems of the 14-inch sister model 8460p (2011) now even the smallest member of the series comes without any such performance losses.
Keyboard is pleasant to use
I don't think the price tag on the 2170p is that terrible provided the 25% off eCoupon is in place, but I have a hard time really recommending this notebook regardless. That's rough, because HP isn't presently offering a solid alternative to it. The Folio 13 was a pretty solid ultrabook when it was available, but their new Folio is a 14" model and half a pound heavier.
Great gaming performance for an integrated GPU
Like its Satellite brethren, the Toshiba Satellite S855D is geared toward a very specific audience: those who want an entertainment notebook but aren't willing to spend a fortune to get one. To that end, in most of the areas which truly matter to the intended market segment, it delivers acceptable results.
But it's the compromises that give us pause, starting with the construction quality, which really is comprised of a lot of low-grade plastic.
OK netbook BUT not so good for WiFi
I needed something small for travel and didn't want a big laptop to be my whole carry on. I thought about some of the 'Pads, but didn't want to spend that much for web surfing, email, a little shopping and maybe some spreadsheets or documents. I bought one of these with a free upgrade to Windows 8 "Professional". Well it wasn't free, it was $15, but still not a bad deal. Anyway this worked great on a trip, I was able to use the hotel WiFi just fine.
Large Hard Drive For Price Point
Gateway takes their NV series of laptops and gives them an even more affordable makeover with the NE56R12u which can typically be found for under $400. The system is certainly affordable and is sufficient for many that just need basic computer needs. Heck, it has the same memory, hard drive size and battery life as system that cost nearly twice as much. It does sacrifice other conveniences such as a comfortable keyboard or USB 3.0 ports and packs in a fair amount of unnecessary software.
Best under $400
This laptop offers the best bang for your buck. I am extremely rough on my laptops, and tend to replace them yearly: why I no longer purchase expensive units. The system has a windows base score of 4.6. Higher than other similarly priced, or even more expensive machines. The low score is due to the graphics component. This computer is NOT designed for gaming. The processor is similar to an Intel I-3, in fact it is slightly faster in clockspeed.
Larger Hard Drive And Memory, Improved Integrated Graphics
Toshiba's Satellite L855D-S5242 uses the update AMD APU with its Radeon HD 7640G integrated graphics which does still outperform even the new Intel HD graphics in a large number of cases. This combined with the above average hard drive and memory sizes will really appeal to those on a budget but needing to run a lot of applications simultaneously. The problem is that the battery life issues still haven't quite been resolved yet as it provides a below average running time.
Very happy with this laptop
Had to upgrade laptop for my work and wanted something that could still handle entertainment and basic gaming duties while on the road. Windows performance index score is 5.9, but only due to the slow hard drive that comes with the laptop. All other components are rated a 6.7, except the ram which is a 7.3. Screen is very good with crisp text and vivid colors. Have played several FPS and racing games and haven't had any issues.
For everyday tasks, a simple and easy laptop
We needed an extra machine in the house and after looking at a number of reviews on Amazon, this looked like it would fit the bill. Came quickly and well wrapped. I was pleased when I first booted it up that there was very little installed crapware to remove -- I removed the Lenovo-provided trial virus ware and we were good to go. From unwrapping to being on the internet was under 5 minutes.
Great build quality, Relatively lightweight
Beyond the controversy surrounding the chosen specifications, the only other point of concern might be a slightly less-durable case than some of the competition. In spite of its excellent build quality, the chosen "fiberglass reinforced chassis" (which is a fancy version of high-grade plastic) still lacks the protective reassurance of the carbon fiber and aluminum that many competitors have applied to the display lid and other crucially vulnerable areas.
Solid outer build, Good choice of ports
The Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW is packed with business features, and if you just can't do without them, it's a reasonable choice.
But ask yourself if you really need fingerprint security, Intel vPro features and a trackpoint. For many business users, usability, speed and battery life are the most important things, and for this amount of money, a high-end Ultrabook - such as the Asus Zenbook Prime - is perhaps a better choice.
Excellent Performance, Bright Screen
The Toshiba Portege R930 proves to be an excellent ultraportable computer, however many of the latest ultrabooks hitting the market offer better resolution, lighter travel weight and longer battery life. That said, those very same Ultrabooks lack the performance and flexability that Toshiba has been come to known for in the company's Portege product line.
Power users may want to strongly consider what the Portege R930 has to offer, before jumping on the Ultrabook bandwagon.
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