First-rate casing rigidness and build
In any case, the 940X3G has overall really earned a purchase recommendation, although potential buyers can choose among many, not less attractive alternatives. Another serious contender might be the soon to be released Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro that features an even better configuration for a similar price. Samsung should not rest on its laurels.
Super High Resolution Display, Excellent Build Quality
Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus is an amazing ultrabook that features a few annoyances that keep it from being nearly perfect. The super high resolution touchscreen display is its standout feature that rivals even Apple's Retina displays. The battery life has also been helped tremendously but he new 4th generation processor.
Classy, premium feel with excellent build quality
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is one of the nicer Windows Ultrabooks around at the moment with stylish design and impressive-looking specifications. But it comes at a high price and has disappointing battery life. Unless you specifically want Windows 8 and that super high-res display, you should bear in mind that the equivalent MacBook Air has better overall performance and is cheaper.
Not the fastest, but definitely the best ultrabook you can buy
Most of the people I've talked to see the 4GB and 128GB SSD as dealbreakers. I'm sure they know what's best for themselves. But I also know what I need, and this is perfectly fine. Samsung have created a wonderful ultrabook that's just as good as anything available right now in the market (including Apple products). The light weight and slim form make it a perfect traveling companion, or just a great notebook to carry around all day.
Incredible touchscreen, Thin, Light, Great battery life
If you absolutely must have that stunning display, then we would wholeheartedly recommend the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus. It's built to be future-proof, and you won't be disappointed with any aspect of its performance. Its price is the only area you'll need to convince yourself on.
Otherwise, you might want to consider some of its closest competitors.
Super-thin, well-made, Gorgeous 3,200 x 1,800 display
With the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung can still lay claim to one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. As ever, it offers an attractive design and fast performance, but battery life is improved, and the 3,200 x 1,800 display is best in.
Fab screen, Great design, Decent battery life
It may not come cheap, but the Samsung Ativ 9 Plus looks and feels its money. It's a great looking laptop of near-flawless build quality and a brilliant screen. The superb screen resolution ensures that other laptops using similarly up-to-date components will offer better battery life, but thanks to the optimisation of the Intel Haswell CPU, it lasts for a full day of work anyway. Ultrabooks don't get much better than this.
Stunning as ever, high quality materials
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, and as of this writing, still one of the few with Haswell. From a design perspective, nothing beats the 9 Plus, and it's more visually daring than the aging MacBook Air design yet it's stately enough for business.
Beautiful design, Solid and thoughtful construction
Truly, there is not much to criticize about Dell's latest XPS 12. It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design. It maintains one of the best keyboards on any Ultrabook to date, coupled with a comfortable touchpad, accurate 10-point multi-touch screen, and a reasonable weight that - while still a bit heavy by tablet standards - communicates quality. And it's incredibly stylish, to boot.
Haswell processor provides performance and battery life that could justify its high price
If you're looking for a lightweight tablet then look elsewhere. The Dell XPS 12 is primarily intended as a powerful working laptop, and its fourth-generation Haswell processor provides performance and battery life that could justify its high price. The tablet mode isn't entirely successful, but it's a nice little bonus that you can use to relax when you finish work at the end of the day.
Absolutely tiny, Excellent hinge design
Considering the tiny dimensions of the XPS 12, many might find the rather large price tag hard to swallow. Closer examination reveals this to be a very reasonable price, considering the potent hardware within, all wrapped in a cutting-edge package that favours mobility over all else. If you're looking for a transforming tablet that punches well above its weight class, the XPS 12 is a premium contender, albeit at a premium price tag.
Excellent 1080p touchscreen display
For the past two years, we've ended practically every ultrathin laptop review by suggesting that you should probably just buy a MacBook Air. That wasn't always an option for Windows users, but for those who could, Apple offered an unrivaled experience. Those days are done: we've now seen two credible alternatives in a row, laptops which arguably outclass the Air in certain departments.
Good performance, Dedicated graphics
Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. A high-end gaming laptop may be a step too far for your wallet. But, if you can afford it, this is a superb buy.
Excellent CPU and graphics performance, relatively cool and quiet
Go buy one, I did. If you're a gamer this is a superb choice. The price is reasonable for what you get, and I personally prefer the ASUS ROG G750's cooling and trackpad to its most direct competitor in price and features, the MSI GT70. In fact, I prefer the keyboard too because the game-centric SteelSeries keyboard design on the MSI doesn't work as well when using the machine for productivity (the Windows button moved to the right side drives me crazy).
Great design and lighting system
The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There's almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall build quality thanks to the inclusion of more metal components, and a new take on the AlienFX lighting system. System performance is outstanding with the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor and top-of-the-line Nvidia GTX 780M graphics card.
Very bright, clear image with great viewing angles
There's no doubt that Alienware makes some of the most powerful and eye-catching gaming rigs currently available, and the fact that the Alienware 17 lasts more than four hours on battery power is a tribute to the efficiency of its Haswell processor. However, it's expensive even by Alienware's standards and only by dropping the specification using the custom-build option on the web site will lower the price.
Bright Full HD IPS display with high contrast
Light, thin and elegant. Samsung Series 9, Apple MacBook Air 13, Acer Aspire S7 391 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - all devices make compromises to meet these requirements. The Vaio 13 Pro is the lightest Ultrabook (1,066 grams/~2.4 pounds) within this competition; the just 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick base results in a reduced keyboard quality and problems with the torsion resistance. The case material of carbon fiber is unbreakable but still flexible.
Very light, easy to carry, yet comfortable to use
The Vaio Pro may fall short in some areas, but that's only because it aims so high. Its weight and size are truly impressive, and bode well for the coming generation of Haswell laptops. However, the flexible carbon fibre doesn't instill confidence and battery life isn't on a par with the MacBook Air.
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!
Bright IPS screen with good contrast
The Yoga 11S is essentially a blend of the Yoga 11 and Yoga 13; it's an attempt to leverage the benefits of both models while keeping the affiliated limitations to a minimum. In some ways, it succeeds: with a bright IPS screen, sturdy design, excellent performance, and a responsive, accurate touchscreen, it's got a lot to like.
However, like its predecessors, its utility boils down to the user's goals.
Extremely portable, Strong hinges
If you're in the market for a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'd be remiss to not check out the Lenovo Yoga 11S.
While it currently lacks a Haswell option, it's still plenty fast enough for whatever you want to do, with the exception of hardcore PC gaming. We took this model on several business trips and experienced nary a hiccup. On planes its diminutive size made it perfect for working or watching videos and it easily tucks away nicely into any bag you may be traveling with.
Ultrabook and tablet in one
If you're looking for both an ultrabook and a tablet, but don't want too many devices kicking around, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a great solution. It's powerful and fully featured, with great flexibility. There are better tablets and ultrabooks, but this is as good as we've seen in a hybrid.
Compact, clever design, good keyboard
As a laptop, the Yoga 11S has lots to offer. It's a nice little machine that has impressed us in general use. There are some interesting things to note. For a start, we tested the Core i3 version of the machine, which doesn't seem to appear on the Lenovo site, but you can buy it from PC World and the like, for £700.
Bright Full HD IPS display with strong contrast
Sony Vaio Pro 11 offers a rare combination of attractive attributes: our test model weighs less than 900 grams (2 pounds), has a good Full HD IPS display, a stylish design and sufficient performance for most tasks. Overall, a good mix of important attributes.
Extremely thin and light
The 11-inch model is worse. The even-smaller, even-thinner body only exacerbates the build quality problems, and coupled with a touchscreen that's probably too high-res for this screen size, it just falters. Battery life is great, but performance lags a bit behind the larger counterpart - and when the 13-inch Pro is so thin and light anyway, it's hard to think of a reason to buy the 11-inch model unless you're desperately trying to save $100.
The lightest laptop we've ever felt
Despite a few flaws, Sony's VAIO Pro 11 is one of the more impressive machines we've seen, creating a proper PC experience in one of the lightest designs yet.
It's also nice to see that Sony is competing with the prices of other Ultrabook manufacturers, and with a starting price of $1299 and featuring an excellent screen, decent processor, and amazing weight, the Sony VAIO Pro is a top choice. Recommended.
LCD panel offers excellent image quality
If you want to take this laptop somewhere do you really want to be toting around several pounds of accessories? Probably not. So, while the EON17-SLX is an excellent machine, I hesitate to call it a laptop. Instead, it's like a semi-portable desktop-perfect for, say, a college student who changes dorms every year.
The fastest laptop money can buy
An entry-level SLX may have trouble competing against value leaders like the ASUS G-Series and the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. But our review unit, with its incredible price tag of $4,694, dominates everything. And, as we mentioned before, you don't even have to spend that much. Buyers who drop down to a standard Core i7 (instead of the Extreme Edition), 8GB of RAM, and grab just one solid-state drive can get this laptop with two GTX 680Ms for just over $3,000.
Good performance, Excellent build quality and design
The Razer Blade Pro is an innovative high quality entry into the gaming notebook market. This 17.3" notebook is impressively thin (0.88") and lightweight (6.58 lbs.). Its all-aluminum chassis is both strong and well designed. The most unique aspect of the Blade Pro is its Switchblade user interface - the multifunctional LCD trackpad with built-in apps. Other highlights of this notebook include a good quality keyboard, beautiful 1920x1080 display and decent battery life.
More portable than its rivals, Generally understated design
The Razer Blade Pro is a great gaming laptop, offering a mix of performance, style and quality at a premium price. It'll handle every game you throw at it right now with aplomb, producing gorgeous visuals on its big 1080p 17-inch screen.
Our few complaints are minor, such as the placement of the trackpad, the lack of 802.11ac networking, and the omission of a card reader.
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