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Asus ZenFone 4 review: first look

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


The ZenFone 4 sits at the bottom of Asus’ recently announced smartphone range, but it packs in a pretty serious bang for every buck of its $99 asking price. With Intel’s CloverTrail+ platform powering Android 4.3, and pretty much all the essentials you’d expect of a budget phone, the ZenFone 4 is gunning for the attention of cash-strapped smartphone buyers far and wide.


Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 review: first look

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


Asus yanked the covers off a stack of new laptops, tablets and smartphones at today’s CES 2014 press conference in Las Vegas. Out of them all, one product stood out: the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, which seamlessly combines Windows 8.1 and Android, and swaps between the two in a matter of seconds.


Greatest Hits of MWC 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

MWC Logo With the world’s largest mobile technology show about to take place in the sunny environs of Barcelona. it’s time to kick off something new for our coverage of the show this year: PC Pro’s Greatest Hits of MWC 2013. It’s our pick of the best products and technologies on show at the event. Nine products will walk away with a Greatest Hits award, and as ever we’re looking for our readers’ help in picking the winners.

If you see a product you think deserves to be considered, then make a comment on this blog by midnight Tuesday 5 February (UK time). In addition to five products earning the Greatest Hits accolade, we’re giving away four awards in the following specific categories:


Asus VivoBook S200 and VivoBook S400 review: first look

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012


With yesterday’s launch events in London and New York, Asus introduced its glittering new range of Windows 8 devices to the world. In amongst a host of familiar tablets, laptops and convertibles from this year’s Computex and IFA trade shows, however, Asus slipped in a little surprise with the arrival of its affordable touchscreen not-quite-but-almost-Ultrabooks, the 11.6in VivoBook S200 and 14in VivoBook S400.


Video podcast: Hands on with the Google Nexus 7

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Everyone’s talking about Google’s new tablet and the new Android 4.1 “Jellybean” OS – and today I had the chance to try it out for myself. Here’s a mini-podcast, with video clips and photos, in which I describe the hands-on experience.

Update: If you don’t have eight minutes to spare, you can browse the photos below the cut.

Under the hood of Intel’s blueprint for Ultrabooks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Intel Ultrabook

Ultrabooks have dominated the laptop landscape since their arrival at the back end of 2011, but we’ve not yet seen any hardware from Intel – until now. It’s sent us its own blueprint for the Ultrabook and, unsurprisingly, it’s the first Ultrabook we’ve seen to include Ivy Bridge – Apple’s MacBook Air notwithstanding.

The chip in question is the Core i5-3427U, and it’s one of Intel’s lesser Ivy Bridge mobile parts: a 1.8GHz stock speed, an HD 4000 graphics core clocked at 350MHz rather than the 650MHz, and with less than half the cache of top-end mobile chips. The “U” at the end of its name is important, too, as it denotes a low-power chip – and its nominal and peak TDPs of 17W and 25W are both far lower than equivalent figures from more powerful Ivy Bridge processors. It’s also the same chip used in the latest MacBook Air refresh. (more…)

HP Spectre XT review: first look

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

HP has unveiled its latest range of Ultrabooks at its Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai.
Leading the charge is the Spectre XT, which slots into the firm’s range alongside the Envy 14 Spectre, and it makes an enviable first impression: it’s just 15mm thick and weighs 1.4kg, which makes it slimmer and lighter than most of its Ultrabook rivals – and significantly slighter than the older model, which was 20mm thick and weighed 1.8kg.
There’s no denying the Spectre XT is a looker, either: the lid and wrist-rest are both constructed from brushed metal, the 13.3in screen is surrounded by a slick black bezel, and the base is coated with the red of Beats Audio, which comes as standard.
The screen, meanwhile, has been slimmed down from the original Spectre – it’s now 13.3in rather than 14in. Resolution has taken a step down, from 1,600 x 900 to 1,366 x 768, but it looks as though HP has been able to preserve the enviable levels of quality, with vibrant colours and decent detail in evidence when we used the XT.
The only thing missing is the Gorilla Glass covering of the original Spectre, and the loss of that dose of originality is our only major complaint about the XT’s looks – and, of course, the simpler design has allowed HP to make the XT slimmer and lighter. That’s a trade off we suspect many will be happy to make.
There’s plenty to like in the ergonomic department, too. We criticised the original Spectre for its poor build quality, and we’re happy to note that HP has addressed our concerns; while there’s still a little give in the rear of the screen, the desktop isn’t distorted, and the wristrest is far firmer than it used to be.
There’s a little flex in the base of the keyboard, but the Scrabble tile keys are still responsive and comfortable and, as with the original Spectre, it’s still backlit. The entire trackpad is smooth and responsive but, like last time, the two buttons at the bottom of the pad are simply seperated with a thin white line – and they’re still a little too tough for our liking.
Under the hood, HP’s latest offers precisely the kind of specification we’d expect from the next generation of Ultrabooks. Processing power – at least in the model we’ve used – comes from one of Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips, the 2GHz, low voltage Core i7-3667U, and storage is provided by a 256GB Samsung SSD – plenty of room for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10, which are included as standard. There’s also four gigabytes of RAM, and HP is claiming eight hours of battery life.
HP is being coy about UK pricing, but the Spectre XT will cost at least euros 999 when it arrives on these shores at the end of June. We’ll have a full review at launch but, until then, what do you think? Is this the machine to make you buy an Ultrabook, or are you still to be persuaded? Let us know in the comments.

HP Spectre XT

HP has unveiled its latest range of Ultrabooks at its Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai.

Leading the charge is the Spectre XT, which slots into the firm’s offering just beneath the Envy 14 Spectre, and it makes an excellent first impression. It’s only 15mm thick and weighs 1.4kg, which brings it into line with the best Ultrabooks around, including the Dell XPS 13 and Asus ZenBoook UX31 – and that also means it’s almost half a kilo lighter than the original Spectre.

DSC03173There’s no denying the Spectre XT is a good-looking laptop. The lid and wrist-rest are both constructed from brushed metal, the screen is surrounded by a slick black bezel, and the base is red to signify the inclusion of Beats audio. (more…)

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series review: first look

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series

All the headlines might have been stolen today by the Padfone, but Asus hasn’t put all of its eggs in one basket. At its MWC press conference, Asus also announced a renaming of its tablet range – from Eee Pad Transformer to Transformer Pad – and introduced a new, phone-free Transformer tablet.

Dubbed the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series, it’s Asus’ new flagship tablet. At first glance there doesn’t look to be much difference between it and its predecessor, the Transformer Prime, which was the first tablet to support Android 4.


Will tablets suffer the same fate as netbooks?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Asus Eee PC 701When did you see your first netbook? I spotted a fellow commuter pecking at the Asus Eee PC 701 not long after its October 2007 debut, and I was impressed: powerful enough for basic tasks and smaller than any laptop I’d ever seen, it seemed like a genuine innovation.

Fast forward, and I spot my first iPad: on the Tube, its user oblivious to the envious gawping of fellow travellers. For me, it had a similar effect, heralding the arrival of another exciting, innovative type of product.

That’s not the only parallel between netbooks and tablets but, as far as I can see, others aren’t nearly so positive. The netbook’s story has been a sad one: that initial flurry of excitement withered by staid products, precious little evolution and a stagnant market.

Look beneath the iPad – which is still a premium product – and the tablet market could suffer from many of the same problems. (more…)

Asus Zenbooks review: first look

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

DSC02475With last night’s launch of its Zenbook range, Asus has unveiled its long-awaited take on Intel’s Ultrabook concept. One thing’s for sure – the Taiwanese giant clearly isn’t pulling any punches. With both its new models, the 11.6in UX21 and the 13.3in UX31,  positively oozing slimline sex appeal, Asus is deadly serious about taking the thin-and-light fight to Apple’s MacBook Air.







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