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Toshiba Kira review: first look at luxury Ultrabook

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Toshiba Kiro main shotToshiba Kira is the company’s new top-end brand (although the KiraBook has been out in the States for a year) so it’s no surprise that the sole version chosen for the UK screams luxury from every silicon pore.

The most obvious sign of this is the combo of screen and chassis, with a gorgeous 2,560 x 1,440 display offering incredibly vivid colours. At 13.3in across, that translates to 221 pixels per inch. While specs junkies may appreciate that, what really matters is that text looks sharp and pictures jump from the screen.

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HP ZBook 15 and HP ZBook 17 review: first look

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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HP’s Z Series family of desktop workstations and monitors – not forgetting the brilliant Z1 – have welcomed three new mobile members into the fold. Stepping in above the existing EliteBook range, the ZBook line-up crams workstation-class performance and ISV-certification into a trio of 14in, 15.6in and 17.3in laptops.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus review: first look

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Samsung Ativ 9 Book Plus

With the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, Samsung looks to be taking the Ultrabook form factor to the next level.

It’s essentially a slight redesign of the handsome Samsung Series 9 900X3D laptop we recently reviewed. The chassis is a combination of brushed, dark silver aluminium,  measuring a mere 13.6mm thick when the sturdy lid is closed, and weighing a reasonable 1.39kg. Samsung has added a Kensington lock slot on the rear right hand side, but that’s the only noticeable physical difference.

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Samsung ATIV Q review: first look

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Samsung Ativ Q

Some companies are into their second generation of Windows 8 hybrid laptops, but the Samsung Ativ Q is the first we’ve seen from the Korean consumer electronics giant. It’s quite the debut, however, introducing the first better-than-Retina 3,200 x 1,800 resolution display we’ve seen on any mobile device, and dual-Windows 8/Android compatibility.

Physically, the Ativ Q cuts a familiar dash: its touchscreen display measures 13.3in across, so it’s quite a large device, and it has a mid-mounted screen hinge that allows the Ativ to be used in a number of different configurations.

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Acer Aspire R7 review: first look

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Acer Aspire R7

We’ve seen some wacky hybrids in recent months, but the recently launched Acer Aspire R7 has gone further out on a limb than most. Its hinge, dubbed the “Ezel”, resembles the central support strut of an all-in-one PC more than a laptop hinge, and it delivers a surprising amount of flexibility.

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Samsung Series 7 Ultra review: first look

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Samsung Series 7 Ultra at CES 2013Have no doubt: the Samsung Series 7 Ultra is a premium laptop. Indeed, Samsung slam-dunks this point by including the phrase “Samsung Premium” on the Ultrabook sticker here at CES 2013. It needn’t have bothered: the feeling of quality is obvious as soon as you pick up the solid aluminium body, with no plastic underside to spoil the effect.

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Why are laptop screens so far behind mobiles?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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Pop quiz, hotshot. Of all the visitors to this website in the month of writing, what percentage arrived using 1,920 x 1,080, Full HD screens? Make yourself a cuppa and have a think, we’ll come back to the answer later.

In the meantime, you’ll no doubt have noticed we reviewed the new iPad last month. As is customary, it attracted all sorts of negative reports at launch, from teardowns showing it’s the most tightly sealed, least recyclable iPad yet, right up to Daily Mail hysteria about it burning people’s hands. But there’s one feature no-one in their right mind was criticising: the screen.

Love or hate Apple’s methods, few can deny that its products drive technological progress. When Apple first introduced the Retina display on the iPhone 4, minds were set racing as to where this would eventually take us: if high-pixel-density displays were viable on a mobile phone, with Apple’s huge economies of scale, how long before they’d spread upwards? (more…)

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First details of Intel’s 7 Series chipset

Friday, April 6th, 2012

7 Series Express ChipsetWith Ivy Bridge processors finally due to launch later this month, Intel this week teased us with details of the new 7 Series chipset – codenamed Panther Point – that will drive compatible motherboards.

The real meat of the update will be in the processors themselves, but there are a few welcome features we’re allowed to talk about now.

There will be eight Intel 7 Series chipset offerings in the first batch, and the first motherboards will be available from 8 April. The HM75 and HM76 (consumer), and HM77 and UM77 (consumer/SMB) chipsets will cover laptops, with the H77 (mainstream), Z75 and Z77 (performance), and B75 (SMB) on the desktop.

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Samsung Series 9 15in: first-look review

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Samsung Series 9 15inA few months ago Engadget posted a blog about what people would like to improve about their Series 9. If the official line is to be believed, the 15in version was a very specific reaction to this.

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Samsung Series 9 13.3in: first-look review

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Samsung Notebook Series 9 13.3inThere are some times when photos of laptops can fool you: they look beautiful when blessed with stunning lighting and clever angles of photography, but when you actually see them in the flesh it’s like going on a blind date with a “slim, athletic and handsome man” and ending up with Danny de Vito (sorry Danny).

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