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    Advice for a laptop/tablet/hybrid

    After some advice... mostly because all the online reviews contradict each other!

    I'm in the market for a new laptop, and wanting this to be small but powerful enough (just for the usual emailing and browsing), and have been looking into hybrids. So a device that detaches from keyboard into a touch tablet. Meaning I have one device not 2... and can ditch the iPad (screw you apple!).

    Samsung look most interesting, and dare I say the Surface too.

    Opinions?

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    HP Envy x2's are supposed to be pretty good

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    dare I say the Surface too.
    The next Surface Pro should be good if you are prepared to wait.

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    i am wating for the samsung ativ q. it is laptop, tablet, windows and android.

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    ooops
    Samsung ATIV Q hands-on review - YouTube

    plus it is 13 inch

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    Unfortunately, the Ativ Q is 1300 at the moment. It is however available to buy (Although only at Very it seems). I'm holding out for more devices with 3200x1800 screens before I buy a new device.

    Although, on the slightly less expensive (yet still pretty expensive) end of the spectrum, I've been using a Vaio Duo 11 for a little while and it's a very nice device. The keyboard is excellent on it, and the stylus works well.

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    What operating Systems are you looking at Graham and how much wide would you be willing to open your wallet? There are some cool Android cross overs, pretty powerful with amazing screens and all the ports you'd want, or the Windows based hybrid's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M View Post
    What operating Systems are you looking at Graham and how much wide would you be willing to open your wallet? There are some cool Android cross overs, pretty powerful with amazing screens and all the ports you'd want, or the Windows based hybrid's.
    I say price is not the issue, that doesn't mean I can afford 1000s... for me I am looking for the most practical device. Something that I can use at home docked to my desk setup, then take away on business as either the laptop or tablet. Doesn't have to be super quick as in high spec for game playing. Windows is probably the way forward for me personally.

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    Gotta say doing more looking it seems Surface or the Activ Q to be the winners for me so far... leaning more to the latter

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    You'll be looking at the Surface then most likely and I think Microsoft have extended their discounted offer to schools if you convince your school? Saying that we've been knocing out the Acer Iconia W Series like it's going out of fashion. This one NT.L0QEK.001 in particular Acer ICONIA W700 - 11.6" - Core i3 2365M - Windows 8 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB SSD - with Bluetooth Keyboard Cover is around the 475 mark and you can claim 100 cashback on it from Acer.

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    Sony VAIO, cant recommend them high enough, I have one, the one before the one that has just come out. Ive upgraded the RAM from 4 gig to 8 and it is easily as fast maybe even faster than a MACBOOK Pro, came with Windows 7... That was wiped the first day I got it and it runs Fedora 18 absolutely sweet. Vaio's are stable, reliable and built to last and pretty expandable too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EPCHS View Post
    I'm holding out for more devices with 3200x1800 screens before I buy a new device.
    I think manufacturers are waiting for Windows 8.1 to be released before they start selling laptops with high PPI screens due to the improved scaling options.

    Btw, there's a good list of laptops with high-res LCDs here...

    pixensity.com/list/laptop/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I think manufacturers are waiting for Windows 8.1 to be released before they start selling laptops with high PPI screens due to the improved scaling options.

    Btw, there's a good list of laptops with high-res LCDs here...

    pixensity.com/list/laptop/
    There are also only a very select few panels with that resolution too currently. I'm considering getting the UH90 next time I go to Japan.

    You don't need scaling anyway! I remember being concerned at the lack of screen space I had when I moved from an old CAD monitor to a 1080p screen.

    Thanks for the list though, I'll keep an eye on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M View Post
    You'll be looking at the Surface then most likely and I think Microsoft have extended their discounted offer to schools if you convince your school? Saying that we've been knocing out the Acer Iconia W Series like it's going out of fashion. This one NT.L0QEK.001 in particular Acer ICONIA W700 - 11.6" - Core i3 2365M - Windows 8 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB SSD - with Bluetooth Keyboard Cover is around the 475 mark and you can claim 100 cashback on it from Acer.
    hummmmmm interesting. I should note I don't work in a school. Keen to hear thoughts on the Acer as I have been looking at that too

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