General Chat Thread, Advice for a laptop/tablet/hybrid in General; After some advice... mostly because all the online reviews contradict each other!
I'm in the market for a new laptop, ...
31st July 2013, 11:41 AM #1
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.
31st July 2013, 11:44 AM #2
HP Envy x2's are supposed to be pretty good
31st July 2013, 11:53 AM #3
The next Surface Pro should be good if you are prepared to wait.
Originally Posted by GREED
31st July 2013, 11:54 AM #4
i am wating for the samsung ativ q. it is laptop, tablet, windows and android.
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31st July 2013, 11:54 AM #5
31st July 2013, 12:00 PM #6
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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.
31st July 2013, 12:04 PM #7
31st July 2013, 12:20 PM #8
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.
31st July 2013, 12:26 PM #9
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.
Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M
31st July 2013, 12:36 PM #10
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
31st July 2013, 12:36 PM #11
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.
31st July 2013, 01:42 PM #12
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.
31st July 2013, 01:53 PM #13
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.
Originally Posted by EPCHS
Btw, there's a good list of laptops with high-res LCDs here...
31st July 2013, 02:18 PM #14
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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.
Originally Posted by Arthur
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.
31st July 2013, 02:20 PM #15
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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