03/25/2013, Just like set top boxes, which are dedicated devices for streaming video content, the Chromebook is a dedicated web browsing appliance. It is an inexpensive piece of hardware, running on a free Operating System, with free software and updates (OS, firmware and drivers), troubleshooting free, anti-virus and anti-malware proof and you cannot “mess it up”, even if you wanted to. Now, assuming, somehow, it was “broken”, it could be restored […]
03/22/2013, HP Envy X2 Review | This complete review of the Envy X2 tablet/laptop transformable covers the most important aspects, including ergonomics, performance, and battery life.
03/07/2013, [Updated Mar. 8, 2013 @ 11:03 a.m. ET: We noticed an number of our benchmark tests were a little funny, so we ran them again and found there was a big enough difference to change our opinion of the UltraTouch a bit. In our effort to deliver the most honest review possible, we have edited parts of our original review in order to reflect this change.] The Samsung Series 5 […]
02/18/2013, The Samsung Series 9 2012 (aka NP900) is presented by Samsung as a laptop line that “pushes the envelope”, and the company has certainly up the ante by introducing a new design that is 20% thinner and more robust than the original Series 9 laptop (the 900X, which I owned and use one for about 12 months). The changes are quite obvious from the outside: this year’s model has directly accessible […]
12/05/2012, Windows 8 is an operating system that’s a mix of the old and new: it cobbles together a very forward-facing touchscreen interface with the same old Windows we’ve loved (in its basic form) since before the internet was a thing. And computer manufacturers attempting to reconcile these two computing paradigms, have taken to the new OS in one of two ways: some have installed the new operating system on ultrabooks and […]
09/18/2012, Budget laptops, in general, used to be clunky hunks of plastic, more three-dimensional than thin, a collection of loosely grouped computer parts. Because of the recent Ultrabook (Intel’s thin-and-fast laptop) craze, even mid-to-low range computers sport a durable, solid build. In order to bill a computer as an ultrabook, manufacturers have to place a strong emphasis on maximizing the space and efficiency of laptop internals. The Envy 4 isn’t Macbook […]
08/08/2012, Last year, Lenovo came out with the Lenovo Thinkpad X1, a laptop that was unprecedented in the company’s history. Lenovo is coming back with a follow-up in the the Lenovo X1 Carbon. The new laptop builds upon the strengths of the original X1, but improves upon just about everything, and that includes the screen size (14”), weight (3lbs) and design. The Lenovo X1 Carbon has been designed to go beyond […]
08/06/2012, The Ultrabook concept (ultrathin but powerful laptop) was introduced by Intel in 2011, and the first MacBook Air with default solid state storage came out in 2010. Since then, almost every major computer producer has come out with a thin and fast laptop sporting speedy storage, quick wake times, and a small footprint. For the most part, these computers were high-end devices: they were fast, and they were expensive. Enter […]
06/17/2012, This detailed Retina Macbook Pro Review (15") goes over the strengths and weaknesses of Apple's latest high-end laptop and covers usage for both Max OS X and Windows.
05/10/2012, With the introduction of the Dell XPS 13, Dell manages to come up with an impressive, extremely compact 13” laptop that is just slightly bigger than the Macbook Air 11. Sold at around the same price than the latter, it clearly outperforms its Apple counterpart in terms of specification and would-be “switchers” may want to look twice at the value proposition of this laptop. For those who are worried that […]
02/24/2012, Sony has refreshed its Vaio S line of laptops, and the overall goal was to build a powerful computer that was also as portable as possible. It it most definitely a very hard goal, and it is fair to say that Sony took a very good shot at it. We have tried the Sony Vaio S in its 15” version, which we think is a great form factor for a […]
01/19/2012, The Acer Aspire S3 looks very nice in the product photos, and it is often associated with Ultrabooks because this type of design, which is inspired from the Macbook Air, has been used by many PC manufacturers in their recent designs. I like the new look very much, and I have been pretty bullish about Ultrabooks, at least much more than I ever was about Netbooks. Although Ultrabooks often share […]
05/16/2011, The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the latest, and possibly greatest, Lenovo thin&light ever built. The Lenovo X1 is being touted as “unleashing mobile freedom for businesses”. Lenovo even uses terms like “extreme battery life” or “cutting edge performance”. As you can imagine, it is not always easy to associate extreme battery life or performance with a thin and light, although there are occasional exceptions – so we’re going to see […]
12/16/2010, Google, one of the biggest web companies, is dreaming about making the computing world to its own image. “The future is on the web”…”in a browser”, Google says. If you talk to Google’s Chrome team, you would sense a genuine belief about how cloud computing should (or will) dominate in the long term. Obviously, there’s also nothing strange in the fact that Google wants to bring the OS (operating system) […]