This Week in Reviews: Transformer Book TX300, New Lenovo IdeaPad, and More

It’s been a busy week in the world of LAPTOP. CTIA 2013, a tech conference overrun with mobile gadgets and software, kicked off on Monday and Microsoft revealed the future of its Xbox gaming console. But in the midst of all the news, we still had plenty of time to tackle a truckload of affordable tablets, Windows 8 laptops, and new touch-sensitive mice by Microsoft. As ever, some gadgets fared better than others but you’ll have to read the roundup to find what you should avoid and what deserves your cash.  

LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

  1. NOX Says:

    I give you my take on those laptops. Disclaimer: my main use of a laptop is web application development. I don’t care about battery life because I’m always close to wall power but I care about screen, keyboard and touchpad because I move between customers and home and I can’t have external display, keyboards and mouse everywhere I go, so I use only what’s inside the laptop. I don’t want a laptop with a number pad because it shifts the axis of the hands to the left of the center of the screen. CPU speed is hardly a problem, disc should be at least 512 GB.

    ASUS Transformer Book TX300: it’s a 13″ display, so too small to work on.
    HP EliteBook Revolve 810: it’s 11.9″ so it’s even worse.
    Lenovo IdeaPad S405: 14″ is almost ok but it has a noticeably smaller surface than my old laptop 15″ 16:9 1680×1050 display. 4 GB RAM max is a feature from 2006, 1366×768 is even older news. But this is a consumer laptop so it could be fine: only a little worse than top laptops from 7 years ago but much cheaper.
    Samsung ATIV Book 9: the reviewed 13″ model is too small. The 15″ one is nothing special with a Core i5, 1600×900 px and max 8 GB RAM. The 128 GB SSD is definitely small and can’t be used in my job (need to run virtual machines among the other things.)

    So another week without any hint about a satisfing replacement for my laptop.

  2. Senshi Says:

    NOX: It’s true that a 13″ might be a bit smaller than what most of us would like, but considering the 1920 x 1080 resolution, it might be a bit clearer than what’s anticipated. Especially compared to 1600×900 px displays. For web developement, I don’t know. But for other purposes, the laptop guys mentioned that text display is crystal clear –

    http://www.squidoo.com/asus-transformer-book-price-review-tx300

    I’m liking the additional 500GB storage in the keyboard. Would be good have made it 8 GB of RAM, but with the larger than normal keyboard and the portability options, it’s pretty unique as a convertible model.

    If you’re looking for more performance, maybe a high-perf gaming laptop might be better for you.

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE