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.
Readers, say hello to the ASUS Transformer Book TX300, one of the best Windows 8 hybrids around. This 13.3-inch system's 1080p resolution showcases outstanding visuals that, thanks to a comfortably sized keyboard dock, you can enjoy as a tablet or in laptop mode. Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers flanking the back on the tablet were a touch low at full volume but still packed quality sound. The chassis ran a little hot during testing; we suspect a Core i7 CPU, 128GB solid-state drive, a 500GB HDD, and nearly 8 hour battery life have something to do with that.