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

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  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 –

    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.

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