Kenneth Butler started at Laptopmag.com as a freelance fact checker after studying journalism at New York University. When he’s not evangelizing Android, he’s editing the Laptopmag.com homepage, reviewing gadget accessories, and focusing on the site’s evolving page design.
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.
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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