As far as reviews are concerned, this was indeed a week of juggernauts both big and small. Not only did we critique two operating systems–Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 and Apple’s Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks–but we managed to test a number of high profile devices. For starters, we have the 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and Microsoft’s Surface 2 running Windows 8.1 RT. To round things out for this week, we tested the Acer C720 Chromebook and Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 10. So, get caught up already with LAPTOP’s reviews for this week in the slideshow below.
While it's firmly committed to two distinct operating systems -- one for desktop and one for mobile -- OS X 10.9 Mavericks bridges the gap between the two worlds a little more while giving Mac power users a wealth of new goodies. The Finder now includes Tabs and Tags, and there's new interactive notifications, all of which save you time. Other highlights include new Maps and iBooks apps for the Mac and a revamped Safari that lets you see what links others are sharing. Mavericks isn't a groundbreaking change for those familiar with the Mac environment, but this free upgrade is definitely worth the download. Read on to see what's new and how well everything works.