With the season changing to summer, the laptop market is really heating up. This week, we reviewed three powerful portables: the long-lasting Samsung ATIV Book 5, the speedy MSI GE40 gaming rig and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, a hybrid whose tablet top can be mounted backwards. In addition to laptops, we put a number of other key mobile products their paces, including the Microsoft Office for iOS and the Measy U2C, an Android Mini PC the size of USB Flash drive that comes with a built-in webcam and microphone. To help you save money, we’ve also chosen the best free messaging apps and tested out 7 sub-$100 tablets to find out whether they’re worth your dollar.
For business travelers, every ounce counts. So why bother packing a tablet and notebook when you can just bring along one device? That’s the line of thinking Lenovo is using with its new 11.6-inch ThinkPad Helix, a Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid that promises the best of both worlds. And with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, the Helix has the kind of power business users are looking for. But at $1,649, is the convenience of this two-in-one device too costly?