Laptops http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/news en-GB Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 23/07/14: The Yosemite Beta is now available to all - we go hands-on to find out if you should dive in now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - quite the looker" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-Yosemite-Desktop-2.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s latest and greatest OS - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/7-things-you-need-know-about-mac-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">OS X 10.10 Yosemite</a> - will be out later on this year, with plenty of new tweaks and tricks to entice new and faithful Mac users alike.</p> <p>But you don&#39;t have to wait until Autumn to give it a go. For the first time in its history <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">Apple is launching a public beta - and it&#39;s available right now</a> (albeit limited to the first million people to sign up).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A prettier place to be </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Californian national park that shares its name, OS X Yosemite is a pleasure for your eyeballs. Apple has tightened up the design, with a flatter, simpler look to icons that&#39;s lifted from iOS 7; it lends the Dock a much cleaner look and makes it more instinctively navigable.</p> <p>And how about that new translucenct Trash icon? We&#39;ve not been this excited about a desktop bin since the thrills of the Oscar the Grouch utility for Mac OS 7.1.</p> <p>Translucency is actually a big theme here, and is used to&nbsp;give toolbars and sidebars a frosted glass-like effect, allowing you to see colour tones of background content through your foreground programmes. It&#39;s terrifically pretty, but the level of transparency informs you only that there&#39;s <em>something</em>&nbsp;behind the window you&#39;re working on, rather than what it might be.</p> <p>Prettiness for prettiness&#39; sake is fine by us, mind, and it doesn&#39;t even really matter that this sort of thing was introduced first by Microsoft way back at the launch of Vista. We only wish Apple had also seen fit to pinch the auto-sizing of windows that leads to a pleasingly regimented arrangement of, er, windows in, um, Windows.</p> <p>That hasn&#39;t happened, but Toolbars have been tidied and streamlined.&nbsp;The Close, Minimise and Maximise buttons are now Close, Minimise and Full-screen. Maximise hasn&#39;t moved elsewhere, it&#39;s been relegated to a secret (OK, not actually secret) shortcut - press Alt while you click the Full-screen button and you&#39;ll get the old-school Maximise, which means your window will fill most of the screen but leave the dock and menu bar visible.</p> <p>Apple clearly wants people to use Full-screen, swiping from app to app using their MacBook&#39;s touchpad. Honestly, that&#39;s not a usage scenario we&#39;ve managed to get used to just yet, but in a two-screen setup Full-screen works well, giving you a massive space for your most used app (in our case the web browser) while leaving your dock and an array of smaller windows available on the secondary screen.</p> <p>And finally there&#39;s the new font, which while not identical to that used in iOS 7 will feel immediately familiar to all those iPad and iPhone users out there. There are font bores in Stuff Towers (one of whom you&#39;ll be hearing from in the next couple of days) who&#39;ve taken against it in quite a big way, but to these eyes it&#39;s a rather fetching blend of fun and function, and is never less than perfectly legible.</p> <p>All-in-all the design changes are fairly subtle, which means existing Mac users will find themselves right at home in mere moments. Whether everyone will immediately take to the new icons and font is another matter, but we suspect that once those knees have stopped jerking most will agree that the cleaner look makes for a nicer overall user experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2100" height="900" title="Translucency looms large in Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Family.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="820" height="615" title="Disappointed to see that the stack of pancakes are in fact, stacked bowls" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-design1_1.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glorious continuity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuity is perhaps the biggest and most exciting new feature in OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately it only works with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, which isn&#39;t yet available to test. We have seen it in action, though, so read on for all the details.</p> <p>During its launch at WWDC, Apple stressed how important it was for it to create a seamless experience between all of its iDevices and Macs, and Yosemite absolutely looks like it&#39;s set to deliver just that. And then some.</p> <p>For starters, Macs and iDevices will be able to automatically recognise when they&#39;re near each other, connecting between themselves without you having to lift a finger. And it opens up a box of very powerful tricks.</p> <p>Take phone calls for example. Imagine if you&#39;re on your iMac, doing important... iMac things, &nbsp;and your iPhone&#39;s charging away in your bedroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of a sudden, you get a phone call, and you&#39;re tripping over Barbie&#39;s Selfie Summerhouse in an attempt to make it to your iPhone on time. With Yosemite and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, instead of crushing your little girl&#39;s dreams, you&#39;ll get a notification on your Mac desktop to tell you who&#39;s calling.</p> <p>You can choose to reject the call, or answer it and carry out the phone call directly on your Mac, while the iPhone remains in the other room. Impressive, no?</p> <p>Messages get the same treatment. You can now send and receive SMS, MMS and new audio clip messages directly from your Mac - regardless of whether or not they&#39;re being sent, or received from, an iPhone. The only exception to non-iOS devices might be audio clips, but this has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>Another big benefit of your Mac automatically connecting with your iPhone is that you&#39;re able to use OS X Yosemite&#39;s new Instant Hotspot function.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the Wi-Fi at your local Starbucks conks out due to a mocha explosion, then all you have to do is selected your automatically connected iPhone in the Wi-Fi menu, and boom - you&#39;re hooked up to mobile data in an instant - no passwords required.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Continuity will almost certainly be Yosemite&#039;s killer feature. Alas, it&#039;s not ready for testing yet." alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1069" height="802" title="Aren&#039;t we popular?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-messaging_0.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very handy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing with, er, continuity, Yosemite and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature" target="_blank">iOS 8 </a>both have a useful new function called Handoff, which lets you seamlessly work across your Macs and iDevices, saving your current state each time.</p> <p>Imagine writing a report on your Mac, then realising you have to dash out. Instead of having to emailing it to yourself, the Handoff button will let you instantly transfer the report to your iPad, saving it exactly where you left off.</p> <p>It works the other way around too. If you&#39;re editing a photo on your iPad but would prefer to work on a larger screen, a simple tap of the Handoff button will let you do just that.</p> <p>It&#39;s simple, yet powerfully convenient, and works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. It looks like a very tempting way of convincing people to buy into Apple&#39;s ecosystem, but we&#39;ll have to wait for iOS 8 before we can test the feature fully.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review" target="_blank">Apple iMac review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="964" height="723" title="Insta-switch" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-photo.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will your Mac support Continuity? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 18/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;Yosemite&#39;s Handoff and Continuity features are likely to be limited to Macs which are Bluetooth 4.0 LE-enabled.</p> <p>German site <a href="http://apfeleimer.de/2014/06/kein-continuity-airdrop-handsoff-fuer-ipad-2-und-aeltere-macs" target="_blank">Apfeleimer</a> has put together the above chart which will show you if your Mac is compatible with Yosemite&#39;s Continuity feature. If you&#39;re in the green, then your Mac will play nice with your iPhone. If you&#39;re in the red, then you can still run Yosemite, but you won&#39;t be able to use the Continuity features.</p> <p>Apple could change the requirements before Yosemite&#39;s full retail release, and we&#39;ll be sure to update our preview if that&#39;s the case.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Green: Good Red: Bad" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yosemite-bluetooth.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Souped-up Notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Notification Center, which appears to the right of your desktop with a click or a swipe, now has a new Today feature - essentially an at-a-glance look at any imminent meetings, events, reminders and birthdays, in addition to summarising what you&#39;ve got to look forward to (cake tasting), or dread (dentist), the following day.</p> <p>Click Edit at the bottom of the Today panel and you can remove unused widgets (Stocks, begone!), move others around, and add new ones from the pre-populated list to the right or from the Mac App Store (although this portion of the App Store isn&#39;t open for business just yet).</p> <p>Interestingly, certain websites when accessed from Safari already have pop-ups that ask if you&#39;d like to add their Notifications widget. <a href="http://variety.com" target="_blank">Variety</a> is one such example, although the Notifications themselves don&#39;t actually appear to be active yet. Expect loads of these to become available in the run-up to Yosemite&#39;s full launch.</p> <p>It logically makes sense that the Tomorrow entry would go right at the bottom of the Today panel, what with it not being something that happens today, but I&#39;d personally prefer to see it directly underneath the Calendar widget. Alas, Tomorrow can&#39;t be moved. It can&#39;t be clicked on, either, so if you want more details than a vague &quot;There are 6 events scheduled&quot; you&#39;re going to need to open the Calendar app yourself.</p> <p>And while we&#39;re on the subject of Calendar, entries in its Today widget occasionally appear with black titles, making them hard to read over the grey background. This has the feel of a simple bug, and one that will undoubtedly get a fix in short order.</p> <p>Serial Tweeter? You&#39;ll probably appreciate the Social widget of Today, which allows you to post to Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter - or send iMessages - in a snap. You can&#39;t add images, but this is perhaps the quickest way yet to spout your thoughts on to the interwebs.</p> <p>And of course the thoughts of the interwebs are spouted right back at you via the standard Notifications panel, but now if it all gets a bit much you can activate Do Not Disturb, which has endless customisation options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Today feature is great for keeping track of appointments" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Notifications.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spotlight search is accessed in the same way as before (click on the magnifying glass or hit CMD+Space), but it&#39;s now far more useful.</p> <p>It takes pride of place right in the middle of your display, and as well as more effectively searching your local documents and media (it has an unerring habit of picking exactly what you&#39;re after as the Top Hit) it also draws information from sources such as Definition, Wikipedia, Maps and Yelp. The Wikipedia integration is especially useful - no longer is IMDB the quickest way to work out which darn film it was that you last saw that blasted familiar actor in.</p> <p>Spotlight is also a fantastic way of finding little snippets of information you read on the internet days ago but that you&#39;ve no chance of finding by looking through the list of obscurely titled web pages in your History. That&#39;s because it actually searches right <em>through</em> the pages in your history.</p> <p>And when Continuity does go live the integration of Contacts should also prove supremely easy. Start typing a name, your mate&#39;s details appear and you can message or ring them directly through Spotlight, providing a more fluid experience for getting in touch with people even faster.</p> <p>Naturally, Spotlight also brings up books, movies and videos that are relevant to your search, letting you pick them up from iTunes within seconds. That&#39;ll keep Apple&#39;s revenue streams flowing nicely.</p> <p>Instant currency conversions are also possible, as are quick app launches.</p> <p>In short, get used to using Spotlight and your entire computing experience will instantly become way, way quicker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Spotlight now searches online sources such as Wikipedia - brilliantly quick and useful" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-spotlight-1.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Maps is also included in the new Spotlight" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Spotlight-2.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can You Upgrade? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s a list of compatible hardware for OS X Yosemite:</p> <ol> <li>iMac (Mid-2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)</li> <li>Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)</li> <li>Xserve (Early 2009)</li> </ol> <p>Minimum system requirements are 2GB of RAM, 8GB of free storage and OS X 10.6.8 or above</p> <p>[source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/06/psa-the-idevices-and-macs-that-will-support-ios-8-and-os-x-10-10/" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surfin&#039; Safari </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with the general theme of Yosemite, Safari has been given a significant tidy-up. The URL bar finally doubles-up as a search bar (with Spotlight integration), and clicking on it also opens a drop-down panel with neat rows of icons for all of your favourite and most visited sites.</p> <p>This panel, combined with scrollable tabs and a Tab View that shows you every single open tab (across all devices once iOS 8 goes live), goes some way towards making up for the fact that Pinned tabs are still not a feature of Safari. But not all of the way. Those who have a strict setup of pages that they sit on all day might want to change the default Favourites to those tabs that would be Pinned in Chrome and open them at the start of each Safari session with the Open In Tabs option in the Favourites section of Bookmarks. Or they might want to simply stick with Chrome.</p> <p>Sharing is also easier. Seen a hilarious meme that you simply have to share with your great aunt Gertrude? A few clicks is all it takes to beam it straight to her via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Oh how she&#39;ll chortle.</p> <p>Also, Safari has caught up with Chrome&#39;s private browsing features in the sense that you can, at long last, open up a separate Private Browsing window, in which all tabs will also be private. That means you can go all Secret Squirrel in one window, while browsing normally in another.</p> <p>Apart from a visual makeover, Safari&#39;s back end has also undergone some tweaking. Boring bar charts aside, JavaScript optimisations and Yosemite&#39;s overall energy efficiency mean that in addition to being faster than ever, you should be able to squeeze an extra two whole hours of Netflix streaming out of your MacBook Air&#39;s battery life. This isn&#39;t a feature we&#39;ve been able to test as yet, but we&#39;ll provide an update here as soon as we have.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Safari is now a much cleaner app" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="The URL bar is also now a search bar and quick-access to your favourite and most visited sites" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari-2.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve Got Mail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest new feature of the Mail app is Markup, which apart from coming in handy for quickly signing off PDF files with your scanned signature, also allows you to scribble notes over images. It&#39;s clever enough to recognise when you&#39;ve doodled, say, an arrow or a speech bubble, and convert it into a smoothly rendered drawing. Jony Ive will brook no squiggles; everything you do on his Macs will fit into the Apple design language, whether you like it or not.</p> <p>It also allows you to place localised zoom areas on pictures, highlighting a particular detail or object from the background, and while that&#39;s currently a little slow (and therefore fiddly) when dealing with high-res images (even on an i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM), it will still be an incredibly useful tool for certain users.</p> <p>Mail also lets you send attachments up to 5GB in size, preventing large emails from bouncing back. It&#39;s all thanks to the new Mail Drop feature which automatically uploads large files to iCloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple users will, of course, find the experience seamless; if the recipient&#39;s using Mail on a Mac, they can open the file as if it was an ordinary attachment. non-Mail users have to slum it with a download link, as the service depends on iCloud.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="We could be far less mature than this" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Mail-Markup.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Yeah, we&#039;re pretty excited about Destiny around here" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-Markup-2.png?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing is caring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with Continuity, the iCloud features of Yosemite aren&#39;t ready for testing yet, but we have been eyes-on. Here&#39;s the skinny:</p> <p>iCloud is now built directly into the Finder window, and behaves like any other standard local folder.&nbsp;If you&#39;re using Dropbox then the experience of dragging and dropping files directly into the iCloud folder to sync it instantly will be familiar, and you&#39;ll already know how incredibly useful it is. In fact, Dropbox might be a bit worried about this new version of iCloud.</p> <p>You can create additional folders using iCloud Drive too, which then syncs them across all of your Macs and iDevices. And iOS 8 includes the option for developers to create iCloud folders so that certain things - doodles you&#39;ve made in Sketchbook Pro, for example - will then be available across all devices.</p> <p>AirDrop is another useful feature which lets you push files between nearby iOS devices or Macs with just a few clicks, though we&#39;ve yet to test out if this method will be faster than bashing out a quick email.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="iCloud is going to be way more powerful and flexible - Dropbox should be worried" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-iCloud-2.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A near-flawless performance, even in beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just because Apple is launching a public beta for the first time doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s unleashing a shoddy piece of unstable software on an unsuspecting public. In fact, even in its beta form Yosemite is exceptionally stable.</p> <p>In our week of constant use and abuse we&#39;ve not encountered a single crash or freeze. Only the Notifications toolbar, which fairly regularly stumbles rather than glides into view, has given us any cause for concern, and we&#39;ve no reason to think that won&#39;t be looked at and smoothed-out long before the final release of Yosemite.</p> <p>Apart from that the performance has been lightning fast and stutter free, but in fairness we have been testing on an i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM. Our next step will be to install Yosemite on a number of other Macs to put Apple&#39;s claims of faster performance and longer battery life to the test - stay tuned for updates on that one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Pro review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite-design_1_1.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple OS X initial verdict - should you download the Beta now? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may be &#39;only&#39; a point release, but OS X 10.10 Yosemite is actually a rather large update for Apple&#39;s Mac operating system. The tricky thing is that the biggest, most striking features (Continuity and iCloud) aren&#39;t yet available to test as they&#39;re reliant on iOS 8.</p> <p>But even at this first stop on the long road of an open beta we are able to get a good feel for Yosemite, and it already appears to be lovely. The cleaner, simplified design is immediately familar yet fresh and a little more instinctive in use. It&#39;s super fast and already extremely solid, too.</p> <p>So should you download it now? That depends. If you&#39;re a developer or have a penchant for seeing software develop, fill your boots. Ditto if you fancy doing some serious testing and bug reporting for Apple.</p> <p>But the average user? Perhaps not quite yet. There&#39;s no guarantee that all of those apps you rely on on a daily basis will work with the Yosemite beta, and as a beta there&#39;s always the chance it will fall over and do something horrible to your vital data. If that sounds like it would be a fate worse than death, best hold on for the full, final release. We&#39;ll certainly be waiting until then to deliver our final verdict.</p> <p>Still want to take the plunge? Then head to the <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">OS X Yosemite Beta Program page here</a>, but not before heeding&nbsp;Apple&#39;s own warnings about doing so, which we&#39;ve reprinted in the boxout below.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news" target="_blank">iOS 8: 8 things you need to know about Apple&rsquo;s new iPhone and iPad OS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="786" height="589" title="Can you smell what the rock is cooking?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s Yosemite Beta Tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve received these tips (or should we call them warnings) directly from Apple. Ignore them at your peril!</p> <p>&bull; This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected</p> <p>&bull; We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac</p> <p>&bull; Make a back up of your Mac before installing</p> <p>&bull; Some features require iOS 8, which is not being offered as part of the OS X Beta Program</p> <p>&bull; There will be periodic updates to the OS X Yosemite Beta, and you will be able to upgrade to the final version of OS X Yosemite when it ships this fall</p> <p>&bull; Use your Mac as you normally would and if you encounter any issues, use the built-in Feedback Assistant app to report them</p> <p>&bull; Visit the OS X Beta Program guide for the latest information about the Yosemite beta and how to submit feedback</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with the beta: should you dive in to Apple&#039;s new OS now? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:18:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438470 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Supply problems mean 2015 release for Retina display MacBook Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-supply-problems-mean-2015-release-retina-display-macbook-air/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been waiting for Apple’s skinny laptop to go ultra hi-res? You’ll be waiting a bit longer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MacBook%20Air_0_2.jpg?1405934130" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re waiting for the inevitable release of a Retina display-equipped MacBook Air, you might just be twiddling your thumbs until next year.</p> <p>Two reports from Taiwan&rsquo;s <a href="http://udn.com/NEWS/STOCK/STO3/8813590.shtml#104" target="_blank">Economic Daily News</a> claim that a 12in Retina display MacBook Air was due to be launched alongside refreshed editions of the current 11in and 13in models in October &ndash; but that supply problems mean it will now be pushed back until the end of 2014 or the early part of 2015.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lighter than (the current) Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has already updated its 11in and 13in models in April this year (albeit with little more than a minor increase in processing speed and a drop in price), but a more significant refresh seems set for the autumn. The idea, apparently, was to announce the brand new 12in Retina display model alongside improved non-Retina models &ndash; but Apple may now save this big reveal until next year.</p> <p>The Retina MacBook Air is rumoured to be even slimmer than the current models, with fan-less cooling, a non-clicking trackpad and fewer in- and outputs</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/18/rumor-release-of-12-retina-macbook-air-may-be-pushed-back-into-2015-next-gen-models-hit-production-in-august" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">Apple MacBook Air with Retina display preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-supply-problems-mean-2015-release-retina-display-macbook-air/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Laptops MacBook Air Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:14:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442726 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows laptops gearing up to battle Chromebooks for low-end supremacy http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Return of the netbook? Microsoft partners plan for holiday assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire ES1" alt="Acer Aspire ES1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-es1.jpg?1405393980" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite grumbles from traditional PC users, low-end Chromebooks are starting to take off&mdash;and Microsoft doesn&rsquo;t want to give away that portion of the notebook market entirely to Google and co.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news#comments Laptops Microsoft Windows 8 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:48:19 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442094 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Tekken 7 revealed, even cheaper Chromebooks now possible, and Razer’s Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/fully-charged-tekken-7-revealed-even-cheaper-chromebooks-now-possible-and-razer-s-atrox-arc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week by bashing through our quick-hit morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tekken 7" alt="Tekken 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tekken7.jpg?1405386462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tekken 7 announced, runs on Unreal Engine 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last night at the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bandai Namco announced the development of Tekken 7&mdash;the latest entry in the 3D fighting series that began 20 years ago in arcades and the original PlayStation.</p> <p>The teaser trailer promises &ldquo;The Final Battle,&rdquo; which seems questionable for a lengthy, numbered series with several spinoff releases, but restoring some sense of narrative cohesion would be nice. Also, it seems that Unreal Engine 4 will be used to power the action, although no platforms have been officially confirmed quite yet. An arcade release followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports seems likely, at least.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll apparently hear more about the game at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in just a couple of weeks. However, there&rsquo;s no word yet on the status of Tekken X Street Fighter, Bandai Namco&rsquo;s end of the partnership that yielded Capcom&rsquo;s Street Fighter X Tekken two years back.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3LuFSZqp4E">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-which-you-hit-people/feature">10 of the best games in which you hit people</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R3LuFSZqp4E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheaper, lower-powered Chromebooks now a possibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromebooks are already exceedingly affordable laptops, and depending on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review">which you buy</a>, they can be quite good. But there are potential plans afoot to make them even cheaper with lower-powered hardware in tow&mdash;namely the same kind of ARM Cortex-A7 processor seen in many mobile phones.</p> <p>This is according to Engadget, which reports that semiconductor manufacturer MediaTek added support for an ARM Cortex-A7 processor into the Chromium OS codebase that powers Chrome OS, opening up the possibility of seeing hardware with such low-end chips at some point.</p> <p>Granted, the speed decrease is likely to be rather noticeable, and devices of the sort are more likely to be targeted at developing nations&mdash;but it&rsquo;s still interesting to see how as headline Chromebooks continue to get slightly more powerful, there&rsquo;s room on the lower end for expansion as well.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/12/chromebooks-can-get-cheaper">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news">Google and Intel unveil more powerful and more frugal Chromebooks</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="735" title="Chromebook" alt="Chromebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromebook.png?1405386909" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Razer Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One unveiled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of the festivities at the Evo tournament, video game peripheral manufacturer Razer announced an Xbox One version of its premium Atrox arcade stick, which is very similar to the previous Xbox 360 version. Like that one, it&rsquo;s very customizable, both in terms of modding the wires inside and changing the image beneath the authentic Sanwa arcade stick and buttons.</p> <p>Also, it&rsquo;s still &pound;179.99 on Xbox One. Sadly, as with last year&rsquo;s Mad Catz offering, there isn&rsquo;t a lot of reason to invest in an Xbox One stick right now, as the only traditional, controller-based fighting game is Killer Instinct&mdash;though perhaps you could lump EA Sports UFC in there, as well. But at least Mortal Kombat X and surely several others (quite likely Tekken 7) are on the horizon.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.razerzone.com/gb-en/store/razer-atrox-xbox-one">Razer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/mortal-kombat-x-out-2015-platforms-old-and-new/news">Mortal Kombat X out in 2015 for platforms old and new</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Razer Atrox for Xbox One" alt="Razer Atrox for Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/razer-atrox.png?1405386462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/fully-charged-tekken-7-revealed-even-cheaper-chromebooks-now-possible-and-razer-s-atrox-arc#comments Console games Gaming Laptops Xbox One Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441994 at http://www.stuff.tv Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too http://www.stuff.tv/now-uncharged-gadgets-are-banned-uk-flights-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British authorities follow US in saying, “charge your phone and laptop batteries before flying” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too" alt="Now uncharged gadgets are banned from UK flights too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ba-plane.jpg?1404953435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning on flying to or from a British airport in the near future, here&rsquo;s a word of warning: make sure any gadgets you&rsquo;re bringing aboard have enough battery power to be turned on.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better safe than sorry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Originally, British Airways had announced that any travellers with an uncharged gadget wouldn&rsquo;t even be allowed to board their flight. The airline has since backed down from this position, but insists that any uncharged devices will have to be left behind.</p> <p>The new measures are reportedly a response to new &ndash; but unspecified &ndash; terrorist bomb threats. Only selected routes appear to be subject to the new protocol, but which routes these are remains a mystery: so the smart thing for any traveller to do is ensure every gadget they&rsquo;re bringing with them is charged up &ndash; and make sure they read our round-up of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/7-ways-beat-us-flight-ban-uncharged-phones/feature">best ways to beat the ban on uncharged phones</a>.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10955485/Mobiles-could-be-banned-on-all-flights-from-Britain.html">The Telegraph</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-uncharged-gadgets-are-banned-uk-flights-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:22:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441538 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s new MacBook Air 11in is the company&#039;s cheapest laptop ever – but has it cut corners as well as the price tag? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s one sexy little laptop" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-01.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to buy a MacBook Air without breaking the bank? Meet the new 11in model.</p> <p>While not exactly cheap, the 2014 version of Apple&#39;s ultra-thin 11-incher is by some way its most affordable laptop ever.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a &pound;750 price tag for the entry-level version, it&#39;s &pound;100 cheaper than the 2013 model - good news in these belt-tightened times.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £750.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So small and light it&#039;s barely there </div> <div class="field-item even"> Reasonably priced </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Loads of free software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing screen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not so Big Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its 11.6in screen, the MacBook Air 11 is also Apple&#39;s titchiest laptop offering. It&#39;s a good ultraportable size which is just made for slinging in a capacious handbag or manbag, and at little more than a kilogram in weight, you&#39;ll barely even know it&#39;s there.</p> <p>Open it up and the backlit keyboard and glass-topped trackpad are exactly the same size as those in the MacBook Air 13, and it doesn&#39;t feel cramped at all. It&#39;s got to be the most usable laptop in this form factor.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Everything you need to know about OS X Yosemite, Apple&#39;s forthcoming new OS for MacBooks and iMacs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The keyboard is a decent size" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-04.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Em-bezel-ment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the keyboard and trackpad may be a nice size, the bezels aren&#39;t. They&#39;re just too big when compared to the size of the display; frankly, the screen looks a bit lost in the middel of them. But it&#39;s the display itself which is the biggest disappointment. </p> <p>Its resolution is a mere 1366 x 768 pixels with a pixel density of just 135ppi. There are 11in Ultrabooks out there that leave it in the dust on this front. The Dell XPS 11, for instance, fits in a 2560 x 1440 display with a pixel density of 253ppi.</p> <p>It actually has a higher pixels-per-inch count than the Air 13&#39;s 1440 x 900 display, but it somehow looks worse - possibly because the smaller display means you have to get closer to the screen to see what&#39;s going on. Nor is resolution its only flaw - viewing angles are also less than superb and colours are slightly muted.</p> <p>It&#39;s not completely hideous and we have definitely seen worse screens, but this is clearly one area where Apple&#39;s compromised in order to keep the price down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review">Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Who you calling big bezelled?" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-05.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Port-able </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from the lack of an SDXC card reader, the ports on the MacBook Air 11 are identical to those found on the MacBook Air 13. That means you get two USB3.0 ports, a MagSafe 2 power connector, a headphone socket and dual noise-cancelling microphones. There&#39;s also a Thunderbolt connector, which can be used with an adapter to link up an external monitor. </p> <p>Pretty much everything you need is here, then, especially given that most people now move files around via the cloud. And if you do need more,&nbsp;you can always buy a cheap USB hub.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You get just enough ports for comfort" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-03_0.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system:</strong>&nbsp;OS X Mavericks</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 11.6in LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU:</strong> 1.4GHz Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU:</strong>&nbsp;Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;128GB PCIe</p> <p><strong>Optical drive:</strong>&nbsp;none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 300 x 192 x 3-17mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong>&nbsp;1.08kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel Inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The inner workings of both the Air 11 and 13 are identical, with both running Intel&#39;s latest Core i5 processors backed up with 4GB of memory, and a 128GB solid state flash hard drive. </p> <p>The chip, memory and storage are all configurable, so you can add a Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 512GB drive for up to &pound;240 more, but our minimally specced sample is perfect for day-to-day tasks, and it boots up and loads programs snappily. </p> <p>Intel&#39;s HD 5000 graphics chip is the only component which isn&#39;t upgradeable, but it&#39;s adequate for watching HD movies and some really light gaming. An Ultrabook with similar components will cost you a bit more, so Apple deserves kudos for filling the MacBook Air 11 with Intel&#39;s latest and greatest at this price point.&nbsp;</p> <p>As far as battery life goes, it&#39;s a similar story.&nbsp;Thanks to the MacBook Air 11&#39;s smaller size, the battery capacity is shrunk to 38-watt-hours, which we found matched Apple&#39;s estimate of nine hours&#39; usage.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s not quite up there with the Air 13&#39;s amazing 12 hours, but it&#39;s still a really good result and better than most Ultrabooks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review">Apple MacBook Air 13 (2014) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new 11in Air has plenty of power for most tasks" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-06.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Versus Chromebook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The elephant in the room, and the reason we suspect Apple has dropped its price, is Google&#39;s Chromebook. To the untrained eye of a Windows user it may seem as if the MacBook and Chromebook are similarly limited compared to computers running Microsoft&#39;s operating system. However, while a Chromebook is about a third of the price of a MacBook, it also offers a lot less. </p> <p>With a MacBook you&#39;re getting a whole ecosystem of apps, including iMovie and GarageBand, for nowt - with the ability to run Photoshop and Microsoft Word on top. A Chromebook can be a bit of a false economy once you realise how little they can do.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review">Acer C720 Chromebook review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Good value but no Word, PhotoShop or iMovie " alt="Acer C720 Chromebook " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer_c720_chromebook_laptop_review_001.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) - VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even Apple&#39;s cheapest laptop is head and shoulders above most of its competitors, and in terms of build, battery life and usability the MacBook Air 11 is an all-round winner. </p> <p>It&#39;s also that most unusual of items: an Apple product which represents good value for money. That screen is really starting to show its age, though, so fingers crossed that Apple brings out an Air with Retina Display soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display - preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A MacBook Air for £750? Sign us up!" alt="Apple MacBook Air 11 (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-air-11-2014-review-08.jpg?1404121727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A well-specced and beautifully built machine which is now cheaper than ever &ndash; but that screen definitely needs upgrading</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OSX MacBook Air 11in (2014) Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439476 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple MacBook Air 11in: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s smallest computer faces off against a new multi-talented challenger: Microsoft’s 12in Windows-powered tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple MacBook Air 11in: the weigh-in" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple MacBook Air 11in: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-pro-3-vs-macbook-air-11in-main.jpg?1404439587" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The MacBook Air has been the king of the small, light laptops almost since it arrived in the shops, and while it hasn&rsquo;t changed a great deal over those five or so years, it seems pretty secure in that position.</p> <p>But Microsoft wants to change all that, and for the first time it just might have the device to do it: the Surface Pro 3 is both a laptop and a tablet, after all, and it&rsquo;s been priced to compete directly with the 11in MacBook Air, a device that&rsquo;s resolutely just the former.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality and design: thin versus thin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite having a larger screen than its predecessors, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet: in tablet form it&rsquo;s a mere 9.1mm in depth and weighs just 800g.</p> <p>The 11in MacBook Air looks rather chunky in comparison, measuring 17mm at its thickest point and weighing 1.08kg &ndash; but of course, it has a keyboard attached at all times, unlike the Surface.</p> <p>So in the name of balance, let&rsquo;s assume the new Surface Pro Type Cover is hooked up to the Surface Pro 3. That&rsquo;ll add 295g of weight and 4.8mm of depth, making the Surface 3 14.9mm thick and 1.09kg &ndash; pretty much the same weight as the Air and a couple of millimetres thinner.</p> <p>The Surface, of course, isn&rsquo;t strictly a laptop and its &ldquo;lappability&rdquo; (how comfortable and stable it feels when connected to a keyboard cover and sitting on the user&rsquo;s lap) is something Microsoft has struggled with in the past. It now claims the Pro 3 is as lappable as a true laptop, thanks to the hinge and fold with which its Pro Type Cover connects to the Pro 3&rsquo;s body, as well as an improved kickstand that can be set at any angle from 22 to 150 degrees (and will stay wherever you move it).</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t yet used the Surface Pro 3, but we strongly suspect it&rsquo;ll be less comfy on your lap than a MacBook Air. However, we also suspect the gulf in comfort between the two devices is smaller than it was previously.</p> <p>The MacBook Air has one of the best keyboard and trackpad combos of any laptop on the market (or, frankly, any laptop that&#39;s ever existed). It&#39;s one of the reasons that the Air is so well loved, and it seems highly unlikely that the Pro Type Cover can match this physical interface virtuosity - certainly, previous Surface covers have tried and failed. We&#39;ll deliver our verdict when we&#39;ve tested it properly.</p> <p>In terms of build quality, both devices are clearly in the top tier of what&rsquo;s currently available in portable computing. The Surface Pro 3 is strong &ndash; so strong that Microsoft&rsquo;s Panos Panay had no qualms about dropping it from five feet onto the stage floor at its launch event. We don&rsquo;t know about you, but we wouldn&rsquo;t want to pull that trick with a MacBook Air.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;ll have to call this one a draw for now, until we&rsquo;ve had time to ascertain just how comfortable &ndash; or otherwise &ndash; the Surface Pro 3 is for everyday use. We know that the MacBook Air feels pretty much perfect on the lap.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner (on paper): Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in profile" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ms-surface-pro-3-profile.jpg?1404439586" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air in profile" alt="Apple MacBook Air in profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-profile.jpg?1404439587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: the pixels have it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 comes with a new 12in ClearType multi-touch screen with a staggering resolution of 2160 x 1440 and a somewhat unorthodox aspect ratio of 3:2. Microsoft claims it opted for this ratio to offer the most screen real estate for the shape of the tablet &ndash; it&rsquo;s kind of a middle ground between the 4:3 ratio of an iPad and the 16:10 ratio of the MacBook Air, and that may make it suitable for both work and play. Oh, and you can write on it using the lovely new Surface Pen.</p> <p>The MacBook Air comes with an 11.6in, 1366 x 768 screen. There have been rumours about Apple bringing out a Retina display version with a higher resolution, but with the latest batch of Airs being introduced fairly recently that isn&rsquo;t likely to happen until 2015.</p> <p>No contest. With far more pixels, plus touch capabilities, this round goes to Microsoft.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner (on paper): Microsoft Surface Pro 3</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Surface Pen turns the Surface Pro 3 into a jotting pad" alt="The Surface Pen turns the Surface Pro 3 into a jotting pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro-3-writing.jpg?1404439587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The MacBook Air&#039;s screen remains non-Retina" alt="The MacBook Air&#039;s screen remains non-Retina" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air_2.jpg?1404439587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: it’s close </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Depending on how you configure a particular model, the 11in MacBook Air is powered by dual-core Intel i5 or i7 processors clocked at anything between 1.4GHz to 1.7GHz (with Turbo Boost increasing that to 2.7GHz to 3.3GHz at times), with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 5000 on-board the CPU. Storage-wise, it offers a choice of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of flash.</p> <p>The MacBook Air has never been Apple&rsquo;s high-performance line of laptops (that&rsquo;s a role handled by MacBook Pros) &ndash; it&rsquo;s more an everyday computer built for relatively undemanding tasks. If you want to encode 4K video or play the latest games, chances are the Air is going to huff and puff &ndash; but if your demands extend no further than Photoshopping, indie gaming and a three-hour Orange Is The New Black marathon on Netflix, you&rsquo;re all good.</p> <p>Microsoft is pitching the Surface Pro 3 as a proper productivity tool. Like the MacBook Air, it runs on proper Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors (depending on your configuration choices), has either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and flash storage between 64GB and 512GB. And it runs full Windows 8.1 of course.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s powerful by tablet standards, but really only the top-of-the-range model has anything you&rsquo;d say beats the fully-loaded 11in MacBook Air, at least on paper. The highest spec Surface Pro 3 and a Pro Type Cover will set you back &pound;1,760, while the top notch 11in MacBook Air is &pound;1,270 &ndash; so you&rsquo;re paying almost &pound;500 for that extra bit of performance (and a much sharper screen, of course).</p> <p>Both devices offer &ldquo;up to&rdquo; nine hours of battery life, according to the manufacturers. Of course, that&rsquo;ll vary depending on how you use them, but we know from use that the MacBook Air will go on and on.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t yet put the Surface Pro 3 to the test, but given its similar spec we&rsquo;re going to call this particular round a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner (on paper): Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The MacBook Air isn&#039;t a powerhouse, but it&#039;ll handle everyday tasks with ease" alt="The MacBook Air isn&#039;t a powerhouse, but it&#039;ll handle everyday tasks with ease" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-2.jpg?1404439586" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: It’s Windows versus Mac OS again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This was always going to be a hard round to call, because Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks are such different prospects. Some prefer the former, others the latter &ndash; and whichever&rsquo;s their favoured operating system will likely go a long way in determining which of these products they buy.</p> <p>Windows has come in for a lot of stick (including from us) since the unveiling of its 7th incarnation, and while in one mode Windows 8.1 offers the same divisive tile-based interface, a lot of earlier flaws have been ironed out. But it&#39;s still inconsistent, switching between the tiles and Windows 7-esque desktop mode as you open software, and hiding menus in hard-to-find places. If you&#39;re now familiar with how it operates, no problem - and although the roster of Windows Store apps that work in the tiled mode is limited, there&#39;s decades&#39; worth of world-beatinf software that&#39;ll run on the Surface Pro, including all of the best games.</p> <p>We should also mention that Windows 8 has been designed with multi-touch in mind, so using it on a Surface will likely be a bit more enjoyable than it is on a non-touchscreen PC.</p> <p>The MacBook Air comes with Mac OS Mavericks (it&rsquo;ll soon come with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Yosemite</a>, of course), which has a far more traditional approach to a computer UI. It&#39;s spare, slick and beautifully but sensibly designed. Is it more user-friendly than Windows 8? Probably. And if you&rsquo;re already a Mac user, it most certainly is. It, too, has more software than you can shake a PC World warehouse at, but can&#39;t match Windows for its roster of games.</p> <p>To be honest, this is really a case of apples (no pun intended) versus oranges.&nbsp;We prefer Mac OS X&#39;s more consistent experience, but both OSs&nbsp;are perfectly serviceable and both have aspects that will annoy frequent users of the other. &nbsp;If you&rsquo;re a longtime Mac user, making the transition to the tile-based Windows OS will be tough at first though, we promise you.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner (on paper): Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Mac OS X Yosemite preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="319" title="Windows 8.1" alt="Windows 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-macbook-air-os.jpg?1404439586" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Mavericks" alt="Mac OS X Mavericks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-osx.jpg?1404439587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Clearly, it&rsquo;s a close-run thing between these two devices, and that&rsquo;s probably no accident: we get the impression that Microsoft is gunning for the MacBook Air (as well as the iPad) with the Surface Pro 3: it&rsquo;s similarly specced, it&rsquo;s equally well engineered and the pricing is similar. The cheapest Surface Pro 3 with a keyboard is &pound;750 &ndash; exactly the same price the cheapest 11in MacBook Air.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 has a couple of big advantages over Apple&rsquo;s laptop: it&rsquo;s a tablet with a touchscreen as well as a laptop (or laptop-style device); and its screen offers a much higher resolution. The MacBook Air&rsquo;s advantage is that it&rsquo;s an actual laptop, and if you&rsquo;re looking for something to write a novel on you&rsquo;re more likely to pick the thing that&rsquo;s most stable and comfortable on your lap.</p> <p>For now, though, the Surface Pro 3 has the edge. But only just.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner (on paper): Microsoft Surface Pro 3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro-3.jpg?1404439586" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-macbook-air-11in-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Laptops MacBook Air Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438866 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V http://www.stuff.tv/android/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picky? You get five different ways to work this triple threat device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asustransformerbookv.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Asus Transformer Book V is all about options: it&#39;s a three-in-one machine offering five modes of use and two operating systems.</p> <p class="p1">A neat trick, perhaps &ndash; but is it really worth your hard-earned money? Is it a jack-of-all-trades, or does it fall flat as a master of none? We had some hands-on time with the machine at Computex 2014 to try and find out if this machine&#39;s unconventional form could unlock a world of convenience.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many-in-one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t let the numbers confuse you. The Transformer Book V runs two operating systems in five different modes: it&#39;s an Android laptop, tablet and phone, and also a Windows 8.1 tablet and laptop.</p> <p class="p1">We see the arched eyebrow - how can a device run two operating systems? The Android-powered smartphone (unnamed as yet) slips neatly into the back of the Transformer Book V and brings up the Android home screen on your Windows-powered tablet screen. Take it full size and switch between operating systems as you fancy with a touch of the dedicated icon on the displays, or the button on your keyboard. Simple. There was no lag at all, but that might change if you load up the devices with content.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android in Windows" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android%20in%20windows.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Hey, where&#039;d Android go?" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="One button to switch them all" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/littleandroid.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So what? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Conveniences include discreet checking of your phone. When tablet and phone are joined and docked onto the keyboard, you only need to focus on one screen, instead of having to face up to the fact that you&#39;re obviously working as you constantly sneak peeks at your phone.</p> <p>Even when the phone&#39;s screen is minimised and you&#39;re checking your emails in laptop mode, if you receive a message a notification will pop up and you can reply directly from the mode you&#39;re in. Same goes for calls - slip the phone out and take your call somewhere a little more private or use the speakers on the tablet to answer your call directly in laptop mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another massive advantage as far as we can tell is the copious amounts of storage you get with this device. The smartphone contains up to 64GB storage, with a microSD slot to boost that by up to another 64GB. As for the tablet, it packs 128GB of storage, with the option of another 64GB via microSD, while the keyboard holds up to 1TB of memory, with a USB 3.0 and 2.0 slot to plug in your external hard drives. You don&#39;t even have to do the maths to know that you could store a decade&#39;s worth of movies in this massive-brained device.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for charging, it&#39;s also a 3-in-1 experience. Just plug the charging cable into the tablet and all the devices drink their fill at the same time. Also, there&#39;s the added bonus of the entire device leveraging on the phone&#39;s speedy LTE 4G abilities.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/computex-2014/asus-has-hand-its-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-computex-2014/news">Asus new Transformer Book V and Zenbook NX500 unveiled</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android and Windows identity crisis" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brains.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Looks awfully similar to the PadFone" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brainss.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 12.5in Transformer Book V may be plastic, but it&#39;s solidly built and feels good in the hand.&nbsp;At 1.75kg, it&#39;s portable and somehow keeps its form factor slim. &nbsp;</p> <p>The tablet attaches magnetically to the keyboard with nary a wobble sideways and gives great viewing angles on its HD IPS display, even on the spotlit show floor. We&#39;d love to give it a good shake to see if it holds &ndash; alas, there were too many ASUS executives hovering around for us to attempt that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&#39;s tiny computer Edison gives an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="So thin, you can slice a cake with it" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/svelte.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Magnetised action" alt="Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hinge.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Final thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The ASUS executives were coy about giving us the price, but they did say it&rsquo;s supposed to be a mass market product, which means it should be affordably priced. The only detail they revealed was that it&rsquo;s going to cost less than if you were to buy a ZenFone 5 and a 2-in-1 separately.</p> <p class="p1">It sure is interesting, giving users new ways to use the device, but whether it&#39;s worth it all boils down to whether its price is way greater than the sum of its parts. The Asus Transformer Book V is due out in Q4 2014 in black or white.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book V hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/svelte_0.jpg?1401983331" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Asus Laptops Smartphones Tablets Windows Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:19:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438605 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus' new Transformer Book V and Zenbook NX500 unveiled http://www.stuff.tv/asus/computex-2014/asus-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-unveiled/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As expected, more tablet/laptop hybrids and a sleeker ultrabook make their debut at Computex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Zenbook NX500" alt="Asus Zenbook NX500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-zenbook-nx500.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, looks like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">a bunch of Android tablets</a> wasn&#39;t the only thing up Asus&#39; sleeves at Computex 2014. The company also announced the Transformer Book V, a tablet/laptop/smartphone hybrid, as well as the insanely sleek and slim Zenbook NX500.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five times a mobile computing device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And that Transformer Book V? The Transformer moniker is quite obvious, given how Asus has been tossing smartphone/tablet/laptop hybrids into the market. It&#39;s the V, or &quot;5&quot;, that impresses. The hybrid device transforms into five modes, though technically it has three form factors.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re sure you&rsquo;re pretty confused so let us break it down for you: it&rsquo;s a hybrid tablet/laptop; the laptop and tablet run on Windows and Android KitKat 4.4, so that makes four modes.</p> <p>The fifth mode is its smartphone module, which runs on Android. The laptop has a detachable 12.5in screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5in smartphone that docks into the tablet.&nbsp;Asus claims that as a phone, it makes it the world&#39;s first 5in LTE smartphone powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no word yet on local availability and pricing, but we&rsquo;ll update the page as soon as we get our hands and more details on it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Book V" alt="Asus Transformer Book V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-book-v.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book V unveiled </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/computex-2014/asus-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-unveiled/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asus Computex 2014 Laptops Smartphones Tablets Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:39:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438451 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HP’s Android SlateBook PC announced and Chromebook 11 refreshed, plus Ant-Man can’t find a new director http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week off right by catching up on what you missed over the weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP SlateBook" alt="HP SlateBook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-slatebook.jpg?1401690781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android-powered HP laptop priced and dated </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just about a month ago, we first caught wind of HP&rsquo;s accidentally-shared plans to release a proper Android-based laptop, and now we have official word on what to expect and when.</p> <p>Living up to the leaks, the HP SlateBook PC is indeed a notebook with a 14in touch display running at 1080p, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor powering its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean action, and an eye-popping yellow-on-silver aesthetic. It promises up to nine hours of battery life, and weighs in at 3.7lbs.</p> <p>HP says the SlateBook PC will launch on 20 July for US$399, at which point we&rsquo;ll have perhaps our best chance to date to see how Android fares on a proper laptop. Might it be a suitable alternative to a Chromebook?</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/slatebook/overview.html">HP</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/01/hp-slatebook/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-comixology-hobbles-its-ios-app-hp-s-android-notebook-ambitions-and-atari-s-buri">Fully Charged: HP&#39;s Android notebook, comiXology hobbles its iOS app, and Atari&#39;s buried E.T. secret unearthed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP’s 11in Chromebook PC is cheaper and perkier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the SlateBook won&rsquo;t suffice, however, HP has you covered on the Chromebook front, as it just refreshed the 11in model. We quite liked the last revision, and curiously, this one hasn&rsquo;t changed much at all on the inside&mdash;the same processor, display, RAM, and storage remain intact.</p> <p>The new turquoise shell is appealing, however, and so is the lowered price, as the refreshed Chromebook 11 will sell for just US$249. HP&rsquo;s website for the new model has a &ldquo;Buy Now&rdquo; option, but it&rsquo;s not yet in the store; <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-unveils-next-generation-pc-portfolio-for-back-to-school-season-2014-06-01">a press release</a> claims it&rsquo;ll be available from July, but also mentions a US$279 price tag, while the website asserts the lower figure.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/chromebooks/overview.html">HP</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review">HP Chromebook 11 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Chromebook 11" alt="HP Chromebook 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-chromebook11.jpg?1401690781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ant-Man loses out on another marquee director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After Edgar Wright departed Marvel&rsquo;s Ant-Man film adaptation following several years of work on the project, the comic-publishing juggernaut went swiftly on the hunt for a new director&mdash;as the Paul Rudd-led film needs to start production soon to keep its 17 July 2015 release date.</p> <p>News surfaced early in the weekend that suggested that Anchorman director Adam McKay would be filling the vacancy, but The Hollywood Reporter claims that he declined the job after being offered it. In a tweet, McKay confirmed the talks, but says he&rsquo;s committed to other projects.</p> <p>Who&rsquo;s next on the list? Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and We&rsquo;re the Millers director Rawson Marshall are both reportedly being considered, which shows a definite comedic focus for the tale. Whether anyone can maintain Wright&rsquo;s long-developed vision is another story altogether.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/adam-mckay-pulls-ant-man-708450">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-marvel-s-ant-man-loses-edgar-wright-free-star-wars-game-canceled-and-xbox-on">Marvel&#39;s Ant-Man loses Edgar Wright, free Star Wars game cancelled, and Xbox One controllers getting PC support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ant-Man" alt="Ant-Man" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ant-man-logo.jpg?1401690781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold the Grand Theft Auto 5 demake clip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wonder what Grand Theft Auto 5 would look like if it were made for the Commodore 64? No, probably not; that&rsquo;s an utterly insane notion. And still we can&rsquo;t help but enjoy so-called demakes, which take lavish modern games and lovingly reimagine them using dated tech.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t a proper playable demake, but seeing the opening bits of Rockstar&rsquo;s most recent opus played out with pixels and bad motion blur is still a sight to behold. And if you like this one, check out artist Balazs Kalocsai&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLA3C755840F7C2180?wmode=transparent&amp;v=CJEUdPdvMNM">YouTube channel</a> for a Watch Dogs one, as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH091Zt1ivP6JIFaWxCmSeQ">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/31/5767582/grand-theft-auto-commodore-64-video">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CJEUdPdvMNM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c#comments Android Chromebook 11 Console games Film and TV HP Laptops Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438328 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our favourite laptop of all time receives quite possibly the smallest upgrade of all time - and it&#039;s still brilliant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MacBook-Air-13-2014-1.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once Apple hits on something good it becomes rather reluctant to change.</p> <p>Other laptop manufacturers scrabble around to find something, <em>anything</em> that will differentiate its portable computer offering from the crowd, but Apple seems content to simply keep things ticking over.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £850.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £850 as tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even better battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly faster processor </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still entirely beautiful to look at and use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a Retina display </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not a games machine </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Identikit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Absolutely nothing has changed in terms of the aesthetics - this looks identical to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">2013&#39;s MacBook Air</a>, and that&rsquo;s no bad thing. It&rsquo;s still formed from the same brushed aluminium as before, and it&#39;s an oft-copied but never-bettered design.</p> <p>Everything about it feels like it&#39;s been engineered to utter perfection, from the slight resistance of the hinge to the starlit sparkle of the keyboard backlighting and the just-right weight. It&rsquo;s barely changed in the five years since its original release. Other laptops have come and gone, but it&#39;s telling that Apple has changed so little and yet still made something that feels uniquely contemporary and modern.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-wants-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2300" height="900" title="The MacBook Air in both 13in and 11in variants" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-11-13-2014-8_0.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The keyboard remains the same - and is still fantastic" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-11_0.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (Slightly) More Power! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest change within the MacBook&#39;s svelte body is a processor upgrade, which switches the 2013 edition&#39;s 1.3GHz Core i5 processor for a newer 1.4GHz model.</p> <p>Correct; that means the upgrade here amounts to a tenth of a gigahertz and, like having an extra gear on your bicycle, you probably won&#39;t even notice it&#39;s there in everyday use. As expected there is a slight increase in synthetic benchmarks &ndash; in fact, it brings the Air in line with Apple&#39;s more businesslike <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Pro Retina</a>.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Pro Retina Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The ports remain the same but there&#039;s a little more power on the inside" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-6_0.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-air" target="_blank">MacBook Air configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3in LCD with 1440 x 900 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> -&nbsp;1.4GHz Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;Intel HD Graphics 5000</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> -&nbsp;4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;128GB PCIe</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt, SDXC</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 325 x 227 3-17mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> -&nbsp;1.35kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Source </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Games for Apple OS X are still pretty thin on the ground, although you can run Source games such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/portal-2/review" target="_blank"><em>Portal 2</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts-left-4-dead-xbox-360/review" target="_blank"><em>Left 4 Dead</em></a> in medium settings. More intensive titles, such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-origins/review" target="_blank"><em>Batman: Arkham Origins</em></a>, require the graphics to be so dialed down that the jaggies can be painful.</p> <p>If you are keen to game on a MacBook Air you should take a look at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam&#39;s In-Home Streaming (reviewed here)</a>, which means you can play any Steam games on your MacBook (or almost any other computer). The downside is the you need a decent Windows PC to act as the host. The good news is that you can tuck this out of sight so you never have to witness the brutal ugliness of a desktop PC, and you can instead concentrate on the gorgeous looks of your MacBook Air.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not a games machine by design, but Steam In-Home Streaming can help it become one" alt="Steam-In-Home-Streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-in-home-streaming-006_0.png?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upgrade options </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our review sample is the base model, which comes with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and a 128GB PCI-e solid state drive, but it can be configured with a Core i7 processor (+&pound;120) and 8GB of memory (+&pound;80).</p> <p>We didn&#39;t actually have any issues with lag on our sample, but if you&#39;re going to be regularly Photoshopping or video editing the extra processor power and memory will be worth stretching to.</p> <p>Since becoming masters of NAS devices and the cloud we&rsquo;re less worried about larger laptop drives, but if you&rsquo;re keen to go bigger there&rsquo;s a 256GB version of the base MacBook Air. It starts at &pound;999 and can be upgraded to 512GB of storage for an extra &pound;240. Ouch.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum is the dinky 11in MacBook Air. We&#39;ll have a full review of the 2014 version of that up very soon.</p> <p>For full prices and options check out <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-air" target="_blank">Apple&rsquo;s MacBook Air shop here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1800" height="900" title="Options include more memory, a faster processor and bigger storage" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-11-13-2014-7.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we tested the 2013 MacBook Air 13 we were convinced Apple had struck a deal with the forces of darkness to muster a whopping 11 hours of activity between charges. In the year or so since Apple must have contacted someone even more powerful because battery life is yet more impressive to the tune of about an extra hour.</p> <p>It&#39;s the best performance we&#39;ve seen from a modern laptop, and Intel&#39;s Ultrabooks don&#39;t even come close &ndash; many claim all-day battery life, but the MacBook Air is the only one we&rsquo;ve tested that actually delivers it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">Asus ZenBook UX302 Ultrabook Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovely (but not Retina) screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 13-inch display only runs at 1440 x 900 pixels, which is an odd middle-ground between 720p and 1080p HD. It has great viewing angles, spiffing colour reproduction and room-filling brightness, but it could be better, especially given the glorious full HD screen Asus has packed into its similarly-sized Zenbook U302.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s looking increasingly likely that a MacBook Air with Retina Display will be announced later this year, but we&rsquo;d expect that to cost a good deal more than this standard version.</p> <p><strong>Tempted to wait? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review" target="_blank">Here&rsquo;s everything we know about the Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Will a Retina Air arrive this year? We think so" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-retina-1.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Price is Right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve seen Apple&#39;s pricing become more and more competitive of late, and with the arrival of this 2014 edition of the MacBook Air the price has dropped by &pound;100, bringing it down to &pound;850.</p> <p>Bearing in mind that most Windows 8 Ultrabooks are over the &pound;1,000 mark and offer little in the way of extra performance it&#39;s extremely competitive. Google Chromebooks sit at the other end of the scale, but they serve a more stripped-back purpose and we&#39;re yet to use one that doesn&#39;t feel cheap.</p> <p>One potential rival on the horizon is the newly announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-unveils-thinner-lighter-faster-bigger-surface-pro-3/news" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a>, but even a similarly specced one of those will set you back &pound;850 plus &pound;110 for the keyboard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 2014 edition of the Air brings with it a £100 price cut" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-10.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air 13 (2014) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were sort of expecting the new MacBook to be a letdown, after all very little has changed other than the price tag and the processor speed.</p> <p>Instead we&rsquo;ve fallen in love with it all over again &ndash; it&rsquo;s simply the best laptop we&rsquo;ve ever seen. Admittedly the resolution is a bit old-hat, but right now we&rsquo;d still rather have the extravagant battery life. Only time will tell if we&rsquo;ll change our mind when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review" target="_blank">Retina version</a> arrives&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 verdict" alt="Apple MacBook Air 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook-Air-13-2014-3.jpg?1401888371" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple barely changes a thing but the MacBook Air remains the best laptop available</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OSX MacBook Air 13in 2014 Fri, 23 May 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1437711 at http://www.stuff.tv Google and Intel unveil more powerful and more frugal Chromebooks http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dell and Acer refreshing their models, while others plan array of new releases - with up to 11 hours of battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer C720 Chromebook" alt="Acer C720 Chromebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acerc720.jpg?1399458353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eyeing a fresh push for its budget-minded Chromebook line, Google has teamed up with Intel to unleash a wave of new models from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba.</p> <p>Just last week, we heard about a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-c720-chromebook-gets-intel-core-i3-power/news">Intel Core i3-powered version</a> of the great Acer C720, which is now pegged for late summer at a price of US$349.99. Dell&rsquo;s existing Chromebook 11 will also see an i3 processor bump around the same time, The Verge reports.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even more to come </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Among those Bay Trail-powered models are Lenovo&rsquo;s N20 and N20p, the latter of which has a rotating touchscreen. The N20 will be out in July in the States for US$279, while the N20p hits in August for US$329.</p> <p class="p1">Asus is planning 13.3in C300 and 11.6in C200 Chromebooks for this year, while Acer will have its own Bay Trail-M model (which has yet to be detailed), as well.</p> <p class="p2">Google also mentioned that Toshiba has a 13in Chromebook incoming, along with the previously announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-hasselblad-s-indestructible-hv-camera-hp-unveils-its-chromebox-and-london-ho">HP Chromebox</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-chrome-comes-desktop-augmented-reality-shades-and/feature">LG Chromebase</a> (pictured)&mdash;the last of those being an all-in-one desktop due out on 26 May in the United States for US$349.99.</p> <p class="p1">While all feature modest specs and the divisive Chrome OS, the wider array of options and power-boosted models make the Chromebook seem all the more appealing to the entry-level notebook buyer. Maybe some Intel-backed oomph is what it needs to really catch on.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/05/new-chromebooks-in-more-shapes-sizes.html">Google</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/6/5687518/google-and-intel-team-up-to-give-chromebooks-more-power">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review">Acer C720 Chromebook review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG Chromebase" alt="LG Chromebase" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgchromebase.jpeg?1399458353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news#comments Acer Dell Google Intel Laptops Tue, 06 May 2014 21:33:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436661 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenovo Flex 15D http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/lenovo-flex-15d/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you need a big laptop on a small budget, the quirky, shape-shifting Lenovo Flex 15D could be just what you&#039;re looking for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Lenovo Flex 15D" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-main.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a world dominated by 7in tablets and 11in MacBook Airs, 15-inch laptops are starting to feel rather retro - but there are benefits to the Flex 15D&#39;s great expanses.</p> <p>Those of us old-school enough to appreciate a proper keyboard with a numeric keypad will welcome the Lenovo&#39;s QWERTY with open palms, and the bigger screen has obvious benefits for video viewing.</p> <p>And if that&#39;s not enough reason to give it a look there&#39;s always its &pound;500 price tag and contortionist body...&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent speakers </div> <div class="field-item even"> Adaptable folding design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great for video viewing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Low-resolution screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big and heavy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Underpowered for games and creative apps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Folding form </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What makes the Lenovo Flex 15D really unusual is the way its screen can be folded back, up to 300-degrees, to give you a variety of viewing options.</p> <p>It&#39;s a trick Lenovo has tried a few times before, most notably on its appropriately named <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/mwc-2014/lenovos-new-yoga-tablet-10-hd-olympic-gymnast/news">Yoga</a> tablets and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-unveils-ideatab-lynx-and-twist-alongside-ideapad-yoga-11-and-13-notebooks/news">Twist</a> hybrids. And the good news is that it&#39;s more than just a gimmick.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s not possible to push the display all the way around, so you can&#39;t use it exactly like a tablet, but for small presentations or desktop video sessions you can prop it up like a tent, or put the keyboard facing down with the screen angled up. Both of those permutations are useful when you don&#39;t have much desktop space, such as on a tray table on a train or plane.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/mwc-2014/lenovos-new-yoga-tablet-10-hd-olympic-gymnast/news">Lenovo&#39;s Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is like an Olympic gymnast</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Flex 15D has a folding hinge" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-9%20copy.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big and bold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Flex 15D is a bit bigger than it needs to be, due to the double frame around the screen; first there&#39;s the bezel from the main casing, then an additional black border within that before the pixels shows themselves. Which is great if you&#39;re a huge fan of bezels, but otherwise a bit annoying.</p> <p>The display resolution is 1366x768, which is unusually low by modern standards, especially for a screen this size. Pixel-spotters will have a field day. Brightness levels and colour saturation could be better too, and power users could find there aren&#39;t enough dots to render all the app windows they&#39;d like.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to be too critical given the &pound;500 price, but if a decent screen is a must, you&#39;ll want to look elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/maingear/maingear-pulse-17-gaming-laptop/review">Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fold it back and you&#039;ve got a tablet. Sort of" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-Hands-On-2.JPG?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Made for movies? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even though films are going to be rendered closer to 720p than 1080p, the Lenovo Flex 15D does make a good viewing portal.</p> <p>Those alternative hinge angles are useful and the speakers have more weight and clout than you get from most smaller laptops. There are some nifty Kinect-style gesture recognition features too, so you can raise a finger to your lips to mute the sound or show it your fist to pause the action. It isn&#39;t foolproof, but in our tests it worked about nine times out of ten.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quietly-updates-macbook-air-range-faster-haswell-processors/news">Apple&#39;s MacBook Air just got faster and cheaper</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Flex 15D&#039;s form makes it well suited to movies. Less so its screen" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-10.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lenovo Flex 15D specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>OS</strong> Windows 8.1<br /><strong>Processor</strong> AMD A6-5200 APU @ 2.0GHz, with Radeon HD Graphics<br /><strong>RAM</strong> 8GB<br /><strong>Screen</strong> 15.6in, 1366x768 (100ppi)<br /><strong>Storage</strong> 1TB HDD<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;USB3.0 (x1), USB2.0 (x2), HDMI-out, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), combo jack, Ethernet<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong> 520x330x70mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong> 2.3kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power to burn? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is not a laptop designed for big jobs such as video editing or Photoshop marathons, or for playing the latest games on. Instead, its quad-core AMD processor is adept at juggling a number of undemanding desktop apps, such as a browser, word processor, email client and the like.</p> <p>It simply doesn&#39;t have the raw speed and power to handle the best games. We tried a spot of virtual looting in the latest <em>Thief</em> game, but experienced so much lag that we were in danger of being caught in the act.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity: Stuff&#39;s top 30 browser games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Power users should look elsewhere" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-Hands-On-1.JPG?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Still, the keyboard&#039;s a cracker..." alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-5.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="...and it looks nice enough" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-2.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An odd touch here is the removable battery, something we haven&#39;t seen since the days of floppy disks and steam trains.</p> <p>It&#39;s a welcome feature, though, as in our rundown test the Flex 15D lasted for a mere five hours before it needed charging. While that will see you through half a series of <em>Game Of Thrones</em>, it&#39;s not really good enough even at this price.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you find yourself asking people to &#39;Take a look at this&hellip;&#39; or telling them &#39;Here, I&#39;ll show you&hellip;&#39; on a daily basis, the Lenovo Flex 15D is worth checking out. Its adaptable form suits the classroom or boardroom, in which situations you&#39;re unlikely to notice the lack of gaming and number-crunching power. And for &pound;500, you do get quite a lot for your money.</p> <p>For everyone else, however, its lacklustre battery life and low-res screen make it hard to recommend.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Lenono Flex 15D: a solid 3-star laptop" alt="Lenovo Flex 15D Windows 8 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenovo%20Flex%2015D-6.jpg?1399386980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lenovo Flex 15D is a good value laptop with impressive presentation skills, but a low-res screen and lack of power count against it</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/lenovo-flex-15d/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/lenovo-flex-15d/review#comments Laptops Tablets Windows 8 Tue, 06 May 2014 14:36:22 +0000 Tony Horgan 1436453 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: major Mac OS X revamp to be unveiled next month http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-mac-os-x-set-huge-update-next-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> June’s WWDC event to see unveiling of OS X Syrah with “end-to-end” redesign, says report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" alt="Rumour: Mac OS X set for a huge update next month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wwdc-2014.jpg?1399093467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has big plans for OS X, according to a new report &ndash; and we&rsquo;re going to learn much more about them at next month Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p>9to5Mac claims that WWDC will see the unveiling of a revamped Mac operating system, with the jump from the current OS X Mavericks to OS X Syrah (as it&rsquo;s reportedly codenamed) being similar to that of iOS 6 to iOS 7.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/five-apps-apple-should-have-included-mavericks-109/feature">5 brilliant apps Apple really should have built into OS X Mavericks</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A major overhaul </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The report calls it an &ldquo;end-to-end&rdquo; redesign, with some features inspired by iOS 7: similar toggle designs, sharper window corners, more white space, &ldquo;more defined icons across the system&rdquo;. However, it says that Apple isn&rsquo;t ready to ditch OS X staples like Finder, Mission Control and multi-window multitasking just yet, so OS X will remain distinct from its mobile counterpart.</p> <p>The codename &ldquo;Syrah&rdquo; comes from a Californian wine, by the way. The trend of nods towards Apple&rsquo;s home state began with OS X Mavericks, and will reportedly continue with new versions of the desktop OS for the foreseeable future: other terms for California landmarks like Diablo, Mammoth and Yosemite have been trademarked by the company, and it&rsquo;s possible that one of these could end up being the final name for Mac OS 10.10. All will doubtless be revealed at WWDC, which begins on 2nd June.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/05/01/os-x-10-10-focus-planned-for-wwdc-ios-8-features-pushed-to-ios-8-1-new-apple-tv-os-in-the-works/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple Desktops Laptops Mac OSX Fri, 02 May 2014 09:27:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436502 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's MacBook Airs just got faster and £100 cheaper http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quietly-updates-macbook-air-range-faster-haswell-processors/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better battery life, slightly more power – and the same old skinny design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple quietly updates MacBook Air range with faster Haswell processors" alt="Apple quietly updates MacBook Air range with faster Haswell processors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/macbook-air-range-1.jpg?1398821370" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-new-macbook-airs-next-week-warhols-amiga-artwork-and-sonys-new-4k-streamer/news">predicted last week</a>, Apple today updated its MacBook Air line of laptops.</p> <p>On the outside, the changes aren&rsquo;t particularly significant. The 11in and 13in sizes remain, with neither screen upgraded to Retina display resolutions, and the notebooks sport the same sleek shape as the models they&rsquo;re replacing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 11in MacBook Air now offers nine hours of on-the-go use, while the 13in model offers 12 (both, Apple claim, have up to 30 days of standby battery life). The graphics power also gets a boost, with Intel HD Graphics 5000 replacing the 4000 GPU.</p> <p>There are also improvements to the Air&rsquo;s Wi-Fi thanks to new-found 802.11ac support and all models&rsquo; flash storage drives are now 45 percent quicker than before.</p> <p>The new models are available now, with the 11in MacBook Air starting at &pound;750 and the 13in at &pound;850.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review">Apple MacBook Air 13in (2013) review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a case of &quot;sport the difference&quot; with the new models" alt="It&#039;s a case of &quot;sport the difference&quot; with the new models" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-air-range-2.jpg?1398821370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quietly-updates-macbook-air-range-faster-haswell-processors/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Laptops MacBook Air Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:56:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436340 at http://www.stuff.tv