Laptops http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/news en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the Computer of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/node/1452888 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third time&#039;s the charm for Microsoft, as it elegantly nails the laptop/hybrid formula </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="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is our Computer of the Year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is our Computer of the Yea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-computer-microsoft-surface-pro-3_FINAL.jpg?1418896263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gone are the days when a computer was something big and bulky that sat on your desk at home and ran Word.</p> <p>Instead, we live in a world dominated by laptops of all shapes and sizes - budget Chromebooks, wafer-thin MacBook Airs and Ultrabooks and all manner of flexible hybrid devices - plus the odd teeny-tiny media PC.</p> <p>So which of the modern breed did we rate most highly this year?&nbsp;</p> <p>The Microsoft Surface Pro 3. </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/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 </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>Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It&rsquo;s a tablet! Or it&rsquo;s a laptop. 
What is it? We&rsquo;re still not sure but it&rsquo;s called a Surface Pro 3. 
The first proper hybrid of its kind, it&rsquo;s got all the good bits of a laptop (power, keys and bigness) plus the best bits of a tablet (a decent touchscreen, portability and fun), and with hardly any of the bad bits of either (except perhaps the price). Microsoft might not be able to decide whether the Surface Pro 3 is 
a laptop or a tablet, but there&rsquo;s one thing we can all agree 
that it definitely is &ndash; and that&rsquo;s totally brilliant.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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="1600" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" alt="6 best computers of the year - Microsoft Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-microsoft-surface-pro-3.jpg?1418896263" /> </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"> Runner-up: Apple MacBook Air 13in </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 you&rsquo;ve pretty much perfected something, it doesn&rsquo;t make sense to change it dramatically &ndash; and so the 2014 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review">MacBook Air</a> is identical to its predecessor, bar better connectivity and a slight hike in power. By our estimation that still makes it the best laptop we&rsquo;ve ever used, because its combination of outstanding keyboard, featherweight build, gorgeous looks and incredible battery life outclass all rivals.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Air 13in 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="Apple MacBook Air 13in" alt="6 best computers of the year - Apple MacBook Air 13in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-apple-macbook-air.jpg?1418896263" /> </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"> Runner-up: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13in </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>UHD? 4K? Old hat in Apple land: the 13in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review">MacBook Pro</a> has had a katana-sharp 2560x1600 display since way back in 2012. The design of 2014&rsquo;s model hasn&rsquo;t changed much in the intervening years, but it&#39;s been tweaked to near perfection &ndash; the processing, graphics power and battery life have gone up, the price has come down. It&rsquo;s now all you need for work, and with Steam installed, even some play.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Pro 13in 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="Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" alt="6 best computers of the year - Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-apple-macbook-pro.jpg?1418896263" /> </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"> Runner-up: Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 </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&rsquo;re on the lookout for a little living room media PC that you can also play skittles with, stop your search right here. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oi520/zotac-zbox-sphere-oi520/review">Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520</a> is packed with connections and impressively powerful for its size, with a mobile Core i5 processor and HD4400 graphics that are ample for indie gaming. It also has a 4K output, and it runs near silent. Strike!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oi520/zotac-zbox-sphere-oi520/review">Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 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="Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520" alt="6 best computers of the year - Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-zotac-ZBOX_OI520.jpg?1418896263" /> </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"> Runner-up: Dell Chromebook 11 </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 have &pound;200 to spend on a laptop, spend it here. The rubberised build, quality keyboard and responsive trackpad of the <a href="http://http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature">Dell Chromebook 11</a> would suit a machine three times the price, the Celeron processor and 4GB RAM inside keep it nippy, and the decent screen and 6hr battery life are more than acceptable given its cost. Combined with the ever-expanding capabilities of Chrome OS, this Dell makes it hard to justify spending more.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature">Group test - the best 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="1280" height="684" title="Dell Chromebook 11" alt="6 best computers of the year - Dell Chromebook 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-dell-chromebook-11.jpg?1418896263" /> </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"> Runner-up: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro </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>You wouldn&rsquo;t think watch tech would have much of a place in the world of laptops &ndash; after all, you&rsquo;d look a bit daft with one on your wrist &ndash; but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news">Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro</a> has turned a full-width, 800-piece steel and aluminium strap into the coolest hinge on any laptop, ever.&nbsp;Its 360&ordm; flexibility allows the Yoga to operate as a tablet, and when folded the computer is just ridiculously thin &ndash; so thin, it&rsquo;s hard to believe they crammed full-bore computer components inside.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 22 best gadgets of the year</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="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" alt="6 best computers of the year - Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-lenovo-yoga-3-pro.jpg?1418896263" /> </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/node/1452888" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1452888#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Laptops PC Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:51:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1452888 at http://www.stuff.tv HP’s slim Omen gaming laptop sets its sights on the Razer Blade http://www.stuff.tv/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not a beast, but then again, it doesn’t look or cost like one either </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="HP Omen" alt="HP Omen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-omen.png?1417074683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever since announcing its company split, HP has shown renewed gusto. The 3D-modeling Sprout desktop is fascinating and new, but even a gaming laptop is fresh territory for the company.</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/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news#comments Gaming HP Laptops Omen Windows 8 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:37:49 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452203 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware's new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of a full-size PC http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienwares-new-graphics-amplifier-injects-your-laptop-gaming-muscle-full-size-pc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Portability while you&#039;re out, power when you&#039;re home. Sounds ideal - as long as you&#039;ve got a new Alienware 13 laptop to use with it </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="832" height="624" title="Don&#039;t look directly into its eyes" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/awgraphicsamplifier-4.jpg?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Doesn&#39;t sound very exciting, does it? But despite not having a name like Pixel Annihilator 4000, the PC gaming company&#39;s newly revealed little black box could usher in a new era of hybrid PC gaming.</p> <p>Essentially, the Amplifier is an external graphical turbo-charger for the new Alienware 13 laptop (more on that later).</p> <p>It&#39;s got its own power supply, and a slot for a single full-sized PC graphics card, and that&#39;s it. No processor, no RAM, no full motherboard. But it does&#39;t need any of that stuff.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>When you connect it to the Alienware 13, it bestows it with the power of a proper desktop, supporting gargantuan (and incredibly powerful) cards like Nvidia&#39;s mighty GTX 980.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea behind the Amplifier is to provide the flexibility of a thinner, lighter machine for portability and battery life, with the power of a proper gaming rig when you&#39;re back home, without having to spring for a separate machine.</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="Looks like it belongs in a Transformers movie" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992_2.JPG?1414552248" /> </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="Under the hood" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="View from the rear" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_4.JPG?1414552248" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were lucky enough to see a demo of it in action, and can confirm that 4K games ran smoothly on the 13in notebook while it was connected to the Amplifier. Games were pumped out to a pixel-packed curved 4K monitor, and we didn&#39;t notice any tearing or lag.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gamers can snap up the Graphics Amplifier for &pound;200, in addition to forking out extra for a graphics card of their choice. Given that the higher end cards like the GTX 980 will set you back around &pound;500, you could still easily drain your bank account. If you wanted to.</p> <p>The Amplifier is currently only compatible with the new Alienware 13 laptop, and uses a proprietary connector developed by Alienware, which makes use of dedicated PCI Express lanes.</p> <p>Sadly Alienware didn&#39;t reveal any plans to make the Amplifier compatible with other Windows laptops, although we expect its future range of notebooks to join in too.&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="We&#039;ll take three of those monitors please" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_4.JPG?1414552248" /> </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"> Alienware 13 </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 Alienware 13 is the company&#39;s thinnest laptop it&#39;s ever produced, thanks to a carbon-fibre composite build.</p> <p>Measuring in at one inch thick and weighing just over 2kg, it can be snapped up from &pound;950, packing in an Intel i5 processor, Nvidia&#39;s GTX 860M mobile GPU and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>There&#39;s also an option to upgrade the resolution of the 13in screen to a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, as well as bestowing it with touch smarts.</p> <p>Both the Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier can be configured and ordered online today, if you fancy treating yourself to a particularly lavish Christmas present this year.</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="BOW BEFORE THE ALIEN HEAD" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </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="Space Grey?" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989_1.JPG?1414552248" /> </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="It&#039;s a keyboard" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_5.JPG?1414552248" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware&#39;s imposing new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news" target="_blank">Area-51</a> - complete with its Triad design to maximise airflow and easy access to rear ports - is also available to configure, with prices starting from &pound;1300.</p> <p>Throw in an Intel i7 processor, three GTX 980s and 32GB of RAM however, and the price tag will rise significantly. To say the least.&nbsp;</p> <p>Time to tally up those couch-cushion coins...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news" target="_blank">Alienware&#39;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power</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="Inside the beast" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </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="Damn our wallets" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_2.JPG?1414552248" /> </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/alienware/alienwares-new-graphics-amplifier-injects-your-laptop-gaming-muscle-full-size-pc/news#comments Alienware Gaming Laptops Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:01:13 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1451549 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro even slimmer and lighter thanks to watchband hinge http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest convertible PC undergoes trims and tweaks to be even more useful and attractive </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="Lenovo Yoga Pro 3" alt="Lenovo Yoga Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenovo-yoga-pro-3.jpg?1412929623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for an ultra-slim laptop that you can twist and contort as desired, Lenovo&rsquo;s convertible Yoga line is tough to beat. And now with the Yoga 3 Pro, it&rsquo;s even slimmer and more distinctive.</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/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news#comments Laptops Lenovo Windows Yoga 2 Pro Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:32:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449818 at http://www.stuff.tv The best Chromebooks in the world - reviewed http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Google-powered cheapo laptops are coming of age. But which is best? </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="Group test: the best Chromebooks on the planet" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-chromebook-main-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&#39;s certainly having the last laugh with its Chromebooks.</p> <p>Initially brushed off as severely crippled laptops, the search engine giant has sold 5 million of the things this year and there are great things predicted for their future.</p> <p>It&#39;s not hard to see why they&#39;re winning over the general public: they all boot up in less than 10 seconds, they&#39;re fairly immune to viruses, and they&#39;re so simple that even your Gran can use one without breaking it.</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/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</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"> Dell Chromebook 11 (£240) </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>From the moment you lay hands on the Dell Chromebook&#39;s slightly rubberised finish you know that it&#39;s right at the top of the league &ndash; not just among Google&#39;s Chromebooks, but among all laptops. Ever.</p> <p>Opening it continues the high quality theme, with a protective rubber strip around the edge of the screen which means you can trust it in the hands of the world&#39;s clumsiest toddler, and a solid keyboard and responsive trackpad that feel as if they&#39;ve come from a laptop that costs three times as much.</p> <p>It&#39;s a runaway success in our benchmarks, too, coming second only to Toshiba&#39;s option by a tiny margin &ndash; not a huge surprise given that they both have the same Intel processor. Despite its origins as an educational laptop it works surprisingly well for media - we guess that it&#39;s pretty important to be able hear and watch naff &#39;70s science videos with as much clarity as possible.</p> <p>The only let down is in terms of battery life: a rather middling six hours, which is dwarfed by Asus&#39; freakish 10-hour energy bunny. Everything else here is spot-on, and the fact that you can currently pick it up with 4GB of RAM for &pound;240 makes it good value too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p>Well-built, tough and powerful, Dell has delivered pretty much everything you could want from a Chromebook</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="Dell Chromebook 11 " alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-dell-chromebook-11-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;11.6in, 1366x768</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;Intel Celeron 2955U processor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> 4GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp;USB3.0 (x2), HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;24.6 x 294.64 x 200.7mm, 1.3kg</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-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"> Asus C200 (£200) </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>10 hours. It&#39;s the holy grail of laptop battery life, and Asus&#39; C200 Chromebook misses it by 17 minutes. That&#39;s as good as the astonishing battery life we&#39;ve seen from Apple&#39;s potent MacBook Airs.</p> <p>Our tests don&#39;t just involve plopping it in a corner and sitting there with a stopwatch, either - we subject it to the most demanding web tasks (video playback, 3D rendering) over and over again. And the C200 just keeps on going.</p> <p>Unfortunately this incredible stamina comes at a price &ndash; namely, performance.</p> <p>It packs the latest Intel Bay Trail processor, which on paper is perfectly capable, but when put head-to-head with other Chromebooks the cracks start to show, and it can&#39;t handle opening lots of tabs at once.</p> <p>It&#39;s arguable, however, that with such astonishing battery life you&#39;re only going to be using it for one thing at a time &ndash; writing a sequel to <em>War And Peace</em> in Google Drive or watching the extended cuts of the <em>Lord Of The Rings</em> trilogy back-to-back, for instance.</p> <p>It&#39;s definitely the Chromebook to go for if you want longevity above anything else.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ </strong></p> <p>The C200&#39;s mediocre performance is made up for by its ludicrously amazing battery life</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="Asus C200 " alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-asus-c200-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;11.6in, 1366x768</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;Intel Bay Trail-M Dual Processor N2830</p> <p><strong>RAM&nbsp;</strong>2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/ac2, BT 4.0,&nbsp;USB2.0, USB3.0, HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;304.8 x 200.6 x 20.3mm, 1.13kg</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"> Toshiba CB30-102 (£220) </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 Chromebook in our test packs a 13.3in screen, which feels oddly large compared to the other 11.6-inchers. An all-plastic build ensures it doesn&#39;t weigh a ton, though, and the larger screen makes it more suited to media, although the bass-free speakers let it down a little in this regard.</p> <p>Where Toshiba wins is in terms of performance. We&#39;re not entirely sure how the big T has managed this, as it only includes 2GB of memory, but it&#39;s able to juggle 36 of the web&#39;s most demanding sites &ndash; such as Spotify, YouTube and various HTML5 experiments &ndash; without any lag or stuttering.</p> <p>Our benchmarks back this up, and it comes top of the class in each of our stringent tests. The larger form factor also means Toshiba can insert a bigger battery, which gives us a very respectable six and a half hours of non-stop heavy internetting. It&#39;s a good result, and second only to Asus&#39; crazy battery skills.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a larger Chromebook you&#39;re hardly spoilt for choice at the moment, but this option isn&#39;t a compromise.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p>A Chromebook that does everything well, and its larger size will make it extra-appealing to many</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="Toshiba CB30-102" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-toshiba-cb30-102-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;13.3in, 1366x768</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;Intel Celeron 2955U processor/2GB RAM</p> <p><strong>RAM </strong>2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp;USB3.0 (x2), HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;328.6 x 227.0 x 20.0 mm, 1.5kg</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"> 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"> Lenovo N20p (£245) </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>Lenovo brings a touch of its distinctive laptop design skills to the Chromebook with the N20p.</p> <p>Like its contortionist Windows-powered Yoga brethren, the N20p can lie flat and even bend back on itself, like a very expensive tent for your Action Men.</p> <p>But while lying flat is its forte, it also falls flat in the areas that are most needed. It seems that adding a touchscreen to a Chromebook increases the drain on the processor, and it can&#39;t keep up with multiple tabs open.</p> <p>It&#39;s an odd result, as the Intel N2830 CPU promises both power and battery life, but here it delivers neither.</p> <p>The keyboard and trackpad could be better, too, with the keyboard feeling particularly cheap and nasty. Decent speakers and its double-jointed hinge make it acceptable for media playback, but look elsewhere if you want a machine suited to productivity.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p>The usefulness of the double-jointed hinge is outweighed by the poor performance of this Chromebook</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="Lenovo N20p" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-lenovo-n20p-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;11.6in, 1366x768 with 10-point multitouch</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;Intel Celeron N2830 processor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp;USB2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;294.6 x 211.8 x 17.78 mm, 1.3kg</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-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"> Acer C720p (£250) </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>Acer&#39;s C720 was the first Chromebook to really embrace the format. It balanced the components, build and experience in just the right way, offering decent battery life and enough power to handle more demanding internet tasks. The company&#39;s decision to add a touchscreen with the C720p is nothing short of disastrous, though.</p> <p>The extra computing power required to handle the pokes and prods negatively impacts on the processor, which results in lower benchmarks and fewer concurrent tabs. Worse still is the battery life, which runs for a measly five hours. Touchscreens on Chromebooks are a little like an ashtray on a motorbike, and at least Lenovo&#39;s take on it has the interesting double-jointed screen.</p> <p>If you&#39;re going to get an Acer, then we&#39;d certainly recommend the original non-touch version (which is also available with a Core i3 processor in the States) over this heavily compromised Chromebook.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p>The original model is something of a modern classic, but the touchscreen is unnecessary and compromises performance</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="Acer C720p" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-acer-c720p-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;11.6in, 1366x768 with touch</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> Intel Celeron 2955U processor</p> <p><strong>RAM </strong>2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp;USB2.0, USB3.0, HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;19.85 x 288 x 204 mm, 1.3kg</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-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"> Samsung Chromebook 2 (£250) </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>Samsung&#39;s recent slaying of some faux-cows to liberally plaster all its devices in faux-leather has divided critics. Its Chromebook 2 doesn&#39;t escape the finish, which, with its fake stitching and rubbery feel, either looks classy and expensive, or like something Del Boy would give to his girlfriend.&nbsp;In the cold light of day, though, we find it quite attractive and comfortable. </p> <p>A bigger mistake here is Samsung&#39;s decision to use its own eight-core Exynos processor. That&#39;s four times as many cores as its Intel-powered competitors, but somehow it delivers less computing grunt. It comes bottom of the benchmarks, and it gets bogged down with 24 tabs open at once. Samsung should know a thing or two about battery life given the day-long capabilities of its Galaxy phones, but it obviously hasn&#39;t applied this knowledge to its Chromebooks, and gives us very middling six hours.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p>An unusual misstep from the usually surefooted Samsung, which fails to deliver either respectable performance or above-average battery life</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="Samsung Chromebook 2" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-samsung-chromebook-2-01.jpg?1416478976" /> </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>Screen</strong>&nbsp;11.6in, 1366x768</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>&nbsp;Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;16GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0,&nbsp;USB2.0, USB3.0, HDMI, SD Card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;289.6 cm x 204.8 cm x 16.8 mm, 1.2kg</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"> 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>Not that long ago buying a Chromebook was a simple business - there were only a couple to choose between, and one of them, Google&#39;s own Chromebook Pixel, was ridiculously overpriced. That&#39;s all changed now though, and anyone popping into their local laptop emporium could easily feel bewildered by the many similar-looking and similarly priced options.</p> <p>But while they might look alike, they&#39;re not built alike. You can discount the <strong>Samsung Chromebook 2</strong> and <strong>Acer C720p</strong> immediately - neither deserves your hard-earned. The Lenovo N20p is worth a look if you really, really need a Chromebook which can be folded flat, but, um, we can&#39;t think why you would.</p> <p>That leaves three options. The <strong>Toshiba CB30-102</strong> should be your go-to option if you want a bigger screen, the <strong>Asus C200</strong> if battery life is your main requirement. But if you just want a really well made laptop that performs excellently in all areas, look no further than the <strong>Dell Chromebook 11</strong>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten">These are 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="And the winner is... the Dell Chromebook 11" alt="The best cheap chromebook laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-chromebook-dell-chromebook-11-02.jpg?1416478976" /> </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google-powered laptops are coming of age... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature#comments Laptops Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:18:30 +0000 Marc McLaren 1449271 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Adobe bringing Photoshop and more to Chromebooks, BlackBerry big on odd phones, and Moto 360 update boosts battery life http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-bringing-photoshop-and-more-chromebooks-blackberry-big-odd-phones-and-moto <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up and plug in - it’s our morning roundup of the tech news you need </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="Adobe Photoshop for Chromebooks" alt="Adobe Photoshop for Chromebooks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/adobe-photoshop-chromebook.png?1412127522" /> </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"> Adobe Photoshop coming to Chromebooks </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 aren&rsquo;t particularly known for power, but the low-priced notebooks are gaining major traction with consumers - especially with students. So it makes sense that Adobe has found a way to create a streaming version of the resource-intensive Photoshop for Chromebook customers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s available in a limited release right now for North American education customers with a Creative Cloud subscription, and some advanced features aren&rsquo;t in this initial cloud-powered version, at least.</p> <p>Google&#39;s post seems to indicate that additional Adobe products will make their way to Chromebooks, as well, and we imagine it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before availability is opened up to a broader set of users, not to mention those outside of North America. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/09/adobe-joins-chromebook-party-starting.html">Google</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/29/6865447/adobe-is-bringing-photoshop-to-chromebooks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news">Acer Chromebook gives you killer graphics performance for pennies</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"> BlackBerry sees future in untraditional phones </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 a square screen, physical keyboard, and an untraditional shape, BlackBerry&rsquo;s Passport is a curious device in today&rsquo;s smartphone landscape. And yet it catches your attention, unlike many of the company&rsquo;s past offerings. Unsurprisingly, that&rsquo;s something BlackBerry wants to keep doing as it returns to profitability after a dire stretch.</p> <p>In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry&rsquo;s device lead Ron Louks said they&rsquo;d like to have one non-traditional device each year, and that another such handset is already in the works - and carriers have already seen it. &ldquo;When it comes to design and being a little bit disruptive, we want that &#39;wow&#39; factor,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Not all of the products will have it, but we definitely have opportunities.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/us-blackberry-launch-devices-idUSKCN0HO1O520140929">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-passport/review">BlackBerry Passport hands-on 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="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-photo.JPG?1412127522" /> </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"> Moto 360 update reportedly enhances 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>Much as we like Motorola&rsquo;s Moto 360, the best of the Android Wear bunch to date, its inconsistent battery life is a definite downer, as the smartwatch sometimes fails to give you a full day of use. Luckily, the watch recently got a new update, and it&rsquo;s purportedly significantly extending the battery life for some users.</p> <p>Some Reddit users (via Android Police) are claiming to receive upwards of 50% more battery life after installing the update, which should help bridge the gap to bedtime even with the ambient screen on. Not all users are seeing as much of a boost, however, so your experience may be different. Still, it&rsquo;s well worth the download even if the battery boost is minor.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/29/some-users-are-reporting-vastly-improved-battery-life-on-the-moto-360-after-last-weeks-update/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 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="Motorola Moto 360" alt="Motorola Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto360-battery.JPG?1412127522" /> </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/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-bringing-photoshop-and-more-chromebooks-blackberry-big-odd-phones-and-moto#comments Adobe BlackBerry Chrome OS Laptops Moto 360 Motorola Passport Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448893 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung pulling out of laptop market in Europe http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-pulling-out-laptop-market-europe/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Citing market conditions, the company will end Windows laptop and Chromebook sales </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="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus.jpg?1412848186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a surprising move, Samsung has confirmed to PC Advisor that it will cease all laptop sales across Europe, including both its Ativ Windows devices and Chromebooks.</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/samsung/samsung-pulling-out-laptop-market-europe/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-pulling-out-laptop-market-europe/news#comments Laptops Samsung Windows Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:29:31 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448398 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </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="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</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"> Dial M for mobile 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>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</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="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </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"> Coming in October? </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>That fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</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="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </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/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446776 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer flips for hybrid devices at IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer reveals Aspire R13 and R14 convertible laptops and Aspire Switch 11 hybrid tablet </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 R13" alt="Acer Aspire R13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-r14-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Acer has gone flipping mad for convertible laptops and tablets at IFA 2014.</p> <p>The Taiwanese manufacturer has taken the wraps off three new convertible devices at the show &ndash; the R13 and R14 flip-top laptops and the Aspire Switch 11 tablet/laptop hybrid.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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 Acer Aspire R14 packs a hinged display that can be set up in four different configurations; Notebook, Display, Tent and Pad modes. It packs a 14in, 1366x768 display, Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and up to 12GB RAM, with optional Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB HDD, and prices start at &pound;430. Both laptops will be available in the UK from October.</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="Acer Aspire R14" alt="Acer Aspire R14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-aspire-r-13-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer&#39;s also added an 11.6in convertible tablet to its Aspire Switch range; the Aspire Switch 11. The Aspire Switch SW5-171 packs a 1080p display tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3, a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, along with an HD webcam.</p> <p>The cheaper SW5-171 packs a 1366x768 display, Intel Z345 processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB flash memory; both devices pack microHDMI, microSD and come packing Windows 8.1. The Aspire Switch 11 will be available from October, starting at &pound;300.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest IFA 2014 news</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="Acer Aspire Switch 11" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-11-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </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/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news#comments Acer IFA 2014 Laptops Tablets Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:02:22 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446476 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus reboots the netbook with Windows 8.1, plus debuts world’s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a tale of two extremes as Asus shows off its laptop wares at IFA </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="Asus EeeBook X205" alt="Asus EeeBook X205" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-eeebook-x205.png?1409794845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Return of the netbook? That&rsquo;s not something we expected to say coming out of IFA, but at least in name, that appears to be true: Asus is rebooting its past EeeBook netbook brand for a cheap new Windows 8.1 laptop.</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"> The Zenbook UX305 </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 EeeBook X205 represents Asus at its most practical. Conversely, the Zenbook UX305 shows that the company can still do a premium laptop with plenty of flair and a focus on craftsmanship.</p> <p>Billed the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop,&rdquo; the fully aluminum Zenbook UX305 ist just 12.3mm thick. It features a 3200x1800 display and an Intel Core M processor, with solid state drives (SSDs) available up to 256GB.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to get the Zenbook UX305 in Obsidian Stone or Ceramic Alloy shades, but essential details like pricing and release timing aren&rsquo;t yet available. Perhaps when the dust settles on IFA, we&rsquo;ll have a better idea of when Asus&rsquo; sleek new notebook will be ready to launch.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014">Asus</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/asus-eeebook-x205/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">Asus ZenWatch announced, out before Christmas for under &pound;199</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="524" title="Asus Zenbook UX305" alt="Asus Zenbook UX305" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenbook-ux305.png?1409794845" /> </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/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news#comments Asus IFA 2014 Laptops Netbooks Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:08:45 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446471 at http://www.stuff.tv MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business as usual for Apple – that is, the business of tinkering with an awesome laptop and then reducing the price </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="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCF1281.JPG?1415187287" /> </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>The laptop market is in a bit of a weird place at the moment. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromebooks</a> are currently popping up all over the place, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s Surface Pro 3</a> is the first laptop-tablet hybrid that actually functions rather well as both.</p> <p>Apple refuses to budge from its traditional laptop guns, though, relying on tiny tweaks and price cuts to keep its high-end MacBook Pros in the game. So is that enough?</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"> £1,000.00 </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"> £1400 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"> Slightly upgraded performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly more affordable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still jaw-droopingly lovely </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"> Dedicated graphics are a pricey option </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"> Typical Apple build quality </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 want something really slim and light, you want a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, but that&#39;s not to say the MacBook Pro is back-breaking. What it is is reassuringly weighty, solid and really nicely made. There&#39;s no advance on the millimetre trim it got last year, though.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s trackpad and keyboard are often imitated, but never bettered, and even typing in a humble web address has the satisfying feel of seriously important typing going on. Sort of like writing a shopping list with a typewriter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Air 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="The 2014 model is visually identical to last year&#039;s" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_1.JPG?1415187287" /> </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="MacBook&#039;s still have the best keyboards" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1304.JPG?1415187287" /> </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"> Retinal scan </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 screen is still one of the most gorgeous you&#39;ll see on a laptop, and we adore Apple&rsquo;s approach to ultra-HD. There&rsquo;s also a lot more 4K content out there now than there was when we were first wowed by Retina screens back in 2012. YouTube&#39;s gradually filling its servers with ridiculously large video files, which mostly seem to be of tigers. It&#39;s good news if you&#39;re a big cat fan.</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="1339" height="900" title="The Retina display is as brilliant as ever" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MBPRD13_Aperture_PRINT.jpg?1415187287" /> </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"> Fun Size Boost </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 specifically asked for the price equivalent of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">the model we looked at last year</a>, which gives us a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor over last year&#39;s 2.6GHz, but the same amount of memory (8GB) and the same size PCIe-based flash storage (512GB).</p> <p>As expected the tiny processor boost gives a wee spurt in benchmarks, and it whizzes through CPU intensive tasks such as video editing and large Photoshop files.</p> <p>Intel&#39;s latest processors are well-optimised for battery life, too, and we got the same seven-ish hours as we did last year. It&#39;s great for the more intensive bits of day-to-day computing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on 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="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a small boost to performance over last year&#039;s model" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_0.JPG?1415187287" /> </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="You&#039;ll get about seven hours from a fully charged battery" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.JPG?1415187287" /> </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"> MacBook Pro Retina 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-pro" target="_blank">MacBook Pro configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3-inch LCD with 2560 &times; 1600 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated Intel Iris 5100 Graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage</p> <p><strong>Optical Drive</strong> - none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11ac, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt 2 (x2),&nbsp;SDXC,&nbsp;HDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 31.4 x 21.9 x 1.8cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.57kg</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"> To Infinity (but only just) </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>Intel&rsquo;s inbuilt Iris graphics take care of gaming, but you still need to lower the quality and resolution to get modern games - such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank"><em>Bioshock Infinite</em></a> - to run at playable framerates. It&rsquo;s a shame given how jaw-dropping games can look on ultra-HD displays, and how substantial the MacBook Pro&rsquo;s speakers are, but the fact that such games are playable at all is a very good thing.</p> <p>For proper graphical skills you&rsquo;ll have to splash out on the 15-inch 2.5GHz version of the MacBook Pro, which comes with Nvidia Geforce 750M graphics - but also costs &pound;1,999. We&#39;d love to see dedicated graphics on the lower models.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 Best Games of All Time</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="You&#039;ll have to pare the graphics back a bit to get the latest big games running" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_2.JPG?1415187287" /> </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"> 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>Apple has reshuffled things in terms of price, and for the first time you&rsquo;re able to own a MacBook Pro with Retina for less than a grand: pick up the 2.6Ghz model and you&#39;ll be left with exactly one pound to put towards a hideously overpriced but totally lovely &ldquo;flat white&rdquo; accessory.</p> <p>The rest of the range has similar processor boosts and price cuts, making every model just a little bit more reasonable. A better computer for less money is never a bad thing.</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="Every model in the range is a little more powerful and a little cheaper than before" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1309.JPG?1415187287" /> </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"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in (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>The new MacBook Pro with Retina is the tiniest product refresh yet, and while there&rsquo;s nothing here to get hugely excited about, now is the best time to pick up one of these wonderfully-made, adequately powerful and beautifully thought-through laptops. It still stands head-and-shoulders above the competition, too.</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="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1307.JPG?1415187287" /> </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"> 9 </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"> 10 </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>It may be a microscopically tiny change to the MacBook Pro&#39;s formula, but when combined with the price cut it&#39;s a winner</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"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in review </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"> Apple&#039;s mid-range laptop gets more power and a price cut for 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OS X MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:27:31 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445771 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: what to expect at Europe's biggest tech show http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From the Note 4 to the Xperia Z3 to a whole load of new laptops, there&#039;ll be plenty on show in Berlin </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="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept render" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-4-render.jpg?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few product launches that can compete with a new iPhone in the anticipation stakes, but we&#39;re certain to get at least one at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">IFA 2014</a>.</p> <p>Samsung will use the&nbsp;Berlin tech show, which runs from September 5-10, to reveal the Galaxy Note 4 - and expectations surrounding a new phone have rarely been higher.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Asus </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>Asus tends to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks &ndash; remember that dual-booting Windows/Android tab it announced at CES?</p> <p>So anything could happen at IFA. One thing that we do know is coming is an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-android-wear-smartwatch-likely-ifa-next-month/news" target="_blank">Asus smartwatch</a>; the manufacturer was announced as an Android Wear partner, and it&#39;s teased an image of a smartwatch ahead of IFA. Unlike Motorola and LG&#39;s efforts, the Asus Android Wear smartwatch is expected to be a budget offering, which could undercut the LG G Watch&#39;s &pound;160 price tag.</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="604" height="453" title="Asus smartwatch" alt="Asus smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-smartwatch-tease.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Huawei </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>Huawei is set to refresh its smartphone range at IFA, with the next generation of the Ascend Mate set to be the highlight of its line-up. The Ascend Mate 7 is widely expected to pack a fingerprint sensor; invites to its media event feature a fingerprint graphic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gsmdome.com/huawei-ascend-mate-7-mt7-c00-gets-certification-tenaa" target="_blank">Certification details</a> point to the Mate 7 arriving with a 1.8GHz Kirin 920 processor, 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera, a&nbsp;6.1in 1080p display&nbsp;and 16GB internal storage, while previous AnTuTu benchmarks revealed an&nbsp;ARM Mali-T624 MP4 graphics chip.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/huawei-ascend-mate-7-pics-fingerprint-scanner-44832/" target="_blank">Leaked pics</a>&nbsp;showing a Huawei phone with a 720p display and&nbsp;1GB RAM, plus a fingerprint sensor, are believed to show the Mate 7&#39;s mid-range cousin, the G7.</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="Huawei IFA teaser" alt="Huawei IFA teaser" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ifa-2014-teaser.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_3.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_1.jpg?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ascend-mate-7_2.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> LG </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>LG has a lot of kit lined up for IFA, if the rumour mill is to be believed. Leading the charge is the <a href="http://www.itechpost.com/articles/12484/20140728/lg-g3-prime-to-launch-in-september-unveiling-expected-at-ifa-2014.htm" target="_blank">LG G3 Prime</a>, an updated version of LG&#39;s flagship smartphone with improved specs. It&#39;s reportedly similar to the Korea-exclusive G3 Cat 6, with a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB RAM.</p> <p>LG could also be gunning for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with an LG G3 Stylus, accidentally leaked in a YouTube video. Unlike the Note 4, though, the G3 Stylus looks set to be a mid-range model &ndash; leaked specs suggest that it&#39;ll pack a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, an 8MP camera and a 5.7in 1080p screen.</p> <p>LG is also reportedly planning to launch a new smartwatch, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news" target="_blank">LG G Watch 2</a> &ndash; a mere two months after the G Watch&#39;s debut. Assuming this absurdly short product life cycle is correct, the new model is expected to pack an AMOLED display that delivers deeper blacks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 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="LG G3 Stylus" alt="LG G3 Stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-stylus.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="604" height="453" title="LG G Watch" alt="LG G Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_0_0.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Microsoft/Nokia </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>Microsoft and Nokia look set to keep pushing camera tech as the big selling point for their smartphones; a leaked video has revealed has shown off a <a href="http://weibo.com/u/1921644117?from=profile&amp;wvr=5&amp;loc=infdomain" target="_blank">Lumia 830</a> phone with the same massive 20MP PureView camera found in the Lumia 1020. The Windows 8.1 phone is also expected to pack a 4.5in 720P display and a microSD card slot for storing all your snaps. The rumours are backed up by Microsoft&#39;s official press invite, which teases the camera module seen in leaked snaps of the phone.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s also expected to launch a <a href="http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2014/08/08/lumia730-to-have-a-dual-sim-variant-official-looking-orange-color-render-leaked-in-china/" target="_blank">Lumia 730</a> midrange phone, with leaked specs pointing to a 4.7in 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 procesor and Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB RAM, a 6.7MP rear camera and 8GB storage. Among its more interesting features are dual-SIM capability and a 5MP front snapper &ndash; evidence that Microsoft is hopping aboard the selfie bandwagon?</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/Nokia at IFA 2014" alt="Microsoft/Nokia at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-ifa-2014.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Nokia Lumia 830" alt="Nokia Lumia 830" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-830-01.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Nokia Lumia 830" alt="Nokia Lumia 830" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-830-1.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Motorola </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>Motorola has sent out invites to a launch event on 4 September in Chicago ahead of a global announcement &ndash; and they&#39;re anything but subtle. The <a href="http://newfrommoto.com/" target="_blank">teaser site</a> shows images of two phones marked &quot;X&quot; and &quot;G&quot;, a round watch and what looks like a Bluetooth headset. The first three are simple enough to guess &ndash; the rumoured replacements for the Moto X and Moto G, and the Moto 360 smartwatch.</p> <p>Leaked specs from a <a href="http://www.livrarialogos.com/3973947-Smartphone-Moto-X-1-Preto" target="_blank">Brazilian retailer</a> point to the Moto X+1 (or X2) arriving with a 5.2in 1080p display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory; power will likely come from a 2,900mAh battery, while the phone also features microSD support, a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Serial Twitter leaker <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/455310263382601728" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>&nbsp;has also revealed the backplate options list for the X2, including four different woods, four leather colour choices and &quot;warm, neutral and cool&quot; colour options.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a> is the first circular Android Wear smartwatch; a leak from Best Buy points to a US price of around US$250 (&pound;150), a 1.5in, 320x290 screen covered by Gorilla Glass 3, waterproofing to 1.1m, and (unsurprisingly) a heart-rate monitor and pedometer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360 preview: everything you need to know</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="Motorola at IFA 2014" alt="Motorola at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Motorola.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="604" height="453" title="Moto 360" alt="Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-08-07-at-10.37.14_1.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Moto X+1 (X2) colour options" alt="Moto X+1 (X2) colour options" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evleaks-x2.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Panasonic </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>Panasonic looks set to focus on home automation this year, sending out an invite to a press conference that includes &quot;connected home entertainment and photography, to smart kitchen appliances, latest beauty products and more.&quot; It&#39;s accompanied by a graphic showing tech being used in different rooms, including the bathroom and kitchen.</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="Panasonic at IFA 2014" alt="Panasonic at IFA 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-ifa.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Samsung </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 launch of IFA 2014 &ndash; both literally and figuratively &ndash; is set to be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>. The latest incarnation of Samsung&#39;s phablet is expected to ditch the plastic build of its predecessor for a metal frame, reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Its specs are due for an overhaul, too &ndash; with a rumoured 2K screen, 64-bit processor and LTE-A connectivity.</p> <p>The Note 4 will also reportedly pack a 12MP camera with OIS, and a 3.7MP selfie-snapper &ndash; and a relatively low price tag. One Indonesian site inadvertently put up a pre-order page with a price of around &pound;490, though we&#39;ll have to wait until after Samsung&#39;s Unpacked event on 3 September for confirmation.</p> <p>Also expected to put in an appearance at Unpacked is a new smartwatch, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news" target="_blank">Gear Solo</a> &ndash; which could feature its own SIM card for making calls and sending texts.</p> <p>Finally, Samsung&#39;s expected to take the wraps off its long-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news" target="_blank">Gear VR</a> headset &ndash; designed as an accessory for its Galaxy phones, the headset has reportedly been produced in collaboration with virtual reality wizards Oculus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-01_2.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="604" height="453" title="Samsung Gear VR" alt="Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr_0.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="Samsung round watch" alt="Samsung round watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-round-watch2_0.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> Sony </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>Sony is bringing the big guns to IFA &ndash; it&#39;s expected to launch its second flagship smartphone of the year, in the form of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z3</a>. Leaked snaps showing off a slightly curvier design, while upgrades are expected to include a 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. In other areas, it&#39;s business as usual; both the camera and screen look set to be holdovers from the Z2, with a 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens and 5.15in Full HD display. Spy shots have also revealed the existence of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news" target="_blank">Xperia Z3 Compact</a> &ndash; likely sporting a 4.3in screen.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s also rumoured to be prepping a <a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-20997-1-1.html" target="_blank">Smartwatch 3</a> for a launch at IFA &ndash; it&#39;s said to retain the original&#39;s square design, while adding a transflective screen for better visibility. Whether it&#39;ll feature Google&#39;s Android Wear OS, though, is open to debate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 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="604" height="453" title="Sony Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-back.jpg?1409533220" /> </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="604" height="453" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-compact-leak.jpg?1409533220" /> </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"> What about Apple? </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>Apple isn&#39;t going to IFA &ndash; it doesn&#39;t like to mingle with the competition &ndash; but it is likely to steal everyone&#39;s thunder with its own launch event, expected to fall on 9 September.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s event is likely to showcase the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, a 4.7in smartphone; it&#39;s possible that a larger <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/55in-iphone-6-shell-revealed-new-pics/news" target="_blank">5.5in iPhone 6L</a> may put in an appearance, too. And Apple could also be gearing up to launch its own foray into the smartwatch market with an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch </a>device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview: everything you need to know</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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-what-expect-europes-biggest-tech-show/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 Laptops Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Sony TVs Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3 Compact Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:34:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1444559 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Aspire Switch 10 http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-switch-10/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The £300 Windows hybrid that&#039;s bending backwards to please you </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 Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Switch 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/switch-10-3-new.jpg?1409702581" /> </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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What to do if you want all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, but you don&#39;t want to fork out for both? You&#39;ve opened your wallet at just the right time.</p> <p>Hybrids such as the Acer Switch 10 are everywhere. It started with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-infinity/review" target="_blank">Android Asus Transformer</a> back in 2011, but now there are loads of the things, the most high-profile of the lot being Microsoft&rsquo;s rather excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3</a>.</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"> £300.00 </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> <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"> Magnetic attraction </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 most laptop-tablet hybrids, the Acer Switch 10 comes in two bits. There&#39;s the 10.1-inch tablet bit and the base bit it plugs into.</p> <p>Acer has done its best to make fitting the two together easy. There are no release buttons, no complicated click-and-lock mechanisms. Instead everything is done with magnets, and a couple of plastic guides. It&#39;s a neat idea, but isn&#39;t perfect in practice.</p> <p>First, let&#39;s start with the good stuff. The magnets are easily powerful enough to keep the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen firmly attached to the base. The keyboard doesn&#39;t go flying off even if you lift the whole thing up by its screen and give it a wiggle &ndash; nice work Acer, nice work magnetism.</p> <p>Using magnets also means you can put the screen on back-to-front with no issues. You might ask: why on earth would &nbsp;you want to do that? It&#39;s all part of Acer&#39;s 4-in-1 design for the Switch 10.</p> <p>As the screen doesn&#39;t fold all the way back like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga</a>, putting the screen on backwards turns the keyboard into a neat screen stand if you want to just browse the web or watch a movie, rather than type. And if space is super-tight (basically if you&#39;re on a plane or train), you can setup the Acer Switch 10 in its tent form &ndash; again, perfect for movies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 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="1600" height="900" title="Magnets and plastic guides are all the Acer uses to connect its tablet and keyboard sections" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-keyb-s.jpg?1409702581" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="It doesn&#039;t fold backwards enough to be flat, but this configuration is great for movie watching in tight spaces" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-5.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> A matter of balance </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>Acer gets a brownie point for flexibility, then, but what&#39;s wrong? We found that even after using the Switch 10 for a while it&#39;s still all-too easy to mis-align the tablet with the base. The inconvenience issue is one half of our beef, the other side that we are a teeny-tiny bit worried about the longevity of the thing.</p> <p>The entire outside of the Acer Switch 10&#39;s hinge is plastic, including the guides that slot into the tablet part, where its arch rival&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a>&nbsp;uses metal. Dodgy metal can shear off quicker than plastic might wear, but the Asus&#39;s hardier feel gives us that little bit more confidence in use.</p> <p>Our top tip &ndash; treat the Acer Switch 10 as if you&#39;re on a first date with it, at least until you&#39;re better acquainted.</p> <p>It is high-maintenance in another respect, too. As Acer has valued keeping the Switch 10 super-light, there&#39;s no extra ballast in the keyboard base to stop it tipping over when the screen is tilted back laptop-style.</p> <p>On a flat surface such as a table it&#39;s fine as long as you don&#39;t give the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen a poke, but it&#39;s a right old pain should you try and work with the tablet on your knees. It&#39;ll fall back like a toddler learning to walk as soon as you take your hands of it.</p> <p>Where you benefit is weight. While loads heavier than a light tablet, as the Acer Switch 10 weighs just 1.11kg all-in it&#39;s very light for a laptop. That&#39;s just a few grammes heavier than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">11-inch MacBook Air</a>, which is oh-so famed for its portability. Asus T100 is just as light, though, and that isn&#39;t so tip-happy.</p> <p>Look a bit closer and it&#39;s pretty clear why the Acer Switch 10 is a lot cheaper than a MacBook Air. It&#39;s nowhere near as pretty, and is mostly plastic rather than metal. The keyboard is all-plastic, and while there&#39;s a sheet of brushed aluminium on the back of the tablet for that fancy-pants look, it&#39;s clearly not part of the structure of the thing. The sides, the frame &ndash; they&#39;re all plastic.</p> <p>We don&#39;t really mind, though. Plastic can do the job just fine if it&#39;s part of a well-designed device.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 feels pretty well-made for a cheap hybrid, but we do wish the tablet wasn&#39;t quite so angular. Like previous Acer Windows tablets, it has very boxy sides that don&#39;t even have the tiniest bit of bevelling.</p> <p>No, your poor paws aren&#39;t going to be hurt by those sharp plastic edges. But the Switch 10 could feel a whole lot nicer as a tablet. We&#39;d go as far as to say the tablet doesn&#39;t really make a lot of sense on its own.</p> <p>Just look at the thing &ndash; those giant two-tone bezels make it look like a prop from a 70s sci-fi show. It&#39;s quite strange that the Switch 10 makes a pretty attractive laptop, but a really quite ugly tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air 11in 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="Give it a little tap and the top-heavy Switch is liable to topple" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-side-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="As a standalone tablet the Acer isn&#039;t terrifically pretty" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-11.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> Working 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>But does the Acer Switch 10 really make a good laptop-replacer? It&#39;s actually not too bad at all.</p> <p>We tried using the Acer Switch 10 as our main work computer for a couple of days, to give it a real road test. We will admit, the keyboard takes a little bit of getting used to. It&#39;s keys are shrunk down, to perhaps about 80 per cent the size of those of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Pro</a>, but they are proper keys, sensibly-arranged, with all the usual sorts of secondary functions you&#39;d get in a full-size laptop.</p> <p>After a few days, it feels just like a miniature laptop. The key action could be improved, though. You get the same sort of key depth as an Ultrabook, but they&#39;re a little bit spongy &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a> keys are a bit crisper. To be fair, you will get used to it, and we were typing away at full speed within hours. But keyboard quality is pretty important in a hybrid such as the Acer Switch 10.</p> <p>Acer has tried to make the trackpad about as big as it can in a small package like this, but you can see a few of the budget cuts in it &ndash; you don&#39;t get down to &pound;300 without a few sacrifices. The plastic surface doesn&#39;t have anywhere near as smooth a drag as the glass surface you get with good Ultrabooks, which often use textured glass, and the click action is a bit clunky.</p> <p>Things such as the slightly cramped keyboard and the just-ok trackpad just mean that the Acer Switch 10 works much better as a portable backup to a main laptop or desktop. We wouldn&#39;t recommend using it as your main laptop.</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="1600" height="900" title="The Switch 10 makes a fairly compelling super-cheap laptop..." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-19.jpg?1409702581" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="...although the keyboard and trackpad are a little less satisfying than they might be" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-34.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> Longevity limits </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>Will the Acer Switch 10 get you through a full day&#39;s work if you need it to? Not quite. During its time as our tiny little workhorse, we got around five and a half hours from a single charge.</p> <p>That was with brightness set to 60 per cent, running a word processing app, doing the occasional bit of browsing and performing a few downloads in the background on occasion.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bad performance, but still not quite as good as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer T100</a>, which lasts for up to 10.5 hours (Acer claims up to 8 hours). And neither has an extra battery in the keyboard base (some hybrids do).</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="Some hybrids hide extra battery power in their keyboard attachments. The Acer doesn&#039;t." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-10-front.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> Talents on display </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>So far, it seems as though the Acer Switch 10 is a bit of a poor (distant) relation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>, but it does have a few advantages.</p> <p>Most important, its screen is better. The Switch 10 brings much more vibrant colours, which is great for the more fun side of owning a hybrid. You don&#39;t need nice reds to work on that screenplay that&#39;s never going to get made, but for watching the movie you nicked the ideas off? Certainly.</p> <p>Specs-wise, the Acer Switch 10 display is fairly basic. It uses a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It&#39;s the same sort of resolution you&#39;d see in a laptop at the price, and doesn&#39;t have that super-sharp look you can get with some &pound;300 tablets. It&#39;s certainly not Retina-grade.</p> <p>However, it&#39;s decent, and display quality is a good deal better than a cheapo laptop. As the Switch 10 uses an IPS screen, people can crowd around it to watch that video of a cat riding a robot vacuum cleaner without rubbish viewing angles ruining the (rubbish) party.</p> <p>Being a tablet at heart, the screen is a touch display. It uses a glass top layer, too, but we&#39;re pretty sure it&#39;s not Gorilla Glass as it flexes a bit too readily for our liking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6&#39;s &quot;unbreakable&quot; sapphier glass screen shown off in two videos</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 technically advanced screen on paper, but colours and viewing angles are great" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-1.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> The muscle for full-fat Windows? </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 we look into each aspect of the Acer Switch 10, we see more of the sort of little finishing touches you miss out on compared with something perhaps 2-3 times the price. However, the real compromise is power.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 uses an Intel Atom Z3745 CPU and 2GB of RAM. While using full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> rather than a cut-down RT-style version means you can have a go at installing anything you like, from <em>Peggle</em> to Adobe Premiere Pro, you&#39;re not going to want to edit videos or batch process 15MB RAW photo files on this little guy. It just doesn&rsquo;t have the power for hardcore tasks such as that.</p> <p>However, unlike some slightly earlier Atom-based Windows computers, the Switch 10 does have enough grunt to do the basics in style. There&#39;s no significant lag flicking around the interface, and while just doing simple writing and browsing, you won&#39;t be held back. It&#39;s when loading things up you&#39;ll notice those little annoying pauses. Again, it&#39;s more evidence that you probably don&#39;t want this as your no. 1 computer.</p> <p>To really push the Acer Switch 10 to its limits, we tried running a few Steam games, the most challenging being <em>Two Worlds 2</em>, a 3D RPG released way back in 2010. We needed to strip away all the fancier graphical effects and reduce the resolution to 720p (below the display resolution) to make the game playable. Even then the frame rate isn&#39;t great.</p> <p>You&#39;re not going to be playing the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">latest <em>Call of Duty</em></a> on the Switch 10 then, but it&#39;ll do the trick for older games and the more simple indie titles out there, and there sure are plenty of those. You could always use it for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming</a>, too.</p> <p>The Switch 10 is a bit more powerful than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Transformer T100</a>, using a Z3745 chipset to the Asus&#39;s Z3740. They&#39;re pretty similar, but the Acer&#39;s processor has a bit more graphics power. This added to the better screen makes the Switch 10 a slightly better gaming hybrid &ndash; don&#39;t go trading in your PS4, though.</p> <p>Acer has tried to further jazz-up the Switch 10&#39;s entertainment cred with front-firing stereo speakers &ndash; under the display &ndash; but it hasn&#39;t entirely worked. Any kind of stereo is welcome, but the sound quality is more-or-less the norm for a tablet: zero bass, and fairly boxy sound. For games and movies, you&#39;ll want headphones.</p> <p>The 32GB standard version of the Switch 10 only leaves you with about 11GB of storage to play with anyway, although there is also a 64GB version that costs around &pound;30 more online.</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 marginally more powerful than the Asus Transformer Book T100" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-7.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> Acer Switch 10 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> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1in IPS LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Atom Z3745</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB or 64GB</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, microHDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 177 x 262 x 8.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.1kg</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"> Levelling up </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 Acer Switch 10 works perfectly well on its own, there are lots of ways to supercharge its powers. On the tablet there&#39;s a microSD card slot to let you add storage, and &ndash; just as important &ndash; there&#39;s a microHDMI socket next to it. This lets you hook up a monitor, or even a TV. There&#39;s no cable in the box for this, but you can pick them up online for a couple of quid.</p> <p>What really levels-up the Switch 10&#39;s potential as a little laptop is the full-size USB port on the keyboard base. With this you can attach a USB stick, an external hard drive or &ndash; most likely &ndash; a mouse.</p> <p>Carry around a little mouse with you and you&#39;ll have a pretty good little solution for a dinky little laptop to use when you&#39;re away from home. It won&#39;t take up loads of room, and a 1kg laptop is not going to give you shoulder ache.</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="Add a USB mouse and microSD storage to get the most out of the Switch 10" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-sides.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> Acer Aspire Switch 10 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>The Acer Switch 10 is the best Windows tablet Acer has so far produced. It&#39;s affordable, portable and flexible.</p> <p>Look at it as a pure tablet and the square-edged ergonomics and battery life are issues, but as a whole package it makes quite a lot of sense.</p> <p>The only other issue is the Switch 10&#39;s big rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>. The Acer is the better movie and game player, but the battery life and keyboard make the Asus a better laptop-replacer, and that&rsquo;s why it just wins out in this two-device mini-showdown.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets 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="1600" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </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"> 7 </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"> 6 </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"> apps </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-4"><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"> 7 </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>This seriously flexible hybrid is Acer&#39;s best tablet yet</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/acer/acer-switch-10/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-switch-10/review#comments Acer Laptops Switch 10 Tablets Windows 8 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:51:16 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445428 at http://www.stuff.tv Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way http://www.stuff.tv/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Type-C connector could spell the end for hapless fumbling at the back of your PC </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="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" alt="Finally, reversible USB cables are on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/usb-logo.jpg?1407982217" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a new type of USB connector on the way &ndash; and it&rsquo;s able to work both ways.</p> <p>Yes, unlike all current USB connectors, the cable will connect when facing up or down, which should limit those frustrating &ldquo;is it in?&rdquo; situations. Stop laughing at the back.</p> <p>The connector is called USB Type-C and the USB 3.0 Promotor Group has just announced that its specification has been completed. That means the blueprint is in place, and the first step towards it becoming the next generation of USB ha been taken.</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 group claims that the Type-C connector, similar in size to micro USB 2.0, is slim enough for mobile devices like smartphones and compact digital cameras but &ldquo;robust enough&rdquo; for larger devices like laptops and tablets. It also supports power up to 100W and data transfer of 10Gbps (the same as USB 3.1). Cables and adapters will allow it to work with existing USB connector types.</p> <p>According to the Promotor Group, it&#39;s already had representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">Internet of Things</a> industries &ldquo;knocking down our door&rdquo; in anticipation of the new standard, although a specific date for its arrival on upcoming products is yet to be set.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.usb.org/press/USB_Type-C_Specification_Announcement_Final.pdf" target="_blank">USB.org</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature">How the Internet of Things will change the world</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="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" alt="Here&#039;s what Type-C USB will look like" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/usb-type-c.jpg?1407982217" /> </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/finally-reversible-usb-cables-are-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Desktops Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:09:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444740 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Chromebook 13 gives you killer graphics performance for pennies http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer&#039;s first out of the gate with a Chromebook featuring Nvidia&#039;s powerful K1 mobile processor – and it starts at £165 </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 Chromebook 13" alt="Acer Chromebook 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-chromebook-13-01.jpg?1407832834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chromebooks haven&#39;t quite taken off in the way that Google had hoped &ndash; but that may be about to change, with the arrival of the Acer Chromebook 13.</p> <p>It&#39;s the first Chromebook to feature Nvidia&#39;s 32-bit, quad-core <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/nvidia-tegra-k1-goes-whopping-192-cores-unreal-engine-4-support-ces/news" target="_blank">Tegra K1</a> processor, which should give it massively improved battery life and overall performance.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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 battery of distinction </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 Chromebook 13&#39;s battery life is pretty staggering; on the lower-res version, Acer reckons you&#39;ll get 13 hours, while the full HD model manages a still-impressive 11.5 hours.</p> <p>You also get HDMI and two USB3.0 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 2x2 MIMO antenna, plus stereo speakers and a 720p camera for web chat &ndash; the Chromebook&#39;s optimised for Google Hangouts, and can reportedly manage 10-way conversations in HD. All that in a slimline 1.7cm thick design that weighs in at just 1.5kg&nbsp;&ndash; and, impressively, runs silent thanks to its fanless design.</p> <p>The entry-level model (the catchily-named CB5-311-T7NN) with a 1366x768 display, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD will set you back US$280 (&pound;165).</p> <p>Bump the spec up to full HD and you can pick up a CB5-311-T9B0, with a 1920x1080 screen, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD for US$300 (&pound;180).</p> <p>Top of the line is the CB5-311-T1UU, with a 1920x1080 screen, 4GB of memory and a 32GB SSD for US$380 (&pound;225).</p> <p>The Acer Chromebook 13 launches in the US in September, and will work its way across the Atlantic shortly afterwards.</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> <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="Acer Chromebook 13" alt="Acer Chromebook 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-chromebook-13-02.jpg?1407832834" /> </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/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news#comments Acer Chromebook 13 Laptops Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:11:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444579 at http://www.stuff.tv