Laptops http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/videos en-GB Fully Charged: New MacBook Airs next week, Warhol's Amiga artwork and Sony's new 4K streamer http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-new-macbook-airs-next-week-warhols-amiga-artwork-and-sonys-new-4k-streamer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news that&#039;s fit to read, right here on one page </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="MacBook Air" alt="MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/macbook-air.jpg?1398407581" /> </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/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"> New MacBook Airs coming next Tuesday? </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>Well, we haven&rsquo;t had any MacBook Air rumours for a while, so how about this one: Apple will announce a new range of 11in and 13in MacBook Airs next week (probably Tuesday).</p> <p>You&rsquo;re probably crossing your fingers and toes that said notebooks will have Retina displays &ndash; sadly the tipster doesn&rsquo;t believe that they will, and that these sharper-screened models may be launched later in the year. Next week&rsquo;s announcement, apparently, will merely be an update of the current line &ndash; so expect little more than a spec bump, if anything.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/275837/apple-release-new-macbook-airs-next-week-will-retina-rumor/">Cult of Mac</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"> Andy Warhol’s Commodore Amiga artwork recovered </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>Andy Warhol was known for using a wide variety of media when creating his pop art &ndash; but did you know that he once employed a Commodore Amiga 1000 and tools like GraphiCraft and ProPaint to make images?</p> <p>Back in 1985, Warhol used the computer as part of a live event to promote its abilities as a multimedia tool &ndash; and since then, many of the images he created have sat on floppy disks in the Andy Warhol Museum&rsquo;s archive, being seen by no-one.</p> <p>Recently, that changed. The disks were obsolete, but artist Cory Arcangel spurred efforts to extract the data &ndash; efforts which have since been documented in a film called <em>Trapped: Andy Warhol&rsquo;s Amiga Experiments</em>. The movie will be available to watch <a href="http://www.nowseethis.org/">online</a> from 12th May.</p> <p>[<strong>Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/24/resurrecting-andy-warhols-80s-amiga-artwork/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hall-fame-amiga-500/feature">Hall of Fame: Amiga 500, the computer that showed consoles how it&rsquo;s done</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="Andy Warhol’s Commodore Amiga artwork recovered" alt="Andy Warhol’s Commodore Amiga artwork recovered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/andy-warhol-amiga-art.jpg?1398407581" /> </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"> Sony’s 4K media streamer released for “old” 4K tellies </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 one of three older Sony 4K TVs (the KD-55X9005A, KD-65X9005A or KDL-84X9005), you may have noticed that it&rsquo;s not compatible with Netflix&rsquo;s 4K streaming &ndash; and that&rsquo;s because it can&rsquo;t decode the HEVC (H.265) standard used to encode the ultra-crisp video.</p> <p>Newer TVs can, but don&rsquo;t rush out to buy one just yet, because Sony&rsquo;s new FMP-X5 4K Media Player can add support. OK, so it costs &pound;350 and currently can stream only one 4K show (<em>House of Cards</em>), but both Netflix and Sony are promising more 4K material soon.</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="Sony’s 4K media streamer released for “old” 4K tellies " alt="Sony’s 4K media streamer released for “old” 4K tellies " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-fmp-x5.jpg?1398407581" /> </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"> Samsung Galaxy Beam 2: a second-gen projector-smartphone </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>Remember the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-beam/mwc-2012-%E2%80%93-samsung-galaxy-beam-hands-review/news">Galaxy Beam</a>? Samsung&rsquo;s smartphone-with-built-in-projector was introduced back in 2012, and attracted a fair bit of attention until people realised that squeezing a pico projector into a phone was massively gimmicky.</p> <p>And now, a couple of years on, Samsung has gone back to the well a second time, launching the Galaxy Beam 2. Like its predecessor, there&rsquo;s a projector built into the top edge able to throw an image onto a nearby surface. Said image isn&rsquo;t HD (it&rsquo;s WVGA) and won&rsquo;t be especially bright, either &ndash; so don&rsquo;t expect home cinema quality. It&rsquo;s more for sharing the odd picture or video.</p> <p>Aside from that, there&rsquo;s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 800 x 480 screen, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 5MP camera and microSD slot. A distinctly average setup, in other words &ndash; but currently the Beam 2 seems destined only for the Chinese market, where there are literally millions of people in the market for mid-range Android phones.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/projector-toting-samsung-galaxy-beam-2-headed-china-mobile">Android Central</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="Samsung Galaxy Beam 2: a second-gen projector-smartphone" alt="Samsung Galaxy Beam 2: a second-gen projector-smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-beam-2.jpg?1398407581" /> </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> 4K Apple Laptops Samsung Smartphones Sony Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:16:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436105 at http://www.stuff.tv Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop http://www.stuff.tv/maingear/maingear-pulse-17-gaming-laptop/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It wins immediate prizes for being the reddest laptop we’ve ever seen, but the Pulse 17 isn&#039;t flawless </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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Maingear_Pulse_17_7.jpg?1395928981" /> </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>Gaming laptops aren&rsquo;t exactly renowned for their subtlety, and Maingear&rsquo;s Pulse 17 is so brazen it feels like it should arrive with a Brian Blessed announcement and a big bunch of Michael Bay-directed explosions. Its red paint job is so bold it makes fire engines blush, and its colossal 17-inch size squashes puny ultrabooks into oblivion. But has it got the cohones to back up that bravado?</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"> £1,589.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Converted from $2,623 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovely finish </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful components </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Loads of storage </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"> US keyboard layout </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unresponsive keyboard </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Average battery life </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"> Slim Shady </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 it&rsquo;s not really close to Ultrabook levels of skinniness the Pulse 17 is quite svelte for a gaming laptop, with a height of 2.2 centimetres. It&rsquo;s comparatively light, too, at just under 3 kilos, which means portability is more of an option than with rivals such as Alienware&rsquo;s epic 17, but you&rsquo;ll still need a roomy and robust bag to get it about safely. Its design inspires a feeling of deja vu, though: both MSI and XMG use almost exactly the same chassis for their 17-inch gaming laptops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops" target="_blank">All the latest laptop news and reviews</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_4.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> Red-y Brek </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>Maingear&rsquo;s biggest selling point, aesthetically at least, is its bright red paint job. It employs the same hard-wearing Glasurit paints used on cars and trucks, and it feels robust and almost enamel-like in its shiny hardness. If lipstick red&rsquo;s not your thing then it&rsquo;s available in a range of other similarly garish colours such as &lsquo;Furious Fuchsia&rsquo; or &lsquo;Speed Yellow&rsquo;. You can even get it in boring black and subtract $299 from the price.</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_1_0.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> Lighting the Way </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 like the layout of the keyboard and nice big trackpad, and the keyboard&rsquo;s backlight colours can be altered with an (MSI-branded) app. We&rsquo;re particularly fond of the gaming mode, which turns all the keys off apart from the all-important WASD area to the left. The spacebar doeshaveahabitofnotresponding, though, and that&#39;s not ideal.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature" target="_blank">12 Steam Machines Detailed, Fondled and Photographed from Every Angle</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_10.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> Under the Hood </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>Given the price and you&#39;re entitled to expect flashy components under the hood, and you get them&nbsp;- a fourth-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX765M graphics card lurk beneath the keyboard.</p> <p>For storage there are two 128GB SSDs in a RAID array, as well as a 1TB conventional drive. Maingear offers a little customisation, so you can add in two 256GB SSDs or AC networking for an extra $533 or $49 respectively.</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_2.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> Maingear Pulse 17 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> - Windows 8</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 17in, 1920x1080</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i7 4700HQ 2.4GHz</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 16GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - Dual 128GB SSDs + 1TB HDD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11n + Bluetooth Wireless Accelerator, SD card reader, USB 3.0 (x4), HDMI 1.4, mDP (x2), Optical</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 286 x 418 x 21mm / 2.72kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Stealing our Hearts </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>Looting extravaganza <em>Thief</em> ticks along at a respectable 25 to 30 frames per second at its highest settings, which is perfectly playable and pretty impressive for a laptop. Drop the less important details and you unsuprisingly get a properly smooth framerate. The more taxing <em>Metro: Last Light</em> plays fantastically, too - it may be getting on a bit, but it&rsquo;s still an absolute beauty and a real test for gaming PCs.</p> <p>Although the screen is &#39;only&#39; 1080p it looks great, and the Sound Blaster speakers give a full and expansive sound. In terms of gaming it&rsquo;s something of a winner.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mid-Atlantic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite its American locale Maingear is attempting to target the UK market with its laptops, but it has made a few omissions. Our sample has a US keyboard, so the &ldquo; and @ symbols are in the wrong places. We also had to fish out an adapter to charge it.</p> <p>These are minor annoyances, but the problem is that both MSI and XMG&rsquo;s mightily similar laptops come with UK-specific components, and if you&rsquo;re going to be dropping &pound;1,600 on a laptop you&#39;re entitled to expect everything to be just right.</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_3_0.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> Check its Pulse </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&rsquo;d love to see a gaming laptop with all-day battery life, but the power draw of the various high-end components means it&rsquo;s unlikely unless you&rsquo;re willing to lug a diesel generator around with you. We got four hours of gaming, movies and web browsing out of the Pulse 17, which is only average.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Maingear Pulse 17 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 Pulse 17&rsquo;s eye-catching hue and robust finish are likely to turn heads, and the choice of components makes it a formidable games machine that will keep up with the demands of the big PC games for longer than most.</p> <p>But Maingear hasn&rsquo;t localised it for the UK &ndash; it might not sound like a big deal but those little Americanisms rankle, especially when you&rsquo;re spending this much. Add a star to the verdict if Maingear fixes that, but unless the keyboard is replaced by one that&rsquo;s more responsive it&rsquo;s still destined to fall short of the full five stars.</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="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" alt="Maingear Pulse 17 gaming laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Maingear_Pulse_17_8.jpg?1395928981" /> </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A powerful and well-built laptop, but some basic flaws hold it back from greatness</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> http://www.stuff.tv/maingear/maingear-pulse-17-gaming-laptop/review#comments Gaming Laptops Maingear Pulse 17 Windows 8 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434366 at http://www.stuff.tv New fanless 12in MacBook Air incoming http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thinking of picking up a new Macbook? Might want to hold off a little while longer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="New fanless 12in MacBook Air incoming" alt="New fanless 12in MacBook Air incoming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MacBook%20Air_0_0.jpg?1395710277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple is currently working on a 12in MacBook with a fanless design and new trackpad, according to a previously reliable source on Chinese site Weiphone.</p> <p>The new trackpad no longer includes the mechanical button system currently in use, and the lack of a fan will result in near-silent operation, hopefully without resulting in lap-searing heat.</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-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/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news#comments Apple Laptops MacBook Air Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:34:39 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434194 at http://www.stuff.tv This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics http://www.stuff.tv/british-chip-will-revolutionise-mobile-graphics/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PowerVR Wizard’s ray tracing skills will deliver “astonishing realism” on smartphones and tablets </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="This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics" alt="This British chip will revolutionise mobile graphics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/powervr-ray-tracing.jpg?1395195657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of smartphone and tablet gaming just got a teensy bit more exciting. OK, it got a lot more exciting, because a newly-announced chip is going to bring eye-poppingly realistic ray traced graphics to future mobile devices.</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-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="Standard rendering" alt="Standard rendering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/standard-rendering.jpg?1395195657" /> </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>That means realistic reflections, refractions, shadows and DSLR-style short depth of field are a natural product of ray tracing&rsquo;s process, while other rendering methods have to expend huge amounts of computing power attempting to simulate them. The PowerVR Wizard can trace 300 million rays per second and 100 million dynamic triangles per second, and Imagination says that its ray tracing abilities are performed around 100 times more efficiently than on a standard GPU.</p> <p>You can see the difference between standard rasterised graphics and graphics that combine rasterisation and ray tracing in the pictures above.</p> <p>The efficiency is such, in fact, that the Wizard is entirely suitable for small, mobile devices (not that it won&rsquo;t be used in notebooks and the like too). Currently, achieving photorealistic visuals on a tablet or smartphone is unthinkable, but this chip could be a step in that direction. Matt Pharr, co-author of <em>Physically Based Rendering, from Theory to Implementation</em>, said, &ldquo;By making ray tracing available to all developers that use this platform, the Wizard architecture offers the possibility of a quantum leap forward in image quality in mobile interactive graphics applications.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PowerVR Wizard is available for licensing now, so expect to see it start appearing in mobile devices in the coming months.</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="Ray tracing and standard rendering together" alt="Ray tracing and standard rendering together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/powervr-rendering.jpg?1395195657" /> </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/british-chip-will-revolutionise-mobile-graphics/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Laptops Smartphones Tablets Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:37:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433894 at http://www.stuff.tv Fujitsu's palm-reading tech is even more secure than a fingerprint scanner http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/fujitsu-u904-laptop-first-feature-palm-scanning-security/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Lifebook U904 laptop reads the blood flowing through your veins – so it can&#039;t be unlocked by a severed hand </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="Fujitsu U904 laptop first to feature palm-scanning security" alt="Fujitsu U904 laptop first to feature palm-scanning security" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fujitsu-palm-vein-sensor.jpg?1394848187" /> </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/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><strong>Palm scanning? How is that better than fingerprint scanning?</strong><br />Well, the big deal with palm vein scanning (Fujitsu&rsquo;s technology is called PalmSecure) is that it&rsquo;s touch-free: instead of pressing your fingertip onto a sensor, you hold your hand palm-down over one. It&rsquo;s more hygienic, you see.</p> <p><strong>How does it actually work?</strong><br />Listen up carefully, because this is scientific. Using near-infrared rays, the sensor is capable of reading the pattern of veins in your hand. The rays are absorbed by the deoxidised haemoglobin in the veins, and this causes them to appear as a black pattern in the scanner &ndash; a pattern which is particular to your hand only.</p> <p><strong>But what if someone chops off my hand &ndash; won&rsquo;t they be able to use it to get into my private files?</strong><br />Nope. The blood has to be actively flowing through your veins. So your laptop is safe. You&rsquo;ll still be down one hand, mind you. But swings and roundabouts.</p> <p><strong>Is PalmSecure only available on the one laptop?</strong><br />At first, yes. But Fujitsu is using the Lifebook U904 as a way to showcase the technology. It sees it being implemented into all sorts of devices in the future as a replacement for passwords &ndash; not to mention using it for entry into secure buildings.</p> <p><strong>And what about the laptop itself?</strong><br />The Lifebook U904 is a business-centric Ultrabook with a 14in screen and very portable design &ndash; it&rsquo;s just 15.5mm in depth and 1.4kg in weight. Fujitsu claims that it&rsquo;s the thinnest business-class laptop on the market, in fact.</p> <p>The screen packs in an insane amount of pixels, boasting a 3200 x 1400 resolution, and there&rsquo;ll be an option to make this a touchscreen if you wish. Another option is a wireless 3G/4G data connection &ndash; but of course these things will bump up the price significantly.</p> <p><strong>So what is the price?</strong><br />Fujitsu hasn&rsquo;t officially announced that yet, but it&rsquo;s likely to set you back at least &pound;1000 even for the base-level configuration.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR MORE HOT STUFF</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> Hot Stuff Laptops Windows 8 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:35:03 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433724 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This MacBook-baiting Ultrabook has the highest resolution screen of any laptop. But is it more than just a pixelly face? </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 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-001.jpg?1392891161" /> </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>If Stuff&#39;s reviews were based solely on screen quality, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus would score an easy 5 stars.</p> <p>With 3200x1800 pixels spread across its 13.3in display, it has the highest-res screen on any laptop. But with a new Intel Haswell brain inside it, a sleek Ultrabook form and plenty of interesting tricks, there&#39;s a lot more to this laptop than its screen.</p> <p>So is the Ativ Book 9 Plus the Ultrabook that finally ends Apple&#39;s stranglehold on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">Laptops Top 10</a>?&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,260.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spectacular screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ultra-desirable design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </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"> Slightly underpowered </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too high-res for Windows 8.1 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Glitchy trackpad </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"> Beautiful creature </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 Samsung is pure class. Its black finish is a world away from the dated silver of its brethren, and the whole thing exudes a premium feel, like you&rsquo;ve just been given a really expensive box of chocolates.</p> <p>It&#39;s also a versatile critter: its screen folds back in two stages, so you can lie it flat on its back. Great for sharing content on a coffee table. Not that we&rsquo;ve ever done that.</p> <p>The display is a ludicrously high-def 3200x1800, which equates to 276ppi. A MacBook Pro With Retina Display, by contrast, can only manage 227ppi. Pixels-per-inch isn&#39;t the only important aspect of a screen, of course - but fortunately the Ativ Book 9 Plus also has excellent viewing angles and 10-point multi-touch which works a charm with Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Battery life is pretty good - we got a useful 7.5hrs out of it in normal use - and even the speakers are great. In short, the Ativ Book 9 Plus has a lot going for it.</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="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-008.jpg?1392891161" /> </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="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-004.jpg?1392891161" /> </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 Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-007.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Windows 8.1</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3in, 3200x1800</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i5 (Haswell) @ 1.6GHz</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400</p> <p><strong>RAM </strong>- 4GB Storage - 128GB SSD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, USB3.0 (x2), microHDMI, card reader, Ethernet, mini VGA</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 320 x 223 x 13.6mm / 1.39kg</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"> Every silver lining... </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 there&#39;s one problem with the Ativ Book 9 Plus, it&#39;s that name. But seriously, folks, the real problem is with that super-hi-res screen. It&#39;s just too good. You see, Windows 8.1&rsquo;s desktop mode is really not designed to be viewed at 3200x1800 resolution, which means you&#39;ll be constantly switching between full-res when using &#39;Metro&#39; mode and 1080p when using desktop. Or you could just scale it down to 1080p permanently, but then what&#39;s the point in having it in the first place?&nbsp;</p> <p>And as we&#39;re being picky, we&#39;ll also mention that the Core i5 Haswell processor within it isn&rsquo;t quite powerful enough to game in full detail and that the touchpad can be a bit tetchy.</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 Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-009.jpg?1392891161" /> </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"> 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>Of course when we start criticising a laptop for having a too-high-resolution screen and not being quite powerful enough for high-end gaming, we are being overly picky. You don&#39;t buy an Ultrabook for hardcore gaming - you buy an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienware-17/review" target="_blank">Alienware 17</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">PlayStation Vita Slim</a>. And as far as the screen goes, well, that&#39;s more of a Windows 8.1 flaw than any fault of the Ativ Book 9 Plus.</p> <p>That said, this isn&#39;t quite the MacBook-beater we were hoping for. It still feels a little underpowered given its high price, and if you&#39;re after a Windows 8.1-running Ultrabook, we&#39;d go for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">Asus Zenbook UX302 </a>instead. Still, lovely screen.</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="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-006.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>The most luxurious mobile home you can give to Windows 8</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> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus/review#comments Ativ Book 9 Plus Laptops Samsung Ultrabook Windows 8 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:08:16 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432582 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware 17 http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienware-17/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardcore gamers rejoice – this is the power-packing laptop you&#039;ve been waiting for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware 17" alt="Alienware 17 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alienware_17_laptop_review_002.jpg?1392864052" /> </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>Alienware&rsquo;s approach to gaming laptops is simple: screw subtle design and sleek ergonomics in favour of humungous machines built around super-fast tech and covered in coloured LEDs.</p> <p>The Alienware 17 is one such beast. Its weight (4kg) and size (5cm deep) make it more suited to a small trailer than a rucksack and it has 10 &lsquo;light zones&rsquo; that can be customised in one of 20 colours. &nbsp;Even the packaging makes it look like something found in Area 51.</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"> £1,300.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price as tested: £1950 </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"> Power, power and more power </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big 1080p screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent battery life </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"> LED-heavy styling </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not really portable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No 4k </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"> The power and the glory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It would be completely pointless if the 17 fell over as soon as you booted up <em>Minesweeper</em> &ndash; but that was never likely. The 2.4GHz Core i7 Haswell processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX780M graphics and 16GB of DDR3 memory make light work of the heaviest titles. The graphically intensive <em>Metro: Last Light</em> hit a maximum 180 frames per second in default settings, which basically means it&rsquo;s very, very good.</p> <p>Pop it open and its vast 17in screen dominates your view. It&rsquo;s a shame that it&rsquo;s only 1080p, but most gamers don&rsquo;t go beyond that on their desktops. It&rsquo;s hardly portable, either: perch it on your lap for more than an hour and even your thighs start to ache. Still, if you do decide to take it on the bus with you, you will get roughly four hours of battery life - which is actually rather impressive when you consider the sheer power of the Alienware 17&rsquo;s components.</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="Alienware 17 laptop" alt="Alienware 17 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware_17_laptop_review_001.jpg?1392864052" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system </strong>- Windows 8</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Intel Core i7 @ 2.4GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 16GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 17in, 1920x1080</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 500GB HDD</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong> - DVD-RW, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0 (x4), MiniDisplayPort, HDMI in/out, Ethernet, card reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 48.5x299x413.5mm, 4.15Kg</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"> 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>Complaining about the size and weight of the Alienware 17 is missing the point, really &ndash; this laptop is all about no-compromise gaming, and in this it excels.</p> <p>OK, so the styling won&#39;t be to everyone&#39;s tastes and it&#39;s a long way from cheap, but if fragging is your thing, this beast of a machine will be your new best friend.</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="Alienware 17 laptop" alt="Alienware 17 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware_17_laptop_review_003.jpg?1392864052" /> </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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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>Big, brash and totally brilliant for hardcore gaming</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> http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienware-17/review#comments Alienware Gaming Laptops Windows 8 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:48:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432544 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer C720 Chromebook http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer&#039;s take on the browser-based Chromebook might just be the low-cost, low-power laptop we&#039;ve been waiting for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer C720 Chromebook" alt="Acer C720 Chromebook laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer_c720_chromebook_laptop_review_001.jpg?1392741218" /> </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>Google&rsquo;s Chromebooks have usurped netbooks as the cheapo laptops of choice.</p> <p>These mini-wonders simply run the Chrome OS, which simply runs the Chrome browser. It&rsquo;s all very low-cost, low-power, low-hassle, but that simplicity is both a strength and a weakness. Although supremely user-friendly, Chromebooks lack the power to play most games or attempt intensive tasks such as video editing. Still, Google&rsquo;s superb Drive takes care of office duties, while the likes of YouTube, Netflix and Spotify are all present.</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"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> Plenty of ports </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent battery life </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"> Below-par screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tinny speakers </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks power </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"> Simple pleasures </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&rsquo;s dressed the 11.6in C720 in a kind of tech Burton suit: all grey, corporate dourness. But look beyond the façade and you&rsquo;ll be impressed.</p> <p>It boots up in less than seven seconds thanks to a dual-core Intel processor and 16GB SSD, and there&rsquo;s a handy 100GB of free Google storage thrown in, too. Battery life is also decent &ndash; we wangled just over five and a half hours out of it in our browser test.</p> <p>But its biggest advantage over its rivals is that it&rsquo;s well served for ports, with HDMI, USB3.0 and an SD slot. It&rsquo;s a bit of a letdown for multimedia &ndash; the screen is washed out, and the speakers lose definition at high volumes &ndash; but if you&rsquo;re after a cheap, reliable laptop which will never need updating, it fits the bill.</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 C720 Chromebook" alt="Acer C720 Chromebook laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer_c720_chromebook_laptop_review_002.jpg?1392741218" /> </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 C720 Chromebook 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>- Chrome OS</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Intel Celeron 2955U @ 1.4GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB DDR3</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 11.6in display with 1366x768 resolution</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16GB + 100GB Google Drive</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong> - USB2.0, USB3.0, HDMI, SD card reader, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 288x202x19.1/1.25kg</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"> 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>While the rival <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review">HP Chromebook 11</a> is more attractive, with a white exterior and IPS screen, when put on the spot we&#39;d go for the Acer C720.</p> <p>Why? Those handy extra ports. The simple addition of HDMI and, particularly, an SD reader makes all the difference, giving this simple cloud-based laptop the flexibility it needs to compete with the big boys. And given its &pound;200 price tag, it really is an alternative to splashing out on a &#39;proper&#39; machine.</p> <p>And if you still fancy the touch-based experience you get on a tablet or Windows 8 laptop, there&#39;s always the touchscreen version of the C720. It&#39;ll set you back roughly &pound;80 extra, but also boosts the hard-drive space by 32GB.</p> <p>Either way, the Acer C720 is our favourite Chromebook and shoots straight into our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten">laptops Top 10</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer C720 Chromebook" alt="Acer C720 Chromebook laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer_c720_chromebook_laptop_review_003.jpg?1392741218" /> </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"> 6 </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"> 8 </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>The Acer C720 is the most capable and useful Chromebook we&rsquo;ve seen so far</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> http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review#comments Acer Chrome OS Google Laptops Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:28:38 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432540 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Zenbook UX302 http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We check the karma levels on Asus’ UX302, the latest reincarnation of one of our favourite Ultrabooks of the past few years </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 ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review-14_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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>Things have moved on a great deal in the two years since the release of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux31/review" target="_blank">Asus&#39; last Zenbook, the UX31, which we loved</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"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaw-dropping design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent components, mostly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not enough memory </div> <div class="field-item even"> Speakers are a little too quiet </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"> Shiny and well-built </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 has done a wonderful job of creating an ultra-slim laptop that&rsquo;s as far removed from Apple&#39;s influence as possible, while maintaining a stylish and unique aesthetic.</p> <p>Its lid has a metallic concentric pattern sealed beneath a layer of Gorilla Glass, which is achingly pretty when it catches the light, like a flattened disco ball. The rest of the chassis is finished in brushed gunmetal aluminium, which looks and feels comfortable and business-like. We like its striking but practical design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review1_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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"> Touchy feely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re also rather fond of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s backlit keyboard, and although it&#39;s ever so slightly rubbery it&#39;s still responsive and comfortable.</p> <p>The trackpad is generous and reactive, and it&#39;s backed up by multi-point touch on the screen. The latter is certainly growing on us since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows&#39; 8.1</a> update, and swiping around Windows&#39; facets has become second nature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Check out our full Windows 8.1 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="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review2_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review9_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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"> I’m not 4K </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 isn&#39;t chasing the 4K and Ultra HD dragon at the moment, and the Zenbook UX302 includes a &lsquo;mere&rsquo; full HD (1920x1080) screen. Thanks to the laptop&#39;s 13.3-inch display size it still looks razor sharp, and we even found ourselves checking the resolution to make sure it wasn&#39;t higher.</p> <p>There&#39;s not a single angle the screen isn&#39;t viewable from &ndash; apart from behind it, natch - and it&#39;s bright and colourful, with good black separation and great contrast. It&#39;s impressive, and it&#39;s even made us wonder how much we really need resolutions above 1080p on our laptops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: We <em>do</em> need resolutions above 1080p on our TVs, though - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Gaming the system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our previous encounters with Ultrabooks have left much to be desired in terms of performance, and they generally sacrifice powerful components in favour of those that simply fit into a slim form factor. The Core i7 Haswell chip that powers the Zenbook UX302 has improved things dramatically, and it achieves decent results from industry-standard benchmark software Cinebench, as well as playable framerates in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grid-2/review" target="_blank"><em>Grid 2</em></a> with medium settings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">How Intel Haswell is making CPUs exciting</a></strong></p> <p>The graphics chip is Intel&rsquo;s HD 4400HD, which is good enough for light to moderate gaming. But Asus has made a boo-boo in supplying a mere 4GB of memory, which causes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/metro-last-light/review" target="_blank"><em>Metro: Last Light</em></a> to collapse during its benchmark. It&rsquo;s an odd mis-match given the power of the processor, and it&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not upgradeable either before or after you buy it. A bit of a letdown in the performance stakes, then.</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 ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review3_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review4_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review7_0.JPG?1392615132" /> </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"> Asus Zenbook UX302LA 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> - Windows 8.1 64-bit</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> -&nbsp;13.3in 16:9 IPS FHD with 1920x1080 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> -&nbsp;Intel Core i7 4500U (Haswell)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 4GB DDRL</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;500GB HDD + 16GB SSD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiDi,&nbsp;Bluetooth V4.0,&nbsp;3 x USB 3.0,&nbsp;HDMI,&nbsp;mini Display Port,&nbsp;SD card</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> -&nbsp;325 x 226 x 5-17mm / 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-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"> Playing funky music </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 iridescence of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s screen is matched by the clarity of its audio, which has been specifically tuned by amplifier specialist Icepower. Its soundstage is expansive, with deep bass and crisp trebles; at least by laptop standards. The only criticism here is that we wish it could go a little louder. Plug in some headphones and you&#39;ve got a sweet portable cinema, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any port </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 provides mini Displayport and HDMI out if you want to take your media to bigger screens, as well as three USB 3.0 ports (including one for charging your phone when the laptop&#39;s off), an SD card reader and a headphone socket.</p> <p>If that&#39;s not enough Asus has even remembered to throw in USB-to-ethernet and mini Displayport-to-VGA adapters; the former&#39;s actually really useful, but we&#39;re not sure if we&#39;ll ever see a VGA port again. There&rsquo;s no Thunderbolt, but everything else is catered for.</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 ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review6.JPG?1392615132" /> </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"> Self Storage </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>There is slight oddness afoot in the way Asus manages storage on the Zenbook UX302L.</p> <p>It consists of a 500GB hard drive working in conjunction with a 16GB SSD, but the larger drive is split into two partitions &ndash; one for the OS, and one for data. We have no idea what&#39;s going on here, but it zips through tasks so we can only assume Asus knows what it&#39;s doing.</p> <p>What matters most is that there&#39;s enough storage, and you get 32GB of cloud storage thrown in for free, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Powering through the night </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 Zenbook UX302&#39;s battery gave us six hours of heavy web browsing (not like that) before it threw in the towel, which isn&#39;t quite as great as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air&rsquo;s</a> amazing skills, but pretty decent nonetheless.</p> <p>Asus includes its Power4Gear Hybrid software, which is essentially a glorified way to access power profiles, but it does allow quick switching between them with a press of the function key and spacebar. Overall, its battery life is modest but reliable.</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 ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review8.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZenBook UX302 Versus MacBook Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inevitably Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302 is going to invite comparisons to the MacBook Air &ndash; it&#39;s roughly the same size, weight and price. It&#39;s also about as well-specced, even down to the speedy 802.1AC wireless networking.</p> <p>The advantage of the Asus as far as some people will be concerned is that it&#39;s got Windows, which while not everyone&#39;s cup of tea is still a more open platform than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s OS X</a>. The disadvantage is that its battery life is slightly worse and it doesn&#39;t quite have the same level of usability. The MacBook pips the Zenbook, but not by much.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">here&#39;s our full Apple MacBook Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus ZenBook UX302 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>Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302L is so close to being the perfect Ultrabook.</p> <p>The design is luxurious and doesn&#39;t nab too much from the big book of Apple, the screen is astonishing, and it&#39;s rounded off by solid battery life and decent performance. The cigar-robbing flaw is the RAM &ndash; the 4GB module is a chokepoint in an otherwise powerful performance.</p> <p>This is still a lovely laptop, though. In fact, it&#39;s our new favourite ultrabook.</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="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review10.JPG?1392615132" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </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"> design </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"> quietness </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> <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>Not quite perfect but still our favourite Ultrabook to date thanks to its almost perfect selection of components and beautiful design</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/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review#comments Asus Laptops Ultrabook Windows 8 ZenBook UX302 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1432382 at http://www.stuff.tv Sayonara Vaio – Sony's dumped its PC arm http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sayonara-vaio-sonys-dumped-its-pc-arm/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Once the darling of the PC world, Sony&#039;s selling Vaio off for good </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="Sayonara Vaio – Sony&#039;s dumped its PC arm" alt="Sayonara Vaio – Sony&#039;s dumped its PC arm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-Vaio.jpg?1391684563" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has announced that it&#39;s selling off its PC business. That means we won&#39;t be seeing the Vaio brand gracing Sony stores anymore.</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/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</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"> TV division to stand on its own </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 also spinning off its TV division as a standalone entity, as part of a reform happening within the electronics giant by the end of June 2014. It will be focusing more on the high-end portion of the market, with a particular focus on 4K models such as the KD-55X9005A.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-kd-55x9005a/review">Sony KD-55X9005A review</a></strong></p> <p>This could mean that, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature">even with some 4K TVs coming down to sensible prices</a>, few of the models normal humans can afford with bear the Sony marque. Shame.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201402/14-019E/index.html">Sony</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sayonara-vaio-sonys-dumped-its-pc-arm/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sayonara-vaio-sonys-dumped-its-pc-arm/news#comments Desktops Laptops Sony Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:02:44 +0000 Will Findlater 1432116 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that's also a laptop http://www.stuff.tv/asus/video-asus-transformer-book-t100-review-full-windows-81-tablet-thats-also-laptop/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A transforming hybrid that runs full-fat Windows 8.1 – but does it have what it takes to be both a decent laptop and tablet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that&#039;s also a laptop" alt="Video review: Asus Transformer Book T100 – a full Windows 8.1 tablet that&#039;s also" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-03%20at%2014.32.23.png?1391477438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3146211712001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3146211712001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </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"> Open Windows </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"> Asus Transformer Book T100 video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/video-asus-transformer-book-t100-review-full-windows-81-tablet-thats-also-laptop/video#comments Asus Laptops Tablets Transformer T100 Windows 8 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:18:24 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1431971 at http://www.stuff.tv 12in Retina display rumoured for 2014 MacBook Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your eyes might be in for a treat if this analyst&#039;s prediction is on the money </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="12in Retina display rumoured for 2014 MacBook Air" alt="12in Retina display rumoured for 2014 MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MacBook%20Air_0.jpg?1390907580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It took Apple just one year to paint a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">Retina display on the iPad mini</a>. As of now, only the razor-thin MacBook Air hasn&rsquo;t joined the cool kids at the can&#39;t-see-pixels-at-normal-usage-distance party.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maybe, just maybe, it&#39;ll get an invitation this year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review">Apple MacBook Air 13in review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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 dir="ltr">Daniel Matte, an analyst with market research firm Canalys, penned his thoughts on the possibility of a Retina display on this year&rsquo;s MacBook Air, pointing towards a 12in (well, 11.88in) model with a resolution of 2732 x 1536 pixels. This resolution is equal to a quadrupling of the current Air&#39;s 1366x768 display, and shares the exact pixel density of 264 pixels per inch with the current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a>, making it a suitable alternative for iFans who want a larger display than a tablet. That quadrupling factor is important: it&#39;s how Apple has scaled screens for iPhones and iPads in the past, which makes it simple for app developers to optimise for.</p> <p dir="ltr">More importantly, modeling after the iPad Air or iPad mini means that the same technology could be used on the refreshed MacBook Air. The economies of scale and supply chain accustomed to the high demand for the Retina iPads can transfer easily to the production of the 2014 MacBook Air. But like the refreshed&nbsp;iPad mini with Retina display, the additional cost of a high-resolution display could deal your wallet - and the laptop&#39;s battery life - a pretty hard slap.</p> <p dir="ltr">Not so for photographers - they&rsquo;ll most likely take the bait and shell out that extra cash to get more pixels in order to view their masterpieces on an ultra light and slim workstation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Us too. Who wouldn&rsquo;t love more pixels when the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature">top 10 movies of 2014</a>&nbsp;are available on iTunes?</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fpblog.net/blog/2014/1/20/an-1188-retina-macbook-air" target="_blank">Daniel Matte</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/2014-macbook-air-include-12-inch-retina-display/" target="_blank">Digital Trends</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/no-retina-display-macbook-air-apple-launch-heres-why/news">No Retina display for the MacBook Air at Apple launch &ndash; here&#39;s why</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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where does this leave the 12in iPad? </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>Initially, web rumours suggested that the 12in displays mentioned here were set to be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/super-sized-12in-ipad-coud-be-way/news">integrated into larger-form iPads</a>. I didn&#39;t think much of those rumours at the time - I can&#39;t see any specific use for a large-screen tablet like that that isn&#39;t better served by a good laptop - and so I&#39;m far more taken with Daniel Motte&#39;s analysis here.&nbsp;</p> <p>His suggestion that a 12in MacBook Air will replace the current 11in and 13.3in models sounds sensible, particularly given how slim the Retina MacBooks have become in the past 12 months, and would leave the complete iOS and MacBook ecosystem looking like this:</p> <ul> <li>iPhone 4S: 3.5in</li> <li>iPhone 5C/5S: 4in</li> <li>iPhone 6: 4.7 - 5.7in (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">rumour - read our iPhone 6&nbsp;preview here</a>)</li> <li>iPad Mini / w/Retina display: 7.9in</li> <li>iPad with Retina display / iPad 2: 9.7in</li> <li>MacBook Air: 11.9in (rumour)</li> <li>MacBook Pro 13.3in: 13.3in</li> <li>MacBook Pro 15in: 15in</li> </ul> <p>​That looks quite elegant to me. Let us know what you think in the comments below.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news#comments Apple Laptops MacBook Air Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Will Findlater 1431756 at http://www.stuff.tv The Mac at 30: Apple's 10 most memorable Macs http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-30-top-10-most-memorable-macs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mac turns 30 today; we chart its evolution from the original Macintosh through to the gorgeous and otherworldly new Mac Pro (Updated with Apple&#039;s 30th anniversary celebration video) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Mac at 30" alt="The Mac at 30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macintosh-128k.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple Mac turns 30 today &ndash; and over its lifespan it&#39;s regenerated more times than Doctor Who.</p> <p>From beige boxes to multi-coloured iMacs to the sleek black dustbin that is the new Mac Pro, it&#39;s evolved to suit the tenor of the times &ndash; and served as the testbed for many a computing innovation. We&#39;ve rounded up the ten most important, memorable and, yes, prettiest from Apple&#39;s storied history.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> 1. The Macintosh 128k (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This diminutive computer looks quaint today, but was revolutionary at the time. The Mac humanised computing, aiming to understand people, rather than forcing them to understand arcane command lines. The Mac ushered in the age of the mouse, windows, and menus, a desktop revolution that remained entrenched in computing until Apple disrupted the industry with the iPad.</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="Apple Macintosh 128K" alt="Apple Macintosh 128K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macintosh-128k.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 2. Macintosh LC (1990) </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 LC was all about introducing colour and affordability to the Mac line. It was Apple&rsquo;s attempt to bring its products to the masses, and was a strong seller, cementing Apple&rsquo;s place in US education, and broadening its appeal in the consumer market.</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="Apple Macintosh LC" alt="Apple Macintosh LC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macintosh-lc.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 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"> 3. PowerBook 100 (1991) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1989, Apple released the Macintosh Portable, yet the 7kg device was more appropriately described as luggable. But mobile technology was evolving fast; by 1991, then-CEO John Sculley&rsquo;s PowerBook project bore fruit, in the shape of the PowerBook 100. Although it packed in similar specs to its predecessor, the newcomer was only a third as heavy, and was therefore the first Mac you could truly take anywhere, like a book.</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="Apple PowerBook 100" alt="Apple PowerBook 100" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-powerbook-100.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 4. 20th anniversary Mac (1997) </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 could argue that this expensive (US$7500!) and relatively low-powered machine summed up everything that was wrong with Apple at the time. Yet listen to Jony Ive&rsquo;s reasoning for its existence &mdash; convergence, fitting into personal environments, an emphasis on design &mdash; and he could be talking about a modern iMac. An expensive failure, then, but one that informed much of Apple&rsquo;s future thinking.</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="Apple 20th anniversary Mac" alt="Apple 20th anniversary Mac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-20th-anniversary-mac.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 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"> 5. iMac G3 (1998) </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 iMac was a radical departure from &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; computer design (even Apple&rsquo;s), with its friendly, colourful translucent shell that allowed anyone to peer inside. Apple had reinvented the computer for the rest of us, providing a machine you&rsquo;d happily display in a living room rather than consign to a dusty study. Sales were strong, possibly even saving Apple; the iMac was also the point that an entire industry began using Apple for R&amp;D, initially sparking a depressingly vapid trend for slapping coloured plastic on even the beigest of computer hardware.</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="Apple iMac G3" alt="Apple iMac G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-g3.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 6. Power Mac G4 Cube (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An audacious failure, the G4 Cube appeared to float above your desk, optical discs playfully ejecting from the top, toaster-style. The high price tag and relatively low power saw the machine put on ice after just one year, but Apple learned lessons regarding packing plenty of hardware into tiny, unconventional cases; the Cube&rsquo;s spirit therefore lives on in much of Apple&rsquo;s range.</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="Apple Power Mac G4 Cube" alt="Apple Power Mac G4 Cube" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-power-mac-g4-cube.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 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"> 7. iMac G4 (2002) </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 iMac had repositioned computers as truly consumer fare, but the G4 model infused them with personality. &ndash; with an arm-mounted flatscreen that made the iMac look like it had escaped from a Pixar animation. The iMac G4 was also the first great example of how Apple would radically rework even hugely popular hardware to remain relevant &ndash; and this playful design was itself eventually superseded by the &lsquo;screen only&rsquo; iMac G5.</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="Apple iMac G4" alt="Apple iMac G4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-g4.jpg?1390896265" /> </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"> 8. MacBook Air (2008) </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>At Macworld 2008, Steve Jobs noted how lightweight notebooks from rivals were full of compromises, and he then pulled the surprisingly powerful and absurdly thin MacBook Air from an envelope. The industry scoffed, but then fell over itself trying to ape Apple&rsquo;s design &ndash; the age of the super-thin laptop had arrived.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QIg7gxHrgCU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 9. MacBook Pro with Retina display (2012) </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>High-resolution displays have a habit of making screens you once thought were fine look like garbage. This had happened on mobile, and in 2012 Apple brought such displays to its notebooks. Sooner or later, all Mac screens will be similarly impressive, further immersing users in their content.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Neff9scaCCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Mac Pro (2013) </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 Mac Pro is unlike any other workstation. Some have dismissed it as Darth Vader&rsquo;s dustbin, but not those who&rsquo;ve seen one up close &mdash; they&rsquo;re too mesmerised by the form and otherworldly mirror-like finish. But this new Mac isn&rsquo;t about aesthetics; instead it strives to rethink the desktop for the modern age: it&rsquo;s tiny, but hugely powerful, runs cool, and relies on external &mdash; not internal &mdash; expansion. Surprisingly, it&rsquo;s also good value &mdash; the entry price of &pound;2500 might seem wallet-busting, but more powerful Mac Pro configurations compare very favourably to DIY Windows-based solutions.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-apples-mac-pro/news">Hands-on with the new Mac Pro: the future of desktops has arrived</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IbWOQWw1wkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s official video </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&#39;s created its own video to mark 30 years of the Mac. In true Cupertino style, it&#39;s polished, slick and features a host host of names from 3D-printed clothes designer Iris van Herpen to musicians Hans Zimmer and Moby showering its computer with plaudits. Check it out above.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xp697DqsbUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s 10 most memorable Macs </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-30-top-10-most-memorable-macs/feature#comments Apple Desktops iMac Laptops MacBook Air 2013 MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:19:10 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431603 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches from Android to Windows 8 in seconds http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2014/hands-video-review-asus-transformer-book-duet-td300-switches-android-windows-8-seco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget two-in-one convertibles, Asus has taken it a step further with its dual-booting, four-in one hybrid </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="Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches From Android to Windows 8 in seconds" alt="Hands-on video review: Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 switches From Android to" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-23%20at%2011.37.06.png?1390527076" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3091669124001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3091669124001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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