Laptops http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/features en-MY Banish budget travel boredom with these 10 essential gadgets http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be it a short or long-haul flight you&#039;re booked on, these are the gadgets you must have in your carry-on for a crazy-free journey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cabin.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s a morning shuttle to Kuala Lumpur or a red-eye to Tokyo, you will need an assortment of devices to maintain your sanity from all the madness that is modern travel. </p> <p>From powerbanks to tablets to intelligent carry on bags, here&rsquo;s a list of essentials for any trip. Just make sure you have booked the correct flight and bring along the passport!</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="/my/users/nick-chee" title="View user profile.">Nick Chee</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"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s latest flagship is a quantum leap over the previous generation Galaxy Note 3 and is definitely a worthy challenger to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. With specifications that would make the competing iPhone pale in comparison,&nbsp;the Note 4 is a mean beast with six more cores, triple the memory and a slightly bigger 5.7 inch screen. The &lsquo;S Pen&rsquo; stylus with exceptional writing qualities reinvigorates the functionality of the trusty old stylus which was supposedly&nbsp;killed off with the original iPhone back in 2007.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: With only 32GB of inbuilt memory, you should get an additional 128GB memory card as well since they really are dirt cheap right now. There&rsquo;s no harm having more space especially when it can also function as a portable hard disk. &nbsp;Just remember to have the docking cable on hand.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4%20%281%29.png?1418633128" /> </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"> 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 iPad Air 2 </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>Budget carriers tend to expect their guests to bring their own form of entertainment (or pay for ridiculously overpriced tablet rentals). Pfft, that&#39;s fine. Because you have Apple&rsquo;s latest tablet. Load it with offline games and banish boredom while others look on with envy at how fast the A8X processor renders Infinity Blade III with amazing details.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> forget the 16GB option and go with the 64GB sweet spot or 128GB if you have a little extra cash. The price difference is not very much and you will appreciate having the extra space sooner rather than later when you can squeeze more than a couple of TV sitcoms and movies (which are available from iTunes and not TPB, mind you!), hours of music and e-books into this nifty little device. Trust us, you&#39;ll be so engrossed in that gorgeously massive 9.7in Retina Display screen that your flight will pass much faster than you thought it would.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20air%202.png?1418633128" /> </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"> Bose QuietComfort 25 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if your flight is equipped with inflight entertainment, the provided headsets tend to be flimsy plastic ones which produce more static than stereo. Spare your ears the torture and get a decent pair of headphones. Not just any headphones but Bose&rsquo;s latest QuietComfort 25 model. Plug it into your iPad and slip into an aural space void of other people. Say good riddance to screaming kids and noisy engines with Bose&rsquo;s impressive noise-cancelling properties.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If generic black isn&rsquo;t your thing, Bose offers customisation with pretty much any colour combination imaginable to cue everyone into the knowledge that your headset is better than theirs. &nbsp;Who cares if they are using Beats by Dr Dre when you have you own colour customised QuietComfort 25? And at 196g, it&rsquo;s probably lighter and more compact as well. Just don&rsquo;t leave it in the Seat Pocket of Doom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bose QuietComfort 25" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose%20quietcomfort.png?1418633128" /> </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"> 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"> Xiaomi Mi Power Bank </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 use your smartphone or tablet heavily, you might need to juice up while on board. Budget carriers do not typically provide power points on board and if they do, you probably have to pay to use them. Even on the full service carriers, you might have to share the power point with your seat mates. Weighing just 350g, Xiaomi&rsquo;s new 16,000mAh Mi power bank comes with two USB ports and lots of juice to ensure your devices never run dry.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;They&#39;re so affordable, you can get a couple of them without making a dent in your monthly expenses. Why carry tiny power banks which weigh almost the same, but provide a fraction of the charging capacity? You&#39;ll never have to run out of battery (unless you forget to charge the sources themselves).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xiaomi/xiaomi-power-bank-offers-16000mah-juice-pittance/news">The Xiaomi Power Bank offers 16,000mAh of juice for a pittance</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mi Power Bank" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mi%20powerbank.jpg?1418633128" /> </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"> Aftershock S-17 </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>Travelling doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to give up your PC games. Enter the high performance laptop computer - the Aftershock S-17. This portable powerhouse takes mobile gaming to new heights. Weighing at just 3.1kg, the S-17 delivers top of the line performance with its premium display powered by the world&rsquo;s most powerful mobile graphics card, the Nvidia GTX 980m. So instead of playing mindless casual games on the smartphone or tablet for the entire duration of the flight, why not run through the campaign mode on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare?</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t shy away from the customisable options - make your laptop the meanest gaming machine you will ever own (until the next generation hardware debut, of course). Upgrade your RAM to 16GB instead of 4GB and go for the 2 M.2 2280 SSD option on RAID 0 to get the most out of your gaming experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Aftershock S-17" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aftershock.jpg?1418633128" /> </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"> 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"> Bluesmart </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 often struggle to ensure your carry-on bag weighs less than regulated 7 kg, especially in this day and age where airlines are more than happy to charge you a pretty penny or banish your carry-on bag to the cargo hold for being a gram over the weight limit, why not check out this crowd-funded project - Bluesmart? It is your carry-on suitcase packed with intelligent features such as tracking, self-weighing, in built charging and self-locking. The project has already reached its funding goal and barring unforeseen issues, you should see it in stores come August 2015.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If we were you, we would set aside the funds for it right now. It is a steal at 50% off the estimated retail price. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t tell you so when they hit the stores.</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/VJnvx7IhAmk" 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-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"> Grid-It! Organiser </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>Spare yourself the embarrassment of stalling the queues at security screening by having your digital gadgets and personal effects pre-organised for easy access. The Grid-It organiser secures all your knickknacks for easy access, saving you from rummaging through the carry-on bag for that elusive tablet or laptop. Grid-It organisers come in three sizes allowing you to get one that fits snugly in your carry on.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get the organiser bundle combo pack - you&#39;ll never know when you will need a certain size.</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/b2zULNyGhqw" 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-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"> 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 iPhone 6 Plus </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 time when Steve Jobs proclaimed Apple will not venture into the phablet market? &nbsp;Well, unfortunately the market rules and the consumers have spoken. Apple&rsquo;s latest flagship smartphone comes with a gargantuan 5.5in screen, the latest A8 processor and an equally impressive battery life. Fractionally smaller than the iPad mini, the iPhone 6 Plus packs a high pixel density of 401ppi delivering high quality imagery thanks to its stunning 1080p resolution.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;You might be tempted to go for the smaller iPhone 6 but trust us, size matters. At minimum, we&rsquo;d suggest the 64GB model as the 16GB one might be a tad too smell with all your high-res photos, videos and oversized apps.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 Plus" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone%206%20plus.jpeg?1418633125" /> </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"> Moto 360 by Motorola </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With no cellular service on board most flights, one might question the necessity of having a smart watch. &nbsp;Travelling tends to make people more anxious than usual and those with ailments may be worse for wear on board compared to the average healthy individual. The Moto 360 allows you to monitor, among other things, the blood pressure, heart rate, activity levels and sleep activity of the wearer and these are recorded via Android Wear. Unfortunately, Apple fans will have to wait till 2015 for the Apple Watch.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:&nbsp;</strong>Smart watches will get more impressive and more common over the next few years so why wait when you can call yourself an early adopter? Bragging rights aside, this watch does more than just tell the time. Just remember to charge it everyday.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Moto 360 by Motorola" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_1_0_0.jpg?1418633125" /> </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"> 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"> Kindle Paperwhite </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 are into books, leave the heavy paperweights behind and get a Kindle Paperwhite instead. One might question its versatility especially given that the competing iPads and Samsung Tabs can function as a reader and do much more. &nbsp;However, the reading experience delivered by the Kindle Paperwhite is far superior especially for the book nook. &nbsp;With no glare from the backlight on the 16-level greyscale screen, it is less taxing on the eyes and this is a blessing given that dry cabin air increases the strain on your eyes. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get a Kindle just for ebooks, keep your tablet strictly for shows. Weighing just 206g, it is fractionally heavier than the phablets but lighter than the 7&rdquo; tablets and your wrists won&rsquo;t ache after holding them for too long. With a battery life of approximately 28 hours of continuous reading, you can pretty much leave the charger at home and travel light.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Kindle Paperwhite" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle%20paperwhite.jpg?1418633125" /> </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"> 10 gadgets to survive budget travel </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"> Tips to banish the insane boredom on the plane </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature#comments Laptops Smartphones Tablets Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:12:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455264 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the Computer of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-microsoft-surface-pro-3-computer-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third time&#039;s the charm for Microsoft, as it elegantly nails the laptop/hybrid formula </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is our Computer of the Year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is our Computer of the Yea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-computer-microsoft-surface-pro-3_FINAL.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gone are the days when a computer was something big and bulky that sat on your desk at home and ran Word.</p> <p>Instead, we live in a world dominated by laptops of all shapes and sizes - budget Chromebooks, wafer-thin MacBook Airs and Ultrabooks and all manner of flexible hybrid devices - plus the odd teeny-tiny media PC.</p> <p>So which of the modern breed did we rate most highly this year?&nbsp;</p> <p>The Microsoft Surface Pro 3. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It&rsquo;s a tablet! Or it&rsquo;s a laptop. 
What is it? We&rsquo;re still not sure but it&rsquo;s called a Surface Pro 3. 
The first proper hybrid of its kind, it&rsquo;s got all the good bits of a laptop (power, keys and bigness) plus the best bits of a tablet (a decent touchscreen, portability and fun), and with hardly any of the bad bits of either (except perhaps the price). Microsoft might not be able to decide whether the Surface Pro 3 is 
a laptop or a tablet, but there&rsquo;s one thing we can all agree 
that it definitely is &ndash; and that&rsquo;s totally brilliant.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3" alt="6 best computers of the year - Microsoft Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-microsoft-surface-pro-3.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Apple MacBook Air 13in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you&rsquo;ve pretty much perfected something, it doesn&rsquo;t make sense to change it dramatically &ndash; and so the 2014 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review">MacBook Air</a> is identical to its predecessor, bar better connectivity and a slight hike in power. By our estimation that still makes it the best laptop we&rsquo;ve ever used, because its combination of outstanding keyboard, featherweight build, gorgeous looks and incredible battery life outclass all rivals.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Air 13in review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Air 13in" alt="6 best computers of the year - Apple MacBook Air 13in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-apple-macbook-air.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>UHD? 4K? Old hat in Apple land: the 13in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review">MacBook Pro</a> has had a katana-sharp 2560x1600 display since way back in 2012. The design of 2014&rsquo;s model hasn&rsquo;t changed much in the intervening years, but it&#39;s been tweaked to near perfection &ndash; the processing, graphics power and battery life have gone up, the price has come down. It&rsquo;s now all you need for work, and with Steam installed, even some play.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Pro 13in review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" alt="6 best computers of the year - Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-apple-macbook-pro.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re on the lookout for a little living room media PC that you can also play skittles with, stop your search right here. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oi520/zotac-zbox-sphere-oi520/review">Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520</a> is packed with connections and impressively powerful for its size, with a mobile Core i5 processor and HD4400 graphics that are ample for indie gaming. It also has a 4K output, and it runs near silent. Strike!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oi520/zotac-zbox-sphere-oi520/review">Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520" alt="6 best computers of the year - Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-zotac-ZBOX_OI520.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Dell Chromebook 11 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you have limited budget to spend on a laptop, spend it here. The rubberised build, quality keyboard and responsive trackpad of the <a href="http://http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature">Dell Chromebook 11</a> would suit a machine three times the price, the Celeron processor and 4GB RAM inside keep it nippy, and the decent screen and 6hr battery life are more than acceptable given its cost. Combined with the ever-expanding capabilities of Chrome OS, this Dell makes it hard to justify spending more.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-best-chromebooks-planet/feature">Group test - the best Chromebooks</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="684" title="Dell Chromebook 11" alt="6 best computers of the year - Dell Chromebook 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-dell-chromebook-11.jpg?1417579381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You wouldn&rsquo;t think watch tech would have much of a place in the world of laptops &ndash; after all, you&rsquo;d look a bit daft with one on your wrist &ndash; but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news">Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro</a> has turned a full-width, 800-piece steel and aluminium strap into the coolest hinge on any laptop, ever.&nbsp;Its 360&ordm; flexibility allows the Yoga to operate as a tablet, and when folded the computer is just ridiculously thin &ndash; so thin, it&rsquo;s hard to believe they crammed full-bore computer components inside.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the best gadgets of the year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" alt="6 best computers of the year - Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-lenovo-yoga-3-pro.jpg?1417579381" /> </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/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-microsoft-surface-pro-3-computer-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-microsoft-surface-pro-3-computer-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Laptops PC Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:03:26 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454505 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-amazing-facts-you-didn-t-know-about-panasonic-s-rugged-toughbook/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A visit to Panasonic’s Kobe factory (minus the Kobe beef) yielded more surprises than we thought </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="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic%20main.jpg?1415763429" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Mention Kobe, and images of the succulent beef started floating in our mind.</p> <p dir="ltr">But that was not to be. Instead, we found something even more amazing. Behind closed doors, under guarded stares and some hand slapping (kidding, though it could happen), Panasonic gave us a sneak peek at the secret machinations of its rugged and hardy Toughbook laptops.</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="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> Want a Toughbook? Be a climber or work in a hospital </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">You can&rsquo;t just walk into your usual electronics retail store to snag these hardy laptops. The Toughbooks are categorised as business laptops, sold directly to companies rather than to consumers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Climbers who scale the snowy peaks of Mount Everest, now these are the people who will get to abuse these nearly indestructible laptops. As do healthcare workers who work in Changi General Hospital.</p> <p>In short, start planning your next career move it you want to get your hands on a Panasonic Toughbook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Want a Toughbook? Be a climber or work in a hospital" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20healthcare_0.jpg?1415763429" /> </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"> Data be gone with one simple SMS </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">Okay, so someone managed to run off with your Toughbook. And with it, all the data that&rsquo;s stored in it. Chances of retrieving the Toughbook? Very low if the thief is sneaky. But at least you can deny that bugger access to your customer&rsquo;s data.</p> <p dir="ltr">How? Simply send an SMS, and it&rsquo;ll wipe everything off the face of the earth. Yes, even if the Toughbook is switched off. That&rsquo;s how secure it is. But really, you should invest in a laptop lock or take better care of your belongings and not have this happen.</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-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"> You can bring it into the shower </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">True story. Don&rsquo;t worry, the water from the shower head won&rsquo;t damage the Toughbook at all. We&rsquo;ve even seen more powerful jets of water abusing the Toughbook at the Kobe factory.</p> <p dir="ltr">We understand the need, especially for seafaring folks who are constantly exposed to the elements. But really, don&#39;t heed our advice and bring your rugged laptop into the shower to work. If you do that, &nbsp;you need help, buddy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="You can bring it into the shower" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20water_0.JPG?1415763429" /> </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"> The anechoic chamber is Panasonic’s gift to you </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">Behind these doors, you&rsquo;ll find the anechoic chamber. Think of it as a dark room for all wireless signals, and it&rsquo;s built by Panasonic to test the Toughbook&rsquo;s signal strength. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and any wireless modules that are attached to the Toughbook are put to the limit, being tested vigorously to ascertain their signal strength.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The anechoic chamber is Panasonic’s gift to you" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20anechoic%20chamber_0.jpg?1415763429" /> </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"> We see the Toughbook drop, drop, drop </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">As if dropping the Toughbook on its face and side wasn&rsquo;t enough, Panasonic engineers abuse it from 24 different angles. That&rsquo;s as close to simulating the various drop scenarios as possible, such as slipping from your butter fingers. Heck, if your house cat has the strength of Hercules, it can even swipe the Toughbook off the table.</p> <p>Also likely to happen - going slightly deaf from the thudding impact sounds when you are stuck in a room and witnessing the drop test for the whole day.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="We see the Toughbook drop, drop, drop" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20drop%20test_0.jpg?1415763429" /> </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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even the internals are well-padded </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">From what we&rsquo;ve heard, this is the first time anyone outside of Panasonic has seen the internals of its Toughbook. One glance revealed lots of shock absorbents wrapping components such as the hard disk drives and motherboard like a mother swaddling a baby.</p> <p>An interesting sight, however, is the waterproofing of its heat sink. Now, if everything is tightly sealed to prevent water seeping into the Toughbook, how does the heat sink work? Simple - it has its own waterproof case, which isolates it from other electrical components. At the same time, it keeps the Toughbook so cool, you&rsquo;ll wish it generated more heat during winter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Even the internals are well-padded" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20internal_0.jpg?1415763429" /> </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"> Robots are the employees of the year.. </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">This is probably the precursor to our future, ruled by robots. But for the moment, Panasonic&rsquo;s still fully in control of its robotics system, which assembles delicate parts of the Toughbook with insane precision. Watching these robotic arms work is like seeing a dancer going through precise steps - so much so that you&rsquo;ll feel hypnotised as it goes through the motions.</p> <p>The cost? A couple million yen, according to Minoru Shimizu, Director of Panasonic&rsquo;s Kobe factory. Sounds costly, but on the bright side, these robots work 24 hours, seven days a week. Which contributes heavily to the output of 70,000 units and 30,000 units per month in the Kobe and Taipei factories 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="567" height="425" title="Robots are the employees of the year.." alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20robotics_0.jpg?1415763429" /> </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"> ...but humans are still in full control </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">We sense the sigh of relief. Ultimately, Toughbooks still go through the human factor. After all, even with the automated systems in place, someone has to keep an eye out on the process. From the installation of software customised to customer needs, manually inserting USB keys to start the automated testing and even tracking errors in the keyboards still require the human element.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="...but humans are still in full control" alt="8 amazing facts you didn’t know about Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic%20human%20workers.jpg?1415763429" /> </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/my/8-amazing-facts-you-didn-t-know-about-panasonic-s-rugged-toughbook/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-amazing-facts-you-didn-t-know-about-panasonic-s-rugged-toughbook/feature#comments Laptops Panasonic Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:24:49 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1452935 at http://www.stuff.tv HP’s slim Omen gaming laptop sets its sights on the Razer Blade http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not a beast, but then again, it doesn’t look or cost like one either </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Omen" alt="HP Omen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-omen.png?1417074683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever since announcing its company split, HP has shown renewed gusto. The 3D-modeling Sprout desktop is fascinating and new, but even a gaming laptop is fresh territory for the company.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news#comments Gaming HP Laptops Omen Windows 8 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:37:49 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1452222 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware's new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of a full-size PC http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienwares-new-graphics-amplifier-injects-your-laptop-gaming-muscle-full-size-pc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Portability while you&#039;re out, power when you&#039;re home. Sounds ideal - as long as you&#039;ve got a new Alienware 13 laptop to use with it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="832" height="624" title="Don&#039;t look directly into its eyes" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/awgraphicsamplifier-4.jpg?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Doesn&#39;t sound very exciting, does it? But despite not having a name like Pixel Annihilator 4000, the PC gaming company&#39;s newly revealed little black box could usher in a new era of hybrid PC gaming.</p> <p>Essentially, the Amplifier is an external graphical turbo-charger for the new Alienware 13 laptop (more on that later).</p> <p>It&#39;s got its own power supply, and a slot for a single full-sized PC graphics card, and that&#39;s it. No processor, no RAM, no full motherboard. But it does&#39;t need any of that stuff.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you connect it to the Alienware 13, it bestows it with the power of a proper desktop, supporting gargantuan (and incredibly powerful) cards like Nvidia&#39;s mighty GTX 980.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea behind the Amplifier is to provide the flexibility of a thinner, lighter machine for portability and battery life, with the power of a proper gaming rig when you&#39;re back home, without having to spring for a separate machine.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks like it belongs in a Transformers movie" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992_2.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Under the hood" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="View from the rear" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_4.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were lucky enough to see a demo of it in action, and can confirm that 4K games ran smoothly on the 13in notebook while it was connected to the Amplifier. Games were pumped out to a pixel-packed curved 4K monitor, and we didn&#39;t notice any tearing or lag.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gamers can snap up the Graphics Amplifier for &pound;200 (RM1055), in addition to forking out extra for a graphics card of their choice. Given that the higher end cards like the GTX 980 will set you back around &pound;500 (RM2637), you could still easily drain your bank account. If you wanted to.</p> <p>The Amplifier is currently only compatible with the new Alienware 13 laptop, and uses a proprietary connector developed by Alienware, which makes use of dedicated PCI Express lanes.</p> <p>Sadly Alienware didn&#39;t reveal any plans to make the Amplifier compatible with other Windows laptops, although we expect its future range of notebooks to join in too.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;ll take three of those monitors please" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_4.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware 13 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Alienware 13 is the company&#39;s thinnest laptop it&#39;s ever produced, thanks to a carbon-fibre composite build.</p> <p>Measuring in at one inch thick and weighing just over 2kg, it can be snapped up from &pound;950 (RM5011), packing in an Intel i5 processor, Nvidia&#39;s GTX 860M mobile GPU and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>There&#39;s also an option to upgrade the resolution of the 13in screen to a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, as well as bestowing it with touch smarts.</p> <p>Both the Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier can be configured and ordered online today, if you fancy treating yourself to a particularly lavish Christmas present this year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BOW BEFORE THE ALIEN HEAD" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Space Grey?" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989_1.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a keyboard" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_5.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alienware&#39;s imposing new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news" target="_blank">Area-51</a> - complete with its Triad design to maximise airflow and easy access to rear ports - is also available to configure, with prices starting from &pound;1300 (RM6857).</p> <p>Throw in an Intel i7 processor, three GTX 980s and 32GB of RAM however, and the price tag will rise significantly. To say the least.&nbsp;</p> <p>Time to tally up those couch-cushion coins...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news" target="_blank">Alienware&#39;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inside the beast" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_3.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Damn our wallets" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Graphics Amplifier injects your laptop with the gaming muscle of" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_2.JPG?1414552248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alienware/alienwares-new-graphics-amplifier-injects-your-laptop-gaming-muscle-full-size-pc/news#comments Alienware Gaming Laptops Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:01:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1451646 at http://www.stuff.tv Your hopes of seeing a MacBook Air with Retina Display on 16 October might be dashed http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/head-s-there-s-possibility-you-won-t-see-retina-macbook-launch-16-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not the end of the world though, as the high resolution update for Apple&#039;s ultrathin notebook could still appear in December </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="604" height="453" title="Your hopes of seeing a MacBook Air with Retina Display on 16 October might be dashed" alt="Your hopes of seeing a MacBook Air with Retina Display on 16 October might be da" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mac.jpeg?1413278294" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Take a moment and wail your heart out when you read this - you might not see the MacBook Air with Retina Display on Thursday, 16 October.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/my/apple/head-s-there-s-possibility-you-won-t-see-retina-macbook-launch-16-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/head-s-there-s-possibility-you-won-t-see-retina-macbook-launch-16-october/news#comments Apple iOS Laptops MacBook Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:06:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450210 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro even slimmer and lighter thanks to watchband hinge http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest convertible PC undergoes trims and tweaks to be even more useful and attractive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenovo Yoga Pro 3" alt="Lenovo Yoga Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenovo-yoga-pro-3.jpg?1412929623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for an ultra-slim laptop that you can twist and contort as desired, Lenovo&rsquo;s convertible Yoga line is tough to beat. And now with the Yoga 3 Pro, it&rsquo;s even slimmer and more distinctive.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/lenovo-s-yoga-3-pro-even-slimmer-and-lighter-thanks-watchband-hinge/news#comments Laptops Lenovo Windows Yoga 2 Pro Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:32:33 +0000 Elissa Loi 1449840 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Adobe bringing Photoshop and more to Chromebooks, BlackBerry big on odd phones, and Moto 360 update boosts battery life http://www.stuff.tv/my/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-bringing-photoshop-and-more-chromebooks-blackberry-big-odd-phones-and-moto <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up and plug in - it’s our morning roundup of the tech news you need </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe Photoshop for Chromebooks" alt="Adobe Photoshop for Chromebooks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/adobe-photoshop-chromebook.png?1412127522" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adobe Photoshop coming to Chromebooks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromebooks aren&rsquo;t particularly known for power, but the low-priced notebooks are gaining major traction with consumers - especially with students. So it makes sense that Adobe has found a way to create a streaming version of the resource-intensive Photoshop for Chromebook customers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s available in a limited release right now for North American education customers with a Creative Cloud subscription, and some advanced features aren&rsquo;t in this initial cloud-powered version, at least.</p> <p>Google&#39;s post seems to indicate that additional Adobe products will make their way to Chromebooks, as well, and we imagine it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before availability is opened up to a broader set of users, not to mention those outside of North America. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/09/adobe-joins-chromebook-party-starting.html">Google</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/29/6865447/adobe-is-bringing-photoshop-to-chromebooks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news">Acer Chromebook gives you killer graphics performance for pennies</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BlackBerry sees future in untraditional phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a square screen, physical keyboard, and an untraditional shape, BlackBerry&rsquo;s Passport is a curious device in today&rsquo;s smartphone landscape. And yet it catches your attention, unlike many of the company&rsquo;s past offerings. Unsurprisingly, that&rsquo;s something BlackBerry wants to keep doing as it returns to profitability after a dire stretch.</p> <p>In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry&rsquo;s device lead Ron Louks said they&rsquo;d like to have one non-traditional device each year, and that another such handset is already in the works - and carriers have already seen it. &ldquo;When it comes to design and being a little bit disruptive, we want that &#39;wow&#39; factor,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Not all of the products will have it, but we definitely have opportunities.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/us-blackberry-launch-devices-idUSKCN0HO1O520140929">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/blackberry/blackberry-passport/review">BlackBerry Passport hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry Passport" alt="BlackBerry Passport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-passport-photo.JPG?1412127522" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto 360 update reportedly enhances battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much as we like Motorola&rsquo;s Moto 360, the best of the Android Wear bunch to date, its inconsistent battery life is a definite downer, as the smartwatch sometimes fails to give you a full day of use. Luckily, the watch recently got a new update, and it&rsquo;s purportedly significantly extending the battery life for some users.</p> <p>Some Reddit users (via Android Police) are claiming to receive upwards of 50% more battery life after installing the update, which should help bridge the gap to bedtime even with the ambient screen on. Not all users are seeing as much of a boost, however, so your experience may be different. Still, it&rsquo;s well worth the download even if the battery boost is minor.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/29/some-users-are-reporting-vastly-improved-battery-life-on-the-moto-360-after-last-weeks-update/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola Moto 360" alt="Motorola Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto360-battery.JPG?1412127522" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-bringing-photoshop-and-more-chromebooks-blackberry-big-odd-phones-and-moto#comments Adobe BlackBerry Chrome OS Laptops Moto 360 Motorola Passport Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448983 at http://www.stuff.tv There may soon be a colourful array of thin MacBook Airs for you to choose from http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/there-may-soon-be-colourful-array-thin-macbook-airs-you-choose/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumours claim Apple’s going to update its razor-thin notebook line-up in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="There may soon be a colourful array of thin MacBook Airs for you to choose from" alt="There may soon be a colourful array of thin MacBook Airs for you to choose from" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery_20.jpeg?1410504186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever thought the MacBook Air range is a tad boring in terms of colour options. There&rsquo;s only the one in silver, not much of a choice at all.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/my/apple/there-may-soon-be-colourful-array-thin-macbook-airs-you-choose/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/there-may-soon-be-colourful-array-thin-macbook-airs-you-choose/news#comments Apple iOS Laptops MacBook Air Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:28:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447407 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dial M for mobile power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming in October? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news#comments Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446902 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus reboots the netbook with Windows 8.1, plus debuts world’s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a tale of two extremes as Asus shows off its laptop wares at IFA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus EeeBook X205" alt="Asus EeeBook X205" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-eeebook-x205.png?1409794845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Return of the netbook? That&rsquo;s not something we expected to say coming out of IFA, but at least in name, that appears to be true: Asus is rebooting its past EeeBook netbook brand for a cheap new Windows 8.1 laptop.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Zenbook UX305 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The EeeBook X205 represents Asus at its most practical. Conversely, the Zenbook UX305 shows that the company can still do a premium laptop with plenty of flair and a focus on craftsmanship.</p> <p>Billed the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop,&rdquo; the fully aluminum Zenbook UX305 ist just 12.3mm thick. It features a 3200x1800 display and an Intel Core M processor, with solid state drives (SSDs) available up to 256GB.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to get the Zenbook UX305 in Obsidian Stone or Ceramic Alloy shades, but essential details like pricing and release timing aren&rsquo;t yet available. Perhaps when the dust settles on IFA, we&rsquo;ll have a better idea of when Asus&rsquo; sleek new notebook will be ready to launch.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014">Asus</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/asus-eeebook-x205/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">Asus ZenWatch announced, out before Christmas for under &pound;199</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="524" title="Asus Zenbook UX305" alt="Asus Zenbook UX305" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenbook-ux305.png?1409794845" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news#comments Asus IFA 2014 Laptops Netbooks Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:08:45 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446512 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer flips for hybrid devices at IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer reveals Aspire R13 and R14 convertible laptops and Aspire Switch 11 hybrid tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire R13" alt="Acer Aspire R13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-r14-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Acer has gone flipping mad for convertible laptops and tablets at IFA 2014.</p> <p>The Taiwanese manufacturer has taken the wraps off three new convertible devices at the show &ndash; the R13 and R14 flip-top laptops and the Aspire Switch 11 tablet/laptop hybrid.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Acer Aspire R14 packs a hinged display that can be set up in four different configurations; Notebook, Display, Tent and Pad modes. It packs a 14in, 1366x768 display, Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and up to 12GB RAM, with optional Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB HDD, and prices start at &pound;430 (RM2255).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire R14" alt="Acer Aspire R14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-aspire-r-13-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer&#39;s also added an 11.6in convertible tablet to its Aspire Switch range; the Aspire Switch 11. The Aspire Switch SW5-171 packs a 1080p display tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3, a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, along with an HD webcam.</p> <p>The cheaper SW5-171 packs a 1366x768 display, Intel Z345 processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB flash memory; both devices pack microHDMI, microSD and come packing Windows 8.1. The Aspire Switch 11 will be available from October, starting at &pound;300 (RM1575).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest IFA 2014 news</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 Aspire Switch 11" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-11-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news#comments Acer IFA 2014 Laptops Tablets Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:02:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446509 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Aspire Switch 10 http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Windows hybrid that&#039;s bending backwards to please you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Switch 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/switch-10-3-new.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What to do if you want all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, but you don&#39;t want to fork out for both? You&#39;ve opened your wallet at just the right time.</p> <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"> RM1,399.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnetic attraction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with most laptop-tablet hybrids, the Acer Switch 10 comes in two bits. There&#39;s the 10.1-inch tablet bit and the base bit it plugs into.</p> <p>Acer has done its best to make fitting the two together easy. There are no release buttons, no complicated click-and-lock mechanisms. Instead everything is done with magnets, and a couple of plastic guides. It&#39;s a neat idea, but isn&#39;t perfect in practice.</p> <p>First, let&#39;s start with the good stuff. The magnets are easily powerful enough to keep the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen firmly attached to the base. The keyboard doesn&#39;t go flying off even if you lift the whole thing up by its screen and give it a wiggle &ndash; nice work Acer, nice work magnetism.</p> <p>Using magnets also means you can put the screen on back-to-front with no issues. You might ask: why on earth would &nbsp;you want to do that? It&#39;s all part of Acer&#39;s 4-in-1 design for the Switch 10.</p> <p>As the screen doesn&#39;t fold all the way back like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10-review/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga</a>, putting the screen on backwards turns the keyboard into a neat screen stand if you want to just browse the web or watch a movie, rather than type. And if space is super-tight (basically if you&#39;re on a plane or train), you can setup the Acer Switch 10 in its tent form &ndash; again, perfect for movies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10-review/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Magnets and plastic guides are all the Acer uses to connect its tablet and keyboard sections" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-keyb-s.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="It doesn&#039;t fold backwards enough to be flat, but this configuration is great for movie watching in tight spaces" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-5.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A matter of balance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer gets a brownie point for flexibility, then, but what&#39;s wrong? We found that even after using the Switch 10 for a while it&#39;s still all-too easy to mis-align the tablet with the base. The inconvenience issue is one half of our beef, the other side that we are a teeny-tiny bit worried about the longevity of the thing.</p> <p>The entire outside of the Acer Switch 10&#39;s hinge is plastic, including the guides that slot into the tablet part, where its arch rival&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a>&nbsp;uses metal. Dodgy metal can shear off quicker than plastic might wear, but the Asus&#39;s hardier feel gives us that little bit more confidence in use.</p> <p>Our top tip &ndash; treat the Acer Switch 10 as if you&#39;re on a first date with it, at least until you&#39;re better acquainted.</p> <p>It is high-maintenance in another respect, too. As Acer has valued keeping the Switch 10 super-light, there&#39;s no extra ballast in the keyboard base to stop it tipping over when the screen is tilted back laptop-style.</p> <p>On a flat surface such as a table it&#39;s fine as long as you don&#39;t give the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen a poke, but it&#39;s a right old pain should you try and work with the tablet on your knees. It&#39;ll fall back like a toddler learning to walk as soon as you take your hands of it.</p> <p>Where you benefit is weight. While loads heavier than a light tablet, as the Acer Switch 10 weighs just 1.11kg all-in it&#39;s very light for a laptop. That&#39;s just a few grammes heavier than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">11-inch MacBook Air</a>, which is oh-so famed for its portability. Asus T100 is just as light, though, and that isn&#39;t so tip-happy.</p> <p>Look a bit closer and it&#39;s pretty clear why the Acer Switch 10 is a lot cheaper than a MacBook Air. It&#39;s nowhere near as pretty, and is mostly plastic rather than metal. The keyboard is all-plastic, and while there&#39;s a sheet of brushed aluminium on the back of the tablet for that fancy-pants look, it&#39;s clearly not part of the structure of the thing. The sides, the frame &ndash; they&#39;re all plastic.</p> <p>We don&#39;t really mind, though. Plastic can do the job just fine if it&#39;s part of a well-designed device.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 feels pretty well-made for a cheap hybrid, but we do wish the tablet wasn&#39;t quite so angular. Like previous Acer Windows tablets, it has very boxy sides that don&#39;t even have the tiniest bit of bevelling.</p> <p>No, your poor paws aren&#39;t going to be hurt by those sharp plastic edges. But the Switch 10 could feel a whole lot nicer as a tablet. We&#39;d go as far as to say the tablet doesn&#39;t really make a lot of sense on its own.</p> <p>Just look at the thing &ndash; those giant two-tone bezels make it look like a prop from a 70s sci-fi show. It&#39;s quite strange that the Switch 10 makes a pretty attractive laptop, but a really quite ugly tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air 11in review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Give it a little tap and the top-heavy Switch is liable to topple" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-side-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="As a standalone tablet the Acer isn&#039;t terrifically pretty" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-11.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Working it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But does the Acer Switch 10 really make a good laptop-replacer? It&#39;s actually not too bad at all.</p> <p>We tried using the Acer Switch 10 as our main work computer for a couple of days, to give it a real road test. We will admit, the keyboard takes a little bit of getting used to. It&#39;s keys are shrunk down, to perhaps about 80 per cent the size of those of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Pro</a>, but they are proper keys, sensibly-arranged, with all the usual sorts of secondary functions you&#39;d get in a full-size laptop.</p> <p>After a few days, it feels just like a miniature laptop. The key action could be improved, though. You get the same sort of key depth as an Ultrabook, but they&#39;re a little bit spongy &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a> keys are a bit crisper. To be fair, you will get used to it, and we were typing away at full speed within hours. But keyboard quality is pretty important in a hybrid such as the Acer Switch 10.</p> <p>Acer has tried to make the trackpad about as big as it can in a small package like this, but you can see a few of the budget cuts in it &ndash; you don&#39;t get down to less than RM1400 without a few sacrifices. The plastic surface doesn&#39;t have anywhere near as smooth a drag as the glass surface you get with good Ultrabooks, which often use textured glass, and the click action is a bit clunky.</p> <p>Things such as the slightly cramped keyboard and the just-ok trackpad just mean that the Acer Switch 10 works much better as a portable backup to a main laptop or desktop. We wouldn&#39;t recommend using it as your main laptop.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Switch 10 makes a fairly compelling super-cheap laptop..." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-19.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="...although the keyboard and trackpad are a little less satisfying than they might be" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-34.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Longevity limits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Will the Acer Switch 10 get you through a full day&#39;s work if you need it to? Not quite. During its time as our tiny little workhorse, we got around five and a half hours from a single charge.</p> <p>That was with brightness set to 60 per cent, running a word processing app, doing the occasional bit of browsing and performing a few downloads in the background on occasion.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bad performance, but still not quite as good as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer T100</a>, which lasts for up to 10.5 hours (Acer claims up to 8 hours). And neither has an extra battery in the keyboard base (some hybrids do).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Some hybrids hide extra battery power in their keyboard attachments. The Acer doesn&#039;t." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-10-front.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talents on display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So far, it seems as though the Acer Switch 10 is a bit of a poor (distant) relation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>, but it does have a few advantages.</p> <p>Most important, its screen is better. The Switch 10 brings much more vibrant colours, which is great for the more fun side of owning a hybrid. You don&#39;t need nice reds to work on that screenplay that&#39;s never going to get made, but for watching the movie you nicked the ideas off? Certainly.</p> <p>Specs-wise, the Acer Switch 10 display is fairly basic. It uses a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It&#39;s the same sort of resolution you&#39;d see in a laptop at the price, and doesn&#39;t have that super-sharp look you can get with some under RM1400 tablets. It&#39;s certainly not Retina-grade.</p> <p>However, it&#39;s decent, and display quality is a good deal better than a cheapo laptop. As the Switch 10 uses an IPS screen, people can crowd around it to watch that video of a cat riding a robot vacuum cleaner without rubbish viewing angles ruining the (rubbish) party.</p> <p>Being a tablet at heart, the screen is a touch display. It uses a glass top layer, too, but we&#39;re pretty sure it&#39;s not Gorilla Glass as it flexes a bit too readily for our liking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6&#39;s &quot;unbreakable&quot; sapphier glass screen shown off in two videos</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not a technically advanced screen on paper, but colours and viewing angles are great" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-1.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The muscle for full-fat Windows? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we look into each aspect of the Acer Switch 10, we see more of the sort of little finishing touches you miss out on compared with something perhaps 2-3 times the price. However, the real compromise is power.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 uses an Intel Atom Z3745 CPU and 2GB of RAM. While using full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> rather than a cut-down RT-style version means you can have a go at installing anything you like, from <em>Peggle</em> to Adobe Premiere Pro, you&#39;re not going to want to edit videos or batch process 15MB RAW photo files on this little guy. It just doesn&rsquo;t have the power for hardcore tasks such as that.</p> <p>However, unlike some slightly earlier Atom-based Windows computers, the Switch 10 does have enough grunt to do the basics in style. There&#39;s no significant lag flicking around the interface, and while just doing simple writing and browsing, you won&#39;t be held back. It&#39;s when loading things up you&#39;ll notice those little annoying pauses. Again, it&#39;s more evidence that you probably don&#39;t want this as your no. 1 computer.</p> <p>To really push the Acer Switch 10 to its limits, we tried running a few Steam games, the most challenging being <em>Two Worlds 2</em>, a 3D RPG released way back in 2010. We needed to strip away all the fancier graphical effects and reduce the resolution to 720p (below the display resolution) to make the game playable. Even then the frame rate isn&#39;t great.</p> <p>You&#39;re not going to be playing the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">latest <em>Call of Duty</em></a> on the Switch 10 then, but it&#39;ll do the trick for older games and the more simple indie titles out there, and there sure are plenty of those. You could always use it for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming</a>, too.</p> <p>The Switch 10 is a bit more powerful than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Transformer T100</a>, using a Z3745 chipset to the Asus&#39;s Z3740. They&#39;re pretty similar, but the Acer&#39;s processor has a bit more graphics power. This added to the better screen makes the Switch 10 a slightly better gaming hybrid &ndash; don&#39;t go trading in your PS4, though.</p> <p>Acer has tried to further jazz-up the Switch 10&#39;s entertainment cred with front-firing stereo speakers &ndash; under the display &ndash; but it hasn&#39;t entirely worked. Any kind of stereo is welcome, but the sound quality is more-or-less the norm for a tablet: zero bass, and fairly boxy sound. For games and movies, you&#39;ll want headphones.</p> <p>The 32GB standard version of the Switch 10 only leaves you with about 11GB of storage to play with anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s marginally more powerful than the Asus Transformer Book T100" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-7.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Switch 10 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1in IPS LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Atom Z3745</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB or 64GB</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, microHDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 177 x 262 x 8.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.1kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Levelling up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Acer Switch 10 works perfectly well on its own, there are lots of ways to supercharge its powers. On the tablet there&#39;s a microSD card slot to let you add storage, and &ndash; just as important &ndash; there&#39;s a microHDMI socket next to it. This lets you hook up a monitor, or even a TV. There&#39;s no cable in the box for this, but you can pick them up online for a couple of quid.</p> <p>What really levels-up the Switch 10&#39;s potential as a little laptop is the full-size USB port on the keyboard base. With this you can attach a USB stick, an external hard drive or &ndash; most likely &ndash; a mouse.</p> <p>Carry around a little mouse with you and you&#39;ll have a pretty good little solution for a dinky little laptop to use when you&#39;re away from home. It won&#39;t take up loads of room, and a 1kg laptop is not going to give you shoulder ache.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Add a USB mouse and microSD storage to get the most out of the Switch 10" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-sides.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Aspire Switch 10 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Acer Switch 10 is the best Windows tablet Acer has so far produced. It&#39;s affordable, portable and flexible.</p> <p>Look at it as a pure tablet and the square-edged ergonomics and battery life are issues, but as a whole package it makes quite a lot of sense.</p> <p>The only other issue is the Switch 10&#39;s big rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>. The Acer is the better movie and game player, but the battery life and keyboard make the Asus a better laptop-replacer, and that&rsquo;s why it just wins out in this two-device mini-showdown.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This seriously flexible hybrid is Acer&#39;s best tablet yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review#comments Acer Laptops Switch 10 Tablets Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446329 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Microsoft cracked the hybrid nut at the third attempt? Why yes, yes it has </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29_0.jpg?1409532279" /> </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="/my/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s new Surface Pro 3 alone may not wreck its maker if it fails. But if it succeeds, it could be a welcome turning point for a company that&rsquo;s struggled for too long to out-innovate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google" target="_blank">Google</a>.</p> <p>While on paper the Pro 3 is a humble range-filler (it takes the vacant slot at the super-size end of the Surface spectrum), it has enjoyed the kind of hype usually reserved for game-changing products.</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"> RM2,729.00 </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"> RM3299 as tested, plus RM409 Type Cover </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"> Kickstand and Type Cover now work a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> More powerful than a tablet, more flexible than a laptop </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The Surface Pen is superb </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </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"> Many apps scale badly for the screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks pricey next to a laptop or tablet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery will drain fast if pushed very hard </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"> DESIGN: WHY DIDN&#039;T THEY DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After just a week with the Surface Pro 3, the&nbsp;Type Cover 3 and flexible kickstand had left us furious with Microsoft. But only because&nbsp;the changes they bring from the first and second generation Surface are so obvious that you wonder why they didn&rsquo;t happen earlier (don&#39;t worry if you own an earlier Surface - we&#39;re sure Microsoft has a letter of apology in the post...).</p> <p>In place of the two-stage kickstand debuted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a>, the support now bends almost all the way back, using a brand new hinge design.</p> <p>The Type Cover keyboard, meanwhile, can now be latched at its upper edge magnetically to the bottom of the SP3&#39;s screen, creating a rigid platform in place of the wobbly board that haunted previous Surfaces.</p> <p>Those two changes transform the Surface into a good laptop that will work almost everywhere. With the kickstand bent back to 120-130 degrees and the keyboard attached, it works as well as any conventional laptop if you spend your life with your legs crossed on the sofa.</p> <p>Tilt the kickstand back further to 140-150 degrees, and it&#39;s a perfectly-angled writing surface for use on a desk if you&rsquo;re taking notes. In fact, we couldn&#39;t find a scenario where the Surface Pro 3 borked: it now works, really well.</p> <p>The kickstand, in particular, is a minor engineering marvel. It retains the first two stages from the Surface 2; pull it away from the body, and there are two distinct locking points.</p> <p>But push gently beyond the second lock point, and it will bend back to almost 150 degrees. We&rsquo;re not irresponsible enough to give any view on the hinge&rsquo;s long-term durability, but we will say that it feels beautifully made, and operates with the same well-damped smoothness after a hard month of use as it did on the day of opening the box.</p> <p>The Type Cover 3, meanwhile, is a dramatic improvement over the Type Cover 2. The keyboard&rsquo;s now spacious enough for big, clumsy fingers, and at last the trackpad is of a size and sensitivity that make it a pleasure to use. One thing, though: the keys clack if you&rsquo;re typing in anger - but even then, the cheap-ish clack doesn&rsquo;t infer shoddy build.</p> <p>The kickstand and keyboard aren&#39;t the only changes for the better. Many (including us) found text too small on the 1920 x 1080 10in screen of the Surface 2 or Pro 2. So the switch to a 12in display at a rather unusual 2160 x 1440 resolution for the SP3 is welcome, as is the shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio. Somehow, the Pro 3 just looks and feels the right size (whatever that is), while its predecessors were too small to be taken that seriously.</p> <p>The SP3&#39;s now natural to use in portrait mode (a claim you could never make for the Surface 2), making it a great (albeit large) ebook reader (which was one of Microsoft&#39;s stated intents with the 3: make it feel as much as possible like a good paper notebook).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news" target="_blank">Apple updates all Retina MacBook Pro models</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The kickstand has morphed into something that&#039;s genuinely great" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pro-3-slant_0.JPG?1409532279" /> </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-19_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-6_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> PERFORMANCE: A GOOD LAPTOP, A BRILLIANT TABLET </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 will be available with a choice of Intel i3, i5 and i7 chips, 4GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.</p> <p>Whatever combo you go for, you&#39;re buying a ridiculously powerful tablet, and a decently meaty mid-range laptop - and you can be confident that even the lowliest spec won&rsquo;t be a slouch. Our Intel i5 / 4GB / 128GB model belted through just about every task we could hurl at it - Office, browsing, email, music and movies.</p> <p>That said, let&rsquo;s be clear on one thing - the SP3&rsquo;s no gaming rig. It will happily chomp through the lighter games you&#39;ll find in the Windows Store. But with only an Intel 4400 HD graphics chip on hand to push the pixels, it&#39;ll stammer to a halt if you fire up&nbsp;<em>Crysis</em>&nbsp;at max settings (at which point, you&rsquo;ll also discover how hot the top right hand edge of the unit can get).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet is official - and really, really powerful</a></strong></p> <p>Avoid giving it that kind of abuse, and the SP3 will run quiet and cool. We did find that the top right of the tablet (or top left, if you&#39;re holding it in portrait mode) is always slightly warm (we&#39;ll assume that&#39;s where the i5 is housed), but it&rsquo;s barely enough to register in normal use.</p> <p>So which spec should you go for? After a month with the 128GB i5, we wished we&#39;d chosen 8GB of RAM and the 256GB SSD.</p> <p>While 4GB of RAM will keep&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;running happily enough, the OS is happier with 6-8GB under the hood (and since the memory is soldered to the SP3&#39;s motherboard, you can&#39;t upgrade at a later date).</p> <p>As for wishing that we&rsquo;d gone for the 256GB hard drive, the Pro 3 has convinced us that it&rsquo;s more than a toy - it&#39;s easily flexible enough to be used day in, day out, with the result that we&rsquo;ve half filled the 128GB with our usual digital detritus.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a well-hidden microSD slot tucked into the back of the Surface&rsquo;s casing, enabling you to add up to 128GB of extra storage.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but as of now, you cannot install Windows Store games to an external drive - and with some of those games weighing in at over 1GB (<a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-my/app/halo-spartan-assault/8fe2d694-baa2-4011-99c0-3a22216223bb" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em></a>&nbsp;is 1.6GB, for example), we&rsquo;d still spend the extra for the comfort of 256GB of onboard space.</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="If you can stretch to it, the 8GB and 256GB SSD are worth it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-15_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for specific model tested.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 12in LCD with 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2 ratio)</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel Core i5 (also available with i3 or i7)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel 4400 HD</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>&nbsp;- 8GB (also available with 4GB)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;- 128GB (also available with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB)</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>&nbsp;-None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;- 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, Mini DisplayPort</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>&nbsp;- 5MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;- 201 x 292 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>&nbsp;- 800g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE SCREEN: BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH - AND THE RIGHT RATIO, AT LAST </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 Pro 3&#39;s screen is stunning. Although it has fewer pixels per inch than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>&nbsp;(216ppi vs 264ppi), you&#39;d need comically good eyesight to find flaws with the 2160 x 1440 display. Everything&#39;s pin sharp.</p> <p>The 12in screen is also commendably natural in the way it renders colours: it&#39;s neither neutral to the point of being washed out, nor vivid in a way that&#39;ll give you a headache after an hour. It&#39;s just right.</p> <p>And Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight (just as well - the screen has a glossy coating that&rsquo;s quite reflective).</p> <p>Be aware that the driver for the Surface screen will only allow two resolutions - the native 2150 x1440, and a laughably old school 1024 x 768. Couple that with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1&rsquo;s</a>, er, &lsquo;interesting&rsquo; approach to DPI scaling, and be prepared to tweak before everything&rsquo;s to your liking.</p> <p>You should also know that quirks in that same DPI scaling can make life with an external monitor more arduous that it should be.</p> <p>Our SP3 hooks up every day to the HDMI input of a 23in Philips 1080p desktop monitor, via the Pro 3&rsquo;s mini display port. As regular as clockwork, we lose five minutes every morning to signing out and then in again once the Philips is connected, simply to re-scale the icons on the desktop. Annoying, and surely not that difficult for Microsoft to fix?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-9_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> THE PEN AND ONENOTE: THE PARTNERSHIP THAT MAKES THE PRODUCT? </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>Thanks to the Surface Pro 3&#39;s new pen, Microsoft&#39;s note-taking, file-storing rival to Evernote gets a whole new leash of life.</p> <p>Prod the pen&#39;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#39;s asleep or awake. It&#39;s intended to allow you to get sudden ideas down quickly, and that&#39;s precisely what it does. Double-tap the same purple button, and it will give you the option to lasso a section of the screen for storing away into OneNote. Smart, and genuinely useful.</p> <p>Live with the SP3 for a bit, and the combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand. And you begin to appreciate that OneNote 2013 isn&#39;t that shoddy an application. It&#39;s great for taking and organising just about anything you throw at it, and the keyword search works a treat.</p> <p>OneNote&#39;s only hitch, in our humble opinion, is its tight integration with Outlook 2013 for task management. If Microsoft really wants to own the productivity game (and it does), it needs a task manager that can sync to the cloud and every other mobile platform.</p> <p>If you&#39;re still a desktop Outlook addict (there are some still out there&hellip; right?), you&#39;ll adore OneNote. But if you spend your days in one of the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7" target="_blank">iOS</a>&nbsp;task managers, you&#39;ll find OneNote a bind. There are Microsoft-made OneNote apps for Android and iOS, sure, but they&#39;re no match for their Evernote equivalents.</p> <p>Out of the box, your Surface Pro 3 will come with a small pen holder that&#39;s meant to attach to the Type Cover. Bluntly, it doesn&#39;t work.</p> <p>After three or four days, we almost lost the pen after the tab holder detached itself without our noticing; the sticky part just isn&#39;t sticky enough to stay attached to the Type Cover, and a normal knock will send it flying.</p> <p>We&#39;ve taken to carrying the Surface pen around in a laptop case or shirt pocket. That guarantees that it will eventually go missing. Given how important the pen is to life with an SP3, Microsoft needs to come up with a more permanent, attractive solution - and fast (especially when&nbsp;<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-my/accessories/surface-pen" target="_blank">a replacement from the Microsoft Store is RM139</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also advise that you find a reliable local stockist of AAAA batteries before you invest in an SP3; the Surface pen is powered by a single AAAA, and we chewed through the power of the battery that came in the box in about four weeks (so let&rsquo;s make that 12 batteries a year).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Phone Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-5_0.jpg?1409532279" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Prod the pen&#039;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#039;s asleep or awake" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-14_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE: GREAT - AS LONG AS YOU’RE US… </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>Budget laptops are forgiven if they suffer from poor battery life. You know that you&rsquo;re compromising by spending the bare minimum, and most cheap 15in lappies aren&rsquo;t really built for an entire day away from a charging point.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 has no such excuses. Its entire appeal rests on its flexibility - one minute hammering through a PhotoShop file at your desk, the next reading a Nook book on the morning commute. For the whole concept to stack up, you mustn&rsquo;t feel nervous when taking it out for a day on the road.</p> <p>Microsoft claims up to nine hours from the Pro 3&rsquo;s lithium-ion battery &lsquo;while browsing the web&rsquo;, with careful warnings that your mileage may vary depending on your habits (and it&#39;s fair for Microsoft to hedge its bets here: a device as powerful as the Surface can indulge in some heavyweight, juice-sapping work).</p> <p>Our i5, 128GB model is good for a working day, although we confess that we&rsquo;ve yet to deliberately run it to red line.</p> <p>In one day last week, it was unplugged from charge at 7am, then pounded at a conference from 9.30am to 4pm, before taking care of email and transcription duties on the 30-minute train ride home. By the time we re-attached it to a charger at 5.30pm, it was showing 30%. We&rsquo;d call that good, by any standards.</p> <p>But then, we&rsquo;ve read enough forum posts from users suffering from disappointing SP3 battery life to feel blessed. What a forum post can&rsquo;t tell you, of course, is what use the poster is putting the Surface to. What we can say is that heavy use - particularly video streaming - has a very visible effect on the SP3&rsquo;s battery drain.</p> <p>By the way, brownie points go to Microsoft for the design of the power supply. Too many 11-13in laptops come with leads and blocks that weigh more than the thing they power - the Pro 3&rsquo;s is compact and light, and even includes a USB charging port in the power block.</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="How long you get from each charge depends hugely on how you use it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-18_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> PROBLEMS: YEP, THERE ARE SOME </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>Since its launch in the US in late June, users began reporting problems with their Pro 3s waking from sleep, staying awake and suddenly freezing. There have been several firmware releases aimed at squishing the bugs (one of which takes a nail-gnawing 15-20 minutes to install).</p> <p>But we&rsquo;ve experienced none of the sleep or wake issues (bar one freeze that forced a hard shutdown - an update shortly after appears to have fixed it).</p> <p>However, we did fall foul of one of the other commonly reported issues: flaky wireless. The latest update (July 16) claims to have sorted it for good. That claim looks to be accurate: our SP3 will now happily tether to our HTC One M8 (impossible before the update), and connect to the 2.4GHz wireless in Stuff Towers without constantly dropping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) Review</a></strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s one other SP3 problem that Microsoft cannot fix alone (although with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;Update 2 coming down the tracks, they could sure as hell help).</p> <p>The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly - and as it stands today, some significant developers have yet to catch up.</p> <p>Until very recently, even Google Chrome looked awful at hi-dpi (the latest Chrome beta solves most of the issues).&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dashlane.com/" target="_blank">Dashlane</a>, a popular password manager, displays as a boil-washed version of itself. Evernote desktop is usable, but ruined by miniature icons and smaller-than-needs-be text.</p> <p>Developers are getting there, but we understand the Catch 22 from their point of view - it takes time and effort to make the software work well with high dpi displays, but the market for high-end PCs with displays that go beyond Full HD is hardly thriving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly, and some significant devs have yet to catch up" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-12_1.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 3 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 Surface Pro 3 is excellent.</p> <p>There, we said it. And with a straight face.</p> <p>At last, Microsoft has delivered on the promise of the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid. It proves Microsoft&#39;s argument that there&#39;s space in the world for a design that&#39;s more productive than an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note</a>, but easier to hump around than a traditional laptop.</p> <p>Would we buy one? Yes. We&rsquo;d avoid the 64GB and 512GB models (you&rsquo;ll either have no space left in a week, or regret paying the high price after a month). But put a 128GB or 256GB on the counter, and we&#39;d tap in a PIN code without a moment&#39;s hesitation.</p> <p>It would be daft not to point to the fact that the Windows Store still hasn&rsquo;t reached the heights of the Play Store or iTunes, but that&#39;s an issue that&#39;s at least somewhat mitigated by the fast that Pro lets you install practically any piece of PC software on the desktop side of the two-faced OS.</p> <p>Price still has to come into it. The i5 / 128GB SP3 RM3700 asking price (with the Type Cover included) would buy an awful lot of Windows laptop, or a similarly-specced&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13in Macbook Air</a>&nbsp;with around RM500 change to spare.</p> <p>But the Pro 3&rsquo;s different enough to undermine absolutist comparisons: a chunk of that RM3700 is going on &lsquo;unusual&rsquo;, and we think that for many it will justify itself on that basis. And if you insist on like-for-likes, the fact is that the Pro 3 is as quick and capable as either a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 or a Macbook Air.</p> <p>At last, there&rsquo;s a Surface that&rsquo;s right.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Verdict: At last, there’s a Surface that’s right." alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-20_0.jpg?1409532279" /> </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"> 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"> 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"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>Third times the charm - the Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid device that&#39;s right</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft finally gets it right with the third laptop/tablet hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1%20%281%29.jpg?1409532279" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review#comments Laptops Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440950 at http://www.stuff.tv MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business as usual for Apple – that is, the business of tinkering with an awesome laptop and then reducing the price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCF1281.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The laptop market is in a bit of a weird place at the moment. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromebooks</a> are currently popping up all over the place, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s Surface Pro 3</a> is the first laptop-tablet hybrid that actually functions rather well as both.</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"> RM4,099.00 </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"> RM5699 as tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly upgraded performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly more affordable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still jaw-droopingly lovely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dedicated graphics are a pricey option </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Typical Apple build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want something really slim and light, you want a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, but that&#39;s not to say the MacBook Pro is back-breaking. What it is is reassuringly weighty, solid and really nicely made. There&#39;s no advance on the millimetre trim it got last year, though.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s trackpad and keyboard are often imitated, but never bettered, and even typing in a humble web address has the satisfying feel of seriously important typing going on. Sort of like writing a shopping list with a typewriter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 2014 model is visually identical to last year&#039;s" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_1.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook&#039;s still have the best keyboards" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1304.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retinal scan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is still one of the most gorgeous you&#39;ll see on a laptop, and we adore Apple&rsquo;s approach to ultra-HD. There&rsquo;s also a lot more 4K content out there now than there was when we were first wowed by Retina screens back in 2012. YouTube&#39;s gradually filling its servers with ridiculously large video files, which mostly seem to be of tigers. It&#39;s good news if you&#39;re a big cat fan.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1339" height="900" title="The Retina display is as brilliant as ever" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MBPRD13_Aperture_PRINT.jpg?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun Size Boost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We specifically asked for the price equivalent of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">the model we looked at last year</a>, which gives us a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor over last year&#39;s 2.6GHz, but the same amount of memory (8GB) and the same size PCIe-based flash storage (512GB).</p> <p>As expected the tiny processor boost gives a wee spurt in benchmarks, and it whizzes through CPU intensive tasks such as video editing and large Photoshop files.</p> <p>Intel&#39;s latest processors are well-optimised for battery life, too, and we got the same seven-ish hours as we did last year. It&#39;s great for the more intensive bits of day-to-day computing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a small boost to performance over last year&#039;s model" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_0.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll get about seven hours from a fully charged battery" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All specs for model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://store.apple.com/my/buy-mac/macbook-pro" target="_blank">MacBook Pro configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X Mavericks</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3-inch LCD with 2560 &times; 1600 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated Intel Iris 5100 Graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage</p> <p><strong>Optical Drive</strong> - none</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11ac, USB 3.0 (x2), Thunderbolt 2 (x2),&nbsp;SDXC,&nbsp;HDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 31.4 x 21.9 x 1.8cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.57kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To Infinity (but only just) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel&rsquo;s inbuilt Iris graphics take care of gaming, but you still need to lower the quality and resolution to get modern games - such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review" target="_blank"><em>Bioshock Infinite</em></a> - to run at playable framerates. It&rsquo;s a shame given how jaw-dropping games can look on ultra-HD displays, and how substantial the MacBook Pro&rsquo;s speakers are, but the fact that such games are playable at all is a very good thing.</p> <p>For proper graphical skills you&rsquo;ll have to splash out on the 15-inch 2.5GHz version of the MacBook Pro, which comes with Nvidia Geforce 750M graphics - but also costs RM7899. We&#39;d love to see dedicated graphics on the lower models.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 Best Games of All Time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll have to pare the graphics back a bit to get the latest big games running" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_2.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The price is right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has reshuffled things in terms of price, and for the first time you&rsquo;re able to own a MacBook Pro with Retina for less than a grand: pick up the 2.6Ghz model and you&#39;ll be left with exactly one pound to put towards a hideously overpriced but totally lovely &ldquo;flat white&rdquo; accessory.</p> <p>The rest of the range has similar processor boosts and price cuts, making every model just a little bit more reasonable. A better computer for less money is never a bad thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every model in the range is a little more powerful and a little cheaper than before" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1309.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2014) verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new MacBook Pro with Retina is the tiniest product refresh yet, and while there&rsquo;s nothing here to get hugely excited about, now is the best time to pick up one of these wonderfully-made, adequately powerful and beautifully thought-through laptops. It still stands head-and-shoulders above the competition, too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1307.JPG?1415187287" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may be a microscopically tiny change to the MacBook Pro&#39;s formula, but when combined with the price cut it&#39;s a winner</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MacBook Pro Retina 13in review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More power and a price cut for 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF1281.JPG?1409019180" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-pro-retina-13in-2014/review#comments Apple Laptops Mac OS X MacBook Pro Retina 13in 2014 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:30:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445805 at http://www.stuff.tv