Ultrabook http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/ultrabook/reviews en-SG Asus' skinny Zenbook NX500 4K ultrabook is ready to slice and dice in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-nx500-skinny-4k-ultrabook/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its high resolution screen and light weight body will make you want this Asus laptop so badly </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="588" height="425" title="Asus&#039; skinny 4K Ultrabook, the Zenbook NX500, lands in Singapore" alt="Asus&#039; skinny 4K Ultrabook, the Zenbook NX500, lands in Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NX500.jpg?1413452150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Slim and sexy. Nope, we&#39;re not talking about svelte figured women. It&#39;s the new Asus Zenbook NX500 fits the bill with its skinny frame and Ultrabook name.</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="/sg/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/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-nx500-skinny-4k-ultrabook/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-nx500-skinny-4k-ultrabook/news#comments Asus Laptops Ultrabook Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:36:14 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450443 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ativ-book-9-plus/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This MacBook-baiting Ultrabook has the highest resolution screen of any laptop. But is it more than just a pixelly face? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-001.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If Stuff&#39;s reviews were based solely on screen quality, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus would score an easy 5 stars.</p> <p>With 3200x1800 pixels spread across its 13.3in display, it has the highest-res screen on any laptop. But with a new Intel Haswell brain inside it, a sleek Ultrabook form and plenty of interesting tricks, there&#39;s a lot more to this laptop than its screen.</p> <p>So is the Ativ Book 9 Plus the Ultrabook that finally ends Apple&#39;s stranglehold on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">Laptops Top 10</a>?&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spectacular screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ultra-desirable design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly underpowered </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too high-res for Windows 8.1 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Glitchy trackpad </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful creature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung is pure class. Its black finish is a world away from the dated silver of its brethren, and the whole thing exudes a premium feel, like you&rsquo;ve just been given a really expensive box of chocolates.</p> <p>It&#39;s also a versatile critter: its screen folds back in two stages, so you can lie it flat on its back. Great for sharing content on a coffee table. Not that we&rsquo;ve ever done that.</p> <p>The display is a ludicrously high-def 3200x1800, which equates to 276ppi. A MacBook Pro With Retina Display, by contrast, can only manage 227ppi. Pixels-per-inch isn&#39;t the only important aspect of a screen, of course - but fortunately the Ativ Book 9 Plus also has excellent viewing angles and 10-point multi-touch which works a charm with Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Battery life is pretty good - we got a useful 7.5hrs out of it in normal use - and even the speakers are great. In short, the Ativ Book 9 Plus has a lot going for it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-008.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-004.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-007.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Windows 8.1</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 13.3in, 3200x1800</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Core i5 (Haswell) @ 1.6GHz</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400</p> <p><strong>RAM </strong>- 4GB Storage - 128GB SSD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, USB3.0 (x2), microHDMI, card reader, Ethernet, mini VGA</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 320 x 223 x 13.6mm / 1.39kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every silver lining... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&#39;s one problem with the Ativ Book 9 Plus, it&#39;s that name. But seriously, folks, the real problem is with that super-hi-res screen. It&#39;s just too good. You see, Windows 8.1&rsquo;s desktop mode is really not designed to be viewed at 3200x1800 resolution, which means you&#39;ll be constantly switching between full-res when using &#39;Metro&#39; mode and 1080p when using desktop. Or you could just scale it down to 1080p permanently, but then what&#39;s the point in having it in the first place?&nbsp;</p> <p>And as we&#39;re being picky, we&#39;ll also mention that the Core i5 Haswell processor within it isn&rsquo;t quite powerful enough to game in full detail and that the touchpad can be a bit tetchy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-009.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course when we start criticising a laptop for having a too-high-resolution screen and not being quite powerful enough for high-end gaming, we are being overly picky. You don&#39;t buy an Ultrabook for hardcore gaming - you buy an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienware-17/review" target="_blank">Alienware 17</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">PlayStation Vita Slim</a>. And as far as the screen goes, well, that&#39;s more of a Windows 8.1 flaw than any fault of the Ativ Book 9 Plus.</p> <p>That said, this isn&#39;t quite the MacBook-beater we were hoping for. It still feels a little under-powered given its high price, and if you&#39;re after a Windows 8.1-running Ultrabook, we&#39;d go for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review" target="_blank">Asus Zenbook UX302 </a>instead. Still, lovely screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus" alt="Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus-laptop-review-006.jpg?1392891161" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most luxurious mobile home you can give to Windows 8</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ativ-book-9-plus/samsung-ativ-book-9-plus/review#comments Ativ Book 9 Plus Laptops Samsung Ultrabook Windows 8 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:08:16 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432620 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Zenbook UX302 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We check the karma levels on Asus’ UX302, the latest reincarnation of one of our favourite Ultrabooks of the past few years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review-14_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </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="/sg/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Things have moved on a great deal in the two years since the release of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-zenbook-ux31/review" target="_blank">Asus&#39; last Zenbook, the UX31, which we loved</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8</a>&nbsp;has been released, and with it touch screens have become an essential part of any laptop. We&#39;ve also seen a proliferation of ultra-HD screens, and lots of bells and whistles added to the laptop formula. Can Asus&#39; latest Zenbook, the UX302, bring the concept into 2013?</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"> S$1,698.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaw-dropping design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent components, mostly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not enough memory </div> <div class="field-item even"> Speakers are a little too quiet </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shiny and well-built </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus has done a wonderful job of creating an ultra-slim laptop that&rsquo;s as far removed from Apple&#39;s influence as possible, while maintaining a stylish and unique aesthetic.</p> <p>Its lid has a metallic concentric pattern sealed beneath a layer of Gorilla Glass, which is achingly pretty when it catches the light, like a flattened disco ball. The rest of the chassis is finished in brushed gunmetal aluminium, which looks and feels comfortable and business-like. We like its striking but practical design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review1_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touchy feely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re also rather fond of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s backlit keyboard, and although it&#39;s ever so slightly rubbery it&#39;s still responsive and comfortable.</p> <p>The trackpad is generous and reactive, and it&#39;s backed up by multi-point touch on the screen. The latter is certainly growing on us since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows&#39; 8.1</a> update, and swiping around Windows&#39; facets has become second nature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Check out our full Windows 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review2_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review9_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I’m not 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus isn&#39;t chasing the 4K and Ultra HD dragon at the moment, and the Zenbook UX302 includes a &lsquo;mere&rsquo; full HD (1920x1080) screen. Thanks to the laptop&#39;s 13.3-inch display size it still looks razor sharp, and we even found ourselves checking the resolution to make sure it wasn&#39;t higher.</p> <p>There&#39;s not a single angle the screen isn&#39;t viewable from &ndash; apart from behind it, natch - and it&#39;s bright and colourful, with good black separation and great contrast. It&#39;s impressive, and it&#39;s even made us wonder how much we really need resolutions above 1080p on our laptops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: We <em>do</em> need resolutions above 1080p on our TVs, though - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tv/heres-why-4k-tv-set-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming the system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our previous encounters with Ultrabooks have left much to be desired in terms of performance, and they generally sacrifice powerful components in favour of those that simply fit into a slim form factor. The Core i7 Haswell chip that powers the Zenbook UX302 has improved things dramatically, and it achieves decent results from industry-standard benchmark software Cinebench, as well as playable framerates in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/grid-2/review-0" target="_blank"><em>Grid 2</em></a> with medium settings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">How Intel Haswell is making CPUs exciting</a></strong></p> <p>The graphics chip is Intel&rsquo;s HD 4400HD, which is good enough for light to moderate gaming. But Asus has made a boo-boo in supplying a mere 4GB of memory, which causes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/metro-last-light/review" target="_blank"><em>Metro: Last Light</em></a> to collapse during its benchmark. It&rsquo;s an odd mis-match given the power of the processor, and it&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not upgradeable either before or after you buy it. A bit of a letdown in the performance stakes, then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review3_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review4_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review7_0.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Zenbook UX302 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Windows 8.1 64-bit</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> -&nbsp;13.3in 16:9 IPS FHD with 1920x1080 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> -&nbsp;Intel Core i7 4500U (Haswell)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> -&nbsp;Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 4GB DDRL</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;500GB HDD + 16GB SSD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> -&nbsp;802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiDi,&nbsp;Bluetooth V4.0,&nbsp;3 x USB 3.0,&nbsp;HDMI,&nbsp;mini Display Port,&nbsp;SD card</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> -&nbsp;325 x 226 x 5-17mm / 1.5kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playing funky music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iridescence of the Zenbook UX302&#39;s screen is matched by the clarity of its audio, which has been specifically tuned by amplifier specialist Icepower. Its soundstage is expansive, with deep bass and crisp trebles; at least by laptop standards. The only criticism here is that we wish it could go a little louder. Plug in some headphones and you&#39;ve got a sweet portable cinema, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any port </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus provides mini Displayport and HDMI out if you want to take your media to bigger screens, as well as three USB 3.0 ports (including one for charging your phone when the laptop&#39;s off), an SD card reader and a headphone socket.</p> <p>If that&#39;s not enough Asus has even remembered to throw in USB-to-ethernet and mini Displayport-to-VGA adapters; the former&#39;s actually really useful, but we&#39;re not sure if we&#39;ll ever see a VGA port again. There&rsquo;s no Thunderbolt, but everything else is catered for.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review6.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Self Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is slight oddness afoot in the way Asus manages storage on the Zenbook UX302.</p> <p>It consists of a 500GB hard drive working in conjunction with a 16GB SSD, but the larger drive is split into two partitions &ndash; one for the OS, and one for data. We have no idea what&#39;s going on here, but it zips through tasks so we can only assume Asus knows what it&#39;s doing.</p> <p>What matters most is that there&#39;s enough storage, and you get 32GB of cloud storage thrown in for free, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powering through the night </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Zenbook UX302&#39;s battery gave us six hours of heavy web browsing (not like that) before it threw in the towel, which isn&#39;t quite as great as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air&rsquo;s</a> amazing skills, but pretty decent nonetheless.</p> <p>Asus includes its Power4Gear Hybrid software, which is essentially a glorified way to access power profiles, but it does allow quick switching between them with a press of the function key and spacebar. Overall, its battery life is modest but reliable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review8.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZenBook UX302 Versus MacBook Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inevitably Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302 is going to invite comparisons to the MacBook Air &ndash; it&#39;s roughly the same size, weight and price. It&#39;s also about as well-specced, even down to the speedy 802.1AC wireless networking.</p> <p>The advantage of the Asus as far as some people will be concerned is that it&#39;s got Windows, which while not everyone&#39;s cup of tea is still a more open platform than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s OS X</a>. The disadvantage is that its battery life is slightly worse and it doesn&#39;t quite have the same level of usability. The MacBook pips the Zenbook, but not by much.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">here&#39;s our full Apple MacBook Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus ZenBook UX302 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus&#39; Zenbook UX302 is so close to being the perfect Ultrabook.</p> <p>The design is luxurious and doesn&#39;t nab too much from the big book of Apple, the screen is astonishing, and it&#39;s rounded off by solid battery life and decent performance. The cigar-robbing flaw is the RAM &ndash; the 4GB module is a chokepoint in an otherwise powerful performance.</p> <p>This is still a lovely laptop, though. In fact, it&#39;s our new favourite ultrabook.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" alt="Asus ZenBook UX302 laptop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-ZenBook-UX302-laptop-review10.JPG?1415686862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> quietness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not quite perfect but still our favourite Ultrabook to date thanks to its almost perfect selection of components and beautiful design</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-zenbook-ux302/review#comments Asus Laptops Ultrabook Windows 8 ZenBook UX302 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432466 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus Transformer Book Trio http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/asus-transformer-book-trio/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Taiwan, a three in one device that promises many things. But the question is – is it three too many? </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 Transformer Book Trio review" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ASUS-Transfomer-Trio-Big.jpg?1388772790" /> </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="/sg/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, companies were touting their devices &quot;can do many things in one&rdquo;. Of course the reality is &ndash; things changes and quickly. Before, people would want to have one device to do it all. Now, it has become normal to bring two or more devices around, so people with a tablet and laptop on the table at your local kopitiam/starbucks are not something out of the ordinary now.</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"> S$1,698.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-mode gives users options </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great IPS screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact design </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"> Iffy keyboard </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not as thin as we would like it to be </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"> Inherited design </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 Trio is no sleek, ultraslim runway model &ndash; like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">Macbook Air</a> or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-aspire-s7/review" target="_blank">Acer Aspire S7</a>. But true to its &#39;transformer&#39; name, the Transformer Book Trio can work either as a laptop, a standalone tablet, or a fully functional desktop machine.</p> <p>In terms of connectivity, Asus has tried to cram as many usable ports onto the Trio as they possibly could. You get two USB 3.0 ports, mini HDMI and mini DisplayPort, plus a combo headphone/microphone jack. While there is no SD slot here (boo!), there is a microSD slot on the bottom of the tablet portion of the Trio.</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="Asus Transformer Book Trio review" alt="Asus Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Transformer-trio-front.jpg?1388772790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Keyboard.jpg?1388772790" /> </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 in spades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we say performance, we don&rsquo;t mean a high-end Intel quad core behemoth. Asus did however fit the Transformer Book Trio with two different processors: an Intel Core i5-4200U in the keyboard dock and an Atom Z2560 in the tablet portion. This gives the Trio more than enough processing power to punch through anything you can throw at it. However, we were not enamoured with the amount of RAM on the computer side &ndash; 4GB is barely enough for today&rsquo;s intensive needs, but at least they managed to fit in 2GB on the tablet. Even so daily use with the Trio is sufficiently speedy, with nary a hiccup.</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"> 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"> Multi-Mode(s) </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 interesting thing about the Trio is of course its multiple modes. Asus is marketing the Trio to have, well, three modes &ndash; laptop, tablet and desktop.</p> <p>Disconnecting the 11.6 inch IPS screen (which holds the innards for the tablet) is simple &ndash; press a latch in the middle, and slip the tablet from the dock.&nbsp;You can then use it as per your normal tablet usage. </p> <p>Once docked, you can switch between two operating systems - Window and Android - with just a press of a button. </p> <p>The last mode is what&nbsp;Asus&nbsp;calls the Desktop mode. When you undock the screen/tablet, you just need to connect it to an external display, and boom &ndash; you have yourself a desktop computer.</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="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/multimode.jpg?1388772790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Transformer-trio-front_0.jpg?1388772790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Transformer-Trio-Android.jpg?1388772790" /> </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"> Multimedia </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 looking for a machine that you can easily playback your media, the Trio&#39;s a good bet.</p> <p>The IPS screen gives a boost to watching media, coupled with a large viewing angle and decent colour reproduction. It is not a high-end gaming rig by any means, as it does not have a dedicated graphics card but lower-end, casual games will run just fine. On the Tablet side, your 16GB of storage should be sufficient for most tasks.</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="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BnO.jpg?1388772790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seeing that there are two different batteries in the Trio, you would be expecting a long life from this machine yes? Depending on what you mean by long life. We tested the docked configuration on Windows mode, and we managed to get about 6 hours of usage (Wifi on, 50 per cent screen brightness) while the docked Android managed to last for about 12 hours of continuous usage. Of course this halves when you undock the tablet away from the dock &ndash; but you can still have your movies on your tablet for that KL to Taipei flight without any problems.</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="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" alt="ASUS Transformer Book Trio review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Transformer-trio-front2.jpg?1388772790" /> </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"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The nearly two kilo multi-mode machine is quite good on paper, and ticks almost all of the boxes in the real world. We would love to have a thinner profile plus an SSD storage. The keyboard can be iffy for some, but should be sufficient for most people. All and all, it is something we would recommend to people who want to carry less, yet do more.</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/sg/android/asus-transformer-book-trio/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/asus-transformer-book-trio/review#comments Android Asus Tablets Ultrabook Windows 8 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430569 at http://www.stuff.tv Behold the bold new breed of Asus Ultrabooks http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/behold-bold-new-breed-asus-ultrabooks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus unveils sexy slim Ultrabooks, the Zenbook UX301 and UX302, at Sitex </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="1573" height="1180" title="Behold the bold new breed of Asus Ultrabooks" alt="Behold the bold new breed of Asus Ultrabooks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zenbook.jpg?1385605407" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following the success of the first generation of the Zenbook series, Asus cements its position as Ultrabook top dog with the sleek Zenbook UX301 and UX302.</p> <p class="p1">Both scratch-resistant Zenbooks may have inherited the good looks of their predecessors, but what they&rsquo;re packing under the hood is new and improved. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors, these slim workhorses have worked up quite the appetite to gnash through the most demanding of tasks for up to 8 hours on a single charge.</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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/sg/asus/behold-bold-new-breed-asus-ultrabooks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/behold-bold-new-breed-asus-ultrabooks/news#comments Asus Sitex 2013 Ultrabook Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:14:04 +0000 Elissa Loi 1429529 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: pesky telemarketers shall not pass, Nissan 3E on your head, wired roaches! http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/fully-charged-nissan-teases-google-glass-3e-how-get-rid-pesky-telemarketers-forever-hp-s-sweet-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be rid of those annoying telemarketers with the do-not-call registry, and enjoy sips of our locally brewed tech tea for the latest news in the wired world in peace </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="550" height="412" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roboroach.jpg?1384255823" /> </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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Begone forever, annoying telemarketers </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 never have to feel a split-second of fury at finding a telemarketer on the end of the line, ever again. To not be badgered by calls from people reciting from their monitors, all you have to do is simply get yourself registered on the newly live local&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dnc.gov.sg/index.html" target="_blank">Do Not Call Registry</a>. The process doesn’t cost a cent. Spend some time inputting your number, and you’ll have a lifetime free of undesired phonecalls to look forward to. The system is currently undergoing trial testing but don’t fret, salvation will begin from 2 December this year.</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="792" height="593" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DNC%20Registry.jpg?1384255823" /> </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"> Nissan sneaks peek at 3E </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">Not much is known about the Japanese carmaker’s wearable head-up display as yet, but from the minute-long trippy trailer, it looks like it could revolutionise the way we drive. Imagine that device feeding your eyes with road info, without you ever having to twitch a muscle. This is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nismo/nissan-nismo-smartwatch-reads-your-biometrics-and-chats-your-car/news" target="_blank">not Nissan’s first crack at a wearable</a>, and could prove valuable in the future if the devices can prove to be collaborative. Let’s just hope the 3E’s not all smoke and mirrors when it shows itself at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Stay tuned.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57611837-48/nissan-teases-google-glass-competitor/" target="_blank">CNET</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ln99yGN1Y0w" 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-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"> HP breaks out fresh Ultrabook in time for Christmas </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">The HP Spectre13 Ultrabook looks classically handsome in Truffle Brown and weighs an extremely manageable 1.48kg. All while packing a multimedia-friendly 13.3-inch QHD touchscreen display and a power packed Intel Core i7 processor.</p> <p dir="ltr">That’s not all the goods it’s bringing to the table. In a HP first, the Spectre13 Ultrabook comes with the HP Control Zone track pad for a more intuitive Windows 8 experience. The wider than usual trackpad has been extended so that users can bring up Windows Charms much more easily via the Control Zone. Better productivity, less trackpad-incurred frustration, what’s not to like?</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="3247" height="2432" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HP%20Spectre13%20Ultrabook%20%282%29.jpg?1384255823" /> </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"> World disapproves of cockroach-control app </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">What started as a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/backyardbrains/the-roboroach-control-a-living-insect-from-your-sm" target="_blank">Kickstarter project</a> has garnered enough monetary support to become reality. For just US$99 (S$124), you get a little electronic backpack to control a roach, which is thankfully not included. Subdue a good-sized bugger in ice water, attach the backpack to it with glue and insert a wire in its thorax. Viola, your very own robotic roach, controlled via an app. Critics have lambasted creators Backyard Brains for animal cruelty, but the company maintains that the project encourages a healthy interest in neuroscience. The things people do for science...</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24455141" target="_blank">BBC</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="550" height="412" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roboroach_0.jpg?1384255823" /> </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/sg/hp/fully-charged-nissan-teases-google-glass-3e-how-get-rid-pesky-telemarketers-forever-hp-s-sweet-ne#comments HP Nissan Ultrabook Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:30:26 +0000 Elissa Loi 1429006 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Series 7 Ultra http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the inclusion of a dedicated graphics chip elevate Samsung’s Series 7 Ultra above the current glut of Ultrabooks? </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1.JPG?1381533979" /> </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="/sg/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The laptop business is a funny old game. On one hand you've got Apple, clearly (and, most would argue, correctly) chuffed with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a> and content to simply tweak it on a year-on-year basis. On the other you've got practically every other laptop manufacturer, each trying to add something fresh to the Ultrabook formula so that its offering pokes its head above the sea of competition. With the dedicated GPU-toting Series 7 Ultra, Samsung thinks it's cracked it.</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"> S$1,599.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Dedicated graphics </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent battery by ultrabook standards </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"> Last-gen processor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Keyboard and trackpad could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Too pricey for what it is </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"> Build and usability </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 majority of the Series 7 Ultra’s 18.9mm thin body is the now standard brushed-aluminium, and it’s not a bad choice - the screen, in particular, has very little flex. We’re slightly suspicious of the keyboard surround, though, which looks like aluminium but feels distinctly plasticky.</p> <p>The keyboard itself is well laid-out, but doesn’t have a huge amount of depth or clackitiness (the scientific term for the amount of satisfying clack). A nice big touchpad sits below it, but it’s prone to accidental touches that can send Windows 8 into a bit of a kerfuffle. As a result you have to keep your thumbs hovering delicately above it, as if you’re massaging a lion’s snout.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.JPG?1381533979" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen dreams </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>Where Samsung gets it absolutely right is in the Series 7 Ultra’s glorious touch-enabled screen. It’s a full-HD affair, so even the humblest of pics looks magnificent, with solid blacks, vivid colours and clean whites.</p> <p>Despite its glossy finish at full brightness it’s usable in direct sunlight. We’re actually writing this in a rooftop pub garden on a sunny day (the life of a tech journalist, eh?) and it hasn’t turned into a big and expensive mirror, which is a very good thing. Especially given the state of our reflection.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3.JPG?1381533979" /> </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"> Dedication’s what you need </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>Rather than using Intel’s shiny new battery-saving Haswell architecture, Samsung has stuck to last year’s Ivy Bridge. There's no getting around that being a bit of a disappointment, but Samsung’s compensation is a dedicated graphics chip in the form of AMD’s Radeon HD 8570M. We tried out a couple of Unreal Engine games - Dishonored and Remember Me - but to achieve playable 25 frames-per-second framerates we had to drop the resolution and textures considerably, which is a little annoying given how nice games could look in full-HD. Even so, it’s a damn sight better than the spine-chillingly sluggish Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip that usually adorns ultrabooks, and it ploughs through high-definition videos without breaking a sweat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power reserves </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 the screen’s brightness whacked up we managed to get just over five hours out of the battery - and don’t worry, we didn’t spend all that time in the pub garden. It’s fairly impressive by Ultrabook standards, and you can add at least another hour to that when you’ve got the brightness tuned to a more reasonable level, but that’s still only around half of what the 2013 MacBook Air achieved in our test. We’re still putting that down to black magic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity and storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To the left of the screen you’ll find a collapsible ethernet port, an HDMI-out, USB 3.0, a mic/headphone combo socket and a mini VGA port. The latter’s for connecting that enormous CRT monitor you refuse to get rid of, of course. To the right sit two regular USB slots and an SD card port with a terrifyingly flimsy plastic cover. The standard WiFi and Bluetooth connections are present and correct, although the former lacks 802.11ac networking - a neat addition to the MacBook Air <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-you-should-care-about-80211ac-wi-fi/feature" target="_blank">that you should definitely care about</a>. It’s unusual for the normally lackadaisical Apple to get in there first with a product feature, and it leaves Samsung behind. A reasonable 128GB SSD is available for filling with games and movies, and it allows Windows to boot snappily.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9124_0.JPG?1381533979" /> </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"> Versus MacBook Air </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>The 13.3-inch form factor, ultra-slim size and brushed aluminium inevitably invite comparisons to Apple’s latest portable Mac - and you get the feeling that that's exactly what Samsung was going for. The MacBook’s still a winner in our hearts and our minds - it just does everything a little bit better. And, somehow, it’s £50 cheaper. There is a certain case to be made for Samsung’s wonderful screen and dedicated graphics, but we’d rather have Apple’s future-proof all-rounder than this late-to-the-party Ultrabook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Series 7 is a great Ultrabook, and one of the best we’ve seen, its hardware is flagging in comparison to Apple’s latest MacBook. The screen, though, is magnificent, and deserves the sort of round-the-block queues usually reserved for Cupertino’s latest. That alone isn’t enough, though, and for now the MacBook Air is safe at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">laptops Top 10</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9147.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Series 7’s jaw-dropping screen and dedicated graphics chip almost blinded us to its last-gen processor. Almost.</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/sg/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review#comments Intel Laptops Samsung Ultrabook Windows 8 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:56:37 +0000 Ian Paynton 1424904 at http://www.stuff.tv