Interest in tablet PCs has been on the wane, with even bigwigs like Apple hit: it now makes more money from its Macs than it does iPads. So it’s perhaps not the best time for Microsoft to be launching its third price conscious Surface tablet, and the official successor to the Surface RT and Surface 2. If any tablet is going to buck that downward trend, however, the Surface 3 might just be the one, thanks largely to its more flexible and productivity-focused design. Continue reading
In paper the Dell XPS 13 is a very similar critter to the Asus ZenBook. It’s a very similar size, adopting the 13.3 inch ultraportable format to go head to head with Apple’s new MacBook. Packing what appears to be comparable hardware to the ZenBook, it’s only $100 more expensive. However, after spending quality time with the XPS 13, we have to say that it’s deﬁnitely the better of the two. For starters, the XPS 13 has more of a premium feel and ﬁnish to it, bringing it more in line with the superb build quality of the MacBook. The fact that the display stretches all the way to the edges makes a huge aesthetic difference, foregoing the unattractive border found on the ZenBook. The polished aluminum also feels a little sturdier than the ZenBook UX305, though some may dislike the rubberized ﬁnish around the keyboard. Make no mistake, this is an ultraportable device, tipping the scales at just 1.18kg. It’s slightly deeper than the competition, measuring 20mm at its thickest point, which deﬁnitely feels chunkier than the ZenBook and MacBook. However, this extra girth has allowed Dell to cram in some of the fastest components around, but more about that in a moment.
Toshiba’s Satellite P50W is aimed at those who want a full-sized, 15.6 inch laptop, but who don’t want to pay a full-sized price for the privilege. At just $1599 it’s substantially cheaper than many competing laptops in this size range, but Toshiba has had to make several compromises to get the price down so low, mostly regarding the internal components. Continue reading