Samsung Notebook 9 Review

5

One computer design trend I’ve been enjoying lately is the growing number of laptops that fit big 15-inch screens into relatively thin, light bodies. For many years, a 13-inch laptop, such as the MacBook Air or Dell XPS 13, was as big as you dared go in screen size for a system intended for regular travel. Any bigger than that, and the laptop would inevitably be a 5-pound-plus monster that would weigh down your shoulder bag. Netzteil Sony We’ve all seen on-the-go office warriors dragging themselves, slump-shouldered, across the street — no one wants to be that guy. The 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 is a key new example of a bigger screen in a smaller body. For $1,199 in the US, it includes a current-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a big 256GB solid-state hard drive, and 8GB of RAM — that’s a very reasonable price for this semi-premium configuration. Ladegerät Toshiba (Samsung isn’t currently offering this model in the UK or Australia, but that translates to roughly £817 or AU$1,566) At the time of this review, Samsung is offering a $100 discount, bringing this model down to $1,099. The display is a non-touch full HD (1,920×1,080) one, but an extra $300 gets a 4K-resolution touch version.

Design

If you’ve seen a Samsung laptop in the last four years, the Notebook 9 will look familiar. Prior Notebook Series 9 owners will notice this 13-inch Ultrabook apes the design Samsung introduced in 2012 with the Series 9 notebook. With both machines sharing the same name, this is arguably part homage and part “Why fix a design that already works?”. Though some notebooks like the HP Spectre 13 and Lenovo Yoga 900S are just now becoming stunningly thin, Samsung did it first. Like other Samsung products, the Notebook 9 is all about curves. Eschewing hard edges, you’ll find a slightly rounded lid and a rolling slope that extends from hinge to the depressed keyboard deck before rising again to meet the slightly raised palm rest. Notebook Akkus Fujitsu The only hard right angles on this laptop are found on its edges, which form a defined spine that wraps around the periphery. But even then, this sharp angle gives way to a sloped underside, making it seem as if the Notebook 9 is thinner than it actually is. Not that this notebook needs any niptuck trickery. The Notebook 9’s featherweight chassis can be attributed to its magnesium and aluminum build. Akku Acer Most premium laptops like the MacBook Air and Asus UX305 come etched from an aluminum block, but magnesium affords Samsung’s Ultrabook the same level of quality at a fraction of the weight. However, most magnesium spun notebooks like the Lenovo LaVie Z and LG Gram 15 can feel a bit plasticky. Samsung has countered this by sprinkling enough aluminum into the mix to make the Notebook 9 feel solid and rigid. The only flimsy area that has me worried is the squishy lid, which depresses easily due to a noticeable air gap between the screen lid and the display itself.

Display

The 15-inch, 1920 x 1080 display on the Notebook 9 produces crisp images with extremely vibrant, but slightly inaccurate, colors. I watched the most recent trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse and was impressed by how much detail I could see in Angel’s wings and debris flying through the air. But I found that the colors had a golden bias: Skin tones across the board were too warm, appearing orange and yellow, while Mystique’s blue hue was bright enough to appear cartoonish. Psylocke’s sword, usually an intense purple, looked too pink. Chargeur pour Acer Iconia Tab A210 At 348 nits, the Notebook 9’s display is brighter than the panels on the LG Gram (246 nits), the Spectre x360 15t (246 nits), the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW (289 nits) and the mainstream category average (249 nits). The Notebook 9 covers an impressive 110.4 percent of the sRGB color gamut, but the ZenBook Pro (111 percent) and the HP Spectre x360 (119 percent) offer a few more shades. Chargeur pour Acer Iconia Tab A500 The LG Gram covers 101 percent of the gamut. Despite its yellow tinge, the screen delivered a solid Delta-E color accuracy score of 1.2 (the closer to 0, the better). Other 15-inch mainstream laptops fared much worse: The Gram scored 3.5, the HP Spectre x360 15t notched 4.1 and the ZenBook Pro UX501VW registered 4.37. Viewing angles on the Notebook 9 were strong, as colors remained true even at 80 degrees to the left and right.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Samsung’s a master of the thin and light laptop, and despite the incredibly thin design, the keyboard doesn’t suffer. Travel is decent but not deep like a ThinkPad, tactile feel is superb and key damping and actuation force are perfect. Surface Pro 4 Charger I’ve typed this long review on the laptop, and enjoyed doing so. Good job again, Samsung. The black keys provide good contrast and are easy to see in any light and the 13.3″ model’s multi-stage blue-green backlighting is easier on the eyes than white. You can set the keyboard backlight timeout in Samsung’s setting app. Note that the 3.3″ model has a backlit keyboard but the 15″ does not. Odd that the bigger model lacks backlighting, as does the LG Gram 15. The large Microsoft Precision trackpad is likewise excellent, as on other laptops that use this trackpad. PSU Kindle Fire HD It tracks finger movements very well and supports basic gestures like two-finger scrolling and zooming. There are no extended settings however. That said, I’ll take a trackpad that works very well over feature overload.

Performance

With an Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, the ATIV Book 9 Plus easily streamed a 1080p video from YouTube, even with 10 tabs open in Chrome Hearthstone downloading in the background. When we ran Geekbench 3 to test overall system performance, the ATIV Book scored 5,056 — just behind the XPS 13 (5,653 with 5th Gen Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM), but way ahead of the Elitebook Folio 1020 (3,814 with Intel Core-M5Y71 and 8GB of RAM) and the category average of 3,846. The Samsung took 5 minutes and 17 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice. Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader That’s ahead of the XPS 13 (5:34), the Elitebook Folio 1020 (6:36) and the ultraportable average of 11:02. To evaluate the ATIV Book’s 128 GB SSD, we duplicated 4.97GB of mixed media files. The Samsung achieved a transfer rate of 221.3 MBps, a good deal faster than the SSDs in the XPS 13 (154.2 MBps), the Elitebook Folio 1020 (182 MBps) and the category average of 100 MBps. It’s too bad we weren’t able to test the Intel HD 5500 graphics found on new ATIV Book 9 Plus models, but the Intel HD 4400 graphics in our configuration is more than enough to handle light gaming. The only issue is that the 3200 x 1800 native resolution is often too high for smooth gaming; we suggest moving down to a lower resolution. Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader When I played Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft at the ATIV Book’s native resolution and medium settings, I noticed periods of lag when I was selecting cards and when spell animations were running. After I switched to 1920 x 1080, Hearthstone ran much more smoothly. On the 3DMark Fire Strike graphics benchmark, the ATIV Book 9 Plus scored 581, about 30 percent behind the XPS 13 (740), slightly behind the ultraportable average of 603, but ahead of the Elitebook Folio 1020 (403).

Battery Life

Basically, the machine doesn’t call attention to itself while you’re trying to get stuff done. Well, with one exception. Unlike other modern PCs, many of which come installed with Intel-owned McAfee security software, the Notebook 9 comes pre-loaded with a trial version of Symantec’s Norton Security suite. Norton isn’t alone in its affinity for annoying pop-ups — McAfee is also a bad offender — but Symantec takes death by trialware to a new level. Caricabatterie Polycom After I repeatedly refused to pay for a subscription (read: I clicked the passive-aggressive “stay unprotected” button), I eventually started seeing a pop-up in the lower-right corner of my screen. But unlike with other pop-ups, I couldn’t close, minimize or even move this one. Ultimately, I had to uninstall the program to make the annoying box go away. Which, let’s be real, I might have done anyway, but is that really what Norton wants? To lose a chance of me ever signing up? Also, I think we can agree that having to open program settings, uninstall an app and then restart your machine is quite an extreme, time-sucking response when all you wanna do is close a pop-up. Caricabatterie Sager Samsung rates the Notebook 9 for up to 12 hours of battery life on the 15-inch model, and up to 10 hours on the 13-inch version, which I haven’t tested. I’m sure with somewhat intermittent use and conservative brightness settings you could indeed reach 12 hours, or close to it, but in Engadget’s (admittedly taxing) video rundown test, I got 8 hours and 16 minutes. Given how bright this particular screen is, I decided to re-run the test at half brightness, but even that extended the runtime by only 36 minutes.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market for the thinnest and lightest Core i5 13″ Ultrabook you can get, buy this. Really. That is unless you want a touch screen. The Samsung Notebook 9 is the kind of innovation we like to see–rather than adding a bunch of features that don’t improve computing or mobility or are hard to see the difference (4K displays on 12.5″ laptops- ha!), we have the perfect storm of super-portability, performance, battery life and classy design and materials. There are enough ports to make this a practical main machine, though some do require dongles or micro cables. Samsung Adattatore Still, the 12″ MacBook has just ONE port and the Dell XPS 13 will send you on a sometimes frustrating hunt for just the right USB-C adapters. The 15″ market is mainstream in the US, and there are Ultrabooks, budget laptops with plastic casings and low end CPUs, just a few convertibles and quite a few quad core machines with strong dedicated graphics. Thus I can’t say that you should run out and buy the 15″ Samsung Notebook 9, because I don’t know which of those four types of laptops you’re in the market for. Sony Adattatore If you do want an Ultrabook with a dual core CPU and are looking for the lightest and slimmest laptop you can get, by all means the Notebook 9 15″ is a top contender. The price is reasonable for what you get– the LG Gram 15 similarly configured other than a bigger SSD, is $1,500.

HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Laptop Review

5

Until HP released Pavilion gaming laptop series I regarded as Pavilion laptops to be produced for daily or office use. The Pavilion laptops had almost everything from strong processor, graphics card, SSD, and so forth but all of the specs were not incredibly fabulous. They had been included within the medium variety or produced for typical use. HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop is really a higher improvement more than that. Medion Netzteil HP Pavilion 15 even though looks almost similar like any other Pavilion laptop in terms of design, it has extra highly effective specs at the core. The laptop is powered by skylate quad-core processor which is the most exciting feature in this laptop. HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop competes with Dell inspiron 7559 and Lenevo y700. Out of these three HP laptop is the least expensive one. MSI Ladegerät Note Pavilion 15 gaming laptop can be customized, you can check the specs to know about available configurations. This laptop is an i7, and 8gb machine, you can get this in other configurations as well.

Design

Like all good gaming laptops, the Pavilion is black. The keyboard glows Alien green with a font that echoes a classic 1980s sci-fi. Its keys are sturdy and responsive, and although the touchpad leaves a little to become desired, I’m assuming that most owners will plug in an external mouse for gaming purposes. There are a few design details I appreciate, such as the gradient of green honeycomb rising up from the base and the green feet on the bottom. The Pavilion Gaming’s matte black lid looks very neat when folded up. Netzteil Packard Bell Weight-wise, the Pavilion loads in at around a kilo lighter than the Predator. Size-wise the HP is nearly 4cm shorter in depth and 1cm thinner. It’s also nearly 200g lighter than the Gigabyte machine we mentioned and it’s pretty much the same size as it too. Overall, it’s lighter and in some cases smaller than its rivals. Ladegerät Samsung The hinge is usually a little ugly owed to the fact that the screen is held on by two arms near the edge of the display. It’s very durable but not aesthetically pleasing. On each side there’s a USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 on the left side. Also on this side is actually a DVD writer, although these are becoming less and less useful more than time. This will only really be of any use to gamers who buy their wares from gaming shops.

Screen

The HP Pavilion Gaming does have up-to-date hardware where it really matters, though. It has a 15.6in IPS LCD 1080p screen, which is perhaps the perfect balance of size and resolution for a gaming laptop that isn’t intimidatingly huge. It has a matt finish, too, which diffuses reflections to make them less distracting. An IPS panel ensures good viewing angles, which you almost certainly won’t have had if you’re upgrading from, say, a five-year-old laptop with a nasty old TN screen. Toshiba Batterie The HP Pavilion Gaming’s display doesn’t bend back far enough to show these angles off, but even with a totally standard laptop hinge the difference between IPS and TN is immediately obvious. This is not a particularly impressive screen among £600-800 laptops more generally, though. Its colours are noticeably undersaturated. They don’t look wrong, but they won’t make games pop like a great TV might. Testing the HP Pavilion Gaming with our colorimeter, its display hits a pretty dismal 57 percent of the sRGB standard, which is low for an IPS screen. It achieves just 41 percent of the more demanding Adobe RGB standard. Contrast is perfectly acceptable at 832:1, though, which helps the HP Pavilion Gaming avoid looking weak or legitimately washed-out. Colour calibration is fine too, with a DeltaE of 0.15-0.52. Vizio Batterie While the display just can’t render those really deep reds, greens and blues, the tones it can handle look natural enough. The last little glitch is that top brightness is just OK, at 228cd/m2. As such it’s going to struggle with very bright outdoors conditions even with a matt-finish screen. Overall, it’s decent enough without being remarkable.

Audio

Even though the Pavilion 15 has Bang & Olufsen speakers, the audio didn’t have the punch and clarity that I expected. At higher volumes, you’ll start to hear distortions on the highs, as I noticed on Spree Wilson’s “Counterfeit.” The keyboards turned into a muddy mess, leaving little room for the percussion to breathe. The mids have been relatively clear, allowing the vocalist’s airy vocals to float above the distortion. Nexus 5 Adapter Laptop For the best result, I would recommend keeping the volume at 80 percent. The notebook delivered clear, distinct dialogue during Witcher 3, allowing me to hear all the gruffness in Geralt’s voice. However, sound effects like the clashing of swords sounded hollow while the yelp of a large wolf I had dispatched seemed muffled.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Even though HP crammed in a full number pad on the Pavilion 15’s deck, the green, backlit keys on the island-style keyboard had been nicely sized with good spacing. I had a comfortable typing experience, quickly hitting my usual 60 words per minute on the 10FastFingers Typing Test. The keys were a little mushy, but had a fairly standard 1.3-millimeter key travel and 60 grams of actuation (the force needed to depress a key). Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Adapter Laptop The large, 4.3 x 2.5-inch Synaptics clickpad was accurate and responsive. Performing gestures such as two-finger scroll and three-finger flick was a breeze. But I wish the corners of the pad had more feedback, since it I felt like I was pressing on a sponge at times.

Performance

After running all of the benchmarks, I decided to look at the actual gaming side of things. Sure we can look at the raw stats, but they aren’t always an indication of how a product handles ‘out in the wild. Since laptop CPUs and GPUs aren’t as highly effective as their desktop counterparts, I decided to try out a slightly older game, Alan Wake. The environmental effects, fog, and use of lighting produced Alan Wake an almost system killer when it was first released. Even today, some machines still struggle to play the game at its full potential. AC Adapter Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5 I set the resolution to 1080p, cranked up the graphics to full and entered Mr. Wake’s nightmare world. The device handled the game near flawlessly and didn’t even produce any screen tearing either. It was a bliss to play through. Even with all of the gaming and backlit keys and aesthetics, a laptop is useless if it cannot do the job it’s good at: portable work. I used the device for several weeks as my primary work machine (which incorporated Word, Excel, and Adobe Fireworks), took it to events, and took it around with me wherever I could. Typing was bliss with the flat keys requiring minimal force to execute. Adapter Acer ADP-40KD BB It may not be everyone, but, for me, it made touch typing a lot easier than normal. The multi-touch touchpad lacks traditional separate left and right buttons and is instead one large pad. It took a bit of getting used to, but eventually became second nature. I also used it for quite a bit of Netflix viewing. The screen gave a crisp, clear image, which the speakers have been excellent with the sound, albeit it a little soft. During my time with it, I had only a single Blue Screen of Death while running Windows 10. This, in my books, can be a win due to how often the OS BSOD’s on other devices.

Verdict

HP did a lot right with the Pavilion 15. The manufacturer combined a highly effective quad-core processor with a fast GPU and 16 GB of RAM. An SSD makes for a fast system performance. Panasonic Adattatore Nevertheless, the Pavilion does not lack storage space due to a 2.5-inch hard drive. At least while idle, the computer can work quietly. The battery life is good for a notebook of its performance class. In addition, we liked the matte Full HD IPS display, which delivers a high contrast, wide viewing angles and can already shine with good colors out-of-the-box. Only the brightness and the color space are quite low. Caricabatterie Philips Once again a typical weakness of many HP notebooks deserves critique: A warranty of only one year is too short for a 1200-Euro (~$1314) notebook. In addition, the computer is not easily maintainable. Those who want to get to the innards have to open the case, which is tiresome here.

MSI GE60 Notebook Review

5

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched their most current and “greatest” GPU architecture, codenamed Maxwell. The initial components launched around the desktop inside the type of the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, but offered the improvements in efficiency relative to Kepler, Maxwell seemed an ideal fit for gaming notebooks. Ladegerät Fujitsu A month later, NVIDIA confirmed the use of Maxwell in several new GTX 800M mobile GPUs, but there’s a catch: not all on the new 800M GPUs use Maxwell, and in fact certain models (GTX 860M in particular) are available in both Kepler and Maxwell flavors. While we weren’t able to test the new GPUs at launch, we now have shipping hardware in hand, courtesy of MSI’s updated GE60. Netzteil HP For those unfamiliar with MSI’s notebook lineup, the breakdown goes something like this, starting at the top in terms of performance and pricing. The GT series comes equipped with the fastest GPUs and CPUs and targets the enthusiast notebook gaming sector; one step down from that in performance is the GS series, which comes with sleeker and more refined designs, but also slightly slower configurations (generally speaking). Below that sits the GE series, which is more of a mainstream gaming platform, delivering reasonable levels of performance at a price point that won’t break the bank.

Design

Nearly every gaming laptop we’ve seen recently follows a pretty standard design brief. Black chassis, more likely matte than glossy; brushed-metal keyboard tray, also black; and at least one backlit logo, usually around the back of your lid. The MSI GE60 hits all those parameters, and even adds the gaming laptop cliche of multicolored lights, in the kind of a rainbowlike keyboard backlight (it’s not nearly as bad an offender as Alienware’s laptops, though). Lenovo Netzteil The front lip rises up about 1 inch off the desktop, and the rise is about 1.25 inches inside the rear, making this a thick, chunky, boxy laptop, the complete opposite from the tapered, slim designs of nearly every new non-gaming laptop. That’s an industrywide problem, however, not one specific to MSI. I’ll go further and say this is one on the sharper-looking boxy gaming laptops that I’ve ever seen. Netzteil LG That’s because it’s not built on a generic third-party chassis, as boutique companies such as Origin PC and Maingear are forced to do. Out in the recent gaming laptops we’ve tried, if I can’t have the amazingly slim custom bodies produced by Razer, this MSI version is my next favorite choice.

Keyboard and Touchpad

MSI has installed a backlit, SteelSeries keyboard in our test model, which can operate in many bright colors. The SteelSeries keyboards are well known from other MSI models. They have an unusual layout, which requires a little getting used to. For example, the Windows key and the <> keys are not to be found on the left side, but rather placed on the right side. The Enter key is also halved. Batterie Samsung Typing is comfortable as the flat keys have a short stroke distance and are quiet. The keyboard is suited for users with small to medium-sized hands. We especially like the large hand-rest areas. The touchpad is large: 106 x 70 mm (~4.2 x 2.8 inches). This would make working very comfortable had not the keys been integrated directly underneath the surface, as these raise several issues. If you click once and leave your finger on the pad, then the mouse cursor will slide or jump around wildly. The surface is not optimal either as it comes across as a little sticky. The mouse keys are comfortable to press and produce a loud clicking noise.

Performance

Our GE60 review unit came with Intel’s fourth generation, quad-core Core i7-4700MQ processor clocked at 2.4-3.4GHz. (However, this was overclocked by its vendor, Xotic PC, through its Redline Boost service.) This unit also features a Samsung PM841 128GB mSATA III SSD — the standard is a 750GB HDD at 7,200 rpm — and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Sony Batterie This is a fine match for the Alienware 14, which boasts a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, a 256GB mSATA SSD and a 750 GB, 7,200 rpm HDD along with 16GB of RAM. Throughout most of our synthetic and proprietary benchmark tests, the GE60 and Alienware 14 were neck and neck. Thanks to its SSD, this gaming laptop booted to Windows 8 in a blistering 6.3 seconds, and completed the LAPTOP File Transfer Test in 27 seconds. Nexus 7 Adapter Laptop That translates to a 188.5 MBps transfer rate. Alienware’s 14-inch machine booted to Windows 7 at a snail’s pace by comparison, 30 seconds, but finished its File Transfer test with a rate of 204 MBps. MSI’s latest 15.6-inch rig finished our OpenOffice Spreadsheet test, which matches 20,000 names and addresses, in 4 minutes and 5 seconds. That blows away the category average of 5:49, but the Alienware 14 finished the test 5 seconds faster. On the synthetic PCMark 7 test, the GE60 scored 5,654, beating the Alienware 14 (5,325) by more than 300 points. Overall, these scores match this notebook’s performance. The GE60 was quick in switching between the Windows 8 Modern and desktop interfaces, and loading games and apps was a breeze.

Battery Runtime

The MSI GE60 uses a small 49 Wh battery and clearly is not designed for long-term mobility. Using the BatteryEater Reader Test with energy savings mode on, minimum display brightness, and wireless modules off, we observed a runtime of 4 hours. Competing notebooks also tend to manage such short battery runtimes. The Asus N56VZ is an exception with a measured runtime of 6 hours in this scenario. PSU Apple Macbook Air In practical use, however, the battery runtime drops considerably. We used the Wi-Fi test with energy savings mode on and brightness set to approximately 150 cd/m2. Using a script, we opened different websites and YouTube videos every 40 seconds and observed a moderate runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes for the MSI GE60. Using the internal optical drive, it is possible to watch most extended cut movies under these conditions. For those willing to accept reduced 3D performance when running on battery power, gaming sessions must be limited to short periods of time. Adapter Bose SoundLink 1 2 3 Using the BatteryEater Classic Test that simulates a load situation using the high-performance profile, maximum brightness, and wireless modules turned on, the notebook had a battery runtime of 49 minutes. This runtime is dwarfed by the charging time of approximately two and a half hours.

Conclusion

Overall, the MSI GE60 is a remarkably well-rounded gaming laptop. For just $1,349-less than half the cost of a high-end, heavyweight 17.3-inch rig-it offers a comfortable keyboard, vivid 1080p screen, rich and well-balanced audio, and solid gaming performance, all wrapped up in an attractive, lightweight aluminum build. With a price this low, however, some compromises were inevitable. Adattatore MSI The lack of an SSD makes the GE60’s productivity performance a bit poky. The notebook also runs hot when playing games, due to its downward-facing vents, and suffers from an iffy touch pad (though this last is mitigated by the fact that most gamers will opt for an external mouse). Still, we applaud MSI for identifying those qualities we most desire in a gaming notebook-crisp visuals, full-bodied sound, and top-notch (or very nearly top-notch) gaming performance-and focusing on getting those right. Packard Bell Adattatore The GE60 may not have the biggest muscles on the beach, but it won’t get sand kicked in its face, either.

MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro (2015) Review

5

Small update, large impact. MSI now installs the brand new premium models from Nvidia’s Maxwell generation. Study right here to what extent the GeForce GTX 980M can outperform its precursor, and what it appears like when it comes to temperatures, power consumption, and technique noise. “Think big”: hardly any other manufacturer follows this motto like MSI. The laptop specialist specifically comes up trumps in its GT72 line. Ladegerät Asus An example is our assessment sample. While the processor is still quite conventional (Core i7-4710HQ), 32 GB of DDR3 RAM and 2 TB of storage are more than lush. MSI fuses a total of four M.2 SSDs to a RAID 0 array that is accompanied by an ordinary HDD. Naturally, the device also sports a Blu-ray burner and matte Full HD screen. The new top model from Nvidia takes care of games and other 3D applications. Owing to the Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980M is swift and efficient at the same time. That leads to a steep price in conjunction with the generous accessories (see specs on the right). MSI demands just below 3300 Euros (~$4162) for its GT72-2QE32SR311BW (SKU8). Netzteil Clevo Buyers who are satisfied with less storage capacity and DDR3 RAM should take one of the lower-priced 2QE32SR351BW (SKU9 @ 3000 Euros, ~$3783), 2QE32SR21BW (SKU10 @ 2700 Euros, ~$3405) or 2QE16SR21BW (SKU11 @ 2300 Euros, ~$2900) models. A list of configuration details can be found in this German news article. MSI also sells models with a GTX 970M instead of a GTX 980M under the name GT72-2QD. Their prices range from 1500 to 2000 Euros (~$1891 to ~$2522).

Design

The size of this laptop falls somewhere between the GE62 6QD and the gargantuan GT80 2QE Titan SLI, which makes it only borderline portable at best. It becomes apparent very quickly that the Dominator G is designed mostly for desktop use since its 3.7kg weight is hardly lap-friendly. Compared to the build quality of MSI’s older offerings, which often felt a bit crude and unpolished, the GT72 6QD is an improvement with higher quality plastic for the body which puts it on par with Asus’s ROG series. Dell Ladegerät MSI has done its best to disguise the bulkiness of the laptop by adding contours and ridges along the sides of the chassis, and that does work to an extent. The outer lid has a brushed metal plate which provides adequate protection for the display. We didn’t see any warping even after applying pressure from the back. There is a bit of flex though since the bezel is made of plastic, which creaks slightly if you open or close the lid with one hand. The hinge feels pretty sturdy and you can tilt the screen back up to 180 degrees. Delta Ladegerät Speaking of the screen, we have a 17.3-inch panel with a full-HD (1080×1920) resolution and a high native refresh rate of 75Hz. This laptop also supports Nvidia Gsync technology, which should help eliminate screen tearing and in-game stutter. The screen also gets an anti-glare coating, which is a blessing as reflections from ambient light sources are barely ever a problem.

Display

MSI never disappoints when it comes to its displays. The Dragon’s 17.3-inch matte display delivered sumptuous color and sharp details as I watched a 1080p trailer for Suicide Squad. The deep blacks helped play up the outright disturbing and pointy dull-green visage of Killer Croc as he rolled into view. In another scene, a metallic-purple Lamborghini cut across traffic, drawing my eye as the streetlights glinted across its scintillating frame. Motion Batterie When I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt’s winter wind hair billowed out behind him as he charged a winged sea nymph. Once it was dead, I had time to admire the beast’s aquamarine scales on its long fish tail that gave way to a distorted humanoid torso with a black distended maw and pink-veined wings. What the panel lacks in resolution, it makes up for in accuracy. It measured 0.7 on the Delta-E test, which is a hair away from a perfect 0, trouncing the 3.1 desktop-replacement average. MSI Batterie pour The Dragon registered 114 percent on the sRGB color gamut test, which means that it can show a really wide range of shades. Its score was more than high enough to top the 102 percent average as well as the results delivered by the Alienware 17 and the G751JY. However, the Predator 17 proved to be the apex laptop, scoring 116 percent. The Dragon didn’t shine on our brightness test, averaging only 288 nits. That’s brighter than the Alienware 17’s 253 nits but dimmer than the 293-nit average. The G751JY and the Predator 17 produced brightness scores of 331 and 307 nits, respectively.

Keyboard and Touchpad

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro keyboardAs with other notebooks in the Dominator line, the GT72 features a SteelSeries island-style keyboard complete with customizable backlighting and a full number pad. The squared keys offer a raised texture and curve inward providing an easy to grip surface. The keyboard offers excellent spacing and key travel, even for a desktop replacement. Tactile feedback is also consistent, ensuring responsive and accurate controls. Similar to the GT70, the “Windows Key” has been moved onto the right side of the spacebar (between the “ALTGR” and “Ctrl” keys) to ensure that you don’t accidently strike it while playing games. Batterie Packard Bell SteelSeries Engine makes a welcomed return providing users with customization tools to control the backlighting and macro key commands. Setting up macros proves easy and quick thanks to the drag and drop interface. You can save their key bindings to profiles and can even switch between multiple setups (called layers) within a profile on the fly. While normally all these different macro setups could get confusing to keep track of, the SteelSeries Engine makes it easy by pairing it with the LED backlights. Batterie Panasonic MSI GT72 Dominator Pro touchpadLocated directly below the spacebar is a Synaptics touchpad complete with two mouse buttons at the bottom of the pad. The generously sized rubber pad is smooth to touch and allows for easy travel, offering a great deal of sensitivity and control. The pad performs well with swipes clicks and multi-finger gesturers all registering accurately without lag.

Performance

The updated GT72 Dominator Pro is one of the latest gaming laptops to feature Intel’s 5th-generation processor. The Dominator Pro’s 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-5700HQ processor and 16GB of RAM handedly ran Batman: Arkham Knight while running a method scan with 10 open tabs of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox running in the background. Apple Macbook Pro Charger The laptop hit 14,229 on the synthetic Geekbench 3 test, topping the 11,010 desktop replacement average. The Asus G751JY with its 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU wasn’t too far behind with 13,271. Equipped with a last generation 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, the Alienware 14 obtained 12,965. During the File Transfer Test, the Dominator Pro’s 128GB mSSD delivered a transfer rate of 188.9 MBps, well below the 272.9 MBps average. AC Adapter Surface Pro 3 The MSI fared better than the Alienware 17’s 149.7 MBps (256GB SSD with 1TB 7,200 hard drive), but the G751JY’s quad of 256GB SSDs demolished the competition with 1,018 MBps. On the OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro benchmark, the Dominator Pro paired 20,000 names and addresses in 3 minutes and 50 seconds, beating the 3:56 average. The G751JY was slightly faster at 3:45, while the Alienware 17 clocked 3:58.

Battery Life

Neither the PC Specialist Octane II nor the Origin EON17-SLX are strong in battery life, but they beat out the GT72 by a lot. The GT72 has the worst battery life I’ve ever seen. The Octane II manages to eke out 2 hours, 17 minutes in the PCMark 8 Battery Test, and the EON17-SLX got a minute more at 2 hours, 18 minutes. The GT72 couldn’t crack the 2 hour mark. Adapter Medion FSP045-RHC In fact, it fell short significantly, coming in at 1 hour, 40 minutes. Watching Guardians of the Galaxy on loop at 50% screen brightness and 50% volume, exhausted the battery in just 1 hour, 43 minutes. I didn’t even make it through a full viewing. Just wow. Simply using the GT72 for my normal use, with about a dozen tabs running in Chrome, and switching between retro-gaming YouTube videos and Amazon Prime digital music streaming, I got almost an extra hour of use before the computer was begging me to plug it in.

Verdict

In other regards the MSI GT72 is every inch the gaming laptop we’d love to own. And we wouldn’t be disheartened by the £2,000 asking price, Dell 04H6VH DA45NM131 Oplader either: the price of our overview was inflated due to the inclusion of a swathe of SteelSeries gaming accessories and an MSI rucksack. Spend a little time shopping around and, as long as you don’t mind dropping to 8GB of RAM and losing the SSDs, you can buy a GT72 equipped with a 4GB GTX 980M for £1,500. Regardless of which model you choose, the GT72 is an excellent gaming laptop. Medion Adattatore Great build quality is matched with plenty of scope for future upgrades, and Nvidia’s powerhouse of a GPU is capable of smashing through most games without breaking sweat. The only thing holding us back from rewarding it with a Recommended award is that we haven’t been able to test the version with an IPS display – if it turns out to be any good, there’s every chance our credit card balance will be looking very unhealthy indeed.

MSI GE62 6QC Review

5

MSI GE62 2QE Apache is just not lacking in processing power. The other equipment can also be an excellent match: SSD, HDD, and 16 GB of RAM. The MSI commits one blunder with its built-in 4k show: it is not extremely vibrant. With all the GE62 2QE Apache, Asus x93s Akku MSI presents a gaming notebook in 15.6-inch format. This is a successor to the MSI GE60-2PEi781B, which we have tested previously. The two models do not have much in common. In the GE62, MSI uses a new, somewhat slimmer chassis. In addition, there is a new graphics chip from Nvidia’s GeForce 900M series. Our test report shows whether the GE62 can compete. Competitors to the GE62 include such notebooks as the Schenker XMG P505, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, the Lenovo Y50-70 or the HP Omen.

Build and Design

Older gaming notebooks from MSI featured glossy or overly plastic designs, but the GE62 Apache looks and feels like a more “premium” product. The brushed aluminum screen lid has a black finish with subtle angular lines that lend a distinctive appearance. Neu laptop Akkus Netzteil The MSI and G Series gaming logos are prominently featured in the center of the lid but don’t scream, “Hey! Look at my gaming laptop!” Opening the screen lid reveals a matching brushed aluminum keyboard surface and palm rests with all the same black finish. The bottom half of the chassis is constructed from matte black plastic with a slight texture to prevent fingerprint smudges from accumulating. A thin red pinstripe on the front and rear edges provide a little flair to the all-black exterior. Netzteil Acer The chassis feels relatively firm but the right palm rest flexes under downward pressure. The screen lid is slightly more flexible than we hoped despite the aluminum top panel, and the screen’s hinges aren’t particularly firm but provide adequate resistance. Although there are no quick-access panels on the underside of the GE62, you can remove the entire bottom panel after unscrewing 14 Philips-head screws. Once inside, you’ll find two standard SO-DIMM slots for the system RAM, a slot for the M.2 format SSD, standard 2.5-inch SATA drive, wireless card, and the internal 6-cell battery.

Keyboard and Trackpad

MSI is proud of its partnership with gaming-peripheral experts SteelSeries, and so it should be, at least based on the evidence of this machine’s keyboard. The key action, in particular, is comfortably above average, with a clear break point to the switch, letting you really know when you’ve pressed a key. We’re fans of the label font too – it’s nice and big and has a funky style to it. Netzteil Apple Likewise the backlighting is excellent and there’s a fairly powerful utility for programming the keys to light up in whatever pattern you want, though we do wish that by default there was just a plain solid colour option. Unfortunately it’s far from all good. The main problem is that the layout is a US style one. That means a small Return key and an oddly placed #/~ key and over-sized left shift key. There’s also no left Windows key, which is a real pain for those who regularly use Windows keyboard shortcuts (Win+E, Win+R, etc). We’re also not fans of using the cursor keys for the volume and brightness controls, especially as the F keys aren’t even fully utilised. Batterie pour Motion In fact, the secondary functions of the whole numpad area we’re not keen on – ‘0’ as mute? Home and End as secondary functions of PgUp and PgDn? On a more positive note, the trackpad is mostly pretty superior. We did have to turn on two-finger scrolling but otherwise it’s well set up straight out the box, with excellent tracking speed and accuracy and two nice, really clicky buttons (the chassis bending problem aside). We’re not fans of the brushed metal-mimicking surface, which just feels odd in its roughness but functionally it’s spot on – assuming you’re not insistent on a MacBook-like single-click-surface style trackpad.

Performance

It was almost completely smooth sailing using the MSI GE62 Apache Pro, though of course there were times when it was blindingly obvious that the hard drive was throttling something or the other. Games in particular showed this a lot, and we haven’t seen such long load screens in a while. We did also have a few moments of unresponsiveness when multitasking between heavy apps with file system operations going on in the background. We noticed a soft, intermittent mechanical chirping noise coming from the laptop, even when idle. Batterie pour MSI This could be because of the hard drive or cooling fans, and it could be specific to our review unit. With games or heavy tests running, the fans produced a dull thrum. The left palm rest area and the surface of the trackpad became hot enough to be uncomfortable after just 15-20 minutes of gaming. Performance was fairly strong, though in many cases the Apache Pro lost out to the older HP Omen. HP’s offering is more expensive and doesn’t have a brand-new Skylake CPU or DDR4 RAM, but it does have an SSD and more VRAM, so it was no surprise that tests involving the multiple subsystems favoured the Omen. We managed 2007 and 3072 in PCMark 8’s Home and Work tests respectively, Laptop Batteries MSI which were both quite a bit less than the Omen’s scores. SiSoft Sandra showed gains in CPU performance, especially multimedia handling. Surprisingly, the memory subsystem reported lower scores than we’ve seen with several DDR3 laptops. Cinebench’s CPU score was 555. HyperPi ran its calculation in 20.694 seconds. POVRay ran its internal benchmark in 3 minutes, 2 seconds, finally besting the HP Omen’s score.

Battery Life

While idling, the GE62 manages a run time of 4 hours, 27 minutes. The competing Schenker XMG P505 (2:54 h) gives up earlier. The idle mode was tested via the Reader’s Test from Battery Eater. The display runs at the lowest brightness level, the energy saver profile is activated, and the wireless modules are deactivated. Under load, the GE62 shuts down after 59 minutes. The Schenker XMG P505 (1:11 h) manages a few more minutes. The runtime under load was measured together with the Battery Eater Classic Test, during which the monitor is on full brightness and the high-performance profile and wireless modules are activated. The practical WLAN test causes the GE62 to shut down after 2 hours, Laptop Batteries Packard Bell 59 minutes, equal to the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD (3:01 h). During this test, web sites are automatically loaded in 40-second intervals. The energy saver profile is active, and the show brightness is at about 150 cd/m2. We tested the playing duration of videos by playing the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264-coding, 1920×1080 pixels) in a continuous loop. AC Adapter Fujitsu The wireless adapter is deactivated and the display brightness is set at about 150 cd/m2. The MSI Notebook manages for 2 hours, 40 minutes. The Schenker XMG P505 achieves a duration of 2:20 h. We also tested run times while gaming, by running the integrated benchmark of the racing game “GRID: Autosport” (1920×1080, Very High, 4x MSAA) on a continuous loop. The 15-inch model managed 45 minutes. The runtimes of the GE62 put it in a range that we are used to in potent gaming notebooks. In an absolute sense, these values are definitely meager. The battery has more the function of an emergency power supply.

Conclusion

Just about any PC company can make a 17-inch “old school” gaming laptop that is packed with all the latest hardware, weighs a ton, and is priced at more than $4,000. MSI traveled a much more difficult path by building a 15-inch laptop with an attractive design that delivers a balance of cutting-edge performance, portability, and affordability. The MSI GE62 Q2E Apache is more than capable of playing most modern games at 1080p resolution with superior frame rates while staying well under $1,500. This gaming laptop might not have the highest performance GPU, Caricabatterie Lenovo but the upper mid-range Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M gets the job done without breaking the bank. On that note, we are a little surprised that MSI chose to use the Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor instead of a lower wattage or less expensive processor. The truth is there are Core i7 and even Core i5 chips available that are less energy hungry and/or cheaper … LG Adattatore and CPU performance rarely matters when it comes to most games. In short, the MSI GE62 Apache is a well-rounded gaming laptop with solid real-world performance and a wallet-friendly price. This notebook falls short in terms of battery life and gets a little too hot for prolonged “laptop” use, but any other complaints are pretty minor. We highly recommend the MSI 6E62 Q2E Apache if you’re looking for a 15-inch laptop that can play just about any game and you need to spend less than $1,500.

Asus Zenbook UX303 Review

5

It might be difficult to keep up with the obscure naming conventions of laptops and Asus is undoubtedly guilty of causing confusion with its range of Ultrabooks. The Zenbook series has far more abstruse conventions than most, covering a multitude of models that vary in both mild and enormous techniques beneath their comparable shells and identikit names, and the UX models are much more bewildering. Notebook Akkus Lenovo z50 70 So the UX305 prefix seems to mean that the Ultrabook has a matte non-touch display, a few mini-ports, less thickness, less weight, and a better battery life than the UX303 range. Though that sounds like a lot of difference, it doesn’t look that much in the flesh – or rather the aluminium. Differentiating the UX303s further, some of them come with touchscreens (UX303LA), though this test model (UX303UA) doesn’t. What this model has over the UX305, which techradar’s Kevin Lee loved in his recent review, is that it comes with a newer Skylake processor and packs a little a lot more oomph. This machine comes in several configurations, depending on how much you want to save or splash out. You have three choices of processors, ranging from an i3-6100U through to an i5-6200U up to an i7-6500U. Also, Lenovo y50 70 Akku you have three choices of screen resolution, ranging from 768p through 1080p to 1800p (3200 x 1800), and storage options include a 128GB or 256GB SSD, a 500GB or 1TB HDD, or a 500GB hybrid with 8GB SSD cache. The model we’re testing here is towards the top end of all that – it runs with an i7-6500U, alongside a 1080p screen and a 256GB SSD – albeit without the very top, delicious 3200 x 1800 screen.

Design and Ergonomics

Little has changed from the original Zenbook formula, and that’s fine with us given how robust and attractive the line is. The entire casing is made from aluminum alloy, with a glossy spun metal lid that Asus calls smoke brown. It’s really a mid to dark gray color with a little hint of brown, and also the keyboard deck and bottom are light silver. Akku Lenovo z510 The machine has complex curves and smoothly machined sides and it tapers toward the front. It’s very slim and reasonably light at 3.2 lbs. The laptop is rigid as well as the keyboard deck is firm with no unwanted bounce when typing. The trackpad is quite large and unlike some previous Zenbook trackpads, it actually is stable and works well with multi-touch gestures, though we’re not fans of the slick surface texture that makes precision a little harder. The backlit keyboard is excellent. The keys have good travel and a dampened feel, Dell latitude e6420 Akku and though they aren’t as ergonomically sculpted as Lenovo ThinkPad keys, I typed equally well on the UX303LA. The UX303 models have a large single fan, and we rarely heard it on the UX303LA model. When gaming or exporting HD video, the fan will kick in but it’s neither obnoxiously loud nor grating. The bottom cover is secured with several Torx T5 screws and two of these are located under rubber feet that are secured with reusable adhesive. Be careful not to tear these rubber bits as we did–they’re much more delicate than usual.

Screen and Sound Quality

The UX303 has a 13.3in non-touch screen with a 1,600 x 900 resolution and an anti-glare finish – so there’s no sign of irritating reflections. The resolution is modest enough to ensure that the Asus doesn’t fall foul of the scaling issues that afflicted the Lenovo’s 3,200 x 1,800 panel, and it’s also a better option than the 1,440 x 900 screen offered by the Macbook Air. It can’t quite offer the sharpness of the HP, which had a 1080p panel. Accuracy wise, the Asus gets off to a good start with a brightness level of 366 nits – that’s higher than the Lenovo, Apple and HP systems. The contrast ratio of 813:1 is good, too – only the HP was better. Batterie LG Those results, when combined with all the anti-glare coating, meant that this machine coped with use outdoors or under bright lights, although the anti-glare material did make the screen grainy. Elsewhere, the UX303LA falls behind. The measured colour temperature is a cool 7,370K, which is further away from the 6,500K ideal than every rival. The Asus’ average Delta E of 9.25 is also poor. The cool colour temperature and lack of colour accuracy mean poor real-world results. The bright reds and yellows in our test images lacked vibrancy, and skin tones felt pallid. This screen also handled just 57.2% of the sRGB colour gamut, with only blues displayed properly – another factor that makes this panel feel cool and lifeless. Medion Batterie The brightness meant that white shades remained distinguishable, but the mediocre black level – 0.45 nits – caused dark shades to merge. The speakers surprised us. We expect slim, light laptops to have tinny, weak audio, but the Asus delivered punchy music. The mid-range was meaty, plus the high-end proved snappy but not overwhelming. There’s a little bass there too, which helps round out a reasonable audio profile. We’d prefer a little much more low-end punch and a tad a lot more volume, but the UX303LA is fine for listening to music or watching movies in a small room.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Anyway, while the UX303LN has denounced the design lines of its predecessor, the UX302LG, it inherits its keyboard and touchpad. A fairly good keyboard I should say, with some flex in the middle, but nice feeling and proper sized square keys. They don’t offer a lot of travel, so you’ll need some time to get used to this keyboard, but are stiff enough to register commands even when pressed on the sides. On top of that, I do like the classic layout, together with the exception of the Power Button placed in the top-right corner, Battery Lenovo which you will end up hitting a lot when looking for Delete. And while it is stiffer than the other keys, thus harder to activate, it still turns OFF the laptop, no question asked, when pressed by mistake. The keyboard is of course backlit, and you can manually adjust the brightness (3 different levels, plus OFF) by hitting the FN + F3/F4 keys. The TouchPad is large and nicely separated from the palm-rest by its beveled edges. Its glass surface doesn’t offer a lot of friction, but it is precise and responsive, both when performing casual taps or gestures. The entire pad is clickable, but clicks are a bit stiff and noisy, so you’ll probably end up taping it far more often than actually performing physical clicks. Laptop Batteries Medion As a side not, the older Zenbooks were crippled by some jumpy and erratic touchpads, but this one of the UX303LN is nothing of that sort. In fact, i’d call it docile and accurate. All in all, there’s not a lot to complaint about the keyboard and touchpad. You’ll find better on some devices, but these are definitely not bad either.

Performance

As for its performance, the Zenbook’s Core i5 CPU, plentiful RAM, and SSD all combine to produce a laptop that won’t feel sluggish when undertaking everyday office and Web-based tasks, and it’s fine for image editing, video streaming, and also a bit of gaming. Blender 3D rendering recorded a time of 48sec, which is a solid result, while in CrystalDiskMark the SSD recorded a sequential read rate of 513 megabytes per second (MBps), and a write rate of 289MBps. The laptop will auto-detect the appropriate graphics adapter to use for the application (either the integrated Intel HD, or the NVIDIA GeForce), although you can also select the adapter you want for particular applications. AC Adapter Dyson The Intel graphics are the default operator, so the laptop won’t draw too much power while running basic tasks on battery. In our rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise screen brightness, and loop a Full HD, MP4 video file, the laptop lasted 6hr 3min, which is a respectable time for a 13.3in Ultrabook in this test. We did a little bit of gaming on this laptop just to give you an idea of what to expect. Battlefield 3 ran at only 11 frames per second at the native resolution of the screen using the NVIDIA adapter, and even dropping the resolution to 1366×768 only upped the frame rate to 22fps. You won’t want to use this laptop for this type of game unless you don’t mind getting killed all the time (though the way we play, the laptop has nothing to do with that). When we ran Need For Speed: AC Adapter Emachines The Run, the results were additional pleasing, with 27fps achievable at Full HD using the NVIDIA adapter. This game was enjoyable on the laptop, and for lazy scenarios, such as when you just want to lie down and race while resting the laptop on your chest, it’s perfectly fine. Using the Intel adapter, only 11fps were achieved, so the NVIDIA adapter definitely provided a good use case for running this type of game.

Power Consumption & Battery Life

Long battery runtimes indicate a very low power consumption in the category comparison. Is this true? It was not so for the UX32LN that ranged on the same level due to virtually identical hardware, but consumed approximately 8 Watts much more in the stress test. The other competitors do not look good either, because Asus has somehow managed to maintain the UX303LN’s idle power consumption far below average despite its high brightness. The small 65-Watt power supply needs almost 3:30 hours for recharging a fully drained battery (device idling). Fujitsu Adattatore The battery life is on a record-breaking level. 13 hours while idling is naturally insignificant to the user; who would want to sit in front of the device without Wi-Fi, using the lowest brightness while at most typing in Word? The achieved 9:40 hours in the Wi-Fi browsing test is a much more real-world rate. The brightness was dimmed to 140 cd/m2 in energy saving mode for this test (ambient light sensor off, dimmed 6 levels). The UX32LN (50 Wh) is far from that (-36%) although it has the same capacity. The other competitors are also defeated, and only Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina 13 (72 Wh) can match that. Rendering an H.264 trailer in Full HD was possible for 7:46 hours. The brightness was also set to 140 cd/m2 here, and flight mode was enabled.

Verdict

Asus gives us two options here: the UX305 series is portable at the cost of all else, but it does a fantastic job of what it’s meant to. On the other hand, the UX303 tries to give buyers both portability and power, but balanced out at the most reasonable cost possible. That kind of compromise might work for a lot of people, and it doesn’t hurt at all that the UX303UB looks and feels fantastic. Adattatore HP If you’re the adventurous type, you could also swap out the UX303UB’s tough drive for an SSD and bump up the RAM – even if you only think you might want an upgrade a few years down the line, at least it’s possible. If you’re looking to spend around Rs. 70,000 on a laptop, you’ll find that each siblings are excellent options. It ultimately comes down to what you prioritise the most. We do wish that Asus would at least offer options for the kind of hardware it sells outside India, even if the price is high.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

5

If you liked Amazon’s final Paperwhite e-reader, you will just like the 2015 version slightly far more. That is mainly because the new third-generation model adopts the identical high-resolution e-ink show with the top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage when otherwise maintaining the identical design and style, built-in front light, and beginning price tag tag as the prior 2013 model : $119, £109 or AU$179 for the Wi-Fi version. Lenovo flex 2 14 Notebook Akkus This model also comes in higher-priced 3G and ad-free versions (the baseline model serves up “special offers,” otherwise known as ads). So, similar e-reader, better screen. Like the Voyage, the new Paperwhite uses a 6-inch Carta E Ink HD touchscreen show, with a pixel density of 300 pixels per inch. Amazon says that is “(twice) the pixels because the earlier generation Kindle Paperwhite.” And like all e-ink screens, its big selling points are its energy efficiency (charge it about once a month) and viewability in direct sunlight. The added resolution doesn’t make as big a difference as you might think. In other words, should you have that earlier Paperwhite, you needn’t rush out and upgrade it. Akku HP 250 g3 But images and text appear a bit crisper, particularly with smaller font sizes. The extra screen sharpness is a subtle but important upgrade in a product category that’s reached a maturation point and isn’t seeing much in the way of major advancements as additional people do their reading on their phones and tablets.

Hardware

It’s been years since Amazon’s first Paperwhite Kindle hit the scene, and it’s a bit surprising how small has changed since then. In fact, if I pulled out this latest one and showed it to you with the screen off, you’d be hard-pressed to spot any differences. That curvy, soft-to-the-touch plastic body? The placement in the micro-USB port, power button and status light? How recessed the touchscreen is? All of these physical particulars have remained exactly the same. In fact, the only differences of note between the 2015 Paperwhite and the original are the logos embossed on the back (they now say “Amazon” instead of “Kindle”) and the color on the Kindle logo right beneath the screen. medion akoya s6212t Notebook Akkus The 2015 Paperwhite’s look is a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and even a style snob like me is willing to give it a pass since it’s still lightweight and nestles nicely into the hand. Of course, none of that means the Paperwhite’s style is perfect. I’m still somewhat miffed that Amazon didn’t enlarge the power button and slap it onto the back from the reader like it did with the Voyage. Instead, you’ve got to grope around for a tiny nub on the Paperwhite’s bottom edge, which gets old surprisingly quickly. Notebook Akkus Lenovo m30 70 The screen is also still recessed into the surface of your Paperwhite’s body, which can make flipping through pages ever so slightly jarring — your finger often smacks right into the edge of that plastic bezel. Yes, I know: I’m picking nits here, but Amazon really nailed the Kindle design and style with the Voyage. How long until that stuff trickles down too? Anyway, before your eyes take all that minutiae in, they’ll probably settle on the 6-inch E Ink screen. This year, Amazon pumped the resolution of the Paperwhite’s screen up to 300 pixels per inch, which makes for exactly the same super-crisp text and visuals I gushed over when the high-falutin’ Kindle Voyage debuted last year. It was only a matter of time, really, but that shouldn’t diminish the quality of what we’ve got here; the thing looks great. There have been some under-the-hood improvements too, although they’re tougher to spot unless you put a slew of Kindles side by side (we’ll get to that shortly). Meanwhile, you’ve still got 4GB of storage for your digital library, and you can opt for a model with a built-in 3G radio for $70 extra.

Features

The Paperwhite has a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM (an increase from the second-generation’s 256MB), for all-around faster performance. It uses 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, or 3G data on AT&T’s network to download ebooks to its 4GB of internal storage. There is no external memory support, but there is free cloud storage, so you can carry your ebook library across any variety of devices that can download Amazon’s Kindle app. You can even link Amazon accounts together using the Family Library feature, so you can easily share Kindle books with one another. Batterie pour HP A new About This Book feature reveals information about the title you’re currently reading, its author, and its place in a series, too. Amazon’s Goodreads social network is included as well, which you can access by tapping on the “g” icon in the toolbar at the top rated of your screen. From there, you can follow friends, view your shelved books, share passages although reading, see what friends are reading, and rate books in a manner similar to the Amazon.com storefront. You can also update lists like what you’re currently reading, what you have read, and what you want to read. FreeTime also returns here, a feature that lets you create profiles for kids so you can set reading goals for them. Lenovo Batterie It tracks accomplishments, awards achievements, and generally encourages better reading habits. It makes the Paperwhite kid-proof too, locking out the Kindle Store, Goodreads, Wikipedia, and the (beta, rudimentary) Web browser, so kids don’t get distracted or go shopping. The Paperwhite features a new typesetting engine and a new font, Bookerly. As far as fonts go, it’s pretty nice. I prefer it more than the other fonts available, including Baskerville and Helvetica, since Bookerly resembles the typography you’d find in an actual book. But don’t upgrade from your old Kindle just for the font: Both the typesetting engine and the font will be available on Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle ebook readers, and Kindle iOS and Android apps through a forthcoming software update.

Display and Reading

A Kindle is only as good as its screen, and this is one area where the Kindle Paperwhite (2015) really excels. Its 300ppi display really is a step up and it makes ereading a extra pleasant experience than ever, and of course the built-in light has made a return too, ensuring you can comfortably read even in dark environments. The act of reading is much the identical as ever. A tap on the centre or right from the screen will turn to the next page, which it does quite speedily, although a tap to the far left edge will turn it back one and a tap on the bottom left corner will let you switch between viewing the estimated time left in the book, or in the chapter, or the page or location you’re on. Battery Dell Finally, a tap near the top will bring down a menu bar which lets you customise the reading experience. This allows you to quickly change the brightness, search for something in the book, jump to a specific chapter, or change the font, text size, margins and line spacing. You’ll find the new Bookerly font here, though the Kindle Paperwhite (2015) defaults to it anyway. I talked about this in the key features section, but in short it’s a good font. It looks attractive, doesn’t seem out of place in a book, and importantly it’s easy to read. Battery HP There are six other font options though if you’re not a fan of Amazon’s creation, and text can be made very large, which could be handy if you don’t have the best eyesight. Other Kindle staples are also only a tap away. There’s X-Ray for example, which lets you explore the “bones of a book,” as Amazon puts it, to learn additional about its characters and themes.

Battery Life

Amazon says the Paperwhite’s battery lasts up to six weeks should you read for half an hour each day at the level 10 of brightness and turn off the wireless connection. The estimate seems about right. Delta Oplader Its battery life is stunning. There’s literally nothing out there that can compete except other ebook readers. Even if you’re a hardcore reader, you can take this device on a month-long sabbatical and you’ll be fine. In the event you aren’t, don’t worry simply because it charges with any Micro USB.

Conclusion

Finally, it’s worth noting that as usual there are both Wi-Fi and 3G models available. With the increased proliferation of Wi-Fi and smartphone-created hotspots I’m not sure who really needs the 3G version and at £150 it’s an expensive convenience. Both models are available for £10 less if you’re happy for Amazon to advertise to you on the lockscreen, Amazon calls this ‘With Special Offers’. Dell Adattatore For most, the key question will be whether the 2015 Kindle is worth upgrading to from their current model. The new Paperwhite is certainly a step up from the old one, but it’s not enough to justify an upgrade. Those with older, unlit Kindles should seriously consider buying this new one, it’s far cheaper than the top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage, yet the only real downside is the lack of a light sensor. Delta Adattatore If you’re buying an eReader for the first time, the Paperwhite is still the obvious choice. However, the Kobo Glo HD is smaller, smarter-looking, has better text-handling and an equally great screen. If you’re set on Amazon then the Paperwhite is the way to go, but in case you want to keep your options open when it comes to booksellers then the Glo HD is arguably better.

Dell Inspiron 15 7559 Notebook Review

5

The initially laptop I ever bought with my personal funds was a Dell Inspiron. It was huge, ugly, and precisely what I necessary at the time — a cheap laptop with just sufficient processing power to play the latest Half-Life game. The new Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is my college laptop on steroids. Beginning at just $800 (£749, AU$1,699), it is a low-priced 15-inch laptop which can run any game around the industry. Akku vgp bps24 And, just like my old notebook, it is a clunker with an utterly forgettable design. But that melts away when you realize this inch-thick obelisk can play the most demanding games, including Fallout 4, Grand Theft Auto V and The Witcher 3, albeit with graphical detail settings at low. Slightly older games like Bioshock Infinite ran better, however.

Case

The design of the black plastic chassis with some red elements is obviously a matter of taste and should be appealing to male users in particular, but we liked it. Both the lid as well as the palm rest have a silky and grippy soft-touch finish, which is not very susceptible to fingerprints and can be easily cleaned. Unusual: The Dell 7559 has three carefully designed fan exhausts. Notebook Akkus Lenovo Yoga 3 pro Two of them are located in the back and one on the left side. Despite the absence of metal, the 15-inch device is not really light at 2.7 kg (~6 lb). Even though the lid, which is easy to open with one hand and tends to bounce, is not really thin, you can see picture distortions at some spots when you apply pressure. As with most touchscreens, the display glass covers almost the entire display frame. Notebook Akkus vgp bpse38 It does not require a lot of force to twist the base unit and there was also some unhealthy creaking, which affected the strikingly flawless impression of the chassis. However, we did not notice any build quality issues like uneven gaps or protruding edges.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Inspiron 15’s keyboard feels noticeably better than the one in the previous generation of Inspiron 15 7000 series notebooks. The island-style (Chiclet-style) keys are made of a same matte black plastic as the rest of the notebook and have a flat surface with adequate spacing between each of the main keys (with the exception of the cramped up and down arrow keys). Akku Lenovo g50 70 Key travel or throw is relatively shallow but not as bad as the inexpensive Bluetooth keyboards you see at so many coffee shops. Feedback, around the other hand is quite soft or mushy, so touch typists might not immediately feel when a key has moved back to its original position. The keys feature LED backlighting with two brightness settings plus and “off” setting controlled by the FN + F10 keys. The dedicated number pad is a nice feature for quick data entry but, with the gap between the number pad and the rest of the keyboard the same size as that between any other two keys, we accidentally pressed the Num Lock when trying to delete text on more than one occasion. Fujitsu Batterie pour The oversized touchpad is a “buttonless” Clickpad with fully-clickable buttons beneath the surface. As with most Clickpads, we found that cursor movement is quick and accurate but the gesture recognition is hit-or-miss and the touchpad sometimes struggles to correctly identify between a left click and a right click. In addition, the large touchpad surface helps facilitate accidental wrist input; meaning you might find your cursor has unexpectedly moved as you’re typing.

Sound & Speakers

A little disappointment. The 2.0 speakers sound is a little hollow and/or ‘boxy’ with audio all over the place. The speakers also obviously need an equalizer tuning, but it is not adequate. There is some strength and richness in the mids and maybe low-mids (in songs like this the singer’s voice sounds rich to some degree), if I hear (and interpret) correctly. Batterie Gateway The subwoofer adds a little lows, but they are not of quality and it also scrambles the sound of the 2.0 speakers, I feel. I feel that the 2.0 speakers are much better than the added “0.1” subwoofer. When listening closer to the 2.0 speakers, the music sound a lot better and unlike my previous assessment, the richer sound comes from them. Even though, the 2.0 speakers have a weakness I can’t precisely put my ears on. Very first, when volume goes a little up, there is some unwanted extra artifact sound like the energy is too much, but more than that, I really feel that the sound gets messy and sometimes “all over the place” (I know I said it), at least in the highs and high-mids and especially when the audio gets a little more powerful, and that’s without all the software “enhancers”. Also, it sounds to me like the speakers have some problem handling a complex sound – they lose their grip and destroy the sound. Anyway, the real lows are not good. Apple Laptop Batteries Adding bass via the Equalizer or the “Maxx” audio software might help a bit, but barely not enough to save the situation and it always feels like it’s hard to keep the balance. I’ve tried few equalizer presets to no avail. I don’t know if my subjective experience matches objective measurements, but I’m pretty sure the speakers are not good and the music shouldn’t sound like that. Try the Equalizer presets (The “Youtube Music” was good to me) and other options, maybe you’ll find what it is you are seeking for. I’d turn off the subwoofer, if I were me. Playing with the equalizer, it also seemed to me like it is hard to catch all the audio angles at once. Request: Please let me know if your experience is different. I’m not sure if I did something wrong.

Performance

Our review unit has a 2.3GHz sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor and 8GB of memory. Combined with the discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, this system is well-equipped for most work and entertainment tasks. It scored 2,833 points on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, not too far behind the Acer V 15 Nitro, which $400 more expensive (3,160 points), and ahead of the Dell Inspiron 14 (2,732 points). The main consideration, of course, is gaming performance, and the Inspiron 15 7000 Series performs admirably in that regard. It scored 12,950 points around the 3DMark Cloud Gate test and 1,992 around the more demanding Fire Strike Extreme. Laptop Batteries Asus Its Cloud Gate score compares well to the much pricier Alienware 15 (12,382 points), though the latter’s Fire Strike Extreme score (3,128) demonstrates the gulf between the two in terms of hardware. Still, the Inspiron 15 came close to the Acer V 15 Nitro on Cloud Gate (15,727) and beat it on Fire Strike Extreme (1,796). Performance was equally good on the Heaven and Valley gaming tests, achieving 74 frames per second (fps) on both at Medium-quality settings. It still fared well around the Ultra-quality settings tests, scoring 24fps on Heaven and 19fps on Valley. Clevo Oplader The Acer V 15 Nitro scored 21fps and 24fps, respectively, around the Ultra-quality settings, while the Alienware 15 managed 38fps and 44fps around the same tests. We consider 30fps as smooth gameplay, so you might have to lower a few settings to medium or high in some games. Generally, the Inspiron 15 can run games on all but the highest settings, and is more than capable for an entry-level gaming laptop, hanging closely with more expensive laptops.

Graphics

Now featuring an AMD Radeon R7 M270 GPU, the updated Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has decent graphics power, but don’t expect to get your game on in 4K. The notebook played World of Warcraft at a fairly smooth 46 frames per second on auto settings, but boosting the resolution to the native 3840 x 2160 slowed things to an unplayable 16 fps. Around the BioShock Infinite benchmark, AC Adapter Dell the Inspiron 15 7000 averaged a barely playable 29 fps at 1080p on low settings, but fell to 11 fps at 4K. By comparison, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (featuring an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU) produced 43 fps around the same test at 1080p. When the Inspiron 15 7000 ran the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme test, it delivered 1,197, which is not as good as the V15 Nitro (1,844) but is much better than the category average (959).

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes on our battery test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi. That’s shy of the mainstream category average (6:07), but you won’t need to charge as frequently as you would with the V15 Nitro (2:48)

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15 7559 is a great laptop if you’re looking to play demanding games, but don’t want to spend a lot of income. If you’re not a gamer, it really is also a cheaper alternative to consider if you’re interested in the Dell XPS 15. The specs are similar, but there are some sacrifices. The Inspiron is bigger and heavier. The XPS 15 also has aluminum and carbon fiber materials as opposed to plastic around the Inspiron 15 7559. Starting at $799, Caricabatterie Clevo the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 already includes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB video card that is capable of playing recent games like Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Just Cause 3. A Dell XPS 15 with the same RAM and CPU costs about $1200 and only has 2GB for its GeForce GTX 960M video card. The downside on the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 is the slow loading times when opening apps and games, but that can be fixed by upgrading to an SSD drive. You can also add more RAM for more performance. Upgraders can easily add these two components by opening the bottom panel with just one screw. Overall, we think you’ll be happy with the Inspiron 15 7559 if you’re looking for a budget gaming laptop.

iPad Air 2 Review

5

When Apple introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro on March 21, 2016, it seized the mantle of greatest iPad ever. The spitting image with the celebrated iPad Air two, this smaller sibling of the original iPad Pro brings to the table a marvelous mixture of form element perfection and cutting-edge specs. Dell r795x Akku Noteworthy features include a blazing fast processor; killer cameras (front and rear); an enhanced, antireflective display; and support for Apple’s Pencil and Smart Keyboard. With a near-perfect balance between tablet power and portability, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is pricy, sure, starting at $599 — but also the new gold standard in the tablet category. That noted, the iPad Air 2, the progenitor of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro design, remains arguably the better value. It costs $100 less and has virtually everything a conventional user needs in a tablet. Akku Dell precision m6500 With a keyboard accessory, it’s a great portable writing tool — unlike the iPad Mini two and Mini 4, which are both just a tad too small for keyboards. Its screen is well-suited to watching movies. And it handles multitasking a bit better than the Mini 4.

Design

At 6.1mm thick, the Apple iPad Air 2 is easily one of the slimmest tablets on the market. It’s not actually the thinnest, but we’re at the point now where fractions of a millimetre really don’t matter. Thinness for its own sake can be an error – there is a point of diminishing returns where only marginal improvements can be achieved, at the cost of structural integrity, battery life and overall performance – but Apple hasn’t reached that point yet. Akku BTY-M6D The iPad Air 2 feels like a very solid tablet that can be held easily for hours without it getting uncomfortable. The iPad Air was hardly a big tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S matches the iPad Air 2 in weight, if not thickness. Where the Apple device wins though is the overall packaging. Samsung’s option is good, but clearly an assemblage of distinct parts. The plastic back, the larger-bezelled screen and the rim are all competing parts, where the iPad Air two is a complete package, smooth and easy to hold in one hand. p150hmbat 8 Notebook Akkus I was almost loath to put it in a case – it needs to be protected if you’re going to be running it around town, as that back and chamfered edges will scuff up eventually – but if you’re going to be a sofa-warrior with your new tablet, the Smart Cover will do just fine and won’t obscure the impressive design.

Touch ID

Touch ID is Apple’s fingerprint scanner. It works by securely storing your fingerprint on the device, so you can unlock the iPad Air 2 with a simple touch. It’s super-slick but it’s less useful on the iPad than it is on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Batterie Acer Phones are unlocked a lot more often and are used one-handed, so it’s a neat feature on the iPad Air two rather than an essential one. Apple has now allowed developers to hook into Touch ID so these days you can secure all your data on Evernote, for example, behind the peace of mind of your own, unique, biometrics. Apple’s key reason behind adding Touch ID it to its latest tablets, though, is Apple Pay. Unlike on the iPhones, which come with NFC, you won’t be able to use an iPad to tap and pay in a physical store. Batterie Apple You can use it to buy things online, though. Add your credit card details for the iPad Air 2 and you’ll be able to use Touch ID to make purchasing dead simple. There are some limitations, though. Currently Apple Pay only works via apps, so you won’t be able to make purchases through a browser. The other problem is that it’s not available in all regions yet, although you can now use it in the UK as well as the US.

Interface

The iPad Air 2 runs Apple’s familiar iOS software, of course, and at present comes with iOS 9. As well as the various apps bundled with iOS 9, there are thousands of apps available on the Apple App Store for you to download. Here are the 10 best apps for your new iPad or iPhone to get you started. We’ve written extensively about iOS 9 elsewhere, and won’t repeat ourselves here, other than to broadly say that it’s a highly optimised, user-friendly system that beginners find easy to grasp but offers a deep feature set for power users. Batterie pour Asus Our subjective experience with the interface suggests that it’s faster on the Air 2 than on the iPad Air 1. (One would always expect a brand-new device to run quicker than one bogged down with a year’s worth of software, but in this case we had restored the iPad Air 2 from the iPad Air 1 backup to keep things as fair as possible.) Flipping from screen to screen, and within apps, seems near-instantaneous. More importantly, it’s not noticably slower than the iPad Pro with its newer A9X processor. Batterie pour Clevo It may be that iOS 9 is optimised for both devices, and over time the iPad Air two, with its one-year headstart on the race to obsolescence, will surely age faster than the iPad Pro. But for now, both seem on a par. Part of this may be down to a highly responsive screen found in both iPads, which we will discuss next.

Camera

Lastly, the back in the new iPad features a new eight-megapixel camera, an upgrade from the five-megapixel shooter Apple’s used for the past few iPads. It’s a fine enough camera in bright light and just okay in low light, and nowhere close towards the exemplary units in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – it’s like a slightly worse iPhone 5 upgraded with iOS 8 tricks like slow-mo and timelapse video modes. It won’t blow any minds, but it’s a huge upgrade for the millions of people happily using the iPad as a camera – the steady wave of inevitable hardware improvement gently cresting over a nation of weirdos holding their giant viewfinders aloft, waiting for a moment worth sharing. PSU Sony If the hardware on the iPad Air 2 demonstrates the overwhelming power of small iterative improvements, then the software represents the failings of that approach. The overall experience of using the iPad Air 2 in 2014 is a case study in missed opportunities and untapped potential. Apple has all but stopped adding tablet-specific features to iOS – the minor two-paned mode for landscape apps on the iPhone 6 Plus is a more significant rethinking of how to manage a larger screen size than anything added towards the iPad Air 2 this year. AC Adapter Toshiba Just consider something as simple as browsing the web. On raw benchmarks the iPad Air 2 is comparable to a 2011 MacBook Air – which, again, is crazy – but the MacBook’s version of Safari is vastly more feature-rich and flexible. That MacBook will also allow me to run multiple apps alongside Safari and be far more productive than the iPad; we’re well past the point when Apple needs to figure out proper multitasking on its tablet.

Wireless Performance

Wireless performance should be much improved, thanks to a move not only to 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but an implementation that again uses two internal aerials to provide a 2×2 MIMO configuration. Apple Voeding Oplader Be aware that smartphones sporting 11ac Wi-Fi that we’ve seen are currently using a single antenna, with 433 Mb/s maximum sync speed. A two-stream setup benefits from better reception and multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) radio as well as a theoretical sync speed of 867 MB/s. This will yield improved range besides simply faster data connections.

Verdict

The iPad Air 2 is undoubtedly Apple’s most effective tablet to date. Its Touch ID fingerprint scanner works well, it’s thin, light and powerful and lasts a long time on a single charge. But it no longer stands head and shoulders above the competition. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S set a new bar for screen quality which the iPad doesn’t quite reach. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet is lighter and waterproof, Asus Adattatore but is thicker and doesn’t last as long. Original iPad Air users might want to skip this generation, while those looking for something a bit fresher have equally good options from Samsung and Sony.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

5

Tablets are fantastic for consuming entertainment, although laptops and other full PCs are necessary to really make those performs, or so the standard wisdom goes. Some substitute the charged word “productivity” for creation, however the pitch is the similar. Netzteil Dell venue 11 pro You need one device for A, B, and C, and another for X, Y, and Z. That means there’s a sizable group of people out there spending at least part of the time lugging around a laptop and a tablet simultaneously. I’ve been guilty of that, usually packing a 13-inch ultrabook or MacBook Air and an iPad into my carry-on bag for airline flights. With the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft, the software powerhouse (and occasional hardware maker) says it finally has the single grand unified device that will satisfy both the creation and consumption instincts equally. Alienware x51 Ladegerät You’ll feel just as at home watching a movie or reading a book as you will editing video footage or writing your novel. That’s largely the same pitch, of course, we got for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, which points to the difficulty in translating the complete Windows 8.1 experience freely between a laptop and tablet. Dozens of our hands-on reviews of devices ranging from 8-inch slates to 13-inch two-in-one hybrids back this up, as does the mixed reception to the first two generations of the Surface Pro.

Design

Yes, Microsoft bumped the Surface Pro touchscreen from a tiny 10.6 inches to a far roomier 12 inches. In the process, the pixel count has been upped from 1920 x 1080 to 2160 x 1440 The result is a modest boost in pixels per inch – 207 ppi to 216 ppi – given the increase in screen real estate. More important is Microsoft’s interesting choice in aspect ratio. Acer switch 10 Netzteil Rather than sticking with the Pro 2’s 16:9 or glomming onto the iPad’s 4:3, the firm went with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The company claims that, with this aspect ratio, this 12-inch screen can essentially display more content than the MacBook Air’s 13.3-inch panel at 16:10. The move was also made to make the tablet feel more like your average notepad when held in portrait orientation. Wrapped in a bright, silver-colored magnesium shell that’s cool and smooth to the touch, the Surface Pro 3 feels premium in every regard. Netzteil PA-1121-28 The tablet keeps the trapezoidal shape of its predecessors, but manages to come in both thinner and lighter than before. Plus, the tablet’s upper half is beset by vents on its edges to better dissipate heat pushed out by its fan. Microsoft also moved the Windows home button to the device’s left side of its silky smooth – though, rather thick – glass bezel. This way, it appears on the bottom of the slate even though held upright, calling out, ‘Hey, hold it this way now.’ Even though it’s no doubt the lightest Surface Pro yet, I’m not sure whether I could hold onto it for an entire subway ride home.

Surface Pen

Our review unit includes the latest Windows 8.1 Update. On the software front, I can find only two changes: First, when you shut down the tablet, you’re asked to “pull down” the window to turn it off, just as Windows Phone does. The second is a serious omission: Even though the Surface Pro 2 offered 200GB of free OneDrive storage, the Surface Pro 3 does not. Ditto for the year’s worth of Skype Premium calling and Wi-Fi access that the Pro 2 offered. Adaptateur Panasonic The Surface Pro 3 also ships with a chunky new pen from N-trig that features what Microsoft calls decreased parallax. Simply put, the digital ink “flows” more closely from where the pen touches the screen. And here’s a nifty trick: The tablet can be roused from sleep mode by holding down the button on the top of the pen, which immediately launches a new OneNote note without requiring a password. Digital ink is polarizing: Either you like it or you don’t. Emirates Airlines hands out Surface tablets to its flight crew members, who tote them around as cheat sheets for their passengers. For them, the Surface Pro 3’s new pen might be an upgrade. Adaptateur Philips However the Surface Pro 3 is still too heavy and awkward for long-term, one-handed use. Microsoft wants you to use the Surface Pro 3 as a digital legal pad, but it’s a use case that requires setting the tablet on a table. The pen’s storage loop also needs improvement. A velcro strap would be clumsy and gauche, but it’s simply too difficult to remove and re-secure the pen in its Type Cover loop. Though I’m not asking for a slimmer pen, securing it within the tablet (the Samsung Note approach) would be a better solution-though perhaps unfeasible, given that the Surface Pro 3’s internals are already packed to capacity with other components.

Screen

The Surface Pro 3 comes with a pen, but it too is different than what came on previous models. It’s slightly bigger and you can’t mount it to the Surface itself anymore, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make. Packard Bell Adapter Laptop Drawing with the pen feels super accurate and as natural as putting plastic to glass can reasonably be. The aforementioned thin display stack means your digital “ink” is close to the pen tip and responsiveness seemed good. You can also click the “cap” on the pen at any time to launch directly into OneNote (even when the screen is off) to jot down notes. Adobe says a touch and pen-optimized version of Photoshop should be coming soon as well. MSI Charger Microsoft made the trackpad bigger too. It’s much better than before, but it’s still too small and frustrating in the way trackpads often are on Windows machines. I’m constantly mis-clicking or mis-dragging things and never know whether I should be blaming Windows, the hardware, or my fumbling fingers. That the truth surely lies in the middle of those three options doesn’t really make me feel any better.

Performance

We tested the £849 model, which features a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB Samsung PM851 mSATA SSD. This capable trio helped the Surface Pro 3 along to a result of 0.62 in our benchmarks. That’s power enough for most Windows applications, but you might be surprised to note that it’s effectively no better than the Surface Pro 2, which scored 0.61 with a 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U CPU at the helm. Accu Toshiba The explanation isn’t hard to find. Once our tests started taxing the CPU, we noted that the exterior of the Surface Pro 3 quickly grew hot to the touch. Within two minutes, internal temperatures had hit 90°C – and the CPU had automatically dialled back its Turbo Boost frequency from 2.6GHz down to 2GHz. It’s an inevitable compromise of squeezing Ultrabook-class hardware into such a thin frame: the Surface Pro 3’s tiny fans can’t dissipate enough heat to sustain the highest Turbo Boost frequencies. Hybrid tablet/laptops inevitably involve compromise. AC Adapter Voeding Oplader Accu Microsoft’s advertising bills the Surface Pro 3 as “the tablet which can replace your laptop” and we think this is a pretty good description. If a lot of your work will be the kind which benefits from keyboard, mouse, and access to powerful desktop-class applications then the Surface Pro 3 performs pretty well. It’s not the perfect laptop, particularly not for the price, but it’s certainly capable of being your only machine, particularly when coupled with the Docking Station (see below).

Battery Life

Another area in which Microsoft promised improvement with the Surface Pro 3 is that of battery life, and improved it is. Under complete load (Battery Eater Pro Classic Test), runtimes have increased to 2:04 (from 1:42 on the SP2), and with all wireless radios off and brightness at a minimum (Battery Eater Reader’s Test), our SP3 managed a staggering 18:16 (SP2: 12:04). PC Adattatore Caricabatterie Batteria Surfing the web at medium brightness (75%, roughly 150 cd/m2) resulted in 8:24, meanwhile-which is nearly two hours longer than the SP2’s 6:27. Even if it can’t match most tablets or some high-end Ultrabooks, that’s still a very practical result that should make for all-day computing.

Conclusion

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a refined, versatile system that can accomplish almost any task in day-to-day use. The tablet runs full Windows 10 smoothly, and the kickstand and the Surface Pen are better than they’ve ever been for working on the go. The only obvious aspect of a traditional laptop missing from the Surface Pro 4 is a keyboard, which is solved with the Type Cover. Adattatore Acer It does add $130 to the tablet’s price, but it gives the Surface Pro 4 the full functionality of a laptop. Though the price of the tablet and Type Cover together is $300 more than the list price of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, the Surface Pro 4 does give you tablet functionality and a touch screen with a higher resolution.