Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sony Vaio Pro 13 vs Apple MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 13:Who is the best?

Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook                                                                                                           Clever design touches, light weight and good looks make the Sony Vaio Pro 13 worth waiting for if you’re out for a practical, portable laptop. If Sony’s battery claims ring true and its battery pack accessory is priced right, this could become one of the best Ultrabooks in town.The Sony Vaio Pro 13 weighs less than 2.4 pounds and uses a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor to deliver long battery life and very good everyday performance. It has an excellent 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen and is competitively priced for its features.the 13.3-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display is clearly the true star of the show. It’s immensely vibrant and bright, which makes it great for watching high-definition films and video, and the touchscreen is responsive and adds a new dimension to the Windows 8 interface.Battery life wasn’t quite what we were hoping for either. Sony claims battery life of up to seven hours – which can be increased to 18 hours with an optional battery pack – and we did get a respectable six hours and 20 minutes out of it when streaming video from BBC iPlayer.
But, The Pro 13, like its competition, has a nonremovable battery (though you can add an external battery), few ports and connections, and integrated graphics only. Memory maxes out at 8GB.
The bottom line: For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it.                                                                                               Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i7 ( Dual-Core )
Memory8 GB
Hard Drive512 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4400
Weight2.34 lbs                                                                                                                                             price;$1,249                                                                                                                                               VS                                                                                                                                                           Apple MacBook Pro                                                                                                                                   The screen is very good, with rich, vibrant colours and great viewing angles, and although not as light and thin as a MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is very portable. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has a faster third-gen Intel Core i5 processor, and USB 3.0 ports.
But, There's no opportunity to pick a faster processor, for example. It's a pity the entry-level model only uses a Core i5 too, instead of the more powerful Core i7 processors used in the rest of the MacBook Pro range. Not much else has changed: the price, battery life, and older, thicker appearance, however well designed, remain the same.
The bottom line :The 13-inch MacBook Pro is ideal for those who need a little more configurability and storage than the MacBook Air can offer, but also need a very portable machine. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition.                Specifications
Release date06/11/12
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 2.5 GHz ( Dual-Core )( 3.1 GHz )
Memory4 GB/ 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive500 GB - 5400 rpm- Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Optical DriveDVD±RW (±R DL)                                                                                                                Price;$1,199                                                                                                                                                VS                                                                                                                                                              Dell XPS 13                                                                                                                                               The XPS 13 is a solidly built, lightweight laptop that's actually slightly smaller than the 13-inch Air. It has a usable, backlit keyboard and decent battery life. While it loses points for a low-end display, its $999 price point makes it a reasonable purchase as a more powerful go-anywhere computer to replace your aging netbook.The display is a full-HD panel (1920 x 1080) that features a 800:1 contrast ratio with an optional touch screen for navigating Windows 8.1's UI and apps.This is one area the XPS 13 falls short; it has just two USB ports, a headphone/microphone combo jack and DisplayPort video out. I’m chiefly disappointed in the lack of a media card reader. On the other hand, one nice feature is the inclusion of a battery status indicator which lets you check the amount of battery power you have left even if the laptop is powered off. All picture descriptions are shown from left to right.The Dell XPS 13 has a sharp new 1080p display, updated Intel processors, and the same sleek design as before.
But, Few ports; a high price; no touch-screen option.
The bottom line: Attractive and compact, the new Dell XPS 13 ultrabook isn't that much different from last year's model, aside from new processors and a higher-res non-touch screen.                                             Specifications
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3rd Generation 3517U
Memory8 GB
Hard Drive256 GB
Operating SystemWindows 8, 64-bit, English
Display Type13.3
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4000                                                                                                             Price;$1,599.99 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs Microsoft Surface 3:Winner is........................

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5                                                                                                                     It's the best screen I've seen on a tablet and the Retina iPads are the only ones that really come close. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S rocks a vividly colorful, razor-sharp screen and exclusive software perks in an ultra-thin and lightweight design. That fabulous display is backed up by plenty of grunt and a battery that ensures you can keep going for a day or two. There's a case to be made that 7-8 inches is the sweet spot for a small tablet, but at least the Tab S offers two choices to buyers. The Galaxy Tab 10.5 is fast. Not as fast as the top-end phones like the Snapdragon powered Galaxy S5 and OnePlus One, but still more than powerful enough. It scores 2,669 in the multi-core test in Geekbench 3, which puts it in the top 5%.
It suffers a little more in the graphics department. Here, more powerful phones and tablets like the Nvidia Shield Tablet have a noticeable advantage. This shows in a 13,500 score in the 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited test, which falls a long way short of the 20,000 or so of the top phones.
But most people won’t notice this difference in actual games. We couldn’t find any game on Android that didn’t run smoothly or look good. The middling graphics performance should only concern serious gamers.
But,The plastic backing and faux-chrome rim will certainly not be to everyone's tastes, but that aside this is a tablet with very few negatives. Starting at $500, it's a high-end purchase. Touchscreen response can lag if many of its memory-hogging apps are open in the background.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Ultimately it's a whisker away from being a 5-star tablet. I'd like to see small improvements in the camera, the hardware design and the way Android fits to larger screens, but other than that it's a tablet that Samsung can be very, very proud of. An exceptional screen and a long list of software goodies make the Galaxy Tab S Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android choice for an entertainment slate.                                                                                                                                       Key Features: 10.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 AMOLED display; Exynos 5 Octa 5420; 3GB RAM; 16GB storage; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; microSD up to 128GB; 7,900mAh battery; 465g
Manufacturer: Samsung                                                                                                                        Price:$500

 VS                                                                                                                                                             Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet                                                                                                                              The Xperia Z4 Tablet runs the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This means you’re treated to the new Material design and all of the layout tweaks that come with it.The Sony Xperia Z4's slim, waterproof design is simultaneously sleek and solid. Running the latest version of Android, it features a colorful user-friendly overlay. It has a sharp HD screen, and its performance is fast and smooth. The 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz and 3GB of RAM combine to excellent effect, making the Xperia Z4 Tablet very powerful indeed. This is reflected by our benchmark results.
It scored 4,500 in the Geekbench 3 multi-core speed test, placing it and the iPad Air 2 (4,509) on an even keel. It’s streets ahead of Android rivals, leaving the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (2,669) in the dust.
The Xperia performs even better in the graphics department, scoring a sublime 24,283 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test. That’s a terrific result. Even the iPad Air 2 (21,797) can’t keep up, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (13,500) again way behind.
However, benchmarks aren’t everything. Fortunately, the Xperia’s performance is generally excellent. It blitzes through 3D games, including Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2, delivering a flawless experience. Similarly, movies and videos play smoothly, without a hint of lag.
On occasion, we did find that sound and videos sometimes stuttered when rotating the screen, and we’re not sure why. However, it seems to happen on an irregular basis, and is so fleeting that few users will actually be bothered by it.Sony claims you'll get 17 hours of video playback from the Z4, and from our tests, that's not too far from the truth. The Z4 managed almost 15 hours of continuous video while syncing Twitter every 10 minutes over WiFi. That's pretty damn impressive given the battery is exactly the same size as last year's model, and the same test drained the Z2 in just eight hours.
The storage options aren't overly generous, and it would be nice if Sony offered a 64GB version; microSD storage is handy, but files on there don't perform as well as on the main memory. The optional Bluetooth keyboard is cramped to type on and has a frail plastic build.
THE BOTTOM LINE For novice Android users with a desire to greatly personalize their experience, the Sony Xperia Z4 is a beautifully constructed tablet with high-end specs that won't disappoint.                         Key Features: 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 IPS display; Android Lollipop; Snapdragon 810 processor; 3GB RAM; 6,000mAh battery; 393g; 8.1-megapixel rear camera; NFC; Bluetooth 4.1
Manufacturer: Sony
VS                                                                                                                                                       Microsoft Surface 3                                                                                                                                     The Surface 3 is a thinner, lighter, smaller and cheaper version of theSurface Pro 3. It has a 10.8-inch screen and weighs just 887g with the keyboard attached (622g without). The 10.8-inch display makes the Surface 3 wider than 10.1-inch tablets, so the keyboard is bigger than most. This allows Microsoft to use large keys on the Type Cover. Those keys are wonderful and it's possible to type as fast as on any laptop keyboard. The keys have just the right amount of travel and the tactile feedback is first rate.
The top row of keys have tablet control keys along with some standard Windows keys -- Home, End, PrtScn, and others. They also serve as Fn-1 - Fn-12.
There is a small trackpad on the Type Cover that works well, but due to the small size I usually just tap the touch display. Still it's nice to have the trackpad available.
The new Surface 3 costs less than the Pro version, but trickles down much of the design and materials of its more expensive sibling. This budget model finally runs the full version of Windows. The keyboard cover remains the best way to transform a slate into a laptop.                                                                                     The Surface 3's IPS panel provides excellent viewing angles which means you won't have to crane your neck when leaning over to watch video or other content with a friend.
Even at a smaller 10.8-inches in size, its 1,920 x 1,200 pixel-resolution allowed me to comfortably fit two screens side-by-side, making it great for getting productive on the go.
The display supports full 10-point multi-touch, which I found fast and responsive - although it's easier to pick out toolbars and menus using the Surface Pen if you have scaling set to a low percentage in Windows.           The Surface 3's benchmark figures are higher than those generated by the Asus T100 Chi. In PCMark 8 Home test, its 1.6GHz Intel Atom x7-78700 proved 32% faster than the Z3775 in the Chi while beating it by 19% in Cinebench 11.5's Multi-Core CPU test and 48% in its GPU test.
If that was something of a fair fight, things become predictably one-sided when comparing the Surface 3 to the Surface Pro 3, which saw its Core i5-4200U chip hammer the Surface 3's Atom chip in Cinebench 11.5's CPU test, producing a 196% bigger number. The Surface Pro 3 also scored higher in PCMark 8's Home test by 26%, while graphics came on top by 75% on Cinebench 11.5's GPU test.                                   The Surface 3's 13-watt micro USB charger stretches from to nothing fully-charged in around 2.5 hours and once juiced up can go for a long time due to the efficiency of the 1.6GHz Intel Atom x7-78700. It packs a 27Wh battery, just short of the 30Wh battery in the T100 Chi - and PCMark 8's battery tests, which simulates real-world applications and loops video, produced similar scores as a result.
The high-end Surface 3 finds itself in an unusual position. Compared to the entry-level model, you get 4GB of RAM (instead of 2GB) and 128GB of storage (compared to 64GB) for $121 more. It means you'll be able to store more data on it while enjoying slightly less slowdown when multitasking, but the benchmarks show that it's nowhere near as powerful as the Surface Pro 3 - so its capabilities are still relatively limited.
But,Trading down to a low-power processor means this isn't a full-time PC. The clever keyboard case is still sold separately, and costs a lot compared to the base hardware. The kickstand has only three preset angles.
THE BOTTOM LINE The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.                       Key Features: 10.8-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 display; 662g; 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor; Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; USB 3.0; Mini DisplayPort; microSD; 3.5-megapixel front camera; 8.0-megapixel camera
Manufacturer: Microsoft                                                                                                                      Price:$499

iPhone 6S Plus vs Lenovo A7000 vs Apple iPhone 6s:Most favorite is..............................

iPhone 6S Plus                                                                                                                                           The iPhone 6S Plus is just as big, bold, and bright as last year’s phablet. Its 5.5-inch screen sports the same number of pixels as last year’s iPhone with a 1,920 × 1,080-pixel resolution and a density of 401 pixels per inch.Improved speed, better cameras, always-on Siri, and pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display compared to last year's 6 Plus. And it has slightly better battery life, a bigger higher resolution screen, and optical image stabilization for photos and video that can make a difference.  in short: the iPhone 6S Plus is very fast. In fact, it surpasses even our previous fastest phone – the Samsung Galaxy S6 – in some of the benchmark tests. While other smartphones come with four, six or even eight CPU cores, the iPhone 6S Plus manages to deliver such performance with only two. How can it perform better than those other phones that sound so impressive on paper?
It’s because many smartphone apps use only one or two cores at a time. This means that having fewer but more powerful cores is often of greater benefit than having a bag-load of cores that aren’t quite as fast.
In addition, you shouldn’t feel the iPhone 6S is shortchanging you in terms of processors. While the CPU has only two cores, the GPU (graphics processing unit) has six. With the two combined on the A9 chipset, the 6S Plus is a powerhouse – whether you’re into gaming, photo editing or general productivity.
For security, the 6S Plus comes with Touch ID – Apple’s fingerprint scanner – built into the home button.
This makes your phone far more secure than relying on a simple PIN – in fact, iOS 9 now strongly recommends you use a six-digit PIN instead of the four-digit one iPhone users will be more accustomed to.
Touch ID also lets you use the iPhone 6S Plus with Apple Pay, so you can tap your phone on a touch-and-pay terminal to purchase good and services.
Apple Pay has been around in the US for more than a year now, but was only recently introduced to the UK and so isn't yet supported by all the banks. For example, holders of a Barclays bank account can't yet use Apple Pay.
Fingerprint scanners are by no means unique to the iPhone any more, but they’re still a great feature, making it super-easy to keep your phone secure without making unlocking a regular drudgery.
Touch ID on the iPhone 6S Plus is better than ever, thanks to the improved processor. It unlocks the phone almost twice as fast as before, giving you access to all your mobile tools even more quickly.
The final iPhone 6S Plus feature worth expanding on is something we’ve mentioned already, the new Taptic Engine.
You’ll have experienced phones vibrating when on silent before and the Taptic Engine on the iPhone 6S Plus performs a similar function, but it’s as close to those as a hamburger is to a fillet steak.
It brings a more nuanced experience to the vibrations that help you better understand what’s going on. A phone call has a different feel to a text message, for example.
It also ties into 3D Touch. Use 3D Touch on an icon that supports it and a short buzz lets you know it’s been activated. Try it on one that doesn’t support 3D Touch and you get the vibration equivalent of a head shake.

but,Apple's made the iPhone 6S Plus bigger (slightly) and heavier (considerably), meaning it's still a beast to hold and very difficult to use one handed. It's really big. It costs more than the smaller iPhone. Other phablet-sized phones offer longer battery life.
THE BOTTOM LINE :A combination of excellent power and an exciting new technology in 3D Touch means the iPhone 6S Plus is set up for the future much better than the 6 Plus. The iPhone 6S Plus has a few key advantages that give it an edge for serious iPhone users, but its big body still may not fit for a lot of people.                                                                                                                                                   Price:$649                                                                                                                                                   VS                                                                                                                                                             Lenovo A7000                                                                                                                                           The Lenovo A7000 is a phone that could very well be ideal for anyone like me.The Lenovo A7000 packs an identical 5.5-inch HD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution at 267ppi pixels count. The screen can be considered “Retina” (the eye can’t distinguish separate pixels) when viewed from a distance equal or greater than 33 cm. The display offers ample brightness with decent viewing angles, but lacks the Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection which is common in most of the budget devices. The A7000 has a 8 megapixel rear (primary) camera, which will produce high quality photos. Its 5 megapixel front camera makes it a good selfie phone. The Lenovo A7000 camera lens aperture maxes out at f/2.2 which is standard for smartphone cameras. While lens aperture size shouldn't be a deciding factor when choosing a phone, some camera fanatics might prefer a larger one. The Lenovo A7000 comes in a built in 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE network support.The A7000 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Android isn't quite as easy to pick up as Apple's dead-simple iOS operating system, but considering this phone is a fraction of the cost of a pricey Apple gadget, Android 5.0 is a more than worthy alternative. Google's OS is slick, packed with features and grants you access to Google Play, which is crammed to the gunwales with downloadable apps and games. The phone comes with Octa core processor at 1.5 GHz. For gaming fanatics it has Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM that is enormous. Lenovo A7000’s internal storage comes with 8 GB expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD card support. The camera specs are amazing with 8 mega pixel rear camera coupled with an LED flash and 5 mega pixel camera front snapper. The battery life is incredible with 2900mAh that gives you longer talk time and stand by battery. For sound quality, you can enjoy the loud speaker and 3.5 mm jack in a Dolby Atmos headphone, vibrations and ringtones are there for calls and messages. Connectivity features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio and micro USB v 2.0 that connects you with other integrated devices to receive and share files. This is a large phone, measuring 152.6 x 76.2 x 7.9mm, but it only weighs 140g. I’d have expected a slightly larger battery considering the size of it, but 2900mAh isn’t too bad.                                                 Price:$169                                                                                                                                                 VS                                                                                                                                                           Apple iPhone 6s                                                                                                                                           The iPhone 6s keeps the same design as the iPhone 6, but packs better cameras, a snappier processor and 3D Touch, a smart new way to get things done in fewer steps. Beyond that, the combination of iOS 9 and some well-built hardware help makes the 6s one of the best iPhones ever made... even if we wish it had some of the 6s Plus' niceties.Improved speed everywhere (new processor, faster wireless, quicker Touch ID sensor); a sturdier body; better front and rear cameras; a bold new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display that could end up being a really useful tool in apps down the road, and which already offers new iOS shortcuts.   Performance
Providing the power behind the scenes on the iPhone 6 is a 1.39GHz dual-core A8 processor with 64-bit architecture and 1GB of RAM.
The iPhone 6 seemed to be the slicker of the two new iHandsets when it comes to chugging away under the finger, although when looking at the Geekbench 3 scores, we can see it's almost identical to the iPhone 6 Plus (average score of 2905 vs 2911 for the 6 Plus).
This puts it below 2015's crop of smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 andHTC One M9, but right with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and below the One M8 and One E8 - although HTC has admitted to slightly gaming those results with a special 'high power mode'.
In short, despite the dual-core processor, Apple seems to have eked out enough power to make the iPhone 6 a strong enough contender day to day.                                                                                            Battery Life
“Battery life could be a problem,” was my first thought when I started my iPhone 6S review, and with good reason. Wonderful though 3D Touch and the Taptic Engine are, Apple had to reduce the battery capacity from 1,810mAh to 1,715mAh to fit them in. It made the 6S slightly thicker and heavier, too, though not enough that anyone should care.
The iPhone 6 didn't have a stellar reputation for battery life, and while some of those complaints are overblown, they’re not without foundation. Certainly, the ‘Plus’ variant is the phone to go for if you suffer range “range anxiety”.
Through my week using the the iPhone 6S, I consistently managed 15 to 17 hours per day. Switching off Bluetooth and disabling the Facebook app’s background refresh made a big difference, though I always left Wi-Fi on.
For whatever reason, the Facebook app uses more background time than other app. Before the change Facebook was responsible for close to 25% of the phone’s battery drain, despite being on screen for just 20 minutes or so. iOS 9’s improved battery monitoring was a godsend here.                                                       Navigation puts a big strain on the battery, though, particularly in built-up areas. One 15-minute walk with directions drained 7% from the battery. Streaming video over Wi-Fi burns through around 12% of battery per hour, depending on the quality and how bright your screen is.
The new Low Power won’t extend your life indefinitely, but it’s useful and effective enough. iOS prompts you to turn it on when your battery hits 20% and it turns off all background activity, while also throttling down the CPU and GPU.
The iPhone is already frugal when idle, but Low Power extends that further still – I once got five hours of very light use after passing 20%, which is handy if you’re staying out late. And you can turn Low Power on earlier if you know you have a long day ahead – the iPhone 6S runs fine when it’s on.                    Ultimately, while some management is needed from time to time, I never felt like I would run out before I got home, and it would only concern me if I was on a “night out” and got home late. In those cases, a few simple precautions will avert problems.
Power users who stream video all day, use navigation lots or play games often should look at the 6S Plus, but the 6S’s battery life is fine for the majority of people.
But,Same battery life as the iPhone 6. The 6S Plus model remains the only way to get optical image stabilization for photos and video, plus better battery life. You'll need to pay extra to vault past the too-small storage of the entry-level 16GB version.
THE BOTTOM LINE The newest iPhones are top-to-bottom better phones with lots of enhancements; iPhone 6 owners don't need the upgrade, but everyone else should seriously consider it.
  Key Features: 4.7-inch, 326ppi LCD; 7.1mm thick; 143g; 1.8GHz Dual-Core; 2GB RAM; 16/64/128GB storage ; 12-megapixel iSight camera; 5-megapixel Facetime HD camera
Manufacturer: Apple

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Asus FonePad 8 vs Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Toshiba Encore 8:Best performer is..........................

Asus FonePad 8                                                                                                                                        The Fonepaad 8 is ASUS’ latest entry into the series, and sports a brand spanking new Intel Atom processor that’s part of the Moorefield architecture which promises to deliver good performance and battery life.The ASUS FonePad 8 flaunts an 8-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels  The display is protected by an Oleophobic coating, which keeps the display from attracting too many fingerprint smudges. The Fonepad's display has large viewing angles. The display legibility in bright sunlight is pretty decent too, which means that it is clear enough to read even on a bright sunny day. and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. The OS has been customized with ASUS' own Zen UI, which offers user a wide range of personalization options. Under the hood ticks an Intel Atom Z3560 64-bit quad-core processors running at 1.8GHz, further assisted by a PowerVR Series 6 GPU and 1GB of RAM. For imagery the tablet’s user interface is fluid with effortless transitions. The Fonepad 8 offers a satisfying performance; the phone does not feel sluggish, nor does it freeze. Applications open smoothly, and we experienced absolutely no delay in launching new applications, whatsoever., the Asus FonePad 8 packs a 5MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary front camera. Surprisingly, the two cameras surpassed our modest expectations and performed quite admirably, particularly in well-lit conditions. The exposure, white balance and focus were, most of the time, spot on. In addition, the rear camera also gets a nod from us in terms of color reproduction and overall image sharpness. As with other devices that Asus has released in recent times, the FonePad 8 is equipped with the company’s own software-based camera enhancement tool dubbed as the PixelMaster. The PixelMaster offers a wealth of customization to users like the ability to shoot pictures with shallow depth of field, and remove unwanted objects in the picture with an option called Smart Remove. It houses 16GB of built-in memory, providing you ample space to store you stuffs. If that doesnÂ’t sound enough, you can expand the storage with the help of microSD card slot. Connectivity features in the Asus FonePad 8 16GB include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast. The ASUS FonePad 8 is a smart phablet with a focus on multimedia features. The large HD display and advanced audio features to deliver you an excellent multimedia experience. With 16GB of storage on board, you can carry a lot of multimedia stuffs wherever you go. In terms of design, Fonepad 8 has a 5.06mm bezel and 72.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The tablet is juiced-up by a 4000mAh battery which Asus claims provides up to 12 hours of usage on videos or browsing the web, and 21 hours of 3G talk time.                                                                                   Price:$299                                                                                                                                                    VS                                                                                                                                                      Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display                                                                                                            The iPad Mini with Retina Display adds an excellent high-resolution display that rivals the iPad Air's, a far faster A7 processor, and tops it off with improved Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, with battery life that's as good or better than in last year's Mini.So Apple: we're still irked that you took this long to deliver us an iPad mini with a Retina display, but by making it the same resolution as the iPad Air (1,536 x 2,048) and higher-res than the competition (the LG, Google and Amazon options all come in at 1,920 x 1,200, albeit offering the same 325PPI) you've given a really cracking screen that goes far beyond what would be acceptable on a tablet.The mini comes in Apple’s two favorite colors, silver and space gray, neither of which I like as much as the dark, dangerous black of last year’s model. Both models are beautifully made and virtually seamless save for the radio module on the LTE model, though they’re the sort of cold machinery that sits in stark contrast to the warm, soft, inviting feel of the Nexus 7. There’s no question that the mini is more impressive and more beautiful, but actual comfort lies in the eye of the beholder.
But, A starting price of $399 places it well above the small-tablet competition, and adding more storage or LTE makes it even more expensive. It lacks the innovative Touch ID fingerprint sensor that the iPhone 5S sports.
The bottom line: The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet.                                                                                                                                                                         Specifications
Release date11/12/13
Display type7.9 in
OSApple iOS
Wireless connectivityWi-Fi
Dimensions (WxDxH)5.3 in x 0.29 in x 7.87 in
Weight0.73 lbs                                                                                                                                             VS                                                                                                                                                        Toshiba Encore 8                                                                                                                                     The Toshiba Encore 8 runs Windows 8.1, boasts zippy performance, and has a microSD storage expansion slot.The Encore packs an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 display. The colorful tiles and white text on the Windows 8.1 Start screen looked crisp on the slate's screen, and websites such as were bright and easy to read.Toshiba's tablet is also using Intel's new Atom Bay Trail processor with 2GB of LPDDR3 memory making for a tablet that's now much more capable of running the full Windows 8.1 desktop experience.Battery is said to be around seven hours but our Toshiba representative declined to give us a solid figure considering that the tablet is not quite finalised.To take care of picture-taking duties, there's a 2-megapixel front-facing Skype-certified camera and an 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p Full HD shooting abilities to play with.
But, The design is bulkier and heavier than most other small tablets. With no keyboard accessory, desktop mode is a headache to navigate.
The bottom line: The Toshiba Encore 8 offers a lot for its price, but the more appealing Dell Venue 8 Pro is a cheaper and sleeker alternative.                                                                                                         Specifications
Display type8 in
OSMicrosoft Windows 8.1
ProcessorIntel Atom
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 4.0Wi-Fi  

Asus FonePad 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9:Most favorite is........................

Asus FonePad 7                                                                                                                                           Asus has announced the Fonepad phone and tablet (phablet) despite already having the Padfone.The Fonepad is pretty thin and light making it easy to hold in one hand. The Asus Fonepad is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. The tablet, sorry phablet, was running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean well enough when we used the Fonepad but we did notice some lag when scrolling.According to the spec sheet here at MWC, the Fonepad will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models. Unlike the Nexus 7, there's a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 32GB cards). Also included is 5GB of Asus WebStorage, free for life.
Cameras are pretty low spec at 3Mp rear and 1.3Mp front facing. This isn't great considering most users rely on their smartphone's camera for day to day snaps.     Finally,The Asus FonePad tablet performs well enough and has a truly useful screen adjustment feature. It's a fine tablet, but $275 is too much if you're not planning to use the phone feature.                                                                                                             Specifications
Display type7 in
OSAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
ProcessorIntel Atom 1.2 GHz
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.4 mm
Weight340 g
VS                                                                                                                                                               Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0                                                                                                                           The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's grey plastic back cover is so smooth it can be hard to hold on to. You'll need a proper stand for hands-free use, since leaning it against something will invariably end in the Tab 2 sliding on to its back.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience for only $250. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.
But, The screen doesn't look as pretty as other PLS displays, and its camera performance is lacking compared with other tablets in the line.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers an excellent value and a full Android 4.0 experience that no other tablet can currently match for the price.                                                                                     Specifications
Display type7 in Plane to Line Switching (PLS) - Yes
OSAndroid 4.0
Processor1 GHz
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bBluetooth 3.0IEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)4.8 in x 0.4 in x 7.6 in
Weight12.1 oz                                                                                                                                              VS                                                                                                                                                           Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9                                                                                                                         The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has zippier navigation than its 7-inch counterpart, a beautiful high-definition screen, incredibly fast 4G LTE speeds, seamless streaming performance, and access to one of the best media eco systems available. The new Fire HD interface feels better suited on the 8.9-inch screen.
But, Web performance is lacking compared with that of other tablets. Its physical design is fairly plain with buttons that are too flush with its chassis. The curated Appstore means many games and non-entertainment quality apps are not available. There's a $15 opt-out for ads.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere.                                                                                                                                     Specifications
Display type8.9 in- Yes
OSAmazon Android
ProcessorOMAP4470 1.5 GHz
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bIEEE 802.11aIEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)6.4 in x 0.35 in x 9.4 in
Weight20 oz                                                                                                                                                Price;$299.00

HP Slate 7 vs BlackBerry PlayBook vs Google Nexus 7:Which is better?

HP Slate 7                                                                                                                                                 The HP Slate 7 shapes up pretty well with its spec. It boasts an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB RAM and comes with 8GB of internal storage. Importantly the Slate 7 comes with a microSD slot which can expand the memory by up to 32GB, so this makes up for the slightly small storage spec.
While there is a bit of a big gap between where the screen finishes and the edge of the tablet, the overall design of the Slate 7 is pretty good. It sports a nice stainless steel frame, and the device we saw had a metallic grey looking finish to the back (it’s also available in red), the result is an aesthetically impressive tablet. It weighs a pretty reasonable 370g and measures in at 197.1 x 116.1 x 10.7 mm.
The 7-inch screen (which as mentioned above, doesn’t come anywhere close to the edge of the tablet) isn't going to dazzle you at all. But that’s not what you expect from a cheap entry-level device. It has a screen res of 600 x 1024 pixels, and a pixel density of 170ppi, this lags someway behind its two main rivals the Nexus 4 and Kindle Fire HD, which both have a pixel densities of 216ppi. It didn’t look that bad in real life though, to be fair to the Slate 7.                                                                                                                          Price;$169.00
VS                                                                                                                                                               BlackBerry PlayBook                                                                                                                                   The BlackBerry PlayBook is certainly a more refined tablet now that it has its OS 2.0 update, but it only really worked to bring the tablet closer to the standards of its rivals, rather than offering something you can't get elsewhere.RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is a fast, powerful 7-inch tablet with HDMI output, advanced multitasking and security, and a browser that integrates Adobe Flash 10.2 for a desktop-style Web experience.
But, The 7-inch screen cramps the powerful browser; the wake button is difficult to push; and app selection trails the competition.
The bottom line: The BlackBerry PlayBook ably showcases RIM's powerful new mobile operating system, but its middling size diminishes many of its best features.                                                                               Specifications
Release date04/19/11
Display type7 inTFT active matrix - Yes
OSBlackBerry Tablet OS
Processor1 GHz
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 2.1 EDRIEEE 802.11aIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11gIEEE 802.11b
Dimensions (WxDxH)7.6 in x 0.4 in x 5.1 in
Weight15 oz                                                                                                                                                  Price;$138.99 to $499.00                                                                                                                            VS                                                                                                                                                           Google Nexus 7                                                                                                                                         The Google Nexus 7 was, for a long time, the ultimate compact tablet. With an attractive price, great build and speedy software updates direct from Google, it was the pure Android experience many craved so dearly.The Nexus 7 features a sharp screen, a comfortable design, and great battery life at a low starting price.It’s slicker, faster and sleeker than any other 7-inch tablet on the market right now, and only the rear facing camera really lets it down.The battery life is really impressive, and the sheer diversity on offer, be it through the uprated CPU, screen, or GPU, mean that we struggled to put it down at times. Android 4.2 adds some welcome and useful features.
But, Android still needs more tablet-optimized apps, newer games have frame rate issues, and HSPA+ speeds seem particularly location-dependent.
The bottom line: With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Specifications
Release date11/13/12
Display type7 inTFT active matrix - LED backlight
OSAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Processor1300 MHzNVIDIA Tegra 3
Wireless connectivityBluetoothNFCWi-Fi
Dimensions (WxDxH)7.8 in x 0.4 in x 4.7 in
Weight12 oz                                                                                                                                             Price;$199.00 to $228.19

Dell Venue 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 vs Apple iPad Mini:Best performer is...........................

Dell Venue 7                                                                                                                                               Dell Venue 7inch tablet running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and upgradeable to Kit-Kat on a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 16 GB internal memory.The Dell Venue 7 starts at $149 and features a pure Android 4.2.2 operating system. It's lightweight, houses a microSD card expansion, and performs smoothly.The 7-inch IPS LCD brings the 1,280-by-800 resolution and front-facing camera of the Venue 8 to a slightly smaller panel, and it's slightly sharper as a result at 215 pixels per inch. It beats Asus's and Hisense's offerings. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 7" has the same resolution, but has better color saturation and better viewing angles than the Venue 7. The Nook HD has a 1,440-by-900 display, beating both of these tablets in the high-res arms race.The Dell Venue 7 lasted for 6 hours and 20 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test (Web surfing via Wi-Fi), which is longer than the Sero 7 Pro (6:09), but an hour less than the 7:22 category average and more than three hours less than the MeMO Pad HD 7's epic battery life of 9 hours and 40 minutes.
But, Larger games take a while to load, the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive, and battery life only lasts about a day.
The bottom line: The Dell Venue 7 offers a simple design and smooth performance for the right price, but the Nexus 7 is a significant upgrade for not much more.                                                                           Specifications
Display type7 in
OSAndroid 4.2.2
ProcessorIntel Atom
Weight0.67 lbs
VS                                                                                                                                                             Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0                                                                                                                         The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's grey plastic back cover is so smooth it can be hard to hold on to. You'll need a proper stand for hands-free use, since leaning it against something will invariably end in the Tab 2 sliding on to its back.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience for only $250. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.
But, The screen doesn't look as pretty as other PLS displays, and its camera performance is lacking compared with other tablets in the line.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers an excellent value and a full Android 4.0 experience that no other tablet can currently match for the price.                                                                                   Specifications
Display type7 in Plane to Line Switching (PLS) - Yes
OSAndroid 4.0
Processor1 GHz
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bBluetooth 3.0IEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)4.8 in x 0.4 in x 7.6 in
Weight12.1 oz                                                                                                                                             VS                                                                                                                                                         Apple iPad Mini                                                                                                                                         The iPad Mini's ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen's dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.                                                       Another similarity with the iPad 2 is the processor. The A5 chip is getting a bit old, but our benchmark results show it can still rub shoulders with the current crop of 7in tablets. Importantly - and this is something benchmarks often fail to reflect - the iPad mini feels snappy in use, whether loading apps, scrolling around maps or browsing the web.
In the SunSpider JavaScript test, the iPad mini scored 1442ms, which puts it towards the head of the pack, but in the synthetic Geekbench 2, it managed only 752 - not a great score compared to the Nexus 7 (1452) and even the Kindle Fire HD (1124). For gaming, it's still pretty good, managing 24fps in GLBenchmark 2.5.1. The Kindle Fire HD could muster only 8.2fps here, and the Nexus 7 just 14fps. It shows that, when it comes to more demanding games, the iPad mini leads the way.
Battery life:
In terms of battery life, we found the mini didn't quite live up to Apple's 10-hour claim. Running our usual video-looping test, we recorded just 7 hours and 21 minutes with Wi-Fi turned on. That was at maximum screen brightness, however, so at a lower brightness, you might just reach 10 hours.
But, The iPad Mini costs too much, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn't as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.
The bottom line: If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Specifications
Display type7.9 inTFT active matrix - LED backlight - Yes
OSApple iOS
ProcessorApple A5
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dimensions (WxDxH)5.3 in x 0.28 in x 7.87 in
Weight0.68 lbs                                                                                                                                          Price;$329.00 

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Apple MacBook12:Best fit for use is............................

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
There's a new reigning king of Windows tablets and its name is the Surface Pro 4. Building on everything the last iteration got right, this new slate introduces a larger screen more sensitive touchscreen perfected for everything from penning documents to painting images. Thanks to a newly redesigned island keyboard, tapping away on the Type Cover feels almost as good as a real laptop and the glass trackpad feels simply superb. Internally the Microsoft's latest also features a faster processor and storage, all in a shell that's actually lighter and thinner than the Surface Pro 3. Overall, these improvements make the Surface Pro 4 an affordable Windows tablet that really can replace your laptop.The Surface Pro 4 fits a larger screen with a higher resolution into a slightly slimmer body than last year's model. The pen and keyboard cover are also improved, and this is one of the first mobile systems shipping with Intel's latest processors.                           Design                                                                                                                                                       The Surface tablet line set out its basic design rules with the very first generation of products and has largely stuck to its guns since. What we've seen, instead of wholesale reimagining, is a steady march of improvements to the display and chassis, helping the product feel just a bit more premium with every generation.
The earliest Surface Pro models were 13mm thick, while last year's Surface Pro 3 shaved that down to 9.1mm. This year, we're down to 8.4mm, despite increasing the size of the screen. Both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 are 1.7 pounds (771 grams) by themselves, or 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) with their keyboard cover and stylus pens attached. One of the biggest improvements to last year's Surface Pro carries over here: the highly adjustable kickstand, which can be adjusted to nearly any angle between 22 and 150 degrees. The kickstand, which runs the entire width of the system, is stiff enough that it will stay where you put it, and hardly moves at all, even when using your fingers or the pen on the touchscreen.
Missing from the black bezel surrounding the screen this time around is the capacitive Windows logo touch button. In previous Surface models, this moved around from the long edge to the short edge of the system, but always served the same purpose: to take you back to the Windows 8 tile interface. As we're now operating in the Windows 10 world, having a physical home button isn't necessary, although the Windows 10 "tablet mode" is still very similar to what Window 8 looked like.                                                         Performance                                                                                                                                                  Microsoft is offering the Surface Pro 4 in sixth-generation Intel Core M, Core i5 and Core i7 options. The M version comes with Intel HD graphics 515, while the i5 comes with slightly more powerful Intel HD graphics 520. The top i7 variant comes with Intel HD graphics 540. Adding further complexity to the mix, you can also load the Pro 4 with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM. I tested the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM.
The model benchmarked fairly well. The Surface Pro 4 ran in with a 6,727 multi-core Geekbench score. On the graphics intensive 3DMark: Cloud Gate, it scored a solid 6,019. Neither scores are groundbreaking, but they put the Pro 4 on a par with most top-end 2015 convertible tablets and well above its 2014 predecessor. By comparison, the Surface Pro 3 scored 3,491 in Geekbench.
The benchmarks proved accurate with real-world use, and the Surface Pro 4 delivers solidly impressive performance. Using the unit as my primary tablet and laptop, I didn’t notice any serious performance jitters. The Surface loaded web pages instantly, ran applications smoothly, and proved capable of playing Steam games, such as Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion and Divinity Original Sin, chug free – if the graphics settings weren't maxed.
Battery life                                                                                                                                             Microsoft touts a battery life of up to nine hours of video playback – that's the same figure given for the Pro 3 so there's no official benefit on this front. We're still testing batter life and will add our results very soon.                                                                                                                                                           But,Microsoft still refuses to include the Type Cover keyboard by default, forcing a separate purchase. Battery life still isn't enough for a full day.                                                                                                        The Bottom Line A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.         Spec:
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 3GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display (Contrast ratio: 1,300:1, 100% sRGB color, 10-point multi-touch, 3:2 aspect ratio)
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe 3.0)
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader (UHS-I), headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
Cameras: 8MP rear-facing, auto-focus camera (1080p HD); 5MP front-facing, 1080p HD camera
Weight: 1.73 pounds
Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (W x D x H)
                                                         VS                                                                                                   Apple MacBook12-inch (2015)                                                                                                                Apple announced the new MacBook in early 2015, and it is finally readily available in Apple Stores in three colors and several configuration options.The new 12-inch Apple MacBook is amazingly thin and light, has a premium look and feel, and is available in three colors. It offers better battery life than other laptops with Intel's Core M processors, and performance that's as good as or better than those models. The new USB-C port allows you to charge from an external backup battery pack.                                                                 The 12-inch Retina display sports 3 million pixels and 2304 x 1440 resolution, offering beautiful depth of colour and shade and crisp text. The pixels have been redesigned to allow more light to pass through, resulting in more vivid brightness and tone interpretation - particularly when watching videos. The display performed beautifully in low-light conditions, but was more difficult to make out in bright direct sunlight.       It’s performance is excellent. You’ll have no problems with normal productivity and web browsing, even if you leave lots of tabs open at the same time. There’s 8GB RAM as standard, which is more than ample – as is the standard 256GB of flash storage.
Speaking of which, it’s the PCI-e flash storage that helps keep the MacBook so responsive and useable. It’s blisteringly fast – the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test measured it at 741MB/s read and and 405MB/s write. You’ll notice this most when opening applications or waking from sleep – it wakes as fast as an iPhone or iPad does.
This makes up for the slightly sluggish Intel Core M processor, which scores 4,502 in Geekbench 3. This makes it slightly faster than the Asus Zenbook UX305 (4,098) – another Core M laptop – but not to a significant degree, and about the same as the 2011 version Core i5 MacBook Airs.
Spun another way, the MacBook is 26% slower than the current entry-level MacBook Air. This doesn’t show during general use, but you notice it more when tackling chunkier tasks such as batch image and video editing. The MacBook is fine for light editing duties, but only in extremis. It’s a similar story for gaming – only basic 3D games need apply, but that’s predictable enough.

But,Its performance and battery life falls short of the MacBook Air and Pro. The new keyboard is shallow and takes some getting used to, and sharing a single port for all accessories as well as the power cord is almost immediately frustrating.

THE BOTTOM LINE The new MacBook is a fantastically light and compact laptop that delivers a rich display, long battery life and surprisingly strong ergonomics, but it needs more ports.If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.                                                                                                                                        Specs                                                                                                                                                          Display size/resolution: 12-inch 2,304x1,440 screen PC CPU:1.1GHz Intel Core M 5Y31                      PC Memory:8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz    Graphics:1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 5300           Storage: 256 SSD    Optical drive: None   Networking:802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0                         Operating system:Apple OSX 10.10.2 Yosemite                                                                                           Pric:$1299

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix vs Asus Transformer Book TX300 vs Sony Vaio Pro 13:Best performer is............................

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix                                                                                                                             The ThinkPad Helix is powered by a third generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor, up to Core i7 and up to 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM. Aiding performance is an SSD of up to 256GB so its performance is top-notch. You’ll be able to choose between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will be available in an array of spec configurations, but the one we saw  demonstrated was a mid-range example, with a Core i5 processor. Core i7 options will also be available. The ThinkPad Helix uses current Ivy Bridge-generation CULV Intel chips, backed-up by 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The screen and base are each under 2.0 pounds, but that's on the hefty side for an 11.6-inch system. That said, it's 20mm thin, qualifying for ultrabook status, and can run processors up to Intel's current-gen Core i7.Travel-friendly features include 3G/4G antenna options, NFC chip, and a spill-resistant keyboard.The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix feels like a hybrid roadwarrior. It's reasonably light, especially in its class, offers great build quality and careful attention to detail in its construction. It may not be a beauty, but it's one of the better full Windows 8 hybrid designs out there.                                                                                                                         Performance and battery life
A 1.8 GHz processor and 4GB of RAM may seem small on paper, but in practice the ThinkPad Helix is a surprisingly capable machine. Both the Windows 8 tiled interface and desktop ran smoothly on our review unit.
Browsing in either Chrome or Internet Explorer, we could get a dozen tabs going before performance started to chug. This is with the tablet docked in its helpful stand, which provides extra cooling and allows the processor to overclock a little.
The performance enhancement is noticeable, and the fans generate minimal noise. This is by no means a gaming machine, but we were able to play some Half Life 2: Episode 2 with an acceptable framerate.
The stand also provides additional battery life. With its help, we generally got 7 to 8 hours of web surfing and word processing. As just a tablet, the Helix got between 5 and 6 hours. That's not bad at all, certainly better than a Surface Pro, but one can't help but think of what Haswell could've done for this machine.
Price;$1,499                                                                                                                                           VS                                                                                                                                                         Asus Transformer Book TX300                                                                                                               The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a rare hybrid with a Core i7 CPU, a high-res screen, and smart dual hard drives -- there's an SSD in the tablet half, and a larger hard drive in the keyboard base.The screen is fantastic, as is the overall build quality found across this aluminium-clad laptop. Quality oozes from every panel, and while it's in no way lightweight, the TX300 is thin enough to slip into a bag, although you'll feel it as you walk around.The tablet packs in a 38Whr battery, which gave us pretty good performance in Battery Eater Pro. We managed to get 2 hours and 28 minutes, which roughly translates to about 4-5-hours of real world usage. This is not bad considering we haven’t counted the battery in the dock as well.It runs Windows 8 on an Intel Core processor and also includes four gigabytes of RAM. Long-term storage is provided by 128Gb or 256GB solid state drives. This makes the system both a convertible and an Ultrabook. ASUS claims this is a world first, though that’s not exactly true. Dell and Lenovo have offered convertible Ultrabooks for months.The Asus Transformer Book TX300 is a great example of a hybrid laptop/tablet. Once the screen is attached, it turns into a true laptop with a high-performance processor and an excellent display. And as a tablet it's perfectly honourable.
But, The system is awkwardly top-heavy, and you feel as if you're fighting the touch pad at every turn.
The bottom line: Asus adds a lot of what I've been looking for in a hybrid to the Transformer Book, but no one has yet really nailed the perfect laptop/tablet combo.                                                                             Specifications
Processor3rd Gen Core i7Intel i7-3517U / 1.9 GHz ( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB
Hard Drive500 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemWindows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type13.3 in IPS
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone                                                                                                                                   Price;$1,454.99                                                                                                                                         VS                                                                                                                                                       Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook                                                                                                           Clever design touches, light weight and good looks make the Sony Vaio Pro 13 worth waiting for if you’re out for a practical, portable laptop. If Sony’s battery claims ring true and its battery pack accessory is priced right, this could become one of the best Ultrabooks in town.The Sony Vaio Pro 13 weighs less than 2.4 pounds and uses a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor to deliver long battery life and very good everyday performance. It has an excellent 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen and is competitively priced for its features.the 13.3-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display is clearly the true star of the show. It’s immensely vibrant and bright, which makes it great for watching high-definition films and video, and the touchscreen is responsive and adds a new dimension to the Windows 8 interface.Battery life wasn’t quite what we were hoping for either. Sony claims battery life of up to seven hours – which can be increased to 18 hours with an optional battery pack – and we did get a respectable six hours and 20 minutes out of it when streaming video from BBC iPlayer.
But, The Pro 13, like its competition, has a nonremovable battery (though you can add an external battery), few ports and connections, and integrated graphics only. Memory maxes out at 8GB.
The bottom line: For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it.                                                                                             Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i7 ( Dual-Core )
Memory8 GB
Hard Drive512 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4400
Weight2.34 lbs                                                                                                                                       price;$1,249