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HP's Envy 13 is a stylish — if premium-priced — challenger to Apple's 13in. MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. It's got the key elements: a curvy aluminium body, a gorgeous edge-to-edge-glass screen, a chiclet-style keyboard and a buttonless multitouch trackpad. There's a fashionable pre-boot OS, but it has a minimalist set of ports (even the Ethernet port is on a USB dongle) and lacks both an expansion slot and an integrated optical drive. More of a mobile thoroughbred than a workhorse, the Envy 13 is evidence that the PC world can match the Apple stable for style when it tries.
Screen size 13.1in. Screen resolution 1,366 x 768 Dimensions 21.5 x 32 x 2.05cm Weight 1.7kg CPU 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 Chipset n/s RAM 3GB Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Storage 250GB HD Optical drive external LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±RW Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n Bluetooth 2.0+EDR Mobile broadband n/a Webcam 0.3 megapixels Ports 2xUSB 2.0, HDMI, RJ-45 (via USB dongle), audio Slots n/a Battery Li-ion: 4-cell, optional 6-cell add-on slice Battery life n/a Price (ex. VAT) £1,303
One of Windows 7's main new features is multi-touch support, and Fujitsu, a longstanding maker of Tablet PCs, is refreshing its T-series LifeBooks accordingly. As well as new 12.1in. T4410 and 4310 models, the existing 13.3in. T5010 will be upgradable to Windows 7. A well-specified convertible tablet, the T5010 (and the new 12.1in. models) is distinguished by its Wacom-developed dual stylus-driven/capacitive (finger-driven) touchscreen. This allows for precise pen input where necessary, and more expansive finger gestures where appropriate.
Screen size 13.3in. (dual digitizer) Screen resolution 1,280 x 800 Dimensions 31.9 x 24.4 x 3.7cm Weight 2.05kg CPU 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 Chipset Intel GM45 Express RAM 2GB Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD Storage 160GB HD Optical drive DVD Super Multi Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (optional) Mobile broadband HSPA (optional) Webcam 1.3 megapixels Ports 3xUSB 2.0, FireWire, VGA, RJ-45, audio, docking Slots ExpressCard, SmartCard, SIM, flash card Battery Li-ion: 6-cell (63Wh), optional 41Whr 2nd battery Battery life 6 hours, 9h with optional 2nd battery Price (ex. VAT) £1,252
Described as 'the future of netbooks' by its French manufacturer, the Archos 9 PC Tablet is what we used to call a UMPC. Whether the more touch-friendly Windows 7 will give the form factor a boost remains to be seen, but this device looks intriguing enough for us to want to do a bit of hands-on testing. It has an optical mouse, and Archos will sell you a Bluetooth keyboard if the on-screen one fails to do it for you. With only one USB port on the device, the port replicator will probably be needed too. And it's a shame there's no integrated mobile broadband: you'll either have to tether your mobile phone via Bluetooth or put up with an ugly and awkward USB dongle.
Screen size 9in. (resistive touchscreen) Screen resolution 1,024 x 600 Dimensions 1.7cm thick Weight 820g CPU 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z515 Chipset Intel US15W RAM n/s Graphics Intel GMA 500 Storage 60GB HD (plus 25GB online storage) Optical drive n/a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth yes Mobile broadband (via external USB dongle) Webcam 1.3 megapixels Ports 1xUSB 2.0, docking (2xUSB 2.0, VGA, Ethernet, audio on port replicator) Slots n/a Battery Li-ion Battery life n/s Price (inc. VAT) £449.99