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February 12, 2013 by

Microsoft Surface Pro review

The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.

January 6, 2013 by

To touch or not to touch: That is the Windows 8 question

The next time someone complains that Windows 8 touchscreens give you "gorilla arm," you have my permission to stomp on them like that ape in the old American Tourister commercials. The reality is that touchscreens work great on modern laptops, and you might even be able to retrofit touch support on your old trackpad.

September 11, 2012 by

IDF 2012: Has the convertible PC's time finally come?

One of the major themes at Intel’s annual developer conference, which takes place this week, is expected to be convertibles that function as laptops and tablets. These aren't new, but Microsoft's "reimagining" of Windows has prompted PC makers--including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony--to once again experiment with hybrids. Will convertibles finally catch on?

March 20, 2012 by

Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell's convertible Latitude XT3 tablet has some neat features and a good choice of configurations. However, it lacks USB 3.0 and an optical drive, battery life is disappointing and it's relatively heavy for a 13.3in. notebook. As a result, we'd hesitate to recommend it for everyday use.

March 29, 2011 by

Getac V200

The fully rugged Getac V200 has a solid chassis and exemplary protection for ports and connectors. The rotating webcam, LifeSupport battery-swapping capability, plus optional GPS and mobile broadband are ideal for use in the field.

February 3, 2011

HP TouchSmart TM2 2190

We don’t often look at consumer focussed notebooks here at ZDNet, but occasionally something comes along that grabs our attention. The HP TouchSmart 2 TM2 2190 is one such offering.

January 17, 2011 by

Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1

Panasonic's rugged, touchscreen-equipped Toughbook CF-C1 is a specialist (and pricey) convertible Tablet PC. However, it lacks both an optical drive and a webcam, and it'll take a while to get used to the keyboard's small space bar. Dual hot-swap batteries are welcome though.

January 12, 2011 by

Fujitsu Lifebook T580

The convertible 10.1in. Lifebook T580 has a small footprint but is relatively bulky. Battery life is good, but the keyboard may prove too cramped for some users and the price is high.

September 29, 2010 by

Fujitsu Lifebook T730

Fujitsu's Lifebook T730 is a neat convertible tablet with an impressive 12.1in. touch-screen and generally good build quality. It's highly configurable, but battery life could be better.

July 5, 2010 by

Edu netbook shootout, Round 1

These netbooks still represent compromises in many ways vs. traditional notebooks. However, portability and durability make them well-suited to a variety of educational environments.


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