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Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook looks stunning, and has a good keyboard. However it's short on ports and connectors, and the display's resolution and vertical viewing angles could be better.
NComputing's M300 thin client/virtual desktop infrastructure solution is straightforward to set up and manage, and also extremely cost-effective. Schools, small businesses or other budget-strapped organisations should consider putting spare desktop PCs or servers to work hosting this well-designed VDI system.
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.
Much of this ThinkPad's design — and particularly the excellent keyboard — is traditional, but it packs plenty of up-to-date specs too: Core i7 CPU, hybrid discrete/integrated graphics, solid-state drive, USB 3.0 and a high-quality multimedia subsystem. All this makes for an expensive notebook, but it's one we're happy to recommend.
The EliteBook 8560w is a well-built 15.6in. mobile workstation that can be configured with top-notch components, making it ideal for CPU-, GPU- and memory-intensive workloads. It's not especially portable, though, and battery life is among its least impressive features.
Two-phase immersion cooling system based on 3M's Novec liquid could dramatically shrink data center footprints and reduce energy costs.
The ThinkCentre Edge 91z performs well, although a discrete GPU option would be welcome for graphically demanding workloads. We'd also appreciate dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 support, a less glossy screen, a slot-loading optical drive and a better keyboard.
The HP Folio 13 is a neatly designed business ultrabook that's solidly built and has a comfortable keyboard. However, there are only two USB ports, the screen is unimpressive and storage capacity is limited.
The Precision M6600 is a hefty investment and it won't win points for elegance. However, this is a solid and highly configurable mobile workstation that should perform well with a wide range of demanding workloads.
HP's Slate 2 is a neat and compact 8.9in. Windows 7 tablet, although it's short of CPU muscle and has limited internal storage capacity. We'd prefer mobile broadband as standard rather than optional, while battery life could be better.
The Transformer Prime is the best marriage of screen and keyboard we've seen in a tablet. The quad-core Tegra 3 processor gives it professional-level performance, and battery life is excellent too.
The Portégé Z830 is an impressive business ultrabook. Apart from the amount of flex in the lid, we like the slimline design and thoughtful ergonomics. Not everyone will appreciate the connectors on the back edge, though, and we'd have liked access to the battery.
For networks big enough to justify the cost, Fluke's OptiView XG is the only tool you'll need to solve most network problems. However, it's just too expensive for smaller networks.
The slide-out keyboard is the Android-based Eee Pad Slider SL101's key feature, and it's probably the make-or-break feature if you're considering a purchase. We'd choose the Slider's Transformer stablemate, but it's nice to have the choice.
HP's ProBook 5330m is nicely made, with a responsive keyboard, integrated mobile broadband and generally good performance. We'd have liked it even more with an optical drive, USB 3.0 and better battery life.