Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook

 

Sony may be late to the Ultrabook party, but it’s sure to make quite an impression with its debut device – the Sony Vaio T13. After many months of waiting, Sony has finally unveiled its first Ultrabook, the VAIO T Series. The real surprise isn’t just how long it’s taken to materialise. Sony has delivered its Ultrabook at the lower end of the Ultrabook spectrum.

Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook

Not just because the first Ultrabook-branded Vaio machine looks like an incredibly desirable bit of tech. But, because Sony has managed to cram in a decent hardware setup and a wealth of features into a stylish slimline chassis that comes in comfortably inside £700/$1,000.

The CPU on our model was one of the older Sandy Bridge Core i3 models, the Core i3-2367M, and without the Turbo Boost of its Core i5 and Core i7 cousins, it runs at a maximum of 1.4GHz. Equally, there isn’t room in the budget for a full-sized SSD. Instead, Sony has used a 32GB SSD caching drive as per Intel’s requirements, alongside a mechanical 500GB hard drive.

Performance is fine, though. The result of 0.45 in our Real World Benchmarks puts it a little way behind models with Turbo Boost-equipped Core i5 processors, but it’s more than adequate for general use. As ever, the weakling Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset isn’t up to the challenge of our Crysis tests, with the VAIO T13 struggling to an average of 22fps even at the least demanding resolution and quality settings.

Specifications:

Screen resolution           :  1366×768
Screen size                         :  13.3in
Display technology        :  LED-backlit LCD
Graphics card                   :  Intel HD 4000
Memory RAM                   :  4GB
Processor speed              :   1.9GHz
Processor type                 :   Intel Core i7-3517U
Operating system            :   Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 7 Home Premium
Internal storage               :   128GB

 

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Laptops are sold for 1599 dollars using the processor intel core i5 second generation, 256 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, HD 3000 VGA, 3 USB, HD audio and battery life of up to 8 hours. Ultrabook which has dimensions of 6-18 mm thick, 316 mm width and 205 mm length using a “gorilla glass” edge to edge so 13inci resistant to scratches and adopting High Definition technology.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 coated machined aluminum for the upper layers and layers of carbon fiber on the bottom so it does not generate heat when in his lap. This was in contrast to the generally ultrabook aluminum lining on the overall bodynya. The model has a backlit keyboard that can be lit in the dark.

Specifications :

  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz
  • Intel® QS67
  • Height: 0.24-0.71” (6-18mm) / Width: 12.4” (316mm) / Depth 8.1” (205mm)
  • Starting at 2.99lbs (1.36kg)
  • Productivity & Entertainment Software
  • Adobe® Reader X, Microsoft® Office Starter (reduced–functionality versions of Word and Excel with advertising), WebCam Central, Skype™ with H.264 enablement, Skyhook (post launch), Internet Explorer®, Windows Live™ Essentials Wave 4, McAfee® SecurityCenter trial, Dell DataSafe, Dell Stage
  • Construction
    Machined aluminum in silver
    Carbon fiber composite base
    Magnesium palmrest with soft touch paint

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 Laptop

The Portege Z830-S8302 takes a backseat to no ultrabook, however, when it comes to input/output features. Sure, others may match its 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and HDMI video port, but the Portege also has good old-fashioned Ethernet and VGA ports, because connecting to wired office LANs and conference-room projectors can still be pretty darn convenient.

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 Laptop

For those seeking supreme portability and styling, plus the benefits of the latest technologies and performance, there’s our Portege family. These models feature ultra-thin, super-light, durable and reliable laptops with amazingly long battery life – ideal for mobile professionals and executives – which help them go through their entire day effortlessly and worry-free. No-compromise performance Don’t let the sleek and light design of Portege laptops leave you thinking they’re light on power too. Unlike others, when time comes to get the job done they really get down to business. With full-powered Intel Core processors beneath the hood you’ll be multitasking effortlessly. And thanks to a built-in optical drive, loading programs, backups and sharing work becomes a no-brainer.

The price premium does, however, get you that Core i7 CPU—the same dual-core, four-thread, 1.8GHz Core i7-2677M found in the IdeaPad U300s—as well as 6GB of RAM instead of the usual 4GB. The difference from the Core i3 model is night and day, as the Z830 completed our Adobe Photoshop CS5 test in literally half the time (4 minutes 8 seconds versus 8:17) and pummeled its economical sibling in PCMark 7 (3,366 versus 2,496).

Specifications :

  • Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit
  • 6GB DDR3 memory
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • 1366×768 native screen resolution
  • LED backlit keyboard
  • Bluetooth®
  • 802.11agn wireless (Wi-Di capable)
  • HDMI output
  • Integrated webcam
  • Starting at 2.47 lbs.

Making a Great Cheap Android tablet

Can Ematic, a virtually unknown tablet manufacturer, make a dent in the Android tablet space? Will average consumers even know about the 7-inch tablet? Ematic entered the Android tablet fray yesterday when it announced the inexpensive eGlide Prism.

Making a great cheap Android tablet

Priced as low as $157, the device runs Android 4.0 and features a 7-inch 800×480-pixel resolution display. Powered by a 1GHz processor, it also brings 8GB flash memory, 512MB RAM, and a front-facing Webcam. While it’s certainly not the type of hardware to contend with a Galaxy Tab 2, it’s in that interesting space between a Kindle Fire and a “real” tablet.

Then again…Over the last year, however, I’ve noticed that there’s a market for people who just want a tablet for Web browsing and social media for when they’re at home or for those on-the-go moments. In fact, I’ve run into a number of friends who’ve considered buying or have even purchased tablets from unknown and unproven companies. And typically, they’re pretty excited to so.

Fair enough. Indeed, I’m sure that this happens all over the country as consumers don’t care to spend $500 for a name-brand device. So should a tablet like the eGlide Prism find its way into bargain bins and outlet stores, I suspect it would see moderate success. And given that the tablet offers a 3D video experience (with glasses), this might be considered a selling point for some.

With its $250 price tag and brand recognition, I’d say that Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Tab 2.0 7 is a better step in the budget direction. A few months down the road, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sammy touting record sales for it given that it’s much more in line with what consumers expect out of a 7-inch tablet.

Consider that the Tab 2.0 7 has more ‘ than Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet and educated consumers can easily justify the $50 price difference. So price does matterAbsolutely, Android tablets prices need to continue to drop if Google hopes to replicate the success found with smartphones. Heck, even CEO Larry Page recognizes that Apple has a grip on the upper end of the market. Speaking during the company’s recent quarterly earnings, Page indicated that Google would be focusing on the low-cost spectrum.

Is the eGlide Prism ahead of the curve? Not exactly. While interest from the Android community remains high following the company’s announcement yesterday, I can’t see the tablet sticking in the minds of general consumers, at least for now. Likewise, while companies like eMatic, Sylvania, and X10 may enjoy decent sales for now, ultimately they bigger players will squeeze them out. Yet, that’s not to say you won’t see these guys at the drug store or other discount destination.

In the short term, Google is rumored to be working with Asus on a 7-inch tablet that may come in somewhere between $150 and $200 when it arrives in July. Expected to a pure Ice Cream Sandwich experience, this presumed Nexus tablet should far outsell the no-name devices. If Google follows through and blankets retail outlets and online stores with their device, we’ll be talking about explosive growth.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The announcement that Samsung’s follow-up to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be receiving some downgrades from the previous entry, filled with a mixture confusion and disappointment. I just couldn’t wrap my head around why the sequel to one of the premiere Android tablets would launch with a less impressive spec list than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Today, Samsung revealed that the Tab 2 10.1 would be released on May 13th for $400. That’s $100 lower than the original Tab 10.1’s list price and it fills the logic hole I believe Samsung was falling into, I’m still not 100 percent on board.

I’ll get to that later though. First let’s address the details of my initial disappointment.

So why the disappointment?OK, let’s get the disappointment out of the way. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 trades in its 2-megapixel front camera for a VGA one and while it retains its 3-megapixel rear camera, the LED support light has been exorcised. Also, the tablet isn’t quite as thin as the first gen’s svelte body and in it’s slightly heavier. Also, there’s no 32GB config and only a 16GB storage version. Honestly, that’s pretty much it as disappointment goes. All the other changes are kind of plusses.

OK, what are the other differences?The new device still houses a 1GHz dual-core CPU, although it’s likely not a Tegra 2 (Samsung didn’t confirm) and Samsung smartly adds microSD-supported memory expansion up to 32GB. The speakers are larger and have been moved to the edge of the left and right side bezel (in landscape mode). The dock connector, volume rocker, power/sleep button, and headphone jack all seem to be located in about the same places.

The IR blaster found on the Tabs 7.7 and 7.0 Plus makes its way to the Tab 2 10.1 and in conjunction with Peel’s Smart Remote app, helps to turn your tablet into a remote control for your TV.

Oh and one more difference…The Tab 2 10.1 will be Samsung’s first 10-inch tablet to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 to be precise) installed.

Samsung’s Touchwiz UX skin of course is included with custom Samsung apps and that handy Task Manager shortcut.

Performance, comfort, and extrasAccessing and scrolling through Web pages as well as navigating the OS all felt responsive enough but, kind of lagged on the hotel’s Wi-Fi we were connected to. No egregious performance issues, however.

The Samsung proprietary PLS-based screen sports a 1,280 by 800 resolution and during our brief time using the device, not surprisingly, delivered wide viewing angles and richer color than what we’re used to on IPS panels most tablets use.

The device is capable of full 1080p playback at 30fps, and of course includes support for GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0.

The tablet feels light, comfortable with rounded corners and sports a titanium silver finish on it its backside.

Final thoughtsSo, what’s the rub here? Well there’s no “official rub”. $400 at 16GB isn’t a bad price for the Tab 2 10.1, but when you consider the fact that it’s pretty much the same as the Tab 10.1 give or take a few features; not to mention that the Tab 10.1 now be found for as low as $428, it’s difficult to not be a bit disappointed.