Reviews: Touch and type
Dec 05, 2012 (Mint - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
New laptop and tablet hybrids might have been hogging the limelight, but many of these devices are still expensive and fall in the early adopter territory with kinks that need to be ironed out. There is also a new generation of ultrabooks that is now available; these have benifited from greater time in development, and integrate touch technology into the ultra-portable laptops to make the most of Windows 8.
In our time with these machines, using the touch interface was comfortable enough, though the angle of the screen could make it inconvenient in some situations. Clearly, touch-enabled laptops also need to be refined, but for now, here are the new Windows 8 touch-enabled laptops --
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch
Packing in high-end hardware, the Series 5 Ultra Touch offers great value for money. The machine is powerful enough to run just about anything and has a simple and stylish design. According to Samsung, the underside is also made using fibreglass, to protect it from bumps and drops, though at 1.64kg, it is a little heavy.
Sony Vaio T 13
The Vaio T 13 is priced the same as the Samsung Series 5 but falls short on the hardware specifications. It's the best looking laptop, and is powerful enough for most users -- even for gaming, the core i5 is considered a good option for now.
11.6-inch screen; Intel 3rd generation Core i3 CPU; 4 GB RAM; 500 GB HDD; 5 hours battery life; Rs 39,999
Asus VivoBook F202E
The Asus VivoBook F202E is the budget option and it's also fairly heavy for its size (1.3kg), but it delivers remarkable value for the price. The small screen size actually makes it fairly easy to use the touch screen, and the VivoBook also has a comfortable keyboard, considering the size. The battery though is a bit of a let-down.
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