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Lenovo Yoga 13 First Impressions

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I’m a little bit behind the curve on reviewing the Lenovo Yoga 13 but given the amount of interest that we’ve had on the Yoga 13 over the last year (yes it was a year ago I had my first hands-on) it’s worth spending some time on a detailed review. Before that though, here’s my first impressions after 4-5 days usage.

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Toshiba Satellite U940 Review (U945 in the USA)

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When I first had hands-on with the Toshiba U940 I was a little worried that it might be built too cheaply. The casing and styling weren’t exactly top-of-the-range but it turns out that Toshiba have put together quite an honest package here. Don’t judge an Ultrabook by the cover because the Toshiba U940 has some unique features and good all-round performance. Read-on to find out more.

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Lenovo Thinkpad Twist Review

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Business and pleasure mixed into a fun and inspirational package. The touch-swivel Windows 8 Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a solid performer with an excellent working fascia for many scenarios. It’s not a consumer tablet though and there are one or two characteristics to be aware of but at a starting price of $899 for a Core i5 variant (959 Euro, 899 Euro street price) we think it offers solid value for money.

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Lenovo Thinkpad Twist Detailed Video Overview (Chippy Does The Twist!)

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It’s been a busy, but enjoyable weekend with the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist. It fits right into the way I use laptops, the way I like to interact with laptops and the quality I like to see. Is it what YOU want from an laptop though. This Ultrabook Convertible has a great working fascia, extensive set of ports and one of the more popular convertible designs – the rotating screen that not only turns the Twist into a lappable tablet (it’s not a handheld) it also offers some other use cases.

I’ve put together a fairly detailed video overview for you and I think, if you’re considering the Twist, you’ll be able to work out if it’s really one for you. Check it out below.

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Lenovo Thinkpad Twist Day 1 Review

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Since 2006 I’ve owned three swivel-screen laptops and one of them, the Gigabyte Touchnote, became completely ingrained in my mobile computing life. The Lenovo Twist is a similar size and weight but it offers quite a bit more. We’re talking about a useful and desktop-capable Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hybrid HDD and 5-point capacitive touch. This little Ultrabook Convertible is running Windows 8 and also includes a great set of ports. To top it off there’s an IPS display. Out of the box it’s an extremely exciting form factor and it looks and feels both stylish and strong. My first thoughts were ‘I need this Ultrabook.’ After 4 hours of testing I’m still very positive but there are a couple of things that are annoying me.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Video Review

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lenovo X1 videoThe full review of the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon was posted last week but today I’ve got a slightly more laid-back version for you as I talk you round this fantastic Ultrabook on video.

See below for video, go here for the full review or check out our Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon information page.


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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Review

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What a pleasure it has been to test this high quality Ultrabook. What a disappointment it is though to see software affecting the experience. The Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 review is below.

Model tested: 3460-2SG S, a European model with 3G that retails for about €1749 and about $1750 when configured at Lenovo USA.

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Asus Zenbook U500 Ultrabook Alternative Preview

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Just when you thought Asus had learned from its past experience with netbooks that launching a myriad of confusingly named devices was not helpful to consumers, they decide to do it all again with the Zenbook brand and the U500. Up until now, the Zenbook line has shared two specific things; first, all Zenbooks featured a similar wedge shaped design and metalic finish. Second, all Zenbook’s were Ultrabooks. Until now, that is. Asus has decided to throw the U500, a 15″ thin and light laptop, in with the rest of the Zenbook branded computers. While we would have preferred Asus didn’t dilute the shared features of the Zenbook brand, that’s not to say that the new U500 thin and light is not shaping up to be a solid Ultrabook alternative.

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Liliputing Reviews Super-Wide Toshiba Satellite U845W

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Liliputing have done a good job of reviewing the quirky widescreen U845W that I was impressed with on my detailed hands-on and Brad, the author, comes to a similar conclusion to mine –  We don’t see it being perfect for widescreen movies but we do see that it makes quite a productive researching/writing setup.

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The U845W is available for $968 at Amazon in the USA at the moment and at £899 in the UK (inc. tax.) which isn’t exactly a bargain for a Core i5 ‘2nd-Gen’ Ultrabook with a hard drive, the Samsung Series 5 with Ivy Bridge Core i5 at $699 is the price-leader at the moment, but this wide-screen feature could be worth paying for. Some people want vertical space, others, horizontal space.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook Unboxing and Initial Impressions

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We’ve got the new Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook on hand for testing. The U310 is the successor to the U300, it’s a second generation Ultrabook with an Ivy Bridge processor featuring HD4000 graphics. This is Lenovo’s entry level Ivy Bridge Ultrabook and can be had quite inexpensively (see the current price in the last section of this article). If you’re looking for an inexpensive back-to-school Ultrabook, the U310 should definitely be on your consideration list. You can find the U310 with a Core i3, i5, or i7 processor. Here are the specs of the model we’re testing:

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Samsung Series 9 2012 (15″) Review

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The 15” Samsung Series 9 2012 with Ivy Bridge has been a pleasure to test. It’s a stylish Ultrabook with potentially very long battery life and a great 3D performance boost over 1st-generation Ultrabooks. The screen is good and bright and the keyboard a pleasure to use. But all is not perfect. A surprising lack of CPU Turbo under battery load, a strange touchpad action and too many ‘micro’ ports takes some of the shine from the Series 9 but despite that, it sits in a unique position in the market. There are cheaper Ultrabooks in the 15” bracket but you won’t find a 1600×900 screen for this price or weight.

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Novatech nFinity 2367 gets First Review

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Techradar, one of the mainstream tech sites in the UK, has had enough time with the Novatech nFinity 2367 to put out an early review. There’s nothing here to get too excited about if you’ve been reading other Ultrabook reviews but an SSD-based laptop for this price is certainly worth considering, ultrabook or not.

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The nFinity 2367 is clearly not the most attractive Ultrabook, weighs a little more and has cut a few corners on the specs to get to the price but there’s an SSD on offer here along with a 2GB and ‘no-OS’ option that takes the price even lower. Ubuntu fans looking for an SSD-based laptop will want to take a very close look here.

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