Tagged With notebooks

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Laptops just made a quantum leap. Intel's new Broadwell chips make it possible for notebook makers to create incredibly thin devices with fanless designs, and these notebooks are finally starting to hit the market. Lenovo's new Yoga 3 Pro runs brand new top of the line hardware, and has an amazing hinge that lets it flip from laptop into tablet mode, or anything in between, at a moment's notice.

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We're seeing more and more laptops that want to run dual duty as note-taking tablets or as entertainment machines. They're rarely as good as the current standout Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, but occasionally there's a special standout that gets the job done admirably without trying to reinvent the wheel. Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1, as the name might clue you in to, can transform from a general-purpose laptop to a tablet at the flick of a hinge.

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Laptops are so passe. These days, you want something that you can use standing up on the train into work, or on a long-haul international flight — and that means you need the versatility of a tablet.

How do you pick the right tablet, though, whether it's for work or play or a mix of both? It's a little bit of a guessing game until you actually have one in your hands to try it out, but there are a few guiding rules you can follow to help pick out a few front-runners from the crowd.

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Gaming laptops are great, but they're generally pretty expensive and you're usually restricted to the components chosen for you. You don't have to buy a laptop from a big brand-name manufacturer, though — there are companies out there that specialise in building you a notebook from scratch, using a prebuilt chassis, adding the components that you select and customising both the hardware and that laptop's design to suit you. Metabox is one of those companies, and the Alpha WA50SJ is one of its entry-level notebooks.

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The Asus Transformer Book Flip, one of the more-interesting-but-still-conventionally-attractive laptops announced at Computex in Taiwan this year, is finally out in Australia. Thankfully, Asus has expanded the lineup from the original two 15.6-inch variants it confirmed for local stores, with a variety of 13- and 15-inch laptops at different specs and price points already on sale.

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Gaming notebooks are a funny niche. They're not especially thin nor light, and they generally don't have excellent battery life. They're also not as speedy as a similarly priced desktop. What they are is a great compromise between portability and power, though, and the brand new ASUS G550JK stays true to that trend.

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Toshiba isn't the first company I usually think of when it comes to performance laptops. The Satellite series has consistently been a strong performer in terms of value for money, but you haven't always been able to rely on them for outright computing grunt. But times are changing. The new Satellite P50t is a slickly designed, but super-powerful, 15-inch business and home notebook.

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What happens when you take a desktop replacement laptop and add in Leap Motion's fingertip-tracking, movement-control system? You get the special edition HP Envy 17. You can control this laptop without even touching it. But is an otherwise pretty basic consumer notebook worth $2499?

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Despite hundreds of keyboard and stylus accessories for your phone or tablet, a pen and paper is still the easiest way to take notes at work. And in their continued effort to bridge your gadgets and notebooks, Evernote and Moleskine are introducing a business-oriented notebook that gives you space for jotting private notes not meant for coworkers' eyes.

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In recent years, notebook PCs have become much smaller, slimmer and more energy-efficient. Intel's strong Ultrabook push means that big, chunky, powerful laptops are mostly a relic of the past; they're dinosaurs from a forgotten era. MSI's GT70 is one of those dinosaurs — it's big, it's heavy, and it's just about the most powerful notebook I've ever used.

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Using Android for productivity — typing documents, videoconferencing, building spreadsheets — has traditionally not been a simple task. Good apps can go a long way toward solving that problem, but there's a fundamental input problem with typing on a touchscreen. The Asus Transformer Book TF701T, with its clip-on, battery-toting keyboard and touchpad, and Asus's custom-built Android skin, wants to make the platform a true competitor to Mac OS X, Windows 8, and ChromeOS.

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Sketching, jotting, or doodling in a paper notebook is one of life's simple joys, but more often than not we end up just tucking those notebooks away and never looking at them again. Mod Notebooks wants to change that, with a setup that digitizes your dead tree designs.

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Tired of waiting for Field Notes to release a notebook in your favourite colour? Take matters into your own hands with this simple $9 Eco Clip. All you need is a stack of letter or legal-sized paper and enough strength to fold it in half. Then you just slide the Eco Clip down onto the edge and bam — instant notebook.