TabTop or Laplet: the year of the convertible




TabTop or Laplet: the year of the convertible

After 2012 have been labeled as the year when laptops were in an identity crisis, we decided the outline of that year tradition with a look ahead to 2013. Under pressure from Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Intel’s new ultrabook concepts ventured manufacturers located on convertible ultrabooks, with laptops becoming more and more like on tablets and vice versa. So 2013 was the year of laptop screens in all ways were attached to the rest of a laptop, but it was also the year in which the screen turned itself. Screen resolutions were blown up and had every new laptop over 1000 euros on a single gaming laptop after an IPS screen.

However identeit crisis was not over in 2013. All manufacturers spent convertible ultrabooks with different screen structures, but which concept was doing the best? We have as much pull, tilt and flip up ultrabooks tested and it was found each manufacturer yet another twist – pun intended – to have given to the screen.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo and HP kept the records with the ThinkPad Twist and EliteBook Revolve . We knew the rotary screens of all previous HP laptops, which for years before there was ultrabooks were provided with a flip touchscreen. For Lenovo incidentally did not stop the rotation screen, laptop builder took the plunge and built with the inventive Yoga Series also has a laptop where the screen flips around the enclosure.
Sony Vaio Duo 11 (SVD1121X9E) Sony Vaio Duo 13 Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip Dell XPS 12

Not only Lenovo was inventive in developing unique display structures. Sony developed in the form of the Vaio Duo 11 and 13, two sliders, wherein the screen completely covers the keyboard in a collapsed condition. Sony appeared to have. Much more in store The Vaio Fit multi-flip joins together with Dell XPS 12 in the series inconspicuous convertibles, which at first sight is not clear that it is going to flip up screens.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro (XE700T1C-A02NL) Black Asus

The convertibles we ultimately highly appreciated, were usually somewhat thick tablets with x86 hardware and a detachable keyboard. Microsoft started the trend with the Surface Pro and in 2013 we tested in that category the Surface Pro 2 , Samsung Smart PC and Asus’ Transformer Book TX300 . The TX300 went with the rating ‘Very Good’ stealing and recently also shows the little brother, the Transformer T100, quite enjoy. Whatever popularity

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Apple did all the Retina screens on the MacBook Pro, the end of 2012, but in 2013 broke the pixel race with other laptop brands separately. Full hd, until 2013 anyway almost the maximum resolution that anyone could wish for in a laptop was not enough. Google said in February and forced Apple to adjust. Tagline are the MacBooks with Retina screen Apple advertised “The highest resolution notebook ever. And the second-highest, but Google did with the Chromebook Pixel “surpass MacBook Pro 12,85.” The screen resolution of the 13-screen Pixel got a resolution of 2560×1700 pixels, with a singular aspect ratio of 3: 2.
Apple 13 “Retina Apple 15 “Retina Chromebook Pixel

That aspect was met our approval, because especially during browsing and office tasks was the high screen enjoyable work . A high contrast and ditto pixel density yielded a very nice picture. Google or the Pixel wanted to make a best seller is the question. The price of 1299 euro is late, combine hard despite the high-end hardware, with the relatively simple ChromeOS, that simple and inexpensive hardware is developed. A beautiful statement made Google still use it.

“A 1080p screen did not fit every time within budget”

Retina screens of Apple’s MacBooks are made by LG and Samsung, and the latter left in 2013 show manufacturer for its own brand to build. Handsome screens In June, Samsung announced the Ativ Book 9 Plus on , with a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels whopping. That put a laptop as pixel density as the bar even higher, at 276 ppi. The operating system thus proved still to have. Some trouble
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Windows 8/8.1

Apple and Google with its pixel have the advantage of both the hardware and the software indoors develop. Before both companies their laptops with high resolutions released it, the software is undoubtedly extensively modified and tested so that the onion meeschaalt nicely with the resolution. Samsung had the advantage of Windows 8, of course not, and had to wait for Windows 8.1, more scaling options provides for such pixel densities.

Apple, Google and Samsung did so always move up to the resolutielat but were not the only laptops with more pixels on the same surface released it. Lenovo, Dell and HP also announced the Samsung panel to start using it. 3200×1800 pixels with Acer, Asus and again Dell and HP also announced laptops with resolutions of 2560×1440 pixels, and just before the end of the year came with an MSI GT60 with 2880×1620 screen, which we also saw on Sony’s Vaio Fit Multi Flip.

Then the question naturally arises whether we also cheaper laptops handsome screens encountered, because to be honest, the prices of the aforementioned laptops are all above 1250 euros and will fall for many outside their budget. For Laptop Best Buy Guides JIT community was also in 2013 every two months in search of three laptops with at that time the best value for money. Highest goal for the basic laptop, up to 600 euros, was a 1080p screen. That did not fit, even though the Dell Inspiron 15R SE and Lenovo’s IdeaPad E530 had almost kicked to Best Buy, but it concerned temporary offers. Repeatedly within budget Perhaps 2014 is the year in which laptops from 600 euros meekrijgen fine 1080p resolution.

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For the high-end laptops 2013 was the year of the Haswell processor. Thanks to the new Intel chip and associated chipset consumption of ultrabooks plummeted and we could note batteries last more than eight hours.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Microsoft Surface Pro
Battery Test – Video – 180cd / m²
System Name Processor In minutes, higher is better
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Core i5-4200U
Microsoft Surface Pro Core i5-3317U

A good example of that improved battery life is Microsoft Surface Pro, which came out in 2013, the second generation, with the Haswell processor. The battery capacity of the old Surface is equal to that of the new, but the battery life has increased by almost two hours, thanks largely to the new processor.
Cinebench 11.5 – Multi
System Name In points, higher is better
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Microsoft Surface Pro

The speed of the new Intel processors was moreover not significantly progressed. The Ivy Bridge processor was fast and Haswell was doing a few percent, but made no great strides.
MSI GX60 review Samsung Series 3 Samsung NP355V5C-A05NL Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite

That was not necessary, because rival AMD had no legs. Intel’s high-end ultrabooks at We tested this year only a few times laptops with AMD processors and had to MSI GX60 conclude that the fast video card was slowed. By apu In the round-up of four laptops from around 500 euros, the AMD APU was more visible because of the favorable for that money graphics performance. In the review of the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite apu turned back rather slowly, although taking longer the question is whether there is Samsung has done to the Temash-apu, which actually is designed for tablets, good for a laptop of 800 euro to be processed.

AMD also appears to be laptop builders. Popular choice not end in 2013 In PriceWatch are only 139 laptops that are equipped with an AMD processor, compared with less than 1702 Intel variants. However, there is hope on the horizon, AMD APUs codenamed Kaveri make their appearance. These new processors have faster and more efficient, and improve the competitive position relative to Intel.

On the dividing line of tablets and laptops there are still arm processors, where only Windows RT and the Samsung Chromebook runs. A handful of tablets – 13 pieces according to Pricewatch – uses the architecture that stands or falls with Windows RT. The popularity of Windows RT seems at least waning, especially with the introduction of Intel’s Bay Trail processor, which just supports x86 instructions.

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With the pixel race, which breikte a peak in 2013, we hope for 2014 that reinforced panels come cheaper laptops and perhaps manage it next year to write where a Best Buy Guide we have a laptop for 600 euros with full-HD screen can recommend.


In 2014 processor field promises at least a good year to be. AMD will start in 2014 with APU’s, which use Huma, HQ and HSA, which is short, comes down to the CPU and the GPU to work together intensively. The workload is divided and assigned to the processor that is most appropriate for the task, which in turn should yield more efficient APUs. Early 2014 AMD presents the Kaveri desktop processor and an efficient alternative for laptops presumably follow later that year.
Intel 2014 desktop roadmap Intel 9 Series Chipset

Intel will obviously not sit still in 2014. After the “tock” in Intel’s Haswell that production schedule, Broadwell will be at the end of 2014 are the next “tick”. Broadwell will dieshrink of Haswellarchitectuur forms, which Intel says goodbye to the 22nm process and continue with 14nm processors. If it is good that in turn leads to more efficient processors and higher clock frequencies within the same package as the TDP processors of the previous generation. On the next generation ultrabooks unfortunately we have to wait until 2015 in 2014 Intel introduces only Broadwell processors for the desktop.

Asus T100 Not likely to change dramatically in 2014. Appearance of laptops Thin, light and convertible is the norm, and that seems to be found for cheaper laptops away. Asus calculated that in 2007 with the Eee PC netbookrevolutie unleashed, seems to have the Transformer Book T100, where the logic is similar to another very interesting concept in hands at the first Eee PC. Ultrabook convertibles are fast and look pretty, but above all also expensive. The T100 takes that price down considerably by using a cheaper screen, use an Atom processor and a smaller SSD: a convertible for ‘ordinary people’, which is not 1000 euros for a laptop. With a price of 350 euros is the T100 a few weeks, the most popular tablet in the Pricewatch.

That Kaveri and Broadwell are coming is certain. That cheap convertibles are popular, is obvious, given the popularity of the Transformer Book T100, and it may well be that the maximum screen resolution is jacked up, so we get 4k screens on laptops. Further next year sometime The practical usefulness is questionable, but 4k is another buzzword that PR executives licking their fingers. Perhaps the pixel race, however, halted next year and continues 3200×1800 pixels maximum that we are going to find on a laptop. Then manufacturers can get more involved in OLED screens on laptops or even on curved OLED screens on laptops. So whatever happens, good times lie ahead.


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