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Gizmag's pick of the best laptops of 2013

As I type this round-up of top laptops on my own Windows portable desktop replacement, I can't help thinking that maybe it's time for an upgrade. It seems like only yesterday that dual-core processors, 500 GB hard drives, a couple of hours of portable use and screen resolutions of 1366 x 768 were at the very tip of every salesperson's tongue. But these days such machines would probably have a hard time attracting flies. 2013 has been a year of high performance, low power processors, long battery life, and stunning displays. Read on for a selection of top performers that have caused Gizmag's heart to skip a beat or two.  Read More

The If Convertible transforms from an ultrabook, to a tablet, to a smartphone

After a series of legal wrangles derailed the 2003 release of the Xentex Flip-Pad, a dual-screen laptop with independently-pivoting screens, former Xentex founder and CEO Jeff Batio has climbed back on the horse and is preparing to launch an updated version. The If Convertible is a mobile device that flips and folds to transform from a dual-screen ultrabook to a tablet, with one screen also detaching to serve as a smartphone.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface 2 (left) and Surface Pro 2

The Microsoft Surface has been, by just about any measure, a commercial flop. When your company writes off US$900 million in unsold stock, well, that writing is on the wall. But that doesn't mean the first-generation Surface and Surface Pro haven't made some customers very happy. If you're part of that, ahem, "elite" group, or think you might be sometime soon, do you spring for the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2? Join Gizmag, as we compare Microsoft's second round of hybrid tablets.  Read More

The ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook is among a number of new business Ultrabooks announced by Len...

Lenovo has taken the wraps off some new Windows 8 business class Ultrabooks ahead of an IFA 2013 debut. Though all of the new additions take advantage of the performance improvements and energy efficiency offered by Intel's Haswell processors, the new T and X Series models also feature something called Power Bridge technology that allows users to swap out the second battery without having to power down first. Lighter and thinner than previous ThinkPads, the new laptops all feature a large trackpad to support Windows 8 gesture controls, and come in both touch-enabled and non-touch display panel flavors.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Lenovo Yoga 11S, the flexible PC that now comes in a smaller package

It's no secret that Windows 8 hasn't exactly struck a chord with every desktop user. It makes sense, though, that the dual-natured operating system would be much more at home on dual-natured devices. You know, the kind that sit at the intersection of the desktop and mobile, like the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga. Join Gizmag as we put the new 11-inch model, the Yoga 11S, through its paces.  Read More

Tobii's latest prototype laptop with integrated eye tracking technology and Synaptics Forc...

Swedish company Tobii Technology has been working to bring laptops integrating its eye tracking and gaze interaction technology to market for a few years now, first demonstrating such a device at CeBIT in 2011. The most recent example is a new prototype laptop that combines Tobii’s eye-tracking technology and a Synaptics ForcePad touchpad in an Ultrabook form factor.  Read More

Intel has introduced its 4th generation Intel Core processors

Intel is apparently convinced that the future of computing is mobile. Having announced its new Atom Silvermont architecture last month, the chipmaker has introduced its 4th-generation Intel Core processors (code named Haswell), with much of the focus on the power savings that will benefit the battery life of mobile devices. Designed with a new generation of Ultrabooks in mind, Intel says its new processors will provide up to nine hours of battery life with up to two times the graphics capability of previous generations.  Read More

The IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Lenovo has revealed that a more powerful version of its Yoga 11 convertible is earmarked for release next month. Essentially four devices in one, the Yoga 11S will run Win8 Pro and be powered by a choice of Intel's 3rd generation Core i processors.  Read More

We take a look at how Toshiba's KIRAbook and Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina displ...

Last week, Toshiba entered the ultra high-end laptop market with the KIRAbook, a thin and light Ultrabook with a number of compelling features. The laptop is the first Windows 8 device to feature a Retina-level display (or PixelPure as Toshiba calls it), throwing it into direct competition with Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. We take a look at both devices to see which (if either) comes out on top.  Read More

The KIRAbook is Toshiba's high-end rival to the Retina MacBook Pro

Toshiba has unveiled a new high-end laptop that boasts a host of premium features including an impressive 13-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution touchscreen display. The system, which runs on Windows 8 and features a pressed magnesium alloy body, is both thinner and lighter than Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.  Read More

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