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|HP Spectre x2||Microsoft Surface Pro|
|Price with Core i5/Keyboard and Pen||$1,149||$1,559|
|Processors||Intel Core i5 and i7||Intel Core m3, i5 and i7|
|Geekbench 4 score||8,633 (Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM)||8,652 (Core i7-7500U, 16GB of RAM)|
|RAM||8GB, 16GB||4GB, 8GB, 16GB|
|Weight/With keyboard||1.7 pounds/2.5 pounds||1.7 pounds/2.8 pounds|
|Thickness/With keyboard||0.31 inches/0.54 inches||0.29 inches/0.54 inches|
|Ports||2x USB Type-C ports, with included Type-A adapter, microSD reader, headphone jack||USB 3.0, microSD reader, Surface Connect, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort|
Let's keep this short, like the Spectre x2's battery life. The Surface Pro wins an easy knockout-victory here, turning in a runtime of 7 hours and 30 minutes, beating the Spectre x2's 5:01.
Winner: The Surface Pro doesn't last all day, but its life looks lengthy in comparison to that of the Spectre x2.
Sure, the Surface Pro starts at $799, but that model is just the tablet, skimping on the $159 Alcantara-covered keyboard and $99 Surface Pen,. And this is for the weaker Core m3 processor.
The HP Spectre X2 is, in many ways, the ideal way to counteract Microsoft's Surface lineup. It retains the slick, high-end style that we loved from the original model, while improving things a bit to make it much more user friendly. Its unique design is a way for HP to show it can make premium devices on par with the likes of Apple. But while it's a better Surface Pro competitor than before, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
HP wisely chose to include the X2's keyboard cover and stylus inside the box, which gives it a leg up over Microsoft. (Surface Pro shoppers will have to purchase both accessories separately this year, tacking on at least another $230.) The X2's keyboard shares the same black-and-copper aesthetic as the tablet, and it sports an extra-wide touchpad. While it's pretty slim, it also features a layer of aluminum, which makes it more rigid than the Surface and other hybrid laptops. HP significantly improved the magnetic connection between the keyboard and stylus too — we had no problem holding up the entire system by the keyboard alone.
The X2's stylus offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and there's a convenient holster for it right alongside the keyboard. That's not as slick as the Surface's ability to magnetically pin its stylus next to the screen, but it's far more secure, so you won't end up losing the X2's pen in your bag.
July 7 , 2017
After two months of announcements, hardware reveals and conferences, Microsoft has released news regarding new thumb and pen interaction testing. This follows the YouTube video the team released detailing what these interactions could look like in Windows 10. The whole idea is to compliment the current pen support with a more natural users flow. The team is currently testing drawing capabilities, as well.
Thumb and pen interaction on tablets addresses the use of pen and touch for interaction in laptop scenarios. These scenarios include using a Surface tablet on the couch, for instance, because in this case the nonpreferred hand must hold the device. In this particular case, the thumb is available and mobile enough to manipulate controls, enabling a whole new space for thumb and pen interactions.
For instance, you would be able to allow the use of a pen between annotation and cell-selection on a spreadsheet. You would also be able to select cells and copy them to another location on the sheet, illustrating how the pen and touch can afford a simpler form of productivity through the thumb usage.
July 6 , 2017
In the hand, it feels barely bigger than the old version: it’s slightly heavier (30g) but it gets most of the extra screen real-estate by shrinking the frame around the edges to around 1cm at the sides and under an inch at the top and bottom.
Beyond that, it’s aesthetically-speaking the iPad you know: it has the same physical Touch ID home button, the same aluminium chassis (available in the same gold, silver, rose gold or space grey), the same slightly extruding camera on the rear, the same beautifully bevelled edges. You could hand it to your mother who hasn’t seen an iPad since the first iteration, and within two minutes she’d be emailing you chain letters like it was 2010.
There are more striking differences, but you probably won’t notice them – at least not yet. It’s vastly more powerful, with a frankly ludicrous amount of hardware packed in. The screen is outstanding, with a wider colour gamut, incredible sharpness and the best brightness yet, making it just about useable in direct sunlight.
The A10X chip is a third faster than the previous model, which was already more powerful than most people needed. It’s able to multi-task seamlessly and run the most graphically intensive games. The battery, meanwhile, is brilliant, comfortably getting me through two day’s use before needing a charge. It’s also designed to get the best out of the new iOS 11 (coming in the autumn), which will make use of more intensive multi-tasking, as well as incorporating new augmented reality features.
July 5 , 2017
Lenovo Miix 510 review
The Miix 510 follows up on the Miix 700 (yes, we know, confusing) with a new latest-gen Kaby Lake version of the Core i5 and a strong central pairing of 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. As we’ll explain, there are cheaper variants available, but this is the one to go for in our book.
The Miix design language centres around two watchband-style hinges that enable you to have more control and flexibility than Surface when it comes to the angle to the kickstand and therefore the screen. Another plus is that the keyboard cover is included with the device – unless you nab a deal you don’t get that with Surface Pro.
Like previous iterations, the latest Miix hybrid comes with an active pen. Pens have a lot more functionality these days thanks to the new Windows Ink feature in Windows 10, and they’re an essential add-on for any tablet that takes itself seriously. However, Lenovo’s stylus doesn’t attach to the device via a magnet, although there is a pen loop on the included slipcase.
July 4 , 2017
July 3 , 2017
The HP Spectre X2 is a beautifully crafted PC with performance capabilities that make you want to use it every day.
This laptop is PC provides excellent portability with its thin form factor and light weight. Coming in at 13.2mm thin (with keyboard attached) and 12.3” diagonal display, this tablet PC is ready to move when you are.
The included HP Active Pen gives you freedom of input with sharp detail on all of your creative projects. This pressure sensitive input device lets your navigate menus, write, and draw with precise accuracy and control.
The power of Spectre x2 resides in the 7th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The Intel Iris graphics 640 with a 300MHz base frequency easily handles high-end graphics demands.
Audio is provided by Bang & Olufsen and has been a staple with HP products. These speakers are finely tuned and deliver crisp clear authentic sound.
June 30 , 2017
2017 Microsoft Surface Pro review
The original Surface Pro marked Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market and the 2-in-1 has been refined and improved over the years. We were impressed with the Surface Pro 4 and now, 18 months later, we’re just as bowled over by the Surface Pro.
You’ll have noticed the absence of the expected ‘5’ – this is just Surface Pro. Why did Microsoft change the naming scheme? We don’t know for sure, but the 2017 Surface Pro is such a slight iteration that perhaps it didn’t deserve the suffix.
This isn’t to suggest the new Surface Pro is in any way sub-par. Far from it: it takes a great product and makes it excellent.
I’m still working my way through my full Surface Laptop review, but here’s a teaser: it’s good.
So good, in fact, I’m reasonably certain that Microsoft should’ve started its foray into hardware here, rather than arriving at the Laptop after the more usual Pro and Book.
In any case, there are a few good reasons to make the Surface Laptop your next computing purchase - and few solid reasons not to. Here are my top 5.
A Core i5 and 8GB of RAM, combined with a stripped down OS, means the Surface Laptop boots-up in roughly 20 seconds, which is approaching Chromebook levels. Obviously this is a new computer, so it’s going to be quick either way. But a laptop that's running Windows, booting up this quickly, is impressive.
Microsoft says that it will remain that fast, no matter how long you’ve had the device, which is thanks to the new Windows 10 S. I haven’t had the device long enough, or will have it long enough to test that properly. But early results are positive.
Constant and intermittent use of the Surface Laptop throughout a work day meant I didn’t need to reach for the charger by the time I closed the lid at 7pm. That’s 10 hours of (not constant) use, on medium performance and medium brightness.
June 29 , 2017
My favorite Windows 10 device of 2016 was the Huawei MateBook. Much like the Surface Pro, it is a tablet that can become a laptop with an optional keyboard purchase. While it was less powerful than Microsoft's offering, it was also less expensive. For basic needs, such as web surfing and word processing it was an absolutely fabulous value. Despite the meager internal specs, Huawei made the device feel premium with a beautiful outward design and the addition of USB-C (something no Surface has).
Last month, Huawei announced that it would expand the MateBook line beyond a single tablet to a total of three distinct machines -- MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D. The "E" variant is the successor to the aforementioned tablet (which now comes with the keyboard), while the X and D are traditional 13 and 15.6-inch laptops, respectively. Sadly, exact availability and pricing for the USA was unknown. Today this changes, as Huawei not only reveals cost and pre-order date, but configuration options too.
"Since we unveiled the new MateBooks in May, we've received positive feedback about our PC designs, portability and build quality. We are excited to expand our device lineup in the U.S. with the addition of the latest MateBooks. We pushed the limits of what's possible to deliver all-in-one devices that could do everything customers need, seamlessly -- from sun up to sun down. Creating the best user experiences that result in long-term customer satisfaction is our priority," says Robin Zhu, President, Huawei Device USA.
June 28 , 2017
Though held back by the lack of USB-C and barely acceptable battery life, the expensive Surface Pro is the finest example of the tablet-laptop hybrid
Microsoft’s vision of the future of a Windows 10 PC comes in the form of the new Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro – Microsoft dropped its numbering scheme – follows on from last year’s Surface Pro 4, which was an excellent computer plagued by heat and battery life issues. So with longer battery life and laptop-level power is the new version ready for prime time?
The screen is brilliant. It’s pin-sharp with excellent viewing angles and a new “enhanced” colour option that really makes the display pop. You can toggle between enhanced colours and sRGB, which will be useful for anyone needing to edit photos for colour accuracy. The display is more reflective than the best on the market, but with the full range of tilt through the kickstand it was easy to avoid glare from flourescent strip lights in an office.
Microsoft’s computers tend to have the smoothest, fastest Windows experience out of the box, as unlike most other PC manufacturers they’re not bundled with any software other than Office, meaning start-up times are fast. The Surface Pro also has one of the fastest Windows PC resume from standby responses I’ve ever tested, with Windows Hello facial recognition detecting me and logging me in before I’ve brought my hand back from the keyboard or power button.
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