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Xiaomi Notebook Air 13 Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB specs

Full specifications and features of the 13 inch ultrabook Xiaomi Notebook Air 13 Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB

I've said it before and I still think that the future of computing is in reliable and well equipped ultrabooks, rather than in tablets. Today I will be taking a closer look at the specifications of a very popular Chinese ultra-portable laptop by Xiaomi - the Notebook Air 13 with Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB. Here are they:
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Lenovo Thinkpad T460 ultrabook - problems and issues

Hardware and software problems and issues with the Lenovo Thinkpad T460 ultrabook


Lenovo Thinkpad T460 is one of the most popular ultrabooks in 2017 but unfortunately it gained its popularity thanks to the problems and issues it can cause to its users.

High-end ultrabook unreliability

Ultrabooks are usually quite expensive because of their quality parts and extreme productivity. Businesses usually spend a lot of money on such laptops in order to trust them for most daily computing activities. And here is where the Lenovo Thinkpad T460 really fails - it is unreliable.

On paper the T460 is really a good computer with top of the line components but in reality it is million miles away from its direct competitors like Dell.

Problems and issues

When I first tested the Thinkpad T460 couple of months ago I instantly noticed that it does't offer the smoothest experience taken right out of the box. Of course later on a lot of software need to be installed on this brand new machine and that made things really bad for the T460. It constantly lags and crashes without any obvious reason and that is a huge reliability problem, especially if this is your primary work machine. Connectivity issues is a constant and connecting to VPN through WiFi sometimes may take couple of resets before things even get going (slowly).

No matter the fact that the Lenovo I tested had more than enough RAM and processing power sometimes it surprises me how hard it is to manage simple daily tasks.

The battery performance is one of its strong characteristics but it really can't make it up for the overall bad impressions leaves most of the time.

The trackpad is another thing that frustrates many of the T460's users - it is far from accurate and it is not rare that it would miss a click.

I can keep on going and tell you about how bad and ridiculous the its display looks for $2000 laptop but I don't want to take more of your time and share my problems and issues with the Thinkpad T460. If you need good performing laptop you should definitely check something like the Dell XPS or Latitude 7450 which both I think are just amazing. My old Dell Latitude e7240 also does a great job but it is not for sale in computer stores anymore.
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Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 user review and experience

Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 is good but far from what Dell ultrabooks deliver these days


After using the business laptop Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 for almost a year, I would like to share my experience with you - the good, bad and the ugly.

I’ve received this ultrabook as a business laptop last year and since then, I have used it heavily almost every day. Below you can see the exact specifications of the laptop I am using:

Lenovo Ultrabook T460 specifications


Size:

339 mm x 232.5 mm x 21 mm

Weight:

~ 1.7 kg

CPU:

Intel Core i5 - 6300 U CPU @ 2.40 GHz

RAM:

8 GB

Storage:

512 GB Samsung SSD

Graphics:

Intel Integrated

Display:

14 inch HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)

Battery:

Up to 14 Hours (23 WHr + 72 WHr)

Webcam:

720 p HD camera


Looks and Appearance

The ultrabook features the signature old IBM sturdy look, which may be a bit spartan for most users, me included. The sharp edges and simple design may not be very impressive, but the build quality is good, the laptop does not bend or feel unstable. It is a bit on the heavy side though, and not very slim, which is not unusual for Lenovo laptops.

The key travel is not very slim for a laptop, but it feels very convenient on my fingers. The keyboard is well spaced for comfortable writing. As I use it for business purposes, I often type a lot on a daily basis and have not yet had any inconveniences with the keyboard. The touchpad is the weak point here as usual with Lenovo - it’s not as responsive as other laptops and the touchpad buttons are difficult to press so you may as well just give up on it and use a mouse all the time as I do.


Performance

Overall the performance of this laptop is not bad, but honestly, for its price (currently sold at around US$1,100 - 1,200) I would have expected more. I have to run multiple applications (between 9 and 12) on this machine every day and for the most part, the Ultrabook fares well and replies quickly. However, I’ve had slowness in response times on several occasions, as well as everyone’s favorite blue screen of death, hurray Windows users. I alsways have issues with maintaining multiple browser tabs open for a longer period of time, which is a bit unnerving.


Battery life

If there’s a single thing I can praise this laptop on, it’s the battery life. As I described above, my daily use of this laptop includes numerous heavy applications and with all of them running and maximum brightness the Lenovo ultrabook can stay on battery for around 3 hrs 30 mins, or even 4 hrs on occasions. If left on idle with minimum brightness, this laptop can stay alive on battery for over 14 hrs.


If you are looking for a cheap Lenovo laptop you should definitely check the Lenovo G500

Display, video and audio

Lenovo have opted for an anti-glare display, which I particularly like. The viewing angle is also very good and the ultrabook performs well under bright daylight as well as in dim environments.

In video and audio aspect, there is nothing impressive to say, the ultrabook performs averagely and the audio especially is quite mediocre.

Final verdict

This is a decent laptop for business purposes with long battery life, middle to very good performance depending on load and sturdy build. Maybe I would have recommended it if it wasn’t for the price - this Lenovo ultrabook should definitely not cost the US$1,200 it’s currently sold for.

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HP Spectre 13-v000nu - world's thinnest laptop

The thinnest laptop in the world - HP Spectre 13-v000nu

HP Spectre 13-v000nu - world's thinnest laptop
HP Spectre 13
If years ago ultrabooks were something new, unusual and rare, today this segment of notebooks is already mass and any self-respecting brand offers in its portfolio at least several such devices. Among the various ultrabooks however, rarely distinguish genuine masterpieces such as this in my hand.  HP Spectre 13-v000nu certainly deserves due attention. Today will take a look at the design, comparing it with that of some competing models, test hardware functionality, display, peripheral and battery.

Features

And since Spectre 13 is literally a work of art, we will start with design. It definitely will appeal even more demanding in their requirements of users. Each element in the cabinet is selected and crafted with taste. This is no accident, because behind the vision of Spectre 13 which stands Stacy Wolff Global Head of Design of HP Inc. His aim was to create a full-fledged computer with Core-i processor in as thinner body. Definitely succeeded, but the size a bit. Let's look first common vision - the combination of colors, dark gray with brown and gold hues.
An interesting fact that we can not overlook is that the casing Spectre 13, HP did not use any plastic, except that strip below which are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules! The upper and lower lid are aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis. Cast elements is ideal test our gestures and direct pressure also found no appearance of crackled, squeaks and other parasitic noises.


Looks

It is elegant, isn't it? Such unusual looks will appeal equally as many ladies with gold jewelry and gentlemen who have glamorous elegant look, completed by focusing metallic clock. Besides custom colors, HP Spectre 13 has interesting shapes. Front and periphery are rounded and somewhat typical of high-end brand. We look back, however, immediately find innovative thinking of Stacy Wolff and having put his "signature" by the new HP logo on the lid.

How many millimeters you think is the profile of the thinnest Ultrabook in the world? Considering that the thinnest smartphone Motorola Moto Z is 5.2 mm thick, the figure should be at least 3-4 times higher. In fact, however, here we have a pleasant surprise - by comparison, the direct competitors Ultrabook in the face of Apple MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13 are visibly thicker. We know that waiting exact figure - Intentionally or not, Spectre 13 is just 2 times thicker than the Moto Z - 10.4 mm from which the display is only 2 mm (be careful not to cut while opening it). Now that is called record. But creating a machine with such a thin display, the HP engineers have encountered an unexpected problem - none of the currently used openers could not fit the profile 2 mm.

HP Spectre vs. Dell XPS 13 real world test and comparison



Decision as you can see was found - a special hinge mechanism which has a note - miniature gas shock absorbers that make movement smoother, firmer opening and closing slightly. As a result, even if you try to close the cover, it will not hit and cause damage. You can open and close with just one finger. At the maximum open position of 124 degrees, the display stand steady and not swaying like this than opening mechanism helps and ideal weight distribution throughout the body. Hopefully soon see this innovative technology with other notebooks HP, it is definitely because collar and practical.
Speaking of practical solutions, let's turn Spectre 13 upside down. These three rubber strips act as support legs. You can see and new laptop models in the series Pavilion and Envy. Our tests indicate that the device on a flat surface with their help was far more stable and non-slip.

Furthermore, due to the formation of channels cooling air circulates much better. Although Ultrabook has a full metal body design Spectre has active cooling at the rear. It then suggests a hardware device does not meet mobile processor Intel Core M, and a representative of the far more powerful Core-i series.
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Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6 full test and review

Test and video review of the small hybrid device Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6 

Today, we are taking a look at one of the small hybrid laptop - the Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6.

360º Flip-and-Fold Design

A PC when you need it, a tablet when you want it, and more. Easily change between four modes — Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. The secret: The 11" Lenovo Yoga 300's unique design and touchscreen display. It allows the screen to flip around 360º, which means you can select the mode you use based on what you choose to Do.

Impressive Performance for Work and Play


Enjoy a PC with the new Intel Celeron processor. Experience brilliant PC performance as you multitask effortlessly – communicate with friends and family, enjoy entertainment, and get your work done. Get the impressive performance and quality you’ve come to expect with an Intel Celeron processor. That’s serious processing. Only with Intel Inside.

Ultra Thin, Light, & Portable

Starting at a mere 3.0 lbs and just 0.85" thin, the Yoga 300 is ultra portable — it's perfect for doers on the go. And with up to 8 hours on a standard battery, you can go all day without recharging.

Harmony


Lenovo Harmony adapts to you by intuitively optimizing settings, making app recommendations by mode, and sharing statistics about how you use your device.

Stereo Speakers


The Yoga 300's speakers deliver rich stereo sound, while Dolby Home Theater provides an immersive audio experience.

McAfee LiveSafe Free Trial


Keep your entire digital life secure with the comprehensive protection afforded by McAfee LiveSafe software. LiveSafe protects cross-device, through the cloud, and locally to ensure total security for your data and identity. Enjoy a free 30-day trial with purchase. Or, upgrade to the full version during the purchase process and enjoy peace-of-mind security from day one.

Lenovo DOit Apps


Do more with your Yoga 300 with premium Lenovo applications like SHAREit, which lets you share files quickly without network charges or a WiFi connection. In addition, SYNCit backs up and restores your contacts and SMS

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What makes the Dell Latitude E7240 the ultimate ultrabook?

Why I think the Dell Latitude E7240 is the ultimate business ultrabook - my consumer opinion

Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook

I've been using the Dell Latitude E7240 as personal work computer for over a year now and meanwhile testing some of the newest ultrabook laptops released on the market. And even though the E7240 is not perfect I can confidently say that is among the top 3 ultra portable laptops ever sold.

What makes it so much better than the competition?

A quick comparison between the Latitude E7240  and the 2013 MacBook Air I've been using for a while reveals one of the biggest advantages of the Dell when speaking about work laptops - the keyboard. And even though so many users rate MacBook's keyboard as one of the best on the market (I totally don't agree with that statement) I can say the keyboard of the  E7240 is in a league of its own - it is comfortable to use, precise and feels as stable as my desktop keyboard does.
The touchpad also works flawlessly and is really quite accurate.

Another thing that always impresses me is the performance the E7240 delivers. I am using the 8GB Core i5 version with 256GB SSD which is very close to the top of the range Core i7 and it is easily manage my daily tasks, including some image editing, online streaming and video playback.

If I have to be completely honest, the Latitude E7240 is not the very best in most aspects - it is not the cheapest, neither the smallest, nor it has the longest battery life . But the overall package and doing everything above the average makes it one really successful business computing machine and I totally like it. If it doesn't fail in any way I would be happy to use the Latitude E7240  as my primary work computer many years ahead.
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HP Spectre X360 - video review

Full review of the compact touchscreen ultrabook HP Spectre X360

HP Spectre X360  laptop

Today we are going to take at one of the very popular ultrabooks for 2015 - the HP Spectre X360. This basically is a 13.3 inch hybrid laptop with touchscreen that can be easily adjusted to the preferred angle or just flipped back as a real notebook. HP Spectre X360 is a high-end device with pretty high price-tag of around $1100.

For more information and in-depth look of this interesting laptop please check the video review below.

Video review 2015 HP Spectre X360 ultrabook



Please also make sure to check our favorite ultrabook - the amazing Dell Latitude E7240.
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Vaio Z Monster PC - is it really the ultimate laptop?

Short video with one of the most powerful laptops currently for sale in Japan - Vaio Z Monster PC

Vaio Z laptop
Vaio Z Monster laptop PC
Sony's (still considering it Sony's brand even though they sold it recently) laptop Vaio Z or the so called Monster PC has been rumored to be one of the most capable laptops on the market these days. Unfortunately, this amazing machine is currently sold only in Japan and that's why there are limited number of reviews and consumer feedback online.

This week I cane upon one of the Vaio dedicated YouTube channels where couple of videos of the Vaio Z Monster PC were available.
Today I am sharing with you a short presentation of the laptop and quick review of its performance features:

Powering Vaio Z Monster PC 



You can also check the Sony VAIO EH2P0E/B laptop review.
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Dell Latitude E7240 - six months review

Review of the premium 12 inch ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240 after six months of intense use

Dell Latitude E7240 six months review

As some of you probably know Dell Latitude E7240  is my everyday companion for work related purposes and also for some multimedia and entertainment as well. After six months of intense use I decided to share the feedback with you so lets not waste any more time and begin with the useful stuff. 

The good

Before buying the Dell Latitude E7240 I was considering Apple's MacBook Air for my next certain choice of mobile computer. Unfortunately despite the fact that it looks awesome the MacBook Air can't really match modern ultrabooks in terms of performance and versatility. I am not going to discuss this topic now as I know that plenty of you really like Apple's products and the love Mac OS interface but I am just not one of these Apple fans.

Probably the best thing about the Dell Latitude E7240 is its versatility as it has the ability to suit almost any purpose - compact mobile workstation, multimedia companion on the go, everyday PC for browsing Internet and playing games. Also, the variety of connection options and interfaces makes it really easy to pair with different devices, something that is a huge issue for some MacBook laptops. 

I also really like how compact this ultrabook is. It is really light and very comfortable and its keyboard is probably one of the best in business. The touchpad is also very precise and comfortable to use and I would also put it among the best in class. Durability is another thing that is also quite typical for the Latitude E7240. 

I am also impressed with the quality of the stereo speakers which deliver clear sound which is loud enough for listening to some music.

To be improved

I think Dell did what they could to put a large enough battery in this compact laptop but the battery life is something that could be improved for the next generation Latitude ultrabooks. I managed to get an average of 3-4 hours which is about half of what the MacBook Air usually achieves. Probably we should mention here that this poor result is partly because of the Windows 7 operating system which not very energy efficient compared to the competition from Apple.

Another thing that didn't stood up to the price of  1500 Euro is the display which lacks depth of colors and delivers picture that just doesn't match the rest of the components in this top of the line computer.

So after six months of using the Dell Latitude E7240 I can say that I am really pleased with its performance and it is really worth spending the extra cash and moving away from my old (but awesome) HP EliteBook 6930p.
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Disappointing battery life from Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook

Dell Latitude E7240 scored very low in the battery life performance tests after couple of months of use


After several months with the high-end ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240 I have to admit that I am not really impressed with its battery life performance figures.

Battery tested

Before I focused my attention and buy the Latitude E7240 I was looking for a laptop that is going to last for a full day of work and it is going to be a real competition of ultrabooks like the MacBook Air which holds charge for abut 10 hours of moderate use. Unfortunately Dell Latitude E7240 didn't come anywhere near these figures. On average load its battery will make it for around 4-5 hours which is a good result for a Windows computer but very far from the best performers in this class. And just to remind you that the Latitude E7240 is offered with two battery options and my laptop in particular was with the bigger 45 WHr 4-cell lithium ion battery
Under full load using WiFi and multimedia the E7240 will make it for around 2 hours before the battery is totally drained. And if you turn WiFi and set the display brightness to a minimum and use the laptop for some text editing or other simple tasks than it is very possible that the battery will make it for as long as 5 hours.

Of course the battery life depends on many things but as I mentioned already these figures are cumulative score of what the E7240 showed in couple of months under different circumstances and load. Some additional factors like OS version and BIOS drivers and settings for fan can also affect the battery figures significantly so make sure your Dell Latitude E7240 is tuned properly.

Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad test
Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard test
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HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx - a real competition for the Lenovo Yoga 11?

Quick video review of the 11.6" laptop with touchscreen HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx


If I have to be honest I no longer like HP laptops since I had to return my brand new HP Envy X2 after just two days of using it. I think this manufacturer used to make some of the best high-end laptops but they completely failed in their attempts to make a good hybrid computers. Today we are taking a closer look at one of their latest releases in the ultra-portable laptop market - the Pavilion X360 11-n010dx.


As I previously shared with you I was very happy using my HP EliteBook 6930p for about 5 years and it is still going pretty strong. But I needed a more compact device with stronger battery life that would last for a good day on the go. Then I tried with the Enxy X2 which looked awesome and had this great built quality and uni-body  design very similar to the MacBook Air. Unfortunately here is where all the good things ended up - the detachable screen was way to uncomfortable to use as a tablet and the performance of the ultra low voltage Intel processor combined with 2GB of RAM was just terrible. That is the reason why I had to return this hybrid ultrabook/laptop and got something a bit more expensive but I am really please with my new Dell Latitude E7240 which unfortunately also had some driver issues (just like any other ultrabook offered on the market today).


But enough said about my previous experience with HP and Dell. Now lets talk about a bit more about the HP Pavilion X360 which just like the Envy X2 has a very good built quality but here we don't have the detachable screen which in my mind is a good thing. This 11.6 inch laptop is very light and compact and also has pretty good specifications for daily use. Here is a quick video review of the HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx so you can learn about its specs and performance figures:

HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx video review



I  hope you liked our HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx review and if you want to explore some more interesting laptops please check the rest of our laptop reviews.
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Driver and BIOS issues with Dell Latitude E7240

Driver and BIOS issues and problems with Dell Latitude E7240 - fan noise and heat

Dell Latitude E7240 issues

I have been using the 12.5-inch Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook for more than a month now and I wanted to share few things that I think owners and future owners of this computer may find interesting.

The issues

The things that I want to cover today are related to fan noise and overheating of the laptop and what is it related to. You probably know that most ultrabooks have issues with overheating and that is why many people now prefer the ultra low voltage (ULV) equipped laptop and hybrid devices as they generate less heat and are much less intense on battery consumption even though ULV processors sacrifice on performance a little bit (well not a little but latest quad-core Intel Atom processors do just fine with most everyday computing tasks).

The issue that I recently noticed with my Latitude E7240 was caused by drivers recommended by Dell for this particular model. After re-installing OS couple of times (tried with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) I was stuck with 32-bit Windows 7 Professional which unfortunately could only read 4GB of my preinstalled 8GB of RAM. I decided that I will use the laptop this way for a while and started downloading and installing all drivers and updates recommended for the Latitude E7240 on Dell's support page and on My Dell.

After updating everything, including BIOS, sound and graphics drivers, networking drivers the machine was running pretty smooth. Unfortunately very soon I noticed something wrong - the laptop was often overheating and fan was running on maximum power even when processor load was less than 50%. Of course the first thing I did is to remove some of the 'useful' drivers that I had on my ultrabook - removed the HD premium sound, the Intel WiFi pro interface and couple more and magically my laptop was running much more cool and quiet.

 Of course there was a noticeable difference in sound quality and other performance figures and features but I am using this laptop mostly for work so these were not as important. 

Soon I am going to switch to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and will update you on how the Latitude E7240 behaving under any of these operating systems. I have some worries about installing Windows 8.1 as many Latitude owners reported fan noise and heating problems due to mismatched controller settings but I will probably will give it a try and see how it will go. 
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Hama Ultra Style bag for 13.3 inch ultrabooks

Price, specifications and review of the Hama Ultra Style bag for ultrabooks up to 13.3 inch

Hama Ultra Style 13.3 ultrabook
Hama Ultra Style bag for 13.3 inch ultrabooks

The Ultra Style bag from Hama that we will review today is really lightweight and comfortable and will secure your ultrabook very well. It can safely keep slim laptop computers with the size of up to 13.3 inches.

I personally wouldn't recommend using this Ultra Style bag for ultrabooks smaller than 12 inches as there is no holding mechanism in the main inner section of the bag and if you put there a smaller computer it will slide all the time and you will not feel it comfortable when carrying it around. The main compartment has dimensions of 33.5 x 23.5 x 2 so bigger laptops and notebooks just won't fit.

Hama Ultra Style bag

Hama Ultra Style 13.3

Hama Ultra Style bag inner
Hama Ultra Style bag main compartment

The 13.3 inch Hama Ultra Style bag is made of material called Polytex and in most locations it carries the service tag HAMA-101163. I have already tested the bag with the 12.5 inch Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook and I have to say that it fits pretty nicely considering the smaller size of the computer.
HAMA-101163 Dell LatitudeHama Ultra Style bag 13.3 inch


Hama Ultra Style ultrabook bagbag for Dell Latitude E7240

The Ultra Style bag also has a very useful front pocket where you can place a charger or other accessories that may scratch your computer if held in the main compartment.

bag front pocket
bag front pocket

The back side of the bag has very soft padded material and is covered with fabric mesh which I really don't like as it makes the bag bigger but on the other hand it provides more protection for your valuable ultrabook.

Price

The 13.3 inch Hama Ultra Style bag costs around $20 whcih is considered cheaper than the average price in the segment. In clnclusion I would say that this price is a good one considering the quality of the bag which is very good and I will think it will be up to the job of keeping your ultrabook secure when carrying.
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Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad test

Touchpad test of the premium ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240

Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad test
My Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad - tested

Dell Latitude E7240 is one of the most expensive machines in Dell's premium line of  light and portable laptops. The E7240 offers great performance on the go and is one of the preferred business ultrabooks these days. That is the reason why we decided to make an in-depth test of its touchpad which role is extremely important when doing business from your mobile computing device.
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DELL XPS 13 vs Latitude E7240 ultrabook video comparison

Video comparison with two of the top ultrabooks on the market - DELL XPS 13 and Latitude E7240 Ultrabook

Latitude E7240 ultrabook
DELL XPS 13 vs Latitude E7240 ultrabooks

There are plenty of discussions in internet about the best ultrabooks offered on the market today and that's why I decided to bring to your attention at two of the best performers - the amazing  DELL XPS 13 and the business oriented Latitude E7240.

Both these machines look and performance awesome and even though they have so many things in common they are also different in many aspects. Probably the biggest difference between these two are the screens which for the XPS is a 13-inch touchscreen display while on the business oriented Latitude E7240 we have a regular TFT panel. On the other hand probably the biggest similarity between these computers is the price, which is quite high for each one of them.

My personal preference goes for the Latitude E7240 as this is my choice when I was choosing new computer for work related purposes. I can say that I am pretty much impressed, just few minor downfalls ruin the perfect score for this very capable and yet mobile.  DELL XPS 13 is probably for those looking for a better media experience and the glare touchsccreen does the job just fine. Here is the video where you can see the  DELL XPS 13 and  Latitude E7240 head to head in a battle for the crown in the expensive ultrabook segment:

 DELL XPS 13 vs Latitude E7240 ultrabook video comparison

Verdict
In my opinion both these laptops are very good ans super productive. I currently own a Latitude E7240 and I am very pleased with it (using it for more than 3 years now, exceptional ultrabook). If it was my money I would go with the Latitude even though I like the XPS a lot. But I guess when discussing such high-end mobile computing devices it is up to personal preferences and needs.

2018 Update: The Latitude E7240 one of the greatest business laptops ever :)
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Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard test

Dell Latitude E7240 backlit keyboard - among the best in class

Dell Latitude E7240 backlit keyboard
Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard and touchpad

Dell Latitude E7240 - being one of the most expensive ultrabooks on the market today you would probably expect to get the best hardware from the ultra-portable laptop Dell Latitude E7240. Our readers already know that this is now our primary work machine for blogging on the go and we are counting very much on it.

The keyboard

Today we are taking a closer look at the keyboard which is an extremely important component for writers and that is why I decided to pay special attention and have a whole article dedicated to the Latitude E7240 keyboard.

As I said this is a very expensive ultrabook and that is the reason why I am going to compare it only with the best in class. Some time ago I was left with the impression that MacBook's keyboards are the best when speaking about portable computing but that was only valid until I had to start using one of our company's MacBook Air on daily basis. I was expecting a lot from its keyboard but to be honest I was a bit disappointed. Yes, it leaves a very solid feeling when typing but I am really not keen of the flat keys that Apple is using. And that brings me to my current favorite when speaking about laptop keyboards - the one I use on my HP Ultrabook 6930p.

Dell Latitude E7240 laptop keyboard is really comfortable and keys have pretty long travel and the overall feeling when typing is extremely good.

But all that was until today... now I have new favorite device to type on. Considering how thin and compact the Latitude E7240 really is (20 mm thin and about 1.3 kg light) it is really amazing how Dell achieved to make such a good keyboard. And not only it is very good to type on but it is also backlit on three levels depending on the user's preferences. The only downside of this keyboard that I found so far is actually not in the keyboard itself but in the trackpad which because of the small size of this computer is way to close to the hands and it is quite often that my palm touches it and moves the typing marker on another location. Other than that I can say it is all good. Probably some of you may point that this ultrabook lacks numeric keyboard on the right but I will just not comment on that.

So, that is basically all I had to say about the Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard. If you have any questions feel free to use the comment form below, I will be happy to answer. Please also don't forget to subscribe to our social profiles and add us in G+ as we will be glad to share more stories with you.
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Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook - first impressions

Dell Latitude E7240 12.5 inch ultrabook first impressions and quick review

Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook
Dell Latitude E7240
Afrer a very long period of researching I decided to finally change my  primary work machine and give my well respected and over 5 years old HP EliteBook 6930p. And to be honest the choice that I made was a bit surprising for me as during the last couple of weeks I was extensively testing the latest MacBook Air and this was actually the primary candidate for my next work computer on the go. So as you may have already guessed I decided to give up the idea of owning a Mac and decided to give it a try with the powerful Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook.

What is Dell Latitude E7240?

Dell Latitude E7240 is a 12.5 inch  business class ultrabook with very high specifications and also a very high price tag. Depending on the configuration you choose the Latitude E7240 starts from around $1200 and can easily top $2000 for a pumped up configuration. Actually mine happened to be one of these high spec machines equipped with the latest generation Intel Core i5 4310U procesor clocked at 2.0 GHz and TurboBoost of over 3.0 GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256 SSD drive, fingerprint reader and variety of ports and interfaces. The E7240 weighs less than 1400 grams which puts it among the most compact and portable ultrabooks on the market today. It is also extremely thin and
is quite easy to carry around.

Dell Latitude E7240 hold
Dell Latitude E7240 is very light and compact
Latitude E7240 and EliteBook 6930pLatitude E7240

The very first impressions

You probably know that it is the first impression that ussually makes you buy something that you haven't even considered before. That was the case with my Dell E7240. Before I chose this particular computer I tested few other ultrabooks including a very nice looking 14 inch Lenovo. The Latitude E7240 looks like a very solid machine and it actually is - it covers couple of military standards against for dust protection, humidity and few more. Unfortuatelly looks doesn't dell the whole story. Compared to my bigger HP EliteBook 6930p the  E7240 looks and feels a bit plasticy whcih is quite strange considering this is one of Dell's most expensive machines and one of the leaders in this class. Actually just after couple of hours of use I managed to scratch my precious little companion on the top of the lid which really mad a very bad impressions for how this laptop is done and what are the materials used in it build. Athoer than that it is a good looking little machine that offers plenty of performance on the go.

Dell Latitude E7240 batteryDell Latitude E7240 thin

Performance

With the very fast fourth generation Core i5 processor, 8 gigs of  RAM and fast mini SSD this is one snappy device but there was one vey big problem here- Windows  7 is not. My comouter came with Windowss home premium operating systm which is justd way to old for such a machine. I myslef love Windows 7 but it is just so outdated for such high-end devce. 
The keybaord is very comfortablltae, much better than the оverpraised keyboard of 
MacBook Air which on the other hand is much more solid and works at lower temperatures. The touchpad on the Latitude is allso good but far from what I have in the Elitebook which is just owesome - very precise. Anogher strange here that I found out is that the touchpad on my new ultrabook doesn't support multi-touch and gesture suppot, that is something that really come as a bad surprise to me.
Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad
Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard and touchpad

Verdict 

Dell Latitude E7240 seems to be a very promissing little and yet powerful computer. I would like to play with it a little longer and I will share my final impressions and I will give you my honest opinion whether it is worth the high price tag or not.

Meanwhile you can check the Acer Aspire S3-391ultrabook review and the Asus Zenbook UX31E-RY012V specs and video review.
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Which mobile device do you prefer on the go - smartphone, tablet or ultrabook

Which is the most preferable mobile device - smartphone, tablet or ultrabook 

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Best mobile device on the go - poll results
Our survey for the best or shall I say most preferable mobile computing device on the go finished couple of days ago. Our readers are pretty confident for what they like to use to work and communicate when they are not on the desk. 
Not surprisingly the winner in our poll is the smartphone. Nowadays smartphones get the best of both worlds - mobility and performance. The runner up in this poll as you can guess is the tablet whose popularity is growing every month and is getting closer and closer to smartphones market share.
The third place is taken by the ultrabook which is also a very good way for having mobile computing the right way but the bigger size and price make for the last position in this survey. 
Anyways all these competitors are with increasing popularity and it seems that these are going to be our primary tools for communication in the near future. 
Of course new technologies and tech development will help manufacturers to produce more compact and better performing mobile computing devices and it is only a matter of time to see what these would be. 
Until then you are more than welcome to check our product tests and reviews
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The best mobile device on the go

Which is the most preffered mobile device on the go

Hi everyone, just wanted to give you a quick update on our most recent poll abouth the most preffered mobile device on the go. As I originally the battle is mostly between tablets and smartphones with slight advantage for the smaller device. And though ultrabooks improved significantly they are still more expensive and with bigger dimensions than both smartphones and tablets. 
There is still plenty of time to vote in this interesting poll so please vote and we will have deeper discussion on all of these devices once the poll is closed. 
Good luck and don't forget to come back at our Test and Review blog.
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