Sunday, 29 December 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 vs HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook vs Apple MacBook Air:Who is the Best?

W.A.Khan,                                                                                                                                                 Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14                                                                                                                           The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 is inexpensive for a fourth-gen Core i5 laptop, with a good keyboard and touch pad, and excellent battery life.The 14", 1366 x 768 TN panel with 10 points of multi-touch is decent for this price range. It has reasonably good colors, decent contrast and is responsive to touch. Viewing angles are good for a non-IPS panel, and we never had to fiddle with the display tilt to make things readable.The 128GB SSD is pre-partitioned into a C: drive and D: drive. The D: drive is about 25GB, and roughly 100GB C: drive only has about 45GB free when you take the system out of the box. This begs the question: Why bother with a data drive? While you can argue that the 25GB data drive is safe if you ever need to reinstall Windows 8, it's still a smallish data partition that could be replaced by a 32GB SD card.After continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi on 40 percent brightness, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 lasted 7 hours and 38 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test. That's more than enough to outlast the 6:28 thin-and-light average. The 300-degree hinge gives you a second kiosk mode, if you want.
But, Because the hinge doesn't go back a full 360 degrees, it's not as useful as tabletlike hybrids. The largely plastic body doesn't have that premium IdeaPad feel.
The bottom line: Lenovo tries something new with the semi-hybrid IdeaPad Flex 14. The fold-back hinge is of dubious practical use, as it doesn't fold all the way down into a tablet, but if you pick the right configuration, this is still a good, inexpensive Core i5 laptop, even without the gimmicks.                            Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i5 4200U / 1.6 GHz ( Dual-Core )
RAM installed size8 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type14 in
Max Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4400
Weight4.4 lbs                                                                                                                                           Price $999                                                                                                                                                    VS                                                                                                                                                           HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook                                                                                                                          The HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook is a Windows 8 laptop featuring a 13-inch 1080p or QHD resolution touchscreen, Intel Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors, wide touchpad with gestures, and a 9 hour battery life.With a 1.6-GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive, the Spectre 13t is a lightweight speed demon. We opened multiple tabs in both Chrome and Internet Explorer, streamed music from Spotify and watched Netflix without any slowdown.The HP Spectre 13 has a sharp, thin, ultrabook design, high-end upgrade options, a great keyboard, and an extra-wide touch pad.
But, A handful of other premium ultrabooks offer better value. The extra "control zone" spaces on the touch pad don't feel like a fully realized concept.
The bottom line: The HP Spectre 13 is an excellent all-around ultrabook, with a great keyboard, display, and battery life. The unique Control Zone touch pad is interesting, but I wish it were a little more useful and intuitive.                                                                                                                                                      Specifications
RAM installed size4 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64
Weight3.34 lbs                                                                                                                                           Price:$999.99                                                                                                                                          VS                                                                                                                                                         Apple MacBook Air                                                                                                                                 New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model.                                                                                                                                                  
The new Haswell processors use very little power, giving the 2013 13-inch MacBook Air and absolutely stunning battery life. In our test, in which we streamed the live BBC News channel feed on iPlayer over a wireless network, the laptop lasted for nine hours. That's significantly better than the 11-inch MacBook Air's 7 hours 15 minutes, and a substantial improvement over the 2012 MacBook Air's 5.5 hours.
Since switching to solid state storage off the shelf with the late 2010 update, the MacBook Air has been known for its good battery life. But with the Haswell processors in place, it's absolutely stunning. At last, you can use your notebook all day long on a single charge.
But, Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.
The bottom line: Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Specifications
Release date06/10/13
ProcessorIntelCore i5 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
RAM installed size4 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemApple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 5000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Optical DriveNone                                                                                                                                 Price $1,099 

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