The world's lightest 13" Ultrabook with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors is back with a refreshed design, backlit keyboard and Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs. Samsung also offers a 15" model with a similar design and a few upgrades like NVIDIA 940MX graphics and a faster PCIe NVMe SSD. The Notebook 9 competes with the slightly heavier LG Gram and the significantly heavier Dell XPS 13. It's for those who are looking for the most compact and light 13" Ultrabook available without compromising on processing power. A full HD display, SSD and fast charging are standard.
This Windows 10 Ultrabook-convertible has a 15.6" 4K display, NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics, and the 2.7 GHz Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake dual core i7-7500U CPU. The 4.4 lb. 2-in-1 is one of the few big screen laptops with 360 degree hinges and an active digitizer pen in the box (N-Trig). The laptop has a lovely unibody aluminum design finished in dark ash silver with contrasting copper-gold accents.
LG's latest flagship phone makes great strides in design, and the G6 can now proudly hang with the big boys in the high end market. Clad in glass front and back with metal sides, the 5.7" Android phone is smaller than the 5.5" competition thanks to small bezels-- even those top and bottom ones that tend to be big on most smartphones. The LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Assistant on the Snapdragon 821 with 4 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. It has an ultra-widescreen 2880 x 1440 display with support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10. This is an in-depth first look since we're working with a pre-release unit.
The new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the convertible version of the popular XPS 13, this time with 360 degree hinges and active Wacom AES pen support. The Ultrabook looks nearly identical to the standard XPS 13, with a similar 2.7 lb. (1.24 kg) weight. The XPS 13 2-in-1 runs onIntel 7th generation Y series CPUs (the new name for Core M) rather than the 15 watt more powerful CPUs used in the standard XPS 13. It's available with glossy 1920 x 1080 and 3200 x 1800 Sharp displays and features a fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard and sturdy aluminum and carbon fiber design.
This is the late 2016 model with Intel Kaby Lake 7th generation dual core 15 watt CPUs. We look at the 15.6" model with NVIDIA 940MX 2GB GDDR3 graphics. It's also available in 11" and 14" sizes with Intel HD 620 graphics. The Yoga 710 sports a classy metal chassis and is relatively thin and light for a 15" convertible with 360 degree hinges (4.19 lbs / 1.9 kg). It's 18mm thin and works in traditional laptop mode as well as tablet, tent and presentation modes.
The Lenovo Yoga 910 has a 13.9" IPS touch screen and the Intel 7th generation Core i7-7500U CPU with Intel HD 620 graphics. Lenovo's redesign means this 3.04 lb. Ultrabook has a classier CNC aluminum chassis and a narrow 5mm bezel display. It's available with 8 or 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and a variety of PCIe SSD capacities. The Yoga 910 features Lenovo's attractive 360 degree watchband hinge and a larger than average display size for its footprint. The laptop has 3.5mm audio, a USB 3.0 type A port and two USB-C ports.
The 3rd generation Dell XPS 13 model 9360, the 13.3" Ultrabook with Infinity Display (super-skinny bezels) and the footprint of a 12" laptop, is refreshed with Intel 7th generation dual core Kaby Lake CPUs. The excellent aluminum and carbon fiber design and build hasn't changed, and that's fine with us. As ever it has a backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt 3 and a two display resolution options.
The late 2016 Alienware 17 R4 features much more powerful NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics and a slimmer design. NVIDIA GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards are available. The Alienware is slim for a gaming laptop at 1.18" but not terribly light at 9.74 lbs.. The laptop runs Windows 10 on Intel quad core 45 watt Core i7-6700HQ or Core i7-6820HK CPUs with up to 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM in two slots. It has an M.2 boot SSD (most configs are PCIe NVMe) and a 1TB 2.5 inch 7200 RPM HDD. This gaming and pro apps laptop has Killer WiFi and Ethernet, a Windows Hello IR camera and Tobii eye tracking. AlienFX lighting is standard with new external LEDs on the sides.
The Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 is the much improved successor to the Cintiq Companion 2. This is a purpose-built drawing tablet with a full Windows 10 Pro computer inside. It weighs 3.1 lb. and has a QHD 2560 x 1440 IPS display with an etched matte glass display, near zero parallax and improved color gamut (94% Adobe RGB). The machine starts at $1,500 and ships with dual core Intel Skylake 28 watt CPUs with Intel Iris 550 graphics, an SSD and an Intel RealSense 3D rear camera.
The most powerful laptop in Apple's lineup finally gets a refresh after rocking the same design since 2012. It's a controversial one though, that emphasizes thinness and lightness over pro features like faster dedicated graphics, more RAM and longer battery life. The Touch Bar 15" MacBook Pro runs OS X Sierra on the 2.6 GHz Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ, same as the Windows competition, and it's available with AMD Radeon 450, 455 and 460 graphics. It has 16 gigs of RAM and fast PCIe SSDs. The display gets a brightness and gamut bump and the trackpad is super-sized. This Mac has a low travel Butterfly keyboard, much like Apple's 12" ultra-ultra portable 12" MacBook.
Surface Studio is Microsoft's first desktop computer. It's not just a desktop PC, it's a specialized artist's and photographer's workstation with a 28" PixelSense IPS 5K display running at 4,500 x 3,000 resolution (192 PPI) that supports both touch and the included N-Trig Surface pen. The display's angle is easily adjustable down to 20 degrees (nearly flat) via the "zero gravity" hinge. The brains are in the base, and the all-in-one desktop is available with 6th generation Intel Core i5/ i7 45 watt laptop CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 965M or GTX 980M dedicated graphics.
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