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Dell XPS 13 (2015) review

Dell's latest XPS 13 won our Best of Computing award at CES 2015. Now we have it in our office, and have put it through our rigorous tests. Is it as incredible as it seems at a glance, or are flaws hiding in the cracks? See Full Review »

Our Score 9
User Score 0
Our Score 9
User Score 9

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Acer Travelmate X313 Review

  • Thin and light
  • Keyboard case included
  • 128GB hard drive
  • Only one USB
  • Performance does not impress
  • Display is only 1366x768
  • Merely adequate battery life
  • $949 base MSRP is too much
Our Score 5
User Score 0

Dell XPS 13 (2014) Review

  • Strong, attractive chassis
  • Thin and light
  • Great 1080p display with record-setting contrast
  • Excellent battery life
  • Minimal bloatware
  • Warm and loud under load
  • Limited connectivity
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Toshiba Kirabook (2014) Review

  • Well-rounded performance
  • Thin and light
  • Display Utility software helps interface scaling
  • Doesn’t look the price
  • So-so keyboard
  • Short battery life
  • Poor value
Our Score 6
User Score 0

Acer C720P-2600 Review

  • Attractive black-and-white design
  • Pleasing keyboard and touchpad
  • Quick processor
  • Solid battery life
  • Good value
  • Low-quality 720p display
  • Weak speakers
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

HP Spectre 13t x2 Review

  • Solid build quality
  • Pleasing keyboard
  • Intuitive hinge and dock
  • High-quality 1080p touchscreen
  • Fast solid-state drive
  • Silent, cool operation
  • Lackluster processor performance
  • Disappointing battery life (as a tablet)
  • Heavy for its size
Our Score 8
User Score 6

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

  • Excellent input devices
  • High-resolution, matte touchscreen
  • Much-improved battery life
  • Runs cool and quiet, even under heavy load
  • Keyboard changes will irk many touch typists
  • Screen should be brighter
  • Sealed battery still stinks for many business…
Our Score 7
User Score 0

HP EliteBook 820 G1 Review

  • Durable construction
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Excellent software suite
  • 3-year warranty
  • Looks low-budget
  • Poor quality 1366x768 display
  • Lackluster battery life
  • Not a good value
Our Score 7
User Score 9

Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA Review

  • Solid build quality
  • Switching between Android and Windows is painless
  • Tablet is easy to dock and remove
  • Strong CPU performance
  • Heavy and bulky for its size
  • Battery life is average at best
  • Slow storage performance
  • Fidgety touchpad
  • Not a good value
Our Score 6
User Score 0

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