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Is MacBook Pro the best Windows 8 laptop?

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MacBook Pro: the Best Windows 8 laptop

According to Soluto 13-inch Apple MacBook Prois the best laptop that could run on Windows 8 operating system. Saluto is the company known by cloud service helping to test computers focusing on testing of the operating systems.

MacBook Pro - 13-inch

MacBook Pro - 13-inch

Mac Book Pro competitors

Acer Aspire E1-571

Acer Aspire E1-571

Acer Aspire E1-571 got rank 2 and Dell XPS 13was third. Dell was also named as the most reliable manufacturer. Half of Dell notebooks were in the top ten of the ranking.

Dell XPS XPS13

Dell XPS XPS13

Soluto research is based on statistics of the 150 million notebooks in the period from January to March 2013. The evaluation criteria included the number of crashes, hangs, and “blue screen” for a week and the average boot time.
MacBook Pro typically comes with completely different operating system. Windows 8 was installed on MacBook Pro without any other third-party software.

Soluto analysts recognize that the comparison of indicators notebook with a clean Windows and Windows with a pile of pre-installed applications is not quite correct. However, their goal was to compare the real situation were a normal user buy a new laptop.

Notebook manufacturers should think about the fact that if they stopped clutter additional utilities Windows, the operating system would work much faster and more stable, and the user would be easier and more enjoyable to use the laptop, the report said.

MacBook Pro price

On the other hand, MacBook Pro would be the most expensive Windows-laptop. The price of MacBook Pro starts from $1199. This price does not include Windows OS license cost.For comparison, starting price of Acer Aspire laptop is $429.

Windows installation on MacBook Pro

Analysts also note that the installation of Windows on a Mac would be quite lengthy and complex process. Furthermore, the user may encounter lack of the Del key on the Mac keyboard and possible problems with hardware driver installation and so on. Among the same advantages can be added unrivaled build quality and impressive trackpad.

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Kirabook Retina laptops by Toshiba

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Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop

Toshiba has introduced a new premium brand of Retina laptops – Kirabook.
This is one of the first notebooks powered by Windows 8 and with Retina-like high resolution display. Kirabook is equipped by 13.3-inch 221 dpi display with resolution of 2560х1440 px.

13-inch MacBook Pro has resolution of 1560×1600.

Kirabook Competitors

Apple MacBook Pro

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display has resolution of 1560×1600.

Google Cromebook Pixel

Earlier this year Google released Chromebook Pixel 12.85-inch laptop with Retina like display of 2560×1700 px.  However Chromebook is powered by Chrome OS that is not yet gain a solid portion of OS market dominated by Windows and Mac.

Samsung Series 9 laptop

Samsung also promised to release the Series 9 laptop with 2560×1440 px Retina like display.

Toshiba Kirabook powered by Core i5/i7 processor and equipped by optional touch screen, Harmon Kardon audio, 256 GB SSD-drive and 8 GB of RAM.

From a technical point of view the screen resolution of KIRAbook slightly higher than the resolution of Apple and Google laptops.  However, an ordinary user is unlikely to notice any difference. The ost important feature of KIRAbook distinguishing it from other similar devices is support of the 10-point multi-touch display technology. Toshiba screen covered with thermal and impact resistant glass Corning Gorilla Glass.

 

Sales of Kirabook will start on May 12. Price range of Kirabook is from 1,600 to 2,000 dollars depending on configuration.

 

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Taichi ultrabook by ASUS – dual screen laptops

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Dual screen Taichi ultrabooks by ASUS became available for pre-orders a few days ago.

Taichi ultrabook by ASUSTaichi ultrabook by ASUS

The main eature of Taichi ultrabook is the presence of two displays. The first display has traditional location on the laptop but the second display is located on the front of the lid of the laptop. Both of them are touch screen displays and therefore Taichi could act as a tablet at the time when the lid is closed.

Taichi ultrabook comes with two 11.6-inch Super IPS displays with resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. There are built-in USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort and micro-VGA connectors as well as NFC module. Taichi ultrabooks are running on 64-bit Windows 8 Home Premium and equipped by a 5-cell battery that provides up to 5 hours of battery life.

Tere are two models of Taichi ultrabooks available. The first model powered by  Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB Solid State Drive has a price tag of  $1299. The second model of Taichi comes with Intel Core i7-3517U, 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB Solid State Drive is $300 more expensive. Sales of Taichi ultrabooks will start on October 26.

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Apple MacBook Pro – Retina screen models

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Author: vip15 inch MacBook Pro15 inch MacBook Pro 13 inch MacBook Pro MacBook Air

Apple presented a new thin MacBook Pro laptop with Retina screen on Monday, June 11 at the WWDC conference in San Francisco. The new MacBook has 15.4 inch display with resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixels at a density of 220 pixels per inch. The laptop models powered by quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processors Core i5 and Core i7 with frequencies of up to 2.7 GHz (up to 3.7 GHz in Turbo Boost mode), up to 16 gigabytes of RAM and up to 768 gigabytes of flash memory. Graphics of the new MacBook is managed by GeForce GT 650 M video card.
The new MacBook Pro equipped by SD memory slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and MagSafe interfaces. There are also the multi-touch trackpad and backlight keyboard.

The new MacBook Pro could run on the battery power for seven hours. The expected price of the laptop is $2199 U.S.

Apple also updated MacBook Air laptops. They also powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processor, could have up to 8GB of RAM and equipped by better performing graphics card. Prices on MacBook Air are not expected to change and will remain in range of $999 to $1099

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Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 ultrabooks – full HD touch screen

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Author: vipAcer Aspire S3 Acer Aspire S3 – current model

Acer introduced the new premium class  Aspire S7 ultrabooks.  Aser Aspire S7 line of products presented by 13.3 inch and 11.6 inch ultrabook models.

They are positioned as one of the most thinnest and compact  models of  ultrabooks.  Aser Aspire S7 ultrabooks have aluminum unibody case with the FullHD touch screen display capable for rotating on 180 degrees. Powered by last generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors and running on the latest Windows 8 operating system Acer Aspire  S7 ultrabooks are pretty attractable for business people and frequent travelers. Auto light adjusting backlit keyboard and up to 12 hours run time on the battery are additional benefits of Acer Aspire S7 ultrabooks.  Exact release date and  price of devices is not yet disclosed because of dependencies on the release date and cost of Microsoft Windows 8 operating system.

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