Be happy to pick up a tab

TAB- BOOK Z160

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - JENNIFER DUD­LEY- NI­CHOL­SON

LG, $ 1499 lg.com.au

HY­BRID tablets will be hard to avoid this year if Computex pre­dic­tions prove cor­rect, and LG has one of the first and most com­pelling. The Tab- Book Z160 is a Win­dows 8 com­puter with a vivid 11.6- inch screen, a pow­er­ful engine and one com­pelling ex­tra: a gen­er­ously sized, slide- out key­board. The more pow­er­ful Z160 Tab- Book uses an In­tel Core i5 chip and 4GB RAM, putting it on par with Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Pro, as well as 120GB solid­state stor­age and con­nec­tions in­clud­ing a USB 3.0 and full- sized HDMI port. Its 1366x768 res­o­lu­tion screen is crisp, if re­flec­tive, and the is­land- style key­board is com­fort­ably or­gan­ised. Whether you can call the Tab- Book a true tablet, at 1.25kg with a 1.9cm thick­ness, is de­bat­able, but it’s a highly ca­pa­ble Ultrabook at min­i­mum.

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