LAP­TOPS, PCs & 2-IN-1s

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HP ENVY CURVED ALL-IN-ONE (34-INCH) From US$1,729 | Avail­able now in US; AU TBC

There’s some­thing quite sat­is­fy­ing about all-in-one com­put­ers, and the new HP Envy with a 34-inch curved screen is look­ing to be a par­tic­u­larly sleek ad­di­tion to the field. With an el­e­gant flat dock, fea­tur­ing in­te­grated B&O speak­ers and a neat ra­dial dial for volume, the Envy seems to land between en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre and PC. The specs will vary, with 7th-gen i5 or i7 pro­ces­sors, up to 2TB HDD stor­age and other op­tion­als like wire­less charg­ing.

DELL XPS 13 2-IN-1 From $2,299 | Avail­able now

For the past few years at CES, we’ve looked to Dell’s XPS 13 as one of the dar­lings of the show, now they fi­nally took the next log­i­cal step and went hy­brid. The XPS 13 2-in-1 comes in a few dif­fer­ent flavours with the top-tier op­tion sport­ing QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800), 16GB mem­ory and 1TB of SSD stor­age. Much of the de­sign is car­ried over from its pre­de­ces­sor, with the wel­come ad­di­tion of sturdy steel hinges and the nearly bezel-free screen. See our full re­view on page 8 of this is­sue.


ASUS US$1,000; LG TBC | ASUS avail­able mid-2017 in US (AU TBC); LG avail­abil­ity TBA ASUS and LG have each coughed up new ‘light­est in class’ 14-inch note­books, and while they both hover around the 1kg mark, the ASUSPro B9440 tech­ni­cally loses out to the LG Gram 14 by around 80 grams. The ASUS comes in a sleek mag­ne­sium al­loy frame and sports an im­pres­sive Full HD, 14-inch screen given its small 13-inch form fac­tor; how­ever. it is not a touch­screen. The de­sign is quite strik­ing, and as you open the lid of the lap­top, an ex­tended sec­tion of the lid acts to lift the key­board, giv­ing it stylish and er­gonomic tilt. The LG is ac­tu­ally an im­proved ver­sion of an ex­ist­ing note­book, this time claim­ing a huge 24-hour bat­tery life (al­beit, us­ing decade-old, un­re­li­able bench­marks), as well as Full HD, IPS touch­screen. The Gram’s pric­ing and avail­abil­ity are yet to be an­nounced so it’s dif­fi­cult to com­ment on value; how­ever, we do know that it will ship in 13-, 14- and 15-inch va­ri­eties and of­fer a range of in­ter­nal specs.

LEN­OVO MIIX 720 2-IN-1 $1,399 | Avail­able mid-2017

The Len­ovo Miix 720 seems to have Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Pro 2-in-1 squarely in its sights. With a 12-inch QHD+ touch­screen (or 2,880 x 1,920 pix­els), up to a 7th-gen Core i7 pro­ces­sor and 16GB of mem­ory, the Miix is plenty pow­er­ful. Like the Sur­face Pro, it can seam­lessly morph from note­book to tablet; how­ever, the Len­ovo comes bun­dled with its key­board and an Ac­tive Pen 2 sty­lus ca­pa­ble of 4,096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity (four times that of the Sur­face).

Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro or Len­ovo Miix 720? An­swers at the end of the ar­ti­cle. (Just kid­ding. It’s Len­ovo.) The LG Gram 14 ‘light­est in class’ note­book will ship with a wide range of specs and sizes. En­vi­ous? The HP Envy curved all-in-one PC is highly cus­tomis­able.

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