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LEN­OVO X1 CAR­BON TOUCH

There isn’t re­ally a clear win­ner at first glance, but the Len­ovo X1 Car­bon won us over with its su­pe­rior dis­play, slim pro­por­tions and over­all solid per­for­mance. Its WQHD dis­play gives it a high pixel-per-inch count that is great for both read­ing doc­u­ments and max­i­miz­ing screen real es­tate, with ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles for group meet­ings and pre­sen­ta­tions. Its setup also min­i­mizes your need for an ex­tra don­gle or adapter; when re­quired to project to a larger screen, it has both a Mini Dis­playPort and HDMI slot, and you can also in­sert a mi­croSIM card for 4G con­nec­tiv­ity. But all these fea­tures come at a cost of bat­tery life. On the plus side, Len­ovo RapidCharge tech­nol­ogy can bring it back to 80% in just an hour.

TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z30T

Even though the Portege Z30t is priced below the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, its specs are com­pa­ra­ble and we like the porta­bil­ity of this ma­chine. It may be more com­pact in a 13.3-inch body, but it pro­vides a good pixel-per-inch count to­gether with a Full HD dis­play. It is also the light­est among the com­pe­ti­tion and al­most as slim as the Len­ovo X1 Car­bon. It touts a unique ‘Mag­ne­sium Sil­ver’ fin­ish (we think it leans more to­wards gold) and keeps a low pro­file with the brand­ing lo­cated at the bot­tom cor­ner. It has no lack of ports as well, with three USB 3.0 ports ac­com­mo­dat­ing a mouse, an ex­ter­nal hard drive and flash drive com­fort­ably. Its bat­tery life is not too bad ei­ther, giv­ing you great value for money.

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