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Laptop | February 2012
eDItor In cHIef
Buying a laptop is kind of like buying a new car. You want
the latest and greatest technology without being taken
for a ride. At the same time, you want the machine to fit
your personality. Are you looking for something that’s
affordable but has plenty of room for all your stuff? or something that’s sleek and fast?
Whatever your needs, our annual notebook buyers’ guide has the answers.
those shopping for a straightforward Pc for everyday computing—surfing the web,
etc.— c an now pick up a good notebook for about $500. these are the solid and
dependable sedans of the laptop world. our guide (p. 56) will tell you exactly what
you’ll get for your money, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
the most exciting category right now is ultrabooks, the notebook equivalent of
electric-powered sports cars. Designed to compete with the macBook Air, these
machines have super-slim profiles, wake up almost as soon as you open the lid, and
last nearly all day on a charge. the first few ultrabooks we tested fell short, but newer
entries from Dell and HP impress.
the number of mobile pros leaving their laptop behind in favor of an iPad is small
but growing, thanks in part to the versatility of icloud and the increasing number of
business-friendly apps. to help you be more productive with the mini cooper of the
computing world, we’ve reviewed the latest iPad keyboard cases (p. 84) evaluating
design, comfort, and performance.
Prefer Android? the convertible-like Asus eee Pad transformer Prime not only
comes with an optional keyboard, but offers quad-core power. check out our full
review on p. 24.
If you’re looking to kindle some romance heading into Valentine’s Day, you’ll find
a willing and able digital cupid in today’s location-based dating apps. these services
let you see who’s around you, broadcast your interests, and strike up a conversation
via chat. But these apps also raise concerns about security and privacy. turn to p. 62
to get the full scoop.
In a way, we’re always playing the role of digital matchmaker, helping pair you up
with the best mobile products. But we also want to make sure you get the most out of
what you already own. our five signs of a sick Pc (p. 86) and top 10 kindle fire tips
(p. 88) are just two examples. Like any good car salesman, we know the relationship
doesn’t end when you drive off the lot.
edward d. brown
editor in chief Mark spoonauer
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