The market is starting to fill up with laptops based on the new Core M processors Intel - And we make an order for you in the unique abilities and characteristics of each and every one of them
Slowly and relatively quietly, more and more devices based on the market are joining the market Intel's new Broadwell chip family, Promoting the 14-nanometer (and perhaps even revolutionary) message, centered on the notion that x86-core computers should no longer be physically different from ARM-based computers - impressively long battery life, silent passive cooling, and tiny dimensions are concepts that are becoming (or at least Pretend to become part of the lexicon of all kinds of ultrabooks, and this trend will continue to grow. Already in the not-too-distant future with the launch of a second 14-nanometer processor generation.
So if you plan to purchase yourself Mobile In the near future and even if not - we are here to tell and explain what the major players in the market have to offer.
Panasonic Let's Note RZ4 - the smallest there is
The Panasonic device will probably not be seen in stores in the country and in general will be difficult to obtain outside the borders of Japan, but it is worth mentioning here due to an almost impossible weight of 750 grams. True, this is a mobile with only a 10.1-inch screen (IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels) - but when was the last time you saw a mobile with a processor? Core Does 200 weigh more than a tablet? Exactly, never.
The RZ4 Offers data that is not bad at all with its size with a dual core M-5Y10 chip, 4GB RAM, drive SSD Of 128GB and a axis that rotates 360 degrees to the "tablet" mode, in the style of the yoga devices of Lenovo. The main drawback of the device, except for a rather awful aesthetic, is the start-up price tag of 1,500 dollars. In Japanese it seems to sound better.
Asus Transformer Book T300FA - Popular
Asus continues its tradition, and alongside luxury devices from the Zenbook family, it also offers discounted and affordable devices (more or less - everything is relative) under the Transformer Book branding. The current offering is a hybrid laptop (also known as 2in1 due to its ability to function both as a tablet for everything and as a standard laptop) with the cheapest Core M-5Y10 chip from the Broadwell family featuring a pair of 2.1GHz maximum processing cores and a built-in HD graphics core Graphics 5300, 12.5-inch screen based IPS panel with a modest resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels, 4GB of RAM, system Windows 8.1 and 30 watts-hours.
The tablet component itself is quite light and thin with a weight of a little over 800 grams and a thickness of about ten millimeters, but the keyboard component with its mechanical hard drive doubles the total weight, adds 14 millimeters to the thickness and makes the device much less "ultrabook"
Asus chose an unusual array of storage space The T300FA, With chip eMMC with 64GB on the central tablet and a 1TB hard drive located on the keyboard / docking station. The result is flash memory storage (relatively fast) for the operating system and software, and a slow hard drive for media files and the like. Mobile based on Cooling Passive, but because of the reliance on hard drive It is not completely silent unfortunately.
According to online records, the Transformer Book T300FA suffers from drawbacks such as medium minus battery life and considerable warming during prolonged use, but on the other hand enjoys a starting price of only $ 600 which makes it the cheapest Core M device on the market and one that competes directly with iPad Air 2 - An interesting place where we did not really see devices based chip Family ofCore Previously.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro - Like a Swiss watch, sort of
The first Core M device to come to the stores And that created the most significant buzz Was the third version of the laptop from Lenovo which Created with his own hands The trend of mobile convertibles that can become a kind טאבלט By turning the keyboard in 360 degrees).
A new generation, a new approach: this time Lenovo Trying to capture the premium mobile market
The third generation of the successful device emphasizes an upgraded and unique build quality whose highlight is a lighter and thinner hinge made of hundreds of parts similar to a quality watch strap. Another highlight is a high-quality 13.3-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 3200 × 1800 pixels, and it also offers a dual-core Core M-5Y70 chip with a maximum frequency of 2.6GHz and a built-in graphics core model HD Graphics 5300, 8GB RAM, internal storage Based SSD 2GB or 256GB M.512, 44.8-watt-hour battery, system Windows 8.1, a corporate audio system JBL And more.
on the paper The Yoga 3 Pro Looks like a very impressive otterbock, but a high starting price of 1,300 dollars plus moderate reviews that talked about my life battery Disappointments, non-ideal performance and human engineering that is lacking in a number of points make it a good example of the whole jar thing and what’s inside that the famous proverb speaks of.
HP Envy X2 15 - Big Brother
The largest Core M device we've seen so far comes from HP, which continues to try and develop its prestigious home-made Envy brand. The updated model of the hybrid laptop offers a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels and a certain flexibility in the choice of processor (Core M-5Y10 or Core M-5Y70 plus a considerable price of $ 150) and RAM capacity (4GB or 8GB) ). A significant disadvantage of the device comes in the volume segment with a hybrid hard drive with a volume of 500GB and speed 5400RPM plus cache memory based on flash chips with a volume of 16GB - without the possibility of upgrading in volume or drive SSD "True".
The Envy X2 15 Comes with a slightly weird docking station keyboard with a large touchpad on the right (where you'd expect to find the Numpad) and a rear stand that can be adjusted to a variety of angles - just like in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. Four speakers with audio upgrades from the Beats company and a generous 50 watt-hour battery complete the picture and give the device life. battery But also the weight and thickness of a non-overexposive 2.45 kilogram and 25 millimeters (or 1.8 kilograms and 15 millimeters when it comes to a tablet).
The Envy X2 15 includes some puzzling decisions on the part of HP Which spoils the end result, but with a starting price tag of $ 900 ($ 750 now, as part of a sale) it is still an interesting offer for those looking for a quiet device, with a large screen and a variety of usage configurations.
If the Envy X2 15 works for you, but not perfectly, HP also has a small brother called Envy X2 13 Which carries a starting price tag of 950 dollars (now 800 dollars in operation) and offers drives SSD (For a change), an IPS screen with a resolution of 1366 × 768 if the option to upgrade to 1080p resolution and a reduced battery with a capacity of 33 watt-hours. The Envy X2 13 enjoys absolute quiet work and improved performance thanks to the use of drives SSD, But maintains a healthy weight of 1.8 pounds (or 1.25 pounds for your tablet only).
Asus Zenbook UX305 - For those who are not interested in gimmicks
The second Asus device on the list is the one and only that belongs to the old school (roughly), without hinges that make a full turn, without docking stations and the like - this is a "classic" ultrabook that tries to conquer the target audience with quality design at a reasonable price. The UX305 Offers a thin aluminum body in the design and colors that have become the hallmark of the Zenbook family, as well as a 13.3-inch screen with an IPS panel with 1920 × 1080 resolution or QHD + resolution of 3200 × 1800 pixels, Core M-5Y10 chip, 4GB or 8GB RAM. , Based storage volume SSD The M.2 interface and the 45-watts-hour battery, which should last ten hours.
The Zenbook UX305 offers dimensions very similar to those of the Yoga 3 Pro, in the form of a weight of about 1.2 kilograms and a thickness of only 12.3 millimeters. Here, too, comes the punch line of the Asus - while the basic model of the Ultrabook is from home Lenovo Ascending 1,300 USD, the UX305 will be offered a cost of starting from 800 USD. The specification will naturally not be as advanced as that of Lenovo, But it's nice when there's an option to get a product in a very similar package for $ 500 (!) Less, and at the same time it seems that those interested will be able to equip the devices of Asus In the same standard as the Yoga 3 Pro for an additional fee.
Acer Aspire Switch 12 - Strange Chicken
Acer has already proved it to us On several occasions That it has what it takes to create Unique and interesting computers. The end result was not always good, but at least there was a vision. All this is hard to say about the deviceCore The first M of the Taiwanese company.
The 12 switch Is trying to do something unique with a design that gives 5 different modes of use (such as a hybrid mobile with an axis that moves in 360 degrees, but with another option to divide the keyboard component in half with one part being used as a class and the other being a wireless keyboard to use as a tiny desktop) Doing so with relatively weak specs that includes chip Core M-5Y10, MEMORY RAM In the 4GB volume, storage With a capacity of 60GB or 120GB, which is probably based on eMMC chips, and especially a plastic design with no uniqueness that did not really convey quality to the early experimenters.
The most powerful feature in the platform of The 12 switch Is without a doubt its 12.5-inch screen, with a zero-Gap 1080p IPS panel to create a minimal distance between it and its cover, which is a cover Gorilla Glass Durable of Corning.
Acer has not yet disclosed how much their device will cost, but we very much hope it will be at least as low as the Transformer Book T300FA of Asus, Which will allow the Aspire Switch 12 to be competitive despite the relative drawbacks.
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi - The luxury version of the T300FA with a WQHD screen, a thin metal body and a compatible (probably) luxury price.
Toshiba Portege Z20t - Ultrabook-turns-hybrid tablet with 12.5-inch IPS screen and FullHD resolution and with battery Both on the tablet and in the dock-keyboard component that are supposed to give it life battery Impressive up to 16 hours.
Dell Latitude 13 7000 Business Ultrabook hybrid hybrid with 13.3-inch screen based on IPS panel with FullHD resolution, סוללות On the device and keyboard and a business price tag (that is, expensive) that starts with 1,200 dollars.
Asus Transformer Book V - A puzzling concept of Asus that includes an Android-based smartphone and a compatible sealed chip of Intel, Which can be inserted into a tablet in which an additional material array is based on a running Core M chip Windows - When the end result is a hybrid Ultrabook integrated smartphone that can be both an Android computer and a computer Windows. The general mood in the market indicates that very few consumers will want an Android-based laptop when they have the ability to get one with a system WindowsBut maybe Asus You'll be able to convince us that this is exactly what we always wanted, and we did not even know about it.
HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Compatible with MacBook Air's HP Including a rugged aluminum body and featherweight, and will fight the hearts of businessmen (those who are willing to consider choosing Windows over MacOS, anyway) against Dell and Toshiba offerings.
In conclusion - sometimes good things come slowly
There is no dispute that the New York-Core The first M have revolutionary features in the category - most offer a number of different and efficient use modes (as a laptop, as a tablet, as a stand-alone tablet), most will not even tweet in any situation, most offer dimensions that were considered imaginary for a laptop until recently and some even pay off . Even so, if you do not feel the urge to buy yourself a device Broadwell New and shiny at the moment - maybe you should still wait a bit longer.
Some reviews of the first 14nm computers noted surprising battery life, overheating and especially aggressive frequency lowering mechanisms that resulted in less performance even in basic operations - this may be just a local problem (some critics were actually very impressed with the first representatives of the new generation of Ultrabooks), but we are already Know That Intel is preparing new Corem 4 models for the beginning of next year Which are supposed to provide more consistent performance and also address a wider range of price categories.
Even if it is a "panic" without real foundation, it seems that waiting a few more months to get some more opinions and answers to the question marks floating in the air will help most consumers make a decision and make a smarter purchase.
Who is the Mobile-Core M that impressed you so far? Are you planning to join the 14 nanometer era? You are welcome to tell us in comments!