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QOTW: Which laptop do you use?

by Parm Mann on 10 October 2014, 16:30

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Big-screen smartphones and low-cost tablets might be all the rage, but when there's work to be done, can either option really be considered a viable alternative to a proper laptop?

Though sales continue to decline, the industry's latest laptops appear to be better than ever. Thin-and-light designs are readily available, processor innovations continue to raise the bar for performance and battery life, and with convertible form factors, the newest machines are useful in more ways than one.

But if we had to pick out a bugbear with laptop PCs, it would be the niggling issues that are usually present in one form or another. You know what we mean... poor trackpads, real-world battery life that's far short of what's advertised, inferior displays and, on occasion, masses of bloatware.

For these reasons picking the right laptop can be quite a challenge. So for this week's question, we're asking: which laptop do you currently use, and how would you rate it? Share your answers using the comments facility below.

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My current laptop is an HP ProBook 6570b. I was worried it would be underpowered with an i3 processor, though I replaced the disk with an SSD from my previous laptop when I got it, and so I've never had any issues with the speed. It's not too large, so I don't mind lugging it about all day and the battery lasts reasonably well. My biggest complaint is the poor screen - the resolution is low for these days at 1366 x 768 and the viewing angles are really bad, so I'm forever moving the screen forwards and backwards. I'd score it 7/10.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.
Brilliant bit of kit. Good battery life, not noisy or hot, Touch works well and the folding into tablet etc is useful on the few occasions when I have needed it. Only complaint I have is the screen isnt great for colour accuracy, when doing photo work I cant use it as it messes up the yellows (and yes, I am running the fix that they released).
I ditched my laptop many moons ago. My Asus Nexus 7, HTC 1 smartphone, traditional Desktop and very very occasional use of an oldish Netbook cope with all my needs
Surface Pro (first generation). Managed to pick one up for less than Ā£400 earlier in the year when Microsoft were clearing out stock. I use my desktop for most things, but the Surface is perfect for meetings and travelling. The single position kickstand is a pain, but I've put a case on it which allows it to do many positions
Lenovo T420. Looks like a brick but runs great