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Recommend a Win 8 tablet/laptop hybrid for business/web design?

  1. #111


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    Generally, the DPI settings and how it displays depends on the screen size and resolution. On the Surface Pro for example, its 1080p screen at 10.6 inches at its DPI defaults at 150 percent make it look similar to the Surface RT's resolution of 1366x736 at 10.6 inches with 100 percent default DPI. If you set the DPI around 175-200 percent on that kind of screen (the Surface Pro) you will in fact get things not to display properly. It works the same as in 7 and such.

    But on a 13 inch touchscreen at 1080p, I'd probably go for 150 percent; this will depend on how YOU feel it works best with touch however.

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    Asus is coming out with an i5 and an i7 tablet/laptop hybrid called the transformer book series. Look it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    f you set the DPI around 175-200 percent on that kind of screen (the Surface Pro) you will in fact get things not to display properly. It works the same as in 7 and such.
    It seems to me that Microsoft have a SERIOUS problem coming their way. Basically we all want that nice sharp, crisp text that a high resolution screen can give. BUT due do the way many programmes are written i.e. definining certain things but not others in *pixels* many interfaces break BADLY when you increase the text size DPI significantly e.g. to 200%, in fact many applications become un-usable.

    I find it strange that microsoft hasnt written a solution to this problem, because I understand that Apple has a way of changing JUST the text size and doing so in a very easy to use manner.

    I am amazed that the Surface Pro defaults to 150% text size because that will cause a lot of layout problems in a lot of applications and websites. Even applications like Dreamweaver and Xara will have problems and if you take it up to 200% my guess is that they will be unusable.
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  4. #114


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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Asus is coming out with an i5 and an i7 tablet/laptop hybrid called the transformer book series. Look it up.
    They look too heavy to me.
    e.g. Asus Transformer Book TX300CA is 4.2lbs (1.9Kg) and stupidly it's still using a HDD instead of SSD which will add weight and use up battery life.
    Asus Transformer Book TX300CA Specs - Laptops - CNET Reviews
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  5. #115


    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Asus is coming out with an i5 and an i7 tablet/laptop hybrid called the transformer book series. Look it up.
    They look too heavy to me.
    e.g. Asus Transformer Book TX300CA is 4.2lbs (1.9Kg) and stupidly it's still using a HDD instead of SSD which will add weight and use up battery life.
    Asus Transformer Book TX300CA Specs - Laptops - CNET Reviews
    It uses the SSD in the tablet portion. the HDD is in the keyboard docking station part.

    As far as heavy goes, what did you expect? You wanted something as powerful as an i5 or i7. So, they needed to put in fan and the necessary hardware that goes with it. You wanted a hybrid, so they needed to put in a docking station so the device can transform between a tablet and a laptop. You wanted a 13-14 inch device, so that's what you get. The glass alone should weigh significantly.

    This is as far as current technology goes. If you want something better, freeze yourself and wait 10 years or so. Or better yet, get an ipad.

    By the way, the "retina display" is just a gimmick. The human eye can't really tell that much of a difference between that pixel density and the typical HD pixel density. Last week, I let a woman who has the ipad 3 (the one with the retina display) try out my hp envy x2. I didn't say anything about the display, and she honest to goodness thought what I had was a retina display. I'm sure some people have sharp enough vision to tell the difference, but most people don't.
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    Dell vostros
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammystech View Post
    Dell vostros
    I'm not aware of any vostros hybrid.
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  8. #118


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    [QUOTE=goodintentions;231309]
    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Asus is coming out with an i5 and an i7 tablet/laptop hybrid called the transformer book series. Look it up.
    As far as heavy goes, what did you expect? You wanted something as powerful as an i5 or i7. So, they needed to put in fan and the necessary hardware that goes with it. You wanted a hybrid, so they needed to put in a docking station so the device can transform between a tablet and a laptop. You wanted a 13-14 inch device, so that's what you get. The glass alone should weigh significantly.
    Checkout the ASUS ZENBOOK™ Touch UX31A
    ZENBOOK Touch UX31A
    You get a choice of Core i7-3517U / Core i5-3317U, 13.3" 1920 x 1080 screen, 2 second resume time, and it only weighs 1.4Kg!
    You get a 256GB SSD and a "7+ hours" battery too.

    It's a laptop so you cant remove the keyboard but I'm not planning on removing the keyboard so that's no problem.

    BUT the problem is that you cant fold the screen back on itself to use in a Tablet type mode.
    Also RAM is ony 4GB and you cant add more which is NOT good.

    When wearing my readers I can easily tell the difference up to 400 pixels per inch.
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  9. #119


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    The latest Toshiba offering - the "Portege Z10t"
    Toshiba Portege Z10t Convertible Ultrabook Priced at $1,499, Sports Full HD 11.6-Inch Screen | GadgeTell
    is getting close to my spec:
    1080p IPS (matt, Wacom screen), Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, 256 SSD, 8GB RAM, 1.41Kg including keyboard, (0.90Kg without), SD card reader... backlit, spill resistant keyboard, even has a nice little track pointer nipple thing on the keyboard - which will please some of us Lenovo/ThinkPad users.

    My only real gripe is that at 11.6 inches the screen is physically just too darned small to do any serious work on - particularly at 1080p, which will presumably mean that the Windows Textsize will need to be set at at least 150%, possibly more. Also the keyboard is rather cramped too partly as a result, but partly because it wastes space at the edges...

    If only someone could build us something similar in functionality and weight but physically larger/wider - i.e. 13 to 15inches would suit me...
    Last edited by ship69; 31 May 2013 at 05:16.
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  10. #120


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    Blimey - Dell are launching an 11.6" notebook (the "XPS 11") with a 2560 x 1440 resolution.
    I love that high resolution (finally!) but I hate to think what Windows Textsize DPI percentage will be needed in order to make the text on the thing readable. 200% -more? In which case many/most applications & websites will become unusable.

    Dell takes on Lenovo's Yoga with its convertible XPS 11 Ultrabook/tablet | Digital Trends
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