Budget touch for notebook; Gadgets.
This budget, but surprisingly capable, notebook just misses out on being deemed an Ultrabook, but it feels far from bulky.
It's no slouch either, with a nippy 1.8Ghz Core i3-3217U processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk. While the glossy 11.6-inch screen squeezed into the classy metal chassis can't boast Full-HD or fancy IPS tech, it does still look satisfyingly sharp, with the touchscreen responsive and working great with Windows 8. There's no DVD drive, but you do get D-SUB and HDMI video outputs, two USB 2 ports, one USB 3 port, an SD Card reader and an Ethernet socket. The big compromise comes with battery life, with it conking out at a below average five-and-a-half hours with regular browsing.
p p i h Despite these gripes and its modest price, this is one of the best examples of a PC marrying a touchscreen with Microsoft's new operating system.