Friday, October 31, 2014

Lenovo U430p Laptop Computer

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430p gets the best mobility mark of all notebooks at the present time. The battery life is very good and compared to other devices it's a true lightweight. On top of everything the price-performance ratio is excellent as well. Under office conditions it reaches a magnificent result of 11:33 hours. Only the Acer Aspire E5-521-63U8 holds out a quarter-hour longer. Therefor the 15.6 inch Acer weighs about one pound more than the Lenovo IdeaPad. The IdeaPad U430p weight of 3.7 pound is on the other hand pretty much ideal. Even the other 14 inch laptops have in most cases a higher weight.

Apart from that the Lenovo doesn't really stand out in any category and offers for the most part a common notebook. It comes off best at ergonomics: 1.1 sone maximum noise pollution is a superb value. In addition to that the metal case offers a noble design and the pleasant keyboard allows fluid tapping.

The anti-glare display with 1.366 x 768 pixel resolution and a pretty weak maximum brightness isn't too impressive. On the other hand the equipment inclusive the Intel Core i5-4210U with integrated graphic unit, 500 GB hybrid hard drive and 8 GB of internal memory are very formidable.

No other notebook with this kind of performance and equipment is this low priced. It's already available for the price of $650 and therefor gets a great cost-benefit ratio from us. With this the new IdeaPad would be a good choice for those users who appreciate long batter life and at the same time for those who don't want to pay for an expensive high tech notebook.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/B 11.6-Inch Laptop

As a 11.6 inch version the Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/B has a natural advandage regarding the mobility compared to most other notebooks. Also the battery life has shown great potential during our tests. Along with it the Mini can score additionally with the excellent Apple typical ergonomics. However, the manufacturer was somewhat stingy with the equipment.

Those who need a very compact mobile computer, won't be able to go past the newest Air: the 1.6 centimeters flat contestant with its 11.6 inch display diagonal has a weight of 1.1 kilograms. In addition it possesses far above average battery life.While using it in the office we measured 9:12 hours; only very few competitors can top this values. Together with its low weight we came to the conclusion that the Apple MacBook Air 11.6 inch is right now the second best notebook next to the Lenovo IdeaPad U430p regarding mobility evaluation.

Its strong ergonomics evaluation the Apple notebook doesn't just earn by its careful processing. Also the quiet background noise gives many value points. While about one third of the current top list devices with a value of 2.0 sone can substantially irritate the user, the Apple Air doesn't go above 0.8 sone. Depending on surroundings this can practically mean absolute silence working mode. This is even more astonishing when we consider that this device has a very good computing power. The Intel Core i5 of the fourth generation who is integrated in the Air may only have 1.4 GHz clock frequency, yet the whole performance of the Apple notebook lies far above the average, not least thanks to the support by a fast 128 GB SSD.

The small display can't compare qualitatively to other top notebooks. Certainly, the pixel density may be pretty high and the maximum brightness is excellent. However, the contrast is relatively very low and also the strong mirror effects lead to a devaluation. With the equipment Apple appears really thrifty. The 128 GB SSD is the smallest mass storage among the higher rated notebooks. 4 GB of internal memory together with only 2 USB ports are the absolute minimum. Besides, a HDMI connection as well as an optical drive is missing. Still the Apple mini reaches a good price-performance ratio.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Convertible Ultrabook Tablet

More efficient processors and a new hinge make the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro into a versatile and light travel companion. Convertibles are devices which unite a notebook and tablet in one and the same case. They are equally useful as much as they are adaptable. This way you don't have to lug around two devices. Next to the functionality the look is important as well. It's not just the pleasure of having two different devices in one, rather it's that the whole Ultrabook looks very elegant and it's pretty light. Lenovo wants to offer all these attributes with the Yoga 3 Pro to his customers, but can the Windows 8 device really convice? Let us see what our test says.

A sticking point by the development of a thin notebook is the hinge: after all it has to connect the keyboard and the display successfully. Therefore the hinges are usually pretty thick by the most convertibles. Therefore the hinges are usually very thick by the most convertibles. Not least because there are contacts accommodated which supply power and data to the display. These connections under no circumstances are supposed to be disconnected. More than ever when the display of the Yoga 3 Pro for the pure tablet mode is able to rotate for 360 degrees. Lenovo has used a chain mail made of 813 components and integrated it into 6 main hinges. The consequence: the construction height of the yoga shrinks for about 12.8 millimeters - a good value for a convertible.


As a new powertrain Intel integrates a power saving Core M processor 5Y70 from the current Broadwell. He is not just supposed to save battery life but he also doesn't need any fancy cooling against overheating. The bonus effect was that you could save some additionally space as well without the need of a big cooler. The 2 core works in standard mode with 1.1 GHz and with turbo boost technology for let's say strenuous usage like the video editing he can go up to 2.6 GHz. The processor has 8 gigabytes of internal memory available. Any less wouldn't be good at all. Operating system, programs and data can be saved on a fast SSD, which offers up to 512 GB memory depending on the Yoga version.


With a weight of only 1.190g and a thin construction of 12.8 millimeter height the Yoga 3 Pro feels pleasantly lightly and graceful at the same time. The used material is top level and the display is the real deal. Yet, you can't expect too much from the processor, but that alone can't overshadow all its good points.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nvidia Shield Tablet LTE

Mobile fun and games. Thanks to the LTE Cat 4 module this top level model can be used for mobile gaming under way. Furthermore Nvidia provides the double amount of flash memory, which works even faster on our tested device.

For an additional upcharge of 100$ one receives the Icera i500 chip from Nvidia, which can be 2G, 3G or 4G (LTE Cat 3 with 100 MBits, theoretically also Cat 4 with 150 MBits). In some regions the Shield Tablet also supports telephone functions. Unfortunately our tested model did not have pre-installed any fitting software. In the following test report we will show the changes of the Wi-Fi model. The Icera i500 is a software steered modem which can reach category 3 according to the Shield Tablet LTE (Cat 3 until 100 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload). During the launch events we had the opportunity to test the Shield Tablet with two different LTE providers. In spite of relative bad reception (0-1 lines according to Android) we reached on average a Ping of 60 ms, 23 Mbps download (maximally 52 Mbps) and 8 Mbps Upload (maximally 21 Mbps). According to Icera in the practice up to 70 Mbps were possible (close to the radio cell, no Sharing). Nvidia also showed during the event that one can play games online via LTE without any problems. We didn't notice any disconnections or lags. Also the 3G reception was stabil with date rates of 40 ms Ping, 4.5 Mbps download and 2.4 Mbps Upload. 

Somewhat surprisingly is the clearly better performance of the 32 GB version in the storage tests of the AndroBench 3. Especially the results of the writing test are much higher than with the WiFi version. With that the LTE version has positioned itself among the fastest Android devices (tablets and smartphones) in the AndroBech 3. 


The headset port of our LTE tested device shows itself during a train journey prone to failure. Regularly one could hear disturbances how they usually appear with badly shielded devices when a call is in progress. Whether now it was the fault of the nearby smartphone or of the LTE chip is something we couldn't find out. However, in the office we didn't notice any disturbances.


The LTE variant of the Shield Tablet offers not only an additional radio chip, but through the faster and double as big flash memory it also offers an surplus value in everyday usage. Since demanding Android games become bigger and bigger (Real Racing 3, e.g. 1.3 GB), the tested variant is not only recommended for user who need a wireless modem, but also for real game lovers. Furthermore the LTE version inherits the strengths and weaknesses of the WiFi version. Unique features like the game streaming and integrated game recording, the impressive performance of the Tegra K1, the color calibrated display, the good working DirectStylus2 Shift only have to face the average material choice, stability and battery life. However, if we take the price point into account it is a fair deal. Because of that we can see a steady growing audience of Android gamers.

Acer Aspire E15 ES1-511-C59V Notebook Review

The advantages of the Aspire can be quickly summarized: It is available for little money (compared to other notebooks) and offers very long batter life. Can one make a mistake buying it?

The Aspire ES1 511 is equivalent to the Packard Bell Easynote TF71BM-C8R1. Even its low price the Easyenote has cut a fine figure and additionally he was able to convince with his long battery life as well. Will the Aspire be able to keep pace with his competitors? Let us see what our test report says.

Competitors of the Aspire are all 15.6 inches notebooks in the price area of approximately 300€/381$.  These include next to the Easynote, for example the Asus X551MAV-SX391B, the Lenovo B50-30, the Lenovo Ideapad G50-45 and last but not least the Acer Aspire E1-532.

How we already said the Aspire is equivalent to the Packard Bell Easynote TF71BM-C8R1. Optically they only differ by the keyboard overprint. Another difference is found with the operating systems. While the Easynote works with Windows 8.1 with Bing (64Bit), the Aspire Linpus uses Linux as its operating system.

With the Aspire ES1-511-C50C Acer offers a very cheap office notebook in the 15.6 inches format.  The computer is suitable for the areas of Office, Internet and video playback.


Even if the numbers of processors of the Easynote TF71BM-C8R1 and the Aspire suggest only a minimal differences, the differences falls out more largely. While the Easynote is equipped with a 2 core processor, the Aspire comes with a 4 core processor. With multi thread applications the Aspire loads twice as fast than the Packard Bark notebook. This 4 core processor is called Celeron N2930 (Bay Trail). The CPU works with a basic speed of 1.83 GHz. Enabling the turbo speed we can go up to 2.16 GHz. The TDP is about 7.5 watts.

Graphic Card

The graphic core of the Aspire comes from Intel and carries the designation HD Graphics. He supports DirectX 11 and works at speeds up to 854 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark Benchmarks are as to be expected. At the same time they show that the GPU is part of the lower performance chart.Comparable notebooks on AMD basis - like the Lenovo Ideapad G50-45 offer notable more graphic performance. So the Radeon R4 who is installed in the Ideapad (Beema) core reaches in the 3D Mark 2011 Benchmark a more than three times higher result as the Intel graphic core. 

Gaming Performance

CPU and GPU of the Aspire were not created for the illustration of costly 3-D games. Only a small number of games reach fluid frame rates on the Aspire. And even then only with low resolution and low quality settings. However, games from the Windows Store don't cause any issues. 


As a conclusion for the Aspire E 15 ES1-511 we can say that it is very cheap. You won't find many devices for such a low price. Therefor it's main tasks will be Office, Internet and video playback. This model has showed a pretty good battery life. Also it has a solid keyboard and a mat screen, but we should add the fact that the display only offers a limited brightness. At least the contrast values are pretty good. Compared to other notebooks in his price range it has an excellent processor especially useful for users who need multi thread computing power.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Motorola Moto X Developer Edition

Always a friendly ear. Motorola gives his flagship an upgrade and at the same time it sticks to proved virtues. The speech control is going to be developed even further. Additionally, a strong Snapdragon 801 as well as a 13 MP camera will be integrated. Through the Moto maker the smartphone can be individually designed and also it makes the usage of exclusive materials like real wood and leather possible.

Motorola has remolded the Moto X and has improved it significantly towards his predecessor. While the flagship smartphone of the first generation still had to get along with a Snapdragon S4 Per, 1.5 GB RAM, a 720p display and a 10 MP camera the technical specifications are going to be adapted to the current state, while at the same time it won't be set to a superlative level. The good working Snapdragon 801 is pretty fast, but it's not the top product of the house Qualcomm. The Full HD panel may be appropriate towards the 5.2 inches display diagonal, yet it's not on the same level as the Quad HD resolution of a LG G3. Instead of focusing too much on the technical superlative Motorola focuses on making the new Moto X more user friendly. A clear plus point for this smartphone is its individual scope for design, which can't be found by any of his competitors.

The Motorola Moto X case was completely revised, while at the same time they kept the ergonomic form. The backside is curved and on the exterior edges it's only 3.8 millimeters thick. Towards the middle of the smartphone it's thickness grows up to 9.9 millimeters. The weight is about 145 grammes which perfectly fine.

What we did like very much about the Moto X is that you can individually arrange the Motorola if you order on their online website. The front side is available in black and in white.The choice for the backside is somewhat more tricky. Here the customer can pick between 17 different synthetic materials and four different leather respectively wood backsides. Also the loudspeaker elements and the ring around the Motorola logo can be designed in different colors. Same as with Apple the device can be engraved individually.

The Qualcomm Adreno 330 takes care for an outstanding graphic acceleration of the Moto X. The Adreno can provide enough power for all titles in the Google Play Store, without any details being reduced. Also current games like the Fifa 15: Ultimate Team or the Asphalt 8 can run without any problems. 

The good touchscreen and the faultlessly working sensors take care that the game fun is put to an optimum.

The Motorola Moto X of the second generation represents a successful and consistent progression off his predecessor. With its high quality equipment it is now playing in the upper class, even thought it lacks the technical superlative. Much more this smartphone convinces with its flexible scope of design. No other competitor does use the speech control the way the Motorola Moto X does and thus makes contactless operating of an smartphone possible and accessible. That kind of innovation is something we really like.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MSI GT72 (GTX 980M) Notebook Review

Small update, big effect. MSI reintegrates in the GT72 from now on the brand new first grade models from Nvidia's Maxwell generation. We will be explaining in details how the GeForce GTX 980M can make itself stand out compared to his predecessor in terms of temperature, the energy consumption and the sound intensity.

To think big was probably the slogan while making these updates for the MSI GT72. If we take for example our test device. While the processor still turns out conventionally (Core i7-4710HQ), are 32 GByte DDR3-RAM and two TByte data storage more than lavish. MSI combines more than four M.2-SSDs into one RAID-0-compound who is accompanied by a classic HDD. A Blu-ray burner and a mat full HD panel are of course also on board.

Market leader Maxwell architecture from Nvidia takes care of games and other 3D applications. What we have seen from testing, it is very fast and efficient. In combination with the rich accessories the MSI has a high price tag. 

Although the measured values are somewhat worse than by the last test device, the panel types are identical. The CMN N173HGE-E11 (with the Chi most N173HGE-L11 related) despite some weaknesses belongs to the better TN representatives. Next to the attractive black even the contrast convinces. 910:1 are respectable and guarantee an excellent playback of movies and games.

 Point of View MSI GT72


In spite the high price of this notebook MSI integrates only the "basic model" of the COre i7 series. With 2.5-3.5 GHz the Core i7-4710HQ stays behind the i7-4810MQ (2,8-3,8 GHz). While the MQ-CPU can be exchanged if required, the HQ models are firmly connected with the main board.
Apart from that there is no reason for objection. Intel's Haswell generation (22m) is still up to date and notable more efficient than his competition from AMD.

Graphic Card

Probably the most important adaptation concerns the dedicated graphic chip. Instead of the GeForce GTX 880M (GK104 on Kepler basis) the GTX 980M (GM204) does the work. Nvidias latest high level model, that origins from the Maxwell generation, possesses again over a 1536 shader units and a 4-8 GByte big GDDR5 video storage, who is been tied through a 256 bit connection.

Advantage number 1 of our tested product is that depending on the load this 28 nm device can reach up to 1127 MHz (standard: 1038 MHz). While at the same time the GTX 880M only reaches ~954 MHz, what results in a loss of 10%. Further performance increases arise by the improved architecture. Compared to Kepler Maxwell works much more efficiently. 

Gaming Performance 

In the game environment the difference isn't really big compared to the competition, at least not as much as it is with the synthetic Benchmarks. Starting from our ultra setting (1920 x 1080, max. details, edge smoothing) our test device can put a difference of 30 % to the GTX 880M and 55-65% to the GTX 870M respectively R9 M290X. With the GeForce GTX 970M passionate gamer won't make anything wrong.

GT72 offers enough performance to play nearly any game at max. settings. Only Risen 3 that behaves very strangely with numerous notebooks, didn't want to go over 40 fps. Otherwise the GTX 980M can handle demanding titles like Battlefield 4, Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 3 und Ryse: Son of Rome without any problems.


MSI keeps working with its proved concept. Understandable, if we consider that you had to search really hard to find any big mistakes with the first GT72. Of course we can argue about certain details (batteries not accessible, no optimus touchpad with "rubber surface", limited Wi-Fi). Yet, these things can't have a big influence on the excellent overall presentation of this high end notebook.

MSI created a classic top level notebook whose dual fan system takes care of stress free gaming marathons. The whole project is supported by a great sound combo and a high contrast TN panel. Other highlights are the richly equipment. No matter if connections, upgrades or extension possibilities: The GT72 present itself very customer oriented. The volume and the temperatures are also passable.

Optically the 17 inches power horse presents itself as a rough diamond. The aluminum cover and the illuminated keyboard increase the quality impression. Altogether we can pronounce a clear purchase recommendation.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series Review

Dell really makes a lasting impression with the 7000 Series. A good case with stylish surfaces and sufficient stability paired with the still rare concept of the 360 degree hinge makes the Dell Inspiron a real eyeturner. There are very few competitors who can compete with this product in the same price league. The display is much brighter than the Lenovo Yoga 2 13 or the Asus Transformer Book T300LA. The performance is where it should be, yet we missed a SSD.

Who searches for an alternative for the Lenovo Yoga 2 or for those who expect a little bit more from their notebook the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series might be the right choice.

Toshiba Portege Z10t-A2111 Ultrabook/Tablet Review

The Toshiba Z10t is an efficient Windows 8 convertible. With his Core i7-CPU it plays in its own league, compared to other multi mode devices like the Atom powered ElitePad 1000 G2 with passive cooling and a much longer run time. Those of you who have high performance demands for a tablet will be satisfied with the Portege Z10t for the daily use. 

This performance has it's price. In this case "fan sound" and sale price. While operating the Z10t generates a clear fan sound and with a price of $1799 for a comparable equipment the convertible lines up with other high end ultrabooks.

Although the hardware of the Portege is amongst the better ones, the Z10t will have a hard time considering the price compared to other business tablets. At least until the price doesn't drop in the future. Even so the internal highly competitive hardware, the mat display and its adaptable connection possibilities of the Toshiba are a good reason to buy this product.

Asus Zenfone 5 Smartphone Review

With the Zenfone 5 Asus expends its smartphone assortment for a high performance 5 inch entry level model. In addition it offers very good features considering the price of this product. Some of the highlights next to the current Android 4.4.2 with ZenUI extension are a LTE radio module, the HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and a scratch proof surface made of corning gorilla glass 3, together with a good 8 megapixel camera. During testing the Zenfone 5 convinces with long battery life, low operating temperatures and fast reactions.

Those who play a lot of games with their smartphone, should probably keep their fingers of the Zenfone 5. At the current time the offered application and game performance is entirely sufficient, but because of the pretty weak performance of the graphic chip Adreno 305 their is not much room for improvement. The internal memory with 8GB is pretty limited itself and if we consider that actually there are only 3.7 GB free it is far from optimal.

Our conclusion about this smartphone is still positive. The Zenfone 5 was presented with the Design Award and as a entry level device it's price is hard to beat. While testing it shows only a few weaknesses.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) is an outstanding smartphone. The material choice gets a revaluation with the metal frame and thus makes it a real eyecatcher. The Snapdragon 805 offers a great performance, but the throttling of the Adreno 420 can be very annoying under decent load. It will be interesting if the variant SM-N910C with Samsung 64-Bit processor Exynos 5433 and ARM Mali T760 will have the same issues.

The Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution from the Note 4 is currently the best display of his kind, which has been build in a smartphone. Wide colour space coverage, precision and a first class outdoor suitability leaves nothing to be desired. The Mega smartphone is been rounded off by an ingenious pen handling and great communication modules, who are up to date with the LTE Cat. 6. The rapid loading times are astonishing and the battery life is excellent.

Only downside with the Note 4 is that the USB 3.0 port was exchanged by a slower version. Besides, we would wish an "always on speach control" for the Galazy Note as well, because we have seen that it did work with the Moto X pretty well. Furthermore an IP certification would be desirable. Still we have to give the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) a high grade, because of its great features and its epic S-Pen utilization. For those who are searching a high-end smartphone with many superlatives and for those who are prepared to pay a bigger price the Note 4 is the prefect match.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Acer Extensa 2509-C052 Notebook Review

The Acer Extensa 2509 classifies itself as an attractive offer notebook for office and Internet work. The acceptable input devices and the mat display makes sure that these notebooks work very well for their purposes, considering their prize. Buyers of this product will have to allow for some decent lack of performance. This refers to waiting periods with inputs and applications. The good thing with the Acer Extensa 2509 is that the notebook within standard operation is always quiet and doesn't heat up too much. While testing this product we were quiet impressed by the volume of the loudspeaker. 

Movie evenings on the Acer complicate themselves by the poor point of view stability. For mobile using the battery life can convince with 6.5h. Let us make a quick comparison with other notebooks so that we can see if the balance between the prize and performance has succeeded. The Packard Bark Easynote TF71BM appeared in the test as a dignified competitor. However, because of a bad processor performance this competitor had to abandon the field. The Lenovo B50-30 has lost in nearly all disciplines. However, it possesses maintenance flaps which were completely lacking for our Acer Extensa. The Acer Aspire E1-532 did show that one can also get a little more performance for the same price. A fly in the ointment is the decreased battery life (2.5h lesser than competition). After testing and comparing with many other notebooks in the same price range we have to admit that the Acer Extensa beats his competition by a small margin.

Altogether the Acer Extensa 2509 makes a solid impression for 270 Euros. In addition one should adapt his expectations according to the price.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Asus G750JZ Notebook Review

With the latest incarnation of the well known ROG-series named G750JZ Asus presents us an exceptionally Notebook specially for gamer. In spite of enormous computing power and graphic performance the Asus G750JZ Notebook has no weaknesses regarding  thermal and acoustics in comparison to other compared devices. Certainly, they may have a little more potent CPUs, as far as this would be relevant if we take into account that the most games have limited GPU anyway. It's very unlikely that this would lead to a decreased efficiency, especially considering the exceptional level of the overall standard that this product has in practice. It's a fact that there exist only a handful of games who can bring the Asus in their highest possible settings even close to his limits. And those games usually don't/only marginally profit from decent faster processors.

In other ways as well we don't know what could put the high prize into question. Certainly, the colorful display is no IPS with sensational point of view stability. Yet, hardcore gamer will be very grateful to Asus for having fast switch times. Very harmonious input devices, the neat connection equipment as well as in the Idle mode muted respectively quiet fan predestine the G750JZ also as a desktop replacement for the work, browsing and for multimedia.

We don't see many arguments that would favorite the Schenker or the MSI. The XMG P704 offers a modular concept with various extension possibilities. However, it's louder and in the matter of design we weren't impressed too much. Extremely loud under full load is our conclusion about the MSI GT70. Also many users have complained about the small Touchpad, while they praised the sound of the MSI GT70.

Battery life

Those who want to work more mobile with their G750JZ will gladly hear that the battery life in the WLAN test with about 6h is one of the Top 3 comparable notebooks. Considering the fact that you can't play games properly without a power supply, the battery service life under high load conditions can be left out of consideration. One of the longest movies of all times is "Gone with the wind" with 236 minutes. The tested device Asus G750JZ-T4023H Notebook manages to play the movie just in time.


The keys are to be found all in the expected positions and in essence also have the right size which one is used on the standard desktop keyboards. The writing goes smoothly and noiseless, whereby this doesn't always apply for the bigger keys. The keys itself are light flat and are lightly rubberized. Under heavy pressure the keyboard bends lightly inwards. Thanks to regular illumination and enough brightness we can also give the three stage keyboard lighting a good grade.


We liked the Touchpad even more than the keyboard, because of its lightly rough, yet not until the very edge touch sensitive surface. Double clicking was as efficientlly registered as a left click on a mouse. Many other devices fail at this important test. Even manoeuver like drag and drop at no time were a problem for the testing person.


The Asus G750JZ display shows high grade and a matt TN-Panel with Full HD resolution (16:9), what makes sense for the targeted audience of gamers, because of the better display reaction times compared to most other IPS-Panels. Not for nothing are both compared devices equipped this way. The biggest disadvantage of the TN technology is the limited point of view stability.

Illumination of the display