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  • warisz00r - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Are you guys planning to look into the new Vostro 5460? The combination of cheap + thin + i5 IVB intrigues me Reply
  • lokeshj - Friday, October 18, 2013 - link

    +1 for vostro 5460. It looks to be what i need in terms of specs but would like to see some reviews first Reply
  • Karamazovmm1 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Really? I dont understand the choice for the 6430u instead of the 9470m. While the 9470m is indeed more costly, you can put a 2.5'' HDD/SSD in there ALONG with the msata. With the 6430u you are limited to msata only. Both can be found with a 900p screen of awful quality and the other specs are the same. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I couldn't find any specific (detailed) reviews of the 1600x900 LCD on either laptop. Care to link to any tests of that display? I'm very curious about how it actually performs, as the 1366x768 panel truly is awful. As for the Folio vs. Latitude, it's very close to a tie, and I already make note of that fact. It's basically a case of price vs. having that 2.5" HDD/SSD bay. I'm fine with the mSATA drive, though, as external storage is relatively cheap if you need the ability to store more data. On the other hand, if you want a 512GB or 1TB class SSD, having that 2.5" bay is basically a requirement. Different strokes for different folks, basically. Reply
  • Karamazovmm1 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I dont have any reviews regarding the panel, but user impressions, which is to say that all 14'' panels used in business laptops are atrocious. I know its a Chimei model, with very poor specs

    However regarding the different strokes for different folks, given that you have the 2.5'' HDD it adds a whole lot of storage to you and flexibility. Its a simple matter of expandability not normally seem on ultrabooks, not to mention the also available slice battery.

    Its a more versatile machine.
  • Nightdrake - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I would buy any of these. WAY too bulky Reply
  • bznotins - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Yeah, I guess "business" has nothing to do with "road warrior". I can't believe the X230 didn't even get a mention, since its predecessor got reviewed as the best business laptop ever. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I admit that I looked at the X230 at one point and got frustrated with the price/configuration options available, so I skipped it. Still, it's a good laptop and you can always do a couple upgrades on your own to get what you need (e.g. 8GB and a decent SSD). I've added in a paragraph right before the Ultrabook section on the X2230. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I got my wife a Thinkpad X230T, upgraded it myself with a mSATA SSD and 12 GB RAM. Wife uses it for Photoshop, AutoCAD and Revit for design school. Could use a higher resolution screen and Windows (8 Pro) is still not ideal for pen input, but otherwise a fantastic device for her needs. Reply
  • purrcatian - Saturday, May 18, 2013 - link

    You did mention it, but you got the screen size wrong. It has a 12.5" screen, not 11.6". Reply
  • jaydee - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    For the mid-range business laptop, went through the same excercise a few weeks ago. I was able to configure a Dell E5530 with 128GB SSD, 1080p screen, i5-3340m, Win8 Pro for $830. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    The LCD options on Dell seem to come and go; right now I'm unable to find an E5530 with a 1080p LCD anywhere, but if you have a link feel free to post it. Reply
  • jaydee - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    $64 upgrade on the $520 base model E5530
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Dell's configurator (actually, all of them really) can be maddening. If you look at any of the other E5530 models, there's no option to upgrade the LCD, but on the least expensive model it's there. Ugh. Looks like the same applies to the E5430, E6430, and E6530. Grrr.... Reply
  • jaydee - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I found that out with Dell as well. The base model is the only truly customizable configuration, the others listed next to it are pre-config'd with fewer customization choices all around (not just screen choice). Reply
  • ggathagan - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    It also depends on which business unit you choose.
    There are configurations listed for large business or government that don't show up for small business or home.
  • Ndubest Explorer - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    I think HP and Acer is the best Business Laptops and trending Laptops in the world as a whole Reply
  • coolhardware - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Nice list!

    For peopling wanting a nice laptop display at a cheap price, the Dell E5530 can be purchased with a 1920x1080 display for $550-$650 from Dell Outlet (or myriad eBay resellers) . It is a nice laptop with easy upgrade potential and the screen is considerably better than the 1600x900 E6430 display that is mentioned in the article.

    Best regards,
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Are there any build quality differences between the Dell Vosotro and Inspiron families? I was under the impression that the former was just the latter re badged and listed under the business section of their site instead of the home section. Reply
  • ggathagan - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Inspirons tend to be built more solidly than their Vostro counterparts.
    Inspirons also tend to have more configuration options with regard to internal components when compared to Vostro.
  • Pylon757 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    It's the other way around for build quality. IMO Vostros are better built than Inspirons, sometimes considerably so. Latitude trumps them both though. Reply
  • joer80 - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    A macbook pro is suppose to get 1000 cycles out of its battery which is over 3x what my thinkpad got. Because of that, I would not make the built in battery a deal breaker. If they hit 1000 inside of the life of the machine, just plug a new machine in to the users time machine and restore, and you are good to go while the battery is replaced! It will probably need a good blowing out at that point anyway. And with all of the cloud services, like dropbox and browsers syncing their bookmarks, its not that big of a deal. Reply
  • little teap0t - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    My business used to be 100% Lenovo, but casual backpack use with a W520 brought a big crack on the plastic case made me go to the HP camp. I have an 8570p which is very useful for road warrioring, and a full-blow 8770w for workstation. These are no doubt hefty machines, but their all-metal construction makes them a lot more business-durable and that counts for a lot in my book. The 8770w is a total monster of a laptop, but a 17" screen is great for watching anime on. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I use a Dell Precision M4600 at work (similar chassis to the Precision M4700) and I have to say it has the worst-god-awful keyboard I have ever used, even including Acer's execrable flat-keycapped keyboards.

    It's not a problem at work when it's on the docking station and I'm using the (also cheap) Dell membrane keyboard with card reader, but whenever I have to bring my work home with me and type on the laptop keyboard, I have to suppress the urge to throw it out the window.

    We have two thinkpads at home, one for myself and one for the wife; their keyboards still can't be beat. Although I should point out that the Dell keyboards are of varying quality - as much as I hate the keyboard (and trackpoint) on my Precision, the keyboard on the various Dell Latitudes we have at work are much better (though still not as good as the thinkpads).
  • Subyman - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Did the author actually have hands on time with these recommendations or was he simply fiddling with online customizers? I've purchased some laptops before that looked golden online and were "recommended" but they ended up being flimsy and had many issues that weren't appearance online. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    That's a very good question. There are many potential niggles and quirks with individual models that are not apparent without a hands-on look or even in-depth use, and any recommendations without actually using and comparing the laptops in question should be taken with a grain of salt the size of an iceberg. Reply
  • Zandros - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Exactly what I was going to ask. As much as I trust AnandTech, I'm not quite comfortable with considering recommendations that are not based on actual use. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I have not had review hardware for any of the systems, though Dustin has looked at a couple. However, I have had some hands-on time with most of them -- not enough to really say if there are any major issues, but enough to say, "Yeah, this feels pretty solid." Sadly, I have not had a chance to see most of the upgraded displays, as the majority of the laptops I've seen have been purchased by IT departments that see no need for quality displays. :-(

    Besides looking at spec sheets, I have also looked for reviews from generally respectable outlets to verify that there are no major problems documented. To my knowledge, none of the recommendations has any critical flaw, though certainly some people will prefer something other than what I have recommended.

    Hope that helps.
  • silenceisgolden - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Just a note on the Dell branding of their screens - Premium Panel DOES NOT mean IPS. I ordered one of these for my job, assuming that the screen would be IPS since other laptops (like the 6700) have the IPS option. Supposedly Dell is having problems sourcing 1920x1080 IPS 15.4" screens, so if you need an IPS screen (or don't want to spend that level of money for a not IPS screen) make sure you are getting what you pay for. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Correct, but Premium Panel does mean that contrast should at least be above 500:1, and usually color gamut is close to sRGB (or higher). Reply
  • SignalPST - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Hope you guys get a Lenovo Helix in for review. Full HD IPS display supposedly at 400 nits. Would love to see color accuracy tests on it considering pro artists can use it for drawing. Reply
  • DukeN - Saturday, May 18, 2013 - link

    We only buy Thinkpads at work (T primarily, occasional X/W). Have not had one go bad since 2007, and don't see reason to change. Would like to see a 5 year old Dell or HP machine and see how it compares before judging. Reply
  • gobaers - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Thinkpad T and X series used to dominate this segment with quality and sturdiness. Pretty sad to see them fall back and let the competition catch up. They are going the way of Tegra. Reply
  • nforce4max - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - link

    When it comes to mobility I am more concerned about battery life as everyone else is and durability. I absolutely loathe ultra thins that can't be worked at all upgrades/repairs and any laptop that by weight that is like 80% plastic. Would be nice if Lenovo brought back their old style thinkpads with a lot of metal construction. Last thing anyone needs is a cracked screen because there was nothing there except for cheap plastic to protect it. Reply
  • gxtoast - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    I need to buy a laptop to run Cisco, Microsoft and VMware labs. I'm hoping that the early Haswell Ultrabooks will be competitive and provide lightweight power with great battery life and quality. Something around the 3-4 lb mark in a 15" form-factor with an IPS 1080 FHD touch panel, minimum 2GHz quad-core CPU with GT3 onboard graphics, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, excellent quality keyboard and good touchpad.

    I don't need an optical drive, and would like 6+ hours of battery life. I honestly don't see that this kind of Ultrabook configuration should be a problem for these guys to make from the Haswell platform and hopefully they step up. If Apple can do it in the MacBook Pro 15 (but, no touch), why can't these other giants?
  • sellanraa - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    If it has a 16:9 shortscreen display, it's not a business laptop; it's a movie watching device. People doing real work need vertical resolution. Reply
  • Goophy629 - Friday, June 14, 2013 - link

    Haven't looked at those consumer lines for some time, but 2.6k for M4700 with that configuration at this point is just ugly.. 2.6k can easily get something like M6700 k4000m IPS panel, a 256G SSD and 750G HDD. if you don't mind going for the refurbished(just the outlet, ebay, or so, they all have the 3 years hardware warranty, just no CC for accident protection), 2.6k can get the max like 3920xm k5000m 512G + 1T IPS finger print and etc.. Reply
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