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All posts by Dan Grabham

  • Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC

    Dell’s new XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch 1080p screen. But yes, it’s a tablet.- albeit one that can double as an all-in-one PC. It’s in the same vein as the pretty average Sony Tap 20 – so can it do better than sony at the ‘family tablet’ idea? For one thing, the tablet part is a lot lighter than the cumbersome Tap 20 and is absolutely fine for having on your lap – it’s around...

  • Asus Zenbook U500 review: power at a price

    The sheer scale of the Asus Zenbook U500 is quite a surprise when you first open it up – we’re used to seeing thin and light laptops, yes, but not at this 15.6-inch screen size. We’d argue that its size means it isn’t truly portable. It’s more like a desktop replacement to have around the home; one that’s light enough to use on your lap, or carry between different rooms. It’s powerful too, and immensely sturdy, with an exquisite aluminium finish that follows on from the other Zenbooks Asus has released over the last few months. We really liked the Zenbook’s keyboard;...

  • HP Slate 7 hands-on review: welcome to the party [MWC]

    After its aborted efforts with WebOS and the TouchPad two years ago, it appears that HP thinks now is the time to get involved with tablets. Here is the Slate 7 – a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And why not? After all, though we think of tablets as a market that’s ‘Apple plus others’, it’s worth remembering that it’s actually in its infancy both in terms of the technology itself and the number of people globally that actually have a tablet – think how complex or widespread the PC or a mobile phone were after only a few years. And, of course,...