Best Touch Screen Laptop

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Touch Screen LaptopThere are two top ranking touch screen laptops, which I believe are pretty much tied. The differences between them are going to be user opinion only. Both seem to have many of the same features and are geared at Windows 8 user friendly-ness.

Lenova IdeaPad Yoga 13

This is a smaller not quite a netbook, not quite a laptop. But it seems to have better reviews. It’s actually being called an Ultrabook. It is sporting a 360 degree monitor that is hinged so it can tent fold, be flat or even stand up. You get the overall laptop experience that you expect, with a convertible touch-screen.

This one is priced between $1000-1300 (depending on processor, RAM & hard drive). The base model Core i5 1.7 GHz processor, 4 GB DDR3, 500 MB hard drive is a better processor than the HP touch screen laptop, but lacks the RAM and storage. It has upgraded configurations to 8 GB RAM and core i7 processor, which would make it smoking fast!

The battery life is quite good and should last most of the day if you utilize power saving tips.

No more single rotating hinge in the middle of the unit. It has a long hinge as wide as the unit that has been fully tested for durability. The keyboard faces down with a leather cover to protect it from sitting on a table; some keys are now positioned on the sides so you can access them anytime.

The keyboard is disabled when rotated. You have a sharing position that is more like a regular desktop monitor per se. Or you can set it in a tent type position. The pixel resolution is 1600×900 giving it near perfect resolution for the 13 inch display. The usb ports are not in abundance, it has one of each 2.0 & 3.0 as well as HDMI, audio and an SD card reader. You may want to add an usb hub if you use it at home a lot.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook

The TouchSmart has an AMD A8 APU. With up to a terabyte of hard drive it has a massive amount of storage, 6-8 GB RAM to keep it all running fast. It includes an HD webcam for great Skyping and conferences. It has a built for Windows 8 with a full size keyboard and touchscreen.

It has a new cool-sense technology keeping it from overheating your lap or itself. It has all the various ports that you need usb 2.0 & 3.0; hdmi port so that you can hook everything up to it that you need. The cover is plastic, not metallic like many of the newer models. But it will appeal to the shiny syndrome crowd. The look is very shiny and sparkly.

The hinge seems somewhat stiff, and it tends to collect fingerprints quickly on the shiny finish. The touchpad is very interesting, it is textured. The touch screen worked very well. The screen quality was not so great. The negatives may outweigh the price point of $699.

I would have to say that if price is not a huge issue, then the Lenova IdeaPad Yoga 13 is your best option. If you don’t care for bells and whistles and want to spend half the money the HP TouchSmart is the unit to check out.


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