Jared Newman writes on Time that he’s still waiting for the perfect Windows 8 hybrid, and I couldn’t agree more. But we’ve been waiting so long for the perfect tablet-laptop hybrid that at this point, it’s probably best to wait it out until Haswell laptops surface. Even though the wait is really killing me.
Some of you may already know that I’ve been lusting for a new laptop–particularly one with an active digitizer so I can write on it–for months. The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T was close, but had too many issues. The ThinkPad Helix, which is the closest I’ve seen so far to the perfect Windows 8 laptop, finally is available for order, but starts at even more than was promised back in January: $1,679. (And it doesn’t even have a SD card reader.)
The Toshiba Portege Z10t looks like it would fit the bill (though the mounting hinge is kind of off-putting). It’s got an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS screen, Wacom digitizer, and is a business-class laptop (which often means a better build). It’s just 0.53″ thick and weighs 3.1 pounds with the keyboard, which unfortunately doesn’t have an additional battery. But it’s not going to be out until June 25th. By then Haswell will be out.
Haswell, Intel’s next processor platform, will bring the expected graphics improvements plus a whopping battery life of supposedly a full 24 hours. At the Computex trade show, Intel promised its latest chip will power “a new breed of 2-in-1 devices,” according to ZDNet.
The bad news is, just like when current generation processor Ivy Bridge rolled out, it’ll be months before we see Haswell in mainstream laptops, since the chips will first be released to the more powerful quad-core models. So, September or October–just in time for back to school specials, at least, and if my patience doesn’t run thin by then, maybe even the Cyber Monday and all that jazz (though the deals will be mostly for older models rather than the shiny new tablet-laptops I’m hoping for).
So the wait is on. What do you think?
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