5 best Windows 8-based computers to buy right now
If you are looking to buy a PC, go for a computer with Windows 8. It’s the most advanced operating system from Microsoft and has an all new design. And when it comes to computer models that are available, there’re lots of them from which you can choose one according to your requirements.
With the release of Windows 8, a number of PCs have been launched in various form factors such as desktops, all-in-ones, laptops, tablets, and hybrids.
Here we review the 5 best Windows 8 computers that you can purchase. So, take your pick and get one for yourself.
Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook
Want the convenience of a tablet and the power of a laptop in one device? Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook packs both in a 12.5’’ wide machined aluminum chassis. With a simple flip-and-fold motion, easily transform the laptop into a tablet.
The Ultrabook comes with processor options of Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 with speeds up to 1.80 GHz and 2.0 GHz, respectively. You can get either 4GB or 8GB dual channel DDR3 RAM and up to 256 GB solid state drive (SSD) for storage. Enjoy watching movies on the 12.5" Full HD WLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass that renders stunning visuals. Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook is ideal for home users, business computing, and multimedia entertainment. Its price varies from $1199 to $1699 depending on the hardware you choose.
HP Envy TouchSmart UltrabookÂ 4
This is a Windows 8-based laptop that lets you enjoy the new user interface of the operating system with a 14’’ HD LED-backlit touch screen. Use the keyboard and the touchpad or just tap or swipe the screen as per your convenience. HP Envy TouchSmart UltrabookÂ 4 is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. The maximum system memory is 16 GB and there is a 500 GB hard disk drive. The laptop features Beats Audio with 4 speakers for great sound quality. At a price of $799.99, HP Envy TouchSmart UltrabookÂ 4 is a great buy for the specifications that it offers.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
As the name suggests, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is quite flexible and can be rotated by 360 degrees for using it in the laptop, tablet, stand, or tent modes. The hardware configuration includes processor options of Intel Core i3, i5, or i7, Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 8 GB RAM, a solid state drive (SSD) of 128 GB or 256 GB, an HDMI (Out) port, etc. The multi-touch screen is a joy to use the convertible laptop in the tablet mode. Just flip the screen to transform the device into a tablet and you are ready to browse the web or play games. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 costs between $999 and $1449.
Acer Aspire S7
This laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology up to 2.6 GHz, which make it a powerful performer in an ultra-slim chassis. Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook has 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM and a 128 GB solid state drive on which you can save loads of programs, files, videos, pictures, etc. Videos and pics come to life on the 13.3’’ full HD multi-touch screen that has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The multi-touch feature works quite well with the new UI of Windows 8. Acer Aspire S7 has an illuminated keyboard that adjusts the glow according to the light conditions. Price: $1399.99.
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
Now this is an innovative tablet from Microsoft, which you can use as a laptop by simply attaching the touch cover as a keyboard. The 10.6’’ ClearType HD Display packs a resolution of 1366x768 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 2 GB RAM provide you an efficient performance. Microsoft has initially launched the Surface tablets with the Windows RT version of Windows 8. Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be released later. Surface with Windows RT has a limitation that you can install only apps that are available in the Windows Store. The store is being continuously updated with new apps added on a regular basis. The 32 GB Surface with black touch cover costs $599 while the 64 GB model is priced at $699.