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Engadget score

77
90
77
84
89

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Avg. critic rating

8.6
8.7
7.8
8.8
8.9

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Avg. user rating

7.1
9.4
9.2
9.0
8.7

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Price

General

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Type

Midsize
Midsize
Tablet
Ultraportable
Midsize

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Form factor

Slate

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Bundled OS

Windows
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])
Windows (8)
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

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Screen size

15.5 inches
13 inches
10.6 inches
13.3 inches
15.4 inches

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Screen resolution

2880 x 1620
2560 x 1600
1920 x 1080
1440 x 900
2880 x 1800

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Aspect ratio

16:9
16:9
16:10
16:9

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Screen type

LCD (Color, Backlit, LED)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit, LED)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit, LED)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit, LED)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit, LED)

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Touchscreen

No
Capacitive [finger], EM digitizer [stylus]
No
No

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Screen surface

Matte / anti-glare
Glossy
Glossy

Processor

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Processor make

Intel
Intel
Intel
Intel
Intel

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CPU family

Core i7
Core i5
Core i5
Core i5
Core i7

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CPU model

4200

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Processor speed

2.4 GHz
1.6 GHz
1.3 GHz
2.3 GHz

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Number of cores

Quad-core
Dual-core
Dual-core
Dual-core
Quad-core

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Hyperthreading

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Cache size

Optical media

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Optical drive

No
No
No
No

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Disc loading type

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Readable optical media

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Optical write support

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Writable optical media

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Writable Blu-ray formats

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Writable DVD formats

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CD formats

Networking

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WiFi

Yes
802.11 a, ac, b, g, n (2.4, 5 GHz)
802.11 b, g, n (2.4, 5 GHz)
802.11 a, ac, b, g, n (2.4, 5 GHz)
802.11 b, g, n (2.4, 5 GHz)

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WiFi encryption

WEP, WPA, WPA2
WEP, WPA, WPA2
WEP, WPA, WPA2
WEP, WPA, WPA2

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Ethernet

None
None
None
None

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Mobile broadband

No
No
No
No

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Analog modem

None
None
None
None
None

Video

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Graphics adapter

Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Discrete + integrated

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Graphics (discrete)

NVIDIA (GeForce)

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GPU model

4400
5000
GT 650M

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Graphics speed

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Video RAM

1 GB

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Graphics (integrated)

Intel
Intel (HD Graphics)
Intel (HD Graphics)
Intel

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Clock speed

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Memory type

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SLI

No

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Video outputs

DisplayPort (Mini connector), HDMI
DisplayPort (Mini connector)
DisplayPort (Mini connector)
DisplayPort (Mini connector), HDMI

Display details

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Memory details

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RAM bus / speed

DDR3
DDR3
DDR3 (1600)
DDR3 (1600)

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Memory package

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RAM slots

2 slots (total)

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Maximum RAM

16 GB (system)
8 GB (per module)

Storage details

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Storage interface

SATA
SATA

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eSATA

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Drive bays

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RAID support

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RAID type

System

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Chipset

Intel

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Chipset model

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System bus speed

Slots / bays / chassis

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Card slots

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Expansion card slots

No

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External / removable drive bays

No

Environmental

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System cooling

Fan-cooled
Passive
Fan-cooled
Fan-cooled

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Noise level

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Energy Star compliant

Yes
Yes
Yes

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RoHS compliant

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EPEAT rating

Gold

Other features

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Docking station port

No
Yes
No

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Fingerprint reader

No
No

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IR port

No
No

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Remote (included)

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Integrated webcam

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Security lock slot

No
Yes

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Case lighting

No
No

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WiDi

No

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NFC

No

Memory and storage (basic)

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System RAM

32 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
8 GB

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Hard drive(s)

2 TB (total)
Platter
128 GB (total)
SSD
64 GB (total)
128 GB (total)
SSD
256 GB (total)
SSD

Battery

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Maximum battery life

Up to 6 hours
Up to 9 hours
Up to 12 hours
Up to 7 hours

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Battery type

Li-polymer (71.8 Wh capacity)
Li-polymer (50 Wh capacity)
Li-polymer (95 Wh capacity)

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Battery access

Built-in
Built-in

Input

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Keyboard

Yes
Backlit
No
78 keys (Backlit)
78 keys (Backlit)

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Pointing device

Trackpad, Pointing stick
Trackpad (Multi-touch)
Trackpad (Multi-touch)
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

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USB

3.0 (2 port(s))
3.0 (1 port(s)), 2.0 (3 port(s))
3.0 (2 port(s))
3.0 (2 port(s))

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Thunderbolt

2 port(s)
No
1 port(s)
2 port(s)

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FireWire / 1394

No
No
No
No

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Bluetooth

4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0

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Common profiles

HID [peripherals]
HID [peripherals]

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Legacy ports

Audio

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Audio inputs

3.5mm
3.5mm
3.5mm

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Audio outputs

3.5mm (Dual-input)
3.5mm
3.5mm
3.5mm

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Audio channels

Stereo
Stereo
Stereo

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Surround channels

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Built-in microphone

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Speakers

Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo

Memory card reader

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Memory card reader

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Memory card support

SD (SDXC, SDHC)
SD (SDXC), microSD
SD (SDXC, SDHC)
SD (SDXC)

Removable disks

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Removable disk drive

No
No
No
No
No

Size and Weight

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Height

1.06 inches
.71 inches
10.81 inches
.68 inches
0.71 inches

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Width

12.35 inches
6.81 inches
12.8 inches
14.13 inches

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Depth

8.62 inches
0.53 inches
8.94 inches
9.73 inches

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Weight

3.46 pounds
2 pounds
2.96 pounds
4.46 pounds

Pricing and Availability

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Availability

Available
Pre-release
Available
Available
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Discontinued (US)

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Released (US)

December, 2013
October 22, 2013
June 10, 2013
June 11, 2012

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Announced (US)

September 11, 2013
October 22, 2013
September 23, 2013
June 10, 2013
June 11, 2012

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Rumored (US)

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Original price

$1299 USD
$899 USD
$1099 USD
$2199 USD

Colors

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Colors

Black
Silver
Black
Silver
Silver

General Info

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Mfr. warranty

1 year