With more than a million units sold in the first three months of January 2017, the market for Notebooks began to grow once again in Brazil after five years in decline, according to data from IDC Brazil. Of hair dryer sold, 70% are laptops. Since the staff came back to buy, the Lab Digital this month comes at a good time. Test mode, we compare four notebooks top of the line available in the national market.
We invite brands, and each sent the model that consider car-in-chief of any item quality. The four brands have accepted the challenge. So, we put side-by-side models the XPS 13 from Dell; Elitebook X360 G2, HP; Yoga 910, Lenovo; and Style S50, Samsung.
This first impression makes a difference; although in this case, the differences are small, especially between Dell, HP and Lenovo. With only 860 grams and 13.4 millimeters thick, the model Style S50, Samsung, is the lightest and thinnest in the category. The lightness really is impressive.
What we did not like was this black border wider around the screen. The notebook from HP also brings that larger lip around the display; of the four the Elitebook X360 G2 is that it has more “face” equipment corporate. It weighs 1 pound and 280 grams and has a 14.9 mm thick. The finish monobloc aluminum is first; the cuts on the sides are a little more upright. The model of the HP permits the opening of 360 degrees for use in presentation format.
The Yoga 910, Lenovo, also rotates up to 360 degrees and allows the use in various situations. It is the heaviest countertop, with 1 pound of 380 grams, its thickness is 14.3 mm – well like the model of the HP in size and weight. Also all-aluminum, what most calls attention on the notebook computer from Lenovo is the hinge in aluminium, all stylized. Stylish and modern.
Now the XPS 13, Dell is full of style. As well as the Yoga 910, the screen is virtually borderless. The thickness varies from 9 to 15 mm. The model has 1 pound and 290 grams. Finishing single block of aluminum looks, great durability; inside, the charm is to the finish of carbon fiber with a light touch rubberized in the area of the keyboard. In spite of the screen of 13 inches, is a notebook and very compact with external dimensions sensitive.
PROCESSOR AND MEMORY
As we explained at the beginning, in the Lab Digital, we ask the brands to send their best models available for testing in Brazil. Not all of them are equipment with its best configuration for this purpose, even so, the effect on our tests was minimal. But, yes, you can make a difference at the time of its final decision.
The Dell XPS 13 and the Yoga 910, Lenovo, bring embedded the seventh generation of the Intel Core i7 processor and 8 gig of RAM. The Samsung Style S50 also has an i7 in his heart, but still the sixth-generation and the same 8 gig of RAM.
Already the Elitebook X360 G2, HP is with Intel Core i5 processor of the seventh generation, but the same 8 gig of RAM. Numbers can say anything, but what really matters in our evaluation is the performance of the machine in practice.
On our bench, the notebooks have been tested for everyday use; things such as browse the internet, access social networks, listen to music, edit images, watch high-definition videos and, to test the speed of response when we opened everything at the same time.
In practice, comparing in detail the models, it is evident: one can not tell the difference or superiority of any of the equipment, even in the numbers one is a little better or younger than another. The verdict in the end is that the four machines are quite fast and more than enough for normal use. No left nothing to be desired in the questito performance.
Already is looking like that was combined, but this does not exist here! Once more the equivalence of the products stood out. It was very difficult to tell the difference between the display and electing a best – already a level behind, the only one that does not have touch screen it is the model Style S50, Samsung – all the others are touchscreen.
The images are very similar, to compare, we had to go in the smallest details.
HP Elitebook X360 was the one that caused the least impact. The display with LED technology for 13.3-inch display has Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels.
Compared to other devices, the brightness is little inferior to its competitors of the bench. The Style S50, Samsung has LED screen 13.3-inch display; the maximum resolution, as well as the HP, is Full HD of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The brightness is also a little smaller than the other, but saturation and contrast are great.
The Yoga 910 also has saturation very good and the colors quite vivid. The brightness is a little higher than the models of HP and Samsung. The LCD screen is the largest of the four: 13,9 inches with the same Full HD resolution.
And, finally, with 13.3-inch display, the model of the Dell is the only one with a display Quad HD and a resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels. The screen quality stands out compared to others: not only by quality, but also for the great saturation, and the highest brightness among the models tested here today. The contrast is also better than its rivals.
All models run the Windows 10 HOME, with the exception do Elitebook X360, HP, which comes with a version of Windows 10 PRO installed. The interesting thing is that the latest version of Microsoft operating system gets even better when used via touch screens, which not is only available without the model Style S50, Samsung.
One more point in the notebooks can match. Dell, Lenovo and Samsung bring in the flash memory in an SSD of 256 gigabytes. Only the model from HP that has a SSD 128 gig. Really, today, the 128 gig is not so much thing. But if we think about the cloud storage services currently available, the internal space so that’s definitely no longer be a concern. Play in the cloud and ready!
The four models models have Wi-Fi standard 802.11 AC high-speed. All have outputs to USB 3.0. The ones that stand out here are the devices from Dell and HP. Both of them bring the new UBS Type “C” 3.1 port and SD card slot – the Samsung also brings input to the SD card, but, for now, nothing of the new USB. Already the Yoga 910, in addition to the USB 3.0 has two ports, the new USB Type C, and nothing else.
This is an extremely important, after all, we are speaking of notebooks; mobile devices – which means that the more time away from the outlet, the better. With a promise of up to 10 hours of continuous use, the model of the Samsung is the one that brings the battery with lesser autonomy; then, the 4-cell battery of the Dell notebook promises up to 13 hours of use.
Lenovo says that the battery of the new Yoga 910 lasts up to 15 hours and a half away from the electric energy. And to improve energy efficiency was the HP model, which has a range of up to 16-hour half without needing to be recharged.
All models have their prices suggested by the manufacturers, but turns and moves us to research a little bit and finds values more into account.
As we are comparing equipment top of the line, the price is not the deciding factor, but it is important to note the difference. From the bottom up – from the cheaper to the more expensive – the Samsung Style S50 was what we found with the lowest price: 6500 real.
Then already somewhat more expensive, the Dell XPS 13 is sold for 9 thousand and 200 real. The is the model from HP, the Elitebook X360 G2, found in specific stores equipment business, the price varies between 9 and 10 thousand reais.
And the most expensive of the class is the launch of Lenovo; the Yoga 910 costs from 10 thousand reais and…expensive! In fact, so expensive that we talked to do some basic arithmetic to find out if it’s not worth buying tickets to spend the weekend in the United States and bring the notebook new there…
The decision of the first place is controversial, even among our editors. The compact model of the Dell XPS 13 combined with the screen resolution of Quad HD is a separate show… not to mention almost no edge on the display.
It is a machine super fast that meets even the most demanding users. Guarantee a second place with a little foot at the top.
Already the Yoga 910, the new Lenovo model, stands out for its versatility and the possibility to use the notebook in several ways thanks to the hinge’s full of style.
The screen, although it is Full HD and not 4K, stands out for its high brightness and excellent definition.
The battery life is a little bit higher than the model of Dell. The victory of the beginner, and one of the Labs, more violent history.
And you, what do you think of our choice? Have you tried any of these devices? What did you think of them? Please share your opinion!