Archive for Chris Holmes

  • Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on)

    Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on)

    By 29 January 2015

    Following the announcement that Windows Phone will be Windows 10 in the near future, does it still feel like a smartphone operating system? We got some time with a preview handset at the Microsoft announcement press conference in Seattle to see whether...

  • Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

    Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

    By 26 January 2015

    If you're going to put a computer on your head, what will you do with it? That's the question we asked ourselves when donning Microsoft HoloLens, the wearable headset that's capable of displaying interactive holographic images. Watch the videos that Microsoft...

  • Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review

    Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review

    By 19 June 2012

    Microsoft has announced that it is going into the tablet hardware business with the new Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablets. Pocket-lint was at the launch event to get the nitty-gritty.  Microsoft’s first tablet PC is crammed...

  • Samsung 700G7A GAMER
    4 out of 5

    Samsung 700G7A GAMER

    By 11 April 2012

    Samsung's latest gaming laptop is a monster of a 17-inch machine, with a huge, bright screen and a powerful combination of Core i7 and ATI Radeon graphics. It's one of the heaviest laptops we've looked at, weighing in at almost 4Kg, but with plenty of...

  • First Look: Windows 8 tablet
    4 out of 5

    First Look: Windows 8 tablet

    By 21 March 2012

    Windows 8 is dividing opinion. Some love the fresh new look, others find the two interface system a drag. But Windows 8 is all about touchscreen devices, and with that in mind, Intel is promising touch Ultrabooks this year and there are several touchscreen...

  • Dell Vostro V131
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Vostro V131

    By 12 March 2012

    Light and powerful, Dell's Vostro range is intended to add a little style to the small business or the home office. The latest member of the family, the V131, is a Sandy Bridge Core i5 machine, one of a new generation of thin and light 13.3-inch business...

  • Kupa K11 Pro
    3.5 out of 5

    Kupa K11 Pro

    By 8 March 2012

    After years of being relegated to pricey (and heavy) business convertibles, touch and pen are showing up on cheaper and lighter PC slates again, and with longer battery life. But most of the Atom slate PCs have been underperformers with poor touch screens....

  • Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

    By 24 February 2012

    If you saw the tablets Microsoft gave away to developers at its Build event last year, you'll find the Series 7 Slate a familiar looking device. That's not surprising, as the Build tablet was a modified version of Samsung's Slate. The Slate is an interesting...

  • Samsung NS310
    3 out of 5

    Samsung NS310

    By 6 February 2012

    The rounded and colourful case of this sleek and shiny Samsung netbook makes it stand out from the pack, as do the backlit keyboard and light weight. But do the compromises Samsung has made to achieve the style and slenderness mean it's all flash and...

  • Acer Aspire 5749
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5749

    By 16 January 2012

    Not everyone wants to pay for all the latest and greatest extras on a laptop. From USB 3 to WiDi, and audiophile sound to slim brushed metal design, the top-end laptops now offer outstanding features at what can quickly add up to a serious hole in your...

  • Toshiba Satellite R830
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite R830

    By 6 January 2012

    If you're on the go a lot, what you want is a small, light laptop that'll slip in and out of a bag. It should have a good screen, a comfortable keyboard and plenty of processing power plus a battery that just keeps going. Is the latest member of Toshiba's...

  • HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea
    4.5 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea

    By 3 January 2012

    If the HP dv7 looks slightly familiar, it's because it's the latest version of the 17-inch Pavilion, updating the model we looked at a few months back. There have been changes to both the spec and the styling, which fits the design HP is rolling out across...

  • Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T

    By 13 December 2011

    Acer's Timeline small business laptops mix both business and pleasure; you get a good quality, if a little basic, machine for not much cash. The latest 15-inch model adds good looks to the mix, along with a Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor and plenty of...

  • Samsung RV720
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung RV720

    By 28 November 2011

    Cheap, cheerful and just a little chunky, the Samsung RV720 is an impressive budget 17-inch laptop that's a step up from the usual desktop replacement - but perhaps not the powerhouse you might imagine from a notebook this size. It costs less than £500,...

  • Toshiba QOSMIO X770
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba QOSMIO X770

    By 1 November 2011

    Toshiba's QOSMIO X770 is both big and clever, although it's the size, weight and design that strike you first.   Under the textured two-tone case, this is a behemoth of a gaming and multimedia laptop: 17.3" 1080p HD active 3D screen, Sandy Bridge Core...

  • Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G

    By 17 October 2011

    Aspire Ethos is Acer’s premium entertainment line of notebooks, and the 5951G is the latest member of the family. Built around the combination of a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA graphics, with Dolby Sound, this aims to be a multimedia...

  • Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E
    4 out of 5

    Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E

    By 10 October 2011

    At first glance Sony's Vaio SB looks exactly what you'd expect from a business-oriented laptop. Small and light, it mixes a Core i5 processor with AMD Radeon graphics, and wraps it all up in a thin matte black shell. It’s the laptop you imagine Sony...

  • Acer Aspire 5755G
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5755G

    By 4 October 2011

    Acer's Aspire 5755G is a general-purpose laptop that packs a "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA Optimus graphics into a sleek, relatively lightweight shell. It's an all-round home machine, suitable for gaming and getting work done.   The...

    3 out of 5


    By 26 September 2011

    The designers of Sony's colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright polycarbonate 14" cases in red, green, orange or pink -as well as a more subtle white- that use the...

  • Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
    3 out of 5

    Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

    By 19 September 2011

    Buying a Windows tablet before Windows 8 comes out? It's not a bad idea if you want the Windows 7 tablet features like running PC apps and handwriting recognition now and Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 combines the power of Windows with a touch screen and stylus...

  • Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8

    Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8

    By 17 September 2011

    Windows 8, in the words of Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is “a bold reimagination of what Windows could be”. This latest big move for Microsoft, as heralded at the Build developer conference in Anaheim, ranges from the chipset changes, to the experience...

  • Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on

    By 15 September 2011

    With no Windows 8 PCs ready, how could Microsoft get developers building the touch-first Metro apps that the new Windows 8 experience needs to shine on tablets? By taking one of the most compelling Windows 7 PCs and tearing the keyboard off. Actually,...

  • Dell XPS 15z
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS 15z

    By 12 September 2011

    When you see the XPS 15z your first thought is likely to be about how much it resembles the old titanium MacBook. Its rounded corners, silver metal finish and slot-loading DVD drive all remind us of the Apple machine. Open the XPS up and start using it...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1

    By 8 September 2011

    Despite the similarity to an increasing number of ultra-slim notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 stands out from the crowd – especially for ThinkPad fans. Being a ThinkPad means the X1 has a distinctive design that has been given a welcome refresh without...

  • HP EliteBook 8460p
    4 out of 5

    HP EliteBook 8460p

    By 1 September 2011

    The brushed aluminium case over a magnesium chassis makes the HP EliteBook 8640p look business-like and well built, and that's exactly what this Core i5 14" laptop is. Stylish without any extreme design styling, it's crammed with ports and useful features,...