In choosing a tablet, consider your priorities. If price and portability are tops, consider a high-rated 7-to-8-inch model with Wi-Fi. On the other hand, a larger tablet makes viewing photos, videos, and websites more enjoyable. If access to the largest selection of apps is high on your list, choose an iPad or an Android model. If you need Internet on the go, consider a model with mobile data connectivity, but be prepared to pay more and subscribe to cellular data service.
Other factors to consider include the presence of built-in ports, an outward-facing camera, GPS, and the availability of a keyboard dock. If your needs are simple -- reading, email, web and online content -- consider one of the models from Amazon. Windows models can run programs made for Windows PCs, or apps from the Windows Store.
The Ratings rank models by Overall Score based on various attributes like Portability, Ease of Use, Display Quality, Versatility, and Performance.
Notebooks are the other side of fun and entertainment. Here I present one of its models: Acer Predator 15.
In the past, Acer had a fairly clean slate in regards to the gaming sector. The manufacturer first expressly aimed at the gaming community with the Black Edition of the Aspire V 15 Nitro. However, performance junkies still sniff at the 15-inch scion since it is at most sold with a GeForce GTX 960M.
That might change soon. Acer has designed the high-performance and very unusual-looking Predator line to also attract core gamers. With prices starting at 1800 Euros (~$1979), the Predator 15 marks the premium range where dozens of rivals are found. Besides Alienware (AW 15 R2) and Gigabyte (P55W v4), Schenker Technologies also offers matching products (e.g. XMG P506 or XMG U506). Can Acer compete with the high-end leaders? Our report will focus on this question.
Before we look at the single categories, we would like to say a few words about the models. While the screen of the model available in Germany always has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, i.e. Full HD, there are differences in the storage devices. Depending on the price, the 64-bit edition of Windows 10 Home runs on a 128, 256 or 512 GB M.2 SSD that is accompanied by a 1000 to 2000 GB HDD. The graphics card is either a GeForce GTX 980M or GTX 970M. They still belong to the strongest laptop models of all time even after the launch of the GTX 980. Pretty much the same is true for the processor. Intel's Core i7-6700HQ can boast with lush performance and high-efficiency thanks to the Skylake architecture.
Another highlight is the removable drive. Users who need higher cooling performance can take out the DVD or Blu-ray burner and replace it with the so-called FrostCare. That is an extra fan that is included as standard and ensures lower temperatures. We have previously seen a comparable idea by Lenovo (see the older Y500).
Despite these unique specifications, and may be the lack of understanding of most of the technical reviews on this product, I believe that you will make the right choice for you and the people around you.
If the product is for playing games and chat, I believe the notebook will fit ideally to your lifestyle. But if you prefer reading books or playing cards for example, the tablet is the right choice of a gift. Or even a book reader could be an immensely good decision.
I would be glad to receive the comments, posts and preferences, that you might have.