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Haswell Laptops

Written on August 1, 2013 by Matt Bach
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Conclusion

After working extensively with these units, we are very confident in both the speed, usability, and stability of each of these new units. There are a few things that are worth keeping in mind, but overall they are all great units that will work well for a variety of uses. Compared to previous models, these laptops are faster and are more battery efficient.

To summarize this article, here are the key points to know for each of the units:

  Pros Cons
B560i
  • Great when mobility and long battery life is needed
  • Full 1080p resolution
  • Plenty of power for basic tasks and very light gaming
  • Best battery life out of all five units by a large margin
  • Has plenty of graphical power, but not as much as the other models
  • Limited to 47W processors
  • Limited to two sticks of RAM
  • Two WiFi antenna slightly limits WiFi card compatibility
  • No fingerprint reader
V560i
  • Full 1080p resolution
  • Allows for two 2.5" hard drives to be installed
  • Allows three RAM sticks to be installed
  • NVIDIA GPU allows for decent gaming performance
  • Minimal drop in performance when on battery
  • Built-in NVIDIA GPU does not allow for customization of the video card
  • Current issue with the MSATA slot and the Airplane Mode hotkey in Windows 7
V760i
  • Large 17inch screen with full 1080p resolution
  • Allows for two 2.5" hard drives to be installed
  • Allows three RAM sticks to be installed
  • NVIDIA GPU allows for decent gaming performance
  • Minimal drop in performance when on battery
  • Built-in NVIDIA GPU does not allow for customization of the video card
  • No fingerprint reader
  • Current issue with the MSATA slot and the Airplane Mode hotkey in Windows 7
M560i
  • Best gaming performance 
  • Full 1080p resolution
  • Allows for two 2.5" hard drives to be installed
  • Full size illuminated backlit keyboard
  • Discrete GPU allows you to customize the installed video card
  • Allows four RAM sticks to be installed

  • Gaming performance drops by about 20% when on battery
  • Bulkier and heavier than the B560i and V560i
  • Only a single 2.5 hard drive
M760i
  • Best gaming performance
  • 17inch screen with full 1080p resolution
  • Allows for two 2.5" hard drives to be installed
  • Full size illuminated backlit keyboard
  • Discrete GPU allows you to customize the installed video card
  • Allows four RAM sticks to be installed
  • Gaming performance drops by about 20% when on battery
  • Bulkier and heavier than the V760i

 


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Tags: B560i, V560i, V760i, M560i, M760i, W650SZ, W350STQ, W370ST, P150SM, P170SM
atomcrusader

Is the illuminated keyboard feature compatible with various flavors of Linux? (I am thinking Ubuntu/Debian)

Posted on 2013-08-13 08:59:02

Sorry for the bit of a late reply, but I just checked with a laptop we have in production and the illuminated keyboard work, but it is completely non-configurable. So if you want a blue backlit keyboard, you're good to go. If you want to change the color, change the brightness, or even turn it off however, you will need to have Windows and the hotkey software installed.

Posted on 2013-08-19 19:04:56
Kinjal Biswas

best performed os ms win 8 or linux.great review and truly very helpful

Posted on 2013-08-16 20:54:12