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2 different approach to high end portable computing: Toshiba Portege Z10T & Sony Vaio F14

Head over eBay to check out the Toshiba Portege Z10T-A-103 currently available from Save-on-laptop for £1,007, a price that includes 1,006 Nectar points. This convertible laptop is similar to the cheaper Lenovo Lynx but with way more powerful components. It runs on a third-generation Intel Core i5-3339Y processor clocked at 1.5GHz with two cores, an integrated Intel Graphics HD 4000 and 3MB of cache. The feature list includes an 11.6in display with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and touch capabilities, Windows 8 Professional, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, Wi-Fi, two webcams, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, a SD card reader, VGA/HDMI connectors and a rather poor five hours battery life.

The other laptop that might be considered is the Sony Vaio F14, otherwise known as the SVF14A1C008B.CEK, which is currently on sale on Sony's outlet store for £1,230. It is, despite its looks, a powerhouse that comes with two years warranty. Under the bonnet is a combination of Intel Core i7-3537U and Windows 8 Pro. The processor is a third-generation model clocked at 2GHz with two cores and 3MB cache.

Other components include a backlit island-style keyboard, 12GB of RAM, a 512MB SSD, a 13.3in touchscreen display with a 1,600 x 800 pixel resolution, an Nvidia Geforce GT735 GPu with 2GB of RAM, a Blu-ray disc writer, Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, up to five hours battery life, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and two years warranty.

All in all, these are two very different form factors that demonstrate the vibrancy of the Wintel ecosystem and explains why despite all the doom and gloom, there is still plenty to be excited about in the world of laptops.

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