Windows 8, it is possible to perform two types of hybrids. there computers that are transformed into tablets by a screen or sliding latch. They have the advantage to integrate standard components but the disadvantage weight and compact high in tablet mode. Or it is a tablet that adopts a detachable keyboard into a computer. The advantage is the size as weight in tablet mode and also not take the Dell Studio 1450 keyboard only when needed. Computer mode, this is however a less elegant solution with a slide a little deformed back. The hybrid Acer Iconia W510 is a representative of the second category with bias for maximum mobility in screen size 10 inches. Suddenly, the Intel Atom processor is a very low power consumption with a range that reaches 17 hours with the keyboard with an extra battery. the price also remains very reasonable 600 euros.


This hybrid is composed of a keyboard dock and a standalone tablet 10.1-inch lightweight as it weighs only 560 grams. The fineness is equally impressive with eight millimeters. It is very comfortable to hold and does not stress if you take the time. The weight and thickness are smaller than the iPad (650 grams, 9.4 mm) and equivalent to what is the best Android. We must admit that the fineness of the X86 tablet dazzled us.

The overall look is also achieved with a screen with black borders which contrasts with the white edge and certainly silverback plastic but good quality. Acer also book semi-rigid case of very good quality.

The Dell Studio 1457 tablet operates by adding the dock. The connection is done in the blink of an eye, simply insert the tablet into the slide. Once engaged, the setting is very strong and we are faced with a notebook ultraportable. The hinge is very strong when the screen / tablet is open which makes sense in touch tilt to avoid unintentionally. It is also possible to tilt more than 90 degrees. The keyboard is small but it is very easy to use. Typing is not a problem. A small touchpad completes the picture into a notebook, but it lacks precision. It is also surprising that fashion is happening notebook keyboard to the touch screen without even realizing it, depending on the action. Given the small size of all the short distance to the screen prompts literally.

The dock also includes an extra battery which explains the relatively high weight of the whole. The total weight is 1.25 kg, a standard 13-inch ultrabook. In practice, it appears that this weight is also necessary for the screen / tablet does not switch all that happens anyway if you tilt the screen / shelf a little too far . In addition to the connection pad already provided with a stereo mini-HDMI, mini-USB, card reader and a micro-SD socket owner to dock and recharge, there is a standard USB port on the keyboard. Note that a mini USB adapter to USB standard is provided which allows you to connect directly to a storage medium or device on the tablet.

A nice screen

The Inspiron 1570 screen of this hybrid is very convincing, especially in tablet use. The slab is already IPS technology with wide viewing angles in all directions. Then its just colorimetry is rather flattering and the colors are just right. And the icing on the cake, contrast and brightness are high. The panel is equally enjoyable with excellent responsiveness and a good glide. With a resolution of 1366 x 768, the pixel density is satisfactory in 10 inches.

Atom autonomous

To succeed in getting a tablet as compact while maintaining compatibility x86, Acer's dig into the latest generation of Atom processors, named Clover Trail. The Atom Z2760 is used in a double version is the heart of Medfield smartphone used in the Intel By Orange. It gains 200 MHz in addition to his second heart and displays performance more than adequate in view of its consumption. Be careful though, this chip is far less powerful than the Celeron came first. However it competes quite well with the ARM mobile processors. The graphic part is provided by the PowerVR aging may be really behind. It will probably make a cross on the 3D game a little bit sophisticated.

In contrast, office and multimedia activities pose no problems. We could even do a little photo editing on Photoshop 7 without waiting applying a filter ... Only true regret: 2 GB of RAM, which tend to fill up too quickly. For storage, it is a 64GB SSD officiating (including 16 GB occupied by Windows). It abandons pure performance, the dell latitude d620 battery exchange against autonomy as we exceeded 6 hours on the tablet and 16 hours after the dock added. The absence of any fan ensures quiet but still a little hot tablet support but not more than the iPad 3.

But where are my benchs?!

Note that you will not find the traditional PC Mark and 3D Mark in this test. Involved a combination of drivers and not fresh benchmarks in need of a good update. We will then update this article once in possession of drivers finalized.

What about Windows 8?

If he missed quite a few drivers and all felt a little paint, our version of Inspiron mini 10 Windows 8 was fully functional. And we must admit that this form-factor goes particularly well with this new version of the OS. The lightness of the machine that the W510 is a great tablet and 10 inches is really perfect for the consultation on the couch. Keyboard and adds flexibility to the whole. Being in an x86 environment, with software compatibility and richness that implies is particularly valuable. It should be noted however, with interest developments in the software package using the Windows 8 interface which is currently very limited and almost entirely dedicated to the consultation content.

Acer Iconia W510: a tablet and a PC

The dell Studio XPS 1640 is one of those devices that are changing computing forever. Choices Microsoft have led the largest format changes in the short history of computing. And if some concepts might not spend the winter, the W510 will not be one of them. His bet is the maximum mobility in the universe x86 and it will be perfect in second gear. This is a tablet that can easily compete with the best in Android. Windows 8 is convincing in this course use interface with a less immediate but also offers new possibilities as real as to be informed without having to enter an application by the animated tiles. Once with his keyboard, W510 becomes ultra-mobile notebook on which it is good to be productive, create and organize, not to mention the interaction of PC files with universally recognized and equally universal USB. As comfortable as laptop in tablet mode, this hybrid provides versatility hitherto unpublished in the mobile world. Sure there are some improvements as a touchpad a little small but overall it is very successful. We look forward to the match against Vivo Tab Asus that arises direct competitor.

The Vaio T13 is the first ultra-portable 13.3-inch ultrabook type of Sony. Its rich expertise with models like the Z Series, the Japanese manufacturer is able to do it better than the competition, while respecting the standards imposed by Intel (power, thickness, autonomy ...)? The answer is in this test ...

At the out of the box, the T13 looks so beautiful with its cover aluminum alloy and magnesium, whose finish is very sensitive to fingerprints. Once opened, it displays a good level of finish although it seems still a little less elegant than Dell Inspiron 1420 Battery.

We also noticed that the cover that protects the screen goes under the chassis when it is fully opened. It is therefore this part that rests on the back of the T13 when it is open (see photo above). This allows to take off a few millimeters of the surface on which it rests and promote air circulation unfortunate consequence: it is then the hinges morflent when pressed on the hull.

The keypad separate, despite a respectable size and well proportioned keys, we have not conquered. In fact, it offers extremely short strikes which almost gives the impression that you tap on a table. Its use is not the most pleasant.

The touchpad, however, made a good impression on us. If it is not very spacious, fully clickable offers a smooth ride and accepts all the multitouch features (zoom / un-zoom with two fingers and the scrolling 2, 3 and 4 fingers).

Webcam (720p) provides a detailed picture in bright areas but shows a strong tingling in dark areas. For optimum, so make sure to use it in a well lit room.

The Dell Latitude D630 Battery connector is compatible with current usage. The T13 has two video outputs (VGA and HDMI), RJ45 port, a card reader (supports SD and Memory Stick), a headphone and mic combo jack (Headset) and two USB ports (1 x 1 x 2.0 and 3.0). The lack of a dedicated microphone jack penalize probably not many people, but a third USB port on the right edge would have been welcome, especially since the two ports can be blocked by this one big USB stick for example.

Positive, even when pushing its components with heavy applications or several benchmarks, the Sony T13 is quiet enough to go unnoticed until there is a complete silence. Another advantage it gives off very little heat despite the thinness of the chassis (17.8 mm). Sony has done a great job on this part.

The display color rendering quite disastrous (delta E 12.8) only the use of a calibration profile can improve. The contrast displayed by the 13.3-inch slab is less good (230: 1). This is not even a notebook. Another black spot this screen, full brightness not exceed 180 cd / m². With such a brightness and a glossy coating on the screen has absolutely no chance to avoid reflections of direct light (sun lamp placed in his back ...). Finally, definition (1366 x 768 pixels) is fairly standard and can display characters legibly. Sony, however, a little late to this party because Asus has already happened in 1600 x 900 pixels on its 13.3-inch ultrabook (ASUS Eee PC 1005).

Honorable overall performance for the audio section. The speakers will not mark the spirits, but can broadcast a signal understandable and relatively clean. We do not ask for too much against in terms of power.

Side input-output measures are very good and the power should suit any headset or hands-free kit - remember that only a combo jack (headphone and microphone) is available.

Configuration tested:

Received test configuration includes an Intel Core i3-2367M, 4GB of memory, Intel HD 3000 graphics chipset and a 320GB hard drive backed by a 32GB SSD Express in cache. Unlike the rest of the test, which is valid for all Vaio T13 (see box below cons), only variant tested here is concerned with our comments on performance.

The embedded processor is a low-power variant of Intel's Core i3. It is a i3-2367M, less efficient than models like the i3-2330M. According to our measurements, which include, among others, 3D modeling, data archiving and full HD video encoding, it takes an average of 45% more time than the Core i3-2330M to do the same tasks.

Note that it is still more than 2 times faster than a processor Intel Atom or AMD E-450 found in netbooks and notebooks some very powerful. Without being the fastest, it therefore leaves some freedom in the choice of applications. Office and everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet remains a cakewalk for him.

The addition of SDS 32 GB Express Cache to support the hard disk of 320 GB delivers improved responsiveness, but also a start time of about 35 seconds, connect to Wi-Fi included. Time to extinction is him just 5 seconds.

As a reminder this SSD is not accessible to the user. This is the computer that controls and is used to store some data faster.


No surprise on his skills in the game. Lack of a dedicated graphics card, it can launch a very limited number of recent titles like FiFA 11 in the native resolution of the Dell Vostro 1320 screen. Even on those, it will not be too greedy on the level of detail required (average at best) under penalty to bring down the frame rate. With regard to older titles like Half Life 2, the flexibility is greater.

If the T13 does not perfectly in games, the presence of the HD 3000 chipset, it provides however to decode 1080p videos smoothly.


Sony announced 7 hours, with our test procedure (720p video playback, screen at 100 cd / m², headphones plugged in and Wi-Fi off) the T13 has resisted 5:20. A correct value, coupled with a weight of 1.48 kg, it can travel easily. Its dimensions also allow to slip easily into a backpack.

Sony has provided a range of configurations to correct its T13. One tested here is the configuration the least powerful (sold around 750 euros).

It is possible to replace the CPU evaluated in this article more powerful models Dell Inspiron 1520 Battery (Intel Core i5-3317U or Intel i7-3517U). The amount of RAM may also vary between 4, 6 and 8 GB Finally, side storage, it is possible to stay on a HDD + SSD Express Cache and increase the capacity of HDD from 320 to 500 GB It is also possible to switch on only one storage provided by an SSD (128 to 512 GB). If one takes the highest configuration, the selling price of the T13 is now nearly three times compared to the first model.

For us, the evaluated configuration here that is offering the best price / performance ratio.

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The mark to Apple observers remember of course that its founder, Steve Jobs, said not so long ago there was no other good format for a Tablet than the 10 inches of the first iPad. And yet! This is that Apple released its first "small tablet", in the format 7.9 inches, intended to compete with the Nexus 7 and other Android tablets compact 7-inch format.

Presented as an iPad "fro" by communication from Apple, this iPad Mini has - you it all a large?


Not content to be more compact than the iPad, the iPad Mini inaugurates a new design in mind close enough from that of the recent iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th generation. The rest comes in two colours: silver-white or slate black. The body of the device is made of a unibody aluminum shell and finesse impresses, barely 7.2 mm thick, we may note the same work of aluminum on the chamfer on the screen as the iPhone 5. These are bevelled and polished to a mirror effect rendering.Dell F287H Battery Lovers of numbers will hold the iPad Mini is 23% thinner and lighter than a conventional iPad 53%.

Light therefore, only 304 grams on our balance, and that can be held with one hand (large), the Mini iPad yet gives a clear sense of robustness. The screen 7.9 inch is here most of the available space, the borders being part and other extremely fine screen. The rest as the Mini iPad is expected to be held with one hand with your thumb resting on the screen it is noted that Apple took into account this detail so that your thumb does not launch applications on the homescreen of iOS 6.0 mistakenly.

As its big brother, the Mini iPad has buttons for adjusting the volume on the slice, a button a button getting started on the Summit, and the inevitable middle button located below the screen, programmable door locks. The speakers reported by two separate sets of openings perforated at the base of the Mini iPad, in the same spirit as the iPhone 5 and, for the first time on an iPad, they issue a stereo sound. A mini-jack connector located on the top of the shelf.

A screen 7.9 inches

Before dwell us on the technical characteristics of this Mini iPad, let's go back to the dell inspiron e1505

screen. 7.9 Inches diagonal, it adopts a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Then necessarily after praised the Retina display on iPad third-generation, critics will hold the iPad Mini has no Retina display. This is true and in the future it is surely a margin of progress for this tablet. In the meantime, do not lose sight of two things: the resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels is identical to that of the iPad and iPad 2. In fact, completeness of iPad applications developed to date operates natively on the iPad Mini without the need for specific update. Mine nothing, it therefore enjoys a repository of 275,000 titles... The other point, and not least, it is only where the 1024 x 768 pixels of an iPad were fair, with a clear pitch, the reduction of the diagonal of the screen with constant resolution in fact mitigates this defect. Still, the density of pixels per inch is 163ppi for this Mini iPad against 216ppi for the recent Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 and it is.

Include two other annoying points: the first is video playback. Here the dell inspiron e1705 battery is not capable of displaying in their full resolution HD movies in 720 p... This is a limitation in part offset by the technology of Adaptive streaming of iTunes for streaming movies. Remains for movies from other sources it can be unfortunate. Another pitfall: Although the iPad Mini has a non-Retina screen, applications you download will have mostly Retina graphics and known to the effect that this has on storage space, applications Retina tend to take their ease.

Technical characteristics

To animate his Mini iPad, Apple holds a processor dual-core A5, the same as on the iPhone 4s, and the iPad 2. In fact the iPad Mini is less well off on paper than the iPad's third generation or the brand new iPad Retina it with a 6, evolution of the A6 on the iPhone processor 5. Apple offers only, 512 MB of RAM with its processor while the device naturally comes with the usual radio interfaces: Bluetooth and Wi - Fi. It is significantly changing as Apple offers a Wi - Fi operating circuit at 150 Mbps, against 75 Mbps for the third generation for example iPad.

More importantly, the mark to Apple declines iPad Mini in cell version with a French model that does not support 4 G unlike sold on American soil. But fault network really deployed in France...

And on this Mini iPad the new Lightning connector that replaces the venerable 30 dock connector pin. Regarding the battery, Apple officially evokes a battery life of 10 hours while the adaptor supplied with the Tablet is identical to that of the iPhone. It is a model 5 Watts contrary to the iPad that benefit from a model 10 or 12 Watts. Cooldown seems to suffer: it seemed so long that it eventually catch a 'standard' iPad charger in our test.

5 Megapixel photo

For the camera part,dell xps m1210 holds a sensor 5 megapixel retroexpose. The same resolution as that proposed by the iPhone 4 but probably not the same generation of sensor both different results: perhaps one of the last iPod Touch? Or are the image processing algorithms that have changed. Indeed, if management of the digital noise is almost identical (a tad cleaner), white (in natural light) balance, dynamics, and Colorimetry have significantly improved. The photos look more natural (the colors are less saturated) and the transitions between dark and light areas appear more shades. However, rendering péchu iPhone 4 may be preferred the softer return of the mini iPad for images ready to use, that we share just after the shooting.

3.3 Mm lens opens at f: 2, 4 (3.9 mm and f: 2, 8 on iPhone 4): the framing is so barely wider than on iPhone 4, but above all to equivalent light conditions, the iPad mini access shorter installation times (1/25s against 1/17 s 160 ISO in our example of the unlit scene). To use, you can still lock the exposure area which unfortunately also locks the area. On the other hand, the HDR and the flash disappeared: it remains in the options as the grid composition. And it not to mention the pan on iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 and 4 S... In short, the photo sensor is pretty good for a Tablet but photo enforcement has been simplified to the extreme.

Video side, nothing to report in particular. The mini iPad films in 1080p at 30 fps, with a 17.2 Mbps in Mpeg4 AVC encoding bitrate. The results are good but it is a pity that Apple does still not continuous development for animated images, as do other competitors. There, need to touch the screen to prompt the mini iPad to recalculate its development.

Finally, note that the Mini iPad comes with a FaceTime HD camera, that is a front-facing camera HD in 720 p. It should be noted that the new iPad, i.e. the third generation iPad, merely a Facetime camera non-HD.

The Mini iPad to the use

We mentioned the iPad Mini is light, very light. At the time, keep one hand is entirely feasible contrary to his big brother, to condition however of having large hands. The unibody enclosure of the iPad if it inspires confidence in terms of robustness is here so fine that hold the iPad Mini has only one hand is sometimes dangerous. The metal has a tendency to drag while the iPad, fine and machined edges do not necessarily provide the best grip. If hold the fixture to the bare hand and vertical is sometimes acrobatic, adding the SmartCover iPad Mini manages to address its problems by adding the thickness while the protective coating slip significantly less than the hull of the Mini iPad. And since we are considerations on the design of the device, its smaller size makes its use in camera mode a bit less ridiculous than dell xps m1710 with a full Tablet 10 inch size as its big brother.

Side software environment, we will not return to iOS 6.0, having already dealt with this system in our columns. If the homescreen of iOS is still also dated, and frankly deserves the same level of customization offered by Microsoft with Modern UI, the ecosystem is it's most compelling. We found on this iPad Mini, a very wide selection of applications tablet of the inevitable Angry Birds passing by the House GarageBand application or the excellent fire Pinnacle Studio, to mention a few titles. As already mentioned, all the iPad apps are compatible with the iPad Mini, a good point. Need to update... Attention however: due to the small size of the screen with some applications some specific interface elements can become very small to manipulate what is sometimes somewhat delicate. This is particularly the case in the area search "App Store" application: difficult for example to move the cursor in this box by holding his finger pressed and seeing what you are doing both the space is reduced (found the same problem with iTunes also application).

Swift, the Tablet provides a user experience similar to what we are used on iPad. Siri is present on this Mini iPad that Apple still robs us of basic yet useful applications such as the calculator or the weather. It is true that iOS 6.0 has just enrich the clock for iPad app: do not brusquons them. Daily with this Mini iPad, we find that transitions and other effects of animation of the interface are fluid while Safari gives any satisfaction with regard to the display and rendering of Web pages. Naturally, this means no support for Adobe's Flash technology.

The virtual Vostro 1710 keyboard here gives any satisfaction even if keys are actually less clear than what we are accustomed on the Retina screen. The possibility to split the keyboard into two takes a little more sense on this iPad Mini, each area of typing easily falling under each of your thumbs. Remains a strange feeling... a quirk of this iPad Mini that it feels like using the keyboard, simply. The screen of the iPad Mini is soft. It does not offer the same strength as that of an iPad or an iPhone and descends slightly to strike, particularly on the central part of the screen.

Who says ecosystem also said Apple limitations that we know only too: not USB port on-board, mandatory synchronization with iTunes (or via iCloud it is true), optional SD card reader, new connectivity Lightning owner inconsistent with the Park of accessories with 30 dock connector pin, or even not standard HDMI connector (accessory is available but in stock at the Lighting format yet). Not to mention the passage by a conversion step necessary to not read of MKV.

We have naturally sought to measure the performance of the Mini iPad competitive. To do this, we use identical benchmarks on each platform recalling of course that the OS is different from one tablet to the other, these measures have any indicative. Level shelves, we adopt the iPad Mini, iPad third-generation but also the iPad 2 since the features of it are identical to the new Apple tablet.We do also appear the Fire HD Amazon Kindle when we were able to download applications from bench on the Amazon App Shop, as well as turn it award-winning Asus, the Nexus 7 couple Asus TF700 / Google and Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy.

The smallest Dell Vostro 1088 Battery is the best with SunSpider! Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy is head whereas the iPad Mini is slightly indented against the iPad 2. The third generation iPad is the fastest on the side of Apple. Facing the Nexus 7 MIni iPad proves faster while the gap with the Kindle Fire HD is even more pronounced.

Linpack evaluates various SoC power by measuring the number of operations at floating point they can run in the second. Here the iPad are the more swift and while iPad Mini to equal the third-generation iPad, the iPad 2 is the fastest. And faced with a Nexus 7, the performance gap is quite blatant.

Return on Linpack which focuses this time on our shelves performance by executing multiple threads simultaneously. The iPad are again at the top, the gap with Android being marked. Failure to draw conclusions, unlike platform with its bounds, there just as well as the iPad 2 is faster than the Mini iPad. Note that the Linpack Fire Kindle can run this test, it is therefore not present.

We are interested this time in graphics performance. Here the third generation iPad is widely in mind as the Galaxy Note 10.1 finishes second. Performance iPad 2 and iPad Mini are similar. It remains higher than the Nexus 7. GL Benchmark is not present on the Amazon store and we therefore could not run the test on Kindle FIre HD.

On the side of autonomy, the results are here expressed in minutes with our video of reference read on all platforms under identical conditions: light and sound at 50%, active Wi - Fi, Bluetooth off. The Fire HD Amazon Kindle explodes scores! As for the Mini iPad it takes more than 12 hours. Well, this is even better than the last iPad and the rest than the Nexus 7.


The iPad Mini is the result of a thoughtful approach to Apple about its Tablet features and their future uses or that it meets market demand and pressure of competition... hard to say. One thing is certain, Apple is being attacked on the Tablet market, and Android begins to seriously gain ground. The Cupertino firm had to react as the multiplication of compact formats, thought of course Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, were what interested buyers seeking lighter than a 10 tablet sizes inches or a more attractive price.

In our eyes, the iPad Mini is a real alternative to the Dell Studio 1558 10-inch tablets whose dimensions and weight sometimes hinder certain uses. This is especially true for example for reading electronic books. That can be held with one hand, the iPad Mini is now perfectly credible in the role of electronic reading. Moreover while a tablet like the iPad can be cumbersome when you travel especially in the air, the Mini iPad here also has a card to play. But of course the iPad Mini is not reduced to only uses. And if the absence of Retina display is noticeable and may Squeak a few teeth, especially facing the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD which are equipped with an HD display, it has as that all the iPad apps running natively on this new variation. An argument for Apple against Android at the price it is true control the ecosystem either through iTunes or the restrictions on the connectors including.

In terms of design and finish there of course not much to say because Apple demonstrates once more the extent of his knowledge. And faced with a Nexus 7 by Google, iPad Mini is lighter... may be too much besides! It should be noted that Apple offers new accessories for the iPad Mini declining a version Mini its SmartCover in several colours.

Is the price. Announced at 339 euros in Wi - Fi 16 GB version, the Mini iPad appears at a rate higher than a 7-inch Android tablet. More expensive, it is no doubt, but also frankly tempting in the light of the points discussed throughout this article, the finish to the application catalog, via cameras embedded, the Mini iPad has serious strengths, if one ignores including its non-Retina display.