Tablets and laptops as New Year gifts 2018

| December 23, 2017


Perhaps, many noted that in 2015 and 2016, buying a tablet as a New Year’s gift was quite a challenge. There was a trend in the market for the production of tablets-transformers (with the dock-keyboard), Microsoft tried to popularize Windows 10 with the appearance of tablets with this operating system, the main manufacturers experimented with the price policy, and their Chinese colleagues did not have enough experience to create truly high-quality devices … All this in general did not make the choice simple – so most changed the decision to buy a tablet to purchase some other gadget.

In 2017 – and we can safely say – there was a triumphant return to the tablet market of Apple. It is her new device that we recommend as a gift.

Apple iPad 2017

Apple, never striving for leadership in the market due to low prices, in 2017 released the “self-titled” year iPad. In retail, its price for the younger model (32 gigabytes of working memory, only Wi-Fi) started from the mark of $428 and by December dropped by $30-$50 (depending on the store). In the US, such a tablet costs $ 329 – and this is the lowest cost iPad of the current generation in the history of the series.

What is behind such generosity of Apple? What are the marketing and technical tricks? There are three (main) ones.

First, the design uses an Apple A9 chip (a “smartphone” chip, previously installed in the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE).

Second – the design of the case is largely identical to the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 tablet.

Third – in the iPad 2017 screen, Apple did not use OGS technology, so the display and its protective coating are not combined. This simplifies the repair, but slightly worsens the picture when backlighting (the highlight has a slight bifurcation).

In principle, even $428 (the more seriously equipped models of the iPad 2017, with 128 gigabytes and the LTE module, are more expensive) – the money for the tablet market is considerable. Chinese manufacturers have exerted a lot of effort to the border in the 350-400 dollars separated the premium segment from the rest. Nuance is that for its cost iPad 2017 with 32 gigabytes and Wi-Fi in this premium segment objectively has no competitors. Potential rivals are either technically worse or have a significantly larger price tag.

The essence of this situation is that the “budgetary” of the new iPad 2017 in practice is fictitious. The quality of the assembly, the materials used, the speed with which new iOS versions and the quality of the image on the screen are fully complies with the standards of the line. The same smartphone chip Apple A9 shows significantly better performance than the “full” Apple A8X from the iPad Air 2. At the same time, its energy efficiency is higher, so with the autonomy of the iPad 2017 everything is very good.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5

It seems that, having released iPad Pro 10.5 in 2017, Apple finally found the ideal screen size and the dimensions of the case for this line.

Ten and a half inches on the diagonal – that’s what it needed to be “professional-oriented and content-creating” iPad was not as cumbersome as its fellow iPad Pro 12.9, but also did not merge with the “regular” line of Apple iPad tablets – like iPad Pro 9.7.

As the debut device of its size class, the iPad Pro 10.5 has absorbed all the best that Apple has to date in the creation of tablets. So, for the screen the manufacturer was not only saved a new resolution of 2224×1668 points, but also a mode of updating 120 hertz. It creates an effect of incredible smoothness of the interface, a feeling of ease and speed.

However, the speed of the iPad Pro 10.5 is not at all illusory: the tablet’s computing platform includes a proprietary six-core A10X chip with a PowerVR Series 7XT graphics unit and 4 gigabytes of RAM. The amount of working space for iPad Pro 10,5 can be 64, 256 or 512 gigabytes – depending on the version.

The capacity of the battery of the tablet is equal to 8134 mAh. It’s enough for ten standard hours for autonomous work for all new iPad.

Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus TB-X704L 64Gb

Unfortunately, there are not many worthy alternatives for those who prefer Apple’s tablet products with Android in 2017. However, the model Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus TB-X704L is one of those options that we can recommend as a New Year’s gift with an absolutely pure soul.

Better choice seems to us the option Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus TB-X704L with 4 gigabytes of operating and 64 gigabytes of working memory (there is another version of 3/16 GByte). Her heart is the eight-core chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 – the solution of the average level of performance.

A significant advantage of the tablet can be considered a bright display with a diagonal of 10.1 inches. Its IPS matrix is ​​distinguished by juicy colors and good calibration. But the details (for 2017) more than the standard: 1920 to 1200 points.

Appearance Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus TB-X704L is fully consistent with the declared “premium” manufacturer: the case uses good plastic and glass, the design is laconic, and the assembly is quality.

The tablet allows to increase the working space of memory due to microSD cards, has decent acoustics, its Wi-Fi module works in two bands. The capacity of the built-in battery is 7000 mAh. As the software environment on the Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus TB-X704L preinstalled OS Android 7.0.


To give a laptop as a New Year’s gift has long been easy and pleasant: the market has settled, most manufacturers have in their range a number of clearly outlined performance and functionality of the rulers, and progress does not make sharp jumps, preferring a measured (practically planned in advance) movement forward.

From our point of view, the status of a New Year’s gift from modern laptops is best met by gaming and universal models with a large display.

HP Omen 17

Having decided to buy a gaming laptop as a New Year’s gift (to ourselves or someone close), we recommend that you pay attention to the model HP Omen 17. Even before the start of sales, we did a review and testing of this laptop, so we can talk about its merits with all responsibility.

The main advantages of the HP Omen 17 three: interesting design and good ergonomics, a powerful platform and rich functionality, as well as a thoughtful set of options for fans of video games.

The design of the case HP Omen 17 is very original and in a good way aggressive, as it should be a gaming laptop. Outwardly this effect is created thanks to the chopped lines and planes visually broken into the semblance of polygons. The color of the notebook is traditional for its class – black with red elements. Opening the HP Omen 17 shutters (at an angle of up to 130 degrees), we will see a screen on an IPS matrix with a diagonal of 17.3 inches. Its resolution can be either 1920×1080 or (optional) 3840×2160 pixels. Under the screen is a full-size mechanical island-type keyboard with illumination. Note that the highlight of the main keys is red, but the WASD buttons highlighted with red plastic are highlighted in white.

As usual, the new HP Omen 17 appeared on the market in the form of several versions, differing in characteristics. So, from the central processors the manufacturer equips this laptop either Intel Core i5-7300HQ, or Intel Core i7-7700HQ. The amount of RAM varies from 6 to 32 gigabytes (using DDR4 memory). The range of installed video accelerators includes NVIDIA cards: GeForce GTX 1050, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce GTX 1060 and GeForce GTX 1070. The capacity of their memory is from 2 to 8 gigabytes of fast GDDR5.

Extremely useful for the gaming notebook are the nuances of the design in the HP Omen 17 can be considered the presence of an efficient and well-designed cooling system, high-quality built-in acoustics Bang & Olufsen and a wide range of network interfaces and ports – including USB Type-C.

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD

Among all the new laptops that are nice to put on the desktop as a home computer, ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD is one of the most pleasant and balanced.

Externally, ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD seems very light and compact enough, despite the presence of a 17-inch screen. The secret of elegance – in the concise lines of the body, light aluminum – as the main material, as well as a small thickness – just over 2 centimeters. However, the objective figures confirm the first impression of the model – the mass of ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD is 2.1 kilograms.

Fortunately, the compactness of the body of the novelty did not become an obstacle either for the installation of a high-quality cooling system, nor for the ceiling, in which its technical characteristics rest. Computing platform ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD is based on the current in 2017 processor Intel Core i7-8550U and video accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 gigabytes of memory standard GDDR5. The amount of RAM of the notebook is 16 gigabytes (DDR4) – the module is installed in a single slot of the motherboard, RAM can not be expanded. To store information ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD uses a bundle of terabyte hard drive and solid state array SSD with a capacity of 256 gigabytes.

As already mentioned above, the screen of the ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD has a diagonal of 17.3 inches. It uses an IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. It’s nice that the screen has a matte finish. As a built-in acoustics, a harman / kardon stereo system is installed.

The full-sized island keyboard has a backlight with three levels of brightness. Under the keyboard is a touchpad, in which the fingerprint scanner can optionally be installed.

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