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Three reasons a Windows 8 laptop leads, MacBook lags

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This week Hewlett-Packard offered a few good reasons to consider a Windows 8 laptop over a MacBook.

Those arguments are embodied in an upcoming 3-pound HP EliteBook Revolve business ultrabook “convertible” that was announced this week.

The MacBook Air is a fine design (I use one every day) and the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is an even better design. But the Apple way isn’t the only way. Here are three features that the MacBook ain’t got.

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Built-in 4G: The EliteBook Revolve offers built-in 4G LTE or HSPA+. Wi-Fi-only MacBooks are getting a bit stodgy. It’s almost 2013. 4G should at least be optional on a MacBook.

Let’s put it this way, if 4G is an option for the iPad, why not for a tiny 2.4-pound MacBook Air? And if HP is including it in an ultrabook like the Revolve, you can bet there’s a reason: some of HP’s business customers are demanding it.

And sharing plans make it feasible to share 4G data across multiple devices now.

Touch screen: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Touch is de rigueur for any mobile device now. And two years from now, a portable device without a touch screen will be an anachronism. Like a keyboard without a mouse.

Fact is, HP offered a touch-screen tablet long before the iPad. Unfortunately, it was saddled with Windows XP. And HP (and Microsoft) could never see beyond the stylus as an input medium.

Docking station: I used HP docking stations for years (which the Revolve includes). They were a godsend. When you need to pick up and run, it’s just a matter of popping the lappy out. No disconnecting and reconnecting cables.

source – cnet


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