Haswell Windows 8 Ultrabook review of sorts

I talk to many developers almost on daily basis and development machines always come up every so often. Everyone’s excited about the upcoming Haswell chip as it brings long battery life in addition to performance. We can now expect 10+ hour battery life.

I am one of the lucky few to have a device straight from Intel. Took a while to get to me but its here and its great. I wont be talking about any stats as this is a pre-production device and CNDA strictly forbids it 🙂

I have been using this as my main dev device for a week now and here is what it looks like

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As you can see it clearly states that this isn’t mine 🙂 The device has a nice gun metal feel to it. Feels nice and solid. its a 14 inch device and weighs1.4 kg. It is very light in terms of available ports – it has

  • power in
  • 2 x usb 3 one on each side
  • mini HDMI
  • 1 x mobile SIM slot
  • 1 x SD card slot

as far as sensors are concerned – this thing is packed to the brim – it has

  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Light sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • and probably more – I just can’t remember

Additionally this is the first device that has a backlit keyboard. Personally this is the best thing about the device. It runs Intel Haswell 4th Gen i5 process clocked at 2.0 GHz. Its got 4GB of RAM soldered and 180GB SSD. Its spend little time getting its battery calibrated however it stays around 10 – 11 hour mark.

The screen is ultra bright and offers 1080p as the default resolution. It also features touch and the quality of touchscreen is excellent. It support 5 touch points.

I have been doing Windows 8 and Windows Phone dev on this and even the windows phone emulators support multi-touch. If you think you don’t need touch think again – touch compliments existing input devices. Once you get used to it, you will miss it when its gone 🙂

Many developer talk about MacBook spec device running windows including Mary Jo Foley and this baby is the thing. Most OEMs will be using this as a reference device and expect similar spec’d devices coming to an outlet near you.


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