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The Samsung Chromebook Series 5

This week we got our hands on the first available Chromebook - the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 and though we liked its simplicity we didn't feel it was the strong start we were hoping for.

The HP TouchPad fell down, too, with performance issues that blighted an otherwise lovely tablet.

In the phone arena, we liked the Evo 3D from HTC, and in the world of computing, the AMD A8-3850 Fusion APU and Dell XPS 15z ticked all the right boxes.

Read on for this week's hottest reviews on TechRadar.

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review

Picture in your mind a new slimline laptop. It's got a 12.1-inch display and it runs only the Google Chrome web browser. It boots up in eight seconds. It resumes from sleep instantly. You're thinking of a Chromebook, a new kind of netbook designed to keep things as simple as possible - after all, the majority of us spend all our computing time in a web browser anyway.

It's not for all, and this is only the first Chromebook to hit the market so it's not exactly cheap, but for technophobes who want to get online without having to deal with the baggage that comes with a Windows installation, this could be the next big thing.

HP TouchPad review

The Palm Pre caused a bit of a stir when it came out a few years ago. Not only was it hailed as the saviour of Palm, it was rocking a new touchscreen operating system called webOS. It was the new phone in town to challenge the iPhone! Several years later, after the Pre flopped and HP subsequently bought palm for £790m, the HP TouchPad tablet emerges with a 9.7-inch screen and an updated version of webOS.

We were terribly excited about the TouchPad because we love webOS as an operating system and we like HP gear in general. So is the TouchPad the new iPad killer? You'll have to check out the review to find out.

HTC Evo 3D review

There are lots of 3D-sceptics out there, but we reckon the glasses-free 3D generation will be different. Glasses-free 3D offers stunning pain-free visuals without the need to those annoying 3D specs. The first generation of genuinely impressive glasses-free products are all in the world of mobile - it's easier to make decent glasses-free panels in small sizes.

The Evo 3D is HTC's first phone with a 3D screen and from what we've seen so far, it's a bit of a gem. The lenticular 3D effect isn't flawless, but the usual HTC build quality, Android 2.3.3 and Sense UI overlay make this phone yet another one-to-watch from the smartphone giant.

AMD A8-3850 Fusion APU review

Is the humble graphics card on its way out? With the rise of the APU (accelerated processing unit) it just might be. An APU combines the duties of a CPU and a GPU into one chip, making for an affordable and energy efficient set up. AMD is leading the way in this field with its new Llano platform, and while it doesn't offer top-end gaming performance, in terms of bang for your buck, this is the new king.

Dell XPS 15z review

As big fans of the DellXPS 15, we were looking forward to checking out the XPS 15z. The powerful specs and slender new body on this 15-inch laptop are immediate draws, forming a combination that could be a real winner if executed right.

Quite simply, the Dell XPS 15z is one of the best portable laptops we've had the pleasure of reviewing. Masses of power tucked into a slim and portable chassis, with an excellent keyboard and a sharp and vibrant screen. If you're looking for a capable laptop and can afford the £900 price tag, look no further.

Dell xps 15z

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