Star Trek II, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Ms. Pac-Man. Sometimes the sequel is much better than the original. Let's hope that's the case with "always-connected" laptops, a new generation of Windows 2-in-1s that use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and built-in 4G to provide the constant connectivity and long battery life you get from a smartphone.
We've tested the first two of these laptops: the $999 HP Envy x2 and the $599 Asus NovaGo TP370QL, and we were impressed with their epic 12 to 15 hours of endurance. Unfortunately, their mix of sluggish performance, compatibility issues and tiny storage drives raise the question: Who are they for?
"Battery life just is not a key driver for consumers," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "Even on a smartphone, the vast majority of consumer connectivity occurs over Wi-Fi and not over a cellular connection, making the cellular connectivity likely less important to PC buyers."