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I urge you to buy a Chromebook; for security’s sake.

Posted on 24 April 2015 by

It’s over 9 years since I posted the first set of articles on the Carrypad blog…which became Origamiportal….which became UMPCPortal. I wanted to relay some thoughts on my personal need for a mobile internet device I called the Carrypad. I wrote about 5-7-inch screen sizes, web browsing, operating systems, GPS and use cases: Bed, sofa, toilet, plane, train and ship. I was, even if I do say so myself, spot-on, especially with the toilet! But I […]

Acer Aspire Switch 11 to get ‘V’ refresh later in 2015. Core M Confirmed.

Posted on 23 April 2015 by

The 11-12 inch screen size is perfect for mobile productivity and with processing power on the rise and design slimming down it gets more interesting every week. Intel’s Core M has a lot to do with the amount of activity in the sector and it might just be responsible for the new Acer Aspire Switch 11 V that got announced today. There aren’t many details available though as Acer only […]

Acer updates Aspire Switch 10 range for 2015.

Posted on 23 April 2015 by

Acer have just launched updated Aspire Switch 10 dockable tablets with  one starting at just $279. The high-end version has a full HD screen, digitizer pen support and gets a Gorilla Glass lid.

iConsole Micro. The $129 Atom-powered Android stick.

Posted on 22 April 2015 by

ConsoleOS is a tailored build of Android (AOS) for X86 PCs. It’s optimized with features for keyboard and mouse, an anti-virus package and then it’s tailored for use with an expanding list of devices. The company that makes it is about to market ConsoleOS on a tiny X86 HDMI stick called iConsole Micro and it’s one of most interesting ultra mobile PCs I’ve checked out for a long time.     […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review (Focus on Miracast.)

Posted on 22 April 2015 by

At €39 the Amazon Fire TV Stick is very interesting. For Prime customers it’s a must-buy but for those of us with Miracast-enabled devices it means that the Miracast feature (Screen Mirroring) also brings extra value. Early firmware builds for the Fire TV Stick didn’t support Miracast from Windows 8.1 but I’ve just received a stick here in Germany, upgraded the firmware and tested Miracast on two Windows PCs, a Windows smartphone and an […]

Dell Venue 10 Pro shipping. Review model incoming.

Posted on 20 April 2015 by

Starting at just $329 the 10-inch Dell Venue 10 Pro doesn’t look like anything special but take a look at the high-end package that’s available in the range. It comes with a nice-looking keyboard dock, full HD screen, 64 GB storage and it costs just $429 now at the Dell US site. There’s even a Wacom digitizer pen available for $34.99. Ooh! Do we have another Surface 3 competitor here?  

Toshiba Click Mini is shipping; but is it too late?

Posted on 18 April 2015 by

ASUS and Toshiba have a problem. They both launched 8.9-inch 1KG dockable tablets in Q1 2015 and before they got them to market the processing platform was upgraded and a shiny new product appeared. Microsoft’s Surface 3 runs on the brand new Atom X7 processor and clearly there’s going to be a run of new products leading up to Computex and ‘back-to-school’ period that will use X5 and X7 Atom. Why […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 extended review and tips. It’s still worth it!

Posted on 17 April 2015 by

After six months with the Surface Pro 3 I felt inspired to write a detailed review, and that says a lot about the product.

Comparing the Surface 3 with the much cheaper Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Posted on 16 April 2015 by

Everyone that has reviewed the Surface 3 so far has been fairly confident that it can be a laptop replacement. Actually it can’t until you buy the keyboard for it but in terms of performance it’s not bad. The issue is that the previous generation Atom arent that much slower. If you look closely at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows version) you’ll see a product that makes the Surface 3 […]

Intel Skylake showcase: E-ink, WiGig, RealSense, USB C, no-wires. (PDF and video)

Posted on 14 April 2015 by

Did you know that Intel makes own-brand tablets, laptops and 2-in-1s? I’ve had a couple and they’re pretty good. The latest is built on the next-generation Core platform codenamed Skylake which is due in late 2015.  Nicole Scott from Mobilegeeks got a close look at the prototype at Intel’s developer conference in Shenzen and I’ve just taken a look at a PDF presentation describing what’s inside. It’s inspirational, and that’s the idea […]

The Surface 3 can Minecraft

Posted on 14 April 2015 by

When I was reviewing the last generation Intel Atom-based low-cost laptops and tablets there was one question that I got more than anything. “Can it run Minecraft?” The same question now applies to the Surface 3. The answer, on devices like the HP Stream 11, Acer E11 and ASUS X205 wasn’t very positive. At low settings you could get 30 FPS but there was a lot of stuttering.  The Atom X7 processor, […]

Intel’s Orchid Island is a Braswell 2-in-1 Reference Design targeting $299

Posted on 08 April 2015 by

Presented in a technical session at Intel’s IDF in Shenzen today were details about up-coming low-cost tablet and 2-in-1 platforms. The session covered a Core M reference design (used to make the Cube i7 low cost Core M tablet) and talked about the advantages of Atom X5 / X7. They also presented Brawsell as a solution for clamshells and 2-in-1s. Orchid Island is the reference design. It’s build around a […]

Intel presents ‘no wires’ and Mini Lake Mini PC concepts

Posted on 08 April 2015 by

You are probably familiar with Intel’s NUC range of Mini PCs. They’ve been popular and now that Braswell is shipping you’re probably going to see a new range of them. Intel are also introducing a Mini Lake reference design that will be over 30% smaller. Beyond Mini Lake though is a proposal for a completely wire-free Mini PC. Meet the ‘no wire’ Mini PC.

Braswell now shipping for low-cost fanless laptops, Chromebooks with 2X GPU power.

Posted on 08 April 2015 by

Intel’s Braswell platform, the replacement for the Baytrail-M platform that you see in many Chromebooks and low-cost Windows laptops under the Pentium and Celeron brand, is now shipping to their customers. Intel claims that it will have 2X GPU performance and that 40 designs are in the pipeline.

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Top 10 Ultra Mobile PCs

Acer Aspire Switch 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi
10.1" Intel Atom Z3775
Microsoft Surface 3
10.8" Intel Atom x7-Z8700
HP Pavilion X2 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3736F
Acer Aspire Switch 11 V
11.6" Intel Core M 5Y10c
Dell Venue 11 Pro
10.8" Intel Atom Z3770
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10
10.1" Intel Celeron N2806
Lenovo Yoga 3 11
11.0" Intel Core M 5Y10

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