Lenovo Yoga 710 11. Mobile, convertible. And it’s great! Any more questions?

Posted on 01 June 2016 by

I often get the chance to handle PCs before they are released but it’s rare that I take such a liking to a product after so long testing it. After three months with a production sample the Lenovo Yoga 710 has become my buddy in-home and on-the-go and it has proven to me how much I like single-unit convertibles over separable tablet 2-in-1’s like the Surface Pro 3. The fanless (silent) light (2.3 […]

Discounted Lumia 950 XL is not enough. Analysis and LumiaBook proposal.

Posted on 30 May 2016 by

The Lumia 950 XL is 400 Euro in Europe now and offers a lot of hardware and features for the money but is it worth buying or should you completely ignore it? My analysis says ‘move on’ as I struggle to find any type of target customer – and that includes cameraphone fans. What next for Lumia and Windows Mobile? The LumiaBook?

New Lenovo Yoga 710 available in 3 weeks for $549 with a Pentium 4405Y

Posted on 30 May 2016 by

The Lenovo Yoga 710 that I’m writing on now will be available in 3 weeks for and entry-level price of $549. Pricing appears on the Lenovo USA website. A Lenovo Yoga 710 for $549 will include a Pentium 4405Y CPU which is effectively a cut-down Core M CPU at 1.5 Ghz and a low-end GPU (HD 515) and it allows Lenovo to keep the price down. You’ll still get 128 GB of SSD […]

Windows Home, UWP at risk as Microsoft steps out of consumer phone market.

Posted on 25 May 2016 by

Does the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and, ultimately, Windows Home have a future now that Microsoft are stopping development work on consumer phones? I think there’s a domino effect about to happen over the next 24 months that will see the consumer laptop market turn away from Windows Home and I don’t see a way that anyone can stop it. UWP is then left spreading awkwardly across gaming (Xbox) and business (PCs.)  UWP is at risk. Continuum […]

What can you do with Continuum on the Lumix 950 XL? (Detailed test.)

Posted on 25 May 2016 by

Continuum on the Lumia 950 LX is a bit awkward. You think you’re actually using Windows 10 desktop and then the bits of the UI you were expecting aren’t there. Neither are floating apps, Gigabit Ethernet USB dongle support and, the one that keeps catching me out, my taskbar with the Google Chrome icon. It’s not that fast either but here I am. on a Lumia 950 XL connected to […]

Intel KILLS OUR CHIPS.

Posted on 30 April 2016 by

The Intel-based ultra mobile PC era is coming to an end.  The next generation of Intel SoCs for Windows and Android phones and tablets has been cancelled, signalling a departure from the 5-10 inch mobile PC space.  Core M could fill-in but it looks very much like Intel are stepping away from this market. We’ve covered this for over 10 years at UMPCPortal so it’s a hard-hitting story for this website and […]

Mobile Streaming Equipment walkthrough

Posted on 28 April 2016 by

While some might not consider this mobile video streaming kit ‘ultra’ mobile it’s a set of equipment that uses ultra mobile components and can run for up to 3 hours on battery alone. It’s flexible, Full HD capable, can stream to multiple platforms (and RTMP recievers) and includes lighting, a good camera, tripods and the all-important shotgun microphone. This is a set of kit I’ve put together for a new […]

iPad Pro 9.7 testing, UMPC style.

Posted on 18 April 2016 by

Like the time I tested my first UMPC in 2006 this iPad Pro 9.7 is giving me goosebumps. 682 grants of powerful tablet and keyboard with LTE and 256 GB of SSD. This setup costs about the same too. 1368 Euros after tax / $1178 in the USA. Holy cow it’s expensive, but because this is a loaner, I’m still smiling. I’m still testing too so I can’t give you […]

Value phablet recommendation. Honor 5X.

Posted on 12 April 2016 by

Honor 5X price: $199 / €230. It’s a great phablet for very little money. Fancy an LTE-equipped mobile internet device with octa-core CPU, full disk encryption, fingerprint reader, Microsoft Office apps, a good camera, GPS and full HD screen? Let’s throw in an electronic compass and a battery that will last over 10 hours while surfing or watching videos. I’ve used the Honor 5X Android phablet / smartphone on and off […]

6 months of smartwatch testing. NOW I can comment.

Posted on 08 April 2016 by

When it comes to ultra mobile PCs you can’t get more mobile than a smartwatch. I’ve tracked the technology for years and over the last six months I’ve given three very different smartwatches a long-term test. I’ve recently been using the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G eSIM model and it’s an impressive bit of kit. GPS, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and an operating system that’s controlled with touch and voice. I’ve also been […]

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and Core i5 NUC incoming. (Your questions welcome in comments.)

Posted on 06 April 2016 by

I’ve got two PCs coming in for a full review over the next two weeks and I’m happy to take questions. The detachable Samsung Galaxy TabPro S will be with me in the next 24 hours and the Intel NUC kit with latest Core i5 and Iris Graphics is expected by the end of the week. Although these two PCs use the same CPU design, they are targeted at totally different […]

Lenovo Yoga 300 11. Cheap-screen says ‘don’t buy me.’

Posted on 29 March 2016 by

I’ve just posted detailed hands-on information about the excellent Lenovo Yoga 710 11-inch 360-degree convertible and as I read my colleagues review of the Yoga 300 11 I wonder why they bothered. This 360 convertible weighs about 40% more, has less battery life and a very poor screen. Granted, it’s got a useful choice of ports but hey, when the screen is this bad, who’s going to want to use […]

Lenovo Yoga 710 11 is one of the best subnotebooks.

Posted on 29 March 2016 by

I’ve had some time with a production sample of the Lenovo Yoga 710 and while I can’t bring you a full review there’s a lot I can tell you about it. The Yoga 710 is an 11.6-inch ultramobile Windows convertible (laptop-style with 360-degree hinge) running on a Core M CPU. Bloggers had unlimited access to it at CeBIT earlier this month and were able to draw a lot of conclusions. Here’s my […]

Lenovo Yoga Tab Pro 3 Mini Review

Posted on 26 March 2016 by

I’ve been looking for an Android product and although the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is at the top of my smartphone list I’m still hanging in with a Microsoft Lumia phone, mainly because I’ve been offered a long-term test on the Lumia 950 XL. If you’re into cameras and ultramobile PCs that’s an offer that’s difficult to refuse. The problem is that I need Android too. There are apps I […]

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