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HP Stream 8 with extreme USB Connectivity. Good showcase, bad solution.

Posted on 26 January 2015 by

I’ve tested this before but it needs to be done again. A sub-$200 8-inch Windows 8 tablet with external Full-HD screen, Gigabit Ethernet, a 256GB SSD, external sound module and USB keyboard and mouse all driven over one UBS 2.0 link. I’m using the HP Stream 8 here. Here’s the display set-up I’m working with now. IE11 (Modern) on the left with Bing News on the right on the main […]

HP Stream 8 with DataPass. Detailed first-look video

Posted on 23 January 2015 by

I’ve just bought a HP Stream 8 with 3G and the first video and first-impressions are ready for you. The video is below and if you’re interested in a truly mobile PC (that is a handheld PC with mobile internet) then you’ll need to watch this and think about this new class of sub-$200 3G-enabled Windows tablets. It’s an incredible deal when you think about it because it was only a few […]

DataPass Deal: HP Stream 8 with 3G, free data and Office 365 for €175

Posted on 21 January 2015 by

I’ve just ordered the HP Stream 8 5900ng 8-inch Windows tablet because of an amazing European 3G deal. The HP Stream 8 5900ng includes an unlocked 3G module and comes with 200MB of Europe-roaming data per month for 2 years. You can top-up on a regular or one-off basis. According to information on the HP Germany website, USA is included from the 1st Feb 2015. Is this the ultra-mobile PC deal […]

Tesco UK offers Acer ES1 / E11 laptop for £129. Update:Sold Out!

Posted on 21 January 2015 by

I’ll keep this quick because if you’re in the UK you might want to hurry on this one. The Acer E11 / ES1 11.6-inch fanless laptop is available for £129 right now. “While stocks last.”

HP Stream 11, ASUS X205, Acer E11 Compared

Posted on 19 January 2015 by

There are now three low-cost lightweight Windows 8 laptops on market that are getting good reviews and appear to be selling very well. Here’s a round-up of the HP Stream 11, ASUS X205 and Acer E11 laptops with pro’s and con’s. Each looks to be a good value purchase but there are important differences between them that will affect customer choices.

Coming soon: Amazon Fire TV Stick + Windows 8.1 Miracast support.

Posted on 14 January 2015 by

The Amazon Fire TV stick was looking like the best Miracast option for Windows 8 PCs; A real no-brainer.  The problem is that it isn’t working. Owners are reporting that it’s showing up as a remote display on Windows 8.1 but no-one is reporting a successful connection. Does this mean it’s a no-go? Fortunately not because Amazon have recently indicated that Windows 8.1 support is coming soon. It seems that a […]

Top Ultra-Mobile PCs from CES 2015

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

CES 2015 turned out to be a surprisingly good show for ultra-mobile PC fans. Broadwell-U was officially launched, Intel announced that Cherry Trail was shipping and we saw two very interesting 9-inch 2-in-1 Windows PCs. There were more Core M-based PCs announced too.

Intel Core M Performance: Latitude 13 7000 gets deep-dive review.

Posted on 09 January 2015 by

The lab-rats at Notebookcheck have just published their full review of the Dell Latitude 7350. This 1.6KG 13-inch device isn’t ultra-mobile but we’ve put it our database as we’re implementing a strict 1.3KG minimum operating weight limit. This is a 2-in-1 detachable with a 13-inch fanless tablet that weighs just 860 grams. There’s also something important inside that we need to know about – the Core M 5Y10. It’s also a 2-in-1 […]

Lenovo Yoga 3 11. Refined, again.

Posted on 08 January 2015 by

The 11-inch Yoga got a significant upgrade when Lenovo launched the Yoga 3 11 this week. It’s a fanless Core M based convertible that now has a Full HD screen, a redesigned casing and hinge, has a power connector that doubles-up as a third USB port and it weighs just 1.1KG (2.4 pounds.) The starting price is $799 which, as we all know, means is will probably sell for a […]

Toshiba Satellite Click Mini. Details and Size Comparison.

Posted on 07 January 2015 by

Things are hotting-up in the 8.9-inch Windows detachable sector with Toshiba announcing something that’s going to go head-to-head with the ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi. The Toshiba Satellite Click Mini beats the T90 Chi on some specifications, but not on others. At 1KG (2.2 pounds) exactly the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 with its docking keyboard isn’t as light as the T90 Chi but there’s a reason for that. The keyboard isn’t just […]

Intel Compute Stick – Quad-core Atom PC for $89. Details, Video.

Posted on 07 January 2015 by

This Atom Z3745-based HDMI dongle is ready to plug into your TV or monitor. It will be pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a standard USB port and a micro SD card slot for extra storage. A Micro-USB port is also on board for power supply. Basically it’s a Baytrail-T tablet without the screen, battery and speakers.

Ultra Mobile Extras – CES 2015 #1

Posted on 07 January 2015 by

CES is huge, scary, entertaining, unhealthy and informative all at the same time but I really wish I was there. The advantage of being in the office this year though is that even if it’s 3am I can wade through a ton of feeds to pick out relevant news items. Here are the news items I haven’t blogged in full today, Day 1 of CES 2015.

Intel CES 2015 Keynote Summary (Images and Notes)

Posted on 07 January 2015 by

Photo-story of the Intel CES 2015 keynote. (Including notes)

Toshiba focuses on Wacom pen with Encore 2 Write Tablets

Posted on 06 January 2015 by

Pen-driven tablets; They’ve been a staple of the pro-mobile market for many years for some very good reasons and Toshiba just might have the right idea with their new Encore 2 Write 8 and Write 10 tablets. The new tablets use Wacom technology to address a number of important digitizer features that recent tablets have lacked. Wacom, pressure sensitivity, responsiveness and hover are critical when it comes to quality digitizer input. The ASUS Vivotab […]

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