Lenovo Thinkpad 8 (Z3795) testing update

Posted on 10 July 2015 by

I bought a Thinkpad 8 last week. Why? This high-end Windows 8 tablet with LTE and 4GB got an update to the Z3795 CPU, has much improved performance over the original and was retailing in the UK for an absolute bargain price. Since I bought it I’ve done a lot of testing and a lot of travelling with it. I’ve also treated it to a hard case and a USB […]

Intel Compute Stick and Ainol Mini PC compared

Posted on 10 July 2015 by

I’m testing the Intel Compute Stick and the Ainol Mini PC. These two ultramobile PCs have exactly the same processing platform but completely different use cases. My analysis and video follows.

My Co-Working Desk

Posted on 09 July 2015 by

I’ve been co-working since late last year and it’s been a great boost to my ultramobile life, both in, and out of the computing sphere. Cycling to work means I need to keep the weight down and when I take the bus I’m often encouraged to get off a few stops early and try a different walk-through which means I get to know my town a bit more intimately. My […]

Acer Switch 10 detachable available for $220

Posted on 08 July 2015 by

A touchscreen detachable for $220! Amazon have an offer on the Acer Aspire Switch 10 right now, just as the Switch 10E is feeding into retail channels. I’m testing one of those right now and wondering why you would buy one when the original Switch 10, a device I’ve also tested in-depth, is available for such a good price. You can even get the 64 GB version for $270. Amazon […]

The BBC Micro:Bit just launched. Lucky UK kids! Video, details.

Posted on 07 July 2015 by

The Micro:Bit has officially launched in the UK.  It’s about as minimalist as you can make a computing device, including the cost which is so low that 1 million of them are being given to UK school children as part of a BBC-run project. The CPU uses an ARM architecture and there are sensors on board, digital and analogue ports, a 25 LED matrix, two programmable buttons, microUSB port and Bluetooth LE. It’s so […]

Voyo V2 Mini PC coming with battery, storage options.

Posted on 06 July 2015 by

Mini PCs with built-in batteries are cool. I’m currently testing the Ainol Mini PC and it’s very inspiring from a ‘project’ point of view, especially when you can run it wirelessly and knowing that Windows 10 will have some nice casting features. The Voyo V2 is coming soon though and it includes a battery and extra storage option.

Dell Venue 10 7000 – Good reviews. Bad Price.

Posted on 06 July 2015 by

At 1063 grams, including keyboard, the Dell Venue 10 7000 is another Android 2-in-1 to consider for mobile productivity, if you can justify the price. Back in 2010 I tried to put together a 1KG ‘rig’ that would serve mobile computing duties and in the test I had one of the first Android-based ‘smartbooks.’ The Toshiba AC100 was a really interesting product let down by an operating system and apps that didn’t support the […]

Windows 10 Build 10158 – Bigger steps needed for tablet users

Posted on 01 July 2015 by

This post is out of date before I’ve even posted it. As I was finalizing this post, build 10159 appeared and I’m downloading it now. We don’t know what’s in the latest build yet but it’s said to be significant. I’ll update this post with anything that’s affected here and write a new overview after I’ve looked at build 10159. The ‘beta’ tags have been removed from Store, Music, Maps, Edge and […]

Bargain, high-end Lenovo Thinkpad 8 (refresh) performance looks great.

Posted on 30 June 2015 by

The Lenovo Thinkpad 8 was the only early 2014 Atom-based Windows 8 tablet that I didn’t do a deep-dive review on. It was, as it turned out, one of the best and with its 1920×1200 display and USB 3.0 quite unique. A recent update to the range saw the original Z3770 processor being replaced with a Z3795 CPU (1.59 Ghz – 2.39 Ghz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and a true […]

Incredible offer on top-end Lenovo Thinkpad 8 in Europe – I just bought one.

Posted on 26 June 2015 by

Be quick because this is the best offer I think I’ve ever seen on an ultramobile PC. Lenovo Thinkpad 8 tablets in the UK are all on offer now but there’s one incredible deal that I want to highlight. This is probably the most tricked-out ultramobile PC on the market and it’s on sale for £240. UPDATE: Available across Europe Via Expansys, E.g. Germany. The Lenovo Thinkpad 8 model 20BN0036UK_UK […]

Dell Venue 11 Pro. Z3795 and 4GB makes all the difference. (Summary review.)

Posted on 25 June 2015 by

I’ve just completed a detailed review of the Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130. This is the Atom-based version (there’s a Core-based version too) and it comes with 4GB of RAM, a full USB 3.0 port and the high-end, full 64-bit Z3795 CPU. The difference in usability between this and 2GB Z3745-style Windows 8 tablets was marked. Here’s a summary. The Dell Venue range all have good screens with some of […]

Help! The ceiling came down while I was writing.

Posted on 24 June 2015 by

I need your support to help UMPCPortal through 2015 and it into its 10th year of providing independently funded ultramobile PC information, reviews and news. This is a direct call for community support UMPCPortal has been run by me since 2006. I love mobile computing and focus on quality news, reviews, how-to and opinion but this site is unsustainable in its current form. I’ve delayed this post for as long as I can but now […]

Ainol Mini PC (with internal battery) First Look.

Posted on 24 June 2015 by

I’m just about to start reviewing the Ainol Mini PC, an Atom-based PC with an interesting feature. It has a battery included in the unit and because it supports Miracast it can run completely without wires. The Ainol Mini PC has triggered a few switches in my head as a solution for portable, secure computing or as an HTPC or presentation device. It’s silent, it’s compact and it can even […]

21.5 million hybrid ultramobile PC sales in 2015 – Gartner

Posted on 19 June 2015 by

Exciting news! Gartner is predicting that hybrid ultramobile PCs will be the fastest growing segment of the mobile PC market in 2015, will represent 12 percent of total mobile PC sales and is on target to reach 21.5 million device sales. 58 million units predicted sales in 2019 will represent an estimated 26% of the mobile PC market. The Ultramobile PC is here!

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Top 10 Ultra Mobile PCs

Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
Acer Aspire Switch 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
HP Pavilion X2 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3736F
Asus Transformer Book T100HA
10.1" Intel Atom X5 Z8500
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10
10.1" Intel Celeron N2806
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740
Dell Venue 11 Pro
10.8" Intel Atom Z3795
Acer Aspire Switch 11 V
11.6" Intel Core M 5Y10c
Microsoft Surface 3
10.8" Intel Atom x7 Z8700
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini
8.9" Intel Atom Z3735

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