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Chippy, Sascha and a bag of UMPCs at the Techlounge.

Posted on 23 March 2015 by

What a pleasure it was to have a few minutes (well it seemed like a few minutes) to take a look back at UMPCs from 2006-2010 at the Techlounge last week.  If you want to know where the roots of the consumer-focused tablet are look no further than the Origami project. Others had done tablets before but Microsoft, Intel, VIA and a few manufacturers and brands did research from 2004 […]

Five brand new low-cost Core-M products from CeBIT 2015

Posted on 23 March 2015 by

I was working at CeBIT with Mobilegeeks on their Techlounge product last week. If you haven’t heard of them it’s because they’re big in German but not so big in English. I’ll explain more in another post but it meant that my focus was on creating videos (with the talented German, Rob Vegas) that would fill-in between the live sessions. In all we created around 25 videos in German and […]

Did ASUS just poke the Macbook too hard?

Posted on 12 March 2015 by

The use of this Shutterstock image might have just landed ASUS in trouble and it might cost them more than the €79.50  it cost to download the image from Shutterstock.  While they’re not in trouble with Shutterstock as far as I can see, they appear to have changed an image such that it misrepresents an Apple product. That’s the last company you want to be doing that with!

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and Keyboard – Ultra mobile Android productivity, at a price.

Posted on 11 March 2015 by

Launched at MWC last week was the latest Sony Xperia Z4 10-inch tablet. Ignore the internal specifications for a moment and consider that this rugged, waterproof tablet weighs under 800 grams, with the keyboard. With Android 5.0’s security features and knowing that Microsoft Office is available we can’t ignore it as an ultra mobile PC. I took a closer look at it and spoke to Nicole Scott of Mobilegeeks about it […]

Awesome Apple Macbook engineering, slightly out of my reach.

Posted on 11 March 2015 by

It’s easy to poke criticism at the new Apple Macbook because it breaks new ground for a laptop but we must pay respect to the incredible engineering and confidence that Apple are showing with this ultraportable. In reality there’s little to worry about with the Macbook, if you can afford it. Full specifications, videos, information in our Apple Macbook information page. Macbook USB-C and USB 3.1 standards. I use a range of […]

Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard. Hands-on test.

Posted on 07 March 2015 by

Some people came away from Mobile World Congress wanting the Samsung Galaxy S6. Others were blown away by a VR headset from HTC. Me, I came away from MWC thinking about the new Microsoft universal folding keyboard. This Bluetooth keyboard is an amazing bit of engineering and I had two chances to check it out at MWC. The videos are below.

Lenovo Miix 300. Solid spec’s on this budget 8-inch Windows tablet.

Posted on 04 March 2015 by

I took a look at the Lenovo Miix 300 after it launched at MWC on Sunday and I was impressed to see such good specifications for a $149 Windows 8 tablet. There are a few things missing though.

Microsoft flappy-keyboard looks like a wallet. I love it!

Posted on 02 March 2015 by

The new Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is tiny and desirable, but pricey. Here’s my hands-on thoughts and video. If there’s one sub-thread that has existed throughout the last 9 years of UMPCPortal it has to be mobile keyboards. PDAs generated a reasonable market for folding, rolling, laser-projected and even fabric keyboards but it hasn’t been until recently that the market picked up again with practical engineering, materials and features. I […]

Atom x3, x5, x7 – More Z8000-series details revealed at MWC

Posted on 02 March 2015 by

Pay attention mobile computing fan, because the Intel Atom X3, X5 and X7 are looking good! Intel have just released more details at MWC. We heard about the new Intel Atom naming scheme last week and it was fairly clear that Intel would be using the new designations on the 14nm Cherry Trail range of processors. Those processors (Z8000-series) are actually going to slot into the x5 and X7 ranges […]

Mobile Kit at MWC15 with Mobilegeeks

Posted on 01 March 2015 by

I’m at Mobile World Congress this week where I’m expecting to learn something new about wearable and to get the latest update on smartphones and consumer technology. I’m also focusing on client device security. I’m here with Mobilegeeks.com so you won’t see much from me at UMPCPortal but I do plan to write at least two reports this week and to track down any mobile PC news. No doubt I’ll get […]

Atom x3, x5, x7 branding for next-gen Intel mobile processors.

Posted on 25 February 2015 by

Intel are going to introduce the next generation of mobile processors under new Atom branding. Atom x3, x5 and X7 will be used to differentiate features bringing it in line with the way that Core processors are branded with i3, i5 and i7. An infographic just released by Intel gives us an overview of the target markets for Atom and Core brands after the new products are introduced. Unfortunately there […]

The Lucky 13 Security Checklist. Prepare your Windows PC for better on-the-road security and privacy.

Posted on 25 February 2015 by

I’m preparing to go to Mobile World Congress where one of my worries will be security and privacy. To that end I’ve hardened my Windows build and written it up below as a checklist of tasks that I urge you to look at and consider, especially if you’re connecting to unknown hotspots. The checklist has evolved from work I did training journalists in Ukraine, work I’ve done here on Windows 8 tablet security and work I’ve done […]

Ainol Mini PC has everything + battery for $129

Posted on 20 February 2015 by

I use my Intel NUC with Atom N2820 processor daily. It’s quiet, neat and runs Openelec like a dream. It was cheap too but now I’m wondering if I should have waited. The Ainol Mini PC comes with RAM, storage, a Windows OS and a 26 Wh battery for just $129. It’s silent too! It doesn’t have a Gigabit Ethernet port but it does have USB3.0 so adding an adaptor […]

Who wants the Acer Aspire Switch 12?

Posted on 19 February 2015 by

I’ve just finished a big in-depth review of the Acer Aspire Switch 12. It’s the first Core M product that I’ve had the chance to review and I came out of it with a very positive feeling about Core M and the products that it will enable. I also loved the Acer Aspire Switch 12 itself. Leaving the smoke behind Core M is a product borne of the feature that was Scenario Design […]

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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
Lenovo Yoga 3 11
11.0" Intel Core M 5Y10
ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi
10.1" Intel Atom Z3775
HP Pavilion X2 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3736F
Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi
8.9" Intel Atom Z3775
Acer Aspire Switch 12
12.5" Intel Core M 5Y10c
Dell Venue 11 Pro
10.8" Intel Atom Z3770
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740
Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750
13.3" Intel Core i5

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