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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 […]

Acer Aspire Switch 12. My first impressions now available.

Posted on 16 February 2015 by

The Intel Core-M based, fanless, 2-in-1 $699 Acer Aspire Switch 12 has arrived for review and my first impressions, written as part of a full review for Notebookcheck, have been posted. Update: The full review is now available. Go give Notebookcheck (and my review) some love! Think about 2013-level Ultrabook performance with no fans, more flexibility and a good market-start price. The Acer Aspire Switch 12 weighs 1.1 KG…until you add […]

Low-cost 10-inch 2-in-1s start at $200. Here’s a market overview.

Posted on 13 February 2015 by

I’m testing a new 10-inch detachable. The MSI S100 is one of a number of products in this expanding class and at $299 with a 10-inch screen and running an Atom CPU this MSI S100 is typical. The specifications might sound a bit netbook-y but these 2-in-1’s offer much more than the classic netbook. They’re more powerful, lighter and have longer battery life. There’s a touchscreen, smooth full HD platback and battery life that […]

We changed our logo, because Hong Kong said so!

Posted on 11 February 2015 by

Brad Linder from Liliputing is out in Hong Kong and he just sent me these pics… Color, BOOM! Offers, BAM! Hand-written signs, BLING!  A great logo…WAIT A MINUTE! Yes its the Ultrabooknews logo being used to sell mobile PCs in Hong Kong. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen my logos being re-purposed but this time I’ve decided to play along.  The old, very old UMPCPortal logo has now changed. As for the […]

A database of Mini PCs. What info do you need?

Posted on 09 February 2015 by

We’ve been asked a number of times to add mini-PCs and stick-PCs into the UMPCPortal database so while we’re working on improving the database we thought it would make sense to put a couple of mini PC products in and to ask you what details you want to see. Mini-PCs aren’t ultra-mobile but they’re very portable and if our database is working well for you, why not add something closely-related to UMPCs? We’ve […]

Surface Pro 3 hot-desking review.

Posted on 09 February 2015 by

It was last September when my Ultrabook screen went blank and never came back. I was gutted; Not only because it was my favourite PC but because I was half-way through reporting on the IFA trade-show and I had a flight to the IDF conference 2 days later. Thanks to Intel Germany I flew out with a Surface Pro 3 and the more I use this incredibly well-designed tablet PC, […]

Acer Switch 12. Order for $649 in US, see reviews from elsewhere

Posted on 05 February 2015 by

The Acer Aspire Switch 12 – a Core M-based 2-in-1 laptop – is coming, and it starts at just $649.  Promotional and hands-on videos are starting to appear in YouTube. There’s one device I didn’t manage to get a good hands-on with at IDF and IFA last year and that’s the Acer Aspire Switch 12. I wish I had because I’m intrigued having read one of the first reviews, watched […]

Windows 10 should have a ‘disable desktop’ option.

Posted on 03 February 2015 by

For those of us that respect the flexibility of a fully functioning desktop PC in the palm of one’s hand the information, just a tweet, that Windows 10 tablet products under 8-inches will not have desktop capability is bad news. But there are advantages to using an RT-only setup on Windows. There are few sub 8-inch tablets around that will be affected so the new restrictions won’t affect many people but take a look […]

Odys Wintab 9 Plus available with FullHD, HDMI, 3G for €199

Posted on 03 February 2015 by

The 8.9-inch category looks like it’s going to be popular in 2015. Both ASUS and Toshiba have announced interesting products and in Germany we see that Odys are now offering a really interesting sub-500 gram option for a great price. The Odys Wintab 9 Plus 3G includes an HDMI port, separate USB and charging port, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD and there’s a 3G modem thrown into the mix. […]

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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
HP Pavilion X2 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3736F
Lenovo Yoga 3 11
11.0" Intel Core M 5Y10
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740
ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi
10.1" Intel Atom Z3775
Dell Venue 11 Pro
10.8" Intel Atom Z3770
Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi
8.9" Intel Atom Z3775
Acer Aspire Switch 12
12.5" Intel Core M 5Y10c
Intel NUC 5i5
0.0" Intel Core i5 5250U

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