Welcome to the new studio.

Posted on 01 February 2016 by

If you’ve followed me, Chippy, on Twitter you might not have noticed many changes. If you’ve followed here on UMPCPortal you’re probably wondering what happened. It’s over one month since I last posted. Fortunately I can report good news because I’m about to ramp-up again here on UMPCPortal…but it won’t be my main gig anymore. Since October I’ve worked in my new role as Head of Video over at Notebookcheck. […]

Dell XPS 13 QHD, Touch, Skylake – Review video and notes

Posted on 11 December 2015 by

At 1.29 KG this 13-inch touchscreen laptop creeps inside our radar for ultra mobile PCs, and it does it in style. I’m not talking about the amazing edge-to-edge display or the great casing materials, I’m talking about the stamina of the Dell XPS 13. I’ve just produced a video of the latest version with Core i7 Skylake inside and the QHD touchscreen. It’s not cheap at over 1500 euros but there’s […]

Fusion Micro Supercomputer project goes quiet. I ask, scampaign?

Posted on 04 December 2015 by

This is my opinion… This ultra-mobile PC had specifications that were extremely interesting and desirable. The public financed the project to the tune of $61,053 but now…it’s all quiet over at Fusion Micro. “The world’s smallest supercomputer” project on IndieGoGo has 1465 backers, some of who should have received the first of the Fusion Micro Supercomputers. There hasn’t been a detailed update on the project web page for over a month, […]

Toshiba Satellite Click 10 – battery life King.

Posted on 25 November 2015 by

After testing a number of high-end devices recently, including gaming-capable PCs and the Surface Pro 4, it was a really interesting experience with the Toshiba Satelite Click 10 last week. Going from €1500 of Surface Pro 4 down to €399 of entry-level mobile 2-in-1, with the same total weight, highlighted just how much value you can get for your money…and what the differences are between high-end and low-end. My video […]

Surface Pro 4 overview, from a Surface Pro 3 user. Is it worth upgrading?

Posted on 16 November 2015 by

I have a Surface Pro 4 with Core i5, Type Cover keyboard and docking station with me now and I’ve just finished the first of a set of videos for Notebookcheck (see it in the Surface Pro 4 review here) and come away, as you’d probably expect, impressed. One of the first things I did, however, was to put the new Type Cover keyboard on my Surface Pro 3. The […]

Mediapad X2 8.0 – Excelent value 8-inch Android Lolipop Tablet

Posted on 11 November 2015 by

The Huawei Mediapad X2 is an excellent Android tablet, and that includes the price. In Europe you can pick this up for €289 or for €330 with LTE, and that includes sales taxes. I had it for just a few days while I did a Notebookcheck video so I wasn’t able to test things like screen mirroring, encryption, MHL, OTG or some of the newer aspects of Android but what I did […]

Acer Aspire Switch 11V 2-in-1 video review and opinion. (Great screen, limited performance.)

Posted on 26 October 2015 by

I have the Acer Aspire Switch 11V with me in the studio and have just posted the review video for Notebookcheck. It scored 76% in their review so let me tell you why it wasn’t a huge win.

Surface Pro 4. New thermal design appears to work well, and that’s very, very important.

Posted on 22 October 2015 by

The usual suspects got their Surface Pro 4 devices before anyone else and have been allowed to publish their reviews. I think you can skip many of them to be honest but one stands out. No, it’s not my review (I was 6 months behind the curve with my Surface Pro 3 review,) it’s the Anandtech review. It’s jam-packed with good information.

HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 Review Summary

Posted on 20 October 2015 by

My full review of the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 is now available on Notebookcheck. It scored 78% which is good, but, not that good. The docking station and USB-C port, screen and build quality are excellent but there’s one thing that’s not quite right.  

ASUS T100HA Review at NBC. At $299 this is worth a thought.

Posted on 16 October 2015 by

My colleagues at Notebookcheck have just finished the full review of the ASUS Transformer Book T100HA which is a 2-in-1 PC that I and many other people here have been interested in. It takes the successful Transformer Book and makes a big step forward with a new design, new port set-up and even offers a 4GB RAM option for $299. I have requested a T100HA for video review and I hope […]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 overview. A lot has happened in 5 years.

Posted on 14 October 2015 by

In Oct 2010 I was fortunate enough to get one of the first Galaxy Tabs in Europe. The review video (and live review video) was done quickly and has since amassed over 280000 views. Today I posted a video overview of the Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0 and 9.7-inch) and it’s incredible to see how much has changed. We are talking good productivity levels, fast ‘real’ web and high-end connectivity that beats most […]

ASUS UX305 with Core i7 is close to Ultrabook perfection.

Posted on 08 October 2015 by

It’s been a while since I tested an Ultrabook. Yes the Surface Pro is built on Ultrabook standards but the simple fact is that if you want to get the most out of any processor you need to give it room to breath. The laptop form-factor, where fans are acceptable and screen backlighting doesn’t sit layered over the processor is the one to choose if you really need to get things […]

HP Spectre X2 deachable. Core M, good keyboard, stylish. Need more?

Posted on 07 October 2015 by

Among a long list of announcements from HP today was the HP Spectre 12 X2 detachable which spins a now-familiar design into ‘an irreplaceable companion’. HP’s take on the Surface Pro design includes the Core M processor, 12-inch Full HD screen, two USB-C ports and of course a keyboard and pen. It looks good and it’s well-priced but it will go right up against the Lenovo Miix 700. It has […]

HP Envy 8 Note. Tablet, Pen , Keyboard and LTE

Posted on 07 October 2015 by

Remember the revolutionary HP note-taking device teased back in June? It’s just been launched in the USA and it’s called the HP Envy 8 Note. It’s an 8-inch Windows 10 tablet with digitizer layer, unique HP note-taking software and a big keyboard that acts as a cover. A 1920 x 1200 screen, Atom X5 CPU and stylish design set it apart from other 8-inch tablets although if you choose the […]

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Top 10 Ultra Mobile PCs

Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
HP Pavilion X2 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
Acer Aspire Switch 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
Asus Transformer Book T100HA
10.1" Intel Atom X5 Z8500
Teclast x2 pro
11.6" Intel Core M 5Y10c
Lenovo IdeaPad A10
10.1" ARM Cortex A9 (Dual-Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad P40
14.0" Intel Core i7 5500U
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10
10.1" Intel Celeron N2806
Dell Venue 11 Pro
10.8" Intel Atom Z3795
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740