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This post is out of date before I’ve even posted it.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!

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet reviews point to impressive flexibility.

Posted on 17 June 2015 by

The lightest 10-inch 2-in-1 comes in at just  772 grams (1.7 pounds) including the keyboard. There’s a high-brightness 2K resolution screen, the latest 8-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, it’s waterproof, can run Office, has disk encryption, and should last you all day long. It’s the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, running Android. I looked at it while I was at MWC and I’m looking at it again now because the first […]

Acer Aspire ES1-111 / E11 Windows 10 install (Build 10130 + drivers)

Posted on 15 June 2015 by

I’ve just completed a Windows 10 install on the low-cost Acer ES1-111M (AKA E11) laptop, my favorite fanless, lightweight, $200 laptop. Everything is working but you’ll need to grab some drivers from Acer to make sure it all works. I installed from a USB stick as I did with the Acer Iconia W4 but accidentally booted from the USB stick and wiped everything out with a fresh install thinking it was […]

Windows 10 on Tablets. Preview review.

Posted on 12 June 2015 by

Windows 8.1 on tablets was a good experience. The Metro/RT system was modern, efficient, touch-friendly and apart from a lack of high quality apps, it was the best OS available for flexible and productive ultra-mobile PC usage. The problem was that Windows 8 got a bad reputation for being too much of a change for desktop users. Windows 10 is designed to change that but it’s by no means a desktop-first OS. It’s […]

IOS 9 includes windows. It’s iMetro!

Posted on 10 June 2015 by

After a day of Dell Venue 11 Pro testing and Windows 10 tablet testing I finally had time to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote. You’re probably ahead of me already in terms of general Apple news (Apple Music was the highlight) but I wanted to highlight some IOS 9 features here on UMPCPortal. It’s a step in the right direction, and a sign that Apple might be working towards wider form-factor support. IOS 9 will […]

Windows 10 10130 ISO available, good for tablet testing. (How-to.)

Posted on 09 June 2015 by

I’ve been writing a Windows 10 upgrade guide for the Acer Iconia Tab W4, a decent early Baytrail-era 8-inch tablet with HDMI and, in my case, 3G. It’s relatively stable with Windows 10 10130 as most hardware seems to be functioning and the important tablet UI elements are there. It was difficult to get to this point though because the ISO I downloaded was an older version. Microsoft have now pushed build 10130 ISO up […]

Real Post-PC is Windows 10 and a fading desktop, UWP success.

Posted on 08 June 2015 by

With Windows 10 comes a potentially huge change in the way that the 5-10 inch consumer computing category will be addressed by manufacturers. As in the Windows 8 era, manufacturers can still choose between ARM and x86 options, desktop and no-desktop options but this time round there’s the possibility of crossover. If the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a success then why not allow Windows 10 Mobile tablets to compete with large Windows tablets and small laptops? The inclusion of ARM […]

‘Revolutionary’ note-taking tablet coming from HP

Posted on 03 June 2015 by

Microsoft very briefly highlighted a new 9-inch HP Windows 10 tablet at their Computex keynote today. The tablet was shown very briefly along with the new HP Pavilion 10 X2 but there’s not much information, or even images of it. HP call it ‘revolutionary’ in their blog, but that’s about all they’re saying.

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

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