Archive | December, 2012

Toshiba Satellite U940 Review (U945 in the USA)

Posted on 31 December 2012

When I first had hands-on with the Toshiba U940 I was a little worried that it might be built too cheaply. The casing and styling weren’t exactly top-of-the-range but it turns out that Toshiba have put together quite an honest package here. Don’t judge an Ultrabook by the cover because the Toshiba U940 has some unique features and good all-round performance. Read-on to find out more.

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Ultrabook Convertible Developer Guidelines

Posted on 28 December 2012

As part of our continuing co-op with Intel on highlighting interesting and useful Ultrabook resources we’ve got another bunch of info for software developers this week – a very useful guide to designing for Ultrabook Convertibles. Related software development articles: Implementing Sensors in Ultrabook Desktop Applications Dev Tips – Designing Apps for Touch on Ultrabooks

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Clovertrail Convertible vs Ultrabook in Application Performance Test

Posted on 27 December 2012

For some people it’s more important to be mobile with all-day, all-scenario capability at the expense of processing power or speed. For others, the most important thing is to be able to carry desktop power. Intel Atom and Intel Core separate these two areas of computing cleanly but how big is the difference in platform performance? I took the chance to test the Acer W510 alongside an Ultrabook convertible – […]

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Ultrabook Convertible vs Clovertrail Convertible in Application Performance Test

Posted on 27 December 2012

We focus on Ultrabooks here but also keep a close track on what’s happening in the ultra mobile PC space through our work with UMPCPortal. For some people it’s more important to be mobile with all-day, all-scenario capability at the expense of processing power or speed. For others, the most important thing is to be able to carry desktop power and that’s where a Core-based Utrabook comes in. But how […]

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MSI S20 Slidebook Now Shipping

Posted on 23 December 2012

In my regular check of availability for Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks I found a couple of interesting new products. The HP Envy x2 and ASUS Vivo Tab are now shipping but these are CloverTrail dockable tablets that won’t really interest anyone looking for desktop-level performance (see UMPCPortal.com for more.) For those looking for some touchscreen Windows 8 mobility with a ‘Core’ inside though, check out the MSI S20 i546 […]

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Ultrabook Performance and Responsiveness Tested. PDF Report Available.

Posted on 21 December 2012

As part of our continuing co-op with Intel on highlighting interesting and useful resources from our favorite Ultrabook-related company (!) we’ve got a 3rd party report for you that highlights the responsiveness and performance characteristics of an Ultrabook compared to previous generation laptops.

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ASUS VariDrive – Display and DVD Dock in Zenbook Style

Posted on 20 December 2012

Until WiGig docks take off next year the only thing Ultrabook users can use are the USB3.0 docks that are available from Toshiba, Lenovo and others. The problem with those is that they were designed for bigger laptops and assume you’ve already got a DVD drive. The ASUS VariDrive solves that problem. Gigabit Ethernet, Dual display outputs, USB3.0 hub and DVD drive in one. The only thing that is missing […]

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Very Smart Camera! Acer W510 and PowerDirector 11 Mobile Video Demo

Posted on 19 December 2012

Here’s a very interesting scenario and demo. I installed PowerDirector 11 Mobile on the Acer W510, a CloverTrail Tablet and used the built-in cam for a complete end-to-end on-device video creation and sharing process. After I had taken the 1 minute video it took just 5 minutes, 300 seconds, to create and render a video with transitions, to upload to YouTube and even included the time it took YouTube to […]

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Demo: Windows 8 Applications on Clovertrail with the Acer Iconia W510

Posted on 18 December 2012

The 20-minute video below might be a little long for the average YouTube video hopper but I’m sure it will have more meaning here where there appear to be quite a number of people joining us via Google searches for W510, ATIV 500T and related terms. In the video below you’ll see start-up times for the Acer Iconia W510 (20 seconds or less,) start-up times for a big set of […]

A Peek Inside the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro + First Customer Feedback

Posted on 18 December 2012

Competitor to the Microsoft Surface Pro (and 4 other Core-based dockables,) the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro / 700T / XE700 hasn’t exactly got the market to itself but given Samsung’s history of making tablets we think they have a good chance of being one of the most popular brands in the category and when Samsung posts details about what’s going inside the SmartPC Pro you get the impression they […]

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Acer W510 and On-Screen Keyboard (Portrait) Works Well – Video

Posted on 17 December 2012

I’m a big fan of portrait-mode thumbing as a keyboard input method. I’ve used it for over 2 years on my Galaxy Tab and it’s been fast enough and easy enough that I’ve posted a large number of blog posts with it. The 10” Acer Iconia W510 with it’s light weight and 16:9 format screen offers something close although it’s not perfect. An 8.9” Windows 8 tablet might be the way […]

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Implementing Sensors in Ultrabook Desktop Applications

Posted on 17 December 2012

As part of our continuing work with Intel to highlight interesting software and developer demos, techniques and tools for Ultrabooks running Windows 8 we’ve got something here that would interest software developers looking at integrating media, social and sensor into their Windows 8 desktop software. Hopefully, as a developer, you’re aware that some Windows 8 Ultrabooks have sensor integration. Sensors include cameras, GPS, NFC, touch, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, accelerometer […]

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