Archive | September, 2013

Sharp Mebius Pad offers Baytrail with IGZO, Dock, Pen and PPI!

Posted on 30 September 2013

Launched at CEATEC Japan this week is the Sharp Mebius Pad, the first tablet we’ve seen using the Baytrail Z3770. It also offers a 300 PPI IGZO screen, a docking station, a digitizer layer and water resistance. Yes, it’s business-focused.

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VLC Media Player and Twitch Add Support for Intel Quick Sync — Benefits All Ultrabooks

Posted on 29 September 2013

Intel Quick Sync Video describes a bit of hardware built into modern Intel processors that’s specifically designs to encode and decode video. Quick Sync has big advantages over software encoding and decoding, but program support for Quick Sync has been limited. In a big win for Intel and Ultrabook users, two major programs, VLC and Twitch.TV, have added support for the technology.

Acer Iconia W4 Small-Screen Windows Tablet in Video

Posted on 29 September 2013

At IDF we heard about three Baytrail-T devices. The ASUS T100 was launched, the Dell Encore was shown but the Acer Iconia was only mentioned in a press event. Finally we get confirmation that it exists along with a first-look by Tomas Hochstenbach of BouweenPC.nl The Acer Iconia W4 is clearly going to replace the rather poor W3, a small-screen tablet on Clovertrail that didn’t really have the best specifications. […]

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Toshiba Encore WT8 Win 8.1 Tablet up for Pre-Order in Germany.

Posted on 28 September 2013

Although it could be a month or more before the Toshiba Encore 8-inch Windows 8 tablet is availble, pre-order is now live at Amazon in Germany. It’s called the Encore WT8 (model number PDW09E) and the price and specs are as expected. Our Toshiba Encore WT8 specification page was nearly correct apart from the omission of the GPS module. We’ve updated it now. 299 Euro gets you the 32GB version. […]

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Lenovo Flex 14. Pre-Order Core i5 Version for $669

Posted on 28 September 2013

I checked out the Lenovo Flex 13 at IFA earlier this month (video below) and it was good to see efforts in the Ultrabook space trickling down to mainstream laptops, because that’s exactly what the Lenovo Flex is all about. It offers Ultrabook-like specifications in a multimode (laptop + easel) design. Pre-order for the mobile 13.3” version isn’t available yet but the 14-incher is up for $669 in the US […]

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Acer TravelMate X313 Ultrabook (they say!)

Posted on 27 September 2013

First it’s the Acer W700, then it’s re-specified as the Acer P3 and now it’s the Acer TravelMate X313. Y and series and Pentium CPU’s are offered and the dock and keyboard are included. Available for pre-order now. Could this be a better productivity device than the 10-inch Surface Pro 2? There are some issues…

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Surface Pro 2 – Ultra Mobile, Ultra Productive, Both or Neither?

Posted on 27 September 2013

Now that a few days have passed since Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 2 it’s time for me to give some thought to the product and its target market. Why?  Because it confuses me. The Surface Pro 2 is a productive tablet with a detachable keyboard but at 10-inches it’s not ideal for that. Maybe it’s more focused on all-day mobility? Oh wait, there’s a docking station so it’s both? […]

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Belkin USB 3.0 Dual Video Dock Turns Ultrabooks Into Workstations

Posted on 26 September 2013

Belkin has now made available a USB 3.0 dock with dual-video output targeted toward Ultrabook users. The dock adds a number of useful ports and could be a great solution for those of you using your Ultrabook as a desktop and laptop — but is the $199 price tag worth it?

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Toshiba Encore Windows Tablet – Confirmed 299 Euro and Ready For Christmas

Posted on 25 September 2013

Toshiba Germany have today confirmed that the Toshiba Encore is coming soon. While no more detail on specifications was given we’ve already managed to pick most of the detail up from our hands-on at IFA. (The product information page is here.)

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – Specifications, Video, Images

Posted on 23 September 2013

    Surface Pro 2 has just been announced and, surprisingly, Microsoft haven’t chosen to go with a Y-Series low-TDP Haswell CPU for a thinner design. For the time being the Tap 11 remains the thinnest and lightest Haswel-based tablet. What Microsoft have done is gone for processing power and lots more battery life, largely enabled by a keyboard cover with a 30Wh battery inside. There’s a brand new docking […]

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HP Omni 10 Due in Nov. Baytrail, 10-inch and Windows 8.1. Specifications

Posted on 19 September 2013

We’ve seen the Dell Venue 8, the Toshiba Venue, heard about the Acer iconia A1 and had hands-on with the ASUS T100 but now it’s HP’s turn to launch a Windows 8.1 Tablet on Baytrail. The HP Omni 10 is a no-frills tablet, probably aimed at a professional market rather than a consumer one. HP Omni 10 Specifications Intel Baytrail-T (Z3000 series) processor 64Gb SSD (always eMMC for Z3000-series products) […]

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MSI W20 is a Fanless, Super-Light Windows 8 11.6-Incher

Posted on 19 September 2013

When I picked up the MSI W20 at an AMD event last week I was impressed. 1.5lb is 680 grams and that isn’t bad for an 11.6-inch tablet. Based on the build and CPU I’m guessing we’re looking at a low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet and if the price is right, this could be a nice couch-mate. The A4-1200 CPU isn’t going to be hugely powerful (in the same ball-park as […]

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