Archive | February, 2014

Dell XPS 11 w/ 2k Display Hands-on—A Beautiful Ultrabook Foiled By Its Keyboard?

Posted on 28 February 2014

At first glance, the Dell XPS 11 has it all. It’s sleek, convertible, and has a 2k screen! It’s one of the thinnest and, dare I say, sexiest, Ultrabooks ever released. But will a novel keyboard design be its Achilles’ heel?

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High-Power Android Desktop, Gaming is iConsole Focus

Posted on 27 February 2014

“We want Android to be your primary OS” iConsole demonstrated a very high quality game on an Ultrabook at MWC this week and it wasn’t what you might expect. As a partner of Intel they’ve been working with recent releases of Android 4.x for i86 and have put together a thought- provoking demo of high-power Android. You can see it in the video below.

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CES 2014 Recap: Hands-on with Asus Duet, Dell Venue 11, Sony Flip 11, and Panasonic AX3 Ultrabook

Posted on 27 February 2014

Yes it’s a bit late, but we did get our hands on some exciting devices at last month’s CES 2014 in Las Vegas and have some video for you to see.

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HP Elitepad Rugged Keyboard and Expansion Case Hands-On

Posted on 27 February 2014

I’ve got a number of device videos to talk about from MWC 2014 in Barcelone but before I hit the airport for the return home I wanted to take a closer look at the rugged keyboard case. Personally I love it and want it. The elitepad makes a great 10-inch tablet but if you add this keyboard case, you’re really set for a lot of on-the-road work. Video below.        […]

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HP Elitepad 1000 G2 is First 64-bit Windows Tablet on Baytrail-T. 4GB RAM. (+ video)

Posted on 24 February 2014

At a pre-MWC event yesterday evening I got a look at the updated HP Elitepad 1000 G2. It’s now running Baytrail-T (Z3795), comes with a 64-Bit version of Windows and has 4GB of RAM. There’s also, as before, a great selection of sleeves and a dock that now includes USB3.0

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Windows 8.1 Update Details Given at MWC 2014 (Slides, Notes)

Posted on 23 February 2014

In an event at MWC14 Microsoft gave some details about changes coming in a Windows 8.1 update “later this Spring.”    

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App Highlight: Nokia HERE Maps coming for Win8.1. (Update: Available Now)

Posted on 21 February 2014

This is fantastic news. Nokia maps and navigation services are, in my opinion the best in the business and on Windows 8.1 there’s a huge gap in the market for a decent solution. Via our friends over at The Digital Lifestyle I’ve just learnt that Nokia are opening up the Here mapping application beyond the Windows RT-based Lumia 2520. It’s going to be available in the Windows 8.1 store in […]

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8-Years of Carrypad. How good were the predictions from 2006?

Posted on 20 February 2014

8 years ago today I started blogging about a non-existent device called the Carrypad. On the 21st of Feb 2006 I posted 11 articles that defined the device I needed in my life… 5″-7″ screen, min 800×480, total size – DVD cover. For navigation, video and internet. A few days later, at CeBIT 2006 in Germany, Intel and Microsoft introduced the Origami PC which was targeted at moving the PC more […]

WiDi – Wireless Display Overview, Specifications, Testing and Demos

Posted on 20 February 2014

We’ve tested a number of Windows tablets here at UMPCPortal and one of the biggest issues we hear is on video output. People like their HDMI ports and when it’s not available on their ‘PC’ they’re not happy.  There are questions to be asked about how often you’d really use it on a device that’s targeted at consumption, yes, but these Windows tablets do more than just help users consume […]

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Intel Education Tablet Features N-Trig DuoSense Pen Technology

Posted on 19 February 2014

The Pen-wars are hotting-up! Wacom have been a leading light in the area of digitizers and active pen input for a while but N-Trig are working hard on making up the difference. The DuoSense solution on the newly launched Intel Education Tablet includes advanced palm rejection and 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.   Unfortunately for us here at Windows-focused UMPCPortal this ruggedized 10-inch tablet is running Android but as with […]

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ASUS Vivotab Note 8 Review

Posted on 16 February 2014

Looking for a tablet that just might be your favorite mobile productivity tool, as well as being a good sofa-side consumption device? The ASUS Vivotab Note 8 might be the one because of its digitizer and an all-round solid performance. Are there any major issues though and how does the ASUS Vivotab Note 8 performance compared to other 8-inch Windows tablets? We’ve picked up the 32GB version of the Vivotab […]

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Dell Venue 8 Pro USB Charge-and-Data, Pen News

Posted on 13 February 2014

For those with the Dell Venue 8 Pro (and there seems to be a huge number of you out there) you’ll want to take note of two news items came to my attention in the last few days. Firstly, the new digitizer pen has been shown and tested. Secondly, you can use the Dell VP8 microUSB port to charge and connect devices at the same time. For information on the […]

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