Archive | May, 2014

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10 Summary Review

Posted on 30 May 2014

I’ve just finished the full review of the Lenovo Flex 10 for Notebookcheck.net. Check it out for a very detailed look at performance and features. Below you’ll find my overview review video and some personal opinion on the Flex 10 which I think is a very interesting package for around $320 / $300 Euro

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 #1 at UMPCPortal. First Review is available.

Posted on 28 May 2014

It’s rare that a new offering in the ultra-mobile PC space races to the top of the charts so quickly but that’s what has happened with the new Acer Aspire Switch 10 over the last two weeks.  The previous generation Iconia W510 is about to drop off the bottom of the top 10 so it’s perfect timing for Acer. They’ve got some competition though and there’s little information out there […]

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HP Pro X2 410 G1 First Impressions. Fanless Core i5: Like, Weight: No Like.

Posted on 28 May 2014

I’m reviewing an 830 gram / 1.83 pound 11.6-inch Core i5 Windows tablet for Notebookcheck.net this week and after 24 hours I’ve got a good feeling for where this HP Pro X2 410 G1 is going. There are some really impressive specs and performance figures here but they’re sitting alongside some fundamental issues. One of those issues always will be an issue and it’s something that also affects the Surface […]

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Toshiba Encore 2 Tablets start with 8-inches for $199.

Posted on 27 May 2014

  The new Toshiba Encore 2 tablets have launched. An 8-inch model, the Encore 2 8, will start at $199. The 10-inch Toshiba Encore 2 10 will be $269 The two tablets were announced by Toshiba today and they have a whole new set of specifications. Down goes the launch price but so do the specs in some areas. The 8-inch tablet has been reported to start with just 1GB […]

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Budget Windows 8 + SSD laptops must keep-up with Chromebooks

Posted on 22 May 2014

We’ve got some great Windows 8 tablets out there with relatively fast SSDs that are costing less than Chromebooks. If you look at the Acer Switch 10 and ASUS Transformer Book T100 you’ve even got a 2-in-1 with touch and SSD at well under $400 but what about a basic Windows laptop, with an SSD? Nope, you won’t find one. Chromebooks dominate with this specification, offer great performance per dollar […]

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Toshiba WT10 leak is a good omen.

Posted on 21 May 2014

There’s news that a Toshiba Encore WT10 is going through US certification testing right now which is a good sign because right about now we’re expecting a wave of models to start appearing that offer 64-bit builds on updated CPUs, both at the low-end and high-end of the Windows 8.1 Baytrail tablet spectrum.   The leak comes via WiFi and FCC certification processes in the USA and there’s not much […]

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The Surface Mini didn’t launch yesterday. Next stop, Computex June 4, 12:00pm

Posted on 21 May 2014

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was launched yesterday. It’s an ultra-mobile Ultrabook…without a keyboard, but impressive nonetheless. I’ve written an editorial for Ultrabooknews that you might want to check out. Readers here, however, may have been more interested in a Microsoft Surface Mini. It didn’t happen.

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Surface Pro 3. Engineering vs Demand vs Future

Posted on 21 May 2014

It’s exactly 12-hours after the launch of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as I start to write this article. I’ve spent a number of hours hours researching and making notes on this unique product and have come to one main conclusion. Microsoft has a superbly engineered product in the Surface Pro 3 but it’s too early for mainstream 2-in-1 customers.

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8-inch Windows tablets get cheaper but ‘value’ models still not available.

Posted on 15 May 2014

$214 for an Acer Iconia W4. $229 for a Dell Venue 8 Pro. $193 for a Toshiba Encore WT8. $220 for a Lenovo Miix 2 8. And that’s just the Amazon.com prices. The bargain though is the Acer Iconia W4 64GB at $259. We’ve seen some offers on 8–inch Windows tablets before but they were short-lived and mainly for hype-generation but it looks like prices have been pushed down permanently […]

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Intel NUC as low-cost media center with Openelec, XBMCbuntu. How-To.

Posted on 14 May 2014

Following my Windows 8.1 and Android KitKat tests with the Intel N2820 NUC I installed the software that this mini-pc is really ideal for. XBMCbuntu and Openelec are Linux-based distributions that are built purely to run the XBMC media center software. These well-developed OS builds for a mature application and for the average user are a perfect match and I’ve had success with both. The Openelec build even allows the […]

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Lenovo Thinkpad 10 will be available in June for $599

Posted on 13 May 2014

There’ll be a 4GB option too! Lenovo have launched the Thinkpad 10 along with a number of accessories. Based on the Intel Baytrail-T Z3795 the Thinkpad has almost all the specifications you could wish for. It’s targeted at the mobile workforce but the for ultra-mobile PCs fans this 60 gram, (1.31 pounds) PC is one to take a close look at. The Thinkpad 10 is shown above with the Ultrabook’ […]

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Lenovo’s Yoga 2 11 gets full review. This near-silent convertible has a lot going for it.

Posted on 09 May 2014

The Yoga 2 11 isn’t just a Yoga-for-the-masses or an Ultrabook without the sticker. It’s a  look into the future of Ultrabooks It’s a fanless, lightweight, convertible, touchscreen Windows PC and costs under 600 Euro. It’s the latest incarnation of the Lenovo Yoga 11 Ultrabook but it’s running a Baytrail processor. There’s four cores instead of two, and no fan. There’s a USB3.0 connector and a total weight of just […]

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