Archive | September, 2014

Windows 10 is coming mid-2015 with Continuum and Unified apps store. (Event precis.)

Posted on 30 September 2014

At last. Microsoft have just announced the name of the next version of Windows and to everyone’s shock it’s going to be called Windows 10. I’ve been following the live blog at The Verge and hundreds of tweets coming out of the event and it’s already clear that Microsoft is going to be focusing on business with Windows 10. A familiar look, security and management is being promoted which, for […]

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HP Stream to join the confusing low-cost Windows Tablet party.

Posted on 30 September 2014

The HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 have been launched and the cheapest version will cost just $99.Both models come with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage . That’s all I’m going to tell you right now. What can I say? Having had a bad experience with 1GB RAM on the Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 I just can’t get excited. I’m also confused about why manufacturers think […]

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HP’s Stream ‘Chromebook Killer’ comes with Free 3G data in USA

Posted on 30 September 2014

New ground is being broken in the Windows laptop world today as HP announces the HP Stream 11 and HP Stream 13 low-cost Windows 8 laptops. Built around the Baytrail-M platforms we see an many recent Chromebooks (and possibly using exactly the same motherboard) these Windows laptops will go head-to-head with Chromebooks such as the ASUS C300. In order to sweeten the deal, which to many is already going to […]

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Core-M based ASUS Zenbook UX305 to cost $799

Posted on 30 September 2014

The beautiful ASUS Zenbook Z305, powered with the new Intel Core M CPU, will launch at €799 according to NotebookItalia. This 1.2KG Ultrabook with a 2K display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD should be available in December. We always though that ASUS would break into a new price point with this superlight but 799 euro (which is likely to translate to $799 pre-tax in the USA) is better than […]

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First user review of the Toshiba CB35-B3340

Posted on 28 September 2014

Here’s something for you to read with your coffee this Sunday morning. John Heckendon has bought and reviewed the Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook with Full HD display. The review is very positive but is also correct to highlight that the Baytrail platform isn’t the best performing. John puts the CB35 up against the Dell 11 which runs a Haswell-architehture CPU. The CB35 is currently the number 5 best selling laptop on Amazon.com […]

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Wait! 13.3-inch, Full HD IPS and SSD for $329? (…and it weighs just 3 pounds!)

Posted on 25 September 2014

This, my lightbook-loving friends, is going to be a big seller in Q4 of 2014. The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a 13.3-inch laptop with a full-HD screen, SSD, Skull Candy speakers, a 51 Wh battery and it weighs just 3 pounds – 1.36KG. The price? $330. It’s a nice product for entry-level consumers but it’s a problem for Microsoft.   The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a Chromebook and Chromebooks based on a Baytrail-M […]

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Toshiba Chromebook CB35 with Full HD and 4GB in stock at $329

Posted on 25 September 2014

The new Toshiba CB35 models are up on Amazon.com and the full-HD version running on a Baytrail-M Celeron with 4GB is going for a very reasonable $329.99. The 1366×768 version with 2GB is $249.99. Not only is this (non-touchscreen) full HD version an interesting proposition but there’s a nice design, good keyboard and 9 hours battery life. Hopefully there’s the same 52Wh battery in this version. As the 1366×768 pixel […]

18-percent of sub-$300 laptops are Chromebooks

Posted on 25 September 2014

Watch this figure: 18%. It’s the percentage of sub $300 laptops sold in the USA in the third quarter that were Chromebooks. Why is it significant? Because that was the ‘back to school’ period and if the Q4 figure is anything less than 18% you’ll know who’s buying Chromebooks from retail channels in the USA.

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HP Chromebook 14 Tegra K1, Full HD, Touch, Hands-On

Posted on 24 September 2014

The HP Chromebook 14 was popular and well-received. Maybe it was because of the 14-inch screen but I think in general it was the build quality, the keyboard and the Haswell-architecture performance that did it. It was an all-round quality Chromebook.  The new HP Chromebook 14 has an updated design, screen options and has switched from X86 to ARM in the processor department. Battery life is improved as a result.

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Analysing the next Surface Pro platforms.

Posted on 22 September 2014

Surface Pro 3 is an amazing piece of engineering. Even with the keyboard it’s one of the most powerful self-contained PCs by weight and with 5-6 hours of working battery life, fast storage and a digitizer it doesn’t cut corners. We’d all like to see a full SD card slot and for it to run a little cooler under load but unless you’re really doing a lot of ‘lapping’, it’s a true […]

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Acer C270 vs Lenovo N20p Video – These similar Chromebooks are very different.

Posted on 19 September 2014

The Acer C270 and Lenovo N20p look similar. They weigh the same and have the same screen size but there’s a lot of difference between the two. The usage scenarios are as far apart as you could possibly get and yet they both do a great job. If you’ve been looking at these Chromebooks and wondering which one you prefer, this video will help.

Intel pushes new and advanced Chromebook features at IDF

Posted on 17 September 2014

Chromebooks hit 1 million sales in Q2 of this year and we expect that number to rise sharply after the Q3 ‘back to school’ numbers are in because that’s where Chromebooks appear to be having their biggest impact. 42% of Chromebook sales are in the reseller space. In a presentation at the Intel Developer Forum last week we saw Intel’s vision for Chromebook differentiation. Obviously they highlighted all their platform […]

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