Archive | March, 2016

Lenovo Yoga 300 11. Cheap-screen says ‘don’t buy me.’

Posted on 29 March 2016

I’ve just posted detailed hands-on information about the excellent Lenovo Yoga 710 11-inch 360-degree convertible and as I read my colleagues review of the Yoga 300 11 I wonder why they bothered. This 360 convertible weighs about 40% more, has less battery life and a very poor screen. Granted, it’s got a useful choice of ports but hey, when the screen is this bad, who’s going to want to use […]

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Lenovo Yoga 710 11 is one of the best subnotebooks.

Posted on 29 March 2016

I’ve had some time with a production sample of the Lenovo Yoga 710 and while I can’t bring you a full review there’s a lot I can tell you about it. The Yoga 710 is an 11.6-inch ultramobile Windows convertible (laptop-style with 360-degree hinge) running on a Core M CPU. Bloggers had unlimited access to it at CeBIT earlier this month and were able to draw a lot of conclusions. Here’s my […]

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Lenovo Yoga Tab Pro 3 Mini Review

Posted on 26 March 2016

I’ve been looking for an Android product and although the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is at the top of my smartphone list I’m still hanging in with a Microsoft Lumia phone, mainly because I’ve been offered a long-term test on the Lumia 950 XL. If you’re into cameras and ultramobile PCs that’s an offer that’s difficult to refuse. The problem is that I need Android too. There are apps I […]

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iPad Pro 9.7 is an impressive ultra-mobile PC.

Posted on 24 March 2016

The iPad Pro 9.7. I had to laugh a little when I saw it on the Apple event stream. Pen, keyboard, ultramobile and ‘the future of PCs.’ Maybe. Maybe not. Over the years of writing at UMPCPortal there’s one thing that’s for certain – 10-inch screen sizes don’t work well for keyboards and therefore don’t fulfill the full set of user requirements for a PC.Despite that, the iPad Pro 9.7 […]

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A 10-inch detachable for $179. Does it work? Acer One S1002 tested.

Posted on 22 March 2016

I tested the Acer Aspire Switch 10E last year. It cost about $300 and was quite usable. Today I have a lower-cost version of that in my hand. At $179 it’s the cheapest Windows detachable on the  market and It makes sense that I  do a few usability tests with it while I have it. The Acer Aspire One S1002. Surprisingly there’s a reasonable build quality here, charging over Micro USB […]

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Things and Pings. eSIM on the Galaxy Gear S2.

Posted on 16 March 2016

Vodafone gave me the new Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G smartwatch and a free data contract at CeBIT yesterday. Why? Because the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G is eSIM-enabled and Vodafone Germany have just started supporting eSIM devices, ahead of the final GSMA standard. eSIM enables smaller connected devices and faster (cheaper) provisioning. Here we are with  the first commercial eSIM product, and process, out of Germany. eSIM does away with the little […]

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Lenovo X1 Tablet. That keyboard!

Posted on 15 March 2016

I don’t know how Lenovo did it but they have. The Lenovo X1 Tablet keyboard is amazing, and an engineering highlight. It’s got that classic Thinkpad feel of silky key-tops and solid, confidence-inspiring mechanics. There’s a touchpointer, mechanical mouse buttons and a touchpad. There’s even a backlight. Video overview, including the Lenovo X1 tablet itself, below.

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Acer Graphics Dock Hands-on. Thunderbolt and GTX 960M goodness.

Posted on 15 March 2016

It feels I’ve waited years for a consumer-grade docking solution that includes a graphics card. The Acer Graphics Dock a, theoretically, universal Thunderbolt USB-C graphics dock (Nvidia GeForce, details below) brings it all together and while 300 Euro sounds expensive, it’s a good start for a consumer-grade docking station and shows the way for the future of dockable ultramobile PCs. Acer Graphics Dock hands-on at the end of this article. Update 15 […]

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Lenovo Yoga 710 testing, benchmarks.

Posted on 14 March 2016

What a nice surprise! The Lenovo Yoga 710, announced last month and not due on the market for a while, is here on the desk in front of me at CeBIT. At first glance I wasn’t sure what it was. Thin, light, great screen, good keyboard and a Core m5. A look into the hardware revealed the Lenovo 710. Take a look at the images, the video and the notes […]

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Quad-cores and Windows Mobile. My kit-list, March 2016.

Posted on 08 March 2016

I’ve been busy. I’ve just uploaded the 60th review for Notebookcheck and I now have to admit that exposure to high-end laptops and high-end smartphones has had an effect on how I approach ultra-mobile PCs.  My work processes have changed too so I now use a slightly different range of computers than I did one year ago. Mobility plays an important part, there’s a Chromebook in the list and I’m […]

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