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Chromebooks: Sales set to triple. Acer Chromebook 13 is on ARM. Watch out for Android Apps.

Posted on 13 August 2014

Since the day I started Carrypad (the former name of this site) there’s been a continuous battle between ARM and X86 processing architectures.  Remember the Nokia 770 tablet? How about the Raon Digital Vega? [1] Today that fight is mainly in the Android tablet space but it’s becoming increasingly rowdy in the Chromebook space too. I was very impressed with the ASUS C200 Chromebook recently (on Intel) and there’s a […]

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Intel Core M will enable differentiation without compromise.

Posted on 12 August 2014

Intel’s Core M reminds me of a moment in 2008 when I briefly tested a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. It was one of the few UMPCs around that used a Core Solo processor instead of the very low-end pre-Atom CPUs and it was a breakthrough in handheld PC performance. Core M is going to allow manufacturers to make exactly the same sort of breakthrough from ‘just enough’ into mainstream performance […]

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High-end 8-inch Windows tablets – Where do we go from here?

Posted on 18 July 2014

I recently wrote about what a late-2014 high-end 8-inch Windows tablet could offer. I talked about Intel’s Realsense camera technology, 3G, USB3.1, 1080p screens and AC WiFi. A digitizer and additional access security could be interesting too but is there a market for these high-end features in the 8-inch sector? Could Microsoft create a market with a Surface Mini and a really special technical feature?

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 Keyboard Battery Coming?

Posted on 02 July 2014

I’m testing the Acer Aspire Switch 10 for right now and it’s going well. I prefer it to the ASUS Transformer Book T100 because of the better keyboard, mouse and screen but there’s one little issue – battery life. The Switch 10 has a 24Wh battery inside which is much less than the 34Wh battery of the ASUS T100 and less than half of what you got on the […]

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Intel’s Mobility Event at Computex was packed with info and goodies.

Posted on 10 June 2014

Although I wasn’t at Computex last week I covered it like a hawk both here and at Ultrabooknews. Yesterday I went through the complete video recording of the Intel mobility keynote and it was well worth it.  If you have any interest in mobile computing at all you should watch the whole video, embedded below. The first part of the video is about gaming, AIO and 4K monitors. There’s some impressive […]

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Computex 2014 Watchlist (Ultra-mobile PCs)

Posted on 01 June 2014

Computex 2014 has started. We’re covering it from afar this year and not only are out screens loaded up with Twitter, Google and RSS searches but we’re also in direct contact with teams from Notebookcheck, Mobilegeeks, Laptopmag, Tabtec, Newgadgets and more. It’s going to be a busy 3 days (at least) so here’s a rundown of what we’re focusing on from major PC brands along with other things we’ll be […]


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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Intel NUC (DN2820FYKH, Celeron N2820) set-up and first test with Android 4.4.

Posted on 07 May 2014

For the purposes of creating an exciting project for myself and something different than 8-inch Windows tablets for the readers I’ve bought an Intel NUC. The Intel Next Unit of Computing is now in its second generation and this Baytrail-M powered (N2820) version has been chosen for a number of reasons. Firstly, Intel are building Android X86 for it (and KitKat has already booted and installed without a problem,) it’s […]

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Windows 8.1 Update – update.

Posted on 09 April 2014

With only 2/9 touch PCs updated here, 1 installing as I write, 1 downloading and 5 failures that need re-trying I suspect that there’s quite a bit of throttling and control going on by Microsoft today. I’m behind 1 IP address and after trying concurrent installs I’ve dropped back to a one-at-a-time method and it seems to be working now. I advise you do the same if you have multiple […]

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$99 Windows tablet specs and the mid-range refresh.

Posted on 04 April 2014

The immediate worry about the $99-$129 entry-level Windows tablets is around the issue of quality. Low-cost Chinese ODM tablets won’t be the best tablets around but at least the performance won’t go down. You’ll still get Windows 8 on a Baytrail-T processor and because of that, the mid-range tablets at $200-$350 will have to get better. In this article we look at what could happen and the likely specifications. The […]

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Dell Venue Pro 11 with Baytrail beats 2.5 year-old Core i5 Tablet in CPU test.

Posted on 17 March 2014

In 2008 we were measuring netbooks with a test called Crystalmark. It was a quick and simple test that allowed us to do compare across the devices we used it with. Two CPU tests, three GPU tests, a memory test and a disk test were all we needed to get a feel for the performance of a device.  In late 2011 we got hands-on with a Core i5 Windows 7 […]

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Windows 8.1 Security Deep-Dive for Tablets and 2-in-1s

Posted on 08 March 2014

Computer and digital security has changed a lot since I left my job as a security architect for a major ISP 8 years ago. At that time we were adding very expensive intrusion prevention technology into server farms and now the same technology is being used in consumer security software built into low-cost operating systems. The knowledge, tools and methods available to the consumer are vastly improved and a lot […]

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