Archive | December, 2013

Toshiba Encore WT8 Demo Videos

Posted on 31 December 2013

As the year draws to a close I’m frantically trying to finish the full review of the Toshiba WT8. It’s taking longer than expected for a number of reasons, not least is the fact that there’s just so much to this tablet. So many usage scenarios, so much dynamic range and even a few surprises! For example, I didn’t realize that Bitlocker encryption is available. In order to demonstrate a […]

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Toshiba Encore WT8 Unbox, Overview and Tests (Video.) Yes, you can say UMPC.

Posted on 20 December 2013

I’ve tested a number of Baytrail devices and, as always with a new platform, there’s potentially a difference between the over-excited experience at the launch event and real-life usage; Sometimes it’s disappointing. In this case, I’m extremely excited because the experience is better than I thought. I’ve just received the Toshiba Encore WT8 (bought for UMPCPortal) and spent 2 hours unboxing and testing in front of cameras. My first impressions […]

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Lenovo Thinkpad X240 Review

Posted on 18 December 2013

More images in the Lenovo Thinkpad X240 image gallery. The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 has the opportunity to be a classic mobile road-warrior device. With hot-swap battery configurations up to nearly 100Wh and Haswell processors you can expect the best battery life of anything at this screen size. Rugged build, multiple options and upgrades ensure you’ll get a product that matches your road-warrior requirements. Does it all add up to the […]

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ASUS Vivotab Note 8 M80TA 8-inch Windows 8 Tablet Coming

Posted on 18 December 2013

  The ASUS Vivotab Note 8 is coming. Spotted in a number of places around the net, including the ASUS website, it’s pretty much confirmed. Mobilegeeks have chased down the specifications of this Windows 8.1 Baytrail tablet that will start at $299. The Wacom digitizer stands out. Display: 8-inch IPS. 1280×800 resolution Touchscreen: 10-finger capacitive, Wacom-Digitizer with Stylus (Possible option) OS: Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student […]

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Lenovo Yoga 11 2 at CES? Hints in FCC Docs.

Posted on 17 December 2013

We’ve just reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 11S and found it to be an exciting and yet productive sub-notebook with usage modes that go way beyond what a standard clamshell can achieve. The Haswell update is shipping too so you can now expect longer battery life but what’s really needed is a re-design around that platform in order to shave some weight off and make it more usable as a tablet. […]

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Fujitsu Q584 now available to order from US site starting at $879

Posted on 15 December 2013

  Its been a long wait but finally Fujitsu has posted the Q584 Windows 8.1 tablet on their US site for ordering with lots of configuration options to help you get the tablet just the way you want it.

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$99 Deal on Dell Venue 8 Pro. Limited Supply at Microsoft Stores on Monday

Posted on 12 December 2013

What a great way to get people into the Microsoft Store, what a great way to get journalists writing about the small-screen Windows tablets and, for some, a great way to pick up a Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99 All 78 of the Microsoft Stores will have 20 Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablets available at $99 followed by a minimum of 10 more at $199. 100 will […]

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Lenovo Yoga 11S (Core i3, $699 version) Video Review

Posted on 11 December 2013

For those that are interested in the Lenovo Yoga 11S (and I’m sure many are because it’s a great bit of kit) I’ve put together two video reviews for you. They follow-on from the full review posted here last week and, as that review did, focuses on the value and performance of the Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.4Ghz version at $699. While the i3 version is good enough for daily […]

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Acer Iconia W4 Live Pics, Live Site, More Specifications.

Posted on 05 December 2013

Following a tip-off that the Acer W4 might actually be shipping in Asia we took a deeper dive into search results and although we can’t confirm the Iconia W4 is shipping it does seem there are some prototypes doing the rounds. An article from Japan gives us some nice pics, comparison with the Iconia W3 and a look at the device manager. There’s an Acer Singapore product page ‘in the […]

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The Ultrabook Effect – Core i5 + SSD + Touch, in a Notebook for €699

Posted on 04 December 2013

T The Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14 comes with a Haswell (latest) Core i5 4200U CPU, 128GB of SSD, 10-point multitouch and a rotating display. Just one year ago, that sort of specification would have set you back 1000 Euro. Today, €699 (€587 pre-tax, RRP)

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Acer Iconia W4 Appears Briefly on Acer US Website. Reveals Specs, Price, Model-ID

Posted on 04 December 2013

Acer must be close to shipping the Iconia W4 Baytrail tablet. Not only has their website leaked the specs and price but Acer Maysia have confirmed the W4 for December. We’ve added the full specifications to the database here and we’ll start tracking and adding more information as we see it. RRP for the 32GB version is $329.99 but there are a couple of things to note. The battery is […]


Lenovo Yoga 11S Review. 1.3KG Sub-notebook with Desktop Power

Posted on 04 December 2013

1.3KG with 11.6-inch screen. If that’s outside your target range for an ultra mobile PC, move on. If not, pay close attention because the Yoga 11S is an interesting touch-convertible with a Core i3 CPU that turns in some excellent all-round performance figures. Battery life and quality are up there too and to top it all off, you can get it for $699. From video editing to 2nd-screen sofa activity, […]

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