The 3-in-one comes with a docking station for desktop mode
Gigabyte is adding a new 11.6-inch convertible laptop to its U-series ultrabook line, the company said Thursday. Powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, the U21MD, as the upcoming device is called, sports a capacitive multitouch panel capable of being rotated 180 degrees.
Looking at Microsoft’s hardware model, you might think that all Windows tablet/laptop hybrids fall into one of two camps: capable-but-pricey, à la the Surface 2 Pro, or the opposite of that, i.e., the ARM-toting, Windows RT–sporting Surface 2. Luckily, not all PC manufacturers see things so black-and-white. Hence we have the Asus Transformer Book T100, which not only offers Intel’s new x86 Bay Trail Atom processor and a full version of Windows 8.1, but is also priced at an affordable $400 for the 64GB model reviewed here ($350 for the 32GB). Shoot, an ARM-based Surface 2 with 64GB of storage costs $550! And that’s with the funky, fuzzy, flat TouchCover keyboard. That makes the T100 a compelling value proposition, to be sure. But we wanted to know how this combination tablet/laptop fares in actual use.
Note: This review was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
Low priced convertible from HP takes on Lenovo's Yoga
If the HP Pavilion x360 looks familiar, it's because we've seen the 360-degree hinge trick before when Lenovo introduced its Yoga. HP's Pavilion x360 is also capable of swinging all the way around and transforming itself from a laptop into a tablet, but it carries a much lower starting price. The cost of entry is $400, significantly lower than the Lenovo Yoga 11s, which starts out at $1,100 on Lenovo's website.
Vendors don't want to get stuck with a bunch of 2-in-1 devices
There's still no clear cut indication from consumers whether or not hybrid notebooks that also function as tablets are all that desirable compared to keeping the form factors separate. That being the case, notebook vendors are reportedly having cold feet when it comes to stockpiling 2-in-1 devices, fearing that weak sales could leave them with a bunch of unsold inventory needing to be written off.
Acer's commercial subscribers have two new Ultrabooks to choose from
If you're looking for a new Ultrabook for your business travels, Acer has a couple of new options worth checking out. Both fall under the company's TravelMate umbrella and both rock an Intel foundation, though these are very different systems. One is a more powerful laptop built around Intel's 4th Generation Core i5 and i7 architecture (Haswell) and the other is a convertible style notebook based on Intel's 3rd Generation chips.
Intel's rallying vendors to promote 2-in-1 PCs in 2014
Within the last year or so, the all-in-one (AIO) form factor finally started gaining ground, in large part because prices came down to more affordable levels. With the advent of touchscreen computing and, by extension, Windows 8/8.1, the time may be ripe for AIO vendors to lure customers over, and that's what they're going to try to do in 2014, though they won't be pushing just ordinary AIO systems.
We test Microsoft’s Surface Pro workhorse tablet in several common desktop-use cases to see how it stacks up to a traditional PC
For the last three years, there have been questions about what the spectacular rise of the iPad and other tablet computers means for the traditional desktop PC. Are tablet sales cannibalizing PC sales (the “post-PC” worldview), or is this simply a new category that people are buying alongside traditional computers? Will the tablet remain a third device, between a smartphone and a PC, or will it gradually take over the role that’s currently played by laptop and desktop computers? With the release of the Surface Pro, Microsoft isn’t making these questions any easier to answer.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
Lenovo first began showing off its IdeaPad Yoga 11S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this past January, and now four months later, you can place your pre-order on Lenovo's website or through Best Buy, the latter of which will carry the hybrid laptop in stores starting June 23. Why is it called Yoga? Simply put, Lenovo's convertible bends in ways that makes our back ache just looking at it.
Microsoft’s re-imagined OS is only half the equation
As has been reported exhaustively by now, Windows 8 can be a very unsettling experience for longtime Windows users. It’s like going to visit your parents and finding dad decked out in drag. The person you’ve known for so long is still there, but a new, unexpected element to his persona has you flummoxed and fumbling for how to behave.
Note: This feature originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.