It’s hard to review ViewSonic’s new Smart Display VSD220 without thinking back to another of the company’s unusual products that we reviewed almost a decade ago: the Air Panel V110.
The Air Panel used Microsoft’s “Smart Display” technology to essentially let you remotely control your PC over Wi-Fi for browsing and MP3 streaming. Not to rehash ancient history, but Smart Display was just another charred carcass on the long road to a successful consumer tablet computer.
Besides functioning as a desktop-size Android device, the VSD220 can serve as a stand-alone touchscreen monitor for a full-fledged PC.
Gartner and IDC blame poor Windows 8 uptake, bad economy and competing devices
While Microsoft’s recent claim that Windows 8 is following a similar sales trajectory as its predecessor may or may not be fully accurate, the latest PC shipment numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC have made one thing very clear: that Windows 8 sales between October 26 and December 31 weren’t enough to help the PC industry avoid a rare fourth-quarter sales slump.
This should surprise exactly no one, but Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yuanqing Yang doesn’t like the term “Post-PC Era”. We suspect his views might be slightly influenced by his role as head honcho of the world’s 2nd largest PC manufacturer by volume, but that’s just a hunch.
In an interview with Reuters, Yang claims "We don't live in a post-PC world, we are entering the PC plus era." He further clarified by saying that the only companies who truly believe we are in a post-pc era are the ones that have stopped innovating with PCs. "In our industry many players think PCs have become a commodity product," he said. "We have never thought this way."
Lenovo has introduced the most exciting all-in-one computer design since HP reinvigorated the market with its TouchSmart series in 2008. The IdeaCentre A720 is a pizza-box design, much like the original TouchSmart; but modern ingredients enabled Lenovo to produce a thin-crust form factor that HP could never have dreamed of.
Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720 is one gorgeous piece of industrial design.
Acer president Jim Wong believes touchscreens are an “irreversible trend”
Acer has never made any bones about its displeasure about having to both partner and compete with Microsoft in the Windows 8 tablet market. But, just to be clear, the Taiwanese company only has a problem with the “Surface” bit of Microsoft’s tablet strategy and is otherwise satisfied with the overall direction in which Windows is headed.
The Maximum PC editors share their personal holiday wish lists.
We here at Maximum PC like to think we're givers (see: our free, high quality editorial content *cough*), but we have needs too! Listed in the image gallery below are five items that each of the Maximum PC editors want for the Holidays. Because *spoiler warning* Santa isn't real, if you wanted to personally be the super fan that we know you are and gift us these things, we would totally give you a shout out! ;)
We used to get excited when HP would send us its latest all-in-one. Each new model seemed to add some cool innovation or new feature that no other manufacturer had. The Omni 27-1015T has us wondering if the all-in-one pioneer has tired of pushing the envelope.
HP needs to move the power button off the top of its all-in-one PCs; it’s too easy to accidently turn the machine off while adjusting the angle of the display.
Gateway lists no fewer than 13 all-in-one models on its website, and this model with a dual-core CPU, integrated graphics, and twisted nematic LCD is its top offering. If the PCs in this roundup were playing football, the Gateway would be the water boy. But if all you need in a family PC is a machine for web browsing, email, productivity, and watching DVDs, this might be all you need.
Gateway’s ZX6970-UR10P is a very basic touchscreen PC with a price tag that won’t induce sticker shock
The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, has come and gone, but fear not. Even though Black Friday is officially over, many of the deals still remain, and even more are just getting started. On top of it all, Cyber Monday 2012 is here!
We understand you'd rather not waste your time wading through discounted toasters and button-up shirts, so we went out and did the dirty work for you. What we brought back with us is a robust collection of PC-related parts, accessories, and games, all organized into handy categories. If you see "(BF)" next to an item, it's a Black Friday deal (we'll cross out the ones that are expired), and "(CM)" indicates a Cyber Monday deal. Also, we're not fans of mail-in-rebates, so we've omitted most of those deals. For the few that we include, they're represented with an asterisk.
As the weekend progresses, we'll be updating this list with new deals as they emerge, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often. And if you happen to find a killer deal we missed, be sure to share it with us and the rest of our readers in the comments section below.
OK, our first look at the Dell XPS One’s gorgeous display didn’t leave us quite as flabbergasted as astronaut David Bowmanstaring into the monolith at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the absolutely gorgeous Samsung PLS panel—with its 2560x1440native resolution—did leave us a bit slack-jawed. The XPS One’s$2,000 price tag might have contributed to that reaction, too; then again, a 27-inch Samsung Series 9 display built using the same panel costs $1,200 all by itself.
Dell’s XPS One 27 is a gorgeous computer. You’ll have to decide if it’s $2,000