Microsoft has lowered the minimum resolution requirement for Windows 8 devices
When it comes to tablets, the ferocity of competition seems to be inversely proportional to the screen size. But ignoring smaller form factors is not easy — as was all too obvious when market leader Apple launched the 7.9-inch iPad Mini despite being indisposed to the idea initially. Now, a new development suggests that Microsoft also wants Windows 8 OEMs to join the sub-eight-inch tablet fray.
At least you won't have to worry about installing Steam.
Razer is pretty stoked to let the world know that its Edge tablet for gamers will soon come pre-installed with Valve's Steam software, enabling users to more quickly tap into their existing games library. Of course, you could always download Steam yourself, but hey, we'd rather see Steam sitting there than a bunch of trialware and other bloat that OEMs sometimes like to load their systems with. Still, we have reservations about the Edge.
It's never been more affordable to own a name-brand tablet than it is now, especially with the recent price cuts. To further sweeten the pot -- and to remind everyone that yes, it too offers a tablet -- Barnes & Noble recently announced that anyone who purchases a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24, 2013 and March 31, 2013 is eligible to receive a free Nook Simple Touch eReader. That might seem a bit redundant, but if you look at it from the angle of shopping for yourself and for someone else at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone.
A new Kindle Fire HD is in the cards, but it won't cost $99.
Tablet prices have fallen sharply in the past year or so, and Amazon is a big reason why. It wasn't until the original Kindle Fire debuted that there was an affordable, name brand alternative to the iPad, along with proof positive that there does indeed exist a market for 7-inch slates. Fast forward to today and there are rumors of $99 tablets on the horizon, including one from Amazon, though don't hold your breath waiting for a lower priced Kindle Fire HD.
We had the opportunity to get our hands on the Razer Edge, which Razer is advertising as the most powerful gaming tablet in the world. Our particular unit costs $1,450 and is armed with an x86 i7 CPU and a discrete GeForce GT640M video card. No integrated graphics and ARM processor here, folks: This is a full PC. Watch as we unbox the device and it's various peripherals (console dock, controller extension, and more).
The concept of the desktop PC that folds flat like a tabletop is catching on. HP was first, with its Z1 workstation, but Lenovo brought the technology to consumer all-in-ones with its very sexy IdeaCentre A720. Now Asus has adopted the idea for its new ET2300 series (we reviewed the model ET2300INTI-B022K).
Note: This review was taken from the January issue of the magazine.
Microsoft needs to reexamine its Surface RT/Pro strategy.
Redmond, we have a problem. Citing "people with knowledge of [Microsoft's] sales," Bloomberg is reporting Surface tablet shipments in the neighborhood of just 1.5 million units, indicating a lethargic start for the company's foray into modern day tablets. This isn't what Microsoft envisioned when it redesigned and re-imagined Windows specifically with touchscreen devices in mind.
Dell's XPS 18 falls into the 'portable all-in-one' category.
It used to be that touch support was a unique characteristic of all-in-one systems, but with Windows 8 encouraging PC makers to embrace touchscreen panels on all their systems, it no longer stands out. Not by itself, anyway. Dell found a new way to stand out from the crowd with its XPS 18, a portable all-in-one system that doubles as a gigantic tablet. It has an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) capacitive touchscreen display that, when folded down, is a slate that's twice as large as Apple's iPad.
The Transformer AiO features a detachable 18.4-inch display.
Is the Transformer AiO a moderately sized all-in-one (AIO) system or a ginormous tablet PC? The answer is both! Asus today introduced what it claims is the world's first AIO PC with a detachable display, and to the best of our knowledge, it truly is. The detachable IPS panel measures 18.4 inches and features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, LED backlighting, and 10 points of capacitive multi-touch.