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.
New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector
The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor, otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.
It worked for netbooks, can it also work for entry-level laptops?
Regardless of how power users feel about Chromebooks, they're selling, and they're selling well. In fact, a Samsung Chromebook model is the best selling laptop on Amazon, and out of the top 10 most popular notebooks (in terms of sales), Chromebooks account for half. That's certainly not the landscape Microsoft envisioned when it released Windows 8, and to counter the Chromebook movement, the company is reportedly planning to slash Windows 8.1 licensing fees by 70 percent.
SanDisk has been on a tear lately. Following up the launch of its Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card earlier this month, which it bills as the fastest SD card from here to the edge of the galaxy, SanDisk today announced its new 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 memory card, which offers the most capacity of any microSD card ever made. That's a pretty impressive amount of storage for a part that's smaller than the size of a fingernail.
Mobile World Congress kicks off today, which means a bevy of mobile announcements this week. It starts with Lenovo, the world's top PC company, announcing three new smartphones as part of its S series. They include the S860, S850, and S660, all three of which come equipped with a quad-core processor and longer battery life than Lenovo's previous generation models, the company says.
Networking woes have you down? Maybe it's time for an upgrade. There are tangible benefits to owning an 802.11ac router -- increased speed is obviously one of them, but depending on the model, beamforming technology can result in a more reliable connection at longer distances. We like what Asus has done in the AC space and use the company's RT-AC66U as our new baseline. One of our few complaints is that the USB port is only USB 2.0, but there's a newer model available that upgrades it to a USB 3.0 port. It's also the topic of today's top deal -- an Asus RT-AC68U Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router for $220 with free shipping (normally $250; Free Motorola SB6121 cable modem with promo code: [EMCPHHW52]). That's a killer combo that will allow you to ditch your ISP's modem rental fee!
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Gigabyte previously announced its J1800-based motherboard, and on Friday broke the news about the J1900N-D3V board, which will be a considerable improvement on the previous model. Sporting a Celeron J1900 chip, it utilizes four cores at 2.0 GHz.
Microsoft adding Android support and free Skype calls for businesses
Lync is a universal communication tool that many an office employs for daily usage, and this week was an important chapter in the client's life cycle. At Microsoft's Lync conference, announcements were made about the program that should have users who rely on the messenger excited for what's to come.
HP's thinnest tablet ever brings a plethora of updates
HP revealed a newly-redesigned model of its HP ElitePad 1000, sporting several upgrades and changes from the previous iteration. It's now rocking a brighter touch screen with augmented durability as well as support for 64-bit and 4G. It also happens to be the company's thinnest tablet so far, weighing 1.5 pounds and clocking in at 9.2 mm thick.
Lenovo's Yoga tablet hasn't been out very long, having been announced last fall, but today Lenovo announced an update to the device that's quite pleasantly surprising. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ sports newer and updated hardware as well as some additional alterations to make it a lucrative buy for anyone looking for a new tablet to add to their collection.