Microsoft doesn’t normally make a fuss over every new Windows product release from no-name brands such as E Fun, but the Nextbook 10.1 has been announced on the platform’s official blog, so it’s clearly a big deal.
Dell has hesitantly stepped in the Chromebook arena almost a year ago, setting a humble goal for its education-focused rookie model, but despite generally positive reactions to the Chromebook 11, the PC maker seemingly refuses to take the niche seriously.
Samsung might be looking to back away from the European PC market, pulling both Windows and Chrome OS computers on the old continent, however the Koreans remain fully implicated in the US game.
Microsoft and its hardware-making partners are sure in a charitable mood these days, even though the season to be jolly (and generous) is still a little ways down the road. Perhaps the best cheap Windows 8.1 tablet around, Toshiba’s Encore Mini, got better and cheaper as MS lowered its price tag to $99, and now the ultimate Chromebook “killer” is available at an all-time low as well.
Acer literally just refreshed its budget-minded Switch line of 2-in-1 mini-laptops with a couple of not-so-affordable, beefier models, and another spin-off is already in the works. Only this one doesn’t quite fall in the spin-off category, being more a rethinking of the concept rather than a modest rehash.
Gone are the times when hybrid laptop/tablet machines were considered niche-y, quirky devices aimed squarely at the geekiest geeks. And perhaps Asus proves it best, focusing most of its advertising and marketing efforts on so-called convertibles.
We know, we know, it’s rarely wise to make a big PC purchase with mere weeks to go until the busiest shopping period of the year. But do you really want to go through all the Black Friday fuss, the Cyber Monday ruckus and Christmas hubbub again?
A goat getting milked by a creepy 36-year-old. A baby in a pink octopus onesie. A midget wrestler massaging same 36-year-old, probably for relaxation purposes after a long milking session. And creepy 36-year-old getting even creepier by channeling inner… beaver, and meta-painting a beaver using toes.
Before finalizing its long overdue enterprise – consumer split, the happy mammoth family at Hewlett-Packard continues to carry battle on all fronts of the mobile and PC wars. With the notable exception of smartphones, HP is knee-deep in each and every little market piece, though lately, the Palo Alto-based giant has mostly focused on the low-cost scenes.
Simply adding new computers to one’s business website and taking pre-orders with no fanfare and not even a heads-up is certainly a bizarre way of “unveiling” said new products. But perhaps it’s better to count on word-of-mouth rather than artificial hype-building via teasers, (un) intentional leaks and the works.
Someone must have toyed with the calendar apps on Lenovo gadgets, as the PC maker’s headquarters just inaugurated the fall discount season. Sure, they’re calling the deals “early” Black Friday doorbusters, so they’re aware the actual BF 2014 event is a little ways down the road.
Since the largest, beefiest member of Microsoft’s “laptop replacement” Surface family seems to have been met with the greatest enthusiasm, the chances of there being discounts looming on the horizon are slim to none.