Deal alert: Asus C200 Chromebook with 11.6-inch display for $200 ($50 off)

With a name like C200, the smaller of the first two Chromebooks to carry Asus branding seemed destined for an economical $200 price point. Rolled out for $250 about two months ago, the Asus Chromebook 11 has since shed a few bucks here and there, giving a gradual sneak peek at the major discount yet to come.

Toshiba joins Microsoft’s Chromebook-slaying initiative with €260 Windows laptop

Toshiba’s IFA 2014 bag of goodies includes a Full HD Chrome OS-running 13-inch notebook, an unbeatably low-priced 7-inch Windows tablet, a compact, slim and sleek convertible and, lastly, a low-cost 11.6-inch mini-laptop whose only mission in life is to throw roadblocks in Chromebooks’ path to glory.

Lenovo adds rehashed ThinkPad Helix to Windows 8.1 convertible pile

IFA 2014 continues at full speed, bringing forward yet another Windows 8.1-running 2-in-1 computing machine. Or should we say not another Windows tablet/laptop convertible? Well, yeah, we’re all pretty fed up with these “versatile”, overpriced, often clunky transforming devices, and at this point, we don’t see how anyone could revolutionize the space.

Asus beefs up laptop family with gorgeous Zenbook UX305, $200 EeeBook X205

Asus EeeBook X205While most PC veterans are busy milking the growing stagnant popularity of convertible machines, and further blurring the lines between conventional laptops and tablets, Asus is going back to its roots to revive the once beloved Eee family.

HP Envy x2 convertibles with 13, 15-inch screens, Intel Broadwell surface online

We’re currently in the midst of a crazy packed IFA 2014 opening day in Berlin, Germany, as Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Asus, to name a few, have been quick to announce and showcase all kinds of exciting new gear.

Acer bolsters Aspire Switch family with Full HD 10-inch model, 11.6-inch version

It seems Acer’s affordable 2-in-1 Aspire Switch experiment worked like a charm, and so the original tablet/mini-laptop hybrid is already due for a refresh. Initially advertised as a 4-in-1 device, the Windows 8.1 convertible has actually got three follow-ups at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

Lenovo’s Y70 Touch is a slim and light gaming laptop

It is hard to find a gaming laptop that can also boast a slim design, but those laptops are beginning to hit the market in the 14-inch range. The same has not yet been true for 17-inch gaming laptops, at least until now. Lenovo has announced the Y70 Touch, a follow-up to its Y50, that weighs just 7.5 pounds but comes with more than enough power for gaming.

The sub-$200 Windows 8.1 laptops are already here, thanks to this Acer E15 deal

Looking for a fairly basic Windows computing machine at a Chromebook-rivaling price point? In the market for the perfect back to school gift? Then why wait weeks, maybe months until HP and Asus go ahead and release the Stream and cryptic F205TA when the Acer Aspire E15 can be had at, wait for it, $199.

A wild sub-$200 Windows 8.1 laptop appears – Asus F205TA

Google-powered Chromebooks may have had the upper hand against Windows-based notebooks thus far in affordability, allowing them to surprisingly break into the mainstream PC décor. But once they became a real threat, it was only a matter of time until Microsoft cooked up the perfect Chrome OS antidote.

Surface Pro 3 spreads its wings in 25 extra markets, docks also on pre-order

In a traditionally cryptic manner, Microsoft recently implied its largest tablet, pardon, laptop replacement to date, the Surface Pro 3, was the line’s bestseller through its first month on the market.

Back to school whopper: Spend $700 on select Dell gear, get free Venue 7 tablet

Summer vacation is nearly over, so you young rascals out there are probably trying to make the best of the little free time you have left. But if you can spare a moment between all the partying, the wandering around aimlessly and carefree and the not thinking about school, maybe we can smoothen your return to the classroom.

HP cooks up revised Chromebook 11 G3 with Intel Bay Trail power

Thus far, HP has kept a consistent distance between its two Chromebook lines performance-wise, fitting the smaller, lower-end 11-inch models with ARM-based Exynos chips, and the larger, beefed-up 14 inchers with Intel Celeron processing solutions.