They say the perfect time to buy gadgets is around the winter holiday season, which many retailers think of as the giving season. Well, they clearly haven’t met Newegg’s higher-ups, who seem to have no problem in turning a humdrum end of July into a less crowded, less crazy shopping window.
Given Surface Mini’s unexpected last-minute delay (cancelation?), and Surface Pro 3’s surprising release in gargantuan 12-inch form, trying to anticipate Microsoft’s next Windows tablet move is harder than ever.
It looks like Android is slowly but steadily becoming a solid alternative for Windows in the execution of tablet/mini-laptop hybrids, as LG has just taken the wraps off its rookie Google-powered Tab Book effort.
Convertible, detachable and just all-around versatile tablet/laptop hybrids seem to dominate the shifting PC landscape nowadays, and things don’t really get much more versatile than on Acer’s 4-in-1 Aspire Switch 10.
If you’re a professional with a great career, you likely understand that appearances do count. If not for those you work or interact with, at least for your own self and image. I, for one, fully believe that people make judgments based on how we look and what we accessorize with. Everything from choice of clothes down to the devices we carry can speak volumes about who we are (or want to be). Like it or not, impressions count.
Starting to find it difficult to differentiate all the inexpensive, unpretentious mini-laptops built around Intel’s low-cost, low-power Bay Trail processors? Then maybe you’ll be interested in an alternative AMD Mullins contraption.
When wearable tech is a topic of discussion, it usually covers such things as smartwatches, Google Glass, fitness trackers, and such. Those devices are more common and of a wider variety, of course. When it comes to gadgets and wearables, it’s easy to overlook that everyday bag or backpack. The bag that carries all your stuff says as much about you as any other type of fashion accessory.
Many reckoned Acer took an unnecessary gamble fitting punchy Intel Core i3 “Haswell” processors inside Chromebooks, thus raising the price bar, but apparently, Dell thinks there might be demand for higher-end Chrome OS laptops too.
It looks like Chrome OS and Acer’s love story is set to last, nay grow stronger, with Intel Core i3-powered Chromebooks just the first step in the PC maker’s grand scheme on the short term. Next on the product roadmap, a couple of Chrome OS laptops beefed up by low-power, frugal Intel Celeron Bay Trail chips, a higher-end version with Nvidia Tegra K1 punch and a Celeron Haswell-based desktop.
Hot on the heels of the C200, which was technically Asus’ first ever Chromebook to go up for sale, the company’s second Chrome OS machine, the C300, has become available stateside. At exactly the same price, even though the former is an 11.6 incher and the latter’s display measures 13.3 inches in diagonal.
Unlike in Samsung, Sony, HTC and even Lenovo’s camps, things have been awfully quiet on the KitKat updating front for Asus thus far. But the Taiwanese are looking to mend a few fences with their novelty-savvy clients, first rolling out Android 4.4 for the PadFone 2 a couple of weeks back, and now giving the same royal treatment to the Transformer Pad TF701T.
Inexpensive Chrome OS-running notebooks, aka Chromebooks, are definitely moving up the PC market ranks, against all odds and in spite of a painfully sluggish start back in 2011.