And the deluge of lightweight, versatile, long-lasting Intel Core M-powered laptops continues to rush over the struggling computing market. Clearly, this won’t (completely) revive the financial state of PC manufacturers, but it’s a decent way to start a comeback.
We’ve started losing count of all the Windows laptops and convertibles recently refreshed with frugal Intel Core M or full-powered Broadwell-U processors, and now that Chromebooks and MacBooks are joining the party, it’s not easy to choose the perfect new PC fitting one’s needs.
It’s probably no coincidence Google chose to formally unveil its second-generation Chromebook Pixel in the immediate wake of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Retina introduction. After all, this ultra-high-end Chrome OS-powered laptop has been in the works for roughly two years now.
While we certainly didn’t expect the world from Acer at MWC 2015 last week, the product roster brought to Barcelona by the Taiwanese company still disappointed. A trio of forgettable Android handhelds, plus a modest smart band and cringe worthy Windows Phone joined forces to generate no emotion other than boredom.
Typically, we wouldn’t bother with yet another overpriced Windows tablet available stateside. There are already so many of them it’s hard to keep track, let alone get excited when a new one sees daylight.
Chromebook Pixel, the flagship laptop bearing an expensive price tag alongside a decent set of specifications will soon get a successor. Speaking at the Google TeamWork 2015 event, Director of Android & Chrome, Google for Work Renee Niemi confirmed that the Google Chromebook Pixel 2 will soon go on sale, but he didn’t shed any details about the pricing or availability — we don’t expect it to be any cheaper than the current laptop.
Forget primitive pens and papers, everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft is investing more and more resources into bringing the digital revolution to schools across the globe. Tablets and laptops meant to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable have recently planted their roots in the classroom, and Archos is the latest tech industry player to join this noble movement.
Who doesn’t like Microsoft’s Office 365 software plus services package? It combines the unrivaled productivity of Redmond’s celebrated Office apps with the convenience of cloud storage and Skype video chat.
Still incapable of truly cracking the mobile success code, Asus goes back to doing what it does best, by launching yet another stunning ultraportable laptop. This one is no MacBook Air “killer”, but at $699 and up, it only has to be a decent, long-lasting, robust alternative.
Looking back, Microsoft might have great trouble justifying Surface 2’s release. The second-gen Windows RT tablet followed in the footsteps of a poorly received OG, and while it certainly fixed a number of Surface flaws, it flopped almost as hard as its predecessor at the box-office.
It’s not often we see retailers, gadget manufacturers or other tech industry players stay in the generous zone once the holiday season is a wrap, but over at the online Microsoft Store, it really is Christmas every single day.
Everybody ready for a Broadwell PC revolution? You should be, since Haswell processors are getting pretty old, and the first underwhelming member of the Broadwell family, the Intel Core M, found its way inside energy efficient laptops a good few months back.