Most of Asus’ highly versatile Transformer Book and Pad hybrids have detachable keyboards going for them and thus a portability edge over devices like Lenovo’s Yogas. But if for some reason you want an Asus-made Yoga clone, here it is, up for grabs via Microsoft’s online store.
The speediest, most impressive Chromebook since Google’s MacBook Air-rivaling Pixel is rapidly closing in on its commercial launch, with recent cost rumors apparently panning out. The upgraded Acer C720 will be available in two slightly different configurations later this month, and the cheapest model is already up for pre-orders on Amazon.
Praised for their stellar battery life, the 11-inch model in particular, respectable power and affordability, Asus’ first two Chromebooks have been around for a few weeks at $250 a pop. What Asus never told us was that the standard C200 and C300 would soon get a “cousin”, focused squarely on education.
Microsoft has been working diligently on eroding Apple’s leadership in the tablet and PC space for years now, trying hard to convince the world the Surface line can replace both iPads and MacBooks. Based on sales numbers, MS is a long way from changing mentalities, but Redmond continues to push. And push, and push.
Acer’s newest Chromebooks, the C720 and C720P, are nearly nine months old and featherweights compared to fresh efforts from Asus, Lenovo or Samsung, so it’s no surprise one or several sequels are being worked on as we speak.
Perhaps signaling lower iDemand than usual, Apple has very recently discounted a host of refurbished iPads, also joining hands with Target to offer a never-before-seen promotion on brand new iPad mini variants.
The busiest bee of the still ongoing Computex 2014 tech fair in Taiwan may have put an end to the prolonged string of product announcements, but fresh Asus devices will likely be staying in the spotlight for an extra few weeks.
I’m pretty certain Asus is known to most tech-savvy individuals primarily for its work in the hybrid field, where the Taiwanese have been true trend-setters, and by the looks of it, PadFones, Transformer Pads and Transformer Books will continue to be the OEM’s focus.
AMD has already targeted the budget market with Kaveri APUs for desktops and now, it has announced a notebook-ready version of Kaveri that in some instances delivers the same or better performance than Intel i5 and i7 processors. When adding these APUs to budget notebooks, manufacturers will be able to give consumers a level of performance when gaming that they normally would not see without spending far more money on a regular gaming laptop.
With more laptop/tablet hybrids than I can count announced every passing month, today’s PC landscape is on the verge of becoming more about these transforming devices than so-called “conventional” computers and portable computers.
You know how Toshiba and Lenovo keep falsely advertising certain tablet/laptop hybrids as 4-in-1, 5-in-1 or even 7-in-1 convertibles when in reality they can be used in two or three convenient modes tops? Well, Asus certainly doesn’t have the same dirty tricks up its sleeve.
Once Microsoft bit the bullet and replaced second-generation Surface Pro tablets with larger, punchier, sleeker third-gen “laptop replacements”, they left themselves two options for the aging 10.6 inchers. Either heavily discount whatever inventory lies around and try to cut their losses, or pull the plug altogether and leave the spanking new 12 inchers all alone against iPads and MacBooks.