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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple’s iPad Air is likely a mere month or so away from getting a sequel, and although odds are the sixth-gen 9.7 incher won’t revolutionize anything, it’s probably smart to hold off until the follow-up is official if you’re considering the purchase of a large iPad.
Loading Android, which by definition is a mobile operating system, on a full-fledged laptop is sure a wacky idea, and many of you probably expected HP’s SlateBook 14 to end up vaporware. But look here, the experimental Jelly Bean-running notebook is now up for grabs at $430 a pop.
Microsoft has just started shipping the “entry-level” Intel Core i3 and high-end i7 Surface Pro 3 configurations, and already both versions, plus the previously released i5 flavor, are on sale for special prices.
Ready to ditch your bland old conventional laptop in favor of a spunky multi-purpose tablet/notebook hybrid? Perfect timing, as Microsoft has just begun shipping third-generation Surface Pros with Intel Core i3 and i7 processors inside to early adopters.
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.