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.
Talk about swimming against the tide. Asus has prepared its fans a number of surprises for the PC maker’s Chromebook debut, and the biggest lies in a pricing equality we’ve never seen before.
The copycat Mafia strikes again, and the newest PC manufacturer to “pay homage” to Lenovo’s crowd-pleasing, trend-setting Yoga line of bendy tablets/laptops is Toshiba. Always on the lookout for methods to further blur the lines between portable devices and traditional desktops, the Japanese have just taken the wraps off the Satellite Radius, which is basically a larger Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13.
Toshiba is investing a great deal of time and money into developing sleeker and sleeker convertible laptops and tablets, and so a mere week after the claimed 7-in-1 (more like 4-in-1 in reality) Dynabook Kira L93 saw daylight, the Satellite Click 2 series debuts.
One of the most popular 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids, the Asus Transformer Book T100, apparently received a slight revamp while we were looking elsewhere, gaining a bit of raw speed and, hopefully, not losing any of that stellar battery life.
Aaand we’re off. Ladies and gentlemen looking for a versatile, sleek, portable laptop replacement, here’s your big break. Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3 is up for pre-order via the manufacturer’s online US store, with pricing as low as $799.
It’s hard to comprehend how a low-cost Chromebook could be so in demand to need more than a month between the start of pre-orders and its actual shipping takeoff, but perhaps Asus is still looking to build hype around the C200.
It looks like Asus has bigger plans for its inaugural Intel Bay Trail-powered efforts than the recent Transformer Pad TF103C exposé led us to believe, as at least one additional high-end model should soon break cover.