We know Black Friday is creeping up, and you’re probably hesitant to make purchases you may end up regretting, but here’s one deal you don’t want to miss. Trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this, come Black Friday, Cyber Monday or whatever shopping “holiday”.
There’s a new “laptop replacement” on the block, and although it has Microsoft’s blessing, it looks like one of Surface Pro 3’s biggest enemies. With Windows 8.1 pre-installed, and a “Slim” keyboard cover offered to bolster its productivity, this tablet can turn into a notebook in seconds and eyes the same target audience as the latest installment in the Surface franchise.
Bigger is better. Hardware manufacturers aren’t following that credo just as far as smartphones go anymore, with the latest convertible laptop trend also favoring screen real estate, often with overpricing risks.
Acer has a rich and fairly convoluted Chromebook lineup, with different processors inside, 720 and 1,080p screen resolution options, as well as various RAM and SSD configurations. There’s nothing wrong with choice, far from it, but it’s hard to distinguish all these slightly contrasting models when they look identical on the outside, and carry extremely similar branding.
Asus and Acer’s ill-fated netbooks may not have much of a future under that designation, but seeing as how PC users continue to favor affordability and portability, they were bound to come back from the dead in some way, shape, or form.
Microsoft doesn’t normally make a fuss over every new Windows product release from no-name brands such as E Fun, but the Nextbook 10.1 has been announced on the platform’s official blog, so it’s clearly a big deal.
Dell has hesitantly stepped in the Chromebook arena almost a year ago, setting a humble goal for its education-focused rookie model, but despite generally positive reactions to the Chromebook 11, the PC maker seemingly refuses to take the niche seriously.
Samsung might be looking to back away from the European PC market, pulling both Windows and Chrome OS computers on the old continent, however the Koreans remain fully implicated in the US game.
Microsoft and its hardware-making partners are sure in a charitable mood these days, even though the season to be jolly (and generous) is still a little ways down the road. Perhaps the best cheap Windows 8.1 tablet around, Toshiba’s Encore Mini, got better and cheaper as MS lowered its price tag to $99, and now the ultimate Chromebook “killer” is available at an all-time low as well.
Acer literally just refreshed its budget-minded Switch line of 2-in-1 mini-laptops with a couple of not-so-affordable, beefier models, and another spin-off is already in the works. Only this one doesn’t quite fall in the spin-off category, being more a rethinking of the concept rather than a modest rehash.
Gone are the times when hybrid laptop/tablet machines were considered niche-y, quirky devices aimed squarely at the geekiest geeks. And perhaps Asus proves it best, focusing most of its advertising and marketing efforts on so-called convertibles.
We know, we know, it’s rarely wise to make a big PC purchase with mere weeks to go until the busiest shopping period of the year. But do you really want to go through all the Black Friday fuss, the Cyber Monday ruckus and Christmas hubbub again?