Every day is a holiday for Amazon, you should know that by now, so even if back to school promotions are mostly behind us and Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals considerably down the road, you can still get sizzling hot computing gear on the cheap.
While all eyes were pointed squarely at Apple’s glamorous iPhone 6/6 Plus/Watch announcements last week, Dell was using the much lower-profile Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco as an inconspicuous launch ramp for a couple of very exciting Android tablets.
The rumor mill is about to accelerate its churning once again in relation to Microsoft’s perennially unstable Surface line, as mere weeks after Surface Pro 3’s spread and Surface 2’s discount, we have follow-up stories on both fronts.
With a name like C200, the smaller of the first two Chromebooks to carry Asus branding seemed destined for an economical $200 price point. Rolled out for $250 about two months ago, the Asus Chromebook 11 has since shed a few bucks here and there, giving a gradual sneak peek at the major discount yet to come.
Toshiba’s IFA 2014 bag of goodies includes a Full HD Chrome OS-running 13-inch notebook, an unbeatably low-priced 7-inch Windows tablet, a compact, slim and sleek convertible and, lastly, a low-cost 11.6-inch mini-laptop whose only mission in life is to throw roadblocks in Chromebooks’ path to glory.
IFA 2014 continues at full speed, bringing forward yet another Windows 8.1-running 2-in-1 computing machine. Or should we say not another Windows tablet/laptop convertible? Well, yeah, we’re all pretty fed up with these “versatile”, overpriced, often clunky transforming devices, and at this point, we don’t see how anyone could revolutionize the space.
Asus EeeBook X205While most PC veterans are busy milking the growing stagnant popularity of convertible machines, and further blurring the lines between conventional laptops and tablets, Asus is going back to its roots to revive the once beloved Eee family.
We’re currently in the midst of a crazy packed IFA 2014 opening day in Berlin, Germany, as Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Asus, to name a few, have been quick to announce and showcase all kinds of exciting new gear.
It seems Acer’s affordable 2-in-1 Aspire Switch experiment worked like a charm, and so the original tablet/mini-laptop hybrid is already due for a refresh. Initially advertised as a 4-in-1 device, the Windows 8.1 convertible has actually got three follow-ups at IFA 2014 in Berlin.
It is hard to find a gaming laptop that can also boast a slim design, but those laptops are beginning to hit the market in the 14-inch range. The same has not yet been true for 17-inch gaming laptops, at least until now. Lenovo has announced the Y70 Touch, a follow-up to its Y50, that weighs just 7.5 pounds but comes with more than enough power for gaming.
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.