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Chromebook Pixel successor to go on sale soon

Chromebook Pixel, the flagship laptop bearing an expensive price tag alongside a decent set of specifications will soon get a successor. Speaking at the Google TeamWork 2015 event, Director of Android & Chrome, Google for Work Renee Niemi confirmed that the Google Chromebook Pixel 2 will soon go on sale, but he didn’t shed any details about the pricing or availability — we don’t expect it to be any cheaper than the current laptop.

Archos goes back to school with full range of education-centric tabs and laptops

Forget primitive pens and papers, everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft is investing more and more resources into bringing the digital revolution to schools across the globe. Tablets and laptops meant to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable have recently planted their roots in the classroom, and Archos is the latest tech industry player to join this noble movement.

Best Buy bundles free Office 365 subscription with PCs, Macs, iPads and tablets

Who doesn’t like Microsoft’s Office 365 software plus services package? It combines the unrivaled productivity of Redmond’s celebrated Office apps with the convenience of cloud storage and Skype video chat.

The handsomest Asus ZenBook yet is here, and it’s relatively affordable

Still incapable of truly cracking the mobile success code, Asus goes back to doing what it does best, by launching yet another stunning ultraportable laptop. This one is no MacBook Air “killer”, but at $699 and up, it only has to be a decent, long-lasting, robust alternative.

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The end is near for Microsoft Surface tablets with Windows RT… probably

Looking back, Microsoft might have great trouble justifying Surface 2’s release. The second-gen Windows RT tablet followed in the footsteps of a poorly received OG, and while it certainly fixed a number of Surface flaws, it flopped almost as hard as its predecessor at the box-office.

Microsoft’s New Year PC Sale stars $79 Toshiba Encore Mini, $149 Asus VivoTab 8

It’s not often we see retailers, gadget manufacturers or other tech industry players stay in the generous zone once the holiday season is a wrap, but over at the online Microsoft Store, it really is Christmas every single day.

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Lenovo’s ‘ultimate business ultrabook’, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, gets Broadwell upgrade

Everybody ready for a Broadwell PC revolution? You should be, since Haswell processors are getting pretty old, and the first underwhelming member of the Broadwell family, the Intel Core M, found its way inside energy efficient laptops a good few months back.

E Fun’s CES 2015 lineup includes Android 5.0 tabs, hybrids and Windows 8.1 2-in-1s

E Fun, which proudly claims the number five spot in stateside tablet sales, has just revealed its boldest bid for global fame yet, bringing no less than seven sizzling hot new gadgets to Las Vegas for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Chromebooks to get always-on voice commands

Always-on voice commands in the form of the “OK Google” phrase are coming to Google Chromebooks. The feature is already included on Android devices and has proven to be quite useful. Now, Chrome OS developer builds are receiving OK Google as well and that will let users control their notebook even when the display is off.

11-inch Lenovo Yoga 3 convertible on the way with Intel Core M inside

It’s been a fairly bumpy ride to market for Intel’s 14 nanometer Haswell die shrink, aka Broadwell, but at long last, Core M-based laptops and convertibles have started making their way to store shelves in the past few months.

Deal alert: Touchscreen Acer Aspire E5 laptop with Core i5 Haswell for $350

Even with Chromebooks on the offensive, and Microsoft more focused than ever to reverse the fortunes of struggling Windows PCs, finding a decent sub-$400 laptop remains no easy feat. Especially one capable of squeezing every drop of productivity out of Windows 8.1 with a touch-enabled display.

Deal alert: 2-in-1 Asus Transformer Book at $249 ($80 off) via Microsoft

We weren’t expecting much from Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas promotion so close after Redmond’s wicked Black Friday sales, but a third into this celebration, the entry-level Asus Transformer Book is sold at a pretty big discount.