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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has only recently started taking Google-endorsed Chromebooks seriously, but the number of highly competitive low-cost Windows contenders is already remarkable. HP is leading the charge on Chrome OS laptops, and the company’s Stream line is expected to become even more attractive after Black Friday discounts.
Google has achieved quite a lot in a narrow window of time with its web-centric Chrome OS platform. Chromebooks, although received with prudence back in 2011, quickly became the leaders of the education PC sector, pushing Windows machine manufacturers to significantly cut their prices to keep up.
Eager to please, and in a hurry to eclipse perennial archrival Amazon this holiday shopping season, Best Buy seems to have started Black Friday early. With a bang too, as one of their best ongoing deals sees the brand-new Asus EeeBook X205 notebook drop to $139.99.
For Lenovo, the introduction of a new ThinkPad Helix at IFA 2014 in September was a power move. The computer manufacturer knew full well the Intel Core M-based machine couldn’t go on sale for another couple of months, yet they unveiled it anyway, to showcase their grand future plans.