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Lenovo unveils trio of low-cost laptops, including $250 Chromebook rival

On the back of an inspired and not-so-costly Motorola purchase, Lenovo has quickly leapt to number three in the smartphone manufacturer ranks, only behind industry giants Samsung and Apple. But at the same time, the Chinese tech outfit remains the PC landscape’s ruler, with HP breathing down its neck.

Lenovo Flex 3 convertible laptops now available starting at $299

Never one to use empty promises and false advertising to edge out its army of PC rivals, Lenovo merely vowed to commercially launch the affordable Flex 3 line of “all-purpose” 2-in-1s in May back at CES in January, when these versatile Windows 8.1 machines were first unveiled.

Business-friendly Dell Venue 10 7000 Android tab now available for $500 and up

Never a name to be reckoned with in the tablet computer décor, Dell learned to branch out in the eleventh hour, at long last going after Android users. We mean really going after them, with extravagant hardware rivaling the productivity of your standard Windows gear.

HP upgrades Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 convertibles, keeps prices low

Finding a premium-looking, versatile, powerful and relatively inexpensive Windows 8.1 laptop/tablet hybrid is certainly no easy feat, but HP’s new Pavilion x360 and Envy x360 rosters appear to be ticking all the essential boxes.

Deal alert: Trio of discounted refurbished Acer Chromebooks via eBay

It’s the dawn of a new, improved Chromebook generation that can better make a stand against dominant Windows laptops, and it should come as no surprise the niche veterans are slowly approaching oblivion. Before they can be put to rest though, lagging inventory has to go.

Looking to discard an old tablet? Best Buy will shave $200 off a Surface Pro 3

Why go through the hassle of selling decrepit gear on eBay and risk getting stiffed by professional con artists disguised as honest buyers? Or worse still, give up on a 100 percent functional tab just because it’s a little old and clunky? That’s what trade-in programs are for, and the latest such upgrade scheme from Best Buy is unusually generous.

Contradictory reports call for Surface Pro 4 launch in July or October

Surprised to see a non-Pro, third-generation Microsoft Surface debut on the heels of the Pro 3 instead of a much more logical Pro 4? Odds are a new high-end 2-in-1 laptop replacement is also coming by the end of the year, though the team behind the affordable Surface 3 responded to speculation with an ice-cold “no comment” on Reddit.

Deal alert: Acer Chromebook 11 with touchscreen and 32 GB SSD at $180

Acer has been dropping Chrome OS computers left and right lately, looking to diversify the Google-endorsed low-cost product portfolio with more premium models and touch-capable all-in-ones. Rumor is the Taiwanese manufacturer will soon join the ranks of Haier, Hisense and Asus in the sub-$200 Chromebook space, although technically, they already have a $180 11.6 incher more »

TechnologyTell Review: Plantronics Voyager Edge UC

Despite the abundance of quality earpieces, I’ll still see someone having a conversation with a huge phone or tablet up to their face. It’s still ridiculous, even if they may just be singing along to playing music. Everyone should own a good Bluetooth earpiece. They work better than the built in microphones and speakers of more »

Rugged Lenovo N21 Chromebook goes on sale at $219 and up

As Google recently unveiled by far the most impressive Chromebook yet, and Acer followed up with a surprisingly capable, surprisingly affordable model, it started to seem like the inexpensive cloud-centric Chrome OS machines were shifting their focus all of a sudden. But fret not, low-cost laptop enthusiasts, as there’s plenty of room under Big G’s more »

(UK-only) Deal alert: High-end Surface Pro 3 configs sold with free HP Streams

Talk about unorthodox cross-promotion. Microsoft is currently plugging the ultra-low-cost HP Stream 7 tablet alongside the premium Surface Pro 3 “laptop replacement”, bundling the two at the price of one.

Bang & Olufsen replacing Beats on HP computers

Computers from HP are going to leave behind Beats Audio in favor of Bang & Olufsen. The Spectre, Omen, and Envy product lines are all being switched to audio components from Bang & Olufsen. Some tablets and Pavilion computers are going to use B&O’s Play Label. HP has not mentioned how it is going to more »