Review Category : Hardware

Not a surprise here. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 device Surface Pro 2 scored the same repairability score as its predecessors. It scored 1 out of 10, while 10 being the easiest to repair. When you want to have a device with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display, Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, dual speakers in a 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292.1mm x 201.4mm x 9.1mm), 1.76lbs (800 grams) weighing package, I don’t think we can expect a great reparability score. Summary of tear down from iFixit, The SSD can be replaced, but not without first risking damage to the tablet simply by opening it. The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, but very strong adhesive makes removal and replacement a chore. Non-standard connectors make for tricky display removal. The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to ...

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  Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. Forbes reported that it will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Venturebeat confirmed that the rumors and report from Forbes are true based on their sources. Venturebeat also reports that Microsoft’s HealthVault will become a key offering the upcoming Microsoft wearable product. Microsoft HealthVault helps you gather, store, use, and share health information for you and your family. Hundreds of apps and services can share the health related data directly to HealthVault. They also added that Microsoft is still months away from releasing its health wearable. Hopefully, Microsoft will release it before the end of this year! Source: Venturebeat   ...

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On the launch day of Microsoft Surface Pro 3, N-Trig has released their updated Wintab drivers for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices. The R16 version will be available for download soon. N-trig is constantly working on improving the user experience and adding support for additional features and programs. Our DuoSense Pen is fully compatible with Microsoft HID reports and any application that support the windows pen API should work without any issues. There are some programs that do not support the standard Microsoft HID reports. For these programs N-trig released its Wintab middleware software in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The N-trig’s Wintab middleware is compatible with all of Windows-based devices powered by N-trig’s pen and touch technology, this driver was fully tested with all relevant Wintab test applications. The following list includes applications that were tested and are compatible with N-trig’s Wintab driver: Anime Studio Debut 9.5 Version 9.5 ...

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Microsoft last week announced the details for in-store events and experiences in the more than 90 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, to celebrate the launch of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft Stores already has Surface Pro 3 devices for demo, so visit the nearest store to experience the device. Also, Microsoft Stores will have all the Surface Pro 3 accessories and Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover. If you didn’t pre-order device before, you can still visit Microsoft Stores and BestBuy stores to get Surface Pro 3 on the launch event. The customer response to Surface Pro 3 during the pre-order period has been great to see. New pre-orders of the 128GB Intel® Core™ i5 SKU of Surface Pro 3 through MicrosoftStore.com will ship to customers in the U.S. and Canada by June 30. Customers who already pre-ordered this SKU and received an email notification of ...

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Intel announced the next generation chips based on Broadwell 14nm architecture last year. However, the product launch got delayed and it was expected to be available in the personal computers sold during the holiday season. Seems like there will be more delay as CNet today reported that broader OEM availability of the next gen Intel mobile CPUs are expected only in 2015. “We expect the initial Broadwell-based devices, including fanless 2-in-1s built on the Core M processor, will be on shelves by the end of this year with more products and broader OEM availability in 2015,” At COMPUTEX, Intel revealed more information about their next gen Core product codenamed Broadwell. To demonstrate it, Intel revealed the world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel is a 12.5 inch screen that is 7.2mm thin with keyboard detached and weighs 670 grams. The majority of designs based on this new ...

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Yesterday, Sharp announced that they have developed the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over the conventional display shape concept that enables the creation of new display designs to match a variety of applications. Even though Sharp was focusing on these kind of displays in car dash boards, this advanced display technologies can be used in wearable devices with elliptical displays too. The good news is that Sharp is planning to enter mass-production stage for the Free-Form Display at the earliest possible date. Hopefully, the upcoming Microsoft Smart Watch will use these displays for highly custom designs! LCDs have contributed to the emergence and spread of a range of application products by offering not just display-related functions such as high brightness, wide viewing angle, high resolution, and superb color purity, but also by providing added value through, for example, greater environmental performance and a superior user interface thanks to touch-panel functions. In ...

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Microsoft this month released an updated Xbox One SDK for developers which gave developers access to more GPU bandwidth, there by enabling more performance for their games. This new SDK update is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft today clarified few things regarding this XDK. They confirmed that system level voice commands such as Xbox On will continue to work during games even with this new update. Xbox Wire: What features are lost if developers use the extra GPU performance? Kareem: Kinect Depth and infrared sensors which enable biometric sign-in skeletal tracking, controller pairing, etc. will no longer work for these game titles.  Developers can choose to disable Kinect depth and infrared sensing in different parts of their titles.  The full Kinect experience including skeletal tracking is automatically re-enabled when the user switches back to Home (or other applications), even while in ...

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The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) – $399 Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 for AT&T (Black) – $149.99 HP Omni 10 5620 Touchscreen Tablet is also on sale at Microsoft Store for just $379 and it is available for just $279 from Amazon. HP Omni 10 5600US is a 10.1-inch diagonal multi-touch display tablet protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for durable, everyday use. It comes with Full ...

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As Amazon’s Deal of the Day, you can enjoy special savings on Harman Kardon CL headphones, featuring an exclusive acoustic system that integrates superb mechanical design, materials, and electronics. You can get Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass for just $64.99. Even though they are not Windows/Windows Phone specific versions, it should be compatible for basic features. While browsing through this listing, I found lots of other headphone And speakers deals on Amazon, find the list below. Click the name of the products for Amazon store links. Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass - $64.99 (Original price – $249.95) Harman Kardon AE High-Performance In-Ear Headphones – $69.95 (Original price – $179.95) Harman Kardon NI Precision In-Ear Headphones – $49.99 (Original price – $119.95) Sony MDR10RBT Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – $148.00 (Original price – $199) Sony SRSBTX300 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System – $98.00 ...

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Microsoft previously announced that Seattle Children’s Hospital have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organization. Apart from it, Avanade, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 allows these organizations the complete laptop experience with the power to run all the Windows software they need, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud. Today, Microsoft announced that UPMC has chosen to deploy 2000 Surface Pro 3 devices for use with their innovative Convergence application to give their physicians quick access to the most important information they need about every patient they see. Microsoft touts that health care customers are loving Surface Pro 3 over others. Like its predecessor, Surface Pro 3 was designed to be a Clinical Grade device–designed from the ground up to ensure maximum performance and usability for healthcare ...

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At E3 2014,Ubisoft announced new versions for many of its most popular and enduring games, as well as a few entirely new titles. Some of the popular ones are open-world, action-adventure series “Far Cry 4,” a new one from long-running “Rainbow Six” series, “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” and more. Check out the full list of games announced below. “Far Cry 4″ “Just Dance 2015″ “Tom Clancy’s The Division” “The Crew” “Assassin’s Creed Unity” “Shape Up” “Valiant Hearts: The Great War” “Rainbow Six Siege” Ubisoft’s surprise wrap-up game was a new entry in the long-running “Rainbow Six” series — the first in six years. The gameplay demo of this team-based shooter showed a five-on-five hostage-extraction mission set in a fairly normal-looking suburban home. Read more at Xbox Wire. “Rainbow Six Siege” ...

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Razer Blade is now getting lots of serious contenders in the market. At COMPUTEX, they have revealed the new Aorus X3 line which claims to be the world’s “most powerful and lightest” gaming laptop. The device will weigh 1.87kg, and you can choose between 13.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) LCD or QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) version. Since it is gaming machine, you have got top of the line hardware specs. Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5-3.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 256GB or 512GB SSDs configured in RAID 0 will allow you to enjoy gaming with ease.. On networking side, it has got 802.11ac WiFi, Tthe X3 and the X3 Plus will go from $2,099 when they launch in Q3 this year, with one-year global warranty plus one-year local warranty included. Source: Engadget ...

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ASUS Transformer Book T100 is one of the best selling laptops in the lower-end category on Amazon. It comes wit a 10” detachable tablet and 500 GB of HDD storage in the keyboard dock. It offers an amazing 11 hours of battery power running the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled. Amazon is now selling the device for just $374. Find details below. Includes keyboard dock with USB 3.0 port. Intel Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz. 2GB RAM. Preinstalled Full License MS Office Home & Student 2013. Full Version Win 8.1. Storage Capacity: 32GB solid-state in tablet, 500GB harddrive in dock. 11-Hour battery life. 1.2MP webcam. MicroHDMI. MicroUSB. Bluetooth 4.0. MicroSDXC slot. You can order the device from the below links, ASUS Transformer Book T100 32GB With 500GB Keyboard Dock – Amazon ASUS Transformer Book T100 64GB – Microsoft Store ...

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So far if you want to buy Leap Motion, you need to buy sensor separately or buy a HP laptop or desktop that comes with Leap Motion sensors technology. HP is now looking to change the situation by making Leap Motion keyboard available for sale separately for $99. And it will work fine on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC as long as you have the Leap Motion software installed. This is a great news for developers and enthusiasts who wants to experience gesture tracking on their PCs. Source: Engadget ...

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At Computex, Darfon has revealed a new Maglev Keyboard which is super thin and uses technology different from what we have. Instead of the rubber providing the cushion, the Darfon keyboard uses the magnetism. Since it doesn’t use any traditional parts like rubber caps, it is possible to have a super thin keyboards. Also, users will be able to tweak the resistance electronically, so the keys will have various degrees of pressure depending on the preferences of their customers. Darfon has confirmed that that we will see notebooks with its technology some time in the second half of the year. Compared to a scissor switch-based keyboard’s 10 million stroke product life, Darfon said its maglev keyboard is able to endure up to 15 million strokes. The maglev keyboard is ready to enter mass production and has received orders from several notebook vendors. The keyboard is expected to start appearing in high-end notebooks by the end of 2014 ...

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At COMPUTEX, Intel revealed more information about their next gen Core product called Intel® Core™ M processor. It will be the first 14-nanometer chip from Intel. To demonstrate it, Intel revealed the world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel is a 12.5 inch screen that is 7.2mm thin with keyboard detached and weighs 670 grams. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless and deliver both a lightning-fast tablet and a razor-thin laptop. But if you want to extract more performance out of these chips, you need to cool down the fanless devices. For this, Intel have come with a new kind of dock that will have fans to cool down the outer surface of the devices. The docking station is designed to have set of fans to add some airflow to allow for greater performance while using such a system ...

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