Review Category : Hardware

Canalys today reported that worldwide client PC shipments which includes tablets reached 123.7 million units in Q1 2014, up 5% year on year. Even though the growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21%, yet at 50.8 million units they continued to out-ship notebooks. Notebooks shipments fell sharply in China and European regions while US remained flat. Lenovo continued to lead among the Windows OEM whereas Samsung is pushed to 4th place by HP as they are leaving the mainstream PC ecosystem to focus on their mobile efforts. Lenovo did well in the quarter, increasing its PC market share from 10% to 12% with 15.0 million units shipped. It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively. And after four quarters of decline, its shipments in China are stabilizing – they were effectively flat on Q1 2013. EMEA ...

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Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. Last month, we reported that Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US in May. The following are the locations where you will find new specialty retail stores. North Point Mall - Alpharetta, GA (May 3) The Oaks - Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13) Park Place - Tucson, AZ (May 13) Jordan Creek Town Center - Des Moines, IA (May 13) FlatIron Crossing - Broomfield, CO (May 15) North Star Mall - San Antonio, TX (May 15) Westroads Mall - Omaha, NE (May 15) The Mall in Columbia - Columbia, MD (May 17) The Maine Mall - S Portland, ME (May 17) Mall of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA (May 17) Boise Towne Square - Boise, ID (May 17) Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT for $199 and Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity needs, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $299 from Microsoft Store. This is a 5 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $200 savings from original price of $499! Offer Starts today and ends 5/9, end of day 11:59 pm. Place the order for Microsoft Surface 64gb with black Touch Cover for on Microsoft Store for $329, use the Promo code AFF5DAY at checkout for the $299 deal price. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $299 here. ...

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Yesterday, Apple announced a small upgrade for their MacBook Air lineup and announced $100 price cut for all their models. Especially, MacBook Air 11 now starts at $899 as opposed to $999. There were lots of coverage in the press yesterday citing that MacBook Air 11 offers best value for money. Today, Microsoft Store has reduced the price of HP Pavilion 11, a 2-in-1 Windows device that directly competes with MacBook Air 11. HP Pavilion 11 which was selling for $799 is now on sale for just $599. How about specs? It offers almost the same specs as the new MacBook Air. Compare them below, While MacBook Air 11 is just a conventional laptop, HP Pavilion 11 is a 2-in-1 Windows PC that you can use either as tablet or a laptop. Its magnetic hinge lets you easily attach and detach your tablet to and from its keyboard dock in ...

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Acer yesterday announced two new All-in-One Windows PCs. Both these PCs comes with wide angle viewing with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, latest Intel processors, range of memory and storage options as well. The premium Aspire U5-620 boasts advanced video and audio communications certified by Skype, including a dual array microphone and 1080p webcam with a wide field of view. It also allows you to tap, swipe and pinch with fewer fingerprints anti-fingerprint coating. The mainstream Aspire Z3-615’s ergonomic display can be adjusted between -5 to 25 degrees and touts dynamic audio with Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater®. Read the full press release below, Acer today unveiled two new all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, delivering vibrant and clear wide angle viewing. The new AIOs include the Acer Aspire U5-620 for consumers desiring a premium PC to serve as the home’s digital entertainment hub and the ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today marks a monumental day for Xbox, as together with our partner BesTV New Media Co., we announced we will bring Xbox One to China in September of this year. This is a historic moment in our partnership as we work toward the first official Xbox launch in China. Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The ...

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    Acer today announced Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series which comes in colorful notebooks to accentuate users’ personalities. These laptops offers outstanding productivity tools with 14- and 15.6-inch displays and options for 4th generation Intel Core processors, discrete graphics and up to 1 TB of storage and also come with precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience. Another good this is the Skype Certified(1) voice over IP (VoIP) experience. Read the full press release. Acer today announces the Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series built with time-tested technologies ideal for users who require everyday productivity and infotainment at an affordable price. In addition, a variety of fashionable colors are available to accentuate users’ personalities. A complete range of viewing options is available to satisfy differing customer needs with the choice of Touch/Non-Touch, Full HD/HD, and glare or matte display. ...

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Acer today announced couple of 11.6-inch Windows laptops in the name of Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11. These laptops stand out from the crowd with new FlowCurve design – an external rear curve that continues through the interior to create a unique visual flow and also comes with a fan-less design for cool and quiet computing. Other highlights are the precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience and various color options to display users’ individual style. Read the full press release below. Acer today unveils two new 11.6-inch notebooks, the Acer Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11, which feature a distinctive FlowCurve and fan-less design for stylish, cool, and quiet computing. The thin and light notebooks are ideal for consumers who require technology that looks chic and fulfills all their infotainment needs on the go. The new thin and light 11.6-inch notebooks ...

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Acer today announced a new 2-in-1 Windows device called Aspire Switch 10. Just like Lenovo Yoga it can be used in various modes, the only difference is that the display can be detached.It allows users to use it in following 4 modes, Notebook mode–as a fully functional PC with spacious keyboard and Precision Touchpad for comfortable typing and productive work. Pad mode–as a tablet for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, and having everything in your hand. Display mode–switch the screen to show content, such as a presentation file in meetings or sharing photos with friends. Tent mode–for confined spaces while travelling such as an airplane cabin or on a side coffee table. It’s also the ideal mode for watching movies. Acer Aspire Switch 10 will have the standard Windows tablet spec with a HD screen, up to 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM is powered by an Intel® Atom™ (Bay ...

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Last year, Lenovo announced a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum called ThinkPad 8. Lenovo Australia website has revealed that the there is an 10- inch version in the name of ThinkPad 10 which is expected to be announced soon. This upcoming ThinkPad 10 will be powered by 1.6GHz quad-core  Intel Atom processor and can be configured up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will sport the same full HD 1,920 x 1,200 screen as ThinkPad 8 and will come with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front cam. And as you can expect from a business class tablet, it will support Stylus input and you will have LTE version SKUs as well. There will be variety of accessories like keyboard case, dock, and keyboard dock for this tablet as well. We expect the basic SKU of this tablet to start at $499 and will go ...

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Microsoft today posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. This video shows how the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Dual-position Kickstand: The integrated Kickstand features two positions, so you can choose the one that works best for you. On your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle. Productive apps: Office 2013 RT2 is included with Surface 2. Get touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and take Surface from plaything to workhorse in an instant. Powerful ports, including USB 3.0: Take Surface to the big screen with the HD video out port.3 The microSD card reader lets you add up to 64GB of extra storage. Connect accessories with a full-size ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet targeting higher educational students in engineering and management streams. HP Omni10 Windows 8.1 tablet will include content from Pearson and Microsoft Office. It is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available for all technical and management institutes at an EMI plan of Rs 2,990 per month for 12 months (taxes additional). This offer will be available till June 15th. HP Omni 10 specs: Intel® Atom® Z3770 (1.46 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 4 cores), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with MicroSD card support, Up to 8.5 hours of battery life 10″ diagonal WVA multitouch enable (With Corning Gorilla Glass 3) (1920 x 1200) 720p 2 MP (front-facing webcam); 8MP with Auto-Focus(rear-facing webcam) Stereo speakers; HP Premium Sound Accelerometer; Gyroscope; Ambient light sensor; Hall; eCompass Apart from the above specs, the following additional content ...

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Brazil based company Apek has announced MaxPad, world’s first Touch TV with Windows OS in it. It runs on Windows 8.1 and it comes with optic multipoint touchscreen. It also come with 100 degree wide angle camera which is perfect for video conferences in high resolution, allows 5MP capture, and Full HD video. It is powered by Quadcore AMD chip With 3.8Ghz, the processor A10 offers high performance graphics with an ATI Radeon HD7660. On storage side, it comes With a hybrid configuration that includes a SSD of 60 GB and 500 GB HD, you will have more speed and space. It comes with Universal remote control, Air Mouse and wireless keyboard. You can have everything under control with only one device. You can use this TV in various modes, assemble your Maxpad like Desktop, Flat Table, Inclined Table (45 °), Kiosk or straight in your wall. It starts with ...

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Microsoft today announced the new All-in-One Media Keyboard targeting your living room or home office. It has a full-size keyset and an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease.  It has customizable media hotkeys that put the web and your favorite music, photos, and movies at your fingertips. The keyboard also has a durable design, so there’s no need to sweat the bumps, drops, or spills of everyday life. This unit will go on sale from tomorrow for just $39.95. Integrated multi-touch trackpad Integrated multi-touch trackpad enables easy navigation with gesture support to enhance your Windows experience.  Tap, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease. Customizable media hotkeys Customizable media keys provide convenient access to your music, photos, and videos. Easy access volume controls Easy to reach and use volume controls to enhance media experience Durable spill-resistant design Designed to survive accidental sit-ons and occasional drops. Spill-resistant to withstand ...

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Toshiba yesterday announced laptops for Back-to-School season. The highlight of the list is the new Satellite P55t which is designed for the creative professionals. It has 4K Ultra HD display and you can use this laptop to create 4K Ultra HD content too. It has four times as many pixels as a Full HD IPS screen at whopping native 3840 x 2160 screen resolution with 282 PPI (pixels per inch). It comes with a powerful 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor, up to 16GB (1600MHz DDR3L) memory and AMD Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics with 2GB GDRR5 video memory. The Satellite P55t also comes with 1TB of storage – perfect for storing loads of HD content. It also has a 3D impact sensor, four USB 3.0 ports , a UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an HDMI port capable of 4K output and an optional rewritable Blue-ray disc ...

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At CES earlier this year, Sony announced the new Vaio Flip 11 which is a 11-inch convertible and will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. Sony is now recalling these Vaio Fit 11A and has asked customers to stop using it as soon as possible. Sony revealed that there is a risk that batteries on these new Vaio devices overheating and catching fire. Sony has revealed that it has sold a total of 25,905 Vaio products world-wide since it kicked off sales in February, including 497 in the U.S., 7,158 in Europe, 2,088 in China and 3,619 in Japan. Source: WSJ ...

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