IFA 2012

iRobot Scooba 390 and 290 hands-on

iRobot Scooba 390 and 290 hands-on

This week we've had the chance to catch up with the folks at iRobot who have let us in on several new robotic cleaning machines in their Scooba and Roomba lineups. In our interview with the group we started out with the iRobot Scooba 390, a device that works with a four-stage cleaning process for a scrub-tastic cleaning of your large flat floor - toss out your mops! We had a peek at the iRobot Scooba 290 next, made much tinier to make with the small bathroom cleaning - gotta get behind those porcelain thrones, after all.

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Acer Aspire M3 touch Ultrabook hits Windows 8 arena

Acer Aspire M3 touch Ultrabook hits Windows 8 arena

Over in Berlin at IFA 2012, the folks at Acer have revealed their next-generation Ultrabook lineup by the name of Aspire M3 touch. This lineup improves on their Ultrabook offerings thus far with a 10-point touch display optimized for Windows 8. The Acer Aspire M3 touch is just 22mm thin and weighs in at 2.3kg, toting with it a frameless 15.6-inch display with full touch capabilities.

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Jabra Solemate hands-on

Jabra Solemate hands-on

There's a new mobile wireless speaker in town and it goes by the name Jabra Solemate - and it looks like a really strange shoe. This device is indeed as the manufacturer describes - about the size and weight of a water bottle - and is able to play wirelessly (with Bluetooth), with a standard 3.5mm audio cord, or with a USB cable. This device has an integrated subwoofer and dual tweeters to keep you banging even in the most mobile-minded of places.

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E-Ink concept double-display smartphone hands-on

E-Ink concept double-display smartphone hands-on

Big-screen smartphones may be the fashion, but how about two sizable screens on your next handset with negligible battery impact. SlashGear caught up with E Ink at IFA today to check out the company's latest prototypes, intended to spur some imagination among potential hardware partners. The mockups have a working e-paper screen filling the back, and a (non-functioning) LCD up front, offering two ways of displaying content simultaneously. And, while these might be concept devices right now, E Ink confirmed to us that there's at least one vendor looking at using the idea. Read on for a video demo.

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Dell XPS 10 hands-on

Dell XPS 10 hands-on

Ditching the keyboard from your Windows tablet is a big theme at IFA this year, and Dell's XPS 10 is no different. A 10-inch Windows RT slate with a detachable keyboard slice - that also, unlike with some firms we've seen, accommodates a second battery - the XPS 10 crept out of its box and into our hands here at IFA today. Read on for our first impressions.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 hands-on

Dell XPS Duo 12 hands-on

Windows 8 notebooks and tablets have come in all form-factors at IFA, but Dell's XPS 12 Duo is - with its rotating display - perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch. Dell kept the 12-inch ultrabook behind glass after its initial launch, but we caught up with the company for some hands-on playtime. The takeaway is simple: the XPS 12 Duo takes the concept of the old Inspiron Duo and polishes it to the point where it's ready for primetime. Read on for our first impressions.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 shrinks a winner and adds Windows 8

Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 shrinks a winner and adds Windows 8

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed an all-in-one computer by the name of IdeaCentre A520 - a smaller version of the A720 we reviewed quite recently - with Windows 8 and 10-point multi-touch greatness. This machine is still able to adjust its display from -5 to 90 degrees flat, works with Ivy Bridge - 3rd Gen Intel Core processors of all kinds (i3 up to i7) and comes with Windows 8 (64 bit) right out of the box. You'll be working with unique touch-optimized applications and user interface updates with your basic build and will have the same great casing aesthetics as the A720 too.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series brings thin yet sturdy power to Windows 8

Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series brings thin yet sturdy power to Windows 8

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series has been revealed this week with the Z500 and Z400 bringing up to Genuine Windows 8 Pro to a set of study, thin, and powerful notebooks. Unlike many of the devices revealed this week, the Z Series does not have a touchscreen interface. Instead you'll be working with an Intelligent Touchpad optimized for Windows 8 and its touch- and gesture-friendly UI.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 and B545 bring all-in-one touch to Windows 8

Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 and B545 bring all-in-one touch to Windows 8

If you're looking for the Lenovo style and grace and want 10-finger multi-touch action on an all-in-one beast of a computer this Fall, you're in luck with the B Series. The Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 and B545 bring the heat with two giant displays - the B545 working with a 23-inch frameless screen and the B340 having a 21.5-inch screen which can also function as a high-def TV running independent of the PC's OS. These are two odd beasts, that's for certain - and certainly a good thing for the new Windows universe!

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Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook brings disk tray to the show

Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook brings disk tray to the show

It appears that Lenovo has decided to take the idea that ultra-thin computers cannot have a disk drive and throw it out the window with their newest Ultrabook, the IdeaPad U510 - and it's got Windows 8, too! This machine comes in at 0.83-inches thin and has a 15.6-inch HD display along with a full keyboard and - yes indeed - an internal DVD reader/writer and Blu-ray Disc drive that pops out to accept your disks whenever you need it. The U510 will be appearing with a range of colors for its exterior and a fully metallic feel - with real metal!

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