Earlier this year we had a glimpse of the device known as the Transformer Book Duet TD300 at the CES 2014, a device that was destined to run Android and Windows 8 at once. Since then, it seems, Asus has felt pressure from both Microsoft and Google to skip the release of said device, citing a bit of a conflict of interests. This may also be affecting previously-released dual-OS devices as well.
This week SlashGear has one Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and one Lenovo Miix2 8-inch Tablet to send your way, bringing the newest in new notebook and tablet technology straight from the manufacturer. SlashGear has recently posted a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review for you to have a peek at if you’ve not gotten to see this folding laptop up close and personal, while our Lenovo Miix 2 8-inch tablet hands-on will have to do until we push our full review this Spring. This initiative will be taken on by Lenovo and SlashGear, straight through our Lenovo Hub!
This week NVIDIA launched its new mobile GPUs that we have already talked about in the GTX 800M series. When we talked about those new GPUs we mentioned that Razer was cramming the GTX 870M inside its thin Razer Blade gaming notebook. We didn’t talk much about the other features of that thin gaming rig.
In the launch of NVIDIA’s next generation of notebook-aimed graphics processors, a series of manufacturers have stepped up to bring the first wave in with thinness. Groups such as MSI, Alienware, ASUS, Razer, Lenovo, and Gigabyte will be delivering models this season with a variety of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 800M GPUs under the hood. These releases will all benefit from NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience and all the goodies that go with it.
This week NVIDIA has introduced a series of gaming notebook GPUs, starting with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M. This series also includes the GTX 870M, 860M, and 850M, and will be ushering in an era in which notebook gaming doesn’t just mean you’re able to sit on a plane for a half hour before your machine dies of heavy gaming action. This series works with a feature NVIDIA calls "Battery Boost", not to put too fine a point on it.
This week Dell has ushered in their newest education-aimed notebook, one going by the name Dell Latitude 13. This device works with a choice of Intel Core i3 (4010U) or Intel Celeron Dual Core (2957U) processors and a choice of basically any operating system you want inside the Microsoft Windows family between Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1. The display on this machine comes in at a lovely 13.3-inches with HD (1366 x 768 pixels) with 200nits of brightness.
When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.
This week in Barcelona we’ve had the opportunity to get a look at the HP Pavilion x360, a convertible PC that works as a tablet, a notebook, and a portable entertainment center (so to speak). In our first impressions we’ve seen this device to be a slightly more rugged-looking machine than we’d originally suspected. This isn’t the sleek metal wedge of a notebook you’d get in a MacBook Air - instead it’s made to handle the constant movement you’ll be laying upon it with converting at every turn.
Fujitsu has unveiled its latest computer model called the Lifebook TH90/P convertible ultrabook. The machine has a 13.3-inch high-resolution screen that folds and turns around allowing the user to adjust the screen to the most comfortable and useful position for use. That screen also supports touch input and digital pen input.
Lenovo has rolled out some new ThinkPad machines that are aimed at use in schools. Since they are designed to be used by kids in the education environment, they are designed to be rugged. The new machines include the ThinkPad Yoga 11e and the ThinkPad 11e.