Not everyone needs or wants a powerful laptop. For many, a low cost and light design are miles ahead on their list of priorities over small boosts in performance -- if the laptop can surf the web, watch videos, and download music, what's there to complain about? Still, low cost notebooks aren't that easy to come by. Netbooks went away as fast as they arrived, and though there are many budget machines out there, many run Chrome OS. Enter Acer's new Aspire One Cloudbook.
This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?
There's nothing quite like a 34-inch, super-widescreen, curved All-in-One PC to grab your attention. Expect guests to give you half of their attention - at most - if you bring HP's new ENVY Curved All-in-One into your home. The broad Windows 10 desktop has a 2,000 mm curved radius, and with WQHD+ resolution can easily put two regularly-sized windows side-by-side.
HP execs smile a little sheepishly when you mention how similar the new Spectre x2 is to Microsoft's Surface line of tablets. That's okay, though; while the new 2-in-1 sibling to the Spectre X360 may wear its inspiration on its detachable fabric-backed keyboard cover, there's room for more than one Windows 10 tablet in the market.
Microsoft won't launch the much-rumored Surface Mini, so along comes HP to fill the gap with the unusual ENVY 8 Note. An 8-inch tablet paired with a 10-inch keyboard, the Windows 10 slate slides into its QWERTY companion for easier transportation, and also includes a digital pen for note-taking and sketching.
HP has revamped its flagship convertible notebook, outfitting the Spectre x360 with Intel's newest 6th-gen Core "Skylake" processors. The revamped laptop - which owes its name to a 360-degree hinge that allows the 13.3-inch touchscreen to rotate all the way around into a slate form-factor - also gets a new color option, a striking Ash Silver with Copper accents.
After a brief teaser period Ubisoft has revealed the next Far Cry series franchise jump-off point: Far Cry Primal. This game takes what the Far Cry series has been about thus far - high-end physics, animal interaction, weapons, and excitement, and packs it in to the ancient land of the Stone Age. You are the "last survivor of your hunting group," and will battle saber-toothed tigers, mammoths, and everything in-between to "conquer the land of Oros and become the Apex Predator."
The smallest gadget in Microsoft's big Windows 10 device launch today could end up being its most important. The Microsoft Display Dock, announced alongside the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, is a diminutive box that enables Continuum, effectively turning a Windows 10 smartphone into a PC, complete with full display and peripheral support.
The VAIO Z Canvas convertible laptop is now available in the United States. We’ve previously reported on this laptop a couple times; it features a tablet portion and a matching keyboard, and is aimed at the creative users out there — those with demanding needs who require a precise stylus and high quality display, among other things. VAIO Corporation first showcased a prototype of the convertible at the Adobe MAX conference in 2014.
Today the Surface Pro 4 has been revealed by Microsoft: a device with a larger display than the Surface 3, a thinner body, and a more powerful processor. This device appears not long after companies like Google and Apple have revealed their own "tablets with keyboards" devices that bear more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft's Surface lineup. As such, Microsoft is presenting this Surface Pro 4 as a sort of bumping up of the category they suggest they've created. This Surface Pro 4 is heavier than its predecessors, yet thinner than its predecessors. While its display is smaller than the Surface Book, it's larger than previous generations as well.
The Microsoft Surface Book at first appears to be a very thin, stylish notebook with Windows 10 Pro inside. This notebook is by all means one of the most powerful notebooks of this size in the history of the notebook. The hinge is interesting, uncoiling like a snake to bring the display upward and back to allow you to type and move about the screen with a standard touchpad Microsoft suggests was optimized for Windows 10 use. Unlike a traditional notebook, this device's display detaches and can be flipped around backwards or used completely independent of its base.