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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review

With so many Windows 8 PCs launching in the next couple months, manufacturers are going to have find something to make their machines stand out. Lenovo has taken this idea to extremes with one of its new computers, the IdeaPad Yoga 13. Convertibles are nothing new – we’ve seen plenty of laptops that can “turn into” tablets – but the IdeaPad Yoga 13 features a 360 degree hinge that makes it so much more than just a tablet/laptop convertible. I’ll say this right off the bat: the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is one of the coolest machines I’ve ever seen. But being cool is only one part of the equation, and that 360-degree hinge can’t carry the whole machine if the rest of it is nothing to write home about. Has Lenovo delivered an interesting and unique machine that won’t disappoint when it comes to actual usability, or is the Yoga 13 a dud that will be lost in a sea of Windows 8 machines despite the fact that it has some intriguing features? Read on to find out.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 hands-on and first impressions

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 hands-on and first impressions

Windows 8 officially launched last week, which means that a ton of new computers, laptops, and tablets are either on shelves now or coming up soon. By far one of the most interesting new Windows 8 machines is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, a new convertible that aims to show off Windows 8 in all of its touch-based glory. The major selling point of the Yoga 13 is its 360-degree hinge, which allows you to use the laptop in a number of different ways. It's certainly cool, if not a little strange at first.

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Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft's new OS is here, and there shouldn't be a shortage of PCs to experience it on. The company is launching Windows 8 officially today, and according to Windows President Steven Sinofsky, there are over 1,000 new PCs that are certified to use the new platform. That's not just clunky business desktops, either; there are new tablets, ultrabooks, and all-in-ones, with a big focus on touch.

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HP unveils lineup of Windows 8 PCs and tablet

HP unveils lineup of Windows 8 PCs and tablet

Today, HP announced the pricing and availability of a large portfolio of various Windows 8 PCs, as well as a tablet. Some of these products have previously been available with Windows 7, and have been relaunched for the latest upcoming Windows operating system. The devices utilize HP's TouchSmart technology, and offer features such as Snapfish and HP Connected Music. Now, in a press release, HP has announced the devices' pricing and availability.

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ASUS expands Zenbook lineup with 14- and 15-inch models

ASUS expands Zenbook lineup with 14- and 15-inch models

ASUS has been working on growing its line of Ultrabooks for the past year or so, but it has mostly focused on the smaller screen sizes in general, while mostly ignoring larger displays. However, ASUS decided to introduce a few 14-inch and 15-inch models to their Zenbook lineup, all three of which sport the impressive thinness to carry on the Ultrabook moniker.

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Dell opens Windows 8 device floodgates with pricing galore

Dell opens Windows 8 device floodgates with pricing galore

This week Dell has begun the final announcements of their Windows 8 devices in full, with no less than 10 machines ready for action this Fall. These devices aren't all computers, of course, with a wireless touchpad and a monitor in there as well, but they're all aiming in the same direction nonetheless. This update includes such gems as the XPS 10 tablet, Inspiron 15z, and the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One with touch.

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Toshiba now accepting pre-orders for Windows 8 PCs

Toshiba now accepting pre-orders for Windows 8 PCs

In a press release earlier today, Toshiba announced that it is now accepting pre-orders for its Windows 8 PCs, which will start shipping October 26th when Windows 8 is released. The company's Windows 8 PC array ranges from budget models to ultrabooks to gaming machines and desktops. Not interested in pre-orders? The devices will also be available in stores on the 26th.

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Samsung Windows 8 pre-orders start with wave of new-age PCs and tablets

Samsung Windows 8 pre-orders start with wave of new-age PCs and tablets

Earlier this morning, Samsung announced a slew of Windows 8 PCs and tablets, including the Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook, a line of ATIV Smart PCs, and few Series Premium Ultrabooks. All of these devices will be released on October 26th -- the day that Windows 8 is officially launching. And now, they're available for pre-order.

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Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Last week, Samsung promised it would reveal a "groundbreaking" Windows 8 device, sending out invitations to a press event in which the company would announce Windows devices, including ultrabooks with touchscreens. This evening, the Korean company unveiled the products, including pricing, which are part of its new "Smart PC" category. The groundbreaking device? Meet the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook.

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Windows 8 HP PCs pop up at Best Buy stores

Windows 8 HP PCs pop up at Best Buy stores

We've heard a lot about Windows 8 today - Netflix pushed a Windows 8 update earlier today, we learned a little more about the Windows 8 marketing campaign, and - most importantly - the new OS officially went up for pre-order. With that mind, Best Buy has wasted no time putting Windows 8 PCs on display in some of its stores. WinSource reports that at least one Best Buy store is showing off a number of HP Windows 8 notebooks, ultrabooks, and all-in-one PCs to get customers excited about the release of the latest Windows installment.

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Dell hits Windows 8 PC pre-order market with a bang

Dell hits Windows 8 PC pre-order market with a bang

It would appear that Dell wants to get in on the party early with three Windows 8 computers it's putting up for pre-order here this morning for a release date "soon after Windows 8 is officially available on October 26." With the XPS 12 convertible laptop, the XPS One 27 All-in-one, and the Inspiron One 23 All-in-one ready for action, you'll not be left wanting for the Windows 8 touch-capable environment in all its glory. This release will be strictly pre-order inside the United States on Friday, the 12th of October (today), with releases of the actual physical devices aimed nearer the end of this month.

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Sony unveils touch enabled VAIOs, Tap 20 and Duo 11 available this month

Sony unveils touch enabled VAIOs, Tap 20 and Duo 11 available this month

Sony has introduced its first tabletop PC in the US market, the VAIO Tap 20, a massive 20-inch tablet computer, as well as the smaller VAIO Duo 11 "hybrid slider" PC, which we reviewed back in August. In addition to the Tap 20 and the Duo 11, Sony has also released touch-enabled ultrabooks, including a refresh of the T13 and the E series 14P models. This line of touch-enabled PCs runs Windows 8.

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