Thursday, June 20, 2013

Windows 8 powered hardware: News and reviews.

Some companies are betting heavily on Windows 8, making multiple lines of  devices, including  laptops, all-in-ones, smartphones, tablets and PC's. It would be interesting to take a brief look at them all in one place and analyze hits and misses.

Top picks: The best Windows 8 tablet laptops, convertibles, and Ultrabooks

The best 11.6-inch laptops and hybrids that you can buy now

Are miniature Windows 8 tablets useful? Surprisingly so http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043195/are-miniature-windows-8-tablets-useful-surprisingly-so.html#tk.twt_http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043195/are-miniature-windows-8-tablets-useful-surprisingly-so.html

Don't buy a new PC or Mac before you read this http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57591398-220/dont-buy-a-new-pc-or-mac-before-you-read-this/

New Windows 8 PCs use touchscreens, hybrid designs and Haswell to capture attention
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2042726/new-windows-8-pcs-use-touchscreens-hybrid-designs-and-haswell-to-capture-attention.html#lsrc.twt_pcworld

The 5 Best Windows 8 Tablets http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417564,00.asp

The Best Windows Phones http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420693,00.asp

Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning? http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57577634-75/microsoft-store-slashes-prices-on-windows-8-tablets-hybrids/

The new breed: Windows 8 PCs that innovate http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/70246/the-new-breed-windows-8-pcs-innovate-205572

CES 2013: The coming of Windows 8 'table PCs' and supertablets http://www.zdnet.com/ces-2013-the-coming-of-windows-8-table-pcs-and-supertablets-7000009553/

2 Windows 8 touch-screen laptops for tight budgets


Microsoft Surface


Microsoft is building a Surface RT 2
Microsoft unveils a 256GB Surface Pro variant aimed at businesses http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043416/microsoft-unveils-a-256gb-surface-pro-variant-aimed-at-businesses.html#tk.twt_pcworld
Microsoft Surface Pro http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/
Five usability tips for Microsoft's Surface RT http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57568836-285/five-usability-tips-for-microsofts-surface-rt/
Microsoft Surface review: http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/microsoft-surface-rt/4505-3126_7-35332494.html
Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/microsoft-surface-tablet-10-coolest-feat/240002490?pgno=1
The Surface Pro has survived Round One. I would even call it a success. And, yes, Microsoft should definitely stay in the PC-making business. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57574691-75/microsofts-first-pc-lives/
Microsoft Surface Pro http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/05/microsoft-surface-pro-review/
It’s a Tablet. No, It’s a PC. Surface Pro Is Both. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/technology/personaltech/microsofts-surface-pro-works-like-a-tablet-and-a-pc.html?smid=tw-nytimestech&seid=auto&_r=1
Surface RT vs Surface Pro- Comparison http://www.freewaresquad.com/2012/10/17/surface-rt-vs-surface-pro-comparison/
Microsoft Surface Pro versus the competition http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57567773-220/microsoft-surface-pro-versus-the-competition/
Microsoft Surface Pro Review: A Tablet/Laptop Hybrid With Compromises http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/microsoft-surface-pro-review-tablet-laptop-hybrid-requires/story?id=18413678#.UcPFASDD_IU

Lenovo


Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/21/4445492/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-review?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WinRumors+%28WinRumors%29
Lenovo Miix hands-on: Affordable $550 Windows 8 tablet with its own keyboard case http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/lenovo-miix/4505-3126_7-35796882.html
Lenovo launches Miix multi-mode Windows 8 tablet
Lenovo will update its laptop lines just in time for back-to-school. Here's what is new:
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx http://www.cnet.com/laptops/lenovo-ideatab-lynx/4505-3121_7-35477650.html
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx review: a decent Windows 8 tablet, but not Lenovo's best http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/08/lenovo-ideatab-lynx-review/
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga running Windows 8 pops up online for sale http://www.windows8core.com/lenovo-ideapad-yoga-running-windows-8-pops-up-online-for-sale/
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/29/lenovo-ideapad-yoga-11-review/
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/15/lenovo-ideapad-yoga-13-review/
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/11/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-2-review/
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch review: one of our favorite Ultrabooks gets a touchscreen http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/02/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-touch-review/
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: an old form factor gets new life with Windows 8 http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/21/lenovo-thinkpad-twist-review/

Samsung


Samsung unveils two new tablets http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2013/06/20/samsung-unveils-two-new-tablets/2442345/
Samsung goes big with Windows 8-powered Ativ line http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57590154-94/samsung-goes-big-with-windows-8-powered-ativ-line/
Windows 8, Android combine in the amazing Samsung Ativ Q (pictures) http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/windows-8-android-combine-in-the-amazing-samsung-ativ-q-pictures/6421774
Ativ Q: a first look at Samsung's new Windows 8 and Android hybrid laptop
Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Lite is a cheap 13-inch Windows 8 laptop with a touchscreen. Check out our hands-on:
Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Plus: “For anyone that wanted a retina MacBook Air, this is worth a look” 
No, it’s not a massive Galaxy Tab. It’s the 21.5 inch Samsung Ativ One 5 Style, an all-in-one for the Galaxy crowd
The Samsung Ativ Tab 3 is a 10-inch tablet running the full version of Windows 8. Check out our hands-on:
Samsung unveils full Windows 8 ATIV Tab 3 and throws in a copy of Office 2013 free
Samsung Windows 8 dual-screen and ultra-high resolution prototype devices http://www.windows8core.com/samsung-windows-8-dual-screen-and-ultra-high-resolution-prototype-devices/
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro review: a capable Windows 8 tablet with S Pen support http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/21/samsung-ativ-smart-pc-pro-review/
Samsung ATIV Smart PC review (AT&T LTE) http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/05/samsung-ativ-smart-pc-att-review/
Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch review: a solid, if slightly overpriced, mid-range Ultrabook http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/16/samsung-series-5-ultratouch-review/
Samsung ATIV Odyssey review: a budget WP8 phone that performs like a flagship http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/04/samsung-ativ-odyssey-review/
Samsung ATIV Tab review: the Windows RT tablet you'll never find in the US http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/04/samsung-ativ-tab-review/
Samsung ATIV S review: the Galaxy S III, repackaged for Windows Phone 8 http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/19/samsung-ativ-s-review/

Toshiba



Toshiba U925t Windows 8 Ultra TouchBook with slide-out screen revealed – Specs
http://www.windows8core.com/toshiba-u925t-windows-8-ultra-touchbook-with-slide-out-screen-revealed-specs/
Toshiba Kirabook review: Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/17/toshiba-kirabook-review/

Acer


Acer to launch 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, unveils 5.7-inch smartphone http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/acer-launch-8-inch-windows-8-tablet-unveils-57-inch-smartphone-219830
Windows 8 ultrabook Acer Aspire S7 to cost from $1,199 to $1,399 http://www.windows8core.com/windows-8-ultrabook-acer-aspire-s7-to-cost-from-1199-to-1399-specs/
Acer Aspire M5 and V5 Windows 8 touch laptop devices http://www.windows8core.com/acer-aspire-m5-and-v5-windows-8-touch-laptop-devices-specs-and-pricing/
Acer Aspire R7 review: a flexible form factor at a reasonable price http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/30/acer-aspire-r7-review/
Acer Iconia W510 review: as Acer enters the Windows 8 era, it returns to its netbook roots http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/acer-iconia-w510-review/
Acer Iconia W700 review: a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/14/acer-iconia-w700-review/
Acer Iconia W3 review: a new, smaller kind of Windows 8 tablet
The Acer Aspire R7 is built for Windows 8


LG


 LG joins Windows 8 market with its 11.6-inch tablet and All-in-One http://www.windows8core.com/lg-joins-windows-8-market-with-its-11-6-inch-tablet-and-all-in-one-specs/

Sony


Sony Vaio Tap 20 touch PC http://www.windows8core.com/sony-vaio-tap-20-touch-pc-coming-with-windows-8-on-october-26-specs/
Sony VAIO Duo 13 review: a much-improved take on the Windows 8 slider http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/04/sony-vaio-duo-13-review/
Sony VAIO Duo 11 review: a Windows 8 slider that falls short http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/17/sony-vaio-duo-11-review/
 

Dell


Dell XPS 11 hybrid will ship with Windows 8.1 http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/dell-xps-11-hybrid-will-ship-windows-81-219878
Dell XPS One 27 (Windows 8) review: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-xps-one-27/4505-3118_7-35485706.html

HP


HP Envy X2 review: A Windows 8 tablet to covet http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/hp-envy-x2-review-windows-8-tablet-covet-215950
HP Envy x2 review: a tablet / laptop hybrid that fails to deliver the complete package http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/hp-envy-x2-review/
Hands On with HP's New ProBook 400 Series http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6840&News=HP+ProBook+400+Series+Business+Notebook+Reviews
HP ElitePad 900 review: HP's first Windows 8 tablet for the business world http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/09/hp-elitepad-900-review/
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review: all that, minus the battery life http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/01/hp-envy-spectre-xt-touchsmart-review/

Nokia


Nokia Sirius is a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that looks like a Lumia
Nokia reveals budget-friendly, large-screen Lumia 625
Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
Photo shootout: Nokia Lumia 1020, PureView 808, Lumia 925, HTC One, and iPhone 5
Nokia's Lumia 1020: http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/11/4514064/nokia-lumia-1020-hands-on
Nokia Lumia 1020: a cameraphone powerhouse (pictures): http://www.cnet.com/2300-8900_1-10017489-4.html
Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. 925 vs. 920 vs. 808 PureView: what's changed?
Nokia Lumia 1020 Accessories Preview
Fun fact: Nokia included a barometer in the Lumia 1020
Hands on with Nokia's Lumia 920, 720 and 520: Which takes the best pictures
Nokia Lumia 925 ad features scary-looking folks with serious red-eye http://www.neowin.net/news/nokia-lumia-925-ad-features-scary-looking-folks-with-serious-red-eye?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Nokia Lumia 925 review http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/15/nokia-lumia-925-review/
Nokia Lumia 520 review http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/26/nokia-lumia-520-review/
Nokia Lumia 620 review http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/07/nokia-lumia-620-review/
Nokia Lumia 820 for AT&T http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/21/nokia-lumia-820-for-att-review/
Nokia Lumia 822 review http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/27/nokia-lumia-822-review-for-verizon-wireless/
Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/15/nokia-lumia-810-for-t-mobile-review/
Nokia Lumia 920 review http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/02/nokia-lumia-920-review/

Huawei


Huawei Ascend W1 review: the company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawed http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/13/huawei-ascend-w1-review/

MSI


MSI Slidebook S20 review: MSI's flagship Windows 8 Ultrabook has a flawed design http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/29/msi-slidebook-s20-review/

Asus


ASUS VivoTab Smart review: a good, inexpensive Windows 8 tablet http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/20/asus-vivotab-smart-review/
ASUS TAICHI 21 review: are two screens better than one? http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/06/asus-taichi-21-review/
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch review: new touchscreen, same solid performance http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/31/asus-zenbook-prime-ux31a-touch-review/
ASUS Zenbook Prime review (UX51Vz): a blazing 15-inch Ultrabook with a lofty price http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/05/asus-zenbook-prime-ux51vz-review/
ASUS VivoTab RT review: everything you loved about the Transformer tablets, but with Windows http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/26/asus-vivotab-rt-review/

HTC


HTC 8S review: a budget Windows Phone that doesn't compromise on style http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/20/htc-8s-review/
HTC Windows Phone 8X for Verizon http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/08/htc-windows-phone-8x-verizon-review/
HTC Windows Phone 8X for T-Mobile http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/16/htc-windows-phone-8x-t-mobile-review/
HTC One Mini, with 4.3-inch screen, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor 


Rumors:

Microsoft anticipates 7-inch, 7.5-inch, and 10.6-inch Windows 8 tablets at super high resolutions http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/27/4471922/microsoft-surface-hints-7-inch-high-resolution-tablets

The mysterious i-mate Windows 8 phone is still coming

i-Mate Phone Runs On Windows 8 Pro, not Windows Phone 8

A vision for Microsoft's smartwatch and four more Surface family members http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034667/a-vision-for-microsoft-s-smartwatch-and-four-more-surface-family-members.html

Microsoft smartwatch? Computer giant reportedly gathering components for high-tech wristwatch http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/microsoft-reportedly-gathering-components-for-smartwatch/

Surface 2 release date, news and rumors http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/surface-2-what-microsoft-s-reddit-q-lls-us-about-the-next-surface-tablet-1129998

Windows Phone 9 release date, news and rumours http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-phone-9-nine-things-we-want-to-see-1092322

Rumor: Windows Phone 9 will be a clean slate, again

Microsoft's smartwatch concept moves a step closer to reality


 
 

 

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