Every once in a while, Microsoft updates its vision for the future with an impressive look at a world beyond beige PCs on every desk. I’ve seen many over the years, and I study them obsessively for any hints at what the company might be planning in real life. So when I sat at Microsoft’s Surface Studio unveiling in New York last week, everything felt a little familiar, but I couldn’t work out why at first.
Surface Pro 5 is slated to arrive in 2017, but before that, Lenovo wants to get ahead by announcing its own competitor to the upcoming 2-in-1. Called the Miix 720, the latest product from Lenovo is running Windows 10, and is running Intel's updated Kaby Lake processors, which will provide a slight performance improvement over the company's 6th generation Skylake processors.
According to the source, Lenovo Mixx 720 features a 12-inch screen with a massive resolution of 2880 x 1920. There is also said to be 16GB of RAM for tackling multiple applications at the same time, so Lenovo intends to release this in regions where consumers actually require expensive and portable gadgets to perform their daily work and entertainment doses.
Due to the sheer lack of thickness the 2-in-1 features, Lenovo Miix 720 will obviously not feature a dedicated GPU like the Surface Book i7. However, Intel's embedded GPU has shown significant performance over the previous iterations, so we'll be looking at some performance gain from this.
Last month, Microsoft expanded its Surface portfolio by launching the all-in-one Surface Studio for creative professionals. Now, Dell and Lenovo both are reportedly working on new products that look to take on the newly-announced Surface Studio and the company's popular Surface Pro laptops.
Starting with Dell, YouTuber Surface Pro Artist has put up a video of the company teasing its upcoming AIO creative PC. The teaser was shown as part of the Adobe MAX opening keynote, and it shows all the new things that the product is expected to bring. First up, the keyboard is entirely touch-based and comes with a dial to control edit tools etc. This is unlike the Surface Studio which allows you to directly draw on the computer, and has a separate Surface Dial that can be used on the display. The Dell AIO is set to unveil at CES next year.
Dell has further told Engadget "At the start of Adobe MAX, Dell energised the audience with a sneak peek of its smart desk concept in action, teasing its innovative functionality and the exciting potential it will bring to creators everywhere. A full-horizontal touch display designed to work across a variety of systems, the device provides an immersive workspace for creators to build and interact with their content more naturally using pen, totem and touch. It's a new category of computing designed specifically for creators and nothing like it exists on the market today. Envisioned originally in 2014, we're excited to officially unveil it and more at CES 2017."
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A new Surface Pro 5 is rumored for 2017. There is no hard evidence when exactly Microsoft will unveil the new Surface Pro 5. It could be as soon as at the CES 2017 in January. As the Surface Pro 4 is already on the market for a year, the deals on the Surface Pro 4 during the Holidays will be priced to sell. Microsoft has already cut the price of the Surface Pro 4 by $150 in their online store.
The entry-level Surface Pro 4 with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and Intel Core m3 is on sale for $749 instead of $899 at microsoftstore.com now. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core i5 CPU is on sale for only $899 at the Microsoft Store.
Best Buy offers Surface Pro 4 keyboard cover bundle deal with $150 savings online at bestbuy.com. The Surface Pro 4 Core i5 is also on sale for $899.99 at Best Buy. See also the Surface Pro 4 deals on amazon.com.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is praised for the enhanced Surface Pen, new screen, and the newly improved Type Cover which proves the laptop/tablet hybrid is the ultimate choice for consumers.
But one major criticism that a lot of reviewers have pointed out is the battery life which is considered by some to be too short when compared with other tablets and laptops. This could be a flaw in Microsoft's design that Lenovo is gearing up to take advantage of when they release the new Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is such a strong player in the tablet/laptop market which in turn triggered a slew of imitators. Techies have mentioned that even though Lenovo hasn't released an official unveiling that includes the unit price and launch date, it won't be long before the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be facing a very strong contender, possibly the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720.
On the other side of the ring is the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 that has its own set of potent specifications. It's a 2-in-1 device which has a screen that can transform into a portable tablet. The keyboard and display can also be attached in order to generate a laptop setup.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 is said to have a USB Type-C support and other USB Type-A ports. The unit will also have an Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake Y-series CPU, 1TB of internal memory, 16GB of RAM, and a screen size of 2880 x 1920.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 will have the trademark Lenovo watchband hinge and the unit will be available in gold or black. With these impressive array of specs, only time will tell whether the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 can actually put a dent on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet success record.
The Microsoft Surface channel on Youtube released six new videos today about the newly announced device, the Surface Studio. More specifically, the videos highlight how app developers are using the related Surface Dial to innovate how users interact with the digital world.
For artists of the more traditional media, Surface Studio opens up the potential of a new canvas. Gone are the days of buying multiple brush sizes and paint colors. With Mental Canvas, the Surface Dial has specific zones that will let the user switch between colors and sizes with a simple shift of their hand leaving the other to paint and create.
Originally inspired by the Surface, Sketchable also picked up the Surface Dial. Their app has programmed the accessory to rotate images for easier drawing angles.
As fascinating as the Surface Studio might be, without one particular optional accessory, it’s really just a gigantic, but well endowed, Surface tablet. Microsoft all-in-one computer’s spellbinding appeal is thanks partly to the Surface Pen but probably more importantly thanks to the odd but fancy Surface Dial remote control. And to hammer down on how game changing this little puck can be, Microsoft has released not one, not even two or three, but five ads that show how, with the right app mixed with the right tool, great things can happen.
Panasonic Toughbook has unveiled its unique 20-inch 4K tablet, designed for CAD applications, technical services, healthcare, photography, pro video productions and high-end retail. The FZ-Y1 Toughpad has the ability to transform the way industry professionals work, making it even easier to create, edit and transport drawings, images and videos on a tablet PC in stunning Ultra HD 4K resolution.
To protect the slim 12.5mm-thin unit, the eye-catching silver bezel and 4K display panel are mounted on a magnesium alloy frame, and enclosed in a reinforced glass fibre case. For collaborative working, the tablet incorporates a 10-point multi-touch screen and a highly detailed 230 pixel-per-inch IPS Alpha LCD display with a 15:10 aspect ratio, perfect for displaying blueprints and other A3 sized documents.
The Panasonic FZ-Y1 tablet provides the performance of a desktop with an Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor, HDMI 2.0 input, Windows® 10 Pro and a 256 GB SSD.
4K Ultra HD tablet (3840 x 2560) with 15:10 aspect ratio
Windows 10 Professional
Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor
Intel® HD Graphics 5500
20-inch tablet that weighs 2.41kg and is 12.5mm thin
IPS capacitive display with 10-point multi-touch
Accurate and lifelike imagery with 16.8 million colours
256GB SSD and 8GB RAM
Built-in LAN port, HDMI 2.0 input (supports 4K) and MiniDisplayPort
Optional cradle with 1x LAN, 1x HDMI output and 3x USB 3.0
Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless connectivity
HD (720p) Front Web Camera
Sanitisable and supports DICOM standard for medical imaging
Microsoft has brought an update for the Surface Pro 3 that might fix the battery issues reported
An update has finally been rolled out by Microsoft for its Surface Pro 3 firmware, which will be fixing the battery issue that has been reported by several owners. The firmware update is available on the Surface Pro 3 update track. It is about time that an update has come out for the Surface Pro 3, as the last was all the way back on August 29.
The firmware update came out on November 7; let’s hope this update fixed the battery which the previous update failed to deliver. First complains surfaced when the tablets shipped consisted batteries by Simplo, however, the LGC batteries were also affected draining in a few hours after charging it fully. Some users even complained that their batteries were failing to charge at all, while some were not able to use the tablet without plugging their devices to the charger. This led many users to believe that the problem was not with the hardware but the firmware.
The new firmware update can be accessed via the Surface Update History of the tablets, which according to Microsoft, will resolve the battery issues being reported. Users can go the settings and make the update and they should be sure that the Surface Pro 3 is not plugged into the docking station but the AC power. While the update is going on, users are recommended not to unplug their devices from the AC power.
The Dial isn't a large device, nor is it weighty, and it fits comfortably in the palm of my hand. It also sits unobtrusively on a desk. Its basic function is to provide contextually-relevant shortcuts within apps and Windows 10 itself. These are relatively simple in Windows 10, with the ability to adjust volume, scroll, zoom, undo, and brightness. You can also assign keyboard shortcuts for when you rotate the wheel right or left, and click the top of it. Rotating, clicking, and click and holding are the main ways you interact and control the radial menus the Dial produces.
The Surface Dial works best alongside a Surface Pen
I've tested the Dial in a number of apps, including Spotify, OneNote, Photoshop, Sketchable, and Chrome. While the ability to control volume or zoom in-and-out in Photoshop is convenient, the Dial is far more useful when an app is optimized for it. I've found that Sketchable, a drawing app, has one of the best implementations available right now. You can tap and hold the top of the Dial to access radial menus for color controls, brush diameter, zoom, and undo. It really works great when paired with the Pen while you're drawing, and it feels natural to interact like this.
Microsoft’s Surface Book with Performance Base and Surface Dial are now available for purchase. But Surface Dial is already sold out.
The Surface Book with Performance Base is a set of new Surface Book models that include Core i7 processors, bigger batteries, and a new 2 GB dGPU. The Surface Dial, which works with Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro 4, is a new accessory that will be typically be used in tandem with Surface Pen on those devices.
“The Surface Book with Performance Base was specifically designed for those people who want more,” Microsoft corporate vice president Panos Panay explains. “More rendering power, faster framerates, and additional battery life.”
The Performance Base part of these new Surface Book models tells the story: The keyboard is raised at an angle when compare to the base on other Surface Books, providing room for more battery and for the new dGPU, which features 2 GB of RAM. (Where the other models have a slower version with just 1 GB of RAM.) Microsoft claims that the new Performance Base versions of Surface Book provide twice the graphics processing power of previous models while extending battery life from 10 hours to 16.
Up to $430 off Surface devices, Xbox One S at its lowest price ever and big savings on Windows 10 PCs, here are the deals you need to know about!
Upgrade to Surface and save up to $430
This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Microsoft is offering an unprecedented deal of up to $430 off select* Surface devices and bundles between Nov. 24 – 28 at Microsoft Store and Best Buy locations. This includes at least $400 off the Surface Book i5 256GB, the ultimate laptop with a detachable screen, exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and an exclusive Best Buy bundle with Surface Pro 4 128GB and the Signature Type Cover for $599.
According to Barclays analysts, Apple is rumored to introduce three new iPads next year at an event expected to take place in March.
Two of them are reported to be the refreshed versions of the iPad Pro featuring 9.7 and 12.9-inch display size, while the third of them is expected to be a whole new category with a bezel-less display of 10.9-inch.
The new category is expected to carry the same footprints as the 9.7-inch iPad, but with a new screen size. Furthermore, the report continues to mentioned that the new 12.9-inch iPad will feature a new True Tone display, which was introduced with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
As for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the report suggest that its going to drop the “Pro” tag as its going to join the iPad Mini in the low-cost iPad line up, and will feature entry level specifications. As for the new 10.9-inch iPad, it’s expected to come with an edge-to-edge AMOLED screen.
It is believed that Apple is preparing to launch their largest iPad to date in March next year.
The new device will form part of a launch that will consist of three new models of its iPad Pro.
The analysts at Barclays Research claim that Apple will launch the 12.9 inch model along with an all new bezel-free 10.9 inch model, at the same time as updating and refreshing the 9.7 inch model, MacRumours reported.
The idea behind the new bezel-free design is to allow the 10.9 inch version to have the same physical design as the current 9.7 inch version, the analysts said.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we questioned whether engineers would really benefit from Microsoft’s snazzy new Surface Studio. After all, at the halfway mark between a tablet and a desktop computer and with a nifty but highly specialized Surface Dial, the Surface Studio would need some customized programming for compatibility with engineering applications.
Just weeks after the initial announcement of the Surface Studio, many compatible engineering applications are starting to roll out. Bluebeam will be one of the first to hit the market with Revu 2016.5.2.
With the release of Revu 2016.5.2, users will be able to make use of Revu on any Surface device running Windows 10, including the Studio, the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4.
When placed on the screen of the Surface Studio, the Surface Dial will pull up a radial menu of familiar Revu tools, including annotation appearance properties, undo/redo editing functions, the Tool Chest, the Markups List and more. It will also let users split views on a plan or PDF, as well as magnify portions for closer inspection and markup review.
This quirky tablet is a genuine rival to the Surface Pro 4, with modular units to add extra features.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers something different: upgradability. This is achieved through a series of plugin modules that add features as and when you need them.
Lenovo could send only one of these to test – the Productivity Module. Its key skill is to boost the X1 Tablet’s ten-hour battery life, but it also has a series of extra ports: one USB 3, Lenovo’s proprietary OneLink+ connector and a full-sized HDMI video output, to complement the USB 3, mini-DisplayPort and USB Type-C ports around the edges of the tablet itself.
In tandem with the keyboard – which connects in a similar fashion to the detachable keyboard found on Microsoft’s Surface products – this turns the ThinkPad X1 Tablet into a portable workhorse. With the Productivity Module clipped to the bottom and the keyboard attached to its front, the tablet is heavier and thicker than the Surface Pro 4 by quite a large margin, but its stamina is more fitting for a device designed for office use.
Lenovo is also selling a Presenter Module that includes a pico projector capable of displaying 60in displays from 2m away.
In typical ThinkPad fashion, the quality of the keyboard is excellent. The keys have a soft, cushioned action that gives it a great touch-typing feel and there’s loads of travel (1.35mm per keystroke to be precise). There’s also plenty of space between each key, so typos are kept to a minimum, and the touchpad is good, with a smooth top and a responsive action.
It’s light and slim, too. Adding the keyboard increases the weight from 725g to 1.1kg, while it measures 14.2mm thick with the keyboard and 8.6mm without. And I do like the inclusion of a fingerprint reader. Embedded in the front-right bezel, next to the screen, this can be used to unlock the tablet in a trice – a quick dab of your thumb is all that’s required – without having to type a password
The most interesting computer released this year isn't an ultrathin laptop. It's a desktop made by Microsoft. Seriously. The Surface Studio is Microsoft's bigger and bolder follow-up to its Surface hybrid laptops. And while it might look at first like a typical all-in-one, it hides a unique ability. Give the screen a bit of a nudge and it starts bending -- all the way down to a 20-degree angle, in fact. Try doing that with an iMac. Like Microsoft's previous Surface devices, the $3,000 Studio is an attempt at evolving how we use computers. And together with the new Surface Dial accessory, it might just be the powerful modern rig creative professionals have been waiting for. But of course, there are a few first-gen stumbling blocks to deal with.
This is one gorgeous computer. And that's not just my opinion: Many people who walked by my office desk commented on the the Surface Studio's good looks. Its design is one of elegant simplicity. The focus is entirely on its 28-inch screen, which is connected to the short aluminum base with a pair of chrome hinges. That's pretty much it. But what's really intriguing about this computer isn't readily apparent at first glance.
While the HP Elite x2 is already a year old, its cellular connectivity option and USB-C port may well make it slightly more versatile options than other 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices. However, at $899.99 with a new two-year contract (or $999.99 at full retail price), the Elite x2 is not exactly cheap but that is to be expected with a business-targeted device. You can get more information on the HP Elite X2 by checking the store listing on Verizon’s website.
Megan and Marshal Dostal’s innovative business is called Further, a sustainable, premium brand of soaps and lotions made from restaurant’s waste oil. Microsoft today highlighted how Further is using Surface Pro 4, Windows, Office as well as pen and touch to keep their sustainable, premium business running smoothly.
Megan and Marshall Dostal’s innovative business started out with their plan to collect waste oil from restaurants to make biodiesel. The primary bi-product of that process is glycerin, and that’s the key ingredient in soap. Now they produce Further, a sustainable, premium brand of soaps and lotions that they sell right back to those restaurants. As Marshall will tell you himself, sometimes “a small idea can turn a big idea”.
Surface Pro 4 is a perfect device to keep a business like Further running, with the power to Office applications like PowerPoint and Excel and the portability of a tablet with Pen and touch.
You can check out more such business use cases of Surface Pro 4 devices here.
If you're looking for a good laptop deal, the HP Elite X2 is one of your best options. Not only is it super competitively spec'd, it's also competitively priced. In fact, it's the best competitor to the Surface Pro 4 right now. It could even be a better buy than the Pro 4 especially since Microsoft failed to update its tablet line.
HP Elite X2 On Sale At Verizon
The HP Elite X2 convertible laptop is now priced $999 at Verizon for a no-contract deal. You can also get it for $899 with a 2-year contract, Phone Arena reported. This LTE enabled hybrid laptop is marketed mostly for the business sect considering the device's hardware and software specs. This device may be more of a tablet than it is a laptop but it clearly is a perfect device for people who are always working on-the-go. CNET says that the HP Elite X2's fingerprint reader, docking option and network of components make the device best for both work and entertainment.
HP Elite X2 Specs
This 2-in-1 device runs Windows 10 and features an IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The display is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Furthermore, one of the best assets of the HP Elite X2 is its drop and spill resistant build - a rare feature within tablets and laptops. Furthermore, the Elite X2 also has decent internal specs. It uses an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor and it comes with 4 GB worth of RAM. Its storage is 128 GB and it also has modest camera specs (5 MP rear and 2 MP front).
The Miix 520 will feature a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, protected by Gorilla Glass. Under the hoods, there will be Intel’s latest Kaby Lake U series (7th Gen) processors — clocked at up to 2.7GHz. The device will also pack up to 16GB of RAM (DDR4), up to 1TB of SSD storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The device will feature an interesting set of cameras on the back — it’ll come with an 8MP and a 2MP camera on the back which will apparently be used in augmented reality applications. As for the front, the Miix 520 will feature a 5MP camera. The device also has the usual things such a fingerprint scanner, one USB 3.0 port, two USB Type-C ports and a microSD card reader.
The Miix 520 includes a fanless design thanks to the Kaby Lake U-series processors. The price and release date of the device are unknown at the moment, but it’ll likely be officially launched at CES 2017 which is just over a month away.
Hot on Black Friday’s heels, Cyber Monday’s online-only discounts are now official. Some retailers jumped the gun over the weekend, but now the full list of discounts are available.
It’s a fairly mixed bag. There are some good deals like the $200 discount on the Galaxy Tab Pro S at Best Buy. And there are some not so good deals like the $200 discount on the Microsoft Surface Pro, which was actually $400 cheaper on Black Friday. Check out my top 5 picks below.
Remember, do be careful out there, Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be as much of a scam as it is a sale. Deals are often cheaper at other points of the year, and many non-brand products simply aren’t worth it
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A (9.7-inch 16GB) gets a $150 discount at Walmart, bringing the final price down to $149. Check out the deal here. You can also pick up the 7-inch, 8GB version for $84 over at Amazon here.
The 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Pro gets a $110 discount on Amazon, bringing the final price down to $639. Check out the deal here. The 12.9-inch 128GB Wi-Fi model is also available for $679.99 at Target (you have to go through to checkout to get the 15% discount) here.
Best Buy is selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S for $699, saving $200. Check out the deal here. You can also pick it up at Target for $27 more if you miss out on that deal here.
On the Windows Store, the Surface Book (256GB, Intel Core i5) gets a $400 price cut, bringing it down to $1499. Check out the deal here.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99, recycled from Black Friday, remains a decent deal. Check out the deal here.
Best Buy is selling the 12.3-inch Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Intel Core i5, 128GB) for $799.99, saving $200. Check out the deal here. A decent deal but it was $400 cheaper on Black Friday.
Rumors of a number of tablets that are expected to be launched in 2017 are swirling in the tech space.
Some of the rumored upcoming tablets of 2017 that are eagerly awaited by consumers are the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, iPad Pro 2 and Google Nexus 7 (Pixel 7).
Here is what to expect from these tablets.
Surface Pro 5
Microsoft launched and released the Surface Pro 4 in October 2015 and the launch of its successor is long overdue, which makes Surface Pro 5 one of the most anticipated tablets of 2017.
The Surface Pro 5 tablet is expected to come running on Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor. The Surface Pro 4 is available with 4 GB / 8 GB / 16 GB RAM configurations and with up to 256 GB of internal storage capacity.
The Surface Pro 5 may come with the same RAM options but customers will want that the tablet also has a model with 512 GB of on-board storage capacity.
iPad Pro 2
Apple launched the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September 2015 while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro made an appearance in March this year.
Speculations are rife that Apple is expected to launch three iPads in 2017 with different form factors: 9.7-inch screen, 12.9-inch screen and a new model with 10.5-inch screen.
All the three iPads are expected to come running on A11 chip and 3 GB of RAM. The tablets could include 32 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB on-board storage capacities. Given that iPads do not support microSD card that allows for storage expansion, customers will hope that Apple also introduces a 512 GB model of the iPad Pro 2.
According to a DigiTimes report, shipments of the 10.5-inch iPad may reach 2 million units in Q1 2017 and 5 to 6 million units for the entire year. This means that Apple could launch its new iPad sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
A cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 4, albeit with obvious sacrifices in quality.
At first glance it’s easy to mistake the Miix 700’s sleek form for a Surface Pro 4. Look closer, however, and it soon becomes clear that this is no carbon copy of Microsoft’s tablet. Subtle touches echo the design of other devices in the Ideapad range, with the kickstand’s “watchband” hinge transplanted directly from the Yoga 3. With a metal chassis and sturdy build, this is one handsome device.
Weighing 780g and measuring 292 x 210 x 9mm without the keyboard attached, the Miix 700 is just as lightweight as its most feathery of rivals. It’s a smidgen thicker and heavier than the Surface Pro 4, but noticeably lighter and thinner than HP’s Elite x2 1012.
The Miix 700 lacks the all-round refinement of the Surface Pro 4 then, but it’s a fine choice if you’re on a budget; ultimately, the price swings things in its favour. The Miix 700 is significantly cheaper than its “pro” rivals yet you’re getting a very similar specification. If you’ve been tempted by the charms of costlier hybrids, but couldn’t justify the outlay, the Miix 700 could prove to be the perfect alternative.
Two displays for a single computer give you more space to spread out your documents, spreadsheets and web browsers. If you already own an Android tablet, why not? It's cheaper than buying an extra monitor and only requires a few app downloads.
There are a few apps that let you do this, but for this guide, I've chosen iDisplay since it it has options for multiple platforms.
What you need
A Wi-Fi connection
An Android tablet running Android 2.01 or newer, or an iPad running iOS 7 or later
A PC running Windows XP, Vista or 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), or a Mac computer running, OS X Mavericks 10.9 or newer
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.