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July 31, 2014

How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen
PC Advisor

Tablets are perfect for individual users – lightweight with very long battery life, and with bright, connect Android tablet to TVsharp screens that make light work of everything from watching films to reviewing photos. Bigger crowds call for bigger screens, though: here’s how to connect your tablet to your TV without spending a fortune or drowning in a sea of cables.

Tablet owners live in a golden age of content: streaming video applications such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Blinkbox , catch-up services including iPlayer and Channel 4’s 4oD, and home-spun video and photographs are all begging to be shared. And, while sharing online is the ultimate convenience, sharing in person is more fun. The problem is your tablet’s screen: perfect for one or two people but it will never feel smaller with five people crowded around it. This is doubly true for smaller tablets such as the 7in Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

The good news is you probably already have a device in your living room which is perfect. Your TV is big, bright and no-one has to squint to see what’s happening on it. There’s an ever-increasing number of ways to get video and pictures onto it, from straightforwardly stringing cables around to ingenious – but often more expensive – wireless options that will propel your living room into the 21st century. Here we’ll explore both options, as well as looking at the services that will let you share your subscriptions, photos and videos on the big screen – and those that won’t.

Although we’re talking predominantly about Android tablets, the same advice applies to Android smartphones.




One month with the Surface Pro 3: Microsoft updates kept it in my hands

Summary: I just passed the 30-day return period and thanks to Microsoft's speedy updates and several other factors, the Surface Pro 3 is now serving as my primary home and road computer.

Back in May I wrote several reasons to upgrade from a Surface Pro to a Surface Pro 3 and I just passed a month of ownership with my new Pro 3. I was ready to return it out of sheer frustration with Wi-Fi Surface Pro 3during the first two weeks, but thankfully Microsoft took quick action and everything is humming along nicely now.

The larger display, longer battery life, and updated keyboard were the main reasons I decided to move to the Surface Pro 3. The new display aspect ration (3:2) is great for getting work done and I no longer feel cramped when I use the Surface Pro 3. I actually use it as my main computer at home and on the road with no connection to an external monitor.

I used two chargers with my Surface Pro and would charge it up at home and then again at work after my one hour train commute and workday. With the Pro 3, I charge it up at home and then go the entire day without worrying about topping it off. Long battery life is also a bonus when traveling on airplanes that do not have plug-ins.

The keyboard is fantastic and I use it to write without any real compromise in my typing speed. I love that it has a backlight and a trackpad that is actually very usable. I do use an external mouse at home, but on the road and in the office I use the trackpad and stylus.




July 30, 2014

Surface Pro Display Technology Shoot-Out Microsoft Surface Pro 3


The key element for a great Tablet has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge Tablets have always flaunted their beautiful high tech displays. Surface Pro 3

With its third generation Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has produced an excellent professional grade high performance display for Windows. In fact, based on our extensive lab tests and measurements, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. It joins near the top of a small set of Tablets that have excellent Top Tier displays – for professionals that need a very accurate and high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display. We’ll cover these issues and much more, with in-depth comprehensive display tests, measurements and analysis that you will find nowhere else.

Results Highlights

In this Results section we provide Highlights of the comprehensive DisplayMate Lab tests and measurements and extensive visual comparisons using test photos, test images, and test patterns that are covered in the advanced sections. The Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table summarizes the Lab measurements in the following categories:  Screen ReflectionsBrightness and ContrastColors and IntensitiesViewing AnglesLCD SpectraDisplay Power. You can also skip these Highlights and go directly to the Conclusions.




Lenovo ThinkPad 10 vs. Dell Venue 11 Pro
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Well, it's fair to say that the market for Windows tablets has come full circle. After consumers ignored the initial round of full-sized Windows tablets in 2012, Microsoft and its PC maker partners turned to mini-Lenovo ThinkPad 10 vs. Dell Venue 11 Protablets, and we spent much of last year examining those devices. But now in 2014, the market has swung again, and consumers are looking for full-sized tablets. And if you're interested in a Windows device, you've got two terrific choices, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and the Dell Venue 11 Pro.

There's so much to say about these devices, it's kind of hard to know where to start. But the high-level view is this: Just as both companies' Windows-based mini-tablets previously established the baseline for what a good machine of that type should be, so too do these. And they compare to each other in the same way that the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad 8 do to each other as well. That is, while I feel that the Lenovo entry is ultimately of better quality, the lower price of the Dell unit makes it a better value for most people.

I've always respected the quality of ThinkPad devices, and this machine's quality and portability are unmatched. But the price differential here is hard to justify, and with the Dell offering better battery life (for those with keyboards) and a bigger screen and keyboard, the choice for many is easy to make.




July 29, 2014

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review: It's Hard To Overstate My Satisfaction
Android Police

It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of NVIDIA's SHIELD. In fact, I believe I called it my favorite device from last year on a recent podcast, a claim that I readily stand behind. To me, it shows how versatile Android can be, despite the fact that the unit itself is essentially a one trick pony (it's damn good at thatNvidia Shield Tablet with game controler one trick, though).

Then there's NVIDIA's second foray into device design, the Tegra Note 7. Unlike SHIELD, TN7 is actually just a design that other companies can use as a base to release their own hardware from. The tablet's highlight feature is DirectStylus, which brings active-like features to a passive stylus. The device itself, however, falls a little bit short with the display – the 1280x800 panel is just lackluster in basically all aspects. The subpar 1GB of RAM is also disappointing, but the unit's performance doesn't really suffer from the lack of additional RAM.

SHIELD Tablet is a marriage of these two products, bringing the best of each to a perfectly-sized eight-inch form factor. It combines SHIELD's controller (though now it's a separate accessory instead of being attached) with TN7's DirectStylus, and brings all the software from both – including the DirectStylus launcher and navigation enhancements from TN7, as well as SHIELD's GamePad mapping software, GameStream, and Console Mode.

But it's not just about bringing these features together, it's about making them better. SHIELD Tablet features better hardware, including the crazy-powerful Tegra K1 processor and a full HD display, as well as improved software features across the board. Console Mode is 4K ready, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 128GB, and to keep things running smoothly for the foreseeable future, updates are coming directly from NVIDIA. The company has done an excellent job of keep SHIELD up to date, so I expect nothing less with SHIELD Tablet.

After spending a bit of time with SHIELD Tablet, one thing's for sure: this is so much more than a gamer's tablet – it's a power user's tablet.




July 28, 2014


Microsoft To Launch 10.6 Inch Surface Tablet in October 2014

Editors Note: Microsoft often launches products in October, so this rumor comes as no surprise and I expect will will see more speculation this as time goes on. 

With Apple getting ready to launch new iPads this fall, another industry heavyweight - Microsoft will Microsoft Surface Pro 3reportedly unveil a new Surface tablet in October 2014. The new Surface tablet is expected to have a 10.6-inch display, a Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reported on Monday. Microsoft's surface range of tablets, launched in 2012, has about less than 3 % of tablet market share, and so far has failed to crush Apple and Samsung in the competitive tablet market.

But, if the latest report is to be believed, Microsoft has already planned to dent Apple's iPad, with a new 10.6-inch Surface tablet. The report further claims that volume production of the tablet should kick off sometime in September. This could simply means that the software giant might be able to launch new device in October, a month ahead of the expected launch of Apple's new iPads. Apple is reportedly holding a massive event in November where the company is set to unveil its iWatch, alongside new iPads. Microsoft's upcoming new Surface tablet is expected to be slimmer and lighter compared to the existing 12-inch Surface Pro 3 model that went on sale in May earlier this year. Also, it seems that Microsoft is highly optimistic about the sales potential of the supposed 10.6-inch Surface tablet.



Auto-Star Partners With Motion Computing To Offer Mobile POS Solution
Business Solutions Magazine

In today’s competitive retail market, keeping up with industry trends is imperative and retailers who Motion CL910 Tablet PC with credit card readeradopt early are able to meet their customer’s growing expectations. Auto-Star Compusystems Inc., an innovative developer of point of sale software, and Motion Computing, a leading global provider of mobile technology, are pleased to announce the certification of the Star-Plus POS and the Motion CL910 and F5te Tablet PC. Together, the solution offers retailers the latest in mobile point of sale technology.

Durable and lightweight, the CL 910 and F5te tablets can be equipped with a barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, allowing retailers to easily scan products, check inventory and update pricing information on the go. In addition, retailers are able to process transactions and capture customer data from anywhere on the selling floor, providing them with a dynamic line busting tool. This significantly decreases wait times for customers, enhancing their buying experience, while also reducing the stresses placed on traditional cash lines.

“The new tablet integration we have done with Motion Computing is an outstanding choice for retailers,” said Ivan Long, Vice President of Operations at Auto-Star. “Star-Plus combined with the Motion tablets offer a powerful and flexible mobile point of sale, inventory counting, and ordering solution.”

“Technology partnerships are essential to customer success,” said Scott Ball, Country Manager for Canada at Motion Computing. “Rarely can one vendor offer customers the full solution they require. We are proud to partner with Auto-Star to offer retailers a software and hardware solution for Mobile POS.”




July 24, 2014


Samsung Galaxy Tab S better than Apple iPad
Economic Times

There are tons of Android tablets out there, but few are equipped to take on the iPad. Samsung's Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tabletrecently released Galaxy Tab S, however, may be the best Android tablet you can buy.

Other than its super-slim design and gorgeous display, the Tab S comes with a handful of software features that allow you to do more than you can with an iPad.

Here are 11 things you can do with the Galaxy Tab S that you can't with an iPad.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with Samsung's fingerprint sensor in the home button.

Since Samsung has partnered with PayPal, you can use your fingerprint to verify purchases rather than typing in a separate password.

Multiwindow Mode

Thanks to Samsung's multiwindow Mode, you can open two apps and run them alongside one another on the home screen.

Can adjust its colour gamut

Samsung claims that its new tablet can adjust its colour gamut, sharpness, and contrast depending on how you use the tablet.

Control Your PC

After logging in with your Samsung account and installing the Remote PC app on your computer, you can control your PC using the Galaxy Tab S.

This means you can access files stored on your computer directly from the tablet.

See the entire list here


Microsoft's Surface tablets brought in $409M in revenue last quarter

Looks like the Surface tablets have again helped Microsoft’s revenue this past quarter.Surface Pro 3 with blue keyboard

Surface tablets brought in $409 million in revenue, mainly in sales of the second generation Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, and Surface Pro 3, the company said today in its earnings report.

And this is not the first time the Surface tablets have helped the company’s numbers: The tablets brought in $400 million in revenue during Microsoft’s first quarter of 2014, mere months after it took a $900 million charge on the Surface RT inventory following disappointing earnings.

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3, its newest tablet model, in the U.S. and Canada on June 20, and it rolls out to additional markets in the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. The company also recently launched a program around its stance that the Surface Pro 3 could replace the laptop by offering up to $650 to customers who trade in their Apple Macbook Air for the tablet.



July 23, 2014

Microsoft CEO: Windows RT and Windows Phone Merging Into Windows
Tablet PC Review

Microsoft currently offers three different operating systems, but this will change soon. CEO Satya Nadella promises that these are going to be merged into one.

The company offers the standard version of Windows for PCs, notebooks, and tablets. Additionally, it produces Windows RT for tablets and Windows Phone for smartphones.

In the past, there have been hints and rumors that Microsoft would simplify its offerings, but Nadella has now spelled it out unequivocally.

“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Nadella said.



Low-cost Android tablets to get 4K video with Allwinner 64-bit chip

Low-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner's plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end.Allwinner 64-bit logo

Allwinner on Wednesday said the 64-bit ARM processor will have the ability to decode H.265 video, a 4K multimedia standard. In practical terms, this means users of a tablet with the chip can shoot 4K video with the device, or stream 4K video via the device, but in order to view video at 4K resolution will likely have to attach it to a 4K TV via HDMI, as tablet screens lack that resolution.

The chip will let users play 4K video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times that of the current 1920 x 1080-pixel high-definition resolution. High-end tablets already have cameras that can shoot 4K video.

The Chinese company's chips are mostly used in low-cost tablets like Hewlett-Packard's US$99 Slate 7 Plus. The upcoming chip will provide an option for device makers to build "cost-effective" 64-bit tablets, Allwinner said.

Tablets with the chip should sell for around $200 to $250, but as the volumes grow, the prices could come down even further, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.




July 22, 2014

This Is The Best Gaming Tablet In The World
Business Insider

The Shield Tablet can't compete with Apple's iPad Mini as a standalone tablet experience, so there's no reason Nvidia should even try. Its focus is on offering a true gaming experience, and in that it smokes the competition.Nvidia Shield Tablet

The tablet itself packs quite a punch, and sports an 8-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel HD display for a crisp and detailed picture.

In order for any sort of serious gaming to work well on a tablet experience, a controller is a must.

Underneath the hood, there's a Tegra K1 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM — all nestled within a solid and streamlined shell. You can preorder the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version right now, and there's a 32GB version with 4G LTE in the works.

The Shield controller unlocks the full potential of the tablet, and in hindsight it really should be included. People who are familiar with Android tablets will find themselves right at home: The Shield Tablet runs Android, meaning you can still download apps from the Google Play. But people buying the Shield Tablet will be looking for a rich gaming experience, and that really requires the Shield controller.

Nvidia's tablet has something even Apple's iPad doesn't have: the ability to play full-fledged games such as "Titanfall," "Trine 2," and "BioShock Infinite."

Nvidia knows that gamers don't want to play iPad apps, they want to play the same games they play on their PCs and laptops. And while there are plenty of Android apps that can be played on the Shield Tablet, in order to play "Titanfall" or other modern PC games, you'll need to use Nvidia's GameStream technology to stream the games from your PC to the tablet




Surface Pro 3 docking station available for preorder

Release date: 8/15/2014  - Pre-order now

Transform your Surface Pro 3 tablet into a complete desktop workstation with this docking station. Easily connect an HD monitor and your favorite accessories via multiple inputs and five USB ports.

Instant office
Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Surface Pro 3 Docking StationEthernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired network connection, audio system, full-size keyboard, mouse, printer, and more.

Five USB ports
Boasting five USB ports (three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), you can transfer large files to an external drive, plug in a USB printer or headset, charge multiple accessories, and more.

Ethernet port
When you need the reliability of a wired network connection, the super-fast Ethernet connection offers data transfer rates up to 1 billion bits per second.

48-watt power supply
Quickly recharge your Surface battery while you work, so you can hit the road or the halls with a fully charged device.

Video output
Extend your display to a larger screen. The mini DisplayPort connection delivers high-definition video resolution of up to 3840 x 2600 DPI. The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station also offers multi-monitor capabilities right out of the box with your existing monitors. If you have daisy-chain capable monitors, they can be connected via the mini DisplayPort output on the back of the dock.*

Pre-order now



July 21, 2014

Clarification on Lenovo Statement on Sales of Small Screen Windows-Based Tablets

We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media. In short, we will continue to sell both 8 and 10 inch Windows tablets in both the U.S. and non-U.S markets. 




Tablet or Laptop? With HP's x360, you don't have to choose

Oftentimes when I look at PC or PC hardware, it’s always the biggest and the best. The expensive, high-performance hardware is what most enthusiasts are interested in, but what about budget hardware? HP's x360The hardware that students -- with no particular enthusiasm for hardcore gaming or editing -- would be most apt to be shopping for would be lower cost. That said, nobody wants a “cheap” PC, incapable of doing even the most menial daily tasks.

That’s where the HP x360 steps in.

This PC is a two-in-one device, acting as a PC or a tablet because of the ability to fold the touch-screen over, making it perfect for travel or to bring to class for notes or snarky Facebook updates about your professor who strangely smells of onions. It’s not too big either, with the viewable screen measuring just over 11.5”, less than an inch tall, and weighing just over three pounds. It’s mobile, it’s not too gaudy, and it still gets the job done for most of your basic college activities.

Activities like watching your favorite shows, for instance. There isn’t an optical drive, as is the norm with laptops focusing on mobility, but there are three USB ports (two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0) and an HDMI out port which will let you attach this to your television to watch in HD on something bigger than the attached screen. Additionally, it’s rocking dual speakers with Beat Audio though, admittedly, having Beats Audio doesn’t necessarily add anything to the device, it’s more of a selling point.




Surface Pro 2 vs. Surface Pro 3 – Analyzing the Differences?
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Improved Features in Pro 3

The new Surface Pen also can be used to better advantage with the new display assemble, which is Surface Pro 2 vs. Surface Pro 3thinner in the Pro 3. This affords a better pen on paper feel, due to the absence of a thick glass piece separating the stylus from the pixels on the screen. The new screen in the Pro 3 has a higher contrast ratio as well, reducing eye strain.

One important improvement in the Surface Pro 3 is in the kickstand. The kickstand is no longer limited up to only two positions, as the new tablet comes with a new friction hinge allowing it to open up to the regular 22 degrees. In addition, it can hold the device at any angle, up to a maximum of 150 degrees, which is known as the canvas mode.

The Surface Pro 3 is bigger and comes with a new Type Cover, which is 68% bigger than the Type Cover of the Pro 2. It is also smoother than the cover of the Pro 2. The Type Cover of the Pro 3 is 295g, adding a thickness of 4.8 mm to the tablet. There is also a small change in the design of the Pro 3, with an additional hinge that can be flipped up at the back edge of the tablet’s keyboard against the bezel of the screen. This offers better rigidity and more stability with magnets holding it in place.

Performance and Hardware Specs

The Surface Pro 2 comes with a Haswell Core i5 processor, whereas the Pro 3 offers a choice from the 4th gen chips, namely: i3, i5 and the i7. Both the devices are run on the Intel HD Graphics 4400, an integrated GPU.




July 18, 2014

Lenovo Christmas in July Sale!




July 17, 2014


11 Things You Can Do With Samsung's New Tablet That You Can't Do With The iPad
MSN Malaysia News

There are tons of Android tablets out there, but few are equipped to take on the iPad. Samsung recently released Galaxy Tab S, however, may be the best Android tablet you can buy.Samsung Galaxy S

Other than its super-slim design and gorgeous display, the Tab S comes with a handful of software features that allow you to do more than you can with an iPad.

Here;s a quick look at what you can do with the Galaxy Tab S that you can;t do with an iPad.

You can use your fingerprint to make payments or launch apps

The Galaxy Tab S comes with Samsungs fingerprint sensor in the home button. Since Samsung has partnered with PayPal, you can use your fingerprint to verify purchases rather than typing in a password.

Samsungs software lets you run more than one app side-by-side

Thanks to Samsung’s Multi-Window Mode, you can open two apps and run them alongside one another on the home screen.

You can control your smartphone directly from the Galaxy Tab S

Samsungs SideSync feature, which lets you control your phone from the tablet, only works if you have a Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, or Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The feature is designed to make it easier to transfer files between your phone and tablet, but you can also use your tablet to make or answer phone calls. Making calls from your tablet seems a bit awkward, but the idea is that if your phone is in another room, you can still answer the call immediately without having to run to get it.

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Surface Pro 3 update history

Updates are automatically installed on Surface through Windows Update. Below is a summary of what’s been included in each update so far.

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/16/2014” or “System Hardware Update – 7/16/2014” when you view your update history.

When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.
  • Surface Integration (v.2.0.1038.0) further enhances system stability.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v. 15.68.3044.85) further improving WiFi connection and throughput scenarios.


A novel alliance may reshape mobile computing for companies
The Economist

When he was the boss of Apple, Steve Jobs made little secret of his contempt for selling to big IBM Workerbusinesses. Once he even referred to their CIOs as chief information “orifices”, through which all orders must pass. Jobs felt that the best way for Apple to prosper was to focus on the consumer. But his successor, Tim Cook, has struck a much friendlier tone about corporate buyers, regularly boasting that Apple’s products are now used by almost all of the world’s largest companies.

They could soon be in use at many more firms. On July 15th Mr Cook and Virginia Rometty, the boss of IBM, said their companies were working together to develop more than 100 business-specific mobile applications for Apple’s iPhones and its iPad tablet computers. IBM’s employees will also serve as a sales force for Apple’s gear inside firms and provide on-site service for its devices.

The deal does more than bring together two companies that were once bitter foes: in the 1980s Apple’s advertising for its Mac personal computers portrayed Big Blue as an evil Big Brother figure. It also underlines the way in which devices developed for consumers have caught on in the corporate world. And the alliance piles pressure on other technology companies, from Apple’s rivals in devices and mobile operating-systems to IBM’s competitors in supplying software and services to businesses.




Hands-on with the Surface Pro 3
Toronto Sun


The Surface Pro 3’s mission is ambitious: compete with Apple’s MacBook Air and, at the same time, with high-end tablets, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro. So, is the third time a charm for Microsoft?

One thing is certain, the Surface Pro 3 specifications are impressive, from a PC and from a tablet perspective. Only 9.1 mm thick, 800 grams, with enough battery power to last a little over seven hours, and sporting all the connectivity one can hope for (including a MicroSD slot at the back). It embodies all the best of today’s mobile devices. Without overheating too much…

After the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2’s mitigated success, Microsoft wanted more than a mere evolution, and it shows. On the hardware side, ports have all been moved to one side : USB 3, Mini DisplayPort and charger. The kickstand can now be adjusted to almost any angle. The removable keyboard cover has a new hinge underneath the screen so it can be elevated slightly, for a more comfortable use.

a large 12-inch display of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, and accessories, such as the detachable ultrathin (and backlit) keyboard and the Bluetooth digital pen, make this device a very versatile personal computer.

This time round, Microsoft’s integration of the pen is well executed. Click the top button and the tablet will turn on, automatically creating a blank page (in OneNote) to write on. The pen tip’s precision is also improved, and it works flawlessly even if you happen to be left-handed.




July 16, 2014


Asus Transformer Pad (TF103C) review
PC World Magazine

Asus has just released an introductory version of its Transformer hybrid, the Transformer Pad (TF103C). The Intel powered Android tablet comes with a functional keyboard, but is it worth buying a hybrid when you can get the real deal?

There's nothing wrong with the tablet's design — it's quite endearing frankly — but the market around the $400 mark is brimming with more competitive alternatives, such as Lenovo's S6000 or the smaller Nexus 7 tablet from Asus.

Consider the Transformer Pad comes bundled with a keyboard dock and it begins to make much more sense. Asus has been swimming against the current by designing tablets with complementary docks for years now, but with each rendition the company's persistence has paid off. The chiclet keyboard bundled with the Asus Transformer Pad makes it the ideal netbook replacement. For some, it may even negate the need for a notebook or PC altogether.

Bundling a keyboard with the Transformer Pad has meant Asus has had to shave dollars by equipping the Pad with a lesser quality screen. The 10.1in form factor is big considering the $429 price, but the 1280x800 resolution results in a 149 pixel-per-inch density, and that does little for the multimedia experience.

Multimedia does take a back seat to productivity with the Transformer Pad. The stereo speakers, albeit clear, lack in volume and necessitate the need for headphones for any media with dialogue.



Microsoft to rely on low-priced Windows laptops and tablets to counter Chromebooks
The Next Digit

Google Chromebooks have brought a snazzy wave to the market, but Microsoft has prepared a great Windows Laptop Screenanswer to it by hinting on cheap windows laptops

Microsoft is set to launch cheap laptops and tablets in the market that will give a direct competitive to Google Chromebooks. At Microsoft’s partner conference, Turner promised the Microsoft fans that the company will soon launch a 7-inch and 8-inch tablet that will run on Windows and will be priced at just $99.

Turner also revealed that HP will also release a $199 Windows laptop this Christmas season, while Acer and Toshiba would also launch $249 laptops as well. Toshiba’s laptop will feature a 11.6-inch display with a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, while Acer will be having a 15.6-inch display screen.





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Asking which model is the Best Tablet PC is like asking what flavor of ice cream is best:

Everyone has their own opinion.
  Which ever tablet offers the features that best suit your needs is the best tablet for you.


What is a Tablet PC?

Tablets: Touchscreen, lightweight products that offer mobility, such as Apple's iPad. The devices' diagonal screen size is about 7 inches -- bigger than the "phablet," a combination smartphone and tablet device -- to about a 12-in. screen diagonal. Tablets used to be distinguished not only by their size and touch, but also by their operating systems, which were different from those on full-fledged PCs. Microsoft's entry into this space with a full version of the Windows OS has changed the definition.

Slate Tablet PCs

Slate Tablet PCs have no lid or keyboard, which makes them slim and lighter in weight compared to most convertible Tablet PCs.   You can hold a slate Tablet PC in one hand and write on the screen with the other hand—like a clipboard. If you want to use an external keyboard and mouse, you simply attach them to the Tablet PC. A slate Tablet PC can rest easily in the crook of your arm while you write so that you can take notes, fill out forms, or read and write an e-mail with ease while on the go, sitting in a meeting or class, or relaxing on your couch. You can also lay it flat on a table or desk to do your work.

Tablet PCs

You can use a tablet pen to select, drag, and open files, browse the Internet, draw freehand diagrams, add numbers and symbols, and more.

On some Tablet PCs, you can also interact with the screen by using your finger. Most Tablet PCs are small or moderately sized. They range from 2 to 4 pounds and have screens that range from 8 to 15 inches. There are two types of Tablet PCs: slates and convertibles.


Convertible Tablet PCs

Convertible Tablet PCs are notebooks that give users the best of both worlds by allowing them to be used in either in tablet mode or laptop mode.

In laptop mode, you can use the integrated keyboard and mouse or the tablet pen to navigate and write.

To use it in tablet mode, you rotate the screen and lay it flat over the keyboard so that you can write on it like a clipboard. Both positions enable you to work and write with a tablet pen.


The Apple iPad 

Is fine for surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books.  If your home on the sofa, traveling or out and about it's an easy way to stay in touch.

However, if you need  to use your PC apps like, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Dreamweaver or view a web site that is flash based... your out of luck.  There are no USB ports on an iPad and the only way to install programs is through the iTunes store.