When Microsoft's Windows 8 launched in late October, manufacturers released a plethora of devices to take advantage of the touch-inspired OS.
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Lenovo Thursday introduced the IdeaCentre Q190, a follow-up to its Q180, which came out earlier this year.
HTC's fast and well-designed Windows Phone 8X is one of the first to use Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system.
The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a cleanly designed, good performing Windows 8 laptop with a nice array of ports and good input ergonomics. The only issue is weight--the digitizer for the touchscreen, support for it and the overall build quality adds quite a bit of heft to the unit which travels at 5.3 pounds with AC adapter. That's heavy for a laptop with only a 14-inch display.
For users who want a regular monitor, but still want to control Windows 8 using touch gestures, LG Electronics has introduced the Touch 10 monitor.
Is it a laptop or a tablet? The Surface makes a valiant attempt at being both -- but leaves you yearning for one or the other
Mortal frenemies Apple and Microsoft have been locked in battle since 1984, when the first Macintosh shipped. Apple has always been the innovator; the prestige developer with big ideas. Microsoft took care of the mundane side of the market, catering for enterprise and home, developing solid products that ran on a range of hardware.
Microsoft officials have demonstrated how the new Surface tablet can withstand a fall from several feet onto a carpeted floor and is strong enough to be used as a skateboard.
Gigabyte on Thursday introduced its Windows 8 lineup, including a slate, a convertible ultrabook and gaming laptops--all of which are powered by Intel processors. What Gigabyte didn't announce, however, were prices and availability for its Windows 8 offerings.
Where are the sub-$300 Windows RT tablets? It's a question that might not be answered until Friday, when tablet makers finally put them on sale.
Reviewing an operating system is an odd endeavor, because people don't really use operating systems; they use applications. The OS should be as transparent as possible, acting as a platform for applications. In today's cloud-driven world, however, the notion that your application will run in a single OS is tenuous at best. Toss in the increasing use of smart devices, whether phones or tablets, and the idea of a single-platform operating system is less relevant now than it was just a few years ago. These days we have "ecosystems"--Microsoft, Apple, or Google, take your pick.
Much of the attention being paid to this week's Windows 8 launch focuses on the new Metro-style interface and the fact that Microsoft is extending its desktop OS to tablets and smartphones. But for enterprises, the real story is the way Microsoft has integrated Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and the Hyper-V hypervisor to create an unmatched system for running virtualized environments.
Hewlett-Packard's Envy X2 tablet-laptop hybrid will cost from US$849.99 when it starts shipping in the U.S on Nov. 14, the company revealed on Wednesday.
Dell has jumped feet feet first into the Windows 8 era of computing with a redesigned portfolio of business and consumer PCs.
Asustek Computer has introduced the VivoTab Smart, a tablet computer with a 10.1-inch screen that will be available with Windows 8 starting at US$499.
Toshiba has introduced a new line of computers that, in keeping with Windows 8's emphasis on touch, offers an array of products with displays that can be poked and pinched.
Logitech announced on Monday a glowing, Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to as many as three devices simultaneously and switch among them at the press of a button.
Windows 8 launches in exactly two weeks on October 26. The big day is imminent. The anticipation is palpable. Yet until two quirky devices from Sony arrived a few days ago, we hadn't yet put our hands on final, reviewable Windows 8 hardware.
As you might guess, this new Windows 8-based Sony all-in-one isn't your average AIO. Inside the modest exterior beats the heart of an Ultrabook, along with a ten-point multitouch screen and a built-in battery. So you can either think of the Tap 20 (also known by the sexy name SVJ20215CXW) as a smallish AIO or a really big tablet. In reality, it's a little of both.
Hardware vendor, HP, has finally unveiled its new Windows 8, x86-compatible business tablet, the HP ElitePad 900, which it will launch in early 2013 with a local RRP of $899.
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