HP is doubling down on "detachables," or hybrids, or whatever the buzzword of the week is for touch-screen laptops that convert into tablets. Starting at $599.99, both the 11- and 13-inch version of the company's Pavilion line are set to release on November 17.
The smaller The 11-inch HP Pavilion houses an Intel Bay Trail processor, includes dual batteries -- one in the tablet and another in the keyboard dock -- and features a 1,366x768-pixel-resolution IPS screen that purportedly gets as bright as 400 candelas per square meter; however, I must say that even at … Read more
The HP Spectre comes in both detachable (hybrid) and ultrabook designs. Each device features an aluminum case, and according to HP the ultrabook version of the Spectre 13 is the first fanless detachable ultrabook with a Haswell processor. That's definitely a lot of qualifiers, so it's also probably true.
The laptops also include Beats Audio speakers, and each features a 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution IPS screen.
In my demo time with the X2 -- HP had the ultrabook version at our meeting, but the prototype unit was not working at the time -- the tablet felt like a well-designed, … Read more
The sensor attempts to bring true 3D motion control to your computer, allowing for some hands-free control. Although including it is a thoughtful idea in theory, we were definitely disappointed that HP didn't take the concept and run with it. There was plenty of potential here to improve on the whole Leap concept, but HP decided to simply stop at getting that back of the box check mark. It seems … Read more
HP released its first Chromebook Pavilion 14 earlier this year in April and now, just a few months later, there's a new one with nearly the exact same name, starting at $299.99. This one however -- according to HP -- was built from the ground up to be a Chromebook.
The new Chromebook 14 features Haswell-based architecture, and according to HP will deliver 9.5 hours of battery life. The 14-inch screen runs at a not too impressive 1,366x768-pixel resolution and looks pretty awfully pixelated. Also the bezel feels a bit wider than we'd like and … Read more
Tablets have a small edge over laptops and desktops when it comes to customer satisfaction, but consumer love for PCs in general is down, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index report.
Released Tuesday, the ACSI's Household Appliance and Electronics Report 2013 measured the satisfaction levels for personal computers (including desktops, laptops, and tablets) based on interviews with more than 2,700 customers.
On a 100-point scale, tablets grabbed a score of 81, slightly outpacing laptops and desktops, which earned 79 points each. PC devices in general saw a 1.3 percent decline in satisfaction from last year, … Read more
I've made no secret of my love of ultrabooks, which borrow (read: steal) from MacBook Airs in offering ultra-thin, ultra-light designs. My Samsung Series 9, for example, is my single favorite laptop ever.
Alas, it's tough to find one of these svelte systems for under $600. But you can today, if you're willing to make a couple compromises. While supplies last, Groupon has the refurbished Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 13.3-inch ultrabook for $329.99 shipped. This model had a list price of around $650 when it debuted last November.
Let me note right up front that Acer … Read more
Asus is hoping to transform your mobile computing experience into one that includes one of its shiny new devices. The upcoming slew of releases is an impressive grab-bag variety of portable electronics that range in portability, function, and price.
Sticking with the popular trend, Asus has a healthy number of laptop/tablet hybrids that run Windows 8.1, Android, and, in one case, both operating systems. Here's a list of some upcoming Asus releases that might fit your needs or budget.Asus Zenbook UX301 The Asus Zenbook UX301 could be renamed the Checkbook UX301, not only because it looks … Read more
BERLIN -- You're a smart young professional, flitting between your fancy office and your home in Milan. You have a first-class flight booked and you've got some work to do. What laptop could possibly look as good as you do in the first-class lounge but still packs enough power to let you work?
Asus thinks it has the answer in the form of the Zenbook UX301. Continuing the evolution of its ultrabook range, the 301 packs in the latest Intel processors and an ultra-high-definition display, topping it off with a gorgeous glass lid.
Asus hasn't confirmed pricing … Read more
I've never understood education.
You go to a place to listen to someone say things they've either already written in a book or read in one, and there are hundreds of people in the same room.
So they all get the same information, with the same slant.
I was moved, therefore, by a video (first referenced on Reddit) of a complete non-professor turning up to teach chemistry at the University of Rochester and fooling everyone.
He claimed to be the real Dr. Hafensteiner, a man who knows something about chemistry.
Instead, what he proved is that he knows a lot about human chemistry.… Read more