Known for its high-end gaming rigs, Velocity Micro has begun to add more mainstream computers to its lineup, including an Ultrabook, a mini desktop, and an all-in-one.
I had a chance at CES today to get my hands on Asus's intriguing Windows 8 convertible, the Taichi. What's unusual about the Taichi is its two-sided display, one of which is a touch screen. One minute you can be typing away on its keyboard as on a conventional laptop. And immediately after pressing a button and folding down the regular display, you can use the touch screen as a tablet.
We've seen smart phones getting bigger and bigger, and now tablets are following suit. The newest Vizio Tablet PC is a whopping 11.6-inch device that weighs 1.8 pounds. It's the largest tablet we've seen, but it didn't feel overly bulky or uncomfortable to hold, for me. With that large screen comes a full high-def display—not a surprising feature from a TV manufacturer such as Vizio.
When Microsoft launched Windows 8 just a couple of months ago, most computer manufacturers released a slew of new PCs. As a result, there will probably be fewer new products launched during CES. But that doesn't mean there will be no news.
A quick look at our newest computer Ratings tells an interesting story: Despite the release of the new Windows 8 OS, many Windows 7 computers are still available from a variety of retailers, and several top our Ratings. If you're shopping for a new computer right now, there are some good reasons to opt for Windows 7.
A couple of weeks ago, editors and testers on Consumer Reports' electronics team shared their personal holiday wish lists with the world. It's great fun to dream about your ideal techie gift—but not all gadgets are equally wonderful, wished for, and wanted. Not to sound ungrateful or &Scrooge-like, but here's what our experts DON'T want this year!
We just finished our first full Ratings of Windows 8 computers, including 23 laptops and nine desktops. The great news for consumers: We've identified Best Buys in almost every category of Windows 8 laptop, including 13-, 14-, and 15-inch models.
In the late '90s, when most of us could only dream of having a thin, widescreen TV, several manufacturers were fixing prices on the LCD screens that were about to revolutionize the industry. More than a decade later, consumers who bought LCDs back then have a chance to get their money back.
Windows 8 PCs are arriving in our labs, including the HP Envy Touchsmart Ultrabook 4. It looks like a fairly solid computer, based on my first impression of the 14-inch laptop. But at $900 for the configuration I tried out, it suffers from the same problem many Ultrabooks have: You'll pay a premium for a thinner, lighter computer.
Today is Windows 8 Day, the release of Microsoft's first new OS in three years. Starting today, Windows 8 is pre-installed on new Windows-based computers, and related Windows 8 operating systems will come installed on tablets (smart phones get their version next Monday). Here's a primer on what to expect and what consumers should consider.
In addition to entering the small-tablet market today with the iPad mini, Apple reasserted itself in the computer market as well, by introducing a slimmed-down, redesigned iMac all-in-one desktop; a smaller, lower-priced Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop; and a beefed-up Mac mini compact desktop. Here are some highlights of the announcements.
Even though the new Windows 8 operating system is all about placing a tablet interface on your computer, it's a pretty sure bet that not every Windows 8 computer will have a touchscreen. In fact, the Acer Aspire V5-571-6891 is probably typical of the new laptops that most people will buy over the next few months.
You might think the latest processors will get you the best performance. But it's not just the processor you're buying—it's the whole system. For example, budget-friendly laptops, even those with new processors, typically have small, slower hard drives and 4GB of memory (the minimum we recommend); and graphics are integrated on the CPU. So they may not be able to handle everything you do very well.
Our newest reader survey data for frequency of repair and serious problems with desktop computers is in—and again, Apple was among the most reliable brands. Computers tend to be among the most repair-prone products we test, but if you're shopping for a new desktop, picking a brand with a good repair history can improve your odds of getting a reliable model.
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