Inexpensive Windows PCs hitting the market with help from Microsoft

Microsoft is helping hardware makers build low-priced Windows PCs to combat Chromebooks and the early results of that effort are hitting the market. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than US$250 that run on Windows 8.1 with Bing, a royalty-free version of the OS. The OS is the same as Windows 8.1 […]

Intel highlights more of its wireless computing plans

Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls “wire-free” computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show. The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals, it said in a blog entry. The dock […]

Inateck BP2001 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: great-value speaker fills the room with sound

Price: �28.99 Rating: 8 Inateck’s BP2001is a well-priced portable Bluetooth speaker designed to work with your tablet, but it’s compatible with any smartphone, laptop, PC or other device with a Bluetooth connection or 3.5mm headphone jack. Also see: 13 best portable speakers. It’s more expensive than its little brother, the £15.99 Inateck BP1001B, but the […]

Acer releases its own Chromebox, bringing the Google OS to desktops

Taiwanese PC maker Acer is bringing Google’s Chrome operating system to desktops with a new unit that will arrive in the U.S. next month. Acer’s Chromebox CXI, announced on Thursday, puts the Chrome OS into a small enclosure measuring 0.6 liters in volume. It runs an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core 1.4GHz processor, has a 16GB […]

MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro review: gaming laptop squeezes maximum performance from CPU and GPU at a decent price

Price: 1299 Rating: 8 The new and more power-efficient GTX 800M series of GPUs from nVidia has given rise to a new generation of slimmer, lighter gaming laptopsin recent months. However, the GE70 2PE Apache Pro is a bit of a throwback to the days of the big, heavy gaming beasts once more. See also: […]

HP Stream revealed: Microsoft’s Chromebook killer is a Chromebook clone

Microsoft drove out Linux as the platform of choice during the netbook craze, and now the Windows maker is hoping it can do the same to the latest PC upstart, the Chromebook. Back in July, Microsoft announced its intention in this regard by showing off the Hewlett-Packard Stream, an upcoming $199 laptop designed to take […]

Petition demands Apple fix MacBook Pro graphics woes

A petition started last year that urges Apple’s CEO to recall older MacBook Pro laptops to fix a graphics problem has passed the 10,000-signature mark, part of an ongoing effort by customers to get Apple to step up. “Everyone who bought a macbook pro spent a huge premium to buy macbook pro’s [sic] and did […]

Acer gaming laptop fights internal gunk with dust-fighting technology

As cute as Fluffles the cat can be, there’s no question that he can be a royal pain when he curls up on or next to your warm, cozy laptop. Fortunately, the new Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition includes technology designed to remove cat dander and other dust. Acer launched the Aspire V Nitro notebook […]

Lumsing 70W Extended Socket & USB Charger review: Power multiple devices in your car

Price: 7.99 Rating: 8 Keeping all your devices powered up as you while away a long car journey is easy. Read our Lumsing 70W Extended Socket & USB Charger review to see how you can simultaneously power your satnav, smartphone, tablet and more. Also see the best portable USB chargers 2014. The problem with every […]

Chromebooks may grab 5% o PC market, about the same as Apple’s Mac

Sales of Chromebooks, the low-cost, simple-to-use notebooks, will reach more than 5 million this year, accounting for about 2% o all personal computers, Gartner forecast Monday. So Microsoft, which has dismissed Chromebooks as unworthy of the name “notebook” — and along the way made some wonder why it deigned to acknowledge the upstart — may […]

Microsoft targets MacBook in new Surface Pro 3 ads

“So you’re saying it does more than my Mac?” That’s the line, supposedly uttered by a MacBook Air user, that caps off one of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 ads. Whereas Microsoft’s previous Surface ads have pitted the hybrid PC against the iPad, the new ads (three in total) take aim at Apple’s laptops instead. […]

School system CIOs are sold on Chromebooks

David Andrade, the CIO of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has deployed 11,000 Chromebooks over the past year and plans to add another 5,000 in the next 12 months. It’s a major deployment, but not unusual. Other school systems are doing much the same thing. The Cherry Creeks School District in Greenwood Village, Co. deployed […]

Dell Precision M2800 review: powerful mobile workstation for graphics, video or 3D design is big and heavy

Price: £1971.34 inc VAT Rating: 8 Dell has been making an effort to slim down many of its larger 15- and 17-inch laptops recently, but the Precision M2800 is very much a high-end mobile workstation that focuses on performance rather than aesthetics.See also: Best laptops of 2014 Dell quotes a weight of 2.5 kg for […]

Mac vs PC returns in Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air advert

Microsoft has resurrected the age old Mac vs PC debate in its new advert for the Surface Pro 3. See also: Surface Pro 3 release date, price and specs UK: Windows 8 tablet goes on sale this month. Just like it did at the launch event for the Windows 8 tablet, Microsoft has pitted the […]

Acer Chromebook 13 turns on 4K graphics

Acer is cranking up graphics in its latest Chromebook 13, a 13.3-inch laptop that has an processor capable of rendering 4K video. The Chromebook 13 has Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor with 192 graphics cores. The laptop is one of the first with K1, which can render video at 3840 x 2160 pixels, four times the […]

Technicolor Color Certification Program: Marketing hype or genuine consumer benefit?

Think back to the last time you bought a brightly colored item online: A laptop, a smartphone, a pair of shoes, a hat. How closely did the item displayed on your computer monitor match the color of the item you eventually unboxed? If you’ve ever purchased a blue sweater only to discover on delivery that […]

Surface Pro 3 review: a truly portable laptop, and an acceptable tablet – great engineering but is it what people want?

Price: From £639 inc VAT Rating: 8 Surface Pro 3 UK review: what it is, what it’s for Microsoft markets the Surface Pro 3 as ‘the tablet that can replace your laptop’. It’s a fair claim: Surface Pro 3 is not an iPad rival, or at least not only an iPad rival. Microsoft has set […]

DisplayPort vs HDMI: What’s the difference?

The technology world can be a confusing place especially with different standards to choose from. Here we look at DisplayPort vs HDMI explaining what the differences are. These days HDMI is everywhere and a commonly known interface in consumer electronics. DisplayPort may be used less but there are still plenty of devices with it on-board. […]

Toshiba Satellite P50T-B-10K review: Good value Windows laptop with dazzling 4K display

Price: 1200 Rating: 7 It’s tempting to dismiss the 4K display of Toshiba’s new P50T-B laptops as simply being a bit of a gimmick – especially given the graphical limitations of Windows itself. But there’s no denying that the 4K display is a treat for the eyes, and we can imagine that it might appeal […]

HP’s SlateBook 14 Android laptop ships, but with a higher price than expected

Hewlett-Packard’s SlateBook 14 laptop with the Android OS has started shipping on schedule, but it’s priced at US$429, which is $30 more than the company had said it would cost. The laptop, which has a 14-inch screen and Android 4.3, was announced in June. At the time, HP said it would be priced at $399. […]

Ingram Micro to distribute the ChugPlug and more from Lenmar

Leading distributor, Ingram Micro Australia, has signed a new agreement with emerging technology specialists, SeeChange Distribution, to distribute the range of multi-award winning products from US power manufacturer, Lenmar. Ingram Micro will bring to the channel more than 1300 power products manufactured by Lenmar. The launch range includes mobile power products such as iPhone and […]

Why it’s time to look again at speech recognition software

For years speech recognition has seemed the most natural way to interact with our tech devices, but only in recent times has the technology started to go mainstream. Many of us are already using speech with our smartphones, our tablets and even our games consoles, not just to type, but to search, find information or […]

Apple unveils minor bumps to MacBook Pro laptops

Apple today refreshed the MacBook Pro line with minor upgrades of the processor, a small price cut to the aged non-Retina model, and additional RAM for the least-expensive Retina configurations. The updates — the first since October 2013 — were expected, as some of the pricing and component changes had leaked over the weekend from […]

Toshiba Satellite S70-B-10N review: A good desktop replacement laptop

Price: £1199 inc VAT Rating: 6 We recently reviewed Toshiba’s C70 laptop, which attempted to provide a 17-inch entertainment laptop for a bargain-basement price of just £379. The C70 was certainly cheap, but a laptop at that price inevitably offers pretty modest performance and build quality. If you’re looking for a 17-inch desktop replacement that […]

HP SlateBook hands-on review: HP’s SlateBook brings Android to laptops & it’s a bit weird

Price: £329 Rating: 0 In June, HP announced that it would be launching a new laptop in August, and that this particular laptop would run Android rather than Windows or Chrome OS. We managed to get some hands-on time with the new HP SlateBook during the company’s HP Connected Music event on 23 July, so […]