Tag Archives: Windows

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook vs. Windows laptops: Fight!

When Apple’s MacBook Air made its debut in 2008, PC companies were caught flat footed and utterly unprepared for what was arguably a ground-breaking moment in thin computing designs. With the world in financial ruin at the time, it would take years for competitors to catch up. Apple is headed into a significantly different world […]

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 review: lightweight ultraportable laptop converts to Windows tablet, offers decent battery life and good performance

Price: 1000 Rating: 7 If you can’t make your mind up between an overweight tablet or an underpowered laptop, look no further than the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370. As the name betrays, this is the third attempt from the Beijing computer company to make a mobile device that does double duties, a hybrid convertible slate […]

Windows 10 features announced but OS won’t come to the Surface RT

Microsoft has given details of the consumer features onWindows 10 at a briefing in January at its headquarters in Redmond. See also: Windows 8 vs Windows 10 comparison. Although Microsoft gave us plenty of new details on the upcoming operating system, possibly the biggest takeaway is that Window 10 will be free. For the first […]

10 best new features in Windows 10: Cortana to holograms

Yesterday Microsoft gave an exceptionally long presentation updating us on Windows 10 so here are the best 10 features of the upcoming operating system. See also: Windows 10 hands-on review. Microsoft had a lot to say during its January briefing and gave a look at what Windows 10 will look like in terms of end […]

Windows 10, Chrome OS battle royale to benefit PCs this year

Laptops with Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be in a heavyweight bout with Chromebooks for market dominance later this year, but no matter who wins, PC shipments will benefit from the clash. Worldwide PC shipments are expected to decline by a lower-than-expected rate of 3.3 percent this year, and fall by just 1.8 percent in 2016, […]

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 review: ultraportable Windows laptop beats Apple’s MacBook Air with better screen

Price: 2116 Rating: 9 There are cheap laptops that pretend to look expensive. You find them everywhere. And then there are expensive laptops that not only look the business but act it as well. The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is just such a product, a premium-priced and beautifully constructed ultraportable that stands above almost […]

Toshiba embraces pen-based computing with new Windows tablets, Portege hybrid

Pen-based computing died a cold hard death once consumers embraced touch, but following on the moderate success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, Toshiba seems to think there may really be an appetite for pens again. The problem, though, has been price. A Surface Pro 3 stripped bare will still set you back $800 and the […]

HP’s Stream mini-PC with Windows battles Chrome desktops

Hewlett-Packard is making an assault on low-cost Chrome desktops with an inexpensive Stream mini-PC running Windows 8.1. The Stream Mini Desktop starts at US$179.99, and has similarly minimalist features to low-cost Chrome desktops, or Chromeboxes. The cheapest Stream model has just 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, and like Chromeboxes is for those […]

Tech predictions: Windows 10 in 2015

There’s a brand-new Windows operating system planned for 2015. We reveal what to expect from Windows 10 in the coming year. Also see: Windows 10 review; Windows 10 release date, price, features; Windows 10 screenshots; Windows 10 vs OS X 10.10 Yosemite and How to get Windows 10 now. We don’t need to gaze into […]

Inateck BK1003E Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard review: Stylish and great value, enhances productivity with Android tablets, Windows tablets and iPads

Price: 17.99 Rating: 8 The BK1003E Bluetooth keyboard from Inateck is stylish, great value, and makes working on your Android tablet, Windows tablet or iPad a cinch. Read our Inateck BK1003E wireless keyboard review.See allkeyboard reviews. Inateck’s BK1003E ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard oozes style, with a brushed steel underside and matte black plastic top. Full-size and […]

HP 255 G3 review: with decent keyboard, trackpad and display for only £200 the HP is a good budget Windows laptop

Price: 200 Rating: 7 Illustrating that Intel doesn’t quite have a 100 percent monopoly on processors to power Windows PCs, AMD still makes chips that we find in slower and less efficient budget laptops. The HP 255 G3 laptop here can boast of its quad-core chip and Radeon graphics processor, wrapped up in a 15-inch […]

HP Envy 15 x360 15-u000na review: 15in Windows laptop folds to become a big fat Windows tablet with a terrible display. But why?

Price: 600 Rating: 5 HP is hedging its bets with this laptop, literally making it flexible enough to broaden its appeal. It’s added folding tricks that let it fold back on itself, so where a normal laptop has a display that will hinge backward just beyond the vertical, the lid on the Envy 15 x360 […]

Dell to put depth-sensing 3D cameras in more Android, Windows devices

Dell will bring virtual reality to more Windows and Android devices next year, replacing 2D cameras with depth-sensing 3D cameras. The depth-sensing camera is for more than just selfies and Skype videoconferencing. It is able to go deep inside images to track depth and provide information such as distance between objects. Dell later this month […]

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 review: Windows tablet with respectable battery life lacks true laptop power

Price: 792 Rating: 6 The ElitePad is HP’s answer to the iPad, a Windows tablet aimed specifically at business users. It has a 10.1-inch widescreen touch display, effectively equalling the regular iPad Air in size, and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro. HP doesn’t get off to a great start in promoting this Windows tablet. The […]

Lenovo B50-30 review: A £200 budget Windows laptop to rival Google’s Chromebooks

Price: 200 Rating: 7 Lenovo’s B50-30 is a Windows 8 budget laptopcosting just £200, putting it in direct competition with Google’s Chromebooks. Also see: Best budget laptops 2014. Two hundred pounds for a brand-new Windows laptop? That’s got to be an irresistible attention-grabber for anyone looking for a working laptop on a budget. We’ve been […]

HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner first held up the as-yet-unannounced HP Stream laptop at the Windows Partners Conference last July, boasting that it would cost just $199. The press instantly dubbed the inexpensive notebook a “Chromebook killer.” So when HP finally got around to officially announcing the Stream on September 8, it was pilloried for the […]

Windows PCs lose back-to-school sales to Chromebooks, Macs

Kids aren’t the only ones who approach back-to-school season with a looming sense of dread. Computer makers count on returning students to goose PC sales, but the past few back-to-school seasons have been a bloodbath, offering no relief amid a protracted period of free-fall in the market. But not this year! The NPD Research Group reports […]

Intel’s Core M chips headed to 20 Windows tablets, hybrids

Intel’s new Core M chips — which bring PC-like performance to paper-thin tablets — will initially be in many Windows 8.1 tablets, but no Android devices are yet on the radar. The chips will be in five to seven detachable tablets and hybrids by year end, and the number of devices could balloon to 20 […]

Microsoft: number of certified Windows devices has quadrupled in a year’s time

If you need a reason to buy a Windows machine this holiday, it can be summed up in one word: diversity. As the IFA show rolls on in Berlin this week, Microsoft executives pointed out the number of certified Windows devices has increased more than fourfold since the same time last year. That means more […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the US

Lenovo has stopped selling Windows tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. due to lack of interest. Lenovo has stopped selling two small-screen Windows tablets with 8-inch screens: the ThinkPad 8, which was announced in January and a model of Miix 2, which started shipping in October last year. “In North America, […]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review: Affordable Windows 8 tablet and laptop in one device

Price: £289 inc VAT Rating: 6 At its New York launch event earlier this year,Acer announced its new hybrid tablet and laptop with Windows 8. Here’s our full Acer Aspire Switch 10 review. Read: The 25 best tablets of 2014. The Switch 10 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and can be picked up for £289 […]

Windows upgrades, Chromebooks slow PC market bleeding in Q2

Upgrades from Windows XP PCs to newer computers during the second quarter perked up the PC market, which inched closer to positive quarterly shipment growth. PC shipments worldwide totaled 74.4 million in the second quarter, declining 1.7 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, research firm IDC said Wednesday. IDC in May predicted […]

Microsoft’s Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

Microsoft’s Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday. PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship this year, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this […]