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  • Acer Aspire ES1 Windows laptop will compete against cheap Chromebooks

    20 August 2014, 7:00 am by: Chippy

    I briefly mentioned the Acer Aspire ES1 in an article about the Acer Chromebook 13 last week but I think it’s worth taking a closer look at it now because this could be the next $199 Windows laptop. Given the specifications it also hints at a widening of the…
  • Lenovo N20p is 2-in-1, touch-capable and a step towards an exciting consumer Chromebook

    18 August 2014, 7:32 am by: Chippy

    Rounding-off a series of Chromebook updates here on UMPCPortal are my thoughts on the Lenovo N20p Chromebook which is built around a design I tested recently in the Lenovo Flex 10. In my opinion it adds a lot of value to a laptop and is actually more suited to…
  • HP Chromebook 11 G3 to evolve from ARM to X86

    14 August 2014, 8:46 am by: Chippy

    It looks like the Intel Atom/Celeron CPU has really found a niche in the latest Chromebooks. Here’s another Chromebook using the platform and in this case it’s replacing an ARM-architecture SoC that was in the previous version. The HP Chromebook 11 G3. A…
  • Acer’s Chromebook 11 gets some hands-on

    14 August 2014, 8:10 am by: Chippy

    I wrote yesterday about the ARM-powered Acer Chromebook 13. Today I want to talk about the 11.6-inch version of this. The Acer Chromebook 11, or CB3-111, runs on the same Atom/Celeron N2830 as the ASUS C200 but it’s cheaper. 219 Euros for the CB3-111 vs 249…
  • Acer Switch, with an 11-inch screen. This rumour makes sense.

    14 August 2014, 6:26 am by: Chippy

    I’m not one to pass on rumours but I have always believed, since I tested the Switch 10, that an 11.6-inch version would be even better. An article at TabTec takes some previously unseen model numbers and predicts that an 11.6-inch Acer Switch, the SW5-111…
  • Toshiba Encore 2 WT8. This $192 Tablet PC arrives for review tomorrow.

    13 August 2014, 9:37 am by: Chippy

    Looking for a sub $200 Tablet PC option? The Toshiba WT8 is $193 at Amazon.com today but the newer, lighter Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 is $192. This Windows with Bing PC arrives for testing tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. What features have been stripped…
  • Chromebooks: Sales set to triple. Acer Chromebook 13 is on ARM. Watch out for Android Apps.

    13 August 2014, 7:55 am by: Chippy

    Since the day I started Carrypad (the former name of this site) there’s been a continuous battle between ARM and X86 processing architectures.  Remember the Nokia 770 tablet? How about the Raon Digital Vega? [1] Today that fight is mainly in the Android…
  • MSI S100 is a 10-inch Windows tablet with keyboard, for 349 Euros!

    12 August 2014, 9:08 am by: Chippy

    MSI aren’t known for having big distribution channels in Europe or North America so the new MSI S100 10-inch Baytrail-T tablet may not reach your local store shelves but it will be interesting to watch the price on it. We’ve spotted it, pre-sale,  for 349…
  • Intel Core M will enable differentiation without compromise.

    12 August 2014, 8:11 am by: Chippy

    Intel’s Core M reminds me of a moment in 2008 when I briefly tested a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. It was one of the few UMPCs around that used a Core Solo processor instead of the very low-end pre-Atom CPUs and it was a breakthrough in handheld PC performance.…
  • ASUS C200 Chromebook is a silent, stylish all-dayer. (Video)

    5 August 2014, 6:04 am by: Chippy

    I’ve previously done work with ChromeOS and Chromebooks but this is the first time I’ve done a top-to-bottom, deep-dive analysis of a Chromebook. The two weeks of testing and analysis has just been published at Notebookcheck.net and the overview video is…
  • Lenovo are NOT getting out of the small Windows tablet market. New devices coming.

    19 July 2014, 4:15 pm by: Chippy

    I was very sad to read news on Friday that Lenovo was getting out of the small screen tablet market. It turns out, however, that it’s not true. Lenovo issued a press release yesterday stating that they  “are not getting out of the small-screen Windows…
  • High-end 8-inch Windows tablets – Where do we go from here?

    18 July 2014, 8:39 am by: Chippy

    I recently wrote about what a late-2014 high-end 8-inch Windows tablet could offer. I talked about Intel’s Realsense camera technology, 3G, USB3.1, 1080p screens and AC WiFi. A digitizer and additional access security could be interesting too but is there a…

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