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  • Acer Cloudbook. Ignore the 16 GB version. (And it’s not a Chromebook competitor.)

    4 August 2015, 9:53 am by: Chippy

    Please, if you are looking at low-cost laptops and reading articles today that say the new Acer Aspire One Cloudbook is a Chromebook competitor, or worse, uses the K word, think again. It’s not. A stream of articles published after the launch of the Acer…
  • New HP Pavilion X2 10 shipping – with Windows 8.1 and ‘old’ Atom. Pics, first impressions.

    3 August 2015, 10:15 am by: Chippy

    I was expecting the new version of the HP Pavilion X2 10 to ship with Windows 10 and Cherry Trail but it looks HP can’t wait. It’s available now in Germany for €299 with Windows 8.1, the last generation Atom Z3736F and, according to the specifications,…
  • Intel Compute Stick as a low-cost web-working solution.

    17 July 2015, 9:01 am by: Chippy

    At $149 (trending down) this is an interesting Windows 8.1 PC but when you know it weighs just 54 grams /  0.116 pounds it becomes a bit of an eye opener. The Intel Compute Stick, and its branded variants, are starting to become available in the market and…
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 8 (Z3795) testing update

    10 July 2015, 11:36 am by: Chippy

    I bought a Thinkpad 8 last week. Why? This high-end Windows 8 tablet with LTE and 4GB got an update to the Z3795 CPU, has much improved performance over the original and was retailing in the UK for an absolute bargain price. Since I bought it I’ve done a lot…
  • Intel Compute Stick and Ainol Mini PC compared

    10 July 2015, 7:40 am by: Chippy

    I’m testing the Intel Compute Stick and the Ainol Mini PC. These two ultramobile PCs have exactly the same processing platform but completely different use cases. My analysis and video follows. Intel Compute Stick. It’s a PC dongle! Plug this into the HDMI…
  • My Co-Working Desk

    8 July 2015, 6:20 pm by: Chippy

    I’ve been co-working since late last year and it’s been a great boost to my ultramobile life, both in, and out of the computing sphere. Cycling to work means I need to keep the weight down and when I take the bus I’m often encouraged to get off a few…
  • Acer Switch 10 detachable available for $220

    8 July 2015, 7:11 am by: Chippy

    A touchscreen detachable for $220! Amazon have an offer on the Acer Aspire Switch 10 right now, just as the Switch 10E is feeding into retail channels. I’m testing one of those right now and wondering why you would buy one when the original Switch 10, a…
  • The BBC Micro:Bit just launched. Lucky UK kids! Video, details.

    7 July 2015, 5:49 am by: Chippy

    The Micro:Bit has officially launched in the UK.  It’s about as minimalist as you can make a computing device, including the cost which is so low that 1 million of them are being given to UK school children as part of a BBC-run project. The CPU uses an…
  • Voyo V2 Mini PC coming with battery, storage options.

    6 July 2015, 12:24 pm by: Chippy

    Mini PCs with built-in batteries are cool. I’m currently testing the Ainol Mini PC and it’s very inspiring from a ‘project’ point of view, especially when you can run it wirelessly and knowing that Windows 10 will have some nice casting features. The…
  • Dell Venue 10 7000 – Good reviews. Bad Price.

    6 July 2015, 10:33 am by: Chippy

    At 1063 grams, including keyboard, the Dell Venue 10 7000 is another Android 2-in-1 to consider for mobile productivity, if you can justify the price. Back in 2010 I tried to put together a 1KG ‘rig’ that would serve mobile computing duties and in the…

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