Category : Tablets

A Steal of a Deal- Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1

 

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At $599, this 2-in-1 combines a laptop and tablet in perfect harmony. Whether it be business needs, student work, or basic computing, a 2-in-1 is the ultimate solution. Be free to switch between typing on a keyboard, and writing with a tablet, without the need for multiple devices. Superior performance makes way for easy to navigate user-friendly features. And it’s a Dell, which means a 3 year hardware service warranty and onsite service with remote diagnostics.

The Latitude comes fully loaded with 4 GB of memory and a 128 GB Mobility solid state drive, sure to handle any and all computing needs with superior performance. The battery life isn’t too shabby either, with 10.5 of promised battery life to get you through your work or school day without having to travel with the charger. If you opt for a 2-in-1 device, most likely you are an avid multitasker with an eye for streamline technology. The Latitude is equipped with a powerful Intel Core M processor with the multitasker in mind. The 13.3 inch HD touchscreen display implements the 10 point  touch technology for pinpoint accuracy.

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This is not the average 2-in-1 device. No need to feel like you are working on half a machine, with the capabilities of a tablet but the lacking of laptop power. The Latitude is built with laptop standards in mind, so the ease of switching between tablet and laptop doesn’t feel like a compromise for efficiency.

Encryption protects you data across all endpoints, including external media and in public cloud storage, and if you have been keeping up with basically any tech news these days, this is huge. Advanced malware attacks are prevented with Dell Data Protection security tools.

Make sure to add the Dell Active Stylus to optimize the Latitude’s versatility.

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$599 is a pretty good deal for all the benefits of a tablet and a laptop rolled into one vamped up device!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best 2-in-1 Laptops of 2016

These are some of our top picks for 2-in-1 laptops on the market. Ranging in price from $300 to $2,000, you can find a machine that is sure to fit your needs and your budget.

Lenovo Yoga 900

CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-6500U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 RAM: 16GB Screen: 13.3 inch QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 IPS display Storage: 256GB SSD

Full package for $1,000, powerful processor, larger battery, a little heavy, but superb design. lenovo-yoga-900-12

Microsoft Surface Book

CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-65300U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 RAM: 8GB Screen: 13.5 inch 3,000 x 2,000 Pixel Sense display Storage: 128 GB PCle3.0

For $1350 out the door, you get amazing graphics, a 13.5 inch screen, and one of the thinnest and mos powerful combinations currently available. The battery life is not what it should be for a machine of this caliber, but other than that it is a great design.

HP Spectre x360

CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500 RAM: 4GB Screen: 13.3 inch 1,920 x 1,080 FHD Radiance LED-backlit touchscreen Storage: 128GB SSD

This is one of the best buys on the list, with excellent 1080p screen, great performance, solid battery life, and affordable for $720. The wide trackpad is the top complaint for users. If you can get over the trackpad and the slightly heavy design, this is a great buy for performance.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-6200U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 RAM: 8GB Screen: 12.5 inch 1,920 x 1,080 TruBrite LED backlit touchscreen Storage: 256GB SSD

This machine was designed to support both tablet and laptop functions without a hitch. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver, with a sharp color display. The design is nice but the battery is weaker than most. At $680 this 2-in-1 is a steal!

HP Pavillion x2 

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB|Screen: 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage:32GB eMMC

This is the most affordable Windows 10 convertible selling for $300 from hp. Smaller in size with a 10 inch screen but with long battery life. Best for simple work, streaming and editing.

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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 

CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-5500 | Graphics: Intel Core i3-5010U processor | RAM:4GB DDR3L (1,600MHz) | Screen: 13.3-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-backlit touchscreen | Storage: 500GB HDD

Looks like a conventional laptop at a glance, but easily bends into a flexible tablet design. Steal for $429 !

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 

CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM |Screen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 FHD UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touchscreen | Storage: 256GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD

Great usability. Short battery life. Can endure drops, bumps, temperature shifts, making the $1,349 price tag at least durable.

HP Spectre x360 15 

CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD, IPS touchscreen | Storage: 256GB Flash SSD

Contrast rich screen and long battery life for it’s size. $1150 for great graphics and touchscreen.

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi 

CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core M 5Y71 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5300 | RAM: 4GB |Screen: 12.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 capacitive multi-touch IPS display | Storage:128GB SSD

Among the thinnest, at $570 this machine packs enough punch to to drive a 4k display. The battery life is a little short but the machine itself is a great combination of laptop and tablet.

The verdict is in…2-in-1 vs. tablet

Just the other day I tried relentlessly to convince my mother than a PC with tablet capabilities would significantly improve her work flow. She brought up the usual restrictions associated with tablet use, “does it have enough power to accomplish what I need?”. Most iPads and tablets just can’t compare to the power behind a PC or laptop. Doing research can be a pain, as it isn’t always easy to switch between applications on a tablet device. Multitasking for the work day is exponentially better on a machine that can allow multiple applications to be open and running so that the user can easily shift gears without creating a giant mess. However, tablets have their perks, the machine is much lighter and easier to carry and the hands on capabilities are great. The riddle here is finding a machine that can take from both a PC and a tablet and combine efforts to create a better machine.

Windows 2-in-1 systems combine power, ease, and the Windows operating system, to create better raw usability. Apple iOS and Android can’t compare to the usability of Microsoft Windows even with continuous improvement. With a 2-in-1 system you can run full applications, several of them, side-by-side, switching without problem. The Windows platform was designed for this. I love Apple products and I own quite a few myself, but I know needs and Apple products cannot match the needs of the consumer that wishes to work from a tablet. I know this from experience as I tried to brave my first year of college on only an iPad. I lost a lot of sleep that year.

A Windows 10 powered 2-in-1 PC is not only less expensive, but easier to use for ‘real’ work. Here are a few guidelines to help you make a 2-in-1 purchase.

Choose your Size – 2-in-1 devices range in size from 10 inch models that are ideal for those that are always on the go and need something light that travels well, to 11 and 13 inch models such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the Lenovo Yoga 900. If you are simply not impressed with 13 inches, the HP 15 inch Spectre x360 should do the trick.

Detachable or Rotating Hinge? – Typically you can opt for bendable or detachable. If you prefer the touch-based experience similar to using a tablet but again with better power and management, choose a detachable model. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, HP Spectre x2 and the Dell XPS 12 are all great detachable models with tablet bodies and magnetic keyboards. In comparison, if you write a significant amount for your job then a bendable 2-in-1 is a better match for you. The Lenovo Yoga 900 and HP Spectre x360 have hinges that bend 360 degrees, and also offer tent and presentation positions.

Processor Specs – The highest power systems will feature an Intel Core i7 or m7 chip. Midrange models will have Core i3, i5 and m5 CPUs, which will support productivity as a good middle range between price and performance. Those on a budget are going to find Intel Celeron and Atom CPUs in their hybrids. If you want a device for browsing the web, answering emails, and watching Netflix a lower budget spec should work just fine.

Storage– The standard for 2-in-1 machines is 4GB of RAM, but 8GB is better if you can afford the increase. I would not advise 16GB of RAM unless you are going to be answering some serious work demands. For most people the extra memory and performance is not needed, not to mention it is more expensive.

Screen Resolution– Screen resolution is very important! A higher resolution screen makes a huge difference throughout the day. Affordable 2-in-1 models have 13366 x 768 pixel displays, but if you can you should look for a sharper 1920 x 1080 full-HD screen. Better image quality and side by side window viewing. The higher end resolutions are so beautiful it is hard not to pay the price for higher resolution. But these can suck up a lot of power, so be mindful of what is really important.

Budget – You can spend anywhere from $150 to $3,000 on a 2-in-1 device. Prices escalate as you increase size, specs, storage, and resolution. Look to our next post to find the perfect 2-in-1 for you!

New Small Business PC Lineup Released by HP

New all-in-ones, desktops, and laptops will be launching soon from HP’s small business lineup. The HP ProOne 400 G2 is a slim, 20 inch PC that includes a new adaptable easel stand that is height adjustable. It bears a 10-point capacitive touch panel and can be configured with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors. The all-in-one also encompasses BIOS-level security features, allowing automatic detection and recovery from BIOS corruption or attacks.  The ProOne 400 G2 will be available in October starting at $649.

As for desktop space, the new ProDesk 400 series was unveiled, featuring desktops of assorted sizes including the 400 G2 Mini, the 400 G3 Small Form Factor (SFF), and the 400 G2 Microtower, all of which can also be configured with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 RAM. They will all feature BIOS-level security too as well as a new standard serial port, a VGA port, and DisplayPort. The ProDesk 400 Mini and Microtower will be available in October starting at $479. The SFF will be released later in 2015 starting at $549.

Lastly, the Probook 400 G3 series of business laptops focus on an airy design with 13-, 14-, 15-, and 17- inch laptops that are thinner and lighter than the previous generation.  Configuration options range from the Intel Corimagese i3 to Intel i7 processors, up to 16 GB of memory, and as much as 1 TB of storage space.  No pricing information has been released thus far, but the Probook 430 G3, 440 G3, 450 G3, and the 455 G3 are expected to launch this month. Premium features include touch displays, an aluminum reinforced, spill resistant keyboard, and soft touch Gravity Black Finish.

Acer Convertible Chromebook Review and Specs | BVA IT Consulting Blog

The Chromebook R 11, Acer’s first of its kind, is a portable notebook designed to modify and transition based on what is most comfortable to the user and setting. There are four modes of usage: display, laptop, pad, and tent. Although Acer already provides Chromebooks ranging from 11 to 15 inches, the convertible series provides an addition of comfort to the user as customers can manipulate the notebook through its 360-degree dual-torque hinge design.  The Convertible Chromebook not only is capable of evolving through different modes but is also portable, weighing less the 1.25 kg and as thin as 19.2mm. The computer comes equipped with an Intel Celeron processor, 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless connection, and a USB 3.0 port.  The LED-backlit LCD screen uses a 10-point touch which supports Tap, Swipe, and Pinch to Zoom actions. Additionally, the notebook includes an 11.6-inch HD screen complete with an HD webcam with HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging.

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The new and dynamic Acer Chromebook R 11 will be available in the US in October with costs starting at $299.

New Apple iPad Pro Announcement – iPad Pro With Larger Screen and Apple Pencil Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Chief executive of Apple Tim Cook unveils the new 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” at its special event in San Francisco. The new and larger model features a faster processor as well as two major accessories-the “apple pencil”, the first Apple stylus-like device utilized for writing and drawing, and the “Smart Keyboard,” an attachable keyboard.  Not only is the new iPad Pro larger, it is more powerful and dyiPad Pronamic as it is the third size iPad that Apple has produced with a new A9 chip that Apple has said made it 1.8 times more stronger than the most recent iPad Air.

The new iPad Pro features a 10-hour battery life and also includes four speakers.  It is marginally thicker than the iPad Air and weighs approximately as much the original 9.7-inch iPad.

The 32GB model will cost $799 when it is released in November.

 

 

What are your thoughts on Phablets?

We had the smartphone, and then we had tablets, and now we have phablets. These oversized phones that double as a tablet, or if you prefer tablet that doubles as a phone, are here but will they stay? Currently smart phones larger than 5 inches currently only consist of about 2% of the total phones out there. Yeah it’s great to have this huge phone in which you can make calls and watch movies but what often suffers on these types of devices is the battery life. It’s hard to run such a large screen on a thin device and have ample power to run them. I had the first DroidX and although the battery was great for a while, I’m now two years in and the battery does not last a whole day. I know I should probably upgrade right. Phablet? Probably not.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announced

Samsung has just dropped a 1 inch smaller Galaxy Tablet than it’s 8 inch predecessor. a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage (with expansion up to 64GB), a 3- and 1.3-megapixel camera array and a substantial 4,000mAh battery. The new Galaxy tab comes with android 4.1 and WiFi only versions launch in May with 3G model to follow in June.

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Laptop or Tablet? Both?

Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300 Ultrabook™ Convertible

A client recently asked me for a laptop that was light weight, easy to travel with, and fast. She also asked if an iPad could replace the work she did on a laptop. My answer to this question is generally no. There are just some things iPads can’t do, get over it and move on. I consider what she wanted to do and with the introduction of Windows 8 and touch screen laptops, I found what I thought was the perfect solution for her.

The Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300 Ultrabook™ Convertible. This is 12.5″ laptop, that converts into a tablet. It has an i5 processor, 128GB SSD, and 4gb of RAM. The machine is quite fast. The touchscreen is ultra responsive, and my client loves it!!! She’s able to do the presentations she wants, she can carry it on the go, and much more. I wasn’t worried about the screen size as she generally hooks up to the 24″ external monitor to work on anyway so she was good to go!.

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Smaller Windows 8 Tablets on the way.

The rumor mill has been churning lately about what Microsoft’s second edition of the surface may look like. Well if rumors are true, you will be looking at a 7 inch version of the tablet. It appears that Microsoft has decided they needed a smaller tablet to compete with the likes of the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and iPad mini. What makes it even more interesting is that Microsoft recently changed its policy regarding the resolutions Windows 8 could run on. They are now stating it can run on as low as 1,024 x 768, when it was originally only slated for devices with 1,366 x 768 or higher. Yikes!