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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit : www.dell.com 

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!

Windows 8 adoption at a stand still

It appears that the numbers for Windows 8 is not good after just four months on the market. With users dissatisfaction for the new windows 8 metro interface it seems to have slow sales to almost a halt. This is also true in the Windows store where there has only been an additional 4,000 apps since February. At this growth rate, they will reach over 100,000 apps by sometime in late 2014 which is much slower than any other app store. Even with that being said, most of the apps in the store are useless apps anyway and not worth downloading. Hopefully with Windows 8 Blue, Microsoft will make some significant changes if they want to get back in the PC game. Windows 8’s growth rate is actually slower than Vista’s growth rate, and we all know what happened with Vista.

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.

Google now hits iOS devices

Google now has been on android devices for over a year now and just today it was announced that it is now available on iOS devices. Google now basically helps you manage your day to day tasks. From boarding passes, to appointments, weather, reservations, and more.  It essentially syncs with your desktop as well and you can see it on your phone for hours to come.

Check out the short video.

http://youtu.be/pPqliPzHYyc

My Week with the Surface Pro

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week using one of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablets, and let me tell you it’s a pretty powerful little machine. It’s very quick, responsive, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. In the following lines here, I’m going to give you the good, and the bad in my eyes.

The Good:

As I originally stated, the surface is a pretty quick little machine, and boasts some pretty impressive resolution. It has a native 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. The touch screen is responsive.

The front and back facing cameras are also decent and the video quality is quite acceptable.

It comes with a stylus and some of the features are quite neat. I tried writing rather sloppy on the tablet in cursive and it seemed to pick up each and every one of my characters. I thought this was a pretty neat little feature.

The Bad:

If you are someone who has a difficult time seeing the smaller screen of the service, you might want to adjust the resolution. Well it turns out when you adjust the resolution, you can no longer utilize the full screen of the device. You have the black bars at the sides of the screen. I really wish there were some more options in light to adjusting screen resolution to something that will utilize the whole screen.

If you by the entry level 64 GB model of the surface you will soon find that after you install your office apps and small other things, you only have roughly 20 GB of free space available to work with. That is easy to overcome, but it requires you to purchase an additional x-SD card to store items on. After spending close to a $1000 dollars on the device, that is the last thing I want to do.

Mobility: I found quite often that while using it on the go, that I wanted to use a keyboard and a mou

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Overall I think this is a very fast and capable machine put out by Microsoft. Like or hate Windows 8, the device itself is quite impressive although I’m not sure it’s for everyone.

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!

What is Microsoft Surface’s fate?

With Microsoft Surface sales not reaching its expected quota it leaves us at BVA asking the question of what is next for the tablet? Since they have sold 1.5 million units in total which is a much lower number than they were expecting (roughing 2 million during the holiday season). Now comparing that to Apple’s numbers of 22.9 million iPads during the fourth quarter of 2012 you can see its like comparing apples to oranges.

What should we be expecting in the near future with this all too expected battle between Microsoft and Apple? Well, Apple has stated that they will be coming out with a 128GB iPad which is obviously competing with the Surface Pro. Then we have Microsoft paving the way for a smaller sized tablet to compete with the mini tablet market that has become quite popular over the last few months.

Whether the Surface sales start picking up or it goes into the history books next to the ill-fated Zune player, only time will tell. As always, the team here at BVA will keep our eyes on for you.

 

 

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony is releasing a new Android based tablet named the Xperia Tablet Z. It was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress just recently and it will be available to purchase in May. It sounds like it packs a lot of punch considering it is the thinnest 10.1″ tablet around.

I am partial to Sony camera’s and I am pleased to see them trasfer some of that technology over to the new tablet. The front facing camera only sports a 2 megapixal lens but the rear camera has an 8. The full HD display comes standard with a 192x1200p along with Reality Display with BRAVIA Engine 2.

Something that caught my eye is the fact that they claim the tablet is waterproof. According to Sony the Z can be placed in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes and it will still be working when you pull it out.

Interested to learn more? Feel free to watch Sony’s video here. We here at BVA are excited to see this product launch and see how it does up against its competitors.

Toshiba’s New Tablet

We have the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, not to mention countless of other options in the tablet world. Toshiba is releasing the Regza AT501 in Japan this month sometime.  I view it as another attempt to be part of the market again outside of Japan after the AT500 didn’t make it big when they launched it in the UK in 2011.  While it does sync up with the Regza Link Share program so users can watch shows recorded from the Toshiba Regza TV units it seems fairly entry level, and it is priced at $481.  The 10.1in size tablet comes with features like the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera, and has a 4G option. Personally I don’t see this product stacking up to its competitors but I see Toshiba traveling in the right direction and maybe one day they’ll get there.