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Introducing the Asus Transformer AiO

asus-transformer-aio-2When Asus gets motivated to go all out on a device, they throw everything but the kitchen sink at it, and yesterdays unveiling is a prime example of that. Asus officially announced the full specs, pricing and availability dates of their new Asus Transformer AiO. Here’s a full breakdown on this beastly device.

For the PC half of the device:

  • 18.4-inch display with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution – with 10-point touch
  • Windows 8
  • Intel Core i5-3350P processor
  • Up to 8 GB of RAM
  • 1 TB HDD
  • GeForce GT 730M GPU
  • SuperMulti DVD Drive there
  • USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an SD card reader

For the Tablet Half: (Asus Eee Pad design aesthetics)

  • 18.4-inch display with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution – with 10-point touch
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage
  • A microSD support
  • 1 MP front-facing cam
  • 32 Whr battery capable of around 5 hours of continuous use
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.28 pounds by itself

Of course, a monster device like this does come with a monster price. It will hit retail outlets April 12th for $1299. Still, many AiO PCs sell for the same price, so ultimately the fact that you have a fairly powerful new PC that doubles as a dock for your multi-OS Android/Windows 8 tablet, is a pretty good deal overall.

Posted by: Gareth

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By August 2, 2011 Read More →

Alienware M17x R3 Review

Alienware M17x R3The Alienware M17x is now in it’s third-generation and it is one of the most powerful laptops in the world: Available with SSDs, a 3D 1080p screen, quad-core Intel I7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM and top end NVIDIA graphics cards.

The M17x is definitely a top-shelf gaming notebook on paper but is that the case in practise? Read on to find out!

 

 

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Dells new laptop to be super thin

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We don’t have the exact details of Dells new laptop just yet but they have sent us today this image as a teaser, the cheeky monkeys!

In terms of thinness, the big rival has to be Apples MacBook Air which is offered in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch designs. The new Dell is believed to have a 15.6 inch screen and be the thinnest in its class.

So if you are on the lookout for a sleek, powerful and cheaper alternative to a MacBook this may well be just what you are looking for.

Once the product is officially announced we will of course publish the full specification etc.

 

Posted by: James

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By February 10, 2011 Read More →

Vodafone mobile broadband special offer

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Our friends over at phonesdirect.com have just sent us details of a nice new mobile broadband offer if you are in the market for such a deal?

Sign up for the Vodafone Monthly Mobile Internet for only £4.99 for the first six months, then only £15 per month thereafter. A generous 3GB of Mobile Broadband data is provided each month with the Vodafone USB Internet Dongle. The dongle is also free which is a bonus!

Click here for further details and to place your order.

 

Posted by: James

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By December 13, 2010 Read More →

Win an iPad from IT247

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Hands up who wants to win a 3G 16GB iPad from IT247.com? The company who kindly sponsor our forums are offering the iPad to one lucky person and all you have to do is sign up to receive email promotions from them. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Click here to sign up.

While you are there you may also want to see what else they have to offer. IT247.com have a wide range of hardware as well as software and peripherals.

Best of luck to all that sign up.

 

Posted by: James

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By September 13, 2010 Read More →

Toshiba Dynadock V10 review

Toshiba Dynadock V10 review Does the Dynadock V10 really soups up your laptop and productivity as V10 engine transplant would pimp up a car? Or is the all-in-one gizmo more of a two-stroke Trabant with a huge rear-wing?

I wasn’t sure what to make of the Dynadock.

It functions as docking stations of the yesteryear but it doesn’t look like one and connects via the ubiquitous USB rather than some obscure proprietary port.

The device tries to be a Swiss army knife of computer connectivity. It’s essentially a 4-in-1 gadget comprising a USB audio interface, a USB hub, a USB-to-DVI and a USB-to-Ethernet adapters. Quite an entourage for a single USB cable it uses to communicate with the computer.

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By May 19, 2010 Read More →

Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 Review

Dell Inspiron Mini 1012The Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 or ‘New Mini 10’ as it’s also known on the Dell website is another Atom based netbook, and as the name suggests it has a 10 inch screen (10.1 actually) – the difference here is that it’s a higher resolution than the standard 1024×600 we’re used to seeing.

The Mini 1012 is running a fairly standard 32bit Windows 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 Single Core CPU, paired with 1GB of RAM and an Intel 3150 Graphics Media Accelerator.

This particular unit has the 6-cell battery giving a claimed 9.5 hours of battery life – and the case is styled to keep this larger battery nice and sleek – no ‘lumpy’ batteries here.

So let’s take it for a spin.

 

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By January 27, 2010 Read More →

Apple tablet already confirmed?

Whether this was an ‘accidental’ leak or something well orchestrated by Apple I guess well never know but in a TV interview with CNBC yesterday McGraw-Hill’s CEO confirms that their textbooks will be on the Apple Tablet and it will be an iPhone OS based machine. When asked about rumours that their textbooks will be on the Apple tablet, Terry McGraw responds:

"Yeah, Very exciting. Yes, they’ll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable. So what you are going to be able to do now — we have a consortium of e-books. And we have 95% of all our materials that are in e-book format on that one. So now with the tablet you’re going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tablet is going to be just really terrific."

An iPhone OS based tablet? As much as I like the iPhone OS I’m happy that it works well on the relative small screen of the iPhone, I wonder how well that will translate to a larger screened device or if there are going to be a lot of advancements purely for the tablet form?

Other ‘news’ and images are appearing around the web, some seeming to be nothing more than badly ‘shopped images of other Apple products but another more convincing image seems to be circulating too:

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Above we see what is alleged to be the new Apple tablet. I wonder how many products in history have been so desired without even being seen?!

 

One thing’s for sure, this wont be the last post about the iSlate (or will it be iPad?) today! 🙂

 

Posted by: Matt

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By January 26, 2010 Read More →

What has Apple got in store for us?

apple-logo Apple is expected to announce its latest must-have piece of kit tomorrow at an event in San Francisco and I’m sure by now you’ll know that almost everyone is expecting the big announcement to be that Apple are to release an all-new product called the iSlate.

Now thus far we have no real idea what the specs will be, how big it is what OS it will run etc. but we’ll know for sure this time tomorrow. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the event for sure and will post news as I get it.

The question I have is where does such a product sit? Apple have a successful mobile device and a range of laptops so do we expect that the new iSlate will fit somewhere between the two?

 

Posted by: Matt

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By September 4, 2009 Read More →

ViewSonic ventures into NetBook territory

You may have heard of Viewsonic monitors before but the company has decided to try the netbook market with two models, the VNB100 and VNB101. What’s more they are actually quite reasonably priced at £299 and £329 respectively, they even have a reasonably good spec!

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The Viewsonic VNB100 (left) and the Viewsonic VNB101 (right)

ViewSonic, has entered the PC market on a roll. Today, ViewSonic has announced two additions to its recently released personal computing line – the VNB100 and VNB101 NetBooks.

The VNB100 and VNB101 NetBooks feature portability and power in a sleek, sturdy package. Offering alternative options according to user preferences, ViewSonic has produced the entry-level VNB100 and the high-end VNB101. Drawing on its vast experience in LCD technology, ViewSonic has created two ideal portable PC solutions.

VNB100

Featuring a 10" wide colour TFT Active Matrix LCD, the VNB100 is a basic NetBook consisting of key operational essentials such as a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB memory, 160GB hard drive and Microsoft Windows XP Home, as well as integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g and 10/100 Ethernet for easy connectivity. Three high-speed USB 2.0 ports provide easy peripheral plug in, while the 5-in-1 card reader allows for effortless file transfers. The durable IML finish resists scratching, humidity and extremes in temperature. The VNB100 can expand to become a mini-TV via the PCI-Express slot and can steer users in the right direction with its GPS navigation tool. Eco-friendly, the packaging has been designed to be fully recyclable. Perfect for easy mobile computing, the VNB100 offers all-around reliability in a convenient, compact design.

VNB101

Sporting a super slim 25mm design and light weight (1.1kg), the VNB101 is the elite NetBook that boasts a frameless screen design for brilliant edge-to-edge images. The IML finish resists wear and is perfect for cover printing. Beneath its surface is a powerful Intel Atom N280 processor, plus 1GB memory, 160GB of storage and Microsoft Windows XP Home. With 8 second rapid boot-up, the VNB101 also comes equipped with WiFi 802.11 b/g connectivity, 10/100 Ethernet and built-in Bluetooth, as well as an ultra-light lithium-polymer battery that boasts a battery life of up to 5 hours. In addition, the VNB101 offers comfortable typing with its 92% standard size keyboard and comes bundled with additional software. Multiple touch control pad allows you to easily manipulate any image. Perfect for the professional on the go, the VNB101 provides real power reliability in a well-designed, sophisticated package.

The ViewSonic VNB100 and VNB101 is now available with an SRP – VNB100 £299 inc and VNB101 £329 inc.

As always, we’ll try to get our hands on one for review. I cant help wondering if the netbook market is already somewhat saturated though!?

 

Posted by: Tracy

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