This 8" tablet is a gamer's dream with the 2.2GHz NVIDIA K1 quad core CPU with 192 core Kepler graphics and a 1920 x 1200 IPS display. Throw in front-facing stereo speakers, GameStream for streaming PC games to the tablet, NVIDIA Grid cloud gaming to play free PC games from the cloud and a few nice Valve ports to Android and you've got quite the recipe for hours of fun. The tablet is available in WiFi-only and 4G LTE models and it has 2 gigs of RAM and an SDXC microSD card slot. It has dual band WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth, a GPS and HDMI for gaming on the big screen. The optional Shield wireless controller is sold separately and is a must-have if gaming is your thing. It makes a fine general purpose tablet too, and it's cheaper than the iPad mini with Retina display and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
Yes, it's another Samsung Galaxy S5 variant. This time we look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, currently exclusive to Sprint in the US. It's a more sporty version of the GS5 that's available in zingy red or electric blue, and it has a grippy outer casing. Inside you'll find the exact same internals, battery and camera as the Galaxy S5 original flavor. The GS5 Sport has an excellent Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display, 2.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics, 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. It has a microSD card slot, an IR blaster and 4G LTE with world GSM roaming.
The MacBook Air vs. MS Surface Pro 3: Microsoft invited this odd competition when they unveiled Surface Pro 3. Sure there are similarities: both are PCs that can run "real" programs like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop CC, both run on Intel ULV Core CPUs with SSD drives and 4 or 8 gigs of RAM. They're highly portable machines too, that won't break your back or require an outsized backpack. But there the similarities end. The MacBook Air is a traditional laptop with a clamshell design and a permanently attached keyboard. The Surface Pro 3 is a tablet with an optional magnetically attached keyboard cover.
his is a wildly affordable 4G LTE Windows 8.1 smartphone that's available on AT&T and T-Mobile for just $99 to $168 full retail. It has a 4.5" IPS display, removable battery and swappable back cover shells. The phone runs on a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512 megs of RAM and 8 gigs of storage, expandable via microSD cards. It has Cortana, Microsoft's new voice assistant, a 5megapixel rear camera and a GPS with GLONASS.
The more rugged sibling to the Samsung Galaxy S5 can withstand a drop of 4 feet onto a flat surface, and it has the GS5's water and dust resistance. The Active has the same flagship specs and features as the standard S5 except it has no fingerprint scanner. It has a vibrant Super AMOLED HD full HD display and it runs on the new 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU with 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Other features include an excellent 16MP rear camera, 4G LTE and a removable back and battery.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest in MS' line of tablets with the brains of a laptop. It's a power user tablet that's on many folks' wish lists, even if it isn't entirely practical as a laptop replacement, because it's just so darned sexy and cool. This time, Microsoft ups the ante with a more mainstream 12" size that might just steal a few buyers who were pondering 12.5" Ultrabooks like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga and Dell XPS 12. We take a first look at the $999 Surface Pro 3 with the 4th generation Intel Core i5 ULV CPU and Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD.
Lenovo's enjoyed a great deal of success with their various Yoga Ultrabooks thanks to a very functional and innovative 360 degree hinge that allows you to use a Yoga as a laptop, tablet or presentation tool. The first Yoga, launched under the IdeaPad line more than a year ago is finally getting a refresh with Intel Haswell 4th generation CPUs and a display upgrade. The Lenovo Yoga 2 13 is the 13.3" refreshed Yoga with a full HD display that has wide color gamut, a backlit keyboard and improved wireless.
It's hard to argue that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S isn't the best Android tablet on the market, be it the 8.4" model we look at in our review or the 10.5". With stunning high resolution Super AMOLED displays, top notch quad core CPUs, plenty of RAM, the latest Android OS and Samsung's usual everything including the kitchen sink set of features. Greatness comes at a price though, and like the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the Tab S isn't cheap at $399 for the 8.4" and $499 for the 10.5" model. Is the Tab S just the tablet you've been waiting for? Read our review to find out.
The HP ZBook 15 is a mobile workstation, and that means a powerhouse laptop that can stand in for a desktop. The 6.2 pound 15.6" ZBook we look at has a quad core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics, 16 gigs of RAM and a phenomenal wide gamut full HD DreamColor display. It's not cheap at $2,799 though; HP's business and professional line workstations aren't for the budget conscious.
Amazon's first smartphone runs Fire OS 3.5 (based on Android) with full access to Amazon's many services, including Kindle, Prime Instant Video, Amazon Music and Audible. It has a 4.7" HD display that's bright and very attractive and it has Dynamic Perspective for 3D effects. The Fire phone runs on a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and 32 or 64 gigs of storage. The phone has a very good rear 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and Amazon's Firefly feature that identifies products, TV shows and movies.
Is it just a coincidence that Acer, one of the gorillas of netbook sales is back with one of the most affordable and portable Windows 8.1 transformer style hybrids? The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a great little PC companion. The Switch 10 starts at $379 for the 32 gig model and you get some nice stuff for the price: a 10.1" IPS touch screen, included keyboard dock, the latest quad core Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU inside and decent looks. We recommend the 64 gig model if you can afford it at $429 list.
The Dell XPS 15 is a storied laptop, with several generations and design improvements. The last time we looked at the XPS 15 we liked everything except the CPU throttling-- a sometimes necessary evil with incredibly thin and light designs. This time, Dell has gotten it right, and the XPS 15 (9530) is the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display for Windows users. The XPS 15 is a metal and carbon fiber-clad high end ultraportable 15.6" machine that weighs just 4.4 pounds. We look at the model with a 3200 x 1800 gloss touch screen with wide color gamut, the beefier 91 Wh battery, a full mobile quad core Intel Core i7-4702MQ CPU, and NVIDIA GT 750M switchable dedicated graphics.
The ThinkPad 10 is a tablet that wants to be your laptop. That's not an unheard of concept, thanks to the likes of Microsoft Surface Pro, various transformers like the HP Split x2 and keyboard-optional tablets like the Dell Venue 11 Pro. However, at just 10.1", the ThinkPad 10 is one of the smallest to straddle both worlds. Make no mistake, it's a tablet first and foremost though, and one that runs full Windows 8.1 32 bit on a quad core Intel Atom CPU rather than the hobbled RT edition. The ThinkPad 10 will start at $599, which nets you higher end amenities like a slightly higher than full HD 1920 x 1200 display, both multi-touch and Wacom digital pen and a full size USB 2.0 port.
The LG G3 is the company's flagship Android smartphone for 2014, and it's a big one, literally and figuratively. Actually, for a 5.5" phone, it's surprisingly compact, and it's not much larger than the smaller-screen HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5. The G3's biggest claim to fame is the impressively high 2560 x 1440 IPS display--that's the same resolution as high DPI Windows 8 laptops, but crammed into a 5.5" screen for 538 PPI density. Is that overkill? Sure it is, but it's great for marketing in a world where better than HD and 4k are big buzzwords.
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