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After teasing the Aspire R7 in a Star Trek-themed ad, the PC maker has finally made the convertible laptop official. And it’s released a new YouTube video – one that goes into a little more detail about what the R7 is meant to be. Whether or not this laptop succeeds, the R7 is a bold move by Acer. As the video’s narrator explains, Acer was looking for a way to bring R7’s touch screen closer to the user so that it’s easier to take advantage of Window 8’s touch capabilities. It came up with the Ezel hinge, which is a stand that shifts the screen from the back of the laptop closer to the front. The result is that you can lift your fingers from the keyboard and... Read more...
The creative folks at Lenovo are ready to hit the ground running when Windows 8 ships on October 26th. In preparation for "Windows 8 Day," as we'll call it, Lenovo is debuting this evening four funktastic looking convertible notebooks, each with their own twist on the flexible form factor, including one device aptly named "Twist." We'll go ahead and start with that one. Lenovo's IdeaPad Twist aims to put a new spin on small business computing, literally and figuratively. Lenovo took a full-performance Ultrabook and injected a twist-top design that allows users to swivel the laptop into a convertible tablet. No matter which way you use it, the Twist boasts a 12.5-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display... Read more...
ThinkPad historians may recall Lenovo's X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year. Both were formidable machines, but Intel's 3rd-gen series of Core processors weren't out yet. Turns out, that kind of horsepower was missing in certain models. Now, however, the company's dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs are out in full force, bringing a nice boost in computing throughput as well as energy efficiency to a space that's begging for both. The Lenovo ThinkPad X230T is a netvertible in its truest sense. Open it up, and it's a 12.5-inch ultraportable notebook that seems a bit heftier than the competition. Spin the reversible IPS panel around and fold it down, and you've got yourself... Read more...
These days, it seems we're hearing more and more about tablets eating away at market share that was once ruled by netbooks and notebooks. Netbooks we can believe -- we haven't seen a compelling wave of new netbooks in months -- but are people really choosing tablets with limited functionality over full-scale laptops? That argument is expected to hit an even higher note once Windows 8 launches this autumn, bringing a full "desktop operating system" to a tablet form factor. But for now, there's Windows 7, and that's exactly what's onboard Lenovo's newest convertible tablet, the ThinkPad X230T. ThinkPad historians may recall the X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year.... Read more...
Ever wondered what qualifies as a "slate-beating" PC? Neither have we, but apparently Fujitsu has, hence how the company is describing its latest convertible notebook, the Lifebook T580. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen, Fujitsu packs considerably more hardware than what you'll find any current (or currently announced) tablets, though it's saddled with a resistive touchscreen rather than capacitive. Nevertheless, it does support four-finger multitouch interactions, including pinch-to-zoom, a three-finger double-tap to minimize all windows, selecting an area of the screen with all four fingers, and a bunch of other multitouch tricks, all of which you can view here (PDF). Unlike a traditional tablet,... Read more...
Convertible Tablet PCs have been around for what feels like forever. We remember these machines being available at least 4-5 years ago, but nearly no one took them seriously. There just wasn't a good operating system available for this form factor, and the battery life was generally too poor for people to use these as dedicated tablets. But that hasn't stopped Fujitsu from continuing to pursue the sector, and now that slates are all the rage, people are probably looking for the best of two worlds more often as well. It's half tablet and half notebook, but it's unique in that it has rather impressive specifications. Most of these are underpowered, but not the Lifebook TH700. There's a 2.26GHz... Read more...
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