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Dell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue 8 Pro has been getting a fair share of attention. We checked out both models to see how they compare to each other and their competition... Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android... Read more...
Dell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue 8 Pro has been getting a fair share of attention. We checked out both models to see how they compare to each other and their competition. The Dell Venue 8, with Android 4.2.2. Side-by-side, the tablets look similar, but the two are very different beasts, as you’d guess from the price tags: the Venue 8 (Android) sells for $179.99, while the Venue 8 Pro... Read more...
When Dell first began offering Ubuntu-flavored notebooks, it was unclear whether or not it was a venture that the PC builder would stick with. Admittedly, it seemed at first that Dell was just testing the waters, to see if the supposed demand was real. To date, the company hasn't littered its lineup with such offerings, and it's especially weak in the mainstream consumer side, but things have certainly gotten better since the initial release. Where you'll have your best luck of scoring a nice Ubuntu-powered Dell notebook is on the business side, with the Latitude series. Or, if your goal is great performance in a small form-factor, there's been an XPS model available as well, dubbed "XPS 13 Developer... Read more...
Dell's workstation line has been a popular choice for enterprise customers, and we've some pretty fond memories of older models that we've reviewed in the past. Today, the Precision line is taking a major leap, looking a lot less like a stereotypical "business machine" and a lot more like a sturdy, albeit sleek, workhorse. The Precision M3800 is said to be the planet's thinnest and lightest 15" workstation. There's an optional Quad HD+ (3200x1800) display with more pixels that the average user could ever count, and of course, Intel's latest quad-core Core i7 CPU paired with NVIDIA's Quadro graphics. Unlike most business-built machines, the M3800 is on the thin side at under 0.75" thick. It starts... Read more...
If you listen closely, you can hear those bells ringing already... particularly if you're in a sales department. With the holiday shopping season creeping up on us, companies far and wide are refreshing product lines in order to entice you. Dell's one of those, and this week it announced that the new Venue tablets and XPS 15 laptop were available for the taking. The Dell Venue 7, Venue 8 and Venue 8 Pro tablets, as well as the new XPS 15, are available for sale on Dell.com in the United States and in select countries around the world. The Venue 7 starts at $149.99, while the Venue 8 starts at $179.99. Both are based on Android and feature HD IPS displays and Intel's Atom Bay Trail processing... Read more...
Are the days of the desktop numbered? Perhaps, but if there's one group that'll keep it alive, it's the hardcore gaming crowd. For those who simply cannot be without the latest and greatest pushing the newest titles out of their Steam library, Alienware has updated its Aurora gaming desktop this week. Starting now, gamers can build one with Intel's latest Core i7 processors, including an Extreme Edition option. These chips have up to six cores and 15MB of cache, with overclocked speeds reaching a blistering 4.3GHz using Turbo Boost. These chips are, of course, a part of the new Ivy Bridge-E 4000 family, announced this week at IDF in California. The Alienware Aurora will be available on Dell.com... Read more...
Barring anything unexpected, Michael Dell is almost assured to gain control of the company he founded and take it private following a shareholder vote later this week. Michael had originally proposed a $24.4 billion buyout offer for the world's third largest PC maker, but things hit a snag when some began to question Dell's overall value. Billionaire investor and Dell shareholder Carl Icahn emerged as one of the most outspoken opponents of the deal, threatening legal action and even putting together an alternative package that would pay shareholders a dividend while keeping the company public. Michael ultimately responded by sweetening the offer with an increase in the purchase price from $13.65... Read more...
While some consumers are passing right over the laptop en route to their next tablet, Dell realizes that the world still has plenty of professionals who need high-specced machines in order to get real work done on the go. Hence, the introduction of the new Precision M4800 and M6800. With these new mobile workstations, Dell becomes the first to bring a 15.6-inch Quad HD+ IGZO panel to the workstation market, with higher resolution than the Apple MacBook Pro Retina display, and the only to offer optional 10-finger Wacom multi-touch on a 17.3-inch display for intuitive control and interaction with creative and design applications. Dell is also the first to offer WiGig wireless docking and has improved... Read more...
Michael Dell is in the midst of trying to take over the company he founded long ago, and if he succeeds in his bid, he'll take Dell private, giving himself complete control without having to answer to a board of directors or shareholders. He'll then be able to run the company however he sees fit, and with the market trending to mobile, some have surmised Michael would pull out of the PC market. Would he really do that? Probably not. In case anyone was wondering where he stands, Michael stated in no uncertain terms at the Dell Solutions Summit in Beijing, China, that Dell will continue to build and sell PCs. Part of the reason why he doesn't want to abandon PCs is because of the large growth potential... Read more...
Sales of Surface RT devices running the Windows RT platform have been giving Microsoft headaches, lately. The reaction from device makers has been varied – some have pushed the devices to the back burner and seem to be waiting to see how things play out before investing more in the scaled-back Windows sibling. Dell took an entirely different approach on Friday, bundling a keyboard with its Dell XPS 10 Tablet. Apparently, Dell is banking on the XPS giving customers a better experience when paired with the keyboard and touchpad. What makes the move noteworthy is that it raises the price of the tablet. If you were to buy the tablet by itself, you’d pay $299, but the cheapest XPS RT system... Read more...
Dell reported a 72 percent annual drop in net income to $204 million during its second quarter for fiscal 2014, though the company remains steadfast in its strategy to customers in what it termed a "challenging environment." Indeed it is for PC makers as sales continue to slide during the recent transition to mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones. Revenue came in at $14.5 billion, about the same as it was a year ago. Interestingly, it was software, not hardware, that ultimately hurt Dell's bottom line. Dell's desktop and think client revenue actually jumped a percentage point, which doesn't sound like much to brag about, except that Dell was the only vendor among the top five PC makers... Read more...
After penning an open letter to Dell's board of directors essentially telling the company to take or leave his "best and final offer" to acquire the company he founded, Michael Dell has gone back and revised his bid as part of a new agreement with Dell's special board committee, Dell said in a statement. Michael sweetened his offer by increasing the purchase price by a dime from $13.65 per share to $13.75 per share, providing a $0.13 per share dividend to shareholders, and a guarantee that the third-quarter dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid at or before closing. All of this equates to at least an additional $350 million over Michael's original $24.4 billion buyout offer. Not for nothing,... Read more...
Michael Dell is apparently finished with negotiations and has made a final offer to Dell's board of directors to take control of the company he founded. In an open letter to shareholders, Michael reiterated that taking Dell private is, in his opinion, still the right thing to do. You also get the impression that he's frustrated the process is taking so long. "After one of the most thorough processes in history, the highest price that any of the parties was willing to pay was $13.65 per share," Michael stated in his letter. "Although no other party has offered to pay more than $13.65 per share, Silver Lake and I have now increased our offer to $13.75 per share, an increase to public shareholders... Read more...
Michael Dell may have known it would be a challenge to take back ownership of the self-named company he founded so many years ago, but he probably didn't anticipate that the process would drag on for as long as it has. Even more unsettling for Micheal and Silver Lake Partners, the investment group that's backing the founder, is that after all this time and energy spent, Dell could remain a publicly traded company when all is said and done. To help make sure that doesn't happen, Michael increased his $24.4 billion takeover bid by another $150 million, however there's a caveat. He also wants the board to change the shareholder voting rules so that it will be easier for him to wrestle back control... Read more...
At long last, monitor makers are finally starting to innovate again, meaning the top-end display for PCs is no longer a 30-inch IPS panel. We're starting to see 4K panels trickle into the consumer market, including the UltraSharp 32 from Dell. Shown off at SIGGRAPH, the UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor (3,840 x 2,160) with four times the resolution of a Full HD 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) panel. At precisely 32 inches, it qualifies as the largest and highest resolution UltraSharp monitor to date. To make that happen, Dell opted for an IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screen built by Sharp. One of the several advantages of IGZO is that it allows more pixels to be packed into the same area... Read more...
Computer sales are slumping, but Windows 8 isn’t to blame for the slide, according to market consultant Gartner. The research firm said that PC shipments (including laptops), which dropped to 76 million in the second quarter, can be attributed to the rising popularity of tablets, rather than customer dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s latest operating system. HP's Z1 Workstation for business. Image Credit: HP “We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. The... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago when it seemed like Michael Dell was well on his way to acquiring the company he founded. Michael, along with Silver Lake Partners and an investment from Microsoft, put together a $24.4 billion buyout bid that was unanimously approved by Dell's board of directors. The deal would pay shareholders $13.65 per share, and then Michael and his company would ride off into the sunset, going private along the way. Billionaire businessman and Dell shareholder Carl Icahn has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the deal, claiming that Michael's offer severely undervalues the world's third largest PC maker. Icahn offered an alternative deal that was initially shrugged off by... Read more...
Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn may ultimately fail in preventing Michael Dell from acquiring the company he founded and taking it private, but he isn't going down without a fight. Icahn keeps coming back to the table with new proposals, and the latest development is that he's seeking a meeting with Dell's board of directors after lining up a $5.2 billion loan. "With that we put an end to the unwarranted speculation by Dell that our money would not be available," Icahn stated in a letter, according to Reuters. Icahn, along with Southeastern Asset Management, has offered to pay Dell's shareholders $14 per share while allowing them to hold onto their stock. Michael, meanwhile, is trying to acquire... Read more...
A special committed formed by an independent group of directors weighed in on the situation with Dell and the two offers on the table, one a buyout bid by company co-founder Michael Dell and the other a dividend payment by activist investor Carl Icahn. The committee's suggestion? Take Michael's money and run. Michael, along with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, originally proposed a $24.4 billion buyout of the world's third largest PC maker with the intention of taking the company private. Under that scenario, Microsoft would kick in a $2 billion loan to help seal the deal. Dell's board of directors unanimously voted in favor of the deal, which would pay shareholders $13.65 per share,... Read more...
It’s a veritable form factor jamboroo in the PC and mobile markets these days. Companies like Samsung are trying to find the sweet spot(s) with a host of different smartphones, phablets, and tablets, and companies such as Lenovo are completely rethinking the notebook with convertible designs. Dell is now getting into the fray with the XPS 11, its own version of a convertible notebook that should compete squarely with Lenovo’s Yoga. The XPS 11 is billed as the “thinnest, lightest, and most compact convertible on the market”, and Dell says that it’s really designed as a tablet first and a notebook second. It offers 360-degree rotation, and it starts at 2.5lbs and 15mm... Read more...
What was supposed to be a relatively quick and easy buyout of Dell, the world's third largest PC vendor, has turned into a drawn out dispute over the company's value, with Carl Icahn having emerged as one of the loudest voices of dissent. Perhaps fed up with the whole ordeal, Dell's board of directors, who unanimously voted in favor of Michael Dell's original $24.4 billion buyout offer, is urging shareholders to put the matter to a vote According to Reuters, Dell's board stated in its letter to shareholders that Michael's proposal "is the best alternative available...it offers certainty and a very material premium over pre-announcement trading prices." The letter didn't mention Icahn's alternate... Read more...
Dell’s Project Ophelia has quietly been under development, and now word has emerged that the USB stick-sized PC that you can connect to essentially any display or screen will ship to developers in July and cost about $100. Thereafter, it will head off to cable and telecom companies who may want to bundle it, and then it will hit the consumer market at some point after that. According to PC World, Dell’s Jeff McNaught, executive director of cloud client computing, says that the device will function as a PC, set-top box, and gaming console when connected to a TV screen or other display, and users will be able to access apps and content from the Google Play store, play Android games,... Read more...
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