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One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest computer components hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself a second system for Windows 8 while tweaking and getting accustomed to the OS’s new interface, and whatever other quirks popped up, would help me remain semi-productive before making the actual transition to the new machine. Before I show you the hardware I used for the build and discuss some of the issues that I had to contend with along the way,... Read more...
One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself a second system for Windows 8 while tweaking and getting accustomed to the OS’s new interface, and whatever other quirks popped up, would help me remain semi-productive before making the actual transition to the new machine. Before I show you the hardware I used for the build and discuss some of the issues that I had to contend with along the way, I want to... Read more...
If there's one thing that'll always get people riled up, it's change. Maybe it's a different season, a different color, or a different coach. If it's changing, you'll get opinions thrown your way that you never even asked for. That's certainly been the case with Windows 8, as Microsoft has changed quite a lot about its desktop OS, and in turn has received quite a lot of feedback. Overall, a lot of that feedback has been neutral to negative, particularly as it pertains to the home screen. Windows 8 attempted to bridge a divide between phone, tablet and desktop, but in doing so, it introduced a helping of the very thing it sought to reject: compromise. One of the major issues with the boot-up look... Read more...
PC sales are slumping in a big way and there's plenty of blame to go around. Before get into that, let's have a look at how bad things really are. According to new data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), global PC shipments totaled just 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down nearly 14 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, and nearly twice as bad as IDC's previous forecast of a 7.7 percent decline. That represents the worst year-on-year contraction since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly almost two decades ago. It's the same old story of tablets and smartphones continuing to eat away at traditional PC sales. Computer makers have tried to fight... Read more...
One of the reasons to considering upgrading to Windows 8 is the improved security Microsoft baked into its latest operating system. This is especially true if you pair the touch-friendly OS with an antivirus or Internet security suite program, a point that's underscored by the latest results published by AV-Test.org, an independent testing firm located in Germany. For the first time, AV-Test examined antivirus protection in Windows 8, testing more than two dozen programs, including Microsoft's built-in Windows Defender 4.0 engine. Remarkably, all 26 programs put under the microscope were awarded the AV-Test certificate when used with Windows 8. That doesn't mean all AV programs performed the... Read more...
Windows 8 devices haven't been able to reinvigorate a slumping PC market to this point, but if Microsoft keeps slashing prices, perhaps things will change. If you pop your head into the Microsoft Store online, you'll discover several recently discounted tablets and convertibles, including one that's been marked down $400. Which one? Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T tablet/notebook hybrid with AT&T 4G LTE. The 11.6-inch Windows 8 convertible wields a touchscreen panel with a surprisingly affordable $499 price tag, down significantly from $899. It also has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at 1.80GHz, 2GB of LPDDR2-800MHz memory, 64GB solid state drive, microSD card reader, three USB 2.0 ports,... Read more...
Don't look now, but in the near future, it's possible we'll see a smaller size Windows 8 tablet designed to compete with Apple's iPad mini and all those 7-inch slates, like the Nexus 7 (Google) and Kindle Fire HD (Amazon). Maybe Microsoft will take the reins and build a smaller Surface. As Kevin Garnett famously said, anything is possible. But is it plausible? I'd argue that it is. According to Apple Insider, Microsoft recently tweaked its Windows 8 hardware certification guidelines to allow for devices with screen resolutions of 1024x768 at a depth of 32 bits. Guess what resolution the iPad mini sports? That's right, 1024x768. "This doesn't imply we're encouraging partners to regularly use a... Read more...
You'd have to live in the middle of the earth not to notice the trend towards thinner mobile devices, and even that's not a guarantee you'd miss it. Ultrabooks, ultrathins, tablets, and hybrid PCs are all sporting slimmer designs that emphasize portability, and while there are tangible benefits to building thinner gadgets, it often comes at the cost of being able to replace or upgrade the built-in battery without some serious hacking (the physical kind). As we know, that's easier said than done. Windows 8 tablets are no exception, which is why we were so surprised to see Dell's Latitude 10 wield a user-replaceable battery (check out our full review). The Latitude 10 comes standard with a 2-cell... Read more...
Are business oriented tablets such as the Dell Latitude 10 better suited for the workplace than popular mainstream tablets such as the iPad? Dell believes their solutions are. Last month, Dell issued a press release in which it claimed its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet is "up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations." Those are bold claims with very specific figures to back them up.  Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Dell, or another manufacturer's products, one thing is certain: the use of tablets for business purposes is gaining significant traction. In this review, we are taking a hands-on look at the... Read more...
Are business oriented tablets such as the Dell Latitude 10 better suited for the workplace than popular mainstream tablets such as the iPad? Dell believes their solutions are. Last month, Dell issued a press release in which it claimed its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet is "up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations." Those are bold claims with very specific figures to back them up. Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Dell, or another manufacturer's products, one thing is certain: the use of tablets for business purposes is gaining significant traction. Recognizing that different users have different needs, Dell... Read more...
Here's a question: does the world need a giant Windows 8 PC? Something tells us the answer must be "yes," and that something is the InFocus BigTouch. It's a giant 55" all-in-one Windows PC, built for huge conference rooms, educational spaces, and working event spaces. Or, the home office of someone who firmly believes that bigger is truly better. It's a massive machine -- large enough to double as a suitable HDTV in most cases, with an internal PC that boasts six USB sockets, two HDMI ports, two Ethernet jacks, a Core i5 processor, and a display resolution of 1920x1080. There's also a 120GB solid state drive, plenty of cooling, a touch layer, built-in wireless, and a borderline-crazy $5,000 price... Read more...
The fate of Windows 8 is yet to be determined, but amid lagging PC sales and grumpy customers who just aren’t all that excited about Microsoft’s latest operating system, there’s a bit of a dark cloud over it. The cloud is even darker over tablets running Windows 8; for example, Microsoft's Surface tablets have badly missed sales expectations among average consumers, and the likes of Samsung have actually cancelled some Windows RT tablet launches. However, according to a white paper by Patrick Moorhead, former AMD executive and current analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy (with help from Paul Teich), the enterprise could be the market where Windows tablets find their footing.... Read more...
It's not just Windows Phone 8 fighting for flagship apps -- it's also Windows 8, to some degree. As Microsoft throws its weight behind those two major operating systems, at least one major developer is joining the Win8 fray this week: Twitter. That's right -- starting today you'll find a proper Windows 8 Twitter app available to download, so you won't have to use third-party clients or the Web if you don't want to. In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features. First off, there's Snap View, which allows users to use another app right alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and that means another opportunity to examine market share data for Windows 8. Microsoft's touch-friendly operating system (OS) grew its market share to 2.7 percent in February, up slightly from 2.26 percent in January. Going back even further, Windows 8's share of the market was 1.72 percent in December and 1.09 percent in November, a little over a month after it launched to the general public. Windows 7 still claims the top spot with a 44.55 percent share of the market. That's not much of a change from last month when it claimed a 44.48 percent stake, though it's somewhat interesting that it's share grew since last month, if ever so slightly. Windows Vista, meanwhile,... Read more...
Windows 8 sales may have gotten off to somewhat of a slow start, but has since sold 60 million copies, which includes both individual licenses and new PC sales with Windows 8 pre-installed. That figure may get a boost in the coming weeks as Best Buy starts offering discounts on touchscreen PCs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Best Buy on Sunday is kicking off a two-week promotion offering $100 off the purchase of touchcreen laptops and desktops running Windows 8. Microsoft couldn't be happier about it. "Touch unlocks an entirely new way to interact with Windows that we believe represents the future of computing," Janelle Poole, marketing communications senior director for Windows, said... Read more...
Is it a notebook or is it a tablet? Like a growing number of Windows 8 devices, the Transformer Book from Asus is both, depending on how you utilize it, and it's finally showing up to the party. Asus first introduced the Transformer Book all the way back in June of last year, and now eight months later, you can pre-order the device, provided you pony up the requisite $1,480 MacMall wants for it. The online retailer doesn't say when the Transformer Book will actually ship, stating only "Place your order today and be one of the first to receive this product when it arrives!" For what it's worth, an online retailer in Germany lists the Transformer Book as being available next month. As a refresher,... Read more...
Ultra-portable Windows 8 devices range from ultraportable notebooks to touchscreen tablets that feature attachable keyboards. We've seen a number of hybrid ultrabooks as well. So what's the best form factor and hardware combination? Truthfully, it depends on the user and what you're trying to accomplish with the device. Acer's new Iconia W510 series offers users the portability of a tablet along with the flexibility to use the tablet with an attachable keyboard to provide a notebook experience or the ability to use the machine as a presentation device by rotating its keyboard dock 295 degrees, using it as a stand. Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet Review The W510 is powered by an Intel... Read more...
In the time since Windows 8 launched, we've seen a number of different devices and different form factors that take advantage of the operating system's touch capabilities. Ultra-portable Windows 8 devices range from ultraportable notebooks to touchscreen tablets that feature attachable keyboards. We've seen a number of hybrid ultrabooks as well. So what's the best form factor and hardware combination? Truthfully, it depends on the user and what you're trying to accomplish with the device. Acer's new Iconia W510 series offers users the portability of a tablet along with the flexibility to use the tablet with an attachable keyboard to provide a notebook experience or the ability to use the machine... Read more...
The verdict might still be out on whether or not the masses dig the Modern UI of Windows 8, but that hasn't stopped some developers from putting major weight behind their efforts to support it. Take Mozilla, for example, which has no intention of not given its users the option. If there's one thing that sucks, it's not having your favorite browser accessible on your platform of choice. Firefox is available pretty-well everywhere else - heck, it's even getting its own phone - so why not add Windows 8 to the collection? The best part of this news is that it's not just something that'll come in the future, but is available to test-drive now if you're willing to install the latest Firefox nightly... Read more...
Not long ago, we tested one of Samsung’s new Windows 8 tablets to take a close-up look at Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC. Now that we’ve covered the chip driving the tablet, it’s time to take a look at the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T as a whole. The tablet runs about $650 by itself, which puts the price on par with a similarly-configured iPad. (Well, as similarly as it can be configured.) Throw in the optional keyboard and dock for another $100, and you’re still looking at a device that should be able to stand in for your laptop or PC in some situations, at an attainable price.  Here's what we found when we took the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T for a spin.... Read more...
Not long ago, we tested one of Samsung’s new Windows 8 tablets to take a close-up look at Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC. Now that we’ve covered the chip driving the tablet, it’s time to take a look at the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T as a whole. The tablet runs about $650 by itself, which puts the price on par with a similarly-configured iPad. (Well, as similarly as it can be configured.) Throw in the optional keyboard and dock for another $100, and you’re still looking at a device that should be able to stand in for your laptop or PC in some situations, at an attainable price.  Here's what we found when we took the ATIV for a spin. Samsung ATIV Smart PC... Read more...
As we reported on earlier, geek super hero Bill Gates took to Reddit's AMA section to tackle as many questions from users as possible in the span of just a single hour. In the end, he did quite well, answering a total of 35 questions tackling a wide-range of different subjects. One question that just has to be asked during any Bill Gates interview has got to be "What type of computer are you using right now?". After all, wouldn't we all love to know if he just so happened to be using a Mac at the time? Alas, that wasn't the case this time, but I am not sure anyone would have guessed appropriately. You see, Bill was conducting his entire AMA with the help of an 80-inch display connected to a Windows... Read more...
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