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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen): Versatility To the Max

Posted on 19 July 2017

Lenovo is one of the top leading laptop manufacturing companies in the world and has been in the industry for many years. The company has recently launched its most awaited product, ThinkPad X1 (second generation).

This laptop computer/tablet is a mini but an advanced version of its predecessor. This 2-in-1 machine is the ultimate computer for not only business oriented people but also for those interested in art.

The ThinkPad X1 packs some amazing features that one just cannot overlook. However, there a few weird quirks about this machine too.

Primary Features

Processor:
o Core i5 (3.2 GHz)
o Core i5 vPro (3.3 GHz)
o Core i7 vPro (3.6 GHz)
o Dual Core

Storage:
o 128GB
o 256GB
o 512GB

RAM:
o 8GB
o 16GB

Display:
o 12inch Full HD
o Touch-screen
o Glossy

Graphics:
o Intel HD Graphics 615

Keyboard:
o Magnetic attachable ThinkPad keyboard

Camera:
o 8MP (back)
o 2MP (front)

Battery:
o Two-cell 37WHr

Operating System:
o Windows 10 Home
o Windows 10 Pro

Secondary Features
o Fingerprint reader (optional)
o ThinkPad Pen Pro (optional)
o Dual stereo speakers
o Black color
o 1.69 lbs tablet only. 2.35 lbs tablet + keyboard
o Nano-sim port (optional)
o USB-C 3.1 and USB-A 3.1ports

Pros
o Great performance
o Ultra clear display
o Accurate touch sensor
o Kickstand is practical
o Perfect for designing

Cons
o Good-for-nothing speakers
o Poor battery life
o Expensive
o Sensitive
o Poor back camera results

The ThinkPad X1 tablet PC is a fantastic product and one of the most advanced and decent looking laptops you will find on the market. The perfect size makes it easy to carry. It comes with a price tag that most people find to be a bit more but if you are a fan of ThinkPad and want to make it portable, this is the thing for you. Plus, the features ensure you get great value for money

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: The All New Versatile Tab

Posted on 15 May 2017

The all new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is much more advanced than its predecessor – Tab 2. This new highly advanced tablet is the first one to offer you a very high quality display which is better than any other tablet available. Yes that is true. This is because the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) ready display which is much better than any HD display. The images are sharper, brighter and clearer than ever. The true-to-life display will make you pulled into the content. Once you experience the display of this tablet, you would never want to downgrade to HD.

The $600 Tablet also very stylish and has a very sharp and sophisticated look. Even though the front of the tablet resembles that of its predecessor a lot, the back is completely changed. It comes in black and silver glass back which is not only very eye-catching but is also very comfortable to hold.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 also comes with a quad-speaker system with motion sensors. This allows you to hear each and every beat of a song in high definition while holding the tablet vertical or horizontal would not make a difference. The sound will shift as you change the tablet’s position. Furthermore, the tablet also comes with an advanced battery which makes the battery last longer so you do not have to look for a power outlet every now and then.

The S-Pen Stylus in the S3 has also been given a noticeable change as it is larger than before and allows you a better grip so your creativity is not compromised. The Stylus allows you to be more creative and productive and helps you make your leisure time fun.

The experience can be made much better with the additional keyboard which is specially designed for the tablet. However, the keyboard is not included in the $600 package and will cost you $129 extra.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro (13-Inch, 256GB): A Powerful Mobile Studio

Posted on 03 March 2017

Engineered for professionals who want to create just about anywhere, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 comes with a comprehensive studio loaded with robust creative tools. The MobileStudio Pro 13 comes with a 4x higher pen accuracy and 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity. With virtually no lag and natural tilt support, it allows complete creative freedom to designers. The device has an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution. Exceptionally high 96% Adobe RGB color performance ensures that even the most subtle shades are done to perfection.

The MobileStudio Pro 13 has been manufactured specifically to cater to the increasingly demanding creative 2D, 3D and CAD software. There are four more configurations to choose from but this model comes with Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris Graphics 550. The MobileStudio Pro is packed with stunning features including 6 customizable multi-touch ExpressKeys, one-touch shortcuts and Radial Menus for speeding up your projects.

Wacom has come up with a perfect blend of features to incorporate into this device for incredible drawing, 2D animation, detailed concept creation, image retouching and image editing. The etched glass surface offers the precise resistance level to simulate the feeling of using a pen and paper. Not just that, it supports multi-touch gestures for rotating and zooming your creations. Users will be capable of utilizing touch gestures to easily navigate through menus.

The Pro Pen 2 has been developed to be more responsive and sensitive. The pressure sensitivity is 400% more than its predecessor with virtually no lag, no parallax, natural tilt support, and doesn’t need recharging or any batteries. This tablet from Wacom is not a conventional graphics tablet. In fact, it is an Intel-powered tablet powered by Windows 10 Pro for on-the-go professionals and creative users developing all kinds of digital content. The device is available at a price tag of $2999. Wacom

Link and Wacom Wireless Keyboard are sold separately.

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The Lenovo Miix 510: A Flexible 2-in-1 PC

Posted on 01 March 2017

The Lenovo Miix 510 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet that offers users with the portability of a large-screen mobile and a keyboard cover for long typing sessions. It’s one of those few tablets that are dubbed as a true laptop replacement, providing the freedom to do anything that you can expect from a laptop.

You can remove the keyboard when you don’t require it and has a fantastic display. Reflecting back on the hardware quality of Lenovo’s products, this one shows incredible engineering as it is thing and light. Even though it is made from several different parts, it feels like it’s machined out of a single piece of aluminum.

The Miix 510 flaunts a premium look and feel, with its magnesium-aluminum framework and its modish mechanical watchband hinges. The underside of the keyboard folio is from a synthetic-leather-like-material. You get full-size directional keys instead of a simple right Shift key with Lenovo devices. This can lead to clicking the up arrow every when you want to click that Shift key for using a hashtag an asterisk.

As compared to Miix 700, the Miix 510 takes things up to an advanced level. It features an Intel Core i processor (6th Gen Skylake). This implies that this model needs fan cooling. This also makes the new model is not completely noise-free, however, it cannot be called loud either.

The 3.3 x 1.8-inch button-less touchpad accurately track fingers and give a solid feel to clicking. Both two-finger and three-finger horizontal scrolling works flawlessly and without delay.

Good
The attractive hinged kickstand offer massive positioning flexibility. It also has peripherals with adapters and a USB-C port for video output. Unlike other similar models, Lenovo provides an impressive backlit keyboard cover. Palm rejection and Active Pen work well too.

Bad
There is no memory card slot if users are looking for more expansion. The Active Pen comes with an addition $40 and the tiny right-hand shift key can be irritating to most users.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro: The Next Generation Chromebook

Posted on 27 February 2017

The Samsung Chromebook Pro comes with a rooted stylus and features that add a high level of functionality to Google’s operating system. With a 12.3-inch display coupled with a sleek, premium body, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is one of the best Chromebooks out there on the market. Since it is the first of its generation, it does come with some inconveniences. Some Android apps from the Google Play store do not work all that well. However, the browser-centric operating system certainly stands out among the crowd.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro brings a design that is minimalist and thin. The aluminum body is not as broad as you would expect on a notebook, and the shape is a little odd too. It comes with a 1600 x 2400, 12.3-inch screen, which is quite surprising. This is because the standard display that the majority of laptops use rounds up to an average of 16.9 inches width-to-height display whereas the Samsung Chromebook Pro utilizes a 3.2 ratio, which is great for a tablet but a bit strange for a notebook.

It weighs around 2.4 lbs and its dimensions are 0.6 x 11.1 x 8.7 inches. It is also among the lightest and thinnest Chromebooks seen so far. Since Chromebooks are dependent mostly on the cloud, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Chromebook Pro does not feature a large number of ports. It comes with a Type-C USB port, a headphone jack and microSD card reader on the left, and one USB-C port along with a slot to support the stylus on the right side. Since the Type-C USB ports are utilized for charging, you can use only a single port when the device is plugged in.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro comes with 32 GB storage and 4GB RAM, and is great for multitasking without lag. There is no doubt that this model represents a significant upgrade on the past generations of Chromebooks over the years.

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Lenovo Yoga A12: Android Tablet Delivering Seamless Integration

Posted on 22 February 2017

Lenovo has launched the Yoga A12 convertible tablet which emerges as a stripped down version of the Yoga Book. According to Lenovo, the Yoga A12 is an affordable Android tablet, which is engineered for maximum productivity. In several ways, the Yoga A12 is a low-priced version of the Yoga Book, which is marketed to appeal to the mainstream masses. The A12 comes with a 12.2-inch screen, and an Intel Atom x5 chip, 32GB storage inside and a 2GB RAM. Unfortunately, there is no pen input and no option for Chrome OS or Windows 10.

However, the feature that makes the tablet stand apart is the halo keyboard initiated on the Yoga Book, and the much anticipated 360° hinge. The 12.2-inch screen will take care of the cramped space on the original Book. The device weighs just under a kilogram and portable with a 5.4mm thick edge. The tablet has two Dolby Atmos speakers with almost 13 hours of battery backup. It runs a modification of Android with a hybrid multi-tasking UI, consisting of three panes for apps. However, Lenovo has not yet announced the exact version of Android the A12 runs.

The tablet comes with breathtaking functionalities but there are some technical disappointments. The screen comes with a 1200 x 800 resolution and the components are aging. Tech-savvy enthusiasts who seek the greatest and latest hardware may be disappointed as the A12 runs an old chip from Intel, which has rolled back its development of Android. This poses many doubts about the frequency of OS updates. It comes with Intel’s Atom X5 tablet processor (or code-named as Cherry Trail) which has now been discontinued by the chip maker.

Lenovo has not made it clear whether the Yoga A12 will be upgraded to Android 7.1 Nougat. The Yoga A12 is available from 8 February in the United States in Rose Gold and Gunmetal Grey through Lenovo’s website at an incredibly modes price tag of $299.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review

Posted on 17 February 2017

2-in-1 devices have usually been bulky and awkward looking, but not with Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. This is especially commendable since Dell has always been far behind when it came topping the ranks with like its competitors. Costing $999, this 2-in-1 device comes with a Core i5 processor, 128 GB of hard drive, and 4GB of RAM. Because Dell’s rivals usually offer a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, this is quite impressive on the company’s part.

In addition, for the very first time, Dell has promised to introduce a Dynamic Power Mode Technology in a laptop, which will scale up the speed when you require more performance. And that is particularly important provided that the system uses a Core M instead of the popular U series. The laptops brings you fewer ports than a typical XPS 13, and the battery lifespan could have been longer, but in general the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is quite an impressive product.

The laptop measures up to only 0.32 to 0.54 inches thick, in contrast with the traditional 0.33 to 0.6 inched traditional XPS 13. It weighs 2.7 pounds, which is quite light. On the bad side, you will not find a full sized SD card slot and USB port; however you will find a Type-C USB, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a microSD card slot. Luckily, dell has decided to include a USB C to USB A adapter, which is sure to make its connection with other devices and phones a lot easier. Currently, the laptop is only available in color silver, but we are hoping for gray, rose-gold and other colors pretty soon.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is equipped with InfinityEdge display which is not going to disappoint you especially if you are fond of captivating images. It also lets Dell stuff a 13-inched, full screen into an extremely compact design. So, if you are looking for a decent 2-in-1 laptop, this is an option you should definitely consider.

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