Ultrabooks aren't necessarily just for those that want tiny ultraportables -- Acer also thinks the mainstream consumer is going to be keen on the extended battery life and slimmer profile afforded by Intel's latest mobile platform. The Aspire Timeline Ultra series is an extension of the beloved Timeline... line, in the 14- and 15-inch sizes that attract the vast majority of buyers.
It's pretty clear that Lenovo made a mistake with itsoriginal Yoga laptop. Don't get us wrong, we liked -- no, loved -- it, but we could never get over how awkward it was to use in tablet mode: Every time you folded the screen over, you had your fingers pressed against the loose keys on the back.
With enough time, even the best products start to feel stale. Take the original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 : Thanks to a unique hinge that allowed the screen to fold all the way backward, it was the most versatile Windows 8 convertible on the market (and it had lots of competition, too).
Acer'sIconia W3wasn'tquitethe best introduction to 8-inch Windows tablets; we liked it, but its subpar display and modest performance kept it from being stellar. Give credit to the company for quickly learning from its mistakes, though. Less than a year later, the company has released theIconia W4, and it fixes those earlier gripes even as the price has dropped below $300 as of this writing.
It's already March, dear readers, which means with the exception of this post right here, you're not going to find many laptop reviews on this site. Why? Because Intel's just three months away from launching its next-generation chips and besides, we've reviewed most of the current-gen models anyway. But not HP's. We haven't reviewed a Hewlett-Packard Ultrabook inmore than a year.
It's time for a rundown of all the best in HD news from CES this week and it's a heckuva long list. Ben Drawbaugh joins Richard Lawler to hash it out and discuss whether 4K has matured enough to settle in for the long haul.
It may seem as if Acer is all about Chromebooks these days, at least judging by its most recent announcements. Today, however, the company is putting the focus back on Microsoft's operating system, with the introduction of its new (and somewhat unorthodox) Aspire Z3-600. This Windows 8 machine is a 21.
Acer originally unveiled the TA272HUL Android All-in-One back in January. The announcement arrived during CES. More to the point for today -- Acer recently provided us with a unit for review. We have to admit that having Android (in this case 4.2 Jelly Bean with the Play Store) running on a 27-inch display seems a bit crazy. We'll likely have more to say as we get deeper into the review, but for now we wanted to share some images and some first impression style thoughts.
Motion controlhasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products to feature Lenovo Motion Control, a 12-gesture collection of hands-free (well, hand waving) media controls. The $1,279.
Acer didn't just bring a couple ofnew tabletsto Vegas this year, but something to make calls with, too. The latest addition to its Liquid range after thetop-spec S2, the Z5 is very much a "value" proposition, as the raw numbers show. We're looking at a 5-inch, 854 x 480 display, 1.
Toshiba is no stranger to Windows tablets, but what we've seen to date has typically been targeted atbusinessesor has otherwise been...limited. In that sense, theEncoreis something special. It's not just the company's first 8-inch Windows tablet -- it's the first aimed at a truly broad audience. That said, it faces stiff odds.
We're used to CES being a battle-ground for huge TVs, but key players LG and Samsung are outdoing themselves this year with vast, curved, Ultra HD models. LG's is the monster you'd expect, nearly as tall as the average person and incredibly bright. While we might normally be a little cynical of curved TVs, meanwhile, at 105-inches it's starting to show its worth. That's because you really do start to get the feeling of being immersed while you're watching, with the edges of the display closer to you and so more of the picture being clear. With previous, smaller curved sets that led to a sweet-spot in dead-center position, but when you're sharing a living room with a 105-inch Ultra HD panel, the sweet spot is big enough for a sofa-full.
11-inch laptops are tricky beasts, purely because the compromises that make them so portable are almost always the ones that mean you're better off with a 13-incher. That's why our reviewer was impressed withAcer's Aspire V5, a laptop that managed to navigate between the pitfalls and produce a robust and reasonably priced model that should have satisfied plenty of you out there.
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Acer is known torefreshits Android tablet line-up at CES, and this year is no different. Ahead of the madness, the company has just announced new 7.9-inch and 7-inch models: the Iconia A1-830 and the Iconia B1-720.
The 7.9-inch A1 is the more premium of the two, with an aluminum backing and an IPS display for wide viewing angles (albeit with a ho-hum 1,024 x 768 resolution).