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All posts by James Stables

  • Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

    Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that’s capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet to create a laptop-style device. Instead it looks like any normal tablet, albeit bulkier and 11.6 inches across. It...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review: the hybrid is back

    Windows RT devices haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves, and with delays besetting the whole market as manufacturers struggle to work out the demand, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is here to give RT a much-needed boost. The Yoga 11 is the little brother of last year’s Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, one of the flagship laptop-tablet hybrids for the launch of Windows 8. At 11 inches, it’s smaller and runs the ARM-powered RT version of Windows, which means it has more in common with an Android tablet than a traditional laptop. While the market has been disappointingly quiet, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 offers...

  • Dell XPS 12 review: Windows 8 enters flip-screen territory

    Windows 8 has a shaken up the design of laptops and tablets, with the new emphasis on touchscreen technology resulting in some of the best hybrids we’ve ever seen. With this in mind, there was little surprise when Dell announced that its new 12.5-inch Ultrabook, the Dell XPS 12 convertible, would be another shape-shifting device. But there were a few raised eyebrows when we learned that the screen-swivelling design of the Dell Inspiron Duo from 2010 was making a return. Available for £1,299 /AU$1,499/US$1,199, it’s a serious outlay but with top components and both laptop and tablet functionality, it’s one of the biggest names...

  • Microsoft Surface review: a smorgasbord of awesome

    In tablets, the big guns have big names. Apple has its iPad 4 and Google has the Nexus 10. And, if Microsoft is to take on the might of Apple and Google in the tablet space with Windows 8, it needs a big name of its own. So welcome Microsoft Surface. The new tablet isn’t just the big poster boy for Windows 8, but for Windows RT too, the brand-new version of Windows 8 designed for ARM. Find out: Windows 8 vs Windows RT: what’s the difference? Creating a flagship brand for Windows 8 is a clever move, no doubt a tactic learned from the success of the Samsung Galaxy...

  • Asus Vivo Tab RT review: an ARM-based Vivo Tab with Windows RT

    A Windows RT tablet for the masses, the 10.6-inch Asus Vivo Tab RT is also powerful, with its Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Microsoft Office 2013apps. Built from the ground up for Windows RT, Asus’s new 8.3mm thick tablet is a do anything device for work, travel and play. It’s the Windows equivalent of Asus’s Android tablet cousins, the Eee Pad Transformer series, and like those tablets it uses the same ARM-based processors you’ll find inside your smartphone. It joins a lineup of several new Windows RT tablets, including the Samsung Ativ Tab, Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface. Like the Surface, the Vivo Tab is also available as a more expensive...