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Tablets

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • Family-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1 announced for Europe

    Samsung has today announced a new tablet for European audiences, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1. The Korean company's punting this particular slate at "users who are looking for a device at a good price-performance ratio". Largely, the tablet aims to keep with the Samsung Galaxy A smartphone series, which aims to grab the youthful yet trendy crowd (or at least its marketing materials state). In terms of feature coverage, Samsung's done a good job. Practicality in focus, the tablet measures in at 8.2mm thick, and weighs just slightly over 520g. As you might've gathered from the name, it boasts a 10.1-inch screen...

  • Lenovo buffs ThinkPad X1 range with new Tablet, Carbon and Yoga

    Lenovo's been a busy company this past year if its latest trough of new launches is anything to go by. In an event held in Johannesburg last night, the company announced a slew of ultraportables -- one, a tablet taking advantage of modular technology -- and a more planted desktop solution to the South African market. But let's look at the more interesting additions to Lenovo's line first. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Here's a question companies are asking themselves: how can we possibly revive the slumping tablet and mobile computer sales? Lenovo's answer involves modular technology, and it makes a lot of...

  • What can you buy instead of an Apple Pencil or an iPad Pro?

    Local Apple retailer Digicape has released pricing for the latest range of iPad Pro 9.7-inch tablets. All of them will more than likely cost you several years of credit card debt to have one of these new devices. Here at Gearburn, we've put together a handy guide of alternative items you can purchase for the same price as the 256GB WiFi and cellular model, as well as the Apple Pencil. Prepare to be shocked, amazed, and rethink your life choices. Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch was shown off a few weeks ago to much farfare, we think. The device is the latest...

  • The SA pricing for the iPad Pro 9.7 is ludicrous

    Digicape has revealed pricing for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but you might want to swallow your coffee first. The Apple reseller announced a price of R11 899 for the entry-level model (32GB/WiFi-only), which has a US price of US$599 (R8885 as a straight conversion). Have more money than sense? Then the top-end iPad Pro (256GB/LTE) is for you, with a R20 499 price tag. Apple sells the top-end model for US$1029 (R15 244) on its US website. Don't forget the extras! Adding salt to the wound is the fact that you still have to splash out R2199 on an Apple Pencil - which has...

  • iPad Pro shrinks to 9.7-inches and $599, still has all the power

    We're surprised that Apple didn't announce a shrunken Apple TV and Apple Watch yesterday, because hot on the heels of the baby iPhone SE, the world now has a mini 9.7-inch iPad Pro too. Related: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted The iPad Pro was initially launched as a 12.9-inch behemoth that was meant to be a mobile workbench for graphic designers, or anyone looking for a desktop replacement (a la Microsoft Surface). Since then, Apple has clearly realised that there's a market for smaller, more compact machinery in the market. At 9.7-inches, the smaller iPad Pro is...

  • Toshiba DynaPad Windows 10 convertible ‘reinvents pen and paper’

    It wouldn't be wrong to suggest that (practically) everyone's copying Microsoft's Surface convertible tablet, because we can now also add Toshiba to that list. The new Toshiba DynaPad isn't going toe to toe with the Surface in terms of horsepower, but Toshiba suggests that the tablet's about as close to a paper notebook as one can get. That's primarily thanks to its clever screen technology, which uses a wired mesh of sensors behind the 1920x1280 screen's surface and a Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen with over 2000 levels of sensitivity. Even the size of the screen -- at 12-inches -- is aimed...

  • Microsoft Surface Book: expensive, extravagant, extremely sexy

    Yesterday at a packed New York City venue, Microsoft had one of its best device launch showings in many a year, debuting the new Lumia smartphones running Windows 10, and a new Microsoft Band 2 that now actually looks useful. But undoubtedly, the stand out feature of the night in a "wait, we have one more thing" moment, was the Microsoft Surface Book. If you're wondering, yes, it's a laptop that replaces the tablet was was meant to replace your laptop. And yes, it's Microsoft's first built-from-scratch laptop, ironically from the company that said the laptop is dead. Calling it a...

  • Proline A933L tablet review: a basement Windows bargain

    Tablets are slowly becoming the jack of all trade devices we all thought they would. They've murdered netbooks and have made large laptops even more obsolete beyond the boardroom. And what's particularly interesting is the lack of bigger brands in this sector. Sure, Sony and Microsoft have tablets that can be transformed into ultrabooks, but in the South African market, these two companies aren't as prominent as a few others. Proline, one of Pinnacle Africa's local brands, definitely is. The company's taken a bit of inspiration from the likes of Microsoft's Surface, and has developed the rather intriguing Windows 8-powered Proline...