When it comes to cars, a convertible is one with a roof that protects occupants from the weather while offering a top-free ride in the summer sunshine. When it comes to PCs, convertible laptops mean something a little different. These are PCs that combine the best of two different experiences —the laptop and the tablet— in a single device. And like a convertible (the car), a convertible laptop accomplishes this trick through some clever hardware design. Convertible laptops aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of mobile computing and you’d love to have a tablet along for the ride without the extra weight (and expense); or if you wish your tablet had a keyboard and trackpad, a convertible laptop may be the ideal device for you.
Not everyone loves Microsoft’s touch-centric, tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system, but regardless of how you feel about the new Windows, you have to admit that it’s led to some very interesting new products from PC manufacturers. Convertible laptops, tablets running Windows and various hybrids abound these days. The new Sony VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is one of those interesting devices made possible by Windows 8. The machine is basically Sony’s take on Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 2. It’s a tablet powered by an Intel Core i5-4210Y CPU, with a big and bright 11.6-inch display that wouldn’t look out of place on an Ultrabook. It runs Windows 8, it’s compatible with standard Windows PC software like Microsoft Office and packs a fast 128 GB SSD for storage. It has a keyboard —one that’s wireless instead of attached and doubles as a protective cover. In short, in the VAIO Tap 11 Sony has released a Windows 8 device that packs the power of a PC in a tablet form factor, that’s less than 1 cm thick. Read on to find out if it fulfills the promise of covering off both your tablet and portable PC needs.
September is fast approaching and we all know what that means: back to school! While that used to entail hitting the office supply store for pencils, paper and erasers, today’s students are just as likely to be searching for a new PC. While there’s nothing wrong with a desktop system, a laptop computer is often the better choice for students. These systems are portable, compact, they give up little compared to many desktop PCs when it comes to performance and they have sharp LED displays. While Best Buy stocks dozens of laptops to cover off any requirements, here are a few of my picks as some of the best laptops for students.
Sony’s Vaio line of ultra-portable PCs has a long and stellar reputation for delivering cutting edge style, performance and a brilliant display —and packaging them up into the most compact form factor imaginable. The new Sony Vaio Pro 13 Ultrabook takes these principles to the extreme. The carbon fiber case makes this the world’s lightest 13-inch touchscreen Ultrabook, while the latest technology (from a full HD Triluminous IPS touchscreen display to fourth generation Intel Core i5 CPU and a 128 GB SSD) mean the machine has the power to perform, while conserving space and battery.
Sony has a long-standing reputation for being a leader in industrial design and with the new Xperia Tablet Z 10.1” the company has brought its “A” game to the tablet market. This Android tablet is one of the best looking devices out there and lays claim to being the world’s thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet. While the Xperia Tablet Z is pretty to look at (and adds features like NFC One Touch and being waterproof), it’s the display, powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 powered that really makes this tablet shine.
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While we can all appreciate the power and flexibility offered when you build a system component by component, there’s something about all-in-one options that’s very appealing. This applies to home theatre, where a single soundbar with one connection to the TV and a power cord can replace five or more individual speakers, a receiver and a mess of wires, and the same concept holds true with PCs. An all-in-one PC from the likes of Sony, Acer, HP or Samsung packs all the components —monitor, CPU and storage— in a single, space-saving and stylish package. Say good-bye to clutter, cords and desktop sprawl without going to a laptop and giving up the big screen or compromising on performance.
In case you didn't notice, we're giving you a bit of an added incentive to join our new community (talking to me isn't enough?? )... the chance to win a $1000 Gift Card! We will be drawing for all 10 Gift Cards on Wednesday, October 6th and posting the winners on our Facebook Page and here on Plug-In! 10 winners will be selected at random. Anyone who has register from the day we launched (September 15) until October 6 is eligible.
In case you didn't notice, we're giving you a bit of an added incentive to join our new community (talking to me isn't enough?? )... the chance to win a $1000 Gift Card! We will be drawing for all 10 Gift Cards on Wednesday, October 6th and posting the winners on our Facebook Page and here on Plug-In! 10 winners will be selected at random. Anyone who has registered from the day we launched (September 15) until October 6 is eligible.
So the question I was asking myself is, what would I do with that $1000? Better yet, what would you do??
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