Tablet Reviews

Microsoft’s Surface Pro turns 5 amid rising competition and faltering sales

Microsoft’s iconic Surface Pro tablet turned five on Friday. The original product led the way for other productivity Windows tablets and detachable computers, but on its fifth anniversary, Microsoft may be losing momentum. On Twitter, the Microsoft Surface team celebrated its “revolution,” which began when it discarded the limited Windows RT and brought full Windows 8 to the tablet market. “Five years ago today, a revolution was born when Surface turned Pro,” the Surface account tweeted. “And it was just…

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The Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is $60

The Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is $60 | PCWorld Amazon has a bunch of devices on sale right now, including the Fire HD 8 tablet for $60. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | Feb 5, 2018 11:36 AM PT Amazon “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); Amazon has put its devices on sale again, and among the discounted items is something for tablet fans: Right now, you…

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Two Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets are available for an all-time low price

Amazon’s got a deal on Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets today. All of the deals are through third-party marketplace sellers, and to be honest most of them are not worth your time. There are two worth looking at, however, with prices at $730 and $950. Both of those 2016 models are selling at the lowest prices ever on Amazon—though this isn’t the first time they’ve been this low. These versions of the ThinkPad X1 feature a 12-inch display with 2160×1440 resolution, 802.11ac…

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 tablet unexpectedly adds a bigger, better 13-inch screen

Because most Windows tablets have settled upon the 12.1-inch display size, an increase is unexpected. Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1, however, bumps up the visual quality with a larger, 13-inch 3K screen. The significant improvement over the 12-inch, 2160×1440 IPS display in 2017’s second-generation X1 Tablet may boost Lenovo’s standing. Though I consistently come away impressed by Lenovo’s tablet offerings, it still tends to fall a bit short compared to similar products by other vendors. Lenovo Otherwise, Lenovo has retained the best bits from its earlier…

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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 review: A superb Windows tablet with subpar battery life

The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 aspires to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and it checks nearly all of the boxes: excellent performance; a bright, high-resolution display; and a comfortable typing experience. Only in battery life does it fall well short. Nevertheless, the Miix 520 is a great alternative to the pricier Surface lineup. As Windows tablets coalesce toward the 12.2-inch panel size used by the Miix 520, comparing them is all about tradeoffs. The Miix 520, which is currently available in…

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The ‘always-connected PC’ is coming, but its full cost remains unknown

PC vendors and chipmakers are eager to make your next PC an “always connected PC,” with built-in cellular connectivity ready to step in when Wi-Fi isn’t available. It all sounds great on paper, but one question remains unanswered: How much will you have to pay? The basic premise is simple enough: Open your PC, and boom! you’re connected to a cellular data network. It worked for the original Google Chromebook Pixel, and for many corporate PC users whose employers foot the…

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Hands-on: HP’s Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life

The HP Envy x2 joins a growing cohort of Surface Pro clones, but with one big difference: Inside it is a Snapdragon 835, offering battery life of up to 20 hours. We spent a little time with it at the Qualcomm Technology Forum to see what a new chip would do in an established category. Externally, HP’s Envy x2 changes another key thing about HP’s line of Windows tablets: it removes the kickstand from the tablet itself and puts it…

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Best e-readers

Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great. Lightweight, easily readable in…

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 solves a big problem for Microsoft: How do you market the Surface Book as a performance notebook when it’s two years out of date? As our review shows, by making it bigger and faster, with longer battery life. With the Surface Book 2, Microsoft brings 8th-generation Intel Core processors and powerful, discrete Nvidia GPUs with enough horsepower to start thinking of the Surface Book 2 as a graphics workstation. But Microsoft’s big October surprise was the debut…

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PCWorld’s November Digital Magazine: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review

PCWorld’s November Digital Magazine: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review | PCWorld Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. IDG “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Edition for Android…

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