Laptop and Tablet Pen Primer: Wacom, N-Trig, Synaptics and Capacitive Pens Explained and Compared

Lisa Gade explains the different kinds of pens used in current Windows convertibles and tablets, as well as in Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note and capacitive styli used with iPads. She covers Wacom, N-Trig, Synaptics digital pens and the capacitive stylus to show their differences, similarities, strengths and weaknesses. Devices used include the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, Lenovo ThinkPad 10, Sony Vaio Flip 15, Dell Venue 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the…

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Sony VAIO Flip 13 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Sony Vaio Flip 13A Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook and tablet. The Flip is available in 13, 14 and 15 inch sizes and we look at the smallest model, with a base price around $1,000. The flip has a unique hinge that competes with the Lenovo Yoga: you can use it like a laptop, a tablet or in presentation mode and the keyboard keys don’t face down and rest on the table as they do with the…

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Sony Vaio Duo 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook- tablet. The Duo 13 has a full HD 13.3″ IPS touch screen with N-Trig active digitizer and included digital pen. It runs on 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 and 1.8GHz Core i7 Haswell 4th gen CPUs with your choice of Intel HD 4400 or Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics. The machine has an SSD drive, 4 or 8 gigs of RAM, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band WiFi. Pricing…

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Asus Taichi Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Asus Taichi Windows 8 convertible tablet with dual screens. The Ultrabook is available in an 11.6″ Taichi 21 model that we look at in this review and in a 13.3″ Taichi 31 model. Other than screen size and an SD card slot on the 13.3″ model, the two are basically the same. Starting at $1,299 for the 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 ULV model with 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD, the Taichi 21…

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Microsoft Surface 3 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Microsoft Surface 3. This is Microsoft’s more affordable alternative to the Surface Pro line and it runs full Windows 8.1 64 bit on the new Intel Atom X7 Z8700 (Cherry Trail, 4 cores, 4 threads) 1.6 GHz CPU with Turbo Boost to 2.4 GHz. It’s available with 2 gigs of DDR3L RAM and 64 gigs of solid state storage for $499 and 4 gigs of RAM with 128 gigs of storage for $599. We look at…

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Apple Pencil for iPad Pro Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Apple Pencil, a digital pen for the iPad Pro. The $99 pencil is much more accurate than a capacitive stylus and it offers similar performance to N-Trig pens found on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book as well as Wacom digitizers and pens used in some tablet PCs and convertibles like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12. ** Read our companion article here, and post your questions there too! We test it for note taking…

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3 Way Comparison: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro vs. HP Spectre x360 vs. Lenovo Yoga 720 15″ Convertibles

Lisa Gade compares three 15” Windows convertibles with 360 degree hinges and digital pen: the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, HP Spectre x360 and Lenovo Yoga 720. All three have Intel Core i7 kaby Lake 7th generation CPUs, dedicated graphics, full HD or higher displays, backlit keyboards and Windows Hello biometric login. Pricing: $1,299 for the Samsung (only one configuration is available). Core i7-7500U, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p display, Wacom EMR digitizer. HP Spectre x360 15” with 4K…

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HP Spectre x2 Review (2017) – the More Affordable Surface Pro

Lisa Gade reviews the latest generation HP Spectre x2, a 12.3” convertible Windows tablet that competes directly with the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Spectre x2 is significantly less expensive than a comparably configured Surface Pro and it sports an “ash silver” metal casing with a gold stainless steel kickstand. The tablet has a 3000 x 2000 IPS display that supports touch and the included HP Active Pen (N-Trig technology). A backlit keyboard is also included with the x2. it’s available…

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