My Dell XPS 12 is having some display issues. I’ll be doing a separate post on it, but I’ll probably need to send it in for servicing. So I bought the new Bay Trail ASUS Transformer Book T100TA to tide me over in the mean-time. Unboxing video below.
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My Nexus 7 recently died, so I was in the market for a tablet. Also, my old laptop was… old. So I needed a new laptop. Plus, Intel’s Haswell processors had just launched. So I decided a few months back that I would be getting a 2-in-1 device; a Haswell Ultrabook convertible.
While plenty of Ultrabooks are getting Haswell refreshes, only a few so far are convertible form factors. No doubt many more will launch before year’s end, but as I said in the first paragraph, my situation was dire. So I decided on the refreshed Dell XPS 12 (not to be confused with the older, non-Haswell Dell XPS 12).
Most years, my Halloween costume falls under at least one of two categories:
- Cheap (thrift-store Professor Plum)
- Easy (Painting rainbows on 2 shirts and going as Double Rainbow (all the way (across the sky)))
It tends to be something I throw together from things I already own or buy at the thrift store for $2. This year, however, I decided to be a little ambitious and become a playable Nintendo. As detailed in a previous post, I’m the proud owner of a 7″ Galaxy Tab 2, which has access to a vast array of emulators for everything from NES to Dreamcast. From there, all I needed to complete the look was a gray sweatshirt, a paint pen, some duct tape, and a Bluetooth game controller. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Nyko Playpad Pro Review + Halloween Midjinks</span>” »
Sorry for the lack of posts; I’ve been knee-deep in the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. Just dinged 87 on my main. Also played through the monk starting area. I’m loving it so far.
Anyway, I write today to tell you that I’m very excited about Intel’s Clover Trail. It’s their up-and-coming 32nm dual-core Atom-based SoC for tablets. Promising 3 weeks of standby power and 10 hours of use, it’s competitive power-wise with ARM-based tablets. Clover Trail devices (more than 20 in the works) will support the full version of Windows 8, not the non-backward-compatible and dumbed-down “RT” version for ARM devices. Here is Intel’s press video about it:
While there’s generally a lot of excitement about Clover Trail, some people get a bad taste in their mouths when they hear “Intel Atom.” This stems from bad experiences with netbooks in their brief heyday. Frankly, I loved netbooks and still use one, but I can understand how aggravating they would be if you went into it expecting Macbook-Air-level performance.
Whether you like netbooks or not, have no fear that the dual-core Clover Trail will chug. I’ve personally used one and I can tell you I was very impressed with its speed and responsiveness. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below of Acer’s new Iconia W510:
In short, be on the lookout for these. I know I’m putting one on my Christmas list.
Full Disclosure: I work for Intel in the Atom Products Division. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent Intel’s positions, strategies, or opinions
Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7″)
Processor: 1GHz Dual-Core OMAP
Screen: 7″ | 1024×600
Storage: 8GB w/microSD slot (32GB max)
OS: Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Communication: Wi-Fi 802.11bgn, IR Blaster
Cameras: 3.0MP rear, VGA front
Battery: 4,000 mAh
I recently purchased one of the new ad-supported $79 Kindles from Amazon’s new continuum of Kindles. This is an upgrade from my old Kindle 2 after its screen froze (actually the second time this happened – the first time it was under warranty and Amazon replaced it). Pictured above is the size comparison.
Below I’ve listed the Pros and Cons of the new reader.