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  • Tablets

    Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

    By 4 January 2014

    Announced at the tail-end of 2013, the Acer Iconia W4 is the company's latest Windows 8 tablet. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 as a platform to officially launch the product - it will be available later this month, replacing the W3 - we got...

  • Laptops 4 out of 5

    Asus Transformer Book T100 review

    By 6 November 2013

    Hybrid laptop-tablet Windows 8 machines have been spilling onto the shelves at an exponential rate of late. But none have been positioned like the affordable Asus Transformer Book T100. This 10.1-inch two-in-one device has budget buyers in its sights,...

  • Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    HP Split x2 review

    By 4 November 2013

    There’s an expanse of laptop-tablet devices in recent months, to which HP adds its latest hand, the Split x2, to the ever-expanding stack. A stack that, with few exceptions, hasn't quite managed to wow us yet. It’s all Microsoft’s fault, really,...

  • Laptops 4 out of 5

    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review

    By 21 October 2013

    Windows 8 is beginning to embed itself into the public knowledge and we're getting more and more used to the concept of touchscreen laptops. And that's the exact where the affordable, sub-£500 Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite fits in. Its name might sound like...

  • Laptops 4.5 out of 5

    Windows 8.1 review

    By 17 October 2013

    Windows 8 continues to be a product that attracts a lot of complaining. Some of that complaining is justified - at least to some extent - and some of it isn't. But no matter what we think of Windows 8, if the customers aren't on board, then the operating...

  • Gadgets

    Windows 8.1 preview: Installed, explored and tested

    By 29 June 2013

    We were pretty harsh about Windows 8 until we reviewed it. The problem for us, was that the user interface was just too much of a departure. Reviews are different from opinion though, and using the OS on a desktop computer made us realise that, as an...

  • Tablets

    Samsung ATIV Tab 3 pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    Samsung is continuing its trend of having a tablet device of every shape, size and type available to the discerning customer, with the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 being similar in style to the company's existing ranges, but with Windows 8 installed. In fact, it...

  • Laptops

    Samsung ATIV Q pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    There is a distinct feeling that if a kitchen sink could have been attached to the Samsung ATIV Q, it would have been. Samsung has thrown everything at its new hybrid laptop/tablet device and it is an incredible piece of kit as a result. Although there...

  • Laptops 5 out of 5

    Sony Vaio Pro review

    By 11 June 2013

    When Sony announced the Vaio range of computers in 1996 or thereabouts it had one aim - to make PCs stylish, but powerful. Of course, this isn't all that easy and so Vaio desktops and laptops were expensive. But if you could afford one, you'd end up with...

  • Laptops

    Sony Vaio Duo 13 pictures and hands-on

    By 6 June 2013

    Sony has launched a successor to the Duo 11 with the larger Sony Vaio Duo 13. As the name suggests, the model features a 13-inch display, giving you more space to play. The concept remains the same however, giving you a hybrid device offering both a tablet...

  • Laptops 3 out of 5

    Asus VivoBook S500 review

    By 5 June 2013

    Asus has gone from a company that mostly made computer components like PC motherboards and graphics cards, to a being big player in laptops, tablets and even phones. It is without doubt one of the most interesting companies that has appeared in a world...

  • Tablets

    Hands on with the first Windows 8.1, 7-inch tablet from Inventec

    By 5 June 2013

    At the close of Microsoft’s presentation on the eagerly awaited Windows 8.1 at Computex the company quickly flashed a very interesting looking device. The world’s first 7-inch Bay Trail-powered tablet designed to run on Windows 8.1 (and indeed Windows...

  • Tablets

    Hands-on: Acer Iconia W3 review

    By 4 June 2013

    With the Iconia W3, its new 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet, Acer is hoping to put a fully-functioning desktop in the palm of your hand and wipe out the need for the iPad mini or Nexus 7 at the same time. It seems it might well have achieved exactly that. The...

  • Laptops

    Hands-on: Asus Transformer Book Trio review

    By 3 June 2013

    After last year’s launch of the dual-screened Taichi at Computex, Asus has a bit of a reputation to maintain and it didn’t disappoint this year with the announcement of the Asus Transformer Book Trio – a three-in-one mobile device which switches...

  • Laptops 5 out of 5

    Dell XPS 12 review

    By 3 June 2013

    It's indisputable that Dell is going through a pretty tough time of things at the moment. The firm has suffered massive a massive drop in profits as the PC sector continues to decline, and gets replaced with tablets, phones and other smart devices. Dell...

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