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    Impressive Windows 8 laptop/tablet form factors by various manufacture


    Announcement of Microsoft Surface gave us an hint of whats coming. If that was interesting to you, these new Windows 8 laptop/tablet form-actors by other manufacturers will definitely appeal to you.
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    With IFA 2012 taking place just two months before the launch of Windows 8, it was all but guaranteed that major PC players would have next-generation hardware on display. They did, and this year there’s one particular form factor that stole the show: convertibles, or hybrids whichever label you prefer to slap on the laptop-tablet remixes. Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba all had models on display.
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    HI guy
    AS I have often posted in these threads -- THESE are the devices that are the future -- detachable screen etc. Look at the Sony for example -- it's basically a "detachable computer" - especially if it comes equipped with an I7 processor !!!.

    I would DEFINITELY consider one of these -- but the basic bog standard "Dumb" tablet IMO is just a passing fad - any decent smartphone is a lot more useful.

    Windows 8 on the tablets / "computers" shown here is just fine --when in tablet mode only you'll need the "Touch screen". For "Classical Computer work" docked as shown with a keyboard -- then brilliant - "just what the doctor ordered".

    The real crunch for me would be

    a) connectivity of Network (via wireless) and external devices such as disks via USB connection -- PLEASE USB3 -- it's late 2012 now and the technology has been out for AGES. At least when operating in "Computer mode" or "Docked to the keyboard".

    b) decent video output say HDMI to output to nice LARGE external monitor when required - even if in "Tablet mode".

    c) ability still to use a Mouse.

    d) enough RAM to run a few classical or standard windows apps concurrently.

    I think somebody coined the phrase "Phablets" for these devices -- not sure where that expression came from -- but if the peripherals that can be attached are decent like disks etc then Sony's for instance could be a real Ipad killer.


    I was getting slagged off a while ago about not liking "basic dumb tablets" -- seems the manufacturers too have come around to a much more sensible way of packaging these and making them into something useful.

    This type of approach will IMO is the only way to greatly overhaul Apple in this type of market -- and the advantage of being able to run standard Windows applications too -- I don't have to go on.

    Anyway congrats to Sony who I thought was just beginning to die on its feet - finally slumbering giant awakens. Samsung also will be sure to provide a challenge --if their Smart phones are anything to go by --HUGELY popular here in Europe.

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    I wouldn't mind owning one of those. If it has full sized laptop performance and a decent sized screen. And running 8 Pro not RT. I don't know if I could afford one, but I wouldn't mind owning one. Not that I think they are overly expensive, its just that I have very limited finances so they may end up out of my price range. I think I'd rather have the detachable keyboard dock than the reversible screen flip screen.
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    The catch here will be Windows RT - if normally x86-only things can be ported to ARM (and I've no doubt a lot of it can), the real question will be which architecture will win the "post-pc" devices war. Intel's ultra-low power stuff should see the inside of a shipping device next year or so, but for now it's still really ARM or (and I don't know about this yet) Atom for longer battery life, and Intel i-series for more powerful devices, but at the cost of battery life. I'm thinking the newest Atom devices we're seeing in stuff from IFA might be good enough for people who aren't doing development or PC gaming on their devices, though, which is at least a pretty good compromise if you want to run the odd x86 app from time to time.
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    The new tablet PCs being revealed are pretty nice. I've a few I'd consider, but none are really making me want a particular one. Right now, I'm still rather set on a Surface. You can pop off a thin colored screen protector that is also a keyboard and prop it up with the kickstand and use the Surface Pro's digital pen possibly as a stylus for precise navigation and designing.

    But the thing that is irking me some is how a LOT of these new tablet PCs and AIO PCs look like they have apple influenced design. I guess that might be a good thing to thwart off people from going for apple if you can have a PC that has a similar look to them. But to me, it's a deal breaker. I don't really like the overly rounded corners of some the tablets, screams ipad to me. It's also a bit icky considering the OS doesn't have round corners. I also am not liking how almost all of them are either white or silver colored. Again, apple design here. There are a few that are colored, but the rest aren't except. But I think Dell is on the right track though. They're doing things a bit differently. I also like the ASUS Vivo tablet.

    As more of the OEMs reveal their new tablet PCs, it's starting to become clear why Microsoft announced their Surface tablets. It's a public viewing of a design template to make Windows 8 tablet PCs in a stylish, modern, and just straight up different and pretty looking tablets instead of building off of the ipad's design.

    I'm still camping out in the line for the Surface Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    The new tablet PCs being revealed are pretty nice. I've a few I'd consider, but none are really making me want a particular one. Right now, I'm still rather set on a Surface. You can pop off a thin colored screen protector that is also a keyboard and prop it up with the kickstand and use the Surface Pro's digital pen possibly as a stylus for precise navigation and designing.

    But the thing that is irking me some is how a LOT of these new tablet PCs and AIO PCs look like they have apple influenced design. I guess that might be a good thing to thwart off people from going for apple if you can have a PC that has a similar look to them. But to me, it's a deal breaker. I don't really like the overly rounded corners of some the tablets, screams ipad to me. It's also a bit icky considering the OS doesn't have round corners. I also am not liking how almost all of them are either white or silver colored. Again, apple design here. There are a few that are colored, but the rest aren't except. But I think Dell is on the right track though. They're doing things a bit differently. I also like the ASUS Vivo tablet.

    As more of the OEMs reveal their new tablet PCs, it's starting to become clear why Microsoft announced their Surface tablets. It's a public viewing of a design template to make Windows 8 tablet PCs in a stylish, modern, and just straight up different and pretty looking tablets instead of building off of the ipad's design.

    I'm still camping out in the line for the Surface Pro.

    Hi there

    apart from the Design - there's a practical Engineering (and even Safety) feature for using rounded rather than "square corners". Square corners can tear / break things when the device say is packed into a tight space - also if you are using one of these say on a TGV (high speed train) and the train stops or brakes sharply then the sharp corners could potentially cause injury especially if it flies out of your hands.

    If you travel a lot - with airport security etc and more airlines charging for luggage placed in the hold - one tries to get as much as possible into your hand baggage allowance -- so sometimes you need to pack items tightly. Rounded corners make this job much easier - minimizing damage to other articles.

    A lot of laptops have the "slightly rounded corners".

    I like the square edged look of the latest sony e-reader the T2 which you can just about get into a decent sized pocket -- its looks are great but I would have given up the better look for slightly rounded corners when the thing is in my pocket.


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    +1 - I travel all the time, and wasted space is just wasted. Rounded corners are also indeed somewhat a safety issue, and when you put the two together it just makes sense.
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    I can see rounded corners being better safety wise on a glass coffee tablet, but not a tablet PC, that is unless if the corners are grinded, sanded, and smoothen out to be as sharp as a knife...

    I prefer non-rounded corners. My Nokia Lumia 900 has rounded edges on the side, and no rounded corners. It makes it a sleek looking device. The thing is that since Windows 8's UI doesn't have rounded corners on windows or tiles, the PC will look nicer and look more like it's for Windows 8 if the corners of it weren't rounded, unless if they're VERY subtle. Otherwise, especially a tablet PC, it'll look more like a typical tablet out there which shouldn't be what it looks likes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I can see rounded corners being better safety wise on a glass coffee tablet, but not a tablet PC, that is unless if the corners are grinded, sanded, and smoothen out to be as sharp as a knife...

    I prefer non-rounded corners. My Nokia Lumia 900 has rounded edges on the side, and no rounded corners. It makes it a sleek looking device. The thing is that since Windows 8's UI doesn't have rounded corners on windows or tiles, the PC will look nicer and look more like it's for Windows 8 if the corners of it weren't rounded, unless if they're VERY subtle. Otherwise, especially a tablet PC, it'll look more like a typical tablet out there which shouldn't be what it looks likes.
    Hi there
    Just try the maths -- slightly rounded corners can fit easier into any shaped baggage container compared with a rigid square or oblong shape.

    If you've ever studied "warehousing" with automated palette systems it's NOT a TRIVIAL job maximizing palette sizes and loads to fit on the delivery trucks when having to deal with non full sized loads and different palette sizes such as Euro palette sizes / half palettes etc -- and all these are rectangular or oblong shaped.

    Even some hugely expensive systems such as SAP's Extended warehouse management system (EWM) require some pretty highly paid consultants to sort this type of stuff out.

    I do prefer the look of the square type shape but sometimes the advantages of the rounded corners are a price worth paying.

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