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Asus Transformer Book T100 Pre-Orders Underway For $400 A Pop, Shipping Begins October 18
October 9, 2013 | 7:09 pm

netbook Netbooks are dead, long live mini-laptops! It’s how we can describe in a nutshell the evolution of the ultraportable computer market in the past nine months or so, with virtually everyone that’s someone in the business dropping the “netbook” marketing term, but continuing to roll out light, sleek, portable and affordable little notebooks. The latest product to hit the niche is the Asus Transformer Book T100, though, as you can tell by its moniker, the thing is much more than a conventional, bland-looking laptop. Okay, maybe not much more, but more nevertheless, as it’s both a mini-notebook and tablet. And the cherry...

Lenovo Pulls The Plug on Windows RT-Powered IdeaPad Yoga 11
July 22, 2013 | 4:30 pm

IdeaPad Yoga 11Sales of Windows RT-based tablets have never done so well. I know it, you know it, Microsoft knows it. But have they been so bad that it’s already time to nix the handful of devices running the very limited OS? It appears so, since Lenovo is no longer directly selling the IdeaPad Yoga 11. Released in December 2012 following several delays, the 11-inch convertible ultrabook/tablet can still be scored via a number of online retailers, including Amazon. But with Lenovo’s official website listing it as “no longer available,” chances are current stocks will not be replenished. Ever. That’s pure speculation of course, and one could also...

New Nexus 7 Closes In On Formal Intro, Gets Captured In The Wild, Might Pack 4 GB RAM
July 19, 2013 | 11:11 am

Nexus 7Whoa, talk about a rumor flood! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the Nexus 7 sequel (likely to be called “New Nexus 7”) for many months now, but an avalanche of information comes our way today, via a number of different sources. First, it seems that the 7-inch tablet will be officially showcased for the first time on July 24 (i.e. next Wednesday), during a special event hosted by Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP for Android and Chrome. We’re suspecting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also be made official then, but that’s not so very important. What is important is that,...

Apple Facing Retina Display Shortage, Might Have To Delay iPad Mini 2 Launch
July 15, 2013 | 2:56 pm

iPad Mini 2Since Apple’s first mid-sized, mid-range tablet has proven to be such a booming success, no one really doubted an iPad Mini 2 coming sooner or later. But the exact ETA of this new slate has always been the big question mark. (Well, that ... and the specs and the pricing, of course.) Unfortunately for us (and fortunately for the tech giant), Cupertino has managed to keep a very tight lid on iPad Mini 2-related rumors, so here we are, eight months after the first-gen’s release, with nothing of substance known about the follow-up. And by “known,” I mean intel revealed by...

Deal Alert: HP Slate 7 Available for Just $140 ($30 Off) via HP.com and Best Buy
July 10, 2013 | 11:30 am

HP Slate 7Quick, what’s the best 7-inch Android tablet money can buy? And by “money,” I mean less than 200 bucks. Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, you say? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? How about HP’s Slate 7? No, the Slate 7 is not the best Android tab out there. Not even close. But it’s cheap. So cheap in fact that it makes the N7 look like a luxury product. Initially made available for $170, HP’s 7-incher goes for 30 bucks less starting today, both via the manufacturer’s official website and through Best Buy. $140 is a ridiculously low amount of cash to pay for a gadget nowadays and the...

Second-Gen Nexus 7 Specs Revealed Again … This Time by Asus Employee?
July 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Nexus 7Here we go again. The second-gen Nexus 7 rumor storm calmed down for a second or two, but now it’s at full speed again. Was there anything left to be revealed about the N7-2 following the rumor bonanza from a few weeks ago? Not exactly, but it can’t hurt to get further “confirmation” of the tab’s specs, can it? This latest intel technically comes from one of the most reliable sources ever (i.e., an Asus customer representative), but it sadly can’t be verified or fully trusted. An anonymous user of an unnamed Asus device got the info after a supposed conversation with a company employee through...

LeapFrog Intros $150 LeapPad Ultra Kid-Friendly Tablet, Release Slated for July 17
June 29, 2013 | 12:10 pm

LeapFrogChildren-focused tablets might still be short of becoming mainstream gadgets, but it’s fairly obvious that competition is growing by the day within the niche. After seeing Ematic launch the modest but dirt-cheap FunTab Mini 2 very recently, it’s time today to welcome a new contender from LeapFrog. LeapFrog is a company that’s been involved in designing and developing tech products for kids for more than a decade, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the newly unveiled LeapPad Ultra has quite the legacy behind it, following on the footsteps of the LeapPad and LeapPad 2. The Ultra is to become LeapFrog’s priciest gadget...

Deal Alert: Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Goes For Just $100 Via Adorama ($50 Off)
June 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Asus MeMo PadWho said Android Jelly Bean tablets have to be pricey? Not us, not Asus, and certainly not Adorama, since the online retailer now sells the MeMo Pad 7 (aka ME172V) for just $99.95. That’s a whopping $50 off the slate’s list price, though in all honesty it’s just $10 or $20 less than what sellers like Amazon or Newegg currently charge for the MeMo Pad. Then again, free money is free money, plus Adorama’s $100 ME172V is in all likelihood the cheapest ever Jelly Bean-powered slate. (At least the cheapest coming from a well-known manufacturer like Asus.) Now, what does the 7-incher...

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet
June 21, 2013 | 12:30 pm

EmaticChildren-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be warned, if your kid knows the first thing about technology, he’ll kick your behind if you purchase it. Luckily, the Mini 2 is targeted mostly at very young children (as in aged seven or less), so there’s only a faint possibility you could get into trouble. Now, what does the...

Leaked: Alleged First Photo of the Second-Gen Google Nexus 7 Tablet
June 17, 2013 | 9:00 pm

Google Nexus 7Google’s unveiling of the second-gen Nexus 7 tab is likely a matter of days, or, worse case scenario, weeks, so the pieces of the oft-rumored puzzle are one by one nicely falling into place. The first piece—pricing—was revealed last week. Big chunks of the spec sheet have subsequently leaked to the press, while the first low-res photo of the device has been uncovered mere hours ago. While this is not an official pic, it accompanied the N7-2 (codename Asus K009) at the Bluetooth SIG, so it’s 100 percent legit. Sadly, we can’t tell a whole lot about the slate’s design from the image, though...

(Hurry, Limited-Time) Deal Alert: Get a Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129, Nook HD+ for $149
June 11, 2013 | 10:30 am

Nook HDI know, I know, there are oodles of tablets cooler than Barnes & Noble’s Nooks around, starting with the uber-cheap Nexus 7 and the sleek iPad Mini. But with B&N holding constant “yard sales”, I dare you to find a slate with more bang for the buck. Leading to Father’s Day for instance, the Nook HD goes for just $129 both in physical stores and online, while the Nook HD+ is $149. That gives you roughly five days (Father’s Day is this Sunday, remember) to decide between the two. Our advice? Get them both. One for you, one for your dad,...

Acer Iconia W3 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders via Amazon and Staples
June 10, 2013 | 11:00 pm

Acer Iconia W3The world’s first ever Windows 8-powered tablet to sport an 8-inch display has been the star of numerous “leaks” over the past couple of months, plus one or two (more or less) official intros, but it’s only now available for pre-orders. The name is W3, Acer Iconia W3, and Amazon and Staples are the first online retailers to (promise to) ship it. Both sellers have the 8-incher listed at $379.99, but for now you’ll probably be more inclined to deal with Staples, as shipping is said to only take between one and seven business days. Meanwhile, Amazon vows to deliver the W3 in no less than three weeks, which is not exactly an eternity,...