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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 review

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 review

Asus brought one of the first Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablets to the market in 2011 in the form of the EeePad Transformer, and has been plugging away at the tablet scene ever since in an effort to create the fabled ‘iPad killer’ so many Android-lovers are looking for.

 

While the company has continued to impress, with some serious improvements in its Transformer line of tablets, few tablets other than the Google-branded original Nexus 7 have managed to sell in significant numbers.

 

Asus has the Apple iPad Mini 4 firmly in its sights with its latest attempt, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0, which carries a low price tag of £169.99 ($199 or AU$279) – that’s almost half the price of the cheapest 7.9-inch tablet from Apple.

 

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10 notebooks, 2-in-1s and convertibles perfect for Windows 10

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Windows 10 is finally upon us, and while every manufacturer worth their salt is about to launch a fleet of new laptops into the market especially designed for Microsoft’s latest operating system, some have already been revealed.

 

Of course, there are also a variety of laptops on the market that may not come with Windows 10 straight out of the box, but will receive the upgrade in due course. They may be missing dedicated keyboard shortcuts, ultra-sensitive Cortana-compatible microphones and other little extras, but they’ll still run the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular operating system almost as soon as it’s available, thanks to the upgrade program Microsoft is offering.

 

Click through the gallery to see which notebooks, 2-in-1s and convertibles we’re recommending for your latest mobile computing upgrade.

 

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10 best iPad Air 2 cases 2015

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Apple released the iPad Air 2 to great fanfare in October last year, bettering its predecessor by shaving off precious millimetres to take it down to a dizzying 6.1mm thick; improving the screen’s colour and fidelity; including the Touch ID sensor, and bumping up the power with Apple’s latest A8X chip to round off the winning package.

 

Unlike previous iPads, the iPad Air 2 has exactly the same bezel sizes, but the thinner form means that many cases compatible with the original iPad Air simply won’t fit the new model.

 

With the new svelte form and lighter weight of just 437g, you’ll no doubt be tempted to whip it out at any available moment, so keeping that beautiful aluminium shell and glass screen protected is even more crucial than ever.

 

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Linx 10 review

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Linx 10

 

Now that prices have significantly dropped, and Microsoft has dumped the woefully prohibitive version of Windows that was RT, Windows tablets are starting to become a purchase that warrants genuine consideration for many people.

 


The Linx 10 is one of this new breed, and at £160 (around $238, or AU$307), is not the very cheapest 10-inch tablet around, but it’s not very far off at all. If you’re thinking it looks rather familiar, well, that’s because it is – the Linx 10 shares almost identical hardware with the Schenker Element 10.1 that we looked at back in September last year. Save for a minor spec bump in the processor department from a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740D to the newer generation Z3735F, which can burst at faster speeds of up to 1.83GHz, telling these two tablets apart is a tough task indeed.

 

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Acer Iconia One 7 review

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IMG_7644-650-80[1]Acer isn’t a newbie to the low end of the Android tablet market, having slowly carved itselves a niche as one of the better-known brands among a host of budget competitors. While early attempts at tablets bearing the Iconia label were relatively uninteresting, the latest addition to the range – the Acer Iconia One 7 – looks (at least on the surface) like it might be a little more appealing.

 

Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat straight out of the box, and powered by an Intel Atom processor, first impressions of this 7-inch tablet are pretty good for the low price of only £99 (US$146, $192 AUD). Easy comparisons can be made to the Google Nexus 7, though the One 7 has slightly smaller dimensions and a lower resolution 16:9 screen.

 

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Linx 8 review

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When you think of cheap tablets, the undeniable truth is that you’re probably thinking of a plastic Google Android tablet to keep your kids happy. If I had suggested just a few short years ago that buying a fully-fledged Windows tablet (not those awful Windows RT models) for less than £100 was even possible, I’d probably have been pointed and laughed at by all and sundry.

 

How about if I suggested that this was now entirely possible with the Linx 8, which can be easily found for less than £90 (around $134, AU$173). Fortunately for Microsoft, the age of cheap, capable Windows tablets has well and truly dawned, and Linx’s 8-inch offering is perfectly poised to steal a share from underwhelming Android alternatives like the Acer Iconia 7.

 

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Asus Transformer Book T200 review

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Asus’ T100 Transformer Book came out just over a year ago, offering a full Windows tablet experience that easily out-did failing Windows RT devices of the time. It has since been one of our favourite laptop / tablet hybrids to emerge, packing Intel’s new breed of Z-series Atom processors.

 

The newer and larger brother, the T200, keeps the things we liked about its fully-fledged Windows 8.1 predecessor, but packs a larger 11.6″ screen and faster processor, throwing in some extra ports and a handy 2.5″ drive bay into the keyboard dock, too.

 

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iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2

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iPadMini2-Press-05-970-80[1]It was only a few short weeks ago that Apple introduced us to its first ever ‘phablet’ – the oversized iPhone 6 Plus. With its 5.5-inch screen and tablet-alike features, some would argue that Apple has bitten into its own market by taking away many of the reasons that would make Apple fans want to own both an iPhone and a 7.9-inch iPad.

 

There are, of course, fans of Apple’s diminutive tablet out there that might currently own an ageing Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, and who aren’t operating-system bias. For them, and Apple fans-alike, the lure of a shiny new tablet may be too tempting to avoid.

 

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Gigaset QV830 review

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Gigaset-QV830%20(14)-650-80[1]I first heard of the Gigaset QV830 and its larger brother the QV1030 back inNovember 2013, after which they were promptly released in Germany just in time for Christmas for €199 (US$270, £165, €369 (US$502, £307, AU$550), respectively.

 

Now that the Gigaset QV830 has made its way over to the UK, with the lower starting price of £99 (US$168, AU$179), it looks like a serious budget tablet contender.

 

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Archos GamePad 2 Review

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IMG_0009In February 2013, Archos released the original Gamepad.  As the first gaming-centric Android tablet it received reasonable attention, but failed to inspire any real buzz around it.  This was mostly because it looked like a tablet with hastily added on gaming controls that were neither responsive, or pretty. Fast-forward a year and Archos hopes to produce a tablet that can be considered a proper gaming machine.  Did they succeed? Let’s find out.


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