Archive for July, 2013

The Next Big Thing In Computing

Steve Ballamer, CEO of Microsoft was speaking at a conference when he was asked about what the next big thing is going to be. Surprisingly, he did not throw out tablet computing, but “2-in-1″ hybrid devices as what he expects people will gravitate to. Makes sense, as the transition to hybrid devices would an easier solution to full touchscreen computing.

Ballmer also praised the top-notch specs of the ThinkPad Helix as a way of demonstrating the potential for hybrids. The coming months will see a market influx of a slate of 2-in-1 devices built in a mold similar to the Helix. Microsoft and Ballmer are betting heavily that the hybrid devices will be a hit, so it will be interesting to see how consumers respond to this next iteration of personal computing.

Microsoft CEO Sees Hybrid Devices as the Next Big Thing

 


Current Special Offers For: ThinkPad Helix Detachable Ultrabooks

Toshiba Laptop Ecoupons: 7/30 to 8/05

It’s another Tuesday, and that means that Toshiba weekly special offers have been updated. This week’s ecoupons include those for a handful of new systems. Check out the Portege Z10t family and models Portege Z10t-A1111 and Portege Z10T-A1110. These are new professional portable machine that has a detachable display.

The Satellite P870 Series is being phased out for the new Satellite P70 Series. Toshiba has discounted model Satellite P870-ST4GX1 to clear the way.

Top Discounted Items This Week:

  • $400.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop
  • $170.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N05 Ultrabook
  • $200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX4 Laptop
  • $500.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop

Current Special Offers For: Qosmio Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Portege Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Tecra Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Satellite Laptops 

 



Toshiba Laptop Discounts 7/30 to 8/05
$400.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$100.00 off Qosmio X75-A7298 Laptop
$50.00 off Qosmio X75-A7295 Laptop
$330.00 off Qosmio X70-ABT2G22 Laptop
$60.00 off Portege Z10t-A1111 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9331 Laptop
$50.00 off Portege Z10T-A1110 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9312 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9321 Laptop
$150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N07 Ultrabook
$170.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N05 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9311 Ultrabook
$100.00 off Portege Z15T-A1210 Ultrabook
$150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N04 Ultrabook
$150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N03 Ultrabook
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N06 Ultrabook
$70.00 off Portege R935-ST4N01 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9441 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-S9541 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9431 Laptop
$40.00 off Tecra R940-S9421 Laptop
$30.00 off Tecra R950-S9521 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX4 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-BT9400 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-BT9500 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX3 Laptop
$250.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX3 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX5 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX3 Laptop
$300.00 off Satellite U845W-S4180 Ultrabook
$500.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop
$200.00 off Satellite P50-AST2GX1 Laptop
$350.00 off Satellite P70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$350.00 off Satellite P50t-AST2GX1 Laptop
$350.00 off Satellite P70-AST2NX1 Laptop
$399.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2G22 Laptop
$70.00 off Satellite S70-AST2NX2 Laptop
$399.00 off Satellite P50-ABT2G22 Laptop
$399.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2N22 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite U845W-S4170 Ultrabook
$300.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX2 Laptop
$120.00 off Satellite S50-AST2NX2 Laptop
$151.00 off Satellite U925T-S2120 Ultrabook
$300.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX1 Laptop

Sony VAIO Laptop Ecoupons: 7/28 to 8/10

These next couple of weeks is a great time to save on Sony’s VAIO S Series Custom Laptops.  Three 15.5″ custom models have been discounted.  Pick one of these models, the one with a base configuration closest to what you want to start with, and then pick and choose what components you want to upgrade to.  For those that aren’t familiar with Sony’s product lines, the VAIO S Series is a collection of laptops that are thin and light.  The systems are a bit more premium feature sets than the VAIO Fit Series.

Valid: 7/28 to 8/10

  • $200.00 off Sony VAIO 15.5″ SVS151290X Standard Custom Laptop
  • $200.00 off Sony VAIO 15.5″ SVS151290X Enhanced Custom Laptop
  • $200.00 off Sony VAIO 15.5″ SVS151290X Performance Custom Laptop


Current Special Offers For: VAIO S Series Laptops

 

Lenovo Laptop Ecoupons: 7/25 to 7/31

Lenovo laptop deals continue on for the summer. This week’s special offers have been updated. The majority of ThinkPad branded laptops are discounted, though not as much as last week. You can still save up to 12%, but most are 10% off. Simply use the ecoupon code THINKSUMMER to save. IdeaPad and Essential branded product lines, the more consumer-oriented machines, require the ecoupon code IDEASCHOOLSAVINGS. Its a good time to start thinking about shopping around for a new laptop if you require one. IdeaPad Yoga convertible ultrabooks have been a popular sell, especially the Yoga 11S.

UPDATED COUPON CODES FOR THIS WEEK:

  • THINKSUMMER
  • YOGA13SPECIAL
  • YOGA13OFFER
  • YOGA11S
  • IDEASCHOOLSAVINGS

SAVINGS OVERVIEW:

  • Save up to 26% on IdeaPad Y510P Laptops
  • Save up to 35% on IdeaPad Y500 Laptops
  • Save up to 36% on IdeaPad Y410p Laptops
  • Save up to 35% on IdeaPad U410 Laptops
  • Save up to 33% on IdeaPad U510 Laptops
  • Save up to 22% on IdeaPad U410 Touch Laptops
  • Save up to 26% on IdeaPad U310 Touch Laptops
  • Save up to 31% on IdeaPad U410 Touch Ultrabooks
  • Save up to 18% on IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabooks
  • Save up to 6% on IdeaPad Yoga 11S Ultrabooks
  • Save up to 33% on IdeaPad Z580 Laptops
  • Save up to 27% on IdeaPad Z500 Touch Laptops
  • Save up to 28% on IdeaPad Z400 Touch Laptops

Current Special Offers For: IdeaPad Laptops

Current Special Offers For: Essential Laptops

Current Special Offers For: IdeaCentre Desktops



Current Special Offers For: ThinkPad Laptops

 



Discounted Models List This Week:

Special Offers Available 7/25 to 8/31

Business Laptops/Ultrabooks
10% off ThinkPad X1 Carbon
10% off ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
10% off ThinkPad T430
10% off ThinkPad X230
10% off ThinkPad T430s
12% off ThinkPad W530
10% off ThinkPad T530
10% off ThinkPad E531
10% off ThinkPad T431s
10% off ThinkPad E431
10% off ThinkPad Twist
12% off ThinkPad Helix
$50.00 off ThinkPad Tablet

Convertible Entertainment Ultrabooks
$150.00 off IdeaPad Yoga 13: 59366350
$100.00 off IdeaPad Yoga 13: 59367091
$300.00 off IdeaPad Yoga 13: 59366357
$50.99 off IdeaPad Yoga 11S: 59370520
$50.00 off IdeaPad Yoga 11S: 59370514
$50.00 off IdeaPad Yoga 11S: 59370508

Premium Multimedia Laptops
$340.00 off IdeaPad Y510p: 59370005
$340.00 off IdeaPad Y510p: 59370008
$250.00 off IdeaPad Y510p: 59369999
$300.00 off IdeaPad Y510p: 59370006
$300.00 off IdeaPad Y510p: 59370007
$350.00 off IdeaPad Y500: 59371960
$450.00 off IdeaPad Y410p: 59369916
$450.00 off IdeaPad Y410p: 59369921
$450.00 off IdeaPad Y410p: 59369912

Designer Ultrabooks/Laptops
$250.00 off IdeaPad U410: 59365178
$370.00 off IdeaPad U410: 59372346
$250.00 off IdeaPad U410 Touch: 59372996
$200.00 off IdeaPad U410 Touch: 59372995
$200.00 off IdeaPad U310 Touch: 59365021
$250.00 off IdeaPad U310 Touch: 59365023
$220.00 off IdeaPad U310 Touch: 59365026
$210.00 off IdeaPad U410: 59372339
$350.00 off IdeaPad U410: 59372336
$210.00 off IdeaPad U410: 59372331

Mainstream Entertainment Laptops
$270.00 off IdeaPad Z580: 59371490
$230.00 off IdeaPad Z580: 59371483
$250.00 off IdeaPad Z580: 215168U
$240.00 off IdeaPad Z500 Touch: 59372433
$150.00 off IdeaPad Z400 Touch: 59362573
$250.00 off IdeaPad Z400 Touch: 59362575
$200.00 off IdeaPad Z400 Touch: 59365073
$270.00 off IdeaPad Z400 Touch: 59365077

Entry-Level Ultrabooks
$180.00 off IdeaPad S300: 59376624

Everyday Laptops
$300.00 off Essential G780: 59371425
$400.00 off Essential G780: 59381094
$170.00 off Essential G580: 59371412
$350.00 off Essential G580: 59381082
$150.00 off Essential G700: 59384573
$160.00 off Essential G700: 59384584
$200.00 off Essential G500: 59372004

Multi-User Entertainment PCs
$400.00 off IdeaCentre Horizon: 57315058
$150.00 off IdeaCentre Horizon: 57315077

Stylish All-in-One
$400.00 off IdeaCentre A720: 57312175

Multimedia All-in-Ones Desktops
$240.00 off IdeaCentre B540: 57316964 Desktop

Extreme Performance Towers
$150.00 off IdeaCentre K430: 57312227

Multimedia All-in-Ones Desktops
$240.00 off IdeaCentre B540: 57316964

Budget Friendly Ultra Small Towers
$150.00 off Essential H520s: 57310714
$200.00 off Essential H520s: 57310721

Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabooks: Beautiful Design, Gorgeous Displays

Performance powered by Intel’s 4th generation Core processors and a display that incorporates Sony’s world renowned television display technologies, VAIO Pro premium ultrabooks have few that compare. Two models are available according to their display sizes. Check them out and see which system is right for you.

You’ll naturally see the difference with Sony Vaio Pro 11 and 13. Videos, photos and presentations look their very best on the pin-sharp full HD display. Thanks to Sony’s BRAVIA expertise, TRILUMINOS Display for mobile delivers a richer, more natural viewing experience with bold, true-to-life colours, whilst X-Reality for mobile analyses each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. Sony Vaio Pro 11 and Sony Vaio Pro 13 Ultrabooks let you type in comfort, day and night with its smooth, responsive keyboard that tilts gently for greater comfort when the notebook is opened. Generous key spacing and stroke depth reduce errors when you’re working at speed, and the palm rest tapers smoothly to the desk top to cut wrist strain. Keyboard backlighting lets you type with confidence in dark rooms or during that overnight plane journey.

Sony Vaio Pro Ultrabook

A Windows 8 Haswell Ultrabook to Consider

First Windows 8 and now Haswell processors. With so many significant computing changes, it can be hard finding a laptop that’s easy to use. Geek.com has a short article on some recommended systems, and the Sony VAIO Pro made the list. The VAIO Pro is more of a high-end performance solutions designed to really go at it with Apple’s MacBook Air. There are many highlights that you can take away from the machine. The two most notable would probably be its display and its sleekness.

Sony is using its experience in TVs to pump up the colors and depth of the screen on this laptop — it’s said to be one of the better 1080p laptop screens you can find.


Waiting for Haswell? Here Are The 6 Laptops You Should Consider

 




Current Special Offers For: VAIO Pro Series Ultrabooks

Toshiba Laptop Ecoupons: 7/18 to 7/29

Most of the great special offers from last week have are gone. The Tecra deals are still there, but the rest have been updated. This week’s promotions will run from 7/18 to 7/29. The best deals can be found in the Satellite Series. Many models have had their discounts bumped up by at least $50 from last week. Check out Satellite P870-ST4GX1 which has been marked down by $600.

Top Discounted Items This Week:

  • $600.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop
  • $150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N05 Ultrabook
  • $50.00 off Tecra R940-S9441 Laptop
  • $500.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop

Current Special Offers For: Qosmio Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Portege Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Tecra Laptops 


Current Special Offers For: Satellite Laptops 

 

Toshiba Laptop Discounts 7/16 to 7/22
$500.00 off Qosmio X70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$70.00 off Qosmio X75-A7298 Laptop
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9331 Laptop
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9312 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege R930-S9321 Laptop
$150.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N05 Ultrabook
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N07 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Portege Z930-S9311 Ultrabook
$70.00 off Portege Z15T-A1210 Ultrabook
$70.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N03 Ultrabook
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N04 Ultrabook
$100.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N06 Ultrabook
$120.00 off Portege Z935-ST4N02 Ultrabook
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9441 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-S9541 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9431 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-S9421 Laptop
$30.00 off Tecra R950-S9521 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX4 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R940-BT9400 Laptop
$50.00 off Tecra R950-BT9500 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R940-SMBNX4 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBGX3 Laptop
$250.00 off Tecra R940-SMBGX3 Laptop
$200.00 off Tecra R950-SMBNX3 Laptop
$250.00 off Satellite P70-AST2GX1 Laptop
$250.00 off Satellite P50t-AST2GX1 Laptop
$250.00 off Satellite P70-AST2NX1 Laptop
$250.00 off Satellite P50-AST2GX1 Laptop
$400.00 off Satellite U845W-S4180 Ultrabook
$600.00 off Satellite P870-ST4GX1 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2G22 Laptop
$200.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX2 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite P50-ABT2G22 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite P70-ABT2N22 Laptop
$200.00 off Satellite P50-AST2NX1 Laptop
$100.00 off Satellite S70-AST2NX2 Laptop
$150.00 off Satellite U845W-S4170 Ultrabook
$100.00 off Satellite S50-AST2NX2 Laptop

ThinkPad Helix Detachable Ultrabook Review

Too many of the convertible tablets out these days look funny. Many of them seem to use an assortment of gimmicks two showcase the the ability to switch back and forth between tablet and ultrabook models. Lenovo’s Thinkpad Helix does not do this. It’s design is pretty straight forward. Use the tablet in slate mode without worrying about other components. When the time comes to compute in laptop mode, simply attach a dockable keyboard. No twisting, turning, or flipping of displays. Just click the two components into place.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad line has a professional look that is simple and clean yet still very attractive. The ThinkPad Helix utilizes this same styling while also providing additional flexibility that you won’t get with a traditional ThinkPad notebook.

With its versatile convertible design and vibrant HD touch screen the ThinkPad Helix has a lot to offer, particularly for business users who want both a tablet and an ultrabook. Battery life is excellent and the system feels solid.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix ‘Rip & Flip’ Convertible Review

 




Current Special Offers For: ThinkPad Helix Detachable Ultrabook

Sony VAIO Laptop Ecoupons: 7/21 to 7/28

It’s that time of year again when you should start thinking about going back to school. Many of you will need a new laptop, so why not consider the deals out right now. There are some great special offers from Sony. Custom models from the VAIO Pro and Duo Series are available at a discount. These systems allow you to build your own laptop with the configuration you want.

Valid: 7/21 to 7/28

  • Save up to $250.00 on Performance Upgrades For Sony VAIO 11.6″ SVP112190X Standard Custom Laptop
  • Save up to $300.00 on Performance Upgrades For Sony VAIO 13.3″ SVP132190X Standard Custom Laptop
  • Save Up to $150.00 on Performance Upgrades For Sony VAIO 11.6″ SVD112290X Standard Custom Laptop
  • Save Up to $330.00 on Performance Upgrades For Sony VAIO 13.3″ SVD132190X Standard Custom Laptop
  • Save Up to $330.00 on Performance Upgrades For Sony VAIO 13.3″ SVD132190X Enhanced Custom Laptop


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Fit Series Laptops


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Pro Series Laptops


Current Special Offers For: VAIO T Series Ultrabooks


Current Special Offers For: VAIO S Series Laptops


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Ultrabooks


Current Special Offers For: VAIO L Series Desktops


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Tab Series Desktops


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Clearance Laptops

 

ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 has been one of the more popular business Windows 8 tablets out there. It’ll do just about everything you need it to do in the realm of basic everyday computing and it’s reasonably priced.

From a computing perspective, like many of the current Windows tablet, it runs a 1.80GHz Intel Atom z2760, part for the Clover Trail+ platform. It has 2GB RAM and 64GB of flash in the basic configuration, which now sells for under $649. In practice, I’ve found the processor to be pretty good for running Windows 8 “Modern” applications and OK for running legacy desktop applications. It certainly won’t set any speed records and you won’t want to do a lot of multitasking or run high-end games, but it’s fine for editing documents, general Web browsing, and viewing videos.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: A Solid Windows 8 Slate


 


Current Special Offers For: ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 Business Tablets