Microsoft is having a nice Spring sale at its retail and online store. Key deals include $100 off Core i5-based Surface Pro 4 models, big savings on the Dell XPS 13 laptop, and 2 free games with select Xbox One purchases.
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The Intel NUC mini-PC---technically a mini-PC kit to which I've added RAM and storage---is that rarest of delights, a cost-effective yet powerful PC that just works.
Arriving home from my recent trip, I was happy to see that the Intel NUC, RAM, and M.2 SSD storage card had arrived. As expected, putting these components together couldn't have been easier.
I'm flying home from Seattle today, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to Microsoft Movies & TV on April 1, Samsung SSD hits 15 TB, Amazon is shipping two new Echo devices.
About a month ago, I wrote about my plans to build a few PCs this year. Before getting to that, here's a (literally) small and easier diversion: A Skylake-based Intel NUC mini-PC.
One year ago this week, I was introduced to HP's stunning Spectre x360, the most impressive convertible PC released in 2015. I just had one question: Would HP ever consider making a 15-inch version? The answer, happily, is yes.
I was a bit nervous to see the Raspberry Pi 3 announced with no mention at all of Windows 10. But Microsoft has confirmed that it supports the new kit PC with a free version of Windows 10 IoT Core.
Raspberry Pi today announced the Raspberry Pi 3, a new version of its wildly popular mini-computer board that adds a 64-bit quad-core and integrated wireless networking capabilities. The Raspberry Pi 3 costs just $35.
Microsoft announced today that it has begun notifying the first wave of developer applicants that they can now purchase a HoloLens developer kit, which will begin shipping in one month. Additionally, the software giant has revealed the HoloLens hardware spec
Back in late 2014, Microsoft released the best Miracast dongle in the market, the cunningly named Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Well, they're back with a new version, and while I've been using it for the past week, it's still a bit early for a final verdict.
The Start menu for Microsoft's upcoming Hololens has been shown off in a new video and it features Live tiles, Cortana and more.
Microsoft is working on a new app called Actiongram for Hololens that will allow the user to create short clips and share them with the world.
Earlier today, I wrote about Microsoft's decision to step back from the MWC spotlight this week and let its partners take center stage. Here's a quick rundown of the top Windows 10 phones, tablets/2-in-1s and laptops that they are announcing this week.
While a lot of things were going through my mind as I listened to HP justify its Elite x3 Windows phone, the one thing I kept coming back to was this: Given the incredible specs and extensibility of HP's new handset, how can a rumored Surface phone even compete?
The long-rumored HP Elite x3 will cheer beleaguered Windows phone fans, even though this new smart phone isn't aimed at them, or at the retail market. Instead, the Elite x3 is just part of a compelling end-to-end solution aimed at businesses.
HP's gorgeous Elite x3 Windows phone is going to turn heads, but the Desk Dock and Mobile Extender accessories are, in some ways, just as impressive. Here are some product shots of the new hardware.
Microsoft has released a firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book that finally allows the machines to enter a sleep state.
I have a new semi-custom desktop that has my first ever SLI GPU setup as well as Samsung's amazingly fast new Samsung 950 PRO -Series 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
Windows fans no longer need to pine for a MacBook Air: HP's Envy Notebook is thinner and less expensive than the Apple offering, and provides a number of unique features. Is it the ultimate Ultrabook? It comes very close.
I'm not sure why it's doing so now, but in a bid to perhaps stave off the sales doldrums of winter, the Microsoft Store online is offering great savings on some of Microsoft's first-party devices, including Band 2, Surface Pro 4, and Xbox One.
A few tidbits from around the web: More details on that Surface power cord recall, a WWII shooter game hits Kickstarter, Lenovo's quarterly results show the firm is still mostly a PC maker, Google's podcast service is imminent, and Amazon is opening more retail book stores.
As you may recall, I'm a big fan of the InFocus Kangaroo mini-PC, which offers amazing functional value and a low price. Today, InFocus announced a second model of its mini-PC, called Kangaroo Plus, which provides double the RAM, storage, and performance.
With Microsoft reporting its earnings for the final calendar quarter of 2015, we have some useful data for evaluating how the firm's devices businesses are doing. And as you should expect, there's some high points and some not-so-high points.
With its Tablet PC initiative faltering in the mid-2000s, Microsoft set out to reinvigorate the segment with a new offering aimed at a new generation of smaller personal computers. Dubbed Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and code-named Origami, this unique design still reverberates strongly today in various phones and tablets.
Acer and Microsoft revealed this week that they have collaborated on a new Windows 10 laptop aimed at the education market. Dubbed the TravelMate B117, this new laptop provides unique interactive features that are ideal for the classroom.
Last year, I discussed my plans to build my next desktop PC, and then never really followed through. But this year, I'll be building two PCs, a gaming PC for my son and a non-gaming PC for myself.
As promised, Microsoft has delivered the initial lists of Skylake-based business PCs on which it will support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These lists come from four of the biggest PC makers for businesses: Lenovo, HP, Dell and NEC.