Category | Hands On

Lenovo Yoga 710 11. Mobile, convertible. And it’s great! Any more questions?

Posted on 01 June 2016

I often get the chance to handle PCs before they are released but it’s rare that I take such a liking to a product after so long testing it. After three months with a production sample the Lenovo Yoga 710 has become my buddy in-home and on-the-go and it has proven to me how much I like single-unit convertibles over separable tablet 2-in-1’s like the Surface Pro 3. The fanless (silent) light (2.3 […]

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What can you do with Continuum on the Lumix 950 XL? (Detailed test.)

Posted on 25 May 2016

Continuum on the Lumia 950 LX is a bit awkward. You think you’re actually using Windows 10 desktop and then the bits of the UI you were expecting aren’t there. Neither are floating apps, Gigabit Ethernet USB dongle support and, the one that keeps catching me out, my taskbar with the Google Chrome icon. It’s not that fast either but here I am. on a Lumia 950 XL connected to […]

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A 10-inch detachable for $179. Does it work? Acer One S1002 tested.

Posted on 22 March 2016

I tested the Acer Aspire Switch 10E last year. It cost about $300 and was quite usable. Today I have a lower-cost version of that in my hand. At $179 it’s the cheapest Windows detachable on the  market and It makes sense that I  do a few usability tests with it while I have it. The Acer Aspire One S1002. Surprisingly there’s a reasonable build quality here, charging over Micro USB […]

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Things and Pings. eSIM on the Galaxy Gear S2.

Posted on 16 March 2016

Vodafone gave me the new Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G smartwatch and a free data contract at CeBIT yesterday. Why? Because the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G is eSIM-enabled and Vodafone Germany have just started supporting eSIM devices, ahead of the final GSMA standard. eSIM enables smaller connected devices and faster (cheaper) provisioning. Here we are with  the first commercial eSIM product, and process, out of Germany. eSIM does away with the little […]

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Lenovo X1 Tablet. That keyboard!

Posted on 15 March 2016

I don’t know how Lenovo did it but they have. The Lenovo X1 Tablet keyboard is amazing, and an engineering highlight. It’s got that classic Thinkpad feel of silky key-tops and solid, confidence-inspiring mechanics. There’s a touchpointer, mechanical mouse buttons and a touchpad. There’s even a backlight. Video overview, including the Lenovo X1 tablet itself, below.

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Acer Graphics Dock Hands-on. Thunderbolt and GTX 960M goodness.

Posted on 15 March 2016

It feels I’ve waited years for a consumer-grade docking solution that includes a graphics card. The Acer Graphics Dock a, theoretically, universal Thunderbolt USB-C graphics dock (Nvidia GeForce, details below) brings it all together and while 300 Euro sounds expensive, it’s a good start for a consumer-grade docking station and shows the way for the future of dockable ultramobile PCs. Acer Graphics Dock hands-on at the end of this article. Update 15 […]

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Lenovo Yoga 710 testing, benchmarks.

Posted on 14 March 2016

What a nice surprise! The Lenovo Yoga 710, announced last month and not due on the market for a while, is here on the desk in front of me at CeBIT. At first glance I wasn’t sure what it was. Thin, light, great screen, good keyboard and a Core m5. A look into the hardware revealed the Lenovo 710. Take a look at the images, the video and the notes […]

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Testing Windows 10 Continuum over Miracast…on a very big screen! Video Demo.

Posted on 03 February 2016

Testing Windows 10 Continuum has been something I’ve wanted to do since, well, the second it was announced. Today I got to play with the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and I took the opportunity to get it running over Miracast for a completely wireless Windows 10 Mobile, extended screen experience. For someone like me, interested in highly integrated mobile computers, this was a groundbreaking moment.

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Toshiba Satellite Click 10 – battery life King.

Posted on 25 November 2015

After testing a number of high-end devices recently, including gaming-capable PCs and the Surface Pro 4, it was a really interesting experience with the Toshiba Satelite Click 10 last week. Going from €1500 of Surface Pro 4 down to €399 of entry-level mobile 2-in-1, with the same total weight, highlighted just how much value you can get for your money…and what the differences are between high-end and low-end. My video […]

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Surface Pro 4 overview, from a Surface Pro 3 user. Is it worth upgrading?

Posted on 16 November 2015

I have a Surface Pro 4 with Core i5, Type Cover keyboard and docking station with me now and I’ve just finished the first of a set of videos for Notebookcheck (see it in the Surface Pro 4 review here) and come away, as you’d probably expect, impressed. One of the first things I did, however, was to put the new Type Cover keyboard on my Surface Pro 3. The […]

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Mediapad X2 8.0 – Excelent value 8-inch Android Lolipop Tablet

Posted on 11 November 2015

The Huawei Mediapad X2 is an excellent Android tablet, and that includes the price. In Europe you can pick this up for €289 or for €330 with LTE, and that includes sales taxes. I had it for just a few days while I did a Notebookcheck video so I wasn’t able to test things like screen mirroring, encryption, MHL, OTG or some of the newer aspects of Android but what I did […]

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Acer Aspire Switch 11V 2-in-1 video review and opinion. (Great screen, limited performance.)

Posted on 26 October 2015

I have the Acer Aspire Switch 11V with me in the studio and have just posted the review video for Notebookcheck. It scored 76% in their review so let me tell you why it wasn’t a huge win.

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