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Windows 9 leak shows new virtual desktops feature on video

The Windows 9 leaks just keep on coming. This week, a barrage of screenshots and a video of the reborn Start menu were both revealed, and Friday, WinFuture posted a video showing off a newfangled virtual desktop feature currently being tested in Windows 9.

IDF: three wireless technologies that will make your life easier

One of the big things to come out of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, is the prospect of wire-free computers starting from next year. Intel stated that its reference design for the Skylake platform, which is the codename for the 2015 version of the Core processor, will be fully wireless. This means wireless docking, wireless displays, and, most importantly, wireless charging.

Intel aims directly at tablets and hybrids with its Core M CPU

Over the years, Intel has consistently brought to market low-power CPUs for use in thin and lightweight laptops, and with each new CPU the power requirement has gone down. This trend continues with Intel’s Core M CPU (previously codenamed Broadwell-Y), which is the first CPU released using the company’s advanced 14 nanometre manufacturing technology.

Medion Akoya MD99410 (E1232T) touchscreen laptop

The influx of low-cost computers at Aldi will continue on 10 September. On that day, Medion’s latest 10in sub-notebook will go on sale, and it’s sure to command plenty of attention from those of you seeking a highly mobile Windows 8 device. It has an expectedly low price, yet it packs plenty of features that are usually left off products in its class. Be warned though, it’s not the fastest kit on the block, and its keyboard layout isn’t typical.

Innovative Asus resurrects the Eee PC two years on

No mention was made of a smartphone that could morph into a tablet and supersize into a computer during Asus’ IFA address. Instead the company unveiled a flagship ZenBook, a couple of tablets and then resurrected its ‘Ee’ brand of small notebooks with the EeeBook.

HP Chromebook 11 (NB-11-2001TU_05)

HP’s Chromebook 11 has been given a slight facelift since the previous model we reviewed back in February, with the new model now available in a couple of different colourways, which give it a fresher vibe. Other than that, there is nothing new about this Google Chrome OS-based laptop, with the configuration and the connections remaining constant. The asking price also hasn’t changed.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet

Saying that the Surface Pro 3 is the best Windows tablet on the market isn't a stretch, and it shouldn't come as a surprise. Microsoft has built on the Surface Pro 2 in a big way, starting with the screen size, and ending with the adjustable kickstand. It's a product that feels comfortable to use as a tablet; it's also not bad at all as a laptop thanks to its new physical features and a strong configuration.

Toshiba Satellite L30W 2-in-1 notebook

Toshiba’s Satellite L30W is designed for those of you who have a need for a big tablet. It’s a 13.3in tablet at its core, but it ships in the shape of a notebook, which means it’s another of those 2-in-1 devices that allows you to pick one form factor or the other. The size and weight of the unit, either as a laptop or as a tablet is a concern, however, and it leaves us wondering if there actually is a need for this type of device.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series convertible laptop

Dell's low-cost Inspiron 11 3000 is a 2-in-1 unit for those of you who want a device that can act both as a Windows laptop, and as a Windows tablet. Unlike the flip-screen in the company's XPS Convertible model, this unit uses a hinge that tilts the screen all the way back and around to the other side, and is similar to the designs we've seen from HP's X360 and Lenovo's Yoga. That function is the main selling point; apart from that, it has a simple configuration that will handle basic tasks.

Metabox Prime Series W230SS-CTG02 gaming laptop

The 13.3in Prime Series W230SS is the smallest gaming laptop offering from Metabox, but it still manages to pack a potent punch. The model we saw came decked out with a Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and a 256GB solid state drive; but the neat thing is that you can tailor this Metabox to suit your needs and budget.

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Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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