Razer's Forge TV gets some competition, though this streamer tops out at 30 frames per second on game play and lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>
The consumer model requires a $99 subscription you can renew every six months, while a more powerful pro model can be purchased outright for $300-$400.
One of Jide's founders says Android tablets are "terrible" for doing work, so the company created a productivity-based tablet with 11.6-inch screen, detachable keyboard cover, and the Remix OS, which adds Windows-like features to Android.
Despite a recent partnership with Samsung, the tablet/e-reading platform suffered an awful holiday sales period, with poor hardware sales a major reason for the decline.
The 2-in-1 one laptop includes a digitizer from Wacom, while the tablets feature Toshiba's TruPen, which the company claims is a "pro-grade pen."
Samsung, Plextor, and Kingston are among the manufacturers preparing more tiny, high-performance SSDs that take advantage of the PCI Express connection.
The PC-on-a-stick will come pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 for $149, or Linux for just $89, when it starts shipping in March.
In addition to showing media files and running games from the Google Play store, the micro-console can make use of Razer's new Cortex: Stream software to stream PC games -- but at an additional cost.
The pricey Mirror is sheathed in mirrored Gorilla Glass 3, while the company's latest ruggedized drive can be set up in RAID 0 or 1 configurations.
The Seven is a mere 7mm thick, while the Wireless drive uses its own Wi-Fi signal to stream files to your mobile devices on the road.
The hybrid devices will come in 10.1-, 11.6-, and 12.5-inch sizes and will be available in May starting at $229.
Is the novel screen shape the start of a trend and worth the $1,300 price tag, or is it just a marketing gimmick?
The 2-pound notebook, to be displayed in Vegas next month, features a 12.2-inch WQXGA resolution screen, Intel Core M Broadwell processor, and 12 hours of battery life.
You'll pay $140 more for a 1080p display and twice the RAM and storage of the company's recent $299.99 configuration.
The final days for holiday shopping can't match Black Friday for sales, but procrastinators can save a little on iPads with these specials.