The new version includes many of the improvements from the more powerful B+ board, but costs just $20.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
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Let the iPad tablet holiday pricing war begin.
It doesn't offer the best specs, but you can purchase one for $249.99, or $149.99 with a two-year agreement, to use with the carrier's XLTE network.
The 7-inch tablet is powered by an Atom processor, features separate interfaces for children and parents, and costs $99.95.
The new 15.6-inch notebook mixes performance prowess with portability, though it doesn't come cheap at a starting price of $1,499.99.
The 12.5-inch convertible laptop will include an Intel Core M processor, full HD display, and detachable keyboard. Pricing remains a mystery, however.
The first major tech retailer to see its Black Friday ad leaked will have doorbusters that include a $149.99 8-inch tablet, a $189.99 laptop, and a $199.99 desktop all powered by the latest version of Windows.
The trend of cheaper Windows slates continues.
The new solid-state drives, announced in advance of the upcoming Dell World 2014 expo, fit directly onto the PCIe bus of enterprise servers.
The $299 external box can house a full length, dual-height card to give the new Alienware 13 notebook a graphics boost via a proprietary connector.
Barnes & Noble keeps its e-reading brand afloat with another Samsung-produced Android slate, bundling $200 worth of books and other media content into the purchase price.
The E Fun Nextbook will feature a quad-core Intel Atom processor and include a detachable keyboard when it becomes available in time for the holiday shopping season.
A new Chromebook 2 configuration features a Bay Trail Celeron processor instead of Samsung's Exynos chip, while Dell's Chromebook 11 gets a Core i3 Haswell CPU option.
Like its competitors, this compact system runs Windows 8.1 while it waits for the Steam OS to be released.
In addition to its new micro-sized PC, the world's largest computer supplier has also boosted its ThinkCentre E63z all-in-one with an Intel Core i3 processor.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Verizon launches Ellipsis 8 LTE Android tablet
- 2 Best Buy takes $100 off iPad Air 2, $75 off iPad mini 3 tablets for Black Friday 2014
- 3 Walmart drops original Apple iPad mini price to $199 for Black Friday 2014
- 4 Leaked specs suggest Intel's NUC 2.0 PCs could be future Steam Machines
- 5 What Chromebooks can do offline