Dell unveiled a line of Venue Windows 8 and Android tablets, an 11-inch hybrid and a couple premium XPS Ultrabooks that it hopes will shake the PC market out its slump.
Laptops & Desktops
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Among the slew of new portables are a pair of Ultrabooks.
The IdeaCentre B750 offers a big display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and starts at $1,199. Three other new IdeaCentre all-in-ones have also been unveiled.
I've yet to to find a hybrid that is both a great laptop and a good tablet. But the latest version of the Dell XPS 12, which has been updated with Intel's Haswell processor, comes pretty close.
Another Windows RT slate appears to bite the dust, leaving whatever market there is to Microsoft's Surface RT and forthcoming Surface 2.
The latest Y Series processors use so little power that they are now a viable option for fanless tablets and 2-in-1 devices. HP is the first to announce a 2-in-1 with the latest Haswell-Y chip, but will others follow?
The pair of budget-friendly Pavilion x2 models will start at $599.99, while the Spectre 13 x2 convertible sports a starting price of $1,099.99.
The Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition lets you control the notebook without even touching it. It goes on sale next month starting at $1,049.99.
The offerings include the Slate 7 Extreme, a version of Nvidia's Tegra Note, and the Slate 8 Pro with an ultra-high-resolution screen. The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD come with two free years of T-Mobile data service.
Intel finally has a serious solution for tablets. Bay Trail closes the gap with Arm-based competitors in terms of performance, power and price. Now it just needs some great tablets to go with it.