The temporary reduction follows the company's recent $150 price cut for the Surface RT. Could it be a sign of new Surface tablets coming soon?
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Windows 8 landed in the rough, but Microsoft gets a second shot with the release later this month of Windows 8.1. For the past few weeks, I've been testing out the consumer preview on both a premium touchscreen laptop and a smaller, cheaper tablet. Is it enough to get Windows back in the game?
Based on the same design as the company's luxury Kirabook, some of the new notebooks come with Intel Haswell processors and Dragon Assistant voice-recognition software.
Has the race for the lowest-priced tablet eroded quality?
The new notebook, revealed at Siggraph 2013, will ship with Intel Haswell processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics options in a 4.5-pound, 0.7-inch body.
The updated systems use a mix of Intel and AMD processors, with new notebooks starting as low as $379.99 and desktops as low as $298.
Another blow to the troubled OS comes at the same time as Microsoft slices prices on its own Windows RT Surface tablets.
Lately the lines between a PC and tablet have been blurred by Windows 8 systems that employ all sorts of tricks. One of the most ambitious to date is the Acer Aspire R7, which I’ve been testing for a few weeks.
The 23-inch desktop includes a full 1080p HD display and a pair of Harman Kardon speakers. A touchscreen version starts at $100 more.
The new convertible notebook features a 13.3-inch detachable touchscreen and two batteries, but does not use an Intel Haswell processor.