BETT2015 covered the whole range of educational technologies from toys for toddlers to enterprise-class laptops, with a good smattering of tablets and Windows 8.1 convertibles.
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Lenovo, HP, and Dell are increasing their collective dominance of the PC market, with Apple as the only threat. So how are the three big OEMs coping with sweeping changes in the computing landscape?
The Dell XPS laptop line is getting upgrades to all its components in its 2015 models. Versions will be coming out with both Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.
Lenovo intends to continue riding its Yoga line of tablets and laptops, and launched a Yoga Tablet 2 with a strange feature, along with the Yoga 3 and ThinkPad Yoga laptops.
Lenovo formed a joint venture in 2011 with NEC to sell laptops in Japan, and the companies are launching two models to sell outside of Japan.
Lenovo has been all over the CES in Las Vegas, announcing new products right and left. Today brought the launch of two Flex laptops, the Tab 2 tablets starting at $99, and the S41 Ultrabook.
Lenovo unveiled its new ThinkPad line at the CES, including lots of laptops and the innovative ThinkPad Stack accessory system.
The electronics retailer is also taking $50 off a Steam Machine gaming PC console and offering a Lenovo Windows 8.1 desktop for $199.99, though its deals are only available in its retail stores.
Dell unveils its Black Friday/Cyber, which include the Venue 8 Pro 3000 Windows 8.1 tablet for $149.99 and an Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 for $349.99.
The newly merged retailer also will be offering the HP Stream 7 Windows tablet for $79.99 and a 13.3-inch Toshiba Chromebook for $199.99.
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.
Hot on the heels of the launch of Android and Windows Yoga Tablets, Lenovo unveils a 13-inch model running Windows.
Three new Lenovo tablets land with (depending on your choice) Windows and Android. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro also has an in-built pico-projector.
Laptops are good rivals for the desktop, especially if you use the iPad Air as an external monitor.
Microsoft is pushing for cheap laptops, including the Stream from HP, to compete with Chromebooks. There’s one crucial advantage of the Chromebook that may throw a monkey wrench in that plan.
If you're envious of the affordability of Chrome OS laptops, but need to run Windows applications, Lenovo's 15.6-inch B50-30 has much to recommend it.
Google dramatically reduced idle times in Microsoft Windows to make its Chrome browser seem "peppier" but the real result was shorter battery life on laptops, and the waste of unknown megawatts of power.
After halting sales on the ThinkPad 8 and selling out of the Miix, the company promises to keep producing new 8-inch Windows tablet PCs in the future.
Windows 8 is designed to work well for both tablets and laptops. This extends to the hybrid, those devices that attempt to be both. Based on extended use of both, it's clear most should go old school.
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