Microsoft’s Next Non-Pro Surface Announced

Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft simultaneously announced new 2-in-1 hardware and the future of its low end hardware brand. Previously, the Surface RT and Surface 2 featured ARM-based Nvidia Tegra chips and the firm’s ARM-based version of Windows. These devices never sold in very good quantities and typically received rave reviews for their hardware design, but disappointing murmurs for the OS, which did not support traditional desktop apps. I, on the other hand, did enjoy my Surface 2 quite a bit as it gave me a distraction free writing experience, consistent performance, good battery life, and a balance of high … Read more…

MWC 2015 Preview – HP Spectre x360

Upon hearing the news that my beloved Surface (RT) 2 wouldn’t be receiving a full Window 10 update, I started looking around at replacement options. And while I’ve seen a lot of great looking laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets, like the new Dell XPS 13 or the newest Lenovo Yogas, nothing really caught my eye. Believe me, the Dell XPS 13 looks great for a fairly standard looking and fairly pricy laptop, but since I’m used to Surface-level hardware, I was looking for something better. And then I saw this guy get announced on the MWC show floor. If you’re looking … Read more…

Buy a Signature PC to Avoid Superfish-like Issues

From the perspective of someone who’s bought, sold, used, and repaired numerous Windows-based PCs and laptops, the fact that Lenovo pre-loaded adware onto their PCs for years doesn’t surprise me. Every OEM does it. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, everyone. Lenovo’s example is the most public and potentially egregious example I’ve seen, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t dozens of examples of malicious adware already installed on your future PC. Now this is where your average tech blogger would suggest that you do something positively face-cringing like tell you to buy an Apple computer. People, stop. While that’s an answer … Read more…