Windows 8.1 Hybrid Laptop-Tablet Roundup
With new processors and Windows 8.1 now available, PC makers are offering the widest assortment of systems to date.
If the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 isn't for you, but you're in the market for a new portable PC that runs Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise, the choices from several of the leading traditional suppliers are more staggering than ever. So are the sizes and shapes.
Many are mini-Ultrabooks based on Intel's new fourth-generation Core processor, code-named Haswell. Others are smaller and inexpensive options that offer the complete Windows and Office experience but run on low-power Atom processors and will compete with iPads, Kindle Fires and Galaxies as holiday gifts. Here's a small sampling of some of the latest new hybrid tablet-laptops designed to take advantage of the new Windows 8.1:
Dell Inc. Venue 8 Pro
Dell's new small form-factor tablet has an 8-inch IPS display powered with an Intel Atom Z3740D processor, 2 GB of RAM and available with 32 or 64 GB SSDs. In addition to standard 802.11 a/b/g/n/ Wi-Fi , options include 4G LTE or EVDO connectivity. The Venue 8 Pro has a 1.2 MP HD Webcam in front and a rear 5 MB camera. It weighs just .87 pounds. Loaded with Office Home and Student, an optional keyboard is available. Pricing starts at $299.
Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.