Quick review: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

2013-05-17

WP_000492If you think the MacBook Air is the pinnacle of ultrabook design and that the iPad is likewise for tablets, then my friend, you surely have been sucked into the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

At the end of April I wrote a brief review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which is a good Windows 8 based tablet, and something any buyer should look at before buying any other tablet they intend for serious work purposes. Now I get to take a look at the ThinkPad Helix.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: First Impressions (updated 3-May)

2013-04-25

WP_000472Although it had been rumoured for some time beforehand, the first real details about the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 came last August when detailed specs were leaked. Having the device in hand, I can say that for what it is, it doesn’t disappoint (on the whole). That said, there are some minor disappointments with the unit that I’ve been supplied. Firstly let me say that the unit has been supplied to me as a loan from a supplier for evaluation within a corporate environment, not a review unit directly from Lenovo. Although I requested all the extras, the unit I’ve been loaned is the base model: no stylus/digitiser, no docking station, no Bluetooth keyboard.

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Why you should respond to Windows 8

2013-02-02

Win8Blue_WebOver on his Clear & Simple blog, my buddy Steve Fogg has a great post, “7 Great Church Websites That Have Responsive Design.” It’s a great post with some good examples of some church websites, both local and overseas, that use responsive design to great effect.

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Australian Surface Pricing

2012-10-17

In the early hours of this morning (Australian time), Microsoft announced it much anticipated Surface pricing and opened pre-orders. There has been a lot of excitement around Surface since Microsoft announced it back in June, so when there was news that pricing would be released, many of us techos waited with baited breath.

One thing that we’ve (begrudgingly) gotten used to here in Australia, is what we’ve come to know as the “Australia Tax”. That being, despite a very strong Australian Dollar, tech companies love to charge us more for our gadgets (surely it costs about the same, or even less, to ship containers from China to Australian as it does to the US). As of writing, 1AUD can buy 1.0266USD, so surely that should mean that we should pay less (in dollar for dollar terms) for a Surface in Australia than in the US? Well, no apparently.

Here’s a quick price breakdown for the base unit
(Surface for Windows RT, 32GB, no Touch Cover)

Store Local Price Converted Price
US 499USD 486.07AUD
Australia 559AUD 573.87USD

So, by my reckoning we’re paying $72.93 more just because we live in Australia.

Anyway, it’s not all bad news. Back in June, Microsoft said that the surface would be competitively priced against other tablets on the market (no second guess for what “other tablets” they were talking about). In fact it stacks up quite nicely. Take a look… http://sdrv.ms/SZc6qm


Exciting Windows!

2011-04-08

Windows7_h_PrintYes you read that right. Yes, Windows, the operating system. It’s time to get excited about Windows. Call me mad if your will (“You’re mad!”), but I believe it’s time to start getting excited about Windows.

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