Windows 8 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-8/all en-SG Windows 10 will be a free upgrade - even for Windows 7 users http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All free for the first year for laptops, tablets and smartphones - Microsoft wants to kill fragmentation dead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 10 conference" alt="Windows 10 conference" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-10-freeupgrade.jpg?1421983582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Windows 10 is such a big upgrade to the operating system that Microsoft skipped a whole version number in naming it. And the company will reward anyone that opted to skip out on the last main release.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free Windows 10 for Windows 7 users </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news#comments Microsoft Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Phone 8 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:52:54 +0000 Elissa Loi 1458183 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Intel’s Compute Stick looks like a Chromecast, but puts a Windows 8.1 PC on your TV for $149 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2015/ces-2015-intel-s-compute-stick-looks-chromecast-puts-windows-81-pc-your-tv-149/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And traditional desktops become even less necessary for casual computing needs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Compute Stick" alt="Intel Compute Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-compute-stick.jpg?1420700465" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">The Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick have made full set-top boxes less essential for media streaming, and now Intel wants to do the same for Windows computers.</p> <p class="p1">Today&rsquo;s CES announcement of the Intel Compute Stick hints at just that. It&rsquo;s a pocket-sized device with a quad-core Atom processor, and it delivers a full Windows 8.1 computer experience that you can plug into any display with an HDMI input. And there&rsquo;s a Linux version coming as well that&rsquo;s 40% cheaper.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2015/ces-2015-intel-s-compute-stick-looks-chromecast-puts-windows-81-pc-your-tv-149/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2015/ces-2015-intel-s-compute-stick-looks-chromecast-puts-windows-81-pc-your-tv-149/news#comments CES 2015 Intel Windows 8 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:40:36 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457004 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: HP unveils Mini Desktops: cheap Windows 8.1 PCs you can hold in the palm of your hand http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/ces-2015-hp-unveils-mini-desktops-cheap-windows-81-pcs-you-can-hold-palm-your-hand/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not that it’d do you much good - you’ll still need a display (or two) to actually use them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Stream Mini Desktop" alt="HP Stream Mini Desktop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-stream-mini.jpg?1420508361" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">HP <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news">made good on its promise</a> to have a sub-US$200 Windows laptop in stores before Christmas, and now it&rsquo;s going one step further: a tiny desktop computer starting at just&nbsp;US$179.99 (about S$225).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">That&rsquo;s what you get for US$179.99. If you like the tiny, media center-friendly form but need a little more power, the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop comes in white and bumps the specs up to a 1.7Ghz Pentium 3558U processor with 4GB RAM (expandable to 16GB) and a 500GB hard drive. And like the Stream, it has dual display support included.</p> <p class="p2">Choosing the Pavilion Mini Desktop bumps the price up to US$319.99&nbsp;(about S$400), and both will be available from HP&rsquo;s website on 14 January in the States before reaching other retailers on 8 February. No word yet on SG pricing or availability on these little guys.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?wireId=1908670#.VKrpSIrF8ww">HP</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015: All the latest stores from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Pavilion Mini Desktop" alt="HP Pavilion Mini Desktop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-pavilion-mini.jpg?1420508361" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/ces-2015-hp-unveils-mini-desktops-cheap-windows-81-pcs-you-can-hold-palm-your-hand/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/ces-2015-hp-unveils-mini-desktops-cheap-windows-81-pcs-you-can-hold-palm-your-hand/news#comments Desktops HP Stream Windows 8 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:10:07 +0000 Elissa Loi 1456771 at http://www.stuff.tv Alienware's new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update: get ready to be amazed by eye-gouging 4K graphics, and it&#039;ll cost just S$3999 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alienware&#039;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power" alt="Alienware&#039;s new Area-51: a triangle of sheer gaming power" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alienware-area-51-main.jpg?1417079192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>WTF is that?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s Alienware&rsquo;s next Area-51 desktop PC &ndash; the fourth incarnation of what many view as the ultimate pre-built gaming computer.</p> <p><strong>It looks like a nerd&rsquo;s wet dream</strong><br />Now now, don&rsquo;t stereotype. We&rsquo;re sure this giant, glowing triangular/hexagonal box, reminiscent of a &ldquo;fusion core module&rdquo; from some sort of spacecraft&#39;s &ldquo;hyperdrive engine&rdquo;, will have huge appeal to lovers of great industrial design worldwide. Young and old... male and female...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The alien has landed in Singapore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a sweet price of S$3999, you&#39;ll get this futuristic-looking gaming desktop. A bit of a stretch for your wallet. But hey, who can resist the lure of gaming with 4K resolution? By the way, 4K display not included, you&#39;ll have to suss for one on your own.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. But anyway, why IS it this shape?</strong><br />Alienware calls the case the &ldquo;Triad chassis&rdquo;, and says its form optimises cooling (all those powerful components have a tendency to get toasty) as well as access to ports and the like: you can simply pivot it forward using the built-in grips if you want to get to the in- and outputs on the rear; while the sides come off if you ever want to replace components like the graphics card or storage drives.</p> <p><strong>Tell me about the components then</strong><br />Like previous Area-51s, it&rsquo;ll be configurable at purchase, and if money is no object you can have an octo-core Intel i7 Extreme processor, up to 32GB of RAM, a 1.5kW power supply, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and as many as three full-length, double-wide graphics cards. That means 4K graphics across up to three monitors &ndash; a potential resolution of 11520 x 2160 pixels.</p> <p><strong>That&rsquo;s a few pixels. How much does this thing weigh?</strong><br />45 pounds, or about 20kg. That&rsquo;s as much as a massive toddler or a small, weak nine-year-old child!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look at those innards, mate – look at &#039;em" alt="Look at those innards, mate – look at &#039;em" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alienware-area-51-open.jpg?1417079192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s going to cost a lot, isn&rsquo;t it? Even if I don&rsquo;t go mad with the configuration</strong><br />We just don&rsquo;t know yet, because all Alienware has done so far is post this <a href="http://www.alienware.com/landings/area-51/" target="_blank">teaser page</a> on its site, and that doesn&rsquo;t reveal availability or pricing; though you can bung the company your email address and you&rsquo;ll be alerted when that info is public. But, yeah, realistically it&rsquo;s going to set you back and arm and a leg &ndash; but if you want to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-2013-year-gaming/news"><em>Star Citizen</em></a> on full graphical settings, what do you expect?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/29/alienware-area-51-gaming-pc/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">ALL OUR HOT STUFF GEAR IN ONE PLACE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xjYa6NXtTwU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienware Area-51 is a polygon of power </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/alienware/alienwares-new-area-51-triangle-sheer-gaming-power/news#comments Alienware Desktops Gaming Hot Stuff Windows 8 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:05:17 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446308 at http://www.stuff.tv HP’s slim Omen gaming laptop sets its sights on the Razer Blade http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update: the It’s not a beast, but then again, it doesn’t look or cost like one either </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Omen" alt="HP Omen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-omen.png?1417074683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever since announcing its company split, HP has shown renewed gusto. The 3D-modeling Sprout desktop is fascinating and new, but even a gaming laptop is fresh territory for the company.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But the just-announced HP Omen isn&rsquo;t a chunky, ultra-powered, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of games-centric notebook. Instead, it&rsquo;s a clear attack on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer/razer-blade-revealed-worlds-thinnest-gaming-laptop/feature">Razer Blade</a>, and it&rsquo;s similarly a slim, distinctive laptop tuned for gaming purposes - with the name and logo a reference to the former VoodooPC brand that HP bought and buried back when.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out for the HP Omen in Singapore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a good way, really. Because the powerful laptop is now available in Singapore, armed with a.1 5.6in 1080p touch display, quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card. The good news? Instead of 8GB, the units here are decked out with&nbsp;16GB of DDR3L SD RAM</p> <p>Not exactly the cheapest laptop around, as you&rsquo;ll need to fork out S$3399 for this slim gaming machine. But hey, at least it won&#39;t break the piggy bank (that much).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Omen packs a 15.6in 1080p touch display, and is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card. With a thickness of 19.9mm and a weight of just 4.68lbs with a matte black aluminum chassis, it&rsquo;s designed to be pretty portable for a computer built for games.</p> <p>All ports are located on the back to keep cords out of the way of any gaming accessories, and the customizable backlit keys let you set seven different zones of colours for at-a-glance reactions. Even the Beats Audio speakers - HP&rsquo;s using that last bit of branding&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-homey-s-voice-controlled-home-automation-new-mortal-kombat-teased-and-leap-motio">before the deal runs out</a>&nbsp;- have multicolour lighting options, as well.</p> <p>The HP Omen is available now in the United States at a starting price of US$1,499.99 (about S$1933) for the base model, which has the 2GB GDDR5 version of the NVIDIA GTX860M, along with 8GB DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD. No, it&rsquo;s not as well-stocked as the current Razer Blade, but it&rsquo;s also significantly cheaper for the base model.</p> <p>Premium options are available to double or even quadruple the size of the SSD, as well as double the graphics memory and system memory, and HP will have a branded Omen mouse and backpack out this month, as well. No word yet on a UK release for any of it, however.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?wireId=1892624#.VFkzNYdoMzI">HP</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://gizmodo.com/hp-just-built-a-gaming-laptop-seriously-1654380880">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news">HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and a huge tactile touchpad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-s-slim-omen-gaming-laptop-sets-its-sights-razer-blade/news#comments Gaming HP Laptops Omen Windows 8 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:36:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1452221 at http://www.stuff.tv HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So that’s what HP’s bean (sorry) up to over the past few months… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad" alt="HP Sprout is a PC with a 3D scanner and huge tactile touchpad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hp-sprout.jpg?1415010601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP has just announced an oddity of a PC, and it&rsquo;s actually rather exciting.</p> <p>Dubbed the Sprout (no, we&rsquo;re not quite sure why either), this machine initially looks like a pretty ordinary all-in-one desktop. But peer closer and you&rsquo;ll see it&rsquo;s far from that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the mat. This is a 20in tactile capacitive touchpad that allows you to interact with on-screen objects and graphics &ndash; and it works in conjunction with the screen, which is also touch sensitive.</p> <p>But the mat isn&rsquo;t just an input device &ndash; it&rsquo;s also a display of its own, thanks to a projector mounted next to those 3D cameras. The projector beams an image onto the mat with which you can interact. It&rsquo;s a setup which is likely to strike a chord with creative types (as evidenced by HP&rsquo;s video testimonials with artists, designers and publishers), but there&rsquo;s potential there for gaming and other activities too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IBnf_lHxPdE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The computer, meanwhile, is a powerful Windows 8.1 machine with Intel Core i7 processor, powerful Nvidia GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB flash drive. You can order it now in the US, priced at US$1,900 (around S$2430).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://sprout.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/29/hp-reveals-sprout/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JiRmdAjubGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hp/hp-sprout-pc-3d-scanner-and-huge-tactile-touchpad/news#comments Desktops HP Windows 8 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:27:10 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1451752 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus reboots the netbook with Windows 8.1, plus debuts world’s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a tale of two extremes as Asus shows off its laptop wares at IFA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus EeeBook X205" alt="Asus EeeBook X205" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-eeebook-x205.png?1409794845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Return of the netbook? That&rsquo;s not something we expected to say coming out of IFA, but at least in name, that appears to be true: Asus is rebooting its past EeeBook netbook brand for a cheap new Windows 8.1 laptop.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Zenbook UX305 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The EeeBook X205 represents Asus at its most practical. Conversely, the Zenbook UX305 shows that the company can still do a premium laptop with plenty of flair and a focus on craftsmanship.</p> <p>Billed the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s slimmest 13.3in QHD+ laptop,&rdquo; the fully aluminum Zenbook UX305 ist just 12.3mm thick. It features a 3200x1800 display and an Intel Core M processor, with solid state drives (SSDs) available up to 256GB.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to get the Zenbook UX305 in Obsidian Stone or Ceramic Alloy shades, but essential details like pricing and release timing aren&rsquo;t yet available. Perhaps when the dust settles on IFA, we&rsquo;ll have a better idea of when Asus&rsquo; sleek new notebook will be ready to launch.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014">Asus</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/asus-eeebook-x205/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">Asus ZenWatch announced, out before Christmas for under &pound;199</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="524" title="Asus Zenbook UX305" alt="Asus Zenbook UX305" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenbook-ux305.png?1409794845" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news#comments Asus IFA 2014 Laptops Netbooks Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:08:45 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446513 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Aspire Switch 10 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/acer/acer-switch-10/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Windows hybrid that&#039;s bending backwards to please you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Switch 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/switch-10-3-new.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What to do if you want all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, but you don&#39;t want to fork out for both? You&#39;ve opened your wallet at just the right time.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$799.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnetic attraction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with most laptop-tablet hybrids, the Acer Switch 10 comes in two bits. There&#39;s the 10.1-inch tablet bit and the base bit it plugs into.</p> <p>Acer has done its best to make fitting the two together easy. There are no release buttons, no complicated click-and-lock mechanisms. Instead everything is done with magnets, and a couple of plastic guides. It&#39;s a neat idea, but isn&#39;t perfect in practice.</p> <p>First, let&#39;s start with the good stuff. The magnets are easily powerful enough to keep the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen firmly attached to the base. The keyboard doesn&#39;t go flying off even if you lift the whole thing up by its screen and give it a wiggle &ndash; nice work Acer, nice work magnetism.</p> <p>Using magnets also means you can put the screen on back-to-front with no issues. You might ask: why on earth would &nbsp;you want to do that? It&#39;s all part of Acer&#39;s 4-in-1 design for the Switch 10.</p> <p>As the screen doesn&#39;t fold all the way back like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga</a>, putting the screen on backwards turns the keyboard into a neat screen stand if you want to just browse the web or watch a movie, rather than type. And if space is super-tight (basically if you&#39;re on a plane or train), you can setup the Acer Switch 10 in its tent form &ndash; again, perfect for movies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Magnets and plastic guides are all the Acer uses to connect its tablet and keyboard sections" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-keyb-s.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="It doesn&#039;t fold backwards enough to be flat, but this configuration is great for movie watching in tight spaces" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-5.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A matter of balance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer gets a brownie point for flexibility, then, but what&#39;s wrong? We found that even after using the Switch 10 for a while it&#39;s still all-too easy to mis-align the tablet with the base. The inconvenience issue is one half of our beef, the other side that we are a teeny-tiny bit worried about the longevity of the thing.</p> <p>The entire outside of the Acer Switch 10&#39;s hinge is plastic, including the guides that slot into the tablet part, where its arch rival&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a>&nbsp;uses metal. Dodgy metal can shear off quicker than plastic might wear, but the Asus&#39;s hardier feel gives us that little bit more confidence in use.</p> <p>Our top tip &ndash; treat the Acer Switch 10 as if you&#39;re on a first date with it, at least until you&#39;re better acquainted.</p> <p>It is high-maintenance in another respect, too. As Acer has valued keeping the Switch 10 super-light, there&#39;s no extra ballast in the keyboard base to stop it tipping over when the screen is tilted back laptop-style.</p> <p>On a flat surface such as a table it&#39;s fine as long as you don&#39;t give the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen a poke, but it&#39;s a right old pain should you try and work with the tablet on your knees. It&#39;ll fall back like a toddler learning to walk as soon as you take your hands of it.</p> <p>Where you benefit is weight. While loads heavier than a light tablet, as the Acer Switch 10 weighs just 1.11kg all-in it&#39;s very light for a laptop. That&#39;s just a few grammes heavier than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">11-inch MacBook Air</a>, which is oh-so famed for its portability. Asus T100 is just as light, though, and that isn&#39;t so tip-happy.</p> <p>Look a bit closer and it&#39;s pretty clear why the Acer Switch 10 is a lot cheaper than a MacBook Air. It&#39;s nowhere near as pretty, and is mostly plastic rather than metal. The keyboard is all-plastic, and while there&#39;s a sheet of brushed aluminium on the back of the tablet for that fancy-pants look, it&#39;s clearly not part of the structure of the thing. The sides, the frame &ndash; they&#39;re all plastic.</p> <p>We don&#39;t really mind, though. Plastic can do the job just fine if it&#39;s part of a well-designed device.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 feels pretty well-made for a cheap hybrid, but we do wish the tablet wasn&#39;t quite so angular. Like previous Acer Windows tablets, it has very boxy sides that don&#39;t even have the tiniest bit of bevelling.</p> <p>No, your poor paws aren&#39;t going to be hurt by those sharp plastic edges. But the Switch 10 could feel a whole lot nicer as a tablet. We&#39;d go as far as to say the tablet doesn&#39;t really make a lot of sense on its own.</p> <p>Just look at the thing &ndash; those giant two-tone bezels make it look like a prop from a 70s sci-fi show. It&#39;s quite strange that the Switch 10 makes a pretty attractive laptop, but a really quite ugly tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air 11in review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Give it a little tap and the top-heavy Switch is liable to topple" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-side-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="As a standalone tablet the Acer isn&#039;t terrifically pretty" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-11.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Working it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But does the Acer Switch 10 really make a good laptop-replacer? It&#39;s actually not too bad at all.</p> <p>We tried using the Acer Switch 10 as our main work computer for a couple of days, to give it a real road test. We will admit, the keyboard takes a little bit of getting used to. It&#39;s keys are shrunk down, to perhaps about 80 per cent the size of those of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Pro</a>, but they are proper keys, sensibly-arranged, with all the usual sorts of secondary functions you&#39;d get in a full-size laptop.</p> <p>After a few days, it feels just like a miniature laptop. The key action could be improved, though. You get the same sort of key depth as an Ultrabook, but they&#39;re a little bit spongy &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a> keys are a bit crisper. To be fair, you will get used to it, and we were typing away at full speed within hours. But keyboard quality is pretty important in a hybrid such as the Acer Switch 10.</p> <p>Acer has tried to make the trackpad about as big as it can in a small package like this, but you can see a few of the budget cuts in it &ndash; you don&#39;t get down to less than S$800 without a few sacrifices. The plastic surface doesn&#39;t have anywhere near as smooth a drag as the glass surface you get with good Ultrabooks, which often use textured glass, and the click action is a bit clunky.</p> <p>Things such as the slightly cramped keyboard and the just-ok trackpad just mean that the Acer Switch 10 works much better as a portable backup to a main laptop or desktop. We wouldn&#39;t recommend using it as your main laptop.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Switch 10 makes a fairly compelling super-cheap laptop..." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-19.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="...although the keyboard and trackpad are a little less satisfying than they might be" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-34.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Longevity limits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Will the Acer Switch 10 get you through a full day&#39;s work if you need it to? Not quite. During its time as our tiny little workhorse, we got around five and a half hours from a single charge.</p> <p>That was with brightness set to 60 per cent, running a word processing app, doing the occasional bit of browsing and performing a few downloads in the background on occasion.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bad performance, but still not quite as good as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer T100</a>, which lasts for up to 10.5 hours (Acer claims up to 8 hours). And neither has an extra battery in the keyboard base (some hybrids do).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Some hybrids hide extra battery power in their keyboard attachments. The Acer doesn&#039;t." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-10-front.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talents on display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So far, it seems as though the Acer Switch 10 is a bit of a poor (distant) relation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>, but it does have a few advantages.</p> <p>Most important, its screen is better. The Switch 10 brings much more vibrant colours, which is great for the more fun side of owning a hybrid. You don&#39;t need nice reds to work on that screenplay that&#39;s never going to get made, but for watching the movie you nicked the ideas off? Certainly.</p> <p>Specs-wise, the Acer Switch 10 display is fairly basic. It uses a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It&#39;s the same sort of resolution you&#39;d see in a laptop at the price, and doesn&#39;t have that super-sharp look you can get with some under S$800 tablets. It&#39;s certainly not Retina-grade.</p> <p>However, it&#39;s decent, and display quality is a good deal better than a cheapo laptop. As the Switch 10 uses an IPS screen, people can crowd around it to watch that video of a cat riding a robot vacuum cleaner without rubbish viewing angles ruining the (rubbish) party.</p> <p>Being a tablet at heart, the screen is a touch display. It uses a glass top layer, too, but we&#39;re pretty sure it&#39;s not Gorilla Glass as it flexes a bit too readily for our liking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6&#39;s &quot;unbreakable&quot; sapphier glass screen shown off in two videos</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not a technically advanced screen on paper, but colours and viewing angles are great" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-1.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The muscle for full-fat Windows? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we look into each aspect of the Acer Switch 10, we see more of the sort of little finishing touches you miss out on compared with something perhaps 2-3 times the price. However, the real compromise is power.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 uses an Intel Atom Z3745 CPU and 2GB of RAM. While using full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> rather than a cut-down RT-style version means you can have a go at installing anything you like, from <em>Peggle</em> to Adobe Premiere Pro, you&#39;re not going to want to edit videos or batch process 15MB RAW photo files on this little guy. It just doesn&rsquo;t have the power for hardcore tasks such as that.</p> <p>However, unlike some slightly earlier Atom-based Windows computers, the Switch 10 does have enough grunt to do the basics in style. There&#39;s no significant lag flicking around the interface, and while just doing simple writing and browsing, you won&#39;t be held back. It&#39;s when loading things up you&#39;ll notice those little annoying pauses. Again, it&#39;s more evidence that you probably don&#39;t want this as your no. 1 computer.</p> <p>To really push the Acer Switch 10 to its limits, we tried running a few Steam games, the most challenging being <em>Two Worlds 2</em>, a 3D RPG released way back in 2010. We needed to strip away all the fancier graphical effects and reduce the resolution to 720p (below the display resolution) to make the game playable. Even then the frame rate isn&#39;t great.</p> <p>You&#39;re not going to be playing the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">latest <em>Call of Duty</em></a> on the Switch 10 then, but it&#39;ll do the trick for older games and the more simple indie titles out there, and there sure are plenty of those. You could always use it for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming</a>, too.</p> <p>The Switch 10 is a bit more powerful than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Transformer T100</a>, using a Z3745 chipset to the Asus&#39;s Z3740. They&#39;re pretty similar, but the Acer&#39;s processor has a bit more graphics power. This added to the better screen makes the Switch 10 a slightly better gaming hybrid &ndash; don&#39;t go trading in your PS4, though.</p> <p>Acer has tried to further jazz-up the Switch 10&#39;s entertainment cred with front-firing stereo speakers &ndash; under the display &ndash; but it hasn&#39;t entirely worked. Any kind of stereo is welcome, but the sound quality is more-or-less the norm for a tablet: zero bass, and fairly boxy sound. For games and movies, you&#39;ll want headphones.</p> <p>The 32GB standard version of the Switch 10 only leaves you with about 11GB of storage to play with anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s marginally more powerful than the Asus Transformer Book T100" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-7.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Switch 10 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1in IPS LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Atom Z3745</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB or 64GB</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, microHDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 177 x 262 x 8.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.1kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Levelling up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Acer Switch 10 works perfectly well on its own, there are lots of ways to supercharge its powers. On the tablet there&#39;s a microSD card slot to let you add storage, and &ndash; just as important &ndash; there&#39;s a microHDMI socket next to it. This lets you hook up a monitor, or even a TV. There&#39;s no cable in the box for this, but you can pick them up online for a couple of quid.</p> <p>What really levels-up the Switch 10&#39;s potential as a little laptop is the full-size USB port on the keyboard base. With this you can attach a USB stick, an external hard drive or &ndash; most likely &ndash; a mouse.</p> <p>Carry around a little mouse with you and you&#39;ll have a pretty good little solution for a dinky little laptop to use when you&#39;re away from home. It won&#39;t take up loads of room, and a 1kg laptop is not going to give you shoulder ache.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Add a USB mouse and microSD storage to get the most out of the Switch 10" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-sides.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Aspire Switch 10 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Acer Switch 10 is the best Windows tablet Acer has so far produced. It&#39;s affordable, portable and flexible.</p> <p>Look at it as a pure tablet and the square-edged ergonomics and battery life are issues, but as a whole package it makes quite a lot of sense.</p> <p>The only other issue is the Switch 10&#39;s big rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>. The Acer is the better movie and game player, but the battery life and keyboard make the Asus a better laptop-replacer, and that&rsquo;s why it just wins out in this two-device mini-showdown.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This seriously flexible hybrid is Acer&#39;s best tablet yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/acer/acer-switch-10/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/acer/acer-switch-10/review#comments Acer Laptops Switch 10 Tablets Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446330 at http://www.stuff.tv That's no tablet, it's the 27in Lenovo Horizon 2 AIO, available in Singapore soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/horizon/singapore-welcome-lenovo-horizon-2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The upgraded two-in-one multi-touch Windows 8 PC can be pre-ordered at Comex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Singapore, welcome the Lenovo Horizon 2 " alt="Singapore, welcome the Lenovo Horizon 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/horizon.jpg?1409490896" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lenovo&rsquo;s bringing in its Horizon 2 Windows 8 PC and by the looks of it, it&rsquo;s an upgraded and slimmer version of its predecessor, with new and improved performance and smart features. &nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-touch and multi-featured </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It also boasts multi-user capabilities, which means that you can now share media with your friends or family more easily. You can pull content from each other, and since it&rsquo;s got a 10-finger touch screen, you can edit pictures at the same time.</p> <p>Its innards include a 1TB HDD, a faster Nvidia GeForce GT 840A 2GB graphics processor and 8GB of RAM to power through multi-tasking work, intensive gaming and photo editing.</p> <p>Speaking of pictures, it&rsquo;s got a new face-tracing feature that lets you upload a bunch of pictures from your smart device or camera and utilise the Aura interface to detect and recognise faces of the people on it. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>This device, which aims to provide a different digital content sharing experience, is available for S$2399, and can be pre-ordered at Comex 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lenovo/ces-2014/hands-review-lenovo-thinkpad-8-little-windows-tablet-could/news">Hands-on review: Lenovo ThinkPad 8, the little Windows tablet that could&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="425" title="Singapore, welcome the Lenovo Horizon 2 " alt="Singapore, welcome the Lenovo Horizon 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lenov.jpg?1409490896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/horizon/singapore-welcome-lenovo-horizon-2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/horizon/singapore-welcome-lenovo-horizon-2/news#comments Horizon Lenovo PC Windows 8 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:06:14 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446130 at http://www.stuff.tv Sharks Cove is Microsoft's answer to Raspberry Pi http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/sharks-cove-microsofts-answer-raspberry-pi/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turns out there’s more than one tiny computer board around – but Microsoft’s Atom-powered Pi rival can’t match it in every respect… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sharks Cove is Microsoft&#039;s answer to Raspberry Pi" alt="Sharks Cove is Microsoft&#039;s answer to Raspberry Pi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ms-sharks-cove.jpg?1406685795" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Listen up, tiny computer fans! Microsoft has just launched the Sharks Cove, its Windows-based answer to the Raspberry Pi &ndash; although its price tag suggests that it&rsquo;s aimed at a slightly wealthier market.</p> <p>While the current Pi, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/raspberry-pi/new-raspberry-pi-b-arrives-same-price-board-it-replaces/news">Model B+</a>, costs just &pound;26 (S$55), the Sharks Cove is priced at US$299 (S$372) &ndash; but that does include the Windows 8.1 operating system and all the necessary utilities to run it on the board.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swimming (and coding) with Sharks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The board itself is based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor (the Pi uses ARM architecture) and sports 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage, so it&rsquo;s also a lot more powerful than the single-core Pi. It&rsquo;s designed as a development board for both Windows and Android, and Microsoft believes it&rsquo;ll find a market among independent hardware vendors and enthusiasts who want to build small but fully-featured computers &ndash; so probably a different audience to the Pi.</p> <p>Sharks Cove is available for pre-order now, and Microsoft has set up a site where prospective users can learn more here: <a href="http://www.sharkscove.org/" target="_blank">SharksCove.org</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows_hardware_and_driver_developer_blog/archive/2014/07/26/the-sharks-cove-is-now-available-for-pre-order.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-is-microsofts-new-raspberry-pi-style-tiny-windows-1612535958" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/sharks-cove-microsofts-answer-raspberry-pi/news#comments Microsoft Windows 8 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443606 at http://www.stuff.tv Windows laptops gearing up to battle Chromebooks for low-end supremacy http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Return of the netbook? Microsoft partners plan for holiday assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire ES1" alt="Acer Aspire ES1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-es1.jpg?1405393980" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite grumbles from traditional PC users, low-end Chromebooks are starting to take off&mdash;and Microsoft doesn&rsquo;t want to give away that portion of the notebook market entirely to Google and co.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-laptops-gearing-battle-chromebooks-low-end-supremacy/news#comments Laptops Microsoft Windows 8 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:48:19 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442127 at http://www.stuff.tv Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/kinect-windows-v2-now-available-pre-order/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft puts a price on the developer-friendly version of its Xbox One sensor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order" alt="Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kinect-for-windows-v2-main.jpg?1404794332" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has made its Kinect for Windows v2 sensor available for pre-order online.</p> <p>The sensor, which will be sent out from 15th July and is priced at S$265, is aimed primarily at Windows software developers. Working with the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0, they&rsquo;ll be able to create apps with voice and gesture controls for desktop and laptop computers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many gamers weren&rsquo;t keen on the idea of an all-seeing, all-hearing sensor sitting in their living rooms, and that&rsquo;s before you get to the issue of, well, the Kinect feeling distinctly non-integral for many games. So Microsoft has given consumers a choice to get the console sans-Kinect (it can always be added later, after all).</p> <p>With the release of the SDK and Kinect for Windows v2, perhaps developers can give the sensor the boost it seems in need of. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on the most exciting Windows/Kinect apps that emerge in the future.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/Kinect-for-Windows-v2-Sensor-Commercial/productID.299208700">Microsoft Store</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129744-xbox-one-kinect-coming-for-pc-on-15-july-kinect-for-windows-v2-sensor-to-cost-159">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kinect for Windows v2" alt="Kinect for Windows v2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kinect-for-windows-v2.jpg?1404794332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/kinect-windows-v2-now-available-pre-order/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/kinect-windows-v2-now-available-pre-order/news#comments Kinect Microsoft Windows 8 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:22:32 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441336 at http://www.stuff.tv 15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don't cost a single cent http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-8/15-best-free-windows-phone-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make the most of your Windows phone with these horizon-expanding apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windowsphone.jpg?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Windows naysayers would describe the Windows Phone Store as a desolate landscape, void of any form of intelligent app life when compared to the lusher Android and iOS ecosystems. But they couldn&#39;t be more wrong.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CamScanner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There you are, doing your expenses claim, when you realise it took you so long to do it, the ink has faded. We feel your pain.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fortunately, CamScanner offers you a better way.&nbsp;Use the app to take a photo of your receipt and&nbsp;you can continue working on it via your phone. The app recognises and enhances text from your scanned documents and allows you to extract entire pieces of text for easier information consolidation.</p> <p>You can even use it to convert text documents to PDFs without having to enter text manually, saving you a whole load of time that could be better spent lounging on the couch. You can also work collaboratively by making annotations on a document across devices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/camscanner/d991ee36-dc78-41e1-9406-0943f13c70fb" target="_blank">Download CamScanner here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="CamScanner" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camscanner.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh Paint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The very creative Fresh Paint upgrades the finger-painting experience with an assortment of sophisticated tools. So whether it&rsquo;s doodling a handlebar moustache on your boss or attempting a Van Gogh from scratch, nothing but your talent&rsquo;s the limit with these modern tools at your disposal.</p> <p>Begin on an empty canvas or use Bing to search images (which you can also transform into watercolour or pencil sketch, depending on the mode you like to work in) to doodle upon. Mix your paints, test out brush style and change stroke fineness on a very believable palette that you can even smudge colours on.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/fresh-paint/ab89f9f8-f78b-4fa0-a244-c87d53c14319" target="_blank">Download Fresh Paint here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="603" height="498" title="Fresh Paint" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fresh%20Paint.jpg?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plonk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Find your perfect red with this sommelier of an app. Educate yourself on the different grape types that go into making each wine, pairing the right white with the right type of food, and our favourite bit - the correct pronounciation of wine and grape names (very important when wanting to impress a potential mate).</p> <p>It has all the information you need to be a certified wine snob. Just remember to deliver your wine trivia with a hint of ze French accent to be completely believeable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/plonk/996a2884-15c8-4ad2-bb17-9ca79175f7f9" target="_blank">Download Plonk here&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Plonk " alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/plonk.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DubStep Pad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hone your DJ skills one tap at a time: DubStep Pad offers an&nbsp;as-long-as-you-have-fingers kind of easy&nbsp;interface to create your own short tracks.</p> <p>With 36 different sound samples to choose from (and more sample packs available for S$1.99 each), you can loop sections and adjust pitch to create your own dubstep din, er, we mean hit. Even if you smack the multicoloured pads at random, there&#39;s a chance you&#39;ll come up with a reasonable rhythm, given the state of music these days.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/dubstep-pad/9fc3e9b7-bfb1-4b5c-838f-18022bc34c78" target="_blank">Download DubStep Pad here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="DubStep Pad" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dubstep%20pad.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 627 .AM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This basic but beautiful wake-me-up app is the perfect morning companion. Aside from making sure you get up on time, you&rsquo;ll be faced with all the information (weather forecast, a reminder to call in sick, another to replenish food in the fridge before you starve to death) you need, laid out beautifully for you to hit the ground running once you force your eyes open.</p> <p>But like it or not, the maximum snooze limit of nine minutes still sticks. Someone needs to make an app to prolong that.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/627-am/d19a5abb-3f65-490a-98bc-c11e278dfddd" target="_blank">Download 627 .AM here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="627 .AM " alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/627.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MovieJax </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy yourself as some sort of amateur Tarantino? Even if you aren&#39;t the biggest tech-head in the world, this attractive and intuitive app is idiot-proof, letting you make your own home videos swiftly with easy-to-understand instructions on how to trim your video clips and add your own audio files on top of them.</p> <p>Customise them further by adding text and photos, and pepper your moving images with timed stills, and you&#39;ve got yourself a contender for the Home Movies Oscars. However, the free version only allows you to make videos of up to 30 seconds, which is still six times better than Vine. If you prefer to make longer epics, fork over S$3.99 for the full version.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/moviejax/01cf0638-a5da-4819-a0d1-57edfcf0500d" target="_blank">Download MovieJax here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="MovieJax" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moviejax.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hipstamatic Oggl </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This hip photo editing app offers users the option of post-editing with Hipstamatic&rsquo;s five lenses and five types of film, with the integrated convenience of uploading straight on to Instagram within the app itself.&nbsp;Prefer passivity? Oggl at other users&rsquo; shots.</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t decide how to shoot, there are five situational shooting modes (Portrait, Landscape, Nightlife, Food, and Sunset) to fall back on every time. If you have a Nokia Lumia 1020, there&#39;s even a special version of the app - Hipstamatic Oggl Pro - that was specifically created to make the most of the Lumia 1020&#39;s massive 41MP eye.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/hipstamatic-oggl/7e4e9622-6f64-4594-a921-72ff0930e572" target="_blank">Download Hipstamatic Oggl here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Hipstamatic Oggl" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hipstamatic_0.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Papyrus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Write faster than you type? Then you&rsquo;ll find this note-taking app very handy. Papyrus transforms your Windows Phone into an upgraded notepad that you can also import images into. Take notes the old-fashioned way (with finger or stylus) and then make sure they&#39;re actually legible via the magic of modern technology.</p> <p>Get more features including a shape tool with the Tool Pack (S$4.49) and the added option of exporting your notes as PDFs via Cloud Services (S$4.49).</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/papyrus/2403f3f9-dd1a-46b6-a975-c955f78f85ed" target="_blank">Download Papyrus here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Papyrus" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/papyrus_0.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Telegram Messenger Beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take your compulsive group chats to a whole new level with Telegram Messenger. It allows you to participate in group chats with up to 200 people, in the unlikely even that you even have that many friends in the first place.</p> <p>Claiming to be the fastest and most secure messaging app to date, the app features Secret Chats that promise end-to-end encryption of messages that you can also set to self-destruct, which means you can send across that private photo... of your boss dozing off in a meeting to another colleague. But what we liked most was the ability to share videos of up to 1GB in size.&nbsp;</p> <p>Everything you send is safe and snug in the cloud, and accessible from other devices. Your only problem now is to get your group off WhatsApp and on to this so you can get the party started.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/telegram-messenger-beta/945b96a7-aadc-4dd0-806a-c2d1e0e6ca9a" target="_blank">Download Telegram Messenger Beta here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Telegram Messenger Beta" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/telegram.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>TED (not the talking bear but the non-profit group behind the mind-opening talks) has recently joined the growing stable of apps in the Windows Phone Store. Why waste time snoozing on your commute when you can learn form the best minds in existance?</p> <p>Spanning a myriad of topics from tech to religion, TED has featured everyone from Steve Jobs to JJ Abrams. And if you should fall asleep, there&#39;s still a chance you might be enlightened subconsciously. But don&#39;t take our word for it.</p> <p class="p3"><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/ted/c32dccd6-ca6c-40d8-a197-230766d59fa2" target="_blank">Download TED here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="TED" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ted.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lock pic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s the point of that big beautiful Nokia Lumia screen if not to display pictures in all their pixel-perfection? Outsource lockscreen beautification to sites such as Bing and Flickr to ensure that your lockscreen never has to suffer the humiliation of your talentless photo-taking again.</p> <p>While sources might be limited to four other sites and your own camera roll, there&#39;s more than enough images out there to ensure you never have to look at the same thing. Search for keywords to rotate photos through time settings of 30 minutes, every two hours or once a day. Just make sure you stay with safe words or you might be unpleasantly surprised when the picture changes.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/lock-pic/b6f31ad1-dedf-431a-9b4d-6781e4937d0c" target="_blank">Download Lock Pic here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lock pic" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lockpic.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ooVoo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The video-call specialist makes sure you see your calling counterpart in HD clarity. If one-to-ones aren&#39;t quite your thing, your social butterfly side will appreciate the ability to participate in video calls with up to 12 people.</p> <p>While video calling might be old hat these days, Oovoo delivers it with finesse, promising voice clarity with echo cancellation, so it won&#39;t confuse your 12-strong group chat even more. Plus, you can keep in touch with the rest of your friends via normal messages even when you&#39;re on a video call. Since the app is available across the other main platforms, as long as your friend has a phone running on iOS or Android, you&#39;ll be video-chatting in no time.</p> <p class="p3"><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/oovoo-video-call/7b7772c6-3fe6-4dc1-a6cf-b611777a9781" target="_blank">Download Oovoo here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="ooVoo " alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oovoo.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Life360 Family Locator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Welcome to the tech age of parenting. Keep tabs on the more wayward members of your family, and be notified when they reach a location safely so you don&#39;t even have to call to check in with them.</p> <p>It&#39;s not just limited to kin, though - you can also add friends into Circles to coordinate gatherings, and make sure that perpetually late pal of yours isn&#39;t fibbing about his ETA. Should you run into a spot of trouble, all you need to do is hit the Notify My Family button and those in your circle will be informed immediately via call, text and email. Talk about covering all your bases.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/battery/c8e96f8e-cda1-4e25-b628-e934815b25cb" target="_blank">Download Life360 Family Locator here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Life360 Family Locator" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/life360.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> #1 ToolKit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every homeowner should have a toolkit, but if you haven&#39;t had the time to make a run to your local hardware store, technology is here for you.</p> <p>#1 ToolKit packs 16 different tools into five app sets: Meter, Convenient, Converter, Sound, Time. Trying to hang a painting? Use the Level function to make sure it goes on straight. Thunderstorm caused a blackout? Use the Flashlight tool to get to the main switchbox. Confused by an unfamiliar unit of measurement? Use the Unit Converter function to make sure the couch you&#39;re buying will fit perfectly.</p> <p>There&#39;s everything you need to solve the slightest fix-it disaster around the house, Mr DIY. But only if you have the right physical tools.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/1-toolkit/1639c502-4896-4167-a77a-0ad46ff11223" target="_blank">Download #1 ToolKit here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="#1 ToolKit" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/toolkit.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OneDrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Formerly known as SkyDrive, this is where all the action takes place on your Windows phone. Browse and share documents and pictures from any device - regardless of OS - through this one app.</p> <p>Pin folders to your homescreen to get easy access to your important files, especially given the non-expandable storage of most Nokia Lumia phones. Want to watch that <em>LoTR</em> trilogy? Stream it directly from OneDrive instead of hosting it on the limited resources of your phone.</p> <p>Disclaimer: remember to use Wi-Fi when you&#39;re streaming. Unless you want to see a nasty bill shock from excess data charges.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/onedrive/ad543082-80ec-45bb-aa02-ffe7f4182ba8" target="_blank">Download OneDrive here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="OneDrive" alt="15 incredible Windows Phone apps that don&#039;t cost a single cent" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onedrive.png?1402795059" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-8/15-best-free-windows-phone-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/windows-8/15-best-free-windows-phone-apps/feature#comments Smartphones Windows 8 Windows Phone apps Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:39:06 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437925 at http://www.stuff.tv Toshiba announces low-priced Android and Windows tablets http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/toshiba-announces-low-priced-android-and-windows-tablets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android-powered Excite Go sells for just US$110 (S$138), which should turn some heads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Toshiba Excite Go" alt="Toshiba Excite Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/toshiba-excitego.jpg?1401292308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gunning hard for the everyman&rsquo;s wallet, Toshiba today unveiled a trio of new tablets that come in at very alluring price points&mdash;and both Android and Windows 8.1 get in on the action.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the Windows side of things, Toshiba&rsquo;s latest Encore 2 tablet comes in 8in and 10.1in varieties, with both running Windows 8.1, featuring 1280x800 displays and quad-core Atom processors, and offering about 10 hours of general usage on a full battery charge.</p> <p>The 10.1in model&mdash;with its camera positioned for landscape usage&mdash;starts at US$269.99 (S$339), while the portrait-centric 8in version sells for just US$199.99 (S$251). Those prices likely reflect minimal internal storage (we&rsquo;re guessing 16GB), but each can be purchased with up to 64GB of storage, and both include microSD card slots.</p> <p>All three Toshiba tablets are set to debut in the United States in early July, but no word yet on a release outside of North America.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">Top 10 Tablets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Toshiba Encore 2" alt="Toshiba Encore 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/toshiba-encore2.jpg?1401292308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/toshiba-announces-low-priced-android-and-windows-tablets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/toshiba-announces-low-priced-android-and-windows-tablets/news#comments Android Tablets Toshiba Windows 8 Tue, 27 May 2014 17:17:11 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437992 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Surface is a powerful, pixel-packed tablet with laptop pretensions. So how does it fare against the all-conquering iPad Air? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Microsoft&#39;s updated its Surface Pro device, giving it a bigger screen, more power and an improved kickstand and Type Cover. But while it&#39;s pitching the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, in truth it fits almost exactly between laptop and tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build - thin versus thinner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft&#39;s made much of how thin the new Surface Pro is, and with good reason. At just 9.1mm thick, it&#39;s noticeably slimmer than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>, which was a veritable beefcake at 13.5mm. Of course overall it&#39;s a much larger device than its predecessor, with its 12in screen resulting in a 292x201mm frame.&nbsp;Despite that increased display size, it&#39;s actually lighter than the Pro 2 - 800g to 900g - and that can only be good news when it comes to single-handed use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Compare it to the iPad Air, though, and it starts to look almost chunky. Apple&#39;s flagship tablet is a mere 7.5mm deep and measures 240x165mm around. Even more impressively, it weighs in at only 469g. Pick them both up and you won&#39;t have to ask which one has &#39;Air&#39; in its name. Offset against that is the fact that&nbsp;you do lose a fair bit of screen space with the 9.7in iPad.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to make a call on aesthetics without having used the Surface Pro 3, but from what we have seen it&#39;s a nice looking device, with thin bezels and a custom-machined magnesium body. It&#39;s also tough: at the launch, Microsoft&#39;s Panos Panay intentionally dropped it onstage from shoulder height, and it didn&#39;t show so much as a scratch. You wouldn&#39;t want to try that with an iPad Air.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3&#39;s integrated kickstand has been massively improved, with the result that you can set it at any angle from 22 to 150 degrees and it will happily stay put. And maybe most impressively of all, though the Surface requires a fan to cool down its powerful processor, Microsoft has managed to make it so small that you won&#39;t hear it (or feel it) in use.</p> <p>The iPad Air has no such trickery: it&#39;s a tablet through and through. That said, it is the nicest looking tablet we&#39;ve used, with a gorgeous aluminium unibody and subtle curves in all the right places.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to say which we prefer without having seen the Surface Pro 3 up close, so at this stage we&#39;re going to call it a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Surface Pro 3&#039;s Kickstand in use" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-002.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1401" height="900" title="The iPad Air is a mere 7.5mm thick" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN - IS BIGGER BETTER? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The general tablet trend right now may be towards smaller screens, but Microsoft&#39;s having no truck with fashion. The Surface Pro 3 proudly sports a 12in display, up from the Surface Pro 2&#39;s 10.6 inches and considerably bigger than the iPad&#39;s 9.7in screen.</p> <p>It also has a relatively unusual aspect ratio - 3:2, whereas most tablets are a widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 and the iPad is a squarer 4:3. By sitting between the two extremes, Microsoft presumably hopes that the Surface Pro 3 will be as well suited to films as it is to productivity and browsing.</p> <p>Both the iPad and Surface Pro 3 have full HD displays, and there&#39;s not much between them in terms of resolution: the iPad&#39;s screen is 2048 x 1536, while the Surface Pro 3&#39;s is 2160 x 1440. However the fact that the Surface Pro 3&#39;s display is so much bigger means that it loses out to the iPad in the pixel density stakes, managing 216ppi to the iPad Air&#39;s 264.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will that matter in practice? Probably. Without having viewed the Surface Pro 3&#39;s screen up close it&#39;s hard to be certain, but the difference is big enough that it ought to be noticeable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course there&#39;s more to a screen than mere pixels, and here the Surface also faces a tough fight to best its rival. In our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">review of the iPad Air</a> we stated that it is &quot;still the best screen we&#39;ve ever encountered on a tablet&quot;, praising its superb viewing angles, vivid colours and excellent contrast. Again, it&#39;s hard to judge the Pro 3 against it without having used it, but at this stage we&#39;ll have to award this round to the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has a 9.7in screen, to the Pro 3&#039;s 12in one" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE ANXIETY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nobody could ever accuse the Surface Pro 3 of being a lightweight. At least not within earshot of it. It runs on a proper Intel Core processor of either i3, i5 or i7 variety, has 4GB or 8GB of RAM and storage options run from 64GB up to a whopping 512GB. All of which should mean that it flies through even demanding tasks such as running full Windows 8 software including Photoshop.</p> <p>If the Pro 3 is a heavyweight, then beside it the iPad Air looks like something of a flyweight: dual-core ARM A7 chip, just under 1GB of RAM and storage that maxes out at 128GB. For all that, it packs a mighty punch, never stuttering in our experience with it and scoring highly on the AnTuTu benchmarking tool.</p> <p>The other type of power that we&#39;re concerned in here is the kind that comes out of a battery. The iPad Air is best described as a typical all-day device - use it sensibly, for instance reducing brightness where necessary, and you&#39;ll get a decent 8 or 9 hours out of it. And that&#39;s assuming you cane it as much as we tend to; use it for the odd bit of browsing here, the occasional game there and you&#39;ll get a few days from it.</p> <p>We can&#39;t pass judgement on the Pro 3 without having tested it, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Pro 2</a> fared considerably better than the original model, so we have high hopes that Microsoft&#39;s claim of 9hrs&#39; use will be relatively accurate, at least on the lower-specced models.</p> <p>The differences between the devices are particularly apparent in this category: the Pro 3 is a designed to be a laptop replacement as much as a tablet, and its specs show that. So while the iPad is near flawless at doing what it does, the Pro 3 is always going to be capable of more demanding tasks, and for that reason we&#39;re going to award it this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro 3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">MacBook Air With Retina Display preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pro 3 is packed with powerful innards" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-010.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE OS WARS RESUME </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7.1.1</a> (to be exact) have their strengths, and both bits of hardware are geared to play to those strengths.</p> <p>In the case of Windows 8, it&#39;s that it&#39;s a full desktop operating system, capable of running the most demanding of software. Accordingly, the Surface Pro 3 has plenty of power, a built-in kickstand for desktop working, a magnetic type cover for productivity (more on that below) and plenty of connections. In short, you can use the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, and Windows 8 will give you everything you need to do that.</p> <p>Admittedly, not everyone is smitten with Windows&#39; brave new break from the traditional desktop OS, but its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review">update to 8.1</a> has fixed many of the flaws that bedevilled it at launch, and if you need a device that really can do almost anything, this may well be it. Windows 8&#39;s Achilles heel remains the lack of apps on the Windows Store. Yes, that&#39;s less of a problem on full Win 8 than it is on the stripped-back RT version, but it may well still frustrate you if you&#39;re looking for the kind of mobile-optimised games and apps that fill the Apple App Store. Still, the Pro 3 will come with the full Office suite installed as standard.</p> <p>Apple also broke with the past on its latest OS, ditching the skeuomorphic design that had characterised previous iterations and giving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> a flat, colourful makeover straight from the pen of Jony Ive. It also got various other much-needed updates, including a proper notifications bar and Control Centre. While we applaud the changes, the important thing about iOS is that it&#39;s still the best place to find the best apps. And though Android may be catching up, Apple still leads the way for tablet-optimised fare. Plus, you now get the whole of Apple&#39;s iWork and iLife package for free - that&#39;s iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and the rest.</p> <p>So, it&#39;s another case of horses for courses here. If you want to run proper desktop software, give the Pro 3 a look. If you want to play the latest mobile games and pick from the biggest selection of innovative apps, it&#39;s the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1601" height="900" title="Windows 8.1" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-011.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 7 in all its colourful glory" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-012.png?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ACCESSORIES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 can be bought with three interesting extras that should make it a much more useful device (while bumping up the cost). The Type Cover is the biggie; you&#39;ll have seen it before on the previous Surfaces, but it now seals itself to the screen magnetically in order to give you a firmer working space. Coupled with the kickstand, it could finally nail the problem of using a tablet as a productivity tool. It also now has a bigger trackpad, which is never a bad thing.</p> <p>The second extra is the Pro 3&#39;s Stylus, which has also had a makeover since the last model. It&#39;s now powered by tech from N-trig rather than Wacom and slots into the Type Cover when not in use. It has a rather neat new trick, too: press the button on its top and the tablet will instantly fire up the OneNote app, even if the Pro 3 was switched off. Scribble your missive, tap the button again and your note will be synced to the cloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thirdly, there&#39;s a Docking Station which adds three USB3.0 and two USB2.0 ports, Ethernet and 4K output through its Mini DisplayPort.</p> <p>The iPad&#39;s hardly short of accessories itself, with third-party manufacturers maintaining a constant stream of cases, Bluetooth keyboards, styluses, speaker docks and the rest. So this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review - the other Windows tablet that&#39;s also a laptop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Type Cover has been redesigned for the Pro 3" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-007.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="1067" title="The Surface Pen has some nifty tricks" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-013.png?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we come to any conclusions, we should mention price - because the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 won&#39;t come cheap.&nbsp;</p> <p>The basic Core i3 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will set you back S$1108, the two i5 models will cost S$1348 (128GB) and S$1728 (256GB) and the i7 versions S$2138 (256GB) and S$2698 (512GB).&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPad, in contrast, starts at S$688 (16GB) and rises to S$1108 (128GB) in its Wi-Fi only guise. You could comfortably buy an iPad Air and 11in MacBook Air for the price of the cheapest i7 Surface Pro 3.</p> <p>And in many ways, that&#39;s the point. Microsoft is gambling that people would rather have one do-it-all device than two do-some-of-it products, and will pay accordingly. Maybe they will. But we can&#39;t help feeling that if they&#39;d settled for a smaller profit margin on this occasion, many, many more might do so.</p> <p>Either way, the Surface Pro 3 looks like a lovely device that we can&#39;t wait to test out. So, would we recommend it over the iPad Air? Really, it depends on what you&#39;re looking for. The iPad, with its smaller form, cheaper price and supremely stocked App Store, still looks like the best bet for casual use. The Pro 3, with its full Windows 8 software, Intel power and larger screen, should be the better bet for working on the go. So, inevitably, we&#39;re going to call it a draw, at least until we&#39;ve given the Surface Pro 3 our full review treatment.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">These are the 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="And our winner is... neither of them. Or both, depending on your point of view" alt="Which tablet? 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