IT Support and Hardware for Clinics
38.0K views | +3 today
IT Support and Hardware for Clinics
News, Information and Updates on Hardware and IT Tools to help improve your Medical practice
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...!

Acer to bring Chrome OS to an all-in-one PC, as vendors experiment

Acer to bring Chrome OS to an all-in-one PC, as vendors experiment | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics |

Desktop devices running Chrome OS haven’t exactly found much traction, but that hasn’t stopped Acer from developing an all-in-one PC built for the Google operating system.

On Wednesday, Acer announced its upcoming Chromebase device, just after Google and its partners unveiled a range

of new Chrome-related products slated to launch soon.

Acer’s Chromebase is set to arrive in the second quarter in North America and Asia Pacific. The all-in-one has a 21.5-inch 1080p touchscreen display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor.

Included are a webcam, two speakers, and HDMI and USB ports, in addition to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. No price was immediately given.

Last year, LG launched its own all-in-one Chrome OS device for $349. Vendors have also come out with so-called “Chromeboxes”, which are basically mini desktops that run the OS.

So far, however, the desktop models haven’t had much appeal, said Tracy Tsai, an analyst with research firm Gartner. Instead, most of the demand has centered on notebooks running Chrome, also known as Chromebooks.

The Google operating system is still a niche player in the market. Last year, about 85 percent of all Chrome devices were sold in North America, and mainly to schools, according to Gartner. Globally, the OS only had a 4 percent share of the mobile PC segment.

That probably won’t charge in the near future, given that customers still favor Windows, and Chrome OS only supports a limited number of applications, Tsai said. But even in the desktop space, vendors will still try to experiment with Chrome OS.

“The vendors always want to find any possibility to grow the market segment, and perhaps the all-in-one will find a place in schools,” she added. “Students may want a bigger screen to work with.”

Google seems to also have that in mind. The company has worked with Asus to come out with Chromebit, a thumb drive with a computer inside that can run the OS.

The Chromebit is made to be plugged into a TV or monitor, and the device will be priced less than $100. “It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses,” Google said in a blog posting.

No comment yet.!

Dell Is Back

Dell Is Back | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics |

Dell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period. Who would have thought?

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous tablet in the picture above. Then take a peek at the sleek laptop below. Those barely-there bezels. That premium ultrathin construction. They came from Dell.

They're not all looks, either: the new XPS 13 laptop and Venue 8 7000 tablet are among the best we've ever reviewed. And not just that. The laptop starts at $800. The tablet is $400. Two premium products that you could actually afford to take home.

No comment yet.!

Fly Or Die: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Fly Or Die: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics |

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2, while long-winded in name, is pretty interesting when it comes to form and function. The kickstand-equipped tablet offers pretty standard capabilities, with a 13.3-inch (2560×1440) IPS display, an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and an added surprise.

The 13-inch tablet also comes with a built-in pico projector so that you can blow out movies or presentations on a nearby wall.

We brought the Yoga Tablet Pro 2 into the office for an episode of Fly Or Die, and to my shock and awe, John Biggs is impressed. He thinks the projector is a helpful addition to a tablet of this size, which could work well for travel or in-home use.

I’m not quite as wooed by the projector, which doesn’t seem to work well in anything but pure darkness, and the UI that Lenovo slapped over the Android 4.4 tablet is a bit too bare bones.

One fly and one die, meaning you’ll just have to check it for yourself.

The Yoga Tablet Pro 2 is available now for $499.

No comment yet.!

Are Smartwatches Already Dead?

Are Smartwatches Already Dead? | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics |

Do people actually want smartwatches? I'm starting to wonder. The Pebble smartwatch—a phenomenal Kickstarter success story and the darling of tech critics everywhere—has only sold 1 million copies.

Don't get me wrong, that's fantastic news for Pebble and for anyone with a Pebble on their wrist. One million units means Pebble can keep building watches that find a happy niche. But one million units sounds like jack shit compared to all the attention Pebble's been getting over the past few years. That smartwatches in general have been getting.

Let me put this in perspective. Wearables are ostensibly the new hotness. They're the tech everyone's talking about. And if you want to buy a wearable, you buy a smartwatch. (Because ain't nobody buying Google Glass till they figure the whole Glasshole thing out.) Guess what you find when you go looking for a smartwatch? Pebble. Pebble. Pebble. It's the one everyone recommends. In fact, CNET, The Wirecutter, The Verge and yes, Gizmodo recommend the simple Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches over every other fancy wristable out there.

It feels like more gallons of (figurative) ink has been spilled about the virtues of Pebble—and the company's incredible journey from Kickstarter to Best Buy—than actual smartwatches sold. When was the last time a product was so universally recommended in a category on the tip of everyone's tongue... and yet didn't move loads of product? Despite competition and a love-it-or-hate-it design, the first Android phone only took six months to hit a million. The original Microsoft Zune (yes, the ugly one) took seven months. Pebble started shipping two years ago.

It's still early days for smartwatches. The Apple Watch isn't even out yet, and it's possible that a lot of potential buyers are waiting to see if Apple blows the doors off the smartwatch category as it swoops in for the kill. The Pebble certainly isn't a perfect device, either. I rarely wear one myself. But you couldn't buy the kind of press that Pebble has received for any amount of money, and yet the top smartwatch in the market has only sold one million units right now.

What does it mean when the best smartwatch only sells a million? Is there even a smartwatch market at all? I'm not so sure. And if the Apple Watch flops—due to battery life?—all bets could be off. Maybe this fuse has almost burned down to its firecracker, or maybe we've got a dud on our hands.

No comment yet.