Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cool Tablets, Ultrabooks Expected This Fall

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cool Tablets, Ultrabooks Expected This Fall

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At the Computex show in Taipei earlier this summer, leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids and touch-screen technology designed to take advantage of Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can expect to see near the end of the year. ASUS Taichi Dual-Screen Ultrabook: This could be the offspring of a tablet and an ultrabook, that super-thin and lightweight notebook.

It has dual displays: The touch screen integrated into the top allows it to function as a tablet when the cover is closed; the second, opposite the keyboard when it's opened like a clamshell, reveals a more traditional notebook. When open, the outside screen can be used either to project the inside display via a mirror function or to show different content on each LCD. No price or release date has been announced.

MSI Slider S20 Ultrabook: At its core, this is a fully functioning touch-screen ultrabook, with the ethernet, HDMI and USB ports to prove it. But the MSI Slider S20 converts to a tablet with a slide of the screen.

When open, there's a slightly smaller-than-normal keyboard where you'd expect to find it. To convert it to a tablet, push the screen back until it lies flat and then slide it over the keyboard. The resulting lightweight tablet has a largerthan-average screen and the conveniences of a notebook. No price or release date has been announced.

Samsung Series 7 27-inch Touch Screen All-In-One: You read right: 27 inches. It's a computer built into a massive high-resolution touch-screen display, meaning there's no tower. The multi-touch display houses an all-in-one quad-HD desktop PC that responds to voice commands and hand gestures.

It carries a $1,700 price tag and includes a Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte hard drive. …

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