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List of new Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 convertible tablets 2015

This is a list of upcoming new tablet devices with Windows 8.1 and 10. This is not a complete list but tries to list most of the major consumer devices (below 14″).

UPDATE 11/24/2015: Added Toshiba Dynapad
UPDATE 10/30/2015: Added Lenovo Yoga 700
UPDATE 10/19/2015: Added Lenovo Yoga 900 13
UPDATE 10/8/2015: Updated XPS 12
UPDATE 10/7/2015: Added Spectre X2, Envy Note 8 and updated X360
UPDATE 10/6/2015: Added Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book
UPDATE 9/11/2015: Added XPS 12 (removed Dell XPS 13 Touch)
UPDATE 9/2/2015: Added Lenovo Miix 700, Toshiba Radius 12 & Click 10
UPDATE 3/31/2015: Added Surface 3
UPDATE 3/2/2015: Added HP Spectre x360

Device Specs Price & Date Comments
Acer Switch 10 (SW5-015 model)
10.1″ 1920 x 1200 IPS
? nits
Atom Quad core, 32-64 GB eMMC
2 GB memory
USB 2.0,micro-USB 2.0,micro HDMI
2 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 7 hrs
262 x 177 x 8.9 mm
594 / 1210 g (+keyboard)
From $399

August, 2015

Note refresh so same model name (so check for SW5-015 model #). There is also a cheaper version called 10 E (SW3-13) starting at $279 with lower resolution.
Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi
8.9″ 1280×800 IPS
? nits
Atom Z3775, 32-64 GB eMMC
Intel HD Graphics 5300?
1-2 GB memory
micro-USB, microSD
Stylus
2 + 5 MP Webcams
Battery: up to ? hrs
241 x 137 x 7.5/13.2 mm (+keyboard)
400 / 750 g (/+dock)
From $299

February, 2015

Docking keyboard holder (not magnetic to hold it in place for deeper angles so limited range). Note keyboard has no trackpad but keys are relatively larger for this size.
Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi
10.1″ 1920×1200
? nits
Atom Z3775, 32-64 GB eMMC
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
1-2 GB memory
micro-USB, micro HDMI, microSD
2 + 5 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 10 hrs
265 x 175 x 7.2/13.2 mm (+keyboard)
570 / 1060 g (/+dock)
From $399

February 2015

Thinnest convertible so far at only 7.2 mm thickness for the tablet without docked keyboard.
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
12.5″ 1920×1080 / 2560×1440
291 nits (NB Test on battery)
Intel M5Y10/71 Broadwell, 128 GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 5300
4-8 GB memory
Micro-USB, micro HDMI
2MP Webcam (rear only)
Battery: up to 8 hrs
NB WiFi Test: 3:56 hrs
318 x 192 x 7.6/16.5 mm (+keyboard)
720 / 1420 g (/+dock)
From $699 (1080p)

April 2015

Starting at $799 for the higher resolution model.

Notebookcheck review

Dell XPS 12
Dell XPS 12 2015
12.5″ 1080p or 3840×2160 IPS
400 nits
Intel Core m5, 128/256 GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 515
2xThunderbolt 3,USB 3.1,VGA,HDMI
8 GB memory
5+8 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 10 hrs
291 x 193 x 8 mm
291 x 198-16-25 mm (with dock)
794 /1270 g
From $999

November 2015

Very small bezel on the sides. Detachable magnetic keyboard design with fixed angle. Display ratio is 16:9 widescreen. Optional very high 4K display resolution.
HP Envy Note 8
8″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Intel Atom X5-8300, ? GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics ?
microUSB 2.0,microSD
LTE ready for Verizon,Stylus
2 GB memory
2 + 5 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 6.25 hrs
? x ? x 7.7 mm
363 g
From $329

Nov.8th, 2015

Optional 10″ keyboard for $100 (similar to dock in landscape mode).
HP Spectre x2
12″ 1920×1280 IPS (2:3)
? nits
Intel Core m3/5/7, 128-512 GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics ?
2xUSB Type-C,microSD,LTE
RealSense cam back,opt.stylus
4-8 GB memory
5 + 8 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 10 hrs
? x ? x 8 mm
839/ 1220 g
From $800 (with keyboard)

Nov.8th, 2015

Similar to Surface design except kickstand is U shaped frame to allow thinner tablet. USB-A converter included.
HP Spectre x360
13.3″ 1920×1080/2560×1440 IPS
257 nits (356 on power)
Intel Core i5/i7, 128-512 GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 5500
3x USB 3.0,HDMI,MiniDisplay port
4-8 GB memory
1 MP Webcam
Battery: up to up to 12.5 hrs
Skylake version: up to up to 13-15 hrs
NB Test: 9:02 hrs
325 x 218 x 15.9 mm
1479 g
From $900

March 15, 2015
Skylake:Q4 ’15

Folds 360 degrees like Lenovo Yoga series. Updated version is coming Q4 with new Intel 6th. gen Skylake CPU.

Notebookcheck review

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750
Lenovo LaVie HZ750
13.3″ 1920×1080/2560×1440 IPS
? nits
Intel Core i7, 128 GB SSD
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
2x USB 3.0,HDMI,SD
4-8 GB memory
720p MP Webcam
Battery: up to 7-8 hrs
319 x 217 x 16.9 mm
925 g
From $1499

May 2015

Folds 360 degrees like the Yoga series. Currently lightest convertible 13″ notebook on the market.
Lenovo Miix 700
Lenovo Miix 700
12″ 2160×1440 (1:5)
300 nits
Intel Core m5/m7 Skylake
64?-256 GB SSD
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
up to 8 GB memory
1x USB 3.0,1x USB 2.0,micro HDMI,microSD
RealSense 3D camera (back only), opt. LTE
5+5 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 9 hrs
292 x 210 x 8.95 mm
780 / ? g (/with keyboard)

From $699
($749+ with keyboard)
November 2015
Very similar design as Surface: adjustable (160 degree) kickstand with detachable keyboard. New Skylake CPU (this one not quite as powerful as Core i5). Stylus appears to be supported as external accessory.
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 & 14
11.6″ & 14″ 1920×1080 IPS
290/235 nits (11/14″)
Intel M5Y10 Broadwell, ? GB
Intel HD Graphics (14″ opt. nvidia)
2-8 GB memory
2x USB 3.0,USB 2.0,HDMI,SD
720p MP Webcam
Battery: up to 6.5 hrs
NB Test: 7:23/7:14 hrs (11/14″)
290 x 197 x 15.8 mm (18.3 mm 14″)
1110 g / 1588 g (11/14″)
From $799

March 2015

14″ model also available with optional discrete graphics. Available in silver, white and black (14″ model orange instead of white).

Notebookcheck review 11″
Notebookcheck review 14″

Lenovo Yoga 700 11 & 14
Yoga 700
11″ & 14″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Intel Skylake i5/i7, 256 GB
Opt. NVIDIA Geforce 940M (14″)
up to 8 GB memory
2x USB 3.0,1x USB 2.0,micro HDMI,SD
? MP Webcam
Battery: up to 7 hrs
? x ? x 15.9 mm (11″)
335 x 230 x 18.3 mm (14″)
1100/1600 g (11/14″)
From $649/899

Nov. 2015

360 degree folding.
Lenovo Yoga 900 13
13.3″ 3200×1800 IPS
300 nits
Intel Skylake up to i7, 256-512 GB
Intel HD Graphics 520
8-16 GB memory
2xUSB 3,USB-C with video out,SD
1 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 9 hrs
324 x 225 x 14.9 mm
1290 g
From $1199

Nov. 2015

360 degree folding. Successor to the Yoga 3 Pro with updated Intel CPU. Available in 3 colors. Display could be better with relatively low contrast.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 AnyPen
8″ 1920×1200 IPS
? nits
Intel Atom Z3745, 32 GB eMMC
Intel Integrated HD Graphics
2 GB memory
micro USB,microSD
1.6 + 8 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 15 hrs
x ? x ? mm
426 g
From $299

January 2015

AnyPen technology allows you to use any object as a stylus on the screen.
Microsoft Surface 3
10.8″ 1920×1280 IPS (3:2)
399 nits (NB Test)
Atom x7-Z8700, 64-128 GB eMMC
Intel Integrated HD Graphics
2-4 GB memory
USB 3.0,miniDisplayPort,microSD
micro-USB (charge in+out),opt.LTE+GPS
3.5 + 8 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 10 hrs
267 x 187 x 8.7 mm
622 g
From $499

May 2015

One of first Atom CherryTrail devices (next generation Atom). Comes with 1 year Office 365 subscription and 1 TB cloud storage. Optional Stylus and type cover.

Notebook test review

AnandTech review

Microsoft Surface Book
13.5″ 3000×2000 IPS (3:2)
? nits
Core i5/?, 128-1 TB SSD
i5 HD Graphics / opt. Nvidia GeForce
8-16 GB memory
2xUSB 3.0,miniDisplayPort,SD
Hello cam login, Surface Pen
5 + 8 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 12 hrs
3-4 hours without keyboard dock
232 x 312 x 13-22.8 mm (laptop)
312 x 220 x 7.7 mm (tablet)
728/1497 g (tablet/laptop)
From $1499

Oct.26th, 2015

Detachable screen which can be also inserted backwards in kiosk mode. Option for dedicated graphics. Double battery
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Surface Pro 4
12.3″ 2736×1824 IPS (3:2)
378 nits (AnandTech test, Pro3: 335)
Core m3/i5/i7, 128-1 TB SSD
m3 515,i5 520, i7 Iris graphics
4-16 GB memory
USB 3.0,miniDisplayPort,microSD
TPM, stereo speakers,stylus
5 + 8 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 9 hrs
292 x 201 x 8.45 mm
766-786 g (m3/i cpu)
1076-1096 (+ opt.type cover 4)
From $899 (without keyboard)

Oct.26th, 2015

Changes:
– next gen CPU
– smaller bezel +0.3″ increased res.display
– lighter (-4%) and thinner (-0.6 mm)
– strong side magnet for pen attachment
– Windows 10 Hello support (unlock by face)
– New 1024 pressure level stylus pen with multiple interchangeable tips

Updated accessories:
– New type cover: less flex & larger touchpad
– New smaller Surface dock (external box)
Toshiba Click 10
10″ 1920×1200 (1:6)
? nits
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
Up to 64 GB eMMC
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
Up to 4 GB memory
?,?,microSD
RealSense 3D camera
? + ? MP Webcam
Battery: up to 15 hrs
259 x 185 x 22 mm
552/1100 g (without/with keyboard)
From $499 est.

Q4 2015

Detachable keyboard using lock mechanism. New generation Atom CPU. Battery is in both tablet and keyboard which would last up to 15 hours combined.
Toshiba Dynapad
12″ 1920×1280 (3:2)
? nits
Intel Atom ?, up to ? eMMC
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
Up to 4 GB memory
?,?,?
Wacom Stylus
? + ? MP Webcam
Battery: up to ? hrs
? x ? x 6.6/14.9 mm (/with keyb.)
569/996 g (/with keyb.)
?

Q1 2016

Very thin and light.
Toshiba Portege Z20t
12.5″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Intel M5Y51 Broadwell
128-256 GB SSD
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
4-8 GB memory
micro-USB, micro HDMI, microSD
Wacom Digitizer, TPM
2 + 5 MP Webcam
Battery: up to 9.1/17.4 hrs (with dock)
309 x 215 x 8.8/21 mm
725 / 1500 g
From $1400

January 2015

Opt. dockable keyboard with hinges and extra battery.
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12
12.5″ 1920×1080/3840×2160
? nits
Intel Skylake up to i7
256/512 GB SSD
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
Up to 8 GB memory
USB,USB-C,HDMI
RealSense 3D camera
? + ? MP Webcam
Battery: up to ? hrs
? x ? x 15.2 mm
1315 g
From $999

Oct.18, 2015

360 degree folding display (similar to Yoga)
4K UHD display available with 100% sRGB color space.
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List of new Windows 8 tablets 2012

This is a list of upcoming new mobile tablet devices with Windows 8. This is not a complete list but tries to list most of the major consumer devices.

UPDATE 6/3/2013: LIST CLOSED. New 2013 list: 2013 Windows 8 tablets
UPDATE 5/23/2013: Added Acer Aspire R7
UPDATE 5/3/2013: Added Acer Iconia W3
UPDATE 4/11/2013: Added Toshiba Portege Z10t
UPDATE 2/10/2013: Updated Transformer specs, added review & brightness levels for Surface Pro & Thinkpad 2
UPDATE 2/9/2013: Added review links for VivoTab Smart & Toshiba U920t & XPS 10
UPDATE 2/5/2013: Updated Asus VivoTab TF810 tested brightness
UPDATE 2/4/2013: Updated Lenovo Helix availability
UPDATE 2/1/2013: Updated Fujitsu Arrows specs and availability, added Toshiba tested nits and battery life
UPDATE 1/30/2013: Added Yoga 11 Notebookcheck test results for screen and battery life
UPDATE 1/24/2013: Updated Kupa X15 specs and availability
UPDATE 1/24/2013: Updated Lenovo Helix specs, updated MSI S20 availability
UPDATE 1/22/2013: Added Surface Pro availability date
UPDATE 1/11/2013: Removed Samsung Ativ Tab RT (cancelled)

Note entries marked with RT are running Windows RT which will only run new metro style apps but not existing Windows 7 apps.

Device Specs Price Comments
Acer Aspire R7 15.6″
Acer Aspire R7
15.6” 1920×1080
? nits
Core i5-3337U, HD4000
6-12GB,500GB HDD/24GB SSD
2xUSB2,1xUSB3,HDMI
Webcam
Battery: < 4 hrs
254x376x28 mm
2400 g

$999

May, 2013

Unique sliding design to convert into tablet (almost flat)

Review Cnet

Acer Iconia W3 8″
Acer W3
8” 1280×800
? nits
Atom Clover trail 1.5 GHz
2GB,32 GB
micro-USB,microHDMI
2 MP Webcam
Battery: < 8 hrs
135x219x11 mm
499 g

$379

Q2, 2013?

Acer Iconia W510
W510
10.1” 1366×768 IPS
NB test: 278 nits (350)
Atom Clover trail 1.5 GHz
2GB,32/64GB eMMC
micro-USB,microHDMI,micro-SD
E-Compass,G-Sensor,Gyrometer
2/8 MP Webcam
Battery: 9 hrs (18 hrs dock)
NB Web test: 13:35 hrs (dock)
168x259x9 mm
600 g (+620 g keyboard dock)
$499 (without dock,32GB)

$749 (with dock,64GB)

Nov. 9th

Comes with sleeve and HDMI to VGA adapter. Stereo speakers are built-in on both sides. Keyboard dock can be bought seperate for $150 which doubles battery life and has extra USB port.
Acer Iconia Tab W700
11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Core i3 / i5 1.7 GHz, HD4000
4GB memory, 64/128GB SSD
1xUSB 3.0,micro-HDMI,volume
Thunderbolt port
5/1.3 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 8 hrs
Engadget test: 7.13 hrs
191x295x12 mm
950 g
$799

$999:i5+128GB

Oct. 26th, 2012

Great battery life for core CPU device. Slate with a cradle (without keyboard). Features thunderbolt port and fast Ivy Bridge CPU.

Video: Acer Iconia W700 Hands On

Asus Taichi 21
2x 11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
NB Test: 223+216 nits
Core i5/i7, HD4000
4GB memory / 128/256GB SSD
2xUSB3.0,Micro-HDMI,SDX/MMC reader,BT4.0
1080p Webcam
Battery: up to 5 hrs
307x199x17 mm
1225 g
From $1299

Dec, 2012

Dual screen (lid has screen on both sides). Second 13.3″ model would also follow: Taichi 31

Review Notebookcheck

Asus VivoTab RT (TF600T)
10.1” 1366×768 IPS+ RT
600 nits (554 AnandTech test)
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core
2GB memory / 32/64GB eMMC
2xUSB,4G LTE,?
2+8mp Webcam
E-Compass,NFC,gyroscope,MicroSD
Battery: 9/16 hrs. (-/+ dock)
NB web test: 10:18 hrs (no dock)
263x171x8.3 mm
525 /1036 g (without/with dock)
$599

Oct.26th, 2012

It seems dock is now included with base model (not sure if 2nd battery is incl.). You want to double-check when you order. Price is bit high for RT device which won’t run Windows 7 apps but it’s lightest, thinnest tablet with brightest screen (should be readable outdoors). Also features stereo speakers, E-Compass and several other sensors.
AT&T device comes with 4G LTE. Magnetic keyboard dock.
AnandTech review
Asus VivoTab Smart
10.1” 1366×768 IPS
NB Test: 360 nits (350)
Atom Z2760
2GB memory, 64GB eMMC
micro-USB,micro HDMI,micro SD
E-Compass,Gyroscope,NFC
2+8mp Webcam
Battery: NB Web test: 7:52 hrs
263x171x9.7 mm
580 g
$499

Jan, 2013

Optional magnetic connected keyboard available similar to Surface

Notebookcheck review

Asus VivoTab TF810
11.6″ 1366×768 IPS+
NB Test: 377 nits
Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz
2GB memory / 64GB eMMC
2xUSB,MicroSD
2+8 MP Webcams
Battery: 10 / 19 hrs (with dock)
294x189x9 mm
675 g (without keyboard)
$799 Wacom digitizer. Magnetic keyboard dock. Note called 810 before.

Notebookcheck review (German)

Asus Transformer Book TX300CA
13.3″ 1920×1080
350 nits
Core i5/i7 Ivy Bridge, HD4000
4GB memory, 128GB SSD
Dock: +500GB HDD
Micro-HDMI,Micro-SD
Dock:miniDisplayPort,2xUSB3.0,SD
1+5mp Webcams
Battery: ? hrs
340x219x7.5-23 mm
1900 g (with dock?)
$ 1399 est.

Feb?, 2013

Slate with Magnetic keyboard dock (similar to Android Transformer).

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxzthX43qvY

Dell Latitude 10
10.1″ 1366×768 IPS
Laptopmag: 473 nits
Atom Z2760, Intel GMA
2GB memory, 32/64GB SSD
USB 2.0,mini-HDMI,SDXC
2+8 MP Webcams
Laptopmag web test: 7:16 hrs
opt. 4 cell: 17:40 hrs
274x177x11 mm (16mm 4-cell)
658/820 g (4-cell)
From $499

Oct. 26

Optional Wacom stylus and extended 4 cell battery. Note this device features a removeable battery except for the entry models.

Laptop mag review

Dell XPS 10 (RT)
10.1″ 1366×768 RT
NB Test: 352 nits
1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
2 GB memory,32/64 GB eMMC
MicroUSB,microSD,dock (HDMI)
Compass,Opt.LTE model/micro-SIM
2/5mp Webcams
Battery: NB Web test: 9:05 hrs
275x177x9 mm
635-645 g
1310 g with dock
$499
$679 (with dock)

Oct. 26

Optional detachable dock / keyboard. Battery life looks great.

Notebookcheck review (German)

Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook (Duo)
12.5″ 1920×1080
400 nits (355 NB test)
Core i5/i7,128/256 GB SSD
Intel HD 4000 GPU
4-8 GB memory
2xUSB3.0,mini-Display port,
1.3MP Webcam
Battery: NB web test: 5:34 hrs
317x215x15-20 mm
1520 g
$1199-$1699

Oct. 26

HDMI is supported through optional adapter for displayport.

First Test: Notebookcheck test (German)

Order page:
Dell XPS 12 ultrabook

Fujitsu Arrows Tab (QH55/J)
10.1″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core
? GB memory
Micro-USB,microSD
?/? MP Webcams
Battery: ? hrs
? x ? x 10 mm
574 g
$ ?

March ’13 (Japan only?)

Waterproof and dust resistant tablet. Will be available in Japan in late February/early March. No update yet on US/Europe availability.
Fujitsu Stylistic Q702
11.6″ 1366×768 IPS
400 nits
Core i3/i5, HD4000
4 GB memory,64/128 GB
USB3,USB2,SD,HDMI
5 MP Webcam
Battery: 4.2/9.5 hrs
302x195x13 mm
850/1075 g (without/with dock)
$1099

Oct.’12

Business hybrid that will ship first with Windows 7. Features: Gorilla glass, WWAN / LTE (optional), TPM. Optional docking
Gigabyte S1082
10.1″ 1366×768
? nits
Intel Celeron 847, Intel HD
2/4/8 GB,32-500GB SD/HDD
2xUSB2.0,HDMI,SD,SIM
1.3MP Webcam
Battery: ?/12 hrs (ext.batt)
270x173x15 mm
790 g (850 g HDD)
from $669

Nov,’12

Optional docking speaker station and keyboard kit. Unique is navigation and mouse buttons on slate. Optional additional extended battery is also available (100g, slightly extends).
Gigabyte S1185
11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Intel Core i3/i5, ?
up to 8 GB, up to 256 GB
USB 3.0,VGA/HDMI,micro-SD
opt. 3.5G modem
1.3/5 MP Webcams
Battery: 7-8 hrs est.
?x?x? mm
900 g
$999 est.

est. March, 2013

Features optional magnetically attached keyboard dock and built-in kickstand. Has optical mouse on right side.
Gigabyte U2142
11.6″ 1366×768
? nits
Core i3/i5, HD4000
4/8 GB memory
64/128/256GB SSD / +0.5-1TB HDD
USB3,HDMI,3.5G,RJ45,card reader
1.3 MP Webcam
Battery: ? hrs
339×188-200×20 mm
1390-1490 g (+hybrid HDD)
$999?

Dec. ’12

Convertible tablet PC
HP Envy x2
11.6″ 1366×768 IPS
400 nits (NB test: 312)
Atom Clover trail 1.8 GHz
2 GB memory,64GB eMMC
microSD (tablet)
2xUSB2.0,HDMI,SD (dock)
NFC,BT, Stylus optional
1+8 MP Webcam
Battery: 7/14 hrs
NB Web test: 11:55 hrs (dock)
295x206x17-19 mm
680/1406 g
$ 849

Nov.11th,’12

1406 gram weight with keyboard. Optional stylus available

Notebookcheck review

Kupa X15 (UltraNote)
10.1″ 1920×1200 IPS
400 nits
Core i5/i7
2xUSB3.0,mini-HDMI,SIM
Dock:SD,battery,VGA,2xUSB3
8 GB memory, 64/128 GB SSD
1.3+5 MP Webcam
Battery: 7/13 hrs (+dock)
261 x 185 x 7-14 mm
780 g
From $1099

March 2013

Keyboard dock style. Features modular design on sides (opt. credit card reader, scanner, mobile handset ext.), removable battery, 3G/4G LTE, and Wacom-like digitizer.

Will be offered at Best Buy.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx
11.6″ 1366×768 IPS
400 nits
Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz (Clover trail)
2GB, 32/64 GB eMMC
MicroUSB2,microHDMI,microSD
2MP Webcam
Battery: 8 hrs (16 with dock)
301x188x10 mm (19-25mm with dock)
640/1300 g (without / with dock)
$599

Dock: +$149

Dec. 2012

Dock is optional and doubles battery life and offers 2 additional USB ports.
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge Twist
12.5″ 1366×768 IPS
350 nits (NB test: 253)
Core i3/i5/i7, HD4000
up to 8 GB
128GB SSD or 320/500GB HDD
2xUSB3.0,mini-HDMI,mini-DisplayPort
mem.card,Ethernet,TPM,3G option
720p Webcam
Battery: <7 hrs (NB test: 3:16 hrs)
313x236x20 mm
1578 g
$849

Oct. 26th

Business Convertible tablet PC
11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
400 nits
Core i5/i7, HD4000
up to 8 GB, 128-256 GB SSD
USB 2.0,SIM,MiniDisplay,port
2xUSB 3.0 (dock)
Digitizer pen
Optional LTE, NFC
2+5 MP Webcams
Battery: up to 6/10 hrs (+dock)
296x187x11.6-20.4 mm
835/1700 g (+dock)
$1499

Late March, 2013

Folds backwards 360 degrees but in addition you can detach the screen and second you can flip the screen when attaching.
Lenovo Thinkpad 2
10.1″ 1366×768 IPS
Laptopmag test: 389 nits
Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz (Clover trail)
2 GB, 64GB eMMC
USB,mini-HDMI,microSD
Dock:3xUSB2.0,HDMI,Ethernet
GPS,Compass,NFC
Opt.digitizer Pen, 3G/4G
2+8 MP Webcams
Laptopmag web test: 9:42 hrs
263x165x10 mm
565 g
$649

$799 (dock included)

Dec.’12

Stereo speakers and optional active 1024 levels digitizer & pen (slot in tablet for pen). Optional: 3G/4G, dock/stand (without keyboard), dock with ethernet, HDMI and extra USB ports. Note 5 finger multi-touch display.

Laptop mag review

Lenovo Yoga 11 (RT)
Lenovo Yoga 11
11.6” 1366×768 IPS RT
350 nits
NB Test: 306 nits
Nvidia Tegra 3
2 GB, 32/64 GB eMMC
2xUSB2,2-in-1 card reader
720p Webcam
Battery: up to 13 hrs
NB Web test: 11:30 hrs
298x204x16 mm
1270 g
from $679 (RT)

Nov 27th, 2012

Convertible ultrabook tablet: you can bend the screen 360 degrees backwards so you convert it from notebook into slate.

Notebookcheck review (German)

Lenovo Yoga 11S
Lenovo Yoga 11S
11.6” 1600×900 IPS
? nits
up to Core i5
up to 8 GB, 128 GB SSD
USB2+3,HDMI,SD
? Webcam(s)
Battery: up to 6 hrs
?x?x17 mm
1397 g
from $799

June, 2013

Convertible ultrabook tablet: you can bend the screen 360 degrees backwards so you convert it from notebook into slate.
Lenovo Yoga 13
Lenovo Yoga 13
13.3″ 1600×900 IPS
286 nits (NB test)
Core i3/i5/i7, HD 4000
4/8 GB, 128GB SSD
1xUSB2,1xUSB3,HDMI,SD/MMC
1 MP Webcam
Battery: 8 hrs (NB test: 4:29 hrs)
333x225x17 mm
1542 g
from $999

Oct. 26th, 2012

Convertible ultrabook tablet: you can bend the screen 360 degrees backwards so you convert it from notebook into slate. You can choose from 2 (accent) colors: orange or gray.

Order site

MobileTechReview video

Notebookcheck test

LG H160 Slider
LG H160
11.6″ ? IPS
? nits
?
?GB, ?GB
USB,HDMI,microSD
? Webcam
Battery: 10 hrs
?x?x16 mm
1043 g
?

Oct.26th 2012 (Korea)

Slider type with stylus. Potentialy won’t be available in US.
Microsoft Surface RT
10.6″ 1366×768 ClearType RT
433 nits (AnandTech)
NVIDIA ARM cpu
2 GB memory, 32/64GB
USB,micro HDMI, microSD
2×2 Mimo antennae
720p+720p Webcams
Battery: NB web test: 8:36 hrs
275x172x9 mm
676 g
$499
$599 (+cover)
$699 (+64GB)

Oct.26

Thin at less than 1 cm with Gorilla Glass 2 screen. Optional magnetically attached 3mm thin cover that is also a keyboard with touchpad (5 colors available). 2nd option is type cover which has better keyboard with little bit of key travel. RT edition comes with free Office ’12

Order Microsoft store

AnandTech review

Microsoft Surface Pro
10.6″ 1920×1080
AnandTech test: 371 nits
Intel Core i5, HD4000
4 GB memory, 64/128 GB
USB 3.0,Mini-DisplayPort,microSDXC
Digitizer Pen input (pen incl.)
2x720p Webcams
Battery: 3-6 hrs
AnandTech web test: 6 hrs
275x173x14 mm
903 g
From $899 (64GB)

Feb 9th, 2013

Available Feb 9th. at Best Buy, Staples and Microsoft stores. Full Windows 8 version with larger battery than RT version and with digitzer wacom pen support and full HD display.

AnandTech review

MSI Slider S20
11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
? nits
Intel Core i5, HD4000
4-8 GB memory, 128GB SSD
2xUSB 3.0,mini-HDMI,SD
720p Webcams
Battery: 7 hrs
303x196x20 mm
1160 g (SSD)
$1199

2013 end of Jan.

Razor Edge (+Pro)
10.1″ 1366×768
? nits
Intel i5/i7,NVIDIA GT640M LE
4-8 GB memory,64-256GB SSD
USB 3.0,docking port
Opt. console dock (3xUSB+HDMI)
2MP Webcam
Battery: up to 8 hrs
2-4 hrs gaming (2x with ext.batt.).
?x?x? mm
907 g
$999

Gamepad dock:$250

2013 Q1

Targeted for video gaming. Unique is dedicated graphics card.

Optional 3 docks available: gamepad controller with force feedback ($250), keyboard ($200) and docking station ($100). Optionally extra battery for gamepad controller for $69 which doubles battery life.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T (XE500T)
11.6″ 1366×768 PLS
400 nits (NB test: 348)
Atom Clover Trail 1.5GHz CPU
SGX545 GPU
2 GB,64 GB SSD
microSD,micro-USB,micro-Sim
Digitizer Pen input / Wacom Stylus
2+8 MP Webcams
Battery: NB web test: 7.14 hrs
304x189x10/20 mm
750/1480 g
$650 (without keyboard)
$750 (with keyboard)

$800 (AT&T LTE, Nov 9th.)

Oct.26

Slate with magnetic dockable keyboard. Supports pen input. Micro-Sim card version for AT&T LTE network access.

Order site

http://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Samsung-ATIV-Smart-PC-XE500T1C-Convertible.85012.0.html

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T (XE700T) PLS
11.6″ 1920×1080
400 nits
Core i3/i5 CPU, HD4000
4GB,128GB SSD
USB3.0,micro HDMI,Micro SD
Digitizer Pen input / Wacom Stylus
2+5MP Webcams
Battery: <8 hrs
304x189x12/22 mm
884/1600 g
$1199

Oct.26

Height is 22mm with keyboard/clamshell. Includes keyboard. Slate with magnetic dockable keyboard. Supports pen input.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch
13″ 1366×768
? nits
Core i3/i5 CPU
? GB,500 GB HDD
USB,HDMI,?
? Webcams
Battery: 9 / 4-5 hrs
?x?x? mm
1724 g
$810 (i3)
$860 (i5)

Oct.26

Like Lenovo Yoga bends backwards 360 degrees into slate.
Sony VAIO Duo 11 Slider
11.6″ 1920×1080
NB Test: 382 nits
Core i7-3517U/HD4000 CPU
4/8 GB,128/256 GB
USB3.0+USB2,VGA/HDMI,SD/MS
Digitizer Pen input
GPS,1080p Webcams
Battery: NB Web test: 3:47 hrs
323x226x18 mm
1200 g
From $1099

Oct 26th.

Slides halfway with a hinge (see video). Comes with digitizer pen. Powerful system but bit heavy and pricey

Notebookcheck review
Laptopmag Sony VAIO Duo 11 review

Sony VAIO Tap 20
20″ 1600×900
? nits
Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
4 GB,SSD/HDD
USB,HDMI,?
1.3 MP Webcam
Battery: ? hrs
?x?x? mm
5200 g
From $879

Oct.26th

Table top tablet with 20″ screen. More like AIO but can operate battery powered.

Laptopmag Sony VAIO Tap 20 review

Toshiba Portege Z10T
10″ ?
? nits
Ivy Bridge, ?
2 GB,? SSD
USB3.0,USB,microHDMI,SD reader,VGA
? MP Webcam(s)
Battery: ? hrs
?x?x? mm
? g
$?

2013 Q2

Detachable (backlit) keyboard model. Not using the new upcoming Haswell CPU yet.
Toshiba U925t (U920t) Ultrabook
12.5″ 1366×768
300 nits
NB Test: 126/263 nits (batt./power)
Core i5-3317U, HD4000
up to 8 GB,128/256GB SSD
2xUSB3.0,HDMI,SD reader
1/3 MP Webcams
Battery: NB Web test 3:10 hrs
327x213x20 mm
1451 g
$1150

Oct.26

Slider type model with Gorilla glass display.

Notebookcheck review

Vizio Tablet
11.6″ 1920×1080
? nits
AMD Z-60, Radeon HD
2 GB,64GB SSD
micro-USB,micro-HDMI
2 MP Webcam
Battery: ? hrs
?x?x10 mm
753 g
?

2013 Spring

Lenovo S10-3t tablet PC netbook review

Here’s a quick review of the Lenovo S10-3t multi-touch tablet PC. It’s not a brand new tablet PC but there aren’t too many reviews out there and I think it deserves bit more attention. Since price is excellent and at around $500 you get a netbook with rotating multi-touch capacitive 10.1” display (tablet), 2 USB ports, flash card slot, built-in webcam and optional auto-rotate detection (accelerometer). If you’re looking for a netbook with smooth multi-touch capabilities like the hyped iPad but with full windows 7 functionality, USB ports then this is a great deal.

Other reviews: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/ideapad-s10-3t.aspx

Overview

The Lenovo S10-3t is a 10” netbook but with multi-touch capabilities and rotating screen to allow tablet mode as well. The model reviewed has a 1.83 GHz Intel N470 with 2GB memory. This model also has larger 250GB disk drive and blue-tooth. The price was around $500 (with $25 coupon from Logicbuy.com at that time). The Lenovo is sold directly be Lenovo and several other online retailers. Look for coupons if you plan to buy one online (e.g. Logicbuy.com).

Display

The contrast of the screen is pretty good and black looks like black (which is not always the case with tablet PC’s). Also I don’t see grain or other pixilated effects that often occur with tablet PC’s. For that matter the display looks to me same as a typical non-tablet PC.

Maximum brightness is about average and for sunny outdoor use it’s not quite bright enough and the display is glossy so reflections make it harder to see. UPDATE: I did a test outdoors in the sun and it’s better than I expected (lot better than Viliv S5). It’s definitely viewable if sun is not directly on display or in little bit of shade.

The viewing angles are fairly decent horizontally but not good vertically. In tablet portrait mode the viewing angles are limited and best results are to slightly move it off center vertically.

The S10-3t has an accelerometer built-in which means it can automatically switch and rotate between portrait and landscape. However this can also cause inadvertent screen rotation so I’d turn it off and use the button to switch manually. Speaking of buttons there are 3 buttons on the side of the display: application start button, rotate button and a volume mute button. Lenovo doesn’t give you an option to change the buttons however you can with custom software. E.g. see http://www.lenovos103t.com/2010/05/alternative-rotation-program-with.html. Also the volume mute button can be reprogrammed using autohotkey. E.g. this will remap the button to page down if in Adobe reader:

; remove this for remap to be global
#IfWinActive,ahk_class AcrobatSDIWindow
SC120:PgDn ; remap mute button to page down

The touch-screen features multi-touch and you can zoom using pinch gesture, swipe finger to scroll up/down. Also rotate works with 2 fingers for pictures.

Keyboard and touchpad

Keyboard is pretty good and slightly smaller than an average size notebook but I had no problems typing accurately and fast on this keyboard. The touchpad is responsive but the small buttons at the bottom overlap with the touch area so it can happen often that while clicking the button you go too high and the mouse will jump. You get used to this little bit but tapping on the touchpad seems more reliable to left click.

Audio and webcam

The sound of the speakers are pretty poor and sound is very thin with almost no bass. On the other hand the headphones out quality was very good and better than most notebooks I have used. I haven’t tested webcam much but laptopmag.com tested the webcam so take a look at that review (see link above).

Performance

I did remove all programs that I didn’t use to increase perf a bit. I also disabled custom flicks to get slightly smoother multi-touch. From hibernate to startup takes about 25 seconds. Full boot takes about 1 minute. Standby is almost instant and the battery does appear to last almost a week in this mode. See battery section for more details.

Software & video performance

Software Works out of the box? Comments  / workarounds
Video
Youtube.com regular 480p works but 720p stutters 720p will work fine if you download video first… (keepvid or browser plug-in).
Vimeo.com Stutters in default HD mode, turning off HD work also in full screen Non-HD still looks fairly decent but obviously not HD.
Hulu.com Stutters in all modes except the new 288p
720p MPEG2
1080p MPEG2
Yes I found even 1080p at 6MB works fluid and CPU usage is around 20%
720p MP4
1080p MP4
No (yes with corecodec) No Installing CoreCodec will make 720p MP4 fluid. 1080p just can’t be played regardless
720p WMV depends Older 720p WMV and higher bit rates will be jerky.
Browsers / Readers
Internet Explorer 8/9 Smooth 1 finger scrolling and pinch zoom is ok (slightly slow) Turn off hardware acceleration in IE9. Otherwise it won’t scroll fast.
FireFox Similar to IE8. Zoom not quite as fast but scrolling slightly smoother for some more complex sites Recommendation: download the youtube plugin
Adobe Reader (PDF) and Digital Edition (ebook reader) Yes You can move around using finger when zoomed in, otherwise you can’t swipe to go to next page but you tape left/right to do that
Microsoft Reader Works including activation Gives warning at startup for screen resolution but works otherwise ok
CDisplay Works
GAMES
Stella 2600 emulator works 100% Note USB joysticks like the StellaAdapter works great
Winston Atari ST works 100% Audio is slightly distorted I noticed
Atari Lynx Handy works 100%
VisualBoyAdvance works 100% for most games
Project64 ? Haven’t tested it but other people reported it works
iDeas doesn’t really work Too slow…

Screenshot CDisplay and VisualBoyAdvance:

Battery

There is a 4 cell and a 8 cell available. Lenovo ships typically the 4 cell with the S10-3t and most other sites the 8 cell. The 8 cell is strongly recommended since it double battery life but it does makes the S10-3t bit heaver and the battery does stick out. I had one issues that I couldn’t figure out when the battery was fully charged and finally discovered then it blinks periodically (like every 2 seconds or so) when it’s charging. It’s steady when it doesn’t blink.

Expect about 2-4 hours with the 4 cell and twice of that with the 8 cell. Here are some numbers for balanced mode with display brightness at about 80%:

Software -% per hour 4 cell -% per hour 8 cell
Gameboy Advance 36%   (2hrs 47min) 18%  (5hrs 33min)
Video MPEG2 40%   (2hrs 30min) 20%  (5hrs)
IE Browsing 32%   (3hrs 8min) 16%  (6hrs 15min)
Reading pdf (WiFi off) 20%   (5hrs) 10%  (10hrs)

UPDATE: I also tested the battery drain in standby mode. The stand by almost consumes no battery power and seems that stand by will work for at least several days or even a week:-). Here are results:

Time -% per hour 8 cell
after 2 hours -1%
after 4 hours -2%

Summary

If you’re looking for a netbook tablet pc then there are very few choices (see http://lucienk.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A4AE3FB12A26635!1934.entry for overview of touch screen mobile devices). For around $500 this is a great netbook with decent multi-touch capabilities. You may need to invest some time to tweak performance to get best results (use msconfig32 to remove unnecessary programs).

For some reason tablet PC are sometimes compared to iPad (e.g. LapTopMag who should know better). An iPad is not a notebook and is more like a multi-media device. It doesn’t have flexibility of a PC which may or may not be an issue. It’s not a coincidence that the iPad doesn’t have USB ports or a SD slot and it can’t process several common formats out of the box (PDF,DIVX/AVI,FLASH,WMV,DOCX,DIVX/AVI , …). Here are some things you can do with S10-3t and not easily with iPad if at all:

  • Install variety USB devices: printer, game controllers, backup drive, GPS
  • Install free game emulators (Atari, C64, Nintendo, Arcade emulators)
  • Use it as a backup device for your flash media (camcorder or camera)
  • Get USB or blue-tooth GPS and install Garmin or Street&Trips as GPS device
  • Install reader like CDisplay or Adobe reader and read any pdf
  • Connect to PC or XBOX 360 hooked up to your TV wirelessly and access audio/video/pictures
  • Tons of freeware available

Summary Pro/cons S10-3t:

+ Display: good contrast and relatively bright
+ Decent Windows 7 performance with 1.8GHz CPU and 2GB memory
+ Great price and comes with built-in webcam
+ Good headphones audio quality
+ 720p MPEG2/MPEG4 playback
+ Good multi-touch performance for zooming & scrolling
o 4 cell Battery could last longer and 8 cell is bit heavy
– Poor quality built-in speakers and not very loud
– Viewing angles could be little bit better
– Not enough performance to playback 720p HD flash
– No HDMI port
– Screen could be bit higher resolution
– flash card slot is tough to open and cover sticks out when card is inserted

Viliv S5 ultra-mobile PC overview and software compatibility tests

  

I received the Viliv S5 Ultra-mobile PC last month and here is a quick overview (or rather small FAQ) and experiences with software and hardware compatibility. The S5 is a full PC running Windows XP (and some have been able to upgrade it to Windows 7 with some minor issues). The size is slightly bigger than a Dell Axim X51v.

Overview

I’ll first start with the hardware. Specs:

  • 1.3GHz Intel Atom chip with hardware decoding for H264 / VC1 (ships with Cyberlink H264 codec)
  • 1GB memory
  • 60GB HDD (potentially could be DIY upgraded to SSD)
  • 4.8" (touch) screen with resolution of 1024×600
  • Windows XP (Windows 7 reportedly works but video out cable doesn’t seem to work yet)
  • Haptic touch-screen (simply vibrates if you touch software keyboard which can be turned off)
  • Wireless 802.11g
  • Built-in GPS Sirf III
  • Bluetooth (can be disabled)
  • No mouse or keyboard but joystick control with cursor and mouse mode 
  • Battery lasts roughly 4-5 hours which is pretty good for a PC! Note there’s also a standby mode that would work for several days (haven’t tested that myself).
  • Connections:
    • 1 USB port
    • 1 mini-USB port (docking to PC typically)
    • Proprietary Video connection for optional Video cables (VGA or combo component/composite/S-Video)
    • Headphones (can also be setup as microphone input)
    • Power

                  Availability & Accessories

                  Availability might be bit tough in some markets but in the US you can order it for $599 at Dynamism.com.

                  There are also a few accessories available. See Dynamism site and also here: http://jkontherun.com/2009/05/08/viliv-s5-accessories-revealed/. As pre-order I got free car kit and 2nd battery. Also I bought the TV out multi-cable (composite+s-video+component+stereo audio). I only tested composite so far and will test component HD later. The composite and audio worked fine and displayed wide-screen image on my old SD TV (right click graphic properties to choose display out settings). Text was bit too small to be readable though so you should lower resolution or better use component out.

                   

                  Reviews

                  Couple of reviews:

                  Manual / drivers

                  Manual can be found here: http://www.myviliv.com/eng/download/S5%20DETAIL%20GUIDE_090508.pdf
                  Drivers/FAQ here: http://www.myviliv.com/eng/board/board_faq/list.asp?a_gb=help&a_cd=13&a_item=0

                  Hardware: Mouse, Buttons and connections

                  There is no keyboard or mouse touchpad, only a joystick control. The joystick has 2 modes which can be switched by holding menu button: mouse mode moves the mouse 8 directions and moves faster the longer you hold it; or cursor mode but I found it only moves 4 directions and not diagonal:-(. No idea why they limited cursor mode to only 4 directions but I hope they update the driver someday. I found a workaround using autohotkey script to translate mouse movement into 8 way cursor control. See later under software compatibility how to do this. The joystick is small but movement is decent. Not sure how it will hold up over time. For games best to use external USB controller but for light gaming it might be ok.

                  The S5 has no built-in keyboard like some slider UMPC’s but there’s an on-screen keyboard which works alright but it’s not a fast way to enter text. Alternative is to get an external keyboard like Logitech DiNovo. Note that the lower-left button by default opens up the Viliv soft-keyboard. I found the keyboard to work well but it doesn’t have all keys like page up or page down. The Windows ‘On-screen keyboard’ in accessories is complete and bit smaller.

                  Buttons:

                   

                  Couple of Key Combination examples:

                  • Menu + Volume: screen brightness
                  • Hold Menu button: switch joystick between cursor and mouse mode

                  Given there’s a limited amount of buttons on the S5 and in case you don’t want to use that assignable button just for opening the soft-keyboard, I recommend to use Autohotkey to map common buttons for each program differently. Autohotkey is a free program that among other things can remap buttons depending on application context. You can find a sample script I created here: http://cid-0a4ae3fb12a26635.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Public/Viliv%20S5%20utilities/HotKeys.ahk. After installing Autohotkey double-click this script and you’d get these mappings (you can edit/add to the script other mappings):

                  Internet explorer:

                  • Menu key (windows key): toggles full screen
                  • Left/Right volume: zoom out/in

                  Handy Lynx emulator:

                  • Right lower button: button A
                  • C button (right mouse): button B. Note: I found right mouse button is not invoked when mouse moves. So better to re-assign
                  • Menu button: toggle full screen
                  • Volume down/up: option 1 and option 2
                  • Volume mute: pause

                  CDisplay:

                  • Left/right volume: page up/down
                  • right lower button: page down

                  Also note there’s a Viliv Cube application that comes with the S5 and is great way to navigate the S5 using just touch controls. See last screenshot below.

                  Battery life

                  I haven’t done extensive testing but I did one test running 720p MKV video file for about 3 hours (about 25% cpu) and gaming for 1 hour (50% cpu). Wireless was turned on and connected during this time (bluetooth was disabled). The Viliv shut down after little bit more than 4 hours (at 10% threshold). So that’s pretty great. The battery is pretty flat so you could carry a 2nd battery if you want to use the S5 all day.

                  One downside is that the remaining battery indication isn’t very precise. Seems it only supports a few levels. E.g. stays in 100% a while and then drops. And also seems to be mostly in 10% increments and I’ve seen it go back and forth at times as well.

                  Another great feature of the S5 is low battery standby time. It’s supposed to have up to 200 hours of time which is amazing. I haven’t tested it more than several hours but I’ve heard from several other people it works well. It wakes up out of standby mode in few seconds so this almost same experience as a pocket pc.

                  Screen & Video playback

                  The screen indoors looks great and pretty bright and has a very fine resolution of 1024×600. The screen size is 4.8” so I can see that some may find it hard to read at that resolution. But it worked ok for me. You can lower the resolution down to 640×480 (via graphic properties) but it won’t be as sharp. But most programs allow you to adjust font sizes and zoom in most programs. 1024×600 is great for browsing though and I used Autohotkey to assign buttons for zoom-in and zoom-out.

                  Outdoors is not so great. In full sunlight the screen is washed away. See below. That said in a car with some shade I still could read it. Not great but usable. My Dell X51V pocket pc does a bit better and actually is reflective in direct sunlight:

                  The Viliv S5 is great portable device for video. Since the Atom chip does have hardware decoding support for H264 and VC1 you can playback 720p HD MKV video smoothly. You do need to make little tweaks if you want to use other video players like KMPlayer to get video running smoothly but the included Viliv player works out of the box. See later in software table for tips how to get this running smoothly in KMPlayer.

                  I haven’t tested 1080p but I have heard some claim to get it to run fairly smoothly (but most are not). WMVHD 720p I haven’t been able to to play smoothly yet. In theory the S5 should be capable to play it back smoothly since the Atom chip does have VC1 hardware decoding. But the issue is that I haven’t seen any drivers yet for WMVHD / VC1. Hopefully we should see these soon from Intel. Windows 7 has some built-in drivers for HD video but haven’t tested this.

                  Otherwise the resolution and quality is great (indoors) to watch HD video’s and sound is pretty decent. The volume through loudspeakers and phone is loud enough for my taste.

                   

                  Software compatibility tests

                  Here’s an overview of software I tried on the Viliv S5 and any comments and/or workarounds required.

                  Software Works out of the box? Comments  / workarounds
                  Video / Readers    
                  KMPlayer

                  MKK 720p will not play smoothly see comments how to workaround

                  MP4 720p plays smoothly (see previous comment)

                  WMVHD 720p stutters but see comment below in Windows Media Player (haven’t tried yet if there could be tweaks to impove this or Windows 7)

                  MTS Canon HF100 60i: stutters but plays fairly decent at half size

                  See this link how to configure KMPlayer to play 720p smoothly:
                  http://forum.pocketables.net/showthread.php?p=20717#post20717

                  Basically all I did was to set external decoder for H264 to Cyberlink and changed the video renderer to DirectDraw overlay surface and YUV mode. That worked for me for 720p MKV.
                  1080i may work as well but may need a bit more tweaking. I haven’t tried it yet.

                  Windows 7 I’ve heard has built-in hardware playback support but haven’t tried that. I’m sticking for now with XP as I know that works plus I’ve heard video out doesn’t work yet correctly with windows 7.

                  Windows Media Player WMVHD 720p stutters but see comments I was able to get 720p (lower bitrates around 5Mb) running fairly smooth on XP:
                  1. Install Windows Media Player 11
                  2. Go to options and click ‘Performance’ Tab
                  3. Click ‘Advanced’ and select ‘Turn on DirectX Video Acceleration’

                  To test you can download sample videos: WMVHD showcase

                  Youtube.com Regular and HQ video works also in full screen but
                  HD stutters badly
                  To try to download video first… (keepvid or other). In theory that should be smooth.
                  Vimeo.com Stutters in default HD mode, turning off HD work also in full screen Non-HD still looks fairly decent but obviously not HD.
                  Hulu.com Stutters in all modes it seems 😦  
                  Web sites playing video through windows media player I noticed weird blocks at bottom of the video on all sites and when playing WMV in media player. See comments for fix

                  To fix: go to windows media player and go to options and tab Performance. Click on ‘Advanced’ and turn off ‘Use video mixing renderer’.

                  For other players configure ffdshow and change the WMx codecs to a value other than ‘disabled’.

                  CDisplay Works but shortcuts are mostly for keyboard so you may want to change the settings Rotated portrait display works as well but 600 pixels width is a bit small so I found default display best
                  Adobe Reader (PDF) and Digital Edition (ebook reader) Works Digital Edition activation works and I was able to view sample ebook. One downside is that largest font is still not very large on the S5. But most books have scalable fonts and you can adjust to any zoom level. Also it doesn’t have a true full-screen feature like Microsoft Reader. The arrow keys did work to switch between pages.
                  Microsoft Reader Works including activation

                  Nice feature: install free dictionaries to be able to lookup words when reading a book

                  Works well but in full screen mode page width is fairly narrow and font sizes could use more steps. Rotating to portrait looks a bit better but menu’s are slightly cutoff in the width and bookmarks are not visible(but book text looks fine). See here utility to start Reader automatically in portrait and set back to landscape at exit: MsReaderPortraitV2.ahk
                  GPS Navigation    
                  Garmin Mobile PC No, GPS not found see comments how to fix that

                  Otherwise works great

                  Problem is that default GPS settings are 9600 and it seems protocol is not compatible. To workaround:
                  1. Install COM0COM: com0com-1.7.0.0-i386-chk.zip
                  2. Install GpsProxy: GPSProxyPC-1.16-Setup.exe
                  3. Configure GpsProxyPC once: go to settings and in GPS tab set baud rate to 9600 and in 2nd application tab set application com port to com7. Settings should match this screenshot
                  4. Install AutoHotkey: autohotkey download
                  5. Copy this autohotkey script to automate setting up GPS: StartGPS.ahk

                  After you copied everything you can now run the AutoHotKey script and it will automatically configure GPS to be compatible with most GPS software. Also I setup the script to start Garmin Mobile PC automatically but you can change that line to your software. If you reboot you need to start it again (you could put in startup folder to always have this configured at startup).

                  UPDATE: I’ve created a 2nd version where I assigned Tab to sleep mode: StartGPS%7C_v2.ahk

                  For sleep It requires PsShutdown tool which you can get here: PsTools.zip

                  Street & Trips 2009 No, GPS not found see comments how to fix that

                  Otherwise works great

                  See above
                  GAMES    
                  Stella 2600 emulator Works but in cursor mode the joystick only moves 4 ways. See comments how to workaround I created a autohotkey script that will translate mouse movements into 8 way cursor control:

                  Setup/copy script:
                  1. Install AutoHotkey: http://www.autohotkey.com/download/
                  2. Use this script: mapMouseToJoystick_V1.ahk
                  3. Make sure joystick is in mouse mode

                  To run:
                  1. Run the script and check joystick is in mouse mode (if not hold menu button few seconds)

                  2. Run your application where you want to emulate mouse to cursor control
                  4. Make window application active (if that windows is not already active) and press left windows key. You get a msgbox saying enabled. 5. Movement is now controlled with joystick and mapped to cursor. To disable again press again left windows key. To exit script right click H button in notification area and select exit.

                  If movement is jerky increase mouse speed in control panel / mouse.

                  UPDATE: I’ve posted a 2nd script that also will hide the mouse pointer and won’t show msgbox:
                  1. Install nomousy.exe: Download and copy to public path (for example c:\windows)
                  2. Copy and run this script (after putting joystick in mouse mode): mapMouseToJoystick%7C_V2.ahk

                  Make sure you exit the script when control is disabled otherwise nomousy.exe will still be running. To exit this script: put joystick in cursor mode and push in.

                  C64 – CCS64 emulator See previous comment. Works but joystick needs workaround to use in 8 way mode  
                  Nintendo 64 – Project64 emulator Too slow depending on game but most games not very playable Most games will be too slow and will run at around 25-30fps with stutter. Potentially you could tweak graphics plugin but I had no success with the default plugin which should be one of the fastest.

                  External analog joystick/game controller is really needed besides the 4-way issue.

                  iDeas Nintendo DS emulator Too slow with few games I tried (about 5-10fps)  
                  Nintendo GBA VisualBoyAdvance Most games run close to 100% but see comments. Also see again joystick comments above In full screen 1024×600 mode the screen is not filled but looks very sharp. Speed is most of the time 100% but can drop now and then. To get faster speed try different render methods.
                  Atari Lynx Handy emulator Works fine. See joystick comments above Works well even in cursor mode since most games only require 4 way directions.

                  With Lynx II background and in Lynx LCD mode the image is too wide for the screen. Either no background or use another mode (default will work)

                  I recommend to use Autohotkey to map buttons.

                  MISCELLANEOUS    
                  VST Host Bit of a lag when playing many keys at the same time. Otherwise usable for some basic sound programming. Screen height is a bit small This is a free VST Host program that can hosts VST plug-ins like OPX-Pro, Pro-53, FM8, ….
                  HARDWARE    
                  Wireless network See comments I found I had to switch my router to mixed 802.11b & g mode. 802.11n mode didn’t work. Note my router uses WPA security mode (WEP may or may not work)
                  Stella Atari 2600 adapter Works out of the box, no driver install required  
                  Roland Fantom-X Works Install Roland driver first, then plug-in USB

                  Screenshots

                  Couple of screenshots to give you an idea what you can run on this PC:

                  Applications: Garmin Mobile PC, Street & Trips 2009, IE8 web browsing, CDisplay, Stella 2600 emulator, VisualBoyAdvance, Microsoft Reader, Handy Lynx emulator, VST Host and Viliv’s free Cube utility (multi-media interface).

                   

                     
                   

                  Roland Fantom X WAV Sample import Tool

                  UPDATE: 5/30/2011: 0.95 beta: fixed same multi-sample issues and improved refresh. Download: Fantom Import Tool 0.96 beta

                  I was looking for a decent CP70 electric grand piano sound for my Roland Fantom X. The sound was popular in the 80’s (Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, George Duke, Genesis, U2) and more recently Keane used it on several records.

                  I first tried the SRX-07 but just didn’t quite capture the sound. So I decided to upgrade the internal sample memory to 512MB and buy a CP70/CP80 sound library (note CP80 is same as CP70 but with full 88 keys). I found several CP libraries: Definite CP70 Electric Grand by Hollow Sun and Prominy PCP-80. Both were tested well in Sound on Sound magazine but the first one was sampled with 2 velocity levels and the latter with 20 levels (!). I always thought the CP70 does sound quite different at full velocity so to be safe I bought the PCP-80 (under $100 new on Ebay). I think now 2 levels is probably enough but price was similar.

                  UPDATE: you can find free CP80 samples here: http://forums.rolandclan.info/index.php?action=show_thread&thread=29580&fid=1&page=1

                  Now the challenge is to get this massive library trimmed (to 2-4 velocity levels) and imported into the Fantom X. I stumbled upon a nice Fantom Sample Editor by Henrik Greg which imports selected wav files onto a Roland Card. Missing however was keeping the original key settings and loop data. So I decided to create a similar import tool which does retain key and loop settings. See below screenshot:

                  Quick instructions for importing:

                  1. First select source directory on the left with the wav files you want to import.
                  2. Select Roland Card Drive (you will get an error most likely first time program starts that drive cannot be read, ignore). Select the drive where you have the flash reader (you can also select a Roland card root directory on a hard-disk). All directories will be remembered so you only need to do this once (make sure you have write permission to the config file)
                  3. Select one or more WAV files that you want to import on the left
                  4. Select slot on the right where you want to import the WAV files to. Note that there must be enough contiguous space otherwise it will not copy. Note stereo samples will take 2 slots
                  5. Click Import and files will be copied to the card. Currenly ‘smpl’ chunk key and (first) loop data in WAV files will be also imported. Roland samples will be copied as is. Also if no original key data can be found I check if the last characters of the file name contains a valid key string. E.g. mySample_A4.wav will be seen as having original key A4.

                  I’ve tested it with a few samples (Roland formatted WAV files (PCM 16bit signed), WAV files with and without sample loop and key data). Works so far pretty well. I haven’t thoroughly tested it so use at your own risk and always backup all data.

                  UPDATE V2: I enabled multsample functionality and added an optional filter for source files. To use the filter enter a pattern (e.g. 87* or *C4*) and then either select a path or hit enter at the source path textbox to refresh. See screenshot below for multisample screen:

                  To create multi-sample:

                  1. Click on ‘Create multisample’ to go to ‘Edit Multisamples screen’
                  2. Select at least 2 samples on the left
                  3. Enter name for the new multisample in the middle textbox
                  4. Select destination on the right. If you select an existing multisample it will ask if you want to overwrite it
                  5. Click ‘Create multisample’. This will auto-generate the multisample same as Roland does (spreads samples out evenly according to original key)

                  UPDATE V8: Changes:

                  • Added Ctrl-C in right destination sample listbox to copy selected text to clipboard. Ctrl-A will now select all non-empty samples
                  • Added batch update for sample parameters. If you select more than 1 sample and then click edit you’ll see ‘various’. If you leave it as various it won’t update that parameter, otherwise it will update all selected samples with the new value.
                  • Minor fixes for handling invalid path in source directory and wave files not showing up due to bug in key note detection. Last fix exception for filenames ending with underscore and with less than 2 characters after that.

                  UPDATE V9: Changes:

                  • Fixed multi-sample issues where it was not setting source (e.g. card)
                  • Save was not working correctly when you hit cancel in multi-sample and choose save
                  • Improved list refresh so you don’t have to keep scrolling back to last position after import/delete

                  UPDATE V9.5: Changes:

                  • Fixed multi-sample lack of stereo wav files support
                  • Refresh multi-sample list after returning from edit
                  • WAV file import: writing now couple more fixed bytes in Roland header (not sure what those mean but just in case the created file is now about identical)
                  • 9.6: Sort source file names

                  Download link: Download Fantom X Sample Import Tool Beta 9.5

                  DX7II Factory sounds

                  Someone at vintagesynth.com was so nice to upload the original Yamaha DX7II factory presets.
                  I also uploaded the Yamaha floppy disk I recovered last month. It contains some nice brass sounds (to be stacked).
                   
                  Here are the links (links UPDATED 6/16/2008):
                   
                   

                  Importing DX7II floppy disk

                  I recently tested the virtual synth FM8 (http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=fm8_us) which emulates a Yamaha DX7.
                  Which brought memories back when I bought a DX7II in 1987 and loved it (except for the inability to reproduce analog fat sounds).
                  I sold it in 1997 so it’s been a while but the sfotware sounded accurate to me.
                   
                  In 1988 I also visited the Frankfurter Musikmesse and heard some great DX7 sounds at the Yamaha booth. So I asked the guy if I could get a copy. He said he would send it to me if I would give him my address. And suprisingly he send me a Yamaha floppy with these sounds.
                  I still have the floppy and decided to give it a try to import it to PC. First I tried to read the disk in windows but that failed. Then I tried to boot in DOS which resulted in being able to read the disk but no content were returned. Eventually I managed to recover it this way:
                   
                  – Create DOS boot floppy disk and copy MAKEDISK.exe to it (Atari ST utility to copy disks, check your fav search engine)
                  – Boot in DOS
                  – Insert Floppy and run this command: MAKEDISK /READ dx7 /AUTO
                  – After this is done you have now a dx7.ST disk image that could be read in an Atari ST emulator (but not useful since different FAT)
                  – Now use a hex edtor (for instance HHD Free Hex Edtior) to browse through the file and locate sound names
                  – When you find it (in my case it was at offset 3c00), copy the 4K block and paste it into a new file.
                  – In the new file prepend this: F0 43 00 09 20 00. And append this at the end: 00 F7. This will should be 4104 bytes long
                   
                  Note that the 00 at the end is the checksum and is most likely invalid. I created a program to calc it but most programs will just give a warning and allow you to import the file.