The smaller iPad that Steve Jobs said Apple would never make is back, new and improved in the form of the iPad mini 2 Retina. The first iPad mini was successful because of its iPad-like design and its lightness but despite a slightly low-rez screen and rather limp processor. Compared to the new Nexus 7 it looked and felt like last year's tech, which fair play of course it was. So, has Apple addressed those issues and made the iPad mini something you would now buy for any reason other than you couldn't afford a real iPad? In a word, yes.
Google's high-end Chromebook Pixel raised a few eyebrows when it hit the shelves earlier in the year. Despite being a beautiful device with a crystal clear HD IPS display many, including me, questioned whether a machine running Google's internet-reliant Chrome OS could justify a hefty £1,000 price tag. Luckily for the less well off we now have HP's Chromebook 11, a machine "inspired" by the Pixel's design. It's a device I was immediately drawn to for its clean and stylish looks, which are particularly attractive considering it costs just £229.
A Tesco tablet? An odd idea, but one that makes more sense the more you think about it. You see Tesco owns the Blinkbox film, TV and music streaming service and is projecting massive growth through its .com and Direct home delivery businesses. Anything that puts those services into the hands of as many potential (or existing) customers in as easily accessible form as possible and also lets them manage their Clubcard accounts is a Very Good Thing in Tesco's eyes. Enter then the Hudle, Tesco's new budget (£119 for cash, £60 if you have enough Clubcard points) Android tablet.
Hewlett-Packard's first Android tablet, the Slate 7 was a cheap and wholly awful device so when I heard the next one was 21-inch affair my reaction was one of incredulity mixed with foreboding. In short I expected a bad idea poorly executed. I'm happy to report I was utterly wrong on both accounts. The HP Slate 21 is a rather good idea very well executed. The only carryover from the 7 is the impressively low price. Granted £350 isn't exactly pocket change, but you do get quite a bit of kit for your hard earned.
Like Hoover, Jaffa Cake and Airfix the word Kindle has become synonymous with eBook readers despite there being a number of other devices available from the likes of Kobo, Nook and Sony. Now the most popular of them all, the backlit Kindle Paperwhite, has had a major overhaul which promises a host of new features and an all new display. Is that enough for the Paperwhite to keep its crown as King of the eReaders?
When Google launched the Asus-built Nexus 7 Android tablet back in August 2012 it put the cat among the budget tablet pigeons in a big way. Starting at only £160 the Nexus 7 offered power, style and build quality at a price that previously had bought you only no-name tat with a gutless chip and dodgy provenance. Now Google has released a Mark 2 Nexus 7, again made by Asus, so the question is, can lightning strike twice?
It's no secret that Windows tablets have hardly set the world alight. To date they have been too expensive, even running the cut back and arguably useless Windows RT and too big, not one coming in below the 10.1-inch mark. But now Acer has addressed both those issues with its new W3. At £249 it's certainly affordable and with an 8-inch screen it's not too big or heavy. It even runs the full-fat Windows 8 which come October is due for an update to 8.1. So, could this be the Windows tablet you've been waiting for and at last a proper successor to the much-missed netbook? Read on.
The arrival of lightweight machines like the MacBook Air and the various Windows/Intel Ultrabooks have given sales of traditional, portly, heavy but affordable laptops a bit of a kicking. There are still plenty about but most are bulky, cheap affairs that you’d only buy for reasons of price. Acer’s latest Aspire though seeks to inject a bit of style into the traditional laptop by combining a reasonably thin body with a touchscreen and an affordable price tag of just under £600 . In other words it looks a bit like an Ultrabook but costs the same as a traditional laptop.