Thinking about the Chromecast thread and seems like there's a good bit of interest in it outside of BP, I know there's some tech I am looking forward to. I am wondering if there's anything else out there worth saving Best Buy gift card money for you guys are tracking.
For me right now, I am waiting on the Asus Transformer Book Trio like it will bring rain to the Sahara ... I probably check once every other day out there to see if there's anything new in specs or a pricing announcement.
I initially was uber excited about the Yoga 11S with a Haswell powerplant but I am finding the form factor a little less desirable once I saw the Trio. If you aren't familiar, here's a review from Engadget back in June. That's about as current as any information I have found too
I am kind of looking forward to seeing the next generation of phones but since I recently hooked up w/ a Nokia Lumia 928, I won't be making a change anytime soon. And since my wife seems pretty happy still with her iPhone 4S, I don't see that changing in the next year too. So I'll have to vicariously live through others for the next year of phone updates.
For me, I am really looking forward in general to what comes out of the transformer laptop breed, especially with Haswell chips and the prices of hybrid/SSDs getting pretty reasonable.
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So if you consider this an Asus Eee PC + an Asus high end laptop (750GB Hybrid, Haswell, 1080p, 8GB) + dual boot mechanism and two discrete batteries .... it's probably at least the sum of it's parts minus one screen (e.g. $350 + $1250). I was hopeful it would be in the $1500 range until I saw pricing on the new Sony Vaio Duos and Ultrabooks with 4th gen i7 chips - they are going for $1800 and up and frankly, they don't have the amount of moving parts. Luckily, Asus hasn't been getting the same dollars for their name as Apple, Samsung and Sony ... and I like Asus machinery a LOT so I know that's about name recognition rather than quality.
If this thing comes out as advertised at $1500 or under, I think it's a great deal for the hardware. Otherwise, I'll have to start taking a lot more serious look at the Yoga 11S (supposed to be under the 3lbs. threshold with the 4th gen chipset, no clue on resolution or battery life however) and Dell XPS 11 (1.1kg, 2550x1440 - mumph!).
If I were in the market for a straight up laptop however, Acer has really turned the corner since they first started making Windows 8/touch laptops. I put my mother in law into one and it's stout. Now the newest S7 in their stable looks off the charts. Kinda excited where mobile PCs are going right now despite the general public thinking it's in the tank.
Ocultus Rift is something as a gamer I am super keen on.
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So still waiting .... and deggamn there's some slick stuff coming out. The new Surface Pro 2 might be the one came out of nowhere to take the lead - http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/23/m...paign=Engadget
The new Yoga Thinkpad (12.5") has some legs in the race too as the Trio took a dip in the standings with the 5hr battery life on dock mode when running Win8.1.
But the Surface Pro 2 is really mind boggling to me, the dock & the power keyboard - holeee cow ... it's like a badassed Macbook Air 11" but the display detaches and can run 7 hours on it's own
Got to play with the Surface Pro 2 tonight and it's pretty badass. I have gotten to quickly play with the IdeaPad Yoga 13 but got a good 20 minutes w/ the Pro 2 and the Type and Touch 2 covers and I feel pretty certain that will be the one.
Tech I'm wanting: Steam OS box. The OS is free and they're partnering with different builders to make different flavors of the box. One of them is a super sick build based on an i7 chip and Titan gpu.
I'd love to game and be free of Windows.
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