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Design Spotlight: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Is it our technological destiny to want both a tablet and a laptop forever, or can advances in hardware and software, combined with intelligent design, actually unify our professional and personal lives within one screen? Microsoft made its stance on the matter abundantly clear with the launch of the original Surface in the summer of 2012.

Two years later, the third iteration of the Surface is a marvel of engineering honed by experience and proving more than ever that Microsoft’s vision for the future of computing is as real as it gets. Here's a rundown of the key innovations that make new Surface Pro 3 both a powerful Intel Core laptop and an easy-to-use tablet.

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Why choose when you can have both?

Twice the Device: Tracking the Rise of the 2-in-1

Sick of juggling multiple device? You're not alone. So called 2-in-1s can offer the best-of-both-worlds solution, combining the productivity of a laptop with the fun and convenience of a tablet. Check out our video for a rundown of this growing new gadget category and start plotting your new streamlined future today.

Putting the polish on chrome

Google Chromebook Pixel

If the new breed of "convertible" Windows 8 laptops hasn't left you more confused than a barber with Troy Polamalu in his seat, then Google's latest venture into the hardware world should do the trick. The Google Chromebook Pixel ($1,299) is a high-end laptop running Google's own Chrome OS. Not familiar with the software? It's a browser on steroids, optimized for web content along with a growing number of browser-based applications -- and that's about it.

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Onward and upward... and outward... and sideways...

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Tablet

The latest member of the ThinkPad family isn't just a tablet dragging along a keyboard for faster emailing and double the battery power -- though its companion QWERTY is certainly good for both of those things. The real kicker? Attaching the 11.6-inch Windows 8 touchscreen device to the keyboard

Productive contortionist

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

Lenovo’s family of convertible devices, with names like Yoga and Twist, remind us of that gymnast/cheerleader/yoga instructor/circus performer we dated years back. Unlike that experience, where the novelty quickly wore off, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist ($849+) proves useful for both

Tableau Vivant

Modbook Pro

The biggest problem we have with the iPad is that it's a one-way device. It’s fantastic for consuming information, but what about making it? Tablets are best for YouTubin' and Angry Birdin’, not image processing and video editing -- unless you

Arm flailing not required

Asus Taichi Ultrabook Tablet

Anyone who’s tried working off just a tablet for a day has experienced the ecstasy of an easy, lightweight carry, and the agony of hunching over a slightly inclined screen for 10 hours. Like other gadgets we've seen, the
The Hulk to your Smartphone's Bruce Banner

Clamcase Clambook

If your penchant for gaming, music and web surfing through your smartphone is a 10/10, then you might want to put a tickler in your calendar for this holiday season in anticipation of the Clamcase Clambook. With nary a hint

New soul? Or a ghost of laptops past?

HP Envy Spectre XT

We’re not ones to embrace hyperbole, but the new HP Envy Spectre XT ($1,000+) may actually live up to its category -- and humility-bending title of Ultrabook. Weighing a fairly svelte 3.07 pounds with 14.5mm-thick profile, HP’s newest offering features

Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we'll continue to highlight gadgets revealed

Thin It to Win It

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook

Acer has kicked off what's sure to be an avalanche of Ultrabook announcements at this year's CES with the Aspire S5. As of the time of writing this article, the 13.3-inch S5 holds the title for "thinnest Ultrabook", measuring 15mm

Drive-in? Try Fly-in.

My Life on the Go: Relax

As much as we love our home theaters, they don’t exactly pack well. So, in this second part of the My Life on the Go series we decided to

Spreadsheets no more

My Life on the Go: Create

It's no secret computers are just as much a tool for serving personal expression as they are tools for business -- sometimes the two being one in the same. Recently,

Thin Wins

Dell XPS 15z

The design of Dell’s new XPS 15z laptop ($999+) may seem familiar to Mac fans, but it’s still a welcome offering to P.C. users overwhelmed by cheap plastic. Touted by Dell as the “thinnest 15.6-inch laptop in existence”, the XPS

Google and Samsung gang up on the traditional OS

Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook

The name ChromeBook sounds like something Lil’ Wayne reads in bed, but it’s actually the brand Google has devised for a new breed of internet-addicted laptops. Built to be cheap and speedy, they won’t replace the MacBooks or Dell’s of this

Part Netbook, Part Tablet, All Sexy

Dell Inspiron Duo

Love the idea of a tablet, but can't bear to part with your keyboard? Well, Dell has heard your plea and developed the "convertible" Inspiron Duo ($550) netbook in the hopes of bringing you the best of both worlds. As

Netbook Form Factor, iPad Style Input

Toshiba Libretto W100 Ultra Mobile PC

Conceptual gadgets with a serious potential to join the legions of other vaporware devices circulating online is typically something we try to avoid covering. In some cases though, the teased device is just too gadgetastic to ignore. Case in the point is

Type & Touch

HP Pavilion dv6

HP was one of the first PC manufacturers to embrace touch interaction through their Touch Smart All-In-One desktops, and today they showed a further desire to integrate it in notebooks as well. Revamped with a new etched

Packing an Optical Drive Despite Being Tiny

Gateway EC14D07u

The Gateway brand may not hold the clout it once did, but by releasing the EC14DO7U, the company has still shown they can create computers with wide consumer appeal. Measuring 11.6-inches with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768

A Capable Offering from a Computing Unknown

ViewSonic VNB131 ViewBook Pro

ViewSonic may not be a household name in the world of computing, but that shouldn't distract buyers from seriously considering the company's first 13-inch laptop. Called the ViewBook Pro (clearly copying Apple), the laptop's body is made of an aluminum

Entry Level for Apple, But Solid None the Less

Apple MacBook (Fall 2009)

Updated in the fall of 2009, Apple's entry-level MacBook packs a bevy of worth while features that make it a promising computer for those uninterested in PCs and with no need for the more powerful MacBook Pro line. Squeaking

Between Netbooks & the Ultra Portable Elite

Acer Ferrari One (FO200-1799)

Co-branding on something like a laptop usually hints at some scheme on the manufacturer's part to up the price on a base model without adding any value in the specifications department. The Acer Ferrari One, however,

A Good Option for Gamers on the Go

Alienware M11X

Typically, when it comes to computers, gaming power and portability just don't mix. The Alienware M11X bucks this trend by providing decent gaming performance in a relatively small chassis. Measuring 11.6-inches, its screen size is dangerously close to that of

A Great Combination of Power and Looks

HP EliteBook 2540p

The EliteBook 2540p is HP's answer for consumers who want top-notch performance and battery life out of a laptop that's only slightly bigger than a netbook. Like the ThinkPad X201s, it sports a 12.1 inch screen, but with

A Business Focused Portable Work Horse

Lenovo ThinkPad X201s

Known for reliability among business users, with the ThinkPad X201 Lenovo provides an outstanding mix of battery life and performance which makes it perfect for road warriors with ample budgets. While it may not have nearly as much

The Thinnest Laptop In Existence

Dell Adamo XPS

The Dell Adamo XPS currently holds the record as the world's thinnest laptop by a landslide. Squeaking in at 9.99mm or (.4 inches thick), design wise this aluminum alloy sheathed computer is simply stunning to behold, and to enhance its

The Ultimate Portable PC if Price is No Object

Sony VAIO Z Series

Touted as the most powerful ultra portable on the market today thanks to its available 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (3.33GHz with Turbo Boost), the Sony Z series represents the pinnacle of laptop design in both looks and performance.

Transforming Mac Laptops Into Desktops

Henge Docking Stations For Macs


Mac laptop users finally have a clean looking and space saving solution for using their MacBook or MacBook Pro like a desktop at home. Built to work with the majority of modern Apple portable computers from 2008 onwards (except the Air),

I Have the Power!

Origin Eon18 Gaming Laptop


Remember Alienware before it was acquired by Dell in 2006? Its goal was to create ridiculously powerful and customized PC's for the gaming obsessed. Correction, its goal was to create custom PC's for the filthy rich, and gaming obsessed. Well once

Your Laptop's Best Friend for Battling Mother Nature

Ken Kai DRI Welded Seam Computer Messenger


Whatever your style is, chances are there's a laptop bag for sale that matches it. For those who tote their computer on a daily basis, though, things like comfort and protection are far more important than looks, particularly for long commutes

Netbook For Green-Minded Geeks

Sony Vaio W Eco-Friendly Laptop


More often than not, so-called "green" electronics earn that title thanks to their low or efficient energy consumption. Sony, like Apple, though has decided to up the ante by building this 10-inch netbook system out of 23% recycled CDs. Gee, I

Carrying Capacity Upgraded

J.Fold Nylon Messenger & Cargo Day Bags


There’s no doubt you’ve probably come away from the holidays with a few new accessories to lug around. It just so happens the folks at J.Fold have a few new and stylish messenger bags in which to haul your latest

A Separation Between Perch & Slate?

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet Laptop


Apple may have the nation's tech fiends in a frenzy over the calculated slow drip of details and rumors circling its potential tablet announcement at the end of January, but that doesn't mean other major tech manufacturers can't come up with

Will This Finally End Netbooks Once and For All?

Dell Vostro V13


Even though Dell's surprising anorexic marvel, the Adamo XPS may have garnered much of the company's recent media attention, we were pleasantly surprised to learn today about the Vostro V13. Built off of the production lessons learned from the

Small In Size, Big In Features

Incase Small Messenger Bag


If you're a fan of traditional backpacks, the Ogio Politan is an excellent choice, but if you prefer a messenger-style laptop bag designed specifically for your spiffy new Apple MacBook, you'll want to take a look at respected Apple

Finally a Laptop with No Strings Attached

Dell Latitude Z Laptop


Steve Jobs's finger may consistently rest on the cool-factor pulse of the world, but that doesn't mean he's the only one who gets it. In a break from the traditional corporate cookie-cutter workhorse laptops that built the Dell Computer empire, the

Preventing Scurvy One Computer At A Time

Be.ez LA besace Lime Drop Messenger Bag for MacBook


If you've ponied up for that new unibody Macbook, don't do it (and yourself) the injustice of toting it around in a less than worthy bag. Your 10 year old Targus simply will not suffice. If you're on the

New Apple 13-inch MacBook

New + Improved + Cheaper = Awesome


Well, well... Apple's revised their laptop lineup today (MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air). Damn technology. Lets start with construction - the MacBook is made from one solid piece of aluminum, so like your chef's knife - this thing


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Come early-August you might reconsider switching your old PC laptop for a Macbook. Not everyone needs a Mac after all. The Sony VAIO SR is a gorgeous little machine. It's a 2.8 GHz