7 devices, which leave behind Windows 8
Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows will change the "key issues" of the system, thereby de facto recognizing the failure of Windows 8. Although Microsoft still cheerfully reported about the sale of 100 million OS licenses since its launch in October, in itself this number not a sign of success: together with the new user's computer automatically acquire pre-installed on their system, but this does not mean that they are happy with it. Where significant that in the first quarter of 2013th PC sales experienced a record decline (by 13, 9% compared to the first quarter of 2012) - and among his reasons for the reluctance of users to upgrade to Windows 8.
What exactly has brought? The main problem was the desire to combine computers with tablets. Microsoft decided that, in spite of the radical differences between these devices in input methods, screen sizes and fields of application, they can use the same tile interface, unusual for computer users. Computer manufacturers, followed by the operating system, have begun to integrate these devices themselves. Apple CEO Tim Cook described it as "the crossing of the toaster with a refrigerator," arguing that the ordinary user such hybridization to anything. The fact that of the many amazing hybrids neither could any closer to the level of popularity of iPad, indirectly confirms his words, and this year a new version of Windows gadgets are two classes can again be separated. Here are some amazing devices, generated the idea of combining the computer and tablet, the prospects of which is now in question.
Acer Aspire R7
The newest form factor (R7 was presented May 3) and one of the most original: laptop with sophisticated stand screen, allowing him to at least hover over the keyboard (for touch convenience), even turn to sitting in front of a person (the image at the same time automatically roll over). In this case, the touchpad is not in front of the keyboard, and behind it and at a certain location of the screen is closed to them - Acer based on the fact that the touch screen reduces the need to tap the touchpad.
Lenovo Idea Centre Horizon Tour
Use 27-inch monoblock as a tablet - a sudden idea, given his 11-pound weight. Nonetheless, Lenovo considered a viable idea and shot a promotional video showing the uses of such a device: on his walk with him will not take, but you can put on the table to be shared or even drop to the floor, allowing children to draw on its screen with the stylus.
Asus Transformer AiO
If Lenovo offers a clean monoblock stand inside it, the Asus - shoot candy bar screen with stand. The result is thinner and lighter than Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Tour (especially since the screen size is 18 '' instead of 27 ''), but it is too cumbersome to the average user always wore it around the apartment: most will appreciate the designers who would like to sometimes put touch the screen on the table and draw on it something by hand.
MSI Slider S20
The MSI decided that if you close the laptop screen facing away from the keyboard, you get a tablet. To achieve this, instead of the usual mechanism to rotate the screen in the Slider S20 opted for slider phones. However, in this case, the front of the screen is a small place, so the touchpad has been removed completely. And this is not the only negative ideas: for the tablet device is turned thick (20 mm) and heavy (1160 g), constantly carry it with you want a little.
An alternative way to make sure that when you close the laptop screen remained available - to give him two screens at once, and Asus have gone down this path. Although it does not help to deal with MSI Slider S20 problems (space for the touchpad is quite enough), a stumbling block for many becomes a price: the transition to the touchscreen itself made Windows-laptops are more expensive, and adding a second screen (when trying to keep a low thickness) exacerbates the situation : the price of 13-inch version in Russia is more than 60 000 rubles.
Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga
Another embodiment of a laptop screen, available in the "closed" state - to make it drop down so well that he was describing a full circle, and met with the keyboard upside down. Along the way, a "stretch" went Lenovo, giving a result corresponding to the name of Yoga. The device has collected good reviews but, as in other hybrids, there are drawbacks: using such a device as a tablet, the owner feels behind the screen instead of a flat cap keyboard.
Finally, a way to adopt directly to Microsoft - a detachable keyboard, and an advertising campaign tablet Surface emphasis was placed on the ability to turn their way into notebooks. This approach is in demand outside the ecosystem of Windows 8 - Asus popularized it in the Android-plates Series Transformer, but to iPad third-party accessory manufacturers released a number of keyboards. And if any Windows-based device that combines two in one, can achieve mass popularity, it is likely that it is so.