We know, we know– it feels like summer is only just beginning why are we starting to think about the next school year? Unfortunately as we all know all good things like summer must eventually come to an end and we have to return back to our regular ways of life and school– which we all know comes back way too quickly. As the back-to-school sales really begin over the next few weeks we want to help make sure you go back fully prepared, well, gadgets wise at least.
One of the toughest things today in back-to-school shopping is finding a new computer/tablet/phone that isn’t just cheap or good, but right for you and what you want and need it to do. We want to try to make this easier for you, and over the course of the rest of the summer we plan to have a whole bunch of posts and guides on good deals we see, some of our recommendations for a new computer, tablet or phone etc. In short, we’re here to help.
So with all that in mind we’re gonna kick off this back-to-school “series” with some tips on what you should look for when your out shopping for a new laptop for school and what are the basic specs that any 2011 computer you buy should have.
Looking for a sleek Android tablet but really want Netflix? Well, then this new tablet from Lenovo is for you. Lenovo just took the wraps off the IdeaPad K1 tablet and while it’s very similar to the other Android 3.1 tablets we’ve seen (like the Samsung Galaxy Tab), it also has something the other ones lack– an exclusive Netflix app. We know, we know, the iPad’s had this for a while now, but it’s still nice to start seeing some other big tablet apps come to Android (though sadly there’s no word on how long Lenovo has this exclusive and if or when it will be available on other Android tablets).
Now beyond Netflix support the K1 is like pretty much every other Android tablet we’ve seen with specs like: Android 3.1 Honeycomb (with a custom Lenovo interface and special Lenovo App Store where you can find apps tested by Lenovo and guaranteed to work on your tablet. And yes, you still have access to the normal Android Market and can download apps from there), 10.1 inch HD screen (so those apps and Netflix videos look great), dual-core 1 GHZ processor and 1 GB of RAM (so everything runs fast), 5 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera for video chat, and 10 hours of battery life.
Lenovo will also be pre-loading the K1 with apps like Need For Speed: Shift, Amazon Kindle, ooVoo, Angry Birds, Docs to Go (similar to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel on your computer), Lenovo Social Touch (for easily updating your Facebook and Twitter from one app) along with many other apps so you’re ready to go right out of the box.
And while all this is nice, the biggest part of all this is the price. Unlike the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2 which start at $500 for 16 GB WiFi-only versions, the K1’s 16 GB WiFi-only version will cost only $449 (and it also has a microSD card slot for easily adding for adding more storage when you need it), with the 32 GB WiFi-only version costing $500.
The K1 is available now and for more info check out Lenovo’s site here.
The Lenovo U1 Hybrid, in laptop mode
The Slate PC by Microsoft wasn’t the only touchscreen computer shown off at CES (not by a long shot), and while at CES, Lenovo announced two really cool touchscreen PC’s of their own– the S10-3t netbook, and the U1 which, is… well you’ll see–think of it as a regular laptop mixed with a tablet. Read on for all the info.
The Lenovo Skylight
Just because CES starts on Wednesday doesn’t mean companies cant get a head start on announcing a bunch of new products. Lenovo has really taken full use of this, today officially unveiling a whole new line of computer called the Skylight smartbook. So what is the Skylight and what’s different about it than your normal netbook or laptop?