For an impossible $99.99, you can get a 10-inch HD tablet with oodles of bells and whistles. Game, set and match, Apple. Plus: a super-fast mobile charger.
All that and Alexa, too
The current-gen Fire HD 10 offers some notable hardware specs, including a 1,920×1,080-pixel 10.1-inch screen, 32GB of expandable storage, a quad-core processor and stereo speakers.
It also provides hands-free Alexa, meaning you can control it with your voice, just like an Echo. I’m not sure how valuable that really is in a tablet, but if you keep the HD 10 paired with a speaker, well, it’s kind of like getting a bonus Echo Dot out of the deal.
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is an even stronger MacBook Pro competitor than before. Mostly, that’s because there’s finally a 15-inch model for people who need a bit more screen real estate. But the company has fixed most of the issues we had with last year’s 13-inch model, as well. That’s particularly true when it comes to the Surface Book 2’s unique hinge, which lets you remove and flip around the display. It’s the ideal follow up — one that does everything its predecessor did well without any compromises. It’s another strong entry for Microsoft, in a year where it already launched the excellent Surface Laptop and Surface Pro.
The Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful and well-designed Windows laptops on the market. And thanks to its improved hinge, it doesn’t feel any different than a traditional notebook. It’s the best MacBook Pro competitor we’ve seen yet.
Stephanie Tarling’s Pure Imagination was a key part of the spine-chilling magic of the Surface Studio unveil, and the artist has since contributed to the marketing of Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2.
Behold: our 2017 holiday gift guide, where we’ve curated 119 recommendations, running the gamut from laptops and fitness trackers, to smart speakers and kitchen gear, to apps and services, to video games and Blu-ray box sets. Oh, and for the first time since Engadget started publishing gift guides, we have a section dedicated to toys and coding kits. That might just be our favorite.
Peter Kyriacou heads up the program management team for all Surface devices. The secret to product perfection, he tells ZDNet, is to test lots of ideas, ‘fail fast’, and develop the good ones.
Lenovo in partnership with chipset giant Intel has introduced a new range of PCs that focus on privacy and safety of user data. The new PC comes with built-in authentication measures that adhere to FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance standards and does away with the dependence on the traditional passwords for authentication.
Instead of relying just on passwords, users now have a safer way to log into websites with the touch of a finger on an integrated fingerprint reader or a quick click of a button in real-time.
Using Intel “Online Connect” on 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, Lenovo’s latest PCs including the Yoga 920, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation) and IdeaPad 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs.
This will bring simpler and safer online authentication when logging into popular websites like PayPal, Google, Dropbox and Facebook.