October 26th will be a big day for Microsoft. That’s the day that the new Windows 8 will officially launch. For months now, hype has been building around Windows 8. So much hype that PC manufacturers have been creating new systems left and right. Soon, you will be bombarded with Windows 8 tablets, desktops, and other devices. Before you get lost in the muck, there are some PCs already out that are worth considering. Others, dare I say, are best left behind. Here are three Windows 8 PCs that are not a waste of time and money.
Asus Vivo Tablet: A Great Hybrid from Asus
Asus has put a lot of work into the Vivo tablet. This tablet comes with a 11.6-inch touchscreen, 2GB memory, and the latest version of Android. This tablet is also incredibly thin at 8.7mm. Asus has also put thought into the design of the Vivo. This tablet is far from being clunky, has a nice metallic frame, and looks great all-around. Currently, Asus has not released pricing for the Vivo. I expect Asus to officially announce the Vivo on or near October 26th (as is the case with most other Windows 8 device manufacturers).
Samsung Series 7: Innovative and Sleek
This tablet/laptop is particularly interesting thanks to the Samsung’s innovative design. The Series 7 isn’t a laptop, but it’s not really a tablet either. This device comes with an attachable keyboard that can turn the tablet into a laptop. The keyboard that comes with the Series 7 is also a dock, so you can charge your tablet while using the laptop-inspired keyboard. Spec-wise, the Series 7 comes with a 128GB SSD; 4GB of RAM; and an 11-inch touchscreen.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Solid Is What Lenovo Does
I like ThinkPads. Lenovo makes solid machines that don’t mess around. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is of the convertible laptop sort (a laptop/tablet hybrid), but so are most of the Windows 8 devices coming out. Lenovo’s hybrid includes a 64 SSD; 2GB of RAM; and a 10.1-inch display. As is the case with most of Lenovo’s ThinkPads, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 was meant to work. Lenovo’s Tablet 2 design includes both front and rear facing cameras too, so you can snap photos or hold conference calls. It’s also nice to see that Lenovo has included internal storage. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 also has an Intel Atom processor, which is a nice addition.
Some Similarities To Note
There are a few recurrent themes here. Almost all of the new Windows 8 devices come with touchscreens. Also, nearly every device that will soon be released includes a hybrid of some sort. You’ll see suspended tablets and hybrid laptops. You’ll also see some interesting desktops. Seemingly, Windows 8 runs best when a touchscreen is involved, and that’s what manufacturers are going by. When October 26th hits, you’ll see lots of new Windows 8 devices popping up. My advice? Check for the three listed above, and keep reading this blog for additional Windows 8 device reviews.