Toshiba Satellite Radius 15
Toshiba is making an aggressive play for the Windows 10 laptop market with a host of devices. The Radius 15 is a fully specced offering with a 15.6″ full HD LED display; fifth gen Intel Core i5 CPUs; Intel HD Graphics 5500; up to 16Gb memory and a whopping 2Tb HDD storage (or 256SSD for faster performance).
The Radius 15’s main selling point is its rotating hinge, allowing the device to function in notebook and tablet modes, thus taking full advantage of Windows 10’s dual modes. Do we need 15″ tablets? That’s for the user to decide.
The ThinkPad has never really deviated from its unassuming black box roots and now Lenovo wants to celebrate that “purposeful evolution,” with a laptop that embraces the ThinkPad’s past designs. The T92 (aka ThinkPad Retro) has all the trappings of its forebears, including a blue Enter key, two ThinkLights, exposed screws, a seven-row keyboard, rubberised paint, and tons of status LEDs.
This idea really seems more about changing the positioning of the ThinkPad than anything else. Most people see the ThinkPad as a stodgy, unoriginal device for corporate environments. Instead, Lenovo wants us to see the ThinkPad as a design classic like Wayfarer sunglasses or Converse All Stars. Good luck with that.
Archos PC Stick
There’s an invasion of mini PCs going on right now, and they don’t get much mini-er than Chromecast-style dongles that slap into any HDMI port. The latest entrant is Archos’ PC Stick, a Windows 10 PC that measures 4.45″ long, 1.48″ wide and about .5″ thick.
For your money you get a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2Gb RAM, 32Gb of onboard storage, and a microSD slot for more space if you need it.
If those specs sound familiar, it’s because they are the same as Intel’s Compute Stick, Lenovo’s recently announced ideacentre Stick 300, and BeeLink’s Pocket P2. Intel’s Compute Stick basically kickstarted a new device concept, so all of these are using the same processor and component configuration.
At $99/£79 Archos PC Stick is cheaper than similar offerings from Intel and Lenovo but we don’t have any word on an Irish release date.
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