Are you looking to update your personal computer, tablet or laptop this spring? If purchasing a new tech gadget for your home, office or that high school or college student in your life is on your agenda this spring, you are in luck! Tech expert/genius Katie Linendoll (who headlines as a tech contributor to Today Show and CNN) joined me for an interview yesterday to dish on four of her favorite two-in-one laptop tablets and desktop computers this spring!
Candace Rose: What’s new in two-in-one laptop tablets this spring?
Katie Linendoll: “I think what’s really cool in the world of computing in general is this new trend of two-in-one versatile units is they give you a laptop when you want it and a tablet when you need it, kind of get the most bang for your buck. A perfect example is right behind me (please see video for details), this ASUS Transformer Book T100 is perfectly portable, it’s got a keyboard attached to it so you can write documents and edit presentations during the day, and then you detach it and now you have yourself a 10.1 inch touchscreen display. It’s customizable with Windows 8.1 so you have a full on entertainment center. It’s small, lightweight. I love that it has 11 hours of battery life so you don’t have to worry about finding an outlet at any point of the day. The best part? Price point $349, which I love because a lot of people always think a tablet and a laptop…you have to spend $1,000. $349 bucks, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Candace Rose: And when they say two-in-one, are all things equal or do you lose anything in the combo?
Katie Linendoll: “That’s a good question, I actually think you gain something in the combo. A lot more people are turning this to both work and play, and when you have a unit like the Lenovo Yoga 11s, you can have it as a tablet when you go home and want to use different apps or play games at night. Also, when you want it during the day, you also have a full on keyboard. I think having those options and versatility is absolutely key. With the specs too, you have an Intel i5 processor, it’s going to give you speed, it’s going to give you power, it has a 720p HD webcam. You’re only gaining features and gaining options, at a really good price point too. I think the key for me for users is about affordability. Just over three pounds and $749, I think that is the price point you want to be at.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other two-in-ones you’re loving?
Katie Linendoll: “Actually, I want to talk about desktops too. Somebody asked me today if the desktop was dead, and you just have to think about the way that the desktop has evolved to. I get to show you the world’s thinnest and the world’s most portable desktop unit. The Dell XPS 18 is easily customizable with the tiles in Windows 8.1. It’s only five pounds, and that to me is mind-blowing because this is built for travel. You never thought a desktop computer would be built for travel. You can move it to any room in the house, it’s got that huge nearly 19 inch HD full touchscreen display and 500 gig hard drive. That’s going to store up to 100 HD movies, Intel processing power. All of this is under $900. Pretty amazing in terms of what you can get for under $1,000.”
Candace Rose: Absolutely. Are there any other must haves we need to know about?
Katie Linendoll: “My last must have is probably my favorite in the group, I love the ultra pocketable, ultra portable devices I can literally just throw in my purse and I have to check that it’s there just because it’s so lightweight. The Toshiba Encore is a tablet- when you think of a tablet you think $500 or $600 base price; the Toshiba Encore is $299, and what’s neat is it fits easily into one hand…eight inch touchscreen displays (as I noted before) front and rear facing camera so if you want to Skype or if you just want to go online to check your mail. It has you completely covered, and again just giving you that customized personalized experience, all for $300.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Katie Linendoll: “I know it’s totally overwhelming to walk into that electronic retail store, and I call it the Ben & Jerry effect where there are so many options and you’re like ‘I don’t know what to pick and choose.’ I think going in there armed with some good advice and some good units to start with – get in there and get your hands on and a feel on and see what units work best for you.
This is kind of a lineup, an evolution of bells and whistles that I’ve showed you here today. You can actually head to MicrosoftStore.com to check out all these devices I just talked about.”