Windows Strikes Back
The latest release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has been embraced by PC developers and manufacturers have already begun showing off new technology in the run up to the lucrative Christmas market.
The implementation of a full touch screen interface within the software is giving designers the chance to restyle their laptops and in the process, redefine how we as users interact with our hardware.
HP, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Asus and Lenovo are just some of the “big-hitters” showing off their new products.
There appears to be a growing trend towards models that feature detachable keyboards, which in theory transform the familiar laptop into a more portable tablet.
The detachable keyboard concept was first popularised by the Asus’ Transformer series of Android computers and now the Taiwanese company has demonstrated two models running Windows 8 and using the Vivo Tab brand.
These hybrid tablet/laptop concepts were first championed by Intel earlier this year although Apple has distanced itself from this option, citing potential customer dissatisfaction as the main issue.
However, Windows 8 is designed to work in both modes so to many supporters of the PC environment, it makes perfect sense.
Dell has created a device with a screen that pivots in its bezel, allowing it to face away from the keyboard.
Its most portable device, the HP Envy x2, has opted for a design in which its screen can attach a keyboard dock, using magnets to guide both parts into place.
This model is further distinguished by its integrated 8 megapixel camera on the back of the screen.
Taking a different route, Toshiba’s Satellite U925t features a screen that can slide over its keyboard and boasts a bigger 12.5in display.
But there are still some who champion the traditional format with Lenovo releasing three laptops that simply feature conventional screens without any touch input facility.
A spokeswoman for the Chinese firm said it believed there would still be a market for such devices after Window 8 became available.
Microsoft itself has invested heavily in its Surface design, which looks impressive with its keyboard that also acts as a cover.
All in all, it looks to be an autumn of impressive developments that makes for a greater choice to consumers.
Keep an eye out here at Gadget Box where we plan to review some of these new releases in a little more detail over the coming weeks.
George R Vaughan