Jan 04, 2013, 12.26 PM | Source: Forbes India
Marco D'Souza of Forbes India picks top gadgets to watout for in 2013.
1. Dual-screen Ultrabooks
Manufacturers are creating ever more intriguing portable computing devices. Graft a tablet onto a thin laptop and we have a strange and wonderful ‘tabtop/laptablet’ dual-screen device that functions interchangeably. On the high-end of the spectrum are packed-to-the-gills devices like the upcoming Asus Taichi—a Windows 8 Ultrabook with two full HD screens, one on the inside for use as a laptop and the other on the outside for use as a tablet. And all of this without sacrificing processing grunt—it packs an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with an Nvidia graphics chip that can, together, handle demanding apps. While such systems will cost more than USD 1,300, there will also be scaled-down versions, such as the Asus Yoga 11 based on Windows RT (its 32GB version comes in at USD 679).
2. Google Chromebook
For those who store all their data online in locations such as Dropbox or Google Drive, and who live off Google’s web applications, the Google Chromebook might just be the ticket. Think of it as an affordable, thin and light web-connected netbook that serves as a platform for accessing several online services. It has limited storage and modest capabilities, but its entire raison d’etre is accessing online services. Starting at USD 199, it is a compelling device not just for personal use but also for the cloud-connected enterprises that need affordable, easily manageable devices that are more secure than conventional portable devices.
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