When you think of the top brand names for tech out there, all begging for your hard earned cash, you're probably thinking of Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. You're more than likely going to be thinking of those brands specifically. With their massive marketing campaigns it's no wonder that's just the way it is. But despite some great marketing we all have heard that news that Microsoft has been somewhat lacking in the sales department. There is however no lack of competitors that have picked up on this and started taking shots at the larger name brands. Companies like Lenovo are coming up with commercials, and overall marketing tactics, that are taking on the old school tech giants and pointing out legitimate facts.
That being said, Lenovo seems to have their ducks in a row in terms of what they have to offer right now. Is it enough to take on the top dog though?
The Lenovo Yoga Pro 3
Lenovo prides itself on their Yoga line, mainly because of the devices remarkable ability to do Yoga... sort of. Essentially this name means that the device can bend in ways that a typical laptop couldn't and comes with touch screen capabilities to boot. This laptop is able to have it's screen bend all the way back to the point that the keyboard and the screen are facing back to back. You have the laptop's "tablet" mode where it could function as a laptop, and then you have the tent mode for when you'd like to watch movies or videos without holding the device. It's a laptop and tablet all in one, without the detachable keyboard niche. What's holding it back from really taking on Apple's Macbook Air? Let's just say $900 sounds a lot better for a product, than $1,300.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
When you think of tablets, you probably don't think about them including built-in projectors. With Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, that's actually exactly what you're getting though. This tablet comes in with a built-in pico projector that can throw a 50-inch theater image on any surface. Nifty? Completely. Necessary? Debatable. Yes, there are many implications that could be utilized with this device. Don't want to use your company's projector to get your presentation done? This tablet can display your presentation for you, and store everything else you may need. Do you just want to have a relaxing night with some friends watching cat videos and eating pizza? Well you can do that too if that's what you choose. The tablet itself has a 15 hour lifespan when not throwing images on walls. Not a bad life for a tablet at all, and again, the business uses for this really justify the use of the projector.
Is It Enough?
Lenovo might have laptops that bend and turn in to tablets. They might have tablets that have projectors built into them. The only problem is that they're missing one crucial element; the fanbase. The market is flooded by the 3 main top tier competitors in the market and Lenovo just isn't one of them. This, in no way, suggests that their products are bad in any way shape or form. The fact that Apple still holds the largest portion of the consumer tech market means that it's just that much harder for the other two companies, and even more so for sister companies like Lenovo. The fact that they're using Microsoft's financial backing to create commercials that go up against the tech giant does say something about the company and it's products, however.
There is no sure fire way to say whether or not Lenovo's products will hold a candle to Apple's product line, but if you're able to stand up to Apple, that shows that there is some merit there.
Without a doubt though, Lenovo is definitely stepping up their game, and people should be on the lookout.
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No matter what needs your business may have, the performance and portability of a tablet can help you out in some way. Tablets have changed the way we do many things, and they can open up doors and create opportunities for your business.
Have you ever thought about using tablets to collect customer data that will help your business? You can use tablets to let your customers take surveys or give feedback on their experience with you.
Here are some techniques and benefits:
Reach Every Customer... Ever.
Using a tablet is the easiest way to reach out to your customers to get feedback. Computers are not practical. They are too big and bulky and not even an option. Tablets are small and portable, so they eliminate inconvenience when approaching a customer. If you run a department store or a restaurant, you can have your staff out on the floor talking to customers and getting feedback from them. Not only is their feedback very valuable, but you would be surprised at how positively your customers will respond just knowing that you care enough to do that. Not only is that good for business in general, but chances are they will be willing to give you the data that you are looking for in order to improve your business. By equipping your staff with tablets, you will be able to reach an incredible amount of people and gather more data than you thought was possible.
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Make Life Easier
New tablets are pretty powerful. They can handle many aspects of your business, and they can definitely handle any customer. It literally makes delivering surveys and questionnaires easier than ever before. You couldn't use smartphones because that would be annoying, and like I said before, computers aren't even an option for this part of your business. Another way that you're probably failing at right now is by using paper to collect data. Not only is it the 21st century, but paper just sucks. It can get wet, lost, ripped, or maybe some people don't write so well and you can't read it. Simply handing someone a tablet takes care of every issue that I just pointed out.
Get It Done Faster
Tablets are super fast and easy to use for everyone. Let's say that you have a customer waiting in line to check out or waiting on their bill. How easy would it be to just slip them a tablet so that they could provide their feedback while they wait? They won't even be annoyed by having to write something or by listening to you tell them to call the number on the back of their receipt. They will probably be pleased to have something to pass the time while they wait, and when they are done and hit "submit", you already have all the information that you need to improve their experience the next time the visit. Using tablets in your business can help you raise your level of customer satisfaction immediately.
According to some new reports from the developers of the Instapaper software, Apple's upcoming iPad Mini may not be all that different from the company's low-priced iPad 2. Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, in a recent statement found previously unseen device identifiers in his application's usage statistics: iPad2,5 and iPad2,6.
From what Arment said, those numbers are in line with the iPad2,1 through iPad2,4 and are used to identify various models in the iPad 2 family. However, Arment is convinced that the identifiers are not for a refresh of the iPad 2, which Apple launched back in early 2011 with the "new" iPad and now sells for $399 in a 16GB WiFi configuration.
"The iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 could be boring: GSM and CDMA versions of the die-shrunk iPad 2...bringing lower costs to the other iPad 2 configurations that are still for sale," Arment noted on his blog. "But now, even later in its life cycle that would be a pretty strange move."
Instead, Arment believes that this is pointing to the new, smaller iPad, dubbed the iPad Mini by most, which Apple is expected to introduce this fall. "The much more likely explanation is that the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new 'iPad Mini,'" Armen noted. "If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2."
this is true then it is actually a smart idea for Apple. Instead of re-releasing a decreased version of the iPad 2 and calling it something with "iPad 2" in the title, the company can release a smaller version of the device, slap a new name on it and sell it to consumers at a considerably lower cost.
Apple iPad rentals are some of the most popular that Rentacomputer.com has to offer. The devices themselves already come with incredible power and portability, making them very appealing to traveling businessman. If this device really is the iPad Mini then I can guarantee you that rentals of the product will be in high demand. What's better than renting a completely portable tablet? One that is even smaller and more portable!
Source: Computer World - 'iPad Mini' may be spinoff of iPad 2, says dev
Acer recently revised its estimates and, as of right now, doesn't expect "explosive growth" for Windows 8 devices when the operating system launches in October. The CEO of Acer also cited a lack of consumer interest as one of the primary reasons for the new estimate. Acer CEO J.T. Wang was cited saying, "We are still waiting for the signal of the consumers' enthusiasm."
Acer is currently the world's third largest PC vendor and originally expected high growth for the company during the second half of this year. In particular, Acer believed that Windows 8 would help usher in a plethora of new notebooks and tablet devices to the market.
However, the rocky global economy and the uncertainty of the Windows ecosystem have Wang believing that the company will most likely see medium growth. "We see that a lot of PC brand companies and also the channels have a cautious attitude," Wang added. "Although everyone is preparing for the Windows 8 launch, but still there is a lot of reservation, and so we do not see the momentum for very explosive growth has been accumulated."
These "doom and gloom" remarks from Wang don't really surprise anybody though. Wang was quoted earlier asking Microsoft to not sell its own Windows 8 tablet, known as the Surface tablet, as it would hurt the PC vendor partners that Microsoft does business with, including Acer.
Apple currently dominates the tablet market with its juggernaut iPad. Things like iPad rentals have been soaring recently, along with other tablet and laptop rentals, and I would expect that number to increase with the release of the Surface tablet. Rentacomputer.com sees the influences that certain products have on the technology industry and the iPad definitely paved the way for things like Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Many people are looking to the Surface to dethrone Apple's iPad. Many have tried and the closest (in my opinion) anyone has come has to be Samsung and the Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately, Samsung and Apple are in a huge patent war right now so we can see how well that worked out. But maybe the Surface tablet has what it takes, we can only wait and see.
Source: PC World - Acer Does Not Expect 'Explosive Growth' for Windows 8 Later This Year
Apple's iPad has completely revolutionized the computer and technology industry, much like the iPhone and iPod did before. Since its conception, the iPad has dominated the tablet PC market. The original device was a completely unique product and the iPad 2 only improved upon all the great things the original device provided.
The iPad and iPad 2 are some of them most desired pieces of equipment on the market right now and everybody wants one. While that level of demand is fantastic for Apple, it is frustrating to consumers who typically find it hard to find one sometimes. In addition to demand being a problem for consumers, price is also a problem since iPads are usually too expensive for the average consumer. Prices for the iPad 2 range from $499 to $699 depending on your model.
Even though it may be way out of your price range to buy, you can still get an iPad if you want to by grabbing an iPad Rental from Rentacomputer.com. Rentacomputer.com offers a complete line of iPad and iPad 2 rentals in all varieties, including both black and white models as well as the 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models.
In addition to that, you can rent specific iPads as well. For instance, you can get a 16GB white iPad 2 that has both WiFi and 3G connectivity, a 64 GB black iPad 2 with only WiFi connectivity or any combination of color, GB capacity and connectivity. Whatever you want or need, Rentacomputer.com makes sure you get it.
Also, if you really want an iPad permanently, but you can't afford to shell out all the money at once, you can consider one of Rentacomputer.com's iPad leasing options. Leasing an iPad allows you to purchase the device while paying for it in installments, letting you pay a little off at a time. In addition to being financially easier, a leasing option from Rentacomputer.com may also qualify you for some special tax benefits as well.
So the next time you are sitting on the couch and you see an iPad commercial, you are planning on going on a business trip or you really think one would be the perfect college companion, consider renting one from Rentacomputer.com. Rentacomputer.com has over 25 years in the industry of computer and technology rentals and is also a certified Apple reseller, so you know you are going with a company you can count on.
Tablets are all the rage in the tech world right now, specifically with the iPad 2, Apple's juggernaut in the tablet market. The reason tablets are becoming so popular is due to their flexibility. They can function as a giant iPad or media player and can also act as a smaller, more portable laptop. And with new accessories being developed, like portable keyboard attachments, the versatility of a tablet continues to grow.
While there are many great reasons to buy an iPad, there is one thing that holds a lot of people back and that is the price. A lot of people would love to have the convenience of an iPad but cannot afford to buy one. Thankfully, there is an alternative, a way for someone to get all the functionality and enjoyment of an iPad without blowing all that money on buying one. I'm talking about renting one.
Renting an iPad is perfect, especially for students. A lot of students are taking iPads to class nowadays in order to follow along with a professor's PowerPoint notes or to even take notes themselves. All the features offered by an iPad make it the perfect device for a college student.
An iPad allows you to have all the necessary school things you need in one convenient place and even gives you entertainment to enjoy between classes. It also gives you less things to lug around to class and less things to lose or misplace, making class a little less stressful.
You can rent an iPad for your entire college year if you want, or you can narrow it down to just a semester or quarter. Rentacomputer.com offers iPad rentals as well as new iPad 2 rentals and they also have special rates and discounts specifically designed for students.
So, if you think an iPad will make your college semester go by more smoothly, don't hesitate to head on over to Rentacomputer.com and check out their specific section on iPad rentals. And if you prefer something a little more advanced, you should also check out their student laptop rentals as well; you won't be disappointed.
I know CES 2011 just ended, but that is what makes this news even more spectacular. The iLounge Pavilion for CES 2012, which is sponsored by iLounge.com, has already sold out a mere month after CES 2011. The 2012 International CES iLounge Pavilion sold out less than two hours into CES 2011. The Pavilion itself features 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and will showcase a record-setting array of accessories as well as software for Apple's iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac platforms.
According to Karen Chupka, Senior Vice President of Events and Conferences for CEA, "The iLounge Pavilion is experiencing unparalleled success and has undoubtedly established itself as the center of the "i" Universe. Exhibitors made their intentions loud and clear in purchasing more iLounge space in two hours of space selection than ever before. It's evident that there is strong industry demand for a showcase of these popular products at the international CES, and space for the iLounge Pavilion will increase as a result."
The 2011 iLounge Pavilion featured over 200 exhibitors over 50,000 square feet and saw the launch of thousands of new products like Griffin's CarTrip and Crayola Stylus application-aided accessories, Morphie's iPad charging and mounting accessory PowerStand and the app-controlled Sphero robotic ball from Orbotix. The iLounge Pavilion had everything from fashion cases, speakers and earphones to games and apps. It was these things that helped establish the iLounge Pavilion as one of the world's leading destinations for new i-related products.
In a statement from CEO of KIOKY Michael Shumski, "Our CES experience was amazing. We couldn't have dreamt of a better place to release our new product, and I do not mean just CES, I mean the iLounge Pavilion. We were swarmed with American distributors but took the company global the day we launched! Look for us there next year because we made sure to reserve our space again."
At CES 2012 new products for the Apple iPad will join products for the iPhone, iPod and other Mac products in the Pavilion which provides retailers, vendors and over 5,000 visitors unrivaled opportunity to preview everything the coming year has to offer in the way of exciting new i-related technologies in a single, centralized location.
"CES is the Super Bowl of electronics trade shows, and nothing else really matters," said Mike Szymczak, co-founder of OrigAudio. "We are happy to be presenting our latest and greatest products on a stage such as CES in the iLounge Pavilion." The 2012 iLounge Pavilion should be one thing anybody going to CES 2012 should try to get into but that doesn't seem too likely now. CES 2012 will take place January 10th through January 13th,
2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Source: CES - 2012 CES iLounge Pavilion Sells Out in Record Time: Additional Space Added to Meet Demand
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iPad Rentals may be a new concept but they are all the rage for business travel. These sleek, slick, and fast new gadgets from Apple are a must-have for anyone who is often on the road for their job. Whether you're just looking for something to keep your mind occupied while you're stuck in the airport for hours on end (the iPad's screen is perfect for media such as movies, it also has a built-in eReader), a way to keep up with local, national, and world news (the iPad is ideal for keeping up with newspapers) or you need to connect to the office and check your email (the iPad has both WiFi and 3G capabilities), it can do it all. If you hate traveling with your laptop but still need to stay connected, the iPad is a great alternative.
If you've been considering purchasing an iPad for business travel, why not rent one first to see if you like it? Rentacomputer.com is now offering iPad rentals with 16, 32, and 64 GB, with both Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities. We offer high quality products, excellent customer service and competitive prices to over a thousand cities across the United States.