Microsoft's Hot White Devices: Hardly Plain Vanilla

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-01
 
 
 

ASUS Eee Slate EP121

Equipped with an Intel Core i5-470UM processor and Windows 7 Home Premium, the 12.1-inch Eee Slate delivers the processing power and business productivity tools of a notebook PC in a portable tablet form factor. Confidential data is protected with the onboard Trusted Platform Module and Computrace LoJack for Laptops (subscription required). A bundled Bluetooth keyboard, integrated Wacom Digitizer stylus and multi-touch screen protected by durable Corning Gorilla Glass provide users with multiple data input options.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121

Sony Vaio E Series

Anything but average, three versions of the E Series offer all the power, portability and first-class Vaio features that make them the perfect accomplices for work and play. Sometimes inspiration strikes at unlikely hours. Be prepared for low-light scenarios with a backlit keyboard that makes for faster, more accurate late-night typing (14-inch and 15.5-inch models). LED illumination shines through the characters and between the comfortable, precision-engineered keys, framing them with a pleasant glow that helps minimize typos.

Sony Vaio E Series

HP Pavilion dv4

Influenced by kinetic energy, the HP Pavilion dv4 features a tapered chassis, slim top view and infinity waterfall edge. The exposed speaker bar integrated with the display projects its Beats Audio directly toward the user. It is available in midnight black, black licorice, linen white and carmine red. The devices start at $549.99 and became available in the United States June 20.

HP Pavilion dv4

Lenovo IdeaPad Z380

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 is a chic, modern entertainment laptop that strikes an ideal balance between affordability and performance. Available in a variety of vibrant colors and packed with multimedia features, the Z380 is ideal for entertainment mavens craving a device that's both functional and stylish. Powerful Intel multi-core processors and Windows 7 deliver reliable on-demand performance, while OneKey Theater optimizes video and audio with the touch of a button. The Z380 completes the rich multimedia experience with a high-definition LED display that produces clear, bright images, and Sound Retrieval System (SRS) or Dolby audio enhancement for immersive sound.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z380

Acer Aspire One D270

The Acer Aspire One D270 netbook may be small, but it still boasts a 93 percent full-size keyboard for convenient typing, along with a multi-gesture touch-pad that makes navigation easy. The Aspire One netbook features a 10.1-inch widescreen display and runs on an Intel Atom dual-core processor that provides smooth performance while conserving power. A hard-disk drive up to 500GB stores all your multimedia, and a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you use this little netbook to watch high-def movies on a big-screen TV.

Acer Aspire One D270

Samsung Series 7 HDTV

The Samsung Series 7 HDTV monitor reduces desktop connection clutter and combines the convenience of having a laptop with the traditional advantages of a desktop PC. A built-in DTV tuner allows users to watch their favorite TV programs and access movies, pictures and music without even turning their computer on. With the Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), users can simultaneously connect to a tablet or smartphone and can monitor and control the device with their traditional mouse and keyboard. It also includes Samsung's SmartHub function, providing access to a suite of downloadable apps like Hulu Plus, Netflix, games and more. The unit goes for $599.

Samsung Series 7 HDTV

Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 is Nokia's first Long-Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone and takes advantage of AT&T's 4G LTE network for high-performance browsing and video and audio streaming. With Nokia's largest display, at 4.3 inches, it delivers a rich content experience from a phone that still fits easily in your hand.

Nokia Lumia 900

HTC Radar

Elegantly crafted with an aluminum unibody and a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, the HTC Radar from T-Mobile USA brings you closer to the important things in life.

HTC Radar

Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle

Ideal for the whole family, the Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller, a copy of two of the most popular Kinect titles, "Kinect Sports" and "Kinect Adventures," and a three-month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold.

Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle

Samsung NX1000

The Samsung NX1000 is the most approachable camera in Samsung's NX Series—the first Compact System Camera to include built-in WiFi connectivity. The fashion-forward NX1000 offers the portability and convenience of a point-and-shoot camera, while adding the versatility of interchangeable lenses and the ability to take premium photos. WiFi connectivity is available at the touch of a button, thanks to a dedicated Smart Link Hot Key on the top of the camera that makes sending high-quality photos and videos to Microsoft SkyDrive, Facebook or YouTube simple. The Samsung NX1000 offers a large, bright 3-inch LCD screen for composing images, 1080p HD video capture, and a 20.3MP CMOS sensor with shutter speeds of up 1/4000 seconds, so no moment is missed.

Samsung NX1000

Touch Mouse Limited Edition Artist Series

Be all the envy of your friends and colleagues with the Touch Mouse Limited Edition Artist Series, designed by New York Artist Deanne Cheuk. And now, with updated gestures designed specifically for Windows 8, the Touch Mouse lets you fluidly move throughout the new UI, so you'll be more stylish and more productive, with less effort. MSRP: $79.95.

Touch Mouse Limited Edition Artist Series

Arc Keyboard Limited Edition

At just over a foot long and less than an inch thick, the Arc Keyboard is the perfect companion while you're playing your Xbox 360, chatting online at the kitchen table or simply working at your desk. Compact and portable, you can easily stow this wireless keyboard in a coffee-table drawer when you're not using it. Or you can leave it out for everyone to see, as it has a clean, modern design that you'll be proud to show off. MSRP: $59.95.

Arc Keyboard Limited Edition

Arc Touch Mouse Limited Edition Artist Series

The Arc Touch Mouse is the first mouse designed to flatten for portability and pop up for comfort, making it an indispensable accessory when you're on the go. Featuring a pattern designed by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, the Oh Joy! Edition combines playful florals with rich metallic for a mix of sophisticated whimsy, making it the ideal gadget to spice up your PC any time, anywhere. MSRP: $59.95

Arc Touch Mouse Limited Edition Artist Series

Explorer Touch Mouse Limited Edition

The sleek and stylish Explorer Touch Mouse takes touch-strip technology to the next level with four-way scrolling, letting you navigate horizontally and vertically with a simple finger swipe. It's also wireless, so you can toss it in your bag without having to worry about tangled wires, and it has five customizable buttons that let you pick and choose the programs and files you use most often. MSRP: $49.95

Explorer Touch Mouse Limited Edition

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