Russia has been a tragedy for centuries. It went from serfdom in the late 19th century to communism only a few decades later to now a petro-mafia state. For a short time after the fall of the Soviet Union Russia had an opportunity to evolve to a multi-party social democratic government like Scandinavian countries, but instead what took control was left over from the KGB and mafia and they continue to rule. Then they divided the country's wealth among a small number of equally corrupt KGB cronies. This is why there are so many Russian billionaires but virtually no inventor-creators that made something new the world wants to buy. Oligarch's fortunes came from stolen Russian assets and it infuriates the Russian people. The rape of the country that continues to this day is one of the few things that could cause a revolt by the masses so Putin needs to keep the population's attention focused on outside threats - even those of his own making like in Crimea and now eastern Ukraine. Now this imperialistic adventurism has taken on a life of its own and history shows this doesn't end well.
Saw Intel's ad for tablets using their processors the first time over the weekend. Intel needs to do a lot more of this to make it widely known they are a force in the tablet space. Intel-based tablets deliver very impressive performance and value proposition, particularly the tablets with Windows & MS Office.
We should be careful to qualify how Intel's manufacturing strength actually matters. Process technology does not overcome competitive weaknesses arising from an inappropriately designed product, but there's no question it delivers a decisive advantage when multple appropriately designed products are in competition with each other. Intel is nearly at this point.
The very noticeable difference today is that Wall St. is increasingly acknowledging Intel's manufacturing expertise at the same time competitor's roadmaps are falling behind. We will likely see a lot more discussion of this topic in the press as we proceed through the year.
This is just the beginning in realizing the 90 Bay Trail design wins consisting of 90 tablets, 70 of which are 2-1 designs. Since the release says it has full PC capabilities I presume that means it will have a keyboard like the T100. The 4GB of RAM and 128 GB storage is awesome. The front camera on the Yoga 2 delivers the sharpest Skype video I've ever seen in a portable device. If this unit uses the same camera it will be fantastic.
And as aside for anyone that didn't see the release. Microsoft just announced that Skype group video calling will now be free. Previously this required an annual subscription of about $100 a year. Well done Microsoft!
The "mobile" segment includes tablets and smartphones and Intel is on track for 40 million tablets this year. That will be a strategic win for Intel's long term plan. OEM's are preparing to launch many more Bay Trail tablet models and 2-1s because the public has responded so well to those already available. This is a big step forward for Intel's mobile aspirations and one of the reasons Intel's share price has recently become resistant to downward pressure.
Microsoft will also make Windows "desktop friendly" again this year with the return of the real Start Menu. The absence of the Start Menu was a huge obstacle for those that had no interest in tile world.
FYI, there are now televisions ads featuring this product that also promotes Windows. This device is a breakthrough in value in versatility.
Here are accessories you'll want:
1. 64GB Sandisk SDXC card
2. micro-HDMI to HDMI cable to use with external monitor
3. 4-7 port USB 3.0 to plug in external storage, keyboards, peripherals when docked
4. Leather case is useful. Poetic makes some good ones. Available on Amazon
5. Micro-USB to USB2 connector (the micro-USB2 on the tablet is for charging and data transfer)
That's what come to mind at the moment.
Why so condescending? When Amazon sellers were charging over $600 for this device and no one else had them in stock, Walmart sold them for $379. That was a great deal at the time. And doesn't Walmart sell iPhones and iPads?
To get a seamless experience from any computer would mean it ships without a single flaw. That computer has yet to be made, particularly as it relates to BIOS's, operating systems and applications software. That's what updates are for. But if you continue to experience a problem after you've properly updated all the above, then you should return or replace it.
I know small children that have no difficulty holding the T100 or using it's multi-touch gestures to navigate the interface. The two finger scrolling could not be easier. It's in fact faster and easier than using the traditional scroll bar. And the 1366x768 display is a very good fit for that screen size.
That being said I believe the strongest case for the T100 is for all the modes it can do in a single lightweight package. The T100 functions very nicely as a light use desktop when connected to an external monitor. It can function as a laptop reasonably well when one needs to travel light, and it performs very well as a tablet.
However, as I've told acquaintances I don't recommend using the T100 as a substitute for a laptop all day long. If one needs full PC functionality for many hours at a time I recommend either connecting the T100 to an external monitor or using a laptop with a much larger screen and full size keyboard.
However, even given screen size limitations there is no device in this price class at the moment that delivers all the functionality this can for business & leisure.
You really are starting to sound like a chronic whiner. I buy things from Amazon because of their generous return policy and I have no issues returning anything if it doesn't meet my expectations. But simply put the T100 has exceeded my expectations in so many ways.
Amazon's reviews overwhelming say the same thing, at least for those that read the instructions and do the BIOS and Windows updates correctly.
Intel-based Chromebooks are probably a plus for Intel but it really is difficult to get excited about any device so fundamentally limited and so dependent on Google.
We shall see how this works out at the end of the year but I believe there will be far more Windows units in the Windows-Androix mix than even Intel expected. It was just recently Microsoft leveled the playing field on cost when they made Windows free to OEMs for tablets with 9" screens and smaller. Plus Windows devices can run most Android apps with virtualization. The reverse is not true.
In addition, application usage follows the 80-20 rule. The applications used 80% of the time are fewer than 20% of the applications available. And recompiling isn't a big deal.
If Intel wins a Google tablet device developers will be highly motivated to optimize their code for the platform.
If you're looking to buy a USB 3.0 to RJ45 adapter include the unit by Pluggable in your short list. I landed on this one when I did the search because it has LEDs that show connection status and network activity. If you're somewhere unfamiliar and you're having difficulty getting a wired connection you'll want to know what's working and what's not. The LED's answer that question for the adapter. It's also blazingly fast. I also have the 7 port USB 3.0 hub by Pluggable and the two work great together with the T100. Their hub also has LED's that shows the status of each USB port which is useful when the T100 wakes itself and the hub when coming out of sleep mode.
And fifth, they should start behaving ethically for a change so they can stay out of court and stop fighting all those violations of federal law. Their legal costs are causing some serious pain.
Believe I saw a YouTube video of someone trying this with an early version of the T100 and was partially successful. I do know one can edit the UEFI settings to boot from an external device. Also curious if Virtualbox will run on it with a guest OS. Previously I would have thought the RAM was too limited but W8.1 does a pretty good job making use of the SSD for page files and 2GB RAM is capable of some amazing things.
Putin will get away with it because he can count on the leaders of European countries being more concerned about their greed and corporate profits than his violations of international law and invasion of their neighbors. The U.S. can't solve this problem by itself. Financial and banking sanctions imposed by the US are useless when the Russians can continue to access European banks, and drive their Mercedes and BMW's.
The only way this aggression can be stopped is for Germany, France, Britain and other exporters to Russia to grow a backbone. This isn't happening and there's no reason to believe it's going to change.
The Europeans will wait until it has become a shooting war then beg America to send its young men and women to do the dying.