Aging Asus VivoStick PC-on-a-stick gets a slight spec bump

Four years after launching a tiny computer-on-a-stick that plugs straight into the HDMI port of a monitor or TV, the Asus VivoStick is getting a slight spec bump. And when I say slight, I mean the new model still has the disappointing Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor. But the new VivoStick TS10-B174D has twice the […]

Sharp WG-PN1 is a $210 “electronic notebook” with ePaper display (Japan only)

Japanese electronics company Sharp has been offering a line of “electronic notebooks” for the past few years, with each model featuring a black and white display, a digital pen for writing or drawing, and a promise of battery life measured in days not hours. The latest version is called the WG-PN1, and it’s set to […]

VAIO SX12 is a 2 pound, 12.5 inch laptop with Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA ports

PC makers continue to roll out thinner, lighter laptops… but something that often gets lost in the shuffle is an abundance of ports. The new entry-level MacBook Air has just two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack, for example, as does the Acer Swift 7. Apparently VAIO didn’t get the memo though, because the […]

Kyocera KY-O1L is a phone with a 2.8 inch ePaper display (for Japan)

A handful of phone makers have released dual-screen devices with color screens on one side and monochrome E Ink displays on the other. Kyocera’s latest phone goes all in on the black and white screen. The KY-O1L is a tiny phone with a 2.8 inch, 480 x 600 pixel electronic paper display. The whole phone measures […]

Panasonic still makes 2 pound laptops with optical disc drives (for Japanese market)

If you want a laptop with a DVD or Blu-ray drive in the United States, you’re probably going to have to look for a model with a big screen and a thick and heavy chassis. Most companies making ultraportable PCs sacrificed optical disc drives for thin-and-light designs years ago. But if you happen to be […]

Lenovo ThinkPad A285 12.5 inch laptop with Ryzen Pro launches (in Japan)

The Lenovo ThinkPad A285 is a business-class compact laptop with a 12.5 inch display and a staring weight of about 2.5 pounds. It’s also powered by an AMD Ryzen Pro processor. After showing up briefly on the Lenovo website in May, the ThinkPad A285 went on sale this week… in Japan. There’s no word on […]

NEC launches VersaPro VU Gemini Lake tablet with pen, fingerprint reader, USB Type C

Japanese device maker NEC’s latest Windows tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake processor, a fingerprint sensor, a pressure-sensitive pen, and support for a detachable keyboard for times when you’d rather have a laptop. It’s called the NEC VersaPro VU, and while I wouldn’t bet on […]