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Check out 6 coolest compute devices of 2016 (part 1)

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by Peter Krass on 12/14/2016
Blog Category: Devices

PC technology has never been better. Today’s devices are thin and light, and very powerful. Solution providers, your clients have never had so many cool choices.

With 2016 winding down, here’s our pick of the half-dozen coolest devices introduced this past year:


HP Elite x3

What it is: Mobile 3-in-1 device combining features and functionality of a phablet, laptop and desktop.

Announced: Feb. 21, 2016

Tech highlights: Windows 10 mobile; 6-inch HD display; 64GB of internal storage; integrated iris scanner and fingerprint reader; 16MP camera; high-end audio.

Suggested retail: $799 and up

Cool factor: Using Continuum in Windows 10, the device promises what HP calls “frictionless” multiscreen transitions between desktop and mobile use. In theory, this 1 device could replace 3.

HP Elite x3


Lenovo Yoga Book

What it is: A 2-in-1 said to be the world’s lightest and thinnest at 1.52 pounds and 4.05 mm (0.16 inch) at its slimmest edge.

Announced: Aug. 31, 2016

Tech highlights: Choice of Windows 10 or Android; Intel Atom x5 processor; 64GB of memory; 10.1-inch HD display; 2 cameras; Dolby audio.

Suggested retail: $550 and up

Cool factor: Halo back-lit keyboard appears only when the user needs it, and “learns” the user’s typing habits to enable predictive typing. The same surface doubles as an interface for a pen stylus.

Lenovo Yoga Book


Intel “Skull Canyon” NUC

What it is: Mini-PC optimized for gamers, content creators and other heavy-workload users.

Announced: March 16, 2016

Tech highlights: 6th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor; Intel Iris Pro graphics; Thunderbolt 3 port; up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Supports up to 3 monitors. Measures 216mm x 116mm x 23mm (approximately 8.5 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches).

Suggested retail: $999; NUC kit retails for $650.

Cool factor: Edgy skull logo on the lid.


And now check out part 2...



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