31 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Consumer Networking Gains Wi-Fi Mesh

Consumers traditionally deploy a single Wi-Fi router for the home and adapt their usage around the router. But, changing needs are rendering this strategy unworkable for many homes as the coverage area needs are increasing, the prevalence of mobile devices is changing the access patterns and a host of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now entering the […]

18 Jan PC Gaming Gets A Big Boost At CES 2017

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Many different PC vendors announced new systems at CES 2017, with some launching entirely new lines of PC gaming hardware. Companies like Lenovo and Samsung Electronics launched new brands for their gaming notebooks, while others like Dell and Hewlett-Packard introduced new products and updated existing ones that had just been introduced late last year. With […]

15 Jan Samsung Slowly Filling In Its Computer Line With New Notebooks And Chromebooks Announced At CES 2017

Samsung Electronics is best known for mobile products like smartwatches, smartphones and tablets and of course, HDTV and appliances, but not so much as a computer company. I wasn’t expecting Samsung to be so computer-heavy this year at CES 2017, but they really were. Of course, Samsung will always have new TV announcements and the […]

05 Jan Dell Excels At CES Again With New And Futuristic Business And Consumer Offerings

Dell has excelled in the CES award count over the last few years where they’ve announced both new consumer and commercial designs. Their performance has not been limited to CES as they’ve made a run on market share as well, with 15 straight quarters of year over year market share growth. Last quarter alone, Dell […]

04 Jan Intel At CES 2017: ‘It’s On’ In Automotive And 5G And We Still Love PCs

Intel has been on a multi-year journey to diversify themselves from a PC and server play to an IoT leader spanning the endpoint to the datacenter and everything in-between. So far, the company has seen its biggest differential success in the data center maintaining their giant compute share and growing in networking and storage and […]

03 Jan HP Ups Its Innovation Game At CES 2017 With Updated x360 and AIO, New Sprout Pro, Game Display

HP is doing a good job of focusing on growth and emerging areas while still supporting legacy markets for the volume it provides. HP is investing a lot into innovation and taking risks and it’s really starting to show with their latest products like the HP Spectre, HP ENVY Curved AIO, Folio G1, the Elite […]

03 Jan Lenovo Enters The Smart Home, Gets Aggressive In Gaming, AR And Premium X1 Line At CES 2017 #CES2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,  Lenovo came out with their guns blazing by stepping up their product announcements more than I have ever seen them do in the past five years. Lenovo is entering new markets, adding new brands and further improving current offerings. When Lenovo came out with the Yoga […]

20 Dec 2016: The Year VR Didn’t Meet Expectations, Sort Of

As 2016 ends, many people look at the projected sales figures of the different VR headsets and are left disappointed. However they shouldn’t be, because their expectations were too high. Firms projected astronomical numbers for the size of the VR market going into 2020 and beyond, which included unrealistic expectations for 2016 as well. I […]

07 Dec Microsoft Gives More Details About The PC’s Future At WinHEC, And It Looks Brighter

WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) is Microsoft’s string of conferences designed to get hardware developers jazzed about developing for the Windows platform. Microsoft’s goal, like anyone with an ecosystem, is to get their fair share of resources committed to their platform. At this year’s WinHEC 2016 in Shenzhen today, Microsoft laid out what could possibly […]

07 Dec Microsoft Surface Book With Performance Base-Two Weeks In Review

Microsoft has been on a roll as of late. They’re doing great with Azure public cloud, substantially increasing Office 365 subscriptions, fielding a much improved Dynamics, and were first with an AI and CaaP ecosystem. So how about hardware? Well, Surface is on a $4B annual revenue run-rate and they just launched their first all-in-one, […]

01 Dec Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review: Enterprise Heritage Meets Future With OLED Display, Modularity, Pen

Lenovo is the world’s #1 personal computer maker in the world by unit volume. The ThinkPad brand of enterprise notebooks harkens all the way back to the IBM days in the 90’s and to Lenovo’s credit, they have kept the brand successful, which when the IBM acquisition occurred, few bet on the company’s success. Enterprises […]

17 Nov The PC Industry Gets Personal Again, So What’s The Impact?

Sunrise (Image: Shutterstock) I have worked in tech for over 25 years in products, strategy, marketing, and as an industry analyst I have seen many varying approaches to determine what service and product experiences to create. All tech companies consider technology, customers, macro trends, profits, cost, supply chain, timing, etc., but all focus in on […]

16 Nov Recommended Daily Security Allowance

I often say to people, “Just because you can connect something to the internet, that doesn’t mean you should connect something to the internet.” Sure, it would be great to be able to log into a baby monitor while you are on a trip. But let’s face it, what is the value of doing that […]

14 Nov Apple MacBook Pro Review 15″ (2016)

For years, Apple was in a class of its own when it came to premium personal notebooks. They reset the industry with the initial MacBook Pro and then did it again with the MacBook Air, and in their own way, they reset the design center with the 12” MacBook Air. The Windows PC ecosystem engaged […]

06 Nov New Apple MacBooks: Are You Not Entertained?

The week before last, Apple introduced their new MacBooks, and unlike most iPhone and Watch events, with even more controversy. I’m not here to rehash previous conversations on USB-C dongles or the need for 32GB of RAM for video editors or higher-performance CPUs and GPUs. I do want to talk about other features Apple could […]

26 Oct Microsoft Launches Surface Studio, Surface Book Performance Base And Windows 10 Creators Update

I attended Microsoft’s launch today in New York City and wanted to provide my first impressions of the event. Microsoft has built a very large, $5B annual run-rate Surface business through a combination of creating premium and differentiated experiences plus heavy brand investment and discipline. Today’s announcements were additive to the Surface line, but the […]

15 Sep Apple’s New Chips Change The Semiconductor Landscape

(Image Source: Apple) Apple is very well known for developing its own semiconductor IP when it finds it necessary to improve the experience or deem its suppliers to not meet its needs. This is why Apple has been developing its own custom ARM SoCs since day one while still licensing its GPU IP from Imagination Technologies. This includes […]

12 Sep Synaptics SecurePad Integration Into Clevo Gaming Notebooks Gives Us A Glimpse Of The PC’s Future

Identity protection is one of the key aspects of overall security and protection against attacks. Nobody cares more about protecting their identity than gamers many of whom have thousands of dollars’ worth of games and in-game content. People are getting hacked everywhere, inside games and outside games and getting compromised. In some cases, people get their credit card […]

09 Sep IFA 2016 Key Analyst Takeaways

(Photo credit: Anshel Sag) IFA is an absolutely enormous consumer electronics show based every fall in Berlin with countless conglomerates that show off all their latest consumer wares to press and consumers. This year’s IFA had no shortage of appliances or televisions as usual, but this year was especially marked by three major technology trends. […]

24 Aug HP Rebuilds High-End Gaming Offerings With New OMEN Products And Partnerships

(Image: HP) Although the PC market has been considered stagnant and lacking in innovation, the gaming segment has mostly been an outlier, showing the most growth outside of new form factors like convertibles. In the boutique gaming space, a small crop of unique players provide their own take on the highest-end of the high-end PC […]