April 19th, 2014  | Tags:

The touch screen — interface of the future or gimmicky marketing headache?

When the first touch screen interfaces came out (at least in a big consumer kind of way) it was in smartphones. Sure there have been other instances of touch screen interfaces (ATM machines, TV remotes, etc.) but no touch screen application has ever become so prolific, so fast, as did the smartphone touch screen. It seemed like overnight we began seeing every sort of tech device coming to us with a touch screen built into it, so much so that the usefulness became very hit or miss.

In general, I attribute a touch screen to be an extension of my fingers. Tap, swipe, bump; whatever you can do with your fingers, a touch screen is readily available to turn into a function. But some applications of the technology are simply irritating to no end.

Take the new crop of touch screen laptops. A touch screen — on a laptop… really?

Now let’s harken back to the usefulness of the touch screen… useful for fingers, not hands, not feet. Functionality based on the mechanics of how our fingers work. If I’m leaning over a keyboard, am I really in the mood to be moving my arm around, to tap on a screen? Didn’t the industry learn from the flub that was the HP Touchsmart computer? Customers left and right complained about sore wrists, tired arms, and tennis elbow from having to hover their arms over the keyboard just to tap and swipe the screen. It was an ergonomics nightmare. Try holding your arm out straight for about 60 seconds, and you’ll get the gist of the problem.

But leave it to marketing people to ignore history, just to try and make a dollar.

It surprises me that more people aren’t complaining about their laptop touch screens. I curse mine every day (it’s a work computer — I would never buy one for myself) every time I go to point at something on the screen for a client, and have the screen minimize or a browser pop up out of nowhere!!!

Now granted, I did buy a Microsoft Surface tablet, which is a tablet, not a laptop. Tablets are defined by their use of a touch screen. So by that definition, they are typically smaller than laptops, more portable and also provide a touch interface for a device that, like a smartphone, is typically handheld. So Windows 8 also has a touch interface in Metro, but if I’m lugging a 17″ laptop in my arms, can you imagine having to tap the screen and that bad boy? Neither can I. It’s just not intuitive, and in fact, it’s downright clumsy.

Touch screens are most intuitive with devices scaled for ergonomics (read, hands). Touch screens on laptops are no more sensible than would be touch screen on a TV set or a refrigerator. Sure, there are large touch screen-enabled devices like cash registers, but when’s the last time you had to carry a cash register around with you?

Touch screens are a cool technology. But like any technology, you have to consider the application to find success in both adoption and future use. Tech companies need to stop throwing new technologies into every device, to see what “sticks.” The last thing that end users want is to have to “deal” with a technology instead of benefit from it.

Ultimately, the touch screen has a niche in smartphones for obvious reasons. Some devices benefit from them, while others suffer from them. The industry should take a hint from this.

… because If I ever see a touch screen on a urinal or toilet, I’m going to be pissed.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gil-laroya/how-the-touch-screen-beca_b_5176418.html

April 17th, 2014  | Tags:

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April 15th, 2014  | Tags:




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The SD-A225 and SD-A245 Smart Display Clients Leverage ViewSonic’s History of Monitor Innovation with Next-Generation VDI Technologies

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WALNUT, Calif.–ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces that its SD-A225 and SD-A245 Virtualization Smart Displays are the first Android™-based displays to earn Citrix Ready®-HDX™ Verified status from Citrix Systems, Inc. These award-winning, next-generation ViewSonic multi-touch smart displays come with the Citrix XenMobile® enterprise mobility management solution pre-installed, to allow administrators to remotely configure and manage the Smart Displays.

ViewSonic has one of the most diverse lines of VDI products, and is a pioneer of VDI-enabled smart displays. With Citrix bestowing its Citrix Ready-HDX Verified status to the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 Smart Display Clients, it indicates that these products have set the bar for multimedia capabilities from Android-based devices in a VDI environment. The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments.

The SD-A225 and SD-A245 are currently Citrix Ready, which ensures that they provide the scalability, security and reliability needed to be easily deployed and installed in a variety of VDI settings. With the addition of the Citrix Ready-HDX Verified status, these two smart display clients set the tone for performance. ViewSonic’s virtual desktop products allow a straightforward way to deliver apps and data, as well as conveniently and remotely secure and access a new class of devices.

“As our relationship with Citrix continues to grow, ViewSonic is honored that our work together on the SD-A225 and SD-A245 has led to being the first smart display clients to receive the Citrix Ready-HDX Verified status,” said Jeff Volpe, president of ViewSonic Americas. “ViewSonic strives to bring inventive and technology forward products to the market, and complete solutions for the VDI market. Our work has led ViewSonic into fostering new and innovative devices that can help boost VDI growth and development for virtual desktop systems and thin client computing.”

“We’re pleased to have ViewSonic join us in the Citrix Ready program, and obtaining the HDX Verified status,” said Greg Fox, director of Citrix Ready. “Having innovative products, such as the Smart Displays that are Citrix Ready, make it easier for customers to select the most suitable virtualization infrastructure products for their needs. By taking part in our program, ViewSonic has enabled its customers to obtain the highest quality user experience available today, and the simplest means for making an informed product purchasing selection.”

The SD-A245 is an award-winning, 24-inch HD LED Smart Display Client. A touch-based, multi-media ready display, the SD-A245 comes with a powerful NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 1.7GHz processor and is pre-installed with Citrix XenMobile to run on an Android 4.2 operating system. It is a completely locked-down, secured and manageable device, with the ability to use a single software tool to seamlessly manage mobile and desktop devices. The SD-A245 is currently available with an ESP of $549.00(USD).

A 22-inch HD Smart Display Client, the SD-A225 features HD resolution and a Dual Core OMAP processor from Texas Instruments®. It runs on an Android 4.1 operating system with Citrix XenMobile pre-installed. The SD-A225 is a locked-down and secure device that can be easily managed and deployed. Control and operate access to information from the SD-A225 and leverage mobile and cloud-based tools through this thin client. The SD-A225 is available now for an ESP of $449.00(USD).

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987, ViewSonic is a world leader and pioneer in desktop display technology. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic keeps the world connected with a diverse portfolio of display solutions, including smart displays, projectors, desktop displays, digital signage and touch devices. Continuing our heritage as a desktop technology leader, ViewSonic delivers the latest desktop virtualization and cloud computing products that change the way we compute, communicate and connect. To find out more about our products, visit ViewSonic.com.

ViewSonic’s Finch Club offers resellers an opportunity to benefit from specialized product training and discounts. To sign up, please visit FinchClub.com.

About Citrix Ready

Citrix Ready is an end-to-end partner program that showcases and recommends third party products, solutions and services demonstrating compatibility with Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructure. Through the Citrix Ready program and Citrix Ready Xchange Marketplace, users can quickly and easily find solutions recommended by Citrix that are trusted to enhance Citrix offerings. Leveraging its industry leading alliances and partner eco-system, Citrix Ready showcases over 20,000 products and solutions designed to meet a variety of business needs. Learn more at www.citrix.com/ready.






Article source: http://hometoys.com/news/2014/04/15/viewsonics-smart-display-virtualization-products-first-to-earn-citrix-ready-hdx-verified-status/20004699

April 15th, 2014  | Tags:

Through April 19, get an HP Pavilion 23tm monitor for $269.99 direct from HP.

The monitor is currently reduced by $70 on-site from $349.99 to $279.99. Use extra coupon code SV3819 for an extra $10 off, for a total $80 discount and 23 percent off.

The 23-inch monitor model has shifted in price on Amazon averaging $305.83 since October, but has since stayed stable around the $280 mark since mid-February. On third-party sites, the monitor averages a price point of $299.21 and currently retails around $273 for new models.

The HP Pavilion 23tm is a large 23-inch HD monitor with 1,920-by-1,080 resolution and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The large screen size, extra pixels, and front-facing speaker provide a more stunning visual experience than your average monitor. The device is also a Windows 8 certified touch-screen monitor, designed for tapping, swiping, pinching, and more.

The 14.3-pound monitor also uniquely adjusts to a fully reclined mode, giving you a variety of viewing options. With the attached kickstand, easily adjust your views up to a 70-degree decline. The monitor can be left on the stand, or attached to a VESA swivel arm or wall mount. Connectors include a DVI-D, HDMI, and HDCP port.

The deal comes with all your need to plug and play, including the monitor with built-in speakers, documentation, HDMI video cable, audio cable, USB cable, power adapter, and power cable.

Other HP deals currently available online inlcude: 


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  • HP Envy 15t-j100 laptop with a 4th-gen Core i7 processor for $619.99 with free shipping (normally $799.99 – use coupon code: PC69930).
  • HP Envy 700-215xt Core i7 desktop with Windows 7 for $669.99 with free shipping (normally $849.99 – use coupon code: PC69930).
  • HP Envy 17t-j100 Leap Motion laptop with 4th-gen Core i7 processor, 4GB GeForce GT 750M, Blu-ray, 2TB of storage, and a backlit keyboard for $1,084.99 with free shipping (normally $1,549.99 – use coupon code: LOGICBUY15HP).
  • HP Pavilion 500-210qe 4th-gen Core i5 desktop for $484.99 with free shipping (normally $599.99 – use coupon code: LOGICBUY15HP).
  • HP Envy Recline 23-k100xt TouchSmart Core i3 23-inch All-in-One desktop for $949.99 with free shipping (normally $179.99 – use coupon code: APRIL100 ).

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456606,00.asp

April 15th, 2014  | Tags:

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ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products,
announces that its SD-A225 and SD-A245 Virtualization Smart Displays are
the first Android™-based displays to earn Citrix Ready®–HDX™ Verified
status from Citrix Systems, Inc. These award-winning, next-generation
ViewSonic multi-touch smart displays come with the Citrix XenMobile®
enterprise mobility management solution pre-installed, to allow
administrators to remotely configure and manage the Smart Displays.

ViewSonic's SD-A245, 24-inch HD LED Smart Display Client (Photo: Business Wire)

ViewSonic’s SD-A245, 24-inch HD LED Smart Display Client (Photo: Business Wire)

ViewSonic has one of the most diverse lines of VDI products, and is a
pioneer of VDI-enabled smart displays. With Citrix bestowing its Citrix
Ready–HDX Verified status to the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 Smart
Display Clients, it indicates that these products have set the bar for
multimedia capabilities from Android-based devices in a VDI environment.
The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify
complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix
environments.

The SD-A225 and SD-A245 are currently Citrix Ready, which ensures that
they provide the scalability, security and reliability needed to be
easily deployed and installed in a variety of VDI settings. With the
addition of the Citrix Ready–HDX Verified status, these two smart
display clients set the tone for performance. ViewSonic’s virtual
desktop products allow a straightforward way to deliver apps and data,
as well as conveniently and remotely secure and access a new class of
devices.

“As our relationship with Citrix continues to grow, ViewSonic is honored
that our work together on the SD-A225 and SD-A245 has led to being the
first smart display clients to receive the Citrix Ready–HDX Verified
status,” said Jeff Volpe, president of ViewSonic Americas. “ViewSonic
strives to bring inventive and technology forward products to the
market, and complete solutions for the VDI market. Our work has led
ViewSonic into fostering new and innovative devices that can help boost
VDI growth and development for virtual desktop systems and thin client
computing.”

“We’re pleased to have ViewSonic join us in the Citrix Ready program,
and obtaining the HDX Verified status,” said Greg Fox, director of
Citrix Ready. “Having innovative products, such as the Smart Displays
that are Citrix Ready, make it easier for customers to select the most
suitable virtualization infrastructure products for their needs. By
taking part in our program, ViewSonic has enabled its customers to
obtain the highest quality user experience available today, and the
simplest means for making an informed product purchasing selection.”

The SD-A245 is an award-winning, 24-inch HD LED Smart Display
Client. A touch-based, multi-media ready display, the SD-A245 comes with
a powerful NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 1.7GHz processor and is pre-installed with
Citrix XenMobile to run on an Android 4.2 operating system. It is a
completely locked-down, secured and manageable device, with the ability
to use a single software tool to seamlessly manage mobile and desktop
devices. The SD-A245 is currently available with an ESP of $549.00(USD).

A 22-inch HD Smart Display Client, the SD-A225 features HD
resolution and a Dual Core OMAP processor from Texas Instruments®. It
runs on an Android 4.1 operating system with Citrix XenMobile
pre-installed. The SD-A225 is a locked-down and secure device that can
be easily managed and deployed. Control and operate access to
information from the SD-A225 and leverage mobile and cloud-based tools
through this thin client. The SD-A225 is available now for an ESP of
$449.00(USD).

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987, ViewSonic is a world leader and pioneer
in desktop display technology. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic
keeps the world connected with a diverse portfolio of display solutions,
including smart displays, projectors, desktop displays, digital signage
and touch devices. Continuing our heritage as a desktop technology
leader, ViewSonic delivers the latest desktop virtualization and cloud
computing products that change the way we compute, communicate and
connect. To find out more about our products, visit ViewSonic.com.

ViewSonic’s Finch Club offers resellers an opportunity to benefit from
specialized product training and discounts. To sign up, please visit
FinchClub.com.

About Citrix Ready

Citrix Ready is an end-to-end partner program that showcases and
recommends third party products, solutions and services demonstrating
compatibility with Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructure. Through
the Citrix Ready program and Citrix Ready Xchange Marketplace, users can
quickly and easily find solutions recommended by Citrix that are trusted
to enhance Citrix offerings. Leveraging its industry leading alliances
and partner eco-system, Citrix Ready showcases over 20,000 products and
solutions designed to meet a variety of business needs. Learn more at www.citrix.com/ready.

Trademark footnote: All corporate names and trademarks are the
property of their respective companies.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140415005233/en/

Article source: http://www.sys-con.com/node/3058186

April 14th, 2014  | Tags:


Ausstattung / Datenblatt

Notebook: HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n232sa (Pavilion TouchSmart 15 Serie)
Prozessor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Grafikkarte: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Bildschirm: 15.6 Zoll, 16:9, 1366×768 Pixel
Gewicht: 2.5kg
Preis: 700 Euro

Testberichte für das HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n232sa

Ausländische Testberichte

80% HP Pavilion 15 TouchSmart (n232sa) review: budget laptop with good all-round performance and an attractive screen
Quelle: PC Advisor EnglischEN→DE
The size and weight of the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart suggest that it’s more intended as a desktop replacement system for use at home or in the office. However, its all-round performance, combined with an attractive screen and optical drive, provide very good value for money, and ensure that the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart will appeal to most users on a tight budget.
Einzeltest, online verfügbar, Sehr kurz, Datum: 08.04.2014
Bewertung: Gesamt: 80% Preis: 80% Leistung: 80% Ausstattung: 80% Gehäuse: 80%

Kommentar

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M: Mittelklasse-Grafikkarte der GeForce-GT-700M-Baureihe. Basiert auf der Kepler-Architektur und wird von TSMC in einem 28-nm-Prozess gefertigt.

Diese Grafikkarten sollten alle modernen Spiele flüssig darstellen können. Anspruchsvolle Spiele müssen jedoch in mittlerer Detailstufe gespielt werden. Ältere und weniger anspruchsvolle Spiele wie die Sims Serie können auch in hohen Detailsstufen flüssig dargestellt werden.

» Weitere Informationen gibt es in unserem Notebook-Grafikkartenvergleich und der Benchmarkliste.

4200U: Auf der Haswell-Architektur basierender ULV Dual-Core Prozessor mit integrierter Grafikkarte und DDR3-Speicherkontroller.» Weitere Infos gibt es in unserem Prozessorvergleich Vergleich mobiler Prozessoren und der Prozessoren Benchmarkliste .

15.6″: 15 Zoll Display-Varianten sind der Standard und werden für fast die Hälfte aller Notebooks verwendet. Notebook-Displays im 15 Zoll-Format sind der Standard schlechthin. 15.4 Zoll ist meist die genaue Größeneinheit für 16:10 Notebooks, während 15.6 Zoll ein Indiz für das Format 16:9 sind. Der Grund der Beliebtheit mittelgrosser Displays ist, dass diese Größe einigermaßen augenschonend ist und dennoch nicht allzu viel Strom verbraucht und die Geräte noch halbwegs kompakt sein können.

alle aktuellen 15 Zoll Widescreen-Testberichte

» Prüfen Sie in unserer DPI Liste, welche Displays wie fein aufgelöst sind.

2.5 kg: Dieses Notebook ist etwas leichter als der Durchschnitt aller Notebooks. Für Subnotebooks ist das bereits zu schwer. 14 Zoll Displays passen in diesen Gewichtsbereich.

HP: 1939 gegründet, ist das Unternehmen ein wichtiger Server und Druckerhersteller. Mit etwa 309.000 Mitarbeitern in 170 Ländern und einem Umsatz von 118 Mrd. US-Dollar (2008) gehört HP zu einem der führenden IT-Unternehmen weltweit. HP ist nach Angaben des Marktforschers IDC (Q2 2008) mit 18,9 % Marktanteil der weltweit größte Hersteller von Personal Computern (Dell 16,4 %, Acer 9,9 %, Lenovo 7,5 %).

alle aktuellen Testberichte von HP /Compaq

80%: Weltbewegend ist diese Bewertung nicht. Obwohl es bei den meisten Websites einem “Befriedigend” entspricht, muss man bedenken, dass es kaum Notebooks gibt, die unter 60% erhalten. Verbalbewertungen in diesem Bereich klingen oft nicht schlecht, sind aber oft verklausulierte Euphemismen. Dieses Notebook wird von den Testern eigentlich als unterdurchschnittlich angesehen, eine Kaufempfehlung kann man nur mit viel Wohlwollen darin sehen.

» Lesen Sie auch unsere Notebook-Kaufberatung.

Article source: http://www.notebookcheck.com/HP-Pavilion-TouchSmart-15-n232sa.114988.0.html

April 13th, 2014  | Tags:

Convertible laptop? Touch-style keyboard? Gaming system? If you want a laptop that offers a bit more customization, check out the deals on these unique machines.

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April 13, 2014

An Acer Aspire laptop, left, and a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch are displayed at a demo table at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Calif. in June 2013. Ramirez says it’s a great time for deal-seekers looking to buy a new laptop.

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Though we’ve seen our fair share of budget touchscreen laptops, this week’s best laptop deals include four power systems starting with Dell’s XPS 11, a touchscreen convertible with a unique touch-style keyboard. We’ve also found deals on a gaming laptop from Lenovo and a mainstream 14″ Haswell-based system from HP.

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  1. Dell XPS 11 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.5GHz 11.6″ 2560×1440 Touchscreen Convertible Ultrabook
    Store: Dell Home
    Price:$1,049.99 via coupon code “HDB?TLKS7SXTMM” with free shipping
    Lowest By: $250
    Expires: April 30

    Is It Worth It?: The XPS 11 is Dell’s attempt to out-Yoga the Yoga, says CNET, as this laptop features a mechanism similar to the one found on Lenovo’s popular Yoga series, which lets the lid fold back 360 degrees. However, the XPS has a touch keyboard — like the ones used with Surface tablets — to prevent keys from clacking under your fingers when the laptop is being used as a tablet. That means keys have no tactile feedback and “keystrokes don’t always register unless you really press down on the keys,” says CNET. Otherwise, this superslim notebook has everything you’d want in an ultrabook, including a Core i5-4210Y 1.5GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 11.6″ 2560×1440 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD.

    Update: The price for this has increased to $1199.99, making it $1149.99 after the coupon. Read more…

Article source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2014/0413/The-six-best-non-Apple-laptop-deals

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Dell, Microsoft, Best Buy Offer XP Trade-In Discounts

If you need to upgrade from XP, consider these discounts from Dell, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456355,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

April 13th, 2014  | Tags:

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We’ve got another fresh batch of HOT deals on the menu today, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap this fine, spring Thursday we have an HP ENVY TouchSmart 14t-k100 14″ touch-enabled notebook, a 32GB Dell Venue 8 Android tablet, a 27-inch Dell U2713HM UltraSharp 2560×1440 LED-backlit display, and a Lenovo H530s SFF PC. Full details for each deal are available below:

Article source: http://hothardware.com/News/Best-Deals-on-HP-ENVY-TouchSmart-14t-Ultrabook-Dell-Venue-8-Tablet-and-More/

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