Windows 8 Touch-Screen Laptop Price Cuts Coming
March 8, 2013

Expect to see significant price cuts on Windows 8 touch-screen laptops if Microsoft's expected Windows 8 discount on licensing fees for PC makers is implemented.

Those price cuts could range between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a report in Digitimes, which cites sources at Taiwan's retailers.

Those same sources indicated that touch-screen laptops now account for about 10 percent of sales, but this could jump to 20 percent in some cases with discounts from Microsoft.

Reports Tuesday in Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal indicated that Microsoft will lower the price

Asus: Windows 8 Adoption Levels Still 'Not Good'
March 6, 2013

There's little love in the air for Windows 8 on at least two fronts, as Asus warns of poor uptake for the operating system.

Yesterday, Asus reported a boost in revenue during 2012's fourth quarter, growing by 14 percent year-on-year to around $4 billion, with net profit up by 21 percent to $202 million.

As one of the champions to Windows 8 in recent quarters, the company has invested millions into developing new devices to take full advantage of the array of features in the next-generation software.

D&H Plans West Coast Tech Show
March 6, 2013

D&H Distributing will host its 11th annual West Coast Technology Show next week in Industry Hills, Calif.

iPad Dominates Consumer Tablet Purchase Intentions
March 4, 2013

Yankee Group surveyed 506 people and almost half of them (47%) plan to buy an Apple iPad. Amazon and Samsung were second and third respectively of named companies garnering 7% and 6% of purchase intentions. Almost everyone else: HP, Dell, Sony, Blackberry, Acer, Asus, Google, Microsoft and Motorola were essentially noise in the survey.  Unsure/Don't know represented almost a quarter of potential buyers so it is possible that one or two of the companies could break from the pack. Samsung probably has the best opportunity in the consumer space

Asus Aims at Tablets and Phablets with Padfone Infinity, Fonepad
February 25, 2013

Asustek Computer is targeting both smartphone and tablet users with its new Padfone Infinity and Fonepad devices, which can be converted between the two formats.

The Padfone Infinity device is a 5-inch smartphone that can morph into a 10-inch tablet with an snap-on dock. The product will be priced at ¬999 (US$1,317) when it becomes available; Asus said only that it would be sold in the coming months.

The company also introduced the Fonepad, a large-screen 7-inch tablet that can also function as a phone. The device fits into a category of products

Asus Transformer Book Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet/Laptop Pops Up for Pre-Order for $1,480
February 21, 2013

We've been waiting a long time for the Asus Transformer Book -- my ZDNet colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes was writing about it last June -- but it looks like the Windows 8 convertible notebook is almost here. It's finally shown up for pre-order at MacMall for a cool $1,479.99.

Why so much? The Transformer Book offers some good specs to go along with the ability to switch between laptop and tablet modes. You get a 13.3-inch touchscreen with 1,920x1,080 resolution (full 1080p HD), along with an Intel Core i7-3517U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive

Intel-Based Phablet on the Way from Asus
February 8, 2013

Asus, the maker of Google's Nexus 7, will debut a 7-inch Fonepad at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to sources familiar with the product.

Reports say the Fonepad may be priced in the same ballpark as -- or slightly higher than -- the Nexus 7 but below the MeMO Pad, which Asus launched Friday in Asia.

Leaked photos show it with an aluminum body and an Intel badge on the back.

Tech Data Adds Asus Taichi
January 31, 2013

Tech Data Corp. this week announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with Asus. Tech Data will distribute the new Asus Taichi, a notebook/tablet hybrid product. 

Asus Considering Windows 8 Smartphones
January 17, 2013

Asus is a major global computer manufacturer based in Taiwan. We know the company from its computers and tablets more than anything else. However, Asus has attempted to enter the smartphone market on a couple of occasions with devices like the Padfone and Padfone 2.

So far, Asus has failed to make any significant inroads in the smartphone market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Asus is in talks to offer Windows Phone 8 smartphones. It's no surprise to see Asus trying to enter the smartphone market in force. While computer shipments

Winning With Windows 8
January 10, 2013

How do you solve a problem like Windows 8?

A major advertising and marketing campaign for a major software release—from the major computer software company in the world, no less—receives little more than a lackluster response from consumers and businesses. So while retailers should approach Windows 8 and its associated hardware with caution, they may still eke out some gains by offering systems that have been specifically designed for the new operating system.

Unlike some previously disastrous introductions, such as Windows Vista and Windows Millennium Edition, there are no glaring flaws in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. Users haven’t been plagued by hardware compatibility issues as they have in the past, or faced with major software upgrades to make programs work with the new OS. And cost hasn’t been an obstacle. Microsoft offers an upgrade version of the software for just $40.