Cheapest Netbooks under 500 – HP Stream 11 – $ 199

The HP Stream 11 is cheap, cheerful and very fast, thanks to the SSD that starts apps within couple of seconds. Boot times are under 10 seconds and it gives tough competition to 11 inch ultrabooks.

* Bright 11.6-Inch Screen with HD resolution
* Powerful Intel N3050 processor with Intel HD Graphics
* Genuine Windows 10 operating system with Free Office for one year
* 32 GB Solid-State Drive with 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM

Cheapest Netbooks under 500 – Lenovo IdeaPad 100s $171

Lenovo 100s packs superb build quality and comes with latest windows 10 operating system. It comes out of suspended mode in less than second. Powered by quad core processor, it comes with flash storage that boots OS and apps in less than couple of seconds.

* 11.6″ LED backlight display with Intel HD Graphics
* Intel Atom quad core Z3735F processor
* 2GB RAM + 32GB eMMC flash memory
* Built-in Webcam; WLAN 802.11n; HDMI; USB 2.0; Headphone; Microphone
* Windows 10 operating system

Lenovo Ideapad 100S

Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3: Now the 2-in-1 makes perfect sense

The Surface Pro 3 is already one of our favorite mobile PCs, but if there’s anything to criticize, it’s its dual-natured Windows 8.1 software. But what happens when you replace that with the upcoming Windows 10? Based on our time with the latest previews, we think it could transform the Surface into the futuristic mobile productivity device that Microsoft has been trying to build for years.

Windows 10 is still in preview, but launches to the public on July 29

The new desktop in Windows 10, with its unifying UI design

The Start Screen gets a makeover, and no longer feels like a foreign country compared to ...

Detaching the keyboard instantly switches from desktop mode to tablet mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 8 did make more sense on 2-in-1s than it did on non-touch PCs. But even on the Surface it still felt like you were looking at a painting where Jackson Pollock created one side and Andy Warhol the other. Each can be brilliant within its own gallery, but try to put them both on the same canvas and you just get spilled soup.

Windows 10 fixes all of that. Skipping “Windows 9” and branding it as “10” may be a smart way to distance Microsoft from the Windows 8 fiasco, but it’s also an accurate reflection of just how big a step forward the update is.

In Windows 10 the desktop gets a modern makeover, borrowing the dark menu backgrounds and Segoe UI font from the tablet UI, while the tablet side steals a few UI elements from the desktop (like a touch-friendly taskbar and browser toolbars). When added up, these cosmetic details create the consistent interface we all missed in Windows 8.

And when you attach or detach the keyboard, Windows automatically switches between desktop and tablet mode, with individual apps following suit (they’ll automatically go into full-screen in the tablet UI and a more traditional windowed view in the desktop UI). Gone is the jarring transition between old Windows and future Windows.

You may have already known all of this, but until you’ve used Windows 10 on a Surface, it’s hard to grasp just how seamlessly it all flows together. These little details combine to create the experience that some would say the Surface should have provided all along.

Perhaps Microsoft did rush its Windows 8 strategy to try to compete with the iPad (which, at the time Windows 8 was in development, looked like the future of computing), but you could also argue that Windows 10 wouldn’t be possible without the 2-in-1 groundwork that the clunky Windows 8 laid. It’s nearly impossible to see Microsoft, several years ago, jumping from the desktop-only Windows 7 to the seamless, beautiful and 2-in-1-friendly Windows 10.

Either way, if you dismissed 2-in-1s up to this point, it may be time to question whether it was the idea you were rejecting, or simply Microsoft’s messy implementation of it in Windows 8. Because we think Windows 10’s smoother execution is going to convert some true 2-in-1 believers.

read more at gizmag.com