CES: Cool new PCs make a lot of sense for business

2013 just started and as usual, the Consumer Electronics Show has us off to a busy start. CES is in full swing in Las Vegas and our OEM partners are showing off a whole bunch of great new devices. You may have already seen the post from Nick Parker, CVP of our OEM Division, highlighting some of the PCs coming to market, and now I want to showcase some that are available with Windows 8 Pro and great for small and midsize businesses.

As a quick refresher, Windows 8 Pro includes everything that businesses loved about Windows 7 Professional but builds on it and delivers new levels of productivity, security and mobility, without sacrificing performance or choice. And with this performance and choice, businesses have the opportunity to choose between touch and/or mouse and keyboard on an array of devices. Now, without further ado here are some of the great new PCs coming out of CES.

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Small and midsize businesses will have a great option from Lenovo with the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, which is a premium convertible geared specifically at businesses. An 11.6” tablet, this device features innovative “rip and flip” screen that allows people to flip the tablet and snap it into Stand mode, which is great for presentations. This machine also features 10-hours of battery life, is extremely light at 1.13 lbs. and offers the brightest screen in the ThinkPad family.

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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 will be welcomed by many small and midsize businesses as it is a fully-rugged tablet equipped with Windows 8 Pro and a high-performance processor. With a highly visible screen that’s great for outdoor viewing, a slim design, as well as customizable ports – this device will be ideal for industries like retail, logistics and manufacturing where businesses are looking for extra durability.

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Another great option from Lenovo is the flip and fold, 360° hinge convertible – the new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S. This machine comes equipped with a new, low power lineup from Intel with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8 Pro to give businesses the full power of multitasking. The IdeaPad Yoga 11S features an 11.6” HD IPS display and opens in three modes: tent, stand or table. Additionally, it has Motion Control that lets users simply swipe their hand in front of the webcam to advance photos, videos and other documents.

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Although not announced at CES but definitely shown off, the new HP EliteBook Revolve would be a great PC for any small or midsize business. This touch-enabled convertible notebook is ultra-thin device has an 11.6” diagonal HD display and is light at only 3.04 lbs. Additionally, this machine allows users to quickly and easily switch from notebook to tablet with one pivot, while also knowing that their screen orientation and brightness will follow seamlessly.

So that’s about it for this post. Whether it’s a notebook, a tablet or an all-in-one, whether it’s a touch-based system or a keyboard-and-mouse-based system, there is a broad choice of exciting PCs and tablets with Windows 8 Pro available to fit every small and midsize businesses wants and needs.