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Just my type: Find the device that fits your life

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[ This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of PCWorld, and not by PCWorld's editorial staff. ]

None of us is a one-dimensional cutout. We work, we play, we travel, we have a family, hobbies and goals. We travel to new places, meet new people, find new jobs, and pick up new interests. For some of us, nothing is more important than spending time with the family; for others, adventure comes first.

Meanwhile, technology is blurring the lines between laptop, tablet, and desktop, making it that much easier to find a device that fits your life. Whatever inspires you, there’s something out there that can turn that inspiration into reality.

These empowering devices all have something in common, and it’s something you’ll probably never see: a powerful Intel processor. Intel’s leading-edge technology lets you run the apps, play the games, and do the work you want to do without interruption. And because that technology prioritizes power-efficiency, you’ll be able to work, play, and communicate for hours.

Here’s a helpful guide to the many portable devices that Intel powers, broken down into four categories keyed to your needs: Smaller, lightweight devices; devices that shine in entertaining the family; no-compromise 2 in 1 devices that combine the best features of tablets and laptops; and expansive yet portable All-in-One units.

Grab ‘n Go: Portable Gadgets fit for the Busy Traveler

You’re on the move and rely on your device for a host of practical purposes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a bit of fun time, too. Delight yourself with a digital doodle, read a chapter of that eBook, or play a game. These tablets are so light you’ll barely notice that you’ve got one of them tucked in your purse or pocket. And don’t worry about running out of juice: the Intel processors on these tablets sip power slowly, so you might not have to slow down to look for a place to plug in. What’s more, the power of Intel Inside® gives these devices advanced capabilities – like super-smooth full-quality video and blazing fast performance – that belie their small size.

Here are the Intel-powered tablet devices that fit into your active lifestyle:

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    Asus VivoTab™ Note 8

    The Asus VivoTab Note 8 weighs in at less than one pound and sells for $299. Its 8-inch touchscreen teams up with a Wacom stylus to help you sketch out detailed drawings of your surroundings, sketch your route out on a map, or save a handwritten note. The Asus VivoTab runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, so it brings plenty of power packed into its very slim profile.
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    HP 7

    The HP 7” Tablet runs on Jelly Bean, a fresh version of the user-friendly Android operating system that gives you access to the thousands of apps available in the Google Play app store, including games, productivity tools, and photography aids. This well-built little tablet weighs in at just over 13 ounces, so it’s always ready to slip into a bag and go. You can buy it for $99.
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    Dell Venue 7

    The Dell Venue 7 is just 0.5 mm thick and feather light. Lay it on your lap and relax with your favorite Android games (it too runs on Jelly Bean), or drop it in your bag and get going. If you see a sight worth remembering, snap amazing photos and video with the rear-facing 3MP camera. Can’t wait to share those pics? The Dell Venue 7 (starting at just $149.99) makes it easy to connect with your favorite social media sites.
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    Iconia A1 830

    Didn’t get a seat on the train? Even if you’re standing, the light, compact Acer Iconia A1 830 is easy to hold with one hand, and its bright 7.9-inch screen is ideal for reading emails or ebooks on the go. Its sturdy, two-tone aluminum body is both easy on the eyes and adds to its durability. And the price – only $159.99 – makes it easy on your budget as well.
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    Dell Venue 8 Pro

    Getting real work done when you’re on the go is difficult – and that’s where the Dell Venue 8 Pro comes in. It’s an affordable 8-inch tablet running full versions of Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office. When projects start piling up, you can expand your storage capacity with support for MicroSD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. An optional external keyboard and integrated case enables easy, laptop-style typing when opened and protects the screen when it’s closed. Plus, the Dell Venue 8 Pro also boasts a battery that will last the full duration of a cross-country flight with a few hours to spare. The 32 GB model sells for $249.99.

Entertain the whole family: Devices that brighten the day for users both young and old

You’ve got a lot on your mind. Your job, your bills, your budget, your next dentist appointment. Enough! Remember to enjoy your downtime, and your family! The right device helps you entertain the whole crew whether you’re gathered in the living room, camping in the woods, or cramped on an airplane. Create a family album together, or play a digital version of a classic board game. Or gather the clan and journey into the wilderness, and teach the kids how to recognize the constellations with any number of free or low-cost astronomy apps. And remember to snap plenty of pics along the way, especially at those big events like graduations and weddings.

Here are some of the best bets for keeping everyone entertained and making sure your proudest moments are preserved forever:

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    Toshiba Encore 8

    An ideal way to get great shots at any event is with the dual cameras you’ll find on the Toshiba Encore 8 – one facing front, of course, and another facing backwards to snap selfies. The Toshiba Encore is equipped with numerous ports, including HDMI, which will allow you to stream that graduation video to your television. And with up to 14 hours of battery life, you’ll be able to encore that video all night. You can buy it for $299.99.
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    ASUS MeMOPad FHD 10

    Watching a good movie can make a long airplane ride a lot more pleasant, but the choices on the airlines tend to be mighty bland, and the less said about screens on airplanes the better. So take your favorite movies or shows with you. The sophisticated graphics capabilities built into the Intel Atom processors mean that a tablet like the ASUS MeMOPad FHD 10 can deliver smooth, vivid visuals and it sells for just under $340. And thanks to the ASUS MeMOPad’s 178-degree viewing angle, even family members sitting next to you can enjoy the show.
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