With PC sales flagging, the underlying confidence in tech is mostly due to growth in the the software arena and tablets.
The tablets, with starting prices from $299 to $350, include Dell’s Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba’s Encore, and Asustek’s Transformer Book T100.
IDC and Gartner report that the PC market continued downhill during the third quarter, although IDC, at least, reported sales were better than expected.
And Microsoft's Surface RT falls firmly in the middle.
A pair of the high-end models of the Surface 2 Pro tablets appear to be delayed, a week after Microsoft warns buyers to pre-order.
One tablet to replace them all? That appears to be Microsoft's plan for the Surface Pro 2. With its fast Haswell-class processor, a Power Cover for more juice, and a Docking Station for more expandability, this little tablet could go a long way toward replacing the traditional desktop or laptop.
Dell sent a message that it intends to keep its PC division alive with the launch of new Venue tablets on Wednesday.
New products will run Windows 8.1 and Android; Windows RT gets the cold shoulder.
Delta is replacing the reams of reference materials normally carried by its pilots with Surface 2 tablets.
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