Make Canoe my Homepage

New Asus Zenbook doesn’t know what it is

- November 4th, 2014

The Asus Zenbook UX303LN doesn’t know what it wants to be.

The Ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, which makes it a little too small to be a laptop. But it’s a tad too large to pick it up and use that touchscreen like it was a tablet.

Asus Zenbook UX303LN

Asus Zenbook UX303LN. (Supplied)

Read more…

Review: Asus VivoMouse

- July 9th, 2014

The basic design of the mouse has not really changed that much over the years. Sure, optical sensors have replaced trackballs and some gaming mouses have a futuristic scifi look with extra buttons and ridges that make it easier to grip.  But the basic functionality has not really changed.

The Asus VivoMouse, on the other hand, turns the standard mouse design onto its head by adding a circular three-point multi-touch touchpad on top. The VivoMouse can be used as either a standard mouse by moving it along a surface or you can drag your finger along the top of the device to use it much as you would a touchpad on a laptop.

Asus VivoMouse

Asus VivoMouse. (Supplied)

Read more…

An Ultrabook that can play DVDs

- December 12th, 2012
Asus S56C Ultrabook

Asus S56C Ultrabook. (Supplied)

An optical drive seems like a largely unnecessary accessory these days. You can easily download most programs or media you want from the Internet or transfer what you need from one computer to another with a USB key or memory card.

Read more…

The tablet that dreams of being a netbook

- October 16th, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101

I still don’t own a tablet. I like the concept of having a light computing device that I can carry around, that’s large enough to let me read books and surf the web at ease, but a touchscreen is limiting and lacks some of the standard functionality of a laptop.  So in the end, you just have another mobile device to lug around. Read more…

Netbooks continue to fill a void

- September 26th, 2011

While tablets have quickly become popular they are not always practical for school or work. I love using my iPad 2 for watching videos but a physical keyboard is essential when I want to be efficient in taking notes and preparing presentations. Laptops are a good alternative but they’re not as portable as tablets. A great in-between solution is a netbook like ASUS’ Eee PC.

Read more…