Microsoft Surface 3 Now Available, Prices Start at $499

Surface 3

Microsoft announced the availability of the Surface 3 this week with prices starting at just $499 for the base model, which includes an Intel Atom x7 processor, 64GB of flash storage and a 10.8″ 1920 x 1280 display.

Of course, the Surface Pro 3 is also available with increased specs up to an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB onboard flash storage. The price of the Pro model though ranges from $999 to $1949.

More details on the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 here at B&H Photo.

Astropad Turns iPad Into Sketch Pad For Mac

Astropad App for iPad – Astro-HQ

Astropad is the latest graphics sketching app for the ipad and it looks to be quite powerful.

Astropad transforms your iPad into a drawing tablet wired or wirelessly connected to your Mac with almost zero sync lag allowing for real time transfer. Also, integrated is customized Photoshop controls, including a floating pallette with Adobe-specific tools and iPad images are color corrected to match what’s shown on Mac. The app supports most styluses like the ones from Wacom.

With a $50 price tag, Astropad is pricier that most apps, but a bargain compared to dedicated sketch tablets. Click this link to head over to Astropad and watch the promo video below.

iPad Pro Rumored to Start Production First Half of 2015

iPad Pro Mockup
iPad Pro Mockup

New rumors suggest that Apple will finally get around to making the oft-mentioned “iPad Pro” next year. The rumors suggest that the production of the iPad Pro has been pushed back to Q2 2015, which means it will miss the previously-rumored early-2015 launch. The delay is supposedly related to component yield and assembly.

[via MacRumors]

Vizio Window 8 Tablet Debut

vizio microsoft windows 8 tablet

As the International CES kicks off for 2013 many, many product launches are ensuing. Vizio is jumping into the Windows 8 tablet waters, which, is sure to be a hot trend this year.

Vizio’s tablet, a 11.6-inch slate packing a 1080 display,  is possibly the first powered by AMD. Vizio is packing in the  dual-core AMD Z60 “Hondo” while the  Intel Atom Clover Trail CPUs are prevalent in other Windows 8 slates.

The Vizio tablet has pretty standard specs otherwise, including 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports.  Vizio hasn’t announced pricing or availability, but hopefully we’ll see some demos at CES.

[via Engadget]