Acer Switch Alpha 12 can be a laptop

Looking at a Surface for Your Student? Consider Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 Instead

Parents are gearing up for back to school and for many of us, that means having to invest in a computer as well as new clothes, shoes, and backpacks. One of the hot categories right now is 2-in-1 laptops (which give you both a Windows laptop and a tablet in one package), and Microsoft’s Surface line is a leader here. If you’re shopping the Surface line, have a look at Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 and you could save yourself a sizeable chunk of cash.

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ZAGG's new armored iPad Air keyboard case

ZAGG Rugged Book for iPad Air

I’ve grown rather fond of ZAGG’s keyboard cases for the iPad in recent months. It wasn’t until I reviewed the ZAGG Folio Keyboard case for the iPad Mini earlier this year that I finally reached the state where I felt productive writing on an iPad. Since then, the combo has largely replaced the 11-inch MacBook Air that I used to lug around for mobile work. ZAGG recently sent me a new model to try out with a MacBook Air and this one offers all the benefits of the Folio Keyboard case, plus impressive armor. The Rugged Book transforms an iPad into a hardened notebook while offering flexibility in configuration options.

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GeekDad Review: Slate Mobile AirDesk

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work from home for the past five years. While I have an office in the house, one of the advantages of a gig like this is the ability to set up shop anywhere if the mood strikes. If it’s a nice sunny day, I might grab a laptop and head up to the living room. Maybe sit on the porch or back patio if it’s warm enough. Or hang out in the rec room with the kids if we’re enjoying yet another “snow day” school cancellation. The problem with moving my workspace to a more casual location — like my favorite armchair — is the lack of a decent work surface.

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