The TR Podcast 93: A trifecta of tablets

The Tech Report Podcast Date: August 8, 2011

Time: 1:22:41

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski, David Morgan

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Show notes

With exception of a quick listener mail question, some CPU rumors to round off the episode, and a look at two clicky keyboards from Razor, this episode is mostly about three tablets we’ve been testing in our labs. Geoff kicks off the party with a look at the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a budget-friendly tablet that has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Then, Scott relates his impressions of the king tablet itself, the iPad 2, which has snared hours of gameplay and media consumption time from his whole family. Finally, our panel takes a quick sneak peek at Samsung’s 10.1″ Galaxy Tab.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. – jdrake@techreport.com

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Listener mail:

Ivy Bridge socket compatibility? (0:53:85) – from Michael:

“Ivy Bridge, the 22nm successor to Intel’s Sandy Bridge, should arrive within a matter of months. I hear rumors that Ivy Bridge will be compatible with a least SOME socket 1155 motherboards, but I am holding off building a gaming PC until I know for sure.

Do you know the official compatibility story? And would it be worthwhile to refresh your handy System Guide to include that info when it becomes available?

Tech discussion:

    Razer’s BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate keyboards – (0:03:37) – Read more

    A month with Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer – (0:07:57) – Read more

    Impressions from a few months with the iPad 2 – (0:26:46) – Read more

    A quick peek at the Samsung Galaxy Tab – (0:53:15)

    Report says Sandy Bridge-E won’t be out before November – (1:05:56) – Read more

    Bulldozer-based Opterons rumored for September 26 – (1:12:32) – Read more

    Mass Zambezi shipments may not start until October – (1:13:57) – Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

Comments closed
    • NarwhaleAu
    • 8 years ago

    😀

    Thanks for the shout out. The joke is still funny all these years later.

    • Samlind
    • 8 years ago

    Well things are changing, hardware is changing, there’s plenty going on in the mobile segment – so Scott was right to expand his target audience. Also, Android is Windows, and Apple will soon be relegated to it’s walled garden in the mobile space.

      • pdjblum
      • 8 years ago

      Appreciate your comment, but as for me, I no longer feel as if I am the target audience, and am trying to wean myself from this site and migrate over to PC Per and Hot Hardware and other sites that continue to be true to what they started out as. No doubt this site will do better than the rest given all the people who are more interested in mobile crap, and anything that begins with an “A” or an “i”. I expect true tech enthusiasts of old, who are typically leaders and not followers, will migrate over to those sites that are more in line with their interests, as they are with mine.

    • pdjblum
    • 8 years ago

    I guess I must be one of the few loyal readers of many years time who never had the slightest interest in Apple products and finds the incessant references to Apple, basically comparing every product to an always “superior” Apple product, irksome and disheartening. I guess Scott decided this is the direction to go despite the many readers of many years time who were content never to hear the “A” word written ever. Obviously, Scott prefers gaming on an iPhone and has little need or interest in the killer hardware that was heretofore the bread and butter of this site. Good luck to you and I hope this is a lucrative direction to take and f*** me and the rest of the a**holes who feel as I do.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    I agree with Scott on the wide aspect ratio not feeling “right” on other tablets. “Browsing through a tank slot.” Exactly.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    You guys sure like using the word “trifecta”.

    • glynor
    • 8 years ago

    The “enhanced” M4A version of the feed does not include the new episode, and the iTunes links seem to be totally broken.

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      Yup – I did a staggered release on this one – just released the m4a tonight – should be good to go! Thanks!

        • glynor
        • 8 years ago

        Yep. Got it. Thanks, Jordan.

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    I have no interest in tablets myself, but it was still interesting to hear about them.

    But jordan, you said you would be putting some joke at the end of the exit theme but never did….I are so sad.

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      Added the joke at the end when we added the m4a version and time codes this evening – enjoy!

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Not too thrilled about the veer away from PC hardware focus on the podcast. But I guess its more due to the slow news on the PC hardware side.

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      There aren’t a ton of new games coming out right now either, and that’s one of the things they often talk about. The next few months there will be tons of games though. 🙂

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    The MP3 RSS feed is linking the wrong MP3 file

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      Fixed – thanks!

    • swampfox
    • 8 years ago

    Lots of rumors this time! Looking forward to this fall when you’re deluged with new stuff to review! 🙂 Thanks for the podcast, downloading now.

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