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May 4, 2014

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The VivoTab Note 8 battery boasts eight hours of life and comes with Microsoft Office for free. It’s typically free only on tablets with a lightweight variant of Windows called RT. The Note has the full version.

It also has a MicroSD slot for expanded storage, which can come in handy if your mom shoots a lot of video. The base model has just 32 gigabytes, typical for Windows tablets. The quad-core Intel Atom processor is strong enough for any tablet tasks. The display is sharp. There’s a lot for mom to like here.

LENOVO FLEX 15D ($499; WINDOWS 8)

Touch screens on laptops are tricky. Touch them too hard with one finger and the laptop rocks back, or tips over. It’s not a good experience if the screen is teetering back and forth when you interact with it.

Lenovo Group’s Flex 15D solves that. The laptop’s hinge is designed such that the keyboard half of the laptop can face down and act as a stand for the touch display. What you lose in terms of a physical keyboard in this configuration, you gain by have a sturdy and pleasing angle by which to view and access the display.

It’s a sleek-styled laptop, tapered thin near the touchpad below the keys. The straight lines and minimalist bezel design make this a very eye-appealing addition to the office or household.

Underneath all that sleek is enough power to get mom through her tasks. The Flex 15D has a quad-core AMD 1.5 GHz processor, four gigabytes of RAM and a 500 gigabyte hard drive.

The touch screen responded well to my pinches and swipes, but I found the resolution a little soft. It’s sharp enough for most common tasks, but non jaw-dropping sharp.

ASUS ALL-IN-ONE PC ET2322 ($1,099; WINDOWS 8)

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