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Review: Eurocom Armadillo

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 03:39 PM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 09:45 AM by Administrator

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I’ve reviewed a number of Eurocom laptops in the past. In the process I’ve become a big fan of their approach. Their machines tend to have very robust power under the hood, restrained yet aggressive styling, and an undeniable sense of quality. They’re often not the smallest, lightest machines though. If you want to go small and light, and are willing to sacrifice on power then the there are a lot of options out there for you to choose from. While not all their laptops are bulky desktop-replacement gaming rigs, they never quite seemed competitive with ultraportable laptops and ultrabooks in terms of convenience. For gaming laptops their portability is great but in the world of everyday work machines, I can see why some might want something a bit thinner. That’s why I was surprised when I unboxed the Eurocom Armadillo. It doesn’t have a trace of bulk and feels as portable as I could hope for. Finally a Eurocom laptop I could happily carry around with me day to day.

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How a Surface Pro 3 can help with student life

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2014 07:31 AM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:48 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve been a huge fan of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line since they were first announced. It’s no secret. They generally feel to me like the perfect gadget balancing my need for an Ultrabook with my desire for a tablet. With many of you headed back to school, and looking for new computers to take with you, let’s take a look at the latest Surface Pro 3 and see what it can do for student life.

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Choosing the right Apple MacBook for you

by Blogger on ‎08-13-2014 03:04 PM - last edited on ‎08-13-2014 03:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Look at one of Apple’s MacBooks today and you will see something that looks familiar, yet uniquely different at the same time. The MacBook line has gone through several evolutionary changes over the last eight years, having also gone from three particular designs, down to two: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Both follow the same design philosophies, though feel distinct at the same time. Based on my years of experience with both, I can tell you why.

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How to buy the right Apple computer for school

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 11:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Laptops for Back to School as chosen by you, the consumers

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 08:36 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 01:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Finding a good laptop requires research and maybe even a little sleuthing, but what might be ideal for someone else may not be the best fit for what you need. The bevy of choices doesn’t simplify the process all that much, so narrowing things down does help make a more concerted effort to spend money on something that is ultimately an investment.

 

In the previous post, I ran through some laptops that I thought would be good starting points for students, breaking them down into various categories. Of course, that was my opinion to the best of my knowledge. You, the readers and customers, have made your opinions known through feedback provided on the site.

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Alienware desktop PCs

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2014 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Back to School season is right around the corner, and with that time of year we also tend to see another crop of fresh video games. That combo makes this a fantastic time to go PC shopping, particular if you need a new schoolwork PC that just happens to also be a pretty mean gaming PC too. With that in mind, we turn our attention over to Alienware who have a couple hot new desktops available; the Alienware X51-R2, and the Alienware R4. Are a couple of serious machines that any PC gamer would be pleased to have as their rig. Alienware knows a thing or two about gaming PCs after all, and that’s evident when you take a look at these two models.

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Review: ASUS PB287 4K Computer Monitor Display

by Blogger on ‎07-08-2014 12:17 AM - last edited on ‎07-09-2014 04:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The future of video is always marching forwards, but it’s never been so fast as in the last 15 years. We’ve seen the maturity of technology beginning with 16x9 widescreen televisions, HDTVs, flat panel televisions, 3DTV, Smart TV… and now 4k. It’s no surprise that monitor technology has kept pace and exceeded TV tech; having higher definition video sources on your computer has always been easy, which is why I was excited to test out the Asus PB287 4k Monitor. It’s a piece of the future that’s available right now.

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Zotac Video Cards

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 05:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-03-2014 02:06 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Any serious PC gamer knows that having the right video card in your system can make all the difference in the world both in terms of cost, and performance. You want to aim for that sweet spot where performance and price are balanced without creating bottlenecks in your rig. My general advice is to get the best video card you can afford before it's overpowered compared against the rest of your system’s components. Getting the latest and greatest isn’t always ideal when all your other components are old and in need of upgrading. But if your rig is up to date and you’re looking to get the most out of it, picking up the most high-performance kit out there can turn your Corvette into a Lamborghini and make games perform amazingly for years to come.

 

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Review: Eurocom Shark 2 Gaming Laptop

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2014 11:05 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 10:00 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Eurocom isn’t quite the most commonly talked about name in notebooks that I hear. There are certainly more common brands out there. That’s a shame, because every Eurocom notebook I take for a spin, I like even more than the last. The performance, quality, and attention to detail of their notebooks make them formidable machines, when compared against other notebooks out there, or even available desktop PCs. The latest Eurocom PC I’ve been spending time with has been their Shark 2 which has plenty of horsepower under the hood to satisfy any gamer looking to break free of their desk.

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Review: Asus Chromebox is an intriguing and versatile mini computer

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2014 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Technology is inherently meant to be versatile, and versatility is generally appreciated in a tech product, which could be the ideal position for the Asus Chromebox. Is it a small desktop computer? A home entertainment hub? Something else altogether? The lack of a distinct identity for the Chromebox isn’t a knock against it, but rather one of its most intriguing qualities. The small box doesn’t feel out of place in a few different areas, but does the software fit right in to any environment as well?

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ASUS’ dual-boot Transformer Book Trio

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2014 06:07 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 01:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you tired of carrying around your Android tablet AND your Windows notebook PC but still want all the functionality of each? ASUS has you covered with their new Transformer Book Trio that manages to dual-boot to run both Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the same piece of hardware. Now you can minimize your daily carry while still being able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Review: Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

by Blogger ‎05-30-2014 08:13 AM - edited ‎05-31-2014 07:30 AM

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In the digital age we live in today, it’s never been easier to capture and share moments through the photos we take. From shameless selfies to group shots—it’s almost a given that any social outing will end in a spree of photos. What better way to celebrate and cherish these special memories than by taking it past the digital screen and into the palm of your hands? The portable and lightweight SELPHY CP910 Wireless Photo Printer from Canon is the perfect companion that will do just that, and with its fun, creative, and easy-to-use functionalities, it’s no surprise that it’ll also be an instant hit with any tween girl!

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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 PC and tablet hybrid

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2014 11:46 PM - last edited on ‎05-21-2014 12:45 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Only a mere six months after launching the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has just unveiled its successor, the Surface Pro 3, a thinner and lighter model that aims to crossover from consumption to creation in a big way. With a larger 12-inch full HD display, fast Intel Core processors, a more flexible kickstand and stylus input, the die has been cast on what this hybrid tablet and PC is designed to be.

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Wireless-AC vs. Wireless-N: What you should know

by Blogger ‎04-24-2014 10:33 AM - edited ‎06-16-2014 09:56 PM

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Wireless, or Wi-Fi, protocols aren’t common knowledge for the average consumer. It’s one of those understated tech specs that can play a big role in how well you enjoy the convenience of browsing or streaming on your home network. So, when you see the term 802.11ac, or Wireless-AC, you know you’re looking at the current standard. Still, there are routers and devices out there that work on 802.11n or Wireless-N, and it might be worth it to you to know the differences between them.

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Behold the cutting edge of PC gaming; the Razer Blade gaming laptop.

by Blogger on ‎04-14-2014 03:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-15-2014 09:06 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

razer-blade-gallery-v3-05.pngIf you’re a PC gamer, you really owe it to yourself to check out the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. Razer has a history of making great PC gaming accessories and peripherals so they certainly know gamers well. A lot of their PC gaming accessories, like the BlackWidow keyboard are favorites with many PC gamers out there. Now they’ve taken all of that PC gaming know-how and applied it to making their very own PC, made specifically for gamers. This gadget is a serious piece of hardware, design to provide no-compromise PC-gaming in a truly mobile form-factor.

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