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It’s no secret that I love hybrid devices. Laptops are handy and tablets are fun but having one device that can function as both is even better. Something about a gadget that can transform between different modes simply feels more futuristic to me. Lately I’ve been putting the Asus Transformer book T100TAM through its paces which is just such a device. It’s a sort of two-in-one laptop-tablet hybrid device that lets you use it as a laptop when you need to and as a standalone tablet the rest of the time.

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New technology solutions to mirror your computer and mobile device screen to your TV

by Blogger ‎02-24-2015 12:48 PM - edited ‎02-24-2015 01:27 PM

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From the small screen to the big screen. It’s the kind of functionality that makes a lot of sense in the home. Why watch a movie on your smartphone when you can beam it over to your much larger TV? Why not do the same with your tablet or computer? There are a number of ways in which to do this, and they’re not only easy to use, they also don’t require much to install or maintain them.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop: What the specs really mean

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2015 12:49 PM - last edited on ‎02-23-2015 05:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When looking at the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series touchscreen laptop you’ll notice it boasts a bunch of fantastic specs on paper. It has a 15.6” capacitive touchscreen display, AMD Radeon graphics with 4GB dedicated video memory, an Intel Core i7 CPU with 16 GB RAM, a 1TB Hard Drive, 802.11AC networking, and more. Specs are good for those who understand them but at the end of the day it really just matters how those specs can be put to use in your day to day life. Using the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop as our exemplar, we’ll take a look at the specs and the difference they can really make for you in real world terms.

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Ever since Ultrabooks first rolled out, they’ve been amazing machines perfectly suited for business users and students who need to get their work done, need to be highly mobile, and also want a touch of style. For a while a lot of Ultrabooks where relatively similar in terms of features, form factor, and power. That not a bad thing since they were still well suited to the task at hand, but now we’re starting to see more innovation in Ultrabooks with models differentiating themselves from the pack more often. Lately I’ve been trying out the ASUS Zenbook UX303 Ultrabook.  This model at first glance doesn’t look all too different but once you power it up you will see that it definitely is something special.

 

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There used to be a time when getting a new PC was both an exciting event and a bit of a headache since it meant you had to deal with the growing pains of transitioning from your old PC to your new one. There were many challenges and chores to put up with in the migration. These days that’s not the case at all and if you’ve been taking advantage of modern computing you can make the whole process surprisingly quick, easy, and pain free. I’ve got to use a different new PC just about every week and I’ve managed to streamline the whole process to make it amazingly simple and efficient so that I can be up and running in no time at all with all my familiar data, preferences, and software.

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Buying a laptop: the lowdown on memory

by Blogger on ‎02-12-2015 09:34 AM - last edited on ‎02-20-2015 12:04 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When you’re shopping for a laptop and someone asks you about memory, there are so many different things they could mean. In my opinion, memory is one of the biggest deciding factors these days when you’re shopping for a laptop as it can fundamentally change your experience yet can be something that is for all intents and purposes invisible. You can’t look at a laptop and know how much memory it has. You can’t even tell right away based on the machine’s performance but the quantity, type, and speed of memory in your laptop can make a world of difference to you.

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Buying a laptop: what you should know about processors

by Blogger ‎01-30-2015 11:33 AM - edited ‎01-30-2015 11:34 AM

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So many people looking to buy a laptop can get intimidated and scared to ask about things they don’t understand. For many it often seems easier to just buy whatever is popular rather than actually look under the hood and kick the tires. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you see that shopping for a laptop isn’t so bad. We’ve got a few guides that will walk you through a few of the factors you should be paying attention to when making your decision. This will help you feel more comfortable comparing machines, and make asking the right questions even easier. There is no reason laptop shopping ought to be intimidating. Let’s make it a fun experience and hopefully learn a thing or two in the process. Speaking of processes, we’re going to start by focusing in on processors by taking a look at some of the things you ought to know about them when you start shopping.

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A first look at Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎01-21-2015 02:14 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 02:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Today was a huge day for Microsoft. They just had their big Windows 10 briefing event where they gave everyone a glimpse of the future and what a glorious future it is. There certainly was quite a lot of news to talk about. Windows 10 looks like a big jump for the platform which will make many exciting changes. This goes beyond the PC to tablets, phones, games, and beyond as we’ll see. This is the start of a new generation of more personal computing. After today I can’t wait for Windows 10 to roll out. I’m sure after seeing more of the Windows 10 news you’ll feel the same way.

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Getting the right new accessory for your desktop PC can transform your computing experience in surprising ways. The best part is how much variety there is in terms of sizes, prices, and functionality that you can be sure to find one to suit anybody, and they can fit under the tree, in a stocking, or wherever, making them great gifts this holiday. When picking out a gift you often want to get something the person will love but might not have got for themselves. That’s what makes PC accessories so perfect. People don’t often think of upgrading or getting something extra fancy. More often than not they pick up accessories out of necessity. This lets you step in and pick something beyond what they merely need, and get something that goes that extra mile to become something they’ll love in ways they never even considered.

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Review: Logitech ORION Spark Gaming Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎12-03-2014 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎01-16-2015 04:02 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Gaming keyboards are a very interesting category. On one hand they’re keyboards, so you don’t want some things to be somewhat standardized in order to give you versatility, and have it conform to your expectations. On the other hand you want it to have high performance and deliver unique and powerful features to help you take your gaming to the next level. This is a balancing act that Logitech has a long history in managing with many PC gaming accessories throughout the years. I had the opportunity to spend some time with their latest offering – the G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard to see if it could live up to Logitech’s strong pedigree in this department.

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LG monitors are a clear solution for your tired eyes

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 12:20 PM - last edited on ‎12-01-2014 03:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If there is one part of home computers that people seem to neglect, it is probably the monitor. People go through multiple computers without even considering changing their monitor. They’ll get new keyboards, mice, video cards, hard drive, you name it but it seems like people don’t even consider getting a new monitor until their existing screen fails. A lot of people seem to figure ‘it still turns on, why consider an upgrade?’, but it is the thing you often spend all day staring at! You would think people would want to take advantage of the latest advancements in technology to get the most out of that experience. The world of monitors has been rapidly changing ever since we started doing away with bulky CRT monitors. If you haven’t taken a serious look at the world of monitors lately you’re in for a few surprises as things have really gotten a lot better lately, and it’s a more exciting scene than ever before. A nice new monitor can reduce your eye strain, neck strain, and increase your productivity all at once.

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Ultra is the hot word on tablets

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 09:37 AM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 10:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I love seeing tablets grow in popularity. Over the past few years they went from a niche experimental device to an invaluable addition to your digital arsenal. You can get tablets suited to different needs, with widely varying features, power levels, and specifications. This year it seems like the big things with tablets is to be ‘Ultra’ in some way. Whether its ultra-thin, ultra-powerful, ultra large, ultra-portable, or even ultra-durable. A lot of tablets pick out one factor to favor and go all in to live up to it as well as possible, carving out its own niche.

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Razer's BlackWidow Chroma keyboard

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 12:55 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2014 02:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Razer’s BlackWidow keyboard series has been a favourite of mine for some time now. It has a relatively understated and minimal look, while still retaining some edge. The mechanical keys have always done me well, and the lighting is pretty well done. Well Razer has upped their game with the new Razer BlackWidow Chroma.

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Mac OS X Yosemite: how to get it and what you need

by Blogger ‎10-23-2014 12:54 PM - edited ‎10-23-2014 12:56 PM

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Apple released its latest version of Mac OS X, called Yosemite, the second version named after a place in California. It also marks a particular synergy between OS X and iOS — not a merging of the two — but rather an easier way to get them working with one another. It also marks a new look, one that flattens the visuals to fall more in line with the current graphics seen in iOS. There are plenty of new features, and a straightforward upgrade process to get to them.

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Hexa-Core processors and why you want one.

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 12:17 PM

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If you’ve shopped for a computer at all in the past few years, you’ve likely heard people talking about cores. They’re not talking about apples, obviously. They’re referring to technology that allows your central processing unit (or CPU for short) to support multiple independent CPUs that work in harmony to produce more computational horsepower.

Not too long ago your CPU would only have one core. Just over a decade ago we saw multicore processors start to gain popularity. We started with dual-core CPUs which gave us a pretty solid boost to performance and quickly graduated to quad-core CPUs. These days hexa-core machines boast six computing cores and give you a lot of bang for your buck. You get improved parallel computing ability which translates to a general improvement in aggregate processing speed.

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