Posts Tagged 'laptop'

Laptop to TV

Now this is something I might buy. Being able to beam a video from my laptop to my tv wirelessly would definitely be handy. The nice thing about the Veebeam is simplicity. USB dongle, receiver, and go. No cables or software, nice. $100 for the standard definition, $140 for the HD version. Mac compatible.

Toshiba laptop recall

If you have a Toshiba laptop you might want to check to see if you’re affected by this recall. 41,000 have faulty power adapters which may catch fire due to overheating. There have been 129 reported cases but no injuries.
The affected models are:
Satellite T135
Satellite T135D
Satellite ProT130

PC Magazine

HP refreshes laptop lineup

HP has been putting extra time in the design room. Anything look familiar? The latest HP laptops have a distinct “appley” type of feel to them. I guess if you can’t beat them you might as well trick customers into buying something that looks like one.

The HP Envy is getting a screen upgrade. Gone is the 13″ and the 14″ and 17″ are ushered in. Top end models are equipped with an Intel i7 and ATI Radeon 5850 and at least 1TB of data storage. The video card alone might be enough to get some gamers to switch brand loyalties. Expect to pay top dollar, prices start at $1,400 for the 17″ model. Time to get a Mac -er an HP laptop.

The HP Pavilion dv6 lineup gets some changes too. A touchscreen. 15.6″ screen, lower end models equipped with AMD cpus while everyone else who’s willing to spend more money get the Intel goodness. Aluminum finish, fingerprint swiper, blah blah blah, go visit HP’s site if you’re really interested.

Bigger Laptop Storage On the Way by Toshiba

Who needs more storage on their laptop? Raise your hands. Thanks to Toshiba you’ll soon be able to keep all of your porn on that laptop drive, rather than having to resort to an external storage. 2 platters worth of 750GB and 1 TB goodness, spinning at 5,400 RPM. Also supposedly more energy efficient to boot. Checkout Toshiba‘s site.

Here we go again …

Who’s got the bigger … notebook hard drive? I guess Western Digital has beaten the others to the punch. Enter 1 TB of storage goodness in a 2.5″ platform. Whaaat?! I’m still using a lowly 500GB in my desktop beast an now WD has come out with something even larger for my notebook? Perhaps it IS time to upgrade. I’ve barely filled up half of my 80GB laptop hard drive and along comes something to tempt my wallet. Shame on WD for trying to put me in the poor house with their lineup of storage solutions! I guess the only thing left is to wait for Seagate to come out with their version … and run out and buy it. 😉

Netbook expectations

Making decision to buy an netbook usually takes less time than buying one. Portable, cheap, SSD hard drive, what’s not to like? Well you should consider a few things. Manage your expectations before you run out and buy one.

Netbook does not equal laptop. One of the most common mistakes people make is that they are getting a complete laptop in a tiny package. Wrong. Netbooks have limitations. For one the processor is slower than what you would get in a regular 15″/17″ laptop. Some applications are just not going to run smoothly on that 1.6Ghz Atom processor.

Storage capacity. 8GB/16GB/32GB SSD is not a whole lot of room to keep all of your stuff. Music, photos, programs, all taking up precious space on that tiny drive. You should only install the essential programs. Keeping a selection of music and photos on a USB/SD card. Yes, a selection, that does not mean your entire library. That is what your iPod is for.

Keyboard. It’s a tiny computer, and hence the keyboard may not be to your liking. It really does take some getting used to. If you plan on typing for 4 hours straight, then maybe you should consider the 10″ netbook or even a 12″ laptop. Big hands and this typing surface do not go together.

Touchpad. It is equally as tiny and takes getting used to. If you primarily navigate using the mouse you are not going to like the amount of concentration required to move the little pointer thingy. You gotta learn keyboard shortcuts, ALT, TAB, FN, Windows key are mashed quite often.

The screen. Again some people are not going to like the tiny screen. Some people might find it hard on the eyes. It’s definitely not designed to be stared at for hours on end.

Far too many people get buyers remorse soon after picking up a netbook. By the same token these the are same buyers who don’t research what they are buying. You just aren’t going to get a fully functional laptop at a $300 price point. Obviously there are going to be some compromises. Just make sure you can live with them.

New laptop every 3 years for life

I know what you’re thinking, “what’s the catch”. Well it seems like a pretty simple offer from Fujitsu. Buy any Fujitsu Lifebook laptop and the extended 3 year warranty and that’s it. Get a new laptop every 3 years. Sounds pretty sweet. If you go through laptops frequently this might be something you want to look into. A couple of interesting features of the program is that under the Fujitsu plan covers theft and 1 time accidental damage. This is off of the UK site so it may only be applicable to UK customers (I haven’t bothered to read the fine print, but you can).

Prices (from the site) range from £ 810.39 (14″ with a 2.26ghz duo core cpu) to £ 1,134.97 (12.1″ with 1.2ghz cpu). Pricey but like I said, it may only appeal to those who change laptops frequently. One thing I can say about Fujitsu laptops are that their screens are usually top notch.

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