Monday, April 24, 2017

What Laptops and Tools Are Suited For Graphic Designers

   Not all laptops are tailor made for Graphic Designers. Users will find most of these features in gaming laptops. You can’t buy any laptop that has high specs and use it for Graphics. It should have the necessary tools that Graphic Designers need.  You can’t have a small sized laptop for this purpose.  The size is very important because you want to get all the details clearly and properly formed.
    Here Are Some Of the Features You Must Consider:
1. CPU - For Designers, they must get a better than average processor. An Intel i5 Or i7 would be just  be right or the fourth generation Haswell processors that are found on the Apple MacBook Pro 2014 model. Make sure to buy Quad-core processors. Make sure that it is an SSD.  SSD drives don’t have magnets. Magnets can erase your data.
2. GPU – The GPU’s are seen on top of the Graphics Card. Some of the Best GPU’s are the following: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970; NVDIA GeForce GTX 980; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980; NVIDIAGeForce GTX 750 Ti; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780.  GPU is a single-chip processor and is used for essentially for 3-D applications and creating images.
3. RAM – Random Access Memory is essential for having a good functioning computer. The more RAM the better. I recommend 8 – 16 GB of RAM. When you have more RAM , you can run more programs and this makes the job easier for Designers.
4. Video Cards – It is an expansion card that permits the computer to deliver information to a video display device.  Video cards need not be expensive but do not cut down on your RAM.
5. Screen Size – Your screen Size must be 15 – 17 inches. Do not compromise. You need more space to work with.
6. Compact – You must have a laptop that is convenient to carry around. Lighter is better.  When a laptop is light, it will have a longer battery life. If you are doing graphics work in your home or office, this  may not be much of a concern.
7. Color Quality – Graphic Designers must have good color quality and that is why it is better to use IPS display.
    The Apple MacBook Pro is a very good laptop to acquire, the version 2014 comes with an Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz( 4th generation ) . It has a fast processor. This laptop comes with a 16GB DDR3L of RAM with a 256GB Hard Drive, Intel Iris Pro Graphics. It has an attractive looking display – IPS Retina Display, 2880 x 1880. It has wireless connectivity ( 802 11/a/b/g/n Wi-FI, Bluetooth 4.0 ).  The Operating System is OS X Mavericks. Battery can last for 8 hours. This will cost $2,000. Designers can also acquire the 2012 model that has 7 hours of battery life and it will cost $,1000.
    The Lenovo Y50 ( Model 59440654 with IPS Display ). This version is really good because it has an IPS Display and it cost just a bit over $1000. It comes with a CPU: Intel 17-4720HQ (2.6 GHz ). It has 1TB SATA Drive. The RAM is 16GB. The OS is Windows 8.1. You can upgrade it t Windows 10. It has 4GB of Graphics Card and it’s GPU is an NVIDIA GTX 960-M. The Hard Drive has 1TB SATA and this version has a 1920x1080pixels IPS. The average battery is 5 hours. This is what Lenovo says. This laptop also has a 720p HD webcam.  You can use this for chatting.  This laptop performs well when doing graphics intensive work.
    From Asus you have The ASUS ROG G75I-JL-DS71 which a gaming laptop that can be used for graphics design. It is a very powerful laptop.  This laptop comes with an Intel i7-4700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and it has a large 17.3 inch screen which is very appropriate for a Graphic Designer. It has 1024 GB of Hard Drive. It uses the NVIDIA GTX965 M 2GB GDDR5. The Display is an IPS FHD 1920x1080. For Connectivity purposes it has a 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Average Battery life is 2 hours. The Operating System is Windows 8.1 upgradeable to Windows 10. This is a laptop that will surely give Graphic Designers a great performance. This can cost as much as $1,200.
  There are five Graphics Design Programs that are quite good: 1. Adobe Photoshop 2. InDesign  3. Corel Draw 4. Quark Express  5. Adobe Illustrator. Take your pick. This write-up is just a guide and I am not personally recommending any of these tools or Laptops.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What Kind Of Components Are Needed For A Business Computer

   Before buying a Business Computer, the buyer must have a basic knowledge of what is needed.  Business Computers are more personalized than basic computers that are found in homes. Whether you are buying a Desktop or Laptop, you need the right features for a Business Computer.  You will have to consider what kind of motherboard, Central Processing Unit, Memory ( RAM ) and other specifications for your hardware and software. Being more personalized makes it more costly than basic computers.   Price really does matter when you are acquiring a Desktop and laptop altogether. You may need your desktop for your office and your Business laptop when you are constantly on the move.
   Business computers are used for editing, showing videos for presentation and creating videos, viewing top of the line graphics. In other words business laptops and desktops are used for almost everything and this is why you need software applications like: Accounting, Back-up and Recovery, Blogging Tool, Calendar, Collaboration, Microsoft Office Suite, Customer Relationship Management, FileMaker Pro, E-Commerce Service, E-Mail Marketing, Instant Messaging, Invoicing, Mobile Access, Project Management, RemoteAccess/Syncing, Security Suite, Social Networking, Task Manager, VoIP and Virtual Private Network. These are some of the best Business Software tools that will fit in to a Business Computer.

   Business Computers also need multi-core processors. The reason for this is because it allows users to run several applications simultaneously.  Dual-core processors allow the user to do two different tasks at the same time. This gives the user a good experience.  A Quad-core allows the user to do four tasks at the same time. With a Quad-core Processor, the user can do heavy loaded graphics and intensive database tasks. Business people can do lot more heavy work using a Quad-core processor. For Memory purposes, it is better to have 500GB t0 1TB of Hard Drive space. This will be appropriate for a Business Computer. A hard drive that spins at a rate of 7200rpm or more will give the user a faster performing Computer.  If  the prospective user intends to buy a business laptop , it is better to acquire a laptop that comes with a Solid State Drive ( SSD ).  For Business laptops, I think an Optical drive is still applicable and it is better to have a DVD writer. You can install proprietary software to your computer. Sometimes the user may need to send files that have been kept on DVD disks to his/her clients.  Video cards are very essential for Business Computers and an integrated video card on Business Computers will work just fine. For networking purposes a 802.11n WI-FI card will do. This write-up is just a guide for people who want to buy a business computer and not a recommendation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Is SSD and HDD & How Do They Differ

  Solid State Drive or SSD is a non-volatile storage device that locks in continuous data using solid state flash memory. (NAND )  It isn’t your usual traditional hard drive. There are no moving parts that make it work. It has a wide arrangement of semiiconductor memory that has been systematized as a disk drive, using Integrated Circuits ( IC’s ). It is known as non-volatile because it retains your data when the computer is closed.  SSD uses a controller and it is known as the processor. The processor is ingrained in to the system and it is known as the brain of the computer. The processor determines the speed of the SSD. There are a lot of high speed processors out there. One example is the Intel I7 Quadcore 2.9 4.2 GHz turbo boost with 8MB of cache. There are so many like it in the market. AMD also has it’s own version of speedy processors. The connector used for the SSD is what we call  SATA ( Serial Advanced Technology Attachment ). It is a computer bus interface that connects  ATA hard drives, Solid State Drives and Optical drives  to the computer motherboard.

There are different qualities that define SSD's and HDD's
1.  Power/Battery: SSD-needs less power to oiperate ( 2-3 watts ). HDD- needs more power to 
     operate ( 6-7 watts ).
2.   Price: SSD- expensive $0.20//GB ( 1TB ). HDD-cheap $0.03/GB ( 4TB ).
3.  Capacity: SSD-maximum of 1TB for laptop; 4TB for Desktop. HDD  maximum2TB for laptop 
     and 10TB for desktop.
4.  Time For OS To Boot: SSD-10-13 seconds ( average ). HDD-30-40 seconds ( average ).
5.  Vibration: SSD-none. There are no moving parts. HDD-spinning parts can make computers 
6.  Heat: SSD-less power with no moving parts produces little heat. HDD-does not heat up but the 
    amount is more than of the SSD because of the moving parts and more power to operate.
7.  File Copy and Write Speed: SSD-normally above 200MB/s up to 550MB/s. HDD-anywhere       
     within 50MB/s-120MB/s.
8.  Encryption: SSD-Full Disk Encrption ( FDE ). Some models support FDE. HDD-Full Disk 
     Encryption and some models support FDE.
9.  File Opening Speed: SSD-25% to 30% faster than HDD. HDD-slower than SSD.
10 Magnetism Effect: SSD-not affected by magnetism. HDD-magnets can wipe out data.
   Hard Disk Drive or HDD is a non-volatile computer storage device that is composed of magnetic disks or platters that continually spin around at high speed. This acts as a second storage with the random access memory ( RAM ) being the first storage. HDD is more popularly known as Hard Drive. It is also non-volatlile ( same as the SSD ). The HDD’s have been here for quite long a long time now. (  over 60 years  ). IBM was the first to use it in 1956.  It’s really a very old technology. It relies on magnetism locked  in your data on a platter that rotates. The faster the platter goes around, the faster the HDD’s performance will be. The normal laptop drives spins for about 5400 RPM
( Revolutions Per Minute ) up to 7200 RPM. If it is server based then it can reach up to 15,000 RPM. The advantage that it has is that it can store a lot of data. The price of the HDD is inexpensive when compared to the price of an SSD.
  When buying computers, users must know what they need.  You buy a laptop or desktop based on the things that you do. If you are in to business, there are laptops and desktops that are readily available for you.  This also holds true for those that have a creative mind. Do not buy because of instinct. Think before you decide.This write-up is just a guide.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What Is Malware and How You Can Keep Your Computer Protected

   Malware is a common name and it means malicious software. It does stop your computer from functioning normally. Malware is a broad term for unwelcome or invasive software such as adware, spyware, virus, worm, trojan, rootkit, backdoors, keyloggers, rogue security software, browser hijacker, and ransomware  plus many other more. I only mentioned eleven but there are more than these. 
1. Adware – Amongst all malware, this will cause minimal harm to your computer and this delivers to your computers unwanted advertisements. It can be rather annoying that your computer has pop-up ads. This happens when you are offered free versions of software.
2. Spyware - This is a kind of software that can look into the activities of the user. This can be used to track down what the user is doing. It can look in to your account information and other kinds of data.
3. Trojan – This is a contaminable form of malware. It is a master of disguises. I say this because, it can come in the form of a normal file or program. It will deceive the user to download the program without the user knowing that this is a malware. It can look in to your financial information and it can take-over your computer’s system’s resources. It does a lot of damage when it makes the user’s computer resources unavailable. Just imagine if this malware attacks computers that are all linked up together. This is a very harmful malware especially if you have a business organization.
4. Worm – It is a program that copies itself and eliminates data and files on the user’s computer. It can create havoc by gobbling up your files and programs until it is completely gone.
5. Rootkit – This is a malware that is so difficult to discover.  It Is hiding some place in the computer’s system. It gathers identity information from the user’s computer. While this is going on, the user does not know what is happening. Any Information can be stolen. Remember this malware is always hiding. Once this has been placed in the computer, the computer becomes susceptible to any malware that can infiltrate the computer’s system. The person who did this can take control of your computer or computers.  Just imagine if your computer is linked up to several computers. This can have an effect if you belong to a business organization and your computers are all linked up together. If you ask an expert  for advice, he may advice you to erase your whole hard drive and start from scratch.
6. Virus – This kind of malware is a contaminated program or code that affixes itself to a software and then it reproduces whenever the software is being used. Your computer can get contaminated when this software or files has been shared with you.
7. Backdoors -  it’s almost the same thing as trojans and worms. The difference is that it opens a backdoor onto a computer. This allows a network connection for malware and even hackers to get passage in to a computer. It leaves an open gateway for virus or spam to be sent to the computer.
8. Keylologgers – This type of malware records any typed document in your computer.  It can obtain or extract any typed in document on your PC, or laptops. This includes passwords, log- in names and other important information. This is sent back to the source of whoever made the keylogging program.
9. Rogue Security Software – This is a deceitful malware, because it gives you wrong information.  It seems to be reliable because it pretends to remove malware infection. What it actually does is turn off your anti-virus software.  It’s also a malware and leaves your computer defenseless.
10. Ransomware – If this pops up on your screen “ You have been locked out of your computer until you pay for your cybercrimes.”  This is what you call ransomware. It is a malware. This is not true at all. Your system has just been infected with this kind of malware. Even the demand that you pay this amount of cash is untrue.
11. Browser Hijacker – Beware when your homepage on your browser changes without you changing it. You might have been infected with this kind of malware. This harmful malware will alter your regular search activity. This means that the developer of this malware wants you to see what he wants. This is a way for him to earn money. Don’t continue doing this because the developer wants you to make money for him when you surf. It will open your computer to more infections.
   It is a must for all computers to install legitimate anti–malware and firewall software. Some well known anti-virus brands carry anti-malware protection. You just have to check them out. Anti-Malware software should be able to protect your computer from common malware such as worms, spyware, adware, viruses,and trojans.  It’s better to have both anti-malware software and firewall. By doing this all of your data present and incoming will be scanned and if any malware s detected, it will say so. You can remove the malware at once. Keep your system updated. Do not download from any site that you are unfamiliar with.  Even if you are a Mac user, my suggestion is to get an anti- malware or anti-virus. It is just more difficult to hack into a Mac.  It has Gatekeeper which is a malware checker but there has been some instances wherein malware gets in to your Mac without you knowing it.  It’s like having five fire doors. Two to three fire doors can breakdown, but the fourth fire door won’t.. It’s there but it just will not hit the heart and brain of your Mac. For your peace of mind, it’s better to be protected. You can search the web regarding malware security for Mac Computers. Some of these products like BitDefender, Intego MacDefender, Kapersky, and Malwarebytes can offer protection for your Mac Computer. There are other products out there that can give Mac users the protection they need. With that said, it’s better to be protected than unprotected.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Huawei MediaPad M3

    Tablets are in demand these days and this is because of it’s portability. This is probably why Huawei is challenging the big boys in this category. A 32GB will cost about $400. The 64GB option will cost $500. This 8.4 inch tablet is a smooth and fast little machine. It’s CPU delivers a strong punch. These are the following specifications: CPU – Huawei HiSilicon Kirin Octa-core processor ( 4 xA72 2.3GHz + 4 x A53 1.8 GHz ), OS- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1. Memory - 32 GB ( standard ); 64 GB ( highest ), 4GB of RAM. Display: Size- 8.4 inch, Type: IPS, Resolution: WQXGA ( 2560 x 1600 pixels ), 359 pixels per inch. Network - BTV-DLO9, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS ( Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service ) ( 3G  ) Broadband 1/2/5/6/8/19, T-SCDMA Band 34/39, LTE-TDD Band 38/39/40/41 ( 100 MHz ), LTE-FDD Band 1/3/5/7/8/19/20/28. GPS: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beldou satellite navigations systems; Amap. Connectivity: WI-FI; IEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac  dual band. Sensors: Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, Hall effect sensor, and fingerprint sensor. Cameras: Front camera 8MP, fixed focus ( non-adjustable ), Rear camera  8MP, auto-focus. MIC: Built-in- microphone. Speaker: Dual speakers. Ports: 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, microSD ( supporting cards up to 128GB ), 1 Micro USB port that supports s PC sync, charging and other operations, Nano-SIM card slot. Audio:  SWS 3.0 stereo and sound effect.  EMUI: Emotion UI 4.1.  Battery: Lithium Polymer 3.82 V,5100 mAh.
   The Huawei MediaPad M3 in a light gold colored aluminum frame that looks and feels impressive.   It looks quite similar to the HTC One M smartphone.Just look at the offset camera section that is located at the top of it’s subdued antennae lines and you will notice it’s resemblance  The front side is where you have the front 8-megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor can also be used as a multipurpose home key. On the right side you will see the volume rocker and it’s just over the power button. The top portion are where the speaker and 3.5mm audio jack are located. The bottom part also has a speaker, pinhole mic, microSD card slot and a microUSB input. There are no all-apps and back keys on this tablet. The home key works in 4 ways. It functions as a gesture and fingerprint sensor,  tap for back, tap and hold for home, and swipe for current apps. The user should acquire a protective case for this tablet. This is just in case the user drops the tablet. The display resolution  ( 2560 x 1600 ) on this tablet delivers accurate and good looking images. Colors are vivid, precise and the contrast is quite deep. There is an eye comfort mode that renders out blue light. I would not use this tablet outdoors on a sunny day because of it’s reflection. Huawei’s partnership with Harman Kardon was a good decision on their part. I say this, because the speakers on this tablet sounds good.
   This tablet performs quite well because of it’s processor and 4GB of RAM.  The Huawei MediaPad M3 can effortlessly handle the usual daily mobile tablet workload.. Just take care of this tablet and you will have a little machine that can last for a few years. Huawei has been known for it’s fingerprint sensors, it’s quick and reliable. The Android 6.0 and the EMUI are outdated. I really don’t mind, because this tablet is a good performer. For the price, this is acceptable. Just remember, this tablet does not support dual-band WI-FI. It will only connect to 2.4GHz network. The battery can last for a full day unless it is used intensively. If you use it to steam videos with the screen set to it’s utmost limit, then the battery can last for at least 7 hours. The Huawei MediaPad M3 has it's limitations and this is true for most tablets. For the price, performance and for daily usage, this is a good tablet to acquire.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

iPad Mini 4

  The iPad Mini 4 looks it seems to duplicate the functions of the iPad Air 2 but it comes in a smaller version ( 7.9 inch display ). It has been upgraded with a better CPU, 2GB of RAM, laminated display and the body is slimmer than it’s predecessor the iPad Mini 3. This is a small media apparatus ,but it functions well. The price of this iPad starts at $400.00 for the unit that comes with WI-Fi. The starting price for the unit that carrie Wi-Fi and  cellular activity cost $530.00.. These are the following specifications: OS – iOS 9, Screen Size – 7.9 inches, Screen Resolution – 2048 x 1536 
( 326ppi ), Display – LED Multi-touch, CPU 64-Bit Apple A8, Coprocessor – M8 motion, Internal Storage –  16GB/64GB/128GB,  Rear Camera –8MP Isight camera ( autofocus, f/2. Aperture, Five-element lens,  Hybrid filter, Backside illumination, Improved face detection, Exposure control, Panorama up to 43MP, Burst mode, Tap to focus, Photo geotagging, Timer mode ), Front Camera 1.2 MP (  FaceTime  f/22 aperture, 720 HD video recording, Backside illumination, Auto HDR photos and videos, Improved face detection, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode ) Bluetooth 4.2,  WI-FI802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; dual channel ( 2.4GHz and 5GHz ); HT80 with MIMO. It alco comes with an Assisted GPS and GLONASS, Sensors ( Touch ID, three axis gyroscope, Acceloremeter, Barometer, Ambient light sensor. There is a fingerprint touch ID. The height is 203.2 mm. The width is 134.8 mm. It has 1.6 mm of thickness..
   The iPad Mini 4 just looks like the iPad Mini 3.  Apple seems to not mind the design. They must have felt that there is no use to change the design. This mini iPad has sloping edges that shines. The sides  have a nice arch to it. It feels good to hold on your hands. It is slippery, so be careful when handling this machine. On the top of this mini machine you can spot on the right side a volume switch and a lock button. On the Bottom you will see speaker holes and a lightning charging port. One thing nice with this mini iPad is that you can place it inside your bag and slip it out. It is so easy to use in any place because of it’s portability.. It lacks in productivity because of it’s smaller screen and battery. Typing on it becomes a bit difficult because of it’s small because of it’s size. The 2,058 x 1,536  display on the iPad Mini 4 does not have True Tone Technology One additional feature to this mini iPad is that it is laminated. This is an improvement from the latter’s predecessor’s air gap that was in between the glass and display. You feel like you handled the pixels. It’s a nice experience. It has larger amount of gamuts  and a wider range of hues. It’s a really good looking display because the display looks real vivid. I would not use it under direct sunlight because usage becomes constrained. The iOS 9 has it’s pros and cons. It’s just a bit iffy for me. I can deal with it and it’s not much of a concern. With the OS 9’s highlight iPad’s feature, it offers a new type of multitasking and you can use the split screen feature. this means you can open two apps side by side. The apps here are much better than the one’s that are on Android. With the Night shift mode on this mini iPad, you’ll will enjoy reading on this machine, especially during night time. Both cameras take good pictures but I prefer using my smartphone when taking pictures.

      This little machine is built to perform. With it’s A8X processor and MB co-processor plus it’s 2GB of RAM gives this iPad the ability to do much better work than it’s predecessor. You can open more tabs with the iPad mini 4 than the mini 3. The iOS works spontaneously and fast. You can use it for gaming purposes and it does better at this than the iPad mini 3. Don’t expect this to do better than it’s bigger  brothers. Remember that this is in an iPad mini and not a regular iPad . You’ll surely like the iPad mini 4 for media, browsing, reading and emailing. This is a functionable iPad. The Battery will give the user 10 hours of Battery life. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Google Pixel C

   The Google Pixel C is an impressive looking tablet that will surely attract a lot of attention. Google is really well known for it’s browser.  Google did not do any trade-offs with this tablet. This is what makes it a well-balanced tablet. If there is any improvement that Google could consider upgrading is the OS. Here are the following specifications: ( 1. ) OS – Android 6.0 Marshmallow ( 2. ) CPU -  Nvidia Tegra X1, Quad-core 1.9 GHz  ( 3. ) GPU -256 core Maxwell GPU ( 4. ) RAM – 3GB LPDDR3 ( 4. ) SSD – 32GB or 64GB ( 5.) Cameras – 2MP front and 8MP rear ( 6. ) Battery – 9243mAh: USB Type-C charging ( 7. ) Audio – Stereo Speakers ; Quad noise cancelling; microphones; 3.5mm audio out ( 8.) Connection – WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2 x 2; MIMO dual-band ( 9. ) Bluetooth 44.1 + HS ( 10. ) Sensors – Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Mail and Proximity ( 10. ) Keyboard – Optional Bluetooth wireless  ( 11. ) Measurements – 249 x 179 x 7 millimeters ( 12. ) Weight – 1.14 pounds. The price of this tablet is $600.00. If the user opts for a keyboard, then he or she will have to add an additional $150.00 to the price.You might find it on sale now since it has been introduced in 2015.

   The Google Pixel C as built an all metal structure. This tablet looks good, though it does not strike me as looking elegant. I personally like the way it was designed because of it’s subtle approach.  On the back anyone can spot a thin line of LEDs and it does bring out the colors of Google. This I like and it is really unique.  When the screen is working,  the google colors are lit. Give it two taps and it will tell the user, how much of battery life you have left. The power grilles can be seen on both sides of the top edges together with the power and volume buttons. The USB-C port is located on the bottom edge. The  Google Pixel C is a beautiful looking tablet. The combination of the tablet and keyboard is just perfect. The keyboard has a magnetic docking hinge that keeps the tablet in place. The keyboard has that pleasant feeling when you type on it. The Google Pixel C has a 2,560 x 1,800 display resolution and a pixel density of 308ppi. With this, the user can be assured that the text and images look superb and crisp. The color accuracy is pinpoint. This tablet has a touch screen display. You can’t do multitasking with this tablet and it’s because of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System. You can only open up one app at a time. I just hope that Google can fix this issue. The back and home onscreen buttons are located on the bottom left edge of the screen and the recents button is located on the bottom right.. the user will have to choose between a 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card storage on this tablet. The 8MP camera gives the user fair enough looking pictures. The 2MP camera can be used for videos  and video calls. For selfies, I prefer using a smartphone.

  If the user wants performance, this is one of the fastest performing tablets in the market today. In the Geekbench 3 single core test it managed to score 1,347 points and on the multi-core test it was able to score 3,976 points. It is above the average.  It’s in the graphics test where the Google Pixel C stands out. On the GFXB Bench GL Manhattan onscreen test, this tablet had a score 1,744 points and on the GFXB Bench GL Manhattan test, this tablet scored 3,318 points. The scores on the Graphics test are great and this is all because of it’s GPU. The Andtoid Marshmallow 6.0 comes with Doze and this helps to extend the battery life. For normal usage, you can get 8 hours or a bit more of battery life.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dell XPS 15

   The Dell XPS 15 is a very durable laptop.It has an impressive screen display and the deck of this laptop has an easy and comfortable touch to it. You can do a lot of difficult tasks with this machine because it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processing unit/ Intel HD Graphics 630.  It just means you can do a lot of graphics work, photoshop edting and a bit of gaming on this laptop. For this configuration you will have to shell out $2,075.00.  The entry level will cost $1,000.00. You may look out for some deals out there in the market. Here are the specifications of the high end level: The Central Processing Unit is a 2.8 GHz Intel-Core 17-7700 HQ and the Operating System is Windows 10. It has 16GB of RAM that can be upgraded to 32GB. This laptop has 512Gb ( PCIe ) and has a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160. The Graphics Card is an NVidia Ge Force GTX 1050 GPU 4GB/Intel HD Graphics 630. The video memory is 2GB, and the display size is 15.6 inches. Installed on this device is a 802ac WI-FI. ( Killer 1535 802.11ac 2 x 2 WI-FI model ) and a Bluetooth 4.1. The size of the touchpad is 4.1 x 3.1 inches. There are several ports on this machine; Headphone/Microphone, Kensington Lock, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, HDMI-out. In total, there are 3 USB ports. The size of the laptop is 14.06 x 9.27 x  0.45-0.66 inches. It weighs 4.66 pounds.
    The Dell XPS 15 still retains it’s design from the past. This laptop features a silver aluminum lid and the Dell logo is  colored black. This laptop has a 4k infinity edge display. The bezels are not noticeable. it has a back-lit  keyboard ( reminiscent of an island ). The keyboard is encircled by a smooth and comfortable black colored deck. There is a battery indicator on the right side of the Dell XPS 15. Just push the button and five lights shines on. This will show the user how much time is left.  This reduced design has only a small amount of ports on either side. On the left side you’ll spot a USB. 3.0 port, HDMI output, thunderbolt 3 and a headphone/microphone dual jack. On the right side you can see a Kensington Lock slot, another USB 3.0 port and SD card reader. There is also an optional fingerprint reader for an additional amount of $25.00. The Display’s 4k screen looks very impressive and vivid. The screen renders bright images. The keyboard is has enough space. This is good because the user will commit less mistakes. The touchpad has the right measurements. It works superbly and it supports Windows 10 gestures. The audio on this laptop comes out loud enough and very clear.. This laptop is pre- loaded with Waves Maxx Audio Pro app.
   Using this high level end configuration, multitasking becomes so easy. You can open as much as 30 tabs in Chrome, stream watch a movie and this laptop won’t bog down. It is definitely a workhorse. The Dell XPS 15 is a performer. This laptop can be used for graphics design, business work and light gaming. I don’t use laptops for gaming but that’s just me. When you are playing games NVidia Ge Force GTX 1050 GPU goes to work and it falls back to the Intel HD Graphics 630 when you are not playing games. I do not like the placement of the webcam because you will have to adjust your position in order to have a good shot. I wish Dell would change the location of the webcam is at the bottom left hand corner of the screen . Next time, I hope Dell would place the webcam at the topmost center above the screen. I mean it’s just an awful place to put a webcam. Do not worry about the heat. This laptop remains cool under pressure. This laptop/ notebook’s battery will last you for at least 8 hours. The Dell XPS 15 is a very good laptop to acquire, if you do not mind the expensive price tag on this laptop/notebook. The MacBook Pro will cost much more, while the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW will cost less $400.00 


iPad Pro 9.7

   Apple has always made it’s tablets, smartphones and laptops different from the others out there in the market This is because it has it’s own operating system. The iPad Pro 9.7 has an iOS 9.3 Operating system .The manufacturer says it can be a substitute for your laptop. This tablet has very good features and it has upgraded some of it’s components. Even with the upgrades on this tablet, I personally cannot consider this a replacement for a laptop. The iPad Pro 9.7 has four stereo speakers that sound great. I wish the next time, they would include a keyboard with the price. Doing this would make it feel more like a laptop. What makes this tablet standout is the new True Tone display technology. This gives iPad Pro 9.7 a bigger amount of color gamut. This tablet is really a workhorse machine because of it’s power. The iPad Pro 9.7 with 32 GB SSD will cost $600 i If you a are going to purchase a keyboard, you’ll have to add an additonal $ $100 for the Apple pencil.
     The iPad Pro 9.7 has a 240 x 168 x 6.1mm.measurement. It weighs 437 grams with WI-FI and 444 grams Wi-Fi plus cellular. This tablet has a lustrous aluminum frame, fast touch ID fingerprint scanning home button plus a 9.7 inch display. The lightning port is located beneath, the headphone jack and sleep/wake button are on the top and the volume rocker can be spotted on the right side. There are four colors now available: Silver, Gold, Space Grey and an exclusive Rose Gold color. There are 2 speakers on top and 2 beneath plus a smart connector. These are some of the changes Apple has made from the previous predecessor of the iPad Pro 9.7. This tablet has a 2048 x 1536 display resolution.  This is a very good display resolution. It has better glare reduction. It has pumped more brightness into it. The True Tone color adjustment is so useful .because it changes the color temperature to suit your environment. The antigalare and color temperature adjusting are new developments that make this iPad Pro 9.7 a better indoor and outdoor machine. On this tablet you have the latest A9X System processor chip that comes with an embedded motion co-processor, a 12- core Power VR series 7 graphics chip and is located near the 2 GB of RAM. This tablet can be an alternative for a laptop but not a laptop. You’ll have to spend more if you want to have a 128/256 GB placed inside this tablet. The price of the iPad Pro 9.7 with 128GB SSD is $700 plus. Acquiring The iPad Pro 9.7 with 32GB of SSD is sufficient.With the money you spend adding all of this RAM. it would be better off to buy a laptop. When using this table,t you can open many applications, watch videos and do multitasking. You will have no problem doing these things. There will be no slowdowns. The iOS 9.3 allows the user to do several things like split screen multitasking.
   The cameras on the iPad Pro 9.7 are better than their predecessors.. The 12-megapixel camera on the rear and the 5 megapixel on the front take really good pictures. These cameras are at par with some of the iPhone models. The rear camera can do 4k video recording. For taking pictures, this is one of the best tablets to use. The battery can last for at least eleven hours.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Asus ZenPad Z8

   The Asus Zenpad Z8 is a sturdy tablet that is quite light especially when you consider it’s 7.9 inch size. This tablet has colorful rich images and it’s useful for watching and streaming videos. It has it’s own weaknesses like the added bloatware. It does reflect when used outdoors especially on a sunny day. It does not open the apps as fast as you want. The cameras are not outstanding, just average. For the price of $250 dollars this is still a good tablet. To avail of this tablet, you would have to get in touch with Verizon. Here are the specifications of this tablet The processor is a 1.8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD and an eMMC SDT. The Display size of this tablet is 7.9 inches with a Display Resolution of 2048 x1536. The Graphics chip is a Qualcomm Adreno 510.  For connectivity purposes, It has Bluetooth and a 802.11a/b/g/n/ ac Wi-FI. The Asus ZenPad Z8 comes with an Android 6.01 Marshmallow. The Asus ZenPad Z8 has a rear 8MP camera and it has a 2.0MP front facing camera. .It has 1 USB Type-C port, 1 headphone port and 1 USB port. The Asus ZenPad Z8 has a micro SIM card reader and a microSD card reader expandable to 128GB. The size of this Tablet is 8.1 x 5.4. x 0.3 inches. It weighs 10.9 ounces.
     The design of this tablet is not it’s selling point but it’s not that bad too. Asus wanted a simple design for this tablet and maybe be it wanted to keep it low because of the price range it was intended for. It comes with an ordinary looking plastic frame that has a soft touch feeling and this tablet has a polycarbonate ring around the edges. On the corners you will notice slight curves. You will have a nice feeling when holding on to the tablet. On the front panel you’ll notice thick bezels and a Verizon logo beneath the display. This tablet is so light. Do not press hard on it because there is a tendency for it to flex. You can hold this tablet with one hand. It’s pleasure is derived from it’s 7.9 inch display and it’s 2048 x 1536 pixel. The colors are sharp when you stream videos.  The Asus ZenPad Z8 has speakers on it’s top and bottom that offers the listener superb sounds. It has 4 types of settings: movies, music, gaming, vocal and smart. This is because of Asus DTS powered Wiazrd utility.
   The Asus ZenPad Z8 has a very capable ZENUI launcher. It puts navigation animations on top of the Android Marshmallow 6.1. The reason for this is so that icons can visually rotate 90 degrees when you overturn the screen. There are many unnecessary bloatwares that need to be uninstalled because it could be irritating. On this tablet you have ZenMotion gestures that are automatically enabled by Asus. The processor and the RAM on this tablet will give you a fast performance. It has a touch screen that is responsive. The rear camera can capture good enough pictures but don’t expect it to be great. For video purposes the rear lens on the camera does not give out impressive videos. I would not also use this tablet for multitasking. The battery can last for at least for 9 hours. For the price and performance, this tablet is worth acquiring.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Oppo F3 Plus

   The Oppo F3 Plus was just launched several days ago. With it’s dual camera it  just simply proves that it wants to be the best Selfie smartphone in the market today. It looks like the iPhone 6S Plus. Sorry folks it’s not, it’s the Oppo F3 Plus “ Selfie Expert.” It’s the only smartphone who puts a lot of work on it’s front camera. Here are the specifications of the Oppo F3 Plus: ( 1 ) This smartphone comes with a Full HD IPS LCD Display ( 1920 x 1080 ) pixels.  ( 2 ) Corning Gorilla Glass 5.  ( 3 ) Quqlcomm Snapdragon 653 1.9 GHz-Octa-core processor ( MSM8976 Pro ).  (  4 ). For graphics purposes, this smartphone uses the Adreno 510. ( 5 ) The Oppo F3 Plus has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM of Memory. ( 6 ) It has 64GB of SSD that can be expanded to 256GB by using a microSD. ( 7 ) There are two front cameras, a 16MP f/2.0 normal + an 8MP 120- degree wide angle front cameras ( 8 )  A 16MP f/1  rear AF camera  with Dual-tone LED Flash, Dual PDAF and 4k video support. ( 9 ) This smartphone has 4G LTE, Dual SIM ( nano, hybrid ), Bluetooth 4.1, Dual-band WI-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS ( aGPS ), Gyroscope. ( 10 ) It comes with the OPPO ColorOS 3.0 – Android 6.0 Marshmallow ( 11 ) The Oppo F3 Plus uses a 4,000mAh Li-Ion battery ( non-removable )and it comes with VOOC fast charging.  ( 12 ) The measurements of this smartphone are 163 x80.8 x 7.35mm and weighs 185grams. The U.S. version has an AMOLED display. The Oppo F3 Plus cost $450
   The Oppo F3 Plus design looks like an imitation of the iPhone 6s especially when it comes to the rear portion of this smartphone. The front side of this smartphone is dominated by the display screen. There are a number of bezels surrounding it. There are two front cameras that are located on top of the smartphone. An earpiece and the front sensors can be found also on top. The camera that is located on the left side features a wide angle lens and on the right side you will spot another camera that has a narrow angle view. Beneath the display are the capacitive buttons and there is a fingerprint scanner that is right in the center. On the left side part of the smartphone ( phablet ) you will see the power/lock buttons plus the card tray that accommodates two nano SIIM cards . The second slot can be used for the microSD card ( used for expanding your storage ).. On the right you will spot the volume rocker. Aside from the volume rocker there’s nothing else located on the right side. The Oppo F3 Plus was constructed with metal ( aluminum ) unibody.  The corners of this smartphone have well rounded shapes. It has a nice feeling to it because it makes it is easy to hold on to the smartphone with your hand. This smartphone is ergonomically designed and it feels like you are holding on to an A1 class smartphone. There are no ports and buttons on the topside of the Oppo F3 Plus. On the base of this smartphone, the user can locate the 3.5mm headphone port, micro USB port and speakers. It does not come with a USB-C port. Since this smartphone cost a bit more than their competitors, I believe that adding a USB-C port is a no brainer. On the backside of this smartphone, the user can locate the rear camera that has a dual tone LED flash. It is on the top left corner of the phablet. OPPO used plastic bands for it’s antenna on bends and the lines are so slim.. The smartphone is quite big having a 6 inch display. Because of it’s size it is not that sharp but it does the job that ir was meant for. It fairs well even when you use it every single day. For protection purposes it uses the Gorilla 5 glass ( scratch resistant and it adds more durability ). The speakers sound good with profound quality.

   The Operating System is a Color OS 3.0 based on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are google apps that have been installed on this smartphone. There are system apps and other application plus other tools. Facebook is also present in this smartphone. Pictures taken both from the front and rear cameras come out clear. Cameras have always been the main strength of OPPO. You can do 4k video recording with the rear camera installed here.. The Snapdradragon chipset used here is powerful on this smartphone because it can give the user a maximum speed of 1.9GHZ.  The graphics on the phone can handle some intensive games. Maybe it’s just me, I personally do not play games using a smartphone. On the Antutu Test, This smartphone achieved a score 92524. On the Geekbench 4 test, Oppo F3 Plus scored 1475 ( single core ), 4429 ( Multi-core ). In the PCMark test it scored 47156   ( work 2.0 ), 5861 ( work 1.0 ), 3881 ( storage ). In the 3D Mark Test, it scored  941 ( Sling Shot Extreme ). The battery can last for a full day. For a mid-range phone the scores are just fine. There are other smartphones out there who fared better in these tests but this phone was built to be the best Selfie Smartphone. I personally think that this smartphone has really good features but the smartphone sells above the mid-range price. With that said, if there are prospective buyers who like taking pictures then this smartphone is meant for them.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Huawei Mate 9

   The Huawei Mate 9 smartphone comes with a lot of power packed into it. Huawei is the world’s 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer. Their goal is to be ranked number 2 by the end of 2018. Whether, they will reach that position is still a question mark. Here are the specifications of the Huawei Mate 9: This smartphone measures 6.18 x 3.1 x 0.31 inches and weighs 190 grams. It has a screen size of 5.9 inches  and a native resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. For this smartphone, Huawei uses it’s own processor known as Hisilicon Kirin 960. Huawei Mate 9 has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of SSD, 4000mAh battery, a Dual 20MP camera that has 12MP sensors and a 8MP front camera. This smartphone is Daydream VR ready and this is probably the reason why it placed a powerful processor inside this smartphone. I am not sure if it is the best phone to use for Google’s VR platform. This is because it does not have a 2k display. The Huawei Mate 9 was built to last. This is why Huawei has placed it’s own MLA   ( Machine Learning Algorithm ) in this phone. Having this in your phone assures you that your phone will be faster as it ages. This smartphone has so many divergent functions that the user can tweak. Huawei claims that the MLA in this phone gives 20% increase in smoothness of performance, 50% increase in system response and a 20% boost to the graphics read and write speed. The Huawei Mate 9 costs $600.
   The Huawei Mate 9has a full metal design. It does not look attractive at all. Huawei built this phone to perform and not for it’s outer looks. This phone is quite large . There is more screen on this phone when comparing it to other rival phones. You will find a fingerprint scanner on the back side beneath the Leica dual-lens camera. There is something peculiar about this phone. If you placed the phone on a table, you need to unlock the phone by picking it up or press the power button. You can use your PIN to unlock the phone. At the lowest part you will see two speaker grilles. The sounds on these speakers are good and reliable. You can also find a USB Type C-slot (  between the 2 speakers ) at the bottom. On the topmost part of the phone ( right hand side ) you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a power button located on the right hand edge. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a full HD panel and it has good viewing angles. This smartphone comes with the Emotion UI 5. It is so much alike the Android Nougat 7.0. The phone has a lot of unneeded apps on this phone. There are also a lot of very useful software on this phone too. If you don’t like the added bloatware on this phone, simply uninstall it. You can watch a bit of videos on this phone and the quality is quite good.  This smartphone can be used to play games regular or intensive. This is where the battery becomes so useful because of it’s long life.

   The Huawei Mate 9 performs quite well, but it is not the best smartphone available as claimed by Huawei .The battery can last the user for a full day, if used intensively. If you do not use it on a regular basis then the battery can last for almost two days. The Huawei Mate 9 has a 20MP monochrome sensor for it’s rear camera and a 12MP color sensor for it’s front camera. The monochrome sensor gives out more detailed results. This is based on the idea when the mono image is combined with the color image, the result is a clear and well detailed picture. The Huawei Mate 9 rear camera does a splendid job at this. This camera can also record video. The front camera performs well using it’s color sensor. The details are not well defined when pictures are taken in the dark or at night time. Having said that,if you are not fussy over the design, the Huawei Mate 9 will just be right for anyone who likes performance and battery life.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HP EliteBook 1030 G1

   The HP EliteBook 1030 G1is a business notebook gives you good tractability because it is so easy to handle and work with. This machine has the strength to handle business workloads. It is really a first class machine because working on it is so easy. The keyboard is sturdy and the performance is quite good. There are three configurations for this Elitebook. The entry level is $1200 while the configuration discussed in this article cost $1500 and the higher rank model cost $1870. This particular model comes with a Core m5-6y54processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256 SSD and a full HD ( 1920 x1080 ) non-touch screen. display. Here are the general specifications of the HP EliteBook 1030 G1:  ( 1 ) Windows 10 Operating System. ( 2 ) Two kinds of processors (  6th generation  Intel Core m7 or m5 processors ). ( 3 ) Intel HD graphics 515.  ( 4 ) Choose from these screen types ( 13.3  inch diagonal QHD+eDP ( 3200 x 1080 ) touch or 13.3 inch diagonal FHD EDP 1.3 or (1920 x1080 ) Touch display.  ( 5 ) You have a choice of  Solid State Drives up to 512GB. ( 6 ) Memory is 16GB. ( 7 ) The weight for a for a non-touch screen is 2.55 pounds and the weight for a touch screen is 2.56 pounds. ( 8 ) The keyboard is spill-resistant, backlit keyboard with drain and function keys. ( 9 ) It has clickpad with gestures support ( 10 ) 720p webcam ( 11 ) Audio by Bang & Olufsen with integrated speakers . ( 12 )  For Connectivity purposes the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 comes with Intel 820.11 a/b/g/n/ac WI-FI and Bluetooth 4.2 combo. HP said that is passed the MIL STD tests.
The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 13.3 inch delivers substantial colors and attributes. It is bright but it could have been brighter. This notebook gives out 116 percent of SRGB gamut and this is above the category average of 98 percent. The display dishes out 239 nits and this is below the category average of of 302 nits. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 has wide viewing angles. This particular ultrabook has a nicely built design. I would consider it a show-off design. It comes with a nice silver color. The aluminum deck and lid has a very a nice touch to it. This particular notebook has a nice thin bezel and well-polished sloping edges. This is what makes this EliteBook attractive. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 has a complete set of ports and slots. On the left side, you find a a security lock, HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, a data only USB Type-C port. On the right side you will find the power port. The headphone jack, second USB 3.0 port and docking connector. The fingerprint scanner is located at the right side of the keyboard. This ultrabook comes with a TPM ( Trusted Platform Module ) and it’s job is to protect the notebook’s hardware. This particular configuration comes with a vPro chip which allows encrypted storage of important substance. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1also comes with the HP Sure START technology and it will protect any attack intended on the System’s BIOS. The keyboard is pleasant because the keys are very responsive. The keys make-up for the shortage of travel on the keyboard.. The average is 1.5 mm while this ultrabook ticks at 1.4 mm.. The touchpad has a measurement of 3.6 x2.1 inches and delivers precise tracking  while navigating is going on. The Audio speakers are located on top of the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 keyboard’s deck. The sounds coming out from the speakers are of good quality. 
   This particular configuration can handle a moderately large amount of multitasking. In the Geekbench 3 performance test, this ultrabook produced 5,739 points and it is just above the category average of 5,523 points. The 256GB SSD is quite fast and it can transfer 4.97GB of files in 35 seconds.  It records a transfer rate of 145MBps. It still does not match the category average of 173.01 MBps. In the OpenOffice Macro test, this ultrabook managed to finish matching names in 4 minutes and 32 seconds. It is faster than the category average of six minutes and thirty twoseconds. On the Storm Unlimited graphics test the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 scored 59,071 points and it is above the category average of 51,805 points. The 0.9 megapixel camera is good for taking selfie shots and the other details are bearable. The Battery life is good for about nine hours. Just remember that this is a business notebook and I personally would not use this UltraBook for intensive gaming purposes.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lenovo Thinkpad T560

   The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 is one of the best business laptops that is out in the market. There are several reasons why this laptop is outstanding. It was built with a lot strength ( the body is durable ). It delivers strong performance and it has a very responsive keyboard. The configuration on this article will cost $1,290 dollars and it standard model cost $810. These are the specifications of the model described herein: The Operating system is Windows 10 Pro and the processor is a Core 15-6300U. The RAM is 8GB and it can be upgraded to 32GB. It has 256GB of SSD. The display measurement is 15.6 inches. It has a full HD resolution ( 1920 x 1080 ).  This laptop has a a 128MB video memory. It carries an 802.11 b/g/n/ ac WI-FI Intel Dual Band Wireless- AC 8260 model. This laptop comes with a touchpad that measures 3.9 x 2.2 inches. The size of this laptop is 14.98 x 10.16 x 0.88 inches. The weight will depend on your battery size. If you opt for a 3 cell battery, your laptop will weigh 4.8 pounds. A 6 cell battery will increase it’s weight to 5.2 pounds
     Lenovo does not change colors and sticks to the same black color like it’s previous predecessors . You can find a bright red color because of it’s status light and trackpoint nub. This laptop is not light and you can check the specifications on the first paragraph. I personally would advise users to get the 6 cell battery because it increases the staying power of this laptop. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 was constructed from polypphenylene sulfide on it’s lid and deck. The bottom is made glass-fiber-reinforced plastic bottom. According To Lenovo, this particular laptop has gone through the MIL-SPEC durability benchmark tests for very high temperatures, shocks, dust and vibrations. This particular laptop according to Lenovo passed all of these tests. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 comes with a Trusted Platform Module ( TPM ). It keeps your hard drive and Bios pass word protected. This is only available if you choose the i5 -6300U processor or higher. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 has a spill resistant keyboard. The keys are nicely curved and it allows ample travel time. The keyboard has shortcut keys for the calculator app, web browser, file explorer and screen lock. It has a track pointing stick just in between the G and H keys. The nub allows you to navigate precisely. It is also useful for highlighting, clicking on a really small icon. I still prefer using the 3.9 x 2.2- inch buttonless touchpad. The touchpad is so nice to use because there are no drawbacks to it. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 Full HD non-touch display on this configuration has wide viewing angles and precise colors. This display delivers a tolerable 71% of color gamut. It is still below the category average of 89%. You can purchase also other models that come with a 1920 x 1080 touch screen panel, a 1336 x 768 non-touch standard model and 2880 x 1620 non-touch display panel. The audio speakers are just rightly tuned for listening and enjoying a bit of music. The 720p webcam is at level with those of other business laptops.
   The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 has several ports. On the laptop’s right side you will find 2 USB 3.0 ports, a miniDisplay port and a Kensington lock slot. On the left side you will find you will find a smart card reader, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, an HDMI-out port and a 3rd USB 3.0 connector. The configuration mentioned here delivers a very good performance and it can do much more than just productivity and multitasking. On the Geekbench 3 test that measures overall performance, this laptop had a score of 6,210 points, a bit below the category average of 7,265 points. This particular model was able copy 4.97GB of mixed media files having a rate of 181.76 MBps. It is much faster than the category rate of 130MBps.The 6 cell Battery is a $15 dollar option but it can last for at least twenty hours .Using a 3 cell battery will bring it down to 10.hours and that is still laptop category average of 6 hours and thirteen minutes. This is a good laptop to acquire but it is not suitable for gaming purposes. This laptop was released in 2016 and it might cause a bit cheaper now.

Fujitsu Lifebook E736

   The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 is a business laptop that commands a high price. This is good for those who are in business and who would not mind spending money. For a laptop of this size, it has a lot of capacity in it. According to Fujitsu, this laptop delivers very good functionality and a great looking design. The manufacturer is just trying to tell the buyers that they built this laptop without compromises. It is not as slim like it’s competitors but it has a complete assembly of connectors and elements inside this laptop worth considering. The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 can also be called an Ultrabook. It manages to put in 32GB of RAM despite this being a 13.3 inch laptop. The Top of the line model is the one featured in this article. Here are the main specifications: ( 1 ) Intel Core i7-6600U processor ( 4MB cache, .6GHz standard frequency that can reach as much as 3.4.GHz ). ( 2 )  Intel HD Graphics 530 ( 300 MHz standard frequency  and it can reach a limit of 1.05GHz frequency  (  3  ) 32GB DDR4-2133 RAM. ( 4 )  13.3 inch full HD IGZO ( Indium gallium Zinc Oxide ) Display Screen.  (  4  ) 256GB OPAL FDE SATA 3 SSD with complete disk encryption.  ( 5 ) 2 x audio ports ( microphone/headphone ), 2 x digital microphones, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, full size Display Port, Ethernet port, Docking connector for Port Replicator, Smartcard slot, SD card slot, SIM card slot ( for models with 3G/4G ).  ( 6 ) 4G LTE modem, 802.11ac WI-FI, Bluetooth 4.0  ( 7 ) Fingerprint sensor, TPM 2.0 module, Kensington Lock support. ( 8 ) Weight is 3.5 pounds. ( 9 ) Size is 321 x 228 x 20mm. There is a port replicator and 2 batteries that adds up to 100 Whr ( 9.3Ah  with 12 cells ). This particular model will cost $1,920. Check out for discounts because this has been in the market for quite a time. You can also choose another model that comes with an Intel Core-17-6500U processor. Let go of the extra battery, 24GB of memory and port replicator. The SSD drive will be doubled. Doing this will lower the price level to $1,330.
   The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 has a full HD Resolution ( 1920 x 1080 pixels ) and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1.  It’s brightness level is 330 cd/m2. This laptop comes with a matte ( dull  ) finish. The colors are vivid and not overdone. Fujitsu must have realized the high cost of this laptop and this could be the reason why it came out with a high-quality design. It must have wanted to catch the attention of it’s prospective buyers. This laptop features gunmetal lid which has it’s famous S logo and a red border that goes from one side to the other. It has a metal palm rest and it is well polished. Unlike other laptops, the display on the Fujitsu Lifebook E736 can be made to lay back. I find this of no use at all. There are two hinges that are attached to the base. The keys on the keyboard have a soft touch and it has a more than average travel. It has a large touchpad and two physical buttons.. You can find a fingerprint reader on the palm rest. There are also two small speakers that don’t have much depth, five status lights, the power, WI-FI on and off plus Eco mode buttons. These amenities are all located on top of the first row of keys.

   This laptop has a lot of power packed into it. This is what makes the Fujitsu Lifebook E736  a standout. The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 performed extremely well in this array of benchmark tests: ( 1 ) 3D Mark: Skydiver-3,979 points, Fire Strike-956 points, Cloud Gate-5,883 points, Ice Storm-57,959 points, Ice Storm Extreme-42,279 points. ( 2 ) PCMark 8 Home-2,931 points ( 3 ) PCMark 8 Creative-2,810 points. ( 4 ) PCMark 8 Work- 3,247 points. ( 5 ) CineBench: OpenGL- 45.46fps: CPU-341 points. Geekbench: Single Core-3,710 points, Multi core-7,503 points. With full usage of the laptop, the battery can last for twelve hours. This laptop comes with a price but considering everything, this is a real good laptop.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Asus ZenPad 3S 10

  Asus has clearly defined it’s image in computer technology world and it wants to be up there with the big boys. With the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 , Asus wants to stay up there with it’s competitors and make this tablet more affordable. Here are the specs of this particular tablet. The measurement of the body is 9.47 x 6.44 x 0.28 inches and it weighs 430 grams. The display is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16m colors , 9.7 inches in size ( minus 74% screen-to-body-ratio ), 1536 x 2048 pixels ( resolution ), multitouch up to 10 fingers and it uses Oleophotic coating for protection purposes.  It comes with an Android OS v 6.0 Marshmallow, Mediatek MT8176 chipset, and a Hexa-core ( 2 x2.1 GHz & 4 x 1.7 GHz ).. For memory purposes it comes with a microSD up to 256 GB ( dedicated slot ), 32/64 GB of internal storage, 4GB RAM. It comes with a primary camera that has 8 MP, a secondary camera with 5MP, 1080p and the video is 1080p 30 fps. The camera features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection , HDR and panorama. For sound purposes, it has vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones, 3.5mm jack and stereo speakers. For connectivity purposes it comes with an 802.11 a/ b/g/n /ac WI-FI, dual-band, WIFI Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX. It has a GPS-GLONASS and a USB v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The sensors are the following: fingerprint ( front-mounted ), acceloremeter, gyroscope, proximity and compass. This tablet come s with Email, Push Mail and IM messaging. The Browser is HTML5. It has fast charging (Quick Charge 3. 0 ), Google Drive with a  100GB Cloud Storage MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.264 player,  Document viewer, Photo and video editor. The Battery is a non-removable Li-Po mAh battery ( 22 Wh ). TheAsus ZenPad cost $300.
   The design has a 4:3 display and that is what makes this tablet distinct from it’s competitors. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a good-looking tablet. It’s metal body is rather striking. I like the way the bezels are cut on the corners. The edges on this tablet have very fine curves and that is why it is so pleasant to hold in your hands. On the top right corner of this tablet, the user can locate the volume and power buttons. You can see also see the home button and it can be used also as a fingerprint scanner. There are two capacitive buttons that can be used for multitasking. On the top most point of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10, you will find a 3.5mm headphone socket and at the bottom you can find a USB Type-C port and NXP amp stereo speakers. The IPS screen on this tablet is it’s best feature. It delivers solid punches when it comes to images, color reproduction and fascinating contrast. This is all due to the VisualMaster technology of Asus. The viewing angles are really good. The audio on this tablet give out a solid performance and this is because of the AudioWizard app. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow 6.0 comes with the ZenUI 3.0 and it has an app called Mobile Manager. This app has settings that will allow the user to control apps. The Power Saver menu gives the user a series of battery modes. You can preserve the battery life or put more it.

   This is how The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 performed in several tests. In the Geekbench 4 test, this tablet had a score of 3,270 and this is above the category average score of 2,994.  This tablet had a score of 14,124 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Gaming Benchmark. This is a bit below the category average of 15,504. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 took only 2 minutes and 52 seconds when transcoding a 1080 video to 480p in Vidtrim. This is above the average 8.23 seconds. In the JetStream JavaScript benchmark test, this tablet scored 57.7 and it was above the average of 49.2. This tablet needed only 7 seconds to secondary cameras can take good enough pictures but the contrast on these cameras fell short of my expectations and the video suffers from the same problem. The battery life is good for 8 hours.The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 delivers a good performance. It has good sounds that makes this tablet desirable for watching videos and multitasking.